Town Events, Oct. 7 - Oct. 14
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR
Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats invites crafters and vendors to participate in our upcoming craft and vendor fair on Oct. 17 at the Springfield Turnverein, 176 Garden St., Feeding Hills. Cost is $35 for 8-foot table and chairs. Set up time will be 8 a.m. For more info or to request an application, call Maureen at 786-2854.
CHARITY BIKE RIDE
The Pioneer Valley chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Assoc. will host a charity bike ride through Robinson State Park on Nov. 22. Entry fee: a new, unwrapped children's toy, which will be donated to Toys for Tots. Registration: 9 a.m., with all riders off by 10:15 a.m. Parking and registration will be at Shea's Field on Armory Drive. For more info, visit www.nemba.org
FOLK MUSIC CONCERT
On Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Aoife Clancy will be the featured performer at The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. Clancy brings a refreshing new voice to folk music, one that ranges from traditional Irish songs to ballads and contemporary folk. Seats are $14 reserved or $18 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 789-9267 or e-mailing email@example.com.
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
First Baptist Church, 760 Main St., will host a ham and bean supper on Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will include potato salad, cole slaw, homemade baked beans, ham, rolls and butter, dessert and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children 5 - 12 and free for children under five. Reservation deadline is Oct. 13. Call 786-1993 or 786-8609 to register.
The Agawam Lioness Club is sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun on Nov. 15. We will leave the Agawam High School parking lot at 1 p.m. and return by 9 p.m. We will spend five hours at Mohegan Sun. Cost of the trip is $25 per person (which includes bus driver's trip) and Mohegan Sun will give you back $30 package ($15 food or buffet and three $5 free bets). The proceeds from this trip will be donated toward the Fidelco Guide Dogs and the Valley Radio Reading Service. Reserve your seat early. For reservations call Pat at 786-1782 or Rose at 786-5134.
FALL TAG & BAKE SALE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a giant fall tag and bake sale on a new date because of rain: Oct. 10 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bargains, baked goods, jewelry, collectables, clothes, furniture, books, toys and a lot more. Home baked goodies available as well.
DELTA KAPPA GAMMA
All Western Mass. educators are invited to attend the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators Area IV Meeting on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Rose de Lima church hall, 600 Grattan St., Alpha, Chi, and Alpha Epsilon chapters. Registration and light breakfast, $5; optional luncheon, $10; nine fun workshops. Keynote address by Andree Duval, Assistant Supt. for the Western Mass. Regional Women's Correctional Center. Book donations accepted for mothers in prison to share with their children (newborn - 16 years). Contact Claire LaBonte, president, at 626-2842 or visit www.deltakappagamma.org/MA/Alphasite/DKG/Alpha_index.htm. For more info or history call Carol LaPolice, publicity chair, at 478-1500.
PIONEER VALLEY READING COUNCIL
The Pioneer Valley Reading Council will present its first "Literacy and Community" workshop for the 2009-10 academic year on Oct. 8 at the Chicopee Elks Lodge #1849 at 431 Granby Rd. Registration and refreshments from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Workshop runs from 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. Dr. Sandra Berkowitz, Laura Broach and Janice DeFilipi are featured presenters on this panel exploring response to intervention. Join us and learn more about this very timely topic. For further info call Meredith Cox at 323-5524 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. On-site registration will be available.
NIGHTS WITH THE FALCONS
The Springfield Falcons are once again offering all home game tickets to now be available at the Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. Come to the Parks Dept. and purchase ticket vouchers that can be redeemed at the will-call window for any home hockey game throughout the season. Ticket price is $11 per ticket. For every ticket purchased the Parks. Dept. will get $1 back for youth activities. All tickets purchased for a game must be purchased by noon Fri. or the day before the game. For further info call the Parks Dept. weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 594-3481.
LONG TERM CARE
Do you need long term care insurance does a family member? Elder Council #69 Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd., will host a presentation of long term care by Paul Ochs L.T.C. specialist of the Knights of Columbus on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. All Knights of Columbus members and family as well as the public are welcome.
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN
The Mass. Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren will be visiting the Chicopee Senior Center to assess the needs of Commonwealth grandparents and kin raising children on Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. Established to help grandparents with legal, educational, health, economic and emotional issues, the commission will serve as a resource for state agencies, legislators, the executive branch and private agencies in determining policy and practice. Contact Jim Leyden, 534-3698, for more info.
ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
St. George Parish Women's Club, Chicopee Falls, will host their fifth annual craft fair Oct. 10 and 11 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sat. and 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Sun. Many vendors will be on hand to help you select quality crafts for Christmas. Raffles, baked goods and food will be available. For more info call 330-8543.
On Oct. 11 at 2:30 p.m., enjoy a harp concert: the Masters of the Celtic Harp: Grainne Hambly and William Jackson at Wistariahurst Museum. Rarely has Irish and Scottish music been heard together in a way that compares with the music of Hambly and Jackson. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660.
Community Fall Festival
The annual Blessed Sacrament Community Fall Festival will take place this year on Columbus Day, Oct. 12. It will take place at 1945 Northampton St. Rte. 5, on the church grounds. The event will begin with an outdoor liturgy at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. Included will be food, crafters, games for all ages, bake sale, bingo, entertainment, many raffles and information booths. There is something for everyone, and all are welcome!
COOKING WITH HERBS
On Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m., there will be a Garden Talk: Cooking with Herbs part 2. Master Gardener Chris Brown is back to give a cooking demo of how to enhance the flavor and healthfulness of meals every day using garden herbs, as well as a discussion on how to grow these garden herbs. Recipes will be provided as well as a taste testing. Garden talks are a $5 donation to benefit garden restoration projects at Wistariahurst and are presented by Wistariahurst Museum Gardeners and the Western MA Master Gardener Assoc. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660.
MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
On Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. enjoy a Comical Mystery Dinner Theater. Back by popular demand Wistariahurst welcomes back Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, sponsored by the Comical Mystery Tour. Dinner will be served with a comical production in the elegant Skinner mansion Music Room. Reservations required due to limited eating. Tickets ar $35 per person; $65 per couple, $200 table of six, $265 table of eight. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660.
BOOK AND BAKE SALE
Book and bake sale Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 N. Main St. Donations are now being accepted Mon. - Fri., 6 - 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will host a dinner on Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, meatloaf w/ gravy, oven roasted potatoes, carrots, bread, homemade apple pie, coffee, tea, milk, juice. Cost is $10 per person, $8 for seniors, $5 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or more info call the church office at 539-9373. Take out is also available by reservation, or, to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.
TALKS AT LOOMIS VILLAGE
Oct. 7, 3 p.m. Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection. Learn about the risk factors and simple things you can do to assure an early diagnosis. Sandy Hubbard, RNC, MSN, Nurse Practitioner, Baystate Medical Center and the Baystate Regional Cancer Program. Oct. 14, 3 p.m. File of Life and Advance Directives. Panel of professionals will discuss the importance and methods advance directors should you or someone you love become unable to make medical decisions. Oct. 28, 3 p.m. Successful Aging. There are a number of practical strategies and ways we can redefine ourselves and our expectations to make the most of our time as older adults. Waldo Klein, PhD, MSW, Professor of Research and Chair of the Focused Area of Study, Social Work Practice with Older Adults, University of Connecticut. All talks open to the public.
The Little White Church at Gillette Corners is having a spaghetti supper on Oct. 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. Come join us for the fun at Christ Church UMC at 222 College Hwy (near Big Y). We are handicap accessible.
Union Jack performance
Union Jack, a New England based '60s British Invasion tribute band, announces an Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. performance at Cathedral High School Auditorium, 260 Surrey Rd. The show will be in a format similar to the stage style of the "Ed Sullivan Show." Admission donation $5. Tickets available at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Cathedral music program. Any questions can be directed to Cathedral High School 782-5285. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.
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 baklava and spinach-cheese pie. Take-out will be available by calling 543-4763. There will also be raffle prizes. Admission and parking are free. For more info call the Church office at 543-4763.
Ziti Dinner dance
Family ziti dinner dance, Oct. 10 from 4:30 - 9:30 p.,m. at Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Meal service ends at 8 p.m. The 16 Acres Lions Club has teamed up with Angels Above/Relay for Life and wants you to join them for an evening of fun. All proceeds from this event will go toward eye and cancer research. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children under 12. Children under three are free. Tickets will also be available at the door and the ticket includes dinner, beverages and dessert. Music by DJ Manny. There will be two raffles, a 50/50 and gifts. For extra tickets or more info call Kathy at 783-3241.
Comedian Joel Chasnoff
Looking for a fun night out? Come to Temple Beth El on Oct. 17, when comedian Joel Chasnoff will give us his unique, innovative view of Jewish life in a one-night performance. Social hour at 7 p.m. Desserts and soft drinks, which are included in the ticket price, will be served, and wine and beer will be available for a nominal charge. The show will begin at 8. Tickets can be purchased at the Temple Beth El office, Mon. - Thurs. from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered by phone by calling the office at 733-4149, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Clodo Concepcion, candidate for Ward 5 City Council, will host a Meet the Candidate gathering at Ginger Blossom, 1203 Parker St., on Oct. 19, 6 - 8 p.m.
Big Questions: Jewish Answers
Sinai Temple invites you to an open conversation on topics that matter the most to us, such as questions about death, praying, Israel or the Bible. The Rabbi and Cantor will provide Jewish responses to the questions. An open conversation among those present will follow. This will take place on the second Thurs. of each month. The first discussion will take place on Oct. 8 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The question will be: "Can I doubt God's existence and still be a good Jew?" The public is invited to attend. For further info call Sinai Temple at 736-3619. Sinai Temple is at 1100 Dickinson St.
Gina Daniele presents fun bus trips! On Nov. 8, travel to Mohegan Sun for her mom's birthday (cake included). On Dec. 5, take a trip to do some Christmas shopping and see the holiday lights of New York City. Buses depart from Mom & Rico's on Main Street. For more info, call 732-8941.
Hormones Affecting My Family?
Learn the emotional, mental and physical health problems created by the antibiotics, steroids and hormones currently added to our food supply. Kim Ladue, RN, HHNC and owner of Holistic Simplicity, a new practitioner at the Integrative Health Group is presenting a free lecture at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.
SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION
The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction returns with delectable tastings from the finest chefs in the Pioneer Valley and the opportunity to bid on unique and desirable auction packages. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Event will take place Nov. 2 at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 W. Columbus Ave. To pre-register go to marchofdimes.com/ma or call 525-1070.
WOMEN'S VENDOR DAY
Women's Vendor Day, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Fourth annual "Day for God's Beautiful Women" event includes fellowship, food, shopping and door prizes. Free admission. Vendors include Sil Pada, Avon, Mary Kay, Jaffra, Quilts, Pottery, Yesterday's Tea Cups and more. Breakfast and lunch items available. Call the church at 782-2577 for more info.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
St. Mary's Parish Women's Club, corner of Page Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, will host its annual Holiday Bazaar Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. - noon. Many Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items will be available.
SAFETY FOR SENIORS
Police Dept. rep. Officer Gormally will be at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. to offer info on safety for seniors. Refreshments will be served. Call the center at 733-9411 to register for this program.
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING
Meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Reps from the police dept. and Mayor's office will be at this meeting. Refreshments will be served. For further info call the center at 733-9411.
The Hungry Hill Center's luncheons this month will be on Oct. 13 (macaroni and cheese) and Oct. 27 (beef stew). Cost is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. Lunch is served at noon. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.
Reps from SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Elders) and Chapin Center will be at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 27 at 11:15 a.m. to offer info on insurance options. This will be a short presentation prior to lunch at noon. For info call the center at 733-9411.
CHOLESTEROL & BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. will have a nurse at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 19 from 9 - 11 a.m. Cholesterol screening along with blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors. For further info call the center at 733-9411.
The Teapot Gallery is accepting entries for its first ever photo contest through Oct. 10. Voting will begin Oct. 11. Photos must be taken by the person entering the photo, which may be no larger then 16x20 framed size, and must be ready to hang. All photos will be displayed at the Tea Pot Gallery for one month where patrons and a panel of three judges will pick three winners. Entry fee: $20 for up to three photos. For more info, visit www.teapot-gallery.com.
TEXTILE ART EXHIBIT
The Jasper Rand Art Museum is featuring textile art by Westfield resident Maureen Egan during October. Recent interests include fiber art postcards, digitized machine embroidery and painting on silk. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Fri. - Sat. from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering "Publish Your Book Guaranteed" on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Instructing is David Ewen M.Ed., president of Ewen Prime Company an former executive director of the New England Publisher's Assoc. Register by Oct. 10. Tuition: $19. For more info or to request a catalog, call the Community Education Office at 572-8034.
"ENGINEERED NATURE: CANALS"
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering "Engineered Nature: Canals" on Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30pm. Retrace the historical path of the Farmington-Hampden-Hampshire Canal through farmland, woods and wetlands. Register by Oct. 10. Tuition: $19. For more info or to request a catalog, call the Community Education Office at 572-8034.
"LOST TOWNS OF THE QUABBIN"
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering "Lost Towns of the Quabbin: A Natural History and Historic Field Trip" on Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. Join us as we step back into the 19th century to discover the once thriving community of Dana, one of four towns lost when the area was flooded to form the Quabbin Reservoir. Register by Oct. 11. Tuition: $19. For more info or to request a catalog, call the Community Education Office at 572-8034.
LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES
The lunchtime concert series continues at the Athenaeum on the first Thurs. of the month at noon. The series is free and open to the public and will continue through the fall. For more info, call 562-0716.
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host its October breakfast on Oct. 9 at 7:15 a.m. at the 104th Fighter Wing, Mass. Air National Guard. Featured speaker is Rick Forgay, president and CEO of Business Leadership Masters. Cost: $20 per member; $25 for non-members. For reservations and info contact Marcia Kielb at 568-1618 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacred Heart Travel Club presents holiday trips for 2009. All ages are welcome.
Nov. 28: Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" on Broadway. Price to be announced, but call to make a reservation. Cost will include roundtrip bus, best avail. orchestra or front mezz seating and driver gratuity.
Dec. 12: Boston Ballet "The Nutcracker." Cost: $120/person and includes roundtrip bus, 1 p.m. matinee theater ticket, driver gratuity and time at Quincy Marketplace after the show. Call Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676 for more info or to make a reservation.
The W.S. Coin Club will meet on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about the key 1916-D Winged Liberty Dime. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.
INTERFAITH PEACE FESTIVAL
The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of W.S., will host an Interfaith Peace Festival from 2 - 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Hunger relief, affordable housing, refugee resettlement and youth service programs are a among the projects that will be featured. To host a display or for more info, call 739-6608.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Oct. 16 (our honky-tonk dance) and a mainstream dance on Oct. 30 (our bizarre bash dance come in costume!). Dances take place at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8 - 10:30 p.m. Cost is $6 a person. The club will offer free fun nights on Oct. 7 and 14 to introduce the fun of square dancing at the First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. For more info, call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick at 535-3324.
TEEN ADVISORY BOARD
The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting will take place Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. at the W.S. Public Library. TAB is a group for teens who like to be involved in their community, offering an opportunity to volunteer their time to help make decisions about borrowing materials and the physical space for teens in the library. New members, ages 12 and up, are always welcome.
Jack-O-Lantern Craft session will take place on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at the W.S. Public Library. Design and paint a jack-o-lantern face on an orange candle for a fun centerpiece. For ages 8 - 12. Preregistration required.
JOB SEARCH WORKSHOP
A Job Search Basics Workshop will take place at the W.S. Public Library on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The library and CareerPoint of Holyoke present a collaborative effort to offer extended job search workshops. Some of the topics covered include defining your skills, networking, interviewing, and the computer as a job search tool.
TEEN QUIZ NIGHT
Teen Quiz Night will take place at the W.S. Public Library on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Bring a team of 2 - 5 players and match your wits against other teams for the chance to win prizes. For teens only.
Friends of the W.S. Public Library Inc. will be hosting their annual fundraiser, "Twilight Tasting," for the Children's Summer Reading Program and other library programs on Oct. 16 at the Clarion Hotel from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Wine tastings, food, live music, raffles and silent auction. Tickets are $20 until Oct. 12, $25 thereafter at the library or call 788-4712.