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Town Events, April 2 - April 9

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

Join the Friends of Agawam Seniors for the play "Shear Madness" on June 3 at Quincy Market. Call Nellie Mathias at 786-9093 for more info. Depart from Agawam Senior Center at 10 a.m. and return approx. 8 p.m.

The tournament begins April 4 and continues until June 27. We meet every Friday at 1 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center. Six games are played. Refreshments are served. Everyone is welcome. There are lessons available for those that want to learn or refresh their skills.

Join us for our craft and vendor sale for the Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats May 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Agawam Senior Center, 68 Meadowbrook Manor. Cost of space with table and two chairs is $35, cost w/out table is $30. All proceeds will go directly to help with the feeding, trapping, spaying, neutering, the care of sick and injured cats, fostering and placement in good homes whenever possible. Baked goods table and many special raffle prices. Donations of cat food and cat-related products appreciated. Donations of raffle prices also appreciated. For further info call Maureen Fredey at 786-2854.

Tickets are still available for the Agawam Cultural Council bus trip on May 3 to NYC. This popular "Plan Your Own Day" trip costs $32/person. Buses depart from the Agawam Middle School parking lot. Mail a check made out to the Agawam Cultural Council together with a SASE to Agawam Cultural Council, 131 Southwick St., Feeding Hills, 01030. For further info call 786-0787.

The Agawam Cultural Council is sponsoring a foreign film festival featuring critically acclaimed contemporary and classic films from Italy and France. Cost for the Sunday afternoon showings is $6 per ticket, which includes hors d'oeuvres before the show. There will be a free drawing for door prizes. All showings will be at Agawam Family Cinemas, 866 Suffield St., and begin at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Films includes "La Cage aux Folles" on April 6, "La Dolce Vita" on April 13 and "Bread and Tulips" on May 4.

The Agawam Democratic Committee will have its monthly meeting on April 2, in the Community Room at the Agawam Library at 7 p.m. There will be two speakers. Bill Euliano will explain the responsibilities of the Board of Health and Scott Macey will speak about the State Housing Authority. These meetings are open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

The monthly meeting of The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will take place April 3 in the Community Room at the Agawam Public Library at 7 p.m. We will be making plans for our spring book sale and for other fundraisers for this year. All are welcome to join us.

"The History and Folklore of Herbs" will be the topic of guest speaker and Herbalist Judith Anderson of Feeding Hills at the April 8 meeting of the Agawam Garden Club, taking place at 7 p.m. at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St. Non-members of the Garden Club are welcome to attend; a $2 donation is requested. Refreshments will be served.

The Fifth Annual Alleluia Fund Golf Tournament will take place May 10 at the Southwick Country Club. Proceeds from this event will augment Alleluia Fund Offerings in the Diocese, which support both the Southwick Community Episcopal Church and diocesan efforts in Liberia. Tournament fee is $90 per golfer, which includes cart, 18 holes of golf and a buffet dinner. Registration forms also available by calling Karen Warren at 737-4786 ext. 18. Registration deadline is May 1.

The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a day trip to Ellis Island, New Jersey and the Liberty Science Museum on April 20. Trip includes roundtrip transportation and ferry ride. For more info stop by the Parks Dept. or call 594-348 early. Pre-registration is mandatory to reserve spot.

On April 16, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's. Support is also provided to help you provide the best care for your loved one. The program will be held at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698. The Alzheimer's Support Group meets regularly on the third Wed. of every month.

The next meeting will be April 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, information on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. New members are always welcome. For more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

Chicopee Council on Aging announces a new evening yoga class, April 16 - June 11. The class will meet every Wed. at 4:30 p.m. at the center at 7 Valley View Ct. Classes are based on the teaching of Peggy Cappy's "Yoga for the Rest of Us" method. Call the center at 534-3698 to register or for more info. The cost for nine weeks is $54 for elder residents, $72 for non-elder resident and $90 for others.

Chicopee Council on Aging invites you to experience a new evening class Tai Chi with Susan Moore. Class runs April 15 - June 10, every Tues. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The nine-week fee for elders is $36, residents $72 and non-residents is $90. Sign up at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. or for more info call Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator at 534-3698.

The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Ogunquit, Maine, June 10 - 12 on a three-day getaway. Tour will include accommodations at the Ogunquit River Plantation, four meals including a lobster bake, tour and tasting at the Redhook Ale Brewing Co., Kennebunkport guided tour, Nubble Lighthouse cruise, show at the Ogunquit Playhouse, visit to Perkins Cove and Kittery shopping; all taxes and gratuities and trip cancellation insurance. Call the travel club at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., from noon - 3 p.m.

Fairview Veterans Memorial Middle School presents their spaghetti supper April 8, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Moose Lodge, Fuller Road. Tickets: $5 - eat in or take out available; 50/50 raffle at door. Menu: spaghetti, salad and dessert. Help support the school.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., all church dance, sponsored by the Faith Sunday School, April 12, 7 - 10 p.m. Tickets available at the door: $5 single person; $10 couples, $15 family. Food and beverages provided. All proceeds will go toward the moving expenses of our new pastor. Bring family and friends for a night of fun, food, music and dance. We are handicap accessible to the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary.

Applications for the 11th annual Ken Hambley Basketball Scholarships are now available at the Chicopee Parks & Rec. office, as well as the two high schools' guidance departments. Candidates for the scholarships must be a graduating senior, attending prep school or college in the fall and rank in the top 50 percent of their graduating class. Applicants must also have participated in the Chicopee Boys Suburban Basketball program for a minimum of two years. Applications must be returned to the Parks & Rec. office by May 2 to the attention of Richard Maciolek, Asst. Superintendent.

The First Congregational Church of Chicopee, 306 Chicopee St., will host a roast beef supper on April 12 from 5 - 7 p.m. Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, butternut squash, pickled beets, rolls with butter, choice of desserts and coffee, tea or milk. Cost is $9 for adults and $4.50 for children ages six - 12. Younger children are free. Take out dinners also available. Tickets purchased at the door. Walk-ins welcome. Reservations will be for 5 or 6 p.m. and will only be held for 10 minutes. They made by made by calling 593-5061.

The Chicopee Council on Aging and Senior Center welcomes the change of season with their annual Spring Fling program at the Castle of Knights 4044 on April 8 at noon. The luncheon will be followed by professional magician Joe Bongiovanni who will captivate the audience with an entertaining style of magic effects. Menu: choice of sliced sirloin or beef, chicken cordon bleu or baked scrod with salad, vegetable, potato, rolls, coffee, assorted teas and deep dish apple pie with caramel sauce for dessert. Tickets: $20, available in the COA office. All participants will also have a chance to win door prizes. Seats are limited. Get your tickets now.

Help rally against cancer. Come enjoy a Fenway frank, bag of chips and a soda while showing your support for the Jimmy Fund at the Red Sox. Join us April 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at City Hall for a picnic in the parking lot. We are hosting a silent auction until 11:30 a.m. This gives you a chance to help raise money for the Jimmy Fund by bidding on some great Red Sox memorabilia, including a Ted Williams autographed picture (COA included). These items are on display in the Mayor's office. All profits raised from events will be donated to the Jimmy Fund. For more info call Carissa Lisee in the Building Dept. at 594-1444.

The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625, located at 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper on April 3 from 4 - 6 p.m. Adults: $4.50 and seniors citizens; $4 for children under 12; $4.75 for take-outs. We serve you. All monies are used for our veterans, cancer fund, hospital parties, National Home for Children and much more. Come join us.

Two programs are being offered by the Senior Companion Program/Valley Opportunity Council, 35 Mount Carmel Ave. Senior companions are needed for the Chicopee area only to share time with elders. Applicants must be 60 years of age and older, meet income guidelines and have a willingness to share time with other elders in their own area. Benefits include an hourly tax free stipend which does not affect any government benefits a person may be receiving, transportation reimbursement, orientation training, monthly in-service trainings, accident and liability insurance, friendship and personal satisfaction. For more info contact Lenora Chapdelaine, SCP Director or Lillian Franck, Outreach at 612-0229.

All cancer survivors
Please join us for a tea social in your honor! In addition to yourself and a guest, bring your thoughts and ideas for survivor activities at Relay For Life. Join other survivors from the area who are on their cancer journey. Find out how to get involved in the annual Relay For Life of Greater Holyoke and Chicopee at the Survivors Tea Social on April 5 at 10 a.m., generously hosted by the Holyoke Medical Center. We will be asking for one or two volunteers to share their stories. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to attend, please contact Karen.O' or call 493-2113. Please RSVP ASAP.

Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser
The St. Stanislaus School Board presents "Mystery on the Range," performed by Brick Road Productions on May 3 in the school's cafeteria. Social hour is at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner choices are club sirloin, boneless breast of chicken or baked salmon. Tickets are $50 each. Reserve your ticket or a table of up to eight by calling the school at 592-5135. The fundraiser will support the purchase of reading materials and books for kindergarten - fifth grade students.

A rabies clinic will take place April 12 behind the Town Hall at the Fire Department from 10 a.m. - noon. Cost per animal is $15. Have dogs on a leash and cats in a carrier. If at all possible, bring your pet's last rabies certificate. Dog licensing will also be available at this clinic. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Hall, 467-7178.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on April 8 and 22 at The First United Church of Christ on Rte. 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at Call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

Country Bank for Savings will serve as event sponsor for this fourth Annual Sprint Triathlon. F.I.R.M. (Fiske Independent Race Management) will be the race manager. This is a great event for the triathlon beginner and is open to anyone up to the challenge ranging from the serious athlete to the weekend warrior. Awards will be presented to the top three males and the top three females in various age categories. Web site: Info: Kevin Crowley, 547-8000 ext. 2810 or Jim Moriarty, 583-2072.

square dance
The Quabbin Valley Twirlers Square Dance Club will sponsor a square dance on April 12. The dance will take place at the St. George's Church Hall at 33 Maple St., Chicopee. All western style square dancers and spectators are welcome. There will be a plus workshop at 7:30 p.m. and a Mainstream dance from 8 until 10:30 p.m. Donation is $6 per person. Check or for more info about our club and square dancing. For additional info please call Gloria or Fran at 467-3352.

NARFE meeting
The Nation Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 221, will meet on April 4 in Vincent Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Springfield. The social period will start at 1 p.m. with a business meeting at 1:30 p.m. Kate Agin from WMECO will speak on energy savings. All spouses and surviving spouses are eligible to join NARFE and are welcome. For further info, call 733-1286.

Landlord training seminar April 5 at Holyoke High School cafeteria, 500 Beech St., from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This initiative comes through the Weed and Seed Program and the office of Mayor Michael Sullivan. Topics will include code enforcement issues, public safety issues, presenting your case in court and information on Section 8. For more info contact our office at 322-5510.

Business growth strategists Ravi Kulkarni and Lynn Turner of Clear Vision Alliance will present "Get it Done!" a series of four workshops for business owners and executives who want to close the gap between business expectations and results. The first workshop, "Ready, Willing, Able" is April 10 at Baystate Reference Labs Conference Center, 361 Whitney Ave. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the presentation and discussion are from 9 - 11 a.m. Additional workshops include "Motivating Leaders and Followers" on April 24; "Developing Accountability for Leaders and Followers" on May 8; and "From Expectations to Results Bridging the Gap," on May 29. To register, contact Clear Vision Alliance at 283-7091.

Do you know about Reverse Mortgages and how they can help you financially? Do you know you have a right to stay in your own home as you age and your health declines? Come learn about protecting your home, health and assets at the Senior Connection meeting April 5 at 10 a.m. Cost: $3, includes lunch. Place: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd. Reservations required. Call 533-1925.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on April 12 at 6 p.m. Menu: roast pork tenderloin, salad, pearl onions and peas, couscous, rolls, brownie-a-la-mode, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost: $12 per person, $10 for seniors, $6 for kids (chicken nuggets and fries), payable at the door. For reservations or more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out is also available by reservation or to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 5:30 p.m.

The Southwick Republican Caucus will take place April 5 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Town Hall. For more info call 569-5962.

Joe Canata and the Memories will bring the 1950s back to Eastfield Mall on April 4 from 6 - 8 p.m. for the Shriners Hospital for Children's 50's Night. Sponsored by WMAS AM and the Eastfield Mall this event is open to all who wish to sing and dance or just tap your feet to the music of the 1950s. The event is free and open to the public, and for a donation to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, you will have an opportunity to spin the giant prize wheel to win great gifts including Eastfield Mall gift cards and movie passes. Contact Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 or visit for more info.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have Visitor's Sunday on April 6 at 10 a.m. The public is invited and a special invitation is extended to all elected officials and city officials. Refreshments will be served after the 10 a.m. service. For directions or questions call the church office at 736-8567.

Little Sun Valley Skating Club presents "A Night at the Oscars," April 12, 5 p.m., at Ray Smead Memorial skating Rink, Blunt Park, Roosevelt Ave. Free admission. Walk the red carpet with our skaters as they interpret their favorite Oscar nominated movies.

Holy Name Men's Club presents a day in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame on April 25. Join us for a fun-filled day of baseball history with a tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. For more info contact Ann Marie Gosselin at 733-7524.

The Hungry Hill Center will have a special five-week program, "Mind, Body and Soul A Healing Journey," offered by Dr. Veronica Navarrete, Ph.D., MS beginning April 8 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Join us for a very informational presentation. Info: 733-9411.

Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association will have a nurse at the Hungry Hill Center on April 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. Cholesterol screening, which requires fasting, along with blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors. Info: 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief William Noonan will attend to discuss neighborhood statistics, concerns, etc. Info: 733-9411.

Low impact aerobic classes are offered at the Hungry Hill Center on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. along with chair exercises on Mondays at 1 p.m. and line dance classes on Fridays at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not required. Info: 733-9411.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield runs a Teen Night program every Saturday night during the school year from 7 - 11 p.m. This program offers middle and high school age students from Westfield, Southwick and the Gateway school district the opportunity to join friends at the YMCA for a variety of recreational activities. A YMCA membership is not required, just a valid school ID. Supervision from qualified and trained staff members makes each Saturday night a safe and enjoyable evening. Cost is $3 per person. For more info contact Karen McKeehan, Camping and Youth/Teen Director at the YMCA at 568-8631.

Congregation Ahavas Achim will hold a community Passover Seder on the second night of Passover April 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 72 Broad St. There will be an interactive Seder led by Rabbi Joyce Galaski. Cost is $18 for adult members and $10 for children ages five - 12. Children under five are free. It will cost $25 at the door for non-members. Make your reservations with Fran at 562-7638.

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Upholstery on Thursdays, April 10 - May 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. Bring a small chair or a comparable piece of furniture with you the first night and learn how to tear the old cover off and rebuild from the bottom up including new fabric. A list of supplies and tools will be provided before the class. Register by April 4. Tuition is $69. For more info contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at

The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State College is offering Introduction to Meditation on Wednesdays, April 9 - 30 from 6 - 7 p.m. This workshop will provide simple, accessible skills and techniques that anyone can incorporate into their life to reap the benefits of regular meditation. Register by April 4. Tuition is $49. For more info contact the Community Education office at 572-8034 or at

The West Springfield Senior Center is up and running after a renovation of the heating and air conditioning systems. The programs that resume are the West Side tappers, line dance, shape up exercise, bingo, pitch, bridge, West Side Travel Club, Singles Club, Golden Agers and computer classes plus in-house lunches. After the second week of April all other programs will resume in the senior center with pool, strength balance exercise, yoga, arts and crafts, quilting, carvers, Form Club and other services of Shine counselor and Outreach. For more info call 263-3265.

West Springfield Senior Travel Club 2008 May 14 - 21: Mackinac Island eight days, $1,065 p/p twin; $1,585/single. Departs Mittineague Congregational Church. For more info call Ann Corbut at 732-7857.



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