Town Events, Sept. 16 - Sept. 23
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
The Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., will host a Book Talk with Ann Favreau, author of "Window Eyes," on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. She provides unique perspectives of her experiences in various countries. Her global encounters are testimony that a cancer survivor can live a very dynamic life. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event. Call the library at 789-1550 to register.
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a dinner on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Menu: roast pork, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, garden salad, bread and butter, hot fudge sundae, coffee, tea or lemonade. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5 - 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets may be reserved by calling the church office at 786-6133.
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host two Genealogy Computer Classes a month starting in September from 6 - 8 p.m. on the third and fourth Thursdays of the month at Senior Center, 954 Main St. There is a $10 fee to take the computer class or $20 for full membership with the Western Mass. Genealogy Society.
The Agawam Small Business Assistance Center (ASBAC) is presenting a workshop on E-Marketing with Brenda McGiverin, New Media Account Executive, WWLP-TV on Sept. 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Senior Center, 954 Main St. The session will also include a Q&A. Admission is free. Advance registration is necessary. Register online at www.asbac.net or by calling 786-0172 and leaving a message.
Join the Friends of Agawam Senior Center at the Grand Oak Villa for "That's Amore!" starring Jimmy Mazz with special guest Maristella on Oct. 8. Luncheon features a family-style menu. Cost includes all taxes and gratuities. Call Nellie Mathias at 786-9093. Depart: 9:15 a.m. from the Senior Center; 5:30 p.m. approx. return.
GIANT FALL TAG & BAKE SALE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., Oct. 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bargains, baked goods, jewelry, collectables, clothes, furniture, books, toys and lot more. Home baked goodies available as well. Food will be available all day.
A free walk-in help session for injured workers will take place on Oct. 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St. The session is sponsored by the Alliance for Injured Workers, a project of the Western Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, a nonprofit organization. Injured workers are invited to bring their questions about workers compensation. For more info, call 731-0760.
CHICOPEE HISTORICAL COMMISSION
The guest speaker at the Sept. 16 meeting of the Chicopee Historical Society is historian Stephen Jendrysik, who serves as the chair of the Chicopee Historical Commission. Following a brief business meeting Jendrysik's presentation titled "The Life and Death of Factory Village" will review the rich history of Chicopee. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Edward Bellamy Homestead located at 91-93 Church St. The public is invited to attend and following the program refreshments will be served.
CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER
Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be hosting a chicken parmesan dinner on Sept. 19. One seating at 5:30 p.m. Adults $9; child (five - 12) $4.50. For reservations call Lorraine at 331-2268 or 592-3596.
POLISH CULTURAL SOCIETY
The Society of Polish American Culture will present Chicopee Historian Stephen Jendrysik to speak on Polish Americans in Chicopee 1940s to 1950s at the opening monthly meeting on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge Elks, 431 Granby Rd. Jendrysik's books will be available for purchase at this meeting. The public is invited without charge and light refreshments will be served.
The Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church, 306 Chicopee St., will host their annual rummage sale on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. featuring nearly new items and clothing along with a bake sale.
40TH CLASS REUNION
The class of 1969 would like to invite those who were not contacted by invitation to the Westfield High School reunion. Contact Linda Bush at 203-238-2889 by Oct. 7.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
Dec. 5 - 9: The Monson Travel Club is sponsoring a five-day trip which includes the German settlement of Fredericksburg with a shopper's paradise of over 150 speciality shops, dinner and rootin' tootin' entertainment at Bandera Dude Ranch, a cruise along Paseo del Rio (Riverwalk), a visit to Mission San Jose, the Institute of Texas Cultures, the King Williams District and the Alamo. For more info or reservations, call Shirley, 267-9471; Amy, 267-3664 or Edie, 267-3865.
FIVE NIGHT CRUISE
Feb. 1 - 6: Five Night Cruise aboard the Celebrity Center out of Miami, Fla. This is a perfect trip for a mid-winter escape. The ship has a full casino and nightly entertainment, also time to enjoy the pool and spa. Two great stops (Key West, Florida and Georgetown, Grand Cayman) where you may get off the ship and everyone speaks English. For more info or reservations, call Shirley at 267-9471; Amy, 267-3664 or Edie at 267-3865, Monson Travel Club.
July 16 - 24: Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park featuring the Calgary Stampede. This is a nine-day trip which includes Waterton Lakes National Park, Glacier National Park, going to the Sun Road, Banff, Columbia Icefields, Atabasca Falls, Jasper and Calgary. A slide show by Collette Vacations will be shown on Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Monson Senior Center, 106 Main St. For more info or reservations, call Shirley at 267-9471; Amy, 267-3664 or Edie at 267-3865.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL
The Simsbury Woman's Club will host its annual Arts and Crafts Festival Sept. 19 - 20. Area artists who will be among the exhibitors are jeweler Cindy White from West Springfield, bee keepers Rosemary and Donald Gowdy from Valley View Acres in Westfield. The festival will take place on Iron Horse Boulevard in the center of Simsbury, Conn., from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days, rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds make it possible for the club to award large scholarships to one adult woman and two high school students and to give substantial funds to area charitable organizations. The Simsbury Woman's Club is a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.
A THREE PART WORKSHOP
A three part workshopfor women in relationships with other women. Led by Shana Hiranandani, Personal Life Coach. By completion, each couple will discover new approaches to attaining a strong and passionate relationship. Join Shana at Valley Hands Creative Space in Northampton on Oct. 7, 14 and 21 from 6 - 8 p.m. Call 341-3158 or visit www.uniquepeople.net to register.
The Polish Pulaski Club announced that on Oct. 11 at noon there will be a ceremony at Pulaski Park in the center of Easthampton to commemorate Pulaski Day. There will be a wreath laying ceremony and a prayer offered by Fr. James Sipitkowski, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. The Polish American Memorial Calvary Squadron from East Longmeadow will attend wearing replicas of Polish uniforms from 1939. Their mission is to exhibit their Polish heritage and see to it the coming generations are aware of Polish tradition and history.
A Taste of Judaism
"A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?" is the title and theme for a free, three-session class being offered for adults who would like to explore Judaism's relevance in today's world. Students are invited to learn about Jewish perspectives on topics of spirituality, ethics and community. Classes will take place on Wed. evenings, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. There is no enrollment fee, but space is limited and registration is required. Classes will take place at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Rabbi Mark Shapiro will be the teacher.
The Franciscan Sisters of Assisi, located at 1039 Northampton St., will have a tag sale on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. If you have some items which you do not need or use and you would like to donate to the Sisters, you can drop them off on Wed. or Sat. from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. No mattresses, cloth or broken items. Any money collected will benefit the Sisters.
The Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will host a spaghetti supper on Sept. 24 at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue. Serving will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad w/ dressing, spaghetti smothered in Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters six - 12, and free for tots five and under. A donation this month will go to the Holyoke High School cross country team.
A giant tag sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Holyoke Council on Aging, will take place on Oct. 31 to benefit the new Holyoke Senior Center. The sale will be in the War Memorial building on Maple Street from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For info call the Council on Aging at 322-5625 or Marion Tierney at 533-0909.
WILDWOOD AND CAPE MAY, N.J.
Chicopee and Holyoke libraries announces a six-day trip including meals, sightseeing to Lighthouse and Renauld Winery, Smithville, etc. plus boat ride and Atlantic City from Sept. 27 - Oct. 1. Three nights entertainment and one free night, baggage handling and room taxes (including drivers tips). Depart from Holyoke Mall overflow parking lot at 7:30 a.m. For more info call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.
DANCE WITH CHANGE
Peggy Hoime, certified life coach and motivational speaker, will be the speaker for the WBOA on Sept. 17 at 7:45 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Holyoke. Her topic will be "Learning to Dance with Change" a secret to living an abundant life. For more info, call 531-9530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SILENT AUCTION/DANCE BENEFIT
Oct. 24 at Adelfia's Restaurant, Rt. 202, sponsored by Second Baptist Church of South Hadley. Proceeds to be used for the April 2010 missionary trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic. To provide medicine, food, clean water, clothing and education opportunities to the Haitian's living at the edge of the sugar cane fields in LaRomana. Advance tickets are $20; $30 after Oct. 12. For more info and tickets call Darlene Goulet at 467-3321, Lynn Baker at 536-5358, Donna Fobare at 536-4470 or Lori Thomas at Second Baptist Church, Rt. 202, at 536-0626.
SOUTHWICK LIBRARY PROGRAMS
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library are sponsoring their 13th annual "Fish for Friends" benefit bass tournament on Sept. 27 at the north ramp (near Louie B's restaurant) on Congamond Lakes. Registration is from 6 - 6:45 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per team, cash only at site. There will be a 50 percent payback and a 50 percent donation to the F.S.P.L. Other prizes will be awarded. For further info call Bill, 569-6778; Ray, 569-6520; or Al, 569-3193.
The Senior Center will host a Health and Informational Fair on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Town Hall Auditoium. Light refreshments will be available along with a door prize raffle.
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL
Immaculate Heart of Mary in Granby will be having a trip to Radio City Music Hall 2009 Christmas Spectacular on Dec. 3 which will feature the "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers" and "The Nativity." Cost includes transportation, orchestra/1st mezzanine ticket for the 2 p.m. show and driver's gratuity. Coach will leave Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 7 a.m. and return approx. 9:30 p.m. Coach will stop for breakfast and dinner on your own. You will have three hours to shop, explore or enjoy lunch. Fifty percent deposit due with reservation. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 1. Call Marilyn Menard at 467-3382 or 467-9821 or Gert Berge at 593-3283 to reserve your seats.
POT ROAST DINNER
Saint Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St. (at the Forest Park light), will host their pot roast dinner (pot roast, vegetables and homemade desserts) on Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Complete dinner is $10. Call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762 to reserve your seat.
Looking for something different? Tell a story, or listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at our next meeting on Sept. 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Our sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.
Enjoy a day of shopping, sight seeing and catch a Broadway show! Reserve your tickets today! Nov. 7, bus departure to NYC at 7 a.m. Bus departure from NYC at 7 p.m. Price: $35 per person. Give us a call to get additional info on departures to and from NY. Via phone at 426-8329 or e-mail: email@example.com.
On Sept. 16 at 3:15 p.m., Mason Wright Retirement Community Wellness Wednesday presents Heart Health. This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Call today and reserve your seat at 733-1517.
Jimmy Mazz will sing at Mason Wright Retirement Community on Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Call today and reserve your seat at 733-1517.
Scantic Senior Bowling League
Starting Sept. 14 at noon, at Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow. Seniors welcome. Join a team and have fun. Cost is minimal, exercise and fun maximum.
Wade Rathke, founder and former chief organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), will discuss his new book, "Citizen Wealth," on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., at Springfield College's Marsh Memorial Chapel. Book signing will follow the discussion. Admission free.
Gina Daniele presents a bus trip to Niagara Falls casino and shopping on Sept. 19 - 20. Cost includes bus, hotel, continental breakfast, tour and boat ride. Bus leaves at 6:30 a.m., be at Mom & Rico's at 6 a.m. No passport required.
Hannah Crossen to speak
Hannah Crossen, 21, Eastern Region Vice President of the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Sept. 18 while visiting the Big E. The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue. The Rotary luncheon is $17 per person and is open to the public.
A kitchen tour to benefit Noble Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services will take place on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be six kitchens featured. On Oct. 2 there will be a kitchen tour celebration from 6 - 8 p.m., hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Azia Elias. Tickets are $20 for the tour and $25 for the celebration. Tickets purchased in advance of both events will be $40. Tickets are available at 77 Mill St., Suite 201 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. They will also be available on the day of the tour at the Noble Hospital lobby. For more info call 562-7049.
OUTDOOR CRAFT FAIR
The second annual Outdoor Craft Fair at the Elks Lodge, 429 Morgan Rd., on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in support of breast cancer awareness. A donation will be made to SG's Angels. Over 50 booths something for the whole family. Free admission. Food and music. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parish Cupboard Food Pantry, 1023 Main St., is serving Agawam and West Springfield residents. We are in need of food donations. Bring contributions to the pantry Mon. - Fri. from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Items most needed are mac and cheese, boxed meals and canned fruit. For more info, call 734-7969.
On Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m., the Sunday School and musicians of Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will present a pageant titled, "Noah." The pageant combines music and some popular cultural elements with the Biblical account of the story of Noah as found in the book of Genesis. All are invited to attend.
EDUCATE MALAWI FUNDRAISER
On Sept. 23 from 5 - 8 p.m. come to the Friendly's on Riverdale Road and eat while supporting Educate Malawi Inc., a local non-profit organization for Malawi, Africa. Take-out orders also qualify as support for the organization on this evening. There will be African items for sale and raffle prizes. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org.
Registration for October children's events at the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., has begun. Call or stop by to sign up for Evening Family Storytime "Under the Sea" on Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.; Jack-O-Lantern Craft Candle on Oct. 10 at 1 p.m; Saturday Storytime "Which Witch?" on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.; Arts & Smarts on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. Due to limited space, registration is required. Call 736-4561 ext. 4 to register or stop in.