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Town Events, Nov. 4 - Nov. 11

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are planning their first Holiday Basket Raffle and are looking for people or businesses willing to donate themed baskets. Baskets will be on display in the library Nov. 20 - Dec. 18. Raffle tickets will be available at the library during this time and the drawing will take place at noon on Dec. 18. To donate, contact Marcia Capuano at mecapu@comcast.net or 786-5506 or Judy Clini at jclini@cwmars.org or 789-1550 ext. 105.

Agawam High School Class of 1979's 30-year reunion will take place Nov. 28 from 5 p.m. - midnight. Cost: $20/pp, includes buffet dinner and snacks. Dress is casual. Pay in advance by mailing a check (payable to David A. Chase Sr.) to David A. Chase Sr., 2 Colonial Ave., Agawam, MA 01001. For more info, contact Rob Thomas at (860) 205-1078 or rthomas01@snet.net or David Chase at 896-6707 or dac1913@yahoo.com.

The Agawam High School 20th reunion for the class of 1989 is scheduled for Nov. 28 at Casa Di Lisa in Agawam. Deadline to purchase tickets is Nov. 6. For more info: agawamclassof1989@comcast.net.

Let us know you are a veteran and the Senior Center will treat you to lunch on Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Lunch includes beef barley soup, grilled chicken sandwich, and baked goods. Patriotic music to follow. Our way of saying thanks. RSVP by calling 821-0605 by Nov. 6.

The Agawam Public Library will host a Meet the Author event with Emily Arsenault, author of "The Broken Teaglass," on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. While staving off the crippling boredom of their jobs of updating the dictionary Billy Webb and Mona Minot engage in amateur sleuthing. Someone has been lacing the dictionary files with clues to a long unsolved murder. Call the library at 789-1550 to register for this program.

Join Friends of the Agawam Senior Center and King Ward Tours for a day of fun at one of the world's finest casinos! Bonus: $15 Food and three $5 free bets on the Big 6 Wheel (subject to change without notice). $22 per person. Contact Nellie Mathias at 786-9093. Departs the Agawam Senior Center at 8 a.m. and returns approximately 5:30 p.m.

On Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m three of Canada's best musicians will be heating up the hall at the Capt. Charles Leonard House, 663 Main St., with music steeped in the traditions of Cape Breton and Scotland. Andrea Beaton, daughter of famous fiddle player and composer Kinnon and pianist Betty Beaton, will be joined on piano by Hilda Chaisson-Cormier and Remi Arsenault on guitar. Seats are $14 reserved or $18 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 789-9267 or at msullgreen@gmail.com.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a pancake and omelet breakfast on Nov. 14 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pancakes and omelet, $6; omelet, $5; pancakes, $4, and kids are half-price. Breakfast includes sausage, juice and coffee. The public is invited. We are handicapped accessible.

The William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625, 374 Front St., will host their spaghetti supper on Nov. 5. from 4 - 6 p.m. $4.50 for adults and seniors, $4 for children under 10 and $4.75 or take outs. We serve you, no waiting, all food made by the Ladies Auxiliary, and it's the best spaghetti in town!

You're invited to the Barnes & Noble Bookfair to benefit St. Joan of Arc-St. George School. Shop all day from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Nov. 12. A percentage of the net sales will be donated to the school. Shopping coupons are available at www.stjoan-stgeorge.org or at the school. Join us that evening for special student and teacher activities in the store loft. For additional info, call 533-1475.

A support group to help those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, no matter when, will meet Nov. 10 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 next meeting will b on Nov. 9 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. For more info, call Jared at 534-3698. This program is offered free of charge, although donations are welcome.

The Woodcarving Club meets on Mondays at 9 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A gathering for woodcarving hobbists, relaxed atmosphere, volunteer-guided club. Learn how to lay out a pattern, transfer it to wood, and carve wood to produce a project you will be proud to display. This club is repeatable as long as there are participants, so you can continuously learn different aspects and solutions in woodcarving. Join the club, expand your creativity and improve your skills. To sign up, call 534-3698. Space is limited to 10 people.

The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. will host their regular meeting on Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The Friends have made a commitment to raise $2 million toward 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 at 534-3698.

Knights of Columbus Elder Council 69 invites the community to support two organizations: the Chicopee Comp Key Club and the Chicopee Memorial and Patriotic Committee at our monthly Spaghetti Supper on Nov. 4 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets, are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and kids under five are free. Menu: roll/butter, salad, spaghetti w/meatballs and coffee/Koolaid. Join Elder Council 69 (460 Granby Rd.) in support of these groups. More info at www.KofC69.com.

A group of friendly people gather informally in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1 p.m. in November. They will meet on the 6th and 20th. Bring paper, a pen or pencil and a desire to share your ideas, imagination, life experiences or dream. No extraordinary writing skills are required. For more info, call 534-3698.

A trip to Foxwood, Nov. 11. It will be leaving from Exchange St., Chicopee at 7 a.m. Mystery Envelope Bingo. Cost is $20 free buffet and free Keno play. For more info, call Dot at 788-6835. Best time to call between 4 and 5 p.m.

The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed for Veteran's Day on Nov. 11.

The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Nov. 6; this will be our Jazzy Dance. We will have a mainstream dance on Nov. 21; the Turkey Tunes Dance. Dances take place at the Mittineague United Church on 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield, from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 per person and we welcome singles, couples, and spectators are free. For info on dances call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324.

There will be a holiday fair Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the First Church in Ludlow on 859 Center St., Ludlow. There will be a tea cup auction, a sweet shop, a bake shop, Grandma's attic, hand painted crafts, knitted items, cookie walk, and snack shop.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Nov. 10 and 24 at the First United Church of Christ on 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 & Swap. The meeting begins at 7:30. Visitors, collectors, and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. 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 Nov. 21 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 of the course. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 11. Info is available at www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and leave your telephone number on answering machine.

On Nov. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m. Wistariahurst will be hosting a wine tasting in the Skinner Mansion. The event is sponsored by Liquors44 and will feature wines from Baystate Wine Company, Commonwealth Wines, Martignetti Company and more. Music for the evening will be provided by Classical Guitarist Eli Torres. Light refreshments will be served. All proceeds will go to historical programming at Wistariahurst Museum. Advance tickets are $25 each/ $40 couple; tickets at the door are $30 each/$50 couple.

A huge selection of books, CDs, DVDs for all ages, price to sell. Free coffee. Nov. 7, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 N. Main St. Donations are now being accepted: Mon. - Fri., 6 - 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 8, 9 a .m. - 2 p.m. Holiday shopping extravaganza at the Daily Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 568 College Hwy. Start your holiday shopping early and visit our vendors, including jewelry, Pampered Chef, handmade knits, crafts, Tupperware and more. To sign up as a vendor contact Kerri at 351-5218.

Gina Daniele is presenting bus trips to Mohegan Sun on Nov. 8 (her mom's birthday! Enjoy cake on the bus!) and to New York City on Dec. 5 for shopping or enjoying the holiday spirit. For more info on the trips, call 732-8941.

Free mini holiday dried flower arrangement workshop for your table using dried flowers and recycled materials. Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. All supplies provided. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

Memorial Dryden (next to Cathedral High and St. Mike's Academy) is having a craft/vendor fair Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the gym. There will also be a bake sale and Chinese auction. This event is sponsored by the PTO. Crafters and vendors are still needed. If interested e-mail vcraigsew@comcast.net for an application.

On Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m. the Springfield Garden Club will host veteran floral designer Bob Whitney from Springfield Florist Supply at their meeting in the hall of the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., Wilbraham. The meeting begins with a tea followed by Whitney's talk on "Seasonal Designs." All visitors are welcome. Guest fee: $5. For more info call 525-6957.

Wade Rathke, founder and former chief organizer of the Assoc. of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), will discuss his new book "Citizen Wealth" on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Springfield College's Marsh Memorial Chapel. Book signing will follow the discussion. Admission free.

There will be a benefit concert for breast and prostrate cancer on Nov. 8 from 4 - 10 p.m. at Theodore's on 201 Worthington St. Donations are $10 and kids under 12 are free. This is a family friendly event. To purchase tickets, e-mail freshmusic@comcast.net or call Bob at 427-9528.

Wingate at Springfield invites family and friends to attend "Home Safety." Get info and tips for home safety as presented by our highly trained physical and occupational therapists. Nov. 12, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Free.

St. Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., (at the Forest Park light) will host their Harvest Dinner (turkey, vegetables and homemade desserts) Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $10; children 5 - 12, $5. Children under 5 are free. Reservations, please. Call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762.

The public is invited to attend the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield's "First Hour Forum" on "Leaving a Personal Legacy" on Nov. 8 from 9 - 10 a.m. at 245 Porter Lake Dr. For more info, call 736-2324.

The Westfield Park & Rec. Dept. will be hosting the annual Adult Dodgeball Tournament on Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call the department at 572-6263 for more info.

St. John's Lutheran Church Youth Group is presenting a Trivia Night on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at St. John's Church, 60 Broad St. Tickets are $10 per person; bring a team of six or we'll help you form a team when you arrive. Enjoy fun, desserts and prizes. This event benefits the Youth Group's trip to New Orleans for the LCMS 2010 National Youth Gathering. If interested, call Linda at 562-3208, Jane at 562-0492 ro the church at 568-1417.

This month's book discussion of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" at Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will take place on Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. Everyone is invited to attend this discussion. For more info, contact Carolyn at 739-0790.

The Park & Rec Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to Newport, R.I., to tour two beautiful old mansions decorated for the holidays. There will be a free time for lunch and shopping. Cost: $60/pp, which includes transportation and both tours. (Lunch and a gratuity for bus driver not included.) Bus departs from the Municipal parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns at 7:30 p.m. Registrations are being taken at the Park & Rec. office now through Nov. 9 or until bus is full. For more info, call 263-3284 Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Park & Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Nov. 28. Bus leaves Municipal parking lot at 7:30 a.m. 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 a short dinner stop on the way home (dinner not included in price). Cost: $40/pp (a tip donation for the bus driver will be collected on the way home). Reservations with payment may be made at the Park & Rec office. Checks made payable to Town of West Springfield. Seats fill quickly so register early. For more info or registration forms, call 263-3284.

The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. Format includes a special featured topic of discussion, business matters, a small auction and refreshments. Guests welcome. For info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.

The Rotary Club of West Springfield will be hosting NovemberFest on Nov. 13 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Springfield Country Club. Evening will include a micro brew and wine tasting, music, hors d'oeuvres stations and both a silent and live auction. Tickets: $25 and include beer, wine, light fare and desserts. For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Dianna Robinson at 732-9700 or dfordianna@comcast.net or Betty McCabe-Pandolfi at 788-6303 or McCabe42@comcast.net.

A spaghetti supper to benefit the WSHS Wrestling Team will take place Nov. 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the middle school. Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, bread, salad and a dessert table. Cost: family ticket (four people) $15; seniors and kids under 12 $5; adults $7. Night includes large raffle with prizes to include gift certificates to area restaurants, salons, theater tickets, gift baskets and more.

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