Town Events, Sept. 23 - Sept. 30
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANTS
The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) expects to have $8,760 grant dollars available from the Mass. Cultural Council for the fiscal year 2010. A postmark deadline of Oct. 15 has been set for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. For more info, visit www.agawamcc.org.
A NOVEL EFFORT
Adult writing classes with author Michael Aloisi will meet on the last Mon. of each month, from October - May from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Space is limited, so participants are requested to plan to attend all eight classes beginning Oct. 26. Visit or call the library at 789-1550 ext. 109 to register. Participants must be 18 or older.
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
The Agawam City Council has passed a resolution amending Section 3-9 of the Code of the town of Agawam changing the starting time for their regular City Council meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., effective Oct. 7. Meetings will continue to take place in the auditorium of Agawam Middle School, 68 Main St.
BAND PARENTS ASSOC. MEETING
Agawam High School Band Parents Assoc. will meet the first Wed. of each month at 7 p.m. in the band room. Come share ideas and support your children in their endeavors. The next meeting will be Oct. 7. For more info, call Denise at 786-6817 or Sue at 786-4789.
PAUL LEVEILLE EXHIBIT
The paintings of nationally recognized artist Paul Leveille will be exhibited at the Agawam Public Library Oct 1 - 29. The gallery show will feature many of the artist's portrait work as well as still life paintings in oil, watercolor and pastel. To view commission works and for workshop info, visit www.paulleveillestudio.com.
ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM
Late registration for the fall semester of the Agawam Adult Education Program will take place on Sept. 23 and 28 from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Agawam High School Counseling Center. Classes will run through Dec. 16 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. There is a fee. For more info, call 821-0519 or 821-0527.
EXHIBIT OF MACABRE STYLE
The work of artist Katarzyna Nowik will be on display on the lower level walls of the Agawam Public Library throughout October. The exhibit will include many things in a macabre style that's perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit including a collection of ceramic skulls, horror paintings, ghoulish accessories and anything imaginative. For more info, call the library at 789-1550.
ROAST PORK DINNER
On Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a dinner. 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 children ages 5 - 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets may be reserved by calling the church office at 786-6133.
MOTHER GOOSE STORYTIME
The following is a list of free fall programs for kids at the Agawam Public Library. Mother Goose on the Loose Lapsit for Babies: Mon. from 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. for ages birth - 18 months (no siblings) from Oct. 5 - Nov. 16. Mother Goose on the Loose for Tiny Tots: Mon. from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for ages 19 - 30 months from Oct. 5 - Nov. 16. Mother Goose on the Loose for Terrific Twos: Thurs. from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. for ages 31 - 36 months from Oct. 8 - Nov. 19. For more info or to register, visit www.agawamlibrary.org.
DAN KANE CONCERT
Tickets are now on sale for a joint concert between Dan Kane and Friends and Richie Mitnick Music on Oct. 25 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Admission: $16 for adults and children; $14 for seniors. Refreshments are included in the ticket price, and will be handed out at the door. For more info, call Barbara Cohen at 786-1883 or Andrea LaPlace at 786-6753.
St. David's Church, 699 Springfield St., invites the community to take part in their upcoming Bible class, "Bible Basics for Beginners," on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. with a pot luck supper and introductory talk by Fr. Darius Mojallali. On subsequent Wed., we will meet from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for six weeks. Contact the parish office at 786-6133 to sign up for this free Bible study.
Harmony House will host a benefit pancake breakfast at Applebee's, 597 Memorial Dr., on Sept. 26 from 8 - 10 a.m. All you can eat pancakes for $5. Tickets available at the door.
FREE CO2 DETECTORS
If you are at least 60 years of age or married to someone who is and you are eligible for food stamps, MassHealth, the Brown Bag Program or your annual income is less than $20,000 as an individual or $27,000 as a couple, then you qualify for a free CO2 detector. To apply, or for more info, call Jared Krok at the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
1949 CLASS REUNION
The Chicopee High School Class of 1949's 60th reunion will take place Oct. 18 at the Castle of Knights Meeting and Banquet House, 1599 Memorial Dr. Socialize and dine: 1 - 5 p.m. For more info, call Edmund Rogalski at 786-66573 for Vi Rojowski at 536-5573.
There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The next meeting will be on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.
The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College in Chicopee announces a bus trip to Worcester to attend Pilgrim Soul Productions of J.B. Keane's Irish play "Big Maggie." We will travel to the Ancient Order of Hibernians Cultural Center on Nov. 15 for the performance at 2 p.m. After the play we will share a buffet meal in the Hall Pub. Tickets include the play, buffet, bus and driver's gratuity. Seats are limited; to reserve tickets call 265-2537 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. Those interested should notify the Center by Oct. 23 to guarantee a seat.
The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. will host their regular meeting on Oct. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Car wash coupons are also available on Mon., 10 a.m. - noon, Tues. - Thurs., 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cost for a book of two coupons is $7. For more info contact Adele Tawrel, president, at the center, 534-3698, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Very basic bridge lessons will continue on Tues. starting at 9:30 a.m. from Sept. 22 - Oct. 27. Volunteers will help everyone to understand the very basics of the game. They have been teaching new participants for many years who have gone to become regular players. To register and for more info call the center at 534-3698, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry meet twice a month at 10 a.m. on Thurs. The next sessions are Oct. 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. For more info call 534-3698 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
A Chicopee public librarian is available on Mon. from 9 - 11:30 a.m. to assist patrons with returning and check out books and other library materials. The Chicopee Senior Center is located at 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call 534-3698.
There is also a book drop located just inside the Chicopee Senior Center for library patrons to return their books during the center's normal hours from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. The center is located at 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call 534-3698.
Hearing services are available on Oct. 2 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appt.'s may be made by calling 534-3698, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join your friends every Thurs. from 1 - 2 p.m. in an informal sing-a-long at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This informal group is lead by pianist Irene Wyman. Words are provided. For more info call 534-3698 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fri. of each month at 1 p.m. They will meet on Oct. 2 and 16. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dream. No extraordinary writing skills required. For more info call the center at 534-3698, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Vendors wanted for the second annual Vendor's Night on Oct. 16 at Charles C. Kennedy Post 275, 41 Robbins Road. Set up at 4 p.m.; 5 - 8:30 p.m. event. Cost is $20/table. Coffee, tea, and baked goods will be available for vendors, free of charge. Deadline is Oct. 2. Send checks to ALA Unit 275, c/o Jennifer Putnam, 118 Dobek Ave., Chicopee, MA 01020. For info call Leslie at 589-1532.
CHS CLASS OF 1979 REUNION
Thirtieth year reunion Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Dinner with DJ Chris Star at the Hu Ke Lau Restaurant, 705 Memorial Dr. Tickets are $45 per person. If you would like to attend, make check payable to "C.H.S. Class of 1979 Reunion" and mail to Cynthia Stefaniak, P.O. Box 30492, Springfield, MA 01103. Include your name, your guest's name, your address, telephone number and e-mail address so that we can mail your tickets to you. Indicate your choice of prime rib of beef au jus or teriyaki chicken Hawaiian style. Payment may be sent through PayPal. E-mail request for info to Reunion1979CHS@yahoo.com.
EDUCATE MALAWI INC.
Shannon Massey and Karen and Stephen Hardy, founders of the non-profit Educate Malawi Inc., will talk about their travels to Malawi and how they were inspired to begin the organization on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Chicopee Public Library. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org.
Collectible show sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. The show features dolls, videos, coins, sports and non-sports cards, card supplies, autographs and more. Handicap accessible. Admission is $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds for charity. For info call Joe at 593-6046.
WELSH SOCIETY MEETING
The fall meeting of the Welsh Society of Western New England will take place on Sept. 26 at the Yarde House Restaurant in South Hadley at noon. The speaker will be Professor Ronald Rees, whose topic will be the traditional role of singing (particularly church singing) in Welsh culture. For further info call Veronica at 532-5252.
Joy of Knitting
The Joy of Knitting will be offered both mornings and evenings. Evening sessions will be on Thurs., Oct. 8 - Nov. 12, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Morning sessions will be Tues., Oct. 6 - Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. - noon. There is a fee. This class is geared to those with a desire to learn basic knitting skills as well as those who want to choose their own project and receive support along the way. For more info, contact the Springfield JCC at 739-4715.
The Springfield JCC is hosting a trip to NYC to see "Hair" on Oct. 7, 2 p.m. matinee. Depart JCC at 6:45 a.m., return approx. 9 p.m. Cost includes roundtrip transportation, driver gratuity and orchestra seat. Call 739-4715 to register, or stop by the Springfield JCC at 1160 Dickinson St.
FLU VACCINE CLINIC
The Soldiers' Home in Holyoke will be pairing with Maxim Health Systems for a flu vaccine clinic for veterans on Oct. 14 and 28 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available. Spouses accompanying the veterans will be able to obtain the vaccinations under the same payment criteria. Bring your Soldiers' Home in Holyoke I.D. Card (blue card) or your discharge papers (DD214) in order to show your eligibility.
Join Deacon Tom Callahan on Sept. 27 at Holy Cross Parish Hall at 2 p.m. for a video preview of trips for 2010. The presentation will include a 10-day trip to Portugal from April 9 - 18 including the Marian shrine at Fatima and a 12-day trip from Oct. 1 - 12 to the Italian lakes, Greek isles including a seven-day Mediterranean cruise.
NEW YOGA CLASS
A six-week beginning/gentle yoga class will be starting on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., from Oct. 15 - Nov. 19. Join us and experience the health benefits of yoga and relaxation. For further info and/or reservations, call Linda at 221-8516 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Linda also teaches a class at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m.
The 7th annual Postal Customer Council of Western Mass. Golf Scramble will take place Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. at Ledges Golf Club, 18 Mulligan Dr. Cost: $90 per golfer, includes greens fees, power cart, lunch and steak roast. Register online at www.pccwma.com by Sept. 29. For more info, call Lauren Levesque at 527-0060.
TOMASINA THE WITCH
Tomasina the Witch, a friendly, funny, silly witch and a favorite with children and parents, will take the fear out of Halloween on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Town Hall Auditorium, 454 College Highway. This is an interactive participatory program for children ages 3 - 10. Admission is free. For more info, contact Pat McMahon at 569 6531 or refer to www.southwick-on-stage.org.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host its semi-annual rummage sale on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A $4 bag day will take place Oct. 3 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 Commissio at 525-2719.
ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE
Join us as "The Cretan Ladies Society Proodos" celebrate our 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Oct. 10 at the Cretan Club, 35 Carew St. Past presidents will be honored. Cocktails: 7 p.m.; dinner 8 p.m. promptly. Musicians from Crete to follow. Andreas Lilikakis/Lyra; Lefteris Apostolakis/Laouto. Donation: $50 adult; $15 children 12 and under. Info/reservations: Eva Papamarkakis 736-8421 or Besi Mavredakis 731-5514. Reservations required by Oct. 5.
Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be children's games, teenage activities, the popular apple pie baking contest, bingo, Chinese and grocery wheel raffles as well as a grand raffle that has 12 winners with prizes that range from $100-$1,000. In addition to the grand prize there will be the always popular cash raffle with the grand prize of $20,000 with only 500 tickets sold. American and German food and drinks will also be available. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, contact the rectory at 732-3721.
The Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will host a Fall Auction on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We need volunteers committees for: publicity, kitchen, bake sale, set up, business donations, craft tables, church donations, and clean up. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.
The NAACP Springfield branch monthly meeting will take place on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian Embassy, 30 Bowdoin St. Residents are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the NAACP Springfield branch. For more send an inquiry to email@example.com.
The Comprehensive School Health Advisory Council of Westfield Public Schools presents its first in a series of three parent workshops for the 2009-10 school year. The first workshop, "Responding to the Signs of Underage Drinking," presented by Bill Phillips of New Beginnings will take place on Sept. 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the high school. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 572-6345.
TAG AND BAKE SALE
A tag and bake sale to support mission for African orphans will take place on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 47 Barbara St. Bargains will include home baked goods, housewares, furniture, clothes, books, toys and much more. Come shop, eat and help vulnerable children in the African nation of Namibia.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPE
Westfield Middle School South will host its annual holiday gift shoppe on Dec. 12 with a rain/snow date of Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the school's cafeteria. Spaces are $50 for a 6' x 6', or if you are able to donate an item to our raffle, the cost is $40. You will need to provide your own tables and chairs. Limited electricity available. If interested, contact Tanya at email@example.com or 313-2579.
HOMELESS CAT PROJECT BENEFIT
A benefit for the Westfield Homeless Cat Project will take place Oct. 2 from 7 p.m. - midnight at East Mountain Country Club. Evening includes food, music by Gale County and a 50/50 raffle, all for $15/pp. For advance tickets, mail a check payable to Westfield Homeless Cat Project and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 1124 East Mountain Rd., Westfield, MA 01085. For more info, contact Denise at 568-6964 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Making Cards and Signs using Printshop on Fridays from Oct. 2 - Nov. 2 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Register by Sept. 25. There is a fee. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at email@example.com.
SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP
Drenen Financial Services Inc. will sponsor an informational workshop on social security and retirement on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at Drenen's Tax Service, 36 Elm St. Dan Moraski from Social Security will be discussing Social Security benefits and retirement planning along with Medicare updates. He will also be available for questions.
INTRO TO PHOTOSHOP
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Intro to Photoshop CS3 on Thurs. from Oct. 1 - 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. This course is designed for anyone who takes photographs. Register by Sept. 24. There is a fee. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westfield River Watershed Assoc. will host its annual clean-up of the Westfield River on Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more info, call Mark Damon at 572-9991 or Heather Comee at 427-5089. Heavy rain cancels.
Westfield United Basketball is a program designed to give girls and boys the opportunity to play, learn and enjoy the game of basketball in a energetic and organized atmosphere. Parks & Rec. is still accepting registrations for ages 5 - 17. Download the registration form at www.cityofwestfield.org, click on departments and then Parks & Rec. For more info, call Jim Blascak or Peg Goralczyk at 572-6263.
STATE HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE
State Rep. Donald Humason Jr.'s newest installment of his cable show "From the State House to Your House" will feature Margaret Adams, Principal of Abner Gibbs Elementary School. The show this month focuses on the school and its 95th anniversary. The half-hour program airs on Channel 15 on Sun. at 4:30 p.m., Wed. at 8:30 p.m., and Thurs. at 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more info, call his district office at 568-1366.
The Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will host its October book discussion of "Finding Faith in a Skeptical World" by local author Chet Galaskaon on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. Everyone is invited to attend this discussion. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.
PARISH CUPBOARD MEETING
The Parish Cupboard will host its annual meeting on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. at Mittineague Congregational Church, 1840 Westfield St. In addition to nomination and election of officers and approval of the budget for the area food pantry/soup kitchen, volunteers will be recognized, Executive Director Candy Boucher will bid her farewell and the public will be introduced to the new executive director. All are invited. Because a light dinner will be served, call 734- 7969 for reservations.