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Town Events May 4 - 11

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder
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AGAWAM
SEN.WELCH'S OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James T. Welch will be at the Agawam Public Library on May 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. to meet with constituents. To contact Senator Welch or Ross Hildonen, his director of constituent services, please call 737-7756.

CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council will meet on May 10 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. Individuals interested in providing cultural events for the town are encouraged to attend. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is looking for new members.

CASINO TRIP FUND-RAISER
The Agawam Education Association (A.E.A.) is hosting a trip to the Mohegan Sun Casino to benefit its scholarship fund on May 6. Bus leaves Agawam High School at 4 p.m.; returns between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. Cost:$25/person; includes $15 food voucher or $15 in gaming coupons. Leave message for Jane at 563-5926 or e-mail her at sauterjane@hotmail.com.

FELINE FRIENDS TAG SALE
This fund-raising tag sale on May 13 to 15 is for Feline Friends cat sanctuary, a no kill shelter that rescues rehabilitates and places cats in loving caring homes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 391 Suffield St. Items to be donated can be dropped off at the above address on Thursday evenings between 4 and 6 p.m.. Rain dates will be May 20 to 22. All proceeds to benefit feline friends cat sanctuary.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The Agawam Garden club will meet May 10 at 7p.m. at Quail Run Estates, 50 Cardinal Drive off Cooper Street. Speaker: Barbara Schaedler; topic: dividing perennials. The Garden Club Scholarship will be presented to the winner this evening.

CHICOPEE
SEN.WELCH'S OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James T. Welch will be at the Chicopee Public Library on May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon to meet with constituents. To contact Senator Welch or Ross Hildonen, his director of constituent services, please call 737-7756.

MOHEGAN SUN
A trip to Mohegan Sun on May 11 will leave from American Legion Post #452, 37 Exchange St. Cost: $22, casino package. For more info call Dot at 788-6835. Bus leaves at 7:15 a.m.

HOMESTEAD LAW PROGRAM
The Chicopee S.A.L.T. Council in conjunction with the Hampden County Registry of Deeds will be offering a Homestead Law Program on May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. The goal of this program is to educate older adults about the recent legislative changes in the Massachusetts Homestead Law. Register Donald Ashe will be the speaker. To register, call 534-3698.

CHOLESTEROL TESTING
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help people do this, on May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. 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.

"LIVING AGAIN"
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, whether recent or sometime ago will take place May 10 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For info, call Jared, 534-3698 or Irene, 594-6092.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting of the Council on Aging's Diabetes Support Group will be on May 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage diabetes. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge although donations are welcome.

ARTS/CRAFT INSTRUCTORS SOUGHT
The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 South St., is currently looking for people from artisans to the curious willing to share their passions for the arts by teaching what they know. Individuals interested in sharing their skills can contact Marie Hamel at 532-0465 or visit the Center's Web site at www.holyokecac.org.

QUABBIN VALLEY TWIRLERS
Group will host its monthly square dance on May 14 at the Christ Community Church, 103 Springfield St. Mainstream dance will be from 8 to 10:30 p.m., with Gloria Vivier calling and Laura Knight cueing. All Western style square dancers welcome. Fee is $6. Refreshments served. For more information call Fran at 467-3352.

"CAROUSEL"
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on Aug. 21 to see the musical "Carousel" at the MacHaydn Theatre in Chatham, N.Y. Buffet lunch before the show at Whitestone Cafe. Cost: $65 and includes the bus, show, buffet and gratuities. Call the travel club at 534-3698 for more info or to sign up.

"CABARET"
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to the Summer Music Theatre in Merideith Village, Vt. on Aug. 4 to see "Cabaret" the musical. Lunch at Hart's Turkey Farm before the show. Cost: $76 and includes the bus, lunch, show and gratuities. Call the travel club at 534-3698 for info.

THIMBLE ISLAND CRUISE
Take a Thimble Island cruise and trip to Gillette Castle on July 10 with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club. Includes motor coach, tour castle, waterfront lunch at Dock and Dine, narrated Thimble Island cruise and driver's gratuity. Contact the travel club at 534-3698. Tour cost: $71.

GRANBY
RESIDENTIAL OPTIONS FOR SENIORS
On May 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Granby Senior Center will host a seminar or residential options for seniors, featuring representatives from residential, short- and long-term care facilities who will be able to answer questions about the various options available. Light refreshments. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Elderly. Space is limited; call Nancy at 467-9323, to reserve your spot.

TANGLEWOOD TRIP
The Friends of Granby Elderly is sponsoring a trip to Tanglewood on Aug. 2. Concert will feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, conductors James Levine, John Williams and Christoph Eschenbach. Fireworks follow concert. Seating in the Shed.Tickets are $55 for bus and concert. Contact Nancy at 467-9323 for reservations.

HOLYOKE
TAG SALE
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Ave., will have a tag sale on May 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. On May 7, St. Peter's Youth will have a car wash, weather permitting, and will offer a hot dog lunch. Donations will be accepted at the church May 2 to 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 6 to 9 p.m. For more info, call 536-3369 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

WISTARIAHURST GARDEN TALK
On May 11 at 6 p.m. Master Gardener Mary Morse will talk about new developments in that old garden standby, the peony. Visitors can view the new varieties of herbaceous peonies, Tree Peonies, and the new ITOH hybrids. Presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners and Western Mass Master Gardeners. All talks are a $5 donation to benefit museum at 238 Cabot St.

SOUTH HADLEY
GIANT TAG SALE
A giant tag sale will take place on June 18 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, fun and games will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will support the South Hadley Food Pantry Fund, Camp Calumet Scholarships, New Church Sign and Capital Improvement Fund. For more info or to donate, call Larry Tucker at 533-4092 or Tammy O'Connell at 333-9039.

SOCIAL CONNECTION
The Social Connection Over 50 Group will meet May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Road. Come to the cooking show, where participants will learn how to create a variety of delicious salads and eat them too. Reservations required by May 4 by calling 533-1925. Cost: $5 and includes lunch.

SOUTHWICK
COA MEETING
The Southwick council on Aging will host its monthly meeting on May 9 at the Senior Center.

SENIOR CENTER MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
Trip is scheduled for May 31. Cost is $16 per person. Receive $15 toward food and three $5 bets. Leave the center at 7:30 a.m.; leave the casino at 3 p.m. Call or stop by to sign up 569-5498.


ROAST PORK DINNER
The annual Roast Pork Dinner at St. Barnabas & All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., will take place May 7 at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and younger. Takeout available. Call 567-7762 or 732-2981 for reservations.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer will take place May 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. More than 40,000 events will be conducted throughout the nation. People from many congregations in the Pioneer Valley will be gathering at the downtown Court Square in front of the Old First Church. Pastors from the area will be leading the people in prayer for our nation, cities and communities. For more info call 782-7171.

FREE COMPOST MATERIAL
The Department of Public Works and the Parks Department are once again offering free compost material to the residents of Springfield. The material is available for pick-up at Blunt Park parking lot next to shed seven days week from 7:30a.m. to 7 p.m. until supply is depleted. For more info, call Greg Superneau at 787-6075.

GREEN e-CYCLING EVENT
South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St., will host a Green e-Cycling Event on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will benefit the church's Elevator Handicap Accessibility Fund. Cost: $5 per item, with the exception of TVs, which will be $10. No charge for batteries. For more info, contact Susan Rice at 732-8137 or snrice@comcast.net or Bob McCarroll at 736-0629.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host a Blessing of the Animals Service outside on the front lawn on May 14 at 4 p.m. All are welcome. People are invited to bring their well-behaved pets to be blessed by Rev. John Mueller. Special music and some special guests will be a part of this outdoor celebration. For more info, call 737-5311.

ISRAEL DAY
The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., invites the community to Israel Day on May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come shop at the Shuk, at the Israeli caf , learn to Israeli dance, watch cooking demonstrations, etc. A film for teens will be shown at 7 p.m. No admission fee. For more info, e-mail klc@tbespringfield.org or call 737-0170.

WELCH'S OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James Welch will have office hours at Springfield Mason Square Library on May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. For more info, call 737-7756.

SURVIVORS, CAREGIVERS FORUM
American Stroke Association Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Forum will take place at MassMutual Center on May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $5 and includes a light breakfast and sit down lunch. For more info, call 413-827-0400.

HEART WALK
American Heart Association will have its annual Pioneer Valley Heart Walk at Forest Park on May 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. A kid's zone includes a bounce house, games and entertainment. To register or for more info, call 827-0400 or visit www.pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a Mainstream Dance on May 6 with Jim DeNigris calling and Beverly MacKay cuing. This will be our N"Ice" Cream Nite Dance. Dances take place at the United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Road from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $7 per person; spectators are free. For info call Dick Walker at 525-3324.

SEN.WELCH'S OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James T. Welch will be at the West Springfield Senior Center on May 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to meet with constituents. To contact Senator Welch or Ross Hildonen, his director of constituent services, please call 737-7756.

O'KEEFE-STYLE PASTEL WORKSHOP
The West Springfield Public Library will host a workshop, "The Art of Georgia O'Keeffe: How to Pastel Paint Flowers," May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Instructor is Gregory Maichak, faculty member of the Springfield Museum Studio School. All materials included. Free, but space limited and registration required. Call 736-4561 x 3 or stop in to reserve a seat.

BEGINNING SCRAP BOOKING
Christine Ventulett will teach a five-week class in scrap booking for beginners at the West Springfield Senior Center, 128 Park St., beginning on May 5. Class meets from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $25.

'START SMART' SPORTS PROGRAM The West Springfield Park & Recreation Department is offering a 'Start Smart' program for children ages 3 to 5 , focusing on developing throwing, catching, batting, kicking, dribbling and running skills. Parents required to attend and participate at each class. Meet at Vets Field, on City View Ave. beginning May 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. Fee is $45 for West Springfield residents; $50 for non-residents. Info: 263-3284.

FREE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS
The West Springfield Public Library will host a two-part basic photography class May 4 and 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Instructor is Larry Delgrego. Free and open to the public. The West Springfield Public Library is located at 200 Park St. Please call 736-4561 with any questions.

WESTFIELD
HULA HOOP WORKOUT
For adults, presented by the YMCA of Greater Westfield May 13 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Large weighted hoop; control and create the rhythm. Cost $10 for YMCA members; $15 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Hula hoops provided. For more information, contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631x323.

HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and his Legislative Aide, Maura Cassin, will have public office hours at the Westfield Athenaeum May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Reed Room. All are welcome to come, visit, and share their thoughts or concerns.

ADOPT A CAT, KITTEN
The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no kill rescue organization, has many beautiful cats and kittens ready for adoption. E-mail denisesinico-@hotmail.com or call 568-6964. Adoptions also offered at 1124 East Mountain Road on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m and other days/times by request.

DONATIONS URGENTLY NEEDED
The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no-kill shelter, recently took in a large number of cats and kittens. Donations of canned kitten and cat food, towels, laundry detergent, bleach, heavy duty 33 gallon trash bags, disposable gloves, cat litter, masking tape and paper towels urgently needed at 1124 East Mountain Road. Cash also needed for vet care. Info., e-mail denisesinico@hotmail.com.

INSTRUCTORS NEEDED
Greater Westfield American Red Cross needs instructors for the Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide monthly programs. Qualification: current licensed LPN or RN; four years of documentable experience in long-term care; letter from current or past employer documenting employment history; educational requirements. Call the Red Cross at 562-9684.



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