Town Events April 27 - May 3
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
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"CHICKEN RITZ" DINNER
The Ladies' Glee Club and the Men's Singing Section of the Springfield Turnverein, 176 Garden St., Feeding Hills, invites everyone to join them on April 29 for a "Chicken Ritz" dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the club. Menu: chicken, rice pilaf, vegetable, desert, and coffee or tea. Tickets: $9. Reservations may be made by calling the club at 786-0924 after 4 p.m. by April 27.
For the month of May, the Agawam Public Library will feature the work of local artist, Paul Duval. The gallery wall exhibit will consist of landscapes, still life, and portraits in oils and watercolor. Viewing hours are during regular library hours.
JOE CANATA & THE MEMORIES
Joe Canata & The Memories will perform at the Senior Center on May 13 at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and light refreshments. Tickets, $5, are sold at the center. Seating is first come, first served. Call Kristina at 821-0604 for more info.
SING-A-LONG PARTY AND SUPPER
The Society of Polish American Culture of Western Massachusetts will host its annual Polish sing-along party with a meat loaf supper on May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Road. Tickets: $10 and can be reserved by contacting Evelyn Bryant at 594-6968 by May 9. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will host their Spaghetti Supper on May 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost: $5 for adults and seniors; $4 for children younger than 10 and $5.25 for take outs.
"TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE"
Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on May 2. The title of his seminar will be "Turning 65 and Medicare." The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare.
BOSTON RED SOX TRIP
The Chicopee Parks and Rec. Department is offering a Boston Red Sox trip on May 19 for the 7:10 p.m. game versus the Detroit Tigers. Cost: $99 per resident, $109 for non-residents, which incudes game ticket, transportation and driver's tip. Departure time: 4 p.m. from old Chicopee High School. For more info, contact the Parks Dept at 594-3481.
CARD, COIN & MEMORABILIA SHOW
Card, Coin & Memorabilia Show to benefit the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club will take place May 1 from 9 am. to 2 p.m. at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St. Admission: $1; kids younger than 10 free. For info, call 593-6046. All proceeds to benefit the Boys Club. 2011 shows: June 5, Aug. 28, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.
MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
American Bosch Senior Travel Club will meet on May 18 at 10 a.m. at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive. Immediately following the meeting a special speaker from Friendship Tours will talk about Myrtle Beach trip Oct. 1 to 8. Open to the public. Call Bob at 592-1542 or Will at 538-9893 for more info.
The Sodality Guild of St. Annes Church will host a craft fair on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Moose Family Center on Fuller Road. There will be 40 tables of handmade items. Food will also be available. Any questions, call Cindy Doray at 532-7357.
Anyone involved in the sale or service of alcohol in Chicopee must receive TIPs certification training. The next class will take place May 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the Chicopee Public Library on Front Street. Cost: $40 per person. Pre-registration required. For more info or to register, contact Rick Grise at 592-7236 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIGH SCHOOL HONOREES
The deadline for accepting nominations for this year's Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School Class of 2011 honorees is May 2, and the public is encouraged to make nominations for players, coaches, and contributors they feel worthy of selection. For more info or nomination forms, call Jim Blain, athletic director, at 594-3574.
Nature Tour with naturalist John Green will take place May 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Keep Homestead Museum, 35 Ely Road, Monson. There is no admission charge for this program and refreshments will be served. For more info call 267-4137, e-mail Iinfo@keephomesteadmuseum.org or visit www.keephomesteadmuseum.org .
LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will host a trip on June 24 to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Gateway to America, followed by a visit to South Street Seaport where you can eat, shop and browse and make a "Memorial Moment" visit to Ground Zero. Cost: $69. For more info and reservations, call Marlene at 436-5311.
BOURNE SCALLOP FESTIVAL
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will host a trip on Sept. 23 to the Bourne Scallop Festival and Cape Cod Cruise. Enjoy a traditional scallop dinner or an alternative, herb roasted chicken dinner and a narrated 90-minute Cape Cod Cruise. Reserve early. Cost: $60. For more info and reservations, call Marlene at 436-5311.
The Suffield Garden Club is planning its 34th annual May Market on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds and in the barn of the historic Phelps-Hatheway House on South Main Street, Suffield, Conn. Admission is free.
LUDLOW TRAVEL CLUB
The Ludlow Travel Club will sponsor a 15-day trip to China, beginning Oct. 7 for $4,399 and a five-day trip to San Antonio, Texas, beginning Dec. 2 for $1,599. For more info, contact Jim Martin at 583-6339 or jamesmartin47@ verizon.net.
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT WRAPPING
Hospice Life Care is once again operating their gift wrapping booth at the Holyoke Mall for Mother's Day. The booth will be open from May 4 to 8. All funds raised are used to help Hospice patients and their families. The booth will be open during mall hours and will be located on the first floor directly in front of Sears.
Department Service Officer, Michael Granger Chapter 55 and Chapter Service Officer Lori Santy Chapter 68 of the DAV will be available the first Tuesday of every month at the Holyoke War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton St. Office hours will be from 9 a.m. until the last veteran is seen. Veterans may phone the Holyoke Veterans Office at 322-5630 to schedule an appointment. Service is free to the veteran and their families.
N.R.A. BASIC PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., on May 21 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Pre-registration required by May 14. For more information, visit www.holyokerevolverclub.com or call 539-9345.
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are having a trip to Foxwoods on May 31. The cost is $22. Open to the public. Call Ann LeBlanc at 538-8720 for reservations for this trip only.
GIANT TAG SALE
A giant tag sale will take place on June 18 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, fun and games will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will support the South Hadley Food Pantry Fund, Camp Calumet Scholarships, New Church Sign and Capital Improvement Fund.
The Social Connection Over 50 Group will meet May 7 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Road. Come to the cooking show, where participants will learn how to create a variety of delicious salads and eat them too. Reservations required by May 4 by calling 533-1925. Cost: $5 and includes lunch
The Springfield Golden Age Club will sponsor a mystery trip with a narrated cruise, a delicious lunch and a nice visit on July 12. Cost: $65 for members; $69 for non-members. For more info, call Annemarie Pajer at 785-5408.
The Springfield 16 Acres Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast on May 15 at St. Catherine's Parish Hall, 1023 Parker St. from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu: pancakes (all you can eat), sausage, juice, coffee, tea or milk and pastries. Price at the door: adults $5; children 10 and younger $3 or call 783-1775 or 782-3013.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
A trip to Mohegan Sun will depart from the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on May 16 at 8 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25 and includes $15 food coupon or free buffet, and three $5 free bets. Register at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., or call 739 4715. For more info, visit www.springfieldjcc.org.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
The next meeting of the Springfield PAC will be on May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Sandra Fitzpatrick from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present a free public workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education. Register in advance by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling (800) 331-0688 ext 0.
CLASS OF 1981 REUNION
The Technical High School Class of 1981 will be hosting their 30 Year Reunion June 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield. The Class of '81 welcomes all other classes from Tech to join in the celebration. For more info, contact Chris Shea at 523-1126 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' Market at Forest Park begins its new season on May 3 in the Cyr Arena parking lot inside Forest Park from 2:30 to 6 p.m. There is free entry to the park from Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road.
ROTARY CLUB MEETING
John J. DiPietro, author and television co-host, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on April 29 at 12:15 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame. His topic will be his latest book, "You Don't Have To Be Perfect To Be Great!" Cost $15. For more info, contact Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org .
ART SHOW, SALE FUND-RAISER
The Valley Radio Reading Service (VRRS) is hosting its annual Art Show and Sale May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. This year the event is located in the lobby of the Kimball Towers, 140 Chestnut St. A donation at the door is requested. This event is a fund-raiser for VRRS, a reading service for the blind and print impaired.
SPRING HOUSE TOUR
The Springfield Preservation Trust will host its annual Spring House Tour on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. "The Homes of Atwater Tour" will feature homes in the Atwater Park area of Springfield. Tickets: $15 in advance at Flowers, Flowers, 758 Sumner Ave., The Flower Box, 596 Carew St., or via e-mail at Springfield-PreservationTrust.org.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
The annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) will take place May 1 at 7 p.m. Temple Beth El, 797 Dickinson St. The commemoration will include a traditional memorial service, a candle lighting ceremony and moving music, all to remember those who perished during the Holocaust.
MOTHER'S DAY LUNCHEON
The annual Mother's Day luncheon at the Senior Center will take place May 3 at 11:30 a.m. Menu: spiced apple pork roast dinner with wild rice, squash medley and chocolate cake. Tickets: $5 for those 60 and older, otherwise $6. Seating is limited so please call early to reserve your seat by April 29 at 263-3264.
BASIC COMPUTER CLASS
The Senior Center will offer a 10-week Basic Computer Class beginning May 4. Cost: $50, with a minimum of eight required to begin the class. For more info or to register, call 263-3264.
A four-week Jewelry Class will be offered on Tuesdays beginning May 10 at the Senior Center, 128 Park Street. Cost: $20 with a minimum of six required to begin the class. Walks-ins are welcome ($6 per class) once minimum class is met. For more info, call 263-3264.
BRONX ZOO BUS TRIP
The West Springfield Park and Recreation Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to the Bronx Zoo on May 21. Cost is $45 for children; 3 to 12 years and $55 for adults. Depart 7:30 a.m.from municipal parking lot, Central Street. Return is approximately 8 p.m. Register at West Springfield Park and Rec office, 26 Central St., second floor, until April 29 or bus fills, weekdays 8 am. to 4 p.m. For more info, call 263-3284.
FALL NEW YORK CITY TRIP
Friends of West Springfield Public Library Inc. will host a New York City (NYC) trip Oct. 8. Bus leaves at 7 a.m. from municipal parking lot; leaves NYC at 6:30 p.m. from Madison Avenue. Cost is $38, including driver gratuity. Make check payable to: Friends of WSPL and mail to E.A. Sokol, Box 872, W. Springfield, MA 01090. Info: 788-4712. Check guarantees reservation.
HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and his Legislative Aide, Maura Cassin, will have public office hours at the Westfield Athenaeum May 6 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Reed Room. All are welcome to come, visit, and share their thoughts or concerns.
SPRING LECTURE SERIES
On May 4 at 7 p.m., historian Joshua Kendall will talk about his book, "The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and Creation of an American Culture," at the Athenaeum, as part of its Spring Lecture Series. The series is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.westath.org or call the Athenaeum at 562-0716.
"IN-BETWEEN" at WSU
Exhibit by mixed media artist and painter Wendy Shuster in the Arno Maris Gallery, located in on the second floor of Ely Hall. Shuster's work will remain on display through May 7. For more information, contact Faith Lund at 572- 5961.
ADOPT A CAT, KITTEN
The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no kill rescue organization, has many beautiful cats and kittens ready for adoption. For more information e-mail email@example.com or call 568-6964. Adoptions also offered at 1124 East Mountain Road on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m and other days/times by request.
SPRING FLING COCKTAIL PARTY
May 6, 7 to 11 p.m. at East Mountain Country Club to benefit the Westfield YMCA's Partners With Youth campaign. Dancing, hors d'oeuvres, prizes and more. Cost is $30 a ticket or $50 for two tickets, available at The YMCA of Greater Westfield. Info: Kaitlyn Chambers, assistant youth development director at 568-8631 ext. 310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.