Town Events, May 19 - May 26
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
FELINE FRIENDS TAG SALE
Feline Friends Tag Sale May 22 and 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain dates: June 5 and 6) at 391 Suffield St. Items to donate? Drop off at address above Thurs. from 4 - 6 p.m. All proceeds to benefit Feline Friends Cat Sanctuary.
On May 22 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., the Agawam Historical Assoc. will host an open house at the Thomas Smith House, 251 North West St. Guided house tours will be available along with period activities for all through out the day. The 25th Continental Regiment reenactors will be on hand as well as hearth cooking demos and a showcase of artifacts found during the restoration.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. May 20: meet the mayor or foot nurses (by appt.), 8:30 a.m.; exercise, 9 a.m.; quilting, 9:30 a.m.; line dancing 2, 10 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; pitch 1 and 7 p.m.; open art, 1:30 p.m.; melody band, 2 p.m.; zumba, 4 p.m.; genealogy computer class, 6 p.m. May 21: tap, 8:30 a.m.; oil painting, 9:15 a.m.; walking club or Tai Chi, 9:30 a.m.; yoga, 11:15 a.m.; seminar on family care, 12:15 p.m.; cribbage 1 p.m.
SPRING POPS CONCERT
Agawam High School bands will have their first Spring Pops Concert on May 25 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The evening will feature patriotic selections, Armed Forces service songs, Broadway hits and other lighter tunes. Admission is free but donations to the band program will be gladly accepted.
ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST
All you can eat pancake, sausage and bacon breakfast May 23 from 7 a.m. - noon at the St. Stanislaus School cafeteria, 534 Front St. Sponsored by the St. Stan's Athletic Assoc. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any athletic board member. For more info or to purchase tickets call Scott Berard at 478-4880 or Cindy Conklin at 594-3142. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of new equipment for our youth athletic program.
HEAL BACK PAIN
On May 26 Douglas Wilk from Abundant Wellness Center will speak on nine amazing ways to heal back pain quickly at the Chicopee Public Library. Ex-pharmacist Wilk will show you natural healing techniques and methods that often get quick, safe and effective results reducing pain without drugs. He has a comprehensive background researching natural remedies for health and wellness from around the world. Free. Program begins at 6 p.m.
DISNEY/PIXAR'S FILM "UP"
To celebrate May as Older Americans Month, the Chicopee Council on Aging and the Chicopee Public Library will show "Up" on May 27 at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the main library. This charming and touching film is appropriate for persons of all ages. Popcorn will be served. For more info call 534-3698.
TRAVEL CLUB MEETING
The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on May 25 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Trips to "Annie Get Your Gun," "Anything Goes," "Rent" at the Thomaston Opera House, Mohegan Sun, Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise, "Chicago," Lobster Playhouse, "Oklahoma," overnights to Penn Dutch, Atlantic Canada Cruise, a Holiday MGIC with Christmas Spectacular are open and have space available. Trips to see "Driving Miss Daisy," Mohegan Sun, a Taste of New Hampshire will be opened at the meeting. A $2 deposit will reserve a spot; when balance is paid, a seat will be assigned. For more info call the travel desk in the center at 534-3698, noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Readers will meet at 1 p.m. on May 24 to discuss "A Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" at the Dock Side Restaurant in South Hadley. This will be their last meeting until September. The Chicopee Public Library is providing assistance with obtaining books for the club. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698 for more info.
INTRO TO DIGITAL CAMERAS
Jim Spaulding will lead a class on digital cameras May 25 - June 14 at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Do not need to bring a camera to the first meeting. Computers for the course. The class is limited to 10 people. For more info or to sign up call 534-3698.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
A support group for people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Next meeting is May 25 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Free. Group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info call 534-3698.
Men's group meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group discusses a variety of topics each month. Next meeting is May 24 at 10 a.m. For more info call Jared Krok at 534-3698.
RED SOX /PHILLIES GAME
The Chicopee Parks & Reck Dept. is hosting a bus trip to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play the Philadelphia Phillies June 11. Bus leaves old Chicopee High School at 4 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. game. Tickets are $99/resident, $109 non-resident. Limited number available. For more info call 594-3481.
TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE
Bus trip to Tanglewood on Parade, Aug. 3. The Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestras four conductors and a fireworks display. Bus leaves from Immaculate Heart of Mary in Granby at 6 p.m.; returns about midnight. Reservation deadline is June 30. Send checks for $55/person to the Friends of Granby Elderly, P.O. Box 921, Granby, MA 01033. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Elderly.
FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
Trip to Foxwoods casino June 15. Cost is $20/person and includes a bonus package of $10 for food and $15 for Keno plus the driver gratuity. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot and return at approx. 5:30 p.m. To reserve your seat call Gloria or Fran at 467-3352. The trip is sponsored by the Quabbin Valley Twirlers SDC.
Residents of Western Mass. can receive free legal advice on May 26 through the Mass. Bar Assoc.'s semiannual Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program. Volunteer lawyers from the MBA will field phone calls from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. only from residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties who have legal concerns or problems. The legal advice is provided at no charge as a public service of the MBA. The Dial-A-Lawyer phone number is 782-1659. If a caller gets a busy signal, they are asked to hang up and try again.
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS SHOW
The Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. Spring Member Show, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Memorial Library Gallery, 50 North Main St., Suffield, Conn. The show will feature members artwork judged by Bill Butcher, head of the art dept. at Suffield Academy, and will include a reception, awards and short business meeting. Members are welcome to bring in a painting for a positive critique by Butcher. The public is welcome to attend. Paintings will be on display for the month of May.
SUBSEQUENT DEPLOYMENTS BONUS
We currently have the bonus applications from the State Treasurer's Office if you have had subsequent deployments to Iraq/Afghanistan. If you have received one bonus and have had a second deployment, you are eligible to receive another bonus from the state of Mass. Call your local veteran services office for more info. For Holyoke call 322-5630.
The Holyoke Lodge of elks #902 will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper May 27 at the Lodge home on Whitney Ave. Servings from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad w/dressing, spaghetti w/Elks meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee, tea. Cost: $5 for adults, $2 for children 6 -12, free for those under six. Meatballs and dessert will be available.
SUMMER SHOPPING SPREE
Second annual summer shopping spree outdoor craft and vendor fair June 12, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Buttery Brook Park, 123 Williamansett Ave. (rain date June 13). More than 60 booths, DJ, food, face painting, caricatures and more. Free admission. To participate in the event e-mail email@example.com.
Southwick is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Conservation Commission to fill a vacancy. Duties include attendance at meetings and administering the Mass. Wetlands Protection Act. Submit a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Selectmen by May 21 close of business.
TRANSFER STATION STICKERS
The Southwick Clerk's Office is now selling FY11 transfer station stickers. Residents are reminded to provide the vehicle plate number in order to obtain a new sticker. If purchasing for a new vehicle, the registration will be required. The office is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Stickers can also be purchased online at www.southwickma.org under Online Bill payments. Follow the Town Clerk tab for sticker purchases. There is an additional 50 cent charge to cover mailing costs.
Springfield Storytellers will meet May 21 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. No admission charge. Storytelling takes place every third Fri. of the month. For more info or directions call 733-9815.
The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will present their spring concert for the residents of Reed's Landing, 807 Wilbraham Rd., on May 20 at 7 p.m.
OUR SISTER'S WALK AND RUN
First annual Our Sister's Walk and Run to benefit the Jimmy Fund May 23 at Forest Park. Runner course or walker course (no hills). Times kept by Fast Feet. Sign in time 9:30 a.m.; runner start at 10:30 a.m. Register across from the volleyball court. Entry fee: $20 prepaid and registered; $25 day of event. First 150 people paid and registered get free T-shirt. Send check or money order made payable to Mike Borecki, 6 Wesson St., Springfield MA 01108. For more info call 785-1742 or 351-6572.
LOW IMPACT AEROBICS
Low impact aerobics at the Hungry Hill Center on Mon. and Thurs. at 10:30 a.m., a chair exercise on Mon. at 1 p.m. and line dancing on Fri. at 10 a.m. All older adults welcome. Fee for Mon. low impact aerobics only. Classes sponsored by the city's Dept. of Elder Affairs. Registration is not required. For more info call 733-9411.
TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA
June 12 - 13, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, St. Peter and Paul Basilica and the Italian market. Sponsored by Betty at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Parker Street. For pricing and more info call Betty at 896-8801.
16 ACRES CIVIC ASSOC. MEETING
May 18 at the Greenleaf Community Center, Parker Street. Community policing meeting at 6 p.m., Civic Assoc. meeting begins at 7 p.m.
TRINITY RUMMAGE SALE
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host its semi-annual rummage sale on May 28 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A $4 bag day will take place May 29 from 9 a.m. - noon. Proceeds are used for various mission/outreach projects. For more info, call the church office at 737-5311 or Peg Commisso at 525-2719.
On May 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Dave Lovejoy will lead a walk through the various habitats in Stanley Park's Wildlife Sanctuary in search of wildflowers in bloom. Bring a field guide if you like. The walk will meet at the entrance sign to the Beveridge Sanctuary and will cancel if there is heavy rain. Program is free of charge and no preregistration is necessary. For further info, call 568-9312.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host a full moon labyrinth walk at the Camp Shepard Peace Labyrinth, 370 Northwest Rd., on May 27 at 8:30 p.m. A talk on incorporating mindfulness and meditation into life and guided meditation will take place from 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. No registration required. For more info contact Rosann Scalise at 568-8631 ext. 302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westfield YMCA is offering a "Blast of a Class" breakdance workshop. Join Martin Lee from Freestyle Motions as he puts you through the coolest dance styles. All participants will learn the foundations of Top Rock, Floor Rock, Freeze and Style on May 28 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $3 for members, $8 for non-members. Ages 10 and up and all skills welcome. For more info contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.
Westfield Theatre Group will be host auditions for its fall and Christmas shows at the club, 28 Court St. Auditions for the roles of Shelby and Annelle for its production of "Steel Magnolias" will be on June 8 - 9 at 7:30 p.m. Show will be performed Oct. 8 - 9, 15 - 16. All other roles of the show have been cast. For further info, call the Westfield Theatre Group at 572-6838.
On June 19 at 7 a.m. Karen and Stephen Hardy will ride their bikes to Brattleboro, Vt., and back in a fundraising effort for their non-profit Educate Malawi Inc. Ride begins in W.S. and there will be 10, 25, 50 and 100-mile routes for other riders. For more info call 734-3656, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.educate-malawi.org.
The W.S. Arts Council is looking for artists to display and/or sell their work at this year's "Celebrate the Arts" on June 10 (rain date June 11) from 3 - 8 p.m. at Landmark at Monastery Heights. New this year will be brief art lessons for adults and children as well as storytime for children. Anyone interested in showing their work should call Diane Clark at 737-1909 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Registration closes May 28.
BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
A bottle and can drive is taking place at the W.S. High School on May 29 from 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the W.S. High School wrestling team. Pick ups available. Call 250-5439 or e-mail email@example.com.