Town Events, Sept. 8 - Sept. 15
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Agawam Public Library's Author Talk Series will take place Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., with Michael Aloisi, author of "White Ash: A Collection of Fiction." Come listen to a story, and ask questions about the writing and publishing world. Register for this event by calling the library at 789-1550 ext. 109.
ADULT DROP-IN ZUMBA
The Agawam Public Library will host Adult Drop-In Zumba, a monthly class beginning Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. Class will meet on the last Tuesday of the month through May. No registration necessary. Participants must be 18 or older. For more info, call the library at 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit www.agawamlibrary.org.
TEEN BOOK CLUB
The Agawam Library Teen Book Club is for those in grades seven and up who want get together and discuss some of their favorite books. The next meeting will be on Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. For more info, call the library at 789-1550 ext. 4.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
Sept. 9: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. class registration; 9:30 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. line dancing 2; 12:15 p.m. bridge; 1 p.m. free blood pressure check: 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. pitch; 2 p.m. melody band practice; 4 p.m. Zumba; 5:30 p.m. disability commission meeting. Sept. 10: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. class registration; 9:15 a.m. oil painting; 9:30 a.m. hand and foot card game; 9:30 a.m. walking club; 10 a.m. Tai Chi; 11:15 a.m. yoga; noon, slide show/presentation from Jim Birchall; 12:30 p.m. canasta; 1 p.m. cribbage.
On Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., Meg and Dan Sullivan will host the first of this seasons traditional Celtic Music concerts with Matching Orange and well-known fiddler Zoe Darrow. Refreshments available during intermission. Seats are $14 reserved or $18 at the door. E-mail email@example.com or call 789-9267 to reserve a seat.
ST. PATRICK'S COMMITTEE MEETING
The Agawam St. Patrick's Committee will meet Sept. 15 in the Fr. Joyce room in St. John the Evangelist Social Center at 7 p.m. Members are reminded to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Parish Cupboard. Plans for their first event, Oct. 1, will be finalized.
HEALTHY EATING WORKSHOP
Health Eating Workshop Sept. 16, 1 p.m., at Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Discover different ways to cook meals using protein sources that are naturally low in fat, such as nuts, legumes and grains. The hands-on workshop will be conducted in the kitchen of Chicopee Senior Center and participants will enjoy the meal they have prepared, along with copies of the menu and recipes. Space limited to 18 people. Sign up at the COA office. Call Violet Suska for more info at 534-3698. Donation: $4.
ARTHRITIS EXERCISE PROGRAM
An exercise program designed specifically for people with arthritis starting Sept. 13 at Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. Monday class: 1:30 p.m.; Friday class: 10:30 a.m. The class is free to Chicopee residents 60 and over. For all others the cost is $35 for 12 weeks. Pre-registration is necessary and enrollment is limited. Call the center at 534-3698, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more info, contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator.
LIVING AGAIN GROUP CANCELLED
There will not be a Living Again Support Group meeting in September. The group will meet on its regular day and time in October. For more info, contact the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
"MY LIFE MY HEALTH"
Is living with a persistent health condition preventing you from really living? "My Life My Health" class begins Sept. 30 to Nov. 4 at the Chicopee COA, 7 Valley View Court. Class meets once a week for six weeks. Registration deadline: Sept. 24. No cost to participants. East participant receives a copy of the book "Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions" and a CD. Call 534-3698 to register.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
Diabetes Support Group meets Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, use a glucometer, and answer questions. New members welcome. Info: Jared, 534-3698. Free.
HOLIDAY MAGIC/THE ROCKETTES
Trip sponsored by Chicopee Senior Center Club to Mohegan Sun, then on to the North Pole Express; overnight in Connecticut and then to New York to see the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall. Cost is $308 double occupancy. Call Chicopee Senior Travel Club Monday to Friday, noon to 3 p.m. at 534-3698.
Cholesterol testing will be available Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Fasting not required. Provides total cholesterol results. First-come basis. Donation: $5. To register, call 534-3698.
ARMED FORCES SALUTE TRIP
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is saluting our Armed Forces at Aqua Turf on Nov. 16. Package includes transportation, driver, tips and taxes and afternoon of Polka entertainment. Call the travel desk at 534-3698 for reservations. Warning; this one always fills up quick.
"TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE"
Jim Zanik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar, "Turning 65 and Medicare," in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13. 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.
FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
Join the fun at Foxwoods on Sept. 21 when the Friends of Granby Elderly sponsor a bus trip leaving from the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8 a.m.; return at 6 p.m. Cost: $20 per person, includes bus, $10 food coupon, $15 Keno and the drivers gratuity. Reserve your seat now for this popular trip by calling Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441.
FAMILY FISHING FESTIVAL
The Friends of Granby Elderly will host a free Family Fishing Festival on Oct. 2 at Dufresne Field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Western Mass. Anglers Club will provide the poles, bait and lots of info and help to learn about fishing. Boy Scouts will provide refreshments. For info, contact Gloria at 467-3352.
Enjoy the foliage on this bus trip to the Lee Prime Outlets and the Norman Rockwell Museum on Oct. 19. Bus will leave the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8:30 a.m. We will visit the Lee Outlets and coupon books will be available for discounts. Tickets: $30 per person, includes the bus, museum and driver's gratuity. For info and to reserve your seat, call Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles (a non-profit group) is sponsoring a two-hour singles hike (30s to 60s) a Freja Park in Bolton on Sept. 12 starting at 8:30 a.m. (arrive at 8 a.m.). Directions: Take 84 east, get off at exit 59. Get on 384, get off at exit 5. End of ramp turn left and go 1.5 miles to first light. Turn right on Route 44 east. Meet a half a mile up the road on the left next to DOT garage. There is a commuter lot. Bring water and wear hiking boots. No kids or dogs. Call Charlie at (203) 271-2125 to RSVP as we need a count.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
Meets Sept. 14 and 28 at First United Church of Christ, Route. 5, Longmeadow. Enter through Williams Street side door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for swap and shop, meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Info: Bev at (860) 623-6975, Dave at 783-2809 or visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org.
The 25th annual St. Francis of Assisi Craft Fair will take place Sept. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds, at the corners of 673 Ellington Rd., South Windsor, Conn. More than 100 crafters. Free, ample parking. Baked goods, raffles, and a food concession. Rain or shine.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM CLOSED
The Children's Museum at Holyoke will be closed for its annual fall cleaning through Sept. 21. Museum will reopen Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. and will resume its regular hours of operation, Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 pm., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.
Nuestras Raices and the Holyoke Public Schools will host the 17th annual Harvest Festival and the eighth annual Community Education Fair from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 at La Finca (The Farm), 24 Jones Ferry Rd. For more info, call Ramiro Davaro-Comas at 535-1789 ext. 110.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club on Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration required by Sept. 11 by calling 539-9345 and slowly leave your telephone number on the answering machine.
The Town of Southwick is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Conservation Commission to fill a vacancy. Duties include attendance at meetings and administering the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Submit a letter of interest and Resume to the Board of Selectmen by Sept. 15 close of business.
The 2010 Western Massachusetts Arthritis Walk will take place Oct. 17 at Forest Park and is open to both teams and individuals. To register or for more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation at (800) 766-9449 ext. 131 or CBriggsWMAW@yahoo.com or visit www.westernmassarthritiswalk.org.
The Hungry Hill Senior Center will offer Zumba classes on Friday mornings from 11:15 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5 per month. The center is located in the community room of the Raymond Sullivan Complex, 1212 Carew St.
HUNGRY HILL EXERCISE CLASSES
Monday light aerobic classes at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $3 per month. Also, Monday chair exercises at 1 p.m. Thursday video exercise at 10:30 a.m. and Friday line dance classes at 10 a.m. are offered at no cost. The center is located in the community room of the Raymond Sullivan Complex, 1212 Carew St.
HUNGRY HILL KNITTERS
On Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon, knitters are making mittens, hats and scarves for the local school children at the Hungry Hill Senior Center. Materials supplied, just stop in and enjoy the company. From 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. pokeno is played. The center is located in the community room of the Raymond Sullivan Complex, 1212 Carew St.
In celebration of National Assisted Living Week, Mason-Writhg Assisted Living, 74 Walnut St., sponsored the following events. Sept. 13: 50s party at 2 p.m. with old-fashioned ice cream sodas. Sept.14: magic show at 2 p.m. Sept.15: Resident Art Show from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 16: Tropical Beach Party at 2 p.m., featuring entertainment by Big Smile and frozen Margaritas. Sept.17: Reminisce Show put on by Grace Durgin at 2 p.m. Call 733-1517 to reserve your seat for any of these events.
A super flea market will be part of this year's Greek Cultural Center's "Glendi" Festival Sept. 10 - 12 from noon to 8 p.m. at Memorial Square. $1 admission includes entrance to festival and flea market.
COMMERCE CLASS OF 1955 REUNION
The 1955 Class of the High School of Commerce will celebrate its 55th Class Reunion at Salvatore's, 1333 Boston Rd., on Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. For further info, contact Judy at 782-5615.
FALL LECTURE SERIES
Westfield Athenaeum's Fall Lecture Series will begin Sept. 15 with photographer Don David and Honor David Tales of Tanzania slide presentation. Reception prior to talk. Other lectures include Kathy Lambert's hypnotism seminar, Sept. 22 and Mary Ann Fernandez's slide presentation on a trip to Bhutan, Sept. 29. For more info, call the Athenaeum at 568-7833.
LITTLE ONE'S LIBRARY TIME
Little One's Library Time will take place Sept. 14, 21 and 28 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. at the Boy's and Girl's Library, 6 Elm St. This program is for children ages six to 35 months. Program includes a story, songs, fingerplays and playtime. No registration required.
TERRIFIC TWOS & THREES
Terrific Twos & Threes will take place Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. at the Boy's and Girl's Library, 6 Elm St. This is a storytime specifically designed for two and three year-olds. Siblings are welcome. Enjoy songs, activities, stories and a craft. Registration required by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming into the library.
FANTASTIC FOURS & FIVES
Fantastic Fours & Fives will take place on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:30 or 1:30 p.m. at the Boy's and Girl's Library, 6 Elm St. This is a storytime (formerly Storytime Plus) for four and five year-olds. Program includes stories, song, fingerplays and a craft. Registration required by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming into the library.
The Boy's and Girl's Library will sponsor an all-day craft table on Sept. 11. A special craft will be available, while supplies last, for you to make at the library or take home to complete. Program is open to all ages.
"GUARDIANS OF GA'HOOLE"
The Boy's and Girl's Library will host a book discussion of "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" by Kathryn Lasky on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. for kids in grades three to five. The books are being made the movie, "Legends of the Guardians," in theaters Sept. 25. Come discuss the books, play games and do crafts based on the books. Registration required by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming into the library.
ANNUAL ROSARY PILGRIMAGE
Join the Parish of Saint Mary, 30 Bartlett St., for its annual Rosary Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Litchfield, Conn., on Oct. 3, rain or shine. Depart Saint Mary's High School at 9:30 a.m.; return at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 per person, due Sept. 17. For more info, call James W. Longe at 562-5477 ext. 15.
FLY FISHING CLINIC
Westfield River Watershed Association and Western Mass. Fly Fishermen have teamed up to sponsor a free Introduction to Fly Fishing clinic on Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic will take place on Route 20 in Huntington, in the turnout on the Westfield River across from the health clinic. No registration is required. Visit www.westfieldriver.org for more info.
AUTUMN EQUINOX CELEBRATION
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host an Autumn Equinox Celebration on the Fall Equinox, Sept. 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Shepard Peace Labyrinth and Goyette Chalet, 370 Northwest Rd. Event is free for all. No registration required. For more info, call Rosann Scalise at 568-8631 ext. 302.
SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL
On Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m., the Senior Center will host Mass Senior Action Council's Springfield Chapter President John Bennett and Linda Stone, Western Mass Organizer. They'll present info about their organization and the activities they are currently involved with, including several initiatives that are due to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot.
BENEFITS OF RETIREMENT
On Sept. 28 at 6 p.m., Dan Moraski, Social Security Public Affairs specialist, will speak about the role of Social Security, Survivor Benefits, Medicare, and the importance of planning for your future retirement years at the Senior Center.
ST. THOMAS TRAVEL CLUB
St. Thomas Travel Club is sponsoring the following trip: Dec. 9 to Wright's Farm and Lasalette Lights. Luncheon at Wright's Chicken Farm Restaurant, Christmas lights display at LaSalette Shrine, Father Pat's Christmas Choral Concert. Cost: $59, includes driver gratuity. Bus departs at 10:30 a.m. Call Angela Giorgi at 736-7661 for info and/or to sign up.
TRIP TO NYC FOR NEW YEAR'S
St. Thomas Travel Club is sponsoring the following trip: Dec. 31 to New Year's Eve at Mohegan Sun. Cost: $35. Bus will depart at 4 p.m. and return at 1 a.m. Call Angela Giorgi at 736-7661 for info and/or to sign up.