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Town Events, July 8 - July 15

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

On July 14 at 7 p.m., the Agawam Public Library will present a talk by author Janina Staniewicz Chung. Her book, "Far East of the Sun," is a love story inspired by her parents. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to register for this program.

A free adult pastel instruction class with artist Greg Maichack will take place at the Agawam Public Library on July 10 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to register.

Westfield Bank and Proshred Security are presenting a Community Shred Program on July 25 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Westfield Bank parking lot, 655 Main St. Bring personal, household or confidential material for shreding.

The Agawam Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program will continue on July 21 at 7 p.m. when Dan Conlon of Warm Colors Apiary presents "Honeybees and Beekeeping." Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to register. For more info, visit www.warmcolorsapiary.com.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet July 14 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On July 15, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. Free. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

You are invited to attend a Healthy Eating 101 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging on July 16. This hands-on workshop is all about summer dressings. Salad dressing can be low in calories and still be delicious. Learn how to skimp without sacrificing flavor. All dressings are prepared with fresh ingredients like garlic, lemon, herbs, veggies with guaranteed goodness. Learn how to make and pare different dressing with foods. Donation: $4. Tickets available at the office. For more info call Violet Suska at 534-3698.

Ste. Rose de Lima Church, 600 Grattan St., will be hosting its Patriotic Mass on July 12 starting at 11 a.m. Mass with a reception to follow. We have invited all branches of the service, police, fire and political officials. There will also be guest singers.

There will be a learn to fish clinic from 5 - 6 p.m. and a fishing derby from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on July 11 at Aldrich Lake (Mount Holyoke Range State Park). Fishing basics at the clinic; open to all. Practice fishing skills at the derby; age 15 and under. Equipment available to borrow. Free program. Sponsored by the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. Registration required. For info and location, call 253-2883.

The 2009 Street List Books are available for sale; the cost is $8 a book. The last day to file for anterless deer permits and bear permits is July 16. Applications must be postmarked on or before that date. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.

As part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, the Granby Public LIbrary is hosting "Exploring the Paranormal; Spirits, Hauntings, and Messages from the Other Side" with local paranormal researcher/spirit medium/handwriting analyst/children's author Lisa Maria Lanno. If you think you have ghosts, if you ghost hunt, receive signs from loved ones or are just interested in the topic, come to the library on July 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Lanno is offering random readings for the audience. Event is open to the public and there will be light refreshments. For more info contact Jennifer Crosby at the Granby Library at 567-3320 or Lanno on Facebook, or at www.secretcave1.com This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Granby Library.

St. Thomas Travel Club is sponsoring the following trips. Call Angela Giorgi at 736-7661 regarding info and/or to sign up for the trip.
• July 9: Tall Ships. Two-hour Boston Harbor Cruise. Salad, potatoes, green beans, meatloaf, baked scrod and brown ale chicken breast with brown ale sauce, dessert, coffee, tea. Taxes and gratuities included. Leave at 7 a.m.
•Aug. 15: Annual Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. Trip to Hampton Beach. Legend says if you put your hands and feet in the ocean on this day you will receive many blessings. Lunch on your own. Depart from church parking lot at 7 a.m.
• Nov. 20: 77th Anniversary Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Come relax in your orchestra/first mezzanine seat for America's favorite holiday tradition. Enjoy pre-show lunch at Carmine's famous restaurant located on New York's Upper West Side. Wonderful assortment of appetizers, pastas, entrees and dessert. Depart from church parking lot at 7 a.m., depart for home following the 2 p.m. performance and return at approx. 7:30 p.m. All of the above trips will leave from the St. Thomas Church parking lot.

Holyoke Rows Community Rowing is hosting a free open house at Jones Ferry, Holyoke. Every Saturday throughout July, 9 - 11 a.m. Learn about the many summer activities, try out rowing equipment and kayaks, see the new boathouse, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the beautiful Connecticut River. Questions: holyokerows.org or call 320-3134.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Hampden-Hampshire Counties invite the public to attend a Summer Picnic, Hibernian Style on July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at The Wherehouse? The event will feature Irish folk singer Pat Kelleher and Family. Hot dogs, hamburgs, salad and dessert will be served. Cost is $12 per person for adults, $7 per child under 12 years. Advanced tickets are required and must be purchased by calling The Wherehouse? at 534-3039.

Holyoke Rows is offering three different programs for kids 10 and up to learn to row and kayak. A one week, half day rowing program (12 years and up) will be offered the weeks of July 20 - 24 and Aug. 17 - 21. A three day, full day kayaking program (10 - 15 years) will be offered July 14 - 16 or Aug. 4 - 6. A unique two day adaptive kayaking program (10 and up) will be offered July 21 and 22 or July 28 and 29. This program is open to students with physical, cognitive and developmental special needs. For complete info call 320-3134 or e-mail holyokerows@hotmail.com.

The Friends of the Holyoke Council on Aging is sponsoring a family picnic to benefit the new senior center from noon - 6 p.m. on July 19 at the Summit View Pavilion, Northampton St. (Route 5). There will be a performance by the 35-member City Senior Band of Western Mass. A silent auction, raffle and children's activities will be provided. Tickets are $12 and include music, food and fun for the whole family. For info call the Holyoke Council on Aging at 322-5625.

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 S. Elm St., welcomes its newest instructor, Denis Bessette for Digital Photography 1 (for beginners). The five week course will begin on July 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. For additional info contact the Holyoke Creative Arts Center at 532-0465 or visit www.hcac.org.

The Rotary Club will host its second annual BBQ and Chili Cook-off on July 12 at the Southwick Rec. Center on Powder Mill Road. The challenge starts at noon with judging at 3 p.m. The ultimate challenge is to have the best barbecue and chili in town first, second and third place winners for each category will receive cash prizes. For more info, call Bob Fox at 569-5962.

Southwick volunteers will play a vintage base ball game against the Westfield Wheelmen in accordance to the rules of 1861 on July 12 at noon. Throughout the day, there will be music, food and other vendors, children's activities as well as sampling's of BBQ and chili. A Char-Griller Trio will be raffled tickets can be purchased for $2 each or three tickets for $5. Door prizes will also be awarded. For more info, call Bob Fox at 569-5962.

Gina Daniele presents a trip on Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus traveling to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. On Sept. 13, see the Yankees take on the Orioles at the new Yankee Stadium! For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

"Paul and the Underground Church" begins on July 27 and continues through July 31 and meets at the Springfield Wesleyan Church, 98 White St., each day from 6 - 8 p.m. For more info call 732-5144.

Heaven on Earth
This summer, learn these secrets at the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) course, "Heaven on Earth," a three-week Kabbalistic "excavation" of the ancient Temple instruments. "Heaven on Earth" will be offered locally at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), 1148 Converse St. in Longmeadow, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. on July 14, 21 and 28. Fee includes a full-color student textbook. Prospective students are encouraged to attend the first lesson for free, with no obligation to continue. For more info contact Rabbi Yakov Wolff at 348-4978.

Hempseed is the most nutritious plant food on earth in terms of its ability to sustain life because of its high essential amino acids (protein) and essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6). Throughout history hempseed has been recognized for its medicinal properties. A free cooking demo, taste testing and samples will be served at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on July 11 at noon. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

On July 10, Annie and her husband Safari Bob present fun-filled interactive shows that include original music, great songs, and hopping dances for the whole family to enjoy. Their music is inspired by the wonders of nature and that's why they call their band Annie and The Natural Wonder Band. They will get the crowds roaring and "going wild." Friday Mornings for Children are held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info on the Friday Mornings for Children Series call the park office at 568-9312.

Volunteers Needed
Gardeners are invited to join with the volunteers who work in Grandmothers' Garden. Be a part of the crew any or every Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon, or set a time convenient to your own schedule. A wonderful opportunity for a service project, volunteering in Grandmothers' Garden is open to school honor groups and scout groups as well as individuals. Come to Grandmothers' Garden and keep this historical gem in downtown Westfield a vibrant part of the community. Volunteers are also needed for tour guides and docents. Drop by the garden or call 562-2022 for more info and to ask about our Adopt-a-Bed program.

The American Red Cross Babysitter's Training Course gives 11 - 15 year olds the skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for children and infants. Sign your best babysitter-in-training up today for the July 15 and 16 or Aug. 18 and 19 course from 9 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Call 562-9684 for more info.

Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will host its next book discussion on Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. The book discussed will be "To Live or to Perish Forever Two Tumultuous Years in Pakistan" by Nicholas Schmidle. He lived in and reported on Pakistan for two years as a fellow of the New America Foundation. All are invited to attend. For more info, contact Carolyn at 739-0790.

West Springfield Public Library is beginning a new strategic planning process with a five-minute public survey at www.wspl.org through July 18. Surveys may also be obtained at the library, Senior Center or Town Hall. Responses are critical and will be anonymous.

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