TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 5:30 PM
PVCA Family Night
Pioneer Valley Christian Academy – Family Fun Nights will be held on PVCA grounds this summer! Pack up your dinner and snacks, and meet up with your PVCA friends! Parent Support Fellowship will provide ice water and a frozen treat. We look forward to visiting with you this summer! Cancelled on rainy days. PVCA Families & Friends.
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:00 PM
When It's All Going To The Dogs: Estate Planning For Your Pet
Dakin Humane Society – Join us and presenter, Gina M. Barry - Attorney at Law, Bacon Wilson P.C. this month to learn about estate planning for your animals. Topics covered include: - Key final questions that should be answered to address your pet’s welfare and their future. - Choosing continued care and your final decisions regarding your pets. - How to include and structure your will to ensure care for your animals and their legal status in regards to your estate plan. - A discussion around Pet Trusts and special provisions to support and protect your beloved furry family member. - Necessary documents to include to protect your pets. Humans only please! Free and open to the public. The session is hosted by Dakin Humane Society at the Jones Library, Amherst - Woodbury Room. Light refreshments will be served. Limited Seating; Attendees must RSVP via eventbrite by July 25th. If you have additional questions, please contact Stacey Price, Director of Development and Marketing at sprice@dakinhumane.org or call 413-781-4000 ext. 121. This event is first come, first serve.
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Katherine First and Kitchen Party on the Porch
Florence Music on the Porch Series – Band Members Katherine First, fiddle/vocals Buddy Downey, guitar/vocals/whistle Jeff Hinrichs, bodhran/djembe/percussion/vocals Allen Belkin, banjo/mandolin/vocals Traditional Celtic music, old-time and bluegrass songs and a few surprises.
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 6:30 PM
Mystical Healing 101
Trinity Healing Sanctuary – Intro To Mystical Energy Healing! Are you looking for change in your life? Come experience the way energy works in your physical and emotional health. This informational 2 hour workshop will incorporate experiential and practical learning. See how energy impacts life's stress in your relationships, job and family life. Let the change begin with you and let us show you how! Call (413) 268-3181 to register. Space is limited to 10 people. Free of charge!
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:00 PM
Holly Bowling at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm.
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 - Jul 28 @ 7:00 PM
Circus of the Kids Performance at the J
Macaroni Kid Springfield – Circus of the Kids @ the J PUBLIC PERFORMANCES: Thursday, July 27, 7 pm Friday, July 28, 10:30 am & 2 pm For tickets, visit www.CircusOfTheKids.com or call 800.881.SHOW Watch Promo Video: https://youtu.be/f7X6RseEvbg Children from the Greater Springfield area are learning circus skills which will culminate with public performances at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson Street. Led by Bruce Pfeffer, who launched his idea of taking circus instruction and entertainment to schools and other venues in 1982… he’s been doing this every since! Circus of the Kids is a hard-core circus, where in a few days children learn skills such as trick rollerskating, triple trapeze, swinging trapeze, human jumprope, high wire (24” off the floor), mini trampoline, and building pyramids on a bicycle. This is a life-altering event in which parents have made comments such as “What our child did in a week is what parents aspire to do for their children in a lifetime.” On the road for 33 years, this summer Bruce and his team of 13 have traveled 5,500 miles through 10 cities in just 11 weeks. His staff come from the British Isles and the United States. There are eleven acts in the show this week at the Springfield JCC. Each spine-tingling, breath-taking show lasts 45 minutes - 1 hour.
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday Experiment #7
Gateway City Arts – Thursday Experiment #7 July 27 1 - Izikhotane (Hartford,CT) Performance poetry truth and sound 2 - Stephen Gaucci (Brooklyn, NY) Solo saxophone A master of strength, vibration and circular breathing. 3 - Open Jam Session - bring your instrument to play $5 suggested donation
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
An Evening with Holly Bowling at Iron Horse Music Hall
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – An Evening with Holly Bowling performing the music of Phish & the Gateful Dead reimagined for solo piano at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA! Date: Thursday, July 27th 2017 On-sale date is Friday, May 5th. hollybowling.com iheg.com/iron_horse_main.asp
 
TODAY
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 8:00 PM
Jen Tobey's Alter Ego / Pineapples / Hevvi Synthia
13th Floor Music Lounge – Jen Tobey's Alter-Ego Pineapples Hevvi Synthia
 
TOMORROW
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 9:00 PM
Gulow's 30th Birthday: Extinction A.D. / Goblet / The Humanoids / Uncomfortables
Promotorhead Entertainment – Extinction A.D. Goblet The Humanoids Uncomfortables
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
9th Annual Westfield State Alumni Association Retreat
Westfield State University – Annually, we bring the Westfield State Alumni Association and other interested alumni together to talk about strategic planning, event management, ways to outreach, communication and more. If you would like to be a part of this group and are looking for something fun to do on July 29, please join us for this 1 day retreat. We provide meals, supplies and housing (as needed) and you provide your ideas and passion for Westfield State. Hope you can join us!
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 9:00 AM
Saturday Vaccine & Microchip Clinic
Dakin Humane Society – In order to serve our clients better, our Vaccine & Microchip Clinics and now held every Saturday. When: Every Saturday from 9-10am The doors for the Vaccine and Microchip Clinic - at the front of the building - will open at 9am each Saturday. Please form a line at the door, as we will treat the first 40 pets (cats or dogs) each week. Exam fee applies to every animal $10 if pet is spayed/neutered (fixed) $25 if pet is not spayed/neutered (fixed) Vaccinations ($12/ea) Dogs: • Rabies • Distemper/Parvo • Bordetella Cats: • Rabies • Distemper/FVRCP Additional services: • Microchipping • Flea/tick treatments • Heartworm preventative • De-worming • Feline Leukemia/FIV test • Feline Leukemia vaccine More details available on our website: https://www.dakinhumane.org/vaccine-clinics-and-services.html Cash, debit or credit accepted. Vaccine services are provided by licensed veterinarians and are for healthy animals only. This clinic does not provide treatment for sick or injured animals. Please do not bring your pet to the clinic if he/she has a fever or is vomiting. www.dakinhumane.org
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Speak Your Truth Through Laughter Retreat
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – **This retreat is now sold out! Please get on the waitlist here, if you desire: http://www.happiervalley.com/wait-list-form.html ** HAPPILY SPONSORED BY GOOD STOCK FARM, RIVER VALLEY CO-OP & THE WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS ALLIANCE Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER A “Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality & Truth” Retreat With Pam Victor, President of Happier Valley Comedy Saturday, July 29, 10am-7pm 67 Conz St., Northampton, MA Regular Price: $175 (Includes a healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm and two complimentary tickets to the Speak Your Truth Show) Tired of being silenced by others and especially by your own inner critic? Ready to disregard the bullshit that’s holding you back? Want to get better at bravely standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind? Do you need more play in your life? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Saturday, July 29th! Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat is whole day and evening packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth. This retreat helps you learn and practice game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to stand up and speak your truth while trusting that You Are Enough. This THROUGH LAUGHTER retreat facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the retreat, you'll have opportunities for both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together! And let's do it all using the exclusive "F.U.C.K. I.T." approach to personal growth. Healthy lunch provided by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sandy D'Amato of Good Stock Farm! And that's not all… This retreat culminates in an improv show where the stories of some volunteer participants will serve as the inspiration for improvised scenes performed by professional improvisers from Happier Valley Comedy mainstage casts. Each retreat participant receives two complimentary tickets to the show to share with friends and family. This retreat is open to all who identify as women ages 21+. No improv (or other) experience necessary. About Your THROUGH LAUGHTER Facilitator: Pam Victor is the founder and president of Happier Valley Comedy where she runs the Through Laughter program and a multi-level improv comedy school as well as producing regular improv shows in Western Massachusetts. Pam is the author of “Baj and the Word Launcher: A Space-Aged Asperger Adventure in Communication” and, along with legendary improvisers TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi, co-author of “Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.” A graduate of Smith College with a Master’s in Education from Iona College, Pam has received improv training from iO Theater (Chicago), Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), ImprovBoston, and from Second City teachers. ?Pam is a nice person. She would like you. Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat Schedule of Fun & Learning: 10:00am-11:30am - Retreat Workshop, Part 1: Redefining & Disempowering Failure THROUGH LAUGHTER 11:30-11:45am - Break (Tea and snacks provided) 11:45am - 1:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 2: Courage & Clarity THROUGH LAUGHTER 1:30-2:30pm - Healthy lunch provided on site 2:30-5:30pm - Retreat Workshop, Part 3: Stand Up and Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER 5:30-6:00pm - Break, guests and audience arrive 6:00-7:00pm - Improv Show featuring Happier Valley Comedy Players inspired by stories told by select retreat volunteers 7:00pm - Hugs and farewells to your new friends "Pam's workshop fundamentally changed the way I think about improv (and life!). In just 2 days I went from overthinking, always judging myself (and sometimes others), and constantly planning my next move to being comfortable with the unknown and letting things happen and be discovered naturally. Pam's teaching style is calm, supportive and encouraging (without being over the top). She gave me permission to be myself, and then helped me realize that I didn't need that permission in the first place. I will remember these two days for a long, long time to come! -Vera Didur, San Diego, CA For more about the whole Personal Empowerment THROUGH LAUGHTER program: www.happiervalley.com. 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.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 6:00 PM
Speak Your Truth Comedy Show July 29
Happier Valley Comedy & The Ha-Ha's – On Saturday, July 29th, Happier Valley Comedy improvisers create comedy on the spot inspired by short stories told by the Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat participants. This special improv comedy show is open to all as a public celebration of the Retreat. ?? Audiences can look forward to an evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13 in this handicapped-accessible space. ? Tickets: $5 for public. Free for Retreat participants and their two guests. More info about the Speak Your Truth THROUGH LAUGHTER Retreat here: http://www.happiervalley.com/speak-your-truth-through-laughter.html. Saturday, July 29th at 6-7pm Special Location! Northampton Senior Center, Northampton, MA For more information about The Happier Valley Comedy Show, visit the show website at www.happiervalley.com. All-new shows every month! The Happier Valley Comedy Shows are on the SECOND SATURDAY of every month 8:00 - 10:00pm For more info, see www.happiervalley.com or email info@happiervalley.com.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 7:00 PM
Memphis Rock n Soul Revue w/ The Amy Black Band at Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 5:30pm. Join The Amy Black Band for a soulful evening of music originally recorded in Memphis by artists including Ann Peebles, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Bobby Blue Bland, O.V. Wright, Al Green, Otis Clay and others. Take a musical journey through time with songs recorded on the Hi Records, Stax Records and Sun Records labels, along with new original songs that capture the soul and grit of Memphis music. ABOUT AMY BLACK: Amy Black’s fourth solo release, “Memphis” (June 2017) was recorded in Memphis, TN with Scott Bomar, a grammy-nominated producer and leader of the band The Bo-Keys, at the helm. This powerful 10-song album includes seven originals and three classic covers, featuring three members of the Hi Rhythm section who played on Al Green's classics -- The Rev. Charles Hodges on the Hammond and piano, his brother Leroy “Flick” Hodges on bass, and Howard Grimes on drums, along with former Stax guitarist Bobby Manuel - all architects of the Memphis sound. Devising and creating the “Memphis” album was an obvious next step for Black on the heels of her third release, “The Muscle Shoals Sessions" (June 20015), a project of mostly Muscle Shoals classics, featuring the legendary keyboardist and “Swamper” Spooner Oldham. The album was recorded at the historic FAME Studios in Black's family homeland of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. With the “Muscle Shoals Sessions,” Black established her “true potential as a bluesy, R&B heavy hitter” according to Elmore Magazine. Blues in Britain wrote, “Black Is blessed with a deeply soulful voice that melds elements of Dusty Springfield, Mavis Staples and Alberta Hunter.” And Relix Magazine described her sound as, "a blend of sultry desire and ardent passion...that’s both tough and tender.” According to Black, “Recording in Muscle Shoals and doing 100+ shows where I sang some of the most soulful music that exists, brought something out in me I definitely didn't know was there. It developed me as an artist, helped me find my true sound and prepared me for the Memphis project. I've never been happier with the music I'm making and performing than I am right now.” With the album, “Memphis,” Black has made a powerful connection with her musical passion, a passion she and her band joyfully share with audiences in her live performance of A Memphis Music Revue.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 - Jul 30 @ 8:00 PM
Little Hustle (NYC) Amy Klein True Jacqueline Behold! True Belie
13th Floor Music Lounge
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 8:30 PM
Blind Pilot at Pearl Street Ballroom
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Doors at 8:00pm. Blind Pilot's 'And Then Like Lions' on ATO Records is the third LP from the Portland, Oregon-based sextet. The album was produced by Israel Nebeker and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket), and was written and composed by band frontman Nebeker. It comes five years after the band's well-received 'We Are the Tide' and three years after Nebeker thought he'd be starting the songs that would become the band's third album. Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Local Natives, Andrew Bird, and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle. Blind Pilot's six members recorded for this new album and will tour through 2017.
 
UPCOMING
    Saturday Jul 29 - Aug 2 @ 10:00 PM
Drum Major Academy
Alvirne High School Friends of Music – Exact times to be communicated to drum majors.
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jul 30 - Jul 31 @ 4:00 PM
Call for Artists - 2017 Juried Show
Gallery A3 – CALL FOR ARTISTS 4th Annual Juried Show August 3 to September 2, 2017 Juried by Eva Fierst, Education Curator University Museum of Contemporary Art Information on our website: http://gallerya3.com/CFA.html SUBMISSION DETAILS Deliver Work for Jurying: Sunday, July 30, 4-7:00 pm or Monday, July 31, 9-12:00 noon Jurying notification: Tuesday, August 1, 9:00 am Pick up unaccepted work: Tuesday, August 1, 4-7:00 pm or Wednesday, August 2, 9-12:00 noon Pick up work at end of show: Sunday, September 3, 9-12:00 noon Show Entry Fee: One entry $25; one additional $5 Cash or check only. Gallery sales commission: 25% No video, installations or art reproductions. Work must be ready for hanging and not exceed 26” in width. Gallery A3; 28 Amity Street; Amherst, MA Thursday-Sunday, 1-7:00 pm Coordinators: Rochelle Shicoff and Janet Walerstein Winston. Contact: gallerya3@gmail.com
 
UPCOMING
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 7:00 PM
Chely Wright at The Iron Horse
Iron Horse Entertainment/IHEG – Chely Wright is an American country music singer with a long career that keeps on giving. From her debut album in 1994, (for which the Academy of Country Music (ACM) would name her Top New Female Vocalist), to her newest album (in which Wright "finally realizes all those dreams of making music that comes from her deepest soul."), Cheryl has released seven studio albums on various labels, and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts.Yet, throughout all this success, it was not until 2007 that Cheryl would come out to her fans as a lesbian. Scared that she would not be accepted by the country music community, she has overcome the perils of publicly being gay as a musician. Clearly, Cheryl Wright has come out on top, and her new music describes her unique musical journey as honestly as her listeners could hope for. "Wright has arrived, and we are among the lucky beneficiaries."