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Westfield Bridge Club Results June 7, 2018

North-South
1st, Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore
2nd, Cindy Fullerton – Kathy Meyer
3rd, Grace Pietrogallo – Jen Flagg
East-West
1st, Stephanie Bulgier – Pat Krauss
2nd, Cindy Healey – Janet O’Brien
3rd, Fran Slasienski – Lillian Kuchachik

Duplicate bridge is played almost every Thursday afternoon from 12:45 to 4:15 at The American Inn in Southwick. THERE IS NO BRIDGE 6/15/18.

Armbrook Village Uses Music to Bring Awareness to Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

A growing body of research connects music therapy to improved social, cognitive, and emotional health. Armbrook Village is bringing an opportunity to experience the power of music to the people of Westfield in the form of a Memory Chorus, offered the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm. A memory chorus is a chance for people of all ages, especially seniors and their caregivers, to experience the therapeutic benefits of singing in a no-pressure group environment. This comes as the newest addition to the senior community’s Dementia Friendly Westfield Initiative.

‘Male Call!’ Fitness Class at Westfield Senior Center

Greg Hannum, a senior Movement Science major at Westfield State University, facilitates ‘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.

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

Grandparents & Kin Raising Grandchildren, the Grandfamilies: support groups in Hampshire County 

You may ask, just what are Grandfamilies? Grandfamilies is the name used to describe families that are created when a relative or friend rises to care for another relative’s children. This happens for a multitude of reasons, with the occurrence on the rise. There are even great grandparents parenting again!  Along with the satisfaction of helping and the joy, there are many difficulties that also surface.  To help alleviate your difficulties and added stress we offer support groups where you are welcome to come, to learn about resources, to share and be heard.  Our groups are relaxed, friendly and supportive.  We invite you to join us at any one or all of the groups listed below.  If you are unable to attend a group but would like someone to talk to or for more information, call/text the Kinship Care Resource Coordinator at 413-834-4073.

Worthington– 1st Tuesday, 5:30 -7:00 PM, R.H. Conwell Elementary School library, 147 Huntington Rd, Worthington- Light dinner is served and childcare is available.

Huntington– 4th Wednesday, 10 AM-12 PM, Hilltown Family Center, 9 Russell Rd. Refreshments are served. Childcare is available.

Knit & Crochet Drop-In

On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 2-4:30pmWhether you are just getting started, are working on an advanced technique, or are just looking for a bit of conversation while you are stitching away… stop by West Springfield Public Library for Drop-in with Steven. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Yellow Stonehouse Farm CSA Shares

Hamden Counties’ only USDA Certified Organic Vegetable farm & CSA, is accepting Membership Applications for 2018 Summer Season. Yellow Stonehouse Farm, an 80-acre property located on the Westfield & Southampton line, is accepting applications for a limited number of 2018 Summer CSA Shares.

Offered on a first come first served basis, the Summer CSA share covers 20+ weeks during the growing season from June through October. Customers select their share sized to feed 4-5 adults from the farm’s inviting market style vegetable distribution area. Shares are available for either every-week (EW) or every-other-week (EOW) pick-up. All shares include Pick-Your-Own vegetables such as peas, cherry tomatoes and a variety of beans plus flowering favorites such as bee balm, daisy’s and yarrow and perennials such as phlox and annuals cleome, sun flowers and zinnia. Farmers John & Connie take great pride in their unusual offerings such as a wide variety of both culinary and medicinal herbs, aromatic roots garlic, ginger and turmeric, plus vegetables like Asian Eggplant, Husk cherries, Kaleidoscope Sprouts, Sun-chokes, Watermelon and Sunflowers.

CSA membership also includes access to the farms expansive natural landscape with picnic areas and walking trails traversing the Manhan River basin as well as a certified vernal pool and restored turtle nesting area. For membership information, see the 2018 Membership Application at: http://www.yellowstonehousefarmcsa.com/join2018-springsummer-membership/

The farm uses USDA Certified Organic agricultural practices and is committed to providing families with healthy locally grown organic products. USDA organic certification is the only system of food labeling subject to independent review, assuring consumers that toxic, synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides are replaced by management practices focused on soil biology, crop diversity, and plant health. These practices eliminate harmful chemicals in the production and handling of food denoted as certified organic and keep pesticides and herbicides from contaminating our water, soil and air, harming farmworkers and consumers and stop the killing of bees, butterflies, birds, fish and valuable wildlife.

Yellow Stonehouse Farm is a member of CISA (Community Involvement in Sustaining Agriculture) and NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association). If you have questions, contact farm owners Connie or John at 413-562-2164 or email [email protected]

Volunteer Companions Sought

If you want to impact an older adult’s life in a positive way, consider volunteering with the Westfield Council On Aging Companion Program. Companions assist homebound elders in Westfield with grocery shopping, errands, transportation to medical appointments, and/or friendly visiting. The goal of the Westfield Council On Aging Volunteer Companion Program is to help older adults maintain their independence and sense of well-being. It takes only two hours per week and volunteers are reimbursed for their gas mileage. There is no charge to seniors for the service which is funded by the Baystate Health Community Benefit Grant, the Westfield Community Development Block Grant, Sarah Gillett Services for the Elderly, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, and private donations. For more information, contact Fran Aguda at the Senior Center at 562-6435.

Huntington Town Hall seeks paintings

Huntington Town Hall has been displaying local artists’ paintings for the past few years. Visitors regularly commented on the beautiful paintings hanging on our walls.  The Selectboard is grateful to Alma LaFrance and her group of artists for their beautiful work that visitors have enjoyed all these years.  Inevitably things change, and we are once again seeking artists to display their paintings or photos at the Huntington Town Hall.  Local artists are encouraged to contact the Huntington Selectboard Office at (413) 512-5200.

Westfield Homeless Cat Project seeking donations

Kitten season is upon us! The Westfield Homeless Cat Project is seeking donations of the following items: KMR formula, Gerber chicken baby food (human), canned kitten food, Purina Kitten Chow, Pedialyte (unflavored), litter boxes and scoopers, baby blankets, pet heating discs and toys. WHCP is also in need of dedicated foster homes for neo-natals, pregnant mothers and litters and feral kittens. Please mail or drop off your donations to Westfield Homeless Cat Project, 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA or email Denise at [email protected] for more information. WHCP is a 501c3 non-profit, no kill cat and kitten rescue.

Sign-ups for fall sports & Sports Survey are now open

Gateway Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that the online registration for fall sports at Gateway Regional High School is now open. Any student entering grades 6 – 12 who wishes to take part in boys or girls soccer or boys or girls cross country running this fall may sign up now. Also, a new sports survey is available to determine prospective numbers of student athletes for the coming school year. Parents/guardians should complete this survey for any student entering grades 6-12 in the fall who plans to play a sport during any season of the 2018-19 school year, for planning purposes. To find both items, please visit the district website (www.grsd.org) and click “Fall Sports Sign-Up” or “Sports Survey” under the home page’s “quicklinks”. Additional information about sports physicals and athletic fees is noted in the online packet.

Summer Time Brings Six Hours of Polka to Saturdays

With Westfield State University students making their way home for the summer, WSKB Community Radio has expanded its Saturday morning polka music to six hours. Polka can now be heard on WSKB from 6 AM to 12 Noon each and every Saturday morning. From 6 AM to 8:30 AM the national feed of the Polka Jammer Network will be simulcast, and from 8:30 AM to 12 Noon local polka celebrity and Polka Hall of Famer Billy Belina goes live from his studio in Chicopee, MA. WSKB Community Radio can be heard on the FM dial at 89.5 or can be audio streamed at wskb.org. Video feeds of WSKB can be seen on local cable channel 15 or at westfieldtv.org.

TOPS #411 Meetings

Westfield TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter #411, meets Tuesday mornings at the Second Congregational Church, 487 Western Ave, Westfield (near Stanley Park). Weigh-ins are from 9 to 9:50 am. Meetings follow from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The group is informative, supportive and a lot of fun. Come visit us and make a new beginning. Men are welcome. For more information, please contact our Leader: Mary Ellen at 413-330-6279 or Co-Leader Jackie at 413-426-1510.

Tai Chi at the Russell Senior Center

The Russell Council on Aging hosts a Tai Chi class Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell. The class is taught by a certified Tai Chi instructor from the Westfield YMCA. The classes are open to adults of any age and physical ability. The fee for the class is $5.00 per class. Please call the Russell Council on Aging at 413-862-6217 with questions or for more information.

Westfield Athenaeum 2018 Short Story Contest winners

The Westfield Athenaeum Boys’ & Girls’ Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Short Story Contest: Gianna Beluzo for her story “Explorer Rhonda & the Lost Ruby of Wonk”; Grace Kuhn for her story “Goodbye”; Elizabeth Zofia Hanechak for her story “Life Through a Frame”; and Penelope Duran for her story “You Can Only Live Thrice”.

The  winners of the 2018 Poetry Contest are: “Olive – A Haiku” by Samantha Birdsall; “School Feelings” by Kylah Traska; “Suzzie” by Gianna Beluzo; “The Pond” by Tetyana Petrovych; “Purple” by Grace Kuhn; and “Runner’s High” by Anastasia Antropova.

Westfield Cultural Council Call for Members

The WCC is currently seeking residents with an interest in supporting diverse cultural events and programming within Westfield to serve on the Council beginning in late 2018. This all-volunteer organization is appointed by the mayor and is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Council members make decisions on awarding annual grants, and take part in promoting the arts and humanities in town.

In FY18, the council awarded nearly $20,000 in grants to support community-wide programming in a range of creative fields, spanning the natural sciences to fine arts. A list of past grantees and guidelines can be found at https://www.mass-culture.org/westfield.

The next grant cycle will open in fall 2018, at which time, individuals, nonprofits, unincorporated organizations, public schools, and religious organizations are invited to apply for funds to assist in producing or continuing arts, humanities, or science centered programs that take place within Westfield city limits.

Council members will be present at this regular meeting to hold a discussion and answer questions, as well as to hear feedback from the community on what they would like to see funding allocated for. The council takes feedback from the public on a yearly basis to ensure grant money is given to projects that benefit the public good.

WESTFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET

The Westfield Farmers’ Market is held, rain or shine, every Thursday from 12:00 – 6:00 pm on the lawn of the Episcopal Church of the Atonement, 36 Court Street, Westfield, until October 4, and Saturday, October 13. SNAP match of $5; WIC, and FMNP vouchers are accepted by some vendors. Live music, cooking and craft demonstrations, free parking, ADA accessible restrooms, playground. For more information visit the Market web site web site: west-fieldfarmersmarket.net or contact the Westfield Farmers’ Market at 413 562-5461 x 101, or email [email protected]

ZUMBA Fitness at Stanley Park

ZUMBA Fitness classes continue at Stanley Park for eight sessions! Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, May 8th through June 26th 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 [email protected] or call 413-568-9312 ext. 108.

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 10, 2018. 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 10 to June 28, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 10:30 a.m. All walkers should meet at the Westfield Bank Children’s Pavilion. For more information, please contact Stanley Park Office & Development at (413) 568-9312 x108 or send e-mail request to [email protected]

 

“WOW! … It’s Cabaret” series to reopen at new venue with command performance of “Canoe: The Musical”

Westfield on Weekends (WOW) has announced the lineup for the 2018 edition of “WOW … It’s Cabaret”, its musical series featuring professional cabaret artists, which this year will be presented in the banquet room of the Shortstop Bar and Grill at 99 Springfield Road in Westfield.

The series will open with a command performance of “Canoe: The Musical”, spotlighting performers Mary Brown Bonacci, Bob Plasse, James Homan and Michael Rheault on Saturday, May 19 at 8 pm.

It will continue on Saturday, June 23 at 8 pm with “Jukebox U.”, a show that spotlights the talents of the Jazz Professors, a quintet, comprised of noted musicians and professors from New England Colleges and universities, including internationally known vocal artist, Samirah Evans.

Tickets for the “WOW! … It’s Cabaret” series are $30 per individual show with a series subscription at $55. Reservations may be made by calling WOW at 413-579-5967, online at westfieldonweekends.com or at the door, given availability. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. for a cocktail hour featuring sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, created especially for the series by the Shortstop’s Executive Chef, Monica Hannoush.

Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips for 2018/2019

June 25 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

July 10 NARRAGANSETT BAY LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE $85

July 23 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Aug. 9 SARATOGA RACE COURSE $83

Aug. 27 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Aug. 30 GLOUCESTER HOUSE LOBSTERBAKE $89

Sept. 4-7 NIAGARA FALLS Wait List Only

Sept. 24 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Sept. 27 MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER $59

Sept 28-Oct 9 10-NIGHT QUEBEC, CANADA CRUISE Wait List Only

Oct.16 NEWPORT DINNER TRAIN $78

Oct. 22 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Nov. 8 A SALUTE TO VETERANS $49

Nov. 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

Dec. 11 BRING IT, SWING IT $55

Feb 25-Mar 8, 2019 SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE From $1379

$10 deposit due with sign up. Final payment due 45 days prior to trip. Please include phone number & date of trip on checks. For more information contact: Penny at (413) 519-7223.

Events at the Westfield Athenaeum

Summer Reading Kickoff Event – June 23, 10am-1pm

Join us for this fun event on the Park Square Green to celebrate the start of Summer Reading with this year’s theme “Libraries Rock”. Enjoy performers, crafts, face painting, fun activities, and join our Summer Reading Clubs. This event is free and open to the public. It is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Athenaeum. Special performances:

10am – Tincknell and Bates will perform a Song and Story Celebration

11:30am – Westfield High School and Westfield Technical Academy Bands directed by Patrick Kennedy.

In the event of rain, this program will be held inside the library.

STEAM Rocks! – Wednesday, June 27 at 10am

Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities that encourage curiosity and teach S.T.E.A.M. skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Ages 5-10. Sign up online at westath.org or call us at 568-7833.

Marionette Show: The Firebird by the Puppet People – Friday, June 29 at 11am.

Inspired by the Russian folktale and popular ballet, watch as even the impossible is possible, as the mythical firebird comes to life and Ivan and Princess Yelena team up to break the enchantment placed over their kingdom. This 50-minute magical puppet fantasy features beautiful marionettes accompanied by Stravinsky’s musical score from the ballet of the Firebird. Sponsored by the Westfield Cultural Council and the Friends of the Athenaeum.  Recommended for ages 4 and up. Sign up online westath.org or call us at 568-7833.

HCC offering free culinary training course for line cooks

Holyoke Community College is offering a free, four-week, intensive training course for experienced kitchen workers who want to quickly advance their culinary skills. The grant-funded course, Line Cook Training, will run Monday through Friday, June 4 to June 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute in downtown Holyoke. The classes will be taught by HCC Culinary Arts professor and professional chef Warren Leigh.

Class topics include moist and dry cooking methods; soups, stocks, and sauces; knife skills; culinary math; and ServSafe and TIPS certifications. Applicants for the course must have at least two years of experience in the culinary industry. For more information or to register, please contact: Ann Rocchi, job placement assistant, at 413-552-2753 or Milissa Daniels, career development counselor, at 413-552-2042.

Events at the Westfield Senior Center

Star Spangled Senior Concert at the Westfield Senior Center

Join Walter Gladwin and members of the Senior Concert Band of Western Massachusetts for a lively instrumental celebration of the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The Westfield Senior Center Great Room will explode with music on Monday, June 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. This is a free concert for all to come and enjoy! Well-behaved grandchildren are welcome! The Senior Center is located at 45 Noble Street. No advance registration necessary.

Whip City Fiber Drop-In Session at the Westfield Senior Center

Are you curious about “cutting the cord” and watching television and movies with Westfield’s high-speed internet? The Whip City Tech Team will be at the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, on Tuesday, June 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to answer your questions. Join the G + E Whip City Fiber team in the Creativity Center to find out if you can get service at your address; learn how to watch local news and channels without cable; and explore ways to watch movies and sports including NESN! No advance registration necessary.

 “Eating Right with Diabetes” Program Coming in June to the Westfield Senior Center

Beginning in June, the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, will be the host site for a four-week nutritional series for older adults with Type II Diabetes or those who would like to prevent the condition. Participants will discuss methods to prevent and manage Diabetes, healthy foods and recipe options to maintain good health, and motivational ideas to get started. Healthy diabetic-friendly recipe ideas will be shared and taste tested during each session. The class will be held on Thursday June 28 from 9:45 to 10:45 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 Westfield Senior Center at 562-6435.

Events at the Southwick Library

Summer Reading Program for Teens

The Summertime Reading Program at the Southwick Public Library will run June 18-August 4. SRP is a fun way to enhance your leisure summer reading and get those summer reading assignments completed! For each hour you read, you receive a chance to win a prize including gift certificates to your favorite restaurants and entertainment in Southwick. You may enter up to 5 chances a week. This summer will be packed with unique, fun- filled events each week. Check our Facebook, Twitter or website for upcoming events throughout the summer. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” Each event you attend you collect a brag tag. For every three collected you may earn one of your choosing. Pre-registration for the program begins Monday June 18th. The last day for registration is June 23rd. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration

Join us to celebrate the start of our Summer Reading Program! Listen to live acoustic guitar, get a glitter tattoo or face painted. Register for the Summer Reading Program so you can enter to win prizes for your summer reading! Grades 7 -12 may sign up for the book club and create artwork for your room using CDs. Saturday, June 23, 10AM-1 PM at Southwick Public Library. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3.

Sound Healing Session with Kelvin Young

Relieve stress, find inner peace and connect to your authentic self through sound healing. Kelvin uses the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, gong, tuning forks, rattles, hand drum and other healing tools along with aromatherapy to calm the mind, relax the body, nourish the soul and connect to your inner wisdom. Receive this free session and learn about the amazing profession of Sound therapy. Ages 12 and up. Thursday, June 28, 3-4 pm at Southwick Public Library. Registration is required prior to the session. For more information or to register, please call Heather at 413-569-1221 ext. 3.

West of the River Chamber of Commerce News                

West Meets West at the Ranch Networking Event

Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Southwick, MA. Join us as we pair up with the Greater Westfield Chamber for an evening of games, fun, networking, and food hosted by The Ranch.  These events bring members and non-members together to social network in a laid-back atmosphere. FREE for Members, $10 for Non-Members. For more information about this event contact the chamber office at 413-426-3880 or Register at www.westoftheriverchamber.com.

15th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

Monday, August 6, 2018, 11:30am. Registration, 12pm. Lunch, 1pm Shotgun Start/Scramble format. The Ranch Golf Course, Southwick, Ma. Putting Contest, 15th Hole Air Cannon, Carrabba’s Cuisine Hole and more! Golf and Dinner $125. Register online: www.westoftheriverchamber.com. For more information and for tickets to this event contact the chamber office at 413-426-3880 or email us at [email protected]

Events at Armbrook Village

Memory Chorus at Armbrook Village

June 27, 2018, 2:00 pm at Armbrook Village Senior Living and Memory Support Community, 551 North Road, Westfield. Our Memory Chorus takes advantage of the therapeutic benefits of singing and socializing and wraps it up into a fun and inviting afternoon! RSVP to (413) 568-0000.

Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village

June 27, 2018, 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, call (413) 568-0000.

Summer Art and Watercolor classes for ages 8 and up!

Westfield Creative Arts is proud to offer Watercolor classes to inspire and educate artists. A six week session for adults begins Wednesday June 13 6-8 PM. We are also offering a four week drawing and watercolor classes for youth artists age 13-18 on Thursdays 3:45-5:45 PM beginning on Thursday June 21. For our youngest of artists, registration is open for “Red, Yellow, Blue and You,” Students will explore several art concepts with the use of varied media. This four week class will begin Friday June 22 from 4-5:30 PM. All classes will take place at Westfield Creative Arts, 105 Elm Street in Westfield MA. For more information, including material lists and pricing please log onto www.westfieldcreativearts.com or call 413-579-5967.

 

Storrowton Village Museum Announces June Events, Seasonal Hours

Storrowton Village Museum announces June events, including an early summer social and the kick off to their summer tour season, and special seasonal hours for The Shops at Storrowton.

Summer Tour Season – June 19 through August 18

Storrowton’s summer tour season runs all summer long, from June 19 through August 18. Guided tours, available for individuals and small groups, take place Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 11am to 3pm.

Summer tour tickets are $7 per person and free for children under 6. Groups of 10 or more should schedule tours in advance for an optimized tour experience. Participation in hands-on activities, such as quill pen writing, games on the Green, bean bag making and more, are available for $1 per person per activity.

The Shops at Storrowton

#ShopSmall this summer and buy your next gift at The Shops at Storrowton. Visitors can now browse an ever-changing selection of unique home decor, accessories, children’s toys and more on Saturdays from 11-4pm, in addition to regular hours on Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm.

For more information about the June events at Storrowton Village Museum, visit storrowtonvillage.com or call 413-205-5051.

Southwick Public Library’s Adult programs

Jazz at the Southwick Public Library with Vin Cassotta’s Duo

Vin Cassotta’s duo from A Touch of Jazz will perform at the Southwick Public Library on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. This concert is free and open to the public. The last time Vin performed here was in 2014, as a solo act. His program received rave reviews from the audience. We are looking forward to him returning this time as part of a duo. He is the founder and owner of A Touch of Jazz / Cassotta Music Agency. As an accomplished lead and jazz soloist trumpet player, Vin toured nationally with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. He has also performed with Frank Sinatra, The Manhattan Transfer, Ella Fitzgerald, Sergio Franchi and The Four Tops, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, and the Jimmy Dorsey.

French Food on the Menu @ Southwick Library’s Cookbook Club

The Southwick Public Library’s Cookbook Club will be making and sampling French cooking. The group will be using Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook “Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes From My Home to Yours”. The group will meet on Tuesday June 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. When picking-up your cookbook, please make sure your name is added to the sign-up list. Instructions for advising us which recipes you would like to make will be given to when you checkout the cookbook. New members are always welcomed to participate. Registration in advance is required. Please be advised: Neither the food served at cookbook club, and prepared in home kitchens, nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or the local public health agency.

Color, Chat & Cookies Isn’t Taking a Summer Vacation!

The Southwick Public Library’s Adult Color, Chat & Cookies program will continue during the summer months. The group will meet on the following Mondays: July 16 & August 20 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. This is a drop-in activity and no registration is required. All materials will be supplied.

OPEN HOUSE TOURS AT STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM

June 19 – August 18, 2018, Storrowton Village, Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 3pm. Adults: $7, children: Under 6, free. Storrowton Village is an authentic, recreated village of 18th & 19th century buildings assembled around a traditional green. Visitors have the opportunity to take a step back to another era as they take a guided tour and visit a one-room schoolhouse, a restored blacksmith shop, a lawyer’s office, two distinct homes, meetinghouse, general store and 19th century tavern.

Russell Council on Aging summer picnic

Friday, June 22, the Russell Council on Aging will host its Summer Picnic at Strathmore Park in Russell. The picnic starts at noon, with a full menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, side dishes, beverage and dessert. Everyone is welcome; the picnic is open to all ages and all who live in surrounding communities. The cost is $11.50 per person. The COA is able to defray it’s Senior’s costs; the cost for Russell Seniors is $7.50 per person. Everyone will receive a chance of winning various door prizes. Please send reservations and payment to Russell COA, PO Box 407, Russell, MA 01071 by Tuesday, June 20th. Please call Carrie Florek at the COA at 862-6217 with any questions.

“Libraries Rock!” at Southwick Public Library

Pre-registration begins on Monday, June 18 during our regular hours for a fun-filled Summer Reading Program at Southwick Public Library. The real fun begins on Opening Day, Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. with music by Jim Harkin, face painting and glitter tattoos with Paisley Peacock.

Regular features include weekly trivia, make-&-take crafts, prize drawings, and a scavenger hunt. Kids can earn coupons for free treats from up to eight Southwick businesses.

Among this year’s special events are: Raps, Rhythms & Rhymes with Rona Leventhal; Playful Engineers: Build a better Rube with Jay Mankita; Bedtime Storytime; 5th & 6th grade Brown Bag Book Discussion; Henry the Juggler; Learn to play Harmonica; and LEGO Clubs & More!

For dates and times visit Southwick Public Library and register for this fun-filled program. Funding for these programs is provided by a grant from the Southwick Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. “Libraries Rock!” is supported by Southwick Public Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Bruins.

STANLEY PARK SUMMER TOURS

We cordially invite you to tour this beautiful treasure. Let us show you the many exciting areas this picturesque park has to offer. Learn the History of Stanley Park, unlock the secret of the Enchanted Oak, study the reliefs of Carillon Doors, savor the beauty of the Rose Garden, marvel at the species of Wildflowers, journey through the Colonial Village, experience the Asian Garden and so much more! Walking shoes are recommended for these tours.

Tours are given June through August and start at 9:00 am to approximately 10:30 am. All tours will meet at the Carillon Tower. Dates: June 23, July 7, July 21, and August 11. To make a Tour Reservation, please contact the Stanley Park Development Office at (413) 568-9312 ext. 108.

Fire Department Open House

The Westfield Fire Department will host an Open House on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3 PM at Little River Fire Station #2 located at 366 Little River Road. This event provides a unique opportunity to not only meet and greet fire personnel, but also get an up close look at the newly renovated station. Mayor Sullivan will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 10:30 AM. Light refreshments will be served.

To showcase the Fire Department’s equipment and capabilities, there will be several demonstrations and hands-on activities. Scenarios will be staged including a demonstration of a vehicle extrication and a side by side live burn of a living room to see how fast a fire spreads and the advantage of having working smoke detectors and sprinklers. There will be several displays of fire equipment and vehicles, including the SAFE Trailer and a Hazardous Materials Decontamination tent. Children can learn the fundamentals of fire safety at the Fire Safety Trailer. Public is invited and Admission is free.

Craft/Vendor Fair

Join us for a shopping event on Sunday, June 24, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Russell VFW, Post 6648. We will have over 40 Crafters and vendors, raffle, DJ and food vendors. Donations can also be made to the Russell VFW, 384 Huntington Road, Russell, MA 01071.

Discover the Gateway Hilltowns

The six towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery and Russell have joined forces as the Gateway Hilltowns. With support from the state and regional planning agencies, the towns are working together to update their infrastructure and economy to build a more sustainable region. Representatives from the six communities have been engaged in a branding initiative to create a shared marketing identity that will be unveiled.

On Sunday, June 24, there will be a “Big Reveal” with various activities on the Huntington Town Common: six-town scavenger hunt from noon until 2 pm; brand reveal from 2:30 pm until 3 pm; and pie sharing from 3 pm until 4 pm. Media contact: Jeanne LeClair @ 413-636-3476.

Registration open for Holyoke Community College Summer Youth Programs

Registration is open for Holyoke Community College’s 2018 Summer Youth Programs. HCC has 22 summer programs for youth aged 6 to 17 interested in everything from sports and computers to engineering, music, art, and crime scene investigation. And this summer, for the first time, HCC’s popular cooking and baking classes will be held at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, at 164 Race St., Holyoke.

For more than 36 years, Holyoke Community College has offered challenging, summer education activities for youth, providing early opportunities for students to experience a college environment guided and encouraged by experienced professionals.

The 2018 Summer Youth Programs operate for five weeks, from June 25 through Aug. 3. (There is no programming during July 4 week.) All of HCC’s summer programs run Monday through Friday for one week. Except for sports clinics, all of them run a full day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Costs range from $165 a week for half-day baseball and soccer clinics to $259-$399 for full-day programs.

All the programs will be held on the main HCC campus, 303 Homestead Ave., except for the cooking and baking classes:

June 25-30: Scratch! (ages 8-12).

July 9-13: Graphic Design Using Adobe Photoshop (ages 8-12); Beginning Video Game Design (ages 11-16); Youth Basketball Clinic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ages 8- 17); Beginning Engineering (ages 10-14); Wilderness Survival (ages 8-11).

July 16-20: Minecraft Construction (ages 8-12); Intermediate Video Game Design (ages 11-16); Youth Fencing (ages 10-17); Beginning Web Design (ages 8-12); iPhone Filmmaking (ages 12-15).

July 23-27: Cooking with Chef Dino (ages 9-12) – at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute; Beginning Baking with Pastry Chef Benton (ages 11-13) – at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute; Intermediate Minecraft Construction (ages 12-15); Intermediate Engineering (ages 10-14); Youth Soccer Clinic, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ages 6-16).

July 30-August 3: Basketball Shooting Clinic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ages 8-17); Advanced Cooking with Chef Dino (ages 10-14) – at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute; Intermediate Baking with Pastry Chef Benton – at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute; Multi-Media Arts Exploration (ages 8-12); Cops, Crime Scenes & Careers: HCC Criminal Justice Academy (ages 14-17); Beginning Video Game Design (ages 11–16).

More detailed descriptions of summer youth programs and a registration form are available on the HCC website at: www.hcc.edu/summer-youth. Please call 413-552-2123 or 413-552-2500 with questions. Registrations are also accepted at the information desk in the second floor lobby of the HCC Kittredge Center, or by mail, using the form.

HEALING SERVICE with FR. RICHARD McALEAR O.M.I.

Please join us for a Mass and Healing Service-Tuesday, June 26th, at 7pm, Our Lady of the Lake Church, Southwick. Fr. Henry Dorsch, pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Parish will preside. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available. For more info call Sharyn 569-5650.

Lunch at the Russell Senior Center

The Russell Council on Aging serves lunch at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell, each Tuesday at noon. Lunch is provided by Highland Valley Elder Services. There is not a fee for lunch, but a

$3.00 donation is suggested by Highland Valley. Reservations should be made and meal choice stated, by calling and leaving a message at 862-6205, by the Sunday evening before. The menu for Tuesday, June 26th is Vegetable Crust less quiche or BBQ Pork Ribs served with steamed carrots, Au gratin potatoes, whole wheat bread and cake for dessert.

Southwick Senior Center Luau

Sponsored by the Southwick Fire Department, this luau is being held at the Southwick Senior Center on June 27. The cost is $2.00 per person. Food, snacks and fun will be available. Sign up with a staff member or call 569-5498 by June 20th.

Westfield Woman’s Club Honors Dawn Thomas at their 21st Annual Westfield Woman’s Club Tea at Stanley Park

On Wednesday, June 27, 2017 the Westfield Woman’s Club and its members will be hosting their 21st annual tea to Stanley Park. An event not to miss!

This year the 21st Annual Garden Tea will be held at the new Pavilion in beautiful Stanley Park. The Westfield Woman’s club is pleased to honor their longtime friend Dawn Thomas. Dawn has been active in the Greater Westfield area in many ways. Dawn is a business woman and finance professional who has contributed outstanding service to number organizations, boards and committees.

Please join us on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. as we honor Dawn for all her volunteer accomplishments. A light lunch, raffle, hat parade are just a few of the fun and exciting activities scheduled for this great event. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased by calling Ann Mello at 413-330-4038.

The Westfield Woman’s Club was founded in 1914, and since that time our members have been deeply involved in community service. Club members are dedicated to promoting and maintaining services and financial support for numerous non-profit organizations in the Greater Westfield area.

ARABIAN HORSE SHOW OF NEW ENGLAND

June 28-30, 2018, Coliseum, 8am – 10pm. Free admission. AHA, USEF, USDF-sanctioned A-level horse show.

June Events at the Agawam Library

June is all about kicking off our 14th Annual Adult Summer Reading Program! The fun begins on Monday, June 25th at our READLocal author event. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and greet nine local authors. Books will be available for purchase and signing and each author will have a few minutes to discuss their latest book. Refreshments will be provided by Partner’s. Information on more summer programming will be available this evening as well.

“Libraries Rock” is the 2018 Summer Reading theme and we have exciting prizes and events for adults all summer long. Reader’s BINGO is back this summer! Our readers will have the opportunities to win daily and weekly raffle prizes, as well as the grand prize. This year, winning is as easy as completing a BINGO square. For each square completed, readers will receive a scratch ticket with the chance to win a small prize. Those scratch tickets will then be entered into a raffle for the weekly prizes, $25 gift cards. Completed BINGOs will earn readers a raffle ticket towards the Grand Prize, a $100 Visa gift card. Readers can complete up to 10 BINGOs as there will be two BINGO cards available throughout the summer. BINGO squares and rows MUST be verified by the Reference Desk or the Information Desk staff. Our winning continues until Friday, August 10th at 12:00 p.m.!Don’t forget to pick up a Summer Reading T-Shirt at the Information Desk. All sizes are just $10! Below are our June programs for adults. We hope to see you this summer!

Libraries Rock with Einstein!

Thursday, June 28 @ 7:00 p.m. Albert Einstein: Relatively Speaking with George Capaccio. In this one-hour interactive performance, participants will enter the boundary-breaking universe that is the mind of Albert Einstein.

Libraries Rock with Music!

Fridays beginning June 29 @ 11:00 a.m. June 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3 and 10. Fridays will be rockin’ with Jimmy Buffet, Ike & Tina Turner, Harry Connick, Jr., Elton John, James Taylor & Carole King, Elvis, and Jason Aldean. Concerts will be available through our new Qello Concert Service. No registration necessary! Just come and enjoy a “live” concert!

Registration for Adult programs begins on June 11th. Please sign up for events by calling 789-1550 X 4 or go online at www.agawamlibrary.org. Libraries Rock is sponsored by one or more of the following: Agawam Center Library Association, the Boston Bruins, The Massachusetts Library System, the Agawam and Massachusetts Cultural Councils, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) and the David M. and Marjorie J. Sherman Fund. We hope to see you this summer at the Agawam Library!

NVOC Temporarily Closed to the Public

Noble View Outdoor Center in Russell, MA will be closed to the public on June 28 – July 2, 2018 due to a wedding event. No fireworks viewing will be permitted during this time. Daytime trail hikers who park at the street level will be permitted on the trails. Your cooperation appreciated.

Greylock Insurance Agency Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, June 29th, 10 am to 5 pm (ribbon cutting is at 10am), 30 Court St. Westfield, MA 01085. Local dignitaries and business leaders will be on hand for the ceremony and Photo-ops celebrating Greylock Insurance Agency’s new office in Westfield.  Come and meet the Westfield team. Get information on policies, pricing, etc. Giveaways, snacks and beverages will be available until 5pm. For more information, call (413) 568-4473.

Chester High Alumni Coming Home

Chester High School Alumni will be coming home to Chester this year for their 115th annual reunion and meeting on Saturday, June 30, 2018. The meeting draws a large group of people associated with the former Chester High School, including Chester Residents who graduated from Gateway after Chester High School closed in the late 1960’s. This year’s festivities begin with a social hour at 1:00 p.m. at the Chester Railroad Depot and continue informally throughout the entire weekend as “Blue Devils” and “Quarriers” wander around town visiting old friends and relatives. The Association’s annual business meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. and Officers and Board Members will meet at 12:00 p.m.

Chester High has traditions dating back well over one hundred years, but the Association has no members from that long ago! Among the many mysteries every year are questions like, “Who will be the oldest member?” and “Who will come from the farthest away?” In the midst of all the reminiscing, prizes are awarded for the first local and first out of state reservation. There is never a lack of laughter, perhaps because the threat of detention is long gone even though former teachers frequently attend. All classes will be honored, especially the fifty-year class of 1968 and twenty-five-year class of 1993.

Association President Walter Boomsma noted that this reunion has been deemed significant and will include a reduced cost along with a few surprises. In addition to being the 115th Anniversary of the formal creation of the high school in 1902, this is the fiftieth anniversary of the last class to graduate from Chester High in 1968.

Reunion invitations are mailed to Association Members in May. The reunion is not limited to graduates of Chester High. Anyone who does not receive an invitation may simply send a check (tickets are $7.50 per person, payable to Chester High School Alumni Association) to Robert Goewey, 1 Aldrich Avenue, Huntington MA 01050. Please make reservations no later than June 20, 2018.

Officers of the Association include Robert Goewey, Vice President/Secretary and George A. Morey, Treasurer. Board Members include Judith Olson of West Hatfield, Brenda Budreau of Huntington, Jackie Conklin and Edith Whitaker of Westfield, Jack Young of Hinsdale and Tino Cardarelli, Diane DeMoss, and Janice Brown, all of Chester. Any one of these people may be contacted for information or to volunteer some help. The Association maintains a blog at http://chesterhigh.wordpress.com and a Facebook page where alumni can gather information and post comments.

The Alumni Association also manages a significant scholarship fund and Gateway Seniors are encouraged to contact their guidance counselors for additional information. Scholarship Custodians include Duane C. Pease of Chester and Mary Burkholder and Ed Woodis of Westfield.

FIREWORKS FOR FREEDOM

The City of Westfield will be sponsoring a fireworks event on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the South Middle School fields (30 West Silver Street). Festivities will begin at 6:30 pm with fireworks presented by Atlas Pyrovision of Jaffrey, NH at dusk. Due to the success of previous years, the location will remain the same. South Middle School provided a convenient and easily accessible location. You may dedicate a firework shell to a loved one or your favorite cause, watch the Westfield News to do this, or direct to: City of Westfield Fireworks Fund, 59 Court Street, Westfield, MA 01085.

NEW ENGLAND FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

June 30-July 1, 2018, Outdoor Area, Saturday, VIP 11am-Noon, General Admission 12-9pm; Sunday, VIP 11am-Noon, General Admission 12-6pm. VIP $35*; General Admission $5; two-day General Admission $9; under 6 are free. VIP ticket includes 1 Draft Beer or non-alcoholic beverage, 1 cupcake from NORA, 1 pre-selected food item (7 specific trucks). All are to be redeemed during VIP hour only. A 2-day event, the New England Food Truck Festival is the largest food truck festival in New England featuring 50 of New England’s premier food trucks, live music, and family fun. With a range from grilled cheese to cupcakes, there is sure to be something for everyone! We invite you to put the dates aside, and         plan to eat your way through the largest food truck festival in New England.

BUS TRIP TO FEDERAL HILL, PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Join the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts for an exciting adventure in the Federal Hill (Little Italy) section of Providence, Rhode Island. On June 30th the Italian Cultural Center is taking a bus trip to Providence, RI. We will leave the Enfield, CT mall commuter lot (behind Wendy’s) at 9:30 am and arrive in Providence around 11:30 am. You will enjoy lunch and shopping on your own for two hours. At 2:00 pm we will enjoy a gondola ride with live Italian musical entertainment on the shore. At 4:00 pm we head back to Enfield for a 6:00 pm arrival.

The gondola experience consists of a trip along the Riverwalk in Providence, offering passengers (6 per boat) the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. The trip is always made complete by a little singing from your gondolier. Each guest is given handmade authentic Italian style wine biscuits.

The cost of the trip (including gondola ride) is $65.00 per person. Space is limited and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations must be made by calling Stephanie at 860-305-1175 or e-mailing to [email protected]

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Returns to New England

Following a bittersweet departure in 2013, the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is set to make its second annual return to the legendary sand track The Wick 338 in Southwick, Massachusetts. On Saturday, June 30, the fastest riders on the planet will bring this storied championship back to New England for the Southwick National, the sixth round of the 2018 season.

Southwick will officially complete the first half of the 12-round season, and with its long legacy as the country’s premier sand track, the beloved “sandbox” will once again test riders with arguably their most unique challenge of the entire championship. This iconic facility has been bringing the world’s best riders to the motocross hot bed of the northeast since 1976, and after more than four decades of history Southwick has become synonymous with the sport of motocross in New England.

EVENT INFO: Southwick National, Round 6: Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, June 30, 2018 – Southwick, Massachusetts.

Race Day Schedule:

8:30 a.m.         Practice & Qualifying

12:30 p.m.       Opening Ceremonies

1:00 p.m.         First Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)

4:00 p.m.         Second Motos (250 Class & 450 Class)

Ticket Info:

General Admission:                 $45 Adults / $20 Kids (ages 6-12)

Preferred Seating:                   $125 Adults / $65 Kids (ages 6-12)

VIP Access – South:                $200 Adults / $100 Kids (ages 6-12)

VIP Access – Hilltop Infield:    $225 Adults / $115 Kids (ages 6-12)

Pit Passes:

All-Day Access (Include GA):               $90 (purchase online or on-site)

Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.ProMotocross.com. For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news: Facebook: @americanmotocross, Instagram: @promotocross, Twitter: @ProMotocross, YouTube: AmericanMotocross.

The Watershops: The Heartbeat of the Armory

Springfield Armory National Historic Site invites you to join Ranger Susan Ashman and Volunteer Carl Steele for their upcoming program, The Watershops: The Heartbeat of the Armory on Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 pm. Admission is free.

Water power was essential to the Armory from the moment it was established in 1794. It was water, which powered the heavy machinery at the Springfield Armory’s Watershops. Here, the heavy rough work of shaping gunstocks, barrels, bayonets, and various other components was done. The pieces were shipped by wheeled vehicles up Walnut Street to the Hillshops a mile away, where they were shaped, filed and forged as necessary. The muskets and rifles were then finished, assembled, and stored in buildings such as the Main Arsenal building.

The stream which provided waterpower to the Watershops was the Mill River, a tributary of the larger Connecticut River. The workshops powered by the Mill River expanded and evolved over time as new technologies were developed. Water power was replaced by steam, which in turn was replaced by electric turbines; all of which were at the Watershops and powered by the Mill River. The Watershops remained in operation until 1968, when the Springfield Armory finally closed its doors

The Watershops, though listed in the National Historic Register, were not included in the National Historic Site but were sold to private owners who maintain it as an industrial site with extensive industrial rental opportunities. So although it is not possible to tour the Watershops, the buildings are still in existence.

The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 –1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. The park is open daily 9am – 5pm. There is ample parking and the event is wheelchair accessible. For further information and weather cancellation call (413) 734-8551 or check the website at www.nps.gov/spar or go to our www.facebook.com/sparnhs.

City of Springfield’s Summer Aquatics Program

Splash into summer with the City of Springfield’s Summer Aquatics Program! City residents will have an opportunity to swim for free at three of our sites: Forest Park Pool, Five Mile Pond, and Gerena School Pool. The season begins on Sunday, July 1st and ends Saturday, August 11th. All sites are open every day of the week, and will be open from 11:00am – 6:30pm. Five Mile Pond will then remain open on Saturdays and Sundays only until Labor Day. We will also be open for Labor Day!

City residents who wish to participate in the free summer public swimming at the Springfield pool sites and do not have a valid pool pass,  must pre-register and then obtain a free photo ID.  Each member of the family must have an ID card to swim.

If you have access to a computer, go to https://www.springfield-ma.gov/secure/pools-reg.0.html and register.  Then go to one of the following dates listed below to obtain your free pool pass. We have to accommodate the entire City so waiting lines might be cut early to ensure that we finish registration on-time.  If you do not have access to a computer, then simply attend one of the pool registration dates listed below for your free pool pass. More dates to obtain your pool pass can be found on the City of Springfield’s Aquatics webpage.

POOL PASS REGISTRATION DATES:

6/21/18: Thursday, Commerce High School  Pool Area, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

6/26/18: Tuesday, Central High School Pool Area, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

For more information, please call the Aquatics Director, at (413) 787-6298.

July Events & Programs at the Eastern States Exposition

7/1         New England Food Truck Festival

7/4-8      Yankee Classic Dog Show

7/12        Santucci Jazz Quintet

7/14        Little House Family Day at Storrowton

7/17-22   Region 6 Championship Horse Show

7/18        The Big E/Six Flags Super Blood Drive

7/19        Richie Mitnick & Friends

7/20-22   New England Sheep Sale & Northeast Youth Sheep Show

7/26        The Ethel Lee Ensemble

7/27-29   Western Massachusetts Appaloosa Horse Show

7/28        Hampden County 4-H Fair

7/30-8/6 Early American Summer Days: Kids Invention Week at Storrowton

Dr. Seuss’s Super-Dee-Dooper Bus Tour Stop

Dr. Seuss’s Super-Dee-Dooper Bus is traveling across the country visiting bookstores, schools, libraries, and family-focused festivals, and it will stop at the Springfield Museums, Sunday, July 1 (11 am to 5 pm), through Monday, July 2 (10 am to 5 pm). Right before the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum opened a year ago, folks from the Super-Dee-Dooper Bus team came to visit to get some inspiration. The bus will feature a walk-through interactive exhibit starring Dr. Seuss’s books and characters, kid-friendly activities, photo-ops with the Cat in the Hat and more! The bus celebrates imagination and fun in the way that only Dr. Seuss can.

The bus is on the road in honor of the first-ever Dr. Seuss’s Word Challenge (#SeussWordChallenge) created to help prevent the summer reading slide. With a goal of reading 20 million Dr. Seuss words nationwide, people can enter the challenge via Seussville.com and track their progress from now until July 31. Dr. Seuss’s books have been a mainstay in American culture for over 80 years. His books have sold over 650,000,000 copies in 95 countries and have been translated to 30 languages. For more information, and to track the tour across the nation, visit Seussville.com. Free with museum admission!

Patriotic Rosary

The Spiritual Life Committee is hosting a Patriotic Rosary to be prayed here at Sacred Heart Church, 1065 Springfield Street, Feeding Hills on Monday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in preparation for our country’s anniversary on the 4th of July.

What is a Patriotic Rosary? It is a rosary that is prayed specifically for our nation’s capital, the President, Congress, and all the leaders of our nation, as well as, each of the 50 Hail Marys are prayed for each state by name and every soul in that state. Our Cantor Vin Govoni will lead us in singing the patriotic songs which will be sung after each decade. In praying the Patriotic Rosary we invoke God’s grace, protection, and blessings upon each state and all the people that dwell within it. Our country has suffered so many losses and turmoil such as natural disasters, school shootings, etc., that this is a beautiful opportunity for us to get together as Catholics and pray mightily for peace and strength. For more information please call our Pastoral Minister, Deb Briancesco at 786-8200 ext 3.

Hearing Clinic at the Russell Senior Center

The Russell Council on Aging hosts a monthly hearing clinic the first Tuesday of the month from 9:30-noon at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell. Anyone experiencing difficulty with their hearing is invited to come in for a free hearing check-up with a licensed hearing instrument specialist from New Ears Affordable Hearing Care. Various services include checking for earwax, cleaning hearing aids, replacement batteries at no cost, screening for hearing loss, and more! The Russell COA invites residents from Russell and the surrounding Hilltowns to benefit from this opportunity. Appointments are at half hour intervals. Please call 413-862-6205 and leave a message as to a preferred appointment time. The next clinic is Tuesday, July 3rd. Please note, if no appointments are made, the hearing clinic will be cancelled until the following month.

62nd ANNUAL JULY 4th PARADE

Starts at 10:00 am sharp, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Parade begins at the Hampton Ponds Plaza, North Rd. (Route 202), Westfield, and ends at the Hampton Ponds Association Hall, North Rd., on the Corner of Old Stage Road. Sponsored by the Hampton Ponds Association.

Stanley PARK’S Friday Mornings for Children

“T-Bone’s Tropical adventure” on JULY 6TH. This Adventure shows how opening a book can open your imagination and take you on an incredible journey. That special book can paint a masterpiece in your mind, introduce you to new ideas and maybe even change your life! T-Bone will whisk away his audience on a fun-filled tropical adventure through the use of songs, stories, instruments, games and visual aids. This show is perfect for children from preschool to 5th grade. Friday Mornings for Children are held in the Beveridge Pavilion Annex from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, weather permitting, and are free of charge. Chairs will be provided and blankets are welcome. For further information on the Friday Mornings for Children Series please go to www.stanleypark.org or call the park office at 413-568-9312.

2018 Officers Installation

American Legion Post 124 would like to announce the installation of the 2018-2019 officers. The event will take place on Sunday, July 8th at 12:00 pm. The American Legion Officers will be installed by District 3 Commander Joseph Delaney. The installation will be followed by a light meal. We cordially invite you to join us for this event. Please RSVP with the number attending by July 1st at 413-519-9777 or by email, [email protected] If you have any questions, please let me know.

STANLEY PARK SUNDAY night concert series PRESENTS “OFF THE RECORD”

On July 8th Stanley Park welcomes “Off The Record”. They are known throughout Western Massachusetts. “Off The Road” plays hits from the 60’s and 70’s featuring classic rock & roll. They are a high energy group who gets their audiences up and off of their seats and dancing. This performance begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Beveridge Pavilion and it is free of charge. Chairs will be provided and a food service will be available. For further information on the Westfield Bank Sunday Night Concert Series please go to www.stanleypark.org or call the park office at 413-568-9312.

Westfield State University to offer Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer two series of Duke Ellington Jazz Workshops on the campus of Westfield State University. The youth ensemble (ages 13–18) will be held on Mondays, July 9–September 17, 3:30–5:30 p.m. The adult ensemble will be held on Mondays, July 9–September 17, 6–8 p.m.

In this series of 10 workshops, participants will rehearse and perform the music of Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, with lead sheets, solos, and arrangements transcribed by the director, Wayne Roberts. Workshops will cover jazz improvisation, sight reading, practical music theory, stylistic analysis and interpretation, listening sessions, and jazz history. Improvisational skills are not required.

The cost for this series is $250. To register online, visit www.westfield.ma.edu/jazzworkshop. For more information, contact Brandon Fredette at [email protected] or call 413-572-8033.

Catholic Grandparents meeting

ALERT TO ALL CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS: Prayer Meeting Time changed to TUESDAY, JULY 10, at 11 a.m. due to the Wednesday, July 4th Holiday. Please join us in prayer for our grandchildren and families at St. Peter and St. Casimir Church at 22 State. St., Westfield, Tuesday the 10th. Make sure and stay for our July picnic. Call Alicia for more info at 568-0123. We always welcome new prayer warriors! Mark your calendars.

Southwick Rotary Club to host concert music series for summer of 2018

Bob Fox, Fundraising and Event Chair, announced that the club will host a series of concerts in cooperation with the Southwick Cultural Council during the summer of 2018 at Whalley Park Pavilion on Powder Mill Road, Southwick.

Admission to the concert series is FREE.  Food and beverages will be for sale.

The program will be kick-started by the Truckstop Troubadours, a classic country, rockabilly and Ameripolitan band on July 11. The second concert will be August 8 featuring David Neill and Dixieland Stomp, a concert featuring the music of Louis Armstrong. The following week on August 15, The Savage Brothers, a popular funkin’, rockin’ and rhythm group featuring a two-piece horn section will entertain.

The club is looking at scheduling one or two more concerts but it is all depending on availability of performers. All concerts will be scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 pm.

The club is accepting sponsorships to support the program. Any help received from the community will be used to support the many expenses required such as public safety (police and fire), advertising, and the costs for the performers. Anyone interested in making a donation, contact Bob Fox at [email protected] or at 413 579 4585.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce 41st Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for a community event on July 12, 2018 from 7:00 – 11:00 am at Westfield Middle School (formerly South Middle School), 30 West Silver Street, Westfield, MA. Stop by and have breakfast with us, play vendor bingo and enjoy the attractions. Attractions include: balloon sculptures, a bounce house, face painting, a fire engine, WSKB 89.5 FM live, music, vendor tables and you could even win a $50 gift card. Tickets for the event are still available at westfieldbiz.org/events. Ticketing pricing is adults $6, seniors $5, kids under 10 $3. For more information, or registration questions please email [email protected]

Ramapogue Women’s Club

Ramapogue Women’s Club is offering two Continuing Education grants of $1,000 each to West Springfield residents currently enrolled full-time in an accredited course of study at a college or technical institution. Applications must be received no later than Saturday, July 14.

Eligibility for these grants will be based on financial need and scholastic achievement of the applicant. Only students who have not previously received a Ramapogue Women’s Club Continuing Education Grant are eligible for this year’s awards. Forms and further information may be obtained from the club’s scholarship chairman by calling 413-739-3762 or by mailing a request to Ramapogue Women’s Club, PO Box 372, West Springfield, MA 01090. In addition to the completed form, applicants are required to send the club an official transcript of grades and complete online free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This generates student aid report (SAR) which the applicant must submit along with the other information.

Recognizing the need for financial assistance for students who have started a program of advanced study, the local women’s club has sponsored these grants since 1968. They are designed to recognize their progress.

An independent committee of trustees reviews all applications and determines the recipients of the club’s Continuing Education Grants.

Fanfare Brass Ensemble

The Fanfare Brass Ensemble will present a concert of light popular and classical music on Sunday July 14th at the White Church – 4 North Rd, Blandford MA at 7:30 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: Concerto in C Major for 2 trumpets – Vivaldi, West Side Story, Here’s That Rainy Day, Raiders March, Dreamsville, Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Glen Miller Medley, Amazing Grace, Phantom of the Opera, Easy Winners, The Cowboys by John Williams and Stars and Stripes Forever. For more information contact David Neill – [email protected] or 413-686-5027. This concert is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Massachusetts and the Blandford Cultural Council.

Holyoke Community College STEM Scholarship

Students enrolled full time in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics or other STEM fields at Holyoke Community College may qualify for a National Science Foundation scholarship of up to $10,000 a year toward tuition and fees. Recipients of the scholarship become members of HCC’s STEM Scholars program and participate in field trips and benefit from other exclusive STEM-related events and activities each semester. The NSF STEM Scholarship continues each semester students maintain good academic standing.

Incoming and current HCC students are encouraged to apply. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 academic year is July 15. Eligibility guidelines for the National Science Foundation Scholarship in STEM can be viewed at www.hcc.edu/scholarships, where there is also a link to the online application under “National Science Foundation Scholarships in STEM.” Applicants must be enrolled full time in a STEM program, demonstrate academic ability or potential, and demonstrate financial need, according to the guidelines. STEM disciplines include biological sciences, physical sciences, math, computer and information services, geosciences, and engineering. The program is lead by HCC math professor Ileana Vasu, coordinator of the STEM Scholars program. She can be reached at [email protected] or 413-552-2438.

Free hearing clinic

The Southwick Senior Center will be holding a FREE hearing clinic by Avada, Wednesday July 16th. Appointments start at 9:30am, call 569-5498 to make one. Hearing aids may also be cleaned at this time.

Ukulele Drop-In Sessions at WSPL

Ukulele Drop-In Sessions, Monday, July 2nd and 16th from 6-7:30pm. What’s more fun than playing your ukulele? Playing with friends! Bring your ukulele and join one of our ongoing ukulele drop-in sessions. Musician and instructor Don Rovero will be on hand to get things started and lead participants through few tunes each session. These sessions are free and open to the public. The West Springfield Public Library is located at 200 Park Street. For more information on these programs call: 413-736-4561 ext. 3, or stop by the Library’s Adult Services Desk.

Identity Theft: Facts, Risks and Action!

This presentation will be held at the Southwick Senior Center on Tuesday July 17th from 10:00am-11:30am. Avoid becoming a statistic. Hear the facts of identity theft, and learn the steps you can take to protect yourself from it. Most people freeze when they don’t know what to do or where to turn when they learn that their identity has been stolen. This presentation will leave you feeling empowered, and knowing how to step into immediate action! Milagros Johnson has over 17 years working for the (Springfield) Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information, a Local Consumer Program funded by and working in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and serving Hampden County and parts of Worcester County. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Reserve your seat now by calling the Southwick Senior Center at 569-5498. All are welcome.

MIGHTY Program at the Westfield YMCA

The Greater Westfield YMCA is partnering with Baystate Health and Kohl’s Cares to bring the MIGHTY program to the YMCA of Greater Westfield. MIGHTY is Baystate Health’s pediatric weight management program that stands for Moving, Improving and Gaining Health Together at the YMCA. MIGHTY is an evidence-based multi-component pediatric weight-management program aimed at obese children. Participants attend for free a 14 two-hour sessions over a six-month period during which children and their families engage with exercise specialists, nutritionist  and social workers in classroom instruction and group exercise sessions. Next session is for children between the ages of 8 -10 year olds beginning Tuesday, July 17th, 4-6PM. To be eligible for the MIGHTY Program, participants must have a body mass index above the 90th percentile and complete medical clearance forms /Inquiry forms & History Intake forms. Space is limited. To register, contact YMCA of Greater Westfield, Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, 413.568.8631, [email protected]

Annual Brightside Golf Classic

Over 200 golfers are expected to participate in the 38th Annual Brightside Golf Classic on Monday, July 23, at Springfield Country Club in West Springfield. Two tee times are available. Registration and breakfast for the morning session will begin at 6:45 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Lunch and registration for the afternoon session will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The evening reception will be held immediately following the tournament from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Prices include green fees, golf cart, breakfast and/or lunch, a gift and swag bag, and reception featuring cocktails, food stations, auction, networking and live entertainment. On-course food and beverages will be provided by our sponsors throughout the day. Golfers will also be eligible for a chance to win prizes and participate in raffles during the day.

The 2018 Golf Classic Chairs are John Kendzierski, Founder and Director, Professional Dry Wall Construction, Inc.; Matt Sosik, President and CEO, Easthampton Savings Bank; Hank Downey, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, Florence Savings Bank; and Dan Moriarty, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Monson Savings Bank. The chairs are excited to welcome the region’s banking and business leaders to partner with Brightside in helping our community’s children and families.

Brightside for Families and Children provides in-home counseling and family support to over 650 children and their families throughout Western Massachusetts. Services include resource coordination, parenting skills development, behavioral technique instruction, community support programs, and other programs tailored to prevent hospitalization from occurring. Specialized assessments such as neuropsychological evaluations and testing are also available. Each year, the Brightside Golf Classic attracts more than 200 business leaders from the Greater Springfield area who support the work and mission of Brightside.

For more information on sponsorships, donations, and attending the event, please contact Suzanne Boniface at 413-748-9935 or [email protected] Information is also available on our website at http://www.mercycares.com/brightside-golf-classic.

Southwick Travelers trip to Ireland

The Southwick Travelers are ready for a non-stop flight to the Heart of Ireland next April 6- 13, 2019. We’ll fly directly to Dublin, and tour Dublin, Galway, Killarney and more! We will visit The Cliffs of Moher, Celtic Crystal, Connemara Marble, Blarney Woolen Mills, Guinness Storehouse, EPIC Museum. We will tour the Dingle Peninsula on a deluxe motorcoach and stay in a castle on two nights. All this for Just $2499 pp double! Price includes motorcoach from the American Inn to Bradley Airport. Many of the meals are included and all flights! There will be a presentation meeting at The American Inn on Wed. July 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm in the auditorium. For more information or for a flyer, call George Wheeler, Group Leader, at (413) 569 3854.

Sixth Annual Free Outdoor Yoga in Southwick

The Dhira Yoga Center in Southwick will be offering their sixth annual, free, fun, outdoor, yoga this summer. Appropriate for all levels—beginners and kids are welcome. Bring the whole family. The four free classes will be held on the lawn in front of “The Daily Grind” Coffee House and Cafe, 568 College Highway, Southwick, just a few doors down from the Dhira Yoga Center. The classes will be held on July 25, August 1, 8 and 15 and will start at 7 pm and run till 8:15 pm. Bring your own mat (or blanket if you don’t have a yoga mat). Please arrive a few minutes early to sign a release. For questions, or more information, about the free yoga classes, please call 413-998-3463, or email [email protected] or visit www.DhiraYogaCenter.com.

St. Anne’s Shrine BUS TRIP

THURSDAY, JULY 26TH, 2018 from 8:30 – 4 pm in Fiskdale, MA. Come and Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Joachim and St. Anne, the Grandparents of Jesus. The schedule includes being part of a special Healing Mass and Anointing Service, listening to speakers John and Therese Boucher about “God’s Vision of My Family and of me as a Spiritual Grandparent” and “Tools for Sharing the Faith with Young People of All Ages”. A reception with light lunch is included as well as a tour along the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) and the outdoor stations of the cross. The bus departs St. Peter & St. Casimir parking lot at 22 State St, Westfield at 8:30 am and returns home by 4:30 p.m. Come Celebrate Grandparent’s Day! Call Alicia at 413-568-0123 for more information and sign up by July 10. Mail a check for $20 for the bus made out to Mrs. Alicia Belanger to 47 Llewellyn Dr., Westfield, MA 01085.

New Activities, Themed Weeks at Storrowton Village Museum’s Summer Days Program

Learn, play and unplug at Storrowton Village Museum’s Early American Summer Days program for ages 7-12. Our unique hands-on approach to history will help 21st century children learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1800s. Two unique sessions are offered this year, each with its own themed activities, making it possible for children to attend and enjoy both weeks.

Session 1:  Invention Week – July 30 to August 3

So many things we use today were created in the 19th century! This STEM-inspired week looks at what they are, how they were made and even some of the young inventors who came up with the ideas. The session will engage problem-solving and teamwork skills in new and exciting ways, like toy boat building, an ice cream making challenge and more.

Session 2:  Toys & Games Week – August 6 to August 10

What did fun look like in a tech-free world? This play-inspired week focuses on what kids did when the school day was over and all the chores were done. This session will connect whimsy and creativity in cool and interesting ways, like puppet making, a game maker contest and more.

Both sessions will include a visit to the Clark Blacksmith Shop to learn about science, and chances to explore the Village on a geometry walk and via scavenger hunt. Imagination will be encouraged through creative writing in hand-decorated journals or during activities like pottery, printmaking and mosaics. Children will learn about “old timey” homesteading activities such as hearth cooking, butter churning, candle dipping, seed planting, yarn craft and weaving, and make connections to how these jobs are still done today.

19th century clothing will be provided for children to immerse themselves in a realistic experience. All sessions end with a chance for kids to share their experiences with family and friends. On the last day, loved ones are welcome to watch children perform skits onstage, admire original creations and newly learned skills from the week, and take guided tours of our historic Village. Special program visitors will be announced closer to the event dates.

Early American Summer Days has a parent-friendly schedule, running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an extended day option from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for the five-day summer vacation program is $200 and $20 to add the extended day for the week. Sign up with a sibling or friend and save 25% off the second registration. To register online or at the museum, visit storrowtonvillage.com for more details. For assistance with required forms, please call 413-205-5051 or email [email protected]

Southwick Travelers

Southwick Travelers would like to announce that their Radio City Spectacular has been scheduled for Nov. 15, 2018 following a great luncheon at Mount Blanc 52 with meal choices such as: chicken Marsala, filet of salmon with capers, lemon & scallions, or cheese ravioli. Cost will be $169 with a $75 deposit due by Aug. 1st and the final payment due by Oct. 9th. We depart at 6:45 am and with an estimated return of 8 pm.

If you are interested in our July 26th trip to Lyndhurst, NJ for a Medieval Festival, we still have room. While eating our royal feast we can watch a live horse show with armor-clad knights on Spanish horses. The cost is $102 per person due by June 19th. We’ll leave at 6:30 am with an estimated return of 6:30 pm. If you are interested in either of these trips please call George Wheeler at 413-569-3854.

Scramble for Animals Golf Tournament

Join the Westfield Homeless Cat Project for a fun filled day on the links at the Scramble for Animals Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 5, 2018. The tournament will be held at the Oak Ridge Country Club in Feeding Hills, MA. Registration fee is $100.00 per player, which includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes! Not a golfer? You can sponsor a hole for a $50.00 donation or join us for a wonderful dinner for only $25.00! Try your luck with one of our many raffle prizes! Registration begins at 11:30 with a Shotgun Start at 12:30. For more information please contact Marie at (413) 564-0589 or [email protected] Registration and sponsorship deadline is July 15, 2018 and all proceeds benefits the Westfield Homeless Cat Project. We hope to see you there!

FAITH ON FIRE CATHOLIC RALLY

The sixth annual Faith on Fire Catholic Rally will be held on our beautiful grounds of Sacred Heart Parish, August 16th and 17th from 6pm – 9pm. Our evenings will consist of Praise and Worship music, Eucharistic Procession, Reconciliation, opportunity for extra prayer under the prayer tent and Prayers for healing. We will have four main speakers and lay witness speakers to inspire you. The Faith on Fire committee and Saint Martha’s Guild will provide food for purchase. Please bring a lawn chair and or blankets for comfortable seating. God promised that “for where two or more are gathered I am there among you”. Please contact our Pastoral Minister/Faith on Fire coordinator Deb Briancesco at 786.8200 ext 3 with any questions.

Rotary to stage 4th Food Fest

The Rotary Club of Westfield will welcome all to the 4th annual Westfield Food Fest August 24 and 25 on Elm Street in the heart of downtown Westfield. Elm Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from School to Franklin streets and will serve as center stage for this two-day festival on Friday, August 24 (5-10 pm) and Saturday, August 25, from noon until 9:00pm. This exciting two-day event will feature local restaurants and food trucks as well as entertainment from local musicians. It will be a free event to the public with the goal of encouraging area residents to utilize the city’s downtown. The Westfield Rotarians will be selling beer and wine to adults at the festival which will enjoy live coverage from local FM radio station WSKB.

Jennifer Gruszka, a former president of the Westfield Rotary club and co-chair of this year’s festival, said proceeds from the event will be returned to the community by the club in the form of grants for service projects which promote Rotary’s areas of focus. For sponsorship opportunities or to become a vendor please contact Gruszka at [email protected] or visit the club’s website, westfieldrotary.org. More information regarding food vendors, music and other features will be released as the day of the event approaches.

The Westfield Rotary Club is a service organization which meets at noon on Mondays at the Genesis Spiritual Center, 53 Mill St., in Westfield. Guests are always welcome to attend meetings. For more information, please contact Gruszka at [email protected] or visit the club’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/westfieldrotaryclub.

Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

Notice is hereby given that the Gateway Regional School District Office of Pupil Services will be destroying the special education records of students who graduated or left school in 2011. If you or your child received special education services and you wish to obtain the special education file, please call 685-1017. Records will be destroyed on August 31, 2018.

THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND SET TO PERFORM AT THE BIG E

Icons of Southern Rock, The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) brings its unique sound to The Big E’s xfinity arena Sept. 14 at 7:30pm. The show is free with Fair admission and a limited number of premium reserved seats will go sale Thursday, June 7 at 10am.

The Big E takes place Sept. 14-30 in West Springfield, Mass., and is the best place in the northeast to find something for everyone.  Stay up-to-date on all the concerts, events, food and activities by visiting TheBigE.com to join our mailing list and connect with us on social media.

OLD DOMINION BRINGS “HAPPY ENDINGS TOUR” TO THE BIG E IN SEPTEMBER

Old Dominion, one of the hottest breaking bands in Country music, and the 2018 ACM Vocal Group of the Year, brings its “Happy Endings Tour” to The Big E’s xfinity arena Saturday, September 15 at 7:30pm. Tickets, priced at $49 and $39, go on sale Thursday, May 10 at 10am at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office. The Big E takes place Sept. 14-30, 2018. Visit TheBigE.com for tickets and information, to join our mailing list and connect with us on social media.

Huntington COA trip to New York’s 9-11 Memorial & Museum

The Huntington COA Travelers has a most unforgettable trip planned on September 15, 2018 to visit New York’s 9-11 Memorial & Museum. You don’t want to miss this trip! We will be escorted by Fox Motor Coach, departing from Huntington at 6:30 am and from Westfield at 7:00 am. The tour includes a visit to Rockefeller Center and midtown Manhattan to view the sights, followed by Ground Zero and the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. The very powerful Memorial memorializes all those who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks listing their names on fountains placed where the original Towers stood. Expected arrival home is at about 10:30 pm after a most memorable day in New York, the Big Apple. We will make breakfast & dinner stops that patrons pay for on their own, or bring your own food. Cost is $99 per person and includes travel by Silver Fox Luxury Bus, admission to the 9-11 Memorial & Museum, and a visit to Rockefeller Center. The trip is open to everyone. Please note that the Huntington COA offers our bus trips as a community service to give people an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests. We do not up-charge any of our trips. The cost we charge our patrons is the same cost we pay the touring company. For reservations or questions, please call Helen at (413) 512-5200 or June at (413) 512-5205. Payments are due by September 10, 2018.

THE BIG E ANNOUNCES SIX MAJOR ACTS TO APPEAR ON THE BIG E’S COURT OF HONOR STAGE

Blessid Union of Souls, Morris Day & the Time, Max Creek, Grandmaster Flash, NRBQ and Jefferson Starship join the lineup of musicians who will be taking the stage at The Big E this September. All shows take place on the Court of Honor Stage and are free with gate admission.  Advance discount tickets to The Big E, taking place Sept. 14-30 in West Springfield, Mass., are on sale now at TheBigE.com and The Big E Box Office.

Blessid Union of Souls, Sept. 14-16, 3pm

Their meteoric rise in the 1990s on radio garnered Blessid Union of Souls, an American Alternative Rock band, a dedicated fan base. The group has amassed a #1 hit album, Home – which included “I Believe,” a trio of top tens, five top 20 tunes and seven songs to hit the Top 40. They are a quintessential family-friendly band, their musicianship is world class and their music is fun and uplifting.

Morris Day & The Time, Sept. 16, 8pm

Morris Day’s musical career began in high school when he formed a band with the late, iconic Prince, and Andre Cymone, called Grand Central, later renamed Shampayne. They soon parted ways and Day formed The Time, best known for hits “Jungle Love” and “The Bird.” His involvement in the industry soon included acting roles on television and in movies.

Max Creek, Sept. 21, 8pm

Max Creek has been rockin’ for more than 40 years and you’d be hard pressed to find a music fan in the Northeast that hasn’t heard of them. Their style is eclectic – a mix of Rock, Country, Reggae, Soul, Jazz and Calypso. They are known for their intense improvised jams and live shows, often lasting three hours or more.

Grandmaster Flash, Sept. 22, 8pm

Legendary Hip Hop artist, Grandmaster Flash brings his backspinning, punch phrasing and scratching talents, to the Court of Honor Stage in a live DJ set. This pioneer and creator of the Quick Mix was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, a first in the genre to be honored.

NRBQ, Sept. 23, 8pm

“NRBQ” stands for New Rhythm and Blues Quartet. The band’s music, a rollicking blend of everything from stomping rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz, has attracted a diverse roster of fans. You know the band, and the songs, and we all know it’ll be party time when NRBQ takes the Court of Honor Stage.  After 50 years in the business, they show no signs of slowing down.

Jefferson Starship, Sept. 28-30, 3pm

Jefferson Starship, between 1974 and 1984, released eight gold and platinum albums, twenty hit singles, sold out concerts worldwide and lived out legendary Rock and Roll escapades. The band remains dedicated to breathing new life into the catalog of the Jeffersonian legacy.

The Big E takes place Sept. 14-30, 2018. Visit TheBigE.com to sign up for the mailing list and connect on social media to be the first to get exclusive announcements. Join us at #BigEMoments.

Fall Boating Course Offerings

The Springfield Power Squadron has announced the Fall 2018 schedule of courses, which are available to both the public and USPS members. Classes begin on 7 October, at the West Springfield Middle School located at 31 Middle School Drive. Courses will be held on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM for approximately eight to ten weeks and are tuition free. Students pay for text books, materials, and a national fee, if applicable. Registration can be made at the door, with payment at that time. The three scheduled courses are the ABC basic boating course, Seamanship (normal follow-on course to ABC), and Basic Navigation (for inland and coastal boaters). All classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable instructors with no required prerequisite classes. The United States Power Squadron (USPS) is a non-profit, boating educational and social organization dedicated to making the water safer, more enjoyable for recreational boaters, and the public at large. For additional information on these classes please contact Kevin Abbey at 413-636-4804 (leave message) or via email: [email protected]

2018 HUNTINGTON COA TRAVELERS BUS TRIP

2018 FOXWOODS “LEGENDS” CHRISTMAS SHOW, November 27, $79. Longest running tribute show in entertainment history, “Legends in Concert” features the greatest collection of celebrity impersonators such as Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & more. Includes buffet lunch, slot play bonus, “Legends in Concert” performance & luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach. Payment due by November 20, 2018.

Buses departing from Westfield and Huntington. Please note that the Huntington COA does not up-charge for trips. The above prices are exactly what we pay the touring company. Contact Helen @ 413-512-5200, or Jen @ 413-512-5205 for reservations & questions.

 

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