Town Events Dec. 21 - Dec. 28
|From The Reminder|
2010 RED SOX BUS TRIPS
The E.L. Men's Softball League in conjunction with the E.L. Rec. Dept. has scheduled three Red Sox baseball bus trips to Fenway Park for the 2010 season: June 16 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks; Aug. 2 vs. the Cleveland Indians; and Sept. 3 vs. the Chicago White Sox. Starting time for all games is 7:05 p.m. Seats for all games are first base roof boxes. Price for each trip is $98 each, which includes ticket, transportation and box lunch. Stop into the E.L. Rec. Dept. from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., to order tickets. For further info call Frank at 531-6954.
ST. PAUL'S SERVICES
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St., will have their Christmas Chorale sung by the Junior and Senior Choirs on Dec. 20 at the 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion Service. Christmas Eve Candlelight Services on Dec. 24 are Family Worship Service at 7 p.m. and Holy Communion Service at 10:30 p.m. Lessons and carols will be at the 9:30 a.m. Worship Service on Dec. 27.
ADULT BOOK GROUP
The E.L. Public Library Adult Book Discussion Group will meet Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. in the library's Conference Room to discuss "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant. For more info call Sue French at 525-8404 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk or from our member libraries. To request a copy call the Circulation Desk at 525-5400 ext. 1511.
2010 hunting, fishing and trapping licenses are now available at the E.L. Town Clerk's office. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Call the Clerk's office at 525-5400 with any questions.
SCHOOL VACATION WORKSHOPS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will sponsor four InspireWorks workshops open to grades K - 5 during December school vacation. Taking place at Attain, 80 Denslow Rd. Dec. 28, 9 - 11 a.m.: Fitness Fun Get off the couch and into the gym; Dec. 29, 9 - 11 a.m.: Wonders of Dry Ice and Bubbling Potions Explore the mysteries of science as you learn about dry ice; Dec. 30, 9 - 11 a.m.: Cake Decorating Learn a new design and bring home a treat; Dec. 31: Bead-u-tiful Jewelry Making Hands-on introduction to the art of jewelry making. For more info call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.
Mohegan Sun Casino Trip
To benefit The Dance Center Performance Team Feb 28. Bus departure at 8 a.m., casino departure at 4 p.m. $25 per person. Tickets includes voucher for food and $15 Keno bets. More info: call 426-8329 or e-mail email@example.com. All proceeds go to The Dance Center Performance Team. Our dancers will be representing Western Mass. in competitions throughout New England.
On Dec. 23 at ELHS' first home match of this season our new wrestling coach Steve Graham is hosting a "Mat Dedication Ceremony" celebrating our new mat and rich wrestling history. He is asking all alumni wrestlers, family, friends and supporters to join us at the event at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
COA HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
The E.L. Council on Aging will be closed Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on these dates.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will welcome Merle Safford on Jan. 7 as a guest speaker on the history of Norcross House at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., at 10:30 a.m. The selected reading for Dec. 29 is "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham.
VOLUNTEER DISHWASHERS NEEDED
The E.L. Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen as a dishwasher for four hours a day, one or more days a week. The hours needed are from 9:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Call Sandy Grabierz at 525-5436.
HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL
The Next Step Dance Studio will perform at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. Hot chocolate provided by Redstone Rehabilitation.
MONTHLY SCREENINGS AT COA
Capuano Care will offer free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screening on the first Fri. of each month at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The next date is Jan. 8. Performance Rehabilitation will be here the second Mon. of each month at 8 a.m. offering stretching exercises before walking with the Morning Glory Walkers.
TOWN OFFICES HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
The public is advised that E.L. Town Offices including the Public Library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1. The library will also be closed on Dec. 26 but will be open Jan. 2.
FRIENDS OF REC. MEETING
The mission of the E.L. Friends of Recreation (FOR) is to provide town residents with enhanced recreational opportunities by improving the quality of existing spaces and facilities and exploring new options. These capital improvements will be made possible through the cooperation of town residents, town government, local businesses and FOR fundraising efforts. FOR will host a planning meeting on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Dept. of Parks & Rec. Community members are invited to attend. For more info e-mail ELFriendsofRec@gmail.com.
HOW TO BUY A BRA THAT FITS
Cynthia Lydiard, Certified Fitter from Helen's Bra Clinic, will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. to speak about the benefits of a properly fitting bra, an important health and comfort issue. This seldom addressed topic will be presented with sensitivity and humor! Call 525-5436 to register.
WRESTLING TEAM CAN DRIVE
A can and bottle drive will take place at ELHS on Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. to raise monies for a new wrestling mat. Bring cans and bottles to site behind the high school by the baseball fields.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a New Year's Eve potluck dinner and dance at the East Longmeadow Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Mainstream dance (Artic night) on Jan. 15. Dances are usually meet at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield, from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 p/p. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324.
"LATE NITE CATECHISM"
The Hampden Senior Center will travel to Torrington, Conn., March 4 to see the comedy "Late Nite Catechism." The bus will leave the Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., at 10 a.m., for the Black Rock Tavern for lunch, then to the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre for the matinee performance. Cost is $77 and includes transportation, lunch, the show and driver's tip. Bus seating assigned as full payments are received; payment deadline is Jan 29. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to sign up.
RECYCLING/ YARD WASTE STICKERS
The 2010 Recycling and Yard Waste Center stickers are now available for purchase at the Clerk's office on the first floor in Town Hall. The 2010 fees at $40 for residents, $30 for seniors (65 and over). If renewed by mail, each sticker fee will be reduced by $5. For more info on sticker sales, call the Town Clerk's office at 565-4103.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a special meeting of the School Committee on Dec. 29 beginning at 11 a.m. in the School Committee Room in the high school, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.
CHRISTMAS EVE CLOSINGS
The following town facilities will close at noon on Dec. 24: Town Hall, Finance, Parks & Rec., Greenwood Center, Storrs Library and Council on Aging/Adult Center.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICK UP
The Dept. of Public Works (DPW) will pick up Christmas trees the weeks of Jan. 4 and 11. Residents are asked to place their Christmas trees on the tree belt in front of their house. The trees will be picked up by voter precient (precient A - Mon., precint B - Tues., etc.) For more info call the DPW office at 567-3400.
XMAS, NEW YEAR'S TRASH PICK-UP
During the weeks of Dec. 28 - Jan. 2 and Jan. 4 - 8, the town will allow each resident to put out two barrels or two bags of refuse, up to 40 lbs., for each collection period. Any additional refuse must be in approved Longmeadow refuse bags. Residents are reminded that there will be no trash pick-up and recycling collection on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Year's Day, Jan. 1. Trash and recycling collections for the Fri. of these two weeks will be delayed one day. For more info call the DPW at 567-3400.
MONEY MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
During this seminar, you will learn the essential strategies needed in today's volatile market; asset allocation and tax strategies to protect your investments and provide tax-free income at retirement. 2010 brings some big changes in tax laws. Find out if you can convert your existing IRA to a Roth. You will learn about different types of investments, how to potentially utilize your assets, tax strategies and diversification techniques necessary to maximize your return on your money while taking less risk. Seminar will meet on Tues., Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
One of the most exciting times of your life can be when you are the parent of an infant. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center on Maple Road. Open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered free of charge. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.
RED CROSS BABYSITTING
Learn how to handle emergencies, entertain children, what you need to know when staying home alone or watching younger siblings. Participants ages 11 and up will learn about the basic care for children of all age levels, job responsibility, first aid procedures and activities to keep children safe, happy and busy. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification. Class meets Dec. 28 - 30 from 1 - 4 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
COMPUTER CLASS: WORD
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer a class on Microsoft Word Jan. 6 - Feb. 10 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Topics include creating, editing, formatting, saving and printing documents. $12 for six classes. Call 565-4150 to reserve your spot!
CHAIR YOGA CLASSES
A new session of chair yoga will begin Jan. 7 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. This class is beneficial for all, and designed especially for those with limited mobility. Mats are available for those who prefer them. $36 for six classes. Call 565-4150 to register.
RETIRED STREET SIGNS
Looking for an inexpensive but unique gift? Give a "retired" street sign. The town of Longmeadow is selling retired street signs for $10 each. Signs can be purchased at the Dept. of Public Works offices at 31 Pondside Rd. Call 567-3400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for info on available street signs.
Foot care is available at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., the third Fri. of each month from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. by nurses from Pedi-Care for a fee of $2. Home visits are also an option. Call 565-4150 for more info or to schedule an appt.
TRANSPORT WHEELCHAIRS FOR LOAN
The Adult Center now has a two transport wheelchairs available for loan to residents on a temporary, short-term basis. The chairs weigh 20.5 lbs. and fold easily. To reserve, call 565-4150.
Jan. 5, 1 p.m. at the Adult Center. The book chosen for discussion at the January meeting is the classic "My Cousin Rachel" by Daphne Du Maurier. On the first Tues. in February, the book will be "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay. New members are welcome.
Jan. 6 at new meeting time 12:15 p.m. at the Adult Center. If you want to come to lunch at the Adult Center prior to the meeting, make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150. All area veterans are welcome to join.
Jan. 7 - Feb. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. Designed especially for those with limited mobility. Call 565-4150 to register.
BINGO DAY IN JANUARY
Jan. 7, 12:30 p.m. at Adult Center. The members of the Over 60 Club are sponsoring a bingo game. Coffee and dessert will be provided. A fun activity for a cold afternoon!
NEW ZUMBA SESSION
Jan. 6 - Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. at the Adult Center. Donna Gendron will lead another session of this popular aerobic fitness program set to the beat of Latin music. Class is geared toward seniors. Bring your sneakers and a bottle of water and join the fun. Call 565-4150 for more info.
CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP
Foster Memorial Church will be hosting Christmas Eve candlelight worship services on Dec. 24 at 7 and 11 p.m. All are welcome. The church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Mon. 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 Levin at 536-1895.
APRIL 20 BOSTON BUS TRIP
Perfect for school vacation! Bus trip sponsored by St. Catherine's of Sienna includes your choice of Aquarium or Science Museum followed by free time in Quincy Market, lunch on own, then Duck Tour of the city. Advanced reservations required. Contact Betty at 896-8801.
The Italian Culture Center, 56 Margaret St., will offer Italian language classes for eight weeks beginning Jan. 26. Beginner and Intermediate classes will be on Tues. evenings from 6 - 8 p.m. The cost for the courses will be $95 for those without the textook, $85 for those with the textbook. Call to register or for info at 784-1492.
CLERK'S OFFICE CLOSING
The Town Clerk's Office will be closed all day on Dec. 24. This applies to the Town Clerk's Office only. It does not apply to other town offices, especially the Collector/Treasurer's Office. They will remain open on Dec. 24 until noon along with the rest of Town Hall.