Town Events, Feb. 23 - March 2
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
TEEN MOVIE NIGHT
Teens in grades 7 to 12 are invited to watch the movie "Inception" at the Agawam Public Library on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. This is a sci-fi adventure starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Ken Watanabe. For refreshments, there will be a make-your-own sundaes and popcorn. Please register online at agawamlibrary.org or call the library at 789-1550 ext. 4.
FISHING SWAP MEET
Fishing Swap Meet 2011 will take place March 20 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Polish American Club, 139 Southwick St. Raffle prizes available. Space is limited and sells out fast. To sell items or a boat, call Dave Dussault at 427-0846.
Mawaga's 22nd annual Lunker Trout Derby will take place April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 377 Adams St. Cash prizes for largest trout. Breakfast at 7 a.m.; lunch also available. Donation: $15. No limit on trout or license required. For more info, call 789-3359.
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will meet on March 2 at 10 a.m. in the dining room at the center. Those who want to know what the group does for the center are welcome to attend. Coffee and tea are provided.
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will have a fundraiser at Friendly's on Springfield Street on March 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. A percentage of all sales during these hours will benefit the group's projects.
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will have a corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 8 at 5 p.m. at the center. Ticket: $12 for adults; $5 for kids under 10 years. Agawam Colleen Queen Jessica Colson and her court will be special guests. Dinner is open to the public. Please bring canned goods to donate to Open Pantry. For more info or tickets, call Emile Cote at 335-9440.
Local romance author Rebecca Rose will visit the Agawam Public Library as part of its AuthorTalk series on March 7 at 7 p.m. "Divine Turmoil," is the first book in the Rose's "Divine" series. For more info, visit www.authorrebeccarose.com. Register for the talk online at www.agawamlibrary.org or by calling 789-1550. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.
E-READER INFO SESSION
Agawam Public Library will offer two e-reader informational events in March. Representatives from Barnes & Noble and Best Buy stores will visit the library to demonstrate and answer questions on e-reader products. March 12 at 11 a.m.: Barnes & Noble Nook. March 19 at 11 a.m.: Best Buy Kindle, Sony and the iPad. Visit www.agawamlibrary.org or call 789-1550 ext. 109 to register for these events.
FOUNDER OF GIRL SCOUTS
Kate Carney will visit the Agawam Public Library as Juliette "Daisy" Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America, March 30 at 7 p.m. Hear free-spirited Juliette "Daisy" Low tell how she lived life to the fullest, from Civil War Savannah, Ga., to WWI London. This program is geared for adults, but Girl Scouts ages 10 and older are invited. Visit www.agawamlibrary.org or call 789-1550 to register.
AGAWAM COMMUNITY ARTISTS
Agawam Community Artists will meet March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Agawam Public Library Community Room. Esthela Bergeron of the Holyoke Gallery will present a sculpture demonstration.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
Karl Neilson, director of Organizing for America, and director of the Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2010, will speak at the March 2 meeting of the Agawam Democratic Committee. He will reflect on the last elections and discuss what the committee can do to plan for upcoming elections. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. All are welcome to attend.
"MIX AND MINGLE"
The West of the River Chamber of Commerce (WRC) invites the business community to "Mix and Mingle" at a business social on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. at Casa di Lisa Restaurant in Feeding Hills. Tickets: $10 for members; $15 for non-members. For inquiries and to purchase tickets, contact WRC at 426-3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Joan of Arc is accepting registration for 2011-2012 Pre-K to grade eight classes. School offers before- and after-school care, hot lunch, gym, music, computer, library and French. Learn more about the school at www.sjachicopee.org or call 533-1475.
On March 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. 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.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet March 8 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info, call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.
Chicopee Senior Travel Club will sponsor a trip to the mansions and lighthouses of Newport, R.I., on June 21 to discover Newport's pirate past. The Rhode Island Pirate Players will take attendees on a tour of this unique side of the city. Lunch is included at the Atlantic Beach Club and time will be allowed for some harbor shopping. Depart: 7:30 a.m.; and return about 6 p.m. The travel desk is open Monday to Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Call 534-3698.
"GUYS AND DOLLS"
On July 13, the Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Pittsfield to The Barrington Stage Company's production of "Guys and Dolls." Come with us as we join Nathan Detroit at the "Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." Lunch will be family style at Jae's Spice. Depart at 10:45 a.m. and return at 5:45 p.m. Call the travel desk Monday to Friday, noon to 3 p.m., at 534-3698 for more info.
HARMONY HOUSE FUNDRAISER
Harmony House will host a bus trip fundraiser to Mohegan Sun on March 6. Departure: 9 a.m. from the parking lot of the Home Depot on Memorial Avenue. Return: 5 p.m. Cost: $30, which includes $15 food coupon, two $10 free bets and one $5 bet. For more info or for tickets, contact Michele St. Germain at email@example.com or 593-0738 or 885-5615.
FIRST TUESDAY DINNER
The American Legion Auxiliary, Charles C. Kennedy, Unit #275, 41 Robbins Road, will host its First Tuesday Dinner on March 1. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Serving beings at 5 p.m. March menu: Yankee pot roast and gravy, roasted potatoes, carrots, coleslaw, corn bread, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for kids younger than 10 years.
EDUCATE MALAWI INC. FUNDRAISER
Sue Feuerbach is organizing a fundraiser for W. Springfield-based non-profit Educate Malawi Inc. with local Reiki practitioners and massage therapists on March 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at 17 New South St., Unit 204, Northampton. Suggested donation: $10. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of the Third Age at Asnuntuck Community College will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 17. Cost: $18 and includes a $10 food coupon, plus a $5 wheel coupon. Trips leave the commuter parking lot in Enfield at 8:15 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m. For info, call Molly DiSalvo at (860) 668-5541.
On March 8 from noon to 4 p.m., the Baystate Medical Center Bloodmobile will be at Renaissance Manor on Cabot, 279 Cabot St. Donors will receive two tickets to the March 26 Springfield Armor game. Reservations can be made at 536-3435. Drop-ins are welcome.
THE SOCIAL CONNECTION
A group for people 50-plus, meets March 5 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Road. Linda Willemain is back with a new trivia game. Reservations needed by March 2. Cost is $5 and includes lunch. Call 533-1925, leave your name and number of attendees on the church answering machine. Free valet parking through March.
SENIOR CENTER TRIPS
The Senior Center will sponsor the following trips: The River Dance, March 10 at 8 p.m. Cost: $46.50 plus driver gratuity. Holyoke Mall on March 14. Smith College Bulb Show on March 16. Cost: $4. Lunch on your own at Paisano's. We'll leave the center at 10 a.m. To sign up for any of these trips, come into the center or call 569-5498.
The following programs will take place at the senior center. Mondays: pool or quilting, 9 a.m. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; Bingo, 10 a.m., 5 per card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m., $3; painting, noon, $3; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; ladies poker, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; aerobics, 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics or poker, 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming, 9 a.m., $20 for five classes; Wii games, 10 a.m.; writers workshop, 12:30 p.m.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
On March 1, the Springfield Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will present "Nightmares and Dreams," a support meeting for families of children with special needs, at the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments. For more info, e-mail Diane Purchase at email@example.com.
CREATIVE WRITING AT THE JCC
Registration is open for creative writing classes with Sylvia Rosen at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC). Choose Mondays, starting Feb. 28; Tuesdays, starting March 1; or Fridays, starting March 4. Hours are 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. for each class. Classes are motivating, supportive and not competitive. Language and style are part of instruction. For more info and to register, visit the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., or call 739-4715.
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE TRIP
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring a bus trip to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Theater to see "Lend Me a Tenor" on July 26. Bus leaves church parking lot at 8:45 a.m.; returns at approximately 7 p.m. Cost: $89 person; including buffet lunch, comedy and cabaret shows, bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make a reservation at 594-2757.
HOBBY CLUB BAZAAR
The Springfield Hobby Club will host its annual bazaar and craft sale March 3 and 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. Snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' table. Downstairs Thrift Shops will offer a "Fill-A-Bag for $5" during the same hours.
LEGENDS OF ENTERTAINMENT
On Feb. 26, Foster Memorial Church in Sixteen Acres will host "Legends of Entertainment" starring Roxanne Labato and Robert Laviolette, featuring tributes to Broadway, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and more. Matinee in handicapped accessible sanctuary at 2 p.m. Evening performance downstairs in Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Matinee tickets: $10; include light refreshments. Evening tickets: $15; include hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts. Proceeds go toward new choir robes. For reservations, call 596-3725 or 782-2457.
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host a trip to Washington, D.C., April 15 to 17. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, guided sightseeing tours and more. Cost: $300 per person, double occupancy. Limited space. For more info or reservations, contact Vera O'Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 726-9006 or call the church office at 736-8567.
EMPTY NESTER SHABBAT DINNER
At Temple Beth El on March 4. Dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a special musical service led by Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz and cantorial soloist Felicia Sloin. Evening is designed for empty nesters and families with teen-aged children. Cost: $20 per person. May bring a bottle of kosher wine. Deadline for reservations is March 1. Call or e-mail the temple office at 733-4149 or email@example.com.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Italian language classes at the Italian Cultural Center (ICC), 56 Margaret St., have been scheduled for the spring semester. Beginner I and Intermediate classes: Tuesday nights from March 22 to May 10. Beginner I class and the Beginner II: Monday nights from March 2 to May 9. All classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuition: $85 for ICC members; $95 for non-members. Course book: $20. To register, call the center at 784-1492.
REIKI, REFLEXOLOGY SEMINAR
The Council on Aging will offer a free presentation on Reiki and Reflexology, conducted by David Friedman on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at the center on Park Street. Friedman will explain the use of Reiki and Reflexology as alternatives therapies and provide a demonstration. This event is open to the public and the center is handicapped accessible. For more info, call Mary Ann Ventulett at 263-3265.
The autobiography "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be discussed at the next meeting of the Friends of The West Springfield Public Library's book group on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 7.
CROP HUNGER EVENT
This year's Agawam/W. Springfield CROP Hunger Event will take place April 10 in W. Springfield. All are invited to a Recruiter's Rally on Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mittineague First United Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Road. For more info, contact Mary Ellen Fydenkevez in Agawam at 789-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana Forfa in W. Springfield at 734-7667 or email@example.com.
A rummage sale featuring gently used clothing and house wares will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are being accepted Feb. 23 and 24 between 9 a.m. and noon and on Feb. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. For pick-up, call Martha at 568-8033.
HOMELESS CATS FUNDRAISER
The non-profit Westfield Homeless Project will host a huge indoor tag sale, including medical scrubs and uniforms, at the Moose Lodge, 56 Washington St., Feb. 25 to 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those wishing to donate items can bring them to 1124 East Mountain Road any time. For pick-up, call 568-6964 or 348-9146 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMNESTY WEEK AND COOKIES
Love My Library Month continues with Amnesty Week and Cookies at the Athenaeum through Feb. 26. The library will accept donations of canned goods and other non-perishable food items in place of payment for $1 fines. This applies to fines on Westfield items only, with the exception of lost items. Donations will go to the local food pantry.
COSTUME JEWELRY SALE
At St. Peter & St. Casimir Parish Social Center, 34 State St., March 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Raffle, door prizes, refreshments, free admission.