Town Events Oct. 11-18
| From The Reminder|
ZITI AND MEATBALL DINNER
The East Longmeadow Firefighter's Association is hosting a ziti and meatball dinner Oct. 22 at St. Michael's Community Center, 53 Somers Rd. Servings are 5 to 7 p.m.; tickets: $8/adults, $5 children 5 to 12. Cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets available from any East Longmeadow firefighter or at the department Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SIRLOIN STEAK DINNER
Oct. 28 at American Legion, 3 Legion court. Menu: grilled sirloin steak, baked potato w/sour cream, green beans, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake, soda, coffee and tea. Other drinks available at bar for extra cost. Serving 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12/person. Info: Chris at 592-0596 or Legion Post after 4 p.m., 525-2058.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will welcome Graziano Gardens on Oct.14 at 12:30 p.m. to demonstrate creating a Fall door piece and a Winter centerpiece. Finished arrangements will be given as door prizes. Noon luncheon will be meatloaf w/gravy, mashed potato, five-way mixed vegetables and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
CANDY MAKING CLASS
Make a pound or more of holiday chocolates to take home when Debra Boronski shares her talents at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Oct. 19 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $10, payable at registration. Class limited. Future classes in November and December with holiday themes.
ECONOMIC SURVIVAL IN 2010
John Dee, President of Wealth Management Groups will present a workshop on surviving today's economy to enjoy a worry-free retirement Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Call 525-5436 to register.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
Will be Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., facilitated by Veterans Services Director, George Herrick.
FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS
Attorney Dave Carlson offers free legal consultations at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on the third Tuesday of each month. Half-hour appointments are from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Next date is Oct. 19. Call 525-5436.
NURSING STUDENTS VISIT
Elms College nursing students will be available at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Oct. 20 and 21 between noon and 1 p.m. to discuss your medications and take your blood pressure. Bring in your medications and your questions. On Oct. 27, the nurses will be giving a presentation on Osteoporosis: causes, prevention, and treatment at 1 p.m. in the Wellness Center.
The Book Club will meet Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The reading for is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," by Stieg Larsson. New members are welcome to attend.
HEALTH CARE REFORM
Presentation scheduled for Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. will help Medicare recipients understand how the new Health Care Reform will affect their Medicare benefits. Call to register, 525-5436.
VICTORIAN QUADRILLE DEMO/DANCE
At the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Commission. The seven-man orchestra will play dance music from the 1880's -- Quadrilles, Mazurkas, Polka, Waltz, March and Reels. Featuring the Small Planet Dancers in costume; audience invited to dance. Free and open to all.
EMBRACE THE LIGHT IN YOUR HOME
Learn how to "Simply Refresh and Revive What you Own" in this presentation by interior designer Julie Cantella as she shows you how to introduce light into your home and well being, and manage clutter while holding on to memories. She will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Call 525-5436 to register.
Nursing students from UMASS will be presenting a mini-Health Fair on Nov. 3at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. They will be giving a brief talk and then be available for questions following lunch.
TASTE OF GREECE
At the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke, 400 Prospect St., Oct. 22 & 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Greek foods, music, marketplace, more! Admission, parking free; meals range $6 to $18. Info: 525-4551.
Will follow its normal schedule during the week of Oct. 11 to 15. The trash pickup schedule will not be affected by the observance of Columbus Day on Oct. 11. This will be a commingled containers recycle week. The next holiday to affect the trash schedule will be Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.
St. Michael's Players present "Annie" Nov. 18, 19, 29 at 7 p.m., Nov. 21 at 2 p.m in St. Michael's Community Center, 53 Somers Rd. Adults $12; students, seniors $10. For tickets call Marty at 221-2782 or 525-2462. Tickets also available at parish office -- call Patti at 525-4253 or online at http://stmichaelsplayers.com/
PROPOSED DOG PARK
Persons interested in starting a dog park are urged to call 525-7273 between 7 and 8 p.m. or to e-mail ELBarkpark@yahoo.com to take part in a committee that is formulating plans for a proposed off-leash dog park in town.
GREEN LAWN CEMETERY TOUR
Hosted by the East Longmeadow Historical Commission, Oct. 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dennis Picard will lead walking tour from Little Red Schoolhouse, 35 School st., to Green Lawn cemetary to talk about lives of immigrants and newcomers interred there. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for weather conditions. lanterns and flashlights encouraged. Refreshments follow tour.
COMMUNITY BOO BASH
Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pine Knoll. Spooky stations, children's entertainment, face painting, costume parade. Refreshments available to purchase Cost is $2 per child . Presented by East Longmeadow Friends of Recreation. Proceeds benefit capital planning needs for the EL Recreation Department. Info: www.elmfor.com.
CRAFT VENDORS NEEDED
The Somers Congregational Church will host its Christmas Bazaar Dec. 4 inside the church at 599 Main St. in Somers, Conn. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rental spaces are available for the sale of arts, crafts, speciality foods and other gift for the holiday season. Call Rich at 860-763-5406 for more info and to reserve your space.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles (a non profit group) 30s-60s is sponsoring a singles hike on Oct. 17 at Case Mountain in Manchester. Hike starts at 9:30 a.m. please arrive at 9 a.m. Meet a half mile down on the right in old factory parking lot. No dogs or kids on the hikes. We will be hiking in four skill levels for two hours each. Optional buffet lunch follows each hike. Non hikers are welcome to join us at lunch. Call Charlie to RSVP. For info: Charlie Gergley, 203-271-2125 or 860-489-9611.
2010 JDRF WALK TO CURE DIABETES
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes Oct. 17 at Six Flags New England. 8:30 a.m. registration; 10 a.m. walk kick off. Complimentary refreshments available and free park admission day of walk for those who raise $50 or more. To register for the walk visit www.jdrf.org.
WIDOWS, WIDOWERS GROUP
Join us for fun and friendship. We meet once a week in Chicopee. For more info please call: Helen at 533-4660 or Don at 436-7332.
HAMPDEN GARDEN CLUB
Last regular meeting of 2010 season will be Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Academy Hall featuring master gardener, Larry Lirot discussing bulbs and companion plantings. Annual Fall Putter scheduled for Oct.16 at Thornton Burgess school courtyards. Volunteers welcome.
DESSERT AT DUSK
At the Hampden Library Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., dessert and open house as we celebrate Hampden history. This is the final program for We the People at Hampden Public Library, a series of events connected to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Take a look at the information volunteers uncovered through our Oral History Project and enjoy the books and resources available through the grant. Open to all ages. Info: Christina Fairman at 566-3047.
TODDLER HALLOWEEN PARTY
Children birth to age three are invited to Hampden Public Library Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. for the annual Halloween party and mini-parade through the Hampden Town House. Costumes, if they wish. Photos with parental/guardian approval and treats. Siblings up to age six welcome. Registration is not required. For more info, contact the library at 566-3047.
ADULT CENTER BIRTHDAY BASH
At the Longmeadow Adult center, Oct. 27 at 11:30 a.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the birthdays of anyone born in Oct. Birthday cake from our friends at Glenmeadow. Lunch is free for those with Oct. birthdays; $3 for all others. Call 565-4150 to register.
With the Longmeadow Adult Center, Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Storrs Library.This special visit will include an orientation to the library version of Ancestry.com and other resources. Beginner and experienced researchers welcome. Free.
JOURNEY TO JAZZ
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. featuring music by The Modern Riffs a unique, high energy blend of experienced musicians and exceptionally talented high schoolers. The band was a huge hit at this summer's Springfield Hoop Jazz Festival.
VINTAGE GADGETS 1900-1940
At the Longmeadow Adult Center, Oct. 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Grace Durgin presents a display and discussion of vintage household helpers and kitchen tools. Everyone is welcome.Free.
PUBLIC FORUM TRIPS
Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. to hear Mars Rover Expedition lead scientist Dr. Steven Squyres present up-to-the-minute news from the "red planet." Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. to hear former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women Kavita Ramdas talk about the challenges and opportunities of globalism and social entrepreneurship. $3 per trip for van. For info contact Kathy Grady at 565-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO TRIP
With the Longmeadow Adult Center Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Bonus package of $15 food coupon or free buffet and three $5 bets. $25 per person. For info contact Kathy Grady at 565-4150 or email@example.com.
SYMPHONY LUNCHTIME CONCERT
Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m., Springfield Symphony presents music by Dvorak & Tchaikovsky. Kevin Rhodes, conductor; Martin Kasik, piano. Cost: $16/person. For info contact Kathy Grady at 565-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHITE CHRISTMAS AT THE BUSHNELL
Straight from Broadway, this holiday show features 17 Irving Berlin songs. Trip is Nov. 21 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost for transportation and orchestra seats is $94; $89 for seniors and students. For more information contact Kathy Grady at 565-4150 or email@example.com.
SPORTS & STORIES AT STORRS
On Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Longmeadow High School boy's cross country team will be at Storrs Library in uniform as they read stories, conduct team stretches, and help children make a sports related craft, sign autographs and pose for pictures. Sign up in advance in the Discovery Room or call 565-4182, for children ages 4 and older.
DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Department is offering $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. Parks & Rec. will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Recreation office via cash, check or credit card and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game.
BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC
For players in grades three to eight. LHS Boys varsity coach Tim Allen and his assistant coaches offer a two-day clinic, assisted by players from the JV and varsity teams.Focus on fundamentals, contests and games. Proceeds benefit the Boys Basketball Booster Club. Free basketball per player. Clinic meets Oct. 23 and 24, 9 a.m to noon in the LHS gymnasium. Fee is $35/person. Visit www.LPRD.net for info,registration.
GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINIC
for players in grades three through eight. LHS Girls varsity coach Terry Britner and his assistant coaches offer a two-day clinic, assisted by players from players from the JV and varsity teams. Focus is on fundamentals, contests and games.Proceeds benefit Girls Basketball Booster Club. Free basketball per player Clinic meets Oct. 16 and 17, 9 a.m. to noon in the LHS gymnasium. Fee is $35 /person. Visit www.LPRD.net for info, registration.
Springfield Golden Age Travel Club presents "Cratchit's Christmas" Nov. 14. Your day of laughter includes a comedy hit at Mohegan Sun Casino, snack pack box lunch, $15 casino bonus and $15 meal voucher. Member price: $50; non member price: $55. Registration deadline Oct. 14. For more info call 787-6486.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Private readings, 15 minutes: $20. Followed by a workshop titled "Thinking Outside The Box" presented by Revs. Brian and Lynn Kent from 2:30 to 5 p.m.; cost $20. The workshop will give you secrets of taking "real" orb energy photos. Bring your photos as well for discussion. For info or advance bookings and workshop sign-up, call Denise at 519-9669 or visit www.springfieldspiritualistchurch.com
The American International College women's basketball team will be hosting a self-improvement clinic on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The clinic is designed to improve the skills and overall game of female basketball players from grades two to 12. The clinic will be directed by head coach Kristen Patterson and assistant coach Stacy Boisvert. Registration fee: $30. For more info to register, contact Boisvert at 205-3923.
CATHEDRAL COLLEGE FAIR
Open to all area high school students, parents and school counselors Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 260 Surrey Rd., Representatives from approximately U. S. 100 colleges and universities will answer questions about academics, atmosphere, costs. Financial aid program for parents conducted by a MEFA financial aid professional. For info, call the school's counseling office at 782-5285.
Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church, 135 Goodwin St., Indian Orchard. Enjoy Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf, traditional Armenian and American baked goods and raffle prizes including a handmade oriental rug, ladies' watch, an Armenian coin, a handmade clock and Megabucks tickets! Take-out available by calling 543-4763. Admission, parking are free. For more info call 543-4763.
SINAI TEMPLE MEN'S BREAKFAST
The Men of Sinai from Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., will host their first Sunday Breakfast of the season on Oct. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The event is open to all men and women and is free for members of Men of Sinai and $5 for non-members. Menu: eggs, bagels, lox, cream cheese and Danish pastry along with juice, coffee and tea.
MOHEGAN SUN CASINO TRIP
The Springfield JCC is hosting a Mohegan Sun Casino trip Oct.18. Bus departs the Springfield JCC at 8 a.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $25; includes a $15 food coupon or free buffet, and three $5 bets. Register at the Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. or call 739 4715.
HAM AND BEAN SUPPER
Oct. 18 at First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Ft. Pleasant and Garfield Streets, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Menu: homemade baked beans, ham, potato salad, coleslaw, pie. Adults $7, children $4. Reservations: 734-1715 or 525-3871.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Hosted by the Women's Club of Mary, Mother of Hope parish, corner of Page Blvd and Roosevelt Ave, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas items available.
BOOKSIGNING AND CLASSES
Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd., hosts chain mail jewelry designer and author Sue ripkin for a booksigning Oct. 16, 1 to 3 p.m. and classes Oct. 16 and 17. Class reservations: 782-0288 or www.Simplybeadiful.com
Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road. Youth choir provides contemporary music. All welcome.
WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The Wilbraham Women's Club will meet Oct 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cecilia Parish Center, 42 Main St. Theme: "The Board Cooks For You." Ellen May and Susan Agnew officiate; Kathy Fuss, a Hatian volunteer, will speak on conditions since the earthquake. Sandy Sanders will provide the centerpiece For more info contact Marlene Jobson at 596-8905.
MRHS KEY CLUB KIDS NIGHT
The Minnechaug Regional High School Key Club will host its Fall Kids Night Party Oct. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Green Gym at the high school. Event will include inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, and dancing for children from pre-K through fifth grade; parents must stay to supervise their children. Cost is $3.50/child or a maximum of $10 per family. Refreshments available for sale. Key Club is the high school's community service club and is sponsored by the Springfield Kiwanis Club. The twice-annual Kids Night is the major fundraiser for the Minnechaug Key Club. For more info, contact Algie, Key Club advisor, at 596-9011.
A family style, all you can eat Harvest Supper will take place Oct. 16 at Grace Union Church, Mountain Road and Chapel Street, with seating at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Take-out is available at 5:30 p.m. Menu features low sodium baked ham, baked potatoes and yams, green beans almandine, tossed salad and homemade apple crisp ala mode. Handmade quilt and Fall decorations raffle. Adults/ $12; Children 6-12/ $6; under 6, Free. For reservations call Gayle at 596-3936.
CULTURAL COUNCIL MEETING
Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in the town office building, to solicit public comment on program preferences and priorities, or to discuss specific grant projects. Grant guidelines and applications are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org and in the Selectmen's office and must be received or postmarked by Oct. 15.