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Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Innovate Huntsville

Educational & Lecture Innovate Huntsville focuses on educating, inspiring and engaging entrepreneurs. Throughout the week, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in various activities designed to contribute and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Huntsville, Alabama. Over 30 presenters will share their firsthand knowledge about their experience and success in addition to giving expert advice on how to launch your business to the next level. Come for one day, come for both days, come just for the Entrepreneur Awards, or come to just network. Just make sure you come - there is something for everyone. Cost: $50-$129. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016 – Saturday, May 7, 2016. Campus 805 & various locations throughout Huntsville.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Panoply Arts Festival

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Panoply is the Southeast’s premier arts weekend where Huntsville’s innovative spark shines through a festival of art, music and more in downtown’s Big Spring Park. Presented by Arts Huntsville, Panoply features live performances, the Art Marketplace, STEAM interactives for all ages, beer and wine and much more! Cost: $10 per person; kids 12 and under get in free. Event Web Link: http://www.artshuntsville.org/panoply-arts-festival/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Pine Ridge Day Camp Open House

Kids Join us for our second 2016 Open House! We will have some favorite camp activities open and will be giving camp tours! Staff members will be present to give the tours and answer any and all questions you may have about camp. We will also serve light refreshments. Staff will be available to register campers in the dining hall. This event is free and open to the public so please come out and bring the family! It is a great opportunity for campers to get a feel for what camp will be like this summer! This event does not require a RSVP. If you have any questions, please call our office at (256)778-9999. You can also visit our website at www.pineridgedaycamp.org. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Pine Ridge Day Camp & Equestrian Center 113 Pine Hill Drive Somerville, AL 35670.

The Little Mermaid

Performing Arts & Film Travel with the Little Mermaid to the Top of the Sea where she becomes friends with a funny but reluctant prince. Meet King Neptune, the Sea Urchin, Granny, and watch the Sea Witch as she desperately tries with the help of a pair of comical turtles to get her hands on the mermaid's most precious possession. Writer William Glennon puts a contemporary spin on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of the sea. Directed by Leslie Lanza. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $15. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fantasyplayhouse.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (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. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Step It Up Dancers

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join Anne Sentell and her Step it up Dancers for rousing jigs, reels and toe-tapping fun! Join them for great exercise and balance-strengthening with this high-stepping group. Everyone is welcome to join in because they can teach you! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

The Illusionists presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film “A High-tech Magic Extravaganza”-The New York Times Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Huntsville! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONIST – Witness the Impossible has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=41&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

The Little Mermaid

Performing Arts & Film Travel with the Little Mermaid to the Top of the Sea where she becomes friends with a funny but reluctant prince. Meet King Neptune, the Sea Urchin, Granny, and watch the Sea Witch as she desperately tries with the help of a pair of comical turtles to get her hands on the mermaid's most precious possession. Writer William Glennon puts a contemporary spin on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of the sea. Directed by Leslie Lanza. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $15. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fantasyplayhouse.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Josh Allison Sunday Night Live

Music Live music at Humphrey's! Venue/ Attraction: Humphreys Bar and Grill. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The Illusionists presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film “A High-tech Magic Extravaganza”-The New York Times Direct from Broadway, the world’s best-selling magic show is coming to Huntsville! This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONIST – Witness the Impossible has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=41&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 1, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016.

#GEOHackHSV - Hackathon Event

Social Events & More Calling all Hackers! National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), GEOHuntsville, and AEgis Technologies are hosting the inaugural Cummings Research Park hackathon. Dates: May 2 & 3 (May 2, starts at 7 am overnight to May 3) Location: AEgis Technologies 410 Jan Davis Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806 Hack Help! • Spread the word to your employees & friends! • Check out http://www.geohackhsv.com/ • Register a #GeoHackHSV Team • Sign up to be a #GeoHackHSV Sponsor Who are the Hackers? Software developers, mathematicians, geospatial professionals, user experience/user interface designers (UX/UI), and cyber-skilled technicians. Why Hack? NGA is providing the sample dataset. When responding to a natural disaster, what are better and more efficient ways for disaster recovery agencies to respond and act? This 2-day Hackathon event will help do the following: * Promote group think & collaboration. * Bring your own unique Intellectual Property (IP) or share with someone else’s IP to create a… Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00 AM – Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM. AEgis Technologies 410 Jan Davis Drive Huntsville, AL 35806.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Rockin’ Story Time

Kids All ages You never knew storytime could be this awesome! Join us weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am as Miss Melissa rocks your storytime with cool books, kickin' kids songs, rad rhymes, and puppets, too! We'll wrap it all up with a themed craft. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Miss Melissa at mshuman@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Monday, May 2, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

LEGO Mania

Downtown Huntsville All ages The library will provide LEGOs, you provide the imagination! Chidren can build creations out of their wildest dreams. The library will put these creations on display for 1 week until the next LEGO Mania.  For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Event Web Link: http://kids.hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Monday, May 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

After School Drawing & Oil Painting

Educational & Lecture Experienced instructor Ann Steverson offers individualized ongoing classical drawing and painting lessons in a variety of traditional media. This class is recommended for students ages 9 to 18. Pre-registration required. The $90 admission applies to a month of classes, but partial months can be prorated. Located in Protégé Studio 2028 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. To register, please contact Ann at protege.ann@gmail.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $90 admission per month. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM.

Downtown Movies: "To Kill a Mockingbird"

Performing Arts & Film Downtown Movies presents "The Hollywood South," a series of films set in the South in a wide variety of eras. The 1962 Oscar-winning film "To Kill a Mockingbird" stars Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Robert Duvall and Brock Peters. It was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Heritage Ringers Of Huntsville Spring Disney Concert

Music The Heritage Ringers of Huntsville will present its annual spring concert Monday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church, 607 Airport Rd. This non-profit auditioned hand bell group has been performing since 1985 and rings six and a half octaves and chimes. The choir will ring wonderful arrangements of Disney Classics. We encourage you to bring your families and wear your Disney outfits. The concert lasts less than an hour and is open to the public free of charge. No tickets or reservations are necessary. You will not want to miss this hand bell concert. Heritage Ringers of Huntsville Spring Disney Concert When: Monday, May 2 @ 7:00 p.m. Where: Trinity Methodist Church in the sanctuary. Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

West Coast Swing Night

Educational & Lecture Come on out to Rocket Republic and join us for a great night of dancing. We'll have music on at 6:30 for a little bit of warmup. Class will begin at 7 and then we'll have social dancing after the class until close. It's going to be an awesome time and we hope to see you out with us. No cost! As always, we're going to be at Rocket Republic. They have a great venue with an amazing atmosphere. Check out everything they have on tap. You're going to have a great time. Venue/ Attraction: Rocket Republic Brew. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Josh Allison

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 2, 2016, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Wiggles & Walking Story Time

Downtown Huntsville Ages: 12-24 months A fun, active storytime for babies who have begun walking and their caregivers. We'll read - and sing - short books, share rhymes and songs, and play with the parachute! Stick around after storytime to play with toys from our special toy box. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Tuesdays at 2

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us in the Historic Park to learn about a historic craft or chore. You may be able to try your hand at it! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Latham Farmers Market

Seasonal We are a weekly farmers market that brings local farmers and artisans together to nourish our community. Every week we offer activities for the kids, live music, and recycling services. We accept cash or credit cards and double your bucks when you use your EBT card. There is parking on site and it is always free to attend. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Latham United Methodist Church 109 Weatherly Rd SE Huntsville, AL 35803.

Science Club

Downtown Huntsville Grades 3-5 Bring your children every week as Ms. Lorena teaches basic science concepts with fun, hands-on activities! For more information contact Miss Lorena at lgoss@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Barks & Brews

Educational & Lecture Is your fido a fuss?  We've got the remedy! Sign your pup up for dog training classes with a certified dog instructor.  Each class includes four training sessions and they all take place at Salty Nut Brewery!  Plus, each week, your first craft beer is included!  Trust me, you'll need the beer!  Training takes time and patience and our trainer practices positive reinforcement training.  This class will focus on the basics: sitting, walking on a leash, staying and down.  Additional tricks and training available for pups that pick up on it fast. Venue/ Attraction: Salty Nut Brewery. Cost: $125 for 4 weeks. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Design and Architecture

Educational & Lecture Learn how architecture and interior design are interwoven and how architectural detailing makes a building unique. You will explore residential and commercial architectural styles and types including historical and contemporary design. Through lectures and in-class discussions, students are introduced to design history and theory, and to designing kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and more. Issues such as accessibility, plumbing, and lighting will be explored. Other areas of instruction include basics of construction, materials and finishes, universal design, sustainability, and building systems. March 29 - May 17, 2016 | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 8:00 pm For more information, visit PCS.uah.edu or call 256.824.6015. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: $325. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Trivia Tuesdays

Downtown Huntsville Meet us every Tuesday in Spazio Pizza & Taps for free trivia night! You can play individually or as a team, with the winning teams or individuals receiving a Whole Foods Market gift card. There will also be Whole Foods goodies for the 2nd and 3rd place teams. All participants will receive $1 off pints! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Game Night

Social Events & More Bring your friends and your favorite game enjoy beer and board games at Straight to Ale. Food Truck: Feed The Frenzy. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

West Coast Swing Dance

Social Events & More If you can walk, you can dance! Rocket Westies are offering west coast swing beginner and intermediate dance classes from 7 PM to 8 PM, followed by open dancing until 10 PM. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just got out of your first beginner class, you’ll have a wonderful time. Know a song you really enjoy dancing to? Feel free to make a request! Located at the Flying Monkey Theatre. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

O'Dell Johnson Duo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Rockin’ Story Time

Kids All ages You never knew storytime could be this awesome! Join us weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am as Miss Melissa rocks your storytime with cool books, kickin' kids songs, rad rhymes, and puppets, too! We'll wrap it all up with a themed craft. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Miss Melissa at mshuman@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Dave Anderson

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Lumberyard! Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Wine Down Wednesday

Downtown Huntsville Every Wednesday night is wine night in our Specialty department! Enjoy a free tasting and learn about new wines every Wednesday from 5-7pm. After you sample, enjoy $1 off glasses of wine in Spazio Pizza & Taps and a wood fired pizza too! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

1st Wednesday Providence Car Show

Kids The Village of Providence Car Collectors Show in the park. The Village of Providence Arts and Entertainment District hours are Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 - 10 p.m. Friday evenings from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. During those times, patrons may purchase a beverage at one of the participating establishments, and stroll through the Village of Providence Arts & Entertainment District. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Village of Providence 7 Town Center Dr NW Huntsville, AL 35806.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM.

Experienced Handbell Ringers Auditions

Music St. Mark's & Friends Handbell Choir is and advanced level choir, which rings in concert setting and is looking for volunteering ringers to join the choir. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church 200 Longwood Drive Southeast Huntsville, AL 35801.

Comic Book Art and Illustration Classes

Educational & Lecture SuperPowered Studios announces our ongoing series of comic book art and illustration classes. Students of all skill levels can learn comic book, graphic novel, and illustration techniques from two professional comic book artists: Kevin Stokes and Nathan Massengill. Students may join classes on any day – just show up! Late arrivals welcome. This is a fun, low pressure yet challenging class for all skill levels! This class features TWO professional comic book artists as teachers. Work at your own pace on your own projects or receive personalized assignments from the instructors OR try one of several SuperPowered Artists Challenges! Materials are simple, just bring drawing materials of your choice or email us for a list of recommended materials. Located in SuperPowered Studios 113. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

"May the 4th be with you” Brewgrass and line dancing

Social Events & More Line dance lesson at 6:30 Live bluegrass music by local musicians at 7:00 Wear your Star Wars costumes and Attire and enjoy special Star Wars themed beers! Food Truck: Hot Box. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Stories Under The Stars

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Burritt on the Mountain and WLRH in conjunction with Out Loud HSV present "Stories Under the Stars” a new storytelling series debuting May 4th. The event aims to celebrate the longstanding tradition of storytelling by showcasing the history of our community members. Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs and enjoy the sunset view during an evening of live storytelling and music. Performing tales true to their recollection, CoffeeHouse Poets founder TC, storyteller Sara McDaris, performer Molly Pettis-Reid, astrophysicist John Cirtain, and one ‘wildcard’ teller will contribute to the theme of “It Happened Under the Stars” with a story of 5 minutes or less. If you have a true story to tell that fits the theme, put your name in the hat for a chance at our wildcard slot! One performer wins a WLRH underwriting package for their favorite non-profit group. Local anchorman, Greg Screws, will be closing out the show with a ten minute featured performance. Food and drink will be available throughout the evening for pu… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $10. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/729177967223991/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Bluegrass Jam

Social Events & More Live bluegrass music by local musicians. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 4, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tremendous Toddlers

Downtown Huntsville Ages 2-3 Join us for Toddler Storytime! Each week we will explore 2-3 age appropriate books, fingerplays, and songs. These activities will help increase your two to three year old’s language skills and prepare them for preschool Storytime. The storytime will finish up with an easy to do craft, designed to strengthen motor skills. For more information contact Miss Cassie at 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Parachute Playtime

Downtown Huntsville Ages 18 months – 5 years It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the chute! 18 months - 5 years. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Colored Pencils for Tweens

Museums, Studios & Galleries Students will learn basic use of wax-based colored pencils. The instructor will do demonstrations in class and then students will practice what they’ve seen. Basic drawing techniques and layering will be covered. Located in ChromAddict Studio 2025 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Students must register in advance by contacting Carrie at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $65. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Rocket Biergarten

Museums, Studios & Galleries Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration* every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. beginning March 10, 2016, and each Thursday night thereafter through October 20, for the German Biergarten, featuring authentic German cuisine. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine! Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization. Local 501(c)3 charities can click here to  submit to the committee for review and consideration as a charitable recipient. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/childrensworkshops. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Maypril Music on the Square

Downtown Huntsville It's that time of year again, free outdoor music on the Square! Starting on April 7th, the Maypril Music Series, presented by Appleton Learning, boasts free acoustic shows around the Square from 5-8 pm every Thursday night. Don't forget, these free concerts fall during open Entertainment District hours so you can stroll with your favorite beverage.                   North Side   South Side April 7th   Winslow Davis   Greg Staggs April 14th   Clay O'Dell   Gary Wolfe April 21st   Richard Shepard   Josh Allison April 28th   Jake England   Jonathan Byham          May 5th   James Blankenship   Josh Jones May 12th   Gus Hergert   Robby Eichman May 19th   Mike Slaten   Silvery Moon Band May 26th   Mike Roberts   Robert Lasalle. Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/downtownhsv. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Katrina Weber Art Exhibit

Social Events & More Join us on May 5th from 5pm to 8pm and meet artist Katrina Weber. Katrina states “Painting, which has been my passion all my life, has led me to a heightened awareness of the beauty all around us. My delight and my challenge is to express this beauty through my art. My quest is a continuing exploration of color, the effects of lights and atmosphere; of brushstrokes, edges, and shapes.” Katrina has been part of TLGS since 2008 and we are so excited to have an exhibit of her beautiful work. Mark your calendars and tell your friends because this is an event you don’t want to miss! Venue/ Attraction: The Little Green Store. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Katrina Weber Art Exhibit & Reception

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us on May 5th from 5 pm to 8 pm and meet artist Katrina Weber. Katrina states “Painting, which has been my passion all my life, has led me to a heightened awareness of the beauty all around us. My delight and my challenge is to express this beauty through my art. My quest is a continuing exploration of color, the effects of lights and atmosphere; of brushstrokes, edges, and shapes. Katrina has been a part of TLGS since 2008 and we are so excited to have an exhibit of her beautiful work. Mark your calendars and tell your friends because this is an event you don’t want to miss! Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Little Green Store and Gallery 820 Monte Sano Boulevard Huntsville, Al 35801.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

Social Events & More Specialty beers and food from Bandito Burrito. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Book Club

Educational & Lecture Do you love to read? If you’re interested in getting involved in a book club, we meet the first Thursday of every month at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in local writer Jennifer Pinkley’s studio 131. Everyone is welcome! We plan to read a wide variety of books, and club members are encouraged to suggest books for the group to read and discuss. If you’d like to come to a meeting, please read the book and come prepared to discuss it. Feel free to bring snacks and refreshments with you to the meeting. Join our Facebook page to chat with other book club members and to receive updates about our meetings. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Thursday Night Swing

Music Come dance with us! 6:30-7:30PM: intermediate continuing & exploring lesson, 7:30-8:30PM BEGINNER & core lesson, 8:30-10PM: 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 lesson space for Huntsville, Al. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at http://www.swinghuntsville.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10 General $5 Students. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Mitzi Adams to speak to HAL5 about The Sun

Downtown Huntsville Ms. Mitzi Adams (NASA MSFC) will be talking to the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5) about "The Sun: A Star at the Center of our Solar System." There is a star at the center of our solar system! But what is a star? How do stars work? What are the characteristics of our Sun and how does it differ from stars such as Betelgeuse and Rigel, a red star and a blue star found in the constellation of Orion? Will the Sun end its life with a bang or a whimper? Also during this presentation, we will discuss the May 9 transit of Mercury and the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. The event will take place at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library's Auditorium on May 5 at 7 pm. A social will follow the meeting 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, May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Trivia

Downtown Huntsville Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Community Conversations: Ilsa J. Bick

Educational & Lecture The Huntsville Library Foundation’s Community Conversations series is set to explore new literary frontiers in science fiction, horror, and fantasy. On Thursday, May 5, award-winning author Ilsa J. Bick will take us where no Community Conversation has gone before. Yes, SF fans, she’s written "Star Trek" titles. Bick’s also the author of the bestselling "Ashes" series of Young Adult apocalyptic thrillers: "Ashes," "Shadows," and "Monsters." She’s written two novels in "The Dark Passages" series, "White Space" and "The Dickens Mirror." In the world of these novels, “characters jump off the page and life falls between the lines.” Find out more about her at ilsajbick.com. Venue/ Attraction: Madison Public Library. Cost: $25 per person. Students will be admitted free with ID. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 5, 2016, 9:30 PM – Friday, May 6, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016.

Leadercast 2016

Educational & Lecture Leadercast 2016 will focus on what it means to be a visionary leader. Visionary leaders have the ability to see a preferred future, operate in the present, and utilize the resources around them to architect a clear path to a new destination. They work tirelessly to empower those around them to bring a vision to life. Architects of Tomorrow imagine a future that is rich and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, confusion gives way to clarity. In its simplest form, leadership is casting a compelling vision and mobilizing those around you to help you fulfill that vision. That is the role of Vision Architects… they design the path, they clarify the direction, and they lead their team toward that preferred future with little deviation. Today is better because of the visionary leaders of yesterday, and the future will be brighter because of the Architects of Tomorrow. Cost: $50. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Decatur Baptist Church.

Leadercast UAHuntsville Alumni Association 2016 - A Live Simulcast Event

Educational & Lecture Join us for the world's largest one-day leadership event! For over a decade, Leadercast has developed people into "Leaders Worth Following." This year, the annual event is themed "Architects of Tomorrow" and will inspire, engage, and grow the visionary within you. Hear from amazing speakers, gain tools to use following the event, and network with other leaders. Leadercast is a one-day leadership event broadcast live from Atlanta directly to communities around the world, including UAH. Register today to attend. You don't want to miss this! Pre-registration for the event is required by April 22nd. Group rates available. This year's speakers include: - Andy Stanley, Leadership Author & Communicator - Nick Saban, Head Football Coach of The University of Alabama - Dr. Henry Cloud, Leadership Expert, Psychologist, & Author - James Brown, Network Broadcaster, CBS Sports & News - Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL Commander & Author - Kat Cole, Group President of FOCUS Brands - Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple… Cost: $95 ea UAH Alumni/Faculty/Staff; $115 ea Community; $95 ea Groups of 5 or more. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 7:45 AM – 4:00 PM. UAHuntsville Conference Training Center 1410 Ben Graves Drive Huntsville, AL 35899.

Spring Book Sale

Fundraisers The Eleanor E. Murphy Friends of the Library will offer great deals on bestsellers, non-fiction, large print, paperbacks, and more. Call 256-881-5620 for more information. Venue/ Attraction: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library. Cost: Price of books. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

WhistleStop Weekend Festival

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin' good time and best of all it's all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children's Museum and educational programs for area children. May 6th & May 7th, 2016 Friday - 4pm - 11pm Saturday - 10am - 11pm. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Depot, Museum, & Roundhouse. Cost: $35 weekend pass adult, $10 weekend pass child. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://whistlestopweekend.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Friday Night Flights Beer Sampling

Downtown Huntsville Kick off your weekend with a free beer tasting on Friday nights from 5-7pm in our Specialty department. Sample a flight from one of our eclectic breweries and you may just find your new favorite weekend brew. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki

Educational & Lecture In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including “wet on wet” “dry brush” and “gradation” of hue. No prior experience is needed. Students complete the course with a functional grasp of watercolor painting processes and techniques and will have completed 1-2 paintings by applying course concepts to reference photographs. (This may differ or be adjusted for individuals.) Registration: This class is limited to 4 students. Please contact the instructor to secure the space. Classes are available on Monday-Thursday by request. This class is not a single night only class. The first class is introductory and consists of demonstrations; you don’t have to bring anything. Students start working on a class project during the second session. One project generally takes 2 classes to complete. You can dec… Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $30. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Bikes & Brews First Friday May

Downtown Huntsville 6:00 – 7:00 PM Old Town Beer Exchange 7:15 – 8:15 PM Yellowhammer Brewing 8:30 – 9:30 PM Liquor Express 9:45 – 10:45 PM Mad Malts Brewing 11:00 – 12:00 PM Below the Radar Brewing Company You guys know the drill. We're hitting up the ol' watering holes on bicycles. Nice easy slow group ride between stops. Be sure to remember to bring your bike lights and be safe. For more details find us on facebook at bikesbrewshsv. Venue/ Attraction: Old Town Beer Exchange. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM – Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 AM.

The Bear and the Bride Concert on the Dock

Kids The Bear and The Bride is an indie-rock collective from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Co-founders Phillip Blevins and Payton Pruitt follow the genre defying rock n’ roll similarities found in the music of Led Zeppelin and Jack White, adding to that honest lyrics about love, struggle, and faith. The two are joined by a diverse community of revolving musicians, which continuously enrich the band’s sonic expressions. Concerts on the Dock has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the Huntsville music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower! Concerts on the Dock are always free but we ask a $2 suggested parking donation. Please carpool! Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: $2 suggested parking donation. Event Web Link: http://www.lowemill.net/event/the-bear-and-the-bride-concert-on-the-dock/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Grounded Coffee Comedy Improv Night

Performing Arts & Film LIve improv comedy appropriate for all ages, so you don't have to worry about finding that babysitter! Tickets are limited, so buy yours in advance at Grounded Coffee. Cost: $6, lap children free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Grounded Coffee Shop 12120 County Line Road, Suite C Madison, AL 35758.

Grounded Coffee Comedy Improv Night

Performing Arts & Film Live improv comedy appropriate for all ages. Seating is limited, so get your tickets in advance at Grounded Coffee. Cost: $6, lap children free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Grounded Coffee Shop 12120 County Line Road, Suite C Madison, AL 35758.

The Black Jacket Symphony in Huntsville, AL - 2nd Night Added!

Downtown Huntsville ***Tickets on sale 2/19*** The Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon All Ages | Reserved Seating Doors are at 7:00 PM | Show at 8:00 PM For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.blackjacketsymphony.com/. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Cost: $26 & $31. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 6, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Free Comic Book Day at The DeeP!

Kids Join us at The DeeP Comics and Games as we celebrate the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day! As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Costumers, games, giveaways, and more! Great for all ages and families. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016. The DeeP Comics and Games 2310 Memorial Pkwy SW.

Mother & Son Special

Seasonal Enjoy Mother's Day weekend on the Mercury & Chase Railroad. 10 am & 1 pm. Venue/ Attraction: North Alabama Railroad Museum. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Castin' 'N Catchin' for CHD

Fundraisers Castin’ N Catchin’ for CHD (Congenital Heart Disease) will be held May 6-7 at Goose Pond Colony Resort (417 Ed Hembree Drive, Scottsboro, 35769). All proceeds will benefit the Pediatric and Congenital Heart Center at Children’s of Alabama. The two-day event will include dinner and angler’s meeting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at Goose Pond Civic Center (876 Ed Hembree Drive, Scottsboro). The fishing tournament will begin Saturday, May 7 at safe light (approximately 5:30 a.m.) with boats launching from Goose Pond Bait, Tackle & Grill. Weigh-in will begin at 2 p.m. that day. The event will feature door prizes, a great payout and family-friendly activities throughout the day. There will also be a silent online auction for a day of fishing with 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion Randy Howell, who will be in attendance at the event. The tournament winner will receive a $10,000 payout. The top 30 will also receive cash prizes. The winner of the Big Fish will be awarded $1,000, with $500 given to the top finis… Cost: $110. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 5:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Goose Pond Bait, Tackle & Grill 417 Ed Hembree Drive, Scottsboro, 35769.

David McKannan Memorial 5K and Fun Run

Outdoor Activities & Festivals 5K Jan 1 - Apr 6 Current Price $20.00 Apr 7 - May 4 $25.00 1-Mile Jan 1 - May 4 FREE Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration Fleet Feet Sports 2750 Carl T Jones Drive, Huntsville on Friday before the race from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM - or - on Race Day at the race site starting at 6:00 AM Awards Awards will be presented to the overall male and female open and masters as well as the top three runners in the age divisions. (Overall winners are not eligible for age group awards.) No awards will be mailed. Results will be available at www.HuntsvilleTrackClub.org. Age Groups for Females and Males: 1-9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69, 70-74, 75+ Event Schedule May 6 10:00 AM CDT - 6:00 PM - Registration / Packet Pickup May 7 07:00 AM CDT - 5K Race May 7 08:00 AM CDT - 1 Mile Fun Run May 7 08:30 AM CDT - (Approximate) Awards/Door prizes May 7 08:30 AM CDT - **If there is inclement weather and the race has to be cancelled, there will be n… Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvilletrackclub.org/HTC_Races/DavidM5K/dm5k.htm. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM. Grissom High School, 7901 Bailey Cove Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802.

Master Gardeners of North Alabama Plant Sale and Garden Fair

Fundraisers The Master Gardeners of North Alabama (MGNA), in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES), will host its third annual Plant Sale and Garden Fair on Saturday, May 7, from 8 AM until 3 PM. At the Madison County Farmer’s Market, 1022 Cook Avenue in Huntsville, customers will find a wide variety of locally-grown and curated perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs, shade plants, small trees, shrubs, and much, much more, all at very reasonable prices. Master Gardeners will be on hand throughout the sale to answer questions, make recommendations, and assist customers with their selections and purchases. We have added a wide array of activities to our plant sale, including FREE soil pH testing, children’s hands-on crafts, the Ask a Master Gardener booth, a rain barrel demonstration, compost bin demo and sales, and more! We’ll also be selling hand tools, gloves, birdhouses, and garden décor. There will also be a garden-themed Rummage Sale! Our new venue is spacious and comfortable with availabl… Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Madison County Farmer’s Market, 1022 Cook Ave.

Spring Book Sale

Fundraisers The Eleanor E. Murphy Friends of the Library will offer great deals on bestsellers, non-fiction, large print, paperbacks, and more. Call 256-881-5620 for more information. Venue/ Attraction: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library. Cost: Price of books. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

BBB Shred Day - Cullman, AL

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Drive up and drop off your sensitive documents, old electronics and prescription drugs to be securely disposed of on-site for free! Documents will be shredded, and electronics will be wiped clean of your personal information before being recycled. Limit of three bags or boxes per person, and no cardboard or three-ring binders will be accepted. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. King Edward Plaza Shopping Center 2nd Ave. SW, Cullman, AL.

Hosta Sale and Demonstration

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Offering the best selection of hosta varieties and sizes that grow successfully in North Alabama, during one sale, on one day Attend free, 1-hour educational workshops provided by local hosta growers 10:00 am – “What’s in a Name: The Backstory Behind Some of Our Favorite Hostas” with Sue Toole Noon – “Hostas Pay Dividends: Expand Your Garden by Dividing Your Hosta” with Susan Webb Members will be available to answer your hosta questions. There is no admission charged for the sale area. Sale will be held rain or shine. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&type=calendar&viewMoreType=events&typeID=172. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Looking for Herps at Matthews Preserve in Limestone County - Spring Guided Hike Series 2016

Outdoor Activities & Festivals (1 mile / Easy to Moderate) Alabama A&M Biology & Environmental Science/Wildlife Program Assistant Andrew Cantrell will help us discover who or what lives along beautiful Limestone Creek. Please wear boots! Matthews Preserve is a natural botanical garden so you won’t want to miss this one! Directions: Meet at 9:00  am sharp at Harvest Square Preserve just east of the Publix Shopping Center at the corner of 5851 Hwy . 53 (Jordan Lane) and Jeff Road.  We’ll form a caravan to Matthews Preserve in Limestone County. Whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned pro, 45+ miles of Land Trust Trails offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family.  Please - all dogs must be on leads. Hikes are free to the public, but donations to help preserve greenspace are gratefully accepted.  Suggested hiking equipment: long pants, comfortable shoes with good tread & bottled water, hiking sticks, trail snacks, and camera.  More information at 256.534.LAND (5263). In case of rain, hikes will be cancelled.  Plea… Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.landtrustnal.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. 5851 Hwy . 53 Madison, AL.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Hosta Society of North Alabama Hosta Sale

Educational & Lecture Our Hosta sale offers the best selection of Hosta varieties and sizes growing successfully in North Alabama during one sale, on one day. Attend free, 1-hour, workshops taught by local Hosta enthusiasts: 10:00 a.m. – “What’s in a Name: The Backstory Behind Some of Our Favorite Hosta” with Sue Toole Noon – “Hosta Pay Dividends: Expand Your Garden by Dividing Your Hosta” with Susan Webb Members will be available to answer your Hosta questions. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Workshops are free. Hosta are for sale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Open-Air Market at Lowe Mill

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us for the first season of Lowe Mill’s Open Air Market! Shop local farmers, artisans, and makers for your organic vegetables, handmade jams jellies and cheeses, and more! This market will focus on primary producers and makers and their products, all of which have been produced within 125 miles of Lowe Mill. This event allows patrons to shop an array of products all while engaging with merchants from across the region. Located in the north parking lot of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

AYBT Company Auditions

Performing Arts & Film Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre will hold company auditions for the 2016-2017 season. All dancers must be able to dance on pointe. Juniors will audition from 10:00-11:00 with a parents meeting for both Junior & Senior company until 11:30. Senior dancers audition from 11:30-1:00. Company members perform the pointe roles in Nutcracker in December and A Fairytale Ballet April, 2017. Venue/ Attraction: Alabama Youth Ballet Studio. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

One Thousand People, One Mile, One Step At A Time Walk

Downtown Huntsville Register your family, church or business as a team for a special free drawing at:: trustedchoicewalk@gmail.com (must be present to win). Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

WhistleStop Weekend Festival

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin' good time and best of all it's all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children's Museum and educational programs for area children. May 6th & May 7th, 2016 Friday - 4pm - 11pm Saturday - 10am - 11pm. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Depot, Museum, & Roundhouse. Cost: $35 weekend pass adult, $10 weekend pass child. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://whistlestopweekend.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Herb Fest

Educational & Lecture Learn about herbs and spend time in the beautiful Herb Garden at Huntsville Botanical Gardens Herb Themed Appetizer Samples /Drinks , Custom Tussie-Mussies for Mother’s Day , Herb Garnier for cooking , Herb-related Items for Sale , Free Plants , & More Sponsored by the Huntsville Herb Society   In the “Herb Garden” at HBG Botanical Garden Admission required. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Botanical Garden Admission required. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Nature Explorer with Operation Green Team

Educational & Lecture The Nature Explorer theme for this year is how we can ALL help the world we share become a GREENER and HEALTHIER place. These literacy-based activities will be fun and informative! Each activity will include an adventure and a craft --- great gifts for grandparents if you can part with them. Activities are geared toward children ages 3-9 years, but all are welcome. Dec 5-ENERGY - LIGHT - The Sun’s wonderful light! Jan 2 – New Year’s Weekend - Come out to Hays and take a hike with your family! Feb 6-WATER - Helpful ways to use and conserve water! Mar 5-TEXTURE ADVENTURE! - Touch a…. tree, soil or petal Apr 2-Let’s Dig in! - Let’s explore some soil! May 7 – YOUR BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY - What do we see/hear/feel on a walk? June 4 – Pollinators & Native Plants - Explore the new wildflower garden. For info call 256-532-5326 or green.team@huntsvilleal.gov. Venue/ Attraction: Hays Nature Preserve. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvcity.com/greenteam/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 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, May 7, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Downtown Huntsville Route.

Good Day Kid’s Festival

Kids This year's Good Day Kids Fest is gonna be the BIGGEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER!!! Rocket City Mom is turning 5 years old and we are gonna throw a birthday bash on the East lawn.  More balloon poppin’ candle blowin’ and moon bouncin’ than the law will allow.  Pinatas, tails on donkeys, and a massive NERF battle for all those NERF warriors who can bring their own launchers and ammo.  Live music, theatrical performance and martial arts demos will be included at this party for all ages!  All proceeds will benefit our future playground which is closer than ever to being a reality.  Ground breaking ceremony will be held at the location where it is to be built. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: $5 suggested parking donation. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Create. Collaborate. Innovate.

Social Events & More Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is proud to serve as a partner for Innovate Huntsville 2016. Our program will feature five collaborative events that examine the way people view and interact with art by inviting the public to collaborate on various projects throughout the day. Leave a mark on the Mill with our “Paint By Number Mural,” help create a community storyboard by interpreting a piece of art, or conduct a musical canvas with paint and your own ensemble. This program encourages individuals to embrace art, their creativity, and their understanding of art by ignoring the idea of how it “should” be viewed, and embracing it on their own without influence from another’s thoughts or direction. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Mill Market: Jewelry

Social Events & More Lowe Mill introduces a new buying experience for patrons with Mill Markets. Each market will feature one medium and invited artists and craftspeople from the region. Just in time for Mother’s Day, this Mill Market will focus on jewelry. Come shop for your loved ones from carefully curated regional artists as well as all of Lowe Mill A&E’s studio artists. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in the North Floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Aaron Head for information: 256-533-0399. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Artist Market

Museums, Studios & Galleries 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 our facility – safe from rain. For vendor guidelines and registration information visit the Flying Monkey Website. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Nature Explorer with Operation Green Team

Educational & Lecture The Nature Explorer theme for this year is how we can ALL help the world we share become a GREENER and HEALTHIER place. These literacy-based activities will be fun and informative! Each activity will include an adventure and a craft --- great gifts for grandparents if you can part with them. Activities are geared toward children ages 3-9 years, but all are welcome. Dec 5-ENERGY - LIGHT - The Sun’s wonderful light! Jan 2 – New Year’s Weekend - Come out to Hays and take a hike with your family! Feb 6-WATER - Helpful ways to use and conserve water! Mar 5-TEXTURE ADVENTURE! - Touch a…. tree, soil or petal Apr 2-Let’s Dig in! - Let’s explore some soil! May 7 – YOUR BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY - What do we see/hear/feel on a walk? June 4 – Pollinators & Native Plants - Explore the new wildflower garden. For info call 256-532-5326 or green.team@huntsvilleal.gov. Venue/ Attraction: Hays Nature Preserve. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvcity.com/greenteam/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (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. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Museums, Studios & Galleries During art classes, children will be engaged in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, and more. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free use their imagination and explore the art world. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio 312 on 3rd Floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, contact Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625.  Ages 4-7: 1:30-2:45 PM/Open Class: 3:00-4:00 PM. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

6th Anniversary Crawfish Boil

Social Events & More Specialty 6th Anniversary beer on tap TONS of crawfish (pay per plate) Live Music. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Seminar for Aspiring Writers

Educational & Lecture 05.07.16 @ 4pm ‐ 6pm Location: UAH Shelby Center Rm 301 Registration: $10/person Max capacity for this event is set at 65 participants, so please pre-register by emailing us at: alexander_duck@yahoo.com Please include the first and last name of each person who would like to attend the event and a valid email address to receive your invoice and confirmation. You can also pay "at the door" but due to limited seating capacity, this is NOT recommended. Topics to include: ★ Content creation and media outlets ★ Am I a professional or amatuer writer? What is freelance writing? ★ Various ways to self-publish ★ Blogging, ghost writing, transcription and other "gigs" ★ The art of self-promotion, building a base, and marketing. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville Shelby Center. Cost: $10. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

The Black Jacket Symphony

Music The Black Jacket Symphony presents Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1RwvsTa Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets and Von Braun Center Box Office or by calling 800-745-3000. All Ages | Reserved Seating Doors open at 7:00 PM | Show at 8:00 PM For more information about the artist, please visit http://www.blackjacketsymphony.com/. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $26 & $31. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 7, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Mother's Day Celebration Tea and Butterfly Release

Outdoor Activities & Festivals In addition to a yummy lunch and the opportunity to release live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House, all mothers in attendance will receive a special gift bag and a native azalea in a 2-gallon pot. grown here at the Garden! We'll have plenty of butterflies to release so bring your camera to capture the moments! Menu includes chicken salad, cucumber cream cheese and pimento cheese sandwiches, mixed vegetable tray with dip, fruit parfait, kettle chips, butterfly cookies and iced botanical tea. $15 Member Individual, $20 Non-member Individual Free for children aged 3 and younger. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: $15 Member Individual, $20 Non-member Individual. Free for children aged 3 and younger. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&type=calendar&viewMoreType=events&typeID=284. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (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. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Step It Up Dancers

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join Anne Sentell and her Step it up Dancers for rousing jigs, reels and toe-tapping fun! Join them for great exercise and balance-strengthening with this high-stepping group. Everyone is welcome to join in because they can teach you! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Alabama Filmmakers Co-op Monthly Workshop

Social Events & More Join us for a workshop on the basics of filmmaking. Workshops range from presentations, hands-on activities, discussions or guest speakers. We meet the first Sunday of each month, but always check the calendar or our FaceBook page, for updates. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in the  Film Co-op studio 251 at Lowe Mill ARTS  & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Josh Allison Sunday Night Live

Music Live music at Humphrey's! Venue/ Attraction: Humphreys Bar and Grill. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Out Loud HSV Poetry Slam Sundays

Social Events & More Calling all raw-voiced, chatter teethed, brave blooded poets! Join us the second and fourth Sundays of each month for an action packed hour-long poetry slam! Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry designed to engage both poets and audience, where participants are judged by members of the audience to advance rounds until a winner is chosen. Three rounds, poets get three minutes, and the winner receives a $10 roll of quarters. Provided by our lovely sponsor, Karma Rags.  No props, no costumes – just you, the mic, and your words. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre. Free. Contact Kim Casey for information: 256-533-0399. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 8, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016.

Empowering Veterans

Educational & Lecture Boots to Business Reboot is an entrepreneur training program provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration and it’s partners, to provide participants with an overview of business ownership. Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll today to determine if business ownership is right for you, learn how to recognize available business opportunities in your community, create a successful business plan, and connect with local resources to help you grow your business. To see the full agenda for this 2-day event, visit http://wbcna.org/calendar/eventdetail/1838/-/empowering-veterans. The event is free when you register in advance; tickets the day of are $10. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: free for advance registration: $10 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016. Redstone Federal Credit Union 220 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL 35805.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Rockin’ Story Time

Kids All ages You never knew storytime could be this awesome! Join us weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am as Miss Melissa rocks your storytime with cool books, kickin' kids songs, rad rhymes, and puppets, too! We'll wrap it all up with a themed craft. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Miss Melissa at mshuman@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Monday, May 9, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

LEGO Mania

Downtown Huntsville All ages The library will provide LEGOs, you provide the imagination! Chidren can build creations out of their wildest dreams. The library will put these creations on display for 1 week until the next LEGO Mania.  For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Event Web Link: http://kids.hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Monday, May 9, 2016, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Downtown Movies: "Deliverance"

Performing Arts & Film Downtown Movies presents "The Hollywood South," a series of films set in the South in a wide variety of eras. "Deliverance" is a 1972 dramatic thriller starring Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox. The film is based on the 1970 novel of the same name by James Dickey. It was a critical success, earning three Academy Award and five Golden Globe nominations. Widely acclaimed as a landmark picture, the film is noted both for the music scene near the beginning, with one of the city men playing "Dueling Banjos" on guitar with a banjo-playing country boy, that sets the tone for what lies ahead—a trip into unknown and potentially dangerous wilderness—and for its visceral and notorious male rape scene. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM.

Sensory Jump Night

Kids During this special Open Play, the arena will be reserved for families affected by Autism. Meet new friends and enjoy a safe environment for the kids! Admission is $8.50+tax per child, or $7+tax when you reserve online. Parents are always free and don't forget your socks!! A signed waiver is required to play. Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $8.50+tax per child. Event Web Link: http://pumpitupparty.com/events-and-activities/huntsville-al. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

HCC Children's and Youth Chorales: Let the Music Begin!

Music Enjoy a delightful program of choral works and new favorites by the Huntsville Community Chorus Children's Chorale and Youth Chorale. For more information, call HCC at 256-533-6606 or email info@thechorus.org. Venue/ Attraction: Randolph Thurber Arts Center. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

West Coast Swing Night

Educational & Lecture Come on out to Rocket Republic and join us for a great night of dancing. We'll have music on at 6:30 for a little bit of warmup. Class will begin at 7 and then we'll have social dancing after the class until close. It's going to be an awesome time and we hope to see you out with us. No cost! As always, we're going to be at Rocket Republic. They have a great venue with an amazing atmosphere. Check out everything they have on tap. You're going to have a great time. Venue/ Attraction: Rocket Republic Brew. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

James Irvin Solo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 9, 2016, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Franchise & Entrepreneur Expo

Educational & Lecture If you want the freedom and control of owning your own business, then this event is for you! • TALK with leading franchisors actively looking to expand into North Alabama • LEARN about franchising and how it could be a great opportunity for you • MEET with businesses and organizations that can help you on your path to owning your own business • REGISTER for door prizes and giveaways Franchising Industries: Senior Care Lawn & Outdoor Service Digital Signage & Graphics Entertainment & Event Planning B2B Services Retail Automobile Services Business Coaching Fitness Staffing & Human Resources Home Care & Restorations Fast Casual Foods Business Coaching: PR and Marketing Certifications Business Plan Business Banking Accounting Business Basics Certifications Franchise Government Contracting Business Broker Veterans - Verifications This expo is free with advance registration at http://wbcna.org/calendar/eventdetail/1839/-/franchise-entrepreneur-expo. At the door registration i… Is the event free? Yes. Cost: free for advance registration: $10 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Redstone Federal Credit Union 220 Wynn Drive Huntsville, AL 35805.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Wiggles & Walking Story Time

Downtown Huntsville Ages: 12-24 months A fun, active storytime for babies who have begun walking and their caregivers. We'll read - and sing - short books, share rhymes and songs, and play with the parachute! Stick around after storytime to play with toys from our special toy box. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Knitty Gritty

Educational & Lecture Join us in the church on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 2:00-4:00 pm to knit, crochet and macramé.  This will be a delightful time to share our fiber projects for the Whimsical Woolly Woods.  This is for the novice and the experienced and all those in between. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Tuesdays at 2

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us in the Historic Park to learn about a historic craft or chore. You may be able to try your hand at it! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Gluten Information Class

Downtown Huntsville Giving up gluten is a huge dietary movement that can’t be ignored. But how many of us are really sure what gluten actually is? Whether you have wheat sensitivity, Celiac disease, or are considering going gluten-free by choice, join Jason as he discusses the glutinous basics and shows you the ways Whole Foods Market makes it easier to transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. FREE – Meet at Customer Service. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Latham Farmers Market

Seasonal We are a weekly farmers market that brings local farmers and artisans together to nourish our community. Every week we offer activities for the kids, live music, and recycling services. We accept cash or credit cards and double your bucks when you use your EBT card. There is parking on site and it is always free to attend. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Latham United Methodist Church 109 Weatherly Rd SE Huntsville, AL 35803.

Science Club

Downtown Huntsville Grades 3-5 Bring your children every week as Ms. Lorena teaches basic science concepts with fun, hands-on activities! For more information contact Miss Lorena at lgoss@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Gluten Free Store Tour

Downtown Huntsville Going gluten free has gotten so much easier with the wealth of available products. Check out the gluten-free offerings on our shelves, plus learn what to look for – and what to avoid. FREE – Meet at customer service. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Barks & Brews

Educational & Lecture Is your fido a fuss?  We've got the remedy! Sign your pup up for dog training classes with a certified dog instructor.  Each class includes four training sessions and they all take place at Salty Nut Brewery!  Plus, each week, your first craft beer is included!  Trust me, you'll need the beer!  Training takes time and patience and our trainer practices positive reinforcement training.  This class will focus on the basics: sitting, walking on a leash, staying and down.  Additional tricks and training available for pups that pick up on it fast. Venue/ Attraction: Salty Nut Brewery. Cost: $125 for 4 weeks. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Design and Architecture

Educational & Lecture Learn how architecture and interior design are interwoven and how architectural detailing makes a building unique. You will explore residential and commercial architectural styles and types including historical and contemporary design. Through lectures and in-class discussions, students are introduced to design history and theory, and to designing kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and more. Issues such as accessibility, plumbing, and lighting will be explored. Other areas of instruction include basics of construction, materials and finishes, universal design, sustainability, and building systems. March 29 - May 17, 2016 | Tuesdays | 5:30 - 8:00 pm For more information, visit PCS.uah.edu or call 256.824.6015. Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: $325. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Tuesday Evening Concerts @ The Library

Music The Tuesday Evening Concerts @ The Library series fills the Atrium of the Downtown Huntsville Library with some of our best local musicians every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Muchos Mangos

Downtown Huntsville Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy! Discover how the Indian “King of Fruits” can help you, learn why monkeys eat mango seeds, and a try a few delicious recipes highlighting the versatility of this delicious and nutritious fruit. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

The Book Chat

Educational & Lecture Venue/ Attraction: Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Paint Therapy

Museums, Studios & Galleries 3-hour paint class for men and women; bring your own wine and a friend and join us. Class instruction by Tina Swindell. Beginner to intermediate adults. All supplies and light refreshments provided. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. High Cotton Arts Center 103 W. Washington Street Athens, AL 35611.

Trivia Tuesdays

Downtown Huntsville Meet us every Tuesday in Spazio Pizza & Taps for free trivia night! You can play individually or as a team, with the winning teams or individuals receiving a Whole Foods Market gift card. There will also be Whole Foods goodies for the 2nd and 3rd place teams. All participants will receive $1 off pints! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Game Night

Social Events & More Bring your friends and your favorite game enjoy beer and board games at Straight to Ale. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

West Coast Swing Dance

Social Events & More If you can walk, you can dance! Rocket Westies are offering west coast swing beginner and intermediate dance classes from 7 PM to 8 PM, followed by open dancing until 10 PM. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just got out of your first beginner class, you’ll have a wonderful time. Know a song you really enjoy dancing to? Feel free to make a request! Located at the Flying Monkey Theatre. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

O'Dell Johnson Duo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Rockin’ Story Time

Kids All ages You never knew storytime could be this awesome! Join us weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am as Miss Melissa rocks your storytime with cool books, kickin' kids songs, rad rhymes, and puppets, too! We'll wrap it all up with a themed craft. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Miss Melissa at mshuman@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

The Business of Art

Educational & Lecture 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. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Wine Down Wednesday

Downtown Huntsville Every Wednesday night is wine night in our Specialty department! Enjoy a free tasting and learn about new wines every Wednesday from 5-7pm. After you sample, enjoy $1 off glasses of wine in Spazio Pizza & Taps and a wood fired pizza too! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM.

Dine & Dash - Downtown Trolley Tasting

Downtown Huntsville Dine on hors d’oeuvres, sip on cocktails, & dash to the next location! Join us every 2nd Wednesday from April thru September as the trolley whisks you to 4 different downtown establishments. Each tasting will be unique so be sure to check back each month for details! Whether it’s just you or you and your crew, choose a group and complete the registration to reserve your seat.  Each group visits the same restaurants/bars, the group you’re in simply tells you where to start your tour.  Space is limited so be sure to register early and tell your friends! The tour will last about 2 1/2 – 3 hours.  This is a great way to meet new people, have a girls night out or a fun date night! Experience downtown in an exciting new way! This May, tour the Whitesburg area as the trolley takes you to The Wine Cellar, Spazio’s at Whole Foods, Lynn’s Gracious Goodness and Hildegards German Cuisine!  Choose your start location, purchase your tickets, and have fun! Cost: $35. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. 4 Local Dining Establishments, Huntsville, AL.

Comic Book Art and Illustration Classes

Educational & Lecture SuperPowered Studios announces our ongoing series of comic book art and illustration classes. Students of all skill levels can learn comic book, graphic novel, and illustration techniques from two professional comic book artists: Kevin Stokes and Nathan Massengill. Students may join classes on any day – just show up! Late arrivals welcome. This is a fun, low pressure yet challenging class for all skill levels! This class features TWO professional comic book artists as teachers. Work at your own pace on your own projects or receive personalized assignments from the instructors OR try one of several SuperPowered Artists Challenges! Materials are simple, just bring drawing materials of your choice or email us for a list of recommended materials. Located in SuperPowered Studios 113. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Jazz 'n' Swing Night

Social Events & More 6:30 FREE swing dance lesson 7:00 FREE swing dancing with a live band Band and style of dancing different each week, check Straight to Ale Facebook or website for more details. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Celestial Dreams: The Art of Space Jewelry

Educational & Lecture Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth. Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards. "The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do" -Kathy Chan This exhibit on display November 15, 2015 – May 15, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/dreams. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tremendous Toddlers

Downtown Huntsville Ages 2-3 Join us for Toddler Storytime! Each week we will explore 2-3 age appropriate books, fingerplays, and songs. These activities will help increase your two to three year old’s language skills and prepare them for preschool Storytime. The storytime will finish up with an easy to do craft, designed to strengthen motor skills. For more information contact Miss Cassie at 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon

Fundraisers Venue/ Attraction: Jackson Center. Cost: $60 nonregistered individual; $45 registered Girl Scout member. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Community Figure Drawing

Educational & Lecture This class is limited to 15 artists, so contact Ann at protege.ann@gmail.com to reserve your space. Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday for a community figure drawing class. Figure may be costumed, draped, or nude. Come practice your life drawing skills. Students are asked to bring their own drawing supplies. No photography. Located in Protégé Studio 2-28 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Parachute Playtime

Downtown Huntsville Ages 18 months – 5 years It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the chute! 18 months - 5 years. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Rocket Biergarten

Museums, Studios & Galleries Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration* every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. beginning March 10, 2016, and each Thursday night thereafter through October 20, for the German Biergarten, featuring authentic German cuisine. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine! Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization. Local 501(c)3 charities can click here to  submit to the committee for review and consideration as a charitable recipient. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/childrensworkshops. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Maypril Music on the Square

Downtown Huntsville It's that time of year again, free outdoor music on the Square! Starting on April 7th, the Maypril Music Series, presented by Appleton Learning, boasts free acoustic shows around the Square from 5-8 pm every Thursday night. Don't forget, these free concerts fall during open Entertainment District hours so you can stroll with your favorite beverage.                   North Side   South Side April 7th   Winslow Davis   Greg Staggs April 14th   Clay O'Dell   Gary Wolfe April 21st   Richard Shepard   Josh Allison April 28th   Jake England   Jonathan Byham          May 5th   James Blankenship   Josh Jones May 12th   Gus Hergert   Robby Eichman May 19th   Mike Slaten   Silvery Moon Band May 26th   Mike Roberts   Robert Lasalle. Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/downtownhsv. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Trunk Show: The Department of Agra Culture and Lucy's Inspired

Downtown Huntsville Join the Huntsville Museum of Art Museum Store for a trunk show celebrating the traditions of art, craft and design in fashion. On May 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. you are invited to shop the global market finds of The Department of Agra Culture and the lovingly re-purposed jewelry by Lucy's Inspired. The Museum Store features merchandise unique to Alabama, with works by local and regional artists, as well as creative gifts from around the world. As always, members enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

2016 Huntsville Classic – Dinner & Performance by Earth, Wind, and Fire

Downtown Huntsville Established in 1989, the Huntsville Classic features a Thursday evening dinner, live destination auction and performance at the Von Braun Center’s Propst Arena. The 28th annual Huntsville Classic Dinner will feature Earth Wind and Fire on Thursday, May 12, and the annual Classic Golf Tournament will be held  Saturday, May 14, at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove. Tickets can be purchased via ticketmaster.com and at the VBC Box Office. Show-only tickets are $50 for lower level seats and $45 for upper-level seats. Earth Wind and Fire’s performance will begin at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the 2016 Huntsville Classic will benefit the North Alabama Stroke Network, a new initiative led by Huntsville Hospital. With an outstanding clinical team and the latest in technology, the Network will decrease response time and deliver rapid treatment to stroke patients throughout the region. This is especially important because our region ranks among the highest in the country for the incidence of stroke.… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Propst Arena. Cost: $50 lower seats, $45 upper seats. Event Web Link: http://huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org/huntsville-classic/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 5:30 PM – 10:30 PM. For more info visit huntsvillehospitalfoundation.org.

Thursday Night Swing

Music Come dance with us! 6:30-7:30PM: intermediate continuing & exploring lesson, 7:30-8:30PM BEGINNER & core lesson, 8:30-10PM: 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 lesson space for Huntsville, Al. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at http://www.swinghuntsville.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10 General $5 Students. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Trivia

Downtown Huntsville Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9:30 PM – Friday, May 13, 2016, 1:30 AM.