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Town Events, July 30 - Aug. 6

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

Agawam Council on Aging and Senior Center activities on Aug. 1: 8 a.m. walking club; 10 a.m. Tai Chi; 1 p.m. cribbage and 1 - 2:30 p.m. Story Spinners meet.

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be hosting a huge bake sale at the Castle of Knights spaghetti dinner in Chicopee on Aug. 13 from 4 - 7 p.m. The Friends are asking for donations of baked goods to be delivered to the Senior Center on Aug. 12 or 13 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The proceeds will go toward the Expansion Fund. For more info call the center at 821-0604 or Emile Cot at 335-9440.

Bob Leverett will be taking the public on a guided hike of the rare tulip poplar community at Robinson State Park on Aug. 9 and 16 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Meet at James St. entrance. The event will take place rain or shine.

Enjoy "A Touch of Jazz" with Vin Cassotta at the Agawam Public Library. Bring a bagged lunch and listen to some jazz. The concert is a Louis Armstrong tribute scheduled for Aug. 4 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm., in the Community Room. No registration is t needed.

The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on Aug. 7 from 4 - 6 p.m. Adults and seniors, $4.50; children under 12, $4 and take-outs, $4.75. We serve you. No waiting in line. All monies are used for our veterans, cancer fund, hospital parties, National Home for Children and much more.

Summer in the Neighborhood, Aug. 17, 2 - 6 p.m. Free carnival, free food, family friendly. Mechanical bull, bounce houses, mazes, dunk tank, hot dogs, soda, chips, sno-cones and cotton candy. Tabernacle Baptist Church, 603 New Ludlow Rd. Info: 536-2775; www.tbclife.org.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club will be going to Oktoberfest on Oct. 28 at Mill Wrights Farms. Enjoy Bavarian style oompah band, great German food. Includes bus and all tips. Call the travel club to reserve your seat at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club will be traveling to the Berkshires on Sept. 30. Join us for lunch at the historic Red Lion, formerly a stage coach stop, followed by time to stroll along Main Street and browse through the specialty shops. Then follows an afternoon at the all-new Norman Rockwell Museum. We will also visit Rockwell's studio which is loaded with more his paintings, sketches and the tools he used to create his famous works for 25 years. Call the travel desk at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to the Garde Arts Center in New London to see Celtic Spring, one of the top acts in the finals of America's Got Talent on Sept. 23. We will spend time at Foxwoods before leaving for the show. Lunch will be at Foxwoods. Cost is all inclusive. Call the Senior Center at 534-3698 for further info.

There will not be a living again support group meeting in August. The group will meet on its regular day and time in Sept. For more info contact the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.

Chicopee Comprehensive Girls Soccer Team will be hosting a fundraiser car wash on Aug. 9 and 10 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 1044 Chicopee St. (Desrosiers Floor Covering).

Two programs are being offered by the Senior Companion Program/Valley Opportunity Council, 35 Mt. Carmel Ave. Senior Companions are needed for the Chicopee area only to share time with elders. Applicants must be 60 years of age or older, meet income guidelines and have a willingness to share their time with other elders in their own area. Contact either Lenora Chapdelaine, SCP Director or Lillian Franck, Outreach at 612-0229 for info on these programs.

The SeniorNet Computer Learning Center at the Springfield Jewish Community Center is offering a new session workshop on Cyber Security and Troubleshooting. The eight-hour workshop will be presented in four two-hour sessions, Mondays and Wednesdays, Aug. 18, 20, 25 and 27, 1 - 3 p.m. All classes meet at the SeniorNet Computer Center, Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield. To register, or for further info, call the SeniorNet Center at 732-1336.

An exhibition of the art works created by Holyoke Community College students and faculty that are featured in the new book "Art from Intuition" written by HCC professor Dean Nimmer will take place from July 28 - Sept. 11. There will be an opening reception and lecture on Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Taber Art Gallery, HCC.

The Southwick Senior Center will be going to Brunelle's Marina in South Hadley on Aug. 26 to enjoy the day, have lunch at the Dockside Restaurant and go on a 70-minute cruise on the Connecticut River. Cost includes the bus to and from, lunch, boat ride and gratuities. There is limited seating so sign up soon.

Sacred Heart Travel/Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., Springfield invites you to joins them for Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights Dec. 12 - 15. Trip includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, hotel accommodations, baggage handing (one bag per person), two full American breakfasts at hotel and one breakfast at Minolta Tower, one dinner at Table Rock House and one dinner at Skylon Tower, dinner and show at Oh Canada Eh! dinner theater. Payment in full is due Sept. 30; passport required. Call Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676.

Will Rogers Follies
St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring a trip to the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham, N.Y., to see the "Will Rogers Follies" on Aug. 10. The motorcoach leaves the church parking lot at 10 a.m. and returns at approx. 6 p.m. A stop will be made at the Prime Outlets in Lee for some shopping and lunch in their food court. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and ticket to the matinee. Only a few seats left. Call Sylvia at 594-2757.

NYC Trip
A motorcoach trip to NYC is scheduled for Oct. 19. Cost includes the bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

Stanley Park's Friday Mornings for Children will feature Julie and Brownie on Aug. 8. Julie and Brownie offer a rare blend of original and traditional songs of positive thought and just plain fun for children. Friday Mornings for Children take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion from 10 - 10:45 a.m. and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info on the Friday Mornings for Children Series call the park office at 568-9312.

Forest Park brings its mobile zoo to Stanley Park on Aug. 4 from noon - 1 p.m. to give children the opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife. They can pet every animal and ask questions about their natural environments and eating habits. Every child, no matter what his or her age, will enjoy this presentation. This program is free of charge and will take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. For further info on the Zoo on the Go program, call the Stanley Park office at 568-9312.

The Zone is an eight-piece group of musicians with full-time day jobs that has been together for four years. Their selection of rock and country rock music ranges from the '70s to today. The band is an annual attraction at the Wilbraham Peach Festival. The Zone is an enjoyable band to watch and listen to with a "tune" for everyone. All Sunday night concerts begins at 6 p.m., take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided. For further info on the Sunday Night Concert Series call the park office at 568-9312.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host a free lecture called "Sugar Blues" by Vanessa Burgos, M.Ed, HHC Holistic Health and Nutritional Coach, on Aug. 6. Discussion to include: Which foods are causing you to crave sweets; ways to add sweetness to your life without sugar; why we have late-night cravings; the difference between natural and artificial sweeteners. For more info, contact Charlene Call at 568-8631 ext. 305.

Grace Lutheran Church is helping to sponsor a building project for Habitat for Humanity at 133 Daniels Ave., Pittsfield. Grace Lutheran has committed to raising $1,000 and volunteering to work with a crew of six or more on Aug. 2 and 16. Volunteers will meet at the Friendly's parking lot by the turnpike entrance in Westfield at 8 a.m. to carpool. Lunch and water will be provided. Those interested in participating, call the church at 734-9268 and leave a message.

The West Springfield Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Mystic Sea Aquarium and Olde Mistick Village on Sept. 27. This family trip includes the bus, your admission to the Sea Aquarium and free time to shop in Olde Mistick Village. (A donation for the bus driver's tip will be taken on the way home.) The bus leaves the municipal parking lot on 26 Central St. at 8:30 a.m. and return time is approx. 6 p.m. Registrations for this trip must be received by Aug. 11. For more info call 263-3284, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mainstream dance on Aug. 1 will be our Tahiti Sunset night. Mainstream Dance on Aug. 15 will be our Favorite Fruit Nite. Plus Dance on Aug. 23. All dances take place at the Knights of Columbus on Park St. in West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and are $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For any info call Fran or Dick Walker at 525-3324.

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