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Town Events, Oct. 21 - Oct. 28

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Agawam High School Class of 1984 will have their 25th reunion at Storrowtown Tavern on Nov. 28. Dinner, dancing and a slideshow will be presented. For more info, e-mail agawam1984@yahoo.com or visit www.agawam1984.com.

Cribbage players are welcome to come play at 12:45 p.m. at the Senior Center. We meet in the dining room on the ground level. There is no cost to play. For more info, call the Senior Center at 821-0605 or Emile Cot at 335-9440.

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will present the play, "Love Letters" on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donations are $10 plus two cans of food for the Open Pantry. Tickets are available at the Senior Center or from Emile Cot by calling 335-9440.

The Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be selling the "Bargain Book" for $20. Books can be purchased at the from desk at the Senior Center. For more info, call 821-0605 or Emile Cot at 335-9440.

On Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. the final Agawam High School home football game of the 2009 regular season will be played. Fans will pay recognition to the Senior Brownie football players, cheerleaders and Marching Mohawk band members. Join us again on Nov. 26 for our annual Thanksgiving Day football game against West Side at home.

Third annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show on Dec. 5 at First Baptist Church, 760 Main St., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Looking for crafters and vendors to participate. E-mail eventsandeverything@live.com or call 374-3283. This event will feature local singer Amy Mercier singing holiday classics, as well as 30 booths, food, baked goods, face painting for the kids. Space is limited.

St. John's Church of Agawam is preparing for its annual Christmas bazaar on Nov. 21. We are looking for old and new jewelry, attic treasures, books and toys. Your donation will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the church parish center during office hours, 9 a.m. - noon or 1 - 3 p.m. Mon. - Thurs.

The following events taking place at the Senior Center, 954 Main St.
• Oct. 22: 8:30 a.m. foot nurses (by appt.); 9 a.m. exercise; 12:30 p.m. bridge; 1 p.m. pitch; 1:30 p.m. open art; 2 p.m. melody band; 6 p.m. genealogy computer class; 7 p.m. pitch.
• Oct. 23: 8:30 a.m. tap class; 9:30 a.m. walking club; 10 a.m. tai chi; 1 p.m. cribbage.

The Agawam Dept. of Public Works has begun repaving South West Street between Barry Street and Southwick Street in Feeding Hills. Work is scheduled to include milling of the roadway this week with paving next week. Depending on weather, the project will be complete in 2 - 3 weeks. Minimal detouring may occur; motorists may want to seek alternate routes.

St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., welcomes all for a free day of fun (rain or shine) on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Enjoy a bounce house, food, games, prizes, crafts, candy, popcorn, a soup cook-off and more. R.S.V.P. to the church office at 786-6133.

The West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the Republican and Democratic Town Committees will sponsor a mayoral debate and School Committee forum on Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the middle school, 68 Main St. Questions will be taken from the audience.

The West of the River Chamber of Commerce and the Republican and Democratic Town Committees will sponsor a City Council forum on Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agawam Middle School, 68 Main St.

Join the Chicopee Parks and Rec. Dept. for a day trip to New York City on Dec. 5. Cost is $39 for residents; $45 for non-residents with coach transportation departing at 7 a.m. from Old Chicopee High School. Spend the day in the Big Apple shopping, seeing your favorite Broadway show or enjoying the holiday spirit at Rockefeller Center. Registration and payment is being taken at the Parks Office, 687 Front St.

Alan Banusewicz, SHINE counselor, will explain Medicare Part D and the choices available through various plans. Reps from Health New England and Fallon will describe their plans for coverage at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 28 in the Oak Room of the senior center. To register or for more info call the center at 534-3698.

There is a Men's Group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., 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. The next meeting will be on Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center, 534-3698.

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 be on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. For more info call 534-3698.

Readers will meet in the senior center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26 to discuss Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." The selection for the Nov. 30 meeting is "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor. The Chicopee Public Library is providing assistance with obtaining books for the club. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.

The Chicopee Travel Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 26 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Trips to Boston Ballet's "Nutcracker," Victorian Christmas at Williams Inn are currently open. The Florida-Eastern Caribbean trip planned for November 2009 is also open. Those interested in traveling should attend this meeting to guarantee reserving a space. A $2 deposit will reserve a spot. When the remaining balance is paid, a seat on the bus will be assigned. For more info call the travel desk at 534-3698, noon - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

On Oct. 24 Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will host the annual Jim Hastings Steak Roast. Two seatings; 5 and 6:30 p.m. Adults, $10; children (5 - 12), $5. For reservations call Lorraine at 593-5291 or 592-3596.

The Granby Fire Dept. will be doing their regular blood pressure clinic and administering the flu shot to any Granby town resident at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. - noon. If you have any questions call Lisa Anderson at the Board of Health office at 467-7174, Mon. - Thurs., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Fri., 9 a.m. - noon.

The Holyoke Parks and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a holiday bus trip to New York City on Dec. 16. See the sites of New York during the holiday season. The bus departs Holyoke at 7 a.m. and departs NYC at 7 p.m. Trip includes transportation only and the cost is $25 per person. Space is limited. For more info call 322-5620 or e-mail leclercp@ci.holyoke.ma.us.

Providence Place, 5 Gamelin St., will host its next free chapel concert Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. Conducted by Dr. Carolina Flores, this talented ensemble of 26 singers promises a stirring performance of Renaissance to Contemporary music.

The Holyoke Lodge of Elks 902 will host an all you can eat spaghetti supper on Oct. 29 at the Lodge Home on Whitney Ave. Serving will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad w/dressing, spaghetti smothered in Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters six - 12, and free for tots five and under.

A holiday tradition, Nov. 13. See the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, Radio City Music Hall. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach to New York City, the Radio City Christmas Show, second mezzanine seating, dinner stop en route (on your own). Space is limited. Book seats now. All profits benefit the Chicopee and Holyoke Libraries. For reservations call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

A giant tag sale, sponsored by the Friends of Holyoke Council on Aging will take place on Oct. 31 to benefit the new Holyoke Senior Center. The sale will be inside the War Memorial Building on Maple Street from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. For info call the Council on Aging at 322-5625 or Marion Tierney at 533-0909. Donations accepted.

St. Paul's Church, 485 Appleton St., will be hosting a Fall Family Festival on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be something for everyone, including handmade crafts, knitted items, jewelry, raffles, attic treasures, house plants, baked goodies, a light soup luncheon, chili bake-off and an assortment of activities for the children. There are still a limited number of tables available for crafters at a cost of $15 per 8' table and 15 percent of sales. If you are interested, call the church office at 532-5060.

The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 S. Elm St., is currently accepting registrations for its winter classes that begin Nov. 16. Students who enroll and pay for courses by Nov. 2 will receive an early bird discount. Call the Center at 532-0465 or visit holyokecac.org for additional info.

You are invited to join the Social Connection 50+ group's Nov. 7 meeting at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for a special Veterans Day program. Steve Majgier, a past Division Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, will entertain with stories of the Hooligan Navy which was made up of volunteers who were considered unfit to serve in the regular armed forces during the war. Reservations are required. Cost is $5/person and includes lunch. Call 533-1925 and leave your name, phone number and the total number of people attending. We encourage all veterans to join us. Let us know that you are a veteran when you make your reservation.

Ninth annual wine, beer and food tasting sponsored by Longmeadow Chapter UNICO National Inc. Oct. 24 from 7 - 9 p.m., Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 W. Columbus Ave. More than two dozen varieties of wine samplings, beer from Berkshire Brewing Company, samples from Berkshire Distillers, sample dishes from more than 25 area restaurants, admission to the Hall of Fame exhibits included, musical entertainment. Donation: $35. Benefits local education and mental health charities supported by Longmeadow UNICO. For tickets, call Joe at 788-8749 or Silvio at 322-1113.

Our Food Supply
For Breast Health Month, Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is presenting a workshop on "Our Food Supply" with speaker Kim Ladue, RN, LLC. Health problems created by the antibiotics, steroids and hormones currently added to our food supply is an important lecture to empower everyone to make the best choices for you and your family. The free lecture is Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

The Greater Springfield USBC Women's Bowling Assoc. is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and would like to extend an invitation to all current and past women bowling members of our ten-pin organization to join us on Nov. 8 at AMF Airway Lanes, 1387 Liberty St., from 1 - 5 p.m. There will be light refreshments, a fun tournament (free to all who wish to participate), door prizes, music and raffles. RSVP by Oct. 25 to Assoc. Manager Diane at 592-1244.

Candidates' Forum
The Ward 6 Democratic Committee is sponsoring a Candidates' Forum for the Ward 6 City Council seats on Oct. 21, 7 - 8:30 p.m., at Forest Park Middle School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Candidates Amaad Rivera and Keith Wright will be giving brief opening remarks, followed by questions and answers from Ward 6 Committee and audience members. Moderated by Sy Becker, Channel 22 News.

The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs will host a Ballroom Dance at Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St., on Oct. 22 from 6 - 9 p.m. with music by Richie Mitnick. (The Community Center is located behind the 16 Acres Library.) Dances are only $5 per person. Refreshments will served. Plenty of free parking. For more info call Kerri at 750-2873.

Winter clothing and blanket drive at the Bishop Marshall Center parking lot, Elliot St. (behind St. Michael's Cathedral, State Street), Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Drop off clean blankets (including baby blankets), winter clothing, especially children's parkas, boots, scarfs, mittens, gloves and hats. Non-perishable food also accepted. Complimentary refreshments. In support of those served by Open Pantry Community Services, Gray House and Springfield Red Cross People's Center. For more info: Springfield Catholic Worker, 848-2320 or 737-7600.

Come to Grayson House Assisted Living on Oct. 21 to get some early Christmas shopping done from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Beautiful alpaca goods, from socks to scarfs and hats will be available for purchase. Grayson House is located at 942 Grayson Dr. For further info call 426-9868.

The Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical High School at 1300 State St. is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Oct. 27 from 3:30 - 6 p.m. Dinner prepared by the culinary dept. will be available for takeout and dining in the Putnam Pride Restaurant. Tickets are $6 per person and may be purchased in advance at the school. For more info contact the office at 787-7424 or April at 783-1212.

The Wilbraham United Players are taking reservations for a Mystery Dinner Theatre event Class Reunion taking place Nov. 13 and 14 at the Wilbraham Country Club, 859 Stony Hill Rd. in Wilbraham. A dinner choice of chicken or scrod is available. Tickets are $40 and can be reserved through Nov. 1 by calling 459-3390, or on the Players' Web site at www.wilbrahamunitedplayers.com.

The Ladies' Glee Club and the Men's Singing Section of the Springfield Turnverein located at 176 Garden St., Feeding Hills, cordially invite everyone to join them on Oct. 24 for their annual Winzerfest (Wine Fest). A rouladin (rolled beef) dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Menu: rouladin, potatoes, red cabbage, dessert and coffee or tea. Tickets are $13. Reservations may be made by calling the club at 786-0924 after 4 p.m. or Wilma Gillan at 786-4671. Reservation deadline is Oct. 21. Following dinner, the singers will entertain. The Vagabonds will play for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Best Buddies of Western Mass Artistic Abilities 2009 an art exhibit, musical performances and culinary creations highlighting the creativity made possible through friendships between those with and without intellectual disabilities. Exhibits, performances, food samples. Nov. 5, 5:30 - 9 p.m., City Stage. Parking is free. For ticket info visit www.bestbuddiesma.org/artisticabilities; e-mail ilanagerjuoy@bestbuddies.org; or call 259-1714.

Gina Daniele is presenting bus trips to Mohegan Sun on Nov. 8 (her mom's birthday! Enjoy cake on the bus!) and to New York City on Dec. 5 for shopping or enjoying the holiday spirit. For more info on the trips, call 732-8941.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield's Fright Night is now the "Trails of Terror." The haunted tour will take place at the Camp Shepard Outdoor Center, 370 Northwest Rd., on Oct. 23 - 24 with concessions and face painting. Tickets can be purchased at 6:30 p.m. and tours begin at 7 p.m. Admission: $7 for students and $10 for adults. All proceeds go to the support of the YMCA Leaders' Club. For more info contact Bridget Daley, camping and outdoor education director at 568-8631 ext. 322 or at bdaley@westfieldymca.org.

The Community Education Office at Westfield State College is offering Organic Skincare Techniques on Tues. Oct. 27 - Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. The course demonstrates what fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices can do for the health of your skin. Register by Oct. 23. Tuition: $35. For more info, call the Community Education Office at 572-8034 or jberman@wsc.ma.edu.

SaVoa accredited voice-over artists and professional producer Nikki Lowe will be teaching an introductory course on Oct. 29 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Westfield State College. Students should come prepared to step up to the mic and get feedback on their script read, ask questions and have fun. To enroll in this class and for additional info, call Jon at 572-8034. Pre-registration is required. For more info on voice-overs: www.suchavoice.com/northeast.

On Oct. 25, DiGrigoli Salon is sponsoring a cut-a-thon to help raise funds for the local non-profit organization Educate Malawi Inc. DiGrigoli, 1578 Riverdale St., will be open from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. for $10 haircuts, a portion of which will be donated to Educate Malawi Inc.

The W.S. Public Library, 200 Park St., will sponsor a team of walkers in the Rays of Hope Walk for the Cure on Oct. 25. Call, drop by the library or go to http://foundation.baystatehealth.org/netcommunity/Librarians, to either join the team "Librarians for the Cure" or make a donation.

Fall Book Sale
The Friends of the W.S. Public Library are hosting their fall book sale Oct. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Exceptionally good books, fiction, non-fiction, hard and soft cover in many categories will be available as well as CDs, DVDs, books on tape and VHS tapes for children and adults, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the sale help to support library programs. The library is located at 200 Park St.

A rummage sale of gently used clothing and housewares will take place at Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the church Oct. 26 - 29 from 9 a.m. - noon and Oct. 30 from 1 - 5 p.m. Call Martha at 568-8033 for a pick-up.

Members of Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 is now conducting its annual collection of underwear for the Springfield Rescue Mission through Nov. 8. T-shirts, underwear and socks for men, women and children in all sizes are needed, especially men's medium - 3X. This event is undertaken to fulfill the ongoing mission of helping those in need. For more info, call Victoria at 789-1242.

Mentalist Mind-Reader and Spoon-Bender Rory Raven will appear on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at the W.S. Public Library, 200 Park St. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 111 or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.

The West Springfield Coin Club will host its semi-annual coin show at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave., from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Oct. 25. Coin dealers will be exhibiting as well as buying and selling coins and giving free appraisals. Admission and parking is free. For more info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

St. Thomas P.T.O. is having their fourth annual Christmas in November Fair on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the school gym, 75 Pine St. There will be raffles, gifts for the entire family, a bake sale and serving lunch.

What are Gocks? Goth sock puppets, of course! Teens are invited to come to the library at 3 p.m. on Oct. 26 to stylize your own Gock. This event is free and open to the public. The W.S. Public Library is located at 200 Park St. Call 736-4561 or e-mail wsplyouth@gmail.com with any questions.

The West Springfield/Agawam Elks Lodge at 429 Morgan Rd. will be having a Country Western Dance on Nov. 13 from 7 p.m. - midnight. This is a non-profit organization which all proceeds of this event will go to the community. We will have free line dancing lessons, karaoke and lots of country music. Munchies will be available or you can bring your own. Come dressed as a cowgirl/cowboy and you can win a prize. Tickets: $10 by calling 736-0207 or buy them at the door.

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