Town Events, Dec. 3 - Dec. 10
|From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. This all-volunteer organization is charged with bringing educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and sciences to people from Agawam and the surrounding communities. New members are welcome.
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 the book at the Agawam Senior Center, 821-0604, or call Emile Cot at 335-9440 for more info or to purchase the book.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
All are invited to the Captain Charles Leonard House on Dec. 7 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. for a holiday open house to celebrate the season and (near) completion of extensive capital improvement project. The event is free and open to the public.
COPING WITH HOLIDAY STRESS
Karen Mozzer, MSW, LICSW, of New England Geriatrics will present a free seminar on how to cope with holiday stress and depression. The seminar is open to the public and will take place at Heritage Woods Assisted Living on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Heritage Woods is located at 462 Main St. For more info, contact Maxine at 789-8332.
ROTARY'S HOLIDAY CONCERT
The Agawam Rotary Club is pleased to present our annual Holiday Concert featuring Richie Mitnick and Rhapsody in the high school auditorium on Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. There will be a number of raffle prizes including two family four packs to Blandford Ski Area. Cost is $3 if you bring non-perishable food items or canned goods and $5 without a donation for the Parish Cupboard. For more info, contact club President John Barber at 789-2041.
FRIENDS OF SENIOR CITIZENS
The Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens Inc. will host their regular meeting on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. The Friends have made a commitment to raise $2 million towards 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 at 534-3698.
COUNCIL ON AGING MEETING
The Chicopee Council on Aging will host their regular meeting on Dec. 9 at 4:45 p.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Court. The meeting is open to the public.
MASSAGE AVAILABLE AT COA
Chair massage by Joe of Ocean's Dream is available starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 8 at the Chicopee COA, 7 Valley View Ct. 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.
A trip to Foxwoods, Dec. 10, leaving from the American Legion Post 452, Exchange Street. Cost is $20. Bonus free buffet and keno play. Bus leaves at 7:15 a.m. For more info call Dot at 788-6835 between 4-5 p.m. Cell phone: 475-2520.
MEETING & CHRISTMAS PARTY
Lodge 711 Polish National Alliance of Chicopee will host its annual meeting and election of officers on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. followed by the Lodge Christmas party at 2:30 p.m. at the Pulaski Club, 13 Norman St., Willimansett. The party will feature the singing of Polish and English Christmas carols. Refreshments and gifts from Santa for members ages 0-14 will be distributed. PNA Lodge 711 is a non-profit organization dedicated to assure an active role in area social, cultural, civic and charitable events.
HAT AND MITTEN DRIVE
Granby Public Library is looking for help as we start our annual "Warm the Heart" campaign. We are accepting donations of new hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, clothing, socks, slippers and underwear from children's sizes to adult XL. We are also looking for new items such as teddy bears, games, puzzles, books, crayons, markers, Play-Doh and small toys for distribution to the Providence Behavioral Hospital Child/Adolescent Unit and the Broderick House of Holyoke. Age range is from four - 18 years old. Help us to make this our most successful year ever and to warm the hearts of many this holiday season. Call 467-3320 for more info.
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.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Dec. 9 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap; the meeting begins at 7. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org and call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for more info.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT
On Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Wistariahurst Museum will host the annual holiday concert of the New Valley Singers. See Wistariahurst decked out for the holiday season with boughs and holly and listen to old favorites in Belle Skinner's Music Room. New Valley Singers have been performing popular music for over 35 years in the Pioneer Valley. Admission is $7. Light refreshments will be served. There will also be a raffle and a bake sale.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Menu: minestrone soup, tossed salad, pork tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes, glazed carrots, rolls, homemade cheesecake with blackberry sauce, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Cost is $13 per person, $11 for seniors, $6 for kids, payable at the door. For reservations or more info call the church office at 539-9373. Take-out is also available by reservation or, to those unable to attend, we will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.
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.
Santa Claus Breakfast
"Breakfast and Photos with Santa Claus" will be sponsored by the Southwick Lions Club and the Southwick Rec. Center on Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Rec. Center on Powder Mill Road. The all you can eat breakfast will feature pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea and milk. Prizes will be raffled throughout the morning and Santa will be available for photos. Cost for breakfast is $6 per adult, $4 per child under 12. For more info call 569-3447.
Gina Daniele presents bus trips for Foxwoods Casino and Bingo on Dec. 13. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. For more info, call Gina at 732-8941.
Parents and students are invited to attend MEFA's free comprehensive presentation on college financing. The seminar will be hosted by Springfield Central High School on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. An experienced MEFA representative will discuss the financial aid process. The seminar will teach parents how to apply for financial aid, compare financial aid award letters, and seek available financing options. Families will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a year-round resource. Time is allowed for questions and answers.
On Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Cathedral Choir of Boys & Adults will present their 8th annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols. Festive reception to follow. Join us at St. Michael's Cathedral, 260 State St. For more info, contact 452-0839 or email@example.com.
GIRLS BASKETBALL SIGNUPS
All For Kids AA is looking for girls in second grade to play biddy basketball this winter. Deadline is Dec. 12. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-7381.
IRISH CHRISTMAS SHOW
Jerry Murphy's Irish American Band featuring the very talented, Emmy-nominated singer Aoife Clancy, Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Cedars, 375 Island Pond Rd. Irish-American dancing. Donations: $20. Refreshments and bar available. Call Murphy at 538-6046 for more info.
The annual Holiday Bazaar will take place at Grayson House Assisted Living, 942 Grayson Dr. on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featured items include baked goods, arts and crafts, holiday raffles, Christmas cards and homemade chocolates. For further info call Patricia Gelinas at 426-9868 ext. 113.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance on Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St., Chicopee. Door prizes, music, cash prizes. Music by DJ John Hoyt. For more info call 736-8567 or 788-0044.
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.
KIDS' SATURDAY WORKSHOPS
The YMCA of Greater Westfield will host two hour fun workshops for children 6 - 11. The workshops will include: 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.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Thomas Ames Jr., commercial photographer and author of "Caddis Flies: A Field Guide to Eastern Species for Anglers and other Naturalists" will host a free book presentation on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Springfield and Agawam Elks Lodge, 422 Morgan Rd. Copies of this book will be available at this meeting and can be autographed by the author.
COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PET
The West Springfield Public Library is pleased to present "Communicating with Your Pet," a program about how we interact with the furrier, four-footed members of our families. Hosted by Doreen McDonald, the facilitator of the Pet Loss Support Group at the library, this program is sure to appeal to anyone who considers their pets as friends. Join us Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. when Doreen will discuss how our pets are playing a large part in society. This event is free and open to the public. The West Springfield Public Library is located at 200 Park St. Call 736-4561 ext. 111 or e-mail email@example.com for more info.