Town Events Oct. 26 - Nov. 2
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Christmas Collection Craft Fair
The First Congregational Church at the rotary is hosting its annual Christmas Collection Craft Fair on Nov. 7 from 8:30 - 3 p.m. There will be nearly 50 juried crafters as well as themed gift baskets, Chinese auction and more. Lunch will be served; parking on site and shuttle parking are free. Questions, call 525-4121.
HEALTHY SHOPPING AND COOKING
Reps from the Food Bank will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Oct. 29 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learn how to create healthy meals for one or two people on a budget. Register by calling 525-5436.
We will honor area veterans at a special luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Guest speakers will be featured and entertainer Liz Carter will provide music. No charge for veterans, non-veterans are $3. Call 525-5436 for reservations; seating is limited.
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.
ADULT BOOK DISCUSSION
The E.L. Public Library Adult Book Discussion Group will meet on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. in the library's Conference Room. If you have read "My Guantanamo Diary" by Mahvish Kahn, join us for a lively discussion of the book. For more info, contact Sue at 525-8404 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcome. To request a copy call the library's Circulation Desk at 525-5400 ext. 1511.
On Nov. 5 at 7:45 a.m. the ELHS PTO will meet in the high school conference room. The morning time is so parents can tour the high school while "in action."
NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
Bus will depart E.L. on Nov. 8 at 7:30 a.m., depart NYC at 6:30 p.m. The day is yours for shopping, theater, sightseeing, etc. Call 525-9262 for more info.
Mapleshade School's annual holiday vendor/craft night, sponsored by the PTO, will take place Nov. 19 from 5 - 9 p.m. Table fee is $30. Contact Michele Martinelli at 525-9510 or email@example.com by Nov. 6.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will play Halloween Bingo on Oct. 29 following noon luncheon. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
"CUTTING THROUGH CONFUSION"
Flynt Lincoln from Webster Bank will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. for a Reverse Mortgage Q&A seminar. Understand your options to decide if and when this is right for you. You are encouraged to bring your adult children and trusted advisor. Call 525-5436 to register.
INTOWN BASKETBALL PROGRAM
Reminder to parents of those in grades 1 - 8: deadline to register is Nov. 2 by 4 p.m. in order to play winter basketball. Intown evaluations will take place Nov. 7 at BPMS for those in grades 3 - 8. Refer to the Fall/Winter Flyer sent to your home or go online to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov. Come into the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. Call 525-5437 if you have questions.
On Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., enjoy a Halloween party! Children ages newborn - 3 years are invited to wear their Halloween costumes to the library for stories and games in a supportive environment. This is a free event; registration not required. For more info, call Christina Fairman at 566-3047. Hampden Public Library is located at 625 Main St.
TRIPLE PASTA DINNER
The Minnechaug Scholarship Foundation will be hosting the annual Triple Pasta Dinner on Nov. 2 at La Cucina at the Hampden House from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: $15 per person. Meal will include three types of pasta or one of your favorite flavor, salad, bread and dessert. All proceeds directly fund scholarships. To purchace tickets, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town of Hampden is seeking two players for girls fastpitch softball for the spring 14U NEYSA "A" Team. Call Andrea at 575-8155 for an individual tryout.
"Putting Your Garden to Bed" is the topic to be presented by Master Gardener Elaine Williamson on Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Learn what to do to clean up and prepare your garden for the winter. Register at 565-4150.
CHAIR YOGA CLASSES
A new session of Chair Yoga will begin on Oct. 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. This class is beneficial for all, and designed especially for those with limited mobility. Mats are available for those who prefer them. Call 565-4150 to register. No class on Nov. 26.
DROP IN STITCHES AT STORRS
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer an advanced Drop-in Stitches for student knitters and crocheters in grade 4 and above. This drop-in group is for stitchers who are working on projects and need guidance. We meet each Fri. from 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. in the Discovery Room.
FALL IN NEW YORK
Sit back, enjoy the ride, and let us do the driving. Enjoy your own time in the city. Stops will be along 5th Ave. and Times Square. Info and maps will be available on the bus. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 7. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
MASTERS SWIM PROGRAM
For fitness and master 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 ENGLAND SPEAKER SERIES
Museum historian Dr. Ann Millin will examine how the Nazis employed propaganda to help acquire power and create a climate of hatred, suspicion and indifference that facilitated their campaign of violence and genocide against those they deemed undesirable. Oct. 28, 7 p.m., at Bay Path College, Breck Suite, Wright Hall, 588 Longmeadow St. The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested; contact the Museum's New England Regional Office at (202) 488-6585 or email@example.com.
SOUTH AMERICAN DANCE & BRUNCH
Nov. 1, 11 a.m. in the Dining Hall, Blake Student commons, Bay Path College, 588 Longmeadow St. Over the Top: The Ballroom Dance Project will join all for a Latin-themed brunch, followed by a dance performance and lessons for the whole family. Tickets: $6.50 per person. The dance performance and lessons begin at noon. Open to the public. Brunch reservations required before Oct. 27. Call 565-1066 or visit www.baypath.edu.
BOOKS, BABIES & STORRS LIBRARY
Storrs Library invites babies from 18 - 24 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our four-week series of programs, "Books & Babies," to encourage social growth and love of reading. The program includes nursery rhymes, songs, books, finger plays and playtime for the very young. Siblings may not attend. To register, call 565-4182 or visit the library until Oct. 29. The Fri. series runs Oct. 30 - Nov. 20 from 10 - 10:30 a.m.
"Let Your Light Shine" Talent Show will be at St. Mary's parish on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at 56 Bliss Rd. Musicians, singers, teams of performers are all lining up for the perfect performance! This show will benefit "Food for the Soul," a social justice ministry of St. Mary's. This is a free will offering event; let your light shine by helping others within their communities. All are welcome.
AROUND THE WORLD STORYTIME
AuPairCare and the Storrs Library are excited to announce Story Time from Around the World on Nov. 7 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Designed for ages 3 and up, it will focus on cultures and people from other countries. Local au pairs will be reading to the children, teaching some simple words in their native languages, and helping them with a craft. Pre-registration is required. Call 565-4181 or visit the library to register.
The Veteran's Circle at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., meets on the first Wed. of each month at 1 p.m. The meetings deal with requested topics, general questions, sharing of experiences, host speakers, etc. On Nov. 4 William Albano, who has recently returned from Afghanistan, will give a slideshow presentation. All veterans are welcome to join the group. Call 565-4150 to register.
The Longmeadow Adult Center's Book Club, the Greenwood Readers, meets on the first Tues. of each month. The selection for November is "A Prayer for Owen Meany" by John Irving. In December, they will discuss "The Piano Teacher" by Janice Y.K. Lee. Newcomers are welcome to join this informal, fun group. Call 565-4150 for more info.
YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES
Instructional program for girls and boys in grades 1 - 8. Everyone makes a team. Program emphasizes fundamentals and teamwork. Anyone interested in coaching should sign up during registration. Program runs mid-November - March with practices and games at Longmeadow school gyms. Optional travel teams are available for players in grades 3 - 8 for an additional fee. Travel players are determined through an independent evaluation in late October. Registration deadline is Oct. 30. Visit www.longmeadowyouthbasketball.org for updates.
A TRIBUTE TO VETERANS
The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham announces an open house and "A Tribute to Veterans" at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., on Nov. 1 from 2 - 4 p.m.
The Enchanted Circle
The Wilbraham Women's Club will host its next meeting on Nov. 12 at noon at the St. Cecilia Parish Center. A lunch of sandwiches and desserts will be served, after which there will be a short meeting. For our knowledge and entertainment, we will be given a presentation called "The Enchanted Circle: Making a Difference in Holyoke." This concerns children taking part in theatrical and social experiences to further enrich their lives. Prospective members are also invited. For more info call Marlene Jobson at 596-8905.
MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
Wilbraham United Players are taking reservations for a Mystery Dinner Theatre production taking place Nov. 13 and 14 at the Wilbraham Country Club. The event begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include a dinner choice. To make a reservation call 459-3390 or go to wilbrahamunitedplayers.com. Reservations will be accepted through Nov. 3.
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM HOURS
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children ages birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90-min. playgroups available Mon. - Fri. Public hours, Tues. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. To inquire visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will have a meeting on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent's Conference Room, 621 Main St.