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Town Events, March 18 - March 25

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Trading Post Sale Day will take place March 18 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Agawam, corner of Main and Elm streets. Donated items 50 percent off; all other items 20 percent off. Four dollar bag sale from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m. No incoming items on sale day.

Agawam Council on Aging and Senior Center events:
March 18: 8:15 a.m. beginners yoga; 8:15 a.m. weight training; 8:30 a.m. Meet the Mayor; 1 p.m. ballroom dancing; 1:30 p.m. Golden Agers Chapter 2; 6 p.m. Guys and Dolls pool club.
March 19: 8:30 a.m. foot nurses by appointment; 9 a.m.-noon free tax preparation by appointment; 9 a.m. exercise; 1 p.m. pitch; 2:30 p.m. Melody Band; 6 p.m. genealogy computer class; 7 p.m. pitch.
March 20: Spring begins! 8:30 a.m. tap; 10 a.m. Tai Chi; 1 p.m. cribbage; 7-10 p.m. Friday night dance at center.
For more info call 821-0604 or 821-0605.

Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be hosting a stuffed pork roast dinner March 21. One seating at 5:30 p.m. Adults: $8, child (five - 12), $4. For reservations call Lorraine at 593-5291/592-3569.

Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. to enjoy the Tulip Festival in Albany, N.Y., May 10. Visit Washington Park in Albany and view thousands of colorful tulips. Walk in the park, watch the ceremonies, listen to the music, watch the entertainment, visit the many craft booths and sample the food. In the afternoon visit the New York State Museum. There is a new exhibit depicting the Dutch and native people of Albany. Price for the complete trip is $40; bus departs old Chicopee High School at 8:15 a.m., returning back to Chicopee for 5:15 p.m. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Hurry, seats are limited.

Bowie School presents its spectacular spaghetti supper starring the all you can eat salad bar on March 25 at the Fairview Knights of Columbus from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Desserts and beverages are included. Adults, $6; children four - 12, $3; children under four, free. For tickets call 594-3532.

There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 10 a.m. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group will discuss a variety of topics each month. The next meeting will be on March 23 at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok at 534-3698.

In Good Company is a support group for people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group and being with others can help you to feel better. The next meeting will be on March 24 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. If you would like to have more info, call 534-3698.

Applications for the 12th annual Ken Hambley Basketball Scholarships are now available at the Chicopee Parks & Rec. office. Candidates for the scholarships must be graduating seniors, attending prep school or college in the fall of 2009 and rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class. Applicants must also have participated in the Chicopee Boys Suburban Basketball program for a minimum of two years. Applications must be returned to the Parks & Rec. office by May 1 to the attention of Richard Maciolek, Asst. Superintendent.

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.

The Massachusetts Justice Project & Hampden County Bar Association Foreclosure Task Force will be hosting their second Dial-A-Lawyer Event on March 19 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at 322-7404. The panel of attorneys will be offering free legal advice for individuals who have legal questions relating to foreclosures, predatory loans or loan modifications.

The Holyoke Golden Seniors are hosting a trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 31. Price is $19 per person. There are still a few seats open. Call Jane Masse at 536-6470 for more info and reservations.

On March 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gamble Auditorium of Mount Holyoke College, see the film "Beauty Mark." A film about U.S. culture's beauty standards. The film follows Boulder-based psychotherapist and former world-class triathlete Diane Israel, who tells her own story, while interviewing other athletes, body builders, fashion models and inner-city teens about their experiences relating to self-image. Israel will be attending the showing to give a talk and answer questions. For more info, call 538-2466. Free, accessible, and open to the public.

The South Hadley Family Center is hosting its annual ziti supper fundraiser on March 20 from 4:30 - 7 at Mosier Elementary School. The event will feature music by children's entertainer Aric Bieganek. There will be raffles for handmade quilts and gift baskets, a silent auction for local services, valued at up to $400, and a cake walk, in addition to a complete pasta dinner and dessert. Tickets may be purchased at Mosier Elementary and during the event; $4.50 for adults, $3 for kids, and free for children two and under, with a family maximum of $15. For more info, call 533-7096, e-mail shfckids@yahoo.com or visit www.shfamilycenter.org.

Breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny will be sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club on April 5 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Rec Center on Powder Mill Road. The all you can eat breakfast will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. Prizes will be raffled and the Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Cost for breakfast is $7 per adult, $5 for children under 12. Proceeds will be used to support the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, The Lions Orthoptic Clinic of Western Mass and the Southwick Recreation Center. For more info call 569-3447.

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.

Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, breakfast and tour 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.

Springfield Public Schools will host the following parent workshops at the Springfield City Library, 220 State St., from 12-1 p.m. March 23: "Technology -- Data: What does it look like? How do I get it? How do I use it?" March 30: "Parent Information Center -- Parent Information Center (PIC)." April 6: "English Language Learners." April 13: "Health/PE -- Health & Wellness." April 27: "WorkForce Development." To register of for more info, contact Roshanna Griffin at 787-7011.

Tell a story or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on March 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Story telling takes place every third Friday of the month. For more info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

Concerned Citizens for Animals will host their giant annual fundraising tag sale on March 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at St. Luke s Church, 961 St. James Ave. (next to Serv-U).

The Greater Springfield Concert Club is presenting a Brown Bag Concert Series to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Concerts will be held at noon each Tuesday during the months of March and April in Harmony Hall located in the Falcetti Music building, 1755 Boston Rd. The concerts are open to the public and will feature performances by a variety of local musical artists. Bring a brown bag lunch and come and enjoy the music. Donation is $3. For more info call Sandy at 433-0043.

The Italian Cultural Center winter/spring session of Italian classes for beginners and intermediate students will begin on April 14 for eight weeks. Cost for students is $90, which includes textbook; for returning students with the textbook, $80. Classes meet from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center. Registrations should be sent to the Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St., Springfifeld, MA 01105.

The Westfield River Watershed Association (WRWA's) 15th annual Westfield River Symposium on March 28 will feature speakers and about 25 exhibitors on fishing, hiking, biking, birding, paddling and more. The symposium will take place at Westfield State College Scanlon Auditorium. The full program can be accessed at www.westfieldriver.org or by calling Kathy Meyer at 568-4252.

The West Springfield Arts Council is inviting local artists to exhibit their work at this year's fifth annual Artist Showcase. This year's exhibit will take place in conjunction with the West Springfield Park & Rec. Concert Series with a performance of the Jazz Bones at the Landmark at Monastery Heights on Monastery Road in West Springfield on June 4. The showcase exhibit time will be from 6 - 7:30 p.m. If anyone is interested in joining us this year, contact Diane Clark at 737-1909.

Space is available for vendors interested in the Vendor Showcase at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St. The showcase will take place on April 25 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, call Joyce at 562-6895.

Tickets for the Symphony of Fine Arts II on April 8 at 7 p.m., presented by the West Springfield Public Schools, are on sale at the School Dept., 26 Central St., for $5. Reception and silent auction will take place from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. Proceeds will be used to purchase new lighting for the Grammaticas Auditorium. For more info, call 263-3290 or e-mail Erin Mountain at mountain@wsps.org.

The club is sponsoring trips to Wildwood and Cape May June 7 - 11, a two-hour Boston Harbor cruise on July 9, the Boston Red Sox at the Toronto Blue Jays July 17 - 19, and the Annual Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady at Hampton Beach on Aug. 15. The bus for all trips will leave from the St. Thomas Church parking lot on Pine St. For more info, call Angela Giorgi at 736-7661.

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