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Town Events, Dec. 15 - Dec. 22

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
BOOK CLUB MEETING
The East Longmeadow Book Club will meet on Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., to discuss "The Shack" by William Paul Young. All are welcome to attend.

CHORAL CONCERT
A choral service of Rutter Carols will be offered Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 215 Somers Rd. UMass students will lead in this inspiring choral worship. Visit www.elumc.com for more info.

TOWN OFFICES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
The public is advised that the East Longmeadow Town Hall, Council on Aging and Public Library will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 and 2. The Public Library will be open on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

LICENSES AVAILABLE
Town Clerk Thomas Florence announces that 2009 Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licenses are now available at the East Longmeadow Town Clerk's office. If you are not an East Longmeadow resident, payment must be make by cash only. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the Clerk's office at 525-5400 ext. 410 with any questions.

FALCONS TICKETS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is selling season tickets to all Falcons hockey games at a cost of $11/pp vouchers are good for any game. Come into Office weekdays to purchase.

STRENGTH TRAINING
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a second session of our strength training class beginning Jan. 7. This class meets on Wed. evenings for 12 weeks from 5 - 6 p.m. Designed for adults interested in maintaining and strengthening overall muscles without seeking to build bulk. Come into Office weekdays to register.

WINTER CHEERLEADING
E.L. Rec. Dept. still has openings for residents in its winter cheerleading program for those presently in grades 2 - 7. Class meets on Tues./Thurs. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. from Jan. 6 - March 26. Come into Office weekdays to register.

WILDLIFE SERIES
The E.L. Rec. Dept. Wildlife Series program "American Black Bear" will be presented at the E. L. Library on Dec. 20 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Admission is free. Colorful slide show and selection of hands-on materials. Presented by Horizon Productions Founder/Director, Fran Ryan, who is an environmental educator and journalist with an MS in Environmental Science.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will close out 2008 with their annual Christmas Pageant with the Senior Chorus performing on Dec. 18 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon will be roast pork w/gravy, mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for lunch reservations.

DANCE PERFORMANCE & HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL
On Dec. 30, the Pleasant View Senior Center will welcome dancers ages four through adult from "The Next Step Dance Studio," who will perform from 2 - 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, with hot chocolate provided by Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. This performance is free and open to the public.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Christmas services at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St., are as follows: Dec. 21, Christmas Chorale Worship Service at 10 a.m.; Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Family Worship Service at 7 p.m.; Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Candlelight Holy Communion Service at 10:30 p.m. Call 525-6084 for more info.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS
The University Without Walls hosts small group info sessions several times a month with a UWW rep who will review all the key features of UWW and answer prospective students' questions. These sessions are about 1.5 hours long. Anyone interested in attending a session can sign up online at www.umass.edu/uww, or by calling 545-1378. The following sessions will be offered: Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Springfield Technical Community College, Room 235, Building 16.

LONGMEADOW
DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Recr. office with cash, check or credit card, and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Visit www.falconsahl.com for home game dates.

GREENWOOD PRESCHOOL
Greenwood Children's Center Preschool is now accepting mid-year enrollment in our full and part time programs. Our preschool program offers children an excellent opportunity to develop social skills needed for kindergarten. Call Audra at 565-4163 to schedule a tour.

TEEN CENTER
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to come and enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games as well as new theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet next on Dec. 19.

NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
One of the most exciting times of your life can be when you are the parent of an infant. Come share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Department. Group meets at Greenwood Children's Center on Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. This program is free.

CO-ED VOLLEYBALL
This fun, non-competitive atmosphere allows player to improve their skills. It is a great way to stay active and meet new people. Players with basic volleyball skills are urged to join. Volleyball meets on Mondays at Glenbrook Middle School from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Evening pick up games at Glenbrook Gym provide the opportunity for a great work out, competition and fun. Pay for the whole season in advance or pay on a walk in basis. Players must be out of high school to participate. Basketball meets on Thursdays from 8:30 - 10 p.m. at Glenbrook Middle School. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
This program offers a high level of play for advanced participants, with teams calling their own violations. Volleyball will meet on Wednesdays from 7:45 - 9:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info or registration.

SENIOR MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Fun pick up games for men ages 50+ years. Players call their own violations. Approx. 15 men show each night Wednesday night. This program offers a great way to stay fit, with some players preparing for the Senior Olympics in June during this program. Program meets on Mondays from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

FINANCIAL SUB-COMMITTEE MTG.
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on Dec. 19. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in the School's Central Office, School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

LICENSES AVAILABLE
2009 Fishing/Hunting Licenses are now available in the Town Clerk's Office, 20 Williams St., during regular business hours: Mon. - Thurs., 8:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Fri., 8:15 a.m. - noon.

KIDS HOLIDAY BINGO
Kids from grade one through five are invited to test their skill and win some prizes when they come and play Bingo in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library. Join us on Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. - noon. Register by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Discovery Room.

SPRINGFIELD
CHRISTMAS SERVICE
Foster Memorial Church invites everyone to join them for a special Blue Christmas service on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. The focus of the service is to acknowledge and support people who are struggling during the holidays. Join us and bring a friend. Included in this service is time for quiet reflection, songs for the season and prayer with candlelight. There is no monetary offering. The church is located at 1234 Parker St. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.

The Boar's Head Festival
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call 733-4759 for info. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 - 11.

THE FIRST CHRISTMAS
The First Christmas, a powerful drama presenting a fresh glimpse of the Christmas Story, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 6 p.m., Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave. All seats are free. Nursery is provided. For more info call 782-7171 or visit www.christianlifecenterma.org.

MAKING HOLIDAY GIFTS
Attention dads and children...Come on in to Simply Beadiful the weekend of Dec. 20 to make a special gift for Mom, Grandma, Auntie or friends. Simply Beadiful will provide guidance with all projects and will help you finish your gift for that special someone. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Dec. 20, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Dec. 21, noon - 4 p.m. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Call 782-0288 or visit www.simplybeadifulonline.com for more info.

WILBRAHAM
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 20 Highland Ave., announces 2008 Christmas services. On Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 5 p.m., Family Eucharist with music, and 10 p.m., Holy Eucharist with music. A potluck meal will take place between services starting at approx. 6:45 p.m. Bring a dish and join us. All are welcome. Dec. 25, Christmas Day, 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist (no music).


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