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Town Events, Dec. 2 - Dec. 9

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Annual Winter Wonderland Craft Show Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 760 Main St. This fair will feature over 30 crafters, free face painting for children, local singer, Amy Mercier, and the newest holiday favorite, chocolate covered apples. Baked goods, jewelry, beads, home decor, holiday decorations, personalized ornaments, are just a portion of what will be showcased at this event. Free admission. Children welcome. For more info, call 374-3283.

An Old Fashioned Christmas Carol Sing will take place on the Veterans Green on Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. The Carol Sing will be led by Rev. Earl Eisenbach of the Agawam Congregational Church and music will be provided by Wayne Ball, choir director, of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. Candles will be provided. Rev. Tom Rice, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Father Darius Mojallali, rector of St. David's Episcopal Church, will participate and present the greeting.

All are invited to attend the Rotary Club's Holiday Concert on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the junior high school. The concert will feature performances by Richie Mitnick, the Sounds of Music Singers and the junior high school chorus. Cost: $3 each with food donation; or $5 without a donation. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

On Dec. 12 from 9:30 - 11 a.m., St. David's Church, 699 Springfield St., will host "A Christmas Celebration for Kids." Come and join us for a pancake breakfast, story time with Mrs. Claus and a visit with Santa. Each child that visits with Santa will receive a gift. This is open and free to all. RVSP to the church office at 786-6133. Consider donating a package of new underwear that will be donated to a local charity for the homeless.

In the double glass cases at the Agawam Public Library, there will two specialized displays for the month of December. Matthew Clark, age 11 of Feeding Hills, is displaying his nutcracker collection. Clark has been collecting nutcrackers since age 6. A private collector will be showcasing her collection of fun, whimsical and cool snow people. Viewing is during regular library hours.

The Agawam Public Library is pleased to have photographer Jessica Ann McAloon display her work on the gallery walls for the month of December. This exhibit consists of flowers that she saw on her walks to the library. Viewing hours are during the library's regular hours.

The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on Dec. 3. Serving from 4 - 6 p.m.; $4.50 for adults and seniors; $4 for children under 10, and $4.75 for take-outs. We serve you, no waiting, all food made by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Join us as we welcome Santa Claus for a pancake breakfast! Come take your picture with Santa! We will also have face painting, Chinese auction, lottery basket raffle and lots of other activities. (Small fees apply for all.) Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. - noon at St. Joan St. George, 587 Grattan St. Pancakes, strawberries, coffee and juice available for $5 per person; children under three are free. Tickets will be sold at the door; if you would like to purchase in advance call 426-8329 or e-mail boosterclubnews@yahoo.com.

The Nativity Church Collectible Show has moved and is now being hosted by the Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the club's gym, 580 Meadow St. The show features coins, sports and non-sports cards, card supplies, autographs, vintage cards, T-shirts, caps, gift items and more. Handicap accessible. Admission $1, children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee. For info call Joe at 593-6046.

Hearing services are available Dec. 4 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appts: call 534-3698.

The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on Dec. 8 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The meeting is open to the public.

On Dec. 9 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. Meeting at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. Free. Info or to register, call 534-3698.

The next meeting will be Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Diane Weston, R.N. will provide info on ways to manage your diabetes, help you with your diet plan, provide instruction on the use of a glucometer, info on research and new developments and answer questions you may have. New members are always welcome and for more info call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18 at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. Service will also be available on the first Thurs. of the month at the same time. Each session is 15 mins. Cost is $10 for those over 60 and $15 for those under 60. To schedule your appt. call 534-3698.

The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. will host their regular meeting on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. For more info contact Adele Tawrel, president, at the center at 534-3698.

There will not be a Living Again Support Group meeting in December. The group will meet on its regular day and time in January. For more info contact the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-369.

Those who enjoy making beaded jewelry will meet at 10 a.m. on Thurs. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Bring your own materials and be open to sharing. Everyone who is interested is welcome. For more info call 534-3698.

A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fri. of each month at 1 p.m. In December they will meet on the 4th and 18th. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dreams. No extraordinary writing skills are required. They will have a holiday party on the first Friday. Info: call 534-3698.

Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare.

Nigeria/Malawi fundraiser pasta dinner, Dec. 10, 4 - 8 p.m. DoverBrook Estates Club house, 50 Doverbrook Rd. This fundraiser will assist Yolanda Da Costa of Chicopee to travel to Nigeria to provide diabetes education and medical treatment to the people there. Funds raised will also benefit the organization Educate Malawi Inc., based in West Springfield. Tickets sold at the door will be $7 for adults, children 12 and under $5, and $25 for a family. There will be raffle prizes, traditional African items to be sold and a variety of African music. For more info visit www.educate-malawi.org.

The Granby Public Library invites you to join our monthly Book Circle on Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The group will be reading "Mad as the Dickens" by Toni L.P. Kelner. Come and share your thoughts of this fun holiday mystery and enjoy refreshments. New members are always welcome. Sign up to receive our e-mail reminders at www.granbylibrary.com. Copies of the book are available at the library. Pick one up and plan to join us. For more info call the library at 467-3320.

Granby Public Library is looking for your help as we start our 10th annual "Warm the Heart" campaign. We are accepting donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, clothing, socks, slippers and underwear from children's sizes to adult XL. We are also looking for new items such as teddy bears, games, puzzles, books, journals, crayons, markers, play-doh and small toys for distribution to the Providence Behavioral Hospital Child/Adolescent Unit. Ages range from four - 18 years old. Help us to make this our most successful year ever and to warm the hearts of many this holiday season. Questions: call 467-3320.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Dec. 8 and 22 at the First United Church of Christ, Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org for more info. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St., on Dec. 19 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safety. A National Rifle Assoc. Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a State of Mass. Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 12. Info is available at www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: Call 539-9345 and leave your info on the answering machine.

On Dec. 5 from 6 - 10 p.m. Wistariahurst will be aglow with holiday spirit as the museum celebrates the season. Wistariahurst Museum welcomes you to enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a raffle in the elegant atmosphere of the Skinner family house. Be entertained with the live music of Room for 2, a dynamic vocal/piano duo. The event will also feature a performance of the Holyoke High School Madrigal Choir. Call 322-5660 for more info or to reserve tickets. Tickets are $30 and $25 for members of Friends of Wistariahurst. The Winter Soiree is sponsored by the Friends of Wistariahurst to benefit the museum.

The St. Patrick's Parade Committee of Holyoke has raffle tickets available for a "Delightful Ireland Your Special Way" trip to Ireland for six people. Includes limo ride to and from Logan Airport, roundtrip airfare on Aer Lingus, hotels, meals, attractions and spending money per traveler. Tickets are $100 each. A total of 290 tickets to be sold. Drawing March 17. This is the Past President's raffle held to defray the expenses of the 59th Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade. Contact Dan Tierney at 533-0909 or any other parade member for info.

The Board of Selectmen is looking for an interested resident to serve as a member on the Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals rule on applications for land use variances. This position will be for the remainder of a three-year term, up for reappointment in 2011. The resident must be a registered voter. Submit a letter of interest by 4 p.m. on Dec. 17 to the Selectmen's Office, Town Hall, 454 College Highway, Southwick, MA 01077.

The Senior Center will host its Christmas open house on Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. A light buffet will be served along with appetizers and beverages. Feel free to bring an appetizer or your favorite dessert to share. The DO RE MI's will be entertaining us with a sing along.

Holiday bazaar at Grayson House Assisted Living Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 942 Grayson Dr. Featuring hand-crafted items, homemade chocolates, good as new items and fresh baked goods. Finish your Christmas shopping and support the Resident Activity Fund. For further info contact Pat Gelinas, Life Enrichment Leader, at 426-9868 ext. 113.

Ronald McDonald House "Lights of Love" tree lighting ceremony and open house, Dec. 5, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 34 Chapin Terr. Santa and Mrs. Claus, house tours, caroling, cookies and cocoa and the tree lighting. A $5 donation purchases a light in honor or in memory of a special someone.

There will be a psychic fair/medium's day/bake sale Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings: $20, followed by a workshop titled "Your Heart's Desire" presented by Joy Levine from 2:15 - 4:45 p.m.; $20. For info or advance bookings, call Denise at 519-9669.

Annual First Light, Second Night, Hanukkah Celebration, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Entertainment, refreshments and of course latkes! The largest menorah in Western Mass. will be lit. Free and open to the public. For additional info call 739-4715.

Families are invited to join the Springfield JCC Preschool for Family Hanukkah Happenings, Dec. 9, 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 4:30 - 6 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St. There will be latkes, dreidel games, stories, songs and crafts. This event is free and open to families with children 15 months - elementary school. RSVP to Deb Cohen by Dec. 6 at 739-4715.

"Holiday Plants: History and Care" plus a holiday boutique will be the features of the Dec. 11 meeting of the Springfield Garden Club at the Melha Temple, 133 Longhill St. Event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a festive tea. The boutique will have member-made wreaths, floral arrangements and other craft items contributed by the Horticultural Groups and members for holiday shopping. Guests are welcome; guest fee: $5. For info call Virginia at 525-6957.

Sterling silver Christmas tree pendant or ornament quick clinic at Simply Beadiful, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Free instruction with small materials fee. Register early for this popular clinic. See details at www.Simplybeadiful.com or call 782-0288. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

The Chancel Choir, soloists and musical members of the congregation of Faith United Church will present "Music of Faith," a concert of Advent and Christmas music on Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. Choirmaster Raymond Drury and organist Marcia Jackson will lead their forces in music of Mendelssohn, Holst, Rutter and others. Although the concert is free, there will be a free-will offering. Faith United Church is located on 52 Sumner Ave. Call 739-4728 for more info.

The Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer's Assoc., MA/NH Chapter will host an open house Nov. 30 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. featuring the popular Apple Pie Bake-off. Network with others, learn more about the Alzheimer's Assoc., and enjoy delicious homemade apple pie. Michael Williams, Vice President of Chicopee Savings Bank and a member of the Alzheimer's Assoc. Partnership, will be one of the judges. Anyone wishing to enter a pie in the contest is asked to call ahead. Free and open to the public. For more info call 787-1113.

St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Group is hosting an evening of seasonal songs, delicious desserts and a performance of "Pair-A-Dice Hotel," a Christmas story presented by the Repertory Company on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. This evening of family entertainment will take place at St. John's Church, 60 Broad St. Tickets are $10/person and will benefit St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Group's trip to New Orleans for the LCMS 2010 National Youth Gathering. Reservations: call the church at 568-1417, Linda Slozak at 562-3208 or Jane McClure at 562-0492 to reserve a seat.

Members of the Westfield State College Chorale will be performing a concert at the Westfield Athenaeum on Dec. 3 at noon, as part of its First Thursdays at the Athenaeum concert series. Lydia's Gathering Place will offer boxed lunches. Those attending are also welcome to bring their own brown bag lunches. For more info, call the Westfield Athenaeum at 568-0638.

Holy Trinity Church, 331 Elm St., will host a pierogi and golombki sale on Dec. 5 from 2 - 6 p.m. at the Parish Center cafeteria. Varieties of pierogi available are cheese, cabbage, potato/cheese and prune. Also golombki, four to a package (not frozen). Come early to get your holiday supply.

Santa will available at Amelia Park Ice Arena for all on the following dates: Dec. 4, 11, from 5 - 7 p.m. (no public skate); Dec. 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 from noon - 4 p.m. (public skate from 1 - 2:50 p.m.). Public skate times subject to change. Each child that visits with Santa will have the opportunity to give them their wish list and receive a picture with Santa for $5 and a surprise gift. For more info, contact Carole Appleton at 568-2503 ext. 15.

The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Breakfast will take place on Dec. 11 at Shaker Farms Country Club, 866 Shaker Rd., from 7:15 - 9 a.m. Cost: $20 per member; $25 for non-members. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army and a door prize to highlight your business. Santa will be dropping in. RSVP by Dec. 7 by visiting www.WestfieldBiz.org or call Marcia at 568-1618.

The Grace Lutheran Church will host its 31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the church hall at 1552 Westfield St. The fair will feature local craft people, traditional church shops bake sale and a holiday raffle. There will be a luncheon served from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Proceeds from this event will go to the Women in Christ group to help fund their missions. For more info, call Sue at 562-7784.

The W.S. Park & Rec. Dept. is offering free skate time for families at the Amelia Park Ice Arena, 21 South Broad St., Westfield, from 10 - 10:50 a.m. on Dec. 30. To participate in this event, any West Springfield resident must acquire a free skate voucher at the Park & Rec. Dept., 26 Central St. Proof of residency is required to receive a voucher. For more info, call the dept. at 263-3284.

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