Town Events Feb. 7 -14
|From The Reminder|
BAKED CHICKEN DINNER
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post No. 293, 3 Legion Court. Menu: baked chicken, baked potato w/sour cream, green beans or carrots, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake or brownies, tea and coffee. Other drinks available at bar at extra cost. Tickets: $9 at the door. Call 592-0596 in case of inclement weather.
SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATIONS
The East Longmeadow Rec. Dept. announces the registrations for baseball, girls softball, in town and Pioneer Valley soccer, boys and girls lacrosse are now being taken in the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. to Fri. You may, also, register online; call the office for family I.D. number first. Refer to our Web site www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for fees.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will celebrate 50th wedding anniversaries with entertainer Brian Gillie at their Valentine's Party on Feb. 10 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is roast pork with stuffing, mashed potato, butternut squash, apple/cinnamon muffin and applesauce. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations. This is a $3 lunch.
Register early at the Pleasant View Senior Center for our bingo party on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. Cost: $5, payable at time of registration. Refreshments and cash prizes!
MARCH DAY TRIPS
The East Longmeadow Senior Center is sponsoring two day trips in March. Payments for both trips are due by Feb. 11. On March 15, visit the Farmington Marriott for a St. Patrick's celebration including lunch, Irish Step Dancers and the Irish folk duo, Glenshane. Cost is $68. On March 18, join us for the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Quincy Market. Cost is $56. Please contact the office for more details, 525-5436.
MANICURES FOR SENIORS
And facial waxing by appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Appointments for Feb. 10 and 24. Please call 525-5436 to schedule a time.
Third presentation scheduled for Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Sonja Duncan, DPT of Gentiva Health Services will discuss clinical testing to determine the cause of a fall, and how to treat the weaknesses found. Call 525-5436 to register.
SENIOR BOOK CLUB
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selection for February is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. New members welcome.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., hosts a coffee hour for veterans Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. We will welcome the Women's Program Manager and Visual Impairment Team Coordinator. Women veterans are encouraged to attend.
GRANDPARENT SCHOLARSHIP INFO
Learn how college planning really works when you meet with a SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards representative, Alan Stearley of the Gaudreau Group, Inc. will give you all the details Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Call 525-5436 to sign up.
REVERSE MORTGAGE INFO
Flynt Lincoln of Webster Bank will bring you up to date on how today's homeowners are using a reverse mortgage as a financial option, when he speaks at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. Call 525-5436 to sign up.
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.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Feb. 8 and 22 at the Greenwood Senior Center, Maple Road, off Route 5, Longmeadow, in the cafeteria for a mini-auction and short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org or call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.
The West Springfield Coin Club will meet Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Elm St. A presentation and discussion will include facts about colonial copper coinage from 1737. Small auction and refreshments available. Guests welcome. For info, contact Peter Setian at 596-9871.
DONATE YOUR CAR
Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired persons in Massachusetts.
TRIP TO ORLANDO
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends, Warren, is sponsoring the following trip: Feb. 19 to 27 to Orlando, Fla., eight nights and nine days. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, eight nights lodging, eight breakfasts, five dinners, Holy Land Experience, Arabian Night dinner show, Bok Tower Garden National Historic Landmark, free time at an Orlando area theme park of the group's choice admission fee not included Disney Marketplace, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Historic St. George Street, Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex. For more info. and cost, call Marlene at 436-5311.
MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
Bosch Travel Club will host a trip to Myrtle Beach Oct. 1 to 8. Deluxe motor coach, seven nights hotel including five nights oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, 14 meals seven dinners, seven breakfasts, four shows Carolina Opry-Palace, two theatre-Alabama Theatre. Cost: $915 twin/triple; $1,165 single. For info., call Bob at 592-1542 or Will at 538-9893.
GRIEF SPECIALIST BOOK SIGNING
Meet and speak with grief specialist Joanne Sullivan on Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam. In 90 enthralling pages, Sullivan journeys through her personal experience, the death of her son Matthew, to shed light to those coping or not able to cope with the loss of a loved one. Her personal struggles and triumphs provide a powerful testimony to support groups, grieving styles and survival methods when in your darkest days. Being a grief specialist for more than a decade, Sullivan may be familiar to those who have taken part in the bereavement support groups offered by Forastiere Family Funeral Homes in East Longmeadow and Agawam.
SPORTS & STORIES: SWIM TEAM
Meet and greet members of the Longmeadow High School swim team Feb. 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Storrs Library. Swimmers will read stories, carry out team stretches, and help the children create a swimming related art project. Sign up in advance in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
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. 11 versus Worcester at 7:30 p.m; Feb 12 versus Providence at 7 p.m.; Feb 18 versus Manchester at 7:30 p.m.; Feb 19 versus Worcester at 7 p.m.; Feb 22 versus Manchester at 7 p.m.,Feb 25 versus Albany at 7:30 p.m. and Feb 26 versus Portland at 7:30 p.m.
PLANNING BOARD MEETING
The meeting of the Planning Board, originally scheduled for Feb. 2, has been rescheduled for Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Police Station Community Room.
Mondays, 10 to 11:45 a.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center. Have your blood pressure checked; health counseling on other matters available with the nurses. If medical concerns require more than a few minutes, please set up an appointment time with Pat Barkman, RN, at 565-4150. No clinic Feb. 21.
BLOOD SUGAR SCREENING
At Longmeadow Adult Center, Feb. 9, 9:30 to10 a.m. It is not necessary to "fast" prior to being tested. Donation of $1 is requested to cover testing supplies.
HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELOR
At Longmeadow Adult Center, Feb. 9 and 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 565-4150 for an appointment.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Meets at Longmeadow Adult Center, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. Speaker: Liz Hammett, RN, board certified in cardiovascular nursing, will discuss heart disease, heart attack signs and when to call 911. Please call 565-4150 to register.
WATER BACTERIA REPORTED
The Longmeadow Water Department reports that total coliform bacteria were detected during our routine water quality sampling in January. Out of the 20 samples taken two tested positive. No E. coli bacteria were detected in any of the samples. This is not an emergency. If it had been, residents would have been notified immediately. We believe that a combination of temporary conditions such as the water main replacement projects on Birch Road and Barclay Street contributed to the total coliform detections, when materials were dislodged from the pipes and chlorine residuals were reduced. The area affected was along the south side of town. We have flushed and retested the water in the affected area and no bacteria were found and further testing shows that this problem has been resolved. Some residents may smell and taste a trace of chlorine which is normal for others part of the distribution system. For more info., contact the Longmeadow Department of Public Works at 567-3400.
MOVIE AFTERNOON SECRETARIAT
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Feb. 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. "Secretariat" is the true story of Big Red/Secretariat who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years, winning the Belmont Stakes by a record-shattering 31 lengths. The outstanding cast is headed by Diane Lane, who plays owner Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich, who plays the trainer Lucien Laurin. The story is inspirational, and the racing footage is spectacular.
JOURNEY TO JAZZ: LIONEL HAMPTON
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Feb. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Lionel Hampton's super charged energies and blazing talents catapulted him to stardom, mainly as an exciting vibraphonist, as well as a flashy drummer and pianist and an occasional vocalist. This "Flying Home" disk from 1942-45 includes Illinois Jacquet, Arnette Cobb, Milt Buckner, Marshal Royal, and Dinah Washington, all of whom were budding young jazz stars at that time.
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the birthdays of anyone born in February. Birthday cake supplied by Glenmeadow. Lunch is free for those with February birthdays; $3 for all others. Call 565-4150 to register.
WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
The Forest Park winter farmers' market will take place Feb. 12 and 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Forest Park's old monkey house. The easiest way to enter the park for this market is to go to the Trafton Road gate. Whether you go Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road, there is free entry to the park for the market. Goods include produce, baked goods, dairy products, meat, maple products, honey, soap, lotion, fiber art, jam, prepared foods and more. Questions call Belle Rita Novak, market manager at 737-1724.
WARD 6 DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS
Registered Democrats in Springfield's Ward 6 Forest Park will host a caucus at the Forest Park Library on Feb. 12 at noon. We will be electing 11 delegates and three alternates to participate in the 2011 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Convention will be at the Tsongas Arena in Lowel on June 4. Forest Park Library is fully accessible. If you need a language interpreter or more info., call Pat Carney at 736-0878.
MEN OF SINAI BREAKFAST
Joseph Berger, professor of biology at Springfield College, will discuss "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" at the Feb. 13, 9:30 a.m. breakfast sponsored by Men of Sinai at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. The event is open to the public and breakfast includes eggs, lox, bagels and beverages. Paid members of Men of Sinai attend for free; all others charged $5. Please call 736-3619 to make a reservation so the proper amount of food can be prepared.
COIL AND HEART BRACELET CLINIC Feb.10 at 5:45 p.m. at Simply Beadiful, LLC, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Road. Free Instruction, small materials fee. Learn three jewelry making techniques in one class. Space is limited. Call 782-0288 or visit www.Simplybeadiful.com,
On Feb. 13, see "Magic Miracles" live entertainment at the Melha Shriners Temple, 133 Longhill St.; 2 p.m. matinee and 7 p.m. show. Advance ticket, $8; at the door $10. Reservations/tickets: 583-6243. Great family entertainment. Concessions available.
Jewish Community Center's Theatrix theater company to host auditions for "Hairspray," "Good Morning" SPRINGFIELD! Show seeks actors, singers, dancers in grades eight to college. Auditions are Feb. 9 and 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. Contact Amy Kimball, Teen and Theatre director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 739-4715 ext. 322 for more info and for a time slot.
COME TO THE CABARET
On Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. the choir of Grace Union Church will present a "Come to the Cabaret" event. There will be a three- course roast pork dinner and a group of 12 singers providing entertainment. Tickets are priced at $17.50 and can be bought at the door, or call for reservations at 525-6132.