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Town Events, Feb. 28 - March 7

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Genealogist John Perkins will present a free beginners program at the E. Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, on March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Perkins will assist attendees in the starting process to assemble and construct their family trees. Beginners Kit provided in this program. For more info, call 525-5400 ext. 1503.

"FOOD FOR FINES"
During the month of March, the East Longmeadow Public Library will be conducting a "Food for Fines" drive. Library patrons may "pay" for their overdue items with non-perishable food items, which will then be donated to the Council on Aging and Family Place Shelter in Holyoke. For more info, call the library at 525-5400 ext. 4.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will welcome the "House Mount Jazz Band" for its Mardi Gras Celebration on March 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon: baked ham, potato au gratin, four-way mixed vegetables and chocolate pudding. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.

FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE
Artistic Dance Conservatory's Kinetic State Youth Ballet will entertain audiences at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on March 8 at 1 p.m. They'll be performing the fairytale classic, "Cinderella." This special performance is free and open to the public.

MANUCURES FOR SENIORS
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., is offering manicures and facial waxing by appointment on the second and fourth Thursday of each month with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Call 525-5436 to schedule a time.

SENIOR BOOK CLUB
The Senior 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 March is "Remarkable Creatures" by Tracy Chevalier. New members always welcome.

PIE AND SANDWICH FUNDRAISER
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will host a lemon pie and sandwich luncheon on March 10, offering a choice of ham, tuna or egg salad. Tickets: $4.50. Call Ro Hart at 525-3734 or Gloria Hogan at 734-2044 for tickets or info.

CAPUANO CARE
Free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screenings are offered the first Friday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., from 8 to 9 a.m. Fasting required for 12 hours for glucose and cholesterol. Next date is March 4.

PRESENTATION FOR RETIREES
Find out the answers to these important questions and more at this "must see" seminar on March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. titled, "How to Leave Your Legacy to Your Loved Ones Instead of the IRS." Register by calling 525-5436.

VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
Charles Frueh of the Honor Flight Network will speak during the Veterans Coffee Hour at the Pleasant View Senior Center on March 15 at 9 a.m. All area veterans are welcome.

CLUTTER DOCTOR
Carleen Fisher Hoffman, "the Clutter Doctor," will conduct a seminar at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on March 22 10 a.m. Learn in three easy steps, organizing techniques to help conquer clutter and time constraints. Register by calling 525-5436.

QUESTIONS ON SOCIAL SECURITY?
Sabrina Feliciano, the new public affairs specialist, will be available to answer questions when she speaks at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on March 29 at 10:30 a.m. Call 525-5436 to register.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
CARD, COIN SHOW
Card, Coin and Memorabilia Show will take place March 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St., Chicopee. Admission: $1; kids under 10 free. For info call 593-6046. Handicap accessible; door prize drawing every 30 minutes; free give-aways at the door. All proceeds to benefit the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

PLANT SWAPS
The Ludlow plant swap will take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month from May 9 to Sept. 26. A potluck will take place on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. Swaps take place at 451 Miller St., Ludlow, at 6 p.m. Cost: 2 per person. For additional info, e-mail: ludlowplantswap@aol.com.

HAMPDEN
ICE CREAM COUPONS
Now through March 18, children ages 3 to 9 who color one of three designated coloring pages at the Hampden Public Library will earn a coupon for a free scoop of ice cream at JB's Ice Cream in East Longmeadow. The coupons are provided as a generous donation from Attorney James McEwan of Hampden. For more info, call the library at 566-3047.

"PINKILICIOUS STORYTIME"
Hampden Public Library will sponsor "Pinkilicious Storytime & Tea Party" on March 26 at 11 a.m. This free event will take place at Hampden Town House, 625 Main St. Kids ages 3 to 9 are encouraged to dress in their pinkest finery and are invited to bring their favorite doll or stuffed animal. Registration deadline: March 19. To sign up, call the library at 566-3047.

LONGMEADOW
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on March 8 and 22 at The Greenwood Senior Center in the cafeteria. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

ONLINE PROGRAM REGISTRATION
On March 1, online registration for the Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Department's spring and summer programs will begin. Visit www.LPRD.net to register. Residents should look for their Parks & Rec. program guide "Experiences" in the mail soon after.

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
Greenwood Children's Center is now taking registrations for the 2011-2012 half-day preschool program beginning in September. This program follows the public school year schedule. Choose either, Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call Audra at 565-4163 for more info.

MUSIC FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Music for Little People, established by Bonnie Light in 1988, is resuming classes at Heritage Academy, 594 Converse St. Curriculum is based on the most current research regarding early childhood music development. Session runs for 10 weeks beginning on March 8. Two free trial classes are being offered on March 1 and 2 at 9:30 a.m. To register, call 782-3308. For more info, visit bonnielight.com or e-mail bonnie@bonnielight.com.

RED SOX BUS TRIP
The Parks & Rec. Department will sponsor a trip to see the Boston Red Sox versus the Toronto Blue Jays on July 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Fenway Park. Seats are in section 23 between third base and home plate. Cost: $98 per person — non-residents add $10 — and includes bus, game ticket and box lunch. Bus leaves Greenwood parking lot at 4 p.m. and returns at 12:30 a.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

ONGOING REGISTRATION
Greenwood Extended Day is currently accepting registrations for the before- and after-kindergarten, after school, and early risers programs for the 2010-2011 school year. Spaces are limited. Contact Kelly Zieba at 565-4163 or kzieba@longmeadow.org to schedule an appointment for a tour. Visit www.LPRD.net for details about the programs and a virtual tour.

DISCOUNTED FALCONS GAMES
The Parks & Rec. Department is offering discounted ($11) tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. The department will receive $1 for each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Rec. office via cash, check or credit card and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game.

TEEN CENTER
Youths in grades six to eight are welcome to come and enjoy a "supervised evening out" on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission: $7. Enjoy dancing and games with DJ Jon O'Neill. Students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions.

DROP-IN PLAYGROUP
Storrs Library hosts a drop-in playgroup with caregivers and siblings, for ages 6 to 30 months, every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. Have fun listening to a story and singing a few songs before free playtime begins.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP
Storrs Library will host a Mother & Daughter Book Group on March 8 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. This discussion group is open to students in grades six to eight and meets monthly. Sign up at 565-4182. This month's selection is "Countdown" by Deborah Wiles.

DROP-IN STITCHES
Storrs Library will offer Drop-in Stitches, a workshop for student knitters and crocheters in grade four and above. This drop-in group is for those who are working on projects and want to socialize with others or need a little guidance with an existing project. Group meets each Friday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

ISLAND GETAWAY
On March 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Storrs Library will host an active, warm and fun prelude to spring for those age 4 and older. Come to the library's tropical paradise to escape winter. Sign up in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

OVER 60 CLUB
The Longmeadow Over 60 Club will meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Road, on March 3. Darcy Davis with the 10-piece Agawam Senior Band will entertain at 12:30 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD
PURIM HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., invites all to join the congregation on March 19 at 6:45 p.m. to celebrate Purim. The celebration begins with a light dinner and children's activities, followed by Maariv and Havdalah, the Megillah Reading and dessert. Dress as a character from Persia as this year's theme is Shushan/Persia. For more info, call or e-mail the temple office at 733-4149 or office@tbespringfield.org.

"THIRTEEN AND A DAY"
Journalist Mark Oppenheimer will speak at Temple Beth El on Shabbat on March 12. He will speak about his book, "Thirteen and a Day," at a Kiddush lunch immediately following services, which begin at 9:30 a.m. There is no charge for the lunch, but reservations are required by March 4. Call or e-mail the temple office at 733-4149 or office@tbespringfield.org.

WOMEN'S GUILD MEETING
The St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., Women's Guild meeting will take place March 1 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center. The speaker will be Sandy Merrill of "Let's Bead with Sandy." A small participation fee will be asked. Everyone is welcomed, and refreshments will be served.

EXCHANGE CLUB
The Exchange Club of Springfield, an organization for the prevention of child abuse and youth and community service, is hosting a luncheon on March 3 at noon at the 350 Grille on Worthington Street. The annual Blue and Gold Award will be presented to a police officer for outstanding performance in the line of duty. The public is invited at a cost of $15. To attend, call Program/Membership Chair Dot Lortie at 783-0195.

MALL WALKERS
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall will host a free health presentation on March 2 at 9 a.m. in the Food Court. Peter Antonopoulos, D.M.D., of Valley Dental will discuss "Dental Care." Free blood pressure screening is provided by the Chicopee VNA. Free health info, free raffle. For further info, contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000, ext. 11.

SOCCER, GAELIC FOOTBALL
The John Boyle O'Reilly Club is accepting sign ups for youth soccer and Gaelic football. Springfield Youth Soccer League is $70 for U6, U8 and U10 boys and girls. Boys and girls youth Gaelic football, ages 6 to 16, has no fee. For more info, call Kate Carney at 7462565 or visit www.jbocelticsc.com.

ITALIAN MUSIC CONCERT
The Italian Cultural Center (ICC) and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish are sponsoring an evening of classical and contemporary Italian music singer/songwriter Pina Magri of Rome, Italy, on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Event will take place at the parish, 123 William St. Tickets: $20 and must be purchased by March 25 from the church rectory at 734-5433 or the ICC at 784-1492.

WILBRAHAM
"THE PIE MAN"
On March 5, East Longmeadow resident Gerry FitzGerald will be signing copies of his novel, "The Pie Man," from noon to 2 p.m. at Pam's Paperbacks on Boston Road. "The Pie Man," FitzGerald's first novel, is the story of a West Virginia woman's struggle to save her grandparents' farm from the destruction of mountaintop-removal coal mining.

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT
The Wilbraham Rec. Department is now accepting applications for summer employment. Visit the employment page at www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec for details.

SPORTS REGISTRATION
The Wilbraham Rec. Department is conducting baseball and softball registration through March 11. For more info, visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec.

CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUPS
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten to attend organized 90-minute playgroups Monday to Friday. For more info, visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org or call 596-2472.

WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The Scantic Valley YMCA Social Room will be the setting for the next meeting of the Wilbraham Women's Club on March 10 at noon. Trainer Eric Gardell will bring a companion seeing eye dog, and will speak on the training and use of these dogs. Sandwiches and desserts will be served. For more info, call Marlene Jobson at 596-8905.

JUNIOR WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The next meeting of the Wilbraham Junior Women's Club will take place March 15 at Pet Angel at 7 p.m. Leanne Acevedo will be teaching attendees how to make one-string ripcord bracelets for soldiers overseas.


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