TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 9:00 AM
PVCA Turkey Trot
Pioneer Valley Christian Academy – Get ready to have a blast at the first annual PVCA Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 18, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The PVCA Turkey Trot is a family-friendly fun run/walk around the school track. PVCA Booster Club is hosting the event to raise funds for the Athletic Department to help defray the costs of uniforms, new soccer goals, baseball netting, banners, and another set of bleachers for the gymnasium. The booster club would like to encourage every participating student to raise a minimum of $25 in pledges. Do not forget to dress up in the spirit of Thanksgiving to make the event more festive. Be creative and have fun. Prizes will be given to the best dressed families and individuals. The concession stand will be open from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM selling slices of pie, cider donuts, and many other fall themed baked goods. Thanksgiving themed carnival games will be open from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, and the fall themed photo booth will be open from 9:30 - 11:30 AM. On the day of the race, please arrive at 8:30 AM and sign in at the registration table. Preschoolers through fifth graders will race first after the opening ceremonies which start promptly at 9:15 AM. Middle School and High School families will race after the elementary students finish. The event will conclude at 11:45 AM with closing ceremonies where the winners of the most laps and best costumes will be announced. Note: All pledge money and donations need to be turned in no later than Monday, November 27. The winners of the “most pledges raised” will be announced on Friday, December 1, at the end of the school day. The Booster Club is looking for parent volunteers to: Assist with registration Supervise carnival games Donate apple or pumpkin pies Donate candy Turkey Trot set up and clean up To volunteer or contribute items to the PVCA Turkey Trot, please contact Steve Porter by calling 413-782-8031 or by emailing sporter@pvcama.org. Thank you, Steve Porter PVCA Athletic Director Richard Connor PVCA Booster Club President
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 9:30 AM
Annual Church Fair
First Churches of Northampton, Massachusetts – Festival at First Churches of Northampton 129 Main St. Saturday, November 18th (BAG DAY) 9:30am-3pm Crafts, Bake Table, our “famous” Apple Pies, Attic Treasures, Pottery, Jewelry, and Missions Table for Heifer International Stop in for a Delicious Homemade Lunch 11:30 am - 2 pm Raffle Items From 30 Local Merchants And also… Springfield Symphony Tickets Handmade Afghan Silent Auction: an oil painting by Sheila English Lyford Proceeds support our community outreach programs and help sustain our historic building. Come and support this downtown Northampton landmark!
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 10:00 AM
WCM Open House!
Wilbraham Children's Museum – Want more information on the Wilbraham Children's Museum? Do you have questions about membership and the playgroups we offer? Interested in learning more about our special events? Join us for our Open House on Saturday the 18th from 10a-12p. Take a look around the inside of the Museum, meet the Board of Directors, and hopefully make some friends while you're at it! You can even sign up for membership and playgroups while you're there! Hope to see you there! (Tell your friends and feel free to share this post!)
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 10:00 AM
Nature's Harvest Walk at Laughing Brook
Macaroni Kid Springfield – Our ancestors harvested cultivated fields as well as nuts and berries from the natural world. If you look around, you will see squirrels and chipmunks harvesting the bounty of nuts that have fallen from oak, beech, hickory, and hazelnut trees. Enjoy a walk at Laughing Brook as you learn about plants that can be harvested and the uses of these species.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 11:00 AM
Santa's Arrival Parade
Eastfield Mall – Join us on November 18th, beginning at 11 am, when the Ludlow High School Marching Band leads Santa back into Eastfield Mall for the holiday season...in style!
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 7:00 PM
Willie Nile at Iron Horse - Night 2
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. The New York Times called Buffalo, NY born Willie Nile "one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to emerge from the New York scene in years." Uncut Magazine called him “A one-man Clah.” His album Streets Of New York was hailed as “a platter for the ages” by UNCUT magazine. Rolling Stone listed The Innocent Ones as one of the “Top Ten Best Under-The-Radar Albums of 2011” and BBC Radio called it “THE rock ‘n’ roll album of the year.” Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Jim Jarmusch, and Little Steven are among those who have sung his praises His album, American Ride, won “Best Rock Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. It appeared on dozens of year-end Top Ten lists for 2013 and was voted “Album Of The Year” at Twangville Magazine. Bono called it, “One of the great guides to unraveling the mystery that is the troubled beauty of America." Willie has toured across the U.S. with The Who and has sung with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.His latest album is "World War Willie."
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM
WEIB Hall Of Fame Jazz Series
Renaissance Events – The WEIB Jazz Series is Back!!! Join Us on Saturday, November 18th at City Stage for the WEIB 106.3 SMOOTH FM JAZZ SERIES Featuring: Nick Colionne and Vincent Ingala Location: CITY STAGE 1 Columbus Center - Springfield MA Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:30PM Tickets: Visit WEIBFM.com Nick Colionne Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues and soulful, seductive vocals. Vincent Ingala One of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Vincent Ingala has blasted into an exciting stratosphere of his own making since his 2010 critically acclaimed debut album, North End Soul. Still in his early twenties, the charismatic saxophonist has been named Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012, Sirius XM Watercolors Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013, and his music is consistently found atop the most noteworthy music charts in the world, including three number one hits on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, and seven singles in the Billboard Smooth Jazz Top 10.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM
A Night With Janis Joplin
CityStage & Symphony Hall – A Night with Janis Joplin - Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, the Springfield area is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summertime,” this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences—icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends. the New York Times raved that A Night With Janis Joplin “rocks the house” and Variety called it “electrifying.” Members: $50/$42/$33 Tickets: $59/$49/$39
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM
Einstein! by Jack Fry
Academy of Music Theatre – ACADEMY OF MUSIC THEATRE 2017-2018 SEASON SERIES Einstein comes back from the beyond! It’s Berlin 1914, Albert Einstein awaits news from an eclipse expedition that will prove his Theory of General Relativity. But Einstein is sent sideways in a world crumbling around him due to The Great War, colleagues stealing his theories, being isolated for his pacifist views, a wife who won’t give him a divorce, his failing health, a huge scientific backlash, anti-Semitism, thoughts of suicide, his own self destructive genius and a young son fighting for his father’s affections. Based on the recent release of 15,000 documents about Einstein, writer Jack Fry breathes life into one of the most intriguing icons of all time. A Best Performance 2016 New York City Fringe! “Jack Fry is both amazing and intriguing!” – Huffington Post Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm Tickets: $20 (plus applicable fees) Call 413-584-9032 ext.105 or visit www.aomtheatre.com for tickets!
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 - Nov 19 @ 8:00 PM
Protean Collective / Neon Fauna / Oxen / Crowrider
Promotorhead Entertainment – 18+ 9pm $7
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 8:00 PM
Kamasi Washington at The Calvin Theatre
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – When Kamasi Washington released his tour de force album The Epic, in 2015, it instantly set him on a path as a torchbearer for progressive, improvisational music that would open the door for new audiences to experience music unlike anything they had heard before. The 172-minute odyssey featuring his 10-piece band, The Next Step, was littered with elements of hip-hop, classical and R&B music, all major influences on the young saxophonist and bandleader, who exceeds any notions of what “jazz” music is. His mass appeal continues to grow drawing vibrant, diverse, multi-generational crowds to his shows at the world’s most presitgious festivals. A prominent journalist recently summed it up best when he wrote “in a millennium largely absent of anything new or captivating in the jazz idiom, Washington has just unleashed a musical hydra grounded in respect and intimate knowledge of the past and striking far out into a hopeful future.”Next up for Washington is the highly anticipated Harmony of Difference EP, due for release this Fall and his sophomore album slated for 2018.
 
TODAY
    Saturday Nov 18 @ 8:00 PM
Annual Springfield Cretan Dance with Dimitri Vakaki
Cretans Association of Springfield, MA – Save the date and stay tuned for more details!!!
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 10:00 AM
Red Cross Blood Mobile
Eastfield Mall – Start off your holiday season by saving lives. Donate at the Red Cross Blood Mobile, located outside the Food Court entrance on November 19th.
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 1:00 PM
Move Yo' Body! (Int./Adv. Workshop) w/Amy Lisewski
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – Move Yo' Body! Move The Audience (Intermediate/Advanced Workshop with Amy Lisewski of Finest City Improv!) Sunday, November 19th 1:00pm-4:00pm (3 hours) 104 Russell St, Hadley $45 You are "in the moment" and fully connected to your scene partners. You are watching each other like a hawk. Now, what else can you do to create engaging and exciting improvised theater? Your face and body are there for you, let's use them more! In this workshop you will start by learning some of the essential elements of movement and its application to improvisation in order to create better stage pictures, more interesting character behaviors, and more movement on stage. Own your entire body! Own that entire stage! Let the back row feel your all of your reactions and see your full character! Have you been standing or sitting around a lot? Let's get moving! By the end of the workshop, you will be creating more dynamic and visually interesting 1-person, 2-person, and group scenes by using your whole body, the whole stage (or theater), and heightening simple offers made by either yourself or your scene partners. PREREQUISITE: Completion of Zen of Improv 4 or the equivalent at another improv comedy school. ? About your teachers: Amy has a background in dance and creative movement that informs her work in acting and improv every time she takes the stage. She is known for big bold movements and fully embodying characters. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of Finest City Improv and the author of “Relax, We’re All Just Making This Stuff Up!”. She teaches the FCI Advanced Improv Conservatory and travels the country bringing the tenets and tools of improv to leaders and teams at various organizations. She performs with Killer Giraffe, Swim Team, and A Single Lady and is a member of the sketch group General Assembly. ?NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY AS TO STUDENTS The Happier Valley Comedy School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religious affiliation, age, ability, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. REGISTER HERE: http://www.happiervalley.com/move-yo-body.html ?
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 2:00 PM
Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana
Yiddish Book Center – Coming this Sunday at the Center: "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" The documentary, directed by Gabrielle Zilkha, is an exploration of the background and day-to-day lives of Jews living in Sefwi Wiawso, a district in Ghana. This film explores the importance of connections—as the Sefwi Jews reach out to others worldwide, and bears witness to their ongoing struggle for acceptance and growth. As she delves deeper into the Sefwi history, Zilkha also explores the wider question of what it means to be Jewish, consulting religious figures from Miami to Montreal as she wraps her head around her new, suddenly less isolated, community.
 
TOMORROW
    Sunday Nov 19 @ 4:00 PM
Flash! A Tea Dance for Women Presents: Evolve!
Gateway City Arts – Keeping it FRESH! More genres, more new, still old favorites. DJ Fequency returns to do a Magical Mix! Latin, Reggaetone, Hip Hop, Top 40, Studio 54 Classic favorites, Funk, and much more! We strive to keep all ages of women dancing! Sunday, Nov.19th 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m 21+ $5 cover A private party produced by Sally Brown for Women. We appreciate all input and continue to strive to keep all feet happy. Thank you all for helping get the word out and letting us know what you want.
 
UPCOMING
    Monday Nov 20 @ 9:00 PM
Private Viewing-Christmas Cookie Challenge Featuring Peter Gray!
Macaroni Kid Springfield – FAMILY & FRIENDS of Peter Gray are invited to a PRIVATE Viewing as Peter premieres his television episode on Food Network's Christmas Cookie Challenge! **Note, this is a limited PRIVATE viewing only for invited family, friends, and employees of Pete's Sweets* The episode viewing will take place on Monday, November 20th in a private room at Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow. Guests may arrive as early as 9PM so come early to mingle, order a cocktail, and nibble on some appetizers & desserts! The episode airs at 10:00PM EST. We are requesting that all guests bring at least ONE unwrapped toy or monetary contribution to be gathered under our Christmas Tree. Peter and Mrs. Claus will be collecting gifts over the next weeks to be distributed to our local Children's Hospitals. Be sure to follow @petessweets0 on social media to see the progression of the collection and for further updates on this momentous event!
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Nov 22 @ 12:00 PM
Clothing Drive benefit skate
Friends of the Homeless Inc. – Help the 'Friends of the Homeless' with a piece of cold weather clothing. Socks, hats, mittens, coats, sweaters or anything to help keep people warm. You can donate anytime you like, but if you come skating on Wednesday Nov 22nd you will get admission for half price. We will also be accepting monetary dontations to give with the clothing.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Nov 22 @ 1:00 PM
Community Thanksgiving Meal
Amherst Survival Center – Join us for the Center's annual Community Thanksgiving Meal at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, MA. All are welcome.
 
UPCOMING
    Wednesday Nov 22 @ 6:30 PM
Retro Reunion Event
Interskate South – All the rollerskating hits from 80's till today. Catch up with the old 'rink rat' crew. Or just get out and burn some calories before the big turkey day.