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Town Events, Dec. 23 - Dec. 30

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

CHICOPEE
CENTER CLOSED
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.

CARD AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW
The Chicopee Boys and Girls Club will be hosting a collectible show on Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Boys and Girls Club gym, 580 Meadow St. The show featurs coins, sports and non-sports cards, card supplies, autographs, T-shirts, gift items and more. Handicap accessible. Admission $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Chicopee. For info call Joe at 593-6046.

MEN'S GROUP
There is a men's group that meets monthly at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. This group is designed for men who are looking to be a part of a large circle of their peers. The group discusses a variety of topics each month and will be open to topics that a member of the group may wish to discuss. The next meeting will be on Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in attending this group or for more info, call Jared Krok at the senior center at 534-3698.

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to Washington, D.C., May 13 - 16. Tour includes bus, hotel, six meals, all taxes and gratuities, trip insurance, guided tour of monuments, a Potomac River cruise, evening Marine dress parade, Arlington National Cemetery, Smithsonian, tour the House and Senate (pending approval). Call the club for further info at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri., from noon - 3 p.m.

CHICOPEE SENIOR MEETING
The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. will host their regular meeting Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The Friends have made a commitment to raise $2 million toward a new building. If you are interested in this project or any of the other activities of the Friends, come to the meeting. The Friends also collect used cell phones which are redeemed by the National Councils on Aging with the proceeds benefiting the building funds. If you would like to donate one, drop it off in the center, the mayor's office or the Chicopee main library. For more info contact Adele Tawrel, president, at the center, 534-3698.

HEARING SERVICE
Hearing services are available on Jan. 8 starting at 1 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. A trained audiologist provides a hearing evaluation, hearing aid check and cleaning. Appointments may be made by calling 534-3698.

MASSAGE AVAILABLE AT COA
Chair massage by Gina Welch of Craniosacral and Massage Center Inc. starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at the Council on Aging, 7 Valley View Ct. Appointments are also available on Jan. 15 starting at the same time. Each session is 15 mins. Cost is $10 for those over 60 and $15 for those under 60. Chair massage is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. To schedule your appt., call the center at 534-3698.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
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.

SOUTH HADLEY
SOCIAL CONNECTION MEETING
The "Social Connection" 50 Plus Group meets Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Justin Kopec has been playing the piano since he was seven years old and singing along to songs on the radio since he could speak. Since the age of 12, he has written over 100 songs. Come to hear a winner! Reservations needed by Jan. 6; $5 per person and includes lunch. Call 533-1925 with your reservations. Leave your name and number of people coming on the answering machine. Valet parking available. Taking place at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd., Rte 202.

SOUTHWICK
CENSUS AND DOG LICENSE
The annual census has been mailed to residents. Take the time to fill out and return back to the Town Clerk's Office. Dog license forms are available on the back of the census forms. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope will all necessary paperwork. For more info, call the Town Clerk's office at 569-5504.

PAYING TAXES ONLINE
Real estate and personal property taxes are due Jan. 20. Taxes can be paid online at www.southwickma.org. Vital copies and transfer stickers can also be paid online.

VOTER REGISTRY
The last day for voter registry for the Jan. 19 election is Dec. 30. Absentee applications will be accepted until Jan. 15. Note Town Hall will be closed on Jan. 18, so be sure to file applications by 5 p.m. on Jan. 15. Town Clerk's office will be open from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Dec. 30.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Join our church family for a candlelight service at 11 p.m. on Dec. 24. We will be assembling to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with readings and song. We are the little white church, Christ Church United Methodist, at 222 College Hwy. (near Gillette Corners).

SPRINGFIELD
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.

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.

APRIL 20 BOSTON BUS TRIP
Perfect for school vacation! Bus trip sponsored by St. Catherine's of Sienna includes your choice of Aquarium or Science Museum followed by free time in Quincy Market, lunch on own, then Duck Tour of the city. Advanced reservations required. Contact Betty at 896-8801.

ITALIAN CLASSES
The Italian Culture Center, 56 Margaret St., will offer Italian language classes for eight weeks beginning Jan. 26. Beginner and Intermediate classes will be on Tues. evenings from 6 - 8 p.m. The cost for the courses will be $95 for those without the textbook, $85 for those with the textbook. Call to register or for info at 784-1492.

WESTFIELD
SING-ALONG MUSICAL FILMS
The Westfield Athenaeum is continuing to offer a free series of sing-along musical films. "White Christmas" will play on Dec. 23 and "The Sound of Music" on Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. Popcorn and refreshments will be served and singing is encouraged. For more info, call the Athenaeum at 562-0716.

HIKE AT STATE PARK
Join friends, family and Dept. of Conservation & Recreation staff on a 1.5-mile hike of Hampton Ponds State Park, 1048 North Rd., on Jan. 1 at 1 p.m. Wear warm clothing. Hot chocolate is served after the hike. This program is free and open to the public. For more info, call 532-3985 ext. 403.

ATHENAEUM'S HOLIDAY HOURS
The Westfield Athenaeum will be keeping the following hours during the holidays: Dec. 23, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Dec. 24, 8:30 a.m. - noon; Dec. 25 - 28, closed; Dec. 29 - 30, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Dec. 31, 8:30 a.m. - noon; Jan. 1 closed; Jan. 2, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Materials that are normally due on a day when the library is closed will be due the next business day when the library is open. For more info, call the Athenaeum at 562-0716.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE CLINICS
The Westfield State College women's lacrosse team is sponsoring a clinic on two Sundays in February for girls in grades 4 - 12. The Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 clinics will take place from 9 a.m. - noon at the Woodward Center. Cost: $30/day. Contact: Head Coach Greg Styles at (860) 648-9116 or emsgbs@cox.net.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
BEGINNER COMPUTER CLASSES
The W.S. Public Library, 200 Park St., will offer a series of four beginner computer classes for adults during January. The classes will be offered as a Tuesday series, Jan. 5 - 26 from 7 - 9 p.m.; or a Saturday series, Jan. 9 - 30 from 9 - 11 a.m. Registration begins Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. for W.S. residents. Others are welcome to register beginning Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. Call 736-4561 ext. 3 to reserve a space.

HOLIDAY LIBRARY HOURS
The W.S. Public Library, 200 Park St., will close Dec. 24 at noon and will remain closed on Dec. 25. The library will reopen on Dec. 26. The library will again close at noon on Dec. 31 and stay closed through Jan. 1. The library will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 2. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 3 or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.


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