Town Events, Aug. 12 - Aug. 19
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
"AGAWAM OUR TOWN"
A new program on Agawam's Channel 15 will start on Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. The one-hour program "Agawam Our Town" will feature weekly segments on various school and community activities past, present and future. In further weeks the Channel 15 presentations will show performances at local and New England parades and contests as well as football game halftimes. It will also show the transition of Color Guard activity into what is now called "The Visual Ensemble."
Collectible Show, sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council, Aug. 30 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, vintage cards, card supplies, autographs and more. Handicap accessible. Admission $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the Nativity B.V.M. Church. For further info call Joe at 593-6046.
SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION
Crystal Senter Brown, founder of Ella Louise Back 2 School, collecting new backpacks to benefit children and teens living in area shelters. To make a donation, call 883-4676 or send backpacks/supplies directly to Crystal Senter Brown, P.O. Box 892, Chicopee, MA 01021. You may also make a donation online at www.ellalouise.org. Since 2006, the ELB2S project has provided backpacks (complete with supplies) to over 60 area children.
CHICOPEE SENIOR TRAVEL
The Chicopee Senior Travel presents John Davidson at Venus De Milo in Swansea, Mass., on Sept. 22. Cost includes bus, show and meal at Venus De Milo. Call 534-3698 from noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for you is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On Aug. 19 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this meeting. If you would like further info or to register call 534-3698.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. New members are always welcome and for more info, call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.
RED SOX TRIP
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. has scheduled a Boston Red Sox trip on Aug. 27 for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Chicago White Sox. Cost is $109 for residents, $119 for non-residents, which includes game ticket, transportation and driver's tip. Depart at 4:15 p.m. from old Chicopee High School; return after game. For more info, contact the Parks & Rec. Dept. at 594-3481.
TRIP TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD
Join the Holyoke Golden Seniors on a trip to Martha's Vineyard on Sept. 18. Cost includes driver tip, 3.5-hour bus tour of the island, 1.5-hour free time in Edgartown. You are responsible for your lunch. Call Jane Masse at 536-6470 for reservations. Mail check made payable to Jane Masse to 64 Ridgewood Ave., Holyoke, MA 01040.
Benefit Cosmetics invites you to our end of summer makeover event, Aug. 20 - 22 at Macy's in the Holyoke Mall. Step into fall with a hot new look and experience our new Crescent Row fragrance line! Call now for your reservation and bring a friend 538-7360 ext. 2109. Appointment times are limited so book today! Ask for Gina, Danielle or Carmen.
RIVERBOAT RAMBLERS & LOBSTER
Enjoy award winning clam chowder, broiled lobster, ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato and a strawberry sundae before enjoying a performance from the Riverboat Ramblers with their "jazz festival." Taking place at the Log Cabin on Aug. 19 at noon. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214 for more info.
NEW YORK TRIP
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a bus trip to Lake George, N.Y., on Aug. 29. Depart at 8 a.m. and return approx. 8 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults, children 15 and under $25. For info call 977-1527 or 209-6866.
Morning poetry workshops
Aug. 22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., morning poetry workshops at the Central Library, facilitated by Maria Luisa Arroyo. Sessions include time for new writing as well as for feedback on existing pieces. If you would like feedback, bring 10 copies of your piece. Both newcomers and regulars (age 12+) are welcome to join any or all dates.
Lavender Herb Class
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a free Lavender Herb Class on Aug. 22 at noon. For centuries the secrets of lavender have been revealed. It offers great relief for headache sufferers, alleviates tension, stress and insomnia. Free samples. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.
Girls Soccer Open Practice
The Purple Power Soccer Team is looking to add some players to our team. We are a girls under 12 team that currently plays in the city league and are working toward Pioneer Valley in the future. The open practice will take place Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. at the F.A.C. Field on the campus of Springfield College. For additional info visit www.purplepowerfc.net.
On Aug. 12 there will be a Fashion/Talent Show at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine St. at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. The public is invited.
On Aug. 15 the Trinidad Style Carnival Parade will kick-off at 1 p.m. from State and Catharine streets. The parade will travel up State and end at Blunt Park. There will be people dressed in colorful carnival costumes, floats, Soca music, steel band, elected officials, Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Group, Native American group and many more. There will be vendors, entertainment and ethnic food in the park.
VENDOR SPACE AND COSTUMES
Vendor space and costumes are available. Volunteers are needed on the parade route and at Blunt Park. Sponsors are needed. The Caribbean Festival is sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council. The Springfield Carnival association's mission is to create and develop cultural and educational activities in Springfield and the Pioneer Valley. For more info call 209-6866.
Aug. 23 will mark the 82nd anniversary of the executives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1927. To commemorate the date and to build opposition to the restoration of the death penalty in Massachusetts, the Hampden County Chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, in association with the Springfield Diocese: Catholic Charities Agency, will be sponsoring a memorial service in Springfield in memory of the wrongful executions of Sacco and Vanzetti. The memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 23 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center of St. Michael's Cathedral.
Banjo Dan and the Mid-Nite Plowboys to perform at Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series Aug. 23. Among the best-known bands in New England, the Plowboys have performed in concert halls and opera houses, festivals, fairs, colleges, churches and village greens throughout the Northeast. Working in the traditional bluegrass format of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and string bass and featuring strong harmony singing, the band draws on material from wide ranging sources including cajun, country, rock'n roll, jazz, and blues. Many of the band's signature tunes are original songs. All Sunday night concerts are held rain or shine and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Stanley Park's Friday Mornings for Children presents Robert Rivest on Aug. 21. Laughter is the Best Medicine is a collection of Robert Rivest's most humorous and heart warming mime stories. It's simply a fun way to bring the whole community together through smiles, giggles, and roaring laughter. Friday Mornings for Children are held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10-10:45 a.m. and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.
PUPPET MAN DAN
Friday Mornings for Children presents Puppet Dan Man/Marvelous Marionette Medley on Aug. 14 at Stanley Park. Dan Grady is a master puppeteer (www.puppetmandan.com), who has constructed his own marionettes. Come and enjoy the fun that Grady and his marionettes will bring to the park on Aug. 14. Friday Mornings for Children are held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10-10:45 a.m. and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.
Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series will feature the Sound of New England Sweet Adelines on Aug. 16 in the sheltered pavilion from 6-8 p.m. This group, like a barbershop chorus and quartet, the Sweet Adelines sing in four-part harmony. They only use a pitch pipe and no other accompaniment, piano or otherwise. All Sunday night concerts are held rain or shine and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.
BENEFIT CRAFT FAIR
Help "Team Christopher" raise money for Autism Speaks on Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the outdoor vendor fair at 12 Old Farm Rd. Ten percent of the day's profits from each vendor/crafter will benefit Team Christopher's donation to the Walk for Autism on Sept. 26 at Stanley Park. There will also be a Chinese raffle, with 100 percent of profits donated to the cause.