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Town Events, June 4 - June 11

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

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be hosting a pancake or french toast breakfast on June 8 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. The breakfast also includes sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Cost is $4.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 10. All proceeds will go to the Senior Center Expansion Fund.

The Agawam Cultural Council (ACC) is meeting on June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest in providing diverse cultural events for the town, a great opportunity exists with the ACC. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Spring Jam 2008 at Agawam State Park on June 7 from 2 - 5 p.m. Food, live band, raffles, best trick competitions, prizes and give-a-ways. Rain date is June 14. Music provided by Agawam's Lady Sasquatch. Sponsored by Agawam Parks & Rec., Theory Skate Shop and I Love My Jo Jo's. Donations accepted to benefit the Children's Miracle Network and the Agawam State Park.

The Agawam Lions Club invites you to the "Vegas 3," featuring Ray Guillemette Jr., Patrick Tobin and Jimmy Mazz on June 15 at the Oaks Banquet House, Rt. 75. Doors opens at 6 p.m.; showtime 7 p.m. Cash bar and hors d'oeuvres available for purchase. Tickets only $20. Call Charlie Sienkiewicz, 789-2702; Mike Roy, 786-2953; Ron Wieners, 786-6633; or any Agawam Lion. Tickets also available for purchase at Southgate Liquors, Bob's Barber Shop on Maple Street or at the door. General admission or reserve your table of 10. Proceeds to benefit the Agawam Lions Club.

You are invited to Agawam Congregational United Church of Christ on June 8. The Worship Service begins at 10 a.m. Reverend Earl Eisenbach will preach. We will celebrate Teacher Recognition and Church School Sunday. We welcome new comers and we may have something that would interest you and your family. Members of the community are invited to participate in all church events. For further info call the church office at 786-7111 or visit www.agawamcongregationalchurch.com. Agawam Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 745 Main St.

Superintendent to speak
Our Worship Service is on June 15 at 10 a.m. with the Celebration of Father's Day and Children's & Youth Sunday. We welcome special guest Dr. Mary Czajkowski, Superintendent of Agawam Schools. Rev. Earl Eisenbach and Dr. Czajkowski will have a dialogue sermon. Join us for fellowship hour that follows our Service in Bryan Hall. For further info call the church office at 786-7111 or visit www.agawam-congregationalchurch.com. Agawam Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 745 Main St.

The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on June 5 from 4 - 6 p.m. Adults and senior citizens, $4.50; children under 12, $4; and $4.75 for take-outs. 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. Come join us.

St. Patrick Parish Family Picnic will take place on church grounds on Broadway Street on June 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Food, raffles, games, etc. Bring your chair. Adults, $5; children under 12, $3 and under three free. Call 592-4178.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. An Alzheimer's caregivers support group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month. On June 18, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's. Support is also provided to help you provide the best care for your loved one. 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.

Travel with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club to Olde Mystic Seaport in Connecticut on July 16. 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 a re-created 19th century coastal village. Cost includes lunch at the Olde Seaman's Pub, all entrance fees and transportation. Seats are going fast, so don't hesitate to call the travel desk at 534-3698.

If you have a taste for chicken and spaghetti attend the dinner sponsored by the Chicopee Falls Tiger Athletic Club for the benefit of its youth program. The dinner will take place June 7 from noon - 6 p.m. at the club home, 14 Montgomery St. Donation is $6 for adults, $3 for children 10 and under; children under five free. The public is invited to purchase tickets at the door. Children will be entertained by Shriner Clowns.

St. Stanislaus Basilica will commence grief support groups on June 28 at 2:30 p.m. We will get together at the St. Hyacinth Senior Friars Residence at the back of the church parking lot, every other month on the last Saturday of the month. Contact the Ministry of Care, 592-2786 or Sr. Mary D'Angelo at the convent, 594-6444, if you have any questions.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.

The next meeting will be June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. New members are always welcome. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

Diane Weston, the Wellness Health Center nurse at the Chicopee Senior Center, will be hosting a two-part series on prediabetes and diabetes. The next presentation will be on June 11 at 10:45 a.m. This presentation will focus on the definition of prediabetes, prevention of diabetes and lifestyle changes to help prevent or manage the condition. To attend this program, or for more info, call the center at 534-3698.

Free fishing weekend. In Massachusetts June 7 - 8 is a free fishing weekend and no license is required to fish. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at 467-7178.

The Massachusetts Lions District 33Y EyeMobile will be at the Granby branch of the Polish National Credit Union on June 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The Lions EyeMobile provides free sight, hearing and blood pressure screening. The Polish National Credit Union is located at 34 West State St.

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!

Fireworks over Niagara Falls four-day tour July 3 - 6. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach, three nights Michael's Inn, three breakfast buffets at hotel, one dinner buffet Skylon Tower, Fallsview Casino visit with a casino bonus or dinner, guided sightseeing guide, duty free shopping, meal tax and all gratuities. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

"Make It, Grow It or Bake It" mainstream dance and sale June 6. We will host a mainstream "Sweet Strawberries" dance on June 20. Dances take place at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street 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.

JCC Adult Theater Auditions
JCC Center Stage Players are auditioning talent for the fall production of Carnival, June 16, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. All are welcome. Show dates for this musical are scheduled for Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; and Nov. 2, 2 p.m. For additional info, contact Michael Paysnick at the JCC, 739-4715 or info@springfieldjcc.org.

The city of Holyoke will be hosting its 10th annual Founder's Day Car Show on June 8 and the following streets will be closed after 5:30 p.m. There will be no parking on High Street from Suffolk to Lyman Street and Dwight Street from High to Front Street. The city parking lot on the corner of High and Hampden Street will also be closed.

All vendors interested in participating in the city of Holyoke's 10th annual Founder's Day Car Show on June 8 from noon-5 p.m. should contact the Mayor's office at 322-5510. Vendors must have a Massachusetts State permit, Holyoke Board of Health permit, a fire prevention permit if using propane and a copy of your certificate of insurance. No water or electricity will be provided and vendors must dispose of their trash property. Authorization will be a first come first serve basis. A location will be assigned to you The event will take place rain or shine. For more info call 322-5510.

American Legion 351 will host a dinner night every Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. No reservations necessary. Steak dinner, scallop dinner or surf & turf dinners available. Call 534-1861 for more info or for to-go orders.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on June 14 at 6 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, prime rib w/au jus, baked potato w/sour cream, peas and carrots, brownie sundae w/whipped cream, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids (hot dogs and fries), payable at the door. Take out is available. For those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 5:30 p.m. For reservations or more info, call the church office at 539-9373.

The town of Southwick Town Clerk's Office will be selling fiscal year 2009 transfer station stickers. Residents are reminded to provide proof of vehicle registration in order to obtain a sticker. The stickers will be effective July 1, 2008. Fiscal year 2008 stickers need to be displayed until June 30. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

The Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, is having their annual strawberry supper on June 21 at 6 p.m. The menu is ham, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, rolls with butter and strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. The cost is $9.50 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. For reservations call the church office at 569-6362.

Southwick Senior Center will have a trip to Foxwoods on July 16. Departure time from the center is 8 a.m., and will leave the casino at 4 p.m. The cost is $19 per person, includes $10 in bets and $10 for food or free buffet. Call 569-5498 or stop by the center to sign up.

All are invited to a spaghetti and meatball supper at Christ Church, 222 College Highway on June 19 from 5 - 7 p.m. Only $6. Ages four and under go free. For more info, call 569-5206.

The Southwick Council on Aging and Cultural Council will host Ruth Harcovitz, "Boston's Julie Andrews," at the Southwick Senior Center on June 25 at 12:30 p.m. We will be having a picnic prior to the entertainment from 11:30 a.m. - noon. Reserve your seat early by calling 569-5498.

The Southwick Senior Center will be hosting the following events: a Health Fair on June 9, 9 a.m. - noon; on June 10, Brown Bag at 11 a.m., and a COA meeting at 1 p.m.; on June 18, blood pressure at 10:30 a.m., and manicures (by appt.); on June 19, Shine Medical Advice; on June 25, senior picnic and entertainment. All classes will be ending in mid-June for the summer and will restart in mid-September.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will be hosting a Patronal Festival on June 28 from noon - 6 p.m. There will be a raffle of various prizes, including a trip to Boston, Six Flags admission, gift certificate to Big Y and more; food for sale, including curry goat with rice and peas, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.; and activities include childrens' arts and crafts, indoor thrift store, bake sale and more. Table space is available for rent call 736-8567 or 788-0044 for more info.

The City Council Committee on Elder Affaris, chaired by Councilor Bruce Stebbins, will be at the Hungry Hill Center on June 10 at 11 a.m. This committee will hear concerns, suggestions, etc. on services in our area. Refreshments will be served prior to the hearing. A baked chicken luncheon will follow this hearing. Reservations for the lunch must be made by June 2 and can be made by calling the center at 733-9411.

There are low impact aerobics classes at the Hungry Hill Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; a chair exercise on Mondays at 1 p.m.; and line dancing on Fridays at 10 a.m. There is a fee for the aerobics classes only. Classes are sponsored by the city's Department of Elder Affairs. Advance registration is not required.

St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the "Will Rogers Follies" at the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham, N.Y., on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. The bus will leave St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and return at approx. 6 p.m. We will make a stop at the Lee Prime Outlets for some shopping and a quick lunch before attending the show. Call Sylvia ASAP to make your reservations at 594-2757.

St. Mary's Church in East Springfield is also hosting a three day/two nights trip to Amish Country, Sept. 4 - 6. This trip includes bus, two nights at the Park Plaza Hotel in Lancaster, five meals, "In the Beginning" at Sight & Sound Theater, guided Amish farmlands tour, Kreider Farms tour, bakery demonstration, visit to Intercourse Canning Company and Kitchen Kettle Village. Call Sylvia ASAP to make your reservations at 594-2757.

Gina Daniele presents bus trips to the Saratoga Race Track on Aug. 24, which includes bus, buffet and beverage, and to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. All trips are first come, first served. For more info or to register, call 732-8941.

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 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

Gardeners are invited to join with the volunteers who work in Grandmothers' Garden. Be a part of the crew every Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon and work with a master gardener, or set a time convenient to your own schedule. We welcome all gardeners, from beginning to master. Call 562-2022 for more info or to ask about our Adopt-a-Bed program for a small piece of a garden that you can tend. A wonderful opportunity for a service project, volunteering in Grandmothers' Garden is open to school honor groups and scout groups as well as individuals.

If you are a school aged musician then come join us downtown at the Tea Pot Gallery every Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. for Young Open Mike Sundays. Bring your voice, your band, your instrument and your friends and family and have some fun. We have the stage and the sound system you bring the rest and your best. For more information go to www.teapot-gallery.com.

The music of Neil Diamond comes alive through the voice of Kenny LaBelle and the highly distinguished group of musicians who have committed themselves to developing a stage show that truly pays tribute to one of the most influential singer/song writers. The Diamond Collection focuses on the early stages of Neil Diamond's career, when his music set the tone for a generation. All Sunday night concerts begin at 6 p.m. and 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.

Join the Westfield River Watershed Association (WRWA) on June 8 for a leisurely canoe trip on a scenic stretch of the Westfield River from downtown Westfield to Robinson State Park, a distance of six miles. Paddlers will depart from the canoe launch at Meadow and Elm Streets in Westfield with registration from 12:30 - 1 p.m. Free for WRWA members; $5 for non-members. Participants to bring their own canoes/kayaks, life jackets and must be experienced canoeists. Entrance fee for Robinson State Park is waived by identifying yourself as "WRWA participant" at the gate. Heavy rain cancels. For further info call Tom Condon at 564-0898.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be offering a writer's workshop series, "A Writer's Playground," on Thursdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m., from June 26 - Aug. 21. The cost is $55 for full members and $72 for limited members. Membership is required. For more info contact Rosann Scalise, director of program operations, at 568-8631 or rscalise@westfieldymca.org.

The 5th Annual "Westfield Arts on the Green" will take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 1. We are looking for artists to join our family of artists on the Green, a great CommUnity event of art, music and fine food. For an application stop by the Tea Pot Gallery, 22 Elm St., or e-mail GETGER@comcast.net.

Camp Shepard, 370 Northwest Rd., will be hosting an Open House on June 14 from 1 - 4:30 p.m. Session dates for the camp are June 23 - July 3, July 7 - 18, July 21 - Aug. 1, Aug. 4 - 15, and Super Week on Aug. 18 - 22. Registration is now occurring at the YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St. For more info, contact JR Golen, Camp Director at 568-8631.

The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on June 8 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about scarce finds from circulation. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For more info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

State Rep. James Welch, 6th Hampden District, will be conducting office hours at the Chicopee Public Library on Front Street on the first Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. For more info contact his legislative aids Erin O'Connor or John Moran at 737-7756.

Mittineague Congregational Church will host a hearty Ham Dinner Fundraiser on June 7 with one sitting only at 5:30 p.m. in the Charles G. King Fellowship Hall. Ham, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, homemade desserts, coffee, tea or milk will be offered. Reservations ($9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under) may be made by calling the church office at 734-1290 or e-mailing mittcong@comcast.net. All proceeds will go toward special projects for the community.

There will be a rabies vaccination clinic for cats and dogs on June 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. under the arch of the Visitor's Center at the Eastern States Exposition. There will be no parking fee. Bring your cats in carriers, your dogs on leashes and enough cash to cover the vaccine costs. Rabies vaccine only will be $10 per animal. Rabies and distemper/parvo vaccines will be $15 per animal. Please note that payment must be in cash.

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