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These are just a few of the community-based education (CBEdu) highlights we featured this week in our eNewsletter for the week, June 29-July 5, 2019. Click through, peruse our list, and make plans to get out into your community and learn while you play! ♥ Want to have our highlights and spotlights delivered to your inbox every Thursday? Click here to subscribe!

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Great Falls Festival aka Pumpkinfest | Turners Falls | October 19

Oct 15 2019
Great Falls Festival (aka Pumpkinfest) 2019 – A Decade of Fall Fun Saturday, October 19, 2:00-9:00pm
Location: Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/187318152202330/ [continue reading]

Halloween Inspired Hands-On Science Ideas

Oct 14 2019

In the spirit of the creepy, gruesome, and vaguely terrifying elements of the Halloween season, why not engage in some similarly creepy, gruesome, and relatively terror-free hands-on science experiments! From candy chromatography and glowing drinkables to flying ghosts and gooey eyeballs, click here for 8 Halloween science ideas which [continue reading]

Ashfield Fall Festival | October 12-13

Oct 7 2019
Ashfield Fall Festival Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13, 10:00am-5:00pm
Town Common, Ashfield, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/337833787065098
“The 2019 Ashfield Fall Festival (Ashfield, Massachusetts) will take place up and down Ashfield’s Main Street on October 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days – rain or shine. The [continue reading]

3rd Annual Great Greenfield DinoFest | Greenfield | October 12

Oct 4 2019
3rd Annual Great Greenfield DinoFest Saturday, October 12, 9:30am-5:00pm
Second Congregational Church, UCC Greenfield, 16 Court Sq, Greenfield, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/473644356558419/
Local Arts! Local History! Local Lizards!
DinoFest is a celebratory day of performances, interactive exhibits and activities for children, dino films with live music and [continue reading]

Community Shred Day | Greenfield | October 5

Oct 2 2019
Community Shred Day Saturday, October 5, 9:00am-12:00noon
101 Munson St, Greenfield, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1299832586807472/
“Melanson Heath and PROSHRED present COMMUNITY SHRED DAY at our Greenfield, MA office!
Saturday, October 5th
9am – 12noon
Unwanted paperwork, sensitive documents, bank statements, taxes, [continue reading]

Festival of the Hills 2019 | Conway | October 4-6

Oct 1 2019
Festival of the Hills 2019 Sunday, October 6, 10:00am-4:00pm (Pre-festival activities on Friday evening and all day Saturday)
Conway Festival of the Hills, 1 Main St, Conway, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/394279141512414/
Festival Schedule – Friday to Sunday!
Friday, October 4 – Pre-Festival Highlights
6:30 Arts Salon, [continue reading]

CBEdu Resource: Native Trees & Forests

Sep 28 2019
Understanding our Native Tree Species German author Peter Wohlleben’s recent book The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate has sold more than 800,000 copies in Germany and is now on the best-seller list in the United States and elsewhere. Wohlleben’s book is popularizing revolutionary new scientific research demonstrating conclusively that trees [continue reading]

Classrooms: Amherst educator named teacher champion for district gardening program

Sep 26 2019
By SCOTT MERZBACH,  Staff Writer, Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 10, 2019 AMHERST — A program entering its fourth year that shows Amherst elementary school children how to dig in soil, watch plants grow and get pleasure from being outdoors also has another benefit — it teaches them about where their food comes from.
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Trolleyfest 2019 | Shelburne Falls | September 28

Sep 25 2019
Trolleyfest 2019 Saturday, September 28, 11am-5pm
Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum, 14 Depot St, Shelburne Falls, MA
Facebook event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2443728859006568/
“Trolleyfest is our annual celebration of the restoration of Trolley No. 10.
The public is invited from 11am to 5pm at our regular $4.00 All-Day Pass rate, members [continue reading]

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