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Town Events, Dec. 29 - Jan. 5

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
TEEN MOVIE NIGHT
On Dec. 30 at 6 p.m., the Agawam Public Library will be screening "Knight and Day" with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz for teens in grades seven through 12. Event will include pizza, juice, popcorn and fun. Register by calling the library.

OPEN JURIED PHOTO SHOW
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library announce their first Open Juried Photography Show from Feb. 1 to 25. Deadline for entries: Jan. 25. Entry fee: $25. For more info and entry forms, visit www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends.htm.

CHICOPEE
MOHEGAN SUN
A trip to Mohegan Sun Casino Jan. 12 leaving from American Legion, Exchange St., Chicopee. Cost is $22. Bonus $15 food and three $5 bets. For more info, call Dot at 788-6835. Best time is between 4 and 5 p.m.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide information on ways to manage diabetes, help you with diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, information on research and new developments and answer questions. New members welcome. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

"LIVING AGAIN"
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, whether recent or some time ago, will take place on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.

CHOLESTEROL TESTING
On Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first-come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.

"CELTIC NIGHTS" TRIP
Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club for a trip to Venus DeMilo in Swansea, Mass. for an afternoon performance of "Celtic Nights," starring Tony Kenny, Joe Cuddy and Celtic Dancers on March 10. Cost is $65; includes transportation, lunch, show and gratuities. Call the club Mon.-Fri. at 534-3698 between noon and 3 p.m. for more info.

HOLYOKE
COLLEGE PREP
Holyoke Community College (HCC) and the Community Education Project will offer a free course to help adult learners prepare for college. Classes meet at HCC on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, Jan. 31 to May 13. Must be 18 or older, have earned a GED, (from any time), or graduated from high school five or more years ago. To register, contact 552-2852 or edreyfuss@hcc.edu.

SOUTHWICK
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Jan. 12: manicures by appt. Jan. 13: SHINE by appt. Jan. 14: Veteran's representative. Jan. 17: center closed. Jan. 20: blood pressure no appointment needed. Jan. 27: SHINE by appt. Jan. 28: Veteran's representative.

SENIOR CENTER CLASSES
The following weekly classes will take place at the Senior Center. Mondays: pool, 9 a.m.; quilting and needle working, 9 a.m. to noon. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; Bingo, 10 a.m., 5 /card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m.; painting, noon, $3; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; ladies poker, 12:30 p.m.; writers workshop, 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; aerobics, 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics or poker, 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming, 9 a.m., $20/five classes; 10 a.m. Wii games.

SPRINGFIELD
SENIORNET COMPUTER CLASSES
The following courses begin Jan. 10 at the SeniorNet Computer Center, Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Cickinson St. Call 732-1336 or e-mail sjc@seniornet.org to register or for information. Computer basics for beginners meets Mon. and Wed., 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 10 to 19 Exploring Windows 7 meets Tues. and Thurs, 9 to 11 a.m Jan. 11 to 20. Fun With Scans meets Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Minimum five students for class to run.

SHINE COUNSELING AT GOODLIFE CTR.
The Department of Elder Affairs and the SHINE Program of Hampden County have free counseling appointments to review Medicare Part D options before the Dec. 30 enrollment deadline. Appointments still available at the Good Life Center at 1600 East Columbus Ave, For more information call the SHINE Program at 1-800-AGE-INFO or 750-2893.

HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION
The Department of Public Works reminds Springfield residents who have municipal trash collection on Fridays that there will be rubbish collection on Dec. 31. Residents who have recycling collection service on Dec. 31 should also place out their recyclables and yard waste for their regularly scheduled pick-up. Items should be placed out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. For more info on collection days, residents can call 3-1-1 or 736-3111.

CITY HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
The City Collector's and City Clerk's Offices will close to the public at 4 p.m., on Dec. 30. These offices are ordinarily open until 6 p.m. on Thursday nights. Springfield City Hall and satellite municipal buildings will be closed all day Dec. 31. This closing will apply only to non-emergency city employees. All emergency personnel positions will remain staffed. There will be municipal trash collection on Dec. 31 for residents with Friday trash collection service.

A SHOW ABOUT FASHION
Jan 30 at St. Michael's Academy gymnasium, Weeler St., at 2 p.m. to benefit a Catholic school education scholarship fund being established in memory of Holy Cross church parishioner Phyllis Bryar. Runway show of affordable fashion, fashion tips, light refreshments , cash bar and raffle. Tickets $10. Deadline to order Jan. 23. Make checks payable to Sr. Cindy and mail to: Holy Cross Parish, 211 Plumtree Rd, Springfield, 01118, attn: Show About Fashion. Info: 783-4111.

WESTFIELD
BABYSITTER'S CERTIFICATION
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will offer American Red Cross certification in Babysitter's Training, (including infant and child CPR and first aid), to its members Jan. 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trainings take place at their "Hank's House" facility located adjacent to 67 Court St. Info: Karen Liebchen, safety services instructor, at 568-8631 ext. 320 or kliebchen@westfieldymca.org.

WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be offering American Red Cross certification training as Water Safety Instructors starting Jan. 28 at 67 Court St. Classes on Sundays after the screening. Candidates must be at least 17 years old for this 40-hour program. Info: Karen Liebchen, safety services instructor, at 568-8631 ext. 320 or kliebchen@westfieldymca.org.

GED PREP CLASSES
Westfield Community Education's Information Night for GED Preparation Classes for the spring 2011 semester will take place Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium of the Athenaeum. Interested individuals must attend the Information Night. Pre-testing will be completed at that time. Info: www.westfield-ged.org.

PIZZA AND MOVIE EVENT
The Boys' and Girls' Library will host a pizza and movie event featuring "Despicable Me" on Dec. 30 at noon. Movie is rated PG. Running time: 95 minutes. Registration required by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming into the library.

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION
Welcome in the New Year on Dec. 31 at the Holy Trinity Social Center, 335 Elm St., at 7 p.m. Ballroom and social dance music will be played all evening. Snacks and finger foods will be served. Tickets: $10 and are available at the parish office, 568-4352. For more info, call Josephine Sarnelli at 746-9067.

SWIM LESSONS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering swim lessons, once a week classes for eight weeks, from Jan. 3 to Feb. 26. Visit www.westfieldymca.org or contact Lessons Coordinator, Jennifer Butler at 568-8631 ext. 320 for registration or more info.

STRENGTH TRAINING
The Westfield YMCA is offering strength training for triathletes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 a.m., starting Jan. 4. Class is suitable for all levels, even the most advanced athlete. For more info, call Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
W. Springfield Teen Center and Park and Rec. Department will host a Father Daughter Dance Feb. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Cost: $30 per couple; additional daughter $10. Daughters age four to 12 years are welcome and must be accompanied by their father, grandfather or uncle. Info and registration: Bruce Bradley at 454-4047.

BOOK DISCUSSION
Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will host its January book discussion of "Cutting from Stone" by Dr. Abraham Verghese in the church parlor at 11 a.m. on Jan. 9. This book has been on the best-seller list for almost a year.


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