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Town Events, Nov. 12 - Nov. 19

From the Chicopee Herald, the Metro West Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

Heritage Hall North will be hosting a community educational seminar on Nov. 19 from 5 - 6 p.m. The seminar: "The Caregivers Guide to Dementia Related Mood, Behavior and Medication: A Conversion with the Doctor." It will be presented by Dr. Victoria Peters, board certified geriatrician. The program is free and open to the public. To reserve your seat, call Rachel Hyland at 821-0789.

The Agawam United Methodist Church, 459 Mill St., will be hosting their annual Craft Fair on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. A simple lunch of sandwiches, soup, beverages and desserts will also be available for a minimal charge. A table offering free Christian literature will be manned by people who care and who are willing to share their faith with and pray with anyone who is searching or is in need of prayer.

On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, from noon - 2 p.m. the Fairview Knights of Columbus Council 4044 will be hosting their 18th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner is free of charge and is aimed at providing a traditional Thanksgiving meal for any person or family that is in need or just lonely. Meals are delivered to those who are house bound with the cooperation of Western Mass Elder Care. Transportation is available from Lorraine's Soup Kitchen. If you are or know of any one in need or just lonely, we encourage you to be a part of our family on this special day. For more info call 538-7915.

Boy Scout Troop 138 is looking for past and present scouts in the area. We would you to come and join us for our 75th anniversary celebration. We will be having a spaghetti dinner at the St. Joan of Arc/St. George's School at 587 Grattan St. on Nov. 15. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for children (10 years & under) and senior citizens. The time is 4 - 6:30 p.m. For any other info you can call 593-8989.

St. Joan of Arc-St. George School will host a Barnes and Noble book fair on Nov. 13 at the Holyoke store from 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. A percentage of your purchases will benefit the school. Don't miss our special activities from 6 - 7:45 p.m. Visit www.stjoan-stgeorge.org to see our schedule of events and to download a shopping voucher.

Psychic Fair, Sale and Support our local Food Pantry will be on Nov. 16 from noon - 5 p.m. at the Abundant Wellness Center located at 94 Chicopee St. During the Psychic Fair, you can have a reading and shop while you wait. Many psychics to choose from, and all merchandise will be on sale for 10 - 50 percent off, as well as gift certificate specials, one day only. Help us support Lorraine's Soup Kitchen. Bring in any non-perishable food item for the food pantry on Nov. 16 and receive a $5 gift certificate towards any regular AWC service.

The Chicopee Falls Woman's Club will host its monthly meeting on Nov. 20 at the American Legion, Post 452 on Exchange Street. A buffet luncheon will be served at noon. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Henry Benjamin; the topic of his program will be "Healing and Guided Therapy." At the Nov. and Dec. meetings the club will be collecting clothing, toiletries, etc. for veterans. Members are reminded also to continue bringing non-perishable food for the soup kitchen, tabs for the Shriner's and Lipton's tea bag tags for the senior center.

Providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's is a 24-hour job. Taking time for yourself is important. Attending a support group can be rewarding, informational and beneficial in reducing stress. On Nov. 19, Gerri Bennett, R.N. will provide info on Alzheimer's. Support is also provided to help you provide the best care for your loved one. The program will meet at the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct., at 3:30 p.m. There is no cost for this program. If you would like further info or to register, call 534-3698.

A new support group for those who suffer from polymyalgia rheumatic will meet on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. in the Chicopee Senior Center, 7 Valley View Ct. Under the direction of retired Wellness Health Center R.N. Ann Lutservitz, the group will address the concerns of those dealing with this illness that causes older adults to suffer from stiffness and pain, especially in the shoulders and neck. All interested persons are welcome. For more info and to register, call the center at 534-3698.

The guidelines to qualify for fuel assistance have been increased. Now, a single person can earn up to $27,876 and qualify. A two-person household income is now $36,454. If your income is below either or these guidelines, you will qualify for fuel assistance. For more info or to fill out an application for fuel assistance, call the Chicopee Senior Center at 534-3698.

The Lutnia Choir of the Holy Mother of the Rosary National Catholic Church in Chicopee will be featured at the monthly meeting of the Society of Polish American Culture on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, 431 Granby Rd. The choir will present a varied program of Polish folk songs and spiritual hymns of Polish origin. This event is open to the public free of charge and light refreshments will be served.

Start your Christmas shopping early by joining the American Legion Auxiliary, Charles C. Kennedy Unit #275, at 41 Robbins Rd. on Nov. 14 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Featuring Avon, Silpada, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Home Interiors, Wild Tree Herbs and more.

The Granby landfill will be open for two Sundays for the town residents for their fall cleaning. The dates are Nov. 16 and Nov. 30 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Only the front of the landfill with the roll-off station will be open to town residents with a valid landfill sticker. If you have any questions, call the Board of Health at 467-7174.

The Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House and the Delaney House present Thanksgiving To-Go. Menu feeds up to 12 people and consists of garden salad with house vinaigrette, fresh fruit salad, rolls and butter, roast turkey w/ gravy, country glazed Virginia ham, herb bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, glazed carrots, and pecan and pumpkin pie. Price is $150 per order. Orders must be submitted by Nov. 25. Orders will be ready for pickup Thanksgiving Day from 7 - 10 a.m. at the Delaney House. Fully cooked. Just heat and serve. Call to make your reservations now, 535-5077.

Holyoke Creative Arts Center's giant indoor tag and bake sale, Nov. 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Raffle tickets available on holiday gift baskets and quilt. 400 South Elm St.

Boy Scout Troop 114 will be "scouting for food" on Nov. 15. Working from the Social Hall located behind the Christ United Methodist Church, they will scour the streets of Southwick looking for bags of non-perishable food items placed at by the curb by 9 a.m. Any donated items found will be delivered to the Southwick Food Pantry. Food items can also be brought to the Social Hall from 9 - 11 a.m.

The Southwick Senior Center has been notified that Fuel Assistance Income limits have been raised. If you did not qualify before, you may now. Call the center to recheck your income and we will gladly set you up with an appointment to come in and fill out an application.

Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 13, visit Foxwoods casino; bus leaves Mon & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

There will be a meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. Jim Leydon, Mayor Sarno's new Community Liaison, along with police representatives from this sector will be at this meeting to hear concerns, suggestions, etc. Area residents are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

The Community Adolescent Treatment Program (CATP), a program of the Center for Human Development (CHD), will host a three day tag sale Nov. 14 - 16. Tag sale items include furniture, knick knacks, household goods, games, toys and more! All proceeds will go toward providing holiday gifts for the clients at the program. To donate an item for the sale, or for more info, call Clara Snowden at 732-3470.

The Holy Name School Annual Holiday Craft Fair is Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the social center of Holy Name parish, 323 Dickinson St. This year's fair features over 40 vendors, numerous raffle prizes, children's activities, bakeshop, lunch and more. Join us for a fun filled day of holiday shopping.

On Nov. 18, Nancy Babb on piano, Mark Fraser on cello and Eileen Ruby, a mezzo-soprano, will perform for the Tuesday Morning Music Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., at 10:30 a.m. This single concert is $10 per person, or $30 for an annual membership, which includes 12 season concerts.

The College Club of Springfield will host their Autumn Tea at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 West Columbus Ave., at 1:45 p.m. on Nov. 12. Matthew Collins, the vice-president of U.S. marketing for Hasbro, will speak about the development of new games and activities. All interested prospective members are welcome to attend.

Learn Sukkat Shalom Reiki: Jewish Traditions of Hands-On Energy Healing on Nov. 20 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. The cultivation of blessing and healing with the hands has deep roots in Judaism and much in common with Japanese Reiki techniques. Free. To register or for more info, contact Joanna at Jewish Family Service at 737-2601 or JewishLife@jfswm.org.

Jingle All the Way Holiday Craft Fair, for the benefit of the Westfield High School choirs. Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Table space: $25 plus a raffle gift. For more info or to reserve your space, call Mary Jane Smith at 244-5271.

Westfield High Class of 1978 30th reunion will take place at the Westwood Restaurant on Nov. 29. The cost is $15 per person. It will be a casual atmosphere with hors d'oeuvres. Interested classmates should e-mail WHSclassof78@aol.com for more details.

Kris Holloway, author of "Monique and the Mango Rains," will be at Lydia's Gathering Place, 51 Court St., on Nov. 21 from noon - 2 p.m. for a luncheon, talk and book signing. Tickets are $25. Luncheon: chicken Caesar salad, soup, bread, dessert and beverage. The book is the true story of the life and death of a remarkable West African midwife, seen through the eyes of a young Peace Corps volunteer who worked side-by-side with her, birthing babies and caring for mothers in a remote, impoverished village.

State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. will host the newest installment of his cable show, "From the State House to Your House," featuring Rosann Scalese from the Greater Westfield YMCA and Kathryn Hedgepeth from the Alzheimer's Assn. The show will focus on Alzheimer's disease and the "Memories in the Making Art Auction" on Dec. 5. The program airs on Channel 15 on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and p.m., and Sundays at 4:30 p.m.

The Cancer House of Hope will host the Festival of Trees with a free peek preview on Nov. 13 from 4 - 7 p.m. Admission will be $10 with the festival running from Nov. 14 - 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres will be offered Nov. 15 from 6 - 9 p.m. Raffle winners will be announced Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m.

The Springfield Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is having an open house meeting on Nov. 19 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 1080 Riverdale St. Networking at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and Avery Program to follow. Contact Elaine Brooks at brookse@crocker.com for more info. Check for $20 payable to Springfield Chapter IAAP, is due no later than Nov. 14. There will be no refunds for cancellations made after this date.

The West Springfield Cable Advisory Committee will have a Public Meeting on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Merrick Room at Town Hall. The Advisory Committee and representatives of Comcast Cable will be present to address the public concerns about the upcoming cable TV conversions to digital format. For further info, contact Cable Advisory Committee Chair David Pandolfi at 788-6303.

The Health Dept. will be administering flu vaccinations on Nov. 18 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on the 1st floor, Merrick Meeting Room in the Municipal Office Building, 26 Central St. Seniors with Medicare B will need to provide insurance info at the time of vaccination. Fee is $15 for non-Medicare B participants.

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