Town Events April 5 - April 12
| From The Reminder|
ZITI & METBALL DINNER
The E.L. Firefighters Assoc. will host a ziti and meatball dinner on April 17 at St. Michael's Community Center, 53 Somers Rd., from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Adults, $8; children, $5. Cash for beer and wine. Tickets are available from any E.L. firefighter, at the E.L. Fire Dept. or at the door.
BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE
The United Methodist Youth group will be hosting a bottle and can drive on April 17 to support YOUTH 2011. Bag of empties will be collected at the church, 215 Somers Rd., from April 11 - 17.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by "Rockin' Robin, Dave Mindell" April 8 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following a noon luncheon of rosemary lemon chicken, mashed potato, carrots and chocolate pudding. Call 525-5436 for reservations.
BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING
At the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., starting April 13 at 2 p.m. Emphasis will be on drawing, color mixing and shading. Cost is $80 for eight weeks (two hour classes; supplies extra.) Call 525-5436 to register.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The book for April is "Dark Tide" by Stephen Puleo. The Book Club is free and open to new members at any time.
BASEBALL THEME LUNCHEON
Join us at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., April 13 at 11:30 a.m. for a special luncheon, "Take me out to the Ball Game!" Ned Skinnon will display sports memorabilia, tell stories of his family baseball history, preview the upcoming season and predict the winners. Attendees encouraged to share their favorite baseball memories while growing up. Call 525-5436 for your lunch reservation.
SPECIAL GLAZED SPIRAL HAM DINNER
April 22 at American Legion Post #293. Sponsored/hosted bystudents from Cathedral High School Culinary Club. Two seatings, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Price: $9.50. Menu: baked glazed spiral ham w/pineapple, garlic mashed potatoes w/mushroom gravy, mixed summer blend vegetables, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake, soda, tea, coffee. Other drinks at bar at extra cost. Pick up tickets at bar after 4 p.m. or at Cathedral High School. For more info call 525-2058 after 4 p.m., or 592-0596.
REPUBLICAn TOWN COMMITTEE
Will meet April 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Hall Selectmen's Hearing Room. This meeting is open to all who wish to attend. For more info call Donna Kane at 525-5222.
ROAST PORK SUPPER
Menu to include roast pork, peas and carrots, mashed potatoes, salad, rolls and lemon lush. Taking place April 10 at 5 p.m. at the Federated Community Church, 590 Main St. Adults, $12, children, $6. Entertainment provided by Paul Olesuk's quartet Flava Evolution, who perform jazz and pop. Call 566-3711 for reservations.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARY ANNUAL MEETING
Taking place April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Melville Room at the Hampden Town House. Agenda includes election of officers and planning for next year. All are encouraged to attend.
LAUGHING BROOK EVENT
Join Naturalist Kevin Kopchynski at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to explore a vernal pool, looking for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates. The event is suitable for families with children ages 4 and up and will take place April 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Fee is $3 for Mass Audubon members and $5 for non-members. Pre-registration required. Contact Mass Audubon at 584-3009 ext. 812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAMPDEN SENIORS TRIP
All are welcome to join us May 25 for a trip to the Berkshire Botanical Gardens and the Norman Rockwell Museum. The coach will leave the Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., at 8:30 a.m. A new exhibit, "Behind the Camera," will be waiting for us at the museum. Cost includes bus, driver tip, Botanical Gardens, lunch and Rockwell Museum. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to sign up. Deadline for payment is April 23.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
The Select Board is now accepting nominations for its annual "Citizen of the Year" award. The recipient will be announced at the Annual Town Meeting on May 11. Letters of nomination should be sent to the Select Board, 20 Williams St., by April 20.
STORRS "CARING CONVERSATIONS"
On April 7 at 6:30 p.m., Jodi DiTusa, LICSW, Spectrum Social Worker will provide info on how to start those "difficult" conversations with loved ones and physicians to make informed decisions, discuss living wills, healthcare proxy and advanced directives in accordance with Mass. law. Free and open to the public but registration requested. Call the Storrs Library Reference Desk at 565-4181.
RED CROSS BABYSITTING
Ages 11 and up. Learn how to handle emergencies, entertain children and what activities are geared toward what stages of development in an infant or toddler. Learn what you need to know when you are staying home alone or watching younger siblings. Participants will learn about the basic care for children of all age levels, job responsibility, first aid procedures and activities to keep children busy, safe and happy. The course is hands on with a great deal of reading. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification. Class will meet on April 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
Will meet April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria. Business will include the Republican State Convention, town meetings, town elections and discussion on the Longmeadow Town Committee. You do not have to be a member to attend. For more info call Dean Rogeness at 567-5480 or go to www.longmeadowgop.com.
FALL SOCCER ASSOCIATION
This program will run from September through November. Kids in grades K - 8 are eligible. Practices meet at the discretion of the coach and usually weekdays or on Sat. Games are scheduled for Sun. Optional travel teams play their games weeknights and weekends. Uniforms will be provided. Sign-up dates: April 12, 14, 27 and 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Community House. There is an extra fee for travel teams. Visit www.longmeadow soccer.com for updated info.
INTERNATIONAL LUNCH: GREECE
At the Adult Center April 14 at 11:30 a.m. The chef will continue his series of international lunches with a tribute to the cuisine of Greece. Come to lunch and bring a friend. Only $3. Reserve at 565-4150.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING CLASS
At the Adult Center on Wed., April 14 - May 19 at 10 a.m. Ed Edler teaches using Microsoft Publisher. Skills can be applied to create greeting cards, business cards, brochures and newsletters. $18. Register at 565-4150.
SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE
The School Building Committee will be hosting a public forum on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the LHS cafeteria, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.
MOMMY & ME LOOMING AT STORRS
On April 10 and April 17 from 10:30 a.m. - noon children in grades K-3 and their mothers are invited to participate in Mommy & Me Looming at Storrs Library. This is a fun knitting class where experience is not necessary. Register in advance for a $20 materials fee by calling the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182. After learning the simple techniques of loom knitting, you'll design and create your own one of a kind hat.
Mondays in April, 10 - 11:45 a.m. at Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Mercury thermometers exchanged for safe digital thermometers.
Use and improve your French by conversing with other students under the professional guidance of Therese Eiff. Group meets for eight weeks in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. New participants of all levels are always welcome. Call Therese at 525-7448 for more info. No class on May 31. Class meets on Mon., April 12 - June 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in Room B at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info.
BAY PATH ANTHROPLOGY LECTURE
On April 6, Bay Path professor of biology Gina Semprebon will discuss her involvement in the 17-year investigation of the 4.4 million-year-old hominid Ardipithecus ramidus, commonly known as Ardi, during her lecture "You Are What You Eat: How Ancient Food Preferences Reveal Patterns of Survival or Extinction." The 7 p.m. lecture will be in Breck Suite, Wright Hall. Free and open to the public.
HISTORIC DISTRICT MEETING
The town's Historic District Commission will meet on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room.
Vitamin D in Your Life
April 9, 10 a.m. at Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Nutritionist Barbara Giammarino will talk about how Vitamin D affects health. Register at 565-4150.
APREMONT MARKET SEEKS VENDORS
Event will be April 16 - 18, at 125 Main St. Studio 203. A few spaces are still available to artists of all genre, crafters, farmers, food/beverage, entertainment, Mom & Pop businesses, new ventures, tag salers, etc. For more info call 531-5023 or 306-1891; e-mail email@example.com; or visit < href-"http://www.apremontproductions.com" target-="new">www.apremontproductions.com.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
Mall Walkers Club sponsors a free health presentation on April 7, 9 a.m., at Eastfield Mall Food Court presented by Chicopee VNA. Topic: "Understanding Blood Pressure," followed by questions and answers. Free blood pressure screening, free raffle to enter to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card or two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served. For more info contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall 543-8000 ext. 11.
The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee presents "The Little Black Dress" Fashion Show on April 18 at 1 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club. Clothing priced from $5 - $45 will be available following the show. Desserts and coffee will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Hungry Hill Center or by calling Peg at 733-0200.
JACK RIDL AT SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
Acclaimed sports poet will read from his work "Losing Season" April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Marsh Memorial Chapel. Event is part of "Celebrating the Birthplace of Basketball: James Naismith and His Legacy." Book signing and refreshments to follow reading. Part of the William Simpson Fine Arts Series. Free. For more info call 748-3187.
Gina Daniele presents a bus trip to Niagara Falls May 15 - 16 featuring a stay in a hotel, continental breakfast, tour and boat ride no passport required! Bus leaves from Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St. For more info call 732-8941.
Town Clerk Beverly Litchfield reminds residents that have not licensed their dog(s) for the current year that their previous year's license expired March 31. Wilbraham dog licenses for 2010 will be available during the rabies clinic on April 10 at the DPW building on Boston Road. Clinic hours are 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more info call 596-2800 ext. 200.
Mickey Mantle/Legion Baseball
The Parks & Rec. Dept. will be offering competitive baseball for boys ages 14 - 19 residing in Wilbraham, Hampden and/or boys attending WMA. Registration runs through April 9 either online or at the WPRD office. Tryout dates are mid-April and players must be pre-registered. Payment due only if player makes a team. Teams travel throughout Western Mass. and there are generally 18 - 20 games played. For more details visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec.