Town Events, April 6 - April 13
|From The Reminder|
April is the Shriner s Hospital book drive month at Premier Source Credit Union on North Main Street. Bring in a book and the credit union will enter donators in a drawing for dinner and a movie.
ATTORNEY DAVID CARLSON
Atty. David Carlson will be at the Pleasant View Senior on April 14 (re-scheduled from April 21) and on May 19 for free half hour appointments from 1 - 4 p.m. Call the Senior Center to schedule yours at 525-5436.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. s next session of strength training will begin on April 18 at 5 p.m. for 10 weeks at Pleasant View. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register or call 525-5437 for more info.
SPARTAN SOCCER SUMMER CLINICS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is sponsoring the following Spartan soccer summer clinics at E.L.H.S. to be conducted by Ryan Lavner, Varsity Coach. Space is capped for each clinic. For more info, call 525-5437. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register " Jr. Spartan Soccer Clinic, ages 6 - 10, June 22 - 26, 6 - 8 p.m.; Spartan Soccer Premier Clinic, ages 10 - 14, July 13 - 17, 6 - 8 p.m.; Western Mass. H.S. Prep Clinic, 9 - 12 grade in Sept. 09, Aug. 10 - 14, 6 - 8 p.m.
GOLDSTEIN PROPERTY MEETING
The E.L. Rec. Assoc., an association of E.L. Rec. Dept. youth sport programs, invites you to attend an informational meeting regarding the Goldstein property on April 13 at 7 p.m. at 328 N. Main St. Items to be discussed: Info regarding warrant article at Town Meeting to purchase property and the need to identify interested persons to join a group to raise awareness around need for additional rec. space and to raise said funds to improve rec. facilities and support the current five-year field plan being implemented by the DPW.
EASTER PLANT SALE
E.L. Boy Scout Troop 275 will be hosting its annual Easter plant sale April 10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and April 11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Hampden Engineering, 99 Shaker Rd. The Troop will be selling lilies, mums, tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. Proceeds will help fund Troop activities.
POT LUCK SUPPER
The First Congregational Church of E. Longmeadow will host a pot luck supper on April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The speaker is John Hoime from Alternative Health Inc. The topic, Rebuilding and Maintaining a Healthy Immune Sytem, will emphasize critical and survival issues regardless on one s age. Guests and friends are welcome. An Open Pantry donation is suggested.
CHAMBER MUSIC RECITAL
The ELHS Music Dept. will present a Chamber Music Recital on April 15 at 7 p.m. in the ELHS Auditorium. Admission is free. The recital will feature small ensemble and vocal music by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Rutter and more. Join us for this special evening of music. For more info e-mail Jkiernan@eastlongmeadowma.gov or contact the high school office at 525-5460.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will celebrate Maundy Thursday with the Senior Chorus at St. Mark s Church at 1 p.m. following lunch on April 9 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Lunch is chicken Cordon Bleu, mashed potato, green beans and pears. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
MAH JONGG LESSONS
Beginning April 14, the Mah Jongg group at the Pleasant View Senior Center will be giving free lessons for four weeks from 1 - 3 p.m. Limited to 12; call the senior center to sign up, 525-5436.
The next meeting of the Book Club will be on April 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. April s book is The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer. The Book Club is free and open to all.
RAIL & SAIL TRIP PRESENTATION
Tours of Distinction will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on April 14 at 10 a.m. to present an overview of an upcoming trip to the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Champlain, and Burlington, Vt., scheduled for Aug. 18 - 19.
PINE KNOLL ACTIVITY CENTERS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is accepting registrations for Summer Pine Knoll Activity Centers. First session is June 22 for two weeks from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Following sessions dates are July 6, 20 and Aug. 3. Fees range from $105 - $190 for two weeks. For more info or to register, call 525-5437.
BOTTLE & CAN DRIVE
Pioneer Gymnastics will be having a bottle/can drive from April 13 - 18. All proceeds will go towards sponsoring our team girls for various competitions throughout the year. You may drop off your bottles at Pioneer Gymnastics, 45 Maple St., Monday - Friday (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m. - noon).
MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY
Sandy Merrill will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on April 6 at 9:30 a.m. for her popular jewelry making class. With spring just around the corner, think ahead to make something lovely and unique for Easter gifts, Mother s Day, dance recitals and graduations! No registration necessary, $3 instructional fee, supplies extra.
GOLF LESSONS AT FENWAY
Bob Lake will again be offering golf lessons at Fenway Golf Range. Classes go from 1 - 2 p.m. beginning April 15, and run in six-week sessions with rain dates factored in. Call Bob directly to sign up for lessons, 330-1578.
April 18 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The East Longmeadow Library will host a chess tournament for chess players ages 8 - 12. Haven Williams will conduct the tournament. A pizza luncheon will be served. Prizes will be awarded to the top three players (however, we hope to have prizes for all participants). Chess sets will be provided. Spaces are limited, so register early. Register by calling the Children s Dept. at 525-5400 ext.156.
St. Paul Lutheran Church at 181 Elm St. in East Longmeadow will host the following schedule: Maundy Thursday, 1 p.m., Holy Communion, 7:30 p.m., Holy Communion; Good Friday, noon Worship Service, 7:30 p.m., Tenebrae Service; and Easter Sunday, 6:30 a.m. sunrise service, 8:30, Holy Communion, 8:30, Junior Choir will perform, 9:45 - 10:40 Easter Breakfast, 10:45 Holy Communion.
SPRING RUMMAGE/BAKE SALE
Spring rummage/bake sale April 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow. Good used clothing, household items, baked goods.
THE SINGING LIFE OF BIRDS
April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Springfield Science Museum, Tolman Auditorium. Speaker: Donald Kroodsma. Join us as Don Kroodsma, Professor Emeritus from UMass Amherst, returns to share his knowledge and passion for the songs of our backyard feathered friends.
Quabbin Reservation, Gate 30, Rattlesnake Hill, Orange, Mass., April 18 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Leader: Bill Fontaine (533-2153). Meeting place: Florence Savings Bank parking lot at the Stop & Shop Plaza on Route 9 in Belchertown. Registration: call Bill. This walk will take us along a gated, paved and level road, through a variety of habitats on the northern end of Quabbin Reservoir. Afterward, we ll continue toward the shore of the reservoir some 2.5 miles away. Bring sturdy footwear and something to drink.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The first meeting of the Hampden Garden Club will be on April 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Connie Witt, 477 Main St. Connie, a veteran member of the club, as well as chair of the historical commission, will give a talk about the historic 1853 Cunningham House. Members will also be able to view Connie s beloved daffodil garden. New and prospective members are welcome to attend.
GALAXY OF STAR READERS
Hampden Free Public Library, 625 Main St., invites children through grade 6 to join our Galaxy of Star Readers! For each book checked out and read from our collection, color in one point of a special reader s star, which will be on display in our library. Five books means you have finished the star and you win a prize! Librarian guidance is always available to suggest age-appropriate titles or themes. For more info, call Christina Fairman at 566-3047.
Middle school finalists will compete on April 15 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the LHS auditorium to be the next Longmeadow Idol. The LHS Interact Club has voted to spend all proceeds raised from ticket sales, raffle tickets, baked goods and program advertising to make a donation to Shriners Hospital in Springfield. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from Interact members and are $7 for adults, $5 for children. If you are unable to attend but want to make a donation to Shriners Hospital send a check payable to LHS Interact Club c/o Ariel Miller, 60 Greenwich Rd., Longmeadow, MA 01106. For more info call Ariel at 636-3615.
The Conservation Commission will meet on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Longmeadow Police Station.
CLUB 6 - 9 - 3
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grades 2 and 3 on April 15 at 3:15 p.m. We will be reading Jenius: The Amazing Guinea Pig by Dick King-Smith. Get your copy in the Discovery Room and get ready for an exciting discussion as Club 6 " 9 " 3 gathers for activities, snacks and conversation. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Dept. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the library, to register or receive more info.
On April 16 from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. kids in kindergarten - second grade are invited to Building Buddies, a different kind of book group that explores creativity and early literacy at the Storrs Library. The program consists of a story and discussion, a snack and a Lego activity. Children will design, build, and display a Lego structure relating to the book that is read. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
Join us on April 17 from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. at the Storrs Library for Imagineers Club. Students who love a challenge, enjoy building and are in grade 3 or above are welcome to design, build and display a Lego structure. Problem solving and creativity will be in play each time the Imagineers meets. The winner of this month s challenge will get their design posted on our Web site. Take the challenge and register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
DADS AND DONUTS
The Youth Service Dept. at Storrs Library will host Dads & Donuts on April 18. Everyone is invited for an hour of coffee, donuts and crafts. This program for dads and kids will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. Register in advance by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the library.
GIRLS SPRING VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Join LHS Varsity Coach George Mulry and his players for this high energy, skill packed one day clinic. Participants will learn the fundamentals and techniques from high school players. Activities will focus on drills and skill development including serving, passing, hitting, setting and blocking. Pack a lunch (drink will be provided) and bring a water bottle. Clinic will meet on April 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the LHS gym. For more info visit www.Longmeadow.Volleyball.com. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration.
UPDATE " INDOOR POOL
The Longmeadow High School indoor pool will be closed to the public as of April 18.
SPRING BASEBALL CLINIC
The spring baseball clinic for girls and boys, ages 7 - 12, is under the direction of Chris Corkum of Chris Corkum s Baseball Camps Inc. Chris is an Associate Scout for the Boston Red Sox when he is not coaching in Conn. or Mass. Chris and his staff will provide instruction in fielding, throwing, hitting, pitching and physical conditioning. Clinic will meet on April 20 and 21 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. and the rain date is April 22, at Greenwood Children s Center Field. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and easy registration.
SPRING SOCCER CLINIC
Girls and boys, ages 7 - 11, get out your shin guards and get ready to run, kick and defend the goal. Brad Miller will be offering a spring outdoor soccer clinic at Greenwood Park during the April school vacation. Brad is the director of Next Level Adventures and Coach of the LHS boys soccer team. Clinic will meet on April 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. - noon at Greenwood Children s Center Field. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and easy registration!
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, breakfast, boat ride and tour on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico s, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.
SAVE THE DATE
Leone s Memorial Golf Tournament on June 1 will take place at Westover Golf Course at 198 South Street in Granby. Tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. $125 per person includes golf, range, cart, lunch, dinner and tee gift. Dinner to follow at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Elks Lodge #61 pavilion, 440 Tiffany St. in Springfield. $50 per person for dinner only. Proceeds to benefit the Leone Memorial Foundation and St. Catherine of Siena Athletic Assoc.
The Hungry Hill Center s luncheons this months will be on April 14 and 28. A meatloaf dinner will be served on April 14 and roast turkey on April 28. The cost for the luncheons is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. For reservations call the center at 733-9411. At each luncheon gift cards to Stop and Shop will be sold to help defray tuition costs to Our Lady of Hope through this school year. There are $10, $20, $25 and $50 cards available.
LUNCHEON AND CRUISE
St. Peter s Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will sponsor a luncheon and cruise from Narragansett Bay to Newport on Mother s Day, May 10. There will be live entertainment and two hours to tour Newport. Price includes driver gratuity. The bus will leave Big Y on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and return between 6 - 7 p.m. For more info call 348-7282 or 788-0044.
HEALTH CARE PROXY
On April 28 at 11 a.m. a representative from Chapin Center will discuss the importance of having a Health Care Proxy and will have these forms available. Refreshments will be served. A roast turkey dinner will be served at noon. Reservations for this lunch can be made by calling the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411 by April 21.
BLOOD PRESSURE READINGS
Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association will have a nurse at the Hungry Hill Center on April 13 from 9-11 a.m. Cholesterol screening along with blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors. Info: 733-9411.
HUNGRY HILL NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief William Noonan and the Mayor s Quality of Life liaison, Jim Leydon, will be at this meeting to address neighborhood concerns. Residents are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Info: 733-9411.
St. Mary s Church is sponsoring a trip to New York City on May 23. The bus leaves St. Mary s parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns at approx. 9 p.m. There will be three drop-off points. People will be on their own to do whatever they wish while in the Big Apple. Cost includes driver s gratuity. Call Sylvia at 594-2757 for more info.
AMERICAN GIRL PLACE
American Girl Place in Natick; cost includes lunch and goodie bag, April 22. All trips include driver gratuity. All trips leave from parking lot of St. Catherine of Siena church on Parker Street.
PINE POINT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Pine Point Community Council will host its monthly meeting on April 14 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. A discussion of Pine Point s participation in the May 4 Keep Springfield Beautiful Clean-up. A full agenda can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com. All residents of Pine Point are invited to attend and learn more about their neighborhood.
DECORATING EGG TREES
Decorating eggs trees to celebrate spring is thought to have originated in the Netherlands, but its popularity has spread. Free lightweight eggs, such as those made from blown out eggshells, will be available to decorate in a number of ways. Kathleen Coffey will direct the workshop on April 11 from 11 a.m - 3 p.m. at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St.
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS BENEFIT
A silent auction to benefit Homes For Our Troops will take place April 17 in the Grand Ballroom of the Springfield Marriott. Bidding begins at 7 and ends at 9 p.m. Hors d oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar and live music. Info on all items that have currently been donated can be found at www.hfotauction.org. Tax deductible donations are still being accepted. Tickets are $17/person (in advance only) and are available through the Web site or by visiting Sarat Ford Sales Inc., 245 Springfield St., Agawam. For more info about this event, to purchase tickets or to donate an item, contact Ann Macey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-9450.
The Wilbraham Choral Society is sponsoring a benefit luncheon at the Outback Steak House on April 19 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for prime rib, roast pork or salmon. Also includes an appetizer, salad and dessert. Get your tickets before they re all gone! Call 263-3691 for reservations! Proceeds go to the Wilbraham Choral Society.
15TH ANNUAL JAZZ SHOWCASE
The Minnechaug Instrumental Music Dept. will proudly host its 15th Annual Jazz Showcase in the MRHS auditorium on April 16. In addition to the Select and Advanced jazz bands at the high school, invited guests include the Wilbraham Middle School Jazz Band, the Wilbraham Elementary Jazz Band, the student-led vocal group Marks of Punctuation and the MRHS Advanced Acoustic Guitar class. Tickets are $5 at the door, with a $1 discount for students and seniors. Proceeds will be divided across the elementary, middle and high school jazz band programs.
RED SOX TICKETS NOW ON SALE
The Minnechaug Band will be hosting a trip to Fenway Park on June 7 to see the Red Sox play the Texas Rangers in an afternoon game. Ticket price covers the game plus round-trip motorcoach transportation from Minnechaug. Call the band office at 596-9011 ext. 247 or e-mail band director Margaret Reidy at email@example.com for a ticket order form. Large groups of tickets are available; however, tickets sell out fast, so don t delay!
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
April 10, 7 p.m., at Evangel Assembly in Wilbraham.
April 12, 9 and 10:30 a.m., at Evangel Assembly in Wilbraham.
The Wilbraham Hampden Academic Trust is planning a fundraiser, Grazie Gagliarducci, a one-event family-style Italian restaurant taking place at Minnechaug on April 15. It will be an opportunity to say goodbye to the retiring school superintendent Dr. Paul Gagliaducci. Tickets go on sale soon.
The town of Wilbraham will host a dog/cat rabies clinic on April 11 from 11 a.m. - noon at the Dept. of Public Works building on Boston Road. Cost is $15 per vaccination. 2009 dog licenses for Wilbraham owners will be available at the clinic. This clinic is open to the general public. If able, bring a copy of your most recent vaccination with you. For more info call 596-2809.