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Town Events, Dec. 22 - Dec. 29

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
DANCE PERFORMANCE & HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL
On Dec. 30, the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., 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.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
In observance of Christmas and New Year's Day, the Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed and no Meals on Wheels delivered on the following dates: Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1, Jan. 2.

BOOK CLUB
The Senior Book Club will meet at the Senior Center on Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. They will discuss "Grace" by Richard Paul Evans.

JEWELRY CLASS
Make your own jewelry with Sandy Merrill the first Monday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Next class is Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Cost for class instruction is $3, supplies are extra.

ELDER LAW ATTORNEY
Jennifer L. Snyder, an Elder Law Attorney, will present a program at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Jan. 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. Keep your golden years golden by protecting your assets should you become incapacitated.

PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS
The East Longmeadow Public Library would like to makes its patrons aware of special hours of operation for the holiday weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. The library will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The library will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and on Dec. 26. The following week, the library will be closed New Year's Day and on Jan. 2. We would like to remind our patrons that the library is will be open its regular Saturday hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during these holiday weeks.

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.

˛GREATER SPRINGFIELD
CANTATA AT ST. BERNARD CHURCH
The Cantata "Rejoice in His Coming," will take place at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, on Jan. 4 at 4 pm. Come and join us as the St. Bernard Adult and Children's Choirs celebrate the birth of Christ. Come sit, relax, listen and find the true meaning of Christmas as we pay homage to the Infant King. There will be a reception in Fitzmaurice Hall following the program. All are welcome. The event is free. For more info, contact Beth at (860) 749-6801.

PANIC RELIEF
Panic Relief Inc. is a non-profit organization directed by Judy Schiffman, committed to the IDEAL program for those who experience panic attacks or anxiety. Local meetings take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more info about the IDEAL program call (732) 940-9658 or visit www.panicreliefinc.com.

HAMPDEN
STORYTIMES
Children's Storytime and Infant/Toddler Storytime at Hampden Public Library will not meet between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5. Programs will resume the week of Jan. 5. For more info, call Hampden Public Library at 566-3047.

LONGMEADOW
BLOOD DRIVE
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow St. All presenting donors will receive a free long-sleeved holiday T-shirt. For more info or to make an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org. Please help us in the fight to save lives this holiday season. The need is constant, and the reward is instant.

RULES COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a Rules Committee meeting on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room.

RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS
Ages 4 - 18. Our experienced lifeguards teach all levels. Class levels may be combined depending on enrollment. Children should be comfortable in the water and toilet trained. Instruction will focus on stroke development, endurance and water safety. Classes meet on Saturdays at the Longmeadow High School pool. Level one from 2:30 - 3 p.m. and Level two from 3:15 - 4 p.m. from Jan. 17 - Feb. 28. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

DANCE & MOVEMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 2.9 - 5 years. Tip toe through this introductory fun, educational dance experience. Children will learn ballet, jazz and tumbling technique while singing and dancing in these exciting classes. Performances for parents and family members will be the last lesson of every other month to showcase progress. Children should wear a leotard, tights and leather ballet slippers. Classes meet on Mondays Jan. 5 - April 27 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays Jan. 8 - April 16 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

DANCE, MOVEMENT & TAP FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 3.9 - 5 years. Children will learn ballet, jazz, tumbling and tap technique while singing and dancing in these exciting classes. Performances for parents and family members will be the last lesson of every month to showcase progress. Children should wear a leotard, tights and black tap shoes and bring leather ballet slippers to each class. Classes meet on Mondays Jan. 5 - April 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or Thursdays Jan. 8 - April 16 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

MOTHER DAUGHTER DANCE
First grade and up with Moms. Come dance with your daughter! Moms and daughters will have fun learning the basics of jazz dance including street funk, Broadway style, hip hop and classic jazz with partner work in this upbeat high energy class. No recital routine. Classes meet on Thursdays Jan. 8 - March 5 from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP
The Dept. of Public Works will pick up Christmas trees the weeks of Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. Longmeadow residents are asked to place their Christmas trees on the tree belt in front of your house. The trees will be picked up by voter precinct (precinct A - Monday; precinct B - Tuesday, etc.) Call the DPW office at 567-3400 with any questions.

AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee will have a meeting Jan. 14 at the Fire Station Meeting Room.

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
FOOD ELIGIBILITY
Many low-income households are eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Eligibility is based primarily on income and certain expenses and, for low-income households, assets no longer count. Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., to see if you are eligible for SNAP and to find out about other food resources in your community. Bilingual staff are available.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will be hosting Christmas Eve worship services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. 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.

WILBRAHAM
MEN'S GLEE CLUB
The Wilbraham Men's Glee Club will start its spring season rehearsals beginning Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Minnechaug Regional High School. If you would like to join please come! This will be under the Direction of Ray Drury. There will be two concerts performed, May 3 and 11 at 3 p.m.

SHREK ON BROADWAY
The most beloved swamp-dwelling ogre of all time made his Broadway debut last week in "Shrek the Musical." The musical follows the adventures of Shrek, a lovable swamp-dwelling ogre; his wisecracking sidekick, Donkey; the lovely Princess Fiona; Lord Farquaad and a chorus of everybody's favorite fractured fairytale creatures. The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. has tickets on sale now for the Jan. 17 matinee performance. This bus trip would make a sensational holiday gift. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816 for details. Tickets are limited; register now.

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).

SENIOR LUNCHES AT STONY HILL
Stony Hill School offers lunches for senior citizens on the first and third Thursday of every month for $3.50. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more info or to make reservations, call Julie Dougal at 596-9011 ext. 286.


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