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Town Events, June 11 - June 18

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

On June 17 the School Committee will be interviewing five candidates for the position of Attorney to the School Committee. The public is encouraged to attend this meeting.

For the month of June, the Agawam Public Library is pleased to present an art exhibition by Marilyn Gabel of Agawam. One of the features of the exhibit will be her series entitled "Fragments of Now." They are recent works inspired by memory and double exposures from a period of experimental photography. Her recent showing in New York City at the Amsterdam Whitney Art Gallery was met with great enthusiasm. The gallery wall exhibition is shown during regular library hours.

During the month of June, the Agawam Historical Association will present a display of the ongoing Thomas Smith House Project at the Agawam Public Library. Interior and exterior photographs will be on display showing the many different phases of the project to date. Also on display will be some interesting items found during the restoration. Available for purchase will be the limited edition print of the beautiful "Agawam Sampler" painted by artist Ann Marie Bellico. Viewing hours are regular library hours.

Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will have their next meeting on June 11 at 10 a.m. Free coffee will be served. Last meeting until Sept. 3 at 10 a.m., unless notified of a change.

The Senior Center will be hosting a Father's Day Luncheon on June 13 from 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Music by Sandy Robinson and raffles will take place. All classes have been cancelled.

The Agawam Senior Center is looking for seniors who are interested in a friendly game of "Regular Bridge." We are looking to start up our club again for the summer months. If you are interested in playing, call Barbara Ryan at 789-2580 for more info.

St. David's Church, 699 Springfield St., Feeding Hills, will be hosting a variety of events this summer. A giant tag sale will take place June 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., rain or shine. An All Parish Picnic at Perry Lane Park on June 29 at noon. Also, St. David's Vacation Bible School will take place July 14 - 17. For more info, call the church at 786-6133.

Community Grange #382 of Feeding Hills will host their 29th annual Strawberry Supper on June 25. The supper will take place at the Grange Hall located at 47 North West St. in Feeding Hills. Continuous servings from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: ham, homemade potato salad and cole slaw, baked beans, rolls, pickles, strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream and a choice of beverages. Donation is $9 for adults, $4.50 for children under 12. Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Pauline at 789-1062. The public is invited to attend.

Travel with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club to Olde Mystic Seaport in Connecticut on July 16. We will leave the Chicopee Senior Center at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. after a full day of exploring America's best maritime museum and re-created 19th century coastal village. Cost includes lunch at the Olde Seaman's Pub and all entrance fees and transportation. Seats are filling up fast, so call the Travel Desk soon at 534-3698.

There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 10 a.m. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group discusses a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics that a member of the group may wish to discuss. The next meeting will be June 23 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending or for more info, call Jared Krok at 534-3698.

"In Good Company" is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be June 24 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, information on additional assistance and support. If you would like more info, call 534-3698.

On June 25, a support group for those providing care will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. from 6 - 7 p.m. It is free of charge. For more info and to register, call 534-3698. Caring for a loved one can be a 24-hour job leaving little time for other things. It is important to take care of yourself so that you will remain healthy and be able to continue in your caregiving role. One of the ways to help with this is by attending a support group with other caregivers. The Caregivers Support Group is facilitated by Jared Krok, Social Service Coordinator and by Ken Sibley, Chicopee Visiting Nurses Association.

Join the Aldenville Seniors of St. Rose de Lima on Oct. 2 as they journey to Round Top, N.Y., for a "Taste of Germany." A local guide will meet us as we travel to Blackhead Mountain Lodge for a "spaetzel-making" demonstration followed by lunch. There will be three lunch choices. After lunch, our guide will stop at a local attraction. Call 533-9282 for more info.

Join the Chicopee Parks Dept. and Chicopee Legion Post #452 to enjoy a trip to see the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Trip includes bus transportation and entrance to the museum. Trip takes place June 21 and departs Chicopee Center American Legion Post #452 at 6:30 a.m., returning at 8 p.m. Seats are limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Chicopee Parks Dept. Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, call 594-3481.

Book discussion
Book discussion of "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan at the Red Fire Farm barn, 7 Carver St., on July 9 at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Bring your own chair.

Are you a Friend?
The Friends of Granby Elderly Inc. is sponsoring our annual membership drive and would invite you to join our 500 Club. Many of the programs and services provided to the Council on Aging in Granby are subsidized by the volunteers and funds that are raised through the activities of the Friends of Granby Elderly Inc. Our goal this year is to have our membership increase to 500. Anyone regardless of age can become a Friend. Contact the Council of Aging at 467-3239 or send your donation with a check made out the Friends of Granby Elderly, to the Friends of Granby, 257 State St., Granby, MA 01033. If you would like to volunteer for one of our many activities please contact the COA.

Clowns from Clown Alley #225 will wash your car to raise funds for cystic fibrosis on June 14 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Brad's Service Station, 817 Front St., Chicopee. Please help us find a cure!

June 14, 10:30 a.m. "Life Around the Lake." Join us for this one-hour exploration around Lake Bray. Discover all the different life forms that make this watery habitat their whole world. Program starts at Lake Bray.
June 14, 2 p.m. "Hike the D.O.C. Trail." This two-hour hike will travel on the D.O.C. Trail to the south ridge. The terrain will be easy to moderately strenuous. The pace will be moderate as we take a peek at nature.
June 15, 10:30 a.m. "Birding for Beginners." People who want to learn the basics of birding can take in this one-hour program as we discuss how to use bird guide books, bird lists and binoculars. Then we will go and test our skills.
June 15, 2 p.m. "Sunday Afternoon Family Program." This weeks' program will be titled "Make A Kite." We will use everyday household items to make our high flying kite.

Mayor Michael Sullivan and City Councilor Jay O'Neill will host a Ward 7 Neighborhood Meeting at 9 a.m. on June 14 at Holyoke Fire Station #3, 1579 Northampton St. Following, Sullivan and Councilor John Brunelle will host a Ward 5 Neighborhood Meeting at 11 a.m. at the Holyoke Hills Community Room, 360 1/2 Tokeneke Rd. Topics of discussion will include the new Neighborhood Watch Program and other community topics.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its annual bus trip to Kittery, Maine, on July 12. The bus will leave from Big Y parking lot on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. The public is invited. There are limited seats left. For more info, call Vera O'Connor at 783-9824.

Reeds Landing to Host Suzanne Strempek Shea Presentation
On June 12, Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by noted local author Suzanne Strempek Shea. She will read and speak about themes from her new book "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip In Search of Christian Faith." The event will take place at 2 and 6:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Mass (NAMI-WMASS) for their annual walk-a-thon through Forest Park on June 22, rain or shine. Meet up at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Registgration begins at noon. The two-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Monies raised go toward assisting our mission of helping children and adults who have a mental illness, along with helping their families and friends. We are seeking craft vendors who would like to rent booth space at the walk. For more info, call the NAMI-WM office at 786-9139.

This tag/book sale will benefit Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass. and will take place June 13 - 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 13 Princess Rd. Come shop for household articles, books, jewelry, etc. and help the Girl Scouts at the same time.

Strempek Shea to speak at Springfield Rotary
Local author Suzanne Strempek Shea will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on June 20. She will talk about her latest book, "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith." The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, and is a proud member of Rotary International. The Rotary luncheon, with guest speaker Suzanne Strempek Shea, is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Membership Chair Jim Russell at 567-0700 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

Used Book & Bake Sale
On June 13 from 2 - 7 p.m., the St. Rose deLima Parish, 600 Grattan St., Chicopee, will host a blood drive (through Mercy Hospital) along with a used book and bake sale. Drop boxes for books are at the parish center and in the back of the church. Bake items can be dropped off on June 13 from 9 - 5 at the parish center. Any questions, call 265-1097.

The Westfield Athenaeum is pleased to exhibit artwork by Lucinda Tavernise, an artist and landscape designer who lives and works in Granville. She currently paints in oils, watercolors and gouache. The major works in the June 2008 show at the Westfield Athenaeum's Jasper Rand Art Museum are a result of the artist's trip to Russia in the summer of 1999. The exhibit may be seen through June 30 during regular library hours.

The Tea Pot Gallery, 22 Elm St., proudly presents "The Spoken Word" every Tuesday from 7 - 9 p.m. We offer the mike and stage up to local voices that share their poetry, prose, tall tales, short stories, personal life stories, words of enlightenment, rants, comedy, etc. For more info, call the Tea Pot Gallery at 562-6966.

The Homeless Cat Project is hosting a giant benefit tag sale June 20 - 21 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Watchogue Congregational Church. Proceeds will help needy cats. For more info, call 783-4996.

Buon Appetito invites you to an Italian dinner with Berkshire Brewing Beer (or wine) on Father's Day, June 15. Menu: Mozzarella sticks, grilled portobella w/ roasted red pepper and garlic, fried zucchini w/ bruschetta, broccoli rabe w/ sausage, homemade caponata over toasted bread, bolognese w/ pasta and dessert. Reservations are required. Call 568-0002.

Stanley Park's Concert Series will feature Donna Lee and her band on June 22. A Patsy Cline tribute will be presented by international recording artist Donna Lee. All Sunday night concerts start 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, call the park office at 568-9312.

Stanley Park's Garden Workshop Series will feature "How to Build a Natural Stone Wall" with Hartley Brothers Landscape Company on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Dan, Andy, Bret and Brian Hartley will provide tips and instruction on all aspects of the process. The Hartley Brothers will repair/build a stone wall the day of the workshop. All workshops are free of charge and will take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. For more info, call the park office at 568-9312.

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