Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our “Beat ‘The Putz’” pro football contest, we are about to give readers of The Westfield News something more. Area sports fans will have a chance to put their sports knowledge to the test with our brand new contest, “Putz’s Ultimate Sports Challenge.” Pick the winner from each of the four men’s PGA Tour Majors, NASCAR’s biggest races and the Triple Crown. Win prizes weekly and compete for our overall grand prize. Look for contest forms in The Westfield News.
Westfield Bridge Club Results 4/26/17
North/South: 1st: Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore; 2nd: Terry Augusti – Nancy Gay; 3rd: Myrna Butler – Candy Pennington
East/West: 1st: Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton; 2nd: Judy Matyseck – Ed Matyseck; 3rd: Barbara Kress – Marilyn Breor
Starting Thursday, May 4th duplicate will be played afternoons from 1:00 – 4:00 at The American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome.
CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars First Annual Golf Tournament
CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is proud to host their First Annual Golf Tournament at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Proceeds will benefit CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars General Scholarships. Golf entry fee is $90 per person and includes greens fees, cart and dinner. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. Not a golfer?? Why not consider joining us for dinner & raffles for just $35. Golf Tournament registration and sponsor information can be found at http://csfwestfield.dollarsforscholars.org. For questions, contact Tori Denton at 413-301-4614 or via email at email@example.com. Deadline for entry is April 21, 2017.
Westfield Athenaeum Poetry Contest
April is Poetry Month! Adults and children are invited to celebrate by entering a poem in the Westfield Athenaeum Poetry Contest. A complete list of guidelines and entry forms can be found in the library or on our website at www.westath.org. Entries must be received by 5:00pm on Saturday, April 29th. A reception and live reading will be held at the library to honor all participants.
Teen Poetry Contest at the Southwick Public Library
To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Southwick Public Library is excited to announce that we will be holding a poetry contest throughout the month of April. All teens in grades 7-12 are invited to enter a maximum of two poems. Poems must be submitted no later than April 29th at 1 pm, and the winner(s) will be announced on May 12th. Pick-up a copy of the rules in person at the Library or online at www.southwickma.org/library.
Westfield Athenaeum Bingo for Books
Try your luck while having fun playing Bingo to win books! Space is limited to 12 children and their grownups, so please sign up today. This event is hosted by the Westfield CFCE, but will be held at the Westfield Athenaeum. Sat., April 29, 10:30am. Ages 3-8. To register, call 562-6158 x5.
Giant Tag Sale Rescheduled
Christ Church United Methodist will be having a Giant Tag Sale. Several families are downsizing so there should be lots of good stuff. Saturday, April 29 from 9:00 to 2:00. There will be a lunch menu including Tacos in a Bag 222 College Hwy. in Southwick. The church is located at Gillette Corners near Big Y. Handicapped accessible. For information about inside table rental for $25 call 413-258-4473 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwick Cultural Council 18th Annual Arts Exhibition
SOUTHWICK – Taking place in the town hall auditorium, the show will be April 29 and April 30 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on each day. The exhibition allows the community and surrounding areas, to look at several pieces of work done by local artists and others across New England. There were over 1,000 people that attended the exhibition last year.
Free Wild & Scenic Training
Take the Vernal Pool Plunge!! Join us April 30th 10am. – 2pm. at the Hilltown CDC, on Route 143 in Chesterfield MA. Learn how to identify, protect and certify a vernal pool. These amazing habitats’ need our help. Being fleeting and undocumented they are often unwittingly destroyed. Slide show followed by a local site visit. Space limited please call Meredyth Babcock at 413 623-2070.
Fanfare Brass Ensemble at Chester Train Station
The Fanfare Brass Ensemble will present a concert of light popular and classical music on Sunday April 30th at the Chester Train Station – 10 Prospect St. Chester MA at 7:00 pm. The 10 part brass ensemble includes 4 trumpets, French horn, 4 trombones and tuba. Music performed by this professional group of musicians will include: Shenandoah, music of George Gershwin, West Side Story, marches by Sousa, Irish tunes, Armed Forces Tunes and much more. For more information contact David Neill – email@example.com or 413-686-5027
This concert is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Massachusetts and the Chester Cultural Council.
Westfield Sportsman’s Club 63rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby
The Westfield Sportsman’s Club will hold our 63rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Club pond on Furrowtown Road in Westfield. The derby is held rain or shine and is FREE to all AREA YOUTH 15 YEARS OLD AND YOUNGER. Prizes will be awarded. The pond will be freshly stocked with trout. Lucky anglers should bring their own fishing equipment and bait. No MA fishing license is needed. Club memberships and refreshments will be available for purchase. No one under the age of 18 is allowed on Club property without an adult who is at least 18 years old. Waivers MUST be signed by adults prior to fishing. For more information call (413) 562-1820.
May, “the Big Month” for the Allen Bird Club
May is “the big month” for birding enthusiasts, beginning with a special program, “Penguins of Antarctica,” by Mark Blazis, nationally-acclaimed nature writer, at the club’s monthly meeting on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Science Center (the Quadrangle), Tolman Wing. The month is also big for the number of different species arriving or migrating through our area, bringing with them high interest and excitement. The Allen Bird Club has planned 17 different day and evening field trips, plus the annual May (Bird) Count on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 when numbers of all bird species are tallied.
Full details for all the field trips and other activities are on the club web site at www.allenbirdclub.org. Always check the website right before trips to make sure there are no changes or cancellations. Anyone interested in birds, including beginning birders, is welcome to attend club events.
Some trip highlights include three Wednesday morning walks, May 3, 10, and 17, at the Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow, looking for both waterbirds and songbirds. Participants meet at the sign on Bark Haul and Pondside Rds. in Longmeadow at 7:30 a.m. (wear footgear for wet trails). There is a 3/4 day trip on Tuesday, May 9 to Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass., a world-renown birding hotspot during migration, featuring warblers and other neotropical birds. Participants meet in the commuter lot behind MacDonald’s near the turnpike entrance in Ludlow at 6:30 a.m.
Also scheduled is the annual, half-day Mother’s Day Walk on Sunday, May 14, at Robinson State Park in Agawam for nesting and migrant songbirds. Participants meet on Colemore St. opposite the North St. entrance at 7:30 a.m.
There is also a 2-hour Rail Trail Evening Walk on Thursday, May 11, to hear roost time calls of wetland and grassland birds. Meet at the Station Road parking lot of the Norwottuck Rail Trail off South East St. in South Amherst at 6:00 p.m.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce- May Mayor’s Coffee Hour
May 1, 2017 (8 – 9 am) Please join us for our monthly Mayor’s Coffee Hour with Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan hosted by Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad Street, Westfield, MA. This event is free and open to the public. Please call the Chamber office at 413.568.1618 to register for this event so we may give our host a head count.
Southwick Real Estate and Personal Property bills due
The 2nd half Real Estate and Personal Property bills have been mailed out. Due date is May 1, 2017. A 2nd reminder is being mailed out for the annual census, please return to the Town Clerk. The 2017 dog license is available for purchase. A late fee will be assessed after May 1, 2017. Last day to register to vote for both the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting is Wednesday April 19, 2017. Town Clerk Office will be open from 8:30am to 8pm. The Town Clerk’s Office is available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Russell Council on Aging hearing clinic
The Russell Council on Aging is pleased to announce a new program- a monthly hearing clinic. Anyone experiencing difficulty with their hearing is invited to come in for a free hearing check-up with Gary Winn, a licensed hearing instrument specialist with Earmasters. The clinic will be held Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:30-noon, then the first Tuesday of the month, at the same time, thereafter. Various services include checking for earwax, cleaning hearing aids, replacement batteries at no cost, screen for hearing loss, and more! The Russell COA invites residents from Russell and the surrounding Hilltowns to benefit from this opportunity. Please call 413-862-6205 for an appointment.
Southwick Library Tuesday Storytime Fun for 2-5 Year Olds
Join us for a special time of fun at Southwick Public Library for kids ages 2-5 years old on May 2, 9 and 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Room. Celebrate Children’s Book Week. Listen to some new story books. Make a cool craft. Wear a funny hat. Sign-up when you visit the Children’s Room, or call us at 413-569-1221×4.
‘Strength in Numbers: A Falls Prevention Program’
Beginning in April, the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, will 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 May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 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.
The YMCA of Greater Westfield Hosting six week workshop on Diabetes Self- Management
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be offering a Free six week workshop on Diabetes Self- Management. The “Diabetes Self-Management Program” was developed at the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center: (http://patienteducation.stanford.edu/training) It is an “evidence based” curriculum that has been researched and proven to have positive results for participants. Topics include: Preventing Complications, Stress Management, Working with the Health Care System, Preventing Low Blood Sugar, Problem Solving, Skin and Foot Care, Exercise, Healthy Eating, Relaxation Techniques, Communication, Difficult Emotions and Action Planning. This program is designed for individuals diagnosis with diabetes and pre diabetes. If you want to take control, remain active and improve your quality of life this workshop is for you! People with diabetes or pre-diabetes will gain tools, skills and the confidence needed to manage the challenges of living well with their condition. The foundation of the workshops is creating weekly, personalized action plans that lead to attaining goals through small, workable steps. Workshops are highly supportive, informative, social and fun. This program is sponsored by Highland Valley Services and will be held Tuesdays, May 2 – June 6, 2017 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, at 413.568.8631 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwick Library May the Fourth Be With You At Southwick Public Library
Join the fun as Southwick Public Library celebrates Star Wars Day on May 4th from 2:30-4:30 p.m.. (Note: the library will close at 5 p.m.). Visit after you get out of school and dress up as your favorite Star Wars character. Play games. Make a light saber. Find items in the scavenger hunt. Crafts available for all ages.
Star Wars Day for Kids and Teens
May the 4th Be With You!To celebrate Star Wars Day, the Southwick Public Library will be welcoming kids and teens of all ages to play some fun games, make a craft or two (including pool noodle lightsabers), and watch Rogue One! Our celebration will take place in the Community Room and Children’s Room from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – What to Expect at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
May 5, 2017 (8:30 am – 10 am) Please join us for What to Expect at the MCAD at Holiday Inn Express, 39 Southampton Road in Westfield. Free to Chamber Members/$30 for General Admission (cash/credit paid at the door or in advance).Light refreshments served. Imagine one afternoon an envelope from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) arrives in the mail. You are filled with dread as you discover that a former employee has filed a complaint alleging discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Now what? Join Attorney Timothy M. Netkovick of Royal, P.C. for a workshop to discuss what to expect at the MCAD. On-line registration is available @ www.westfieldbiz.org. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
Teen Advisory Board (SPLAT)
The Teen Advisory Board has been renamed SPLAT (Southwick Public Library Advisory Team) and will be meeting on Friday, May 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.
North Pond Bird Walk with Seth Kellogg
Friday, May 5th, 8:00 am 49 South Longyard Road, Southwick Free and open to all. Join the Save North Pond project team and esteemed birder Seth Kellogg on a walk through the last remaining undeveloped acres on North Pond. Identify songbirds and learn firsthand why this land needs to be saved! Pre-registration required. Contact Linda Alvord at Franklin Land Trust to learn more, register and get directions.
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Valley Bird Days May 5 – 13, 2017 Springfield, Easthampton, Hadley, Montague, and Amherst, MA
Experience the wonder of birds. Celebrate how we learn about and help birds through conservation projects. Valley Bird Days has something for all levels of experience and ages. Please see the list below for programs and guided bird walks and visit the website for details. https://valleybirddays.wixsite.com/valley-bird-days. Family-Friendly Programs connect with the world of birds in fun, hands-on ways.
Friday May 5, Springfield Urban Bird Treaty Celebration, 10:00 a.m. Museum Quadrangle Green, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA. Features Tom Ricardi’s live birds of prey. For individuals and families. Free. 413/263-6800, ext. 404.
Saturday May 6, Bird Festival, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Coombs Road, Easthampton, MA. Live Birds of Prey presentation 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. On-going bird banding, bird viewing, bird art, and family-friendly activities. For individuals and families. Free. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/arcadia 413/584-3009.
Saturday May 13, Bluebirds and Bluebird House Building, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Hitchcock Center for the Environment, Amherst, MA. Materials fee $20-$35. For individuals and families with children age 10 and up. Pre-registration required, http://www.HitchcockCenter.org 413/256-6006.
Tuesday May 9, Saving American Kestrels and Other Avian Migrants to the Valley, 6:30 p.m., presentation with David King, co-sponsored by Kestrel Land Trust and Hitchcock Center for the Environment, at the Hitchcock Center, 845 West Street, Amherst, MA. Suggested $5 donation. Reservations appreciated. http://www.HitchcockCenter.org 413/256-6006.
Guided Bird Walks
Sunday May 7, Bird Walk at Fort River Division of Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, 7:00 a.m. -9:30 a.m., 69 Moody Bridge Road, Hadley, MA. Hosted by the Hitchcock Center, with Ted Watt. Free. http://www.HitchcockCenter.org 413/256-6006
Monday May 8 through Friday May 12, Daily Early Morning Guided Bird Walks, 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary,127 Coombs Road, Easthampton, MA. $5/day for non-members. Age 16 and up. Please pre-register Arcadia@MassAudubon.org 413/584-3009.
Friday May 12, Montague Plains Birding and Ecology Walk. 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary with MassWildlife staff. $8-$10. Age 16 and up. Please pre-register Arcadia@MassAudubon.org 413/584-3009.
Saturday May 13, Walk and Talk – Welcome to the Warblers 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. At Fort River National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by Kestrel Land Trust with ornithologist Geoff LeBaron. Free. Preregistration required. http://www.kestreltrust.org/calendar/warblers-walk
Westfield Woman’s Mystery Dinner Theater
Westfield Woman’s Club invite you to their annual Mystery Dinner Theater bring a friend for an evening of intrigue and who done it.
On, Saturday May 6th, 2017 at the Westfield Woman’s Club be hosting their annual mystery dinner theater. Catered Italian cuisine courtesy of Emma’s Everyday Gourmet will be served as you and other guests of the Westfield Woman’s club solve the mystery. Dinner will be served at 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are $15.00 for the dinner and the play. Please contact Muriel at 413-568-3201 to reserve your tickets. Deadline for reservations is April 29th. Make your reservations now! You don’t want to miss this show.
Southwick Rotary to celebrate 35 years of service
Southwick, MA – Rich Anderson, President of the Rotary Club of Southwick, announced that the club will celebrate its 35th anniversary of Service above Self. The club was chartered in May of 1982. The club will host a spring barbecue on May 6 starting at 5:00 pm at the Southwick VFW Post 872, 151 Point Grove Road, Southwick. In addition to the BBQ there will be a cash bar, music, raffle and a special birthday cake. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased in advance from members of the Rotary Club or Bob Fox at Southwick Florist, College Highway, Southwick. Tickets will be available at the door. The club looks forward to entertaining friends and residents from the community to celebrate and to share how the club supports the community through its annual fundraisers and service projects.
Scrappy Flower Workshop at SPL
It’s time to think about Spring! On Saturday, May 6th at 10:30 a.m. the Southwick Public Library will hold a Scrappy Flower Workshop for adults. Amber Ladley, of Happily Upcycled, will help participants use easily accessible (& often discarded) materials to create beautiful flowers during the two-hour workshop. All materials necessary for your creations will be provided. Class size is limited. Registration is required. To register call the library’s Circulation Desk at 569-1221 ext. 2 or register when you visit the library.
Nature Workshop at Stanley Park
“Enjoy the Birds of Spring” with Janice Zepko May 7th 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. This workshop will focus on finding and identifying birds by sight and sound. We will learn how arriving birds seek out certain habitats in which to nest and tropical migrants feed and sing as they prepare to continue farther north. We will encounter many species, including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, and several species of warbler. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Makerspace Anime Afternoon
Grades 7-12 are invited to come to the Library on Monday, May 8th at 2:30pm to participate in our Anime Afternoon. Each month, we will get together to chat about anime, manga, and comic books in general. We might watch an episode or two on Crunchy Roll, or maybe try an animation program out!This month we will also be incorporating our Makerspace Monday and will be folding origami. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Information Session: Save North Pond Project
Tuesday, May 9th, 7:30 pm Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill, 141 Congamond Rd, Southwick
Free and open to all. Join the Save North Pond Project team at Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill to learn about this special land and why we must work together to save it at the Southwick town meeting on May 16th. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to keep the shoreline of North Pond undeveloped and open for everyone to enjoy. Contact Linda Alvord at Franklin Land Trust to learn more and get directions. firstname.lastname@example.org (413) 625-9151
Tuesday, May 9th, 7:30 pm
Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill,
141 Congamond Rd, Southwick
Free and open to all
Join the Save North Pond Project team at Crabby Joe’s Bar and Grill to learn about this special land and why we must work together to save it at the Southwick town meeting on May 16th. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to keep the shoreline of North Pond undeveloped and open for everyone to enjoy.
Contact Linda Alvord at Franklin Land Trust to learn more and get directions.
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Westfield Technical Academy Horticulture Technology Annual Spring Plant Sale
Flowering Hanging Baskets, Tomatoes, Peppers, Squashes, Cucumbers, Herb Bowls, Coleus, over 12 varieties. Dahlias, Nicotiana, Gerbera Daisies, Scaevola…and many more annuals.
May 9th – 13th
Tues 8 am – 6 pm
Wed 8 am – 2 pm
Thurs 8 am – 2 pm
Fri 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 pm
(Unless Sold Out)
Greylock Street Entrance WTA
ZUMBA® Fitness at Stanley Park
ZUMBA® Fitness classes continue at Stanley Park for eight sessions! Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, May 9th through June 27th 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Beveridge Pavilion. Certified instructor Tara Daley will lead the Latin-inspired dance ZUMBA® workouts. This class will be low-impact, high-energy, fun-in-the-sun; perfect for beginners and seasoned ZUMBA® participants alike!
Children 10 and up are welcome with an adult. Please wear comfortable workout clothes and sneakers, and bring lots of water (you might also want a small towel). Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Donations to the Park are welcome, with a suggested donation of $5 per person per class. You may sign up by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-568-9312 ext.108 or 112.
Kindergarten Screening For Southwick-Tolland-Granville Children
The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District Kindergarten Screening for the 2017-2018 school year will be held on Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th, 2017 at Woodland School for Southwick, Tolland and Granville residents.
All Parents May Register Your Children At Woodland School
In order to be eligible for Kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017. There will be no exceptions to this policy. As required by Special Education Law, Chapter 766, screenings will be conducted in the areas of hearing, vision, speech/language, cognitive and motor skills. All parents having an eligible child should come to the Woodland School office at 80 Powder Mill Road, Southwick, MA to pick up an enrollment packet between now and April 24th. Open enrollment hours are 9:15 am to 2:45 pm. Granville residents may pick up an enrollment packet at Granville School or Woodland School and return it to Woodland School. A check off list is included in the packet for your convenience. Once you’ve filled out your paperwork and have the necessary documents (proofs of residency, birth certificate, immunization record and physical) as noted on the check off list, return ALL information to the Woodland School Office. An appointment will be made for you at that time to attend the screening (May 10th or May 11th) to complete the registration process. Please call woodland school 569-6598 with questions.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – May After 5 Connection
May 10, 2017 (5 – 7 pm) Join us for our May After 5 Connection hosted by Armbrook Village, 551 North Road, Westfield, MA. FREE for Chamber members, $10 General Admission (cash/credit paid at the door). Refreshments will be served. 50/50 Raffle to benefit our CSF – Dollars for Scholars fund! Bring your business cards and make connections! What happens at an After 5, stays at an After 5! On-line registration will be made available @ www.westfieldbiz.org. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
Westfield Woman’s club Present’s “Back to Bacis” Bridge lessons
“Back to Basics” Bridge Lessons will be offered at the Westfield Woman’s Club starting May 10th. Helen Pawlowski, Gold Life Master, an ACBL accredited bridge instructor and an ACBL certified club director will teach eight two hour classes. This is not a beginner course. It is open to all in the greater Westfield area: men or women. Cost: $50 and can be paid May 10th; time of class 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Priscilla (568-8994) or Sue (562-6817) to register, or for more information.
Guided Walks around Stanley Park
As we welcome Spring & Summer, we will once again be holding our Walk Around the Park. The walks will be held on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. starting May 11, 2017. The walking sessions are part of Stanley Park’s Health Initiative to provide a beautiful environment in which to get some exercise, while meeting our staff and learning the history about various sites around the park. All abilities are welcome. Group ability level will determine walk route. Possible routes will be within the main areas of the park and/or the Wildlife Sanctuary. Walking shoes are recommended. Walks will be held: May 11 to June 27, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. All walkers should meet at the Westfield Bank Children’s Pavilion.
Southwick Public Library LEGO Clubs Meet in May
LEGO Club for kids in grades 3-6 will meet at Southwick Public Library on Thursday, May 11 at 3 p.m. Kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade will meet on May 17 at 3:30 p.m. Have fun building what you want using our LEGOs or work on a special challenge each monthly session.
We are looking forward to seeing your LEGO creations.
Westfield High School’s Drama Club to Present “Cinderella” and “Cinderella Tea Party”
Westfield – The Westfield High School Drama Club is excited to announce that their spring Musical will be Roger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. Those who attend will visit a world where the impossible is possible and dreams really come true. The Westfield High School Drama Department presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. Show times are: May 12th at 7pm and May 13th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets will be $5 Students/Seniors $10 Adults. The performance is at Westfield High School’s Auditorium and tickets will be available at the door. In addition to the performance there will be a Cinderella Tea Party. Come dressed as your favorite Prince or Princess and have a meet and greet with the cast of Cinderella. There will be a tea party, arts and crafts and some fun surprises. Then get whisked off to an enchanted castle for the Westfield High School Drama Club’s Production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at 2:00 PM. Tea includes: Tea & Sandwiches, Dessert, Arts & Crafts and a Ticket to the Show. Cost: $10 per child (12 & Under); $15 per adult. Advanced reservations are required as space is limited. To reserve, call Lisa Stawasz at (413) 977-2932 or email email@example.com
Let Your Yoga Dance!!
The Southwick Senior Center is offering a new Class “Let Your Yoga Dance”. This is a movement based practice that combines gentle yoga, user friendly dance and all genres of music to cultivate joy, self expression and community. Come try a FREE class on Friday May 12th at 9:00am with Renee Rix a certified LYYD instructor. There will also be a class held on Friday, May 26th, 9:00am, with a cost of $5.00.
Southwick Library Kids Make Mother’s Day Craft at Southwick Public Library
Children of all ages are invited to come to the Southwick Public Library’s Children’s Room on Thursday, May 11th through
Saturday, May 13th to make a surprise for Mom. Materials for this Make-and-Take Mother’s Day Craft will be available during regular library hours .
Southwick Senior Center Trip
LIFE BEGINS @ 50 EXPO. Entertainment, Ray of Elvis, Patrick Tobin & The Western MA All Stars Band. 3 Course Meal & Health Fair at Castle of the Knights Chicopee MA. Saturday May 13, 2017. Cost is $35.00. Leave the center at 10:30am. Exhibit about Heath Care and Options.
Friends of the Southwick Senior Center Seeking Tag Sale Participants, Crafters, and Vendors
On Saturday May 13, the Friends of the Southwick Senior Center will hold an outside “space only” sale on the grounds of the Southwick Town Hall, 454 College Highway, from 9-2 (set-up starting at 8am). You can sell items you found during your spring cleaning or use this as an opportunity to sell crafts or other items. Spaces are approximately 10’x10′ and the cost is $10.00 per space. Vendors supply their own tables, chairs and, if desired, canopy tents. Spaces should be reserved in advance. The sale will be promoted through local signs, press releases, and an ad in local news papers. To reserve space: send name, contact information and payment (check made payable to Southwick Seniors, Inc.) to Southwick Seniors, Inc., PO Box 263, Southwick, MA 01077 – all reservations must be received by May 8. Rain date is May 20. No refunds for cancellations or no shows. Call Pat McMahon 569-6531 with any questions.
Russell Council on Aging Festival
RUSSELL – Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. the Russell Council on Aging will hold a Festival featuring vendors, crafters, and collectors from surrounding areas. Charles Flint, certified appraiser, will be available to offer an idea of what fine art, antiques or treasures are worth. Mr. Flint is a member of the New England Appraisers Association. There will be a fee of $2.00 per item or 3 for $5.00. The limit is 3 items. The Festival will be set up outside, on Main Street, and at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main Street, Russell. Baked goods will be for sale and music provided by local talents. A pancake breakfast and lunch offerings will be available for purchase. For more information about the Festival please call Carrie Florek @ (413)862-6217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the festival will help support the Russell Senior Center programs.
Nature Workshop at Stanley Park
“Nesting Birds and Tropical Migrants” – Seth Kellogg May 14th 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Please come and join Nature Workshop’s group for a relaxing walk on Mother’s Day. We will pass through a variety of habitats in the Frank Stanley Beveridge Wildlife Sanctuary during the height of spring migration, stopping to enjoy both resident songbirds and tropical migrants as they feed and sing. We will encounter as many as 50 species, including thrushes, vireos, and warblers. Don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
Stanley Park’s Garden Workshop – How to Care for Your Roses
On May 18th from 10A.M. TO 11A.M. Paul Kuczynski, Rose Garden & Greenhouse Coordinator, will lead a workshop on caring for your roses. He and his staff will give you tips and discuss how to care for your roses throughout the year, from spring to winter. The workshop will meet at the fountain in the Rose Garden. Please use Gates 2 or Gate 3 for parking and easy access to the Rose Garden. For further information on the Garden Workshop, please go to www.stanleypark.org or call the park office at 413-568-9312.
Developmental Screening At Fort Meadow For Peer Partners
Families who live in Westfield and are interested in having their preschoolers attend Fort Meadow for the school year 2017-2018 are requested to call 572-6422 for a developmental screening. The screenings will be for children who are 3& 4 years old. Children will be chosen by lottery. Currently Fort Meadow charges tuition. Screening date is May 19, 2017. Please come and see our school and meet some of our staff at our Community Open House from 6:00-7:00 P.M. on May 11th! We look forward to meeting you and your children!
Memorial Day Parade Participation
The Memorial Day Parade Committee of the Westfield Veterans Council invites all previous participants, and other parties interested in participating in this year’s parade to contact the committee by e-mail at email@example.com. The deadline for requests is May 12th. The committee will no longer mail out paper invitations, and will use the e-mail registration as the primary means of registering for parade participation. As in the past, please remember that the parade is a means of recognizing the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in defense of our country, and as such, is intended as a solemn event to be so conducted by the parade participants. No floats or commercial vehicles will participate in the parade. Only authorized city vehicles and veteran transport vehicles may participate. No dancing, acrobatics, or other celebratory activities are allowed. No animals may accompany participants.
Teen After-school Hangout
Grades 7-12 can stop by theMarch Hangout on Wednesday, May 17th from 2:30-3:30pm. The Wii system will be set up and our 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen will be available to try. At this month’s hangout we willbe making Nebula jars! For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Huntington Dance Center Performing
The Huntington Dance Center will be performing at the Huntington Public Library on Friday, May 19th at 4:30 P.M. They will be performing “The Dancing Princesses” by the Floralia Children’s Company. In this story the princesses keep ruining their dresses so the queen orders the maids to follow them to see what kind of mischief they are up to. The Floralia Children’s Group consists of 17 children from the ages of 3-17. Children are encouraged to come dressed up as princesses and knights.
Saturday Storytime at Southwick Public Library
Come in and listen to Mommy Stories in the Children’s Room on Saturday, May 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Southwick Public Library. Make a craft. Sing a song. There is no registration for this program for 2-5 year olds accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
West Springfield Fish Ladder Open House
The Westfield River Watershed Association invites the public to the annual West Springfield fish ladder open house on Sunday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This once-a-year opportunity to tour the fish ladder, located on the Westfield River, offers a chance to look at migrating fish through a small observation window, as well as learn from WRWA board members aboutthe basic operation of the ladder and insights into the life cycles of the fish.The fish ladder, opened in 1995 at the large dam on the site, provides access to upstream waters for migratory fish returning to the river and its tributaries to spawn. Species that may be spotted include American shad, sea lamprey and blueback herring. This one-day-a-year chance to visit the West Springfield fish ladder is free to the public. Parking is available in the former Southworth Paper Company parking lot at 150 Front Street in West Springfield. A flat half-mile long path leads from the parking lot to the dam where the fish ladder is located. The event will be held rain or shine. Bring sun protection and wear comfortable walking shoes. The open house is sponsored by the Westfield River Watershed Association in cooperation with A&D Hydro, Inc.and the Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. For more information, visit www.westfieldriver.org or call Bill Rose at 413-786-0195.
Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce –56th Annual Golf Tournament
May 22, 2017 (10 am) Get together with your golf buddies and join us for our 56th Annual Golf Tournament at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, MA! Along with a round of golf, bid at our live auction to benefit three $500 student scholarships and win some raffles. Make connections and have fun! Sponsorship and Foursomes are available on our website! On-line registration is available on our website @ www.westfieldbiz.org or please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
Free Hearing Clinic
The Southwick Senior Center will be holding a free Hearing Clinic by Ear Masters, Monday May 22nd starting at 9:30am. Hearing Screenings may be done, hearing aides cleaned and free batteries are offered. Please call the office to make and appointment at 569-5498
Coloring and Cookies for Teens
Grades 7-12 can come in on May 23rd 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.
Story Yoga for Kids Ages 2-5 at Southwick Public Library
Join us at Southwick Public Library for a special time on Tuesday, May 23 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for Story Yoga. Listen to a story with Heather Monson, Dragonfly Girl. Learn some yoga poses. Do a special yoga-related activity and make a craft. This program helps children ages 2-5 years old (accompanied by a parent or caregiver) to manage their bodies, concentration, relaxation and fun. Please pre-register for this program. This final program of this Yoga Series is presented by Southwick Public Library and “Pathways for Parents.”
Memorial Day Parade Date and Route – Monday, May 29, 2017
Mayor Brian P. Sullivan announces that groups marching in the Memorial Day Parade will begin assembling at 9:00 AM near the Mestek Company property on North Elm Street. The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 AM. The parade route will be as follows: beginning at Mestek, the marchers will march south down North Elm Street, continuing across the Great River Bridge onto Elm Street, continuing south to Broad Street, turning right at the intersection of Broad Street and West Silver Street to Parker Memorial Park for the Memorial Day ceremony. Following the Parker Park Ceremonies, American Legion Post 124 will march the route in reverse to the post home on Broad St, where additional ceremonies will be held.
Giant Tag & Rummage Sale
Holy Trinity Church, 331 Elm St., Westfield, MA, (located before the Great River bridges). will be having its annual Giant Tag and Rummage Sale on Friday, June 2nd from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, June 3rd from 9 am to 3 pm at the Parish Hall. A really big selection of items at bargain prices including clothing all sizes from infant to adult, shoes, women’s accessories, jewelry, household items, linens, books, toys, games & more. Please use rear entrance with handicapped accessible ramp from the parking lot to the right of the church. Don’t miss this one, hope to see you there.
National Cancer Survivors Day
It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community. The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be hosting a free let your yoga dance day to honor cancer survivors and to show the community that life after a cancer diagnosis can be inspiring. Join us Saturday, June 3rd, 9:15- 10:30AM LET YOUR YOGA DANCE with certified instructor, Renee Rix YMCA of Greater Westfield. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or P.413.568.8631
50th Reunion Announced for Tech High Class of 1967
Technical High – Springfield, MA, Class of 1967 will hold its 50th Class Reunion from September 29 to October 1, 2017. A full weekend of exciting activities are being planned for this significant milestone with a dinner banquet and live entertainment set for Saturday evening September 30 at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, MA. If anyone is aware of classmates who may not have heard about the reunion, either send us their name and contact info or have them email Carolyn or Pam and the Reunion Committee will follow through. Names and information should be emailed to 1967Tech50th@gmail.com