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Town Events, Oct. 15 - Oct. 22

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

Join the Friends of the Agawam Senior Center and King Ward Tours for a day of fun at Mohegan Sun Casino on Oct. 27. Bonus: $10 food, $20 free bet on the Big 6 Wheel (subject to change without notice). Price: $20 per person. Contact Nellie Mathias at 786-9093. Depart Agawam Senior Center at 8 a.m.; return approx. 5:30 p.m.

There will be no Tai Chi on Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. Tai Chi will resume on Oct. 31 at the Agawam Senior Center.

The Agawam Cultural Council is sponsoring a classic film festival this fall at Agawam Family Cinemas, 866 Suffield St., at 1:15 p.m. for $6 per person. Festival will include Sunset Boulevard on Oct. 19, North by Northwest on Oct. 26, All About Eve on Nov. 2, Some Like It Hot on Nov. 9 and On the Waterfront on Nov. 16.

The 2009 Solid Waste Collection schedules are now being distributed with water bills. The DPW asks that home owners check to be sure they received the correct route schedule by referencing the street names on the back of the collection schedule. If your street is not listed, contact the DPW for a correct schedule or visit www.agawam.ma.us to print a corrected schedule.

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be having a half-chicken and spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad and strawberry shortcake on Oct. 24 between 5 and 7 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets can be purcahsed at the Senior Center or from Ken or Rose Berry. This will probably be our last dinner at the old Senior Center.

Peter Novak will speak about Poland titled "Reflections of the Past, Present and Future" at the monthly meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. The public is invited free of charge and refreshments will be served.

A Chicopee public librarian is available on Mondays from 9 - 11:30 a.m. to assist patrons with returning and checking out books and other library materials. There is also a book drop located just inside the center for library patrons to return their books during the center's normal hours. Those hours are currently 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday and Fridays and until Oct. 30, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursdays. For more info call 534-3698.

A reorganization meeting of the Chicopee Young Democrats will take place Oct. 16 from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Chicopee main library small conference room. Anyone interested in helping with the reorganization and/or joining are invited to attend, especially students from Chicopee High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School and local colleges. Call 536-6079 for more info.

The Chicopee Parks Dept. is hosting its 2008-09 mens' basketball coordinators meeting on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Parks Dept. All teams from last season, or any new teams interested in participating this upcoming season, must have a team rep present.The Cities Leagues are divided by competitive levels, A, B and C divisions if enough teams are interested. Games are played Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Items to be discussed at this meeting will be division decisions, league fees, rule interpretations, practice times, etc. For more info call the Parks Dept., ask for Rich at 594-3481.

Carolyn Bruneau, retired art teacher, will guide students through a five-week course on basic drawing on Wednesdays from 9 - 11 a.m., Oct. 22 - Nov. 19. Needed materials include a drawing pad (9x12), a pencil and eraser. Cost is $36 and a minimum of nine students is needed. The classes will meet in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. To register call 534-3698.

SIGNS Paranormal presents "A Ghostly Dinner Date" Oct. 18, 7 p.m. - midnight. Investigate a haunted church and enjoy an Italian dinner buffet. Cost is $40 per person; advance tickets sales only. Seating is limited. Must be 18 or older. Call 563-0360 or visit www.spiritsigns.org.

An annual craft fair will take place Oct. 18 from 9a.m. - 4 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. 47 spaces, large bake sale, food menu and raffle. No stairs; coffee and donuts. A wide variety of crafts for gift giving or other occasions will be offered.

The Granby Public Library's "In Stitches" knitting circle is planning their third annual Knitting Fashion Show for Nov. 8. We are looking for knitters and crocheters to exhibit their work. If you are an experienced knitter or a novice and you have a project that you are proud of let us show it off for you. All entries must be submitted by Oct. 25. Contact Jeanne Crosby at the library after 3 p.m. at 467-3320 for more info or to share ideas.

The Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. announced that the Halloween "Spooktacular" will take place at Holyoke Heritage State Park on Oct. 25 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. The Holyoke High School Fall Festival will take place in conjunction. Join together for a costume parade at 1 p.m. at the Merry-Go-Round; tour a haunted house at the Visitor's Center at Holyoke Heritage State Park; and listen to nationally known storyteller Tom McCabe at the Children's Museum. There will be a limited amount of crafts and refreshments as well as pumpkin and candy give-a-ways. All free. Merry-Go-Round and admission to the Children's Museum are half price with costume. This family event is designed for children ages two - 10. The Holyoke High School Fall Festival will include crafters, games for kids of all ages, and other items for sale.

American Legion 351, 50 St. Kolbe Dr., will host a Polish dinner night, featuring golomki, pierogi, kapusta, keilbasa and rye bread, for only $8 on Oct. 22 from 5 - 7 p.m. Pre-paid reservations only. Call 534-1861.

The Southwick Senior Center Flu Vaccine Clinic for Southwick residents ages 60 and over on Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. Donation of $1 is required. Use south side entrance.

The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a Halloween Pot Luck in Oct. 30 at noon. Sign up and dish are required. Sign up by coming to the center or by calling 569-5498. Come to the pot luck in costume if you like.

Tell a story, or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Oct. 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. at their new location the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Their sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

The Center for Business and Technology at STCC announced that Carleen Hoffman, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Doctor Inc. of East Longmeadow will present her very popular and effective workshop "Conquering Clutter in Your Personal and Professional Life" on Oct. 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested individuals can call 755-4225 or 755-4501 to enroll or to request a copy of the detailed brochure.

Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Workshop Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings cost $20. Workshop on table tipping from 3 - 5 p.m. for $20. For info or to book readings or the workshop, call Denise at 519-9669.

On Oct. 18, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy will be with us for a special reception welcoming her powerful and beautiful display of icons from the Civil Rights era. Pamela has made 17 icons and they will be on display at Trinity Church from Oct. 18 - 24. We have set aside Oct. 18 from 4 - 6 p.m. as a time for us to meet Pamela. You can preview the icons at chatterton-purdyart.com. For more info call 737-5311.

Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Fellowship, food, shopping and door prizes. Vendors include Sil Pada, Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, candles, watches, hand-loomed shawls, designer jewelry and handbags, pottery, tea cups and more. Door prizes; refreshments available for a small donation. Proceeds for our church's maintenance and utilities budget. Call the church at 782-2577 for more info.

Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Organ Spectacular at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut St., featuring Robert MacDonald, organist.
Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Organ, Strings and Percussion Concert at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton, featuring Nancianne Parella, organist, with strings and percussion from the UMass Amherst Orchestra. All events are free and open to the public.

Seventh annual winter clothing and blanket drive Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot St. (parking lot behind St. Michael's Cathedral, State Street). Help others keep warm this winter. Drop off clean blankets (including baby blankets), winter clothing, especially children's parkas, boots, scarfs, mittens, gloves and hats. Non-perishable food also accepted.

Springfield Garden Club
On Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Springfield Garden Club will host an Autumn Tea and a Ikebana demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh, Master Flower Show judge from Newton. Her basic arrangements will delight members and guests with their beauty and simplicity, and are especially in keeping with the fall Asiatic theme of the club's programs. All interested persons are welcome. Guest fee: $5. Meeting place: Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., Wilbraham. For more info, call Virginia Alexander at 525-6957.

On Oct. 23 Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Larry Lirot on "Fall Floral Arrangements." Lirot, expert landscape consultant, continues his lecture series with instruction on creating beautiful eye-catching floral arrangements! The event will take place at 2 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

Island Extravaganza
Coming soon is Women of Worship's (WOW) annual fundraiser, the "Island Extravaganza." This event is designed to celebrate the smart, funny, colorful and unique qualities of the Caribbean Island culture, while raising money for well-deserved causes. This Island Extravaganza is scheduled for Oct. 18. The event will take place at the Scibelli Hall Theatre/Building 2, STCC Campus. For tickets and further info, contact WOW at 525-0868 or e-mail wow_mingroup@yahoo.com.

Pine Point Community Council
The Pine Point Community Council monthly meeting will be Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. Bettye Anderson Frederic, the Deputy Director of Health and Human Services, will present a program on Emergency Preparedness Training. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

The Westfield Sportsman's Club along with C.O.P. Firearms and Training will present a Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shooting starts at 9:30 a.m. This event will take place rain or shine at the Westfield Sportsman's Club on Furrowtown Road. Also featured will be machine gun demos and rentals, free handgun lessons, ammo tent, sales and food. For more info contact Ed at C.O.P. Firearms at 256-3937. There is a $5 admission fee. Partial proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host After Hours West Net at the Runway Restaurant, Barnes Municipal Airport on Oct. 28 from 5 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. For more info, call the Chamber office at 568-1618.

Genesis Spiritual Life & Carriage House Conference Center, 53 Mill St., will host "Seven Essential Ingredients For a Balanced Life" on Oct. 21 and 28 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. There is a fee. In this book reading and discussion group, we will examine what balance means to us, where we are out of balance and how we can create it. This exploration will nurture, empower and inspire you. Call Genesis to register at 562-3627.

Genesis Spiritual Life & Carriage House Conference Center, 53 Mill St., will host watercolor painting on Wednesday evenings, Oct. 15 - Nov. 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. There is a fee. This class is for beginning and intermediate students. Call Genesis to register at 562-3627.

Genesis Spiritual Life & Carriage House Conference Center, 53 Mill St., will host "Holistic Intimacy: Three Levels of Human Longing" on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. - 3p.m. There is a fee. This day of reflection will redefine the meaning of the word intimacy well beyond the concept of sex. Call Genesis to register at 562-3627.

First Congregational Service, 20 Lathrop St., will host a Peace Service on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. The theme will be "Bringing Hope and Healing to Children," recognizing that Oct. 19 is Children's Sabbath Sunday. First Church hosts a Peace Service on the third Monday every month, with a different theme each month. The service includes scripture, prayer, music, and lighting candles for peace and hope. All are welcome.

The West Springfield Public Library is pleased to host author Marc Songini Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Songini presents the true romance story of Eliza and Thomas Williams in "Brave Men and Braver Women," based on his book, "The Lost Fleet: A Yankee Whaler's Struggle Against the Confederate Navy and Arctic Disaster." This event is free and open to the public. Call 736-4561 with questions, or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.

Friends of the West Springfield Public Library Inc. are hosting their semi-annual book sale at the library on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thousands of exceptionally good books of every genre, music tapes, books on tape, VHS tapes for children and adults. Something for everyone and at reasonable prices. Books are all in good condition. Proceeds from the sale go toward programs for the library (adult and children's programs). For questions call 788-4712.

Friends of the West Springfield Public Library Inc. are hosting their annual fundraiser for the Children's Summer Reading Program and other library programs at the Clarion Hotel, West Springfield, on Oct. 17 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Martini, wine, beer tasting, food, live music, raffles, door prize, silent auctions. Cost is $20 before the event; tickets at library or call 788-4712. Tickets will be $25 at the door. Sponsors are Bertelli Liquors, Balise of West Springfield, Chicopee Savings Bank, Hampden Bank and Teddy Bear Pools.

The West Springfield-Agawam Emblem Club #526 will be hosting a "Cootie Party" on Oct. 18 at the West Springfield Elks Lodge in the Rathskellar on Morgan Road in West Springfield. This event will begin at 1 p.m. with a $5 entry fee which entitles you to play the game, enjoy an ice cream float and prizes. This affair is open to the public and people of all ages. It is best if you can have a party of four. Reservations are due by Oct. 14. If interested in attending, call Sue or Tina at 786-5707 for reservations or info.

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