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Town Events, July 9 - July 16

From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Outdoor fun celebrate summer Ice Cream Sundae Night July 12, 6 - 8:30 p.m., Saint David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., Feeding Hills. Join us as we play in the yard and make your own ice cream sundae (if it rains, we'll play inside). Get a sneak peak of power lab. For info, call 786-6133.

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be hosting "Shop for a Cause" on Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. at Macy's. Make a $5 donation by buying a coupon and save 20 percent off regular sale and clearance items and 10 percent off furniture, mattresses and rugs. Buying a coupon will also enter you into a drawing for a $500 gift card. Call the Senior Center at 821-0604 or Emile Cot at 335-9440 for more info or to buy a coupon.

Travel with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club to Olde Mystic Seaport on July 16. Leave the Chicopee Senior Center at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. after a full day of exploring America's best maritime museum and a re-created 19th century coastal village. Cost includes lunch at the Olde Seaman's Pub, all entrance fees and transportation. Seats are going fast, so don't hesitate to call the travel desk at 534-3698.

In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be on July 22 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee for this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info, call 534-3698.

On July 23, a support group for those providing care will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. from 6 - 7 p.m. It is free of charge. For more info and to register, call 534-3698.

A Wii demonstration will take place at 1:30 p.m. on July 11 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Wii is an interactive video device that allows older adults to play tennis, bowl, golf, box, baseball and participate in a home run derby. Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator, will teach older adults how to use the device. The game will be available in the afternoons for participants. For more info and to sign up, call 534-3698.

A informal singing group will meet on Thurs. starting July 10 at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. No one is a star, it is just a fun time to enjoy an hour of singing. What better way to spend a hot summer day? Irene Wyman leads the group and words are provided. Call the center at 534-3698.

July 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., rain or shine, St. Christopher's Church, 27 Streiber Drive (off Memorial Drive). Household goods and misc. items. Something for everyone! Real bargains and great prices. Hamburgers, hot dogs and baked goods available too!

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. presents a five-day tour to see New Orleans Nov. 3 - 7. Spend five glorious days exploring the famous French Quarters amidst the sound of jazz, streetcars and steamboats. Enjoy the jazz revue on famous Bourbon Street at the Maison Bourbon. Visit St. Louis Cemetery one of New Orleans' oldest and most intriguing cemeteries. A $100 deposit per person is required to secure space. For more info contact Chicopee Parks Dept. at 594-3481.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. presents an eight-day trip to spend Christmas in Austria. Spend six night in one hotel in Innsbruck which allows you time to shop and explore this beautiful town in the mountains of Austria. There will also be time spent in Salzburg and Munich, Germany. Round trip from Logan Airport, hotel stay and 10 meals included in this package. Hurry, sign up now as flight rates are locked in at this price for now. For more info contact the Chicopee Parks Dept. at 594-3481. A $250 deposit per person is required to secure space. Final payment due by Oct. 7.

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 July 14. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. Call 594-1800 ext. 108 for more info.

Join us for an interesting and surprising night of tarograph, the blending of handwriting analysis and tarot on July 9, 6 - 7 p.m. Our host is Lisa Maria Lanno, local author/reader/speaker. She will take us through the science of handwriting analysis and offer info regarding tarot and beyond. Come learn about graphology, tarot, ask any questions you may have and learn how things can get a little paranormal. The tarograph night is part of the Granby Free Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program that runs through Aug. 20. Stop by the library for more info, to sign up for the adult summer reading program and get your chance to win great incentive prizes. The library's hours are Tues., Wed. and Fri. from 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Contact by phone at 467-3320.

Father Ralph DiOrio will conduct a service of Evangelization, Prayer and Healing at Notre Dame Church, 447 Main St., Southbridge, on July 20 at 1 p.m. Call (508) 791-0610 for more info.

Big Brothers Big Sisters will be sending trucks throughout Hampden County for a free pick-up of donated used clothing and shoes in good condition. Items will be resold to Savers thrift stores or recycled as a fundraiser to support mentoring programs in the community. To find out when trucks will be in neighborhoods for pick-ups, call 732-7111.

The Dow Jones Retirees group has scheduled a three-day trip which includes two musicals, a visit to Hershey World and an Amish tour to Lancaster, Pa., Oct. 3 - 5. The two shows are the musical "In the Beginning" at the Millennium Theatre and "Wonderful Town" at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater. Most meals in included. For more info and pricing contact Carol at (860) 668-5822 or a_garcia@cox.net. All are welcome.

On the first Monday of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with Parkinson's disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 739-4715.

On Aug. 8, the classes of '67 - '70 will gather for their respective class reunions at Adelfia's banquet facilities on Route 202, South Hadley. Social hour featuring an international cheese board and cash bar followed by a buffet dinner. On Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., the four classes will host the first-ever Alumni Day Picnic at Dufresne Recreation Area, Rte. 202, in Granby, where all Granby High alumni, from the year 1964 through current graduates, are invited. There is no cost for admission or parking. Guests can bring their own food or they may purchase hot food at the concession. For more info call Donna McKay, class of '67 at 533-4262; Paul Robitaille, class of '68 at 427-9613; Russ Boudreau, class of '69 at 538-9342; Joe Furnia, class of '70 at 467-7420.

Holyoke Parks & Rec. Adult Summer Volleyball, outdoor recreational walk-on co-ed games at Roberts Field (Holyoke High School) July 9 - Aug. 29 (weather permitting). Wed. and Fri. from 6 - 8 p.m.; $1 per night for residents and $3 per night for non-residents. Pre-registration is encouraged; ages 15 and up. Sportswear and sneakers are a must. For more info contact the Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. at 322-5620 or Tyrone at 275-2878.

Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., will be closed to the visiting public during the month of August to undergo a few renovations and house repairs. The garden and grounds are open for public viewing and self-guided garden brochures are available. The museum will resume regular tour hours Sat., Sun. and Mon. from noon - 4 p.m. in September. For more info call 322-5660.

Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. announces the Pouliot Pool, located at 575 Maple St., is now open. Senior Citizen Swim, 9 - 10:15 a.m. weekdays; open swim, 1 - 5 p.m.; and family swim, 5 - 6 p.m., weather permitting. Pouliot Pool is free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more info, call the Holyoke Parks & Rec. office at 322-5620.

The public is invited to attend an outdoor summer concert at Mount Saint Vincent Care Center. The "Cruisin' with the Crooners Show," with music by Dave Colucci, will feature the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Perry Como. The concert is free and refreshments will be available at a minimal charge. Bring your own lawn chairs. The event will take place on July 9 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 35 Holy Family Rd. For more info, contact Lisa Parent at 532-3246 ext. 208.

ACTNOW! is an organization that uses improvised movie making to build confidence and character in youth, particularly girls. On July 25, we will screen an original movie made by the girls in our July playshop at the Summit House on top of Mount Holyoke. The event is free and open to the public. We want everyone in the area to know about this event so they can see for themselves the amazing feats empowered girls can accomplish.

There will be no Council on Aging meeting in July. The veterans' services representative will be at the center to speak with on July 10 from 9 a.m. - noon. There will also be trip to Foxwoods casino on July 16. For more info call the Senior Center at 569-5498.

Having a difficult time purchasing Red Sox tickets? The Springfield JCC Adult Life Dept. is sponsoring a trip to see the Boston Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels, July 28. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Cost includes tickets for Fenway's right field, section 87, roundtrip transportation and driver gratuity. To register, call 739-4715 or stop by the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St.

Attend a "scent-sational event" on July 30 at 6:30 p.m. with florist Susan Peterson of Pepperberry's in Westfield and a guest master gardener from the Western Mass. Master Gardeners Association. Learn how to identify, cultivate, harvest and preserve herbs and their many other uses. Bring any questions that you would like answered. Rain date: July 31 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required and there is a fee for the workshop. Call 568-0316 for any questions and to register. Bring a lawn chair.

Stanley Park's Friday Mornings for Children will feature Rick Goldin on July 25. Goldin's lively, interactive and humorous children's songs have made him one of the most popular children's entertainers in New England. His latest recording, "I Like To Read," received a 1998 Parents' Choice Award and features songs about books, libraries and learning to read. Friday Mornings for Children take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.

Stanley Park's Concert Series will feature the Heritage Pops Orchestra on July 27. Heritage Pops prides itself in being able to provide music for your enjoyment, from the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Harry James and Lawrence Welk, to music of many ethnic origins and even some light classical music. All Sunday nights concerts begin at 6 p.m., take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.

The Tea Pot Gallery will be hosting "Saturday Night Live Concerts on the Green" every Saturday from 6 - 11 p.m. until Labor Day. This Saturday will include Andy Hasaband's acoustic pop, Something Yet with Josh Roseberg and Steve Grebowski's acoustic mastery, Woodford Way with Kyle Mangini, Jeff Lynch, Patrick Stoddard, Peter Curro and guest performances by Zoe Darrow. For more info, call the Tea Pot Gallery at 562-6966.

Girl Scout Troop 521 will be hosting a donation drive to support the homeless animals at the MSPCA Western New England (WNE) at the Westfield Wal-Mart on Rte. 20 on July 11 and 13 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Purchases of any low cost items, such as blankets, toys and treats will be greatly appreciated. All items will be donated to the MSPCA WNE Animal Care and Adoption Center in Springfield. For more info, call Christina Kollisch at 885-3034.

The Westfield Athenaeum will be hosting the artwork of Normajean Heim in the Jasper Rand Art Museum in July. This is her first exhibit in New England. While working prolifically in various mediums for the last 30 years, Heim has also worked professionally as an art and media director, writer and editor. The exhibt can be viewed during regular library hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The library is closed Saturdays during July and August.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host its 31st Annual Pancake Breakfast on the Westfield Town Green on July 10 from 7 - 11 a.m. Menu: pancakes, syrup, sausages and beverage. Music will be provided by Donald Blair and "Mr. Beasley." Advance sale tickets are available at the Chamber office. Adults $5, senior citizens $4, children under 12, $2. For more info, contact Lynn Boscher at 568-1618.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is currently accepting registrations for a teen summer writing class, "Just Write It." The program will meet at the YMCA, 67 Court St., on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m., July 16 - Aug. 20. A limited membership. This interactive class is for teens ages 12 - 16. The instructor, Sera Pagan, has a degree in journalism and is a writing instructor at the YMCA. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise, director of program operations, at 568-8631.

The Westfield Theatre Group will be hosting auditions for its 2008 fall production, "An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber" on July 9 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Westfield Woman's Club. Performances will be in October. The show will be showcasing a selection of Andrew Lloyd Webber works including "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera," "Evita," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." We are auditioning solos and chorus for anyone ages 16 to adult. Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a brief musical number from one of these selections. Rehearsals will take place once a week during the summer. For further info, call 572-2541 or visit www.westfieldtheatregroup.com.

The West Springfield Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Mystic Sea Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village on Sept. 27. This great family trip includes the bus, your admission to the Sea Aquarium and time to shop in Olde Mistick Village. The bus leaves the Municipal Parking lot on 26 Central St. at 8:30 a.m. and returns approx. 6 p.m. Contact the Park & Rec. Dept. for more info at 263-3284.

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