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Town Events, Sept. 10 - Sept. 17

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

The Agawam Democratic Committee will have its Obama Regional Field Meeting on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Sleith Hall, Suite 100 at Western New England College, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield. Roger Fisk, Mass. Director for the Obama Campaign, will give a campaign update and speak with volunteers. For more info contact Hampden County Coordinator Corinne Wingard at corinnemarie@comcast.net or 786-9467.

Beginning Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., the Agawam Public Library will show a morning movie on the second Wednesday of the month. The first film will be "Casablanca." Suggestions for future films are welcome. The movies (adults only, please) are free and no registration is needed.

The Agawam Public Library will continue this summer's beginner's knitting class offering a Tuesday afternoon Sit & Knit. This informal, drop-in group will meet on Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 16 from 1 - 3 p.m. Once a month, knitting instructor Annie Foley will be on hand to answer questions and help with any problems. No registration is needed.

Robinson Guided Walk
Guided by Bob Leverett, Sept. 13. Meet at the main entrance on North Street at 9:30 sharp; runs to 11ish. Discussion of forest ecology/plant identification. Rain or shine. May be wet trail conditions; dress appropriately. Bug spray and water recommended items.

The Agawam High School class of 2003 is now planning for its fifth year reunion. If interested in attending the reunion or joining the planning committee, contact Dave Bienia at (860) 788-3907 or DBienie@uhy-us.com), Joe Clark at PJosephClark@gmail.com or Kristen Strole at Strole015@yahoo.com.

The Chicopee Falls Woman's Club will host its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at the American Legion Post 452 on Exchange Street. To open the 114th club year the program will be "Getting Together with Mayor Michael Bissonnette." A "Get Acquainted Tea" will be served. Members are reminded to bring aluminum tabs for the Shriner's Hospital, non-perishable foods for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and tabs from Lipton's tea bags for the Senior Center.

Come join the Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. for the first of two "Chicopee Nights" at the Fleet Center to watch the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics take on the Chicago Bulls, on Oct. 31. The coach bus will depart from the Old Chicopee High School at 4:30 p.m. Seats for the game are in the lower loge section and will be $96 for residents and $99 for non-residents. All trips are on a first come-first paid basis. Space is limited, and tickets will go very quickly. For more info or registration, stop by the Parks office on 687 Front St. or call Dan at 594-3481.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a Sunday School Rally on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. Sunday School registration for children ages three to 18. Meet and greet with the teachers and pastor. Games, food and fun with the entire church.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a Bargain Shoppe Big Bag Sale on Sept. 11 and 18 from 9 a.m. - noon. Fill a bag for only $3. Good quality men's, women's and children's clothes; mix and match and fill a bag.

Memorial Mass on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., Holy Name of Jesus Church, 33 South St., for the departed souls who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for yourself is important. 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 Sept. 17 Gerri Bennett, RN will provide info on Alzheimer's 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.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to the Garde Arts Center in New London to see Celtic Spring, one of the top acts in the finals of "America's Got Talent" on Sept. 23. We will spend time at Foxwoods before leaving for the show. Lunch will be at Foxwoods. Cost is all inclusive. Call the Senior Center at 534-3698 for more info.

A foliage bus trip to Meredith, N.H., to ride the Hobo Railroad will take place Sept. 30. We will enjoy a Hart's turkey dinner and ride along Lake Winnipesaukee. The bus will leave from Immaculate Heart of Mary parking lot in Granby at 7 a.m. and return approx. 6:30 p.m. We will have stops for breakfast on your own and shopping on the way back if time allows. Cost includes bus, train ride, turkey dinner and driver's gratuity. Call the Granby COA at 467-3239 for tickets and reservations.

Womanshelter/Companeras will sponsor the Fifth Annual Charity Pool Tournament on Sept. 13 at Maximum Capacity in Chicopee. Proceeds will benefit Womanshelter/Companeras' emergency shelter for battered women and children. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and the fee is $20 per person. The single player tournament begins at noon and APA rules apply. For info call 538-9717.

The Fidelco Fall Classic benefits the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, New England's only guide dog school. Fidelco currently has 75 clients in Massachusetts, including 12 in the Greater Springfield area. The scramble play tournament is taking place on Sept. 22 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., shotgun start at 10:30. For more info, visit www.fidelcofallclassic.com.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, southwestern chicken breast stuffed with seasoned rice, diced red pepper, black beans, corn and Monterey Jack cheese), buttered noodles, steamed broccoli, dinner rolls, brownie a la mode, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For more info, call the church office at 539-9373.

The Southwick Sewer Implementation Committee is conducting an informational meeting on Oct. 7 at in the Town Hall auditorium at 7 p.m. for a presentation of preliminary info relative to the proposed Phase II sewer project. All interested parties are welcome to view the presentation and participate in the question and answer segment.

The Pioneer Valley Waves, an organization of Naval women veterans, has scheduled the first meeting of the new season for Sept. 20 at the American Legion Post 438 located at 292 New Ludlow Rd. in Chicopee. Following the 10:30 a.m. meeting and lunch, Lola Hobby-Burns, a retired Navy nurse, will talk about her experiences in the Navy medical field. All women veterans are welcome to join the group. Reservations may be made as follows: residents of Franklin or Berkshire counties call Carolyn at 863-9044; Hampden County residents, Carolyn at 596-8485.

The Bonsai Society of Greater Springfield will sponsor a Bonsai Art Exhibit, including demos, workshops and sales, on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Sixteen Acres Garden Center, 1359 Wilbraham Rd. Admission to the exhibit is free. Workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop fee is $30, which includes a tree, pot and instruction in making your own bonsai. Pre-register for workshops by e-mailing SpringfieldBonsai@Hotmail.com or by calling Sandy Saffer at 734-5777. Space is limited to eight attendees per workshop. Come view these amazing living sculptures and learn how they are created.

Artists and crafts persons are sought to participate in A Classical Holiday 2008, taking place Dec. 7 from noon - 4 p.m. at Classical High Condominiums, 235 State St. This is the second year for this event, which attracted over 400 patrons in the past. In addition to arts and crafts sales, 10 holiday decorated condominium units will be open for tours. Classical High Condominiums will provide space of approximately 4' x 8' and vendors must provide their own tables. The fee for reserving this space is $35. Space will be allocated on first payment basis. To ask questions or to receive the form, e-mail spotlightinc@verizon.net or call 737-8474 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Applications must be in by Sept. 29.

On Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon, a Discussion Circle for Mothers will take place. We are a supportive, friendly group. Join us to add your voice to this ongoing conversation on the joys and challenges of motherhood. Taking place at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Dr. For more info, contact momshampdencounty@gmail.com or 598-8598.

"Women & Weight Today" a look at how your thinking can be the cause and solution to weight problems. Tools are presented for overcoming the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off. Workshop is hosted by Curves, 1916 Wilbraham Rd., Sixteen Acres, on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Workshop is limited to 12; a waiting list will be created for next workshop. Call 782-7100 to reserve seating.

The Springfield Fire and Police Depts. will join departments across the country in conducting a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11, saluting fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical services personnel, military personnel and civilians. The ceremony will take place Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Raymond M. Sullivan Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St.

On Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Mason Wright, 74 Walnut St., "Bringing Magic Back" Magician; refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517. On Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., TLC presents "Humor." Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517. On Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., see "The Art of Love" resident art show. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517.

In conjunction with the Westfield Rotary Club, Harborside Healthcare of Westfield, 60 E. Silver St., is sponsoring a concert on Sept. 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Come gather around our outdoor stone hearth and enjoy marshmallows, s'mores, popcorn, drinks, chili and hot dogs sold by Rotarians, facility staff and residents while enjoying a beautiful musical program. All proceeds to be donated to The Memory Walk.

The Westfield Sportsmans Club will host an open house on Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., rain or shine, on Furrowtown Road. New 2009 club memberships and refreshments will be available for purchase. Archery, shotgun, handgun, rifle and small caliber machine gun demos will take place. For more info, call 562-1820.

The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about metal detecting for coins. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

The First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., has a parent-child play group for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their caretakers to gather in our nursery each week for play and refreshments. The group meets Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. - noon. There is no charge or pre-registration. For more info, contact us at 739-6608.

AdCare Outpatient Services has tripled in size and expanded its alcohol and drug treatment significantly since opening in August 2005 at 117 Park Ave. To celebrate its growth, AdCare Outpatient Services will host an open house on Sept. 19 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. AdCare Outpatient Services now offers bilingual services and Intensive Outpatient Programs. AdCare Hospital is also a sponsor of 1-800-ALCOHOL, the Nationwide Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Line.

The famed Broadway hit "Beatlemania" will take the stage in the West Springfield High School auditorium Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the district's schools, the School Department, 26 Central St., Lally's Pipe n' Book, 105 Elm St., The Crest Room, 706 Westfield St., The Cup, 240 Westfield St., Lyons Package Store, 1399 Westfield St. and the Federal Credit Union, 58 Union St. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The concert is a fundraising event to benefit various WSPS groups, including PTOs, student organizations and athletic teams.

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