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Town Events, May 7 - May 14

From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is looking for new members.

The Annual Banquet Meeting of the Agawam Historical Association will take place on May 21 in Storrowton Tavern, Eastern States Exposition. A buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a business meeting and election of officers. Dinner reservation form must be returned by May 14 or phone Carol at 786-7329.

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will be hosting its annual book sale on May 16, 2 - 5 p.m. and May 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Community Room. Friday is for members of the Friends only. Yearly membership is $15 and can be purchased on Friday. On Saturday, the sale is open to everyone and there will be no admission charge. The terms of the sale are cash and carry.

On May 17, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the Junior Volunteers at the Agawam Public Library will be doing face-painting with children who attend the annual book sale and will also work with them to make book marks. All proceeds will go to support programs at the library.

Fifties Theme Dinner Dance
Agawam Gators Baseball Team to host Fifties Theme Dinner Dance, May 10, 6:30 p.m. The Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Adults Only. Catered by: Bob Moccio (Moccio Catering) DJ, Cash Bar, Raffle Prizes. Only $15 per person or $25 per couple. For tickets contact: Coach Tim Sheehan at 214-8473 or gbycoach@yahoo.com.

May 8: Mother's Day Plant Sale, 9 a.m. Exercise, 1 p.m. Pitch, 1 p.m. Blood Pressure Check, 2:30 p.m. Melody Band meets and 7 p.m. Pitch. May 9: 8 a.m. Walking Club, 9 a.m. Tap, 10 a.m. Tai Chi and 1 p.m. Cribbage.

The Fall Craft Fair to benefit the Cancer House of Hope of Westfield will be held on Sept. 6 at the Agawam Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Booth rental is $25 if you bring your own table, $30 if using our table, $5 additional for electric. For more info, call Ginny at 562-0969.

The annual plant sale of the Agawam Garden Club will take place May 17, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church, 1103 Springfield St., Feeding Hills. The sale will be take place in the church hall if raining. Hundreds of annual and perennial plants and herbs will be available, with prices from $2 - 4. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Agawam Garden Club.

On May 24, from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Brad's Service Station, 817 Front St., a benefit car wash for $4 per car will take place to raise funds for cystic fibrosis. The May 31 car wash has been cancelled. Please help us find a cure.

Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry will meet twice a month at 10 a.m. on May 8 and 22 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Bring your own materials and be open to sharing. Everyone who is interested is welcome. To register, call 534-3698.

The Chicopee Council on Aging welcomes the Forest Park Zoo on the Go program to the Senior Center on May 13 at 6 p.m. This innovative program is designed to provide info about certain animals, their special adaptations, habitats, behavior, diets and status in the wild. Participants will connect with the animals by touching and up close viewing. The event is open to the public; tickets are $3. The Chicopee Senior Center is located at 7 Valley View Ct. Call 534-3698 for more info.

Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on May 14 from 9 a.m. - noon there will be a cholesterol screening 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, first served basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.

Keeping your blood sugar in control will help you in many ways. Coming to a support group can help you manage your diabetes by offering support, info, counseling and encouragement. A support group meets monthly at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The next meeting will be May 12 at 1:30 p.m. New members are always welcome; for more info call Jared at 534-3698. The program is free of charge, although donations are always welcome.

Chella Cutler will offer a series of four classes in conversational Spanish starting May 15 at 6 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Persons of all abilities are welcome. The group is limited to 12 so call to register at 534-3698.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. Chella Cutler, master Reiki practitioner, will offer 15-minute appointments starting at 5 p.m. on May 8 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Fore more info or to schedule an appointment, call 534-3698.

Share your heritage at this dinner on May 8 at 6 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Win door prizes cook books courtesy of the Chicopee Public Library. Fix a dish to share and make something that is indicative of your ethnic heritage. Every family has a culinary tradition let us know what kind of dish you will make. Call 534-3698.

On May 15, the Chicopee Senior Center will be hosting a healthy food shopping trip to Whole Foods Supermarket and Trader Joe's in Hadley, taking a first step toward eating well at home. The trip will help you learn to navigate the healthy foods supermarket. We'll leave the center at 3:30 p.m., returning at 7:30 p.m. Space limited to 14 people. Call 534-3698 to reserve your seat.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet on May 13 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. For more info, call Jared at 534-3698 or facilitator Irene at 594-6092.

In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be May 13 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 with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info, call 534-3698.

Come join the Chicopee Parks Dept. to enjoy a trip to beautiful Martha's Vineyard on June 8. Board the Island Queen to take a sightseeing tour of the island. Then visit the island and shop in Edgartown. The town is filled with specialty shops, unique boutiques, casual dining spots and postcard p icture-perfect scenery. Bus departs Old CHS at 7 am, returning at 7:30 pm. For more info, call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Hurry, seats are limited.

The Friends of Granby Elderly is sponsoring a card party on May 21 at the American Legion, Pleasant Street in Granby. Come down and join us from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Bring your cards, games and friends and enjoy the afternoon. Refreshments, and door prizes will be available and the tickets are $5. Call the Granby COA at 467-3239 for tickets.

The Granby COA is sponsoring a bus trip to Tanglewood on Aug. 5. Departing at 6 p.m. from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot. Tickets include the bus, concert and fireworks. Tickets are available at the COA. Call 467-3239.

Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St. in Somers, Conn., will be hosting its first antiques and collectibles show on May 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. (early buyer's night, admission $5, complimentary refreshments) and May 17 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (admission $2). Tickets are available at the door. Dealers will feature furniture, art, jewelry, garden items and more. This event will benefit the Somers Cultural Commission Scholarship Fund.

The Quabbin Valley Twirlers will sponsor a square dance on May 10. The dance will take place at St. George's Church Hall from 8 - 10:30 p.m. on 33 Maple St. in Chicopee. We will be celebrating our class graduation. All are welcome. Donation is $6 per person. For more info call Fran at 467-3352.

Two locations will be hosting flower swaps from May - September. In South Deerfield, at 2 Hobbie Rd., the flower swap will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. At 451 Miller St. in Ludlow, the swaps will take place the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m.

The May 14 meeting, at 7 p.m., will feature "An Evening with Tom Lynch" at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St. Lynch is a national and international award-winning artist who has produced many videos, PBS series, books and workshops. The evening will include a watercolor demo, a book signing and a critique of members' paintings. The public is welcome to attend.

American Legion Post 351 will be hosting a Polish dinner night May 21 featuring golomki, pierogi, kielbasa, kapusta and bread. Pre-paid reservations only $8. Order ahead for pick-ups by calling 534-1861.

American Legion Post 351 will be taking a bus trip to Foxwoods on May 25, leaving at 8:30 a.m. from the Legion. Reservations on bus are first come, first served. Call 534-1861.

Superintendent Paul A. Morin of the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke invites all veterans living in the five western counties of Massachusetts to attend an Open House on May 14 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Home. Soldiers' Home staff and volunteers will be presenting special activities and services. Refreshments will be served and all attending will receive a free gift. Veterans who have signed up for the Soldier's Home Outpatient services will be able to bring their separation papers (Form DD 214) and meet with representatives of the Admitting and Eligibility Dept. The Volunteer Service Dept. will be giving guided tours of the facility. Anyone wishing to become a volunteer should contact Bev Blanchard at 532-9475, ext. 1377.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on May 10 at 6 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, shepherds pie with gravy, dinner rolls, Tollhouse pie with whipped cream, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids (grilled cheese and tator tots), payable at the door. For reservations or more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out is available by reservation, or, to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 5:30 p.m.

The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a hearing clinic on May 14 starting at 10 a.m. Call for your apptointment at 569-5498.

The Southwick Senior Center will be going to Cambridge on June 4 to go on a guided boat tour down the Charles River, have lunch at the Cheese Cake Factory and a little shopping. The cost is $52 per person, which includes transportation, boat ride and lunch. Anyone interested call the center at 596-5498.

Southwick Senior Center will have a trip to Norfolk, Conn., on June 20 to visit the church of Tiffany windows, the town library and have lunch at the Speckled Hen Pub. The cost is $3 and we have limited seating. Call or stop by to sign up at 569-5498.

The City Council's Special Committee on the Elderly will be at the Hungry Hill Center on May 13 at 11 a.m. Area seniors are encouraged to come to express suggestions, concerns, etc. regarding senior services. Refreshments will be served. There will also be a luncheon at noon. Reservations for the lunch are necessary by May 6 and can be made by calling 733-9411.

Ballroom Dance Classes
St. Catherine of Siena Church is offering a six-week sesion beginning May 11 (excluding Memorial Day weekend). Included is a make-up class on June 29, in case you have to miss a week. Beginners 6 p.m., intermediate 7 p.m. Classes will meet in the West Wing of the church, 1023 Parker St. Contact Kristie Mullins at 525-2370 or 204-4586 for more info.

Parents are invited to attend an Advisory Board meeting for safe and drug free schools on May 9 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the Meline Kasparian Professional Development Center, 60 Alton St. This event is free and open to all parents.

The public is invited to attend the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield First Hour Forum from 9 - 10 a.m., before their Sunday Service in the Balcony Room, second floor. On May 11, Step Up Springfield with Carl McCargo. The church is located at 245 Porter Lake Dr. For info, call 736-2324.

Only 10 seats left to attend this concert at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, Conn. The bus leaves St. Marys parking lot at 10 a.m. and returns about 4:30 p.m. Includes the bus, drivers gratuity, luncheon and Bobby Vinton entertaining. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

The Pine Point Community Council will host its monthly meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. There will be a presentation by representatives of a new business for 99 Arnold Ave. that requires a special permit. All residents of Pine Point are encouraged to attend these meeting where quality of life issues or concerns can be addressed. Refreshments will be served.

Melissa Morriss-Olson to speak
The Springfield Rotary Club announced that Melissa Morriss-Olson, Ph.D. will be the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon speaker on May 16. The topic will be "Non-profits in the 21st Century: Management Challenges and Opportunities." The club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The luncheon with Morriss-Olson is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Jim Russell at 567-0700 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

The International Womens Club of Springfield presents "An Evening Promenade.Boutiques, Cafes and Comedie" on May 8, 5:30 - 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Springfield. Join us and tantalize your senses. For tickets and info contact Patricia Camerota at 567-8313 or Joan Siciliano at 785-6210. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The Pioneer Valley Gay Mens' Chorus will sing at 10 a.m. worship at South Congregational Church of Springfield on May 18 as part of the churchs eighth anniversary of voting to become an open and affirming congregation to the GLBT community. Following worship, the chorus will also sing at the coffee hour, hosted by the churchs GLBT members. The church is located at 45 Maple St. For info, call the church office at 732-0117 or visit www.sococh.org.

A psychic fair/mediums day/bake sale fundraiser will take place May 17 at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifteen-minute private readings, $20; workshop on remote viewing, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., $15. Everyone is welcome! For info call 238-5344, 583-5128 or visit www.Springfield.spiritualistchurch.net.

On May 24 - 25, visit Niagara Falls (bring your passport). Trip includes bus, hotel, breakfast, tour and boat ride. On June 8, visit Foxwoods Casino. June 29 - 30, enjoy a trip to Atlantic City, N.J. trip includes hotel, $15 back in coin and one buffet. All trips are hosted by Gina Daniele and leave from Mom & Ricos at 899 Main St. For more info, call 732-8941.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Power Point, Wednesdays, May 14 - June 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. While this course is designed for the beginner, participants with some previous experience will gain a better understanding and learn some new tricks to increase their efficiency in using PowerPoint. Register by May 8. Tuition is $49. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Publisher on Thursdays, May 15 - June 5 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This course is designed to acquaint you with the many useful features of MS Publisher, a powerful tool for communication through print publications as well as over the Web. Must have previous computer experience. Register by May 8. Tuition for this course is $49. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Writing Your Memoirs on Fridays, May 16 - June 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. This course is an introduction to writing about our memories using many different techniques. There are computers available for students wishing to use them. Register by May 9. Tuition for this course is $49. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034.

Stanley Parks Garden Workshop Series will feature Pruning Needled Evergreens with Ron Kujawski on May 10 from 10 am to noon. Evergreens can be less forgiving than other plants when it comes to pruning. Knowing the growth habits and budding characteristics of different types of needled evergreens can help you avoid damaging or even killing your conifers. This presentation will teach you the proper techniques for pruning these plants. All Garden Workshops are free of charge and will take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion, unless otherwise noted. For further info, call the park office at 568-9312.

Stanley Park's Garden Workshop Series will feature "Strageties and Tips for Controlling Weeds Organically" with Randy Prostak on May 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. Randy Prostak is an Extension Weed Specialist on the UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Team. All workshops are free of charge and will be held rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. For further info on Stanley Park's Garden Workshop Series, call the park office at 568-9312.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, East Main Street, is hosting a pancake breakfast to benefit the Amelia Park Children Museum on May 17 from 7:30 - 10 a.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids 10 and under. A Family 4-pack is $25 but must be purchased before the event at the museum. The meal includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea and juice. Balloons, face painting and 50/50 raffle will be held. Tickets available at Applebee's and the museum or at the door on the day of the event.

West Springfield High School is featuring their 8th annual student art festival with music, dance and visual art. Art exhibit is free and open to the public. A $3 admission fee will be charged for the dance and music performance. Join us at West Springfield High School, 425 Piper Rd., on May 8 from 6-9 p.m. Call 263-3400 for more info.

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