Town Events, Aug. 27 - Sept. 3
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
"DISCOVER AND CREATE"
"Discover and Create" is the theme of the stuffed sock animal display featured in the Johnson Memorial Case at the Agawam Public Library for the month of September. The "craft" section offers many diverse ideas such as the "Sock and Glove" book by Miyako Kanamori. This book explains how to make stuffed "dolls" from recycled socks, gloves, buttons, and thread." For more info, contact the library at 789-1550.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) is meeting on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest in providing diverse cultural events for the town, a great opportunity exists with the ACC. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The new St. David's Episcopal Church Sunday School year will begin on Sept. 7 with super church, and will continue every Sunday after. Students to register now by calling the church office at 786-6133.
St. David's Episcopal Church is calling all scrapbookers for a "Scrapbooking Saturday" on Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring a bag lunch and all your stuff and spread out! Call the church at 786-6133 to reserve your spot.
The Agawam Golden Agers, Chapter Two, is sponsoring a trip to Nashville, Tennesse on May 15 - 20. This trip will include round trip air fare to Nashville, dinner theatre, tour, breakfast and dinner daily, all gratuities and more. Cost includes transportation to and from the airport, roundtrip air fare, five night hotel accommodations, taxes and all shows. For more info, or reservations, contact Art Usher at 786-2567.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will be meeting monthly starting on the first Thursday of the month from September through June at the Agawam Public Library at 7 p.m. The Friends are a non-profit organization whose yearly membership dues and fundraisers help to provide those things that are not in the library's yearly budget. We are looking for new members. For more info, contact the group via PO Box 478, Feeding Hills, MA 01030-0478.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be meeting on Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. Free coffee will be served. All members should attend this important meeting. Friends would like to thank all those that baked for our bake sale on Aug. 13 at the Castle of the Knights in Chicopee. The bake sale netted a profit of $495 for Friends.
BRUNCH AND FASHION SHOW
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center buffet brunch and fashion show will take place Sept. 7 from 10 a.m-2 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center. Donation of $15 to raise the roof. Raffle donations are now being accepted. Red Hatters welcome. Tickets sold at senior center or call Barbara at 786-1421.
First Baptist Church of Agawam, corner of Main and Elms Streets will have the grand re-opening of its Trading Post Consignment Shop on Sept. 3 from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Limit: 50 items at one time.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The Agawam Garden Club welcomes all to enjoy a visual journey of Japanese Gardens at the next meeting on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the senior center. Membership is open to all with an interest in gardening. Dues are $15.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
A trip to Mohegan Sun Sept. 10. Leaving from American Legion, Exchange Street, at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20. Bonus is free buffet and $20 on big wheel. Call Dot for more info at 788-6835 between 4-5 p.m.
BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
Boy Scout Troop 131 will hold a bottle and can collection drive on Sept. 6 from 8 a.m.-noon in the St. Stanislaus School parking lot, 534 Front St. This fundraiser is to help raise money for troop activities. Bring your returnable bottles and cans to the rear of the school. To schedule a pickup of your bottles and cans, call Cindy Conklin at 594-3142.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW
The Chicopee Parks and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a trip to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the holiday season with this year's Christmas Show. The show features the world famous Rockettes, Santa and Mrs. Claus, their reindeer, elves and more. The trip includes the bus fare and the admittance to the show, orchestra/first mezzanine seating. Bus departs from the Szot Park parking lot at 8 a.m. sharp. The trip is scheduled for Dec. 1. Arrive in New York City at approximately 11:30 a.m. to shop prior to the 5 p.m. show, then depart for home at 7 p.m. Hurry, seats are limited For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481.
"A WONDERFUL LIFE"
The Chicopee Travel Club is going to see "A Wonderful Life" at the Westchester Theatre in New York on Nov. 21. Cost includes a fabulous meal, show, bus and all gratuities. Call 534-3698 for more info.
"TASTE OF GERMANY" TRIP
Join the Aldenville Seniors of St. Rose de Lima on Oct. 2 as they journey to Round Top, N.Y., for a "Taste of Germany." A local guide will meet us as we travel to Blackhead Mountain Lodge for a "spaetzle" making demonstration followed by lunch; there will be three choices. After lunch, our guide will stop at a local attraction. Call 533-9282 for more info.
SALUTE TO OUR ARMED FORCES
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club presents a great musical event and feast at the Aqua Turf Club on Nov. 11 to salute all of America's armed forces. Aqua Turf's family-style dinner and entertainment guarantee an afternoon of fun and camaraderie. For more info contact the Senior Center Travel Desk at 534-3698.
FALL FOLIAGE TRAIN RIDE
Come join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Ely Associates to experience the spectacular scenery of Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. Trip departs Oct. 12 to board the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith for a two-hour narrated railroad journey. Trip departs at 7:45 a.m. from the old Chicopee High and returns around 6:45 p.m. Rain or shine trip incudes a picnic lunch served aboard the train, transportation and driver tip. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Hurry, seats are limited.
The Arbors second annual craft fair is Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vendors can reserve a table and lunch for $40. Fill out your application by Sept. 1 at 929 Memorial Dr. Call Sondra at 593-0088 with any questions.
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 2.
Wii demonstrations at the Chicopee Senior Center on Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone can play Wii sports, an interactive video game that gives you a workout while playing. Sports games have never felt better. Swing, hit and throw like a pro with the Wii remote. Experience realistic sports sensations while using an easy-to-use wireless controller that translates your motions onto the screen. This workshop will coach new players in the techniques of the game, showing them when to swing their arms to swing the tennis racket or the moment to let go of the virtual bowling ball. Call to register at 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator.
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to the Garde Arts Center in New London to see Celtic Spring, one of the top acts in the finals of "America's Got Talent" on Sept. 23. We will spend time at Foxwoods before leaving for the show. Lunch will be at Foxwoods. Cost is all inclusive. Call the Senior Center at 534-3698 for further info.
STARE DOWN THE SUN SHOW
Stare Down the Sun will be performing at Maximum Capacity Sports Bar, 116 School St. in Chicopee, on Aug. 31. Show starts at 4 p.m.
Sigma Theta Tau
The next business meeting of Beta Zeta at Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International will be on Sept. 16 at the Baystate Health Education Center,361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m. Visit the Web site www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~betazeta/.
This year's Fourth of July fireworks display were cancelled due to inclement weather and will take place on Aug. 29 (rain date is Aug. 30) at Holyoke Community College. Activities such as inflatable play structures, game area, DJ, concessions will also take place beginning at 5 p.m. For more info, call Mayor Michael Sullivan's office at 322-5510.
MUSIC TOGETHER SAMPLE CLASSES
Free sample classes of Music Together for Valley Families, offering this parent/child music enrichment program, will take place at All Saints Episcopal Church in South Hadley Sept. 8 - 10. Call 259-9400 or see www.valleymusicgroup.com for more info. Call for class times and to reserve a space.
SOC. SECURITY RETIREMENT SEMINAR
Drenen Financial and Money Concepts will be sponsoring an Informational Seminar on Social Security and Retirement. Dan Moraski from Social Security will be discussing Social Security background, benefits and retirement planning. He will also be available for questions. The seminar will take place on Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at ABC Pizza and Grill, 592 College Highway, Southwick. Space is limited so call 569-0015 to reserve your seat today.
ZITI AND CHICKEN DINNER
Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee Ziti and Chicken Dinner Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m., at John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave., Springfield. Cost is $10 per person. Tribute to '911,' door prizes, 50/50 raffles. For tickets call Nancy Lefebvre at 593-5818 or Claire O'Brien at 783-9324. Tickets available at the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411.
Bus to St. AnthonY
Bus to St. Anthony, Boston, Aug. 31. Leave Mt. Carmel School, Margaret St., at 7 a.m. Leave Boston, 6 p.m. For more info call Angie at (860) 254-5246 or Ersilia at 789-4234.
FOXWOODS CASINO & BINGO
Bus leaves Mom & Rico's Market, 899 Main St. at 7:30 a.m. Call Rico and Gina at 732-8941 for more info.
Pine Point Council
The Pine Point Community Council monthly meeting will take place Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. Guest speakers include developers for a new business at 1535 Bay St. Tentatively scheduled is the continued discussion about the request for a special permit for 99 Arnold Ave. Anyone wishing to receive e-mail notices about upcoming meetings or events should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit pinepointcouncil.com.
All Adults Welcome
The New Beginning's Adult Education Program is ready to kick-off another exciting semester at Minnechaug Regional High School. Enrichment courses will be offered beginning the week of Sept. 22. Numerous computer courses, ballroom dancing, beading, yoga, several health and fitness classes, a SCUBA certification course and various online instructor-lead college enrichment courses will be offered. Look for a more complete program description and a registration form in the Aug. 25 edition of the Reminder. For general info as well as registration info call 599-1831.
"A DAY IN ARMENIA"
St. Mark Armenian Church in Springfield is hosting a fun event on Aug. 31, "A Day in Armenia," taking place from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the church grounds at 2427 Wilbraham Rd.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On Sept. 8, 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 is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 739-4715.
'THIS OLD HOUSE' TAPING
Tickets are still available for a special reception to benefit WGBY featuring "This Old House" hosts Kevin O'Connor and Tom Silva, coming to Springfield, for the taping of a segment for the PBS show's upcoming fall season. The event will be at the ReStore Home Improvement Center 250 Albany St., Aug. 27 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and may be purchased by logging on to www.wgby.org/TOH or by calling 1-800-838-3006. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds will benefit WGBY's programs and services.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Chapter 221 will meet on Sept. 5, in Vincent Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Social time 1 p.m., business meeting 1:30 p.m. There will be a discussion on issues to be taken up at the National Convention and voting on National Officers. Spouses and surviving spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome. For info, call 733-1286.
BUS TRIP TO FEAST
Bus to Feast of St. Cosimo And St. Damian in Utica, N.Y., will take place Sept. 28. Leave Mt. Carmel School, Margaret St., at 7 a.m.; leave St. Anthony Church in Utica at 5 p.m. You can bring a lunch or pick up something there. There will be refreshments on the bus. Bus is handicapped assessable. For more info call Angie at (860) 254-5246, Paula at 739-6635 or Ersilia at 789-4234.
PVMTM BENEFIT DINNER DANCE
The Pioneer Valley Military and Transportation Museum (PVMTM) invites the public to its benefit dinner and dance on Sept. 20 at the East Mountain Country Club. Cocktail hour is at 5:30 p.m., dinner from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dance to the music of Cory and the Knightsmen from 7:30-11 p.m. Cost is $45 per person, $90 per couple. Military personnel in uniform and PVMTM members receive $5 discount. Group discounts available. For further info, go to www.pvmtm.org.
Animal Shelter Renovation Inc. will be hosting a trip to Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Sept. 21. The bus leaves City Hall at 10 a.m. and returns at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 including meal voucher and bet. For tickets contact Lisa Sunderland Burns at 348-0033 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
FRIDAY FAMILY FUN SWIM NIGHT
The second Friday of every month during the school year is Friday Family Fun Swim Night starting Sept. 12 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Greater Westfield. All Members are free and non-members are $5/adult and $3/child. For more info, contact the Y at 568-8631.
YOUTH LIFEGUARDING CLASS
GuardStart Lifeguarding Tomorrow for ages 11-14 at the YMCA of Greater Westfield begins Sept. 11, continuing on Thursdays for seven weeks from 5-7 p.m. Prerequisites include swimming the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side, treading water for 1 minute, and being able to submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet under water. The price is Deluxe $85, Member $95 and Limited $110. For more info, contact Lisa LaValley at 568-8631 ext. 320 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KIDS NIGHT OUT
Kids Night Out at the YMCA of Greater Westfield will begin on Sept. 27, continuing every fourth Friday of the month during the school year from 5:30-9:45 p.m. Children ages 4.5-12 are welcome. Night inclueds crafts for the kids, fun activities, swimming with the lifeguards, a movie and snack. Cost is $10/child and additional siblings are $5 each. For further info, contact Lisa LaValley, aquatics director at 568-8631 ext. 320.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will offer swim lessons for pre-schoolsers, ages 3-5 and youth, ages 6 and up beginning Sept. 8. Classes are offered once a week for seven weeks. Pre-school lessons are available both mornings and evenings. Youth lessons are offered early evenings and Saturday mornings. Full or limited membership is required to participate. For questions, contact Lisa LaValley at the Y at 568-8631 ext. 320.
LIFEDANCE OPEN HOUSE
LifeDance Productions will host an open house on Sept. 7 from 4 - 6 p.m. at the Westfield Yoga Center, 94 North Elm St., Suite 211 (the Westwood building). This bellydance event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy bellydance performances and participate in an "Intro to Bellydance" mini class. Learn about the history and benefits of bellydance and if LifeDance is the place for you! For more info, contact Sanaa Amel at 642-3128, Sanaa.Amel@gmail.com or visit www.sanaa-amel.com.
The West Springfield Public Library is pleased to offer "Malawi: A Travelogue" on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The mother/daughter team of Karen Hardy-Knight and Shannon Massey will regale us with tales of their encounters during a seven week trip to Cape MacLear in Malawi, Africa. As volunteers of the Billy Riordan Memorial Trust, these women will share their life changing adventures with us. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the West Springfield Public Library and brought to you through cooperative efforts with West Springfield Public Library Staff.