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October events to benefit the Amelia Park Children's Museum

WESTFIELD October is an exciting month for the Amelia Park Children's Museum (formerly the Discover Westfield Children's Museum).

With a series of events, which began Oct. 10, and ending with the museum's second annual comedy night on Oct. 21, visitors and supporters will find something for everyone's interest.

Following are the programs taking place only in October on behalf of the Amelia Park Children's Museum:

Oct. 21. at the Tekoa Country Club from 6:30 - 11 p.m. The Second Annual Comedy Night featuring Jimmy Dunn, "The Traveling Fan from the Red Sox Pregame Show" and Kelly MacFarland, featured on TV's "The Biggest Loser." Good clean humor. Tickets are $50. Also featured are appetizers, silent auction, cash bar.

Throughout October Applebee's Restaurant Coloring Contest. Make a $1 donation to color the best pumpkin photo. Prizes awarded by age group. Prizes will be an Applebee's gift card for each age group and pictures will be displayed throughout the restaurant.

Ongoing Super Phipps Cans for Kids. Super Phipps Liquor Store, East Main Street in Westfield Proceeds from recycled cans and bottles continue to benefit the Museum. Please designate your donation when you drop cans and bottle at the store's recycling center.

"These events and the ongoing support of our volunteers and the community at-large are critical to the future success of the Amelia Park Children's Museum," said Doug DeLeo, president of the Museum's Board of Directors. "We are extremely grateful for the financial gifts pledged and which we continue to receive and look forward to building even more relationships as our building process progresses."

For more information about these events, please contact Jennifer Kinsman, executive director of the Discover Westfield Children's Museum at (413) 572-4014.

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About the Capital Campaign

Knowing that the current children's museum had outgrown its present space, local businessman Al Ferst issued a $1 million dollar challenge to the museum in early 2004 he earmarked $1 million dollars of his own funds toward a new building and challenged the board to raise an additional $1 million to augment construction and support programming.

In a single year, grassroots efforts by museum volunteers have approximately raised $500,000, which caps Phase I and has triggered construction of the new building.

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About the Amelia Park Children's Museum

Founded by teachers and parents, the Amelia Park Children's Museum (formerly the Discover Westfield Children's Museum) was created in 1994 and first opened its doors on June 1, 1997. Since then, the museum staff of four part-time employees has welcomed more than 40,000 visitors.

Currently, the museum has more than 300 members and is 100 percent privately funded by donors and members.

For more information about the Amelia Park Children's Museum please visit our Web site at www.westfieldchildren.com.

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Hours and Admission

The Museum is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Admission is $3 for adults and children two years and older; $2.50 for Senior Citizens who are 60 and older. Children under age two and Museum members are free.