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Town Events, Jan. 13 - Jan. 20

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam St. Patrick's Committee is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Colleen Coronation on Feb. 7 at Chez Josef. Deadline to apply is Jan. 15. Meeting for participants is Jan. 16. For questions, call Barbara Lussier at 789-7746 or Lisa Garvey at 786-9405. Applications are available at www.agawamstpats.com.

The Agawam Lioness Club is sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun on Feb. 21. Leave the Agawam High School parking lot at 1 p.m. and return by 9 p.m. We will spend five hours at Mohegan Sun. Cost of the trip is $25 per person (which includes bus driver's tip) and Mohegan Sun will give you back a $30 package ($15 food or buffet and three $5 free bets). The proceeds from this trip will be donated to the Shriners Hospital and the Agawam Public Library for large print books. For reservations call Pat at 786-1782 or Rose at 786-5134.

The Agawam High School Varsity Cheerleaders will host a pasta supper on Jan. 31 from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at Headquarters Bar & Grille on Springfield Street. Menu: pasta, meatballs, salad and dessert. Ticket price: $10. For tickets, call Kathy Franqueza at 786-1308 or Sue Croteau at 789-4736. Tickets are also available at the door.

The non-profit Friends of the Agawam Public Library will host its annual meeting on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting is open to the public. The election of officers will take place. Those wishing to join may pay dues at the beginning of the meeting to become eligible to vote. For more info, write to: Friends of the Agawam Public Library, POB 478, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.

Drop-In PJ Storytime
At the Agawam Public Library; wear your PJs if you like! Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9 and 23 at 6 p.m. for children ages three and older. A 30-min. evening storytime consisting of stories, rhymes, music and a simple craft. This program does not require registration.

The Chicopee Senior Center is going to see "The Lion King" on Broadway on March 10 - 11. Cost includes one breakfast and an overnight in New Jersey. We will also do some sightseeing on March 11 including Ground Zero.

Because of the election on Jan. 19 no exercise classes, meals or bridge will be offered in the Chicopee Senior Center. Morning cribbage, water color, yoga and the Council on Aging meeting will take place as usual. For more info contact the center at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Washington, D.C., May 13 - 16. Tour includes bus, hotel, six meals, all taxes and gratuities, trip insurance, guide tour of monuments, a Potomac River cruise, evening Marine Dress Parade, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian, tour the House and Senate (pending approval). Call the club for further info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.

The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on Jan. 19 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The meeting is open to the public.

The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Day.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 27. Enjoy the beautiful landscaped garden displays by professional landscape designers, nurseries, historic properties and much more. Package includes roundtrip motor coach, entrance to the show and driver gratuity. Trip departs from the old Chicopee High School at 8 a.m., returning home at around 5:30 p.m. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481 or go to www.chicopeema.gov. Reservations are now being taken.

Starting Jan. 25 Chicopee COA is offering Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Chicopee Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Mon. class is 1:30 p.m. and Fri. class is 10:30 a.m. During exercise, participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. The class is free to Chicopee residents 60 and over. For others the cost is $35 for 12 weeks. Registration is necessary; enrollment limited. Call the center at 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator.

Wii balance testing will take place on Jan. 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m., at the Chicopee COA. To check your balance Wii Fit uses a unique balance board that is a responsive controller of sensing body weight distribution and the movement of the participant's body (center of gravity), as they shift their weight back and forth from side to side. Wii Fit will calculate body mass index (BMI) when told the user's height. To be tested participants have to be comfortable stepping on a small platform (scale like). Call to sign up at 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator. Limited to six people.

An Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group meets monthly on the third Wed. of the month. On Jan. 20 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for our loved one. The meeting will take place 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. The Alzheimer's Support Group is facilitated by Bennett for the Atrium and Jared Krok, social service coordinator, Chicopee Council on Aging.

The Board of Health will be having a H1N1 flu clinic at the Granby Fire Dept. at 250 State St. Any Granby town resident may attend on Jan. 16 from 8 - 11 a.m. If you have any questions, call Lisa Anderson at the Board of Health Office at 467-7174.

The Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. hosts adults co-ed recreational volleyball for those ages 15 and up at Peck Middle School, 1916 Northampton St., every Fri. from 6:30 - 9 p.m. through March 26. No experience needed! Cost is $1 a night for Holyoke, $3 for non-residents. When schools are closed, volleyball is cancelled. For more info call Tyrone Bowie Jr., volleyball coordinator, at 275-2878, the Parks & Rec. Dept. at 322-5620 or e-mail parks@ci.holyoke.ma.us.

Merry Go Round
The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round will be open Jan. 18, noon - 4 p.m., for Martin Luther King's birthday. Winter hours are every Sat. and Sun. from noon - 4 p.m. Rides are $1 per ticket. Holyoke Heritage State Park is located on 221 Appleton St. and borders Dwight Street. For more info call 538-9838 or visit www.holyokemerrygoround.org.

The South Hadley Women's Club will meet Jan. 13 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., at 1:30 p.m. The program will feature music and good health. The public is welcomed. The club meets on the second Wed. of each month. If you are interested in knowing more about the club, contact Membership Chair Lu Dachos at 532-7661. You do not have to live in South Hadley to become a member.

The following events will take place at the Southwick Senior Center. Jan 13: $10 manicures (by appt). Jan. 14: Shine (by appt). Jan. 18: center closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Jan. 19: voting; no yoga or Tai-Chi classes. Jan. 21: blood pressure screenings at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 28: Shine (by appt).

The following weekly events will take place at the Southwick Senior Center. Mondays: pool at 9 a.m. Tuesdays: yoga at 9 a.m. for $3; bingo at 10 a.m.; Tai-Chi at 11 a.m. for $3; painting at noon for $3; poker at 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing at 10 a.m. for $2; writers workshop at 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool at 9 a.m.; aerobics at 9:30 a.m. for $3; ceramics and poker at 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming aerobics at 9 a.m. for $20/five classes; Wii games at 10 a.m.

The Southwick Republican Committee will host its annual meeting on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Selectmen's Conference Room at Town Hall. For more info, call Russ Fox at 569-5962 or Art Pinell at 569-6971.

"Peace vs. Violence" will be the topic of the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker is David G. Carter, Ph.D., Springfield Sheraton Hotel. For tickets call 734-3233. Tickets are $30.

Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. sponsors a free health presentation on Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Michele Chmura, LICSW, will present "Recognizing the Winter Blues." Info will include depression and the warning signs during this time of the year. Join us for this free program that is open to the public. Free blood pressure screening, free health information, free raffle to enter to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card and two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served. For further info, contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 ext. 11.

The Springfield Ward 6 Democratic Committee will host its bimonthly meeting Jan. 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Middle School, Oakland Street. The site is fully accessible, and all interested Democrats who live in Ward 6 are welcome. For more info call Pat Carney at 736-0878.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church will be having a trip to Washington, D.C., from April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, guided sightseeing tour, motorcoach transportation and more. For more info and reservation contact St. Peter's Episcopal Church c/o Vera O'Connor, 1471 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, MA 01119, call 726-9006 or e-mail veraocon@aol.com.

Paul Brody, vice president of corporate development for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting Jan. 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue. His topic will be gaming in the Pioneer Valley. The luncheon with guest speaker Paul Brody is $13 per person and is open to the public. For more info. on the Springfield Rotary call Club Membership Chair Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

The Westfield Athenaeum is pleased to present the artwork of John Matlock. His paintings of country barns and places long forgotten have been described as lonely and sometimes melancholy, yet they invoke a feeling of nostalgia at the same time. The exhibit can be seen during regular library hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Westfield YMCA is offering a "Blast of a Class" break dance workshop. Come and join Martin Lee from Freestyle Motions as he puts you through the coolest dance styles. All participants will learn the foundations of Top Rock, Floor Rock, Freeze and Style. This workshop will take place Jan. 29 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Ages 10 and up and all skills are welcome. For more info contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

The Westfield Republican City Committee will host its annual Lincoln's Day Brunch at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 at East Mountain Country Club. State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and State Sen. Michael Knapik will serve as hosts. RSVP by Feb. 1. Cost: $20. To register, contact Vice Chair Christopher Keefe at 244-9619 or CKeefe73@aol.com.

The Health Dept. will have an H1N1 (swine) flu vaccination clinic for all West Springfield residents on Jan. 13 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., at Town Hall. This clinic will provide vaccination to all members of the general public free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Remember to wear short sleeves. For more info, contact the Health Dept. at 263-3206.

Nicotine Anonymous will meet at the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., on Jan. 13 and 20 at 6 p.m. This is a support group for those who wish to live nicotine-free lives. All are welcome. For more info, call 736-4561.

The West Springfield Library will host "Pump It Up!" a time for young adults to share music on Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 4.

The Friends of the West Springfield Library and the Arts Council are sponsoring "Music Sandwiched In," a lunchtime concert series every other Fri. from Jan. 15 - April 23 from noon - 1 p.m. at the library. All are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the concert. Each performance will feature a different artist. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 3.

The West Springfield Public Library will be closed on Jan. 18 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Teen Quiz Night at the West Springfield Public Library will take place on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Bring a team of two to five players ad match wits against other teams for prizes. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 4.

Registration begins for February youth programs including Evening Family Storytime, Arts & Smarts and Saturday Storytime at the West Springfield Public Library on Jan. 20. Call 736-4561 ext. 4 to register.

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