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Midwinter Supper: A Creative Culinary Adventure
7:00 PM19:00

Midwinter Supper: A Creative Culinary Adventure

Join us on February 22, 7-10pm, for an evening of culinary delights!

  • Five course tasting menu by local chefs at The Little Eggplant

  • Carefully curated wine selection

  • Live music with Ryan Hernandez

Tickets are $125 and proceeds support our Creative Community Workshop Series.
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Studies have shown that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing, and math and that creativity reduces stress and anxiety, improves medical outcomes, and decreases negative emotions. Your support will help us offer affordable classes to the community (and also support local teaching creatives) in our Creative Community Workshop series this spring.

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Celebrate Creativity! Fundraiser
6:30 PM18:30

Celebrate Creativity! Fundraiser

Join us for an evening of creativity – live music, delicious food, and art - all from our local creative community!

When: Friday, September 14, 6:30-10pm
Where: In the ValleyArts courtyard
Tickets: $75 (includes food, open wine bar, and live music)
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Honoring Elliot Lee, Chairman of the HANDS Board of Directors, for his dedicated service to the Valley Arts District community.

Live music starts at 7pm:
7:00 – 7:30 PM Miguel “ITO” – Guitarist Singer Songwriter
7:45 -8:15 PM Jinmi Kim Project – Straight Ahead Jazz
8:30 – 9:00 PM Ife Basim Masterpieces - Storms Weathered Dramatic Reading
9:15 – 9:45 PM Zach Brock Live (Grammy Award Winning Violinist)

Food from 11 local food entrepreneurs: 
Food coordinated by our partners at Garden State Kitchen.

Aah Veggie Delights - Create your Own Vegan Tacos
Fairy Lunch Mother - Make a Monfongo Broth Bowl with your choice of topping
Chef Jesse Concepts, LLC - Shrimp & Grit Cakes to Order
Pristine Catering LLC- Nigerian Vegan Bean Balls & Meat Pies
B&C Soul Food Catering LLC
Jessica Alfreds Food
Rhythm N Food
Sweeta Boo's Cakery & Catering - Decorate (or just eat!) a cupcake
Kremeandkrumbs - Create your Own Ice Cream Sundae
Karen's Cookies
Three Daughters Bakery

We will also have a ribbon cutting for our newest outdoor art by local artist Sarah Langsam, a participatory art project, a mystery balloon raffle, and more!

Your ticket purchase supports our local creative community and ValleyArts creative programming for youth, artists, and entrepreneurs.

This event is generously sponsored by the Harvard Printing Apts. and HANDS New Jersey.

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Birthday Celebration at the artfullbean!
9:00 AM09:00

Birthday Celebration at the artfullbean!

Join us to celebrate our first birthday! 

This has been an amazing year full of new friends, new events, new challenges, and most of all a whole lot of FUN! Now it's time to CELEBRATE!

The day will be full of music, food, and laughter: 
- Free birthday donuts in the morning
- Live music with Steve Jones from 3-5pm
- Free birthday cupcakes in the afternoon
- Happy hour drinks from 2-5pm
- Free small coffee when you tell us "Happy Birthday!" 
- Special surprises planned throughout the day!

We hope you can come by to celebrate this milestone with us as
we look to the future.

(One coffee per customer, donuts and cupcakes are first come, first serve - when they're gone, they're gone!)

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Roberto Burns Night
7:30 PM19:30

Roberto Burns Night

Come enjoy an evening of poetry, tequila, and light bites at our Mexican twist on Robert Burns Night.  All proceeds benefit our arts education and community outreach programs.

Tickets $25, available at our online store.

Poetry coordinated by David Olimpio, editor of Atticus Review. Light bites and appetizers prepared by Garden State Kitchen.

Readers to include:
Marcia LeBeau
Roberto Carlos Garcia
Lynne McEniry
David Olimpio

Tequila tasting hosted by ValleyArts:
Enjoy a rare opportunity to sample some of the finest tequilas in the world. These are sipping tequilas to be relished and enjoyed. Join us for a night of fine tequilas and discover the wide range of tequilas available today.

Thank you to our sponsor: 

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Art and Music Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
5:00 PM17:00

Art and Music Benefit for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

  • Community Gallery at ValleyArts (map)
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Featuring Frank Meo's Mind Prints series in the Community Gallery and live music in the courtyard. Food, drink, and a great time for a good cause.

Suggested donation of $10 at the door. 100% of donations and 50% of art sales go directly to hurricane relief. Item donations accepted as well. 

Music Lineup:
6:00pm: Ariana Gates & Chrissie Limos
6:30pm: Ito
7:00pm: Switch Mob
8:00pm: Genii Collective
9:00pm: The One 50 Project

Mind Prints: A thought-provoking collection of words without pictures illustrating the creative spark in each of us. Over forty framed prints relating major news stories and cultural phenomena, each graphically illustrated in the viewer’s imagination.

Donations will go to the Hispanic Federation's Unidos Fund for hurricane relief. All supplies will be collected in the name of Iglesia Presbiteriana en Country Club, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Items needed:
  - Toothpaste
  - Hand soap
  - Baby wipes
  - Paper Towels
  - Feminine hygiene products
  - Plastic bags
  - Toilet paper
  - Diapers
  - Bottles of water
  - Crackers
  - Non-perishable canned foods

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Community Spirit Gala
6:30 PM18:30

Community Spirit Gala

It’s time for the annual event celebrating the Valley Arts District! Live music, delicious food from neighborhood establishments, a wine bar, art, and both silent and live auctions come together for one amazing evening for both residents and visitors to the district.


Last year, local restaurants such as Hat City Kitchen, Libretti’s, and Southern Comfort Cafe provided food and bands played throughout the night, interspersed with presentations from movers and shakers in the community. This year’s event will have a similar format - but with some notable additions and surprises.

Community Spirit raises money for projects in the Valley Arts District such as signage, gardens and plantings, art installations, and community events. This year’s event will take place in the courtyard of the ValleyArts Creative Cooperative building and will raise funds to continue efforts for gardens and plantings, identifying banners and signs, resident-created murals, and a way finding project.

Mark your calendar to attend the celebration on Friday, September 15, 2017. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. You can also support the event and the Valley Arts District through donations of goods and services and by spreading the word about this amazing evening.

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Community Spirit Beautification Gala
7:00 PM19:00

Community Spirit Beautification Gala

A coalition of organizations are joining together in fundraising to beautify the Valley Arts District. We will be adding murals, signage and greenery to further bring to life this unique space for artists, creative entrepreneurs, residents, businesses and all that participate in the celebration of community in the Valley Arts District. 50% of proceeds go the Valley Beautification Fund and 50% to the Valley Non-profits.

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