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Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Hikes for Tykes hikes

Kids Meet at the Garden Railway Take a magical, little-ones' adventure through the Garden looking for fairies, tadpoles and soft-as-velvet lamb's ears leaves - so welcoming to the touch of tiny hands. Fresh Air Family and the Garden have partnered to bring you Hikes for Tykes, an outdoor environmental education program designed specifically for pre-school children. Hikes for Tykes was first launched at Birmingham Botanical Gardens by Fresh Air Family founder Verna Gates and has proved to be highly successful at engaging young children in outdoor exploration and hands-on activities. Saturday, January 31, 10 am-12 pm, pre-school children, their parents and siblings are invited to join in our first Hikes for Tykes Garden walk. Come prepared to get dirty as we investigate what's growing on at HBG each month! $5/family with Garden Membership or Admission Saturday, January 31 - Call Soozi Pline at 256-837-4344 with questions. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001rd1uatvoegr03NomdDoL-YVof1jGjKcdFCWA3oxkn1mgn1ibpqHjdov8ZEojDSWkEmeq7fC7qGkqflpmkvv42hSK0CyMKya2UhFvbnDK1EID3afnCrTEv1tAwZt21HtIFTg65O2Krba-eVDa7XejjZpgu3nqxJah7ypNTqQTkvxvC_nehUlXmAHGlD0mhzfOfdBQbwazG6c1DPYAwGxwUxkSONAZOLPxaObVW3OuZV5Aby0F7vdaHJQOhP3OTlNzkw53PFXjdbfqX8JzJfzMRhqNZ8ZPfq-BC2f4DnmnTD7T-xzD4UgqA5hrRPTeFhPSmxDYN_KeK5dWZAxatgO1tc6LkorhKLT0aCzSYdhobAv91NkKzOABKjEJx394wVVHHlJl35D__eyY52uxshMQBskq2iOgkzuk&c=g_uxCA9bfwftXTfDa4cKnIhVJ5nUKgc-6hHXZguqFLLcA8l4mP2fVw==&ch=D5… Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit www.hsvbg.org.

Learning Expo

Kids Join us from 10AM until 4PM for Learning Expo 2015. This event is FREE and open to the public and, just like last year, will feature a full day of speakers and entertainment. Attendees should enter through the Davidson center and after visiting the Expo are encouraged to visit the rest of the museum as well. From its inception, Rocket City Mom has made education a primary focus of this site because we know that there is no greater gift parents can bestow on their children than a great education. We are very pleased to once again partner with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to bring an event like no other to the Tennessee Valley. Learning Expo 2015 will highlighting Independent Schools, Magnet Programs, Homeschooling Resources, and Education-Related Businesses and give parents an opportunity to find all the information they need in one place in one day! Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Downtown Huntsville Food Tour

Outdoor Activities & Festivals This 3 hour guided walking tour winds through Huntsville, Alabama’s historic downtown streets and parks, visiting six unique food tasting locations. You will get an inside look at the restaurants, specialty shops, and “mom and pop” establishments that make downtown a truly special place to visit. Come explore the history and culture of downtown, and taste the highlights of the Rocket City. Cost: $49. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvillefoodtours.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Downtown Huntsville Route.

Artist Market

Free, located in the Flying Monkey Arts on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth at the Flying Monkey Arts and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and more interesting things for sale inside ourfacility – safe from rain. Vendor registration check flyingmonkeyarts.org. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Silk Painting Class

Downtown Huntsville $32 Admission, Located in Sara Dauro Studio 103 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Come join Denise and Hanley for a Silk Scarf painting adventure filled with color and topped with a splash of cool effects. Come ready for fun, leave with your hand painted silk scarf! Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Needlepoint Class

Educational & Lecture Learn the time-honored craft of needlepoint on Saturday, January 31, when members of the needlepoint mittenAmerican Needlepoint Guild join Burritt to share this historic skill. Needlepoint is a form of embroidery in which yarn is stitched through a stiff open weave canvas. Although its roots trace back to ancient Egypt, the modern form of this handicraft was developed in the 17th century. Avid "stitchers" have included Mary Queen of Scots (a royal who practiced needlepoint while imprisoned), Grace Kelley (actress, film star, and princess) and Rosie Grier (a former NFL football player). Join this renowned group as you learn the basic stitches and techniques of needlepoint while stitching a cozy mitten design. Then apply what you learn to an unlimited number of creative images. All supplies are included in the class fee of $20. Call 256-536-2882 to reserve your spot today. Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 28. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/needlepoint-class. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Anything Goes presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film January 30th - February 1st, 2015 Contains slight sexual innuendo and jokes that might be considered politically incorrect. ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=53&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Film Co-op Monthly Workshop

Performing Arts & Film Free, Located in the Film Co-op Studio 251 of the Flying Monkey Arts. The Alabama Filmmakers Co-op was incorporated in 1977 as a non-profit community service to support film screenings and filmmaker education in Huntsville and the North Alabama community. Topics change from month to month but cover all aspects of amateur, hobbyist and low budget film making. Feel free to request topics of interest and brings examples of your current work to share with the group.  Also, follow us on Facebook in the group “Alabama Filmmakers Co-op”. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

"Greater Tuna" presented by Bank Street Players

Performing Arts & Film "Greater Tuna" By Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams. Date and Times:     Thu, Jan 22 @ 7pm     Fri, Jan 23 @ 7pm     Sat, Jan 24 @ 2:30pm     Sat, Jan 24 @ 7pm     Thu, Jan 29 @ 7pm     Fri, Jan 30 @ 7pm     Sat, Jan 31 @ 2:30pm     Sat, Jan 31 @ 7pm All performances at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street Northeast, Decatur, AL Synopsis: Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, children and animals. Tickets:  $10 More Info: 256-318-3265. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Carnegie Visual Arts Center 207 Church Street Northeast Decatur, AL.

Saki-Ori Clas

Educational & Lecture $25 Admission, Located in Sara Dauro Studio 103 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Join Denise and Sarah for a Saki-Ori class! Saki-Ori is a form of Japanese weaving using cloth cut into strips. In this class, we will use a Saki-Ori cutter to cut YOUR SILK SCARF* into strips and then weave it into cloth. Pre-warped looms will be provided. No prior weaving experience required. * You may sign up for more than one of the scheduled silk painting classes in order to have a scarf to keep and a scarf to cut. Alternatively, for the “I can’t cut my art” folks, you may bring approximately 1/2 yard of quilting fabric to be cut into strips. Batiks are recommended since they are dyed through the cloth rather than printed on a single side. To register please visit handmadesaori.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Art by Willoughby Hastings

Museums, Studios & Galleries Willoughby Hastings, a young and up-and-coming artist, will be having her gallery debut show at The Little Green Store. Please come meet and support Willoughby on January 31 from 5:00-9:00pm. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The Little Green Store 820 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville, AL 35801.

"Greater Tuna" presented by Bank Street Players

Performing Arts & Film "Greater Tuna" By Ed Howard, Joe Sears, Jaston Williams. Date and Times:     Thu, Jan 22 @ 7pm     Fri, Jan 23 @ 7pm     Sat, Jan 24 @ 2:30pm     Sat, Jan 24 @ 7pm     Thu, Jan 29 @ 7pm     Fri, Jan 30 @ 7pm     Sat, Jan 31 @ 2:30pm     Sat, Jan 31 @ 7pm All performances at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, 207 Church Street Northeast, Decatur, AL Synopsis: Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna - men, women, children and animals. Tickets:  $10 More Info: 256-318-3265. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Carnegie Visual Arts Center 207 Church Street Northeast Decatur, AL.

Peter Pan, Jr.

Kids Columbia Elementary School (CES) Drama Club proudly presents Disney’s PETER PAN JR. at James Clemens Auditorium January 30-31, 2015. The 60-minute musical, designed for school aged performers, is based on the play by J.M. Barrie an the 1953 Disney film. The CES Drama Club cast contains approximately 45 students and chorus of 70 students led by directors Karen Bagley and Jenny Webb with teacher sponsor Danae Young. This is CES Drama Club's fifth year performing on stage. Peter Pan JR. is the story of the boy who wouldn't grow up and the girl who has to. After finding his shadow in the Darling family nursery, Peter teaches Wendy, Michael and John how to fly and sweeps them off to Never Land, where they meet Lost Boys, mermaids, Indians and, of course, pirates. If the children are ever to return home, Peter must defeat Captain Hook with the help of Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Peter Pan JR. features classic songs from the 1953 film such as, “You Can Fly!” “Following the Leader” and “The Second Star to… Cost: $7. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. James Clemens High School Auditorium 11306 County Line Road Madison, AL 35756.

Pastiche

Fundraisers Great songs, acts, and food! Homemade cakes, tarts, brownies accompany show of solos and ensemble singers from. Huntsville. British themed, includes music from Oliver, My. Fair Lady, some doo- wop: Duke of Earl, the lion sleeps tonight, the Alto's Lament, and more. Combined with artistic panache. The Queen of England, Margaret Thatcher, and Paddington Bear will visit! Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Ridley Hall, Church of the Nativity 208 Eustis Ave Huntsville AL 35801.

Havoc vs. MS RiverKings

Sports Gold Adult - $20.00 Mezzanine Silver Adult - $15.00 Mezzanine (General Admission) - $12.00 Purchase single game tickets from the VBC Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 tickets or more contact Cline Thompson at 256.518.6163. It is Adult Jersey Night sponsored by TOC Sports and Fox 54.  The first 1500 fans 13 and up get a free replica Havoc jersey! Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Propst Arena. Event Web Link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/huntsville-havoc-vs-mississippi-riverkings-huntsville-alabama-01-31-2015/event/20004D29E3036B76?artistid=941214&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9&tm_link=search_msg-0_20004D29E3036B76. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM. For more info visit www.huntsvillehavoc.com.

VBAS Planetarium show

Educational & Lecture @ the Planetarium at Monte Sano State Park Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew. Cost: $5 for Adult, $3 for students, free for children under 6. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Monte Sano State Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Anything Goes presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film January 30th - February 1st, 2015 Contains slight sexual innuendo and jokes that might be considered politically incorrect. ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=53&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Fonetic

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8:00 PM – Sunday, February 1, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Beasley Brothers

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:00 PM – Sunday, February 1, 2015, 12:00 AM.

5ive O'Clock Charlie

Music Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:30 PM – Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:30 AM. Sports Page Lounge & Deli 9009 Memorial Parkway SW Huntsville, AL 35802.

Chopdaddy

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:30 PM – Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Step Back in Time - Table games

Kids The Historic Park Every weekend has something to offer at Burritt! Join us in the Historic Park for a FREE demonstration of a historic skill every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

Anything Goes presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film January 30th - February 1st, 2015 Contains slight sexual innuendo and jokes that might be considered politically incorrect. ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=53&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Meet the Author: Hester Bass

Educational & Lecture Award-winning children's author Hester Bass returns to Huntsville to talk about her new book, "Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama." Books will be available for sale and signing. Bass is also the author of "The Secret World of Walter Anderson" and "So Many Houses." For details, call 256-532-2362. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103103. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Musical Chairs presented by Huntsville Symphony Orchestra

Music The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra announces its 2014-2015 season, Connections. Season subscriptions will be available for purchase on July 1, 2014 and single tickets will be available for purchase on August 15, 2014. Gregory Vajda, conductor Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella: Suite Patrons will sit with the musicians instead of as an audience. Experience a concert from a different perspective! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hso.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Anything Goes presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film January 30th - February 1st, 2015 Contains slight sexual innuendo and jokes that might be considered politically incorrect. ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! Peppering this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP exclaims as, “So DELIGHTFUL, So DELICIOUS, So DE-LOVELY!”. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=53&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Tuesday at 2:00 - Blacking the cast iron stove

Kids Join us every Tuesday at 2:00 in the Historic Park for a FREE hands-on look at the skills needed to live on a farm in the 1800s. Topics subject to change without notice; call 256-536-2882 for more information. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Monday, February 2, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

Sensory Jump Night

Kids During this special evening event, the play arena will be reserved for families affected by autism. Kids and parents have a great time meeting new friends and playing in a safe and controlled atmosphere. Sensory Jump night will be held on the 2nd Monday of every month. $7+tax/child and Parent's are always FREE. Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $7+tax/child. Event Web Link: http://pumpitupparty.com/events-and-activities/huntsville-al#slide-cs4. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Dogwood Cross - Global Women's Mission Benefit Night

Museums, Studios & Galleries Come paint our "Dogwood Cross" painting and raise money for the Global Women's Mission, out of Pelham, AL. The group works internationally supporting women through several different programs, such as training birthing attendants, working to create sewing schools, working with clean water programs, and helping get women out of sex trafficking. This is a very worthy cause, and the more people that sign up, the more we can donate! Bring your favorite snack, beverage and creative spirit and we will do the rest. This class is for everyone ages 16 years and up. Reserve your seats online at www.myspiritedart.com. Just click on Huntsville's calendar! Doors open at 6:00pm and painting starts at 6:30pm. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Monday, February 2, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. My Spirited Art 5000 Whitesburg Dr #130 Huntsville, Alabama. For more info visit www.myspiritedart.com.

James Irvin Solo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 2, 2015, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Nature Explorers’ Club

Kids The Nature Explorers’ Club is a fun literacy-based nature experience developed by The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Popular children’s books are the background. Two sessions are held on each day scheduled – 10-11am and 1-2pm. Geared for children in Preschool – 4th Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. SEPTEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th-  GET TO KNOW A TREE , Tuesday, 30th- POND HABITAT AT HAYS OCTOBER Saturday, 4th and Tuesday, 7th- A LEAF SHAPE ADVENTURE , Tuesday 28th- SQUIRRELS NOVEMBER Saturday, 1st and Tuesday, 4th- YOUR VERY OWN STORY  , Tuesday, 25th- OWLS  DECEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th- YOUR SPECIAL PATH JANUARY Saturday, 3rd and Tuesday, 6th- ANIMAL SIGNS  , Tuesday, 27th- ANIMAL HOMES FEBRUARY Tuesday, 3rd- GROUNDHOGS  , Saturday, 7th and Tuesday, 10th- AMAZING SEEDS  MARCH Tuesday, 3rd- SHAPES IN NATURE , … Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.natureexplore.org/certified/JDAnnieSHaysNaturePreserve.cfm. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Hays Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Nature Explorers’ Club

Kids The Nature Explorers’ Club is a fun literacy-based nature experience developed by The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Popular children’s books are the background. Two sessions are held on each day scheduled – 10-11am and 1-2pm. Geared for children in Preschool – 4th Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. SEPTEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th-  GET TO KNOW A TREE , Tuesday, 30th- POND HABITAT AT HAYS OCTOBER Saturday, 4th and Tuesday, 7th- A LEAF SHAPE ADVENTURE , Tuesday 28th- SQUIRRELS NOVEMBER Saturday, 1st and Tuesday, 4th- YOUR VERY OWN STORY  , Tuesday, 25th- OWLS  DECEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th- YOUR SPECIAL PATH JANUARY Saturday, 3rd and Tuesday, 6th- ANIMAL SIGNS  , Tuesday, 27th- ANIMAL HOMES FEBRUARY Tuesday, 3rd- GROUNDHOGS  , Saturday, 7th and Tuesday, 10th- AMAZING SEEDS  MARCH Tuesday, 3rd- SHAPES IN NATURE , … Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.natureexplore.org/certified/JDAnnieSHaysNaturePreserve.cfm. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Hays Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Twosday {Demo + Tasting}

Social Events & More Humphrey’s Bar & Grill and Homegrown Huntsville to host Twosday {Demo + Tasting}, a cooking demonstration and food tasting series on the first Tuesday of every month. The series kicks off on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Humphrey’s Bar & Grill, 109 Washington St NE.  Each month highlights different cooking techniques, cocktail pairings and plenty of food to taste. The first menu showcases “Scallops and Lemon Drops”.  The event starts promptly at 6pm with a cocktail followed by an interactive cooking demonstration by owner and executive chef, Chris McDonald.  Each guest will receive Chef prepared recipe cards to ensure you can recreate the experience in your own kitchen. “This series focuses on everything you wanted to know but have been afraid to ask,” says McDonald. “It’s about creating innovative and fun ways to cook your everyday meal.  We are very excited to partner with Homegrown Huntsville and bring this new Twosday {Demo + Tasting} series to downtown Huntsville.” The event series will include: J… Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

American Shakespeare Center on Tour- Hamlet

Performing Arts & Film Feb. 3 = Hamlet Feb. 4 = Much Ado about Nothing Feb. 5 = Dr. Faustus UAH - University Center Exhibit Hall. Co-sponsored by Huntsville Literary Association, Sigma Tau Delta, UAH Humantities Center and UAH College of Liberal Arts. All performances are in the UAHuntsville University Center Exhibit Hall. Each performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and will end at approximately 9:30. There is a free pre-show lecture by UAH faculty each night at 6:00 in the University Center. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: $15. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Games With Friends

Social Events & More Bring your own game or play one of ours! We also have a pinball tournament each week and girls play free from 7-9. Nightlife Venue: Straight to Ale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Wine Love Wednesday

Social Events & More Enjoy a series of high-end wine and food pairings.  Each month highlights different wines and food from around the world.  Food is prepared by Chef Merle Phillip, owner and executive chef of The Eaves Restaurant. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Church Street Wine Shoppe, 501 Church Street, Huntsville AL. 35801.

American Shakespeare Center on Tour- Much Ado about Nothing

Performing Arts & Film Feb. 3 = Hamlet Feb. 4 = Much Ado about Nothing Feb. 5 = Dr. Faustus UAH - University Center Exhibit Hall. Co-sponsored by Huntsville Literary Association, Sigma Tau Delta, UAH Humantities Center and UAH College of Liberal Arts. All performances are in the UAHuntsville University Center Exhibit Hall. Each performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and will end at approximately 9:30. There is a free pre-show lecture by UAH faculty each night at 6:00 in the University Center. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: $15. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Daddy Issues by Peter Aguero

Performing Arts & Film $10 Admission, Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre. Peter Aguero, storyteller and popular host of The Moth, takes the audience through a raw and sympathetic look at his relationship with his father over the years. Through crippling honesty, brutal humor, and vivid reflection, Peter tackles the universal plight of not being able to pick your family. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Justin Pearson

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Government Contracting Credentials Program

Educational & Lecture Where: 515 Sparkman Drive Huntsville, AL 35816 Cost: $50 per class in advance; $60 at the door Register for all 10, and receive one session FREE! What is GPAC? The WBCNA established the Government Procurement Assistance Center (GPAC) in 2010 to provide customized coaching and training for existing and aspiring government contractors. What is the GPAC Credentials Program? A series of ten modules have been developed to help small businesses become better subcontractors and, ultimately, prime contractors, thus improving their likelihood of success in government contracting. Learn about government contracting from a real-world perspective. Who Needs This Program? New and growing businesses who want to successfully pursue contracting opportunities with prime contractors and government agencies. Module 1: 12 Steps to Doing Business with the Government Module 2: Marketing to the Primes and the Federal Government Module 3: Small Business Certifications (8a, WOSB, etc.) Module 4: Government Con… Venue/ Attraction: Chamber of Commerce of HSV/ Madison County. Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:00 PM – Thursday, February 5, 2015, 12:00 AM.

Dr. Whateva

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 9:30 PM – Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Homeschool Winter Adventure Series

Educational & Lecture Space ART: The Wonders of the Universe – – Create action images of deep space with our Smithsonian Capture Colorful Cosmos seminar. View the drawings of Wernher von Braun as a child and explore space expression in technology, humanities and culture. Ages 6 – 8 meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and ages 9 – 13 meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Simple Machines – Explore the use of simple machines like levers, pulleys and inclined planes using LEGO Simple Machine kits.  Build and race your own flying machines and design a parachute to protect your very own “Egg-splorer.” Ages 6 – 8 meet from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and ages 9 – 13 meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. One course participation: $99 per course; discounted to $89 for each additional sibling Two courses plus lunch (full day): $233 for full day curriculum including a Mars Meal for lunch each day; discounted to $210 for each additional sibling Minimum of 12 students per course and maximum of 20 Reservations, paid in advance, are required. Limited space… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/01.08.15/homeschool-winter-adventure-series. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Dr. Homer McCall Speaks to Democratic Women Feb. 5

Educational & Lecture Rev. Dr. Homer McCall will speak at the monthly lunch meeting of the Madison County Democratic Women on Thursday, February 5, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church on Airport Rd. Ordained by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. youth organizer for the Montgomery bus boycott, and participant in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Dr. McCall considered Dr. King a mentor. Dr. McCall has shepherded generations of A&M University students and is the Dean of Ministers for the Ninth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He served for over 40 years as pastor of Huntsville’s St. John AME Church. Lunch ($20) and non-eating reservations are due Monday, February 2 at 5 pm. Additional lunches available on a stand-by basis. Reservations at madisondemwomen@gmail.com. Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: $20/lunch; no charge for non-eaters/lunch; no charge for non-eaters. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Stamps and Stationary

Performing Arts & Film $35 Members, $40 non Green Pea Press Members. Located at Green Pea Press Studio 122 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Learn the basics of carving reductive images on a small scale and make a series of your own small stamps! We will print on paper and stationary. We will review image design for this medium, preparing, carving, and printing techniques. Each student will get to carve 2-3 small stamps, which can be taken home to re-use. Participants will need to bring their own design. To register please visit greenpeapress.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

.45 Surprise Duo

Music Nightlife Venue: Blue Pants Brewery. Brewery: Blue Pants Brewery. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Blue Pants Brewery 500 Lanier Rd Madison, AL 35758.

Thursday Night Swing

Downtown Huntsville $10 Lesson $5 Dance only, Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Come Dance With Us! 6:30-7:30 PM: Lesson, 7:30-10:00 PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! EVER! If you haven’t already heard Thursday Night Swing is back and better than ever!  It’s bringing back a weekly DJ’d open dance venue and intermediate lesson space for Huntsville Alabama. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at www.huntsvilleswing.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

American Shakespeare Center on Tour- Dr. Faustus

Performing Arts & Film Feb. 3 = Hamlet Feb. 4 = Much Ado about Nothing Feb. 5 = Dr. Faustus UAH - University Center Exhibit Hall. Co-sponsored by Huntsville Literary Association, Sigma Tau Delta, UAH Humantities Center and UAH College of Liberal Arts. All performances are in the UAHuntsville University Center Exhibit Hall. Each performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and will end at approximately 9:30. There is a free pre-show lecture by UAH faculty each night at 6:00 in the University Center. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: $15. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Huntsville Alabama L5 Society: Dr. Linda Krause on Earth's Weird Weather

Educational & Lecture The Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5) will have its next program on Thursday, February 5, 7 pm at the Huntsville - Madison County Main Public Library's Auditorium. Dr. Linda H. Krause, Solar/Solar-Terrestrial Physics, NASA MSFC and NSSTC will be talk about "Our Earth's Weird Weather: Space Lightning, Gamma Ray Bursts, and Anti-Matter Particle Beams." The event is free and open to the public. A social will follow the program at the IHOP on University. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Robby Eichman

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Scott Morgan

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8:00 PM – Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015.

Establishing a Board of Advisors

Educational & Lecture Why a Board of Advisors (BOA)? Do you have a strong desire to be successful and to grow your business? If so, let the WBCNA help you establish a Board of Advisors by leveraging an executive leadership network and providing the highest-quality of trusted advisors. In today's fast-changing times, business owners could use some helpful guidance. Too often, they are isolated in their decision-making process and suffer from lack of seasoned advice. One solution to this dilemma is to create a board of knowledgeable, well-connected peers to help your business grow and prosper. INCLUDED IN THIS WORKSHOP... The 10-Step Strategic Planning Process! Propel Your Business to the Next Level Advisors can provide a sounding board for business decisions Advisors have walked in your shoes Advisors can advocate and network on your behalf Advisors can identify company weaknesses and offer suggestions Advisors can identify and pursue new business opportunities Who Needs This Program? Small business owne… Cost: $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Women's Business Center of North Alabama 515 Sparkman Drive Huntsville, AL 35816.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Master Artist Workshop with Helen Vaughn

Museums, Studios & Galleries Friday, February 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Discover new ways of seeing and interpreting images by using your own photographs as reference materials. Learn how to use your photographs more effectively. Extract key elements from photos, simplify the subject matter, and create strong compositions – in your paintings. Explore design, color, tonal values, and atmospheric effects of light and shadow through traditional oil painting techniques. Demos, a slide presentation, and critiques included. Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: $275 members / $300 non-members. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/classes/2015-master-artist-workshop-helen-vaughn/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 AM – Saturday, February 7, 2015, 4:00 PM.

Seeds to Sprouts: Counting Birds seeds

Kids Boeing Education Classroom Enjoy exciting stories, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the Garden with your little Sprout! Each class explores a different topic to get your little one experiencing nature and all it has to offer.  February 6: Counting Birds February 20: One Hundred Dogs Pre-registration is encouraged. If you register at least 24 hours ahead of the session you will receive a "prize" at the beginning of the class you have registered for. $8 for first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family. Parents free with membership or Garden admission. Take advantage of our Frequent "Sprouters" Program and earn a free class for every three paid classes that you attend. Pick up your card at the next class. Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or mhertzig@hsvbg.org. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001rd1uatvoegr03NomdDoL-YVof1jGjKcdFCWA3oxkn1mgn1ibpqHjdg2lAke30yV7cHUTDalI-8GWT1Sgdy2lCScakGLa3ak5t25ZMreRnjuEupM2_9z6ap4enreFuXPdS4-7qcO1p0WbbS6ZuX4LwFT6_CXpxO9umYAw3Kbc8inwWpvaP72nHSD1aavvGJDR-0bfSRuT3Wis_TTvwmF9Ft-20gCqOq1kvMay2ljhUIXdzjUgaN9QXlS-IJ2vluzBZ44OMbAfk5YijEegUVqvCnjwFJS1ny1W_n3-k8ZwHlRDklzODoySqsFA33a05ptk0ynANQ2sBY6d_zDq9qFqh-DCsj7scbmfjXZ0ZG9m66vxobG5HTYxVKU-rwETdBfg9In1x04PnfIKVUdi-O8xzWflaZRhvDrh&c=g_uxCA9bfwftXTfDa4cKnIhVJ5nUKgc-6hHXZguqFLLcA8l4mP2fVw==&ch=D5… Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Friday, February 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. For more info visit www.hsvbg.org.

Artist Market

Free, located in the Flying Monkey Arts on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth at the Flying Monkey Arts and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and more interesting things for sale inside ourfacility – safe from rain. Vendor registration check flyingmonkeyarts.org. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Birds of Prey with RISE Raptor Project

Kids Bring the entire family and join us for very special presentation from Curt Cearly of the RISE Raptor Project! We will explore principles of predator prey relationships, what classifies a bird as a bird of prey, how raptors help humans, and how we can be good stewards of our environment. Curt will be “assisted” by one or more of his live raptor 'teachers' during this program. Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: Included with general admission. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/birds-prey-rise-raptor-project. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

The Dog Ball

Fundraisers There is no luck of the draw at The Dog Ball. Everyone is a winner, especially the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. Very Important Dogs (VIDs) will get the royal, make that the "royale" treatment at the Von Braun Center South Hall on February 6, 2015. Dine, drink and donate for the dogs. The night starts with Yappy Hour and a chance to meet and mingle with the VIDs. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. The dogs walk the runway after dinner. There will also be both silent and live auctions. Tickets can be reserved at www.thedogball.org. Reservations need to be made by January 25, 2014. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center South Hall. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 5:45 PM – 8:45 PM.

Robby Eichman

Music Nightlife Venue: Blue Pants Brewery. Brewery: Blue Pants Brewery. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Blue Pants Brewery 500 Lanier Rd Madison, AL 35758.

Ain't Misbehavin' presented by Independent Musical Productions

Performing Arts & Film Back by popular demand, Ain't Misbehavin' is a musical revue featuring the music of Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Venue/ Attraction: Lee High School Theatre. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Ars Nova presents "Shakespeare - Words & Music"

Downtown Huntsville For more information & tickets please call 256-883-1105. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Sheriff’s Lonestar National Finals Rodeo

Downtown Huntsville The Sheriff’s Lonestar National Finals Rodeo in the VBC Propst Arena Feb. 6th & 7th at 7:30pm. Reserved seats are $30 & $25. General Admission seats are $16.  Military (Active & Retired) receive $2 off General Admission seats for Friday at the Box Office; Emergency First Responders receive $2 off General Admission seats for Saturday at the Box Office;. Tickets are available at the VBC Box Office,www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. For more info visit vonbrauncenter.com.

Juice

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 8:00 PM – Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Juice

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 8:00 PM – Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Homegrown Comedy Show

Social Events & More Homegrown Comedy will be returning to the Flying Monkey Theater on Friday February 6th at 8pm. Tickets are only $8 at the door. Performing for the first time on the Homegrown stage will be Deez Deez Matthews, Brian Beaty, Joel Elliott, David Dettmering, & River Morris. Returning to the Homegrown stage will be Tim Benton. Tom Hand & Brandon Ijames will be hosting the show. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM.

Kozmic Mama

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: LeeAnn's. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 PM – Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1:00 AM.

Matt Bennett

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Jefferson Street Pub. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:30 PM – 11:30 PM.

National Marriage Festival

Health & Wellness "Building Marriage and Relationships From the Ground up" 7AM - 9AM - Fun Run 10AM 3PM - Come out and hear speakers speak about Longer life, Financial Stability, Balancing Children, and Greater Happiness! This is an event you don't want to miss! Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Cost: $20.00 (Couple) $10.00 (single) Includes Banquet. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

UAH Student Leadership Conference

Educational & Lecture This conference is free of charge for all UAH students, including those from surrounding universities and colleges. Lunch will also be provided for those who RSVP by Friday, January 30, 2015. To RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/2015uahslc This year we are also offering a special track of presentations covering social justice and diversity. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Book Swap

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks Children’s Museum will have a Book Swap the first Saturday of every month in its lobby.  Dust off those books you no longer need and bring them to us.  For every two books you bring you get to pick out and take one new book home.  You can also simple bring books to donate to United Way which will go to children and classrooms in need in the area.  We have a wide selection of books for kids and adults.  No admission is required.  This event is open to all and completely free. What is a book swap? A book swap is an opportunity to exchange books that you have already read for books that are new to you. Where will the book swap be located? The book swap will be located in the Lunch Pail at the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum at 404 Madison Street, Huntsville, AL 35801. When can I join the fun? The book swap will be hosted every first Saturday of the month between the hours of 10:00AM-2:00PM.  Our first book swap will be October 4th. Do I have to bring a book in? There is opportunity to purchas… Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/monthly-book-swap/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Nature Explorers’ Club

Kids The Nature Explorers’ Club is a fun literacy-based nature experience developed by The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Popular children’s books are the background. Two sessions are held on each day scheduled – 10-11am and 1-2pm. Geared for children in Preschool – 4th Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. SEPTEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th-  GET TO KNOW A TREE , Tuesday, 30th- POND HABITAT AT HAYS OCTOBER Saturday, 4th and Tuesday, 7th- A LEAF SHAPE ADVENTURE , Tuesday 28th- SQUIRRELS NOVEMBER Saturday, 1st and Tuesday, 4th- YOUR VERY OWN STORY  , Tuesday, 25th- OWLS  DECEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th- YOUR SPECIAL PATH JANUARY Saturday, 3rd and Tuesday, 6th- ANIMAL SIGNS  , Tuesday, 27th- ANIMAL HOMES FEBRUARY Tuesday, 3rd- GROUNDHOGS  , Saturday, 7th and Tuesday, 10th- AMAZING SEEDS  MARCH Tuesday, 3rd- SHAPES IN NATURE , … Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.natureexplore.org/certified/JDAnnieSHaysNaturePreserve.cfm. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Hays Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Huntsville Symphony Orchestra FREE Family Concert

Music This will be an especially delightful FREE Family Concert! It’s a wonderful way to introduce young people to the instruments and music of a symphony…and it’s completely FREE, thanks to sponsorship from Damson Automotive Group and the Painted Violin Society! Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hso.org/education-community/free-family-concert/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Spay Neuter Action Project Fundraiser

Fundraisers Spay Neuter Action Project will host a fundraiser to benefit the animals in our program. Fill a bag with clothes for only $5. Free pizza will be provided by Domino's and free drinks provided by a donation from Kroger. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Snap Thrift Shop 2905 Bob Wallace Avenue Huntsville, Al. 35810.

Downtown Huntsville Food Tour

Outdoor Activities & Festivals This 3 hour guided walking tour winds through Huntsville, Alabama’s historic downtown streets and parks, visiting six unique food tasting locations. You will get an inside look at the restaurants, specialty shops, and “mom and pop” establishments that make downtown a truly special place to visit. Come explore the history and culture of downtown, and taste the highlights of the Rocket City. Cost: $49. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvillefoodtours.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Downtown Huntsville Route.

Print your Own Letterpress Valentines

Downtown Huntsville $5 for 5 cards, Located at Green Pea Press, Studio 122 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. We will have the letterpress set up to print 5 individual cards at once and a bevy of rubber stamps, paper punches, scissors, glue sticks and more to embellish them as you like. We’ll provide all the materials, and an apron to protect your clothes from any mishaps! No registration necessary. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sweetheart Belly Dance Workshop & Hafla with Petite Jamilla

Health & Wellness A 3 hour Bellydance Workshop with former Belly Dance SuperStar Petite Jamilla from 1-4pm. $40 At 6pm we will have a live music hafla! Come join the fun. Donation at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Nomadic Tapestry Bellydance & Music 1219 C Jordan Lane Huntsville, AL.

Nature Explorers’ Club

Kids The Nature Explorers’ Club is a fun literacy-based nature experience developed by The Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Popular children’s books are the background. Two sessions are held on each day scheduled – 10-11am and 1-2pm. Geared for children in Preschool – 4th Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather in clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. SEPTEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th-  GET TO KNOW A TREE , Tuesday, 30th- POND HABITAT AT HAYS OCTOBER Saturday, 4th and Tuesday, 7th- A LEAF SHAPE ADVENTURE , Tuesday 28th- SQUIRRELS NOVEMBER Saturday, 1st and Tuesday, 4th- YOUR VERY OWN STORY  , Tuesday, 25th- OWLS  DECEMBER Saturday, 6th and Tuesday, 9th- YOUR SPECIAL PATH JANUARY Saturday, 3rd and Tuesday, 6th- ANIMAL SIGNS  , Tuesday, 27th- ANIMAL HOMES FEBRUARY Tuesday, 3rd- GROUNDHOGS  , Saturday, 7th and Tuesday, 10th- AMAZING SEEDS  MARCH Tuesday, 3rd- SHAPES IN NATURE , … Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.natureexplore.org/certified/JDAnnieSHaysNaturePreserve.cfm. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Hays Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Step Back in Time - Table games

Kids The Historic Park Every weekend has something to offer at Burritt! Join us in the Historic Park for a FREE demonstration of a historic skill every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

Wardlaw Brothers Concert

Music As a part of the 3rd annual African American Healers conference, there will be a concert featuring the Wardlaw Brothers. These 5 biological brothers bring a spirit-filled concert. Great event for the family. Hope you can attend. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Oakwood University Church 7000 Adventist BLVD Huntsville, AL 35896.

Art Exchange

Fundraisers The Arts Council is excited to bring a brand new event to Huntsville: the first ever Art Exchange! This one-of-a-kind party will give local art enthusiasts the chance to shop – and buy from – the collections of some of Huntsville’s most well-known art lovers. Taking place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Art Exchange will feature artwork we’ve amassed from a group of local collectors. Our team will price and display the work, and collectors will receive a portion of the sales or choose to donate the profits to The Arts Council. The event, to be held at Lincoln Mill, will feature great food and drink with music by a local band. Ticket buyers will have a Patron level option, which includes the perk of shopping an hour before the rest of the crowd. For more information or to be included on our invitation mailing list, please call (256) 519-ARTS (2787). Cost: $50 - $100 per person; includes food, drink & shopping preview. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.artshuntsville.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Lincoln Mill 1300 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Ain't Misbehavin' presented by Independent Musical Productions

Performing Arts & Film Back by popular demand, Ain't Misbehavin' is a musical revue featuring the music of Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Venue/ Attraction: Lee High School Theatre. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Ars Nova presents "Shakespeare - Words & Music"

Downtown Huntsville For more information & tickets please call 256-883-1105. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Sheriff’s Lonestar National Finals Rodeo

Downtown Huntsville The Sheriff’s Lonestar National Finals Rodeo in the VBC Propst Arena Feb. 6th & 7th at 7:30pm. Reserved seats are $30 & $25. General Admission seats are $16. Emergency Responders receive $2 off General Admission seats for Friday at the Box Office; Military receive $2 off General Admission seats for Saturday at the Box Office;. Tickets are available at the VBC Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM. For more info visit vonbrauncenter.com.

The "UNOFFICIAL" Bead Throwing Practice Party

Social Events & More Why wait until the "official" Mardi Gras parade to let the good times roll when you can celebrate with us at our Bead Throwing party! The beads start flying at 8:00 pm and won't end until every bead is thrown! 1st 50 to buy tickets at door or gate get a cheap Mardi Gras mask and a free craft beer! EVERYONE who can catch 'em receives beads... So, come on out and show us whatcha got! For more info: www.facebook.com/lowryhouse OR www.historiclowryhouse.com *Sponsored by Downtown Huntsville Inc. and The Brew Stooges. Venue/ Attraction: The Historic Lowry House. Cost: $5.00 advance; $10 at door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

VBAS Planetarium show

Educational & Lecture @ the Planetarium at Monte Sano State Park Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Students, and free for children under 6, as well as VBAS members. Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to look at some of the wonders of the universe our telescopes following the planetarium program with the help of our experienced and knowledgeable observing crew. Cost: $5 for Adult, $3 for students, free for children under 6. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Monte Sano State Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Travis Posey Trio

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:00 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Travis Posey Trio

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 8:00 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

Chris Carpenter

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:00 AM.

Sweet Root

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: LeeAnn's. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9:00 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015, 1:00 AM.

Hot Dog & Dog!

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Grisham Pavilion 11:30 - 1:00 pm Enjoy Lunch with your "Best" Friend! Hot dog lunch includes sides, drink & dessert! (Vegetarian dogs available) Dogs will enjoy treats! $7 per Adult $4 per Child Giant Dog Bone Photo Op "Dawg Couture" Fashion Show at 1 pm Don't Miss this Doggone Good Time! Sign-up for the Dawg Couture fashion show e-mail thuron@msn.com or call 256-830-4447- ext. 241. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11:30 PM – Sunday, February 8, 2015, 1:00 AM. For more info visit www.hsvbg.org.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Retro Winter Games

Downtown Huntsville Join us for this free afternoon of retro games like Dodge Ball, Capture the Flag, Four Square and others. This informal gathering is open to everyone over 15 years old who enjoys a good afternoon of exercise, old school playground games, and the camaraderie of joining other Retro Winter Game Olympians. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Event Web Link: http://www.downtownhuntsville.org/featured-events/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Step Back in Time - Bartering & Trading

Kids The Historic Park Every weekend has something to offer at Burritt! Join us in the Historic Park for a FREE demonstration of a historic skill every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

Barking up the Right Tree tree

Kids Meet on the Linda & Mark Smith Patio Stroll through the Garden and learn about trees with interesting bark patterns that you can plant in your garden. We will also see a few plants in bloom. Dogs welcome! Led by Carol Lambdin Questions - Contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM. For more info visit www.hsvbg.org.

Winter Winds 2 & 4 Mile Road Races and Kids Fun Run

Sports Sunday - 2PM - Grissom High School Linda Scavarda, (256) 679-1582. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Grissom High School 7901 Bailey Cove Road Southeast Huntsville, AL 35802.

Ain't Misbehavin' presented by Independent Musical Productions

Performing Arts & Film Back by popular demand, Ain't Misbehavin' is a musical revue featuring the music of Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Venue/ Attraction: Lee High School Theatre. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Ars Nova presents "Shakespeare - Words & Music"

Downtown Huntsville For more information & tickets please call 256-883-1105. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Sunday, February 8, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Sons of The American Revolution: To New Orleans and Back

Educational & Lecture The Sons of the American Revolution, Tennessee Valley Chapter, is having its next monthly meeting at 11 am on Monday, February 9, 2015, in the Auditorium – Public Library, Downtown Huntsville.  The program is "To New Orleans and Back" presented by Nancy Billings using references to her family history. A complimentary light lunch will be served.  Admission is free.  More information is on-line at:  SAR1776.com. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Huntsville Photographic Society Program: “Alternative Processes”

Educational & Lecture Since 2000 José Betancourt and Susan Weil have worked closely together to develop ways of printing and presenting a body of artwork based on the Cyanotype, also known as the photographic “Blueprint”. Although the Cyanotype is their primary technique, Betancourt and Weil have also worked with Photograms and Van Dyke Brown prints. Their collaborative works can range from personal and autobiographical to formal constructions. The fragmented canvases and negative space form unique images for the viewer. Betancourt has used visual implications in his panoramic photographs to construct fictional landscapes from multiple continuous frames. Weil also has used multiple shaped panels to investigate time and space. Her retrospective publication by Skira entitled “Moving Pictures” shows this body of work. Their love of the history of photography and historical techniques has produced one of a kind works that transcend to a contemporary context. José Betancourt is Professor of Photography at UAH Huntsville's Depar… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:50 PM.

Cheryl Llewellyn

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:30 AM.

James Irvin Solo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, February 9, 2015, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Tuesday at 2:00 - Meet Susie the mule

Kids Join us every Tuesday at 2:00 in the Historic Park for a FREE hands-on look at the skills needed to live on a farm in the 1800s. Topics subject to change without notice; call 256-536-2882 for more information. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

How to Do Things: Floor Cloth, Part 1

Educational & Lecture Learn to make a painted floor cloth. Painted floor cloths were used prior to linoleum flooring. They brightened homes early in the history of this country. Large floor cloths were made from the canvas used for sails. A painted floor cloth is sturdy and long wearing if placed on a firm flat surface and kept properly sealed, and can be swept with a broom and cleaned with water. YouÕll start with a 24Óx36Ó piece of canvas which is ready for your design. Your designed can be painted or stenciled. Faux painting techniques will also be introduced. No painting experience is required. There will be stencils and stencil brushes and an assortment of acrylic paints and brushes for use in the workshop. Bring your own stencils, acrylic paints, brushes, T-squares and yard sticks if you wish. (Put your name on your supplies and equipment). YouÕll learn how to prepare the canvas for painting and how to seal your project at home after the paints have had time to cure. Be prepared to take you floor cloth home flat. If you hav… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Cost: 7. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102998. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. For more info visit hmcpl.org.

Candy Hearts - Valentine's Family Night

Museums, Studios & Galleries Come celebrate Valentine's Day with the family and make memories you will never forget. The cost is per canvas. If parents would like to paint with their child, there is no additional charge for the parent. Please leave a comment at check out letting us know their will be 2 or more people painting on one canvas. This class is for everyone ages 5 years and up. Reserve your seats online at www.myspiritedart.com. Just click on Huntsville's calendar! Doors open at 6:00pm and painting starts at 6:30pm. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. My Spirited Art 5000 Whitesburg Dr #130 Huntsville, Alabama. For more info visit www.myspiritedart.com.

Tim Cannon

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Love Letters

Seasonal A.R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed romantic comedy tells story of the fifty year friendship of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner through their letters. This special evening of theater stars Fantasy Playhouse alumni Cassie Hahne Barber and David Herriott and will be directed by FPCT’s Executive Director, Karen Mockensturm. “This is a very special evening of ‘grown-up’ theater, intended to celebrate the legacy of Fantasy Playhouse. Barber and Herriott met while performing in Fantasy shows and studying acting under David’s mother, Helen Herriott, in the 1970’s and have remained friends since then; through cross-country and international moves, through years of studying and career changes. This performance marks the first time Barber and Herriott have shared a stage since they were seniors in high school and appeared together in Fantasy’s Aesops Falables,” says Mrs. Mockensturm.  Love Letters will be presented for one night only, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the Thurber Arts Center on Randolp… Venue/ Attraction: Randolph Thurber Arts Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588199031413014/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Business of Art

Downtown Huntsville $20 Admission, Located in the Classroom Studio 2008 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Do you ever want to ask a business question, need a sounding board for business decisions, or ask a simple tax question and do not know where to turn? Join Miriam Ezell, CPA, former VP of  Finance, Author, Certified Life Coach and ARTIST!  Miriam has a strong desire to educate, train in a simple, non threatening way to the creative community using her engaging personality.  Miriam desires to be your “go to” business professional. To register please contact Miriam@coachmiriam.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Jay Burgess

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Government Contracting Credentials Program

Educational & Lecture Where: 515 Sparkman Drive Huntsville, AL 35816 Cost: $50 per class in advance; $60 at the door Register for all 10, and receive one session FREE! What is GPAC? The WBCNA established the Government Procurement Assistance Center (GPAC) in 2010 to provide customized coaching and training for existing and aspiring government contractors. What is the GPAC Credentials Program? A series of ten modules have been developed to help small businesses become better subcontractors and, ultimately, prime contractors, thus improving their likelihood of success in government contracting. Learn about government contracting from a real-world perspective. Who Needs This Program? New and growing businesses who want to successfully pursue contracting opportunities with prime contractors and government agencies. Module 1: 12 Steps to Doing Business with the Government Module 2: Marketing to the Primes and the Federal Government Module 3: Small Business Certifications (8a, WOSB, etc.) Module 4: Government Con… Venue/ Attraction: Chamber of Commerce of HSV/ Madison County. Cost: $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:00 PM – Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12:00 AM.

Dr. Whateva

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 9:30 PM – Thursday, February 12, 2015, 1:30 AM.

Beaks and Barks

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Cool winter days during January and February are perfect for getting out of the house and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine in the Garden. Walk the trails in the crisp winter air or play a round of fetch with your dog in the five acre "no leash" zone at the back of the Garden. Check out the extension of the Lewis Birding Trail - don't forget your binoculars. Saturday January 17, 2015 - Saturday February 28, 2015 In the Garden The Garden is now a Birding Hotspot and is included on the North Alabama Birding Trail Map. Visit the Lewis Birding Trail page for a list of bird species sighted at the Garden, a Birding Trail Map, and a photo gallery of birds photographed in the Garden. Grab your binoculars, head out to the Trail and capture a few sightings of your own. Be part of the global Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13-16; attend “Chickin & Pickin” dinner and movie Friday evening February 13; enjoy a full day Birding Symposium on Saturday February 14; and on Sunday February 15, it’s Young Birders Day… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=10&start_day=4&start_year=2013&end_month=1&end_day=31&end_year=2014&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=34. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015.

William Thomas Art Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries Saturday January 10, 2015 - Wednesday April 15, 2015: Boeing Education Center and Murray Hall The Garden is hosting the work of William Thomas, a Southern botanical realism artist. His paintings depict both foliage and floral specimens, mainly in acrylic on canvas. His paintings are vibrant and large (most being 40” x 30”), showing their natural beauty. Visit William Thomas’s exhibit “En Masse” at the Garden. For more information about William Thomas visit williamthomasart.com. For information about his exhibit here, contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org. No admission fee. Meet the artist Saturday, March 7, 2015. Details will be posted when available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Josh Allison

Music Nightlife Venue: Blue Pants Brewery. Brewery: Blue Pants Brewery. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Blue Pants Brewery 500 Lanier Rd Madison, AL 35758.

Romantic Wines & Appetizer Pairing

Music Nichols Arbor Live music sets the tone for the evening, filling the Garden's intimate Nichols Arbor with a delightful auditory backdrop to conversations both intimate and casual. February's Romantic Wine Tasting will offer fabulous appetizer pairings and a variety of rich reds, crisp whites and champagne for the ultimate in Valentine's Day romance. Enjoy the relaxing music of Harpist Victoria Anderson and Violist Juliet Willicott. All registered attendees receive a $10 Gift Certificate to be used in the Shoppe at the Garden and will enjoy a private shopping experience immediately following the event. Sips and Sounds is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Space is limited. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For more info visit www.hsvbg.org.

Thursday Night Swing

Downtown Huntsville $10 Lesson $5 Dance only, Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Come Dance With Us! 6:30-7:30 PM: Lesson, 7:30-10:00 PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! EVER! If you haven’t already heard Thursday Night Swing is back and better than ever!  It’s bringing back a weekly DJ’d open dance venue and intermediate lesson space for Huntsville Alabama. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at www.huntsvilleswing.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

Ain't Misbehavin' presented by Independent Musical Productions

Performing Arts & Film Back by popular demand, Ain't Misbehavin' is a musical revue featuring the music of Thomas Wright "Fats" Waller. Venue/ Attraction: Lee High School Theatre. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Grissom Theatre presents The Hobbit

Performing Arts & Film Bilbo, One of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy, and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results- Not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits and the other residents of Middle Earth. February 12-14, 7:30. Venue/ Attraction: Grissom High School. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

George Scherer

Music Nightlife Venue: Humphrey's Bar. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Geoff & Brian

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, February 12, 2015, 8:00 PM – Friday, February 13, 2015, 12:00 AM. Furniture Factory Bar and Grill 619 Meridian Street Huntsville, AL 35801.