North Star Presents Circus Smirkus!

Join the fun! For the 4th year in a row, North Star is hosting the fabulous traveling teen circus at Three County Fairgrounds, August 1 and 2. This is a blast for all ages, and one of North Star's most important annual fundraisers, to help keep our program affordable for all available teens. Tickets at River Valley Co-op and A2Z Science and Learning, or at smirkus.org. 

North Star Presents Circus Smirkus!

Join the fun! For the 4th year in a row, North Star is hosting the fabulous traveling teen circus at Three County Fairgrounds, August 1 and 2. This is a blast for all ages, and one of North Star's most important annual fundraisers, to help keep our program affordable for all available teens. Tickets at River Valley Co-op and A2Z Science and Learning, or at smirkus.org. 

North Star Presents Circus Smirkus!

Join the fun! For the 4th year in a row, North Star is hosting the fabulous traveling teen circus at Three County Fairgrounds, August 1 and 2. This is a blast for all ages, and one of North Star's most important annual fundraisers, to help keep our program affordable for all available teens. Tickets at River Valley Co-op and A2Z Science and Learning, or at smirkus.org. 

North Star Presents Circus Smirkus!

Join the fun! For the 4th year in a row, North Star is hosting the fabulous traveling teen circus at Three County Fairgrounds, August 1 and 2. This is a blast for all ages, and one of North Star's most important annual fundraisers, to help keep our program affordable for all available teens. Tickets at River Valley Co-op and A2Z Science and Learning, or at smirkus.org. 

Opening Day!

Welcome! Or welcome back! Members, families and friends are invited to a potluck lunch at 12:00 followed by staff introductions, announcements, and then games and hanging out time. See you then!

North Star Volunteer Day at Franklin County Fair

North Star is volunteering at Franklin County Fair! Teens and adults welcome. We will meet at North Star and carpool to Greenfield to help with tasks related to setting up for the Fair. Sign up with an email to Loran. Our shift will run until 3:00 (including a break for lunch) and we will be back at North Star by 3:30. Rain or shine. Everyone who volunteers will receive a t-shirt and free admission to the Fair on another day.

Parent Gathering

All parents of North Star teens are invited to this gathering, where staff and parents can answer each others' questions about North Star. Everyone is welcome; returning North Star parents are encouraged to come to share your experiences! Please leave your teens at home for this get-together. 

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Annual Celebration of Self-Directed Learning

Hadley Farms Meeting House (map)

Join us as we celebrate self-directed learning with brunch and an awards ceremony at Hadley Farms Meeting House. Everyone is welcome. RSVP to Jodi Lyn Cutler. At the end of the brunch, you will be asked to make a gift to North Star that is personally meaningful to you, in order to help sustain North Star's life-changing programs and continue to make them accessible to all teens.

Veterans' Day

North Star is closed today.

September-October Support Reports

On or around this day, you can expect to receive your first Support Report, a narrative description of the ways in which you (or your teen) has been using North Star. 

Annual Bake-a-Thon to Benefit North Star and Amherst Survival Center

Pioneer Valley Co-Housing (map)

Bake pies all day and help North Star and Amherst Survival Center! We will meet at North Star at 9:00 and drive over to Pioneer Valley Co-housing in Amherst. Then we will bake apple and pumpkin pies, take a break for lunch, bake more pies, clean up, and finish by early afternoon. To participate, you must pledge to:

1. Collect at least one Bake-a-Thon donation in advance from friends or family (more is better--it goes to North Star!) All donations due by Monday, November 20.

2. Pledge to commit to the job of baking pies--no coming just to hang out. 

More details from Loran.

Thanksgiving Break

North Star is closed for Thanksgiving.

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Staff Appreciation and Variety Show

All teens, families, staff and volunteers are invited to this annual event in which we will share a potluck dinner, honor our staff, work-study tutors and volunteers, and enjoy live entertainment presented by our talented North Star teens. Please come! It's a great chance to get together and celebrate the people who make it all possible.

Winter Holiday Break

North Star is closed today.

North Star for Adults

MEETING A WEEK EARLIER THIS MONTH!
Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

November-December-January Support Reports

On or around this day, you can expect to receive your November-December-January Support Report, a narrative description of the ways in which you (or your teen) has been using North Star. 

Presidents' Day

North Star is closed today.

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Community Potluck and Variety Show

All teens, families, friends, staff and volunteers are invited to share a potluck dinner and enjoy live entertainment presented by our talented North Star teens. Please come! It will be more fun with you there!

North Star Service Trip

We have not yet decided upon a destination, but this trip guarantees an opportunity to serve a community in need, side-by-side with North Star friends and staff. We always choose an exciting destination, possibly one where you have never been, and we manage to find time to have fun and experience the local culture, along with the work that we do. 

Participation in this trip requires that you come to all pre-trip meetings. More info coming soon.

Spring Break

North Star is closed this week.

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Patriots' Day

North Star is closed today.

North Star for Adults

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Copy of February-March-April Support Reports

On or around this day, you can expect to receive your February-March-April Support Report, a narrative description of the ways in which you (or your teen) has been using North Star. 

North Star for Adults

LAST GATHERING OF THE YEAR!

Why do the teens get to have all the fun? Join us for this monthly parent gathering, in which we get to know one another by sharing our interests and talents. Learn something new and connect with other North Star parents. If you have something you'd like to share, contact Loran. You can tell us about your work or a passionate interest or hobby you have, teach us a new skill, lead us in a movement exercise--or whatever you think might be fun and interesting. 

Memorial Day

North Star is closed today.

Final Shindig, Potluck and Variety Show

North Star (map)

Our annual end-of-year family party where we say goodbye to teens who are moving on to new adventures, and enjoy a potluck meal and live performances by North Star teens.