Town Events, Nov. 3 - Nov. 10
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
FOOD FEST WEST
West of the River Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Food Fest West on Nov. 4 at the Crestview Country Club, 281 Shoemaker Lane from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Proceeds will benefit the West Springfield Partnership for Education, student scholarships and other worthwhile endeavors. For reservations for Food Fest West contact Diane Swanson, events manager, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN
Agawam Education Assoc. (AEA) is hosting a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on Nov. 12. Bus leaves the high school at 4 p.m.; return by midnight. Cost: $25. Each person receives $15 for food and $15 in gaming coupons. Profits benefit the AEA's scholarship fund. For more info or to participate, contact Jane at 563-5926 or email@example.com.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
Nov. 4: 9 a.m. exercise; 9:30 a.m. quilting; 10 a.m. line dancing 2; 12:15 p.m. bridge; 1 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. pitch; 1:30 p.m. open art; 2 p.m. melody band; 4 p.m. zumba. Nov. 5: 8:30 a.m. tap class; 9:15 a.m. oil painting; 9:30 a.m. hand and foot card game or walking club; 10 a.m. Tai Chi; 11 a.m. trip to Springfield Symphony; 11:30 a.m. yoga; 12:15 p.m. canasta; 1 p.m. cribbage; 1 to 5 p.m. Friends fall variety fundraiser.
Phelps Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization is seeking vendors for their Vendor Night on Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium. For more info, visit www.agawampublicschools.org where you can download an agreement form or call Stacy at 786-5039.
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are planning their second annual Holiday Basket Raffle and are looking for people or businesses willing to donate themed baskets for the raffle. Baskets will be on display in the library Nov. 22 to Dec. 17. To donate or for more info, contact Marcia Capuano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-5506 or Judy Clini at email@example.com or 789-1550 ext. 105.
CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
On Nov.17 Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be held at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court at 3:30 p.m. Free. For further info or to register, call 534-3698. The Alzheimer's Support Group meets regularly on the third Wednesday of every month and is facilitated by Bennett for the Atrium and Jared Krok, Social Service Coordinator, Chicopee Council on Aging.
DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP
The next meeting will be on Nov. 8 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. New members welcome. Info: call Jared at 534-3698. Free, although donations are welcome.
On Nov. 10 from 9 a.m.-noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals taken on a first-come basis; a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register, call 534-3698.
A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. The group is facilitated by Irene Remillard. For more info call Jared at 534-3698 or Irene at 594-6092.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will hold their Spaghetti Supper Nov. 4, serving from 4 to 6 p.m. Adults and seniors, $5; children under 10, $4; and $5.25 for take outs. All food made by the Ladies Auxiliary.
HOLLY BERRY FAIR
The Ladies Benevolent Society of The First Congregational Church of 306 Chicopee St. will hold their Holly Berry Fair on Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included will be "The Snack Counter."
COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING
The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on Nov. 9 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. The meeting is open to the public.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY COOKING
Learn some healthy holiday cooking without sacrificing flavor using healthier methods, leaner cuts of meat, homemade dishes that help to reduce calories, fat, sugar and sodium content, substitute some ingredients with their lighter versions. Space is limited to 18 people. Tickets available at the Chicopee COA Office, 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call Violet Susak, Health and Fitness Coordinator at 534-3698 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation $4.
SENIOR CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.
FRIENDS OF SENIOR CITIZENS
The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens will host their regular meeting Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The Friends have made a commitment to raise two million dollars towards a new building. If you are interested in this project or any of the other activities of the Friends, come to the meeting. For more info contact Adele Tawrel, president, at the center, 534-3698, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish sponsors its Christmas Bazaar Nov. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parish auditorium, 26 Bell St. Delicious, traditional Polish and American food, unique items, game booths, raffles. Free admission.
CRAFT AND VENDOR FAIR
Holy Name School will be hosting a crafters and vendors fair in Cuvilly Hall, 63 South St., on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments, bake sale, raffles, and much, much more! Spaces measuring 10' by 10' are available for $25 on a first-come, first-serve basis. All proceeds to benefit Holy Name School.
SWEDISH PANCAKE BREAKFAST
On Nov. 6 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Pilgrim Covenant Church, 605 Salmon Brook St., will host a Swedish pancake breakfast and Scandinavian bake sale. This popular "donation breakfast" is a fundraiser for the church's youth, who are going on a mission trip to build houses in Mexico summer, 2011.
DONATE YOUR CAR
Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 1-888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.
FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAM
First Time Homebuyer Program sponsored by Valley Community Development Corp. and Florence Savings Bank Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Florence Savings Bank, 355 Russell St., Hadley. To register, contact Fern Selesnick at email@example.com or 586-5855, ext. 16.
A VISIT WITH RAPTORS
Tom Ricardi of the Prey Rehabilitation Center will be at the Keep Homestead Museum, 35 Ely Rd., Monson, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Ricardi will bring seven birds with him, including a turkey vulture and some owls. A special guest will be a golden eagle. Free. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 267-4137.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles hike Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. (arrive at 9 a.m.) at Ragged Mt. in New Britain. No kids or dogs. Hiking in four skill levels for two hours each. Buffet lunch follows. Call Charlie at 203-271-2125 (home) or 860-489-9611 (cell) to RSVP.
SUFFEIELD PLAYERS AUDITIONS
For two winter productions: "The Lying Kind" and "Vicious Valentines: An Evening of Lovely One-Acts" will take place Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield, Conn. "The Lying Kind" by Anthony Neilson will be presented as a staged reading on Dec. 3, 4, and 5. "Vicious Valentines," three one-act plays about love, marriage, and remarriage, will be Feb. 10-12, 18-20, 25, and 26. Auditions will involve reading from the scripts. All scripts are available at Kent Memorial Library in Suffield.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St. on Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 13. Info: www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and slowly leave your telephone number on answering machine.
ST. JOAN OF ARC BOOKFAIR
Family, friends and alumni of St. Joan of Arc School are invited to a book fair at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Holyoke Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to support the school's drama and music programs. Shopping vouchers can be downloaded at www.sjachicopee.org. Individuals may also shop online: www.bn.com/bookfair. Please enter the school shopping ID number, 1028671 when making your purchase.
SOUTH HADLEY WOMEN'S CLUB
Will meet at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. Program will be "Understanding Influenza" by Sharon Aston, administrator and marketing co-coordinator of Renaissance Manor. Refreshments served. Executive Board will meet one hour before the meeting. For info, contact Lu Dachos at 532-7661. The club is always seeking more members.
SOCIAL CONNECTION 50+ GROUP
The Social Connection 50+ group will meet Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., honoring all veterans with a special program and Thanksgiving Feast. Cost is $5/person and includes snacks, hot meal, beverages, and dessert. All welcome; each branch of service will be recognized. Call 533-1925 to place your reservations by Nov. 3, leave name, phone number, and number of people attending. If you are a veteran, please let us know which branch of service you were in. Open to the public.
The Farmers' Market at the X, located in the Cyr Arena parking lot inside Forest Park, will continue through November 16th this year. Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Farmers' market WIC and Elder coupons must be used by the end of October. This market takes EBT cards also. Info: Belle Rita Novak, market manager, 737-1724.
SULLIVAN APPRECIATION DAY
An Appreciation Day in honor of Jim and Peggy Sullivan's 40 years of hosting The Irish Hours radio program will take place Nov. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from this event will help ensure the continuation of this wonderful program. Refreshments served.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
A nurse from the Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Hungry Hill Center, Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St., on Nov. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. to offer cholesterol screening and blood pressure readings. This is a free service to area seniors.
HUNGRY HILL LUNCHEON
The Hungry Hill Center's luncheons will be Nov. 9 (mac and cheese). Following this lunch at 12:30 p.m., Registrar of Deeds, Donald Ashe will discuss the importance of the Homestead Act. Applications forms will be available. The center is located at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St. For additional information call the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411.
HUNGRY HILL MEETING
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council meeting will be Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The City's Medical Reserve Corp advocate will be at this meeting to discuss emergency preparedness. Representatives from the Police Department and the Mayor's Quality of Life Liaison will also be at this meeting. The meeting takes place at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St.
SUPPORT THE TROOPS FUNDRAISER
On Nov. 6, Kimmy of Simply Beadiful will host "Home of the Free because of the Brave" fundraiser for Massachusetts Army National Guard 181st Infantry to send care package and fund activities for the children of the unit while relatives are away. Simply Beadiful will donate 10 percent of our sales for the day. Raffle prizes include jewelry, beads, Falcons Tickets, gift items, gift cards, and gift baskets. Store located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Road. Info: 782-0288 or www.Simplybeadiful.com.
Will meet Nov. 4 at noon at the 350 Grille on Worthington Street. Guest speaker: Thomas Belton, organization development coordinator for the city. He will speak on "managing stress." Tickets $15. Open to the public. Call Dot Lortie at 783-0195 for reservation.
GLUTEN FREE COOKING
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., will host a free gluten-free cooking class with Howard Tuber on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. On the menu is gluten free wanton wraps. Free gift bag for everyone that registers. Call 783-9424 ext. 2.
ANNUAL BAZAAR/CRAFT SALE
The Springfield Hobby Club will host their annual Bazaar/Craft Sale on Nov. 4 and 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. There will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' tables. The downstairs Thrift Shop will hold a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.
CRAFTERS AND VENDORS WANTED
Westfield South Middle School is hosting the third annual Holiday Gift Shoppe in the school's cafeteria on Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to benefit the students directly. Provide your own tables and chairs; some electricity available. Eight by eight space; $40 and donation of prize to raffle. Contact 313-2579 or email@example.com.
GIFT BASKET FUNDRAISER
Westfield Homeless Cat Project, a no kill shelter, will have a gift basket fundraiser at Wal-Mart on Nov. 20 and Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baskets: $5 to $20. For more info, contact Paula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A DAY IN NEW YORK CITY
The W. Springfield Park and Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to NYC on Dec. 4. Bus leaves Municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m.; returns 9:30 p.m. Drops offs and pick up site in NYC to be determined by bus driver. Once in NYC you will be on your own to shop or see a show. Bus will leave NYC at 5:30 p.m. with as short dinner stop on the way home (dinner not included in price). Cost is $45 p/p (a tip donation for the bus driver will be collected on the way home). Reservations with payment may be made at the Park and Rec. For info, call 263-3284.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a Mainstream Dance on Nov. 5 with Gerry Hardy calling and Gene King cuing. This will be A Double "G" Nite dance. Dances are held at the United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8-10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30-8 p.m. Dances are $6 per person and we welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info, call Dick Walker at 525-3324.
The next book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will take place Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. The book to be discussed will be "Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Greg Mortenson. All are invited to attend. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.
Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., has space available for crafters interested in their 32nd annual Holiday Fair on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fair will feature local craft persons and traditional church shops. For more info or an application, call Sue at 562-7784.
EVENING WITH MARTIN KASIK
First Congregational Church of West Springfield will host Czech pianist Martin Kas k for an evening of classical music on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Free parking is available at the adjacent senior center on Park Street. Admission: $10. Additional donations are welcome.