Town Events, Dec. 31 - Jan. 7
|From the Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
Friends of the Agawam Senior Center are selling the bargain book "Taste of Western Mass." for dining and activities for the Pioneer Valley. The books sell for $20 each and the proceeds go towards the Friends expansion fund. You can purchase this lovely holiday gift at the Agawam Senior Center, 821-0604, or call Emile Cot at 335-9440 for more info.
SPECIAL TICKET OFFER
The Agawam Park and Rec. Dept. is offering a special ticket offer for the Springfield Falcons game on New Year's Eve at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for kids and $10 for adults. Falcons will donate $1 to the department for each ticket sold. There will also be a free public skate at 11 a.m.
The following are some guidelines for recycling during the winter months. Include the following items in your paper recycling mix: corrugated cardboard boxes, paperboard gift boxes, greeting cards, gift wrap and gift bags. Do not include ribbons, bows or tinsel, packing peanuts or Styrofoam. For more info, contact the Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Agawam United Methodist Church, 459 Mill St., will be having its annual Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. This will be a candlelight service featuring traditional songs of Christmas and solos for the season.
Sewing classes are being offered at the Agawam United Methodist Church, 459 Mill St., in January. Machines are available to rent for those who do not yet have one of their own. Mini-classes will also be offered in hemming and repairing. For more info, go to www.designingtwining.com.
SENIOR CENTER CLOSING
The Chicopee Senior Center will close at 12:30 pm on Dec. 31 and will re-open on Jan. 2 at 8 a.m., at which time all regular activities will take place.
The Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a pancake breakfast on Jan. 3 from 8 - 10:30 a.m. You will have a choice of omelet and pancakes for $6; omelet for $5; pancakes for $4. Kids are half price. The public is invited.
130th COLLECTIBLE SHOW
This Collectible Show is sponsored by the Nativity B.V.M. Parish Council on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Features will include coins, sports and non-sports cards, autographs, NASCAR, Webkinz and more. There are 47 ground level spaces, handicap accessible. Prizes will be drawn every 30 mins., free give- aways at the door. Admission is $1 and children under 10 are free. All proceeds will benefit the Nativity B.V.M. Church. For info, call Joe at 593-6046.
Traditional Oplatek Dinner
Celebrate 100 years of the St. Stanislaus Basilica building, Traditional Oplatek Dinner, Jan. 11th, St. Stanislaus School 534 Front St. Chicopee. Pork Loin Dinner. Adults $15 Children 6-11 $5. Children 5 & under free hot dog meal.
Children's Christmas play
Children's Christmas play at 1:15pm, Christmas Carol sing-a-long, Dinner served at 2:30 p.m. 50/50 raffle. Theme basket raffle. Music and dancing 3-6 p.m. Tickets available through Jan. 4. Call Eileen Dziok at 594-6564 or the parish office at 594-6669. No tickets will be available at the door.
A spaghetti dinner will take place at the Knights of Columbus #69 Hall on Granby Road on Jan. 5 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Dinner is to benefit Boy Scout Troop #131 and Cub Scout Pack #131 of St. Stanislaus Parish.
TURNING 64 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 Jan. 5. 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.
The Chicopee Senior Travel Club is going to the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Conn., on March 29 to see "42nd Street." Cost includes lunch, show and bus and all gratuities. Call the club at 534-3698, Mon. - Fri. from noon - 3 p.m. for more info.
St. Joan of Arc-St. George School will host an open house on Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. - noon. Families interested in pre-K to grade eight are invited to attend. Visit www.stjoan-stgeorge.org to learn more about the school or call 536-6038.
Mailing for the Annual Town Census will be at the end of December. To avoid any voting problems, mail back your census; compliance with this state requirement provides proof of residency, to protect voting rights, veteran's bonus, housing for the elderly and related benefits. Your cooperation with this mailing is greatly appreciated. The census does not register you as a voter or change your party affiliation. You must fill out a voter registration form or a change of enrollment card. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Kathy Kelly-Regan at the Granby Town Clerk's office at 467-7178.
CHINESE SKY MYTHS
Chinese Sky Myths & Legends, Easthampton, Jan. 11 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Leader: Chris Lyons, amateur astronomer. E-mail Programs@GlassVisions.biz or call 562-4740. Fee: $5 Naturalists Club members, $8 others (fee covers auditorium use). Meeting place: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Main Building. Come learn about the beauty and wonder of the universe around us! The Chinese civilization has been pondering and interpreting the majesty of the nighttime sky for a very, very, very long time! This is a fun active-learning indoor/outdoor program. Dress appropriately, bring binoculars if you have them (several pair will be available if you don't), and be ready to take a walk through the universe! Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
BIRD HOUSE CLINIC
In Westfield on Jan. 11 from 1 - 4 p.m. Leaders: Tom and Nancy Condon (564-0895). Call to register. Workshop is limited to 12 people, due to supplies. Meeting place: Westfield State College Biology Museum in Wilson Hall. Don your carpenter's belt and come on over to build a birdhouse you can take home with you. If you have any of the following tools, bring them along; limited numbers of these tools will be provided: hammer, Phillips head screwdriver, power drill, coping saw, compass, pencil and ruler. Minimal fee of $5 for materials. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
CANTATA AT ST. BERNARD CHURCH
The Cantata "Rejoice in His Coming," will take place at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, on Jan. 4 at 4 pm. Come and join us as the St. Bernard Adult and Children's Choirs celebrate the birth of Christ. Come sit, relax, listen and find the true meaning of Christmas as we pay homage to the Infant King. There will be a reception in Fitzmaurice Hall following the program. All are welcome. The event is free. For more info, contact Beth at (860) 749-6801.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FALCONS TICKETS
The Springnfield Falcons in conjunction with the Holyoke Parks & Rec Dept. are announcing a special ticket offer for the Falcons New Year's Eve Day game on Dec. 31 against the Hershey Bears starting at 1 p.m. Children's tickets are $8 and adult (18 and over) tickets are $10. One dollar of each ticket sold will be donated back to the Holyoke Parks & Rec. Dept. by the Falcons. There also will be a free public skate before the game starting at 11 a.m. for all fans. This offer is not available through the MassMutual Box Office. Stop by the Parks & Rec. Dept. weekdays or call 322-5620 to order your tickets. Checks must be made out to the Falcons. All ticket orders will be left at the Will Call Window at the MassMutual Center beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the game.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be holding a dinner on Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Menu will consist of beef stew, tossed salad, homemde cornbread, bittersweet poundcake, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or for more info, call the church office at 539-9373. Take out will be available by reservation, or to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.
The Southwick Senior Center will be going to Foxwoods casino on Jan. 28. We'll leave the center at 8 a.m. and leave the casino at 4 p.m. The cost is $18, and you'll receive free buffet or $10 toward food and a casino credit. If you're interested sign up in our office or call 569-5498.
THE BOAR'S HEAD FESTIVAL
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Complete with period costumes, live animals and the glorious music of the Christmas season, the Boar's Head Festival celebrates the birth of Christ, the coming of the three kings and the triumph of light over darkness in our world. Seats are still available for several of the evening performances, so call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for info. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 - 11.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
The next meeting of the Springfield PAC will be on Jan. 7 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Central High School, 1840 Roosevelt Ave. This meeting will welcome in the New Year with a Meet and Greet of the Special Education Staff. Mary Anne Morris, Director of Pupil Services, Martha von Mering as well as supervisors of special education will be available to discuss special education services in Springfield and to answer questions parents may have. For further info contact PAC Facilitator Diane Purchase at 787-7194 or visit sps.springfield.ma.us/pac/.
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
On Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., the Springfield High School of Science and Technology will host its annual Financial Aid Night provided by MEFA (Mass. Educational Financing Authority).
LITTLE ONES LIBRARY TIME
The Boys and Girls Library is offering Little Ones Library Time on Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. This program is for children ages 6 - 35 months. It includes a story, songs, fingerplays and playtime. No registration is required and siblings are welcome to attend.
The Boys and Girls Library is offering Two's Too! on Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Two year olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for a four-week theme-related program. Enjoy songs, activities, a story and craft. Limited to eight child/adult pairs. Each participant must be age appropriate, accompanied by an adult, and registered. This program does not allow for siblings to attend.
The Boys and Girls Library is offering Storytime Plus on Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. Join us for a special time of stories, fingerplay, song and a craft. This program is open to all children ages 3 - 5. Registration is required. Siblings are welcome to this program.
The Boys and Girls Library will also be showing a number of movies during the school vacation, including "Fred Claus" on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.; "Kung Fu Panda" on Dec. 30 at 2 p.m.; and "Horton Hears a Who" on Jan 3 at 2 p.m. For more info, call 562-6158.
SYMPHONY OF FINE ARTS II
Plans are underway for the "Symphony of Fine Arts (SOFA) II" presented by the West Springfield Public Schools. The event will take place on March 18 at the high school. The evening will consist of a reception and a silent auction and performances. Anyone interested in recommending a WSPS staff/student or local performer, or a donor for the silent auction, is asked to visit www.wsps.org.