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Town Events, Oct. 14 - Oct. 21

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam Cultural Council's Applause Series will continue with author Roland Merullo on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. He will speak about his writing and his latest work, "The Italian Summer," an account of his time at Italy's Lake Como with his wife and two daughters. He will be happy to answer questions and sign books. For more info about this free program, call the library at 789-1550.

Agawam Junior and Senior High School band will join forces on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the home football game. The students will play in unity at half time. The band keeps the crowd going with their inspirational tunes to cheer on the players.

The Agawam Dept. of Public Works has started construction of the first phase of a sewer expansion project in the southwest area of the town. Construction will occupy one lane of South Westfield Street (Rte. 187) between Rte. 57 and Pine Street for 2 - 4 weeks. One lane of traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays and seek alternate routes if possible. Thank you in advance for your patience.

There will be a meeting for those going on the Senior Travel Club's Eastern Caribbean Cruise Nov. 6 - 15 at 10 a.m. on Oct. 21 in the Oak Room of the center. For further info contact the travel desk at 534-3698 from noon - 3 p.m.

Open House
Side BY Side PTO presents Side By Side's 15th anniversary open house. Join us for face painting, Knights of Columbus Council 4044 Clown unit. Kids can "trick or treat" through the classrooms making crafts then enjoy refreshments (hot dogs, drinks and more) 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at Side By Side Preschool & Child Care Center, 27 Streiber Dr. Questions? Call 532-2388.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for you is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. An Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group meets monthly on the third Wed. On Oct. 21 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one, at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this meeting. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 19 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 you may have. 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.

The 33rd annual St. Stanislaus Parish Bazaar will take place the weekend of Oct. 17 and 18 at St. Stanislaus School/Parish Center, 534 Front St. The hours are Sat., noon - 8 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be a Polish/American kitchen featuring our delicious pierogi, golumbki, and kapusta as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes, fried dough and more. There will be plenty of handmade items along with a large variety of items to purchase for your family and friends. There will be games and raffles for all ages, including bounce house (weather permitting). Admission is free.

Vendor/craft fair at Fairview Memorial Middle School, 26 Memorial Ave., Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Table rental: a table and one item for raffle 6' at $30 or 12' at $50. If interested contact Susan at 533-4511 or Mary at 221-7866.

The Society of Polish American Culture will present Kazimier Barut who will speak on his life in Poland and in the Polish Army during World War II at the Oct. 19 meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. Barut has been in the United States since 1956. He is now a Chicopee resident and has written several articles about his Polish background. Recently, he returned from a reunion of fellow servicemen and women who were at the famous "Battle of Monte Cassino" and will tell us about that event as well as share pictures taken there. The public is invited free of charge and light refreshments will be served.

The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Trips to Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker," Victorian Christmas at Williams Inn are currently open. The Florida-Eastern Caribbean trip planned for November is also open. The annual February Fest taking place Feb. 21 and featuring a Hawaiian theme will be opened. Travelers who are 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 534-3698.

Readers will meet in the senior center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 to discuss Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." The selection for the November meeting on Nov. 30 is "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor. The Chicopee Public Library is providing assistance with obtaining books for the club. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.

In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group at the senior center and being with others can help you to feel better. The next meeting will take place on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee for this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. If you would like more info, call 534-3698.

There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group discusses a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics that a member of the group may wish to discuss. The next meeting will be on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok 534-3698.

Alan Banusewicz, SHINE counselor, will explain Medicare Part D and the choices available through various plan. Reps from Health New England and Fallon will describe their plans for coverage. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 in the Oak Room of the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. To register or for more info call the center at 534-3698.

Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish will sponsor its annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 13 and 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the parish auditorium located at 26 Bell St. The parish has developed an excellent reputation for delicious, traditional Polish and American food. The HMR Crafters have created unique items for sale and for prizes. A variety of game booths and different raffles will be featured. Admission is free.

New York City trip Dec. 12. Meet at Holy Cross parking lot, Holyoke, or at Big Y shopping plaza. We will stop on the way for a pit stop. On your own for the day shop go to a show. Call Anita for details at 534-0383.

The October meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artist Assoc. will take place on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. The meeting will feature an oil painting demo by artist Don Snow. Snow is a mixed media artist working primarily in oils who teaches in his home studio. He has won many awards throughout the northeast and been represented at a New Jersey gallery and in one-man shows. The meeting is open to the public.

Fall rummage/bake sale Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow. Good used clothing, household items, baked goods.

On Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. Wistariahurst will present the play "Love Letters" by A. R. Gurney, in the intimate setting of the music room. The play traces the lifelong correspondence and bittersweet relationship of artist Melissa Gardner and lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and explores the hopes and dreams that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. "Love Letters" is sponsored by the Friends of Wistariahurst to benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Tickets are $15; $10 students, seniors and members of the Friends of Wistariahurst. For info call 322-5660 or visit www.wistariahurst.org.

The Holyoke Council on Aging has scheduled a series of Community Conversations/Visioning Sessions to take place Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial, 310 Appleton St. A Community Conversation conducted in Spanish will take place Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at the War Memorial. The purpose of the sessions is to seek input from community members as we begin creating a vision for a new senior center. All are welcome. For more info contact Kathy Bowler at 322-5625.

Reorienting U.S. Health Reform
Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m., Gamble Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College. "Reorienting U.S. Health Reform Toward Health for All," a lecture, will be presented by Erika Blacksher, research scholar and bioethicist, examining the ethical and policy implications of the widening inequalities of health in the U.S. population. For more info call 538-3419.

Organ Concert
Oct. 16, 7 p.m., St. Theresa's Church, 9 E. Parkview. Organ concert performed by Almuth Roessler, organist. Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, Springfield chapter and the Mount Holyoke Music Dept. For more info call 538-2306.

Lisette Model & Her Successors
Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Art Museum, Mount Holyoke College. "Beyond Convention: Lisette Model and Her Successors," a lecture from Jane Gronau, education coordinator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, explores the work of this important group of American photographers. For more info call 538-2096.

The Little White Church at Gillette Corners will host their annual Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vendors wanted. Cost: $25 per table (nonrefundable). Call 258-4473 or e-mail cdltfl@msn.com for more info. Come join us for the fun at Christ Church UMC at 222 College Hwy (near Big Y). We are handicap accessible.

The Southwick Council on Aging will be hosting their Health and Information Fair on Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Town Hall Auditorium. Avada Hearing will offer free hearing tests, a few vendors will offer free blood pressure screenings and Noble Hospital will offer cholesterol screenings for $5. Light refreshments will be served and we will also be raffling off door prizes.

The Springfield Women's Club is pleased to celebrate its 125th year. The first meeting will be on Oct. 21 at Reeds Landing, Wilbraham Road. Our first guest speaker Lisa Marie Lanno, graphologist, tarot reader and spirit medium. She will give us a little bit about ourselves and maybe what to expect for the future. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow to celebrate our former presidents of the club. The luncheon is $17 and reservations may be made by calling 733-2950. We welcome all that would like to attend.

"A Thankful Heart" Event
A wine and cheese social and book reading/signing with local romance novelist Linda Cardillo will take place at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Cultural Center on Nov. 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. She will read from her new and upcoming novels and books will be available to purchase for personal signing. Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ronald McDonald House and other Philoptochos charities. Get your tickets by calling or e-mailing Susan Alvanos (789-0157 or calvanos@hotmail.com) with limited tickets available at the door. Open to the public; bring a non-perishable item for the Ronald McDonald House.

Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a free lecture with Renee Hastings, HHC, AADP on "Kicking the Sugar Cravings" on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, addicted to sugar and need to be informed of the dangers of this cycle. Learn alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth. Call to register 783-9424 ext. 2.

The St. Vincent DePaul Society of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be hosting an Autumn Fair on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the school auditorium at 36 Margaret St. Numerous boutique and craft vendors will be present, such as Tastefully Simple, Lia Sophia, Hood Home Delivery, Hand Painted Slates, Pet Coats and several others. There will also be a giant tag sale with bargains galore. You can support global fair trade by purchasing such items as olive oil, a variety of chocolate bars, coffee and teas, as well as crafts and Christmas ornaments. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event will be open to the public and admission is free.

Armenian Bazaar
St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church will host its annual Armenian Bazaar on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. in the church hall at 135 Goodwin St., Indian Orchard. Visitors are invited to enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Both traditional Armenian and American baked goods will be featured such as paklava and spinach-cheese pie. Take-out will be available by calling 543-4763. Raffle prizes include a handmade oriental rug, a ladies' watch, an Armenian coin, a handmade clock and Megabucks tickets. Admission and parking are free. For more info call the Church office at 543-4763.

Coming soon is Women of Worship's (WOW) annual fundraiser, the Island Extravaganza. This event is designed to celebrate the smart, funny, colorful and unique qualities of the Caribbean Island culture, while raising money for well-deserved causes. The Island Extravaganza is scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Scibelli Hall Theatre/Building 2, STCC campus. Proceeds will benefit the local community and the Caribbean. For tickets and further info contact WOW at 525-0868 or e-mail wow_mingroup@yahoo.com.

Every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, Springfield.
Though the Mass is geared toward young parishioners, with youth readers and contemporary music, all are welcome.

A VIP (Very Indulgent Party), hosted by Curves and Dress Barn to promote breast cancer awareness, will take place Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Curves, 1916 Wilbraham Rd. Dress Barn fashion show, discounted shopping and health club membership. Liv Aid Breast Cancer Self Exam Kits and Adopt Biscut Breast Cancer Puppy available to purchase for support of breast cancer research. Space and supplies limited to first come first served. VIP Party open to public; RSVP for event to Linda at Curves at 782-7100.

Volunteers In Public Schools of Westfield (VIPS) will host two training sessions for those who are interested in helping students in grades K - 3 improve their reading skills. Trainings will take place Oct. 14, 1 - 2 p.m. at Munger Hill Elementary School and Oct. 20, 10 - 11 a.m. at the Central Office, 22 Ashley St. If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, sign up by calling VIPS at 572-6345 or e-mail vips@schoolsofwestfield.org.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Digital Photo Restoration on Thurs., Oct. 22 - Nov. 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. Student supplies: photographs, USB jump-drive, blank CDs. Register by Oct. 15. Tuition: $39. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at mwalsh@wsc.ma.edu.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Building and Maintaining A Profitable Business on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Instructor David Ewen of Ewen Prime Company, Today's Music Review and Boston Voyager, has held various consulting practices for over 10 years. Register by Oct. 17. Tuition: $19. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at mwalsh@wsc.ma.edu.

The Premier Brass Quintet will perform at First Congregational Church, 18 Broad St., on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The primary mission of the group is to present modern day brass instruments, as well as the history, and examples of historical brass instruments and their metamorphosis and development.

The W.S. Park and Rec Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Newport, R.I., on Dec. 12 to tour two beautiful, old mansions decorated for the holidays Belcourt Castle and Astor's Beechwood. There will be free time for lunch and shopping Newport. Cost includes transportation and tours of each mansion (lunch and a gratuity for bus driver is not included). Bus departs from the municipal parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns at approx. 7:30 p.m. Registrations are being taken at the Park and Rec. office through Nov. 9 or until bus is full. For more info, call 263-3284.

The W.S. Park and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Nov. 28. Bus leaves municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Bus will leave NYC at 5:30 p.m. with a short dinner on the way home (dinner not included in price). Cost: $40/pp (a tip donation for the bus driver will be collected on the way home). Reservations with payment may be made at the Park and Rec. Dept., 26 Central St. For more info or registration forms call 263-3284.

Oct. 18 is Bread for the World Offering of Letters Sunday. Members of Grace Lutheran Church on Rte. 20 will be sending letters following the service to our senators and representatives requesting co-sponsorship of H.R. 2139, the Foreign Assistance Revisalization and Accountability Act to make U.S. foreign assistance more effective. Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision members to end hunger at home and abroad.

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