Town Events, July 7 - July 14
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Saddle up for Saddle Ridge Ranch. It's vacation Bible School at Faith Bible Church, 370 Shoemaker Lane. Kids age preschool to grade 6 are admitted free from Aug. 2 to 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more info, call 786-1681 or visit www.faithbible-church.org.
FAMILY FOLKLORE BOOK
Come create a family folklore book at the Agawam Public Library, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room. This program will be presented by Jeannie Hunt of One Heart Arts. Learn to build simple books, and fill them with stories, poems, drawings and maps of family traditions and travels. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to register.
LEARN TO ZUMBA
Learn to Zumba at Agawam Public Library on July 19 at 7 p.m. Lynn Hadden-Quinn of LHQ DanceForce will offer a Zumba demonstration and class to anyone interested in learning more about this fitness program that fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and dance moves. No dance experience necessary. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit the library to register for this free program.
Claudia Johnsen, a licensed yoga instructor, will offer a yoga this class at the Chicopee Public Library, 499 Front St., on July 7 at 10 a.m. Call 594-1800 ext. 108 to sign up and for more info.
"HOLIDAY MAGIC" TRIP
Now is the time to make reservations for a great two-day holiday magic trip Nov 28 and 29. Start at Mohegan Sun then on to the North Pole Express Train. Every coach becomes a stage for musical performances. Next day, we go to Radio City Music Hall and the Rockettes. Cost is $308 dbl. Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698, Mon.-Fri., noon-3 p.m.
The Chicopee Parks and Recreation Dept. will hold two concerts on the following dates at Aldenville Commons: July 6, Ed Mari Band, 7 p.m. and July 7, Dan Daniels and No Good Buddies, 6:30 p.m. The concerts are co-sponsored by Local 171, American Federation of Musicians and the Viola Klaus Concert Fund. The Poineer Valley Concert Band will perform on July 11, 6:30 p.m., at the Szot Park tennis court parking lot. The public is invited.
Michael Crouse, Thomas Stallone, Rinaldo Toglio -- these three tenors will be performing at Venus De Milo on Sept. 21. Cost is $72. Includes bus, meal, show and tips, Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698.
Educational and hands-on evidence based nutrition program, designed for older adults who want to learn more about nutrition and how life style changes can promote better health. The focus of this program is on strategies for improving heart and bone health. The program meets for six weeks, July 20 - Aug. 26. For more info or to register, call 534-3698.
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 July 12. The title of his seminar will be "Turning 65 and Medicare." The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare.
HERB GARDEN TOUR
July 8 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at Storrowton Village on the grounds of the Big E. Free. Storrowton's Master Gardeners guide visitors through historic Aunt Helen's Herb Garden. For more information call 205-5051.
CALL FOR CLOTHING PICK-UP
Big Brothers Big Sisters will be sending trucks throughout Hampden County for a free pick-up of donated used clothing and shoes in good condition Items will be resold to Savers thrift stores or recycled as a fundraiser to support mentoring programs in the community. To find out when trucks will be in neighborhoods for pick-ups, call 732-7111.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a Plus Dance on July 10 with Gene King calling and Laura Knight cuing. They will have a mainstream dance (Tombstone Territory) on July 16 with Lenny Stratton calling and Dennis Visconti cuing. Dances take place at United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield from 8-10:30 p.m. Early rounds 7:30-8 p.m.
"PERFECT SPOT OF TEA"
Lalit, a group performing ethnically diverse music from ragas to celtic jigs, will perform at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum's "A Perfect Spot of Tea" 2010 series on July 31. Admission: $10 per guest with tea seatings at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum is located at 130 River Dr., Hadley. For more info, contact the museum at 584-4699 or visit www.pphmuseum.org.
SENIOR SERVICE VOLUNTEERS
Greater Springfield Senior Services is seeking volunteers with good budgeting and organizational skills to help manage the finances of older, low-income individuals. Volunteers must be able to donate up to three hours a month of their time and have transportation. For more info, contact Greater Springfield Senior Services' money management program supervisor at 781-8800 ext. 163.
Due to the demolition of a building on the corner of High and Cabot Streets, which began on June 30, several portions of Holyoke streets will be closed down for approximately a week to 10 days. Cabot Street will be closed from Cosmos Place to High Street. In addition, High Street from Worcester Place to Cabot Street will be down to one lane. For more info, contact Dave Martins at 322-5652.
TRIP TO AIR MUSEUM
The Senior Center will host a trip to the New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport on July 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $11 for admission and transportation. Enjoy lunch (on your own) at Skooter's Restaurant, a 50's style diner. Call Alice at 569-5498 to sign up.
HOT DOG ROAST
The Senior Center will host a hot dog roast on July 28 at lunchtime. Wear a summer hat and/or a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded. Cost: $5 (due by July 23). Sign up with Nancy at 569-0410.
TRIP TO LENOX
The Senior Center will sponsor a trip to Hancock Shaker Village in Lenox on Aug. 10. We'll leave the center at 8:30 a.m.; return at 3 p.m. Cost: $18 for admission and transportation (due by July 30). Enjoy lunch (on your own) at Dragon Restaurant (Chinese/Vietnam Cuisine). Call 569-5498 to sign up soon.
SPRINGFIELD TENNIS CLUB
Will host a social tennis mixer with prizes, games and refreshments July 10, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Forest Park clay courts for all levels of players. No partners or reservations needed. Players will be rotated for one-set doubles matches. Free to club members; $4 for non-members. Public invited. Info: Sandie Powell at 786-8099.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Springfield Wesleyan Church, 98 White St. will offer a vacation Bible school, "High Seas Expedition" on July 19-23 from 5:45-8:30 p.m. The expedition is filled with Bible learning experiences, Bible Point crafts, team building games, cool Bible Songs, and tasty treats, and hands-on mission project called Operation Kid-to-Kid. Call 478-9708 to register.
SCENIC RAILWAY TRAIN RIDES
Juy 17, at Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum, sponsored by St. Peter's Chuch, 45 Buckingham St. Includes a 90-minute round-trip ride connecting Lee, Lenox nd Stockbridge aboard 1920s passenger coaches hauled by vintage diesel engines. Tickets: $25/adults, $15 children. Call Marjrie guess, 788-0044 or MaryLouise Rutherford, 783-5113. Space limited.
Orchard Covenant Church and Deliverance Center Ministries, both of Indian Orchard, are pleased to announce their latest joint venture, "L.O.S.T. But Now I'm Found" on July 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Food or monetary contributions for the Community Survival Center of Indian Orchard are welcome. Contact the church at 543-4204 for more info.
DAN KANE JUNIOR SINGERS
On July 11 at 6 p.m. the Dan Kane Junior Singers will perform for Stanley Park's Sunday Night Concert. Come and listen to the newest and youngest (ages six to 15) vocal talents in Western Mass. For further info on the Sunday Night Concert Series, call the park office at 568-9312.
AMERICAN LEGION BAND
The Westfield American Legion Band will perform a Wednesday evening concert on July 14 in the Beveridge Pavilion at Stanley Park. The Westfield American Legion Band has been a local institution since 1932 and offers a variety of patriotic and traditional music. This concert will begin at 7 p.m., is free of charge and will be held rain or shine. For further info, call the Stanley Park office at 568-9312.
"NATURALLY BEAUTIFUL GARDENS"
On July 10 at 10 a.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion Dori Smith will present "Naturally Beautiful Gardens." Smith will discuss environmentally sound gardening and lawn care practices, as well as invasive plants and ways to cope with them. This garden workshop is free of charge and will take place rain or shine in the Beveridge Pavilion. There is no pre-registration. For more info on the Stanley Park's Garden Workshop Series, call the park office at 568-9312.
On July 9 at 10 a.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion the Puppet People will perform "The Elephant Child." This show features large colorful hand puppet marionettes and soft sculpture scenery. This program is suitable for young children. For further info on the Friday Mornings for Children Series, call the park office at 568-9312.
YMCA of Greater Westfield will have Zen teacher, Dr. Paul Gerstein, give a talk, "The Tail of the Buffalo is Trapped" -- Mindfulness and Getting Unstuck at the Camp Shepard Goyette Chalet on July 26 from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Event is free and open to those ages 16+. Call the YMCA reception desk at 568-8631 to register. For more info, contact Rosann Scalise at 568-8631 ext. 302.
The Westfield Homeless Cat Project urgently needs items for a tag sale fundraiser. This no kill shelter desperately needs to raise funds to care for the numerous unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens coming into the shelter daily. Donations can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Rd. For info or pick-up, call 568-6964.
BENEFIT CAR SHOW
The 4th Annual Wheels & Whiskers Benefit Car Show will take place Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mestek Field, 260 Elm St. Rain date: Aug. 29. This day of family fun will include classic cars, food, children's games, music, and more. Event benefits the Westfield Homeless Cat Project, so those who come are asked to bring a can of cat food to donate. Free admission for spectators, $10 donation per car entered in the show. For more info, call Gary at 562-1346.
HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
Westfield's State Rep. Don Humason Jr. and his Chief of Staff Sarah Latour, will have public office hours at the Westfield Athenaeum on July 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. They'll be available to meet with Westfield constituents to discuss state issues in the Reed Study at the library. For more info, contact them at Humason's district office located at 64 Noble St., at 568-1366.
W. Springfield Council on Aging/Senior Center will host their annual picnic on Aug. 6 at the center on Park Street, rain or shine. Serving time: 11:30 a.m., and featured entertainer Trevor Smith will present "Laughter is The Best Medicine," at 12:15 p.m. Tickets: $6 per person at the center. For more info, call 263-3264.