LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Lunar New Year to Women’s Suffrage. Duke Ellington to Bela Tarr. Artisan Cheese to Needle Felting.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Chinese New YearOutdoor AdventuresHikingIce SkatingWinter AdventuresWinter CarnivalMuseum AdventuresCartoonsMangaFigure DrawingIntergenerationalSelf-Directed LearningParenting SkillsForest BathingNaturalist SkillsTrackingNative SpeciesBiodiversityGardeningFolk TraditionsArtisan CheeseSakeFiber ArtsNeedle FeltingWet FeltingSTEMChemistryFermentationCodingMedia LiteracyChess ClubMusic StudiesDrumsCommunity SingGospel MusicAfrican American Music TraditionsJazzSymphonyTheater StudiesLiterature In TranslationSign LanguageFilm StudiesFashion IndustryVotingBuddhismMindfulnessGrowth MindsetCritical Thinking SkillsPlaygroupBoard GamesNew England HistoryWomen’s HistoryIce Harvest

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 25-31, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Quantum Mechanics to Comics. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Women’s March.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsBasket MakingOrigamiHerbal MedicineNaturalist SkillsTrackingOwlsEcosystemsSkillsharingUpcyclingCommunity ServiceMindfulnessFloral DesignFigure DrawingWinter SportsSnowshoeingNordic SkiingIce SkatingSTEMAIQuantum MechanicsScience MuseumGeometryChessNew England HistoryTree HistorySpruce Fir-ForestNature-Based Arts & CraftsParents’ Night OutSocial StudiesWomen’s MarchMartin Luther King, Jr.Community MealFood TourPancake BreakfastTheater StudiesTheatersLiterature in TranslationMusicalFamily ConcertMusic StudiesPreKSoundLanguage ArtsSign LanguageMedia LiteracyPodcastingZinesComics

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 18-24, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday?
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LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Winter Sports to Chinese New Year. Polish Heritage to Needle Felting.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Self-DefenseQi GongWinter SportsOutfittingWinter FitnessIce SkatingFencingMindfulness MovementHistory WalkNew England HistoryVotingArt StudiesChinese PaintingAfrican ArtPolish HeritageAustrian MusicThree Kings DayChinese New YearMuseum AdventuresNeedle FeltingFiber ArtPotteryFigure DrawingSewingMusic StudiesSing AlongOrchestraSTEMPhysicsComputer LabCodingLEGOsChessYoYosOrigamiExperiential LearningCritical ThinkingMindfulnessCreative Free-PlaySustainabilityCommunity MealCivicsMarine BiologyIchthyologyBotanyGreenhouseCoffee ShopsCommunity MealCook Book ClubMedia LiteracyLanguage ArtsLiteracyZinesBook ArtsStorytimeWord Games

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, January 4-10, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. Scuba Diving to Ice Skating. New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

AstronomyConstellationsStar GazingNew Years EveFamily Dance PartyIntergenerationalMenorah LightingHanukkahThree Kings DayLEGOsSTEMRocketsModel AirplanesPsychologyPaleontologyFossilsOutdoor AdventuresMusic StudiesSongwritingOrchestraArt StudiesBotanical IllustrationsMonetSportsOutfittingGymnasticsIce SkatingHikingScuba DivingNew England HistoryPerformance ArtPuppetryMarionettesGingerbreadPancakesCookbooksAgricultureAyurvedaHindu MedicineMagicFirst NightFirst Hike

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 28, 2019 – January 3, 2020. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ Holiday LightsNutcrackerChristmas CarolOrchestra

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Winter SportsCurlingIce SkatingOutfittingCollaborative ConsumptionMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesHigher EducationOrnithologyCrowsChristmas Bird CountChristmas FairCraft FairWinter FairHoliday StrollTree LightingLight FestivalYule CelebrationWinter LightsLantern Light ParadeHoliday Train RideCommunity MealIntergenerationalNon-CommercialOpen StudiosPlacemakingCreative Free-PlayToy ExchangeGingerbread BuildMYO GiftsOrigamiPapercraftsBook ArtsLiterature In TranslationHoliday StoriesMusic StudiesCarolingSing-A-LongChoralChorusOrchestraDance StudiesNutcrackerBalletA Christmas CarolHistoric ArchitectureSustainable ArchitectureNew England HistoryRestaurant HistoryFood StudiesFrench CulturePolish CultureWinter Farmers’ Market

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, December 7-13, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ Holiday LightsMYO WreathsFiber ArtsGingerbread

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

SkillsharingPlacemakingTree LightingMerry MapleHoliday StrollFestival Of LightsGlobal HolidaysHoliday LightsSt. Nicolas DayHoliday FestivalHoliday MusicIndonesian MusicJazzCeltic MusicParents’ Night OutPsychologyADHDCommunity HikeTiny HomesLiving HistoryVolunteeringSense Of PlaceLanguage ArtsBook ArtsWord GamesLiterature In TranslationPoetryMusicalAnimationCarolingFiber ArtsSewingFeltingMYO GiftsMYO WreathsPastry ArtsFood HistoryGingerbreadCommunity BreakfastWinter Farmers’ MarketIce Skating

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, November 30-December 6, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

LEARN LOCAL. PLAY LOCAL. ♦ Native American Heritage MonthCultural StudiesSoap MakingGlass Blowing ♦

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

FriendshipCommunity MealAnimal BehaviorHibernationTurkeysDairyCulinary ArtsCookbook ClubNew England ThanksgivingCider HistorySakeVegetarianAnimal HusbandryButcheryNutritional AnthropologyHorticultureSugar MaplesSkillsharingFolk TraditionsGlass BlowingCraftsNative CraftsMYO OrnamentSewingOrigamiFinger WeavingNatural DyesSoap MakingFashion HistoryCulture StudiesNative American HeritageClimate ChangeGovernment StudiesReligion StudiesLiteratureShort StoryDance StudiesTheater StudiesTheater HistoryMusic StudiesIndian DanceMusicalBroadwayOrchestraSing-A-LongActing ClassParents’ Night OutParent Workshop

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, November 16-22, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Open Art Studios to Hockey. Veterans Day to LGBTQ History.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

BilingualFood HistoryIce HarvestBeekeepingPlant StudiesHorticultureSeedsBotanyPhysiologyEntomologyGeologyFossilsLocal HistoryNew England Food HistoryLGBTQ Local HistoryLGBT Music HistoryFashion HistoryMilitary HistoryAviation HistoryRoboticsWriting HistoryShort StoriesSpelling BeeHockeyInstallation ArtChildren’s IllustrationsPastelsGlassblowingTheater StudiesShort PlaysMusicalMusic StudiesSacred HarpDrumsNative American StudiesArtisan TraditionsOpen StudiosOrnithologyBirds Of PreyAgingParenting WorkshopParent Cafe

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, November 9-15, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Swedish Dance to Chrysanthemums. Robots to Buttons.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Locally MadeCommunity MealLocal FoodCiderPumpkin PiesTextile HistoryWomen’s HistoryNew England HeritageColonial HistoryFashion HistoryDance StudiesSwedish DanceFolk DanceFolk TraditionsTailoringFurniture MakingButtonsPalaeographyQuill Pen WritingLanguage ArtsWord GamesPoetryOpen MicOpen StudiosSTEMGeographyBotanyFall FlowersChrysanthemumsHorticultureSeedsMeteorologyCultural StudiesNative AmericanAbenakiMuseum AdventuresArt StudiesAfrican ArtTheater StudiesMusic StudiesFlutesFlamencoSacred HarpDrumsChoralOrnithologyBirds Of PreyLoonsMarine BiologyPet FosteringFamily NightHaunted FestivalPuppetsRoboticsParent WorkshopParent SupportSelf CareAyurveda

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, November 2-8, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: October 26-November 8, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

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Oct 26

On Saturday, October 26, the New England Air Museum will host a Haunted Hangars Trick or Treat event from 10am-3pm. Ghosts, Witches, Princesses, and Superheroes are invited to tour the museum and collect a treat when they sit in the pilot’s seat of our “spooky themed” historic aircraft. A costume contest will be held where the winning Trick or Treater will receive a free family membership to the museum. Both children and adults are welcome for this kid-friendly, un-scary event. Visitors will also have the chance to climb aboard historic aircraft, plus receive Halloween treats. Other activities include flight simulators and the opportunity to construct your own flying machine during the Build and Fly activity. More information at www.NEAM.org.

 

Nov 1

Join Friends of Children on Friday, November 1, 6-9pm for FOCUS On The Arts, an event celebrating the arts and supporting Friends of Children’s FOCUS program, bringing essential resources to young adults in MA who have aged out of foster care. This event takes place in the Northampton Center For The Arts space. Enjoy live music, delicious catered food, cash bar, and more! Bid on the work of local & regional artists, fun experiences, and other exciting items in their silent & live auctions, including: Artwork by artists Laura Radwell, Patricia Parker, Valerie Bunnell & Peter Max; Improv Party by Heidi Haas; Cocktails & Conversation in the library of cookbook editor Lisa Ekus. Tickets at friendsofchildreninc.org.

Oct 18 – 20 & Oct 25 – 27

Ghouls and Goblins beware! The Look Park Haunted Train has returned for more rides of lightly frightful fun! The fun starts at 5pm and the frights stop at 9pm. The first hour is the calm and the monsters do not chase after the train, best suited for kids who may be most likely to be scared. As the night progresses the creatures begin to run after the train and pop out of the dark! Best for ages 5 and up but all ages are welcome! There is no fee to enter the park, just pay for tickets for your ride. Ages 12 and up $5. Ages 2-11: $4. 2 and under: Free. Friday to Sunday October 25-27. For more information visit: www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457.

Nov 2

Making time for self-care helps the entire family! Celebrate Wellness, Saturday, November 2, 8:30am-5pm at The Hartsbrook School, Hadley. Hands-on sessions with some of the Pioneer Valley’s best practitioners, with a focus on diversifying self-care toolkits. Some skills covered will be: simple seasonal yoga practices and essential oil recipes for fall; immune-boosting herbal tonics; the Feldenkrais Method (think stress, sitting, snow-shoveling); learning first-hand how mindset affects daily outcomes; and the Daily Energy Routine (DER). There will be a Healing Arts panel ready to answer questions. Bring lunch or pre-order with registration. Learn more and register at www.comecelebratewellness.com. 20% off for HF readers – use code “Hilltown”

Begins Nov 3

Skate with the Skating Club of Amherst, the oldest figure skating club in Western MA. They are offering professional instruction at all levels, beginner to advanced. Basic Skills group lessons for ages 4 to adult are offered September to June on Sundays from 5:50-6:30pm at UMass-Amherst Mullins Center practice rink in Amherst. Additional instruction in free-skate, moves in the field, and ice dance for skaters interested in competing and testing. The club is a member of United States Figure Skating and is a private, non-profit organization managed by volunteers. Join them at the rink! Registration forms for sessions beginning in September, November, January and April at www.scamherst.org, email info@scamherst.org or by calling 413-253-6388.

Accepting applications for fall 2020. The Bement School founded in 1925 and located in Deerfield is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 225 students in kindergarten through grade 9. At Bement, the innovative educational approach and rigorous curriculum prepare students well for competitive secondary schools and to tackle the challenges of life. Students work hard, learn to overcome obstacles, persevere with joy and optimism, develop a strong sense of self, and find ways to help others. Children and adults at Bement work together to create a community where all members cultivate mutual respect and understanding within the school and the world. For info on how to arrange a campus visit, call 413-774-4209 www.bement.org.

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across Western Massachusetts and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory? More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
October 26-November 8, 2019

Saturday, Oct 26Sunday, Oct 27
Monday, Oct 28Tuesday, Oct 29Wednesday, Oct 30
Thursday, Oct 31Friday, Nov 1

Saturday, Nov 2Sunday, Nov 3
Monday, Nov 4Tuesday, Nov 5Wednesday, Nov 6
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Learn Local. Play Local.: Pumpkins to Bats. Felting to Perfumery.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

InspirationHalloweenTrick-Or-TreatingSpiritualismPumpkin FestivalFall FestivalHarvest FestivalScarecrowsCreative PlacemakingSense of PlaceNature-Based LearningLocal HabitatBotanyOutdoor AdventuresCanoeingBogsHerbariumsZoologyPaleontologyAstronomyBatsDinosaursCulinary ArtsVegetarianismLocal HarvestApplesApple HistoryCornDairyButcheryCraft FairArts & CraftsFolk TraditionsBlacksmithingCooperingGrist MillingFiber ArtsFeltingFashion HistoryMedicine HistoryPerfumerySocial StudiesLanguage ArtsWriting WorkshopTheater StudiesArt StudiesMuseum AdventuresVan GoghDramaSurrealismTelescopes

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, October 12-18, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

100+ Suggested Events in Western MA: September 28-October 11, 2019

Awarded the “Essential Agent of Change Award” by the MDPH’s Massachusetts Essentials for Childhood, Hilltown Families is recognized as a leading family strengthening initiative in the region, promoting “positive parenting through the social norm of community social connectedness.” Serving Western Massachusetts since 2005, Hilltown Families continues to support the development and enhancement of our local economy and community. Local businesses, farms, individuals, schools, and non-profit organizations are invited to collaborate with Hilltown Families in their community outreach. With over 9,000 opt-in subscribers and 2.6+ million visits to our web site alone, Hilltown Families can deliver your message to thousands of families living throughout the four counties of Western MA! Find out about our affordable advertising options and how you can partner with Hilltown Families in your online marketing by contacting us at info@hilltownfamilies.org… and scroll down to discover community-based educational events and community building opportunities happening this weekend and next week in Western MA!

SUBSCRIBE to our eNewsletter to stay up-to-date!


Class Directory

Western Massachusetts is rich in learning opportunities to supplement the interests of children, teens, and lifelong learners! Hilltown Families Class Directory features classes, lessons, enrichment programs, and membership opportunities across the region and throughout the year. Our Class Directory makes it easier to find these gems while connecting families with resources that support their interests and education, including theater, music, dance, art, and much more. — Have a class, private lesson, or program you’d like to include in our directory?
More Information. | Reserve a spot. | Submit your listing.


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Open House Oct 5

Come to Oak Meadow’s Open House Party on October 5 from 11am-1pm in Brattleboro, VT! Learn about their flexible, progressive homeschooling curriculum and distance learning school for grades K to 12. Speak with teachers, browse curriculum materials, and network with other families. Crafts and activities for students of all ages. Free and open to anyone interested in learning more about independent learning. For more info, visit oakmeadow.com/open-house.

Field Trips

Expand your classroom at the Springfield Museums. With 5 museums to mine for information and activities, the Springfield Museums does what few others can—combine art, history, science, and Dr. Seuss into fun-filled, engaging experiences that reinforce critical thinking & observation skills through inquiry-based learning. The Museums offer a broad range of school programs for all grades and interest levels, and all programs link directly to the MA State Curriculum Frameworks and help students prepare for standardized testing. Learn more at SpringfieldMuseums.org/groups/school. Fall Field Trip Discount: Visit between Oct 1 & Dec 31 for $1 off per student when booking 2+ programs. Contact 413-263-6800 x322 or fieldtrips@springfieldmuseums.org.

Oct 16 – Dec 18

Sense of Place: Life Reflections Through the Seasons” an autumn writing workshop series with Hilltown Families founder, Sienna Wildfield. Understanding how we are a part of our changing landscape year after year as we move through the seasons strengthens our sense of place. Our experiences of autumn in New England as a child, teenager, young adult, parent, and grandparent are very different. Connecting our stages of life experiences through the seasons give us a better understanding of who we are in relation to where we are in the world. This intergenerational 8-week series will be held every Wed at 6pm at the Senior Center Café in Williamsburg. Best for lifelong learners & self-directed teens. Classes begin Oct 16 and run through the end of the year. RSVP: 413-268-8407. Cost: $10/class.

Sep 28

The second annual Arcadia Folk Festival returns on September 28th with Dar Williams, Anaïs Mitchell, Martin Sexton, and many more! This outdoor fall musical event will bring the community together around music in the heart of the Pioneer Valley to celebrate 75 years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. Little Roots and The Mammals will perform music for the entire family. There will be nature activities, nature arts and craft projects, and a nature walk just for kids. The festival will also feature the best in local food vendors and Makers Market craft vendors making work inspired by nature or environmentally friendly / up-cycled art. Kids 10 and under are free! Tickets: www.arcadiafolkfest.com.

Sep 28 & 29

The 21st Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival is the weekend of September 28 & 29, 10am-5pm in Orange, MA! There’s something for everyone at this fabulous family destination on a beautiful farm. Over 100 booths are vibrant with local artists, farmers, fabulous food, chef demos, and skills for local living. Enjoy amazing music, performance, spoken word, and dance on three stages — art and environmental activities for all ages. Admission is good for the weekend! Adults: $10; Students, Seniors, EBT cardholders $5; Kids 12 and under free. Visit www.garlicandarts.org for travel/parking info and full program; follow enjoyable festival updates daily on Facebook!

Fall Sales

Shop local and smart! There’s still time to stock up and save at River Valley Co-op this Fall during their amazing sale events. Get huge deals on full case discounts and more. September 18-October 1, Squirrel Away Savings: Great deals on items perfect for the pantry or freezer. Stock up and enjoy them for months to come! For information on these amazing sales and more, visit River Valley Co-op online at www.rivervalley.coop or call 413-584-2665. Or better yet, stop by! Open from 8am-10pm. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King St. in Northampton.

Oct 12

Saturday, October 12th 10am to 4pm, come enjoy a family friendly fun-filled fall day at Look Park Pumpkin Festival. Bounce houses, carnival games, pumpkin painting and a great juggling and variety show by Steve Corning! Wristbands for unlimited carnival games and a pumpkin to paint: $10. Individual Tickets: $.50 cents each. Visit www.lookpark.org or call 413-584-5457 for details.

Oct 13

Join OnTrend Crafts for their Fall Craft Fair on Sunday, October 13 at the beautiful Hadley Farms Meeting House in Hadley, MA. They’ll have 60 the region’s top crafters and makers selling their high-quality handmade goods. You’ll find jewelry, paper goods, wood crafts, housewares, ceramics, knitted apparel, and much more. Free admission; 10am to 4pm. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at jennifer@ontrendcrafts.com.

Oct 19

The Common School will hold its annual Children’s Carnival, open to the wider Pioneer Valley community, on Saturday, October 19, from 10am-2pm, on the school’s campus at 521 South Pleasant Street in Amherst, MA. Open to the community, the Children’s Carnival will offer old-fashioned activities, games, and entertainment, including a bounce house and live music. Admission to the carnival is free. Games and activities have a small fee. Breakfast, hearty lunches, and treats such as cotton candy, homemade baked goods, and smoothies will be available for purchase. This event will happen, rain or shine! For more information, call 413-256-8989 or go to www.commonschool.org.

Experience the very best with a YMCA in Greenfield Family Membership. When you and your family become members of the YMCA in Greenfield, you become part of Y family; full of caring members and dedicated, supportive staff. Your membership represents an investment in your family, as well as the mission of our Y; as they Y seeks to serve both members and the community, by enhancing the quality of life in Franklin County. Find your healthy – find your community – find yourself – at your YMCA in Greenfield. Free ChildWatch for ages 8 week-7 years. Free Game Room fun for children ages 6+. Fun Family events on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons at no extra cost. Free Dodgeball & Floor Hockey for ages 6-10. Discounts on summer camps, classes, and more! 413-773-3646. info@ymcaingreenfield.org. ymcaingreenfield.org.


LIST OF WEEKLY SUGGESTED EVENTS
September 28 – October 11, 2019

Saturday, Sept 28Sunday, Sept 29
Monday, Sept 30Tuesday, Oct 1Wednesday, Oct 2
Thursday, Oct 3Friday, Oct 4

Saturday, Oct 5Sunday, Oct 6
Monday, Oct 7Tuesday, Oct 8Wednesday, Oct 9
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Learn Local. Play Local.: Fireman’s BBQ to Peach Festival. Salsa Music to Green Living.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Labor DayNatural HistoryPioneer Valley HistoryHolyoke HistoryHilltown HistoryCanalsYo-YosHikingAgricultural FairRegional HeritageRural HeritagePlacemakingCommunity MealBBQFood FestivalGreek FoodPeachesZoologyMarine BiologyBonesSnakesBeaversLivestockBirdingButterfliesEntomologyCitizen ScienceGreen LivingDate NightSalsa MusicKirtanTrain RidesArts Night OutInstallation ArtFine ArtFigure DrawingPoetryLiterary StudiesBalletFolk TraditionsCollaborative ConsumptionFundraiser

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 31-Sept 6, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Contra Dance to Monarch Butterflies. Gaelic Harvest Festival to Shaker Food Traditions.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

New England HeritageAgricultural FairsGrange FairRural HeritageGaelic Harvest FestivalShaker Food TraditionsTomato FestivalFood Truck FestivalFood HistoryNutritional AnthropologyGraham CrackersCommunity MealCivicsCultural StudiesPlacemakingMotoramaBike RepairBack To SchoolHistory HikeHilltown HistoryHolyoke HistoryCivilian Conservation CorpsGeologyZoologyJunior RangersNative SpeciesBeaversMammalsEquine StudiesEquine TherapyBirdingMonarch ButterfliesMindfulnessTheater StudiesShakespeareArt StudiesInstallation ArtVan GoghLeonardo Da VinciFigure DrawingDance StudiesContra DanceLiterary StudiesScrabbleSingingYouth SymphonyClassical MusicAstronomyPhysicsSTEM

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 24-30, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Starfish to Glass Art. Social Movements to Rural Heritage.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsRural HeritageNew England HeritageAgricultural HistoryTextilesAgricultural Fair4-HSustainable LivingArt StudiesTeen ArtInstallation ArtVan GoghSocial MovementsPicture Book ArtGlass ArtMusic StudiesShape Note SingingSymphonyA CappellaClassical MusicCommunity ConcertLawn ConcertDance StudiesContemporary DanceFolkloreTheater StudiesShakespeareOutdoor PerformanceFairiesStarfishRabbitsBeaversAmphibiansGeologyAstronomySTEMComputer CodingArchitectureEconomicsCulinary DesignCommunity MealTea TimeBlueberriesPeachesHarvest SupperCreative Free-PlayParanormalRoller DerbyTai Chi & Aikido

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 17-23, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Chinese Painting to Bike Repair. Meteor Showers to Sturgeon Moon.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

New England HeritageAgriculture HistoryAgricultural FairsRural HeritageFarmers’MarketCountry FairApple OrchardBook SaleDowntown CelebrationLawn ConcertZoologyMammalsBatsBeaversReligious StudiesKirtanFolk TraditionsBike RepairTheaterShakespeareHansel & GretelMother GooseArt StudiesChinese PaintingVan GoghPicture Book ArtSocial MovementsReading To DogsLiteracyLiterary StudiesMusic StudiesMusic FestivalSymphonyClassicalContemporary DancePlacemakingCollaborative ConsumptionSustainabilitySkillshareCreative Free-PlayCommerceArchitectureAviationSTEMPhysicsYo-YoNatural HistoryAstronomyPlanetariumMeteor ShowerConstellationsSturgeon Moon

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 10-16, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Fairy Tale to Folk Stories. Cider Pairing to Agricultural History.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Revolutionary WarAgricultural HistoryNative American HeritageShaker FoodwaysBritish CultureBlacksmithingQi GongContemporary DanceMusic StudiesMusical InstrumentsMusic PerformanceClassical MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmTheater StudiesImmersive TheaterFairy TaleFolk StoriesLiterature in TranslationNutritional AnthropologyCider PairingTea TimeLobsterMarine BiologyBeaversOwlsNative SpeciesAstronomyEconomicsUrban EcologyRowingHelicopterBike RepairMagicParanormalRenaissance FairNative American FestivalSkillsharingFolk TraditionsCommunity MealIntergenerationalCreative Free-PlayPlacemakingCommercial Free

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, Aug 3-9, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Motorcycles to Skateboarding. Youth Theater to Family Concert.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsSkillsharingPreserving FruitPotteryFarmingTextile ArtsAgricultural HistoryLocal HistoryTransportation HistoryAviationBucklandDeerfieldSpringfieldMiddle AgesRenaissance FairGather In FestivalBlock PartyArt WalkMusic FestivalFamily Outdoor ConcertLawn ConcertJazzKlezmer MusicMusical InstrumentsBotanyEcologyFernsBirdsNative SpeciesStargazingSolar SystemTheater StudiesAutobiographicalMusicalYouth TheaterClowningPuppet TheaterMarionettesGhostsLiterature in TranslationContemporary DanceReading to DogsCanoeingLabyrinthSkateboardingBaseballMotorcyclesJetsChessKnitting

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 27-Aug 2, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Blueberry Pie to Tea Party. Nature-Based Learning to Placemaking.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Outdoor AdventuresWaterwaysCanoeingStargazingMountain HikeBoat CruiseBaseballCultural StudiesScottishShakerRural LivingIndigenous Heritage60s Pop CultureFolk TraditionsCanningEmily DickinsonEdith WhartonMary PoppinsStorytellingIce Cream SocialTea PartyBlueberry PieLocal HistoryColonial HistoryLiving HistoryAgricultureCanalsAstronomyAviationJetsPollinatorsMothsNative SpeciesWildlifeBeaversStarsOrnithologyEcologyMarine BiologyZoologyEntomologyRiversFamily PerformanceTheater StudiesExperiential TheaterFamily TheaterYouth TheaterMusicalImprovShakespeareContemporary DanceMusic StudiesLawn ConcertKlezmer

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 20-26, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Canoeing to Folk Traditions. Waterways to Shakers.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Folk TraditionsFruit PreservesShaker GardeningMasonryMusic FestivalTown FairBeach PartyCommunity PicnicOutdoor FilmNature-Based LearningZoologyEntomologyOrnithologyEcologyGeologyCosmologyDaytime CanoeingEvening PaddleMoonlight Canoeing Guided HikingBeaversDragonfliesNative SpeciesWetlandsWaterwaysAviationLunar LandingSolar SystemTheater StudiesMusicalBiographical TheaterImmersive TheaterDance StudiesContemporary DanceMusic StudiesSwing MusicLawn ConcertDrummingKirtanReligious StudiesShakerLocal HistoryAgriculture4-HLiterary StudiesStorytellingReading to DogsSummer PlaygroupBaseballPostcardsMagic

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 13-19, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Beekeeping to Bird Watching. Natural History to Social Issues.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Literature In TranslationLiterary StudiesStorytimeButterfliesBeekeepingBird WatchingGeologyNatural HistoryMarine BiologyBiodiversityPond EcologyZoologyOrnithologyMycologyEcologyInvasive SpeciesApiculturistsService-Based LearningWild EdiblesGardeningCanoeingEvening PaddleGuided HikeAerodynamicsAviation HistoryLocal HistoryFrederick DouglassShakersDance StudiesReligion StudiesNutritional AnthropologyIce CreamTea TimePicnicSocial IssuesLawn ConcertOutdoor Film
Music FestivalFolk SongsMusicalFairy TaleBlack ComedyFamily ComedyCircus ArtsContemporary DanceAquariumMuseum AdventuresLibraryWatershed

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, July 6-12, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!


Learn Local. Play Local. is supported in part by a grant from the Agawam, Buckland, Deerfield, Gill, Hadley, New Salem, Plainfield, Shelburne Southampton, Tolland, and Westhampton Cultural Councils, local agencies that are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Independence Day to Summer Concerts. Geology to Zoology.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Summer ReadingLiterary StudiesLiterature In TranslationReading To DogsFarm AnimalsNative SpeciesWatershedOrnithologyNature-Based LearningLavender FestivalGarden TourManufacturing HistoryTextile HistoryLiving HistoryNew England HistoryAviation HistorySolar SystemStar GazingDinner TheaterMusicalPlayFairy TaleMary PoppinsInto The WoodsGuided HikeZoologyFamily ConcertCreative Free-PlayPlaygroupBaseballFireworks4th of JulyParadesFood Justice

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 29-July 5, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Strawberries to Salsa Dancing. Lavender to Labyrinths.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Wild FoodsAstronomyAviationTransportationSTEMCollaborative ConsumptionOpen Studio TourState ParksCommunity PicnicLavender FestivalLabyrinthNaturalist ProgramCivic OrganizationsLocal HistoryColonial HistoryNautical HistorySummitsZinesPicture Book ArtsLiterary StudiesArt SuppliesFireworksBaseballTheater StudiesPodcastingMusicalLiterature In TranslationLawn ConcertGeologyInterpretive WalkOrnithologyEntomologySpidersFirefliesGoatsPigsCowsBeaversMagic

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 22-28, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Strawberries to Summer Solstice. Father’s Day to Community Celebrations.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

Town CelebrationCommunity DayRiver CelebrationFaerie FestivalPride FestivalFather’s DayBaseballSummer SolsticeCommunity MealSkillsharingSustainabilityMedieval StudiesWorld StudiesMusic StudiesFolk MusicFiddle MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmFilm StudiesLiving HistoryExperiential LearningWalking TourArchitectureCulinary ArtsWild FoodStrawberriesFarmers’ MarketTheater StudiesImprovMusicalGeologyEgyptTransportationAviationHelicoptersTrolleysBeaversPigsDogsNaturalistPoetryMuseumsPlasticLeonardo da VinciPaleontologySolar EnergyService-Based LearningExperiential LearningSewingSummer Camp

These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 15-21, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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Learn Local. Play Local.: Music Studies to Geology. Creative Free Play to Early Childhood Education.

Community-Based Education Highlights
for Western Massachusetts

PlacemakingCreative Free PlayCommunity MealsCommunity DayCanalsDamsMuralsCemeteryHydroelectricityTransportationFish MigrationLanguage DevelopmentEarly Childhood EducationContemporary ArtChinese Brush PaintingHerbalismWild EdiblesGarden TourFarmers’ MarketRhubarbBeekeepingVeterinary ScienceDogsPigsGoat CareReading to GoatsZinesStorywalkInterpretive WalkHistoric Walking ToursGuided ToursSocial TheaterMusic StudiesJewish/Jazz Music ♦ Jewish/African MusicBarbershop QuartetJazzFiddle MusicLawn ConcertOutdoor FilmPhysics ♦ GeologyArchitectureNaturalistBaseball


These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 8-15, 2019. Click through, peruse our list below, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe! Read the rest of this entry »

Learn Local. Play Local.: Migration to Reconciliation Ecology. Duct Tape to Michelangelo.

Vernal Pools: Annual Amphibian Migration

Amphibian migration will be any day now!

On a rainy evening (or two or three) very soon, all over New England, when the snow and ice are almost gone, and the temperature is 40 degrees or more, frogs and salamanders will make their annual spring migration.

 

They wend their way from their upland winter havens to the vernal pools where they hatched to lay their fertilized eggs in the water. Sometimes, however, roads cross these ancient paths, and many of them are killed. The Wendell State Forest Alliance invites families to help our fellow amphibian neighbors avoid this fate by participating as a salamander crossing guard!

Here’s how: Wash your hands (don’t use any lotion), put on rain gear and a reflective vest, take a flashlight and walk to the amphibian crossing closest to your home. Then wet your hands in rainwater, pick them up very carefully and carry them across the road in the direction they were headed. Touching them with dry hands can damage the protective coat on their skin. Ask members of your local Conservation Commission where amphibians crossroads in your town. As this involves activity in the road at night, children must have adult supervision.

The Hitchcock Center in Amherst has instructions for participating as a crossing guard at the Henry Street tunnels on “Big Night,” which you can download here and also apply towards the nearest vernal pool to your home. And Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton has an annual event for Big Night every March, perfect for families with younger children.

Read more about vernal pools in our post, Learning Ahead: Spring Landscape & Vernal Pools.

Learn Local. Play Local.: Hamantaschen to Butter. Neon to Book History.

25 Community-Based Educational Highlights: Pablo Picasso to Emily Dickinson. Community Meals to Winter Festivals.

Pablo Picasso to Leonardo da Vinci. Anatomy and physiology to zymology. Agriculture to wildlife. These are just a few of the community-based learning highlights we’re featuring this week. Peruse our list and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play!

Featured seasonal highlight this week:

Think about this … How would families and neighbors gather in the winter before the invention of automobiles and highways? How did the inability to travel far distances impact communities and relationships? How do winter festivals gather communities together? What types of activities do they host to foster connection and togetherness during the colder months? Download our Jan/Feb edition of Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts for embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts, like our winter festivals!

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