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Town Events Dec. 15-22

From the Herald, The MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder
AGAWAM
PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library announce their first Open Juried Photography Show, Feb. 1 to 25. Deadline for entries: Jan. 25. Entry fee: $25. Five categories: people, design elements, travel, nature/landscape and animals. More info and entry form: www.agawamlibrary.org/about/friends.htm.

WINTER CONCERT
Agawam High School Band's Winter Concert will take place Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium, 760 Cooper St. The band's Parents Association will conduct a gift basket raffle during intermission to benefit the band program. Admission is free; donations will be accepted at the door. Students will also be collecting non-perishable food items at the door to benefit the Parish Cupboard.

HOLIDAY BASKET RAFFLE
The Friends of the Agawam Public Library are having their second annual Holiday Basket Raffle through Dec. 17. This year 20 baskets have been donated by town businesses and residents and they are on display in the Library. Raffle tickets are available at the library circulation desk. Drawing: Dec. 17 at noon. All proceeds will benefit the Agawam Public Library.

CLOTHING/BOOK COLLECTION
Agawam Public Library's Teen Advisory Council will be collecting hats, mittens and new or gently used books for children ages three to five until Dec. 18. Items will be donated to children attending the local Headstart Early Childhood Program.

DROP-IN SIT & KNIT
Agawam Public Library will host Adult Drop-In Sit & Knit with Instructor Sandy Ellis on Jan. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Ellis will be on hand to teach some new knitting techniques and offer help with ongoing projects. No registration necessary.

AUTHOR TALK
Agawam Public Library will host an Author Talk with Lorene Morin and Melva Michaelian, authors of "Testing the Heart" on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Call 789-1550 ext. 109 or visit www.agawamlibrary.org to register. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event.

ADULT ZUMBA CLASS
Agawam Public Library will host an adult drop-in Zumba class Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. An instructor from LHQ DanceForce will lead the class. For more info, visit www.LHQDanceForce.com. Registration is not necessary for this class.

CHICOPEE
FIRST WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL
First Winter Arts Festival Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. featuring the Boys and Girls Club and Friends Chorus and original arts and crafts works created by Boys and Girls Club members. Boys and Girls Club holiday cards will be available to purchase. They feature four different designs per package. These may be used for your holiday cards or make wonderful gift tags. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets are available at the door; $5 per person.

MEN'S GROUP
Men's Group meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Designed for men who are looking to be part of a large circle of their peers. Next meeting will be Dec. 27 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

IN GOOD COMPANY
A support group that can help people who are feeling blue or experiencing mild depression. The next meeting will be Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. Free. Group is facilitated by a professional who can assist you with coping strategies, information on additional assistance, and support. Info: call 534-3698.

˛GREATER SPRINGFIELD
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.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS
The Tobacco Valley Artists Association will host its fall member show and Christmas social on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Library Gallery, 1550 Sullivan Ave., So. Windsor, Conn. Meeting will feature member's artwork judged by Tolland artist Art Scholz, reception, awards, and a $5 holiday gift exchange. Bring in a painting for a positive critique by Scholz. Exhibit on display until Dec. 30. Public welcome.

NORTHERN CONN. VEGETARIANS
Meets Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at The Carniglia Senior Center, 41 Oak Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. Tina Laviana, P.T., R.N., demonstrates how to keep your spine strong and healthy and how to use the EFT Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate a craving. Bring a healthy vegan dish to share along with a note card listing recipe and your name. Vegan means no animal products zero dairy, eggs, cheese, fish, or lard ; a fruit salad or unsalted raw walnuts are always acceptable. Bring plate, cup, and utensils. Donation of $7/adult requested. Children are free. Info: see www.northctveg.org call Harry at 860-623-8082 or email Harry at veggyharry@aol.com.

A NIGHTMARE FOR CHRISTMAS
Haunted attraction Faces of Phobia has transformed its 10,000 square foot building into a winter wonderland with an evil twist. Evil elves have taken over this haunted attraction. This 20 minute walk through has a bit of horror and humor around every twist and turn A portion of the proceeds will go to the Springfield Food Bank. Open Dec. 17 from 7 to 11p.m.; Dec. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 19 with pictures with santa from 1 to p.m.

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.

ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Two-hour, four skill level hike for individuals ages 30 to 60, Dec. 19 at Black Pond in Middlefield, Conn. Arrive at 9 a.m., hike begins at 9:30 a.m. Directions: take 691 East, get off at exit 12 Preston Ave. Go right at end of ramp, travel one mile to next traffic light. turn left. Entrance is half-mile up on right. Buffet lunch follows hike; please call Charles Gergley at 203-271-2125 to rsvp.

HOLYOKE
NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
C.R.U.S.H. will host its third annual New Year's Eve Gala at Open Square from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: $25 and include catered hors d'oeuvres, desserts, music for all ages, performance by the Artistic Dance Conservatory, DJ Ronnie Kwon, hip hop dancers, raffles and displays of local art. Cash bar. Tickets at the door: $10 after 11 p.m. E-mail info@crushonholyoke.org for tickets or other inquires.

SOUTHWICK
HOLIDAY EVENT
Southwick-on-Stage will host an event that will include song and storytelling commemorating the beginning of winter and the Holiday Season on Dec. 18 at the Town Hall Senior Center from 3 to 5 p.m. The celebration is designed for kids, students, adults and seniors. Admission to the event is free, however, donations are requested in support of the local food pantry. Refreshments will be served.

SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD STORYTELLERS
Looking for something different? Tell a story or listen to a story told by the Springfield Storytellers. Their next session will be Dec. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. They will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions open to the public. Free. Storytelling takes place every third Monday of the month.

FILL BASKETS FOR NEEDY
The city's senior centers are accepting items to fill baskets for the homeless. New items for the kitchen or bathroom will be accepted. The deadline for dropping off your donation is Dec. 15. Call your neighborhood center to obtain more info.

HUNGRY HILL COUNCIL
There will be a meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Deputy Chief John Barbieri from the police department and Jim Leydon from the mayor's office will be at this meeting to hear residents' concerns, etc. Refreshments. All residents are encouraged to attend.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure readings and glucose screening (requires fasting) will be offered at the Hungry Hill Center Dec. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.

TEDDY BEAR BRUNCH
Max's Tavern will host a joint benefit "Teddy Bear Brunch" to help support The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield and Baystate Children's Hospital, on Dec. 19 at Max's Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 West Columbus Ave. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 746-MAXX; adults $25 and children under 13 years old $20. Event includes brunch, MAX candy buffet, face painting, craft project and a photo with MAX bear. Guests 13 and under are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children at The Ronald McDonald House and Baystate Children's Hospital.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
Registration for girls in grade seven and eight to play basketball for Bethesda Lutheran Church is now open. Deadline Dec 26. Contact Scott at 262-7381, 301-0943 or allforkidsaa@gmail.com for info.

WESTFIELD
BABYSITTER'S CERTIFICATION
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will offer American Red Cross certification in Babysitter's Training (including infant and child CPR and first aid) to its members Jan. 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Trainings take place at their "Hank's House" facility located adjacent to 67 Court St. Info: Karen Liebchen, safety services instructor, at 568-8631 ext. 320 or kliebchen@westfieldymca.org.

HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
Westfield's State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. will host public office hours at Elm Pizza, 38 North Elm St., Dec. 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. He'll be available to meet with constituents to discuss state issues in the special events room. For more info, call his District Office at 568-1366.

WATER SAFETY INSTRUCTORS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will be offering American Red Cross certification training as Water Safety Instructors starting Jan. 28 at 67 Court St. Classes on Sundays after the screening. Candidates must be at least 17 years old for this 40-hour program. Info: Karen Liebchen, safety services instructor, at 568-8631 ext. 320 or kliebchen@westfieldymca.org.

"FLEA CIRCUS"
Come one, come all to see the greatest little show on earth, "Flea Circus" with Ed Popielarczyk on Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Boys' and Girls' Library. You'll be thrilled and amazed with Popielarczyk's trained fleas. Program is open to kids of all ages. Registration is required by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming in to the library.

MOVIE DAY
The Boys' and Girls' Library will host a Movie Day featuring "Shrek Forever After" on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Families are invited. Movie is rated PG and runs 93 minutes. No registration is necessary.

INTERVIEW WITH SANTA CLAUS
State Rep. Donald Humason Jr.'s newest installment of his cable show, "From the State House to Your House," will feature an interview the jolly old elf, Santa Claus. The show airs on the Community Programming Channel, 15, on Sundays at 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Info: Humason's District Office at 568-1366.

GED PREP CLASSES
Westfield Community Education's Information Night for GED Preparation Classes for the spring 2011 semester will take place Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Lang Auditorium of the Athenaeum. Interested individuals must attend the Information Night. Pre-testing will be completed at that time. Info: www.westfield-ged.org.

FREE ICE SKATING PARTY
State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. will continue his annual free ice skating party at Amelia Park Ice Arena Dec. 18 from 7 to 7:50 p.m. All are welcome. We'll have cookies from the students in the Westfield Voke Culinary Arts program as refreshments after the skating is done. Info: Humason's District Office at 568-1366.

PIZZA AND MOVIE EVENT
The Boys' and Girls' Library will host a Pizza and Movie event featuring "Despicable Me" on Dec. 30 at noon. Movie is rated PG. Running time: 95 minutes. Registration required beginning Dec. 21 by calling 562-6158 ext. 5 or coming into the library.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
W. Springfield Teen Center and Park and Rec. Department will host a Father Daughter Dance Feb. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Teen Center. Cost: $30 per couple; additional daughter $10. Daughters age four to 12 years are welcome and must be accompanied by their father, grandfather or uncle. Info and registration: Bruce Bradley at 454-4047.


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