Town Events, May 12 - May 19
|From The Reminder|
RELAY FOR LIFE DINNER
The Pizza Shoppe at 134 Shaker Rd. will be hosting a fundraiser in support of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on May 20 from 5 - 8 p.m. There will be prizes to be drawn and Screech from the Springfield Falcons will be visiting to take photos with the kids. The Pizza Shoppe will be donating a percentage of the sales from the evening to the Relay For Life. Please call 636-7912 for further details.
"GREEN" FLEA & CRAFT MARKET
East Longmeadow United Methodist Church, 215 Somers Rd., will host its Green Flea & Craft Fair on May 31 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Featuring flea and craft vendors, food consignments, kids' corner, perennial plant sale and bake sale and bring those old sneakers, print cartridges, eye glasses and cell phones to our recycle center located on the grounds. Come join us in our efforts to REpurpose, REcycle and REspond to our planet's concerns.
CALL FIREFIGHTER TRAINEES WANTED
The East Longmeadow Fire Department is still accepting applications for Call Firefighter Trainees until May 23. Must be a minimum of 19 years old and live in East Longmeadow or within one mile. For information call the East Longmeadow Fire Department M-F 8 am to 4 pm.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE MEETING
The East Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee will host its next meeting on May 15 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the East Longmeadow Fire Station on Somers Road (Route 83). This month's guest speaker will be Rebecca Townsend of the Pioneer Valley Advocates for Commuter Rail. Townsend will discuss efforts to bring commuter rail service from New Haven and Hartford to Springfield. For more info call Michael Galvagni at 736-7019 or (469) 831-4790. You can also write the ELDTC at P.O Box 1021, East Longmeadow, MA 01028 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Newcomers are welcome.
PINE KNOLL ACTIVITY CENTER
The E.L. Rec. Dept. Pine Knoll Activity Center Programs will run the weeks of June 23 - Aug. 15. Those who are 4 and 5 years old and "K" may attend the Adventure Kids half day from 9 - 11:30 a.m., Mon. - Fri. Those who are in full day "K" - 8th grade may attend the Activity Center from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Activities will have a weekly theme, along with games, sports, plays, music, arts & crafts, swimming, dancing and nature. Come into the Rec. Dept. to register.
JUNIOR COUNSELOR (CIT) PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a Junior Counselor (CIT) leadership development program designed to provide hands on learning, as well as educational information. Topics taught include first aid, effective discipline techniques, enhancing individual leadership styles, planning activities and creating positive work relationships. Time for hands-on learning and observation for group will be available. Registration is limited to 20 per session. Those in grades 7/8 are eligible for this program. Come into the Rec. Dept. to register.
SUMMER TENNIS PROGRAMS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering the following tennis programs for the summer: Youth ages 6 - 10 beginners/intermediate level, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - noon and ages 11 - 18 beginner/advanced level, Mon. - Fri., 1 - 4 p.m. Running June 23 - Aug. 15. Visit the Rec. Dept. to register.
Adults of any skill level. Limited to 10, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wed., beginning May 21 at Pine Knoll. Visit the Rec. Dept. to register.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will celebrate 90+ birthdays with a special performance by the Senior Chorus on May 15 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is chicken cordon bleu, mashed potato, broccoli and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.
SPECIAL JEWELRY CLASSES
Make a special gift for mom or the graduate! Sandy Merrill will host a special class at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on May 14 at 1 p.m. Students can create a decorative zipper pull/purse embellishment and/or bookmark. This class requires a $2 deposit, and you must register as class size is limited to 20. The total cost of the class should not exceed $8 (including deposit).
Collaborative "F" Fort Dance, an emerging modern dance company, will perform at the Pleasant View Senior Center on May 14 at 3:30 p.m. This energetic company consists of choreographers and dancers with extensive dance backgrounds and who live in Western Mass. and northern Conn. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 if you would like to attend, as light refreshments will be served.
The Enfield Tennis Club, 226 Shaker Rd., will host a Senior Open House on May 15 at 10:30 a.m. to generate interest in tennis as a fitness activity for seniors. Tour the facility, meet staff members, or take a group lesson with a pro. Stay around to play against others or the ball machine, all free of charge. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, loaner racquets available. Please sign up in the Senior Center office.
Commodities will be distributed on May 21 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. To qualify, you must be an East Longmeadow resident of any age, and you must demonstrate need by showing documentation of your participation in any of the following programs: Welfare, AFDC, Food Stamps, Fuel Assistance, WIC, SSI, Medicaid, Veteran's Aid, Head Start or sign a statement showing your Gross Yearly Income falls at or below certain amounts. You must sign up at the Senior Center and will be given a ticket which you will keep for the year. No commodities will be given without a ticket.
VALLEY RADIO READING SERVICE BOOK SALE
There will be a book sale to benefit the Valley Radio Reading Service on May 17 from 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and May 18 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. The sale will take place at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Sale includes paperback and hardcover books, including fiction, non-fiction and an array of specialty books. Valley Radio Reading Service is a non-profit broadcast service.
The Pioneer Valley USO is having a spaghetti supper on May 19 at the Knights of Columbus, Granby Road in Chicopee from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, children five and under are free. This is a great way to support our troops and a non-profit organization.
BATTLE TO BENEFIT TEEN FUNDRAISER
Ten local teen bands will compete in the Battle of the Bands Competition, May 25, 6 - 11 p.m. at Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. This event is open to the public. The fee is $5 per person. This event is sponsored by the JCC philanthropic teen group, Don't Just Sit There (DJST). Proceeds from the competition will benefit Children International and Habitat for Humanity. Refreshments will be sold.
TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY
The Dow J ones Retirees Group has scheduled a trip to New York City on May 13, 2009. Deposit is due by June 27, 2008 to secure tickets. Pick up and drop off at the Plantation Inn parking lot in Chicopee. All are welcome. For more info, contact Carol at (860) 668-5822.
BAYSTATE WEST CHAPTER OF SUBVETS
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 May 18. Details on the visit to New London on M ay 23 to go aboad a nuke submarine, plus view sub-school graduation, visit the new diving tower are almost complete. Our picnic on Sept. 21 is ready to go. Friends and guests are invited. Contact 525-5989 for further info.
Active Singles (a non-proit group) is sponsoring an eight-day visit to Utah to see Zion, Arches & Bryce national parks. This event is for singles 30s and older. The trip includes round trip air fare, lodging, all food, plus horseback riding, rafting and bike riding. The dates are Aug. 1 - Aug. 9. We are taking 50 people on this trip. Half are already reserved. Call Charlie for a flyer at (203) 271-2125 or (860) 489-9611. Deposit of $300 due no later than May 20. Visit www.activesingles.org, e-mail email@example.com.
ADULT TENNIS LEAGUE
A USTA New England adult tennis league is looking for teams in Western Mass. Matches will take place Monday evenings at various local Parks and Rec. facilities. An informational meeting will take place at 9 a.m. on May 17 at the Ludlow Tennis Club, Carmelinas Circle, Ludlow. For further info or for any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat Murry at 782-0992.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED
The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., operates a loan closet of medical equipment. Residents may borrow walkers, commodes, shower chairs, high-rise toilet seats, etc. The Center currently has a great need for canes and wheelchairs. Shower chairs and transfer tub benches are always needed. Also dressing supplies of all kinds are welcome. If you have any of these items that you are no longer using, please call 565-4150 and donate them to the Center.
The Longmeadow High School varsity and junior varsity teams will be hosting a car wash on May 17 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Longmeadow Garage (Mobil Station) at 467 Longmeadow St. The players are raising funds so they can buy equipment, improve the playing fields and purchase a storage building for their equipment.
CLUB 6 - 9 - 3
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grade 2 - 3 on May 28 at 3:15 p.m. We will be reading "Nixie's Song" by Tony DiTerlizzi, author of the "Spiderwick Chronicles." Get ready for an exciting discussion as Club 6 9 3 gathers for activities, snacks and conversation. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Department in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library to register or receive more info about Club 6 9 3.
BOOKGROUP MEETS AT STORRS
Join us for great conversations and fun activities as Pageturners, our book group for students in grades 4 - 5, travel through the wonderful world of books with our reading selection "Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster. Our selection will be discussed on May 29 from 3:30 - 4 p.m. The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will host Pageturners. You may register, pick up our selection or receive more info about Pageturners by visiting the Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
FINANCIAL SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on May 19. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in School Committee room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.
SENSORY INTEGRATION DISORDER
May 22, 7 p.m. School Committee Room (enter Pupil Services door). Presented by Kim Mirer, O.T.R. Michele Fluerry, C.O.T.A. Beth Wilder, C.O.T.A. The district's Occupational Therapy staff will discuss what Sensory Integration Disorder is, how it can present itself in children and strategies that can be used at home and at school to address the child's needs. If you are interested in attending, e-mail email@example.com so there is adequate space and printed materials.
FAIRY TEA PARTY
Call ahead to reserve your space for the Fairy Tea Party hosted by Daisy Doos! Seating is limited for both sittings; 2:30 - 3 p.m. and 3:30 - 4 p.m. Daisy Doos will also be doing updos ($10) and braids with beads ($3) all day. Tea Party will take place in the Rear Auditorium at the Longmeadow Community House. Please call Samantha at 525-6429 or e-mail at DAISYDOOS@comcast.net.
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to come and enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. 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 teen center event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen center dates are May 16 and June 6.
GOLF AND TENNIS OUTING
The Blueberry Hill P TO is pleased to announce that its Golf/Tennis Outing and Adult Social/Silent Auction will take place June 2 at the Twin Hills Country Club. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Blueberry Hill PTO, which uses the funds to support cultural enrichment programs at the school, provide much-needed supplies to each classroom and fund other special projects. If you would like to play golf or tennis in the tournament, sponsor a tee, attend the social or donate a raffle or silent auction item, contact Blueberry School at 565-4280.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
The public is invited to attend the Meet the Candidates program on June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. The candidates that are participating are all running for the School Committee. The other positions are uncontested. The School Committee candidates are as follows: Gwendolyn Bruns, John Fitzgerald, Gerald Kiernan, Edward Sweeney, Geoffrey Weigand and Armand Wray. For more info call 565-4150.
May 24, 1 p.m. Author Ellen Evert Hopman will be book signing " A Druid's Herbal of Sacred Tree Medicine." An in depth look at the history, herbal uses and spiritual aspects of the sacred trees. Hopman's new release "Priestess of The Forest" will be on sale. Call Better Life at 783-9424 to register for a free lecture.
ANNUAL CAREER FAIR
Family Life Center of the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center presents its fifth annual career fair on May 21 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Community Center, 3 Rutland St. For more info, call Larry Lak at 739-4901.
TASTE OF DUGGAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
John Duggan Middle School at 1015 Wilbraham Rd. will be hosting their eighth annual "Taste of Duggan and More." This community fair will take place June 14 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Rain date June 21.) There is still booth space available for the cost of $20. If you would like to purchase a booth call 787-7410. Some highlights include pony rides, train rides, petting zoo, car wash and a healthy nutrient program. This is a fundraiser and a community-connected event for the benefit of John J. Duggan Middle School.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS
The Pioneer Valley Gay Mens' Chorus will sing at 10 a.m. worship at South Congregational Church of Springfield on May 18 as part of the church's eighth anniversary of voting to become an "open and affirming" congregtion of the GLBT community. Following worship, the chorus will also sing at the coffee hour, which will be hosted by the church's GLBT members. South Church and its parking lot are located at 45 Maple St. For more info, call the church at 732-0117 or check www.sococh.org.
WILBRAHAM UNITED CHURCH WOMEN'S GUILD
The Guild will meet on May 22 at noon in Fellowship Hall. A catered luncheon will be served. A spring concert will be presented by the Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group. Guests are welcome. Call 596-2511 for more info.
The Wilbraham Police Dept. will be hosting a R.A.D. class for women ages 13 and above. The class starts June 4 and runs for four consecutive Wednesdays at the YMCA in Wilbraham, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The R.A.D. system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. This women-only course begins with Awareness, Prevention, Risk Reduction and Risk Avoidance, while progressing on to basics of hands-on defense training. Mothers and daughters are welcome and high school and college-aged women are also encouraged to sign up. To register for this course, contact the YMCA at 596-2749; class size is limited to 20 women. There is a $5 admission fee paid to the YMCA. If you have questions, contact Officer Paradis or Laviolette at the Wilbraham Police Dept. at 596-3839.