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Town Events, Dec. 10 - Dec. 17

From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

On Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., St. David's Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a breakfast with Santa. Everyone that visits with Santa will receive a free gift. The breakfast, visit with Santa and gift are being offered free to the community. All are welcome. If you wish to attend, RSVP to 786-6133.

The Captain Charles Leonard House will have their holiday concert on Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. featuring "The Harper and The Minstrel." Jay and Abby Michaels are a Celtic/Folk/Renaissance duo specializing in aires and ballads with an occasional jig or reel, many of their own original songs, along with music from the Baroque and Renaissance periods. Call 789-9267 for seats. A donation of $14 is required for a reserved seat or $18 at the door.

St. David's Church, 699 Springfield St. Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Dec. 16. Join this group as they knit and crochet prayer shawls to be given to people who are ill, in the hospital or have any need. Instructions offered.

The Agawam Public Library's Teen Advisory Council will be collecting hats, mittens and new or gently used books for children ages 3 - 5. The items will be donated to children attending the local Headstart Early Childhood Program. Drop off your donations at the library anytime through Dec. 19.

On Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m., Agawam United Methodist Church will be gathering at Country Estates nursing home, 1200 Suffield St., for our annual Christmas caroling event. Anyone having friends or family residing in Country Estates or anyone who just loves an opportunity to share the wonderful songs of Christmas with others, join us.

Experience virtual golf with Wii demonstrations at the Chicopee Senior Center on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Experience this interactive virtual game that allows to play golf during cold months. This workshop will coach new players in the techniques of the virtual game. Call to register at 534-3698.

American Bosch Senior Travel Club will meet on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Castle of the Knights at 1599 Memorial Dr. After the meeting, there will be a Christmas lunch. No walk ins for reservations, you must call Shirley at 533-3446.

The Senior Concert Band of Western Mass. will be performing for the Chicopee Council on Aging holiday concert and birthday party on Dec. 19 at the senior center at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $1. Those who have December birthdays get in free with birthday coupon. All interested Chicopee elders are welcome. For more info, call 534-3698.

The Granby Public Library will be hosting a free art class with award-winning pastel painter Gregory Maichack called "The New Art of Pastel Painting: The da Vinci Mode" at the Church of Christ Parish Hall located on Route 202. The program will take place Dec. 13 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This hands-on workshop for adults will include all materials. No prior experience required. There is limited space available for this program, so contact the library to pre-register by phone at 467-3320, in person, or on the web at www.granbylibrary.com/ pages/ask-your-librarian.php.

Sixth annual New Year's Eve trip to Mohegan Sun Casino departs St. Patrick's parking lot on Allen Street in Springfield on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. Will depart casino at 12:30 a.m. Price includes $10 free bet, $10 food voucher, hats and favors; does not include driver gratuity. For more info call Carla Pierce at 783-6111. Book now and enjoy New Year's Eve with friends and free entertainment.

The December meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artist Association will be Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Public Library, 1550 Sullivan Ave., S. Windsor, Conn. The Fall Member Show will feature members' artwork judged by Woodstock, Conn., artist Sean Farrell and will include a $5 gift swap, a short meeting, reception and awards. Members are welcome to bring in a painting for a positive critique by Farrell. Paintings will be on display under Dec. 30. Public is welcome to attend.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Menu: minestrone soup, tossed salad, pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, rolls, homemade cheesecake with blackberry sauce, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or more info call the church office at 539-9373. Take-out is also available by reservation or, to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.

Any person who served in the armed forces of the United States from June 6, 1950 to July 27, 1953 is invited to join the Korean War Veterans of Western Mass. Also eligible to join are those members of the armed forces who served in Korea anytime after July 27, 1953 until the present date. Meetings take place monthly in South Hadley. For more info, call Al Natario at 583-5167.

Fishing and Wildlife 2009 licenses are now available for purchase in the Town Clerk's Office, 454 College Highway. The Town Clerk's Office is open 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Water/sewer bills have been mailed and are due Jan. 7, 2009. Real estate and property tax bills will be mailed the second week in December with a due date of Jan. 14. For more info, call the tax collector office.

The Southwick Council on Aging will be hosting their annual Christmas Open House Dec. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Senior Center. Ed Knowlton will entertain and light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring an appetizer or dessert for the table.

All classes at the Senior Center will be cancelled the weeks of Christmas and New Year's.

Gina Daniele presents a bus trip for Foxwoods Casino and Bingo on Dec. 13. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. For more info, call Gina at 732-8941.

Attention dads and children...Come on in to Simply Beadiful the weekend of Dec. 20 to make a special gift for Mom, Grandma, Auntie or friends. Simply Beadiful will provide guidance with all projects and will help you finish your gift for that special someone. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Dec. 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Dec. 21, noon - 4 p.m. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Call 782-0288 or visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com for more info.

Anyone interested in joining Christmas carolers to sing to shut-ins on Dec. 14 may meet at Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., at 4 p.m.

Join the Democrats of Springfield for a trip to Washington, D.C., for the Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 19 - 21. The oath of office will take place on the steps of the Capitol. Trip includes hotel in Baltimore, free time to sightsee and a breakfast. Bus leaves from Big Y on Boston Road at 7:30 a.m., returns approx. 6 p.m. For reservations, call Vera O'Connor at 783-9824. Final payment is due by Jan. 2.

The Boar's Head Festival
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Seats are still available for several of the evening performances, so call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for info. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 - 11.

Tell a story, or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at our next meeting on Dec. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Our sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

Foster Memorial Church located on Parker Street will be offering a Blue Christmas Worship Service on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. The focus for this worship service is to acknowledge and support those in our midst and those in the world who are experiencing a tough time during the Advent/Christmas holy seasons. Included will be time for quiet reflection, singing, prayer and the lighting of candles for special concerns. Everyone is invited. For more info, call Rev. Barbara Schenk at 782-2112.

The Springfield Women's Club is having its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 17 at Reeds Landing. Mezzo-soprano Eileen Ruby and Jerry Noble will entertain us for the holiday season. The joyous sounds of these two talented people will begin at 11 a.m. in the Longfellow Room at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Rd. The event is open to the public, and we will be happy to welcome new members. Join us for a most delightful morning.

A new recognition program for the teachers and staff of Westfield Public Schools called STAR Awards is now being offered. A donation of $15 per teacher or staff member will reward your favorite employee(s) with a colorful STAR award, presented in a display holder. Your donation will provide mini-grants to staff for educational projects that fall outside the regular school budget. For more info, call 572-6345 or download a request form at www.k12.westfield.ma.us/vips/staraward.html.

Registration is now underway for the 46th annual Ski Scramblers program with the YMCA of Greater Westfield. Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, skiers and snowboarders will go to Blandford Ski Area. Four lesson packages are available. For more info, contact Bridget Daley, Camping & Outdoor Education Director, at 568-8631 ext. 322 or e-mail at bdaley@westfieldymca.org.

State Rep. Don Humason Jr. invites all constituents to free ice-skating at Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St., on Dec. 13 from 6 - 7 p.m. Free ice time and skate rentals are compliments of Humason. For more info, call 568-1366.

Registration for YMCA Adult Fitness begins the week of Dec. 15. Sign-up now for our new beginners Zumba class on Monday and Wednesday nights. Ballroom dance lessons will begin Jan. 12. Non-members are welcome. For more info, contact Cindy Agan at 568-8631 ext. 323.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield is offering the "Y's Biggest Loser" program. This 12-week program is for anyone who needs to lose weight and become more physically fit beginning on Jan. 12. There is an initial one-hour meeting to go over general info and do weigh ins and body measurements. You then will be assigned to a certified trainer and meet once a week for weigh ins. Cost is $125 for facility members, $250 for limited and non-members. Call 568-8631 for more info.

The West Springfield Public Library (WSPL) is offering reference help via AOL Instant Messenger. You can now get help from the Reference Staff instantly by chatting with "WSPLHelp." To download AOL Instant Messenger, go to www.aim.com. To reach the WSPL Reference Staff, call 736-4561 ext. 111 or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.

The West Springfield Public Library will host author Tyler Boudreau discussing his first book, "Packing Inferno," on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Boudreau is a 12-year veteran of the Marine Corps. His intense devotion to military life began to disintegrate during his final mission in Iraq. After returning home, he discovered a turmoil developing in his mind. This event is free and open to the public.

On Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., Freda Brown, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst, will talk about the issues that can affect a divorcing couple's financial future. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more info, call 736-4561.

We will host a class level dance on Dec. 19. This will be our Santa's cookie sale. Don't forget about our big New Year's dance. See Dick Walker for info and tickets. The dances take place at the K-C on Park St. from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. We welcome singles. Couples and spectators are free. For info on any dances or winter cancellations, call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick at 525-3325 after 3 p.m.

The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A special featured topic of discussion as well as business matters will be discussed. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For more info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

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