SHAEC Littleville Fundraiser 5K walk/hike

Saturday, May 4th, 10am

The Friends of SHAEC is partnering with the Western Mass Hilltown Hikers for a fundraising walk/hike at the Littleville Dam, on Saturday, May 4, at 10am, in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center. 

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GED/HiSet: On your time

VEC, Chester

Need your GED/ High School Equivalency Degree, but fitting it in between work, kids, or other commitments has stood in the way? Take the first step, and call today: 413-354-1055. Or email

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Dynamite Box Trail Hike

Saturday, March 30th, 10am

Join us for a two hour loop hike exploring the lesser traveled areas of the State Forest.  We will hike along Sanderson Brook, pass the scenic vista of Sanderson Falls and then at the 5 trail junction get on the woodsy Dynamite Box Trail and loop back on the scenic Buelah Land trail. 

Social Media Support for Small Businesses

Thursday, March 21st, 6-8pm
Hilltown CDC, Chesterfield
Wednesday, April 17th, 6-8pm
VEC, Chester

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. 

Essential Oils for the Skin

Thursday, March 21st 6 pm - 8 pm
Middlefield Senior Center, 169 Skyline Trail
Friday, March 22nd 10 am - 12 pm
VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Building on the Introduction to Essential Oils class, we will discuss the use of essential oils on the skin for their specific skin protection properties and as a vehicle for absorption. There is a $25 materials fee and registration is required.

Business Plan Workshop

Wednesday, March 20th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: VEC, Chester

Wednesday, March 6th 6-8 pm

Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

Got a great idea for a small business? Not sure how to start? Want to grow your existing business? The next step is building/writing a great business plan! We’ll discuss creating an executive summary, a marketing plan, a budget, and more.

Google Docs and Google Drive for Business

Thursday, March 7th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: VEC, 26a Main Street, Chester

Thursday, March 14th 6-8 pm

Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

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.

Developing Positive Thinking Habits

Monday, March 18th, 3pm - 5pm

Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

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. 

Help with your Small Business Tax form

Friday, March 8th, 6 pm - 8 pm
Location: VEC, Chester

Wednesday, March 15th, 6-8 pm

Hilltown CDC, 387 Main Road, Chesterfield

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.

GED/ HiSet Science test prep: with Deborah Danoff-Hoppe

Tuesdays and Thursdays March 5th - April 11th 10am - noon
VEC, Chester

Let Deb’s 20 years of teaching experience guide you through success in the GED/ HiSet Science subtest. Small classes, with individualized instruction as you work at your own pace towards a greater understanding scientific topics.