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Town Events, March 17 - March 24

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
EASTER SERVICES
Bethany Assembly of God's 2010 Easter Golgotha presentations will be Palm Sunday weekend, March 26 - 28. The four presentations are March 26 at 7 p.m., March 27 at 6 p.m., and March 28 at 3 and 6 p.m. Bethany Assembly is located at the corner of Rt. 57 and Main Street.

BAND FUNDRAISER
The Agawam Band Parents Assoc. is hosting a golf tournament to benefit the Agawam High School band program on June 19 at St. Anne Country Club. Cost: $350/foursome; $100/individual golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, greens fees, buffet dinner, awards ceremony, door prize raffle and gift. For registration info visit www.agawamband.org or contact Heidi Marcoullier at 789-6326 or e-mail gemini38@comcast.net.

CHICOPEE
CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee COA will close at 12:30 p.m. for Good Friday on April 2. For more info contact the center at 534-3698.

MASSAGE AT THE COA
Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 9:40 a.m. on April 1 at the Chicopee COA, 7 Valley View Ct. Each session is 15 mins. Cost is $13 for those over 60 and $15 for those under 60. Appts. are also available on April 16 starting at 9 a.m. To schedule appt. call 534-3698.

BOOK CLUB
Readers meet in the senior center at 1 p.m. on March 29 to discuss Stephen King's "The Stand." The selection for the meeting on April 26 is "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver. The Chicopee Public Library is providing assistance with obtaining books for the club. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.

TORONTO BASEBALL WEEKEND
Combine the thrill of a Red Sox game, tour of Toronto, Niagara Falls and casino April 26 - 28. Overnight at Hilton Fallsview Hotel; three meals included. Cost is $350/dbl. Enjoy duty free shopping on the way home. Call the Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698 for info.

TRIP TO "THE PRODUCERS"
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club will go to see "The Producers" on May 16. Cost includes bus, meal and driver tip. Call 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.

TRIP TO "RENT"
The hit Broadway show "Rent" is coming to the Thomaston Opera House in Connecticut on June 27. The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going and we'd love to have you join us. Lunch is your choice of roast pork, baked scrod or chicken francais "@The Corner." Stop at the senior center travel desk to sign up Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m. or call 534-3698.

SPRING TAG SALE
Spring tag sale at Holy Mother of the Rosary Church hall, 26 Bell St., March 19 and March 20, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Quality items, jewelry, bric-a-brac and many one-of-a-kind items will be featured. Delicious Polish food and assorted baked goods will be available.

STUFFED ROAST PORK DINNER
Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will have a stuffed roast pork dinner March 20. One seating at 5:30 p.m. Adults $8; children 5 - 12, $4. For info and reservations call Lorraine at 593-5291 or 592-3596.

VENDORS NEEDED
The Arbors at Chicopee, 929 Memorial Drive, is having their spring craft fair and bake sale on May 8 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you would like an application, e-mail sjones@arborassistedliving.com. Any further questions call 593-0088 and ask for Sondra. The cost is $40 for a six foot table and lunch is included. Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made by April 16. All proceeds from vendors fees, raffles and bake sale will be donated to the Alzheimer's Assoc.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Bowie School presents its spectacular spaghetti supper, starring the all you can eat salad bar on March 31 at the Fairview Knights of Columbus from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Desserts and beverages are included. Adults $6; children 4 - 12, $3. Children under four are free. For tickets call 594-3532.

GRANBY
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
The Friends of Granby Elderly are sponsoring a bus trip to the Mohegan Sun on May 4. Fee is $18 which includes a $15 meal package, $15 gaming package (subject to change) and the bus driver gratuity. We depart from Granby at 8:30 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. For info and to reserve a seat contact Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
MINERAL, JEWELRY & FOSSIL SHOW
Western Mass Mineral Jewelry and Fossil Show, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, will take place March 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and March 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Ingleside (Exit 15 off I-91) in Holyoke. Admission is $4; children 12 and under free with adult. Show features minerals, gemstones, jewelry, crystals, beads, fossils, lapidary and mineral arts from around the world as well as live demos, free exhibits, ample secure free parking and on site food.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS
The March meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be on March 17 at 7 p.m. at Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. A floral watercolor demo will be presented by South Hadley artist Diane Allen. The public is welcome.

HOLYOKE
WISTARIAHURST CLOSED
On March 20 and 21 Wistariahurst Museum will be closed for parade weekend celebrations. The museum will resume open hours March 22 from noon - 4 p.m.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
The Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper March 25 at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue. Servings from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad w/dressing, spaghetti w/Elks meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee and tea. Tickets: $5/adults, $2/children 6 - 12 years, free for under five.

SOUTH HADLEY
ART LECTURE
"The Artist at Work in Renaissance Florence: Lorenzo Ghiberti" will be the topic of a lecture by Wendy Watson, Curator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, on March 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Gamble Auditorium. Free, with parking available nearby, fully accessible.

SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISER
The South Hadley Women's Club will be hosting the Great Giveaway Scholarship Fundraiser at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd., on April 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available now and at the club's March 10 meeting. Tickets are $10 each and every ticket is guaranteed a winner of a gift valued at $10 or more. All tickets are sold in advance. You do not have to be present the night of the drawing. Proceeds go to help local students with their education costs. If interested in purchasing a ticket, call Lorraine Uhlig at 534-0663 or contact any member of the club.

SPRINGFIELD
NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
New York City bus trip sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Springfield March 27. Spend the day your way. All are welcome. Bus leaves Longmeadow Shops at 7 a.m. and NYC at 7 p.m. Cost is $50, non-refundable except in the case of cancellation. This is a Junior League fundraiser -- buying a seat will help provide funds for our community projects. Call 567-0980 to book your seats or with any questions.

AAU BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
All For Kids AA is currently accepting registrations for boys in grades 4 and 8 and girls in grades 8 and 9 to play AAU basketball locally. Call 262-7381, 301-0943 or e-mail allforkidsaa@gmail.com for more info. Deadline is March 25.

LENTEN LUNCH AT ST. CATHERINES
Annual Lenten Luncheon program will take place in the St. Catherine's Parish Center, 1023 Parker St., every Fri. through March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Menu: choice of sandwiches, homemade soup, beverage and dessert, all for $6. Bring a non-perishable item for the Survival Center. All are welcome.

FITNESS CENTER
The Dept. of Elder Affairs announces their Fitness Center has relocated to the Kenefick Building, 310 Plainfield St., and is open Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Center has 10 cardio machines, nine weight stack machines and free weights as well as classes in strength training, weight loss and aerobics. Cost: $1/day or $10/month. Open to anyone 50 years of age or older and wheelchair accessible. For more info call Kerry Welch, director, at 886-5240.

VOCOLOT IN CONCERT
March 21 at noon at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Vocolot brings a joyous fusion of folk, jazz and cantorial vocal traditions into the contemporary a cappella world. Vocolot sings in English, Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish and Arabic. You can listen to samples of their amazing music at www.vocolot.com.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a bus trip to the N.Y. Botanical Gardens on May 22 from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and admission to the gardens. For info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

CAPE MAY AND ATLANTIC CITY
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a three day, two night trip to Cape May and Atlantic City, June 2 - 4. Cost includes two nights lodging at the Grand Hotel located on the oceanfront, four meals, dinner and show, cash bonus at Atlantic City Casino, Cape May sightseeing and all admissions; tips for escort and bus driver. For info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to the Newport Playhouse to see "Don't Dress for Dinner" Aug. 10. Includes a lobster and buffet luncheon, two shows, gratuities. For more info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

TOUR PHILADELPHIA
Tour Philadelphia June 12-13 hosted by Betty from St. Catherine of Siena Church. Sights include Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, Chart House Restaurant, St. Peter and Paul Basilica and Italian Market. To reserve your seat call Betty at 896-8801. Deposit of $100 due at sign-up. Final payment May 12. Depart St. Catherine's at 7 a.m., June 12; arrive home approx. 8 p.m. on June 13.

BOCCE LESSONS
Bocce lessons with Special Olympics and more March 14, 2 - 4 p.m. Come all and support. Inside bocce court at Dante Club in West Springfield across from the Big E. Learn with bocce masters Rico Daniele and friends. Call 732-8941.

SPRINGFIELD STORYTELLERS
Springfield Storytellers meet March 19 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Free. Story telling takes place every third Fri. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

DINNER, COMEDY SHOW
First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St.,will host a pasta and meatball dinner, comedy show and gallery readings March 20. Dinner from 4:45 - 6:15 p.m., comedy show 6:30 - 7 p.m.; and gallery readings 7 - 9 p.m. John Edwards style gallery readings only $10; dinner, comedy show and gallery readings $15; dinner only, adults $8; kids under 12, $5. Several mediums will be reading. For more info contact Cindy at 786-0487 or Denise at 238-5344.

LEARN ITALIAN
Italian language classes will take place at the Italian Cultural Center. Classes begin April 6 and take place each Tues. through May 24. There will be Beginner I and Intermediate classes from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: $95 for new students (includes the text); $85 for returning students. To register send a check to Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St., Springfield, MA 01105. For more info, call 784-1492.

LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
Visit Springfield School Volunteers in the food court at Tower Square on March 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Staff members will be greeting people and answering any questions you may have about Springfield School Volunteers and how you can help.

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host a bus trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, sightseeing tour and transportation. For more info/reservations call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or the church office at 736-8567.

GUILD OF ORGANISTS CONCERT
The Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a members recital on March 21 at 4 p.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 22 Green St., Monson. The presenters are Keith Richardson, the music director at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Monson and St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in Brimfield; Elizabeth Dawson, organist and choir accompanist for the United Church of Bernadston; Monica Czausz, 16-year-old sophomore at Chicopee High School; Griffin McMahon, junior at East Longmeadow High School and organist and choir director for St. Mark's Episcopal Church in East Longmeadow. Hear music from Gordon Young, Meyerbeer/ Schramm, G. Winston Cassler, Lani Smith, Gilbert Martin, J.S. Bach, Charles-Marie Widor and Cesar Frank. A reception will follow. For other events check out www.springfieldago.org.

TWELFTH NIGHT
The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St., will present Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 in their 63-seat theater. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended -- call 739-1983. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students.

NIAGARA FALLS TRIP
Gina Daniele will host a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls May 15 and 16, featuring transportation, hotel, breakfast, tour and boat ride. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.

WESTFIELD
ST. PAT'S RECEPTION
State Sen. Michael Knapik will host the annual Holyoke St. Patrick's Post-Parade Reception on March 21 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Wherehouse? Banquet Facility in Holyoke. Reception is free and will include hors d'ouevres. Families with children are encouraged to attend as there will be musical entertainment provided by the Pioneer Valley Fiddlers.

QUARTER MILE FUNDRAISER
Animal Shelter Renovation Inc. will host its third annual Quarter Mile fundraiser on March 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Holyoke Mall, Dave's Soda and Pet City in Agawam and at Enfield Petco. This event is not a road race but a fun way to collect money that will go towards building a regional animal shelter in Western Mass. To donate, visit www.helphomelessanimals.com. For more info, e-mail info_asri@comcast.net.

KAYAK, CANOE DEMO DAY
Westfield River Watershed Assoc. in cooperation with Wilderness Experiences & Westfield Water Sports will host a kayak and canoe demo day at Hampton Ponds State Park on May 22 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission: $5/person or $10/family. For a complete list of the day's events call 569-1287 or visit www.weu.com.

SPRING HOLIDAY PARTY
Westfield State College student ambassadors will host a Spring Holiday Party for kids from 10 a.m. - noon on April 3 in Scanlon Banquet Hall. Tickets: $3/child, with one free adult admission per kid and includes egg hunt, arts and crafts, refreshments and pictures with the Spring Bunny. Proceeds will benefit Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Space is limited. For ticket info, contact Kim Morgan at 572-5400 or kmorgan@wsc.ma.edu.

INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
The Community Education Dept. at Westfield State is offering Intro to Digital Photography, beginning March 30 from 6 - 9 p.m. Tuition: $134. Register by March 23. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034 or e-mail fpero@wsc.ma.edu.

BASIC UPHOLSTRY
The Community Education Dept. at Westfield State will offer Basic Upholstery Techniques, April 8 - May 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. each Thurs. Tuition: $139. Register by May 6. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034 or e-mail us at fpero@wsc.ma.edu.

COMMUNITY PASSOVER SEDER
Hosted by Congregation Ahavas Achim on the second night of Passover, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church next to Westfield State College. Led by Rabbi Joyce Galaski. Cost is $15/adults, $10 teens, $7, children ages five to 12, children under five free and non-members $20. Make reservations by March 23 with Fran at 575-8465. All community members welcome.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
HOLY WEEK SERVICES
Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will begin Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday on March 28 at 9:30 a.m. The Maundy Thursday Service will be at 7 p.m. on April 1 as will the Good Friday Service on April 2. Easter Sunday service on April 4 at 9:30 a.m. For more info, call the church at 734-9268.

PARK OPENING
The Park & Rec Dept. intends to open the gates at Mittineague Park to vehicular traffic beginning March 29, weather permitting. The public is reminded that Mittineague Park and all playgrounds are closed from dusk to dawn.


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