Town Events, April 8 - April 15
|From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
ZITI AND MEATBALL DINNER
Ziti and meatball dinner sponsored by the Agawam Lioness will take place on April 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Agawam Lions' Den at the Big E. Cost is $4.50 kids, and $6.50 adults.
The Agawam Parent Advisory Council will meet on April 9 at 6 p.m. at the middle school. Guest speakers include Joanne Odato-Staeb, education and behavior consultant, and Mario Bonavita will give a presentation on autism. There will be a Q&A session. All are welcome.
DICK BRAGG'S SPELLING TALKS
On April 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the Agawam Senior Center see Dick Bragg's Spelling Talks. Learning the ins and outs of spelling and learn how to teach others to read and spell. You will receive a free spelling chart and a DVD. For more info to go www.spellingtalks.com.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public.
FUNERAL INDUSTRY REVEALED
A PBS Frontline produced investigative documentary film "The Undertaking" will be shown at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., on April 16 at 9:30 a.m. Representatives from Colonial Forastiere Funeral Home will be on hand to answer questions. All are welcome to attend this free educational public service. For more info, call 525-8658.
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., welcomes all children to an age appropriate presentation of the last days of Jesus. Children will learn about the Easter story and celebrate with an Easter egg hunt on April 10 at 10 a.m. This program is free and welcomes all children and families. Call the church office at 786-6133 to R.S.V.P.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are having a benefit dinner with entertainment by the Good Acoustics at On the Hill Restaurant in Feeding Hills at 5:30 p.m. and a second seating at 7:15 p.m. on April 29. Dinner choices: baked stuff chicken, meat loaf, meatballs and spaghetti, pork loin. Meals include soup, drink and dessert. Cost is $15. Call Emile Cote at 335-9440 for more info and to buy tickets.
ADULT DROP-IN SIT & KNIT
The Agawam Public Library hosts Adult Drop-in Sit & Knit on Tuesdays from 1 - 3 p.m. The public is invited. This adult program is free of charge and requires no registration.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Agawam Garden Club will meet on April 14 at the Captain Leonard House on Main Street at 7 p.m. Meetings are the second Tuesday of the months of March - November. Membership is open to all. Members dues are $15 per year, guest donation of $2 is requested.
GO GREEN MEETING
The Go Green Agawam Committee will meet April 15 at 7 p.m. to will finalize plans for our Earth Day Event at School Street Park on April 18 (rain date April 25). We also have Curt Freedman of WNEC as our speaker. He will talk about alternative uses of energy and how to save money in cost effective ways while maintaining a green attitude. For further info, contact Corinne Wingard at email@example.com or 786-9467.
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, who discuss a variety of topics each month. The next meeting will be on April 13 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending or for more info call Jared Krok at 534-3698.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on April 13 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.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet on April 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.
ALZHEIMER'S SUPPORT GROUP
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 April 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.
EASTER EGG HUNT
Chicopee Council 62 Polish National Alliance invites all members and friends to attend the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Pulaski Club grounds, 13 Norman St., on April 11 at noon. Children are asked to register at the Pulaski Club by 11:30 a.m. Search parties for children ages 0-10 will be formed. Be sure to bring your Easter basket from home to collect all the special PNA Easter eggs. The PNA Easter Bunny loves to have pictures taken by proud parents and relatives, so bring your camera, too. For the hungry and thirsty there will be refreshments. For more info contact Gilbert Sherman at 596-9578.
The Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69, 460 Granby Rd., is moving their weekly bingo games to Monday nights beginning April 13. Bingo starts at 6:20 p.m. Elder Council 69 will be offering $15, $20 and $30 starter packages, weekly raffles, specials, full kitchen and free coffee. For more info call 594-9848.
ANNUAL EGG HUNT
The Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. announces the annual Egg Hunt will take place on April 11 at Holyoke Heritage State Park from 9 - 11 a.m., rain or shine. Activities will also include a visit from the Easter Bunny, face painting, crafts and pony rides. There will be a limited amount of prizes and gift bags available in addition to the egg hunt. All free. This family event is designed for children ages one - 10.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on April 11 at 6 p.m. Menu: chicken parmesan with spaghetti, garlic bread, green beans, tossed salad, minestrone soup and chocolate cake, coffee, tea, milk, and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 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.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be serving a pancake breakfast from 7:30 - 11 a.m. during the annual Canal Village Potpourri, on April 25. There will also be baked goods, craft items and a tea cup auction available. Anyone wishing to rent a table for craft items, call the church office at 539-9373 for further info.
EVENING OF CHOREOGRAPHY
The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School Dance Dept. will present evenings of student choreography April 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m., and April 19 at 2 p.m. Ticket are $8 for general admission and $5 for PVPA students and children under 12. Make ticket reservations at www.pvpa.org. Reservations must be picked up no later than 15 mins. prior to show time.
The Business Education Alliance Advisory Board announced that its annual Appreciation and Recognition Reception, acknowledging Southwick students and their mentors, will take place April 16 at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.
FINE ART EXHIBIT, SALE
The 10th annual juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale will take place April 18 - 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Town Hall. For more info, call Susan Kochanski at 569-0946 or visit www.southwickma.org/cultural.
JEWELRY MAKING CLASS
The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a jewelry making class on April 13 at 10 a.m. Jackie from the Bead Shop will be the instructor. You can make a bracelet, necklace, earrings or a combination if you like. The cost is from $3 up.
Lenten lunches at St. Catherine's social center, 1023 Parker St., every Friday through April 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, beverage and dessert for $5. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Survival Center.
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, boat ride, breakfast and tour on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.
SAVE THE DATE
Leone's Memorial Golf Tournament on June 1 will take place at Westover Golf Course at 198 South Street in Granby. Tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. $125 per person includes golf, range, cart, lunch, dinner and tee gift. Dinner to follow at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Elks Lodge #61 pavilion, 440 Tiffany St. in Springfield. $50 per person for dinner only. Proceeds to benefit the Leone Memorial Foundation and St. Catherine of Siena Athletic Assoc.
The Hungry Hill Center's luncheons this months will be on April 14 and 28. A meatloaf dinner will be served on April 14 and roast turkey on April 28. The cost for the luncheons is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. For reservations call the center at 733-9411. At each luncheon gift cards to Stop and Shop will be sold to help defray tuition costs to Our Lady of Hope through this school year. There are $10, $20, $25 and $50 cards available.
LUNCHEON AND CRUISE
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will sponsor a luncheon and cruise from Narragansett Bay to Newport on Mother's Day, May 10. There will be live entertainment and two hours to tour Newport. Price includes driver gratuity. The bus will leave Big Y on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and return between 6 - 7 p.m. For more info call 348-7282 or 788-0044.
HEALTH CARE PROXY
On April 28 at 11 a.m. a representative from Chapin Center will discuss the importance of having a Health Care Proxy and will have these forms available. Refreshments will be served. A roast turkey dinner will be served at noon. Reservations for this lunch can be made by calling the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411 by April 21.
HUNGRY HILL COUNCIL MEETING
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief William Noonan and the Mayor s Quality of Life liaison, Jim Leydon, will be at this meeting to address neighborhood concerns. Residents are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Info: 733-9411.
American Girl Place
American Girl Place in Natick; cost includes lunch and goodie bag, April 22. All trips include driver gratuity. All trips leave from parking lot of St. Catherine of Siena church on Parker Street.
Pine Point Community Council
The Pine Point Community Council will host its monthly meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. A discussion of Pine Point s participation in the May 4 Keep Springfield Beautiful Clean-up. A full agenda can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com. All residents of Pine Point are invited to attend and learn more about their neighborhood.
DECORATING EGG TREES
Decorating eggs trees to celebrate spring is thought to have originated in the Netherlands, but its popularity has spread. Free lightweight eggs, such as those made from blown out eggshells, will be available to decorate in a number of ways. Kathleen Coffey will direct the workshop on April 11 from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St.
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS BENEFIT
A silent auction to benefit Homes For Our Troops will take place April 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Springfield Marriott. Bidding runs 7 - 9 p.m. Hors d oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar and live music. Info on all items that have currently been donated can be found at www.hfotauction.org. Tax deductible donations are still being accepted. Tickets are $17/person (in advance only) and are available through the Web site or by visiting Sarat Ford Sales Inc., 245 Springfield St., Agawam. For more info about the event, to purchase tickets or to donate an item, contact Ann Macey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-9450.
St. John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St., is having their annual German supper on April 16 with sittings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, hot dogs, sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans, gravy, rolls, applesauce, dessert, and coffee/tea/milk. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (five - 12) and children under five are free. For tickets, contact the church at 568-1417, Jane McClure at 562-0492 or Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186.
STATE HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE
Westfield State Rep. Don Humason's newest installment of his cable show, "From the State House to Your House," will feature Steven Sklarski, pond director of the Westfield Sportsman's Club. The program airs on Channel 15 on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m., and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. For more info, visit www.donhumason.org.
The Westfield River Watershed Assoc. needs volunteers to help stock salmon fry in Westfield River tributaries on April 11 and 25. The salmon fry stocking is part of the effort to restore Atlantic Salmon to the Westfield River. The fry stocking takes about four hours and can be fun for the whole family. Bring water, a light lunch and river boots or waders, if you have them. Meeting time is 8 a.m. on April 11 at the commuter parking lot of Westfield State College and on April 25 at Gateway Regional High School in Huntington. For further info visit www.westfieldriver.org or call Phil Sousa at 568-3982.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering an Indoor Triathlon, consisting of a 10-minute swim, 15-minute treadmill, and 20-minute bike ride on April 18 at 8 a.m. There is a nominal fee. For more info, contact Cindy Agan at 568-6831.
Local community schoolteachers and administrators are invited to take part in an R & R Mini-Retreat at the YMCA of Greater Westfield's Camp Shepard Goyette Chalet on April 21 and 23 from 9 a.m. - noon. Activities include gentle yoga, mindfulness meditation and chair massage. Cost for Tuesday only is $17 or $29 for both days. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise at 568-8631.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
Mainstream dance on April 17. Dances take place at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For any info on dances call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324. Convention coming up April 24 and 25 " still time to sign up.
The Cup, 240 Westfield St., will host a fish fry to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield on April 10 from 4 - 7 p.m. Fifteen percent of the proceeds will benefit "The House That Love Built." Order off the menu; menu items will include foods other than fish as well. Call ahead at 746-9424 for take out.