|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CLUB
The monthly meeting of the Agawam Catholic Women's Club will take place Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m at St. John's Church Center. This will be an evening of fun with Deacon Mike to entertain us with song and yodeling. A voluntary $5 to $10 wrapped gift exchange will take place. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Parish Cupboard. Guests are welcome.
The Agawam Public Library will host an AuthorTalk with Sr. Judith Kappenman, author of "To Dakota and Back: The Story of an Orphan Train Rider" on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Sign up at www.agawamlibrary.org or by calling 789-1550 ext. 109.
"MAP OF TRUE PLACES"
The Agawam Public Library will host an AuthorTalk with Brunonia Barry, author of "The Map of True Places" on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. This event was rescheduled from November. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Sign up at www.agawamlibrary.org or by calling 789-1550 ext. 109.
"MEET ME AT THE MANGER"
Bethany Assembly of God's Children's Choir will present a free musical, "Meet Me at the Manger," Dec 19 at 6 p.m. in the main sanctuary, 580 Main St. Through energetic songs and a fun-filled story, "Meet Me at the Manger" creatively communicates how the gifts of the biblical Wise Men are relevant today.
Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St., Chicopee, presented by St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Cost: $45 per person; $80 per couple. Social hour from 6-7 p.m.; dinner served at 7 p.m. Door prizes, music provided by DJ John Hoyte, cash prizes. For info call 736-8567 or 788-0044; 330-5312 (cell) or 782-7050 (home) Debbie Solomon.
"READY TO HANG" FUNDRAISER
At the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton, through Dec. 26, 12" X 12" artwork by gallery members and friends priced at $150 per piece to support Northampton Survival Center, which will receive half of the monies from each piece sold. Gallery open Thursday through Sunday noon to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. Dec. 10 for an opening reception.
LIVE OUTDOOR NATIVITY SCENE
At Grace Chapel Presbyterian, 343 North Maple St. Enfield, Conn., just over the Longmeadow line, Dec. 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Live depiction of the Nativity scene, refreshments, special music, and animals donated by Forest Park Zoo. Non-perishable food collection for Enfield Foods Shelf. Info: 860-749-4199.
LANDMARK REALTY FOOD DRIVE
Landmark Realtors will be accepting donations for the Open Pantry at their area offices from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday through Dec. 17. Offices are located at 488 Center St., Ludlow; 204 Main St., Monson; 60 North Main St., East Longmeadow; 655 White St., Springfield and 466 Main St., Wilbraham.
CELTICS TICKET RAFFLE FUNDRAISER
The Home Builders Foundation of Western Mass is conducting a raffle to benefit their non-profit foundation. Prize is one of four four-packs of Boston Celtics tickets in a luxury suite with food for the Jan. 21 game versus the Utah Jazz. Tickets: $50 each; only 200 will be sold. To purchase chances, call the Home Builders office at 733-3126. Drawing: Dec. 17.
Wide Horizons For Children Inc., an adoption agency located in Pittsfield, will be hosting a free adoption info meeting for those who are considering adoption at Holyoke Community College on Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Register for this meeting by going online at www.whfc.org/events, by calling Lori Johnson or Jennifer Doane at 448-8367 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
BOSTON STRING QUARTET
On Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum welcomes back the Boston String Quartet to celebrate the holiday season with songs from their album "On Christmas Eve," recorded with the help of students and faculty from School of Groove, where the quartet is currently Ensemble-in-Residence. Tickets: $15/$12 for students and seniors. For more info, call 322-5660.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Dec. 18 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 11. Info: www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and leave phone number on answering machine.
SENIOR CENTER'S MONTHLY EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Dec. 8: Avada Hearing. Dec. 15: Manicures. Dec. 17: Veterans' Representative. The center will be closed the Dec. 24, 27 and the 31 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
SENIOR CENTER CLASSES
The following weekly classes will take place at the Senior Center during December. Note: no classes Dec. 20 to 31. Mondays: pool or quilting, 9 a.m. Tuesdays: yoga, 9 a.m., $3; bingo, 10 a.m., 5 per card; Tai-Chi, 11 a.m., $3; painting, noon, $3; poker, 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing, 10 a.m., $2; ladies' poker, 12:30 p.m.; writers' workshop, 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool, 9 a.m.; aerobics, 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics or poker, 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming, 9 a.m., $20 for five classes; Wii games, 10 a.m.
SENIOR CHRISTMAS PARTY
Senior Christmas Party will take place at the Southwick Country Club on Dec. 9 at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $22 per person. Sign up at the center.
TRIP TO BRIGHT NIGHTS
The Senior Center will host a trip to Bright Nights on Dec. 13 and 20. Bus will leave the center at 4:30 p.m. Cost: $3. Sign up required at the center or by calling 569-5498.
The Senior Center will host its annual Holiday Open House on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. Come in and enjoy the festivities a light buffet will be served with Christmas music and door prizes. If you have a favorite dish you'd like to share please bring it.
MEN OF SINAI BREAKFAST
Scott Coen, sports director and director of community and public relations for WGGB-TV, abc40 and Fox6, will be the guest speaker Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Men of Sinai breakfast at the temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Open to men and women. Free for members of Men of Sinai; $5 for non-members. Menu: eggs, bagels, lox, cream cheese, Danish pastry, juice, coffee and tea. Reservations requested; call the temple office at 736-3619.
"TIME WARP" A MUSICAL REVUE
On Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center's Neal Webber building, 1160 Dickinson St., the JCC Theatrix will present "Time Warp," a Musical Revue through the decades featuring hits by "Journey," "Queen," "The Beatles," "Lady Gaga," "Green Day" and more. Tickets available in advance at the JCC by calling 739-4715. Prices: $5 student, $10 adult.
MUSIC MAN AUDITIONS AT SINAI
Open auditions at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., Dec. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Dec. 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Sinai Temple's upcoming production of "The Music Man." Singing, acting and dance parts for all ages from third grade up. The part of Harold Hill has already been cast. Prepare a song and bring sheet music. Accompanist provided. Dancers should be prepared to learn a short routine. Performances will be March 10 to 13, 2011. Info: 736-3619 or e-mail Sheri Levson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"KING WHO ABOLISHED CHRISTMAS"
A powerful drama, presented at the Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave., Dec. 12 and 19 at 6 p.m. All seats free. Nursery care provided. Info: 782-7171.
LIBRARY PLAYGROUP FORMING
Families sought to commit to weekly Tuesday morning playgroup for children aged 18 to 36 months. Group will meet 10 a.m. to noon in Central Library Children's Room, 220 State St. If interested call Children's Room at263-6828, ext. 201.
COLLEGE EXAM PREP WORKSHOP
A free community college exam prep workshop presented by Huntington Learning Center of Springfield Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in cafeteria of Van Sickle Middle School, 1170 Carew St. to help guide students and parents through college entrance exam process.
HOMELESS CATS FUNDRAISER
Westfield Homeless Cat Project's annual Bright Nights at Forest Park Fundraiser will take place Dec. 16. Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for kids ages 12 and under and includes double decker bus, hot cocoa, baked goodies and raffle. Meet at 5:30 p.m. at Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave., W. Springfield. Sign up required by calling 237-6200 or 538-8637 or e-mailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Springfield Coin Cub will meet Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. Discussion will include facts about proper lighting for viewing coins. Auction and refreshments. Guests welcome. Info: Peter Setian at 596-9871.
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