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Town Events, Jan. 21 - Jan. 28

From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Feb. 6: Board of Directors meeting at the senior center at 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: regular meeting at the Senior Center at 1:30 p.m. We'll celebrate Valentine's Day and honor members who have been married 50 years or more. Entertainment will be announced.
Feb. 25: Bingo. Regular meeting at the senior center at 1:30 p.m. We'll play bingo, celebrate February birthdays and see who the lucky winners are at our monthly raffle.
All Agawam seniors are invited to join our club. We meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Why not start the New Year by joining us? You will enjoy excellent entertainment, tasty refreshments and a chance to be a winner at our monthly raffles. Any Agawam senior, 60 years or older, is eligible for membership.

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will have their annual meeting on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the library's Community Room. This meeting is open to the public. The election of officers will take place at this meeting. All members who have paid their 2009 dues will be eligible to vote. Anyone interested in joining the Friends organization may pay his or her dues at the beginning of the meeting to become eligible to vote.

Join the Chicopee Senior Travel Club on a four-day trip to the Rochester Lilac Festival, Erie Canal cruise and featuring Letchworth State Park, the "Grand Canyon of the East." Tour the Saranac Brewery enroute and tour the Casa Larga Vineyards, three breakfasts, two luncheons and three dinners are included. All admissions, taxes and gratuities and trip insurance are also included. Call the travel club for more info at 534-3698, Mon.-Fri. from noon-3 p.m.

Chicopee Council on Aging invites you to take a Tai Chi class with Susan Moore Wednesdays, 3 - 4 p.m. Tai Chi is a health and exercise system developed in China hundreds of years ago. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., or for more info call 534-3698.

Starting in January the Chicopee Council on Aging will offer an Arthritis Foundation exercise program at the Chicopee Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Monday class 1:30 p.m., starts Jan. 26; Friday class 10:30 a.m., starts Jan. 23. The class is free to Chicopee older adults aged 60 and over. Gentle movements and activities are designed to increase mobility and range of motion. Pre-registration is necessary and enrollment is limited. Call the center at 534-3698. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator.

The Pioneer Valley Chordsmen, a men's four part a capella chorus, will host two membership evenings. Membership is open to men of all ages. No experience is necessary, just the ability to carry a tune. Learning CDs featuring voice parts are available. This is an opportunity for men to sing their hearts out, sharpen singing skills and establish friendships. Come join an active group on Jan. 26 or Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. We meet at the Knights of Columbus, 1599 Memorial Dr. Look for the barber sign. For further info contact Dick Bourbeau at 533-0305.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School will host a spaghetti supper on Jan. 28 in the school cafeteria. The event is from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Buy your tickets in advance at the school. Walk-ins welcome.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School will host a Children's Mass and an open house to kick off Catholic Schools week on Jan. 25. The Mass will be at St. Rose de Lima Church, Grattan Street, at 9 a.m. The open house will be at the school from 10 a.m. - noon. All parishioners, alumni, parents and families interested in pre-K to grade eight are invited to attend.

In Good Company is a support group for people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group at the Senior Center and being with others can help you to feel better. The next meeting will take place on Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee for this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. If you would like more info, call 534-3698.

There is a Men's Group at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group will discuss a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics. The next meeting will be on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the Senior Center, 534-3698.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for yourself is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On Jan. 21, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info Alzheimer's. The program will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

Readers will meet at 1 p.m. on Jan. 26 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., to discuss this month's selection "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This is the story of correspondence between Juliet Ashton and a writer on the island of Guernsey after the occupation by the Nazis. The selection for Feb. 23 is "Gates of Fire" by Stephen Pressfield. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.

Concerned about the current financial crisis? The Bible has a lot to say about wise financial planning. First Central Baptist Church, 50 Broadway St., invites you to a four-part series on financial matters. Join us on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. or Sunday mornings at 8:30 or 11 a.m. when Dr. Omar S. Adams Jr. will be speaking on the following Jan 17-18: Superficial Security What are you trusting in?; Jan 24-25: Eternal Security My heart goes where my treasure is; Jan 31-Feb 1: What's Your Balance? "You can't take it with you"; Feb 7-8: Furnishing Your Mansion Wrap-up and Q & A.

The Monson Arts Council will be hosting auditions on Jan. 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. with call backs on Jan. 28 at the House of Art, 200 Main St., Monson. The production is the comedy "My Three Angels" which will be on stage April 17 - 19 and 25 - 27. Irene Thornton, faculty member of Pioneer Valley Performing Arts, will direct. She expects people auditioning to present a two-minute monologue. "My Three Angels" was produced as a movie titled "We're No Angels" starring Humphrey Bogart, Alda Ray and Leo G. Carroll. For more info call 267-3451.

At the Quabbin in Ware, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Leaders: Dave Gallup and Jack Megas. Meeting place: Follow Rte. 9 east from Belchertown center. Enter the second gate at Quabbin and meet at the Enfield Lookout parking area. Rain, ice or snow cancels. Registration: Call Dave (525-4697) or Jack (782-3962) for time and directions. Dave will lead a short hike at 2 p.m. Dress warmly and bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Dave and Jack will have telescopes along for use by the group. Then join us for dinner at 3:30 p.m. at Apollo Pizza House, near the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 202. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

USS Missouri BB-63 veterans will host their winter planning and social meeting on Jan. 23 - 25 at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, Norwalk, Conn. This is an opportunity for any former shipmates to gather with old friends, swap stories and enjoy a good time. Anyone interested in this gathering should contact Jack Stempick at (203) 281-4693 or mobb63ct@aol.com.

Technical High School class of 1959 will host their 50th class reunion at the Crowne Plaza located in Enfield, Conn., for a weekend of renewing friendships June 12 - 14. Committee members have been trying to locate classmates. Info will be mailed the beginning of February. For more info visit www.59techtigers.net or call Joanne (Morrisino) Impoco at 525-7065.

Les Mills BODYPUMP fitness classes are offered at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. The general public is invited to participate in an intro class Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. There will be no charge for this class on Jan. 18 (a $10 value); however, pre-registration is required by contacting Elizabeth Lenart, Fitness Director, at 739-4715 ext. 282. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items and toiletries, which will be donated to Rachel's Table.

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. owned camp will host a gala dinner benefit and silent auction on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Rd. For more info or to reserve seats, call Sue at the Diocesan Office at 737-4786 ext. 10. Tickets are $90 if purchased before March 9.

The Southwick Senior Center will be going to Foxwoods casino on Jan. 28. We'll leave the center at 8 a.m. and leave the casino at 4 p.m. The cost is $18, and you'll receive free buffet or $10 toward food and a casino credit. If you're interested sign up in our office or call 569-5498.
Motivate To Keep Fit Topic
Francesca Lewis Kotomski, degreed, certified and experienced professional fitness motivator, trainer and coach will discuss the six components to make fitness a part of your life on Feb. 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Better Life, 1500 Allen St. She will empower to attain health and fitness goals. To register call 783-9424 ext. 2.

The Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd., will host a discussion by Richard Steingart, M.D. regarding stem cell replacement on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. For more info, call 782-5500. Light refreshments will be served.

open mic series
The Springfield Library's Spoken Word Saturday open mic series will feature Springfield poet Lynnette Johnson on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. The event is hosted by Crystal Senter Brown and will take place at the Springfield Library, 220 State St. This free event is open to all languages/ ages and poetry must be family friendly. For more info on the event, e-mail Anna at abrandenburg@springfieldlibrary.org or call 263-6828 ext. 426.

The Westfield Flotilla of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will have their Boating Skills and Seamanship Course this winter. This course is a must for beginners as well as serious boaters and satisfies all states requirements for state licensing. Seventh grade to adult can take this course at Westfield State College. For registration call Candy Heaphy at 572-8034 or e-mail cheaphy@wsc.ma.edu.

GED Preparation Classes will take place from March 5 - June 9 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $25. Interested persons should attend the open house on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. Pre-testing will take place at 6:30 p.m.

If you are a parent or caretaker of an infant, toddler or preschooler and would like to get together with others, the weekly Play Group at First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., is for you. It meets in the church nursery Tuesdays during the school year from 10:30 a.m. - noon. For more info, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail fccedirector@yahoo.com. Info about all church activities is at www.firstchurchws.org.

First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., is offering "Making Ends Meet," Wednesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. from Jan. 21 - Feb. 18. The Bible Study will focus on the biblical response to hard economic times, such as the one we presently face. All are welcome, and childcare will be provided if needed. For more info, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667.

West Side Helping Hands has opportunities for homeowners with houses needing rehabbing to apply for an application. This year volunteers are able to paint, repair and do carpentry work on the exterior of a house or do interior work on rooms needing sheet rocking, painting, carpentry work and repairs. Work will be done the first Saturday in May. To receive an application call Cheryl at the Community Development at 263-3044.

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