Town Events, Nov. 26 - Dec. 3
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
TRADING POST "SALE DAY"
Trading Post "Sale Day" Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Agawam. Donated items: 50 percent off; all other items 20 percent off; $4 bag sale from 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center wil host a bottle and can drive Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Agawam Senior Center, 68 Meadowbrook Manor.
SIT & KNIT
The Agawam Public Library will be hosting Sit & Knit on Tuesdays from 1 - 3 p.m. throughout December. Knitting instructor Annie Foley will be at the library on Dec. 2 to help with projects and answer questions. No registration is needed for this weekly program.
The Agawam Lions Club will host their next fundraiser, the 5th Annual Comedy Night, on March 15 at the Oaks Banquet Hall at 7 p.m. Three new comics will be appearing: Paul D'angelo, Artie Januario and Myq Kaplan. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained from Bob's Barbershop, Southgate Liquours, Mike Roy at 786-2953, Ron Weiners at 786-6633, Bill Egan at 786-7068 and Dick Lanier at (860) 654-5580.
JAZZ UP YOUR CHRISTMAS
Jazz up your Christmas with Vin Cassotta on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. Cassotta is returning by popular demand. "Jazz Up Your Christmas" features a mix of jazz, swing and rock versions of your favorite Christmas songs. Call 789-1550 or visit the library to register for this program.
BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
Healthcare professionals are invited to learn more about "Behavioral Incident Prevention and Management: A Practical Guideline for Geriatric Care" at 8 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Atrium at Cardinal Drive, 153 Cardinal Dr. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. followed by the workshop at 8:30 a.m. David B. Lennox, PhD, will lead the discussion. Lennox has developed, directed and consulted in programs treating children and adults in a variety of settings. He has managed services for individuals with a range of rehab and behavioral needs resulting from Alzheimer's, head injury, development disability, autism, psychiatric disorders and a number of neurological disorders. The free program is approved for 2.0 contact hours for nurses and 1.5 contact hours for social workers. Seating is limited, so RSVP by calling 821-9911.
Hearing services are available on Dec. 5 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A training audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698.
CENTER OFFERS LIBRARY SERVICES
A Chicopee Public Librarian is available on Mondays from 9 - 11:30 a.m. to assist patrons with returning and checking out books and other library materials. There is also a book drop located inside the center for library patrons to return their books during the center's normal hours, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. The center is located at 7 Valley View Ct. For more info call 534-3698.
LIVING AGAIN CANCELLED
There will not be a Living Again Support Group meeting in December. The group will meet on its regular day and time in January 2009. For more info contact the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
CRAFT FAIR AND BAZAAR
Assumption Parish Christmas Craft Fair and Bazaar, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Nov. 30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Assumption Parish Hall, 104 Springfield St., with handicapped ramp access at 11 Chapman St. Fair includes crafters and vendors of every variety, sweets and goody sale, Chinese raffle, special lottery tree, games for children, free parking and free admission. Stop by the lunch area then browse and shop for Christmas. Any questions call Dawn Breton at 592-4246.
Join your friends every Thursday from 1 - 2 p.m. in an informal sing-a-long at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This informal group is led by pianist Irene Wyman. Words are provided. What better way to spend an hour than to sing with your friends. For more info call 543-3698.
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed on Nov. 27 and 28.
The guidelines to qualify for fuel assistance have been increased. Now , a single person can earn up to $27,876 and qualify. A two-person household income is now $36,454. If your income is below either of these guidelines, you will qualify for fuel assistance. For more info or to fill out an application for fuel assistance, call the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.
TURNING 65 AND MEDICARE
Jim Zabik from Bankers Life and Casualty is presenting a seminar in the conference room of the Chicopee Public Library at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. The subject covered will be what to do when you turn 65 and want to go on Medicare. For more info, call 594-1800 ext. 108.
ROAST BEEF DINNER AND AUCTION
Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St., will be serving a roast beef dinner, family style, on Dec. 6 at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Adults are $9, children 5 - 14, $4.50. Call Lorraine at 593-5291 or 592-3596 for info and reservations.
Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Show features coins, trading cards, autographs, comic books, Webkinz and more. Free parking; prizes drawn every 30 mins., free giveaway items at the door. Admission is $1, children under 10 are free. All proceeds benefit the church. For info call Joe at 593-6046.
The W.F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post 625 located at 374 Front St. will host their spaghetti supper on Dec. 4 from 4 - 6 p.m. $4.50 for adults, $4 for children under 12, $4.75 for takeout. We serve you no waiting in line. All monies are used for our veterans, hospital parties and more. There will not be a supper in January; we will be back in February.
BLOOD PRESSURE AND FLU CLINIC
The VNA will be doing their regular blood pressure clinic and administering the flu shot on Dec. 9 at Aldrich Hall and Dec. 23 at Phins Hill, for any town resident, from 1 - 3 p.m. Free of charge. If you have any questions, call Lisa Anderson at the Board of Health office at 467-7174, Mon. - Thurs., from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and on Fri. from 9 a.m. - noon.
Active Singles is sponsoring a singles hike on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. Arrive at 9 a.m. The hike takes place at West Peak and Castle Craig in Meriden, Conn. Note: no kids or dogs on the hike. We hike in four skill levels for two hours each and then have an optional buffet lunch. Non-hikers are welcome to join us for the brunch. Call Charlie to RSVP at (203) 271-2125.
Dec. 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m. If your favorite lament is "Look what's happening to me I'm getting old," then you need to come to this presentation. It's never too late to begin the process of successful aging. Dr. Benjamin Liptzin will address ways you can stimulate your mind and body to forestall the aging process. Learn good habits that will prepare you for the future. This event is free and open to the public, and will be taking place at the Springfield JCC. For more info, visit www.SpringfieldJcc.org or contact Bev Nadler, Director of the JCC's Adult Life Dept., at 739-4715 or email@example.com.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GATHERING
The Welsh Society of Western New England will host its annual Christmas gathering at the Willits-Hallowell Conference Center of Mt. Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, on Dec. 6 at noon. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m., followed by a performance from Jodee James. Cost is $25 for members, $28 for non-members, and $18 for children under 18. Reservations due by Dec. 3. For more info, contact Tom at 536-4290 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.welshwne.org.
ST. PATRICK'S PARADE COMMITTEE
The St. Patrick's Parade Committee of Holyoke has raffle tickets available for a trip to Ireland for six people. Includes limo ride to and from Logan Airport, round trip airfare on Aer Lingus, hotels, meal, attractions and $500 spending money per traveler or $15,000 cash. Tickets are $100 each. A total of 290 tickets to be sold. Drawing to take place March 18. This is the 58th anniversary of past president's fundraising to help defray the expenses of the Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade. Contact Dan Tierney at 533-0909 or any other parade member for info.
THE "NEW DAWN SINGERS"
The Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House, 500 Easthampton Rd., presents the "New Dawn Singers" better-than-ever updated Happy Holidays Show on Dec. 3. Only $45 for lunch and show. Seating is at noon; lunch follows; show begins approx. 1:30 p.m. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214 for reservations.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY COCKTAIL PARTY
Wistariahurst Museum Assn. invites you to its Annual Holiday Cocktail Party on Dec. 6 from 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum, 236 Cabot St. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, pasta and carving stations by Peppermill Catering, a cash bar and dancing to the Tom Tisdell Quintet. Tickets are $30 per WMA member, $40 per non-member. Proceeds will fund restoration and educational projects. For more info/reservations, call Jim Bauer at 538-9176.
SPIRIT OF THE SEASON FUNDRAISER
Shopping, food, music and a great cause. Join Holyoke Catholic High School's Parent Partnership for a Christmastime fundraiser! "Spirit of the Season" will take place Dec. 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the beautifully decorated school lobby.
A CAPELLA SINGERS
Most have heard about Holyoke Catholic's A Cappella Singers, founded in 1996; now you can see them perform. Under the direction of Joe Toritto, this dynamic and talented group has earned national recognition and performs throughout the year at a variety of events and locations. December will find the A Cappella Singers performing at the city of Chicopee's Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m.
HOMEWORK HOUSE RAFFLE
Homework House Tutoring program is running a "Raise The Roof" raffle to help fix its roof. Proceeds from the raffle will go to match a Peabody Foundation challenge grant. Prizes include four tickets to the Boston Celtics Jan. 28 game at the TD BankNorth Garden, limo ride to and from Boston and dinner at the Ristorante Damiano in the North End, a $2,000 value; two tickets to the New England Patriots Dec. 21 game at Gillette Stadium; and four club level seats to the Boston Bruins Feb. 10 game at the TD Banknorth Garden. All prizes have been donated and proceeds will go directly to the grant. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 and may be obtained by calling Janet Fernandez at 536-0356 or e-mailing email@example.com. The raffle will be drawn on Dec. 12.
Advent Craft Fair
The annual Advent Craft Fair will take place Dec. 5 from 3 - 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the First (Center) Congregational Church, 1 Church St., opposite the Town Common. Light meals will be available at the church on the evening of Dec. 5 and noon on Dec. 6. The public is invited. Free admission, free parking, handicap accessible facility.
The Southwick Congregational Church's annual Holly Bazaar will take place Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be crafters, baked goods, balsam wreaths, cemetery boxes, homemade candy and much more. Join us at the Holly Inn for a delicious lunch after you have done your shopping.
CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR
The Little White Church at Gillette Corners is having their second annual Christmas Craft Fair on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come join us for the fun at Christ Church UMC at 222 College Hwy (near Big Y). We are handicap accessible.
The Senior Center will be having their annual Christmas party at Tucker's restaurant on Dec. 11 starting at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $22 per person, your choice of chicken, beef or fish. Sign up by Dec. 3 in the office or call 569-5498.
DR. "ROB" AT REEDS LANDING
On Dec. 9, Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Dr. "Rob" Robinson for an uplifting session on resilience and authentic happiness as we head into the holiday season. Dr. Robinson is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and the founder and director of Family Care Counseling Associates of Wilbraham. The event will take place at 2 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
2008 Holiday Craft Fair at Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker St., will take place Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open to the public. Featuring a great variety of crafts and products from local artists. Also homemade breads and pastries. Lunch will be available.
HOLY CROSS SOCIAL CLUB
The Holy Cross Social Club of Holy Cross Church will have its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 9 at the Elmcrest Country Club, Somers Road, East Longmeadow. Arrival time is noon with lunch being served at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $18. Meal choices are roast pork loin, stuffed chicken breast or baked scrod w/seasoned bread crumbs. For more info call 782-2211 or 782-5857. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 3. We will have a 50/50 raffle. Bring a $5 grab bag gift.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Bake Sale on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private reading is $20. For info or to book readings in advance, call Denise at 519-9669.
The Hungry Hill Center is planning a Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 9 at noon. A meal will be provided by Greater Springfield Senior Services. Tickets are $3 which includes the dinner, coffee/tea and door prizes. Bingo will be played following the dinner. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 2.
St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral announces the 23rd annual Christmas Concert. The event will take place on Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the St. George Cathedral, Memorial Square. The Westfield State College Wind Symphony with the Westfield State Chorus and the Cancer Concert Grande Chorale will entertain the audience. All proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Donation: $10 adults; $5 college students with valid ID/children under 12.
TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC CONCERT
On Dec. 2, Becky Rosendahl Isaacson, organ, Kirsten Hadden Lipkens, oboe, and the vocal trio of Devon Bakum, Judith Brown and Teri LaFleur will perform for the Tuesday Morning Music Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., at 10:30 a.m. This is a holiday concert and admission is free.
HOLY CROSS SCHOOL COAT DRIVE
Through Dec. 1, the second and eighth grade classes at Holy Cross School, located on Eddywood Street, will be collectiong used children's and adult coats as a community service project. Coats will be distributed to needy families by the Salvation Army. Drop off coats at the school office from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., weekdays. Access through either Eddywood or Wheeler Street entrances.
Host Larry Lirot Presentation
On Dec. 4 Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Larry Lirot, "Making Holiday Arrangements." Lirot, expert landscape consultant, continues his lecture series with instruction on creating beautiful eye-catching holiday arrangements. The event will take place at 2 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.
Annual Christmas Tree Sale
The Suburban Springfield Exchange Club will host their 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Sale at Heritage Park North Parking Lot on Route 83 in East Longmeadow, across from the Stop and Shop Plaza. Sale will take place the weekends of Dec. 6 - 7 and Dec. 13 - 14 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day and will take place no matter what the weather. All proceeds benefit our Child Abuse Prevention programs and other youth programs in the area. For directions or questions contact Denni or Steve at 783-2446.
On Dec. 12 the Springfield College Club will host their winter tea at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 West Columbus Ave., at 1:45 p.m. The Golden Blue Ribbon Singers will entertain will holiday songs. Prospective members are invited to attend.
BUS TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
There will be a bus trip and two night accomodations at Mount Vernon Hotel in Baltimore, Jan. 19 - 21. The bus will transport the group to Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration. Everything is included except the driver's tip. Each person is responsible to get tickets for the Inauguration. Bus will depart from Big Y parking lot on Boston Road at 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 19 and return at 5:30 p.m. on Jan 21. First come, first served. Space is limited. For payment and questions, contact Vera O'Connor at 783-9824.
Gina Daniele presents bus trips for Christmas shopping in New York on Dec. 6 and Foxwoods Casino and Bingo on Dec. 13. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. both mornings. For more info, call Gina at 732-8941.
BOTANICAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT
Artist Marla Leigh Caplan is showcasing "A Long Slow Look: Botanical Photography" at the Westfield State College Downtown Art Gallery at 105 Elm St. through Dec. 12. The gallery is open Tues., Wed. and Fri. from 2 - 5 p.m., Thurs., 2 - 7 p.m. and Sat., 1 - 5 p.m.
The Athenaeum's Fall Lecture Series will conclude on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. as Craig Della Penna, executive director of Northeast Greenway Solutions, presents "Inspiring People To Do Things Beyond Their Wildest Dreams: The Story of the Rails-to-Trails Movement in Westfield and Beyond." Come and be inspired by Della Penna's passion for rails-to-trails.
ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
Westfield Vocational Technical High School will host its annual Arts and Crafts Fair on Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free, and refreshments will be available. The WVTHS culinary students will provide lunch for a nominal fee. Located at 33 Smith Ave.
The Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Holiday Breakfast on Dec. 12 at Tucker's Restaurant in Southwick. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Attendees are urged to bring an unwrapped toy. Reservation deadine is Dec. 8. Cost is $18 for members, $25 for non-members. Call 568-1618 or e-mail Marcia@WestfieldBiz.org to reserve a place.
Westfield High Class of 1978 30th reunion will take place at the Westwood Restaurant on Nov. 29. The cost is $15 per person. It will be a casual atmosphere with hors d'oeuvres. Interested classmates should e-mail WHSclassof78@aol.com for more details.
KIDS' SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host two hour fun workshops for children 6 - 11. The workshops will include: Nov. 29, holiday ornament making; Dec. 6, lighted pinecone baskets; Dec. 13, fun with foam; Dec. 20, holiday gift for the family table; Dec. 27, kids choice utilizing all craft supplies, children can choose a project. All take place from 9 - 11 a.m. in the Mansion. Cost: $12 for members, $16 for limited members, $20 for non-members. For more info about these workshops and to register your children call Charlene at 568-8631 ext. 305.
GERMAN PROTESTANT KIRCHENTAG
Members of Grace Lutheran Church will participate in the 32nd German Protestant Kirchentag in Breman, Germany, from May 20 - 24, 2009. Cost of the event is minimal if you take advantage of being paired with a host family who will provide bed and breakfast. Tickets to the event include all public transportation for the entire week. Pastor Harman will assist in making all Kirchentag related preparations such as tickets for the event, home stay arrangemetns and group airfare. For more info call Harman at 734-9268.
OPENING SANTA'S HOUSE
The 28th Annual opening of Santa's House, located at the Route 20 entrance to Mittineague Park, will take place on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. Santa will arrive accompanied by police and fire escort and will greet visitors until 4 p.m. and then again from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The event is free of charge.
SENIOR TRAVEL CLUB
The West Springfield Senior Travel Club will be taking a trip to see "What Christmas Means to Me" at the Nantasket Oceanfront Resort in Hull, Mass. Cost includes transportation, lunch and show. Trip departs from Mittineague Congregational Church on Westfield Street at 9 a.m., returning approx. 6 p.m. For more info, call Ann at 732-7857.
The 21st Annual Caroling on the Green and Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Elm Street Common will take place Dec. 4 at 5:45 p.m. Sing-a-long with Richie Mitnitck, Dave Colucci, Riley Sullivan and the West Springfield High School "Singing Blues" Chorus. This program is open to the public and free of charge.
"UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE"
On Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the West Springfield High School Auditorium, the fun continues "Under the Christmas Tree" as Rick Adam performs his entertaining vaudeville act, highlighted with songs and stories of snow, sledding, winter and the holiday season. This program is open to the public and free of charge.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
The West Springfield Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Operation Santa Program on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Senior Center, 128 Park St. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance prior to officially opening Santa's House in Mittineague Park. Santa will greet visitors from 9 - 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 7 and under and may be obtained at the Park & Rec. Dept. Office, Senior Center, Lally's Pipe & Book or at the door.