Introducing the Amherst Boys & Girls Club

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 …

Birds Of The Quabbin Slideshow @ Jones Library

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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: ELEMENTARY GARDEN-BASED LEARNING  …

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 Description: 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 …

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 …

LSSE Summer Sports Camps

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! BASEBALL BASKETBALL o  DENNIS JACKSON’S BASKETBALL CAMPS (FOOTLOCKER & BLUECHIP) o  COMPLETE PLAYER o  COED BASKETBALL ULTIMATE TENNIS FLAG …

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

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 …

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: FeatherPressStudio.com.  The studio is only 10 minutes from Wildwood, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

NERD Summit 2018, March 17 & 18

Is your child interested in learning about computers and programming? Checkout the https://nerdsummit.org/ It’s free.  Signup is here:  https://ti.to/nerd/nerd-summit-2018 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: https://holyokecodes.org/ 10am-12pm  Intro to Scratch  https://holyokecodes.org/events/intro-to-scratch/ 1pm-3pm  Intro to RenPy  https://holyokecodes.org/events/graphic-novels-renpy/ 3pm-5pm  Intro to HTML / CSS / JS  https://holyokecodes.org/events/intro-html-css-javascript/ …

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 …

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 View Flyer

Celebrate Black History Month

AMHERST AREA NAACP AND AMHERST HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION 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 …

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 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 …

Screening of Backpack Full of Cash

December 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 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 …

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. Lion King Jr Grades 1-6, 1pm-1:45pm Starlight Express Grades 7-12, 2pm-3pm Register to reserve your spot with a $50 deposit and pick up materials at the workshop so you can …

November Exhibitions, Programs, and Events at the Carle

EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                  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 …

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 …