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Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016.

HealthWorks Farmers Market

Downtown Huntsville Dates: April 14 - October 20 Days and Times: Thursdays, 7:30am- noon Address: Plaza Resource Center Tram Station at Huntsville Hospital, 101 Governor’s Drive, Huntsville What You’ll Find: Fresh & local produce, delicious artisan bread, herbs, gourmet slaw, cheese, jams, jellies and more!  Cash and checks are preferred. Credit cards accepted by select vendors. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Plaza Resource Center Tram Station at Huntsville Hospital 101 Governors Drive Huntsville, AL 35801.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Tremendous Toddlers

Downtown Huntsville Ages 2-3 Join us for Toddler Storytime! Each week we will explore 2-3 age appropriate books, fingerplays, and songs. These activities will help increase your two to three year old’s language skills and prepare them for preschool Storytime. The storytime will finish up with an easy to do craft, designed to strengthen motor skills. For more information contact Miss Cassie at 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Community Figure Drawing

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us every 2nd and 4th Thursday for a community figure drawing class. Figure may be costumed, draped, or nude. Come practice your life drawing skills. Students are asked to bring their own drawing supplies. No photography. Located in Protégé Studio 2-28 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. This class is limited to 15 artists, so contact Ann at protege.ann@gmail.com to reserve your space. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Last Day of School Open Play!

Kids Join us in celebrating the last day of school with a GLOW Open Play! Let the kids burn off some of that CRAZY energy! May 26th 1:30pm-5:30pm Admission will be $8.50+tax per child at the door, or $7+tax per child if you register online! Socks and a signed waiver are required to play. Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $8.50+tax per child. Event Web Link: http://pumpitupparty.com/events-and-activities/huntsville-al. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Parachute Playtime

Downtown Huntsville Ages 18 months – 5 years It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the chute! 18 months - 5 years. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture During art classes, children engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio, Studio 312 on Third Floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact: Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Ages 4-7: 3:30PM-4:45PM Ages 8-13: 5:00PM -6:15PM. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM.

Greene Street Market at Nativity

Downtown Huntsville May 5 - October 27 Thursdays, 4-8pm from May - August; 4-7pm in September; 3-6pm in October What You’ll Find: Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Meet farmers with organically raised beef, pork, chicken, and eggs; pick up freshly prepared meals, gourmet popsicles, traditionally made relishes, cheeses, preserves, and bread. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Church of the Nativity 304 Eustis Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801.

Thursday Night Bikes

Downtown Huntsville Thursday Night Bikes returns to The Greene Street Market at Nativity this year with 11 bikes that you can check out for free from Downtown Huntsville, Inc.. made possible with the help of Trailhead, Inc. and Madison County Alabama. Feel free to take the bikes around the Square, to Artisan Twickenham Square, Clinton Row presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union, UG White, 5 Points etc. There are even baskets for the goodies you pick up along the way. All you need to do is sign a waiver, leave a license or credit card with the DHI attendant, and you're off! Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Trunk Show: Alabama Chanin

Downtown Huntsville Join the Huntsville Museum of Art Museum Store for a trunk show celebrating the traditions of art, craft and design in fashion. On May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. you are invited to shop the couture heirloom pieces of Alabama Chanin. The Museum Store features merchandise unique to Alabama, with works by local and regional artists, as well as creative gifts from around the world. As always, members enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Winchester Rd Farmers Market

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Alabama Certified Growers Only Market Local Farmers sell local fresh produce. Open every Thursday 4:00-7:00PM May Through September. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, dairy, meats, eggs, bakery items, and much more. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. GracePointe Church 2940 Winchester Rd New Market, AL 35761.

Rocket Biergarten

Museums, Studios & Galleries Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration* every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. beginning March 10, 2016, and each Thursday night thereafter through October 20, for the German Biergarten, featuring authentic German cuisine. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine! Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization. Local 501(c)3 charities can click here to  submit to the committee for review and consideration as a charitable recipient. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/childrensworkshops. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Maypril Music on the Square

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

Beer Hop: Craft Beer Trolley Tour

Downtown Huntsville Visit three downtown local breweries in one night!  Enjoy a flight at each brewery before the city trolley whisks you to the next location. This May, visit Yellowhammer Brewing, Liquor Express, and one more location! Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. 3 Local Breweries, Huntsville, AL.

Thursday Night Swing

Music Come dance with us! 6:30-7:30PM: intermediate continuing & exploring lesson, 7:30-8:30PM BEGINNER & core lesson, 8:30-10PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! EVER! If you haven’t already heard, Thursday Night Swing is back and better than ever! It’s bringing back a weekly DJ’d open dance venue and lesson space for Huntsville, Al. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at http://www.swinghuntsville.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10 General $5 Students. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

AYB Dance Showcase

Performing Arts & Film Alabama Youth Ballet School will present their School Showcase featuring a Fairytale Ballet. Venue/ Attraction: Lee High School Theatre. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Rocket City Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performing Arts & Film Enjoy a night out at the original romantic comedy, featuring feuding lovers, mistaken identity, a dastardly plot, and a bumbling police force. Join Rocket City Shakespeare at the UAHuntsville's Black Box theatre, Studio 106 in Morton Hall, May 19-22 and 26-29 for "Much Ado About Nothing". Meet two couples: Hero and Claudio -- storybook lovers who woo by the book, and Beatrice and Benedick, who prefer verbal sparring and witty wordplay -- and announce loud and clear that they AREN'T a couple. When the surly Donna Joan, bastard sister of the prince, decides to scheme against Hero and Claudio, tragedy strikes and only the strong-willed Beatrice and Benedick can hope to fix things. Seating for this production is LIMITED. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets: - In advance: $5 (students)/ $6 (general) -At the door (when avalible): $6 (students)/ $12 (general) Purchase tickets online at http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/ or by phone: 256-714-2129 Show Dates & Times: - May 20, 21, 27, &… Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville Studio 106 at Morton Hall. Cost: General: $6 in advance, $12 at the door; Students: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Event Web Link: http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Trivia

Downtown Huntsville Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Jazz 'n' Swing Night

Social Events & More 6:30 FREE swing dance lesson 7:00 FREE swing dancing with a live band Band and style of dancing different each week, check Straight to Ale Facebook or website for more details. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Bike Night featuring Otherside

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Bike Night featuring Otherside. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 8:00 PM – Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00 AM.

Dave Anderson

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, May 26, 2016, 9:30 PM – Friday, May 27, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Painting Classes for Adults

Educational & Lecture Jennifer teaches “Art where you are”. Students are invited to bring something they are currently working on, or begin work on a suggested still life provided in the studio. Jennifer focuses on a limited use of color palette and value. Students are asked to bring their own tools. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Jennifer Taylor Studio, Studio 203 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. To register, please contact Jennifer at 931-993-8891. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $20. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Great Books Discussion Group - LearningQUEST

Educational & Lecture The books you should have read, but never did! The Great Books Discussion Group, co-sponsored by the Library and LearningQUEST, is open to any adult who is interested in reading and discussing great classic books. We read one book every month, agreed upon by the group. We then meet on the 4th Friday of that month to discuss. Discussions are led by members. Books are chosen a couple of months in advance. Please check the calendar listing at hmcpl.org/ events for updates on the selected readings. All are welcome to join, even if you have not read the book. This book club is open to the public and registration is not necessary. You are welcome to bring your lunch. Required/recommended materials or texts: selected readings, as chosen by members. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Astronaut Lunch

Educational & Lecture Have lunch with an astronaut! Meet astronauts each Friday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Tickets available at rocketcenter.com. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Cost: $25. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.spacecampstore.com/Events-Astronaut-Lunch/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture Home School: 1:00-2:15PM Ages 0-3: 2:15-3:30PM Ages 4-7: 3:30-4:45PM Ages 8-13: 5:00-6:15PM.  During art classes, children will engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free to use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio 312 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, contact Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:15 PM.

Friday Night Flights Beer Sampling

Downtown Huntsville Kick off your weekend with a free beer tasting on Friday nights from 5-7pm in our Specialty department. Sample a flight from one of our eclectic breweries and you may just find your new favorite weekend brew. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki

Educational & Lecture In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including “wet on wet” “dry brush” and “gradation” of hue. No prior experience is needed. Students complete the course with a functional grasp of watercolor painting processes and techniques and will have completed 1-2 paintings by applying course concepts to reference photographs. (This may differ or be adjusted for individuals.) Registration: This class is limited to 4 students. Please contact the instructor to secure the space. Classes are available on Monday-Thursday by request. This class is not a single night only class. The first class is introductory and consists of demonstrations; you don’t have to bring anything. Students start working on a class project during the second session. One project generally takes 2 classes to complete. You can dec… Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $30. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Parent's Night Out!

Kids Do you need a date night, or just some quiet time at home? Drop the kiddos off with us! We jump and play in the arena on our various inflatables. We eat pizza dinner and have a special dessert. We color, create and play games while our food is settling. THEN we will end the evening with a GLOW party with music and dancing. If the kiddos are tired, they are welcome to watch a movie to settle down. When you pick them up they will be tired, fed and ready for bed! We have this event the 4th Friday of the month. Ages potty-trained and up. (Strictly enforced). Socks and a signed waiver are required for this event. Venue/ Attraction: Pump It Up. Cost: $25/child and $20/sibling. Event Web Link: http://pumpitupparty.com/events-and-activities/huntsville-al. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Seminole Strut Concert on the Dock

Kids Seminole Strut started as a bunch of friends getting together and jamming in late 2012.  These six Huntsville, AL natives have been influenced by a variety of different music styles. They meshed together to forge a unique sound with a modern touch of raw rock and soul music. Concerts on the Dock has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the Huntsville music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower! Concerts on the Dock are always free but we ask a $2 suggested parking donation. Please carpool! Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: $2 suggested parking donation. Event Web Link: http://www.lowemill.net/event/seminole-strut-concert-on-the-dock/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Art Party for Kids: Robots

Educational & Lecture Decorate your room with a cool robot that you painted yourself. Maybe you like R2D2 or BB-8. Maybe Wall-E is your favorite. Kids are encouraged to bring in photos of their favorite robot to draw from or to create their own. I’ll also have some printed out too. We’ll draw our robots together and set them in a scene. Then we’ll use acrylic paint to bring them to life. Our paintings are 11″ x 14″ and easy to hang on the wall. These classes are meant to introduce children to the “world of art” in a fun and relaxed environment. Recommended for ages 6–12. More info: www.lowemill.net. In ChromAddict Studio, Studio 2025. Contact: Carrie Alderfer 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Rocket City Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performing Arts & Film Enjoy a night out at the original romantic comedy, featuring feuding lovers, mistaken identity, a dastardly plot, and a bumbling police force. Join Rocket City Shakespeare at the UAHuntsville's Black Box theatre, Studio 106 in Morton Hall, May 19-22 and 26-29 for "Much Ado About Nothing". Meet two couples: Hero and Claudio -- storybook lovers who woo by the book, and Beatrice and Benedick, who prefer verbal sparring and witty wordplay -- and announce loud and clear that they AREN'T a couple. When the surly Donna Joan, bastard sister of the prince, decides to scheme against Hero and Claudio, tragedy strikes and only the strong-willed Beatrice and Benedick can hope to fix things. Seating for this production is LIMITED. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets: - In advance: $5 (students)/ $6 (general) -At the door (when avalible): $6 (students)/ $12 (general) Purchase tickets online at http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/ or by phone: 256-714-2129 Show Dates & Times: - May 20, 21, 27, &… Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville Studio 106 at Morton Hall. Cost: General: $6 in advance, $12 at the door; Students: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Event Web Link: http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Seventh Symphony

Performing Arts & Film The latest play by Robert Riddle Baker, 7th Symphony, sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving the story of one orchestra member preparing for the symphony along with his friends, three other artists, into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia; 7th Symphony is a magical and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history. Shows are upstairs on RT's MainStage and will begin May 27-28 & June 2-4 at 7:00pm with matinee's on May 29 & June 5 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18 per person. Visit us online for tickets by clicking the Ticket Links or by calling 256.536.3117. Venue/ Attraction: Renaissance Theatre. Cost: $18. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.renaissancetheatre.net/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM.

Ivan Parker in Concert

Music Ivan Parker in Concert, Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at Hillwood Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information call 256-883-0485 or 256-883-1950. Doors open at 6 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance, $15 at door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Hillwood Baptist Church 300 Kohler Rd. Huntsville, AL 35803.

Comic Science Improv's Monthly Show: Entertaining You On The Spot Since 2012!

Kids Comic Science Improv is a north-Alabama-based troupe of actors who perform hilarious sketches based on suggestions given by the audience. Our shows are appropriate for all audiences, and consist of a collection of short scenes in which we play improv “games” — anything from speaking only in questions to reinterpreting favorite movies — based on suggestions from the audience. You tell us what to do, we make it hilarious. If you’ve ever seen “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” “Thank God You’re Here” or “Trust Us With Your Life,” you have some idea of what we do, but our shows are made better by the fact that our scene suggestions are coming from YOU, and not some Hollywood studio audience! Cost: $7 @ the door, online $6 each or $20 for 4, children 8 & under free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Crosswinds Church Madison Campus 29768 Huntsville-Brownsferry Rd Madison, AL 35757.

City Lights and Stars featuring Eric Essex

Museums, Studios & Galleries Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Eric Essix began as a fusion and contemporary jazz bandleader in the early 90s. He appeared on the scene with two recorded albums of light pop, fusion, and modern material for Nova. His subsequent releases for Zebra Records showed a shift from his established smooth funk to a more mature, bluesier style with a distinct Southern feel. Eric played at Burritt on the Mountain and we knew we had to have him back! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $10-15. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/city-lights-stars. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Epic Comedy Hour

Performing Arts & Film Epic Comedy Hour is a standup comedy show held every 4th Friday at Flying Monkey Theatre at Lowe Mill. The show is $8 and BYOB. Epic brings standup comedians from all over the country to perform in what has been called "a really awesome show" by lots of people. Really, lots. epiccomedyhour.com facebook.com/epiccomedyhour. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $8. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Space Donkeys

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Space Donkeys on Patio. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – Saturday, May 28, 2016, 12:00 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Alabama Jubilee

Kids The Alabama Jubilee Hot-Air Balloon Classic is the oldest hot-air balloon race in the mid-South, started in Decatur, Alabama in 1978. Nothing excites or ignites this town more than hot air balloons. It takes place May 28 – 29, 2016 and features tethered balloon rides, a nighttime balloon glow, concerts, carnival rides, delicious food, games galore and a commanding display of fireworks are just a few of the activities that will captivate your entire family and make you wish Memorial Day weekend will never end. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016 – Sunday, May 29, 2016. Point Mallard Park 2901 Point Mallard Circle SE Decatur, AL 35601.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Madison City Farmers Market

Health & Wellness Dates:  April 2 – November 26 Days and Times: Saturdays, 8am- noon (April- September), 9am-noon (October- November)  What You’ll Find: A wide selection of local veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, meats, herbs, honey, jams, jellies, relishes, home-baked goods, plants and flowers. Also featured at the market are creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, candles, woodcrafts, sewn items and other handmade products. Everything sold is grown or crafted by local farmers and craftspeople. Enjoy local, live music while you shop. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Trinity Baptist Church 1088 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Open-Air Market at Lowe Mill

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us for the first season of Lowe Mill’s Open Air Market! Shop local farmers, artisans, and makers for your organic vegetables, handmade jams jellies and cheeses, and more! This market will focus on primary producers and makers and their products, all of which have been produced within 125 miles of Lowe Mill. This event allows patrons to shop an array of products all while engaging with merchants from across the region. Located in the north parking lot of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Madison's Disc Dog & Art 4 Paws Festival

Kids Art 4 Paws is teaming up with Southeast Disc Dogs for a free family (including your 4-legged members) Memorial Day weekend full of fun! This is a rain or shine event! Art 4 Paws Pet Adoption and Art Festival will be held Saturday, May 28th from 10 am - 3 pm. We'll have food trucks, children's area, arts and crafts vendors, pet rescue organizations and more. We will host a Blessing of the Pets at 10am to kick off the festival and an amateur dog show at 2pm to close the show! The Southeast Disc Dog Competition with Skyhoundz will be May 28-29. Each day the competition will start at 9 am! Learn more at www.artsmadison.org. Venue/ Attraction: Dublin Memorial Park. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

“Lost Sink Falls” Waterfall on Keel Mountain - Spring Guided Hike Series 2016

Outdoor Activities & Festivals (2 hours / Moderate to Difficult) Explore this beautiful property protected by The Nature Conservancy in Alabama.  The Land Trust manages the trails in partnership with TNC.  The group will hike 1.3 miles to Lost Sink Falls. Directions: From Hampton Cove Publix on Hwy 431, go 1.5 miles on the Eastern Bypass to Cove Park (ball fields) on the right.  Turn right onto Old Hwy 431, go 1.25 miles to Cherry Tree Road.  Turn left and drive on Cherry Tree Road 2.2 miles to McMullen Road.  Drive 1 mile to The Nature Conservancy parking lot on the right.  Parking is limited. Whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned pro, 45+ miles of Land Trust Trails offer natural beauty and exercise for the entire family.  Please - all dogs must be on leads. Hikes are free to the public, but donations to help preserve greenspace are gratefully accepted.  Suggested hiking equipment: long pants, comfortable shoes with good tread & bottled water, hiking sticks, trail snacks, and camera.  More information at 256.534.LAND (5263… Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.landtrustnal.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. McMullen Road Huntsville, AL.

DIY Wall Art: Tapestry Weaving in Drawn-Thread Fabric with Erica Parker

Educational & Lecture As part of our Lowe Mill Workshop series, which brings workshops from regional craftspeople and teachers into Lowe Mill Galleries, we are excited to announce DIY Wall Art: Tapestry Weaving in Drawn-Thread Fabric with Erica Parker. This workshop will take place in our North Floor Gallery, surrounded by the work of Claire Lewis Evans. Join us to explore color, texture, and learn fundamental tapestry weaving techniques as you begin a one-of-a-kind decorative wall hanging in this 2.5 hour class. You will deconstruct existing fabric and weave in new material to create a 6” circular work of fiber art2.5-hourm age 12 years. www.lowemill.net In First Floor Main Gallery at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Aaron Head arronhead@lowemill.net to register. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $40. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Downtown Huntsville Food Tour

Outdoor Activities & Festivals This 3 hour guided walking tour winds through Huntsville, Alabama’s historic downtown streets and parks, visiting six unique food tasting locations. You will get an inside look at the restaurants, specialty shops, and “mom and pop” establishments that make downtown a truly special place to visit. Come explore the history and culture of downtown, and taste the highlights of the Rocket City. Cost: $49. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvillefoodtours.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Downtown Huntsville Route.

Gluten Free Store Tour

Downtown Huntsville Going gluten free has gotten so much easier with the wealth of available products. Check out the gluten-free offerings on our shelves, plus learn what to look for – and what to avoid. FREE – Meet at customer service. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Gluten Information Class

Downtown Huntsville Giving up gluten is a huge dietary movement that can’t be ignored. But how many of us are really sure what gluten actually is? Whether you have wheat sensitivity, Celiac disease, or are considering going gluten-free by choice, join Jason as he discusses the glutinous basics and shows you the ways Whole Foods Market makes it easier to transition to a gluten-free lifestyle. FREE – Meet at Customer Service. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Flying Monkey Artist Market

Museums, Studios & Galleries Local artists and others are invited to set up a booth at the Flying Monkey Arts and sell their wares to the public. There will be art, jewelry, vintage clothing, and more interesting things for sale inside our facility – safe from rain. For vendor guidelines and registration information visit the Flying Monkey Website. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Space Month @ The Library: "Gravity"

Downtown Huntsville May is Space Month at the Downtown Huntsville Library. On May 28, we'll watch the Oscar-winning film "Gravity" by Alfonso Cuaron. Throughout Space Month, we’ll screen space-themed movies and then discuss their science with experts. We’ll also host lectures on space topics. There will be space-themed displays in the Special Collections department on the third floor, and we’ll highlight books about space on the first and second floors. For more details, visit hmcpl.org or contact Suzanne Flynn at 256-532-2362 or asprogramming@hmcpl.org. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture During art classes, children engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio, Studio 312 on Third Floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact: Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Ages 4-7: 1:30PM– 2:45PM Open Class: 3:00PM-4:00PM. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Muchos Mangos

Downtown Huntsville Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy! Discover how the Indian “King of Fruits” can help you, learn why monkeys eat mango seeds, and a try a few delicious recipes highlighting the versatility of this delicious and nutritious fruit. FREE – Meet at customer service. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Open Studio for Kids and Tweens at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture You may choose your favorite Spirited Art painting from our kids and tween gallery. To view all the children's, tween and teen paintings we offer, click the link below and enter the password: colorwheel2016 when prompted. We ask that parents stay to assist their child. http://www.myspiritedart.com/kids-paintings#start Doors Open: 1:45 p.m. Age: 5 and up. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $25. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com/?p=search&d=class. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Studio Arts: Mandala Coloring and Collage

Educational & Lecture Join us for Mandala Collage: Cut, Color, & Paste Outside of the Box. We will begin with a brief slide show to wake up our inspiration, followed by a demo of a few techniques, then time to create our works of art. All experience levels are welcome. This free class is open to adults and teens. Supplies will be provided, and there is no registration required. This program is sponsored in part by the Bailey Cove Friends of the Library. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: www.hmcpl.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Monkeynaut Day

Social Events & More On May 28, 1959, Able and Miss Baker were the first animals to survive a trip to space, forever changing the space industry. Join us as we celebrate their bravery with a day of fun and several variants of Monkeynaut (our flagship IPA). Live Music by Blue Handel Band starting at 7pm Food truck: Hot Box. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1017063508373842/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Carrie's Cosmo Painting at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture Come join us in the studio to paint the popular Carrie's Cosmo. Bring your own beverage and a friend! Ages: 16 and up Please arrive at 6:00pm to choose your seat. Make your reservation today! Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com/?p=search&d=class. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Rocket City Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performing Arts & Film Enjoy a night out at the original romantic comedy, featuring feuding lovers, mistaken identity, a dastardly plot, and a bumbling police force. Join Rocket City Shakespeare at the UAHuntsville's Black Box theatre, Studio 106 in Morton Hall, May 19-22 and 26-29 for "Much Ado About Nothing". Meet two couples: Hero and Claudio -- storybook lovers who woo by the book, and Beatrice and Benedick, who prefer verbal sparring and witty wordplay -- and announce loud and clear that they AREN'T a couple. When the surly Donna Joan, bastard sister of the prince, decides to scheme against Hero and Claudio, tragedy strikes and only the strong-willed Beatrice and Benedick can hope to fix things. Seating for this production is LIMITED. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets: - In advance: $5 (students)/ $6 (general) -At the door (when avalible): $6 (students)/ $12 (general) Purchase tickets online at http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/ or by phone: 256-714-2129 Show Dates & Times: - May 20, 21, 27, &… Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville Studio 106 at Morton Hall. Cost: General: $6 in advance, $12 at the door; Students: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Event Web Link: http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Seventh Symphony

Performing Arts & Film The latest play by Robert Riddle Baker, 7th Symphony, sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving the story of one orchestra member preparing for the symphony along with his friends, three other artists, into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia; 7th Symphony is a magical and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history. Shows are upstairs on RT's MainStage and will begin May 27-28 & June 2-4 at 7:00pm with matinee's on May 29 & June 5 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18 per person. Visit us online for tickets by clicking the Ticket Links or by calling 256.536.3117. Venue/ Attraction: Renaissance Theatre. Cost: $18. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.renaissancetheatre.net/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM.

PLH: In Concert! Broadway through the ages.

Fundraisers The Performer's League of Huntsville is back after the success of their fundraiser musical, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown last Fall! Now you can join the League for a FREE broadway concert and continue to support them in their effort to raise money and support for the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at Huntsville Hospital! This is one night only at the Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater academy building. Venue/ Attraction: Fantasy Playhouse Arts Center. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, May 28, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Step It Up Dancers

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join Anne Sentell and her Step it up Dancers for rousing jigs, reels and toe-tapping fun! Join them for great exercise and balance-strengthening with this high-stepping group. Everyone is welcome to join in because they can teach you! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Rocket City Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Performing Arts & Film Enjoy a night out at the original romantic comedy, featuring feuding lovers, mistaken identity, a dastardly plot, and a bumbling police force. Join Rocket City Shakespeare at the UAHuntsville's Black Box theatre, Studio 106 in Morton Hall, May 19-22 and 26-29 for "Much Ado About Nothing". Meet two couples: Hero and Claudio -- storybook lovers who woo by the book, and Beatrice and Benedick, who prefer verbal sparring and witty wordplay -- and announce loud and clear that they AREN'T a couple. When the surly Donna Joan, bastard sister of the prince, decides to scheme against Hero and Claudio, tragedy strikes and only the strong-willed Beatrice and Benedick can hope to fix things. Seating for this production is LIMITED. Advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets: - In advance: $5 (students)/ $6 (general) -At the door (when avalible): $6 (students)/ $12 (general) Purchase tickets online at http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/ or by phone: 256-714-2129 Show Dates & Times: - May 20, 21, 27, &… Venue/ Attraction: UAHuntsville. Cost: General: $6 in advance, $12 at the door; Students: $5 in advance, $10 at the door. Event Web Link: http://www.rocketcityshakespeare.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Funky Flag Family Class at Spirited Art 5 and up

Educational & Lecture We love holiday weekends at Spirited Art. Bring your family and join us on Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to paint our Funky Flag. Ages 5 and up (Children under 10 will paint on an 11x14 canvas. Please comment at check out if your child is younger than 10.To comment: Click on the small clipboard icon next to seat total at check out). Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $30. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com/?p=search&d=class. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Seventh Symphony

Performing Arts & Film The latest play by Robert Riddle Baker, 7th Symphony, sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving the story of one orchestra member preparing for the symphony along with his friends, three other artists, into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia; 7th Symphony is a magical and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history. Shows are upstairs on RT's MainStage and will begin May 27-28 & June 2-4 at 7:00pm with matinee's on May 29 & June 5 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18 per person. Visit us online for tickets by clicking the Ticket Links or by calling 256.536.3117. Venue/ Attraction: Renaissance Theatre. Cost: $18. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.renaissancetheatre.net/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 2:30 PM – 4:10 PM.

Josh Allison Sunday Night Live

Music Live music at Humphrey's! Venue/ Attraction: Humphreys Bar and Grill. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, May 29, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016.

Downtown Breakfast Cookoff

Downtown Huntsville Come cast your vote for the best Downtown Breakfast! Fire & Spice, Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza, I Love Bacon Food Truck, Crave Heat, Washington Square Catering, and Hindsight Coffee Co. will be set up on Westside Square from 7-11 am on Monday, May 30th, AKA Memorial Day. The Mercedes-Benz Cotton Row Runs will go through the intersection of Northside and Westside Square, so this is a great place to set up and cheer! Chefs are preparing their best breakfast dishes for you! Try one or all of them, and vote for your favorite by putting dollars or change in the vendor-specified container. The vendor whose container has the most money at the end of the event will be declared the winner and all the proceeds raised in the competition will be donated to the Food Bank of North Alabama. Come experience the energy and excitement of Memorial Day Downtown! FYI, the Gates Avenue Parking Garage on Gates and Madison is a convenient and inexpensive parking option! Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Event Web Link: http://www.downtownhuntsville.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Cotton Row 10K Corporate Cup

Health & Wellness The Huntsville Track Club's Cotton Row Run has been Huntsville's premier fitness event for 34 years. This year, Healthy Huntsville has adopted the corporate team competition as an official challenge to help inspire Huntsville to get fit and have fun. Your company can show its support for the community and use the corporate cup team competition as a challenge to promote a healthy lifestyle for its employees. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM.

Dog Days of Summer - Sparky the Fire Dog

Downtown Huntsville Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm the EarlyWorks museum will be open. Each day guests will have the opportunity to experience all the elements of the new “Puppy Love” exhibit. These include the Pup-Culture time line, the Dog Park reading lounge, the Canine Craft Area, the Breeds of the World Matching Game, the Dog-Gone Scavenger Hunt and much more. In addition to the exhibit activities, special “Guest Dogs” have been scheduled to visit, adding their own special excitement to the experience. Monday, May 30th through Saturday, June 4th – Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to share his knowledge of fire safety. He might even bring a fire truck. Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/special-guest-dogs-appearances-and-activities/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Natural Dye Class

Educational & Lecture Natural Dye Class with Gina Levesque presented by the Huntsville Fiber Guild. Learn how to dye yarn and fabric with natural dyes by making a notebook of 20 dyed yarn samples. Some of the dyes used are indigo, madder, Osage orange, black walnut, cochineal, onion skins, and turmeric. Gina Levesque conducts workshops throughout the country. Gina also works with rug hooking, spinning, penny rugs, and weaving. For more information or to register , contact hsvfiber@gmail.com. Cost: $60 members /$80 non members. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Toney, AL.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Memorial Day Service @ Valhalla Memory Gardens

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Join us Monday, May 30th at 10:00 am to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the USA. The ceremony begins at 10:00 am, followed by free hot dogs served by the staff of Valhalla. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Valhalla Funeral Home & Memory Gardens 698 Winchester Rd NE Huntsville, AL 35811.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Rockin’ Story Time

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

LEGO Mania

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

After School Drawing & Oil Painting

Educational & Lecture Experience instructor Ann Steverson offering individualized ongoing classical drawing and painting lessons in a variety of traditional media. This class is recommended for students ages 9 to 18. Pre-registration required. More info: www.lowemill.net Contact: Ann Steverson ann.steverson@gmail Located in Protégé Studio, Studio 2028 on the North floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $90. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 3:45 PM – 5:15 PM.

West Coast Swing Night

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

Josh Allison

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, May 30, 2016, 9:30 PM – Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

Downtown Huntsville The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is sharing treasures from its permanent collection in a new exhibition Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters, open NOW through June 11. The exhibit features a selection of more than 20 prints, photographs, and sculptures created with the enduring traditions of this region in mind. HMA’s permanent collection is rich in artworks produced by living artists with strong connections to the American South. Artists featured in Down Home include Jim Opasik and his wife, Mary Deacon Opasik, who both rely on found objects to create figurative sculptures.  In her painting Red Vine, Frances de La Rosa pays homage to the distinctive landscape of the region by focusing on abstracted plants native to her childhood home. Her work is painted from imagination and memory in high-keyed, often hallucinatory colors, akin in spirit to classic animation and folk art.  Andrew Saftel’s epic Down Home uses found objects and mixed media to explore aspects of Southern culture. Other exhibi… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: included with admission. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Dog Days of Summer - Sparky the Fire Dog

Downtown Huntsville Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm the EarlyWorks museum will be open. Each day guests will have the opportunity to experience all the elements of the new “Puppy Love” exhibit. These include the Pup-Culture time line, the Dog Park reading lounge, the Canine Craft Area, the Breeds of the World Matching Game, the Dog-Gone Scavenger Hunt and much more. In addition to the exhibit activities, special “Guest Dogs” have been scheduled to visit, adding their own special excitement to the experience. Monday, May 30th through Saturday, June 4th – Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to share his knowledge of fire safety. He might even bring a fire truck. Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/special-guest-dogs-appearances-and-activities/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

Educational & Lecture KNOCK KNOCK – WHO LIVES THERE? We all need a place we call home. Enjoy the fresh air of the Huntsville Botanical Garden this summer and explore the homes of creatures real and imaginary. Get your climb on as you scramble through larger-than-life human and animal habitats designed just for kids and their imagination. Peek inside the enchanted Gnome Dome. Poke around an Old Western Fort. Pretend you’re an eagle perched on the edge of a Supersized Nest ready to soar. Dens, Lodges, Webs, Caves, Shelters – where you live says a lot about who you are. Learn about creatures and their Houses, Huts, and Habitats in this thrilling hands-on play space called home. Bring the kids and watch their imagination grow. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=11&start_year=2016&end_month=5&end_day=5&end_year=2016&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=events&typeID=281. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

Educational & Lecture This beautiful, soaring 9000 sq. ft. natural stone and steel beam structure overlooking the entrance pond is home to thousands of native butterflies, tadpoles, frogs, button quail, turtles and other critters. Waterfall, ponds, streams, lush vegetation and flowering plants invite visitors to experience this varied and colorful collection of flora and fauna. The Purdy Butterfly House is open May through September annually. Garden admission fees include entry into the Purdy Butterfly House. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/index.php?mainID=4&subID=7&sub2ID=&type=calendar&today=yes&nextMonth=yes&start_month=1&start_day=16&start_year=2016&end_month=2&end_day=13&end_year=2017&submit=See+Whats+Growing+On&viewMoreType=festival&typeID=37. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

Educational & Lecture The Whimsical Woods are back with more whimsy than ever! By popular demand, Burritt on the Mountain has brought our very first original, educational, summer game back and added a colorful twist. Once again the Historic Park features stories from 19th century children’s literature and for a lively touch we’ve added yarn bombing, a popular world-wide craze where unexpected items are covered in decorative yarn. Children 3-11 are having a great time visiting the Whimsical & Woolly Woods and seeing the colorful, woolly creations that are covering the park. Many of your favorite storybook characters are back with some new friends to meet. Visit the Three Bears’ house, find Cinderella’s mice and climb in the Swiss Family Robinson’s Treehouse. Stroll through an Enchanted Forest full of fairies and woodland creatures. But watch out for lions and tigers and bears...Oh My! The yellow brick road curves near the poppy field and trees filled with silly monkeys. Try your hand at puppetry, the giant’s checker game and dress… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $8-10. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/the-whimsical-and-woolly-woods-grand-opening. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Wiggles & Walking Story Time

Downtown Huntsville Ages: 12-24 months A fun, active storytime for babies who have begun walking and their caregivers. We'll read - and sing - short books, share rhymes and songs, and play with the parachute! Stick around after storytime to play with toys from our special toy box. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Tuesdays at 2

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us in the Historic Park to learn about a historic craft or chore. You may be able to try your hand at it! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Latham Farmers Market

Seasonal We are a weekly farmers market that brings local farmers and artisans together to nourish our community. Every week we offer activities for the kids, live music, and recycling services. We accept cash or credit cards and double your bucks when you use your EBT card. There is parking on site and it is always free to attend. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Latham United Methodist Church 109 Weatherly Rd SE Huntsville, AL 35803.

Science Club

Downtown Huntsville Grades 3-5 Bring your children every week as Ms. Lorena teaches basic science concepts with fun, hands-on activities! For more information contact Miss Lorena at lgoss@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Barks & Brews – May

Educational & Lecture Is your fido a fuss?  We’ve got the remedy! Sign your pup up for dog training classes with a certified dog instructor.  Each class includes four training sessions and they all take place at Salty Nut Brewery!  Plus, each week, your first craft beer is included!  Trust me, you’ll need the beer!  Training takes time and patience and our trainer practices positive reinforcement training. This class will focus on the basics: sitting, walking on a leash, staying and down. Venue/ Attraction: Salty Nut Brewery. Cost: $125 for 4 weeks. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Trivia Tuesdays

Downtown Huntsville Meet us every Tuesday in Spazio Pizza & Taps for free trivia night! You can play individually or as a team, with the winning teams or individuals receiving a Whole Foods Market gift card. There will also be Whole Foods goodies for the 2nd and 3rd place teams. All participants will receive $1 off pints! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Game Night

Social Events & More Bring your friends and your favorite game enjoy beer and board games at Straight to Ale. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

West Coast Swing Dance

Social Events & More If you can walk, you can dance! Rocket Westies are offering west coast swing beginner and intermediate dance classes from 7 PM to 8 PM, followed by open dancing until 10 PM. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just got out of your first beginner class, you’ll have a wonderful time. Know a song you really enjoy dancing to? Feel free to make a request! Located at the Flying Monkey Theatre. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

O'Dell Johnson Duo

Music Nightlife Venue: Voodoo Lounge. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 9:30 PM – Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:30 AM.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

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

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Dog Days of Summer - Sparky the Fire Dog

Downtown Huntsville Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm the EarlyWorks museum will be open. Each day guests will have the opportunity to experience all the elements of the new “Puppy Love” exhibit. These include the Pup-Culture time line, the Dog Park reading lounge, the Canine Craft Area, the Breeds of the World Matching Game, the Dog-Gone Scavenger Hunt and much more. In addition to the exhibit activities, special “Guest Dogs” have been scheduled to visit, adding their own special excitement to the experience. Monday, May 30th through Saturday, June 4th – Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to share his knowledge of fire safety. He might even bring a fire truck. Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/special-guest-dogs-appearances-and-activities/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

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

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

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

Steven Assel Color Workshop

Educational & Lecture Steven Assael will discuss both an analytical and emotive approach to painting the portrait with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The class will consist of a single long pose in both cool and warm light. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion, and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Ala Prima technique. More info: www.lowemill.net Contact: Ann Steverson ann.steverson@gmail Located in Protégé Studio, Studio 2028 on the North floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $1175. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

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

Rockin’ Story Time

Kids All ages You never knew storytime could be this awesome! Join us weekly on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 10:30am as Miss Melissa rocks your storytime with cool books, kickin' kids songs, rad rhymes, and puppets, too! We'll wrap it all up with a themed craft. All ages are welcome. For more information contact Miss Melissa at mshuman@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture Home School: 1:00-2:15PM Ages 0-3: 2:15-3:30PM Ages 4-7: 3:30-4:45PM Ages 8-13: 5:00-6:15PM.  During art classes, children will engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free to use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio 312 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, contact Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:15 PM.

Art Party for Kids: Minecraft

Educational & Lecture Kids are encouraged to draw their favorite Minecraft character and set them in a scene. They will be given a full palette of paint colors and various brushes. I will help them with color mixing, brush selection, and basic painting techniques. This class encourages exploration and creativity. Recommended for ages 6-12. Fee: $25, supplies included. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Studio 2025 at Lowe Mill ARTS Entertainment. Contact Carrie Alderfer at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.

Beer-To-Go party with Rep. Anthony Daniels

Social Events & More For the first time in Alabama, come by some beer to enjoy at home! From 5:30 - 6:30, We’re thrilled to welcome Alabama Representative Anthony Daniels, the man that sponsored the bill legalizing beer-to-go in Alabama breweries! If you don’t want to take your beer home right away, stick around for our monthly Brewgrass Jam and Line Dancing! Food Truck on site. Is the event free? Yes. Nightlife Venue: Straight to Ale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Wine Down Wednesday

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

1st Wednesday Providence Car Show

Kids The Village of Providence Car Collectors Show in the park. The Village of Providence Arts and Entertainment District hours are Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 - 10 p.m. Friday evenings from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. During those times, patrons may purchase a beverage at one of the participating establishments, and stroll through the Village of Providence Arts & Entertainment District. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Village of Providence 7 Town Center Dr NW Huntsville, AL 35806.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM.

Dave Anderson

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Lumberyard! Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Comic Book Art and Illustration Classes

Educational & Lecture SuperPowered Studios announces our ongoing series of comic book art and illustration classes. Students of all skill levels can learn comic book, graphic novel, and illustration techniques from two professional comic book artists: Kevin Stokes and Nathan Massengill. Students may join classes on any day – just show up! Late arrivals welcome. This is a fun, low pressure yet challenging class for all skill levels! This class features TWO professional comic book artists as teachers. Work at your own pace on your own projects or receive personalized assignments from the instructors OR try one of several SuperPowered Artists Challenges! Materials are simple, just bring drawing materials of your choice or email us for a list of recommended materials. Located in SuperPowered Studios 113. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Stories Under the Stars

Museums, Studios & Galleries Tonight's theme - It's in my DNA This event aims to celebrate the longstanding tradition of storytelling by showcasing the history of our community members. Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs and enjoy the sunset view during an evening of live storytelling and music. Performing tales true to their recollection, LINE-UP includes Danny Lindsey of the Sundial Writers Club, Shea Stripling of Out Loud HSV, Dustin Timbrook, Alura Reia and one ‘wildcard’ teller will contribute to the theme of “It's in my DNA” with a story of 5 minutes or less. If you have a true story to tell that fits the theme, put your name in the hat for a chance at our wildcard slot! One performer wins a WLRH underwriting package for their favorite non-profit group. Dr. Neil Lamb of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will be closing out the show with a ten minute featured performance. Food and drink will be available throughout the evening for purchase. Admission is $10. Stories Under the Stars is presented by Burritt o… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $10. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit www.burrittonthemountain.com.

Bluegrass Jam

Social Events & More Live bluegrass music by local musicians. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Rock the Street

Music Who says you have to spend loads of money to see great artists in an outdoor music venue? Come join us in downtown Falkville, Alabama as we Rock the Street! Free admission with canned food donation. Star-studded country lineup. VIP tickets also available. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: suggested donation of canned food items. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016 – Saturday, June 4, 2016. Downtown Falkville Falkville, AL.

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

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

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016.

HealthWorks Farmers Market

Downtown Huntsville Dates: April 14 - October 20 Days and Times: Thursdays, 7:30am- noon Address: Plaza Resource Center Tram Station at Huntsville Hospital, 101 Governor’s Drive, Huntsville What You’ll Find: Fresh & local produce, delicious artisan bread, herbs, gourmet slaw, cheese, jams, jellies and more!  Cash and checks are preferred. Credit cards accepted by select vendors. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Plaza Resource Center Tram Station at Huntsville Hospital 101 Governors Drive Huntsville, AL 35801.

Dog Days of Summer - Sparky the Fire Dog

Downtown Huntsville Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm the EarlyWorks museum will be open. Each day guests will have the opportunity to experience all the elements of the new “Puppy Love” exhibit. These include the Pup-Culture time line, the Dog Park reading lounge, the Canine Craft Area, the Breeds of the World Matching Game, the Dog-Gone Scavenger Hunt and much more. In addition to the exhibit activities, special “Guest Dogs” have been scheduled to visit, adding their own special excitement to the experience. Monday, May 30th through Saturday, June 4th – Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to share his knowledge of fire safety. He might even bring a fire truck. Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/special-guest-dogs-appearances-and-activities/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

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

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

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

Steven Assel Color Workshop

Educational & Lecture Steven Assael will discuss both an analytical and emotive approach to painting the portrait with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The class will consist of a single long pose in both cool and warm light. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion, and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Ala Prima technique. More info: www.lowemill.net Contact: Ann Steverson ann.steverson@gmail Located in Protégé Studio, Studio 2028 on the North floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $1175. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Art Party for Kids: Butterfly

Educational & Lecture Using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, we will work on creating a realistic drawing from a reference photo. Demonstrations will be given in class and there will be time to work on our drawings together. Lighting, depth of field, and color theory will be discussed and paper will be provided. Be prepared to work on your drawing at home in order to complete it. If you have a smart phone or iPad, please bring it to draw from. Supplies included. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Studio 2025 at Lowe Mill ARTS Entertainment. Contact Carrie Alderfer at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $100. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

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

Tremendous Toddlers

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

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Parachute Playtime

Downtown Huntsville Ages 18 months – 5 years It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the chute! 18 months - 5 years. For more information contact Miss Annie at amatthys@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5982. Is the event free? Yes. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture During art classes, children engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio, Studio 312 on Third Floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact: Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Ages 4-7: 3:30PM-4:45PM Ages 8-13: 5:00PM -6:15PM. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 3:30 PM – 6:15 PM.

Greene Street Market at Nativity

Downtown Huntsville May 5 - October 27 Thursdays, 4-8pm from May - August; 4-7pm in September; 3-6pm in October What You’ll Find: Fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Meet farmers with organically raised beef, pork, chicken, and eggs; pick up freshly prepared meals, gourmet popsicles, traditionally made relishes, cheeses, preserves, and bread. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Church of the Nativity 304 Eustis Avenue Huntsville, AL 35801.

Thursday Night Bikes

Downtown Huntsville Thursday Night Bikes returns to The Greene Street Market at Nativity this year with 11 bikes that you can check out for free from Downtown Huntsville, Inc.. made possible with the help of Trailhead, Inc. and Madison County Alabama. Feel free to take the bikes around the Square, to Artisan Twickenham Square, Clinton Row presented by Redstone Federal Credit Union, UG White, 5 Points etc. There are even baskets for the goodies you pick up along the way. All you need to do is sign a waiver, leave a license or credit card with the DHI attendant, and you're off! Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Winchester Rd Farmers Market

Outdoor Activities & Festivals Alabama Certified Growers Only Market Local Farmers sell local fresh produce. Open every Thursday 4:00-7:00PM May Through September. Fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, dairy, meats, eggs, bakery items, and much more. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. GracePointe Church 2940 Winchester Rd New Market, AL 35761.

Rocket Biergarten

Museums, Studios & Galleries Visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Saturn V Hall in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration* every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. beginning March 10, 2016, and each Thursday night thereafter through October 20, for the German Biergarten, featuring authentic German cuisine. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with imported and domestic beers and delicious wines from the German region. It’s family friendly and leashed dogs are welcome, rain or shine! Admission is free, and food and beverages are available for purchase. To support our local community, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is featuring a nonprofit organization each week, and a portion of food sales that evening will be donated to the organization. Local 501(c)3 charities can click here to  submit to the committee for review and consideration as a charitable recipient. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/childrensworkshops. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Book Club

Educational & Lecture Do you love to read? If you’re interested in getting involved in a book club, we meet the first Thursday of every month at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment in local writer Jennifer Pinkley’s studio 131. Everyone is welcome! We plan to read a wide variety of books, and club members are encouraged to suggest books for the group to read and discuss. If you’d like to come to a meeting, please read the book and come prepared to discuss it. Feel free to bring snacks and refreshments with you to the meeting. Join our Facebook page to chat with other book club members and to receive updates about our meetings. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Coloring Book Art Party for Adults

Educational & Lecture You’ve purchased an adult coloring book and some colored pencils. Now what? Want to try some artist quality pencils and paper? Or are you interested in learning how to layer and blend your colored pencils to achieve amazing effects? Then this class is for you! I will have Prismacolor Premier colored pencils available for you to try. I’ll also have coloring pages printed on artist paper so you can experience the difference paper makes. Soda, water, and snacks are included. You are welcome to bring your favorite adult beverage. Ages 21+ only please. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in ChromAddict Studio 2025 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Carrie Alderfer at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $45. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Thursday Night Swing

Music Come dance with us! 6:30-7:30PM: intermediate continuing & exploring lesson, 7:30-8:30PM BEGINNER & core lesson, 8:30-10PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! EVER! If you haven’t already heard, Thursday Night Swing is back and better than ever! It’s bringing back a weekly DJ’d open dance venue and lesson space for Huntsville, Al. We are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! More info at http://www.swinghuntsville.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10 General $5 Students. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Seventh Symphony

Performing Arts & Film The latest play by Robert Riddle Baker, 7th Symphony, sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving the story of one orchestra member preparing for the symphony along with his friends, three other artists, into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia; 7th Symphony is a magical and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history. Shows are upstairs on RT's MainStage and will begin May 27-28 & June 2-4 at 7:00pm with matinee's on May 29 & June 5 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18 per person. Visit us online for tickets by clicking the Ticket Links or by calling 256.536.3117. Venue/ Attraction: Renaissance Theatre. Cost: $18. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.renaissancetheatre.net/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM.

Trivia

Downtown Huntsville Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Bike Night featuring Thad

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Bike Night featuring Thad. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, June 2, 2016, 8:00 PM – Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00 AM.

Dave Anderson

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

Down Home: Contemporary Southern Masters

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

Frozen in Place: Southern Photographs from the Collection

Museums, Studios & Galleries As one of the nation’s most culturally distinct regions, the American South has long been a magnet for artistic exploration and documentation. Because of the camera’s ability to so vividly record reality, many artists have chosen the medium of photography as the vehicle to convey their unique impressions and experiences of the South. Frozen in Place presents more than 50 photos which tell compelling stories about our region’s unique people, places, and traditions. From the Museum’s permanent collection, many were added in the 1980s and early 1990s through a series of original exhibitions curated by local photographic archivist and historian Frances Robb, wife of former Museum Director David Robb. The Museum is fortunate enough to have large holdings of photographs by critically-acclaimed artists like William Christenberry, Chip Cooper, John Reese, and Kathryn Tucker Windham. Exhibition highlights include Pinky Bass’ evocative self-portrait taken with a simple pinhole camera; James Morris’ image of rampa… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Costs Vary - See HMA Website. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016.

Dog Days of Summer - Sparky the Fire Dog

Downtown Huntsville Monday through Saturday from 9am to 5pm the EarlyWorks museum will be open. Each day guests will have the opportunity to experience all the elements of the new “Puppy Love” exhibit. These include the Pup-Culture time line, the Dog Park reading lounge, the Canine Craft Area, the Breeds of the World Matching Game, the Dog-Gone Scavenger Hunt and much more. In addition to the exhibit activities, special “Guest Dogs” have been scheduled to visit, adding their own special excitement to the experience. Monday, May 30th through Saturday, June 4th – Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand to share his knowledge of fire safety. He might even bring a fire truck. Venue/ Attraction: EarlyWorks Museum Complex. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/special-guest-dogs-appearances-and-activities/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Houses, Huts & Habitats

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

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Purdy Butterfly House

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

Steven Assel Color Workshop

Educational & Lecture Steven Assael will discuss both an analytical and emotive approach to painting the portrait with an emphasis on color and value relationships in a related atmosphere. The class will consist of a single long pose in both cool and warm light. The development of form through an observation and interpretation of plane shifts projecting and receding from the eye will be stressed. Aspects of anatomy, proportion, and movement will be discussed along with the development of an Ala Prima technique. More info: www.lowemill.net Contact: Ann Steverson ann.steverson@gmail Located in Protégé Studio, Studio 2028 on the North floor at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $1175. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Summer Smart Play

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is ready for a summer of fun with the opening of its newest exhibit, “Summer Smart Play!” Try out a working storm shelter equipped with hands-on safety games, experience the shaking and sounds created by earthquakes and generate electricity to produce light with your own pedal power! In addition, see the Rocket Center’s brand new Magic Planet® interactive, sphere-shaped display that allows guests to see hurricanes in motion, airplanes navigate the globe and how the Earth’s climate works. This exhibit will be on display May 14, 2016- July 25, 2016. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/05.14.16/summer-smart-play. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit rocketcenter.com.

Painting Classes for Adults

Educational & Lecture Jennifer teaches “Art where you are”. Students are invited to bring something they are currently working on, or begin work on a suggested still life provided in the studio. Jennifer focuses on a limited use of color palette and value. Students are asked to bring their own tools. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Jennifer Taylor Studio, Studio 203 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. To register, please contact Jennifer at 931-993-8891. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $20. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Whimsical and Woolly Woods

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

Astronaut Lunch

Educational & Lecture Have lunch with an astronaut! Meet astronauts each Friday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Tickets available at rocketcenter.com. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Cost: $25. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.spacecampstore.com/Events-Astronaut-Lunch/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

After School Art Class with Eleonora Stein

Educational & Lecture Home School: 1:00-2:15PM Ages 0-3: 2:15-3:30PM Ages 4-7: 3:30-4:45PM Ages 8-13: 5:00-6:15PM.  During art classes, children will engage in experimenting and producing work in many art forms like painting, drawing, sculpting, constructing, etc. Our main goal is to provide our students with a safe and creative environment so they feel free to use their imagination and explore the art world. Artis Studio’s programs encourage deep connection with works of art and artistic expression. These programs are designed for pre-K, Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle school. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Artis Studio 312 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, contact Eleonora Stein at 256-272-1625. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 1:00 PM – 6:15 PM.

Beer & A Movie Night: Strange Brew

Social Events & More In celebration of Alabama’s new Beer-To-Go law, join us for one of the most ridiculous beer movies of our time, Strange Brew! (Disclaimer: Do not try any of their hair brained schemes to get free beer from Straight to Ale, we know your tricks!) Food Truck on site. Is the event free? Yes. Nightlife Venue: Straight to Ale. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Friday Night Flights Beer Sampling

Downtown Huntsville Kick off your weekend with a free beer tasting on Friday nights from 5-7pm in our Specialty department. Sample a flight from one of our eclectic breweries and you may just find your new favorite weekend brew. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Watercolor Class with Yuri Ozaki

Educational & Lecture In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. The course also introduces techniques for conveying more complicated imagery in different styles including “wet on wet” “dry brush” and “gradation” of hue. No prior experience is needed. Students complete the course with a functional grasp of watercolor painting processes and techniques and will have completed 1-2 paintings by applying course concepts to reference photographs. (This may differ or be adjusted for individuals.) Registration: This class is limited to 4 students. Please contact the instructor to secure the space. Classes are available on Monday-Thursday by request. This class is not a single night only class. The first class is introductory and consists of demonstrations; you don’t have to bring anything. Students start working on a class project during the second session. One project generally takes 2 classes to complete. You can dec… Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $30. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Bikes & Brews First Friday June

Downtown Huntsville 6:00 – 7:00 PM Spazio (Whole Foods Market Huntsville) 7:15 – 8:15 PM The Original Public House 8:30 – 9:30 PM The Nook 9:45 – 10:45 PM Bandito Burrito Co. 11:00 – 12:00 PM Hops Wild Craft Beer Bar Nice leisurely group ride between stops around town. Come out enjoy the social event (with just enough exercise to justify a brew). Please bring your bicycle lights and be safe. I'm always looking for new destinations and next ride is going to be a particularly big event hitting up many of our regulars destination so I tried to branch out a little more on this one. I'm not organizing any food on this ride but Spazio, the Nook, and Bandito will all be open to taking your orders. You may wish to call ahead. Rain out info will postpone until the following Friday and be posted to the Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/bikesbrewshsv/. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12:00 AM.

The Twelfth Annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Kids The Cigar Box Guitar Festival is back for its 12th year at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment! This event is the longest running Cigar Box Guitar festival in the world, celebrating all aspects of Cigar Box Guitar folk culture. June 3 & 4 will be filled with music, engaging demonstrations and hands on workshops, folk art, vendors, food trucks and more. This event aims to honor the makers, musicians, and fans of these unique, historic instruments. The Friday night event will be part of our Concerts on the Dock series, featuring Microwave Dave. More artists to be announced. Concerts on the Dock has grown from a small gathering of music lovers to an institution in the Huntsville music scene since the first note was struck in 2008. This free, family friendly series is all about creating a laid back atmosphere for friends of Lowe Mill to enjoy original content and interesting new acts, Friday nights during the Spring and Fall. Bring chairs, picnics, friends and pets on a leash and join us under the water tower! C… Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: $2 suggested parking donation. Event Web Link: http://www.lowemill.net/event/the-twelfth-annual-cigar-box-guitar-festival/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Art Party for Kids: Paint Your Pet

Educational & Lecture Your pet’s portrait would make an awesome addition to your room! Kids are encouraged to bring in photos of their pet or favorite animal to draw from, or use a provided image. We’ll draw our pets together and set them in a scene. Then we’ll use acrylic paint to bring them to life. Our paintings are 11″ x 14″ and easy to hang on the wall. These classes are meant to introduce children to the “world of art” in a fun and relaxed environment. Recommended for ages 6-12. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Studio 2025 at Lowe Mill ARTS Entertainment. Contact Carrie Alderfer at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Seventh Symphony

Performing Arts & Film The latest play by Robert Riddle Baker, 7th Symphony, sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it. In vivid and compelling detail he tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the twentieth century on a city of exquisite beauty and fine minds, and of its no less remarkable survival. Weaving the story of one orchestra member preparing for the symphony along with his friends, three other artists, into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the brutal Nazi invasion of Russia; 7th Symphony is a magical and moving account of one of the most tragic periods in history. Shows are upstairs on RT's MainStage and will begin May 27-28 & June 2-4 at 7:00pm with matinee's on May 29 & June 5 at 2:30pm. Tickets are $18 per person. Visit us online for tickets by clicking the Ticket Links or by calling 256.536.3117. Venue/ Attraction: Renaissance Theatre. Cost: $18. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.renaissancetheatre.net/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:40 PM.

The Michael Allman Band

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Cost: $10 prior to day of $15 at door on patio. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, June 3, 2016, 8:00 PM – Saturday, June 4, 2016, 12:00 AM.