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Town Events, June 24 - July 1

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
GHOST HUNTING
The Adult Summer Reading Program, "Read, Relax, Review 2009" at the Agawam Public Library will continue with Dave Manch of New England Paranormal who will present "Ghost Hunting and Paranormal Theory" on July 1 at 7 p.m. Call the library at 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to make a reservation.

Crafters and Artisans Wanted
The Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., will be hosting its third annual Fall Festival on Oct. 17. This is a juried arts and craft fair open to anyone offering one-of-a-kind handmade crafts. There will be a bakery, raffle, music and cafe offering a lunch menu. Contact the church office at 786-7111 or Bev Follis at 789-4198 for an application.

BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be having a deposit bottle and can drive on July 11 from 9 -11:30 a.m. If you do not want to wait, bring your cans and bottles to the rec. room at the senior center. We ask if it is possible for you to rinse out your cans and bottles before you turn them in; it would be of great assistance to us. We are also accepting tabs from the cans.

BLUE SOX BASEBALL TRIP
Blue Sox baseball trip July 6. Departs at 5:30 p.m. from senior center; game time is 6:30 p.m. vs. Team USA. Cost: $18. Call 821-0604 or Emile Cote at 335-9440.

CROCODILE DOCK
Get ready for Crocodile Dock coming to St. David's Episcopal Church on July 13 - 16 from 9 a.m. - noon for ages 3 (potty-trained) - 12. This free event will include snacks, craft, games and music. Call 786-6133 to register.

CHICOPEE
JOHN DAVIDSON
The Chicopee Senior Travel presents John Davidson at Venus De Milo in Swansea, Mass., on Sept. 22. Cost includes bus, show and meal. Call 534-3698 between noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.

SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club at Mohegan Sun, then see "Hooray for Hollywood" at the Mystic Cornerstone Playhouse on Oct. 13. Trip includes bus, show, buffet and a second snack pack meal. Call 534-3698 between noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Thurs.

CHOLESTEROL TESTING
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on July 8 from 9 a.m. - noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.

SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. will participate in the USDA Summer Food Program for children at the Fairview Park, Britton Street. Lunches will be provided June 29 - Aug. 14. No meals served on July 4. Meal times are 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for lunch and 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. for snacks. Free meals are provided to attending children 18 and under without regard to race, color or national origin, sex, religion or handicap.

BENNINGTON, VERMONT TRIP
Join the Aldenville Seniors of St. Rose de Lima on Oct. 8 as they travel to Bennington, Vt., for their foliage trip. First stop will be to Camelot Village Country Craft Center followed by lunch at the Bennington Station Restaurant where you will have two dinner choices. After lunch, off to the Bennington Museum and our final stop of the day will be to the Apple Barn and Country Bake Shop. For more info call 533-9282.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
STRAWBERRY SUPPER
An old fashioned strawberry supper will take place June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow. Menu: ham, raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, green bean and homemade strawberry shortcake. Adults, $10. Reservations recommended. Call Etta at 583-2913 or Judy at 583-8102.

"SHEAR MADNESS"
St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a trip to Boston to see the hilarioiusly funny play "Shear Madness" on July 19. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and returns at approx. 6 p.m. There will be time to visit Quincy Market before the show. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and admission to the show. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED
Performed by Rick Nelson's twin sons who will be payng tribute to him and other artists of that era, Aug. 13. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 9:45 a.m. and returns at approx. 5 p.m. Cost includes a luncheon at the Aqua Turf, the show, bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

NEW YORK CITY TRIP
Another trip to the Big Apple on Sept. 13. Bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns approx. 8:30 p.m. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

HOLYOKE
FREE OPEN HOUSE
Holyoke Rows Community Rowing free open houses will be taking place at Jones Ferry every Saturday throughout June and July, 9 - 11 a.m. Learn about the many summer activities, try out rowing equipment and kayaks, see the new boathouse, bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the beautiful Connecticut River. Questions: visit holyokerows.org or call 320-3134.

SOUTH HADLEY
TAG SALE BENEFIT
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., will host a tag sale on June 27 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to raise money for Habitat for Humanity House Build. Donations are gladly accepted. Call Larry Tucker at 533-4092 or Bob Valenti at 532-8894 for info.

SOUTHWICK
BLOOD DRIVE
Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, is sponsoring a blood drive on July 2 from noon - 4 p.m. Call 569-6362 for an appointment.

SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents...tickets to the July 4 Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox 1:05 p.m. game. Tickets only are available no bus! On Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus will travel to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

Simply Charitable Campaign
Simply Beadiful in 16 Acres is selling "Beadiful Bloom Bangle Bracelets" for $6 each and the proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Let's help to keep the hospital open. Call 782-0288 to order your bracelet. Visit www.Simplybeadiful.com for more info.

BOOK FAIR BUS TRIP
The Springfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is hosting a bus trip to the Harlem Book Fair on July 18. The cost of the bus trip to Harlem, N.Y., includes continental breakfast, raffle and light snacks, plus driver's gratuity. Bus departs Big Y on 800 Boston Rd. at 7:30 a.m. and returns 9 p.m. Call Brenda at 519-5370 for more info. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship.

ANNUAL PATRONAL FESTIVAL
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host its Annual Patronal Festival and Health Fair June 27, noon - 6 p.m. at the church grounds. Lots of food, fun for the kids and various health care vendors with lots of info. Ongoing raffle: first prize, 19" TV, second prize, $75 cash. Raffle tickets: $5 per book of six or $1 each. For more info call 209-6866.

Wizard of Oz
The Springfield Golden Age Travel Club is hostong a trip to Warner Theater in Torrington where the will present "The Wizard of Oz," a stage play based on the 1900 children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. The bus departs: Raymond Sullivan Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St., on Aug. 9 at 10:30 am. Lunch: noon buffet at Bogeys Restaurant. Show time: 2 p.m. Return arrival: 5:30 p.m. Registration deadline July 9. Call 787-6486 for more info.

NEW CAREER AND JOB OPTIONS
June 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m. This workshop will include self evaluation exercises, tips and tricks to optimize networking and volunteering opportunities and a customized action plan for your next steps. This free program takes place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This is a collaborative effort with the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., Jewish Family Service of Western Mass. and the Springfield JCC.

WESTFIELD
FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS
The Greater Westfield Emergency Food Pantry, 101 Meadow St., needs help to keep its shelves stocked with non-perishable food items. The pantry is seeking monetary or food donations as well as volunteers. Hours of operation: Mon. - Wed. and Fri., 10 a.m. - noon; Thurs., 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIP TO MAINE
The West Springfield Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Ogunquit, Maine, on July 25. Bus leaves M.O.B., 26 Central St., at 7 a.m., returning home approx. 9 p.m. Bus drops off short walk to the beach and Marginal Way. Many unique shops and restaurants to visit and a trolley car to hop on to visit different local spots for a small fee. Register at Park & Rec. office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by mail. Registration forms are available online. For more info, call 263-3284.


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