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Town Events, March 30 - April 6

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The E.L. Rec. Dept. s. ongoing yoga classes will begin another session on April 2 for 10 weeks. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register. Call the office at 525-5437 for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces that evaluations for the Sandy Koufax (7th/8th grade) baseball league will take place March 30 and April 2 at ELHS. Players still welcome to register by April 1 to attend April 2. Those who registered by March 24, refer to flyer sent to home on March 25. Any questions, call Rec. Dept. or Dan McGuill, coordinator, at 525-4389.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is accepting registrations for Summer Pine Knoll Activity Centers. First session is June 22 for two weeks from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Following sessions dates are July 6, 20 and Aug. 3. Fees range from $105 - $190 for two weeks. For more info or to register, call 525-5437.

Pioneer Gymnastics will be having a bottle/can drive from April 13 - 18. All proceeds will go towards sponsoring our team girls for various competitions throughout the year. You may drop off your bottles at Pioneer Gymnastics, 45 Maple St., Monday - Friday (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m. - noon).

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by the Cameo Group Variety Show on April 2 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is Chicken Cordon Bleu, mashed potato, green beans and pears. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

Beginning April 14, the Mah Jongg group at the Pleasant View Senior Center will be giving free lessons for four weeks from 1 - 3 p.m. Limited to 12; call the senior center to sign up, 525-5436.

Jimmy Mazz will be performing at Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on April 3 at 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Tina Ferri, Activity Director, at 224-3280.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on April 14 and 28 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

The Hampden Historical Commission will host an informational meeting on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Town House Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss, accept comments and answer questions about an upcoming article on the Town Warrant that would establish a Scenic Roads Bylaw in the town of Hampden. We invite you to attend this meeting to find out more about this proposed bylaw and to ask any questions you may have concerning it before the Annual Town Meeting.

Permit stickers for the Longmeadow Transfer Station/Recycling Center annual stickers for 2009 will be sold on April 4 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the police station Community Meeting Room at 34 Williams St. Residents must bring a current car registration in order to purchase a sticker. A 2009 Center sticker is required in order to gain access to the site. For more info call 567-3400.

April 3, 10 - 11 a.m. Food Safety and Quality Explained " Part II: Preservation (Processing). Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D, Investigative Food Scientist, is returning to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. You may have attended Part I of this series (November 2008) dealing with microbes. We now progress from the microbes to learning about the preservation of food to maintain quality (prevent spoilage) and to prevent food borne illness. You will learn strategies that you can use in your home to keep your family and yourself safe. A healthy snack will be served. Pre-register at 565-4150.

National Occupational Therapy Month will be celebrated at the Storrs Library on April 6. Info and tips on how occupational therapy can help your or a member of your family live life to its fullest will be provided by Nova Care staff from 10 a.m. - noon and again from 2 - 4 p.m. For more info contact the library at 565-4181.

On April 1 at 6 p.m. the Select Board will meet at the Police Station Community Meeting Room. The Select Board Special Meeting will convene in Open Session and immediately enter into Executive Session.

April 1, 6:30 p.m. Strategies for Effective Advocacy by Jeanne Troxell Munson of Community Resources, in the School Committee Room, LHS, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd. This workshop will help you learn strategies for effective advocacy to turn your child s needs into appropriate services and supports. This workshop is free and open to the public. RSVP to mkfoard@comcast.net to ensure adequate space and materials.

Visit over 4,000 animals, many in their natural habitat. Come and experience the largest city zoo in the country with a total of over 250 acres of bird, reptiles, fish and mammals. Trip includes zoo admission, unlimited shuttle, cable car and several selected exhibits including the children s zoo, butterfly exhibit, reptile world and the Congo gorilla forest, plus many more. Trip will be on April 21 and will depart from Greenwood Center at 7:30 a.m. and return at 8 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

The final meeting of the Longmeadow Maternal Assoc. will take place on April 7 at noon at the Country Club of Wilbraham. Following the social hour from noon - 12:30, a luncheon will be served. Speaker will be Deborah Long Smith of Full Circle Flowers in Suffield, Conn. She will speak on Tussie-Mussies, their history and uses. A question and answer period will follow. For questions and reservations call 567-9520. The public is cordially invited.

For dogs and cats, sponsored by the Longmeadow Board of Health, April 4, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Police Garage, Williams St. Fee is $10. A representative of the Clerk s Office will be available inside the garage during the clinic to renew/sell dog licenses.

The Longmeadow Select Board is accepting nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award. The recipient will be announced at the Annual Town Meeting on April 28. Letters of nomination should be sent to the Select Board, 20 Williams St., by April 2.

Mary Lord Brown will take us on a trip to Africa and show two interesting perspectives: Mary as a volunteer traveler in Southern Africa 10 years ago and more recently as a tourist on safari in East Africa. She will offer comparisons of her experiences. April 2 at 1 p.m. Register at 565-4150.

Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games with DJ Jon O Neill as well as theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Parent info packets are available on site at each event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet on April 3, May 1 and June 5.

Join LHS Varsity Coach George Mulry and his players for this high energy, skill packed one day clinic. Participants will learn the fundamentals and techniques from high school players. Activities will focus on drills and skill development including serving, passing, hitting, setting and blocking. Clinic will meet on April 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the LHS gym. For more info visit www.LongmeadowVolleyball.com. For registration visit www.LPRD.net or the Longmeadow Community House.

Summer camp registration is about to begin! Remember to have your child s health and immunization records updated by your pediatrician. Licensed camp registrations require these forms be current within the last 24 months prior to your camp date. If you have handed in health forms in the past, they may already have been disposed of if they were not current enough for this year s camp season. Call 565-4160 if you are not sure. Camp registrations will not be accepted without these forms " no exceptions.

Clap, sing and move with your child in this program designed for your child s enjoyment. Jon O Neill is offering several music classes for your little ones. These six week programs will intergrate singing, music and use of various instruments. All classes meet on Tuesday mornings in the Community Room at Greenwood Children s Center. Classes begin on April 14, infants and newborns - 15 months from 10 - 10:30 a.m. and toddler from 15 months - age 3 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. - noon. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Our annual fishing derby has been renamed in honor of John Barkman and Bud Ottani, two very special former members of the Longmeadow Police Dept. who were avid fishermen. The derby is a tradition, especially for children ages three - 14. Laurel Pond will be stocked with trout in preparation for the derby. Kids bring their own tackle and families enjoy a great community fellowship day. There will be prizes for first fish, longest fish and most fish caught in each age division. Refreshments for participants along with bait for the fish will be for sale. This is a free event taking place April 25 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Call 565-4160 with any questions.

A reminder to Longmeadow residents the 2009 dog licenses are due March 31. A current proof of rabies vaccination is required to license. Licenses are available at the Town Clerk s office during normal business hours or via the mail. Call the Town Clerk at 565-4103 with questions.

Longmeadow Adult Center will host an open house April 15, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. The public is invited to attend. Coffee at 10 a.m.; light lunch at 11:30 a.m. while listening to the soothing piano music of Mary Jean Ryan. End your day with entertainment by the Golden Blue Ribbon Singers. For more info, call 565-4150.

Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls including hotel, breakfast, boat ride and tour on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico s, 899 Main St., at 6:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.

St. Barnabas All Saints Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., Palm Sunday, April 5, the Holy Eucharist 10 a.m., the blessing of the palms and the reading of the Passion according to St. Mark; April 8, the Holy Eucharist in the chapel, 11 a.m.; April 9, Maundy Thursday, the Holy Eucharist in the church, 7 p.m., washing of feet and stripping of the altar; April 10, Good Friday, noon and 7 p.m., meditation and communion from the Reserved Sacrament; April 11, the Great Vigil of Easter, 7 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral; Easter, April 12, Festival Holy Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Foster Memorial Church schedule for Holy Week: Palm Sunday, April 5, worship at 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, April 9, worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday, April 10, worship at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 12. Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the duck pond at Hillcrest Cemetery on Parker Street. Easter breakfast: 7-10 a.m. at the church. There is no charge for the breakfast. Easter morning worship, 10:30 a.m. For more info call the church office at 782-2112. Foster Memorial is located on the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in Sixteen Acres.

The Fosterians of Foster Memorial Church will host their annual rummage-tag sale in Fellowship Hall on April 4 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Church is located at the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in 16 Acres Center. There will be good used clothing, curtains, drapes, jewelry, paperbacks, books, toys, small household items and white elephants. A bag sale will take place from 1:30 - 2 p.m.

A powerful and moving drama that has been set to music. Featuring a cast of more than 20 adults and children, Behold " The Lamb! will take you from the Garden to the Cross and then to the Empty Tomb. Your faith will be lifted and renewed by the fact that Jesus is Alive! on April 5, 6 p.m., and April 8, 7 p.m., Good Friday, April 10, 7 p.m. at Christian LIfe Center, 1590 Sumner Ave. Free admission; nursery care provided. Call 782-7171 or visit www.christianlifecenterma.org for more info.

First annual Walk for the Wolves in Forest Park on April 4. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and walk begins at 10 a.m. Come meet Lakota and Cheyenne at the event. All proceeds will be used to expand our wolf exhibit. Sponsorship forms and more info available online at www.forestparkzoo.org or call Doreen Robinson at 733-2251 ext. 115.

On April 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. the Springfield High School of Science and Technology will host a college fair and career night. All interested sophomore and junior students and their families are invited to attend. Local colleges will be present to distribute info and answer questions. Career speakers will speak about their experiences and education after high school.

The annual JCC auction will take place April 5, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Participants will receive a bid number with payment to attend the April 5 auction reception ($20/person). The reception will include a casual night of dessert, cocktails, a live auction and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit programming at the JCC for youth, senior and summer camp programs. If you are unable to attend, you can participate in the week-long silent auction with a $5 donation to receive a bid number. Register at the JCC reception desk or call 739-4715.

On April 1 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St., the Black History Collective will be hosting a community discussion around the proposed increase in the gas tax. State Rep. Benjamin Swan will field questions. The event is open to all. For more info, call 219-2895.

The Wilbraham Parks & Rec Dept. is now offering Sandlot adult volleyball and adult basketball. Keep an eye out for our outdoor sandlot baseball and kick ball programs coming this spring, For details visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or contact our office at 596-2826.

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