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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.

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Sesame Street Live
When: Sep 30, 2014 6 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 16.00 - 33.00 (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18 )
Sesame Street Live
When: Sep 30, 2014 3 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 16.00 - 33.00 (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15 )
Workshop: "Flavors of Capital" with Paul Silva
Workshop Description

In this workshop you are introduced to the many different "flavors" of capital available to early stage ventures.  Ventures require capital from different flavors depending on their age, growth trajectory, and mission.  You’ll learn each flavor’s strengths and weaknesses and learn how to identify the right flavor for your venture.  You are also shown how to best go about securing capital from that flavor’s funders.Directions

Valley Venture Mentors World Headquarters

1500 Main St (Suite 252), Springfield MA, 01115

1. Recommend you park in the Tower Square parking garage, level A

2. There are two sets of elevators, park near and then take the elevator with the sign "Elevator to Shops ->"

3. Ride to level "UL" (Upper Level)

4. Take a left out of the elevator, walk past the Pamusa african art exhibits

5. You'll find us on the right just before the sky bridge

 Speaker Bio

 

Paul is Executive Director and co-founder of Valley Venture Mentors.  He also serves as: manager of the River Valley Investors angel investor network (www.rivervalleyinvestors.com), lead instructor for Lean Launchpad: Pioneer Valley, board member at Click Workspace (www.clickworkspace.org), adviser to the UMass Amherst Entreclub (www.umassei.org) and the Smith College Draper Competition (http://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship.php).  In 2000 he co-founded All inPlay, a company creating software that helps the blind socialize with their fully sighted friends and families as equals.  Paul is a former board member of the Angel Capital Association (www.angelcapitalassociation.org).




When: Aug 20, 2014 4 PM to Aug 20, 2014 6 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16 )
Workshop: Goal setting & sales revenue with Jim Mumm

 Directions:

Valley Venture Mentors World Headquarters
1500 Main St (Suite 252), Springfield MA, 01115
1. Recommend you park in the Tower Square parking garage, level A
2. There are two sets of elevators, park near and then take the elevator with the sign "Elevator to Shops ->"
3. Ride to level "UL" (Upper Level)
4. Take a left out of the elevator, walk past the Pamusa african art exhibits
5. You'll find us on the right just before the sky bridge

Workshop Description

This workshop is being led by VVM mentor Jim Mumm who has kindly donated his time. In his words...

In this interactive session, we’ll learn:

1. How to create a methodical orderly process to identify, classify, and contact people who are likely to want or need your products or services.

2. How to answer these questions:
a. Does my revenue plan identify the most efficient use of my time?
b. Does it have more than one strategy to uncover prospects?
c. Does it identify the behaviors necessary to get the meetings necessary to generate the revenue projections?
d. Does it have built in accountability and feedback mechanisms?

Speaker Bio:
Jim has spent his entire 32 year career in sales and leading sales teams and businesses. He learned business by working his way up through a variety of sales positions in several different industries including Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Information Technology and went on to lead teams from startups to huge corporations.

Prior to Secure Energy Solutions, Jim is a successful entrepreneur and CEO of Sandler Training serving MA, an executive, sales, and sales management training provider specializing in teaching the Sandler Sales System to executives and sales managers. In 2006, Jim founded 1st Wave Sales & Marketing, a successful sales and marketing firm that provided senior level sales assistance, on an outsource basis, to technology solution providers wishing to quickly penetrate large retail grocery chains.

Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the leading provider of e-Marketing and e-Commerce solutions to the grocery industry, Vice President of Sales for a firm providing electronic marketing solutions, and Director of Sales for a technology firm also providing leading edge technology solutions. After leading the national and private brand sales efforts for a major division of Sara Lee with key account responsibilities for Wal-mart, Food Lion, and Costco, he served as Director of Sales for electronic services at News American Marketing, a division of News Corporation specializing in loyalty marketing and stored value systems.



When: Aug 6, 2014 4 PM to Aug 6, 2014 6 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16 )
Dinosaur Trivia
Free with museum admission!

Spin the wheel and test your dinosaur knowledge. Questions appropriate for all ages.Part of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 12, 2014 12 AM to Aug 2, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission!

Find the Roving Scientist and discover the wonders of science through activities and demonstrations.Part of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 12, 2014 12 AM to Aug 2, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00 )
Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center
Free with museum admission!

Try on costumes, play gallery games and more. Stop in and see what creative ideas are unfolding!

Today's craft: Foil EtchingPart of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 12, 2014 12 AM to Aug 4, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 12 Aug 2014 00 )
Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center
Free with museum admission!

Try on costumes, play gallery games and more. Stop in and see what creative ideas are unfolding!

Today's craft: Foil EtchingPart of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 10, 2014 12 AM to Aug 4, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00 )
The Lost 45's


When: Dec 5, 2014 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Dec 2014 21 )
The Lost 45's


When: Nov 1, 2014 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 21 )
Erin Harpe
Age Limit: 21+

Erin Harpe



When: Aug 2, 2014 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Free! (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 21 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 18, 2014 9 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 30, 2014 12:15:00 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:15:00 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 2, 2014 7:45:00 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 07:45:00 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 30, 2014 11 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11 )
The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo 10/25 & 10/26, 2014 (9am-3pm)

The Expo is the premier gluten and allergen free event in the US with vendors sampling and selling products, a dedicated peanut/nut-free section and free lifestyle classes!

  • Entry into the 150+ booth vendor fair
  • Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
  • Samples from the vendors
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten and allergen-free lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • Meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers



When: Oct 25, 2014 9 AM to Oct 26, 2014 3 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Visit EventBrite.com for pricing. (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09 )
Joe Bonamassa
When: Nov 26, 2014 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 81.00 - 127.00 (Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19 )
Annual Meeting & Dinner Featuring Dr. Okey Ndibe on Nigeria & Boko Haram

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to present journalist and author Dr. Okey Ndibe, on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at a dinner event beginning at 6:00 pm at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel.   The title of his talk will be Does Nigeria Have a Fighting Chance Against Boko Haram?

Please register by Friday, October 3.

Dr. Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist, and essayist.  After a career as a magazine editor in Nigeria, he moved to the US in 1988 to be the founding editor of African Commentary, an award-winning magazine published by the Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe.

He has published essays in a number of North American, British and Nigerian magazines and writes a weekly column for The Guardian, Nigeria’s most respected daily newspaper.  He holds both an MFA in writing and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.   

Ndibe taught at several colleges, including Connecticut College, Bard College at Simon's Rock, Trinity College (Hartford), and currently Brown University. 

He  is a regular columnist for NEXT and Sahara Reporters and also contributes to many other publications, including The Hartford CourantThe Fabian Society JournalBlack Issues Book Review, and BBC Online.   

His first novel  Arrows of Rain, will be reissued in the fall and his second novel, Foreign Gods, Incorporated—described by critics as “razor-sharp” and “a morality tale for our time”—was published by SOHO Press in 2014.



When: Oct 8, 2014 6 PM to Oct 8, 2014 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 18 )
The Primary Audience: The Relationship between Brand, Success, and Self
Workshop Description One concept that emerging entrepreneurs and blooming professionals have in common is the need to develop an articulate, effective professional brand. Our brands speak to our target markets (potential employers, current employers, clients) through our websites, resumes, and LinkedIn profiles to confidently and articulately explain who we are and what we do. As we tailor our message to a target audience (and try to give them what we think they want), it can be easy to forget we are also communicating to another audience: Ourselves. After all, we are the Primary Audience, the one that most powerfully influences our success. Instructed by Author Nacie Carson WHO IS NACIE CARSON?Nacie Carson is a professional development explorer and author. While she currently focuses her research and work on career evolution, entrepreneurship, the gig economy, and the Millennial work experience, she is always open to learning, interviewing, and investigating other topics related to professional and personal growth. Nacie’s writing on professional development has been featured in myriad journalistic and media outlets, including Entrepreneur.com,FastCompany.com, Upstart (formerly Portfolio), Monster.com, and PBS Next Avenue. While she has been cited as a career expert by the likes of FoxBusiness and CBS, she maintains her contribution to the field of professional development is not as an expert, but as a questioner, an observer, and a reporter. General Admission - $40.00

When: Aug 13, 2014 11 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $40.00 (Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11 )
Workshop: VVM Pitch Camp, learn how to pitch to investors
Workshop Description

In this workshop you are taught how to pitch your idea to investors.  Entrepreneurs (who must sign up in advance) will pitch their companies, using slides, and receive lovingly critical feedback. Feedback is designed so everyone in the audience can learn from the experience, not just the pitchers :).  We have room for 2 entrepreneurs to pitch.


If you would like to pitch:

Here is how it works for Pitchers (attendees, you can just come listen/participate, no pre-work necessary):

  1. Watch these videos on how to pitch (technically the videos are about an executive summary, but the rules are the same):

    1. Part I: Introduction, company, need, solution

    2. Part II: Market

    3. Part III: Competition, business model

    4. Part IV: Financials, exit, impact

    5. Part V: People, deliverables

  2. Develop your pitch slides & presentation.  Aim for 10 minutes.  If you run a little over during this Pitch Camp, that is all right.  Follow the template outlined here:

    1. Company - Describe your venture in a tweet/sentence | describe what kind of skill set you bring to a job in a tweet/sentence.

    2. Credibility - Talk is cheap, SHOW us you are someone with more than just an idea / someone we should continue listening to.  If you have no credibility yet (very common!), skip this section.

    3. Customer Segment(s) - Give us a quick feeling for who your target market is and that they have enough money to make your venture worthwhile.

    4. Pains - What is the pain (for your target market) you are solving?

    5. Gains - What benefits can you deliver to the target market that alleviates their pain?

    6. Competitive Advantages - How are you positioned better than the competition? Remember the positioning triangle.

    7. Revenue Model - How do you earn money? From whom?

    8. Cost Structure - What are the biggest cost centers for your venture?

    9. Exit/Impact - How will investors (or donors) get a return (financial or otherwise) from your venture?

    10. People - Who is leading this venture and why should we believe they have the skills & experience needed to execute?

    11. Next Steps / Ask - What are the next critical steps for your venture and how will funding facilitate that?.  

  3. To maximize the value of the pitch session, come with the best version of the pitch you can make (both slides & accompanying speech).  Winging is a waste of everyone's time.

  4. Come to the event with your presentation slides, in PDF format, loaded on a thumb drive.  

  5. Come equipped to take notes because we'll give you a fire hose of feedback and won't have time to repeat :).

  6. Dress as you imagine you would when presenting to investors/donors so we can advise on that as well.

  7. We have only two slots, to apply for one email Jake (jake.hawkesworth@valleyventurementors.org).  We put this instruction at the end of the list to screen out people who don’t read instructions ;).

Directions

Valley Venture Mentors World Headquarters

1500 Main St (Suite 252), Springfield MA, 01115

1. Recommend you park in the Tower Square parking garage, level A

2. There are two sets of elevators, park near and then take the elevator with the sign "Elevator to Shops ->"

3. Ride to level "UL" (Upper Level)

4. Take a left out of the elevator, walk past the Pamusa african art exhibits

5. You'll find us on the right just before the sky bridgeSpeaker Bio

Paul is Executive Director and co-founder of Valley Venture Mentors.  He also serves as: manager of the River Valley Investors angel investor network (www.rivervalleyinvestors.com), lead instructor for Lean Launchpad: Pioneer Valley, board member at Click Workspace (www.clickworkspace.org), adviser to the UMass Amherst Entreclub (www.umassei.org) and the Smith College Draper Competition (http://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship.php).  In 2000 he co-founded All inPlay, a company creating software that helps the blind socialize with their fully sighted friends and families as equals.  Paul is a former board member of the Angel Capital Association (www.angelcapitalassociation.org).



When: Aug 27, 2014 4 PM to Aug 27, 2014 6 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission!

Find the Roving Scientist and discover the wonders of science through activities and demonstrations.Part of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 4, 2014 12 AM to Aug 2, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Mon, 04 Aug 2014 00 )
Erin Harpe
Age Limit: 21+

Erin Harpe



When: Dec 19, 2014 9 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Free! (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21 )
Voyage to Venus Running Challenge -Springfield


When: May 3, 2014 12 AM to Dec 31, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 03 May 2014 00 )
Bobby Collins
When: Nov 15, 2014 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 34.00 - 34.00 (Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19 )
Frankenstein, a new adaptation by Lindel Hart at the Springfield Museums presented by Old Deerfield Productions
With Lindel Hart as the Creature, Colin J. Allen as Victor Frankenstein, William, and DeLacey, and Jane Williams as Elizabeth and Mary Shelley. The production will feature projection design by Florian Canga illustrating the story through light and image that will also draw parallels to our troubled present. Handheld video projectors and video installation manipulated by the character Mary Shelley will incorporate images from the Scientific Revolution of her time with present day images. We offer this unique theater experience in tandem with the STEAMPUNK SPRINGFIELD: RE-IMAGINING AN INDUSTRIAL CITY's closing weekend.



When: Sep 26, 2014 8 PM to Sep 26, 2014 10 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 20 - 20 USD (Fri, 26 Sep 2014 20 )
Frankenstein, a new adaptation by Lindel Hart at the Springfield Museums presented by Old Deerfield Productions
With Lindel Hart as the Creature, Colin J. Allen as Victor Frankenstein, William, and DeLacey, and Jane Williams as Elizabeth and Mary Shelley. The production will feature projection design by Florian Canga illustrating the story through light and image that will also draw parallels to our troubled present. Handheld video projectors and video installation manipulated by the character Mary Shelley will incorporate images from the Scientific Revolution of her time with present day images. We offer this unique theater experience in tandem with the STEAMPUNK SPRINGFIELD: RE-IMAGINING AN INDUSTRIAL CITY's closing weekend.



When: Sep 27, 2014 8 PM to Sep 27, 2014 10 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 20 - 20 USD (Sat, 27 Sep 2014 20 )
Research Luncheon: Using Advances in Addiction Science to Understand, Assess, and Treat Gambling Problems

Presenter: Sarah Nelson, Ph D, Associate Director of Research, Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School

In this training, Dr. Nelson will challenge the conventional wisdoms about addiction, gambling and gambling problems which will help participants to gain an understanding of how disordered gambling relates to other commonly used expressions of addiction.  Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different tools to screen and assess gambling problems and will be able to apply this knowledge to the treatment of gambling disorders.

CEUs: 2



When: Oct 17, 2014 12 PM to Oct 17, 2014 4 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12 )
Art of Hair Expo & New england Sneaker Expo

The ArtOfHairExpo and NewEnglandSneakerExpo Mass Mutual Convention Center November 2nd, 2014



When: Nov 2, 2014 3 PM to Nov 2, 2014 11 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 02 Nov 2014 15 )
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 )
Trailer Park


When: Oct 17, 2014 8 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20 )
Celebrate 90 Years with Lena Mae Robinson

Join us Saturday, August 30, 2014, friends and loved ones will gather to celebrate the 90th birthday of our beloved matriarch Lena Mae Robinson.  Join us for a catered luncheon and celebration of her life.

In order to plan appropriately, please make your luncheon reservation by August 15 by debit/credit card here 

–or –

RSVP here and mail a check to Frank Robinson, 10 Pondview Drive, Springfield MA  01118 (select your tickets here and follow link to "other payment methods").

A block of rooms have been reserved for the group on Friday night and Saturday night at The Sheraton for a discount rate of $109.00.  Call 800-325-3535 to make your reservation, use code "ROBINSON" for discount. Sheraton Hotel Reservations must be made by August 1.

Additional activities will be planned for Friday evening and Sunday morning,  Please be sure to provide your email address and cell phone number with your registration so we can keep you informed.

See you then! 

Love, 

The Robinson Family



When: Aug 30, 2014 11 AM to Aug 30, 2014 2 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11 )
Basic Family Dog - Springfield Sat

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: Aug 9, 2014 10 AM to Aug 9, 2014 1 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 130.00 true Basic Family Dog Only 130.00

230.00 true Basic Family & Better Family Dog Bundle* 230.00

(Sat, 09 Aug 2014 10 )
2014 Gluten & Allergen Free Expo-Springfield. MA
The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is the premier event for people with gluten-free issues and food allergies. Join us at our 150 booth vendor fair and our informational classes. Come and sample products, get coupons, purchase hard to find products, learn at our classes and meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers.PARKING: Local parking garages Want to sample and purchase products? Visit the vendor fair Need lifestyle information? Take a lifestyle class All included in your ticket price! Tweet #GFAFExpo - This is the official hashtag for the 2013 GFAF Expos. Follow the hashtag for event updates, use it to tag photos, or tweet a shout out to your favorite vendor or presenter! Adult (ages 12 & up)-One Day Pass - $20.00 Child (ages 3-12)-One Day Pass - $5.00 Senior Citizen-One Day Pass - $15.00 Adult (ages 12 & up)-Weekend Pass - $33.00 Child (ages 3-12)-Weekend Pass - $7.00 Senior Citizen-Weekend pass - $25.00

When: Oct 25, 2014 9 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $5.00 - $33.00 (Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09 )
Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center
Free with museum admission!

Try on costumes, play gallery games and more. Stop in and see what creative ideas are unfolding!

Today's craft: Wooden Dinosaur Skeleton CollagePart of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 5, 2014 12 AM to Aug 4, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00 )
Family Science Adventures
Free with museum admission!

Find the Roving Scientist and discover the wonders of science through activities and demonstrations.Part of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 5, 2014 12 AM to Aug 2, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00 )
Dinosaur Trivia
Free with museum admission!

Spin the wheel and test your dinosaur knowledge. Questions appropriate for all ages.Part of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 5, 2014 12 AM to Aug 2, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00 )
Adventure Dogs USA Fall Picnic and Award Ceremony

Simply a fun event to enjoy a get together with our friends both 2 and 4 legged. Dawn has a fenced in back yard and we can all enjoy a relaxing fall afternoon.

Please bring a dish and drinks to enjoy.

We will also be having our first Award Ceremonies and will be awarding members for different accomplishments during the year.



When: Aug 23, 2014 12 PM to Aug 23, 2014 4 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12 )
Hasbro Games Art Discovery Center
Free with museum admission!

Try on costumes, play gallery games and more. Stop in and see what creative ideas are unfolding!

Today's craft: Dinosaur Gel PrintsPart of the Summer Spectacular Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Hall Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee.



When: Aug 2, 2014 12 AM to Aug 4, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00 )
3rd Annual Kane's Cookout
3rd Annual Kane's Cookout Overview
Mark your calendars for 3rd Annual Kane's Cookout! August 17, 2014
12:00pm to 5:00pm
Admission:
Benefiting: low income residents of western MA

A full day of fun, food and special doggy guests, and live music! This family event includes a vendor fair, dog demos, kid's pavillion, raffles, and great food! For more information, please email dancincz@the-spa.com.
Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Springfield, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with one of our pet travel experts!


When: Aug 17, 2014 12 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12 )
Join In The Fight: RTCC Choir Live Recording

Join the RTCC Choir in a live recording of original music written by music director Michael T. Williams!

It goes down Saturday, August 16th 2014 at the JC Williams Community Center in Springfield, MA.

Featuring Michelle Brooks Thompson, season 5 contestant of the hit show The Voice and a fashion showcase by JUS10H!

You don't want to miss this amazing musical experience so get your tickets now!



When: Aug 16, 2014 6 PM to Aug 16, 2014 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18 )
John Denver Musical Tribute Starring Ted Vigil
When: Oct 11, 2014 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 29.00 - 29.00 (Sat, 11 Oct 2014 19 )
Matt Lewis: Long Live The King
When: Apr 24, 2015 7 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: 34.00 - 39.00 (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19 )
Alyssa Edwards at OZ Nightclub
Alyssa Edwards Of Rupaul's Drag Race Season 5 will be at Oz Springfield on Friday August 29th. Meet And Greet From 10 pm to 11pm 

When: Aug 29, 2014 9 PM to Aug 29, 2014 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Sep 24, 2014 10 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10 )
Dana Welts
With Buck Macallister & the Country Jamboree

When: Nov 1, 2014 8 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Sat, 01 Nov 2014 20 )
Live Reptile Demonstration
How do snakes smell with their tongues? Can lizards really grow new tails? Visitors will learn about reptile life cycles and habitats when they meet some of the amazing creatures from the Science Museum's Live Animal Center up close!

When: Aug 6, 2014 10:15:00 AM in Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: Included in admission (Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:15:00 )
5K Walk, Run, Roll
All proceeds will benefit four of CHD's 70+ Programs: Disability Resources, MaryAnne's Kids, Health and Wellness, and Cancer House of Hope.

When: Sep 14, 2014 12 AM to Sep 14, 2014 12 AMin Springfield, Massachusetts
Cost: $25 Registration fee * contact the Presenting Organization listed below for ticketing information (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00 )
VVM Pitch Camp #2

VVM is hosting a Pitch Camp, where 5 entrepreneurs will pitch their companies, using slides, and recieve both positive and lovingly critical feedback on how they can improve. All are welcome! 

Preference will be given to our teams for participation. 5 teams will pitch and receive feedback. There will be networking time and food provided. If you are interested in pitching, see the text below, and then email Jake at jake.hawkesworth@valleyventurementors.org

Here is how it works for Pitchers (attendees, you can just come listen/particiate, no pre-work necessary): 

  1. Sign up by emailing Jake (jake.hawkesworth@valleyventurementors.org). Dress code = none.
  2. Watch these videos on how to pitch (technically the videos are about an executive summary, but the rules are the same):
    1. Part I: Introduction, company, need, solution
    2. Part II: Market
    3. Part III: Competition, business model
    4. Best practices for Presentations
  3. Develop your pitch slides & presentation.  Aim for 2 minutes.  If you run a little over during this Pitch Camp, that is all right.  Follow the template outlined here:
    1. Company - Describe your venture in a tweet/sentence | describe what kind of skill set you bring to a job in a tweet/sentence.
    2. Credibility - Talk is cheap, SHOW us you are someone with more than just an idea / someone we should continue listening to.  If you have no credibility yet (very common!), skip this section.
    3. Customer Segment(s) - Give us a quick feeling for who your target market is and that they have enough money to make your venture worthwhile.
    4. Pains - What is the pain (for your target market) you are solving?
    5. Gains - What benefits can you deliver to the target market that alleviates their pain?
    6. Competitive Advantages - How are you positioned better than the competition? Remember the positioning triangle.
    7. Next Steps / Ask - ALWAYS end a pitch with some kind of ask.  It can be explicit or implicit, but it must always be there.  A great way to do it implicitly is to show the audience what your next step is. Note: never ask for money. It can be illegal and is usually not classy.
  4. To maximize the value of the pitch session, come with the best version of the pitch you can make (both slides & accompanying speech).  Winging it will be a waste of everyone's time.
  5. Come to the event with your presentation slides, in PDF format, loaded on a thumb drive.  
  6. Come equipped to take notes because we'll give you a fire hose of feedback and won't have time to repeat :).



When: Aug 27, 2014 4 PM to Aug 27, 2014 6 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16 )
American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Aug 11, 2014 1 PM in Springfield, Massachusetts (Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13 )
Crystal's Diamond Soles presents The Fashion Extravaganza
Crystal's Diamond Soles presents The Fashion Extravaganza, a Celebration of Businesses! Hosted by Nascars FIRST AND ONLY African America Driver, Tia Norfleet. This event will feature all custom designers, such as Designs by Pratts Mariely, from Hartford, Ct., Lenworth Apparel, from Hartford, Ct., Bella's Divine Designs, from Saginaw, Mi., and Crystal's Diamond Soles, From Springfield, Ma.. Guest Celebrity Dj Bobby Black will be on the 1's & 2's! FREE GIVEAWAYS, DOOR PRIZES, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, VIP seating available. ALL items on the runway are up for grabs!!! Bring your wallets, bring your fun, bring your smiles, and let's CELEBRATE!!!!!!! ~~~~COME OUT FOR A FUN FILLED EVENT~~~~

When: Aug 10, 2014 5 PM to Aug 10, 2014 9 PMin Springfield, Massachusetts (Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17 )

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