Friends of SHAEC Norwich Lake Fundraiser Hike
Oct
19
10:00 AM10:00

Friends of SHAEC Norwich Lake Fundraiser Hike

With 97 acres of forest, trails, and lake access, The Retreat at Norwich Lake has a lot to explore. Come hike a few of the trails with the Friends of SHAEC and Western Mass Hilltown Hikers, as we team up to celebrate SHAEC’s 20 years of adult education in the Hilltowns.

Donations for Friends of SHAEC will be accepted the day of the hike.

The Retreat is at 128 Norwich Lake in Huntington. Turn off of Route 66 in Huntington onto Searle Rd. When you get to the fork (approx 1.7 miles) Turn right onto Rocky Point Rd. Destination will be on the left in approx 7/10ths of a mile. Call or email Michele at SHAEC for more information 413-354-1055.
Learn more about The Retreat at Norwich Lake on their website: http://www.retreatatnorwichlake.org

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Common Good Payment Card - A Community Introduction

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On Thursday, July 18 at 7pm the Old Creamery Co-op is hosting a free community introduction to the Common Good payment card and a chance to become a new Common Good card user!

Common Good was launched in Greenfield, MA in 2013 and Common Good credits are now accepted at 80+ small local businesses in Western Massachusetts! Credits are exchanged instead of dollars, building economic democracy and generating a community grant and loan fund that supports great local causes, projects, and entrepreneurs---the "common good".

You can learn more about Common Good by visiting https://commongood.earth/


*How It Works*
It’s actually pretty simple.

Put Money In. You Get Credit. When you put money on your Common Good card, the money goes into a Community Fund and you get that much credit to spend at a participating business. The business uses a smartphone to scan your card (or your phone) at no cost to either you or the business.

Credit Circulates. The business can then use that credit to pay its employees and suppliers, employees spend it again at a participating business, and the credit goes in circles, in your community.

Community Fund Grows. Meanwhile, the money you put in from your bank account is still there in the Community Fund. That’s the “float”, representing the amount of credit being actively used, going in circles within the Common Good system. The Community Fund typically holds about $250 per member. With a thousand members, for example, that’s a quarter million dollars.

If you get more credit than you can easily spend within the Common Good system just transfer it to your bank account and the Community Fund goes down by that much.

As the amount in the Community Fund grows overall, we can invest it in worthwhile projects for the community and the common good. We can even make grants, backed by guarantees from supportive members.

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Jul
13
to Jul 14

Hilltown Artisans Guild Gallery Show

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Hilltown Artisans Guild members share and sell their work at their annual summer gallery show this weekend! Rich paintings, mysterious jewelry, unique turned bowls, knitted scarves that will make you feel like Isadora Duncan, luscious nature photography. Stop by on Saturday or Sunday. Join us for the artists reception on Sunday afternoon.

The Hilltown Artisans Guild is a group of artists and craftspeople in all media who organize shows together, both gallery and booth-type shows, many of which are open to non-members as well. We start the year with a Memorial Day Show and Sale weekend in Florence, a on Saturday May 26, and Sunday May 27, open to all artists who are juried in. There will be a members-only gallery show at the Town Hall in Worthington in July. In September and October, 2019, we will have a show at the Haydenville Congregational Church and one at Look Park in Northampton. We close our year with a members-only Holiday Show and Sale at the Worthington Town Hall. Membership costs $20.00 per calendar year. all artists and craftspeople, no matter where they are form, are welcome to apply for membership (eligible for all shows) or apply to be juried in to participate in the open shows. If you are interested, please contact us at hilltownartisansguild@gmail.com.

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Jul
9
12:30 PM12:30

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour

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Come explore hidden talent and fine craftsmanship on a self-driving Studio Tour & Ceramics Sale in the Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. Visit 8 studios with 19 awesome potters on this special weekend! Free demonstrations during both days, with a special Hops+Pots Celebration at Project Art in Cummington on Sunday at 6pm. For more information, maps, and schedules visit www.hilltown6.com

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JLBA Hilltown Road Trip & Scavenger Hunt!
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

JLBA Hilltown Road Trip & Scavenger Hunt!

Join us for JLBA’s 2019 Map Launch Road Trip and Scavenger Hunt!

Enjoy the beauty and businesses the Hilltowns have to offer by following a self-guided drive. You pick your route and the business you want to visit, just don’t miss the PARTY at the Chester Common Table when you are done.

Saturday, June 29th
10:00am – 7:30pm – Scavenger Hunt
7:30pm – After party with FREE Raffle & Prizes
After party will be at Chester Common Table 

Gas Up, Charge Your Phones, grab a JLBA Map and enjoy a fun filled day exploring the Hilltowns! Get proof that you have visited our Members by 
1) Taking A Photo 

2) Getting a Business Card  
3) Having the Business stamp your sheet OR
4) Posting on Social Media using #HilltownsRoadTrip #JLBA

PRIZES INCLUDE:

  • 1 Night stay at Three Sisters Sanctuary Airbnb valued at $150

  • $25 Gift Certificate to Comfort Kitchen Bar & Grill

  • Gift Certificate to Chester Common Table

  • 1 Night Stay in a historic train at Chester Railroad Station

  • Gift Certificate for 2 Tickets to Chester Theatre Company $80 Value

  • $25 Gift Certificate to L & M Auto/ Papa’s Healthy Food & Fuel

  • CBD Products for your Pets from For K-9s & Felines, LLC

  • Inn Nature Bed and Breakfast 1 night stay , Sun-Thurs, subject to availability

  • $25 Gift Card to The Rapids Restaurant Huntington

  • Lightfield Foundation Free Session $75 Value + Swag

  • $20 Gift Certificate Hunt & Hart Cafe & Bakery

  • Moss Hill Farm FREE! Christmas tree between Thanksgiving & Christmas 2019

  • New Horizons Bikes Kali Bike Helmet $40 Value

  • and more to come!

You will receive a Raffle Ticket for EACH place you visit with PROOF PLUS a BONUS RAFFLE TICKET when you POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA! These tickets will all be entered into the AFTER PARTY drawing for our amazing prizes! 

Proofs and Photos must be taken on June 29th.

FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT www.jlba.org/roadtrip2019/!

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Hilltown Open Studio Tour
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Hilltown Open Studio Tour

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JUNE 22 & 23, 2019

10AM-5PM

Get a glimpse into the creative process and inspiring spaces of 29 talented Hilltown artists working in 24 studios in over 11 diverse mediums. The tour is set amid the mountain views and streams of Western Mass rural splendor. There is no cost for the tour, but many artists will have work for sale. You may start at any location and chose the route which works for you.  This year we are excited to host several of our artists at the William Cullen Bryant Homesteadalong with a very special Farm-to-Table Dinner to conclude the wonderful weekend.

For a full schedule of artist demonstrations, studio locations, and weekend accommodations, visit the Hilltown Arts Alliance website.

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What's in a Scam?
Jun
19
1:30 PM13:30

What's in a Scam?

The Hilltown CDC, in collaboration with the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey, will be holding an informational event to learn how to protect yourself, your family, and loved ones from scams, fraud, and identity theft, including:

  • Telemarketing

  • Why to be on the “Do Not Call List”

  • Signs of a scam

  • Common scams

  • How identity theft happens

  • What to do if your identity is stolen

When: June 19, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Chesterfield Community Center, 400 Main Rd, Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Who: Ann E. Lynch, Assistant Attorney General

 Sponsors: Hilltown Community Development & Office of Attorney General Maura Healey


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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Aromatherapy and the Great Outdoors: Bug Off!
May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Aromatherapy and the Great Outdoors: Bug Off!

Aromatic essential oils are an effective deterrent for pests and insects. Join us to learn how essential oils can be used in simple formulas to repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Essential oils can be used to keep flies, mice and spiders at bay. Participants will make a bug repellent spray to take home. Attending the prior classes is not a prerequisite, but it is recommended. Join us to learn how to make bug repellents without using harmful chemicals. A materials fee of $20.00 will be collected.

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Aromatherapy and the Great Outdoors: Bug Off!
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Aromatherapy and the Great Outdoors: Bug Off!

Aromatic essential oils are an effective deterrent for pests and insects. Join us to learn how essential oils can be used in simple formulas to repel mosquitoes, ticks and other biting insects. Essential oils can be used to keep flies, mice and spiders at bay. Participants will make a bug repellent spray to take home. Attending the prior classes is not a prerequisite, but it is recommended. Join us to learn how to make bug repellents without using harmful chemicals. A materials fee of $20.00 will be collected.

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
May
20
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Graphic Design Fundamentals and Branding Identity (VEC)
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Graphic Design Fundamentals and Branding Identity (VEC)

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The fundamentals of design are the foundation of every visual medium, from fine art to modern web design. Simply put, branding is what other people think-about you, your company, your product, or your service. Visual identity is what that brand looks like, from your logo to your color choices and so much more. Strong visuals can be very persuasive. Understanding visual identity can help you make more thoughtful design decisions, regardless of your role, medium, or skill level. In this class you will learn about branding identity and how it relates to your company and advertising. Pre-registration is advised.

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Graphic Design Fundamentals and Branding Identity (CDC)
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Graphic Design Fundamentals and Branding Identity (CDC)

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Rd, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The fundamentals of design are the foundation of every visual medium, from fine art to modern web design. Simply put, branding is what other people think-about you, your company, your product, or your service. Visual identity is what that brand looks like, from your logo to your color choices and so much more. Strong visuals can be very persuasive. Understanding visual identity can help you make more thoughtful design decisions, regardless of your role, medium, or skill level. In this class you will learn about branding identity and how it relates to your company and advertising. Pre-registration is advised.

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Selling on Ebay (CDC)
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Selling on Ebay (CDC)

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Rd, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With over 100 million buyers, eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces. With so many buyers, eBay gives you the opportunity to find more buyers to pay you more for your items. The biggest barrier to your first listing is often fear. This class will help you get over those fears and start selling. Pre-registration is necessary for this very popular class. Please call SHAEC at 413-354-1055 or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com Be sure to leave your contact information, as well as the class date and location you would like to register for.

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Grantwriting: with Dave Christopolis (CDC)
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

Grantwriting: with Dave Christopolis (CDC)

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Rd, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Grantwritng with Dave Christopolis Wednesday, Feb 20, 6:00 to 8:00pm Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester Wednesday, May 1, 6:00 to 8:00pm Hilltown CDC: 387 Main Road, Chesterfield Learn the basics on how to research and identify potential foundations and government funders that accept grant proposals to fund your project or program, as well as how to prepare and submit a grant to a potential funder. Presenter Dave Christopolis is the Executive Director of Hilltown CDC located in Chesterfield, MA, and has successfully written millions of dollars worth of grants for a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Pre-registration is essential for this class, as seating is limited. Call 413-354-1055 or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com with your contact information and the date and location you are registering for.

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Starting an AirBnB
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Starting an AirBnB

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Got an extra room in your house, apartment above the garage, or small cottage on your property? Perhaps you might want to consider renting out your space for extra income? Airbnb prescreens your tenants, and takes care of collecting payments from your clients. Additionally, it’s free to sign up as a guest host. Come on down and learn more in this class led by Jeanne LeClair, Economic Development Director of the Gateway Hilltowns. Pre-registration is encouraged. Please call 413-354-1055 with your contact information, or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
Apr
22
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Selling on Ebay (VEC)
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

Selling on Ebay (VEC)

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With over 100 million buyers, eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces. With so many buyers, eBay gives you the opportunity to find more buyers to pay you more for your items. The biggest barrier to your first listing is often fear. This class will help you get over those fears and start selling. Pre-registration is necessary for this very popular class. Please call SHAEC at 413-354-1055 or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com Be sure to leave your contact information, as well as the class date and location you would like to register for.

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Social Media Support for Small Businesses with Mimi Caban Ross (VEC)
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Social Media Support for Small Businesses with Mimi Caban Ross (VEC)

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully with little or no advertising budget and without a large time commitment. This class with tell you how to effectively use Facebook and Instagram and how to link the two. Instagram is on its way to SURPASSING Facebook in its number of daily active users! Take advantage of the momentum, build your brand and expand your customer base! Bring your mobile phone, Laptop or tablet to the class. Computers will be available for use. Hands on assistance will be available and Mimi will address as many of your individual questions as time allows. Class taught by Social Media Strategist Mimi Caban Ross. FOLLOW Mimi on Instagram @meemthebeam and start learning NOW! Pre-registration is strongly advised.

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 Live your Greatness: Balancing your emotions with Roslyn Malkin Ph.D.
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Live your Greatness: Balancing your emotions with Roslyn Malkin Ph.D.

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ever feel like you're on a high wire just trying to keep from falling off? No question about it, these can be stressful times. It's normal to feel challenged to keep your emotional footing when you feel surrounded by chaos. This workshop will offer some practical tips to help you stay more balanced and resilient. Pre-registration is requested: Call SHAEC at 413-354-1055, or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
Apr
8
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Marketing Your Business and Products
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Marketing Your Business and Products

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There are several important variables that go into creating a successful business, including a great idea, a great product, and a great team. One of the aspects that sometimes gets left behind and can be difficult to get started is marketing. Every business needs a niche and must target their customers in unique ways. In this class, we'll go over fundamentals of marketing and what it means to create a marketing plan. By the end of the with hands-on assistance, you'll leave with a basic marketing plan, and ideally a few marketing pieces designed and ready to print or post.

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
Mar
25
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Social Media Support for Small Businesses with Mimi Caban Ross (CDC)
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Social Media Support for Small Businesses with Mimi Caban Ross (CDC)

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Rd, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Social media is a great way to promote your business! Learn how to do this successfully with little or no advertising budget and without a large time commitment. This class with tell you how to effectively use Facebook and Instagram and how to link the two. Instagram is on its way to SURPASSING Facebook in its number of daily active users! Take advantage of the momentum, build your brand and expand your customer base! Bring your mobile phone, Laptop or tablet to the class. Computers will be available for use. Hands on assistance will be available and Mimi will address as many of your individual questions as time allows. Class taught by Social Media Strategist Mimi Caban Ross. FOLLOW Mimi on Instagram @meemthebeam and start learning NOW! Pre-registration is strongly advised.

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Business Plan Workshop (VEC)
Mar
20
6:00 PM18:00

Business Plan Workshop (VEC)

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Got a great idea for a small business? Not sure how to start? Want to grow your existing business? Well the next step is building/writing a great business plan! We’ll discuss creating an executive summary, a marketing plan, a budget, and more. Clear, thorough, updated business plans are a great way to attract new investments, get additional loans, or collaborate with business partners. It's also a great exercise to make sure your strategic goals and action steps are aligned and working together for success.

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Small Business Income Tax Help (CDC)
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Small Business Income Tax Help (CDC)

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Rd, Chesterfield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Need more help? Stop in to “Ask the Expert”. Long time accountant Dorine Lasky will answer your small business tax questions, including what’s deductible, how to calculate depreciation, and what’s necessary to claim business use of your home or automobile. Please preregister for this tax help session by calling 413-354-1055, or email Southernhilltownsaec@gmail.com with your contact information, and the session choice.

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Google Docs and Google Drive for Business (CDC)
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Google Docs and Google Drive for Business (CDC)

In this class you will learn how to use this free cloud-based document program for creating professional documents. Google Drive gives you access to a suite of tools that allows you to create and edit a variety of files, including documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Easily share documents with others, allowing collaboration or comments on a single document.

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Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair
Mar
11
4:00 PM16:00

Biztro: Drop-in support for small businesses with Jeanne LeClair

  • Village Enterprise Center, 26 Main Street, Chester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Selected Monday evenings 4:00-7:00pm

January 28 / February 4 & 25 /March 11 & 25 / April 8 & 22 / May 6 & 20

Need help with your business website? Want to talk about marketing & advertising? Just want to review your business plan? Got a great idea you just want to chat about? Stop by a business-bistro “Biztro” session anytime and get hands-on help with broad range of projects to make your small business flourish in the Hilltowns! If we don't know the answer, we can figure it out together or connect you with more resources in the area.

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Resiliency Matters: Developing Positive Thinking Habits
Mar
11
3:00 PM15:00

Resiliency Matters: Developing Positive Thinking Habits

  • Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield, MA (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Resiliency Matters: Developing Resources to Create a Richer, More Meaningful, and Connected Life

Change your brain, Change your life. Louise Hurwitz provides a safe, non-judgmental class setting to help you identify and effectively utilize the tools and gifts you have, in order to have a more positive outlook - even when facing challenges in life. Louise’s many years experience as a mental health counselor, coach, an educator, will guide you towards a more happy and productive life, identifying strategies to avoid pitfalls in your journey to stay balanced , even in the face of struggle and challenge. Visit Louise’s website: www.louisehurwitz.com to learn more about how Resiliency Matters can help you achieve balance, manage stress, overcome trauma, and cultivate healthy relationships to lead a more healthy, fulfilling life. To contact Louise directly, email louhur@gmail.com, or call 413-530-4693.

Three part series: register for one, two, or all three!

I. Strategies to Build Resiliency through Self-Care Monday February 25, 3-5pm

Life can be challenging for all of us at one time or another. Often during these times, we forget how to care for ourselves. In this workshop, we focus specifically on self-care strategies that lead to greater resilience

II. Cultivating Signature Strengths Monday March 4, 3-5pm

During challenging times, it’s critical that we know what strengths we can draw upon to help us be resilient. In this workshop, we look at the relationship between resilience and strengths and how by playing to your strengths, you can maintain balance in your life and successfully reach your goals.

III. Developing Positive Thinking Habits Monday March 11, 3-5pm

Often our habitual thinking patterns can make it difficult for us to be resilient. In this workshop, we look at common thinking “traps” and learn ways to challenge them to develop more positive and resilient ways of thinking.

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