Town Events, April 15 - April 22
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder, and the Springfield Reminder|
AGAWAM COUNCIL ON AGING
Agawam Council on Aging and Senior Center:
April 15: 8:15 a.m. beginners yoga; 8:15 a.m. weight training: 8:30 a.m. meet the Mayor; 9:30 a.m. walking club; 1 p.m. ballroom dance lessons (new 10 week class); 1 p.m. digital photography class; 1:30 p.m. Golden Agers Chapter 2; 6 p.m. guys and dolls pool club.
April 16: Friends trip to Nashville (April 16-23); 8:30 a.m. foot care nurses by appointment; 9 a.m. exercise; 1 p.m. pitch; 1 p.m. blood pressure, 1:30 p.m. open art; 2:30 p.m. melody band; 6-8 p.m. W. Mass genealogy computer class; 7 p.m. pitch.
April 17: 8:30 a.m. tap; 9:30 a.m. walking club; 10 a.m. Tai Chi; 1 p.m. cribbage.
For more info call 821-0604 or 821-0605.
Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats invites crafters and vendors to participate in their upcoming craft fair on May 9 at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Cost is $35 for large table, $30 if crafter provides their own table. Applications must be received by April 24. The mission of Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats is to care for lost, abandoned, and outdoor cats by providing food, water, access to spay or neuter, rabies prevention, and other veterinary care. We also need donations of wet and dry cat food. If you can help with a donation or to request an application, call Maureen Fredey at 786-2854.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be having a benefit dinner at Uno's Pizza at the Holyoke Mall from 5 - 9 p.m. on May 5. Friends will have coupons to hand out to everyone and when you go to Uno's you hand the coupon to your server and Friends will get a percentage of your bill including liquor but not taxes and tips. Help us raise funds for the Friends Maintenance Fund. Call Emile Cote for more info at 335-9440.
ADULT DROP-IN YOGA
The Agawam Public Library's next monthly drop-in Yoga class will take place on April 28 at 7 p.m. with instructors from the Westfield Yoga Center. All levels are welcome to attend. Bring a yoga mat or towel. This adult program is free of charge and no registration is needed.
The Go Green Agawam Committee and the DPW are hosting an Earth Day Event on April 18 at School Street Park from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will showcase green practices in gardening, energy saving tips, recycling info, food and fun events for kids. Organizations interested in reserving a free space for a booth, or businesses with a "green" product, contact Jill Messick at 786-8125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For over 18 years, Roger Hart's "Revelations in Light" slide lectures have been thrilling audiences all over New England. His unique multimedia shows are guaranteed to capture the hearts and imagination of any audience. Hart's "From the Ground Up" presentation is coming to the Chicopee Senior Center on April 29 at 9 a.m. This special narrated slide show features stunning nature photography synchronized to beautiful music that will elevate you to the stars. To register call 534-3698.
Joanne Miller and Junette King from Willimansett Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will discuss the rehabilitation care after orthopedic surgery on April 19 at 10:45 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The discussion will explain joint surgery as well as all of the choices that are available for care after surgery. To register and for more info call the center at 534-3698, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
TAI CHI FOR ADULTS
The Chicopee Council on Aging is offering Tai Chi for adults Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. Fee: elders $4/class; residents $8/class; non-residents $10/class. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. or call 534-3698 for more info.
CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE
Can and bottle drive for Boy Scout Troop 138 on April 18 from 9 a.m.-noon. Bring your cans and bottles and help support our troop at St. Joan of Arc-St. George School, 585 Grattan St. Call 592-5853 if you need to have them picked up.
Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be holding a meatloaf supper on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. One seating only. Adults $8; children (five to 12) $4. For reservations call Lorraine at 331-2268/592-3596.
IN GOOD COMPANY
In Good Company is a support group for 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 be held on April 21 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. For more info, call 534-3698.
A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1 p.m. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dream. For more info call the center at 534-3698.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to see this musical on April 22 at the North Shore Music Theatre. We will stop first for a luncheon at the Danversport Yacht Club. Cost covers lunch, the performance, transportation and driver's gratuity. We leave the Chicopee Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and return about 5:30 p.m. Join us as we enjoy one of Broadway's most popular productions of all time.
TALE OF A SHIPWRECKED SAILOR
The Society of Polish American Culture of Western Mass. will present club member and vice-president Edward Jeronczyk, who will lecture on his experiences in the U.S. Navy during WWII. The monthly meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lode of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. A question and answer period will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.
April is the month to license your dogs (bylaws of the Town of Granby CH XIV). The cost is $6 for spayed or neutered and $15 for others. To avoid a $25 late charge fee dogs should be licensed by May 1. If you wish, you may license by mail. Include a copy of the rabies vaccination or call the clerk's office for verification, a stamped self-addressed envelope, a check made payable to the Town of Granby and mail to Town Clerk, 250 State St., Granby, MA. Any questions or concerts can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.
If you are not a registered voter and wish to participate in the annual town meeting (May 11) and the annual town election (May 18), the last day to register for these events will be April 21. Registration will run from 9 a.m-8 p.m. at the Granby Town Hall. You can also pick up mail-in voter registration forms at the Granby Public Library and the Granby Post Office. Any questions or concerts can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.
TOWN HALL CLOSED
The Granby Town Hall will be closed on April 20 for Patriot's Day.
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are having a Lake George luncheon cruise on June 13. Price incudes lunch on the ship, driver gratuity and browsing time at Lake George Village. For info and reservations call Jane Mase at 536-6470.
BOOKS NEEDED FOR BOOK SALE
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library are looking for donations of books and audio/video material for its spring book sale. Bring your used books to the library on collection day, April 25, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. No magazines, encyclopedias or condensed books. Book sale begins with a special preview for members on April 30, 5-8 p.m. Regular sale dates are May 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and May 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering or more info call 569-1221.
"Team Ruth" presents a gospel explosion under the patronage of the Rev. Dee Bright and Mrs. Bright on April 19, 5 p.m., at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Buckingham Street. A donation of $10 will be collected for our furnace fund. For tickets or info call Vera O'Connor at 209-6866 or St. Peter's Church at 736-8567. Mistress of ceremony is Denise Stewart. Join us in the undercroft for light refreshments.
QUICK JEWELRY CLINIC
"Reinvent, Renew and Revive" free Jewelry Quick Clinic on April 25. Come celebrate Earth Day with us. Dig through your jewelry box and bring an old piece back to life. Turn a forgotten brooch, heirloom earrings, precious pendant or broken beaded piece into an earth-friendly treasure. Call 782-0288 to schedule your consultation at Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Visit www. Simplybeadifulonline.com for more info.
AMBULANCE CHASE RUN/WALK
On April 18 Western New England College School of Law will be sponsoring the Ambulance Chase '09 run/walk to benefit Open Pantry Community Services Inc. Runners and walkers will meet for registration at 9 a.m. at the S. Prestley Blake Law Center at WNEC. Race day registration will be $20; pre-race registration is $15. The proceeds will help provide essential funds to operate Open Pantry's many programs. Financial sponsors and runners/walkers are equally needed to make this fundraiser a success. If you would like to request a registration packet or need more info, contact Sara Fawk at (860) 729-4066 or at AmbulanceChase@gmail.com.
SPRINGFIELD WOMEN'S CLUB
The Springfield Women's Club will have their annual meeting April 15 at Reeds Landing, Wilbraham Road. A Panache Production of "Love Letters" will be the featured entertainment. A luncheon will be held at noon following the performance. The performance is open to the public, all are welcome. The luncheon is $15. Reservations may be made by calling 783-6274. The program starts at 11 a.m. Join us for this entertaining afternoon.
Tell a story or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting, April 17, from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For more info or directions, call Doug at 733-9815.
Alanon, Fridays from 6 - 7 p.m. at Shriners Hospital, 516 Carew St. 24-hour Al-Anon answering service: 782-3406.
Stanley Park presents nature workshop "Nature Reclaims History" with Art O'Leary on April 25 from 2-4 p.m. Take a walk back in time using a map made in 1850 to locate and identify man-made structures and learn the rich history of industry, home life, and the stories behind the names, as we travel old roads, trails, and bushwhack in the Wildlife Sanctuary. Wear appropriate hiking attire, sturdy boots, and bring water, camera/binoculars. For further info call the Stanley Park office at 568-9312.
Honor your child's teacher by giving them a STAR (Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition) award for National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3- 9. A donation of $15 per teacher or staff member will provide mini-grants for projects that fall outside the regular school budget. For more info, contact VIPS at 572-6345.
The Westfield Athenaeum's Jasper Rand Art Museum will exhibit artwork done by the children of Westfield this month. The exhibit can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SPRING MEET AND GREET
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host a Spring Meet and Greet business networking event on April 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Berkshire Bank, 31 Court St. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members and includes a beverage and hors d'oeuvres. Reservations can be made by calling 568-1618 or by going online to www.westfieldbiz.org.
"Watercolor Fun!" for children in grades 4-8 will be offered at the YMCA of Greater Westfield for eight weeks beginning April 30 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. The class, designed for the young artist, will introduce students to basic watercolor painting. Cost is $72 for members, $84 for limited members and $89 for non-members. Cost includes all art materials. Registration begins April 20. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise at 568-8631.
Westfield Public Schools is looking for volunteers to work under the direction of a library staff person in the elementary school libraries. Training is provided if needed. Call VIPS at 572-6345 or e-mail email@example.com for info.
COSTUME & ANTIQUE JEWELRY SALE
The Cancer House of Hope will be the recipient of proceeds from the 4th Annual Costume & Antique Jewelry Sale on April 25th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Church Fellowship Hall, Broad and Academy streets. Donations of costume jewelry, retro handbags, etc. are welcome by April 18. Donations can be made by contacting Jan Morin at 568-7071 or the House at 562-0110.
ANNUAL SEED GIVEAWAY
State Sen. Michael Knapik's annual herb and flower seed giveaway from the America the Beautiful Fund in Washington, D.C., is happening now. Those wishing to receive free seeds may send their request to Knapik at 57 North Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085, or call 562-6454. Supplies are limited and requests will be honored on a first-come, first served-basis.
PATRIOT'S DAY CELEBRATION
American Legion Memorial Post 454 will host a Patriot's Day Celebration on April 18 1 p.m. in Parker Memorial Park.
SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB TRIPS
West Springfield Senior Travel Club has added three more trips to their 2009 schedule. May 13 trip to Foxwoods Casino; July 12 "My Fair Lady" at the Stage Loft Theater in Sturbridge; and Oct. 12 Cranberry festival at Carver, Mass. For reservations or more info, call Ann Korbut at 732-7857.
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER
Memorial Elementary School will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Field Trips on April 30 from 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $5. There is only one seating. Baskets will be raffled off. To buy tickets call 263-3333. A portion of funds raised will be donated to the Gino Piccin Scholarship Fund. To donate for the raffle baskets e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 April 19. 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.
All you can eat pancake breakfast to benefit the W.S. High School Wrestling Team on will take place on April 26 from 8 a.m. - noon the Fire House on the Big E Fairgrounds. Menu: pancakes (regular or chocolate chip), sausages, orange juice, coffee, tea. Tickets: $5/adults, $3/ seniors and kids six and under. 50/50 raffle. Tickets available at the door.
NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
It's National Library Week, April 12-18, a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers. Visit the West Springfield Public Library will have a Proclamation of Library Need which visitors may sign to show their support of the mission of libraries. For more info, visit www.wspl.org.
ANNUAL VENDORS SHOWCASE
Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting it's annual Vendors Showcase on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall, 1552 Westfield St. There will also be a vendors auction and a hot dog and hamburger lunch with assorted home-made desserts. All proceeds will go to the Women in Christ. For more info call Joyce at 562-6895.