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May 2008 listings

Ongoing-Springfield SeniorNet. Computer Club meets the first and third Friday of each month at Good Life Center, 1600 East Columbus Ave., Springfield, at 9 a.m. Discuss computing, hardware/software, Internet or just ask questions. All are welcome, no membership is required. Ongoing, National Yiddish Book Center presents schoolroom exhibit. The National Yiddish Book Center located on the campus of Hampshire College, 1021 West St., Amherst, will display a new exhibit about the traditional Jewish schools of Eastern European, "In the beginning was the kheyder." The exhibit will run through August and features text, literature, images, and music. Many modern Yiddish writers acquired their literary language, rich in moral teaching and symbolism, in kheyder. Special features of the exhibit are original Yiddish primers from the Book Center's collection, ranging from turn-of-the-century America to the 1980s. For more info call 256-4900, email or visit May 6, Evening Ballroom Dance. The Chicopee Council on Aging will host an evening ballroom dance on May 6, 6 p.m. Locally renowned keyboardist Ritchie Mitnik will entertain. Open to the public. Refreshments provided. Tickets at the door will be $4. The Chicopee Senior Center is located at 7 Valley View Court. Call 534-3698 for further info. May 9, 10, 16, 17, "A Little Night Music". The Exit Seven Players present this spring musical in the Exit Seven Theatre, 37 Chestnut St. at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets: $17/preferred seating (first three rows), $14/reserved seating, $12 seniors/children. For reservations visit or call 413-583-4301. May 10, Second Saturday Walking Tours. Springfield's Automotive History featuring Keith Korbut, Duryea Transportation Society. Join historians for an informative stroll through the beautiful Armoury-Quadrangle neighborhood in Springfield, 10:30 a.m.-noon; rain or shine. Walking tours begin and end a the Springfield Museums on Edwards Street. Dress for comfort. Walking tour tickets are available in the museum Welcome Center. Parking is free. Free for Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association and Springfield Museum members. All others $5 per person. For additional info call 747-1830 or e-mail May 11, Mother's Day Cabaret. At South Congregational Church, 45 Maple;e St., Springfield at 11:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Event will feature light refreshment and talents of professional singers and congregation members. Suggested donation: $10. Info:call 732-0117. Church and parking lot are two blocks south of State Street and the Central Library. May 12, Plant Swap. at 45 Miller St. Ludlow. Seasonal event continued until Sept. 22.For info contact. Jacqueline Clark at 262-0402 or email May 12, Elder Law Seminar. at the Southwick Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. A part of the Massachusetts BAr Association Center's 2008 Elder Law Education Program titled "Taking Control of Your Future A Legal Checkup" Presented by Atty. Gina Barry PRIME columnist and Partner at BaconWilson PC of Springfield. May 13, Lecture "A Pain in the Neck," 6-7:30 p.m., Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., Holyoke. Neck pain is a common medical condition and can come from a number of disorders and diseases. Join Sherry L. Taylor MD, chief of Neurosurgery, Baystate Neurosurgery, to discuss causes, conservative treatment, when surgery is indicated, and the latest advances in neck pain treatment. To register call 800-377-HEALTH. Free. May 13, 27, Pioneer Valley Stamp Club Meetings at First United Church of Christ, Rte. 5, Longmeadow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for swap & shop, meeting at 7:30 p.m.. Visitors welcome. Info: Dave:783-2890 or May 14, A Night of Comedy Improv. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC), 1160 dickinson St., at 7 p.m Presented by the JCC Theatrix program. Tickets: $5 at the JCC or by calling 739-4715. The event is a fund-raiser for Theatrix. May 16, Willimasett Center Fire Safety Fair, at 11 St. Anthony Street in Chicopee. There will be a sizzling barbecue at 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.; visit from the local fire station providing display of a fire engine and crew for residents interest; live musical entertainment and fire safety related demonstrations. May 17, 31, Car Wash. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Brad's Service Station, 817 Front St., Chicopee, to support research for cystic fibrosis. Cost:$4/car. May 18, Northern Connecticut Vegetarian Society Potluck. Featured speaker, Robert Cohen, inventor of the SoyToys (soy milk maker) and writer of the informative website Time: 5 p.m. Bring a healthy vegan dish to share, a note card listing your ingredients and your name, and your place setting (plate, cup and utensils). A donation of $5/adult. Location: Unity Church, 919 Ellington Road (Route 30), South Windsor, Conn. Info: call Harry at 860-623-8082 or email at May 18, Nature Workshop- Spring Wildflowers Part II . A walk at Stanley Park in Westfield starting at 2 p.m.. Presented by Dave Lovejoy. Meet at entrance to Frank Stanley Beveridge Sanctuary. Rain cancels the event. Bring field guide and binoculars. Info: call the park office at 568-9312 or May 24, 25, 26, Paradise City Arts Festival. Recently named the Number One Art Fair in America, this annual three-day celebration of the arts returns to the Three-County Fairgrounds in Northampton Memorial Day weekend. Live jazz, fabulous food, WGBY/PBS Benefit Silent Auction add to this year's outstanding work on show and for sale. Times: Sat, Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m; Monb. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tickets: $12/adults, under 12 free. Weekend pass:$15. Free parking. Free full-color program with admission May 28, Author Night at the East Longmeadow Public Library, 7 p.m., featuring M. P. Barker (author of A Difficult Boy), D. Dina Friedman (author of Escaping into the Night and Playing Dad's Song), Judith Jaeger (author of The Secret Thief), Michelle D. Kwasney (author of Baby Blue and Itch). Pam's Paperbacks of Wilbraham will have books for sale at the event. East Longmeadow Library, 60 Center Square; 525-5432.