Town Events, May 21 - May 28
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Agawam Senior Center shuffleboard every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., St. Johns Field. All are welcome.
The Agawam band students have been practicing for a special Mystery Dinner called "Death of a Volunteer" to be held May 31 at St. Johns Parish, 883 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students with ID and $5 for children under 12. There will be fresh pasta, salad and desserts. For more info or to reserve tickets email AHSband.firstname.lastname@example.org or call Fran Benoit at 433-7242.
Join the Friends of Agawam Seniors for "Shear Madness" June 3.Call Nellie Mathias at 786-9093. Depart at 10 a.m. from Agawam Senior Center; 8 p.m. approximate return.
Recruiting Friends for Robinson State Park, May 27, at the Agawam Public Library, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please join us to become a Member to promote and enjoy Robinson.
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be hosting a pancake and french toast breakfast fundraiser at the Senior Center on June 8 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. The breakfast also includes sausage, juice coffee and tea. Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children under 10. All proceeds will go to the Senior Center Expansion Fund.
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., Feeding Hills will be having a spaghetti and chicken parmesan dinner on June 2 at 6 p.m. The menu will include spaghetti and sauce, chicken parmesan, garden salad, bread and butter, brownies with ice cream, coffee, tea or lemonade. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 5 -12 and free for children under five. Tickets can be reserved by calling the church office at 786-6133.
MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
Mystery Dinner Theater is taking reservations. Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will be hosting a mystery dinner theater on May 30 and 31 titled "Murder a la Carte: Pasta, Passion and Pistols," presented by the Faith Players. The menu will be complete and feature breast of chicken parmesan. Cost is $19 per person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; show at 6 p.m. For reservations call 533-6093. Handicapped accessible.
Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every three by three box contains the digits one to nine. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. Sudoku club meets Wed. at 10 a.m. at Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign-up, call 534-3698.
A creative activity group offered by Chicopee Council on Aging. This is an informal, self-directed group that enjoys painting. The group meets on Tues. at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Participants bring their own projects and supplies. All are invited. To register or for more info call 534-3698.
SPRING IS FINALLY HERE
Walk with us.take steps toward healthier lifestyle. Get your foot out the door and sign up today for walking club at Chicopee Council on Aging. Our walking club is a part of state-wide program called "Keep Moving," for senior walking clubs across Massachusetts. The purpose of this challenge is to increase the amount of physical activity you can get on a regular basis. This seasonal program run by Chicopee Council on Aging health and fitness coordinator Violet Suska and volunteers takes place on Tues. and Thurs. from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (weather permitting). Call the center for more info at 534-3698.
Find out how to use Feng Shui to turn chaos into peace, harmony and love. Nanci Martine, Feng Shui master, will host a workshop at the Chicopee Senior Center on May 22 at 6 p.m. The ancient art of placement or creation of balance has been practiced for over 5,000 years. By using its principles, you can place furnishing in a way that will enhance your relationships, your health, your career and prosperity. All invited. Call the center at 534-3698 to register.
PREDIABETES AND DIABETES
Diane Westen, the Wellness Health Center nurse at the Chicopee Senior Center, will host a two-part series on prediabetes and diabetes on May 28 and June 11 at 10:45 a.m. These presentations will focus on the definition of prediabetes, prevention of diabetes and lifestyle changes to help prevent or manage the condition. To attend these programs, or for more info, call the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry will meet twice a month at 10 a.m. on Thurs. The next session is May 22 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Bring your own materials and be open to sharing. Everyone who is interested is welcome. To register call 534-3698.
Special clean up
The Chicopee River Watershed Council will host a special clean up on May 31. We are looking for volunteers to help from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Materials will be provided. Refreshments will follow the clean up. Please call Chair George Moreau at 536-1015 or Ralph Shrewsbury at 593-3861 for more details.
BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE
Boy Scout Troop 131 will host a bottle and can drive on May 31 from 8 a.m. - noon in the St. Stanislaus School parking lot, 534 Front St. This fundraiser will gather money for troop activities. Bring returnable bottles and cans to the rear of the school. To schedule a pick-up, call Cindy Conklin at 594-3142.
Memorial Day: In honor of Memorial Day the Granby Town Hall offices will be closed on May 26.
Free fishing weekend. Did you know that in Massachusetts June 7 and 8 is a free fishing weekend and that no license is required to fish for that weekend?
Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at 467-7178.
JCC Youth Theater will present "Disney's Mulan Jr.," featuring a talented cast of 47 performers in grades 3 - 8. Audiences will witness exquisite costumes, charming voices and exceptional acting. Performances are June 6, 4:30 - 6 p.m. and June 8, 10:30 a.m. - noon and 3 - 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults and $18 for patron reserved seating. Pre-purchase tickets at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. or call 739-4715.
Active Singles (a non-profit group) is sponsoring an eight-day visit to Utah to see Zion, Arches and Bryce national parks. This event is for singles 30s and older (no kids). The trip includes roundtrip air, lodging, all food, plus horseback riding, rafting and bike riding. Group leaves Aug. 1 from Bradley and flies non-stop to Las Vegas. There we get several vans and drive to Brianhead, Utah. Return on Aug. 9 (non-stop to Bradley). We are taking 50 people on this trip. Half are already reserved. Call Charlie for more info at (203) 271-2125 or (860) 489-9611. Deposit due no later than May 30. Visit www.activesingles.org or e-mail email@example.com.
Battle of the Bands Competition
May 25, 6 - 11 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Open to the public, $5 per person Come cheer on your favorite local teen band! Enjoy refreshments and rock out! This event is a "DJST" (Don't Just Sit There is a teen philanthropic group) fundraiser for Children International and Habitat for Humanity. Come support 11 local teen bands and the community. For more info, contact the JCC at 739-4715.
SEW-A-THON FOR THE TROOPS
The Reserve Officers Association League of Western Mass. is planning to host the third sew-a-thon on June 14 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center at 400 South Elm St. Our sewers will be making recovery items for the troops plus blankets which are needed in transporting the wounded. We are coordinating our efforts with the requests from a medical unit from Westover AFB stationed in Iraq. We need volunteers who are experienced sewers to help us. If you can give a day or a few hours to help, call Kimberly at 589-0911 or e-mail ROALsewers@charter.net. Morning coffee and a light lunch will be provided for our helpers.
On May 29, the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will serve an all you can eat spaghetti supper from 4 - 7 p.m. at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue. Menu: tossed salad, spaghetti with Elks special meat sauce, rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price: $4.50 for adults, $2 for youngsters 6 - 12, and free for those 5 and under. Donations this month will benefit the Holyoke High School Band.
TAG AND BAKE SALE
The Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, is having a tag sale/flea market and bake sale in the church parking lot on June 14. If you would like to reserve a space, call Joan at 568-8429. The cost is $20/table or $15 if you bring your own table. In case of rain, the sale will be moved inside. A light lunch will be available.
HEALTH AND INFORMATION FAIR
The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a Health and Informational Fair on June 9 from 9a.m. - noon in the town hall auditorium. There will be blood pressure screenings and hearing tests at no cost, also cholesterol screenings can be done for $5. We will also be selling our cook book of assorted recipes for $10 as a fund raiser to help defray the cost of various programs held at the center.
HUNGRY HILL SENIOR CENTER
Low impact aerobic classes are offered at the Hungry Hill Center on Mon. and Wed. at 10:30 a.m. along with chair exercises on Mon. at 1 p.m. and line dance classes on Fri. at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not required. For more info contact Mary Troy at 733-9411.
Discovering "The Nine Faces of God"
Holy Cross Parish, 221 Plumtree Rd., East Forest Park, invites you to a DVD series on the "Enneagram Discovering 'The Nine Faces of God'" with Franciscan Father Richard Rohr. What's your number? Four Tuesday nights from 7 - 9 p.m. in our school meeting room on May 27, June 3, 10 and 17. For info and/or registration call Deacon Bill at 783-4111 ext. 116.
BUS TRIP TO FOXWOODS
On June 8, travel to Foxwoods Casino from Mom & Rico's Deli, 899 Main St., on a bus leaving at 7:30 a.m. All trips from Gina Daniele are first come, first served and non-refundable. For more info, call 732-8941.
SUNDAY CONCERT SERIES
Richie and Kathy Mitnick will present "Rhapsody" at Stanley Park on June 1. Rhapsody are musicians with over 25 years of experience, which provide the musical backup for this group, performing on the digital piano, keyboard and organ. They will provide music from the big band era, popular tunes from the 40's through today. All Sunday night concerts begin at 6 p.m., rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion and are free. Chairs will be provided. For more info call 568-9312.
A Farmers' Market will take place every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. on the Park Square Green until Sept. 25. The farmer's will be selling plants, perennials, annuals, tropical and unusual plants, herbs, accents, hangers, vegetables, fruit, organic veggies, honey products, maple products, grass fed beef, and delicious baked goods assorted breads, sweet breads, fruit pies, cookies, whoopie pies, cinnamon rolls and homemade jams and jellies from Stony Creek Farm.
"A DAY OF HEALING"
The Cancer House of Hope, a cancer support non-profit organization, will co-sponsor "A Day of Healing for Those Living with Cancer" on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Genesis Spiritual Life Center in Westfield. The cost is $26 per person, includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register call 413-562-3627.
RABIES VACCINATION CLINIC
On May 7 a dog killed a raccoon in the area of Ashley Street and Smith Ave. The raccoon later tested positive for rabies. The dog will be quarantined for 45 days so that it can be monitored for signs of illness. Due to this event, the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center and the Eastern States Exposition in cooperation with the West Springfield Health Department are sponsoring a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs. The clinic will be held on June 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. under the arch of the Visitor's Center. There will be no parking fee. Brings your cats in carriers and your dogs on leashes and enough cash to cover the vaccine costs. Rabies vaccine only will be $10 per animal. Rabies and distemper/parvo vaccines will be $15 per animal. Note that payment must be in cash, no other forms of payment will be accepted.
The third annual "Education Celebration" will be presented by the West Springfield Public Schools on May 28, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Middle School. Various K-12 exhibits, interactive projects and demonstrations, as well as student activities, clubs and athletics, will be stationed throughout the building. A $2 meal (pizza, chips, bottled water) will be available for purchase. Several themed baskets will be raffled. For more info, call 263-3290 or visit www.wsps.org.
The Youth Group of First Congregational Church is hosting a 50's bash on May 31 at 6 p.m. If you remember 50's sock hops, this night is for you. Dress for a 50's sock hop and bring your dance pictures from that time. All ages are invited to a night of dancing, refreshments, games and more. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling 739-6608 or may be purchased at the door. The Youth Group is raising funds for a rafting trip they will be taking in June. First Congregational Church is located at 20 Lathrop St., West Springfield.