Friends of SHAEC Norwich Lake Fundraiser Hike

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 10am

The Retreat at Norwich Lake 128 Norwich Lake in Huntington

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.

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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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Keystone Arch Trail Hike

Saturday, Oct. 12th, 10 AM

This is the biggest hiking event of the year! Enjoy Dave’s incredible narration as he tells of the history of the Arch’s creation. Dave Pierce, Chester Foundation President and Liz Massa, Director of Parks and Trails in Chester will lead hikers through three towns, Chester, Becket and Middlefield.

Managing your Website with Word Press

Wednesday, Oct. 17th 6:00 pm -8:00 pm, VEC Chester
Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, HCDC Chesterfield

Do you want to be able to make small edits to your website without always having to call your web developer?  If your website is built with Word Press, it's easier than you think.  In this class you will learn the basics of how to edit almost every aspect of your website. 

Is Your Business Stealing the Joy Out of Your Life?

Wednesday, Oct. 16th 5:30 pm–7:30 pm, Hilltown CDC
Monday, Oct. 21st. 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Village Enterprise Center

If you want to rediscover the passion and fulfillment that first led you to become an entrepreneur, then this class is for you. Using practical exercises, group sharing, humor and more, you will find the keys needed to bring the bounce back to your business and life again.


Wednesday, Oct. 30th 5:30 pm -8:30 pm, VEC Chester
Thursday, Oct. 10th, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, HCDC Chesterfield

In this class Dorine gives a 3 hour overview of QuickBooks, as she discusses the following topics: Chart of Accounts, Budgets, Accounts Payable and Vendors Payroll, Customers and Sales, and Bank Reconciliation

Making a Home Budget using Microsoft Excel with Jennifer Shaw

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Building on the basics of Microsoft Excel, we’ll learn about how it can be used to create and track income and expenditures. While everyone has unique budgeting needs and complexities, this class will start with some simple spreadsheet layout ideas, using built in calculators to tell you at a glance if your spending is on track for the month. From there, you can build your own and leave the class with a custom ready to use home or small business budget.

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