Town Events, Aug. 4 - Aug. 11
|From The Reminder|
The fundraiser breakfast for the East Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee will be Sept. 6, 9 a.m., at Caf Lebanon, 60 Shaker Rd. Guest speaker is Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. Price per person is $20. For more info contact Michael Galvagni at (469) 831-4790 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Elaine Turnberg at 525-7745.
TANGLEWOOD ON PARADE
See this event on Aug. 5. Leave the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke on Prospect Street at 4:30 p.m. by motorcoach. Bring you own beverage and seating (chair or blanket). We will provide a box lunch, lawn ticket and snacks on the bus, all for $45 per person. Reservations are required call the office at 525-4551 or send a check to G.O. Church of St. Luke, 400 Prospect St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028.
East Longmeadow's 2008 Family Caribbean Fest will take place Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are $5 and $8 the day of the event. The fest will feature Hot Like Fire, Anthem and the Itals. Funds will benefit the E.L. Schools PTOs. For more info contact Graziano Gardens at 525-6137 or the school PTOs.
PINE KNOLL RECREATION AREA
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is issuing a last call for our Summer Activity Centers at Pine Knoll weeks of Aug. 4 and 11. Parents, if you need an activity for your child before school begins on Aug. 26, this is the place to be. Time-frame is 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. with early drop off and late pickup offered at extra cost. Come into our office weekdays to register or call 525-5437 for more info.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces the deadline to register for intown soccer is Aug. 8 by 4 p.m. Come into Rec. Dept. weekdays to register. Those entering "K" - 8th are eligible to play. New program also for grades 9 - 12. Call the office at 525-5437 for more info.
You're invited to an Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast to support E.L. Youth Football on Aug. 9 from 8 - 10 a.m. at the Applebee's at 1349 Boston Rd., Springfield. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by contacting Corinne at 271-1046; or send a check made out to MELFA c/o Corinne Tranghese, 12 Town View Circle, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.
LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., will welcome Michele Elicks from the RMV on Aug. 13 at 11 a.m., who will present a program called "Shifting Gears" about safe driving for elders. All are welcome to stay for lunch brown bag it or make a reservation a day in advance for our special "Beach Party Picnic," featuring hot dogs, macaroni salad, sliced cucumber & tomato and watermelon.
AARP MATURE DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
On Aug. 14 and 15, the Pleasant View Senior Center will host the AARP Mature Driver Safety Program. The course runs two days, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., which includes a lunch break. Brown bag it or call the Senior Center to reserve yours. Course focus is on the aging process affecting hearing, eyesight, driver response time and how to recognize and compensate for these conditions. Cost is $10 and includes a workbook and video. You must attend both classes to get a certificate of completion. Sign up in the Senior Center office and pick up a brochure with more details. Course size limited to 30. Be advised there is no written test to pass, nor will this course have any effect on your driver's license.
Commodities will be distributed on Aug. 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. To qualify, you must be an East Longmeadow resident of any age and you must demonstrate need by showing documentation of your participation in any of the following programs: Welfare, AFDC, Food Stamps, Fuel Assistance, WIC, SSI, Medicaid, Veteran's Aid, Head Start or sign a statement showing your Gross Yearly Income falls at or below certain amounts. You must sign up at the Senior Center and will be given a ticket which you will keep for the year. No commodities will be given without a ticket.
HELPERS NEEDED FOR COMMODITIES
The Council on Aging is in need of people to help fill bags with groceries and bring them to client's vehicles on our Commodities day, Aug. 20. This is an ideal opportunity for students needing to fulfill their community service hours! Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 and ask for Sandy.
MOHEGAN SUN BUS TRIP
The Morning Glory Walkers are sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun on Sept. 9. Tickets include bus, driver's tip, $10 lunch voucher, $10 gambling voucher and Geronimo game to play on the ride. The bus departs the Pleasant View Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 5 p.m. For tickets and info, call Jennie Wood at 525-2821. Please park in back of the building.
LIMITED OPENINGS AT HCHS
Holyoke Catholic High School has a limited number of openings in all grades for the upcoming 2008-09 academic year. The school is scheduled to open its doors at their new Chicopee location on Springfield Street on Aug. 27. Anyone who is interested in enrolling their child for this school year or who would like additional info should contact Theresa Zaborowski, Admissions Director, at 467-2477 ext. 172. Catholic is a small, college prep high school committed to academic excellence and teaches gospel values within a nurturing Catholic environment.
CALL FOR ARTISTS
The Somers Cultural Commission is presenting the 16th annual regional juried Piedmont Art Show at Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St., Somers, Conn., from Sept. 21 - 28. Awards are given at $800, $300, $100 and $25. Entry dates are Sept. 5, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Sept. 6, 9 a.m. - noon at Piedmont Hall. For entry prospectus visit www.somersnow.com or send SASE to Cultural Commission, 600 Main St., Somers, CT 06071, Attn: Neil.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles (a non-profit group) is sponsoring a singles hike on Aug. 17 at Squantz Pond in New Fairfield. The hike starts at 8:30 a.m. (arrive at 8 a.m.) and is for singles (30s - 60s). Note: no dogs or kids on the hike. The hike is two hours long in four skill levels followed by a buffet breakfast. Non-hikers welcome at the breakfast. Call Charlie at (203) 271-2125 (home) or (860) 489-9611 (cell) to RSVP. Visit www.activesingles.org for more info.
The Springfield Jewish Community Center announces its fall 2008 classes for retirees. Classes span art, writing, singing, dancing and Bridge-playing. For more info and cost, contact Nancy or Barbara at the Springfield JCC at 739-4715 or visit www.SpringfieldJCC.org and click on "Seniors."
MOTHER'S DISCUSSION GROUP
On Aug. 16, the Mothers' Center Circle of Hampden County will host its monthly discussion group at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Drive, Springfield, from 10 a.m. - noon. E-mail momshampdencounty @gmail.com or call 598-8598 for more info.
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
There will be an ice cream social at Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine St., Florence, to benefit the upcoming 150th anniversary of the church on Aug. 16. Come anytime from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Prices vary per scoop ($2, 3 or 4); variety of flavors and toppings available. No reservations required! Bring a friend!
Born to be Wild Playgroup
The Storrs Library invites babies and their parents to take advantage of our programs for younger children. Come to the "Born to be Wild Playgroup" on Aug. 15 and 22 from 10 - 11 a.m. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required. Join us for a program of simple books, finger plays, songs and play. The "Born to be Wild Playgroup" is planned for parents and their children who are ages six - 30 months.
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on Aug. 19 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.
HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
Have questions about your health insurance coverage? SHINE Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders is a free statewide health insurance counseling program for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries in Massachusetts. A counselor is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 for an appt.
BOOK CLUB FOR MOMS
On Aug. 6 from 8 - 9:30 p.m., visit the Book Club for Moms, a new group! Join us for an info session at 86 Longmeadow St. Contact momshampdencounty @gmail.com or 567-5760. Sponsored by the Mothers' Center of Hampden County.
Ages 3.5 - 4. Focus will be placed on the basics of tennis, gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and interaction with others. Youth size racquets are provided for use and small instructor/counselor ratio provides for an early introduction to the sport of tennis. At Blinn Courts, 8:30 - 9:15 a.m., Monday-Friday. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.
PEE WEE, RALLY BALL
Ages 5 - 7. Lessons will focus on tennis basics, gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and interaction with others. Youth size racquets and nets, foam balls and smaller court size ensure success and enjoyment. At Blinn Courts, 8:30 - 9:45 a.m., Monday - Friday. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.
YOUTH, RALLY AND PLAY
Ages 8 - 11. Lessons will consist of short drills to develop tennis skills and fitness level. Game rules and tennis etiquette will also be covered. Informal parent conferences will keep parents informed of their child's progression. Match play will follow drills. Racquets not provided. At Blinn Courts, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Monday - Friday. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.
PRE-TEEN, TEAM TENNIS
Ages 12 - 14. Lessons will include warming-up and cooling down, fitness development, hitting drills, which stress individual strokes and moving combinations, and match play. "Report cards" will also be used for this age group, to keep parents informed. Game strategy and anticipatory thinking will be introduced. Participants will be divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups. At Blinn Courts, 10 - 11:30 a.m., Monday - Friday. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.
FUNDRAISER TAG SALE
A Project Linus fundraiser tag sale, bake sale and raffle will be taking place Aug. 9 at the Cottage Hill Banquet House, 315 Cottage St. from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free admission. Bring knitted or sewn handmade blankets for free raffle. Funds and blankets go to Shriners Hospital. Call Cheryl at 592-6926 for more info.
SARATOGA BUS TRIP
Take a Peter Pan "VIP Bus" to the historic Saratoga horse track on Aug. 24. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's Market, 899 Main St. at 9:30 a.m. Cost includes food, hostess and drinks. Have a fun day! Call Rico and Gina at 732-8941 for more info.
JURIED ART EXHIBIT
On Saturdays through Aug. 30 from 1 - 4 p.m., Gallery 137 will be displaying the Member's Juried Exhibition in the Dane Gallery. Gallery 137 is located at 137 Main St., Indian Orchard. Call 543-6994 or visit www.gallery137.org for more info.
Learn to make a beaded ring on Aug. 8 and Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free instructions, small materials fee. Call Simply Beadiful at 782-0288 to reserve your spot. Located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield. Visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com for more info.