Audition for ALSCT Production of Peter Pan

Once again, Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater (ALSCT) is creating a fabulous, large-scale musical, with lavish sets and costumes, a full live orchestra, and enthusiastic audiences fill the 600-seat UMass Bowker Auditorium for nine performances in January. This year, we’ll be presenting PETER PAN, the beloved Broadway musical that has transfixed audiences for over one hundred years. We’re excited to present a version that is both true to the story and also speaks to contemporary audiences in the Pioneer Valley. Actors, singers, and dancers ages 7-107 are encouraged to audition!

 AUDITIONS: Friday, Sept. 14th, Saturday, Sept. 15th, Sunday, Sept. 16th

Callbacks Monday, September 17th


Thanks for your support!

Thanks to your support, the PGO was able to support two exciting projects that culminated this week:
On Friday, June 15, the 5th grade put on their American Independence performance, coached by Enchanted Circle Theater.
The Wildwood Mosaic Mural, made by Ms. Rivera’s art classes, is now hanging outside the front entrance of Wildwood to welcome all who come through our doors.

When you give to the PGO, you help create memorable learning opportunities for the children of Wildwood. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Summer garden volunteers needed

We are looking for support from families to

help the school gardens have a healthy summer growing season. Families are invited to join Leila and Jen for an on-site garden volunteer training at your school on Saturday, June 9th

(Wildwood @ 9 AM, Fort River @ 10:15 AM, Crocker Farm @ 11:30 AM). In the session (under an hour) you’ll  become familiar with the garden space, learn about the plants we’re growing, and learn how to access and use the garden tools. The summer volunteer “work” is fun and kid-friendly! Families who help care for the gardens are also welcome to harvest from the gardens as certain crops become ready.

Sign ups for summer weeks will take place at the orientation sessions. Volunteers will also be asked to sign a liability waiver, per district protocol.

If you are interested in caring for the garden this summer, please complete this short form. Questions can be sent to Jennifer Reese at

Feather Press Studio Update

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for summer art at Feather Press Studio! I am looking forward to working with your children! Drawing and Painting and Sculpture classes are now full with a waitlist, and there are just a couple of spaces left in
Printmaking and Early Childhood Art.

Scholarships available: Feather Press Studio, with the generous support of a Wildwood family, is offering two full scholarships for the Early Childhood Art program this summer. Please check the website for more specific information on this and other classes, and indicate if you are interested in a scholarship for your child.

Finally, we have begun taking registration for after school fall classes. The fall schedule is flexible, so if dates and times don’t work, please let us know and we will see if we can adjust our fall scheduling.

Wishing everyone a restful and joyful summer!
Julie Lapping Rivera

Are you interested in art? Wildwood Elementary School Art Studio needs help in the next few weeks!

1. Wednesday, June 6: We need a few “maker-oriented” folks to help put a mosaic together with a visiting mosaic artist between 12 and 6:00 PM (you do not need to come for the whole time; any time you can donate would be very helpful).

2. Monday, June 11 or Tuesday, June 12: We need help grouting the murals. Time as yet to be determined.
3. First two weeks in June: We need a few parents to help take down and colate student art work. Time to be determined.
If you would like to help, please email Julie Rivera at

2018-2019 AEF Excellence Grants Announcement

Heading into its 25th year, the Amherst Education Foundation announces its Excellence Grants for the 2018-19 academic year.  Totaling $29,000.00, the grants are spread across the Amherst Elementary Schools, the Amherst Regional Middle School, and the Amherst Regional High School.

Of particular interest to elementary families is the winning proposal from Jennifer Reese, Elementary Science and Garden Coordinator:


Grantee: Jennifer Reese, Elementary Science and Garden Coordinator

Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Schools: Wildwood, Fort River, and Crocker Farm

Description: Garden educator Leila Tunnell will lead all second grade students in year-round garden-based learning at school and on field trips to Brookfield Farm.  Each elementary school will create universally accessible raised beds.  The curriculum will build on lessons individual teachers have used in kindergarten and first grade and will provide second graders with the opportunity to learn about our local ecosystem, food sources, collaboration, and problem solving.

Read about the other grantees here:

2018 Sugarloaf Youth Track League

Ages: 6-14

Dates: Thursday 5/24, 5/31, 6/7 and Friday 6/15, 6/22, 6/29

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Location: Amherst Regional High School Track

Price: $49


Boys and girls of all abilities will be placed on a team and can compete in both relay and individual events. Family and friends of all ages are invited to cheer on athletes! Non-team member children who are present are invited to compete in a 100 meter dash each night.  There is an organizational meeting to group teams, meet coaches, and run an informal series of practice races on May 24th.  Entries may be closed before this date if maximum number of participants is reached, so sign up ASAP!

For more info please visit our website

Contact Sydney Henthorn, Sugarloaf Track League Director at

or Chris Johnson, Sports Director at LSSE,

 (413) 259-3144

Summer Ultimate League of Amherst

Join us for another exciting summer of Ultimate Frisbee. This league is geared for people who want to enjoy the thrill and excitement of ultimate Frisbee, regardless of experience level. All levels of ability will be welcomed to join. All players will be assigned their own team in this fun and competitive league!

Time and Location: All Sessions start at 6:00 PM at Plum Brook Recreational Area

835301 Junior SULA  Price: $39

  • TUESDAYS,June 26th—August 7th
  • Session A, Activities for Kids (Ages 7-8)
  • Session B, Elementary Division (Ages 9-11)
  • Session C, Middle School Division (Ages 12-14)


835300 Adult SULA  Price: $45

Session A

  • Recreational Co-Ed (Ages 14+)
  • Thursdays,June 21st—August 9th

Session B

  • Competitive Co-Ed (Ages 15+)
  • Wednesdays,June 20th—August 8th

Session C

  • Women Only (Ages 13+)
  • Mondays, June 18th—August 6th

LSSE Summer Sports Camps






  • GOLF

Sign up and register today at or (413)259-3065

For more information please reach out to our SPORTS DIRECTOR: Chris Johnson (413)259-3144

Starlight’s Youth Theatre Presents Starlight Express This Weekend at Academy of Music

31606576_10156321245907594_4514848533265776640_oStarlight Express is a rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar). In the story, a child’s train set magically comes to life, and the various engines compete to become the “Fastest Engine in the World!” The underdog, Rusty the steam train, has little chance until he is inspired by the legend of the Starlight Express.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre is a non-profit theatre group dedicated to providing quality education and production of children’s theatre. Starlight’s priority is the development of the child, using theatre as a tool to build self-esteem, communication and confidence. Every year hundreds of children and teens from across western Massachusetts are involved with the many aspects of creating a production, including set design and building, acting, costume and makeup design, choreography and singing. Older teens function as mentors and guides for younger participants. With a focus on the process, Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites children to enter, enjoy and expand their imagination in the world of theatre. This spring’s family-friendly production will be a show not to miss – with spectacular lighting, costumes, makeup, video projection and roller skating on the Academy of Music stage! Please come experience “Starlight’s Magic” as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary with this entertaining production.

Shows are Friday, May 11 at 7:00 PMSaturday, May 12 at 2:00 PM and Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Academy of Music Box Office TuesdayFriday3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and seniors.

Family Time with Multi-Arts

Join Multi-Arts in a fun, engaging artistic activity aim to bond you with your child creating collaborative art work that brings you: Laughter, Joy & Communication

Saturday May 19 at 2 pm
Tina Zorz will lead families in a Vision Boarding workshop

Create a collage that has everyone’s values and personality in the same work of art. You and your family will choose images and words that spark excitement and meaning to your unit. Hang your family-created vision board high in your home for an every day reminder of your values, inspirations, and connection to one another!

Place: Immanuel Lutheran Church 867 N Pleasant St, Amherst
FREE of charge – donations welcome

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FeatherPress Studio Summer and Fall Art Classes For All Ages

Wildwood art teacher Julie Rivera will be offering art classes for kids, as well as evening adult creativity classes out of her studio in Leverett,  To see the summer and fall schedule of classes, and for a full description of offerings, please go to her new website:  The studio is only 10 minutes from Wildwood, and is a cozy and creative art environment in a wooded setting. Carpooling will be available.
If you have any questions, please email Julie at

Scouting Open House event

If you are interested in learning more about scouting and possibly becoming a Cub Scout, please join us for a Scouting Open House event on Sunday, April 29.

Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA 01002

When: Sunday, April 29, 1:00-3:00pm

Ages: Grades K-5

Contact: Cubmaster, Al Crosby,

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Events at the Eric Carle Museum on April 28, 2018

Sharing Caldecott Medal Books

April 28, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Free with Museum admission. Reservations required.

Educators, librarians, and caregivers are invited to join Carle library volunteers Susan Schiller and Barbara Weber and librarian Susan Wells (Wildwood Elementary, Amherst) for an informal discussion sharing their experiences of introducing Caldecott Medal books to children. This program will take place in The Carle’s Café and include light fare. Reservations are required; please call 413-559-6336.

The 8th Annual Barbara Elleman Research Library (BERL) Lecture with Anita Silvey (1 PDP)

April 28, 2018
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrating the Caldecott: The stories behind some of the great Caldecott Medal and Honor Books. with editor, author, and scholar Anita Silvey

Every picture book tells a story. But every book also has a story behind it – why the author or illustrator chose the idea, how they found a publisher, and what happened when the book went into the market place. Looking at 80 years of Caldecott history, Professor Anita Silvey of Simmons College will highlight some of the great Caldecott choices and the stories behind these books.

Program followed by book signing and reception.

New Session of Drawing and Painting (Ages 8-11) Begins Thursday May 10!

Drawing and Painting (Ages 8-11)
In this class, students will find their unique artistic voice while developing drawing and painting skills. In a warm supportive environment, we will explore the process of taking our ideas and turning them into works of art that are meaningful to us. Together, we will explore skills and techniques for drawing and painting with a variety of materials. This class is capped at 6 students for small group atmosphere and individual attention.
Thursdays 3:30-4:45
May 10- June 14 (6 Classes) $240

To register for this class click here.

More information about Joy Art Space classes and private lessons for children, teens and adults:

Family Math Night, Mar 22, 2018

Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.

Thursday,  March 22, 2018  5:45-7:30 pm*

“Play and Take” Math Games

Pizza dinner in the cafeteria: 5:45-6:15

Math games in rooms around school: 6:15-7:15

Grand prize raffle in the cafeteria: 7:15-7:30

*Buses will pick up at entrance (and drop off after the event):

Boulders @ 5:15,   North Village @ 5:25,   Village Park @ 5:35,    Olympia Oaks @ 5:40

Please RSVP before March 14th.

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NERD Summit 2018, March 17 & 18

Is your child interested in learning about computers and programming? Checkout the

It’s free.  Signup is here:
Sessions range from high-level-nerdy, to newbie stuff. The newbie stuff is a track run on Saturday, March 17, 10-5 by Holyoke Codes:
For those interested in the Holyoke Codes sessions, please also signup at the 3 links above.  More info about those sessions is at those links.

The ARHS Theater Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The ARHS Theater Company presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! This Tony Award-winning musical follows the quirky, heartbreaking, and hilarious lives of middle schoolers competing in a spelling bee. ARHS’s unique immersive staging of the show is guaranteed to be entertaining for all!

Join us at ARHS for the show!
Friday, March 9th 7:30pm
Saturday, March 10th 2pm
Saturday, March 10th 7:30pm
Sunday, March 11th 7pm

Tickets are available at

UPDATE: Due to the storm, the show on Thursday night has been rescheduled to Sunday at 7pm. Any tickets purchased for Thursday will be honored at any other show. Contact John Bechtold if you wish to receive a refund. See you there!

Audition opportunity for kids–ALSCT brings KING ARTHUR to Amherst!

ALSCT and Missoula Children’s Theater brings two professional actor/directors to Amherst to stage an original, fill-scale musical production with local cast members in grades K-12 in ONLY ONE WEEK

Auditions Monday March 5th, 4:15PM at the ARMS cafeteria

Performances March 10th, 1:30PM and 4:00PM a the ARMS auditorium. Tickets $5/$8

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Celebrate Black History Month


The public is invited to a celebration of Black History Month on Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Amherst Town Common, on the steps of Town Hall

At the event, sponsored by the Amherst Area NAACP and the Town of Amherst Human Rights Commission, community members will join to sing the Black National Anthem. All are invited to sing, and to bring noisemakers to make a joyful noise. Community leaders will give brief remarks.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often referred to as the Black National Anthem, was written in 1900 by brothers James Weldon Johnson (lyrics) and John Rosamond Johnson (music). It was first performed as a poem by African American children at a segregated school in Florida.

Wildwood Elementary-UMASS Women’s Basketball Field Trip Day

Please Note: This field trip has not been approved by the school.

TIME: School Day: 11AM-1:30PM

DATE: January 31st, 2018


COST: Free to K-8 Students signed up through their School (**If Interested, please forward message of interest to your child’s classroom teacher. **Deadline to signup is January 26th and conditional upon sufficient interest and school approval).

SUMMARY: Youth Basketball season has begun! What better way to celebrate than your child’s participation in the UMASS Women’s Basketball(WBB) Annual Field Trip Day on January 31st, 11AM-1:30PM, including pre-game activities and admission to the UMASS WBB vs Richmond game. Submit your interest to your child’s classroom teacher to help facilitate this fun event! Last year Fort River Elementary participated with positive responses.

Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

Amherst Regional Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street, Amherst

All are welcome to attend a public screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash”.  This film explores the growing privatization of public schools and the impact it’s having on America’s children.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Barbara Madeloni, President of the Massachusetts Teachers Association; Jean Fay, President of the Amherst-Pelham Education Association; and Max Page, Amherst Parent and MTA Board Member.

Sponsored by the Amherst College Careers in Education Professions Program, the Amherst-Pelham Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Starlight’s Youth Theatre Spring Musical Registration

Starlight’s Youth Theatre invites you Sunday, November 19th, to join our Spring programming with a registration day at Maple Ridge Community Center. Get to know your director and cast members by learning some music and movement from the show.

Register to reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pick up materials at the workshop so you can go home and start listening to these amazing musicals!

For more info about cost, rehearsals and performances visit our website.

November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle


David Wiesner & The Art of Wordless Storytelling
Through November 5, 2017

David Wiesner has enthralled readers for three decades, and his remarkable career is surveyed in this first-ever retrospective devoted to his art.  The exhibition features 70 original watercolors from some of Wiesner’s most famous books, including three for which he won the prestigious Caldecott Medal: Tuesday (1992), The Three Pigs (2002), and Flotsam (2007).  Also on view is work from Wiesner’s earliest artistic successes while still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design to his most recent book project—his first graphic novel, Fish Girl, published just this year.

This exhibition has been organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  Its presentation at The Carle is supported by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Collecting Inspiration: Contemporary Illustrators and Their Heroes
Through November 27, 2017

Picture books instill in children a sense of awe, magic, and wonderment, but who inspires the illustrators themselves—the people who bring incredibly imaginative worlds to life? Organized by two prominent figures in the field, Tony DiTerlizzi and Mo Willems, this exhibition gives visitors a peek into the minds and motivations of an array of talented artists working today. Visit The Carle to find out who inspires Tony and Mo, as well as Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Ashley Bryan, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Marla Frazee, Laurie Keller, Loren Long, Patrick McDonnell, Yuyi Morales, Kadir Nelson, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Robin Preiss Glasser, Judy Schachner, Lane Smith, and—with a special contribution from his foundation—the late Maurice Sendak.

The Art of Eric Carle: Night
Through March 18, 2018

Eric Carle is famous for his representations of cheerful suns and soulful moons. While he traditionally leaves his daytime skies the blank white of the paper, he evocatively paints his nighttime scenes in deep blues and indigos. Carle’s visible brushwork is often sprinkled with twinkling stars, fireflies, and other creatures of the night. The moon—in all its phases—always displays a gentle face. “The calm moon is a source of comfort in the night,” says Carle. This exhibition features original artwork from Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeDream Snow, and The Very Quiet Cricket, among others. Several pieces from Draw Me a Star are also included to mark the 25th anniversary of the book’s publication.

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Hsin-Yi Foundation. 

Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration

November 19, 2017 – April 1, 2018

In its short history, The Carle has become one of the premier repositories in the country for picture book art. In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Museum has assembled an all-star lineup of work from its permanent collection. The exhibition showcases significant acquisitions of the past 15 years with a special focus on the Museum’s most recent gifts and purchases. Included are masterworks by Don Freeman, Trina Shart Hyman, Dorothy Lathrop, Leo Lionni, Arnold Lobel, David Macaulay, James Marshall, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Jerry Pinkney, Uri Shulevitz, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Mo Willems, Garth Williams, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Lisbeth Zwerger, among others. Also featured are rarely seen three-dimensional objects in the collection such as dummy books, artist sketchbooks, and hand-carved printing blocks. A special selection of artist doodles and sketches—drawn over 15 years of artist visits, workshops, and book signings—is displayed in the auditorium hallway.

PROGRAMS & EVENTS                                                                                     

Toddler and Preschool Play Series: Open Book, Open Play
November 3, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 10, 10:30am – 11:30am
November 17, 10:30am – 11:30am
Free with Museum Admission

Enjoy an interactive storytime followed by time to move, play, and explore art materials.

Special Storytime: Chanavia Haddock
November 4, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In Miracle, her debut book, author Chanavia Haddock tells the story of a curious young girl named Piper Rose and her day in the snow.  Be on the lookout for miracles throughout the pages of this book.  They’re everywhere!

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Art Out of the Box: Creative Sustainability in the Studio
November 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
$40 (Members $34)

(3 PDPs)  Are you ever concerned about the amount of waste that art-making can produce?  We’re always thinking about it!  From the packaging that art materials come in, to the scraps left over, we continuously seek ways to reuse materials to create exciting, sustainable art projects.  Join us to share these ideas and create your own extraordinary, high-quality tools.  Have fun testing out materials through collage, construction, stamping, and imaginative play.  Be inspired to see packaging, scraps, and caps in a new light.

See Workshops for Adults & Educators to sign up.

Northampton Community Music Center Family Concert Series: Golden Bird
November 11, 11:00am
$5; Museum Admission extra

Ticket sales begin at 10:30; no advance sales.  Limited seating; early arrival recommended.

Special Storytime: Renee Kurilla
November 11, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

In The Pickwick’s Picnic: A Counting Adventure, the Pickwick family leaves the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore.  Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.  Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla’s countable account of a very special picnic.

Book signing to follow program. Can’t make it to the event? You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Create at The Carle! Art Reception
November 12, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate the culmination of the eight-week Create at the Carle! program with us.  See how participants explored a range of bookmaking techniques with teaching artist Meghan Burch and were inspired by the collection and unique surroundings of The Carle.

Every Day Art Program: Project Paint!
November 15 – December 19, 2017
All day
Free with Museum Admission

Experiment with paint to create your own monoprint.

Special Storytime: Angela DiTerlizzi
November 18, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Saddle up for a special storytime with author Angela DiTerlizzi!  In I Wanna Be A Cowgirl, readers will delight in following the adventures of a young girl as she pulls on her (rain) boots, saddles up her (stick) horse, and gallops off through the (backyard) hills.  Filled with humor and imaginative play, this sweet story captures the dream of zillions of little girls everywhere—the dream of being a cowgirl!  Hats and bandanas will be handed to young guests to “spur” their own imaginative play!

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Information Sessions: Simmons College Graduate Study in Children’s Literature at The Carle
November 18, 2017
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Attend an information session at The Carle to learn more about degree programs offered through The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL) with Simmons College.  To learn more about the information sessions,

Members Opening Reception: Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration
November 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

7:00 “Fun at Fifteen” Trivia Night

Join Angela DiTerlizzi and Heidi Stemple as they host a night of trivia fun about the Museum and its remarkable collection.  Enjoy gourmet pizza and local craft beers, great prizes, and abundant laughs!

Members RSVP by November 6 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at 413-559-6310 or

Collection Highlights Tour with Chief Curator Ellen Keiter
November 19, 1:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Learn some of the fascinating stories and decisions behind the artworks selected for The Carle’s 15th anniversary exhibition.

Special Sundays in the Studio: Celebrate!
November 19, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Special Storytime with Will Hillenbrand
November 19, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

The Carle is pleased to welcome back Will Hillenbrand, illustrator of more than fifty books, for a special storytime program.  Hillenbrand’s work is presented in the exhibition Treasures from the Collection: A 15 Year Celebration.  He will read from two picture books he illustrated: Jane Yolen’s This Little Piggy and Maureen Wright’s Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep!

Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop at

Picture Book Theatre presents Jane Yolen’s Nocturne and Mouse’s Birthday
November 24, 1:00pm and 2:30pm
November 25, 11:00am and 1:00pm
$5 (Members $4.50)

See Jane Yolen’s stories come to life with large string puppets.  Puppets and scenery created by Director Therese Brady Donohue.  Music composed by Karen Tarlow.  This 40-minute program includes adaptations of:

Nocturne, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Anne Hunter
A poetic lullaby featuring a mother and son exploring a summer’s night with a flashlight, finding nocturnal creatures and nature along the way.

Old MacDonald Sing-a-long, led by musician Julie Stepanek on ukulele
Features seven animal puppets introduced by Farmer MacDonald for a good old fashion audience sing-a-long.

Mouse’s Birthday, by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Bruce Degen
A delightful story in verse about a mouse that lives in a very small house.  It’s Mouse’s birthday, and families will delight in joining the Farmer and Mouse’s friends in singing Happy Birthday to him!

Picture Book Theatre is a professional company specializing in creative and realistic adaptations of picture book illustrations through string puppets, encouraging children in literacy and appreciation for illustrator’s techniques.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum’s Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

Special Storytime: Astrid Scheckles
November 25, 2:00pm
Free with Museum Admission

Hector Fox and the Raven’s Revenge is the second in a series of books that follow the delightful adventures of Hector and his charming band of unique friends: Mo Marten, Charlie Chipmunk, Jeremiah Rabbit, and Lucy Skunk.  Join author/illustrator Astrid Scheckles in this special storytime filled with adventure, mystery, and friendship.

Book signing to follow program.  Can’t make it to the event?  You may reserve signed books online or contact The Carle Bookshop

Joy Art Space classes

At Joy Art Space students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! Joy Art Space offers private art lessons and small group classes for children, teens, and adults in painting, drawing, sculpture, fashion design, and more! Students learn art techniques in a warm, supportive environment. Classes for all experience levels, beginner to advanced! Art teacher Lily Joy Friedling has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University. Located right in downtown Amherst on N. Pleasant Street. Visit or contact 413-345-2747 to learn more!

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LSSE Halloween Fest – Oct 29, 2017

Where: Downtown/ Bangs Community Center
When: Sunday October 29th
Cost: $5

Admission Includes:
Parade carnival
Haunted house
Games & prizes
Live performances
Monster mash dance contest!
(child dance contest 1:30-2pm teen /adult dance contest 2pm-2:30)

Order of Events:
12-12:45pm: trick or treat downtown
12:45pm pumpkin decorating & contest
1pm parade through amherst center
1:15pm-4pm: carnival/ haunted house/
party at bangs community center

AEF Trivia Bee, Oct 26, 2017

2017 Trivia Bee Facts You Don’t Know (yet)
We are about a week away from the 23rd annual Trivia Bee!

Here’s what you need to know:

FACT: AEF are still looking for adult and youth teams to compete on Oct. 26 at the Bee. Contact Meg,, and Ken, to sign up.

Prizes are awarded each round to the top scoring team, best costumes and best spirit!

Player sign-up deadline is October 23rd.

FACT: While the trivia is fun, the raffle makes the evening even better. AND, we have our strongest raffle line-up in years!

  • LSSE family pool membership
  • UMass hockey and basketball tickets
  • Autographed children’s books from the Eric Carle Museum
  • Trader Joe’s gift basket
  • Oil change and alignment certificates from Amherst Tire
  • Bueno y Sano gift certificates
  • Gift certificate from Laughing Dog Bicycles
  • Gift certificates to Kelly’s restaurant

..and more!

FACT: The Pioneer Valley’s own Lisa Evans, a two-day Jeopardy! champ this year, will NOT ONLY be competing on Oct. 26 but she will be our celebrity judge for the youth round starting at 6pm.

See you on October 26!

Our mission:

Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) supports Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.