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High heat warnings prompt Chicopee to open spray parks

Jun 18 2018
CHICOPEE – The Parks and Recreation Department is activating spray parks Monday due to the high heat warnings.
The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 96 degrees Monday with the possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon and at night. Temperatures are to drop to a high of 84 on Tuesday.
The spray [continue reading]

Springfield Symphony Orchestra finishes 74th season with Rachmaninoff (review, photos)

May 22 2018
Published by under Music, Springfield
The final concert of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s 74th season was devoted to the music of Russian composer/pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff.
More than 1,700 concertgoers leaped to their feet to give two enthusiastic standing ovations Saturday evening at Springfield Symphony Hall, as the Springfield Symphony Orchestra presented the final concert of its 74 th season, [continue reading]

Urban League of Springfield celebrates ‘Black Women of Excellence’ and 105 years of history (photos, video)

Mar 29 2018
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SPRINGFIELD — As they gathered in a small room before the celebration began, the 16 women honored at the Urban League of Springfield’s “Black Women of Excellence,” event laughed and hugged and congratulated each other.
“I am deeply honored to be among this dynamic group of women,” said [continue reading]

Springfield Symphony Orchestra soars with ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars’ concert (review, photos)

Mar 4 2018
SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 1,800 concert-goers got a whirlwind tour of the universe Saturday evening aboard the Starship Springfield Symphony Orchestra with Captain Kevin Rhodes at the helm in a concert entitled Star Wars & Star Trek Sci-Fi Spectacular.
Beginning with Alexander Courage’s iconic theme from the original Star Trek television [continue reading]

Springfield Symphony Orchestra adds cosplay contest to sci-fi pops concert

Feb 27 2018
The pops concert will take place at Springfield Symphony Hall on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Wondering what to wear to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday night?
Dress or casual?
How about out-of-this-world?
Concertgoers at the  “ Star Wars & Star Trek Sci-Fi Spectacular ” pops concert are being invited [continue reading]

Springfield’s Forest Park residents come together for 5th annual neighborhood tree lighting (photos)

Dec 4 2017
The holiday season has officially kicked-off in the Texel Drive and Trafton Road area of the city as more than 70 residents gathered on a traffic island for the 5th annual Neighborhood Tree Lighting Sunday
SPRINGFIELD – The holiday season has officially kicked-off in the Texel Drive and Trafton Road area of the city as [continue reading]

Springfield College Community Arts Lab to engage campus, community in joint venture

Nov 29 2017
SPRINGFIELD — A library. A community bulletin board. A farmer’s market.
In the eyes of Jessica Poser, professor of Art and Community Engagement at Springfield College, these elements can exist as one not only as a way to engage students, but to help the area community.
By way of the Habitat for Artists collective, [continue reading]

Springfield Symphony Orchestra spotlights American composers (review)

Nov 7 2017
Rhodes and his colleagues tore into Gershwin’s boisterous, sassy Cuban Overture, a riot of melodies, countermelodies, and interjections riding on a hive of percussion.
Maestro Kevin Rhodes and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra presented an all-American program to an audience of 1,572 Saturday evening in Symphony Hall, playing music by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and Lowell [continue reading]

Springfield guitarist wins first-place honors at New England Music Festival

Sep 15 2017
The young guitarist recently took home first-place honors in four different performance categories at the New England Music Festival, beating out guitarists twice his age.
It wasn’t long ago that Bobbie Rennix recalls her grandson, Kiam, waltzing through the family living room in search of rubber bands, a shoebox and a ruler.
According [continue reading]

Be a superhero to a homeless child today! Volunteer.

Aug 9 2017
Looking to give back or help your community grow? Volunteers are needed to play with young children living in family homeless shelters throughout Western MA.
Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless children by providing quality play and opportunities for early education. Volunteer with homeless children [continue reading]

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