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Town Events, Sept. 9 - Sept. 16

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
CELTIC MUSIC CONCERTS
From September - May, traditional Celtic music will be presented at the Capt. Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. Nikki Maranchie Engstrom will perform on Sept. 19 accompanied on piano by Janine Randall. The next concert will take place on Oct. 17 with a performance by Aoife Clancy. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $14 reserved; $18 at the door. For more info, contact Meg or Dan Sullivan at 789-9267 or msullgreen@gmail.com.

COMPUTER CLUB
The Agawam Senior Center is starting this club for seniors who find the computer more of a "confuser" than a computer. The club meets once a month and because they meet in a local church they have to charge annual dues of $35. We will not need to charge here because the equipment is already provided. For questions call Larry at 363-2020.

TAG SALE
Here's your chance to turn your unwanted items into cash by renting a space at the Catholic Women's Club of Agawam yearly tag sale on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in St. John's parking lot at 833 Main St. If you're a vendor or a crafter this is a good chance for exposure. Spaces are available at $20 a spot. For an application or more info call Theresa at 786-4966 or the rectory during regular office hours Mon. - Thurs.

GRAND RE-OPENING
The First Baptist Church of Agawam, corner of Main and Elms streets, will host a grand re-opening of its Trading Post Consignment Shop for take-in only on Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Limit: 50 items at one time. Clothes must be clean, in season, in style, ironed, folded or on hangers. Good as new: knick-knacks, small appliances, baby items, etc. Opening day to shop is Sept. 16. For more info call 786-7300.

TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN
The Agawam High School Band Parents Assoc. will host a night out Mohegan Sun Casino on Nov. 6. Bus leaves Agawam High Circle at 4 p.m. to return at 11:30 p.m. Cost: $25 and includes a $15 food voucher and three $5 bets. All proceeds will go to the band. To reserve a seat, call Sue at 786-786-4789 or e-mail smeutooz@comcast.net.

BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE
Bottle and can drive taking place at Country Estates of Agawam, 1200 Suffield St., on Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Assoc.

CHICOPEE
HARVEST DINNER
A Harvest Dinner will take place at Holy Mother of the Rosary Church Hall at 26 Bell St. on Sept. 27 at noon. The HMR Crafters are sponsoring this event. You will be treated to a delicious meal, a Polish auction, free fall favors and centerpiece door prizes. Tickets: $10 for adults; $2 for children 12 and under. For tickets or reservations, call Toni at 734-2858 or Sophie at 592-2394; seating is limited to 100 people. Deadline: Sept. 20.

BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
Boy Scout Troop 131 will be having a bottle and can collection drive on Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. - noon in the St. Stanislaus School parking lot, 534 Front St. This fundraiser is to help raise money for troop activities. Bring your returnable bottles and cans to the rear of the school. To schedule a pickup of your bottles and cans, call Cindy at 594-3142.

MEMORIAL MASS
A memorial Mass for the departed souls who perished on 9/11/01 will take place on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 780 Chicopee St.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
Spaghetti supper on Sept. 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Menu: spaghetti w/ meat sauce, salad, beverage, dessert. Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Tickets: $5. Tickets available from Sally's Little Shop of Haircuts, Nativity Rectory, parish council members and at weekend Masses.

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA MEETING
Alpha Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of Women Educators, an organization with over 120,000 members in 14 countries, will begin their 67th year of service to education with a dinner meeting on Sept. 16. Thomas Manzi of A.G. Edwards Financial Co. will speak on recession proof tips and strategies. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St. The society provides opportunities for women in education to develop leadership skills, promote professionalism and collaborate on educational issues. Homework help materials will be collected at this meeting. For more info contact Ann Marie Towne at 782-9264.

"IN GOOD COMPANY"
In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group at the senior center and being with others can help you to feel better. The next meeting will be on Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee or this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. If you would like more info, call 534-3698.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting of the Diabetes Support Group will be on Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. 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. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

FUNERAL INDUSTRY PROGRAM
The Chicopee Council on Aging in conjunction with Tylunas Funeral Home will be sponsoring an educational program on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. A PBS Frontline-produced investigative documentary, "The Undertaking," will show what really goes on behind the scenes in a funeral home. Reps from Tylunas Funeral Home will be on hand to answer questions. This informative program will give a better understanding to what a family may want from a funeral service. The public is welcome to attend. Call 534-3698 to register.

"MY LIFE IS MINE"
The Chicopee S.A.L.T. Council in conjunction with Greater Springfield Senior Services and the Chicopee Police Dept. will be sponsoring a presentation called "My Life is Mine" on Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. This highly informative program led by Ann Sabato, Protective Services Supervisor, and Sgt. Holly Davis will be focusing on exploitation warning signs and strategies older adults can use to report incidents and avoid being targeted and taken advantage of. Call 534-3698 to register.

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.

BARGAIN CLOTHING SHOP
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a big bag sale fill a bag for $3 on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. - noon. Good quality men's, women's and children's clothes; mix and match and fill a bag!

BUS TRIP TO BRONX ZOO
Sept. 20; bus departs at 7:30 a.m. from Fairview Pediatrics parking lot and arrives home at 6:45 p.m. Price includes admission to zoo, driver gratuity and morning snack. Movie will be shown en route for the kids. Call Fairview Pediatrics at 593-1333 and ask for Angie. This is a fundraiser for the Reach Out and Read Program.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
SHRINER'S FUNDRAISER
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Jus Us Band will not be performing at the New England Orthopedic Surgeons benefit to raise money for the Shriner's Hospital. The dinner dance will still be on Sept. 19 at the Knights of Columbus at St. Michael's Parish Center in East Longmeadow.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE
The Amherst Orchid Society will host its annual orchid plant sale on Sept. 13 at the Hadley Garden Center, Route 9, Hadley from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be a large number of orchid plants, many in bloom, for sale. This is an annual event and there will be many local growers available to answer questions on orchard culture in New England. For info call Leilani or Harold Norman at 267-5124. This event is free.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTIST ASSOC.
The September meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Internationally known artist and instructor Linda Kemp will feature a presentation based on her latest book "Watercolor: Painting Outside the Lines" which will be available for sale. Kemp, a native of Canada, has been featured in many artists' magazines, conducted workshops around the world and is the author of five books and several instructional videos. She appears thanks to the sponsorship of The Country Artist, an art supply store in Windsor Locks. T.V.A.A. is starting its 46th season and the public is welcome to attend.

USS MISSOURI (BB-63) ASSOC.
The USS Missouri (BB-63) Assoc. is a non-profit organization made up of sailors, Marines, officers and midshipman that have served aboard this famous battleship. Shipmates that served aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) will host their quarterly meeting in Cobleskill, N.Y., Oct. 16 - 18. All veterans and interested parties along with their family and friends are invited. For info call Bill Morton, vice president, at (803) 469-3579 or e-mail him at Mo63@ftc-i-net. or Jack Stempick, president, at (203) 281-4693 or e-mail him at mobb63ct@aol.com.

SOUTHWICK
ANNUAL STEAK ROAST
The annual Southwick Rotary Steak Roast will take place Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post #338 on Powder Mill Road. Menu: steaks, burgers, baked potato, salad, corn on the cob, desert and refreshments. Donation: $20 for adults; $10 for kids. Tickets can be purchased from Bob Fox (Southwick Florist) at 569-5962.

CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANTS
The Southwick Cultural Council (SCC) is accepting grant applications for year 2010. The SCC will accept applications from individuals, organizations and schools until Oct. 15. Applications are available at Town Hall and the library. For more info, call Pat McMahon at 569-6531.

HARVEST SUPPER
Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Hwy., is having their annual Harvest Supper on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. Menu: chicken and gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, peas with pearl onions, cranberry sauce and apple crisp. The cost is adults $9.50, children 12 and under, $5. For reservations call the church office at 569-6362.

RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE
Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Hwy., is having a rummage and bake sale on Oct. 30 from 4 - 7 p.m. (50 admission) and on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A light lunch will be served.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD SALE
The Southwick Lions Club will host its annual ski and snowboard sale at Town Hall, 454 College Hwy., on Sept. 25 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD
MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT
On Sept. 9 the East Forest Park Civic Assoc. will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Night at 7 p.m. in the Holy Cross School cafeteria. There are currently six Ward 7 City Council candidates and four School Committee candidates running for office. They will speak briefly about their platform. We will also be electing board members and officers of the East Forest Park Civic Assoc. A ticket lottery system will be utilized to pair ordering of speakers. Active voters and those interested in Springfield are invited to attend. See eastforestpark.org for more details.

Ballroom Dance Classes
Holy Cross Church is offering a six-week session of ballroom dance classes. Beginning Sept. 20 on Sunday evenings. Included is a make-up class on Nov. 1, in case you have to miss a week. Join us at 6 p.m. for beginners and 7 p.m. for intermediate in the Holy Cross Parish gym, 221 Plumtree Rd. Price per couple/per course is $100. Contact Kristie at 204-4586 or 525-2370 for more details.

LASALETTE SHRINE
Visit to shrine on Dec. 12. Price includes motor coach, driver gratuity, donation to shrine, lunch. Depart 10:30 a.m., return 8 p.m. from St. Catherine's Church. Day begins with lunch (chicken dinner at Wright's Farm) then on to the Shrine. Mass is scheduled at 4 p.m. Time is available for confession, a concert with Fr. Pat, shopping in the gift shop. The bus will tour the lights after Mass.

Reiki and Cancer
Cancer is one of the most difficult diseases to treat and treatment can leave the patient with pain, physical discomfort, stress and fatigue. Reiki can relieve symptoms without side effects. David Gregoire, Master Reiki, will give a free lecture at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Call to register 783-9424 ext. 2.

FOOD SUPPLY CAN KILL
Become informed! Be empowered so you can make the best/safest choices for you and your family. A free lecture at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Holistic Simplicity, Kimberly Ladue, RN, Holistic Nurse Practioner will give us info on GMOs, pesticides, food irradiation and more nano-technolgy. The most important up to date info for free. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 for registration.

OKTOBERFEST
Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., will be holding its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. This year's festival will feature the Black Sheep German Band performing throughout the day. 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. 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.

COMMERCE CLASS OF 1959 REUNION
The High School of Commerce class of 1959 will be moving their 50th class reunion banquet from the Clarion Hotel in West Springfield to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Enfield, Conn. The dates of the weekend events will be the same, Oct. 23 - 25. The program will consist of an informal get together on Friday night, the reunion banquet on Saturday night and a brunch on Sunday morning. The reunion committee is still looking for 1959 Commerce grads. If you are or know a 1959 Commerce grad or how to get a hold of a grad, contact Connie Sullivan at connie5sullivan@comcast.net, Ken Gustafson at ktgus629@msn.com or Cynthia Fielding at 42 Quail Run Rd., Suffield, CT 06078.

BOOK CLUBS AT SPRINGFIELD JCC
All are welcome to join a book club at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. The first book club date is Sept. 17 at 1:30 and 7 p.m. The afternoon book club will review "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer. The evening book club will review "American Wife" by Curtis Sitenfeld. Each club is free of charge and open to the public, and meets the third Thursday of the month. Participants can join at any time. For more info contact Carlin at 739-4715 or visit www.SpringfieldJCC.org.

TRIP TO LAKE GEORGE
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a bus trip to Lake George, N.Y., on Sept. 19, departing at 8 a.m. from Big Y on Boston Road. Return approx. 8 p.m. While at Lake George enjoy the 2009 Lake George Jazz Festival (admission is free) or take a cruise or luncheon cruise at an additional cost. Cost is for bus transportation only. For more info call Charles at 579-5131 or Vera at 693-3175 or 726-9006.

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Workshop next to the Planetarium at the Springfield Science Museum. Kevin Collins will describe his trip to the Kennedy Space Center in May to view the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, and its mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Collins is vice president of the Astronomers Assoc. and of the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomy Assoc. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a social hour with refreshments. For more info visit www.reflector.org or call (800) 336-9054.

FRENCH CLUB RESUMES
The French Club will resume its meetings on Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd. in Springfield

BUS TRIP
Gina Daniele presents a trip to Niagara Falls on Sept. 19 - 20. Trip includes bus, hotel, breakfast, tour and boat ride. No passport required. Call 732-8941 for more info.

WESTFIELD
KITCHEN TOUR
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.

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING INSTALLATION
Stanley Park Garden Workshop series presents "Basic Landscape Lighting Installation for the Homeowner" with Daniel Plourde on Sept. 12. Basic steps to the designing and installation of low voltage lighting will be discussed and demonstrated. Plourde has been a horticulture/landscaping vocational instructor for 15 years. All workshops are free of charge and take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.

LATE SUMMER WILDFLOWERS
Stanley Park presents Nature Workshop "Late Summer Wildflowers" with Dave Lovejoy on Sept. 13. The Sanctuary provides an opportunity to see a variety of native wildflower species, some of which are more common here than elsewhere in the area. This walk will meet at the entrance sign to the Frank Stanley Beveridge Sanctuary, will take place from 2 - 4 p.m. and will cancel if there is heavy rain. Bring along your field guides, binoculars and camera. For further info call the park office at 568-9312.

GROWING APPLE TREES
Stanley Park Garden Workshop series presents "Growing Apple Trees in Your Garden" with Dr. Wesley Autio on Sept. 19. Autio will present a program on how best to grow this wonderful plant in your garden. He also will bring several varieties of apples for a taste test. All workshops are free of charge and will take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. For more info call the park office at 568-9312.

ART EXHIBIT
The Jasper Rand Art Museum of the Westfield Athenaeum is exhibiting works by Anthony Biladeau for the month of September during regular library hours. The theme of this exhibition is diversity and includes acrylic paintings, oil, pastel, charcoal drawings and wood block prints. The subject matter is also varied, floral paintings, landscapes and animal figures, and images on different surfaces, different papers, canvas and on wood.

BLOOD DRIVE
Mercy Hospital Blood Drive sponsored by Pioneer Valley Dive Club and At The Water's Edge Dive Shop on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Hampton Ponds Plaza 1029 North Rd. Appointments can be made by calling 532-5110. Walk-ins are welcomed. Give blood and receive a free ticket to the Big E.

DIVE CLUB MEETING
The Pioneer Valley Dive Club will host its monthly meeting on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at At The Water's Edge Dive Shop, Hampton Ponds Plaza, 1029 North Rd. Everyone is welcome. The club gives the opportunity for people of all ages and certification levels to dive with others who are just as enthusiastic about scuba diving. For more info call 532-5110.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
PARENT-CHILD PLAYGROUP
Come join the fun! First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., offers a free Playgroup Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. - noon. It is free and open to all parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. Join us for play, snacks and friendship! When weather permits, play will be outdoors on the church lawn. No pre-registration needed. Call Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail fccedirector@yahoo.com with any questions.

COIN CLUB
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about some of the first U.S. colonial copper coins. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Sept. 18, called the Carolina Moon Dance. Dances now take place at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 per person and we welcome singles and couples. Spectators are free. For more info on dances call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324.

FREE FUN NIGHTS
The summer will be over soon and if you are looking for something fun to do the Swingles Club will be offering their free fun nights on Oct. 7 and 14 to introduce the fun of square dancing so come and join us for a fun night. Fun nights will take place at the First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St. from 7 - 9:30 p.m.

TEEN QUIZ NIGHT
The West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., will host Teen Quiz Night on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. This is the first Quiz Night of the new school year, so bring your team of 2 - 5 players and get your brain in gear! Match your wits against other teams for the chance to win prizes! This event is free and open to the public. Call 736-4561 ext. 4 with any questions.

A CRAFTY DAY
Visit the West Springfield Public Library Youth Room from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 to make crafts with your children. The theme this month is "Apple Crafts." Drop in anytime to make decorations and crafts to celebrate the most wonderful of fruits. Crafts on hand are suitable for ages three and up. No registration is necessary.

FAMILY STORYTIME
West Springfield Public Library's Youth Services will host an Evening Family Storytime on Sept. 14 from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Children aged 3 and older, accompanied by a parent or caregiver, will enjoy stories, snacks, music and crafts. This month's theme is "Sports Nuts." Children are welcome to attend in their pajamas. Attendance is limited, so registration is required. For more info, call the library, 200 Park St., at 736-4561 ext. 4.


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