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Town Events March 16 - March 23

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From The Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder
On April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Agawam Early Childhood Center and Westfield Infant Toddler will offer free developmental screening for children ages birth through age four who are residents of Agawam or Feeding Hills. Appointments only. Contact Miss Christine at the Agawam Early Childhood Center at 821-0597.

Agawam Congregational Church will host a community-wide flea market on the front lawn at 745 Main St. on July 16 (rain date July 23). To apply, contact Bev Follis by phone at 789-4198 or by e-mail at bsanf437@comcast.net; Cindy Taylor at 348-5112, e-mail cindy@rediker.com; or the church at 786-7111(leave message). Vendors may also visit the church's Web site at www.agawamcongregational-church.com or e-mail office@agawam-congregationalchurch.com for an application.

Senior Center Golf Tournament will take place May 23 to benefit Friends of the Senior Center and the Rotary Scholarships. Registration and continental breakfast 7:30 a.m.; 8 a.m. shotgun start at The Ranch, 65 Sunnyside Rd., Southwick. Foursome of golf $500, including cart, buffet lunch. Sponsorships sought at these levels: $1,000 platinum; $500 gold; $250 silver; $100 bronze; buy a tee sign for $50, cart sign $25, business card for $25 (for the booklet). Silent auction and over 50 raffle prizes. For more info, call the Agawam Senior Center at 821-0605.

First Baptist Church of Agawam, located at the corner of Main and Elm Streets, will host a Trading Post "Sale Day" on March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Donated items: 50 percent off; all other items: 20 percent off. Cost: $40 per bag. Sale from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. No incoming items on sale day.

Thimble Island cruise and Gillette Castle on July 10 with the Chicopee Senior Travel Club. Includes motor coach, tour castle, waterfront lunch at Dock and Dine, narrated Thimble Island cruise and driver's gratuity. Contact the travel club Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at 534-3698. Tour cost: $71.

On June 15 the Chicopee Seniors are going to the historic Isles of Shoals. Cost: $78. Includes a two and one-half hour narrated tour, lunch, bus and tips. For more info, call 534-3698.

Join the Chicopee Seniors on this fantastic six-day trip to the Outer Banks, N.C. and Cape Hatteras. See Roanoke Island, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Elizabethethan Gardens and so much more. Date: May 29 to June 3. Cost: $725, double occupancy. Call 534-3698, Monday through Friday, noon to 3 p.m.

There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. 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 on March 28 at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St. is having a homemade ham and bean dinner on March 26. One seating only at 5:30 p.m. Adults cost $8; child (five to 12) $4. For more info and reservations, call Lorraine at 593-5291 or Joan at 592-3596.

The First Congregational Church of Chicopee, UCC, 306 Chicopee St., will host a roast beef supper on April 9. Dinners will be served continuously from 5 to 7 p.m. Menu: served family style, will consist of roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, carrots, pickled beets, rolls with butter, choice of desserts and coffee, tea or milk. Cost: $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 12. Younger children are free. Take out dinners are also available. Tickets are to be purchased at the door. Reservations will be for 5 or 6 p.m. and will only be held for 10 minutes. Reservations may be made by calling 593-5061. Walk-ins are welcome.

Fine Art Friends Art Exhibit is taking place through April 1 at Emily L. Partyka Central Branch, Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St. The public is invited to an opening reception on March 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Awards to be presented; refreshments will be served. Featuring music by Dane Kane at the piano. Original fine art by area artists. For exhibit hours throughout March call 594-1800, ext. 116.

Kelly Lynn Rogers scholarship fund-raiser (C.H.S. cheerleaders) "Night Out" will take place April 15 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Moose Family Center, 244 Fuller Road. A performance by The Dane Kane Singers; music by JD and Son; dance performance and cheerleading show. Raffle, 50/50, food. Cost: $15 per person or two/$25. For ticket info call 592-9871. To support this scholarship or make raffle contributions, contact Todd Rogers at 592-1410. Make checks payable to: K.L.R. Scholarship Fund, c/o Peoples Bank, 610 Memorial Dr., Chicopee, 01020.

Families of students at Stefanik Elementary are invited to participate in the first Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry Spring Spruce Up on April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon. Rain date: May 1 same time. The goal is to provide cleanup of city parks and streets for hourly pledges as a fund-raiser for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry. For further info or pledge sheets, contact Al Picard at 593-5238 or David Gilrein at 592-9704.

The Society of Polish American Culture will feature Dr. Walter Presz Jr., the founder and senior technical advisor for the Flodesign Wind Turbine Corp. of Wilbraham, at the next monthly meeting on March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Road. The public is invited to this event and light refreshments will be served.

The next meeting of the Amherst Railway Society will be at 8 p.m., March 15, at the Amherst Regional Middle School cafeteria. Note the change in meeting room. For more info about the society, write to: Amherst Railway Society, P.O. Box 2351, Amherst, MA 01104-2351 or visit www.AmherstRail.org.

Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends is offering the following trip: May 15-21 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. (seven night and six days). The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation with snacks and drinks, seven nights ocean front lodging, six continental breakfasts, four full course dinners, three award winning shows. Cost due by March 23. Call Marlene at 436-5311 for info.

The Western Mass Mineral Jewelry and Fossil Show will take place March 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Holiday Inn at Ingleside, Holyoke. Cost: $4; children 12 and younger free with adult. Show features mineral, gemstones, jewelry, crystals, beads, fossils, lapidary and mineral arts from around the world.

The West Springfield Coin Club will host its semi-annual Coin Show at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave., West Springfield, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on March 20. Coin dealers will be exhibiting as well as buying and selling coins and giving free appraisals. Admission and parking are free. For further info call Peter Setian at 596-9871.

The March meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association will take place March 16 a 7 p.m. at Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. There will be a demonstration of collage and acrylic and materials used by Enfield artist, Doris Coughlin. The public is welcome.

Berkshire Children and Families' next orientation meeting for those interested in adopting a child in the care of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will take place March 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Berkshire Children and Families, 220 Russell St., Suite 200, Hadley. The public is encouraged to attend. For more info, call Linda at 584-5690, ext. 117.

On March 19 and 20, Wistariahurst Museum will be closed for St' Patrick's Day Parade weekend celebrations. The museum will resume open hours on March 21 from noon to 4 p.m. For further information, call the museum at 322-5660.

The Alumni Committee of Blessed Sacrament School is currently looking for former students who have attended and those who have graduated since 1923. Many former students have expressed interest in organizing a reunion. Send your contact info to: Blessed Sacrament School, 21 Westfield Road, Holyoke, MA 01040 or visit www.diospringfield.org/bss to download the Alumni Registration Form.

Christ Church United Methodist, 222 College Highway, will host a tag and craft fair April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Inside table is $25; call 258-4473 for application, or e-mail cdltfl@msn.com. Lunch served. Handicap accessible.

The Southwick Republican Committee is seeking candidates for the local elections, which will take place on May 10. Candidates are being sought for positions on the School Committee, Board of Selectman, Planning Board, Cemetery Commission, Assessor, Dickinson School Trustees, Water Commissioners, Board of Health, Housing Authority, Library Trustees and Park and Recreation. Interested individuals should call Bob Horacek at 569-3616, Roz Terry at 569-3982, Russ Fox at 569-5962 or Art Pinell at 569-6971 for more information.

On March 30, First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield Street, will offer a day trip to the Westchester Broadway Theatre in Elmsford, N.Y., to see "Singin' in the Rain." Cost: $80, includes transportation, dinner and show. Depart from church at 8 a.m.; return at 7 p.m. To reserve a seat and be entered into a raffle to win a free trip, call the church office at 734-1715.

Mary Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to see "A Tribute to Liberace" on April 6. Bus leaves the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Cost: $69. For reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle. Astronomer Jack Megas will talk on "Wacky Moons of the Solar System." Refreshments served. For more info, visit www.reflector.org or call (800) 336-9054.

Students in grades three through eight invited on Trips with Brendan March 23 to "Bounce U" in Rocky Hill, Conn. Depart town hall at 3:45 p.m.; return at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35; includes bus, Bounce U admission, pizza party and games for both boys and girls. Chaperones are Brendan Monahan, former assistant director at Centrum Playground, Centrum specialist Lauren Pandolfi and summer staffers. Registration required; download form at www.west-springfield.ma.us or contact the Park & Recreation Dept at 263-3284.

The West Springfield Senior Center is seeking volunteers to assist in the evaluation process to get the center national accreditation by the National Council on Aging. First meting is March 22 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the center. All welcome. For more info call Director Laurie Cassidy at 781-2214 or e-mail her at lcassidy@westspringfield.ma.us.

The American Legion Auxiliary, Hampden County Council, District #3, will host a fund-raising public skate night at Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St., Westfield, on March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per person at the door; including skate rental. Proceeds benefit local veterans and their families. For more info call Amelia Park at 568-2503 and ask for Bonnie.

Westfield State University will be offering a SAT prep courses prior to the May 7 test. Math meets March 22 to May 3, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Verbal meets March 24 to May 5, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuition is $89 for either math or verbal only; $169 for both. Must bring "The Official SAT Study Guide: Second Edition" by the College Board. Enroll before March 22. To enroll, call 572-8034 or e-mail fpero@wsc.ma.edu.

The Westfield Athenaeum announces that Technology Assistant Tegan Mannino is now offering free Notary Public service in the reference and information services department from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call Tegan at 562-0716 to make an appointment.

The Westfield YMCA is offering a "BreakDance" workshop with Martin Lee from Freestyle Motions on March 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $8 for non-members. Ages 10 and up. Registration required. Contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 x323.

A "Cocktails for the Cause event will take place March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the School Street Bistro, hosted by "Mayor for the Day," Ward 4 City Councilor Mary O'Connell. Cost:$25/person; cash bar and hors d'oevures. Event will benefit the Carson Center, Greater Westfield Free Health Services, Inc. and the Mayor's Annual Easter Egg Hunt. RSVP Mayorfortheday@gmail.com or call 642-1730 for reservations. Make checks payable to the Carson Center.

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