2017 Winter/Spring Classes, Auditions & Open Houses in Western MA

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Music Together & Upside-Up Music

Ashfield, Shelburne Falls & Williamsburg, MA ♦ All children are musical! Winter early-childhood & lower-elementary music programs start January 10 in Western MA, Southern VT, & Online. Music Together (birth-5) and Kids’ Jam (ages 5-7). All classes provide singing, small and large movement, singing games, and ear training exercises through play to prepare the child for a lifetime of musical expression. Parents participate in all classes; tuition includes 2 CDs, Songbook. Upside-Up’s Music at Home family homeschool music curriculum for grades K-2 or 1-3 and their siblings. Music at Home support materials include interactive videos with Lui Collins, making Music at Home accessible to all families regardless of parental musical experience. Information and registration at UpsideUpMusic.com.

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Red Gate Farm

Ashfield, MA ♦ Hands-on learning at Red Gate Farm Education Center. Experienced Farmer Educators are looking forward to winter adventures with young people. Together the group will work with farm animals, practice tracking skills, plant seeds for the spring garden, and of course, some sledding on the hill! There are a variety of winter session programs including: Mornings on the Farm each Monday for young children and parents to explore the farm together, Homeschool Half-days each Wednesday for youngsters to learn about farming and the natural world, February Vacation Farm Fun for four days of school vacation fun and adventures on the farm, and the Fire & Ice sledding party under the lights. Learn more and register online at www.redgatefarm.org.

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New England Center for Circus Arts

Brattleboro, VT ♦ Have fun and get fit this winter right around the corner at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro! Registration is open now with classes starting January 3rd. Ages 6 through 60, learn to juggle, soar on the trapeze, flip on the trampoline and so much more! Busy at work and need a break to stretch and refocus for the afternoon? Try the Workday Wellness Hour on Tuesdays from 12-1pm. Maybe evenings are better to try the Circus Fit or Aerial Fitness, or bring the kids to check out one of the juggle jams. From beginners on trapeze to advanced acrobatics, there is something for everyone! For further information, visit www.necenterforcircusarts.org or give NECCA a call at 802-254-9780. Have fun at Everybody’s Home for Circus!

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SHOW Circus Studio

Easthampton, MA ♦ Circus Arts Classes: The Winter session of week day youth circus classes will begin on January 8th at SHOW Circus Studio. Every class will consist of a warm up, skill building, cool down and games. Kids will work on trapeze, fabric, juggling, tumbling and acrobatics, human pyramids, balancing, strength and flexibility. Circus is a great way to increase self esteem, have fun, get in shape, improve focus and learn new skills. Each group will have a performance on the last day of class to show family and friends all the great circus skills they’ve been learning. There are multiple classes for all ages and abilities, check out our schedule online for more information. Registration is also available online. www.showcircusstudio.com.

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CyclePottery

Florence, MACyclePottery presents a new 6 week session of classes that begins in January! The second winter/spring session will begin after February school vacation. Kathryn has classes for all ages: kids, teens and adults! Andrew Quient continues to teach teens, and Kim O’Brien teaches an evening kid’s class. Want to just try the wheel? Thursday Night One Time Trial Classes are also open for registration! Monthly Studio Renters are welcome to join the studio fun! Check www.cyclepottery.com and on Facebook for more info, or contact Kathryn at 413-219-9594 and kathryn@cyclepottery.com.

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FMC Ice Sports

Greenfield & Springfield, MAFMC Ice Sports offers a fun and unique learning environment for all ages. Participants in their Step 1 Learn to Skate programs are taught the basics of ice skating without relying on skating aids. This method of teaching increases a skater’s independence on the ice and encourages their learning of balance and maneuverability. Students eventually graduate to their Step 2 and Step 3 programs that focus on the more sport specific skills required in hockey and figure skating. FMC Ice Sports programs can be found at the Smead Arena in Springfield and the Collins Moylan Arena in Greenfield. Class information and registration are available online at www.fmcicesports.com or by calling 1-888-74-SKATE.

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Central Rock Gym

Hadley, MA ♦ Central Rock Gym is offering Climbing Vacation Programs during school breaks, December 26-30 & February 20-24! Great for ages 7-13, their program focuses on climbing for all skill levels, and includes an emphasis on problem solving and team building initiatives. Throughout their week, children will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of climbing, engage in exciting games and group activities, and concludes with a pizza party on the final day. Email youth.crghadley@gmail.com for information. To register, or www.centralrockgym.com.

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Descant Music and Art Studio

Holyoke, MADescant Music and Art Studio is accepting rotating enrollment for music lessons and art classes! Descant Music is a small, family-owned business specializing in individualized, one-on-one music lessons for all ages & abilities. Along with lessons, they offer a “Future Musicians” class for 4-5 year olds on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as various art classes for kids. Lessons available include: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Brass, and more. For more information on pricing and class specifics, call them at 413-888-8748 to reserve a lesson time or visit them online at www.descantmusicandartstudio.com. Holyoke, MA.

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HooteNanny

Northampton, MA ♦ A delightful music class for children age 0-5 and their grown ups created and taught by Katryna Nields. All songs are hand selected by Katryna and Nerissa Nields. HooteNanny is about the ways in which learning to sing, play, and dance can enhance music, family and community. Come spend playful, enriching, connected time with your child and be part of the wonderful HooteNanny community. Winter session begins January 11. For more information go to www.hootenannyfamily.com or write to hootenannymusicclass@gmail.com.

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Piti Theatre Full-Service Arts

Shelburne Falls, MAPiti’s Shelburne Falls Youth Troupe to create new performance with two time Grammy winner Bill Harley! Learn new skills, make new friends and get ready to perform at Piti’s 8th annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival, March 18th at Memorial Hall. Troupe is for ages 7-12, starting January 26. No experience required. Piti Full-Service Arts classes also include “Art’n’Nature” (Make potions, salves, natural paint, herbariums, Land art, natural creations; listen to nature stories, go on treasure hunts and more!) and “Soapstone Carving” (make sculptures from stone – animals, eggs, balls, hearts, you name it . . . sculpting outdoors weather permitting). More at www.ptco.org/classes, call 413-625-6569, or jonathan@ptco.org.

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this special fall program post, local businesses can thrive and provide a much needed service to our local community. All descriptions have been submitted and all links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement.

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