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Town Events, June 3 - June 10

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Valley Boat & Surf Club
Pioneer Valley Boat & Surf Club meets the first Tuesday of every month except July and August. The only family orientated saltwater fishing club in Western Mass. Meetings take place at the Springfield Canoe & Yacht Club, 1210 River Rd., Agawam. Top name guest speakers and raffle. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. June 2 guest speaker is Al Gag of Gag's Custom Lures. Call Ray at 562-1590 for more info.

The Cultural Council's next meeting will take place June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Agawam Public Library is forming a Tuesday evening book club to start Oct. 6. The club will meet at the library on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. Space is limited. For more info or to join, call Joanne Gentry at 789-1550 ext. 101 or at jgentry@cwmars.org.

"The Titanic A Voyage into History" presented by Denise Vanaria, Titanic historian, will kick off the Agawam Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program 2009 on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Call 789-1550, ext. 109 or visit the library to register.

All are invited to attend a Strawberry Fest from 1 - 4 p.m., rain or shine, on June 7 at the Atrium at Cardinal Drive, 153 Cardinal Dr. The festival will feature strawberry desserts and live music by Jimmy Mazz. Activities for the whole family include wagon rides and face painting. Attendees are also welcome to tour the community. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, call the Atrium at Cardinal Drive at 821-9911.

Agawam Council on Aging presents Tall Ships. Sail Boston 2009 Spirit of Boston Cruises on July 9. Depart from old Agawam Senior Center at 10 a.m.; estimated return at 7 p.m. Cost: $97 p/p (includes driver gratuity). For reservations call Joan Linnehan at 821-0604. Checks payable to Friends of Agawam Senior Center.

Annual Agawam Senior Center "Spring Fling with Bing & Bling" variety show will take place at the center, 954 Main St. on June 5 at 1 p.m. Cost: $5.

The 75th anniversary open house of the Agawam Garden Club on June 27 between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (rain or shine) at the home of John DeVecchi, 21 Briarcliff Dr. RSVP not required. For further info contact DeVecchi at 883-1486 or AgawamGardenClub@aol.com.

Mayor Mike Bissonnette cordially invites you to his Family Picnic on June 7 from noon - 3 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus grounds, 460 Granby Rd. The picnic is free and open to the public. The event features a day of fun for the entire family with free hot dogs, burgers, soft drinks and more! Carnival games, face painting, ice cream, free balloons and kids activities will also be featured. Plenty of convenient parking will be available.

Chicopee Parks & Rec. presents a nine-day trip to view the beautiful mountains of the Colorado Rockies. Join Collette Vacations tour guide to ride the trains of the Rockies as you journey through Alpine Lakes, towering peaks and rolling meadows. Some of the sites you will travel to will be in Denver, Rocky Mountain National Park, Georgetown Loop Rail, Vail Grand Junction, Durango and Silverton Railroad and more. Trip includes a trip to Mesa Verde National Park, Royal Gorge Railroad, Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Corge Railway, and the Garden of the Gods. Visit www.chicopeema.gov and click on the departments and locate Parks & Rec. for more info, or contact the Chicopee Parks Dept. weekdays at 594-3481. A $250 deposit p/p is required to secure space. Deposit due by June 8.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Block Island for the day on Aug. 28. Join us. Cost covers bus to Point Judith, ferry to Block Island, island tour bus, lunch at the National Hotel, return ferry and bus, plus driver's gratuity. We leave the senior center at 7:30 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Call 534-3698 for more info.

The next meeting will be on June 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 glucomenter, 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.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will be held June 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 Remillard at 594-6092.

The continuation of the Annual Town Meeting will be on June 15 at Granby Jr. Sr. High School in the cafeteria at 7 p.m. Warrant articles are available at Town Hall. There will be a Special Town Meeting along with the continuation of the Annual Town Meeting. To be eligible to participate in the Special Town Meeting, June 5 is the last day to register to vote. Voter registration will take place at Town Hall from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; at the public library from 2 - 7 p.m.; and at Town Hall from 7 - 8 p.m. Any questions can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at 467-7178.

Active Singles is sponsoring a single hike (30s - 60s) on June 7. The two-hour hike starts at 8:30 a.m. and takes place at Freja Park in Bolton (the old Manchester Drive-in theatre). No dogs or kids on the hike. Bring water and wear hiking boots. Hikes are in three to four skill levels. Optional buffet breakfast follows each hike. Call Charlie Gergley (19 Stony Hill Rd., #6, Cheshire, CT 06410) at 203-271-2155 or 860-489-9611 to RSVP. We need a count for the restaurant.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on June 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evenings 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.

writing group
A monthly writing group (poetry, memoir, and fiction), which is open, friendly, with no charge, meets third Wednesdays (June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21), 4 - 6 p.m., at the Indian Orchard Community Building, 117 Main St., at the Myrtle Street Park in Indian Orchard. For info, call 531-5023 or 543-9340.

Astronomy Walk Series: Chinese Sky Myths & Legends, Easthampton, June 14, from 7 - 9:30 p.m. Leader: Chris Lyons, Astronomy Educator (e-mail: Programs@GlassVisions.biz; phone: 562-4740). Fee: $5 Naturalists' Club members, $8 others (fee covers auditorium use). Meeting place: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Main Building. Enjoy a fascinating look at Chinese culture and their interpretations of the many stars and constellations that grace our skies! This is a fun active-learning indoor/outdoor program for adults (16 and up). Dress appropriately, bring binoculars if you have them (several pairs will be available if you don't), and be ready to take a walk through the universe! Contact Chris if you have any questions.

VFW Post 872 invites the public to its Sunday Brunch Series beginning June 7 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Post on Point Grove Road. A cash bar available after noon. Cost: $12 for adults; $5 for kids age 7 - 10; kids under 6, free. Proceeds to benefit the VFW. For more info, call 569-9022 after 3 p.m.

Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway is having their annual Strawberry Supper on June 20 at 6 p.m. Menu: ham, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls with butter and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For reservations call the church office at 569-6362.

Gina Daniele presents two upcoming bus trips: on June 7, enjoy a trip to Foxwoods Casino. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. July 4, tickets only are available for a Red Sox vs. Mariners game at Fenway Park no bus! For more info, call 732-8941.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is hosting its seventh annual Party with the Animals Fundraiser on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Zoo. Join our Honorary Co-Chairs, Mayor Domenic J. and Lady Carla Sarno and our Master of Ceremony, Sy Becker, WWLP, for an evening filled with great food and beverages, close encounters with our animal friends and enjoy the bidding frenzy during our live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit the Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center.

The annual tag book sale to benefit Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will take place on June 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 13 Princess Rd. Come shop for household articles, books, jewelry, etc. and help the Girl Scouts at the same time.

Free bocce lessons will be offered at Forest Park on June 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. All ages are welcome! Visit www.boccebella.com for more info.

Westfield State College Downtown Art Gallery has created a show of select student artwork in the main lobby of Noble Hospital through July 25. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Animal Shelter Renovation Inc. will host a fundraiser on June 20 at Rocky's Ace Hardware. Bring a pet food item and receive 20 percent off any regularly priced item at the Westfield Rocky's location only. Help feed the homeless pets in the area while enjoying savings inside the store.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield will begin registration for summer classes on June 3. Classes begin the week of June 22. Brochures of all class/program offerings are available at the YMCA or online at www.westfieldymca.org. For more info, contact the Y, 67 Court St., at 568-8631.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly breakfast on June 12 at Stanley Park, 400 Western Ave., at 7:30 a.m. Tickets: $20/Chamber member; $25/non-member. Reservations may be made at www.WestfieldBiz.org or e-mail Marcia@WestfieldBiz.org, or call 568-1618.

The West Springfield Veterans' Council is hosting a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on June 14 (Flag Day) from 8 a.m. - noon at the Tatham Memorial Club, 3 Paul St. Tickets are available at the door or the senior center. Adults: $5; children under 12, $3.

The West Springfield High School class of 1959 is planning its 50th reunion for the weekend of Oct. 9 - 11. They have not been able to contact the following classmates: Thomas Bath, John Bennett, Eleanor (Bushey) Thamaalis, Theodore Chutkowski, Anne Clark, William DeChristopher, Mary Ellen Dimino, Walter Dybik, Judith (Dziedzic) Barnatt, Richard Gleason, Raymond Gosselin, Michael Hoare, Richard Hurlbut, Lawrence James, Ronald Lees, Warren Loehn, Raymond Martowwski, Douglas Massey, Hervey McDonald, Florence Pelkey, David St. Germain, Carol Ann Weigland. If you are able to help with any current info, contact Mabel (Sartori) Balboni at 737-3156, Marilyn (Mattson) Rhodes at 562-6043 or e-mail Richard Murray at rmurray@mapinternet.com.

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