Town Events Nov. 23-30
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TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
This E.L. Lions Club sponsored event, in conjunction with the First Congregational Church, will take place on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.
FOOTBALL GAME TICKETS
Tickets for the Longmeadow-East Longmeadow football game on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m. will be on sale at ELHS Nov. 23 - 25. Prices: $5 and $7 pregame, $6 and $8 at gate.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has begun its exercise programs for the next session. The Tues./Thurs. classes at 5 and 6 p.m. will not begin their new session until Dec. 15. Registrations are being taken in the Office, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. For more info, call 525-5437.
HIGH SCHOOL REC. BASKETBALL
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will take registrations for its high school rec. basketball program until Dec. 9. Those in grades 9 - 12 are eligible to play, except freshman, J.V. and varsity basketball teams. Games begin in January usually on Sat. evenings (one weekly practice). Register at the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
PLAYGROUPS FOR CHILDREN
The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has openings in its new playgroups for children at Attain Sports Performance and St. Luke's, both in E.L. Age eligibility is 1 - 3, 3 - 5 (Tues./Thurs.) and for parenting support/playgroup infants - preschool age (Wed). Call the Office at 525-5437 for more info.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has openings for the Inspire Works enrichment series for grades 2 - 5 on Sat. through Dec. 12. At the Rec. Dept.: youth wrestling for grades 1 - 8 at ELHS and adult basketball ages 35 - 85+ at Attain Sports Performance. For more info and to register, call the Office at 525-5437.
Openings still exist in our winter cheerleading program to begin in January on Tues./Thurs., 6 - 7:30 p.m. for those presently in grades 2 - 7 (fall squads eligible to attend). Program designed to introduce new participants to skills and conditioning exercises required for cheerleading. Registrations will take place in March for the fall squads. For more info, call 525-5437 or register Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Office.
SENIOR CENTER BOOK CLUB
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. at 10:30 a.m. The selected reading for Nov. 24 is "True Believer" by Nicholas Sparks. The reading for Dec. 29 is "Skipping Christmas" by John Grisham.
The Council on Aging will host a holiday lunch on Dec. 8 at 11:30 a.m. ($3). Appetizers, door prizes and entertainment by the "Rockin' Robin," Dave Mindell. Menu: baked chicken w/stuffing, gravy, mashed potato, glazed carrots and vanilla pudding w/sauce. Call 525-5436 for reservations.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be treated to a fashion show by Dress Barn at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Dec. 3 following noon lunch. Menu: pork piccata, rice pilaf, creamed spinach and peaches. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY
Make a beautiful gift of jewelry for friends and family when Sandy Merrill comes to the Pleasant View Senior Center on Dec. 7 at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3 plus supplies. Open to adults 18 and over.
TALK ABOUT CHOLESTEROL
On Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. the Pleasant View Senior Center will host a rep. from Berkshire Healthcare to speak about what those numbers mean and how you can control them. Call 525-5436 to register.
CANCER SURVIVOR SUPPORT GROUP
The Holistic Retreat Institute, 280 N. Main St., Suite 7, will host a Holistic Cancer Survivor Support Group on Tues. evenings at 6 p.m. starting Dec. 1. For more info e-mail Sherri at holistic firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dec. 5: Annual Hampden Holiday Party with Santa and crafts, noon - 2 p.m., Hampden Town House, 625 Main St. Free. Families of all ages are invited for a festive celebration of the season. Make a variety of crafts to take home, plus meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in person! Advance registration not required. Sponsored by Hampden Public Library and the Friends of Hampden Public Library. For more info, call 566-3047.
SENIORS TRIP TO BRIGHT NIGHTS
The Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., has scheduled a bus trip to Bright Nights Dec. 11. The coach will leave th center at 4 p.m. returning about 6:15 p.m. Cost includes transportation, driver's tip, entrance fee and dessert and coffee/tea upon return. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to register for this exciting excursion.
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
Nov. 27 from noon - 5 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, 216 Allen St. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free Blomin' Blossom onion courtesy of Texas Roadhouse as well as a reusable Red Cross tote bag. Help us give the gift of life. To ensure less time waiting, call the American Red Cross at (800) 448-3543 or visit www.givelife.org. You must be at least 17 years old, 110 lbs. and in good general health. Please bring ID.
WINTER PARKING BAN
The annual winter parking ban for the town of Hampden is now in effect through April 1, 2010. Any vehicles left on town roads may be towed at the owner's expense. All vehicles that impede snow removal may be towed by the police dept. or at the request of the highway dept.
HOLIDAY SHOPPING BOUTIQUE
Dec. 2 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, 1080 Riverdale St., West Springfield. Vendors include Polish pottery, Bear Spirit Design jewelry, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books and many more. Vendor raffles every half hour. For more info, call Linda O'Connor at (860) 651-8939 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
CLASS OF '99 REUNION
The LHS class of 1999 10 year reunion will be taking place Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. at Samuel's (at the Basketball Hall of Fame). Appetizers and an open bar for the first portion of the evening, followed by a cash bar. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Longmeadow School Committee has engaged the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist them in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools. Focus group sessions for parents, community members, school council and PTOs/PACs, etc., are as follows: Dec. 2 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the LHS Teacher's Cafeteria and on Dec. 3 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. in the Center School Community Room. We ask for attendance to one of the scheduled meeting. Sessions will last approx. 1 - 1.5 hours. All those interested in participating should e-mail Karla Zukowski at email@example.com to register.
The Longmeadow Gardeners will have their third annual Poinsettia Sale Dec. 4 - 5 at Storrs Library. Pre-order your holiday plants by Nov. 30; call Jen at 567-3816. Poinsettias are available in red, white or pink in 4", 6" or 10" pots. In addition, 6" pots of Cyclamen are available in white, pink or peach. All proceeds benefit the Library and Storrs House grounds.
The Adult Center is beginning a new session of Tues. Italian classes on Dec. 1, taught by Stephanie Foster. Very Beginner Class meets 10:30 a.m. - noon; Intermediate Class meets 11 a.m. - noon; Advanced Class meets noon - 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 to register.
"YULETIDE AT STORROWTON" TRIP
Visit the Village Museums, Gift Shop, Christmas Shop, and 19th century buildings with the Adult Center on Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy lunch off the menu at Storrowton Tavern. Cost: $7; includes the tour and van transportation. A sample menu is available in the office at 231 Maple Rd. Call 565-4150 for more info or to register.
The Veterans Circle at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., meets on the first Wed. of each month at 1 p.m. On Dec. 2, Mike Lieb will share his experiences in special weapons recovery in the Mediterranean. All veterans are welcome to join. Call 565-4150 to register.
Join us Dec. 11 from 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. at the Storrs Library for our Imagineers Club. Students grades 2 and above who love a challenge are welcome to design, build and display their completed Lego structures in the Discovery Room. Take the challenge and register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
LIBRARY THANKSGIVING HOURS
Storrs Library will close Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27. The library will be open Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
MATERNAL ASSOC. MEETING
The Longmeadow Maternal Assoc. will meet on Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Longmeadow Community House. A holiday revue will be featured, with Haley and Jody Cloud from Westfield. They have won numerous national awards for their artistic ability. Haley recently appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance." Following the performance tea will be served and there will be a $3 holiday gift exchange between members and guests. Bring a gift and take one home. Also contribute cash donations, canned goods and trial size personal hygiene items (containing no alcohol) for the Open Pantry. We invite the public to join us.
Evening pick up games at Glenbrook Gym provide the opportunity for a great workout, competition and fun. Pay for the whole season in advance or pay on a walk in basis. Players must be out of high school to participate. Basketball meets on Thurs. now through April 29 from 8:30 - 10 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Pick up games are non-officiated, with teams calling their own violations. This fun, non-competitive atmosphere allows players to improve their skills. A great way to stay active and meet new people. Players with basic volleyball skills are urged to join. Volleyball meets on Mon. from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Glenbrook Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
SENIOR MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
Fun pick up games for men ages 50+. Players call their own violations. Approx. 15 men show each Mon. night. A great way to stay fit. Some player prepare for the senior Olympics in June during this program. Volleyball is going on now through June 7 from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. in the Greenwood Center Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
Several artists are enjoying the opportunity to create in each other's company at this casual gathering at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. All levels are welcome and any medium is acceptable. These are not lessons. Bring your own supplies and join the group. Drop in on any Tues. at 1 p.m. No fee. Call 565-4150 for more info.
A great to exercise your mind! Come to the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Wed. at 10 a.m. to play trivia. Lots of fun in an informal group setting. Call 565-4150 for more info.
GREAT THANKSGIVING BANQUET
At 19 Bliss St. Dinner is Nov. 25 at 4 p.m. and breakfast is Nov. 26 at 7 a.m. Every year, the Great Thanksgiving Banquet provides a place where the homeless and poor can take part in a family holiday gathering. The Springfield Rescue Mission will be serving thousands of meals to the homeless and hurting people of Springfield this holiday season. The Rescue Mission is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, organizer of the event.
SPFLD. HISTORICAL COMMISSION
The Hungry Hill Council received notice that the Springfield Historical Commission will be meeting on Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall to vote on the state's recommendation to name Our Lady of Hope Church a preservation location. This vote will be followed by a City Council vote on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Residents are encouraged to attend both meetings. Contact the Hungry Hill Council at 733-9411 for additional info.
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
Featuring the World War II Memorial. April 23 - 25. Two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two full course dinners, Smithsonian Institution, Tourmobile at Arlington Cemetery, guided sightseeing tour, visits to Vietnam, World War II, Air Force, Korean War Veterans, Lincoln and Marine Corps War memorials, souvenir gift, luggage handling, taxes and meal gratuities, and motorcoach transportation included. For info and reservations contact St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Vera O'Conner, 1471 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, MA 01119 or call 726-9006.
SENIOR COMPUTER CLASSES
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs SeniorNet Computer Learning Center will be conducting a new Basics Computer at the Good Life Center, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., beginning Dec. 8. Class will run for two weeks on Tues. and Thurs. from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Call the Good Life Center at 787-6785 to register for this class.
WRITING CLASSES AT JCC
The Springfield JCC will offer a 10-week session of Sylvia Rosen's Creative Writing classes, beginning Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 4. Each class will meet 9:45 - 11:30 a.m. (participants choose one day to attend each week). Classes meet at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. To register, contact the JCC at 739-4715.
Join Gina Daniele on a bus trip for Christmas shopping in New York City on Dec. 5. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. For more info, call 732-8941.
WILBRAHAM CHORAL GROUP
The premier presenatation of the Christmas concerts will be for the women's Evening Fellowship of Wilbraham United Church at 500 Main St. on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. It will follow a ecumenical service and brunch. On Dec. 4, they will perform at Reed's Landing on 807 Wilbraham Road in Springfield at 7 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS FOR SALE
Stony Hill PTO is selling Entertainment Books to help defray to cost of student activities. This book is filled with savings coupons good for dining, travel and local shopping. Cost is $30 per book and they will be available through Dec. 1. Call Jen Nowak at 596-5504 if you are interested in purchasing any.
ALUMNI FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
Minnechaug Football alumni will be having a 7 vs. 7 alumni tournament on Nov. 27 (day after Thanksgiving) starting at noon at Minnechaug followed by a gathering at Black Horse Tavern in Hampden. E-mail Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
MIXED CHORUS CONCERTS
The Wilbraham Mixed Chorus offers beautiful music for the holidays on Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Chapel on Main Street and Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. at Faith United Church, Sumner Ave., Springfield.
Christmas Boutique and Luncheon, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Dec. 5 at Grace Union Church, 10 Chapel St. Baked goods, Christmas items, gift wrapping and more! Lunch served 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $7 per person, $3 for children. Menu: beef apple stew, salad, rolls, dessert and beverage.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will meet Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent's Conference Room, 621 Main St.