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Town Events, Feb. 16 - Feb. 23

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
AWARDS CEREMONY
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are hosting a party to honor the winning artists of the library's 1st Open Juried Photography Show. Awards will be presented Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the library, 750 Cooper St. There will be music and light refreshments. Public is invited. To RSVP, call 789-1550 ext. 105 or e-mail jclini@cwmars.org.

CHICOPEE
POLISH AMERICAN CULTURE
At the meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., club member Edward Cynarski will present a Polish film, "Songs without Borders," a musical variety show from Poland featuring Polish singers, dancers and musicians in a concert. Meeting will be at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Road. Public welcome. Refreshments will be served.

ISLES OF SHOALS TRIP
On June 15, the Chicopee seniors are going to the historic Isles of Shoals. Cost is $78 per person; includes a narrated tour, lunch, bus and tips.

MEN'S GROUP
The next meeting will be Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

AUTISM SERVICES FUNDRAISER
Autism Services fundraiser to benefit Community Resources for People With Autism will take place Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Granby Road. Show includes The Crescents and The Glamour Girls Collaborating with Jimmy Mazz and special guests. Cost: $15. For more info or tickets, call 594-9848 or Ted Hamel at 262-0303 or Joe Pereria at 330-1755.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 22 at the Greenwood Senior Center, Maple Road, Longmeadow, in the cafeteria for a mini-auction and short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 or visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org for more info.

HOLYOKE
BLOOD DONATIONS
On March 8 from noon to 4 p.m., the Baystate Medical Center Bloodmobile will be at Renaissance Manor on Cabot, 279 Cabot St. Donors will receive two tickets to the March 26 Springfield Armor game. Reservations can be made at 536-3435. Drop-ins are welcome.

SOUTH HADLEY
THE SOCIAL CONNECTION
A group for people 50-plus, meets March 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Road. Linda Willemain is back with a new trivia game. Reservations needed by March 2. Cost is $5 and includes lunch. Call 533-1925, leave your name and number of attendees on the church answering machine. Free valet parking through March.

SOUTHWICK
JIGSAW PUZZLE CONTEST
Southwick Cultural Council will host a Jigsaw Puzzle Contest Feb. 26 at noon in the Town Hall auditorium, 454 College Highway. In a three-hour period, teams made up of one to four people, will compete in assembling a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. All teams must pre-register at www.southwickma.org/cultural by Feb. 21. Cost: $25 per team. For more info, contact Joan Perkins-Smith at 569-1572 or soneperky@yahoo.com.

SPRINGFIELD
KIDS BEAD AND JEWELRY CAMP
Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Road, will host "Kids Bead and Jewelry Camp" Feb. 22 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Theme: "Be your own jewelry designer." Three days and three fun projects planned. For more info and pricing, visit www.Simplybeadiful.com or call 782-0288.

PSYCHIC FAIR
Psychic fair/medium's day/bake sale Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen-minute private readings: $20. For info or advance bookings and workshop sign-up, call Denise at 519-9669 or visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.

MOTHER OF HOPE BUS TRIPS
April 6 bus trip to "A Tribute to Liberace" at Stadium Theater, Woonsocket, R.I., with lunch at Wright's Chicken Farm. Bus leaves church parking lot at 9:30 a.m.; returns at 6 p.m. Cost is $69. Botanical Gardens trip on Sept. 17. Price includes bus, driver's gratuity, admission to the grounds and conservatory and use of the public narrated tram. Bus leaves church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returns about 6 p.m. Cost: adults, $54; seniors, $52. Call Sylvia to make reservations at 594-2757.

SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
Meets Feb. 18 at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. John Root, well-know area naturalist, brings his slide and sound presentation on "Songbirds of the Northeast." Public welcome. Luncheon tea at 11:30 a.m. Guest fee: $5. Program begins around 12:30 p.m. For more info, contact Judy Cmero at 599-0462.

TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC CLUB
Tuesday Morning Music meets at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Whenever the church closes because of weather, we cancel our program. For info, call 737-5311. Music programs take place at 10:30 a.m.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS ASSOC.
Tobacco Valley Artists Association will meet Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Vice President Pat Morris will demonstrate animal portraiture in pastel. The public is welcome to attend.

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle. Nature and science educator Kevin Kopchynski will talk on "Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Who Ordered That?" Free. Refreshments served. Public welcome. For information visit www.reflector.org or call 1-800-336-9054.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
FREE SKATE TIME
W. Springfield Park and Rec. Department is offering free skate time for families at the Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St., Westfield, on Feb. 23 from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Residents must acquire a free skate voucher at the Park and Rec. Office, 26 Central St., by noon on Feb. 22. Proof of residency is required. Skate rental: $2. For more info, call 263-3284.

NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
W. Springfield Park and Rec. Department is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City (NYC) on April 9. Bus leaves municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Cost: $45 per person, plus driver's tip. Reservations with payment at the West Springfield Park and Rec., 26 Central St., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For info or registration forms, call 263-3284.

PITCHING INSTRUCTION
W. Springfield Recreational Youth Softball Association will be hosting a meeting and free pitching instruction on Feb. 20 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria for girls in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades participating in the Park and Rec. Softball League this spring. Parents/guardians are requested to stay and participate. For more info, call Al Howard at 736-3878 or Sheila Fiala at 746-0498.

COIN CLUB
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about colonial copper coinage from 1737. Small auction and refreshments available. Guests welcome. For info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

WESTFIELD
HOMELESS CATS FUNDRAISER
Tickets are on sale for Westfield Homeless Cat Project's fundraiser on March 25 from 7 to 11:30 p.m., at East Mountain Country Club. Evening includes food, dancing, music by the Gale County band and raffles. Cost: $20/person or $35/couple. Make checks payable to Westfield Homeless Cat Project and mail with a self-addressed stamped envelope to WHCP - Code Tickets, 1124 East Mountain Rd., Westfield, MA 01085. For more info, contact Denise at 568-6964 or denisesinico@hotmail.com.

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield (VIPS) and its Westfield Helps Its Public Schools committee are planning the 6th annual Into the Arts festival March 25 and 26 at South Middle School. VIPS is looking for volunteers for the event. For more info, call VIPS at 572-6345 or e-mail vips@schoolsofwestfield.org.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host a Family Movie Night featuring "Stuart Little" on Feb. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free to anyone in the community. Mats and popcorn will be available, feel free to bring blankets.

SWIM LESSONS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering morning and evening swim lessons, Feb. 28 to April 23. Space is limited so register now. Visit www.westfieldymca.org for more info or contact Lessons Coordinator Jennifer Butler at 568-8631 ext. 320 or e-mail aquatics@westfieldymca.org.

HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
Westfield's State Rep. Donald Humason Jr., and his Legislative Aide, Maura Cassin, will have public office hours at Westfield State University in the Horace Mann Center lobby on Feb. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Parking will be available in the front parking lot of the building. For more info, call Humason's District Office at 568-1366.

ADVENTURE ZONE
Westfield Park and Rec. Department will host a parent meeting for Adventure Zone, a full-day summer camp, on May 11 at City Hall, 59 Court St., at 6:30 p.m. Receive parent handbook at orientation. For more info, call Jim Blascak, interim director or Peg Goralczyk at 572-6263.

SAT PREP COURSES
Westfield State University's Community Education Department is offering SAT Prep Math and Verbal for the May 7 test. Math: Tuesdays, March 22 to May 3. Verbal: Thursdays, March 24 to May 5. Classes run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $169 for both; $89 for one. Register by March 14. Required text: "The Official SAT Study Guide, 2nd edition." For more info or to register, call 572-8034 or e-mail fpero@wsc.ma.edu.

ART EXHIBITION
The Jasper Rand Art Museum at the Westfield Athenaeum is showing the work of Bruce Ackerson, recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Known for his rich, painterly technique and quirky subject matter, the artist is displaying his oil paintings throughout the month of February. Viewing is during regular library hours.


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