Go green with Center City Saturday on April 17
Enjoy a FREE showing of Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D at Hollywood Theatres and FREE Discovery Center admission
Join the members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association Saturday, April 17, for Center City Saturday, a family-friendly smorgasbord of art, movies, hands-on activities, giveaways, food and fun for all ages.
As a special treat, families can kick off their Center City Saturday adventures with the new kids film series at Hollywood Theatres, beginning with a FREE 10 a.m. showing of Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D.
For April, Center City Saturday puts the focus on Earth and Energy. Celebrate Earth Day with FREE admission at The Discovery Center, try delicious and sustainable dining at Farmers Gastropub, and experience environmentally friendly art with Art Walk’s Fresh Gallery, Global Fayre, Good Girl Art Gallery, Hawthorn Galleries, Obelisk Home, Park Central Branch Library, Springfield Hot Glass Studio and Springfield Pottery.
Highlights of the April 17 Center City Saturday include:
- See Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D a FREE 10 a.m. showing at Hollywood Theatres.
- Celebrate Earth Day at The Discovery Center with FREE admission sponsored by the Partnership for Sustainability. Enjoy hands-on activities and demonstrations, plus explore the Discovery Center of Springfield’s hands-on exhibits and its LEED Gold Certified “green” building. Check out the “green” signage to see how you can make a difference. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call 417-862-9910 Ext. 706.
- Visit Farmers Gastropub, the greenest restaurant in Springfield, at 431 S. Jefferson Avenue (next to The Moxie Theatre). All of Farmers Gastropub’s meat and produce is fresh, local, organic or sustainable. The restaurant recycles everything, even its kitchen waste, which goes to feed hogs at area organic farms. Stop by to experience a model of sustainability with a fresh local flavor.
- Visit Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., to enjoy art by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in a show titled Reflections of Scouting: Through the Eyes of Scouts. Plus get 20 percent off any purchase of $5 or more. (417) 866-3696 Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; First Friday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Stop by Fresh Gallery, at the corner of Campbell and Walnut, to view work by Fabric and Fiber artist Carol Penprase incorporating recycled and found objects, and stained glass and mixed media works by Artist Dale Augustson. Also, don’t miss Fresh’s expanded First Anniversary Silent Auction featuring paintings, photography, jewelry and more.
- Go green at Global Fayre, 324 S. Campbell, with beautiful art and practical items crafted from an array of recycled materials. See colorful Zulu baskets made of recycled telephone wire, plus clothing, handbags, tote bags, note cards, toys, hand-crafted jewelry and sculpture made from sustainable and recycled materials. And don’t miss Global Fayre’s fairly traded, sustainably produced and entirely delicious coffee, chocolates and other treats.
- Stop by Good Girl Art Gallery to enter a FREE drawing for a bag made from recycled rice bags in honor of Earth Day, and enjoy green cookies in honor of being green and good to the Earth. Plus see the fantastic local artwork in Good Girl’s April show and silent auction, Childhood in its Landscape, and bid on your favorite piece to benefit arts in education.
- Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., invites visitors to enjoy its April Exhibition by Painter Jim Bilgere and Sculptor Linda Simpson and check out its SALE on locally made sustainable pottery candles. Buy one candle, and get the second at half price. Hawthorn Galleries features a rotating collection of fine art including original paintings, sculpture, pottery and jewelry.
- Experience Found Object Art by Ismael Ortiz at Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, as well as paintings by April Featured Artist Elizabeth Snipes and New Work by Artist Stephanie Cramer. (417) 616-6488 www.obeliskhome.com
- Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features a FREE movie marathon celebrating Earth Day with movies about the environment rated PG or under. Plus don’t miss the display of photographs by students at Fordland Middle School. (417) 831-1342 http://parkcentrallibrary.blogspot.com Open 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th; 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat
- Get a sneak peak at glassblowing classes at Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave. Springfield Hot Glass practices energy efficiency through the careful design and operation of its furnaces, as well as making some products – including cheese trays and refrigerator magnets – that use only recycled glass. (417) 868-8181 www.springfieldhotglass.com Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
- Enjoy art from the Earth at Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., with beautiful hand-thrown clay pottery, as well as fine craft items in wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists. (417) 864-4677 www.springfieldpottery.com Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat
- Pick up the new Gallery Guide Brochure to enjoy your own Mini Art Walk with family and friends.
ABOUT CENTER CITY SATURDAY
Center City Saturday is a collaborative downtown happening presented the third Saturday of each month by members of First Friday Art Walk and the Downtown Springfield Association.
Designed as a casual, family-friendly daytime event, Center City Saturday strives to introduce visitors of all ages to the art, culture, entertainment, fashion, food and fun of the Downtown Arts District.
Visitors are invited to enjoy live art demonstrations, hands-on activities, special events, shopping, dining, self-guided gallery tours and live performances in a variety of downtown venues.
For more information on First Friday Art Walk Inc., visit www.ffaw.org or check out Art Walk’s page on Facebook.
For more information on DSA and its members, visit www.itsalldowntown.com.