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119 Comments

  1. 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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  2. Anne said,

    December 12, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    From: Cassandra Ferreira [mailto:cassieferr@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:09 AM
    Subject: CBM – Winter/Spring Semester dance classes begins January 8th!

    Good Morning Parents!

    Our Winter/Spring Semester of dance classes begins January 8th 2018!
    Mark your calendars and let me know if you’d like to sign up and join us.

    Invite your children’s friends to dance with us at The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. and help spread the word of dance, learning and fun!

    My goal is to set a healthy foundation for all children interested in the performing arts, and create an outlet and an environment for the creative mind and the creative soul!

    Cheers to the new year,
    Cassie

    The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co.
    http://www.childrensballetmovement.com
    413-478-1944

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  3. Anne said,

    November 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    You can purchase tickets to the Global Arts performances at the Fine Arts Center at UMASS. The phone number for daytime shows is 413 545 2116, and the times to call are between 10:00am & 4:00pm.
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    HOME SCHOOLERS, TEACHERS, YOUTH LEADERS! GET YOUR GLOBAL ARTS TICKETS NOW!
    “I Have a Dream” – the Life and Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    There’s still time to check out our new Global Arts Performances for Schools 2017-2018 season! Experience a Festival of South African Dance, from Latvia comes the Underwater Bubble Show, “I Have a Dream”—the Life and Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Air Play offers circus style adventure based on the dynamics of air, “Sacred Dances and Legends from Hawaii” and so much more. The Global Arts Program is subsidized in part by PeoplesBank: A passion for what is possible.
    Link: https://fac.umass.edu/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=F8A0724F-0393-4696-B034-97EA5DC718B4&utm_campaign=CATF170705&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=newsletter&SessionSecurity::correspondencedetail_id=183A6817-ADED-4E64-A20E-631BE642B548
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    Events | Information: Policies & Procedures | Resource Room: Study Guides, LCC Grant/Pass Grant | Performance Evaluation: Online Survey
    Welcome to Global Arts: Performances for Schools!
    Global Arts features the best in national and international performing arts events through the Fine Arts Center for school audiences.

    Whether you are looking for theatre, dance, music or visual arts experiences, we have the right events for students and teachers. Every performance is carefully selected to meet the highest artistic standards while complementing your school’s curriculum, and all performances meet the Curriculum Frameworks as established by the Massachusetts Department of Education. The performances present a world view of the arts and augment curricula in the areas of geography, history, science, social studies, language studies, and fine and performing arts.
    Ticket prices for students and adults are just $9. For schools, the Fine Arts Center supports a 1 to 10 (1 to 5 for Pre-schools) chaperone to student ratio. Additional chaperone tickets are available for $10. Special needs student groups (designated Chapter 766 schools) are offered one complimentary chaperone admission for every 5 paid students.
    For more information, please refer to our Policies & Procedures page.�
    For online brochure, click here.

    To register for an event online, click here.

    “I Have a Dream” The Life & Times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | Grades 3 – 12
    Feb 12 2018 10:00 AM Fine Arts Center Concert Hall , UMass general admission
    ******
    Air Play | Grades 3 – 12
    Mar 20 2018 10:00 AM Fine Arts Center Concert Hall , UMass general admission Air Play | Grades 3 – 12
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    Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawai’i | Grades 4 – 12
    Apr 03 2018 10:00 AM Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall, UMass general admission Sacred Dances & Legends of Hawai’i | Grades 4 – 12
    Sand Mandala Mystical Arts of Tibet | Families & Schools Tuesday 10am
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    Apr 17 2018 10:00 AM UMass Old Chapel, UMass general admission
    Sand Mandala Mystical Arts of Tibet | Families & Schools Tuesday 10am

    https://fac.umass.edu/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=F8A0724F-0393-4696-B034-97EA5DC718B4&utm_campaign=CATF170705&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=newsletter&SessionSecurity::correspondencedetail_id=183A6817-ADED-4E64-A20E-631BE642B548

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  4. Anne said,

    November 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Ice Skating November 17 Mullins Center Amherst
    All families are welcome.

    November
    11/17/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 11:30 AM-1:20 PM
    11/24/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 1:30 PM-2:50 PM
    December
    12/1/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 11:30 AM-1:20 PM
    12/8/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 11:30 AM-1:20 PM
    12/15/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 11:30 AM-1:20 PM
    12/22/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 11:30 AM-1:20 PM
    12/29/2017 Fri MC Rink Home School Skate 1:30 PM-2:50 PM

    More Dates to come!
    HS Ice Skating Fridays 1130to120 Mullins Amherst see two dates with different times!!!
    Students are back. You can park at the meters in the front or back of the Mullins Center. You can park in the garage but a hike for kids. BRING COINS FOR THE METERS OR Pay By Cell with Parkmobile see at the bottom of this e-mail.

    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton
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    CASH OR CHECKS ONLY TO PAY CASHIER FOR ICE SKATING—BRING COINS FOR THE METERS
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    Parking: How you get to the back parking lot METERS from the Mullins Center front parking lot? –take right on Commonwealth Avenue, take right on Massachusetts Avenue, right on Mullin Way, go a the way down to parking lot 67, go around the circle on way right and bares left to meters. If you go into the center of the parking lot you are in a stickered parking lot area number 67. You need to exit the way you came and then bare left. If no meters left to park in front of, you can try to park in lot 67. I have never tried. I worried about getting a ticket. But seems lot 67 isn’t always full.
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton

    COST: $5 per child (their adults are FREE if you want to try) This includes rentals at no extra cost. Cost will go up in Winter 2018 by $1.00.
    IF YOU HAVE YOUNGER OR NEW ICE SKATERS, BRING YOUR OWN CLEAN BUCKETS (TAKE THE WIRE HANDLE OFF FOR SAFETY). I AM NO LONGER ALLOWED TO GO AND GET BUCKETS. SO SORRY!!! .
    **************
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-information

    Pay By Cell with Parkmobile instead of bringing coins
    UMASS has partnered with Parkmobile to offer pay by cell service on campus! (11/10/15)
    • No need for coins to park
    • Renew your time remotely. No more racing back to the car or cutting a meeting, class or meal short
    • Pay from your car, office, classroom, or home. No more standing in the rain, snow, or heat to complete your parking transaction
    • Parkmobile sends text message reminders 15 minutes before your time expires so you avoid citations by remotely renewing your parking
    • Park in any paystation or meter on campus using Parkmobile (not in numbered lots)
    Sign up with Parkmobile to pay by cell at UMASS
    • Please contact Parkmobile for any questions regarding billing and/or account management.
    • Please contact UMASS Parking Services for information on pay by cell locations on campus.
    Rate – Regular meter and paystation rate: $1.50/hr
    https://www.umass.edu/transportation/pay-cell-parkmobile

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  5. 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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  6. Anne said,

    November 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    ART ALWAYS in Florence, MA
    Art Always
    221 Pine Street, Studio #314
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.584.3050
    lindsayfoggwillits@gmail.com

    ****we’re excited to get started next week! If you haven’t registered, there’s still limited space in certain classes.

    ****Late Fall 2017 Art Class Schedule

    *Drawing and Painting (Ages 5 – 12) – Full, please register for waiting list.

    Mondays, November 6 – December 11
    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 (Ages 11 – 16)

    *Tuesdays, November 7 – December 12
    6 weeks
    3:30pm – 4:30pm
    $120 (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, November 8 – December 13 (no class November 22)
    5 weeks
    2:00pm – 3:00pm
    $75 (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) – Full, please register for waiting list.

    *Wednesdays, November 8 – December 13 (no class November 22)
    5 weeks
    3:30pm – 4:45pm
    $100 (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
    Comics (Ages 9 – 14)

    ***Sundays, November 12 – December 17 (no class November 26)
    5 weeks 10:00am – 11:30am
    $120 (materials included)
    Instructor: Jace (“Rascal”) Smith

    This five class workshop style course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of comic art, and will provide kids the opportunity to learn the technical and creative skills needed to produce a comic exactly like the professionals do. Students will learn about the comic book making process by covering such topics as layout, supplies specific to the trade, cartooning techniques, and character development. All the while furthering their creative writing and storytelling abilities and engagement. Students who have taken the course previously will continue to work towards developing their comic skill set, learning further tricks of the trade, and truly mastering the fundamentals of the craft.

    Jace Smith is an Amherst based art educator, illustrator, and published comic book artist. An alumna of both the School Of Visual Arts in New York City, and of the Massachusetts College Of Art And Design in Boston, Jace has shown work throughout the New England and New York area, and has done work for a wide variety of clients in different markets.
    Register for Comics

    ***A Morning of Art! A workshop for children (ages 5-9) and their grown-ups!

    Saturday, November 18
    9-10:30am
    $12 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

    Join us a for a fun morning of collaborative art-making! The project stations of the day will be: Fall Nature wreaths, jellyfish sculptures and monoprinting! Stay for part of the time and do one project or join us for the full 1.5 hours and make all three! Pre-registration is required.

    Register for A Morning of Art!

    Our mailing address is:
    Art Always
    221 Pine St
    #314
    Florence, MA 01062

    http://mailchi.mp/462f1d0f5a9f/register-for-fall-art-classes-1820089?e=1a406fe31e

    Art Always
    221 Pine Street, Studio #314
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.584.3050
    lindsayfoggwillits@gmail.com

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Anne said,

    September 17, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Valley Dance Project

    is pleased to offer

    Creative and Modern Dance Classes
    Children, ages 4 through 4th Grade

    at
    Munson Library
    South Amherst Commons

    Classes begin
    Monday September 25th, 2017

    Creative/Modern Dance (3rd -4th grade) Monday 3:30-4:30pm $140
    Creative/Modern Dance (ages 5-7) Monday 4:40-5:40pm $140
    Creative/Modern Dance (ages 4-5) Wednesday 3:30-4:20pm $135
    No classes on October 9th, November 20th, November 22nd.

    For information:

    Iris 413-575-3591 (Creative Dance)

    or check out our website

    http://www.valleydanceproject.com
    like us on Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/

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  12. 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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  13. Anne said,

    September 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Saturday Family Science – Living with Black Bears
    September 9—10:00 am – 11:00 am

    FREE
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead. with Patrick O’Roark Second Saturdays, September through December Free 10am – 11am Saturdays, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9 While the program is offered 10-11, families are welcome to enjoy the Hitchcock Center from 9-1 each second Saturday. Upcoming…
    ***
    Hitchcock Center in Amherst
    On Hampshire College Property right off route 116
    West Street
    Amherst, MA

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  14. Anne said,

    September 5, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Children, Youth and Family Programs Hitchcock Center in Amherst
    ***************************************************************************
    Beginning with children in their earliest years, we believe that multiple touches at every developmental stage of a child’s life foster ecological stewardship that is sound to the core. Each year, our programs help get thousands of children outside, connected with their own natural environment, exploring and understanding the life it supports, addressing real-world environmental problems, and developing their sense of citizenship and their role in solving those problems in constructive and meaningful ways. Learn about the importance of getting children outside.
    Learn more below about the wide array of fun and engaging learning opportunities for your child and family or check our calendar.

    Registration for Fall Children and Family programs is open.
    Click HERE to register.
    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.

    Nature Play Afterschool—Ages 6–9
    Our Nature Play Afterschool program seeks to support free play and experimentation in the outdoors and with natural themed explorations. Our afterschoolers, ages 6–9, learn to become comfortable in the outdoors and eagerly anticipate their afternoons of outdoor exploration in all seasons. Learn more…

    Girls into the Wild Afterschool—Ages 8–10
    Girls into the Wild is designed to bring girls together in a supportive environment that fosters creativity, nature skills and inquiry. Each afternoon will consist of hands-on projects and free outdoor exploration. Through team building, exploring nearby habitats, and connecting with nature, we will develop our confidence, build friendships and have a lot of fun learning! Learn more…

    Hitchcock Homeschool—Ages 6–12
    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. Learn more…

    Nature Discovery Preschool—Ages 3–5
    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. Learn more…

    Nature Summer Camp—Ages 6–7 & 8–10
    At Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp children learn and play in the natural world. With outdoor classrooms, campers form deep connections with nature and gain appreciation for the interdependence of all life. Nature play, art projects, live animal visits and games are part of every session. We nurture each child’s natural curiosity and use model building, songs and hikes to support our learning. As we explore the fascinating features of the Pioneer Valley at Hitchcock and nearby field trip sites, we cultivate a sense of place, connect with nature, and of course, make new friends! Learn more…

    Vacation Camps—Ages 6–7 & 8–10
    Vacation camps offer the opportunity for nature based learning during breaks in the school calendar. Camps are offered daily from 8:30am–3:00pm during the weeks of February and April school vacation. Families may register for as many days as they like. Please check back for programs as they become available. Learn more…

    Additional Programs
    Other program offerings include an array of programs: Monarch Tagging, Youth Birding, Enchanted Forest, Festivals, Second Saturday Science, and Curriculum Days throughout the year. Learn more…
    *************
    ****************413-256-6006 in Amherst, MA
    Directions
    Address
    845 West St., Amherst, MA 01002
    Map
    View a Google Map of location.

    Driving Directions
    From areas North of Amherst:
    Take Interstate 91 South to Exit 25. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 116. Turn right onto Routes 5 and 10 and Route 116 and pass the Yankee Candle complex. Turn left onto Route 116 (towards Sunderland). Go over the bridge and continue on Route 116 for approximately 10 miles until it ends at Route 9 in Hadley. Turn right (west) onto Route 9. At the intersection with South Maple St., turn left. Continue to the third intersection and turn left onto Bay Road. Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    From areas South of Amherst:
    a) Via Interstate 91. Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 19 (Amherst Exit). Turn right off the ramp and go over the bridge. Continue to the first traffic light and turn right onto Bay Road. Continue, passing over a bridge. After the bridge, turn left, continuing on Bay Road (not RT. 47). Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    b) Via Route 116. (heading North) Go through South Hadley and continue over “the Notch” on Route 116. Pass Atkins Farm Store on your left. Continue north through two roundabouts. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.

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  15. Anne said,

    September 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Hitchcock Homeschool

    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 Fall Children and Family programs is open.
    Click HERE to register.
    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.
    ****************************************
    Fall Homeschool I
    Patterns in Nature
    Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Educator
    Ages 6-8
    Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
    September 12, 19, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 5
    Members: $420/Non-members: $450
    From chipmunk stripes to ladybug spots, spiral seashells to sunflowers, patterns are everywhere you look in nature. In this homeschool class we will discover what makes a pattern and find out how these designs can help animals, plants and people. We’ll explore animal patterns such as stripes, spots, camouflage and more subtle designs such as branching, waves, wrinkles and packing. Each day will include outdoor adventures, writing in our journals, and creating art projects, with special guest visitors and field trips too. By the end of our ten weeks, homeschoolers will become expert pattern pioneers and savvy design detectives.
    ******************************************
    Fall Homeschool II
    Connections – Where Does It Come From?
    Jeff Mazur, Hitchcock Educator
    Ages 9-12
    Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
    September 12, 19, October 3, 10, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, December 4
    Members: $420/Non-members: $450
    Did you ever wonder how fiber becomes thread? Do you want to learn how to turn grass into ice cream? In such a product-oriented society, it is easy to lose connection with how things are made and the origins of the things we use every day. By researching the path of how a product is made we are able to see firsthand the energy that goes into making each product. With games, crafts, special guests, home projects and field trips we will develop an appreciation for the resources, time and energy used to make products that we use daily.  

    Homeschool Discovery Days
    with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
    Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm
    Ages 6-12
    Members: $45 per program /Non-members: $50 per program
    Tuesdays, September 26, October 17, November 28, December 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.
    September 26 – Nature Did It First: Biomimicry with Katie Koerten
    October 17 – Fabulous Fungi with Jeff Mazur
    November 28 – Clues to Nature’s Past with Jeff Mazur
    December 12 – We All Depend on Trees with Katie Koerten

    Share this page with friends!
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/hitchcock-homeschool/

    413-256-6006

    Directions
    Address
    845 West St., Amherst, MA 01002
    Map
    View a Google Map of location.

    Driving Directions
    From areas North of Amherst:
    Take Interstate 91 South to Exit 25. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 116. Turn right onto Routes 5 and 10 and Route 116 and pass the Yankee Candle complex. Turn left onto Route 116 (towards Sunderland). Go over the bridge and continue on Route 116 for approximately 10 miles until it ends at Route 9 in Hadley. Turn right (west) onto Route 9. At the intersection with South Maple St., turn left. Continue to the third intersection and turn left onto Bay Road. Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    From areas South of Amherst:
    a) Via Interstate 91. Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 19 (Amherst Exit). Turn right off the ramp and go over the bridge. Continue to the first traffic light and turn right onto Bay Road. Continue, passing over a bridge. After the bridge, turn left, continuing on Bay Road (not RT. 47). Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    b) Via Route 116. (heading North) Go through South Hadley and continue over “the Notch” on Route 116. Pass Atkins Farm Store on your left. Continue north through two roundabouts. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.

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  16. Anne said,

    September 5, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Cost Preschool Classes Nature Discovery Program
    Hitchcock Center in Amherst

    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 Fall Children and Family programs is open.
    Click HERE to register.

    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.
    **
    Fall Nature Discovery Preschool
    Our Rainbow World with Colleen Kelley
    Ages 3-5 (Adult required to attend with child) siblings allowed if you ask

    ** Fridays ONLY
    ,
    *Morning session: 9:30am-11:30 am
    **Afternoon session: 1:00pm-3:00pm
    September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 27, November 3, 10,
    December 1, 8

    (no class October 20, November 10 or November 24)

    **********Members: $205 / Non-members: $225

    413-256-6006
    Welcome fall and all its colors at nature preschool at the Hitchcock Center with Colleen! Children will fill their art palettes with many colors and discover how colors affect animals, plants and their own lives. Through movement, songs, crafts and live animal observations, children will investigate camouflage, natural plant dyes, plant patterns, chlorophyll and much more. An adult is required to attend with each child.
    Limited to 12 families per session.

    Directions
    Address
    845 West St., Amherst, MA 01002
    Map
    View a Google Map of location.
    Driving Directions
    From areas North of Amherst:
    Take Interstate 91 South to Exit 25. Turn left at the end of the ramp onto Route 116. Turn right onto Routes 5 and 10 and Route 116 and pass the Yankee Candle complex. Turn left onto Route 116 (towards Sunderland). Go over the bridge and continue on Route 116 for approximately 10 miles until it ends at Route 9 in Hadley. Turn right (west) onto Route 9. At the intersection with South Maple St., turn left. Continue to the third intersection and turn left onto Bay Road. Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    From areas South of Amherst:
    a) Via Interstate 91. Take Interstate 91 North to Exit 19 (Amherst Exit). Turn right off the ramp and go over the bridge. Continue to the first traffic light and turn right onto Bay Road. Continue, passing over a bridge. After the bridge, turn left, continuing on Bay Road (not RT. 47). Continue on Bay Road until the roundabout. Take the second exit from the roundabout into another roundabout. Take the second exit out of this roundabout onto  Rt. 116 North. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    b) Via Route 116. (heading North) Go through South Hadley and continue over “the Notch” on Route 116. Pass Atkins Farm Store on your left. Continue north through two roundabouts. Pass Hampshire College on your left. The Hitchcock Center is the second left after Hampshire College entrance.
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/nature-discovery-preschool/
    413-256-6006

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Anne said,

    July 24, 2017 at 11:04 am

    From: Shelly Kahan [mailto:shelly@hitchcockcenter.org]
    Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 10:31 AM
    To: Info
    Subject: Hitchcock Training for Teachers

    Dear Teacher Friends of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment,

    We are offering a science training for teachers K-6, during August 7-10, through the Collaborative for Educational Services. Our new building is housing our summer camps so the training will be held at the “old” Hitchcock Center at 525 South Pleasant Street. The cost is $500 for the 4 days ($550 for non CES member district teachers). Registration is through the Collaborative at https://www.collaborative.org/events-and-courses/science-and-engineering-practices-your-classroom

    Here’s a description:

    Science and Engineering Practices in Your Classroom
    How can you make the new 2016 science and engineering practices exciting for your students while still addressing required performance expectations? Join us for 4 days of exploring Life, Physical and Earth/Space sciences as well as Engineering Design!
    Each day will include practical, hands-on, classroom activities. Time will be spent gaining mastery, as adult learners, of the practices with the goal of informing ways of presenting them to your students. We will provide significant time for work in grade-level groups planning units to take with you that address the performance expectations and incorporate science and engineering skills.
    Audience and Grade Level: Teachers; Grades K – 6
    PDPs: 24 PDPs will be awarded to participants upon completion of these four days of training, in addition to outside readings and assignments (as per DESE regulations).
    *********Date and Location:*******************************
    August 7-10, 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Amherst.
    ***************
    *Please note:
    *************** the workshop will be held at the former Hitchcock Center for the Environment facility, which is open on a limited basis. It is located at 525 South Pleasant Street (Route 116) in Amherst [not the new Hitchcock Center facility at 845 West Street]. The facility is off Route 116 one mile south of the lights at Routes 116 and 9 in the Center of Amherst and shares the entrance drive with the Common School. The parking lot is the first left off the entrance drive.
    Cost and Registration: The cost of the workshop is $500 for member districts, and $550 for non-member districts.
    **
    **
    **
    Registration deadline: July 31, 2017

    Give us a call if you have any questions.

    Ted Watt
    Naturalist and Environmental Educator
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002
    413-256-6006

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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Anne said,

    April 20, 2017 at 7:50 am

    From: Krista Wathne [mailto:kwathne@hartsbrook.org]

    Cost Music Class Hadley MA

    Share the gift of song with young children!
    • promote language development and comprehension
    • strengthen the bond between parent and child
    • foster innate musical ability that will last a lifetime

    Parents who sing regularly with their children enjoy a new
    sense of ease with care-giving routines, daily tasks and
    bedtime rituals. Parent and child together discover the joy
    that language and song can bring to everyday routines.

    Learn traditional lullabies, nursery rhymes, seasonal
    songs and musical games to sing and play.

    Make your own finger puppet to delight your child with
    musical puppet plays at home!

    Each class will be taught at a gentle pace to respect the
    developmental needs of each child, and will also provide
    plenty of opportunity for family practice.

    Thursdays, May 4,11,18, 25
    1:30-2:30 pm, $132
    Ages: babies-toddlers
    To register, call
    413-586-1908 x116
    http://www.hartsbrook.org

    Includes a CD of the
    music from class for
    parents to bring home.


    Krista Wathne
    Enrollment Assistant

    The Hartsbrook School
    193 Bay Road
    Hadley, MA 01035
    http://www.hartsbrook.org

    Phone: 413-586-1908 x116
    Fax: 413-586-9438

    My pronouns are she/her/hers

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  29. Anne said,

    April 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    cost
    Class for Youth Birding

    with Dan Ziomek, Local Birder and WRSI’s Bird Songs Radio Program
    For young people ages 8-13
    6 Saturdays: April 8 – May 13
    7:30am-10am
    Individual/Youth: Members $60 Non-members $75
    Parent/Child Members $100/Non-members $120
    Space is limited, registration required
    Spring migration is the most exciting time of year to get out and see birds! Be the next generation of birders!

    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College

    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/additional-programs/

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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Anne said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Girls into the Wild

    January 12—3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    $270 – $320

    Event Navigation with Katie Koerten
    Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
    Thursdays, January 5–March 16 (no class February 23)
    3:30pm-5:30pm
    Members: $270/Non-members: $320

    Calling all girls ages 8-11! Get to know nature, and make friends at the same time at this weekly afterschool program. Now in its third year, Girls into the Wild is designed to bring girls together in a supportive environment that fosters creativity, nature skills and inquiry. Each afternoon will consist of hands-on projects and free outdoor exploration at the Larch Hill Conservation Area. Through playing games, exploring nearby habitats, and connecting with nature, we will develop our confidence, build friendships and have a lot of fun learning! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center. Limited to 10 participants.

    Details
    Date: January 12 Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Cost: $270 – $320

    Organizer
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment Phone: 413-256-6006 Website: http://www.hitchcockcenter.org

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  33. Anne said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    FREE second Saturday Jan 14 Nature Program Hitchcock
    ***********************************************************************
    New! Second Saturday Science! Amherst, MA
    Second Saturdays, January through June 2017
    **************************************Free
    January 14 – Scutes and Scales
    10am-11am

    *******January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
    Saturday Science themes:
    **************January 14 – Scutes and Scales
    February 11 – The Science of Snow
    March 11 – Meet the Trees
    April 15 – Energy Is Electrifying!
    May 13 – Backyard Birds
    June 10 – Wonderful Water
    New! Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center
    Second and third Saturdays, 9am-1pm
    ********Free
    January through June
    Drop in, see Hitchcock’s new home, and learn about our living building.
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College
    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax

    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/additional-programs/

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  34. Anne said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Homeschool Discovery Days with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
    ************************************
    Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm Ages 6-12
    Members: $42 per program/Non-members: $46 per program
    Tuesdays, January 10, January 24, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 13
    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, although the occasional parents and younger siblings stay as long as disruptions are kept to a minimum. Limited to 12 participants per program.
    January 10: Rube Goldberg Machines with Katie Koerten
    January 24: The Truth About Bats with Katie Koerten (rescheduled from 10/25/16)
    February 7: Amazing Plant Adaptations: Field Trip to Smith Botanic Garden with Jeff Mazur
    March 7: Backyard Birds with Katie Koerten
    April 4: Amphibians of Spring with Jeff Mazur
    May 2: What is Swimming in Our Waters? with Jeff Mazur
    June 13: Patterns in Nature with Katie Koerten
    *****************************
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College
    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax

    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

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  35. Anne said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Open slots still time to register for these programs below.

    Hitchcock Homeschool 413-256-6006 http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/hitchcock-homeschool/
    **************
    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 Spring Children and Family programs is open.
    Click HERE to register.
    Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.
    ************Spring Homeschool I
    Raindrop to Reservoir: All About Water
    Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Educator Ages 6-8
    Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
    10 classes: March 14, 21, 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6
    Members: $420/Non-members: $448
    Limited to 12 participants.

    ***************Spring Homeschool II
    Biologists in Training
    Jeff Mazur, Hitchcock Educator Ages 9-12
    Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
    10 classes: March 14, 21, 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6
    Members: $420/Non-members: $448
    Limited to 10 participants.
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College
    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax

    ***
    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/

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  36. Anne said,

    January 11, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Join us for a fun and creative introduction to comic art. Deadline to register is this Friday.

    Comics!! (Ages 8 – 12)
    Sundays, January 15 – March 12 (no class 2/26)
    8 weeks
    10:00am – 11:30am
    $145
    Instructor: Jace (“Rascal”) Smith
    This eight-session course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of comic art, and will provide kids the opportunity to learn the technical and creative skills needed to produce a comic. Students will learn and develop drawing techniques, character development, and storytelling strategies, play comic art games and much more. Students who have taken the course previously will continue to work towards developing a character and comic entirely of their own design, learning further tricks of the trade.
    Jace Smith is an Amherst based art educator, illustrator, and published comic book artist. An alumna of both the School Of Visual Arts in New York City, and of the Massachusetts College Of Art And Design in Boston, Jace has shown work throughout the New England and New York area, and has done work for a wide variety of clients in different markets.
    Register for Comics!

    Our mailing address is:
    Art Always
    221 Pine St
    #314
    Florence, MA 01062

    Winter 2017 Schedule

    Sculpture Extravaganza (Ages 6 – 12)

    Mondays, January 9 – March 6 (no class 1/16 or 2/20)
    7 weeks
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
    $135 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

    Children in this class will turn their ideas into 3- dimensional pieces of art! We will work with clay, wood, cardboard, paper mache, wire and more to create a variety of small and large sculptures. This is a great class for children who have big imaginations and a love for building! Come ready to get your hands messy! Smocks are provided.

    Register for Sculpture Extravaganza

    Drawing and Painting (Ages 6 – 12)

    Tuesdays, January 10 – March 7 (no class 2/21)
    8 weeks
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
    $145 (materials included)
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

    This class will help students develop their painting and drawing skills through weekly technique demonstrations, material experimentation and projects which focus on a variety of subject matter. We will explore ways that value, line, color, perspective and design principles can enhance a work of art. This will be a fun and relaxed introduction for students who feel less confident in their abilities as well as an opportunity for students with more experience to develop their skills.

    Register for Drawing and Painting

    Art Exploration (Ages 5 – 11)

    Wednesdays, January 11 – March 8 (no class 2/22)
    8 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.

    Art Exploration (Ages 5 – 11)

    Wednesdays, January 11 – March 8 (no class 2/22)
    8 weeks
    3:30pm – 5:00pm
    $145 (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

    Comics! (Ages 8 – 12)

    Sundays, January 15 – March 12 (no class 2/26)
    8 weeks
    10:00am – 11:30am
    $145
    Instructor: Jace (“Rascal”) Smith

    This eight-session course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of comic art, and will provide kids the opportunity to learn the technical and creative skills needed to produce a comic. Students will learn and develop drawing techniques, character development, and storytelling strategies, play comic art games and much more. Students who have taken the course previously will continue to work towards developing a character and comic entirely of their own design, learning further tricks of the trade.

    Jace Smith is an Amherst based art educator, illustrator, and published comic book artist. An alumna of both the School Of Visual Arts in New York City, and of the Massachusetts College Of Art And Design in Boston, Jace has shown work throughout the New England and New York area, and has done work for a wide variety of clients in different markets.

    Register for Comics!

    A Morning of Art! A workshop for children (ages 4-8) and their grown-ups!

    Saturday, January 28
    9-10:30am
    $12 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

    Join us a for a fun morning of collaborative art-making! The project stations of the day will be: Water bottle penguins; 3D caves with clay creatures; Winter Cardinal collage. Stay for part of the time and do one project or join us for the full 1.5 hours and make all three! Pre-registration is required.

    Register for A Morning of Art!

    February Vacation Camp!!

    Art Exploration Vacation Fun
    February Vacation Week (2/20 -2/24)
    Ages 6-12
    9-11:30am
    $125
    Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

    This is a chance for kids to escape the cold and spend a relaxing and fun morning 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 relaxed mix of art-making, snack-eating and game-playing! Bring a snack and water bottle.

    Register for February Vacation Camp

    Color Theory for Painters (Ages 15+)

    Saturday, March 4th
    9-11:30am
    $50 (includes materials)

    This workshop is designed for those people who want to improve their understanding of color theory so as to better mix colors, create dynamic compositions and convey mood in their work. We will spend the 2.5 hours creating our own color wheels, value swatches and other mixing tests as well as exploring the impact of colors when they are placed together through a variety of painting exercises. This class will be a fun and useful introduction (or review) to color principles for the novice and experienced artist!

    Register for Color Theory for Painters

    Lindsay is also teaching the following adult classes at Hill Institute in Florence starting the week of January 30. To register, you must attend Hill Institute’s in-person registration on Saturday, January 14, from 10-11:30am (all classes are $70):
    Drawing Basics, Mondays 9-11am (10 weeks)
    Landscape Painting, Mondays 12-2pm (10 weeks)
    Exploring Drawing, Tuesdays 12-2pm (10 weeks)
    Painting (all mediums), Wednesday 7:15-9:15pm (10 weeks)
    Landscape Painting, Thursdays 9-12noon (7 weeks)

    Private Lessons

    $45/hour (ages 5+)
    For small group lesson fees, contact the studio.

    Birthday Parties and Art Parties for any occasion!

    Please call the studio for pricing and booking. Learn more

    Contact

    Art Always
    221 Pine Street, Studio #314
    Florence, MA 01062
    413.584.3050
    lindsayfoggwillits@gmail.com

    *

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  37. Anne said,

    January 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Cost Dance Classes Valley Dance with Iris Jan 2017 South Amherst

    Valley Dance New Semester Jan 2017 Amherst
    Starting date has changed
    **************************************
    Dear Parents,
    Since January 16th is Martin Luther King day and some of you might be away, I decided to change the first day of classes to the following Monday the 23rd.
    Please make a note of it and let me know you got this e.mail.
    Thank You
    Iris 413-575-3591
    ***************************************************************************************************
    Valley Dance Project
    Winter Class will begin January 16, 2017 -14 weeks-
    **Mondays Classes -14 weeks
    3:30-4:20pm -Creative Dance ages 3.5 to 4 $189
    4:30-5:30pm -Creative Dance/Modern grade 2 to 3 $196
    **Wednesdays Classes -14 weeks
    3:30-4:20pm -Creative Dance ages 4 to 5 $189
    4:30-5:30pm -Creative Dance/Modern grade K to 1st $196
    Munson Library, South Amherst
    To register, please call Iris at 413-575-3591, or download the registration form at this link. http://www.valleydanceproject.com/Registration%20form.pdf…
    on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/valleydanceproject/posts/

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. Anne said,

    December 8, 2016 at 12:40 am

    New! Second Saturday Science!
    Second Saturdays, January through June 2017
    Free
    10am-11am
    January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, June 10
    Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. No registration required. Groups of 6 or more please call ahead.
    Saturday Science themes:
    January 14 – Scutes and Scales
    February 11 – The Science of Snow
    March 11 – Meet the Trees
    April 15 – Energy Is Electrifying!
    May 13 – Backyard Birds
    June 10 – Wonderful Water
    New! Saturdays at the Hitchcock Center
    Second and third Saturdays, 9am-1pm
    ********Free
    January through June
    Drop in, see Hitchcock’s new home, and learn about our living building.
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment
    at Hampshire College
    845 West Street | Amherst MA 01002 | 413.256.6006 | 413.253.2809 fax

    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/children-and-family-programs/additional-programs/

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  41. Anne said,

    December 6, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Children, Youth and Family Programs
    Beginning with children in their earliest years, we believe that multiple touches at every developmental stage of a child’s life foster ecological stewardship that is sound to the core. Each year, our programs help get thousands of children outside, connected with their own natural environment, exploring and understanding the life it supports, addressing real-world environmental problems, and developing their sense of citizenship and their role in solving those problems in constructive and meaningful ways. Learn about the importance of getting children outside.
    Learn more below about the wide array of fun and engaging learning opportunities for your child and family or check our calendar.
    Registration for Winter and most Spring Children and Family programs opens on Tuesday, December 6th.
    Click HERE to register.
    Nature Play Afterschool—Ages 6–9
    Our Nature Play Afterschool program seeks to support free play and experimentation in the outdoors and with natural themed explorations. Our afterschoolers, ages 6–9, learn to become comfortable in the outdoors and eagerly anticipate their afternoons of outdoor exploration in all seasons. Learn more…
    Girls into the Wild Afterschool—Ages 8–10
    Girls into the Wild is designed to bring girls together in a supportive environment that fosters creativity, nature skills and inquiry. Each afternoon will consist of hands-on projects and free outdoor exploration at the Larch Hill Conservation Area. Through team building, exploring nearby habitats, and connecting with nature, we will develop our confidence, build friendships and have a lot of fun learning! Learn more…
    Hitchcock Homeschool—Ages 6–12
    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. Learn more…
    Nature Discovery Preschool—Ages 3–5
    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. Learn more…
    Nature Summer Camp—Ages 6–7 & 8–10
    At Hitchcock Nature Summer Camp children learn and play in the natural world. With the Larch Hill Conservation Area and neighboring Bramble Hill Farm as our classroom, campers form deep connections with nature and gain appreciation for the interdependence of all life. Nature play, art projects, live animal visits and games are part of every session. We nurture each child’s natural curiosity and use model building, songs and hikes to support our learning. As we explore the fascinating features of the Pioneer Valley at Hitchcock and nearby field trip sites, we cultivate a sense of place, connect with nature, and of course, make new friends! Learn more…
    Vacation Camps—Ages 6–7 & 8–10
    Vacation camps offer the opportunity for nature based learning during breaks in the school calendar. Camps are offered daily from 8:30am–3:00pm during the weeks of February and April school vacation. Families may register for as many days as they like. Please check back for programs as they become available.

    413-256-6006

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  42. Anne said,

    December 6, 2016 at 12:41 am

    Explore Trees of the Connecticut River Flood Plain
    at Bennett Meadows Wildlife Management Area in Northfield http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/programs/adult-programs/#familyprograms
    with Ted Watt
    Sunday, December 11, 10am- 12pm
    Bennett Meadows is a mixed-use parcel located along the west shore of the Connecticut River. A portion of the property is devoted to raising field corn, but there are interesting wetlands and a diverse remnant of flood plain forest along the Connecticut River bank. We’ll proceed at a leisurely pace, observing and discussing as we go. Dress for the cold and bring binoculars if you have them. Walking will be off trail on level ground with a bit of clambering over and under. Members $20 Non-members $25
    413-256-6006

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  43. Anne said,

    November 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Valley Dance New Semester Jan 2017 Amherst

    Valley Dance Project
    Winter Class will begin January 16, 2017 -14 weeks-
    **Mondays Classes -14 weeks
    3:30-4:20pm -Creative Dance ages 3.5 to 4 $189
    4:30-5:30pm -Creative Dance/Modern grade 2 to 3 $196
    **Wednesdays Classes -14 weeks
    3:30-4:20pm -Creative Dance ages 4 to 5 $189
    4:30-5:30pm -Creative Dance/Modern grade K to 1st $196
    Munson Library, South Amherst
    To register, please call Iris at 413-575-3591, or download the registration form at this link. http://www.valleydanceproject.com/Registration%20form.pdf
    on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/valleydanceproject/posts/

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  44. Anne said,

    October 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    FREE OEB Science Cafe Amherst
    11/10 Dr. Brian Umberger – How and Why We Walk Upright: the Evolution of Human Locomotion
    12/8 Dr. Alex Gerson – Surfing a Heat Wave: the Challenges Faced by Migratory and Desert Birds in a Changing Climate

    All at The Nacul Center, 592 Main Street, Amherst, MA at 6pm to 7pm.
    https://oebsciencecafe.org
    “We” the organizers are a group of graduate students and faculty in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With the Science Cafe, our primary goal is to engage the broader community in science discourse outside University walls, with a target audience of adult, non-scientific community members (kids enjoy our Cafes as well though!). We run our events throughout the academic year, typically hosting once a month. All events are free, open, and targeted to the public.

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  45. Anne said,

    October 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Homeschool Ice Skating Cash or checks only
    ******************************
    *Friday- November 4th 11am to 1pm change in time
    Friday, November 18th Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Friday, December 2nd Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Friday, December 16th Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Friday, December 23rd Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
    Friday, December 30th Time 11:30am to 1:30pm
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/community-ice-rink-1/home-school-skating-informaton
    Kids are $5 and this includes rentals if needed at no extra cost. Their adults/guardian that ice skate are free including rentals at no cost.

    You have to bring quarters. One quarter will give you on 10 minutes of time. I am so sorry. You can park in the front of the building. But we compete with students using the meters too. There seems to be plenty of parking in the back (has been a problem parking in back) of the building but access is on a different side road all together. How you get to the back from the Mullins Center front parking lot –take right on Commonwealth Avenue, take right on Massachusetts Avenue, right on Mullin Way, go a the way down to parking lot 67 (I think) go around the circle on way right and bares left to meters. If you go into the center of the parking lot you are in a stickered parking lot area number 67. You need to exit the way you came and then bare left.
    Bring your own snacks and water. Vending machines do not always work.
    Bring comfy clothing. I recommend snow pants and mittens/gloves for beginners so when they fall it doesn’t hurt. Make it fun.
    No street shoes on the ice. Dirt and sand mess up the ice and blades. Do not walk on anything other than rubber with the blades. Cement and other surfaces ruin the blades. FYI.
    Adults MUST be accompanied by children, and the adults skate for free with paid Children’s admission.
    Children: $5, skate rental is free with paid admission.
    Parents & Guardians: Skate free when accompanying children
    *We cannot accept credit or debit cards. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY
    Please spread the word about Homeschool Ice Skating.
    Thanks,
    Anne

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  46. Anne said,

    October 29, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    November 10, 2016 Thursday

    FREE OEB Science Cafe Amherst

    11/10 Dr. Brian Umberger – How and Why We Walk Upright: the Evolution of Human Locomotion
    12/8 Dr. Alex Gerson – Surfing a Heat Wave: the Challenges Faced by Migratory and Desert Birds in a Changing Climate

    All at The Nacul Center, 592 Main Street, Amherst, MA at 6pm to 7pm.
    https://oebsciencecafe.org

    “We” the organizers are a group of graduate students and faculty in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With the Science Cafe, our primary goal is to engage the broader community in science discourse outside University walls, with a target audience of adult, non-scientific community members (kids enjoy our Cafes as well though!). We run our events throughout the academic year, typically hosting once a month. All events are free, open, and targeted to the public.

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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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  50. 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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  51. Anne said,

    September 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Mommy and me Dance Classes Fridays
    **
    10am to 10:45am (10 classes) starts September 30
    **
    at Munson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: kids – $ 120.00

    Notes: Class was really fun. The age group is for 2.5 yr olds to 3.5 yr old but my daughter is 5 yrs old begged me to sign her up. She loved this class!

    email iris@valleydanceproject.com

    **Still time to sign up.
    Contact person: Iris Berkman , (413) 575 3591

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  52. Anne said,

    September 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Location: Monson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    Creative Dance Ages 3.5 to 4.5 Mondays

    Mon, Sep 26, 2016
    3:30 pm – 4:20 pm
    ________________________________________
    Munson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: adults – n/a, kids – 130.00
    Contact person: Iris Berkman, 413) 575 3591
    email iris@valleydanceproject.com
    Still time to sign up
    *****************************************
    Creative Modern Dance Grades 2 to 3 Mondays
    Mon, Sep 26, 2016
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    ________________________________________
    Monson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: adults – n/a, kids – 140.00
    Contact person: Iris Berkman, (413) 575 3591
    ****************************************************************
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Creative Dance Ages 4 to 5 Wednesdays
    ________________________________________
    Munson Library, 1046 S. Main Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: adults – n/a, kids – 130.00
    Contact person: Iris Berkman, (413) 575 3591
    ***************************************************************************************************************
    Creative Modern Dance Grades K to 1st Wednesdays

    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Creative Modern Dance Grades K to 1 st Wednesdays
    ________________________________________
    Munson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/

    email iris@valleydanceproject.com
    Contact person: Iris Berkman, (413) 575 3591
    *****************************************************

    Creative Modern Dance Thursday Grade 4 Thursdays
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    3:35 pm – 4:45 pm
    Creative Modern Dance Thursday Grade 4 Thursdays
    ________________________________________
    Munson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: adults – n/a, kids – 140.00
    Notes: email iris@valleydanceproject.com
    Contact person: Iris Berkman , (413) 575 3591
    **********************************************
    Mommy and Me Classes Fridays

    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    10:00 am – 10:45 am
    Mommy and Me Classes Fridays
    Mommy and me Dance Classes
    Fridays
    ________________________________________
    Munson Library, 1046 S. East Street, Amherst, MA
    https://www.facebook.com/valleydanceproject/
    Prices: adults – n/a, kids – 120.00
    Notes: Class was really fun. The age group is for 2.5 yr olds to 3.5 yr old but my daughter is 5 yrs old begged me to sign her up. She loved this class!
    Still time to sign up.
    Contact person: Iris Berkman , (413) 575 3591

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  53. Anne in Belchertown said,

    September 12, 2016 at 10:54 am

    FREE STEM Program for teacher with Hockey UMASS Amherst

    Oct 1 , 2016
    When: Saturday, October 1 from 10:00-11:30AM
    Where: UMass Amherst, Integrated Science building (ISB) 321, 661 North Pleasant St.
    Who: All STEM educators, grades 5-8
    Why: To learn about and get access to free online co-curricular STEM modules

    Future Goals – Hockey Scholar is an engaging, online STEM course composed of twelve 15-minute modules that bring the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Framework to life through the game of hockey. This workshop is for STEM educators in grades 5-8 looking to integrate engaging technology applications into the classroom. All attendees will receive unlimited teacher and student access to Future Goals – Hockey Scholar for their school.

    Attendees will register for a teacher account, create classes for immediate classroom implementation, and walk away with standards-aligned online activities and paper-based, supplementary lesson plans. Best implementation practices will be shared and we will work towards aligning modules to scope and sequences.

    All resources in this workshop are free and provided by EverFi and The Boston Bruins. Breakfast will be provided. You can park anywhere at UMass on Saturdays. Click here for a campus map. The portion of lot 63 adjacent to the ISB is most convenient.

    To learn more about Future Goals – Hockey Scholar, visit http://www.futuregoals.nhl.com/bruins.

    Please register for this workshop using this link. We will be providing you with a certificate of attendance if you complete this registration process and attend.

    If you are unable to attend this workshop but are interested in learning more about this free resource, please contact Jessica Donovan – jdonovan@everfi.com

    Please share this opportunity with others at your school, in your district, and within your network as this is a free program through the NHL and Boston Bruins. The more the merrier!

    We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 1st!


    Mort Sternheim
    229 Hasbrouck Labs
    UMass
    Amherst, MA 01003
    area code 413
    545 1908, fax 545 3697

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  54. 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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  55. Anne said,

    September 3, 2016 at 1:29 am

    The Hitchcock Center for The Environment FALL 2016 Amherst, MA
    *******************************************************

    Hitchcock Center Closed for Moving
    August 22 – September 5

    The Hitchcock Center staff is migrating to our new living building home. We invite you to come visit us when we reopen in our new home located at 845 West St. in September, approximately 2.5 miles south of our former center on Route 116. See you there!
    Find out more »
    *********************
    September 2016
    FREE Volunteer Training
    September 7—10:00 am – 11:30 am
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Visitor Center/Reception The Visitor Center will be the heart of our new living building. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to greet the public and introduce them to our building and philosophy, as well as orient them to our programs, trails, gardens, and exhibits, etc. This will also include sharing the live animals, answering the phones, administrative tasks and helping to maintain the tidiness of the space. We are looking for a weekly shift commitment and participation in a volunteer training.…
    Find out more »
    ****************
    FREE Volunteer Training
    September 9—1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Visitor Center/Reception The Visitor Center will be the heart of our new living building. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to greet the public and introduce them to our building and philosophy, as well as orient them to our programs, trails, gardens, and exhibits, etc. This will also include sharing the live animals, answering the phones, administrative tasks and helping to maintain the tidiness of the space. We are looking for a weekly shift commitment and participation in a volunteer training.…
    Find out more »
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    Homeschool I: Marvelous Mammals
    September 13—10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    with Katie Koerten Ages 6-8 Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm 10 classes: September 13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8, 22, 29, December 6 Members: $420/Non-members: $448 Come to our first homeschool class in the new Hitchcock Center Living Building, now in a 10-week format! This fall we’ll be learning all about bears, bats, squirrels and more as we dive into the world of mammals. These furry, warm-blooded creatures share a lot in common with us humans. What are their lives…
    Find out more » $420 – $448
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    Homeschool II: Digital Ecology
    September 13—10:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    with Jeff Mazur Ages 9-12 Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm 10 classes: September 13, 20, October 4, 11, 18, November 1, 8, 22, 29, December 6 Members: $420/Non-members: $448 Join us to become Eco-photographers! We will be using the camera as a tool to study nature and enhance our observation skills. We’ll explore our world by viewing it through different lenses. During this fall’s Homeschool II class we will delve into the environment through outdoor activities, games, observations and investigations, field trips, art…
    Find out more » $420 – $448
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    Nature Play Afterschool
    September 14—3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program for children ages 6–9 is all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid. There are many positive impacts of nature play on children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. with Jeff Mazur Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm, extended days 1:30pm-5:30pm September 14 – December 21 (no class November 23) Extended days: Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Dec 14 Members: $357/Non-members: $388 On early-release Wednesdays we meet from 1:30pm-5:30pm.…
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    FREE Monarch Tagging
    September 14—4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    with Jennifer Unkles Wednesday, September 14, 4-6pm OR Saturday, September 17, 4pm (after Caterpillar Lab) FREE, but registration appreciated It’s time to tag monarchs before they head south to the overwintering grounds in Mexico. Join Hitchcock Educator Jennifer Unkles who has been tagging monarchs since 1997, to learn about the monarch’s life cycle, their epic annual migration, how the tagging program works, and tag any monarchs you’re able to catch and release! Bring your family and bring the kids for…
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    Girls Into the Wild
    September 15—3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    with Katie Koerten Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5 Thursdays, September 15 – December 15 (no class November 24) 3:30pm-5:30pm Members: $351/Non-members: $416 Calling all girls ages 8-11! Get to know nature, and make friends at the same time at this weekly afterschool program. Now in its third year, Girls into the Wild is designed to bring girls together in a supportive environment that fosters creativity, nature skills and inquiry. Each afternoon will consist of hands-on projects and free outdoor exploration at…
    Find out more » $351 – $416
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    FREE Open House for Teachers
    September 17—1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    You are invited to join Hitchcock Center educators and staff for an Open House at the Center’s new “Living” building on September 17, 2016, from 1:00-4:00PM. This is your chance to see our new one-of-a-kind educator! This event and all activities are free and open to families, children, and friends. Come join us at 845 West St. in Amherst! Please join us to: Tour our new Living Building and trails – tours at 2:00 & 3:00 Learn about new school programs -…
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    FREE Caterpillar Lab
    September 17—1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 845 West Street
    Amherst, MA 01002 + Google Map
    Join the folks from the Caterpillar Lab in Keene, New Hampshire, to see their collection of butterfly and moth caterpillars. They’ll display them on tables in our classroom for all to see up close. You’ll observe cool camouflage, warning coloration, spikey spines, horns and false eyes! And you might even smell some new smells! Each larva will be eating its specific host food plant. And you’ll see photos of the butterflies and moths that emerge from these curious, crawling critters!…
    Find out more » FREE
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    413-256-6006 Call to register or register on-line

    http://www.hitchcockcenter.org/events/

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  56. 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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  57. 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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  58. 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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  59. 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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  60. 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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  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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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  64. 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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  65. 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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  66. 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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  67. 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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  68. 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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  69. 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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  70. 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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  71. 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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  72. 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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  73. 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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  74. Anne said,

    March 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    KORU MINDFULNESS for teens

    Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop
    4-sessions teens ages 16-18

    Location: Atkinson Family Practice, 17 Research Drive (off route 9)
    Amherst, MA 01002

    April 5, 12, 19, and 26th 4pm to 5:30pm

    Instructors Wendy Chabot and Ellen Bollier
    Fee $185
    korumindfulnessamherst@gmail.com

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  75. 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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  76. 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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  77. 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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  78. 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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  79. 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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  80. Anne said,

    January 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Home School Skate http://www.mullinscenter.com/events/detail/home-school-skate
    HOME SCHOOL SKATE
    o Fri, Jan 22, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    o Fri, Jan 29, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    o Fri, Feb 5, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    o Fri, Feb 12, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    o Fri, Feb 19, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    o Fri, Feb 26, 2016 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    For all children school age and younger who are able to attend! Adults MUST be accompanied by children, and the adults skate for free with paid Children’s admission.
    Children: $5, skate rental is free with paid admission. (bring coins for the meters)
    Parents & Guardians: Skate free when accompanying children
    *We cannot accept credit or debit cards. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY
    You need to bring coins for the meters. One quarter gives you 15 minutes of parking. One ticket is $20 dollars. You can park in front or in back of Mullins Center.
    Bring your own buckets for new ice skaters to hold on and push off for learning and stability.

    No street shoes on the ice. Dirt and sand mess up the ice and ruin the blades.
    Feel free to bring your own water and snacks. Vending machines do not always work.
    Feel free to have your kids wear snow pants and mittens or gloves. Extra padding makes falling fun. Some people wear bike helmets-optional. Do what makes your family comfortable and happy.
    Have fun and bring friends.
    Thanks,
    Anne

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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. Anne said,

    December 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Hello Archers!

    2016 Winter Program Schedule just released. Check it out!

    1) New Winter Group Sessions & Vacation Camps, 2016: Early Winter, Mid Winter and Late Winter! Also see our December Vacation Camp 2015 from 8:30 – 3:00, Dec 28, 29, or 30. View Calendar.

    2) Late December “Popcorn Style” Lessons: From December 15 – 23, 2015, you can simply pick and choose the days you want to come to the range for instruction….popcorn style. Open range options also during these classes. View Calendar.

    3) Winter JOAD/AAAP 2016: is also posted on on the Calendar Page. New clinics on Olympic style breathing, the Kisik Lee shot cycle, advanced anchoring, loading, are designed and ready to go. Also, Cerji has worked hard to input all your scores (dating back several years) into a spreadsheet and we will be graphing those so that each archer can see their progress. View Calendar.

    4) Time Change: Please note the historic starting time for early afternoon classes at AAA was 3:45; this is changing to 4:00 starting December 15, 2015 and the 2016 Calendar will continue this pattern. Hopefully this gives people, including myself, a little more time to get to the range and not stress over traffic on the bridge.

    Archers to the Line!

    Kyle


    Kyle Forbes Bissell, M.Ed., Level III USA Archery Coach
    Amherst Archery Academy, LLC.
    (774) 261 – 3399
    http://www.AmherstArchery.com
    Like us on Facebook

    221 Pine Street, Florence, MA

    These special classes are for AAA Alumni only. Anyone who has participated in our programs – ever – are welcome to attend. We didn’t have enough time between December 15 and the end of December to run another five-week Session so we decided to offer “popcorn” style programs. That is, you can pick and choose the days you want to attend! Make it a regular schedule or make it random; whatever works for you! Please note the earlier classes now start at 4:00, not 3:45. We are doing away with the 3:45 start and transitioning to a 4:00 start to make it easier for people to get to the range in the afternoon without rushing. Hope this helps!

    Late December: 1 12/15/2015 – 12/15/2015 Tuesday: 4:00 – 5:30 $34 Register
    Late December: 2 12/15/2015 – 12/15/2015 Tuesday: 5:30 – 7:00 $34 Register
    Late December: 3 12/16/2015 – 12/16/2015 Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:30 $34 Register
    Late December: 4 12/16/2015 – 12/16/2015 Wednesday: 5:30 – 7:00 $34 Register
    Late December: 5 12/17/2015 – 12/17/2015 Thursday: 1:00 $34 Register
    Late December: 6 12/22/2015 – 12/22/2015 Tuesday: 4:00 – 5:30 $34 Register
    Late December: 7 12/22/2015 – 12/22/2015 Tuesday: 5:30 – 7:00 $34 Register
    Late December: 8 12/23/2015 – 12/23/2015 Wednesday: 4:00 – 5:30 $34 Register
    Late December: 9 12/23/2015 – 12/23/2015 Wednesday:5:30 – 7:00

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  86. 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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  87. 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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  88. 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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  89. 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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  90. 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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  91. 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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  92. 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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  93. 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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  94. 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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  95. 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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  96. 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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  97. 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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  98. 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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  99. 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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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. 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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  103. 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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  104. 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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  105. 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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  106. 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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  107. 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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  108. 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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  109. 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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  110. 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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  111. 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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  112. April 24, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    HS ICE SKATING today FRIDAY MULLINS UMASS
    ****************************************************************

    MayJun UMASS
    http://www.mullinscenter.com/events/detail/home-school-skate
    ***
    ***

    Fri, May 1, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

    Fri, May 15, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

    Fri, May 22, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

    Fri, May 29, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM

    Fri, Jun 5, 2015 11:00 AM – 12:50 PM
    *******
    Cost is $5 per child their adult is free (no cost for rentals)
    check lost and found
    Bring coins for the meters (1 ticket is $20 dollars)
    Bring your own food and water (vending machines do not always work)
    Please feel free to bring your own 5 galloon clean buckets to use for learning to skate or to play
    Bring cash or checks (no credit cards accepted)
    Have fun and tell others about the ice skating!!!! Families are welcome!!! Thanks
    Anne
    *****

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  113. Anne in Belchertown said,

    April 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Rock climbing Mondays Central Rock 10am Hadley
    Still happening. Please share with other homeschooling families too!

    By: Marie Lauderdale
    Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015, 2:19 pm
    Hello everyone!
    The homeschool rock climbing at Central Rock in Hadley resumes Monday, 1/5 from 10am-noon.
    On average there have been 15-25 climbers ages, 4-12 yrs for this staff run program. We have been having a blast! Some parents drop-off, some stay and work, and some stay and climb!
    It’s not just climbing though! In the new year, students will learn how to set and achieve personal goals in confidence, strength, balance, and endurance. We will also be incorporating: Knot tying, rock identification, and more…
    $13 for drop-in or $45 per month. Includes all equipment, a 2 hr class and parent climbers are free! If you plan on coming for the first time, I suggest you fill in their online waiver before arriving. http://www.centralrockgym.com( click the yellow bar at the top of the page for waiver)
    Hope to see you there!
    Marie
    (Cash 8yrs, Willow 6yrs)
    Here is a blurb from Central Rock:
    Central Rock Staff provide training and supervision, as well as entertainment for the climbers in the form of games, team building activities, climbing technique, climbing games, etc. Central Rock Gym is very flexible and will work to make programs as appealing as possible to the group. We can change the content to include lessons that you would like to have your children learn about. For example, we can have a guest lecturer who talks about Outdoor Recreation, Climbing, or Leave No Trace. We could do a setting clinic for the students. We will be happy to work with you to accommodate your needs. The goal is to provide an active and goal setting outlet for homeschooled children in the Pioneer Valley, to introduce youth and families to the fun sport of climbing, and help them excel. Central Rock Gym staff will run each session, and each session will be a little different so that attendees do not get bored with “just climbing”.
    Students who are old enough/mature enough can learn how to belay, since they are under the supervision of our staff at all times. Usually age 9 is the cut off for learning how to belay, but ultimately it depends on how mature the child is. Central Rock Gym staff have sole discretion to give and take away belaying privileges for anyone in the gym.

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  114. 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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  115. 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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  116. 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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  117. Anne in Belchertown said,

    March 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    NATIVE AMERICAN NATURE FOLKTALES
    GAYLORD MEM. LIBRARY
    47 COLLEGE ST.
    SOUTH HADLEY, 538-5047
    LUCINDA KIDDER, STORYTELLER
    WILL BE SHARING THE BEAUTIFUL AND FASCINATING TALES FROM THE NATIVE AMERICANS WHO LIVE D IN THIS AREA. PROGRAM INCLUDES NATIVE CHANTS AND A SIMPLE CRAFT.

    5 FRIDAY MORNINGS 10:30 AM
    APRIL 3RD, 10TH, 24TH MAY 1ST AND MAY 8TH
    THIS PROGRAM IS CONTINUOUS PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND ALL 5

    Maryanne Lak Senecal
    Gaylord Mem. Library
    Youth Services Librarian
    47 College St.
    S.Hadley Ma.01075
    413-538-5047 to rsvp sibling welcome
    Open Hours: Thursday 1-8, Friday 10-5, Saturday 10- Noon

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  118. March 30, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Wed, Apr 01, 2015

    FREE Slide Show Eagles Clapp Memorial Library Belchertown

    Wednesday, April 1 2015, 7pm Clapp Memorial Library

    Join us for an evening slideshow of breathtaking photographs and video of the local eagle population.

    Monson resident and photographer Bill Dean has studied local eagles for 8 years and
    monitors individual nests for New Hampshire Audubon by following the incubation
    through the fledging stage of eaglets, documenting their development through photos and
    videos. Dean documented the Barton Cove eagle nest in Gill, MA, where in 2013 — for
    the first time in its 25 year history — a nesting pair successfully bore and fledged 3
    eaglets. Dean is mentioned in the 2015 March/April issue of Yankee Magazine.

    http://www.clapplibrary.org
    Clapp Memorial Library (CML)
    P. O. Box 627
    19 South Main Street
    Belchertown, MA 01007-0627
    Phone: (413) 323-0417

    Fax: (413) 323-0453

    clapp@cwmars.org

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  119. 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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