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Town events, Sept. 22 - Sept. 29

From The Reminder

Mercy Medical Center's Blood Bank will host a blood drive at Graziano Gardens, 280 Elm St., on Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Photo ID must be presented when donating. For more info, call Mercy Medical Center's Blood Bank at 748-9511.

Sept. 26 will be the date of the Hawk Open to remember Stephen Hawkins Jr. It will take place at Elmcrest Country Club with an 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. shotgun start. Anyone interested in participating for golf/dinner or just dinner, please call 244-9390 ASAP. There are 40 four-somes already, but we welcome all those that wish to participate in the day.

Reminder to E.L. parents whose children who are presently in grades 5 and 6 and wish to tryout for spring 2009 baseball Bronco evaluations will take place as follows on Sept. 27 at Heritage Park. Bring glove, water bottle and wear cleats:
3 - 3:45 p.m. Last names A - G
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. Last names H - M
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Last names N - S
5:15 - 6 p.m. Last names T - Z

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is presently accepting registrations for its 2008-09 basketball season. Those in grades 1 - 12 are eligible. Deadline for CYO and Suburban is Oct. 3 and Intown is Oct. 10. Come into the office weekdays to register. Refer to green flyer sent home this week in the Reminder for evaluation dates and times.

E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a pre-season basketball clinic for boys/girls in grades 5 - 8 to be offered by the new ELHS boys basketball head coach, Tony Bergeron. Dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in H.S. gym. Register at the Rec. Dept. This is a great way to warm up for the season and prepare for tryouts, which begin Oct. 14.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is presently registering for the following programs: Aerobics begins Oct. 8/9 for 10 weeks; Competitive Swim begins Oct. 6; Afterschool bowling through Nov. 17/18, register at Shaker Bowl; Ballroom dance class Begins Oct. 6; Youth wrestling begins Nov. 25.

The E.L. Soccer Assoc. Web site, www.elrecsoccer.org, has been updated. We encourage players/parents to refer to the Web site during the season to keep you better informed as to games, events, etc.

The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will play Fall BINGO on Sept. 25 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is roast pork w/applesauce, mashed potato, butternut squash and mixed fruit. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.

For all with an unfulfilled interest in writing as well as those who have been writing "forever," Adventures in Writing offers a relaxed, writer-friendly opportunity to experiment. The six-week session begins Sept. 25 and meets Thursdays from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This is not an academic course, but a non-stressful way to develop, enliven and sharpen your own style. Enrollment limited, early sign-up is recommended.

On Oct. 3 beginning at 11 a.m., Paul Leary from the RMV will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to present "Disability Placards and Plates," a program explaining how to obtain a disabled placard or plate and the laws governing them. This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to stay for noon luncheon, call ahead to make a reservation. Brown baggers always welcome!

Come find out what your community access television is really all about and how you can get involved on a personal level, in addition to acting as a volunteer to videotape community events for broadcast on ELCAT. Director Don Maki will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Oct. 10 from 9 - 10 a.m. to speak about how residents can participate with their cable access television station for programs they create, or for taping community events. Don will also be taking sign-ups for a free five-week hands-on workshop at his ELCAT studio at the high school.

The Enfield Recreation Dept. is offering a babysitting training course this fall for youth ages 11 - 15 years old. This training will provide the participant with info and skills necessary to provide safe and responsible care. Class will meet Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Angelo Lamagna Activity Center. Registration starts Sept. 29 for non-residents. For more info or to register visit www.enfield-ct.gov or contact the recreation office at (860) 253-6420.

The Enfield Dolphins is a competitive swim team for area youth ages five - 18. Swimmers are expected to practice at least two times per week and compete in swim meets. New swimmers must be evaluated for the team at the Fermi High School pool on Oct. 2 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Interested swimmers are required to have passed beginner swim levels. Registration is currently being accepted for returning swimmers. For more info contact the Enfield Recreation Dept. at (860) 253-6420 or e-mail questions to acquaticsdirector@enfield.org.

New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, Dec. 27 - 29. For more info contact Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

The YMCA is currently hosting strength and aerobics classes in many area locations for those over 60. Water aerobics and arthritis classes are also available. Classes are available for members and non-members. Call either the Scantic Valley Branch at 596-2749 ext. 2 or the Springfield YMCA Branch at 739-6951 ext. 100 for more info.

The Zonta Club of Quaboag Valley will host its monthly dinner meeting on Oct. 6 at Catering by Johnsens, 1432 Main St., Palmer. Social time is at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. A program on Domestic Violence Awareness and Literacy is planned. For reservations, call Mary Knight at 219-8260 or visit www.zontaqv.org.

Enjoy a Quiet Water Paddle on Buckley Dunton Lake in Becket on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Leader: Tom Condon. Space is limited; call Tom to sign up at 564-0895. Buckley Dunton Lake lies mostly within October Mountain State Forest. We'll take a leisurely tour of the lake, watching for birds and beaver, listening for bullfrogs and turtles. Join us for this early fall paddle. You can rent a kayak or canoe from us. We'll provide lifejackets and paddles. Bring along a lunch, some water and shoes you don't mind getting wet. Remember your sunscreen or your raincoat. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Fall Storytime takes place at Hampden Free Public Library, ages 3 - 8, free. Enjoy stories and crafts in a friendly environment. Offered Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. (same program both days). Advance registration is required. For more info, call 566-3047.

There will be a meeting of the School Building Committee on Sept. 22. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the School Department's Central Office, Room 5, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

The College Club's first event of the season is the scholarship luncheon scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Longmeadow Country Club. Scholarship recipients are invited to attend. Kathy Tobin, television anchor for Channel 40, will share the mysteries of organizing and presenting news to area viewers.

The Longmeadow Volunteers will be working this week at Glenbrook School, finishing the fence lines behind the school. We will meet Sept. 24 from 9 - 11 a.m. and Sept. 27 and 28 from 2 - 4 p.m. Tools of the days, mostly rakes with trimmers and chain saws. Gloves always recommended.

The Longmeadow Planning Board will host a public hearing to discuss the proposed additions and alterations to the existing building and property located at 773 Maple Rd., "Maple Road Service Station." The hearing will take place Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. at the Longmeadow Police Station Community Room, Williams Street. If you have any questions, contact the Planning and Community Development Office at 565-4153. Public documents regarding this hearing are on file at this office, 20 Williams St., and are available during Town Hall Business hours.

The Housing Authority will host a meeting Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fire House Meeting Room.

James Cass offers this unique fall and spring drama club as an after school activity two afternoons a week. Cass will teach participants in grades 4 - 8 a variety of theatrical activities. The fall program will culminate with a two-night musical performance. Aspiring actors will have the opportunity to try out for parts within the play. Drama Program will meet on Thursdays at Old Town Hall and Fridays at the Community House, Sept. 25 to Jan. 16 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.

Greenwood Extended Day has limited spaces available in its Early Risers, After School and Before & After Kindergarten Program. Contact Kelly Zieba at 565-4163 or kzieba@longmeadow.org to schedule a tour and complete the registration packet. Visit www.lprd.net for further info on the School Age Programs.

Greenwood Children's Center has limited availability in the preschool 3's classroom. Space is filling up quickly for our full and part time programs! Call Audra for details 565-4163.

Ages 3 - 5; parents welcome! Participants 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 and self-confidence. All materials are included. Wear clothing that can get messy! Class meets on Fridays, Sept. 26 - Oct. 31 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 5 - 12. This is a workshop-style class with a progressive and experimental atmosphere. Young artists are challenged as they develop their own artistic style by exploring painting, sculpture, mixed media and cooperative work. We will honor the creative process through critiques at the end of each class. All materials are included. Wear clothing that can get messy! Class meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ballroom dance is an excellent form of exercise and an opportunity to learn the classic form of ballroom dancing. Classes will be geared toward beginners. Bring your dance shoes, gather your partner or come alone and have a good time getting some exercise and meeting new people. Classes will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Dec. 3 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

A long tradition of family fun, magic shows, pumpkin carving, spooky stories, music, singing hayrides, costumed parades and all the creepy critters at the Bronx Zoo make for one spooktacular event! Wear some comfortable shoes, pack your camera and children and enjoy an afternoon at the Bronx Zoo. Fee includes admission and additional attractions. Trip will be on Oct. 19. The bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 6:30 a.m., returning at 8 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

The Storrs Library invites toddlers from six months to 30 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our seven-week series of playgroups for the very young. Your toddler will enjoy fingerplays, songs and stories along with our unstructured playtime. We provide toys for independent and group play, as well as music and lots of space. The playgroup runs Oct. 3 - Nov. 21 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. with the exception of Nov. 7. Call the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182 or stop by the library to register for this program from Sept. 22 - Oct. 3. Registration is limited so call early.

Celestial Praise Church of God, 321 Wilbraham Rd., will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a celebration, Oct. 8 - 12, featuring dynamic and anointed preaching, guest choirs, liturgical and praise dancing and special presentations, including Rev. Dr. Zannie McNeil Jr., Rev. Dr. Ivan Brooms, Bishop William A. Lee Jr. and Rev. Dr. Hugh A. Bair. Call 783-4763 for more info.

Rays of Hope is going to benefit from a fundraiser that our team, Just 'Cause We Care, is going to have at O'Brien's Corner, located at 1082 Page Blvd. From 1 - 4 p.m. on Sept. 28, we will have both Lia Sophia Jewelry and Tastefully Simple there. Come and join the fun and help us as we join the fight in finding the cure for breast cancer!

There will be a free concert at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Sept. 27. Denise Gendron will be playing the cello from 11 a.m - noon. She will be signing CDs from noon - 12:30 p.m. From 1 - 2 p.m., A.W. Nardi will be signing his CD "Nouveau." From 2 - 3 p.m., Theresa Berard, Tristan Tesh and Rich Pellegrino from the band Watchers will be performing. CD signing will follow concert.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, located at 45 Buckingham St., will have a Gospel Concert at the church on Oct. 26. The concert is a fundraiser for replacement of the present heating system. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. There will be several local artists that include Evenus Thompson, Elder Willie Naylor, Pastor Derrick Sams, Beverly Watkins-Jenkins, Center Stage Dance Group and more. The public is invited. For more info, call the church office at 736-8567 or Vera at 783-9824.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presents the eighth annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk (formerly known as "End the Secrecy Walk with Us") on Oct. 5 at Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Registration and continental breakfast 9 a.m.; opening ceremony 10 a.m. and walk 10:15 - 11:30 a.m. Individuals and teams of walkers welcome. All walkers who turn in a minimum of $150 will receive a T-shirt. To register call 888-333-AFSP ext. 23 or visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

The Springfield Technical High School class of 1942 will meet for a luncheon on Oct. 1 at the Fort in downtown Springfield from noon - 3:30 p.m. Come and converse with your classmates from the "Greatest Generation." Call June at 788-8788 for further details.

On the first Monday of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St. at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie at 739-4715.

Are you interested in joining a marvelous team? We are asking members of the community to help us in our efforts to make available a great radio reading service for our many family members, neighbors and friends who are blind and print impaired. We need help with recording reading material, planning and coordinating events, administrative tasks and much more. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 747-7337.

Enjoy this family fun festival on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Features pumpkin decorating, bounce house, fall crafts, homemade apple pies and raffle prizes. Price of admission is one non-perishable food item or cash donation to benefit the Community Survival Center in Indian Orchard. Taking place at the Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2399 Boston Rd. Call 596-3111 for more info.

The Wilbraham Children's Museum will host its annual fall clean-up event on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - noon. The museum seeks energetic volunteers of all ages to help spruce up the park equipment and the grounds at 678 Main St., and to ensure that the park remains clean and beautiful for children and all residents to enjoy. Rain date is Oct. 18. Questions should be directed to the museum's directors at 596-2472.

The Wilbraham Garden Club will host their New Member Tea on Oct. 2 at the Wilbraham Library. A light lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. The meeting will start at 12:45 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring a prospective new member. Delight Rothery and Suzanne Zeckhausen, both members of the club, will create flower arrangements while sharing their ideas and stretching their own imaginations. They hope to inspire the members of the audience to realize that, when creating designs, it's best to keep it simple. There will be a drawing for the arrangements.

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