Town Events, Oct. 28 - Nov. 4
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will be selling homemade pies from chef Carol Bernazki for Thanksgiving. Her 10" French meat pies are $12 each; 10" apple pies, $10; 10" pumpkin and chocolate cream pies are $9. Order at the front desk and pay for them as you order. Cut off date is Nov. 23. Pick up for the pies will be on Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. - noon. Any questions, call the senior center at 821-0604.
St. David's Episcopal Church, 699 Springfield St., will host a dinner on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Menu: baked stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, vegetable, garden salad, bread and butter, apple crisp and ice cream, coffee, tea or lemonade. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 - 12 and free for children under 5. Tickets may be reserved by calling the church office at 786-6133.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
George Noel, director of the Mass. Dept. of Labor, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Agawam Democratic Committee on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. He will be speaking about the underground economy and how it is robbing our state of millions in income tax and how it undermines the workers as well. All are welcome to attend the meeting.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
The Agawam Lioness Club is sponsoring a trip to Mohehan Sun on Nov. 15. Will leave the Agawam High School parking lot at 1 p.m.; return by 9 p.m. Will spend five hours at Mohehan Sun. Cost: $25 per person (includes the driver's tip, a $15 food or buffet coupon and three $5 free bets). For reservations, call Pat at 786-1782 or Rose at 786-5134.
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center will have their monthly meeting on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in the Veteran's Memorial Hall on the second floor. All members are urged to attend this meeting. Come early and have a free cup of coffee or tea. At this meeting there will be elections of officers for 2010.
FALL TAVERN LUNCHEON
The Trustees of the Capt. Charles Leonard House, 633 Main St., will host the first Fall Tavern Luncheon and antique sale on Nov. 7. Seats for the lunch require a $10 donation. The antique sale will take place from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Seating for lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. For more info or to reserve a seat, call 786-9421.
DECORATIVE ART EXHIBIT
Feeding Hills resident Alice Smith, traditional artisan specializing in historic Early American decorative arts as well as contemporary decorative painting and stenciling, will exhibit her work during the month of November at the Agawam Public Library. The focus will be on Theorem painting but will include examples of Early American and contemporary decorative arts as well. Viewing is during regular library hours.
TAI CHI CLASSES
Try Tai Chi class for adults at the Chicopee Council on Aging on Wed., 3 - 4 p.m. Tai Chi improves balance, helps lower blood pressure, increased blood flow to organs and extremities and promotes a calm mind. The slow, graceful movements make it appropriate for people of all fitness levels. No experience necessary. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., or call for more info at 534-3698.
Never tried Sudoku? Come and learn! Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. Sudoku Club meets every Wed. at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign up, call 534-3698.
TURNVEREIN CRAFT FAIR
The Springfield Turnverein will host its second annual craft fair at their facility at 176 Gardens St., Feeding Hills, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Over 20 crafters, lunch items, 50/50 raffle, bake sale table and more. For info, call 786-0924.
SUFFIELD PLAYERS AUDITIONS
The Suffield Players will host auditions Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. for their holiday benefit staged reading of "Christmas Belles" and for their Feb. production, "Communicating Doors." "Belles" offers roles for four men and seven women. "Doors" calls for three men and three women. "Belles" performances will be Dec. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m., Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. "Doors" performances are Feb. 18, 19, 20, 26, 27, March 5 and 6. For more info and directions to Mapleton Hall, visit www.suffieldplayers.org.
DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
A Harmony House Dine Out for Charity Fundraiser will take place at Friendly's, 1094 Riverdale Rd., West Springfield, on Oct. 28 from 5 - 8 p.m. A portion of your check will be donated to help realize the vision of Harmony House. Your support will be greatly appreciated.
TOASTMASTERS OPEN HOUSE
Speakeasy Toastmasters, the local Presidents' Distinguished award-winning chapter of Toastmaster International, will be hosting an open house on Nov. 4 at The College Church, 58 Pomeroy Terrace, Northampton, 6:30 - 8:45 p.m. Toastmasters offers a proven way to improve your communication skills. By participating in a fun and supportive Toastmasters group, you'll become a better speaker and leader, and gain confidence to succeed in life. For further info or directions, contact Mike Finn at 331-2266 or 364-2401 or see www.toastofnorthampton.org.
LIONS CLUB EYE BALL
The Lions Club of Ludlow will be sponsoring the fifth annual charity Eye Ball on Oct. 30, a dinner and dance benefit for the club and the Eyemobile. Taking place at the Gremio-Lusitano club, 385 Windsor St., Ludlow, dress is semi-formal and tickets are $50 each. Cocktails at 6 p.m., five course dinner at 7 p.m. Call 888-2685 for tickets or more info. Tickets also available at Purple Bobs, Radical Roaster Cafe and Crimmins Graveline Insurance.
A TASTE OF LATINA FLAVOR
Springfield College's Multicultural Affairs welcomes all to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with live music, poetry, art, dance performances and authentic Hispanic dishes on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fuller Arts Center at the college, 263 Alden St., Springfield. This event is free and open to the public.
FREE HALLOWEEN EVENT
On Oct. 29 from 2 - 5 p.m., enjoy free snacks, games, a Halloween magic show from 3 - 4 p.m. and an acrobat show at 4 p.m. during a free family Halloween event at the Holyoke Fire Dept., 600 High St. (rear entrance). Come in costume to trick or treat; kids under 12 will receive a free Halloween bag, treats and refreshments.
TAG SALE AND RUMMAGE
The Holyoke Jewish Seniors will host a tag sale and rummage on Nov. 4 and 5 at Congs. Sons of Zion building, 378 Maple St. (Cabot Street entrance). The sale will take place from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Articles on sale will include tag sale items. A large selection of ladies clothing, household and misc. items.
NRA BASIC 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. 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.
HISTORY OF THE HOOLIGAN NAVY
You are invited to join the Social Connection 50+ group's Nov. 7 meeting at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Rd., from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for a special Veterans Day program. Steve Majgier, a past Division Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, will entertain with stories of the Hooligan Navy which was made up of volunteers who were considered unfit to serve in the regular armed forces during the war. Reservations are required. Cost is $5/person and includes lunch. Call 533-1925 and leave your name, phone number and the total number of people attending. We encourage all veterans to join us. Let us know that you are a veteran when you make your reservation.
On Oct. 28 at 3 p.m., Waldo Klein, UConn Professor of Social Work, will give a talk on "Successful Aging." He will speak on practical strategies for living and ways we can redefine ourselves and our expectations to make the most of our time as older adults. The talk is free, open to the public and will take place in the auditorium at Loomis Village, 246 N. Main St. For more info call Andrea Brennan at 532-5325 ext. 166.
BOOK AND BAKE SALE
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.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR
The Little White Church at Gillette Corners will host their annual Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Vendors wanted. Cost: $25 per table (nonrefundable). Call 258-4473 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Come join us for the fun at Christ Church UMC at 222 College Hwy (near Big Y). We are handicap accessible.
AMERICAN GIRL DOLL DAY
Nov. 7, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. It's American Girl Doll Day at the Daily Grind Coffee House and Cafe, 568 College Hwy. Stop by and begin your holiday shopping early. There will be displays of handmade winter and holiday outfits for your American Girl doll and lunch specials.
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.
Foster Memorial Church is hosting a special event called "Fall Fundraiser: Auction and Much More" on Nov. 14 from noon - 4 p.m. Beginning at noon, a luncheon will be served, crafts, baked goods and plants will be sold and auction items will be available for preview. The auction will begin at 2 p.m. Items include gift baskets, tickets to the Metropolitan Opera, gift certificates from local merchants and much more. Church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For info call the church office at 782-2112.
OUR LADY OF LASALETTE SHRINE
Trip to Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine in Attleboro, Mass. First stop will be at Wright's Farm Restaurant. Chicken dinners served family style. Upon arrival at Our Lady of LaSalette Shrine enjoy Father Pat's concert and or take in Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. and then a little free time for shopping at the gift shop before heading out to see the lights. You will see over 300,000 lights shining brightly as ever. Call Betty at 896-8801; to reserve your seat a $20 deposit is due now and final balance is due by Dec. 1. Depart at 10:30 a.m.; return at 8 p.m. Motorcoach departs from St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1023 Parker St.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Holiday craft fair sponsored annually by the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Guild will take place Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Holiday and decorative crafts from more than 60 area crafters will be featured along with a Chinese auction, baked goods, game room and hot lunch. Admission is free.
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 email@example.com for an application.
SUNDAY YOUTH MASS
Every Sun. evening at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road. Though the Mass is geared toward young parishioners, with youth readers and contemporary music, all are welcome.
KIDS STUFF SAFE TREATING ZONE
Oct. 31, 4 - 7 p.m., free trick-or-treating throughout Bicentennial Plaza at 1504 Allen St. Kooky Costume Contest is free with price of Kid Stuff general admission ticket. Haunted Laser Tag is $7.99 or $5 with price of general admission ticket. For more info visit www.kidstuffspringfield.com.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Mon. of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 536-1895.
High school (youth u19) spring sign-ups for rugby will take place Nov. 9 - 15 for all boys and girls teams. Applications online at www.springfieldrugbyclub.com. Open to all Western Mass. high school athletes, returning and new players. Give rugby a try! To contact the coach send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A THANKFUL HEART
St. George Ladies Philoptochos Society is sponsoring "A Thankful Heart," a wine and cheese social and book reading/signing with local romance novelist Linda Cardillo at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral Cultural Center on Nov. 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 with proceeds to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and other Philoptochos charities. Get your tickets by calling or e-mailing Susan Alvanos (789-0157 or email@example.com); limited tickets available at the door. Open to the public; bring a non-perishable item for the Ronald McDonald House.
GALLERY READINGS AND MORE
On Nov. 7 at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., enjoy a pasta and meatball dinner, comedy show and gallery readings, starting at 4:45 p.m. John Edwards-style gallery readings are $10; dinner, comedy show and gallery readings, $15; dinner only, $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 12. For more info contact Cindy at 786-0487 or Denise at 238-5344.
STEPS OF KING PHILIP
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State is offering Footsteps of King Philip and Others on Nov. 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Hike the Pocumtuck Trail that was used by King Philip to survey Old Deerfield Village before attacking it in 1676. Wear appropriate hiking attire and bring water, lunch, binoculars and camera. Register by Nov. 7. Tuition: $19. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Learning In Retirement office at 572-8033 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State is offering "Seasons Greetings" on Nov. 13 and 20 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learn guidelines for writing an interesting, readable family newsletter, compose your own letter, design it on the computer and print it. Register by Nov. 6. Tuition: $29. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Learning In Retirement office at 572-8033 or at email@example.com.
The Learning in Retirement Office at Westfield State is offering Learn To eBay the Quick and Easy Way on Nov. 9, 16, 23 from 6 - 8 p.m. This fun and lively course is designed to teach you the ease of using eBay for buying and selling. Register by Nov. 2. Tuition: $39. For more info or to request a catalog, contact the Learning In Retirement office at 572-8033 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parent Education Series Workshop "Cyberbullying, Cybersafety and Parenting Today" will take place on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at North Middle School with guest speaker Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D., founder and Director of the Mass. Aggression Resource Center at Bridgewater State College. This seminar is sponsored by the Coordinated School Health Advisory Council and the Educational Technology Dept. of the Westfield Public Schools.
HOMELESS CAT PROJECT BENEFIT
Advance tickets are availlabe for the Westfield Homeless Cat Project Fundraiser on Nov. 7 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Italian Club, 57 Katherine St. Evening includes food, desserts, 50/50 raffle and raffle prizes. Tickets: $10/person and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For advance tickets mail checks to Barbara Lynch, 22 Oakcrest Dr., Westfield, MA 01085. For more info, call Barbara at 210-2907.
FALL BOOK SALE
The Friends of the W.S. Public Library are hosting their fall book sale on Oct. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Fiction, non-fiction, hard and soft cover in many categories will be available as well as CDs, DVDs, books on tape and VHS tapes for children and adults, all at reasonable prices. Proceeds from the sale help to support library programs. The library is located at 200 Park St.
The Rotary Club of W.S. presents NovemberFest, a microbrew and wine tasting fundraiser on Nov. 13 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Springfield Country Club. Cost: $25/person, includes beer, wine, food and music. For tickets or more info, call Dianna at 732-9700. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
On Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., DiGrigoli Salon, 1578 Riverdale St., is sponsoring a cut-a-thon to help raise funds for the local non-profit organization Educate Malawi Inc. A portion of $10 haircuts will be donated. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org.