Town Events, Aug. 11 - Aug. 18
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Participants in the Adult Creative Writing Class will offer a sample of their work to the public on Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. Local author Michael Aloisi taught a six-week writing class as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Agawam Center Library Association. Call or visit the library to register for this program.
"Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make When Their Children go to College," presented by Dr. Susan Solomon Ph.D., C.P.C.C. will take place Sept. 7 at the Agawam Public Library. For more info, visit her Web site at www.MyLifeinCollege.net. Call or visit the library to register for this program.
AGAWAM SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Agawam Senior Center. Aug. 12: 9 a.m. exercise; 9:30 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. line dancing 2; 12:15 p.m. bridge; 1 p.m. pitch/6:30 p.m. evening pitch; 4 p.m. zumba. Aug. 13: 9:15 a.m. oil painting; 9:30 a.m. hand and foot card game; 9:30 a.m. walking club; 10 a.m. tai chi; 11:15 a.m. yoga; 12:30 p.m. canasta; 1 p.m. cribbage.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Grab your blankets and join us at Szot park, football field, for a free outdoor movie, "Madagascar," on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., sponsored by Chicopee Parks and Rec. Dept., Charter Business, Interstate Towing, and Knight of Columbus Elder Council 69. Movie to begin at 8 p.m. Concession stands will be open or bring a picnic. Park rules: no alcoholic beverages allowed, dogs are prohibited from the football field. For info, call 594-1500.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
A diabetes support group will take place monthly at the Chicopee Council on Aging. The next meeting will be Aug. 16 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, use a glucometer, and answer questions. New members welcome. Info: Jared, 534-3698. Free.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
A support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression will meet Aug. 24 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. Info: call 534-3698.
Men's group meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Next meeting will be Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Info: call Jared at 534-3698.
ANDY COONEY XMAS SHOW
Trip to Christmas with Cooney at the Grade Arts Theatre Dec. 7. Includes round trip motor coach, Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino bonus and food voucher, special 3 p.m. Andy Cooney Christmas Show, gratuities. Cost is $60. Call the Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698, Mon.-Fri., noon-3 p.m.
FALL FOLIAGE TRAIN RIDE
Come join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Ely Associates to ride the White River Flyer train which departs in White River Junction for Thetford, Vt. Trip departs Oct. 10 from Old Chicopee High at 8:30 a.m. Cost for complete trip is $56 adults; $49 children 12 and under. Includes train, transportation and driver tip. For more info, call 594-3481. Hurry seats are limited.
The Somers Cultural Commission will present its 18th annual regional juried Piedmont Art Show at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers, Conn. Juror's Choice award is $800; other awards of $300, $100 and $25. Entry dates: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to noon; Sept. 11, noon to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Hall. For entry prospectus, visit somerscultural.com or send SASE to Somers Cultural Commission, 600 Main St., Somers, CT 06071, Attn: Neil, Piedmont Art Show 2010.
The Dow Jones Retiree's Group has scheduled a trip to Yankee Stadium Sept. 4. Cost: $90/person includes bus, tailgate party, ticket to the game. Pick up/drop off at Bob's Commuter Lot, Enfield, Conn. All welcome. Info: Carol at (860) 668-5822 or (860) 978-1313.
The Suffield Fine Arts Festival, sponsored by the Tobacco Valley Artists Association has space available for artists wishing to exhibit their work for display or sale on Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the King House Museum, 232 S. Main St., Suffield, Conn. (rain date is Oct. 2). A 10-foot by 10-foot. space is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Artists may share a space for $10 each. Art group or club can rent space for $30. Call Claire Ledoux at 860-668-6786. Deadline Sept. 15.
Western Massachusetts Republications will be hosting their annual summer picnic on Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. at the West Springfield Elks Lodge pavilion, 429 Morgan St. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, those five and under are free. This annual event provides an opportunity to mix and mingle with Republican candidates for public office in a relaxed setting. Send reservations to WMR, P.O. Box 4662, Springfield, MA 01101.
SENIOR SWING BAND
The final concert sponsored by the Friends of Granby Elderly will feature the Senior Swing Band on Aug. 17 on the Town Common from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Granby Lions Club will have refreshments for purchase. A good will offering will be accepted. Bring your lawn chair and bug spray. For more info, contact Nancy at 467-9323.
The Friends of Granby Elderly will again sponsor our annual Summer Picnic on Aug. 25 at Dufresne Field from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Menu: chicken BBQ, salads, beans, desserts and beverages. Donation: $5 per person. For more info and to reserve your seat, call the COA at 467-3239.
FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
Join the fun at Foxwoods on Sept. 21 when the Friends of Granby Elderly sponsor a bus trip leaving from the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8 a.m.; return at 6 p.m. Cost: $20 per person, includes bus, $10 food coupon, $15 Keno and the drivers gratuity. Reserve your seat now for this popular trip by calling Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441.
FAMILY FISHING FESTIVAL
The Friends of Granby Elderly will host a free Family Fishing Festival on Oct. 2 at Dufresne Field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Western Mass. Anglers Club will provide the poles, bait and lots of info and help to learn about fishing. Boy Scouts will provide refreshments. For info, contact Gloria at 467-3352.
Enjoy the foliage on this bus trip to the Lee Prime Outlets and the Norman Rockwell Museum on Oct. 19. Bus will leave the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8:30 a.m. We will visit the Lee Outlets and coupon books will be available for discounts. Tickets: $30 per person, includes the bus, museum and driver's gratuity. For info and to reserve your seat, call Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441.
Holyoke Community College will host a one-stop Registration Express for fall 2010 enrollment on Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Welcome Center (Frost 221). Students can complete placement testing, meet with an academic advisor and learn about financial aid. Transfers: bring transcripts and learn how easy it is to transfer credits. For more info, e-mail email@example.com or call 552-2321.
The Holyoke Golden Seniors will host a Boston Duck Tour with a visit to the New England Aquarium Sept. 14. Cost: $72/person. Call Barbara Sbrega at 538-6275 for info and reservations.
Wistariahurst will host a movie night, featuring, "From Tee to Green: The History of the Orchards" on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission by donation.
ANNUAL STEAK ROAST
The Southwick Rotary Club's annual steak roast is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Pavilion, Post #338 on Powder Mill Road. Donations are $20 for adults; $10 for children. Raffle prizes. Entertainment by Steve Piper of The Roadhouse Band. Advanced tickets: Bob Fox at Southwick Florist at 569-5962.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Aug. 12: SHINE (by appt). Aug. 13: veterans' representative, 9 a.m. Aug. 15: Manicures (by appt). Aug. 19: blood pressure clinic, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 26: SHINE (by appt) and veterans' representative at 9 a.m. Sept. 1: lunchtime pizza party.
The following events will take place at the Senior Center during August. Mondays: pool or Wii golf, 9 a.m. Tuesdays: bingo, 10 a.m., 5 per card; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; poker, 1 p.m. Fridays: Wii games, 10 a.m.
The Senior Center will host a trip to Battleship Cove in Fall River on Sept. 29. Enjoy the world's largest collection of Navy ships and the delicious "Battleship Buffett" onboard the USS Massachusetts. Leave the center at 7:30 a.m.; return 5:30 p.m. Cost: $46, due by Sept. 1. Sign up by calling Alice at 569-5498.
The Senior Center will host a trip to see the play, "20th Century Melody Makers" on Oct. 21 at Old Sturbridge Village. Leave the center at 10 a.m.; return 4:30 p.m. Cost: $46 per person, due by Oct. 1. Call 569-5498 soon to sign-up.
The Senior Center will host a trip to Pequot Museum and Foxwoods Casino on Nov. 17. Leave the center at 7:30 a.m.; return 5:30 p.m. Cost: $28, includes transportation, gratuities and museum admission. Payment due: Oct. 27. You'll receive Foxwoods bonus pack for buffet lunch and free wheel spins. Call Alice at 569-5498 to sign up.
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Come celebrate the 15th annual Southwick Police Youth Challenges Program and Police Association Golf Tournament on Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Edgewood Golf Course, 161 Sheep Pasture Rd. Cost: $90 per person, includes breakfast, driving range, green fees, cart, lunch and dinner. For an entry form, visit www.southwickma.org.
The Board of Selectmen is looking for interested residents to serve on the Agricultural Committee. Resident must be a registered voter. Submit a resume and letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 to the Selectmen's Office, Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077.
FUEL ASSISTANCE APPOINTMENTS
For new applicants only, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mayflower Senior Center, 1516 Sumner Ave. Call Alex Martin at 782-4536.
HUNGRY HILL LUNCHEONS
The Hungry Hill Center's Tuesday luncheon will be on Aug. 24: soup and egg salad. Tickets are $2 and must be purchased one week prior to the lunch. The center's new location is the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St. Info: 733-9411.
FUEL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS
Representatives from New England Farm Workers' Council will be at the Hungry Hill Center, Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St., Aug. 26 to accept fuel applications for new clients. Appointments necessary; 733-9411.
THE TOE JAM BAND
The Toe Jam Puppet Band appears at Eastfield Mall for Children's Summer Theater Aug. 14 at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Shows performed in the Center Court. Arrive early for best seating and to receive free gift and lunch voucher. Event is free and every child 12 and under can enter free raffle and receive a voucher valid for lunch anywhere in the food court for only $2 and a $1 kids cone at Dairy Queen following performance. For more info, visit www.eastfieldmall.com or call 543-8000.
State Rep. Cheryl Coakley-Rivera will sponsor a free pizza party at the Hungry Hill Center Aug. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Reservations: call the center at 733-9411.
HOLY CROSS CHURCH DINEOUT
On Aug. 11, from 5 to 8 p.m at Friendly's on Allen and Cooley streets, Holy Cross Parish is having a fundraising event. Kids meals are only $1.99! Come to our tent for a coloring contest, games and a raffle of either an ice cream sundae basket or ice cream cake. Our Youth Ministry is also sponsoring a car wash!
Community Block Party
The Mason Square "Unity in the Community" Block Party event will take place Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at Pleasant Street and Holy Trinity Church of God In Christ.
DA CANDIDATES FORUM
Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Greenleaf Community Center, Parker St., 16 Acres. Invited are District Attorney candidates State Sen. Stephen Buoniconti, Michael Kogut, Stephen Spelman, James Goodhines, Mark Mastroianni and Brett Vottero. State Sen. Gale Candaras is also expected to attend.
Westfield Business Improvement District and Westfield on Weekends will host a free concert by Changes in Latitude on Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal lot near School Street Bistro. For more info, visit www.thedistrictwestfield.com.
AMPUTEE SUPPORT GROUP
YMCA of Greater Westfield will host its first amputee support group Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Our mission is to create a positive environment that fosters support and helps educate amputees and their families as they adjust and move on, and to assist them in continuing to grow in spirit, mind, and body. For more info, contact Charlene Call at 568-8631 ext. 305.
GED PREP CLASSES
Information Night for Evening GED Prep Classes through Westfield Community Education will take place Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenauem. Pre-testing will be completed at that time. For more info, visit www.westfield-ged.org or http://westfieldcommunityeducation.org.
OGUNQUIT, MAINE TRIP
The West Springfield Park and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Ogunquit, Maine on Aug. 28. Bus leaves Town Hall, 26 Central St., at 6:30 a.m.; return time home approx. 9 p.m. Cost per person is $45. Bus drops off short walk to beach and marginal way. Many unique shops and restaurants to visit and a trolley car to hop on and off to visit different local spots for a small fee. Register at Park and Rec. office Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by mail. Registration forms online. For more info, call 263-3284.
NEW SENIOR CENTER HOURS
The West Springfield Senior Center will be closed on Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day. The center's regular hours of operation are changing; beginning Sept. 7; the new hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Thursdays until 8 p.m., for special programming.
SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL
On Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. the West Springfield Senior Center will host Mass Senior Action Council's Springfield Chapter President John Bennett and Linda Stone, Western Mass organizer. They will present information about their organization and initiatives to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
On Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., Dan Moraski, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, will speak about the role of Social Security, Survivor Benefits, Medicare, and the importance of planning for your future retirement years.