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One-Of-A-Kind Argentine Art Experience Comes to Downtown Springfield


Art for the Soul Gallery has opened their exciting NEW art experience at Tower Square!


You have been reading the “coming soon” articles, and now the Tango: Contemporary Art of Argentina exhibit is open and ready for the public!  The Deputy Consul of Argentina, NYC, has joined forces with Art for the Soul Gallery at Tower Square to bring this wonderfully artistic touch of Argentina to the Pioneer Valley! The quality of this special cultural art exhibit is said to be unlike any other experienced in Western MA.


The exhibit runs thru September 30, and features the artwork from artists which were recently on display at the International Expo, as well as the US Consulate of Argentina in New York City.   The work represents an array of media from unique colored glass pieces, sculptures and wood carvings, oil paintings, photography, and visual art installations. 


To further augment this “Argentine Experience,” Art for the Soul Gallery is taking this exhibit beyond the visual, and incorporating cultural events that will bring the flavors of Argentina to the pallet, the history of Argentina to the mind, the music of Argentina to the ears, and the dance of Argentina to the touch!  Along with Food & Wine Tastings, Musical Performances, Lectures and Films…Tango Demonstrations and Lessons will also be ongoing throughout the duration of this unique exhibit. 


In keeping with Art for the Soul Gallery’s mission, to feature artists of diverse cultures and backgrounds, it is the vivaciousness and diversity of Argentina’s culture that attracted Executive Director Tracy Woods and Artistic Director Billy Myers to choose Argentina for the gallery’s next big show.


They say you haven’t experienced Argentina until you’ve danced the Tango….so Tango Classes are being offered every Tuesday thru August 23rd (see ad for details).  Also watch for details regarding a special Meet & Greet with the Deputy Consul of Argentina, NYC, being planned for some time this month. 


Art for the Soul Gallery is FREE and open to the public.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm. Saturday noon – 3 pm.   For additional information and schedule of events, please contact the gallery at 413-301-6314 or visit the website at


Beer Garden Wednesdays Extended Due to Popular Demand!



Last month’s Beer Garden Wednesdays were so popular that organizers have decided to extend the weekly event beyond its mid-August end date to next month, with the final Beer Garden of the season being held on September 14th at Tower Square Park.


Beer Garden Wednesdays, presented by Northwestern Mutual and the Springfield Business Improvement District, started last month rotating each week between three Main Street venues (One Financial Plaza, Tower Square Park and The Marketplace) every Wednesday from 4-8pm. 


Designed to get office workers out of their buildings, and to generate positive energy in downtown Springfield, the event includes live music, food, games and locally produced beer from White Lion Brewing Company.  Each week as word has spread the event has gained momentum with an estimated 200 people attending.


Here are the dates and venues for the remaining Beer Garden Wednesdays:

·         August 3…….Tower Square Park (corner of Main & Bridge)

·         August 10…..The Marketplace (1341 Main)

·         August 17…..One Financial Plaza (1350 Main)

·         August 24……Tower Square Park

·         September 7….One Financial Plaza

·         September 14….Tower Square Park


For more on Beer Garden Wednesdays, and other downtown Springfield events this summer, please check in at




Cambridge College Announces New Alcohol & Drug Counseling Certificate Program



The Cambridge College Springfield Regional Center located in Tower Square is pleased to announce a new Alcohol and Drug Counseling Certificate Program for individuals seeking professional training in substance abuse/addictions treatment, education and prevention, leading to certification or licensure.


The one-year, 19-credit certificate program comes at a critical time as the region battles the opioid epidemic and other increasing substance abuse issues.


The need for credentialed individuals in this field is at a crisis level,” said Teresa Forte, Director of the Springfield Regional Center. “By offering this certificate program, Cambridge College will help provide a direct response to that need while supporting our community.”

The Springfield campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in education, human services, counseling psychology and business management to a diverse population of adult learners from throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Its students are adults in career transition, busy parents who require flexible schedules, community leaders and others seeking professional development.


For more information about Cambridge College Springfield or to RSVP for the Open House, please visit





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Now Enrolling for Fall 2016


Interested in taking a course?  Want the convenience of being in downtown Springfield?  The UMass Center at Springfield will kick off year three on Tuesday, September 6th.  We will continue to offer courses in Nursing, Management, Education, Addictions Counselor Education, University Without Walls, and Cybersecurity.  New this semester is Spanish for Healthcare Professions.  Visit to learn more about all of the programs and courses being offered at UMass Center this fall.


New Research Program to Benefit Military Personnel & Their Families


The UMass Center in Springfield is the host site for the Alcohol Behavioral Couples Therapy (ABCT) for Military Families Program.  Researchers at UMass Medical School have developed this innovative program for service members and veterans with alcohol-related concerns.  The free program offers confidential, state-of-the-art couples outpatient assessment and treatment in a clinical research program with a highly-trained clinician.  For more information visit or call 855-901-ABCT (2228).


UMass Center to Host Board Development Workshop


Whether in the nonprofit of for profit sectors, having an engaged Board of Directors helps strategically guide the success of the organization.  During this exclusive workshop hosted at the UMass Center, consultants Brooks Fitch and Thom Fox will guide attendees in some key areas of strategy and sustainability, as well as board development and engagement.  The FREE workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 from 8 – 9:30am.  For more information, call the UMass Center at 413-788-6277.  Space is limited.


UMass Center at Springfield is located on the second floor of Tower Square at 1500 Main Street in Springfield, MA.





New VVM Startups Prepare to Make Pitches & You’re Invited!


The newest group of entrepreneurs to participate in Valley Venture Mentors’ Mentorship Program are gearing up to make their first pitches in front of an audience, and you are invited to be a part of that audience!

On Wednesday, August 10th at 5pm mentors and mentees will converge on VVM’s World Headquarters on street level of Tower Square to bring their ideas together.  The new mentees inlcude:

a D.A.M Creation
FootCare by Nurses
MerSkin Armor
Stone Soup Transit
The Soulful Sense of Place
Trailer Aero

Here’s how the meeting works:

5:00 – Food: Free food, drinks, and mingling (Sounds painful, we know!)
5:30 – Intro: How It All Works
5:45 – Pitching: Startups currently in the program give brief pitches with an overview of their company, their progress since last month, and a specific request for help.
6:00 – Speed Dating with Startups: Everyone circles up with a startup whose needs or ideas resonate with them for 15-20 minutes of fun. Brainstorm, ask questions, give advice, offer help and connections to the startup where you can. You choose the level of engagement you want. Maybe you have some chemistry with the entrepreneur or even find a co-founder for you. Maybe someone hears you giving great advice for the startup and taps you later for work on a similar issue in their company.
7:30 – Onward! Feel free to linger in conversation with some of the wonderful folks you’ve just met.


·         Fun: We wouldn’t have it any other way.

·         Symbiotic: It turns out helping others can be great for your own career too.

·         Focused: That’s how we achieve maximum impact; we know that by helping the entrepreneur, we’re investing in everyone they employ and everyone who benefits from their products and services down the line.

·         Smart: Our community of mentors has incredibly broad and deep expertise. This is the “roomful of grown-ups” you’ve been looking for.

·         Exciting: These people are creating the future, and we get to be part of it. It’s an amazing rush.

·         Free: No strings. Just be your awesome self.


·         Boring: A thousand mentors and more than 100 startups agree.

·         Pie in the Sky: It’s working. VVM Alumni are generating millions of dollars in investment and revenue.

·         Soliciting Free-for-Alls: We have a “No Soliciting” rule because we are here to help the entrepreneurs. Great business also happens for mentors as a result, but it’s built on the relationships created in the process. We don’t even need to sell to each other. That’s how good it is.

·         Time-Intensive: We know you’re busy. Come once a month, come once a year—all are welcomed and respected.

To attend this FREE event, RSVP at:  The meeting will be held at Valley Venture Mentors’ headquarters on street level in Suite 125 at Tower Square.






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