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Town Events, July 14 - July 21

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., will welcome Nancy Wasco from the Post Office on July 16 at 11:30 a.m., who will speak about mail forwarding, mail service rates, and other services the Post Office offers residents. Bring a lunch or make a reservation a day in advance for our congregate meal.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Join us for BINGO at our annual Ice Cream Social on July 17 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is spaghetti w/meatballs, zucchini, garlic bread and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.

SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL JEWELRY CLASS
Sandy Merrill will host a special jewelry class using Swarovski Crystals at the Pleasant View Senior Center on July 23 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sign up in the Senior Center office, $5 deposit required. Class size is limited to 20 people.

MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS NEEDED
Would you be willing to commit a few hours a week to make a difference in a senior's day? We are in need of drivers to assist with our Meals on Wheels program, either on a regular basis or on a fill-in basis, specifically on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. Although this is considered a volunteer position, drivers are paid a daily stipend and will need to pass a background check. Stop by the Senior Center office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to learn more about the position and to pick up the paperwork.

SOCCER DEADLINE REMINDER
The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s intown soccer program reminds parents that the deadline to register your child for the fall program is Aug. 8 by 4 p.m. Those entering grades K - 8 are eligible to play. New this fall is a H.S. program for those in grades 9 - 12. To register, come into Office weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. or call 525-5437 for more info.

REC. DEPT. PROGRAMS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces summer programs in which there is still room swim lessons, levels II - V; Kids & Activity Center; sports clinics in baseball, Backyard All-Stars, soccer, football; pee wee and junior tennis; and Mad Science. Call the Office at 525-5437 for more info or come in weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. Also check us out at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
LUNCHEON AND CRUISE
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., Springfield, will sponsor a luncheon and cruise from Narragansett Bay to Newport on July 17. There will be live entertainment. Tickets include driver gratuity. The bus will leave Big Y on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and return between 6 - 6:30 p.m. For more info call 783-5113 or 788-0044.

MERCY HOSPITAL BANQUET
The Mercy Hospital Alumnae will host their annual banquet on Sept. 6 at Chez Josef, 178 Shoemaker Ln, Agawam. Social hour will be from noon-1 p.m. followed by dinner. Reservations must be made in advance by Aug. 18 by contacting Beverly Morton, 53 Longfellow Rd., Holyoke.

PENN DUTCH TOUR
Take a three-day Pennsylvania Dutch Tour, a Christmas weekend in Lancaster with "Miracle of Christmas" from Dec. 5 - 7. Package includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach; two nights at the deluxe Willow Valley Resort, two big buffet breakfasts; two dinners; Amish country tour; "Miracle of Christmas" show at American Music Theater, Kitchen Kettle Shops; baggage handling and occupancy taxes; meal tax and gratuities; driver tip. Departs at 7:30 a.m. from Pier One Imports overflow lot at the Holyoke Mall. To make a reservation call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

"POPS BY THE SEA"
Enjoy Cape Cod and the Boston Pops two-day "Pops by the Sea" in Hyannisport, Mass., Aug. 3 - 4. Packages includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach; one night Cape Codder Resort and Spa; one full breakfast; one dinner at the Daniel Webster Inn; reserved seats for the Boston Pops; admission to the JFK Museum; admission to Heritage Garden/Museum; all taxes and gratuities. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214 for more info. Departs at 8:30 a.m. from Plantation Inn, 295 Burnett Rd., Chicopee.

CHRISTMAS IN VERMONT
Enjoy Christmas in Vermont at the Middlebury Inn Dec. 14 - 15. Trip includes walking village tour; eggnog party, visit to the Dakin Farm Store and Vermont Teddy Bear Co., group photo souvenir; nighttime snack and caroling; bagging handling; meal and room taxes and tips; driver tip. Departs at 8 a.m. from Plantation Inn, 295 Burnett Rd., Chicopee. For more info and reservations call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

ARTISTS WANTED
The Tobacco Valley Artists Association is sponsoring its sixth annual Fine Art Show on Sept. 20 on the lawn of the King House Museum, 232 South Main St., Suffield, Conn., from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (rain date Oct. 4). Members will be exhibiting their artwork for sale. Other artists are being sought to exhibit and sell their work also. Additional info and applications are available by calling Claire Ledoux at (860) 668-6786.

GEM, MINERAL & FOSSIL SHOW
The East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show will feature 200 retail and wholesale vendors from across the U.S. and around the world. The show takes place Aug. 8 - 10 at the Big E's Better Living Center. Hours: Friday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $6, children under 12 free with an adult. Parking $5/day. For more info, visit www.mzexpos.com.

LETTERBOX FINDING AND HIKING
Penwood State Park, Conn., July 27, from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Leader will be Chris Lyons (e-mail: Programs@Glass-Visions.biz). Meeting place: Penwood State Park parking lot. Letterboxing is an outdoor hunt for stamps (non-GPS) hidden in locations all around us. Yet another fun reason to head out into nature!This hike will start with a 15-min. introduction to letterboxing (handout will be provided). The event is open to the public, outdoors, and free.

CANAL WALK
Canal Walk, Suffield, Conn., July 24 at 8 a.m. Leader: Colette Potter (786-1805). Meeting place: St. John's Church, Main Street, Agawam. An early morning walk along the old canal. A good way to start a summer day. Call to register.

GREAT AWAKENING TENT REVIVAL
The Apostolic Church of Enfield is hosting the Great Awakening Tent Revival for three days: July 18 at 7 p.m. with puppets, music and more; July 19 at 7 p.m. a wonderful songfest from many talented musicians; July 20 at 10 a.m. children's event including special singing, skits, prizes and balloons. July 20 at 6 p.m. the Grand Finale with special singing and more. No charge, but donations are accepted. Apostolic Church of Enfield is located at One Shaker Hill Rd. in Enfield.

TEEN DRUMMING WORKSHOP
Teens ages 12 and up can learn the basics of hand percussion, conga, Latin and Afro-Caribbean beats through this hands on workshop led by local DJ and host of Afrobeats, Brandon Marger. No drumming experience is necessary. Drums will be provided but bring your own if you have one. The workshop will take place July 25 at 2 p.m. outside of Hubbard Library (inside if raining). Workshop is free but registration is necessary. Call 583-3408 ext. 3 to register or for more info.

HAMPDEN
AGING EYES
Join us at the Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., on July 18 at 12:15 p.m. as we welcome Richard Godfrey, patient liaison at Schepens Eye Research Institute. Godfrey was diagnosed with macular degeneration in 1985 and was declared legally blind in 1988. He will provide info on eye diseases, research, physician referrals and the many issues associated with living with low vision. Sign up in advance for this important seminar.

LONGMEADOW
STEPS TO A NEW DAY
This step group meets every Saturday at The First Church of Christ in Longmeadow, 763 Longmeadow Street - corner of Williams of Longmeadow Street (Route 5), 9-10:30 a.m. Newcomer meeting available. This is a no children meeting.

SELECT BOARD MEETING
The next meeting will take place July 28, 7 p.m., at Longmeadow High School. This will be a special Select Board meeting.

SPRINGFIELD
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Springfield Wesleyan Church, 98 White St., is sponsoring a Vacation Bible School for the kids of Springfield called Cosmic City. Vacation Bible School is taking place Aug. 4 - 8 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Cosmic City is a fun and interactive learning experience for children ages five to 18. Kids will explore the awesome wonder of God as they visit our stops throughout Cosmic City. For more info or to register call the Springfield Wesleyan Church at 732-5144 or Pastor Larry Fair at 478-9708.

GOSPEL OUTDOOR CONCERT
Gospel outdoor concert hosted by New Life Fellowship July 19 at Hubbard Park, 205 Parker St., Indian Orchard, from 12:30 - 3 p.m. Be inspired. For more info call 525-9472 or log onto www.mynewlifefellowship.com.

FREE TEEN DANCE PROGRAM
Dunbar Community Center presents "A Summer of Modern/Contemporary Dance" for pre-teens and teens. Come and take advantage of an opportunity to learn the Lester Horton Technique. Classes are being offered this summer every Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. Class will be taught by Gina Emanuel-Satchell. Call 330-5592 for more info.

HEALTHY COOKOUT
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., Springfield, is having a Healthy Cookout on July 15, from noon - 2 p.m. Come join in the fun and games. Live music.

HARLEM BOOK FAOR
On July 19, a bus will be leaving the Big Y on Boston Road at 7:30 a.m. for the Harlem Book Fair. Call Ms. Zee at 737-6400 or Kimberly at 887-7875 to sign up. An adult must accompany all children. Trip will take place rain or shine.

VENDOR WANTED
The Springfield Carnival Association Inc. is presenting the 8th Annual Carnival Parade 2008 on Aug.16 at noon in Blunt Park. Vendors are wanted and those interested in joining the masqueraders, floats and performers as we celebrate carnival can call 439-0323. July 31 is the last day for payment, refunds and cancellations.

DIRECTOR OF SPRINGFIELD HISTORY MUSEUM TO SPEAK
Guy McLain, director of the Springfield History Museum, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon on July 18. McLain will talk about "The Future of History: Telling the Story of Springfield's Innovative Past." The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Rotary luncheon is $17 per person and is open to the public. For more info contact Springfield Club President Jim Russell at 567-0700 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

STORYTELLERS MEETING
The Springfield Storytellers will meet this month on July 18 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. For more info, call Doug Bradway at 733-9815.

SARATOGA BUS TRIP
Take a 26-seater VIP bus to America's most famous horse track! Bus, buffet and beverage included. Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 24. Call Gina Daniele at 732-8941 for more info.

BASEBALL BUS TRIP
Baseball bus trip Aug. 31 to Fenway Park in Boston. Boston Red Sox v. Chicago White Sox; 1:35 p.m. game. Call Gina Daniele at 732-8941 for more info.

WILBRAHAM
JUNGLE ENCOUNTERS
Debi Willoughby will be at the Wilbraham Public Library to entertain children ages 4 and up on July 15 at 10 a.m. with Jungle Encounters. The audience will learn about animals surviving in the wild, which animals make good pets and which don't, why it is so important to conserve their habitats and much more. There will be several exotic animals to observe. Registration for this Friends-sponsored experience is now open. Call 596-6141.

COVER TO COVER
Cover to Cover, the book discussion group for students, is on going, meeting once a month. Students in grades 4 - 6 meet Tuesdays from 7 - 8 p.m. next on Aug. 12. The book discussed will be "Marley: A Dog Like No Other" by Josh Grogan. Any questions, call Cindy Rusczek in the Children's Dept. at 596-6141.

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
The public is invited to a free summer concert at 6:30 p.m., July 23, at Orchard Valley at Wilbraham, 2387 Boston Rd. Dave Gawronski's Musical Magic will present Polkafest. The concert series concludes at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 13, with Peaches & Cream Cabaret with Jimmy Mazz. Attendees should bring lawn chairs. For more info, call Orchard Valley at Wilbraham at 596-0006.

PARKING LOT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for the parking lot at the Peach Festival, Aug. 15 - 17. Three-hour shifts, kids are welcome! Have fun, get a tan and we'll even feed you! E-mail jumptb@hotmail.com for more info or call 313-2105 and leave a message. A Boy Scout group or something similiar would be perfect! Adults needed for help from 5 - 9 p.m. on Saturday night for fireworks parking.


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