We are pleased to be teaming up with A Balanced Life and True Blue Health & Wellness to able to offer an easy yet comprehensive DNA/Genetic Test at Tower Square on Wednesday, JANUARY 24 (snow date Jan. 25) in the food court during our Health & Wellness Expo. To expedite your test, you are encouraged to register online a at www.truebluehw.com/schedule (select Tower Square). However, "walk-ins" are welcome too!
Mark your calendar and stop by to visit with more than 20 professional health related vendors ready to help you create a New You for the New Year! See you there!
Elected officials and other local dignitaries and business leaders are expected to be on hand for a special announcement by representatives of Cambridge College and a community partner at Tower Square on Tuesday, January 9 at noon.
“This exciting announcement has the potential to positively affect workforce development in our community,” commented Teresa Forte, Director, Cambridge College Springfield. “It is something that we have been working on for several years, and we are looking forward to sharing the information with the public.”
The public is invited to attend the announcement, which will take place just outside of Cambridge College in the common area near the street level escalator.
There will be a celebratory reception and tour inside Cambridge College following the announcement.
Most of us are familiar with images of Native American chiefs wearing feathered headdresses, as well as both native men and women wearing feathers in their hair, but more than likely we have no idea about the actual significance those feathers play in the Native American culture.
To help us to better understand, Art for the Soul Gallery is presenting an informative workshop entitled “Fun with Feathers” on Saturday, January 13 at 1:30pm.
Art for the Soul curator, Bill Myers, a member of the Mohawk nation, will facilitate this workshop.
“Feathers mean a lot to Native tribes. To us a feather isn’t something that just falls off of a bird, it symbolizes trust, honor, strength, wisdom and power,” explained Myers.
Myers says that the eagle feather is the most coveted of all bird feathers.
“The eagle is the supreme leader of the birds. It flies the highest, sees the farthest and is closest to God,” Myers added.
Those attending the Fun with Feathers Workshop will learn about feather culture from Myers, and will be taught how to use feathers to create a wide range of craft items including simpler items such as earrings, pins, fans and wearable art to more elaborate projects like a full headdress.
The workshop will be held at the Art for the Soul Gallery located on the second floor of Tower Square adjacent to the food court. For additional information contact 413.301.6314.
Are you, or do you know, a college student with a great idea for a start-up business? If so you will be interested to know that Valley Venture Mentors’ Collegiate Accelerator is now accepting applications for its two-month PAID summer program!
Collegiate Accelerator Participants will receive:
The Collegiate Accererator’s core training, meetings and events run from June 25 through August 22.
Startups will be challenged by industry expert-led sessions, peer-to-peer group exercises, choose-your-own workshops and “Shark Tank”-like practice judging sessions. Outside of the core training sessions, startups will spend the bulk of their time testing their hypothesis by engaging directly with mentors and potential customers/partners.
The application process will remain open through February 15, 2018. To apply and for other information visit www.vvmcollegiate.com
Valley Venture Mentors is located on street level of Tower Square.
Their 17th annual Festival of Trees certainly lived up to the Springfield Boys & Girls Club’s expectations, topping past fundraising efforts last month.
Last month’s popular two-week holiday event brought in $178,000 for the club, up over $14,700 from last year’s event! What’s even more amazing about that increase is that it occurred despite a 1,200 drop in attendance, due to a snow storm that kept visitors away on the last Saturday of the festival, which is typically one of the busiest days. A total of approximately 14,500 people attended the event, which is held in the Tower Square Meeting Room.
“The success of the Festival of Trees further confirms the support of our community to come together to make a difference in the lives of children,” commented Stacy Magiera, Festival of Trees Chairperson. “While individually those who attended may have spent $10 - $20, collectively they donated over $178,000, which enables the Springfield Boys & Girls Club to continue our mission and provide after school and weekend programs to enrich their lives.”
Each year visitors are invited to take a stroll through this magical forest comprised of 134 beautifully decorated Christmas trees donated by area businesses, organizations, schools, families and individuals. The trees and all of their contents are raffled off to lucky winners at the end of the festival.
There is also a 50/50 raffle, which is becoming increasingly more popular at the event. The total donated to the 50/50 was more than $20,000, which means that the winner took home over $10,000! Not a bad investment for such a good cause!
In addition to purchasing raffle tickets to win a tree and/or the 50/50, visitors also had a chance to vote for their favorite trees.
Learn more about the Springfield Boys & Girls Club’s Festival trees at www.sbgc.org/FOT/
Okay cold weather and panini lovers, it’s time to keep an eye on the temperatures, and on Hot Table’s promotions and social media. Hot Table owner John DeVoie is watching the January forecast closely, and ready to announce the next Polar Vortex Challenge at the drop of a hat (although, you will definitely want to keep the hat on for this challenge!).
Once a year Hot Table has their Polar Vortex challenge, where up to 100 diners can get a free lunch between 11am – 2pm IF they agree to eat on the patio outside at their Tower Square location in the bitterly cold temperatures. Hot Table then donates the cash value of those meals to the Springfield Rescue Mission.
Typically the challenge is held in January, which tends to be the coldest month. So keep your eyes and ears open to the forecast and for the announcement of Hot Table’s 2018 Polar Vortex Challenge.
Hundreds are expected to return to the UMass Center at Springfield in March for the Annual Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication (WIIC). The group collaborated with UMass Amherst to host the conference in the downtown Springfield location last year.
While many of the conference attendees travel to Western Massachusetts, the event is open to local participants. Conference options include a 3-day workshop or the 1-day intensive training.
For more information, visit http://intercultural.org/wiic.html.
There are some bright new faces working at Cambridge College at Tower Square this year.
Cambridge College officials are excited to announce that Alison Siller has joined their team as the new Admissions Counselor for the School of Management. Siller, who is a graduate of Westfield State University majoring in Business Management, with a concentration in Marketing, will be working with the School of Management students throughout their admissions process and tenure and Cambridge College. Siller most recently worked for the state of MA Department of Workforce Development as an Unemployment Adjudicator.
Samantha Uelman has been hired as a Staff Assistant. With a degree in Pyschology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and an MS in Forensic Psychology from AIC in Springfield, as well as ten years of customer service experience, Uelman’s role will be to ensure the accuracy of course schedules and to maintain the educational environment for students and faculty.
Meghan Gilroy is now part of the college’s Front Desk Staff. With over 20 years of customer service and hospitality experience, including seven years as a GM and Course Facilitator for the Starbucks Coffee Corporation, and as Hot Table Catering Manager at Tower Square, Gilroy will be assisting Cambridge College students and visitors with questions, as well as helping staff and faculty with technical and clerical needs.
We wish all three ladies welcome to Cambridge College and to Tower Square!
Junior Achievement of Western MA is looking for business professionals with a heart for kids and our future leaders, to consider volunteering at one of their upcoming local events:
Prefer to help in other ways? Save the date for JA’s Celebrity Bartender Event – Tuesday, February 27 at Plan B Burger from 5:30 – 8:30pm. FREE ADMISSION! Donations by tip. Stop by for a fun night out while supporting JA programs for our local youth.
To inquire about volunteer opportunities contact Abby at email@example.com. JA is located on the second floor of Tower Square.
Teddy bears, trucks, dolls, balls, puzzles and more filled eight large boxes donated to The Gray House thanks to your generosity! Last month’s CBRE Toy Drive helped to make Christmas a little brighter for children in some of the highest need families in Springfield.
Toys were collected at the CBRE Security desks at both Tower Square and 1550 Main for two weeks last month.
The Gray House is a private non-profit social service agency in the North End of Springfield. Its mission is to help its neighbors facing hardship to meet their immediate and transitional needs by providing food, clothing and educational services in a safe positive environment.