|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
ST. PAT'S CELEBRATION
On March 14 at 2 p.m. come celebrate St Patrick's Day a bit early at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. The air will be filled with traditional fiddle tunes and dancing feet as Meg and Dan Sullivan present J.J. Chaisson from Prince Edward Island. Seats are $14 and can be reserved by calling Meg Sullivan at 789-9267 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Agawam Garden Club will have its first meeting March 9 at 7 p.m. at Pheasant Hill in Feeding Hills. Membership fees are due. There will be a garden swap. All are welcome.
ANNUAL MARCH SHOW
The Agawam Catholic Women's Club will be presenting their annual March Show on March 8 in St. John's Church Parish Center at 5:45 p.m. Chicken Francaise and roast pork with all the trimmings will be served by Alcoa Catering. Cost: $23. Anyone interested in additional info may call Cookie at 786-2026.
HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MEETING
The Agawam Historical Assoc. will host the Ramapogue Historical Society of West Springfield at a joint meeting on March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Captain Charles Leonard House. Guy McLain, curator of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum and the Museum of Springfield History, will remind us of the prosperity and growth in the Pioneer Valley created by the Industrial Revolution. Refreshments will be served at a social hour following the presentation. All are invited to attend.
CORNED BEEF DINNER
The Agawam St. Patrick's Committee will host their second annual corned beef dinner March 17, 5 - 7 p.m., at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Tickets are $12/person. The Pot of Gold ticket raffle will be drawn that evening. Agawam 2010 Colleen, Brianna Newton, and her court will all attend. Reservations and tickets are available by contacting Sue O'Hare at 786-2547.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will meet on March 4 at 7 p.m. at the library. All meetings are open to the public. The Friends continue to plan their fundraisers for the year. The Appraisal Fair will be on March 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nationally known expert Paul Royka will do the appraisals. The Annual Book Sale will take place May 14 - 15. Anyone wishing to donate books for the May book sale can bring them to the front desk at the library. The Annual Open Juried Art Show to be in October.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council will meet March 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Agawam Public Library. At 7:30 p.m. the Grant for the Arts Awards Ceremony will start. Each of the three winners of this year's Grant for the Arts will be presented with a $1,000 check. Each of the recipients will be presenting samples of their award-winning work. Refreshments will be served.
The Agawam St. Patrick's Committee is offering their "Shamrock Painting" program this spring. Celebrate your Irish heritage by have a green shamrock painted on your driveway by St. Patrick's Day. The 2010 Agawam Colleen, Brianna Newton and her court will be assisting with the shamrock painting. For more info contact Barbara Lussier at 789-7746.
Chicopee Senior Travel Club presents "The Producers" on May 16. Cost is $69; includes bus, meal and driver tip. Call 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.
The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on March 4 from 4 - 6 p.m. If unsure because of weather conditions, call 594-9821. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $4 for children under 10 and $4.75 for take out.
"BACK N' BLACK" BENEFIT CONCERT
On March 12 a benefit concert for local scholarship programs featuring the top AC/DC cover band "Back n' Black" will be playing at the Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69 on Granby Road. Tickets are $20 each. Doors for seating will open at 6:30 p.m. The band starts at 8 p.m. and anyone attending can bring snacks. There will also be a cash bar. Tickets are available at the Knights of Columbus Council 69 lounge or by calling 478-6867. For more info about Back n' Black check out www.myspace.com/ backinblackorg.
COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING
The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on March 9 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The meeting is open to the public.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on March 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 glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on March 10 from 9 a.m. - noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first-come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet March 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 Irene at 594-6092.
"CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES"
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on May 4 for a trip to the Garde Arts Center in Groton, Conn., to see the musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies." Before the show enjoy a delicious lunch at the Groton Inn. Cost is $88 and includes bus, driver tip, lunch and show. Call the club at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m.
TRIP TO SEE "RENT"
The hit Broadway show "Rent" is coming to the Thomaston Opera House in Connecticut 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 served at "@The Corner." Stop at the senior central travel desk, 7 Valley View Court., to sign up Mon. - Fri., noon - 3 p.m. or call 534-3698.
A MATTER OF BALANCE
This is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Class will take place at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., March 9 - April 1 from 9 - 11 a.m. Classes are twice a week on Tues. and Thurs. for two hours each. Donations accepted. For more info call Violet Susak, health and fitness coordinator, at 534-3698. Space is limited; registration necessary.
ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
An Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group meets monthly on the third Wed. of the month at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. On March 17 at 3:30 p.m., Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. There is no cost for this meeting. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.
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 8. 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.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on March 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening 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. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles will host a mainstream dance March 3. This will be our Kangaroo dance. A mainstream dance will take place on March 19. This will be an all singing calls. Dances are 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and are $6 per person at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield. We welcome singles and couples. Spectators are free. Call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 525-3324 for more info.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., on March 20 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is a hands-on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. A National Rifle Assoc. Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a State of Mass. Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. Registration is required by March 13. Info is available at www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and leave your name and telephone number on answering machine.
Renaissance Manor on Cabot is hosting the Baystate Medical Center Bloodmobile on March 9 from noon - 4 p.m. at our center located at 279 Cabot St. You may reserve a time by calling 536-3435, but drop-ins are welcome. For more info, visit www.reveracabot.com.
ART LECTURE AND DEMO
A demonstration and lecture by painting conservator Anne O'Connor on "Art in the Making: Material and Techniques of Early Italian Panel Painting" will take place March 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum Gamble Auditorium. Free, with parking available nearby. The auditorium is fully accessible.
SOCIAL CONNECTION 50+ GROUP
The Social Connection 50+ Group will meet March 6 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd., from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The program will be Table Trivia. A fun time is planned for all. Fun, laughs, and prizes will be given out. Make your reservations by March 3. Call 533-1925 and leave your name, phone number and number of people attending. Valet parking is available. Cost is $5/person and includes snacks, lunch, beverages and dessert. The public is invited.
POMEROY SUGAR HOUSE
The Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Pomeroy Sugar house on March 19. We'll leave the center at 9 a.m. Cost: $2 for transportation. Sign up at the center or call Alice at 569-5498.
The Senior Center will host a pizza party on March 31 in the dining center. Sign up with Nancy by March 26. Cost: $5.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
The Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on March 29. Bus will leave the center at 8 a.m. and will leave the casino at 4 p.m. Cost: $19 per person due March 4. You will receive a $30 casino package ($15 coupon towards food or buffet or retail shopping and $15 free bets on Big 6 Wheel). Sign up at the center office or call Alice at 569-5498.
MARCH EVENTS AT SENIOR CENTER
The following events will take place at the Southwick Senior Center. March 9: brown bag distribution at 11 a.m.; COA meeting at 1 p.m. March 11: Shine (by appt). March 15: Smith College Spring Bulb Show at 9:30 a.m. March 17: manicures for $10 (by appt). March 18: blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m.
On March 7 Metropolitan Methodios from the Boston Metropolis will pay a pastoral visit to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield. His Eminence will celebrate the divine liturgy with Fr. Christopher Stamas. The Bishop will also tonsure several of the altar boys. The liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m. A shrimp and pasta Lenten lunch will follow at the Greek Cultural Center. For tickets call the Cultural Center at 737-1496.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall hosts a free health presentation on March 3 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Atty. John L. Roberts, Certified Elder Law Attorney, will present "Power of Attorney," addressing the powers that people include in their power of attorney documents. He will also review some of the problems that have been caused by documents that were not carefully written. Free blood pressure screening, free health info, free raffle to enter to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card or two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served. For further info contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 ext. 11.
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.
The Exchange Club will meet at noon on March 4 at the 350 Grille on Worthington Street. Guest speaker will be Kathy Tobin, development director of Friends of the Homeless. Tickets are $15. The public is invited. The Exchange Club of Springfield is an organization which focuses on the prevention of child abuse and community service.
E. FOREST PARK BOOK GROUP
A monthly adult book discussion group meets at the East Forest Park Branch Library, 122 Island Pond Rd., the last Wed. of every month at 6 p.m. The March 31 selection is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. "Half Broke Forces" by Jeannette Walls will be discussed April 28. New members are welcome anytime! For more info call Maeleah at 263-6836 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOMELESS CATS FUNDRAISER
A tag sale to benefit the non-profit Westfield Homeless Cat Project will take place March 12 - 14 at the Loyal Order of Moose, 56 Washington St., from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you would like to donate items for this event, contact Denise Sinico at 568-6964 or e-mail email@example.com. Items may be dropped off any time at 1124 East Mountain Rd., or if necessary we can arrange for pick up.
SPANISH COMMUNITY DINNER
The Parish of St. Mary on Bartlett Street will host a St. Francis Xavier community dinner on March 20 at 5 p.m. Menu: castilian fruit salad; caldo gallego; paella valencian; Madrid medley; unlimited green tea, coffee and bottled water; churros and lemon tarts. Dinner will be served in the cafeteria of St. Mary's High School; seating is limited. Tickets: $12/pp or two for $20. Kids under 12: $7. Call 562-5477 ext. 15 for info or visit the Rectory for purchase.
COSTUME & ANTIQUE SALE
The Cancer House of Hope Westfield Chapter will host its fifth annual Costume and Antique Jewelry Sale on April 10 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, 18 Broad St. Donations must be received by March 26 and can be made by contacting Jan Morin at 568-7071 or Hope's Westfield Facility at 562-0110.
KNAPIK'S OPEN FORUM
On March 3 at 7 p.m., the Westfield Athenaeum will be sponsoring an Open Forum with Mayor Daniel Knapik as part of its Spring Lecture Series. Refreshments will be served. For more info, including a complete listing of the lectures in the Spring Lecture Series, call the Athenaeum at 562-0716 or visit www.westath.org.
Westfield State College's Musical Theatre Guild will present "Once on This Island," a musical that takes place in Haiti. The show will take place at Dever Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., March 4 - 6, with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 6. It is open to the public, and tickets are $6 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and alumni of the college, and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door. For more info or to reserve tickets, contact Brian Cipoletta at (781) 820-8359.
NEW YORK CITY TRIP
Friends of W.S. Public Library Inc. will host a trip to the Big Apple on May 22. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. from W.S. municipal parking lot. Leaves NYC at 6:30 p.m. from Madison Ave. Cost is $38; payable to Friends of WSPL and mailed to E.A. Sokol, Box 872, West Springfield MA 01090. Call 788-4712 with any questions.
SENIOR CENTER TRAVEL CLUB TRIPS
Departs from Mittineague Congregational Church unless otherwise noted.
• March 11: Dublin's Irish Cabaret Chez Josef, self-drive. Luncheon: corned beef and cabbage or baked scrod; $49. Arrive at 11 a.m.
• March 15: Mohegan Sun, $20. Includes $10 for buffet; $10 keno wheel. Bus leaves Mittineague Congregational Church parking lot at 7:30 a.m.; returns at approx. 7 p.m.
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