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Westfield Bridge Club Results April 12, 2018

North/South:  1st, Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton
2nd, Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore
3rd, Barbara Eddy – Tim Eddy
East/West: tied for 1st:  Ann Mello – Kathy Meyer and Marilyn Breor – Barbara Kress
2nd, Lee Zinnack – Marie Rossi

Duplicate bridge is played every Thursday afternoon from 12:45 to 4:15 at the American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome.

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.

William R. Rooney Scholarships Available for Special Needs Students

The Horace Smith Fund has $10,000 scholarships available to graduating high school seniors with special needs.  These scholarships are offered to graduating seniors who have been on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Accommodation Plan for a minimum of two years.

Applicants must be Hampden County residents, attending public or private secondary schools in Hampden County.  Scholarships awards of $10,000 are distributed as $2,500 annually and renewable each year until graduation.  Recipients must enroll as full-time students at either a two-year or four-year college.

Recipients are selected on a variety of criteria, including academic performance, demonstrated financial need, and extraordinary contribution to their high school and community.

The Horace Smith Fund was established in 1899 by the successful and generous philanthropist named Horace Smith, co-founder of Smith & Wesson, located in Springfield.  The William R. Rooney Scholarship is named for the long-time educator and former Executive Secretary of The Horace Smith Fund, who advocated for assistance to special needs students.

Completed scholarship applications must be received either electronically or be mailed to The Horace Smith Fund at 1441 Main Street, Springfield, no later than March 1st.  The student must identify their application as specifically for the William R. Rooney Scholarship.  Applications are available at local high school guidance offices, on-line at www.HoraceSmithFund.org or by phoning (413) 739-4222.

 

Westfield Homeless Cat Project Winter Tag Sale

The Westfield Homeless Cat Project is seeking donations for their Winter Tag Sale.  Gently used household items, clothing, books, small furniture and toys as well as monetary donations are always welcome, as are volunteers for these events.  As you can imagine, the Winter months can be especially draining on WHCP’s resources and any and all donations are most appreciated.  A future announcement will be made once the tag sale is scheduled.

WHCP is filled to the brim with cats and kittens in search of loving forever homes for the holidays. At this time we especially need the following items:  Flat bottom ceramic bowls; Towels and blankets of any size; Shoe and boot boxes used for litter boxes; Laundry detergent;  Dryer sheets; Lysol spray; Empty spray bottles; Hand sanitizer; Lysol wipes; Dish detergent;  33 gallon and 13 gallon trash bags; Copy paper – any color;  Cat carriers; and Large dog crates and cages.  We are always in need of canned Friskies cat food as well.  Donated items can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA at any time.  We’re always looking for loving families to open their hearts and homes to cats in need of fostering, as well.  If interested, please contact Denise at [email protected].

 

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.

 

Gateway Alumni sought for “Where are they now?” series

Attention Gateway Alumni! We are reviving a series of articles, led in the early 2000’s by alum and then Gateway teacher Janine Modestow, called “Gateway Alumni: Where Are They Now?” A brief, online survey has been set up for any who are interested in taking part. You can find the link on the Gateway website (www.grsd.org) under “quick links” or on the Gateway Regional MA Alumni Facebook page. Those selected for the series will view a draft of their profile before it is published on the Alumni Facebook page, in local media and in Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter, Breaking News. We will request a head shot (selfies are fine!) to accompany each article.

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.

Upcoming Events – CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars 

April 21 –  Paper Shred Day at Westfield Senior Center, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

April 28 –  2nd Golf Tournament at Tekoa Country Club, 1:00 p.m.

May 17 –  Scholarship Awards Night at South Middle School, 7:00 p.m.

Please support our efforts with proceeds from all events benefitting CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars General Scholarships to help Westfield students with further education costs.   

 

Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips for 2018

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

May 8-10 PENN DUTCH SHOW STOPPER $548

May 21 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25

June 13-14 OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE $399

June 21 CLOVE CREEK DINNER THEATER: “DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER” $98

FULL BALANCE DUE BY APRIL 4, 2018

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

Aug. 30 GLOUCESTER HOUSE LOBSTERBAKE $89

Sept. 4-7 NIAGARA FALLS $798

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 from $1499

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

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

HCC Medical Interpreting Certification Classes Begin March 3

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College is offering classes for individuals interested in training and certification to be medical interpreters.

The 10-week, 60-hour course meets on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 3 through May 5, at the HCC Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development on the main campus, 303 Homestead Ave., Holyoke.

Students must be bilingual and fluent in English and at least one other language. The Medical Interpreting Certificag program, offered in collaboration with TransFluenci EDU, is designed for those preparing for entry-level careers as medical interpreters as well as for working interpreters preparing for the National Board Certificate exam.

The course provides students with the working knowledge of medical interpreting, including standards of practice, ethics, HIPAA regulations, cultural competency, and medical terminology/vocabulary.

The course cost is $1,070, which includes all materials and texts. For more information or to register, contact Community Services at 413.552.2324 or visit hcc.edu/bce

 

National Library Week April 8-14th   

The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Libraries Lead”. In April, the Southwick Public Library conducts an annual survey. This year your input is particularly important as we start working on the library’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. How do you envision the library 5 years from now? Surveys will be available at the library and on its website starting on April 2nd–April 31st. You may pick-up your survey at the Circulation Desk or print a copy from the library’s website www.southwickma.org/library. The survey will be found under News and Announcements. If you return your completed survey during National Library Week, you will receive a small gift.

 

Westfield Athenaeum Events

April 2-30: Poetry Contest

April is Poetry Month. Celebrate by entering the Westfield Athenaeum’s Poetry Contest during the month of April. The contest is open to children in grades 1-12 and adults. Please stop in to pick up a submission form and learn more about the guidelines. We will host a live reading and award prizes in early May.

Monday, April 30th – Pajama Storytime

Bring your teddy bear and wear your pajamas to this evening story time. 6-7pm at the Boys & Girls’ Library. All ages. Registration required – sign up online at westath.org or call us 562-6158 x5.

Storytimes at the Boys & Girls Library

Join us for stories, songs and a craft at the library. Kids and grownups alike will have fun and go home happy.  Please sign up at westath.org or call us 562-6158 x5.

 

Friday, April 20 at 1-2:30pm – Building Blocks

Stop by the library to build something awesome with Lego bricks. We will put your creations on display. No signups needed, just drop in.

Saturday, April 21 at 1:30 – Read to Rover

Come to the Westfield Athenaeum to read to a very friendly dog. Reading to these specially trained dogs can enhance your child’s self-esteem by offering non-judgmental, non-threatening attention while improving communication and reading skills. All ages welcome. Signup at westath.org or 562-6158.

Wednesday, April 25 – Tiny Tots and Little Ones

Stories, songs, and rhymes for babies and toddlers, followed by playtime for kids and grownups. Tiny Tots is at 9:30 for ages 0-18 months, Little Ones is at 10:30 for ages 19-35 months. Please sign up at westath.org or call 562-6158.

Friday, April 27, 10am – Little Explorers

Ages 4 and up are invited to enjoy stories, STEM activities, and a craft at the Westfield Athenaeum. Signup at westath.org or call 562-6158 x5.

Southwick Public Library April Children’s News

Tuesday Storytime is Fun at Southwick Public Library

Kids ages 2-5 years old will find out who gets a treat with “The Little Red Hen”, and more this month at Tuesday Storytimes on April 24. Meet in the Children’s Room at 10:30 a.m. to make a new friend create a craft and have fun. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. For more information visit or call the Children’s Room at 413-569-1221×4.

 

Make Soap at April Makerspace Creation Station at Southwick Public Library

Kids in grades 3-6, make something fun and try something new each month at Makerspace Creation Station. This month we will meet in the Community Room on Monday, April 23 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. to make soap with Kulina Folk Art. Explore the art of Melt & Pour soap making with participants using glycerin based soap, colorants, fragrances, cosmetic grade glitter and embedding toys. At the end of the workshop each participant will take home their soap which can be unmolded and used right away. Pre-registration is required for this workshop due to limited seating. Visit or call the Children’s Room at 413-569-1221×4.

 

PJ Masks “It’s time to be a Hero” at Southwick Public Library

Get in on the fun with PJ Masks Library Program. Each week during the month of April, we will have a special PJ Masks activity. Week 1 (April 2-7) Visit the library for an hour of self-guided reading or come to Tuesday Storytime on April 3rd at 10:30 a.m. Week 2-Create your own mask available all week. Week 3- PJ Masks Board Game-a-thon (Thursday April 19 from 3:30-4:30). Week 4-Dress as your favorite hero on Thursday April 26 from 3:30-4:30. Enjoy PJ Masks fun at Southwick Public Library.

Children’s Book Week-Voice Your Choice! at Southwick Public Library

Children’s Book Week is April 30- May 6, 2018. Read books nominated in your age category and vote for your favorite. Kids in Kindergarten through grade 6 may participate. Votes will be sent to the Children’s Book Council for tallying. Voice your choice by voting at Southwick Public Library by May 6, 2018. For a complete listing of nominated titles, visit our Facebook page or pick up a copy when you visit the Children’s Room to check out the listed books.

Southwick Public Library Events

Coloring and Cookies for Teens

Grades 7-12 are invited to the Southwick Public Library Wednesday, April 25th from 2:30-3:30 to color, chat, listen to music 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.

Tie Dye

SPLAT asked and we listened! 7-12th graders- come create a custom tie dyed T-shirt at Southwick Public Library on Thursday, April 26th from 2:30-3:30. Just bring a white T shirt! Participants may choose to bring home their damp, tie-dyed item in a sealed bag to wash and dry at home, or may return the following day after 2:30 to pick up their washed and dried shirt from the library. Advanced registration (free) is required. All materials except shirts provided. For further information or to register, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.

Poetry Competition

In honor of National Poetry Month, Southwick Public Library is hosting “Verses VS. Verses,” a poetry competition for our 7th-12th graders! The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to Summerhouse. Submit your poem by sending it to the Southwick Public Library or simply drop it off at the reference desk. Poems are due by 5pm April 26th. You may only submit one poem. Please include name, phone number and grade on back of poem. If your teacher gives you extra credit for participating, include that teacher’s name. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569 1221 ex.3.

Events at Armbrook Village

Memory Chorus at Armbrook Village: April 25, 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: April 25, 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.

FREE BEGINNER COMPUTER CLASSES

Classes are available to the public and begin on 4/12/18 and end on 05/3/18. Instruction will cover: Desktop Details, Internet Basics and Microsoft Word. Classes are held on Thursdays from 5-7pm. Class location: 128 East Mountain Road, The Clark Building in Westfield, across from Western MA Hospital. Parking is available directly across the street from The Clark Building.  Limited seating is available. Participants must be 18 years of age. Please call Westfield Community Education at 413-336-3100 to register.

 

Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course

The City of Springfield’s Aquatics Department will be offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course. The course will take place during April vacation week at Commerce High School on 415 State Street.  Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Persons 15 years of age and over can register for the course, which runs Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 21, 2018. An in-pool test will be given to all participants prior to the first day on Thursday, April 12th also at Commerce High School at 6:00pm. Based on the results of the swim test, participants who pass will continue on to the full course.  Cost for the program is $175.00 (cash or check only) per person for City residents and $225.00 for non-City residents.  All fees must be paid on the day of the swim test.

The department is pleased to offer an invitation to all interested participants to learn these valuable life skills. The course is part of the Aquatics Division’s ongoing commitment to provide quality programming. Interested individuals must pre-register by calling the Aquatics Director, Joe Federico at (413) 787-6298.

STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM INTRODUCES PIONEER KIDS WEEK

Storrowton Village Museum introduces a new spring school vacation program – Pioneer Kids Week – April 16-20, 8:30am – 4:30pm, on the grounds of Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. The week-long program is open to children ages 7 – 12.

The program will feature themed days full of fun, educational activities. Science will come alive in the Blacksmith Shop. Math skills will be emphasized on a “Geometry walk” through the Village and while doing some 19th century shopping in the Potter General Store. Children will be able to use their imaginations during activities such as working with clay, printmaking and creative writing.

Special homesteading activities will teach about the lives of pioneer children in the 1800s, including cooking, butter churning, candle dipping, seed planting, spinning, weaving and soap making.

During the week, visitors include the goats from Sweet Pea Farm, Native American expert Gail White, and the young musicians of Tree-O Fiddlers. Cactushead Puppets will join the program at the end of the week for an entertaining performance and a make-your-own puppet workshop.

Pioneer Kids Week has a parent-friendly schedule, running from 8:30am to 4:30pm with an extended day option from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for the five-day school vacation program is $200 with a $20 add-on for the late pick-up option.

Pre-registration is required by April 6. To register or find out more about this unique historic program, visit StorrowtonVillage.com or call theStorrowton Village Museum office at 413-205-5051.

It’s also time to plan for summer vacation activities. Storrowton Village Museum’s Early American Summer Days is the perfect opportunity to enroll your child in a fun, educational experience. This year’s dates are: July 30 to Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Visit StorrowtonVillage.com for details.

 

Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the West Springfield Public Library are hosting their annual Spring Book Sale on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st. The sale will take place from 10 am – 3 pm on both dates, and will be held in the Community Room of the Library, located on the first floor.

Items available will include magazines, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and books of all genres – including both fiction and non-fiction, from history and travel to romance, thrillers, mysteries, and more. Many books are value priced as low as $1.00, but select items will be priced as marked.

This sale is made possible by the generosity of the community, and the Friends of the Library would like to extend their thanks to everyone who has donated materials over the past several months. Donations for the Friends’ book sales are accepted year-round, and may be part of the ongoing sale at the Library or the annual Spring and Fall Book Sales. For more information on the Friends of the Library or the Friends’ Book Sales, please call 413-736-4561, extension 8.

Westfield Creative Arts/Westfield on Weekends

Westfield Creative Arts will be offering a “Soap Making Workshop” On Friday April 20 6-8 PM at our Studio at 105 Elm Street. In this workshop designed for ages 12 and up, participants will make beautiful molded glycerin soap and a room and linen spray with essential oils. This makes for a great night out with friends! Cost of this workshop is $28.00. To register, please call Westfield Creative Arts at 579-5967 to reserve your spot! For up to date information on classes and workshops please go to www.westfieldcreativearts.com or call us at 579-5967.

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Second Annual Golf Tournament

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is proud to host their Second Annual Golf Tournament at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA on Saturday, April 28, 2018. 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 protected]  Deadline for entry is April 21, 2018.

SHREDDING EVENT FOR CSF WESTFIELD DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is holding a paper shredding fundraiser, rain or shine, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm (or until the truck is full) at the Westfield Senior Center parking lot at 45 Noble Street. Valley Green Shredding of Westfield, MA is donating its equipment so that all proceeds will fund scholarships for Westfield students.  A $5.00 donation for every box, limit of 3 boxes.  No early birds! Note:  These items are not acceptable for shredding—3-ring binders, batteries, electronics, large binder clips, vinyl, plastics, or x-rays.

Old-Fashioned Square Dance

The Chester Hill Association will hold an old-fashioned square dance at the Chester Town Hall on Saturday, April 21st from 7:00-9:00 PM.  This family activity is free to the public but donations are welcomed.  No previous dance experience is necessary.  The caller, Gene King of Huntington, will provide instructions and music.  Light refreshments will be served.

2018 Westfield River Wildwater Races

The Westfield River Canoe Club is finalizing preparations for the 2018 Westfield River Wildwater Races (the 65th consecutive year!) to be held on Saturday, April 21st, 2018. The format will be the same as last year with the Novice 8 mile races starting at 10:00 at the DPW yard under the green bridge. Registration for the Novice races begins at 8:00 am. The 12 mile and 5 mile Expert races will begin at 1:30 at the base of the Knightville Dam. Registration for the Expert races begins at noon.

There will be 3 free paddling clinics offered on Saturday, March 31, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 15. Plan on gathering at the DPW yard in Huntington at 12:00 for a 1:00 start. The clinics are ideal for those paddlers who would like to check out the 8 mile Novice section of the river with local paddlers before the races. All boats are welcome, life jackets are required and wetsuits are recommended. See the website, westfieldriverraces.com, or the Facebook page, Westfield River Wildwater Races, for details and updates.

Again this year, the Westfield River Canoe Club will be raising money to support the Jurgen G. Igel Scholarship Fund. The award is given to a member of the senior class from Gateway Regional High School who exemplifies Jurgen’s love of the outdoors, as well as his spirit of giving of himself to others.

You can contribute to the Jurgen G. Igel Scholarship Fund by including an addition to your entry fee and noting that it is for this fund in the note/memo area of your check, or by writing a separate check, payable to the Jurgen G. Igel Scholarship Fund. You may also purchase a race t-shirt or wristband on the day of the races. Portions of your purchase will be donated to the scholarship fund. Come on out and enjoy the canoe races!

Zoo on the Go at the Huntington Public Library

What do a Chinese water dragon, Nigerian dwarf goat, and African pygmy hedgehog have in common? Have you ever come face to face with a boa constrictor? Or seen a Madagascar hissing cockroach up close and personal? All of these exotic creatures – and more – are waiting to meet you through the Zoo in Forest Park’s Zoo on the Go at the Huntington Public Library on Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 P.M. This experience is an interactive, fun, and educational way for children and adults to learn about a wide variety of mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and arthropods. This is a free program but you must register by calling the library at 512-5206.

EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, please join Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan in cleaning up the Westfield community for our 6th Annual Earth Day event. Starting at 8:00 am, we will congregate on the grounds of the Masonic Lodge at 72 Broad Street to start the day with a good breakfast. From there you will receive your assignments for clean-up areas and will be provided with gloves, bags and safety vests. This is a rain or shine event, please dress appropriately.

At 1:00 the day will end back at 72 Broad Street with a lunch served and presented by the Masonic Lodge and their members. If you or a community group you are associated with are interested in signing up to help out, please contact Karen Leigh, Conservation Director at 572-6281.

Birch Point Camp will host open house

Birch Point Camp, a new, full-day summer camp for children ages 6 to 15, will host an open house event, available to the public, on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the 1,300-acre Horace A. Moses Scout Reservation, host site for all Birch Point Camp activities.

Birch Point Camp, an outreach program of the Western Massachusetts Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will run weekly sessions from July 9 to August 17. Each day, Birch Point Camp will offer organized play, athletics and a variety of other cooperative activities that integrate traditional and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) outdoor programs. Through these experiences, campers will learn and grow intellectually, socially and physically.

A day at Birch Point Camp begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included, and transportation is available from locations throughout Hampden County. The daily program is age-appropriate and designed for fun. Activities vary from day to day and week to week, centering on a featured weekly theme that will be announced on the website prior to camp.

Campers will enjoy: aquatics, nature activities, crafts, athletic activities, archery and BBs, and Special STEM programs, such as building and navigational challenges. Families can register for Birch Point Camp online at BirchPointCamp.org or by calling the main office in Westfield at (413) 548-0005.

Montgomery Historical Society Roast Pork Supper

The Montgomery Historical Society hosts it annual Roast Pork Supper on Saturday, April 21, serving at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Hall, Montgomery Center. For just $10.00 for adults ($5.00 for kids aged 10 and under), guests will enjoy a dinner of roast pork and gravy, home-made applesauce, mashed potatoes, vegetables in season, beverages, and home-made dessert. Reservations should be made today by calling Laurie at 862-8095 or Julie at 862-4539.

Following the meal, guest speaker Dennis Picard will share his program “It’s All Fun and Games”—a historical view of “recess” time and farm pastimes in 19th century New England. Picard is a master story-teller, dressing in period costume to help illustrate his subject. Dennis is the former director of Storrowton Village Museum (West Springfield) and has been a museum professional in the field of living history for nearly forty years, beginning his career in 1978 at Old Sturbridge Village where over a period of twelve years, he researched and designed many public programs which are still offered there today. He has authored many articles on lifestyles and folkways of New England.

Lions to celebrate Earth Day 2018

The city’s Lions Club – the recently organized Westfield Centennial Lions Club – will stage their first event and will celebrate Earth Day on the actual day of the holiday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The highlight of the event at the Westfield Middle School South playing fields event will be a “cow chip bingo” with bovine helper, Pooch. Participants at the event will be able to buy one of the $10 squares in the grid which will be marked out on the field where Pooch will roam until nature calls and she leaves her calling card on the field. The lucky winner will take home $500. The Earth Day celebration will also include a bike rodeo, food available from a food truck and activities for children. Proceeds from the event will support the club’s efforts to benefit the Westfield community.

Home & Business Community Marketplace & Tabletop Event

April 24, 2018 (4:30 – 7:00 pm). The Ranch Golf Club, 65 Sunnyside Road, Southwick, MA. Free to the Public! Offering an opportunity to market & sell your products/services to area residents and businesses. Sip & shop your way through the marketplace, with a beer and wine tasting, live music and a chance to vote for your favorite nosh at the food court.

Vendor Cost is $50 Vendor Rental Space (table not included–bring your own 6ft or less & table cloth); $75 Vendor Table (includes 6 ft table-bring your own table cloth).

Each exhibitor will be provided with: two chairs per table; one 8 1/2 x 11” sign on table; listing in the program for registrations received by the deadline.

Registration and payment due by 4/13/18. Westfield Chamber of Commerce will process. Membership NOT required. Space is limited-first come first served.

Any questions: Southwick Economic Development, 413.304.6100 (leave a message). On-line registration is available at www.westfieldbiz.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available on our website as well. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.

Cookbook Club Cooking with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Cookbook

In April, the Southwick Public Library’s Cookbook Club will be bringing dishes created from recipes from It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes For the Super-busy Home Cook by Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann. This Adult Cookbook Club meets monthly at the Southwick Public Library. In April, the group will meet in the library’s Community Room on Tuesday, April 24 that 6:30 p.m. Copies of this month’s cookbook will be available at the library’s Circulation Desk. When you check-out the cookbook, please make sure your name is added to our list of people attending. Instructions for advising the library of which recipe you want to bring will be given to you when you checkout the cookbook.

Crafters and vendors wanted

Looking for crafters and vendors for fundraiser fair for VFW in Russell. Fair will be held at VFW June 24th 9-4. Tables inside and out $35 for spot. 100% of fees donated to the VFW.  If interested please contact: Tasha Strong [email protected], Sarah DaSilva [email protected], or Becky Cortis [email protected]

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, April 24th is Chicken & Gray or Baked Haddock Florentine with steamed broccoli, steamed brown rice, blueberry snack loaf, and fresh fruit.

Stockbridge Farms presents “Celebrating Your Spring Herb Garden” at Southwick Public Library   

The Southwick Public Library is pleased to have Stockbridge Farm at the library on Wednesday, April 25 that 6:30 p.m. for their “Spring Herb Garden” program. Learn about cooking using spring herbs. Taste samples of the delicious recipes and receive copies of the recipes to take home! Some of Stockbridge Farms popular items will be available for sale after the program.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Seating is limited. Please call the Circulation Desk at 569-1221 ext. 2 or register the next time you are at the library.

Polish National Credit Union schedules Reopening Celebration at Front Street office in Chicopee
Renovations of the Polish National Credit Union’s 923 Front Street office in Chicopee are complete, and a special Reopening Celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 on-site. Kick off begins promptly at 11 a.m. with a special introduction from Jim Kelly, CEO of the Polish National Credit Union and Mayor Richard Kos followed by the official ribbon cutting. Celebratory events include music, prize drawings, Bernat’s Food Truck, and more. Prizes will also be awarded in exchange for book donations to the Chicopee Mobile Library. The public is cordially invited to join Polish National Credit Union members and guests for the Reopening Celebration.

Westfield YMCA 130th Birthday

The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be celebrating its 130th birthday on Wednesday, April 25th. Yes! The Y has been a part of the Westfield community since 1888! Celebrate with us with cake in the lobby at 11:15 AM. Come see all the ways we make Westfield a great place to live, take a tour of the facility and say hello to our awesome staff! Happy Birthday YMCA!

TIPSY PAINT BRUSH FUNdraiser TO BENEFIT SOUTHWICK LIONS CLUB

Join us for a Tipsy Paint Brush FUNdraiser to benefit the Southwick Lions Club Scholarship Fund. The Tipsy Paint Brush uses wine, beer, or drinking glasses to paint. The event, sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club, will be held on Thursday April 26th from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the VFW located on Point Grove Road in Southwick. Snacks will be served, drinks available for purchase, cost is $30.

You bring your enthusiasm … We provide the rest! No experience necessary! Choose from different styles of glasses, two glasses per person to PAINT, have a drink to SIP, and enjoy a whole lot of FUN. To register and pay online please visit, www.tipsypaintbrushparties.com.

Westfield YMCA class offered at Gateway Wellness Center

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering a new 8-week session of Functional Training Classes at the Gateway Wellness Center, beginning Thursday, April 26 and running through May 14.

Functional Training Classes consist of exercises that allow people to perform activities of daily life more easily and without injuries. It involves weight bearing activities targeted at core muscles of the abdomen and lower back, and may use battle ropes, kettlebells, free weights, TRX, core bar and more. This class can accommodate all fitness levels and can be modified where needed. YMCA instructor Tony Casale returns to lead this new series!

Two 45-minute classes will be offered at the Huntington site: from 3:15 – 4 p.m. and from 4 – 4:45 p.m. Space is limited to the first 12 who register. The cost for Westfield YMCA members will be $45 for the entire 8 weeks. Non-members may enroll for $65 (also for the entire 8 weeks). To hold your spot, call the YMCA (413.568.8631) to pay over the phone with a credit card or debit card. (Registration and waiver forms may be completed on the first day of class). This course is open to all adults in the community. Contact Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, at the YMCA of Greater Westfield if you have questions or need additional information (413.568.8631 X323, or email [email protected]).

Land Planning Workshop Offered

The Franklin Land Trust will host a free informational workshop for landowners about land conservation and estate planning options on Thursday, April 26th at 6PM at the VFW Post Hall on Huntington Road in Russell. The goal of the workshop is to provide landowners and farmers with an overview of the tools that can help them accomplish their goals regarding the future of their land.

The workshop will provide an overview of strategies to reduce taxes, simplify ownership of land, and facilitate passing it on to the next generation. The majority of the evening will be dedicated to addressing landowners’ questions and concerns with a team of experts, including Ann Weber, a local attorney, Paul Catanzaro, Associate Extension Professor at UMass Amherst, and Wendy Sweetser Ferris from the Franklin Land Trust.

The workshop sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Working Forest Initiative, which seeks to provide landowners with information and options about the management of their land. Attendance is free and a light dinner will be served, but pre-registration is requested by calling Wendy Ferris at 413.625.9151 x111 or emailing [email protected]

Kindergarten Screening for Southwick-Tolland-Granville Children

The Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District Kindergarten Screening for the 2018-2019 school year will be held on Thursday, May 10th and Friday, May 11th, 2018 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, 2018.  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 27th.  Open enrollment hours are 9:15 am to 2:45 pm. A check off list for required items 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.

HOLY TRINITY 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 
Holy Trinity Church 335 Elm St. in Westfield will be having a 1 weekend 3 on 3 (co-ed optional) basketball tournament on April 27 & 28. The age are groups will be; 8-10 playing Sat. 8:30a-noon. 11-13 playing Sat. 12:30-3:30 & 14-16 playing Fri. 7p to 9p. The cost will be $60 per team. Concessions will be sold. If interested please call the Holy trinity office at 413-568-1506 or email at [email protected].

Pro Shred at Huntington Transfer Station

On Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Pro Shred will be available to shred paper documents at the Huntington Transfer Station, located at 7 Mill Street in Huntington. There is a limit of 2 “copy” boxes per person.  Donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Huntington Food Pantry.  Pre-registration is not required.  Call 413-512-5205 or 413-512-5200 for more information.

Books needed for Southwick Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Southwick Public Library need donations of books and audio/video material for its May Book Sale. Bring your clean, gently-used books, CDs, and DVDs to the Southwick Library beginning Saturday, April 28 through Tuesday, May 1. Volunteers will accept your donations 10 am to 1 pm Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday; and 5-7 pm on Monday and Tuesday. No magazines, encyclopedias, or condensed books, please.

The Book Sale will be held Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4, 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday, May 5 from 10 am to 1 pm. A special preview for members of the Friends will be Wednesday, May 2, 5-7 pm. New members are welcome to join at this time. The cost is $5 for a single membership and $ 10 for a family. The Friends of the Southwick Public Library are a 501c3 organization and proceeds from the book sale will pay for many library programs. Anyone interested in helping with the book sale, please leave your name at the front desk. Southwick Library is located at 95 Feeding Hills Rd (Rte 57), Southwick, MA. For more information, call 413-569-1221.

Upcoming Concert and Workshops at WSPL

Saturday, April 28th from 12-1pm. Music Sandwiched In– with Carolyn Walker. Bring your lunch or a snack to the Library and enjoy Music Sandwiched In with Carolyn Walker. Bittersweet and compelling, Carolyn Walker’s songwriting combines smart lyrics, clever arrangements, and her talents as a multi-instrumentalist. Walker performs throughout the Northeast as a solo artist, is a founding member of the Woman Songwriter Collective, and is also the frontwoman for the acoustic rock band Violet Maeve. She is currently working on a third solo album, Patchwork, anticipated later this year. This program is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 7th from 6:30-8pm. How High Did You Score? -Presented by Milagros S. Johnson.  Your credit report is a representation of your financial character. What does YOUR credit report say about you? This workshop will explain why your credit report is important, how to fine-tune it, and ways to build up your credit score. Our guest speaker Milagros S. Johnson, the Director of the (Springfield) Mayor’s Office of Consumer Information, has over 17 years of consumer advocacy experience. The Local Consumer Program works in cooperation with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

Tuesday, May 8th from 2:30-4pm. The Dementia Experience. The Dementia Experience is an intense, interactive training that uses sensory modifications and role playing activities to build empathy and understanding. Participants are asked to re-enact typical daily activities such as taking medications and preparing meals “while under the influence of dementia.”Participants will also learn and practice communication techniques and caregiving tactics that preserve the dignity of those experiencing cognitive impairment. 2.5 CEU credits for available for Social Workers, Nurses, and Case Managers. This program is free, but space is limited. Registration is required.

PLAYERS’ FIELD STILL OPEN

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars players’ field is still open and accepting golfers to make our Second Annual Golf Tournament at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA on Saturday, April 28, 2018 a big success.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. 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 protected]  Deadline for entry is April 21, 2018.

64th Annual Youth Fishing Derby at the Westfield Sportsman’s Club

The Westfield Sportsman’s Club will hold their 64th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 accompanying child prior to fishing. For more information call (413) 562-1820. Club email: westfieldsportsmensclub.com

Coin show planned

Local coin collectors will have an opportunity to expand their collections—or learn more about the coins they already have—when the West Springfield Coin Club stages their semi-annual coin show on Sunday, April 29. The club has staged coin shows, twice a year, at the Dante Club (across the street from the Big E at 1198 Memorial Drive) since 1988, according to club president Peter Setian who said at least 21 of the site’s 22 available tables have already been sold for this spring’s show. The vendors will buy and sell a wide variety of U. S. and foreign coins and collectibles, will appraise coins brought to the show and share their specialized expertise with visitors.

Patrons of past shows who contributed their addresses were sent postcards notifying them of the upcoming show and recipients are reminded to bring the postcards with them to claim a pick from a grab bag of vintage U.S. coins which includes a Morgan silver dollar. There will also be a raffle offered at the show. The show will open at 9:30 a.m. and will continue until about 3 p.m. Setian said that both admission to the show and parking at the Dante Club are free.

The club meets monthly, with a summer hiatus during July and August, at the Mittineague Congregational Church, 1840 Westfield Street. The meetings are generally staged on the second Sunday of the month. The remaining meetings of 2018 will be on May 20, June 10, September 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9. At each meeting, a program about a specific aspect of coin collecting is offered after the club’s business is conducted. Following a social break, members offer a small number of coins for sale at an auction.

Southwick Senior Center Trip

Webster Lake & Lunch at Indian Ranch, Wednesday May 23, 2018. Leave Center @ 8:45am. Cost is $55.00. You will have a choice for lunch. Sign up and money due by April 30, 2018.

MASSACHUSETTS BOATING BASICS COURSE

The Massachusetts Environmental Police (MEP) is sponsoring a Massachusetts Boating Basics Course. This course is NASBLA approved and offered to the public at no charge. The primary purpose of this course is to foster safe boat operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices, and legal responsibilities.

Youth 12 through 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged and has proven to be highly rewarding. All students must be 12 years of age to participate.

Classes meet on May 1, 2, 3, and 4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Southwick Town Hall, 454 College Highway. Attendance at all class dates is mandatory. Registration is required; to register please visit, www.mass.gov/ole, course ID: 4217

Chicopee Falls Woman’s Club Spaghetti Supper

Spaghetti supper on May 1, 2018, at the Knights of Columbus, Elder Council #69, 460 Granby Rd, Chicopee, MA from 4:30-6:30 pm. Tickets: $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at the door; 5 years and under are free. For tickets, call 413-324-1089. Menu: spaghetti and meat sauce, meatballs, rolls, salad, coffee, tea, lemonade, and a bake sale.

Southwick Rotary seeks three high school sophomore students to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Seminar

Chris Boyd, President, Southwick Rotary Club, announced that the club will sponsor three (3) sophomore students from Southwick Regional School or students who are residents of Southwick and attend an accredited high school or technical school outside of the Southwick school district, to attend the annual RYLA seminar. The seminar will be held at Springfield College East Campus on June 2. Expenses will be paid by the Southwick Rotary Club.

The RYLA program seeks to provide high school sophomores with an opportunity to develop their skills and character while exposing them to Rotary’s values of service, high ethical standards, and peace. The one-day program is an intensive training that brings together youth and young adults to further develop character and leadership skills and learn about Rotary.  The experience will build self-confidence, gain exposure to a variety of issues and people, meet active community leaders, and learn valuable information and career skills. Additionally, approximately 10 students from the seminar that have demonstrated superior leadership will be selected to attend the 2017 World Affairs Seminar held in Wisconsin.

To apply, the student must complete an application in full. Selection will be based on an essay (minimum 600 words) regarding the student’s interest in leadership and Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self.” The application and background information for the seminar may be downloaded from www.southwickrotary.org, or request a copy from the school guidance department.

Please mail the completed application with all of the necessary signatures and essay to Southwick Rotary Club, Box 701, Southwick, MA   01077. Deadline for application is May 2 to the Southwick Rotary Club.

The Southwick Rotary Club is made up of dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship working together as volunteers. Rotarians work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto of “Service above Self.” The club meets at Nora’s Restaurant, 106 Point Gove Road, Southwick, every Wednesday at 6:00 pm. For information on club activities, visit www.southwickrotary.org or Facebook/Southwick Rotary. Feel free to contact Rotary President Chris Boyd at 413 348 9918 or [email protected]

Huntington COA Travelers

The Huntington COA Travelers have a day trip planned to Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 2nd. The game will feature the Boston Red Sox versus the Kansas City Royals. We are fortunate to have obtained excellent third base side grandstand seats to watch the game. The luxury Silver Fox Motor Coach conveniently departs Huntington at 9:30 am and Westfield at 10:00 am, and arrives at Fenway about an hour and a half prior to the 1:05 game where we will watch pre-game warm ups. Expected return time is about 6:00 pm. Tour cost is $99. Huntington residents pay $79 courtesy of the Huntington COA. Final payments are due by April 11th.

On Thursday, June 14th, we will once again be travelling to Foxwoods Casino with a stop at Captain Jack’s for a delicious lobster clam bake (or prime rib of beef).  There are many extras included. This trip was a big hit last year!  Cost is $75 per person.  Through the generosity of the Huntington COA, Huntington residents receive a $20 discount toward the cost.  Both tours depart and return to the Huntington Town Hall on Route 20 and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Westfield.  For more information and to sign up for these tours, please call 413-512-5200 or 413-512-5205.  Don’t miss out on a great time!

IT’S A HONKY TONK WORLD

The music plays on as the Agawam Cultural Council’s Applause Series presents the honky tonk piano stylings of Gary Landgrenat the Agawam Senior Center on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The performance is sponsored by Stellato Brothers Landscape Contractors.

Born out of Ragtime and Jazz from the 1890s-1920s, this rip-roaring and rousing style of piano became popular after the Swing era of the 1940s. Honky Tonk includes ragtime, swing and early jazz elements all rolled into a very informal, yet lively presentation.

Landgren’s interest in this music began as a teenager after some informal lessons at a local piano store, listening to records, and a lot of experimentation and improvisation. Along the way, Gary adopted many tricks on the keys so this playing would sound similar to the great roll-generated player pianos and coin-operated nickelodeons of the early 1900s. We’re sure you’ll be tapping your toes, clapping your hands, and singing along to old favorites such as “Beer Barrel Polka”, “Ain’t She Sweet”, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, and many more.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org. The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.

May Teen Events at Southwick Library

May the Fourth Be With You

Stop by Southwick Public Library on Friday, May 4th between 10 AM and 4 PM to make a personalized Star Wars themed door decoration for your room! Ages K-12. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ext. 3.

Teen After-school Hangout

Come relax after school, play video games on the PS4 and make a craft. We will be creating colorful paper flowers with rustic Mason jar vases just in time for spring or a Mother’s Day gift. At Southwick Public Library, Tuesday, May 8th, 2:30-3:30. For grades 7-12. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ext. 3.

Teen Make and Take Chocolates

Learn about young chocolate entrepreneurs, the history of how chocolate is made and where it comes from, and fun chocolate trivia. Make your own chocolate creations to bring home using various techniques of dipping, decorating, and combing. Demonstration and use of a commercial tempering machine, toppings bar and more! At Southwick Public Library on Tuesday, May 22 at 2:30. For grades 7-12. Registration is required. For further information or to register, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ext. 3.

Coloring and Cookies for Teens

Grades 7-12 are welcome to Southwick Public Library on Tuesday, May 29th 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 ext. 3.

Agawam Cultural Council “Plan Your Own Day” Bus Trip to New York City

The Agawam Cultural Council is sponsoring a “Plan Your Own Day” Bus Trip to New York City on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Activities such as museum and gallery exhibits, theatre and music performances, street festivals and shopping are available to those going on the trip. Running two buses in tandem, a member of the council, acting as “leader” on each bus will be available to help with information and suggestions along the way. The buses are scheduled to make five stops in Manhattan: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center/Radio City, Times Square/TKTS, 34th Street (Macy’s), and finally, the South Street Seaport. Riders may elect to get off at any of these scheduled stops. Further details, a map to the departure point, plus handy NYC links, can be found at www.agawamcc.org (click on “Bus Trips”).

Buses depart the Roberta G. Doering School (formerly known as the Agawam Middle School), 68 Main Street, Agawam, Mass., from the parking lot in the rear of the building at 7:00 AM sharp. Please arrive NO LATER than 6:45 A.M.

Tickets are available now. The price is $45 per person for both residents and non-residents alike. This is a very popular trip and seating is limited to 108, on a first come/first served basis. Tickets are assigned only as payments arrive, and cannot be reserved by phone.

Current ticket availability, updated as requests are processed, plus further details and a map to the departure point can be found at the Cultural Council’s website:  www.agawamcc.org (click: “Bus Trips”).

The return trip will leave New York City at 6:30 PM and be back in Agawam between 9:30 and 10:00 PM. To secure your seat(s), please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with a check made out to “Agawam Cultural Council” to: Agawam Cultural Council, 153 Anthony Street, Agawam, MA 01001

If you have questions not answered on our website, please call 413-789-1201. (Information only; not available for ticket reservations.)

Huntington COA Community Tag Sale

The Huntington Council on Aging will be sponsoring a Community Tag Sale on Saturday, May 5, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Town Green on Route 20 in Huntington. Vendors are wanted to rent 10′ x 10′ spaces for a donation of $5. Vendors must provide their own tables, chairs, and tents for rain/sun protection. No items shall be left behind. Set up will start at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, 5/5. Please call 413-512-5205 to reserve a space by April 21.

Seeking Tag Sale Participants, Crafters, and Vendors

On Saturday May 5, the Southwick Senior Citizens, Inc. (aka: Friends of the Southwick Senior Center) will hold an outside “space only” sale on the grounds of the Southwick Town Hall 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 newspapers.

To reserve space: send name, phone number and email with a $10.00 check made payable to Southwick Senior Citizens, Inc. to: Southwick Seniors, Inc., PO Box 263, Southwick, MA 01077. Reservations must be received by April 27. Rain date is May 19. No refunds for cancellations for no shows. Call Pat McMahon 569-6531 with any questions.

Save the Date for Gateway Sports Banquet

The Gateway Athletic Booster Club is sponsoring the Annual Sports Banquet for all student athletes, coaches and teams. This year’s banquet will be a brunch on Sunday May 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at East Mountain Road Country Club in Westfield.

Tickets are $20 for student athletes, $25 for adults, and coaches are free! Tickets may be purchased from Karen Malinowski in the Gateway Pupil Services Office (room 100 across from the cafeteria). The Annual Sports Banquet includes recognition of all sports, including regular and post season team and individual awards. Scholarships are also awarded to graduating senior athletes (application required). Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, May 3.

Upcoming May Westfield Chamber Events

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – May Mayor’s Coffee Hour, May 7, 2018 (8 – 9 am). Please join us for our monthly Mayor’s Coffee Hour with Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan hosted by Westfield Center – Genesis Healthcare, 60 East Silver Street, Westfield, MA.  This event is free and open to the public.  On-line registration available @ www.westfieldbiz.org so we may give our host a proper count. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – May After 5 Connection, May 7, 2018 (5:00 – 7:00 pm). Join us for our May After 5 Connection hosted by East Mountain Country Club, 1458 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA. FREE for Chamber members, $10 General Public (cash/credit paid at the door). Refreshments will be served. 50/50 Raffle to benefit our Chamber Scholarship fund! Bring your business cards and make connections! On-line registration available @ www.westfieldbiz.org. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.

Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce – 57th Annual Golf Tournament, May 14, 2018 (10:30 am – 7:00 pm). Get together with your golf buddies and join us for our 57th Annual Golf Tournament at Shaker Farms Country Club! 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.

The Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips have the following trips scheduled:

May 8-10 PENN DUTCH SHOW STOPPER

May 21 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

June 13-14 OGUNQUIT PLAYHOUSE

June 21 CLOVE CREEK DINNER THEATER: “DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER”

June 25 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

July 10 NARRAGANSETT BAY LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE

July 23 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Aug. 9 SARATOGA RACE COURSE

Aug. 27 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Aug. 30 GLOUCESTER HOUSE LOBSTERBAKE

Sept. 4-7 NIAGARA FALLS Wait List Only

Sept. 24 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Sept. 27 MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Sept 28-Oct 9 10-NIGHT QUEBEC, CANADA CRUISE

Oct.16 NEWPORT DINNER TRAIN

Oct. 22 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Nov. 8 A SALUTE TO VETERANS

Nov. 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO

Dec. 11 BRING IT, SWING IT

For more information contact: Penny at (413) 519-7223

Preschool Parent Information Night at Littleville Elementary School

A Preschool Parent Information Night will be held on Tuesday, May 8 from 6 – 7 p.m. in the preschool room at Littleville Elementary School. There will be a slide show presentation to learn about Gateway’s Integrated Preschool Classrooms, including curriculum, hours and philosophy. Parents will be able to meet the preschool teachers and register for preschool screening and lottery.

This event is for parents who have children who will be age 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018, living in the Gateway member towns of Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery and Russell. Preschool programs are located at both Chester and Littleville Elementary School. These high quality half-day programs are free to all residents of the district; morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Gateway is also looking into the possibility of establishing a full day preschool program; more information on this will follow. Childcare will be provided at the Parent Information Night.

CARBON PRICING IN MA – A KEY COMPONENT FOR SOLVING A WARMING CLIMATE

On Tuesday, May 8th, 6:00 PM in Parenzo Hall’s Dever Auditorium at Westfield State University (WSU), the Dept. of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Dept. of Environmental Science will co-host a public educational forum on “Carbon Pricing – A Key to Solving a Warming Climate.”

The forum will: provide a brief overview of the current science on climate change; describe bills by State Rep. Benson & State Sen. Barrett proposing state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation, and an omnibus bill by State Sen. Pacheco that would also institute carbon pricing; and lay out the ethical and moral dimensions for addressing a warming climate. Attendees will learn how each of these MA carbon pricing bills is economically designed to create jobs, improve the health of MA residents and fairly protect vulnerable populations and businesses while lowering state-wide carbon emissions.

The forum’s panel will include: Carsten Braun, Ph.D., climate scientist, Geography & Regional Planning Dept., Westfield State University; State Rep. Jennifer Benson, lead co-sponsor of H.1726, a bill placing a price on carbon in MA; Marc Breslow, Ph.D., Dir. of Policy & Research at ClimateXChange; and Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass. and Mass. Conference, United Church of Christ. The forum will be moderated by Hillary Sackett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics at WSU.

The forum is organized by Voices Rising Together, a grass-roots advocacy group, and co-sponsored by CAN (Climate Action Now), ClimateXChange, Clean Energy Future Massachusetts, and The Social Justice Commission. The panel’s discussion will be followed by ample time for questions. For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Giuliano at [email protected] or John Meiklejohn at [email protected] (413-348-2848).

NO BLARNEY HERE

Banish Misfortune will present an evening of traditional Irish song as the fourteenth season of the Agawam Cultural Council’s Applause Series continues on Friday, May 11, 2018. The concert will take place at 7:00 PM at the Agawam Senior Center.

This sextet will play traditional music from Ireland, with instrumentation that includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, accordion, flute, and guitar, with which they perform rousing sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas and airs, as well as the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem. Its members hail from western Massachusetts; some having played together for decades. They recently released their first ever CD, “No Strangers Here”, and in 2015 were voted one of the “Top 5 Bands in the Valley” in the Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org. The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC. The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.

YMCA Tag Sale

Calling all tag sellers, crafters and vendors, looking to clean out their home to sell their goods. YMCA of Greater Westfield is hosting its first Outside Tag Sale. The Y will accommodate anyone who wants to reserve a space at the Y’s back parking lot.  Individuals are responsible for bringing their own table and chair. No items are allowed to be left behind, must leave the space clean. Rental cost for a 10 x 10 space is $30.00 for Y members and $35.00 for non-members. You must complete registration form with payment. For more information contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, 568. 8631 or email [email protected]  The Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, May 12th, 10AM -4PM.

STORROWTON VILLAGE MUSEUM INTRODUCES ITS BLACKSMITH COLLECTIVE

Are you a fan of the television show “Forged in Fire” or the Minecraft video game? Come to Storrowton Village Museum May 12 for an exciting new event called Blacksmith Collective. The event offers visitors an interactive look at the trade and artistry of blacksmithing in New England from the 17th to 21st century. The day will be filled with demonstrations in the busy Clark Blacksmith Shop and on the Village green by visiting smiths from throughout New England.

Visitors will be able to talk with smiths about their tools, techniques and traditions as they work at their forges. The event is suitable for all ages — adults will get a practical view of the art and craftsmanship of the trade while the children’s activity area provides a hands-on look at the tools and toys made by blacksmiths as well as a clay molding activity that teaches the science behind molding metal. Storrowton Tavern will offer $12 boxed lunches as a grab-and-go option as well as a regular meal service. Boxed lunches will include a sandwich, bag of chips, fresh fruit, two homemade cookies, a granola bar and condiments. The Shops at Storrowton will be open and smiths will offer items for sale. Visitors can also purchase tickets for the Hammer & Anvil Raffle, with 100% of proceeds to benefit Storrowton Museum’s education programs. Winners must be present to receive prizes that will be drawn hourly.

Special guests include the 3rd Massachusetts George Washington Continental Army Unit reenactment group, leading demonstrations and discussions on the role of blacksmithing during the American Revolution. The Blacksmith Collective is open to the public and runs from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are $8 in advance via storrowtonvillage.com (through 5/11/18 at 11:59pm) or $10 on the day of the event.

Hearing Clinic

The Southwick Senior Center will be holding a FREE hearing clinic by Avada Hearing, Wednesday May 16th, with appointments from 9:30-11:30. Please call 569-5498 to make one. Hearing aids may also be cleaned at this time.

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Annual Scholarship Awards Night

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is pleased to announce the 56th Annual Scholarship Awards Night to be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the Auditorium of the South Middle School.

Vendors, Crafters, and Tag Sale Participants Wanted!

Saturday, June 2nd, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Russell Council on Aging will host its Spring Festival. Sell your wares, have some fun, and make some money! Tables will be rented for $5.00 inside the Senior Center at 65 Main St., Russell, MA, and spaces are also available outside. A 12’ x 12’ space outside will cost $15.00; vendors will need to supply their own tables, and tents if desired. This is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be granted due to weather. Please send name, contact information, and payment to Russell COA, P.O. Box 407, Russell, MA 01071. Please call 413-862-6217 with further questions.

“Look Back” & “Little Red Schoolhouse” at Storrowton Village

Children in grades 1-5 dress in period clothing and experience what life was like for children in the 1800s. Each program offers a different experience through a variety of 19th century activities. One class daily; by appointment only. Throughout the school year (through June 8, 2018).  9:30am – 1:30pm Tuesdays & Wednesdays ONLY. Grades 1-5: $10 per student. Contact: Jackie Sullivan   413.205.5051.

Storrowton Sampler

Storrowton Sampler allows students to participate in 4 dynamic activities designed to stimulate their senses, and focuses on presenting them with a comprehensive view of the chores and activities experienced in the daily life of an average child in the 1800s. Learning is encouraged & enhanced through creative thinking, problem solving, visual, verbal & tactile skills, and folklore and oral history. Activities vary by season and may include any of the following: making a copybook & writing in it with a quill pen; dipping candles; cooking over an open hearth; exploring the Village during a scavenger hunt; and doing the laundry! Throughout the school year (through June 13, 2018). 9:30am – 12pm. $ 9 – By Appointment Only. Jackie Sullivan: 413.205.5051.

Huntington COA Travelers

Join the Huntington COA Travelers on June 14th for a fun-filled trip to Foxwoods Casino, & a delicious lobster clambake at Captain Jack’s in Wakefield, RI. We will depart from Huntington at 7:30 am and Westfield at 8:00 am by luxury Silver Fox Coach. First stop is to Foxwoods where many extras are included, such as $10 in Casino Slot Play & a Foxwoods Food Voucher which entitles everyone to the fabulous Festival Buffet, or a $10 Food Coupon for any other Foxwoods restaurant. At 2:30 pm, we’ll depart for nearby Rhode Island to Captain Jack’s Restaurant, overlooking a lovely scenic marsh, for a delicious lobster or prime rib dinner. Menu includes cup of clam chowder & three clam cakes, shrimp cocktail w/three shrimp, choice of 1-1/4 lb. whole boiled lobster or prime rib of beef, fresh vegetable, homemade apple crisp w/ice cream, rolls, butter & beverage. We guarantee you won’t be able to eat it all! We recommend you pick up some delicious, homemade baked goods available at their bakery counter, baked fresh daily by their own baker. This day trip is not to be missed. We went last year and enjoyed it tremendously. PP cost is $75.00. Contact Helen @ 413.512-5200, or Jen @ 413.512.5205. Payments are due by June 4, 2018.

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.

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.

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.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

St. John’s Lutheran Church Men’s group has organized a trip to see the Red Sox vs. the World Reigning Champion Huston Astros on Saturday September 8 for a 4:00PM game. The bus will leave St. John’s parking lot 60 Broad Street, Westfield at 11:45a.m. Cost person is $119.00. If you are interested please contact Gary Wolfe at 568-0325. If leaving a message on his answering machine, please give name, phone number and the number of tickets requested. Payment must be given at time of reservation. Seats fill up fast and they are first come first served call for more Information.

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]

 

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