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Town Events, Nov. 3 - Nov. 10

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
PTO
On Nov. 13 at 7:45 a.m. in the high school conference room the East Longmeadow High School PTO will meet. The morning time is so parents can tour the high school while "in action."

THIRD ANNUAL USED BOOK SALE
The eighth grade class at Birchland Park Middle School will be hosting their third annual used book sale early next spring. Funds raised are used to support the end of year dance and other eighth grade activities. Books of all types and age levels are accepted. You may bring your books to the office at school Monday - Friday during business hours. Donations are welcome through February 2009. We greatly appreciate your donations.

CRAFTERS/VENDORS WANTED
Mapleshade School's Annual Craft/Vendor Night taking place on Nov. 20 from 5 - 9 p.m. Table fee is $30. For more info call Michele at 525-9510 or e-mail mattffeh@aol.com.

MITTENS & MORE TREE
The East Longmeadow Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., will beging accepting knitted items (mittens, scarves, hats, small blankets) for needy children and adults on Nov. 24.

GRAND OPENING/OPEN HOUSE
Protection Plus, offering vehicle paint protection films, of 171 Shaker Rd., will be having their grand opening on Nov. 15 from 1 - 4 p.m. There will be demos, prizes, specials and free refreshments.

WHAT'S COOKING, PARENTS?
What's Cooking, Kids? is offering a Celebrity Chef Series for parents where area restaurants bring their culinary excellence to the store, located at 41 Maple St. Upcoming, the Federal's Jonathon Reeser will be cooking on Nov. 17 from 7 - 10 p.m. For more info on this culinary education experience contact info@whatscookingkids.com or call 224-1208.

FOOD DRIVE
Nov. 15, 9 a.m. - noon. Agents from the East Longmeadow Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office will be hosting a food drive in their parking lot at 55 North Main St. (next to Fusion) to benefit Open Pantry and Food Bank of Western Mass. In appreciation of your donation you will be entered in a drawing for a gift basket. Join us for coffee and doughnuts.

WINTER CHEERLEADING
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents of those in grades 2 - 7 of our winter cheerleading program, which runs Jan. 6 - March 26. The program will meet on Tues./Thurs. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. This is an instructional program no tryouts to introduce new participants to cheerleading who may want to tryout for the fall squads in the spring and give present cheerleaders a brush up on their skills. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri. to register. Space is limited.

WILDLIFE SERIES
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is sponsoring an exciting wildlife series exploring the habitat, lifestyle, behaviors and adaptations of several animals native to Mass. Come see slide shows and selection of hands-on materials, including pelts, skulls, track casts and more. Program on Saturdays from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 at the E.L. Library. Free admission. For more info, call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.

1ST/2ND GRADE BASKETBALL
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents of 1st/2nd graders that there is still room in this program for the winter, which will begin sometime in November and run through March. No evaluations this year will be assigned to teams. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri. to register.

BASKETBALL EVALUATION REMINDER
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents who have registered their children for winter basketball in grades 5/6 and 7/8 intown program that evaluations are next week at Birchland as follow: Nov. 5 5/6 Girls & Boys; Nov. 6 7/8 Girls & Boys. Refer to green flyer sent to homes or call Office at 525-5437 or check www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for times.

REGISTRATIONS FOR BASKETBALL
Parents there is still time to register for intown 3rd - H.S. space permitting in the E.L. Rec. Dept.'s winter basketball program, which runs Dec. March. Come into the Office, Mon. - Fri.

NEW YOGA PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a new yoga program to meet on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. for 10 weeks in the COA Auditorium. To register, come into the Office, Mon. - Fri., from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, call 525-5437.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be treated to the melodious sounds of John DeSousa's Keyboard Memories on Nov. 3 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon will be stuffed peppers w/stewed tomato, cauliflower and applesauce. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

VETERANS LUNCHEON
On Nov. 10, the Council on Aging will once again honor its local veterans at a special luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Veterans of all ages are encouraged to attend, along with their guests (no charge for veterans, guests are $2 each.) Menu: vegetable appetizers, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Prince Edward vegetables, mashed potato, rolls and a special dessert provided by Heritage Woods Assisted Living. Reservations required as seating is limited.

BAY PATH COLLEGE PRODUCTION
Seniors are eligible for discount tickets at a special production of the Broadway comedy hit, "Lucky Stiff," performed in Mills Theatre on the Bay Path College campus in Longmeadow, on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are on sale in the Pleasant View Senior Center office, 328 North Main St. Tickets are good only for the Friday evening performance and are available to seniors only at this discounted price.

LEARN BEGINNING SIGN LANGUAGE
The E.L. Council on Aging in partnership with Holyoke Community College will be offering Beginning Conversational American Sign Language (ASL) for 14 weeks (age 16 and over). Classes will meet at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., beginning Nov. 5 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. For more info and to register, contact the Council on Aging at 525-5436.

LUNCH N' LEARN WITH CVS
On Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. a pharmacist will speak at the Pleasant View Senior Center about the advantages of using generic drugs. Following the presentation, the pharmacist will stay to consult with participants one on one regarding proper storage and handling of medications, along with potential drug interactions. Sign up in the Senior Center office if you wish to have a consultation with the pharmacist.

REVERSE MORTGAGE SEMINAR
On Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Flynt Lincoln, a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and a Reverse Mortgage Consultant from Webster Bank will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. to present topics of interest to seniors. This seminar is free and open to the public.

VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
On Nov. 18 Veterans Rep. George Herrick will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center for their monthly meeting/coffee hour beginning at 9 a.m. Watch the Reminder for upcoming details.

COMMODITIES DISTRIBUTION
We will be distributing commodities on Nov. 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an East Longmeadow resident of any age and show proof of need. Commodities are distributed four times a year and this will be the final distribution for 2008. If you need a ticket, call the Senior Center office at 525-5436. No commodities will be given without a ticket.

˛GREATER SPRINGFIELD
THREE DAY PENN DUTCH TOUR
A Christmas weekend in Lancaster with "Miracle of Christmas," Dec. 5 - 7. Package includes roundtrip deluxe motorcoach, two nights at the Willow Valley Resort, two buffet breakfasts at your resort hotel; two dinners, Amish country tour, "Miracle of Christmas," an American Music Theatre Christmas show, Kitchen Kettle Shops, baggage handling and occupancy taxes, meal tax and gratuities; driver tip. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

CRAFT FAIR
In a continuing effort to build a new church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church is presenting their second annual craft fair featuring an array of New England artisans a wonderful gathering of artistic, creative and dedicated individuals. Baked goods with different international flavors, chocolates and gift baskets will be available. The craft fair will take place Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 193 St. James Ave. in Chicopee. All are welcome. Building Fund contributions may also be sent directly to St. Nicholas Church, 23 Southworth St., West Springfield, MA 01089.

NYC BUS TRIP
A holiday bus trip is scheduled to NYC on Nov. 29, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The bus will be leaving the Sons of Erin parking lot in Westfield at 7 a.m. for five stops in Manhattan. The bus will leave NYC at 7 p.m. Seats are $50 and reservations are needed. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association for research. Call 572-1417 or 364-4606 for reservations or e-mail teamcallahan@att.net or go online to www.teamcallahan.org.

FOXES & BELLES PROGRAM
The Foxes and Belles of the Springfield Jewish Community Center is sponsoring a special program to follow their general meeting on Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m. The Magic of Jonas and PJ will be presented. This event is taking place at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the performance. For more info, contact Bob at 789-4814.

PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Nov. 11 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5, corner of Longmeadow and Williams. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap; meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome. For more info, visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org or call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.

BREAST CANCER PRESENTATION
Nov. 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m at the Springfield JCC. Unfortunately, many of us have been touched by breast cancer one way or another. We continue to hear info from family and friends and the media, some of which is true and some false. Join us for a valuable info session to learn the facts and have your questions answered! Speaker: Steven M. Schonholz M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director/Surgeon; Breast Care Center, Mercy Medical Center. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required by calling 739-4715 or by e-mailing bnadler@springfieldjcc.org.

HAMPDEN
"THE PRODUCERS" AUDITIONS
The Theater Guild of Hampden will be having open auditions for Mel Brooks' "The Producers" musical on Nov. 16 from 4 - 6 p.m. and Nov. 17 from 7 - 10 p.m. at Hampden Town Hall on Main Street. For more info call Mark Giza at 566-8354.

LIBRARY HOURS
The Hampden Free Public Library will open at 9 a.m. on Election Day, Nov. 4, rather than its usual 1 p.m., to accommodate early voters. We will close at 8 p.m. Please be sure to get out and vote.

RECYCLING OPEN
We are happy to announce starting Nov. 4 the Hampden Transfer Station will offer recycling every Tuesday from 1 - 4 p.m. along with every Saturday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you have any questions call the Board of Health Office at 566-2151 ext. 102.

LONGMEADOW
WHAT'S COOKING?
A Jewish look at learning to cook with Bubbie, Nov. 9, 9:30 - 11 a.m. at Heritage Academy, 594 Converse St. Learn to make kid-friendly Jewish food that would be also be appropriate for Thanksgiving. For children ages 4 - 7 and their parents and/or grandparents. No charge but participants must call the school to sign up in advance. For more info or to sign up call 567-1517.

PLANNING BOARD MEETING
The Longmeadow Planning Board will be meeting on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room.

MEET SENATOR CANDARAS' AIDE
Sen. Candaras' aide, Janice Hassett, will be at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the first Monday of each month from 11 - 11:45 a.m. to answer residents' questions and hear concerns. For more info, call 565-4150.

INVITATION TO VETERANS
Nov. 5. We are pleased to invite our veterans for a complementary lunch on the day of our regular meeting in recognition of your service to our country. You need not be a member of the veterans' group, although you are welcome to attend our meeting. Our speakers at the meeting following lunch will discuss benefits and share info with us. Call the Adult Center at 565-4150 the day before to reserve a place for lunch. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting is at 1 p.m. Don't hesitate to come alone.

BOARD OF ASSESSORS
The Board of Assessors will meet on Nov. 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the Police Station Community Room. Public comments will only be heard between 8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

SOCCER BOARD MEETING
The Longmeadow Soccer Board will host a meeting Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community House auditorium. This is a schedule change: replaces Nov. 5 cancelled meeting date.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS
2009 Entertainment Books are now on sale at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Filled with hundreds of half-off and two-for-one coupons, the Entertainment Book is the best way to save money on travel, dining, shopping, attractions and much more! $25 for Western MA and $30 for Hartford area books. Makes a great holiday gift! Call 565-4150 with any questions.

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. for a healthy snack and a presentation by Kathryn Kotula, Ph.D., titled "Food Safety and Quality Explained." Learn about the microorganisms responsible for some nasty and very preventable illnesses, and discover what you can do in your home and community to ensure your foods are safe. Pre-register at 565-4150.

DISCUSSION GROUP
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on Nov. 18 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.

WELLNESS FAIR
Bay Path College's occupational therapy students will host a wellness fair for those 58 and over at the Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. This drop-in program runs from 1 - 3 p.m. on Nov. 21. For more info, call the Bay Path College Occupational Dept. at 565-1450.

CABLE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The next meeting of the Cable Advisory Committee will be Nov. 5 in the School Committee Meeting Room at Longmeadow High School, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd. at 7 p.m.

AUTHOR EVENT
"Expatriate Games: My Season of Misadventures in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball" by David Fromm. Book discussion and reading, Nov. 19 from 7 - 8 p.m. at Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. Call 565-4181for more info.

YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES: PICASSOS
Participants ages 3 - 5 will be exposed to the fun of drawing, painting and sculpture with real art materials. The focus is on the process. All materials included; wear clothing that can get messy! Class dates are Fridays, Nov. 7 - Dec. 19 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

YOUNG ARTISTS SERIES: REMBRANDTS & DAVINCIS
This is a workshop style class with a progressive and experimental atmosphere. Children ages 5 - 12 will work in small group. Young artists are challenged as they develop their own artistic style by exploring painting, sculpture, mixed media and cooperative work. We will honor the creative process through critiques. All materials included; wear clothing that can get messy! Classes are on Wednesdays, Nov. 5 - Dec. 17 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

TEEN CENTER
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to come and enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games as well as new theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Parent info packets are available on site at each teen center event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet on Nov. 7, 21, Dec. 5 and 19.

NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
One of the most exciting times of your life can be when you are the parent of an infant. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Group meets at Greenwood Children's Center on Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. This program is free.

CLUB 6-9-3
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grades 2 - 3 on Nov. 19 at 3:15 p.m. We will be reading "Thanksgiving on Plymouth Plantation" by Diane Stanley. Get ready for an exciting discussion as Club 6 9 3 gathers for activities, snacks and conversation as we celebrate this American holiday. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Dept. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library to register or receive more info about Club 6 9 3.

BOOK CRITICS AT STORRS LIBRARY
Join us for snacks as our new Pageturner Critics, a book group for students in grades four and above meets at the Storrs Library. Our critics will read and discuss at least one new book each month, design their own critic's page and have their findings published. Pageturners will rate each of their selections for future readers info and interest. The group will meet on Nov. 18 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. Register or receive more info by calling 565-4182.

NEW ITALIAN CLASSES
Stephanie will start a new series of classes this fall at the Adult Center. Beginning Italian: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Nov. 4 and 18, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Advanced Italian: Tuesdays, noon, same dates. Register at 565-4150.

1-ON-1 COMPUTER INSTRUCTION
The Adult Center has openings for anyone interested in individual attention to help become familiar with the operation of a computer. We have volunteers who will provide a free service to those that need basic skills on the first Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Must register at 565-4150 for appointment.

SPRINGFIELD
HARVEST DINNER
Saint Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St. (at the Forest Park light) will hold their harvest dinner (turkey, vegetables and homemade desserts) on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. Reservations - call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762.

PASTA DINNER & GALLERY READINGS
Fall pasta dinner and gallery readings Nov. 8 at First Spiritualist Church, 33-37 Bliss St. Menu: pasta and meatball dinner, complete with drinks and dessert and John Edwards style gallery readings, $12 from 5-6:30 p.m. Gallery readings only, $10 from 7-9 p.m. For tickets or additional info contact Linn Humel at 583-5128 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.

TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC CONCERT
On Nov. 4, Yumi Okada on violin and Fumi Masugata on piano will perform for the Tuesday Morning Music Concert at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., at 10:30 a.m. This single concert is $10 per person, or $30 for an annual membership, which includes 12 season concerts.

CHURCH DINNER
Church dinners will be offered at the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd., on the second Saturday of each month. Enjoy home cooked meals; soup/salad to dessert. Take out welcomed. Served from 5 - 7 p.m. Adults, $7; children, $4.

SENIOR LUNCH AND MOVIE
The Springfield YMCA invites seniors to enjoy lunch, followed by the "Young @ Heart" chorus movie. Lunch will include red and white lasagna, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee. Visit the YMCA at 275 Chestnut St. for an early afternoon of entertainment. A raffle will take place for senior memberships. Pre-register by Nov. 14. Space is limited, so call early! Fee for lunch is $3. Call Julie at 739-6951 ext. 181 for more info.

ASSISTANCE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED VETERANS
The Western Massachusetts Chapter of the Blind Veterans Association wants visually impaired veterans to know that help is out there. The local group is endeavoring to let visually impaired veterans know that they may be able to offer some support. Let any visually impaired veteran you know that the Western Mass Chapter is here and eager to hear from them. Call Kevin Whalen at 532-8276 or Larry Humphries at 547-2810.

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY
Beginning on Nov. 12 and continuing every Wed. and Fri. in November, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed in song at 3 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 221 Plumtree Rd. All are welcome to come and pray.

HOLY CROSS SOCIAL CLUB
The Holy Cross Social Club of Holy Cross Church will meet Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. with guest speaker Jim Boone. Boone has been involved in Historic Preservation and restoration for about 30 years. He will be talking about architecture and the historic districts in Springfield. We will gather in the Holy Cross School Meeting Room. Refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome.

CLASSICS BOOK GROUP
The Save Your Life Writing Center's Classics Book Group will have its first meeting on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m., discussing "Emma" by Jane Austen. Facilitated by Chrysler Szarlan. Free, but call to register and for more info. At the Indian Orchard Mills, 34 Front St., Building 2, #323, Indian Orchard. Call 346-8793.

VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR
Daniel Brunton Elementary School, 1801 Parker St., is hosting their Fall Vendor Fair on Nov. 13 from 5:30 - 9 p.m. Come shop for the holidays. Some of the vendors are Tastefully Simple, Avon, Pampered Chef, Hand Made by Jackie, Usborne Books, Silpada, Lia Sophia, Creative Memories, Mary Kay and many more. Lots of raffles too.

WILBRAHAM
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Wilbraham Commons residents will be hosting a Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m-4 p.m. at 269 Stony Hill Road. Come do your Christmas shopping. Wonderful gifts and decorations. Coffee, doughnuts and lunch will be for sale. Any questions call Ann Marie at 599-4803.

MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS NEEDED
The YMCA needs a few more men for one of the teams in their men's basketball league. The league runs for six weeks and games are on Thursday and Sunday nights. The team that needs players doesn't play until Sunday. If you are interested, call the YMCA at 596-2749.

WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
Nov. 13 at noon at the St. Cecilia Parish Center. Sandwiches and dessert will be served prior to the business meeting. Larry Lirot will be the guest speaker. He will be bringing floral arrangements for holiday decorating ideas. The Art Corner will feature World War II memorabilia. Members are encouraged to participate with their items. Prospective members are welcome. For more info call Marlene Jobson, membership chair, at 596-8905.

GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The Wilbraham Garden Club will host their monthly meeting Nov. 6. The meeting will take place at the Wilbraham Library and starts at 12:15 p.m. Christie Higginbottom, research historian, horticulturist and landscape specialist at Old Sturbridge Village will be the guest speaker. She will present a slide-illustrated lecture exploring some of the ways cooks in past times used culinary herbs for flavoring and preserving food and for improving digestion. A handout recipe booklet will be available for $1.50.

AS SCHOOL MATCH WITS
Be sure to tune in to WGBY on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. to catch the Minnechaug team battle it out with Williston Northampton Academy in "As Schools Match Wits."

SHREK THE MUSICAL
The beloved ogre comes to Broadway. The Wilb. Parks & Rec. Dept. has secured tickets for a Sat. matinee on Jan. 17. Tickets on sale now; cost includes coach transportation and show. Makes a great holiday gift. Limited seats. Register at the WPRD or call 596-2816 for more info.

BASKETBALL SIGN-UPS
The Wilb. Rec. Dept. is accepting basketball registration for grades K - 2, Nov. 4 -14. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec for details.


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