|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
FREE DAY OF FUN
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., welcomes all for a free day of fun on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This day will include a bounce house, food, games, prizes, crafts, candy, popcorn, a soup cook-off and more. The event will take place rain or shine.
HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MEETING
The Agawam Historical Assoc. will have its opening meeting on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. Guest speaker will be John O'Connor, member of the National Genealogy Society. For member forms, call Bill Miller at 786-7329.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Craft expert Audrey Gerber's "Seasonal Arrangements" lecture and demo will take place at the next meeting of the Agawam Garden Club, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Captain Leonard House, 663 Main St. The club meets the second Tues. of every month. All are welcome.
Mayor Susan Dawson is seeking applicants for the four-member Energy Commission. Applicants must be Agawam residents. The purpose of the commission is to develop strategies to reduce energy costs of town-owned facilities through energy conservation, efficiency and long-term planning. Those interested must send a letter of interest to the Mayor's Office, Attn. Rebecca Budreau, 36 Main St., Agawam 01001.
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host their monthly meeting on Oct. 7 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 954 Main St. All researchers are welcome to join, experienced and those just starting. Annual membership: $20.
Boat & Surf Club
Pioneer Valley Boat & Surf Club meets the first Tues. of every month. The only family orientated saltwater fishing club in Western Mass. Meetings take place at the Springfield Canoe & Yacht Club, 1210 River Rd. Top name guest speakers and raffle. Meetings start at 7:30 p.m. Next meeting is Oct. 6.
On Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., paranormal investigator David Manch will appear at the Agawam Public Library. He will be joined by associates from New England Paranormal to present a discussion on hauntings and ghostly activities in New England. Call the library at 789-1550 to register for this program.
"PRINCE GARY" BOOKTALK
Jeannie Miller-Poland, author of "Prince Gary," will participate in a BookTalk at the Agawam Public Library on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. This book tells the story of her husband Gary's struggle with cancer. Call 789-1550 or visit the library to register for this program.
The Friends of Robinson State Park will host a free lecture by forest experts Dr. Lee Frelich on "How climate change will effect our forests" and by Bob Leverett on "Our special forests" at the Senior Center on Oct. 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more info, call Carol at 786-9453.
CULTURAL COUNCIL GRANTS
The deadline to apply for Agawam Cultural Council grants is Oct. 15. For more information log onto www.mass-culture.org/Agawam.
S.A.L.T. COUNCIL SCAM WARNING
The Chicopee S.A.L.T. Council and Senior Center has learned of a scam targeting veterans. The Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) is warning veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription info. Vets with questions about VA services should contact the nearest VA medical center or call, toll-free, 1-877-222-8387.
A free detox seminar, "Detox from the Inside Out," with Rachel Ginther and Bruce Homstead will take place at the Abundant Wellness Center, 94 Chicopee St., on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. Find out natural and easy ways to enhance the removal of toxins from the body and promote wellness by supporting the immune system. Pre-registration is required by calling 592-2828.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a trip to Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the holiday season with this year's Christmas Show. Trip includes bus fare and admittance to the show, orchestra/first mezzanine seating. The bus departs from Szot Park at 8 a.m. on Dec. 7. Arrive in NYC at approx. 11:30 a.m. to shop for hours prior to the 5 p.m. show, arriving home at approx. 11 p.m. Seats are limited. For more info, call 594-3481.
The Chicopee Council on Aging and Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., is sponsoring a financial planning program on Oct. 16, 9 a.m., at the Senior Center. Chris Cloutier from Retiree Financial Services will present asset protection strategies and practical ways on how to make your money last a lifetime. Call 534-3698 to register for this educational program.
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 12.
CHAIR MASSAGE AT COA
Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 16 at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. Each session is 15 mins. Cost is $10 for those over 60 and $15 for those under 60. Chair massage is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. To schedule your appt. call the center at 534-3698.
The Woodcarving Club meets on Mon. at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This club is repeatable as long as there are participants, so you can continuously learn different aspects and solutions in woodcarving. Join the club, expand your creativity and improve your skills. To sign up call 534-3698. Space is limited to 10 people.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will take place on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.
The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on Oct. 1, serving from 4 - 6 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults and seniors; $4 for children under 10 and $4.75 for take-outs. We serve you. All food made by the Ladies Auxiliary and it's the best spaghetti in town.
ROAST BEEF SUPPER
The First Congregational Church of Chicopee, UCC , 306 Chicopee St., Rte. 116, will host a roast beef supper on Oct. 17. The supper is sponsored by the Men's Club, with assistance from the Ladies Benevolent Society and others from the congregation. Dinners will be served from 5 - 7 p.m. Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, butternut squash, pickled beets, rolls with butter, choice of desserts and coffee, tea or milk. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 - 12. Younger children are free. Take out dinners are also available. Tickets are to be purchased at the door. Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations will be for 5 and 6 p.m. and will only be held for 10 mins. They may be made by calling 593-5061.
FIRST TUESDAY DINNER
Charles C. Kennedy Unit 275, 41 Robbins Rd., will host their First Tuesday Dinner on Oct. 6. Dinner is served at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4:30 p.m. October's dinner is roast pork, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, mixed vegetables, rolls, butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Adults $8; kids under 10 years, $4.
TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE
Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the Conference Room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Oct. 5. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info, call 594-1800 ext. 108.
XMAS SHOW & MOHEGAN SUN
Join the Dow Jones Retirees Group on Nov. 30 for a trip to the Cornerstone Playhouse in Mystic, Conn., for a Christmas show and time at Mohegan Sun Casino with fee buffet and $20 surprise betting bonus. Pick up and drop off at the Plantation Inn parking lot in Chicopee and Bob's Commuter lot in Enfield. All are welcome. Cost includes driver gratuity. For more info contact Carol at (860) 668-5822 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Everyone is welcome to experience the Jewish holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 5 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 4:30 - 6 p.m. A great family event. Pick a time, join us and enjoy harvest crafts, foods and Sukkot stories. Free and open to the public. For more info contact Deb Cohen, Preschool Director, at 739-4715. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Mass. Bar Assoc.'s Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program, Oct. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Veterans who have pressing questions concerning benefits, divorce, child support, employment, landlord/tenant and other legal issues can call (617) 338-0610 to speak to volunteer MBA lawyers. If a caller gets a busy signal, they are asked to hang up and try again. Normal telephone charges will apply. The MBA's Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program is provided as a public service of the MBA with the financial support of the Mass. Bar Foundation and through a partnership with the Mass. Dept. of Veterans' Services.
BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN CASINO
Take a bus trip from Springfield to Mohegan Sun, Oct. 19. The bus departs the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., at 8 a.m. and departs Mohegan Sun at 3:30 p.m. Cost includes transportation and driver gratuity. To register, stop by the JCC or call 739-4715. All are welcome.
Reading and Reception
Author and psychotherapist Rob Zucker reads from his new book, "The Journey Through Grief and Loss: Helping Yourself and Your Child When Grief is Shared," on Oct. 1 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., second floor. Free and open to the public.
The Holyoke Creative Arts Center, 400 S. Elm St., will continue to offer its successful Furniture Refurbishing program for the upcoming fall and winter semesters. Chair Seating with Kathy MacLean enables students to devlop their caning methods (cane, rush, splint or tape), giving a new lease on life to chairs that would otherwise be useless. Upholstery with Gary Clarke will enable students to replace webbing and padding; tie springs; make buttons; welt cords; cover in muslim and then fine material to produce a quality chair. This course will be offered on Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs. or Sat. Visit holyokehcac.or or call 532-0465 for aditional info.
The Friends of the Chicopee and Holyoke libraries are sponsoring a "Polka-toberfest" on Oct. 8 at the Log Cabin. Laugh, dance and sing along with your favorite polkas performed by John Baker and his Merry Men. A traditional German dinner will be served. Lunch at noon; show at 1:30 p.m. For reservations, call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.
SOCIAL CONNECTION 50+ GROUP
The group will meet on Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd. The program is "A Day of Fun!" Laughter is the best medicine, so a prescription has been written for you! Plan to enjoy meeting some new friends. Reservations are required. Call 533-1925 and leave your name, phone number and the number of attendees on the answering machine. Cost is $5 each and includes snacks, lunch and beverages.
BOOK DONATIONS AND SALE
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library, 95 Feeding Hills Rd., are seeking donations of books, CDs, DVDs and audio books (no encyclopedias, magazines or condensed books) for its fall book sale to benefit the library. Donations can be dropped off on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the library. The book sale will take place Oct. 30 - 31, with a special preview for members on Oct. 23. The Friends purchase special items for the library and sponsor many programs. For more info, call 569-1221.
On Oct. 4, the Southwick Rotary Club will host a Walk-a-Thon for fuel assistance at the Southwick-Tolland Regional High School track. Registration at noon with the walk starting at 1 p.m. All participants are required to make a donation and may also solicit donations. A tailgate party will follow. The Greater Southwick Family Support Coalition will disperse the proceeds from the event. For more info, contact Rotarians Karen Shute at 569-1987 or Bob Fox at 569-5962.
Rays of Hope Fundraiser
Simply Beadiful together with Team Motley Crusaders will host its second annual Rays of Hope Fundraiser Day, Oct. 4 from noon - 4 p.m. We will donate 10 percent of our sales for the day to BHF-Rays of Hope right here in Springfield. Guest artist Julia Goldberg will be here featuring her lampwork, pmc and fused glass collection. Raffle to take place. Come shop, bead and support a great cause.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day and bake sale will take place Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. 15-min. private readings are $20. For info or to book readings in advance, call Denise at 519-9669. Visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.
A Taste of Judaism
"A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?" is the title and theme for a free, three-session class being offered for adults who would like to explore Judaism's relevance in today's world. Students are invited to learn about Jewish perspectives on topics of spirituality, ethics and community. Classes take place on Wed. evenings, Oct.14, 21 and 28 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. There is no enrollment fee, but space is limited and registration is required. Classes will take place at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Rabbi Mark Shapiro will be the teacher. For info call Karen Mernoff at 736-3619 ext. 13 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is sponsoring a free demo on Richway Water Ionizer. Ionized water is a powerful liquid antioxidant that is easily absorbed into the body. Ionized water is alkaline water, which maintains and balances our body ph, creating an environment which deters bacteria, inflammation and disease. The Amethyst BioMat will also be demonstrated. Both demos are Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Call to register 783-9424 ext. 2.
Aron Goldman, director of the Springfield Institute, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Oct. 2. His topic will be "Big ideas + regular residents = urban transformation." According to Goldman "the dissolution of the Control Board, ward representation and an election season make this a critical moment for Springfield. Will this be a return to pothole politics, parochialism or worse?" The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Fri. at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue. For more info on the Springfield Rotary or becoming a member, contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
Join Sacred Heart Church Travel Club, 395 Chestnut St., to see Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" on Broadway Nov. 28. Cost includes round trip bus, best avail. theater ticket, driver gratuity and (newly started) theater broker surcharges per ticket. Balance due by the end of September. Call Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676 for info or reservations.
CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a Celiac Support Group meeting on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
CLUTTERERS' SUPPORT GROUP
The Clutterers' Support Group meets every Mon. (except for holidays) at 4 p.m. at Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St. The group is small and meetings are confidential. For more info, call Linda at 733-0999.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor on Wed. from Oct. 7 - Nov. 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. A list of materials will be available upon registration. Register by Sept. 30. Tuition: $69. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at email@example.com.
THE MOM CONNECTION
The Mom Connection will have its next meeting on Oct. 13 from 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. at Westfield Evangelical Free Church, 568 Southwick Rd. The Mom Connection is open to all mothers with children from newborn through elementary-school age. There is no cost to visit; membership is $15/year and a suggested $5/month donation. For more info, visit themomconnection.org or call Coordinator Michelle Longey at 737-3377.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St., will offer a Pranayama and Meditation Workshop on Sept. 30 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Camp Shepard Goyette Chalet, 370 Northwest Rd. Cost: $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Register now. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise at 568-8631 ext. 302.
TEEN FITNESS PROGRAM
The YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St., will offer a fitness walking program for high school age students from Oct. 13 - Dec. 3. The class will meet twice a week on Tues. and Thurs. from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Y and walk in the surrounding neighborhoods. The program is free to full facility members; $64 for 16 sessions for non-members. Financial assistance is available. Register now at the YMCA. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise at firstname.lastname@example.org or 568-8631 ext. 302.
The First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., will host a piano recital of music by Franz List and his contemporaries on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at the W.S. Council On Aging, adjacent to the church on Park Street. For more info, call the church office at 739-6608.
Do you have an overgrown yard on your street? Is your apartment unsafe, no heat, no hot water, or doors that do not lock? If you are affected by any of these or other sanitary problems in District One come to the Precinct 1 & 2 Neighborhood Meeting on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 802 Main St. We will welcome newly hired Code Enforcer Charlie Kaniecki who will be accompanied by Health Director Jeanne Galloway. For more info, call Lillian at 788-0076 or Diane at 734-8188.
"FAMILY FAITH SHARING"
The First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., is offering "Family Faith Sharing" on Wed. from 5 - 6 pm. beginning Oct. 7. Children ages 5 and older may be dropped off; however, parents are encouraged to participate. Seasonal themes of the church will be introduced, there will be fun activities relating to the weekly Bible story and healthy snacks will be served.
The West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., and Allen Clinical Services have teamed up to offer a workshop series addressing the challenges of parenting. This week's program, "Parents of Tough Kids," will take place Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required by calling 736-4561 ext. 3. For questions about workshop content, contact Allen Clinical Services at 781-3307 or e-mail email@example.com.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
The First Congregational Church, 20 Lathrop St., will host Adult Bible Study on Wed. from 6 - 7 p.m. For more info, contact Diana Forfa at 734-7667 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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