Community News 12/5/18

Springfield Rescue Mission- Giving Hope and Smiles This Christmas  With Thanksgiving behind us, Christmas will be here before we know it. As we sit among family and friends at our Christmas tables, for hundreds in our city, there is no Christmas table. Every year, the Rescue Mission holds a family-style Christmas Dinner to feed the homeless and poor in the Greater Springfield area. Every child who attends the dinner will receive  a gift. This year will be no different.  The Mission is asking for donations from our “Christmas Needs List” (on website)  and for new, unwrapped toys for the children who come to enjoy a Christmas dinner. Toys are needed from infant to 12 years old. All donations can be brought to the Rescue Mission, 10 Mill St. Mon-Sun, 8 am-8 pm. Hundreds will come to our Christmas Celebration on December 21st…please consider donating to make this  a day of Hope and Smiles! The mailing address is 10 Mill St. PO Box 9045, Spfld, MA 01102-9045

A Living Nativity will be held at Mesa Farm in Rutland on December 8th and 9th, 2018. Two performances will be held each evening; at 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. The hour long shows will consist of carol singing and a narration and re-enactment of the nativity story in a barn with live animals. There will be no charge, but please bring a plate of cookies to share. Mesa Farm is located at 67 Muschopauge Road, in Rutland. 

Experience Music at United– The Holyoke High School Madrigal Singers and Bell Choir will perform on Sunday, December 9th, at 2:00 p.m. at the United Congregational Church of Holyoke in Skinner Chapel. The Madrigal Singers are an a cappella performing ensemble of singers. The Bell Choir consists of 16 ringers playing three octaves of Carillon Bells. All concerts are offered for a suggested donation of $10 ($5 for students and seniors). A rime of refreshments will follow the concert.

A Bethlehem ChristmasStep into first century Bethlehem and experience Christmas like never before! Encounter daily life in the town where Jesus was born. Visit craftspeople in their shops. Meet townspeople as well as shepherds who have come in from the fields to find out what all the commotion is about. There’s news of a baby born in the stable down the street! A Bethlehem Christmas is an interactive, engaging tour through the streets of old-world Bethlehem that will make the true story of Christmas come to life.  This FREE event takes place at the Bethlehem Church, 123  Allen St., Hampden, MA on Friday, December 7th, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, December 8th, 4-7 p.m. and Sunday, December 9th 2-4 p.m.

Light Out Of Darkness– The Quinebaug Valley Singers will be presenting a concert of Christmas music on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Elm St. Congregational Church in Southbridge, MA and December 9th at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Joachim Chapel, St. Anne/St. Patrick Parish in Fiskdale, MA. This is a FREE concert and refreshments will be served.

Pancakes with Santa! On Sunday, December 9th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. The Three Rivers Fire Station will be serving  a pancake breakfast with Santa!  Adults- $6, Children 4-12 yrs. $4, under 4 free.

Friends of the Palmer Senior Center– are sponsoring a trip; A Winnipesaukee Railroad and Luncheon Train Ride, Oct. 17, 2019, $97 per person. The trip is from Meridith, N.H. to Weirs Beach. Take a 2 hour ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, enjoying magnificent sights and a turkey dinner aboard the train. For more details and reservations, Call Betty Koss at 413-668-7213 or Loretta Madden at 413-323-4166.   

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