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Town Events Dec. 27 - Jan. 3

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
HOLIDAY WEEKS TRASH INFO
The East Longmeadow Board of Health has announced that from Dec. 27, through Jan. 7; residents may put out an additional container or bag of trash at no charge. Container or bag may not exceed 35 gallons in size, or 40 lbs. Containers or bag sin addition to the two allowed must utilize Town bags, per the waste reduction program Trash pickup will follow the regular schedule for the weeks of Christmas and New Year's days, as both holidays occur on a Saturday and there will be no change in pickup schedule. Week of Christmas will be commingled container recycling week; week of New Year's will be a paper recycling week.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will play Bingo Dec. 30. Luncheon is chicken parmesan, pasta with sauce, Italian blend vegetables and chocolate pudding. Please call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.

CAPUANO CARE
Free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screenings are offered at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. the first Friday of each month, from 8 to 9 a.m. Walk-in, fasting required for 12 hours previous for glucose and cholesterol. Next date is Jan. 7.

JEWELRY CLASS
With Sandy Merrill at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Next date is Jan. 3. Cost is $3 plus supplies. Adults of all ages are welcome.

IDENTITY THEFT/ONLINE BANKING
Citizens Bank of East Longmeadow is scheduled to present this timely topic at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. Learn ways to protect yourself from identity theft and the various methods of banking or bill paying online. Call 525-5436 to register.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE
If you are still in need of a flu shot this season, we have plenty of flu serum left at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Give our nurse a call at 525-5436, ext, 1407 to set up a time to receive it. Cost is $2.

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS
Attorney Dave Carlson offers free half hour legal consultations at the Pleasant View Senior Center the third Tuesday of each month. Next date is Jan. 18. Please call 525-5436 for an appointment.

MANICURES FOR SENIORS
By appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Call 525-5436 for appointments for Jan. 13 and 27.

HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL
Join us for a holiday performance by The Next Step Dance Studio on Dec. 28 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., sponsored by Redstone Rehabilitation. Hot chocolate and dessert will be served. Free and open to all ages.

SENIOR BOOK CLUB
The Book Club meets the last Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selection for January is "Little Bea" by Chris Cleave. New members welcome.

BALANCE SERIES
Second presentation will be Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. An audience volunteer will be needed to participate in balance testing with discussion following. Please call 525-5436 to register for this free seminar hosted by Sonja Duncan.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
APPRECIATION NIGHT
A reception to salute District Attorney William M. Bennett and his staff, Asst. DA Laurel Brandt; Asst. DA Richard Brown; Asst. DA Frank Dunn; Asst. DA Carmen Picknally; Asst. DA Maria Rodriguez, Asst. DA Dave Jenkins and Ray Feyre for their dedicated and distinguished service Dec. 28, 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Springfield, Monarch Place Hotel. Hors d'oeuvres; cash bar; $20 payable at the door.

BOYS, GIRLS CLUB CAR DONATIONS
Many Boys and Girls Clubs are benefitting from car donations. The cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. With the end of the year coming, now is the time to donation for the upcoming tax season. People wishing to donate their cars or for more info should call 800-246-0493.

HAMPDEN
Gregory MaichAk Pastel Workshop
Correction- cost of workshop is $50. Bring a simple photo or just come to participate in an art workshop, lecture, and demonstration with award winning pastel painter Gregory John Maichak at the Hampden Senior Center on Jan. 7. Maichak will teach a one-day pastel workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A demo of expressive pastel painting will detail achieving luminous color, volume, structuring an engaging composition and tips on creating impact. Participants will have access to professional grade hard, soft, and super soft pastels, professional pastel paper, etc. Workshop for adults and students 14 years of age and above accompanied by an adult. Sign up is required. Call the center at 566-5588.

LONGMEADOW
ADULT BALLROOM DANCE
Geared toward beginners.Focus will be on the waltz, swing, Latin cha-cha and/or the samba. Instructor is Andrea Gallano. Classes will take place in Shaker Pines Plaza, 284 North Maple Rd. Enfield, Conn., Jan. 12 thru Feb. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. Fee is $65. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info. and registration.

ZUMBA FOR ADULTS
This Latin based group exercise class features aerobic/fitness interval training that tones and sculpts the body. Instructor is Jess Downie. Class meet Jan. 10 to April 25 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. or Jan. 12 to April 13 in the Community House Dance Studio. Fee is $135. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info. and registration.

SMALL SAMURAI
For children 3 to 5 years old. Children learn about respecting others in a fun and interactive way that also improves coordination, balance and focus. Director is Janice Morton, a certified black belt instructor. Class meets Jan. 13 through Feb. 17 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Fee is $62 per participant. Visit www.LPRD.net for info. and registration.

AFTER SCHOOL ART PROGRAM
At Wolf Swamp Road School art room for grades two through five to learn skills in drawing, sketching, sculpting and other crafts in assorted projects Heidi Salz, Instructor. Class meets Jan. 11 to March 22 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Fee is $150 Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

MORE WICKED COOL ART-VENTURES
For grades 5 through 7. Workshops will let children original works using natural, recycled and unconventional art forms and techniques. Tara Kilroy, Instructor. Class meets Jan. 12 to March 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Community Room. Fee is $98 visit www.LPRD.net for info. and registration.

INDOOR SOCCER WITH BRAD MILLER
For ages 3 to 10. Brad Miller, Longmeadow High School varsity soccer coach and his staff from Next Level Adventures lead program. Participants required to provide shin guards. Activity limited to 15 per age group. Meets Jan. 23 to March 20. Ages 6 and 7 meet from 3 to 4 p.m; Ages 8 to 10 meet 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Fee is $60 per participant. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

GREENWOOD CTR PRESCHOOL
Has infant openings for 2011. Contact Audra at 565-4163 or email her at amanewich@longmeadow.org to set up a tour. Visit www.LPRD.net for details about the program and a virtual tour of the classrooms.

BINGO AT STORRS LIBRARY
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer a vacation week Bingo program Dec. 28 from 1 to 2 p.m. Kids from grade one through five are invited to test their skill and win some prizes. Register by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room.

DAVID POLANSKY KIDS' CONCERT
At Storrs Library, Dec. 29, 2 to 3 p.m. David Polansky's music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious, and always clever and engaging. His songs have been compared to those of Stephen Sondheim and Tom Lehrer and have won numerous awards; his Animal Alphabet Songs were spotlighted on Morning Edition on Nation Public Radio. Sign up by calling or visiting the Storrs Library, Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182.

SOCIAL NETWORKING WORKSHOP
At Longmeadow Adult Center, maple Rd., Jan. 11 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Info. on how to use Facebook, texting, tweeting, and Skype. $3 per class. Register at 565-4150. Repeat of this popular program will begin in February with class on the second Tues. of each month. Sign up for all three sessions. Space limited.

WORD PROCESSING CLASS
At Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Rd., Jan. 12 to Feb 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Whether you are using Microsoft Word or WordPerfect, the basics are the same. Ed Edler will cover creating, editing, formatting, saving and printing documents. For new users and those needing a refresher. $18 for six classes. Register at 565-4150.

TRAVELOGUE: ANTARCTICA
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Rd., Jan. 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Amy Shammash Dane, a native of Longmeadow, has a lifelong travel addiction. She will share her experience of cruising through the Antarctic Peninsula in February, 2009 via a slide show and music. No charge.

FRENCH LESSONS
At the Longmeadow Adult Center begin Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Therese Eiff will resume teaching French this month. Please call 565-4150 to sign up.

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
At the Longmeadow Adult Center on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. Topic: National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Speaker is Lisa St. Sauveur, talking about how vision loss shouldn't prevent you from enjoying your life. Come learn about programs available in our community. Register by calling 565-4150.

ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP
Meets Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m.. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Rd. Join Debbi Hirshfield, volunteer for the National Arthritis Foundation, for tips on how to keep your joints working in cold weather. All welcome. Call 565-4150 for more info.

HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
Have questions about your health insurance coverage? A SHINE Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders counselor is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Rd. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 for an appointment.

LYA NIGHT AT THE FALCONS
Jan. 8 is Yeshiva Academy Night at Falcons Hockey, with the team playing the Charlotte Checkers at 7 p.m. LYA students will open the game with a performance of "G-d Bless America". Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling LYA at 567-8665 or email lyaadmin@comcast.net.Tickets available through Jan. 6 and a portion of the proceeds benefit LYA.

SPRINGFIELD
SENIORNET COMPUTER CLASSES
The following courses begin Jan. 10 at the SeniorNet Computer Center, Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Call 732-1336 or email sjc@seniornet.org to register or for information. Computer basics for beginners meets Mon. and Wed., 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 10 to 19 Exploring Windows 7 meets Tues. and Thurs, 9 to 11 a.m, Jan. 11 to 20. Fun With Scans meets Jan. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Minimum five students for class to run.

SHINE COUNSELING AT GOODLIFE CTR.
The Department of Elder Affairs and the SHINE Program of Hampden County have free counseling appointments to review Medicare Part D options before the Dec. 30 enrollment deadline. A appointments still available at the Good Life Center at 1600 East Columbus Ave, For more information call the SHINE Program at 1-800-AGE-INFO or 750-2893.

HOLIDAY TRASH COLLECTION
The Department of Public Works reminds Springfield residents who have municipal trash collection on Fridays that there will be rubbish collection on Dec. 31. Residents who have recycling collection service on Dec. 31 should also place out their recyclables and yard waste for their regularly scheduled pick-up. Items should be placed out for collection no later than 7 a.m. on the day of collection. For more info on collection days residents can call 3-1-1 or 736-3111.

CITY HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
The City Collector's and City Clerk's Offices will close to the public at 4 p.m., on Dec. 30. These offices are ordinarily open until 6 p.m. on Thursday nights. Springfield City Hall and satellite municipal buildings will be closed all day Dec. 31. This closing will apply only to non-emergency city employees. All emergency personnel positions will remain staffed. There will be municipal trash collection on Dec. 31 for residents with Friday trash collection service.

A SHOW ABOUT FASHION
Jan 30 at St. Michael's Academy gymnasium, Wheeler St., at 2 p.m. to benefit a Catholic school education scholarship fund being established in memory of Holy Cross church parishioner Phyllis Bryar. Runway show of affordable fashion, fashion tips, light refreshments, cash bar and raffle. Tickets $10. Deadline to order Jan. 23. Make checks payable to Sr. Cindy and mail to: Holy Cross Parish, 211 Plumtree Rd, Springfield, 01118, attn: Show About Fashion. Info: 783-4111.

WILBRAHAM
FILM MOVEMENT SERIES
The Wilbraham Public Library will screen the British film "Somers Town," on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. Two teenagers, both newcomers to London, forge an unlikely friendship over the course of a hot summer. "Somers Town" received prizes from the Tribeca Film Festival and the Edinburgh Film Festival. Free admission; popcorn and soda served. Discussion follows screening. To view a trailer, check out the library Web site at www.wilbrahamlibrary.org .The Film Movement series is sponsored by the Wilbraham Friends of the Library.

MADRIGAL SINGERS BOTTLE DRIVE
Save your bottles and cans from Christmas and New Year's. The Minnechaug Madrigal Singers will host a can and bottle drive Jan. 22 at front entrance of Minnechaug Regional High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will support singer's adjudication trip in the spring.


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