Town Events, April 1 - April 8
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
SPRING CLEANING TAG SALE
The Agawam Senior Center is having a spring cleaning tag sale. The tag sale will take place at the Agawam Senior Center April 6 - 8 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Proceeds of the tag sale benefit the sunshine fund. Any questions call Kristina Lynch at 821-0605.
FUNERAL INDUSTRY REVEALED
A PBS Frontline produced investigative documentary film "The Undertaking" will be shown at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., on April 16 at 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home will be on hand to answer questions. All are welcome to attend this free educational public service. For more info, call 525-8658.
FREE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING
On April 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Agawam Early Childhood Center and Westfield Infant Toddler will be having a free developmental screening for children birth - age four. This screening is offered to children who are residents of Agawam or Feeding hills. Children will be seen by appt. only; contact Christine Fenn at the Agawam Early Childhood Center, 821-0597.
CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW
Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., will host a craft and vendor show April 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. featuring 30 exhibitors including Double Dips Chocolates, jewelry, woodwork, hand crafted keepsakes, pet accessories, Mary Kay, tupperware and Pampered Chef.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are selling pies for Easter. The pies are French meat pie for $12, apple pie, banana cream and chocolate cream pies for $10 each. Cut off time will be April 7 and pick up time will be April 11 between 9 a.m. - noon.
HOLY WEEK LUNCHEON, SERVICES
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., invites all to attend Holy Week Luncheon Services. We will gather at noon, Monday - Friday, April 6 - 10 to worship together at the Agawam United Methodist Church, across from the Agawam High School. Lunch will be provided following the service. Offerings will be given to the Parish Cupboard.
The Agawam Senior Center music groups, the Memory Lane Chorus and the Melody Band will combine to present the "Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenze Hart" on April 3 at 1 p.m. at the center. This will be a free concert; however, a small donation would be appreciated.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Holy Week (April 6 - 10) services will take place at Agawam United Methodist Church, 459 Mill St., at noon, followed by a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. The offering from each service will be given to the Parish Cupboard.
ROBINSON PARK FRIENDS MEETING
The Friends of Robinson State Park will meet April 9 at the Agawam Public Library from 6 - 8 p.m. Come and find out about our Friends' group and the statewide Friends' group network. Come and find out about Park Serve Day, April 25, and Robinson Park Day, June 20. It is your chance to share ideas for these upcoming events and a time for you to learn more about the happenings in the park.
MONTHLY MORNING MOVIE
The Agawam Public Library's next monthly morning movie will take place on April 8 at 10 a.m. We will be showing Irving Berlin's "Easter Parade," starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Ann Miller and Peter Lawford. This program is free of charge and no registration is needed.
BOAT & SURF CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Boat & Surf Club meets the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) " the only saltwater fishing club in Western Mass. Meetings take place at the Springfield Canoe & Yacht Club, 1210 River Rd. Top name guest speakers and raffle. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. On April 7, guest speaker is Jay Baver of On The Water Magazine. Call Ray Nacewicz at 562-1590 for more info.
The Chicopee Senior Center will close at 12:30 p.m. on April 9. Meals will be served.
"THE ODD COUPLE"
Chicopee Senior Travel Club presents "The Odd Couple" on June 14 at Thomaston Opera House in Conn. Trip includes bus, show, lunch at Black Rock Tavern and driver tip. Call 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.
The Knights of Columbus will host the second annual benefit spaghetti dinner for Harmony House, a home for the terminally ill, at the Castle of the Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr. on April 4 at 6 p.m. Music will be provided; a bake sale, a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children and are available by calling Ruth at 534-0704 or e-mailing Karen at email@example.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
A trip to Foxwoods on April 8 leaving from American Legion Post 452, 37 Exchange St., at 7:15 a.m. Free buffet and $15 keno play. For more info call Dot at 788-6835. Best time to call is between 4 - 5 p.m.
Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Ely Associates to experience the Saratoga Race Course. Watch your races from the grandstand seats in one of the most historical horse racing towns in all of the United States. Trip departs at 8:15 a.m. from the old Chicopee High and returns around 6:45 p.m. Trip date is Aug. 8; price includes admission to the races, transportation and driver tip. Register now and put down a $15 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. For more info call the Parks Dept at 594-3481. Hurry, seats are limited.
Collectible Show, sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council, April 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Show features coins, sports and non-sports cards, wax boxes, autographs, NASCAR, Webkinz and more. Handicap accessible. Prizes drawn every 30 mins. Admission $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the Nativity B.V.M. Church. For info call Joe at 593-6046.
The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on April 2 from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults and seniors, $4 for children under 12 and $4.75 for take-outs. All monies are used for our veterans. Come and join us. We need your support. All food is homemade by our Ladies Auxiliary.
FREE CHAPEL CONCERT
Providence Place, 5 Gamelin St., will mark its 10th anniversary with a special free Chapel Concert at 2:30 p.m. on April 5. The concert, titled "Mosaic," features the Mount Holyoke College Glee Club, Chorale and Chamber Singers showcasing a broad range of compositional styles and languages. Providence Place's very own "Bel Canto Chorus," a new chamber group comprised of Providence Place residents, is also on the program. For more info, call 534-9700.
On April 5 at 3 p.m. Chamber Music at Wistariahurst performs a program of music by three masterful and original New England composers. Admission is $15 at the door. For more info call the Wistariahurst Museum at 322-5660.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 11 a.m. during the annual Canal Village Potpourri, which will take place April 25. There will also be baked goods, craft items and a tea cup auction available. Anyone wishing to rent a table for craft items, call the church office at 539-9373 for further info.
FREE HEARING CLINIC
The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a free hearing clinic by Avada Hearing on April 8 at 10 a.m. Call the center at 569-5498 to schedule an appointment.
SENIOR CENTER SPECIAL EVENTS
April 6: shopping trip to Savers Clothing Store. April 8: Avada Hearing Clinic (by appt). April 9: SHINE (by appt). April 13: Jewelry Making Class at 10 a.m., $3. April 14: brown bag at 11 a.m.; COA Board meeting at 1 p.m. April 16: blood pressure at 10 a.m. April 23: SHINE (by appt). April 24: Veterans' Rep. at 9 a.m. April 29: Foxwoods Casino trip at 8 a.m.
SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY SCHEDULE
The following is the weekly calendar of events at the senior center throughout April. Mondays: Zumba at 9:30 a.m., $3. Tuesdays: Yoga at 9 a.m., $2; Bingo at 10 a.m., 5 per card; Tai-Chi at 11 a.m., $3; painting at noon, $3; poker at 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing at 10 a.m., $2; writer's workshop at 1 p.m. Thursdays: aerobics at 9:30 a.m., $2; ceramics at 1 p.m. Fridays: Swimming at 9 a.m., $15 for 5 classes; Wii at 10 a.m.
PHOTO REQUEST FOR ART SHOW
The Cultural Council is requesting photos taken in front of or on the Town Hall Historical Stage (formerly Consolidated School) from 1928 - 1998, for the art show on April 18 - 19. Mail photos to Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077, Attn: Cultural Council. Photos will be scanned and returned. Details of each photo are appreciated. Deadline: April 13. For more info, call Susan Kochanski at 569-0946.
Author Suzanne Strempek Shea will visit Southwick-Tolland Regional High School for two Q&A sessions about her books on April 9. Session I is at 9:15 a.m.; Session II is at 11:15 a.m. To reserve a seat, call Ann Murphy at 569-6171 ext. 138 by April 7.
Lenten lunches at St. Catherine's social center, 1023 Parker St., every Friday through April 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, beverage and dessert for $5. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Survival Center.
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, boat ride, breakfast and tour on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
St. Barnabas All Saints' Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., Palm Sunday, April 5, the Holy Eucharist 10 a.m., the blessing of the palms and the reading of the Passion according to St. Mark; April 8, the Holy Eucharist in the chapel, 11 a.m.; April 9, Maundy Thursday, the Holy Eucharist in the church, 7 p.m., washing of feet and stripping of the altar; April 10, Good Friday, noon and 7 p.m., meditation and communion from the Reserved Sacrament; April 11, the Great Vigil of Easter, 7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral; Easter, April 12, Festival Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.
The Fosterians of Foster Memorial Church will host their annual rummage-tag sale in Fellowship Hall on April 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Church is located at the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in 16 Acres Center. There will be good used clothing, curtains, drapes, jewelry, paperbacks, books, toys, small household items and "white elephants." A bag sale will take place from 1:30 - 2 p.m.
"WALK FOR THE WOLVES"
First annual "Walk for the Wolves" in Forest Park on April 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 10 a.m. Come meet Lakota and Cheyenne at the event. All proceeds will be used to expand our wolf exhibit. Sponsorship forms and more info available online at www.forestparkzoo.org or call Doreen Robinson at 733-2251 ext. 115.
COLLEGE FAIR AND CAREER NIGHT
On April 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. the High School of Science and Technology will host a college fair and career night. All interested sophomore and junior students and their families are invited to attend. Local colleges will be present to distribute info and answer questions. Career speakers will speak about experiences and education after high school.
The annual JCC auction will take place April 5, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. The reception will include a casual night of dessert, cocktails, a live auction and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the JCC for youth, senior and summer camp programs. If unable to attend, participate in the week-long silent auction with a $5 donation to receive a bid number. Register at the JCC reception desk or call 739-4715.
BAKE SALE AND RAFFLE
The Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, 335 Elm St., will be hosting its annual bake sale and raffle in the Parish Center, April 4 from 3 - 6 p.m. and April 5 from 7 a.m. - noon. Homemade breads, cakes, cookies, pies and more desserts will be available; raffles include an Easter ham donated by North Elm Butcher Block, a "wellness chair," gift certificates and a selection of gift baskets. The public is invited. For more info call the church office from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 568-1506.
State Rep. Don Humason Jr. is seeking interns to work in his State House office in Boston. The ideal intern is a college student who receives school credit for a structured unpaid internship experience. Preference will be given to individuals from Westfield. The position is non-partisan. Those interested can call the Westfield office at 568-1366.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St., is offering "Balancing Waistline, Wallet and Work" Cooking Club on the second Wednesday of each month from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Y's kitchen. Cost is $3 per session for Y members and $5 for non-members. Interested persons may register at the Y by April 6. For more info, call Rosann Scalise at 568-8631 ext. 302.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Holistic Nutrition for Seniors; April 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. Register by April 3. Tuition is $59. For more info, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034.
PUBLISH YOUR BOOK
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Publish Your Book on April 11 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. You'll learn all necessary info about book publishing from David K. Ewen, M.Ed., president of Ewen Prime Company. Register by April 3. Tuition is $19. For more info, call the Community Education office at 572-8034.
NATURE AND SHELTER
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Nature and Shelter on April 11 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We will visit sites related to the Mass. Constitution, the Women's Suffrage Movement and baseball. Register by April 3. Tuition is $19 and $32 (group rate). For more info, call the Community Education office at 572-8034.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., will host a Communion Service on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, we will join the ecumenical community on a Good Friday Walk with the Cross. Participants will carry a large cross to different sites in the Merrick neighborhood and will stop to worship along the way. This begins at noon on April 10 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish, 475 Main St. and ends at First Congregational at approx. 2:30 p.m. We will celebrate Jesus' Resurrection on Easter, April 14, at 10 a.m. Contact us at 739-6608.
Knitting Group will meet at the W. Spfld. Public Library from 6 - 8:45 p.m. on the first and third (and sometimes fifth) Monday of each month. The expanded scheduled is: April 6, 27 (note change to accommodate a holiday), May 4, 18 and June 1. Call 736-4561 ext. 3, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
The Sunday School of Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will present an interactive Easter Pageant in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. on April 5. Interwoven into the pageant will be the Invocation, Offering, Eucharist and Benediction. On April 9 and 10, there will be services in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. April 12 we will celebrate at 9:30 a.m.
The Boys and Girls Club will have a giant tag sale on April 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 615 Main St. All proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. This event will take place rain or shine. For more info, contact the Club at 736-1831.