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Town Events, June 15 - June 22

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Grilled sirloin dinner June 18, 6 p.m., at the Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post 293. Menu: baked potato with sour cream, vegetable, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake and brownies and soda, coffee or tea. Dining tickets are $12 and payment can be made at the Legion bar or at the door. Proceeds from dinner go to Legion Building Fund (for repairs). For more info call Chris at 592-0596 or 525-2058 after 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. will be offering the Mad Science program for the summer. The offerings are Young Wizards Science (June 29 - July 2, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 7 - 12); Jr. Scientist Fun Lab (July 7 - 10, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 4 - 6); and NASA Journey into Space (Aug. 17 - 21, 9 a.m. - noon, ages 7 - 12). All sessions will be take place at the Rec. Dept. Come into Office to register 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. For more info call 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov to view the Summer/Fall Program Brochure.

The Fourth of July Parade Committee is looking for individual youngsters or E.L. sports teams who would like to be banner carriers for the parade (T-shirt provided), which will take place July 4 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. To sign up, come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., or call the Office at 525-5437.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering youth golf lessons for the summer in conjunction with Bob Lake at Fenway Golf, Mon. - Fri. Sessions are June 22 - 26 and Aug. 17 - 21, 2 - 3 p.m. for grades 1 - 4; and June 22 - 26 and Aug. 17 - 21, 3 - 4 p.m. for grades 4 - 8. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., to register.

The E.L. Council on Aging is sponsoring a two-day trip to the Adirondack Mountains and Vermont White Mountains on Aug. 18 - 19. Taking reservations now call Sandy at the Senior Center for details, 525-5436.

John Dee from Wealth Preservation Group Inc. will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on June 16 at 1 p.m. to discuss the "Greatest Financial Dangers Retirees Face." This presentation will give a broad overview of many estate planning topics. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

A Tax Exemption Seminar will be given by Diane Hildreth of the Board of Assessors on June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This seminar will provide all the info necessary to help determine if you qualify for available tax relief by applying for a statutory exemption. Call the Senior Center to register at 525-5436.

Learn techniques and methods to change your home so you can avoid injury at an interactive workshop on June 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., presented by Jan Finkelstein, R.N. and E.L. Fire Chief Richard Brady. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

The Book Club will meet June 30 at the Pleasant View Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. This month's reading is "Dog On It" by Spencer Quinn. The selected book for summer reading is "World Without End" by Ken Follett, to be discussed on Sept. 29 when the Book Club resumes its monthly meetings.

The Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed on July 3 in recognition of the Fourth of July holiday. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.

Applications are now being accepted for the Crafty Apple Fair taking place Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the E.L. United Methodist Church. For an application call the church office at 525-7416 or visit www.elumc.org.

The new stickers/permits for the Hampden Transfer Station for July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 are available for sale at the Board of Health office in the Town Hall. To have your sticker mailed to you, you must mail all of the needed documents to the Board of Health office at 625 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036. Documents include name, address, phone no., license plate no. of your vehicle; payment made to the Town of Hampden ($15 for the first vehicle; $5 for additional vehicles within the same household); and self-addressed, stamped envelope. Call Jane at the Board of Health office at 566-2151 ext. 102 with any questions. The Board of Health office hours are Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Hampden Historical Society invites the public to take a peek into education in the one room schoolhouse. Historian Dennis Picard will present "All to the Tune of a Hickory Stick" on June 23 at 7:30 p.m. Following the presentation, guests will be treated to an old-fashioned ice cream social. This program will take place at Academy Hall, Main Street. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more info call 566-5803 or 566-8447.

The Hampden Garden Club still has garden plots available in the Hampden Community Gardens, located on Minnechaug Mountain Conservation Land site on South Road. Plots are available for residents and non-residents alike at a cost of $20 and are approx. 20 feet by 20 feet. Interested gardeners should call Beryle Doten at 566-3466 for more info.

In response to many requests, Master Gardener Larry King will return to share his wealth of knowledge about gardening with us. Among other topics, he will discuss perennials, annuals, dividing and cutting of perennials and other suggestions. Bring your questions: he can give helpful advice on any subject. June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Adult Center.

The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room is offering the following volunteer opportunities for students entering grades 5 - high school. On June 18, students entering grade 5 and up who want to take part in the Summer Reader Storytime Program, an activity that promotes reading to preschoolers, are invited to an informational meeting from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. Call 565-4182 for more info.

The pools will be opening to the public on June 27.

The toddler pool at Reynolds Pool (at Bliss Park) will be closed this season due to mechanical issues. Feel free to use the main pool at Reynolds, the main pool at Greenwood or the new Splash Pad at Greenwood.

Get your child's health and immunization forms completed by your pediatrician ASAP, because you do not want them to miss out on some of these camps this summer: lacrosse, field hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, theater, dance, cheerleading, adventure camps and more! Our traditional day camps have an exciting new format, which includes the returning L.I.T. and brand new C.I.T. levels! Register online at www.LPRD.net or visit us in our office at the Community House on Longmeadow St., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., with health forms and payment (MC, VISA, AMEX, check or cash) in hand.

Be sure to visit www.LPRD.net or the Parks & Rec. office for a full listing of all of our swim and tennis lessons this summer. Lessons run in two-week sessions throughout the summer and encompass ages 4 - adult. Swim lessons feature discounts for 2009 Outdoor Pool Pass Holders, so why not add a pool pass for your family to use all summer long at either of our pools! Keep in mind that when tennis courts are not being used for organized Parks & Rec. play, they are open and free to all Longmeadow residents. Private tennis instructors must have a paid permit to use the courts for lessons. Call Mary at 565-4166 to make arrangements for this permit.

Ages 3.5 - 4. This program was developed to help young children fine-tune motor skills through various sporting activities and games. The main goal of this program is to introduce concepts and skills needed for future sports and in life. Skills covered include hand eye coordination, teamwork, sportsmanship, foot-eye coordination, cooperation and balance. Parent involvement is welcome, but not required. Participants must be fully potty trained. The sports covered are baseball, basketball and soccer. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, snack, water bottle and sunscreen. Class will meet from July 6 - 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 4 - 6. An introductory program for children, Mini-Hawk helps children explore soccer, baseball and basketball with staff comprised mostly of teachers and college-age athletes. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, water bottle, snack and sunscreen. Participants will receive a mini-basketball and T-shirt. Session dates are July 6 - 10 and Aug. 10 - 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 5 - 8. Skyhawks Golf focuses on building the confidence of young athletes through training in proper technique and foundational skills. Golf is a challenging and lifelong sport, so young athletes need proper focus on the essentials of a good swing, putting and body positioning. As a safety precaution, Skyhawks will be utilizing golf helmets for protection. This program is perfect for developing a love for the game of golf! All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from July 20 - 24 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 4 - 6. Skyhawks baseball is specifically designed to teach and refine the fundamental skills of the game fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and base running while infusing each athlete with the exciting spirit of the game. Each athlete will learn basic skills in exercises tailored to individuals through tee hitting, soft toss and live pitching. All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from Aug. 3 - 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Do you enjoy Mah Jong? Players meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Fridays at 1 p.m. New people with knowledge of the game are always welcome! Instruction for beginners is also provided. Call 565-4150 for more info.

Do you like to play pinochle? The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., hosts a group of pinochle players each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. They welcome anyone who has knowledge of the game to join them! Call 565-4150 for more details.

This group instruction program is designed for those who need instruction in putting, chipping, pitching, driving and use of irons. The program also focuses on rules and etiquette of golf. The last two weeks of this program, participants will practice skills learned during self-guided rounds on the golf course. Your Instructor is PGA Pro Bob Lake and the instruction is at Fenway Golf Course in East Longmeadow. Program meets on Wed. nights from 6 - 7 p.m. starting June 24 - July 29. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Aug. 11 - 12. Motorcoach to Albany, N.Y., to board Amtrak for scenic ride through the Adirondack Mts., on to Burlington, Vt., to the Best Western Hotel. Then sunset dinner cruise on Lake Champlain including wine & cheese reception and entertainment. Day 2: Gourmet luncheon served at the New England Culinary Institute, following a visit to the renowned Church St. Marketplace, a chocolate factory and on home. Call 565-4150 for more info.

Therese Eiff will give a presentation of her slides taken during her recent trip to Peru. Everyone is welcome to attend. The program will take place on June 23 at 11 a.m. Call 565-4150 for more info.

We hope you will be interested in participating in a casual, loosely structured, congenial artists workshop. All levels are welcome and any medium is acceptable. These are not lessons although everyone can help out. Bring your own supplies for pencil, charcoal, water colors, clay, etc., etc., whatever your passion is and join the group. For more info or to sign up call Norice at 565-4150.

Too hot to cook? Join us at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., for a nutritious lunch served Monday - Friday at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $2. Enjoy our air-conditioned dining room and good company. Call 565-4150 for a reservation at least 24 hours ahead.

June 24, 10 - 11 a.m. Learn the latest info about diabetes self-management including healthy eating, monitoring, medication, activities, reducing risks and coping with the challenges of diabetes. The speaker at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will be Mary Anne Sopelak, MS, RD, CDE from the Diabetic Education Center of Mercy Medical Center. A healthy snack will be served. Pre-register by calling 565-4150.

Stickball at Zanetti School on Howard Street, June 28 at 1 p.m. Nine inning game; also good food. Come see all the oldtimers. From four to 78 years of age.

Springfield's Technical High School class of 1954 is planning a 55th reunion on Aug. 9 and 10 at Hilton Gardens near the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield. On Aug. 9 a trip to Tanglewood for the Yo-Yo Ma concert is planned. In the evening, pizza at the Red Rose Restaurant. On Aug. 10 reception at the Hilton Gardens Inn at noon followed by a luncheon at 1 p.m. For more info contact Chuck Ehrenberg at 567-1162 or email Tech54@comcast.net

The High School of Commerce class of 1959 will be hosting a 50th class reunion weekend on Oct. 23 - 25 at the Clarion Hotel in W. Springfield. The program will consist of an informal get together on Friday night, the reunion banquet on Saturday night and a brunch on Sunday morning. The reunion committee is still looking for 1959 Commerce grads. If you are or know a 1959 Commerce grad or how to get hold of a grad, contact Connie Sullivan at connie5sullivan@comcast.net or Ken Gustafson at ktgus629@msn.com. You may also contact Cynthia Fielding at 42 Quail Run Rd., Suffield, CT 06078.

On Father's Day, June 21, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral will once again offer an outdoors "Prayers in the Park" service. The Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at the Elks pavilion on Tiffany Street, Springfield. A picnic luncheon will be served at the conclusion of the services.

Sept. 13. The bus leaves St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, at 7:30 a.m. Returns at approx. 8 p.m. We will have a one-hour guided tour of the garden and have the rest of the time to explore the 250 acres of the Gardens. Lunch is on your own. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity, admission to the Gardens and guided tour. Discount for seniors. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

Chicken barbecue, strawberry festival on June 28 from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel St. Cost: adults, $12; children 12 and under, $6. Take-out or sit down. For reservations call 596-3936.

The Wilbraham Art League will be exhibiting at the Sturbridge Coffee House from June 8 - 29. There will be a variety of art by over 20 WAL members. Hours of the coffee house are Mon. - Thurs. from 5 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Fri. from 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat. from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Sun. from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. The coffee shop is located at 479 Main St. (Rte. 20), Sturbridge.

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