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Town Events, Sept. 3 - Sept. 10

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

The Agawam Democratic Committee will have its monthly meeting on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Agawam Public Library. A representative from the National Democratic Committee will speak on strategies for winning the November election. We will also be planning our October brunch. Visitors are welcome at all of our meetings.

For the month of September, the Agawam Public Library will exhibit the artwork of students ages five - 18 who attended the Thousand Cranes Studio this spring and summer. Enrollment is underway for the fall programs. Anyone interested may contact Sheila Coly at the studio, 505 Springfield St., Feeding Hills at 789-1039 or register online at www.thousandcranesstudio.com.

St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., Feeding Hills will be hosting a Kids' Pizza and Movie Night on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Cost is $3 per person for pizza, chips, and soda. For more info, call the church office at 786-6133.

The "Coffee with Diane" discussion group will begin meeting again on Sept. 9 and will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m. in the coffee shop at the Agawam Senior Center. The group is led by Diane Lewis, LICSW, a clinician and program director at the Agawam Counseling Center.

The Agawam United Methodist Church will be hosting an Outreach/Rummage Sale on Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you have household items in good condition that you would like to donate, we would be happy to come to your house and pick them up. Call Pauline or Mark at 786-7991 to schedule a pick-up. Additionally, there will be baked goods, light lunch fare and beverages for sale for anyone bringing an appetite. Coffee and tea will be available at no charge throughout the day. Join us for this special event at the Agawam United Methodist Church at 459 Mill St. We look forward to seeing you there!

The public is invited to learn more about assisted living options for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other memory impairments at a seminar. "Is It Time for the Move to an Assisted Living Community?" will take place from 5 - 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Atrium at Cardinal Drive, 153 Cardinal Dr. The event will be led by a panel of family members of current and prior residents who will share their personal experiences and answer questions. It is free and open to the public. A light supper will be served. RSVPS are requested. Call the Atrium at 821-9911.

In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, Heritage Woods Assisted Living in Agawam will host a weeklong open house Sept. 8 - 12 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. The public is invited to come for a tour and have questions answered, and enjoy a complimentary lunch or dinner in the dining room. For reservations or more info, call 789-8332 or e-mail nicole.wallace@genesishcc.com.

The Chicopee Travel Club is going to see "A Wonderful Life" at the Westcheser Theatre in New York on Nov. 21. Price includes a fabulous meal, show, bus and all gratuities. Call 534-3698 for more info.

Chicopee Council on aging announces a new evening yoga class Sept. 11 - Oct. 30 on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. at the Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Yoga can increase your flexibility, strength and balance, improve your breathing, focus and mood and provide deep relaxation and de-stress, allowing restful sleep. Cost for eight weeks is $48 for elder residents, $64 for non-elder residents and $80 for others. Call the center at 534-3698 to register or for more info.

Starting Sept. 8, Bob Pydych will guide the woodcarving club on Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Hands-on instruction, relaxed atmosphere, volunteer-guide woodcarving club. Learn how to lay out a pattern, transfer it to wood, and carve wood to produce a project you will be proud to display. Different classes' arrangements will help you to learn how to develop and carry out projects. To sign up call 534-3698. Space is limited to 10 people.

Can you keep a poker face or will you crack under pressure? Come and test your skills at playing Texas Hold 'Em. The Texas Hold 'Em Group at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., will begin Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. and will meet weekly on Wednesday at 6 p.m. until Oct. 29. The games are played for fun and no money will be involved. For more info, call 534-3698.

Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the Conference Room of the Chicopee Public Library on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. Call 594-1800 ext. 108 for more info.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will take place Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.

Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. - noon there will be a cholesterol screening done 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 basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register call 534-3698.

The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625, 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper on Sept. 4 serving from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults and seniors; $4 for children under 12 and $4.75 for take-outs. We serve you. No waiting in line. All monies are used for our veterans, cancer fund, hospital parties, National Home for Children and more.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. will be offering its last tennis lessons this year for children ages eight and above; adult lessons will also be offered. Classes are for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Classes will take place at the Szot Park tennis courts on Monday and Wednesday at 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Times can be arranged with the instructor. The last four-week session will be Sept. 8 - 27. Sign-ups are now being taken at the Parks Dept. office. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481 or instructor Paul Fein at 786-2034.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering eight-week yoga classes for newcomers or returnees. Beginner classes start Sept. 22 every Monday from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m., gentle yoga classes start Sept. 10 on Wednesdays from 7:15 - 8:30 p.m., moderate/intermediate classes meet on Monday starting Sept. 8 from 6 - 7:15 p.m. and take place at the New Chicopee Comp Fitness Center. Detailed instructions are given for all physical postures in the class, including modifications to increase the intensity of the workout or accommodate limitations in flexibility. For more info call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481. Pre-registration for the program is mandatory.

Wii demonstrations at the Chicopee Senior Center will take place Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Call to register at 534-3698.

A new support group for those who suffer from polymyalgia rheumatic will meet on the third Thursday of the month at 11 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center. The group under the direction of retired Wellness Health Center R.N. Ann Lutservitz will address the concerns of those dealing with this illness. For more info and to register call the center at 534-3698.

Soup and Panini Bar, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. Learn about this healthy option for dinner. Fast and casual dinner that has many healthy options. Choice of different soups and a variety of paninis. Panini is a filled sandwich, often grilled and served hot. Space is limited. Reserve your seat by calling the center at 534-3698.

The next meeting of the Diabetes Support Group will be on Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, RN will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

On Sept. 17 Gerri Bennett, RN will provide info on Alzheimer's at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

After Five Tea Social Share Art and Tea will take place Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. Register by calling the center at 534-3698.

The Friends of the Granby Elderly are hosting a Grandparents Fishing Derby on Grandparents Day, Sept. 7, at Dufresne Field from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Anglers Wildlife Association will provide fishing poles, reels, bait and info and Waste Management will provide food and
prizes. The Friends will cook and provide assistance. Join us for a morning of fishing and fun. If you don't have grandparents or grandchildren come down and share with others. For info call the COA at 467-3239.

A foliage bus trip to Meredith, N.H., to ride the Hobo Railroad will take place Sept. 30. We will enjoy a Hart's turkey dinner and ride along Lake Winnipesaukee. The bus will leave from Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot in Granby at 7 a.m. and return approx. 6:30 p.m. We will have stops for breakfast on your own and shopping on the way back if time allows. Cost includes bus, train ride, turkey dinner and driver's gratuity. Call the Granby COA at 467-3239 for tickets and reservations.

The Quabbin Valley Twirlers will offer their first dance of the season on Sept. 13 at Christ Community Church, 103 Springfield St. in Chicopee. The dance will take place from 8 - 10:30 p.m., with a plus workshop at 7:30 p.m. Our Dollar Dance welcomes all western style square dancers. For more info call Fran at 467-3352.

Womanshelter/Companeras will sponsor the Fifth Annual Charity Pool Tournament on Sept. 13 at Maximum Capacity in Chicopee. Proceeds will benefit Womanshelter/Companeras' emergency shelter for battered women and children. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the fee is $20 per person. The single player tournament begins at noon and APA rules apply. For info call 538-9717.

The Fidelco Fall Classic benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, New England's only guide dog school. Fidelco currently has 75 clients in Massachusetts, including 12 in the Greater Springfield area. The scramble play tournament is taking place on Sept. 22 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., shotgun start at 10:30. For more info, visit www.fidelcofallclassic.com.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, southwestern chicken breast stuffed with seasoned rice, diced red pepper, black beans, corn and Monterey Jack cheese), buttered noodles, steamed broccoli, dinner rolls, brownie a la mode, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For more info, call the church office at 539-9373.

The following is a calendar of events at the Southwick Senior Center: Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Brunelle's Marina Trip; Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. Brown Bag, 1 p.m. COA meeting; Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. manicures by appt. only for $10, 10 a.m. hearing clinic by appt.; Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. - noon Vets Rep., 9 a.m. SHINE Rep.; Sept. 16 Primary Election; Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. pizza party for $4 per person. For more info, call the center at 569-5498.

The Southwick Sewer Implementation Committee is conducting an informational meeting on Sept. 9 and Oct. 7 at in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m. for a presentation of preliminary info relative to the proposed Phase II sewer project. All interested parties are welcome to view the presentation and participate in the question and answer segment.

Free bocce lessons at Forest Park, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7 with masters Rico Daniele and Laurie Coughlin. Bring your family. For more info, call Rico at 732-8941.

A benefit for the Alice M. Balicki Scholarship Fund will be taking place Sept. 12 from 6 - 11 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave. There will be a DJ, food and raffle prizes. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Donations may also be sent to the STCC Foundation for Alice M. Balicki Scholarship, 1 Armory Square, Suite 1, P.O. Box 9000, Springfield, MA 01102.

The Save Your Life Writing Center will host a fiction class and open house on Sept. 6. From 2 - 3 p.m., fiction class Building Character 5 Ways with Chrysler Szarlan. From 3 - 5 p.m., celebration and open house with snacks, readings, raffle and more. Both events free, but call to register for fiction class. Center is located in the Indian Orchard Mills, 34 Front St., Building 2, #323, Indian Orchard. Call 346-8793 for more info.

The Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd., is offering new free-of-charge programs for people with cancer, their families and friends. Programs include A Helping Hand: Mom's Support Group at 10 a.m., the third Tuesday of each month; Life Coaching at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday; Nutritional Counseling at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month; Lebed Method a Dance & Movement Program at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. For more info, or to register, call 782-5500.

Gina Daniele will be hosting a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino and bingo on Sept. 6, with the bus leaving Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a bus trip to the St. Gennaro Feast in New York City on Sept. 13, with the bus leaving at 7:30 a.m. For prices and more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

The Fall Craft Fair to benefit Cancer House of Hope of Westfield will take place Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center. For more info call Ginny at 562-0969.

The Pioneer Valley Military and Transportation Museum will host a benefit dinner and dance on Sept. 20 at the East Mountain County Club, 1458 E. Mountain Rd. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner to follow from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Dance to the music Cory and the Knightsmen from 7:30 - 11 p.m. Ticket sales end Sept. 5. For further info go to www.pvmtm.org or e-mail info@pvmtm.org. To reserve tickets or for event sponsorship call 562-1813.

The Westfield River Watershed Assn. needs help from citizens in Agawam and West Springfield in identifying places where trash and litter has accumulated along the Westfield River. We will scout these locations and include them in our annual clean up of the Westfield River on Oct. 4. If you know of a trashy place or want to help on Oct. 4, contact Mark Damon at 572-9991 by Sept. 26.

The Young Singers of Greater Westfield (YSGW) is kicking off its eighth season, and they are inviting singers in grades two - 12 to join their choruses. Each audition is about 15 min. Auditions can be scheduled by calling Mrs. St. Jean at 563-5156 or by e-mailing her at janetstjean@ysgw.org. Auditions will be on Sept. 5, 6, 8 and 9 at North Middle School, 350 Southampton Rd.

The Cancer House of Hope, 86 Court St., is offering new free-of-charge programs for people with cancer, their families and friends. Programs include men's social & support group at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month; nutritional counseling at 4:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month (starting Sept. 18). For more info or to register call 562-0110.

Non-native species are becoming more common everywhere you go and often have serious ecological consequences. The hemlock woolly adelgid is an insect native to eastern Asia that has recently reached Massachusetts and may kill most or all hemlock trees in our region. This insect is present in the upland forests at Stanley Park but has yet to be found in the wildlife sanctuary. Help survey the park for the adelgid. Walk is led by Tim Parshall, an assistant professor of biology at Westfield State College. Hike takes place Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. - noon. Meet at the entrance sign to the Frank Stanley Beveridge Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary. Registration not necessary. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

Beginning on Sept. 10 First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., will host a six-week Bible Study Series titled "Whol-i-ness A Series on Becoming a Whole Person." The group will explore ways to achieve wholeness of mind, body and soul. The series will be offered Wednesday evenings, Sept. 10 - Oct. 15 from 6 - 7 p.m. Free materials will be available at each session. All are welcome, regardless of Bible experience. For more info contact us at 739-6608 or visit www.firstchurchws.org.

The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Sept. 5. Mainstream dance will take place Sept. 19. The dances take place at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street in W. Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Dances are $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free.

Swingles Square Dance Club anniversary dinner and dance on Oct. 3. If you would like to join us see Dick Walker for info and tickets. Oct. 1 and 8 will be fun nights and we invite everyone to come and join us. Learn about the fun of dancing at First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., across the common from the Knights of Columbus. For info call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick at 525-3324.

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