TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 11:00 AM
Music Time with Liam Hurley
Macaroni Kid Springfield – End February Vacation on the right note! Join us for Music Time with Liam Hurley at the Holyoke Hummus Cafe. We also have piles of board games and art supplies! Stay for lunch! Liam Hurley is proud to make the Pioneer Valley his new home after many years in NYC. He is one half of the popular kids' music duo The Big Littles and the former drummer for Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band. Come join us for an energetic show filled with drums, ukulele, puppets, and comedy as Mr. Liam plays old favorites and silly parodies!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 11:00 AM
BCT presents "Cinderella"
Berkshire Museum – Berkshire Children's Theater presents the classic fairytale "Cinderella". This is an original musical version of the favorite children's fable about a young girl who, with the help of her Fairy Godmother, her adorable animal friends and her own good and kind heart becomes a Princess and finds her dreams come true. Suitable for all ages . For ticket information call The Berkshire Museum at 413 443-7171
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 4:00 PM
Winter Festival cARTboard Competition
Gateway City Arts – The Winter Festival is a four day community focused event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA filled with music, art, food, drinks, and winter fun. The C’ARTboard Competition is in partnership with the Holyoke Department of Public Works; a display of cardboard artwork created by local students, artists, or inspired individuals from Holyoke and the surrounding towns. We would love you to participate and show off your artistic talents! Awards will be in 4 categories: Adult Individual, Teen or Child Individual, Family, and Random Group. All skill levels and ages are welcome! TO APPLY PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER TO: rachel@gatewaycityarts.com or cait@gatewaycityarts.com
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Night at Your Museum 2018
Smith College Museum of Art – Free and open to Smith students & their guests only ...................................................................................... Museum of Art | Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center atrium 7–10 PM Go Big. Go Bold. Push your creative limits with provocative art and flavor-bending desserts at SCMA’s biggest party of the year. Highlights include: • Music DJ’d by TEDDY • Special mocktails, appetizers & desserts by Smith Catering • Polaroid pictures • Tattoo Lounge • Collaborative art-making • Special exhibition: ? Modern Images of the Body from East Asia • Museum Shop OPEN Share your experience online with #NAYM--and don’t miss the winning student-designed Snapchat filter at the event! ...................................................................................... Let us know you're interested and check back in the coming weeks for updates!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Lip Sync 2018
Gateway City Arts – The third Annual Holyoke Lip Sync Contest! Part of the 2018 Winter Festival. Unleash your inner Rock or Pop star and join the fun. Groups or individuals welcome.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 26 @ 7:00 PM
Oscar-Nominated Shorts: Live Action
Berkshire Museum – For the 13th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-Nominated Short Films. With all three categories offered – Animated, Live Action and Documentary – this is your annual chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar pool)! A perennial hit with audiences around the country (and now the world), don’t miss this year’s selection of shorts. DeKalb Elementary – Reed Van Dyk, USA, 20 minutes The Silent Child – Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton, UK, 20 minutes My Nephew Emmett – Kevin Wilson, Jr., USA, 20 minutes The Eleven O’Clock – Derin Seale and Josh Lawson, Australia, 13 minutes Watu Wote/All of Us – Katja Benrath and Tobias Rosen, Germany, 22 minutes Estimated running time 1 hr., 39 min., rated R (violence and some language) TICKETS: $7.50, Museum members $5
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 7:00 PM
Legends Live On: Allman, Pitchell, King, and Vaughan
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Jeff Pitchell, singer/songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, was invited last year to perform with the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater. Blending Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and Jimi Hendrix with his own soulful chops, Jeff has won many National & International awards. Michael Allman, son of Gregg Allman, not only looks and sounds like his father, but he is an original songwriter who performs many of the Allman Brothers greatest hits Tyrone Vaughan, son of Jimmie and nephew of Stevie Ray Vaughan, delivers spine tingling renditions of his uncle's best-known songs Claudette King is the youngest daughter of iconic blues master B. B. King and was mentored by Aretha Franklin & Etta James.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM
Mind-Body Healing
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – Experience the transforming and healing power of mind-body practices. Whether you suffer from stress pain or trauma, or work with people who do, this program can empower you with tools that reveal the potential of mindfulness to heal the body. Leading neuroscientist and educator Dr. Debbie Olin Norris teaches the essential active ingredients of mind-body healing, bringing you right to the heart of the practice. Mind-body practices have proven safer and more effective for pain relief than other medical practices and have been embraced by the Western healthcare system. Embark on a transformative journey of healing as you: * Learn techniques that relieve pain, soothe trauma, and help you rediscover the joys of living * Explore the scientific basis for why body-mind therapies are the new medical standard of care * Discover tools to take home with you that simplify and guide your personal practice. Find out how to create a safe space for yourself and others to release pain and find a path to healing.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM
Dare to Be Happy
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – For everyone. CE credits. Are you ready for a powerful change in your life? Positive Psychology addresses important questions about how you live your life, find happiness and satisfaction, and deal with life’s challenges. Firmly rooted in contemporary research, this approach is a springboard for the exploration of hope, resilience, gratitude, the physical and mental benefits of positive emotions, and the relationship between happiness and success in love and work. This program with Dan Tomasulo uses lecture, demonstration, videos, and psychodramatic role-play to help you * Identify and employ the impact of gratitude and kindness on physical and psychological well-being * Explore several positive interventions and develop a plan for increasing the volume and strength of your positive thoughts * Nurture positive characteristics in others while strengthening those features in yourself. Come together with like-minded individuals to learn well-researched and proven techniques that can bring positive change to everyday life for a more soulful approach to living.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Mar 4 @ 7:30 PM
650-Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification, Module 2
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – The Kripalu Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification is for those who want to practice Ayurveda professionally. Through in-depth study, this training prepares you to provide Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations and holistic therapies. In this second module of four, we look into the pathways, causes, and stages of disease, and explore the ancient practice of pulse taking to identify doshic imbalance. You also begin to learn how to work with clients through facilitated consultations and group presentations. Presenters: Jyothi Bhatt, John Douillard, and Margrit Mikulis, ND Find out more about Kripalu School of Ayurveda: https://kripalu.org/schools/kripalu-school-ayurveda
 
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    Friday Feb 23 - Mar 2 @ 7:30 PM
Yoga Tune Up Teacher Training, Level 1
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – For movement educators in yoga, Pilates, group fitness, personal training, manual therapy, or clinical practice. Yoga Tune Up® is a potent style of movement education that strikes a balance between yoga, fitness, and rehab, attracting students of all ages and body types. It breaks down the nuts and bolts of human movement by using a yogic lens of awareness, conscious relaxation, and proper breathing techniques. Yoga Tune Up helps students develop anatomical fluency and an embodied understanding of their own structure. Join Dinneen Viggiano and discover a fresh approach to asana, going beyond formulaic instruction in order to think and teach more creatively. Inspire your students to define and create a “path of purpose” and unlock their greatest potential.
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM
Freestyle Meditation: Finding Your Own Way
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – For all levels. Meditation is a vast tradition encompassing many different styles, techniques, and intentions. If you want your meditation practice to be efficient and effective, it needs to fit your individual nature and lifestyle. Freestyle Meditation begins by asking the question, “Why do you want to meditate?” and helps you cultivate a practice that supports your aim. Join Steven Leonard and learn a customized system of meditation you can use for the rest of your life. In a weekend retreat that blends instruction, practice, and conversation, you learn to welcome your senses and instincts and trust your ability to find your own way. Explore simple principles and practices that leave you feeling balanced, refreshed, and in the natural flow of life. #meditation #freestylemeditation
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM
The Art of Reiki: Reiki 1
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health – Expand your healing abilities as you explore how Reiki can reduce stress, relieve pain, balance emotions, and facilitate personal healing and spiritual growth. Join Reiki Master Reiki Master Libby Barnett, MSW, a gifted and knowledgeable teacher with more than 37 years experience blending Reiki with conventional medicine. Based on the understanding that all conditions of imbalance are rooted in the human energy field, Reiki addresses underlying energetic patterns to create wellness and reconnect you with your ability to heal yourself, others, and animals. Many health care facilities are now utilizing Reiki to help staff manage stress and to soothe and comfort patients. In Reiki 1, you wil: - Explore the applications of Reiki through slide shows and discussion - Receive attunements to empower yourself as a conduit for channeling life-force energy - Practice Reiki on yourself and others. Note A certificate will be issued upon completion, along with a Reiki pin and Reiki 1 notebook. #reiki #energyhealing
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 8:00 PM
Hartman / Smith
13th Floor Music Lounge – Covers ranging from Hip hop, Reggae to classic rock
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 10:00 AM
Black Holyoke Uncovered: Archival Leads Collection Session
Wistariahurst Museum – Do you have documents or memories pertaining to the black community in Holyoke? We’re interested in any leads on names of individuals, collections of materials, documents, photographs, letters, diaries and personal memories. On this day we will be here to take notes, scan documents, and listen to your ideas and memories. With initial funding from Mass Humanities, Wistariahurst has embarked upon a community history project in conjunction with scholar Erika Slocumb titled Black Holyoke: Uncovering the History of the Black Community in the Paper City. The purpose of this project is to uncover the stories of the black community in Holyoke, from the time the area was settled in 18th Century to the present. We will work to uncover the problems, the joys, the pain, and the struggles black people in Holyoke faced in their daily lives. At this, our first, collection day we are particularly interested in documents, records, memories, and photographs pertaining to the following: * Specific families or notable individuals in Holyoke * Black-owned businesses in Holyoke * Housing/neighborhoods (information pertaining to what parts of Holyoke were significant to the Black communities here) * Education (especially information related to elementary and middle schools) * Health * Labor (unions and other worker organizations) * Community organizations (the Monarch Club, NAACP, Urban League, YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, etc.) * Community and school sports teams (boxing, baseball leagues, etc) Since December of 2017, Slocumb, along with a team of Wistariahurst volunteers and interns, has been researching and indexing existing content in our archives related to Black Holyoke thanks to a Research Inventory Grant from Mass Humanities. As we secure a better understanding of the material which already exists in our local repositories, we are now embarking upon a call to community members to add their own knowledge and material to that historical record. This project is being headed up by Erika Slocumb, a native of Springfield, MA. She is a mother, an artist, scholar, community organizer, world traveler and an advocate for social justice. She is the co-founder of the community organization the Western Mass Women’s Collective and continues to do work in the Western Mass area. She has received her B.A. in Social Justice Education, a MS in Labor Studies, and is currently working toward her PhD in African American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 11:30 AM
Western Mass Action Forum
Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts – The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund is hosting Action Forums like this across the state to energize and bring our supporters together, share our game plan for 2018, and map out a vision to make real change. We’ll be hosting our Western Mass Action Forum on February 24th, and we’d love to see you there! RSVP here: http://bit.ly/ACTWesternMass
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM
Chili and Baking Cook Off at Winter Festival
Gateway City Arts – The Winter Festival is a four day community focused event at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, MA filled with music, art, food, drinks, and winter fun. The chili cook off, cookie baking competition, and cake decorating contest will take place on Saturday, February 24th at 1pm. Winners will be announced at the Prize Ceremony on Saturday at 3pm. GUIDELINES BELOW Chili Cook Off 1. MAKING THE CHILI / DAY OF a. Chili must be cooked at home and ready to eat by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. b. You must bring it in a slow cooker or heated pan. Please bring an extension cord. GCA can provide any other electrical accessories needed. c. You must provide your own sample cups and bring upwards of 500. You can find them at Walmart: walmart.com/ip/SOLO­Cup­Company­1­Oz­Paper­Portion­Cups­250­count/4774 22786 d. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the chili they think is the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary view of your chili. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or cooking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting. Cake Decorating Competition 1. MAKING THE CAKES / DAY OF a. All cakes must be baked and decorated at home and ready to be shown by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the cookes they think are the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary and baking expertise. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or baking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You may cut up your cake and hand out samples if you choose. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. b. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting. Cookie Baking Competition 1. MAKING THE COOKIES / DAY OF a. All cookies must be baked at home and ready to eat by 1pm on Saturday February 24th. b. You must bring enough samples for upwards of 500 people. This can mean baking 500 cookies or simply cutting each cookie into smaller pieces. c. YOU MUST BRING THE RECIPE WITH YOU. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, you must bring the recipe with you and have it posted at your station. 2. THE COMPETITION a. There are two different categories and 6 different prizes. The prize ceremony will begin at 3pm. i. Public Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd ii. Culinary Vote: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd b. The public will vote by placing stickers or tickets by the cookes they think are the best. The winners will receive ribbons. c. The judges will vote based off of their culinary and baking expertise. The winners will receive prizes such as gift cards or baking tools. 3. AFTER THE COMPETITION a. You are expected to clean up your station and bring all of your equipment home with you. Please clean up any spills that may have occurred during the tasting.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 - Mar 24 @ 1:00 PM
Relax & Renew Mini Retreat
Granby Yoga Studio – Heal your mind, body and spirit... One hour of healing, relaxing restorative yoga A light vegetarian lunch 20 minute massage Create and take home your own mandala Close with a calming meditation Leave feeling relaxed and renewed! Sign up with a friend...space is limited Call Kathy at 860-965-3886 with any questions
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:00 PM
Family Day! Fantasy Characters & New Worlds
Norman Rockwell Museum – Explore our current exhibition, Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi with curator Jesse Kowalski (1:30 p.m.) and draw characters and settings inspired by the art on view and your imagination with illustrator/educator Patrick O’Donnell. Free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission. Children free to age 18.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:30 PM
Pop Up Dance with UMass Amherst
Berkshire Museum – UMass Amherst’s Dance Education crew comes to join the play at the Berkshire Museum’s Ten Days of Play! Dancers will perform with the big blue blocks of Imagination Playground and invite the audience to join in during this unique, interactive performance. Included with regular Museum admission: $13 adult, $6 child, free for Museum members, children ages 3 and under, and EBT cardholders. This event is part of Ten Days of Play 2018.