Westfield Bridge Club Results March 22, 2018
1 Dorothy Kowaleski – Judy Fiore
2 Ann Mello – Eileen Doherty
3 Vi Martinell – Cindy Fullerton
1 Jen Flagg – Sue Labucki
2 Stephanie Bulgier – Pat Krauss
3 Fran Slasienski – Beth Cutting
Duplicate bridge is played every Thursday afternoon from 12:45 to 4:15 at the American Inn in Southwick. All players are welcome.
Southwick Annual Census & Dog License Due
The annual census were mailed out last week to Southwick residents. If you have not received your census please help with cost savings and print the form @ www.southwickma.org under the Town Clerk’s page. The census we do not get back, the town has to mail a second time. Failure to sign the census will also require us to send back. Please note, failure to fill out a census will put you on an inactive voting list if you are registered to vote.
As a reminder, you can renew your 2018 dog license through the census forms by sending a self-address stamped envelope and all required information stated on the back of the census form.
The Town Clerk’s Office is available 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
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 2-4:30pm – Whether 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 Full Day PreK Survey
A survey has been mailed to all known families living in a Gateway member town (Blandford, Chester, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery or Russell) to see if there is interest in a tuition-based, full day Preschool program. All known families of children aged 3 and 4 were mailed a survey, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
An online version of the survey is also available on the Gateway website (www.grsd.org). Please look for “PreK Survey” in the yellow buttons marked “quicklinks”. If you have not returned the written survey, or if you did not receive a paper survey in the mail, please take the online survey (one per family, please).
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.
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.
STCC accepting applications for STEM Week
Middle school and high school students in Springfield can register for the second annual STEM Week at Springfield Technical Community College, a free camp during spring break, April 17-20. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning in March. To apply, please contact Marta Burgos at (413) 755-5424.
Friends of Agawam Senior Center Trips for 2018
March 26 MOHEGAN SUN CASINO (payment due with reservation) $25
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
SENATOR HUMASON ANNOUNCES MARCH OFFICE HOURS
State Senator Don Humason announced today that he will be holding public office hours during March in cities and towns throughout the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District. Senator Humason or his staff will be available at public office hours on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 28, 2018—Southwick Public Library, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, 95 Feeding Hills Road, Southwick, MA 01077.
Thursday, March 29, 2018—Grace Hall Memorial Library, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, 161 Main Road, Montgomery, MA 01085.
Friday, March 30, 2018—Russell Public Library, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, 162 Main Street, Russell, MA 01071.
All are welcome to visit and share their thoughts or concerns about state matters with Senator Humason and his staff. In addition to office hours throughout the district, Senator Humason and staff are also available to meet with constituents at the Senator’s district office, located at 64 Noble Street in Westfield. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead is recommended. Senator Humason’s District Office staff can be reached at (413) 568-1366. Staff in his Boston Office can be reached at (617) 722-1415 for legislative matters. Senator Humason’s email address is [email protected]
Improve your golf game off the field!
Beyond the golf lessons, practices and golf equipment, there are specific skills that need to be honed to play a proficient game of golf. Good golfers develop flexibility, strength, power, body awareness and core stability. This golf exercise program will work on developing stronger muscles and bones for the entire body with additional focus on the core. A simple, safe, and short routine will accomplish this task. This strength training program will be taught by Karen Saczawa a certified personal trainer. This is a small group personal training class for golfers, offered at the Westfield Y’s Functional training room. Don’t neglect one important aspect of your game: your physical abilities. The class will meet Tues. & Thurs., 10:30AM-11:15AM for the Month of March. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, at the Westfield YMCA, P. 413.568.8631 E. [email protected]
Greater Westfield Community Band Rehersals
The Greater Westfield Community Band will begin rehearsals for its spring concert and we invite all local musicians over the age of 18 to join us, whether you have played with us previously or are looking to dust off those instruments for the first time in many years. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays at the North Middle School on Southampton Road in Westfield, just north of the Mass Turnpike exit, March 26, April 2, 9 culminating with our concert on Wednesday April 11, 2018. All rehearsals and the concert start at 7:30. Previous experience is not necessary but you must be able to read music. The band is under the direction of Jim O’Connor and plays a wide variety of music. For further information, contact us through our website: GWCB.org New members are always welcome — a good time is always had!
Events at the Westfield Athenaeum
The following family events are scheduled at the Westfield Athenaeum. All programs are free and open to the public.
MARCH 24 at 10am: Hands On History
Families are invited to learn more about local history with a visit to the Edwin Smith Museum at the Westfield Athenaeum. Sign up at westath.org or give us a call 562-6158 x5.
MARCH 30 at 2pm: Brain Break for Teens
This class is designed to help teens calm and balance their bodies. Learn techniques to deal with stress, anxiety, and attention through the use of breath, movement, meditation, and relaxation. This class will be held in the Lang Auditorium at the Westfield Athenaeum. To register, visit westath.org or give us a call 562-6158 x5.
Free Parent Training on Positive Discipline
Are you the parent of a toddler, teen or “in-between” who is feeling overwhelmed with morning hassles, bedtime hassles, homework hassles, foul language, fighting or whining? You’re not alone!
Join other area parents for a free workshop series on March 28 at Chester Elementary School to learn “positive discipline”.
Research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline also teaches.
Free childcare and dinner will be provided to those who attend. For more information, or to register, contact Kim Savery at 667-2203 ext. 310 or [email protected]
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival Celebrates 13 Years
The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival announces its 13th season, featuring nearly two weeks of inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking films that explore the best of independent cinema through a distinctly Jewish lens.
Presented by the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the film festival takes place March 15-27, with screenings and special events at 18 community venues throughout Western Massachusetts. The PVJFF continues to be a centerpiece of the Springfield JCC’s cultural programming.
Showcasing both emerging and established filmmakers, this year’s robust line-up features 20 award-winning films from 9 countries, providing a global perspective on the Jewish experience. Many of the screenings are regional or Massachusetts premieres, bringing the best of Jewish film to the Pioneer Valley.
World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of World War II
SPRINGFIELD, MA: Join professional educator, actress, and living historian Judith Kalaora of History At Play for her presentation of World War Women: The Unsung Heroines of World War II. The program will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2:00 pm, in the museum theater. Admission is free, but reservations are required due to limited seating. Reservations can be made at the front desk of the museum or by calling 413-734-8551.
The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794-1968), and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, November 1 to Memorial, and Daily Memorial Day to October 31, from 9 AM- 5 PM. Admission is free. For information call 413-734-8551 or check www.nps.gov/spar.
Awareness, Safety and Protect, Self-Defense Series at the YMCA of Greater Westfield will consist of three Sunday afternoon’s for woman only. Each Sunday you will get workouts that will maximum physical efficiency and self-confidence to help deal with a variety of situations. You will learn how to quickly disable an attacker and learn how to take advantage of time and space. You will learn various stances, striking motions, kicks, choke holds, and other defense techniques to help protect yourself. Learn to prepare for the unexpected! The instructor, Catlin McCue, is a certified R.A.D., rape aggression defense, instructor. This program is based on realistic self-defense tactics taught for woman only. The Sunday dates are March 25, and April 8th from 1:00PM to 2:15PM. Girls 14 and 15 of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required. Space is limited. For more info, contact Cindy Agan, Fitness Director, P. 413. 568.8631 or Email: [email protected]
Public Urged to Attend Advance Screenings of GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
More than 550,000 Jewish Americans served their country in all branches of the military during World War II, including many from right here in western New England. A new PBS documentary tells their story. The feature-length documentary will be presented along with panel discussions and meet-and-greet opportunities with the film’s director/producer.
The film, GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II, airs Wednesday, April 11 at 10 p.m. on local PBS station WGBY. Prior to the airdate, however, western New Englanders can gain a sneak peek at the film — and engage with a meaningful discussion — at any of three free advance screenings, two of which will feature the film’s producer/director Lisa Ades.
The advance screenings are presented by WGBY in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and the Mass. Multicultural Film Festival of UMass Amherst. Additional details can be found at wgby.org/gijews.
PITTSFIELD SCREENING SUNDAY, MARCH 25: In partnership with the Berkshire Museum, the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, and the Jewish War Veterans Louis Green Post #140, the Pioneer Jewish Film Festival and WGBY present a free advance screening of GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. inside the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema (39 South Street, Pittsfield). Pail Levy and Gail L. Perlman will lead a community conversation after the screening. Levy is a retired poverty lawyer and former Springfield College professor. He authored the book, Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence. Perlman is a former probate and family courts judge for Hampshire County and is the niece of Levy’s book’s subject.
SPRINGFIELD SCREENING MONDAY, MARCH 26: In partnership with the Springfield Jewish Community Center, the Pioneer Jewish Film Festival and WGBY present a free advance screening of GI JEWS: Jewish Americans in World War II at the Springfield Jewish Community Center in Hampden County (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield) on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
A Q&A period with the film’s director and producer Lisa Ades and writer Maia Harris will be featured at the screening, moderated by James Young, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at UMass Amherst.
Fields of Flowers: The Annual Spring Bulb Show
Northampton, MA—It may still be winter outside, a landscape of bare trees and gray skies, but Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory will soon be in ablaze with the colors of spring. A spectacular array of crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies, tulips, and more will be in full bloom at the annual Bulb Show.
Botanic Garden Director Tim Johnson will give the opening lecture for the Bulb Show in the Campus Center Carroll Room on Friday, March 2 at 7:30pm. His topic is Stories About Seeds. This lecture will be a journey through time, starting with the emergence flowering plant lineage 125 million years ago. Learn about how the humble skill of seed saving altered the course of human history and the crucial work being done today to preserve biodiversity and cultural identities in seed banks. Following his lecture there will be a reception at the illuminated Lyman Plant House to celebrate the opening of the Spring Bulb Show.
The display runs Saturday, March 3 through Sunday, March 18, and is open to the public daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the show is open until 8:00 pm. The suggested donation is $5.00. Special members-only hours, daily from 9:00 am to 10:00 am (please bring your membership card or you may join when you get here), provide a less crowded experience of the show.
Also opening March 3 in the Church Exhibition Gallery is Vanishing Acts: Trees Under Threat a new exhibit that explores endangered trees from all over the world. Discover trees that are over 4,000 years old, and trees that produce life-saving cancer drugs. Learn about the threats to these trees, how human impacts have shaped their environment and habitat, and finally how we can all help prevent the loss of these remarkable organisms through simple steps with major impacts.
The weekend following the Bulb Show, Friends of the Botanic Garden and the general public are invited to purchase many of the hardy bulbs from the show. Inexpensively priced, these crocus, daffodil, hyacinth, narcissus, and tulip bulbs, as well as some other plants, can later be planted outdoors or displayed indoors in pots. The general public can purchase bulbs on Saturday March 24, 12:00pm to 3:00pm and Sunday, March 25, 9:00am to 3:00pm. Members (please bring your membership card) can purchases bulbs on Saturday morning March 28, 9:00am to 12:00pm. Please bring your own flats or cardboard trays.
The Botanic Garden is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on College Lane for the two weeks of the Bulb Show. For more information, contact the Botanic Garden of Smith College at (413) 585-2740 or visit the web site at www.smith.edu/garden
MASSACHUSETTS BLUE RIBBON 4-H CALF SALE
March 23-24, 2018 in Mallary West at the Eastern States Exposition. Annual Dairy Calf sale put on by the Massachusetts 4-H Dairy Committee to support Mass. 4-H dairy programming. 9am – 4pm. Admission is free.
The Easter Bunny Arrives by Helicopter to Shaker Farms Country Club
The Easter Bunny’s annual sojourn to Westfield and Shaker Farms Country Club starts at 9:30am on March 24th, 2018. There is food, games, raffles, the Eater Egg Hunt (divided into age groups) and then the Easter Bunny arrives from the sky.
Proceeds from the event benefitted Family Resource International, a non-profit organization that strengthens family ties through educational and recreational programs and the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Another event that supports Family Resource International is the Summer Sports Clinic which runs July 9th-August 10th for ages 8-12. Just call the pro shop at (413) 568-4087 for more information.
2018 INTERSCHOLASTIC EQUESTRIAN ASSOC. ZONE 1 FINALS
March 24-25, 2018 in the Coliseum at the Eastern States Exposition. The culmination of the IEA Zone 1’s finest competitors, horses and officials competing for a seat at IEA National finals. Classes start at 8:30am. Admission is free.
Story Hour at the Huntington Public Library
The Huntington Public Library will be having Story Hour on Saturday, March 24, at 11:00 A.M. The theme this week is crazy hat and hair day. Wear a unique hat of your choosing and/or decorate your hair! Stories will be shared, we will do an art project to take home, and have yummy snacks with friends!
Westfield Democratic City Committee Carpooling to Springfield March for Our Lives
On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives will take to the streets in Washington, D.C. and other communities throughout the United States, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority, and that we end gun violence in our schools and communities. The Westfield Democratic City Committee will be joining with the local march in Springfield and will be coordinating carpools from the TJ Maxx parking lot on Route 20 East at 11am on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The March starts at Court Square on Court Street in Springfield, MA at noon. For additional information please contact Kathryn Martin at [email protected]
CELEBRATE WESTFIELD RIVER’S 25 YEARS AS A WILD AND SCENIC RIVER WITH FREE SYMPOSIUM
Westfield River’s Wild and Scenic 25th Anniversary Celebration continues this week with a free symposium Saturday, March 24 at Westfield State University.
Christopher Curtis will share his stories and photographs of the river in the keynote address. Curtis, recently retired as Chief Planner for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, developed the plans designating the Westfield River as the state’s first National Wild and Scenic River and helped secure millions of federal dollars to enhance environmental and recreational use of our local resources. His photography book, Celebrating the Westfield River: 25 Years, chronicles the adventures of our local watershed.
Carrie Banks of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration will also speak about the process of restoring and connecting a Wild and Scenic river. The formal part of the symposium will conclude with a panel discussion of the Wild and Scenic Internship program led by Meredyth Babcock of the Westfield Wild & Scenic River Committee.
In the afternoon, local experts will lead a field trip to the Keystone Arches in Chester on the West Branch of the Westfield River. Built in 1840 for the Western Railroad, these are the first keystone arch railroad bridges in America. They are wholly dry laid and range in height to 70 feet. These arches made it possible for Western Mass. to be the site of the longest and highest railroad in the world at that time.
Student posters, a large exhibit area featuring local and state groups, and a raffle round out the program of events.
The Symposium begins at 8:30 a.m.
Memory Chorus at Armbrook Village
March 28, 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.
PVRCC SPRING SHOW
Pioneer Valley Rabbit & Cavy Convention Rabbit Show. Sunday, March 25, 2018. Mallary Arena at the Eastern States Exposition. 7am – 5pm. Admission is free.
Kids of Unify Against Bullying Hold Launch Party for 2018 Fashion Show Fundraiser
Unify Against Bullying and Robert Charles Photography will host a rally on Monday, March 26th, 6 p.m. in the 3rd floor community room located at One Financial Plaza, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. The event is the official kick off for the annual Unify Fashion Show scheduled to take place on May 15th. The tickets to the event go on sale that evening. The show has been sold out the last four years with only taking three weeks to sell out last year!
The all-inclusive Fashion Show which is held at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, Massachusetts will feature male and female teen models of all sizes, shapes, styles, ethnicities, sexual orientation and physical abilities. The students also create and participate in an anti-bullying performance. Proceeds from the event will benefit the tax exempt organization Unify Against Bullying. The Fashion Show, now in its fourth year, has involved the input from a number of students from local high schools. The rally will bring together the Unify Against Bullying Board of Directors, The Unify Student Board, local students, their families and sponsors of the Fashion Show, who are gathering to celebrate the launch of ticket sales.
SPL’s Cookbook Club Tries Smart Cooking Using a Slow Cooker & Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker Cookbook
The Southwick Public Library’s Cookbook Club will be using their slow cooker this month to cook recipes from Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker: 110 recipes for flavorful, foolproof dishes (including desserts!), plus test-kitchen tips and strategies / from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. Don’t own a slow cooker? We will have an alternate cookbook you may use. The group will meet on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30. Copies of the cookbook are available at the Circulation Desk. Please make sure your name is added to our list of participants. Once you have chosen your 1st and 2nd choice recipes, email the information to [email protected] and we will advise you which one to prepare.
Please be advised: Neither the food served at cookbook club, and prepared in home kitchens, nor the facilities have been inspected by the state or the local public health agency.
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, March 27th is fish sticks with tartar sauce or baked ham with raisin sauce; served with brussel sprouts, whipped potatoes, cherry snack loaf, and tapioca pudding with whipped topping for dessert.
Storytime Smiles with Special Guest at Southwick Public Library
Kids ages 2-5 years old can learn about how to take care of their smiles on Tuesday, March 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Southwick Public Library as they hear a story and meet Leo the Lion and Barbara Verducci of Mondovi Dental. Each child will receive a special goodie bag to take home.
Coloring and Cookies for Teens at the Southwick Public Library
Grades 7-12 can come in on Wednesday, March 28th from 2:30-3:30 to color 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. This event will take place at the Southwick Public Library. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3
Alzheimer’s Support Group at Armbrook Village
March 28, 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 Public Library Offers Easter Drop-In Craft
Children of all ages are invited to come to the Children’s Room on Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday, March 31 to make an Easter craft to take home. Material for the craft will be available during regular library hours.
Westfield State University holds third annual “Fresh Check Day”
Westfield State University will hold its third annual “Fresh Check Day” to promote mental health awareness and wellness on Thursday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Ely Campus Center. The event is open to the campus and greater Westfield community and will feature a number of booths with mental health resources, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways.
A Health Fair, featuring numerous external organizations including local hospitals, mental health and/or wellness centers, rehabilitation agencies, foundations, and more, will run concurrently from 11-3, as part of the Day’s events. The organizations will have booths offering information, free samples, and consultations. Fresh Check Day is sponsored by the University’s Counseling Center, Student Activities, Residential Life, and Health Services.
This year, Westfield State has expanded its program to include a “Fresh Check After Dark” event, from 8 to 10 p.m., in hope of increasing attendance. Westfield State clubs – including the Dance Team, Night Owls, and Dance Company – will perform at the “After Dark” event.
The March 29 Health Fair is free and open to the public. Fresh Check Day booths and activities are open to students only. For more information, contact Julia Nedry at (413) 572-5790.
Nominations Sought For Region’s Oldest Community Service Award
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts is seeking nominations from throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire counties for the Pynchon Award, which recognizes those citizens of our region who have rendered distinguished service to the community.
The Order of William Pynchon was established by the Advertising Club in 1915 to recognize and encourage individuals whose lives and achievements typified the ideals of promoting citizenship and the building of a better community in western Massachusetts. Past recipients include war heroes, social activists, teachers, volunteers, philanthropists, historians, clergy, physicians, journalists, public servants, and business leaders — a diverse group; each with a passion for our region and a selfless streak. A complete list of recipients since 1915 can be found at http://www.adclubwm.org/events/pynchonaward.
To nominate an individual, please submit a one-page letter explaining why the nominee should be considered. Please include biographical information, outstanding accomplishments, examples of service to the community, organizations he or she is or has been active in, and the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of at least three people who can further attest to the nominee’s eligibility for induction into the Order of William Pynchon.
All nominees will be considered and researched by the Pynchon Trustees, comprised of the current and five past presidents of the Advertising Club. Nominations must be submitted by March 30, 2018 to: William Pynchon Trustees, Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 1022, West Springfield, MA 01090-1022 or by e-mail to [email protected].
Pynchon medalists are chosen by unanimous decision of the Pynchon Trustees. 2018 recipients will be announced in June 2018; with an awards ceremony scheduled for October 18, 2018 at The Log Cabin in Holyoke. Recipients are presented with a bronze medal cast with the name and likeness of Springfield’s founder, William Pynchon, and bearing the inscription: “They honor us whom we honor.”
Annual Western Mass Legislators Pancake Breakfast
Senator Don Humason cordially invites you to join him and his staff for his Annual Western Mass Legislators Pancake Breakfast at Café Santorini, 930 Southampton Road, Westfield, Friday March 30, 2018 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Staff & spouses are welcome, compliments of Senator Humason. The annual gathering of colleagues and staff is to celebrate the arrival of maple sugaring season and spring in Western Massachusetts. To RSVP or for more information, call Senator Humason’s District Office at (413) 568-1366 or email Michelle Moriarty at [email protected]
Donate to CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars
Join the hundreds of Westfield residents that have helped Westfield college-bound students attain their educational goals by donating to the annual fund drive that is being conducted by CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars.
College costs are staggering. The mission of CSF Westfield is to expand access to undergraduate higher education for resident students of Westfield, by raising funds and distributing these funds on a fair and nondiscriminatory basis. CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is seeking donations that will be used for the scholarship fund. Your monetary contribution will directly support college students who are selected to receive a CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars scholarship.
In over five decades, through the generosity of countless citizens and organizations of Westfield CSF Westfield has distributed over three million dollars to almost six thousand Westfield Students. At Awards Night in May 2017, CSF Westfield awarded 97 scholarships for a total value of more than $125,000. Yet this is only 5% or less of college costs for the year. With your assistance CSF can bolster the scholarship amounts awarded.
You can help make a difference with a charitable contribution to CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars. Gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated! To learn more and/or to donate online visit https://csfwestfield.dollarsforscholars.org. Donate by mail by sending check made payable to CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars to the address: to CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars, P.O. Box 382, Westfield, MA 01086. Names of donors who contribute $50 or more will be published in the program booklet distributed on Awards Night. Donations received on or before March 31, 2018 will be published in the May 17, 2018 program booklet. Donations received after March 31, 2018 will be published in the 2019 program booklet.
CSF Westfield Dollars for Scholars is an affiliate of the national organization, Scholarship America, and its Dollars for Scholars program. The Westfield, Massachusetts chapter was established in 1962 and is a tax exempt charitable organization staffed by non-salaried volunteers. Questions may be directed to email: [email protected]
Springfield Rescue Mission Easter Celebration of Hope
Springfield Rescue Mission will serve Easter meals on Saturday, March 31 at their 10 Mill Street, Springfield location. Easter is an opportunity for the homeless to seek spiritual renewal while the Springfield Rescue Mission provides a chance for everyone to participate in a holiday meal. The Mission expects to feed over 650 poor, hungry and homeless men, women and children on Saturday March 31 and over 8,500 in the month of April alone!
Meal delivery service to the elderly and shut-ins will be at 11 am. (Call the Rescue Mission at 413-732-0808 ext. 220 for eligibility requirements.) Easter Dinner will be served from 1-3 pm.
Food donations are essential: ham (not canned), fresh vegetables, eggs, milk, half-and-half, butter, orange juice, breakfast meats (sausage and bacon), oatmeal, rice, pancake mix, syrup, brown and white sugar, and large containers of spices. They also need filled and wrapped Easter baskets. All donations are greatly appreciated and can be delivered to the Springfield Rescue Mission, 10 Mill Street, Springfield, Monday-Sunday, 8 am-8 pm.
24th ANNUAL MAYOR’S EASTER EGG HUNT
Mayor Brian P. Sullivan is pleased to announce that the 24th Annual Easter Egg Hunt Event will be held on Saturday, March 31st at South Middle School grounds, 30 West Silver Street with the participation from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield and Amelia Park Children’s Museum. The event will be organized into two different age groups.
Group Ages 1-5 event line up 10:30am. Ages 1-2 will be set to hunt soon after the line up at their designated area. Ages 3-5 will be set to hunt soon after the line up at their designated area.
Group Ages 6-10 event line up 11:30am. Ages 6-8 will be set to hunt soon after the line up at their designated area. Ages 9-10 will be set to hunt soon after the line up at their designated area
There will be a maximum of 10 candy filled eggs to be collected by each child in each age group. (Remember to bring a basket for the egg hunt.) Prizes will be given to the lucky child who collects the Golden egg in each age division. Optional: Easter Bunny costume contest for each age division. Winner will get a small prize. There will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny along with some of our local mascots, as well as music and games for the children to enjoy.
Free Easter Egg Hunt in Agawam
Heritage Woods Senior Living will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt for children under 12 on Saturday, March 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (rain or shine). This event takes place at 462 Main Street in Agawam. Children should bring their own baskets and participate for a chance to win a prize! For more information contact Nicole Wallace at 413-789-8332 or email [email protected]
April Mayor’s Coffee Hour
April 2, 2018 (8 – 9 am). Please join us for our monthly Mayor’s Coffee Hour with Westfield Mayor Brian Sullivan hosted by The Arbors, 40 Court Street, Westfield, MA. This event is free and open to the public. On-line registration is available at 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.
Congregation Ahavas Achim community joins with Westfield State University’s Jewish Student Organization for a Community Seder on Tuesday, April 3, at 6:00 p.m. at Scanlon Hall – Loughlin Living Room at WSU, Westfield. The Seder includes full buffet dinner, grape juice, and all the Seder plate fixings.
There will be an interactive Seder led by Rabbi Efraim Eisen. The cost for the traditional Seder dinner is $21.50 for members and $26.50 for nonmembers. Please contact Fran at 413-575-8465 or [email protected] to RSVP and send payment by March 27th. Checks should be made payable to Congregation Ahavas Achim. All members of the community who are interested in attending are welcome to join us.
Monthly Hearing Clinic at Russell Council on Aging
The Russell Council on Aging hosts a monthly hearing clinic the first Tuesday of the month from 9:30-noon at the Russell Senior Center, 65 Main St., Russell. Anyone experiencing difficulty with their hearing is invited to come in for a free hearing check-up with a licensed hearing instrument specialist from New Ears Affordable Hearing Care. Various services include checking for earwax, cleaning hearing aids, replacement batteries at no cost, screening for hearing loss, and more! The Russell COA invites residents from Russell and the surrounding Hilltowns to benefit from this opportunity. Appointments are at half hour intervals. Please call 413-862-6205 and leave a message as to a preferred appointment time. The next clinic is Tuesday, April 3rd. Please note, if no appointments are made, the hearing clinic will be cancelled until the following month.
Jon Berman at the Westfield Athenaeum
April 5th at 12:00 pm. After hitting the road with countless bands as a sideman, songwriter Jon Berman picked up a guitar and brought his own music to life. With influences ranging from the coastal music of Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, touching upon the country of Dierks Bentley and Willie Nelson, and reaching to the songwriting of Stephen Kellogg and Will Hoge, Jon’s music covers many genres that appeal to a wide listening audience. Jon has performed with acts such as Changes In Latitudes, Barefoot Truth, Hard Rock Café Ambassador of Rock winners Jackson Wetherbee Band, The Sweet Remains, Stephen Kellogg, Rick Monroe and the ska band T.I.P. In his touring career, Jon has opened for many acts including country stars Granger Smith and Clare Dunn, O.A.R., Matt Nathanson, Reel Big Fish, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gin Blossoms, Collective Soul, Guster, Shinedown, Staind and Aaron Lewis. For more information call 413-568-7833 or visit www.westath.org.
Annual German Dinner
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street, Westfield, is having their Annual German Dinner on Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. The menu is roast pork, hot dogs, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and dessert. The tickets are $12.50 for adults, $8.00 for children (5-12 years), and children under five are free. Take-out is also available beginning at 5:30 p.m. For tickets, you may contact Sally Sienkiewicz at 562-3186 or St. John’s Church 568-1417.
Springfield Hobby Club
The Springfield Hobby Club will hold our Annual Craft Fair/Tag Sale on Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6 from 9:30 to 2:30 at 309 Chestnut Street (lower Franklin Street next to the YMCA). In addition to our Craft Tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables, and members’ tables. The Thrift Shop will hold a Fill-A-Bag for $5.00 during the same hours.
Southwick Public Library Events
Teen Advisory Board (SPLAT)
Pizza Party! Bring a friend and help us make the library a great place for teens. At SPLAT we brainstorm events to put on at the library for teens, create themed book displays, and discuss ways to make the library better for you! SPLAT is a great activity you can add to your resume or college application! Just stop by Southwick Public Library on Thursday, April 5th from 2:30-3:20pm. For grades 7-12. For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex.3.
Teen After-School Hangout
Grades 7-12, test your balancing skills. Drop in to Southwick Public Library on Wednesday, April 11th from 2:30-3:30 to play Giant Jenga – the game stacks to over 3 feet high! Kickback with snacks after the game. For grades 7-12.For further information, please contact the reference desk at 413-569-1221 ex. 3
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.
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.
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.
YMCA of Greater Westfield Couch to 5K Class
Ever wonder if you can complete a 5k race? You can! Get off the couch and join us for the Couch to 5k program, a fun and social way to get in shape and accomplish your exercise goals. To participate, you must be able to walk 30 minutes and be willing to do additional workouts during the week. Our end goal will be to run 3.1 miles at the end of 10 weeks with an optional walk/run race to finish. This program is geared towards the beginner who would benefit from a training program full of group support. Come join us starting April 7th with the optional race on June 23th. The first class will be a half hour longer to allow everyone to do the first workout together. For more information, contact Cindy Agan, at the Westfield YMCA, P. 413.568.8631 E. [email protected]
UMass Fine Arts Center Presents Grammy Award-Winning Saxophonist Chris Potter
The UMass Fine Arts Center presents world-class saxophonist, accomplished composer, and formidable bandleader Chris Potter, Saturday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Potter’s quartet features Adam Rogers on guitar, Fima Ephron on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. There will be a pre-show talk with Potter in the lobby at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for Chris Potter Quartet are $35 and $25; Five College students and youth 17 and under are $10. For tickets call the Box Office at 545-2511, toll-free at 800-999-UMAS, or purchase online at fineartscenter.com/potter. Chris Potter Quartet is sponsored by Florence Bank, NEPR 88.5FM, and Hotel UMass.
Declutter & Home Organization Work Shop
On April 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am Michael from The Organized Shelf will be presenting a Declutter & Home Organization Work Shop at Stanton Hall, 26 Russell Road, Huntington. The building is located next to Town Hall on Route 20. Reservations are requested by April 7th. Cake and ice cream will be served. Please call 413-512-5205 or 413-5200 to make a reservation.
Artist of the Month at the Huntington Public Library
The Huntington Public Library’s Artist of the Month series will continue with an Open House for Jeri Hamel on Saturday, April 7th from 12-2 P.M. Jeri is a Blandford-based artist specializing in painting. Her work will be showcased for the month of April. Please join us in welcoming her and light refreshments will be served.
AARP Smart Driver Course
The four hours AARP Smart Driver course is being offered at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street on Monday, April 9 from 1 to 5 pm. This classroom course was designed by AARP primarily for older drivers and covers topics such as changes in vehicles and roadways, safe driving practices and strategies, and changes due to ageing. Participants may receive a discount on Massachusetts automobile insurance coverage.
AARP Volunteer instructors have presented this course to over 15 million older drivers since 1979 with impressive results and acclaim from both drivers and experts. Cost for the course is $15 for AARP members and $20 for all others, payable at the class. There is no age limit and there is no driving or other test and all Massachusetts drivers are welcome. All attendees will receive a certificate for their insurance company. Interested drivers can register by calling the Agawam Senior Center at 413-821-0605 ext. 0. You may call the instructor, Stephen Estee at 413-244-3984, if you have and questions about the course.
WE2BA High School Career Fair
April 11, 2018 (7:45 – 11:30 am). Westfield Education to Business Alliance (WE2BA) is holding a High School Career Fair on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 7:45 to 11:30 am, hosted by Westfield State University at the Woodward Center, 395 Western Avenue, Westfield, MA. Don’t miss the chance to help shape our future through workforce development in our community. Join us to help inspire Westfield High School and Westfield Technical Academy students with career exploration. Over 400 students will be in attendance.
We are looking for 75 vendors to participate. The vendor tables are free. On-line registration is available at www.westfieldbiz.org. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
April After 5 Connection
April 11, 2018 (5:00 – 7:00 pm). Join us for our April After 5 Connection hosted by Betts Plumbing & Heating Supply, Inc., 14 Coleman Avenue, 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 is at www.westfieldbiz.org. For more information, please call Pam at the Chamber at 413.568.1618.
Countdown to Kindergarten
Join us Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield from 6-8pm for this free event. Families with incoming kindergarten students will meet their school principal and other school staff, and learn about: the registration process; school lunches and see a sample menu; local before and after school programs; and sports and literacy programs. Enjoy a kindergarten themed Storywalk, craft table, face painting, games, and stories. For more information please call the Westfield CFCE at 413-568-5242.
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.
Quarter Auction to Benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project
Join the Westfield Homeless Cat Project on April 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a Quarter Auction to benefit WHCP. A $5.00 admission will include 2 paddles and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Beverages and snacks will also be available. We hope to see you at the Elks Lodge, 56, Franklin Street, Westfield, MA for a walloping good time! WHCP is also seeking vendors for this event. For more information please contact Denise at [email protected] or (413) 586-6964.
First Congregational Church of Westfield Announces Annual Spring Rummage Sale
First Congregational Church, 18 Broad St. Westfield will hold its Annual Spring Rummage Sale with a preview and sale, Friday evening April 13th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with admission of fifty cents per person. On Saturday, April 14th admission will be free hours are 9-2, with a bags sale starting at noon We will be offering clothing for children and adults, glass ware, small electrics, furniture, beautiful collectibles, pictures and frames, books toys and home décor. First Church’s Rummage Sales always yield something for everyone. So come early and stay late for the bargains. Please stop by for a visit.
Gateway Night at the Springfield Thunderbirds
The Springfield Thunderbirds are sponsoring a “Gateway Night” benefit for the Gateway Education Foundation on Saturday, April 14—their final home game of the regular season. The Thunderbirds will face their arch rival Providence Bruins at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. Puck drop is at 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the game are $15, with a portion of each ticket going to the Gateway Education Foundation. This ticket price is not available at the door.
It will truly be Gateway Night at the game because the National Anthem will be sung by Gateway high school students Elizabeth Niemiec, Maria Pless, Alexandra Russell and Livia Shepard! Also that night at the venue, student volunteers Grace LeBarron, Kilee Holmes, Joseph Coon and Garrett Bean will be selling foam pucks for the Thunderbirds “Chuck a Puck” event. This is a contest to toss the puck closest to a target, that takes place late in the game. A winner is declared according to rules set by the Thunderbirds, and that person receives a money prize. Tickets must be purchased by March 23 for this special rate!
Flyers for the game are posted throughout the Hilltowns, and have a QR code that can be scanned with your smartphone to order tickets. Order forms have also gone home in red folders (elementary schools) and will be available in the Gateway school offices as well as the security booth in the Gateway main entrance. A link to the online order form is available on the Gateway website (www.grsd.org under Quick Links). Tickets may also be purchased from Katie Force at (413) 417-2296 or [email protected], but please mention “Gateway Night” when you call to order. Tickets will also be on sale during High School lunch from March 21 – March 23.
Fanfare Brass Ensemble at Grace Lutheran Church
The Fanfare Brass Ensemble will present a concert of light popular and classical music on Sunday April 15th, at Grace Lutheran Church – 1151 Westfield St, West Springfield MA at 7:00 pm.
The 10 part brass ensemble includes 4 trumpets, French horn, 4 trombones and tuba. Music performed by this professional group of musicians will include: Concerto in C Major for 2 trumpets – Vivaldi, West Side Story, Here’s That Rainy Day, Raiders March, Dreamsville, Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Glen Miller Medley, Amazing Grace, Phantom of the Opera, Easy Winners, The Cowboys by John Williams and Stars and Stripes Forever.
For more information contact David Neill – [email protected] or 413-686-5027. This concert is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Massachusetts and the West Springfield Cultural Council.
ANTIQUE APPRAISAL SHOW SPONSORED BY SOUTHWICK LIONS
Clean out your attic, gather your knick-knacks and jewelry, collect those odds-and-ends and bring them to the 4th Annual Antique Appraisal Show sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club on April 15th at the Southwick Town Hall. Learn the value of your personal treasures. Several antique appraisers will be on hand to tell you a brief history of your items and what they are worth.
The Antique Appraisal Show will be held on Sunday April 15th from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the Southwick Town Hall located at 454 College Highway in Southwick, MA. The cost is $3 per item, or $5 for two items. Multiple items priced accordingly. Service is provided on a first come basis.
The Antique Appraisal Show is sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club. All proceeds will benefit the Southwick Lions Scholarship Fund, Sight and Hearing Research, and Diabetes Research. If you have any questions about this event contact Lion Tracy Meczywar at 413-998-3557.
LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA
The YMCA of Greater Westfield is committed to serving individuals and their families living with, through and beyond cancer. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free 12-week exercise program for adult cancer survivors who are currently in or have completed treatment and are physically deconditioned. Developed by Stanford University, this specially designed program has proven to help survivors regain strength, overcome fatigue, and enhance functional ability to do everyday tasks. Beginning April 24th, the class will meet twice a week, for 12 weeks on Tuesday & Thursday; 1:00PM-2:30PM to strength train and improve cardiovascular function. Must register by April 16th. Space is limited. For more information, visit www.westfieldymca.org or contact: Cindy Agan, Health & Wellness Director, at the YMCA of Greater Westfield 1.413.568.8631 or [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 are on the move once again and have a couple of upcoming trips planned. On Wednesday, May 2nd, the group will travel by luxury motor coach to watch the Red Sox battle the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. We have guaranteed third base side grandstand seats for excellent viewing of the game. Tour cost is $99 per person.
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!
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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].