Miss Leticia Music School & Music Summer Camp
Private individual and group instruction in Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, a Capella, Bass, Drums and Rock Band
Private individual and group instruction in Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, a Capella, Bass, Drums and Rock Band
Our MCBA PLAY DAY making is underway. We need your help! Please donate any of the following items to Librarian Susan Wells.
Jones Library presents Monster Mash, A family-friendly dance party for kids of all ages!
We’ll have spooktacular tunes, crafts, and photo opportunities. Costumes welcome!
When: Friday Oct 19th from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Where: Woodbury Room at the Jones Library
The Amherst Boys & Girls Club is dedicated to making a difference in your life by giving you access to great programs, activities, and social experiences in a fun and structured environment. Our Club is open to all young adults, ages 9-18, looking for a place where they can meet up with other kids to relax, play games, and even get some extra help with school. But the most important thing you’ll do at the Amherst Boys & Girls Club is learn about yourself and the kind of person you’re capable of being.
Our club accepts grades 1-12 and there is a membership application form and financial assistance form for each member to complete. There is a one-time annual fee of $50. We offer a range of payments plans, as well as scholarships. This is outlined in the financial assistance form linked below.
Our club is open during the school year 2:30pm – 5:30pm. On half days and days when school is closed we open around midday. We also run programs during school vacations, and usually open from 1:00pm to 5:30pm.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable slideshow as Peter Christoph shares his experiences looking for wildlife, by land and by boat, at the beautiful and pristine Quabbin Reservoir. The photographic presentation will take place at 2:30 pm at the Jones Library in Amherst on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
A rich diversity of birds call the Quabbin their home, the main attraction being the common loon and bald eagle families that nest here. Several winters ago, Peter built a rustic cabin along a river in an area known as the North Quabbin Woods. It was from this base camp that Peter discovered the Magic of the Quabbin and became intimately familiar with its intricate network of channels, coves and islands. He will also discuss the creation of the Quabbin Reservoir, including a glimpse into the lost towns which gave way to this unlikely wilderness area.
Peter Christoph is a well-known wildlife advocate, naturalist and award-winning bird photographer based in Lancaster, MA. He has a great respect for wildlife and through his presentations seeks to raise awareness of the need to conserve bird habitat. Peter has presented for a variety of organizations, including the Photographic Society of America (PSA), New England Camera Club Council (NECCC,) and the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). He has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards and medals recognizing his photographic talent. Peter is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest, The Art of Bird Photography.
Free and open to the public. For more information about this event, please contact Janet Ryan at 413-259-3223. This event is made possible with support from the Friends of the Jones Libraries and the Woodbury Fund.
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
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.
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).
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:
ELEMENTARY GARDEN-BASED LEARNING
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: https://www.amhersteducationfoundation.org/grants/
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Chris Johnson, Sports Director at LSSE,
(413) 259-3144 email@example.com
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
835300 Adult SULA Price: $45
SUMMER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO SIGN UP FOR OUR 2018 SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS. THIS YEAR WE WILL BE OFFERING A WIDE VARIETY OF SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS WITH AMAZING INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF!
o DENNIS JACKSON’S BASKETBALL CAMPS (FOOTLOCKER & BLUECHIP)
o COMPLETE PLAYER
o COED BASKETBALL
Sign up and register today at www.LSSE.org or (413)259-3065
For more information please reach out to our SPORTS DIRECTOR: Chris Johnson (413)259-3144 firstname.lastname@example.org
Amherst Ballet is now registering students for June Summer Classes and Summer Camp. Located right next to Wildwood, let your child explore the world of dance. Register at www.amherstballet.org or call 413-549-1555 for more info!
Starlight 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 PM, Saturday, May 12 at 2:00 PM and Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.aomtheatre.com/ or at the Academy of Music Box Office Tuesday–Friday, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM and one hour prior to each ticketed performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students, children and seniors.
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
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, email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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: www.joyartspace.com
Wildwood Elementary School Presents a Title 1 and PGO sponsored school-wide math event.
“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
Is your child interested in learning about computers and programming? Checkout the https://nerdsummit.org/
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 bit.ly/arhsbee.
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!
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
AMHERST AREA NAACP AND AMHERST HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
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.
TIME: School Day: 11AM-1:30PM DATE: January 31st, 2018 LOCATION: UMASS Amherst
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.
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.