Town Events, Jan. 26 - Feb. 2
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host its next meeting Feb. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Guest speaker: Robert Magovern, who will discuss 100 years of inter-tribal conflicts of the American Indians in the Connecticut Valley. Annual membership fee: $20. For more info, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mawmgs or e-mail WestMassGen@gmail.com.
OPEN JURIED PHOTO SHOW
Deadline for entry to the Friends of the Agawam Public Library Open Juried Photography Show has been extended to Jan. 29. Download prospectus from www.agawamlibrary.org/index.htm. Photo must be framed for hanging by wire with maximum frame size of 16x20 in the People, Design Elements, Travel, Nature/Landscape or Animals categories.
The Crescents and the Glamour Girls are collaborating with Jimmy Mazz and special guests for a benefit show for Community Resources for People with Autism on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus on Granby Road. Tickets: $15 and are available at Jennifer's Kitchen, 574 Chicopee St. or by calling Ted Hamel at 262-0303 or Joe Pereria at 330-1755.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Charles C. Kennedy, Unit 275, 41 Robbins Rd. will host its first Tuesday dinner Feb. 1. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; serve at 5 p.m. Menu: roast pork, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets: $8/person; children under 10 years old, $5.
SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Families, friends and alumni of St. Joan of Arc School, 587 Grattan St., are invited to attend an open house on Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Tour the school; meet the staff; enjoy coffee and donuts; and secure a seat for September 2011 Pre-K and kindergarten programs. Learn more about the school by calling 533-1475 or by visiting www.sjachicopee.org.
ST. BRIGID'S NIGHT
Maitiu de Hal, the Fulbright teacher of the Irish language at the Elms College invites all to attend St Brigid's Night, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center. De Hal will give a few words on St. Brigid, followed by instruction on St. Brigid cross making. Light refreshments will be served. Let the center know if you plan to attend as this is needed for planning purposes.
AUTISM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Crescents and The Glamour Girls are collaborating with Jimmy Mazz and special guests Ruth Caney, Richie Doo Wop and Michael and Moose in a show to benefit Community Resources for People with Autism Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. at the K of C, 460 Granby Rd. Tickets: $15 per person and are available at Jennifer's Kitchen 574 Chicopee St., The K of C or by calling Ted Hamel at 262-0303 or Joe Pereria at 330-1755.
Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar, "Turning 65 and Medicare" at the Chicopee Public Library on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info, call the library at 594-1800 ext. 108.
Meets every Wednesday and Thursday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Alateens meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.
MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will travel on May 15-21 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation with snacks and drinks, seven nights lodging, six continental breakfasts, four full course dinners, three award winning shows and guided tour to the historic area of Charleston, S.C., all taxes and meal gratuities. Deposit: $75 due by Feb. 1, upon signing and remaining due by March 23. Seats are limited. For info call Marlene at 436-5311.
AL-ANON "STEPS TO A NEW DAY"
Twenty-second anniversary meeting Jan. 29 at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St. (Rte. 5). Begins at 8:30 a.m. with good food, continues at 9 a.m. with interesting speakers, All are welcome.
PARTY WITH A PURPOSE
Join us at the first CRUSH (Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success of Holyoke) Party with a Purpose of 2011 at the Bungalow on Main Street Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Speaking that night will be John Goodhue, executive director, Green High Performance Computing Center and Jeff Brancato, director of the Consortium. For more info, visit www.crushonholyoke.org.
SAFE SITTER CLASSES
The Greater Holyoke YMCA will offer Safe Sitter classes for girls and boys ages 11 to 13 on Feb. 22 and 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. or Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Greater Holyoke YMCA. Registration for the program, sponsored by The Greater Holyoke YMCA is open until Feb. 20. The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate program that teaches young adolescents how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The cost is $45. To register your son or daughter or your child's babysitter, call 534-5631.
The S. Hadley Lions Club and the St. Patrick's Committee of Holyoke have joined forces to present the 6th S. Hadley Irish Night on March 12 at Knights of Columbus, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. Tickets: $35 per person. Social hour at 6 p.m., corned beef dinner, dancing and raffles. For tickets or more info, call Bill Schenker at 536-4646, Dave Daly at 534-0889 or Jackie Reardon 536-7732. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The S. Hadley Lions Club will host a spaghetti supper at The Roost (Egg & I) on Main Street Feb. 1st. The meal, which consists of spaghetti with meatballs, salad, rolls and coffee, will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Cost: $5. Parking is available across the street from the restaurant.
Annual census forms were mailed out to Southwick residents this month. If you have not received your form, please help save costs by downloading the form at www.southwickma.org/public_documents/southwickma_clerk/2011.SWK.CENSUS.pdf. A second mailing will be sent to households that do not return the form.
RENEW DOG LICENSES
Residents can renew their 2011 dog license by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope and all required information as stated on the census form. The Town Clerk's Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Monday of each month, a support group, for caregivers and those coping with the disease, will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St. at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce Dupont at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 536-1895.
AFRICAN LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host a special African flavor luncheon to sponsor shipment of outreach supplies to Liberia, Africa, on Jan. 29 from noon until 5 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. For tickets and more info, call the church office at736-8567 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
'MUSIC OF THE HEART' CONCERT
The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) at Faith United Church invites the public to its benefit concert, "Music of the Heart and Soul," at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 snow date Feb. 26 at the church, 52 Sumner Ave. Dessert buffet follows concert. Donation: $12 in advance or $15 at the door; children free with adult. Funds will be split equally between the STEP scholarship fund and the Faith United youth choir.
Wingate at Springfield invites family and friends to a community education lecture titled "Hospice 101," presented by Beacon Hospice Inc., on Feb. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. Refreshments provided. RSVP Kimberly at 796-7511.
FREE HEALTH SERVICES
Greater Westfield Free Health Services (GWFHS), 46 Main St., is open every other Wednesday (Feb. 2, 16 and 23) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. GWFHS offers free adult basic medical care and financial counseling services for people in Greater Westfield. For more info, call 562-2040.
The Newlywed Game, a benefit fundraiser for Amelia Park Children's Museum will take place at Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Rd., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. Tickets: $30 per person. For more info, contact Diane McLean at 572-2749 or email@example.com.
The Friends of the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., will host its monthly book discussion Feb. 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. This event is open to all. The book to be discussed is "My Name is Mary Sutter" by Robin Oliveira. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 7.
VALENTINE'S DAY LUNCHEON
Tickets are on sale at the West Springfield Senior Center for the Valentine's Day Luncheon on Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. The Jazz Bones will provide entertainment. Tickets: $5 for adults 60 years or older; $6 for under 60. Menu: eye of round with demi-glaze, grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, white cake with strawberries, coffee and tea. RSVP by Feb. 11 by calling 263-3264 or 263-3265.
"DISNEY ON ICE"
On Feb. 2 from 1:15 to 2 p.m., cast members from "Disney On Ice Presents Princess Classics" will visit the West Springfield Public Library. All of the children participating in the event will receive discount passes to attend one of the performances at the MassMutual Center Feb. 2 to 6. For more info, call Terri Mitus at 736-4561 as space is limited.
Join Freda Brown, a certified divorce financial analyst and owner of Divorce Financial Services in Southwick for a free divorce seminar on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library. No registration required. Space will be open on a first come, first served basis. Call the library at 736-4561 ext. 3 for more info.
FREE BASKETBALL CLINIC
W. Springfield Park and Rec. Department and Girls Intermediate Coach Bob Mancini are offering a free basketball clinic for kids in 3rd to 8th grades. UMass women's basketball players and staff will be leading the clinic on Feb. 6 from noon to 1 p.m. at W. Springfield Middle School. No pre-registration required. The team will be available for autographs after the clinic. For more info, call 263-3284.