Town Events, April 21 - April 28
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a community dinner on May 3 at 6 p.m. Menu: chicken parmesan, spaghetti, green beans, garden salad, bread w/butter, brownies, coffee and tea. All are invited. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 5 - 12; free for kids under 5. To reserve tickets, call the church office at 786-6133 or purchase them at the door.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. April 22: exercise, 9 a.m.; quilting, 9:30 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; pitch 1 and 7 p.m.; free blood pressure check 1 p.m.; open art, 1:30 p.m.; Melody Band, 2 p.m.; Zumba, 4 p.m.; Genealogy Computer Class, 6 p.m. April 23: tap, 8:30 a.m.; oil painting 9:15 a.m.; Walking Club, 9:30 a.m.; trip to Target and lunch or Tai Chi, 10 a.m.; yoga, 11:15 a.m.; cribbage or Internet class, 1 p.m.; seminar, "Keys to Healthy Living with Music & Relaxation." Sign up for the seminar with Kristina.
There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers and discusses a variety of topics. The next meeting will be April 26 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
In Good Company is a support group that can help 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 take place April 27 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Free. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info call 534-3698.
Readers will meet in the Senior Center at 1 p.m. on April 26 to discuss "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver. The Chicopee Public Library is providing assistance with obtaining books for the club. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.
FREE CO2 DETECTORS
If you are at least 60 years of age or married to someone who is and you are eligible for food stamps, Masshealth, the Brown Bag Program or your annual income is less than $20,000 as an individual or $27,000 as a couple, then you quality for a free CO2 detector. To apply, or for more info, call Jared Krok at the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN AND RIVERBOAT
Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Ely Associates for a trip of sightseeing aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the country. Your narrated journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station. Meander through the countryside aboard vintage railcars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. At Deep River Landing, you'll be escorted onto the Becky Thatcher riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River seeing several historic sights. Upon Becky's return to Deep River Landing, the steam train welcomes you for the return trip back to Essex. Snacks are available at the station and aboard, or you can bring your own lunch. Trip departs old CHS at 10 a.m. on May 16; cost is $59 adult; $52 children 12 and under. Pre-registration at the Parks Dept. is mandatory. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481.
ST. JOAN OF ARC-ST. GEORGE SCHOOL
Register today for Sept. 2010. St. Joan of Arc-St. George School is accepting registration for St. Joan's Arc Angels pre-K and grades K - 8. School offers before and after school care, hot lunch, gym music, computer, library and French. Call the school at 533-1475 or 536-6038 for tuition info and tours. Financial aid available.
CARD AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW
The Chicopee Boys & Girls Club will be hosting a card and collectible show May 2 in the Boys & Girls Club gym, 580 Meadow St. Any and all collectibles welcomes. More than 40 tables of sport and non-sport cards, vintage cards, coins, autographs, card supplies and more. Come support the Boys & Girls Club. Admission: $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds are for the kids. For table or any info call Joe at 593-6046.
CHICOPEE TRAVEL CLUB
The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on April 27 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Current trips to "Church Basement Ladies," "The Producers," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Anything Goes," "Rent" at Thomaston Opera House, Mohegan Sun, Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise, Chicago, Lobster Playhouse and overnights, Sox and Slots (Toronto), Washington, D.C., Penn Dutch and Atlantic Canada Cruise are open and have space available. Trips to see "Chicago," Lobster Playhouse and "Oklahoma!" will be opened at the meeting. Travelers who are interested in traveling should attend this meeting to guarantee reserving a space. A $2 deposit will reserve a spot. When the remaining balance is paid, a seat on the bus will be assigned. For more info call the travel desk in the center at 534-3698, noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
The Irish Cultural Center announces its second Wine Tasting with an Irish Accent for May 7 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Dooley Campus Center dining hall. The event is a fundraiser for the Elms Irish Studies Minor program. Tickets: $30 per person. Call the Center at 265-2537 or order by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS ASSOC.
The April meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will take place April 21 a 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Robert Noreika, national award-winning artist from Rocky Hill, will present a watercolor demo. The meeting is open to the public.
"FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE"
Experience Music at United and the Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists presents the silent movie "For Heavens' Sake" staring Harold Lloyd, April 24 at 7 p.m., Main Church, corner of Appleton and Maple streets. Guest organist is Peter Krasinski.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 N. Main St., hosts a pancake breakfast on April 24 from 7:30 - 11 a.m. Cost: $5; children under 14, $2.50. Menu: pancakes (regular and blueberry), sausage, juice, coffee, tea and milk.
FIVE COLLEGE CONCERT
"Music of Devotion: Five College Collegium Concert," featuring early 15th century Italian music with voices, Renaissance winds and strings, will take place in the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum's John and Norah Warbeke Gallery on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. Concert is free, fully accessible, with parking available nearby.
BOOK SALE COLLECTION DAY
Friends of the Southwick Public Library will be collecting donated books, CDs, DVDs and audio books April 24 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the library, 95 Feeding Hills Rd. (Rte 57) for the Spring Book Sale. (No encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books, please.) Book sale will be April 30 and May 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Members preview is April 29, 5 - 8 p.m. For more info call 569-1221.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic fair/medium's day and bake sale April 24, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. 15-min. private readings: $20. Followed by a workshop titled "Dreams and Spirit" presented by Rev. Lynn Kent from 2:30 - 5 p.m.; cost: $20. For info or advance bookings or workshop sign-up, call Denise at 519-9669 or visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.
SILENT AUCTION/BASKETBALL GAME
The Springfield Renaissance School silent auction and basketball game faculty vs. students April 28 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Springfield Renaissance School. Proceeds to help fund the 2010 ninth grade outward bound course. For more info or to donate items for the auction, contact Donna Conlogue at 781-1845 (email@example.com) or e-mail Christina Cavanaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duggan Middle School is hosting a workshop on "Understanding Autism" for parents, guardians, families and friends on April 29 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Everyone is invited to attend this resourceful and educational workshop in support of our children. There will be refreshments and a raffle during the social hour.
WNEC GOLF BENEFIT
The Third Annual Friends of the Program Golf Outing to benefit the WNEC men's lacrosse team will take place April 23 at Hampden Country Club. Cost for individual golfers: $100. Registration includes round of golf with cart (scramble format), cocktail hour and BBQ dinner, longest drive and closest to the pin contests, commemorative gifts, prizes for winners. Registration is at 7:15 a.m., shot gun start is at 8 a.m. For more info contact Patrick Dabrowski at (860) 951-2739 or Ryan Deane at 949-0904.
FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE
The Fourth Annual Regional Fair Housing - Civil Rights Conference will take place April 23 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at WNEC's School of Law. Fair housing, predatory lending, healthcare, disability, zoning and development, hate crimes and litigation issues will be discussed. Sponsored by the Mass. Fair Housing Center, HAPHousing, the Legislative Institute of WNEC Law School and Safe Passages. To register or for more info contact email@example.com or Catherine at (800) 675-7309 ext. 106.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Mon. of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St. at 4 p.m. No registration required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 536-1895.
WINE TASTING EVENT
The public is invited to a friendly and informative community-sponsored wine tasting event to benefit St. Anthony Maronite Church on April 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Cedar's Banquet Facility, 419 Island Pond Rd. Tickets: $25; includes wines from Bertelli's, food tasting from the Federal, Elegant Affairs, Tony & Penny's, Johnsens Catering and Al Dente's Catering. There will also be a silent auction. To RSVP call Suzanne at 747-0797 or Joanne at 530-1170.
Springfield Golden Age CLUB
Announces its Spring Fling Bingo on April 23. Price: $8; taking place at Greenleaf Community Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
Gina Daniele presents a bus trip to Niagara Falls May 15 - 16 featuring a stay in a hotel, continental breakfast, tour and boat ride -- no passport required! Bus leaves from Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St. For more info call 732-8941.
Westfield River Watershed Assoc. needs volunteers to help stock salmon fry in Westfield River tributaries on April 24. Bring water, a light lunch and river boots or waders, if you have them. Meet at 8 a.m. at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. For more info, visit www.westfieldriver.org or call Phil Sousa at 568-3982.
EDUCATION, CAREER FAIR
Westfield State College offers a career, internship and graduate school fair from 1:30 - 4 p.m. on April 22 in the Woodward Center. Free and open to the public. For more info, call the Westfield State Career Center at 572-5206.
CARD & GAME PARTY
The Westfield Woman's Club announces their annual card and game party on May 10 from noon - 3:30 p.m. at their clubhouse, 28 Court St. Bring cards or your own board game and join us for an afternoon of fun. Admission: $10 per person and includes lunch and a table prize. The event is open to the public. For tickets, call 568-8994.
HOMELESS CAT BENEFIT
Contemporary country band Gale County will perform on April 23 from 7 p.m. - midnight in the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave. For $15/person, enjoy a sumptuous buffet and a 50/50 raffle, all to benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project. For tickets or more info, contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org or 568-6964. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
On April 24 Grace Lutheran Church will host its annual Vendors Showcase at the Mittineague Congregational Church, 1840 Westfield St., from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. A light lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks and desserts will be on sale starting at 11 a.m.