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La Mode is a growing web-based specialty retailer of fashionable, value-priced apparel and accessories. They provide exciting, fashion-forward merchandise that appeals to a broad range of customers, with a core emphasis on the lifestyle trends for women.
Residence Inn Springfield in Chicopee by Marriott
Residence Inn Chicopee, you’ll enjoy spacious studios & suites that are 50% larger than traditional hotel rooms. Enjoy the fitness center and indoor swimming pool. The guest suites feature fully a equipped kitchen including refrigerator, microwave & coffeemaker.
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Springfield is a major western Massachusetts city located at the junction of the Mass Pike I-90 and I-91 in the Connecticut River Valley.

Visit the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Easter States Exposition - The Big E - which hosts events that will attract over 1 million visitors per year.

Springfield is a multicultural community and a regional center for banking, finance, and courts. Other attractions includes the Springfield Symphony and Civic Center, Greek Cultural Center, Dr. Seuss National Memorial, Springfield Museum, zoos, and more.

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Smile Run 5K/10K - Suicide Prevention Run - Springfield, MA


When: Sep 3, 2015 12 AM to Sep 30, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00 )
Support Our Girls 5K & 10K - Springfield, MA


When: Oct 1, 2015 12 AM to Oct 31, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission.

Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!



When: Apr 25, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00 )
Leadership 2.0: Enneagram Dynamics: Deepening Understanding
 

Enneagram Dynamics: Deepening Understanding- Melina Rudman, Executive Director, Spiritual Life Center 

What number am I again? For those who have taken the Enneagram personality profile, this is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of how to apply this powerful tool. Building upon the Introduction to the Enneagram during the LPV retreat,  Enneagram Dynamics will explore the theories of "wings" and "paths of integration and disintegration" that are integral to using enneagram wisdom in leadership and empowerment of self and others.  Join us as we take a deeper dive into this powerful tool for self awareness and growth.

Melina Rudman served a Program Director at Leadership Greater Hartford and leads LPV's Enneagram workshop each year.  She continues to be a favorite trainer among LPV participants.  Her gentle and dynamic style sheds new light on this powerful tool.
 

Lunch included

 Leadership 2.0For career and community: leadership skill building and regional engagement workshops
Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV) is pleased to offer a series of bite-sized training sessions to enhance your leadership skills and understanding of the region.  Sessions are open to LPV alumni and other emerging and established leaders.  Leadership is a lifelong process and we want to be there along the way with resources to help you succeed.  Our trainers are experts in their fields and leaders in the region.  This is a great way to experience LPV or build upon your LPV experience.

 

Join us for the entire series or pick and choose individual sessions.  Deepen your skills, make new connections, and make a bigger impact in the region. 

A meal is included with each session.  Register by January 5th for Early-bird Discount. Series and LPV member discounts available.


Series Sponsors:  Beveridge Family Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Sisters of Providence Health System/Mercy Hospital, and Appleton Corp.




When: Oct 21, 2015 11 AM to Oct 21, 2015 2 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11 )
Tornado Trot 5K


2015 Tornado Trot 5k Run & 2k Family Walk:

• The 5k road race is timed and passes by historic sites like the Springfield Armory and museums, with police directing traffic.

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When: May 16, 2015 12 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 00 )
2015 Tornado Trot

The historic campus of Commonwealth Academy, an independent boarding school, was severely damaged by the tornado of June 1, 2011, along with hundreds of Springfield homes and businesses. It is our hope that this annual community event will embody the resilience of the citizens of Springfield. 

5k Run & 2k walk both start at 9:00 A.M. 

The 5k course will have limited vehicle traffic, thanks to the Springfield Police Department! There's also a BBQ cookout immediately after the race! More details can be found at our website: www.TornadoTrot.org

All proceeds from the event will beneift the Commonwealth Academy. See you on the starting line!



When: May 16, 2015 9 AM to May 16, 2015 12 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 May 2015 09 )
Inaugural Celebration Banquet & 50th Birthday Celebration

Inaugual Celebration Banquet honoring the episcopal elevation of Pastor Talbert W. Swan, II to the sacred office of bishop in the Church Of God In Christ and celebrating his 50th birthday and 21st year of pastoral ministry.



When: Apr 24, 2015 6 PM to Apr 24, 2015 10 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18 )
Mother's Day 5K - Springfield, MA


When: May 10, 2015 12 AM to May 10, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 May 2015 00 )
Father’s Day SUPERDAD 5K – Springfield, MA


When: Jun 6, 2015 12 AM to Jun 30, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission.

Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!



When: Apr 5, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Apr 2015 00 )
Sip & Savor, Rhythm & Rhymes

Please join us under the soaring dome of the historic
Central Library Rotunda
as we celebrate
National Library Week and Springfield’s first Poet Laureate,
María Luisa Arroyo.


In a poetic atmosphere, enjoy hors d’oeuvres,
wine and beer, and mingling with friends.
Springfield’s own Joel Meginsky will perform a mix
of musical selections.

Free parking in the lot directly across from the Central Library,
220 State Street,
as well as in the lot on Edwards Street.


All proceeds to benefit the Friends of the Springfield Library


Photo: Central Library, by Paul Schnaittacher



When: Apr 17, 2015 5 PM to Apr 17, 2015 8 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17 )
School Vacation: Puppet Festival
When: Apr 20, 2015 12 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00 )
Live From Nashville
When: Apr 17, 2015 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 34.00 - 39.00 (Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19 )
2015 Mother's Day 5K - Springfield

Mother's Day KEEP CALM & RUN THIS 5K FOR MOM is being run for all of the Moms out there in honor of Mother's Day.  Participants dedicate their run to their mother, or someone that has been a mother figure to them in their life.  Every participant will receive TWO MEDALS - one for you and one to give to your Mom. 

*You must sign up before April 25, 2015 to be guaranteed we get your medals shipped to you in time for Mother's Day! Our Mother's Day 5K medals last year sold out fast, so sign up now!

What: Complete a 5K! Set a goal for what your finishing time will be and dedicate your run to your mother or someone that has been a mother figure to you in your life.

When: Complete your race any time between May 1 and May 31, 2015. 

Where:  You choose the course and you time yourself (you’ll report your finishing time to us).

Why:  Because we want to celebrate motherhood and those that have had a positive influnece in our lives.  A part of the proceeds from this event will go to a great orgnization called VITAMIN ANGELS

  

**If you are a paid MEET ME ON MARS participant you should have received an email with a discount code to use on all of our virtual races this year to save 25% on each race. If you have not received that code email us at moonjoggers@gmail.com.  If  you have not signed up for MEET ME ON MARS (one of the paid registration options) do so now and you’ll be able to save 25% on our virtual races in 2015! Sign up HERE. (Use code SAVE10 to save $10)



When: May 1, 2015 7 PM to May 31, 2015 10 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Fri, 01 May 2015 19 )
Truck Stop Troubadours At Theodore's Blues Booze & BBQ
We'll be brewing up some OUTLAW BREWED COUNTRY MUSIC on Halloween Night at Theodore's ~ The SOUL of Worthington Street in the Heart of Springfield.. Costumes are not required, come on down and get your drink on.. #Halloween, #Theodore's, #SpringfieldMA, #SoulofSpringfield, #Livemusic, #entertainment, #KeepItCountry, #TruckStopTroubadours, #Booze, #BBQ, #Countrymusic

When: Oct 31, 2015 9 PM to Oct 31, 2015 11 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21 )
Maldonado Family Reunion


When: Jul 11, 2015 1 PM to Jul 11, 2015 8 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Maldonado Family Reunion

(Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13 )
Springfield LGBT Film Festival
Held annually in June, the Springfield LGBT Film Festival at the Bing Arts Center showcases the best in LGBT film and fosters diversity and multiculturalism throughout the City of Springfield. The Springfield LGBT Film Festival supports the Vision and Mission of the various organizations producing it (The Imperial Court of Western Mass, Rafael Roman Entertainment, Twist Nightlife Entertainment and the Imperial Court of Western Mass.) by showcasing films that promote understanding of complex issues and initiatives that create positive social change, promote inclusion, and illustrate the importance of cross cultural communication. Awards are given in two categories: Audience Award and Jury Selection Award. Based on the night that the LGBT Festival is focusing on We look forward to viewing your work and wish you the best in competition at the Springfield LGBT Film Festival!



When: May 31, 2015 6 PM to May 31, 2015 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 15 - 75 USD (Sun, 31 May 2015 18 )
Boy Scout Camp-In
Earn requirements for Belt Loops!Cub Scouts will enjoy an exciting evening program which offers a variety of hands-on science workshops and demonstrations. A pizza party is included!

$15 per scout, $7 per adult

Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop
  • Explore the four types of camouflage as you tour the Solutia Live Animal Center.
  • Participate in a food chain game where predators come to life and tag their prey.
  • Study the endangered species of the Museums’ collections and learn about ways to protect and conserve natural resources.
  • Other activities include a planetarium show, visit to the Animals Secrets special exhibition, and T-shirt screen-printing.
Register now! Space is limited!

Questions? Call 413.263.6800, ext 481 or email camp-in@springfieldmuseums.org

Download the flyer >>Purchase Tickets



When: Apr 25, 2015 12 AM to Apr 8, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00 )
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Age Limit: 21+

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers



When: Dec 5, 2015 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Free (Sat, 05 Dec 2015 21 )
Cooper Jones Band


When: Jun 27, 2015 8 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20 )
One Eyed Johnny & the Gravediggers
One Eyed Johnny & the Gravediggers at Theodores'

When: Apr 10, 2015 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21 )
Puppy Preschool - Springfield Sat June 6

You must register through the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society Web Site. Follow this link: Register The cost to register here is higher due to fees, and transfer cost.


45 minute, six week course.


This is a beginner, foundational class, for dogs under 4 month old at time of the first class. 

Students will learn how to start socializing your new puppy. We will also be covering:

  1. House training
  2. Crate training
  3. basic commands
  4. Play time

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Please note that the first class is orientation and is for humans only. Do not bring your dog to the first class. There must be a four dog minimum in order to hold the class. Classes may be canceled within 24 hours if this minimum is not met.


REFUND POLICY


If you register for a training class or workshop and need to cancel, a full refund will be offered if the cancellation notice is received no later than 48 hours before the class start date. Registration payments will be nonrefundable with less than a minimum of 48 hours notice.


*Discounts cannot be combined. Promotional codes do not apply to the Basic and Better Family Bundle.

 



When: Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to Jun 6, 2015 10 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 150.00 true Basic Class - Dakin 150.00

(Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09 )
Celtic Thunder
When: Apr 6, 2015 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 32.00 - 77.00 (Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19 )
tCSA's Digital Marketing Update

Facebook changes every day. We all know it. Some of us hate it. But the reality is, you need to stay on top of the ongoing changes for all social media platforms. From the way content gets posted, to generating the most engaging content specific for those platforms.


Attend the Digital Marketing Update Bootcamp and be ready to get tons of information jam packed into 3 hours. The bootcamp workshop will be covering the latest in updates across all platforms, more specifically updates on platform algorthyms, content consumption and engagement, analytics, advertising, and more. Give your businesses a sense of knowledge to the ongoing changes...and what to expect down the road.


Who is this bootcamp for?

- Professionals in Marketing

- Entrepreneurs

- Non-profits

- Startups

- Small Businesses


 What you'll learn?
Updates on:
- Platform algorithms
- Content consumption and engagement
- Platform Analytics
- Social Media Advertising
- Up and coming Social Media platforms


This bootcamp workshop will give you the things you need to know for your business, where to focus your energy and resources, as well as how to effectively use the platforms as they continuously update. We'll also be highlighting some of the up and coming platforms you need to keep on your radar.


Light breakfast refreshments and lunch is provided. Attendees also leave with a printed out version of tCSA's quaterly updated eBook to keep as a resource.



When: May 1, 2015 8 AM to May 1, 2015 12 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 01 May 2015 08 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission.

Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!



When: Apr 12, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00 )
Class of '65 Tech High 50th Reunion
The Tech High Class of '65 will hold its 50th reunion! Still plenty of time to contact your high school friends and meet up. Call Joyce Vancini Roche, 413-786-9681, or search tech50threunion.angelfire.com.

When: Jun 5, 2015 12 AM to Jun 5, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $75, if paid by May 4; $85, after - Dinner/Dancing Sat. June 6; separate tabs, Fri. and Sun. * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission.

Explore the Science Museum and find the Roving Scientist. You never know what kind of demonstrations and hands-on activities they have in store for you!



When: Apr 11, 2015 12 AM to Apr 2, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00 )
VVM Accelerator Awards - Inspiring an entrepreneurial renaissance in the Pioneer Valley and beyond

Valley Venture Mentors invites you to the VVM Accelerator Awards

 

Celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation,and VVM’s 30 newest startup stars!

This is the MUST ATTEND business event in the region.  Join us for a dinner celebration where we will award $250,000 to our graduatesas we continue to build momentum igniting and supportingan entrepreneurial renaissance in the Pioneer Valley!

 

April 30th, 2015

 

5:00 - 6:00pm

Reception, Hors d’oeuvres, Entertainment, and Startup Showcase

 

6:00 - 8:30pm

Plated Dinner and Awards Program

Featuring:

Address by John Harthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge,

Pitches by VVM Accelerator Finalists, and $250,000 in prizes

 

MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

 

Interested in being a table host at the event?

Please call 413-337-2887 or email admin@valleyventurementors.org.

 

Thank you to Valley Venture Mentors’ program sponsors:

 

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts,

Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation,

Mass Mutual,

Commonwealth of Massachusetts,

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.



When: Apr 30, 2015 5 PM to Apr 30, 2015 8 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17 )
Ugly Sweater 5K & 10K - Springfield, MA


When: Dec 5, 2015 12 AM to Dec 31, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 05 Dec 2015 00 )
YouthWorks Summer 2015 Curriculum Training: Springfield/Signal Success Intensive on Matching Participant Needs with Signal Success

Signal Success Intensive on Matching Participant Needs with Signal Success

This day-long workshop tackles some of the most challenging activities to implement across the different curricula offerings.  Participants will experience, discuss and practice facilitating components that are more demanding with regard to organization, facilitation, and content.  Participants will also begin to develop the essential skills to train others on Signal Success.  Willingness to be reflective about your own practice is essential to supporting co-facilitators and new facilitators, so all participants will target their own areas for development before exploring how best to educate and manage others in the effort to deliver strong career readiness and soft skill instruction.  Curriculum and program upgrades will also be reviewed.


 




When: May 12, 2015 10 AM to May 12, 2015 3 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 12 May 2015 10 )
Springfield MA: Evening Blind Date - MyBostonSoulmate Presents!

 

No Pressure Blind Dating!

All you need to do is purchase a ticket for this event. We will randomly match you up with an attendee of the opposite sex. We will email you the phone number and contact information of the other party. All you need to do is to come to the venue at the confirmed time, and meet your blind date. This is a strictly no-pressure no expectations kind of dating. So we don't match you up in any specific way.

We do not have any prior arrangement with the venue owners about this event, so be sure to request your own table once you arrive at the venue, whoever arrives first. Make sure you have a cell phone on hand  to be sure your blind date can contact you and vice versa.

We keep the event small - at any of our events we have only at most one or two blind-date couples so you can be assured of being very discreet. There are no name badges that need to be filled up. No forms to worry about.

If you are happy with the date and you decide it is worthwhile, you are free to continue. Our job is only to get you to in front of other singles.

Who are our typical clients ? Most men and women (80%) are usually between ages 35-50. We get very few clients outside of this range. If you like our service we also request you to sign up for our customized services just for you on our site. Many of the members of the blind-date pool are men and women clients and so we know them very well.  We have a large number of clients are from Asia, Middle-east and Africa.

Who pays for the food and drinks? We request each participant to pay for their own drinks or food. However if the other party offers to pay, that will be upto you to accept. If you have any other questions, please feel free to email us.

All ticket sales are final. Transfers are not allowed. NO REFUNDS. Ticket can only be used for the specific event you have registered. Tickets will be refunded to you only if the venue is  closed because of inclement weather or there is an emergency or if the event has to be cancelled because the other participant (blind date) has an emergency and cannot attend.

Complete the compatibilty test on our site for the opportunity to win a raffle to one of our future events and to receive special offers. http://www.mybostonsoulmate.com/compatibility-test.html



When: Apr 18, 2015 7 PM to Apr 18, 2015 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19 )
Speak Life Poetry Slam

Each participant will be given 3 minutes to recite a poem written by them based on the topic "Outside My Window" for round one. There will be a first round elimination and the remaining participants will be given 3 minutes to recite a poem written by them based on a topic of their choice. The participant with the highest score at the end of round two  will be the winner and go on to compete in The Speak Life finale in September.



When: Apr 25, 2015 5 PM to Apr 25, 2015 7 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17 )
Matt Lewis - Elvis Tribute
When: Apr 24, 2015 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 34.00 - 39.00 (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19 )
BIG*CHEFF- MUFASA RKG- Like No Others/ LNO- 24S7VEN- KNIGHTMARE


When: Apr 3, 2015 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21 )
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
When: Apr 22, 2015 2 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 12.00 - 25.00 (Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14 )
The Sean Chambers Band
Don't miss The Sean Chambers Band at Springfield's Home of the Blues, Theodore's! The show starts at 9pm and Sean Chambers Band will play 2 sets of Rock and Blues from their latest album "The Rock House Sessions" as well as material from their previous cd's and possibly even a few select covers! Call (413) 736-6000 NOW to reserve your table for this show!

When: Jul 24, 2015 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21 )
FC Stars of MA Zombie Dash 5k Run/Walk and 1k Mini Zombie Dash


When: Oct 31, 2015 12 AM to Oct 31, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 31 Oct 2015 00 )
CoWorkSpringfield Presents: "The Four M's of Success" a workshop for Entrepreneurs Facilitated by Mychal Connolly (AKA "Mr. Skinky Cakes")

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



When: Apr 14, 2015 12 PM to Apr 14, 2015 1 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12 )
Disney On Ice
Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure Embark on the ultimate sightseeing vacation with all of your favorite Disney characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney's The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Lilo & Stitch. You'll explore the Pride Lands with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa; voyage under the sea with Ariel and all her aquatic friends; tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Never Land; and travel to Hawaii to visit Lilo and Stitch. Upbeat music, lovable characters and exciting destinations make Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure a vacation you'll never forget. SHOWTIMES AND TICKET INFO WILL BE POSTED AT A LATER DATE. For more information on Disney On Ice, visit: http://www.disneyonice.com/

When: Apr 15, 2015 7 PM to Apr 15, 2015 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 15.00 - 62.00 (Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19 )
Comedy Pet Theatre
When: Apr 22, 2015 2 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14 )
Bringing EMLE Home 2015

  Carolyn CreagerRetired Director of Multicultural Leadership Development YMCA of USAKeynote Speaker Joann Donnelly YMCA of Greater BostonExecutive Director James Morton, EsqYMCA of Greater HartfordPresident& CEO Kirk SmithYMCA of Springfield, MAPresident & CEO



When: Apr 11, 2015 10 AM to Apr 11, 2015 4 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10 )
Transforming Families Through Play: Cultural and Developmental Perspectives

Dr. Cecilia Singh’s presentation will address play as a vital component of the practice and the education of young children and parents. Her clinical practice and teaching focuses on the culture and ecology of children and caregivers who are exposed to ongoing adversity.   

Dr. Singh is a Licensed Child Psychologist and Coordinator of IICAPS Training at Yale University’s Outpatient Clinical Services/In-Home Clinical Programs within the School of Medicine. She is a core faculty member within the Psychology Section at Yale Child Study Center



When: Apr 13, 2015 11:45:00 AM to Apr 13, 2015 3 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:45:00 )
Prizes Giveaway

PRIZES GIVEAWAY



When: Apr 19, 2015 7 PM to Apr 19, 2015 10 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19 )
Community Organizations Active in Disasters Summit 2015

                The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council presents:


            The

          Community

          Organizations

          Active in Disasters Summit 2015

                                

     The Western Massachusetts Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Summit provides an excellent opportunity for emergency personnel to learn about the wealth of non-governmental, ready-to-serve organizations that exist in their communities, and to take stock of the vital resources these agancies supply.

     Participants will become familiar with the function and mechanics of the emergency response system and learn about the ways in which their particular organization or personal skill fits into the many-faceted network of volunteers.

     Keynote speaker Susamma Seeley is a certified emergency manager and the statewide director of response for Catholic Charities agencies in Missouri. She also serves as the Chairperson of the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). When deployed on their behalf, Ms. Seeley's primary role is to assist local Catholic Charities agencies with integration of their response and recovery activities into the broader disaster response community. Her most recent deployments include the 2011 Joplin, Missouri tornado response and the 2012 Hurricane Sandy response in New Jersey. With a background in both emergency management and VOAD, Ms. Seeley's keynote speech will offer insight into and discuss strategies for relationship-building between these distinct disaster response camps.

     The two-session agenda will include continental breakfast, lunch, opportunities to network, and a low-stress, low-stakes functional exercise in which participants will practice coordinating their response through a disaster scenario. Morning registration will test an existing plan for operating a volunteer reception center.

     Individuals and groups interested in volunteering or actively involved in preparing for emergencies and assisting victims before, during, and after disasters are encouraged to attend. This year’s summit promises to be an exciting day of informative workshops, problem solving, and networking with other participants who share an enthusiasm for helping others through disaster.

Workshop offerings:

Emergency Rest Center Guide

Emergency Rest Centers (ERC) are sometimes called warming or cooling centers. They provide critical resources to their communities during disasters. ERC planning is a great way for faith and community groups to be formally connected to their local emergency response system. This ERC workshop will walk volunteers and first responders through the ERC planning materials and operating guides created by the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Speakers include Sandra Martin, MEP, MPH, senior planner for the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association, and Mary Kersell, senior planner for the Hampshire County Public Health Coalition.


Kids in Disasters: An Overview

We often talk about those with functional and access needs in our planning for emergencies, but we sometimes forget about the special needs associated with children who experience a disaster. Learn about the myths and realities around children in disasters and gain an awareness of the unique needs of children during and after a traumatic event.

Speakers include Deborah Clapp, program manager on the EMS for Children Project at the MA Department of Public Health.


What Roles Can Libraries Play?

Libraries are already considered community meeting places and information hubs. Learn about how three local libraries helped their communities after disasters and the roles libraries can play in helping residents prepare for emergencies.

Speakers include Adam Novitt, director of the Sunderland Public Library; Jean Canosa Albano, manager of Public Services and the Mason Square Branch Library; Katie Krol, director of the Meekins Library in Williamsburg; and Judy Whitcher, disaster recovery coordinator for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.


Web and Smartphone Apps to Make Your Work Easier

Did you know Web and Smartphone applications are available to make COAD networking more efficient and agencies better prepared for disasters? Learn about CrisisCleanUp.org, the United Way's "Get Connected," the Red Cross' preparedness and reunification apps, and the Department of Public Health's "Show Me" app, among others.

Speakers include Glenn Johnson, former public health emergency planner for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.


Reimbursement Paperwork

During a federally-declared disaster, FEMA will reimburse towns for 75% of their expenses related to disaster response. If a COAD organization assists during a disaster response, it, too, may be eligible for reimbursement, or it may choose to donate its goods and services to the community, thereby allowing the community to recover even more aid from FEMA. Learn what kind of record-keeping is necessary to be part of the FEMA reimbursement process and receive sample forms to assist in that record-keeping.

Speakers include Gina Valentine, Disaster Recovery Programs coordinator for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

 

Food Safety During Emergencies

The last thing you want to go wrong while trying to help your community is to have residents in your shelter or emergenc rest center go home with food poisoning! Learn about keeping food at proper temperatures, proper sanitation techniques, and whether you should be accepting that generous offer of crockpot chili from the neighbors.

Speakers include Diane Persson and Laura Kittross of the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association.


Animal Assisted Crisis Response

People in crisis often reject human interaction, but they will respond to animals. Agencies in charge of or supporting a crisis response can call on HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response canines to provide remarkable emotional comfort and support to individuals affected by crisis, to their families, to disaster response personnel, and to other affected members of the community. HOPE teams have been called to the aftermath of crises and disasters from individual traumas to large scale emergencies, including the World Trade Center; California wildfires and mudslides; Hurricane Katrina; the Virginia Tech shooting; the Prescott, Arizona firefighter tragedy;  the Oso, Washington mudslide; and the Revere, Massachusetts tornado. In this session the speaker will discuss HOPE training, service, and the remarkable and unforgettable comfort and encouragement HOPE dogs provide.

Speakers include Ned Polan, New England coordinator for HOPE AACR, and his golden retriever and partner in response, Brinkley.


Donations Management

After a disaster, mounds of donated goods can pile up and become a disaster within the disaster. Learn how donations of goods and funds were handled after the Springfield and Monson tornados and what lessons were learned as the COADs look toward developing a plan for dealing with these issues in the future.

Speakers include Tom McQuarrie, Seventh Day Adventists in Connecticut; Bill Elwell, former president of Vermont VOAD; Portia Allen, United Way of Pioneer Valley.



When: Apr 30, 2015 8 AM to Apr 30, 2015 4 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08 )
Dogs & Storks: Preparing Families with Dogs for Life with Baby

Having a baby is a life changing experience for everyone involved, including the family dog. Dogs & Storks is the first national program that offers positive, practical, and fun solutions to help families with dogs prepare for baby before baby arrives.

If your dog has never spent significant time around babies, toddlers, and children, don’t wait until baby comes home to discover potential problems. Preparing ahead decreases stress and increases success!

Our two hour presentation workshop covers:

  • Preparing your dog before baby arrives
  • Introducing your dog after baby arrives
  • Reading your dog’s body language and recognizing signs of stress
  • Creating a safe environment for everyone

Workshop fee is $30.00. Maximum of two people may attend per registrant. Workshop includes an informational booklet. Please do not bring your dog to the workshop.



When: May 30, 2015 3 PM to May 30, 2015 5 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 May 2015 15 )
Love Loss and What I Wore
When: Apr 11, 2015 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Apr 2015 19 )
Night of Laughter
Smith & Wesson Corp. will host its annual live comedy show to support two local children’s charities, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Ronald McDonald House. A Night of Laughter will be held on Saturday, April 25th at 5:30 p.m. at The Cedars Banquet Hall, 419 Island Pond Road in Springfield. Tickets are $35.00 per person and include an evening of guaranteed laughter, cash bar, raffles, and more. Arrive early and enjoy hot and cold hors d’oeuvres prior to the show. The laughs begin at 7:15 p.m. with our Emcee and Comedian for the evening Frank Santorelli. Frank is an Italian-American who is best known for playing the recurring role of “Georgie the Bartender” in the HBO smash hit The Sopranos. He is also well-known for his star role in The Godfathers of Comedy, and has starred in numerous movies, including; No Reservations, Meet the Parents and Crooked Lines. Frank’s passion has always been comedy, headlining at some of the most famous comedy clubs: Comic Strip & Carolines on Broadway (New York, NY) and The Improv (Los Angeles, CA). Frank’s humor will have you laughing out loud. Please join the staff and friends of Smith & Wesson, Shriners Hospital, and the Ronald McDonald House for a Night of Laughter, camaraderie and goodwill. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at https://nightoflaughterspringfield.eventbrite.com.

When: Apr 25, 2015 5 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $35.00 Per Person (Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17 )
Top Girls
The Theater Arts Program at American International College (AIC) is proud to present Caryl Churchill's Top Girls as the spring 2015 production. Top Girls, a play about women in the work force, is set in England in the 1980s and chronicles the life of Marlene, a successful business woman in a male dominated business. To celebrate a high profile promotion, Marlene invites famous women throughout history to dinner to discuss their many accomplishments and stories of struggle, sacrifice and triumph.
Admission is free and open the public, donations appreciated. This play is meant for mature audiences.


When: Apr 24, 2015 12 AM to Apr 24, 2015 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Admission is free. Donations are appreciated and accepted at the door. (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00 )
Basic Family Dog Springfield - Tuesday May 5th

Register for Basic and Better Family Dog now and receive a $30.00 discount. * 

45 minute, six week course. No C.L.A.S.S. evaluation available after completing this course.

This is a beginner, foundational class, perfect for newly acquired dogs. It is also a good place to start if you struggle getting your dog to pay attention to you when near distractions such as other dogs or people.  

Students will learn the fundamentals of reward marker training and acquire the skills to teach sit, lie down, beginner level loose leash walking, stay, come, and more. The class emphasis is on creating a training relationship between handler and dog through the use of clickers and/or verbal markers and rewards.

Please note that the first class is orientation and is for humans only. Do not bring your dog to the first class. There must be a four dog minimum in order to hold the class. Classes may be canceled within 24 hours if this minimum is not met.

REFUND POLICY

If you register for a training class or workshop and need to cancel, a full refund will be offered if the cancellation notice is received no later than 48 hours before the class start date. Registration payments will be nonrefundable with less than a minimum of 48 hours notice.

*Discounts cannot be combined. Promotional codes do not apply to the Basic and Better Family Bundle.



When: May 5, 2015 6 PM to May 5, 2015 7 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 May 2015 18 )
CoWorkSpringfield's April Meet & Greet with Special Guest Raymond Berry



When: Apr 21, 2015 12 PM to Apr 21, 2015 1 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12 )

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