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Town Events, June 16 - June 23

From The Reminder

There will be a pancake breakfast before the parade on July 4th at the First Congregational Church, "the church on the rotary," 8 - 10:30 a.m.; adults $5, children 12 and under $2; advanced tickets, call 525-4121; tickets also sold at door; take-outs available.

A delightful strawberry supper will take place June 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. Menu: rosemary chicken breast, rice pilaf, green beans, roll and butter, summer punch and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Weather permitting, you will have your choice of dining indoors or outdoors and tickets are available from the church office in advance by calling 525-4121. Cost is $10 for adults and only $20 for the whole family! Join us for a classic summer experience with great fellowship besides!

Mark your calendars for June 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. when the Pleasant View Senior Center celebrates 50 years of service to elders in the community. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature local dignitaries, guest speakers, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and punch. Seating is limited, so come into the Senior Center office to sign up and pick up your entry pass. We are also selling T-shirts in our office commemorating this special event for $12, sizes small through XXL.

Would you be willing to commit a few hours a week to make a difference in a senior's day? We are in need of drivers to assist with our Meals on Wheels program, either on a regular basis or on a fill-in basis, specifically on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. Although this is considered a volunteer position, drivers are paid a daily stipend and will need to pass a background check. Stop by the Senior Center office from 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m. to learn more about the position and to pick up the paperwork.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. introduces a new program for the summer -- "What's Cooking, Kids?" -- a culinary experience for young chefs, ages 5 - 12. This will be a special taster cooking session of three days -- maximum of 14 participants -- June 30 -- July 2 from 11 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Register quickly so you don't lose a spot! Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. -- Fri., 8 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

E.L. Rec. Dept. still has openings at this fabulous day program for children in Pre-K - 8th grade. Offering newly renovated facilities. See the summer flyer for details or call the Office at 525-5437.

Time to register at the E.L. Rec. Dept. for fall sports youth field hockey, football and intown soccer. Deadlines as follows: field hockey, July 3; football, July 18; intown soccer, Aug. 8. For more info, refer to the yellow flyer sent in Reminder, call 525-5437 or come in and register Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is conducting the following sports clinics this summer -- Backyard All Stars -- All Sports Play Days, soccer, boys lacrosse, football, baseball, basketball shooting (boys/girls) and basketball clinic (boys/girls). All clinics will take place in July, with the exception of boys lacrosse for June 23 - 27. For more info, call 525-5437 or come into the Rec. Dept.

E.L. Soccer Association is recruiting new board members. Come join an exciting board making things happen for youth soccer. Youth enrollment is increasing. Leadership positions are available if interested, call the Rec. Dept. Office at 525-5437 for next date/time of the Soccer Board Meeting.

Quabbin Reservation: Gate 29, Rattlesnake Hill, Orange, Mass. June 28, 10 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Meeting Place: Florence Savings Bank parking lot at the Stop & Shop Plaza on Rt. 9 in Belchertown. Registration: Call Bill (533-2153). This walk will take us along a gated, paved road through a variety of habitats on the northern end of Quabbin Reservoir. This area features abandoned fields and orchards and is home to yellow-rumped and Canada warblers, eastern towhees, American kestrels and red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks. Wear sturdy footwear and bring along something to drink. Visit www.naturalist-club.org.

Hampden East Condo Assoc. presents Saratoga Race Trip, Aug. 2. Enjoy reserved grandstand seats for an exciting day of thoroughbred racing. For reservations and further info contact Toni at 782-8484 or Joann at 783-1344.

Christ the King Church of Warsaw Ave. in Ludlow will be hosting its 23rd Annual Family Picnic on June 29 from noon - 9 p.m. The picnic will feature traditional Polish and American foods. There will also be games, raffles, arts and crafts and a pastry and bake sale. Polka music will be provided by the Musical Magic and Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push. The picnic is open to the public with free admission and free parking.

Active Singles is sponsoring a singles hike (30s - 60s) at West Rocks State Park in Hamden, Conn. Hikes last for two hours each in four skill levels. No dogs or children. Optional buffet breakfast to follow each hike. Non-hikers welcome at restaurant. Call Charlie at (203) 271-2125 or (860) 489-9611 to RSVP. Active Singles sponsors hikes every Sunday in the summer. No dues or fees to belong to this group. Upcoming event -- Utah, Aug. 1 -- 9 National Parks Trip.

The Baystate West Chapter of Subvets Inc. will be hosting their meeting at the WW2 Club on Conz Street in Northampton starting at 2 p.m. on June 22. Details on the upcoming July 4 parade in Monson will be discussed as well as more info on the picnic. Friends and guests are welcome. For more info, conact Harry McCleery at 525-5898.

Springfield Technical High School Class of 1958 will be celebrating its 50th Reunion on Oct. 4. A three-day event will take place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, located on Route 5 (Riverdale Road) in West Springfield. For more info, visit www.tech1958.net or e-mail techtiger1958@hotmail.com. We are looking for classmates. Those of you who have not been contacted as yet, please call Diana (Carlson) Peterson at 525-3408 or Teri (Beauchesne) Callahan at 525-4295.

Hampden Garden Club Meeting
The Hampden Garden Club will meet on June 19 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall on Main Street. Nancy Smith, who grows more than 600 daylily cultivars at Mountain Meadow in Somers, Conn., will discuss daylilies. New members are always welcome.

What's All the Fuss About? On July 7 at 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, learn more about HIPPAA, patient confidentiality and patient's rights. Atty. Ali Bers, from Western Massachusetts Legal Services, is an expert in these areas and will be able to address your questions and concerns. Call 565-4150 to register.

Longmeadow School Depatment, Office of Pupil Services, will be destroying special education records for students with a birth date between Jan. 1, 1986 and Dec. 31, 1986. If you are interested in obtaining the file(s), please call 565-4210 ext. 26 or 30 to schedule an appointment to pick up the file(s). These records will be destroyed starting the week of July 7.

Volunteer help is needed to assist in the kitchen at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Duties include meal preparation, food service and clean up. We serve approx. 20 meals per day. The time commitment would be one day per week from 9:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Additional help is needed on a more flexible schedule as a substitute and for special dinners. For more info call Ellen at 565-4150.

The Pollack Playhouse Summer Theatre will be accepting applications for their summer workshop production of "Seussical the Musical." The program runs from June 25 -- Aug. 2 at Bailey Hall in the First Church in Longmeadow, with shows scheduled for Sept 5 and 6. It's open to kids ages 12 -- 16 (ages are flexible; please inquire). For more info or an application please e-mail pollackplayhouse@yahoo.com or call Jay at 567-7539.

St. Catherine of Siena Travel will feature a Long Island Adventure on Aug. 2. Bus leaves church parking lot at 7 a.m. Trip includes round trip ferry ride New London to Orient Point, Greenport shopping and lunch, Tanger outlet shopping, winery tour and tasting, all gratuities. Call Betty at 896-8801 for more info.

The Center for Business and Technology at Springfield Technical Community College will conduct a variety of training opportunities and computer workshops:
Intro to Powerpoint begins June 20
Home Redesign begins June 23
Intro to Lean Healthcare begins June 24
Invest Wisely begins June 25
Space in all programs is limited and pre registration is required. Interested individuals should contact The Center for Business and Technology at 755-4502 to request a free and detailed brochure.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its annual bus trip to Kittery, Maine, on July 12. The bus will leave from Big Y parking lot on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. The public is invited. There are limited seats left. For more info, call Vera O'Connor at 783-9824.

Join the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Mass (NAMI-WMASS) for their annual walk-a-thon through Forest Park on June 22, rain or shine. Meet up at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Registgration begins at noon. The two-mile walk starts at 2 p.m. This is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year. Monies raised go toward assisting our mission of helping children and adults who have a mental illness, along with helping their families and friends. We are seeking craft vendors who would like to rent booth space at the walk. For more info, call the NAMI-WM office at 786-9139.

Local author Suzanne Strempek Shea will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on June 20. She will talk about her latest book, "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip in Search of Christian Faith." The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, and is a proud member of Rotary International. The Rotary luncheon, with guest speaker Suzanne Strempek Shea, is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Membership Chair Jim Russell at 567-0700 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

A chicken BBQ and strawberry festival will take place June 22 at Grace Union Church, Mountain Road and Chapel Street in Wilbraham. Inside or outside seating and take-out will be available from 4 -- 6:30 p.m., featuring open pit BBQ chicken halves, homemade potato salad and cole slaw plus fresh strawberries with shortcake and real whipped cream. Adults are $12; children 12 and under, $6. For reservations call 596-3936.

Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2399 Boston Rd., will present a tag sale on June 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 28 from 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m. and June 29 from 9 a.m. -- noon. There will be a variety of items on sale including clothes, jewelry, books, household items, crafts, and other misc. items. Tag sale to benefit the Resident Council Fund.

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