|From the Herald, the MetroWest Reminder and the Springfield Reminder|
ZITI SUPPER BENEFIT
Tickets are still available for the Ziti and Meatball Supper Benefit for Agawam Friends of Homeless Cats on Oct. 29 at the Senior Center, 954 Main St. This "all you care to eat" supper is from 5 to 7 p.m. Meatless version of the meal is available. Donation: $10. 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Cat food donations accepted. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 786-3672 for tickets. Tickets also sold at the door but call Kathy to reserve.
Agawam Public Library will host an Author Talk with Brunonia Barry Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Barry has recently published her second novel, "The Map of True Places." Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event. To register, visit www.agawamlibrary.org or call 789-1550 ext. 109.
"DOWNSIZING YOUR STUFF"
The Agawam Public Library will present "Downsizing Your Stuff!" with Dave Downs on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Downs' upbeat discussion encourages participants to act on what they learn, knowing that the situation can be reversed with small steps. Register: www.agawamlibrary.org or call 789-1550 ext. 109.
"THE LOVE BOAT"
On Nov. 16 at 1 p.m., the Memory Lane Chorus & Co. of the Agawam Senior Center will present "The Love Boat." The cruise down memory lane promises music, fun and surprises for all at the Senior Center, 954 Main St. Tickets: $5 and may be purchased at the door or from a chorus member. Refreshments will follow the performance.
Elm-Belcher Masonic Lodge, 53 River St., will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Nov. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost: $6 adult; $3 kids. Open to the public. Spaghetti suppers take place monthly on the second Tuesday. Proceeds will benefit Elm-Belcher Lodge, Masonic and local charities.
Dr. Michael Calabrese of Feeding Hills will host Operation Gratitude candy collection for the U.S. troops serving over seas on Nov. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids are invited to bring their wrapped Halloween candy to Calabrese's dental office at 850 Springfield St. For every pound donated, each child will receive a chance to win a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. Winner selected at 7 p.m. For more info, call Nyrma or Cecilia at 786-0555.
GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host their next meeting Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St. Guest speaker for November will be Steve Sorrow. Annual membership fee: $20 that will also cover the genealogy computer classes. For more info, visit www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mawmgs or e-mail WestMassGen@gmail.com.
A healing conference for those who have experienced a loss through suicide will take place Nov. 20 at Elms College. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Alumnae Library. Cost: $20; lunch and snacks included and financial assistance is available for those needing it. Parking is free. For further info or to register, call 734-9139 or e-mail Dprof52@aol.com.
HALLOWEEN DINNER DANCE
Vietnam Veterans of America, Western Mass. Chapter One-Eleven, will sponsor a "Halloween Oldies" dance on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Council 69, 460 Granby Rd., (across from the Elks). Costumes not mandatory, but prizes will be given for best costumes. DJ "Cruizin With the Kuz" will provide the music. Donations are $10 pp and tickets will be available at the door. Open to the public. Bring your own munchies; cash bar will be available. All proceeds benefit Chapter One-Eleven programs.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Charles Kennedy Unit #275, 41 Robbins Rd., will host its first Tuesday dinner on Nov. 2. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Serve at 5 p.m. Menu: half roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea. Cost: $8 for adults; $5 for kids age 10 and under. For info, call 592-1126.
Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and Pantry will have collection bins at polling places throughout Chicopee on Nov. 2 for non-perishable food items (canned goods, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, tuna fish, soup, canned fruit and mac and cheese). For info, call the pantry at 592-9528.
SWEDISH PANCAKE BREAKFAST
On Nov. 6 from 8:30 to 10 a.m., Pilgrim Covenant Church, 605 Salmon Brook St., will host a Swedish pancake breakfast and Scandinavian bake sale. This popular "donation breakfast" is a fundraiser for the church's youth, who are going on a mission trip to build houses in Mexico summer, 2011.
AUTUMN HARVEST BALL
Western Mass Square and Round Dance will sponsor our third annual Autumn Harvest Ball Square Dance Nov. 7 at the East Longmeadow Senior Center, 328 North Main St., from 2 to 5 p.m. Featured caller is Bruce McCue; cuer is Phil Gatchell. Advance tickets are $7; at the door tickets will be $8. For tickets, contact Gloria Vivier, 467-3352.
LA SALETTE HOLIDAY BUS TRIP
Dec. 3 trip to La Salette Shrine for Christmas light display and dinner at the Wright Farm Restaurant in Harrisville, RI. Dinner at 4 p.m. then to La Salette Shrine. Depart from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church parking lot, Granby at 2 p.m.; return at 11 p.m. Cost is $45, includes the bus, dinner, driver gratuity. Trolley is available at La Salette for $3. For tickets, call Gloria at 467-3352.
FRENCH MEAT PIE SALE
St. Elizabeth's Parish, Hubbard St. Ludlow, hosts its annual French meat pie sale in the Pastoral Center thru Nov. 4. Individual size pies sell for $3. Please call the Pastoral Center at 547-0239.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range, 431 West Cherry St. on Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 13. Info: www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and slowly leave your telephone number on answering machine.
ST. JOAN OF ARC BOOKFAIR
Family, friends and alumni of St. Joan of Arc School are invited to a book fair at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Holyoke Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to support the school's drama and music programs. Shopping vouchers can be downloaded at www.sjachicopee.org. Individuals may also shop online: www.bn.com/bookfair. Please enter the school shopping ID number, 1028671 when making your purchase.
South Hadley Public Library, 27 Bardwell St., presents "What is Hypnosis?" on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Learn about what Hypnotism is, and what it isn't. Also, you will experience and enjoy a 15 minute guided relaxation with a certified hypnotist. Program is free and open to the public. For more info, call 538- 5045.
The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls, 11 North Main St., invites you to attend a free Alternative Halloween Event, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. Activities will include a magician, face painting, craft area and games. Beverages and popcorn served. All will go home with a treat bag. Costumes not required. For more info: e-mail email@example.com or call 539-9373.
RHODES AT LOOMIS VILLAGE
Loomis Village Retirement Community will host a very special guest on Nov. 2. Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra will be joining us for a conversation and performance from 2 until 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
ANNUAL BAZAAR/CRAFT SALE
The Springfield Hobby Club will host their annual Bazaar/Craft Sale on Nov. 4 and 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. There will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' tables. The downstairs Thrift Shop will hold a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.
The 20th annual Greater Springfield USBC Women's Bowling Association's Family Weekend Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts will take place at AMF Airway Lanes, 1387 Liberty St. Designed for fun, not skill. Clowns, door prizes, music, refreshments, raffles. Entry fee: $7.50/person. Nov. 27 and 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Saturday); 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sunday); entries close 3 p.m. For more info or to make a donation, call Diane at GS USBC WBA office at 592-1244 or Jeff at AMF Airway Lanes at 733-7865.
EXPLORING THE FEDERAL DEFICIT
The D'Amour Library Athenaeum Series at Western New England College will host a lecture by Jeff Schrenzel, professor of social work and chair of the department of social work, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. in room 319 of D'Amour Library. Schrenzel will discuss "Our Federal Deficit: How Did We Get Here and What Do We Do?" Free and open to the public.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Texas Roadhouse at the Allen & Cooley Plaza will host an American Red Cross bloodmobile Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free appetizer and will be entered to win a gift certificate. All blood types needed, especially type O negative and B negative. Walk-ins welcome, but appointment encouraged. ID required. Call 1-800-922-4376 or go to www.redcrossblood.org.
CARING FOR LOVED ONES
Jewish Family Service hosts a free panel discussion about caregiving, based upon author Gail Sheehy's book, "Passages in Caregiving" Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Pre-registration is recommended via 737-2601 or JewishLife@jfswm.org. The event is in collaboration with Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple, Jewish Geriatric Services and Jewish Family Service.
BUONICONTI AT ROTARY OCT. 29
State Sen. Stephen J. Buoniconti, Democratic candidate for Hampden district attorney, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Oct. 29 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at The Basketball Hall of Fame. Tickets: $15. Event is open to the public. Info: contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit the Rotary Web site at www.springfieldmarotary.org.
Tower Square is looking for vendors to help spice up the annual Holiday Arts, Crafts and Specialty Gifts Fair Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Citywalk Cafes. Interested vendors, contact the CBRE/Tower Square management office at 733-2171 ext. 101 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee: $40 for one table; $45 for two tables. Tower Square retains the right to select a variety of vendors. Not all vendors will be chosen.
Westfield State University Revisited: Archival Photographs, a 50-photograph exhibit documenting the growth of the Westfield Normal School since 1844-1838. Exhibit will be on display through Nov. 27 at the university's Downtown Art Gallery, 105 Elm St. For more info, visit www.wsc.ma.edu/arno or call 572-4400.
"CASH FOR GOLD"
St. Thomas the Apostle School, 1035 Westfield St., PTO in cooperation with Hannoush Jewelers is hosting a "Cash for Gold" event on Nov. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring in your unwanted, broken, outdated jewelry, gold watches, coins and receive the current market value in cash. Free light refreshments. Raffle tickets will be sold to win a beautiful half-carat diamond pendant donated by Hannoush Jewelers.
The West Springfield Coin Club will host its semi-annual Coin Show at the Dante Club, 1198 Memorial Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31. Coin Dealers will be exhibiting as well as buying and selling coins and giving free appraisals. Admission and parking is free. For further info contact Peter Setian at 596-9871. The Dante Club is located across from the grounds of Eastern States Exposition.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a Mainstream Dance on Nov. 5 with Gerry Hardy calling and Gene King cuing. This will be A Double "G" Nite dance. Dances are held at the United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Rd., from 8-10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30-8 p.m. Dances are $6 per person and we welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info, call Dick Walker at 525-3324.
PEACE POLE DEDICATION
On Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will dedicate a Peace Pole in front of their church followed by a community meal provided by the Peace Pole Planning Committee and by their guests from the Islamic Society. The public is invited to attend this dedication and lunch. For more info, call the church at 734-0268.
Friends of the West Springfield Public Library Book Discussion Group will host their next meeting Nov. 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library, 200 Park St. Book discussed: "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" by Jamie Ford.
The Friends of the West Springfield Public Library continues its tradition of great books at great prices for a great cause on Oct. 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Book sale kicks off Oct. 28 with a Members' Preview from 6 to 8 p.m. To learn more, call 788-4712.
The next book discussion at Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., will take place Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. in the church parlor. The book to be discussed will be "Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by Greg Mortenson. All are invited to attend. For more info, call Carolyn at 739-0790.
Grace Lutheran Church, 1552 Westfield St., has space available for crafters interested in their 32nd annual Holiday Fair on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the church hall. The fair will feature local craft persons and traditional church shops. For more info or an application, call Sue at 562-7784.
EVENING WITH MARTIN KASIK
The First Congregational Church of West Springfield will host Czech pianist Martin Kas k for an evening of classical music favorites on Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Free parking is available at the adjacent senior center on Park Street. Admission: $10. Additional donations are welcome.
Yarn Therapy, the casual crafting group at the West Springfield Public Library, resumes Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will unveil results of last year's "Knitting for NICU" initiative, a public drive to collect hand knit hats and blankets for premature infants born at Wesson Birthing Center at Baystate Medical Center. For more info, call 736-4561 ext. 3 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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