Town Events April 13 - April 20
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Forastiere Family Funeral Homes will present a free educational seminar on May 3 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. Discussion topics will include estate and asset planning, benefits of funeral preplanning and financial strategies. Free info packets will be available and a raffle prize will be drawn. To attend, call Andrea at 783-2821.
"NIGHT TIME NETWORKING"
The West of the River Chamber of Commerce (WRC) invites the business community to attend an evening of "Night Time Networking" on April 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the new location of the Insurance Center of New England at 1070 Suffield St. Appetizers,cash bar and raffle. Tickets are $10 for member and $15 for non-members. For info and to purchase tickets call 426-3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BETHANY GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT
Slated for April 23 at 10 a.m at Bethany Assembly of God, 580 Main St. Bikes, Easter baskets, games, toys and candy to be given away and performance by TNT Puppet team. Event is for children up through sixth grade. Parents need to stay with children 5 years old and under. For more info, call 789-2930 or visit our web site at www.bethany-ag.org .
BREAKFAST WITH EASTER BUNNY
American Legion Auxiliary, Charles C. Kennedy Unit #275, 41 Robbins Road, will host its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny on April 16 at 9 a.m. Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and younger. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Post 275. For more info, call 592-1126.
SENIOR CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed on April 18 in observance of Patriot's Day. The center will close at 12:30 p.m. on April 22.
TIPs CERTIFICATION CLASS
TIPs certification class for all those involved with the sale or service of alcohol in Chicopee will take place April 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Chicopee Public Library on Front Street. Cost: $40 per person. Class limited to 20 people. For more info or to register, call Rick Grise at 592-7236.
The Friends of Granby Elderly is sponsoring a trip to Tanglewood on Aug. 2. Concert will feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, conductors James Levine, John Williams and Christoph Eschenbach. Fireworks follow concert. Seating in the Shed.Tickets are $55 for bus and concert. Contact Nancy at 467-9323 for reservations.
BJ's Flower Swappers, 2 Hobbie Road, South Deerfield, will have its next swap dates April 13 and 27 and May 11 and 25 at 6 p.m. Fee: $2 to attend each swap. No dogs or smoking allowed.
The 2011 Holyoke Community College Student Art Exhibition will take place through April 29 at Taber Art Gallery. The reception is April 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. Awards announced at 8 p.m. in the library lobby.
CREATIVE ARTS SPRING CLASSES
The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 South Elm St. is now enrolling for Social Dancing at the Jitterbug School of Dance as well as knitting class and art classes. There are still a limited openings in wood carving, quilting, chair seating and sewing. Visit the www.holyokecac.org for availability, pricing and scheduling. Register for eight-week classes prior to April 18 to receive a discount.
Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls UCC will host Potpourri April 30 from 7:30 am. to 2 p.m. Begins with pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m.; tea cup auction; speciality baskets; bake sale; craft and tag sale. Call the church office if interested in renting a table or for more info at 539-9373.
On April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Southwick Public Library, 95 Feeding Hills Rd, Rte 57, the Friends of the Southwick Library will collect books and audio materials for the organization's upcoming Spring Book Sale, slated for April 28 to 30. No encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books please.
LIONS CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST
April 17 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Southwick Rec. Center. Photos with Easter Bunny by professional photographer (fee extra), children's raffle. Cost is $7 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age. Support helps the Southwick Lions Club fund not only blindness related causes but also global disaster relief, organ donor programs, hearing related equipment and diabetes research.
ST. JUDE MISSION FESTIVAL
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart/St. Jude Mission Festival will take place Aug. 6 to 7. Organizers are looking for vendors and crafters. Call 782-8041 for more info.
FIRST HOUR FORUMS
The public is invited to attend the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield's "First Hour Forum" from 9 to 10 a.m., before their Sunday Service on April 17. This forum features "The Bing Arts Center Making the Arts Accessible" with Brian Hale. For info, call 736-2324.
Old Post Road Orchestra's 25th anniversary celebration continues April 17 at 3 p.m. at Springfield College, Appleton Auditorium, 263 Alden St. This concert will feature Schumann's "Konertstuck in F Major for Four Horns and Orchestra."
On Palm Sunday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m., and on April 20 at 7 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave., will present a dramatic play titled, "The Verdict." The public is invited to witness what goes on in the world's highest court The Judgment Seat of God. Public invited.
EASTER SERVICE, EGG HUNT
The Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave., will have its Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. on April 24. The center has planned an opportunity to celebrate the good news of Easter through music, drama, and discovering the Bible. All children ages 10 and younger are welcome to participate in an Easter egg hunt. Public invited.
GRACE LUTHERAN HOLY WEEK
Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will celebrate Palm Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service April 17. On April 21 at 7 p.m., the church will celebrate Maundy Thursday. On April 22, there will be a 7 p.m. service for Good Friday. The church will host two Easter Sunday services, a 5:45 a.m service at the flag pole at the Holyoke Soldier's Home and a 9:30 a.m service at the church. For more information, call 734-9268.
The annual fishing derby will be presented April 16 at 7:30 to 11 a.m., at the Upper Reservoir, intersection of Amostown and Piper roads and Smyrna Street. Open and free to children 15 years of age and younger with equipment and bait; parents assist with baiting, casting. Trophies awarded by to boy and girl by ages. Participants must reel in and land fish. Drawing for tackle. Concession stand.
"THE FOREST WE LIVE IN"
The second in a series of Earth Day forums takes place April 13 at 7 p.m. at the library. Alan Snow, an arborist with the Massachusetts Dept of Urban Forests, will discuss how individuals are part of the urban forest community. Forum will explain the benefits and ways to help maintain a healthy tree canopy, especially in backyards. Sponsored by the library and the Earth Day Committee.
At the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., May 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 9 to 11 a.m., or May 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 7 to 9 p.m., Class including: "Introduction to Computers," "Email Basics," and "The Internet, the Web, and Searching." Suitable for beginners. Free but seating limited. Registration begins in person April 19 at 9 a.m. for West Springfield residents. Others welcome April 20 at 9 a.m. Can call 736-4561 ext. 3 to reserve a space.
The Rosary Society of Holy Trinity Church, 331 Elm St., will host a bake sale and raffle in the Parish Center April 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and April 17 from 7a.m. to noon featuring homemade chicken pot pies, and Felician Sisters' breads. A Chinese Raffle will include a lottery tree, gift certificates and a beautiful selection of baskets for all ages.
PATRIOT'S DAY CELEBRATION
The Whip City American Legion Memorial Post 454 will host a Patriot's Day ceremony April 16. Program will begin at 1 p.m. at Parker Memorial Park. Students of Paper Mill School will provide four essay winners and Mayor Daniel M. Knapik will be guest speaker. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be under the South Middle School canopy. The public is invited.
VACATION WEEK AT THE "Y"
The Westfield YMCA will offer state-licensed daycare April 18 to 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Activities include a field trip to AMF bowling alley, sports, crafts, cooking, video fit Room, outdoor exploration, swimming and more. Contact Kaitlyn Chambers, assistant Youth Development director, at 568.8631 ext. 310 for more information.