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Town Events, Oct. 8 - Oct. 15

From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Flu shots will be given on Oct. 24 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. and on Oct. 31 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the senior center. Bring your insurance cards. Open to Agawam residents age 65 and over.

Join the Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. for our craft and vendor sale at the Agawam Senior Center, 68 Meadowbrook Manor. Set up will be at 8 a.m. Cost of space with table and two chairs is $35. Donations of cat food and cat-related products greatly appreciated. Donations of raffle prizes also appreciated. For further info call Maureen at 786-2854.

The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) is meeting on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest in providing diverse cultural events for the town, a great opportunity exists with the ACC. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is looking for new members.

St. George Parish Women's Club, Chicopee Falls, will host their fourth annual Craft Fair on Oct. 11 and 12. Hours are: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Many vendors will be on hand to help you select quality crafts for Christmas. Raffles, baked goods and food will also be available.

The Polish Junior League of Massachusetts Inc. will present their annual Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show on Nov. 9 at noon at the Castle of Knights Banquet House, Memorial Drive. This event is open to the public and tickets may be obtained from any member or by calling club president Kathy Godek at 247-5916.

American Bosch Senior Travel Club will meet on Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Castle of the Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. For more info call Bob Bell at 592-1542 or Victor Renaud at 786-8892.

The Chicopee Council on Aging is notifying local veterans to contact the Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-a-Lawyer Program on Oct. 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. By calling (617) 338-0610 veterans will receive free legal advice for questions involving access to benefits, family issues, employment concerns, landlord/tenant matters and other legal issues.

The next meeting will be on Oct. 20 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. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for yourself is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On Oct. 15, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's. Support is also provided to help you provide the best care for your loved one. The program will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet on Oct. 14 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.

A new support group for those who suffer from polymyalgia rheumatic will meet on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. All interested persons are welcome. For more info and to register, call the center at 534-3698.

Candlelight Living
The Fairview Knights of Columbus Council #4044, 1599 Memorial Drive, will host its Candlelight Living Rosary Service on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in their banquet facility. This short ceremony features a live music program and light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a pancake breakfast on Oct. 11 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Omelet station now available. The public is invited.

The Springfield Falcons are once again offering all Falcons home game tickets to the Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. Show up at 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 for children and adults is $11 per ticket. For every ticket purchased the Parks Dept. will get $1 back for youth activities. Home game schedules available at the Parks Dept. office. For further info call the Chicopee Parks & Rec Dept. weekdays at 594-3481.

The 2008 Missions Conference (Till the Whole World Knows) will be hosted by First Central Baptist Church, 50 Broadway St., Oct. 11 - 19. A banquet will take place Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker for the banquet will be Rev. Stephen Volante, missionary to Ghana. Tickets for this event are now on sale for $8/person, $20/family. Call Sheddy Campbell at 244-5694 or Eric Johnson at 335-5822 for tickets. For more details on daily events and speakers call 592-5353 or visit www.firstcentralbaptist.com.

Come and join us for the best dinner in town on Oct. 18 at Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St. Two seatings: 5 and 6:30 p.m. Adults $9; children five to 12, $4.50. Call Lorraine at 593-5291 or 592-3596 for reservations.

"Who is My Neighbor?"
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The term "neighbor" raises questions of exclusivity and inclusivity, one's understanding of God and one's moral responsibility to the "stranger." Participants are encouraged to bring a Bible for reference and are required to purchase the book by Jean Vanier, "Befriending the Stranger." Other materials will be provided by the facilitators. Call Genesis to register at 562-3627.

The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke will be pairing with MAXIM Health Systems for a flu vaccine clinic for veterans. Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available. Spouses accompanying the veterans will be able to obtain the vaccinations under the same payment criteria. We will be hosting the clinics on Oct. 15 and Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. You must bring your Soldier's Home in Holyoke I.D. Card (Blue Card) or your discharge papers (DD214) in order to show your eligibility.

The United Methodist Church of Holyoke, South Hadley and Granby, 30 Carew St., South Hadley, is offering a thought-provoking series titled "Faith and American Politics: Liberty and Justice for All." This seven-week series will be offered at two different times, Sundays from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and Tuesdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Each class will feature a DVD presentation from ministers, judges, professors and others. Following the viewings, class participants will have the opportunity to share their viewpoints. Call the church office at 532-0500 for more info or to register.

Crafters wanted for the Southwick Congregational Church's annual Holly Bazaar on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you would like more info or a registration call 569-6362 or 569-5120.

The Board of Selectmen is seeking interested citizens to participate in a five-member Ad Hoc Community Development Advisory Committee. This committee will provide guidance and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on the use of community development block grant funds. A letter of interest and background information are due to the Board of Selectmen's Office, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077 by Oct. 24.

The Friends of the Southwick Public Library are seeking donations of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books for its fall book sale to benefit the library. Collection day is Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the library, 95 Feeding Hills Rd. No encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books. The book sale will take place Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a preview for Friends members on Oct. 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. For further info call 569-1221.

Organizers of Citizens Restoring Congamond (CRC) are hosting a family friendly Fall Festival on Oct. 18 (rain date Oct. 19) from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Babb's Roller Skating Rink. The festival will feature a scarecrow judging, a needle in a haystack, games, craft fair and a horseshoe tournament. Proceeds raised from the event will be used for building materials for the Babb's project. Cost is $10 per car. For more info, contact Linda Champagney at (860) 654-3260.

The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a Halloween Pot Luck on Oct. 30 at noon. All attending are asked to bring a dish. Stop by the office or call 569-5498 to reserve a spot and let us know what you are bringing. Feel free to come in costume if you like.

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.

Vermont trip Oct. 30, all inclusive. Public is invited. Bus will stop at Country Craft Shops and then on to Mt. Anthony Country Club for lunch. Choice of roast turkey, Yankee pot roast or fish and chips, rolls, soup or salad, beverage and dessert. After lunch we proceed to the Apple Barn and Orchards in Bennington for a narrated bus ride to the top for panoramic view. Then to the Country Bake Shop for hot apple pie a la mode and choice of beverage. Return home at 5:30 p.m. Bus leaves 8 a.m. from the new Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St. For reservations call 739-3536 or 821-8797. Payment due by Oct. 15.

City Lights guided tour of Manhattan in New York City on Dec. 9. Full course lunch at the Mont Blanc Restaurant. Choice of chicken marsala, grilled salmon or four cheese ravioli, soup and salad, potato, vegetable and dessert. After lunch board bus for narrated city tour with stops along the way. See Rockefeller Christmas tree, Tavern on the Green, Fifth Avenue Christmas windows, Lincoln Center and more. For reservations call Jean at 594-5894 or Elsie at 732-8424. Depart at 10:30 a.m. from Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St.

St. Mary's Parish Women's Club, corner of Page Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, annual holiday bazaar on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Many Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items will be available.

Free one-hour stretching and breathing workshop at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. Workshop is designed to help students stretch core muscle groups that affect balance and coordination. It is sponsored by the city's Dept. of Elder Affairs and Leo Williams' Martial Arts Institute. To register or for more info call the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Center will offer clam chowder, a veal patty and noodles on Oct. 14 and chicken noodle soup, a hamburger and baked beans on Oct. 28; both meals include bread, milk, coffee, tea and dessert. Reservations are required one week in advance and the cost is $2. Call the Hungry Hill Center to make your reservation at 733-9411.

There will be a meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Tom Walsh, Mayor Sarno's Community Liaison, along with police representatives from this sector will be at this meeting to hear concerns, suggestions, etc. Area residents are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

A nurse from the Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 20 from 9 - 11 a.m. Hemoglobin screening and blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors.

Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St., is hosting a ham and bean supper from 5 - 7 p.m. on Oct. 25. Adults are $8, children 6 - 14, $3, 5 and under, free. For reservations call 782-6229.

The Independent City of Homes Assn. is sponsoring an open breakfast on Oct. 12 at the Jewish Community Center on Dickinson St. The featured speaker will be Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, who will be discussing his first year in office. This program is open to the public, but reservations are required. Call Allen Mackler at 737- 0762.

Author and commentator Christopher Hitchens will speak at Westfield State College on Oct. 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the Woodward Center. The event is free and open to the public. He is a frequent television commentator and columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair. His most recent book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" was nominated for a National Book Award in 2007.

The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about Columbia Exposition Commemorative Coins from 1892 - 93. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

The West Springfield Public Library is accepting applications for the Spring 2008 Ruth M. Peck Internship. This opportunity is offered to West Springfield youth in grades 10 - 12. The internship will provide interns with a broad view of the roles of libraries and librarians, an overview of behind-the-scenes library operations. This 10-week, 40-hour internship is a great opportunity to build work experience, improve college applications and earn $500! Applications are available at the library and are due by Oct. 10.

A wine, beer and martini tasting will be hosted by Friends of West Springfield Public Library Inc. on Oct. 17 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Clarion Hotel, Riverdale Street. Music, food, raffles, door prizes, silent auction. Funds raised to benefit the Summer Reading Program at West Springfield Public Library. Tickets may be purchased at the library. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door on the evening of the event. For questions call 788-4712.

John W. Bennett of Agawam, president of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council, will talk with seniors about Proposition One at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the West Springfield Senior Center. Proposition One, which proposes to abolish the Massachusetts Income Tax, will appear on the ballot in November. The topic of Bennett's talk will be "Abolishing the Income Tax: How it will Affect Seniors?

Should a reverse mortgage be part of your strategy? This question will be answered at the educational workshop on reverse mortgages hosted by Webster Bank at the West Springfield Senior Center on Oct. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

The Rotary Club of West Springfield the public to "NovemberFest" Micro Brew & Wine Tasting on Nov. 14 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Springfield Country Club on Elm Street. Cost is $25 per person, which includes beer, wine, food and music. For tickets or further info, contact Betty McCabe-Pandolfi at 788-6303 or Dianna Robinson at 732-9700.

The West Springfield Rotary Club is hosting a raffle for two seats on the 48-yard line to the Patriots-Cardinals game at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. Raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100. To purchase tickets or for more info, contact Dave Griffin at 437-1005 or Marco Amato at 538-7444. Drawing will take place at NovemberFest at the Springfield Country Club on Nov. 14.

The West Springfield Health Department will be having a senior flu clinic for flu vaccines at the Senior Center on Oct. 23 from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. Cost is $15. Health Dept. will bill Meidcare B. People with Medicare B or HMOs must have their cards present at the time of vaccination.

The West Springfield Environmental Committee and the DPW are sponsoring a Bear Hole Watershed Cleanup on Oct. 18. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the four corners in Bear Hole. Cleanup will end at noon. Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves and wear footwear suitable for dirt roads and paths. For more info, call Charlie Rogers at 788-0159, Howard Fife at 733-7208, Mary Anne O'Connor at 733-4628 or Diane Crowell at 734-8188.

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