Town Events, Nov. 18 - 25, 2009
CANNED FOOD DONATION
The Agawam Public Library's Teen Advisory Council will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Open Pantry through Nov. 20. For more info, contact Cynthia Sutter at the library, 750 Cooper St., at 789-1550 ext. 4.
SIGN UP TO SING
Coffee House for Cool Cats will take place at The Oaks on Suffield Street on Dec. 4 from 7 - 10:30 p.m. Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats is sponsoring the event, and the owners of The Oaks have deciated the entire eventing for this open mike coffee house event. We are seeking musicians to donate one or two songs to the evening. The event will help raise money and awareness about cats living outdoors that need food, shelter and veterinary care. To sign up to sing, call Kate at 786-3672 or e-mail email@example.com.
ROAST PORK DINNER
The Ladies' Glee Dlub and the Men's Singing Secton of Springfield Turnverein located at 176 Garden St., Feeding Hills, cordially invite everyone to join them on Nov. 20 for their roast pork dinner. The dinner will be served from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, potatoes, vegetable, dessert, and coffee or tea. Tickets are $8. Reservations may be made by calling the Club at 786-0924 or Wilma Gillan at 786-4671. Reservation deadline is Nov. 18.
COA HOLIDAY FITNESS BREAKFAST
There will be a holiday fitness breakfast on Dec. 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the Castle of Knights. Entertainment by Rich Kmon Band, provided by the Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept., door prizes. Menu: fruit juice, baked pastries, bagels w/cream cheese and jelly, sliced fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, herb breakfast potatoes, coffee and tea. Tickets: $10, must be purchased no later than Nov. 30. Participants must be enrolled in a current exercise class and/or use the COA fitness center. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., or call for more info at 534-3698.
RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SHOW
The Chicopee Parks & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a trip to Radio City Music Hall for the Christmas Show. Trip included bus fare and admittance to the show, orchestra/1st mezzanine seating. Departs from the Szot Park parking lot at 8 a.m. on Dec. 7. Arrive in NYC at approx. 11:30 a.m. to shop for hours prior to the 5 p.m. show, depart for home at 7 p.m., arriving home at approx. 11 p.m. Cost is $105 for residents, $109 for non-residents. Seats are limited. For info, call the Parks Dept. at 594-3481.
MASSAGE AVAILABLE AT COA
Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 11 a.m. on Nov. 20 at the Chicopee COA, 7 Valley View Ct. Starting Dec. 3, this 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. Chair massage is adminstered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. To schedule your appt., call 534-3698.
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, from noon - 2 p.m. the Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044 will be hosting their 19th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Dinner is free of charge and is aimed at providing a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal for any person or family that is in need or just lonely. Meals are delivered to those who are home bond with the co-operation of Western Mass Elder Care. Transportation is available from Lorraine's Soup Kitchen in downtown Chicopee to the Knights of Columbus Memorial Drive facility. For more info, call 538-7915. Fairview Council is located at 1599 Memorial Dr.
Join Bosch Travel Club Feb. 15 - 17 for a trip to Bally's Park Place Casino. Two night accommodations at the Bally's Park Place, $30 coin bonus, two breakfast and one dinner. Call Bob at 592-1542 or Will at 538-9893 to reserve your seat.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church presents the annual Holiday Dinner/Dance on Dec. 12 from 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. Cost is $45 per person, $80 per couple. Social hour is 6 - 7 p.m. Dinner served at 7 p.m. Door prizes, music, cash prizes. For more info, call 736-8567 or 788-0044.
Meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Group discusses a variety of topics each month. The next meeting will be on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. For more info, call Jared Krok at 534-3698.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
In Good Company is a support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. Coming to a support group at the Senior Center and being with others can help you feel better. The next meeting will be Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Free. The group is facilitated by a professional. For more info, call 534-3698.
HIKING THE HOLYOKE RANGE
Nov. 29, starting at 9 a.m. Leaders: Dave and Suzy Gallup (525-4697). Meeting place: Notch Visitors Center, Route 116, Amherst. We will hike the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail to the top of Mt. Norwottuck, the highest mountain on the range. After lunch on the summit, we will hike to the "horse caves" and trace the steps of Daniel Shays (c. 1787). From the caves, we will connect to the Robert Frost Trail on our hike back. Bring your favorite Robert Frost poem to read. Wear sturdy footwear, bring a snack/lunch and water. This is a three-mile moderately strenuous hike. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
NEW YORK BUS TRIP
The Holyoke Creative Center is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Dec. 6. Bus will leave from the center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Call the center at 532-0465 or visit www.holyokecac.org for additional info.
Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 will host the final "all you can eat" spaghetti supper for this year on Nov. 19 at the Lodge Home on Whitney Avenue. Serving from 4 - 7 p.m. Menu: tossed salad w/dressing, spaghetti covered with Elks special meat sauce, parmesan cheese, plain and garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Price is $5 for adults, $2 for youngsters 6 - 12 and free for tots 5 and under.
NUTCRACKER AND SWEETS
On Dec. 12 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 2 and 4:30 p.m. Wistariahurst welcomes back Mass. Academy of Ballet with a twist on this holiday classic. Through narration and dance, the historic setting of the Wistariahurst Museum, students of the Mass. Academy of Ballet and members of the Ballet Educational Training Assoc. will perform this magical story as it may have been in Holyoke in the 1890s. A reception of delectable sweets will follow each performance. Advance reservations recommended; seating is limited. Tickets are $10, children 12 and under are free. Call the museum for further info or to reserve your tickets at 322-5660 or visit www.wistariahurst.org.
BENEFIT WINE TASTING
Womanshelter/Companeras will host a wine tasting on Nov. 19 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Summit View, Route 5. The event will raise funds to support shelter and crisis services for victims of domestic violence. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased by calling Womanshelter/Companeras at 538-9717 or through the organization's Web site at www.womanshelter.org. The tasting will feature noted area wine connoisseur Tom Millette, Ph.D. An assortment of foods will be served, and there will be a raffle.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church will conduct its fifth annual auction Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. (preview at noon) at Adelfia Restaurant & Banquet Room, 506 Granby Rd. (Rte. 202), South Hadley. Admission is free. The auction will contain gift certificates and gift cards, small appliances, useful household items, craft items, bountiful gift and food baskets, and more! Two autographed baseballs (by David Ortiz and Ted Williams) and an autographed Red Sox picture signed by Bronson Arroyo will be featured at the auction. Cash and checks accepted. Refreshments will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar and a 50/50 cash raffle. For more info, call 533-7872.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE SKATE
On Nov. 25 Interskate 91 is hosting a "Make a Difference Skate" from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Admission at $5, but you can receive $1 off admission for each canned food item you bring up to a maximum of $4 (skate rental is extra). Bring five or more items and you will receive a special prize. All food donated will go to the Community Survival Center in Indian Orchard.
Ahlem Temple, Daughters of the Nile will host a spaghetti supper on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. at Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St. Price of $8 will benefit the Daughters of the Nile, and the supper will immediately precede the Sounds of New England show at 7 p.m.
SOUNDS OF NEW ENGLAND
The Sounds of New England, a barbershop style chorus, will perform at Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St., on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. to benefit Shriner's Hospital for Children. Their four part a capella harmonies include big band hits, jazz, ballads, patriotic standards all with stunning flair of choreography and costumes. Doors open at 6 p.m. Ticket price is $15.
THE RACE TO 100 RADIO-THON
At WLCQ 99.7FM, 522 Springfield St., Feeding Hills, on Nov. 19 from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. there will be a radio-thon to help raise money to feed and care for the hungry and homeless this Thanksgiving season. We're looking for 100 listeners to call in during the Radiothon and give a single gift of $100. Our goal is to reach $10,000 enough to feed and care for over 5,000 people this Thanksgiving season. You can help by volunteering to help staff phone lines in two-hour shifts. Call 732-0808 ext. 114 to be placed on the volunteer list. You can also become a sponsor. Call 732-0808 ext. 114 for more info. You can also make a donation.
The Springfield Storytellers' next meeting will be Nov. 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. No admission charge. Story telling takes place every third Fri. of the month.
CATHEDRAL OPEN HOUSE
Cathedral High School will host an open house on Nov. 19 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. for all prospective students and their parents. Tours and opportunity to speak with current students and staff will be available. Each prospective member of the class of 2014 will also be entered in a "tuition reduction raffle," with three lucky winners receiving a voucher for $2,500 off their first year tuition bill. Cathedral is located on Surrey Road.
SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS 40TH ANNIV.
Springfield School Volunteers cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate our history and look forward to our continued
service to the Springfield Public Schools. Nov. 18. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., buffet dinner at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Lodge of Elks, 440 Tiffany St. Tickets are $40; proceeds benefit Springfield School Volunteers. For more info or to purchase tickets call 787-7015.
SHINE COUNSELOR AT GREENLEAF
Medicare Part D open enrollment runs from Nov. 15 - Dec. 31. Make sure you don't hit the "donut hole" in 2010 by reviewing your coverage with a SHINE Counselor Nov. 17 or Dec. 17 at the Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 Parker St. Appts. necessary. Call 750-2873 and/or see Kerri for an appt.
SANTA ARRIVES at EASTFIELD
Nov. 21 from noon - 2 p.m. Eastfield Mall and Colby Academy of Dance invite children and their families to welcome Santa to the mall! Children will receive a free gift from Santa, special coupon for Santa photo, can participate in free activities and enjoy a live performance by Colby Academy of Dance. Photos with Santa at Center Court through Dec. 24. For more info: www.eastfieldmall.com or 543-8000.
Join Gina Daniele on a bus trip for Christmas shopping in New York City on Dec. 5. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. For more info, call 732-8941.
CHAIR CANING DEMO
Alice Flyte, "the Seat Weaver," will be offering a free chair caning demo on Nov. 21 from 1 - 3 p.m. at 24 Arnold St. Everyone is invited to stop by to see how the hand cane is woven, one strand at a time, to make a traditional cane pattern.