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Town Events, May 18 - May 25

From The Reminder

Hosted by the American Legion, 3 Legion Ct., on May 21 at 6 p.m. Dinner will include salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Limited seats. Sixty seat maximum. Call American Legion at 525-2058 or Chris at 592-0596.

With over 800 people in attendance last year, this is one craft fair you should consider participating in. The First Congregational Church, at the rotary, is now accepting applications to their Christmas Collection Craft Fair. This year the fair will take place on Nov. 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Spaces are filling up, so applications to this juried craft fair should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications are available at www.fccuccel.org or call Sandy at 525-7511.

The Brick Road Productions theater company will perform "Class Reunion" for a fundraiser at the Meadows Masonic lodge on June 13 beginning at 6 p.m. Dinner will be chicken francais, and beer and wine will be available. Tickets are $25 pp. Call Ken at 537-1572 for tickets and info.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will celebrate 90+ birthdays on May 21 following lunch at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is meatloaf w/gravy, buttered noodles, corn and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

Commodities will be distributed to E.L. residents on May 20 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. If you have not already done so, come fill out paperwork in the office and pick up your ticket. No commodities will be given without a ticket, and paperwork must be completed prior to May 20.

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, 525-5436.

The Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed on May 25 in celebration of Memorial Day. There will be no Meals on Wheels delivery.

ELSA is looking for volunteers to join their organization, including openings for a secretary and treasurer. Contact Anthony Giuggio by July 1 at 525-5903.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is reminding residents to look in their May 18 edition of the Reminder for the Summer/Fall Brochure, advertising all the great summer activities being offered at the Pine Knoll Rec. Area, as well as several sports clinics: tennis and golf lessons; Mad Science programs, free bowling at Shaker Bowl register early so you don't miss out! We have added the fall sports programs we offer, too P.V. and intown soccer, youth field hockey, football and cheerleading. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. For more info, call 525-5437.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. offers rental of its Pine Knoll facilities for family reunions, birthday parties, etc. in Pine Lodge or Birch Hall. Grills/picnic table are available as well as sports fields and use of the pool. A rental form is necessary to fill out for use. Fees vary according to hours/area requested. Call 525-5437 for more info or come into Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is beginning fall P.V. soccer registrations in the office, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. At time of registering bring a 1x1 picture for the pass. Deadline to register is June 11. Tryouts will take place June 13 (rain date, June 14). Everyone who wishes to play for the 2009-10 season must tryout no exceptions.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is beginning intown fall soccer registrations for those entering K - 8 grades in fall 2009. A new co-ed 9 - 12 grades program will also be offered. Deadline to register is Aug. 7. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

Residents are advised that trash pickup will follow the holiday schedule for the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday, May 25. Trash pickup will be delayed by one day, with no pickup on Monday. Residents with normal Monday pickup will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday pickup will be on Wednesday, and so on through the week. Friday pickup will be on May 30. Recycling pickup will follow the same schedule as the trash. This will be a commingled containers recycling week. Residents that have questions about their pickup should call Central Mass Disposal at 1-800-467-2801 or the Board of Selectmen's Office at 525-5400.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is registering for the fall suburban football league for E.L. residents (those in E.L. METCO program for two years are eligible). Those entering grades 3 - 8 in fall 2009 can participate. Deadline to register is July 17. Come into the Office 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is registering for youth field hockey those entering grades 3 - 8 in fall 2009. Deadline to register is July 2. Evening registration will take place June 11 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rec. Dept. For more info, go to ELyouthfieldhockey.com. Come into Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is in the process of registering for a host of summer programs which will take place June 22 - August. Go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov to view the summer/fall program brochure. Flyers are available in the Rec. Dept. Office, daily 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the Office at 525-5437.

Atty. Dave Carlson will be offering free legal advice by appt., in half hour increments, on May 19 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Call the Senior Center office for your appt., 525-5436.

The next meeting of the Book Club will be on May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The book for May's meeting is "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult. The Book Club welcomes new members anytime.

The Cameo Club, made up of former contestants of the Ms. Senior Mass. pageant, will perform "Sequins & Saddles" on May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased at the Springfield JCC or by calling 739-4715. For additional info, contact Carlin Trietsch at the same number or by e-mail at ctrietsch@springfieldjcc.org.

A great gift for dad, all are welcome to join in a bus trip to the Pawtucket Red Sox on June 30. Trip includes an insider's tour of McCoy Stadium and fans under age 14 will receive a PawSox #1 foam finger. Bus departs and returns to the Springfield JCC parking lot, 1160 Dickinson St. To purchase tickets, call 739-4715 or stop by the JCC. All are welcome.

annual plant sale
On Memorial Day, May 25, the Hampden Garden Club will host its annual plant sale beginning at 8 a.m. in front of Academy Hall, Main Street, across from Town Hall. Each year, club members provide plants and shrubs grown in their own gardens for sale to the general public. The variety of healthy, established plants is extensive and prices are reasonable. All proceeds from the sale are used to beautify the town as well as provide a scholarship to a student graduating from Minnechaug High School. Club members will be on hand to assist and to answer any gardening questions you may have.

The Hampden Historical Society will host "Ernest Hemingway Alive" on May 26 at 7 p.m. Richard Clark will return to Hampden to present his one-man interpretation of Hemingway's "life, language and pursuit of happiness" from WWI through the JFK assassination. Clark has visited the Historical Society as Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie. Academy Hall will be open to the public on May 25 from 8 a.m. - noon. This open house offers an opportunity to visit the Historical Society Museum as part of the town's Memorial Day activities. Both events are free and open to the public. For further info call 566-5803 or 566-8447.

The Longmeadow School Dept., Office of Pupil Services, will be destroying special education records for students with a birth date between Jan 1 - Dec. 31, 1987. 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 starting the week of July 6.

Get your child's health and immunization forms completed by your pediatrician ASAP, because you do not want them to miss out on some of these camps this summer: lacrosse, field hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, theater, dance, cheerleading, adventure camps and more! Our traditional day camps have an exciting new format, which includes the returning L.I.T. and brand new C.I.T. levels! Register online at www.LPRD.net or visit us in our office at the Community House Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with health forms and payment (MC, Visa, AmEx, check or cash) in hand.

On June 5, Bay Path will host its third annual golf tournament: Go Green! Hit the links for a good cause the Bay Path College Wildcats! The tournament begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Westover Golf Course in Granby. It will benefit the Bay Path Wildcats. The registration cost is $100 per person and includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. Those interested in attending just the dinner may purchase tickets for $35. To register, become a sponsor or to donate an auction item, visit www.baypath.edu or for more info, contact Director of Special Programs Briana Sitler at 565-1066 or bsitler@baypath.edu.

A retirement party for Police Chief Robert Danio will take place May 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 26 Baldwin St., East Longmeadow. There will be a buffet and a cash bar. Donation is $25 per person. For tickets, visit the Longmeadow Police Dept. or call Jan at 565-4192.

Gina Daniele presents two upcoming bus trips: on June 7, enjoy a trip to Foxwoods Casino. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. July 4, tickets only are available for a Red Sox vs. Mariners game at Fenway Park no bus! For more info, call 732-8941.

The International League of Muslim Women will host their annual meeting on May 23 at the Masjid Al-Baqi Islamic Center, 148 Fort Pleasant Ave. at noon. This meeting is open to the public.

Better Life Whole Foods will host these upcoming events: Beat the Sugar Blues, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. with Renee Hastings; June 6, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Celiac Support Group Meeting; June 20, Better Life open house. All of these events are free of charge. For more info on any of these events, or to register, call 783-9424 or visit www.betterlifewholefoods.com or visit us at Bicentennial Plaza, 1500 Allen St.

The Family Life Center of Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center presents their sixth annual Career Day on May 20 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 3 Rutland St. For more info call Larry Leak at 739-4901 ext. 109.

The Springfield Rotary Club is hosting their second annual clothing drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters on May 29 at the Basketball Hall of Fame from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. A donation truck will be parked behind the Hall's South Side (near J. Quincy's Restaurant). Bring any gently used clothing, shoes, dishes, books, toys, jewelry or small pieces of furniture. For more info contact Springfield Club Membership Chair Bob Dambrov at 537-9294 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

The Sixteen Acres Civic Assoc. will host its monthly meeting on May 19 at 7 p.m. at Greenleaf Community Center behind the Sixteen Acres Library. There will be a continued discussion on the proposal from Colvest group on the proposed CVS building on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road. A vote will be taken at this meeting. Note: only members are entitled to vote.

The Springfield Ward 6 Democratic Committee will meet on May 20 at 6:30 p.m. at 395 Porter Lake Drive, Park Edge Apartments Community Room. All Ward 6 Democrats are invited to attend. The location is fully accessible. Contact Ward 6 committee chair Pat Carney at 736-0878 if you have questions.

Holy Cross Parish, Plumtree Road, has been the home of Holy Cross School since 1956. On June 20 the parish invites all those who have helped build the blessed Holy Cross Parish Community to come and celebrate the pride that we have had in our Parochial School for over 50 years! Special Mass at 4 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. social hour and 6 p.m. buffet with cash bar and raffle and music until 9 p.m. Tickets on sale through June 6; $20/adults and $15/children. Make checks payable to Holy Cross Rectory, 221 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, MA 01118. Contact Beth at 783-4111 ext. 100 with questions or to reserve tables of eight.

On May 30 at 7 p.m., Monsignor Dominic Primo Vera, a.k.a. Don Paglia, co-director of the Hartford Catholic Archdiocesan Family Life Office, will "Explain the Church" in this very funny evening of comedy, a fundraiser for the Parish's Habitat for Humanities project. Event will take place in Holy Cross School gym; only 350 seats available! Refreshments and social hour before and after performance. Tickets at the door are $12 each. Call Deacon Bill Toller at 783-4111 ext. 116 for tickets or more info.

The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will present a concert on May 20 at 12:45 p.m. at the Scantic Senior Citizen Club, Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St.

The Wilbraham Public Library is hosting a Teen Art Show! Artwork by local teen artists will be on display in the library's Brooks Room during the month of June. Teen artists may bring their pieces to the library until May 27. Frame or mount anything that should be hung. Contact Kate Pritchard with any questions at 596-6141 ext. 133 or kate@wilbrahamlibrary.org.

Attention musicians! Donate your talent to a good cause by performing at a Music Night Fundraiser at the Wilbraham Public Library on May 29 at 7 p.m. All proceeds will support teen programs at the library, such as college prep workshops, crafting and gaming programs, the Anime Club and the Teen Advisory Board. Sign up to perform by filling out a form at the library or by contacting Kate Pritchard at 596-6141 ext. 133 or kate@wilbrahamlibrary.org.

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