Town Events, March 25 - April 1
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will meet April 2 at the library at 7 p.m. The Friends are a non-profit organization whose yearly membership dues and fundraisers help to provide items that are not in the library's yearly budget. For more info, write to Friends of the Agawam Public Library, P.O. Box 478, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.
BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will have a bottle and can drive on March 28 at the center, 954 Main St. Bring your deposits to the back door. Friends will also collect tabs from 9 - 11:30 a.m. for Benjamin Flythe so he can earn his Boy Scout Eagle badge. He will then give them to Shriners Hospital.
VERA BRADLEY FASHION SHOW
Cooper's Curtains and Gifts, Main Street, will unveil a newly remodeled store with a Spring Fling Vera Bradley Fashion Show on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Kohl's of W. Spfld. will be providing the fashions to compliment the new Vera Bradley line. This will be a fundraising event for the Ronald McDonald House of Spfld. There will also be a special raffle with all proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. This event is free and open to the public.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center meeting will be on April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Hall on the second floor opposite the Friends coffee shop. Get there early and get a free cup of coffee at 7 a.m.
Readers will meet at 1 p.m. on March 30 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., to discuss "Selling the Light of Heaven" by Suzanne Strempek Shea. The book selection for April is "The Italian Class" by Maeve Binchey. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.
An informal singing group meets on Thursdays at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. No one is a star, it is just a fun time to enjoy an hour of singing. Irene Wyman leads the group and words are provided. For more info call 534-3698.
SPRING TAG SALE
A spring tag sale will take place at Holy Mother of the Rosary Church hall at 26 Bell St. on March 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each day. Quality items, jewelry, bric-a-brac and many one-of-a-kind items will be featured. Delicious Polish food and assorted baked goods will be available.
CHICOPEE TRAVEL CLUB
The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on March 30 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Trips to Mohegan Sun, Macy's Flower Show, Foxwoods, The Four Aces "On Golden Pond," The Odd Couple, The Majestic Lighthouse Cruise, Lobster Playhouse, "Don t Dress for Dinner," and "Sweet Charity" are currently open. Those interested in traveling should attend this meeting to guarantee reserving a space. A $2 deposit will reserve a spot. When the remaining balance is paid, a seat on the bus will be assigned. For more info call the travel desk located in the center at 534-3698, noon to 3 p.m.
EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST
Come hippity hopping and join us for a pancake breakfast and get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! We will also have face painting, Chinese auction, lottery basket raffle and lots of other activities (small fees apply). March 29 from 8 a.m. - noon at St. Joan - St. George, 587 Grattan St. Tickets: $5 per person, children under three free. All funds collected will benefit the talented dancers of the Dance Center.
PHOTO SHARE DAY
St. Stanislaus will be celebrating 100 years of memories on March 29, 1 - 3 p.m. St. Stanislaus School Hall, Front Street. Do you have photos and memories of you or your family's history at St. Stan's? Bring your photos and albums, bring your friends and family, bring your memories. An afternoon of photo and story sharing. RSVP and questions to Eileen at 594-6564.
Any person interested in seeking elected office in Granby must take out papers from the town clerk no later than March 26 in order to be placed on the May 18 ballot. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.
The annual town meeting will take place May 11. The last day to file a private warrant article for town meeting is March 30. In order for a private warrant article to appear on the annual meeting warrant, a petitioner must acquire 10 signatures of registered voters in the town. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.
FINE FREE WEEK
The Granby Public Library will be hosting a Fine Free Week March 24 - 28. Patrons who have overdue library materials may return them to the library along with any coffee, tea or beverage mix and we will waive your current fines. All items will be donated to the Granby Food Pantry located at the Granby Council on Aging. Donating is a great way to help the community even if you do not have any fines. Any questions, call the library at 467-3320.
On April 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Carol Kostecki will lead a hands-on demo in the tradition of decorating eggs, known as pisanki -- one of the most cherished cultural expressions of Polish heritage around the Easter holiday. Participants will leave with their own designed and hand-dyed Easter eggs. Fee is $30 per person. Appropriate for children 12 years and over (adults welcome). All supplies will be provided. Call the Wistariahurst Museum to register at 322-5660.
Six dance majors and minors from Mount Holyoke College embrace the stage together and create a diverse showcase of budding choreographic talent. Mount Holyoke's elementary composition class will open the show each night with an improvisational dance. Embodied will take place at Mount Holyoke's Chapin Auditorium March 26 at 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 538-2848. Admission is free.
"IN THE STILL"
"In the Still," a dance concert featuring the choreography of Mount Holyoke seniors Kim Allen, Merli Guerra, and Katilin McCarthy, will take place on March 28 at 8 p.m. and March 29 at 2 p.m. at Mount Holyoke College's Chapin Auditorium. Admission is free. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 493-4542 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
EASTERN BUNNY BREAKFAST
Breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny will be sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club on April 5 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Rec Center on Powder Mill Road. The all you can eat breakfast will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. Prizes will be raffled and the Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Cost for breakfast is $7 per adult, $5 for children under 12. For more info call 569-3447.
Lenten lunches at St. Catherine's social center, 1023 Parker St., every Friday through April 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, beverage and dessert for $5. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Survival Center.
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, breakfast and tour on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.
ROAST PORK DINNER
The Ladies Glee Club and the Mens Singing Section of the Springfield Turnverein located at 176 Garden St. in Feeding Hills invites everyone to join them on March 27 for their roast pork dinner. The dinner will be served from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and coffee or tea. Tickets are $8. Reservations may be made by calling the club at 786-0924 or Wilma Gillan at 786-4671. Reservation deadline is March 25. Music will be provided by Christl with her accordion.
A Showcase Cinemas movie ticket will be given to all presenting donors at the Red Cross blood mobile at Raymour & Flanigan, 665 Boston Rd., on March 25 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appt.'s will have priority. For an appt., call 1-800-448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. A positive ID is required, and all blood types are needed.
PAC MEET AND GREET
Members of the Springfield Public Schools Special Education Dept. will be joining the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) for a special meet and greet on April 1. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about the programs and services that are available to their children with special ed. needs. Attendance will help you to put a face to a name, allow you to ask questions and have your voices heard. PAC meetings are open to the public and free of charge and meet in the small cafeteria at Central High, 1840 Roosevelt Ave. For more info about the PAC, call facilitator Diane Purchase at 787-7194 or visit sps.springfield.ma.us/pac/.
SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH MASS
Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, will offer a Sunday night Youth Mass at 6 p.m. every Sunday through the Lenten season. This Mass will feature contemporary music and a service geared to teens and young adults. All are welcome.
STEPS TO POSITIVE PARENTING
A six-week Thursday program titled "Steps To Positive Parenting" will take place from 6:15 - 8 p.m. on April 2, 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, led by Barbara Tytell and Sandy Murphy, adjustment counselors for the school dept. The first evening of the series will be at Moseley School. Register by calling Donna Gosselin at 562-9621.
Grace Lutheran Church s April book discussion will take place in the church parlor on April 19 at 11 a.m. The book discussed will be "The Book Thief" by Marcus Zusak which takes place in Germany during and after World War II. This is a story of courage, friendship, love, survival, death and grief. All are invited. For more info call Carolyn at 739-0790.
BASIC COMPUTER SERIES
The W. Spfld. Public Library will offer a series of four free basic computer classes for adults as a Saturday series (April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.) or a Tuesday series (April 7, 14, 21, 28 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.). Registration is required, beginning March 27 at 9 a.m. for W. Spfld. residents and March 28 at 9 a.m. for all outside town. Call 736-4561 ext. 3 to reserve a space.