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Town Events, Jan. 12 - Jan. 19

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will have their annual meeting on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Election of officers will take place. All members who have paid their 2011 dues will be eligible to vote. Anyone interested in joining, may pay their dues at the beginning of the meeting. Visit www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends.htm for more info.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will celebrate the center's second anniversary Jan. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Menu: porchetta dinner, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and strawberry shortcake. Donation: $12/ticket. For tickets, call Emile Cote at 335-9440. Entertainment: TBA. Public is invited.

ST. PAT'S COMMITTEE MEETING
The Agawam St. Patrick's Committee will meet Jan. 19 at the St. John the Evangelist Social Center at 7 p.m. Reports will be made by committee heads with special attention to the colleen and floats committee. The Colleen Coronation Brunch will take place Feb. 13 at Chez Josef. Meeting is open to the public.

LIONESS CLUB CASINO TRIP
The Agawam Lioness Club is sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun Casion Feb. 20. Depart Agawam High School parking lot at 1 p.m.; return by 8:30 p.m. Cost: $25 /person; includes driver's tip and Mohegan Sun $30 package of $15 food or buffet credit and three-$5 bets. Proceeds used for the Mass Lions Eye Research center. Reserve early; last trip sold out. Call Pat at 786-1782 or Rose at 786-5134.

CHICOPEE
ARTHRITIS EXERCISE PROGRAM
Starting Jan. 24 at Chicopee COA the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program will be offered Mondays at 1:30 p.m. or Friday at 10:30 a.m. The class is free to Chicopee residents 60 and over. For all others the cost is $35 for 12 weeks. Pre-registration is necessary, enrollment limited. Call the center at 534-3698, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, contact Violet Suska.

LINE DANCING
Diane Shields will offer country beginner line dancing instruction in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court from 2 to 2:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Jan. 19. Cost is $4/class and payment for the month is due at the first class. For more info and to register, call 534-3698.

SENIOR CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed on Jan. 17 in observance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

CHAIR MASSAGE
Gina Welch of CranioSacral and Massage Center Inc. provides chair massage sessions designed to help relieve stress and pain while encouraging blood circulation. Appointments in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court, are available on the third Friday of the month. Cost for those 60 years and older is $13 for 15 minutes. To schedule an appointment and/or for more info, call the center at 534-3698.

MEATLOAF SUPPER
Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be hosting a meatloaf supper on Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. One seating only. Adults $8; children (5 to 12) $4. For reservations and info, call Lorraine at 593-5291 or Joan 592-3596.

SUDOKU
Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every three by three box contains the digits one to nine. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. Sudoku Club meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign up, call 534-3698.

OVERNIGHT TRIPS
The Chicopee Parks Dept. and Collette Vacations will host a viewing of upcoming overnight trips on Jan. 18 at the Parks Dept. at 6 p.m. Trips include those to the Pacific Northwest, California, New Orleans, La., Memphis and Nashville, Tenn. Presentation is free. Coffee and snacks provided. RSVP by calling 594-3481.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
At Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., in the Fairview section, Jan. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $6/adult; $3/children age 8 to 12; free/under age 8. Menu: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take out available. Call 533-609 after 2 p.m. Church is handicap accessible.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS ASSOC.
This month's meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association will take place Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Demonstrator for the evening is Diana Lyn Cote. Using oil sticks as her medium, her realistic paintings portray bright landscapes and interiors. Public is welcome to attend.

HOLYOKE
STRATEGIC PLANNING WORKSHOP
The Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development at Holyoke Community College is offering a free two-hour strategic planning workshop. Workshop for non-profit organizations: Jan. 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Workshop for businesses: Jan. 19, 9 to 11 a.m. Space is limited, reservation required at 552-2339 or ksullivan@hcc.edu.

FOXWOODS TRIP
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are having a trip to Foxwoods on Jan. 25. Cost is $22. Call Jane Masse at 536-6470 for reservations.

EMT CERTIFICATION PREP
Holyoke Community College and Westfield State University will offer a new course to prepare students for the Massachusetts EMT Basic Certification Examination. Classes meet Jan. 25 to May 10, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., plus two Saturdays per month, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition: $585 plus books and lab fees. Register at www.hcc.edu/ces or 538-5815.

HOLYOKE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
Center will offer new classes during its Winter Session II Feb. 14 through April 23 at the center, located at 400 South Elm St. Courses includes knitting, sewing, morning painting, quilting, wood carving and Weight Watchers. Discount for those who pay before Jan. 31. All classes have openings, but enrollment limited. Center now opens at 9 a.m.

SOUTHWICK
TRIP TO FOXWOODS CASINO
The Senior Center will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 2. Cost: $15. Bonus will include $15 meal credit and $10 Keno bet. Bus will depart the center at 7:30 a.m. and leave the casino at 3:30 p.m. Come in or call the center to sign up 569-5498.

SPRINGFIELD
LATE NITE CATECHISM
The Springfield Golden Age Group will host a trip on Feb. 20 to Warren Theater to see "Late Nite Catechism." Cost includes transportation, lunch, theater tickets; $69 members; $74 non-members. Bus leaves from Sullivan Complex at 10:30 a.m. Reservation deadline: Jan. 28. Call 785-5408.

A SHOW ABOUT FASHION
Jan. 30 at St. Michael's Academy gymnasium on Wheeler Street at 2 p.m. to benefit a Catholic school education scholarship fund being established in memory of Holy Cross Church parishioner Phyllis Bryar. Runway show of affordable fashion, fashion tips, light refreshments, cash bar and raffle. Tickets: $10. Deadline to order: Jan. 23. Make checks payable to Sr. Cindy and mail to: Holy Cross Parish, 211 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, 01118, attn: Show About Fashion. Info: 783-4111.

MARY MOTHER OF HOPE BUS TRIPS
Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring two bus trips in April. "A Tribute to Liberace" with a luncheon at Wright's Chicken Farm is scheduled for April 6. The bus leaves the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Cost: $69 per person. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet Jan. 25 at 7.30 p.m., at the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle. Members Jack Megas, Alan Rifkin, David Wexler, Adam Jermyn and Kevin Kopchynski will give a series of short talks on our changing perception of the universe. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.reflector.org or call (800) 336-9054.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE BING
The next unplugged open mic event at the Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave., will be Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

FIRST PARK MEMORIAL PLAYGROUP
First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield Street, will begin a play group Jan. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Group will be an opportunity for mothers or fathers and their pre-school age children to get together to socialize, share, play and laugh. Questions, call the church office at 413-734-1715.

ONE ACT FESTIVAL AT JCC
Theatrix theater company at the JCC presents: One Act Festival on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Short plays and monologues on a variety of subjects and moods. Tickets: $5/ student, $10/adult and $18/ patron reserved and are available at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. For info or to join Theatrix, contact Amy Kimball at 739-4715 ext. 322 or at akimball@springfieldjcc.org.

WESTFIELD
TAG SALE ITEMS
The non-profit Westfield Homeless Cat Project is seeking items for its upcoming winter tag sale. Used furniture, toys, household items, electronics, etc. are all welcome. Donations can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Rd. For more info or pick-up, contact 348-9146 or denisesinico@hotmail.com.

BOATING SKILLS AND SEAMANSHIP
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is conducting a boating skills and seamanship 10-week course at Westfield State University Feb. 1 from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Course satisfies all state requirements for licensing. Text book required for $35. A nominal registration fee is charged by the university. Contact the university's community education department for registration at 572-8033 or www.wsc.ma.edu.

BREAKDANCE WORKSHOP
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering "Blast of a Class" BreakDance Workshop with Martin Lee from Freestyle Motions on the fourth Friday of each month, starting Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $3 for members; $8 for non-members. Ages 10 and up and all skills are welcome. Registration is required.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Local photographer, Pamela O'Connell, is now showing her original photography at Noble Hospital during hospital business hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. The exhibit will be on display through January. The hospital invites local artists to contact us about displaying your 2D artwork. For more info, contact Meg Morrill at mmorrill@noblehealth.org or 568-2811 ext. 5520.

VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be conducting a girls volleyball program Jan. 21 to March 18. Program is open to girls in grades eight to 11 and will take place at the Y from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday. Each night will include instructional time and game play. Cost: $30 for members; $45 for nonmembers. For more info, visit www.westfieldymca.org or call 568-8631.

FANTASTIC FOURS AND FIVES
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., still has openings in the 1:30 p.m. session of Fantastic Fours and Fives Storytime. This is a great option for all those families that have kids in morning preschool and are looking for something in the afternoon. Call 562-6158 ext. 5 to sign up.

PRESCHOOL OPENINGS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield Preschool has openings in beginning this September in our new Pre-K room. Program includes developmentally appropriate curriculum, preschool swim lessons, field trips, creative art, music, etc. The Preschool is licensed by the state's Department of Early Education and Care. Financial assistance is available. For more info, call the director at 568-8631 ext. 306.

READ TO ROVER
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host Read to Rover on Jan. 15 at 1:30 p.m. Program is open to kids in grades K to three. An adult must remain with the child through the program. Call 562-6158 ext. 5 to sign up.

ADULT DODGEBALL LEAGUE
The YMCA of Greater Westfield has started a co-ed adult dodgeball league for teams of six to 10 players. Matches are on Sunday and Tuesday nights starting Feb. 1 at 7:50 p.m. Cost: $425/team. Deadline to register: Jan. 27. More info: Kaitlyn Chambers at 568-8631 ext. 310 or kchambers@westfieldymca.org.

BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host a book group for kids, featuring "How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. The group is open to those in grades three to five. To register, call 568-6158 ext. 5.

PUMPERNICKEL PUPPETS
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host Pumpernickel Puppets' "Three Billy Goats Gruff " and "The Lion and the Mouse" on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. This program is open to kids of all ages. To register, call 568-6158 ext. 5.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
HEALTH PLANNING SEMINAR
The Senior Center, 128 Park St., will host an educational presentation, "Reasons to Partner With an Elder Care Consultant," on Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Call Mary Ann Ventulett, center coordinator, at 263-3265 to reserve your space today.

HOME SAFETY SEMINAR
Come learn about hidden home dangers and ways to make your home safer at our Home Safety and Proper Use of Adaptive Equipment seminar on Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center, 128 Park St. This free, public event is presented by Julie Daigle, an occupational therapist from Aegis Therapy. Beverages and a light snack will be provided. RSVP to Mary Ann Ventulett at 236-3265 by Jan. 13.

BIBLE STUDY
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Lathrop St., offers a monthly Bible Study open to the community. Next study takes place Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Study will focus on Jesus' early ministry and the calling of his disciples. A quiet activity is available for kids. For more info, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail fccedirector@yahoo.com.


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