If you have a community event, educational program or service opportunity for youth/families happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, self-post your event at any time on our “Suggest An Event” bulletin board. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening, along with time, place, age appropriateness and costs before attending.
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Amherst Cinema’s Family Film series continues through October with a spooky collection of fun films for the whole family. This week’s feature Beetlejuice, Rated PG, on Saturday, October 10 at 10am, is a classic creepy comedy from the 80’s featuring Michael Keaton as a rowdy and rambunctious spirit. Audiences are encouraged to come in costume to receive a free child sized popcorn! Tickets are just $5 for everyone. For tickets and more information: www.amherstcinema.org. Additional family films this month: Coraline at 10am on Saturday, October 17; The Witches at 10am on Saturday, October 24; and Ghostbusters at 10am on Saturday, October 31.
Oak Meadow Open House is Saturday, October 10th from 11am-1pm, at 132 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT. Join Oak Meadow for this fun, annual event! Learn about their creative, experiential homeschooling curriculum for kindergarten to grade 12. Speak with teachers and college and educational counselors, browse curriculum materials, network with other homeschooling families. Enjoy crafts, music, and refreshments for all ages. FREE and open to anyone who’s interested in learning more about homeschooling. Help Oak Meadow celebrate their 40th anniversary! For more information visit www.oakmeadow.com.
Yoga for Kids w/ Autism & Special Needs! Family Yoga! Teen Yoga! At Eastworks in Easthampton, beginning October 18th! Help kids develop healthy habits that will last throughout the school year. Improve concentration, sense of calmness & sleep. Develop body awareness & improve self-esteem. Enhance posture, flexibility & coordination. Teen classes are a great way for homeschool and charter school students to meet their P.E. requirement in a fun, loving, and creative environment filled with opportunities for self-expression. The following classes are being offered for Fall Session 2: Family Yoga Sun 10-10:45; Teen Yoga Wed 3:30-4:20; Yoga for Kids w/Autism Wed 6-6:45 (pre-reg. required). Register online: KarenOrlandoYoga.com. Drop-ins welcome!
At River Valley Co-op on October 14, 6:30-8pm: The How-To’s of Cloth Diapering. Explore the basic how-to’s of cloth diapering through expert tips and demos. Learn about the cost benefits, environmental impacts, and all the myths and truths surrounding environmentally-friendly disposables, and leave with a handy resource guide. Simple Diaper & Linen is an eco-conscious diaper service based in Holyoke, and its founder Angie Gregory will share her knowledge & expertise about cloth diapering and fostering responsibility for the planet. All workshops are free & everyone is welcome. Pre-registration is required. Call 413-584-2665 to reserve a spot today. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King St., Northampton. www.rivervalleymarket.coop.
The Montessori School of Northampton’s annual Children’s Fall Fair and Open House will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 11am-3pm. This family-friendly event features games and activities, arts and crafts, delicious food and, premiering this year, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks book fair! Admission is free; there is a small fee for activities. During the fair, the school will be open for families to meet staff, visit classrooms and learn about the current programs from toddler through 6th grade as well as the new middle school opening in September 2016. The Montessori School of Northampton is located at 51 Bates Street in Northampton, MA. For more information, call 413-586-4538 or visit northamptonmontessori.org.
Please join The Hartsbrook School for their fall open house on Saturday, October 17th, 10am-12pm. Teachers and parents will show you the classrooms, present students’ work and answer your questions. The Hartsbrook curriculum works in harmony with the developmental stages of children, with attention to the intellectual, artistic and emotional needs of each student. Learning in this way is more joyful for students, and it produces children who are confident, creative and adaptable, all skills necessary for the modern world. High school, elementary and early childhood buildings will be open for you to explore. Sip some cider, make a craft and visit their farm animals while you are there! 193 Bay Road, Hadley, MA. 413-584-3198 www.hartsbrook.org
The OnTrend Fall Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, October 17 on the Hadley Town Commons on Route 9 in Hadley. The fair will showcase 60 of the region’s most talented indie crafters. Shoppers will find high-quality handmade jewelry, paper goods, body care products, home goods, ceramics, and much more. Come support our amazing local artisans – shop local, shop small! Rain or shine; free to attend. For more information, visit ontrendcrafts.com or email Jennifer at email@example.com.
The Academy at Charlemont (1359 Route 2 in Charlemont, MA) will host an Open House for interested families on Sunday, October 18, with presentations beginning at 1pm. Meet students, teachers, and current parents and get a feel for their creative and rigorous academic program and warm community. The Academy offers vibrant arts, competitive athletics, and an emphasis on critical thinking and ethical leadership. Academy students love school. Shouldn’t everyone? Details at www.charlemont.org.
Run, Walk, or Shop to Save Local Farmland with Kestrel Land Trust! Don’t miss the 5K for Farmland & Farmers’ Market Festival on Sunday, October 18, at 11am on the West Street Common in Hadley. Family-friendly 5K race on a flat route through scenic farmland or a beautiful 2-mile riverside walk. Farmers’ Market Festival after the race with music by “The Rambling Kind,” local crafts and seasonal produce for sale, nature & animal exhibits, entertainment for kids, and FREE local beer by Valley Malt for registered participants age 21+. Register online and learn more by visiting www.kestreltrust.org. Receive a commemorative pint glass AND be entered into a raffle for great locally made prizes when you pre-register!
At River Valley Co-op on October 20, 6:30-8pm: Connected Kids: Making Conscious Technology Choices with Your Children. Parents are faced with an overwhelming and endless series of choices to make regarding their children’s use of technology. How much is okay and for how long? How can we approach this ever-changing landscape in a way that best supports our children and importance of family life? Explore these questions and evaluate needs. Look at mindful approaches that weave what is age appropriate with what matters most to you & your family. All workshops are free. Everyone is welcome. Pre-registration required. Call 413-584-2665 to reserve spot. River Valley Co-op is located at 330 North King St., Northampton. www.rivervalleymarket.coop.
Hettie Belle Farm Local, organic and 100% grass-fed Meat and Poultry CSA! Meat & poultry grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. 100% antibiotic and added hormone free. Hettie Belle Farm raises all of their own animals on their family farm. It really does matter! Shares include – 100% grass-fed beef & lamb, pastured pork, chicken, turkey, goose & ducks fed only certified organic grain. Monthly distribution in Greenfield, Florence, and on-farm in Warwick, MA (November-March). Details at www.hettiebellefarm.com. SNAP benefits accepted. Monthly payment plan options. Do consider becoming a member family!
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