Town Events, April 28 - May 5
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
HOME, BEAUTY AND CRAFT FAIR
Home, beauty and craft fair May 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Country Estates of Agawam, 1200 Suffield St. For more info call 789-2200 ext. 123.
GOSPEL ILLUSION, JUGGLING
Ned and Joan Way, professional illusionists and jugglers, will perform at Bethany Assembly of God, 588 Main St., on April 30 at 7 p.m., May 1 at 6 p.m. and May 2 at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Their abilities will amaze you in Gospel illusion, juggling and humorous situations. Free and open to all. For more info, call the church office at 789-2930.
LABOR POSTER EXHIBIT
"The Universal Struggle for Better Working Conditions," an international labor poster exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU LOCAL 509 will be on display at Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., May 1 - 29. For more info, call 789-1550.
Joe Wojcik, a.k.a. "Joe The Biker," will present an anti-bullying program on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. Registration is required as space is limited. To reserve a seat, call the Information Desk or the Youth Services Dept. at 789-1550. For more info on Wojcik visit www.apexperformancesolutions.com.
Agawam High School band will host a Mystery Dinner on May 1 at 6 p.m. at St. John's Parish Center on Main Street. While the students are acting, theatergoers will enjoy a baked ziti dinner, including salad, roll, desert and beverages. Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Call Didi at 789-3660 for tickets. No tickets will be sold at the door.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on May 10 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 with diet plans, instruct on the use of a glucometer, 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.
On May 12 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. First-come basis and a donation is $5. To register, call 534-3698.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
Mohegan Sun trip on May 12. Leaving from Post #452 American Legion, 37 Exchange St. Cost is $20. Free buffet and $15 on the wheel. Departs at 7:15 a.m.; leaving casino at 4:30 p.m. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4 - 5 p.m.
FIRST TUESDAY DINNER
Charles C. Kennedy Unit #275, 41 Robbins Rd., will host their First Tuesday Dinner May 4. Dinner is served at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. May's dinner is prime rib, baked potato, tossed salad, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Ticket are $10 and must be purchased in advance by May 1. No tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets can be purchased at American Legion Post #275.
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 3. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info call 594-1800 ext. 108.
The Chicopee S.A.L.T. Council in conjunction with the Springfield Mayor's Office of Consumer Information, working in cooperation with the Mass. Office of the Attorney General, is sponsoring a free, hour long presentation on fraud and identity theft targeting older adults at the Chicopee Senior Center. In this discussion, Milagros Johnson, Director of Consumer Information, will outline some of the scams that continue to affect local older adults, including identity theft. For more info and to register call 534-3698.
NEW YORK CITY TRIP
Bus trip to the Big Apple May 22. Leaving at 7 a.m. at the side of Home Depot in Chicopee. Leaving NYC at 7 p.m. Cost is $35. For info call Lorraine at 593-3914 or 367-7439.
SOUP KITCHEN OPEN HOUSE
Lorraine's Soup Kitchen open house rescheduled for May 16 from noon - 3 p.m. at its new 170 Pendexter St. location. For more info call Jerry Roy at 478-0915.
ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBS
Lecture at Chicopee Public Library May 5 at 6 p.m., presented by licensed acupuncturist Terry Tangredi from Abundant Wellness Center. Bring your questions. Healthful refreshments provided.
On May 16 the Friends of the Council on Aging will present the play "Love Letters" in the Mater Dolorosa Hall at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $8 for members. Proceeds from the performance will benefit the new senior center in Holyoke. For info call the Council on Aging at 322-5625 or Marion Tierney at 533-0909.
SPRING TAG SALE
St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 34 Jarvis Ave. will host its annual spring tag sale on May 8 from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bargains by the bagful for $2 of clothes and books. St. Peter's Youth will host a car wash, weather permitting, and they will offer a hot dog lunch. For more info call 536-3369 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Donations of clean and gently used items will be accepted at the church May 3 - 6 from 9:30 a.m. - noon or 6 - 9 p.m.
LABOR POSTER EXHIBIT
"May Day: The Day of Working People," an international labor poster exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509, will be on display at Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 221 Appleton St., May 1 - June 12. For more info, call 534-1723.
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 W. Cherry St., on May 15 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. A National Rifle Assoc. Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a Mass. Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Pre-registration is required by May 8. For more info visit www.holyokerevolverclub.com or call 539-9345 and leave your info on the answering machine.
QUEBEC TOUR TO BENEFIT LIBRARIES
A four-day, three-night visit to Canada's Quebec City has been planned for May 17 - 20 with profits to be donated to the Holyoke and Chicopee libraries. Motor coach trip includes a stay at the Palace Royal/Chateau Laurier with three breakfasts, evening meals at three of Old Quebec's most popular restaurants -- Cafe de Paris, Bonaparte's and Les Voutes du Cavour, sightseeing tour and a visit to a Duty Free shop. For more info contact Frank Wotton at 532-0214. A U.S. passport is required.
On May 5 at 6 p.m., Wistariahurst Museum will welcome Dick Towne, author of "Nothing But Our Best: A Holyoke Industrialist & His Company." Books will be available for purchase and autographs. Admission: $5. For more info, call the museum at 322-5660.
ASSISTING WITH CENSUS FORMS
The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for about 24 individuals to assist Southwick residents fill out their census forms. The job starts in May and pays the rate of $14.50/hour. Anyone interested should contact Linda Ruggieri at 734-8869.
COMMUNITY THEATER DIRECTOR
Southwick-On-Stage, a newly formed community theater group, needs three directors for upcoming performances: "The Education of Angels," "Death and Taxes" and a comedy to be staged late in the fall. Those interested should send a resume and indicate play of interest by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Southwick-on-Stage, Southwick Cultural Council, 454 College Hwy., Southwick, MA 01077. Compensation will be discussed at interview.
LADIES Wii GOLF
Ladies Wii Golf will take place every Mon. at 9:30 a.m. at Southwick Senior Center. You do not have to know how to golf; we will teach you. Come have some fun.
Southwick Rotary Interact Club will host its talent show for high school students on April 29 at Southwick-Tolland Regional High School at 6 p.m. There will also be a bake sale and raffle. Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for students. For more info, e-mail Courtney at email@example.com.
TRIP TO CABELA'S
The Senior Center will host a trip to Cabela's Sporting Goods for shopping on May 13 at 10 a.m. Sign up at Senior Center or call Alice at 569-5498. Cost: $1 for transportation.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer will take place May 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. People from many congregations in the Pioneer Valley will be gathering at the downtown Court Square in front of the Old First Church directly across from Springfield City Hall. Pastors from the area will be leading the people in prayer for our nation, cities and communities. For more info call 782-7171.
Music OF BARRY MANILOW
On May 27, join the travel club from Mary, Mother of Hope Parish on a bus trip to see Barry Manilow impersonator Dave Colucci in concert at the Grand Oak Villa, Oakville, Conn. Cost includes a family style meal (chicken marsala and roast beef), motorcoach, driver's gratuity. For reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.
CAPE MAY, ATLANTIC CITY
Join the travel club from Mary, Mother of Hope Parish for this three day, two night trip June 2 - 4. Cost includes two nights lodging at the Grand Hotel located on the oceanfront, welcome reception, four meals, dinner show, cash bonus at Atlantic City Casino, Cape May sightseeing, all admissions, tips for escort and driver. For reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.
OLD WESTBURY GARDEN TRIP
On June 24, a docent- led tour of Old Westbury gardens and mansion, Long Island, N.Y., will be offered by the Springfield Garden Club. Cost includes motorcoach fare, driver's tip, box lunch and admissions. Paid reservations due by May 21. Tour departs from Longmeadow Shops near Talbots at 7 a.m.; returns 6:30 p.m. Mail check to Springfield Garden Club, Emily DelPadre, 325R Longhill St., Springfield MA 01108. For more info call 788-6168.
BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
At Reeds Landing Retirement Community facilited by Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (BVNAH) on Tues. evenings from 5:30 - 7 p.m., May 4 - June 15. Pre-registration required; contact Louisa Sapienza at 794-6550 or e-mail Louisa.Sapienza@baystatehealth.org. Info is also available at www.loomiscommunities.org.
TUES. MORNING MUSIC CONCERT
The final Tuesday Morning Music Concert of the season will feature Clifton Noble Jr. on piano, Bob Sparkman on clarinet and soprano Lisa Woods on May 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Cost: $10. This program is part of the 108th season o the Tuesday Morning Music Club.
ANTHONY EVANS IN CONCERT
See Anthony Evans in concert at the Old First Church in Springfield on May 4 at 7 p.m. Free. For tickets call 244-9218.
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS FAIR
The Springfield Renaissance School will host a college admissions seminar May 5 at 6 p.m. at the school. An experienced MEFA rep. will discuss topics including high school curriculum and testing, strategies for college search, the application process and financial aid essentials. Seminar booklet included. Question and answer period will follow presentation.
INTRO TO BIRD WATCHING
On May 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. Janice Zepko will lead a walk through the Beveridge Sanctuary at Stanley Park that will help beginners learn the basics of spotting and identifying birds. Workshop will meet at the entrance sign to the sanctuary and will cancel if there is heavy rain. Bring field guides, binoculars and camera. For more info call the Stanley Park office at 568-9312.
BUILDING A PATIO WITH PAVERS
On May 1 from 10 a.m. - noon join Dan Hartley, owner of Hartley Brothers Landscaping Inc., to learn how to install a paver brick sidewalk or patio at your site. Hartley will show how to choose the proper paver and the best place to purchase, and will explain the different patterns for the right look for your landscape and how to place the brick to a finish grade. Workshop will meet at the new Rec Area Pavilion on the recreation side of Stanley Park by the children's playscape. Rain or shine; free. For more info call 568-9312.
LABOR POSTER EXHIBIT
"The Peace Dove," an international labor poster exhibit by Stephen Lewis, SEIU Local 509, will be on display at Jasper Rand Art Gallery, Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm St., May 1 - 29. For more info, call 568-7833.
ANNUAL SEED GIVEAWAY
State Sen. Mike Knapik is having his annual seed giveaway for constituents. Seeds are purchased from the America the Beautiful Fund in Washington, D.C., with most packets dated from last year's planting season. Those wishing to receive free seeds, send requests to Sen. Knapik, 57 North Elm St., Westfield, MA 01085 or call 562-6454. Supplies are limited.
DOWNTOWN CLEANUP DAY
Mayor Dan Knapik is announcing the 9th annual Downtown Spring Cleanup Day on May 1 from 8 a.m. - noon. There will be a cookout and music at noon. Rain date: May 2 at noon; lunch at 3 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Thomas Street Lot at 8 a.m. Bring brooms, rakes, work gloves (no power tools) and wheel barrows. Volunteers are requested to wear group colors so that group pictures can be taken. Call Pastor Val at 568-5818 or Lisa at 572-1260 for more info.
"THE BEGGAR'S OPERA"
Westfield State's Theatre Arts Program will present its sproduction of John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera" in the Ely Studio Theatre, Ely Campus Center, April 28 - May 1. Tickets: $8 for general admission; $3 for students and senior citizens; $6 for faculty and staff. Tickets are on sale at the campus center service window. For reservations, call 572-5682.
NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a trip to Newport, R.I., on June 12. The bus departs from 26 Central St. at 6:45 a.m. and group will be touring two Newport mansions. The first is the Elms and the second tour is the Marble House. On your own for lunch and shopping in Newport. Bus leaves Newport at 5 p.m. Cost is $55. Registration forms are available to download online at www.west-springfield.ma.us then click on Park and Rec. Dept. For more info call 263-3284.