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Town Events, July 20 - July 27

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
LIVE MUSIC
Join us for live music with Gary Jones on July 24 at 2:30 p.m. at Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 135 Benton Dr. RSVP to Tina Ferri, Activity Director, at 224-3280.

FIELD HOCKEY CLINIC
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Youth Field Hockey Program is sponsoring a field hockey clinic on Aug. 3 - 5 from 5 - 7 p.m. at Mapleshade Field. Those entering grades 3 - 9 in the fall are eligible to attend. Players must have mouth guards, shin guards, cleats. Sticks and goggles are available for use. Come into Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

FALL FIELD HOCKEY
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is still taking registrations for its fall field hockey program. Those entering grades 5/6 and 7/8 are eligible to play. Fees range depending on grade. For more info, go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov to view our Summer/Fall Program 2009 brochure. For more on info on field hockey, go to ELyouthfieldhockey.com.

E.L. REC. DEPT. AUGUST PROGRAMS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will be sponsoring the following programs in August activity centers at Pine Knoll, West. Mass H.S. prep soccer clinic, tennis Jr./Sr., golf lessons, Big Dream Basketball Clinic for Girls, Mad Science, field hockey clinic. For more info, call 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.

BINGO PARTY!
The Pleasant View Senior Center at 328 North Main St. is hosting a BINGO party on July 30 from 1 - 3 p.m. Cost is $8, which includes up to five BINGO cards, refreshments and prizes. Register early as seating is limited. Payment required at time of registration.

INSTRUCTOR & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Pleasant View Senior is looking to expand its programs and volunteer opportunities. If you have an interest in volunteering, whether for an occasional hour or two as needed or on a regular basis, or if you have an interest in leading a group or sharing a talent or conducting a class for a nominal fee, please call Sandy at 525-5436. Suggestions include Easy Hiking, Arts & Crafts, Scrapbooking, Chess, Wii games and Zumba exercise classes.

FARMER'S MARKET COUPONS
The Council on Aging has a limited supply of Farmers' Market coupons to be distributed to low-income East Longmeadow seniors on a first come, first served basis. You must verify eligibility for the coupons with at least one of the following programs: Food Stamps, SSI, Section 8 Housing, Energy Assistance, Medicaid or Commodities Food Assistance. Call Janice to set up a time to get your coupons at 525-5424.

PERSONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP
Become nationally certified with an AFAA (American Fitness Association of America) workshop taking place in East Longmeadow at the Rec. Center when 10 or more applicants sign up. Target date is sometime in July and there is a 25 percent discount being offered. Topics will include wellness, risk screening, leadership, exercise physiology, exercise prescription, nutrition, weight management, etc. If interested, contact Debbie at 567-0773 as soon as possible. Textbook recommended, but not necessary.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
BOSTON TRIP
A trip to Boston, including tickets to the Duck Tour, will leave from West Springfield High School on Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. The trip is sponsored by the Western Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, a non-profit organization in Springfield. Trip includes some free time in Boston to explore the city before the bus leaves at 6 p.m. Call 731-0760 for more info or send check payable to Western MassCOSH, 640 Page Blvd., Suite 104, Springfield, MA 01104.

HOST FAMILIES WANTED
Host families are wanted for international students who will be attending Cathedral this fall. There is a generous monthly stipend and support from a local representative. Call Sue at 348-2274 for more info.

ROUNDTRIP BUS TRIP TO BOSTON
Take a bus trip from Springfield to see the Boston Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 11. Seats are located in Right Field, Section 90. Bus leaves the parking lot of the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., at 3:30 for a 7:05 p.m. game. Cost includes ticket, transportation and driver gratuity. To register, stop by the JCC or call 739-4715.

DINE OUT FOR CHARITY
Harmony House invites you to Dine Out for Charity on July 29 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Friendly's Restaurant, 1094 Riverdale St., West Springfield. A portion of your check will be donated to help realize the vision of Harmony House, a home for the compassionate care of the terminally ill.

HAMPDEN
SMALL TRASH BAG SALE
For a limited time only the Hampden Board of Health will be selling small trash bags only for $7.50 a roll of 10 bags. They may be purchased from the Board of Health or the Transfer Station. If you have any questions call the Board of Health office at 566-2151 ext. 102.

LONGMEADOW
THE BIG BLUE MARBLE
Take a reading adventure with "The Big Blue Marble" storytime and craft program on July 22 from 10 -10:45 a.m. especially for those ages two - five. Toddlers and their parents may take part in this program where our Summer Readers and the Assistant Youth Service Librarian will read stories and enjoy a craft activity. Register in advance by calling Storrs Library at 565-4182.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church presents "Kingdom of the Son: A Prayer Safari Vacation Bible School," Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. - noon at Grace Chapel Presbyterian, 343 N. Maple St., Enfield, CT (just over the Longmeadow line). Join us for Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks and more! Free to all children ages 4 - 12. Call (860) 749-4199 for more info or to register.

GREEN TEAM
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Green Team on Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. in the Fire Dept. Meeting Room

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Aug. 6, 2 - 3 p.m., at Glenmeadow Retirement Community, 24 Tabor Crossing. In coordination with Glenmeadow Retirement Community, the Longmeadow Adult Center presents Jennifer D. Walker, MD, FACS, a cardiac surgeon and the Co-Director of Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program. She will speak about the latest info available on women's heart health. A healthy snack will be served. Pre-register at 565-4150.

NORDIC WALKING
The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer another session of Nordic Walking instruction on Tuesdays, Aug. 11 - Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Learn the basic use of the Nordic Walking Poles and enjoy the many health benefits it offers. Equipment provided for use during the class (let us know if you have your own equipment.) Call 565-4150 to register.

ARTISTS WORKSHOP
A new offering at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., is the casual, loosely structured, congenial artist's workshop. All levels are welcome and any medium is acceptable. These are not lessons. Bring your own supplies for pencil, charcoal, water colors, clay, whatever your passion is, and join the group. Drop in on any Tuesday at 1 p.m., starting July 28. No fee. Call 565-4150 to register.

SUN MOON STARS SHINE
Mary Jo Maichack will present an interactive event with music, storytelling, laughter and fun for everyone. Children age four and older with their parents are invited to pick up tickets for "Sun Moon Stars Shine" on July 23 from 11 - 11:45 a.m. For more info call Storrs Library at 565-4182.

LITTLE DIPPERS PLAY GROUP
Come to Little Dippers Play Group on July 24 from 10 - 11 a.m. This is a drop in program and no registration is required. Join us for a program of simple books, finger plays, songs and play. The play group is planned for parents and their children who are ages six - 30 months. For more info call Storrs Library at 565-4182.

SUMMER FUN FOR THE FAMILY
Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy is planning their Annual Summer Barbecue for Aug. 3 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. at 1148 Converse St. The community is invited to attend. There will be a rock climbing wall, an inflatable ride, carnival style activities, sports games and face painting all free. A dinner with hot dogs, hamburgers and salads will be sold at family prices. The barbecue will take place rain or shine. Reservations are requested but not required. For more info or to RSVP call 567-8665, e-mail lyaadmin@comcast.net or check out LYA.org.

SPARKY'S PUPPETS
Join the fun as Sparky's Puppets perform "Stories from Outer Space" at the Storrs Library on Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. In the featured story, three colorful space aliens travel to earth in their flying saucer. They visit the shop of a hard-working toy maker, intent on creating mischief. But the clever shopkeeper uses three magic wishes to outwit them. Other tales will complete the program. Visit Storrs Library or call 565-4182 to reserve tickets.

SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a trip on Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus traveling to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. On Sept. 13, see the Yankees take on the Orioles at the new Yankee Stadium! For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

FREE COOOKING DEMONSTRATION
Better Life Whole Foods is having a free cooking demo with the grain quinoa pronounced (kee-no-a). This revered wonder grain was first cultivated five centuries ago by the Inca. Sampling, tasting and cooking demo will be at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on July 25 at noon. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Trinity Church will host a Habitat for Humanity Vacation Bible School from Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. There will a special family night on Friday from 5 - 8 p.m. Ages are four - 12. To register call the church office at 737-5311. This program is free.

RIDE LIKE AN ANIMAL
Join us at our second annual fundraising event for Thomas J. O'Connor (TJO) Animal Control and Adoption Center shelter animals. The ride will take place Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. Music and entertainment starts at 1 p.m. The ride kicks off at TJO and ends at the Elks Lodge in Holyoke with food, fun, live music by Equinox and lots of raffle prizes. Non-riders are welcome at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks. All proceeds will benefit TJO, which is located at 627 Cottage St. in Springfield.

CLASSICAL 1949 60TH REUNION
The Classical High class of 1949 will hold its 60th reunion at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Springfield with activities from Aug. 21-23. For more info call 733-3441 or 788-4424. The more the merrier.

CENTRAL CLASS OF 1999 REUNION
A 10 year reunion for Central's Class of 1999 will be taking place Aug. 15 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Sheraton in downtown Springfield. The price of the tickets is $50 per person, which includes a DJ, buffet and cash bar. Tickets are available online for purchase at ww.centralclassreunion.webs.com or by contacting Richard Hutchinson directly at 896-1626.

CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP
The Better Life Celiac Support Group meeting will be on July 29 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St. Bring a friend or just come share your story with others. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

ROBIN MARK CONCERT & CONFERENCE
Join Evangelical Covenant Church of Springfield on July 25 at 7 p.m. for a concert by Robin Mark and his band from Belfast, Ireland. Mark will present a conference on worship in today's church. The conference starts at 2:30 p.m. and includes dinner. A concert-only ticket is $20 while a conference-dinner-concert ticket is $50 and includes reserved seating to the concert. For more info or to purchase tickets, call the church at 782-5212 or visit www.ecovs.org. The church is located at 915 Plumtree Rd.

FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Join the Evangelical Covenant Church of Springfield for Crocodile Dock, a Louisiana bayou-themed vacation Bible school, on July 27 - 31 from 9 a.m. - noon. Any child aged 4 - 10 is welcome to learn more about God through music, drama, crafts, games and more! There is also a free breakfast (8:30) and lunch (noon). For further info or to register, call the church at 782-5212 or visit www.ecovs.org. The church is located at 915 Plumtree Rd.

GALA BELLY DANCE SHOW
Gala belly dance show to support our local Melha Shriners Aug. 8 from 8 - 10 p.m., at Melha Shrine Center, 133 Longhill St. Organized by the Crescent Dancers at www.crescentdancers.com. Special guest appearances by Shalimar, Troupe Little Egypt, Sanaa and the Desert Dancers. Benefit for Melha Shrine Center. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Snacks provided and bring some to share. Cash bar open until 11 p.m. Air conditioned, free parking. Tickets are $14 and may be purchased in advance by credit card. Call 736-3647. Seating is limited to 300, so reserve early.

MIDSUMMER GALLERY READINGS
On July 31, First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., will host John Edwards-style gallery readings from 7 - 9 p.m. for $10. Information from another realm! Tickets will be sold at the door. Several mediums will be reading. For additional info, contact Cindy Hutcheson 786-0487 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.

WILBRAHAM
MOVIE NIGHT AT SPEC POND
The family friendly movie "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" will be shown outdoors at Spec Pond on July 23! Rain date: July 30; cancellation due to weather will be posted on the town Web site at 4 p.m. on July 23. Movie starts at dusk (approx. 8 p.m.). Movie will be shown on a jumbo screen on the football field at Spec Pond. Cost is just $5 per car. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

W.U.C. TAG SALE
Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., will host a giant indoor tag sale on July 24 and 25, 8 a.m. -3 p.m., followed by a bag sale on July 26, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., in the church's Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will benefit the church and its missions. The thrift shop will be closed for the month of August, and will reopen in September with new merchandise. For more info, call the church at 596-2511.

WALK-THROUGHS FOR FRESHMEN
Minnechaug welcomes incoming freshmen, the Class of 2013, and their parents to informal walk-throughs of the MRHS building on July 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. The formal freshman orientation will be on Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. in the MRHS auditorium.

CLERK'S OFFICE CLOSED
The Wilbraham Town Clerk's Office will be closed all day on July 24 for vacation. The office will re-open on July 27 with its regular schedule of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 596-2800 ext. 200 if you need assistance. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


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