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Town Events, Feb. 25 - March 4

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
CLUB COMEDY SHOW FUNDRAISER
This year's Agawam Lions Club Comedy Show Fundraiser featuring comedians will take place March 7 at The Oaks, 1070 Suffield St. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., and ends approx. 9 p.m. A cash bar and hot and cold appetizers will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 per person available at door, by any Agawam Lion member, Southgate Liquors in Southgate Plaza on Suffield Street or Bob's Barber Shop on Maple Street. Tables of 10 may be reserved by calling 786-2953.

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
A parent info night will take place at Robinson Park School on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Parents of all children entering kindergarten in September 2009 are invited to attend. The evening is offered to answer questions parents may have in regard to their child entering school in September 2009. Children who will be five years old prior to Sept. 1, 2009 are eligible for kindergarten. If you have any questions, contact Robin Fernandez, Director of Early Childhood, at 821-0598.

MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
On March 20 at 4 p.m. a bus will leave Agawam High School for fun at Mohegan Sun and return at 12:30 a.m. Cost is $30 which will be returned in the form of a $15 food/buffet voucher and three $5 bets. Proceeds will go to high school band's general fund to help offset the cost for the students' end of year banquet. Contact Sue Meunier at 786-4789 or smeutooz@comcast.net to reserve a seat.

CHICOPEE
BARGAIN CLOTHING SHOPPE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., bargain clothing shoppe open March 5 from 9 a.m. - noon. Buy one winter item, get one free. Good quality men's, women's and children's clothes. Stop in and look around at our winter selection.

COLLECTIBLE SHOW
Collectible Show, sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council, March 1 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Nativity Church hall, 70 Chicopee St. The show features coins, sports and non-sports cards, autographs, NASCAR, WebKinz and more. Handicap accessible. Prizes drawn every 30 minutes. Admission $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the Nativity B.V.M. Church. For info call Joe at 593-6046.

WRITING GROUP
A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1 p.m. They will meet on March 6 and 20. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dream. No extraordinary writing skills are required. For more info call the center at 534-3698.

MENDON, VERMONT TRIP
On March 26 join the Aldenville seniors of St. Rose de Lima as they travel to Mendon, Vt., for a full breakfast at Sugar and Spice Restaurant. Afterwards, off to Bennington for shopping at Camelot Village. Final stop will be a "late" lunch a Mt. Anthony Country Club where you will have three meal choices. For more info call 533-9282.

"SOUNDS AND GROUNDS"
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St. "Sounds and Grounds" coffee house presents Madeline, member of the Dan Kane Singers, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: free will offering.

WINTER CONCERT & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
The Chicopee Council on Aging in conjunction with the Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens and the Willimansett Nursing Center will be hosting a winter concert and birthday party for those born in February on Feb. 27 at the Chicopee Senior Center at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $1 for people who do not have birthdays in the month of February. Those who have birthdays get in for free with a birthday coupon. Transportation is available through the senior center transportation office by calling 536-5733, at least two days in advance. All interested Chicopee elders are welcome. For ticket info call 534-3698.

BEADING GROUP
Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry meet twice a month at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 10 a.m. The next sessions are March 5 and 19. Bring your own materials and be open to sharing. To register, call 534-3698.

FIRST TUESDAY DINNER
Charles C. Kennedy American Legion Auxiliary Unit #275, 41 Robbins Rd., will host its First Tuesday Dinner on March 3; doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner served at 5. Donations are $8 for adults, $4 for children under 10. Dinner is Chicken Francaise, potatoes, vegetable, dessert, coffee and tea. There will also be a raffle.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PLACES FOR OUR PETS
Places for Our Pets is dedicated to promoting pet-friendly housing in Western Mass. List or find your new place today by logging onto < a href="http://www.petsandfamilies.blogspot.com"target="_blank"> www.petsandfamilies.blogspot.com.

FLOWERS, FLOWERS EVERYWHERE
Flowers, Flowers Everywhere will take place Wednesdays, March 4 and 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Springfield JCC. Cost is $40 for JCC members, $50 for the general public. Join the creative staff of Flowers, Flowers! of Springfield for a two-part, hands-on flower arranging class. For more info, visit < a href="http://www.SpringfieldJCC.org"target="_blank"> www.SpringfieldJCC.org or contact Bev Nadler, Director of the JCC's Adult Life Department, at 739-4715 ext. 355 or bnadler@springfieldjcc.org.

HOLYOKE
DUBLIN CITY PLAYERS
Dinner, show, dessert, and bottle of wine. The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of ballads, folk humor, wit and foot-tapping music. Space is limited, book your seats now. For reservations call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS
The UMass University Without Walls is a bachelor's degree completion program in which students design their own degree, integrating previous academic credit, using background and interests that reflect their creative and interdisciplinary connections, allowing them to earn UMass credit for experience gained from life, work and training experiences. Learn more at an info session on March 3 at Holyoke Community College, Frost Room 309, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. For any questions, contact Robin Coolbeth at 545-1378 or uww@uww.umass.edu.

SOUTH HADLEY
CHAMBER BREAKFAST
Eric Dahlberg of Commonwealth Connector will provide an update on employer opportunities and obligations created by the Massachusetts health care reform law at The Egg & I restaurant, 26 Main St., on March 10 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Members of the Chambers are invited. Cost is $10 including buffet breakfast. Reservations and checks are due to the Chamber, 116 Main St., South Hadley, MA 01075, by March 6.

"DIDO AND AENEAS"
On March 1 at 2 p.m. in the Rooke Theatre at Mount Holyoke College, see the Henry Purcell opera "Dido and Aeneas" and Kurt Weill's "Seven Deadly Sins." Ticket prices: $15 for general, $5 for students/seniors. For reservations, call 538-2406 or e-mail rookeboxoffice@gmail.com.

FAITH RINGGOLD LECTURE
On March 5 at 5 p.m. in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, enjoy an exhibition reception and lecture on "Faith Ringgold: More Than 50 Years," featuring a lecture by artist Faith Ringgold. For more info, call 538-2096.

SOUTHWICK
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center: Blood pressure clinic on March 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Home made lasagna luncheon for $3 on March 18, to sign up call Nancy at 569-0410; SHINE on March 12 and 26, call 569-5498 to make an appointment.

SPRINGFIELD
PIZZA PARTY
There will be a pizza party for seniors at the Hungry Hill Center on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. This party is free and sponsored by the Mercy Medical Center and State Rep Cheryl Coakley-Rivera. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.

BOOK DRIVE
Simply Beadiful is now accepting new and gently used children's books. They are working with the Springfield Melha Shriners to donate these books to the children of Shriner's Hospital in Springfield. This is an ongoing event and you can read more about this by visiting < a href="http://www.Simplybeadifulonline.com"target="_blank"> www.Simplybeadifulonline.com and clicking on "Giving Back" or calling them at 782-0288. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC
Join the Tuesday Morning Music Club at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., at 10:30 a.m. on March 1 for a special Sunday program featuring the Junior Extension Program's Gifted Young People in Concert. The concert begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Monday of each month, 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 536-1895.

SPFLD SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
Springfield School Volunteers invites you to join them for a brief overview of mentoring in the Springfield Public Schools. Sessions will be an introductory training covering the policies of the program. In addition, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of being a mentor: March 2, noon - 1:30 p.m. and March 11, 3:30 - 5 p.m. All sessions take place at Western New England College, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center. Make your reservation to attend by contacting Springfield School Volunteers at 787-7015 or volunteer@sps.springfield.ma.us.

SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH MASS
Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, will offer a Sunday night Youth Mass at 6 p.m. beginning March 1 and continuing every Sunday through the Lenten season. This Mass will feature contemporary music and a service geared to teens and young adults. All are welcome.

WESTFIELD
"BLOOM" WOMEN'S CONFERENCE
Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd., will host speaker Elizabeth George, "A Woman After God's Own Heart," during its 14th annual "Bloom" Women's Conference on April 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The conference will be divided into three sessions (Thinking on the Truth, Winning Over Worry and Trusting the Lord). Register by March 22 and save $10 per person. Contact Karen Loftus at 562-9903 or dick-loftus@comcast.net to receive a brochure and registration info.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
The West Springfield Park and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on April 4. Bus leaves municipal lot located at 26 Central St at 7:30 a.m. and will have drop-offs in New York on Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center. In New York you will be on your own to shop or see a show. Bus will leave New York at 5:30 p.m. arriving back in West Springfield at approx. 9:30 p.m. A gratuity for the bus driver will be collected on the bus. Cost is $40 p/p. Registration with payment made by made at the West Springfield Park and Rec. Dept, 26 Central St. Registrations for this trip are always a sellout so register now. For further info or registration forms call 263-3284.

KNITTING GROUP
A new support group for those addicted to knitting, crocheting, spinning wheels and crafting will meet in the Conference Room of the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on March 2 and 16 and April 6 and 27. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 3, or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.


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