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The Massachusetts & Rhode Island Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America will host a virtual walk on May 22 at 10 a.m. to benefit the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

You can choose your own course, or you can walk in your local park, hiking trail, neighborhood, or even in your house on a treadmill. Sign up online to participate in the virtual walk by raising money and awareness.

To register, go online to

To learn more about Huntington’s Disease and the work of the society, visit or call 1-800-345-HDSA.

Springfield Technical Community College and the STCC Foundation will kick off a free learning series for the Western Massachusetts community that combines education and wellness in a fun and engaging format.

Called “Spring Into Wellness,” the season begins with a three-part virtual series conducted on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and include:

May 4, Health Cooking at Home with Nadim Kashouh, owner of Nadim’s Mediterranean in Springfield;

May 18, Financial Wellness Checkup with Anthony Rondinelli, associate professor of business administration at STCC and an alumnus;

June 1, Total and Holistic Wellness practices with Sheila Magalhaes, owner of Heartsong Yoga Center in East Longmeadow and a STCC alumna.

“This opportunity begins as a virtual celebration that brings education and wellness together for all to learn in an enjoyable, fun and engaging format, while raising awareness and funding for student programming and support through the STCC Foundation,” said Jennifer Brown, president of the STCC Foundation.

The STCC Foundation is also offering community sponsorship opportunities for the series. Sponsorships are available at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. Email Kelly Galanis at kgalanis@stcc. edu for information about sponsorships.

To register to attend the event, visit wellness.


On May 4 at 7 p.m., the Springfield Rescue Mission will host its annual Men’s New Life graduation ceremony at the First Baptist Church of East Longmeadow. This event is open to the public, and for the safety of all who attend, COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.

The Men’s New Life Program is a 12-month rehabilitation program for men. The men that come into this program struggle with addictions, hunger, medical problems, and other life issues that have left them bankrupt and homeless. While in the program, each man is provided with room and board, meals, clothing, toiletries, medical attention, educational and computer training, and Biblical curriculum and counseling to help them return to the community and sustain a productive life. After the men complete four classes (Barnabas Lessons, Learning Center, New Life I and New Life II) they are able to graduate and move to the mission’s transitional living program.

The Springfield Rescue Mission serves an average of 150 men a year in the Men’s New Life Rehabilitation Program.


The Quabbin Photo Group will hold its monthly meeting via Zoom, “Voyagers, Visitors and Home by Dale Monette,” on April 26 at 7 p.m.

In this program Monette will focus on birds that visit New England just for a stopover during migration, birds that spend months here and call New England home. Monette will show images and stories behind the images. He will also include a section on the successful bald eagle introduction as a nesting species to Massachusetts that took place at the Quabbin Reservoir during the 1980s.

Meetings are free and open to the public. To join the meeting, send email to Gail Platz at


The Michael J. Dias Foundation, which offers sober housing to those in recovery, is announcing its super raffle fundraiser.

The grand prize is a Myrtle Beach get-a-way with an ocean-front view and includes airfare, while other prizes include dinner for two with a limo and champagne at either Mill on the River in South Windsor, Connecticut, or the Chop House in Worcester, tickets to a Boston Red Sox game and a New England Patriots game and a nine-pound lobster dinner with wine from Villa Rose restaurant.

Tickets are $100 and may be purchased on the website, The drawing will be June 13. For more information, call 413342-4167.


St. John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad St., will hold its annual German dinner with takeout orders only on April 30.

The menu includes roast pork, hot dogs, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert. Tickets are $12.50.

Reservations may be made for pick-up at 4:30, 5, 5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m. by calling Sally Sienkiewicz at 413-562-3186 or the church, 413-568-1417, or by email to Jane McClure, When making a reservation, you are asked to provide the number of dinners, the time and your telephone number.




Quarter auction

The Westfield Homeless Cat Project will host a quarter auction on May 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Shaker Farms Country Club. A $5 admission cost will include two paddles. There will be food, a cash bar and raffle prizes. Strict adherence to current COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed.

The project is also collecting gently used household goods and furnishing to be sold at upcoming tag sales and continues to seek new and previously loved jewelry, handbags, scarves and other women’s accessories which will be offered for sale during regular business hours at Choice Health, 307 East Main St. All proceeds will go directly toward the care of cats and kittens.

Contact Denise at denise


HCC registration

Registration is open for summer and fall classes at Holyoke Community College, including approximately 400 classes that will meet on campus for in-person learning beginning Sept. 7.

Summer classes are being offered in both five-week and seven-week formats: Summer Session I begins June 6 and runs five weeks; Summer Session II begins July 12 and runs five weeks; the full summer session runs for seven weeks, with classes starting June 7 and June 8.

Most summer classes are being offered fully online or in a blended remote format.

The college will continue to offer multiple, flexible start dates during the fall semester: Full fall semester classes start Sept. 7 and run for 14 weeks; Fall Start II classes being Sept. 27 and run for 12 weeks; Fall Start III classes begin Oct. 27 and run for seven weeks.

The admissions office is holding weekly virtual information sessions on the following Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. on April 27, May 4, May 18 and May 25 as well as May 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. To register, go online to

For information or to enroll, visit sion or call 413-552-2321.

Gardening workshop

The Holyoke Public Library has posted a container gardening workshop video on its website,

The video a step by step tutorial on how to make container gardens in pots for indoor or outdoor use with Dottie Caron, master gardener.

The library will offer a limited supply of free gardening starter kits to participants. Anyone interested in getting this free kit can contact Michael or Cheryl at 413420-8106 or at to pick up at the library. Kits are available on a first come, first served basis.

Virtual trivia

From May 2 through 5, Wistariahurst will host an online trivia contest curated by intern Alex Santiago. Come learn more about activist Carlos Vega and the Latinx history of Holyoke in this free event with fun prizes. Registration is required at

Participants are invited to explore a PowerPoint presentation and play an online trivia game related to “The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke.” The PowerPoint and the trivia game will be available both in English and in Spanish and will be posted on the website for the four days.

The trivia contest will conclude with a Zoom event on May 6 at 6:30 p.m., dedicated to discussing the trivia answers. A link to the trivia contest and the award ceremony will be sent to all who register.


Women’s scholarship

The marketing and public relations firm Chikmedia invites the community to apply for “The Chiks of the Future” annual scholarship. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a woman of color who plans to or is, pursuing a degree in marketing, public relations, communications or business Scholarship applications are available online at Completed applications and all support materials must be submitted by May 1. The scholarship recipient will be notified by email and then announced publicly mid-May.

Contact Meghan Rothschild at 413-218-4994 or

Author talk

The Odyssey Bookshop will host a Crowdcast conversation with Pultizer-Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri and Mount Holyoke College professor Ombretta Frau on May 14 at 7 p.m. Lahiri is the author of, “Whereabouts” and four works of fiction: “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth,” and “The Lowland”; and a work of nonfiction, “In Other Words.”

Frau is the chairwoman of Romance Languages and Cultures at Mount Holyoke College.

Call 413-534-7307 or visit

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