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2017-10-03 through 2017-12-19
GriefShare Support Group - Springfield
What:A new GriefShare Group starts Tuesday, October 3rd, in our cozy East Forest Park neighborhood church. We are conveniently located on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Arvilla Street in Springfield. GriefShare is here to help and encourage all grieving people find hope and healing after suffering the loss of a loved one or friend. Those interested in attending these faith-based sessions may come any time during the 13-week cycle, since each session is "self-contained". Attenders are welcome to sit in on any missed weekly meetings during our next cycle in January. To register please call the church office.
When:2017-10-03 through 2017-12-19
7-9 PM
Where:Wachogue Congregational Church
80 Arvilla Street
Springfield, MA
2017-11-13 through 2017-11-20
Operation Christmas Child Natl Collection Week - New England
What:Locations all around New England are ready to receive your gift -filled shoe box for a hurting child somewhere in the world. Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Locations are found on the website: www.Samaritanpurse.org/OCC/Drop-Off. National Collection Week is this Monday, November 13 thru Monday November 20. It is time to pack a shoe box for a girl or boy ages 3-5 or 6-9 or 10-14 with hygiene items, school supplies and something special. Give thanks with a special shoe box for a child devastated by life's misfortunes. Show them they are loved and not forgotten. THANK YOU!
When:2017-11-13 through 2017-11-20
See website for locations and
Where:See website for locations and times
Operation Christmas Child Drop Off Locat
New England,
Free Pancake Breakfast - Westfield
What:All welcome to Central Baptist Church Free Pancake Breakfast. Please Join in Hays Hall for breakfast and fellowship.
9:00am - 10:00am
Where:Central Baptist Church
115 Elm Street
Westfield, MA
Bryann Trejo Kingdom Muzic Revival - New London
What:On November 18th, 2017 Bryann Trejo of Kingdom Muzic will be coming to New London, Connecticut to spread the LOVE of Jesus Christ. In an effort to help make this event possible we would love to partner with you! My wife and I had were drawn to Bryann Trejo through his testimony and the messages in his music, but mostly because of his heart for revival. Devoted husband and father of beautiful children, Bryann admits his first ministry is his family. (Our goal would be to bring his entire family here with him, if we are able to raise the funds.) He’s a man who walks his talk and who we believe, carries a timely message for the body of Christ. This is why we want to do what we can to support the work Bryann Trejo and Kingdom Muzic are doing. New London, CT needs to know that they are not without hope. It’s time to wake up, New England … we believe that God has given us a vision for this region and your donation will help us in our endeavor to bring hope to this region. This isn’t just entertainment.

Meet Bryann Trejo... Bryann “Kingdom Minded” Trejo’s story is one not only one of God’s overcoming power but also of His redeeming grace. Born in Corpus Cristi, TX, Bryann had a troubled childhood, to say the least. To say he made some bad choices would be an understatement. This troubled path reached it’s tipping point when Bryann was charged with 2 counts of attempted murder. It was during this very dark time in Bryann’s life, while awaiting trial, when he made the choice to give his life over to God . What was to be a 30 year prison sentence was reduced to 7 years plus time served. Bryann was then released on good behavior after serving only 4 years in prison. Shortly after Bryann was released from prison, came another traumatic blow. Bryann got word that his identical twin brother, Ryan Trejo (also a Christian Rapper), was murdered. Bryann came face to face with the truest testing of his faith and found himself challenged as thoughts of revenge clenched his mind in his excruciating pain. But, with God’s help, Bryann overcame this and instead of seeking revenge, he chose to love the murderers of his brother. This is where Bryann’s choice to press into God for comfort, healing and forgiveness resulted in the catapulting of what we now know as Kingdom Muzic.



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6:00 PM
Where:Hope City Church
931 Bank Street
New London, CT
Jingle Valley Fair - Agawam
What:The Jingle Valley Fair is back, and we like you to join us at First Baptist Church of Agawam. Tables include Candy, Homemade Gifts, Jewelry, Opportunity & Baked Items & Baked Beans. Luncheon 11:00-1:30.
Where:First Baptist Church of Agawam
760 Main Street
Agawam, MA
Phone:(413) 786-7300
Holly Wreath Bazaar - Agawam
What:Vendors & Crafts, Bakery, Attic Treasures, Raffles, Christmas Café, Books and Santa.
9:00am - 2:00pm
Where:Agawam Congregational Church
745 Main Street
Agawam, MA
Santa's Coming to Kringle Candle in Bernardston MA!

Saturday, November 18, Noon to 6 p.m.

Santa arrives at the Shoppes at Kringle Candle via the Kringle Express train at approximately 1:30 p.m.

• Noon to 4 p.m. Entertainment includes: aerial artist feats, globe/bubble acrobats, stilt walking, juggling, interactive shows, magic & more!

• Food, live music in the courtyard, kettle corn, hot chocolate & mulled cider, carolers, raffles, Kringle Kids activities: Letters to Santa, cookie decorating & more!

• Toys for Tots Collection - Accepting new, unwrapped toys as Christmas gifts for Toys for Tots children in western Mass.

SPECIAL SANTA PHOTO EVENT during the festivities!

• $20 Santa Photos includes:

• Professional high quality digital photos of your kids & family with Santa; receive a unique link to all your photos

• A Kringle Keepsake Santa Sleigh Bell with ribbon and

• Santa Treats with every Santa Photo Ticket.

Photos with Santa from 2 to 6 p.m. Preregister and get your tickets before they run out! Santa Photo Ticket at: link within this post.

Tickets for your with Santa Photo Time can be picked up at the Santa Photo Ticket & Bell Booth on Saturday, November 18 beginning at 11:30 a.m. If not filled, tickets can be purchased day of (but recommended to reserve due to limited time slots).
12pm - 6pm
Where:Kringle Candle Company
220 South St
Bernardston, MA
Coffee With A COP in Chicopee
What:This month our Coffee with a Cop will be an introduction to the Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run. We will have guests on hand to tell you all about this awesome orginization, as well as athletes and their medals.
9am - 12pm
501 Memorial Drive
Chicopee , MA
Santa - Springfield
What:Join us on November 18th, beginning at 11 am, when the Ludlow High School Marching Band leads Santa back into Eastfield Mall for the holiday season...in style!
11am - 12pm
Where:Eastfield Mall
1655 Boston Rd.
Springfield, MA
Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth
What:Join us for the biggest Thanksgiving parade in America's Hometown! This parade has some great floats, as well as great historical re-enactors along with some great musical acts including yours truly!
11am - 2pm

Heritage Bazaar
What:Heritage Hall in Agawam is putting on their annual holiday bazaar in all 5 buildings. Full of crafters and vendors! Lunch for sale as well.
10: 00 am to 3:00 pm
Where:Heritage Hall
462 Main Street
Agawam, MA
Embrace Grace - Enfield
What:Unplanned pregnancy? You are not alone. Join an embrace grace group!

-Make new friends in similar circumstances
-Receive baby shower with baby items
-Be inspired & hope filled through an awesome support system

Tuesdays this fall. (November 21st, 28th, December 5th)
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where:Calvary Presbyterian Church
1518 King Street
Enfield, CT
3rd Annual Chicopee Comprehensive Alumni Football Game
What:Fellow alumni, come out to the 3rd Annual Chicopee Comp Alumni Football game! It will be fun for the whole family, and a time to catch up with new and old friends. Game time is 6 PM at the Chicopee Comp Football Field. For more information, please contact John Griffin.
6:00 PM
Where:Chicopee Comp Football Field
617 Montgomery Street
Chicopee, MA
Phone:(413) 594-3534
Jubilee Festival - West Srpingfield
What:The Red Thread Network for the arts will
join Balise Toyota to sponsor a Christmas Tree display at 1399 Riverdale Street in West
Springfield. Your company or organization still has time to get involved by donating a
decorated tree.

The event begins on Friday, November 24 and runs through Sunday, December 10 when
the raffle tickets will be drawn at 2 pm. The hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00-8:00,
Saturday from 10:00-5:00, and Sunday 12:00-5:00. There is no admission fee.
The festival will highlight the arts in West Springfield, while raising funds to support
children’s art classes and adult art education in town. The trees will be raffled off to
attendees who wish to purchase tickets, which cost $10.00 for a sheet of 25 tickets. Raffle
tickets are available at Balise Toyota during the festival. Bus trips are welcome with
advance notice.

The decorated trees have been donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals.
Each day will feature something new as the event aims to engage the entire West
Springfield community in the holiday spirit.
The Red Thread Network is the same group that sponsored the Terriers around Town.
Christine Costanzi and Jane Barrientos are continuing to work on their mission to bring
more art, artists and art events to the town of West Springfield.

To obtain more information about follow the Jubilee on Facebook.
Multiple Times
Where:Balise Toyota
1399 Riverdale Street
West Springfield, MA
Northern Lights Limited Train
What:The Northern Lights Limited departs under the cover of nightfall in train cars illuminated in a soft, cheerful glow. After departing our Thomaston station, the next stop is the North Pole! After a stop to pick up Mr. & Mrs. Claus, children will meet and choose a gift from their toy bags.

Both our Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited offer a very special 1st class service. With the purchase of 1st class tickets, you will get a top-notch experience. Currently, in service, we have our fully restored, 1880s Rutland 260 first class car. Also included in this service is hot chocolate, cookies, a souvenir mug, and a goodie bag full of surprises.
Where:Railroad Museum of New England
242 East Main St
Thomaston, CT
2017-11-24 through 2017-11-26
Polar Express 3D in Hartford CT
What:All aboard! Get the holiday season started with this family favorite. A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure, he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. “Cause that’s the way things happen on the Polar Express...”

Please Note: The Polar Express will replace the regularly scheduled 3PM and 4PM movie on these dates.
When:2017-11-24 through 2017-11-26
Where:Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT
Parade of Big Balloons - Springfield
What:The Spirit of Springfield is looking for a few hundred volunteers to carefully guide the balloons down Main Street and around lamp poles, traffic signals and trees.

Balloon wranglers are the key to the success of the parade and the spectators' smiles.

The first two hundred to report on parade day receive a
limited-edition souvenir Parade of the Big Balloons scarf

Check-in: November 24 at 9AM
Must be at least 16 years old * Must weigh no less than 90 pounds.

Register on-line at spiritofspringfield.org

Deadline is November 20, 2017

If you have friends who do not meet the requirements of Balloon Wranglers and want to be a part of the parade, we need 40 banner carriers.

Contact staff@spiritofspringfield for more information.
Where:Spirit of Springfield
1350 Main Street
Springfield, MA
Winter Festival in Wallingford CT
What:Free Food, Nativity with LIVE Animals and Actors, LIVE Christmas music, Ornament/Cookie Decorating, Ginger Bread House Building, Pictures with Snow Princesses Elsa, Anna and Santa, Prizes and of course the Lighting of the Christmas Tree!
4pm - 6pm
Where:New Life Church
350 High Hill Rd.
Wallingford, CT
Phone:(203) 630-3012
Holiday Open Farm Day in Somers CT
What:Come on out to the farm and enjoy the alpacas, new farm store, and free holiday refreshments. There is no charge for visiting so bring your family and friends and get started on your holiday shopping!
Where:Clear Mountain Alpacas, LLC
45 Pioneer Hts
Somers, CT
Post Turkey Day Pop-up Bootcamp in Longmeadow MA
What:After stuffing yourself with lots of food on Thanksgiving, burn those pounds off at Longmeadow High School with Bootcamp trainer Lindsey!

60 Min Outdoor Bootcamp - $8
9:30am - 10:30am
Where:Longmeadow High School
95 Grassy Gutter Rd
Longmeadow, MA
2017-11-25 through 2017-11-26
Pet Photos with Santa in Ellington CT
What:Sit. Stay. Pose. Professional holiday pet photos by Moments in Time Photography.

See ticket link below to schedule your appointment.

Photos are $5.00/sitting and include (1) free digital download. Photo print & package options will be provided at the time of sitting. $5 sitting fee is CASH ONLY and will be collected the days of the event.

Please book 1 appointment for each sitting. If you would like separate photos for multiple pets, please book appointments for each ($5.00 fee per sitting will apply). You will receive (1) free digital download per $5.00 sitting.
When:2017-11-25 through 2017-11-26
10am; 10am
Where:Ellington Agway
74 West Rd.
Ellington, CT
Breakfast With Santa in Springfield
What:oin us at the Student Prince for a special buffet!
Snap a photo of the kids with Santa and enjoy our
Adults: $18.95 Kids: $6.00
9am - 12pm
Where:Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant
8 Fort St
Springfield, MA
2017-11-25 through 2017-11-26
Santa Express Train in Thomaston CT
What:Bring the family out for a day-time Christmas treat aboard our Santa Express. Children will meet Santa Claus and his helper elves and will take home a special gift of their own!

Both our Santa Express and Northern Lights Limited offer a very special 1st class service. With the purchase of 1st class tickets, you will get a top-notch experience. Currently, in service, we have our fully restored, 1880s Rutland 260 first class car. Also included in this service is hot chocolate, cookies, a souvenir mug, and a goodie bag full of surprises.
When:2017-11-25 through 2017-11-26
Where:pin Show Map Railroad Museum of New England
242 East Main Street
Thomaston, CT
Hanging of the Greens and Pot Luck - Westfield
What:Come join us to decorate Central Baptist Church for the coming of Christ. Following the decorating there will be a free pot luck. Please join us for fun and fellowship.
Where:Central Baptist Church
115 Elm Street
Westfield, MA
Council of Churches of Western Mass discuss security improvements - Springfield
What:After five incidents of violence at churches across the country since the end of October, the Council of Churches of Western Mass has decided to meet to talk about security.

Clergy and law enforcement will get together on November 27th at the CCNJ Church on Sumner Avenue to address the growing security concern at houses of worship following deadly violence, most recently in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Archbishop Timothy Paul is the President of the Council of Churches. He told 22News they will explore the idea of having armed security guards at churches.
Where:CCNJ - Christian Center Nation of Jesus
124 Sumner Avenue
Springfield, MA
Free on site Ultrasound - Enfield
What:A friendly and comfortable environment. Every women's first visit starts with a free pregnancy test. If you are at least 6 weeks pregnant and are not already receiving prenatal care, we can offer a free limited ultrasound.

We will take the time to find out your needs and provide personalized assistance. We offer a pregnancy decision aid tool to sort through your feelings and gain perspective. All our services are free and confidential.

Every Thursday starting November 30th, weather permitting.
1-6 PM
Where:Enfield Food Shelf
96 Alden Avenue
Enfield, CT
Kris Allen Somethin
What:Season 8 American Idol Winner in a special Christmas Concert with Marie Miller. You've heard Kris Allen's song "Live Like We're Dying" on The Q 99.7 and now you can check out his special Christmas Tour in Hartford, Ct
Where:Inifinty Music Hall & Bistro
32 Front Street
Hartford, CT
Tatham Elementary Craft Fair - West Springfield
What:Come get your holiday shopping done! Dozens of vendors and crafters to help with your holiday shopping!

Raffles, door prizes and so much more! Come out and shop for a great cause! DROP AND SHOP CHILD CARE AVAILABLE!
5:30-9:30 pm
Where:Tatham Elementary School
61 Laurel Road
West Springfield, MA
Soul Motive's Workshop - A Christmas Concert - Westfield
What:Please join us on Saturday December 2nd
for our 3rd annual Christmas concert!
This is a free family event. There will be a bake sale, raffles, and don’t forget your camera for pictures with Santa! Come and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with us! For more information and updates, follow Soul Motive Band on Facebook or Instagram!

Soul Motive is a Catholic/Christian band that performs contemporary Christian music for purposes of worship and prayer at numerous venues and events.

Hope to see you on December 2nd!
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where:South Middle School
30 W Silver Street
Holiday Bazaar - Holyoke
What:Greek foods, pastries, and a variety of vendors in one location to kick off your December shopping! Free admission and secure parking. Proceeds to benefit local charities.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where:Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
410 Main Street
Holyoke, MA
Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade of Lights in Holyoke
What:Join Mayor Alex Morse, Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department and the Holyoke High School Madrigal Choir to kick off the season with the Holiday event of the year! This festive event has it all for families and friends to enjoy and be in the spirit of the Holidays.

Below is the agenda:

3:30 PM - Santa arrives on the Pioneer Valley Railroad’s Train at the Holyoke Heritage State Park

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM - Visit with Santa on the Train, Children’s Crafts, Holiday Songs, & Hot Chocolate at the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

5:30 PM - Parade of Lights starting at Roberts Field, traveling down High Street and arriving at City Hall for Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:00 PM - Santa will announce the winners of the Parade of Lights at the Holiday Market at Holyoke Heritage State Park

More information to follow.
3:30pm - 7pm
Where:Holyoke City Hall
536 Dwight St.
Holyoke, MA
Phone: 413-322-5620
Link: www.holyoke.org
Saturday with Santa Stafford Craft Fair - Stafford Springs
What:Vendor Fair with homemade items and direct sales. Come see Santa and shop for gifts as well!
9:00 am-Noon
21 Lyons Road
Stafford Springs, CT
Spirit of the Season 2017 at pope Francis High School in Chicopee
What:Spirit of the Season 2017 - The Office of Advancement at Pope Francis High School invites you to experience a delightful evening of holiday music, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, silent and live auction, and vibrant fellowship. You can share in the generosity of the spirit by joining our families and friends for the Spirit of the Season on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

During Spirit of the Season, the PFHS foyer will be festively transformed in celebration of the season - and of our school! Your participation will represent your belief in our students and the future of our school. All proceeds will directly benefit student programs and activities at Pope Francis High School.

For more information or to purchase event tickets, please contact Dianne Regnier at dregnier@popefrancishigh.org or call (413) 331-2480, ext. 1271.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Where:Pope Francis High School
134 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA
Phone:(413) 331-2480, ext.
Palmer High Craft & Vendor Fair
What:Come join us and shop over 35 Crafters & Direct Sales Vendors! Have breakfast with Santa!!!
9:00 am-3:00 pm
Where:Palmer High School
4105 Main Street
Palmer, MA
244th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party
What:The Boston Tea Party comes alive in December! Taking place at Boston’s Old South Meeting House and the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, the 244th Boston Tea Party Anniversary & Annual Reenactment offers the public to experience one of America's most iconic public protests at one of the largest moving historical reenactments in the U.S. More than 100 reenactors tell the story of The Boston Tea Party and theatrically recreate the evening of December 16, 1773 which sparked the American Revolution. It begins with a fiery tea tax debate at Old South Meeting House, the historic hall where the colonists gathered 244 years ago. Then, the public joins a procession led by fife & drummers to the waterfront and witnesses the Sons of Liberty destroy actual loose [expired] tea from London’s East India Company! NEW IN 2017: Inviting one and all to send loose tea to be thrown into Boston Harbor as part of this year’s reenactment.
6:30-8:30 PM
Where:Old South Meeting House

Community Breakfast - Springfield
What:Serving pancakes, eggs and sausages to the community with the love of Jesus!
Cost: FREE
Where:Church of God of Prophecy
135 Hancock Street
Springfield, MA
Jesus calls our city to Rise Up Concert in Holyoke
What:In recent months we have witnessed how the earth has been shaken with natural
catastrophes that have left much loss, pain and devastation. Many Puerto Rican families have been relocating to our area every day and we recognize that as the Church we need to be ready and willing to welcome these families with open arms and let them know that God's family is willing to love and serve them.

Holyoke High School's auditorium will come alive for a Holiday Concert "Jesus call our city to Rise Up"at 5:30pm. This concert event has been organized by volunteers in our communities, and will feature Julissa- considered one of the most powerful and melodic voices of Latin Christian music.

This Christian concert is FREE of charge and specially organized for families living in Holyoke and Western Mass, and will be filled with the holiday spirit, words of encouragement, winter coats for families, and toys for all children who attend that night. Information will also be distributed from agencies that are ready to provide services to the most needy of our region.

The holidays can be a tough times for many families in our region... Communities of faith in New England are coming together to bring LOVE, HOPE, FAITH AND JOY to our families just in time for the 2017 Holidays Season!
5:30 PM
Where:Holyoke High School
500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA
Hope for Today
Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.
Philippians 2:3-4 TLB