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Town Events, May 3 - May 9

From The Reminder

The E.L. Garden Club's Annual Plant and Bake Sale will take place May 8 from 9 a.m. - noon at Heritage Park on North Main Street. George Kingston will be doing soil testing as well. A $1 donation is requested for the soil testing service. For more info call 525-6206.

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.

Pete Ledoux, CFP of Ledoux Investment & Retirement Solutions Inc., will conduct a seminar on planning your retirement May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Call 525-5436 to register.

We will be distributing commodities on May 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an EL 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.

Rummage sale including perennial plants and a variety of home baked goods! May 7, 6 - 8:30 p.m. and May 8, 8 a.m. - noon at the First Congregational Church at the rotary.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will have a "Hawaiian Show" on May 6 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon of sweet 'n' sour meatballs, steamed rice, glazed carrots and pineapple. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

A new session of this low-impact, joint-safe exercise program led by Arthritis Foundation-certified instructors begins May 12 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Cost is $10 for a six-week session. Participant release form needs to be signed prior to joining class. For more info or to register, call Lisa Fontaine, R.N. at 525-5436.

Capuano Care will offer free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screening May 7 at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Performance Rehabilitation will be here the second Mon. of each month at 8 a.m. offering stretching exercises before walking with the Morning Glory Walkers.

The Book Club meets the last Tues. of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The book for May is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. The Book Club is free and open to new members at any time.

The E.L. Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Breakfast on May 22 from 8 - 11 a.m. at the ELHS cafeteria, 180 Maple St. Proceeds from the breakfast are used to support Lions Community Projects in town. For info and tickets call Mark Beglane at 525-4463. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10, and can be purchased at the door. Menu: pancakes, sausage, juice or cider, milk, coffee or tea.

Parents and students in grades 7 - 10 are invited to attend MEFA's free comprehensive presentation on Early College Planning at Ludlow High School May 11 at 6:30 p.m. An experienced MEFA rep. will provide strategies for maximizing opportunities in high school, and cover the essentials of making a financial plan for college. Families will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a year-round resource. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

The Baystate West Chapter of Subvets Inc. will be host their regular meeting on May 16 beginning at 2 p.m. at the WWII Club on Conz Street in Northampton. There will be reports on the submarine visit to New London, Conn., and chapter info. All interested parties are invited to attend. Contact number for further info is 525-5989.

The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance (ice cream dance) on May 17. Mainstream dance on May 21 (Bali Bali dance). Dances take place at the United Mittineague Methodist Church on Amostown Road in West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Dance are $6 per person and we welcome singles and couples. Spectators are free. We will also be having a plant sale. For info on any dances call Dick Walker at 525-3324.

The 48th annual VFW Fishing Derby for children up to age 12 will take place on the Scantic River at the Hampden VFW on Main Street on May 8 from 10 a.m. - noon. Free food and drinks will be available for children. Anyone interested in donating or sponsoring the event is urged to contact Commander Charley Wood at the VFW.

A family-orientated program on "Birds, Glorious Birds!" will include an introduction to birds as well as a short walk looking for and learning what lives at Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary on May 15 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. The program is suitable for adults and families with children ages 4 - 10. Fee is $3 for Mass Audubon members, $5 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Contact Mass Audubon's Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries at 584-3009 ext. 812 or arcadia@massaudubon.org.

Stop by the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on May 14 at 10 a.m. to hear Debbi Hirshfield, consultant for the National Arthritis Foundation of Western Mass., speak about "How Arthritis Impacts Daily Living." Pre-register at 565-4150.

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.

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.

Learn all about Molly McIntire and her friend Emily who stays with her during World War II. Molly loves everything red, white and blue and is very patriotic. In honor of Molly and Emily, participants will make and decorate sparkling star crowns and felt banners. Participants will be able to wear them to watch or march in their local Memorial Day Parade! There will be time for American Girl stories and refreshments before the class ends. American Girl clothes, books and accessories will be for sale at discounted prices. Workshop will be May 8 from 10 a.m. - noon at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

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.

The Tony Award winning "Jersey Boys" is coming to the Providence Performing Arts Center on May 13. Coach bus transportation will leave Greenwood Children's Center at 10 a.m. for the 2 p.m. show. Orchestra seats have been reserved. Lunch will be included at Calabria Ristorante in Millbury before the show. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their same aged guests are welcome to enjoy an evening out on Fri. from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games as well as theme nights and activities! School dress codes are followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center dates are May 14 and June 4. Join our group Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Teen Center on Facebook for upcoming events and more info.

The Women's League for the Arts will present a spring fashion show featuring selections from All About Me of Hampden at the Colony Club Tower Square on June 3 at noon. This year the league will also award grants totaling $5,500. For info and to purchase tickets, contact Sandra Clark at 596-9878. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Mother's Day Brunch to benefit St. Anthony's Women's Guild at The Cedars May 9 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Seatings at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The Cedars, catered by Elegant Affairs, 375 Island Pond Rd. Cost: $23.95; kids 5 - 12, $12.50; kids under 5 are free, plus tax and 18 percent service charge. Make check payable to St. Anthony's Women's Guild and mail to The Cedars, 375 Island Pond Rd., Springfield, MA 01118. Call to reserve your table at 737-7896.

The Springfield JCC Health & Fitness Center will offer "Ultimate Outdoor Bootcamp," Thursdays, 6 - 7 p.m., May 20, 27, June 3, 10 and 17. Carry sandbags (or your instructor), pull sleds, run trails and dodge obstacles. Nothing is off limits for the few, the proud, the ones not afraid of getting dirty (or wet!). To register, contact the Springfield JCC at 739-4715.

The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs will host ballroom dances at Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St., on May 21 with music by Joe Campisi and June 11 with music by Richie Mitnick. Both dances will be from from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Cost: $5 per person. Free lesson during intermission. Refreshments. Free parking. Singles welcome. For more info call Kerri at 750-2873. The Community Center is located behind the 16 Acres Library.

JELUPA Productions announces the return of "Dinner with JELUPA" on May 6 at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. JELUPA Productions Inc. is proud to present a variety show for all ages featuring music, poetry and more. Admission is $12 (includes dinner); cash bar with beer and wine also available. Contact JELUPA at 563-3935, e-mail jelupa@aol.com or visit www.jelupaproductions.org for tickets and more info.

Atty. Michele Feinstein will present "A Woman's Guide to Financial Fitness" May 13 at 7 p.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Free for Springfield JCC members; $15 for the public. Pre-registration strongly recommended by e-mailing bnadler@springfieldjcc.org or calling 739-4715. Program sponsored by Life Lessons, the William & Margery Sadowsky Center of Adult Learning.

Don't Just Sit There (DJST), the Springfield JCC's teen community service group, is seeking teen bands grades 7 - 12 for its 8th Annual Battle of the Bands! Interested bands must audition live May 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. To reserve a time slot, contact Amy Kimball at akimball@springfieldjcc.org or 739-4715 ext. 322. Bands unable to audition may submit a demo to Kimball by May 7. The Battle of the Bands will be May 30, 6 - 11 p.m. in the Springfield JCC Auditorium.

The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will perform their spring concert for the residents at Wingate Nursing Home, 32 Chestnut St. in East Longmeadow, on May 7 at 2 p.m.

The Wilbraham Children's Museum invites you to book your birthday party in the museum, located on Main Street. We welcome children birth to pre-K to organized 90-min. playgroups available Mon. - Fri. Public hours are Tues. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Beautiful playground open to the public. For more info call 596-2472.

The Wilbraham Community Garden will host "Plowing the Community Garden" special guests from the Eastern Connecticut Draft Horse Assoc. May 8 (rain date May 9) from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Garden, 700 Monson Rd. Lunch items available for sale. For more info call Melissa Graves in the Conservation office at 596-2800 ext. 204.

The Wilbraham Garden Club will be have their member's meeting on May 6 at noon in Great Room of The Gardens of Wilbraham, 2301 Boston Rd. There will be a light luncheon followed by a program titled "Tussie Mussies and the Language of Flowers," by Deborah Long-Smith. Smith obtained her Master Gardener Certificate at the UConn. She has owned her own floral business for more than a decade.

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