Town Events, Oct. 22 - Oct. 29
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be having a half-chicken and spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad and strawberry shortcake on Oct. 24 from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purcahsed at the Senior Center or from Ken or Rose Berry. This will probably be our last dinner at the old Senior Center.
SLIME TIME FALL FUN FESTIVAL
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a Free Slime Time Fall Fun Festival on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be games, prizes, candy, a bounce house and soup cook-off. This event will happen rain or shine and all are welcome.
FUN AT THE ATRIUM
St. David's Episcopal Church is inviting children, teens, moms and dads to visit with the residents of the Atrium (located on Cooper Street) on Oct. 23 from 4:15 - 5 pm. This is a time of games and sharing. All welcome.
PILGRIMAGE FOR PEACE
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. and Christ Church Cathedral will host the "Peace Pilgrims" in community conversation for Peace, Justice and Care of Creation on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 37 Chestnut St. in Springfield. For more info, or to RSVP contact Sandi Hills at 737-4786 ext. 23 or email@example.com.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER
The First Baptist Church, 760 Main St., will host a roast beef supper on Nov. 1 at 5:30 p.m. Menu: salad, sliced roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, rolls and butter, dessert and beverage. Cost: $9 for adults, $4 for children ages five - 12, under five are free. Reservation deadline is Oct. 28. Call 786-1993 or 786-8609.
The Friends of Robinson State Park will host a free guided walk with Blozan co-founder of Eatern Native Tree Society on Oct. 30 at 10 a.m. Participants should meet at ticket booth at the park's main gate on North Street. This is a two-hour walk and lecture, rain or shine. Visit www.friendsofrobinsonstatepark.org .
TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE
Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Nov. 3. The title of his seminar will be "Turning 65 and Medicare." The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare.
Bereavement outreach of St. Stanislaus Basilica will host a grief support group on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m. and will meet at the St. Hyacinth Senior Friars Residence at the back of the church parking lot on the last Saturday of every month. Contact the Ministry of Care, 592-2786, or Sr. Mary D'Angelo at the convent, 594-6444, if you have any questions. Upcoming meetings: Nov. 29, Dec. 27, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25.
A trip to Foxwoods, Nov. 12, leaving from American Legion Post #452, 37 Exchange St., at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20, with bonus of free buffet and $10 in Keno play. For more info, call Dot between 4 and 5 p.m. at 788-6835.
The Granby Public Library's "In Stitches" knitting circle is planning their third annual Knitting Fashion Show for Nov. 8. We are looking for knitters and crocheters to exhibit their work. If you are an experienced knitter or a novice and you have a project that you are proud of let us show it off for you. All entries must be submitted by Oct. 25. Contact Jeanne Crosby at the library after 3 p.m. at 467-3320 for more info or to share ideas.
The Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. announced that the Halloween "Spooktacular" will take place at Holyoke Heritage State Park on Oct. 25 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. The Holyoke High School Fall Festival will take place in conjunction. Join together for a costume parade at 1 p.m. at the Merry-Go-Round; tour a haunted house at the Visitor's Center at Holyoke Heritage State Park; and listen to nationally known storyteller Tom McCabe at the Children's Museum. Merry-Go-Round and admission to the Children's Museum are half price with costume. This family event is designed for children ages two - 10. The Holyoke High School Fall Festival will include crafters, games for kids of all ages, and other items for sale.
Hiking the Holyoke Range
On Oct. 26, starting at 9 a.m., leaders will be Dave and Suzy Gallup. Meeting place: Notch Visitors Center, Rte. 116 in Amherst. Join us for a hike through the Holyoke Range. After lunch on the summit of Norwotuck, we will hike to the "horse caves." Here we will trace the steps of Daniel Shays (c. 1787). Wear sturdy footwear and bring a snack/lunch and water. This is a three-mile moderately strenuous hike. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
Safe Kids of Western Mass. and the Holyoke Fire Dept. will be hosting a Halloween party for all children under 12. Oct. 24, 2 - 5 p.m., 600 High St. Come in costume to trick or treat! Magic show, games, snacks, pumpkin decorating, treats, toys and refreshments. For more info call Maria Pelchar at the Fire Prevention Bureau at 534-2254.
ELKS SPAGHETTI SUPPER
On Oct. 30 the Holyoke Lodge of Elks 902 will serve an all you can eat spaghetti supper at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, spaghetti with Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters six - 12, and free for tots five and under.
ANNUAL HARVEST SUPPER
The United Methodist Church, 30 Carew St., will host its Annual Harvest Supper on Nov. 1 from 5 - 7 p.m. Menu: butternut squash soup, chicken supreme, parsley potatoes, squash, rolls, apple pie and more. Adults, $9, children 8 - 17, $5, children under eight, free. For reservations call 532-0500. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Menu: tortellini soup, tossed salad, pot roast, boiled red potatoes, roasted root vegetables, bread, apple crisp, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out is available by reservation. We will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.
The Southwick Park & Rec. Dept. will be hosting their annual Halloween Party on Oct. 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Town Hall Community Center. There will be pumpkins to decorate, movies to watch, yummy treats to be devoured and a hayride.
HALLOWEEN POT LUCK
The Southwick Senior Center is having a Halloween Pot Luck Luncheon on Oct. 30 at noon. Pianist Joyce Platt will be performing starting at 11 a.m. Sign up in the office or call at 569-5498. We ask that you bring a dish.
BROWN BAG DISTRIBUTION
Brown Bag distribution at the Southwick Senior Center will be on Nov. 10.
WestSide Tappers will be performing their Holiday Show in the Town Hall Auditorium on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served but feel free to bring in something if you'd like.
The Southwick Senior Center is having a fall/winter holiday fashion show on Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. - noon. We would love to have a good crowd to see our volunteers display all the new fashions being provided by the Dress Barn in Westfield.
The Southwick Senior Center will be celebrating all seniors birthdays that are in September, October and November after lunch is served on Nov. 20. Sign up with us in the office or call at 569-5498.
The Southwick Senior Center will have to cancel all classes on Nov. 4 due to the elections. We also had to cancel Monday Jazzercise due to the lack of interest.
Southwick Senior Center would like to start a new class on Mondays at 10 a.m. called ZUMBA Gold. It's aerobic dancing to Latin music. If anyone would be interested call the center at 569-5498.
Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Nov. 2, take a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino; bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.
TRINITY METHODIST ARTS & CRAFTS
Historic Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host their 5th Fall Arts & Crafts Festival from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. They will offer the work of over 30 community vendors, featuring delectable homemade goodies, handmade articles, a kids corner for face painting and craft making, caricatures and much more. Admission is free. Back by popular demand, coffee, homemade soups, sandwiches and desserts will be available as well. This event is handicap accessible. All proceeds to benefit Trinity United Methodist Church.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a Gospel Concert at the church on Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. The concert is a fundraiser for replacement of the present heating system. Cost is $10 per person. The featured artist will be Evenus Thompson. Other artists will be Elder Willie Naylor Pastor Derrick Sams, Beverly Watkins-Jenkins, Caribbean American Cultural Center Folk Singers, Marylouise Rutherford, St. Peter's Church Choir, Center Stage Dance Group, John Voltz, Oswald Howard, Charles Harewood and others. The public is invited. For tickets and more info, call the church office at 736-8567 or Vera at 783-9824.
THE CLUTTER DOCTOR
The Center for Business and Technology at STCC announced that Carleen Hoffman, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Doctor Inc. of East Longmeadow will present her very popular and effective workshop "Conquering Clutter in Your Personal and Professional Life" on Oct. 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested individuals can call 755-4225 or 755-4501 to enroll or to request a copy of the detailed brochure.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Holiday Craft Fair sponsored by St. Catherine of Siena Women's Guild will take place Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Crafts galore, Chinese auction, raffle, baked goods, game room and hot lunch. Admission is free. Any questions call Ronnie Scott at 547-2836.
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Workshop Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings cost $20. Workshop on table tipping from 3 - 5 p.m. for $20. For info or to book readings or the workshop, call Denise at 519-9669.
JCC PLAYERS PRESENT "CARNIVAL"
Will be performed Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; and Nov. 2, 2 p.m., at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children; and $20 patron reserved seating. To purchase tickets, stop by the JCC or call 739-4715.
WINTER CLOTHING & BLANKET DRIVE
Seventh annual winter clothing and blanket drive Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot St. (parking lot behind St. Michael's Cathedral, State Street). Help others keep warm this winter. Drop off clean blankets (including baby blankets), winter clothing, especially children's parkas, boots, scarfs, mittens, gloves and hats. Non-perishable food also accepted.
JIM KAPLAN TO SPEAK
Former Sports Illustrated writer and author Jim Kaplan will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Oct. 24. His topic will be his latest book, "Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs; Baseball's Grand (and not-so-grand) Finales" which he co-authored with Bill Chuck. The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, and is a proud member of Rotary International. The Rotary luncheon, with guest speaker Jim Kaplan, is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Bob Dambrov at 537-9294 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
On Oct. 23 Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Larry Lirot on "Fall Floral Arrangements." Lirot, expert landscape consultant, continues his lecture series with instruction on creating beautiful eye-catching floral arrangements! The event will take place at 2 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.
"SURVIVOR" BOOK READING
The Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd., will host a book reading by Karen Condon author of "Are You a Survivor?" in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Condon wrote the book during and after her treatment for breast cancer in 2001-02. The reading is free-of-charge and open to the public. For more info, call 782-5500.
On Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the Athenaeum will present jazz musicians Ellen Cogen and Gary Culver. They've played extensively throughout New England as a duo and as members of other jazz popular ensembles. Come listen and let this wonderful jazz duo entertain you with their sensitively improvised renditions of jazz standards we all know and love.
Fall Craft & Vendor Show
On Oct. 25 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. All crafters and vendors have made a donation to the Amercian Breast Cancer foundation. Italian Club, 57 Katherine St. For more info call 374-3283 or e-mail EventsandEverything@live.com.
The Westfield Athenaeum will present a lecture on the history of the Hampshire-Hampden Canal on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Canal historians Dr. Carl Walter and Ruth Hummel will be the guest speakers. Items in the Athenaeum's historical museum pertaining to the canal will also be on display for viewing before and after the lecture. Refreshments will be served. For more info, contact the Athenaeum at 562-0716.
"SURVIVOR" BOOK READING
The Cancer House of Hope, 86 Court St., will host a book reading by Karen Condon, author of "Are You a Survivor?" in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Condon wrote the book during and after her treatment for breast cancer in 2001-02. The reading is free of charge and open to the public. For more info, call 562-0110.
YOUTH BASKETBALL AT YMCA
There is still time to register for the YMCA of Greater Westfield's three divisions of youth basketball for this winter. The divisions are set up to play on Saturdays as follows: ages 7 - 9 and 10 - 12, Nov. 8 - March 7 late morning to early afternoon; ages 5 - 6, Dec. 6 - Feb. 28 mid-morning. The older two age groups also have occasional early evening practices during the season. Registration is being accepted daily. Call George Hart, Youth Sports Director, at 568-8631 for more info.
The YMCA's Fright Night hosted by the YMCA Leaders Club will take place Oct. 24 - 25 the YMCA of Greater Westfield. The family carnival will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. From 8 - 10 p.m. on Friday and 7 - 10 p.m. on Saturday, the Y will have the haunted mansion. Admission to the haunted mansion is $2 for 12 and under and $3 for 13 and up. For more info, contact Bridget Daley at 568-8631.
Film critics Frederick Gooding and Khalid Patterson from the online magazine the Minority Reporter will present "You Mean There's Race In My Movie?" at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 in Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State College. The event is part of the college's Guest Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. The speakers offer a presentation that critically analyzes the issue of race in mainstream movies.
STATE REP. OFFICE HOURS
Westfield State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and his Chief of Staff Sarah Latour will have public office hours at Zuber's Ice Cream & Deli, 98 Southwick Rd. on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. They will be available to meet with Westfield constituents to discuss state matters.They are also available to meet with constituents at their district office, 64 Noble St. No appointment is necessary.
SLAVE TRADE LECTURE
Angela Keiser and Rachel Burcin will present "Emptying the Pockets of Forgetfulness," about the world slave trade, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State College. This is free and open to the public. The speakers will discuss of UNESCO Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project: Breaking The Silence (TST Project), an innovative global curriculum initiative in Africa, Europe and the Americas aimed at understanding of the magnitude and New World impact of the transatlantic slave trade.
The West Springfield Coin Club will host its semi-annual Coin Show at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave., from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Oct. 26. Coin dealers will be exhibiting as well as buying and selling coins and giving free appraisals. Admission and parking is free. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871. The Dante Club is located across from the grounds of the Big E.
Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will host a rummage sale in the church hall on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Used, but usable clothing and tag sale items are needed. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match the money made at the tag sale, which will be used for various church programs. If you have any used but usable items you would like to donate, call Martha at 568-8033.
MERRICK CLEAN UP DAY
The Precinct 1 & 2 Neighborhood Committee and Community Police are sponsoring a Merrick clean up day on Oct. 25 to clean the streets of litter. Volunteers will meet in the Corson Playground on Main Street at 9 a.m. for donuts and juice and will then divide into teams to walk the streets picking up litter. The cleanup will be over by noon. Many volunteers are needed to make this cleanup a success. For more info, call the Community Police at 263-3390.
Tickets for the Beatlemania concert at West Springfield High School are still available. The original Broadway cast will take the stage Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. General admission tickets, $25 in advance/$30 at the door, are available at the School Dept. A diverse menu will be available during intermission. For more info, call 263-3290.
GHOSTLY TEA PARTY
The West Springfield Public Library will present Rita Parisi as hostess for an All Hallows Eve Tea on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. Rita, as the character of Mrs. Gordon, a lady from 1908, will discuss how people celebrated Halloween at the turn of the last century. For more info, contact the library at 736-4561 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.