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 @ 4:00 PM
Dog & Cat Adoption Event
Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut – Look at all of the sweet faces looking for a home! Come meet our adoptable animals at Petsmart in Manchester on Friday 2/23 from 4 to 7 and Saturday 2/24 from 11 to 2. Apply to adopt and view all of our available pets at www.packleadersrescue.com
 
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 @ 4:30 PM
Family Paint Night!
Mansfield Community Center - Mansfield/Storrs, CT – Bring your family or friends and paint together at the Mansfield Community Center's family-friendly Paint Nights. We will use acrylic paint, so dress for a mess! Each participant will take home a 16x20 painted canvas and learn about a famous artist while creating a painting inspired by their art. Pricing information and registration available in person, or online. Space is limited, so register soon!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 6:00 PM
Greek Shabbat Dinner
Chabad Chevra – Sponsored by all our brothers and sisters in Greek Life; ???, ?G, ??, F?, S??, ???, ?SF, ?SF, S??, S?, T? and F?S Dinner 6:00p / Optional Services 5:30p A Friday night dinner... Greek theme, Greek food... Low on ritual, high on fun :-) With so many Jewish students involved in Greek life, a great opportunity to get together and show solidarity! Don't have to be Jewish... ALL WELCOME!
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 6:30 PM
unFRAMED - The Stage Play
Renaissance Events – unFRAMED is coming to Springfield MA!!!! After a successful two-year Off-Broadway run in 2011-2012, Iyaba’s one man play “unFRAMED”, originally directed by Brent Buell, returned for its second six week run to sold out audiences at the Elektra Theatre in New York Spring 2017 and was selected to participate in the Harlem Arts Festival in June 2017! unFRAMED Meet Iyaba formerly Kenny Athel George DeCruise, painter, poet, husband, father, son and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of eleven, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father. Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from “Mommy Me No Wan Go Merrica”- a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land-to his powerful political poetry that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America. Throughout the play Iyaba shares his rage, determination, and hope while he paints his self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time. (BRIEF NUDITY) Tickets for this one night event are currently on sale! Reserve your ticket today!!! Email us directly at iyabarts@gmail.com! Takes Place at American International College in the Campus Center Auditorium (CCA) 1000 State Street Springfield MA Tickets are $20.00 for non-AIC Students AIC Students - Free Admission Tickets available at: Erica's Hall of Fame Kitchen - 660 State St - Spfld Ethic's Beauty Supply - 1142 State St - Spfld Something to Talk About Boutique - 1500 Main St - Spfld or online via paypal (click link): https://goo.gl/VYeg39
 
TODAY
    Friday Feb 23 @ 6:30 PM
Paint Your Pet - FULL
Wood Memorial Library & Museum – This program is FULL. We will offer more programs like this in the future! Come join us for Paint your Pet Paint Night, step-by-step instruction by resident professional artist Rebecca Maloney and all materials included, apron and 11 x 14 canvas! Bring a friend and sip on your favorite beverage. The program registration fee for this event is $55. RESERVATION REQUIRED by February 19th!! – Class is (non-refundable for those that do not cancel within 48 hours or no-show) *Pre-pay required before event date to hold spot! *After you register, please email a high quality photo of your pet to Rebeccamaloneyart@gmail.com *One pet/animal per photo, in good natural lighting please!
 
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 @ 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 @ 7:00 PM
Lion King
Sonny's Place – Our last movie night of the season! Invite your friends and family to see Disney's classic "The Lion King!" And bring your sweet tooth, there's candy for sale!
 
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 @ 9:00 AM
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Macaroni Kid Springfield – Springfield College is excited to host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, Feb.24. On that day, girls in grades K through 6 are invited to attend clinics at Springfield College where they will participate in several sports and activities, including gymnastics, field hockey, soccer, tennis and track and field. The clinics, which are free of charge, will be held in campus facilities. Register Online Today: http://springfieldcollegepride.com/general/2017-18/releases/20180124ksr7dv
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 9:30 AM
Book Fair Extraordinaire Fundraiser!
Wilbraham Children's Museum – Come support the Museum and help us earn both books and cash for the museum! Member and playgroup leader Becky Quinn is all about supporting early literacy and she will be hosting a book fair online and also in person on Saturday Feb 24th at the Museum from 9:30am-11:30am with free story times throughout the morning! This book fair features Usborne Books and with each purchase books will be donated to be donated to the museum for our children...and Becky is donating her commission to the museum as well!! We are so excited to partner with her and we know you will love the books the offer. For more info on the event or to shop check out this link: https://issuu.com/bquinnubam/docs/wilbraham_children_s_museum_fundrai
 
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 @ 10:00 AM
TMA Campus Tour
Talcott Mountain Science Center & Academy – Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is Connecticut's premier independent school for gifts and talented students K-8. What makes Talcott Mountain Academy unique? JOIN US FOR A TMA CAMPUS TOUR @ 10am ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, AND FIND OUT!* Located on a unique mountaintop site in Avon, Connecticut, Talcott Mountain Academy (TMA) is a co-educational, independent day school for students in grades K-8. Since 1983, TMA has offered an exciting, multi-faceted and integrated curriculum which is dedicated to preparing intellectually excited young people for a full and productive life in a technologically-oriented world. Our diverse student body is racially and culturally mixed, and the ratio of students to teachers is less than 8:1. During your visit, parents will tour the TMA campus and meet with administrators, while students will enjoy a hands-on learning activity with one of our educators. Experience the TMA difference first hand. Sign up to join us for our next Campus Tour on Saturday, February 24 @ 10am!* RSVPs required. Submit the form below to register online or call 860.677.0035. *Can't make it to this campus tour? Contact us to arrange a private tour that fits with your schedule.
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 11:00 AM
Dog & Cat Adoption Event
Pack Leaders Rescue of Connecticut – Look at all of the sweet faces looking for a home! Come meet our adoptable animals at Petsmart in Manchester on Saturday 2/24 from 11 to 2. Apply to adopt and view all of our available pets at www.packleadersrescue.com
 
TOMORROW
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 11:00 AM
Plastic by Puzzle Theatre
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry – As part of its 2018 Spring Puppet Performance Series, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut will present a special international performance of Plastic by Montreal's Puzzle Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ballard Institute Theater, located at 1 Royce Circle in Storrs Center. What is more surprising than a plastic-bag world, where funny and colorful creatures are born and transform themselves as much as they like? In Puzzle Theatre's Plastic, plastic bags fill themselves, empty themselves, fly, eat each other, are bored—in other words, they exist! Step by step they reveal their nature: they are primitive, naïve, and funny, and they resemble us a little bit... maybe… Remaining faithful to their artistic roots, Puzzle Theatre offers an original, multicolored performance with unusual puppets created on the spot with plastic bags, filled humor and unexpected situations. The show, created and performed by Pavla Mano and Csaba Raduly with music by Petya Nedeva, is 40 minutes long and recommended for ages 5+. Created in Bulgaria in 1996, and based in Montreal since 2004, Puzzle Theatre has developed a unique style that mixes various genres. Combining objects, puppets and actors, Puzzle Theatre works with a colorful amalgam of styles and widely diverse means of expression. The company includes artistic director Pavla Mano; actor and creator Csaba Raduly; and set and costume designer Ivan Stavrev. Ticket Prices: Adults: $12; Members/Seniors $10; Students: $8; Kids: $6 (12 years and under). Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, by calling 860-486-8580, or online at bimp.ticketleap.com. A surcharge will be added to any purchases made online. Tickets may also be purchased at the Ballard Institute on the day of performance starting at 10 a.m. There will be open seating and no reservations. Visitors can park in the Storrs Center Garage located at 33 Royce Circle. Parking in the Storrs Center Garage is free for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, with a daily maximum charge of $8. For more information about these performances, visit bimp.uconn.edu or call 860-486-8580.
 
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.