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Town Events, June 8 - June 15

From The Reminder

The deadline for submission of agenda items for the June 15 meeting of the Board of Selectmen is June 11 at noon. The June 15 meeting will take place in the Hearing Room in Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Agenda items may be submitted in writing care of the Board of Selectmen's Office, East Longmeadow Town Hall, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA 01028. Items may also be submitted via e-mail to the attention of Nick Breault, Executive Secretary to the Board of Selectmen, at nbreault@eastlongmeadowma.gov.

The E.L. Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet on June 17 at 7 p.m. at the E.L. Fire Department. Minutes will be reviewed, there will be a MRC update, and other business will be discussed.

June 20 at 5 p.m. at the First Cong. Church. Menu: grilled rosemary chicken, rice, vegetable, rolls, and juicy native Strawberry Shortcake! Kids, $5, adults (14 and up), $10 with family price maximum $25. Seating will be limited so call the church office to reserve yours today at 525-4121. Weather permitting, we will offer al fresco dining!

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will play bingo on June 11 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is turkey & broccoli penne, Prince Edward vegetables and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

The E.L. Council on Aging is sponsoring a two-day trip to the Adirondack Mountains and Vermont White Mountains Aug. 18 - 19. Taking reservations now call Sandy at the Senior Center for details at 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 E.L. Girls Softball Assoc. will be hosting a Walk-A-Thon to help benefit the Brianna C. Donovan Foundation. The walk will take place June 14 from 1 - 5 p.m. at the ELHS track. The walk is open to everyone so come join the fun and help support a worthy cause.

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 sponsoring an Introduction to Genealogy Class on June 9 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The class will be conducted by John P. O'Connor from the CT Valley Historical Museum. Cost for the class is $10 per person. Contact the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces the summer session for strength training will run June 30 - July 30 on Tues. and Thurs. from 5 - 6 p.m. Those 16 and over are eligible to attend. To register come in the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. summer session for aerobics will meet on Mon./Wed. only, for the summer. Classes run July 6 - Aug. 26 from 6 - 7 p.m. Those 16 and over are eligible to attend. Register in the Office, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. summer session for yoga will run July 7 - Aug. 25 on Tuesdays only from 7 - 8 p.m. Come in the Office to register, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A reminder E.L. Rec. Dept. will offer swim lessons beginning June 22 at ELHS for those ages five and older. Register in the Office, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, call 525-5437.

Parents, don't forget to register your child for the E.L. Rec. Dept. beginners field hockey clinic, taking place at Pine Knoll Rec. Area on June 22 from 4 - 6 p.m. Those entering grades 3 - 8 in the fall are eligible to attend. This clinic is for first time players or those with only one year of experience. Fee is $5 to be paid at the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Equipment is provided.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. has availability in all summer activities at this time. Call the Office at 525-5437, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri., or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents that the deadline to register for Pioneer Valley Soccer for the fall is June 11 by 4 p.m. Late fee of $10 will be charged after that. Skills evaluation/tryouts will be on June 13 at Birchland. For times, go to our "Summer/Fall Brochure" on www.eastlongmeadowma.gov or call 525-5437. Players must be registered prior.

The Brownstone Residents Assoc. is sponsoring a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino on July 15. Cost includes driver's gratuity, and the bonus package is $10 food, and $20 free bet on the Big Wheel. For more info and/or reservations, call Anita Black at 525-3614.

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.

June 18 from 9 a.m. - noon. Leader: Colette Potter (786-1805). A nice walk in the woods along a stream, looking for signs of nature. A great way to spend a morning! Call to register. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

Jewish Geriatric Services (JGS) invites all golfers and bridge players to "Spend a Day Away from Home, for The Home and JGS" at the 29th Annual Kinsler Classic at the Crestview Country Club in Agawam on June 29. Entry fee includes (shot gun start) golf tournament, green fees, cart, or bridge entry, a lunch, fabulous buffet dinner and prizes. This event benefits JGS healthcare programs and enjoys the support of 150 businesses, families and individuals who serve as sponsors and 50 community volunteers who come together for this good cause. For more info or reservations call 567-3949 ext. 1615.

The June meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association will be on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Memorial Library, 50 North Man St., Suffield, CT. This Spring Member Show will feature 50 members' artwork in various media judged by award-winning artist, Shauna Shane, a member of the Lyme Art Association and Connecticut Plein Air Printer Society. The show will include a reception, presentation of awards and elections. Members are welcome to bring in a painting for a positive critique. The public is welcome to attend. The exhibit is on display until June 29.

St. Mary's Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to Boston to see the hilarious show "Shear Madness" on July 19. The bus leaves St. Mary's at 10 a.m.; returns at approx. 6:30 p.m. The drop-off point is Quincy Market. Lunch is on your own prior to the show. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and admission to the show. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.

Aug. 13 at the Aqua Turf. See Ricky Nelson's twin sons pay tribute to him and other artists of that era. Bus leaves St. Mary's at 9:45 a.m. Returns at approx. 5 p.m. Cost includes luncheon buffet, show, bus and driver's gratuity. Call Sylvia to make your reservations at 594-2757.

The Minnechaug Land Trust will host a pizza social at the Hampden VFW Pavilion on June 8 at 6 p.m. Following the social will be the annual meeting at 6:40 p.m. Topics discussed will be the McDonald Farm Nature Preserve and new projects including Hampden's Goat Rock.

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.

Hundreds of Jewish communities around the world will gather to hear a live broadcast of an address by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv. Rabbi Lau is the third of four speakers to address world wide Jewry, in a series of four Webcast lectures taking place in honor of the Jewish "Year of Gathering." The broadcast will take place locally, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA), 1148 Converse St. on June 14 from 7:45 - 9 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is open to the public. There is a suggested $5 donation.

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.

The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on June 16 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.

The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., shows recent movies the third Friday of each month at 12:30 p.m. The movie in June will be "Doubt," starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. There is no charge for admission. For more info, call 565-4150.

Foot care is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the third Friday of each month from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Services are provided by nurses from Pedi-Care for a fee of $28. Home visits are also an option. Call 565-4150 for more info or to schedule an appt.

The Storrs House at 697 Longmeadow St., home of the Longmeadow Historical Society, will be open to the public for guided tours on the third Sunday of June, July and August from 1 - 3 p.m. The collections on view include household furnishings of early ministers in the town, the Rev. Stephen Williams, and the Rev. Richard Salter Storrs, as well as items belonging to later generations of local residents. Docents leading the tours include Mark Wojcik and Nancy Marshall for June 21, Crawford Lincoln and M.J. Wraga for July 18 and Society curator Linda Abrams and Doug Burt on Aug. 16.

Veterans and surviving spouses are invited to attend an informative presentation about the Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit 6:30 p.m. at Ruth's House on 780 Converse St. For those who need some assistance with everyday activities, this little known benefit may be able to help pay for quality care. Refreshments will be services and reservations are requested to 567-6212 ext. 3105.

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.

Gina Daniele presents two upcoming bus trips: on June 7, enjoy a trip to Foxwoods Casino. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. July 4, tickets only are available for a Red Sox vs. Mariners game at Fenway Park no bus! For more info, call 732-8941.

On June 13 at noon St. Catherine of Sienna Parish Center, 1023 Parker St., will host a fashion show fundraiser. Proceeds go to providing for health needs of people in Tanzania. Jambo Tanzania was founded by Dr. Mary Banda of Mercy Hospital. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost of $25 includes luncheon at 12:30 p.m. There will be a raffle. Fashions are provided by Coldwater Creek. For more info call Joanne at 543-4812.

The June meeting of the Pine Point Community Council will take place on June 9 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. The meeting is open to all residents. Info about the Pine Point Council can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com.

Dr. Anthony E. Wolf, nationally known clinical psychologist, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on June 12. His topic will be "How To Improve Relationships" based on his book "Why Can't You Shut Up." The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue. The Rotary luncheon with guest speaker Dr. Anthony E. Wolf is $17 per person and is open to the public.

No tests. No homework. No grades. Know Judaism. This is the new slogan for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School, which enables Jewish learners from all backgrounds to learn about Jewish heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study. The community is invited to "A Taste of Melton," June 8, at 9:30 a.m. at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Even those who think Melton is not for them should attend. For additional info contact Rabbi Amy Katz at 733-4149.

The Springfield Falcons will host their third annual Falcons Summer Barbecue on Aug. 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. at the West Springfield/Agawam Elks, 429 Morgan Rd., West Springfield. The event is for ticket package holders and corporate partners. Invitations with R.S.V.P. info will be sent out later this summer.

Looking for something different? Tell a story, or listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on June 19 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

On June 8, from 10:45 - 11:45 a.m., a bereavement support group will be offered. This ongoing group offers compassionate support in coping with the loss of a loved one. Group leader: Deborah Stier. Location: Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. Free and the public is invited.

Curves will host a seventh anniversary open house on June 24 at 6:30 a.m. - noon and 3 - 6:30 p.m. Public invited for free workouts, free body fat analysis, free health and nutrition packets, seven free memberships, raffles and refreshments. Curves is located at 1916 Wilbraham Rd., Sixteen Acres. Call 782-7100 for more info.

The Wilbraham YMCA will be conducting a workshop series on chronic disease self management Mondays from 9 - 11:30 a.m., June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27. Call Bill Pruitt at 596-2749 ext. 107 if interested. We anticipated additional trainings to other communities during the late summer and early fall.

Christian song writer and worship leader is coming to Evangel Assembly at 348 Stony Hill Rd. on June 28 during their 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. Macaulay has written the popular and familiar worship songs "Amazing" and "So Much." You are invited to join them for this passionate, honest, infectious worship live with Macaulay. Free admission. There will be a free will offering taken. For more info call 599-1729 or visit www.evangelassembly.org.

Kali Yoga, 2341 Boston Rd., will host a class titled "Power Yoga for Athletes: a Fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund" on June 20 from 9 - 11 a.m. The class is a fundraiser for Pan Mass Challenge participant and cancer survivor Mark Kent, and is designed for cyclist tri-athletes. A suggested donation of $20 is requested. For more info, call Amy at 244-5267.

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