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Town Events, June 22 - June 29

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A deluxe breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon will be served as a fundraiser at the Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St., on June 28 from 8 a.m. - noon. Adults, $5; children under 10, $3.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents of the swim lessons we are offering for those age 5 and up, American Red Cross Levels 1 - 7. Sessions are July 6 - 17 and July 20 - 31 at E.L.H.S. Fees range depending on level. Call the Rec. Dept. for more info at 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov. To register come into the Office 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s next session of yoga begins July 7 from 7 - 8 p.m. Class will run through Aug. 25 on Tuesdays only. Come into Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering summer sessions for the following exercise programs: Aerobics (M/W, 6 - 7 p.m., July 6 - Aug. 26) and Strength Training (T/Th., 5 - 6 p.m., June 30 - July 30). Come into the Office on North Main Street to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering the following summer programs: Tennis, 3.5 - 18 years old and adult programs beginning June 22; Mad Science, 4 - 12 years old or entering grades 2 - 6, beginning June 29. Go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov to view our Summer/Fall Program Brochure.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is sponsoring three baseball clinics this summer Backyard All Stars (6 - 10 yrs., July 6 - 10); Baseball Clinic (6 - 10 yrs., July 13 - 17); and Sports Taster (6 - 10 yrs., July 20 - 24). All meet from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Birchland Park Middle School. For more info, go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov and look for our Summer/Fall Program Brochure.

The Fourth of July Committee is in need of individual youngsters or sport groups to be banner carriers for the parade on July 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (T-shirts provided). If interested, sign up in the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., or call Carl Ohlin at 525-2952.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is registering for the following fall sports: Intown Soccer, deadline Aug. 7; Field Hockey, deadline July 2; Suburban Football, entering grades 3 - 8, deadline July 17; and Cheerleading, entering grades 3 - 8. See our Summer/Fall Program Brochure for more info at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.

Before the parade on July 4 at the First Congregational 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.

Extreme Vacation Bible School
Exploring extreme sports such as rock climbing and a zip line, kids at the Camp E.D.G.E (Experience and Discover God Everywhere) Vacation Bible School will learn the risk and exhilaration of being a disciple of Christ. July 6 - 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Methodist Church (215 Somers Rd.), this forest camp adventure features bible storytelling, music, recreation, crafts and snacks. Registration for kids 3 - 11 now available from church office at 525-7416. Registration is free; donations toward the extreme sports experiences are gratefully accepted. www.elumc.org.

The E.L. Council on Aging is sponsoring a two-day trip to the Adirondack Mountains and Vermont White Mountains on Aug. 18 - 19. Taking reservations now call Sandy at the Senior Center for details at 525-5436.

Learn techniques and methods to change your home so you can avoid injury at an interactive workshop on June 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., presented by Jan Finkelstein, R.N. and E.L. Fire Chief Richard Brady. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

The Book Club will meet June 30 at the Pleasant View Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. This month's reading is "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn. The selected book for summer reading is "World Without End" by Ken Follett, to be discussed on Sept. 29 when the Book Club resumes its monthly meetings.

The Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed on July 3 in recognition of the Fourth of July holiday. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.

The Pleasant View Senior Center has an opening for a Chorus Director to lead the Senior Chorus beginning in the fall a monthly stipend is paid. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436.

Stock up now for your summer vacation and beach reading. The Friends of E.L. Public Library's annual paperback book sale starts June 22. Mark your calendar and clean out your bookshelf. Get your kids into the act by getting them to donate books they've outgrown. Most books will be selling for 50 cents each. The sale benefits the Friends. If you have any questions call the library at 525-5400.

An old fashioned strawberry supper will take place June 27 at 5:30 p.m. at First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow. Menu: ham, raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, green bean and homemade strawberry shortcake. Adults, $10. Reservations recommended. Call Etta at 583-2913 or Judy at 583-8102.

St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a trip to Boston to see the hilarioiusly funny play "Shear Madness" on July 19. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and returns at approx. 6 p.m. There will be time to visit Quincy Market before the show. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and admission to the show. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

Performed by Rick Nelson's twin sons who will be payng tribute to him and other artists of that era, Aug. 13. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 9:45 a.m. and returns at approx. 5 p.m. Cost includes a luncheon at the Aqua Turf, the show, bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

Another trip to the Big Apple on Sept. 13. Bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 7 a.m. and returns approx. 8:30 p.m. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

On June 24, blast off with summer reading at Hampden Free Public Library! Take off for the stars by signing up for your own "Starship Adventure @ Your Library." All participants will receive a reading log, a schedule of summer events, activity pages, a constellation map of the summer sky and a list of recommended titles from the library collection. Stay to enjoy crafts for all ages. Stations will be set up around the library for children to make special memories that they can take home. Free; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Hampden Free Public Library, 625 Main St. For more info, call 566-3047.

The Hampden Transfer Station and Recycling Center is closed on July 4. It will be open noon - 7 p.m. for both trash disposal and recycling on July 3.

Barbara Lynn Wojcik is showing a selection of watercolor and oil paintings of Cape Cod at the Storrs Library. The paintings will be on display through the month of June and possibly longer. More info is available by calling the Storrs Library at 565-4181 or by calling artist Barbara Lynn Wojcik at 563-1363.

The Board of Health will meet on July 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Longmeadow Fire Dept. Training Room

Children are invited to join Starship Adventure @ Your Library, the Mass. Library Board of Commissioners, Regional Library Systems and Storrs Library sponsored reading program. Visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room to register and pick up their reading logs. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Chariots of Hope eighth annual golf tournament will take place June 22 at Twin Hills Country Club. To learn more about Chariots of Hope, visit www.chariotsofhope.org or call (860) 242-4673.

The pools will be opening to the public on June 27.

The toddler pool at Reynolds Pool (at Bliss Park) will be closed this season due to mechanical issues. Feel free to use the main pool at Reynolds, the main pool at Greenwood or the new Splash Pad at Greenwood.

Grades 5 - 9. This camp will incorporate a variety of activities including acting, mime, theatre games, stage combat, movement, voice and a final performance! Theatre Camp allows a child to express themselves in many ways and helps with their self-esteem, socialization and teamwork skills. Session runs June 29 - July 10 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

There will be a meeting of the Finance Committee in the Police Dept. Community Room on June 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Be sure to visit www.LPRD.net or the Parks & Rec. office for a full listing of all of our swim and tennis lessons this summer. Lessons run in two-week sessions throughout the summer and encompass ages 4 - adult. Swim lessons feature discounts for 2009 Outdoor Pool Pass Holders, so why not add a pool pass for your family to use all summer long at either of our pools! Keep in mind that when tennis courts are not being used for organized Parks & Rec. play, they are open and free to all Longmeadow residents. Private tennis instructors must have a paid permit to use the courts for lessons. Call Mary at 565-4166 to make arrangements for this permit.

Ages 3.5 - 4. This program was developed to help young children fine-tune motor skills through various sporting activities and games. The main goal of this program is to introduce concepts and skills needed for future sports and in life. Skills covered include hand eye coordination, teamwork, sportsmanship, foot-eye coordination, cooperation and balance. Parent involvement is welcome, but not required. Participants must be fully potty trained. The sports covered are baseball, basketball and soccer. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, snack, water bottle and sunscreen. Class will meet from July 6 - 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Do you like to play chess? A small group of chess enthusiasts who meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd, would welcome new players. Call 565-4150 for more info.

Exercise provides benefits for your body and your mind. The Longmeadow Adult Center offers strength training fitness classes instructed by the YMCA on Mon., Wed. and Fri. at the First Church at 9 a.m., followed by aerobics at 10:05 a.m. This is an on-going program; join at any time. Call 565-4150 for more info and pricing.

Members of the Computer Club at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., offer one-on-one instruction in the most basic computer skills for beginners. Learn how to open and close a file, use a mouse, open Windows, access the Internet just enough to make you comfortable to take a beginners class. Sessions are on the first Tuesday of the month by appt. only. Call 565-4150.

Senator Candaras' aide, Janice Hassett, will be at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the first Monday of each month from 11 - 11:45 a.m. to answer residents' questions and hear concerns. For more info, call 565-4150.

Ages 4 - 6. An introductory program for children, Mini-Hawk helps children explore soccer, baseball and basketball with staff comprised mostly of teachers and college-age athletes. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, water bottle, snack and sunscreen. Participants will receive a mini-basketball and T-shirt. Session dates are July 6 - 10 and Aug. 10 - 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 5 - 8. Skyhawks Golf focuses on building the confidence of young athletes through training in proper technique and foundational skills. Golf is a challenging and lifelong sport, so young athletes need proper focus on the essentials of a good swing, putting and body positioning. As a safety precaution, Skyhawks will be utilizing golf helmets for protection. This program is perfect for developing a love for the game of golf! All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from July 20 - 24 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 4 - 6. Skyhawks baseball is specifically designed to teach and refine the fundamental skills of the game fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and base running while infusing each athlete with the exciting spirit of the game. Each athlete will learn basic skills in exercises tailored to individuals through tee hitting, soft toss and live pitching. All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from Aug. 3 - 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Simply Beadiful in 16 Acres is selling "Beadiful Bloom Bangle Bracelets" for $6 each and the proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Let's help to keep the hospital open. Call 782-0288 to order your bracelet. Visit www.Simplybeadiful.com for more info.

The Springfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is hosting a bus trip to the Harlem Book Fair on July 18. The cost of the bus trip to Harlem, N.Y., includes continental breakfast, raffle and light snacks, plus driver's gratuity. Bus departs Big Y on 800 Boston Rd. at 7:30 a.m. and returns 9 p.m. Call Brenda at 519-5370 for more info. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host its Annual Patronal Festival and Health Fair June 27, noon - 6 p.m. at the church grounds. Lots of food, fun for the kids and various health care vendors with lots of info. Ongoing raffle: first prize, 19" TV, second prize, $75 cash. Raffle tickets: $5 per book of six or $1 each. For more info call 209-6866.

The Springfield Golden Age Travel Club is hostong a trip to Warner Theater in Torrington where the will present "The Wizard of Oz," a stage play based on the 1900 children's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum. The bus departs: Raymond Sullivan Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St., on Aug. 9 at 10:30 am. Lunch: noon buffet at Bogeys Restaurant. Show time: 2 p.m. Return arrival: 5:30 p.m. Registration deadline July 9. Call 787-6486 for more info.

June 30, 7 - 8:30 p.m. This workshop will include self evaluation exercises, tips and tricks to optimize networking and volunteering opportunities and a customized action plan for your next steps. This free program takes place at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This is a collaborative effort with the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., Jewish Family Service of Western Mass. and the Springfield JCC.

Gina Daniele presents...tickets to the July 4 Seattle Mariners at Boston Red Sox 1:05 p.m. game. Tickets only are available no bus! On Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus will travel to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

Looking for a way to help the library during these tough times? The Wilbraham Friends of the Library have established a library wish list for new books and DVDs at Amazon.com for this purpose. Donors may access the list under the heading "Gifts & Wish Lists" and type in "Wilbraham Library" in the box. Different lists for adult and children's books and DVDs may be selected from the left sidebar. Once donors select their choices, they can purchase them with their credit cards. Receipts may be used for tax purposes. It is simple to do, and it adds more new, high demand materials to the library shelves.

A chicken BBQ and strawberry festival will take place June 28 at Grace Union Church, at the corner of Mountain Road and Chapel Street. Inside or outside seating and take-out available from 4 - 6:30 p.m., featuring open pit BBQ chicken halves, home made potato salad and cole slaw plus fresh strawberries with short cake and real whipped cream. Adults, $12; children 12 and under, $6. For reservations call 596-3936.

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