WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NOVEMBER
The Holiday Magic is set to Begin at Tower Square
Where can you and your family go to have some playful banter with that sneaky fun-loving old Grinch or run into the whacky, but ever-so-talented Hilby the German Juggle Boy, while on your way to a marionette show or while taking the kids to get a plush toy from Santa….all under one roof? That and much more is all right here at Tower Square following the Tower Square Parade of the Big Balloons the day after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 25.
The popular Balloon Parade, produced by the Spirit of Springfield, begins on Main Street at 11am, featuring, among a number of other exciting contingents, a nice array of colorful character balloons including Strawberry Shortcake, Daniel Tiger, and the Cat in the Hat to name a few.
Once the parade has passed by, you and yours are invited to come in from the cold and enjoy all of the fun family festivities, holiday shopping and dining awaiting you as Tower Square’s holiday season kicks into full gear!
All ages will enjoy the mariad of merry madness during our Holiday Open House from 11am – 2pm on November 25th…featuring:
· Gifts for the kids and photos with Santa
· Tanglewood Marionettes’ performance of Hansel & Gretel (Show times: 11:45am & 1:00pm)
· Opening of the Springfield Boys & Girls Clubs’ Festival of Trees (free admission until 2pm)
· Yuletide Carolers & Holiday Piano Sing-a-long
· The Grinch, Hilby the German Juggle Boy, the Merry Magician
· The Talking Christmas Tree & Face Painting
Also while you are here, make a purchase with one of our retailers, and receive 2-hours of free same-day parking at the Tower Square garage.
Coming next month we will have our Holiday Lunchtime Concert Series every weekday in December in the food court. Also, you will want to bring the kids to enjoy more holiday
merriment at our Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th.
See the registration form on the homepage of this website.
Project Baby Springfield Comes to Tower Square
A special quilt created with messages of 100 Acts of Kindness Towards Pregnant Women, is going to be unveiled at Tower Square during a special news conference on Thursday, November 17th at 1pm in Center Court.
The news conference, scheduled by the March of Dimes and other orginizations affiliated with Project Baby Springfield, is to take place on World Prematurity Day, and is designed to help bring awareness to the issues regarding premature births in the area.
Project Baby Springfield is a community organization addressing disparities in infant mortality rates in the city of Springfield and across Hampden County, and is committed to making Springfield a community where all are informed and engaged in everyday practices that lead to healthy babies, healthy mothers, and healthy families.
• Reduce the number of infant deaths in Springfield.
• Bring education and awareness to mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, and caregivers about healthy pregnancies and safe infant sleep.
• Ensure that all mothers, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or income level can access excellent pre- and post-natal care.
• Work with all health care and social service entities to provide culturally and linguistically competent services.
The Project Baby Springfield quilt will be on display at Tower Square in the Celebrate Springfield window on street level through early January.
“Alternative Realities” Coming to Art for the Soul Gallery
Dean Nimmer’s piece entitled Pyramid
is one of many pieces to be feautured at
Art for the Soul’s newest exhibit.
With the departure of “Tango: Contemporary Art of Argentina”, the Art for the Soul Gallery is excited about their next show titled, “Alternative Realities” featuring the paintings and sculptures of Dean Nimmer, which is scheduled to open to the public next month.
Dean Nimmer has exhibited his art in over two-hundred solo and group exhibitions across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia since he began his art career in 1970. His artwork is in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, DeCordova Art Museum, Smith College Art Museum, Harvard University, Peabody/Essex Museum and many other museums across the U.S.
The exhibit title, “Alternative Realities” represents Nimmer’s on-going quest to delve into the nature of abstraction itself, letting the creative process reveal what’s hidden beyond the surface of the blank canvas. Each composition Nimmer creates is a unique picture that was unplanned and totally a surprise to both Dean and his audience.
“I am fascinated by chance creativity and I embrace unpredictability as a guiding principle leading me into uncharted territory where control and stability are not imortant,” explained Nimmer.
Be sure to stop in to see Dean Nimmer’s, “Alternative Realities” exhibition that promises to be a most intriguing voyage into the outer fringes of Abstract art.
ALSO COMING SOON:
Other end-of-the-year events at Art for the Soul Gallery will feature their first annual Art Festival with all the trimmings, scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 3 to 8 pm. There will be a silent auction and live private auction sale of works by internationally known artists participating in the event. Please plan to attend!
Art for the Soul Gallery is located on the second floor of Tower Square adjacent to the food court.
JA of Western MA Joins the Global #Giving Tuesday Movement
What is #GivingTuesday? NOVEMBER 29, 2016 - a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support. Will you join us?
Who is Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts? A group of staff, teachers, volunteers, entrepreneurs, and businesses who work together to provide economic education and financial literacy programs to the youth of Western Massachusetts
What JAWM achieved in '15-'16:
- 11,516 Students Served
- 6,918 High Need Students Served
- 522 Classes Taught
- 405 Volunteers
- 73,304 Curriculum Hours
- 61 Schools
- 19 School Districts
- $399,616 Funds Raised
Why JAWM needs you: schools can't do it alone. JAWM impacts over 11,500 local students per year; that's 61 schools in 19 different districts with students who have new tools to succeed in a growing global economy, where they otherwise might not. 64% of the students we serve are classified as "high needs" which include students at risk of educational failure, such as students who are living in poverty, who attend high-minority schools, who are far below grade level, who have left school before receiving a regular high school diploma, who are at risk of not graduating with a diploma on time, who are homeless, who are in foster care, who have been incarcerated, who have disabilities, and who are English learners.
Why JAWM cares: this foundation of financial literacy will support economic security for youth, their families, and our community. Our kids need your help to craft the leaders of tomorrow. 62% of our population serves low-to-moderate income young people who do not have the means to be educated in personal and life finances.
How your support helps our Mission: by reaching our goal of $6,000, 5x last year's efforts, we will be able to reach 231 more students this year alone. Your donation could convince a struggling student to stay in school, spark the imagination of the next entrepreneur, or help a student budget, plan, and better manage his/her money.
Junior Achievement of Western MA is located on the second floor of Tower Square in suite 217.
If you are interested in joining Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts’s #GivingTuesday initiative, please visit https://givingtuesday.razoo.com/us/story/Juniorachievementwesternma.
Cambridge College Proudly Supports Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and Military Families
Cambridge College is honored to be recognized as a Military Friendly Institution offering a variety of degree and certificate programs which serve military members and their families.
“Our veteran population deserves the very best educational opportunities and support services,” said Dina Morris, Assistant Director of Admissions and Veterans Representative at Cambridge College. “In the past two years, the number of veteran students attending the Tower Square campus has tripled. This significant increase testifies to our personalized approach to assist our military students.”
The College’s outreach to veteran communities extends throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. Cambridge College sponsors special events such as, “Military Appreciation Day” at the Big E and “Stand Down.” These events connect veterans to social service groups, support agencies, corporate philanthropic organizations and community leaders.
Cambridge College veteran students also demonstrate ‘service above self’ by assisting other veterans in the community. Current students and alumni are community leaders and work for various organizations, such as the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center, National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), Springfield Vet Center, The Town of Ludlow Veteran Services and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
For more information about the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate degree programs and certificates offered at Cambridge College, visit www.cambridgecollege.edu or call Dina Morris at 413-747-0204 ext. 6623. To discover regional veteran support services, please visit www.bilingualvets.org, www.nabvets.org and www.va.gov.
To our veterans, active duty service members and military families, thank you!