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Listings - Events - Attractions Sept. 3 - Oct. 3

Ongoing Wii Bowling, Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m., at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. Wii Bowling provides the opportunity for older adults to participate in activity that they once enjoyed, despite their current physical ability. Players use a remote control device to mimic actions performed in real-life sports. Playing Wii games in moderation can improve balance, stability and coordination and reclaim some strength. While Wii bowling is a fun and social interaction, it is a form of exercise that can help you sleep better, reduce anxiety and depression. Call 534-3698 to register. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator. Sept. 3-6, Vintage Festival, Lakeville, Conn. spectators and participants at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. will have an opportunity to purchase a new portrait of Paul Newman with the number 33 Datsun race car he drove at Lime Rock in the 1970's. The large scale (36"x44") Newman portrait will be sold to benefit Survive the Drive, a not-for-profit organization that teaches automotive safety and survival to drivers of all ages, but with focus on teens. For further info on the artist and painting call Chris Osborne at 860-354-3223. Sept. 4, Yankees/Blue Jays. The Dow Jones Retiree's Group has scheduled a trip to Yankee Stadium Sept. 4. Cost: $90/person includes bus, tailgate party, ticket to the game. Pick up/drop off at Bob's Commuter Lot, Enfield, Conn. All welcome. Info: Carol at 860-668-5822 or 860-978-1313. Sept. 6, New Senior Center Hours. The West Springfield Senior Center will be closed on Sept. 6 in observance of Labor Day. The center's regular hours of operation are changing; beginning Sept. 7; the new hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Thursdays until 8 p.m., for special programming. Sept. 6, Senior Center Closing. The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed in observance of Labor Day. Sept. 8, Healthy Living, at 10 a.m. Homewatch Caregivers presents, "Keys to HEALthy Living," an uplifting musical showcasing ways to promote wellness, energy, meditation and music at the West Springfield Senior Center. Call 263-3264 to reserve your seat. Sept. 9, Holyoke Mall Shopping with the Southwick Senior Center. Leaving the center at 9:30 a.m. and returning about 1 or 2 p.m. Call the office at 569-5498 to reserve a seat on the van. Sept. 9, 10 and 11, Artists Sought for Piedmont Art Show. The Somers Cultural Commission will present its 18th annual regional juried Piedmont Art Show at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers, Conn. Juror's Choice award is $800; other awards of $300, $100 and $25. Entry dates: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to noon; Sept. 11, noon to 2 p.m. at Piedmont Hall. For entry prospectus visit, or send SASE to Somers Cultural Commission, 600 Main St., Somers, CT 06071, Attn: Neil, Piedmont Art Show 2010. Sept. 11, Acoustic Harmony Duo, Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino), 8 p.m. at The uNi Coffeehouse Concert Series. The concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr., Springfield. Magpie concerts are a rainbow of contemporary and traditional jazz, blues, country tunes, labor songs, originals, and hard hitting topical songs from the day of Phil Ochs to today's political and environmental headlines. The duo has produced over a dozen recordings. For info/reservations call 562-3990; Website:; $15 at the door. Sept. 11, Tag/Craft Sale, Agawam Catholic Women's Club will sponsor their annual tag/craft sale in the church parking lot rain or shine (in Parish Center if it rains) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are welcome and each spot will be $20. Donated items for our White Elephants and Jewelry booths will be great appreciated. Items can be dropped off at the Parish Hall Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. For more info, call Theresa at 786-4966. Sept. 12, Fall Festival. Holy Trinity Church, Westfield, will be hosting its Fall Festival at Pilsudski Park, Old County Road, from noon to 6 p.m. The festival will feature a Polish and American kitchen. The festival is open to the public with free admission and parking, rain or shine. For more info call the rectory office Monday to Thursday, between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 568-1506. Sept. 12, "Bye Bye Birdie." Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring a bus trip to see "Bye Bye Birdie." The bus leaves the parish parking lot at 10 a.m. and returns at approx. 6 p.m. Cost: $69 p/p (includes the bus, driver's gratuity, a buffet luncheon at the White Stone Cafe, and the show at the Mac-Haydn Theater. Call Sylvia for info at 594-2757. Sept. 13, Book Discussion. The Friends of the West Springfield Public Library's Book Discussion Group will begin its 2010 - 2011 season on Sept. 13 with a discussion on "Half Broke Horses" by Jeannette Walls. Group will meet at the library, 200 Park St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info, call The Friends at 736-4561 ext. 7. Starting Sept. 13, Woodcarving Club, will meet on Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. A gathering for woodcarving hobbyists, relaxed atmosphere, volunteer-guided club. Learn how to lay out a pattern, transfer it to wood, and carve wood to produce a project you will be proud to display. Projects are of general interest, so you can pick what you want to work on. Join the club, expand your creative and improve your skills. To sign up call 534-3698, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Space is limited to 10 people. Starting Sept. 13, Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, at Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Court. Monday class: 1:30 p.m.; Friday class: 10:30 a.m. Participation in this program will help people with arthritis to keep their joints flexible, maintain muscle strength, and build overall stamina. The class is free to Chicopee residents 60 and over. For all others the cost is $35 for 12 weeks. Pre-registration is necessary and enrollment is limited. Call the center at 534-3698, Mon.-Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more info contact Violet Suska, health and fitness coordinator. Sept. 13, Wilbraham Mixed Chorus, will begin its fall season. Rehearsal will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the choir room at Minnechaug Regional High School. The WMC has been around for over 25 years. Always looking for new members. If interested, contact Luanna Saunders at 599-1824. Sept. 14, Duckboat/Aquarium Tour. The Holyoke Golden Seniors will host a Boston Duck Tour with a visit to the New England Aquarium Sept. 14. Cost: $72/person. Call Barbara Sbrega at 538-6275 for info and reservations. Sept. 15, Annual Steak Roast. The Southwick Rotary Club's annual steak roast is scheduled for Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Pavilion, Post #338 on Powder Mill Road. Donations are $20 for adults; $10 for children. Raffle prizes. Entertainment by Steve Piper of The Roadhouse Band. Advanced tickets: Bob Fox at Southwick Florist at 569-5962. Sept. 15, Theater Workshop. Southwick-On-Stage performing arts group is offering a workshop to anyone that is interested in learning or enhancing their acting and theater skills on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Southwick Town Hall auditorium. Bob Lehan who brings over 30 years of teaching, directing, acting and playwriting experience will lead the workshop. Registration is necessary via e-mail to by Sept. 10. No fee for the initial session; $7 fee for future two-hour sessions. Sept. 16, Senior Action Council, 5:30 p.m. The West Springfield Senior Center will host Mass Senior Action Council's Springfield Chapter President John Bennett and Linda Stone, Western Mass organizer. They will present information about their organization and initiatives to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. Sept. 16, Healthy Eating 101 Workshop, 1 p.m. at Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. To take advantage of the season, cooking with fruits and vegetables nutritionally balanced vegetarian dishes can be just as creative and flavorful as cooking with meat. Skillfully prepared vegetarian dishes meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The hands-on workshops will be conducted in the kitchen of Chicopee Senior Center and participants will enjoy the meal they have prepared, along with copies of the menu and recipes. Space limited to 18 people. Sign up at the Chicopee COA or call Violet Suska for more info at 534-3698. Donation: $4. Sept. 19-Oct. 14, Sweetness and Light, Art Made Of or About Candy, Cakes, and Sugar, at Hampden Gallery, UMass, Amherst. Opening reception Sept. 19, 3-5 p.m. featuring debut musical performance by Blaine Flynn at 4 p.m., the Sweet Sounds of Intelligent Pop Keyboard and Vocals. Exhibition dates: Sept. 19-Oct. 14. All of the artists in this show use candy, cakes and sugar as an image or a medium to either understand a cultural convention or circumvent its resulting habitual thinking. Sept. 20, The Big E. The Southwick Senior Center will be leaving the center at 9 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m. Call the office at 569-5498 to reserve a seat on the van. Sept. 21, Foxwoods Bus Trip. Sponsored by the Friends of Granby Elderly a bus trip leaving from the Immaculate Heart of Mary at 8 a.m.; return at 6 p.m. Cost: $20 per person, includes bus, $10 food coupon, $15 Keno and the drivers gratuity. Reserve your seat now for this popular trip by calling Nancy at 467-9323 or Joan at 467-3441. Sept. 23, "The Magic of Mario Lanza." Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd, East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to Grand Oak Villa in Oakville, Conn. and seats are still available. The bus leaves the church parking lot at 10 a.m. and returns at approx. 4:30 p.m. Cost: $73 p/p (includes the bus, the driver's gratuity, luncheon at the Grand Oak Villa and the show). Call Sylvia for info at 594-2757. Sept. 25, Artists Sought, The Suffield Fine Arts Festival, sponsored by the Tobacco Valley Artists Association has space available for artists wishing to exhibit their work for display or sale on Sept. 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the King House Museum, 232 S. Main St., Suffield, Conn. (rain date is Oct. 2). A 10 ft. by 10 ft. space is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Artists may share a space for $10 each. Art group or club can rent a 10 ft. by 10 ft. space for $30. Call Claire Ledoux at 860-668-6786. Deadline is Sept. 15. Sept. 26, Northern Connecticut Vegetarians' Potluck. Raw Chef George Parker will give a demo at 5 p.m. Sushi will be just one of the delicious items that will be demonstrated and tasted. Attendees should bring a healthy vegan dish to share along with a note card listing its recipe and the attendee's name. Vegan denotes no animal ingredients (zero dairy, honey, eggs, meat, or fish). Also, bring your place setting (plate, cup, and utensils). A donation of $8 per adult is requested. Children are admitted for free. The Carniglia Senior Center, 41 Oak St., Windsor Locks, Conn. is the location for this event. Free parking is available in a large lot across from the center. For more information please call Harry at (860) 623-8082 or email him at Sept. 27, Annual Golf Tournament. Come celebrate the 15th annual Southwick Police Youth Challenges Program and Police Association Golf Tournament on Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at Edgewood Golf Course, 161 Sheep Pasture Rd. Cost: $90 per person, includes breakfast, driving range, green fees, cart, lunch and dinner. For an entry form, visit Sept. 28, Social Security, 6 p.m. Dan Moraski, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, will speak about the role of Social Security, Survivor Benefits, Medicare, and the importance of planning for your future retirement years. Sept. 29, Battleship Cove. The Southwick Senior Center will host a trip to Battleship Cove in Fall River on Sept. 29. Enjoy the world's largest collection of Navy ships and the delicious "Battleship Buffet" onboard the USS Massachusetts. Leave the center at 7:30 a.m.; return 5:30 p.m. Cost: $46, due by Sept. 1. Sign up by calling Alice at 569-5498. Oct. 3, Springfield Technical High School Class of 1947, 63rd Reunion, at the Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Wolf Swamp Road, Longmeadow. A social is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a buffet luncheon from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Arrive early to greet your classmates. Tech graduates from all classes are welcome to attend. For more info or if you can supply addresses of classmates, call Fran at 567-9694 or Bea at 789-8996. Flyers are being mailed.