The Friends of the Southern Hilltowns Adult Education Center Present:

Gardening Series with the Green Thumb Guru!

Fans of The Green Thumb Guru have seen him on Mass Appeal on NBC affiliate Channel 22. Now the Southern Hilltown residents can experience all the joy and expertise of Ed (The Green Thumb Guru) live and in person!

Location: 26 Main Street- The Village Enterprise Center, Chester, MA
Limited seating- you must pre-register at

Cost: By donation

These classes are a fundraiser for the Friends of SHAEC, who support SHAEC and sponsor classes such as these. Your donation will help us continue to offer high-quality classes in the Southern Hilltowns.


Easy Organic Gardening: Good for you, good for the garden, good for the planet
Saturday, June 25th, 6-7:30 pm


Water Gardens and features: Beautiful, simple, and as inexpensive as you’d like.
Saturday, July 23rd, 6-7:30 pm

Heirloom Gardening: Unexpected pleasures from the past and how they make gardening easier and cheaper.
Saturday, August 27th, 6-7:30 pm


Seasonal Change in the Garden- What to do.. what to do…
Saturday, September 17th, 6 - 7:30 pm

Indoor Plants and Tropicals: Keep that Green Thumb green, and reap the benefits of indoor gardening.
Saturday, October 15th, 6 - 7:30 pm


Simple Bonsai- Get lost in the world of your creation.  Saturday, November 12th, 6 - 7:30 pm


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Remote Options to Support Your Mental Health Needs

Online and Phone Support Mental Health Resources:

Modern Health is offering free online community support resources during COVID-19

Headspace is offering free meditations and other support resources

7cups offers free online emotional support

NAMI has compiled a list of online and phone support options including peer and family support options

Great Free Movies, Theater, Museums, Books, Videos, and Other On/Offline Fun and Education

The Social Distancing Festival   This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.

Virtual Culture From CNN   “All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home”

Boston Public Library   If you don’t have a free e-card, this link tells you how to get access to lots of downloadable material

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Planting the Seeds to Grow a Successful Brand Image with Robyn Miller from MorningBird Media.

Wednesday, March 2nd and 9th, 6-7:30 pm

Join Robyn Miller of MorningBird media as you explore the elements of creating a successful brand. Well discuss Color theory, fonts, finding a name, and What’s in a logo

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 Design with Canva Virtual class: Tuesday April 5th and 12th, 6-7:30pm

Canva is a graphic design platform that can be used to create business cards, Zoom backgrounds, flyers, presentations, lesson plans, and more. Need to collaborate with others on a project? With Canva you can. Share your design and allow others to view or edit your project. You can even upload and edit your own photos. In this class you will learn how to use the Canva drag and drop interface to modify one of Canva’s free templates. The free Canva account comes with 250,000+ templates, 100+ design types, free photos and graphics, and 5GB of cloud storage. Instructor: Heather Morgan

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Create your Business Plan with Live Plan with Dee Dice  Live Plan Logo

Wednesdays March 16th through April 6th, 6-7:30 pm

Are you an entrepreneur starting a new business or looking to grow an existing on? Join Dee Dice in this four-week guided workshop to create your unique business plan- Which will be your road map as you navigate and grow your business. Dee is the owner of Constant Growth Marketing and Consulting and has many years of experience as a business owner. Class participants will use Live Plan Software with Dee as you explore topics of finance, accounting, marketing, and management.

Live Pan Software can make writing your business plan easier and more fun, while helping you create a professional looking business plan.

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Picture of Rosemarie GoyetteQuickBooks beyond Basics, with Rosemarie Goyette, CPA.

Tuesdays, April 19th and 26th, 6-7:30 pm

Getting the most out of QuickBooks, diving into various reporting options, overview of items, classes, budgeting, memorized transactions, attaching documents, bank reconciliations, tax set-up for Schedule C (or Schedule E) and how to get the most out of this program. Previous participation in an Intro to QuickBooks class is recommended but not required.

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When we hold our workshops in-person, a few key locations for in-person classes are listed below.

Village Enterprise Center

26 Main Street, Chester MA 01011
(413) 354-1055

village enterprise center


Russell Town Hall / Russell Senior Center

65 Main Street, Russell MA 01071
(413) 354-1055

russell town hall


Russell Public Library

162 Main St, Russell, MA 01071

(413) 862-3102

Russell Public Library


Huntington Public Library

7 E Main St, Huntington, MA 01050

(413) 512-5206

Huntington Public Library