Town Events, April 20 - April 27
|From the Herald, The MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
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SENIOR CENTER GOLF TOURNAMENT
A golf tournament to benefit the senior center and Rotary scholarships will take place May 23 at 7:30 a.m. at The Ranch Country Club in Southwick. Foursome of golf $500, includes cart and buffet lunch. Sponsorships available. Tee sign $50, cart sign $25. Silent auction and 50 raffle prizes. Call the Agawam Senior Center at 821-0605 for more info.
Jean Comerford will be demonstrating the art of silhouette cutting without patterns or tracing at the Capt. Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. on April 30. Reservations in 10-minute increments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 786-9421 for more info or to reserve your sitting. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the maintenance and operating costs of the house.
TEEN MOVIE NIGHT
The Agawam Teen Advisory Council will host "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One" on April 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited. Sleeping bags, a pillow and pajamas are OK. Refreshments include popcorn and an intermission make your own ice cream sundae. Register at the children's desk, by phone at 789-1550 ext. 4 or online at agawamlibrary.org.
SENIOR CENTER GERSHWIN CONCERT
The Agawam Senior Center music groups, The Melody Lane Chorus and Melody Band, will present the songs of George and Ira Gershwin on April 26 at 1 p.m. Free, but donations accepted.
CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS MEMBERS
The Chicopee Cultural Council is currently seeking community members interested in serving. Council meets week nights five times per year at the Chicopee Public Library. Send letter of interest and resume to: Eleanor Gay, Chair, Chicopee Cultural Council, P.O. Box 888, Chicopee, MA 01021 by May 10. For more info, call 592-6924.
CRACKER BARREL FAIR
The First Congregational Church, 306 Chicopee St., will host its annual "Cracker Barrel" fair on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring baked goods, handmade crafts, nearly new items and an all day snack bar. For more info, call the church at 592-0396.
NEWPORT, R.I. TRIP
Join us on June 21 as we discover Newport's pirate past. The Rhode Island Pirate Players will take us on a tour of this unique side of the city. Lunch is included at the Atlantic Beach Club and time will be allowed for some harbor shopping. We leave at 7:30 a.m. and return about 6 p.m. Call 534-3698 for more info.
A MATTER OF BALANCE
A Matter of Balance will take place at the Senior Center May 3 to June 21 from 9 to 11 a.m. Classes, two hours each, take place weekly on Tuesdays for eight weeks. Donations accepted. For more info, call Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator, at 534-3698.
TRAVEL CLUB MEETING
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 26 at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. For more info, call the center at 534-3698.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
The next meeting will be April 26 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. There is no fee for this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, information on additional assistance, and support. The group will return to its regularly scheduled day and time in July. For more info, call 534-3698.
The next meeting of the men's group will be on April 25 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court.The group discusses a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics that a member of the group may wish to discuss. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.
The Chicopee Senior Center Book Club will meet at 1 p.m. on April 25 to discuss Pat Conroy's "South of Broadway." This largely autobiographical novel set in Charleston alternates between 1969 and 1986. All readers are welcome to join this informal group. The Chicopee Public Library helps to obtain copies of the monthly selections.
PRE-K TO GRADE 7 REGISTRATIONS
St. Joan of Arc School is accepting Pre-K to grade 7 registrations for 2011-2012. Reasonable tuition and convenient payment plan. School offers before and after school care, hot lunch, gym, music, computer, library and French. Learn more about the school at www.sjachicopee.org or call 533-1475 to arrange a tour.
KEN HAMBLEY SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications for the 14th annual Ken Hambley Basketball Scholarships are now available at the Chicopee Parks and Rec. Office. Applications due by May 6 to the attention of Richard Maciolek, assistant superintendent. For more info, call Parks and Rec. at 594-3481.
The Chicopee Council on Aging and Senior Center is offering a discussion group for veterans who want to share their past armed forces experiences with other veterans. This informal group meets at the Chicopee Senior Center on the last Thursday of every month and brings together veterans from different wars and generations to reflect upon on how the military made an impact in their lives. Refreshments provided. To register, call 534-3698.
SENIOR AWARENESS PROGRAM
Chicopee S.A.L.T. Council in conjunction with the Better Business Bureau will be offering a Senior Awareness Program on April 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. The goal of this program is to educate older adults about ways to recognize and avoid common scams and ways to avoid becoming victims of consumer fraud. To register, call 534-3698.
THIMBLE ISLAND CRUISE
Thimble Island cruise and Gillette Castle on July 10 with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club. Includes motor coach, tour of the castle, waterfront lunch at Dock and Dine, narrated Thimble Island cruise and driver's gratuity. Contact the Travel Club at 534-3698. Tour cost: $71.
A hearing service is offered on May 6 at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. This service, which is by appointment, includes a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698 Monday through Friday.
An informal group of those interested in writing gathers at 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Anyone who is interested should bring pen or pencil, paper and your ideas. Everyone is welcome. For more info, contact the center at 534-3698 Monday through Friday.
Come to the Ludlow Senior Center on Tuesday evenings until May 24 and join in the dancing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Gloria Viver. Cost: $4. For more info or to register, call the center at 583-3564.
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends is offering the following trip: Sept. 11 to 17 to the beautiful Smoky Mountain outstanding show trip (seven days and six nights). Price: $575. For info and reservations, contact Marlene at 436-5311.
EASTER CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Trinity Lutheran of Easthampton and First Lutheran of Holyoke are sponsoring the third annual Easter continental breakfast at First Lutheran Church, 1810 Northampton St., on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. Menu: fruit, hard boiled eggs, juice, coffee and pastries. A free will offering is taken. For more info, call Trinity at 527-3311 or e-mail email@example.com.
TAI CHI WORKSHOPS
Tai Chi workshops will take place at Wistariahurst Museum on Thursdays during May and June. Join instructor Heather Duncan for a 45 minute session that promotes wellness. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Drop-ins are welcome. Admission is $10 per class. Call the museum to sign up.
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., will be open during school vacation. In addition to the spring hours, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 4 p.m., the merry-go-round will be open through April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. All rides are $1. For more info, call 538-9838 or visit the following Web site, www.holyokemerrygoround.org.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton St., will be open April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Parks and Rec. Department's annual Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. All rides are $1. The Easter Bunny will appear one last time noon to 3 p.m. All riders who wear their Easter finery will receive a half price ride. For further info, call 538-9838.
NEW VALLEY SINGERS
On May 15 at 3 p.m., Wistariahurst Museum will celebrate the coming of spring with a concert by the prolific New Valley Singers. There will be a raffle as well as a bake sale at the concert. Admission: $7
The non-profit Horizons for Homeless Children is looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to play with children living in family homeless shelters in Adams and Pittsfield. A six month commitment is required. Attendance at one of our training sessions is mandatory. Contact Meaghan Carr at 532-0526 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and an application.
The Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902, Whitney Avenue, will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on April 28 with servings from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Menu includes tossed salad with dressing, spaghetti, meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, tea and coffee. Cost is $5 adults, $2 children 6 to 12 years old and free for children younger than 6. Meatball and desserts available.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 North Main St., will host a pancake breakfast April 30 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Cost: $5; children younger than 14, $2.50. Menu: pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk.
FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS
South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell St., presents "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors" on April 27 at 6 p.m. Federal Archivist, Jean Judd, will present tips and tricks on finding your immigrant ancestors using the Federal Archives in Pittsfield. Free and open to the public. For more info, call 538- 5045.
"FIRES AND FRIENDSHIPS"
South Hadley Public Library presents "Fires and Friendship: South Hadley and Mount Holyoke College" on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Mount Holyoke College archivist, Patricia Albright, will give a talk on the historical relationship between the students of Mount Holyoke and the town of South Hadley. Free and open to the public. For more info, call 538-5045.
South Hadley Public Library will host CPR Recertification on May 4 at 5 p.m. Call for pricing. Pre-registration required. This program is available only for adults, limited to 16 participants, and you must be residents of South Hadley. For more info, call 538- 5045.
RAIL TRAIL CLEANUP VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are welcome to join the Friends of the Southwick Rail Trail on April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the trail. Volunteers should have: work gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes or boots. Rain Date: May 7. For more info, contact Beth Malone at 998-3278 or e-mail email@example.com.
Services at Christ Church, United Methodist, 222 College Highway, will take place April 21 Holy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 24 Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at Edgewood Golf Course, 161 Sheep Pasture Road. Breakfast follows service at course restaurant.
Springfield Parent Academy and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) offers "Family Overview of Bullying Prevention & Intervention Curricula, Grades K-12" on May 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St. Presented by: Sandra Collins of SPS. For more info, call Connie Mahoney at 787-7020 or visit the group's Web site, www.SpringfieldParentAcademy.com.
For only $25 rent a table and sell your things at the Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road, huge Tag, Craft and Vendor Sale on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Holy Cross gym. Reserve early by check made payable to Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road, Springfield, MA 01118. Call Frank Ryan at 782-5730 or Linda Gallagher at 782-2929 for more info.
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
St. Barnabas and All Saints Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., will have Maundy Thursday on April 21: the Holy Eucharist in the church, 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy on April 22 at noon and 7 p.m. Easter Sunday on April 24: Festival Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.
INTRODUCTION TO YACHT SAILING
Springfield Technical Community College will offer Introduction to Yacht Sailing, beginning May 5. There will be two classroom theory sessions and one final on-the-water lesson given by a certified American Sailing Association instructor. Interested individuals should go to www.stcc.edu/wd/specialinterest/#Sports or call 755-4502 for more info or 755-4225 to enroll.
Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will have two Easter Sunday services. Our 7 a.m. service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery on Parker Street, near the duck pond. Regular service at 10 a.m. in church sanctuary. For more info, call our office at 782-2112.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP
A Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip to benefit Cathedral High School International Club's trip to Spain will take place May 22. Depart school parking lot at 9:30 a.m.; return at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $35, including a $15 meal voucher, $15 in Big 6 Wheel bets and driver tip. Reservation and payment are due by May 5. Contact Lynn Callahan at 589-1724, 782-5285 or LCallahan@cathedralhigh.org to sign up.
EASTER EGG HUNT
First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield Street, invites the public to an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. on April 24. Will move inside in case of rain. For more info, call the church office at 734-1715.
MAH JONGG TOURNAMENT
The Springfield Jewish Community Center will host a Mah Jongg tournament May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend a fun day playing Mah Jongg along with the chance to win $100 first prize. Come early for a continental breakfast. Cost: $20 for members, $25 general public. Deadline for registration is April 28. For more info, visit www.springfieldjcc.org.
MCDONALD HOUSE BENEFIT
The Common Ground Restaurant, 25 Park Ave., will host a Fish Fry Benefit Supper for the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield April 22 from 3 to 10 p.m. Clam chowder, fried fish and chips or baked fish, soft drink, coffee or tea, dessert for $11.99. Cash bar, other menu options and a kids menu available. Raffle basket.
EASTER EGG HUNT
The West Springfield Park and Rec. Department sponsors annual Easter Egg Hunt, for town children ages 7 and younger on April 23 at Mittineague Park. Meet the Easter Bunny for candy between 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. in the tennis courts; hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. Dress for wet fields. Call 781-3020 or visit www.west-springfield.ma.us for cancellations and/or hunt updates.
A Mother-Son Dance sponsored by Parks and Rec. Department will take place May 7 at 6 p.m. at West Springfield Teen Center. Open to sons ages 4 to 12 and moms, grandmothers or aunts. Cost: $30 for couple, additional son $10. For more info, call Bruce Bradley at 454-4047. Limit 125 couples. Find registration forms at www.west-springfield.ma.us.
LOCAL BUSINESS NIGHT
Table & Vine, 1119 Riverdale St., will host a Local Business Night April 29 from 4 to 7 p.m., promoting products from local entrepreneurs. More than 20 vendors featuring samples are expected. Free, but donations accepted to support the West Springfield Parks and Rec. Department. Visit www.tableandvine.com for more info.
MASTER GARDENERS' TALK
The West Springfield Garden Club will host Master Gardener, Marjorie Anderson's talk on vegetable gardening on April 21 at the Lee Lang Community Center at 7 p.m. Membership is $10. A guest fee is $5. Public welcome. For more info, call 732-8495.
THE "JEWELS OF WESTFIELD"
Amelia Park Children's Museum (APCM) will host "The Jewels of Westfield" April 29 at the School Street Bistro to coincide with the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Dress is pomp and pumps or jewels and jeans; downtown business trivia contest, hors d'oeuvres, DJ and Chinese raffle. Tickets are $25 per person. Call the APCM at 572-4014 or Diana McLean at 572-2749.
DANCE FUSION AT THE "Y"
Instructor Stacy Ashley from Hackworth Performing Arts incorporates fun dance moves with a dominant aerobic style into a non-stop, 45 minute workout. Eight- week class meets Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. beginning April 26. Free to Westfield Y members; $70 non-members. Registration is required. Contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.
SCHOOL ART AT ATHENAEUM
The Westfield Athenaeum is pleased to exhibit artwork by the students of Westfield Schools in the Jasper Rand Art Museum during April. Also on display is info from the Citizens Scholarship Foundation, telling stories of some of the individuals in whose name scholarships are given. Exhibit is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED
The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no-kill shelter, recently took in a large number of cats and kittens. Donations of canned kitten and cat food, towels, laundry detergent, bleach, heavy duty 33 gallon trash bags, disposable gloves, cat litter, masking tape and paper towels urgently needed at 1124 East Mountain Road. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.