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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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.

Starting an airbnb

Wednesday, Sept. 25th 6pm–7:30 pm

Got an extra room in your house, apartment above the garage, or small cottage on your property? Perhaps you want to consider renting out your space for extra income? Airbnb prescreens your tenants, and takes care of collecting payments from your clients.

Accounting for Small Businesses

Tuesday, Sept. 10th 6:00 pm -8:30 pm, VEC Chester

Monday, Sept. 16th, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, HCDC Chesterfield

Get your books ready for reporting 2019 self-employment income.  Great for new business startups. 

Microsoft Excel Basics with Jennifer Shaw

Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel in this two hour introductory course. You’ll become familiar with program basics, workbook structure, tabs, and toolbars. We’ll learn about column and row identifiers, how to select cells and enter information. We’ll explore how to move around in the sheet, do some basic calculations using formulas, and end with conditional formatting.

Reading Help

Are you an adult that struggles to read? You are not alone. Are you ready to do something about it? Join others that are working to improve their skills in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere. Call Michele at 413-354-1055, or stop by the Village Enterprise Center, 26a Main St. Chester.

Small Business Association SMART Workshop

Thursday, September 19th & 26th 5:30 - 7pm
HCDC, Chesterfield

These two (2) FREE workshops (this is a series, please plan to attend both) will help you gain a better understanding of what it takes to start and grow a business. Learn about SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses.

Google Calendar for Busy People

Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 10am - 12pm
Russell Senior Center

Thursday, Sept. 19th, 6pm - 8pm
VEC, 26 Main St., Chester

Is your favorite book your datebook? move on up to Google calendar. Google Calendar is a powerful, free service you can use to organize your schedule and coordinate events with others.