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Town Events, May 2 - May 9

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EAST LONGMEADOW
E-CYCLING, CLOTHING DRIVE
The East Longmeadow School's Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) will be having an E-cycling and Clothing Drive on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit all five schools' PTOs. For more info, contact Chris Blair at 525-8053 or Kim Conant at 525-2858.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The Senior Friendship Club will celebrate Mother's Day with Roger Hart and his sentimental journey on May 5 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is hot turkey sandwich with gravy, broccoli, and vanilla pudding. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.

GARDEN CLUB'S PLANT SALE
The East Longmeadow Garden Club will host its annual Plant and Bake Sale on May 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at the pavilion at Heritage Park. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Garden Club's Scholarship Fund. For more info, call Diana Carpenter at 525-2219 or Bev Gray at 525-4694.

50TH BIRTHDAY MEETING
East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party meeting will take place May 9 at 6 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. To purchase tickets to the party or to order an engraved brick for the new Spartan Walkway, call 374-9919 or visit www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info.

HAMPDEN
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
On May 9, the Hampden Cultural Council will have a public meeting in the Melville Room of the Town House at 7 p.m. Community members are invited to share their ideas. For more info, call Council Chair Patricia Ehlers at 237-7061.

LONGMEADOW
MOM'S CLUB
Spring is here and with it, lots of opportunities to meet other Longmeadow moms and their children. Why not join us for one of our upcoming meetings or outdoor activities? E-mail us at momscluboflongmeadow@yahoo.com to learn more about us and where we will be gathering next.

iPAD TRAINING
iPad training will take place May 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the First Church of Christ. Join us to learn all about Apple's amazing iPad and how it can help your child with special needs. We will have several iPads on hand (but please bring your own if you have one) as well as trained staff members to answer your child-specific questions.

SOCIAL SKILLS
Social Skills, May 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow. Join Teresa Dooley-Smith and Brian Smith for this unique hour-long presentation where you will work with the curriculum that TDS Speech uses in our social skills groups. There will be a half-hour question and answer period.

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Living Well Chat Group will meet May 13 at 10 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Join Dr. Louise Sanchoine, doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, and specialist in Classical Homeopathy as she enlightens the group on ways to cope with stress. Pre-register by calling the center at 565-4150.

THERMOMETER EXCHANGE
Mercury thermometer exchanges for digital thermometers will take place on Mondays in May from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center.

ADULT FOOTCARE
Foot care will take place on May 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Call 565-4150 for an appointment.

ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP
The Arthritis Support Group will meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center May 26 at 12:30 p.m. This month, Pat Barkman, RN will briefly discuss "bursitis basics." Group leader Debbi Hirschfield will lead a discussion on treating arthritis through isometrics. Pre-register by calling the center at 565-4150.

MEDDOWE WALKERS
Anyone interested in getting together to walk for arthritis pain prevention may contact Debbi Hirschfield at 567-7609 to join the Meddowe Walkers.

LEGO CONNECTIONS
On May 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., children in grades 1 and up are invited to LEGO Connections, a different kind of book group that explores creativity at the Storrs Library. The workshop consists of a story and a LEGO activity. Register by calling 565-4182.

HEALTH, HOSPICE CARE LECTURE
On May 3 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jewish Geriatric Services will offer a lecture on Home Health & Hospice Care at Storrs Library. Call 565-4181 to register.

BUILDING BUDDIES
On May 5 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. children in kindergarten to second grade are invited to Building Buddies, a different kind of book group that explores creativity and early literacy at the Storrs Library. The program consists of a story and discussion, a snack and a LEGO activity. Register by calling 565-4182.

VETERAN'S GROUP
The new superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home, Paul Barabani, will be the speaker at the next Veteran's Group meeting on May 4 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. All area veterans are invited to these monthly meetings. To come for lunch before the meeting, call 565-4150 no later than the day before.

CHAIR YOGA
Lyn Hopkins will offer a new session of Chair Yoga on Mondays, May 9 to June 20 (not May 23 or 30) from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. This is the last session before the fall. Fee: $33 for five classes. Call 565-4150 to register.

ITALIAN CLASS
Stefanie Foster will begin a new session of Italian classes for new and continuing students on Tuesdays, May 10 to June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Cost: $72 for eight classes. Call 565-4150 to register.

SOCIAL NETWORKING CLASS
Social Networking Classes will take place May 10, June 14 and July 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. This is a repeat of the popular program on using social networks, including Facebook, text messaging, tweeting, and Skype. Cost: $9 for all 3 classes. Register at 565-4150.

GOLF CLASSES
The Longmeadow Adult Center is offering golf classes on Wednesdays, May 11 to June 15 at 10 a.m. at Fenway. Whether you are a beginner, in need of a refresher course or just have a weakness in your game, you will benefit from Bob Lake's golf instruction. Register at the center. Cost: $89 for a six-week course.

LEGAL CHECKUP
On May 12 at 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Attorney Alice Bers will give a presentation on legal issues including how to protect your home and assets, power of attorney and health care proxies, reverse mortgages, alternatives to nursing home care, and a checklist of the basic legal documents you need. Sign up at 565-4150.

SPRINGFIELD
ROAST PORK DINNER
The annual Roast Pork Dinner at St. Barnabas & All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., will take place May 7 at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and younger. Takeout available. Call 567-7762 or 732-2981 for reservations.

COMMUNION DINNER
The St. Catherine of Siena Mother/Daughter, Communion Dinner, will take place May 3 in the parish center. Mass will be at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are available in the parish office. Two scholarships will be awarded; guest speaker will be Tara Kozub.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
The National Day of Prayer will take place May 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. More than 40,000 events will be conducted throughout the nation. People from many congregations in the Pioneer Valley will be gathering at the downtown Court Square in front of the Old First Church. Pastors from the area will be leading the people in prayer for our nation, cities and communities. For more info call 782-7171.

FREE COMPOST MATERIAL
The Department of Public Works and the Parks Department are once again offering free compost material to the residents of Springfield. The material is available for pick-up at Blunt Park parking lot next to shed seven days week from 7:30a.m. to 7 p.m. until supply is depleted. For more info, call Greg Superneau at 787-6075.

GREEN e-CYCLING EVENT
South Congregational Church, 45 Maple St., will host a Green e-Cycling Event on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will benefit the church's Elevator Handicap Accessibility Fund. Cost: $5 per item, with the exception of TVs, which will be $10. No charge for batteries. For more info, contact Susan Rice at 732-8137 or snrice@comcast.net or Bob McCarroll at 736-0629.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host a Blessing of the Animals Service outside on the front lawn on May 14 at 4 p.m. All are welcome. People are invited to bring their well-behaved pets to be blessed by Rev. John Mueller. Special music and some special guests will be a part of this outdoor celebration. For more info, call 737-5311.

ISRAEL DAY
The Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., invites the community to Israel Day on May 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come shop at the Shuk, at the Israeli caf , learn to Israeli dance, watch cooking demonstrations, etc. A film for teens will be shown at 7 p.m. No admission fee. For more info, e-mail sklc@tbespringfield.org or call 737-0170.

WELCH'S OFFICE HOURS
State Sen. James Welch will have office hours at Springfield Mason Square Library on May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. For more info, call 737-7756.

SURVIVORS, CAREGIVERS FORUM
American Stroke Association Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Forum will take place at MassMutual Center on May 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: $5 and includes a light breakfast and sit down lunch. For more info, call 827-0400.

HEART WALK
American Heart Association will have its annual Pioneer Valley Heart Walk at Forest Park on May 15. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 10 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. A kid's zone includes a bounce house, games and entertainment. To register or for more info, call 827-0400 or visit http://pioneervalleyheartwalk.org.

WILBRAHAM
ABSENTEE BALLOTS
Absentee ballots for the upcoming Annual Town Election on May 21 are available in the Town Clerk's Office until noon on May 20. A request in writing is required for obtaining an absentee ballot. Call 596-2800 ext. 200 for more info.

HARRY & DAVID PASTA LUNCHEON
Harry & David Pasta Luncheon will take place May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA. Cost: $8. Entertainment: The Wilbraham Women's Choral Group. Menu: salad, pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread, dessert, tea and coffee. For reservations and tickets call the senior center at 596-8379.

CHORAL GROUP
The premier presentation of the spring program of the Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group, under the direction of Ruth Carlson will take place May 6 at 2 p.m. at Wingate of East Longmeadow on 32 Chestnut St. Alan Dickinson will accompany on the piano.

PLANT, BAKE AND TAG SALE
The Wilbraham Garden Club will host its annual plant and bake sale on May 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at Gazebo Park, rain or shine. There will also be their tag sale of gently used garden tools and other garden items. The day will end with a drawing of a classic gingerbread cottage birdhouse.

"DUETS" EXHIBITION
The Wilbraham Art League will have its fourth annual "Duets" exhibit at the Wilbraham Public Library from May 4 to 31. An opening reception will take place May 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The league will showcase the works of artists who will create pieces in different mediums based on one subject and/or literary theme. For more info, visit wilbrahamartleague.org.


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