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Town Events, Nov. 17 - Nov. 24

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

The Heritage Hall Campus annual Holiday Bazaar will take place on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in all five buildings of the campus. Dozens of vendors of crafts, baked goods, jewelry, cosmetics, candles, leather goods, artwork, and more. Free admission. Campus is located off of 462 Main St. For more info, call 789-8332 or e-mail nicole.wallace@genesishcc.com.

Agawam Public Library is continuing their yearly tradition of collecting food for local families. Event is organized by the Library's Teen Advisory Council and will run through Nov. 20. Non-perishable goods can be dropped off in the library lobby Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Santa is coming to St. John's Church of Agawam, 833 Main St., its annual Church Bazaar on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be jewelry, toys, books, hand made crafts, including knitting articles, bake goods, etc. Basket raffles and food available.

The Chicopee Parks and Recreation Dept. is offering two eight-week yoga classes with new yoga instructor Claudia Johnsen. Yoga stretching for the beginner (gentle) or next level students Nov. 17 and are on Wednesdays 5:45 to 7 p.m. Moderate-intermediate classes also Wednesday 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. All classes at new Chicopee Comp fitness room, located on the first floor in the back of the school. Cost is $70 for residents, $80 for non-residents. For more info call 594-3481. Pre-registration for both programs is mandatory.

A hearing service is offered Dec. 3 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Service is by appointment; includes a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Call 534-3698, Monday-Friday to make an appointment.

Informal group meets at 1 p.m. on the first and third Friday of each month in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. In December they will meet on the third and the 17th. Bring pen or pencil, paper and your ideas. Everyone welcome. For more info contact the center at 534-3698, Monday-Friday.

"Christmas with Cooney" at the Katherine Hepburn Theatre in Old Saybrook on Dec. 7. Includes round trip motorcoach, Mohegan Sun stop, casino bonus and food voucher, and special show at 3 p.m. featuring 15 show members and comedian. Cost is $60 p/p. Call the Chicopee Senior Travel Club at 534-3698, Monday-Friday from noon to 3 p.m.

The Society of Polish American Culture will host a Christmas carol sing-along and party on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. in the downstairs dining room of the Chicopee Lodge of Elks. Full Polish-style dinner, holiday music by Lenny Golmulka and associate from the "Chicago Push" Polka Band. Audience sing of Polish Christmas carols (kolendy). Giant raffle. Members and guests asked to donate a new, unwrapped gift worth a minimum of $5. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Evelyn Bryant at 594-6968 are $20. Open to the public. Deadline is Nov. 29. None sold at the door.

Harmony House will host a bus trip to New York City on Dec. 5. Bus will depart at 7 a.m. from the parking lot of the Home Depot on Memorial Avenue in Chicopee and leaves NYC at 6 p.m. Choice of three stops: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rockefeller Center/Radio City Music Hall or Macy's Department Store. Cost of the trip is $45 per person and the profits benefit Harmony House, a compassionate home for terminally ill individuals who lack financial resources or an able caregiver to care for them.

The Women's League for the Arts invite you to celebrate the season at our annual Gifts and Glamour Holiday Luncheon Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at The Colony Club. For ticket info call 596-9878.

Oscar Wilde's "Salome" will be brought to the stage by the at Holyoke Community College (HCC) Players on Nov. 18 - 20 at 8 p.m. in the Leslie Phillips Theater, C-Building, at HCC. Tickets: $10 general admission; $8 seniors and non-HCC students; $5 HCC students. For info, call 552-2528.

The Holyoke Public Library has partnered with Homework House to create a holiday event of food, entertainment, silent auction and cocktails Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Tickets: $20 per person; $35 for couples and can be purchased at the library by Dec. 6. For info, visit www.HolyokeHolidayGala.info or call 422-0506.

The Holyoke Fire Department is urging all parents and caregivers to get their child safety seat inspected free on Nov. 20 at Holyoke Rows, Jones Ferry Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fire department will have national certified technicians available to provide on-site child safety seat installations and education.

The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Nov. 17: manicures (by appointment). Nov. 18: blood pressure screening. Nov. 19: Veteran's Rep.; SHINE (by appointment). The center will be closed Nov. 25 - 26 for Thanksgiving holiday. For more info, call 569-5498.

The following will take place at the Senior Center. Mondays: pool or quilting, 9 a.m. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; bingo, 10 a.m., 5 /card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m., $3; painting, noon, $3; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; ladies' poker, 12:30 p.m.; writers' workshop, 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; aerobics, 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics or poker, 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming, 9 a.m., $20 for five classes; 10 a.m. Wii games.

The Exchange Club of Springfield, an organization for the prevention of child abuse and youth and community service is hosting a luncheon Nov. 18 at noon at the "350 Grille' on Worthington St. A representative of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, Barbara Kolosowski, will be guest speaker. The public is invited at a cost of $15, or if you are interested in becoming a member, call Program and Membership Chairperson Dot Lortie at 783-0195 to reserve.

Looking for something different? Tell a story or listen to a story told by the Springfield Storytellers. Next session is Nov. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Open to the public. Free. Storytelling takes place every third Monday of the month. For more info, call Doug Bradway at 733-9815.

Italian language classes at the Italian Cultural Center (ICC), 56 Margaret St., have been scheduled. Beginner II: Monday nights, Jan. 17 to March 7, 2011. Beginner I and Intermediate classes: Tuesday nights, Jan. 18 to March 8, 2011. All classes: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuition: $85 for ICC members; $95 for non-members. To pre-register, call 784-1492 and leave your name, phone number and state the class and level for which you are registering.

New session of Sylvia Rosen's three creative writing classes at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., will begin on Dec. 6; Dec. 7 and Dec.10. Rosen guides participants on an interactive and pleasant way of writing. Information and registration are available at the JCC or by phone, 739-4715.

The Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting a Mohegan Sun Casino trip on Dec. 13. The bus departs the JCC at 8 a.m. and returns from the casino at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25, which includes a $15 food coupon or free buffet, and three $5 bets. Register at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., or call 739-4715.

Nov. 28 at 5:45 p.m. at Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Beginners welcome! Learn how to combine leather and sterling silver with your choice of semi-precious stones, Czech glass, or crystals in our "tassels" bracelet clinic. Free instruction with small materials fee. Visit www.Simplybeadiful.com for more information.

"Cactus and Succulents" will be the topic when Arthur Scarpa, recent award recipient at the Newport Flower Show, brings his traveling plant show to the Nov. 19 Springfield Garden Club meeting at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon tea followed by a brief business meeting and program. Open to the public; $5 guest fee which is waived for those who join at the meeting.

The Springfield Department of Elder Affairs and The New England Farm Workers' Council are available to help individuals with Fuel Assistance applications by appointment on Nov. 23 at Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 Parker St. Call 750-2873 to make your appointment now, or if you need more information.

Westfield State University is offering "Hiking the Holyoke Range" on Nov. 20. We will be hiking the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to the top of Mt. Norwotuck. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a snack/lunch and water for this three-mile moderately strenuous hike from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $19. For more info, contact the Community Education Office at 572-8034 or fpero@wsc.ma.edu.

The annual Fezziwig Faire will take place Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St. The fair will feature more than 50 craftspeople. Admission is free. Doors open at 9 a.m. The YMCA Leaders Club will be selling lunches and offering gift wrapping services. The gymnastics club will have a bake table.

Written and directed by Kathleen Palmer, with musical direction by Marion Dunk, "A Christmas Carol" will be presented by the Westfield Theatre Group at the Woman's Club, 28 Court St., on Dec. 3-4, 10-11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12 for adults; $10 for students or seniors (60+). Group rates available for 10 or more. Front row balcony seats can be reserved for $17. Reservations are recommended by calling 572-6838.

Vendor applications are being accepted for Santa's Workshop Craft Fair & Pancake Breakfast, to benefit the Friends of the Senior Center and the Parish Cupboard on Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 128 Park St. Registration fee per table: $35 ($10 of the cost will be donated to the Cupboard). Applications available via e-mail: SeniorCenter@west-springfield.ma.us. For more info, call 263-3264 or 263-3265.

Spaghetti supper will take place Nov. 22 at the W. Springfield Middle School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the W. Springfield High School wrestling team. Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, salad, rolls, dessert table. Tickets: family ticket (up to four people) $15; adults $7; seniors and kids under 12 $5. Large raffle. Tickets available at the door. For more info, call 250-5439.

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