Town Events, March 4 - March 11
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CLUB COMEDY SHOW FUNDRAISER
This year s Agawam Lions Club Comedy Show Fundraiser featuring comedians will take place March 7 at The Oaks, 1070 Suffield St. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., and ends approx. 9 p.m. A cash bar and hot and cold appetizers will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 per person available at door, by any Agawam Lion member, Southgate Liquors in Southgate Plaza on Suffield Street or Bob s Barber Shop on Maple Street. Tables of 10 may be reserved by calling 786-2953.
PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT
A parent info night will take place at Robinson Park School on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Parents of all children entering kindergarten in September 2009 are invited to attend. The evening is offered to answer questions parents may have in regard to their child entering school in September 2009. Children who will be five years old prior to Sept. 1, 2009 are eligible for kindergarten. If you have any questions, contact Robin Fernandez, Director of Early Childhood, at 821-0598.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
On March 20 at 4 p.m. a bus will leave Agawam High School for fun at Mohegan Sun and return at 12:30 a.m. Cost is $30 which will be returned in the form of a $15 food/buffet voucher and three $5 bets. Proceeds will go to high school band s general fund to help offset the cost for the students end of year banquet. Contact Sue Meunier at 786-4789 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
PANCAKE/FRENCH TOAST BREAKFAST
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will host a pancake or french toast breakfast with sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice on March 15 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Donation: $5 adults; $3 for children under 10. Come and meet the Irish Colleens. Tickets available at the senior center or contact Emile Cote at 335-9440.
LENTEN BOOK STUDY
Join Saint David s Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., for a Lenten Book Study of The Shack by William Paul Young on March 4. There will be a potluck soup supper at 6 p.m., before the book study at 6:45 p.m. Separate child Bible study provided.
YOUTH ART MONTH
The Agawam Public Library will display artwork from of public school students from grades K - 12 during March. Youth Art Month is celebrated annually in March; this year s art show is a celebration of creative talent that the students of Agawam showcase yearly. Viewing is during regular library hours.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest in providing diverse cultural events for the town, a great opportunity exists with this volunteer organization.
The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on March 5 from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost: $4.50 for adults and seniors; $4 for children under 12, and $4.75 for take-outs. All monies are used for our veterans, hospital parties, veteran families and much more. All food is homemade by our Ladies Auxiliary; best spaghetti in the city.
A trip to Foxwoods March 11, leaving from American Legion, Exchange Street at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20; bonus free buffet and $15 Keno play. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4 - 5 p.m.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet on March 10 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.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on March 9 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 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.
COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING
The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on March 10 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The meeting is open to the public.
Hearing services are available on March 13 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evalution, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698.
The Chicopee Falls Tiger A.C. will host baseball/softball sign-ups for boys and girls at the Tiger A.C. Club, 14 Montgomery St., on March 7 and 8 from 3 - 5 p.m. First year six to eight year old players are to bring a birth certificate to the sign-ups. Six year olds must be in first grade.
ROCHESTER 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 Wineyards. Three breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners are included. All admissions, taxes and gratuities and trip insurance are also included. Call the travel club for more info at 534-3698 from noon - 3 p.m.
MENDON, VERMONT TRIP
On March 26 join the Aldenville seniors of St. Rose de Lima as they travel to Mendon, Vt., for a full breakfast at Sugar and Spice Restaurant. Afterwards, off to Bennington for shopping at Camelot Village. Final stop will be a late lunch a Mt. Anthony Country Club where you will have three meal choices. For more info call 533-9282.
PLACES FOR OUR PETS
Places for Our Pets is dedicated to promoting pet-friendly housing in Western Mass. List or find your new place today by logging onto www.petsandfamilies.blogspot.com.
MARYANNE S KIDS FUNDRAISER
Stepping Out for MaryAnne s Kids will take place March 7 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Hampden Country Club. Dinner, dancing, silent auctions and a tea cup raffle will be featured. A fun, casual evening. Tickets are $45 per person. This a fundraiser for local foster children administered through Center for Human Development. Visit www.chd.org for more info.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on March 10 and 24 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 to attend. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org for more info, or call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.
Weston Center for Women will host an open house from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on March 7. Weston s store is stocked with Irish apparel and accessories in addition to other unique gift items. T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies start at $5, and Weston is offering a free gift with every purchase of $15 or more. Regular store hours are Mon., Wed., Thurs. and Fri. from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Tues. from 9 a.m-2 p.m. Weston is located on the grounds of Mont Marie in Holyoke at 28 Lower Westfield Road. Established 17 years ago by two Sisters of St. Joseph, Weston is an employment training program that helps women who are transitioning from jail reclaim their lives from drugs and alcohol.
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.
THE BIG BROADCAST
The Big Broadcast featuring the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College, Mark Gionfriddo, director, March 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m., Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College. Join the Jazz Ensembles of MHC in their fourth annual homage to the 1940s radio variety show, with great big band tunes, authentic commercials and an original radio play hosted by special guest announcer Brian Lapis of 22News. Tickets: $10 general/$5 students and seniors. Call 538-2306 or 538-3140 for more info.
Eric Dahlberg of Commonwealth Connector will provide an update on employer opportunities and obligations created by the Massachusetts health care reform law at The Egg & I restaurant, 26 Main St., on March 10 from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Members of the Chambers are invited. Cost is $10 including buffet breakfast. Reservations and checks are due to the Chamber, 116 Main St., South Hadley, MA 01075, by March 6.
FAITH RINGGOLD LECTURE
On March 5 at 5 p.m. in the Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, enjoy an exhibition reception and lecture on Faith Ringgold: More Than 50 Years, featuring a lecture by artist Faith Ringgold. For more info, call 538-2096.
TIN HAT CHAMBER CONCERT
On March 6 at 8 p.m. in the McCulloch Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, enjoy a concert from the Tin Hat Chamber Ensemble, who will present a program of music that blends contemporary classical, Eastern European folk, tango, bossa nova and bluegrass, all with a jazz-improv sensibility. For more info, call 538-2306.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center: Blood pressure clinic on March 16 at 10:30 a.m.; Home made lasagna luncheon for $3 on March 18, to sign up call Nancy at 569-0410; SHINE on March 12 and 26, call 569-5498 to make an appointment.
The following is the weekly calendar of events at the Senior Center in March. Mondays: ZUMBA at 9:30 a.m. for $3. Tuesdays: Yoga at 9 a.m. for $2; Bingo at 10 a.m., 5 per card; 11 a.m. Tai " Chi for $3; Painting at noon for $3; Poker at 1 p.m. Wednesdays: Line Dancing at 10 a.m. for $2; Writers Workshop at 1 p.m. Thursdays: Aerobics at 9:30 a.m. for $2; Ceramics at 1 p.m.; Poker at 1 p.m. Fridays: Swimming at 9 a.m., $15 for 5 classes; Wii games at 10 a.m.
POT LUCK DINNERS
Lenten programs and pot luck dinners will begin at Christ Church United Methodist on March 5 and continue every Thursday until Easter. The dinners will begin at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and will be followed by a program at 7 p.m. Join us for fellowship and fun or just food. If you can t bring a dish, come anyway; we always have plenty. We are the Little White Church at Gillette Corners, 222 College Hwy.
The Springfield Hobby Club will host its tag/craft sale on March 5 and 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. In addition to our craft tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members table. The downstairs Thrift Shop will hold fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.
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.
JCC WINE TASTING
The Springfield JCC will host a Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting March 10 from 6-8 p.m. at 1160 Dickinson St. This event is free. Anyone interested in purchasing kosher wine is welcome to attend. Attendees can sample from a selection of 40 - 50 wines; and order from a selection of more than 150 wines. For more info, contact Bev Nadler at 739-4715 ext. 355, or email@example.com.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 221, will meet on March 6, downstairs in Vincent Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Social period: 1 p.m. (coffee and donuts). Business meeting: 1:30 p.m. For info call 733-1286.
PINE POINT MEETING
The Pine Point Community Council will host their monthly meeting on March 11 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. The council will hear a request for a special permit for auto repair at 18 Berkshire Ave. A full agenda can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com. All residents of Pine Point are invited to attend and learn more about their neighborhood.
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 7:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.
BLOOM WOMEN S CONFERENCE
Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd., will host speaker Elizabeth George, A Woman After God s Own Heart, during its 14th annual Bloom Women s Conference on April 4 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The conference will be divided into three sessions (Thinking on the Truth, Winning Over Worry and Trusting the Lord). Register by March 22 and save $10 per person. Contact Karen Loftus at 562-9903 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a brochure and registration info.
ST. PATRICK S DAY BREAKFAST
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual St. Patrick s Day Breakfast on March 13 at 7:30 a.m. at Westfield State College. Guest speaker will be District Attorney William Bennett. For more info or for reservations, contact Marcia at 568-1618 or Marcia@WestfieldBiz.org.
TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
The West Springfield Park and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on April 4. Bus leaves municipal lot located at 26 Central St at 7:30 a.m. and will have drop-offs in New York on Fifth Avenue and Rockefeller Center. In New York you will be on your own to shop or see a show. Bus will leave New York at 5:30 p.m. arriving back in West Springfield at approx. 9:30 p.m. A gratuity for the bus driver will be collected on the bus. Cost is $40 p/p. Registration with payment made by made at the West Springfield Park and Rec. Dept, 26 Central St. Registrations for this trip are always a sellout so register now. For further info or registration forms call 263-3284.
A new support group for those addicted to knitting, crocheting, spinning wheels and crafting will meet in the Conference Room of the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., from 6 to 8:45 p.m. on March 2 and 16 and April 6 and 27. Attendance is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 3, or e-mail email@example.com.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a main stream dance on March 6 called the Remember the Alamo dance. They will host a main stream dance on March 20 called the Jokester Nite. Dances take places at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and the cost is $6 per person. They welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info on any dance call Frank McKinnon at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 525-3324. For winter cancellations call after 3 p.m.
FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER
Graduating seniors at West Springfield High School are reminded to visit the guidance office to fill out an application for a Ramapogue Women s Club scholarship. Club members are at present seeking donations of raffle prizes for the Spring Fashion Show fundraiser at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Feeding Hills on April 26 at noon for $25 per person. For more info, call Joanna Martel at 568-9048.
SCHOLARSHIP GAME PARTY
The Ramapogue Women s Club will host its St. Patrick s Day Scholarship Game Party at the West Springfield Senior Center on March 19 at 1 p.m. Make table reservations by calling Charlotte Neukamm at 736-3067 by March 9. Guests and friends are welcome.