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JUST FOR LAUGHS: The Bluebonnet Diner, 324 King St., will host a comedy fundraiser Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. to benefit The Franklin County Emergency Center. Door open at 7 and admission is $10.

The show will feature graduates from the Intro to Stand-Up Comedy class at Greenfield Community College, special guest comedian Dennis Wirth, and headlined by Jerry Caruso, who once opened for Larry “The Cable Guy,” Anthony Clarke and Lisa Lampinelli.

SENIOR COMPANIONSHIP: The Northampton Council on Aging and Senior Center will hold an informational meeting about the Senior Companion Program on Dec. 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. The Senior Companion Program matches Northampton area elders with neighbors and community members who will provide companionship and friendly visiting twice a month. The program is taking applications for eligible participants and volunteers. For more information call Michele Dihlmann at 587-1226.

HOLIDAY TOY SWAP: The Northampton Department of Public Works ReUse Committee is sponsoring its second annual toy exchange for toys and sporting equipment Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Volunteers will be on hand accepting donations of clean, gently-used toys and sporting equipment Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., as well as Dec. 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. Items that will not be accepted include anything that is dirty, broken, ragged or missing pieces, and baby gear such as cribs, car seats, strollers and play-yards. Toy donors will receive first choice of free merchandise. The doors will open to the public from 10 a.m. to noon. All new, unwrapped toys delivered will be donated to the Toys for Tots program, and any toys that remain at the end of the day will be donated to the Salvation Army. The ReUse Committee urges participants to make prior arrangements for childcare because this event is intended for adults only. In addition, shoppers should plan on bringing reusable bags to collect their goods because this will be a zero-waste event. For more information, visit www.northamptonma.gov/dpw/recycling, or contact Karen Bouquillon at 587-1059.

South Hadley

NOVEMBER CRAFT FAIR: The annual Christmas in November craft fair will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Social Center on Main and School streets in South Hadley. A variety of crafters will be featured along with raffles and a kids’ corner. Home baked goods for sale will include breads, pies, candy, cakes and cookies. A variety of lunch items, including a Polish plate, will also be available to take out or to eat on site. Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the church Ladies’ Guild to benefit a variety of charitable causes.

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