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Town Events, Oct. 5 - Oct. 12

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On Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school Career Center, the ELHS PTO will meet. Marc Maccarini, our Career Specialist, will be the guest speaker.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be visited by residents of the Forest Park Zoo on Oct. 8 following noon luncheon. Menu: baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, Jello w/fruit. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

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, 525-5436.

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, whether for your own needs or those of a family member, friend or neighbor. 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.

The Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed on Oct. 12 in observance of Columbus Day. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.

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 - May. Classes are $6 per lesson, no pre-registration needed.

This 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 scheduled for 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.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents of the winter basketball program which registrations are presently taking place in the Office. Info is available online at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov and will be in the winter program brochure. Travel evaluations CYO and suburban begin w/o Oct. 12. Refer to brochure for dates/times your child is to report to H.S. or Birchland.

E.L. Rec. Dept./Shaker Bowl reminds parents that there is still room in the Mon. 2:45 - 5 p.m. afterschool bowling program for those who are attending Mapleshade and Mt. View schools. The fee is $11/wk, payable at Shaker Bowl, where registrations should be taken now. The program runs through Dec. 7.

There is still room in the E.L. Rec. Dept. program Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. Come and laugh with others, have fun and improve your health and well-being at the same time! Suggested donation of $3 - $5. For more info, call 525-5437.

Come into the E.L. Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., to purchase Falcons hockey tickets for the season at $11/pp ($1 from each ticket donated back to the Rec. Dept.).

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 averaging 50 cents - $1. 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 Tuesday of the month and is open to interested adults.

The Hampden Lions Club will host a fundraiser, Boston Comedy Night, on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. The event will be at the Hampden Country Club and it will star Joey Carroll, Steve Bjork and Jack Lynch, all adult humorists. Tickets are $40 each and include the show and hot appetizers. Tickets can be obtained by calling Rick Rubin, President of Hampden Lions, at 566-3805 or Joan Shea at 566-8224.

The Longmeadow Chapter of Pioneer Valley Mass. Citizens for Life and the St. Mary Knights of Columbus are hosting their annual Life Chain to coincide with the Respect for Life month of October. The Life Chain will take place on Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. - noon on Rte. 5. All interested participants are asked to gather in the St. Mary's parking lot at 10:30 a.m. to pick up signs. For more info call Tony at 567-0448 or Marilyn at 567-6085. Join us as a witness for the unborn.

The Friends of Storrs Library and Storrs Library are pleased to offer a book discussion series meeting, Oct. 13, 27 and Nov. 4, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the Betty Ann Low Room. The book discussion series will be led by Mount Holyoke Professor of Russian Literature, Edwina Cruise. She will immerse participants in a discussion of the theme of death and dying in literature. The short works of fiction selected for the series are: "The Death of Ivan Ilych" by Leo Tolstoy; "Gentleman from San Francisco" by Ivan Bunin; "Gusev" by Anton Chekhov; and "The Dead" from "The Dubliners" by James Joyce. For more info call the library at 565-4181 or visit www.friendsofstorrslibrary.com.

Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) 97th Annual Donor Dinner will feature the cabaret style performance of Laura Roth on Oct. 25 at Chez Josef in Agawam. Roth is known for her impressions of Barbra Streisand, Connie Francis and Judy Garland and has been called "Public Energy Number One" and "The One Woman Variety Show." Reservations are required by Oct. 15 at dwithroder@jewishgeriatric.org or 567-3949 ext. 1615.

On Oct. 14 from 9 - 10 a.m., the Longmeadow Adult Center will conduct blood sugar screenings. Fasting for 10 - 12 hours is recommended. Donation of $1. Register at 565-4150.

There will be a meeting of the School Committee Superintendent Search Committee on Oct. 7 at 4 p.m. in the School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

The Longmeadow Adult Center is beginning a new session of Tues. Italian classes on Oct. 6, taught by Stephanie Foster. The schedule includes the Very Beginner Class 10:30 a.m. - noon; the Intermediate Class 11 a.m. - noon; and the Advanced Class noon - 1 p.m. There is a fee. Call 565-4150 to register.

The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer a session of troubleshooting classes for computer users on Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn to delete unwanted programs, increase resources, deal with security issues and find out about social networking. Not for beginners or Mac users. Register at 565-4150.

On Oct. 17 Jeff Boyer will present "The Mad Scientist Rocket Show" at the Storrs Library. This special 11 a.m. morning program is sponsored by Jewish Geriatric Services and is a family event for kids ages 4 and up and their parents or caregivers. The Professor shows how they make our lives easier and have fun at the same time. Pick up your free ticket beginning Oct. 3 or call the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182 to reserve your seat.

On Oct. 17, the Congregational Development Committee and SAMs is sponsoring a new, fun filled family event this fall. Come see the St. Andrew's hill transformed into a pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins. Enjoy pumpkin painting, games, arts and crafts and baked goodies with other families from the Congregation and the community.

Longmeadow Republican Town Committee meeting, Oct. 8, Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria, 7:30 p.m. Speaker is Dr. Jay Fleitman, candidate for the 2nd Congressional seat presently held by Richard Neal. Business meeting. Interested persons welcome. Refreshments. Contact Dean Rogeness, chair, at 567-5480 or visit www.longmeadowgop.com.

There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Green Team on Oct. 6 at 9:15 a.m. in the School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Union Jack, a New England based '60s British Invasion tribute band, announces an Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m. performance at Cathedral High School Auditorium, 260 Surrey Rd. The show will be in a format similar to the stage style of the "Ed Sullivan Show." Admission donation $5. Tickets available at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Cathedral music program. Any questions can be directed to Cathedral High School 782-5285. Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Family ziti dinner dance, Oct. 10 from 4:30 - 9:30 p.,m. at Catherine of Siena Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Meal service ends at 8 p.m. The 16 Acres Lions Club has teamed up with Angels Above/Relay for Life and wants you to join them for an evening of fun. All proceeds from this event will go toward eye and cancer research. Tickets are $8 for adults, and $4 for children under 12. Children under three are free. Tickets will also be available at the door and the ticket includes dinner, beverages and dessert. Music by DJ Manny. There will be two raffles, a 50/50 and gifts. For extra tickets or more info call Kathy at 783-3241.

Looking for a fun night out? Come to Temple Beth El on Oct. 17, when comedian Joel Chasnoff will give us his unique, innovative view of Jewish life in a one-night performance. Social hour at 7 p.m. Desserts and soft drinks, which are included in the ticket price, will be served, and wine and beer will be available for a nominal charge. The show will begin at 8. Tickets can be purchased at the Temple Beth El office, Mon. - Thurs. from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets can also be ordered by phone by calling the office at 733-4149, or by e-mailing office@tbespringfield.org.

Clodo Concepcion, candidate for Ward 5 City Council, will host a Meet the Candidate gathering at Ginger Blossom, 1203 Parker St., on Oct. 19, 6 - 8 p.m.

Sinai Temple invites you to an open conversation on topics that matter the most to us, such as questions about death, praying, Israel or the Bible. The Rabbi and Cantor will provide Jewish responses to the questions. An open conversation among those present will follow. This will take place on the second Thurs. of each month. The first discussion will take place on Oct. 8 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The question will be: "Can I doubt God's existence and still be a good Jew?" The public is invited to attend. For further info call Sinai Temple at 736-3619. Sinai Temple is at 1100 Dickinson St.

Gina Daniele presents fun bus trips! On Nov. 8, travel to Mohegan Sun for her mom's birthday (cake included). On Dec. 5, take a trip to do some Christmas shopping and see the holiday lights of New York City. Buses depart from Mom & Rico's on Main Street. For more info, call 732-8941.

Learn the emotional, mental and physical health problems created by the antibiotics, steroids and hormones currently added to our food supply. Kim Ladue, RN, HHNC and owner of Holistic Simplicity, a new practitioner at the Integrative Health Group is presenting a free lecture at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

The March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction returns with delectable tastings from the finest chefs in the Pioneer Valley and the opportunity to bid on unique and desirable auction packages. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Event will take place Nov. 2 at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 W. Columbus Ave. To pre-register go to marchofdimes.com/ma or call 525-1070.

Women's Vendor Day, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Fourth annual "Day for God's Beautiful Women" event includes fellowship, food, shopping and door prizes. Free admission. Vendors include Sil Pada, Avon, Mary Kay, Jaffra, Quilts, Pottery, Yesterday's Tea Cups and more. Breakfast and lunch items available. Call the church at 782-2577 for more info.

St. Mary's Parish Women's Club, corner of Page Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, will host its annual Holiday Bazaar Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. - noon. Many Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items will be available.

Police Dept. rep. Officer Gormally will be at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. to offer info on safety for seniors. Refreshments will be served. Call the center at 733-9411 to register for this program.

Meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. Reps from the police dept. and Mayor's office will be at this meeting. Refreshments will be served. For further info call the center at 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Center's luncheons this month will be on Oct. 13 (macaroni and cheese) and Oct. 27 (beef stew). Cost is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. Lunch is served at noon. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.

Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. will have a nurse at the Hungry Hill Center on Oct. 19 from 9 - 11 a.m. Cholesterol screening along with blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors. For further info call the center at 733-9411.

The Hungry Hill Center has a low impact aerobic class on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and chair strength training classes at 1 p.m. On Wed. mornings exercise and strength training classes using stretch bands takes place at 10:30 a.m. and line dancing on Fri. at 10 a.m. There is a $3 per month fee for the Mon. class; all others are free. Advance registration is not required; everyone is welcome. For further info call the center at 733-9411.

On Oct. 16, the Springfield Garden Club presents Sam Fried, President of the Hartford Audubon Society, speaking on the "Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument." Beginning with a tea at 11:30 a.m. in the Hall of the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., all interested persons are invited to help celebrate the beauty and wonder of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona with our members. Guest fee: $5. For more info, call 525-6957.

The Wilbraham United Church Thrift Shop has changed its hours. It is now open Fri. and Sat. (same days as before) from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (instead of 9 a.m. - noon). We had to do this to alleviate traffic issues with the nursery school dropoff.

Join us Oct. 17 for our second annual Oktoberfest in honor Celia LaBarbera benefiting the Children's Tumor Foundation funding NF research at St. Cecilia's Parish Hall, 42 Main St., 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. The Oktoberfest features German food, a silent auction and a cash bar. Tickets should be purchased/reserved early. For ticket info/reservations contact Liz at 596-3023 or celiascause@gmail.com To donate items, contact Anita LaBarbera at 596-6883, Karin Tranghese at 596-2055 or celiascause@gmail.com.

The junior and senior classes at Minnechaug would like to invite students, staff, families and friends to attend the 13th annual flag football game on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. on the MRHS football field. The girls will take the field; the boys will serve as cheerleaders. The Faculty Dance Team will perform at half-time. Food and 50/50 raffle tickets will be available. Entrance fee is $5. All are welcome.

The Performing and Visual Arts Society at Minnechaug will be putting on their annual talent show on Oct. 16 in the auditorium. Tryouts will be on Oct. 6, with practice on Oct. 13. Judges will choose the winners and will award a total of $150 in prize money.

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