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Church supper

Agawam Congregational Church will be hosting a Valentine’s drive-through supper event on Feb. 12 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the church’s parking lot. The dinner will be catered by Partners Restaurant.

Vocalist Joe Saimeri will perform love songs such as “Love Me With All Your Heart,” “It’s Not Unusual,” “Lady” and more to entertain those waiting in their cars for their dinners.

For more information, contact the church at 413-786-7111 or 413-530-8000.

The Agawam Library is joining Cornell Lab of Ornithology, The National Audubon Society and Birds Canada for The Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 12 through 15.

Fifteen minutes of bird watching, counting and identifying is all it talks to participate and is open to all ages. Participants are encouraged to sign up with a free Cornell Lab account and the eBird Mobile App or, for desktop/ laptops the eBird website.

Patrons are asked to send the library pictures of their bird sightings to lpaul@agawamlibrary.

org.

For more information on the bird count, visit www. birdcount.org.

In addition, the library will be concentrating on birds all during the month of February. Bird related fiction and non-fiction materials will be featured on display on each floor. The Adult and Children’s crafts projects for February will include bird related themes.

On, Feb. 11, a Zoom Author Talk will be held with Robert Tougias, who wrote, “The Birder on Berry Lane: Three Acres, Twelve Months, Thousands of Birds.” To register call, 413-789-1550 or visit www.agawamlibrary.org

HOLYOKE

The spring semester officially began at Holyoke Community College on Jan. 25, but prospective students still have two more opportunities to start classes on Feb. 16 and March 29.

The college introduced two “Flexible Fall” start dates last semester to accommodate students as they adjusted to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to Mark Hudgik, director of admissions. Feb. 16-start classes run for 12 weeks. March 29-start classes run for seven. All spring semester courses conclude by May 12.

Students who enroll for spring session II or III have the opportunity to take a variety of different classes in a wide array of academic areas and can earn as many as four credits per course for a lab science, such as biology or forensic science. A full list of classes for spring session II and III can be viewed at hcc.edu/spring. For more information or to apply, go online to hcc.edu/apply, call 413-552-2321, send an email

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to admissions@hcc.edu or go to the college website ( hcc.

edu) and click on the “Chat Now” box.

Parade history

Today at 6:30 p.m., Wistariahurst will host “The History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke,” a live virtual program presented by Abigail Scanlon. This program is free and open to all. Advance registration is required. Spaces are limited.

To register for The History of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Holyoke or any future programs, go online to www.

Wistariahurst.org or contact Eileen Maginnis at the Holyoke Council on Aging at maginnise@holyoke.org. If you have an idea for a topic you’d like to be considered for a future Wistariahurst session, please contact info@wistariahurst.org.

SPRINGFIELD

Author talk

The Springfield Jewish Community Center’s Literatour of authors will kick off on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. via Zoom with a presentation by Robert Chipkin about his book, “Paws to Remember: Wit & Wisdom of Theo, the Golden Retriever.”

The book features columns by Chipkin, retired as a copy editor at The Republican, in which he adopted the voice of his golden retriever, Theo, as the two of them developed a special kind of “Theo-ology,” exploring the world as a dog sees it.

Chipkin has also worked as an educator at Western New England University. He is teaching “Telling Your Story Through Writing”, as part of the Springfield JCC’s Life Lessons Adult Education program.

Literatour events are free and open to the public on Zoom. Advance registration is required. To register, go online to SpringfieldJCC.

org or call 413-739-4715 with any questions.

STCC event

Springfield Technical Community College will hold a virtual open house on Tuesday at 4 p.m. to give the public an opportunity to learn about programs and the application process.

High school students, adult learners and their family members can log in to Zoom to learn about what the college has to offer. For information about registering to attend the virtual event, visit stcc.edu/ apply/open-house.

Admissions dean Louisa Davis-Freeman says the open house is an excellent opportunity to find out about programs, ask questions and speak with college representatives.

For more information, contact the admissions office by calling 413-755-3333 or email admissions@stcc.edu. To apply to STCC, visit stcc.edu/ apply. The college is accepting applications for Spring Flex Term 2, which starts March 24. Applying to STCC is free. Anyone with a high school diploma or equivalency will be accepted.

Graduate courses

Western New England University is offering all current undergraduate students two free graduate courses with acceptance to a master’s degree program upon completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

“As our undergraduates consider next steps, especially with the current economic climate, we want to help provide them with the opportunity to advance their credentials in what could prove to be a difficult time as the nation returns to post COVID normalcy,” says Matt Fox, executive director of graduate admissions.

Fox outlines the many benefits this opportunity offers including improving employment and future advancement opportunities, deferred undergraduate loan payment, and what essentially equates to a 20% reduction in graduate tuition.

For more information, go online to www1.wne.edu/ admissions/graduate/twograd- courses.cfm.

SOUTH HADLEY

‘What’s it worth?’

The South Hadley Public Library will host “What’s It Worth?,” an “Antiques Roadshow”-like program via Zoom on Feb. 20 at 11 a.m.

Author, auctioneer, appraiser and radio show Host Mike Ivankovich will introduce participants to “What Determines Value” and reveal what antiques, collectibles and personal treasures are really worth. Each attendee is invited to bring up to two items for appraisal during the two-hour program. The first 30 people will have one item appraised.

To register, go to https:// bit.ly/3bfUWng or call 413-538-5045 and speak to Desi.

Borders tour

The South Hadley Public Library will present “Postcards from the Borderland” on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Join historian and journalist David Mould on a journey to borders, both real and imagined. In his latest book on travel, history and culture, “Postcards from the Borderlands,” Mould explores the meaning of borders. Some borders, set by surveys and treaties, take no account of geography, language, and culture. There are borders within countries—physical, economic, or social. And finally there are the borders of our minds—the way we may think of unfamiliar places.

Register online at https:// bit.ly/2KTlRLc or call 413-538-5045 and speak to Desi.

For details on all library programs, go to shadleylib.org.

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