|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CHRISTMAS SING ALONG
The Memory Lane Chorus of the Agawam Senior will host a Christmas "Sing-Along" session at the regular practice time on Dec. 22. The session starts at 2:30 p.m. after the regular movie. There will be request time for any of the regular Christmas carols and popular songs of the season. Anyone who enjoys singing with a group is also always welcome at any time during the year.
The Chicopee Senior Center will be closing at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed all day Dec. 25. The center will close at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 for the New Year's holiday. The center will reopen at 8 a.m. on Jan. 4.
LIBRARY NOW OFFERS PLAYAWAYS
The Granby Public Library now carries a variety of books in Playaway format. Playaways are digital audiobooks that come on a small self-playing unit. Each of these units plays one book each and is small enough to carry or place in your pocket. Patrons will need their own headphones and one AAA battery. If you do not own headphones, the library is happy to provide a pair for you to keep for $1. The library carries a selection of brand new titles and other reader favorites on Playaway that are available now. Contact the library for more info at 467-3320 or visit www.granbylibrary.com.
LIBRARY OFFERS WIFI
The Granby Public Library now offers free wirelesss internet access to the library patrons. WiFi allows library users to bring their own laptops or other wireless capable devices into the library and gain internet access. Wireless internet access is free of charge to all library patrons. Wireless internet users must agree to the terms of the Wireless Internet Policy and sign in at the front desk in order to access the library's network using their own wireless capable device. For more info contact the library at 467-3320 or visit www.granbylibrary.com.
A GREAT AND MIGHTY WONDER
The cantata "A Great and Might Wonder" will be performed at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, Conn., on Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. Join us as the St. Bernard Adult and Children's Choirs celebrate the birth of Christ. There will be a reception in Fitzmaurice Hall following the program. All are welcome; there is no admission.
USS MISSOURI (BB-63) ASSOC.
The USS Missouri (BB-63) Assoc. is a non-profit organization made up of sailors, Marines, officers and midshipman that have served aboard this famous battleship. Shipmates that served aboard the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) will host their quarterly meeting in Norwalk, Conn., Jan. 15 - 17. All veterans and interested parties along with their family and friends are invited. For info contact Bill Morton at (803) 469-3579 or Mo63@ftc-i.net, or Jack Stempick at (203) 281-4693 or email@example.com.
The December meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be a Christmas Social and Gift Swap on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. The holiday agenda will include a brief business meeting, refreshments and a $5 grab bag gift for those wishing to participate.
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the LPVEC Conference Room, 174 Brush Hill Ave., West Springfield.
HOLIDAY CURBSIDE COLLECTION
Curbside collection will be affected on both Christmas and New Year's. Friday's Route #8 (Christmas Day) will be collected on Dec. 26 and Friday's Route #3 (New Year's Day) will be collected on Jan. 2. Christmas tree collection will be during the month of January; be sure trees are at the curb and stripped of all decorations. No plastic bags. Questions? Call 'V' at the DPW at 538-5033 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH EVENTS
Join us at the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 N. Main St., on Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. for the South Hadley High School Choir concert; Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. for CCOSHF Children's Christmas Program w/dinner; and Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. for a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
The following events will take place at the Senior Center. Dec. 16: $10 manicures (by appt). Dec 17: 10:30 a.m. blood pressure screening; 11 a.m. Christmas Open House. Dec 18: 9 a.m. Veteran's Representative. Dec. 25 and Jan. 1: center closed for Christmas and New Year holidays.
Looking for something different? Tell a story, or listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Dec. 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Free. Storytelling takes place every third Fri. of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.
The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will sing their Christmas program at the First Park Memorial Church on 1 Garfield St. in Springfield on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. They will also perform at Keystone Woods on 936 Grayson Dr. on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Foster Memorial Church will be hosting Christmas Eve candlelight worship services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.
SLEEPOVER AT THE STABLE
Sleepover at the Stable presented by New Life Fellowship, Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m., at 80 Arvilla St. Come celebrate with us the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. For more info call 525-9472.
GIRLS THIRD GRADE BASKETBALL
Sign ups are ongoing for girls in grade three to play at Bethesda Lutheran Church. Contact 262-7381, 301-0943 or email@example.com for more info. Deadline is Dec. 20.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Mon. of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St. at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 536-1895.
Show your appreciation for any teacher or Westfield schools staff member by gifting a Staff and Teacher Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) award. Make a $15 tax-deductible donation and your special someone will receive a STAR award, personalized with your message of appreciation. Requests are available at www.k12.westfield.ma.us/vips/index or call 572-6345.
HUMASON'S OFFICE HOURS
Westfield State Rep. Don Humason Jr. and Chief of Staff Sarah Latour will have public office hours at the Westfield Athenaeum on Dec. 18 from 10:30 a.m. - noon. Don and Sarah will be available to meet with Westfield constituents to discuss state issues in the Reed Study at the library. They're also available to meet with constituents at the district office, 64 Noble St. Call 568-1366 for more info.
BUSINESS WRITING COURSE
The Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) at Westfield State College offers a course in best practices of business writing in its upcoming winter session. Course begins Jan. 4 and runs for two weeks from 6 - 9:45 p.m. each weeknight. Participants get three college credits for successful completion. To sign up, contact the DGCE at 572-8020 by Dec. 31.
"Gifts of Winter," an exhibit of fiber art and acrylic collage painting, offers one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art at the Westfield State College Downtown Art Gallery, 105 Elm St., from Dec. 10 - 30. All work on exhibit is for sale. The works include acrylic collage paintings by Gerry Wise of the WSC art faculty. For more info, contact gallery curator Faith Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church on Route 20 will take place on Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. The book discussed will be "Left to Tell" by Immaculee Ilibagiza. Everyone to invited to attend this discussion. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Dec. 19. This will be our Santa's Cookie Sale. Dances take place at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info on any dances call Fran McKinnon at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 525-3324. See Walker if you would like to attend the New Year's Pot Luck Dinner and Dance.
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