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Town Events, Nov. 24 - Dec. 1

From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder

AGAWAM
PUBLIC MEETING
The Community Preservation Committee and the Parks & Rec. Dept. will be hosting a public meeting to gain input on the expansion and completion of School Street Park on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library. Those unable to attend may submit any comments in writing to CPA@agawam.ma.us.

"COSMO THE EARLY YEARS"
The Agawam Public Library for the month of December will be exhibiting the artwork of Zackary Alexander Cosmo Loos. The exhibit, "COSMO The Early Years," is about honoring a mother's son by interpreting his early artwork into fiber and beads. Viewing hours for this special exhibit are during regular library hours.

CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
The Agawam Cultural Council is meeting Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. The meeting is open to the public. If you have an interest in providing diverse cultural events for the town, a great opportunity exists with the Council. This all-volunteer organization, appointed by the mayor and funded, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is looking for new members.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host its monthly meeting Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. The society also conducts a Genealogy Computer Class on the third and fourth Thursdays of the month. For more info, e-mail WestMassGen@gmail.com or visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mawmgs.

CHICOPEE
ROAST BEEF DINNER
Family style roast beef dinner and holiday auction at Grace Episcopal Church, 156 Springfield St. Dec. 4. Adults, $8; child (five to 12) $4. Two seating at 5 and 6:30 p.m. For more info and reservations call Lorraine at 593-5291 or Joan at 592-3596.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
The Veterans of Foreign Wars William F. Davitt Ladies Auxiliary Post #625 at 374 Front St. hosts a spaghetti supper on Dec. 2 serving from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and seniors; $4 for children under and $5.25 for take outs.

BUS PASSES
Valley Opportunity Council/Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the Senior Companion Program provides PVTA photo I.D. cards for seniors 60 years of age and older. Pictures are taken Monday through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the R&SVP office, at 35 Mt. Carmel Ave., second floor. There is a $3 fee for each I.D. Info: 612-0219 or 612-0229.

TUESDAY DINNER
The American Legion Auxiliary, Charles C. Kennedy, Unit #275, 41 Robbins Rd., Chicopee will host it's First Tuesday Dinner on Dec. 7. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; service at 5 p.m. December's dinner is prime rib, baked potatoes, veggies, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Tickets: $10/each. Must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.Tickets can be purchased at American Legion Post #275.

CARD, COIN & MEMORABILIA SHOW
Card, Coin and Memorabilia Show Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St. Admission: $1; kids under 10 free. For info call 593-6046. Over 40 tables; handicap accessible; door prize drawing every 30 minutes. Proceeds to benefit the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
Al-ANON, ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meet Wednesday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m., Al-Anon also meets at the same time. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

SACRED HEART/ST. STAN'S TRAVEL CLUB
New trips for 2011: March 19, Waldorf Astoria tour. Cost: $98 p/p includes motorcoach, guided tour of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, buffet lunch at Oscar's and time at Zabar's gastronomic emporium, taxes, and gratuities. April 16, "Sister Act" on Broadway, produced by Whoopie Goldberg. Cost: $150 p/p -- tickets purchased before February after February price increases to $175 p/p. Includes motorcoach, best available theater seating -- orchestra or front mezz -- at the time of purchase and driver gratuity. For all trips call Jim and Caroline (Lachtara) Mcaleer at 734-3676.

HOLYOKE
IRISH TRIP RAFFLE
The St. Patrick's Parade Committee of Holyoke has raffle tickets for a trip to "Fascinating Ireland" for six, includes limo to and from Logan, round trip airfare, hotels, meals, attractions and $500 spending money per traveler or $15,000 cash. Tickets: $100. Drawing: March 16, 2011. Raffle to defray expenses of the 60th Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade. Contact Dan Tierney at 533-0909 for info.

CITY HALL CLOSING
Holyoke City Hall and City Hall Annex will be closing at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and closed on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving holiday.

NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
Citizens for the Revitalization and Urban Success of Holyoke (CRUSH) will be hosting its third annual New Year's Eve Gala at Open Square on Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets: $25, includes catered hors d'oeuvres, music and entertainment, raffles and displays of local art. Cash bar. Contact CRUSH at 340-1040 or info@crushonholyoke.org for tickets or other inquires.

COLLEGE PREP COURSE
Holyoke Community College and the Community Education Project will offer a free course to help adult learners prepare for college on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, Jan. 31 - May 13, 2011. Taught in English, counseling in English or Spanish. To register, contact 552-2852 or edreyfuss@hcc.edu.

SOUTH HADLEY
WOMEN'S CLUB HOLIDAY PARTY
The South Hadley Women's Club will celebrate Christmas in a musical way, with the Pioneer Valley Chordsmen Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. at The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 319 Granby Rd. Club helps support local charities and students' education expenses through fundraisers during the year. If interested, call Lu Dachos, Membership Chairman, at 532-7661.

SOUTHWICK
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA CLAUS
"Breakfast and Photos with Santa Claus" will be sponsored by the Lions Club and the Rec. Center on Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Rec. Center on Powder Mill Road. All you can eat breakfast: pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Raffle prizes. Cost: $6 for adults; $4 for kids under 12. For more info, call 569-3447.

SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
Kirsten Van Dijk of Sudbury, Mass. will demonstrate "A Creative Floral Christmas" using traditional and unusual greens and flowers at the Dec. 10 meeting at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. Luncheon tea begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by business meeting and program. Open to the public. $5 guest fee; waived for visitors who join the club at the meeting.

FAMILY HANUKKA HAPPENING
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 6 from 12:30 to 2 or 4:30 to 6 p.m. Join us for latke baking, dreidel games, stories, songs and crafts. This event is free and open to all families with children ages 15 months to Elementary school. RSVP to Deb Cohen by Dec. 3 at 739-4715 ext. 311 or dcohen@springfieldjcc.org.

"FIRST LIGHT" CELEBRATION
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m. Menorah lighting: 6 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., children ages four to 12 are invited to participate in the Jr. Maccabi Games, consisting of relay races, arts and crafts, and carnival games. At 6 p.m., past and present JCC Maccabi athletes will march with an Olympic-style torch to the outdoor platform in front of the menorah. Info: call 739-4715.

BOBBIE LEVIN "NIFTY 90" HANUKKAH
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m. Cost: $7 JCC member; $10 general public. This event celebrates those in our community who are age 90 and older. For more info, contact Carlin Trietsch at 739-4715, ext. 325.

HOLY CROSS CRAFT/VENDOR FAIR
Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gym of St. Michael's Academy Elementary Campus, Wheeler St. More than 35 exhibitors. Refreshments available.

BOAR'S HEAD FESTIVAL
A medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 7 - 9, complete with period costumes, live animals, and the glorious music of the Christmas season. Call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for info. Tickets are now on sale at $22 for adults and $15 for children ages four to 11.

WESTFIELD
CHANUKAH PARTY
Congregation Ahavas Achim will have its Chanukah party on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, adjacent to WSU in Westfield. There will be games, crafts, songs, and more, a potluck dairy dinner and a raffle or a gift basket. Rabbi Joyce Galaski will lead the prayers and songs. Bring menorah and candles for a community lighting of the holiday candles and bring a non-perishable food item for the Westfield Open Pantry. The cost is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. RSVP to Mike at 214-9147 or mikeklein@live.com.

FEZZIWIG FAIRE
The annual Fezziwig Faire will take place Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the YMCA of Greater Westfield, 67 Court St. The fair will feature more than 50 craftspeople. Admission is free. Doors open at 9 a.m. The YMCA Leaders Club will be selling lunches and offering gift wrapping services. The gymnastics club will have a bake table.

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL"
Written and directed by Kathleen Palmer, with musical direction by Marion Dunk, "A Christmas Carol" will be presented by the Westfield Theatre Group at the Woman's Club, 28 Court St., on Dec. 3-4, 10-11 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee performance on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12 for adults; $10 for students or seniors (60+). Group rates available for 10 or more. Front row balcony seats can be reserved for $17. Reservations are recommended by calling 572-6838.

WEST SPRINGFIELD
VENDORS WANTED
Vendor applications are being accepted for Santa's Workshop Craft Fair & Pancake Breakfast, to benefit the Friends of the Senior Center and the Parish Cupboard on Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, 128 Park St. Registration fee per table: $35 ($10 of the cost will be donated to the Cupboard). Applications available via e-mail: SeniorCenter@west-springfield.ma.us. For more info, call 263-3264 or 263-3265.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER BENEFIT
Spaghetti supper will take place Nov. 22 at the W. Springfield Middle School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All proceeds to benefit the W. Springfield High School wrestling team. Menu: spaghetti, meatballs, sausages, salad, rolls, dessert table. Tickets: family ticket (up to 4 people) $15; adults $7; seniors and kids under 12 $5. Large raffle. Tickets available at the door. For more info, call 250-5439.


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