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Westfield Bridge Club Results 12/7/17

North/South:  1st: Barbara & Tim Eddy; 2nd: Nancy Gay – Terry Augusti; 3rd: Lolly Templeton – Ann Kousch
East/West: 1st: Priscilla Gover – Barbara Conlin; 2nd: Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton; 3rd: Judy Matyseck – Ed Matyseck
Duplicate is played Thursday afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 at The American Inn in Southwick.   All players are welcome.    

 

LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is committed to serving individuals and their families living with, through and beyond cancer. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week exercise program for adult cancer survivors who are currently in or have completed treatment and are physically deconditioned. Developed by Stanford University, this specially designed program has proven to help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks. Beginning January 22nd, the class will meet twice a week, for 12 weeks on Monday & Wednesday; 1:00PM-2:30PM to strength train and improve cardiovascular function. Must register by January 12. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.westfieldymca.org or contact: Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, at the YMCA of Greater Westfield 1.413.568.8631 or cagan@westfieldymca.org

 

The Westfield Foundation for Education Announces 2017 grant cycle

The Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) announced the start of its 2017 grant cycle. The organization will award up to $15,000 in school-based grants during the 2017-2018 school year. Through its grant program, WFE offers teachers, school support staff, administrators, and PTO/PTAs the opportunity to apply for competitive mini? grants for student educational projects. Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to projects based on creativity, innovation, and good use of resources. Grant criteria and applications are available at the foundation’s website, www.westfieldfoundation.org.  Applications are due on December 8, 2017 and applicants will be notified of the results on January 1, 2018. Visit www.westfieldfoundation.org for more information.

 

‘Male Call!’ Fitness Class at Westfield Senior Center

Dan Oleksak, owner and head trainer at Dynamic Fitness, will facilitate ‘Male Call!,’ an all-male fitness class at the Westfield Senior Center on Monday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.  The cost is $5 per class on a pay-as-you-go basis.  This is a general fitness class designed specifically for older men with a variety of fitness abilities.  Please remember that participants utilizing the Fitness Room for classes and dance sessions are required to change their footwear before walking on the hardwood floor and also sign a Release of Liability and Usage Agreement.  For more information, contact the Westfield Senior Center at 562-6435.

 

Application for Books on the Go Service

The Southwick Public Library offers a home delivery service for Southwick residents that are unable to visit the library because of a short-term disability lasting 3 weeks or more, or because of a permanent disability. Books, Books on CDs and music CDs owned by the Southwick Public Library are delivered and picked-up by our volunteer drivers. Applications are available at the library’s Reference Desk or you may call 569-1221 ext. 3 and an application will be mailed to you.

 

Westfield Farmers’ Market Extended

The Westfield Farmers’ Market will have three Winter Markets to be held inside the Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street.  The next date is 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.

 

Learning through Play

Are you looking for a playgroup? If so, join us at “Learning through Play”: a free, drop-in playgroup for parents/caregivers and children ages 5 and under presented by the Westfield CFCE grant in collaboration with the Fort Meadow Early Childhood Center. Friday Mornings 10:00-11:00 am at Fort Meadow ECC 35 White St. Westfield, MA 01085

Some areas of development to be explored include: Early Literacy, Beginning Math, Science, Art, Small and Large      Motor Development.  For more information, please call the CFCE office at 568-5242

 

 

Southampton Historical Society to Host Parade of Trees

The Southampton Historical will host an open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday Dec. 10 at the Clark-Chapman House, 234 College Hwy for the Parade of Trees. We have decorated our historic house with 25 beautiful, whimsical, contemporary, and traditional trees. The Parade of Trees is a marvelous way to ring in the holiday season.  Admission is free with donations

 

 

READING ALIVE! with the Enchanted Circle Theater at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Join us for a fun, interactive literacy workshop! Two actors from Enchanted Circle Theater will make words jump off the page and stories come to life through dramatic readings and theater games based on the book The Hat by Jan Brett.  Best for children preschool through 2nd grade. Presented by the CFCE.

Sat., Dec. 9 1:00pm-2:00pm Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum |

To register, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158×5.

 

Local award winning author announces the release of The Gift

Create Space Publishing releases “The Gift,” a picture book for children ages four through eight written and illustrated by award winning author R. W. Thompson . The official book launch will be at the Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St., Westfield, MA on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 P. M. “The Gift” will be available at: The Blue Umbrella Bookstore, 2 Main St. Westfield, MA www.amazon.com, or barnesandnoble.com and related Websites: https://www.facebook.com/R-W-Thompson-208816895908643/ and website: www.rwthompson-author.com. “The Gift” is his seventh children’s book.  The others are; “Icicle Flies,” “Icicle’s First Christmas,” “Daydreaming, a Baseball Story,” “Mrs. Mouse’s Christmas,” “The Crystal Butterfly” and the chapter book, “Waddle’s Big Adventure.”  They also are published by Create Space publishing and are available at Blue Umbrella Bookstore

 

Community Grange #382 Holiday Bazaar

Community Grange #382 of Feeding Hills will hold a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 9th from 9 AM- 2:30 PM at the Grange Hall located at 47 North West Street in Feeding Hills.  Members of the Grange have been busy making gift items, ornaments, wreaths and much more.  The bake sale will be bigger than last year and will include  homemade baked beans and soups.  Paws-a-tively Delectable will be selling all natural dog treats, bandanas and gift items.  There will also be knitted items, BlueDogs Craft and Decorative Painting by Peg Sullivan.  All proceeds will benefit grange activities and the public is invited to attend.

 

Gingerbread Houses for Teens at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Kids ages 12-17 are invited to celebrate the season by building a gingerbread house at the library on December 13 at 3:30. We will provide all the supplies, just bring your creativity. Sign up online westath.org or give us a call 562-6158 x5.

 

Teen After-school Hangout at the Southwick Public Library

Grades 7-12 can stop by the Holiday Hangout at the Southwick Public Library on Wednesday, December 13th from 2:30-3:30pm. The Wii system will be set up and our 3 Doodler 3D Printing Pen will be available to try. At this month’s hangout we will have a variety of board games to try (including Settlers of Catan and Pandemic), courtesy of Shurtleff Children’s Services! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

 

Holiday Tea for Boys and Girls at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Celebrate the season with a special story time that includes holiday songs, a craft, cookies, and “tea” (juice).

Morning Tea Times—Thu., Dec. 14 & Fri., Dec. 22 at 10am.  Ages 2-5.

Pajama Tea Time—Mon., Dec. 18 at 6:30pm. Ages 3-7.

Wear your favorite holiday pajamas and bring your teddy bear to this evening story time.

To register, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158×5.

 

Art Group at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Kids ages 8-12 are invited to learn to draw with pastels. We will provide the supplies, just bring your creativity and dress for mess. Friday, Dec. 15 3:30-4:30pm  Registration required, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158 x5.

 

Read to Rover at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Back by popular demand!  Kids ages 3-9 are invited to come to the library to read to a very friendly dog! Reading to these specially trained dogs can enhance self-esteem by offering non-judgmental, non-threatening attention while improving communication and reading skills. Sat., Dec. 16  1:30-2:30PM. Registration required, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158 x5.

 

Holiday Matinee at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Join us for a classic holiday movie about two elves that try to save Christmas after disgruntled Saint Nick decides to take the year off. We will provide popcorn. Sat. Dec. 16 at 3pm  Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum.  All Ages. Registration NOT required

 

Coloring and Cookies for Teens at the Southwick Public Library

Grades 7-12 can come to the Southwick Public Library on December 19th 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.

 

Tiny Tots and Little Ones at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Babies and their grownups will enjoy stories, songs, and rhymes followed by socializing time for parents and kids at the library. Tiny Tots is for ages 0-18 months and is from 9:30-10:15am. Little Ones is for ages 6-35 months and is from 10:30-11:15am. Please sign up so we will know you are coming. Visit our website westath.org or call us at 562-6158 x5. Wed., Dec. 20  9:30 and 10:30AM Registration required, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158 x5.

 

Holiday Movie for Teens at the Southwick Public Library

Christmastime comes once a year! Teens can start their holiday celebrations by coming in to the Southwick Public Library in on December 21st at 2:30 to see ELF (PG). Watch the modern day Christmas classic about Buddy (Will Ferrell), who was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. One day he leaves home in search of his real father and finds himself in New York City! Refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

 

Vacation Storytime at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Celebrate vacation week by coming to the library  for a special story time that includes songs, and a craft. Thurs., Dec. 28  10:00am.  Ages 3-6 Siblings welcome. Registration required, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158 x5.

 

Little Explorers Storytime at the Boys & Girls Library at the Westfield Athenaeum

Enjoy stories, music, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities and a craft!  Friday, Dec. 29 10:00am-11:00am. Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. Ages 4-10. Registration required, visit our website westath.org or call 562-6158 x5

 

SELF-DEFENSE

Awareness, Safety and Protect,  Self-Defense Series at the YMCA of Greater Westfield will consist of three Sunday afternoon’s for woman only. Each Sunday you will get workouts that will maximum physical efficiency and self-confidence to help deal with a variety of situations. You will learn how to quickly disable an attacker and learn how to take advantage of time and space. You will learn various stances, striking motions, kicks, choke holds, and other defense techniques to help protect yourself. Learn to prepare for the unexpected! The instructor, Catlin McCue, is a certified R.A.D., rape aggression defense, instructor. This program is based on realistic self-defense tactics taught for woman only. The Sunday dates are January 7, 14, and 21 from 12:15PM to 1:30PM. Girls 14 and 15 of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more info, contact  Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, P. 413. 568.8631 or Email: cagan@westfieldymca.org

 

Environmental Leadership Scholarships for Massachusetts High School Seniors

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation awards collegiate scholarships of up to $20K to eight to ten students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. As Thoreau Scholars, these select high school seniors may enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally-related field.

Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally-related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. Scholar alumni have formed companies and organizations including the animation company, Oxbow, with clients including WildAmerica and the Center for Food Safety, satellite imagery startup CrowdAI, and the nonprofit energy organization Equitable Origin.

To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Thoreau Scholarship, please visit www.thoreauscholar.org. Information about the scholarships and how to apply will be mailed to guidance counselors and science teachers at all Massachusetts high schools. An online application will be available in October. Students have until February 1st to apply.

 

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