|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Agawam Senior Center. Feb. 3: chess and checkers club, 12:30 p.m.; ballroom lessons and bridge, 1 p.m.; Golden Agers Chapter 2, 1:30 p.m.; Western Mass Genealogy Meets, 6 p.m. Feb. 4: tax prep (by appt), 9 a.m.-noon; free hearing test (by appt) and exercise, 9 a.m.; quilting, 9:30 a.m.; bridge, 12:30 p.m.; pitch, 1 or 7 p.m.; open art, 1:30 p.m.; melody band, 2 p.m.; autism support group, 7 p.m. Feb. 5: tap, 8:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 10 a.m.; cribbage and beginners computer class, 1 p.m.; Applause Series' free performance, Guy McLain, at 7:30 p.m.
Thousand Cranes Studio will present a Student Art Show on both levels of the Agawam Public Library for the month of February. This exhibit will feature work by the nearly 200 children and teens who attend the studio, ranging in age from 5 - 17. For more info, call the studio at 789-1039. Viewing hours for this show are during regular library hours.
Registered Democrats in Agawam will be hosting a caucus at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., on Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. to elect 15 delegates and three alternates to the 2010 Mass. Democratic Convention. For caucus info, contact Chair Corinne Wingard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-9467.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) is meeting Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities and sciences to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.
BAKE SALE DONATIONS
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are asking bakers who would like to donate goodies to the Center's annual Valentine's Bake Sale, slated for Feb. 10 - 12, to bring in their donations after 8 a.m. on Feb. 9. The Agawam Senior Center is located at 954 Main St.
Boy Scout Troop 131 will be having an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, from 7:30 a.m. - noon at the St. Stanislaus School cafeteria, 534 Front St. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any scout. For more info or to purchase tickets, call Cindy Conklin at 594-3142. Proceeds from this event will go toward the cost of Boy Scout Summer Camp.
TRAVEL SLIDE SHOW
Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Collette Vacations for a viewing of the upcoming overnight vacation trips they are offering. The viewing will be on Feb. 9 at the Parks Dept., 687 Front St., at 6:30 p.m. Preview trips for the California coast, the Canadian Rockies and a cruise along the Danube River. The slide show is free and coffee and snacks will be served. If attending, RSVP to the Parks Dept. For more info call the dept. at 594-3481.
NOVA SCOTIA CRUISE
Bus to Boston and board the NCL "Spirit" for a seven night cruise Sept. 25 - Oct. 4 to Nova Scotia, Canada and Quebec. Spend two nights in Quebec City with two guided tours, four meals before departing for home by motorcoach. Travel insurance, driver's and guide gratuities are included. Price is by category of room chosen. Call the Chicopee Senior Center Travel Club for more info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri. from noon - 3 p.m.
Feb. 10, departing American Legion Post #462, 37 Exchange St. Bus leaves at 7:45 a.m. Cost is $20 and includes free buffet and Keno play. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4 - 5 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary in Granby presents "Joseph" at the Sight and Sound Theatre in Lancaster, Penn. The trip will be for three days/two nights, May 18 - 20. A $75 deposit is due at the time of reservation. To reserve your seat call Gert Berge at 593-3283 or Marilyn Menard at 467-3382 or 467-9821.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a class level dance on Feb. 5. This will be our pizza dance. Dance will be at the Church of Good Shepherd on Elm St., West Springfield. There will be a mainstream dance, Sadie Hawkins, Feb. 19, at the Mittineague United Church, 80 Amostown Rd., West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m.; $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples spectators are free. For more info call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324.
GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host its monthly meeting Feb. 3 from 6 - 8 pm. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St., Agawam. Guest speaker will be Kay Sheldon, Co-Vice President of the Mass. Society of Genealogists, Worcester Chapter. She will offer an entertaining discussion on "What did your ancestors eat, their budgets and their household expenses."
auditions FOR "ENCHANTED APRIL"
The Suffield Players will host auditions for their spring production, "Enchanted April," Feb. 21, 6 - 9 p.m., and Feb. 22, 7 - 9 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield, Conn. This romantic comedy offers roles for three women, mid-20s to mid-40s, one woman (who only speaks Italian) of indeterminate age, one woman in her 70s and three men, mid-20s to mid-40s. The director will be casting based on auditions rather than strictly adhering to the ages in the published play. Expect to read scenes from the script. Performance dates are in May at Mapleton Hall. For more info or directions visit www.suffieldplayers.org.
The Holyoke Creative Arts Center announces newly forming yoga classes, taught by Claudia Johnsen, a certified Hatha yoga teacher, at 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Tues. and Wed. She will teach in the the lyengar style to promote safety and intelligence in yoga practice. Visit the Center at 400 South Elm St. or call at 532-0465 for more info or visit www.holyokecac.org.
Wistariahurst Museum will be hosting a wine tasting in the Skinner Mansion in the spirit of Valentine's Day featuring wines, ports and sparking wines. Wine tasting is a sensory examination of the grape and its most romantic product. Learn about wine, try new flavors and meet new friends at Wistariahurst's "I Love Wine" event on Feb. 12 from 7 - 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by Liquors44. All proceeds will benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Advance tickets are $25 each/$40 couple. Tickets at the door are $30 each/$50 couple. Call 322-5660 for more info.
FREE CONCERT AT DAILY GRIND
Feb. 6, 6 - 8 p.m. Enjoy acoustic music with AndyHasABand at the Daily Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 568 College Hwy. Free and open to the public.
There will be a Sweethearts Dinner (chicken francaise) at St. Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $10; children (5 - 12), $5. Reservations please. Take out available. Call 567-7762 or 732-2981.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Bake Sale Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings, $20. Followed by a workshop titled "Healing Oils of the Bible" presented by Rev. Kathleen Rotino from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $30. Each participant will take home a sample oil. For info or advance bookings, call Denise at 519-9669; visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.
The Melha Shrine Military Band will be hosting their annual Valentine's Day Ladies Night Dinner Dance on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. The Heritage Pops Orchestra will be playing. A dinner will be served. Tickets are available through Feb. 8 from Rod at 786-2952 or Ray at 583-6454. Call for more details.
INTERNET TRAINING FOR ELDERS
Would you like to learn to use e-mail and the Internet? The Dept. of Elder Affairs has launched a national program called Generations Online, with free morning and afternoon coaching sessions. Call the Goodlife Center in Springfield at 750-2090 to register.
Holy Cross Church, located on Plumtree Road, hosts a Youth Mass on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. featuring contemporary music. Though this Mass is geared toward younger parishioners, all are welcome.
WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1471 Plumtree Rd., will host a trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, guided sightseeing tour, motorcoach transportation and more. For more info and reservation contact St. Peter's Episcopal Church, c/o Vera O'Connor, 1471 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, or call 726-9006.
FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs/Senior Aides Program, in cooperation with the Springfield Fire Dept. and the Mass. Dept. of Public Health, is offering free smoke detectors to homeowner over the age of 60 who reside in Springfield. These detectors will be installed by trained technicians. Call 311 to register and schedule an appt.
The 8th annual Westfield South Middle School pasta supper to benefit sled hockey in conjunction with Shriner's Hospital's outpatient program and the middle school's improvement programs will take place Feb. 9 (snow date Feb. 11) from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at the school, 30 W. Silver St. Cost: $5 for adults; $4 for kids 13 and under and senior citizens; free for kids 2 and under. Tickets available at the door or at South Middle School. For more info, call 568-1900.
THE MOM CONNECTION
Meeting Feb. 9, 9:15 - 11:30 a.m., at Larson Hall, Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd., Westfield 01085. Open to mothers of all ages and background with children from newborn through elementary-school age. The Mom Connection meets the second Tues. morning of each month, September - May. Free childcare is provided, including a study hall for homeschoolers. First visit is free. If you do decide to stay it is $15/year and a suggested $5/month donation.
Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 in will sponsor a rummage sale on Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Funds will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and used for various activities of the church. Clothing, housewares and small furniture items will be featured. Donations can be left at the church Feb. 15 - 18 from 9 a.m. - noon and on Feb. 19 from 1 - 5 p.m. For pick-up, call Martha at 568-8033.
Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will host its next book discussion on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. The book to be discussed will be "The Space Between Us" by Thrity Umrigar. Everyone is invited to attend this discussion. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.
NEIGHBORHOOD POT LUCK
Precinct 1 & 2 Neighborhood Committee is planning a "Get to Know Your Neighbor" pot luck luncheon on Feb. 4 from noon - 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 802 Main St. This is a time for residents of the area to share some time together and meet new neighbors over a delightful array of dishes from many countries. Bring a dish of your choice to share with others. For more info, call Lillian at 788-0076 or Diane at 734-8188.
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