Town Events, Aug. 26 - Sept. 2
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host its first meeting of the new year on Sept. 2 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Agawam Historical and Firehouse Museum, 35 Elm St. All researchers are welcome to join, experienced and those just starting. Come and be part of the Western Mass. Genealgoy Society, a group dedicated to keeping their ancestors memories and family histories preserved. Annual membership is $20.
CLASS '79 REUNION
Agawam High School class of 1979 will celebrate its 30 year renunion 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRESHMEN AGAWAM BAND PARENTS
Freshmen parents, join us for our first meeting Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the band room. Students are always welcome. We would love to meet you all and share thoughts, ideas and upcoming events. The meeting include grades 9 - 12 parents and students, and we welcome your input. Come see old friends and make some new ones.
Vendors and crafters at needed for the Agawam Catholic Women's Club tag sale on Sept. 12 at St. John's Church from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Spaces are open for vendors and crafters for $20. For more info, call Theresa at 786-4966.
MAYOR'S OFFICE HOURS
Mayor Susan Dawson will continue open office hours at Town Hall each Thursday from Sept. 3 - 24 from 11 a.m. - noon. No appt. necessary. For more info, call 786-0400 ext. 200.
AGAWAM COUNCIL ON AGING
The Council on Aging and Senior Center has announced the following events. Aug. 26: Chapter 2 Trip to Saratoga at 8:15 a.m.; yoga, 8:15 a.m. weight training, 9:30 a.m.; walking club, 1 p.m.; ballroom lessons, 1 p.m.; bridge, 1:30 p.m.; Golden Agers meeting Chapter 1, 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27: bridge, 12:30 p.m.; blood pressure check 1 p.m.; pitch, 1 p.m. Aug. 28: Walking Club, 9:30 a.m.; One on One with Judy (by appt.) at 10 a.m.; cribbage, 1 p.m.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
The Agawam Democratic Committee will have its monthly meeting on Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Agawam Public Library. We will be planning our Sept. 27 brunch and the forums to take place before the elections. Visitors are always welcome.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will be meeting monthly on the first Thursday of the month from September - June at 7 p.m. at the library. The next meeting is Sept. 3. Friends is a non-profit organization whose yearly membership dues and fundraisers help to provide those things that are not in the library's yearly budget. New members are welcome. For more info, write to P.O. Box 478, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.
Mayor Susan Dawson is available to meet with senior citizens on the third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center. The next meeting will take place on Sept. 16.
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering two eight-week yoga classes for newcomers or returners. Gentle yoga classes which is deep breathing and yoga stretching for the beginner or next level yoga student starts Sept. 9 and meet on Weds. 6 - 7:15 p.m. Moderate and intermediate classes for the more experienced start Sept. 14 and meets Mon. from 6 - 7:15 p.m. Both take place at the New Chicopee Comp Fitness Center. For more info, call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Pre-registration for the program is mandatory.
PRO-LIFE SPAGHETTI DINNER
The Knights of Columbus, Elder Council 69 will be hosting a spaghetti and meatball dinner and bake sale to benefit the Chicopee Chapter and Pioneer Valley Region of Mass. Citizens for Life. Come to the dinner on Sept. 1 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the K of C, 460 Granby Rd. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and children under 5 are free. To order tickets call Monica at 746-0655 or Pat at 536-1811. For more info call the Ludlow MCFL office at 583-5034.
AJAC CO-ED SIGN UPS
AJAC Co-Ed Instructional sign ups will take place for ages 4 - 8 at the AJAC Clubhouse at Ashe Park Aug. 30, Sept. 12 and 13 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.; and on Sept. 3 and 9 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Registration fee: $45. Bring a copy of child's birth certificate. For more info, call the AJAC Clubhouse at 552-0440 and leave your name and number and someone will return your call.
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on Sept. 9 from 9 a.m. - noon there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first-come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.
HEALTHY EATING 101
You are invited to attend Healthy Eating 101 at the Chicopee Council on Aging Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. This hands-on workshop is all about cooking with fall fruits. We will incorporate fruits into all our recipes cooking up healthy and delicious dishes using other wholesome ingredients like whole grains, meat and greens. Recipes are modified to make them more nutritious. Donation: $4; tickets are available at the office. Space is limited to 20 people. For more info, call Violet Suska at 534-3698.
Enjoy a breathtaking journey through the Adirondack Mountains of New York to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the famous 1000 Islands. Tour will include a paddlewheel boat cruise among the 1000 Islands, including a stop at Heart Island to visit Boldt Castle and a tour of the impressive FDR Power Project in Massena, N.Y., and its Eisenhower Locks. This is a three-day trip from Sept. 8 - 10. Call the Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698 Mon. - Fri. from noon - 3 p.m. for further info.
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 7.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT POSTPONED
Last week's Family Movie Night has been rescheduled for Aug. 27 due to inclement weather. For more info, call the Mayor's office at 594-1500.
The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will host a spaghetti supper on Sept. 3, serving from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost: $4.50 for adults, $4 for children under 10, $4.75 for takeout. We serve you no waiting in line. All monies benefit our veterans, veterans' families, hospital parties and much more. All food is home made by the Ladies Auxiliary.
There will be a Special Town Meeting on Sept. 8. If you are not a registered voter and wish to participate at this STM the last day to register is Aug. 28. Voter registration will run from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. as follows: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2 - 7 p.m. at the Public Library, and 7 - 8 p.m. at the Town Hall. You may view this wattant at the following public places; Town Hall, Center Pharmancy, Dressel's Service Station, Post Office, Public Library, Florence Savings Bank, Polish Credit Union and Summit Variety. Any questions or concerns can be direct to Kathy Kelly-Regan at 467-7178.
BASIC PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., on Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safety. A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a State of Mass. Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 12. Info is avaliable at www.holyokerevolverclub.com or call 539-9345 and leave your name and number on the answering machine.
Think and Play Series
Think and Play Series: We're Different, We're the Same, at The Children's Museum at Holyoke on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The museum is located at 444 Dwight St.
NEW YORK TRIP
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a bus trip to Lake George, N.Y., on Aug. 29. Depart at 8 a.m. and return approx. 8 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults, children 15 and under, $25. For info call 977-1527 or 209-6866.
The Our Lady of Grace Society will be hosting a Centennial Celebration of the founding of its society on Sept. 6. The festivities will begin with a Mass to be officiated by Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on William Street. On Aug. 30, a banquet will take place at Felix Ristorante, Dickinson Street, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and may be obtained by calling Alfredo ViVenzio at 734-5611, Sal Scibelli at 567-3900 or Lia Addeo at 739-3713.
Al-Anon meeting time changes for Ludow from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., St. Paul's Church, corner of Hubbard and Sewall streets. Open discussion. Newcomers welcome.
Young Life Springfield will host its second annual Golf Classic, Sept. 19, at Veterans Golf Course; 8 a.m. start. Dinner at 2 p.m. catered by Texas Roadhouse. There is a $10 discount if you register before Sept. 1. Cost includes green fees, cart, prizes and dinner. To register, contact Bob Tongue at email@example.com or at 734-2071. Proceeds from this tournament will be used to fund a professional Young Life staff worker for Springfield and to provide scholarships to send kids to Young Life Camp. Young Life is a world class organization for adolescents. To find out more about YL go to www.younglife.org.
On the Same Page
The Springfield chapter of Hadassah "On the Same Page" Book club announced that Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz will be facilitating a discussion on forgiveness in anticipation of the High Holy Day observance. We will focus on the book "The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness" by Simon Wiesenthal. The book club meeting will take place in the meeting room of Glen Meadow, 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow, on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring a prospective member and there will be no solicitation. Kosher refreshments. If you have any filled Hadassah Tzedakah boxes, they will be collected at the meeting. Respond to Hadassah_Springfield@hotmail.com.
The Women's Leadership Network will host next month's meeting on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Phenomenal Cuts, 682 Sumner Ave. Speaker: Latino Women's Group.
EATING FOR ENERGY
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is sponsoring a free lecture on eating for energy on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker is Renee Hastings, Certified Holistic Health Counselor.
Explore the habitats in Munn's Island and Nelson's Island the Frank Stanley Beveridge Sanctuary on Aug. 29. Wear appropriate hiking attire, sturdy boots, and bring water, camera/binoculars. All walks and workships will meet at the entrance sign to the Beveridge Sanctuary, and take place from 2 - 4 p.m. Will cancel if heavy rain. For further info, call the park office at 568-9312.
WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The Westfield Woman's Club Evening Division will meet on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at 28 Court St. Dr. Jeff Soley will present a "Seven Step Peak Energy" program. New members and guests are welcome at no charge. For further info, contact Linda Saltus at 562-1596.
The non-profit Pioneer Valley Military & Transportation Museum will host a benefit
Hangar Dance, Cruise-In and Fly-In on Aug. 29 from 5 - 11 p.m. at Barnes Airport. Cory and The Knightsmen will provide entertainment; B'Shara's Runway Restaurant will cook up food. Trophies will be awarded to the top three vehicles present. Tickets: $20/person, $35/couple. There will be a $5 discount for military personnel in uniform. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Call 562-1813 for more info.
MAGIC SHOW FOR KIDS
Magician Ed Popielarczyk will perform at Stanley Park's Friday Mornings for Children on Aug. 28. He has been making children laugh and smile with his outstanding magic tricks and ballroon twists. Friday Mornings for Children take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and are free. Chairs are provided. For further info, call the park office at 568-9312.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host debate/forum for primary election candidates in Westfield on Sept. 15 at the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St. The purpose of this forum is to help familiarize the public with the candidates and their positions. The Ward 2 Forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Mayoral Forum will begin at 7 p.m. The event will be taped for future broadcast on the public access Channel 15.
FREE JAZZ CONCERT
Interplay Jazz Band, an experienced professional ensemble that performs jazz, and jazz influenced funk, Latin and blues will perform at Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert Series on Aug. 30. All Sunday night concerts take place rain or shine and are free. Chairs are provided. For further info, call 568-9312.
"PAWS FOR A CAUSE"
The third annual PAWS for A Cause Walkathon to benefit the non-profit Animal Shelter Renovation Inc. will take place on Sept. 12. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; walk at 11 a.m. Cost: $10 donation/walker. Registration forms are at www.helphomelessanimals.com. For more info call 888-689-3689 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEARNING IN RETIREMENT
Westfield State College's Learning in Retirement program is beginning its 10th semester. For as little as $19 adults ages 55 and up can receive exciting new learning experiences. Classes begin throughout the semester, so it's never too late to sign up. For more info, or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034, 572-8033 or at email@example.com.
MOM CONNECTION MEETING
The Mom Connection's first meeting of the 2009-10 year will be Sept. 8 from 9:15 - 11:30 am., at Larson Hall, Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd. The Mom Connection is open to mothers with children from newborn to elementary-school age and meets the second Tuesday of the month, September - May. Free childcare is provided. For more info, visit themomconnection.org or call Michelle Longey at 737-3377.