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Town Events, Oct. 29 - Nov. 5

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

The Agawam Lions have scheduled their annual Harvest Breakfast for Nov. 2 at the Lions Den on the grounds of the Big E, from 8 - 11:30 a.m. Menu: pancakes, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Tickets are $5. The District 33Y Eye Mobile will be parked outside available for for free sight and hearing exams. Parking is free, and there is no entrance fee to the grounds. For more info, contact Alan Boissonneault at 478-9052.

Heritage Hall East will be hosting a "Staying Healthy for the Holidays" Senior Health Fair on Nov. 6 from 12:30 - 3 p.m. There will be exhibits from local health care vendors, a heart healthy seminar as well as free blood pressure and cholesterol screens. There will also be a free raffle for a $250 gift certificate for home heating oil. The fair is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Heritage Hall East is located at 464 Main St. For more info, call Gina Impagnatiello at 789-8374.

The Agawam Cultural Council will continue its Applause Series with a talk by military veteran Stuart Greene on the the difficulties of Veterans coping with life after combat on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St. This event is free and open to the public. For more info, go to www.agawamcc.org.

The Agawam Cultural Council is sponsoring a classic film festival featuring critically acclaimed classic Hollywood films at Agawam Family Cinemas. The next movie, "All About Eve" starring Bette Davis and winner of six Academy Awards will be shown on Nov. 2. Tickets for the Sunday afternoon showing are $6 each. All showings are at 1:15 p.m. For more info, go to www.agawamcc.org.

The Agawam Public Library will have the artwork of Jessica Harrison on exhibit during November. She is a junior at Agawam High School. This mixed media exhibit will be located on the lower level of the library. Viewing will be during regular library hours.

The Friends of the Agawam Public Library will have their next meeting on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the library. The Friends are a non-profit organization whose yearly membership dues and fundraisers help to provide those things that are not in the library's yearly budget. For further info, write to Friends of the Agawam Public Library, P.O. Box 478, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.

The Agawam Democratic Committee will host its monthly meeting on Nov. 5 in the Community Room at the Agawam Public Library at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

The Bethany Assembly of God, 580 Main St., is celebrating its 8th Annual Fall Festival on Oct. 31 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. This year's festival will consist of food, inflatable games, face painting, balloons, small games, a hayride, the outstanding TNT puppet team, a delicious "Old Fashioned Cake Walk" and laser tag. The cost is one can of non-perishable food for the Best Life Food Ministry. Laser tag will be $1 per person.

Mayor Susan Dawson will continue to offer open office hours in her office at Town Hall for citizens to speak about their concerns. No appointments are necessary. Open office hours begin Nov. 5 and will take place every Wednesday through Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. - noon. Dawson is also available for senior citizens to address issues on the third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. at the Senior Center.

The Residential Life Department at Westfield State College will offer its 23rd annual Haunted House and Fun Stop for area families on Oct. from 6 - 8 p.m. at Juniper Park Elementary School. A $2 admission to both events will benefit the Discover Westfield Children's Museum. Staff accommodates the ages and interests of area children by offering a "scary" or "not so scary" experience. There will be a 50 re-entry fee for second trips.

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. An Alzheimer's caregivers support group meets monthly the first Tuesday at the Atrium, 153 Cardinal Dr., from 6 - 8 p.m. with facilitator Gerri Bennett, RN. For info or to register, call 821-9911.

The Chicopee Senior Center will be closed for Veteran's Day on Nov. 11.

The Halloween Oldies Dance, hosted by the Bay State Chevys Car Club, will take place Nov. 8 at the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, Granby Road, 7:30 p.m. - midnight. The music will be provided by DJ Marty Fullwood and will include tunes from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Oldies dress and Halloween costumes are optional. There will be a cash bar and bring your own munchies. The price is $10 per person. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling Frank or Bernice at 789-1512. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The annual Christmas Bazaar of the Holy Mother of the Rosary Church will take place at the School Hall, 24 Bell St., on Nov. 7 and 8. The hours for both days are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be crafts, hand made gifts, jewelry, attic treasures, games of chance, raffles and a bake sale. There will also be Polish and American food served and available for take out.

The Chicopee Council on Aging in conjunction with the Friends of Chicopee Senior Citizens and the Willimansett Nursing Center will be hosting a Halloween and birthday party for those born in the month of October on Oct. 31, 1:15 p.m., at the Chicopee Senior Center. Tickets are $1 for people who do not have birthdays in that particular month. Those who have birthdays get in for free with a birthday coupon. Participants who come in costume will also get in for free and be eligible to win a prize as part of the costume judging contest. Cake, punch and entertainment is planned. Transportation is available through the senior center transportation office by calling 536-5733 at least two days in advance. All interested Chicopee elders are welcome regardless if it's your birthday or not. For ticket info call 534-3698.

Faith United Methodist Church, 191 Montcalm St., will host a pancake and omelet breakfast on Nov. 2 from 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost is $6 for pancakes and omelet, $5 for omelet, $4 for pancakes; kids are half-price. Eat in or take out is available. Breakfast includes sausage, juice and coffee. The public is invited. We are handicapped accessible.

Collectible show, sponsored by the Nativity BVM Parish Council, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., in Nativity Church Hall, 780 Chicopee St. Coins, sports and non-sports cards, supplies, autographs, comic books, Webkinz, NASCAR racing, gift items and more. Free parking, prizes drawn out every 30 minutes, free give-a-way items at the door. Admission is $1; children under 10 free. All proceeds to benefit the church. For info call Joe at 593-6046.

Holidays with the Glory Girls at the Log Cabin Meeting and Banquet House, 500 Easthampton Rd., Nov. 6. Only $40 for lunch and show. A tribute to the Andrew Sisters and more. The "Glory Girls" will wow you with the songs that were made popular during the first and second world wars.back when the music made a difference in the day to day lives of both the soldiers who were fighting and those who were waiting for their return. Seating is noon, lunch follows, show begins approx. 1:30 p.m. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

The United Methodist Church, 30 Carew St., will host its Annual Harvest Supper on Nov. 1 from 5 - 7 p.m. Menu: butternut squash soup, chicken supreme, parsley potatoes, squash, rolls, apple pie and more. Adults, $9, children 8 - 17, $5, children under eight, free. For reservations call 532-0500. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls will be hosting a dinner on Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Menu: tortellini soup, tossed salad, pot roast, boiled red potatoes, roasted root vegetables, bread, apple crisp, 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 available by reservation. We will deliver meals to South Hadley residents at 6 p.m.

The First Congregational Church at the Center in South Hadley is calling all talented crafters to come join our successful Advent Craft Fair. The church is located across from the Town Common at routes 47 and 116. The fair will take place 3 - 8 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Dec. 6. The total price will be $60 for a space for two days. Crafts are juried and some crafts are limited. Space availability may be determined on a first-come basis. For info or an application, call Jeanne at 533-2020 or e-mail swinjb@comcast.net.

Parents and students are invited to attend Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority's (MEFA) free college financing presentation at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. An experienced MEFA rep will discuss the financial aid process. Families will receive a seminar booklet, which serves as a year-round resource. For more info, call 552-1580.

The Friends of the Ledges Golf Club will host their final fling of the year on Nov. 15 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. The evening will feature Sara the Fiddler and Friends from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. and Tir Na Nog from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. This will be a night of Irish, Hardshoe Hornpipe dancing, Bluegrass and old time fiddle music. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will benefit community programs, flowers and other "extras" at the Ledges. Tickets are available at the Ledges. For more info, contact Ryan Richard at 532-2307.

The Southwick Senior Center is having a Halloween Pot Luck Luncheon on Oct. 30 at noon. Pianist Joyce Platt will be performing starting at 11 a.m. Sign up in the office or call at 569-5498. We ask that you bring a dish.

The Southwick Senior Center will have to cancel all classes on Nov. 4 due to the elections. We also had to cancel Monday Jazzercise due to the lack of interest.

Southwick Senior Center would like to start a new class on Mondays at 10 a.m. called ZUMBA Gold. It's aerobic dancing to Latin music. If anyone would be interested call the center at 569-5498.

Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Nov. 2, take a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino; bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

Saint Barnabas and All Saints' Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., will be celebrating a century of following its mission of welcoming in a big way. On the occasion of the visit of the Right Rev. Gordon Scrutin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Mass., this Forest Park neighborhood parish is planning a special service and reception on Nov. 2 to mark the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. followed immediately by a reception. All parishoners past and present are encouraged to join our celebration.

On Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. come join in the fun of our first Silent Auction at Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Come place your bids on tickets to sporting events, local concerts, sports memorabilia, quilts, gift certificates and many gift baskets from golf items to jewelry. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Admission: $5.

The Faith United Church Guild is hosting its annual Holiday Happening Fair on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 52 Sumner Ave. Booths will offer "nearly new" jewerly, glassware, gift items, baked goods, jams, jellies and relishes, potted plants, hand crafted items and much more. Stop in and visit the various sales tables and plan to stay for a full luncheon served from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost is $7. Entrance to the fair is free. For further info, call the church office at 789-4728.

We would like to invite members of the community to join us at our Clutterers' Support Meetings. They take place on Mondays at 4 p.m. at Wachogue Congregational Church in Springfield. The meetings are small and confidential. There is a facilitator there to help us. All ages are welcome. We do not meet if a holiday falls on a Monday. Wachogue is located at 80 Arvila St.

Foster Memorial Church in the center of Sixteen Acres is having a Halloween Weenie Roast in the front area of the church grounds on Halloween night from 4 - 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for neighbors and church families to gather and meet each other in the fun spirit of Halloween. Come dressed in costume or as you are and enjoy a weenie right off the grill. There is no charge, just bring yourself and get in the spirit of the night.

Sixth annual New Year's Eve trip to Mohegan Sun Casino. Depart on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. from St. Patrick's parking lot on Allen Street; arrive at casino at 7:30 p.m., depart at 12:30 a.m., arriving home at 2 a.m. Price includes $10 free bet, $10 food voucher, hats and favors; does not include driver's gratuities. For info call Carla Pierce at 783-6111. Book now and enjoy the New Year's Eve with friends and free entertainment.

Carnations for Kids, $1 each on Oct. 30, sponsored by Commerce Key Club. Proceeds will purchase holiday gifts for children who are clients of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) and floor tiles for the living areas of the Open Pantry Teen Living Center. Order single carnations or $10 bouquets by calling Commerce at 787-7220.

The Springfield Hobby Club will host its annual bazaar/craft sale on Nov. 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 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 Thrift Shop will host a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.

Are you a new parent raising your child in a Jewish home? Are you interested in deepening your connection to Judaism through songs, prayers and rituals that you can do with your baby and your family? Come join other new parents and babies as we explore Jewish rituals that can be practiced throughout the year. Free! New members are welcome. At the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. A six-week series on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - noon. Starts Oct. 29.

G.O.P. campaign rally Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Tucker's Restaurant, 627 College Highway, Southwick (569-0120). Free admission, cash bar, appetizers. Sponsored by The Southwick Republic Town Committee.

Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St., Springfield, is hosting a ham and bean supper on Nov. 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for ages 6 - 14, five and under free. Seating is limited. Call for reservations at 782-6229.

On Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the Athenaeum will present jazz musicians Ellen Cogen and Gary Culver. They've played extensively throughout New England as a duo and as members of other jazz popular ensembles. Come listen and let this wonderful jazz duo entertain you with their sensitively improvised renditions of jazz standards we all know and love.

Westfield State Rep. Donald Humason Jr. and his Chief of Staff Sarah Latour will have public office hours at Zuber's Ice Cream & Deli, 98 Southwick Rd., on Nov. 1 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. They will be available to meet with Westfield constituents to discuss state matters. They are also available to meet with constituents at their district office, 64 Noble St. No appointment is necessary.

Angela Keiser and Rachel Burcin will present "Emptying the Pockets of Forgetfulness," about the world slave trade, at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Scanlon Banquet Hall at Westfield State College. This is free and open to the public. The speakers will discuss of UNESCO Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project: Breaking The Silence (TST Project), an innovative global curriculum initiative in Africa, Europe and the Americas aimed at understanding of the magnitude and New World impact of the transatlantic slave trade.

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.

The West Springfield Park & Rec Dept. is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Nov. 29. Bus leaves municipal lot located at 26 Central St. at 7:30 a.m. and will have drop offs in New York on Fifth Ave. and Rockefeller Center. Bus will leave New York City at 5:30 p.m. A dinner stop on the way home is planned (dinner cost is not included). Cost is $40 per person. Reservations with payment may be made by calling 263-3284.

Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Nov. 7. We will host a mainstream dance on Nov. 21 and this will be our Pumpkin Night. Dances meet at the K-C on Park Street in West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and are $6 p/p. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick at 525-3324.

On Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library, Freda Brown, a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), will talk about the issues that can affect a divorcing couple's financial future. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more info, call the library at 736-4561 or e-mail wgevents@cwmars.org.

Local author Suzanne Strempek Shea will join members of Grace Lutheran Church for its second book discussion in the church parlor on Nov. 16 following the 9:30 a.m. service. Discussed will be her book,"Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith." Any questions, call Carolyn at 739-0790.

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