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Town Events, May 10 - 16

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EAST LONGMEADOW
ELHS PARENT MEETING
The next ELHS Parent meeting will focus on "Communicating Effectively with Your Teenager." School Counselor John Martin will be the speaker. The meeting will take place May 18 in the ELHS library from 7 - 8 p.m.

TEXAS HOLD'EM FUNDRAISER
The E.L. Lady Spartans will sponsor a charity poker fundraiser at 6 p.m. on May 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 215 Baldwin St. Tickets for the fundraiser are $50 for players and $10 for non-players. Proceeds will benefit the ELHS girls booster club. Registration take place from 6 - 7 p.m. and the tournament begins at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and door prizes. Prizes will be given to game winners. For more info contact Cheryl at 537-4955 or Jodi at 636-6032.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
There will be a pancake breakfast fund-raiser at the Masonic building, 43 Chestnut St., on May 16 from 8 a.m. - noon. Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee is included. Adults, $5; children under 10, $3.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will host Trivia Finals on May 13 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon of pork cutlet w/gravy, sweet potatoes, spinach and apricots. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

COMMODITIES DISTRIBUTION
Will be May 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an E.L. resident of any age and show proof of need. Commodities are distributed four times a year, and this will be the second distribution for 2010. If you need a ticket, sign up in the Senior Center office prior to May 19. No commodities will be given without a ticket.

U18 SOCCER
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces registrations for the U18 boys and girls summer soccer leagues will begin May 10. This is a high school division. Players must turn in a 1"x1" picture when registering for their pass. There will be two girls teams coached by Todd Waltsak and John Ford and one boys team coached by Dan Ferguson. Deadline is May 21 by 4 p.m. First meeting is May 18. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE MEETING
The next E.L. Republican Town Committee meeting will be May 19 at 7 p.m. in the E.L. Public Library Community Room. Open to all. For more info call Donna Kane at 525-5222.

TEEN MISSIONS FUNDRAISER
Birchland Park Middle School student Jonathan Afonso will be outside Rocky's Hardware on North Main Street May 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. raising funds to support his Teen Missions trip to help repair buildings and lay a floor at the Teen Missions facility in Saskatchewan, Canada.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
DONATE YOUR CAR, TRUCK
Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Mass. Assoc. for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.

HAMPDEN
CANADA/NEW ENGLAND CRUISE
There is still room for the Canada/New England cruise, eight days and seven nights aboard Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas, Sept. 25 - Oct. 2. Leaving from Hampden to take the ship in Boston and will return to Hampden after the cruise. Call Nora at 566-5796 for more info.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The May meeting of the Hampden Garden Club will take place May 20 at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall. Nancy and Tom Condon will speak on "The Secret Lives of Wildflowers, Food, Sex and History." Join us for a fun, informative evening. At this month's meeting we'll update members about the annual plant sale. It's time to dig up your donated plants so they'll have time to recover before the sale. Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend our meetings.

BOOK AND BAKE SALE
The Hampden Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 9397 will host a book and bake sale on May 15 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 190 Main St. For more info call Dusti Wells at 596-9038.

LONGMEADOW
DEMOCRATS CANDIDATES NIGHT
The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee will be hosting a Candidates Night May 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. Meet Democratic candidates for School Committee (Jennifer Jester) and Select Board (Christine Swanson and Michael Clark). Everyone is welcome; join the discussion of the issues and meet the candidates. For more info see www.longmeadowdemocrats.com or e-mail longmeadowdemocrats@gmail.com.

OFFICE OF PUPIL SERVICES
The Longmeadow School Dept. Office of Pupil Services will be destroying special education records for students with a birth date between Jan. 1, 1988 - Dec. 31, 1988. If you are interested in obtaining the file(s), call 565-4210 ext. 29 or 30 to schedule an appt. to pick up the file(s). We will not mail them. These records will be destroyed after June 23.

SPRING TENNIS LESSONS FOR ADULTS
Beginner/intermediate level. This group will consist of a wide range of experiences and talent levels. Participants will be grouped according to ability and drills will be developed to meet your needs. Participants must provide their own racquet. Match play will follow drills at the end of each class. Lessons will be on Tues. and Thurs.; session one: May 18, 20, 25 and 27; session two: June 8, 10, 15 and 17 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Blinn Tennis Courts. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

SWIMMING AND TENNIS
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 summer for ages 3.5 - adult. Swim lessons feature discounts for 2010 outdoor pool pass holders. When tennis courts are not being used for organized Parks & Rec. play, they are open and free to all 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, prior to teaching a lesson.

4TH ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The newest tradition is to begin Long Meddowe Days with a visit to the Community House for the 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast. Join the staff, members of the Park Board and the Longmeadow Rotary on May 22 from 7 - 10 a.m. as we serve pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, juice, tea and coffee. Tickets are available now at the Community House and Greenwood Children's Center; $6 for adults, $3 for children 6 and under. Tickets are also available at the door ($7 for adults, $4 for children).

SPRITE & FAIRY FESTIVAL & TEA PARTY
Children of all ages are encouraged to attend the Parks & Rec.'s fourth annual Sprite and Fairy Festival. All participants who will be building a Fairy House are asked to bring a grocery bag full of their own natural materials such as sticks/branches, stones, bark, dry grass, pine cones, shells, acorns, feathers, cut lawn grass, flowers, garden trimmings, etc. Children are encouraged to dress up in their favorite fairy costume or other enchanted character. Visit www.fairyhouses.com for more ideas! Fairy Tea Party: call ahead to reserve your space for the Fairy Tea party hosted by Parks & Rec. Seating is limited to 60 children. RSVP to 565-4160 or e-mail kzieba@longmeadow.org. The festival will be on the Green across from the Community House and the tea party will be located in the Community House Rear Auditorium on May 22 from 1 - 4 p.m. Free.

GREENWOOD OPEN HOUSE
Join us for an open house on May 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Take a tour of our programs and pick up registration packets for the 2010-11 school year. Call 565-4163 for more info.

FALL SOCCER ASSOCIATION
Runs September - November. Kids in grades K - 8 eligible. Practices are held at the discretion of the coach and usually weekdays or on Saturdays. Games are scheduled for Sundays. Optional travel teams play their games weeknights and weekends. Uniforms provided. Sign-up at the Community House. Visit www.longmeadowsoccer.com for updated info.

SUBURBAN YOUTH FOOTBALL
Co-ed program for players entering grades 3 - 8. Participants are grouped by grade, age, skill and experience levels with weight restrictions for certain positions. Pee wee program for grades 3 - 4; junior program for grades 5 - 6; senior program for grades 7 - 8. Program emphasizes values, teamwork and football fundamentals. Starting in early August, preseason practices are each weeknight reducing to 3 - 4 days each week when school starts. Eight games played Sat. or Sun. during September and October. Uniforms and equipment provided, but participants supply their own cleats and mouth guard. Visit www.longmeadowfootball.org for more info. All new players and those who did not play last year are required to bring a copy of their birth certificate to leave at registration. Sign-up May 12, 7 - 9 p.m.; May 13, 7 - 9 p.m.; and May 19, 7 - 9 p.m. at Community House.

NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Come and share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center on Maple Road. Open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. Program offered free of charge in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.

IMAGINEERS MEET AT STORRS LIBRARY
Imagineers will meet on May 13 from 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. for children in grades 2 and up. Imagineers consists of a story, a LEGO challenge based on the story and a snack. Children will design, build and display their LEGO creations in the library. Imagineers promotes problem solving and creativity. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

NEW SESSION OF ITALIAN
At the Adult Center Tuesdays, May 18 - July 6, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. One price for all or part of the classes. Come at 9:30 to view the Muzzi instruction video. Beginners meet 10:30 - 11 a.m. Intermediates meet 11 a.m. - noon, advanced instruction is from noon - 1 p.m. For more info call 565-4150.

INTRO TO NORDIC WALKING
At the Adult Center May 18, 12:30 p.m. Learn how walking with poles builds upper body strength in addition to usual benefits of walking. Jack Fila will give a free seminar demonstrating the specially designed poles as well as the techniques used in Nordic walking. If there is interest, he will offer a four-week class. Call 565-4150 for more info.

JERSEY BOYS
A trip with the Adult Center, May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Just seven tickets left for this trip to the Providence Performing Arts Center to see the musical "Jersey Boys" and includes lunch at the Calabria Ristorante in Millbury on the way. Call 565-4150 for more info.

SPRINGFIELD
EAST FOREST PARK MEETING
The East Forest Park Civic Assoc. will meet on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church Meeting Hall. City Comptroller Pat Burns and Chair of the Board of Assessors, Richie Allen will speak on the city's tax setting process.

GREAT SPRING AUCTION
Come to the Great Spring Auction at Trinity United Methodist Church on May 22 at 361 Sumner Ave. Items to be auctioned include vacation rentals on Cape Cod and Marco Island, Fla., gold jewelry, gourmet meals, themed gift baskets and a variety of services donated by church members. While you are bidding, earn tickets for the dessert buffet. Kids, bring your pennies; there will be a special auction just for you of gently used toys and games. Admission is free and doors open at 6 p.m. Call the church office at 736-5311 for more info.

BLESSING OF THE MOTORCYCLES
The 14th annual Blessing of the Motorcycles will take place May 23 at 8 a.m. at Holy Name Church, Dickinson Street at the "X" off of Sumner Ave. Pancake breakfast 8 - 11 a.m.: $3 for adults, $1.50 for children. For more info contact the rectory at 733-5823.

ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet on May 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle. Prof. Alan Hirshfeld, Ph.D, will talk on "Starlight Detectives of the Victorian Age" how amateur astronomers helped invent modern astronomy during the late 19th and early 20th centuries using photography and spectroscopy to explore the physical properties of celestial objects. Refreshments will be served, and the public is welcome free of charge. For more info visit www.reflector.org. or call (800) 336-9054.

BUS TRIP
Gina Daniele presents a trip to Niagara Falls on May 15 and 16 for a casino visit and shopping. Bus, hotel, breakfast, tour, boat ride and $35 in free bets included in price. No passport required. For more info call 732-8941.

STROKE SURVIVOR/CAREGIVER FORUM
May 12 at the Mass Mutual Center from 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. The American Stroke Assoc. presents its annual info forum designed to improve the quality of life for stroke survivors, their caregivers and family members. Admission: $5; includes light breakfast and sit down lunch. For more info call 827-0400.

PIONEER VALLEY HEART WALK
The American Heart Assoc.'s annual walk will be May 16 in Forest Park. Registration: 9 a.m., kick off: 10 a.m. One, two and five mile courses. Light breakfast, kid's zone including a bounce house, games and entertainment. Prize incentives for fundraising. To register or for more info call 827-0400 or visit www.pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.

PEACE CAMP
Peace Camp will be hosted at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., Aug. 9 - 12 from 9 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. On the evening of Aug. 13 a Children's Peace Festival & Family Night Celebration will also take place (time TBA). Children and youth ages 4 - high school are welcome! Registration is now open; call Trinity at 737-5311. Suggested donation is $5/child ($10 max. per family).

GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE
The Springfield Garden Club's annual plant sale will take place May 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., under the tent at the Springfield Museums Quadrangle. Great selection of hardy plants, trees and shrubs from members' gardens, featuring specialty planters and unusual specimens. Join us rain or shine!

WILBRAHAM
ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Town Clerk Beverly Litchfield announces absentee ballot for the upcoming Annual Town Election scheduled for May 22 are now available in her office for those voters who will be absent from the town during polling hours, physically disabled preventing them from going to the polls or religious belief. A request in writing is required for obtaining an absentee ballot. Call 596-2800 ext. 200 if you have any questions. Absentee ballots will be available until noon on May 21.

LIFE PLANNING SEMINAR
Attorney and elder law practitioner Fred McCoy will lead a seminar on wills and trusts, healthcare proxies, durable power of attorney, homestead declaration and more May 19 at 7 p.m. at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. Free and open to all. For more info call the church at 596-2511 ext. 100.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will meet May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent's Conference Room, 621 Main St.

TAG SALE BENEFIT
Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for Key Women Educators Alpha Chapter will host a scholarship benefit tag sale on May 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Green Acres Fruit Farm, 868 Main St. Proceeds will provide scholarships to women from high schools in the area. For more info call Clair LaBonte at 533-9194.

VENTURE CREW BREAKFAST
Venture Crew 359 will host a pancake breakfast at St. Cecilia's Parish Center, 42 Main St., on May 16 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Menu: pancakes, hot syrup, sausage, juice and coffee. Silent auction to take place as well. Tickets are $5; children under 5 are free. For more info call Nick at


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