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Town Events, March 11 - March 18

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
CRAFT FAIR
Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats invites crafters and vendors to participate in an upcoming craft fair on May 9 at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Cost is $35 for large table, $30 if crafters provide their own tables. Applications must be received by April 24. For more info or to request an application, call Maureen Fredey at 786-2854. The mission of Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats is to care for lost, abandoned and outdoor cats by providing foot, water, access to spay or neuter, rabies prevention and other veterinary care.

ST. PATRICK S CELEBRATION
Families of those with memory impairments are invited to join the Atrium, 153 Cardinal Dr., for an open house and St. Patrick s celebration from 5 - 6:30 p.m., March 18. The event is free. RSVP by March 13 by calling 821-9911.

WEEKLY SERVICES
The Bethany Assembly of God will have worship services and Sunday School on Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday mid-week service will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday evening contemporary worship service will take place at 7 p.m. and Youth Prayer or The Edge is at 5 p.m. in the Coffee House.

THE SHACK
St. David s Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will have a Lenten book study of The Shack by William Paul Young on Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. We begin with a potluck soup supper at 6 p.m., followed by the book study at 6:45 p.m. Bring your children as a separate child Bible study is provided! Call the church office at 786-6133 to sign up for this free program.

PRAISE TEAM AND EASTER CHOIR
The St. David s Episcopal Church Praise Team and Easter Choir rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at the church. The Easter Choir will sing at the 10 a.m. Easter Sunday Celebration Service. Call the church office at 786-6133 if you would like to offer your voice or musical instrument in worship.

GO GREEN MEETING
The Go Green Agawam Committee will meet March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. The focus of the March meeting will be planning for the Earth Day Event on April 18 (rain date April 25). There will also be updates on the Town Energy Audit, Lighting in Public Buildings and the two Energy Kits for the Library.

CHICOPEE
POLISH SOCIETY
The Society of Polish American Culture will present Jean Deresienska, a personal historian, on March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. The title of her presentation will be My Life s Legacies " A Gift to Future Generations. Deresienska s grandparents emigrated from Poland and settled in the Chicopee area over a century ago. Her talk will focus on recording your life s stories, experiences and the wisdom you have gained for your children. This presentation is open to the public, free of charge and light refreshments will be served.

BASIC DRAWING
Carolyn Bruneau, retired art teacher, will guide students through a six-week course in basic drawing on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 a.m. March 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22 and 29. Learning to draw is helpful for those interested in pursuing painting or wood carving. This session will pursue basic drawing skills in pencil. Bring a 9x12 inch drawing pad, a pencil and an eraser. A minimum of nine students is needed. The classes will meet in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. To register call 534-3698.

ALZHEIMER S SUPPORT GROUP
Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer s is a 24-hour job. Taking time for yourself is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On March 18, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer s. Support is also provided to help you provide the best care for your loved one. The program will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

AMERICAN BOSCH TRAVEL CLUB
American Bosch Senior Travel Club will meet on March 18 at 10 a.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Dr. After the meeting the club will host a St. Patrick s luncheon; corned beef and cabbage, family style. Cost is $16. For reservations call Shirley Gunning at 533-3446. No walk-ins.

LILAC FESTIVAL
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on a four-day trip to the Rochester Lilac Festival, Erie Canal Cruise and featuring Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East. Tour the Saranac Brewery enroute and tour the Casa Larga Vineyards. Three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners included. All admission, taxes and gratuities and trip insurance are also included. Call the travel club for more info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.

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 March 16. 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.

GRANBY
FRIENDS OF ELDERLY
The Friends of Granby Elderly are looking for people who would like to help provide activities for town seniors. Our association is very active and we would like to add to our committee. We do many fun and intergenerational events. Contact Gloria at 467-3352 for more info.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS ASSOC.
The Tobacco Valley Artists Association will meet March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Westfield artist Ed Mead, whose scheduled demo for February was cancelled due to weather, will paint an outdoor scene in oils. Mead has been active in art for more than 50 years and participates in art shows and various art organizations.

HOLYOKE
42ND STREET
Holyoke High School will present 42nd Street directed by Mark Todd with choreography by Lori Todd and Danielle Bedford with costumes and wigs by Jay Pollack on March 12, 13, 14, at 7:30 p.m. and March 15 at 2 p.m. For ticket info, call Holyoke High School, 500 Beech St., at 534-2020.

SOUTH HADLEY
CHURCH DINNER
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on March 14 at 6 p.m. Menu: corn chowder, spinach salad w/ mandarine oranges, sliced red onion, olives and gorgonzola vinaigrette, chicken breast with BBQ sauce, bacon and topped with Monterey Jack cheese, rice, carrots, pineapple upside down cake, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out is also available by reservation, or, to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.

SOUTHWICK
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
On March 16 Sharon Ashton will be hosting a blood pressure clinic at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center and will speak about the future of health care issues.

LASAGNA LUNCHEON
The Senior Center will host a homemade lasagna luncheon on March 18 to celebrate St. Patrick s Day and spring. Cost is $3. There will be entertainment by Joan Perkins-Smith. Sign up with Nancy in the dining center or call 569-0410.

SHINE APPOINTMENTS
A SHINE rep. will be at the Senior Center on March 12 and 26. If you need any medical advice call for an appt. at 569-5498.

WEEKLY SENIOR EVENTS
The following is the weekly calendar of events during March at the Senior Center. Mondays: 9:30 a.m. ZUMBA, $3. Tuesdays: 9 a.m. Yoga, $2; 10 a.m. Bingo, 5 /card; 11 a.m. Tai Chi, $3; noon, painting, $3; 1 p.m. Poker. Wednesdays: 10 a.m. Line Dancing, $2; 1 p.m. Writers Workshop. Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. Aerobics, $2; 1 p.m. Ceramics or Poker. Fridays: 9 a.m. Swimming, $15/ 5 classes; 10 a.m. Wii Games.

SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIP
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico s, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.

EAST FOREST PARK ASSOC.
The EFPCA will select and prioritize our Top Ten Concerns to forward to the Office of Planning and Economic Development. The list is maintained at our Web site: http://eastforestpark.org. Sgt. Ian McCollum from the Hampden County Sheriff s Dept. will be inviting concerned citizens to establish an East Forest Park Neighborhood Crime Watch. Come hear how to reduce and report crime activity, build community awareness, and promote neighborhood safety. Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on March 11 in the Holy Cross School meeting room.

QUICK BEAD CLINIC
March winds are blowing and St. Patrick s Day is around the corner. Join us for this month s free jewelry Quick Clinic on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. or March 17 at 11 a.m. Learn to make a fun pair of earrings called Erin-go-Bling in this free clinic, with a small materials fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot and wire kit. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Call 782-0288 or visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
Parents and students are invited to attend MEFA s free comprehensive presentation on college admissions. The seminar will be hosted by Springfield Central High School on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. An experienced MEFA representative will discuss the college admissions process. The seminar will teach students and parents what high school courses to take, and offer tips for the college interview and essays. Families will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a year-round resource. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

GALLERY READINGS
Spring pasta dinner, comedy show and gallery readings March 14 at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Menu: pasta and meatball dinner complete with drinks and dessert, 4:45-6:15 p.m.; comedy show, 6:30-7 p.m. and John Edwards style gallery readings from 7-9 p.m. for $15 complete. Comedy show and gallery readings only $10. For tickets or additional info, contact Cindy Hutcheson at 786-0487 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.

GREEN YOUR HOME
Take a step toward a healthier home and planet and for your family. How To Make Your Home Green is a free lecture at Better Life, 1500 Allen St., on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Amy Stiles, an eco-consultant, can help you save water and energy, remove harmful toxins from your home, reduce your family s waste, and improve indoor air quality while you save money! Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

LENTEN LUNCHES
Lenten lunches at St. Catherine s social center, 1023 Parker St., every Friday through April 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, beverage and dessert for $5. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Survival Center.

JCC CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES
The Springfield JCC has scheduled new eight-week sessions of Sylvia Rosen s creative writing classes, to begin March 16, 17 and 20 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. (no classes weeks of April 6 and 13). Call the Springfield JCC at 739-4715 for further info and registration/fee details.

SPRING TEA
The College Club will be having their spring tea on March 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 1:45 p.m. Guy McLain, director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum will present The Creative Spirit: The Future Direction of Music and Art in Our Valley.

EIGHT LAWS OF HEALTH
Live for health with the basic guidelines for a lifetime of healthful living. Mary Ellen Cox is presenting an eight-part series, March 14 at noon at Better Life, 1500 Allen St. Free books, refreshments and samples. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.

CLUTTER SUPPORT GROUP
Take the first step to a clutter-free life. Join us at the local clutter support group. Come meet other people who want to simplify their lives and their possessions. We meet weekly on Mondays (except for holidays) at 4 p.m. at the Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St. No pre-registration required; everyone is welcome. For more info, call 733-0999.

WESTFIELD
BUSINESS FORUM
On March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and the Mass. Office of Business Development will host a forum on The Future of Manufacturing in Massachusetts at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 39 Southampton Rd. Cost is $25 per person and includes lunch.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
BRONX ZOO BUS TRIP
The W. Spfld. Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 16. Cost includes bus and admission to the zoo. Departure time is 7:30 a.m. from the municipal parking lot on Central Street. Return home time is approx. 7:30 p.m. Registrations are being accepted at the W. Spfld. Park & Rec. office at 26 Central St. on the second floor of Town Hall. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info or questions call 263-3284.

WEST SPRINGFIELD COIN CLUB
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on March 15 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A special featured topic of discussion as well as business matters will be discussed. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.


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