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Town Events, July 29 - Aug. 5

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
ADULT SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The Agawam Public Library will present librarian Jolene Mercadante as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program "Read, Relax, Review 2009!" She will read from and discuss her book, "The Angel on My Shoulder: My Life with an American Pit Bull Terrier," in the Community Room on Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. Call the library at 789-1550 ext. 109 to register.

OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
SummerFest will continue on July 29 with Mamadou's performance of world beats. Bill Shontz and his duo of performers will take the stage synchronizing three-part harmonies and "scat solos" on Aug. 5. All SummerFest concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Veteran's Green, 689 Main St. In case of rain the event will take place in the Agawam High School Auditorium, 760 Cooper St. For changes of location call 821-0514 after 3 p.m.

KIDSFEST SCHEDULE
KidsFest will continue with a musical performance by Les Julian on July 29. The final KidsFest event will be the Airborne Comedians on Aug. 12. Their act includes riding seven-foot unicycles and flaming lawn chair juggling. All KidsFest events take place on the Veteran's Green at 11 a.m. but will be canceled if raining.

HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY
Household Hazardous Waste Day will take place Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Dept. of Public Works, 1000 Suffield St. This event is free to Agawam residents, but pre-registration is required. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the DPW at 821-0600. For a list of acceptable materials, visit www.agawam.ma.us.

TAG SALE
The Catholic Women's Club will be sponsoring a tag sale in St. John's parking lot on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., rain or shine. Donations and volunteers are appreciated. Vendors are welcome; spaces are available for $20. To reserve a space, to help or donate articles, call Theresa at 786-4966.

TRIP TO FOXWOODS
The Senior Athletes are sponsoring a bus trip to Foxwoods on Aug. 13. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. from 833 Main St. (St. John's Church). Price is $20 per person; receive a $25 package for lunch and Keno. For more info contact Joan at 786-6852.

"HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD"
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center present a trip to see "Hooray for Hollywood," a high energy musical revue that will transport you back to the golden era of film! Enjoy the show, a day at Mohegan Sun, buffet voucher, betting bonus and transportation on Oct. 19. For reservations and info, call Nellie Mathias at 786-9093.

MAYOR DAWSON OFFICE HOURS
Mayor Susan Dawson announced she will continue open office hours at her office at 36 Main St., second floor, for citizens to stop by and speak with the Mayor on current issues. No appointments necessary. Open office hours begin Aug. 10 and take place every Monday through Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. - noon. The Mayor is also available every third Wednesday of the month (Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16) at the Agawam Senior Center from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

KATELYNN'S RIDE FUNDRAISER
Cooper's Unique Gift and Curtain Shop, 161 Main St., will host a "Celebrate Summer" event to raise money for Katelynn's Ride, to benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, on July 30. There will be a raffle, and winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 786-7760.

"DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER"
The Agawam Golden Age Chapter #1 will take a trip to the Newport Playhouse on Aug. 4 for a full course buffet luncheon, a performance of "Don't Dress for Dinner" and a cabaret show. Call Jeannette at 786-4235 for more info.

CHICOPEE
HEARING SERVICE
Hearing services are available on Aug. 7 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698.

WRITING GROUP
A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1 p.m. This month they meet Aug. 7 and 21. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dreams. No extraordinary writing skills are required. For more info, call 534-3698.

TRAVEL CLUB TRIP
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club presents John Davidson at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Mass., on Sept. 22. Cost includes bus, show and meal. Call 534-3698 from noon - 3 p.m. for more info.

FRESHMAN AND JUNIOR PHOTO IDS
Chicopee High School, 820 Front St., will be taking photo IDs for freshmen and juniors during the week of Aug. 17 - 21 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

BARGAIN CLOTHING SHOPPE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., has a bargain clothing shoppe that will be open Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. - noon. Good quality men's, women's and children's clothes at very low cost.

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 Aug. 3. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info, call 594-1800 ext. 108.

FOXWOODS TRIP
A trip to Foxwoods is taking place Aug. 12, leaving from Post 452 on Exchange Street, leaving at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20, which includes free buffet and $15 Keno play. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4 and 5 p.m.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper on Aug. 6, serving from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $4 for children under 10 and $4.75 for takeout. All monies benefit our veterans, their families, hospital parties and more.

HOLYOKE
SUMMER YOUTH ROWING
Holyoke Rows is offering three different programs for kids 10 and up to learn to row and kayak. A one week, half day rowing program (12 years and up) will be offered Aug. 17 - 21. A three full day, kayaking program (10 - 15 years) will be offered Aug. 4 - 6. For complete info call 320-3134 or e-mail holyokerows@hotmail.com.

KAYAKING LESSONS
Kayaking lessons are available Monday nights from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Stop by with the whole family at Jones Ferry River Access Center. Rain or shine. Cost is $10 per person/$20 per family. Questions? Call Holyoke Rows at 320-3134.

SUMMER HOURS AT WISTARIAHURST
Wistariahurst Museum will be closed to the visiting public during the month of August. During this time the museum will undergo a few renovations and repairs. The gardens and grounds will be open for public viewing and self-guided garden brochures are available. For more info, call 322-5660. The museum will resume regular tour hours on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from noon - 4 p.m. in September.

SOUTHWICK
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
The Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Mohegan Sun on Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. Cost: $19 per person. Will leave the casino at 4 p.m. For more info, call 569-5498.

SENIOR EVENTS
The following is the list of events at the Senior Center: Aug. 12 free hearing tests at 10 a.m. Call the center at 569-5498 to make an appt. Aug. 13 and 27: SHINE representative by appt. Aug. 20: blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m., no appt. needed; and Veterans' Rep. Aug. 24: Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Seminar at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 26: Chicken BBQ. Cost: $5. Sign up with Nancy in the kitchen 569-0410.

SENIOR CENTER CLASSES
Classes at the Senior Center will restart the week of Sept. 14. Mondays: Zumba; Tuesdays: Yoga, Tai-Chi and Painting; Wednesdays: Line Dancing and Writers Workshop; Thursdays: Aerobics and Ceramics; Fridays: Swimming.

FREE mini women's day
Christ Lutheran Church and the Daily Grind Cafe and Coffee House, 568 College Hwy, will host a free mini spa/women's health and wellness day on Aug. 22 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Enjoy massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, neck wraps, nutritional info and more. To be a vendor or schedule an appt. contact Kerri at 351-5218 or Barbara at 569-0298.

FREE acoustic music
Enjoy free acoustic music at the Daily Grind Cafe and Coffee House, 568 College Highway, on Aug. 8 from 6 - 8 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Trinity Church will host a Habitat for Humanity Vacation Bible School from Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. There will a special family night on Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. Ages are 4 - 12. To register call the church office at 737-5311. This program is free.

NATURAL ALLERGY ELIMINATION
Natural Allergy Elimination is a technique developed in the 1980s to assist the body in reducing or eliminating its reaction to allergens. Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is sponsoring Ralph Gustafson, chiropractor, to speak on Aug. 8 at noon. He will use a computerized/allergy/ sensitivity/intolerance evaluation to identify allergens. There are 600 items in the database. Testing is 80 percent successful. Once the allergen is identified he will "reprogram" the body using acupressure technique until that allergy is gone. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.

NOONAN CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Kevin J. Noonan, Executive Director of Open Pantry Community Services, is celebrating his 20th anniversary with the anti-poverty agency this month, and has announced he is stepping down from his post to pursue other challenges. A farewell gathering for him will take place July 29 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center on Elliott Street. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Integrative Health Group
Nitya is offering a free gentle yoga class at the Integrative Health Center, 1502 Allen St., on Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. Nitya recently joined the Integrative Health Group. This is a chance to meet the instructor and sample a yoga class. He will be offering a schedule of different yoga classes for various levels of difficulty. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 at Better Life Whole Foods to register.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Monday of each month, a support group, for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie at 536-1895.

BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a trip on Sept. 12 for the St. Gennaro Feast or shopping in NYC, a trip on Sept. 13 to see the Yankees take on the Orioles in their new stadium in the Bronx, and a trip on Sept. 19 and 20 to see Niagara Falls, visit a casino and do some shopping. For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

WESTFIELD
EVENING OF POETRY, FICTION
The YMCA will host an "Evening of Poetry and Fiction" at its Camp Shepard Goyette Chalet, 370 Northwest Rd., on Aug. 13 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Writers interested in participating should send a request to read along with their poem(s) or short story to the YMCA writing instructor Sera Rivers at writeloudly@me.com. Readings are limited to 3 - 5 mins. per person. Call the YMCA at 568-8631 to reserve a seat to attend this free event.

PVMTM DANCE AND FLY-IN
The Pioneer Valley Military & Transportation Museum will host a benefit Hangar Dance/Cruise-in and Fly-in on Aug. 29 from 5 - 11 p.m. The event, open to the public, will take place at Barnes Airport. There will be a 50/50 raffle, along with other items to be raffled off, including rides in vintage aircraft. Tickets: $20/pp, $35/couple; $5 discount for military personnel in uniform. Tickets can be purchased prior to the event or at the door. For questions or tickets, call 562-1813.

GYMNASTICS CAMP
The YMCA of Greater Westfield still has some spots remaining in its Aug. 17 - 21 gymnastics camp, which runs from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more info, contact the gymnastics instructors at 568-8631 ext. 501 or e-mail them at coaches@westfieldymcagymnastics.com.

JULIE & BROWNIE
Stanley Park's Friday Mornings for Children presents Julie & Brownie, offering a rare blend of original and traditional songs of positive thought and fun for children. The event takes place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and is free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For more info call the park office at 568-9312.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
CELEBRITY CHEF SERIES
What's Cooking, Kids? will continue its Celebrity Chef Series with Jeff Daigneau of Lattitude in West Springfield on Aug. 10 from 7 - 10 p.m. Lattitude's bartender will be on hand to create summer cocktails to enjoy. Cost: $60 per person. Call 224-1208 to reserve a spot as classes will be limited to 30 people.

TRIBUTE PERFORMANCE
A tribute to Gordon Lightfoot and Jim Croce, performed by Satinwood, featuring guest guitarist Jeff Tisdel will take place Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theater, 131 Main St. Tickets: $20 - $22. For tickets call the box office at 747-7797.

CHICKEN SHOOT
The West Springfield-Agawam Emblem Club #526 is hosting a chicken shoot (no guns needed) on Aug. 2 at the Elks Lodge in the Rathskellar, Morgan Road. The shoot will begin at 1 p.m. It is open to the public with a $1 admission fee plus the cost of the games. For more info contact Sue or Tina at 786-5707.


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