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  1. Anne said,

    March 24, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Cost many different classes and locations

    Friendly Zumba Class Schedule Reminder

    Tuesday 03/19/2019 5:30pm
    First Congregational Church
    165 Main Street , Amherst, MA 01002 Price $7.00/class
    Class cards are available. 5 classes for $35 & 10 classes for $60.
    *We meet in the cafeteria!*

    Thursday 03/21/2019 5:30pm
    First Congregational Church
    165 Main Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    Price $7.00/class
    Class cards are available. 5 classes for $35 & 10 classes for $60.
    *We meet in the cafeteria!*

    * Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after class. Keep your body hydrated.
    * Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
    * Bring a small towel (Optional)

    *** First Congregational Church keeps its doors locked. If I am not at the door, there is a notice on all of the doors of the church with a phone number. Please call that number so someone can let you in.***

    ***NEW CLASS ALERT***
    FAMILY YOGA SATURDAYS 10:00AM – 10:45AM
    THE CENTER DANCE STUDIO AMHERST, MA 01002
    MUST REGISTER FOR THE CLASS or visit to try.
    EMAIL IF YOUR ARE INTERESTED IN MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CLASS AND REGISTRATION!

    Ongoing Classes!
    Drop ins are welcome for all adult classes! (Minimum 2 people to hold class)

    *Afro- Caribbean Dance Fusion Class*
    Tuesdays 9:30am – 10:30am
    Ascendance Inner World Arts Florence, MA
    $12.00 per class (Drop In)

    *Adult Dance & Fitness*
    (Afro Caribbean)
    Saturdays 1:30PM – 2:30PM
    The Center Dance Studio Amherst, MA
    $12.00 per class (Drop In)

    ***EVENT ALERT***
    MOUNTAIN TOP YOGA usually last Sunday of each month
    MOUNT SUGARLOAF, SOUTH DEERFIELD
    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, DONATIONS ARE WELCOME.
    CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

    Quote of the month! “Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore

    ” Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s dance!'”

    |Invite a friend to a class! Dancing and working out with a friend is always a good time!
    If you have any questions, concerns, or need anything please do not hesitate to reply back or call me.

    **I am still offering private yoga, dance, shiatsu, and reiki sessions. If you’re interested in making an appointment, please email me.**

    Tiffany Joseph
    Zumba Instructor
    Dance Instructor
    Yoga Instructor
    Shiatsu & Reiki Practitioner
    Holistic Health and Wellness Coach
    413-461-0494

    Find, Like, and Follow me on Social Media! :)
    Facebook: Grounded In Movement – Dance & Zumba with Tiffy
    Facebook: Grounded By Yoga – Yoga with TiffyJ
    Instagram: dangerously_flyy
    Twitter: yoginidancer1
    Pintrest: yoginidancertiffj

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  2. Ruth Ever said,

    March 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    The last Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 of the school year is happening on Tuesdays April 2-May 21 (skip 4/16) at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton.

    This free program includes a healthy dinner from 5:30-6 pm and program each week from 6-8 pm. Free childcare for younger siblings available. Register and more info at: http://www.EasthamptonCoalition.org. Or check out the facebook event: ttps://www.facebook.com/events/421821805252157/

    This top-rated program by the World Health Organization engages families in fun activities while building skills and support for the youth and those parenting them. All families welcome!

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  3. Anne said,

    February 23, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    Cost Preschool Hitchcock Center Amherst

    with Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child.)

    nonpaying siblings are allowed but you need to ask Colleen.

    All three of my kids loved Colleen as their teacher and her programs. We learned so much as a family.

    Friday
    morning session: 9:30-11:30am or
    Friday afternoon session: 1-3pm

    March 22, 29 April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (no class April 19)
    Members: $220/Non-members: $255

    Spring 2019: Prehistoric Preschool Hitchcock Center’s award-winning preschool program offers weekly outdoor exploration combined with multi-modal learning experiences to foster wonder and curiosity about the natural world. This spring we will travel back in time to the days of the dinosaurs. Children will learn about dinosaurs through stories, songs, movement and crafts. We will compare different dinosaurs, dig for bones, and learn about the plants they munched on. Come have a dinomite time! Register at hitchcockcenter.org.

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    845 West Street,
    Amherst, MA off 116

    https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/nature-discovery-preschool/

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  4. Laurie Davidson said,

    January 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Mucho Gusto Spanish classes
    Thursdays in Florence at the Lilly Library
    January 17-March 28, no class 2/28
    2:45-3:25: ages 5-7
    3:30-4:15 ages 7-10
    4:20-4:55 ages 5-7 FULL
    5:00-5:35 ages birth-5 with parents

    Tuesdays in Greenfield at the Saints James and Andrew Church
    January 15-March 25, no class 2/26
    3:30-4:15 for ages 6+
    4:20-4:55 for ages 4-5

    $160 first child, siblings $140
    muchogustospanish@gmail.com for more info or to register

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  5. January 10, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Explorers Club, Ages 10-13 Wednesdays April 24- May 29. Explore, learn, hike and play in nature this Spring! Different adventures weekly! Members $60, Guests $72
    Great Barrington, MA

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  6. January 10, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Rec Club Ages 10-13, Berkshire South Recreational Community Center. Mondays 5:30-6:30 Per Class: $4, Members and $6 Guests

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  7. Anne said,

    January 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Spots open for public Dance Classes–Family Yoga and Family Hip Hop, Saturdays 8 classes or 16 classes (2 semesters) in Amherst, MA.

    K-12 Class – other classes offered too.
    Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule – January 14th – May 20th

    https://thecenterdance.com/class-sched…/k-12-class-schedule/
    The Center Dance Studio
    321 Main St.
    Amherst, MA 01002

    Contact Us:
    thecenterdanceschool@gmail.com
    – Caddy
    – Ashley

    thecenterdance.com

    K-12 Class Schedule
    Winter/Spring 2019 Schedule – January 14th – May 20th Technique…

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  8. Anne said,

    December 30, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Few Open spots in Homeschool, Preschool and after school Programs at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst.

    Cost for programs. https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

    We have openings for both preschools, and the discovery days. We have a few openings for both homeschool classes and the Monday and Wednesday afterschool programs.

    Shelly
    Center and Volunteer Coordinator
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    P | 413-256-6006
    F | 413-253-2809
    Center Hours:
    Tuesday – Thursday 9AM-5:30PM
    Friday 9AM-5PM
    Education for a Healthy Planet https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/
    Homeschool Programs

    Our Homeschool programs—both Hitchcock Homeschool and Homeschool Discovery Days—provide children with science and nature themes designed to encourage thoughtful curiosity. This year-round homeschool program provides innovative curriculum to help children ages 6–12 develop the skills and competencies they need to become environmentally literate.
    Registration for Winter and some Spring Children & Family programs is open.

    Click HERE to register for a program.
    Please note: Membership renewal is no longer a part of program registration. Please renew your membership here.
    Financial aid available. Click here to learn more.
    Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.
    Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

    Homeschool I: Animals That Build
    With Katie Koerten Ages 6-8
    Tuesdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm
    March 12 – June 4 (No program April 2, 16, May 7)
    Members: $450/Non-members: $560
    They don’t use blueprints or fancy tools, but animals can be amazing builders by using natural materials like leaves, sticks and even spit! Whether it’s for nests, homes, camouflage or catching prey, animals have a lot of reasons for their architecture. At this homeschool session we will explore the construction skills of animals and build creations of our own. While we study animals, we will also think about human architecture: we will learn about the features of Hitchcock Center’s “Living Building” and the choices we made to make our building kind to the planet. Hikes, home projects, games and field trips are all part of the fun! Limited to 15 participants per age group.

    Homeschool II: Spring into Citizen Science
    With Jeff Mazur Ages 9-12
    Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
    March 12 – June 4 (No program April 2, 16, May 7)
    Members: $450/Non-members: $560
    Spring is an amazing time of year! As the natural world begins to wake up from winter there are lots of changes happening. As part of Spring into Citizen Science – we will become researchers. Working with scientists on local and national science projects, collecting data that matters! For this homeschool series we will dive into different science projects and asking lots of questions, such as: What do spotted salamanders do in spring? Who are our local migrating fish, and why do they migrate? When do flowers bloom and buds burst? And more! Kids can offer a new way of looking at an issue, so bring your scientific mind, observation skills and unique perspective to our class. Through observation, special guests, field trips, and surveys, we will study the world around us and contribute to science while also having fun, exploring and playing games.

    Homeschool Discovery Days
    with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
    Tuesdays 10am-2pm
    January 15, 29, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, June 11
    Members: $45 per program/Non-members: $55 per program
    Ages 6-12
    Do you love science and nature? Do you want to see what the Hitchcock Homeschool program is all about? Sign up for our Discovery Days, our one-time programs about science and nature. In a mixed-age setting, we explore cool topics at the Hitchcock Center, meet science experts, and sometimes go on field trips. Our Discovery Day programs are appropriate for everyone from first time to veteran homeschoolers, and we welcome almost-6 year olds who are interested in joining our class in the spring. This is designed as a drop-off program. Limited to 12 participants per program.

    January 15: Animal Tracks and Signs with Jeff Mazur
    The winter is a fantastic time to look for who is living in the forest. At this program we will learn how to spot tracks and signs, and venture out into the woods to test our skills. When we come back in we will make track stories about what we found or from our own imagination.

    January 29: Snowflakes and Crystals with Jeff Mazur
    Have you ever taken the time to notice the beauty of a snowflake? We will learn about “Snowflake” Bentley, who spent his life photographing snowflakes, appreciate how these and other crystals form, and go on a winter adventure!

    February 5: EcoQuest with Jeff Mazur
    Bring your riddle solving clues and sharp eyes as we go on an adventure. At this program we will go on a outdoor quest to find a treasure hidden in the woods. Then we will hide our own treasures, create treasure maps that lead to them, and see if our friends in class can find what we hid!
    March 5: Life of a Tree with Katie Koerten
    How much do you know about trees? It’s a great time of year to compare bark, branches and twigs and study the makeup of the forest. Indoors we’ll become a tree and act out what’s happening inside the trunk, and then we’ll venture into the woods to appreciate trees at all stages of their lives.

    April 2: Composting with Worms with Jeff Mazur
    How do you make your garden grow? With compost, of course! We will get to meet some worms and their composting compatriots both in the classroom and in the wild. We will also make our own mini worm bins to take home!

    May 7: Mountains and Valleys with Katie Koerten
    Travel to Skinner State Park to explore some of the most fascinating geology in the world on Mount Holyoke! We’ll go back in time as we imagine the geologic events that took place millions of years ago right under our feet, and see the proof in the rocks. This field trip involves a hike that is strenuous at times.

    June 11: Life in a Pond with Katie Koerten
    Living in the pond isn’t easy, but dragonflies nymphs, whirligig beetles and and giant water bugs have what it takes! At this class we’ll learn about the amazing adaptations that aquatic insects have to survive, then we’ll take the PVTA to Bramble Hill Farm to collect and observe a wonderful diversity of live specimens!

    Preschool Programs
    This award-winning parent and child preschool program for ages 3–5 offers weekly outdoor exploration combined with multi-modal learning experiences to foster wonder and curiosity about the natural world. Fall and Spring sessions are offered Friday mornings and afternoons.
    Registration for Winter and some Spring Children & Family programs is now open.

    Click HERE to register for a program.
    Please note: Membership renewal is no longer a part of program registration. Please renew your membership here.
    Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.
    Space is limited. An adult is required to attend with child. This program is part of a series and is not open as a drop-in class. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee. https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

    Winter Preschool Days With Colleen Kelley
    Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
    Fridays, 9:30-11:30am
    Members: $20/Non-Members: $2
    Sign up for all 3: Members:$55/Non-Members:$70
    Celebrate the outdoors in winter with your preschooler and Colleen! Sign up for one, two or all three winter programs. Come prepared for winter outdoor exploration!

    January 11: Animals Getting Ready for Winter

    January 25: Signs of Animals

    February 15: Slip, Slide- Ice and Snow!

    Discount available! Register for all three winter preschool days and receive $5 off your total registration fee.

    Nature Discovery Preschool: PreHistoric Preschool
    With Colleen Kelley Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child)
    Fridays, Morning session: 9:30-11:30am, Afternoon session: 1-3pm
    March 22, 29 April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (no class April 19)
    Members: $220/Non-members: $255

    This season we will travel back in time to the days of the dinosaurs. Children will learn about dinosaurs through stories, songs, movement and crafts. We will compare different dinosaurs, dig for bones, and learn about the plants they munched on. https://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

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  9. julielappingrivera said,

    December 28, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Feather Press Studio in Leverett offers art classes for everyone! New semester begins January 3rd. After school art for elementary age students, parent-child Saturday morning workshops, and daytime and evening classes for adults. Please check the website for more information and to register:www.FeatherPressStudio.com. Scholarships available.

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  10. December 28, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs
    Winter Sessions start Friday, January 4
    Amherst, MA
    2 Groups: HERON–ages 7+ and SWIFT EAGLE–preteens & teens

    Winter is a great time to be outside! With Earthwork Programs, children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), animal tracking, and more! 8-week Winter session is Fridays from 9:30 am-2 pm, and tuition is $440-$560, sliding scale. Register online (https://earthworkprograms.com/childrens-programs/heron/) OR call 413-340-1161

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  11. December 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Who’s Been Here?
    Saturday, January 26
    1-2 pm
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    413-863-3221
    Janel.nockleby@mass.gov
    Greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 1376
    Free
    Join us for a tracking adventure to find out who has been outside in the snow at the Discovery Center. We will investigate the mysterious signs that wildlife leave behind through stories, crafts, and exploring outside. Bundle up! For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.

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  12. December 26, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Animal Homes in Winter: Where Are All the Animals Hiding?
    Saturday, January 19
    1-2 pm
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    413-863-3221
    Janel.nockleby@mass.gov
    Greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 1376
    Free
    Winter is a time for staying snug and warm for animals too! Join us as we investigate the secret hidden animal homes of the season through stories, crafts, and activities. For ages 3 – 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome. Weather permitting we may explore outside. Bundle up!

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  13. December 26, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Kidleidoscope Story Hour
    Three Fridays in January
    1/4: Raptors; 1/18: Winter bugs; 1/25: Who lives in a tree?
    10:30–11:30 am
    Ages 3-6
    Free
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    413-863-3221
    Janel.nockleby@mass.gov
    Greatfallsdiscoverycenter.org
    Great Falls Discovery Center
    2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 1376
    Free

    Come learn about our wildlife neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River Watershed. Program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce young children to wildlife along the river. Meet in the Great Hall. For ages 3-6, accompanied by an adult. Siblings and friends welcome.

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  14. Nili said,

    December 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    CARPENTRY WITH CONFIDENCE

    Abundance Farm is offering a six week carpentry class for kids in grades 3rd-6th, beginning Jan 3, 2018. Classes will take place 3:30-4:30 on Thursdays, at the makerspace in Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St.

    Learn some great woodworking skills while collaborating as a team on a farm carpentry project. Create something that will help the farm for years to come! There will also be at least one small take-home project. This elective counts towards the Abundance Farm carpentry badge and will be led by Shira Breen and Nili Simhai.

    The program costs $120 for six weeks. Scholarships available on a case-by-case basis. To register, email Ashley Hooten at ahooten@landergrinspoon.org. For all other questions, including scholarship inquiries, email Nili Simhai at nili@abundancefarm.org

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  15. Anne said,

    December 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Cost

    Are you looking for a playful & creative experience for your children? Check out

    ​ Valley Performance Playground’s newest THURSDAY CLASSES:

    CLASS: ​Movers and Shakers ​a creative movement class for little ones and their grown-ups PLACE: Little Roots Music Studio, 46 Maple St, Florence TIME: Thursdays, 9:30-10:15am, Jan 10-April 4, 2019 AGES:1.5-5-yrs, and their grown-ups INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Marcus COST: $150 for 12-wks, $80 for 6-class-flex pass, $15 drop-in

    CLASS: ​Mini Musical for ​a daytime class featuring theater games, improvisation, movement, singing, and drumming, and culminating in an original musical PLACE: Northampton Center for the Arts, Downstairs, 33 Hawley St, Northampton TIME: Thursdays, 10:45am-12:45pm, Jan 10-April 4, 2019 AGES: 6-12 INSTRUCTORS: Sarah Marcus and Felicia Sloin COST: $325, half-price for siblings

    REGISTRATION INFO: ​www.valleyperformanceplayground.com/classes EMAIL: sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.com

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  16. Anne said,

    December 6, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    http://art-always.net/

    Winter 2019 Art Class Schedule http://art-always.net/

    Drawing and Painting (Ages 5-11)
    Mondays, January 14 – March 4 (No class 1/21 or 2/18)
    6 weeks
    3:30pm – 4:45pm
    $120 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    This class is all about having fun while making 2D art! Students will develop their painting and drawing skills through technique demonstrations, material experimentation and projects exploring a variety of themes including landscape, portraiture, still life, figure drawing, abstraction and more. We will also learn ways that line, value, color, perspective and design principles can enhance a work of a art. This is a fun and relaxed class for children of all levels!
    Register for Drawing and Painting

    Drawing and Painting for Teens (Ages 11 – 16)
    Tuesdays, January 15 – March 5 (no class 2/19)
    7 weeks
    3:30pm – 4:30pm
    $130 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    This class is for “tweens” and teens who are wanting to delve into observational drawing and painting. We’ll work from still life, the figure, reference photos, and our imaginations as we explore painting on canvas, drawing with charcoal and graphite, perspective, and a variety of other skills and materials. This will be a fun hour each week for this age group to develop their skills and do some experimenting with materials. ** Projects do not repeat from session to session.
    Register for Drawing and Painting for Teens

    Art Exploration (Ages 5 – 11)
    Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6 (no class 2/20)
    7 weeks 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    $120 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    This class is perfect for children who want to try a little bit of everything! Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and techniques. Throughout the session we will experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, collage, and more! At the end of each class there will be “choice time”: an opportunity for students to explore materials and subject matter of their choice.
    Register for Art Exploration

    Art Exploration (Ages 5 – 11)
    Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6 (no class 2/20)
    7 weeks
    3:30pm – 4:45pm
    $130 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    This class is perfect for children who want to try a little bit of everything! Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and techniques. Throughout the session we will experiment with painting, printmaking, drawing, fiber arts, sculpture, collage, and more! At the end of each class there will be “choice time”: an opportunity for students to explore materials and subject matter of their choice.
    Register for Art Exploration

    Parent/Child Workshops
    Join us a for a fun morning of collaborative art-making! $10 for each art-making participant (parents need only pay if they plan on making projects themselves — there is no fee for coming to help your child).
    **all children must be accompanied by a participating grown-up
    Saturday, January 26
    9-10:30am
    Panda Stuffies, Oil pastel trees with snowflake prints, Aurora Borealis Pastel landscapes
    Register for Parent/Child Workshop
    Saturday, February 10
    9-10:30am
    Picasso inspired instrument collage, Hibernating bear sculptures; Fingerprint Birds on a Wire
    Register for Parent/Child Workshop
    Saturday, March 23
    9-10:30am
    Projects coming soon…
    Register for Parent/Child Workshop
    Saturday, April 7
    9-10:30am
    Projects coming soon…
    Register for Parent/Child Workshop
    Saturday, May 4
    9-10:30am
    Projects coming soon…
    Register for Parent/Child Workshop

    Art Exploration Vacation Fun
    February Vacation Week (2/18 -2/22)
    Ages 5-10
    9-11:30am
    $135
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits
    This is a chance for kids to escape the cold and spend some relaxed time in the studio making art! Projects throughout the week will focus on drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, fiber art, printmaking and more and will be inspired by a variety of themes and artists. Our mornings will be a mix of art-making, snack-eating and game-playing! Bring a snack and water bottle. (Registration deadline is Monday, 2/11)
    Register for February Vacation Camp

    Winter Weather Policy: Art Always follows Northampton Public Schools. If Northampton cancels for the day, classes at the studio are canceled for the day. In the case that weather strikes in the afternoon, I may make the decision to cancel classes and will be in touch directly by email and phone. Classes will be made-up by extending the session an extra week.

    Copyright © 2018 Art Always, All rights reserved.
    You are receiving this email because you have expressed interest in Art Always classes.

    Our mailing address is:
    Art Always
    221 Pine St
    #314
    Florence, MA 01062 http://art-always.net/

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  17. Tammy said,

    November 17, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Mountain View Dance Sunderland, Mass.
    413-665-7679
    http://Www.mountainviewdance.com
    The month of Dec. come try a dance class for the entire month for free!
    Serving ages 2-adult

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  18. becketathenaeum said,

    November 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    The Becket Athenaeum’s Preschool STEAM Group Returns!

    Join us for FREE Preschool educational programming!

    STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math

    Did you ever think that some things are too hard to do at home with your kids?
    We will give you fun, easy, and not too messy ways to practice STEAM at home with your child/children.

    Join us for an hour of great fun!

    This is an opportunity to inspire your kids to engineer, create, design, explore, and build!

    Tuesdays
    November 20, 27
    December 11, 18
    1-2pm

    Becket Athenaeum
    3367 Main St
    Becket MA 01223

    FREE!

    For more information, call 413-623-5483, email: info@bwlibrary.org, or visit our website at: http://www.becketathenaeum.org

    The Central Berkshire Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

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  19. Kalpana Devi said,

    October 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    To those of you with young people ages 12-18 in your life, I’d like to let you know about a one-of-a-kind dance program starting this Fall called One Earth Drum & Dance Co. The group will be led by Kalpana Devi of the local band ReBelle, plus a variety of other guest choreographers, drummers, and community leaders. The focus is on empowering participants by nurturing their creative expression, instilling a sense of inclusion, and leveraging their unique gifts as a way to engage in their community. The group will meet throughout the academic year, approximately once per month, in Amherst. Most of the meet-ups will be on Fridays from 4-8pm, with some exceptions.

    At each scheduled gathering, the company will meet, warm up, drum, dance, have dinner, enjoy a themed talk, discuss ideas, inspirations, activism and plan for the next meet-up. At every meet-up there will be group classes taught with an emphasis on personal development, well-being, and collective rapport. Rehearsals and creative process will be directed with a focus on artistic integrity, technical development and freedom to explore. Multi-level classes will complement scheduled time for creative content geared toward individual drummers’ and dancers’ skill sets. The program will culminate on June 1st and 2nd with performances for friends, family, and community!

    Registrations will be accepted through December 14th. Scholarship money is available.

    If this sounds like a good fit for a young person in your life, please contact Kalpana for further details. She can be reached at OneEarthCo@gmail.com or 413-687-1558.

    Thank you, and Happy Fall!

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  20. julielappingrivera said,

    August 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Feather Press Studio is a two story art and print studio in Leverett, just minutes from Amherst. At Feather Press, aspiring artists can explore their creativity in an intimate studio atmosphere that supports the joy of play and discovery through art making. Daytime, after school and evening classes for kids, teens and adults are offered throughout the year. Classes are taught by Julie Lapping Rivera.

    We are now accepting registration for our Fall-Winter classes, which start September 11th. Please visit our website: http://www.FeatherPressStudio.com for details and to register.

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  21. August 30, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer Community Dance programs for all children ages 5-18 beginning September 23. Registration is open now: sbschool.org/communitydance.

    Direct Cat Wagner offers quality creative movement, ballet, and contemporary classes in a nurturing environment where children and adolescents can build confidence and a sense of well-being through the art of dance. While our program’s foundation is on robust skill development for young dancers, we also bring dance alive using a collaborative atmosphere where students build trust, community, and new perspectives.

    Classes take place in the Stoneleigh-Burnham dance studio in Greenfield, and are limited to 15 students each. Our program ends with a full-length collaborative piece with students in the SBS dance program at our Spring Dance Concert.

    Students enroll for the full year of 30 classes. The schedule was developed in accordance with the Greenfield Public Schools calendar, beginning Sept. 23, 2018 through May 19, 2019.

    Classes and Schedule for 2018-2019
    Creative Movement/Ballet I (ages 5-7)
    Wednesday, 4:15-5 p.m.
    $450

    Ballet II/Contemporary I (ages 8-11)
    Wednesday 5-6 p.m.
    $450

    Advanced Classes
    We integrate advanced dancers with the SBS Dance Program. Students may perform publicly with the school’s Dance Department for Winter and Spring Concerts.
    1 class/week $495
    2 classes/week $685

    Advanced Ballet – Pointe (ages 14+)
    Tues/Thurs, 3:45-5:15 p.m.

    Advanced Contemporary (14+)
    Mon/Weds 3:45-5:15 p.m.
    Weds 1-2:30 p.m.

    Class dates (30)
    Sept 23, Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12, Jan 2, Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 20, Feb 27, Mar 20, Mar 27, Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22.

    May 29: Spring Dance Concert Dress Rehearsal
    May 30: Spring Dance Concert

    A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is due with your application to reserve class placement. Payments may be split, with 50% due Sept. 30, 2018 and 50% due January 31, 2019. Enjoy a 10% discount on the remaining tuition balance if paid in full by Oct. 1, 2018.

    Register now: sbschool.org/communitydance

    Cat Wagner is a full-time dance teacher and houseparent. She holds an MFA in choreography and performance from Smith College and a BA in theater arts from Brandeis University. Before coming to SBS, she was in NYC where she had been working as a teaching artist for Mark Morris Dance Center, New York City Ballet, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. In addition, she has been a visiting artist at Mount Holyoke College, adjunct dance faculty at Amherst College, and a teaching fellow at Smith College, and has also worked for several summers at the Bates Dance Festival.

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  22. Jenny said,

    August 27, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    4H Babysitting Training Course

    Prepare to be a super babysitter with 4H!

    By taking this course, you will develop the skills needed to become a caring, trustworthy, responsible and competent babysitter. You will learn how to care for children, how to solve problems, how to keep children safe and happy, how to talk with parents and adults, how to make responsible decisions, and how to handle emergencies.

    Learn: Safety, First Aid, Child Development, Nutrition, Entertaining Children, and the Business of Babysitting.

    For ages 11-17 Pre-registration Required*

    Friday Sept. 21st and Friday Oct. 5th 3:30-5:50 PM

    *Space is limited. Pre-registrants will receive a babysitting manual. There is no cost for this course.
    To register, call the library or email: jmartinez-nocito@cwmars.org

    http://www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org
    413-665-2642

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  23. Jenny said,

    August 27, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Writing with Nell – FREE! Creative writing fun for ages 10-17
    Play with your words! Join Nell Wright, local author and writing teacher, at the Sunderland Public Library this fall.

    Open to students ages 10+ who love to write, like to write, or aren’t even sure they want to write! Play writing games, make up funny stories, spend an hour having some good old fashioned literary fun!

    This is a drop-in group, so try it and find out what you’ve been missing! Dates:

    Wednesdays, twice per month 4:30-5:30

    September 26

    October 10 & 24

    November 7 & 28

    December 5

    Note: this is a really fun and engaging group with a fabulous teacher, and has gotten great reviews from enthusiastic and resistant writers alike!

    http://www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org
    413-665-2642

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  24. August 27, 2018 at 10:27 am

    nvest in your health…

    QI-GONG for BEGINNERS Fall course
    Tuesdays at 4:00 – 5:00pm
    September 18 – November 20
    Prakasa Yoga & Wellness Studio
    152 Ball Road Goshen (near intersection 9/112)

    This 10 week entry-level qigong course will reset your nervous system and leave you feeling cool , calm and collected! Learn the Level 1 practice of five basic poses, plus short meditation at end of class. The course progresses week to week to help you build health, greater self-awareness, and ease in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. You’ll get lots of personal attention, feedback and modifications.

    Qigong is perfect for people of ALL ages.
    It’s great for seniors and can be done sitting in a chair.
    It is gentle on the joints and will build strength and suppleness without working up a sweat.

    Qigong has been used for centuries to improve circulation of blood, lymph and breath and will improve your overall health and help to ease symptoms of any illness. Qi is the life force and gong is to cultivate.

    People of ALL fitness levels are welcome to join.
    Teens & Adults: ages 14 – 100
    (Discount for parent and teen who register together.)

    Cost for Fall Semester: $150/person for 10 week course
    Contact: lynne@prakasayoga.com or 413.268.7151
    Online Registration & Information on our website.

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  25. August 27, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Invest in your health…

    YOGA for BEGINNERS Fall course
    Mondays at 6:00-7:15pm
    September 17 – December 10
    Prakasa Yoga & Wellness Studio
    152 Ball Road Goshen (near intersection 9/112)

    This 12 week entry-level course will get you up and running with a yoga practice that you can do at home. The course progresses week to week to help you build strength, suppleness and deep relaxation in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. You’ll get lots of personal attention, feedback and modifications to help you enjoy movement and to love your body more.

    You DON’T have to be flexible to start yoga.
    You’ll GET flexible by doing yoga. :))
    People of ALL fitness levels are welcome to join.
    Teens & Adults
    (Discount for parent and teen who register together.)

    Cost for Fall Semester: $180/person for 12 week course
    Contact: lynne@prakasayoga.com or 413.268.7151
    Online Registration & Information on our website.

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  26. August 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Looking for a vibrant educational experience?

    The Falcons Integralis Learning Community has open spots!

    Come join an interdisciplinary, teamwork-focused program! We combine the arts, all subjects, and community-building into a multifaceted Project-Based Learning adventure. Our two-day-a-week classes balance skill practice at each students’ level with full-group collaborative exploration of a multi-subject thematic. The group currently serves 6-14 year-olds but welcomes older students as well.
    Please contact Anna Logowitz at edenite.arts@gmail.com for further information or to set up a classroom visit or visit our website at http://falconsedu.com.

    Fall Session 2018
    Thematic: TIME – History, Science, Uses, Tools, Literature, and Calculation
    Dates: Sept. 11th-Nov. 15th (late enrollments considered)
    Times: 9:30-2:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with optional Fridays
    Two Day Costs: $955 for a first child, $765 with sibling discount
    Costs with Fridays: $1425 for first child, $1140 for siblings
    Location: Northampton Community Music Center

    Anna Logowitz is a certified early childhood, middle, and high school teacher with background in Waldorf, Montessori, PBL, and special education classrooms. She is the co-creator of the Integralis Approach, a differentiated pedagogical model on which the Falcons classroom is based.

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  27. March 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Raising a Thinking Child. A FREE 8 week parenting series. Wednesdays, March 21-May 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at The Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street, Williamstown. For families with children 3-8 years. Parents will learn the “I Can Problem Solve (ICPS)” technique. This proven program helps children to think about solutions to problems and encourages positive behavior. Parents will learn ways that they can help their children develop everyday problem solving skills Parent will receive a workbook with fun, weekly activities and ideas to practice at home. The Family Center’s parenting series are informal and interactive groups. Couples are welcome! We provide a meal for families and children. On-site child care and transportation if needed. Space is limited. Call to register 413-664-4821.

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  28. Debbie Weyl said,

    March 1, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Music Together® for Valley Families is offering weekly sessions of this joyful internationally recognized music and movement program for 0-5 year olds with their parents/caregivers.
    Spring session starts April 3 for 10 weeks.
    Locations are at Amherst South Congregational Church and All Saint’s Episcopal Church in So. Hadley.
    Classes are held on various days and times.
    Call (413) 259-9400 or view their web site: http://www.valleymusicgroup.com to register and for more information.
    FREE sample classes offered through 3/24/18
    Registration Deadline: 3/25/18

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  29. February 18, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    See Mountain Productions: Acting and Filmmaking Class for teens, Ashfield! Dates: Saturdays, March 10 – April 14. 2-4:00, last two Saturdays, shoot dates 1-5:00. Instructors: Tobias LaMontagne (camera) Grand Prize Winner, Ashfield Filmfest 2017. Christa Mountain (acting) Acting Teacher/Director, Afterschool Sanderson.
    Giving teens a voice while have fun! Hands on learning behind and in front of the camera. Classes held at Community Hall, Main St. and various locations in Ashfield. Final project copy provided. Price: $125 for 6 wks. For more information and registration: seemountain@live.com

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  30. Penny Schultz said,

    February 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    Kids and parents who like to sing, please check out The Hilltown Family Chorus, meeting Thursdays, Feb 15- May 3, from 3:45-4:45 PM at the former Berkshire Trail School in Cummington. Conducted by Penny Schultz, the chorus will sing music from the world’s community singing traditions, both a cappella and accompanied by piano and ukulele. The chorus currently includes moms, babies, 3-4 year olds, and elementary through high-school-aged kids, including boys with changed voices. So, all are welcome. (How ’bout some Dads!) A performance in Williamsburg MA in early May TBA. The cost is $100/family. Scholarships are available on a limited basis.

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  31. January 30, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Pittsfield Parenting with Positive Discipline FREE 8-week Parenting Series. Wednesdays, February 21st to April 11, 2018 5:30-7:30 pm. At the First Baptist Church, 88 South Street, Pittsfield, MA.

    For families with children ages 2-6 years old. This practical class teaches parents the positive discipline approach. Parents will learn how to teach their children to develop; self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation and problem solving skills. The Positive Discipline approach has been proven to be helpful in everyday parenting.

    This series includes; a free weekly meal for parents and children, free on-site child care and transportation if needed. Space is limited. Call The Family Center to register at 413-664-4821.

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  32. Zak Trojano said,

    December 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    GUITAR AND MUSIC LESSONS

    I am a professional touring, recording, and composing musician offering lessons in guitar, composition, and percussion. I have a BS in music from Skidmore College and have been teaching for over fifteen years. I live in Greenfield, MA and am happy to travel anywhere within reasonable striking distance, or to teach out of my home studio. My teaching style is fluid and personal. I work hard to blend the technical and theoretical aspects of music with the individual creative spark of the student. Please visit http://www.valleymusiclessons.com for more information! I can provide references if desired.

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  33. November 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Master Class in Documentary Production with Award-Winning Filmmaker Larry Hott set to return to Northampton Community Television.

    NCTV is proud to be accepting applications for a multi-week workshop in documentary production taught by veteran filmmaker Larry Hott of Florentine Films/Hott Productions. The course will be limited to six filmmakers. This is an exceptional and rare opportunity, a collaboration between a multiple national award-winning filmmaker Hott, including multiple Academy Award nominations, and a nationally accoladed community media arts organization in NCTV. And the class is entirely FREE.

    Participants will produce a short documentary under Hott’s supervision, using the equipment and facilities of NCTV. The workshop includes screening and critiquing a diverse variety of documentary work for style, content, point-of-view, and production values. Funding, producing, directing, editing, copyright, archives, rights, research methods, budgets, story structure, interviewing, music, distribution, and how to position a project for broadcast or foreign sales, will be covered in the class. NCTV personnel will be available for help with equipment and editing. Participants will come away with an understanding of how professional documentaries are produced, broadcast and distributed.

    Larry Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, The Erik Barnouw OAH History Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride, and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. He has produced and directed twenty-five major documentaries for national broadcast and many short films for online distribution.

    Hott was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the United Kingdom in 1994. He received the Humanities Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in 1995; a Massachusetts Cultural Council/Boston Film and Video Foundation Fellowship in 2001; and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2001. Hott has been on the board of non-fiction writers at Smith College and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. In 2009, 2010, and 2012 Hott presented his films in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Algeria as part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program of the US Department of State. In 2015 he was a Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam teaching documentary in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences, the Directors Guild of America and the Producers Guild of America. Hott teaches regularly at the Maine Media Workshops and is on their board of directors.

    The application deadline is December 30, 2016 at 6:00pm EST. Class members will be announced Friday, January 6, 2017. The classes will be held from 6:30-9pm at NCTV Studios on January 30, February 20, March 13, April 3, April 24, and May 15 in 2018.

    Prospective applicants should go to http://www.northamptontv.org/masterclass to apply.

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  34. September 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Applications are now available for ARTeens, a pay-what-you-can after school program at The Art Garden in Shelburne Falls. Fall sessions begin the week of October 17 and applications are due October 4. Fall sessions are offered on either Tuesdays or Thursdays. Applications and information can be found online at https://theartgarden.wordpress.com/programs/for-teens/
    or call The Art Garden at 413-625-2782.

    ARTeens is facilitated by working artists Jane Beatrice Wegscheider and Phyllis Labanowski and provides an opportunity for teens to cultivate an art practice in The Art Garden’s supportive, intergenerational studio. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and self-direction, teens explore and critique the world around them, develop their own voices, and share their ideas. ARTeens offers a sense of community while nurturing uniqueness and engagement in a diverse and non-judgmental group.

    ARTeens encourages teens to develop their understanding of themselves as engaged artists, and to envision roles for themselves in the world, that use their artistic skills and creative imaginations.

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  35. Debbie Weyl said,

    September 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    Registering now for Fall classes with Music Together for Valley Families in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley and So. Hadley. Openings in all locations of this internationally beloved music and movement program for 0-5 year olds and the grownups who love them.Classes start on Oct. 3. Come join the fun and see what the buzz is all about! 413-259-9400
    http://www.valleymusicgroup.com

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  36. Debbie Weyl said,

    September 25, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Registering now for Fall classes with Music Together for Valley Families in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley and So. Hadley. Openings in all locations of this internationally beloved music and movement program for 0-5 year olds and the grownups who love them.Classes start on Oct. 3. Come join the fun and see what the buzz is all about! 413-259-9400

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  37. Sara Coblyn said,

    September 21, 2017 at 11:36 am

    We are excited to offer this program to provide a space for children and parents to do yoga together.

    This class is for school age kids and their grownups at Nirvana Yoga Sunderland. Adults and kids are led through yoga postures, breathing exercises and partner poses. Discover with your child how yoga helps us practice mindfulness, body awareness and breathing while having fun!

    Thursdays, 3:45-4:45, Six week program September 28- November 2. Cost: $85 for 1 adult, 1 child, $95 for 1 adult, 2 children. $15/pair to drop in, $5 for each additional child. Register by September 15 and save $5! Register online below. Questions, contact saracoblyn@gmail.com.

    Preregistration required. Register online here.

    http://www.sweetrootsgardens.com/yoga-programs-and-classes/

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  38. The Eric Carle Museum said,

    September 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    After-School Printmaking Class
    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
    125 West Bay Road
    Amherst, MA 01002
    http://www.carlemuseum.org/content/after-school-printmaking-class

    October 26, November 2, November 9, 2017
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
    $60 (Members $51)

    Entering Grades 3-5
    Curious about printmaking and experimenting with paint? Join us for a three-week long class where you will go in-depth into the printmaking process and create a series of your own prints to keep, display, or give away! Participants will look closely at original artworks in The Carle’s collection, and create their own artwork using a variety of printing techniques.

    To secure your place in the class, register before October 12th.

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  39. Debbie Weyl said,

    August 30, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Come try a FREE SAMPLE CLASS from 9/12-23 with Music Together® for Valley Families, offering weekly sessions of this internationally beloved, joyful parent/child music and movement program.

    Held at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in So. Hadley, in Amherst at the South Amherst Congregational Church there are new locations in The Belchertown Family Center and First Congregational Church of Hadley (sponsored by Hadley Parks & Recreation Dept.).

    Classes are held on various days and times.

    Call (413) 259-9400 for sample class times and to reserve a spot.

    View their web site: http://www.valleymusicgroup.com for more information and register for the semester . Sept. 24 is the registration deadline for the 10 week semester that starts Oct. 3.

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  40. Sarah Mattison Buhl, Research Coordinator said,

    August 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Support Science!
    Kids birth-10 years

    The Child Learning and Development Lab (CLAD) of Amherst College is looking for families who are interested in participating in science!

    Your children (ages birth to 10) can register to participate in upcoming developmental studies on the Amherst Campus. These are one-time appointments at your convenience. Kids work with college students who learn as they gather information for studies on how children learn from others.

    Studies are generally short and fun, and kids earn a prize for participation!

    To register as a CLAD family, email cladlab@amherst.edu
    When a study is available for your child, a friendly student will reach out to you to schedule a time to participate.

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  41. August 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Comics Studio

    Comics serve as a powerful tool for exploring our experiences and telling stories combining images and text. In this course we will review basics of graphic storytelling: panel structure, rhythm, and the relationship between words and pictures. This is not a class for learning drawing technique: the focus will be on the journey of creation. Using writing/drawing exercises, group work and examples from contemporary cartoonists to inspire you and help you find your voice, we will build towards the final project of a completed comic. This class is for all levels, including returning students, and requires no drawing, writing or comic-making experience.

    Price
    $205.00
    Member Price
    $160.00
    Lesson Info
    Tuesdays, 6 to 8PM September 19 to October 24 (6 Meetings) MCLA’s Design Lab at 49 Main, North Adams
    Department
    Writing and Graphic Storytelling
    Instructors
    Anna Moriarty-Lev
    First Lesson
    Tue, Sep 19 2017

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  42. August 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    INTENSIVE! Modelling the Self-Portrait in Clay

    September 25-29, 2017
    1-4PM
    Location: Chesterwood, Stockbridge
    Instructor: Amy Podmore
    Tuition: $350

    The human head is a fascinating subject to explore. Join us on the estate of the sculptor Daniel Chester French to study the human figure in a uniquely hands-on opportunity. This workshop is designed to give you a better understanding of how to construct the head in the third dimension and to investigate some of the issues surrounding the self-portrait bust in sculpture. We will create a life-size portrait bust in clay, focusing on accurate observation and transferring that information as realistically as possible to your sculpture. The majority of each meeting will consist of intense observation and modelling working primarily from your reflected image in the mirror, as well as from photos documenting the head from all sides. This experience will increase your eye/hand coordination and help you to gain an understanding of the head as a subject for the artist.

    Code: DSC-3D02F17

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  43. August 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Fall Ceramics Open Studio

    An opportunity for experienced clay artists to develop their own projects outside of a structured class. Access to the studio is available during non-class hours throughout the term. Students must have an initial interview with the Ceramics Studio Manager and attend a studio orientation. *Tailored packages available upon request

    Price
    $360.00
    Member Price
    $320.00
    Lesson Info
    Location: Citizens’ Hall, Stockbridge September 5 to October 30 (8 weeks) Plus $80 For Each 50 Lbs Of Clay (Includes Glazes, Firing, Equipment and Studio Fee)
    Department
    Ceramics
    Instructors
    First Lesson
    Tue, Sep 5 2017

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  44. August 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Drop-In Figure Drawing Studio
    Year-round, Mondays 6-9PM
    Location:Citizen’s Hall, Stockbridge
    Tuition: $15 per session or $50 for 5 sessions

    Drop-ins welcome! As a service to practising artists and a complement to other course work for IS183 students, this drop-in open studio provides ongoing access to a live model, working in both short and long poses. Please bring your own materials.

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  45. August 7, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Nationally-acclaimed Suzuki violin instruction for children ages 4+ in Northampton, MA. Currently enrolling for Fall 2017!

    Visit our site to *watch is play!* learn more about our program, which offers 30-minute lessons for beginners scheduled in three trimesters. Our mission is to grow the ability of any child who wants to learn, and to nurture their growth into a wonderful person in music and life.

    Director Christa Muller Hendricks is one of three teachers in Massachusetts to hold the prestigious Suzuki Certificate of Achievement, awarded by the Suzuki Association of the Americas to recognize excellence in teaching and student performance.

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  46. Debbie Weyl said,

    June 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Registration is open for summer classes with Music Together® for Valley Families, offering weekly sessions of this internationally recognized parent/child music and movement program. Locations are at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in So. Hadley and in Amherst at the South Amherst Congregational Church. Classes are held on various days and times.
    Call (413) 259-9400 or view their web site: http://www.valleymusicgroup.com to register and receive more information. June 23 is the registration deadline for the 8 week semester that starts July 1.

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  47. June 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    GREAT NEWS: Multi-Arts received a generous donation that allows this amazing offer:

    Save $100 –deducted from registration & tuition- for Multi-Arts Workshop I (June 19-June 23. Hours 8:30-3:30. For children 4-12 years old) in Amherst, if you sign up before Saturday June 10.

    Join this exciting journey that taps into your child creative thinking and expands his/her artistic horizons

    About Multi-Arts: “What is truly rare and special is the amount of support, flexibility, and tolerance offered by everyone involved, creating an environment where being who you are and trying something new is not just accepted but encouraged.” Multi-Arts’ parent

    Sign up now: http://www.multi-arts.org 413-584-7951

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  48. Sara Coblyn said,

    May 15, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    The CSA just for kids and their grown ups! Join us for an educational CSA designed for young children ages 2-6 (backpack babies welcome).

    Where: Sweet Roots Gardens in S. Deerfield
    When: here will be 2 sessions. Both are on Thursdays from 11am-12pm. Session 1 meets 6/29, 7/6, 7/13 & 7/20. Session 2 meets 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 & 8/24, both from 11am-12
    What: Watch (and participate) as your child delights in nature by making mudpies in our digging garden, picking a carrot fresh from the earth or visiting with our chickens. Activities include planting and harvesting, exploring the alphabet through our educational garden signs, having a tea party in our herb garden, yoga in the garden, making picking buckets, creating garden art, playing in our outdoor kitchen, exploring the hungry caterpillar in the garden and more.

    Cost $95 for full 4- week session or $30/individual session; includes a weekly ‘snack share’ of vegetables. Sibling age 2 and over, $80 for full 4-week session. We are more than happy to explore barters and scholarships, please contact Sara to discuss.Cost:$30 for an individual session or $95 for full 4 week session- pre- registration required. Cost includes a weekly ‘snack share’ of vegetables- veggies that kids generally enjoy snacking on (for example- carrots, kale (they will!), cucumbers, beans, radishes, tomatoes and more), including snack recipes and take home garden activities.

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  49. April 4, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Square One and the Jewish Community Center will be offering a free 8 week workshop for parents of children ages 4 to 7. This 8 week workshop provides parents and caregivers with the knowledge and skills to help young children in solving everyday problems and conflicts. This series is free to all families with child care available on site, a light dinner will served and there is assistance available with transportation as needed. Those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Shalonda Mabry at 413-858-3122. Registration is strongly encouraged.

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  50. February 24, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    Yoga for Beginner’s Spring Course at Prakasa yoga Studio in Goshen will wake up your spine with fun and simple twists. In just a few weeks, you’ll feel more supple, more flexible, younger, stronger and ready for gardening season. This 8 week course runs from March 6- April 24 on Mondays @ 6-7:15pm. The 8 week course is only $112/person. Registration is now open for adults and teens 14+.
    Contact Lynne at 413-268-7151 or prakasayoga@gmail.com
    Register Online at: http://www.prakasayoga.com
    Prakasa Yoga Studio 152 Ball Road Goshen, MA.
    Younger – Stronger – Happier with yoga!

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  51. January 5, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Please join us for FREE Tinkergarten (www.tinkergarten.com) outdoor play classes for families with young children. Tinkergarten aims to bring back the most influential part of our own childhoods — free time to tinker and explore outside. The curriculum is designed to help preschoolers and younger children problem-solve, lead, and create. Think about it as engaging, memorable, play-based learning, all outdoors for families, preschoolers, homeschoolers and more!
    Age Range: Targeted for children ages 2 – 5 years (older/younger siblings welcome)
    When: Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m., Manes Field, Northampton or Monday, January 9, 10 a.m., Manes Field, Northampton
    How: Register by visiting Tinkergarten.com/classes/4707 or Tinkergarten.com/classes/5784
    $: Free

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  52. Jake Krain said,

    December 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Homeschool Half-Days at Red Gate Farm

    Starting February 1, Wednesdays, 9am-Noon

    Homeschoolers enjoy a weekly, hands-on, learning-through-farming experience at red gate farm. Each week, side-by-side with farmers, homeschooled children will tend to the real work of the farm. The weekly work builds upon itself so that over the course of a session, children experience both the breadth and depth of living and working on a farm.

    For more information visit: http://www.redgatefarm.org/program-homeschoolers

    Or call 413-625-9503

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  53. October 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    The Active Parenting Group series will be held every Tuesday from October 18th to November 22nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 255 King Street, Springfield. The Active Parenting Group Series is a 6 week workshop series provided free to parents of children 0 to age 5. This series helps parents to explore their parenting styles, share their parenting experiences, learn about their child’s development and explore ways of self care as a busy parent. Child care and dinner are provided each night of the series at no additional cost to families. Those interested should contact Jenise Katalina of Square One at 413-858-3122.

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  54. Celtic Heels said,

    October 4, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Kids Magic Carpet Yoga Classes offered the first Friday of each month at Celtic Heels in Florence. This creative movement class incorporates music and songs creating a fun adventure traveling someplace new on our ‘magic carpet yoga mats’. Our next class in on Friday, October 7th. Ages 3-5 @ 4:30-5:00. Ages 6-9 @ 5:00-5:45. Classes are $8. For additional information contact Celtic Heels via email at celticheels@gmail.com or visit their website http://www.CelticHeelsDance.com
    Classes held at their Florence location (not their Greenfield location) at 296 C Nonotuck Street up on the second floor.

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  55. Lui Collins said,

    September 25, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    UPSIDE-UP MUSIC – Family music classes – FALL SESSION BEGINS THIS WEEK!

    *MUSIC TOGETHER* for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    *KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop* for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver

    FALL CLASSES BEGIN September 27 In Williamsburg, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls, MA, plus Jacksonville, VT
    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 lui@upsideupmusic.com
    Info and registration at http://www.upsideupmusic.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER and KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop feature:
    Fun and developmentally appropriate songs based in American folk repertoire and more
    Small and large movement, plus singing games in Kids’ Jam
    Developmentally appropriate ear training exercises and games
    Instrument play and movement props
    Activities you can do at home

    TUITION INCLUDES:
    10 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    Songbook and 2 professionally-recorded CD’s
    Access to Music Together’s Family Music Zone (MT only)
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.

    TUITION: first child $190, additional siblings $100 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    FINANCIAL AID: All Upside-Up Music classes are made available to any family who wants to participate. Please ask if financial aid is needed, there are many ways we can help, including payment plans, barter, and scholarship aid.

    Schedule, registration and more information online at http://www.upsideupmusic.com
    OR Call Lui at (413) 628-0197 OR Email lui@upsideupmusic.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

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  56. Lui Collins said,

    September 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    UPSIDE-UP’S MUSIC AT HOME
    A comprehensive Homeschool music curriculum in 3 levels

    Singing, singing games, and ear training. Includes MP3’s of studio-recorded songs, Songbook, Parent Guide, weekly lesson plans, and online videos with Lui Collins, including solfège and rhythm exercises. All materials delivered electronically.

    Suggested for students in grades K-2 or 1-3, Music at Home can be adapted to include older and younger siblings as well, creating a whole family music experience. Also can supplement school music classes or instrument lessons for those whose schedule or location prevents attending Upside-Up’s Kids’ Jam classes in person, in western MA and southern VT.

    All 3 levels now available. Tuition for a full year of Level 1, 2 or 3 is $100. Individual seasons are $40 for Fall/Winter/Spring and $25 for Summer.
    Detailed course description at http://www.UpsideUpMusic.com. Call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email lui@upsideupmusic.com for more information.

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  57. September 3, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Class Name: ONE STROKE (Part 1)
    Empty Hand, Empty Brush
    A contemplative immersion into
    East-West brush painting
    with Korean-American artist kichung Lizee

    Class Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
    Start Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
    End Date: Sunday, September 11. 2016
    Fee: Suggested donation $50-$90 or by donation
    Organization: Khandroling Paper Cooperative
    Location name: Tsegyalgar East Yellow schoolhouse
    Address: 18 Schoolhouse Road
    City/Town: Conway, MA

    Website: http://khandrolingpapers.blogspot.com/2016/08/korean-american-artist-kichung-lizee-to.html

    Description/info:
    Eastern calligraphy is a type of meditation and also a discipline in centering–starting from the correct postural alignment of the spine, to preparing calligraphic ink, holding the brush correctly as an extension of the arm, and executing the brush stroke in oneness. Learn how to sense your internal energy through Qi-Gong and Tai Chi exercises and apply this awareness to free-flowing calligraphic art. This workshop offers a unique opportunity to integrate mindfulness and creative expression. Experienced artists and beginners welcome!

    Kichung Lizee is a Korean-born American artist and Buddhist practitioner who uniquely blends Eastern calligraphy and Western thematic materials. She has taught and exhibited internationally and curated many exhibits bringing together Eastern calligraphers and Western artists. She was honored with a special award in 2008 at the Seoul International Calligraphy Biennale, Korea, and has been a featured artist at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, the Jordan Schnitzler Museum of Art, Eugene, OR, and the Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Boone, NC.
    Contact name: Jacqueline Gens
    Contact email: jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

    PART 2 COMING OCTOBER 23, 2016 BIG BRUSH

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  58. August 29, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs

    Fall Session starts Friday, September 16
    Amherst, MA
    2 Groups: ages 7+ and teens

    Celebrating 17 years of Heron Homeschool Program–where hundreds of children have learned and practiced not only wilderness skills, but mentoring and being part of a community. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature.
    $55-$70/class, sliding scale, + $10 for bound Journal/Handbook; 50% tuition due upon registration.

    Visit http://www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161

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  59. freetobeachild said,

    August 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Oh, dear….link is broken in comment below. Please visit http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1162283807164688&type=1 for more information about Free to be a Child.

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  60. freetobeachild said,

    August 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Free to be a Child early childhood program in Florence is now accepting applications for homeschoolers and preschoolers.

    At Free to be a Child, your child will spend hours outdoors every day, have long blocks of time for free play and project work, find inspiration in our excellent children’s library and well-stocked art studio, enjoy local and organic vegetarian meals, and pursue their interests with a small, mixed-age group. Won’t you join us?

    Free to be a Child is run by Lise McGuinness, a well-respected early childhood teacher and consultant who has been teaching young children in public and private settings for 24 years.

    Free to be a Child is open Monday-Thursday from 8-4:30.
    Full-day openings for ages 3-8; two or three days per week.
    Home-schooling families in need of child care especially encouraged to apply.

    Please see post here for photos and more information:

    Lise McGuinness
    license #9010863
    freetobeachild@yahoo.com
    584-4780

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  61. August 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    SPARK creative HOMESCHOOL fall classes
    Unique adventures in creative writing and art
    for kids 7-10

    4 weeks 9/15 – 10/6 (with the option for extending throughout the fall semester)
    Thursday mornings 10-11:30
    in my Amherst home classroom
    $100 including all art materials (additional siblings $75 each)

    http://www.emilyneuburger.com and ekn222@gmail.com to register

    Emily Neuburger is the author of the award winning book, Show Me a Story and the upcoming Journal Sparks (Storey Publishing)

    For details: http://www.emilyneuburger.com/programs/classes/s-p-a-r-k-creative-idea-generating-workshops or call Emily at 978.460.0214

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  62. August 10, 2016 at 4:06 am

    Khandroling Paper Cooperative will hold a one day bookmaking workshop on Japanese Stab Bindings on Saturday, August 27, 2016
    in Conway, MA at 18 Schoolhouse Road from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM. Beginners welcome. Fee by donation suggested $25-$50 but according to your circumstances.

    In this workshop we will make three different books with Japanese stab binding, using handmade papers for the covers and waxed linen thread or ribbon for the binding. We will do three simple patterns and explore more complex patterns for the more adventurous.

    To preregister conact Jacqueline at jacqueline.gens@gmail.com

    For further information and details visit our blog

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  63. July 13, 2016 at 4:50 am

    Khandroling Paper Cooperative will offer its 5th annual handmade paper workshop on Khandroling farm with Sheryl Jaffe, 160 East Buckland Road, July 27, 28, 29, 2016 from 11:00 AM-5:00 PM each day. All ages (kids with parents OK) and skill levels welcome from beginners to advanced artists seeking special projects. Recommended donation $90-$125 for all three days or whatever is affordable.

    Transformation will be the theme for our 5th annual Papermaking workshop–The Frog and the Lotus. As we transform fibrous leaves and inner bark into beautiful sheets of translucent papers with decorative inclusions for artwork, letters, cards and lanterns we will explore the possibilities inherent in the medium. Just as the lowly frog waits for the kiss or the Lotus blooms out of mud, the fibers will be diverted from compost heap to the cooking pot and our paper making vats to be transformed into handsome unique sheets that capture the moment. We work together collaborating to cook, rinse, beat, couch and press wet freshly made sheets. We will have multiple sizes of molds on hand and a Japanese su-geta to try.
    The “Critter,” our hollander beater will be on hand to grind up our cooked fibers or rags and to supply newly made pulp for our larger scroll moulds.

    Join us for one or all three days! Tp preregister, contact Jacqueline Gens
    jacqueline.gens@gmail.com or 413-522-1125.

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  64. Christina said,

    July 6, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Supersitters, a one-session class for kids ages 12+ to learn babysitting basics, Saturday, July 23, 9 am to 3 pm; cost: $40; taught by certified instructors. Register at http://www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call 888-554-4234.

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  65. Deb Holman said,

    June 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Every Thursday in July and August at 5:30 pm
    Oak Meadow, 132 Main St./Brooks House, Brattleboro, VT

    Brattleboro School Without Walls Information Sessions

    Come and learn about Brattleboro School Without Walls, a new collaborative learning center for high school students opening this fall. Students enroll in 3 full-credit courses with Oak Meadow and earn remaining credit at partnering arts, performance, and outdoor educational programs in and around the region. Our downtown center and homework cafe will be open three days a week for classes and personalized support. Visit bsw2.org for more information.

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  66. June 14, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Expert and Affordable Summer Art Camp and Classes for Teens
    Whether your child is the next Michelangelo, is passionate or ambitious about art and wants to learn fundamental skills, or just likes to get creative, our Studio Art program delivers one week of hands-on artistic adventure. Our Visual and Performing Arts Center provides the perfect studio backdrop to inspire your child as he or she develops a foundation in the visual arts and explores his or her own creativity. Loosely Theme-based activities are led by our talented staff and take place both indoors and out, teaching students French Academic art skills like figure drawing from live models, landscape “plein” air watercolor painting, and various forms of sculpture and ceramics.
    Hosted by Norseman Studios, 71 Bradford St Northampton
    Contact benjaminmartinsart@gmail.com or see http://www.norsemanav.com or http://www.benjaminmartins.com for more info

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  67. Lisa Oram said,

    May 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

    May 28 – 30. Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. Workshops for ages 13+. Great family activity with teens. Shibori Scarves, Lidded Boxes from a Single Piece of Wood, Flameworking Shapes from Nature, The Wonder of Welding and MORE. Advanced registration required. Price varies per workshop. Supplies and lunch included. http://www.snowfarm.org. 413-268-3101. Also, June 3 – 5, June 18 – 19.

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  68. May 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Acorn Kitchen’s wild edible workshop, plant ID walk & farm to table wild edibles luncheon this Saturday, May 14 (Sunday rain date!) Held at Bug Hill Farm in Ashfield. Children under 12 Free, Adults $55/pp For menu, details & reservations see http://www.bughillfarm.org OR call Kate at 413-628-3980.

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  69. Deb Holman said,

    April 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Brattleboro School Without Walls
    Opening September 2016
    At Oak Meadow, 132 Main St/Brooks House

    Information Sessions:
    Tuesday, May 17 at 1pm
    Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30pm
    Saturday, May 21 at 11am

    Brattleboro School Without Walls (SW2) is new collaborative learning center for high school students who are committed to deep, meaningful engagement in their education. Students enroll in 3 full-credit courses at Oak Meadow and earn remaining credit at partnering arts, performance, and outdoor educational programs throughout Brattleboro. Our downtown center and homework cafe will be open three days a week for classes and personalized support.

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  70. Jeff Olmsted said,

    March 31, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Vacation Piano Camp April 18-21.

    Beginners-learn four songs in four days! Ages 6 and up.

    Morning and afternoon classes. $60.

    Call Jeff Olmsted at 413-586-0165 for more info, or to register.

    Students must have a keyboard at home for practice.

    See more at https://www.facebook.com/JeffoPiano/

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  71. Liz said,

    March 28, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Fiber Arts Classes at Sheep & Shawl in South Deerfield:

    Beginning & Refresher Knitting – Short Course, Linda Forget – Wed. 6 – 8 pm Mar 30, Apr 6, 13 (3 sessions) $60 plus materials
    Crochet Refresher – Heather McQueen – Sun. 1 – 3:30 April 3 (1 session) $25 plus materials Not a beginner’s class.
    Knit Your Dog a Sweater – Susan Wright – Sun. 2 – 4 pm April 3 & 10 (2 sessions) $40 plus materials
    Sock Knitting for Beginners – Emily Gwynn – Thurs. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm April 7, 14, & 21 (3 sessions) $60 plus materials
    Learn to Spin on your own wheel – Carole Adams – Sat. afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 April 9, 16 & 23 (3 session) $60 plus materials
    Rughooking with Yarn – Carole Adams – Sun. afternoons 1:00 – 3:00 April 10 & 17 (2 session) $40 plus materials No experience needed.
    Helping Hands Project Class (knitting)- Emily Gwynn – Wed. 6-8pm April 13 & 20 (2 sessions) $40 plus materials
    Sweet Marguerites! (fine crochet) – Heather McQueen – Sun. 1 – 3:30 April 17 (1 session) $25 plus materials
    Two-color Brioche (knitting) – Linda Forget – Wed. and Thur. 1:00 – 3:00 April 20 & 21 (2 sessions) $40 plus materials
    Helping Hands Project Class (knitting) – Emily Gwynn – Wed. 6-8pm May 4 & 11 (2 sessions) $40 plus materials
    Entrelac for Beginners (knitting) – Beth Altemari We hope to offer this again in May. (3 sessions) $60 plus materials

    For more information please see the website at http://www.sheepandshawl.com/community. Most classes are for adults, but many beginner’s classes can suit parent-child or young adults. Call 413-397-3680 to register. Sheep & Shawl is in the Tibetan Plaza on Rtes 5/10 near the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.

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  72. Christina Kopp said,

    March 25, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Mucho Gusto Spanish with Laurie Davidson at Full Circle School
    Wednesdays, March 30-May 4
    Full Circle School at 21 Paramenter Rd in Bernardston
    4:15-5:00 pm
    $90 for 6-week session, including CD and lyrics

    What is Mucho Gusto? It’s a Spanish for children 0-5 and their caregivers with songs, fingerplays, singing games and creative movement.
    Fun and accessible for all language levels, from beginners to bilinguals! To register, email muchogustospanish@gmail.com.

    Thank you!

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  73. March 24, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    PUBLIC FORUM, WORKSHOP & CLASSES:
    THE INS & OUTS OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH.

    SCHEDULE: A six week course beginning with a FREE Community Forum on Thursday, April 14, 2016, followed by five consecutive Thursday evening classes, ending on May 19. (Forum: April 14. Classes: April 21 & 28 and May 5, 12 and 19). The program is being presented in conjunction with The YMCA in Greenfield.

    TIME: All six sessions are on Thursdays from 6:45 – 9 PM.

    LOCATION: The YMCA in Greenfield. 451 Main Street.

    CONTENT: The major themes and concerns about child & adolescent mental health such as impulsivity, hyperactivity, mood states, cognition, anxiety and trauma will be addressed. Also, specific conditions such as ADHD, OCD, and BiPolar Disorder will be discussed. There will be adequate time for audience questions.

    AUDIENCE: This program is suitable for parents, grandparents, educators (regular and special education teachers, pre-school, daycare, paraprofessionals, OTs, PTs, etc.), youth workers, camp counselors, clinicians at all levels and interested others. Age range is 18 & Up.

    REGISTRATION & FEE: Two registrations are required, one for the Public Forum and a separate one for the 5 classes. While the Forum is free, the cost to attend the 5 classes is $125.00. To register contact the YMCA at 413-773-3646 x0 (credit cards accepted). For program questions, please contact Garry L. Earles, LICSW by phone at 413-863-4128 or by email at: gle1@comcast.net. See also: http://www.bridgingthechasm.com

    CREDIT CERTIFICATES: Educators qualify for PDPs. Application has been made for 12 Social Worker CEUs. (Social Workers must attend all 6 sessions to earn the CEUs. No partial credits can be issued.)

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  74. March 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Join us for FREE and fun interactive gardening and nutrition classes at New Lands Farm. Participants can expect to learn about where their food comes from, nutrition and gardening basics, and taste tests! We will be working in a community garden plot. Each week covers a new topic and the potential to take home the crops you yourself get to harvest. Families and children ages 5-12 are invited to attend. Please be prepared to be outside and work in the dirt!

    Dates and Times are Subject to change if we get any requests

    Target Audience is Parents or Adults with children 5 and Up.

    The first Session is Due to Start May 3rd-June 14th from 4-5
    Located: New Lands Farm 334 Birnie Ave West Springfield, Ma. 01089
    Cost: FREE and you have the opportunity to bring home fresh produce you yourself grow and harvest.

    For more information contact
    Melissa Sattler
    413-787-0725 ext 407
    msattler@ascentria.org

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  75. March 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    The Happiness Workshop!

    Come join the first event at the new Commons Coworking space in Williamsburg on Thursday, March 31st at 6pm.

    Happiness may be something we all say we’d like more of, but did you know there are many simple and quick ways to increase joy in your everyday life?

    In this fun and interactive (yet introvert-friendly) workshop we’ll discuss:

    -The common myths about happiness
    -New research revealing interesting insights about happiness
    -The connection between your mental state and your physical well-being
    -At least 10 practical ways that you can increase happiness starting today!

    Plus you’ll walk away with your very own happiness roadmap to apply what you’ve learned in the weeks and months after this workshop.

    Tickets are just $10, and you can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-happiness-workshop-tickets-22500907821

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  76. March 11, 2016 at 10:29 am

    HOMESCHOOL WILDERNESS PROGRAMS

    Spring Sessions start Monday, March 21 & Friday, March 25
    Amherst, MA
    2 Groups: HERON–ages 7+ and SWIFT EAGLE–preteens & teens

    With Earthwork Programs, hundreds of children have learned and practiced not only wilderness skills, but mentoring and being part of a community. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature.
    $50-$65/class, sliding scale, + $10 for tshirt; 50% tuition due upon registration.

    Visit http://www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161

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  77. Cara Leach said,

    February 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

    A ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ Kids Yoga Class is held on the second Saturday of each month in Greenfield. 9:30-10:00 ages 3-5 ($7 fee) + 10:30-11:15 ($9 fee) Children go on a new adventure at each class traveling together in their imaginations on their magic carpet yoga mat. Classes incorporate poses, song, dance, crafts, breathing techniques and a lot of active fun! Classes are limited to 8 students so pre-registration is recommended. Classes are held at Celtic Heels 267 Main Street, Greenfield. for info email: celticheels@gmail.com

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  78. Liz said,

    February 11, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Needle-felted Owlet class with Deb Stratton at Sheep & Shawl, S. Deerfied – Thursday, Feb 25 from 4 – 6 pm, $20 plus materials. Great parent-child class (age 8 & up). Call 413-397-3680 to sign up. Such a cute little owlet! See photos & more at http://www.sheepandshawl.com Classes page, or sheep & shawl on fb.

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  79. February 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Tigers! & Monkeys! and Me! A Fun Pre-Kung-Fu Movement Class for Toddlers and Their Awesome People!
    Fridays 10am Starting Feb 12th…in Northampton
    Call 413-585-1661 for More Information

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  80. Laura Wildman-Hanlon said,

    January 29, 2016 at 10:54 am

    A Kids Border Morris Team is starting up on 2/14/16 at Whately Elementary. It is free. Practices are Sundays, 1:00-2:00 through April 2016. Open to both boys and girls ages 9-13. Border is a team dance style which uses sticks. if your child likes to dance and play with sticks, this is perfect. No dance experience required. Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes to practice. Contact Laura at LauraWH@umass.edu for more information.

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  81. January 23, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Join the Best Toddler Movement Class Ever!

    Tigers & Monkeys & Me!

    A Pre-Kung-Fu Movement Class for Toddlers and Their Awesome Adults.

    Fridays 10:00-10:45

    Eight Week Session, Starting February 12th
    Call Nancy at
    Spirit of the Heart to Sign Up.
    413-585-1661

    Social Skills, Coordination, Following Directions, Sharing, Caring, Physical Fitness, Fun!!!!

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  82. January 10, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Piti Theatre Co. is offering several classes for all ages during winter – spring 2016!

    Musical Theatre
    Learn new skills, make new friends and get ready to perform with us in a brand new musical inspired by the history of Olde Coleraine and surrounding Hilltowns! The performance will take place at Piti’s 7th Annual SYRUP: One Sweet Performing Arts Festival at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls on Sunday afternoon, March 20.
    Details:
    – Thursday rehearsals from 4 – 5:15.
    – Ages 7 – 12 (note: adults, teens and children younger than seven who would like to participate in this performance should contact us)
    – Jan 21 – March 20 (a couple additional rehearsals during production week, no class during February school vacation week))
    – location: Shelburne Falls Yoga
    – cost: $100, financial aid available
    – limited to 15 participants

    Dance and Sing in French
    Sing and dance popular/traditional French songs . . . “rondes”! Class leader Godeliève Richard is a native French speaker and has choreographed all of Piti Theatre’s productions. She trained at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes, France and Ateliers de Danse Moderne de Montreal.
    Details:
    – Mondays, 4:30 – 5:15
    – All ages (adults too, ages 0 – 5 should participate with an adult)
    – Winter session: Jan 11 – March 7, (no class during February school vacation week)
    – location: 280 Colrain-Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
    – cost: $90 (financial aid available, ages 0 – 5 are free)

    Soapstone Carving
    This is an outdoor, meditative activity where you slowly shape stones into the form of your choice. Class leader Godeliève Richard designs Piti Theatre’s productions and began teaching soapstone in 2003 at Creative Arts at Park in Brookline, MA and later in the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary after-school program.
    Check out some images of soapstone carvings from around the world
    Details:
    – Mondays, 4:30 – 5:30
    – Ages 6 and up (for adults too!).
    – Spring session: April 4 – June 13 (no class during April school vacation week)
    – location: 280 Colrain-Shelburne Rd., Shelburne
    – cost: $100 plus materials fee (financial aid available)

    Classes are offered in a relaxed atmosphere. No previous experience is required. More at http://www.ptco.org/classes

    Questions and registration: jonathan@ptco.org, (413) 625-6569

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  83. December 21, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Tot Shabbat & Tot Sha-Potluck! Fridays, Jan 8, Feb 5,
    Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, June 3 at 5:15-6:30 p.m. at Beit Ahavah, 130 Pine Street, Florence.

    A monthly musical hour for families with kids ages 0-6 welcoming the Sabbath and holidays, led by Marlene Rachelle. All are welcome!

    Tot Shabbat is free. Then stay for the lively potluck which is vegetarian or dairy (no nuts). We welcome interfaith families, LGBT families, siblings, grandparents and friends. More info at http://www.beitahavah.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Beit-Ahavah-Tot-Shabbat-2015-16.pdf.

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  84. December 21, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    “Torah Improv” led by Heidi Haas!
    for grades K-7, at Beit Ahavah in Florence (130 Pine Street, Florence, housed at the Florence Congregational Church)

    A creative experience exploring Jewish stories and wisdom from the Torah and Holidays using improvisational games, fun and the imagination. Join us!

    4:30-5:30 p.m. on four Sunday afternoons: Jan 31, Feb 28, April 19, May 15.

    TORAH IMPROV is open to all Jewish community kids and friends in grades K-7. Suggested donation: $10 for kids not already enrolled in Ruach ~ Beit Ahavah Community School. Parents are also welcome for the last 10 minutes for a presentation at our closing circle. RSVP and for more info, contact Jody Rosenbloom, Head Teacher, BAHeadTeacher@gmail.com, 413-587-3770. See also http://www.beitahavah.org.

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  85. Ted McCoy said,

    November 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Join the Mason Square Library and the Community Music School of Springfield for a FREE six-week community-based after school music arts program. Learn bucket drumming and find new ways to express yourself, while promoting whole brain engagement, self-discipline, stronger math and language arts skills, and more. Be a part of the bucket drumming ensemble participating in the community-wide Dr. King Day celebration at the MassMutual Center on January 18th. All supplies provided, with snacks! Ages 6-14.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 4:00pm
    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 4:00pm
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 4:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 4:00pm
    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 4:00pm
    Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 4:00pm

    At the Mason Square Branch of the Springfield City Library, 765 State St, Springfield MA 01109. For more information give us a call at 413-263-6853

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  86. November 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Tigers & Monkeys and Me!
    A fun pre-kung-fu movement class for toddlers and their awesome adults!

    Give yourselves a rewarding experience together. Great exercise, mind-body connection, friendships, social skills

    Fridays Starting December 4th (An 8 Week Session)
    10:00-10:45am
    $100
    Partial Scholarships Available

    in Northampton at Spirit of the Heart Martial Arts, 47 Market Street
    Call Nancy at 413-585-1661 to Register

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  87. October 29, 2015 at 10:10 am

    HERON & SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
    WINTER SESSION starts the 1st week of January 2016

    Choose Monday, January 4
    or Friday, January 8
    OR BOTH
    (8 weeks; skip February Vacation Friday)

    WINTER IS A GREAT TIME TO BE OUTSIDE!

    Children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), animal tracking, and more!
    —————————————————–
    HERON HOMESCHOOL
    Heron is our signature program, taking place on Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst for more than 10 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

    Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

    WHO: Ages 7 and up
    WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
    WHEN: Choose Mondays or Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
    HOW MUCH: $400-$520/8-week Monday or Friday WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

    SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
    In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

    WHO: Preteens & Teens
    WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
    WHEN: Choose Mondays or Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
    HOW MUCH: $400-$480/8-week Monday or Friday WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

    Register online (www.earthworkprograms.com) OR call 413-340-1161

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  88. October 14, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Active Parenting of Children Ages 1-4 Years. Mondays, October 19, 26 and November 9 from 5:30-7:00 at Haskins Center, 210 State Street in North Adams.

    This series will cover positive discipline methods, developmental stages, how to prevent tantrums, routines to make life easier and ways to take care of yourself so that you can better take care of your family. Parenting classes are an ideal place to meet other parents, share and discuss ideas and come away with a new perspective on parenting.

    Call 664-4821 to register. Child care and transportation available upon request

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  89. September 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Join us Saturday, September 19 from 10-4:30 for Complete Steer Butchering at Taproot Commons– only $50! Visit http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!complete-steer-butchering/ce9c to register.

    Felix Lufkin is teaching this workshop where you will learn how to skin, dress, quarter and further butcher a steer. Come join us in learning about butchering, charcuterie and anatomy as we transform a whole, noble cousin of ours into food for us humans. All parts of the animal will be used, including organ meats, bones and blood and we will learn to use the sinew for string, hooves for glue and how to prepare the hide. Folks will be expected to roll their sleeves and participate. We’ll roast some up there. All this will be done, of course, in the respectful and open hearted context of interdependence.

    The class will meet up at 11 Porter Hill Rd in Cummington, then carpool to the site.

    If you can’t make it for the full workshop, but would like to attend, contact Lee at taprootcommons.tech@gmail.com for special arrangements.

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  90. Liz said,

    September 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Sheep & Shawl yarn and fiber arts shop in South Deerfield, MA offers FREE Knit/Crochet/Spin Circles every Wednesday night 6 – 8 pm and every Friday afternoon 1 – 3. Come join us for fun and community. See our website at sheepandshawl.com/community for Fall-Winter Class schedule. Many classes are suitable for children (age 7 and up) or parent-child: Needle felting: Thurs. 4 – 6 pm beginning Sept. 17 – make acorns, fall leaves, strawberries, mug rugs, and snowmen! or Beginning Knitting: Wed. either 10:30 am – 12:30 or 6 – 8 pm, Sept 23 and 30. If you have a home-school group, please call to discuss. 413-397-3680

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  91. September 4, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Rhythm Ready Music and Movement classes for preschoolers begin September 14, 2015 in Amherst, MA. Come try a free introductory class taught by certified music educator Nancy Nesheim. Everybody makes music! Delightful songs, dances and musical activities using instruments, puppets, storybooks and colorful props get the child involved in music making from day one. Classes follow Lynn Kleiner’s acclaimed Music Rhapsody curriculum. All classes are held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA. Class schedule: 2-3 year olds with an adult: Mon. 9:30-10:15. 3-4 year olds with an adult: Thurs. 5:30-6:15. 4-5 year olds: Thurs. 4-4:45. The first class is free. Classes are $60 for 4 classes with a 10% if you register for a full semester (16 classes) An instrument kit with cd is $53.00. Contact Nancy to reserve your spot. 413-687-0582, or nancydarlene16@gmail.com. Or, call the Red Barn Music School in Amherst:256 8899. Go to Nancy’s website to learn more: nnesheimmusic.smtwk.com

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  92. September 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Jewish Family Jam with Felicia Sloin is back on Sept 9th!

    An enriching music class for young children and their parents/caregivers is upbeat, lively and fun!

    2015 Schedule:
    September 9, 16, 30
    October 7, 14, 21, 28
    November 4, 11, 18, 25
    December 2, 9, 16, 23

    When: Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 am (Sept-May)

    Where: LGA Schechter Library, 257 Prospect St,, Northampton

    Cost: One time $25 registration fee

    Visit http://www.jfswm.org for more info.

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  93. August 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    In September and October at Taproot Commons, we have six great workshops lined up! Please register online by visiting http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!workshops/cu32.

    All classes are held at 11 Porter Hill Rd. in Cummington.

    Breathe Better:
    Thursday 9/3 6:30-8:00pm ($12)– This Thursday!
    In this workshop, you will rediscover a natural, vital way of breathing through instruction grounded in the tradition of the Taoist Water Method.
    with Michael Alterman

    Traditional Vegetable Pickling: Garden to Storage Jar Using Only Salt:
    Saturday 9/12 10:00am-1:00pm ($25)
    Learn to preserve vegetables the way our great-grandmothers did, with “lactic acid fermentation,” (they called it “pickling.”) It is easy, quick, uses no vinegar (just salt), and requires no energy input beyond your chopping skills.
    with Sarah Stockwell-Arthen

    Death Sits on my Shoulder: Practice for Learning to be at Peace with Death:
    Thursday 9/17 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    Join a guided discussion about what we consciously and less consciously think about death, how it affects life, and learn ways to make beliefs about death comfortable on a daily basis through songs, stories, and poetry that represent our individual beliefs.
    with Sheri Rosenblum

    Complete Steer Butchering:
    Saturday 9/19 10:00am-4:30pm ($50)
    In this course, we will skin, dress, quarter and further butcher a steer. Learn about butchering, charcuterie and anatomy as we transform a whole, noble cousin of ours into food for us humans. All this will be done, of course, in the respectful and open hearted context of interdependence.
    with Felix Lufkin

    Sour Dough Bread in 5 Minutes a Day:
    Thursday 10/8 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    This course will give participants all the details of how to make yummy, no-knead, long rise, whole grain sourdough bread in just a few minutes.
    with Beckie Kravetz

    Complete Pig Butchering:
    Saturday 10/10 10:00am-4:30pm ($50)
    Learn how to skin, dress, quarter and further butcher two heritage breed pigs. Learn about butchering, charcuterie and anatomy as we transform a whole, noble cousin of ours into food for us humans. All done, in the respectful and open hearted context of interdependence.
    with Felix Lufkin

    We hope to see you soon!

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  94. Angela Russo said,

    August 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Please join us for a FREE Tinkergarten (www.tinkergarten.com) outdoor play class for the whole family THIS Sunday, August 16th at Groff Park in Amherst from 10:30-11:45. Join me for lots of fun while the kiddos explore the outdoors through our planned activities. The class is geared for 3–8 year olds, but younger/older siblings are welcome, too! I’d love to see you there, and please feel free to sign up or share this info with a friend. Thanks! Space is limited, but you can register here: http://tkgtn.com/g0ce1 or email Angela at angela@tinkergarten.com! Hope to see you there!

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  95. Lui Collins said,

    August 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Upside-Up’s Music at Home
    A comprehensive Homeschool music curriculum in 3 levels

    Singing, singing games, and ear training. Includes MP3’s of studio-recorded songs, Songbook, Parent Guide, weekly lesson plans, and online videos, including solfège and rhythm exercises. All materials delivered electronically.

    Suggested for students in grades K-2 or 1-3, Music at Home can be adapted to include older and younger siblings as well, creating a whole family music experience. Also appropriate to augment school music classes or instrument lessons for those who can’t attend Upside-Up’s hilltown Kids’ Jam classes because of schedule or location.

    Levels 1 and 2 available this fall. Tuition for a full year of Level 1 or 2 is $100. Individual seasons are $40 for Fall/Winter/Spring and $25 for Summer.

    Detailed course description at http://www.upsideupmusic.com. Call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email music.upsideup@gmail.com for more information.

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  96. Lui Collins said,

    August 11, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    UPSIDE-UP MUSIC – Family music classes

    *MUSIC TOGETHER* for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    *KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop* for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver
    FALL CLASSES BEGIN September 22 In Williamsburg, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls
    NEW LOCATION IN Williamsburg at the BURGY CHURCH!

    EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT thru August 25
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE September 15
    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 music.upsideup@gmail.com
    Info and registration at http://www.upsideupmusic.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER and KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop feature:
    Fun and developmentally appropriate songs based in American folk repertoire and more
    Small and large movement, plus singing games in Kids’ Jam
    Developmentally appropriate ear training exercises and games
    Instrument play and movement props
    Activities you can do at home

    TUITION INCLUDES:
    10 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    Songbook and 2 professionally-recorded CD’s
    Access to Music Together’s Family Music Zone (MT only)
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.

    TUITION: first child $190, additional siblings $100 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    FINANCIAL AID: All Upside-Up Music classes are made available to any family who wants to participate. Please ask if financial aid is needed, there are many ways we can help, including payment plans, barter, and scholarship aid.

    Schedule, registration and more information online at http://www.upsideupmusic.com
    OR Call Lui at (413) 628-0197 OR Email music.upsideup@gmail.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

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  97. August 11, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Here’s the next three workshops at Taproot Commons! Please register online by visiting http://www.taprootcommons.org. All classes are held at 11 Porter Hill Rd. in Cummington.

    Unpacking Racism for White People:
    Thursday 8/13 6:00-8:00pm ($12)- this Thursday
    Geared towards white folks, this is a class to discuss definitions & explore untold history. Leave with action steps to continue conversing about race.
    with Lee Lewis

    Plein Air Drawing and Painting:
    Saturday 8/15 10:00am-1:00pm ($25)– This Saturday
    In this art workshop, Smith will help artists get set up and make choices about composition and materials and how best to depict atmosphere, light and nature. No experience is necessary.
    with Molly Smith

    Pressure Canning for Food Security:
    Thursday 8/20 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    Participants will learn how to safely use a pressure canner and what foods must be pressure canned. They will be guided through the process and have an opportunity to sample home-canned food.
    with Kathy Harrison

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  98. Melissa said,

    August 9, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Full Moon Girls (in Conway, weekly Fridays) & Wild Natured Girls (in Montague, monthly Saturdays)
    Enlivening girls’ true nature, her authentic self thrives in living relationship with earth.

    Join us weekly on Fridays in Conway (9-15 year old girls), or monthly on Saturdays in Montague (7-15 year old girls) starting in September! Our programs are created for girls to explore their connection with nature, community, and themselves.

    Sliding scales available. For more information visit us at http://www.vermontwildernessschool.org/full-moon-girls/, or at (413) 367-6191.

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  99. Kate Hooper said,

    August 5, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Celebrate Homeschool Week with Historic New England
    September 21-25

    Historic New England is excited to offer homeschool families a chance to enjoy our popular field trips at eleven historic properties across New England. Join us at different sites each day for a morning session from
    9:30 -11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and stay for the day. Locations, programs, and total capacity vary, please visit HistoricNewEngland.org/Homeschool for complete details.

    Monday, September 21
    Otis House, Boston, Mass. ~ Ages 5-12 ~ Life in 1800 and Deck the Walls

    Tuesday, September 22
    Casey Farm, Saunderstown, R.I. ~ Ages 6-15 ~ On the Farm and Simple Machines

    Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, Conn. ~ Ages 5-15 ~ Spirit of ‘76: Part One and Spirit of ‘76: Part Two

    Pierce House, Dorchester, Mass. ~ Ages 6-13 ~ Colonial Trades and Colonial Sampler

    Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, Mass. ~ Ages 5-15 ~ Dirt Detectives and In Search of a Story

    Wednesday, September 23
    Quincy House, Quincy, Mass. ~ Ages 5-12 ~ Quincy Revolution and Through Eliza’s Eyes

    Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, Maine ~ Ages 8-15 ~ Maritime Maine and Architecture of Wiscasset

    Thursday, September 24
    Arnold House, Lincoln, R.I. ~ Ages 5-15 ~ Colonial Times: Part One and Colonial Times: Part Two

    Codman Estate, Lincoln, Mass. ~ Ages 7-14 ~ Play and Work and Case of the Empty House

    Hamilton House, South Berwick, Maine ~ Ages 8-15 ~ Maritime Maine and A Quaint and Pretty Sight: Colonial Revival Design

    Friday, September 25
    Rundlet- May House, Portsmouth, N.H. ~ Ages 5-15 ~ Comfort and Convenience and Deck the Walls

    Cost per person, per session: $10, $5 Historic New England Household members
    Cost per person, both sessions on the same day at the same site:
    $15, $7 Historic New England Household members
    Advance registration required. Please visit HistoricNewEngland.org/Homeschool. One adult per family admitted free, additional adults pay full price. Programs are intended for school-age children and may not be appropriate for younger siblings. Questions? E-mail Education@HistoricNewEngland.org.

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  100. July 31, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Homeschool Wilderness Skills Programs
    Fall Session starts Friday, September 18
    Amherst, MA
    2 Groups: Heron–ages 7+ and Swift Eagle–teens

    Earthwork Programs is celebrating 16 years of Heron Homeschool Program–where hundreds of children have learned and practiced not only wilderness skills, but mentoring and being part of a community. Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature.

    $50-$65/class, sliding scale, + $10 for bound Journal/Handbook; 50% tuition due upon registration.

    Visit http://www.earthworkprograms.com or call 413-340-1161

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  101. July 30, 2015 at 10:51 am

    In August at Taproot Commons, we have seven great workshops lined up! Please register online by visiting the class links at http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!workshops/cu32.

    All classes are held at 11 Porter Hill Rd. in Cummington.**

    Long Term Food Storage Fundamentals:
    Thursday 8/6 5:30-8:30pm ($25)– Next Thursday!
    We’ll look at cyclical (year-to-year) low energy food storage and long-term, true sealed and “stockpiled” storage of dry goods. We’ll toss around the pros and cons of various storage vessels, desiccants, how to calculate amounts and duration for your family, and look at some very basic organization for cycling food through.
    with Sarah Fournier-Scanlon

    The Power of Forgiveness:
    Saturday 8/8 10:00am-4:30pm ($50)
    In this course, participants will explore the complex process of choosing whether or not to forgive and address the consequences of each choice.
    with Rich Fournier

    Unpacking Racism for White People:
    Thursday 8/13 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    Geared towards white folks, this is a class to discuss definitions & explore untold history. Leave with action steps to continue conversing about race.
    with Lee Lewis

    Plein Air Drawing and Painting:
    Saturday 8/15 10:00am-1:00pm ($25)
    In this art workshop, Smith will help artists get set up and make choices about composition and materials and how best to depict atmosphere, light and nature. No experience is necessary.
    with Molly Smith

    Pressure Canning for Food Security:
    Thursday 8/20 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    Participants will learn how to safely use a pressure canner and what foods must be pressure canned. They will be guided through the process and have an opportunity to sample home-canned food.
    with Katy Harrison

    Being the Forest and the Trees:
    Saturday 8/22 10:00am-12:00pm ($12)
    A yoga class to explore our core, anatomically and energetically, using asana, pranayama and meditation.
    with Luahn Page

    Cooking from Garden Abundance:
    Thursday 8/27 3:00-7:00pm ($35)
    In this workshop, learn hands-on techniques to cook with all of your senses using the abundance of the garden. Stay for a feast after class.
    with Alice Cozzolino
    **This class is being held at Alice’s Kitchen at Honey Hill at 48 Trouble St. in Cummington.**

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  102. July 15, 2015 at 9:50 am

    This month at Taproot Commons, we have four amazing workshops lined up! Please register online by visiting the class links.

    Plant Medicines for Lyme and More: Resisting Bacterial & Viral Infections and Building Immune Response:
    Thursday 7/16 6-8pm ($12)– Tomorrow!
    In this workshop, we will explore the benefits of plant medicine for fighting bacterial and viral illness (including Lyme) and for building our bodies’ resistance.
    with Sarah Stockwell-Arthen
    Register here: http://goo.gl/W1YwWE

    Sharpening Chisels, Planes, and Other Knives:
    Thursday 7/23 5:30-8:30pm ($25)
    Participants will learn to identify what is wanted in a functional tool and how to produce the edge you need. Learn to make old woodworking tools work as they should. and leave with a working tool.
    with Thad Danielson
    Register here: http://goo.gl/ucLsPn

    Graywater Gardens:
    Saturday 7/25 10:00am-1:00pm ($25)
    Learn all about graywater alternatives and tour a graywater greenhouse.
    with Sadie Stull
    Register here: http://goo.gl/l0wqd9

    Candlemaking:
    Thursday 7/30 6:00-8:00pm ($12)
    Participants will explore basic candlemaking tools and techniques. Learn about hand made cande dipping, wax theory, and fun homemade things to assist with candlemaking.
    with Kathy Harrison
    Register here: http://goo.gl/CiWymB

    Visit us at http://www.taprootcommons.org/ for more information! All workshops are held at 11 Porter Hill Rd. in Cummington.

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  103. Deb Holman said,

    July 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Looking for something fun and free to do if you find yourself in Brattleboro with extra time on your hands? Drop in at Oak Meadow for Game Days to play cards or board games, do puzzles, draw, and meet new friends. Open to all families.

    Oak Meadow Independent Learning
    132 Main St., Brattleboro
    Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 am
    July & August

    Parents and caregivers can drop off kids aged 7-14, or stay and hang out too! Kids 6 and under are welcome with parent supervision. We also have a great play space for tots

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  104. June 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    The next two weeks at Taproot Commons, we have two exciting workshop opportunities! Please register online by visiting the class links.

    Simple Soap:
    Thursday 7/2 6-8pm ($12)
    Participants will learn to make simple soap from (local) farm ingredients.
    with Kathy Harrison
    register at:
    http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!simple-soap/c187t

    Home Health Herbs: Garden to Tincture (and Infusion):
    Saturday 7/11 10am-1pm ($25)
    This workshop will discuss many easy-to grow garden and wild plants that can be used to improve your foundational health and natural defenses and to deal with common illnesses.
    with Sarah Stockwell-Arthen
    register at: http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!home-health-herbs/cvgc

    All classes are held at 11 Porter Hill Rd. in Cummington, MA. For more information, check out our website: http://www.taprootcommons.org

    With love of learning,
    the folks at Taproot Commons

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  105. June 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Taekwondo classes for all ages (3 years old-Adult) Come in for a free class or a trial month of 39$ including a uniform! 22 Center street Chicopee MA!

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  106. Mandy Gerry said,

    June 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Free Daily Schedule of Local Yoga Classes, search multiple studios from one website, find a class that fits your schedule! http://yogaclasstoday.com/

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  107. Lui Collins said,

    May 29, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    **NEW!** UPSIDE-UP’s MUSIC AT HOME

    UPSIDE-UP MUSIC announces the release of its new Early Elementary Homeschool Music Curriculum!

    Levels 1 and 2 available for Fall 2015.

    Homeschooling families, and also families whose children attend school, are welcome to join us in a home-based musical adventure. Based on our Kids’ Jam curriculum, Music at Home is a comprehensive music curriculum in 3 levels of progressive difficulty. The materials provided – Song MP3’s, Songbook, Parent Guide, plus weekly lesson plans and support videos – make the curriculum accessible to parents regardless of their previous musical experience.

    Music at Home is a stand-alone program for homeschoolers, and can also be used in conjunction with school music classes and/or instrument study. Includes songs, singing games, and ear training through video solfège and rhythm exercises.

    Level 1 was introduced in Fall 2014. Level 2 will be added this Fall 2015, and Level 3 in Fall 2016. Tuition for the curriculum is $40 per season for Fall/Winter/Spring, $25 for Summer, or $100 for a full year, and includes all materials, delivered electronically. The complete 3-year curriculum is suggested for use for grades K-2 or 1-3, and is easily adapted to include younger and/or older siblings. For more information, please see Upside-Up’s Music at Home at http://upsideupmusic.com/upside-up/U-U_MH/index.html
    Contact Lui Collins, Upside-Up Music, at music.upsideup@gmail.com or 413-628-0197 with questions.

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  108. Lui Collins said,

    May 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    UPSIDE-UP MUSIC – Family music classes

    *MUSIC TOGETHER* for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    *KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop* for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver

    SUMMER CLASSES BEGIN June 30 In Williamsburg, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls
    EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT thru June 2
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE June 23.
    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 music.upsideup@gmail.com
    Info and registration at http://www.upsideupmusic.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER and KIDS’ JAM Family Music Workshop feature:
    Fun and developmentally appropriate songs based in American folk repertoire and more
    Small and large movement, plus singing games in Kids’ Jam
    Developmentally appropriate ear training exercises and games
    Instrument play and movement props
    Activities you can do at home

    TUITION INCLUDES:
    6 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    Songbook and 2 professionally-recorded CD’s
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.

    TUITION: first child $125, additional siblings $60 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    FINANCIAL AID: All Upside-Up Music classes are made available to any family who wants to participate. Please ask if financial aid is needed, there are many ways we can help.

    Schedule, registration and more information online at http://www.upsideupmusic.com
    OR Call Lui at (413) 628-0197 OR Email music.upsideup@gmail.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

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  109. Lee Lewis said,

    May 25, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Taproot Commons (http://www.taprootcommons.org/) is now hosting folk school style workshops! This coming week, we have:

    Sharpening Saws: Thursday 5/28 6-8pm ($12)
    In this workshop, students will learn how to sharpen handsaws.
    with Thad Danielson

    Repairing and Peening the Scythe: Saturday 5/30 10am-12pm ($12)
    The primary focus of this course will be demonstration of and instruction in blade repairs and peening. Students will also work on improving the fit of their snath and blade.
    with Sy Schotz

    Please register online at: http://www.taprootcommons.org/#!workshops/cu32

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  110. Sara Coblyn said,

    May 18, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Parent and Baby/Toddler Yoga
    New! Shelburne Falls Yoga, Alternating Saturdays, 10:45-11:45am; May 23, June 6 and June 20. $10-$15/class. Adults and children are lead through yoga, movement, song, dance and art in a fun and relaxing learning environment. We will stretch, play and learn some great partner poses.

    We hope to see you and your little ones in class! Pre–registration required. Just email Sara.

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  111. Liz said,

    April 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Beginning Knitting with Linda – Wednesday, April 29 – May 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 [2 sessions] $40 Ages: Adult, parent-child, or teen. Do you need a refresher to get knitting again, or are you a brand new knitter? We will cover casting on, knit and purl stitches and binding off, making a gauge swatch, correcting and avoiding common mistakes, and what tools to have in your knitting bag. Bring your own yarn and size 8 needles or buy the $10 Beginner Kit at Sheep and Shawl. Choose your own yarn for a scarf or project to start and take home. Call 413-397-3680 to register. We’d love to teach you to knit! http://www.sheepandshawl.com/community

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  112. April 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Playing, Learning and Growing – A 4 week Series for Parents
    Tuesday, April 28, 3:30-5:00 at Haskins Center, 210 State Street.North Adams

    “Through Play, Children Create Themselves.”

    The value of play is important in the mental and emotional growth of young children. In this fun and informative session, we will show how young children learn through exploration and free play. You will learn the importance and benefits of playfulness for you and your child. Each family will receive a goodie bag to take home filled with play power!

    This is the first in a 4 week series on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
    May 5: Brain Building in Progress, May 12: Ages and Stages-Your Child’s Development and May 19: STEM for Families

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  113. lenifr said,

    April 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Shop class with Mike Augspurger
    Saturday mornings: 10:30-12:00/ $20 per session
    Ongoing

    Ages 8 and up
    No experience allowed except with special permission!

    Measuring, cutting, fastening, drilling. This is a full service machine shop.

    Get help with a project. Learn how to approach a project.
    Get comfortable with hand tools.
    Use a bridgeport. See what a machine shop can do.

    Drop in on a Saturday morning to check it out, but please call first.
    After school/work times can be arranged.
    494 Stage Road Cummington, MA 01026
    413 634-5591
    http://www.oneoffhandcycle.com

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  114. Lui Collins said,

    March 24, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    UPSIDE-UP MUSIC
    Family music classes and new Homeschool curriculum
    Music Together for ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver
    Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop for ages 5-7 w/ parent/caregiver
    Upside-Up’s Music at Home – Homeschool Curriculum with weekly lesson plans and support videos

    **SPRING CLASSES BEGIN week of April 7 In Williamsburg, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls**
    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31.
    Contact Lui Collins (413) 628-0197 lui@luicollins.com Info and registration at http://www.upsideupmusic.com

    MUSIC TOGETHER: Mixed-age early childhood classes, developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Children participate at their own level; they’re not required to sit still, but rather are encouraged to respond spontaneously to the musical environment. Activities include:
    * Singing
    * Rhythmic chants
    * Creative movement, from fingerplays to large motor movement activities
    * Instrument play (the play-along jam session is loads of fun!)

    KIDS’ JAM FAMILY MUSIC WORKSHOP: Intermediate music classes for ages 5-7 with a parent or caregiver. Lays the groundwork for formal instrument instruction and participation in school/community choral groups.
    * Singing and ear-training exercises
    * Solfège with Curwen hand signs and hand bells
    * Music literacy exercises, oral and written
    * Singing games to build tonal and rhythmic proficiency, movement vocabulary and coordination
    * Engaging repertoire of traditional and original songs about the natural world, for family, school and community
    * Build life-long skills for expression and sharing in community

    The recordings feature Lui and multi-instrumentalist / producer Anand Nayak (of Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem fame) on vocals and a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, slide guitar and mandolin.

    ALL UPSIDE-UP MUSIC CLASSES:

    TUITION: first child $190, additional siblings $100 each, sibs under 8 months free.
    Includes:
    10 weeks of 45-minute classes (55-minute classes in Kids’ Jam)
    2 CD’s and Songbook for use in home and car (magic on long – or short – car rides!)
    Parent education
    Younger or older siblings may participate in Kids’ Jam classes on an individual basis. Please ask if interested.
    Financial aid available, please ask if needed.

    Schedule, registration and more information: Online at http://www.upsideupmusic.com or call Lui at (413) 628-0197 or email lui@luicollins.com to receive a brochure and registration form by mail or email.

    NEW!
    UPSIDE-UP’s MUSIC AT HOME – early elementary music curriculum for homeschool or supplemental use
    Level 1 is now available! We will be starting the Spring session the week of April 12. Both homeschooling families and families whose children attend school are welcome to join us in a home-based musical adventure. Based on our Kids’ Jam Family Music Workshop classes, this is a comprehensive music curriculum in 3 levels of progressive difficulty. Song MP3’s, workbook, weekly lesson plans and support videos are provided to make the curriculum accessible to parents regardless of their previous musical experience. Music at Home is a stand-alone program for homeschoolers, but can also be used in conjunction with school music classes and/or instrument study.

    Level 1 was introduced in Fall 2014, and is available now. Level 2 will be added in the Fall of 2015, and Level 3 in Fall 2016. Any families wishing to jump into the Spring session are welcome. Tuition for the curriculum is $30 per season. For more information see Upside-Up’s Music at Home at http://upsideupmusic.com/upside-up/U-U_MH/index.html

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