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Town Events, Jan. 5 - Jan. 12

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council's next meeting will take place Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. Meeting is open to the public. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

COLLEEN APPLICATIONS
Agawam's St. Patrick's Committee is accepting Colleen applications through Jan. 8. Female residents of Agawam with some Irish heritage, age 17 to 22 years, are eligible. Applications are available at the high school office, the library, online at www.agawamstpats.com or by contacting Lisa at 786-9405. Applications must be completed and mailed to the Agawam St. Patrick's Committee, P. O. Box 825, Agawam, MA 01001.

TEEN BOOK CLUB & SWAP
The Agawam Public Library will be hosting a "Teen Book Club & Book Swap" on Jan. 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students in grades seven and up will be able to trade-in their new or gently used paperbacks or hardbacks for books of equal value. The person who brings in the most books to swap will win a prize. For more info or to register, call the library at 789-1550 ext. 4.

CHICOPEE
TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE
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 Jan. 10. The title of this seminar will be "Turning 65 and Medicare." The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For info call 594-1800 ext. 108.

CELTICS NIGHTS BUS TRIP
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club visits Venus DeMilo in Swansea, Mass. for an afternoon performance of "Celtic Nights" starring Tony Kenny, Joe Cuddy and Celtic Dancers on March 10. Cost is $65 and includes transportation, luncheon, show and gratuities. Call the club Mon.-Fri. at 534-3698 between noon to 3 p.m. for more info.

"IN GOOD COMPANY"
A support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Next meeting will be Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Free. Group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, information on additional assistance, and support. For more info call 534-3698.

MEN'S GROUP
Meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. Next meeting will be Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. For more info call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a spaghetti supper Jan. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for kids age eight to 12; free for kids under eight years. Menu: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take-out available by calling 533-6093 after 2 p.m.

LADIES AUXILIARY SUPPER
The Veterans of Foreign Wars William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper Jan. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults and seniors; $4 for kids under 10 years; $5.25 for take-out. If unsure of weather conditions, call the post at 594-9821.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
Al-ANON MEETINGS
Meets every Wednesday and Thursday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

HOLYOKE
BASIC PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., Jan. 15 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. N.R.A. Basic Pistol Course Certificate and a state certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Pre-registration is required by Jan. 8. Info: www.holyokerevolverclub.com.

SOUTH HADLEY
"HEAD OVER HEELS"
Sharon Ashton from Renaissance Manor in Holyoke will teach "Head Over Heels" at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd., on Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a class on how to avoid falls and strengthen your lower body to help cushion falls. Sign up by calling 533-1925 by Jan. 5. Cost: $5 and includes lunch.

TAX SEMINAR
South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell St., welcomes H & R Block to help you during this tax season on Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. For more info, call 538- 5045.

SOUTHWICK
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Jan. 12: manicures by appt. Jan. 13: SHINE by appt. Jan. 14: Veteran's representative. Jan. 17: center closed. Jan. 20: blood pressure no appointment needed. Jan. 27: SHINE by appt. Jan. 28: Veteran's representative.

SENIOR CENTER CLASSES
The following weekly classes will take place at the Senior Center. Mondays: pool, 9 a.m.; quilting and needle working, 9 a.m. to noon. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; Bingo, 10 a.m., 5 /card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m.; painting, noon, $3; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; ladies poker, 12:30 p.m.; writers workshop, 1 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/five classes; 10 a.m. Wii games.

SPRINGFIELD
FIRST LUNCH PROGRAM
Mayflower Senior Center, 1516 Sumner Ave., is celebrating its first lunch program Jan. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Door prizes and raffles. Suggested donation: $1.75. Sign up by calling 782-4536 or e-mail mayflowercenter@verizon.net.

A SHOW ABOUT FASHION
Jan. 30 at St. Michael's Academy gymnasium, Wheeler St., 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, refreshments, cash bar, 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.

"SCIENCE CARNIVAL " AT QUAD
The third event in the Springfield Museums' new Culture & Cocktails series, is Jan. 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Science Museum. Admission is $5; includes hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, cash bar. Reservations: 263-6800 ext. 266, visit springfieldmuseums.org, or pay at the door.

WESTFIELD
"HEALTHY BACK" CLASSES
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a four-week "Healthy Back" class with Instructor Paul Warner, owner of Body Wise Physical Therapy, beginning Jan. 8. Classes run through Jan. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the dance center. Cost: $35 for members; $55 for non-members. For more info, call Charlene Call at 568-8631 ext. 305.

AMPUTEES MOVING ON
Amputees Moving On support group sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Westfield meet the last Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at Noble Hospital, 115 West Silver St., in conference room 3 on the ground floor. There will be a different topic each month along with open discussion. For more info, contact Charlene Call at 568-8631 ext. 305.

COOK-OFF FUNDRAISER
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is hosting a fundraiser cook-off in conjunction with the Salvation Army on March 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The participant will be responsible for providing enough food to serve as a sampler to about 200 people. Anyone can purchase a spoon for $5, that day, and sample all the treats and vote on the best from each category. Sign up by Jan 28. For more info, contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323 or e-mail cagan@westfieldymca.org.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a Mainstream Dance on Jan. 7 with Gene King calling and Beverly MacKay cuing. This will be our "Souper" Dance. Dances are at the United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $7 per person. For info, call Dick Walker at 525-3324.

WORK PERMIT APPLICATIONS
Work permit applications for 14 to 17 year-olds are now available on the W. Springfield Public Schools Web site, www.wsps.org under the "Students & Parents" tab at the top of the page. Bring the form and proof of age to the high school or the Municipal Office Building. More info: 263-3400 or 263-3388.

COIN CLUB
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A special featured topic will be presented and discussed, as well as business matters and special events. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

FINANCES OF DIVORCE
Freda Brown, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, will host a talk about the issues that can affect a divorcing couple's financial future on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the W. Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. Event is free and open to the public. For more info, call the library at 736-4561.


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