Thursday Feb 22 @ 11:00 AM
Children's Sing-A-Long
Annie's Book Stop in Worcester, Massachusetts – Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester invites you to our Children's Sing-A-Long! From 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, on Thursday, February 22, we’ll be singing a variety of songs for children of all ages and parents. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 12:00 PM
Realtor Tech Tips: Technology to Improve your Business
Realtor Association of Central Massachusetts – Learn the many ways you can implement technology within your business to make a more profitable and productive year! Also learn: - Real Estate Agents Best Marketing Practices - Real Estate Agents Mastermind Classes - Video Marketing Techniques - Various Texting Applications You Can Implement in Your Business - Various Training Tools to Increase Success
    Thursday Feb 22 - Feb 23 @ 4:00 PM
Oliver Herring Talk + TASK Party
UMass Department of Art – Artist Oliver Herring to visit UMass Amherst Feb 22 and 23 ! The UMass Department of Art is thrilled to announce upcoming artist talk and TASK party by internationally renowned artist Oliver Herring. TASK is an art party like no other in which participants of all ages dream up instructions for one another and carry them out with the materials provided. Among his many accolades, Oliver’s work was featured in Season 3 of PBS's Art21: Art in the 21st Century. This is a unique chance to interface with a fascinating and highly regarded contemporary artist. Both events are free and open to the public. The TASK Party is kid friendly and fun for the whole family (of Five), food and drinks available. All are welcome for both exciting events, happening across two days in the Atrium of the new UMass Amherst Design Building. Event Schedule: Artist Talk: Thurs Feb 22, 4PM, UMass Design Building Atrium TASK Party: Fri Feb 23, 4PM to 7PM, UMass Design Bldg Atrium #UMassTASK: all ages - kid friendly - all are welcome - free - food + drinks ! Oliver Herring (b. 1964, Heidelberg, Germany) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2002 he created the improvisatory art event TASK, used in classrooms and communities to access contemporary art in a way that is experimental, open-ended, and accessible to anyone. Among Herring’s early works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing, and furniture. These ethereal sculptures, which evoke introspection, mortality, and memory, are Herring’s homage to Ethyl Eichelberger, a drag performance artist who committed suicide in 1991. Since 1998, Herring has created stop-motion videos and participatory performances with “off the street” strangers. He makes sets for his videos and performances with minimal means and materials, recycling elements from one artwork to the next. Herring's work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, NY; the Whitney Museum of Art, NY; the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Camden Art Center, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto, Japan; and Telescope project space, Beijing, China. Me Us Them, a fifteen year survey of Herring's work, was organized in 2009 at the Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY. TASK has taken place all over the United States and beyond including in classrooms, museums, libraries and even a cornfield. Herring was featured on Season 3 of PBS’s program Art21: Art in the 21st Century. Oliver Herring - TASK - More on TASK -
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:00 PM
Murph's Irish Ale Release Party
Iron Duke Brewing – Iron Duke and the Springfield St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee have joined forces this St. Patrick's Day Season! Come out to Iron Duke for the release party of Murph's Irish Ale and kick off the season! Music,beer and cheer! See you there!
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 5:30 PM
Christian Family Skate
Interskate South – Skating, fun and games. Christian music will be played. Great night out for the family.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Paint Your Pet - Single Portrait OR Multi Pet!
Worcester Animal Rescue League – Join us for our popular and easy way to benefit the Worcester Animal Rescue League. You can choose the single pet portrait OR a “multi pet” scene—both are done on an 8x10 canvas in acrylic paint. FOR PORTRAITS: You’ll do a stylized painting of the pet’s head, along with its name. (One portrait per person.) Artist Jen Niles will sketch the head in pencil on the canvas for you! You can get right down to the painting. Your background can be plain OR you can have some fun with painted texture or mixed media embellishments. Send a good, front-facing “head shot” of your pet. FOR MULTIPLE PETS: On an 8x10 canvas, you can choose to paint multiple pets. When you paint more than one, the pets’ full body is drawn and you will paint in a very simplified, almost caricature style—not detailed. This is very easy and relaxing. Send a selection of photos that show the animals’ whole body in different poses. These classes usually fill up fast. To register: —EMAIL Jen at —SUBJECT LINE: WARL Feb. 22 —PROVIDE: full name(s) of all participants (and their emails if possible), plus one contact phone number “just in case.” —PET PHOTO DEADLINE: Email to Jen by February 16 IMPORTANT/PLEASE READ: Clicking the “Going” button on the Facebook event is a great way to drum up excitement, but it will not reserve your spot. **All questions and registrations must be done by email.** The cost is $35 (exact change / cash is strongly preferred for speedy check-in, paid the night of the event) and this class can accommodate only 8 people, so sign up ASAP.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:00 PM
Pajama Party at WCM
Wilbraham Children's Museum – Join us on Thursday during school vacation for a very special Pajama Party! $2 per child for members OR a donation for the museum for paper goods (tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.) and we are in need of large trash bags and glue sticks! *This is a members only event* If you would love to receive our member perks for your family, new members will receive a discounted rate for the remainder of our calendar year.
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 6:30 PM
Hunger Forum with Congressman Jim McGovern
LifePath – Join us for a panel discussion to bring awareness to food insecurity in Franklin County. Hear from Congressman Jim McGovern about his work to fight hunger on a federal level as well local leaders that are working every day, right here, to ensure food equality for all. This discussion is for and open to the community, we want to hear from you. Hear about the proactive work being done from the Community Meals Program, The Coalition to End Hunger, Lifepath and Center for Self Reliance Food Pantries. Panelists include: Congressman Jim McGovern Andrea Leibson - Executive Director, Franklin County Community Meals Program Justin Costa - Program Coordinator - Center for Self Reliance Food Pantries/ Franklin County Hunger Task Force Roseann Martoccia - Executive Director - Lifepath (Meals on Wheels Program) Monte Belmonte - WRSI, Coalition to End Hunger, President of the Shea Theater and leader of Monte's March. Moderated by Shannon Prescott of the Franklin County Young Professionals. The Franklin County Young Professionals support the United Way of Franklin County in promoting Health to all. Good health starts with good nutrition. After the panel, join us for a cash bar provided by the Shea Theater and continue the conversation! Find ways to volunteer, donate, and other ways to get involved. Organizations are always looking for board members. We will see you there!
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:00 PM
Dinner & Dialogue: Black and Legal in the Justice System
Renaissance Events – There will be a keynote on the impact of Blacks in the Criminal Justice System. Not just those whose lives were negatively impacted, but also those who make a living working within the system (i.e. judges, attorneys, probation officers, parole officers, etc) There are always 2 Sides to every story... so this time we will indeed to make an honest attempt to hear both sides and allow you to make informed decisions on how you view/perceive the American Justice System. Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7pm American International College ... 1000 State St in Springfield MA Campus Center Auditorium Free and open to the public
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 7:30 PM
The Message
UMass Fine Arts Center – The Message is truly an all-star band. Its six members, Donald Harrison (alto saxophone), Billy Pierce, (tenor and soprano saxophones) Brian Lynch (trumpet), Zaccai Curtis (piano), Carl Allen (drums), and Essiet Essiet (bass), collectively have decades’ worth of experience delivering top-tier jazz performances live and on recordings. Four of the six members of The Message are alumni of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the iconic jazz band that played in various iterations from the fifties to 1990. All come together to revisit the Messengers’ swingin’, hard-bop tradition, with a focus on arrangements of Jazz Messenger pieces by such esteemed composers as Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, but also always playing original compositions that respect the band’s roots. Taken altogether, The Message’s musical message is one that only gets better with age. Pre-show talk in Bowker Auditorium with Tom Reney from New England Public Radio at 6:30 pm Ticket Prices: $35, $25 Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10 Purchase tickets online or by calling 413-545-2511
    Thursday Feb 22 @ 8:00 PM
Best Not Broken at Gardner Ale House!
Gardner Ale House – Back at one of the best hidden gems in the Mass area! Beer brewed on-site with music played right along with it!
    Friday Feb 23 - Nov 28 @ 10:00 AM
Realtors Property Resource Training
Realtor Association of Central Massachusetts – REALTORS® across the country are enhancing their business by using the REALTORS® Property Resource's extensive database In this introductory class, you'll learn how top agents use RPR as their all-in-one data and information source to build their business and impress clients.
    Friday Feb 23 - Nov 28 @ 12:30 PM
Code of Ethics Training
Realtor Association of Central Massachusetts – The National Association of Realtors requires all Realtor members to complete a Realtor Code of Ethics course during the four year period that ended December 31, 2016. The current cycle, as amended by the NAR Board of Directors, now runs for two years from January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018.
    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! 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):
    Friday Feb 23 - Feb 24 @ 8:00 PM
Moon Hill Brewing Co. Tap Takeover at The Acadien Social Club
Gardner Ale House – Moon Hill Brewing Co. takes over four taps at The Acadien Social Club beginning at 8:00 PM on Friday, February 23rd! Live Music 90s Rock Music with Mike Martin beginning at 8:00 PM Here's the beers: Bouctouche Blonde (Belgian Blonde) Candy Mountain Charlie (Sour) Pufnstuf (American IPA) Social Relevance #2 (Kolsch) Free Admission Open to the Public
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 1:30 AM
Saturday Showcase: Dot Grid Journaling
CC Lowell
    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:
    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:
    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:
    Saturday Feb 24 @ 3:00 PM
Free Board Game Demo - Sat. Feb. 24th
That's Entertainment – Join us for another Free board game demo on Saturday, February 24th, 3pm-7pm! You won't believe what's beyond the world of Monopoly and Chutes and ladders... There are hundreds of new board games being made each year. For this demo, we will be teaching up to 6 games. Try something new! We will have snacks and a free raffle! Enter our raffle for a chance to win a free board game! All ages are welcome to attend. Bring a friend or two! Here are the games we will be teaching: - Stuffed Fables (With Phil Thurlow) - Jaipur (With Sorana or Doug) -Small World (With Sorana or Doug) - When I Dream (With Sorana or Doug) - HeroClix (With Tim Brennan) - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong (With Ruben)