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Town Events, Sept. 2 - Sept. 9

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

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 eight-foot rectangular table and chairs. Set up time will be 8 a.m. For more info or to request an application, call Maureen at 786-2854.

On Sept. 6, NAMI-WM will be hosting a tag sale outside of the office located on 324A Springfield St. from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 7. All proceeds from this event will go to support NAMI-WM, and any items not sold will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We are also looking for several volunteers, so if you are interested, call NAMI-WM at 786-9139.

The Pioneer Valley Boat & Surf Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Canoe & Yacht Club, 1210 River Rd. This is the only family orientated saltwater fishing club in Western Mass.

The German Turnverein of Springfield is looking for additional singers in each of its three choruses. Rehearsals will take place at the club house on Garden Street every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 9. The songs are classic and folk, sung mostly in German. Knowledge of the German language is not a pre-requisite. No audition is required and singers of all ages are welcome. For more info or to join the group, call Martha at 568-8033.

Agawam High School class of 1979 will celebrate its 30 year reunion on Nov. 28 at Headquarter's Bar Grille and Banquet Hall on Springfield Street from 5 p.m. - midnight. Cost: $20/pp, includes buffet dinner and snacks. Dress is casual. Pay in advance by mailing a check made payable to David A. Chase Sr., 2 Colonial Ave., Agawam, MA 01001. For more info, contact Rob Thomas at (860) 205-1078 or Chase at 896-6707 or e-mail at dac1913@yahoo.com.

The Agawam High School band is having its Magnificent Mum Sale through Sept. 8 with a delivery date of Sept. 10. These attractive large plants are in eight-inch pots in a variety of stunning colors for $9. Contact your favorite band or color guard student to order early, or call Denise at 786-6817 or Sue at 786-4789.

Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club for a trip to Mohegan Sun, then a show "Hooray for Hollywood" at the Mystic Cornerstone Playhouse on Oct. 13. Trip includes bus, show, buffet, and a second snack pack meal. Call 534 - 3698, noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

The Chicopee Sportsmens Club will host a family picnic on Sept. 19 from noon - 5 p.m. For ticket reservations call 592-7747. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

A trip to Mohegan Sun, Sept. 9. Leaving from Exchange Street at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20. Free buffet and $15 free spin on wheel. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4 - 5 p.m.

On Sept. 16 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be 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.

Enjoy a "Taste of Italy" with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on Oct. 20. We will be seeing the world's greatest accordionist, Dick Contino, at the Holiday Inn in Boxboro, Mass. Remember "Lady of Spain," "Granada" and "Tico Tico," just to name a few of his hits. Don't like Italian food no problem. You have a choice and $60 covers everything. Call 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m. for more info.

Come away with us to Mohegan Sun Casino on Oct. 1. Enjoy the full casino package for $18 per person. We leave the Chicopee Senior Center at 7:30 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Call 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m. for info.

This is a great time to register for a two-day Florida and seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise on Nov. 6 - 15. Price depends on stateroom desired. Call Chicopee Senior Travel desk at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Sept. 8 and 22 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

The William & Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield JCC offers cultural, social, educational and recreational programming aimed towards adults seeking to develop new skills, challenge mind and body, explore new areas, meet new people, or simply have fun. Fall 2009 brochures are now available. If you would like a copy, contact the Springfield JCC at 739-4715, or stop by the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. You can also view upcoming programs at www.SpringfieldJCC.org. All are welcome.

trip to NYC
St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, has a few more seats available for a bus trip to NYC on Sept. 13. The bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 7 a.m. Do whatever you want while in the Big Apple. The bus will be leaving NYC at 5:45 p.m. to return to East Springfield. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center of 400 South Elm St. is proud to announce their fall classes; classes will include Fiber Arts, Computer, Sewing, Fashion Design, Quilting and Upholstery. For more info visit our Web site for the fall schedule at www.holyokecac.org or call 532-0465.

Meets Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd. "Get Organized So You Can Feel Good" is the program. Shannon Kroeze of "Absolutely Organized" will speak on getting organized. She can help you de-clutter, organize, clean, etc., by learning how to de-clutter your home and your life. Cost: $5/person and includes lunch. Reservations are required by Sept. 9. Call 533-1925 and leave your name, phone number and number of attendees on the church answering machine. Anyone over 50 is welcome to attend.

Now through Dec. 13, the Art Museum at Mount Holyoke College will feature the "Lisette Model and Her Successors" exhibit. More than 120 vintage works by Model and 12 successors who left their own marks on American photographic history will be featured. For more info, call 538-2096.

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum will exhibit "Dance Dancers" from Sept. 5 - Dec. 13. The exhibit will include paintings, sculpture and graphic works by artists from Annie Leibovitz to Edgar Degas and Richard Yarde. For more info, call 538-2096.

Auditions will take place for Marivaux's "Harlequin's Lesson in Love" at the Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College on Sept. 10 from 7 - 10 p.m. and on Sept. 11 from 3 - 6 p.m. Cast includes six main actors and a chorus of sheep who are also musicians and dancers. Callbacks: Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. For more info call 538-2834.

The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Sept. 8: Brown Bag, 11 a.m.; COA meeting, 1 p.m. Sept. 10: SHINE, by appt. Sept. 16: Pizza Party, cost is $5. Sept. 17: Veterans' Rep.; blood pressure screenings at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18: Boat Ride at Northfield Mountain.

Weekly classes at the Senior Center will begin on Sept. 14. Mondays: pool, 9 a.m.; Zumba, 9:30 a.m., $3. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; bingo, 10 a.m., 5 /card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m., $3; painting, noon, $3; poker 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; writers workshop, 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; aerobics, 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics and poker 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming, 9 a.m., $15 for five classes.

A representative from New England Farm Worker's Council will be at the Hungry Hill Center on Sept. 3 to accept fuel assistance applications. Appts. are necessary and can be made by calling the Center at 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Center's Tuesday luncheons for September will be on Sept. 8 (Pollack lion/Russian sauce) and Sept. 22 (roast pork/gravy. The lunch is $2; reservations are required one week in advance.

St. Catherine of Siena Travel presents a winery and glass adventure to the Finger Lakes, N.Y. Three days/two nights Oct. 19 - 21. Call Betty at 896-8801. To reserve your seat a $100 deposit is due now and final balance is due by Sept. 15. Depart at 7 a.m.; return at 8:30 p.m. Motorcoach departs from St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker St.

Undie Sunday/Monday, Springfield Rescue Mission, 19 Bliss St. Have donations to the Springfield Rescue Mission by Nov. 9. New T-shirts, underwear and socks for men, women and children all sizes are needed, especially men's medium - 3XL. Due to the urgent need for undergarments, we are expanding our annual "Undie Sunday/Monday" event over a two-month period. If you have any questions, contact Julie at 732-0808 ext. 114 or srm@springfieldrescuemission.org.

The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee's annual ziti and chicken dinner will be Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 66 Progress Ave. Along with dinner, there will be door prizes, 50/50 and raffles. Tickets are $10 per person and can be obtained by calling Ann at (860) 741-6210 or Peg at 733-0200. Tickets are also available at the Hungry Hill Center, 733-9411.

Out of the Darkness Walk
The purpose of the walk is to raise money to heighten awareness of suicide, to educate and sponsor local events and conferences. The Western Mass. walk will begin at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Sept. 13, beginning at 9 a.m. with a complimentary continental breakfast. Registration and info is available online at www.outofthedarkness.org or by calling Gail Freeman at 786-7656.

The Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club (PVWRC) is accepting applications for the Fall 2009 PVWRC Running Clinic beginning Sept. 8 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The eight-week program is open to all area women over 18. Contact Donna Safford Fleury at 537-7235 or via e-mail at donnafleury@yahoo.com. Send application and check for $50 to PVWRC, P.O. Box 875, Agawam, MA 01001 with name, address, phone number and e-mail address included.

The Community Survival Center in Indian Orchard is hosting its 26th annual raffle, with top prizes of $500 and $100. The drawing will take place Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. at the 19th annual Apple Festival and Craft Fair at the Life Care Center, 2399 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. There is a $5 donation per ticket.

college scholarship
The Pine Point Community Council will host their monthly meeting on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. The agenda includes a presentation of a Pine Point college scholarship to David Serral; a request for a special permit to sell used cars at 890 Boston Rd.; a request to sell used cars and a motor vehicle inspection station at 837 Boston Rd.; and change of owners to a liquor license for 475 Boston Rd. Refreshments will be served.

book signing
Local Springfield author Dawn Gray has set up a book signing event at the Waldenbooks in Eastfield Mall on Sept. 12 from noon - 3 p.m. This is the author's third book and the second in the Vampire Legacy series. "The Light, the Dark, the Heart: The Vampire Legacy II" was officially released on Aug. 8 to book retailers nationwide. The first in the series, "The Vampire Legacy: The New Queen Rises" was released in January.

Basics Computer class
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs SeniorNet Computer Learning Center will be conducting a new Basics Computer class that will at the Good Life Center, 1600 E. Columbus Ave. The class will start on Sept. 8 and will run for two weeks on Tues. and Thurs. from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Call the Good Life Center at 787-6785 to register.

The next meeting of the Foxes and Belles of the Springfield Jewish Community Center will take place Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m. The featured performer is Ethel Lee, accompanied by Rickie Mitnick. Ethel was the first place winner in The Senior American Idol competition. Richie is considered a favorite keyboard players in Greater Springfield. Together they will perform favorite standard songs. Anyone who is 55 or older is welcome to join the Foxes & Belles. For more info about how to become a Foxes & Belles member, contact Marilyn at 525-1952.

Meet the Candidate Reception in honor of
Tim Allen, candidate for Ward 7 City Council, Sept. 3, 6 - 8 p.m. at St. Anthony's Church Cedars Banquet Hall, 375 Island Pond Rd. Donation: $20 per person/$30 per couple. For more info or tickets call 782-7626.

The non-profit Cancer House of Hope will host its 10th Annual Pro-Am Tennis Tournament on Sept. 19 at the Enfield Tennis Club from 1 - 6 p.m. The event will be preceded by a wine and beer-tasting on Sept. 17 at the Log Cabin in Hoyloke from 6 - 9 p.m. For more info, contact 562-0110 or 782-5500.

Solid Oak Big Band will perform Sept. 6 at Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series. Solid Oak Big Band is an 18-piece standard big band with vocalist. The band plays swing and jazz favorites from the 1930s to the present day, plus rock and Latin numbers for variety. All Sunday night concerts start at 6 p.m., take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.

A fundraiser to benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project will take place on Oct. 2 from 7 p.m. - midnight at East Mountain Country Club. The fun-filled evening includes food, music by contemporary country band Gale County, and a 50/50 raffle, all for $15/person. For advance tickets, mail a check payable to Westfield Homeless Cat Project and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 1124 East Mountain Rd., Westfield, MA 01085. For more info, contact Denise at 568-6964 or denisesinico@hotmail.com.

The Westfield Park & Rec Dept. is now taking signups for its fall/winter programs. Currently we are taking registrations for Pee Wee Soccer for 4 - 6 year olds, flag football for 8 - 13 year olds and tennis lessons for 4 - 13 year olds. For more info, contact the Park & Rec office at 572-6263 or visit www.cityofwestfield.org for a copy of the brochure.

On Sept. 27 at 11 a.m., Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will discuss the book "I Sold My Soul on eBay" by Hermant Mehta. The discussions take place monthly following the Sunday morning services and are open to the public. This is a non-fiction book written by an atheist who describes his visits to a variety of churches. For further info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.

The West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., will host a series of four computer classes for adults during September. Classes are suitable for those with limited or no experience and will be offered as a Saturday (Sept. 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3) series from 9 - 11 a.m. or a Wednesday (Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30) series from 7 - 9 p.m. Attendees must sign up for the entire free series. Registration is required. Call 736-4561 ext. 3 to reserve a space.

On Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. come to the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., for a presentation about Educate Malawi Inc., an organization established to assist the people of Malawi in the area of education. For more info, and other events the organization has planned visit www.educate-malawi.org.

The West Springfield High School Wrestling Team will be hosting a bottle and can drive on Sept. 12 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the West Side High School parking lot. All proceeds to benefit the team. Pick up available. Call Kris at 250-5439 or e-mail kristowse@comcast.net.

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