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Town Events, June 2 - June 9

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
CALLING ALL ROCK PROSPECTORS
The Western New England Bead League (WNEBL) is sponsoring a trip to the Herkimer Diamond Mines in Upstate New York on June 22. The day includes bus transportation, all-day entrance to the museum, bag, use of a mining hammer, sluicing and personalizing your finds by creating a necklace as a keepsake. You keep all the diamonds you find! Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. There is a maximum of three children per adult. To register or for more info, contact Colorful Creations Bead Company at 525-2229 or visit www.colorfulcreations.com.

PINE KNOLL DAY PROGRAMS
Summer Pine Knoll Day Programs still have openings for those completing grades 1 - 6 in the Activity Center. Pine Knoll offers a day full of fun, including games, crafts and pool time with attentive staff. Register at the E.L. Rec. Dept. for a single week, two weeks or for the summer. The program runs June 23 - Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Early drop-off and late pick-up is also offered. Call the Rec. Dept. for additional details at 525-5437.

SWIM LESSONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces the return of their summer swim lessons running June 23 - Aug. 1 at E.L.H.S. Each of the three sessions will be two weeks in length. Participants must be five at the start of the program. Birth certificates will be required, if not on file in office. Level I - 7 will be available. Registrations begin June 2. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays.

P.V. SOCCER TRYOUTS
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Soccer Assoc. announces the tryouts for the fall P.V. season will take place June 14 at Birchland. Deadline to register is June 11 by 4 p.m. Players must tryout in their eligible age group. Categories are U/9 - U/14. For more info, call 525-5437.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB BUFFET
Our annual buffet will take place June 12 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, catered by the Gingerbread House. Home baked desserts will be provided by the Senior Friendship Club. Tickets to this scrumptious event are $7 per person and will be on sale at the June 5 meeting. Tickets will not be sold in the office. For more info, call Marion Cox at 525-3182.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will celebrate Father's Day a bit early with the Hooterville Junkyard Jazz Band, following lunch on June 5 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. On the menu is pork w/gravy, mashed potatoes, four-way mixed vegetables and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.

50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Mark your calendars now for June 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. when the Pleasant View Senior Center celebrates 50 years of service to elders in the community. This event is free and open the public, and will feature local dignitaries, guest speakers, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and punch. Seating is limited, so please come into the Senior Center office to sign up and pick up your entry pass. We are also selling T-shirts in our office commemorating this special event, for $12, sizes small - XXL.

BOOK CLUB
Our book club meets the last Tuesday of each month at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Elm Street at 10:30 a.m. We welcome old and new members! Our reading for our June 24 meeting will be "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert.

SPAGHETTI SUPPER
St. Mark's Episcopal Church will be hosting a community spaghetti supper on June 7 from 5 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and seniors and $10 for adults. Bring a non-perishable food item for each ticket purchased and receive $1 off! The public is cordially invited; the facilities are handicapped accessible. For more info, call the church at 525-6341.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
CLOWN CAR WASH
Clowns from Clown Alley #225 will wash your car to raise funds for cystic fibrosis on June 14 from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Brad's Service Station, 817 Front St., Chicopee. Please help us find a cure!

FIREWORKS OVER NIAGARA FALLS
Fireworks over Niagara Falls four-day tour July 3 - 6. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach, three nights Michael's Inn, three breakfast buffets at hotel, one dinner buffet Skylon Tower, Fallsview Casino visit with a casino bonus or dinner, guided sightseeing guide, duty free shopping, meal tax and all gratuities. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
"Make It, Grow It or Bake It" mainstream dance and sale June 6. We will host a mainstream "Sweet Strawberries" dance on June 20. Dances take place at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street in West Springfield from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and are $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For any info call Fran or Dick Walker at 525-3324.

JCC Adult Theater Auditions
JCC Center Stage Players are auditioning talent for the fall production of Carnival, June 16, June 18, at 7 p.m. at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. All are welcome. Show dates for this musical are scheduled for Oct. 30, 7 p.m.; Nov. 1, 7 p.m.; and Nov. 2, 2 p.m. For additional info, contact Michael Paysnick at the JCC, 739-4715 or info@springfieldjcc.org.

PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on June 10 and 24 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

ANNUAL FATHER'S DAY ROAD RACE
The Father's Day Road Race will take place June 15, beginning at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. This flat 10K course runs through Springfield and Longmeadow. Get your entry form at the JCC. The road race is sponsored by F.L. Roberts & Co., Millennium Press, Fred's Shoes, Red Stone Promotions, A.O. White and the Springfield Jewish Community Center. For more info, contact Michael Paysnick at 739-4715 or info@springfieldjcc.org.

CRAFTERS AND VENDORS WANTED
T's Bridal Fair 2008 is looking for crafters and/or vendors that have services or goods to offer the wedding ceremony industry in some way. Cosmetics, photography and jewelry slots are full. The fair will take place at the Genesis Spiritual Life & Conference Center in Westfield on Sept. 7. If interested, e-mail arteest1977@yahoo.com or call 977-9161. Diversity welcomed.

HAMPDEN
STEAK ROAST
The Steak Roast at the Federated Community Church will be June 21 at 6 p.m., not June 14. The cost for adults is $15, not $12. Sorry for the inconvenience but the Hampden Firemen are having a steak roast on June 14.

SUMMER CAMP
St. Mary's parish announces that registrations are still being accepted for their annual summer camp. Camp runs from June 23 - 27 from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Students entering kindergarten through grade five are encouraged to attend this fun-filled week of dramatic play, crafts, music and more. Registration fee includes all snacks, craft activities and each camper will receive a T-shirt to keep. For info or a registration form, call St. Mary's Church at 566-8843, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

LONGMEADOW
SUMMER GROUP SWIM LESSONS
Summer lessons take place at Greenwood and Reynolds Pool in two-week sessions, Monday - Friday. Children are divided into groups, based on ability, the first day of each new session. Session dates are from June 23 - Aug. 15. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and info.

SUMMER DAY CAMP PROGRAMS
Longmeadow Parks & Rec. offers half day and all day traditional camp experiences along with specialty and sports camp options for your child. The majority of our camp programs are licensed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are licensed by the Longmeadow Board of Health. For more info on the camps, visit www.lprd.net.

SUMMER TENNIS LESSONS
Longmeadow Parks & Rec. work in conjunction with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to offer high quality and affordable tennis lesson. Over 5.5 million Americans played tennis for the first time in 2005, and our goal is to increase that number in 2008. Session dates run from June 23 - Aug. 4. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.

SUMMER CAMP FORMS AND PAYMENT INFORMATION
Due to licensing requirements of many of our camps, current health and immunization records must be presented along with full payment for camp registration processing. For additional camp info, registration and health forms visit www.LPRD.net.

TEEN CENTER
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Parent info packets are available on site at each teen center event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. The last teen center date for the year is June 6.

OUTDOOR AQUATICS FACILITIES
The two outdoor aquatic facilities are open seven days a week beginning June 19. Both pools are open Monday - Friday from 1 - 7:30 p.m. for daily admissions. Pass holders are permitted until 8 p.m. A lap swim time is scheduled Monday - Friday from 5 - 7 p.m. at both pools and from 9 - 9:45 a.m. at Reynolds Pool only for pass holder enjoyment. Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - noon for pass holders only and from noon - 7 p.m. for all admissions. Reynolds Pool is located in Bliss Park and features a wading pool, main pool with depths from 3' - 12' and a diving board. Greenwood Pool is located in Greenwood Park and features a wading pool, main pool with depths from 2' - 9' and a mini water slide. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

LONGMEADOW IDOL
Middle school finalists will compete on June 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the LHS auditorium to be the next "Longmeadow Idol." The LHS Interact Club has voted to spend all proceeds raised from ticket sales, raffle tickets, baked good sales and program advertising to make a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in memory of their classmate and friend Harrison Rea. Tickets may be purchased at the door or from Interact members and are $7 for adults; $5 for children. If you are unable to attend but want to make a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention send a check payable to LHS Interact Club c/o Ariel Miller, 60 Greenwich Rd., Longmeadow, MA 01106.

SPRINGFIELD
PATRONAL FESTIVAL
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will be hosting a Patronal Festival on June 28 from noon - 6 p.m. There will be a raffle of various prizes, including a trip to Boston, Six Flags admission, gift certificate to Big Y and more; food for sale, including curry goat with rice and peas, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.; and activities include childrens' arts and crafts, indoor thrift store, bake sale and more. Table space is available for rent call 736-8567 or 788-0044 for more info.

ELDER AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
The City Council Committee on Elder Affaris, chaired by Councilor Bruce Stebbins, will be at the Hungry Hill Center on June 10 at 11 a.m. This committee will hear concerns, suggestions, etc. on services in our area. Refreshments will be served prior to the hearing. A baked chicken luncheon will follow this hearing. Reservations for the lunch must be made by June 2 and can be made by calling the center at 733-9411.

LOW IMPACT AEROBICS
There are low impact aerobics classes at the Hungry Hill Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.; a chair exercise on Mondays at 1 p.m.; and line dancing on Fridays at 10 a.m. There is a fee for the aerobics classes only. Classes are sponsored by the city's Department of Elder Affairs. Advance registration is not required.

WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to see the "Will Rogers Follies" at the Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham, N.Y., on Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. The bus will leave St. Mary's at 10 a.m. and return at approx. 6 p.m. We will make a stop at the Lee Prime Outlets for some shopping and a quick lunch before attending the show. Call Sylvia ASAP to make your reservations at 594-2757.

TRIP TO AMISH COUNTRY
St. Mary's Church in East Springfield is also hosting a three day/two nights trip to Amish Country, Sept. 4 - 6. This trip includes bus, two nights at the Park Plaza Hotel in Lancaster, five meals, "In the Beginning" at Sight & Sound Theater, guided Amish farmlands tour, Kreider Farms tour, bakery demonstration, visit to Intercourse Canning Company and Kitchen Kettle Village. Call Sylvia ASAP to make your reservations at 594-2757.

SARATOGA & FENWAY PARK BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents bus trips to the Saratoga Race Track on Aug. 24, which includes bus, buffet and beverage, and to Fenway Park to see the Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 31. All trips are first come, first served. For more info or to register, call 732-8941.

REEDS LANDING TO HOST SUZANNE STREMPEK SHEA
On June 12, Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by noted local author Suzanne Strempek Shea. She will read and speak about themes from her new book "Sundays in America: A Yearlong Road Trip In Search of Christian Faith." The event will take place at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with refreshments to follow. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

WILBRAHAM
SPEC ADVENTURE DAY CAMP
The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. is accepting registrations for another six weeks of fun-filled Adventure Camp this summer. Week one begins July 7. The Adventure Camp is a licensed, affordable camp for children ages 5 - 12. For details visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816.

SPEC ADVENTURE CIT PROGRAM
Open to area teens ages 13 - 15. The Counselor in Training Program through the Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. offers a great opportunity to develop leadership skills within the day camp environment. This three week program consists of an application process with only a limited number accepted. For details visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816.

SPEC POND BEACH
Membership passes are now available for the summer beach season. Spec Pond Beach is a local beach with certified lifeguards, clean swimming water, a swim raft, concession stand and much more. Memberships or daily rates are available. For details visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816.


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