Town Events, May 5 - May 12
|From The Reminder|
PLANT AND BAKE SALE
The Garden Club will host its annual plant and bake sale at Heritage Park on May 10 from 9 a.m. - noon. There will be locally grown perennial plants from members' gardens, home baked goods, soil testing and garden signs. This is an annual event to benefit our scholarship fund. For more info, visit www.elgardenclub.org.
ELHS SPRING CONCERT
The East Longmeadow High School Music Department will present a spring concert on May 14 at 7 p.m. in the ELHS auditorium. Admission is $4, with children under 12 free. The concert will feature the vocal ensembles, jazz ensembles and the concert band playing the music of Eric Whitacre, Leonard Bernstein, Earth Wind and Fire and more. Join us for a special evening of music.
FALL PIONEER VALLEY REGISTRATIONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is now taking registrations for the Fall P.V. Soccer League. Students in grades 3 - 8 are generally eligible, pending date of birth call office for details. Final registration is June 11. Registrations after that will be charged a late fee of $10. Mandatory tryouts will take place June 14 with a rain date of June 15. Pre-registration is required. Call 525-5437.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a new class strength training. This 10-week class will run May 7 - July 9 on Wednesdays from 5 - 6 p.m. Those 60 and over receive a discount. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is registering for all its susmmer programs, such as activity centers, CIT program (both at Pine Knoll), tennis, sports clinics, golf lessons, Mad Science, etc. many new programs have been added too. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register. Call 525-5437 for more info.
The East Longmeadow Lions Club will host the 6th Annual Pancake Breakfast for the Band in the ELHS cafeteria on May 17 from 8 - 11 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and are available at the door. Proceeds from the event will support the ELHS Band.
NORCROSS OPEN HOUSE
The Friends of Norcross will be hosting an open house on May 10 at 89 Maple St. from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Norcross Center is seeking town support for Community Preservation funding to be voted on at the May 19 town meeting. Stop by this open house to learn more about the Norcross Center Project.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Russ Peotter, General Manager of Channel 57 public television in Springfield, will be the guest speaker following lunch on May 8 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is spaghetti w/meatballs, garlic bread, zucchini and pudding. 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 PERFORMANCE
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 Connecticut. Please 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.
Life Lab Cholesterol Screenings will take place at the Pleasant View Senior Center on May 23 from 8 - 11:30 a.m. by appointment (525-5436). Fasting is required and tests include total cholesterol HDL, LDL and triglycerides. Cost is $12.
Hampden Hearing will be conducting free hearing screenings by appointment on May 9 from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436.
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. For sale will be a wide variety of paperback and hardcover books, including fiction, non-fiction and an array of specialty books. Valley Radio Reading Service is a non-profit broadcast service.
ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SHOW
Piedmont Hall, 604 Main St. in Somers, Conn., will be hosting its first antiques and collectibles show on May 16 from 6 - 9 p.m. (early buyer's night, admission $5, complimentary refreshments) and May 17 from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. (admission $2). Tickets are available at the door. Dealers will feature furniture, art, jewelry, garden items and more. This event will benefit the Somers Cultural Commission Scholarship Fund.
The Quabbin Valley Twirlers will sponsor a square dance on May 10. The dance will take place at St. George's Church Hall from 8 - 10:30 p.m. on 33 Maple St. in Chicopee. We will be celebrating our class graduation. All are welcome. Donation is $6 per person. For more info call Fran at 467-3352.
Two locations will be hosting flower swaps from May - September. In South Deerfield, at 2 Hobbie Rd., the flower swap will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. At 451 Miller St. in Ludlow, the swaps will take place the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6 p.m.
TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS MEETING
The May 14 meeting, at 7 p.m., will feature "An Evening with Tom Lynch" at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St. Lynch is a national and international award-winning artist who has produced many videos, PBS series, books and workshops. The evening will include a watercolor demo, a book signing and a critique of members' paintings. The public is welcome to attend.
The Federated Community Church at 590 Main St. will host a lasagna supper on May 10 at 6 p.m. The menu is lasagna, salad, rolls, cake and beverage. Adults are $12 and children under 12 are $5. Call the church office at 566-6711 for reservations before May 7.
SUMMER CAMP FORMS AND PAYMENT INFORMATION
Due to licensing requirements of many of our camps, current health and immunization records must be presented along with full payment for camp registration processing. For additional camp info, registration and health forms visit www.LPRD.net.
FAIRY TEA PARTY
Call ahead to reserve your space for the Fairy Tea Party hosted by Daisy Doos from East Longmeadow! 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 email DAISYDOOS@comcast.net.
PETITE POLLOCK/LITTLE LEONARDOS
For ages 3 5, 5 7. Children will explore multiple art mediums and enjoy messy projects! Each class will begin with a short group time of stories and songs followed by an open-ended art project. The projects are designed to foster your child's creativity and self-esteem. The children will engage in individual and group projects. Projects will be messy, please dress appropriately! All materials included. Petite Pollock, ages 3 5, will meet on Mondays for six weeks, May 5 June 9 (no class on May 26) from 2:45-3:30 p.m. Little Leonardos, ages 5 7, will meet on Saturdays for six weeks, May 10 June 21 (no class on May 31) from 9-9:45 a.m. All classes meet at Greenwood Children's Center.
BEGINNER TENNIS LEAGUE
Have fun and get fit as ages 19+ can play against teams from other PV towns. If you played tennis in high school or have taken at least some beginner tennis lessons, this league is the perfect fit! Five - 10 players are needed to play singles, first doubles and second doubles matches. Post-season divisional play is optional. League runs on Monday evenings from mid-May - mid-September from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Blinn tennis courts. Fee includes standard league fees plus one-year membership to USTA. To be placed on a roster or for questions, call Enfield Tennis Club at (860) 698-6503.
Get your hearts pumping in a four-week fitness program that is a fun group activity, with non-stop action! The one-hour program includes a warm-up, dynamic stretching, cardio workout and cool down session. This program meets on Mondays from May 19 June 16 from 9 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 11:30 a.m. at the Blinn tennis courts. Fore more info, call (860) 698-6503.
SPRING TENNIS LESSONS
Adults and youth in grades 5 - 8. Get an early start on your game by joining our spring program. Bring your own racket. Youth session runs May 16 - June 20 on Fridays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Blinn tennis courts. Adult session runs May 19 - June 2 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Blinn tennis courts. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES: PICASSOS
Children will be exposed to the fun of drawing, painting and sculpture with real art materials. The focus is on the process, which will nurture your child's creativity, confidence and self-expression. All materials included. Wear clothing that can get messy! Ages 3 - 5 and parents are welcome. Program dates are Fridays, May 16 - June 2 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center.
ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Join us for pancakes, maple syrup, sausage, juice and coffee on May 17 at the Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow St. from 7 - 10 a.m. Advanced tickets are on sale now at the Community House and Greenwood Center and cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages six and under; tickets purchased at the door will be $7 for adults, $4 for children. Call 565-4160 or visit www.LPRD.net for more info.
Next meeting will be May 22 at 7 p.m. in the police station community meeting room.
RED HAT LUNCHEON
Enjoy a wonderful lunch and stroll along the river in your red and purple at the "Mill on the River" in South Windsor on May 14 at noon. Register at 565-4150.
LOOK PARK 'KEEP MOVING' WALK
The Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs is sponsoring a three-mile or one-mile walk at Look Park on May 14. We provide transportation by van departing the Center at 9:45 a.m. The walk begins w/registration and warm-up at 10:30 a.m. Bring a picnic lunch, meet new friends and have a great time. Must register at 565-4150.
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on May 20 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more information.
The Longmeadow Select Board will conduct a public hearing on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Police Department, 34 Williams St., pursuant to General Laws Chapter 43B, Section 10 on a proposed amendment, which has been submitted by petition, to the Town Charter which would provide for an elected Water and Sewer Commission, and would delete the current charter provision (Section 3-2) whereby the Select Board acts as the Water and Sewer Commissioners. A copy of the full text of the petition is available at the offices of the Town Clerk and the Select Board, 20 Williams St.
LONGMEADOW ADULT CENTER VAN FOR LOCAL TRIPS
$1 each way. We need a minimum of 4 - 5 people to operate the van on Tuesdays around town. Call if interested: 565-4150.
ENFIELD SQUARE MALL VAN TRIP
May 30, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Limited seating call early! 565-4150.
MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH
Chef Robert's Mother's Day Brunch, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. $3 each. Join us! Call 565-4150.
MAY BIRTHDAY BASH
Join us for a delightful afternoon! May 22, 11:30 a.m. $3 each. Don't miss out! Call early 565-4150.
BLOOD SUGAR SCREENING
May 14, 9 - 10 a.m. Please fast for 10 - 12 hours before the test. Donation of $1 is requested to cover testing supplies.
HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELOR
May 14 and 28 from 9 a.m. - noon. Call 565-4150 for an appointment.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Strength training at home. May 16, 10 - 11 a.m. Come for a healthy snack and conversation about living well. This month our speaker is Julie Costello, Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. Please pre-register at 565-4150.
SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE ELDERLY
The City Council's Special Committee on the Elderly will be at the Hungry Hill Center on May 13 at 11 a.m. Area seniors are encouraged to come to express suggestions, concerns, etc. regarding senior services. Refreshments will be served. There will also be a luncheon at noon. Reservations for the lunch are necessary by May 6 and can be made by calling 733-9411.
BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES
St. Catherine of Siena Church is offering a six-week sesion beginning May 11 (excluding Memorial Day weekend). Included is a make-up class on June 29, in case you have to miss a week. Beginners 6 p.m., intermediate 7 p.m. Classes will meet in the West Wing of the church, 1023 Parker St. Contact Kristie Mullins at 525-2370 or 204-4586 for more info.
SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING
Parents are invited to attend an Advisory Board meeting for safe and drug free schools on May 9 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. at the Meline Kasparian Professional Development Center, 60 Alton St. This event is free and open to all parents.
FIRST HOUR FORUMS
The public is invited to attend the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield's "First Hour Forum" from 9 - 10 a.m., before their Sunday Service in the Balcony Room, second floor. On May 11, "Step Up Springfield" with Carl McCargo. The church is located at 245 Porter Lake Dr. For info, call 736-2324.
BOBBY VINTON CONCERT
Only 10 seats left to attend this concert at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville, Conn. The bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 10 a.m. and returns about 4:30 p.m. Includes the bus, driver's gratuity, luncheon and Bobby Vinton entertaining. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.
PINE POINT COUNCIL MEETING
The Pine Point Community Council will host its monthly meeting on May 13 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. There will be a presentation by representatives of a new business for 99 Arnold Ave. that requires a special permit. All residents of Pine Point are encouraged to attend these meeting where quality of life issues or concerns can be addressed. Refreshments will be served.
MELISSA MORISS-OLSON TO SPEAK
The Springfield Rotary Club announced that Melissa Morriss-Olson, Ph.D. will be the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon speaker on May 16. The topic will be "Non-profits in the 21st Century: Management Challenges and Opportunities." The club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The luncheon with Morriss-Olson is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Jim Russell at 567-0700 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB
The International Women's Club of Springfield presents "An Evening Promenade.Boutiques, Cafes and Comedie" on May 8, 5:30 - 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Springfield. Join us and tantalize your senses. For tickets and info contact Patricia Camerota at 567-8313 or Joan Siciliano at 785-6210. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
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" congregation to the GLBT community. Following worship, the chorus will also sing at the coffee hour, hosted by the church's GLBT members. The church is located at 45 Maple St. For info, call the church office at 732-0117 or visit www.sococh.org.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
A psychic fair/medium's day/bake sale fundraiser will take place May 17 at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fifteen-minute private readings, $20; workshop on remote viewing, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., $15. Everyone is welcome! For info call 238-5344, 583-5128 or visit www.Springfield.spiritualistchurch.net.
On May 24 - 25, visit Niagara Falls (bring your passport). Trip includes bus, hotel, breakfast, tour and boat ride. On June 8, visit Foxwoods Casino. June 29 - 30, enjoy a trip to Atlantic City, N.J. trip includes hotel, $15 back in coin and one buffet. All trips are hosted by Gina Daniele and leave from Mom & Rico's at 899 Main St. For more info, call 732-8941.
ANNUAL PLANT AND BAKE SALE
The Wilbraham Garden Club will host their annual plant and bake sale May 10. The sale begins at 8 a.m. Perennials from members' gardens will be sold as well as annuals, vegetables and herbs. Members will be on hand to give expert advice on gardening. The sale will take place at the Gazebo, Main Street. The bake sale will feature special cookies along with other baked goods. All proceeds from the sale benefit community projects. A wonderful opportunity to shop for that special "Mother's Day" gift.
UNITED CHURCH TAG SALE
The annual Wilbraham United Church tag sale will take place May 10 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the church at 500 Main St. The sale promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring gently used clothing and shoes, books, CDs, toys, furniture, tools, jewelry, household items, holiday d cor and more, all at rock-bottom prices. Come early for the best selection. All items will be half price from 2 - 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church. For more info, call 596-2511.
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC
The Wilbraham Children's Museum invites all families to a Teddy Bear Picnic at the museum's playground on May 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to celebrate the culmination of the museum's 25th anniversary. Admission to the picnic is free and the event will feature a sing-along with Winnie the Pooh, crafts, face painting and a museum open house. Pack a lunch, bring your teddy bear and join the fun! The playground is located directly behind the museum building at 678 Main St.; park in designated areas on the museum lawn. To learn more about the museum's activities, playgroups and volunteer support, please visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org.
The residents at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Rd. in Springfield, will be entertained on May 8 at 7 p.m. by the Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group. On May 16 at 2 p.m. they will perform at Wingate of East Longmeadow at 32 Chestnut St.