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Town Events, Feb. 11 - Feb. 18

From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

James Clark Elementary School in Agawam is sponsoring a casino bus trip to Mohegan Sun to raise funds for the PTO on March 28. The bus leaves Clark School, 65 Oxford St., at 2 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. The trip is open to the public and is on a first come basis. Tickets are $30 per person and include bus transportation, $10 food voucher and $10 betting voucher. The proceeds will benefit the James Clark PTO fund. If you would like to attend or want more info, contact Kelly Wood at 789-6848.

The Agawam Senior Center will be offering beginners yoga. The class is taught by certified instructor MaryAnn Dietschler on Wednesdays beginning Feb. 11 on the main level of the building in the Veterans Memorial Hall. The class is from 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. Cost will be $4 per person. Some suggested items you should bring to class are a yoga mat, water, a pillow and blanket. This is just another new and exciting program offered at the senior center located on 594 Main St.

Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are selling the "Taste of Western Massachusetts" coupon book at a cost of $20 each, saving $5 per book. Valentine's Day is coming and there are movie tickets for presents plus many other great coupon gift ideas. To buy a coupon book call the senior center at 821-0604 or 821-0605 or call Emile Cote at 335-9440.

On Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., will present a concert by the powerful fiddler Ellery Klein, Nicole Rabata, an Irish and classical flute player, and Liz Simmons, singer and guitarist. Seats for the performance are $14 reserved or $18 at the door. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 789-9267 or by e-mail to msullgreen@gmail.com.

On March 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a free Spring into Spring Family Fun Day. Children will enjoy a bounce house, Wii, food, games, crafts and more. This event will take place regardless of weather. All are welcome. RSVP by calling 786-6133.

"Celebrate Recovery" is a 12-step Christian program for people who have hurts, habits or hang ups, which meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Bethany Assembly of God. For info, call the church at 789-2930.

The Bethany Assembly of God will have Saturday Evening prayer services at 6 p.m. in the Chapel and Contemporary services at 7 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary. Youth prayer of "The Edge" is at 5 p.m. in the Coffee House.

The Agawam Cultural Council is sponsoring a spring plan your own day bus trip to New York City on May 2. Buses will depart from the Agawam Middle School parking lot at 6:25 a.m., leaving NYC at 6:25 p.m. Tickets are $33 per person, including the driver tip. Send requests for tickets to Agawam Cultural Council, 153 Anthony St., Agawam, MA 01001 and include a self-addressed-stamped envelope for return of your tickets. For further info, call 789-1201.

St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host its next dinner on March 9 at 6 p.m. Menu: roast pork, oven roasted potatoes, vegetable medley, garden salad, bread and butter, hot fudge sundaes, coffee, tea or lemonade. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 - 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church office at 786-6133.

Chicopee Council on Aging is offering Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Chicopee Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Monday class, 1:30 p.m. and Friday, 10:30 a.m. During exercise, participants will go through a series of gentle movements and activities designed to increase mobility and range of motion. The class is free to Chicopee older adults aged 60 and over. Pre-registration is necessary and enrollment is limited. Call the center at 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator.

Hundreds of folk dancers and singers in colorful costumes from around the world will be featured in a film of a folk dance festival in Poland. It will be shown at the monthly meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. This will be narrated in part by club member Edward Cynarski and is Part II of a similar film he showed three years ago. The public is welcome without charge and light refreshments will be served after the viewing.

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 Feb. 18, 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 meets 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.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a talent show Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.; rehearsal Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Singers, dancers, musicians and comedians are asked to sign up. This is one show you don't want to miss. Public is invited. For more info call 533-6093.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., spaghetti supper Feb. 19, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost is $6, adult; $3, children eight - 12; and free for children under eight. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take out is available by calling 533-0693 after 2 p.m. Handicap accessible to the Fellowship Hall and sanctuary.

Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Collette Vacations on Feb. 11 at the Chicopee Parks Dept. at 7 p.m. for a viewing of the upcoming overnight vacation trips that they are offering. The trips to be viewed will be San Antonio, the Colorado Rockies, Charleston, S.C., Savannah, Ga., and more. The slide show will give anyone interested in traveling to these historical sites a glimpse of what the trip offers. The slide show is free, coffee and snacks will be served. We ask that anyone attending call the Parks Dept. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481.

Feb. 24 at St. Stanislaus School cafeteria (Front Street) at 7 p.m. Come to hear about the 13-day trip to Italy that is being sponsored between St. Stan's and Sacred Heart Church. Meet Jim Marini, tour representative from Collette Vacations, and discuss the 13-day Italian Vistas to Rome, Venice, Florence and more. Trip brochures will be available as will refreshments. Call Jim and Caroline at 734-3676 to make reservations to attend.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School, 587 Grattan St., will host an info and registration night on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the school hall. Families interested in pre-K to grade eight are invited to attend. School offers before and after school care, hot lunch, gym, music, computer, library and French.

Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be hosting a roasted chicken breast dinner on Feb. 21. There will be one seating at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $8; children five to 12, $4. For reservations call Lorraine at 593-5291/592-3596.

On March 13 the Chicopee Senior Travel Cub will be going to Grand Oak Villa in Oakville, Conn., to enjoy a family-style dinner prior to a show. Entertainment from the Kerry Boys as well as group of Irish step dancers. The bus leaves the Chicopee Senior Center at 9:15 a.m. with a 5 p.m. anticipated return. Call the senior center at 534-3698 for more info.

Show your valentine your love and support the Friends of the Granby Library by purchasing a new tote bag. These sturdy canvas bags are available in valentine red or cool blue for $8 each. Give even more by filling a bag with gently used sale books for $12 to $15. For more info call the library at 467-3320. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Grammar School at Somersville invites the public to a wonderful evening of floral design, fashion and fun the Little Black Dress on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Bill Graham, of Beautiful Things Ltd. in Salem will take the "little black dress" from casual to black tie. Twenty-five - 30 accessorizing ideas will be demonstrated for your little black dress, using flowers, pins, scarves and handbags all coordinated with the various flower arrangements. The evening will include a raffle, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Ticket price is $30 with all proceeds to benefit the Grammar School at Somersville. Laugh, learn and have fun as you enjoy an evening of flowers and friends! For tickets and info contact Katy Reed at the Grammar School at Somersville, (860) 749-5933.

Plenty of line dancing, ballroom dancing and toe tapping at the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, N.Y., on May 26 - 28. Three days and two nights with all meals and gratuities, entertainment and lodging. Bus transportation available. For reservations or more info contact Debbie at 567-0773.

The Springfield JCC will host auditions for the annual Open Mic Caf . Singers, musicians, comedians and other artists aged 9 - 100 are welcome. Auditions will take place Feb. 12, 5 - 9 p.m. Acts must be no longer than five minutes. The top 30 acts will be chosen to perform at the Open Mic Caf on March 1. Contact Amy Kimball to set up an audition time at 739-4715 or akimball@springfieldjcc.org.

Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to early afternoon. Leader: Colette Potter (786-1805). A midwinter walk, and if there is snow on the ground we might see animal tracks. We'll look for winter birds and just enjoy the world of winter. Call to register. Bad weather cancels. Visit www.naturalist-club.org.

On Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. take a trip back to the Middle Ages when the Higgins Armory brings "A Knight's Tale" to the Hubbard Library in Ludlow. This program is free of charge and is recommended for school-aged children and families. For more info, contact the Children's Dept. at 583-3408 ext. 3.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 24 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop & swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for info.

Donate your old car to MAB Community Services, formerly the Massachusetts Association for the Blind, providing services and programs to the blind and vision impaired community. Free tow and quick pick up, vehicle does not have to be in running order. We will take your old car, boat, trailer, camper, motorcycle, jet ski or snowmobile. Call 888-613-2777 or (508) 854-0700 for details on making your tax deductible donation.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Hampden-Hampshire countries invites the public to attend the Daniel P. Curran Irish Night on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wherehouse in Holyoke. The event will feature a corned beef and cabbage dinner and Danny Curran's famous spare ribs. Entertainment will be provided by Ireland Parish and the McDermott Academy of Irish Dance. Cost is $20 per person. For reservations, call the Wherehouse at 534-3039 or CMS Landscaping at 533-3300. This event will benefit the A.O.H. Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Dow Jones Retirees Group has scheduled a trip to the Cornerstone Playhouse in Mystic, Conn., for a St. Paddy's Day show, plus trip to Mohegan Sun with free buffet and betting vouchers on March 16. Pick up and drop off locations at Plantation Inn, Chicopee and Bob's Store Commuter Lot in Enfield, Conn. Cost includes driver gratuity. All are welcome. For more info contact Carol at (860) 668-5822 or e-mail a_garcia@cox.net.

The February meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Demonstrator for the evening is Westfield artist of more than 50 years, Ed Mead, doing an outdoor scene in oil. The public is welcome to attend.

St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Thomaston Opera House to see the performance of "The Producers" on March 15. The bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 10:30 a.m. and returns approx. 6 p.m. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity, a pre-show luncheon at the Black Rock Tavern and ticket to the performance. Also, a trip to NYC will take place on May 23. Bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns approx. 9 p.m. You will be on your own in the Big Apple to do whatever you wish. There will be three drop-off points. For reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

Holyoke Catholic High School's A Cappella Singers will perform on March 1 at 2:30 p.m. at Providence Place, 5 Gamelin St. They will present a program of sacred church hymns, traditional African American hymns, Taiz chants and gospel music. For more info, contact Runa Skar, marketing director at Providence Place, at 534-9700.

The Southwick Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to the Bulb Show at Smith College on March 17. Cost is $3 and lunch on your own at Paisano's after. We have limited seating so call the center at 569-5498 to sign up.

The Southwick Senior Center is having a home made lasagna luncheon on March 18 to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and spring. Cost is $2. Sign up with Nancy at 569-0410.

2009 census forms were mailed Feb. 2. Please take the time to fill them out. If you do not receive your census by Feb. 9, contact the Town Clerk's office at 569-5505 or visit www.southwickma.org and follow the Town Clerk's page under the departments to download a form.

The Hungry Hill Center's Tuesday lunch on Feb. 10 will serve Hungarian goulash. There will be a special Valentine's Luncheon on Feb. 24. There will be a turkey dinner followed by bingo. The cost of the luncheons is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief William Noonan and 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.

Low impact Aerobic classes are offered at the Hungry Hill Center on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. along with chair exercises on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. and line dance classes on Fridays at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not required.

Frederick Harris School principal Deborah Lantaigne and Matthew Ferri from the PTO will discuss a proposal to change traffic flow along Whittum Street to provide for safe arrival and dismissal of students. The proposal involves making Whittum Street one way permanently or during dismissal and arrival times.The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Holy Cross School meeting room. See http://eastforestpark.org for more details.

This action-packed love story is about a firefighter, his wife and a marriage worth rescuing. This inspiring movie is being shown at Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave., on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Tell a story, or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Feb. 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee invites you to the Awards Presentation and Coronation Ball taking place Feb. 14 at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $45, choice of prime rib or baked stuffed chicken and music by the Shamrocks with Leo Doherty. Tickets can be obtained from Claire O'Brien at 783-9324 or at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church).

Trinity United Methodist Church Lenten Luncheons Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10, from 11:30 a.m . - 1:15 p.m. at 361 Sumner Ave. Special Lenten services in the chapel 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Delicious food, great prices, proceeds benefit local and global mission projects. Call ahead for take out orders, 737-5311. Take out orders will be charged 50 cents per order to defray packaging costs.

Kid's Camp, Feb. 17 - 19. Students will learn the basics to finishing beaded jewelry plus different jewelry making techniques. "Beaded Heart" Quick Clinic, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Clinics are always free with small materials fee. Visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com for more info or call 782-0288. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

Jeffrey Fialky, Esquire and Vice President, Board of Directors to the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Feb. 13. His topic will be the history, activities and success of the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield. For more info on the Springfield Rotary or becoming a member, contact Springfield Club membership chair Bob Dambrov at 537-9294 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

The Classics Book Group at the Save Your Life Writing Center will meet on Feb. 13. The day before Valentine's Day is the perfect time to be discussing Jane Austen's most romantic novel, "Sense and Sensibility," complete with appropriate snacks. There is no charge, but e-mail chryslerszarlan@yahoo.com or phone 346-8793 to RSVP and for directions.

First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., will host a Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Bake Sale on Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifteen min. private readings and workshop of crystals, gems and stone available. For more info or to book readings or workshop in advance, call Denise at 519-9669. Visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.

The Westfield River Valley Detachment 141 Marine Corps League (MCL) will host its second annual fundraiser dinner at Alexander's Restaurant, Feeding Hills, on Feb. 21 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Funds raised at the dinner will be used to support veteran's programs. Deadline for tickets is Feb. 16 and may be purchased at Alexander's and by calling Marine Corps League headquarters at 562-4850.

The Cancer House of Hope of Westfield and Springfield-based non-profit organization will have a "Cheeseburger in Paradise" barbeque fundraising event on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr., Chicopee. The event will feature the Jimmy Buffet tribute band, Changes in Latitude. Cost is $35 per person. Hawaiian shirts, flip-flops, casual attire. For more info and to purchase tickets, contact 562-0110 or 782-5500.

Celebrate the talents of Westfield students at the Into the Arts Festival on Feb. 27 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This free event will feature art work and performances from students of all ages. The high school science fair projects will be displayed along with demos from professional artists. A raffle will help support the WHIPS grants to teachers program. For more info, call 572-6345.

South Middle School, 30 W. Silver St., will host its annual pasta supper fundraiser for the Westfield Food Bank on Feb. 11 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Snow date is Feb. 12. Cost is $5 for adults; $4 for kids 13 and under and seniors; free for kids under 2. Tickets are available at the door or at the school's main office. Call 568-1900 for more info.

The Grace Lutheran Church's next Book Discussion will take place in the church parlor on Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. and will be led by Pastor Derek Harman. The book discussed will be "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young. Everyone is invited to attend. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.

The West Springfield Partnership for Education will host the 14th Annual Spelling Bee on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Majestic Theater, 131 Elm St. The event is free and open to the public. Team registrations are being accepted until Feb. 20. Forms are located in the School Department, 26 Central St. For more info visit www.wsps.org or www.wspartnershipforeducation.org.

On Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St., the West Springfield based non-profit Educate Malawi Inc., will host a presentation and informational meeting about their efforts to aid those in Africa. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org.

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