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Town Events, June 30 - July 7

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
ART SHOW AND RAFFLE
Fourth of July art show and raffle at Norcross House, 89 Maple St., July 3 from 5 - 9 p.m. and July 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free of charge. Stop by Norcross House Thurs. before the fireworks or on Fri. during the parade to see local artists exhibit their work and for a chance to win many fine prizes with our raffle to be drawn after the parade.

ELSPO FUNDRAISER
What if the E.L. Skate Park Organization (ELSPO) earned a penny every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our cause? Now it can! GoodSearch.com is a new Yahoo-powered search engine that donates half its advertising revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. Use it just as you would any search engine, get quality search results from Yahoo, and watch the donations add up! Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter ELSPO as the charity you want to support.

REMINDER
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents who wish their child entering "K" - 12 that the deadline to register for intown soccer is Aug. 8 by 4 p.m. After that date a waiting list, with a late fee of $10 will be established. New this year! Grade 9 - 12 high school co-ed program, with the Wilbraham League. If sufficient numbers register, co-ed groups will be separated by gender. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register. For more info, call 525-5437.

MAD SCIENCE PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will be offering a "Mad Science" program "Red Hot Robots" July 7 - 11, 9 a.m. - noon. Those ages 8 - 12 or entering grades 3 - 6 are eligible. Space is limited, so register soon. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays. For more info, call 525-5437.

SWIM LESSONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s second session of swim lessons runs July 7 - 18. Space is available as follows: Level I @ 10:15 a.m.; Level II @ 11 or 11:30 a.m.; Level III @ 12:30 p.m.; Levels IV/V @ 1 p.m. and Levels VI/VII @ 8:45 a.m. Don't delay to register your child! Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register. For more info, call 525-5437.

SPORTS CLINICS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering the following sports clinics during the month of July. For more info, call 525-5437. Backyard All Stars July 14 - 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., ages 6 - 10. Soccer July 21 - 25 or July 28 - Aug. 1, 8:15 a.m. - noon, ages 7 - 14. Youth Football July 21 - 25, 8 a.m. - noon, entering grades 3 - 8. Baseball July 21 - 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., grades 1 - 6. Basketball Shooting July 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., girls, grades 5 - 8; July 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., boys, grades 5 - 6. Basketball Clinic (Boys/Girls) July 14 - 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., grades 6 - 10.

PINE KNOLL ACTIVITY CENTERS
The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s Pine Knoll activity centers have room in their great summer program at newly renovated facilities! Those ages 4 - 5 - finishing grade 8 are eligible to attend this 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily program extended day is available also. For more info and to see what sessions are still available, come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays or call 525-5437.

WHAT'S COOKING KIDS?
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a special taster cooking session through What's Cooking, Kids? at 41 Maple St. Those ages 5 - 12 are eligible for three days of classes June 30 - July 2. For more info, call 525-5437. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register for this exciting new program.

LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., will welcome Nancy Wasco from the Post Office on July 16 at 11:30 a.m., who will speak about mail forwarding, mail service rates and other services the Post Office offers residents. Bring a lunch or make a reservation a day in advance for our congregate meal.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Join us for BINGO at our annual Ice Cream Social on July 17 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is spaghetti w/meatballs, zucchini, garlic bread, and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL JEWELRY CLASS
Sandy Merrill will host a special jewelry class using Swarovski Crystals at the Pleasant View Senior Center on July 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sign up in the Senior Center office; $5 deposit required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

ADMISSIONS OPEN
Baptist Village Christian Academy announces that admissions are now open for new applicants. The school offers preschool - eighth grade. Kindergarten students must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2008. The school is located at 50 Parker St. Call the school office at 525-1153 for more info.

Bead for Life Open House
Colorful Creations Bead Company will sponsor a "Bead for Life" Open House on July 13 from noon - 5 p.m., featuring beautiful jewelry and beads handmade by African Ugandan women. For more info, contact Colorful Creations Bead Company, 37 Harkness Ave., at 525-2229 or visit their Web site at colorfulcreationsbeadcompany.com.

REPTILES/CHARITY DAY
On July 20, Colorful Creations Bead Company will feature licensed reptile rehabilitators from "Let's Talk Snakes." Under the tent (not inside the store) Karen and John will present a large selection of turtles, lizards, snakes and even an alligator to educate the public about these wonders of nature. For more info, contact Colorful Creations Bead Company at 37 Harkness Ave. at 525-2229 or visit colorfulcreationsbeadcompany.com.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
NORTHAMPTON SCRABBLE CLUB
Northampton Scrabble Club meets Mon. evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of Burger King, 334 King St., Northampton. A new round of games starts every 45 minutes, so come at anytime. Admission: $1. For more info call Marilyn at 586-8767 or e-mail her at marilyn@schmidtlawoffices.com.

CRAB FEST
Crab Fest Sept. 6 - 9. King Ward tour includes hotels, six meals, admission to Crab Festival, Mass at Holy Rosary, guided Amish farmlands tour, baggage handling, all taxes and gratuities and more. (Trip must have a minimum of 38 passengers. If count falls below 38, price is subject to increase). Non-refundable deposit of $50 is due with reservation. Final payment is due Aug. 1. Contact Agnes Olbrys at 594-4415 or Emily Czelusniak at 592-3047. Depart St. Stan's, Chicopee, 7 a.m. and return approx. 11 p.m.

OCEAN KAYAKING
"Ocean kayaking on the lower Connecticut River: Great Island Area, Long Island Sound, Smiths Neck, Connecticut" will take place July 12 from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Registration required; e-mail leader Chris Lyons at Programs@GlassVisions.biz to register. Meeting place: 8 a.m. sharp at Basketball Hall of Fame parking lot. After getting a count of everyone and doing a quick gear check, we'll head out by 8:15 a.m.

HAMPDEN
STORYTIME PROGRAM
July 3, 3 p.m.: Hampden Public Library, located at 625 Main St., is offering a July Storytime Program for children ages 3 - 8. Every Thursday this month children can come to the library to listen to stories in a relaxed environment. No registration is required, and drop-ins are welcome. Stories read can count toward participants' Summer Reading 2008 reading logs. Free. For more info, call 566-3047.

HAMPDEN SENIOR CENTER PLANS TROPICAL PARTY
On Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. we will light the tiki torches, roll up the rugs and get ready to party. Menu: tempting appetizers, decadent desserts and everything in between. Entertainment for your listening and dancing pleasure will be provided by Passport Productions' Dave Colucci. Don your Hawaiian garb and join us for a great evening. Cost per person is only $8. Call the center at 566-5588 to reserve your tickets before July 28.

LUNCH DAILY
The Hampden Senior Center, located at 104 Allen St., serves lunch daily Monday - Friday for a suggested donation of $1.75. It's cool inside! To reserve lunch, please call 566-5588 before noon the day before.

NEW WRITING GROUP
On July 7 at noon we will have our first meeting of the Hampden Senior Center Writing Group. No critiquing or spell checking. Just bring pen and paper to express your thoughts on a variety of subjects and share with the group if you like.

SCRABBLE
Join us on Tuesdays at noon at the Hampden Senior Center for this enjoyable game. Have fun exercising your brain.

BINGO
Every Thursday at noon, right after lunch at the Hampden Senior Center. Join us for lunch (call 566-5588 before noon on Wednesday) and stay for the fun.

CRIBBAGE
Every Thursday at noon, right after lunch at the Hampden Senior Center. Join us for lunch (call 566-5588 before noon on Wednesday) and stay for a good time.

DOMINOS
This great game is back at the Hampden Senior Center on Thursdays starting at 11 a.m. Please call 566-5588 to sign up.

FRIDAY MOVIES
Every Friday at noon, see a great movie in air conditioned comfort with free refreshments at the Hampden Senior Center. Call 566-5588 Friday morning for title.

MAHJONGG CLASS
Play this fascinating game on Fridays at noon in cool comfort at the Hampden Senior Center with our happy group.

CHAIR MASSAGE
Scheduled for the third Friday of the month, the cost is just $10; your massage session will leave you relaxed and refreshed. Call 566-5588 for your appointment at the Hampden Senior Center.

LONGMEADOW
STORRS LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS
Summer hours are Monday - Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and closed Saturday. Regular hours resume Sept. 2, following Labor Day.

WE HAVE OUR WII!
Join us on July 2 at the adult center at 1 p.m. for our first session of playing Wii. Play is accomplished by holding a remote and using the motions made to play tennis, bowling, golf, baseball, shooting and more! The ease of use and interactivity allows for a unique social gaming experience. Please feel free to come. Questions? 565-4150.

SUMMER COMPUTER TRAINING
The Longmeadow Adult Center is fortunate to have students volunteering their time for one on one computer training for those who are new to the computer or those who have specific questions, starting July 9. Call 565-4150 for details.

ADULT CENTER VAN
Tuesdays Around Town - $1 each way. Enfield Square Mall, July 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., $1 each way. The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, July 17 and Aug. 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., $4 round trip. Call 565-4150. Limited seating call early.

BLISS PARK CROSSING GUARDS
The Longmeadow Police Department and the Longmeadow Parks & Rec. are pleased to announce that crossing guard services will be continued for the summer of 2008 at Bliss Park. For the safety of all pool patrons, a crossing guard will be provided Monday - Friday from 12:45 - 4:45 p.m. at the corner of Westmoreland Avenue and Laurel Street. Pool and park users are encouraged to cross at this location.

SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
Be advised that registration for any licensed Longmeadow Parks & Rec. camps will not be available online beginning two weeks before the camps start date. However, registration may still be processed in our office during normal business hours, provided there is still space available. Current health and immunization records must be presented along with full payment for camp registration processing. For more camp info, registration and health forms visit www.LPRD.net.

ITALIAN SUMMER CLASSES
Note change of dates. Stephanie will continue the Italian lessons on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for the summer by combining both present beginners and advanced groups. She is also developing a workable plan for the fall to combine those who have no background with those in the present beginners class, so that it will be satisfactory to all. Call 565-4150 to check.

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
How to get shoes that fit, July 11, 10 - 11 a.m. at the Adult Center. Come for a healthy snack and conversation about living well. This month our speaker is Kevin Noonan, owner of Shoenique Shoes. Noonan has been in the footwear industry for over 20 years. He will bring a portable "iStep" digital foot analyzer. The "iStep" accurately measures feet and determines foot type and pressure points. These measurements are essential for proper shoe fit. The health and stability of feet have a dramatic impact on the health of the body. Pre-register at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 565-4150.

SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS
Longmeadow Parks & Rec. offers half day and all day traditional camp experiences along with specialty and sports camp options for your child. The majorities of our camp programs are licensed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are licensed by the Longmeadow Board of Health. View the programs at www.LPRD.net.

SPRINGFIELD
SARATOGA BUS TRIP
Take a 26-seater VIP bus to America's most famous horse track! Bus, buffet and beverage included. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 24. Call Gina Daniele at 732-8941 for more info.

BASEBALL BUS TRIP
Baseball bus trip Aug. 31 to Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox v. Chicago White Sox; 1:35 p.m. game. Call Gina Daniele at 732-8941 for more info.

RUN/WALKER FOR CANCER
The sixth annual Frank J. Orszulak II 5K Run/Walker for Cancer is taking place July 12 at 9 a.m. at Cyr Arena, Forest Park. The Trafton Road entrance will be open for free entry to race participants. Parking available in Cyr Arena lot. Entry fee waived with $25 pledge to Frank Orszulak Foundation. T-shirt given to first 200 registered participants. Proceeds to benefit the Leukemia Society of America, the Jimmy Fund and Cathedral High School. Call 575-8782 for more info.

CAN AND BOTTLE DRIVE
Can and bottle drive to help send kids to camp July 12, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 1597 Allen St.

TRIP TO KITTERY, MAINE
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its annual bus trip to Kittery, Maine, on July 12. Bus will leave from Big Y parking lot of Boston Road at 8 a.m., returning at 8 p.m. There are limited seats left. For more info, call Vera O'Connor at 783-9824.

SEE BOBBY VINTON
St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a trip to see Bobby Vinton at the Aqua Turf on Aug. 14. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity, luncheon at the Aqua Turf and entertainment provided by Bobby Vinton. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
Aug. 10. Cost includes, bus, driver's gratuity, stop at the Prime Lee Shops in Lee, theater ticket. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and returns at 6:30 p.m. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

BASKETBALL CAMP
The New England Basketball Camp will be taking place at Cathedral High School from July 21 - 25, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Camp is open to girls and boys entering grades 4 - 9 in the fall. Contact Camp Director Justin Dalessio at 526-9935 or dalessio23@yahoo.com.

PINE POINT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The monthly meeting of the Pine Point Community Council will be on July 8 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. There will be a continuation of the discussion about the proposed business for 99 Arnold Ave. Also on the agenda is a proposed self-storage business for Boston Road to be located between Liberty Car Wash and Kappy's Liquor Store.


WILBRAHAM
DOG OBEDIENCE CLASSES
Dog obedience classes will take place at Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel St., Tuesday nights through July 29, given by Eric Gardell, trainer. For more info or to register call 599-4702.


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