Town Events, Oct. 12 - Oct. 19
|From The Reminder|
Kate Hamilton, beekeeper, engineer and inventor, will be the guest speaker at the E.L. Lions Club on Oct. 14. Hamilton provides a wonderful presentation about bees, their habitat and their wide-ranging effect on and in our lives. Join the Lions at 6 p.m. for social, and 6:30 for dinner and the presentation, at Elmcrest Country Club, 105 Somersville Rd. Cost of the meal is $15. For dinner reservations, call 525-0270 by noon on Oct. 14. For the no-charge presentation only, arrive at 7:15 p.m.
On Oct. 22 the E.L. Historical Commission will host its annual fall program at the Little Red School House, 35 School St. The program is open to all and is free. We are pleased to have back as our guide and orator Dennis Picard, who will present us with "Tales from the Graves of Green Lawn," a unique walking tour of a local cemetery. The program beings at 6 p.m. at the school house with a walk to Green Lawn Cemetery. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather and landscape conditions. Lanterns and flashlights are encouraged. For more details, call Tony at 525-9577 or Laura at 525-2269.
The monies from our bottle drive are used for charitable works. We also remove the tabs and donate them. Returnable bottles are being collected at St. Michael's Church, 128 Maple St., on Oct. 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Volunteers can call Joanne at 525-4971.
HAYRIDE AND QUARRY TOUR
Hayride and Quarry Tour Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m., at Billings Hill Farm, 526 Prospect St. Hosted by long-time East Longmeadow resident Jim McKnight. Bring your walking shoes.
New session of afterschool cooking classes begin Oct. 19. All new themes and recipes, including our WCK "Top Chef Cook-Off." Classes available for chefs from 2.5 - 18 years old. Call 224-1208 for more info or check out www.whatscookingkids.com.
Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post #293, 3 Legion Ct., will host a home-made meatloaf dinner on Oct. 22 starting at 6 p.m. Menu: meatloaf w/mushroom gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake, soda, tea and coffee. Other drinks available at bar downstairs. Call 525-2058 or 592-0596 for reservations. Cost is $9.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast fundraiser will take place at The Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St., on Oct. 18 from 8 a.m. - noon. Adults $5, children $3.
Pot Luck Supper
The Women's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church will host a pot luck supper on Oct 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Guest speaker will be Dr. Donald D'Amato from STCC, an historian on a variety of human beliefs relating to witchcraft and superstitions. He will present some of the meanings of the supernatural and superstitions of the ancient and modern world. Guests are welcome.
BASKETBALL EVALUATION CHANGE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a change in basketball evaluation dates for the 7th/8th grade boys and 7th/8th grade girls, due to a scheduled Special Town Meeting on Oct. 26. Report as follows: boys, Oct. 27 at 5:45 p.m. to BPMS and Oct. 28 at 6:45 p.m. to BPMS. Girls, Oct. 22 at 5:45 p.m. to BPMS and Oct. 28 at 5:45 p.m. to BPMS. Any questions, call the Office at 525-5437.
FRIENDS OF RECREATION
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces an organizational kickoff meeting for Friends of Recreation on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting and protecting recreation and facilities are encouraged to attend. For more info call the Office at 525-5437.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents of basketball evaluations for travel teams (CYO and suburban), beginning Oct. 13 and 15 for 3rd/4th grade boys and girls at ELHS for boys at 6:45 p.m. and girls at 5:45 p.m. Both nights are mandatory this year! Questions, call the Office at 525-5437.
FRIENDS OF LIBRARIES WEEK
Help us celebrate Friends of Libraries Week by joining the E.L. Library as a Friends member. The price is right and the benefits are many. As a Friends member, you are eligible to take out passes to the Springfield Museum, Eric Carle Museum, Norman Rockwell Museum, Historic Deerfield and the Lupa Zoo. Cost to join the Friends is seniors, $5; individual, $10; family, $15; lifetime, $75; and business, $25. If you have any questions, call 525-5400 ext. 1503.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by Trumpet Man Roland Chirico on Oct. 15th following noon luncheon (sponsored by PeoplesBank.) Menu: American chop suey, peas & carrots and applesauce. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
The next meeting will be on Oct. 20 at 9 a.m. with Veterans rep George Herrick. The topic will be "End of Life Issues." All local veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be available.
We will be celebrating fall with a special luncheon on Oct. 20 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Menu: pot roast, parsley potato, baked carrots, turnips and a special dessert provided by Glenmeadow. Cost is $3. There will be contests to enter: best homemade pumpkin dessert, most creatively decorated pumpkin (pumpkins available at the Senior Center the week of Oct. 13), and most impressive homemade jams, jellies, pickles, or what have you! Call early for reservations at 525-5436.
SNAP INFORMATIONAL SESSION
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., will host a presentation on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The speaker will present info on what SNAP is, who is eligible, how the application process works and how to use the benefits. All are welcome. There will be a question and answer session following the presentation, and if time allows, a screening to determine eligibility for those interested. Refreshments will be served.
LEARN TO SQUARE DANCE
Get moving and have some fun as the cold weather approaches! Neil and Cindy Hawley of the Redstone Squares will be giving square dance lessons at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Sun. evenings from 6 - 8 p.m., now through May. Classes are $6 per lesson, no pre-registration needed.
DEALING WITH MEMORY LOSS
A free program from the Alzheimer's Assoc. provides an overview of Alzheimer's Disease: how to get a diagnosis, how to find local resources, addressing behavior and communication problems and other issues that families and friends of someone with Alzheimer's face on Oct. 14 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Call 525-5436 to register.
A doctor of audiology from the Hampden Hearing Center will be conducting brief, complimentary hearing tests for people who do not use hearing aids on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Call 525-5436 to sign up.
PARKINSON'S: REHAB PERSPECTIVE
Gentiva Services will conduct a presentation on Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on how Parkinson's Disease impacts a person and their caregivers. There will also be an explanation of the disease process, medication use and a unique approach to rehabilitation and exercise. Call to register, 525-5436.
Valley Radio Reading Service will host its annual book sale at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Oct. 24 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - noon. Books will be available for a very low cost. On Sun., the public can "fill a bag" for a minimal charge. If you wish to donate books, bring them to the Senior Center beginning Oct. 19.
The next meeting of the Book Club will be on Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center. The book chosen is "Peony in Love" by Lisa See. The Book Club meets the last Tues. of the month and is open to interested adults.
SELECT BOARD MEETING
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Select Board on Oct. 19 will begin at 6 p.m. in the community room of the police station.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a special meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. in the Longmeadow Police Dept., 34 Williams St.
ZUMBA OPEN HOUSE
Donna Gendron, Certified Zumba instructor, will host a free open house to introduce this new, feel-good aerobic exercise program at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Oct. 14 from 3:30 -5 p.m. Zumba fuses Latin dance rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness workout. This class is geared toward seniors. Bring your sneakers and a bottle of water and join the fun. Register at 565-4150.
ZUMBA CLASSES FOR SENIORS
Wed., Oct. 21 - Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd.,, is offering Zumba classes geared toward seniors. Combining fitness and fun, Zumba is an effective aerobic workout that is fun! No class on Nov. 11. Those who sign-up for classes at the open house on Oct. 14 will get a discounted rate. Sign up by calling 565-4150.
"THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS"
Join us at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. to see how to accessorize a simple black dress using scarves, jewelry, flowers and handbags. Learn to transform your outfit from casual to glamorous holiday wear. Register at 565-4150.
State of the Plate
P.L.A.C.E. presents "State of the Plate" by Elizabeth DiMeo, MS, CNS, LDN, Integrative Nutritionist. This lecture will address the nutritional concerns of today's children, how they affect health, behavior and learning and what parents can do to improve their child's eating habits. Oct. 15, 6:30 p.m., School Committee Room, Longmeadow High School, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd. This workshop is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure adequate space and handouts.
BLISS TENNIS COURTS
Residents are invited to visit www.lprd.net to share thoughts on the usage of land at Bliss Park where the clay tennis courts now sit. Anyone who does not have a computer and would like a copy of this document mailed to them may call the Parks & Rec. Office at 565-4160.
FALL IN NEW YORK
Enjoy a visit to world famous museums, take in a Broadway show or just sit back and enjoy the sites and sounds of New York in the fall. Stops will be along 5th Ave. and Times Square. Info and maps will be available on the bus. Trip will be on Nov. 7. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
Christmas isn't truly here until you have a chance to visit Radio City Music Hall and see the "Christmas Spectacular." New acts have been added to the show this season along with the traditional favorites. Seats are located in the Orchestra/First Mezzanine section. There is time following the show to enjoy the sites and sounds of the holiday season in New York City. Trip will be on Dec. 10. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration or additional info.
LONGMEADOW YOUTH SWIM TEAM
Competitive swim program for intermediate-level swimmers age 6 - high school who can swim 50 yards or more and have knowledge of the four competitive swim strokes. Program meets four nights a week and participants are required to make at least two practices a week. Practices are Mon. - Thurs. at the LHS pool from 6 - 6:45 p.m. for ages 10 and younger and 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. for ages 11 and older. Swim meets will take place on Fri. nights or Sat. Team swimsuit is required and parents are asked to volunteer during swim meets. Registration dates at the LHS indoor pool are Oct. 19 - 22 from 5:30 - 6 p.m. For more info, call T.J. Black at 567-9819.
MASTERS SWIM PROGRAM
This program is for fitness and masters swimmers and athletes. Participants will learn working stroke and conditioning techniques, leading to competition level. Program meets Wed. and Thurs. beginning Nov. 4 from 7:45 - 9 p.m. at the LHS indoor pool. Participants must have an indoor season pool pass or pay $9 resident fee or $11 non-resident fee each time.
NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Come and share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center on Maple Road. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered free of charge in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.
BROWN BAG BINGO
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer a special Brown Bag Bingo on Oct. 21 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the elementary schools' half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in our bingo program. Kids in grades 1 - 5 are invited to test their skill and win some prizes at the library. Register by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Discovery Room.
SPRINGFIELD WOMEN'S CLUB
The Springfield Women's Club is pleased to celebrate its 125th year. The first meeting will be on Oct. 21 at Reeds Landing, Wilbraham Road. Our first guest speaker Lisa Marie Lanno, graphologist, tarot reader and spirit medium. She will give us a little bit about ourselves and maybe what to expect for the future. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow to celebrate our former presidents of the club. The luncheon is $17 and reservations may be made by calling 733-2950. We welcome all that would like to attend.
KICKING THE SUGAR HABIT
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a free lecture with Renee Hastings, HHC, AADP on "Kicking the Sugar Cravings" on Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, addicted to sugar and need to be informed of the dangers of this cycle. Learn alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth. Call to register 783-9424 ext. 2.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be hosting an Autumn Fair on Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the school auditorium at 36 Margaret St. Numerous boutique and craft vendors will be present, such as Tastefully Simple, Lia Sophia, Hood Home Delivery, Hand Painted Slates, Pet Coats and several others. There will also be a giant tag sale with bargains galore. You can support global fair trade by purchasing such items as olive oil, a variety of chocolate bars, coffee and teas, as well as crafts and Christmas ornaments. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. The event will be open to the public and admission is free.
St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church will host its annual Armenian Bazaar on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. in the church hall at 135 Goodwin St., Indian Orchard. Visitors are invited to enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Both traditional Armenian and American baked goods will be featured such as paklava and spinach-cheese pie. Take-out will be available by calling 543-4763. Raffle prizes include a handmade oriental rug, a ladies' watch, an Armenian coin, a handmade clock and Megabucks tickets. Admission and parking are free. For more info call the Church office at 543-4763.
Coming soon is Women of Worship's (WOW) annual fundraiser, the Island Extravaganza. This event is designed to celebrate the smart, funny, colorful and unique qualities of the Caribbean Island culture, while raising money for well-deserved causes. The Island Extravaganza is scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Scibelli Hall Theatre/Building 2, STCC campus. Proceeds will benefit the local community and the Caribbean. For tickets and further info contact WOW at 525-0868 or e-mail email@example.com.
SUNDAY YOUTH MASS
Every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, Springfield.
Though the Mass is geared toward young parishioners, with youth readers and contemporary music, all are welcome.
VERY INDULGENT PARTY
A VIP (Very Indulgent Party), hosted by Curves and Dress Barn to promote breast cancer awareness, will take place Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Curves, 1916 Wilbraham Rd. Dress Barn fashion show, discounted shopping and health club membership. Liv Aid Breast Cancer Self Exam Kits and Adopt Biscut Breast Cancer Puppy available to purchase for support of breast cancer research. Space and supplies limited to first come first served. VIP Party open to public; RSVP for event to Linda at Curves at 782-7100.
A family style, all you can eat harvest supper will take place Oct. 17 at Grace Union Church, Mountain Road and Chapel Street, with seatings at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take-out is available at 5:30 p.m. Menu: low sodium baked ham, baked potatoes and yams, green beans almondine, tossed salad and homemade apple crisp ala mode. School Masters Desk reproduction raffle. Adults are $12; children 6 - 12, $6; under 6, free. For reservations call Gayle at 596-3936.
FALL BOTTLE DRIVE
Cub Scout Pack #177 will be conducting its annual fall bottle drive on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - noon. Wilbraham residents are encouraged to bring their recyclable aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers to the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. Proceeds from the drive are used to support Scouting's aims of helping boys build character, develop personal fitness, and learn the responsibilities of citizenship. Wilbraham Cub Scout Pack #177 still has openings for boys ages 7 - 11. For more info call Emilie Nesbitt at 599-1843, Peter Foley at 596-5439 or Paul Blomerth at 596-8271.
The Ha-Ha's Chuckling for Children improv comedy benefit show and dinner for The Children's Study Home of Springfield will take place Oct. 24 at the Country Club of Wilbraham, 859 Stony Hill Rd. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets $40/pp, for dinner and show. Call Izzy at Children's Study Home at 739-5626 to reserve your tickets, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to www.studyhome.org/haha. Tickets may also be purchased from Mary or Joanne at the Country Club of Wilbraham.
MURDER MYSTERY THEATER
The Wilbraham Junior Women's Club will host a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre, "Bullets in the Bathtub," a 1920s gangster style comedy, murder mystery on Oct. 24 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Ludlow Country Club, Tony Lema Drive off of 648 East St. in Ludlow. Tickets are $40 per person and include full dinner, show and lots of laughs. Dress up in 1920s gangster style attire encouraged, but not required to attend. For tickets call Marie Aquilino at 596-3966.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Hampden-Wilbraham School Committee on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at Minnechaug Regional High School in the Superintendent's Conference Room, 621 Main St.