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Town Events, Feb. 17 - Feb. 24

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam High School bands proudly present their fourth annual Jazz Cafe on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Agawam High School cafeteria. Join us for an evening of music, fine desserts and coffees. The jazz band will be joined by the percussion ensemble. Tickets: $5/pp and include the concert and refreshments.

Mayor Richard Cohen is seeking Agawam residents to be appointed to fill current vacancies on the Historical Commission, Planning Board, Commission on Disabilities and the Council on Aging. Any resident interested in being appointed to one of these committees and/or boards should forward a letter of interest and resume to the Mayor's Office, Attn: Rebecca Budreau, 36 Main St., Agawam MA 01001.

On Feb. 27, a Tavern Luncheon will take place at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Menu: beef stroganoff, assorted condiments, tea or coffee and cherry cobbler. A donation of $10 per meal is required. Reservations can be made by calling the Leonard House at 786-9421.

A movie matinee of Disney's "G-Force" will take place at the Agawam Public Library on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Agawam Library Teen Advisory Council has planned a fun afternoon of games, crafts, food and face painting for children ages 3 and up on Feb. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m.

The Chicopee Library, 449 Front St., is looking for new members for the Scrabble Club which meets every Fri. at 10 a.m. No need to be an expert. You just need to love playing the game. Free. For more info call Sylvia at 594-2757.

Charles C. Kennedy Unit #275 of the American Legion Auxiliary, 41 Robbins Rd., will host their First Tuesday Dinner March 2 starting at 5 p.m. Menu: roast pork, potatoes, vegetables, bread and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Adults $8, kids under 10, $4.

Hearing Services available March 5 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appts: call 534-3698.

Writing group at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 1 p.m. on March 19. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dream. No extraordinary writing skills required. Holiday party on the first Friday. For more info call the center at 534-3698.

There will be a meeting for those interested in the Senior Travel Club's cruise abroad the Norwegian Spirit from Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the main room of the center. Representatives from Landmark Tours will do a presentation on all of the details of the cruise. For further info contact the travel desk at 534-3698, from noon - 3 p.m.

The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will have a computer class on Feb. 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St., Agawam. Come and learn how to search your ancestors on the Web. There is a $10 fee to take the computer class or $20 for full membership with the Western Mass. Genealogy Society.

The Amherst Orchid Society will host its annual orchid show on Feb. 20, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Feb. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. with the sales area open Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St., Rte. 9, Northampton. There is a fee of $3. Children under 12 are free. This show will be judged by the American Orchid Society and is open to the public. There will be a number of orchid displays and vendors. There will be ongoing demos on orchid care given by orchid society members. For info contact Leilani or Harold Norman at 267-5124.

The February meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be Feb. 17, 7 p.m., at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. It will feature a demo of watercolor techniques by noted area artist Susan Pecora, well known for the PBS television show "Reflections Through Watercolor" on Springfield's WGBY. She currently teaches painting classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield as well as her studio gallery at Thorndike Mill Art Center. The meeting is open to the public.

The Log Cabin Memories Live On Fundraiser for the new Senior Center will take place April 8 at the Log Cabin. Dinner will include favorite foods from the original recipes of Edna Williams. Everyone is welcome: former customers, employees from the original Log Cabin Restaurant, friends and supporters of the New Holyoke Senior Center and anyone who enjoys good food. This will be a fun night. Call the Log Cabin Restaurant at 534-7819, Holyoke Council on Aging at 322-5625 or Marion Tierney at 533-0909 for info.

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 South Elm St., is offering three art courses taught by Debra Dunphy beginning Feb. 22. Dunphy will teach drawing with colored pencil Wed. from 6 - 8:30 p.m., the Old Masters course Thurs. from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and portrait painting Tues./Weds. from 2 - 4:30 p.m. Visit www.holyokecac.org or call 532-0465 for more info.

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 South Elm St., will offer a "sit and sew" class beginning Feb. 25 for six consecutive weeks. Open to all levels. Class will be taught by Sue Bennett, the owner of a very successful clothing design and alteration studio. Call the Center at 532-0465 or visit www.holyokecac.org for more info.

The Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper on Feb. 25 at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, spaghetti w/Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Adults $5, children 6 - 12, $2 and free for those 5 and under.

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum will present "The Mythical Triumph of Gothic Style in Early Renaissance Florence," a lecture by Laurence Kanter, Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art, Yale University Art Gallery. Taking place Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium. Free. For more info call 538-2245.

The Council on Aging is sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on March 29. Bus will be leaving the Senior Center at 8 a.m. and will leave the casino at 4 p.m. Cost: $19/person due by March 4. Cost includes $30 casino package ($15 coupon towards food/buffet or retail shopping and $15 free bets on Big 6 wheel). Sign up at at the center or call Alice at 569-5498.

Ladies Wii golf will take place at the Senior Center on Feb. 22 and March 22 at 10 a.m. The center will be trying a ladies Wii golf league. You don't need to know how to play, we will teach you. If interested call the center at 569-5498.

The Springfield Hobby Club will host its annual craft sale on March 4 and 5 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. (lower Franklin next to the YMCA). In addition to craft tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members tables. The Thrift Shop will host a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.

Foster Memorial Church hosts a Potluck Supper on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Following the supper, there will be a worship service in the church sanctuary. For more info call the church office at 782-2112. The church is located at the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres.

Mary, Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a day trip to New York City April 24. Bus leaves the church parking lot, corner of Page Blvd. and Roosevelt Ave., at 7 a.m. Return time: approx. 8:30 p.m. See Broadway, Times Square, shop, go the the theater, visit a museum, have lunch at one of the many fine restaurants, visit Central Park, tour the city in a double-decker bus. Cost includes bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia for reservations at 594-2757.

Restoring the Olmstead Garden at the Palmer Train Depot will be the topic of the Feb. 19 meeting of the Springfield Garden Club. Robin Lamothe, co-owner of the Steaming Tender Restaurant at the restored train station will be the presenter, giving an overview of Frederick Olmstead's many garden and park designs including Central Park and the many parks in the Boston area, as well as displaying her plans for restoring the Palmer Depot garden. Tea at 11:30 a.m. Meeting open to all interested gardeners and history buffs. Guest fee: $5. For more info call 525-6957.

State Rep. Don Humason and Sen. Mike Knapik announced the Municipal Civil Service Firefighter examination will take place April 24. The Mass. Human Resource Division (HRD) of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance is responsible for the administration of this state wide entry-level exam. Deadline to apply to take the exam is March 16. Those interested can apply online at www.mass.gov/civilservice.

The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 22. Day includes roundtrip motor coach, the Bronx Zoo Total Experience Pass, which includes zoo entrance, Skyfari, monorail, Congo Gorilla exhibit, Children's Zoo and Butterfly Garden. Departure time is 7:30 a.m. from the municipal parking lot on Central Street. Return home time is approx. 8 p.m. Registrations are being accepted at the Park & Rec. office. For more info or questions call 263-3284.

The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on April 24. Bus leaves municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returns home at approx. 9:30 p.m. Drop offs and pick up site in New York to be determined by bus driver. Once in NYC, you will be on your own. Bus will leave NYC at 5:30 p.m. with a short dinner stop on the way home (dinner not included in price). A movie will be shown for your enjoyment while on the bus. Reservations with payment may be made at the Park & Rec. Dept. For more info or registration forms, call 263-3284.

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