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Town Events, Jan. 27 - Feb. 3

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Jan: 27: yoga and weight training at 8:15 a.m.; beginners yoga at 9:45 a.m.; bridge at 1 p.m.; Golden Agers Chpt. 1 at 1:30 p.m.; Guys & Dolls Billiards Club at 6 p.m. Jan. 28: exercise at 9 a.m.; quilting at 9:30 a.m.; bridge at 12:30 p.m.; pitch at 1 or 7 p.m.; open art at 1:30 p.m.; melody band at 2 p.m. Jan. 29: tap at 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi at 10 a.m.; cribbage at 1 p.m.

The Agawam Catholic Women's Club will be hosting their monthly meeting Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in St. John's church center. Try your luck at game night and share in the evening of fun.

The Charter Review Team formed by the Agawam Republican and Democratic Committees will meet on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss our present Town Charter, what may be needed in terms of review or changes, and possible approaches to take. All Agawam residents are invited to attend this important meeting.

Mindscape Hypnosis will offer a free hypnosis seminar "Hypnosis: Facts and Fallacy" at the Agawam Library, 750 Cooper St., Feb. 1 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Kathy and Norm Lambert, certified hypnotists, will educate you on what hypnosis is and what it isn't. Come see how hypnosis can benefit your life. For more info contact Mindscape Hypnosis at 348-1576.

The Chicopee Boys and Girls Club will be hosting monthly card and collectible shows starting Feb. 7 in the Boys and Girls Club gym, 580 Meadow St. Any and all collectibles welcome, 40+ tables of sport and non-sport cards, vintage cards, coins, autographs, card supplies and more. Come support the Boys and Girls Club. Admission is $10; children under 10 free. All proceeds stay in the club. For table or any info call Joe at 593-6046.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Washington, D.C., May 13 - 16. Tour includes bus, hotel, six meals, all taxes and gratuities, trip insurance, guided tour of monuments, a Potomac River cruise, evening Marine Dress Parade, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian, tour of the House and Senate (pending approval). Call the club for further info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri. from noon - 3 p.m.

Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on May 4 for a trip to the Garde Arts Center in Groton, Conn., to see a new musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies," a New England premiere. Before the show enjoy a delicious lunch at the Groton Inn. Cost includes bus, driver trip, lunch and show. Call the club at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Center is going to see the "The Lion King" on Broadway on March 10 - 11. Cost includes one breakfast and an overnight in New Jersey. We will also do some sightseeing on March 11, including Ground Zero.

The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on Feb. 9 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Meeting is open to the public.

The next meeting will be on Feb. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. 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.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet on Feb. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School, 587 Grattan St., will host a spaghetti supper on Feb. 3. The event, sponsored by PAL (Parents Assisting in Learning) will take place in the school cafeteria from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets: adults, $5; student/child, $3; children under 4, free. Enjoy spaghetti, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. Buy our raffle tickets that night. For ticket info call 533-1475.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School, 587 Grattan St., will host an open house on Jan. 31. Families interested in Catholic education pre-K to grade eight, current families, alumni and friends are invited to the school from 10 a.m. - noon. Enjoy complimentary coffee and donuts and tour the school. For more info call 533-1475.

The Pioneer Valley Chordsmen invite you to their Pancake Breakfast on Jan. 30 at Applebee's on Memorial Drive from 8 - 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each and are available by calling 533-0305 or 593-5238. The Chordsmen will be preforming some of their songs too! Do you like to sing? Men of all ages are welcome to come to our open rehearsals on Mon. nights at 7:30 p.m. at the K of C at 1599 Memorial Dr. in Chicopee. No professional singing experience is required. For more info about rehearsals call 533-0305.

Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info call 594-1180 ext. 108.

The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, located at 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper on Feb. 4 from 4 - 6 p.m. If unsure because of weather conditions, call the post at 594-9821. Cost: $4.50 for adults, $4 for children under 10 and $4.75 for takeout.

The Chicopee Democratic committee will meet on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. to elect deligates to the Democartic Party Convention, which is slated for June 4 - 5. Meeting will take place at Williamansett Heights Hall, 118 Mt. Vernon St. at 10 a.m. Any Democrat who resides in Chicopee who wishes to attend the convention is invited to place his or her name in nomination. For more info contact Frank Lapointe at 536-5502 or falapointe@aol.com.

The Charles C. Kennedy Unit #275 of the American Legion Auxiliary, 41 Robbins Rd., will host a First Tuesday Dinner Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. Menu: corned beef, cabbage, boiled potatoes, carrots, bread, butter, dessert, coffee, tea. Tickets: $8/adults; $4/10 years old and under.

The Dow Jones Retirees Group has scheduled a bus trip to New York city on May 1. Pickup and dropoff are at the Plantation Inn parking lot, Chicopee and Bob's Store commuter lot, Enfield, Conn. All welcome. For more info/reservations call (860) 668-5822 or e-mail a_garcia@cox.net.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Street). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

Jan. 31. This free program is open to all individuals and families who would like to learn about international and domestic adoption opportunities. The program will take place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center from 1 - 2:30 p.m. For more info or to register contact Jewish Family Service at 737-2601 or Good Hope Adoption Services (866) 50-ADOPT.

An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., on Feb. 20 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. A National Rifle Assoc. Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a Mass. certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Pre-registration is required by Feb. 13. More info is available at www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and leave your info on answering machine.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians of Hampden-Hampshire Counties is again sponsoring the Daniel P. Curran Irish Night at The Wherehouse? on Feb. 27. This "Event of the Season" will benefit the A.O.H. Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship Fund. The night promises once again to be an evening of fabulous food, music, and merriment.

The Taber Art Gallery at Holyoke Community College, 303 Homestead Ave., will host "Chuck Stern: Artworks 1985 - 2010" from Feb. 1 - March 4. A gallery talk/reception will take place Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The gallery is open to the public and located in the Donahue Building. Call 552-2614 for gallery hours.

The Social Connection 50 Plus Group meets Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Do you want to learn how money works? Do you want to learn how to pay off your bills more efficiently, cut 5 - 10 years off your mortgage, save thousands of dollars in interest and save hundreds on auto and homeowners/renters insurance? Do you want to learn how to get more income protection for less money and save more for retirement? Have you thought about long term care? Come to the Social Connection to learn what the banks don't want you to know! Reserve by Feb.3; only $5 per person, includes lunch. Call 533-1925 and leave your info.

A beginning/gentle yoga six-week class will run Thurs. through Feb. 24 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd. The public is invited to join. Come to one class or all six. Direct any questions to Linda Brunelle, instructor, at anantayoga@comcast.net or call 221-8516.

A trip to Mohegan Sun Casino has been planned for March 29. The bus will leave the Senior Center at 8 a.m. and will leave the casino at 4 p.m. Cost: $19 per person due by March 4, including a $30 casino package ($15 coupon towards food/buffet or shopping and $15 free bets on Big 6 wheel). Sign up at the Senior Center office or call Alice at 569-5498.

The Southwick Senior Center will be going to the Spring Bulb Show at the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Northampton on March 15 at 9:30 a.m. Cost: $4 to cover admission and transportation. Lunch will be on your own at Paisano's. Sign up at the Senior Center office or call Alice at 569-5498.

Help with income taxes will be starting on Feb. 3. Joyce Decker is a volunteer and is sponsored through AARP. Appointments are from 9 a.m. - noon through the first part of April. Call the Senior Center office ASAP at 569-5498 to book your appt.

Ellen Evert Hopman, author of "Priestess of the Forest," "Druids Herbal for Sacred Tree Medicine," "Being a Pagan," ""People of the Earth," "Walking the World in Wonder" and "Tree Medicine Tree Magic," will be book signing and speaking about medicinal kitchen foods. Hopman, a Master Herbalist, will teach how to use the foods in our kitchens as our medicine. The free lecture is at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Jan. 30 with snow date of Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. For registration call 783-9424 ext. 2.

The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield announces its "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" Gala Feb. 6, 7 p.m., at the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, 500 Easthampton Rd., Holyoke. Individual tickets are $100. To purchase tickets call 794-5683.

Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Learn to make a sterling silver wire heart pendant in this quick clinic. Great for beginners. Instruction is free with small materials charge per heart made. Call Simply Beadiful at 782-0288 to sign up. Visit www.Simplybeadiful.com for more info. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

Gina Daniele presents bus trips to Foxwoods Casino on March 7 and Niagara Falls for casino gaming and shopping on May 15 and 16 no passport required. For more info, call Gina at 732-8941. All trips depart from Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St.

Westfield State College begins Black History Month with a performance by Step Afrika!, an internationally known step team, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 2 in Dever Auditorium. Westfield State's So Seductive step team will open the performance. The show is free and open to the public. For reservations, contact Jessika Murphy at jmurphy@wsc.ma.edu. Donations will be collected for relief efforts in Haiti.

This outing will be a walk in the woods on some of the trails at Mittineague. Leader Dave Lovejoy will focus on winter identification of trees and shrubs, but there may be other aspects of natural history to observe as well, such as birds and animal tracks (depending on the expertise of those in the group). Use your judgment about footwear; snowshoes will probably not be needed at this site, but time will tell. Walk takes place Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. Meeting place: At the kiosk at the entrance to Mittineague Park. Extreme weather cancels.

Tropical Sunday, an annual tradition, will be celebrated at Grace Lutheran Church on Feb. 7 at the 9:30 a.m. service. The sanctuary will be decorated with tropical plants and flowers; parishioners are encouraged to wear cruise fashions and the music will have a Latin beat. Coffee hour will feature baked goods with pineapple, coconut and other tropical flavors. All are invited to attend. For more info, call the church at 734-9268.

Nicotine Anonymous will meet at the W.S. Public Library on Wed. evenings at 6 p.m. This is a support group for those who wish to live nicotine-free lives. All are welcome. For more info, call 736-4561.

The W.S. Public Library, 200 Park St., will host crafts-for-kids from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drop in anytime to make decorations and crafts to forget about winter. Crafts on hand are appropriate for ages 3 and up.

Yarn Therapy, a "support" group for those who love crafting, will meet Feb. 1 from 6 - 8:45 p.m. at the W.S. Public Library. Regular attendees focus on knitting, crocheting and scrapbooking, however casual crafters of all kinds are welcome.

TAB will meet Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Youth Room of the W.S. Public Library. TAB is a group for teens who like to be involved in their community, offering an opportunity to volunteer their time to help make decisions about borrowing materials and the physical space for teens in the library. New members, ages 12 and up, are always welcome.

The First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., recently formed a partnership with the W.S. Community Partnership for Children. The church's play group will be a gathering place for expectant parents and parents and caregivers of children from birth to school age. The group meets every Tues. during the school year from 10:30 a.m. - noon. No cost or pre-registration. For more info, call Diana Forfa at 734-7667.

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