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Town Events, Jan. 19 - Jan. 26

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
BELLY DANCE FITNESS CLASSES
Belly dance fitness classes will meet at C & K Cardio Kickboxing, 297 Springfield St., Jan. 20 to Feb. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost: $12 walk-ins; $10/class if paid in advance. To register or for more info, e-mail Michele1291@yahoo.com or call 636-2138.

FRIENDLY'S FUNDRAISER
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will host a fundraiser at Friendly's, 19 Springfield St., on Feb. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. A percentage of the sales during these three hours will benefit the organization's future projects.

FRIENDS OF LIBRARY MEETING
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will have their annual meeting on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. Election of officers will take place. All members who have paid their 2011 dues will be eligible to vote. Anyone interested in joining, may pay their dues at the beginning of the meeting. For more information, visit www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends.htm.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will celebrate the center's second anniversary Jan. 26 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Menu: porchetta dinner, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and strawberry shortcake. Donation: $12/ticket. For tickets, call Emile Cote at 335-9440. Entertainment: TBA. Public is invited.

CHICOPEE
CARD AND COIN SHOW
Card, Coin and Memorabilia Show Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St. Over 40 tables; handicap accessible; door prize drawing every 30 minutes; free give-always at the door. Admission $1; kids under 10 free. For info, call 593-6046. All proceeds to benefit the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
At Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., in the Fairview section, Jan. 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: $6/adult; $3/children age 8 to 12; free/under age 8. Menu: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take out available. Call 533-609 after 2 p.m. Church is handicap accessible.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Boy Scout Troop #131 will be having an all you can eat pancake and sausage breakfast on February 13 from 7 a.m. to noon at the St. Stanislaus School Cafeteria, 534 Front St. Tickets: $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from any scout. For more info or tickets, call Cindy Conklin at 594-3142. Proceeds from this event will go toward the cost of Boy Scout Summer Camp.

TRAVEL CLUB
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: $65 and includes transportation, luncheon, show and gratuities. Call the club Monday to Friday at 534-3698 between noon to 3 p.m. for more info.

"LITTLE RUSSIA"
Chicopee Seniors are going on a guided tour of Breighton Beach "Little Russia" on May 1. Visit Coney Island and Nathan's. Lunch will be at Primorski's Russian Restaurant. Cost: $65, includes bus, guide, lunch and all gratuities.

OUTER BANKS AND CAPE HATTERAS
Join the Chicopee seniors on a six-day trip to the Outerbanks, N.C. and Cape Hatteras May 29 to June 3. See Roanoke Island, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabethan Garden and more. Cost: $725, double occupancy. Call 534-3598, Monday to Friday, from noon to 3 p.m.

PICTURE PERFECT PORTIONS
Healthy Eating 101 hands-on cooking workshop at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court, Feb. 10 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. All about how to know a reasonably sized serving of food when you see it. The Picture-Perfect Portion sizes are better for our waistline and whole body. Tickets are available at the COA office. Donation: $4. Space limited. Snow date: Feb. 17. For more info, call the center at 534-3698.

HEARING SERVICE
A hearing service is offered on Feb. 4 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. This service which is by appointment includes a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698, Monday to Friday.

ELECTRONIC READING DEVICES
A Chicopee Public Librarian will explain how to use one of these new ways of reading on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. These devices are very lightweight and great for travelers. To register or for more info, call the center at 534-3698. In the event of bad weather, the program will take place the following Thursday.

WRITING GROUP
An informal group of those interested in writing gathers at 1 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. In February they will meet on the fourth and 18th. Anyone who is interested should bring pen or pencil, paper and your ideas. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact the center at 534-3698, Monday through Friday.

OPEN HOUSE
St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., will host an open house Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. All interested families, parishioners and alumni are invited. Tour the school and register for September 2011 Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. Registration info for first to eighth grades also available. For more info, call 533-1475 or visit www.sjachicopee.org.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
ROAST BEEF DINNER
Corona Chapter O.E.S. will host a calendar dinner and $10 gift party Sunday Jan. 23 at the East Longmeadow Masonic Building, 43 Chestnut St. Punch and cheese and crackers at 1:30 p.m., dinner at 2 p.m. Gift drawings immediately following. For information and reservations, call 525-7835.

AL-ANON MEETINGS
Meets every Wednesday and Thursday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will travel on May 15-21 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation with snacks and drinks, seven nights lodging, six continental breakfasts, four full course dinners, three award winning shows and guided tour to the historic area of Charleston, S.C., all taxes and meal gratuities. Deposit: $75 due Feb. 1, upon signing and remaining due by March 23. Seats are limited. For info, call Marlene at 436-5311.

LUPA ZOO WINTER FUNDRAISER
To benefit the non-profit Lupa Games Farm, Inc. and help with overwintering animal care, will take place on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Polish American Citizens Club, 355 East St., Ludlow. Evening will feature a Polish-American buffet, raffle and dancing to the live polka band, Echo. Tickets: $25/person. To purchase tickets or for more info, call 589-9883.

HOLYOKE
TRANSLATOR CERTIFICATION
Holyoke Community College now offers a certificate program to train interpreters / translators. Students must be fluent in English and a second language. This program does not evaluate foreign language skills. Starts Jan. 31, classes meet Monday 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $299 per course. For info, contact 552-2324 or visit www.hcc.edu/ces.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
The first "all you can eat" spaghetti supper for this year, hosted by the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 on Whitney Avenue will take place Jan. 27. Serving will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Menu: salad, spaghetti, meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price is $5 for adults; $2 ages 6 to 12, and free for under 6. Meatballs and dessert also available. Donations this month will go the eighth grade class of Blessed Sacrament School.

HERNIA REPAIR EDUCATION
Holyoke Medical Center will present a free community education program on hernia repair on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the facility's Auxiliary Conference Center. The program is presented as part of HMC's ongoing "Dessert with the Docs" series. Featured speaker will be Dr. Francis Martinez, of HMC Specialty Surgeons. Refreshments served. Preregistration required. For more info or to preregister, call 534-2789.

RUSSIAN TEA
Wistariahurst will awaken with the scents and flavors of Saint Petersburg, with crepes, pastries, and a selection of teas served from samovars when the museum hosts two seatings of a Russian Tea on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Reservations required. Tickets: $25/person. Call 322-5660 to reserve your seat.

HOLYOKE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
Center will offer new classes during its Winter Session II Feb. 14 through April 23 at the center, located at 400 South Elm St. Courses includes knitting, sewing, morning painting, quilting, wood carving and Weight Watchers. Discount for those who pay before Jan. 31. All classes have openings, but enrollment limited. Center now opens at 9 a.m.

SOUTH HADLEY
SOCIAL CONNECTION SEMINAR
Social Connection Over 55 Group meets Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd. Cheryl Eaton from West Mass Elder Care will teach us about services (including money management) offered by her organization. Call 533-1925; reservations needed by Feb. 2. Cost: $5. Leave your name and number of attendees on answering machine. Free valet parking January to March.

SOUTHWICK
ANNUAL CENSUS
Annual census forms were mailed out to Southwick residents this month. If you have not received your form, please help save costs by downloading the form at www.southwickma.org/public_documents/southwickma_clerk/2011.SWK.CENSUS.pdf. A second mailing will be sent to households that do not return the form.

RENEW DOG LICENSES
Residents can renew their 2011 dog license by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and all required information as stated on the census form. The Town Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD
ST. CATHERINE'S WOMEN'S GUILD
St. Catherine's Women's Guild will meet Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the parish center. Guests Charlene St. Onge and Carol Derouin, co-authors of "Harriet and Caroline," will speak about The Story behind a Children's Story. Free; refreshments served.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Hungry Hill Center, Raymond Sullivan Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St. Deputy Chief John Barbieri from the police department and Jim Leydon from the mayor's office will attend to hear suggestions, concerns, etc.

HUNGRY HILL FOOT CARE
Nurses from Pedi-care, a foot care service, will be at the center, 1212 Carew St. Jan. 24 by appointment. There is a fee for this service.

ZUMBA CLASSES
Zumba classes meet Fridays at the Hungry Hill Center from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Cost is $2/class or $5/month. Low impact aerobic classes are offered Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m., chair exercises on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. Light aerobics and strength training Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and line dance Fridays at 10 a.m. Any older adult is welcome to participate. Advance registration is not required.

WESTFIELD
YOUTH BASEBALL ACADEMY
The first of the final six sessions of the seventh annual Westfield State University Baseball Academy for ages 9 to 19 begins on Jan. 23 in the Woodward Center. Anyone interested in participating should call 244-7189, 572-5633 or 562-6497 and leave your name, address and phone number.

MONTHLY HULA HOOPING
Register now for the YMCA of Greater Westfield's February Hula Hooping Workshop and have the opportunity to win a free professionally designed Hoop. Class takes place second Friday of each month beginning Feb. 11 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Cost: $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Registration required. For more info, call Cindy Agan, at 568-6831 ext. 323.

TAG SALE ITEMS
The non-profit Westfield Homeless Cat Project is seeking items for its upcoming winter tag sale. Used furniture, toys, household items, electronics, etc. are all welcome. Donations can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Rd. For more info or pick-up, contact 348-9146 or denisesinico@hotmail.com.

"COUCH TO 5K TRAINING"
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a "Couch to 5K Training Program." This eight-week class will guide you through a running plan that is geared toward the novice runner and end with a 5K run. This one-hour class begins Feb. 12. Cost: free to members; $35 for non-members. For more info, call Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

BREAKDANCE WORKSHOP
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering "Blast of a Class" BreakDance Workshop with Martin Lee from Freestyle Motions on the fourth Friday of each month, starting Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost: $3 for members; $8 for non-members. Ages 10 and up and all skills are welcome. Registration is required.

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Local photographer, Pamela O'Connell, is now showing her original photography at Noble Hospital during hospital business hours, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily. The exhibit will be on display through January. The hospital invites local artists to contact us about displaying your 2D artwork. For more info, contact Meg Morrill at mmorrill@noblehealth.org or 568-2811 ext. 5520.

VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be conducting a girls volleyball program Jan. 21 to March 18. Program is open to girls in grades eight to 11 and will take place at the Y from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday. Each night will include instructional time and game play. Cost: $30 for members; $45 for nonmembers. For more information, please visit www.westfieldymca.org or call 568-8631.

FANTASTIC FOURS AND FIVES
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., still has openings in the 1:30 p.m. session of Fantastic Fours and Fives Storytime. This is a great option for all those families that have kids in morning preschool and are looking for something in the afternoon. Call 562-6158 ext. 5 to sign up.

PRESCHOOL OPENINGS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield Preschool has openings in beginning this September in our new Pre-K room. Program includes developmentally appropriate curriculum, preschool swim lessons, field trips, creative art, music, etc. The Preschool is licensed by the state's Department of Early Education and Care. Financial assistance is available. For more info, call the director at 568-8631 ext. 306.

ADULT DODGEBALL LEAGUE
The YMCA of Greater Westfield has started a co-ed adult dodgeball league for teams of six to 10 players. Matches are on Sunday and Tuesday nights starting Feb. 1 at 7:50 p.m. Cost: $425/team. Deadline to register: Jan. 27. More info: Kaitlyn Chambers at 568-8631 ext. 310 or kchambers@westfieldymca.org.

BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host a book group for kids, featuring "How to Train Your Dragon" by Cressida Cowell on Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. The group is open to those in grades three to five. To register, call 568-6158 ext. 5.

PUMPERNICKEL PUPPETS
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host Pumpernickel Puppets' "Three Billy Goats Gruff " and "The Lion and the Mouse" on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. This program is open to kids of all ages. To register, call 568-6158 ext. 5.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
HIGH SCHOOL INFO FORUM
A public information forum to discuss the new model high school is scheduled for Jan. 20 from 7 to 8 p.m., at Tatham Elementary School, 61 Laurel Rd. School Superintendent Dr. Russell Johnston, Mayor Edward Gibson, the architect and project manger will provide an update on the project and answer questions. For more info, visit www.wsps.org.

STORROWTON VOLUNTEERS
Storrowton Village Museum is seeking volunteers interested in discovering the rich heritage of New England and sharing that knowledge during school programs throughout the year. Volunteers must be available weekdays. Training sessions begin Jan. 24. Those interested may call the Village at 205-5051 or e-mail storrow@TheBigE.com for more information.

BOOK DISCUSSION
Grace Lutheran Church at 1552 Westfield St., will host its next book discussion at 11 a.m. in the church parlor on Feb. 9. The book to be discussed will be "The Housekeeper and the Professor" by Yoko Ogawa. Everyone is invited to attend this discussion. For more information, call Carolyn at 739-0790.

BIBLE STUDY
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 20 Lathrop St., offers a monthly Bible Study open to the community. Next study takes place Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. Study will focus on Jesus' early ministry and the calling of his disciples. A quiet activity is available for kids. For more information, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail her directly at fccedirector@yahoo.com.


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