Westfield Bridge Club Results 10/5/17
North/South: 1st: Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton ; 2nd: Sue Labucki – Marcel Jacques; 3rd: Alice Zuvers – Ed Merrill
East/West: 1st: Grace Pietrogallo – Ellie Siska; 2nd: Candy Pennington – Ann Kousch; 3rd: Marilyn Breor – Barbara Kress
Duplicate is played Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 at The American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome.
The Student Think Tank is Returning
The Westfield News Student Think Tank is a news column comprised of various high school students writing about current events or issues that have drawn the eye of either the country or local people. The Student Think Tank will appear monthly and all high school aged students are welcome to join. If you, or anyone you know, would like to write for the Think Tank, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Museum Passes Available
The Huntington Public Library has new museum passes available for patrons to borrow that were purchased by the Friends of the Huntington Public Library. They are the Amelia Park Children’s Museum (discounted), The Children’s Museum at Holyoke, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, The Norman Rockwell Museum (discounted), Old Sturbridge Village (discounted), and the Springfield Museums. The Friends were able to purchase these passes with monies raised through their annual Used Book Sale and Calendar Raffle. The library also has free passes to the Clark Art Museum, the Smith College Museum of Art, the Berkshire Museum, The USS Constitution Museum, and a discounted pass to Mystic Aquarium.
Get your HiSET/GED
It is not too late to get your HiSET/GED! Westfield Community Educations’ Free Preparation classes starting soon! Please call 413-336-3100 for an appointment to register! Don’t Delay!
Classes are made possible due to the generosity of the following program supporters: Berkshire Bank-Beveridge Family Foundation-Charles H. Hall Foundation Bank of America, N.A., Trustee-City of Westfield, CDBG-Kiwanis Club of Westfield-Shurtleff Children’s Services, Inc.-Westfield Academy-Westfield Bank Future Fund-Westfield Police Association-Westfield Athenaeum-Western Mass Hospital
Westfield Farmers’ Market Extended
The Westfield Farmers’ Market will take place on the lawn of the Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street from noon to 6:00 pm on October 5 and again on Saturday October 14 from 10 am to 4 pm. This coincides with the Westfield Pumpkin Festival. There will also be three Winter Markets to be held inside the church. The dates are November 18, December 9 and February 10. The hours are 10 am to 3 pm.
As we have had all summer, we feature 25 to 30 local vendors and crafters selling all sorts of fresh produce and other products. There will also be music, thanks to a grant from the Westfield Cultural Council. SNAP and HIP benefits are accepted, and we will match up to $5.00 when SNAP tokens are purchased at the Market Table. For more information please visit our web page at www.westfieldfarmersmarket.net or call 562-5431 x101.
Congregation Ahavas Achim Hebrew School
Congregation Ahavas Achim of Westfield has spaces open in its Hebrew School starting for the next school year in September for third through seventh grades. The Hebrew School meets weekly on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Support for the program is provided by the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Inc. For more information, call Andy at 569-1148.
CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars part of Amazon Smile
CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is set up as an eligible charity in Amazon Smile. If you use Amazon, we would appreciate it if you would make all your purchases through Amazon Smile because CSF will get a percent of all purchases made. It only takes a minute to setup your account.
– Go to www.smile.amazon.com
– Box at bottom right of screen “Pick your own charitable organization”
-Type CSF Westfield and then click the Search button
-Click the Select button next to our organization name
Looking for 1968 High School Graduates
Reunion planners are collecting updated contact information for all members of the three Westfield high school classes who graduated in 1968: St. Mary’s High School, Westfield High School and Westfield Vocational High School. We need email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers. Email your information to the official reunion email address: email@example.com, or call Helena Mochak at 413-562-3254. And please pass this request to any classmate, near or far, who may not see it here. The combined 50th Reunion will be held September 1, 2018 (next year!!) at East Mountain Country Club. A save the date postcard will be mailed this coming September 1.
The classes of 1968 have held several mini reunions in recent years, all advertised via email or word of mouth. Thus, the planners are looking for email addresses from as many classmates as possible. The next mini reunion is November 4, 2017 at East Mountain Country Club. Get us your email address so we can send you the details.
Life in the Spirit Seminar
Are you searching for the peace and joy that only God can give? Then consider joining us for a Life in the Spirit Seminar to be held Tuesdays until Oct. 24th at 7pm in the Marian Hall of Our Lady of the Lake Church, 223 Sheep Pasture Rd., Southwick,Ma. For more info call Sharyn Drenen @413-569-5650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Southwick Senior Center will offer Water Aerobics classes again this year, through Wilderness Experience on College Highway. The dates for the first session are, Oct. 20th, at 10:30am. Cost is $25 for the session, pre-paid at the Senior Center. Stop by the office or call 569-5498 to sign up.
Senator Humason holding public office hours
State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours during October in all 11 cities and towns in the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District. Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:
Monday, October 23, 2017 Russel Council on Aging 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Westfield Senior Center 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Grace Hall Memorial Library 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Monday, October 30, 2017 Granville Public Library 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Tolland Public Library 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
All are welcome to visit and share their thoughts or concerns about state matters with Senator Humason and his staff. In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s District Office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston Office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address is Donald.Humason@MASenate.gov
‘Strength in Numbers: A Falls Prevention Program’
Beginning in October, the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, will once again be the host site for a six-week workshop series on falls prevention for older adults. The goal of the program is to provide the participants with information and skills to help them avoid falls and injury. Facilitator Darci Fournier, Rehabilitation Coordinator at Baystate Home Health-Western Region, will discuss risk assessment; balance and strength activities; medication information; visual disturbances; and home hazards. Sessions are highly interactive. The workshops will be held on Tuesdays October 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. There is no charge for participation in the series. Advance registration is necessary because space is limited. For more information or to sign up for the series, please call the Senior Center at 562-6435. Funding has been provided with a grant from Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, Inc.
Hail Mary, Holy Bible study
Please join us for the Hail Mary, Holy Bible study. This fresh and exciting new program helps us to understand the mysteries more intently offering new meaning and insight. The best part is, it’s for everyone, whether you are new to praying the Rosary or if you are a seasoned prayer warrior. Praying the Rosary calls us into prayerful and scriptural contemplation in the fullness of the Gospel of Christ and reveals the mystery of our life in God. This program will run for five consecutive Thursdays now thru November 2nd from 10 – 12PM in our Sacred Heart Parish Center at 1061 Springfield Street, Feeding Hills. The cost of the study is $18. Please register by calling our Pastoral Minister Deb Briancesco at 786.8200 ext 3.
Teen Advisory Board (SPLAT) at the Southwick Public Library
SPLAT (the Southwick Public Library Advisory Team) will be meeting at the Southwick Public Library on Thursday, October 5th from 2:30-3:30pm. At SPLAT we will brainstorm events to put on at the library for teens, create themed book displays, and discuss ways to make the library better for you! SPLAT is a great activity you can add to your resume or college application! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Huntington Artist Featured in October Solo Show at the Westhampton Public Library
Steve Hamlin, wildlife artist and resident of Huntington MA, will be the featured artist at the Westhampton Public Library for the month of October. The show will include watercolors and drawings from travels throughout New England and across much of the US. On Sunday, October 15, Hamlin will participate in the Westhampton Library’s Fall Festival by offering a demonstration of his wildlife art techniques from about noon to 4:00. Hamlin’s watercolors and drawings have been included in many regional, national and international shows, garnering numerous awards. Hamlin was named Master Artist member of the Bennington Collective earlier this year, mostly on his record of six consecutive acceptances to the prestigious Art of the Animal Kingdom show at the Bennington Center for the Arts from 2010 until its final edition in 2015. He is a Signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, the New England Watercolor Society and the Northeast Watercolor Society, and was recently elected to membership in the American Artists Professional League. Locally, Hamlin is active in the Hilltown Artisans Guild and teaches watercolors and drawing regularly at the Springfield Museum School, located at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.
Teen Read Week Movie Series at the Southwick Public Library
Grades 7-12 are invited to the Southwick Public Library during Teen Read Week (October 9th – October 13th) for a book adaptation movie marathon! The 5th Wave (PG-13) will be on Tuesday, October 10th at 2:30 PM. Coraline (PG) will be shown on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:30 PM. Before I Fall (PG-13) will be shown on Thursday, October 12th at 2:30 PM. Come see one, two, or all three movies! Refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Free Hearing Clinic
The Southwick Senior Center will be offering a FREE Hearing Clinic by Avada, Wednesday October 11th. Appointments starting at 9:30am, please call the office to make one at 569-5498. Hearing aides may cleaned at this time also.
Memory Café at Armbrook Village
October 11, 2017, 2:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. We invite caregivers to come with their loved ones who have Alzheimer’s and other related memory disorders for refreshments and to Let Your Yoga Dance with Renee Rix! For more information and to RSVP, call (413) 568-0000.
Russian Music Performance at Armbrook Village
October 11, 2017, 3:30 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Our monthly “Grab Your Passport!” program will feature Russian music by Mikhail Smirnov.
Pajama Storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30pm. Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to this storytime. We will read, sing, and make a craft. Everyone will go home tired.
If you like to laugh, you’re in luck. The Westfield Theatre Group, a department of the Westfield Woman’s Club, is thrilled to announce their fall production, “Murder by Indecision”, written by Daniel O’Donnell and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc. This mystery/comedy stars Linda Slozak as Agatha Crispy, the world’s best known mystery playwright, as she attempts to crank out her newest and last manuscript. As she struggles through the first few pages of her play, Miss Maple (played by Joan Perkins-Smith), Inspector Dryfus (played by John Kielb) and all her characters come to life on the stage. For a complete cast list, visit the WTG website. Any fan of classic Agatha Christie mysteries will love this hilarious spoof, directed by Meaghan Farrell, produced by Kurt Wildman, with Stage Manager Sally Memole. Performances will be October 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st at 7:30 PM with a 2:00 PM matinee performance on the 21st at the Westfield Woman’s Club, located at 28 Court St. in Westfield, MA 01085. For additional information and to be guaranteed tickets go to westfieldtheatregroup.com and click on Reservations or call (413) 572-6838.
Preschool Storytime at the Westfield Athenaeum
Friday, October 13th, 10am. This story time is for children ages 3-5. We will read, sing, and make a craft. Siblings are welcome.
Fall walk at the Beckwith Farm in Granville
Where farm and forest meet: Bob Beckwith will walk us through the stewardship options that he used in his woods to create wildlife habitat and regenerate oak. Come chat with local woodland owners, foresters, loggers, and other land conservation professionals about options for you and your woods. This is a great opportunity to share information and ask questions about your woods.When: October 13, Where: Granville, MA starting at 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Bob will host a BBQ from Hilltown Pork! Space is limited; please RSVP before October 10th to make sure you reserve your spot for the BBQ. Contact: email@example.com or 413-923-3238
Special Performances at Artisan Fall Craft Fair in Southwick
The Whip City Witches will swoop into Southwick Town Hall and Senior Center on October 14! There will be performances by the group at 11:00 and 1:00. Be sure and stop in and “get in the mood” for Halloween. Over 40 local crafters and artisans will be displaying and selling unique hand crafted items. It is a great time to do a little holiday shopping. Crafters and artisans can be found on the grounds of the Town Hall, in the Auditorium and in the Senior Center. In addition to the unique items available for purchase, there will be a sale of new and gently used craft and Christmas items. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Craft Fair is free and will take place from 9:00-3:00 on Saturday, Oct. 14. Proceeds support programs and activities at the Southwick Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Southwick Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Southwick Town Hall is located at 454 College Highway, Southwick. For more information contact Pat McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 569-6531.
Montgomery Library Book Sale
The Montgomery Library’s annual fall Book & Bake sale is scheduled for Oct. 14 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Little Red School House, on the corner of Pitcher St. and Main Rd., Montgomery. Stock up for the winter on your favorite authors, new titles and hard to find classics. Donations of books can be brought to the library between September 5 and October 5. No text books, encyclopedias, Readers Digest Condensed books or items damaged by mold or water can be accepted. Please only “gently” used children’s books. Bake goods will be accepted on the morning of the sale. All proceeds support the library for programs and books. Also for sale are Montgomery t-shirts, book bags and Montgomery cookbooks. for more information contact the library at: 413-862-3894, email@example.com and montgomeryma.gov/library . Come support our Library!
Danell- Stevens Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony
To commemorate the five year anniversary of the dedication of the Danell-Stevens Memorial monument, East Mountain Country Club will be hosting a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the monument site on Saturday October 14, 2017 at 1 PM. Members of the pilot’s families and members of the Westfield American Legion Post 124 will be participating in the ceremony. The ceremony is free and open to the public and transportation to the monument site on the golf course will be provided for the elderly and disabled. “It is hard to believe it has already been five years since the dedication,” said East Mountain Country Club co-owner Mark Perez. “We are planning a simple ceremony of remembrance with a 21 gun salute, the playing of taps and a wreath laying by members of the pilot’s families.” The Danell-Stevens Memorial monument was dedicated on October 20, 2012. It was built in tribute to Lieutenant Robert H. Danell and Captain Fred H. Stevens, two US Air Force pilots who lost their lives in the skies above what is today the East Mountain Country Club in Westfield. On October 19, 1952, Lieutenant Danell and Captain Stevens were flying with a team of four F-86 Sabre jets from Westover Air Force Base at an Air Show at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield. Near the end of the show, Lieutenant Danell and Captain Stevens were involved in a mid-air collision, killing both pilots instantly. Over 5000 spectators were on hand for the Air Show at Barnes that day. For more information please contact Mark Perez at 413-530-1100 or go to www.eastmountaincc.com
Fall Black Squirrel Day Celebration
Westfield is fortunate to have Black Squirrels. They are very rare in this country. It is estimated that there are 10,000 “other colored” squirrels for each black squirrel. The profusion of black squirrels in the Westfield area is a curious phenomenon. As the story goes, they were first brought here in 1948 as a gift to Frank Stanley Beveridge, the founder of Stanley Park. Six black squirrels were released in the park and they thrived and now black squirrels may be found throughout Hampden County. This year’s Fall Black Squirrel Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 14th from 10 AM until 3 PM at Westfield Feed, 288 Union Street, Westfield. For additional information contact: George Reichert, 413.348.9909, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop up art and author event
ArtWorks Westfield will be hosting a pop up art and author event at the historic Old Town Hall in downtown Westfield on Saturday October 14th! Local artist and creators will display their work in one of the main rooms at the front of the building. In the adjacent front room five local authors will showcase their work and sign copies of their published works. The theme of the art show event is Celebrate Autumn! Works will range from traditional autumn scenes to avant-garde interpretations of the spirit of Halloween! With great fall weather we anticipate Westfield PumpkinFest to attract thousands of residents and families to the downtown business corridor.
BUSKERS REVISITED! In addition to the art and author event, we are calling on local buskers to set up in front of businesses along Elm Street and within the event area on Park Square Green. Let us know you’d like to have a busker set up neat your business. email us at email@example.com
SUPPORTING THE ARTS … AND LOCAL MERCHANTS! Our mission is to create and promote the widest variety of cultural arts, literary arts, musical events, and performing arts for the Westfield community and to collaborate with businesses and invested groups to develop and maintain venues for presentations and performances. Supporting local artists by showcasing their work in the downtown corridor will have the ripple effect of driving incremental traffic to your business. We want to work with you to execute these events, increase your consumer engagement and raise funds for ArtWorks Westfield to perpetuate this economic cycle.
Artisan Fall Craft Fair to Benefit Southwick Public Library
The Friends of the Southwick Public Library (a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) are sponsoring a Artisan Fall Craft Fair on Saturday October 14, 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., at the Southwick Town Hall. Over 30 local crafters and artisans will have their items for sale. A raffle will also be held for unique items donated by the crafters and artisans. Crafters and artisans can be found on the grounds of the Town Hall, in the Auditorium and in the Senior Center. In addition to the unique items available for purchase, there will be a sale of new and gently used craft and Christmas items. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. The Craft Fair is free and open to the public. Proceeds support programs and activities at the Southwick Public Library. The Southwick Town Hall is located at 454 College Highway, Southwick. For more information contact Pat McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 569-6531.
“Biggest Book sale of the Hill-towns”
The Grace Hall Memorial Library of Montgomery would like to challenge Meekins Library of Williamsburg for the title of “Biggest Book sale of the Hill-towns.” The library Book & Bake sale, held at the Little Red School house on the corner of Pitcher St. and Main Rd., has two rooms filled to the rafters and a lawn full of books for sale. Items range from children’s books to hard to find gardening tomes. Plus Montgomery t-shirts and Library book bags are for sale. Hard cover, paperbacks and everything in between will be available on Oct. 14 from 9 am to 2 pm.
41st Annual St. Stanislaus Parish Bazaar
The 41st Annual St. Stanislaus Parish Bazaar will be held the weekend of October 14th & 15th at St. Stanislaus School/Parish Center, 534 Front St. Chicopee. The hours are Saturday, Noon – 8 P.M. and Sunday, 11 A.M. – 6 P.M.
Joe Dziok will be the Disc Jockey on both days.
Jeff & Joe Polka Band will perform on Saturday at 2 P.M. & Sunday at 1 P.M.
Sarah the Fiddler will perform on Saturday at 5:30 P.M. and on Sunday at 3:30 P.M.
There will be a Polish/American kitchen, featuring our delicious pierogi, golumbki, and kapusta as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes and more. For this event, the volunteers will be making 2,200 golumbki, 20,000 pierogi, and 50 gallons of kapusta. We have a Take-Out Window, so you can take home some of the great food. We will be featuring Chicopee Provision Kielbasa, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.The baked goods booth will feature plenty of homemade breads, cakes, cookies, and many Polish delicacies.There will be plenty of handmade items along with a large variety of items to purchase for your family and friends. Back by popular demand will be the Christmas Gift Shoppe. You can get a jump start on your holiday shopping. There will be many gifts for family and friends and even a great assortment of gifts for your pets. Our Vintage Jewelry Booth is returning with even more great pieces.There will be lots games and raffles for all ages. You could even win a year’s supply of Friendly’s Ice Cream. Come and join us for an enjoyable weekend. FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING!
Southwick Cultural Council seeks local grant applications for 2018
The Southwick Cultural Council (SCC) for arts, humanities, and interpretive science, is now accepting grant applications for year 2018. The Council can only accept applications online from individuals, organizations and schools – deadline for an application is October 16th. The on-line application can be completed and submitted at www.mass-cultural.org, You will not be required to submit additional copies. According to Chair Patricia McMahon, the grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Southwick including exhibits, festivals, short-term residences or performances in schools, the public library, workshops and lectures. For more information, please contact Pat McMahon at 413 569 6531.
Terrific Twos & Threes at the Westfield Athenaeum
Monday October 16th & October 30th, 10am. Kids ages two and three will hear a story and do some finger plays and exciting activities. There will also be a fun craft based on the book that we read.
Protect yourself from Medicare Fraud
The Russell Council on Aging will host a representative of the Massachusetts Senior Medicare Patrol on Tuesday, October 17th at noon, at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main Street. Join us for lunch of Chicken Cacciatore or Chicken Sandwich, and participate in a discussion on how to prevent, detect, and report healthcare errors, fraud, and abuse. This free information workshop will provide you with the tools to become a more informed and engaged health care consumer. To request more information or to reserve your seat, and inform us of your lunch choice, please leave a message on the Russell COA reservation line at 413-862-6205 by the end of Friday, October 13th.
Russell Book Club book for October
Russell Book Club has announced the discussion book for October:
‘SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT‘ AS ME by Lynn Vincent. Books will be available at Russell Senior Center Library. Book Club will meet to discuss this book on Tuesday October 17 @ 1pm at Russell Senior Center. All are welcome.
Building Blocks Club at the Westfield Athenaeum
Wednesday, October 18th, 2-3pm: It is a half day of school in Westfield, so let’s spend some time building with Legos! Kids ages 2 and up are invited to get creative and build something for display in the library with Duplo and Lego blocks.
Teen After-school Hangout at the Southwick Public Library
Teens in grades 7-12 can stop by the Halloween Hangoutat the Southwick Public Library on Wednesday, October 18th from 2:30-3:30pm. The Wii system will be set up and our 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen will be available to try. This month’s hangout will feature a pumpkin decorating and some spooky snacks! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Story Yoga at the Westfield Athenaeum
Thursday, October 19th, 10-11am: Engage your child’s creativity with a story-themed yoga hour. Kids ages 2-5 and their grownups will learn yoga poses, hear stories, and complete a craft. Sponsored by the Westfield CFCE and presented by yoga instructor Heather Monson.
Knit Wits Jr. at the Westfield Athenaeum
Friday, October 20th, 3:45-4:45pm. Have you always wanted to learn to knit or do you want to improve your skills? Students ages 8 and up will learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast off. You can take home your knitting needles and yarn to continue building your skills at home!
Hilltown Regional Health Fair
The Huntington Council on Aging is sponsoring a Hilltown Regional Health Fair on October 21st from 10 – 2 in Stanton Hall at 26 Russell Road, Huntington. Rite Aid will have a flu and pneumonia clinic, free with your insurance card. Other vendors include Health Insurance Open Enrollment, Social Services, Home & Elder Care Services, Hilltown Community Health Center, Hilltown Community Ambulance, HOPE Nurse, Blood Pressure Screenings, Elder Law, Bay VNA, Hospice, Grandparent and Kinship Care Support, and Franklin Reginal Transit Authority. For more information, contact Kathleen Peterson at 413 512 5205.
WHS Class of ’77 40th Class Reunion
Saturday October 21st, 7 – 11 PM, Sons of Erin -Westfield, Pay as you go bar, Hors d’ouevres. Contact Steve White at P8riotzfan@gmail.com or, Marybeth Davidson at email@example.com. Come play golf at Tekoa CC, same day at 10 AM
Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Road, Springfield, will host a family-friendly Fall Festival and Craft Fair on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring more than 25 craft and vendor booths, a bake sale, an apple and cider sale, a raffle, children’s activities including face painting, glitter tattoos and magic, and much more! The event will take place in the gymnasium of St. Michael’s Academy, 153 Eddywood St., which is adjacent to the church. For more information visit www.HolyCrossParish.org.
Westfield Woman’s club Invite you to their annual Fall Game and Card Party
Westfield Woman’s Club invite you to their annual Fall Card and Game Party. Bring a friend for an afternoon of cards and board games. You can even bring your own. On, October 23 at noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Westfield Woman’s Club be hosting their fall annual card and game party. Light Lunch will be served with raffle and additional prizes! Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. For additional information please contact Mary Hebb at 413-568-1562 to reserve a seat. The Westfield Woman’s Club was founded in Westfield in 1914. Through the years the club has broaden and strengthened the moral, social, and intellectual life of its members and its community.
Bookworms at the Westfield Athenaeum
Monday, October 23, 6:30-7:30pm: We will read the book Amelia Bedelia Bookworm together and do fun activities based on the story. The first 10 kids to sign up get free copies of the book to keep. This book club is aimed at students in grades 1 and 2.
Become an Elder Advocate!
A three-day ombudsman certification training will be held at Highland Valley Elder Services and at the Northampton Senior Center October 23-25, 2017. Ombudsmen help ensure the quality of life for nursing and rest home residents. Volunteers are thoroughly trained to assist residents with benefits, rights and entitlements guaranteed under federal, state, and local laws. Ombudsmen assist and empower residents with the tools for self-advocacy and they may make all the difference!
The Ombudsman Program is a federally mandated advocacy program for nursing home and rest home residents throughout the United States. Highland Valley administers the program in Hampshire County and Westfield. We are in need of two new ombudsmen to cover Westfield facilities and three for Hampshire County.
Please note: New volunteer recruits are required to interview with the program director and to complete a CORI background check prior to this training. For more information, please call J.M. Sorrell at (413) 588-5755.
Book Group for Kids at the Westfield Athenaeum
Tuesday, October 24, 4-4:45pm. Students in grades 4 and 5 are invited to join us as we discuss the book I Survived: The American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis. The first 10 students to register for this get free copies of the book to keep.
Coloring and Cookies for Teens at the Southwick Public Library
Grades 7-12 can come in to the Southwick Public Library on Tuesday, October 24th from 2:30-3:30 to color, chat, and have some cookies! We will have all the coloring sheets, gel pens, and colored pencils that you’ll need to take part in this relaxing activity. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village
October 25, 2017, 6:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Enjoy a light dinner and a chance to share your personal experiences and strategies for communicating with your loved one! For more information and to RSVP, call (413) 568-0000.
The Electric Myth: the Evolution of Creepy pasta at the Southwick Public Library
Slenderman.The Rake.The Seedeater. Ted the Caver. The internet has become the new forum for our fear. Sarah Hodge-Wetherbe (GeekGal) will be here to host this panel, where we’ll look at some of the more famous creepypastas, the psychology behind why they scare us and look at the more popular forms of their stories on the web. This program is for teens and adults and will happen on October 25th from 3 – 5 PM at the Southwick Public Library. Come for some spooky fun! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Spaghetti Supper October 25th to Benefit Sisters of St. Joseph
A Spaghetti Supper to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will be held Wednesday, October 25, 4:30-6:30 pm at the Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee. The Knights of Columbus Council 4044 is hosting the dinner which will include spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, roll, coffee, tea and desserts. This annual fundraiser helps to support retired Sisters and Sisters in ministry. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or by contacting Marty Kearney at 552-0569 or Sister Eleanor Harrington at 413-536-0853 ext. 223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISHMASH of MUSIC!
That’s what awaits this fall’s concertgoer to the Greater Westfield Community Band concert. Normally a theme is set for the concert, be it ” Broadway Bound” or “On The High Seas” to name some of the past themes, but this time around nothing came to mind and kidding around it was stated that it was just a mishmash of music — and that’s what has stuck. A great compilation of music from Disney to a Copland Tribute will be included. Then add Concertante for Winds, Empire Overture and American Originals, which features such great numbers as Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Yankee Doodle Dandy and You’re a Grand Old Flag, and you’ve found that mishmash to enjoy.
The concert will be held at the North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield on Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. It’s free of charge and open to the public. The auditorium is handicap accessible and we hope to see lots of familiar faces with many new ones as well. Bring a friend and enjoy some wonderful music performed under the direction of Jim O’Connor.
Westfield Foundation For Education 4th Annual Pocketbook Bingo Fundraiser
Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) will hold its 4th Annual Pocketbook Bingo fundraiser on October 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Tekoa Country Club, 459 Russell Road Westfield. Doors open at 6:00 and Bingo kicks off at 7:00. Tickets are $30 for ten games of Bingo ($35 at the door). Pocketbook Bingo combines the fun of a Bingo game with the chance to win a matching designer purse and wallet by Coach, Vera Bradley, Michael Kors or Kate Spade. In addition to Bingo, organizers promise a great raffle, a door prize and several surprises! A cash bar is available. “All of the money raised at this event will go back to Westfield public schoolchildren,” said Laura Taylor, event chairperson. “In the last 3 years WFE has given more than $30,000 in classroom grants to Westfield school teachers. We hope to make this our best year yet.”
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.com. For more information on buying tickets contact Laura Taylor at Laura.Taylor719@gmail.com.
Wild & Scenic Remarkable River Potluck 2017
The Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee Invites you, Community Members, Volunteers and River Enthusiasts’ to join us!! When: Thursday October 26th Where: Four Seasons Club next to the Chesterfield Gorge Time: 6:30pm. – 7:30pm Feasting Slide show & sharing: 7:30 – 8:30pm. Slide show of this year’s W&S adventures & explorations. Let us know how many will be attending & what yummy thing you will bring by calling Meredyth Babcock at 413 623-2070
Beginner Excel classes
Free Beginner Excel classes beginning 10/26/17 through 11/16/17 for the general public. You must be 18 years old to register. Limited seating is available. Classes are held at 128 East Mountain Rd. at the Clark Building on the campus of Western MA Hospital on Thursdays from 5-7pm. Please call 413-336-3100 to register.? Classes are provided by Westfield Community Education.
Little Explorers: STEAM at the Athenaeum
Friday, October 27th, 10-11am: Ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy science, technology, art and math activities and a story.
St. Mary’s Trunk or Treat
St. Mary’s Church and Parish schools will be hosting a Trunk or Treat for the public on October 27th from 5-7pm in the school parking lot. Everyone in the community is welcome and encouraged to join.
Pumpkin Carving / Spaghetti Supper
Southwick Congregational Church will host their Annual Pumpkin Carving /Spaghetti Supper on Saturday October 28, 2017. The menu will include pasta, homemade sauce & meatballs, salad, rolls and a few sweet treats. The pumpkin carving is optional, but less us know if you are interested so we can provide a pumpkin for you. You provide your own tools and adult supervision. Adults $10, Children $7, Family $25. Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, PO Box 260, Southwick, MA, 01077. Please contact the Church Office to make reservations or for more information (413) 569-6362.
Family Movie Day at the Westfield Athenaeum
Saturday, October 28th, 2-3:30pm. Join us for an afternoon at the movies! Watch a Halloween classic about a girl who, on her 13th birthday, discovers a secret portal, and is transported to a magical place where ghosts, ghouls, witches, and werewolves live apart from the human world. Rated PG. We will provide the popcorn and juice. You do not need to register for this event, just come to the library.
“3-Gs” 8th Annual Flea Market and Swap Meet
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, at 8 Industrial Rd., Southwick, MA 01077. Items for sale include automotive, farm, tools, and other stuff, as well as coffee and food. All types of vendors welcome. Please call to reserve your space. A 15’x20’ spot is $25.00; a 15’x40’ space is $40.00. Or sell your car in the Car Corral—$25.00 per car. Proceeds to benefit local charities. Contact Gee at 860-653-6804 or 860-614-8374; or Gary at 413-562-1346. Please be sure to support our sponsors: Greene Kraft Boat Werks, Southwick, MA; The Notch Travel Centre, Southwick, MA; Moccio Truck Museum, Southwick, MA; Gary’s Auto Repair, Westfield, MA; and Timothy’s Auto Repair, Westfield, MA.
Sounds of Music Singers at Armbrook Village
October 29, 2017, 3:30 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Join us for the entertainment of Richie Mitnick and the Sounds of Music Singers!
Stained Glass Mosaic Workshop
The Huntington Public Library will be hosting a Stained Glass Mosaic Workshop on Monday, October 30th at 6:00 P.M. Leslie Doherty will be leading the workshop and participants will be able to make either a small tile trivet or a wall plaque. Materials will be provided and includes a tile, some cut glass, and grout. This workshop is open to all ages but space is limited so registration is required. Please contact the library to register or for more information at 667-3506.
Halloween Storytime & Parade at the Westfield Athenaeum
Tuesday, October 31st, 10am. Wear your costume to the library for tricks and treats. We will read, sing, and craft together then parade through the library to show off our costumes. All ages welcome, but best for ages 3 and up.
Tuesday, October 31st, 3:30-4:30pm. It’s that time of year again. Time for the ghosts, ghouls, and wicked awesome teens to come out and have a blast! Grab your favorite costume and join us for a scary good time with costume contests, games, activities, food and more. Registration is required.
VFW Post 872 Scholarship Contests
Southwick VFW Post 872 in Southwick is sponsoring several contests for students, teachers, and first responders.
The Patriots Pen Essay Contest is for students in grades 6-8 and provides for students in these grades to compete for $54,500 in cash prizes.
The Voice of Democracy Contest is for students in grades 9-12 where they compete for $154,000 in scholarships and incentives with the top scholarship awarded at the national level being $30,000.
The Citizenship Education Teacher Award is for teachers in all grades nominated by their peers, which recognizes their contributions as educators who instill a sense of patriotism, duty, and service. Winners selected at the national level are awarded cash prizes for themselves and for their school, along with recognition at the VFW National Convention.
The VFW Scout of the Year Award is a scholarship competition for those Boy or Girl Scouts ages 15-18 who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, Gold Award, or Sea Scout Quartermaster, are enrolled in High School and are active within their troop. First Place at the national level awards a $5,000 scholarship, second place $3,000, and third place $1,000.
The VFW Public Servant Award is for members of the community’s Police, Fire, and EMT Departments that provides for honor and recognition of each winner at the VFW State Convention.
Deadlines for entry for Patriots Pen, Voice of Democracy, and the Citizen Education Teacher Award is October 31; Scout of the Year Award is March 01; Public Servant Award is February 01.
For more information on how to enter, please contact Troy Henke at email@example.com
The Suffield Fire Department Auxiliary will host the return of their Annual Harvest Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Center Firehouse, 73 Mountain Rd. (Rt. 168), Suffield, CT. Crafters and local artisans that are interested in renting space ($45) at this event may call either of the following numbers for applications and more information. Judy 860-623-8535 or 860-614-0066
Newport Playhouse Trip
The Huntington COA is planning a day trip December 7thto the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Restaurant in Newport, Rhode Island. The bus will leave from downtown Huntington at 8:00 am and Westfield at 8:30 am, returning about 6:30 pm. The group will travel on the Luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach with a beautiful ocean drive, then off to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret Restaurant to enjoy an extensive, hearty buffet. After lunch, the group will be able to sit back and enjoy Newport’s Playhouse’s show “Dashing Through the Snow” in the intimate theater. This madcap show features, among other people, Mrs. Claus, various elves, as well as a zany cast of holiday characters in a wonderful and funny production with a holiday theme. After the show, it’s back to the dining room that is transformed into a captivating cabaret. The cost of the trip is $69 for Huntington residents, all others pay $89. The bus is wheelchair accessible. The cost includes the ocean drive sightseeing tour, admission to The Newport Playhouse for show and cabaret, a full buffet luncheon with gratuities, and the luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach. For reservations, please contact Helen at 413.667-3500 or Anna at 413.667.3141. Payments must be received by November 7th.
Heroes Dinner Dance Supporting our Local Veterans Community
Please join the local VFW of Western Mass and Military Order of the Purple Heart organizations for a Patriot Salute to our Heroes Dinner Dance on November 10th, 2017 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts. This event will honor the brave men and women who has served our country. A portion of the proceeds will aid local Veteran Relief Funds, Immediate Medical/Material Resources, Military Care Packages, Assisting Hospitalized Veterans, Family events in the local Veterans Community and Local Youth Scholarships. Cocktails from 5:30 to 6 and dinner at 7:00 p.m. and live entertainment By Soul Sensations. Please consider sponsoring a Veteran by purchasing a ticket or two. Tickets are available online at: Or in person/by mail: Town of Ludlow Veterans Services, 488 Chapin Street, Ludlow Mass 01056. Make checks payable to SGT Joshua D. Desforges Post 3236, c/o Veterans Services, 488 Chapin Street, Ludlow, MA 01056. For more information contact Eric Segundo, 413-385-1790.
Free Ukulele Workshop
A free Ukulele Workshop for ages 10 to Seniors will take place at the Russell Public Library (162 Main St.) on Saturday, November 11 from 10:30–11:30 am. Participants will learn to play basic chords and then singing songs while playing those chords. Beginners as well as experienced players are welcome. Teacher and musician Dave Maloof of MusicPlusComedy.com will bring 15 ukuleles to play, and anyone who has a ukulele should bring it along. Participation is limited; please call the Library at 862-6221 or sign up during Library hours (MWF 3-8 PM, TuTh 10 AM – 2 PM). The Library is at 162 Main Street in Russell. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Russell Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For more information, contact Dave Maloof at MusicPlusComedy@gmail.com.
Southwick High School class of 1977 reunion
Southwick class of 1977 High School reunion planned for November 24th at the Westfield River Brewing Company 707 College Hwy formerly ” Chucks Steak House” from 6 PM to closing. $5 per person Please send confirmation to Donna by text 413330-7711 or email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please spread the word and we are hoping for a good turnout.
Huntington COA trip to Bright Nights
The Huntington COA is planning a trip to Bright Nights in Springfield on Monday, November 27th using the FRTA (Franklin Regional Transportation Authority) van. The van seats 10 – 12 people and is wheelchair accessible. Preregistration is required due to limited seating. If you are a new rider, a brief application form must be submitted to FRTA. Anyone 60 years and older, or disabled, is eligible for the van service.We recommend submitting the paperwork 2 – 3 weeks before the trip for processing. The trip is free of charge to eligible residents from the Towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Montgomery and Russell. For more information, please call the Town Hall at 413 667 3500, or COA Office at 413 512 5205. Other van services that are available are rides to medical appointments and weekly shopping in Westfield.
The COA is also planning a van trip February to the Magic Wings Butterfly Museum in Deerfield.
Southwick Congregational Church Holly Bazaar
The Southwick Congregational Church, 488 College Highway, Southwick, MA will be having their annual Holly Bazaar on Saturday, December 2, from 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Crafters are invited to rent a table space. If you are interested, please call (413)896-5378 or the church office at 413-569-6362 for more information and a registration form.