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Town Events, Feb. 10 - Feb. 17

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
JAZZ CAFE
The Agawam High School bands proudly present their fourth annual Jazz Cafe on Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the Agawam High School cafeteria. Join us for an evening of music, fine desserts and coffees. The jazz band will be joined by the percussion ensemble. Tickets: $5/pp and include the concert and refreshments.

CURRENT VACANCIES
Mayor Richard Cohen is seeking Agawam residents to be appointed to fill current vacancies on the Historical Commission, Planning Board, Commission on Disabilities and the Council on Aging. Any resident interested in being appointed to one of these committees and/or boards should forward a letter of interest and resume to the Mayor's Office, Attn: Rebecca Budreau, 36 Main St., Agawam MA 01001.

TAVERN LUNCHEON
On Feb. 27, a Tavern Luncheon will take place at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Menu: beef stroganoff, assorted condiments, tea or coffee and cherry cobbler. A donation of $10 per meal is required. Reservations can be made by calling the Leonard House at 786-9421.

OLYMPIC CHALLENGES
Olympic Crafts and Games will take place at the Agawam Public Library on Feb. 17 at 2:30 for ages 7 - 12. A Lego Olympics Challenge will take place Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. for ages 8 - 12. Work alone or in teams to compete in a special challenge assigned to you. Legos provided and prizes awarded.

MOVIE MATINEE
A movie matinee of Disney's "G-Force" will take place at the Agawam Public Library on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. for ages 3 and up. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

CRAFTS FOR KIDS
The Agawam Library Teen Advisory Council has planned a fun afternoon of games, crafts, food and face painting for children ages 3 and up on Feb. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m.

TEEN MOVIE NIGHT
The Agawam Public Library will offer Teen Movie & Popcorn Night for those in grades 7 and up. We'll watch "Ratatouille" and enjoy refreshments on Feb. 18 from 6 - 8 p.m.

CHICOPEE
BERKSHIRES TRIP
Join the Aldenville Seniors of St. Rose de Lima on March 18 as they travel to the Berkshires for their maple sugar trip. First stop will be to Ioka Farms where you will have a maple breakfast followed by a tour of the sugar shack. Our next stop will be to Hilltop Orchards; and then a stop will be to a country store. Final stop will be to the Dakota Steak House for a late lunch. For info call 533-9282.

BOSTON FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a day trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show on March 27. Enjoy the beautiful landscaped garden displays by professional landscape designers, nurseries, historic properties and much more. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach, entrance to the show and driver gratuity. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481 or visit www.chicopeema.gov.

CHICOPEE SPORTSMENS CLUB
Chicopee Sportsmens Club announces opening of ice fishing every Sun. from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. for members. A kids fishing derby for members' children, age 15 and under, will take place Feb. 21 from 9 - 11 a.m. Sign up time for derby is 8 - 9 a.m. Call Celeste at 592-7747 for details. Membership Chair Mike Zybura will be available at all ice fishing dates through March 7 to make available new memberships, or you may call him at 594-9024 for application. Regular club meetings are the first Thurs. of every month at 7:30 p.m. at the Legion Post on New Ludlow Road. Archery schedule is completed. Call Zybura at 594-9024 for details. Spring and summer camping reservations can soon be made by calling president Mike Martin at 467-7916.

POLISH FILM, BOOK EVENT
At the monthly meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd., Ed Cynarski will present a 45-min. folk song and dance film from Poland. Before the film, he and his wife Teresa will speak briefly about their recently published book, "Everyday Polish for Americans." Free; public is invited. Following the meeting the book will be available for purchase.

CHICOPEE FALLS WOMAN'S CLUB
The next monthly meeting of the Chicopee Falls Woman's Club will be on Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at American Legion Post #452, located at 37 Exchange St. The program will be the "Musical Boy," Liam Numes of Belchertown, who will play a variety of musical instruments for the group. Reservations and payment of $15 for the March American Home Day Turkey Buffet will also be taken at this meeting. Make checks payable to the Chicopee Falls Woman's Club if you cannot make the February meeting and send to Shirley Gunning, 155 Artisan St., Chicopee, MA 01013. Deadline for payment is March 11.

NOVA SCOTIA CRUISE
Bus to Boston and board the NCL "Spirit" for a seven-night cruise Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 to Nova Scotia, Canada and Quebec, spend two nights in Quebec City with two guided tours, four meals before departing for home by motorcoach. Travel insurance, driver's and guide gratuities are included. Price is by category of room chosen. Call the Chicopee Senior Travel Club for more info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., from noon - 3 p.m.

GARDE ARTS CENTER TRIP
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on May 4 for a trip to the Garde Arts Center in Groton, Conn., to see a new musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies," a New England premiere. Before the show enjoy a delicious lunch at the Groton Inn. Cost includes bus, driver, tip, lunch and show. Call the club at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., from noon - 3 p.m.

SENIOR COMPANION AGE CHANGE
Volunteers 55 and older needed for senior companion program to share time with older adults. Includes hourly, tax free stipend. Call Lenora Chapdelaine or Lillian Franck at 612-0229.

CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee Council on Aging will be closed for President's Day on Feb. 15. For more info contact the center at 534-3698.

MASSAGE
Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 9:40 a.m. on Feb. 19 at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. Each session is 15 mins. Cost is $10 for those over 60 and $15 for those under 60. Appts. are also available on April 1 starting at 9 a.m. To schedule an appt. call 534-3698.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
At Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., Feb. 18 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children 8 - 12, free for children under 8. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take out is available; call 533-6093 after 2 p.m. We are handicap accessible to the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary.

SOUTH HADLEY
ART EXHIBIT OPENING
The "Competitive in Spirit, Collaborative in Nature: Panel Painting in Early Renaissance Italy" exhibition opening will be taking place Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Gamble Auditorium at Mt. Holyoke College. A reception will follow. Lecture by Katherine Smith Abbott, Visiting Professor from the Dept. of Art and Architecture, Middlebury College. This event is free, and the Mt. Holyoke College Art Museum is fully accessible. Parking available nearby.

SPRINGFIELD
PANCAKE SUPPER
On Feb. 16, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Chuch, 361 Sumner Ave., will host a pancake supper to celebrate Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday/Madri Gras). Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 782-9021 or 788-4607 at the cost of $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12. All tickets at the door will be $4. The chapel will be open for meditation and prayer before, during and following the supper.

LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Come enjoy great food, fun and fellowship at Trinity United Methodist Church's annual Lenten Luncheons beginning Feb. 19 and continuing every Fri. during Lent. Try some of our homemade clam chowder, lobster rolls and homemade pie. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. in Asbury Hall. Come early for best selection. Special Lenten services take place in Grace Chapel from 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Lenten Luncheon dates are Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2. Take-out orders are available by calling the church office in advance at 737-5311. There is a 50 cent charge per order on take out to defray the cost of packaging materials.

FOXWOODS TRIP
Sacred Heart Church and St. Stan's Church Travel Club at 395 Chestnut St. invite you to join them for the "Luck o' the Irish" day at Foxwoods Casino on March 17. Departure at 7:30 a.m. from Sacred Heart Church parking lot at (brownstone church in front of Mercy Hospital, near the YMCA). Cost is $25 per person; includes driver gratuity and current bonus package for the month. Contact Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676.

COLLEEN CORONATION BALL
The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee's 2010 Colleen Coronation Ball and Awards Ceremony will take place Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Music provided by The Shamrocks with Leo Doherty. Entree choices are prime rib or chicken cordon bleu; vegetarian and children's menu also available. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Hungry Hill Center. For additional info call Mary at 732-5565.

H1N1 AND SEASONAL FLU SHOTS
The city's Health and Human Services Dept. will be giving H1N1 and seasonal flu shots at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church, on Feb. 11 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. This is a free clinic for Springfield residents.

VALENTINE LUNCHEON
The Hungry Hill Center's annual Valentine Luncheon will be Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. A roast turkey dinner will be served and bingo will be played following the dinner. Tickets are $2 and must be purchased before Feb. 16. For additional info call the center at 733-9411.

HUNGRY HILL NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
There will be a meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief John Barbieri from the police dept. and James Lydon, the mayor's Quality of Life liaison, will attend this meeting. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend this meeting; refreshments will be served.

HAITIAN RELIEF FUNDRASING SUPPER
Foster Memorial Church is sponsoring a pancake supper for "Fat Tuesday" on Feb. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. downstairs in Fellowship Hall. There will be a free will offering for the meal; all proceeds will go to Haitian relief. Menu: pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages. For more info call the church office at 782-2112. The church is located at the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres.

BAKE SALE
The Lighthouse, 1401 State St., will host a bake sale and 50/50 raffle on Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. This event will be a kickoff for the organization's 25th anniversary celebration. Lighthouse is a non-profit organization the serves people in the greater Springfield area who suffer with chronic mental illness.

UNICO DINNER DANCE
The Springfield Chapter of UNICO will honor the 2009 UNICO Man of the Year, Frank Stirlacci, on March 6 at Chez Josef in Agawam. Even will include presentation of the award, a five course dinner and dancing to the music of the Skidmarks. For more info call Carmine Capuano at 732-3561 or Richard Gallerani at 732-0270.

TRIP TO PENNSYLVANIA
The Springfield JCC is sponsoring a two-day trip to Pennsylvania, June 7-8 including sightseeing in Philadelphia, exploring Kitchen Kettle Village, and a performance of "Joseph" at the Millennium Sight and Sound Theater. Cost is $275 per person double; $265 per person triple; $325 per person single. A deposit of $50 is due as soon as possible. All are welcome. Register at the Springfield JCC, or call 739-4715. For more info contact Carlin Trietsch, ext. 325.

GO RED NIGHT AT THE FALCONS
Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Mass Mutual Center, the Springfield Falcons will "Go Red" to raise funds and awareness of heart disease in women. Ladies who wear red get $3 off admission at the box office; a portion of the proceeds going to the Heart Assoc.'s Go Red For Women. Fans will have the chance to win Go Red merchandise, Yankee Candle items and more. For more info call 827-0400.

Go Red For Women Forum
Feb. 23 at the Mass Mutual Center, 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The American Heart Assoc. will host its inaugural Go Red Luncheon featuring educational breakout sessions, a silent auction, survivor speakers, keynote speaker Loretta LaRoche and a heart healthy lunch. For ticket info call 827-0400.

WESTFIELD
FREE DVD RENTALS
The Westfield Athenaeum has designated February as "Love My Library Month!" Through February, the Athenaeum will waive fees on all DVDs and videos in the adult library and in the Boys' and Girls' Library. Overdue fines on these items will still apply; however, there will be no rental fee charged when borrowing these materials at the check-out desk. The Athenaeum normally charges $1/item for DVDs and videos.

RAFFLE AT ATHENAEUM
The Athenaeum will be raffling off a free red and white Friends of the Westfield Athenaeum tote bag filled with gift items, such as a Cat's Meow of the historic front facade of the Athenaeum, Westfield in Vintage Postcards, and Westfield History (vols. I and II) and a copy of the children's book "Deborah Remembers," among others. The winner will be drawn Feb. 27 at noon. For more info, call the Athenaeum at 562-0716.

POTTERY CLASSES
The Community Education Dept. at Westfield State is offering pottery classes, Wed., Feb. 10 - March 31 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This class is designed to teach the very beginner student to the advanced student. There is a fee. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or mwalsh@wsc.ma.edu.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
BRONX ZOO BUS TRIP
The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 22. Day includes roundtrip motor coach, the Bronx Zoo Total Experience Pass, which includes zoo entrance, Skyfari, monorail, Congo Gorilla exhibit, Children's Zoo and Butterfly Garden. Departure time is 7:30 a.m. from the municipal parking lot on Central Street. Return home time is approx. 8 p.m. Registrations are being accepted at the Park & Rec. office. For more info or questions call 263-3284.

BUS TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on April 24. Bus leaves municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m. and returns home at approx. 9:30 p.m. Drop offs and pick up site in New York to be determined by bus driver. Once in NYC, you will be on your own. Bus will leave NYC at 5:30 p.m. with a short dinner stop on the way home (dinner not included in price). A movie will be shown for your enjoyment while on the bus. Reservations with payment may be made at the Park & Rec. Dept. For more info or registration forms, call 263-3284.


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