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Town Events, Jan. 28 - Feb. 4

From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Knights of Columbus Council #5585 will be hosting a blood drive on Feb. 3 from 2 - 6 p.m. at St. John's Evangelist Church, 833 Main St. For an appointment, call 783-1297.

The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. The winners of the first Agawam Cultural Council Grant for the Arts will each be presented.

The Democratic party in Chicopee will host its caucuses on Feb. 7 at the public library on Front Street beginning at 10 a.m. for the Democratic State Convention which will take place in Springfield on June 5 and 6. Anyone who was a registered Democrat as of Dec. 31, 2008 is eligible to become a delegate. For more info contact Frank Lapointe at 536-5502 or Al Kendall at 592-7812.

Hands-on instruction, relaxed atmosphere, volunteer-guided woodcarving club meets on Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Learn how to lay out a pattern, transfer it to wood and carve wood to produce a project you will be proud to display. You can continuously learn different aspects and solutions in wood carving. Join the club, expand your creativity and improve your skills. To sign up call 534-3698. Space is limited to 10 people.

Chicopee Council on Aging offers gentle yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. "Yes, You Can! Gentle Stretch Yoga Class" can help not only with your stress but can increase flexibility, strength and balance. Most yoga poses can be modified or chair supported to fit an individual level. Sign up at the center at 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call 534-3698. Space is limited to 12 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 one to nine. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. Sudoku club meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign up call 534-3698.

Chicopee Council on Aging invites you to take a Tai Chi class. Tai Chi is a health and exercise system developed in China hundreds of years ago. Among many benefits, practicing Tai Chi helps to calm mind and body, lower blood pressure, increase blood flow to the organs and extremities, and improve balance. Class meets on Wednesdays from 3 - 4 p.m. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., or call 534-3698 for more info.

Sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. The show features coins, sports and non-sports cards, wax boxes, card supplies, autographs, NASCAR, Webkinz and more. Handicap accessible. Prizes drawn every 30 minutes. Admission $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the Nativity B.V.M. Church. For more info call Joe at 593-6046.

Boy Scout Troop 131 hosts an all you can eat pancake breakfast on Feb. 8 from 7:30 a.m. - noon at the St. Stanislaus School cafeteria, 534 Front St. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any scout. For more info or to purchase tickets, call Cindy Conklin at 594-3142. Proceeds from this event will go toward the cost of Boy Scout Summer Camp.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St. Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast Feb. 8 starting at 11 a.m. immediately after morning services. Cost: $6, omelet and pancakes; $5, omelet; $4, pancakes; half-price for kids. Juice, sausage links and the endless cup of coffee are included. Public is invited. Take your sweetheart to a delicious breakfast for Valentine's Day. For more info call 533-6093.

Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Feb. 2. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info call 594-1800 ext. 108.

Hearing services are available on Feb. 6 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. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698.

On March 26 join the Aldenville seniors of St. Rose de Lima as they travel to Mendon, Vt., for a full breakfast at Sugar and Spice Restaurant. Afterwards, off to Bennington for shopping at Camelot Village. Final stop will be a late lunch at Mount Anthony Country Club. For more info call 533-9282.

As part of National Heart Month in February, visitors to the Chicopee Senior Center are encouraged to wear red on Feb. 2. The month's message is that we all have the power to improve our health, but we must make a genuine effort to achieve positive changes. Wear red on that day to raise awareness of heart disease among women and the importance of exercise and good nutrition. The center offers a wide variety of exercise and nutritional opportunities, most of which are free or very low cost. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator at the center at 534-3698.

Boat Massachusetts Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 (all four classes required for certification), 7 - 9:30 p.m. at Environmental Police Headquarters, 18 Lake Dr. (Lake Lorraine), Springfield. Offered to the public at no charge. The primary purpose of Boat Massachusetts is to foster safe boat operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices and legal responsibilities. Students must be at least 12 years old. Youth 12 - 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for watercraft users who are 16 or 17years of age. All graduates will be issued a course completion diploma and a Safety Certificate.

Al-Anon meetings will take place Fridays in Ludlow 8 - 9 a.m., one step at a time, St. Paul's church, Hubbard & Sewall. Newcomers welcome.

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. owned camp will host a gala dinner benefit and silent auction on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Rd. For more info or to reserve seats, call Sue at the Diocesan Office at 737-4786 ext. 10. Tickets are $90 if purchased before March 9.

On Jan. 28 the Holyoke Lodge of Elks 902 will serve an all you can eat spaghetti supper at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue in Holyoke. The serving will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad with dressing, spaghetti smothered with Elks special mea sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. The price is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters six to 12, and free for tots five and under.

The Southwick Council on Aging will have a hearing clinic on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. All planning to attend must have an appointment. To make an appointment, stop by or call the Senior Center at 569-5498.

An AARP Counselor will at the Senior Center Feb. 4 - April 8 preparing free tax returns for the elderly. Appointments will be made from 9 a.m. - noon. Call the center at 569-5498 to make an appointment.

The Senior Center will have the following events: Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m., shopping at Savers Discount clothing; Feb. 10, 11 a.m., Brown Bag; Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m., pizza party; Feb. 12, 9 a.m. - noon, SHINE (by appt.); Feb. 20, 9 a.m. - noon, Veterans' Rep.; Feb. 26, 9 a.m. - noon, SHINE (by appt.).

The following weekly classes will be offered at the Senior Center in February: Mondays at 10 a.m., Zumba for $3; Tuesdays at 9 a.m., yoga for $2, 10 a.m. bingo for 5 /card, 11 a.m. Tai Chi for $3, noon painting for $3, 1 p.m. poker; Wednesdays at 10 a.m. line dancing for $2, 1 p.m. writers workshop; Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. aerobics for $2, 1 p.m. ceramics or poker; Fridays at 9 a.m. swimming for $15 for five classes.

Go Red Fashion Show
The American Heart Association will host a Go Red Fashion Show at the Eastfield Mall, on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease in women. The free fashion show will take place in Macy's Court and includes raffles, giveaways and free health screenings. For more info call Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 or the American Heart Association at 827-0400.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Springfield is sponsoring a fall trip to Portugal, Sept. 14 - 24. They will be going to Duoro Valley and Portuguese Riviera. Traveling from Porto (north) down the coast to Lisbon (south) mostly along the Riviera. Breakfast and dinner is included daily. For itinerary or more info contact Mary Mastroianni at 734-5433 or in the evening before 9 p.m. at 789-7318.

Gina Daniele presents a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 8. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a two-day trip to Niagara Falls on May 16 and 17. For more info, call 732-8941.

GED Preparation Classes will take place from March 5 - June 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $25. Interested persons should attend the open house on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. Pre-testing will take place at 6:30 p.m.

If you are a parent or caretaker of an infant, toddler or preschooler and would like to get together with others, the weekly Play Group at First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., is for you. It meets in the church nursery Tuesdays during the school year from 10:30 a.m. - noon. For more info, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail fccedirector@yahoo.com. Info about all church activities is at www.firstchurchws.org.

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