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Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

A Special Jazz Holiday Season of Giving H.E.N.D.

Music A Special Jazz Holiday Season of Giving, TVJS provides in-kind education and entertainment year-round to the metro Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley area benefiting hundreds of individuals. During this special time of year, Humanity and the Importance of the Arts and Giving is essential. Many underprivileged needy individuals require the bare essentials such as food and clothing. Therefore, this will be TVJS’ 2nd HEND’s, i.e. Humans Essentials Needs Drive. TVJS and its partners and sponsors are asking the community, metro Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley area, to bring food, clothes, toys, blankets and/or donations on Friday, December 19, 2014 to the Von Braun Center Arts Council offices, Huntsville, AL 35801. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Seeds to Sprouts: Lyle at Christmas

Kids Located in Anderson Education Center Classroom Take advantage of our Frequent “Sprouters” Program and earn a free class for every three paid classes that you attend. Pick up your card at the next class. Pre-registration is encouraged. If you register at least 24 hours ahead of the session you will receive a “prize” at the beginning of the class you have registered for. You can register below or on the phone at 256-837-4104. $8 per child, parents free with membership or Garden admission. Contact our Education Department for more info at 256-837-4104 or mhertzig@hsvbg.org. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Chocolate Estate Holiday Tours

Seasonal The historic Milky Way Farm Manor House is dressed for the holidays. Step back in time with stories of the Southern estate in the 1930’s. Make yourself at home at the historic table. Tuesday – Friday 10am – 3pm Select Saturdays 10am – 4pm Check the calendar for Saturday tour availability and upcoming events. Schedule your visit and we’ll make some coffee and/or we will arrange some delicious Southern specialties for you. Manor Tour $10 Schedule a Manor Tour & Coffee $10 Manor & Farm Tour $15 Manor & Farm Tour with Coffee & Milky Way Farm Chocolate Chess Pie or Seasonal Dessert $20 Manor & Farm Tour and Country Breakfast or Southern Lunch $30 Call 931-808-2281 to schedule your tour! Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Milky Way Farm 520 Milky Way Rd Pulaski, TN 38478.

Holiday Music and Giving

Fundraisers On Friday, December 19, 2014 from 10-12 noon at the Von Braun Center, Arts Council offices, the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society All Stars will play holiday tunes and Christmas carols for your appreciation, while the community brings food, clothing, toys, blankets and donations. During the end of the year holiday season, businesses heavily depend on strong sales to ensure their business profits for the year; friends and families get together to exchange gifts and celebrate the reason for the season and community services agencies, houses of worship and other organizations encourage giving, sharing and showing love. We ask that you give, share and show love to other less fortunate then yourself and support TVJS-HEND The HEND’s collections will benefit AL.COM & United Way Holiday Wishes Program. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:00 PM – Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 AM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks - Constitution Village Huntsville 109 Gates Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 Admission is $5 - Each ticket admits ONE PERSON for any ONE night from November 28th to December 23rd, 2014. Hours: 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Children under one year admitted free. Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! NEW! Santa's Magical Garden will come to life right before your eyes! Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat! There's lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit www.earlyworks.com.

The Science of the Holidays

Seasonal NEW THIS HOLIDAY! Enjoy exclusive family-friendly science celebrations at Sci-Quest this holiday season! Sci-Quest will transform into a wonderland of science with themed areas, activities and demos, and holiday labs for the entire family! Make your own 3D snowflake, explore the science of chocolate, design a one-of-a-kind ornament on an Egg-Bot printer, plus more! Activities & Demos Include: Little Winter Wonderland Science in Toyland Holidays 2.0 Holiday Family Labs: Chocolate Covered Science Candy Canes and Chemistry Creations The Case of the Missing Cookie Advance tickets on sale now! Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: In Advance: $6.50 members/$10.50 non-members At the Door: $7.50 members/$11.50 non-members. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/science-holidays. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Singing on the Square

Music Singing on the Square takes place on the steps of the Limestone County Courthouse in downtown Athens, AL. This family friendly event features a variety of artist and musical styles - all for free. Singing on the Square is a free and family friendly event hosted by the Athens Visitors Center on the third Friday of the month from April to September at 6pm. The Limestone County Courthouse provides the stage and backdrop for this event. This casual event encourage mingling as the audience takes over Marion Street with lawn chair, camp chairs, and blankets in the very heart of historic Athens, AL. Shops and restaurants are open before, during, and after the event- so as to make this a true night out for the whole family. The musical talent comes from all around the area. Singing on the Square reflects different genres and times- you'll find yourself tapping your toes, dancing, reminiscing and singing along as the music rises to meet the gleaming dome of the courthouse. For more information about Singin… Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Limestone County Courthouse 100 W Washington St #3 Athens, AL 35611.

Parent's Night Out

Kids Drop the kids off to enjoy a date night or finish that last minute shopping!  Admission includes pizza, drinks and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $20/child, $15/sibling. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Parents' Night Out

Kids Give the babysitter a break and drop the kids off at Sci-Quest for a safe night full of fun! Children will enjoy: Pizza dinner Hands-on activities (different science themes each month) Movies Play time on the exhibit floor This is for children ages 4-12 years old. Cost is $23 for the first child and $18 for each additional child. Sci-Quest Members receive a 10 percent discount. Advanced reservations are required. Registration must be completed by noon on the day of the event. Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: $23 for the first child and $18 for each additional child. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/parents-night-out. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Santa In The Park

Seasonal Santa Claus and his elves will make a special visit to Arab Historic Village. His toy shop will open Fridays and Saturdays for four weekends beginning November 29, 2014. Have your picture taken with Santa, make reindeer food, watch the work, enjoy cookies and juice in the Boyd House and listen to live music. Santa In The Park will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arab Historic Village in the Arab City Park. Entry into Santa In The Park is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. Directions to Arab City Park: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Cost: $5.00 per person, 2 and under free, $20.00 for immediate family (parents-guardians and children). Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Only Six Laughing Days 'Til Christmas

Performing Arts & Film Improv comedy for all audiences! You give us the suggestions; we act them out in the funniest possible way allowed by law! Come laugh with us... or at us! Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Crosswinds Church 29768 Huntsville-Brownsferry Rd Madison, AL 35758.

Sanders Family Christmas

Performing Arts & Film The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 17th – 21st. We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The SantaLand Diaries

Performing Arts & Film The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris, a play about one slacker's Christmas as an elf at Macy's during the holiday crunch. Recommended for mature elves. Free parking. Complimentary refreshments, bring your camera for photo booth fun. Cost: $20.00. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM. Alabama Creative Artists 9009 Memorial Pkwy SE Ste E Huntsville AL 35802.

The Aulos Ensemble, A Baroque Christmas

Music “If you can only attend one program this Christmas season – it must be the Aulos Christmas program” NY Times. What does an ensemble do when its repertoire stopped expanding 250 years ago? The AULOS Ensemble, like other early music groups, faces this dilemma, and has faced it longer than most. AULOS' answer has been to constantly re-invent itself—not by changing personnel, as its elite membership has remained intact for the last 15 years—but by constantly exploring new projects, embracing an ever-widening group of guest artists, and forging new recording alliances. Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Cost: $25 - $35; Seniors $20 - $30; Students $15. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Havoc vs. Peoria

Sports It’s the first Fox 54 Fantastic Friday.  It is Ugly Christmas Sweater Night!!!  Come dressed in your ugliest Christmas Sweater and you could win prizes from Fox 54 and The Huntsville Havoc. Gold Adult - $20.00 Mezzanine Silver Adult - $15.00 Mezzanine (General Admission) - $12.00 Purchase single game tickets from the VBC Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 tickets or more contact Cline Thompson at 256.518.6163. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Propst Arena. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

30th Anniversary of The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church web site, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fbchsv.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film December 19th - 21st, 2014 A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular.  THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.  In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE , Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=55&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Jeff & Jordan

Music Nightlife Venue: Jefferson Street Pub. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Juice

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 8:00 PM – Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 AM.

Kozmic Mama

Music Nightlife Venue: LeeAnn's. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:00 AM.

Seminole Strut at Lowe Mill's Tangled String Studios!

Music Seminole Strut is comprised of six ultra-talented Huntsville, AL natives. Influenced by a variety of different music styles, they forge a unique sound with a modern touch on raw rock and soul music. Influences range from classic sounds, such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Band, the Beatles, and the Allman Brothers Band, to the stylings of funk, jazz, blues, folk and heavy rhythms. Seminole Strut will be releasing their debut full-length album in early 2015. This will be a STANDING ROOM ONLY show at Tangled String Studios! BYOB! No refunds unless the show is cancelled. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Black Label

Music Nightlife Venue: Sports Page Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:30 PM – Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Microwave Dave & the Nukes

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 19, 2014, 9:30 PM – Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014.

Step Back in Time: Making Holiday Cookies (using the iron stove)

Museums, Studios & Galleries Every Weekend our Step Back in Time programs give you the chance to take a closer look at life in the past. Drop in on our historic interpreters from 1:30 - 2:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday to enjoy demonstrations of skills and crafts in the historic park. While you're at Burritt don't miss the guided tour of the historic park offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30! Join one of our historic interpreters for a more in-depth look at the history behind the homes in our historic park included with regular admission. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 AM – 2:30 AM.

Mayor’s “Battle” for the Cup

Downtown Huntsville At Huntsville Museum of Art's Skating in the Park Before the rink opens to the public at 10 a.m. on December 20, spectators can enjoy the final games of the first outdoor round-robin hockey tournament with the North Alabama Hockey Association’s “Mite” Division (age 8). The top teams out of eight will compete that morning and battle for the Mayor’s Cup, which will be presented at approximately 9:45 a.m. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Rudolph Run 5k

Fundraisers The Rudolph Run will feature a 5K run and a 1 mile fun run. The course will “fly” participants through the beautifully decorated streets of downtown Huntsville, including the Twickenham and Old Town Historic Districts. The 5K race will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the 1 Mile will begin at 9:15 a.m. The Awards ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. Both Races will be start at Santa’s Village, located at Constitution Village, 109 Gates Avenue, downtown Huntsville. Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Breakfast/Lunch with Santa

Seasonal Come join us for Breakfast and lunch with Santa. Due to only having one day this year, we will be having three time slots for your children and family to come for a visit. The price is $15 per person and Reservations are required. Times will be 9 am, 12 Noon and 3 pm. Seating is limited to 75 person per seating. A full breakfast/lunch bar will be served. Lots of surprises during this event. You won't want to miss this. Call 931-638-3501 for more info and reserving your seats. Cost: $15.00. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Whistle Hollow Farm 701 Lofton Hall Road Ardmore, TN/AL 38449.

Robotics Demonstration

Educational & Lecture Students and members of the public with an interest in robotics and the area’s growing “maker movement” are invited to attend a free Robotics Show at the Jaycees building in John Hunt Park from Dec. 20 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to robotics, the show will include model trains, erector sets and drones. “Getting students and our future workforce focused on robotics and building things at an early age is critical to the success of this community,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “When we have our kids thinking creatively and with an eye toward systems integration and finally production, we become that much more competitive from a workforce perspective.” For more information, contact Mr. Pat Meagher at 256.895.9138 or 256.652.6514 or by e-mail at sgtmajmeagher@gmail.com. Venue/ Attraction: Jaycee's Building. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Winter Solstice Artist Market

Downtown Huntsville Located in the First Floor Connector and the Flying Monkey Arts. Paintings, folk art, musical instruments, drawings, glass art, jewelry, sculpture and fiber art is just a sampling of the artwork you’ll find at the Flying Monkey Arts Winter Solstice Artist Market. If you’re on the hunt for one-of-a-kind artful gifts, and care about shopping local, then Flying Monkey Arts Winter Solstice Market is what you’ve been looking for! Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10:00 AM – Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 AM.

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 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Downtown Huntsville Route.

Artist Market

Downtown Huntsville Located in the Flying Monkey Arts on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth at the Flying Monkey Arts and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and more interesting things for sale inside our facility – safe from rain. Vendor registration check flyingmonkeyarts.org. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment North Wing Grand Opening

Social Events & More America’s biggest privately ­owned visual arts center is about to get even bigger. On Saturday, December 20, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment will open its newly redeveloped north wing to the public. The north wing will house 31 new studios, a new gallery, and The Mill’s first dedicated art classroom. The Grand Opening will feature a ribbon cutting by local officials and a building­wide open house with demonstrations and performances for all ages. Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment is widely recognized as an incubator for creativity and small businesses and the Mill’s latest tenants were specially chosen to continue that legacy. Dozens of professional artists and creative businesses will open their new studios just in time for holiday shopping, including a rapid prototyping makers space, a gourmet popsicle shop, a 72 ­seat classroom, and a new home for the Huntsville Art League. RSVP and invite your friends on our Facebook event page! http://goo.gl/aCSzP3. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.lowemill.net/ai1ec_event/north-wing-grand-opening/?instance_id=122832. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Making Holiday Cookies (using the iron stove)

Kids Every Weekend our Step Back in Time programs give you the chance to take a closer look at life in the past. Drop in on our historic interpreters from 1:30 - 2:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday to enjoy demonstrations of skills and crafts in the historic park. While you're at Burritt don't miss the guided tour of the historic park offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30! Join one of our historic interpreters for a more in-depth look at the history behind the homes in our historic park included with regular admission. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/preserving-the-summer-s-bounty-stringing-beans-and-drying-apples-16. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film December 19th - 21st, 2014 A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular.  THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.  In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE , Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=55&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Straight to Ale Brewery Tour

Social Events & More Learn about the beer making process and see where the magic happens. Nightlife Venue: Straight to Ale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Sanders Family Christmas

Performing Arts & Film The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 17th – 21st. We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Huntsville Feminist Chorus

Downtown Huntsville Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre. The Huntsville Feminist Chorus (HFC) is an acapella chorus specializing in songs that empower women, including many works by women composers. Our mission is to open hearts and minds with song. This years concert theme is ’Consider the Space Between Stars’. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.

30th Anniversary of The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church web site, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fbchsv.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Church of the Nativity's Choir Presents...A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Music The Magnificent Church of the Nativity Choir and Friends will be presenting a Service of Nine Lessons & Carols on Saturday, December 20th at 5pm Church of the Nativity 208 Eustis Avenue SE Huntsville, AL 35801 256-533-2455 www.nativity-hsv.org This is a Free Event, Donations are always welcomed. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Free Concert ~ Donations are Welcomed. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Church of the Nativity 208 Eustis Ave SE Huntsville, AL 35801.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks - Constitution Village Huntsville 109 Gates Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 Admission is $5 - Each ticket admits ONE PERSON for any ONE night from November 28th to December 23rd, 2014. Hours: 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Children under one year admitted free. Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! NEW! Santa's Magical Garden will come to life right before your eyes! Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat! There's lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit www.earlyworks.com.

The Science of the Holidays

Seasonal NEW THIS HOLIDAY! Enjoy exclusive family-friendly science celebrations at Sci-Quest this holiday season! Sci-Quest will transform into a wonderland of science with themed areas, activities and demos, and holiday labs for the entire family! Make your own 3D snowflake, explore the science of chocolate, design a one-of-a-kind ornament on an Egg-Bot printer, plus more! Activities & Demos Include: Little Winter Wonderland Science in Toyland Holidays 2.0 Holiday Family Labs: Chocolate Covered Science Candy Canes and Chemistry Creations The Case of the Missing Cookie Advance tickets on sale now! Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: In Advance: $6.50 members/$10.50 non-members At the Door: $7.50 members/$11.50 non-members. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/science-holidays. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

100 Black Men of America's 2014 Annual Holiday Gala

Seasonal The Annual 100 Black Men of America- Greater Huntsville Chapter’s (100 BMOA- GHC) Holiday Gala will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Von Braun Center’s North Hall in downtown Huntsville. Building Tomorrows Dreams Today   The gala is one of two annual fundraisers that supports academic scholarships and the organization’s “Four for the Future” cornerstone programs (mentoring, education, economic development and health and wellness). The scholarships are awarded to area youth who meet prescribed requirements without regard to gender, race, or religious preference. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center North Hall. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Santa In The Park

Seasonal Santa Claus and his elves will make a special visit to Arab Historic Village. His toy shop will open Fridays and Saturdays for four weekends beginning November 29, 2014. Have your picture taken with Santa, make reindeer food, watch the work, enjoy cookies and juice in the Boyd House and listen to live music. Santa In The Park will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arab Historic Village in the Arab City Park. Entry into Santa In The Park is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. Directions to Arab City Park: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Cost: $5.00 per person, 2 and under free, $20.00 for immediate family (parents-guardians and children). Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Community Menorah Lighting

Seasonal Members of the community are invited to the celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of a public menorah in Huntsville’s Big Spring Park. The lighting ceremony is sponsored by Temple B’nai Sholom.  Plan to visit the Downtown 47 Tinsel Trail before or after the festivities. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Sanders Family Christmas

Performing Arts & Film The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 17th – 21st. We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

A Special Holiday Jazz Evening

Music A Special Jazz Holiday Season of Entertainment will feature Kim Scott, Classical & Jazz Flute Player from Birmingham with special guest Jazmin Ghent Saxophonist from Nashville. Cost: $20, $25. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The Cooper House 405 Randolph Street Huntsville, AL 35801.

The SantaLand Diaries

Performing Arts & Film The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris, a play about one slacker's Christmas as an elf at Macy's during the holiday crunch. Recommended for mature elves. Free parking. Complimentary refreshments, bring your camera for photo booth fun. Cost: $20.00. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM. Alabama Creative Artists 9009 Memorial Pkwy SE Ste E Huntsville AL 35802.

Havoc vs. Peoria

Sports Gold Adult - $20.00 Mezzanine Silver Adult - $15.00 Mezzanine (General Admission) - $12.00 Purchase single game tickets from the VBC Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 tickets or more contact Cline Thompson at 256.518.6163. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Propst Arena. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

30th Anniversary of The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church web site, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fbchsv.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film December 19th - 21st, 2014 A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular.  THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.  In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE , Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=55&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Larry Fleet

Music Nightlife Venue: Jefferson Street Pub. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

FD/DC

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM – Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 AM.

Big Daddy Kingfish

Music Nightlife Venue: LeeAnn's. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:00 PM – Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:00 AM.

Kings Haze

Music Nightlife Venue: Sports Page Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:30 PM – Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Lance Almon Smith Birthday Jam

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 20, 2014, 9:30 PM – Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014.

Step Back in Time: Holiday Decorations of the 1800's

Museums, Studios & Galleries Every Weekend our Step Back in Time programs give you the chance to take a closer look at life in the past. Drop in on our historic interpreters from 1:30 - 2:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday to enjoy demonstrations of skills and crafts in the historic park. While you're at Burritt don't miss the guided tour of the historic park offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30! Join one of our historic interpreters for a more in-depth look at the history behind the homes in our historic park included with regular admission. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 1:30 AM – 2:30 AM.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Robotics Demonstration

Educational & Lecture Students and members of the public with an interest in robotics and the area’s growing “maker movement” are invited to attend a free Robotics Show at the Jaycees building in John Hunt Park from Dec. 20 to 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to robotics, the show will include model trains, erector sets and drones. “Getting students and our future workforce focused on robotics and building things at an early age is critical to the success of this community,” Mayor Tommy Battle said. “When we have our kids thinking creatively and with an eye toward systems integration and finally production, we become that much more competitive from a workforce perspective.” For more information, contact Mr. Pat Meagher at 256.895.9138 or 256.652.6514 or by e-mail at sgtmajmeagher@gmail.com. Venue/ Attraction: Jaycee's Building. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Spark Lab!

Educational & Lecture Spark Lab at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is a Smithsonian-sponsored activity geared toward pre-K students. Join us for sessions in the main museum scheduled regularly Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each week. Spark Lab includes hands-on physical science-themed interactive activities. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Bolshoi Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Performing Arts & Film Special Fathom Features: A special production captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, Russia. Experience the excitement and the beauty of world-class performances from the Bolshoi Ballet at your neighborhood cinema with the Bolshoi Ballet 2014-15 Season. The production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast to Regal's Hollywood 18 on Sunday, December 21. On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army. Based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, charming sets and enchanting costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. This choreographic version, cre… Venue/ Attraction: Regal's Hollywood 18. Cost: $18. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 11:55 AM – 2:15 PM.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film December 19th - 21st, 2014 A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular.  THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.  In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE , Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=55&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Sanders Family Christmas

Performing Arts & Film The Sanders Family is back in Sanders Family Christmas. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 17th – 21st. We'll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns, and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members. The play is set in a church which makes the Old Country Church perfect as the venue. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

The SantaLand Diaries

Performing Arts & Film The SantaLand Diaries by David Sedaris, a play about one slacker's Christmas as an elf at Macy's during the holiday crunch. Recommended for mature elves. Free parking. Complimentary refreshments, bring your camera for photo booth fun. Cost: $20.00. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM. Alabama Creative Artists 9009 Memorial Pkwy SE Ste E Huntsville AL 35802.

30th Anniversary of The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church web site, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fbchsv.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Studio Sessions: Live Art with Chuck Mathews

Downtown Huntsville Located in the First Floor West Gallery of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. “Collaboration is the New Ish!: Seeking Spontaneity Through Art” is a series inspired by a personal desire to work with other artists and explore what happens when artists work together in a moment of spontaneous collaboration. Other paintings were done at other locations. For this Studio Session, Chuck will be painting and collaborating live. Who knows what he and his lively group of collaborators will create right before your eyes. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks - Constitution Village Huntsville 109 Gates Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 Admission is $5 - Each ticket admits ONE PERSON for any ONE night from November 28th to December 23rd, 2014. Hours: 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Children under one year admitted free. Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! NEW! Santa's Magical Garden will come to life right before your eyes! Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat! There's lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit www.earlyworks.com.

30th Anniversary of The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 30th annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree Thursday, December 18 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church web site, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.fbchsv.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze presented by Broadway Theatre League

Performing Arts & Film December 19th - 21st, 2014 A holiday spectacle perfect for all ages. CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE lights up the 2014 holiday season with its newest holiday stage spectacular.  THIS IS A SHOW NOT TO BE MISSED…it’s a cirque show…Broadway musical…holiday spectacular…and family show all in one.  In CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE , Broadway director Neil Goldberg re-imagines the holiday season with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity- defying feats you have to see to believe. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires along with snowmen, icemen and penguins, balancing, jumping and spinning in disbelief.  The show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, choreography and exciting production numbers.  Performers twirl, bounce and soar thru the air to original music and seasonal favorites brought to life within a stage setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Event Web Link: http://broadwaytheatreleague.org/?mainID=&topNav=2&sideNav=&subNav=55&subNav2=&type=shows. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Jolly Jump

Kids Join us during Winter Break and enjoy playing with your little ones! We have extended our hours, so you can make a day of it! Ages 2-12, Parent's always play for free, and don't forget your socks! Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $7/child. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks - Constitution Village Huntsville 109 Gates Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 Admission is $5 - Each ticket admits ONE PERSON for any ONE night from November 28th to December 23rd, 2014. Hours: 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Children under one year admitted free. Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! NEW! Santa's Magical Garden will come to life right before your eyes! Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat! There's lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit www.earlyworks.com.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

James Irvin Solo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Free Health Screening

Healthy Huntsville Huntsville Hospital’s Mobile Medical Unit will be offering free health screenings to the public. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Harrison Senior Wellness and Advocacy Center 6156 Pulaski Pike Huntsville, AL 35810.

Jolly Jump

Kids Join us during Winter Break and enjoy playing with your little ones! We have extended our hours, so you can make a day of it! Ages 2-12, Parent's always play for free, and don't forget your socks! Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $7/child. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Chocolate Estate Holiday Tours

Seasonal The historic Milky Way Farm Manor House is dressed for the holidays. Step back in time with stories of the Southern estate in the 1930’s. Make yourself at home at the historic table. Tuesday – Friday 10am – 3pm Select Saturdays 10am – 4pm Check the calendar for Saturday tour availability and upcoming events. Schedule your visit and we’ll make some coffee and/or we will arrange some delicious Southern specialties for you. Manor Tour $10 Schedule a Manor Tour & Coffee $10 Manor & Farm Tour $15 Manor & Farm Tour with Coffee & Milky Way Farm Chocolate Chess Pie or Seasonal Dessert $20 Manor & Farm Tour and Country Breakfast or Southern Lunch $30 Call 931-808-2281 to schedule your tour! Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Milky Way Farm 520 Milky Way Rd Pulaski, TN 38478.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Tuesdays @ 2:00

Kids Every Tuesday at 2:00, join our Historic Park Interpreters for a special treat as they demonstrate a traditional craft or chore. Many of these activities offer hands-on experience for you and your children. No reservations are required – just drop in and enjoy. (Burritt reserves the right to substitute another activity due to weather or staffing constraints). Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville EarlyWorks - Constitution Village Huntsville 109 Gates Ave. Huntsville, AL 35801 Admission is $5 - Each ticket admits ONE PERSON for any ONE night from November 28th to December 23rd, 2014. Hours: 5:00pm to 9:00pm nightly. Children under one year admitted free. Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! NEW! Santa's Magical Garden will come to life right before your eyes! Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat! There's lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more info visit www.earlyworks.com.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Party

Seasonal Tinsel Trail’s Christmas party! Let it snow in Big Spring Park as we hear carolers, sip hot chocolate, see strolling holiday characters and listen to a very special reading of “The Night Before Christmas”. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/events/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Games With Friends

Social Events & More Bring your own game or play one of ours! We also have a pinball tournament each week and girls play free from 7-9. Nightlife Venue: Straight to Ale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Chelvis and the Bean

Music Nightlife Venue: Sports Page Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 1:30 AM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Free Health Screening

Healthy Huntsville Huntsville Hospital’s Mobile Medical Unit will be offering free health screenings to the public. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM. Madison Senior Center 1282 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Willowbrook's Christmas Eve at "The Joe"

Seasonal Hot chocolate, candy canes, Christmas music and a special Christmas message from Pastor Mark McClelland. Topped off with FIREWORKS! All free, including the parking. Tailgating begins at 3 pm, gates open at 4:45 pm. Dress warmly and bring blankets. Limited heated space is available for senior adults and infants. Venue/ Attraction: Joe Davis Stadium. Is the event free? Yes. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.willowbrook.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Christmas Day

Downtown Huntsville Merry Christmas! Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Denise Onwere Homeschoolers Art Class

Educational & Lecture located in Studio 314 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Participants must register in advance, please contact Denise at 256-322-0184. Young artists will begin by creating their own Pop Art Self Portraits in the style of Andy Warhol, discover cubism as they make Picasso abstract portraits, dabble in print making, and develop a comic series in the style of Lichtenstein. Students will learn to easily identify with recognizable subjects in a painting, drawing or sculpture in representational art widely accepted among the masses. Students will also learn about color design, line, texture, variety, balance and emphasis in this awesome artistic educational experience. Mediums: painting, drawing, print making and sculpture. Choose dates from our ongoing class, or schedule a class today. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The Science of the Holidays

Seasonal NEW THIS HOLIDAY! Enjoy exclusive family-friendly science celebrations at Sci-Quest this holiday season! Sci-Quest will transform into a wonderland of science with themed areas, activities and demos, and holiday labs for the entire family! Make your own 3D snowflake, explore the science of chocolate, design a one-of-a-kind ornament on an Egg-Bot printer, plus more! Activities & Demos Include: Little Winter Wonderland Science in Toyland Holidays 2.0 Holiday Family Labs: Chocolate Covered Science Candy Canes and Chemistry Creations The Case of the Missing Cookie Advance tickets on sale now! Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: In Advance: $6.50 members/$10.50 non-members At the Door: $7.50 members/$11.50 non-members. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/science-holidays. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Thursday Night Swing

Downtown Huntsville $10 Lesson $5 Dance only, Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre on the second floor of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Come Dance With Us! 6:30-7:30 PM: Lesson, 7:30-10:00 PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! EVER! If you haven’t already heard Thursday Night Swing is back and better than ever!  It’s bringing back a weekly DJ’d open dance venue and intermediate lesson space for Huntsville Alabama. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at www.huntsvilleswing.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

Andy Johnson and Co.

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 25, 2014, 8:00 PM – Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:00 AM.

Christmas Card Lane

Seasonal A new tradition is being started in Madison. From November 28th through January 3rd, visitors will have the option to drive or stroll along the sidewalks of Church and Front Street, in our historic downtown, to enjoy more than twenty life-size cards. Each card will be painted by professional, hobbyist, and student artists who have graciously agreed to share their talents. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014. Church and Front Street Historic Downtown Madison Madison AL, 35758.

Festival of Trees

Seasonal We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library Branch.  Many local, nonprofit groups have helped us decorate the Library with trees that represent the mission of their organization.  You can view the displays throughout December during the Library's hours of operation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/102997. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. Around 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor. Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015 The world of the circus has always interested French artist Georges Rouault with its contrast of superficial brightness and the sadness of circus life. In 1917, Rouault entered into an exclusive relationship with Parisian art dealer Ambrose Vollard and this collaboration proved to be one of the most productive in the history of printmaking. The two produced several notable portfolios including Cirque de l’Etoile Filante (Circus of the Shooting Stars). The images in this exhibition strip away the “spangles” of the clown’s costume and reveal the “reflection of paradise lost.” Seventeen color etchings with aquatint introduce the portfolio, followed by selected wood engravings that illustrate the text, also written by Rouault. Organized by Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 Aesthetic Engineering presents a dramatic series of large-scale mixed media works by internationally acclaimed glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The series is inspired by recent breakthroughs in genetics and bio-engineering, and the possibilities of future gene sharing between animal and plant kingdoms. Exuberant and wildly imaginative, the works combine bronze, stainless steel and blown glass into fantastic futuristic forms. Organized in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Guild of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Grandma Moses: Visions of America

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 15, 2014 – March 1, 2015 After nearly 12 years, Grandma Moses will be visiting HMA during the holiday season once again! In this presentation, the museum has organized a one-gallery exhibition of approximately 30 original paintings by this legendary American artist.  These works are being borrowed from institutions across the country, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, and the Eisenhower Library…to name a few…and the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City. One of the most popular artists in the U.S. during the 1940s  and 1950s, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) is known as a “folk” or “naïve” artist; she never received formal art training. She was also the first and most well-known “memory” painter, who often used memory to give life to her landscapes. Grandma Moses also adapted scenes from greeting cards, magazines and prints such as Currier and Ives. Join the museum for an Opening Gallery Walk and Recepti… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women

Museums, Studios & Galleries November 8, 2014 – January 11, 2015                Looking at the Collection: American Impressionist Women will showcase more than 50 outstanding works, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, from HMA’s permanent collection. The works on view comprise a portion of the Louise and Alan Sellars Collection, a landmark holding that celebrates the achievements of more than 250 talented female artists active between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. Many of the artists included in the Sellars Collection rebelled against the convention of their day by exhibiting alongside their male counterparts, receiving awards, and pioneering the way for those who would follow. Today, art historians are rediscovering their accomplishments and establishing their rightful place in the expanding narrative of American history.                 Exemplifying the strong effect that French Impressionism had on American art beginning in the late 19th century, the exhibition’s subject matter will include accomplished florals… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Museum Academy Instructor’s Exhibit

Museums, Studios & Galleries August 17, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015 Prozan Community Gallery Museum Hours: Sunday – 1 to 5 p.m. Monday – Closed Tuesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass

Museums, Studios & Galleries October 5, 2014 - February 8, 2015 South by Southeast: Masters of Studio Glass is an invitational group exhibition organized by the Huntsville Museum of Art to showcase the work of noted American glass artists living and working in our region. This exhibit will be presented alongside Ginny Ruffner: Aesthetic Engineering, a major exhibition of dramatic mixed media works by this internationally acclaimed artist and native Southerner. The artists selected for South by Southeast include Ché Rhodes and Stephen Rolfe Powell of Kentucky; Richard Jolley and Tommie Rush of Tennessee; and John Littleton, Kate Vogel and Rick Beck of North Carolina. Included works range from fanciful tabletop vessels of blown, hot worked and acid etched glass to dramatic mixed media sculptures and installation pieces combining cast and fabricated glass and steel. An opening gallery walk with selected artists is scheduled for Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm, with a reception following in the Richard & Roper Room. Museum Hours: Sunday… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/art/upcoming-exhibits/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014.

Art Exhibits: Images of Cuba

Downtown Huntsville Julia Gary presents Images of Cuba with Silver Gelatin Prints. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/node/103047. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

101 Inventions That Changed The World

Museums, Studios & Galleries Certain turning points in humankind's history have been defined by the creation or discovery of something profound. From stone tools to the birth of the Internet, driven by necessity and accident we have shaped our own destiny through invention. These inventions act as historical punctuation points in the story of 101 Inventions That Changed The World, that explores not only the inventions themselves, but also suggests the reasoning behind their development and their subsequent effect on humankind. From epic time-lapse media of illuminated urban metropoleis to the booming thunder of the jet engine, 101 Inventions is an immensely captivating, unique SENSORY4™ experience guaranteed to fascinate, educate, entertain and inspire adults and children alike. It is an exhibition experience which resonates perfectly with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. To create this incredible new experience for the SENSORY4™ system, Grande Exhibitions engaged a multinational panel of scientific and curatorial experts from aroun… Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/11.11.14/101-inventions-changed-world. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

101 Rocket City Inventions

Museums, Studios & Galleries Inspired by the traveling exhibit, "101 Inventions that Changed the World," the Center has developed a Huntsville component that showcases the creative spirit of the community that sent man to the moon. "101 Rocket City Inventions" includes local patents that track the history of a cotton town turned Rocket City. The exhibition is designed to reflect Huntsville’s robust culture of invention and innovation for products, services and technologies. Inventions featured in this exhibition are diverse and range from a poultry watering system to genomic sequencing. Inventors include William Lafayette Quick, who designed an airplane around the same time as the Wright Brothers, Dr. Wernher von Braun and many more. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit www.rocketcenter.com.

Jolly Jump

Kids Join us during Winter Break and enjoy playing with your little ones! We have extended our hours, so you can make a day of it! Ages 2-12, Parent's always play for free, and don't forget your socks! Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $7/child. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Skating in the Park

Seasonal Skating in the Park will return for the 2014 – 2015 season! November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015 Admission: $10 ages nine and up $5 ages eight and under $8 for groups of 10 or more Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Hours of operation: Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – Midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. – Midnight Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m. Rink will have special holiday hours Thanksgiving week and during Christmas break. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Big Spring Park. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 11:00 AM – Saturday, December 27, 2014, 12:00 AM.

The Science of the Holidays

Seasonal NEW THIS HOLIDAY! Enjoy exclusive family-friendly science celebrations at Sci-Quest this holiday season! Sci-Quest will transform into a wonderland of science with themed areas, activities and demos, and holiday labs for the entire family! Make your own 3D snowflake, explore the science of chocolate, design a one-of-a-kind ornament on an Egg-Bot printer, plus more! Activities & Demos Include: Little Winter Wonderland Science in Toyland Holidays 2.0 Holiday Family Labs: Chocolate Covered Science Candy Canes and Chemistry Creations The Case of the Missing Cookie Advance tickets on sale now! Venue/ Attraction: Sci-Quest, Hands-On Science Center. Cost: In Advance: $6.50 members/$10.50 non-members At the Door: $7.50 members/$11.50 non-members. The Arts Council, Inc. Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://sci-quest.org/plan-your-visit/science-holidays. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights

Seasonal Drive-Through Nights (tickets may be purchased online) Thanksgiving through January 3, 5:30-9 p.m.  Passenger Car - $20 per car (up to 10 people) Vans - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person Tour buses - $20 for 10 people and $3 for each additional person (tour bus driver is free). Please note: Admission fees may be changed without notice. No driving on December 1 and 2 due to the Galaxy Runs on those nights. Please have cash or a check for admission! ** Please enter near Landry's on Bob Wallace. Don't miss North Alabama's favorite holiday tradition! Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking nights are the best way to experienc… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Event Web Link: http://www.hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=10&subID2=&type=calendar&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=8. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit hsvbg.org.

Christmas in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. Event is free and open to the public. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, 2014 at the park pavilion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. For info call 256-586-6793 or visit www.arabcity.org or send us an email at parkrec@arabcity.org. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab City Park Arab Alabama 35016.

Havoc vs. Pensacola

Sports Gold Adult - $20.00 Mezzanine Silver Adult - $15.00 Mezzanine (General Admission) - $12.00 Purchase single game tickets from the VBC Box Office or www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 10 tickets or more contact Cline Thompson at 256.518.6163. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Propst Arena. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Tom Perkins

Music Nightlife Venue: Jefferson Street Pub. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Duane Walker

Downtown Huntsville Nightlife Venue: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – Saturday, December 27, 2014, 12:00 AM.

Epic Comedy Hour

Downtown Huntsville $8 Admission, Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre. This show is rated R. The Epic Comedy Hour is Huntsville's best stand-up comedy show. Epic Comedy features local and regional comedians from the surrounding areas, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Knoxville, and Nashville. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Kozmic Mama

Music Nightlife Venue: LeeAnn's. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2014 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 26, 2014, 9:00 PM – Saturday, December 27, 2014, 1:00 AM.