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Town Events, Feb. 9 - Feb. 16

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Children ages 3 and older are invited to enjoy fun activities on Feb. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Agawam Library Teen Volunteers have planned many fun activities for preschoolers, including crafts, games and face painting. This program is free but registration is required and may be done at agawamlibrary.org or by calling the library at 789-1550 ext. 4.

The Agawam Library Teen Book Club's Teen Book Swap & Book Chat has been rescheduled to Feb. 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to join in the fun, whether trading books or talking about them. This is an informal get-together and refreshments are served. To register or for more info, call the library at 789-1550 ext. 4.

Grief specialist Joanne Sullivan will meet with the public on Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Capt. Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. Find inspiration as Joanne bravely relives a poignant past and shares her book, "The Reality of Loss."

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center had to postpone their Porchetta dinner once again. The new date for this dinner is Feb. 23 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are still available by calling Emile Cote at 335-9440.

Jim Spaulding will lead a discussion on digital cameras on Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. in the Oak Room of the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. No need to bring a camera to the first meeting. Four-week workshop. Computers not used for this course. Class limited to 10 persons. Cost is $20; must be paid one week prior to start of class. For more info and to register, call 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 22 in the main room of the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. The club currently has openings for "Country Jamboree" at the Castle on Feb. 20 and trips to "Celtic Nights," Boston Flower Show, The Lucky Lobster, A Tribute to Liberace, Foxwoods, Brighton Beach, the Mystic Playhouse, "Singing in the Rain," Historic Isles of Shoal, overnights to the Outer Banks and Irish Village on Cape Code. "Dead Man's Tales," Thimble Islands, Lobster Playhouse and "Cabaret" will be opened at the meeting. Deposit of $5 required. Seats are assigned when payment in full is received. For more info, call 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed on Feb. 21 in observance of President's Day.

A support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Free. Group is facilitated by a professional who can assist 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.

Chicopee seniors are going on a guided tour of Breighton Beach "Little Russia" on May 1. They will visit Coney Island and Nathan's. Lunch will be at the Primorski's Russian Restaurant. Cost: $65, includes bus, guide, lunch and all gratuities.

Join the Chicopee seniors on a six-day trip to the Outer Banks, N.C. and Cape Hatteras. See Roanoke Island, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabethethan Gardens and more. May 29 through June 3. Call 534-3698 Monday to Friday from noon to 3 p.m., for more info.

Come to the Boston Flower Show, "A Burst of Color" on March 16. Special presentations by award wining gardeners. Luncheon included at Maggiano's. Arrive home at 5 p.m. Cost: $77 per person. Contact Chicopee Senior Center for questions or reservations at 534-3698 between noon and 3 p.m.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 8 and 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. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org or call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired persons in Massachusetts.

Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends, Warren, is sponsoring the following trip: Feb. 19 to 27 to Orlando, Fla., eight nights and nine days. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, eight nights lodging, eight breakfasts, five dinners, Holy Land Experience, Arabian Night dinner show, Bok Tower Garden National Historic Landmark, free time at an Orlando area theme park of the group's choice — admission fee not included — Disney Marketplace, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Historic St. George Street, Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex. For more info and cost, call Marlene at 436-5311.

Bosch Travel Club will host a trip to Myrtle Beach Oct. 1 to 8. Deluxe motor coach, seven nights hotel including five nights oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, 14 meals — seven dinners, seven breakfasts, four shows — Carolina Opry-Palace, two theatre-Alabama Theatre. Cost: $915 twin/triple; $1,165 single. For info, call Bob at 592-1542 or Will at 538-9893.

An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range on Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration required by Feb. 12. Info available at www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and slowly leave your phone number on the answering machine.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians James A. Curran Division One of Hampden-Hampshire Counties will host the sixth annual Daniel P. Curran Irish Night on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Wherehouse? Menu: corned beef and cabbage and Curran's spare ribs. Entertainment: "Ireland Parish," the McDermott Academy of Irish dance, and members of the Springfield Kilty Band. Tickets: $20. For reservations, call CMS Landscaping at 533-3300.

The Rotary Club of Southwick will host its sixth annual indoor tag sale and flea market March 26 at the Southwick Florist Green House, 636 College Highway, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The club will receive donations of tag sale items until March 25. Vendor space: $25. Proceeds from the sale will support community and youth-oriented Rotary projects.

The Forest Park winter farmers' market will take place Feb. 12 and 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Forest Park's old monkey house. The easiest way to enter the park for this market is to go to the Trafton Road gate. Whether you go Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road, there is free entry to the park for the market. Questions — call Belle Rita Novak, market manager at 737-1724.

Registered Democrats in Springfield's Ward 6 — Forest Park — will host a caucus at the Forest Park Library on Feb. 12 at noon. We will be electing 11 delegates and three alternates to participate in the 2011 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Convention will be at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell on June 4. Forest Park Library is fully accessible. If you need a language interpreter or more info, call Pat Carney at 736-0878.

Joseph Berger, professor of biology at Springfield College, will discuss "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" at the Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m. breakfast sponsored by Men of Sinai at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. The event is open to the public and breakfast includes eggs, lox, bagels and beverages. Paid members of Men of Sinai attend for free; all others charged $5. Please call 736-3619 to make a reservation so the proper amount of food can be prepared.

COIL AND HEART BRACELET CLINIC Feb. 10 at 5:45 p.m. at Simply Beadiful, LLC, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Road. Free Instruction, small materials fee. Learn three jewelry making techniques in one class. Space is limited. Call 782-0288 or visit www.Simplybeadiful.com.

On Feb. 13, see "Magic Miracles" live entertainment at the Melha Shriners Temple, 133 Longhill St.; 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. show. Advance ticket, $8; at the door $10. Reservations/tickets: 583-6243. Great family entertainment. Concessions available.

Jewish Community Center's Theatrix theater company to host auditions for "Hairspray," "Good Morning" SPRINGFIELD! Show seeks actors, singers, dancers in grades eight to college. Auditions are Feb. 9 and 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Contact Amy Kimball, Teen and Theatre director, at akimball@springfieldjcc.org or at 739-4715 ext. 322 for more info and for a time slot.

Avoiding the costly mistakes so many consumers make while remodeling their kitchens is the focus of this seminar presented by Frank Nataloni CKD / CBD of Kitchens and Baths by Curio. The free seminar will take place Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Kitchens and Baths by Curio showroom at 1045 Boston Road. Space is limited so all attendees must call 783-0913 to pre-register.

The Roman Catholic Parish of Saint Mary, 30 Bartlett St., is organizing a one-day retreat, titled, "One Day at a Time — Twelve Steps for Everyone" on March 26. Depart for Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, Conn., from the parish at 8:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $50. For more info, call Fr. James Longe at 562-5477 ext. 15.

Westfield Homeless Cat project, a no kill rescue organization, has been working around the clock to rescue homeless cats and kittens in these cold months. Those want to adopt, should e-mail denisesinico@hotmail.com or call 568-6964 and every effort will be made to find the "purrfect" match. Adoptions take place at 1124 East Mountain Road., on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Westfield Republican City Committee's annual Lincoln's Day Brunch will take place Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. at East Mountain Country Club. U.S. Senator Scott Brown will be the keynote speaker. Emceed by State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and State Sen. Michael Knapik. All are welcome. Cost: $20. To RSVP, e-mail Chris at ckeefe73@aol.com.

South Middle School's (SMS) 9th annual pasta supper to benefit Griffin's Friends Children's Cancer Fund and SMS Improvement Programs will take place at the middle school, 30 W. Silver St., on Feb. 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Snow date: Feb. 17. Cost: adults, $5; senior citizens and kids 13 and younger, $4; kids 2 and under, free. Tickets available at the door or at the middle school. Call 568-1900 for more info.

A rummage sale featuring gently used clothing and housewares will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the church Feb. 21 to 24 between 9 a.m. and noon and on Feb. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. You can also call Martha at 568-8033 for a pick-up or for additional info.

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 are welcome. For additional info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

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