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Town Events March 9 - 16

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

AGAWAM
CORNED BEEF DINNER
Hosted by the Agawam St. Patrick's Committee on March 16 at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Meet Agawam Colleen Jessica Colson and her court Mari Leclerc, Courtney Rivest, Alexis Lussier and Carly Michel. Pot of Gold ticket raffle will be drawn. Dinner tickets are $12 per person. Reservations available by contacting Jude O'Hare at 786-2547 or Rita Moore at 786-9094.

CRAFTERS SOUGHT
Agawam Congregational Church seeks crafters for its Fall Festival, a juried arts and crafts fair Sept.10 at the church, 745 Main St. Artists who work in pottery, ceramics, metals, woods, stone, garden art, etc., should contact: Bev Follis at 789-4198 or e-mail her at bsanf437@comcast.net , Cindy Taylor at 348-5112 or e-mail her at cindy@rediker.com , or the church at 786-7111 and leave a message. They may also visit the church's Web site: www.agawamcongregationalchurch.com or e-mail the church office at office@agawamcongregationalchurch.comfor an application.

WELCH OFFICE HOURS AT LIBRARY
State Sen. James T. Welch will be hosting office hours at the Agawam Public Library March 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. Office hours will continue to take place at the Agawam Public Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 9 to 11a.m. To contact Sen. Welch or Ross Hildonen, his director of constituent services, call 737-7756.

CHICOPEE
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME MEETING
The next meeting of the Chicopee Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame committee will take place March 14, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Chicopee High School, 820 Front St. Nominations sought for the Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School Class of 2011. Deadline is May 2. For more info., or to join the committee, call Jim Blain at 594-3574.

THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY EVENT
March 27 at 2 p.m., lecture and book signing by noted medium Elaine Kuzmesku at the Bellamy House, 93 Church St. Kuzmesku will speak on "The Making of a Medium." Refreshments. All welcome.

"IN GOOD COMPANY"
In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group at the senior center and being with others can help you to feel better. The next meeting will take place March 22 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. 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. The group will return to its regularly scheduled day and time in July. For more info call 534-3698.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting of the Diabetes Support Group will be on March 14 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 diabetes, help with your diet plans, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS GROUP
On March 16, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide information on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be held at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this meeting. For info or to register, call 534-3698.

GRANBY
MOHEGAN BUS TRIP
On April 7 the Friends of Granby Elderly will sponsor a bus trip to the Mohegan Casino. A package of $15 for food and three $5.00 betting tickets will be included. Cost: $20. No refunds after March 25. The bus will leave from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, State Street in Granby at 9 a.m. For info and reservations contact Nancy at 467-9323.

TANGLEWOOD
The Friends of Granby Elderly is sponsoring a trip to Tanglewood on Aug. 2. The concert will feature the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra along with conductors James Levine, John Williams and Christoph Eschenbach. Fireworks will follow the concert. Seating will be in the Shed. Tickets are $55 pp which includes the bus and the concert. Contact Nancy at 467-9323 for reservations.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
GIRL SCOUT ALUMNAE ASSOC.
A new Girl Scout Alumnae Association is being formed. There are no dues or membership fees to belong to this association. The association's luncheon will take place May 22, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in Sturbridge. For more info, contact Brandi Barcomb at Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass., at 224-4036 or bbarcomb@gscwm.org.

BARK FOR LIFE
Dog Scouts Troop 211 is taking the lead in this fund-raising effort for the American Cancer Society in this year's Bark for Life at Stanley Park in Westfield on April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a non-competitive walk, complete with a dog trick show, agility run thru's, food, music and games for the dogs. For more info, contact Jim Helems, scoutmaster for Troop 211 at dogscouts211@gmail.com.

HOLYOKE
FOXWOODS TRIP
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are having a trip to Foxwoods on March 29. The cost is $22. Call Jane Mase at 536-6470 for reservations.

ALLEGRO: INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC
On March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m., Wistariahurst Museum will present a unique opportunity for kids from ages eight to 18 to be introduced to the fascinating world of music. Participants will spend the day as Belle Skinner would in her Music Room at Wistariahurst Museum. Ranging from the 15th to the late 19th century, picture of Skinner's rare musical instrument collection that is now housed at Yale University will be viewed and discussed. Youths will enjoy music of different genres and time periods, including live music. Activities will also include letting the music flow onto paper, an experiment creating art through sound. The program will conclude with each participant assembling his or her own, original musical instrument to take home. There are many youth programs available at Wistariahurst Museum. For more info, call 322-5660 or go to www.wistariahurst.org. Reservations are required. Cost: $9 per participant.

SOUTHWICK
MAPLE SUGARING TRIP
Southwick Seniors will sponsor a trip to North Field Sugar Shack to see how maple syrup is made and enjoy a hot breakfast on April 6. Trip departs the center at 9 a.m.; the cost will be $2. Call 569-5498 or stop by the center to sign up.

SPRINGFIELD
ART SHOW AND SALE
The Valley Radio Reading Service is seeking artists to participate in their annual Art Show and Sale. The show will take place May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the restored Kimball Towers Lobby. All interested artists should call 747-7337 or e-mail director@vrrs.comcastbiz.net.

BUS TRIPS
Mary Mother of Hope Parish's bus trips include April 6: "A Tribute to Liberace" at the Stadium Theater in Rhode Island on April 6. Cost: $69. A trip to New York City will take place May 22. Cost: $40. For more info, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Trinity United Methodist Church's annual Lenten Luncheons begin March 11 and continue every Friday during Lent. Try some of the church's homemade clam chowder, famous lobster roll and homemade pie. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Asbury Hall. Special Lenten services will take place in Grace Chapel from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Take-out orders are available for 50 per order by calling the church office at 737-5311.

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
Saint Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner with assorted desserts on March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Adults: $10; children (5 to 12) cost $5; children younger than 5 are free. For reservations, call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762.

RUMMAGE/TAG SALE
The Fosterians of Foster Memorial Church will host their annual Rummage/Tag Sale in Fellowship Hall on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in 16 Acres Center. There will be good used clothing, knickknacks, small appliances, books, games and attic treasures. A Bag Sale will be take place from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

PASTA AND MEATBALL DINNER
On March 12, First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Gallery readings: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15. John Edwards style Gallery Readings only $10. Several mediums will be reading. For more info, call Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344. Reservations appreciated. Tickets available.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
AARP Massachusetts will host Community Conversations on March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Springfield City Library, Central Library, 220 State St., and March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Greater Springfield Senior Services, 66 Industry Ave. No charge to attend, but advance registration is required by calling AARP Massachusetts at (866) 448-3621 or by e-mailing ma@aarp.org.

SPORTS SIGN-UPS
Greater Springfield Athletic Association will host registrations for the following sports and age groups: baseball instructional, U-9, U-13 and U-15; softball instructional, U-10 and U-12; and soccer instructional, U-6, U-8. Sign-up: March 12 and 19 at the Greenleaf Community Center, 1147 Parker St.; March 13 and 20 at the Frederick Harris School parking lot. For more info, call Gary Piteo at 433-9983 or Ryan Wells at 315-0592.

LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Join us on March 11 through April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at St. Catherine Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Lunch includes sandwich, homemade soup, dessert and beverages. Cost: $6 or you can purchase items a la carte. Any non-perishable food donation will be collected for the Survival Center.

TRIP TO CULINARY INSTITUTE
Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to the Culinary Institute of America with a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Museum & Home on June 24. Participants will get a tour of the Culinary Institute and the students will prepare and serve us a gourmet Italian luncheon at their restaurant. Cost: $84; all inclusive. Call Sylvia at 594-2757 to make a reservation.

CHILDREN'S PLAY GROUP
The children's play group at First Park Memorial Baptist Church meets every Wednesday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This group is an opportunity for mothers or fathers and their preschool age children to get together and socialize, share, play and laugh. For more info, call the church office at 734-1715.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
ST. PATRICK'S DAY LUNCHEON
Tickets are now on sale for the luncheon on March 17 at the West Springfield Senior Center, 128 Park St. at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $7; call 263-3264 or stop by to reserve a seat. Steve Henderson will present his time-honored character "Geri Atric" as entertainment.

VOLUNTEER GARDENERS SOUGHT
The West Springfield Council on Aging/Senior Center is seeking volunteers willing to tend a vegetable garden plot at Mittineague Park this year. The Senior Center is also seeking businesses willing to donate plants for the project. To volunteer or donate plants call 263-3264.

TAP DANCING CLASS
Wll begin March 18 at 10 a.m. at the West Springfield Senior Center, 128 Park St. Beginner class featuring basic tap steps. Students pay instructor on a weekly basis. Call the center to register before March 15 at 263-3264.

COIN CLUB
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about Connecticut Colonial copper coins. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

"FREE" BOCCE LESSONS
Free bocce lessons at the Dante Club in Wet Springfield on March 10 at 6 p.m. Lessons given by masters Rico Daniele, Laurie Coughlin, Rosemary Daniele and Dan Goyette. For more info call 732-8941 or visit www.boccebella.com.

SEN. WELCH OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James Welch will be at the West Springfield Senior Center on March 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Office hours will continue at the center on the second Thursday of the month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. To contact Sen. Welch or Ross Hildonen, his director of constituent services, call 737-7756.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICES
Grace Lutheran Church will observe Ash Wednesday, March 9, with a noon service followed by a light community meal, and an evening service at 6:30 p.m. Over the next five weeks the congregation will come together on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. for a light meal of soup and bread, brief video selections from the "Nooma" series and groups discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, call the church at 734-9268.

WESTFIELD
GERMAN SUPPER
St. John's Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St., is having their annual German Supper on April 7 with sittings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, hot dogs, sauerkraut, potatoes, green beans, gravy, rolls, applesauce, desert, and coffee/tea or milk. The tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children five to 12 years and children under five are free. For tickets, contact the church at 568-1417, Jane McClure at 562-0492, or Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186.

HOMELESS CAT PROJECT
The Westfield Homeless Cat project, a no kill rescue organization, has many beautiful cats and kittens ready for adoption. People interested in adopting should e-mail denisesinico@hotmail.com or call 568-6964. Adoptions take place at 1124 East Mountain Road on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and other days/times by request.

Y SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
The Westfield YMCA is now taking registrations for its Y Kids Summer Camp, featuring state-licensed full-day care available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp activities will include field trips throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut, ice skating, arts and crafts, swimming, science, sports, theme days and more. Contact Kaitlyn Chambers, school age director, for more information, at 568-8631 x310.

PURIM CELEBRATION/PUPPET SHOW
Congregation Ahavas Achim will have its Purim Celebration March 20 at 5 p.m. at the Interfaith Center at Westfield Sate University. Rabbi Joyce Galaski will share the story of Purim by retelling "The Book of Esther" read from the Megillah. For more info, call Sandy at 562-2942 or write P.O. Box 334 Westfield, MA 01086.

WSU SAT PREP COURSE
Westfield State University will be offering a SAT prep courses prior to the May 7 test. Math portion meets March 22 to May 3,6:30 to 9 p.m. Verbal portion 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. For information or to enroll, call 572-8034 or e-mail fpero@wsc.ma.edu.


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