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Town Events - Nov. 11-17, 2009

At the Agawam Congregational Church, 745 Main St., on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Come check out the Holly Berry Cafe, Nutmeg Bakery, Garden Gate, Happy Holiday Shop, the Cutting Edge, Candy Cupboard, Attic Treasures, Young Peoples Shop, the Clothesline Boutique and outside vendors. Raffle prizes too!

AARP will conduct a Driver Safety Course on Nov. 16 at the Agawam Senior Center. Registration is from 8:30 - 9 a.m. Course runs from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with a lunch break at 11:30 a.m. Registration fee is $14 for non-AARP members and $12 for members. Pre-registration is required by calling 531-5537.

On Dec. 1 from 1 - 3 p.m. the Agawam Public Library will host Drop-in Sit & Knit with instructor Sandy Ellis. On the first Tues. of the month, Ellis will be on hand to give instructions and answer questions. Sit & Knit meets weekly on Tues. afternoons from 1 - 3 p.m. No registration is needed for this program.

On Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., the Agawam Public Library will host a meet and greet with Emily Arsenault, author of "The Broken Glass." The Shelburne Falls author will visit the library to read from and discuss her debut novel. Call 789-1550 to register for this program.

St. John's Church of Agawam will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Parish Center. There will be something for everyone; Christmas decorations, vintage jewelry, homemade candy and cakes, books, attic treasures and much more.

The Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of 306 Chicopee St. will host their "Holly Berry Fair" on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Included will be the "Snack Counter."

Keeping trap of your cholesterol is important and to help you do this, on Nov. 18 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.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for you is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On Nov. 18, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's and support to help provide the best care for your loved one. The meeting will be at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this meeting. For further info or to register, call 534-3698.

Carbohydrates should not be avoided. They provide the body with fuel needed for physical activity and for proper organ function; carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. However, some kinds of carboydrates are far better than others. Find out which one, come to the Healthy Eating 101 class, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Hands on workshop, limit 20 people. Sign up at the Chicopee Council on Aging office, 7 Valley View Ct., or call for more info at 534-3698. Donation $4.

At Fairview Veterans Memorial Middle School, 26 Memorial Ave. off Britton Street, on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Raffles, food and gift baskets.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., Nov. 14 from 8 - 10 a.m. Cost: $6 for pancakes and omelet; $5 for omelet; $4 for pancakes. Kids are half-price. Breakfast includes sausage, juice and coffee. The public is invited. We are handicapped accessible.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., Nov. 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children 8 - 12, free for children under 8. Dinner includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, homemade desserts, coffee and cold drinks. Take out is available. Call 533-6093 after 2 p.m. We are handicap accessible to the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary!

Father Charles Jan Di Mascola, Pastor of Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Turners Falls, will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. Public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Christmas party tickets for the Dec. 7 event will also be sold at the meeting. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling Evelyn Bryant at 594-6968. None will be sold at the door. Deadline is Nov. 30 or one week before the event.

The monthly meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Library, 449 Front St. This Fall Member Show will feature artwork in various media judged by nationally known Holyoke artist Paul Leveille and will include a short meeting, reception and presentation of awards. Leveille will critique paintings brought in by members that evening. The exhibit will be on display for the month of November during library hours. The public is welcome to attend.

Experience virtual bowling competition with the Chicopee Council on Aging at 1 p.m. at the Chicopee Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. It is a Wii Bowling League. Wii Bowling provides the opportunity for older adults to participate in activity that they once enjoyed, despite their current physical ability. Players use a remote control device to mimic actions performed in real-life sports. Call 534-3698 to register.

County meeting Nov. 15 at Post 438, New Ludlow Road. Lunch begins at noon; please attend. Auxillary Post 438 meeting Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Bring gifts for the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Christmas gift wrapping to take place Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. For more info contact Edna at 532-8122.

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.

St. Mary's Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Maine Kittery Outlets (120 stores), Nov. 28. Bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 8 a.m.; returns approx. 7:30 p.m. $30 per person. Call Sylvia ASAP at 594-2757.

On Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NAMI, 324A Springfield St., Agawam, browse through a collection of used hard-cover and paperback fiction, non-fiction and self-help books, check out our Silent Raffle, which has 20 prizes to be won. Raffle tickets will be sold for 50 cents each. We will draw the raffles on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. and will call the winners! Donate your old books and drop them off at our office- we will accept all used books. If interested in making a donation to the silent raffle or the used book sale, call us at 786-9139 or information@namiwm.org.

On Nov. 13, there will be a trip to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in NYC at the Radio City Music Hall. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach to NYC, the Radio City Christmas Show, 2nd Mazzanine Seating, Dinner stop en-route (on your own). Space is limited. Book seats now! It will depart at 9 a.m. at the Holyoke Mall Commuter Lot near Pier One Imports. All profits benefit the Chicopee and Holyoke Libraries. For reservations, call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

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 benefit Wistariahurst Museum. Advance tickets are $$25 each/$40 couple; tickets at the door are $30 each/$50 couple.

Last day to register to vote for the Special State Primary Election to take place on Dec. 8 is Nov. 18. Town Clerk Office hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Town Clerk Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Nov. 18.

The following events will take place at the Southwick Senior Center. Nov. 12: Shine (by appt.). Nov. 16: birthday party at noon. Nov. 19: blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20: Vet's rep. at 9 a.m. Nov. 26 - 27: closed.
WEEKLY CALENDAR The following events will take place each week at the Senior Center. Mondays: pool at 9 a.m.; Zumba at 9:30 a.m., $3. Tuesdays: Yoga at 9 a.m., $3; bingo, 10 a.m.; Tai-Chi at 11 a.m., $3; painting at noon, $3; poker at 1 p.m. Wednesdays: line dancing at 10 a.m., $2; writer's workshop at 1 p.m. Thursdays: pool at 9 a.m., $2; aerobics at 9:30 a.m., $3; ceramics and poker at 1 p.m. Fridays: swimming aerobics at 9 a.m., $15/class; Wii games at 10 a.m.

Our Lady of Grace Society is sponsoring a healing service at Mt. Carmel Church at 123 Williams St. on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The healing service will be provided again by Fr. Peter Gregory. Refreshments will be served in lower church hall following the service. All are welcome.

Foster Memorial Church is hosting a "Fall Fundraiser: Auction and Much More" on Nov. 14 from noon - 4 p.m. 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, paintings, gift certificates from local merchants and more! Our church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For more info, call 782-2112.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church is sponsoring a fall trip to the Adriatic Coast of Italy, Sept. 19 - 29, 2010. Featuring sights at Rimini, a coastal beach resort and two nights in Rome. Day trips to San Marino, Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Ravenna, Florence and Assisi. For more info, call Mary Mastrolanni at 734-5433 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) or 789-7318 (before 9 p.m.).

The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs will proudly host a Ballroom Dance at Greenleaf Community Center 1187 Parker St. on Nov. 20 from 6 - 9 p.m. with music by Joe Campisi. The Community Center is located behind the 16 Acres Library. Dances are $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. Singles are always welcome. Free parking. For more info call Kerri at 750-2873.

Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, hosts a Youth Mass with contemporary music and youth readers every sunday evening at 6 p.m. Though geared to a younger audience, all are welcome.

St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., will host a blood drive on Nov. 23 starting at 1:30 p.m. All those who donate a pint will receive discount vouchers for a Falcons hockey game.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a bus trip to Aquaduct Flea Market and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 28. Depart from Big Y Shopping Center parking lot on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and leave New York at 5 p.m. Cost: $40 per person; seniors and children under 15, $35. For reservations and info, call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or 736-8567, or e-mail veraocon@aol.com.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have its Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance on Dec. 12 from 6 p.m - 1 a.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St., Chicopee. $45 per person, $80 per couple. Social hour 6 - 7 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. Door prizes, music, cash prizes. For more info call 736-8567.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a bus trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25, 2010. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two full course dinners, taxes and meal gratuities guided sightseeing tour and motorcoach transportation. For reservation and more info, call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or 736-8567 or e-mail veraocon@aol.com.

Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave., will host a monthly coffeehouse featuring different musicians from the area. Enjoy live music, stimulating thoughts from scripture, coffee or cider, desserts and storytelling. First coffeehouse night will take place Nov. 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Call 739-4728 or visit www.faithunitedchurch.net for more info.

The YMCA of Greater Westfield will welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus on Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. to have a pancakes and sausage breakfast and visit all children who want to come by. Breakfast will be free for children under 5. Those ages 5 - 12 are $5 and anyone over the age of 12 will be $7. In addition to talking with Santa, children can have their photograph taken as a keepsake for only $3. For more info, call Michelle Anamisis at the Y at 568-8631 ext. 306.

Registration is now underway for the 47th annual Ski Scramblers program with the YMCA of Greater Westfield on Sat. from Jan. 9 - Feb. 6 at Blandford Ski Area. Four-lesson packages are available for the beginner through the controlled skier or snowboarder. Packages range in price and include transportation, lift tickets, lessons and adult supervision. For more info, contact Bridget Daley, camping and outdoor education director at 568-8631 ext. 322 or by e-mail at bdaley@westfieldymca.org.

Zuber's, 98 Southwick Rd., will be hosting a tag sale on Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to benefit the Westfield Homeless Cat Project. Those wishing to donate items before then can call 568-6964 for pick up or drop off tag sale items the day of the sale at Zuber's by 9 a.m.

The St. Francis Xavier Cabrini parish is hosting an Italian Night on Nov. 14 in the school hall on Main Street. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Menu: ziti, meatballs, sausage with peppers and onions, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage. King's Live Band will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. There will be a 50/50 raffle. The public is invited. For more info or tickets call Jean Carol at 737-5774.

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