Town Events, Dec. 14 - Dec. 21
|From The Reminder|
ST. PAUL'S SERVICES
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St., will have their Christmas Chorale sung by the Junior and Senior Choirs on Dec. 20 at the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion Service. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Dec. 24 are Family Worship Service at 7 p.m. and Holy Communion Service at 10:30 p.m. Lessons and carols will be at the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service on Dec. 27.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will learn about the Origins of Christmas by local historian Don D'Amato at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Dec. 17 following noon luncheon of baked Italian sausage w/pasta Calabrese, corn and apricots. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast will be served at The Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St., on Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. - noon. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
Atty. Dave Carlson is accepting appointments for free 30-min. legal consultations Dec. 15 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Call 525-5436 to schedule a time from 1 - 4 p.m.
Doug Price will speak at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. about asset protection, estate planning, guaranteed investment income without stock market risk and the updated rules for 2010. Call 525-5436 to register.
SPIRITUAL CARE IN EVERYDAY LIFE
On Dec. 16 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., a spiritual counselor from Home and Community Health Services will present ways to combat stress and negativity in our lives, such as progressive relaxation, meditation and prayer. Register at 525-5436.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
On Dec. 15 at 9 a.m., Springfield's Mobile Vet Center will be in the parking lot of the Pleasant View Senior Center offering confidential counseling services to area veterans. No appointment necessary.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., at 10:30 a.m. The selected reading for Dec. 29 is "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham.
THE EAST VILLAGE CAROLERS
Join our holiday sing-a-long at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m., led by the East Village Carolers. Come early for coffee and pastry and enjoy the music! Free and open to the public.
VOCALIST KATE MITCHELL
ELHS student Kate Mitchell will sing traditional holiday songs from the 1930s to today at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Dec. 21 at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon of garlic roasted chicken with Tuscany style pasta will be served at noon ($2). Reservations required; call 525-5436.
ADULT BOOK GROUP
The E.L. Public Library Adult Book Discussion Group will meet Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. in the library's Conference Room to discuss "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. For more info call Sue French at 525-8404 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk or from our member libraries. To request a copy call the Circulation Desk at 525-5400 ext. 1511.
2010 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are now available at the E.L. Town Clerk's office. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the Clerk's office at 525-5400 with any questions.
SCHOOL VACATION WORKSHOPS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will sponsor four InspireWorks workshops open to grades K - 5 during December school vacation. Taking place at Attain, 80 Denslow Rd. Dec. 28, 9 - 11 a.m.: Fitness Fun Get off the couch and into the gym; Dec. 29, 9 - 11 a.m.: Wonders of Dry Ice and Bubbling Potions Explore the mysteries of science as you learn about dry ice; Dec. 30, 9 - 11 a.m.: Cake Decorating Learn a new design and bring home a treat; Dec. 31: Bead-u-tiful Jewelry Making Hands-on introduction to the art of jewelry making. For more info call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.
The December meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be a Christmas Social and Gift Swap on Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. The holiday agenda will include a brief business meeting, refreshments and a $5 grab bag gift for those wishing to participate.
The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Governors of the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the LPVEC Conference Room, 174 Brush Hill Ave., West Springfield.
RECYCLING/ YARD WASTE STICKERS
The 2010 Recycling and Yard Waste Center stickers will be available for purchase at the Clerk's office on the first floor in Town Hall beginning Dec. 14. The Select Board has set the 2010 fees at $40 for residents, $30 for seniors (65 and over). If renewed by mail, each sticker fee will be reduced by $5. For more info on sticker sales, call the Town Clerk's office at 565-4103.
The Historic District Commission meeting for December 2009 has been cancelled due to lack of applications.
GIRLS LACROSSE ASSOC.
Girls in grades 3 - 8. This program runs from early April - mid-June. Practices are instructional and competitive games are scheduled with other youth lacrosse programs in Mass. and Conn. Parents are responsible for furnishing all mandatory equipment. Teams typically have 2 - 4 lacrosse events (games or practices) per week. Instruction will focus on throwing, catching, cradling, passing, dodging and shooting as well as offense and defense. For more info visit eteamz.com/LongmeadowGirlsLAX/index.cfm. Registration is scheduled for Jan. 21 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and, Jan. 23 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Community House. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Web site and mailed directly to Sandy Miller, 193 Edgewood Ave., Longmeadow.
MINDFUL AWARENESS PRACTICE
Grades 9 - 12. All of us have stress in our lives, but how can we deal with it in a healthy way? There are simple and effective ways to deal with stress. Over 30 years of scientific research show that training in Mindful Awareness Practice can reduce mental and physical distress, leading to greater social ease, more peace of mind heightened focus and concentration and overall well being. In this eight week program, participants will learn and practice Mindful Awareness Techniques, with personalized instruction in a supportive learning environment. To learn more about mindfulness, visit www.map-center.org. Introductory session on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Class meets on Wed. Jan. 13 - March 10. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration.
ADULT BALLROOM DANCE
Ballroom dance is an excellent form of exercise and an opportunity to learn the classic art of ballroom dancing. Classes will be geared toward beginners. Focus will be on the waltz, swing, Latin cha-cha and/or the samba. Class meets on Wed. Jan. 13 - Feb. 24 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
New members always welcome, but come with experience. Approx. 25 - 30 players attend each night and play nine 15-min. games. For additional info call Jim Russell at 567-0700 or Bob Arnold at 283-8438. Cribbage meets on Tues. 7 - 9:45 p.m. through June 3. Fee is collected on site at Greenwood Center.
MONEY MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
During this seminar, you will learn the essential strategies needed in today's volatile market; asset allocation and tax strategies to protect your investments and provide tax-free income at retirement. 2010 brings some big changes in tax laws. Find out if you can convert your existing IRA to a Roth. You will learn about different types of investments, how to potentially utilize your assets, tax strategies and diversification techniques necessary to maximize your return on your money while taking less risk. Seminar will meet on Tues., Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
One of the most exciting times of your life can be when you are the parent of an infant. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center on Maple Road. Open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered free of charge. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.
RED CROSS BABYSITTING
Learn how to handle emergencies, entertain children, what you need to know when staying home alone or watching younger siblings. Participants ages 11 and up will learn about the basic care for children of all age levels, job responsibility, first aid procedures and activities to keep children safe, happy and busy. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification. Class meets Dec. 28 - 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
COMPUTER CLASS: WORD
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer a class on Microsoft Word Jan. 6 - Feb. 10 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Topics include creating, editing, formatting, saving and printing documents. $12 for six classes. Call 565-4150 to reserve your spot!
CHAIR YOGA CLASSES
A new session of chair yoga will begin Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. This class is beneficial for all, and designed especially for those with limited mobility. Mats are available for those who prefer them. $36 for six classes. Call 565-4150 to register.
CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE
The Capital Planning Committee will meet Dec. 15 at 7:15 p.m. in Room #5 in the Longmeadow High School Administration Dept. (enter through the Administration door; the room is across from the School Committee Conference Room).
RETIRED STREET SIGNS
Looking for an inexpensive but unique gift? Give a "retired" street sign. The town of Longmeadow is selling retired street signs for $10 each. Signs can be purchased at the Dept. of Public Works offices at 31 Pondside Rd. Call 567-3400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for info on available street signs.
Looking for something different? Tell a story, or listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Dec. 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Free. Storytelling takes place every third Fri. of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.
The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will sing their Christmas program at the First Park Memorial Church on 1 Garfield St. in Springfield on Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. They will also perform at Keystone Woods on 936 Grayson Dr. on Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Foster Memorial Church will be hosting Christmas Eve candlelight worship services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.
SLEEPOVER AT THE STABLE
Sleepover at the Stable presented by New Life Fellowship, Dec. 20, 5:30 p.m., at 80 Arvilla St. Come celebrate with us the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. For more info call 525-9472.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will meet Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent's Conference Room, 621 Main St.
CLERK'S OFFICE CLOSING
The Town Clerk's Office will be closed all day on Dec. 24. This applies to the Town Clerk's Office only. It does not apply to other town offices, especially the Collector/Treasurer's Office. They will remain open on Dec. 24 until noon along with the rest of Town Hall.