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Town Events, July 22 - July 29

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
BAND MEETINGS
The Agawam High School Band Parents Association will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the band room. For more info, call Denise Einzig at 786-6817 or Sue Meunier at 786-4789. Meeting schedule: Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec. 2; Jan. 6, 2010, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2.

SEEKING APPLICANTS
Mayor Susan Dawson requests to the Agricultural Commission: five members who are residents of the town, or owners and farmer of agricultural property within the town. The purpose of this commission is to support commercial agriculture and other farming and forestry activities. If interested, send a letter of interest to the Mayor's Office, Attn. Rebecca Budreau, 36 Main St., Agawam, MA 01001.

OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
SummerFest will continue with Enter the Haggis, Toronto's Celtic rock band on July 22 followed by Mamadou on July 29. All SummerFest concerts take place at 7 p.m. on Veteran's Green, 689 Main St. In case of rain the event will take place in the Agawam High School Auditorium, 760 Cooper St. For changes of location call 821-0514 after 3 p.m.

KIDSFEST SCHEDULE
KidsFest will continue with a musical performance by Les Julian on July 29. The final KidsFest event will be the Airborne Comedians on Aug. 12. Their act includes riding seven-foot unicycles and flaming lawn chair juggling. All KidsFest events take place on the Veteran's Green at 11 a.m. but will be canceled in the event of rain.

CHICOPEE
THREE ON THREE BASKETBALL
Three on three basketball July 25, 1-6 p.m., at Rivers Park. Winning team walks away with cash. Ages 12-15 and 16 and up. For early registration call 978-423-7455. Music and prizes; kids games, cotton candy and popcorn; face painting and much more. Come and join us for a great day at Rivers Park. For info call Church of The New Covenant International, 938 Chicopee St., at 536-7740.

CHICOPEE TRAVEL CLUB MEETING
The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on July 28 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Trips to the Majestic Lighthouse Cruise, Lobster Playhouse "Don't Dress for Dinner," "Sweet Charity," Block Island, "Meet Me in St. Louis," John Davidson at Venus Demilo, Mohegan Sun and Platzl Brauhaus Octoberfest are currently open. The Florida-Eastern Caribbean trip planned for November 2009 is also open. Other overnight trips include one to Thousand Islands and an Amtrack Rail and Sail. Upcoming trips include trips that will be opened are Dick Contino, "Mame," "Hello Dolly," "The Nutcracker" and Williams Inn. Those interested in traveling should attend this meeting to guarantee reserving a space. A $2 deposit will reserve a spot. When the remaining balance is paid, a seat on the bus will be assigned. For more info call the travel desk located in the center at 534-3698, noon to 3 p.m.

SEEKING CRAFTERS AND VENDORS
St. George Parish Women's Club, Chicopee Falls, is seeking crafters and vendors for their fifth annual craft fair on Oct. 10 and 11. Time of the fair is 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday. For any info or an application call 330-8543.

BARGAIN CLOTHING SHOPPE
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will have its bargain clothing shoppe open Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. - noon. Good quality men's, women's and children's clothes at very low cost.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
BOSTON TRIP
A trip to Boston, including tickets to the Duck Tour, will leave from West Springfield High School on Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. The trip is sponsored by the Western Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, a non-profit organization in Springfield. Trip includes some free time in Boston to explore the city before the bus leaves at 6 p.m. Call 731-0760 for more info or send check payable to Western MassCOSH, 640 Page Blvd., Suite 104, Springfield, MA 01104.

HOST FAMILIES WANTED
Host families are wanted for international students who will be attending Cathedral this fall. There is a generous monthly stipend and support from a local representative. Call Sue at 348-2274 for more info.

ROUNDTRIP BUS TRIP TO BOSTON
Take a bus trip from Springfield to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 11. Seats are located in Right Field, Section 90. Bus leaves the parking lot of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., at 3:30 for a 7:05 p.m. game. Cost includes ticket, transportation and driver gratuity. To register, stop by the JCC or call 739-4715.

DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
Harmony House invites you to Dine Out for Charity on July 29 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Friendly's Restaurant, 1094 Riverdale St., West Springfield. A portion of your check will be donated to help realize the vision of Harmony House, a home for the compassionate care of the terminally ill.

HOLYOKE
HCC SUMMER SPORTS CLINICS
Volleyball (ages 10-15), Aug. 3 - 7, 9 a.m. - noon; volleyball (ages 15-18), Aug. 3 - 7, 1 - 4 p.m.; girls basketball (ages 10-17): Aug. 12 - 14, 5 - 9 p.m. Call HCC Athletics 552-2159 for more info.

SOUTH HADLEY
CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR
Buttery Brook Craft and Vendor Fair is taking place Aug. 1. Over 60 booths and vendors, with face painting, lots of yummy food and more. Free admission, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Open to the public. A raffle will benefit the park! Want to participate as a vendor or crafter? Contact EventsandEverything@live.com.

SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a trip on Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus traveling to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. On Sept. 13, see the Yankees take on the Orioles at the new Yankee Stadium! For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

Free Cooking Demonstration
Better Life Whole Foods is having a free cooking demo with the grain quinoa pronounced (kee-no-a). This revered wonder grain was first cultivated five centuries ago by the Inca. Sampling, tasting and cooking demo will be at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on July 25 at noon. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Trinity Church will host a Habitat for Humanity Vacation Bible School from Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. There will a special family night on Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. Ages are four - 12. To register call the church office at 737-5311. This program is free.

RIDE LIKE AN ANIMAL
Join us at our second annual fundraising event for Thomas J. O'Connor (TJO) Animal Control and Adoption Center shelter animals. The ride will take place Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. Music and entertainment starts at 1 p.m. The ride kicks off at TJO and ends at the Elks Lodge in Holyoke with food, fun, live music by Equinox and lots of raffle prizes. Non-riders are welcome at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks. All proceeds will benefit TJO, which is located at 627 Cottage St. in Springfield.

CLASSICAL 1949 60TH REUNION
The Classical High class of 1949 will hold its 60th reunion at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Springfield with activities from Aug. 21-23. For more info call 733-3441 or 788-4424. The more the merrier.

CENTRAL CLASS OF 1999 REUNION
A 10 year reunion for Central's Class of 1999 will be taking place Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Sheraton in downtown Springfield. The price of the tickets is $50 per person, which includes a DJ, buffet and cash bar. Tickets are available online for purchase at ww.centralclassreunion.webs.com or by contacting Richard Hutchinson directly at 896-1626.

Celiac Support Group Meeting
The Better Life Celiac Support Group meeting will be on July 29 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St. Bring a friend or just come share your story with others. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

ROBIN MARK CONCERT & CONFERENCE
Join Evangelical Covenant Church of Springfield on July 25 at 7 p.m. for a concert by Robin Mark and his band from Belfast, Ireland. Mark will present a conference on worship in today's church. The conference starts at 2:30 p.m. and includes dinner. A concert-only ticket is $20 while a conference-dinner-concert ticket is $50 and includes reserved seating to the concert. For more info or to purchase tickets, call the church at 782-5212 or visit www.ecovs.org. The church is located at 915 Plumtree Rd.

FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Join the Evangelical Covenant Church of Springfield for Crocodile Dock, a Louisiana bayou-themed vacation Bible school, on July 27 - 31 from 9 a.m. - noon. Any child aged 4 - 10 is welcome to learn more about God through music, drama, crafts, games and more! There is also a free breakfast (8:30) and lunch (noon). For further info or to register, call the church at 782-5212 or visit www.ecovs.org. The church is located at 915 Plumtree Rd.

GALA BELLY DANCE SHOW
Gala belly dance show to support our local Melha Shriners Aug. 8 from 8 - 10 p.m., at Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St. Organized by the Crescent Dancers at www.crescentdancers.com. Special guest appearances by Shalimar, Troupe Little Egypt, Sanaa and the Desert Dancers. Benefit for Melha Shrine Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Snacks provided and bring some to share. Cash bar open until 11 p.m. Air conditioned, free parking. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased in advance by credit card. Call 736-3647. Seating is limited to 300, so reserve early.

MIDSUMMER GALLERY READINGS
On July 31, First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., will host John Edwards-style gallery readings from 7 - 9 p.m. for $10. Information from another realm! Tickets will be sold at the door. Several mediums will be reading. For additional info, contact Cindy Hutcheson 786-0487 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.

WESTFIELD
WANTED: RNS AND LPNS
Greater Westfield American Red Cross needs nurses with a current license as clinical instructors for the Nurse Assistant Training program. Make your own schedule and paid weekly. Instructors monitor a maximum of six to seven students for safety and skill knowledge in the clinical setting. After classroom training, students take their training into the nursing home for hands-on practice. Instructors needed now: contact Lorraine Lopardo at 562-9684, ext. 102.


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