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Town Events, Feb. 4 - Feb. 11

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

The Memory Lane Chorus of the Agawam Senior Center will resume their practice sessions on Tuesday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. The months of Feb. and March will be Rodgers and Hart time with many of the famous duos songs being sung in preparation for a spring presentation. The chorus is mainly a "sing-along" group with harmony parts added when possible and has been covering many subjects and composers since 1997. New members of the group are welcome at any time.

Worshipers from St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., request that you join them at The Atrium, 153 Cardinal Dr. on Feb. 26 from 4:15-5 p.m. to visit with the residents of the Atrium, as well as play games and enjoy a time of sharing. Meet us there, or contact the parish office at 786-6133 if you need transportation.

St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., is hosting a free Spring Family Fun Day on March 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Events include a bounce house, Wii, food, games, crafts, and more. This event is rain or shine.

Thousand Cranes Studio will present a Student Art Show at the Agawam Public Library for the month of February. This exhibit will feature work by the nearly 200 children and teens who attend the studio. Work will include drawings, paintings, clay projects, as well as other 3D works. For more info, call the studio at 789-1039, or visit their Web site, www.thousandcranesstudio.com.

A trip to Foxwoods, Feb. 11. Leaving from Post 452, Exchange Street. Cost is $20. Free buffet or $10 food and $10 keno play. Bus leaves at 7:15 a.m. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4-5 p.m.

Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry meets twice a month at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. The next sessions in February are the 12th and 26th in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Bring your own materials and be open to sharing. Everyone who is interested is welcome. To register call 534-3698 from 8 a.m.-4 pm., Monday-Friday.

On March 13 the Chicopee Senior Travel Cub will be going to Grand Oak Villa in Oakville, Conn. We will enjoy a family-style dinner prior to the 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. Irish or not, we'd love to have you join us.

On March 26, join the Aldenville seniors of St. Rose de Lima as they travel to Mendon, Vermont for a full breakfast at Sugar and Spice Restaurant. Afterward, off to Bennington for shopping at Camelot Village. Final stop will be a late lunch at Mount Anthony Country Club. For more info call 533-9282.

Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. to enjoy the Tulip Festival in Albany, N.Y. May 10. Visit Washington Park and view the hundreds of thousands of colorful tulips. Walk in the park, watch the ceremonies, listen to the music, watch the entertainment, visit the many craft booths and sample the food. In the afternoon visit the New York State Museum. Bus departs old Chicopee High School at 8:15 a.m. returning back to Chicopee for 5:15 p.m. For more info call Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Hurry, seats are limited.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when will meet on Feb. 10 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.

Coming to a support group can help you to manage your diabetes by offering support, info, counseling and encouragement. A support group meets monthly. The next meeting will be on Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens will host their regular meeting on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. The Friends have made a commitment to raise two million dollars towards a new building. If you are interested in this project or any of the other activities of the Friends, come to the meeting. The Friends also collect used cell phones which are redeemed by the National Councils on Aging with the proceeds benefiting the building funds. If you would like to donate one, drop it off in the center, the mayor's office or the Chicopee Main Library. For more info contact Adele Tawrel, president, at the center, 534-3698.

The Swingles will have a class level dance on Feb. 6 (Pizza Nite). Mainstream dance on Feb. 20. Dances are held at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street, West Springfield from 8-10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30-8 p.m. and the cost is $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info on any dances call Fran McKinnon, publicity director, at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324. For winter cancellations call after 3 p.m.

Mid-Winter Tea
The College Club of Springfield is hosting its Mid-Winter Tea at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, on Feb. 11. Their featured speaker will be Michelle P. Barker, writer and an archivist at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, who will discuss her novel "A Difficult Boy."

Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country are pleased to call their clubs "The Positive Place for Kids." Helping to keep clubs a "positive place" is the income from donated cars. Boys and Girls Clubs are accepting car donations. The money received from the sale of a car is a big influence in making a club "positive." To donate a car call 800-246-0493. No restrictions apply and the car will be picked up with a few days.

In cooperation with Elms College, the Irish Cultural Center will offer two non-credit Irish language courses during the spring 2009 semester. Introductory Irish meets Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and the Irish Language Study Group meets Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To register call the registrar's office at 265-2314, and any questions should be directed to Dr. Thomas Moriarty at 592-6951. For more info, visit www.irish-cairde.org.

The Human Service Forum presents a training for non-profit organizations in Western Mass. "Come On In, The Water's Fine: Affordable & High Impact Information and Communications Technology." Social networking, photo-sharing, blogs, Twitter, online surveys and other Internet tools have transformed how people communicate with each other Do you know what possibilities might exist for your organization? Feb. 11 from 8:45 a.m. - noon at the Delaney House, Holyoke. Registration info at www.humanserviceforum.org.

Smith College will present a reading by acclaimed Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 in Neilson Library Browsing Room. The event is free and open to the public.

St. Valentine's Day romance with Jimmy Alleva at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Feb. 11 at noon including show, lunch and wine. Seating is noon, lunch follows, show begins approx. 1:30 p.m. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214 for reservations.

Mount Holyoke College will sponsor an exhibit titled, "What Can a Woman Do? Women, Work, and Wardrobe 1865-1940" through May 31. This exhibition examines the changing perceptions of women between the Civil War and World War II, and the ways in which clothing fashions evolved. For more info, call 538-2096.

The South Hadley & Granby Chamber of Commerce will host a business tax planning breakfast on Feb. 10 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Europa Restaurant. Admission is $12 for Chamber members and $15 for others. Reservations and checks made out to the South Hadley & Granby Chamber must be received at the Chamber office, 116 Main St., South Hadley, MA 01075, by Feb. 6.

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.

Discover the value of the Fourth Commandment of God's Law among those who love Jesus and are awaiting his return. Taking place every Saturday at 10 a.m. for Sabbath School; at 11:30 a.m. for worship, at 1118 Sumner Ave. For more info, contact Paster Michael Baciu at 313-4441 or mbaciu@charter.net.

The Pine Point Community Council will host their monthly meeting on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. Representatives of Wal-Mart will discuss their expansion plans for the site. All interested residents are urged to attend. Further info about the council can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com.

Free make-overs for cancer patients. Look Good Feel Better presented by the American Cancer Society, led by Helen Johnson on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Springfield Library Community room, 220 State St. This program is free. RSVP required; call Crystal at 493-2123.

The Westfield River Valley, Detachment 141,Marine Corps League (MCL) will hold its second annual fundraiser dinner at Alexander's Restaurant, Feeding Hills, on Feb. 21. from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. 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 Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., invites all to attend Tropical Sunday on Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m. The temperature will be up in the flower-bedecked Sanctuary for a grand selection of Latino and African hymns. Following the service will be a coffee hour with fair-traded coffee and home-baked goods containing tropical fruits and ingredients. For more info, call 734-9268.

Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will have a rummage sale on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Donations can be left at the church Feb. 16-19, between 3 and 5 p.m. and on Feb. 20 between 1 and 5 p.m. Call Martha at 568-8033 for pick-up.

The Precinct 1 & 2 Neighborhood Committee will have its monthly meeting on Feb. 10 at the First United Methodist Church, 802 Main St. Sgt Larry Larrabee of the Community Police will report on safety issues. Other issues to be addressed are traffic, sidewalks, snow removal, and code enforcement. Precinct 1 & 2 residents are invited to attend. For more info, contact Lillian at 788-0076.

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