Town Events, Nov. 5 - Nov. 12
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
The Heritage Hall Campus annual Holiday Bazaar will take place on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in all five buildings of the campus. Get your holiday shopping done early with dozens of vendors of crafts, jewelry, cosmetics, candles, artwork and more. The Heritage Hall Campus is located off of 462 Main St., or 55 Cooper St. For more info, contact Nicole Wallace at 789-8332 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MINI CRAFT/VENDOR FAIR
On Nov. 12 the building committee of Community Grange located at 47 North West St. in Feeding Hills will host a mini craft/vendor fair from 5 - 8 p.m. Tables are $20 each and are going fast. For more info call Pauline at 789-2061.
CHRISTMAS DESSERT TEA
Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., announces the Christmas Dessert Tea on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. Rita Parisi will be presenting a program with stories of Christmas past. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for girls under 10 and will be available from Dale Melanson or Ann Tapply at coffee hour or in the church office from 8 a.m. - noon. For more info, call 786-7111.
ADULT DROP-IN SIT & KNIT
Every Tuesday from 1 - 3 p.m., the Agawam Public Library invites knitters to drop in, meet fellow knitters and work on projects.
WEDNESDAY MORNING MOVIE
On Nov. 12 at 10 a.m., the Agawam Public Library will be showing the movie "Mame," starring Lucille Ball, Robert Preston and Bea Arthur. Madcap Auntie Mame is suddenly her nephew's guardian in this sparkling adaptation of this Broadway hit. No registration is needed.
ROAST BEEF DINNER
Feeding Hills Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 21 North Westfield St., Feeding Hills, will host a roast beef dinner on Nov. 15 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beens almandine, Italian bread and butter, beverage and dessert. Cost: $9 for adults, $4 for children ages five - 12 and free for children under four. Guests can pay at the door. For more info, call 786-5061.
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., is offering a new Men's Bible study on Monday nights from 7:30 - 9 p.m., beginning Nov. 10. The Rev. Darius Mojallali, St. David's new priest, will lead the study. Women's Bible Study takes place every Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
VISITING THE ATRIUM
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., invites all to join us at the Atrium to visit with the residents of the Atrium on Cardinal Drive on Nov. 20 from 4:15 - 5 p.m. This is a time of games and sharing. Meet us there.
There will be an Interfaith Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht on Nov. 10 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at the Alumnae Theater Library at Elms College, 291 State St. The keynote speaker is Henry Knight, Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College. This event is being co-sponsored by Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center, Elms College and the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Western MA. This program is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.
VALLEY OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL
The Valley Opportunity Council Inc R&SVP/SCP will be collecting non-perishable food items through Jan. 19 to be distributed to our local soup kitchens and pantries. An updated informational flyer stating the locations of local soup kitchens, pantries, brown bag sites and where you can sign up for food and fuel assistance will also be distributed within our service area. Drop off your food donations to the R&SVP/SCP office located at 35 Mt. Carmel Ave. We are located on the second floor.
The Chicopee Falls Woman's Club is participating in Community Day at the BonTon store in Westfield. Coupon booklets offering a $10 off coupon on a single item costing $10 or more and eight 20 percent off coupons are being sold by the club. All proceeds from this sale will benefit the club's charitable endeavors as well as their scholarship fund. For booklets or info call Ruth at 593-5192 or Valerie at 592-9553.
GOLF CART PATH RECONSTRUCTION
The City of Chicopee Municipal Golf Course has announced the continuation of the golf cart path reconstruction work. The golf course cart path reconstruction project will continue this fall. Last year, the course completed reconstruction of cart paths on holes 13, 14, 15 as well as 16, and installed a decorative wall at the 15th tee box. This falls, into early next springs, holes 10, 11, 12 and 18 will have their cart paths reconstructed.
"SOUNDS AND GROUNDS"
Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St. Coffee House "Sounds and Grounds" presents Old Country Road. In concert singing the music inspired by the rural missions of South Carolina on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost is a free will offering toward their South Carolina mission. Fresh bottomless cup coffee, beverages and desserts will be on sale during the concert. For more info call 533-6093.
Keeping track of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. - noon, there will be a cholesterol screening done at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The screening does not require fasting and will provide total cholesterol results. Individuals are taken on a first-come basis and a donation of $5 is appreciated. To register call 534-3698.
MAYOR'S SWORD FOOTBALL GAME
Chicopee High and Chicopee Comp football programs will be hosting a food drive for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen at their traditional Mayor's Sword game on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. at Szot Park. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the gate.
CHICKEN PARMESAN DINNER
On Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will host a chicken parmesan dinner. There is only one seating. Adults are $9, children ages five - 14, $4.50. For more info and reservations, call Lorraine at 593-5291 or 592-3596.
NEW LIBRARY HOURS
The Chicopee Public Library announces new hours for the Fairview Branch of the Library. The new hours are Monday, 10a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 1 - 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, 4 - 8 p.m.; and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Fairview Branch is located at 402 Britton St. and the phone number is 533-8218.
Local brides and grooms get a chance to hear what no one else is telling them about their special day. "Amazing Receptions" presents "How to Create the Perfect Wedding Day." The one of a kind seminar will take place Nov. 10 at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature some of the areas most well known wedding professionals with experience in over 5,000 weddings. The event is free and open to the public. For more info and to register, visit www.amazingreceptions.net.
THREE DAY PENN DUTCH TOUR
A Christmas weekend in Lancaster with "Miracle of Christmas," Dec. 5 - 7. Package includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach, two nights at the Willow Valley Resort, two buffet breakfasts at your resort hotel; two dinners, Amish country tour, "Miracle of Christmas," an American Music Theatre Christmas show, Kitchen Kettle Shops, baggage handling and occupancy taxes, meal tax and gratuities; driver tip. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.
In a continuing effort to build a new church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is presenting their second annual craft fair featuring an array of New England artisans a wonderful gathering of artistic, creative and dedicated individuals. Baked goods with different international flavors, chocolates and gift baskets will be available. The craft fair will take place Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 193 St. James Ave. in Chicopee. All are welcome. Building Fund contributions may also be sent directly to St. Nicholas Church, 23 Southworth St., West Springfield, MA 01089.
NYC BUS TRIP
A holiday bus trip is scheduled to NYC on Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The bus will be leaving the Sons of Erin parking lot in Westfield at 7 a.m. for five stops in Manhattan. The bus will leave NYC at 7 p.m. Seats are $50 and reservations are needed. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association for research. Call 572-1417 or 364-4606 for reservations or e-mail email@example.com or go online to www.teamcallahan.org.
FOXES & BELLES PROGRAM
The Foxes and Belles of the Springfield Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a special program to follow their general meeting on Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The Magic of Jonas and PJ will be presented. This event is taking place at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the performance. For more info, contact Bob at 789-4814.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Nov. 11 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5, corner of Longmeadow and Williams. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome. For more info, visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org or call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.
BREAST CANCER PRESENTATION
Nov. 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m at the Springfield JCC. Unfortunately, many of us have been touched by breast cancer one way or another. We continue to hear info from family and friends and the media, some of which is true and some false. Join us for a valuable info session to learn the facts and have your questions answered! Speaker: Steven M. Schonholz M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director/Surgeon; Breast Care Center, Mercy Medical Center. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required by calling 739-4715 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GENEALOGY ON THE INTERNET
For those seeking to know more about using the Internet to trace their ancestors, the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut will be offering a seminar that will provide some useful tips. The seminar will be presented at 7 p.m., Nov. 13, in the society's library in the Old County Courthouse, 53 Tolland Green, in Tolland, Conn. The seminar is free and open to the public. For further info, call (860) 875-8097.
"Blood Sugar.Moving on Down," a free interactive educational program to assist those with diabetes in adding more activity to their diabetes plan, will take place Nov. 9 at Baystate Health Education Center at 361 Whitney Ave. Taking place from 1 - 4 p.m., it is sponsored by the Outpatient Diabetes Education and Self Management Program at Baystate Medical Center. To register, call Baystate HealthLink at 794-2255 or 1-800-377-HEALTH.
On Nov. 15 from 4 - 6 p.m. meet Peter Dellert at the exhibit opening of "Parings and Gleanings." Dellert will give an overview and brief talk regarding his collages of deconstructed and reassembled botanical materials. Admission: $3. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit www.wistariahurst.org or call 322-5660. Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St.
On Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. join Peter Dellert for an introductory class of collage techniques using leaves, flowers, grasses and bark; to be combined with papers, old text, maps, stamps and natural materials from the surrounding areas. Participants will create and leave with their own collage. Registration is required. Call Wistariahurst at 322-5660 or download a registration form at www.wistariahurst.org. For more info or a schedule of other upcoming events, visit the Web site or call 322-5660. Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St.
CITY'S CHRISTMAS TREE
The city's Tree Selection Committee invites city residents who wish to donate a tree for possible selection as this year's City Christmas Tree to contact the mayor's office at 322-5510. Trees must be located within the city limits and away from electrical lines. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. Tree selection will be on Nov. 25. The Annual Tree Lighting Events will be at City Hall on Dec. 4 from 4 - 7:30 p.m.
The South Hadley Women's Club invites you all to enjoy a comedy show featuring Peggy Melanson a.k.a. "Chef Nostalgia," beginning at 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd. Melanson specializes in humor and inspirational pieces. All are welcome to come and laugh along with the members of the S.H. Women's Club. The show is free. Donations to the S.H. Women's Club for their scholarship fund would be greatly appreciated. For further info, contact Arlene Laflamme at 532-8459.
The Little White Church at Gillette Corners is having a spaghetti dinner on Nov. 13 from 5 - 7 p.m. Menu: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread and yummy homemade dessert. Come join us for the fun at Christ Church UMC at 222 College Highway (near Big Y). We are handicap accessible.
Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 13, visit Foxwoods casino; bus leaves Mon & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.
Saint Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St. (at the Forest Park light) will hold their harvest dinner (turkey, vegetables and homemade desserts) on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations - call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762.
PASTA DINNER & GALLERY READINGS
Fall pasta dinner and gallery readings Nov. 8 at First Spiritualist Church, 33-37 Bliss St. Menu: pasta and meatball dinner, complete with drinks and dessert and John Edwards style gallery readings, $12 from 5-6:30 p.m. Gallery readings only, $10 from 7-9 p.m. For tickets or additional info contact Linn Humel at 583-5128 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.
Church dinners will be offered at the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd., on the second Saturday of each month. Enjoy home cooked meals; soup/salad to dessert. Take out welcomed. Served from 5 - 7 p.m. Adults, $7; children, $4.
SENIOR LUNCH AND MOVIE
The Springfield YMCA invites seniors to enjoy lunch, followed by the "Young @ Heart" chorus movie. Lunch will include red and white lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee. Visit the YMCA at 275 Chestnut St. for an early afternoon of entertainment. A raffle will take place for senior memberships. Pre-register by Nov. 14. Space is limited, so call early! Fee for lunch is $3. Call Julie at 739-6951 ext. 181 for more info.
ASSISTANCE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VETERANS
The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Blind Veterans Association wants visually impaired veterans to know that help is out there. The local group is endeavoring to let visually impaired veterans know that they may be able to offer some support. Let any visually impaired veteran you know that the Western Mass Chapter is here and eager to hear from them. Call Kevin Whalen at 532-8276 or Larry Humphries at 547-2810.
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
Beginning on Nov. 12 and continuing every Wed. and Fri. in November, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in song at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Rd. All are welcome to come and pray.
HOLY CROSS SOCIAL CLUB
The Holy Cross Social Club of Holy Cross Church will meet Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. with guest speaker Jim Boone. Boone has been involved in Historic Preservation and restoration for about 30 years. He will be talking about architecture and the historic districts in Springfield. We will gather in the Holy Cross School Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.
CLASSICS BOOK GROUP
The Save Your Life Writing Center's Classics Book Group will have its first meeting on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m., discussing "Emma" by Jane Austen. Facilitated by Chrysler Szarlan. Free, but call to register and for more info. At the Indian Orchard Mills, 34 Front St., Building 2, #323, Indian Orchard. Call 346-8793.
VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR
Daniel Brunton Elementary School, 1801 Parker St., is hosting their Fall Vendor Fair on Nov. 13 from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Come shop for the holidays. Some of the vendors are Tastefully Simple, Avon, Pampered Chef, Hand Made by Jackie, Usborne Books, Silpada, Lia Sophia, Creative Memories, Mary Kay and many more. Lots of raffles too.
Jingle All the Way Holiday Craft Fair, for the benefit of the Westfield High School choirs. Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Table space: $25 plus a raffle gift. For more info or to reserve your space, call Mary Jane Smith at 244-5271.
ANNUAL CHAMBER MEETING
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will have its annual meeting on Nov. 6 at Shaker Farms Country Club, 860 Shaker Rd. Social hour begins at 5:15 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner is $45 per member and $50 for non-members. For more info, contact Marcia Kielb at 568-1618 or e-mail Marcia@WestfieldBiz.org.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Rd., will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. All types of crafts and baked goods will be for sale. The event will also include a luncheon and raffle.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kris Holloway, author of "Monique and the Mango Rains," will be at Lydia's Gathering Place, 51 Court St., on Nov. 21 from noon - 2 p.m. for a luncheon, talk and book signing. Tickets are $25. Luncheon: chicken Caesar salad, soup, bread, dessert and beverage. The book is the true story of the life and death of a remarkable West African midwife, seen through the eyes of a young Peace Corps volunteer who worked side-by-side with her, birthing babies and caring for mothers in a remote, impoverished village.
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about the New Orleans branch mint and its coins. A small auction will take place and refreshments will be available. Guests are always welcome. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Space is available for crafters interested in the Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St. The fair will take place in the church hall on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will feature local crafters and traditional church shops. Proceeds will go to the Women in Christ to help fund their missions. For more info or an application call Sue at 562-7784.
A spaghetti supper to benefit West Springfield Wrestling will take place at the West Springfield Middle School on Nov. 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Family tickets (four people) are $15, seniors and kids under 12 are $5, adults are $7. Raffle tickets to New England sports teams and 50/50 raffle will also be offered.
The West Springfield Public Library will be hosting a series of four computer classes during the month of November. Attendees must sign up for the entire series. Saturday classes will take place Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. The Tuesday Series will be offered Nov. 10, 18 and 25 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The classes are free and open to the public; however, seating is limited, and registration is required. Registration will remain open until classes are filled. Call 736-4561 ext. 111 or e-mail email@example.com.