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Town Events, Sept. 17 - Sept. 24

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

The Ladies' Glee Club and the Men's Singing Section of the Springfield Turnverein located at 176 Garden St., Feeding Hills, invites the public to a roast pork dinner on Sept. 26 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, potatoes, vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea. Cost is $8. Reservation deadline is Sept. 24. Register by calling the club at 786-0924 or Wilma Gillan at 786-4671.

The Agawam Golden Agers, Chapter Two invites you to join us on a tour to the rolling hills of Tennessee, Nashville, Grand Ole Opry and the Pigeon Forge Live Show. Date of trip is May 15 - 20, 2009. This trip is open to the public. For more info, or reservations, contact Art Usher at 786-3567.

An Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group meets monthly the first Tuesday at the Atrium, 153 Cardinal Dr. from 6 - 8 p.m. with facilitator Gerri Bennett, RN. For info or to register, call 821-9911. The Atrium is an assisted living residence providing care for those with memory impairments and offers respite stays, day program and month-to-month rentals.

Healthcare professionals are invited to a workshop titled, "Helping Aging Adults and Families During Change" on Oct. 15 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. at the Atrium, 153 Cardinal Dr. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. followed by the presentation. The workshop will be led by Lenore Woodley, RN, MSN with Advantages Consulting LLC. Social workers and nurses can earn two hours of continuing education. The seminar is free and open to healthcare professionals. RSVPS are requested by calling 821-9911.

A weekly support group for separated or divorced people. Meets Sunday nights beginning Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 603 New Ludlow Rd., classroom #2. Call 536-2775 or visit www.tbclife.org for more info.

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 Road. 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.

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 time of reflection and looking forward will take place Oct. 5 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the library of the St. Stanislaus School. Bereavement Outreach of St. Stanislaus Basilica is sponsoring this meeting and we invite anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one to share this time of fellowship. Msgr. Leo Leclerc will be sharing the afternoon with us with a presentation, then a time of discussion and prayer. St. Stanislaus School is located on Front Street. Call Sr. Mary D'Angelo at 594-6444 or 592-2786 before Oct. 2 if you will be joining us, or if you have any questions.

On Sept. 24, a support group for those providing care will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., from 6 - 7 p.m. It is free of charge and if you would like more info or to register, call 534-3698.

In Good Company is a support group for people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will take place on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. There is no fee for this program. The group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, info on additional assistance and support. If you would like more info, call 534-3698.

Walk with us.take steps toward healthier lifestyle. Get your foot out the door and sign up today for walking club at Chicopee Council on Aging. The purpose of this challenge is to increase the amount of physical activity you can get. Takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. (weather permitted). Call the center for more info at 534-3698.

Readers will meet at 1 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., to discuss this month's selection, "The Women's Room" by Marilyn French. This selection tells the stories of Mira and her friends in the 50s and 60s and the feminist movement of that era. The selection for Oct. 27 is "Water for Elephants" by Susan Gruen. Everyone who enjoys reading is welcome. Call the center at 534-3698 for more info.

A Chicopee public librarian will be available on Mondays from 9 - 11:30 a.m. starting Sept. 22 to assist patrons with returning and checking out books and other library materials. The center is located at 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call 534-3698.

Spaghetti supper Sept. 20 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Nativity B.V.M. Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St., Willimansett. Menu consists of salad, spaghetti w/meat sauce, dessert and beverage. Tickets are $5, available at Sally's Haircuts, Nativity Church Rectory and weekend Masses. Ticket sales at door are available.

There is a Men's Group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The group meets on the fourth Monday at 10 a.m. This group is designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The group will discuss 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 Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok at the Senior Center, 534-3698.

Faith United Methodist Church of Chicopee, 191 Montcalm St., bottle and can drive Sept. 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bring your returnable bottles and cans to the church parking lot. Free car wash if you bring three full bags of bottles and cans. Car wash will be a $5 donation. For more info call the church at 533-6093.

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.

Cross-Culture's new "Discover Morocco: A Cultural Journey," a 14 day/12 night small-group tour visits the cities, deserts and kasbahs of North Africa's exotic country with stops in Casablanca, Marrakech and Rabat. Tour highlights include guided tours of Rabat's kasbah, masoleum and Andalucian gardens; the spiritual capital of Fez; a desert camel ride in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes; the gardens and palaces of Marrakech, the coastal town of Essaouira, a stop at a Berber village and more. Departures begin in February 2009. For a sample itinerary visit www.ccjourneys.com/trip+details/0_304/discover+morocco+a+cultural+journey.aspx.

The Tobacco Valley Artists Association is sponsoring its sixth Annual Fine Art Show and Sale on Sept. 20 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of the King House Museum, 232 South Main St. (Rt. 57), Suffield, CT. (Rain date is Oct. 4.) Members of the association and other area artists will be exhibiting their artwork for display and/or sale. Various artists will be demonstrating throughout the day.

The Senior Adult Department of the Jewish Community Center is proud to announce the opening of its annual Sadie and Eli Gurvitch Memorial Senior Adult Art Exhibit, Nov. 9 - Nov. 14 at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. This show highlights the creative efforts of all non-professional senior artists (50 years of age and above) in the Greater Springfield area who wish to enter and exhibit their work. Cash prizes will be awarded. Applications and info for artists can be obtained by calling Barbara Schiffman at the JCC, 739-4715. Deadline for return of applications is Oct. 24, with art work to be delivered to the JCC on Nov. 3.

Christmas time with the New Dawn Singers will take place at the Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House, 500 Easthampton Rd. on Dec. 3 at noon. Cost is $45 for lunch and show. Menu: hors d'oeuvre welcome tray, minestrone soup, tossed salad, herb encrusted filet mignon and shrimp scampi, cherries jubilee. Each guest receives a complimentary souvenir bottle of wine. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214 for reservations.

On Sept. 25 the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will serve an all you can eat spaghetti supper at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue. The serving will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad with dressing, spaghetti smothered with Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. The price is $5 for adult, $2 for youngsters six to 12, and free for those five and under.

New York Dinner Theater Bayside Class Reunion on Oct. 22 at the Log Cabin, Easthampton Rd. Price includes lunch and show. Take a stroll down memory lane with the zaniest group of alumni and funniest reunion you'll ever attend. Lunch at noon, showtime 1:30 p.m. For more info and reservations call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

The American Legion 351, 50 St. Kolbe Dr., will be hosting a Polish dinner on Sept. 24. Menu includes golomki, pierogi, kapusta, keilbasa and rye bread. Cost is $8. For more info, call 534-1861.

On Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum, Elizabeth Winthrop, an award-winning author of over 50 works of fiction, will talk about her newest novel, "Counting on Grace." Register by Sept. 19 by calling 322-5660 or online at www.wistariahurst.org. Cost is $10, $8 for educators.

The First Congregational Church at the Center in South Hadley is calling all talented crafters to come join our successful Advent Craft Fair. The church is located across from the Town Common at routes 47 and 116. The fair will take place on Dec. 5 and 6. The total price will be $60 for a space for two days. Crafts are juried. Space availability and limitations on some crafts may be determined on a first-come basis. For info or an application, call Jeanne at 533-2020 or e-mail swinjb@comcast.net.

The Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, in association with Cross-Culture Journeys, is offering an 11-day travel program to Italy, "Sites and Sensibilities: Walks in Rome and Environs," Oct. 3 - 11. Mount Holyoke College art historian John Varriano, author of the travel guide "Rome: A Literary Companion," has designed the tour with Cross-Culture Journey's travel professionals; Varriano will lead the tour and some of the unique walks through the historical neighborhoods and sites that blanket the Eternal City. For a complete itinerary, registration form and additional info, contact Cross-Culture Journeys at 800-491-1148 or 256-6303.

Limited quantities, come early. Clothing, snowshoes and helmets also available. Taking place at the Southwick Lions Club Annual Fundraiser, Sept. 26, 6 - 9 p.m., Sept. 27, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Southwick Town Hall, 454 College Highway.

St Peter's Episcopal Church presents Dinners, Sept. 20 on Buckingham Street in Springfield, noon - 6 p.m. There will be a choice of curry goat, baked chicken or fried fish, with a choice of macaroni and cheese, rice, peas and tossed salad for $10. See Frederica Murrell or Barbara Howell to place your orders. Call 639-8662 or 478-0031.

Session I: Parenting We're All in This Together on Sept. 20 from 24 p.m. at St. Michael's Cathedral, Bishop Marshall Center, 254 State St. All are invited to the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Michael's Cathedral to receive a special blessing for parents. General insights and discussion for Christian parents to find, and accept, their parenting styles in a driving world of video games, violence and material obsession. Guest speak is Peggy Weber, television journalist and author.

Undie Sunday/Monday 2008 at the Springfield Rescue Mission, 19 Bliss St., in September and October have all donations to the mission by Nov. 8. New T-shirts, underwear and socks for men, women, and children all sizes are needed, especially medium, large and extra large.

Sacred Heart Church on Chestnut Street in Springfield will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the church. This year's festival will again feature German music with the Black Sheep German Band performing. There will be children's games, teenage activities, the popular apple pie baking contest, bingo, Chinese and grocery wheel raffles as well as a grand raffle. In addition to the grand raffle there will be the always popular cash raffle with the grand prize of $20,000. American and German food and drinks will also be available. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, call the rectory at 732-3721.

Italian Language Classes
The Italian Cultural Center is sponsoring Italian Language Classes for Beginners 1, 2 and Intermediate levels starting Sept. 23 at 56 Margaret St. Parking in Mt. Carmel Church and School parking lot. Classes are eight weeks, 6 - 8 p.m. Registration fee includes textbook, with discount for returning students. For more info, call the ICC at 732-6569 and leave a message.

On Sept. 18, Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Larry Lirot, "Winterizing Your Gardens." Lirot, expert landscape consultant, continues his lecture series with instruction on putting your gardens to bed for the winter! The event will take place at 3 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

The Amelia Park Children's Museum is sponsoring a bus trip fundraiser to Radio City Music Hall on Dec. 7. Cost includes bus, ticket to show and backstage tour. Bus to leave at 7 a.m. from the Amelia Park Children's Museum, 29 S. Broad St. For more info call Neil Roache at 562-5979.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will be hosting meetings the second Tuesday of every month from 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. at Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd. Childcare is provided and free. MOPS is open to all mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten, and provides support and activities such as speakers, crafts and snacks. It is a great opportunity to meet and visit with other moms. For more info, go online to visit www.orgsites.com/ma/mopsofwestfield or call Michelle Longey at 737-3377.

West River Care Hospice is offering a free bereavement support group at the West Springfield Senior Center,128 Park St. The group will meet on eight consecutive Wednesdays (except Nov. 26) from Oct. 15 - Dec. 10 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. This group is open to all who are in need of support during the grieving process. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required by Oct. 8. Call Cindy Lawlor, LCSW, Bereavement Coordinator, at 205-1229 for more info or to register.

The West Springfield Public Library is hosting a seminar for prospective homebuyers on Oct. 2 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. A representative from Applied Mortgage Services of Northampton and representatives from Bourque Real Estate will be on hand to inform attendees how to buy a home "from start to finish." There will be time for a question and answer period. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 111.

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