Town Events, Aug. 20 - Aug. 27
| From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Join us for our Craft and Vendor Sale sponsored by the Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Agawam Senior Center, 68 Meadowbrook Manor. Set up will be at 8 a.m. Cost of space with a table and two chairs if $35. Cost without a table is $30. All proceeds from the event will go directly to help with feeding, trapping, spaying, neutering, caring for sick and injured cats, fostering, and placement in good homes whenever possible. Baked goods table and many special raffle prizes will be available. Donations of cat food and cat-related products greatly appreciated. Donations of raffle prizes will also be appreciated. For further info, call Maureen Fredey at 786-2854.
F.I.T. for the King is designed for men and women who have come to realize that exercise is no longer an option. It's for people who want to remain strong, active, agile, and flexible well into their senior years, and understand that stretching and strength training is one way to accomplish this goal. We meet in the lower level of First Baptist Church on the corner of Main and Elm Street in Agawam. Summer hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome; the first class is always free. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat and bottled water to class. In September, F.I.T. will resume a Fall/Winter schedule with classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. After the first free class, the drop-in fee is $10 per class, or a 10 class card may be purchased for $70. For more info, call Mary Ann Dietschler at 789-2831 or go to www.fitfortheking.net.
MEN'S GROUP MEETING
There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley Ct., on the fourth Monday of the month at 10 a.m. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group discusses a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics that a member of the group may wish to discuss. The next meeting will be Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or more more info, call Jared Krok at 534-3698.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
On Aug. 27, a support group for those providing care will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., from 6 - 7 p.m. It is free of charge and if you would like more info or to register, call 534-3698.
NEW LONDON TRIP
On Sept. 23, the Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Garde Arts Center in New London to see Celtic Spring, one of the top acts in the finals of "America's Got Talent." We will spend time at Foxwoods before leaving for the show. Lunch will be at Foxwoods. Cost is all inclusive. Call the Senior Center at 534-3698 for further info.
ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE
The Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church at 306 Chicopee St. will host their annual rummage sale on Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. featuring nearly-new items and clothing along with a bake sale.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
Valley Opportunity Council/Retired & Senior Volunteer Program are sponsoring a Blood Pressure Clinic on Sept. 8 from 9 - 11 a.m. at 35 Mt. Carmel Ave., second floor. This clinic includes diabetic screening/fasting. Call 612-0219 for further info.
SENIOR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Two programs are being offered by the Senior Companion Program/Valley Opportunity Council at 35 Mt. Carmel Ave. Senior companions are needed for the Chicopee area only to share time with elders. Applicants must be 60 years of age and older, meet income guidelines and have a willingness to share their time with other elders in their own area. Benefits include an hourly tax-free stipend which does not affect any government benefits a person may be receiving, transportation reimbursement, orientation training, monthly in-service trainings, accident and liability insurance, friendship and personal satisfaction. The program is sponsored through the Valley Opportunity Council. There are also caring elders who will provide respite care for those caring for a loved one in their own homes and need some time for themselves. This is a free service available for Chicopee residents only. Funding for this program is provided by the Administration on Aging under Title III-E of the Older Americans Act through the MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Please contact either Lenora Chapdelaine, SCP Director, or Lillian Franck, Outreach at 612-0229 for info.
ST. MARY'S GUILD TAG SALE
St. Mary's Guild has rescheduled their tag sale for Sept. 5 and 6 in St. Mary's Church Hall, 840 Chicopee St. We are accepting donations of items that are in good, clean condition to be sold at the Tag Sale. The church hall will be open to receive donations Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 a.m. - noon until Sept. 2. The hall will also be open on Friday mornings from 9 a.m. - noon and before the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. For further info, call Mary at 533-2437 or Marcie at 533-7062. All proceeds of the tag sale will benefit the Rev. Florence Donahue Scholarship Fund and St. Mary's Guild Projects.
Grandparents Fishing Derby
On Sept. 7 we will host a Grandparents Fishing Derby sponsored by the Western MA Anglers Club and Waste Management at Dufresne Field with all equipment furnished by the Anglers Club and the food will be prepared by the Friends. This event is free for everyone from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bring your grandchildren and enjoy.
Develop your psychic abilities with the guidance of internationally known psychic Ceil Lewonchuk. You have the ability, now learn how to tap into the universal conciousness. Ceil will be offering eight classes for beginners and include meditation, dream interpretation, telepathy, psychometry, dowsing, healing and more. Classes will take place on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 10. Each class is experiential so you can try your new found techniques at home. For more info, call Ceil at 739-2866.
ALZHEIMER'S BENEFIT DANCE
The Arbors at Chicopee presents the second annual "Night To Remember" on Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Days Inn on Memorial Drive in Chicopee. Tickets are $20 each and include buffet dinner, DJ and dancing. There will also be several great raffles. Any questions, call Sondra at 593-0088 ext. 104.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE BENEFIT
Shaun Drugan and Salon BLUE are hosting a back to school cut-a-thon on Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 470 Westfield St., W. Springfield. All haircuts are $12. For more info, call 732-0096.
FINE ARTS SHOW
The 6th Annual Fine Art Show sponsored by Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. still has space available for artists wishing to exhibit their artwork for display or sale. The outdoor show will take place on Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the grounds of King House Museum, 232 S. Main St., Suffield, CT (rain date is Oct. 4). A 10x10 space is available for $15 for T.V.A.A. members, $20 for non-members. Artists may share a space for $10. Additional info and applications are available by calling Claire Ledoux at (860) 668-6786. Application deadline is Sept. 10.
SENIORNET SEPTEMBER OFFERINGS
The SeniorNet Computer Center at the Springfield Jewish Community Center offers a variety of computer courses for adults. Courses are offered every month. Classes begin the week of Sept. 1. There are openings in most courses. Call 732-1336 for info on available spots in September for Computer Basics, Introduction to Computers, E-mail Workshop, Internet & Google and also for info regarding other courses.
SOMERS CRAFT FAIR
A Somers day of arts and crafts returns on Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Town Hall, 600 Main St., Somers, CT. Free admission, free parking, family fun and kids activities, local artists and American crafters, food and free demos, plus over 50 vendors featuring unique wares, gifts, jewelry and home d cor! Food donations welcome for Somers Food Pantry. Craft fair sponsored by IMAGES4U and Somers ShoppeKeepers.
PATHWORK LECTURES DISCUSSION GROUP
Sept. 7 meeting from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Valley. This is a regular monthly study group discussing the lectures of Eva Pierrakos, founder of Pathwork. A different lecture is discussed at each meeting. There is no charge for the group. Call 298-8182 or 303-1698 for more info.
GOSPEL BENEFIT CONCERT
Holy Cross Parish presents Patrick Lally's gospel benefit concert on Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Holy Cross Church for the National Kidney Foundation, Holy Cross Parish and the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC). Donation is $10 or whatever you would like to contribute. Call the RLC at 539-5941 ext. 311 or visit Pat's Web site at www.patricklally.com for more info.
On Aug. 28, the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will serve an all you can eat spaghetti supper at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue in Holyoke from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad with dressing, spaghetti smothered with Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee and tea. The price is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 6 - 12, and free for those under 5.
3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
The Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. announces they will be taking registrations for their annual summer 3 on 3 basketball tournament. The tournament will take place Aug. 23 at the outdoor courts behind Holyoke High School. In the event of rain the tournament will be indoors at the high school. Registration is $40 per team, maximum of four players and divisions include 12 - 14 boys, 12 - 14 girls, 15 - 17 boys, 15- 17 girls, 18+ mens and over 30. To receive a registration packet or for more info, call the Parks & Rec. office at 322-5620.
The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting a hearing clinic on Sept.10 at 10 a.m. Call the center at 569-5498 or stop by to sign up.
The campaign to elect Ed O'Reilly to the U.S. Senate is hosting a Seniors Picnic on Aug. 21. Area senior citizens are invited to meet Democratic primary candidate Ed O'Reilly while enjoying complimentary lunch and beverages at the Springfield Elks Lodge #61, 440 Tiffany St., from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Any questions, call the campaign office at 735-2008 or toll-free at 877-916-2008.
Have you ever wanted to know more about growing your family through adoption? Everything you want to know about domestic and international adoption services. No fees, no forms, just lots of answers. Worldwide, there are more children waiting for families than there are families looking for children. Meetings take place from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The next meeting will be Aug. 21 at 475 Rear Sumner Ave. (behind Goodwill) in Springfield. Please RSVP to Alda Balbino at 746-2027 or a.balbino@AdoptionLinkNow.org.
TECH. HIGH CLASS REUNION
Springfield Technical High School will be having a 56th reunion for the class of 1952 on Sept. 6. For info, call Tom Cocchi at 785-1775, Bob Hutchins at 567-0517 or Lottie Federici at 782-3804 by Aug. 18.
ANNUAL CHICKEN BARBEQUE
The Sisto Lombardi Post #64 Italian War Veterans will host their annual chicken barbeque on Aug. 31 on post grounds at 213 Vineland Ave. in East Longmeadow from noon - 3 p.m. Tickets may be obtained at post quarters during the week from 4 - 6 p.m. or from any member. Rain date is Sept. 1.
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Sacred Heart Church on Chestnut Street in Springfield will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the church. This year's festival will again feature German music with the Black Sheep German Band performing throughout the day. There will be children's games, teenage activities, an 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 to $1,000. There will be the popular cash raffle with the grand prize of $20,000 with only 500 tickets to be sold. American and German food and drink will b e available. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, contact the rectory at 732-3721.
The Our Lady of Grace Society of Springfield will be hosting its Third Annual Procession at the Mt. Carmel Church grounds on William Street in Springfield on Sept. 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m. An Italian style marching band will lead a procession around the church grounds. The statue of Our Lady of Grace will be carried by the members of the society during the procession in the manner customarily observed in Italy. A Mass in the church will be offered at 1 p.m. followed by food, refreshments and Italian music by DJ Rocco. All are welcome.
The High School of Commerce's class of '56 will host a reunion lunch on Oct. 1. Anyone interested can call Ginny at 525-3592 or Roz at 525-7759.
Italian Language Classes
The Italian Cultural Center is sponsoring Italian language classes for beginners 1, 2 and intermediate levels starting Sept. 23 at 56 Margaret St. Parking in Mt. Carmel Church and School parking lot. Classes are eight weeks, 6 - 8 p.m. Registration fee includes textbook. For more info, call the ICC at 732-6569 and leave a message.
HOT JAM JAZZ TRIP
On Sept. 9, see the Hot Jam Jazz Show and visit Foxwoods. Board the motor coach at 7:30 a.m. to Foxwoods Casino where you will enjoy a free buffet, $20 Keno and wampum bucks during the five hour stay. Then off to the Hot Jam Jazz show at the Holiday Inn. You will be treated to bountiful hors d'ouvores at your table, coffee and tea, and a cash bar with drink specials. Expect to arrive home by 6:30 p.m. Contact Betty at 896-8801 if interested.
AQUA TURF CLUB TRIP
On Oct. 20, depart at 9 a.m. for the Aqua Turf Club in Connecticut. There, you will have a luncheon followed by the musical show "Running Wild in the '20s." There is no walking required for this trip. Contact Betty at 896-8801 if interested.
On Aug. 21, Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Paul Leary from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. He will speak about senior driving. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.
HONOR GRANDMOTHERS' DAY
The Friends of Grandmothers' Garden on Smith Avenue in Westfield will again celebrate Grandmothers' Day on Sept. 7 from 1 - 3 p.m. sponsored by Harborside Healthcare and its staff of volunteers. This event honors all grandmothers and their families and friends. Join us for a memorable day filled with horse and buggy rides, light refreshments, music and pictures in the historic garden. All grandmothers will be welcomed with a gift on this special day in their honor. For more info, call Pat Steele-Perkins at 562-2022.
Mittineague Congregational Church, 1840 Westfield St., is looking for crafters and vendors for their 7th Annual Mistletoe Holiday Bazaar on Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info or an application, call Melanie Strong at 733-9822.