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Westfield Bridge Club Results August 16, 2018

North/South
1st, Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton
2nd, Candy Pennington – Eileen Doherty
3rd, Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore
East/West
1st, Barbara Eddy – Tim Eddy
2nd, Ann Mello – Kathy Meyer
3rd, Ellie Siska – Betty Clare

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.

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.

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.

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: Denise at 413-579-7368 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 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]

Open Air/Open Mics to Resume in Park Square

The weekly Open Air/Open Mic series showcasing local performers will kick off on Tuesday, July 10th in Park Square in front of the Gazebo. Sign-ups will begin at 6:00pm and the music will start at 6:30pm. There will be a sound system for amplifying acoustic music. All ages are welcome, but performances require an instrument. Those who want to enjoy the variety of performers in this beautiful down-town setting are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Picnics are welcome, alcoholic beverages are prohibited. The event will be cancelled in the event of rain or a clear forecast of it. The series will be hosted by local musician Andy Gould (Andyhasabend) and it is being supported by funds from The City of Westfield and Artworks Westfield , Inc. For additional information contact: Andrew Gould @ 454-2177 or Tom Sawyer at 237-5563.

Overeaters Anonymous

Is food a problem for you? Are you obsessed with eating and body size? There is a solution! Please visit an Overeaters Anonymous Meeting held every Friday from 6 to 7pm and every Sunday from 3:30 to 4:30pm at the Southwick Congregational Church. 10/202 and Depot St. Southwick MA 01077. No dues or fees, no religious affiliations, no weighing and diets. Handicap accessible. Free parking. www.oawmass.org.

Overeaters Anonymous meeting

On Wednesday nights, downstairs at the Church of Atonement, men, women, and teens get together to help each other to stop hurting themselves with food. Food is fuel for the body; many of us eat because of what is eating us. We can promise a new approach to fueling our body. Please come join us in helping others help themselves.

The Wild Goose is coming to Sacred Heart Parish

The Wild Goose Bible Study, Discovering a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit featuring Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR. This is a study with no written homework, this is a study that is solely spirit filled; that will lead you to a place of mercy, healing, peace and presence. Along with the study we will have Praise and Worship Music Ministry to bring us further into prayerfulness; when we sing his praises, we are praying twice! The Wild Goose is a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been given to us to lead us to the heart of God. This study will take place on the second Monday of each month from 6:30 – 8:00pm in our Parish Center. You will have an opportunity for fellowship and light refreshments. There is no charge for this bible study and everyone is welcome to come. A free will offering would be graciously appreciated to offset any costs. Please contact our Pastoral Minister, Deb Briancesco with any questions at 786-8200 ext 3.

“Weight Watchers” Senior Center Group

Beginning in September, the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, will be the host site for a twelve-week Weight Watchers pilot program. Meetings will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $156, paid in advance, which averages $13 per session. Meetings consist of a weigh-in and discussion of a particular topic lead by the group facilitator. Weight Watchers products will also be available for purchase. If you have an interest in participating in such a group, please contact Senior Center Program Director, Mary Lou Niedzielski, at 562-6435.

Home Evaluation Offered

The Westfield Council On Aging and the Occupational Therapy Department at Springfield College will once again collaborate to offer a limited number of older adults in Westfield a unique home assessment opportunity. Pairs of students determine the level of safety and convenience in the home of their assigned older participant by conducting a home visit and an interview. The students address problem areas and make recommendations in a written report that is reviewed by the class professor, Dr. Joan Simmons. Participants receive a copy of the report so that they can implement any of the recommendations if they choose to do so. This is a wonderful opportunity for older adults with any mobility or sensory limitations to discover how they might function more easily and independently at home. If you would like to participate in this unique program or if you have questions, please call Tina Gorman or Fran Aguda at the Westfield Senior Center, 562-6435.

Celebrate Super Senior Sundays with WHCP

The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a non-profit, no-kill cat rescue is pleased to announce our Senior for Senior Sundays! During every Sunday in the month of August, all senior cats will have a reduced adoption donation of $25.00! Adoption hours are each Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA. WHCP is making an all out effort to find homes for our fabulous senior cats, who, regardless of age, are young at heart! All cats are current on veterinary care, fully vaccinated and come with a coupon for a free visit at Blandford Animal Hospital and supplies to make kitty feel right at home! Not a senior? Reduced adoption donations are available for cat lovers of all ages interested in one of our Super Seniors!

Also, WHCP is collecting gently used items for our upcoming fall tag sales Donations can be dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA. Monetary donations are always welcome, as are volunteers for these events. As you can imagine, the summer months have been especially draining on our resources and any and all donations are most appreciated. For more information, please email Denise at [email protected] Thank you for your support!

Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips for 2018/2019

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

Aug. 30 GLOUCESTER HOUSE LOBSTERBAKE $89

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

Sept. 27 MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER $59

Oct.16 NEWPORT DINNER TRAIN $78

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

Nov. 2-9 MUSIC CITIES OF AMERICA $2,425

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 SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE from $1379

$10 deposit due with sign up for day trips. 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.

Southwick Public Library’s Adult programs

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 Monday, 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.

Tuesdays on the Trail

Mayor Brian Sullivan and Andrea Allard from The Y will be our guests to start off the season. Come celebrate healthy lifestyles, the trail, and meet new people along the way. We will all start together at 6pm with the option to bicycle or walk. Choose your own distance and speed. Bicyclists ride to Shaker Farms trailhead and return. Walkers go about 1 mile and return. Meet at the Main Street trail ramp (near Stop & Shop).

Tuesdays on the Trail runs every Tuesday from July 10 thru August 28 at 6 pm and is organized by Friends of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail (FOCGRT). In case of weather concerns, please use your own judgment for personal safety. You can always wear your rain gear and join us for a walk in the rain! (When is the last time you jumped in a puddle?) Heavy storms cancel.

Contact for more information: Alice Flyte, 413-454-7822.

Southwick Public Library August Events

Teen Comedy Café—Laugh Out Loud at the Library! Phantom Sheep is presenting their hands-on workshop for teens teaching techniques and skills used by improvisers to think quickly, boost confidence and create hilarious scenes on the spot! Pizza is generously provided by Big Y Pizza Shop before the program so you can meet and catch up with classmates before school starts! Arrive at 5:40 for pizza and beverages before the comedy begins at 6. This is a free program for students entering 7-12th grade. This workshop will be held at Southwick Public Library on August 28th. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, call the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ext 3.

Downtown Live! Friday Night Concert Series Showcases Westfield Performers

The Downtown Live! Friday Night Concert Series, presented by Artworks Westfield, moves into second half of its summer long line-up with five bands comprised partially or wholly of Westfield performers.

On Aug. 24th Bill Curran, Doug Cotton and the rest of Whitaker Hill will bring good ol’ classic rock, expertly delivered, to the crowd. The Downtown Taste will be going on that evening and for the whole weekend, so food, fun and music will abound.

On Aug. 31st the summer long series comes to a close with Bernie Dion and his fantastic (mostly) family band, Whiskey Traveler. This band has established a reputation for tightness, excellent musicianship, and star quality vocals. The set list is mostly modern country with splashes of other contemporary genres.

Downtown Live! Friday Night Concert Series takes place each Friday evening through August 31st on Elm Street in downtown Westfield in the performance space adjacent to Mina’s Wine & Spirits. Come early, explore downtown Westfield and visit one of the many downtown eateries. Bring a chair, snacks and beverages, but please, no alcohol.

Stanley Park presents Carillon Concerts throughout the Summer Season

The Carillon concert for August will be presented on Sunday, August 19th from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Stanley Park’s Carilloneur will offer a variety of music from the Carillon Tower. Find a park bench, sit and enjoy the music as it drifts through the Park. For further information on the Carillon Concert program, go to www.stanleypark.org or call the Stanley Park office at 413-568-9312.

Events at Armbrook Village

Memory Chorus at Armbrook Village August 29, 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 August 29, 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.

Southwick Election Information

The Town Clerk’s Office will be open for Voter Registration on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 until 8:00pm. This is the final day to register to vote in the State Primary on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018. Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Clerk’s Office. Last day to obtain an application for absentee ballot is 5:00pm on Friday, August 31, 2018. On Thursday August 9, 2018, the Town Clerk will be testing the voting machines starting at 9:00am in the Town Clerk’s Office. The public is welcome to view the process. Daily hours to register are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday at the Town Clerk’s Office.

Upcoming Programs at WSPL

Ukulele Drop-In Sessions: Monday, August 13th and 27th 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 a few tunes each session. These sessions are free and open to the public.

The Science of the Paranormal – with Agawam Paranormal: Tuesday, August 21st from 6:00-7:30pm. In this presentation, the Agawam Paranormal team will discuss the scientific aspects of the paranormal and ghost hunting. The team will explain what goes into conducting an investigation, why they come to use those methods, and will show how “intent” can play a large part in the process. Members of the team will be available for questions.

The West Springfield Public Library is located at 200 Park Street. For more information, or to register for a program, visit the Library’s Adult Services Desk or call 413-736-4561 ext. 3.

Events at the Southwick Public Library

Back-to-School Craft for Kids Who Visit Southwick Public Library: Get ready for back-to-school when you make your own paper plate school bus or pen friend craft at Southwick Public Library during the week of August 27-31. Visit us in the Children’s Room to stylize these fun make-and-take creations. Materials will be available during our open hours.

Events at the Westfield Athenaeum

TOE JAM PUPPET BAND: August 24 at 11am. Mr. Tom and Mr. Vinny are back to entertain you with a unique combination of original songs, puppetry, storytelling, and just plain old good fun! All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Westfield Cultural Council.

WRITING WORKSHOP FOR TEENS: August 28, 2pm. Sign up at westath.org. Our YA Writing Workshops are open to students ages 12-18. Do you have an OTP (one true pairing) you know is the best? Then writing fanfiction is for you! Fanfiction is fiction about a fan’s favorite character, TV show, book, movie, etc. Professor Nielsen, an English Professor at Westfield State University, leads our writing workshops and welcomes teens to join in this fun, low-pressure class.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL: August 29th, 2-3:00pm. Kids who participated in the Summer Reading Club are invited to this fun party to celebrate the end of summer. Sign up at westath.org.

Events at Mount Tom

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 10:30a.m. LIFE AROUND THE LAKE. This week we will go in search for the AMPHIBIANS that live near Bray Lake. Amphibians are quite abundant around the lake so we should find a good variety of frogs, toads and salamanders. MEET AT BRAY LAKE.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 1:00 p.m. HIKE THE D.O.C. TRAIL. This 1 ½ to 2 hour hike will travel along the D.O.C. Trail to Whiting Peak. The terrain will be easy to moderate and the pace will be moderate as we explore the natural wonders of this less used trail. Bring bug spray.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 10:30 a.m. BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS. This one hour program helps beginners to learn the basics of birding. The use of bird guides, lists and binoculars will be discussed in order to learn about the local feathered inhabitants of Mt. Tom.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 19, 1:00 p.m. SUNDAY AFTERNOON FAMILY PROGRAM. This week’s program is titled “THE MICRO WORLD OF MT. TOM. This program will take a close look at the small goings on of the Mt. Tom area. With the use of magnifying glasses we will get down to the tiny world of nature that most never see or even know it exists.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 10:30 a.m. TRAIL KIDS. Children ages 7-9 can learn how to be a naturalist/ park ranger through this program of discovery and exploration. For 4 Mondays in August a different habitat will be explored each week. Children will learn what each habitat is comprised of and who and what lives there and why.

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1:00 p.m. ADVANCED HIKE FOR SENIORS. Senior and others who want more of a challenging hike can join in on this one-two hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails. The hike on these trails will be at a slower pace to accommodate this age bracket. Bring water.

These programs are sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and are free and open to the public. For more information please call 527-4805. Mt. Tom State Reservation is located on the Holyoke/Easthampton, MA. line with entrances on Rts. 5 and 141. UNLESS NOTED ALL PROGRAMS START AT THE STONE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER WHICH IS ABOUT 2 MILES FROM EITHER ENTRANCE. There is a FIVE dollar per car fee on weekends and holidays.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Massachusetts 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

NAMI-Western Massachusetts is pleased to announce its 2nd Annual Golf Tournament to be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Westover Golf Course, 181 South Street, Granby MA 01033. Along with the tournament there will be raffles, a hole-in-one prize and a lunch reception. This fund-raiser is intended to provide NAMI-Western Massachusetts with the means to continue its programs of education, advocacy and support. With your help we can stop the stigma that goes along with having a mental illness.

One in five people in the United States suffer with a mental health condition. NAMI-Western Massachusetts, headquartered in Agawam, is an affiliate of the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness. With free support groups, educational programming, and advocacy, NAMI-WM advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all those in need.

FREE WRWA FLYFISHING CLINIC

The Westfield River Watershed Association (WRWA) and the Western Mass. Fly Fishermen will offer a free, Introduction to Fly Fishing clinic Saturday, August 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The clinic will take place on Route 20 in Huntington, Mass., in the turnout on the Westfield River, across from the Huntington Health Center. Children are welcome with the supervision of an adult at this family-friendly event.

In addition to fly fishing activities, a biologist will be on hand to net insects from the river and help participants learn to identify them under microscopes. There will be a portable toilet on site. The clinic will be held rain or shine, barring extremely stormy weather.

The Westfield River Watershed Association was established in 1953 to protect and improve the natural resources of the watershed, as well as to expand recreational and other land use opportunities for people’s enjoyment and for sound ecology. To learn more, call Bill Rose of the WRWA at 413-786-0195 or visit www.westfieldriver.org.

11th Annual Elsie Osman & Esther Cressotti Cancer Awareness Memorial Golf Tournament

All proceeds go to cancer research for a cure at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, sponsored by the Jimmy Fund. The event will take place on August 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm (shotgun start/best ball) at the East Mountain Country Club, E Mountain Rd, Westfield. Cost is $90.00 per player, or $360.00 for a foursome. Includes 18 holes with a cart, as well as lunch and dinner (steak or swordfish). First prize will be awarded to the foursome with the lowest score; other prizes will be awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin, etc. There will be three holes in ones with great prizes. Many other great prizes will be raffled off after dinner. Please contact Leah Cressotti at 413-562-1417 for questions and payment information. The deadline is August 19.

Western MA Amputee Golf Open

Shaker Farms Country Club is hosting the 2018 Western Mass Amputee Golf Open, on August 19th, 2018 at 1:00pm. The cost which includes an 18 hole scramble, cart, lunch, and dinner buffet is $90 per golfer, and $45 per Amputee. The tournament is open to the public and you do not have to be an amputee to participate. Proceeds will benefit The United States Adaptive Golf Alliance, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Eastern Amputee Golf Association.

Westfield Homeless Cat Project Food Drive

The Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a non-profit, no-kill cat rescue is filled to the brim with cats and kittens and is in dire need of monetary donations and supplies–especially Friskies and Fancy Feast canned food. Additionally, WHCP will be conducting food drives at Wal-Mart, 141 Springfield Road, Westfield, MA on August 19, 2018 and September 2, 2018 from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Volunteers for these events are welcomed. For more information about the food drives, please contact Lauren at [email protected] Donations can also be sent to or dropped off at 1124 East Mountain Road, Westfield, MA at any time and we also have a wish list online at www.amazon.com. Over the past few months, WHCP has assisted multiples of cats and kittens in need of urgent veterinary and foster care and our resources are nearly exhausted. Please contact Denise at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you for your support!

THE ANNUAL BAVARIANFEST

Join Our lady of the Lake Church at 224 Sheep Pasture Rd, Southwick Sunday AUGUST 19th from 12:30 – 4:30 PM: Our annual taste of Germany; it is a delightful event for all ages; Kastle Korner for kids, crafts and games. Bavarian and conventional foods and drink are available. Donations are $2 per person, children to age 17 free, food and beverages sold separately. Raffle tickets will be available after Masses. First prize $500; second prize $150; third prize $50 gas card. The cost of raffle tickets are: $4 per ticket or 3 for $10. The raffle drawing will be on August 19; you need not be present to win.

August “All Call!” Fitness Classes at the Westfield Senior Center

Fitness instructor Greg Hannum’s “Male Call!” fitness class at the Westfield Senior Center has become so popular that many women have asked about joining the fun. During the last two weeks of August, everyone, men and women, will have the opportunity to do just that! During the weeks of August 20 to 24 and 27 to 31, while many of the Senior Center fitness instructors will be on vacation, Greg will offer four August “All Call!” drop-in fitness classes. These classes will be coed and anyone is welcome to try them out. “All Call!” is a general fitness class exclusively for older adults and is $5 on a pay-as-you-go basis. Drop-in classes will be offered Tuesday, August 21; Thursday, August 23; Tuesday, August 28; and Thursday, August 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. No advance registration is necessary. The Westfield Senior Center is located at 45 Noble Street.

The American Red Cross Brings Smoke Free Alarms to Southwick

The American Red Cross announced today that their national Home Fire Campaign is partnering with the Southwick Fire Department to install free smoke alarms in area residences on August 28, 2018. Teams consisting of a Red Cross Volunteer and a Firefighter will visit pre-registered Southwick homes to install free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as educate the homeowner on fire safety and emergency preparedness. The campaign will kick off at the Southwick Fire Department at 9:00 am on August 28, 2018.

Southwick residents wishing to participate should meet the following criteria: 1. The home was built prior to 1975; 2. Current alarms are more than 10 years old.

To register, please contact the Southwick Fire Department at 413-813-8067 before August 21. The goal of this campaign in Southwick and across the country is to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25% over the next four years.

Fall Sports Sign-Ups Underway

Online sign-ups for fall sports at Gateway Regional High School are now open on the Gateway website. Any Gateway student entering grades 6 – 12 who wishes to play boys or girls soccer, or run with the boys or girls cross-country teams, should sign up now. The link to register for Fall Sports is on the home page of the Gateway website (www.grsd.org) under “Quick Links”.

Tryouts have been scheduled for all teams, beginning Thursday, August 23. Boys and girls cross country runners should report to the school for tryouts from 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Boys’ soccer tryouts will be 8 – 10 a.m. and 3- 5 p.m. on both days. Girls’ soccer tryouts will be 9 – 11 a.m. and 5 – 7:15 p.m. on both days. Tryouts and practices beyond those dates will be announced by the coaches.

Athletes are asked to complete a brief sports survey (also located on the Gateway homepage) to determine interest in winter and spring sports seasons.

Westfield High School freshman orientation

On August 23, 2018, from 9-11 am, the Teachers, Guidance and Administration of Westfield High school invite all incoming freshman and their parents to join us for an orientation. During this time parents will have an opportunity to hear about available staff and services, graduation requirements, athletic requirements, and daily schedules, just to name a few. There will also be a Q&A time to answer questions. The students will receive their schedules and locker information, go on tours, identify their lockers and where their classes are and talk with upperclassmen about all things Westfield High. We will culminate the event with an ice cream social. Any questions about orientation should be directed to [email protected]

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.

Events at Mount Tom

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 10:30a.m. SENIOR HIKE. Seniors can join in on this easy paced one hour hike. The terrain will be mostly easy and the nature talk will be abundant. Bring water and bug spray.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2:00 p.m. Explorers Club. All children ages 9-14 can learn about the basics of map reading, different terrains and habitats through this 1-2 hour hiking program. Bring water and bug spray.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 10:30a.m. LIFE AROUND THE LAKE. This week we will go in search for the WILDFLOWERS that live around the Bray Lake area. We will discuss which ones are still blooming and the ones who have met their end. MEET AT BRAY LAKE.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 1:00 p.m. HIKE THE QUARRY TRAIL. This 1 to 1 1/2 hour hike will travel on the Quarry Trail to a view of an old quarry. The terrain will be easy to moderate and the pace will be moderate as we talk about rocks and quarrying past and present. Bring bug spray.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 10:30 a.m. BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS. This one hour program helps beginners to learn the basics of birding. The use of bird guides, lists and binoculars will be discussed in order to learn about the local feathered inhabitants of Mt. Tom.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 1:00 p.m. SUNDAY AFTERNOON FAMILY PROGRAM. This week’s program is titled “ALL KINDS OF FROGS” This program will look in ponds and other bodies of water for these vital amphibians. Maybe we’ll see a Leopard (frog) or a Pickerel (frog) or even a Bull (frog) or a Tree (frog). All kinds of frogs are waiting for us.

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 10:30 a.m. TRAIL KIDS. Children ages 7-9 can learn how to be a naturalist/ park ranger through this program of discovery and exploration. For 4 Mondays in August a different habitat will be explored each week. Children will learn what each habitat is comprised of and who and what lives there and why.

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 1:00 p.m. ADVANCED HIKE FOR SENIORS. Senior and others who want more of a challenging hike can join in on this one-two hour hike up one of the more strenuous trails. The hike on these trails will be at a slower pace to accommodate this age bracket. Bring water.

These programs are sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and are free and open to the public. For more information please call 527-4805. Mt. Tom State Reservation is located on the Holyoke/Easthampton, MA. line with entrances on Rts. 5 and 141. UNLESS NOTED ALL PROGRAMS START AT THE STONE HOUSE VISITOR CENTER WHICH IS ABOUT 2 MILES FROM EITHER ENTRANCE. There is a FIVE dollar per car fee on weekends and holidays.

Westfield State holds third annual farm-to-table fundraising dinner

The Westfield State University Department of Communication will hold a farm-to-table dinner on Sunday, August 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the grounds of the Horace Mann Center located at 333 Western Avenue in Westfield.

Titled “Dinner at Henry’s Garden,” the event honors the late Dr. Henry Wefing, professor emeritus of communication, who served the University for 30 years. Proceeds will benefit the Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship, which has been awarded annually since 2016.

The menu will feature locally-sourced ingredients. Menu options include eggplant rollatini, BLT deviled eggs, and braised beef tostadas for appetizers; grilled chicken with peaches or leg of lamb with chimichurri sauce for dinner; and cornmeal shortcakes with mixed berries and stone fruit for dessert.

Diners will be seated for dinner next to the garden Dr. Wefing planted in 2007. He used to donate the produce to the Westfield Food Pantry. Today, the garden is maintained by volunteers, including faculty, staff and students.

At the event, sponsored by the Westfield News Group, food will be prepared by Westfield State Dining Services Executive Chef Mary Reilly, a gold medalist in a recent American Culinary Federation-sanctioned culinary competition. She is a frequent guest on WWLP’s Mass Appeal, the publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley and the co-author of Home Sausage Making (Storey Press, 2017). A portion of the dinner will be prepared outside on site and Reilly will be available to meet guests, answer questions, and discuss the food and the importance of using locally-sourced ingredients.

The event aligns with the University’s commitment to provide local, sustainable food to its campus community. In 2016, Westfield State launched a self-operating dining services system based on a farm-to-fork model. Today, Westfield State Dining Services partner with more than 30 local farmers and food producers.

Dinner tickets are $45 and must be purchase in advance, as seating is limited and last year’s dinner sold out quickly. To purchase tickets or view the full menu, visit www.westfieldalumni.org/farmtotable. For more information or to discuss dietary needs, contact Suzanne Boniface, adjunct professor of communication at 413-478-2652 or [email protected]

Wood Badge Reunion to Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Wood Badge alumni and their guests are invited to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the first American course at a reunion picnic on Sunday, August 26.  The picnic will be from 1 to 5 PM at the Horace Moses Scout Reservation in Russell, MA.

Wood Badge is an advanced leadership and management course that includes 6 full days of instruction and practice followed by completion of agreed to goals utilizing skills learned over several months.  Topics covered are the same as trainings many local companies invest in for their employees.

The Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America expects alumni who completed their Wood Badge training both in western Massachusetts and in other councils to come “Back to Gilwell” to enjoy historical exhibits and look back at this important Scouting training program.

Gilwell, England, was where the first Wood Badge training was held in 1919, and where several traditions used around the world today originated.  When Wood Badge requirements that include practical application of leadership and management skills are completed a taupe neckerchief with McLaren tartan patch, a leather woggle, and 2 wooden beads are presented.  These are the same recognition used in 1919.

The first course in the United States ran from July 31 to August 8 in 1948 at the Schiff Scout Reservation in northern New Jersey.  Since then, the course materials have evolved and today are focused on modern leadership and management skills.  The core skills and delivery methods are also used in the week long “National Youth Leadership Training” (NYLT) for Scout, Venturer, and Explorer youth registered in those Boy Scouts of America programs.

The Western Massachusetts Council will offer Wood Badge again in October 2019 and NYLT is offered every July. Information on both can be found at www.wmascouting.org. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased on-line at www.wmascouting.org/WBAnniversary or in person at Western Massachusetts Council offices in Westfield and Pittsfield.

Westfield Community Education Program Celebrating 10 years

Westfield Community Education Program–an anti-poverty initiative of Domus Inc, is a provider of free HiSET/GED Preparation classes, Computer Literacy Classes and Workforce Development classes. We are pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary on August 27th at 5:30pm at the Westfield Athenaeum in the Lang Auditorium. The public is invited to come and hear about this valuable program, its successes and the committed community support that we have been a recipient of since 2008. Immediately following our presentation, registration for our Fall 2018 HiSET/GED classes will take place. Be prepared to fill out registration paperwork and take 2 assessment tests. Please call 413-336-3100 with any questions.

Westfield Community Education Program Free HiSET/GED Preparation classes to return to the Westfield Athenaeum

Our free HiSET/GED preparation classes will be returning to the? Westfield Athenaeum this September for our Fall 2018 session. Classes have been held at Western MA Hospital while the Athenaeum underwent renovations. Registration for HIiSET/GED classes will be held on August 27th at 5:30pm in the Lang Auditorium at the Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street in Westfield. Please call 413.336.3100 for more info.

Sisters of St. Joseph to Host 22nd Annual Golf Classic

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will host their 22nd annual golf tournament to benefit the care of retired Sisters on Monday, August 27 at the Springfield Country Club, 1375 Elm Street in West Springfield. The tournament begins at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun starts. Media is invited to visit 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Please see Alta Stark or Sr. Eleanor Harrington upon arrival).The Golf Classic, which raised just under $50,000 for SSJ last year, will attract nearly 200 golfers and is supported by more than 80 local businesses and organizations. The event includes two flights of golf (morning and afternoon), a continental breakfast, barbeque luncheon, and buffet dinner awards ceremony featuring a silent auction and raffle. Prizes will be awarded to the top three foursomes as well as the longest drive, straightest drive, and for the shot closest to the pin on two holes. There are also three hole-in-one prizes of a Teddy Bear spa from Teddy Bear Pools & Spas, and a car, truck or other from the Balise Automotive Group and Central Chevrolet. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Southwick Senior Center Trips

Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, Simsbury CT. Browse the Bridge of Flowers, Thursday August 30, 2018. Leave the Center at 10:00 am; limited seating. We will order cold lunch from Fitzgerald’s Food. You can choose any type sandwich or wrap; includes chips, cookie & water. Cost is $10.00.

Northfield Mountain Cruise on the Quinnetukut II, Friday September 14, 2018. Leave the Center at 9:15 am. Cost is $16.00 per person. Boat departs at 11:00 am. We will stop for lunch at The Four Leaf Clover (at your own expense).

New England Accordion in Canaan, CT. Friday October 5, 2018. Leave Center at 10:45 am. Cost is $3.00. Meal from Pop’s Diner. Sign up & money due, Oct. 5, 2018.

Berkshire Scenic Railroad Museum, Adams, MA. Date: Saturday October 13, 2018; leave Center at 8:00 am. Cost is $15.00. Sign up ASAP; tickets need to be purchased in advance as the train sells out fast due to foliage season. Call 413-569-5498 to sign up for any of these events.

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.

Street Focus Photography Exhibit on Display at the Agawam Public Library

The Agawam Library is pleased to exhibit the work of South Hadley photographer Fred LeBlanc during the month of August. Street Focus documents the “world as it happens around me – almost like I’m an invisible observer”, states the artist. This special style of photography is Fred’s way of seeing and experiencing life as it happens. Fred’s unique black and white style depicts everyday moments without interrupting them and captures a once-in-a-lifetime moment as it unfolds.

Fred has worked as a professional, commercial, corporate and editorial photographer for over thirty years. His award-winning photos have been in museums, libraries and juried art shows. They have been published on calendars, posters, postcards and books. Fred is a member of the Springfield Photographic Society and has presented to camera clubs throughout New England. As a way of giving back to his profession, Fred teaches the Art of Digital Photography in his print studio in South Hadley, and at Greenfield Community College. His current photographic projects include documenting Maine’s historic windjammer fleet, the natural wonders of the New England landscape and rural street life. For more information, please visit http://fredleblancphotography.com.

Visitors are welcome at the Agawam Public Library during regular open hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please contact Adult Services Librarian, Cher Collins at (413) 789-1550 X8851 or [email protected] if you are interested in displaying artwork at the library.

Cardio at the Westfield YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering the fastest growing group fitness phenomenon inspired by the sweat-dripping, infectious, energizing fun of drumming! POUND is a full body cardio jam session championed by fitness rebels around the world. Pound is the brainchild of Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, California-based former drummers who set out to fuse conditioning moves and cardio interval training with the distracting fun of drumming. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, POUND® provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to all abilities. Sweat, Sculpt, & ROCK with POUND at the YMCA beginning in September on Thursdays 6:30PM and Saturdays at 9:15AM. For more info, contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, 413-568-8631 or email: [email protected]

WHIP CITY TRAVELERS

Sept 4: Block Island – $110

Sept 5: Mohegan Sun – $25 due at sign up

Sept 27: Big E – bus and entrance – $20 at sign up

Oct 9: Newburyport – lobster roll, cruise, museum – $110

Oct 10: Foxwoods – $25 due at sign up

For more info or sign up, visit us at the Senior Center: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am – 12 pm.

Westfield Creative Arts: New Classes for Fall

Westfield Creative Arts is excited to announce is Fall Session beginning on Tuesday September 4. In addition to our quilting, intermediate acrylics, watercolor, writing and photography classes, we have expanded our adult curriculum to include autumn gourd design, traditional quilting, the fundamentals of sewing, knitting and crochet, a beginner acrylics class, and more! We also offer several classes for young artists, including drawing and watercolor and new this fall, crocheting a Balayage scarf! 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.

Book Discussion at the Huntington Public Library

The Huntington Council on Aging is sponsoring a town-wide discussion on a best-selling, thought-provoking book. Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande considers making later life preparations for living older adult years where and how people choose. Ways individuals can think and talk with family, friends, and neighbors about their desires for the coming years of their lives will be discussed. Discussions will be held for four weeks starting on Thursday, September 6 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Huntington Public Library located at 7 East Main Street in Huntington and everyone is welcome to attend. For those who do not like to read, Dr. Atul Gawande can be seen on Frontline: Being Mortal, a 2015 PBS documentary on DVD or online at www.pbs.org. Dr. Gawande’s compelling show argues for better care for all. Other interviews can be found on the internet as well. For more information about the discussion group or to register, call the Huntington COA at 413-512-5205.

“My Life, My Health” Workshop Series at the Westfield Senior Center

Beginning in September, the Westfield Senior Center, 45 Noble Street, will be the host site for a six-week workshop series on chronic disease self-management entitled, My Life, My Health. This unique program is designed for older adults who struggle daily with chronic conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, cancer, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and others. People with chronic health conditions face challenges every day. They must manage their medical condition and also maintain their ability to complete the simple everyday tasks that most people take for granted. Simultaneously, they often have to deal with the frustration, anger, and depression that may accompany any chronic health problem. Workshop participants will learn how to manage all aspects of their chronic conditions including how to eat well, control pain, begin and maintain an exercise program, manage stress, and increase energy levels. The workshops will be held on Thursdays September 6, 13, 20, 27 and October 4 and 11 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There is no charge for participation in the series and all materials will be supplied. Advance registration is necessary because space is limited. For more information or to sign up for the series, please call the Senior Center at 562-6435.

Genesis Spiritual Life Center’s 19th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event

Join old friends and make new ones at Genesis’ 19th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event on Friday, September 7, 6:00 – 8:30pm—our tastiest fundraiser! This evening social will provide wine and beer tastings as well as “mocktails”, non-alcoholic beverage selections, paired with delicious hors d’oeuvres, accompanied by live jazz by The Eric Bascom Trio. Held inside the historic Carriage House and on the grounds of Providence Arboretum, 53 Mill St., Westfield, with raffle and auction items donated by generous businesses and friends of Genesis. This year, Live Auction items include a 4-Hour Afternoon Cruise out of Gloucester, for four; a Demo-dinner Cooking Class for Two at Good Stock Farm; art by Marion Honors, CSJ; and a weekend on a lake in New Hampshire. Individual tickets: $40 available online at GenesisSpiritualCenter.org, in person, or by calling the Genesis office at 413-562-3627.

 “Go for the Gold at Stanley Park!”

Stanley Park, 400 Western Avenue, Westfield, is excited to announce that special guest and Olympic Gold Medalist, Kacey Bellamy will be speaking at the annual fundraising event “Go for the Gold at Stanley Park” on September 8, 2018.

Go for the Gold at Stanley Park will begin at 5 pm in the Beveridge Pavilion. The program includes surprise guests to sing the national anthem, a gymnastic exhibition from Roots Gymnastic Center, remarks from Kacey as well as photo and autograph opportunities with her and of course the live and silent auctions. The event will once again be catered by Log Rolling Catering from the Delaney House.

For more information about the event please visit www.stanleypark.org or find us on Facebook, Stanley Park Annual Fundraiser. Tickets are $45 per person and must be purchased in advance. To reserve your tickets please contact the park at 413-568-9312, ext. 108 or ext. 100.

CHESTER STATION PRESENTS “RAILYARD RASCALS”

The Chester Railway Museum, 10 Prospect St., Chester, MA, will present a multi-media program, “Railyard Rascals; Life of the American Hobo”, on Saturday, Sept 8, from noon to 8 PM. The program will have something for all ages including music, folklore, demonstrations and re-enactments.

Dennis Picard and his living history troupe will stage the events. Picard counts Old Sturbridge Village, Hancock Shaker Village, Storrowton Village where he was Director and Westfield State University among the institutions where he has perfected his historic interpretation skills over 40+ years.

The day’s activities will culminate with a showing of “Emperor of the North”, starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, at 6 PM. This film has been acclaimed as one of the most accurate portrayals of ‘life on the road’ ever produced. Refreshments will be available throughout the event. A donation of $5.00 per person is suggested; children under 12 free.

Dozynki—Polish Harvest Festival

St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church in Westfield, MA will hold its annual Dozynki—Polish Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 9, 2018. The festival will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the parish social center and parish grounds, Main Street and Clinton Avenue, Westfield, MA. The Harvest Wreath, which will be blessed during the 8:00 am Mass that morning, will be carried in procession to the festival at 2:00 pm. A Dozynki program, highlighted by members of the St. Joseph’s Dozynki Dancers will perform traditional Polish folk dances. Polish music will be played during the duration of the festival.

Our 2018 program will also include games for children and youth as well as the adults. New food additions and other surprises will be added to this year’s format.

The Dozynki Kitchen will be open from noon until closing. Of course, we will have the Polish favorites—pierogi (both cheese and cabbage), golabki, kapusta, kielbasa, etc.—as well as American foods. There is no admission charge and the public is cordially invited.

We celebrate Dozynki, a Polish Harvest Festival of Thanksgiving, and we are reminded of the old Polish traditions concerning the feast. A wreath, called either wieniec or snop, is blessed by the priest on that day. Women of the parish will prepare and decorate the mound-shaped wreath, which is made of many kinds of grain, herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables and is adorned with red and white ribbons. Two carriers, who represent the peasants, will bring the wreath to the festival and present it to all in attendance. Now that the harvest work is over, the dancing and feasting begin. Dozynki is a festival of praise and thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father for the goodness He has given us and it is a time to enjoy these gifts that He has given.

The St. Joseph’s Dozynki Dancers is a group of young people from St. Joseph’s Parish in Westfield. Mr. Trent Taylor, Chairman of the Parish Committee, and Very Rev. Joseph Soltysiak, pastor, extend a most cordial invitation to all to attend this year’s Dozynki. We assure you that you will have a most enjoyable family time.

CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars Monthly Meeting

The next monthly meeting of the CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars will be held on Monday, September 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Faculty Cafeteria at South Middle School. New members always welcome!

YMCA of Greater Westfield to Offer LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being initiative that helps people affected by cancer reach their holistic health goals. This free 12 week exercise program will be on Tuesdays & Thursday, 2:30PM-4:00PM beginning September 11th. Registration and medical clearance form is required.

As part of LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, the Y engages cancer survivors through an approach that focuses on the whole person. Participants work with trained Y staff to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. In addition to physical benefits, the program also focuses on the emotional well-being of survivors by providing a supportive community environment where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment and beyond. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, 413-568-8631 or email: [email protected]

Trip to the Southwick Food Pantry

The Southwick Senior Center volunteer van will be going to the Southwick Food Pantry September 12th and September 26th 2:00pm to 3:30pm. If you are a senior and would like a ride, please call the center at 569-5498.

Westfield Community Education Program

Do you need help developing a cover letter and resume? Do you know the best online job sites to search for employment? Do you know how to attach your documents to online job sites? If you need help with any of these, Westfield Community Education Program can help! From September 13-October 4, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm on Thursdays, at 128 East Mountain Rd. in Westfield, Clark Tech Lab on the campus of Western Ma Hospital. Classes are free and open to the public; you must be at least 18 years old OR a current student of Westfield Community Education Program. Please call Westfield Community Education Program at (413) 336-3100 to sign up. Limited seating is available!

Southwick Senior Center Trips

Northfield Mount River Boat, September 14, 2018. Leave the center at 9:15am. Cost is $16.00. Stop for lunch after boat at The Four Leaf Clover (at your own expense).

Schola Nova Open Auditions

Singers come one, come all! Schola Nova, under the direction of Terry Larsen, will hold auditions for section openings during their weekly rehearsals on September 14 and 21 from 7-9 pm at LarGo Voce Music Studio, 35 Pleasant St Room 8, Easthampton, MA 01027. Come prepared to join in the rehearsal. You will be asked to do some sight-reading, sing rehearsed music in a four-part quartet, and please bring with you a short a capella piece to perform for the audition. For more information on Schola Nova, please visit our website at scholanova.org.

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.

Self-Defense at the Westfield YMCA

Awareness, Safety and Protect: Self-Defense Series at the YMCA of Greater Westfield will consist of three Saturday mornings. Each Saturday you will get workouts that will maximum physical efficiency and self-confidence to help deal with a variety of situations. You will learn how to quickly disable an attacker and learn how to take advantage of time and space. You will learn various stances, striking motions, kicks, choke holds, and other defense techniques to help protect yourself. Learn to prepare for the unexpected! The instructor, Catlin McCue, is a certified R.A.D. (rape aggression defense) instructor. This program is based on realistic self-defense tactics taught for woman only. The Saturday dates are September 15th, 22nd, & 29th from 10:30AM to 12PM. Girls aged 14 and 15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more info, contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, 413-568-8631 or email: [email protected]

Holy Trinity Fall Festival

Holy Trinity Parish will be holding its Fall Festival on Sunday, September 16th, 2018, 12 noon to 5 pm at Pilsudski Park, 200 Old County Rd., Holyoke, MA. (Old County Rd. is off North Rd. Westfield, opposite the end of E. Mountain Rd. The Park is on the right hand side 1.3 miles from the light.) The day will begin with Mass celebrated at 10:30 am.

The Festival will feature a Polish Kitchen serving the popular Polish Plate with pierogi, golumbki, kielbasa and kapusta. You may also purchase orders separately. The American Kitchen will serve hot dogs, hamburgers & kielbasa grinders. Take-out orders will be available starting at noon. Our bake sale will have delicious homemade pastries.

Our festival will include Bingo, Straw Booth, games of chance, a Chinese Raffle, plus a 50/50 Raffle. There will be children’s games, activities and a Bounce House. Our Grand Raffle has 10 money prizes worth a total of $2,000 with the first prize being $1,000. Tickets are $1 each or a book of 6 tickets for $5. Raffle tickets can be obtained in advance at the parish office during office hours and at the Festival. The drawing will be at the Festival.

For your listening and dancing pleasure The Great “Mark VI Band” will provide Polish & American music from 1 to 5 pm in the ballroom. The Festival is open to the public with free admission & parking, held rain or shine. New this year is handicap golf cart transportation from parking to festival. Come for good food and a fun time. For more information call the Parish Office, Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm at 568-1506 or email at [email protected] We hope to see you there.

Annual Steak Roast at the Southwick Rotary Club

Ray Fox, President of the Southwick Rotary Club, announced that the plans for the steak roast are now in place. The experience is unique as everyone joins around the open grill to cook his/her steak while enjoying the camaraderie. The roast will be held at the VFW Post 872, 151 Point Grove Road, Southwick, on September 19 starting at 6:00 p.m. Fox also said that the grounds at the VFW include a play yard for children, and horse shoe pits for those who chose to play a game or two. The menu includes steaks and burgers along with a baked potato, salad, corn-on-the-cob, desert and refreshments (cash bar). Live entertainment and a raffle will be provided. Tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance. The Club will also salute our community first responders – Police, Fire and SEMA. Tickets may be purchased from Rotarian Bob Fox at 413-579-4585 or any member of the Southwick Rotary Club. Proceeds from the event will support youth and community projects.

September Computer Class at WSPL

Registration is open for: Laptop Basics Class, Tuesday, September 25th and October 2nd from 6:00-7:30pm. Are you not quite comfortable using your laptop computer? This hands-on class is designed for those with limited or no experience, and will help you become more familiar with not only your laptop, but with computers in general. This class is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Students must be able to attend both sessions. Students will need to bring their Windows or Mac laptop for the class. This program is 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.

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]

Craft Fair Vendors Wanted

The Heritage Hall Campus in Agawam is looking for vendors for its annual Holiday Bazaar & Craft Fair taking place on Saturday, November 3rd from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm. Each space is $25. If interested please call Nicole Wallace at 413-789-8332 or email [email protected]

Huntington COA Travelers: “Buddy & Beyond” show

Join the Huntington COA Travelers on November 13th for the “Buddy & Beyond” show at the Knights of Columbus Castle in Chicopee. You’ll go back in time to enjoy a tribute to the music of the legends of Rock ‘n Roll beginning with Johnny’s uncanny portrayal of the late Buddy Holly and leading up to the legendary Jerry Lee Lewis, Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, and many more. Cost is $44 and includes the show and a delicious roasted salmon or sliced sirloin of beef luncheon. This is a self-drive trip. Some transportation is being made available for the hilltowns of Huntington, Blandford, Chester, Russell & Montgomery by van provided by the Franklin Regional Transportation Authority (limited seating & pre-qualification is required). Trip is open to anyone who would like to go. Payment is due by October 29, 2018. Call Huntington COA: Helen at (413) 512-5200 or Jen at (413) 512-5205 for reservations.

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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