Town Events, Feb. 21 - Feb. 28
|From The Reminder|
STUDENT HANDBOOK INPUT
The East Longmeadow High School Student Handbook Committee, which consists of administrators, community representatives, parents, students and teachers, would welcome any suggestions for the 2011-2012 revision of the Student Handbook. Please forward any sug-gestions to: Mr. Michael E. Knybel, Principal, East Longmeadow High School,180 Maple Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028, or call 525-5460.
COMPLIMENTARY FUN WORKOUT
P90X, Turbo Fire, more at Birchland Middle School Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., except holiday weeks. Free. Sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.
INTOWN SOCCER SIGN UPS
Will be taken through March 26 in the Park & Rec. Dept. office. The fee is $45; $60 for non-residents, for players in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Boys in grades three to five will play on co-ed teams for the spring. Office open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or register online; call the office at 525-5437 for I.D. number and password.
INTOWN SOCCER COACHES NEEDED
The Recreation Department is in need of soccer coaches for grades kindergarten through grade 5 for the spring season. No experience necessary; will train. Call the department at 525-5437, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., if you wish to coach.
FALCONS FAMILY FUN DAY
March 13, as the Falcons host the Adirondack Phantoms at 3 p.m. at the MassMutual Center. All tickets just $6, with $1 donated back to the Recreation Department. Team poster handout before game; autograph session post-game with team, plus free public skate. Tickets only available through Rec. Dept.; must buy before noon on March 11.
YANKEES, RED SOX BUS TRIPS
The East Longmeadow Men's Softball League and the Recreation Department still have tickets available for July 27 vs. Kansas city and Aug. 26 vs. Oakland games at Fenway, tickets $90/person; and June 25 Yankee Stadium game vs. Colorado, tickets $95/person. Trips include ticket, transportation, box lunch. Office open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for tickets. Call Frank at 531-6954 for further info.
SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATIONS
Are ongoing in the Recreation Department for the following sports: in-town soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, baseball and softball. Office open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or register online; call the office at 525-5437 for I.D. number and password. Questions, call 525-5437.
STROKE & TURN CLINIC
For those who have competed with the Marlins for two seasons, will run Feb. 28 to April 8 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Fee is $70; if room for non-residents, cost is $85. Office open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or register online; call the office at 525-5437 for I.D. number and password.
FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
The East Longmeadow High School Athletic Hall of Fame is sponsoring a trip to Foxwood Casino March 26. Bus leaves high school parking lot at 9 a.m., returns at 6 p.m. Cost is $30, includes $15 Keno play, $15 food voucher. Limited to 54 persons, first come, first served. Make checks payable to ELHSAHOF and send to: Lloyd Duperre, 17 Waterman Ave., East Longmeadow, MA. 01028.
ELHS 50TH B'DAY PARTY MEETING
Group will meet Feb. 28 in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m. All invited. Tickets for the East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party, July 1 to 4, 2011, info on purchasing engraved bricks for the Spartan Walkway available online at: www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info or by calling 374-9919.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will play bingo on Feb. 24 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is baked ham, sweet potato, cauliflower and pineapple. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.
FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE
Artistic Dance Conservatory's Kinetic State Youth Ballet will entertain audiences at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. March 8 at 1 p.m., performing the fairy tale classic, "Cinderella." Performance is free and open to the public.
PRESENTATION FOR RETIREES
Seminar entitled "How to Leave Your Legacy to Your Loved Ones Instead of the IRS," presented by John Dee on March 8 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Register by calling 525-5436.
AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide counselors have begun income tax processing for low-to moderate-income seniors at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Mondays through April 11. Due to space limitations and a shortage of AARP tax preparers, we will give priority to East Longmeadow residents. Out of town residents can call for alternate site locations and/or be put on a wait list. Call early for appointment at 525-5436, or sign up in the office.
LEMON PIE, SANDWICH FUNDRAISER
The Friendship Club will be hosting a lemon pie and sandwich luncheon on March 10, offering a choice of ham, tuna, or egg salad. Tickets are $4.50 each and will be on sale Thursdays in February during Friendship Club. Call Ro Hart at 525-3734, or Gloria Hogan at 734-2044, for tickets or information.
EDUCATE MALAWI INC. FUNDRAISER
Sue Feuerbach is organizing a fundraiser for W. Springfield-based non-profit Educate Malawi Inc. with local Reiki practitioners and massage therapists on March 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at 17 New South St., Unit 204, Northampton. Suggested donation: $10. For more info, visit www.educate-malawi.org or e-mail email@example.com.
"MIX AND MINGLE"
The West of the River Chamber of Commerce (WRC) invites the business community to "Mix and Mingle" at a Business Social, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. at Casa di Lisa Restaurant in Feeding Hills. Tickets: $10 for members; $15 for non-members. For inquiries and to purchase tickets, contact WRC at 426-3880 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
COSTUME JEWELRY SALE
At St. Peter & St. Casimir Parish Social Center, 34 State St., Westfield, March 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Raffle, door prizes, refreshments, free admission.
The University of the Third Age at Asnuntuck Community College will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 17. Cost is $18 and includes a $10 food coupon, plus a $5 wheel coupon. Trips leave the commuter parking lot in Enfield at 8:15 a.m. and returns around 5:30 p.m. For info, call Molly DiSalvo at 860-668-5541.
VETERAN'S MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER
Tickets to go on sale for the upcoming show on Feb. 21. This variety show is scheduled for the first weekend in April and is a fundraiser by the Friends of Hampden Seniors to purchase a marimba for Minnechaug's band and the restoration of the Hampden Veteran's Memorial. Consider making a donation to: Friends of Hampden Seniors, Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., Hampden MA 01036. Call Donna Benoit for more info at 566-5099.
SENIOR CENTER SPEAKER'S BUREAU
At the Hampden Senior Center. All programs start at 12:15 p.m. Feb. 22: "How to Avoid Fraud and Scams" with the Better Business Bureau of Central Mass. Sign up or call 566-5588.
Will meet March 1 at 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House. Members asked to put aside new and used items to bring to popular March auction. This is a fundraiser for the club. Following the auction, Terry Dipippo and Margaret Jenkins will host afternoon tea. Public invited. Call 567-9520 with questions.
ONLINE PROGRAM REGISTRATION
On March 1, residents may begin registering online for spring and summer programs at www.LPRD.net. Copies of the Longmeadow Parks & Recreation program guide, "Experiences," are expected to arrive in resident's mailboxes at approximately the same time.
Greenwood Children's Center is taking registrations for the 2011-12 half-day preschool program beginning in September, 2011. Program follows the public school year schedule. Program meets either Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Audra at 565-4163 for additional information.
VACATION OPEN SWIM
Ages 14 and older younger participants welcome with parental supervision can come and swim at the Longmeadow High School heated indoor pool Feb. 22 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Changing rooms and showers available. Lifeguard on duty. Please use Williams Street entrance. Fee is $7.50 per person per day or free with indoor season pass. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info.
DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Department is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. Parks & Rec department will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Rec office via cash, check or credit card and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Dates are: Feb 22 vs. Manchester at 7 p.m.; Feb 25 vs. Albany at 7:30 p.m. and Feb 26 vs. Portland at 7:30 p.m
SPORTS ASSOC. REGISTRATIONS
All sign-ups take place at the the Community House. Longmeadow Softball Assoc. is Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Longmeadow Baseball Assoc. is Feb. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional information.
Meets March 1 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. Book for March is "Woodsburner" by John Pipkin, a novel of a young Thoreau setting fire to 300 acres of Concord forest. In April, the group will be discussing "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbary. New members are always welcome.
Meets March 2 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. All area veterans invited. Speaker for the month is Janet Knowlton, MSW, LICSW, from the Springfield VA outpatient clinic, who will talk about home-based care. To come for lunch before the meeting, call 565-4150 no later than the day before.
READING RADIO SCRIPTS
Meets March 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Script is "Counter-Spy," broadcast Aug. 23, 1949, as the Cold War was heating up. Many reading parts are available.
JEWELRY MAKING CLASS
Meets March 7 and 21 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. Sandy Merrill is back. Cost is $3 per session plus the costs of materials.
COMPUTER SPREADSHEET BASICS
Meets March 9 to April 13 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. This class will include creating, editing, formatting, saving, and printing spreadsheets as well as the use of formulas and built-in functions. Cost is $18 for six classes.
Will host its next meeting on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. Children welcome to attend. For meeting details and location, e-mail: email@example.com.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
On March 1 the Springfield Parent Advisory Council,(PAC) will present "Nightmares and Dreams," a support meeting for families of children with special needs, at the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments. For more information contact Diane Purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CREATIVE WRITING AT THE JCC
Registration is open for creative writing classes with Sylvia Rosen at the Springfield Jewish Community Center (JCC). Choose Mondays, starting Feb. 28; Tuesdays, starting March l; or Fridays, starting March 4. Hours are 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. for each class. Classes are motivating, supportive, non-competitive. Language and style are part of instruction. For information and to register, visit the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., or call 739-4715.
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE TRIP
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield is sponsoring a bus trip to the Newport Playhouse & Cabaret Theater to see "Lend Me a Tenor" July 26. Bus leaves church parking lot at 8:45 a.m.; returns at approximately 7 p.m. Cost is $89 person; including buffet lunch, comedy and cabaret shows, bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make a reservation at 594-2757.
HOBBY CLUB BAZAAR
The Springfield Hobby Club will hosts its annual bazaar and craft sale March 3 and 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. (lower Franklin Street next to the YMCA). Snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' table. Downstairs Thrift Shops will offer a "Fill-A-Bag for $5" during the same hours.
LEGENDS OF ENTERTAINMENT
On Feb. 26, Foster Memorial Church in Sixteen Acres will host "Legends of Entertainment" starring Roxanne Labato and Robert Laviolette, featuring tributes to Broadway, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and much more. Matinee in handicapped accessible sanctuary at 2 p.m. Evening performance downstairs in Fellowship Hall at 7 p.m. Matinee tickets are $10; include light refreshments. Evening tickets are $15; include hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts. Proceeds go toward new choir robes. For reservations, call 596-3725 or 782-2457.
WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., hosts a trip to Washington, D.C., April 15 to 17. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, guided sightseeing tours, more. Cost is $300 per person, double occupancy. Limited space. For more info or reservations, contact Vera O'Connor at email@example.com or 726-9006 or church office at 736-8567.
EMPTY NESTER SHABBAT DINNER
At Temple Beth El on March 4. Dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a special musical service led by Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz and cantorial soloist Felicia Sloin. Evening is designed for empty nesters and families with teen-aged children. Cost is $20 per person. May bring a bottle of kosher wine. Deadline for reservations is March 1. Call or e-mail the temple office at 733-4149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE CLASSES
Italian language classes at the Italian Cultural Center (ICC), 56 Margaret St., have been scheduled for the spring semester. Beginner I and Intermediate classes: Tuesday nights from March 22 to May 10. Beginner I class and the Beginner II: Monday nights from March 2 to May 9. All classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuition: $85 for ICC members; $95 for non-members. Course book: $20. To register, call the center at 784-1492.
YOUNG PLAYGROUPS AVAILABLE
At Wilbraham Children's Museum for children birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90-minute playgroups available Monday to Friday. Museum public hours: Tues. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. To inquire, visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org.
Will meet March 3 at the The Gardens of Wilbraham. Light luncheon and tea at noon followed by speaker Helen Spencer, a certified horticulturalist and landscape designer who will explain the fundamentals of planning a foundation landscape to suit the scale and design of a home.