Town Events, May 5 - May 12
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded in part by the Mass. Cultural Council, is looking for new members.
FREE DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING
On May 21 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Agawam Early Childhood Center and Westfield Infant Toddler will be having a free developmental screening for children birth -- age four. This screening is offered to children who are residents of Agawam or Feeding Hills. Children will be seen by appt. only; contact Christine at the Agawam Early Childhood Center at 821-0597.
The Agawam Band Parents Assoc. is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the Agawam High School band program on June 19 at St. Anne Country Club. Cost: $350/foursome, $100 per individual golfer; includes 18 holes of golf, cart, greens fees, buffet dinner, awards ceremony, door prize raffle and gift. Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, hole in one, closest to the pin and longest drive. To register, visit www.agawamband.org or contact Heidi Marcoullier at 789-6326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BULLYING PREVENTION FORUM
The next Bullying Prevention Community Forum will take place May 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the middle school. Panelists: Dr. Mary Czajkowski, superintendent; State Sen. Stephen Buoniconti; Bill Corbett, author of "Cooperative Kids"; Pastor Susan Feurzeig of Agawam United Methodist Church; Mark Poggi, high school resource officer and more.
WOMEN'S CLUB BANQUET
Agawam Catholic Women's Club will be hosting its May Banquet on May 10 at the Casa Di Lisa Restaurant. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Chicken Francaise or Bake Atlantic Cod will be the choices. Price: $25/person. Any member planning on attending, send check with your entree choice on your check to Jackie Toussant.
AUTISM OPEN HOUSE
Community Resources for People with Autism will be hosting an Autism Spectrum Disorders open house at the Agawam Public Library on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Jason Litto, family support manager and autism specialist, will be at the library to answer questions and provide current info on resources and events available to local residents. No registration necessary. For more info, call the library at 789-1550 ext. 105.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. May 6: Mother's Day plant sale, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; exercise, 9 a.m.; quilting, 9:30 a.m.; line dancing 2, 10 a.m.; seminar w/Real Results, 12:15 p.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; pitch 1 and 7 p.m.; open art, 1:30 p.m.; melody band, 2 p.m.; zumba, 4 p.m. May 7: tap, 8:30 a.m.; oil painting 9:15 a.m.; walking club or Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; yoga, 11:15 a.m.; Mother's Day luncheon, 11:30 a.m.; cribbage or Internet class at 1 p.m.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet May 11 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.
SPRING TAG, BAKE & PLANT SALE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will be hosting its giant spring tag, bake and plant sale on May 15 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The church will be accepting donations for its tag sale until May 12, Mon. - Fri. from 8 - 11 a.m.
DETOX YOUR BODY
May 12, Rachel Ginther from Abundant Wellness Center at Chicopee Public Library. Some very important benefits of detoxifying your system are: releases toxins and heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, lead; enhances your immune system; assists in weight loss. Ginther has done over 10,000 private sessions, doing bodywork and energywork all over the world. She is available for sessions once a month at the Abundant Wellness Center. Program starts at 6 p.m.
TRICK SHOT ARTIST VISIT
The Chicopee Council on Aging will host a pool trick shot program on May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center featuring Bruce "The Big Guy" Barthelette. He will demonstrate his amazing billiard skills which have earned him a ranking of eighth in the world and the current world record for the highest jump of a ball (15-1/4 inches). To register, call 534-3698.
JIMMY MAZZ CRUISIN THRU '50S
Join the American Bosch Travel Club at the Clarion Hotel, Bristol, Conn., to see Jimmy Mazz's "Cruisin Thru the Fifties" show. Cost: $63. For reservations contact Bob at 592-1542; Syl at 532-4035; or Will at 538-9893.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Meet on May 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions. New members welcome. Info call Jared at 534-3698. Free, although donations are welcome.
EARLY COLLEGE PLANNING
Parents and students in grades 7 - 10 are invited to attend MEFA's free comprehensive presentation on Early College Planning at Ludlow High School May 11 at 6:30 p.m. An experienced MEFA rep. will provide strategies for maximizing opportunities in high school, and cover the essentials of making a financial plan for college. Families will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a year-round resource. Time is allowed for questions and answers.
The Baystate West Chapter of Subvets Inc. will be host their regular meeting on May 16 beginning at 2 p.m. at the WWII Club on Conz Street in Northampton. There will be reports on the submarine visit to New London, Conn., and chapter info. All interested parties are invited to attend. Contact number for further info is 525-5989.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance (ice cream dance) on May 17. Mainstream dance on May 21 (Bali Bali dance). Dances take place at the United Mittineague Methodist Church on Amostown Road in West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Dance are $6 per person and we welcome singles and couples. Spectators are free. We will also be having a plant sale. For info on any dances call Dick Walker at 525-3324.
TRIP TO FOXWOODS
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are hosting a trip to Foxwoods on May 25. Cost: $21. Join us! Call Ann LeBlanc (this month only) at 538-8720 for reservations.
On May 16, the Friends of the Council on Aging will present the play "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney in the Mater Dolorosa Hall at 1:30 p.m. Actors are Barbara Bernard and Seymour Frankel, who performed "Love Letters" to sold out audiences at Panache Productions in Springfield and for fundraisers for the JCC and Wistariahurst. Tickets are $10, $8 for members. Proceeds will benefit the new Senior Center in Holyoke. For info call the Council on Aging at 322-5625 or Marion Tierney at 533-0909.
MOTHER'S DAY CAR WASH
Want to surprise mom, and show her how much you love her? Or do you want to show how much you care for your car? On May 8 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., the eighth grade class of First Lutheran School will host a car wash $5 for every vehicle. Proceeds benefit the class (made up of youth from First Lutheran Church and School, Holyoke, and Trinity Lutheran Church, Easthampton, and other area towns) trip to Philadelphia and Hershey and Lancaster. Have a blast in the parking lot of First Lutheran, 1810 Northampton St. For more info call 527-3311 or 250-2821 or e-mail email@example.com.
WISTERIA VINES IN BLOOM
Wistariahurst Museum, built in 1868, was the home to the William Skinner Family. The property is named for the expansive wisteria vines that cover the mansion. These 100-year-old vines bloom once a year for several weeks. Come enjoy one of the most spectacular displays of wisteria in the Valley now.
WOMEN'S CLUB EXECUTIVE BOARD
The South Hadley Women's Club Executive Board will meet on May 11 at 1 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd., to finalize their fiscal year and divulge their Secret Pals. A Business Meeting will take place May 12 at 11 a.m. at the Orchards Golf Course and the scholarships will be awarded to the S.H. seniors following the luncheon. A handwriting analysis will complete our program for the day.
MOHEGAN SUN, THIMBLE ISLAND
The Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Mohegan Sun and Thimble Island Cruise on July 15 at 7:30 a.m. Cost: $42 and includes bus transportation, $30 bonus for casino and boat cruise and driver gratuities. Sign up at the Senior Center or call Alice at 569-5498.
SPRING LUNCHEON/FASHION SHOW
The Women's League for the Arts will present a spring fashion show featuring selections from All About Me of Hampden at the Colony Club Tower Square on June 3 at noon. This year the league will also award grants totaling $5,500. For info and to purchase tickets, contact Sandra Clark at 596-9878. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Mother's Day Brunch to benefit St. Anthony's Women's Guild at The Cedars May 9 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Cedars, catered by Elegant Affairs, 375 Island Pond Rd. Cost: $23.95; kids 5 - 12, $12.50; kids under 5 are free, plus tax and 18 percent service charge. Make check payable to St. Anthony's Women's Guild and mail to The Cedars, 375 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, MA 01118. Call to reserve your table at 737-7896.
Ultimate Outdoor Bootcamp
The Springfield JCC Health & Fitness Center will offer "Ultimate Outdoor Bootcamp," Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m., May 20, 27, June 3, 10 and 17. Carry sandbags (or your instructor), pull sleds, run trails and dodge obstacles. Nothing is off limits for the few, the proud, the ones not afraid of getting dirty (or wet!). To register, contact the Springfield JCC at 739-4715.
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs will host ballroom dances at Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St., on May 21 with music by Joe Campisi and June 11 with music by Richie Mitnick. Both dances will be from from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Free lesson during intermission. Refreshments. Free parking. Singles welcome. For more info call Kerri at 750-2873. The Community Center is located behind the 16 Acres Library.
DINNER WITH JELUPA
JELUPA Productions announces the return of "Dinner with JELUPA" on May 6 at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. JELUPA Productions Inc. is proud to present a variety show for all ages featuring music, poetry and more. Admission is $12 (includes dinner); cash bar with beer and wine also available. Contact JELUPA at 563-3935, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jelupaproductions.org for tickets and more info.
WOMAN'S FINANCIAL FITNESS
Atty. Michele Feinstein will present "A Woman's Guide to Financial Fitness" May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Free for Springfield JCC members; $15 for the public. Pre-registration strongly recommended by e-mailing email@example.com or calling 739-4715. Program sponsored by Life Lessons, the William & Margery Sadowsky Center of Adult Learning.
BATTLE OF THE BANDS AUDITIONS
Don't Just Sit There (DJST), the Springfield JCC's teen community service group, is seeking teen bands grades 7 - 12 for its 8th Annual Battle of the Bands! Interested bands must audition live May 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. To reserve a time slot, contact Amy Kimball at firstname.lastname@example.org or 739-4715 ext. 322. Bands unable to audition may submit a demo to Kimball by May 7. The Battle of the Bands will be May 30, 6 - 11 p.m. in the Springfield JCC Auditorium.
Get ready to have fun and spin off those excess pounds. The Westfield YMCA is offering an unique Hula Hoop workshop. The hoops are professionally designed and weighted to provide the maximum workout. Learn basic hoop dance moves, flow and rhythm. Boost your cardiovascular workout and create a dynamic connection to your core. The Hula Hoop workshops are offered the second Fri. of each month. Next class is May 14 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. For more info contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.
The Community Education Dept. at Westfield State is offering "Conversational Italian" on May 25 from 6 - 8 p.m. This is the perfect choice for anyone who needs to learn some Italian for travel or studying music and art. Tuition: $69. Register by May 18. For more info or to request a catalog contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034 or e-mail email@example.com.
OPEN HOUSE AT EELWAY
On June 6 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. the Westfield River Watershed Assoc. is sponsoring an open house for the West Springfield Fish Ladder and Eelway. Parking is available at 150 Front St. This is event is free of charge and open to the public. For more info, contact Bill Rose at 786-0195 or Henry Warchol at 562-3467 or visit www.westfieldriver.org.
GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT
The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept is sponsoring a trip to Gloucester and Rockport on July 24. The bus departs from 26 Central St. at 8:45 a.m. and will start in Gloucester with lunch at the Gloucester House Restauran (choices are Yankee pot roast or baked stuff chicken breast state choice when registering). After lunch there will be free time; then we board the bus for Rockport where you will be on your own to view this quaint town. Approx. arrival time home is 7:30 p.m. Registration forms are available to download at www.west-springfield.ma.us then click on Park and Rec. Dept. For more info call 263-3284.