Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Holyoke Girls Youth Lacrosse

New girls lacrosse program in Holyoke starting this Spring! 

Holyoke Girls Youth Lacrosse for girls currently in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade.

No experience required!

The season is from early April to early June.  Games are only 1 1/2 hours including warm-up.  During the season there are 2 practices and 2 games per week.  We will be playing surrounding community teams.  Carpool transportation can be arranged for away games.  Lacrosse sticks and goggles can be borrowed for the season.  The only cost is a $50 registration fee.  Scholarships are available.  

Registration: please email Holyokelax@gmail.com

Please feel free to email Holyokelax@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Sign up for a FREE lacrosse clinic on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Kelly School from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Preregistration is required.  To sign up and receive the necessary waiver send an email to Holyokelax@gmail.com.

Space is limited!

Monday, February 8, 2016

PAM Project to Engage and Survey Holyoke Residents

The Participatory Asset Mapping (PAM) Partners are excited to announce the launch of the PAM Project and survey. Participatory Asset Mapping (PAM) is a way to amplify the voices of residents and identify community strengths and challenges. The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous.

The survey is available in English and Spanish. It can be taken online: pamholyoke.org or during an upcoming community event. Event information is posted regularly to the PAM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PAMholyoke/?ref=hl

The survey can also be taken at the Holyoke YMCA, 171 Pine St, Holyoke, MA.
The survey features questions about residents’ values, goals, and concerns. Information collected by the PAM project will help inform the efforts of PAM Partners and other organizations and actors working to improve Holyoke and engage its residents. Individuals who take the survey can enter a raffle to win $100.

PAM is also organizing a photo contest. Any individual can submit a photo of what they value most about Holyoke and could win the grand prize of $75. To enter, individuals should email their photo to pamholyoke@gmail.com by April 4, 2016. 

The PAM project is being carried out in partnership with several community stakeholders and is funded by the UMass Public Service Endowment Grant. The PAM Partners are: Apostolic Christian Church, Enlace de Familias, The Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce , The Greater Holyoke YMCA, Holyoke Community College CommITTED Club, Holyoke Council On Aging, Holyoke Housing Authority, Holyoke Human Rights Commission, Holyoke Safe Neighborhood Initiative, Iglesia Apostolica Cristiana de Bethsaida, Inc., Kelly Full Service Community School, Nuestra Raices, Inc., Providence Ministries Service Network, Nueva Esperanza, Inc., Olde Holyoke Development Corporation, and UMass Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.

If you have any questions or would like to hear more about this project, please email us: pamholyoke@gmail.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

Celebrate Love at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round!

Spend Valentine’s Day with your loved ones at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round! The carousel is open from 12 to 4 PM on Sunday, February 14 for family fun. Treat your Valentine to a ½ price ride ($1) when you purchase a full price ticket ($2). After a ride or two on one of the Merry-Go-Round’s 48 beautiful antique horses, make a Valentine for your special someone.

Mark your calendars for school vacation week: the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round will be open from Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19 from 12 to 4 PM.

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open on Saturdays and Sundays (in addition to certain holidays) from 12 to 4 PM during the winter. Holyoke Heritage State Park is located on 221 Appleton Street and borders Dwight Street in Holyoke. The park offers family-oriented cultural and recreational programs. The eight-acre site contains the Park Visitors’ Center, Holyoke Children’s Museum, Volleyball Hall of Fame, and the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.

For more information, call 413-538-9838, visit www.holyokemerrygoround.org, or find us on Facebook.

Friday, January 29, 2016

City of Holyoke Employees Complete Class in Conversational Spanish

Mayor Alex B. Morse will recognize four employees who completed a class in Conversational Spanish in the fall 2015 semester.

The City arranged the class with Holyoke Community College, which was held during last fall's semester, twice a week after work hours.  The class was taught by Harry Rodriquez and coordinated by Ken White of HCC and Holyoke Personnel Administrator Robert Judge.

The Mayor met will meet with the employees in his office on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 p.m. to present each with the certificate of completion from HCC and his own letter of congratulations.

Carla Neiswanger works at the Senior Center.  She said, "Upon taking the class offered by the City, I am now able to communicate on a basic level with our Puerto Rican patrons at the Holyoke Council on Aging.  This has helped to make people feel welcomed."

"I enjoyed participating in the Conversational Spanish Class for municipal employees," said Maureen Tisdell, who works in the Veterans Office.  "The small class size enabled us to partake in oral practice of dialogues, basic grammar, and vocabulary.  As a result, I am able to participate in basic conversational Spanish with community members."

Police Chief James Neiswanger said, "The instructor did a good job in teaching the basics in Spanish, but I also found the course to be culturally enlightening."

Morse said that he and Judge would continue to work with HCC to provide training opportunities for City employees.

For more information, please contact Nilka Ortiz in the Mayor’s Office at (413) 322-5510 or ortizn@holyoke.org

Monday, January 25, 2016

Holyoke Codes: We Got Game

Monday, February 1st, 8th, and 15th
5:30 - 7:30 pm

We invite teens to create games that address social issues in a positive way, creatively engage with technology, and explore issues important to them.

Gaming is fun and is a big part of our culture. Games can be social and cooperative, they can evoke joy, surprise, pride, curiosity, excitement, contentment, and creativity.

Games can also be a way to communicate important information. We invite teens to create games that address social issues in a positive way, creatively engage with technology, and explore issues important to them.

Inspired by the Street Arcade in Chicago, where social issues selected by the teen artists included racial profiling, urban violence, illegal drugs, police misconduct, and peer pressure among other things, teens in the Holyoke area can pick topics that matter to them!

Be a creator of culture, instead of just a consumer!

At this series of workshops, we will hear from professional game designers about how they create games and brainstorm with them about how to turn our ideas into games. We will learn how to be artists, programmers, project managers, and game testers while building our projects with a Scratch Game Engine.

Arcade Party!
We will present our games on the big screen to friends, family, and the community at an Arcade Party on Friday, February 19. Invite people to join us to eat, drink, and play!

These workshops are presented in collaboration with the Holyoke Youth Task Force and supported in part by the Holyoke Cultural Council.

We are also offering a February break series called She Got Game! in collaboration with Girls Inc of Holyoke.

Register for We Got Game by clicking here.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Holyoke Medical Center Gift & Coffee Shop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Holyoke Medical Center Gift & Coffee Shop will host a Grand Re-Opening with a ribbon cutting on Monday, January 25th at 10 a.m.

The hospital's renovated coffee shop opened in mid-October, 2015 with the introduction of Starbucks Coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and hot soups. Also available is a wide variety of sundries and gift items, including seasonal holiday items such as Valentine's Day gifts and decorations, gifts for new babies and moms and a variety of other special occasions.

Renovations for the new Gift & Coffee Shop were donated by the Holyoke Hospital Auxiliary Association. The decades-old organization is comprised of volunteers who work tirelessly to raise funds for the Medical Center, prioritizing special departmental needs as they arise.

The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. in the Gift & Coffee Shop, and will be followed by free samples of coffees and baked goods. This event will kick-off a week-long celebration with samples being served each day at the following days and times:

Monday, Jan. 25: from 10 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 26: from 11 a.m. - 12 Noon
Wednesday, Jan. 27: from Noon to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 28: from 1 to 2 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 29: from 2 to 3 p.m.

Daily prizes will be raffled. Each purchase at the Gift & Coffee Shop will be entered into a raffle for an HMC Gift & Coffee Shop gift card. A grand prize drawing will be held on Friday, January 29th. A New England Patriots football signed by members of the team and a gift basket with Starbucks and HMC related merchandise will be raffled.