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Town Events, Jan. 20 - Jan. 27

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam Golden Age Club Chpt. 1 is now open to all those 60+ regardless of where you live. We meet the second and fourth Wed. of every month in the Agawam Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. For more info, call Gloria Afflitto at 786-7251. For info about the exciting trips planned for the coming months, call Jeanette Dore at 786-4235.

Tickets are available for Mayor Richard Cohen's Return Gala at Chez Josef on Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Buffet menu: beef au jus, chicken francaise, scrod, etc. Music and dancing is included in ticket price of $35. Checks should be made payable to Richard Cohen's Return Gala and mailed to William Beaudry, 182 Rowley St., Agawam, MA 01001. For a specific table, indicate that with your check (10 to a table). Tickets are not sold at the door.

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, dessert. Tickets: $10. For tickets, call Kathy Franqueza at 786-1308 or Sue Croteau at 789-4736. Tickets are also available at the door.

Julius Caesar will come to life for students and adults alike at the Agawam High School, 750 Cooper St., on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. About 75 seats will be set aside for the public. The performance is free and open to all; however, reservations are required. Contact Andrea LaPlace at 786-6753 or andrealaplace@comcast.net to make a reservation.

Durham Caldwell, author of "Tumultuous Affairs," will be present for a book signing at the Agawam Public Library on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 to register.

Jane Latour, author of "Sisters in the Brotherhoods," will be present for a book signing at the Agawam Public Library on Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. This book is an oral history-based collection of stories from women who broke the gender barrier to blue collar jobs in various trades in New York City in the 1970s. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 to register.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. announces that ice skating is now available at the upper level of Bemis Pond, on the left side of the pond. The right side of the pond is not available and is closed off with yellow road blocks. Ice skating is also available at the Fred Krampits Skating Rink in Ike Alpert Park, off Beauchamp Terrace. Hockey is permitted during the evening hours at the lighted Krampits rink. For more info contact the Parks office at 594-3481.

Visit Penn Dutch country and see a production of "Joseph" at Sight and Sound Theatre June 1 - 4. Enjoy three nights at Herital Hotel Resort. Visit Amish Wedding, Christmas Museum, Railroad Museum, many tours and a day at Gettysburg. Includes seven meals and taxes and gratuities. Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698 for details.

Combine the thrill of a Red Sox game, a tour of Toronto, Niagara Falls and casino April 26 - 28. Overnight at Hilton Fallsview Hotel; three meals included. Enjoy duty-free shopping on way home. Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698 for info.

Bus to Boston and board the NCL "Spirit" for a seven-night cruise Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 to Nova Scotia and Quebec. Spend two nights in Quebec City with two guided tours, four meals before departing for home by motorcoach. Travel insurance, driver's and guide gratuities are included. Pricing is by category of room chosen. Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698 for info.

Tai Chi class at the Chicopee Council on Aging, Wed., 3 - 4 p.m. The slow, graceful movements make it appropriate for people of all fitness levels. No experience necessary. Fee: elders, $4/class; residents, $8/class; non-residents, $10/class. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., or call for more info at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Council on Aging offers gentle yoga class on Tues. and Thurs. from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sign up at the center at 7 Valley View Ct. Fee for four week session: elder, $24; non-elder resident, $32; other, $40. For more info call 534-3698. Space is limited to 12 people.

Starting Jan. 25 the Chicopee COA is offering the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Chicopee Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Mon. class, 1:30 p.m.; Fri. class, 10:30 a.m. Participation in this program will help people with arthritis to keep their joints flexible, maintain muscle strength, and build overall stamina. The class is free to Chicopee residents 60 and over. For all others the cost is $35 for 12 weeks. Registration necessary, enrollment is limited. Call 534-3698; for more info contact Violet Susak, health and fitness coordinator.

Wii balance testing Jan. 21, 1 - 2:30 p.m., at Chicopee Council on Aging. To check your balance the 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 and 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, 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator. Limited to six people.

Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every three by three box contains the digits 1 - 9. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. Sudoku club meets every Wed. at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign up, call 534-3698.

There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group discusses a variety of topics and will be open to new topics. The next meeting is Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending or for more info should call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue. The next meeting will be Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info, call 534-3698.

The January meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. A demo by nationally-known Holyoke artist Paul Leveille will feature a pastel portrait using a live model. The meeting is open to the public.

Quabbin Reservation WALK
Jan. 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Leader: Bill Fontaine. Meeting place: Florence Savings Bank parking lot at the Stop & Shop Plaza on Route 9 in Belchertown. Registration: call Bill at 533-2153. This winter walk will take us along a gated, level paved road, through a variety of habitats on the northern end of Quabbin Reservoir. Bring appropriate footwear, hiking poles if you have them and something to eat and drink.

The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host genealogy computer classes Jan. 21and 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, Main Street, Agawam. Come learn how to search your ancestors on the Web. $1 fee per class or $20 for full membership with the Western Mass. Genealogy Society. The society meets on the first Wed. of every month at the Agawam Senior Center.

The Holyoke Golden Seniors are having a trip to Foxwoods on Jan. 26. The cost is $21. Join us! Call Jane Masse at 536-6470 for reservations.

Wistariahurst welcomes the recent work of photographer, illustrator and painter Denis Luzuriaga to its gallery this winter with the exhibit "Sites and Relics." An opening reception will take place on Jan. 28 from 6 - 8 p.m. Luzuriaga lives and works in Western Mass. Wistariahurst is open for guided tours every Sat., Sun. and Mon. from noon - 4 p.m. Admission to the gallery is $3. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660.

On Feb. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m., Wistariahurst will host a Victorian Valentine's Workshop for kids of all ages. This fun and creative program will inspire the artist in everyone with hands-on projects from collage to paper cutting and original crafting of valentines. Learn about the history of Victorian valentines and make some of your own!. Fee is $6 per person and $15 for families. Reservations are suggested. Call the museum to reserve your spot at 322-5660.

Learn about wine, try new flavors and meet new friends at Wistariahurst's "I Love Wine Event" on Feb. 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. Wistariahurst will be hosting the wine tasting in the elegant atmosphere of the Skinner Mansion in the spirit of Valentine's Day and will feature wines, ports and sparkling wines. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by Liquors44. All proceeds will benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Advance tickets are $25 each/$40 couple. Tickets at the door are $30 each/$50 couple. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660.

The Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper on Jan. 28 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. Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6 - 12, and free for those 5 and under.

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.

Aric Bieganek and the Royal Order of Chords and Keys will appear in concert at the Community Music School of Springfield on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. The talented and somewhat zany group is certain to delight audiences of all ages, but especially children. The program will benefit the preschool which opened in Sept. 2008 and serves 3 - 5 year olds. Tickets are $6 per person, of any age, and early ticket sales are recommended as seating is limited. For more info contact the school at 732-8428.

Joe Velez and Creacion will present an evening of smooth Latin jazz as part of the "Bravo! Concert Series" celebrating the new Performance Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield. The music will begin at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 and tickets are $15 per person, $7.50 for children 12 and under. A series ticket is also for sale for all five Thurs. evening concerts at $50. To purchase tickets, contact the school at 732-8428. Tickets will also be available at the door. Use the entrance at 127 State St.

Tickets are now on sale for a March 6 adult Irish Night sponsored by the Family Life Commission of Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road. Scheduled from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., the event will feature Irish Parish, and the menu will feature corned beef sandwiches and desserts. This is a BYOB event; coffee will be provided. Cost is $8/person. Seating is limited. Call Kathy at 783-4445 for tickets or to reserve tables of eight. Payment required to confirm reservation.

Holy Cross Church, located on Plumtree Road, offers a Youth Mass at 6 p.m. every Sunday. Featuring contemporary music and a youth choir, this service is geared toward younger parishioners, but all are welcome.

CVS will be offering the H1N1 vaccine at their Tower Square location on Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from noon - 2 p.m. There is a $15 fee. Bring your insurance card to see if your cost is covered.

Gina Daniele presents bus trips to Foxwoods Casino on March 7 and Niagara Falls for casino gaming and shopping on May 15 and 16 no passport required. For more info, call Gina at 732-8941. All trips depart from Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St.

The Westfield YMCA is offering a "Couch to 5K Training Program," an eight-week class that will guide you through a running plan that is geared toward the novice runner and end with a 5K run. This course is suitable for individuals who can walk comfortably for at least 30 mins. This one-hour class begins Feb. 6 at 7 a.m. and is free to members and $35 for non-members. For more info, contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

The Westfield YMCA is offering an unique Hula Hoop workshop. The hoops are professionally designed and weighted to provide the maximum workout. Workshops will take place the second Fri. of each month beginning Feb. 12 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non-members. For more info, call Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

An indoor tag sale event to benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project will take place March 12 - 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Loyal Order of Moose Club, 56 Washington St. There will be burgers, hot dogs and baked goodies as well. To donate items for this event, drop them off at 1124 East Mountain Rd. or call 568-6964 for pick up.

The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept. is accepting registrations for the 2010 youth baseball and softball seasons. This program is for children who are W.S. residents or currently registered in a public or private school in W.S. Deadline is March 5 to avoid being placed on a waiting list. For more info, call 263-3284.

State Rep. James Welch announced the new West Springfield Citizen's Guides are available at his district office, 772 Union St. These guides are a good resource for connecting you to your local, state and federal officials. To have a guide sent to your home, contact his district office at 737-7756.

The W.S. Public Library will host an introductory word processing class covering the standard features of Microsoft Word on Feb. 10 or 24 from 7 - 8:45 p.m. Class size is limited. Registration required. Registration begins Jan. 25 by calling 736-4561 ext. 3 or visit a Reference Librarian to sign up.

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