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Town Events Nov. 22-29

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
'STUFF THE TRUCK' EVENT
With items for the local food banks so our seniors, and those in need, in East Longmeadow and Springfield can have a happy holiday season Dec. 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 from 3 to 7 p.m., or by appointment, at 215 Somers Road (in front of the United Methodist Church). Call 525-7416 for more info or www.elumc.org.

THANKSGIVING FOOTBALL TICKETS
Tickets for the 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day football game at East Longmeadow High School versus Longmeadow will be on sale Monday and Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to noon at the high school office. Pre- game prices are $5 and $7; tickets will be $6 and $8 at gate.

FESTIVAL OF GIVING TREES
Two-day event at 50 Parker St. to raise money for East Longmeadow Food Bank and Pioneer Valley Christian School. Dec. 3 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. by PVCS Christmas Choral and Handbell concert. Feb. 4 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed at 5 by gala and holiday tastes from area restaurants. Tickets $25; $20 in advance. Info: www.thefestivalofgivingtrees.com or Sabrina Ramsdell, 525-7866, or Gary Coombs, 782-8031.

CHAIR YOGA
Six-weekly sessions taught by certified chair yoga instructor, Lyn Hopkins beginning Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Call 525-5436 for more info.

JEWELRY CLASS
With Sandy Merrill the first Monday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Next class is Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. Cost for instruction is $3, supplies are extra. Open to adults of all ages.

BOOK CLUB
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Reading for November is, "Sarah's Key," by Tatiana de Rosnay. New members welcome.

ARTHRITIS EXERCISE CLASSES
A new beginner's class will start on Dec. 1s at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $12 for six classes and includes workbook. Call Lissa Fontaine, R.N. for information, 525-5436, ext. 1407.

MITTEN TREE
The Pleasant View Senior Center is collecting knitted hats, gloves, mittens and scarves to decorate our Mitten Tree. All items will be donated to local shelters.

FLU CLINIC
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., will be hosting a flu clinic Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a walk-in basis. East Longmeadow seniors and residents with serious health issues are eligible to receive the vaccine; those allergic to eggs should not take the vaccine. $2 donation.

"BALANCE AND YOU" SERIES
Learn about controlling and improving your balance as you age in this new three-part series presented by Ross Davis, MSPT, MBA at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. First date will be Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Call 525-5436 to register.

HOLIDAY HEALTHY EATING
Presented by Eleanor Davio, R.N. at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. Call 525-5436 to register.

SPA SERVICES FOR SENIORS
By appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist is accepting appointments for manicures and facial waxing on Dec. 9 and 23. Call 525-5436 for appointments and pricing.

CANDY MAKING CLASS
With Deb Boronski Dec. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Class will have a Christmas theme make a pound or more of holiday chocolate to bring home. $10 includes molds, candy, and packaging. Register early in the Senior Center office, class size limited.

"ANN'S TABLE FOR TWO"
East Longmeadow Community TV is now airing 'ANN'S TABLE FOR TWO' Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 2 pm. Episodes include: All About Breakfast, Ann's Favorites, Chinese Eat-In, Easy Elegance, Indoor Picnic, South Of the Border, and All About Apples. Ann's cookbook is available at Armata's Supermarket in Longmeadow and Gilbert's Written Word in East Longmeadow.

TOWN TREE LIGHTING
Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. marks the annual arrival of Santa Claus at the Rotary. Sponsored by East Longmeadow's Lions Club, the Fire Department, and the First Congregational Church, event will include music by the High School Band, a live Nativity and ceremonial lighting of the tree. Children will be able to visit with Santa at the church and enjoy refreshments with their families.

EXPLORER'S POST OPEN MEETING
Boys between the ages of 15 and 20 are invited to an open meeting of Explorer's Post 525. Learn more about firefighting and its allied fields at our next meeting at the East Longmeadow Fire Department Nov. 24th at 6:30 p.m.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
Al-ANON, ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meet Wednesday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m., Al-Anon also meets at the same time. All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

IRISH TRIP RAFFLE
The St. Patrick's Parade Committee of Holyoke has raffle tickets for a trip to "Fascinating Ireland" for six, includes limo to and from Logan, round trip airfare, hotels, meals, attractions and $500 spending money per traveler or $15,000 cash. Tickets are $100. A total of 290 will be sold. Drawing is March 16, 2011. Raffle to defray expenses of the 60th Holyoke St. Patrick's Parade. Contact Dan Tierney at 533-0909 for info.

SACRED HEART/ST. STAN'S TRAVEL CLUB
New trips for 2011: March 19, Waldorf Astoria tour. Cost: $98 p/p includes motorcoach, guided tour of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel, buffet lunch at Oscar's and time at Zabar's gastronomic emporium, taxes, and gratuities. April 16, "Sister Act" on Broadway, produced by Whoopie Goldberg. Cost: $150 p/p -- tickets purchased before February --after February price increases to $175 p/p. Includes motorcoach, best available theater seating orchestra or front mezz at the time of purchase and driver gratuity. For all trips call Jim and Caroline (Lachtara) Mcaleer at 734-3676.

CHANUKAH PARTY
Congregation Ahavas Achim will have its Chanukah party on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church, adjacent to WSU in Westfield. There will be games, crafts, songs, and more, a potluck dairy dinner and a raffle or a gift basket. Rabbi Joyce Galaski will lead the prayers and songs. Bring menorah and candles for a community lighting of the holiday candles and bring a non-perishable food item for the Westfield Open Pantry. The cost is $5 for individuals and $10 for families. RSVP to Mike at 214-9147 or mikeklein@live.com .

CARD, COIN & MEMORABILIA SHOW
Card, Coin and Memorabilia Show Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St. Admission: $1; kids under 10 free. For info call 593-6046. Over 40 tables; handicap accessible; door prize drawing every 30 minutes. Show features: coins, sport and non-sport cards, sets, wax boxes, autographs, vintage cards, card supplies, memorabilia and more. All proceeds to benefit the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club.

HAMPDEN
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Dec. 4th 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Federated Church, 590 Main St. Breakfast with Santa 8 to 10 a.m., Story hour with Mrs. Claus all day, children's crafts, lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are still looking for vendors. Questions, contact: Kristi at 374-8743 or mysticalamour@gmail.com.

NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE TRIP
On March 23, 2011, a bus trip is scheduled to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret to see "Norman, is that You?". Bus departs Hampden Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Includes bus, lunch, main show, cabaret show,taxes and tips including our driver. Cost is $78/pp; a $40/pp deposit must be received by Jan. 15, 2011; balance due by Feb. 23. Seating as full payments are received. Call Bobbi at 413-566-8271.

TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN
Boy Scout Troop 171 will be assisting the Marines with new, unwrapped toy collections for their Toys for Tots drive Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 486 Main St. Meet Santa at noon on Dec. 4 -- bring your camera! Toys may also be deposited in drop box at Hampden Hardware.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS
The Student Services Department is scheduling screening appointments for three and four year old children of Hampden and Wilbraham during the month of December and January. To have your child screened to determine if there is an area of need, call Student Services at 566-5780 ext. 16.

LONGMEADOW
PLANNING BOARD MEETING
Will take place on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the fire station meeting room.

"PEOPLE ARE TALKING"
Mondays 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult center, watch the LCTV show that talks about issues that seniors care about. The panel includes Jim Jones, Winnie Hopfe, Ellie Tyson and Eleanor Stolar. The current focus is on property issues.

VETERAN'S GROUP
Meets at the Longmeadow Adult Center Dec. 1 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Debbie Malek, the Deputy Director of Veterans' Services in Holyoke, will talk about Veterans benefits. All area veterans are invited. Make a reservation for lunch at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150.

READING RADIO SCRIPTS
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The script this month is a Lux Radio Theater presentation of "You Can't Take It With You" aired on Oct. 2, 1939, produced by Cecil B. DeMille. Zany play features 28 speaking parts of various sizes. Reading begins at 10 am., if not finished before lunch, the group will break then resume reading. Call 565-4150 to reserve your place at the play reading and at lunch.

CHAIR/MAT YOGA
Meets at the Longmeadow Adult Center Dec. 2 to Jan. 13 , except Dec. 30, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sit on a chair or recline on a mat for these exercises which will reduce muscle tension, increase strength, and improve sleeping patters and concentration. A minimum of 10 participants are needed for this class. $36 for six weeks.

JEWELRY MAKING & REPAIR
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Dec. 6 and 20 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Join Sandy Merrill on the first or third Monday of any month for an afternoon of jewelry making. This is a perfect time to make a holiday gift or two. $3 per session plus the cost of materials.

BOOK CLUB
Meets Dec. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Book for December is "The Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages" by Vanitha Sankaran. In January, the group will be discussing "The Various Flavors of Coffee" by Anthony Capella. New members are always welcome.

RED HAT LUNCHEON
Dec. 8 at 12:30 p.m. All members of the Longmeadow Red Hat Society should wear their purple and red finery to Storrowton Tavern. There will be a $5 gift exchange at the luncheon. Call 565-4150 for reservations.

MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE
Join us for Memorial Blood Drive in loving memory of Colbert Butler O'Donnell Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Willie Ross School for the Deaf, 32 Norway St. Each presenting donor will receive a stainless steel water bottle as a "thank you" for donating.

U.S. PASSPORT ISSUANCE/ RENEWALS
Longmeadow Parks and Recreation now has the ability to allow you to apply for a U.S. Passport, U.S. Passport Card or renew your current passport or card at the Community House! Visit www.travel.state.gov for all information concerning your passport.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
St. Mary Guild will host its 30th annual Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the St. Mary parish gym, located at 56 Hopkins Place. Show features over 50 of the area's finest artists and craftsmen. To celebrate our 30th year, we'll have free candy and special attractions like a professional photographer, a professional face painter, and the "Pizza Mamas" who will be selling their homemade wheat and white 12 inch pizzas to take home. Lunch will be served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring delicious homemade foods. Donuts and coffee all day and bake sale with delicious homemade items, pies and breads. Admission is free. Strollers allowed in the afternoon. All proceeds raised at this event support scholarships and other charitable endeavors.

SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
Kirsten Van Dijk of Sudbury, Mass. will demonstrate "A Creative Floral Christmas" using traditional and unusual greens and flowers at the Dec. 10 meeting at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. Luncheon tea begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by business meeting and program. Open to the public. $5 guest fee; waived for visitors who join the club at the meeting.

FAMILY HANUKKAH HAPPENING
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 6 from 12:30 to 2 or 4:30 to 6 p.m.. Join us for latke baking, dreidel games, stories, songs and crafts. This event is free and open to all families with children ages 15 months old through Elementary school. RSVP to Deb Cohen by Dec. 3, so that we have enough latkes to go around, 739-4715, ext. 311, or dcohen-@springfieldjcc.org

"FIRST LIGHT" CELEBRATION
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.-- menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., children ages 4-12 are invited to participate in the Jr. Maccabi Games, consisting of relay races, arts and crafts, and carnival games. Around 6 p.m., past and present JCC Maccabi athletes will march with an Olympic-style torch to the outdoor platform in front of the menorah. There will be a brief presentation, a blessing and the lighting of the largest menorah lighting in Western Mass! Latkes served in the JCC lobby.Sponsored by the Springfield JCC, the Jewish Federation of Western Mass., and supported in part by the Sklar Family through the JCC INFund. Info: call 739-4715.

BOBBIE LEVIN "NIFTY 90" HANUKKAH
At the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Dec. 2, 1:30 p.m.. $7 JCC Member; $10 general public This event celebrates those in our community who are age 90 and older. For more information, contact Carlin Trietsch at 739-4715, ext. 325.

HOLY CROSS CRAFT/VENDOR FAIR
Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gym of St. Michael's Academy Elementary Campus, Wheeler St. Over 35 exhibitors, refreshments available.

BOAR'S HEAD FESTIVAL
A medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. in Jan. 7, 8 and 9, complete with period costumes, live animals, and the glorious music of the Christmas season. Call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for information. Tickets are now on sale at $22 for adults and $15 for children ages 4-11, and sell out quickly.

WILBRAHAM
EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS
The Student Services Department is scheduling screening appointments for three and four year old children of Hampden and Wilbraham during the month of December and January. To have your child screened to determine if there is an area of need, call Student Services at 566-5780 ext. 16.

WINTER CONCERT
The Wilbraham Choral Society's annual Winter Concerts will be Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at Faith United Church on Sumner Ave. (across from Friendly's) and Dec. 5 at 3 p.m at the Wilbraham Monson Academy Chapel. Free and open to the public.

MRHS CLASS OF 2000 REUNION
Reunion will be at the Wilbraham Country Club, 859 Stony Hill Rd. on Nov. 26 from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 for a one-hour open bar


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