Town Events, Sept. 28 - Oct. 5
|From The Reminder|
ZITI AND MEATBALL DINNER
E.L. Fire Fighters Assoc. will host a ziti and meatball dinner on Oct. 2 at St. Michael's Parish Center, 53 Somers Rd. Serving: 5:30 - 7 p.m. Children five - 12, $5; adults $8. Cash for beer and wine.
CAN DRIVE AND CAR WASH
Bottle/can drive and car wash to support WTM Youth Hockey Pee Wee A team's trip to Lake Placid will take place at Pediatric Dental Associates, 52 N. Main St., from 9 a.m. -- noon on Oct. 3. Call 525-0063 if you prefer us to pick up.
RAYS OF HOPE FUNDRAISER
A&E Styles, 2 N. Main St., will be hosting their second annual Rays of Hope fundraiser on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. They will be doing haircuts and makeup applications for a donation of $20 and manicures for a $10 donation. There will also be raffles for prizes donated by local businesses. All funds raised will go to Rays of Hope. For inquiries contact A&E at 525-3466.
FLU SHOT CLINIC
On Oct. 7 from 1 - 4 p.m. Maxim Health Systems will be at East Village Assisted Living and Memory Care Community to administer the flu shot and the pneumonia shot to any community members interested in receiving them. The shots are covered by Medicare Part B and some third party insurance providers. Cash payment is also accepted. Costs are $30 for the flu shot and $45 for the pneumonia shot. Bring insurance info and/or payment with you. Call 525-8150 for an appt. East Village Place is located at 50 Benton Dr.
A chess club for adults will begin Oct. 7 at the E.L. Public Library. Adults interested in learning and playing chess are invited to join. This club will meet every Wed. morning from 10 a.m. - noon, through December. All are welcome. The Chess Club will meet in the library's Community Room. Pre-registration is required in order to participate. Call the library's Main Circulation Desk at 525-5400 ext. 1511 to register.
WONDERS OF LAVENDER
The E.L. Garden Club will meet Oct. 22 at noon in the Congregational Church Meeting Room. The program will be "Wonders of Lavender!" Anyone from the general public is invited to join us in this presentation. Members are encouraged to bring a guest.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is accepting registrations for its winter basketball program for residents only. Leagues are intown (first - H.S.); CYO (grades 3 - 8) and suburban (grades 5 - 8). Fees range, depending upon league. This program is for boys and girls. Evaluations will be in October. Register at the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
The annual fire dept. open house will be Oct. 3 from noon - 3 p.m. The public is invited to come and learn about fire safety. October is National Fire Safety Month and during the open house, families will learn about fire prevention and participate in fire safety activities. There will be many demos and station tours. This event allows us to reach out to the community and arm local families with fire safety tips and procedures. Papa Gino will provide free pizzas and children's fire safety coloring sheets. For more info call the Fire Station Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Life Lab of Mercy Hospital will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Sept. 30 beginning at 8 a.m. to do blood work. A 12-hour fast is necessary for the tests. Charge is $12/lipid panel, $5 additional for fasting glucose. Call 525-5436 for an appt.
FLU CLINIC VOLUNTEERS
If you are a licensed nurse and interested in volunteering for the annual flu clinic, taking place this fall at the Pleasant View Senior Center, come in to fill out an application. You will need to leave a copy of your current nursing license and be approved by the medical director. Call Lissa Fontaine, R.N. with any questions at 525-5436.
JOHN DEE PRESENTATION
On Sept. 30 at 1 p.m., John Dee from Wealth Preservation Group will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to speak about protecting your assets from long term care costs even without long term care insurance. Call 525-5436 to register.
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE
Get moving and have some fun as the cold weather approaches! Neil and Cindy Hawley of the Redstone Squares will be giving square dance lessons at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Sunday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 27 through May. Classes are $6 per lesson, no pre-registration needed, just come on in and have some fun! Oct. 4 will be a free class.
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Baseball Assoc. reminds players/parents that the baseball evaluations for those who are in 7th/8th grade and wish to play spring 2010 baseball to report to Veterans Field on Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. with last name A - M and 6 p.m. with last name N - Z. Bring glove, water bottle and wear cleats. Bats will be provided, but you may bring your own.
WINTER PROGRAM BROCHURE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. winter program brochure is now available online at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.
The E.L. Rec. Dept reminds residents that the Bergeron/Maurer Co-Ed Basketball Clinic will take place at ELHS on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 from 7 - 8:45 p.m. for those presently in grades 5 - 8. Registration in the Office is preferred; however, you may register at the door, as long as proper paperwork/monies are submitted to coaches upon arrival.
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Shaker Bowl afterschool bowling program for Mt. View and Mapleshade schools begins Sept. 28 from 2:45 - 5 p.m. at Shaker Bowl. Fee is $11/week, payable to the bowling alley weekly. Registration forms are available at the schools and the Rec. Dept. Bus will pick up students at school and transfer to Shaker Bowl. Register at Shaker Bowl.
FALCONS HOCKEY TICKETS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will again have discounted Falcons hockey tickets for this season at $11/pp, with $1 from each ticket being donated back to the Rec. Dept. by the Falcons. Come into the Rec. Dept. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to purchase.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by The Gold Tones on Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. following noon luncheon (hot roast beef sandwich w/gravy, parmesan potatoes, carrots and pears). Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
LEARN TO PLAY PITCH
There will be an instructional pitch class on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Anyone interested in learning to play pitch is welcome our group plays every Mon. at 12:30 p.m. Sign up in the Senior Center office, or call 525-5436.
"WHAT DID YOU SAY?"
On Oct. 1, Hampden Hearing Center will present info about hearing loss at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Doctor of Audiology Susan Bankoski Chunyk will discuss how to identify hearing loss, the effects of hearing loss on the quality of life and various ways to improve communication. Call 525-5436 to register.
Scrapbooking resumes at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m.
JEWELRY CLASS W/SANDY MERRILL
The holidays will be here before you know it! Make beautiful gifts of jewelry for a minimal cost. The first Mon. of every month at 9:30 a.m., Sandy Merrill conducts a jewelry class at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Cost is $3, plus your supplies. Next class is Oct. 5. No registration necessary.
"PACK YOUR BAG" MEDICATION CONSULTATION
There will be a free "Pack Your Bag" medication consultation at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. A local CVS pharmacist will conduct a 15-min. presentation, "Understanding High Blood Pressure," followed by one-on-one medication consultations to review your prescription and non-prescription medications. Call 525-5436 to register for both sessions.
SWISH, SWIRL, SPIT
Wine tasting/food pairing class, Sept. 30, 7 - 9 p.m. Discover the relationship between wine and food. We'll explore several varietals of wine and complement them with simple foods. Learn what works, what doesn't and why. Recipes included. Fun class not to be missed! At What's Cooking, Kids?, located at 41 Maple St.
CHRISTMAS SHOW & MOHEGAN SUN
Join the Dow Jones Retirees Group on Nov. 30 for a trip to the Cornerstone Playhouse in Mystic, Conn., for a Christmas show and time at Mohegan Sun Casino with fee buffet and $20 surprise betting bonus. Pick up and drop off at the Plantation Inn parking lot in Chicopee and Bob's Commuter lot in Enfield. All are welcome. Cost includes driver gratuity. For more info contact Carol at (860) 668-5822 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is welcome to experience the Jewish holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 5 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 4:30 - 6 p.m. A great family event. Pick a time, join us and enjoy harvest crafts, foods and Sukkot stories. Free and open to the public. For more info contact Deb Cohen, Preschool Director, at 739-4715. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Mass. Bar Assoc.'s Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program, Oct. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Veterans who have pressing questions concerning benefits, divorce, child support, employment, landlord/tenant and other legal issues can call (617) 338-0610 to speak to volunteer MBA lawyers. If a caller gets a busy signal, they are asked to hang up and try again. Normal telephone charges will apply. The MBA's Veterans Dial-A-Lawyer program is provided as a public service of the MBA with the financial support of the Mass. Bar Foundation and through a partnership with the Mass. Dept. of Veterans' Services.
BUS TRIP TO MOHEGAN SUN CASINO
Take a bus trip from Springfield to Mohegan Sun, Oct. 19. The bus departs the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., at 8 a.m. and departs Mohegan Sun at 3:30 p.m. Cost includes transportation and driver gratuity. To register, stop by the JCC or call 739-4715. All are welcome.
There will be a public forum on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Glenbrook Middle School auditorium, regarding a Special Town Meeting warrant article. Select Board will be seeking public input on the question of public employees working scheduled shifts of greater than 14 hours per day. All employees of the town of Longmeadow would fall under the auspices of this proposal: DPW employees, Park Dept. employees, firefighters, EMS/Ambulance Service; clerical employees, police and teachers.
SCHOOL BLDG. COMMITTEE MEETING
The School Building Committee meeting that is scheduled for Sept. 30 will begin at 6 p.m. in the Longmeadow High School cafeteria, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.
ZUMBA OPEN HOUSE
Donna Gendron, certified Zumba instructor, will host a free open house to introduce this new, feel-good aerobic exercise program at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Oct. 14 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. Zumba fuses Latin dance rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness workout. This class is geared toward seniors. Bring your sneakers and a bottle of water and join the fun. Register at 565-4150.
The Longmeadow Adult Center's Book Club, the Greenwood Readers, meets on the first Tues. of each month. The selection for October is "The Given Day: A Novel" by Dennis Lehane. For November, they will read "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. Newcomers are welcome to join this informal, fun group. Call 565-4150 for more info.
Cuddle up with a favorite blanket, a teddy and a good book on Oct. 6 at the Storrs Library. A special evening Pajama Storytime for children 3 - 7 years and their parents will take place from 7 - 7:30 p.m. This relaxing program will consist of wonderful stories and restful songs. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas. Registration for this program is not necessary. Parents or caregivers may call 567-3633 or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room for more info.
The Storrs Library will host a "Let's Gogh Art Workshop" for children ages 4 and above on Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. - noon. Tara Kilroy, the creative director of this art enrichment program, will present this unique and popular story/art class. Thousands of children have experienced this combination of great storytellers' classic books and amazing art with rave reviews. For more info or to register call the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182.
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-committee on Oct. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Committee room at 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.
FOOD PANTRY OPENING
The Longmeadow Adult Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Longmeadow Food Pantry. With the downturn in the economy and rise in unemployment, the need for a food distribution program in Longmeadow has become apparent. The pantry will be housed in the Adult Center at 231 Maple Rd., and is open to all Longmeadow residents in need. For further info contact the Adult Center at 565-4150.
2009 NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE
Ages 7 and up. Registration forms and a $60 registration fee must be submitted to the Community House office by Oct. 2. Performers that are not Longmeadow Dance School students may be called for an audition. The Nutcracker performance will be on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Community House. Call 565-4160 for additional info.
CONNECTICUT RIVER CLEANUP
Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club and Pioneer Valley Yacht Club invite you to join us for the 13th annual Connecticut River Cleanup on Oct. 3 at Pioneer Valley Yacht Club, 200 Anthony Rd., from 8:30 a.m. - approx. 12:30 p.m. Wear footwear that can get wet and clothes that can get dirty. Bringing gloves, a towel and a change of clothes isn't a bad idea. We will have snacks and drinks. No need to sign up in advance. Questions can be sent to email@example.com.
RACING AGAINST THE CLOCK
As the days get shorter and colder, you may feel a bit sluggish and overwhelmed with daily tasks; Jewish Geriatric Services and the Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club offer you an evening of motivation and inspiration. On Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m., the film "Racing Against the Clock" will be shown at the Julian J. Leavitt Family Jewish Nursing Home, 770 Converse St. There is no charge for this evening; however, reservations are requested at 567-3949 ext. 1625. If you would like info about Pioneer Valley Women's Running Club visit www.pvwrc.org.
Simply Beadiful together with Team Motley Crusaders will host its second annual Rays of Hope Fundraiser Day, Oct. 4 from noon - 4 p.m. We will donate 10 percent of our sales for the day to BHF-Rays of Hope right here in Springfield. Guest artist Julia Goldberg will be here featuring her lampwork, pmc and fused glass collection. Raffle to take place. Come shop, bead and support a great cause.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day and bake sale will take place Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. 15-min. private readings are $20. For info or to book readings in advance, call Denise at 519-9669. Visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com.
A TASTE OF JUDAISM
"A Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?" is the title and theme for a free, three-session class being offered for adults who would like to explore Judaism's relevance in today's world. Students are invited to learn about Jewish perspectives on topics of spirituality, ethics and community. Classes take place on Wed. evenings, Oct.14, 21 and 28 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. There is no enrollment fee, but space is limited and registration is required. Classes will take place at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Rabbi Mark Shapiro will be the teacher. For info call Karen Mernoff at 736-3619 ext. 13 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is sponsoring a free demo on Richway Water Ionizer. Ionized water is a powerful liquid antioxidant that is easily absorbed into the body. Ionized water is alkaline water, which maintains and balances our body ph, creating an environment which deters bacteria, inflammation and disease. The Amethyst BioMat will also be demonstrated. Both demos are Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Call to register 783-9424 ext. 2.
Aron Goldman, director of the Springfield Institute, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Oct. 2. His topic will be "Big ideas + regular residents = urban transformation." According to Goldman "the dissolution of the Control Board, ward representation and an election season make this a critical moment for Springfield. Will this be a return to pothole politics, parochialism or worse?" The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Fri. at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue. For more info on the Springfield Rotary or becoming a member, contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
Join Sacred Heart Church Travel Club, 395 Chestnut St., to see Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" on Broadway Nov. 28. Cost includes round trip bus, best avail. theater ticket, driver gratuity and (newly started) theater broker surcharges per ticket. Balance due by the end of September. Call Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676 for info or reservations.
CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a Celiac Support Group meeting on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
CLUTTERERS' SUPPORT GROUP
The Clutterers' Support Group meets every Mon. (except for holidays) at 4 p.m. at Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St. The group is small and meetings are confidential. For more info, call Linda at 733-0999.
WILBRAHAM WOMEN'S CHORAL GRP
The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group have been asked to perform their spring program for the members of the Wilbraham Women's Club at St. Cecilia Parish Center on 42 Main St. There will be a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and the concert will begin at 1:15 p.m.
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-K. Organized 90 min. playgroups available Mon. - Fri. Public hours Tues. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. For more info, visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org.
NEW MEMBER TEA
The Wilbraham Garden Club will hosts its new member tea on Oct. 1 at noon. Their new location will be at The Gardens of Wilbraham, 2301 Boston Rd. Robert Whitney, floral designer, will inspire and entertain the club by demonstrating his fall designs. Fortunate members will leave with one of Bob's lovely arrangements. All are welcome. There are no guest fees for the new member tea.
ADAMS CEMETERY TOUR
The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham, in lieu of its usual open house, will host a historic tour of Adams Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Adams Cemetery, Tinkham Road. In case of rain meet at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St. Tour guides are Phil Hamer, Adams Cemetery Commissioner; Don Bourcier, Glendale Cemetery Commissioner; and Peter Ablondi, Commissioner emeritus.
New Library Hours
The Wilbraham Public Library announces new hours of operation starting Oct. 1. The library will be open to the public on Mon. - Wed., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Thurs. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sat., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.