Town Events, Jan. 7 - Jan. 14
|From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
The Agawam Democratic Committee will have its monthly meeting on Jan. 7 in the Community Room at the Agawam Library at 7 p.m. Topics for the meeting include charter review and planning for the National Day of Service on Jan. 19. All are welcome attend.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) is meeting on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. The ACC is charged with bringing entertaining and educational events in the arts, humanities and sciences to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are selling the bargain book "Taste of Western Mass." for dining and activities for the Pioneer Valley. The books sell for $20 each and the proceeds go towards the Friends expansion fund. You can purchase this lovely holiday gift at the Agawam Senior Center, 821-0604, or call Emile Cot at 335-9440 for more info.
Join us for great day at Macy's Flower Show April 7. Included is lunch at Mont Blanc Restaurant and a stop at Zabar's. Call the Chicopee Senior Center between noon and 3 p.m. at 534-3698 for more info.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will take place Jan. 13 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.
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. - noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first-come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register call 534-3698.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on Jan. 12 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. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.
WOMAN'S CLUB MEETING
The Chicopee Falls Woman's Club will host its monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 15 at American Legion Post 452 on Exchange Street. A "Fun in January" program is being planned. Members are asked to bring their own lunch. Remember to bring items for the veterans, non-perishable food for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen, aluminum tabs for the Shriners and Lipton's tea tags for the Senior Center.
YOUNG DEMOCRATS MEETING
A reorganizational meeting of the Chicopee Young Democrats will take place Jan. 17 from 2 - 3 p.m. in the main library conference room on Front Street. Free pizza will be served. This opportunity to get involved in your government is for CHS, CCHS, college students and all other adults ages 18 - 35.
French Night, Jan. 17 at Nativity B.V.M. Parish Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Menu: soup, salad, French meat pie, mashed potato/gravy, vegetable, cranberry sauce, rolls/butter, French apple squares, coffee, tea and milk. Dinner served at 5:15 p.m. Donation $10; children 10 and under, $5. Tickets available at Sally's Haircuts (Fairview), weekend Masses and church rectory. Music by Champagne Country. Any questions, call 536-3260.
WINTER YOGA CLASSES
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering three eight-week yoga classes for newcomers or returnees. Gentle yoga classes (deep breathing and stretching) begins Jan. 7 and meets Wednesdays 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. Moderate/intermediate classes for the more experienced meet Monday evenings from 6 - 7:15 p.m. Beginning yoga also meets Mondays from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m. All classes meet at the new Chicopee Comp Fitness Center. For more info, call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Pre-registration is required.
RED SOX/NIAGARA FALLS WEEKEND
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a three-day road trip to enjoy two Red Sox games in Toronto and Niagara Falls. Trip includes transportation, game tickets and two nights in hotels; trip departs May 29 and returns May 31. A $100 deposit is due by Jan. 31. Sign up now at the Parks Dept. seats will go fast! For more info, call 594-3481.
Mailing for the Annual Town Census was at the end of December. To avoid any voting problems, mail back your census; compliance with this state requirement provides proof of residency, to protect voting rights, veteran's bonus, housing for the elderly and related benefits. Your cooperation with this mailing is greatly appreciated. The census does not register you as a voter or change your party affiliation. You must fill out a voter registration form or a change of enrollment card. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Clerk's office at 467-7178.
TRIP TO ITALY
Eleven day trip to Italy: Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Ischia and Calabria. Leave Springfield April 18; return on April 29. Cost is all inclusive. For info and brochure call Donna at 567-3900, ext. 4.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet Jan. 13 and 27 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). 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.
On Jan. 11 from 1 - 4 p.m., enjoy a sneak peek Snowshoe Trek and Track at Little Tom Reservation in Holyoke. Traverse the hills and fields of Little Tom before this scenic reservation is open to the public. We will shoe if there is snow, or hike if there is not. Rugged, warm clothing and footgear is suggested in either case. Snowshoe rentals available ($10/pair) or bring your own. By donation. Pre-register. Reservations required for snowshoe rental. Call 532-1631 ext. 13 for directions and details.
"HIGH SCHOOL NON-MUSICAL"
The Springfield JCC Theatrix group will present at theatrical production of "High School Non-Musical" on Jan. 11 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for adults or $18 for patron reserved seating. The Springfield JCC is located at 1160 Dickinson St. Call 739-4715 or stop by the JCC to purchase tickets. Questions? Contact Amy Kimball at email@example.com or 739-4715 ext. 322.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Menu: beef stew, tossed salad, homemde cornbread, bittersweet poundcake, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost: $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or for more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out will be available by reservation, or to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.
The Southwick Senior Center will be going to Foxwoods casino on Jan. 28. We'll leave the center at 8 a.m. and leave the casino at 4 p.m. The cost is $18, and you'll receive free buffet or $10 toward food and a casino credit. If you're interested sign up in our office or call 569-5498.
The Boar's Head Festival
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Complete with period costumes, live animals and the glorious music of the Christmas season, the Boar's Head Festival celebrates the birth of Christ, the coming of the three kings and the triumph of light over darkness in our world. Seats are still available for several of the evening performances, so call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for info. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 - 11.
LEARN AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Learn this useful language at the Central Library Community Room, 220 State St., on Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with Manuel Martin, Program Director for the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. For more info or to sign up, visit the the Adult Programs page at www.springfieldlibrary.org/programs.html.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
The Italian Cultural Center Italian language classes will begin on Jan. 20. Class time is 6 - 8 p.m. for an eight week period. Class fee includes the text workbook. Returning students get a $10 discount. Make a reservation by by calling the Language Director, Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St., at 732-6569.
LeStelle d'Italia Senior Group is sponsoring a trip to Foxwoods Casino on Jan. 27. Trip fee is $18, payable to LeStelle d'Italia c/o I.C.C., 56 Margaret St., Springfield, MA 01105. All members of the Italian Cultural Center and the general public are welcome to participate. Call Betty at 821-8797 or Ann at 739-3536. Reservation deadline for payment is Jan. 15. Depart at 8:30 a.m. from 56 Margaret St. and arrive home at 6 p.m.
EAST FOREST PARK CIVIC ASSN.
City Councilor Jimmy Ferrera has invited Gil Peron from the Springfield Traffic Commission to discuss the traffic issues plaguing the Gen. Edwards' Bridge and surrounding residential streets. Ed Lambert, the director of UMass Dartmouth's Urban Initiative, will introduce the program that will try to transform Springfield's economy from manufacturing to knowledge-based industries. The meeting will take place Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Holy Cross School meeting room. See eastforestpark.org for more details.
LITTLE ONES LIBRARY TIME
The Boys and Girls Library is offering Little Ones Library Time on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. This program is for children ages 6 - 35 months. It includes a story, songs, fingerplays and playtime. No registration is required and siblings are welcome to attend.
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about the key 1893-S Morgan silver dollar. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.
Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will have its monthly book discussion on Jan. 18 at 10:45 a.m., following the 9:30 a.m. service. The book discussed: "Gilead" by Marilynne Robinson. Anyone who has read this book and would like to take part in the discussion is welcome. For more info, contact Carolyn Harrington at 739-0790.