Town Events, Nov. 10 - Nov. 17
|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
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.
St. John's Church, 833 Main St., will host its annual Church Bazaar Nov. 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be jewelry, toys, books, hand made crafts, including knitting articles, bake goods, etc. Basket raffles will be available. Food will be available.
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 email@example.com or 786-5506 or Judy Clini at 789-1550 ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first half of the Agawam Cultural Council's popular Applause Series' seventh season concludes Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library with a concert by up-and-coming musical artist John Brandoli and Friends. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.agawamcc.org.
TRIP TO FOXWOODS
A trip to Foxwoods Nov. 10 is leaving from American Legion, Exchange Street, at 7:15 a.m. Cost is $20. For more info call Dot at 788-6835. Best time between 4 and 5 p.m.
Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance Dec. 11 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St. 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.
HOLIDAY FITNESS BREAKFAST
Annual Holiday Fitness Breakfast will take place on Dec. 1 at the Castle of Knights. Doors open at 8 a.m. Entertainment by The Diane's Dynamic Dancers, door prizes by Friends of Chicopee. Menu includes chilled fruit juice, fresh baked pastries, bagels with cream cheese and jelly, sliced fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and sausage, herb breakfast potatoes, coffee and tea. Tickets are $10; must be purchased by Nov. 19. Participants must be enrolled in a current exercise class and/or use fitness center. Sign up in person at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court or call for more info, 534-3698.
EXERCISE YOUR MIND WITH SUDOKU
Sudoku is a logic-based puzzle. The objective is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every three by three box contains the digits one to nine. The puzzle setter provides a partially completed grid so that there is only one solution. The Sudoku Club meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center. For more info or to sign up call 534-3698.
WII BALANCE TESTING
Call to schedule your balance test at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. To be tested participants have to be comfortable stepping on a small platform (scale like). For more info or to schedule an appointment call Violet Suska at 534-3698 or email@example.com.
"IN GOOD COMPANY"
A support group for people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Free; facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, information on additional assistance, and support. For more info call 534-3698.
Men's Group meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. The next meeting will be Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok at the Senior Center at 534-3698.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY MENU
This cooking workshop offers healthy holiday recipes using healthier cooking 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 Suska at 534-3698 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
At next Society of Polish American Culture meeting on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. club president Walter Hoszkiewicz will present a cooking demonstration on making Chrusciki or Polish "bow ties." Also, Father Charles DiMascola, Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Turners Falls, will read from his book "Memories of Mamusia," full of his mother's favorite dessert recipes and anecdotes about her. Event at Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. Open to the public. Refreshments served.
The Women's League for the Arts invite you to celebrate the season at our annual Gifts and Glamour Holiday Luncheon Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at The Colony Club. For ticket info, call 596-9878.
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS
Tobacco Valley Artists will hold its monthly meeting on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Watercolor landscape demonstration by artist Diane Gorrick, who teaches for the Glastonbury Art Guild. Public is welcome.
On Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carniglia Senior Center, 41 Oak Street, Windsor Locks, Conn., Northern Connecticut Donation of $8/adult; children are free. Free parking across from center. Info: see www.northctveg.org or call Harry at (860) 623-8082 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tickets still available for the Nov. 19, 12:30 p.m. Center Court luncheon that kicksoff the three-day Tip Off classic festivities. Tickets are $40; available at Basketball Hall of Fame by calling Jason Fiddler at 781-1939 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Luncheon will feature awards presented by The Rotary Club of Springfield and the Basketball Hall of Fame to Dan Roulier, a native of Springfield and the national honoree, Hall of Fame member Bob Lanier.
FREE CAR WASH FOR VETERANS
Offered on Nov. 11 by Magic Minit Car Wash, Enfield, Conn., 570 Enfield Street - Rt 5, about a mile from the Longmeadow line. Visit www.magicminit.com for info.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles hike Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. (arrive at 9 a.m.) at Ragged Mt. in New Britain, Conn. 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.
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.
The Holyoke Golden Seniors are hosting a trip to Foxwoods on Nov. 30. Cost is $21/person. Call Jane Masse at 536-6470 for reservations.
UMASS ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT
Lanfranco Marcelletti Jr., director, presents Samuel Barber Toccata Festiva Opus 36 for Organ and Orchestra, Larry Schipull, organist, and Igor Stravinsky Firebird, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., at the United Congregational Church of Holyoke, 395 High St. Suggested donation: $10; students and seniors $5 (no one turned away). Reception following. Info: www.uccholyoke.org.
HCC OPEN HOUSE
Holyoke Community College will have an Open House, Nov. 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Kittredge Center for Business and Workforce Development. Student panel, campus tours, and special sessions at 5 and 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For info, call 552-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
SPAGHETTI SUPPER FUNDRAISER
The final "all you can eat" spaghetti supper for this year, hosted by the Holyoke Lodge of Elks #902 on Whitney Avenue will take place Nov. 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Menu: spaghetti w/meat sauce and parmesan cheese, tossed salad w/dressing, plain/garlic rolls, lemonade, coffee or tea. Cost: $5 for adults; $2 for kids age six to 12. Meatballs and desert also available. Donations will go to the Holyoke High School Band.
HCC ART EXHIBIT
The Holyoke Community College's Taber Art Gallery, 303 Homestead Ave., presents Spineless Splendor Invertebrate Field Studies by Noah Charney and Charley Eiseman through Nov. 18. The Taber Art Galley is open to the public and is located through the HCC Campus Library lobby in the Donahue Building. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular school sessions.
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.
VENDORS AND CRAFT FAIR
Fair will be inside at the Unitarian Universality Society Meeting House, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission fee: $1 to $2. The fair is a fundraiser; the more you buy, the more you'll be supporting the church's many non-profit ministries. For more info call the UU office at 736-2324 weekday mornings or coordinator Carl at 348-1431.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall will hold a free health presentation on Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. at the food court. Gina Welch, LMT of the Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. will discuss "Arthritis-Aches+Pain=Massage." Free blood pressure screening is provided by Chicopee VNA. Free raffle to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card or two Rave Motion Pictures movie cards. Coffee will be served. For more info, contact Carolyn at 543-8000, ext. 11.
DANE KANE AND FRIENDS
Dane Kane and Friends present a benefit concert with MC Dave Madsen from Channel 40 sponsored by Ahlem Temple No. 84 Daughters of the Nile and WGGB TV-Channel 40 Nov. 13 at Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St. Cost: $20 per person. Social hour 6 p.m.; performance 7 p.m. Beverages available; bring snacks. Tickets may be purchased in advance by contacting Holly Joy Pearson or at the door. For more info, contact Pearson at 896-1266
Craft fair and attic treasures on Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St. There will be new jewelry, Grandma's Kitchen (home baked), plants, accessories, used jewelry, attic treasures (tag sale), handmade items, a 50/50 drawing, basket raffle at $1 per ticket or six for $5. Winners drawn at the Dane Kane Show that evening. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. sponsored by Ahlem Temple No. 84, Daughters of the Nile.
GIRLS BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
Registration for girls in grades seven and eight is ongoing to play CYO basketball this winter for Bethesda Lutheran Church. Deadline is Nov 10. Contact Scott at 262-7381, 301-0943 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Springfield Department of Elder Affairs and The New England Farm Workers' Council are available to help individuals with Fuel Assistance applications by appointment on Nov. 23 at Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 Parker St. Call 750-2873 to make your appointment now, or if you need more information.
PASTA, COMEDY AND READINGS
At the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., Nov. 13. Pasta and meatball dinner served 4:45 to 6 p.m., comedy show from 6:30 to 7 p.m., "John Edwards"-style gallery readings from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets $15/person for entire evening; $10 for readings only. Info: Denise St. Pierre, 238-5344. Reservations accepted.
2010 MS. MA. SR. AMERICA PAGEANT
The 2010 Ms. Massachusetts Senior America pageant wil take place Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at Kiley Middle School. Tickets ae $12/person. Competing will be: Constance M. Motroni of Agawam, Gayle Nudura of Longmeadow, Betty Davis of Springfield, Sara Freeman of Springfield, Vera O'Connor of Springfield, Bobbie Glass of Sheffield and Kyle Ralston of Windsor, Mass. Winner will represent Massachusetts in the 2011 Ms. Senior America pageant.
BOOK GROUP FOR KIDS
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host a Book Group for Kids of "Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Group is open to kids in grades three to five. There will also be activities based on the book and snacks. First 10 students to sign up will receive a free copy of the book to keep. Call the library at 562-6158 ext. 5 to register.
Westfield State University Revisited: Archival Photographs, a 50-photograph exhibit documenting the growth of the Westfield Normal School since 1844-1838. Exhibit will be on display through Nov. 27 at the university's Downtown Art Gallery, 105 Elm St. For more info, visit www.wsc.ma.edu/arno or call 572-4400.
Westfield Homeless Cat project, a no kill rescue, has many beautiful kittens and cats waiting for "forever" homes. Adult cats and kittens four months and older are neutered or spayed, up to date on vaccinations, de-flead and de-wormed. Adoptions: Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1124 East Mountain Rd. For more info, e-mail email@example.com or call 568-6964.
READ TO ROVER
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host Read to Rover on Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Reading to these specially trained dogs can enhance self-esteem. All dogs in the unit must successfully pass the AKC Good Citizenship Test. Program is open to kids in grades K-3. An adult must also remain with the child for the program. Call the library at 562-6158 ext. 5 to register.
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.
AMPUTEES MOVING ON
Amputees Moving On, a support group sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Westfield will have its next meeting Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at Noble Hospital, 115 West Silver St., in conference room 3 on the ground floor. Topic: "Living Life as an Amputee." It's our mission to create a positive environment that fosters support and helps educate amputees and their families as they adjust and move on.
PIZZA AND A MOVIE
The Boys and Girls Library, 6 Elm St., will host will have a pizza and movie event on Nov. 26 at noon. Come to the library for pizza and watch a free showing of "How to Train Your Dragon." Registration is required and begins Nov. 16. Call the library at 562-6158 ext. 5 to register.
Cancer House of Hope Luminaria will take place Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at Genesis Spiritual Life Center, 53 Mill St. Price for Candle Bag: $5/each. This events take place each year to honor those who have or had cancer. To purchase a bag prior to Nov. 30, contact the House at 562-0110. Bags may also be purchased on the evening of the event. Proceeds benefit the Cancer House of Hope.
COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT
The Greater Westfield Community Band will perform its 2010 fall concert on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of North Middle School. Concert is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Eugene Bartley, the band was started more than 15 years ago and performs two concerts a year.
XMAS CRAFT FAIR
Wyben Union Church, 678 Montgomery Rd., will host its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many kinds of crafters, artisans, baked goods, luncheon and raffle. Proceeds with benefit the Westfield Food Pantry.
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. Presentation will include facts about the silver Washington quarters. Auction and refreshments. Guests welcome. For info, call Peter Setian at 596-9871.
The Senior Center will host a Zumba class with instructor Yessinia Rivers on Mondays beginning Nov. 15 at 2:15 p.m. Cost: $7/session (walk-ins); five classes for $30; 10 classes for $50. Multiple class discounted rates of five or 10 sessions must be pre-paid prior to the start of the class. Call 2673-3264 to register.
LIBRARY FOOD DRIVE
W. Springfield Public Library, 200 Park St., is hosting a food drive during the holiday season to benefit the Parish Cupboard. Donations of non-perishable food items are appreciated (canned goods, boxed dinners and peanut butter and jelly). Donations are accepted during all operating hours Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
North America's premiere equine expo, the Equine Affaire, will take place Nov. 11 - 14 at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield. Nov. 11 - 13: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 14: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $14/day or $48 for four days for adults; $8/day or $28 for four days for kids age seven to 10. For more info, visit www.equineaffaire.com.
Mittineague Congregational Church at 1840 Westfield St., hosts their ninth annual Mistletoe Holiday Bazaar Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be many creative local craft people and homemade baked goods. Also returning is the Gingerbread Cafe serving brunch and lunch items.
"HOW TO MANAGE STRESS"
West Springfield Senior Center will host a free presentation by Faith Sullivan on "How to Manage Stress," Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. Sullivan, M.Div., is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Northampton. Call the center at 263-3264 to reserve your seat.
Vendor applications are being accepted for Santa's Workshop Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast, to benefit the Friends of the West Springfield Senior Center and the Parish Cupboard on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, 128 Park St. Registration: $35/table ($10 donated to the Cupboard). For applications e-mail: SeniorCenter@west-springfield.ma.us. For more info, call 263-3264 or 263-3265.
"KNITTING FOR NICU"
"Knitting for NICU" is a program sponsored by the W. Springfield Public Library and its resident knitting group, Yarn Therapy. This drive to collect hand-made blankets and hats for prematurely delivered infants at Baystate Health Center has collected 91 items to date. For more info about this program, call 736-4561 ext. 3 or e-mail email@example.com.
W. Springfield Council on Aging/Senior Center is interested in recruiting volunteers to help with various activities at our Center. Volunteers help us with all sorts of goings-on: data entry, room set-up, library upkeep, wellness calls, etc. Those interested may call Mary Ann Ventulett at 263-3265.
HOOP SHOOT QUALIFICATIONS
The annual Elks Hoop Shoot first qualification round for W. Springfield and Agawam boys and girls, age eight to 13 will take place Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon the W. Springfield Boys and Girls Club, 615 Main St. Walk-ins accepted by they must have their birth certificates. The 39th Hoop Shoot finals will be in Springfield April 28 to May 1, 2011.
"JIMMY TINGLE IN CONCERT"
Comedian Jimmy Tingle will be appearing at the Majestic Theater on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. Appropriate for ages 14 and older. Tickets for "Jimmy Tingle in Concert" are $18 and $20 and are available by calling the box office at 747-7797. For additional info, visit www.majestictheater.com.