Saturday, March 8, 2014
Saturday, March 22nd promises to be a more than full day at Holyoke Public Library with events scheduled from opening to closing time.
At 10 AM, Lori Szepelak, author of “Angel on My Shoulder,” will chronicle her spiritual journey with her guardian angels which eventually led to the publication of her books.
At 11 AM Ms. Szepelak will present a second book, “Floors of the Forest” this time geared to a younger audience, but following the care and concern for the environment. In this book, Ms. Szepelak engages readers at all age levels in finding ways to help preserve “Mother Earth” with assistance from guardian angels! As the author shares her love of the outdoors (on land hiking and under the sea scuba diving), through words and pictures, and explains how the angels that surround us make their presence known.
Ms Szepelak feels blessed to share a message of faith, hope, love, and, of course, how to work with angels every day. The author will answer questions and sign copies of her books following each presentation in the Library Community Room.
At 2:00 PM, author Nancy Hale will present her book, “My Journey,” the story of a military wife coping with the loss of her husband through faith, hope and courage. Her story relates her experience as a young widow suddenly faced with the challenges of being alone in Cuba with forty-eight hours to leave the island with her two young sons and her husband’s casket. Her story relates how her faith in God transformed her and enabled her to find the strength and courage that changed a twenty-seven year old country girl into a more loving woman without breaking her spirit.
At 4pm, the Williams College Elizabethans will present a special program highlighting music of the Renaissance. The program will feature a six-voice vocal ensemble singing both sacred and secular choral music from the Middle Ages to the present. While a large portion of their repertoire comes from the Renaissance period, they also incorporate music from other periods, including folk songs, spirituals, Jazz standards, and more. Works being performed during the current semester incorporate Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German and Latin selections. The group also performs in period costumes.
All of the above programs are open to the public free of charge. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Holyoke Public Library at 413-420-8101, or by registering in person at the library’s circulation desk.
Christopher Hopewell announced today that he will run for the State Senate in the 2nd Hampden Hampshire district. In announcing his candidacy, Hopewell stated, “My first priority will be to improve the state’s wasteful healthcare spending. Our state pays out $17 billion a year on health costs and with the passage of Obamacare there are many services which the state no longer needs to provide. These services and their financial burden should be shifted back to profitable private health insurance companies.”
“My second priority is public safety. The state has promised the region a Forensic Investigations Laboratory for years but has failed to provide the funding. I will fight for full funding of this measure because I believe victims of violent crimes and accidents deserve to see their perpetrators brought to justice.”
Hopewell resides in the city of Holyoke with his wife Laurie Cabana and has 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. After graduating high school Hopewell joined the U.S. Army as a specialist in combat medicine. After completing his tour he returned to western Massachusetts and began a 30 year career in Emergency Medical Services. Chris is currently an EMS coordinator for a local hospital and serves as Chair of the Fire Commission in Holyoke. In the past he has worked as a paramedic and forensic technician for the Chief Medical Examiner’s office.
Hopewell will be spending Saturday March 8th holding signature drives throughout the district and ending the day with a kick-off event from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Dino’s restaurant on 615 Homestead Ave, Holyoke. This event is open to the public.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
An Afternoon Concert at Wistariahurst:
Classical Guitarist Michael Sheridan
and Back Bay Guitar Trio
SUNDAY, March 9 at 2pm
SUNDAY, March 9 at 2pm
The Greater Holyoke YMCA, which has served the greater Holyoke community for 128 years, officially kicked off its 2014 Annual Support Campaign today. The organization’s goal is to reach at least $80,000 in donations to support its work around water safety, children's health and access to Y programs.
“Countless people know the Greater Holyoke YMCA. But there’s much more to us than one might think," Joe Premont, the Greater Holyoke YMCA's Board President said. "Kids pour in after school to play and do homework. Seniors connect with one another through exercise classes. Families learn how to eat healthy and grow together. Teens spend time with their friends and get involved in leadership programs. The Y doesn't just strengthen bodies, the Y strengthens communities."
The Greater Holyoke YMCA, located at 171 Pine St., provides many services and programs for children, families, adults and seniors. Included among those are swimming & water safety, before- and after-school childcare programs in Holyoke & South Hadley, the Holyoke Urban Bike Shop, a Teaching Kitchen, and group exercise classes.
From Board Vice-President and Campaign Committee Chairperson Barbara Baran, “I'm thankful for our supporters. They understand the impact they make when they contribute to this Y. Whether providing a young child with an opportunity to be safe and confident around water, or educating teens about healthy lifestyle choices, their financial support allows us to make a real difference right here.”
The 2013 Annual Campaign made it possible for the Y provide more than $140,000 in direct support to youth, families, adults and seniors. No one is turned away from a YMCA program activity because of an inability to pay.
New this year, members are raising money for the Annual Campaign by participating in a “Cycle for A Cause” event. Teams of riders will raise $300 to 'purchase' entry to the event, which will take place from 9:00 AM-Noon on Saturday, May 3. A Live DJ will provide music as YMCA cycling instructors lead teams on a 3-hour ride. All proceeds go directly to the 2014 Annual Campaign. To help support the 2014 Annual Campaign or participate in the "Cycle For A Cause" event, visit HolyokeYMCA.org or call 413-534-5631.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
The heroes of Colonial America were not all men – not by a long shot- although to read most historical accounts of America’s colonization that would easily be the impression one might form. On Wednesday March 12, at 2:00 PM Holyoke Public Library will host a special presentation by author Alice Plouchard Stelzer, who will read excerpts from her latest book, “Female Adventurers: the women who helped colonize Massachusetts and Connecticut”. Ms. Stelzer has assumed the challenge of changing the impression that America’s foundation were built solely by men.
Alice Plouchard Stelzer, a mentor/coach for writers, has taught writing workshops on journaling, creativity, autobiography/memoir, and writing for your health. In “Female Adventurers” she does not settle on the easy approach of treating the subject in general terms. Through exhaustive research she has traced historical accounts of early settlers in order to site specific women and identify their individual contributions. The book has been written to appeal to youth as well as adults and is particularly well suited to those with an interest in women’s role during America’s Colonial period.
Patrons who attend the March 12th presentation by Ms. Stelzer at Holyoke Public Library, as well as those who read her book, will gain new insight into the commitment that their “fourmothers” made and the challenges which they encountered while building a civilized foundation for future generations. Learning about these women will prompt readers to learn more about America’s past and the remarkable contributions which these pioneering women made, long before “Women’s Lib” had even been dreamed of.
Alice Stelzer has been writing for more than 25 years as a women’s magazine editor and publisher, newspaper editor, columnist, journalist, and as a public relations consultant. Throughout this period she has also worked tirelessly to support the women’s community. The magazine which she published highlighted the successes which women had made. Women’s history is a subject which she loves and has championed throughout her career and is still frustrated at how little of it is published even in today’s world.
The “Female Adventurers” program at Holyoke Public Library is open to the public free of charge, however advance reservations are strongly recommended to make certain that everyone can be accommodated. Reservations can be made by calling the library at 413- 420-8101, or by registering online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the circulation desk.
PassportHolyoke invites the public to attend a planning meeting for an expanded Discover Holyoke 2014 on Monday, March 3 at 5 pm at Holyoke Heritage State Park. PassportHolyoke seeks to build on a prior brainstorming session and is looking for individuals with enthusiasm and creative vision to join the conversation. Discover Holyoke 2014 is scheduled for Friday, October 3 through Sunday, October 5 and will highlight the art, music, food, and unique attributes of the City of Holyoke. PassportHolyoke hopes to engage artists, performers, restaurants, businesses, and community members in creating new events for Discover Holyoke 2014 and promoting pre-existing events happening the first weekend of October.
Discover Holyoke 2014 is a collaborative effort that benefits from community involvement in all stages of planning.
Join PassportHolyoke in making Discover Holyoke 2014 a success. Pizza will be served at the meeting.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
With exceptionally talented percussionist Craig Harris featured on the Holyoke Public Library’s March Children’s program, the sounds of Celtic drums will be heard, loud and clear. The March 12th timing of the program is certain to underscore Holyoke’s Irish Heritage as Craig presents a Celtic based version of his popular “Drum Away the Blues” presentation. A key element contributing to Craig’s popularity with young audiences, is his ability to draw them into each program by allowing them to join in the drumming.
Throughout the month of March, the Holyoke Public Library will offer its full schedule of activities for children of all ages. Each Monday Toddler Time will be held at 10 AM with Children’s Librarian Nathan Hayes. This is an opportunity for parents or caregivers of very young children to come together and share their experiences and ideas with one another as their little ones interact with each other, listen to several specially selected stories, and enjoy playtime.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 10, Nathan will conduct Story Time readings and games for preschoolers. The stories and games on each of the three days will be the same allowing for flexibility for the adults to choose whichever day is most convenient for them. For parents unable to attend Morning Story Time, Children’s Librarian, Jason LeFebvre, offers Evening Story Time every Tuesday at 6:30 PM with a different program each week featuring short stories, songs, finger plays, games and a short craft.
On Wednesdays between 3 and 8 PM, the Library provides a wide selection of Puzzles and Board Games geared to various age levels, which can be enjoyed individually, in pairs, or in small groups. Parents or other adults can also join in these activities whenever they wish .On Thursdays at 6:30 PM, Family Bingo is held with children and parents playing together. Adding to the enjoyment, everyone is a guaranteed prize-winner.
From toddlers to seniors everyone is always welcome at Holyoke Public Library. In addition to special programs for children, the library also offers a year round series of special events and free programs for adults. For information on upcoming activities, please check the library website at www.holyokelibrary.org, or call the library at 413-420-8101.