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Town Events Jan. 10-17

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
ELHS 50TH B'DAY PARTY MEETING
Group will meet Jan. 10 in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. All invited. Tickets for the East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party, July 1 to 4, 2011, info on purchasing engraved bricks for the Spartan Walkway available online at: www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info or by calling (413) 374-9919.

WINTER CHEERLEADING
East Longmeadow residents presently in grades two through seven eligible. Meets at Birchland Park Middle School cafeteria Mon. and Wed., 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10 to March 9. Fee is $35. Registrations for the fall program in April. Come into the office Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or go online to register.

FREE CONCERT
Featuring the Pipes & Drums from Celtic Thunder Bagpipe School at East Longmeadow First Congregational Church at the Rotary Feb. 16 at 7:15 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments.

CELTIC THUNDER BAGPIPE SCHOOL
Rec. Dept. has partnered with Celtic Thunder Bagpipe School to offer free lessons for youth ages seven to 18 and adults age 19 and up. To register e-mail Celticthunder@charter.net or call Billy Dart at 599-1904.Class in East Longmeadow, Brimfield, Monson and Chicopee. For more info, visit Web site www.celticthunder1.com<.a>.

FREE SOCCER CLINICS
On Sundays for East Longmeadow residents who played in the fall and those who plan on playing this spring, at ATTAIN, 80 Denslow Rd. Girls ages kindergarten to grade eight attend 5 to 6 p.m; boys ages kindergarten to grade eight attend 6 to 7 p.m. open to those who have played either in town or P.V. A signed liability waiver must be filled out by parent at first clinic on. Todd Waltsak is clinic coordinator.

2011 YANKEE, RED SOX BUS TRIPS
The E.L. Men's Soft. Assoc/E.L. Rec. Dept. announces tickets for the Yankee, Red Sox games. July 27 in Boston vs. Kansas City and Aug. 26 in Boston vs. Oakland. Cost of each is $90. Jun. 26 in N.Y. vs. Colorado cost of $95. A 75 percent deposit per ticket is required with balance paid by Feb. 1. Trips include ticket, transportation and box lunch. Come into the office Mon. to Fri., 8a.m. to 4 p.m.to purchase tickets. Further info, contact Frank at 531-6954.

WOMEN'S EXERCISE PROGRAMS
The E. Long. Rec. Dept. still has room in women's areobics, yoga and strength training. Classes are 10 weeks for $35; non-residents $50. Women's aerobics meets Mon. and Wed., 6 to 7 p.m, Tues. and Thurs., 5 to 6 p.m or 6 to 7 p.m.; yoga meets Wed. and Sun., 7 to 8 p.m; strength training meets Wed. 5 to 6 p.m. Come into the office Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or go online to register.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will play bingo Jan.13 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is baked chicken, rice pilaf, broccoli and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.

IDENTITY THEFT, ONLINE BANKING
Citizens Bank of East Longmeadow presents this topic at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. 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.

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS
Attorney Dave Carlson offers free half hour legal consultations at the Pleasant View Senior Center the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Next date is Jan. 18. Please call 525-5436 for an appointment.

VETERAN'S COFFEE HOUR
Veteran's representative George Herrick holds a monthly coffee hour for veterans of all ages on third Tuesday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. at 9:30 a.m., featuring guest speakers, refreshments and conversation. Next date is Jan.18..

MANICURES FOR SENIORS
And facial waxing by appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., second and fourth Thursday of each month with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Call 525-5436 for appoint-ments for Jan. 27.

CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
The Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday on Jan. 17. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.

DANCE CLASSES
Zumba is every Monday at 4 p.m., tap is Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m., line dancing every Friday at 4 p.m. Speak to instructors for pricing information or call the Senior Center, 525-5436.

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 Bee" by Chris Cleave. New members welcome.

PHOTO ORGANIZATION CLASS
Free presentation at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Feb. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn how to organize printed photographs into different album styles. Nancy LaFlamme is a professional photo organizer and creative memories instructor of 13 years. $10 coupon available to participants. Call 525-5436 to register.

COMMODITIES
If you receive commodities you will need to sign up at the Pleasant View Senior Center and get a new card for 2011. Commodities are distributed four times a year at the center, 328 North Main St. To qualify you must be an East Longmeadow resident and show proof of need. Our first distribution is will be on Feb. 16. If you have questions, please call Janice at 525-5424.

BAKED CHICKEN DINNER
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post No. 293, 3 Legion Court. Menu: baked chicken, baked potato w/sour cream, green beans or carrots, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake or brownies, tea and coffee. Other drinks available at bar at extra cost. Tickets $9 at the door. Call 592-0596 in case of inclement weather.

˛ GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet Jan. 11 and 25 at The First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow Street and Williams Street). Across from the Community Center (side door on Williams Street, downstairs, far corner room). 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 guests welcome. Info: www.pioneervalley-stampclub.org or call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.

Al-ANON MEETINGS
Meets every Wednesday and Thursday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will travel on May 15-21 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation with snacks and drinks, seven nights lodging, six continental breakfasts, four full course dinners, three award winning shows and guided tour to the historic area of Charleston, S.C., all taxes and meal gratuities. Deposit: $75 due by Feb. 1, upon signing and remaining due by March 23. Seats are limited. For info call Marlene at 436-5311.

NORTHERN CONN. VEGETARIANS
Meets Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at The Carniglia Senior Center, 41 Oak Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. Tina Laviana, P.T., R.N., demonstrates how to keep your spine strong and healthy and how to use the EFT Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate a craving. Bring a healthy vegan dish to share along with a note card listing recipe and your name. Vegan means no animal products zero dairy, eggs, cheese, fish, or lard ; a fruit salad or unsalted raw walnuts are always acceptable. Bring plate, cup, and utensils. Donation of $7/adult requested. Children are free. Info: see www.northctveg.org call Harry at 860-623-8082 or email Harry at veggyharry@aol.com.

VIGIL, CONCERT FOR HAITI
The Honor for Haiti Foundation presents a candlelight vigil and benefit concert for education in Haiti on the first anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti to com-memorate what was lost and to celebrate our hope for the future. Event is Jan. 12 at Unitarian Society of Northampton, 220 Main St., beginning at 7 p.m. Goal is to raise $25,000 to launch the construction of an educational center in rural Haiti. Featured performers:Leverett Community Chorus, Wings!, Mak'hela and The Northamp-tones at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $20/adults; $10 students, children, seniors. Info., www.FONHOH-.org; email rebecca@fonhoh.org.

LUPA ZOO WINTER FUNDRAISER
To benefit the non-profit Lupa Games Farm, Inc. and help with overwintering animal care, will take place on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at th Polish American Citizens Club, 355 East St., Ludlow. Evening will feature a Polish-American buffet, raffle and dancing to the live polka band, Echo. Tickets are $25/person. To purchase tickets or for more info call 589-9883.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS ASSOC.
This month's meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association will take place Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Demonstrator for the evening is Diana Lyn Cote. Using oil sticks as her medium, her realistic paintings portray bright landscapes and interiors. Public is welcome to attend.

˛ HAMPDEN
ALL COMMUNITIES FOOD DRIVE
At Federated Community Church, 590 Main St., throughout the month of January. Goal is to fill the church to help replenish local food banks.Drop off Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to noon; also Jan. 22 9 a.m. to noon. Info: 566-3711.

WED. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
The Hampden Free Public Library is now offering a preschool storytime and craft on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. For more information please call the library at 566-3047.

˛ LONGMEADOW
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, ELECTIONS
At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Longmeadow Select Board voted to set the 2011 Annual Town Meeting for May 10. The Annual Town Election was set for June 7. Information on voter registration and related deadlines will be forthcoming from Town Clerk Katherine Ingram, or residents can call 565-4103.

INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF GTR . SPFLD
Meets Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. New association for people of Indian descent. Come early; have lunch together before meeting. Call Neena Grover for more info. Lunch reservations: call 565-4150 at least a day ahead.

MOVIE "EAT PRAY LOVE"
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road, Jan. 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself." In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Julia Roberts stars. Based on the best-selling book by Liz Gilbert. Free.

CHAIR YOGA
Meets Jan. 24 to March 6; no class on Feb. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Six-week session with Lyn Hopkins. A minimum of 10 participants are needed. Fee is $39.

JAZZ: MORE WOODY HERMAN
Meets Jan. 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. By request of the group, it is disk two of the Woody Herman recording. This side contains a bit more of some familiar smooth tunes played in the inimitably melodic Woody Herman style. A definite trip down memory lane.

BIRTHDAY BASH
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road, Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the birthdays of anyone born in January. There will be birthday cake supplied by our friends at Glenmeadow. Lunch is free for those with January birthdays; $3 for all others. Call 565-4150 to register.

HISTORIC & HISTORIC DISTRICT MTG. The Longmeadow Historical Commission and the Longmeadow Historic District Commission will host a joint meeting and public hearing to explore with property owners the possibility of expanding the Green historic district on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Fire Station meeting room.

FUN-DAMENTAL ART-VENTURES
For grades Kindergarten through five. Eight workshops to 'play and learn" about art through painting, ceramics, mosaics, clay sculpture, decoupage, printmaking, collage and more. Meets Jan. 26 to March 23 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Center School. Fee is $98. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

ART FOR A SMILING EARTH
For grades Kindergarten through five. Create a variety of unique and original works of art using natural, recycled and unconventional art forms and techniques. Meets Jan. 24 to March 21 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Blueberry Hill School. Fee is $98. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

BEGINNER GUITAR LESSONS
For ages 8 to 15. Instructor: Tom Kopyto. Six-week course designed to introduce basic guitar playing to beginners with no previous music study needed. Must provide guitar. Limited number of instruments available for rent through the instructor. Meets Jan. 19 to March 2 from 6 to 6:45 p.m. for ages 8 to 11 and from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m for ages 11to 15 at Greenwood Children's Center. Fee is $78. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

MAD SCIENCE
Classes are designed to spark children's imaginations; offering mix of hands-on activities and spectacular demon-strations of a wide variety of scientific principles. Twelve- week program "explores sense-sational science topics" Jan. 25 to April 26 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Fee is $194. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., al 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.

SPORTS ASSOC. REGISTRATION DATES
All sign-ups take place at the Community House. Softball assoc.: Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon; Feb. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. Baseball assoc.: Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon; Feb. 23, 7 to 9 p.m. Boys Lacrosse assoc.: Jan. 11 and 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Girls Lacrosse assoc.: Jan. 20 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 22, 9:30 to 11a.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional information.

FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETINGS
The Select Board's finance subcommittee will host the following meetings in January to discuss the FY12 budget: Jan. 13, 20 and 27 at 9 a.m. All meetings take place in the town hall meeting room.

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
Will meet Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria. Guest speaker: Kevin Jourdain, Holyoke City Councilor at Large. All interested persons invited. Info., contact: Dean Rogeness, Chair, at 567-5480; or go to long-meadowgop.com.

˛ SPRINGFIELD
LATE NITE CATECHISM
The Springfield Golden Age Group will host a trip on Feb. 20 to Warren Theater to see "Late Nite Catechism." Cost includes transportation, lunch, theater tickets; $69 members; $74 non-members. Bus leaves from Sullivan Complex at 10:30 a.m. Reservation deadline Jan. 28. Call 785-5408.

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.

MALL WALKERS CLUB
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall will hold a free health presentation Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Sabrina Feliciano of the Social Security Administration will present a "social security update." Free program; open to the public. Free blood pressure screenings provided by the Chicopee VNA. Free health info and raffle to enter to win a $25 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card. Info: contact Carolyn at 543-8000, ext. 11.

MARY MOTHER OF HOPE BUS TRIPS
Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring two bus trips in April. "A Tribute to Liberace" with a luncheon at Wright's Chicken Farm is scheduled for April 6. The bus leaves the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. and returns at approx. 6 p.m. $69 p..p. They will also host a bus trip to New York City where you will have the whole day to do whatever you wish. $40 p.p., which includes the bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet Jan. 25 at 7.30 p.m.. at the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle. Members Jack Megas, Alan Rifkin, David Wexler, Adam Jermyn and Kevin Kopchynski will give a series of short talks on our changing perception of the universe. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. for more information visit http://www.reflector.org or call (800) 336-9054.

MCKNIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
The McKnight Neighborhood Council will meet Jan. 11, 6 to 8 p.m., in the music room at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St. Details and planning for reopening of Mason Square Library, updates on housing and code issues and ongoing work on the rail trail project. Membership in McKnight Neighborhood Council is free to all neighborhood. All residents of McKnight are welcome and encouraged to attend.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE BING
The next unplugged open mic event at the Bing Arts Center, 716 Sumner Ave., will be Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

FIRST PARK MEMORIAL PLAYGROUP
First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield St. will begin a play group Jan. 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Group will be an opportunity for mothers or fathers and their pre-school age children to get together to socialize, share, play and laugh. Questions, call the church office at 413-734-1715.

˛ WILBRAHAM
REC. DEPT. WINTER CLASSES
Parks & Rec. is offering mid-winter classes for youth, including the American Red Cross babysitter's class, acting classes for kindergarten to grade eight, beginner's acoustic and electric guitar, drawing cartoons and caricatures and behind the camera at the Wilbraham Cable Access studios. Space limited; registration open for most. For info visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec.

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.

YOUNG PLAYGROUPS AVAILABLE
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90 minute playgroups available Mon. to Fri.. Public Hours Tues 930-11, SAT 9-1030am. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. To inquire - www.wilbrahamchildrens-museum.org. 596-2472.

TOWN CLERK OFFICE CLOSED JAN. 11
The Wilbraham Town Clerk's office will be closed all day on Jan.11 for vital records training. This does not affect the Collector/Treasurer's office. Treas-urer/Collector's office will be open their usual hours. The Town Clerk's office will re-open on Jan. 12 at 8:30 a.m. Phone messages may be left at 596-2800, extension 200 during the day while we are closed. We will respond to them as soon as we are back in the office. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

BENEFIT FOR JUSTINE RETTURA
Fundraiser for Minnechaug student battling Hodgkins Lymphoma to help defray medical costs. Event will be at Ludlow Elks club Jan. 22 at beginning 5 p.m. Spaghetti supper, live music, raffles. Tickets are $20. Donations still sought for raffle. For more info Cindy at 348-2421 or Ginny at 599-1254.


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