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Town Events, Jan. 19 - Jan. 26

From The Reminder

East Longmeadow High School will host its Second Semester Open House on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. Parents will meet in the auditorium, then will visit their teenager's classes at 10-minute intervals throughout the remainder of the evening. Teachers will provide parents with an overview of their courses and state their goals for the semester.

The East Longmeadow Senior Center Book Club will meet on Jan. 27 at 10:30 a.m. The group will disscuss "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The club is open to the public.

The East Longmeadow Garden Club's presentation for Jan. 22 will be a program by Leslie Duthie from the Norcross Wildlife Center in Monson. Her topic will be "Wildflowers for the Home Garden." All garden club monthly meetings are in Fellowship Hall of the Congo Church on the rotary at noon. Guest fee is $2 and yearly membership is $15. Upcoming programs will feature a pressed flower workshop in February and ornitholgist Sam Fried in March. For more info visit www.elgardenclub.org.

George Kingston will be introducing many of the resources available on the Internet to adults just getting started in genealogy at the East Longmeadow Public Library. He will also demonstrate the use of two online databases available to everyone who uses the Internet at the library Ancestry.com (Library edition) and Heritage Quest. The program will meet in the library's Community Room on Jan. 21 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Registration is not required. For more info, call the library at 525-5400 ext. 158.

On Jan. 20, Veterans Representative George Herrick will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center for their monthly meeting and coffee hour at 9 a.m.

Give blood on Jan. 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the Mercy Hospital Blood Mobile will be in the parking lot of the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. For appointments, call 748-9406. Walk-ins also welcome.

A SHINE Regional Director and a representative from Prescription Advantage will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to explain the changes happening to Prescription Advantage coverage on Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. Questions will be welcomed at this informational session. Call the Senior Center office if you plan to attend at 525-5436.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. will sponsor yoga classes beginning the week of Jan. 19 for 10 weeks. Seniors 60 and over receive $5 discount. Come into Rec. Dept. weekdays to register. Tuesdays, 7 - 8 p.m. Yoga I; Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m. Yoga II.

The E.L. Rec. Dept./Men's Softball League 2009 baseball trip schedule has been finalized and baseball Red Sox fans can reserve (with deposit) the following games: July 10, Kansas City; July 29, Oakland; Aug. 24, Chicago all games at Boston. A Toronto at Yankees (new stadium!) game is set for July 4. Signup in the office weekdays. For further info, call 531-6954.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is taking registrations for all spring sports Pioneer Valley and intown soccer, boys/girls lacrosse, baseball and girls softball. Fees remain the same as 2008. Come into the office weekdays to register. For further info, call 525-5437.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is looking for a boys lacrosse program coordinator for the 2009 season to supervise 50 youth participants grades 3 - 8. This is a volunteer position from March - June. Coaches also wanted. Contact the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 or stop by the office weekdays.

At the Quabbin in Ware, Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Leaders: Dave Gallup and Jack Megas. Meeting place: Follow Rte. 9 east from Belchertown center. Enter the second gate at Quabbin and meet at the Enfield Lookout parking area. Rain, ice or snow cancels. Registration: Call Dave (525-4697) or Jack (782-3962) for time and directions. Dave will lead a short hike at 2 p.m. Dress warmly and bring binoculars (and a spotting scope if you have one). Dave and Jack will have telescopes along for use by the group. Then join us for dinner at 3:30 p.m. at Apollo Pizza House, near the intersection of Rtes. 9 and 202. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

USS Missouri BB-63 veterans will host their winter planning and social meeting on Jan. 23 - 25 at the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, Norwalk, Conn. This is an opportunity for any former shipmates to gather with old friends, swap stories and enjoy a good time. Anyone interested in this gathering should contact Jack Stempick at (203) 281-4693 or mobb63ct@aol.com.

Technical High School class of 1959 will host their 50th class reunion at the Crowne Plaza located in Enfield, Conn., for a weekend of renewing friendships June 12 - 14. Committee members have been trying to locate classmates. Info will be mailed the beginning of February. For more info visit www.59techtigers.net or call Joanne (Morrisino) Impoco at 525-7065.

Les Mills BODYPUMP fitness classes are offered at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. The general public is invited to participate in an intro class Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m. There will be no charge for this class on Jan. 18 (a $10 value); however, pre-registration is required by contacting Elizabeth Lenart, Fitness Director, at 739-4715 ext. 282. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable items and toiletries, which will be donated to Rachel's Table.

Children's Storytime at Hampden Public Library will take place Jan. 20 and 27 at 3:45 p.m., for ages 3 - 8. Stories, crafts and games in a supportive environment. Approx. duration: 45 minutes. Drop-ins welcome. The library is at 625 Main St. For more info, call 566-3047.

The Hampden Lions Club will host their Annual Superbowl Pancake Breakfast on Feb. 1 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Hampden Country Club on Wilbraham Road. Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for kids 10 and over, and under 10, breakfast is free. Come join the Lions and enjoy pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee and meet your friends and neighbors. Proceeds will be used to fund Lions eye research as well as to contribute back to the community. Chairperson of this breakfast is Doug Craven. If more info is needed, he can be reached at 566-3763 or Joan Shea at 566-8224.

Infant and Toddler Storytime at Hampden Public Library meets Jan. 21 and 28 at 11 a.m., for newborn to age 3. Stories, movement, songs and games in a friendly environment. Approx. duration: 20 minutes. Optional time provided afterwards for socializing and play in our Children's Room. No registration required, drop-ins welcome. The library is at 625 Main St. For more info, call 566-3047.

Jan. 24 is Grandparents and Great-Grandparents Day at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St., from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., all ages. Come to the library with a grandparent, great-grandparent or other significant adult in your life and celebrate family. Enjoy stories, crafts and games, with refreshments courtesy of Stop & Shop. No registration required. For more info, call 566-3047.

Candy Glazer, chair of the Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee, announces that registered Democrats in Longmeadow will be hosting a caucus at the Longmeadow Community House on Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. to elect 10 delegates and three alternates to the 2009 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. The convention will take place on June 6 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. All registered Democrats in Longmeadow are eligible to vote at the Jan. 31 caucus and to be nominated to be a delegate or alternate to the state convention. For caucus info, contact the LDTC at 567-9309 or LongmeadowDemocrats@gmail.com.

The Longmeadow Adult Center is in need of some volunteers who are interested in helping in the kitchen one day per week from 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. In this position, you would assist the chef in the meal preparation, help package the Meals on Wheels, serve the noon meal in the dining room and assist with clean-up. It is a very rewarding opportunity and terrific for friendly people who would like to chat with those here for lunch. For further info, contact Ellen Gold, coordinator of volunteers, at 565-4150.

The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library is sponsoring a winter sports photo contest for children of all ages from Feb. 2 - 23. Take pictures of skating, sledding, skiing or any winter activity and submit a maximum of three photos. Pick up your entry form with all the guidelines in the Discovery Room beginning Jan. 19. All entries will be displayed and prizes will be awarded to our winners.

The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer a weekly series of three after school groups to meet, learn and create with yarn. The groups are open to students in grade four and above and begin Feb. 4. A beginner's knitting group will meet each Wednesday from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. for a five week series. A beginner's crocheting group will be offered each Thursday from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. for five weeks. We will also offer an advanced Drop-in Stitches a crocheting and knitting group for stitchers who are working on projects and need guidance each Friday at the same time for five weeks. Each group will work on a variety of stitches, techniques and small projects. Registration is Jan. 19 - 30. Call 565-4182 for more info.

The January 2009 Historic District Commission Meeting is cancelled due to lack of applications.

Free ice skating at Blinn Tennis Courts under the direction of the Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. will not be offered this winter due to equipment failure. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. at the Community House by calling 565-4160.

On Feb. 1 and 15, ski or snowboard at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Berkshire East has 33 trails, a half pipe, full lodge and lessons available. Adult chaperones will escort ages 10 and older on the coach bus, assist skiers with tickets and equipment and be available at the lodge. An adult must accompany children under 10. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Use and improve your French by conversing with other students under the professional guidance of Therese Eiff. Group meets for eight nights in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. New participants of all levels are always welcome. Class will meet on Mondays Jan. 26 - March 23 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Call Therese at 525-7448 for more info.

Francesca Lewis Kotomski, degreed, certified and experienced professional fitness motivator, trainer and coach will discuss the six components to make fitness a part of your life on Feb. 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Better Life, 1500 Allen St. She will empower to attain health and fitness goals. To register call 783-9424 ext. 2.

The Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd., will host a discussion by Richard Steingart, M.D. regarding stem cell replacement on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. For more info, call 782-5500. Light refreshments will be served.

The Springfield Library's Spoken Word Saturday open mic series will feature Springfield poet Lynnette Johnson on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. The event is hosted by Crystal Senter Brown and will take place at the Springfield Library, 220 State St. This free event is open to all languages/ ages and poetry must be family friendly. For more info on the event, e-mail Anna at abrandenburg@springfieldlibrary.org or call 263-6828 ext. 426.

The Wilbraham United Players are in need of three male actors for the cast of the upcoming "Much Ado About Nothing." Show dates are March 20 - 22. Rehearsals begin immediately. Contact director Deb Trimble at 330-8576 or debtrimble@aol.com. For more info about the players visit www.wilbrahamunitedplayers.com.

Women's Evening Fellowship of Wilbraham United Church cordially invites all women of the area to Pizza Night, taking place in Fellowship Hall, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Michelle Plourde-Barker discussing her award-winning novel, "A Difficult Boy," inspired by a document she found while doing research at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum. For reservations, call 596-2511 ext. 100.

This American Red Cross course class includes everything you need to know to keep your dog healthy and safe: basic pet owner responsibilities, administering medications, managing emergencies and preparing for disasters. Class is open to ages 10 and up and will meet Feb. 5 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Wilbraham Senior Center activity room. Registration is going on now, online or at the Wilbraham Parks & Rec. office. Space is limited. Visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov for details.

Beginners program will teach the basics of picking styles, single notes and chords. You will begin to play, sing and have fun with the guitar. Six weeks. Meets at the middle school on Thursdays beginning Feb. 5 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is going on now, online or at the Wilbraham Parks & Rec office. Bring your guitar. Space is limited. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov for details.

Learn how to draw cartoons and make a profit too. Explore your world of creativity and exaggeration. Materials provided. Runs six weeks. Meets at the middle school on Tuesdays beginning Feb. 3 from 7 - 8 p.m. Registration is going on now, online or at the Wilbraham Parks & Rec. office. Space is limited. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov for details.

The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. is again partnering with Performing Arts Programs this winter to sponsor an exciting and creative Performing Arts Program for children in grades K - 8. The program is progressive, challenging and a lot of fun. Class runs for seven weeks beginning Feb. 4 and meets at the Wilbraham Middle School. Register for the winter program now by calling (860) 432-9890 or by vsiting performingartsprograms.biz. Another program will be offered over February vacation.

The second semester open house is scheduled for Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Minnechaug Regional High School. As Minnechaug is on the 4x4 block schedule, students are enrolled in four new courses for second semester. This open house affords parents the opportunity to visit their students' new second semester classes, meet the teachers and become familiar with the many and varied programs at Minnechaug.

The Wilbraham Women's Club will host its next meeting on Feb. 12 at St. Cecilia's Parish Center beginning at noon. Betsy Johnsen of Johnsens Catering Service and Helene Curto of Distinctive Tables will be the speakers. Members of the Wilbraham Garden Club and Welcome Wagon will be Guests of the Day. Sandwiches and desserts will be served. The Art Corner will feature antique table linens. Prospective members are welcome. For more info call Marlene at 596-8905.

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