Town Events Nov.9-16
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast fundraiser (with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice) will take place Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER
Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post #293, 3 Legion Ct., will host a dinner on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. Menu: spaghetti and meatballs, salad, rolls and butter, chocolate cake and brownies, with soda, tea and coffee (other drinks available at the bar). Cost is $8.50. Profits raised from these dinners help us finance much needed repairs and improvements to our American Legion Building. Call 525-2058 or 592-0596 for reservations.
We will honor area veterans at a special luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 10 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Special guest speakers will be featured and entertainer Liz Carter will provide music. Dessert will be provided by Genesis Health Care. No charge for veterans, non-veterans are $3. Call 525-5436 for reservations; seating is limited.
FRIENDS OF RECREATION
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces an organizational kickoff meeting for Friends of Recreation on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. Individuals interested in supporting and protecting recreation and facilities are encouraged to attend. For more info call the Office at 525-5437.
Mapleshade School's annual holiday vendor/craft night, sponsored by the PTO, will take place Nov. 19 from 5 - 9 p.m. Table fee is $30. Contact Michele Martinelli at 525-9510 or email@example.com by Nov. 6.
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be hosting their annual tag sale on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Begin bringing items to the Senior Center the week of Nov. 9. We cannot accept items earlier due to lack of storage space. No furniture, computers or large appliances.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is sponsoring a youth wrestling program for those presently in grades 1 - 8 introducing them to the basic wrestling skills and conditioning exercises. T-shirts and headgear provided. Classes meet on Tues. and Thurs. evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at ELHS from Nov. 24 - Feb. 11. Come into the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. Any questions, call 525-5437.
"INSPIRE WORKS" PROGRAMS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is sponsoring four Sat. of new, creative enrichment programming for those in grades 2 - 5: Future Engineers, Nov. 21, 1 - 3 p.m.; Simply Sculpting, Nov. 28, 1 - 3 p.m.; Slime & Polymers, Dec. 5, 1 - 3 p.m.; and Cooking Wizards, Dec. 12, 1 - 3 p.m. Call the Office at 525-5437 for program content. All classes take palce at the Rec. Dept.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., at 10:30 a.m. The selected reading for Nov. 24 is "True Believer" by Nicholas Sparks.
LAUGH FOR YOUR HEALTH
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces its next session of "Laugh for Your Health," a program about fun and improving your health and well-being at the same time, will take place on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Rec. Dept. Suggested donation of $3 - $5. Any questions, call 525-5437.
The E.L. Council of Aging will conduct its annual flu clinic on Nov. 17 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. E.L. seniors and residents with general health issues are eligible to receive the vaccine; those allergic to eggs should not take the vaccine. $2 donation.
GUILT FREE HOLIDAY EATING
Registered Dietician Jennifer Giffune from Health New England will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. to discuss how to get through the holidays and stay on a health eating plan. Register by calling 525-5436.
VETERANS COFFE HOUR
Veterans rep George Herrick conducts a monthly coffee hour for all area veterans at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. All local veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting is Nov. 17 at 9 a.m.
ALZHEIMERS/DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP
Caregivers, family members and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend our monthly support group on the third Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., from 3 - 4 p.m. Next meeting is Nov. 17.
HANNAH MONTANA MOVIE NIGHT
Nov. 13, 6 - 8:30 p.m., come join the chefs at What's Cooking, Kids? for a Hoe Down Throw Down! On the buffet table will be BBQ chicken tenders, corn muffins, make your own sundae bar. Dress for a hoe down and get ready to dance. $30. What's Cooking, Kids? is located at 41 Maple St.
For info, call 224-1208 or visit www.whatscookingkids.com.
VETERANS DAY CLOSING
The E.L. Council on Aging will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day. No Meals on Wheels will be delivered.
Commodities will be distributed to E.L. residents on Nov. 18 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. If you have not already done so, come fill out paperwork in the office and pick up your ticket. No commodities will be given without a ticket, and paperwork must be completed prior to Nov. 18!
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Nov. 10 and 24 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop & swap. The meeting begins at 7:30. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome. Visit . Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.
KITTERY OUTLET TRIP
St. Mary's Parish, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to the Maine Kittery Outlets (120 stores), Nov. 28. Bus leaves St. Mary's parking lot at 8 a.m.; returns approx. 7:30 p.m. $30 per person. Call Sylvia ASAP at 594-2757.
USED BOOK SALE & SILENT RAFFLE
On Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NAMI, 324A Springfield St., Agawam, browse through a collection of used hard-cover and paperback fiction, non-fiction and self-help books, check out our Silent Raffle, which has 20 prizes to be won. Raffle tickets will be sold for 50 cents each. Donate your old books and drop them off at our office we will accept all used books. If interested in making a donation to the silent raffle or the used book sale, call us at 786-9139 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A HOLIDAY TRADITION
On Nov. 13, there will be a trip to see the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in NYC at the Radio City Music Hall. Package includes roundtrip motorcoach to NYC, the Radio City Christmas Show, 2nd Mazzanine Seating, dinner stop en-route (on your own). Space is limited. Book seats now! Departs 9 a.m. from the Holyoke Mall Commuter Lot near Pier One Imports. All profits benefit the Chicopee and Holyoke Libraries. For reservations, call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.
MEAT PIE SUPPER & CONCERT
Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Federated Community Church, 590 Main St. Menu: meat pie, salad, squash, peas, rolls, dessert. Tickets: adults, $12; children, $6. Free concert at 6:30 p.m. by the Senior Harmonicats. Call 566-3711 for reservations.
VETERANS DAY RECEPTION
Join the Hampden Senior Center on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. for a reception honoring local veterans. Sign up at the front desk or call 566-5588 to reserve a seat. Refreshments will be served. Veterans, bring photos or other memoribilia from your military days for others to look at and enjoy!
On Nov. 18 the Senior Center will be hosting a Thanksgiving luncheon at Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow from noon - 3 p.m. Menu: tossed salad, roast turkey w/stuffing, mashed potatoes w/gravy, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, rolls w/butter, coffee, tea and apple crisp with ice cream. Cost is $15. Call 566-5588 or visit the center to sign up.
SECOND SATURDAY STORYTIME
Nov. 14: Second Saturday Storytime at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St., 10:30 am. Thanksgiving stories and crafts designed especially for emerging readers ages 3 - 5. Approximate duration: 45 mins. Free. For info or to register, call 566-3047.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY EATING
Join us at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. when Katie Defoe from the Western Mass. Foodbank shares tips on how to eat what you want around the holidays just a little healthier. Register at 565-4150.
LONG MEDDOWE DAYS MEETING
The Long Meddowe Days organizing meeting scheduled for Oct. 28 has been rescheduled for Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Low room at the Storrs Library. If you're interested in helping out with Long Meddowe Days, attend the meeting; if interested in volunteering but unable to attend, call 567-3600 or e-mail email@example.com. Be a part of history!
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., shows recent movies the third Fri. of each month at 12:30 p.m. The movie on Nov. 20 will be "Grey Gardens," a glimpse inside the incredible world of Jackie O's relatives starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. There is no charge for admission. For info, call 565-4150.
The Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tues. of each month at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome; group is led by a moderator. On Nov. 17 discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more information.
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer two more classes on computer troubleshooting on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Learn to delete unwanted programs, increase resources, deal with security issues and find out about social networking. Not for beginners or Mac users. Register at 565-4150.
2010 Entertainment Books are now on sale at the 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! $11,500 in everyday savings. Book is $30. Makes a great holiday gift! Call 565-4150 with any questions.
Class of 1989 20th Reunion
Nov. 28, 6:30 - 11 p.m., Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel Mahogany Room, One Monarch Place. A light fare dinner with hors d'oeuvres and a carving station, beer, wine, cocktails and soda. Tickets: $60 each (includes drink tickets). Checks payable to Longmeadow High School Class of 1989. Mail checks to Barbara Ryan Clark c/o RYAN, 19 Northfield Rd., Longmeadow, MA 01106. For more info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
On Nov. 13 at 10 a.m., the Longmeadow Adult Center's Living Well program is "Celebrating the Holidays in the Midst of Change," presented by Leslie Smith Frank, PA-C (Physician's Assistant, Board Certified). Learn how mindful awareness can help you meet the challenges and joys of the holidays in healthy way. A healthy snack will be served. Pre-register by calling 565-4150.
Jewelry workshop at the Longmeadow Adult Center meets on the first and third Mon. of each month at 1 p.m. With Sandy Merrill's assistance, participants can design new pieces, repair and/or restring older pieces. Supplies are provided at a reasonable cost. There is a $3 charge per class. Call 565-4150 for more info.
RCMH "CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR"
Christmas isn't truly here until you have a chance to visit Radio City Music Hall and see the "Christmas Spectacular." Seats are located in the Orchestra/First Mezzanine section for the 2 p.m. show. There is time following the show to enjoy the sites and sounds of the holiday season in New York. Trip will be on Dec. 10. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration or additional info.
RECYCLING & YARD WASTE CENTER
The Recycling and Yard Waste Center will be open only on Sat. from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. during November and December and 9 a.m. - noon from January - March. Residents may bring their leaves to the town's leaf drop off site on West Road everyday of the week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Dec. 12, weather permitting. A 2009 Recycling Center sticker is required in order to use the leaf drop-off and the Recycling Center. For more info, call the DPW at 567-3400.
SIGN LANGUAGE WORKSHOP
Learn how to communicate in another language! Children five and older accompanied by a caregiver or parent are welcome to participate in a special workshop on sign language at Storrs Library. Donna Johnson, a specialist in sign language communication, will lead this one-hour program on Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. Each participant will receive a small guide booklet for his or her individual use. To register call 565-4182.
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO TRIP
On Nov. 18 the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will sponsor a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino. For $20, enjoy the slots, shopping and choice of food at buffets or restaurants. Receive a $15 coupon toward lunch and three $5 free bets. Departs at 9:30 a.m. Call 565-4150 for more info.
Weekly German classes will resume at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Thurs. at 11:30 a.m. beginning Nov. 12. We have a new instructor who welcomes newcomers and previous member of the class. To register, call 565-4150.
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their same aged guests are welcome to enjoy a supervised evening out on Fri. from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games and theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center dates are Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.
This program is designed to introduce wrestling to athletes at the youth level in grades 5 - 8. Youth wrestling focuses on proper techniques, conditioning and fundamentals necessary to enjoy and be successful in the sport of wrestling. Participants will have the opportunity to compete with other programs at youth events. Participants must provide their own wrestling shoes and kneepads. Program does not run when school in not in session; program meets on Tues. and Thurs. from Dec. 8 - Feb. 25 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. in the LHS Wrestling Room. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
"OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS"
That will be the topic of the Republican Town Committee monthly meeting Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria. Guest speaker Cliff Hedges, long-time town resident and FBI Special Agent, speaking on "Investigation of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs." You do not have to be a member to attend. For more info contact Dean Rogeness, chair, at 567-5480 or visit www.longmeadowgop.com.
DAN KANE SINGERS IN CONCERT
Come and enjoy an afternoon of great pop and inspirational favorites at St. Mary's Church. This is a free concert to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving on Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, 519 Longmeadow St.
TEENS NEEDED FOR YARD WORK
The Adult Center keeps a list of Terrific Teens teenagers who want to earn money by doing tasks for seniors in town. The center is now looking for teens who are willing to rake and bag leaves and/or shovel once the snow falls. To be added to our Terrific Teen referral list, call 565-4150.
Our Lady of Grace Society is sponsoring a healing service at Mt. Carmel Church at 123 Williams St. on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The healing service will be provided again by Fr. Peter Gregory. Refreshments will be served in lower church hall following the service. All are welcome.
FALL FUNDRAISER: AUCTION & MORE
Foster Memorial Church is hosting a "Fall Fundraiser: Auction and Much More" on Nov. 14 from noon - 4 p.m. A luncheon will be served; crafts, baked goods and plants will be sold; and auction items will be available for preview. The auction will begin at 2 p.m. Items include gift baskets, tickets to the Metropolitan Opera, paintings, gift certificates from local merchants and more! Our church is located on the corners of Parker Street and Wilbraham Road in Sixteen Acres. For more info, call 782-2112.
FALL TRIP TO ITALY
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church is sponsoring a fall trip to the Adriatic Coast of Italy, Sept. 19 - 29, 2010. Featuring sights at Rimini, a coastal beach resort and two nights in Rome. Day trips to San Marino, Bologna, Modena, Ferrara, Ravenna, Florence and Assisi. For more info, call Mary Mastrolanni at 734-5433 (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.) or 789-7318 (before 9 p.m.).
The Springfield Dept. of Elder Affairs will proudly host a Ballroom Dance at Greenleaf Community Center 1187 Parker St. on Nov. 20 from 6 - 9 p.m. with music by Joe Campisi. The Community Center is located behind the 16 Acres Library. Dances are $5 per person. Refreshments will be served. Singles are always welcome. Free parking. For more info call Kerri at 750-2873.
SUNDAY YOUTH MASS
Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road, hosts a Youth Mass with contemporary music and youth readers every sunday evening at 6 p.m. Though geared to a younger audience, all are welcome.
St. Catherine of Siena, 1023 Parker St., will host a blood drive on Nov. 23 starting at 1:30 p.m. All those who donate a pint will receive discount vouchers for a Falcons hockey game.
NEW YORK BUS TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a bus trip to Aquaduct Flea Market and Jamaica Avenue in Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 28. Depart from Big Y Shopping Center parking lot on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and leave New York at 5 p.m. Cost: $40 per person; seniors and children under 15, $35. For reservations and info, call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or 736-8567, or e-mail email@example.com.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have its Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance on Dec. 12 from 6 p.m - 1 a.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St., Chicopee. $45 per person, $80 per couple. Social hour 6 - 7 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m. Door prizes, music, cash prizes. For more info call 736-8567.
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church will have a bus trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25, 2010. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two full course dinners, taxes and meal gratuities guided sightseeing tour and motorcoach transportation. For reservation and more info, call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or 736-8567 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAITH COFFEEHOUSE OPENING
Faith United Church, 52 Sumner Ave., will host a monthly coffeehouse featuring different musicians from the area. Enjoy live music, stimulating thoughts from scripture, coffee or cider, desserts and storytelling. First coffeehouse night will take place Nov. 13 from 6 - 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Call 739-4728 or visit www.faithunitedchurch.net for more info.
TOWN CLERK'S OFFICE
The Wilbraham Town Clerk's Office will be closing for lunch at noon and re-opening at 1 p.m. through Nov. 17. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Any questions, call 596-2800 ext. 200.
VENDORS & CRAFTER WANTED
Vendors and crafters are invited to participate in Wilbraham United Church's Holly Fare taking place Dec. 12 at the church, 500 Main St. The Holly Fare will feature great ideas for Christmas giving, a cookie walk, a luncheon cafe and more from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fee is $50 per table. Vendor application forms containing complete details are available by contacting Kim Jones at 596-8062 or email@example.com or Jocelyn Roy at 599-4654 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the church at 596-2511. Vendor registration deadline is Dec. 1.