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Town Events, Feb. 1 - Feb. 8

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
FRIENDS OF REC. MEETING
The E.L. Friends of Recreation (FOR) will be meeting on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Attain Sports Performance, 80 Denslow Dr. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss FOR's goals, fundraising, membership and how residents can become involved. This will be a great opportunity to see the Attain facility and to be a part of planning the maintenance and growth of E.L. recreational facilities. All interested residents are encouraged to attend.

DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
The E.L. Democratic Town Committee will host their state convention caucus Feb. 10 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center. For more info contact Gary Deslile at 525-6467.

CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
E.L. Selectman Jack Villamaino will be hosting the official announcement for his campaign for state representative of the 2nd Hampden District on Feb. 4 at Romito & Sons', 21 N. Main St., from 7 - 8:30 p.m. The 2nd Hampden District consists of precincts 3 and 4 of East Longmeadow, the towns of Hampden, Longmeadow and Monson, and precincts B and C of Ward 6 of Springfield.

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide Counselors will begin income tax processing for low to moderate income seniors at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Mondays beginning in February. Due to space limitations and a shortage of tax preparers we will give priority to E.L. residents. Out of town residents may call for alternate site locations or can be put on a wait list. Call early for your appt. at 525-5436, or sign up in the office.

CALLIGRAPHER NEEDED
The Senior Center is in need of a proficient calligrapher to donate some time updating our Honor Roll board of names of veterans who attended Pleasant View School. Call Sandy Grabierz at 525-5436.

MEMOIR WRITING COURSE
Writing coach Donna Bailey-Thompson will lead a six-week course at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., beginning Feb. 4. Call 525-5436 to register.

INFORMATION ON TRIPS
A representative from Tours of Distinction will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. to share info and highlights of two upcoming trips: a two-day bus trip to Turning Stone Resort and Casino, April 6 - 7 and a three-day Pennsylvania Show Tour, June 7 - 9. Call 525-5436 to register.

FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
This event is sponsored by the ELHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. The trip will be on Feb. 28, leaving ELHS at 9 a.m. and returning at 6 p.m. Cost: $30 ($15 buffet coupon, $15 Keno coupon). If interested contact Lloyd Duperre at 525-4188.

Chocolate & Jewelry Fair
Feb. 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 7 Somers Rd. Raffle of items donated by crafters. Free admission and parking.

PIONEER VALLEY SOCCER DEADLINE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents that the deadline to register for spring Pioneer Valley soccer is Feb. 5 by 4 p.m. at the Rec. Dept.

MEDICARE HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS
On Feb. 10 at 10 a.m., the Pleasant View Senior Center at 328 North Main St. will host a presentation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA. Hear info on the Medicare drug benefit, and how Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans work with Medicare. Call 525-5436 to register.

BOOK CLUB
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. This month's book is "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates. The Book Club is free and open to new members at any time.

MONTHLY SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
Capuano Care will offer free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screening the first Fri. of each month at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The next date is Feb. 5. Performance Rehabilitation will be here the second Mon. of each month at 8 a.m. offering stretching exercises.

YOUTH FOOTBALL BOARD MEETING
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces the next meeting of the youth football board is Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rec. Dept. Board meetings will take place the second Sun. of every month.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a class level dance on Feb. 5. This will be our pizza dance. Dance will be at the Church of Good Shepherd on Elm St., West Springfield. There will be a mainstream dance, Sadie Hawkins, Feb. 19, at the Mittineague United Church, 80 Amostown Rd., West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m.; $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples spectators are free. For more info call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324.

GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host its monthly meeting Feb. 3 from 6 - 8 pm. at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main St., Agawam. Guest speaker will be Kay Sheldon, Co-Vice President of the Mass. Society of Genealogists, Worcester Chapter. She will offer an entertaining discussion on "What did your ancestors eat, their budgets and their household expenses."

AUDITIONS FOR "ENCHANTED APRIL"
The Suffield Players will host auditions for their spring production, "Enchanted April," Feb. 21, 6 - 9 p.m., and Feb. 22, 7 - 9 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Ave., Suffield, Conn. This romantic comedy offers roles for three women, mid-20s to mid-40s, one woman (who only speaks Italian) of indeterminate age, one woman in her 70s and three men, mid-20s to mid-40s. The director will be casting based on auditions rather than strictly adhering to the ages in the published play. Expect to read scenes from the script. Performance dates are in May at Mapleton Hall. For more info or directions visit www.suffieldplayers.org.

HAMPDEN
SUPER BOWL BREAKFAST
The Hampden Lions Club will host a Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast Feb. 7 at the Hampden Country Club from 8 a.m. - noon. Tickets: $5 for adults; kids under 12 eat free. Menu: pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice. Valet parking available. For more info call Doug Craven at 566-3763.

ROAST TURKEY BREAST SUPPER
At Federated Community Church, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Menu: herb mashed potatoes, lemony green beans, salad, rolls, brownies w/ice cream. Tickets: $12 for adults, $8 for children. Call 566-3711 for reservations.

SWEETHEART DINNER DANCE
All girls age 5 and up with their fathers, step fathers and grandfathers, uncles or older brothers are welcome to attend the Sweetheart Dinner Dance on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow. The event is hosted by the Hampden Girl Scouts. For reservations contact Debbie Joy at 566-5139.

LONGMEADOW
AFTER SCHOOL MUSIC PROGRAM
At Center and Blueberry elementary schools. Join us in playing a string instrument for 10 weeks. Thirty-minute group violin, viola and cello lessons are available for those in grades 3 and 4. Participants will learn how to play several simple songs and end with a concert for the parents. Class size is limited to 10 students per session. Lessons run through April 14. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

LEGO CONNECTIONS
On Feb. 9 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. kids ages 4 - 11 are invited to Lego Connections, a different kind of book group that explores creativity at Storrs Library. The workshop consists of a story and a Lego activity. Children will design and build a Lego structure relating to the book that is read. Problem solving and creativity will be in play as the group enjoys this get together. Homeschoolers are welcome. You may register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

CLUB 6-9-3 AT STORRS LIBRARY
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grades 2 and 3 on Feb. 10 at 3:20 p.m. We will be reading "A Birthday for Bear" by Bonny Becker. It's the story of Bear, who doesn't like parties, balloons or candles. Mouse has other ideas. Pick up your book in the Discovery Room and get ready for an exciting discussion as Club 6-9-3 gathers for activities, snacks and conversation. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Dept., to register or receive more info about Club 6-9-3.

YOUNG IMAGINEERS
Join us on Feb. 4 from 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. at Storrs Library for our Imagineers Club. Students who love a challenge, enjoy building with Legos and are in grade 2 and above are welcome to design, build and display their completed structure in the Discovery Room. Take the challenge and register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

MOTHER & DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library will host a Mother & Daughter Book Group on Feb. 2 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. This group is open to students in grades 6 - 8 and meets monthly. We'll read "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli. It's the story of the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and the thrill of first love, as an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School. Mothers and daughters are invited to join us for conversation and special related activities. Call the Youth Service Dept. at 565-4182 for more info.

TODDLER PLAYGROUP
Storrs Library invites toddlers ages 6 - 30 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our Mon. series of early literacy classes for younger children. Your toddler will enjoy fingerplays, songs and stories along with our unstructured playtime. We provide toys for independent and group play, as well as music and lots of space. Children practice early social skills, while caregivers get to chat. The playgroup meets from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and will continue through May 24. Call 565-4182 or stop by at 693 Longmeadow St. for more info.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a public hearing on the Longmeadow School Committee budget on Feb. 8, beginning at 7 p.m., in the Longmeadow High School cafeteria. This meeting will be in place of the regularly scheduled School Committee meeting.

COMM. PRESERVATION MEETING
The Longmeadow Community Preservation Committee will host a meeting on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Meeting Room.

BLOOD SUGAR SCREENINGS
On Feb. 10 from 9:15 - 10 a.m., the Adult Center will conduct blood sugar screenings. Fasting for 10 - 12 hours is recommended. A donation of $1 is requested. Register at 565-4150.

WELLNESS CLINIC
At the Adult Center Mondays, 10 - 11:45 a.m. Come and have your blood pressure checked! Brief health counseling is also available with our nurses. No Wellness Clinic on Feb. 15. Call 565-4150 with any questions.

WELLNESS CLINIC
At Emerson Manor Feb. 9, 1 p.m. All seniors are welcome. You do not need to live at Emerson Manor.

MACDUFFIE INFORMATIONAL TEA
Join current and prospective families for an Information Tea, hosted by Longmeadow parents Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Call the Admissions Office at 734-4971 for further info and location by Feb. 5. Invest in your child's future at the MacDuffie School, preparing students for success in college since 1890. Visit www.macduffie.org for more info.

BOOK CLUB
Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. The book chosen for discussion at the February meeting is "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay. In March, the selection will be "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. New members are welcome.

ONE-ON-ONE COMPUTER HELP
Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Real beginners can get some one-on-one help on the first Tues. of each month. Basic computer language and skills are covered, such as booting up, opening and closing windows and using the mouse. By appt. only. Call a week in advance: 565-4150.

VETERANS GROUP
Feb. 3, 2:15 p.m. State Sen. Gale Candaras will be the guest speaker this month. Bring your concerns about veterans issues to the meeting. If you want to come to lunch, make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150. All area veterans are invited to these meetings.

HISTORIC LONGMEADOW
Feb. 4, 12:30 p.m. The members of the Over 60 Club have invited Peter Santos to present his slides and talk about the historic houses surrounding the Green. Even if you know a lot about historic Longmeadow, you are bound to learn something new! Coffee and dessert will be provided.

SPRINGFIELD
SWEETHEARTS DINNER
There will be a Sweethearts Dinner (chicken francaise) at St. Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. Adults, $10; children (5 - 12), $5. Reservations please. Take out available. Call 567-7762 or 732-2981.

PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Bake Sale Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings, $20. Followed by a workshop titled "Healing Oils of the Bible" presented by Rev. Kathleen Rotino from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; $30. Each participant will take home a sample oil. For info or advance bookings, call Denise at 519-9669; visit www.springfield spiritualistchurch.com.

LADIES NIGHT
The Melha Shrine Military Band will be hosting their annual Valentine's Day Ladies Night Dinner Dance on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. The Heritage Pops Orchestra will be playing. A dinner will be served. Tickets are available through Feb. 8 from Rod at 786-2952 or Ray at 583-6454. Call for more details.

INTERNET TRAINING FOR ELDERS
Would you like to learn to use e-mail and the Internet? The Dept. of Elder Affairs has launched a national program called Generations Online, with free morning and afternoon coaching sessions. Call the Goodlife Center in Springfield at 750-2090 to register.

YOUTH MASS
Holy Cross Church, located on Plumtree Road, hosts a Youth Mass on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. featuring contemporary music. Though this Mass is geared toward younger parishioners, all are welcome.

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1471 Plumtree Rd., will host a trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, guided sightseeing tour, motorcoach transportation and more. For more info and reservation contact St. Peter's Episcopal Church, c/o Vera O'Connor, 1471 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, or call 726-9006.

FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs/Senior Aides Program, in cooperation with the Springfield Fire Dept. and the Mass. Dept. of Public Health, is offering free smoke detectors to homeowner over the age of 60 who reside in Springfield. These detectors will be installed by trained technicians. Call 311 to register and schedule an appt.

WILBRAHAM
DINNER AND LECTURE
Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel St., will host a potluck dinner and YMCA program about exercise Feb. 2. All are welcome. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. and program at 7:30 p.m. Bill Proulx is the speaker from the YMCA. For more info call 596-4397.

FREE CHILI TASTING
The Friends of Wilbraham Public Access Inc. announce their annual Free Chili Tasting will take place Feb. 6 from noon - 3 p.m. at the Scantic Valley YMCA, located in Post Office Park. Chili from local restaurants such as Uno's Chicago Grill, Big Y, Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin, Johnsen's Catering, Wingate at Wilbraham and others will be available for tasting. Chili will also be available for purchase.

SWEETHEART DINNER DANCE
All girls ages 5 and up are welcome to attend the Wilbraham Girl Scout's Sweetheart Dinner Dance on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. with their dads, stepdads, grandfathers, uncles or older brothers. The dinner dance will take place at Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow. Contact Paula Olsen at 596-6990 for reservations.


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