Town Events, April 18 - April 25
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The East Longmeadow Lions Club will hosts its annual pancake breakfast on May 21 from 8 to 11 a.m. in the high school cafeteria, 180 Maple St. Proceeds support Lions Community Projects in town. For info and tickets, call Mark Beglane at 525-4463. Tickets: $5 for adults; $3 for kids younger than 10 and can be purchased at the door. Menu: pancakes, sausage, juice or cider, milk, coffee or tea.
The East Longmeadow High School Music Department will present a spring concert on May 11 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The concert will feature the vocal ensembles, jazz ensembles and concert band. Admission: $5. Kids younger than 12 admitted free. For more info, contact: J.P. Kiernan at 525-5460 or Jkiernan@eastlongmeadowma.gov.
RUMMAGE, BAKE SALE
A rummage sale, including perennial plants, RADA cutlery and a variety of home baked goods, will take place April 29 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and April 30 from 8 a.m. to noon at First Congregational Church (at the rotary).
St. Mark's Church, 1 Porter Road, is having a spring dance on April 30 at 7 p.m. DJ Mike Yacavone will be playing music from different generations. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Tickets: $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call the church at 525-6341 for tickets and more info.
The East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party celebration's gift to the high school will be a Spartan Walkway located on the front green of the school. Deadline to purchase engraved bricks: April 25. To purchase a brick, visit www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info/Engraved_BricksWal.html.
EASTER CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Trinity Lutheran of Easthampton and First Lutheran of Holyoke are sponsoring the third annual Easter continental breakfast at First Lutheran Church, 1810 Northampton St., Holyoke, on April 24 at 9:30 a.m. Menu: fruit, hard boiled eggs, juice, coffee and pastries. A free will offering is taken. For more info, call Trinity at 527-3311 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to the Ludlow Senior Center on Tuesday evenings until May 24 and join in the dancing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The instructor is Gloria Viver. Cost: $4. For more info or to register, call the center at 583-3564.
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends is offering the following trip: Sept. 11 to 17 beautiful Smoky Mountain outstanding show trip (7 days and 6 nights). Price: $575. For info and reservations, contact Marlene at 436-5311.
The VFW in Hampden is hosting a fishing derby on May 8 for all children ages 12 and younger. The Scantic River will be stocked with trout and worms will be furnished. There are prizes for the largest fish caught. Hot dogs and soda are free for the children.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The first meeting of the 2011 season of the Hampden Garden Club will take place April 21 at 7 p.m. The topic of discussion: "Honey Bees," presented by Tom Flebotte of the Hampden County Beekeepers Association. The club will also honor member Jackie Prior. Visitors are always welcome.
DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
Hampden Police Department and the Board of Health will sponsor a Drug Take Back day on April 30 at the Senior Center, 104 Allen St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring unused or expired medications for safe disposal. Call the Board of Health office with any questions at 566-2151.
WHALE WATCH TRIP
All are welcome to join the Hampden Seniors on June 14 for a whale watch aboard Boston Harbor Cruises' high speed catamaran and free time at the New England Aquarium. Cost: $73 for adults; youth (12 to 17) $65; child (4 to 11) $61. Price includes round trip bus, whale watch, aquarium, all taxes and tips for driver. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to sign up by May 20.
SPRING VACATION BINGO
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer a special spring vacation Bingo on April 21 from 1 to 2 p.m. Kids from kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to test their luck and win some prizes. Register in advance at 565-4182.
EARTH DAY HOORAY
A spring celebration of books, planting and fun will take place during the Earth Day Hooray program April 22 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Storrs Library. All ages can attend by registering in advance at 565-4182 or by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room.
HISTORY OF BRASS INSTRUMENTS
Longmeadow Cultural Council presents History of Brass Musical Instruments and The Premier Brass Quintet at St. Andrews Church, 335 Longmeadow St., on May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Concert is free and open to the public. For more info, contact David Neill 732-4137 or email@example.com.
"JOURNEY TO JAZZ"
The Longmeadow Adult Center will host "Journey to Jazz: David Goloshekin" with Alex Nachimovsky Trio on April 26 at 1 p.m.
The Longmeadow Adult Center will host the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) workshop, "Changing Gears," on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. This workshop, conducted by a representative of the RMV, will review the Safe Driver Law and answer questions. Free.
TRIP TO MARTHA'S VINEYARD
The Parks and Rec. Department is sponsoring a June 4 trip to Martha's Vineyard for a guided bus tour of the island that will include Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, West Tisbury and the "Gingerbread Houses." Depart from Greenwood parking lot at 7 a.m.; return at 8 p.m. Fee: $75. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
WHALE WATCHING TRIP
The Parks and Rec. Department is sponsoring a trip on Aug. 27 to Gloucester for a four-hour cruise to the Stellwagon Bank along the Northern New England shoreline for whale watching. Departs Greenwood Parking Lot at 7:30 a.m.; returns at 8:30 p.m. Fee: $70 for adults; $60 for those age 16 and younger. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Zumbatomic is a dance/fitness class that uses a variety of dance styles like cumbia, meringue, salsa, reggaeton and hip hop for kids ages 5 to 12. Class meets Mondays, May 9 to July 25 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the Community House Dance Studio or Wednesdays, May 11 to July 27. Fee: $115. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
THOMAS THE TRAIN
Meet Thomas the Train and all his wonderful friends. Make a crafty train and accessories, listen to wonderful Thomas stories and eat yummy treats. Class meets on May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Community Room. Fee: $25. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
KARATE SHOTOKAN STYLE
Karate Shotokan style is being offered for those age 14 and older. A white karate uniform is required for class and can be ordered through the instructor, James P. Shea. Classes meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 3 to June 30 at Olde Town Hall. Fee: $75. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
TAI CHI CLASSES
Tai Chi is being offered for those age 16 and older. Class meets on Tuesdays, May 3 to June 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Olde Town Hall. Fee: $60 per person. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
An after school Story Stretcher workshop will take place on Tuesdays at 3:20 p.m. for children who are 5 to 8 years of age at Storrs Library. This fun and lively program includes a group reading, snack, game, and craft activity. Story Stretchers will begin on May 3 and continue until May 31. Call 565-4182 for more info or to sign up.
PARENT & TOT PROGRAMS
Parent & Tot beginning literacy classes for children who are between the ages of 24 and 36 months of age will take place each Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. from May 4 to June 1 at Storrs Library. This program consists of finger plays, music, stories and a craft. Each child must be accompanied by their parent or caregiver with no younger siblings attending. Call 565-4182 for more info or to sign up.
There will be two separate storytime classes at Storrs Library: Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for children who are 3 to 5 years of age. This early literacy class will begin May 5 and continue until June 2. Sessions are limited to 20 children each. Call 565-4182 for more info or to sign up.
BOOKS & BABIES
The Storrs Library invites babies who are between the ages of 18 and 24 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of a five-week series of programs for younger children May 6 to June 3. Call 565-4182 for more info or to sign up.
ED THE WIZARD
Ed the Wizard will reappear at Wolf Swamp Road Elementary May 5 at 6:30 p.m. Using many volunteers, Ed the Wizard weaves reading and magic together along with laughter using a bit of comedy and suspense. With reading as the emphasis behind each magical performance, Ed the Wizard encourages folks of all ages that reading is indeed the key to his, and to their success.
EXCHANGE CLUB LUNCHEON
The Exchange Club of Springfield, an organization for the prevention of child abuse and youth and community service, is hosting a luncheon on April 21 at noon at the 350 Grille on Worthington Street. Guest speaks is Mayor Domenic Sarno. The public is invited at a cost of $15. Call Dot Lortie at 783-0195 for more info.
Springfield Parent Academy and Springfield Public Schools (SPS) offers "Family Overview of Bullying Prevention & Intervention Curricula, Grades K-12" on May 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St. Presented by: Sandra Collins of SPS. For more info, call Connie Mahoney at 787-7020 or visit www.SpringfieldParentAcademy.com.
For only $25 rent a table and sell your things at the Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Rd., huge Tag, Craft and Vendor Sale on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Holy Cross gym. Reserve early by check made payable to Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, MA 01118. Call Frank Ryan at 782-5730 or Linda Gallagher at 782-2929 for more info.
HOLY WEEK WORSHIP SERVICES
St. Barnabas and All Saints Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., will have Palm Sunday services on April 17: the Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. April 20: the Holy Eucharist in the chapel, 11 a.m. Maundy Thursday on April 21: the Holy Eucharist in the church, 7 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy on April 22 at noon and 7 p.m. Easter Sunday on April 24: Festival Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.
INTRODUCTION TO YACHT SAILING
Springfield Technical Community College will offer Introduction to yacht sailing, beginning May 5. There will be two classroom theory sessions and one final on-the-water lesson given by a certified American Sailing Association instructor. Interested individuals should go to www.stcc.edu/wd/specialinterest/#Sports or call 755-4502 for more info or 755-4225 to enroll.
Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will host a Maundy Thursday service on April 21 at 7 p.m. The worship will include a Service of Tennebrae and Holy Communion. All are welcome.
Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will have a Good Friday service on April 22. All are invited to a chowder supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, followed by a worship service at 7 p.m. in our sanctuary. If you would like to bring food for the supper, or find out more info, call our office at 782-2112.
Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will have two Easter Sunday services. Our 7 a.m. service will be at Hillcrest Cemetery on Parker Street, near the duck pond. We will also have a worship service at 10 a.m. in our church sanctuary with special music. For more info call our office at 782-2112.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP
A Mohegan Sun Casino bus trip to benefit Cathedral High School International Club's trip to Spain will take place May 22. Depart school parking lot at 9:30 a.m.; return at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $35, including a $15 meal voucher, $15 in Big 6 Wheel bets and driver tip. Reservation and payment are due by May 5. Contact Lynn Callahan at 589-1724, 782-5285 or LCallahan@cathedralhigh.org to sign up.
EASTER EGG HUNT
First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield streets, invites the public to an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. on April 24. Will move inside in case of rain. For more info, call the church office at 734-1715.
On April 20, business owners and residents of the Forest Park neighborhood will gather for a forum to discuss the creation of a new commerce revitalization association. Forum will take place at 6 p.m. at Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave. For info, e-mail Daniel Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAH JONGG TOURNAMENT
The Springfield Jewish Community Center will host a Mah Jongg tournament May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend a fun day playing Mah Jongg along with the chance to win $100 first prize. Come early for a continental breakfast. Cost: $20 for members, $25 general public. Deadline for registration is April 28. For more info, visit www.springfieldjcc.org.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FUND-RAISER
The Wilbraham Middle School will have a fund-raiser at UNO'S, 1722 Boston Road, Springfield, on May 12. Proceeds will go to the School Beautification Project Fund. Present a fund-raiser coupon at the time of payment for lunch or dinner. Coupons are available at the middle school office, Louis & Clark, Wilbraham, the Scantic Valley YMCA on Boston Road and the Wilbraham Library.
Minnechaug Scholarship Foundation's annual raffle fund-raiser is now taking place. Ticket books and the Golden Ticket cost $20 each or $35 for both. Ticket stubs and money is to be sent to the Minnechaug Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 441, Wilbraham, MA 01095 by May 17. Prizewinners will be drawn on May 17 during the spring concert.