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Town Events, Oct. 13 - Oct. 20

From The Reminder

The East Longmeadow Book Club will return to the Senior Center Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. The book is "A Diffcult Boy." Author Micheller Barker will speak at the meeting. Anyone is welcome.

The Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library will sponsor a fun and delicious afternoon celebrating books and food on Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Anyone wishing to participate just needs to choose a book title and then depict their book title out of anything edible. Then on the day of the event bring your entry along with the book to the Community Room at the East Longmeadow Library by 10:45 a.m. After pictures are taken, participants and visitors will be able to sample the entries. Coffee and punch will be provided. For more info call the library at 525-5400 ext. 152.

Veterans rep. George Herrick will once again conduct a monthly Coffee Hour at the Pleasant View Senior Center for local veterans. The first meeting will be on Oct. 21 from 9 - 11 a.m. This meeting will welcome four speakers from various home health care agencies speaking about the Aid and Attendance Pension. No pre-registration necessary, free and open to veterans of all ages.

First two weeks free! Get moving and have some fun as the cold weather approaches! Neil and Cindy Hawley of the Redstone Squares will be giving Square Dance lessons at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Sunday evenings from 6 - 8 p.m. from Oct. 19 - May 17. Classes are $6 per lesson, no pre-registration needed, just come on in and have some fun!

Heritage Hall will present a seminar on managing respiratory illness at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. This informative hour will also include info on strategies for daily activity, conserving energy and breathing techniques one can do when becoming short of breath. This presentation is free and open to the public.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents that CYO and suburban evaluations will take place as follows the week of Oct. 13. (No reminders will be sent home this year. Refer to green flyer sent to home in Reminder in September): Oct. 14 3rd/4th grade girls at 5:45 p.m.; 3rd/4th grade boys at 6:45 p.m.; Oct. 16 5th/6th grade boys at 5:45 p.m.

Home game tickets for the season are available at the E.L. Rec. Dept. Cost is $11 p/p. Come into office weekdays to purchase.

On Oct. 25 the Friendship Club will be hosting a tag sale at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (from 1 - 2 p.m. fill a bag for $1). Drop off items in good condition beginning Oct. 20. We cannot accept large pieces of furniture, large appliances, microwaves or computers.

A Comic Celebration of Reading
The Friends of the East Longmeadow Public Library invite you to "A Comic Celebration of Reading." This quick moving, fun-filled enrichment program by mime Robert Rivest gets children, teens and adults excited about reading. Through a fast paced series of humorous and insightful mime, stories and improvisation, Robert focuses on the joys of reading everyday. Join us Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free to the public. For more info call the library at 525-5400 ext.152.

Liberty Tree Memorial Planting
Oct. 18, 1 p.m., North Main Street side of Town Hall. The public is invited to attend.

The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will be treated to the melodious voices of "The Golden Blue Ribbon Singers" sponsored by PeoplesBank on Oct. 16 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon will be American chop suey, Italian blend vegetables, garlic bread and pudding. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations.

Join us for a coffee reception on Oct. 22 from 9:30 - 10 a.m. to introduce Lisa Fontaine, R.N. who will be assuming retiree Kay Thompson's duties at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. No reservations required, free and open to the public.

First Congregational Church Women's Fellowship pot luck supper will take place on Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The speaker for the evening is Maureen Hayes of Longmeadow, who will talk about her experience climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. This mountain is 19,340 feet at its summit. Guests are invited. All are welcome.

Oct. 22 from 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county residents who have legal concerns or problems can call 782-1659 during the scheduled times to speak to volunteer MBA lawyers. If a caller gets a busy signal, they are asked to hang up and try again. Normal telephone charges will apply. The MBA's Dial-A-Lawyer program is provided at no charge as a public service.

On Oct. 19, Simply Beadiful will be open from noon - 4p.m. We will donate 10 percent of our sales for the day to Rays of Hope. We also have our "Take a Chance for Hope" program running now through Oct. 19. Suggested donation is $1 you can win great prizes. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield.

Ocean Kayaking
Oct. 18, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Registration required. E-mail Programs@Glass-Visions.biz to register. Meeting place: 8 a.m. sharp at Barnes & Noble parking lot in Holyoke. After getting a count of everyone and doing a quick gear check, we'll head out by 8:15 a.m. We'll caravan east along the Mass Pike to our launch site in Hingham, Mass.

Fall Festival Open House of the Monson Historical Society at the Jacob Thompson House on Oct. 19 from 1 - 4 p.m., corner of Main and Thompson Streets, Monson. Visit the restored 1811 Federal Period home of lawyer and entrepreneur Jacob Thompson. There will be tours of the house and possibly cookies baking the wood stove in the kitchen. Refreshments will be served. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. For further info call 267-5210 or 267-5376, e-mail info@monsonhistoricalsociety.org or visit www.monsonhistoricalsociety.org.

The First Congregational Church of Sunderland will host a Polish buffet on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the chapel next to the church, Junction Rte. 47 and 116, Sunderland. Menu includes golumbki, pierogi, lazy pierogi, pork and sauerkraut, baked beans, dessert and coffee. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children under eight. Call 665-2890 for reservations.

The October meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Association will take place on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. Award-winning artist Jane Barrientos from West Springfield will present a demonstration using egg tempera. The public is welcome to attend.

Active Singles (a non profit group) is sponsoring a singles hike (30s-60s) at Squantz Pond in New Fairfield. The hike is at 9:30 a.m. (arrive at 9 a.m.) on Oct. 19. No kids or dogs. The hikes are two hours each in four skill levels. Non-hikers can join us at the restaurant for lunch. Call to RSVP: Charlie Gergley, (203) 271-2125 or cell (860) 489-9611; www.activesingles.org or e-mail activesingles.snet.net.

The Friends of Hampden Seniors are hosting a ham dinner on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Come enjoy ham, sweet potatoes, cole slaw, baked beans, pickled beets and brownie sundaes. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Call 566-5588 for reservations. Raffle tickets for a $100 Village Food Mart gift certificate are being sold at the senior center. All proceeds go to the Hampden Senior Center.

The town of Hampden will be offering a Bulk Disposal Day at the Transfer Station on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Residents will be allowed bulk items at a nominal fee per item, cash preferred. Air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, TVs and computer monitors will be accepted as well as construction materials. You must have a Transfer Station Sticker to participate. If you have any questions call the Mark Tetrault, Bulk Disposal at 789-1894 or 596-9276. You may also call the Board of Health office with questions 566-2151 ext. 102.

Save your bottles and cans, the Longmeadow football team is having a bottle drive on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The players will be going door to door or you may drop your bottles and cans off in the back parking lot of the high school. To arrange pick up call 567-9863 and leave your name and phone number.

Save your bottles and cans, the Longmeadow football team is having a bottle
drive on Oct. 18 from 9 AM to 3 PM. The players will be going
door to door or you may drop your bottles and cans off in the back parking
lot of the Longmeadow High School. To arrange pick up please call 567-9863
and leave your name and phone number.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE Financial Sub-Committee meeting
There will be meetingS of the School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on Oct. 16 at 4:30 p.m., Oct. 21 and Oct. 31 at 8 a.m., all in the school's Central Office School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Student Volunteers Tie Dye
Join us for tie dyeing at our meeting of student volunteers on Oct. 17 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. at the Storrs Library. Teens and tweens in grades five - high school who are interested in volunteering and current volunteers in the Philip Michael Lauro II Room are welcome. Students who attend are asked to bring a white T-shirt. Register by calling 565-4182.

Taking place through Nov. 12 from 1 - 3 p.m. A new creative writing class welcomes all levels of writers. Not an academic class, but an opportunity to develop and sharpen a personal writing style. You may choose whatever inspires you fiction or non, plays, poetry, essay or memoir. Call the Longmeadow Adult Center to register at 565-4150.

Oct. 14 and 16. The Longmeadow Adult Center is offering this course designed to create an awareness of the physical changes that we experience as we age. There is no fear of failing or threat to your license. Attendance required on both days. Register at 565-4150. Class from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WATER AEROBICS at Glenmeadow
Oct. 16 - Nov 20, 11 a.m. A low impact exercise class to help build cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility and to increase range of motion. Classes at Glenmeadow Pool with a relaxing dip in the hot tub. Must register at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 565-4150.

"Young @ Heart," Oct. 17, 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. This is a documentary that has become quite famous about a Western Mass. senior citizens' chorus that specializes in singing rock, punk and soul. No charge.

Meeting Notice
Meeting of the Finance Committee, Fire Department Meeting Room, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m.

School BLDG Committee Meeting
There will be a meeting of the School Building Committee on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. in the School Department's Central Office, School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Historical Commission
The Longmeadow Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Community House, rear auditorium; Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station meeting room; and Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Station meeting room.

LYA Presents Pizza in the Hut
Celebrate the holiday of Sukkot on Oct. 16 with Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) at the annual Pizza in the Hut. Sukkot is the festival of booths that is celebrated by eating outside in a temporary hut. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at 1148 Converse St. Following dinner there will be music and crafts for children to make. Cost is $4 a child, $7 an adult and a family rate of $30. RSVP to the school at 567-8665 or lyaadmin@comcast.net. The event will take place rain or shine. There is no charge for the Sukkot activities and this portion of the program is funded through a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

The Longmeadow Dance Program is continually growing to meet the needs of our dancers. Classes will be offered for dancers in ballet, jazz-tap combo classes, lyrical, mother- daughter, acrobatics, hip-hop, advanced tap, kindergarten dance, and movement and tap class, as well as classes especially designed for preschoolers. As always, dancers are encouraged to participate in our end of the year recital. Visit www.LPRD.net for class info and registration!

Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to 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 with DJ Jon O'Neill as well as new theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Teen center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet on Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and 21, Dec. 5 and 19.

Greenwood Extended Day has limited spaces available in its Early Risers, After School and Before & After Kindergarten Program. Contact Kelly Zieba at 565-4163 or kzieba@longmeadow.org to schedule a tour and complete the registration packet. Visit www.lprd.net for further info on the School Age Programs.

Greenwood Children's Center has limited availability in the preschool 3's classroom. Space is filling up quickly for our full and part time programs! Call Audra for details 565-4163.

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 Department. Group meets at Greenwood Children's Center on Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. This program is free.

Ages 5 - 12. Shotokan Karate-Do is a traditional Japanese martial art. Students train in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring and self-defense. A white Karate uniform is required for class and can be ordered through the instructor. Your instructor is Sensei Jim Shea, who has been teaching karate for over 20 years. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays Oct. 14 - Dec. 9 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Olde Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Brown Bag Book Club
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will offer a special Brown Bag Book Club on Oct. 22 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Longmeadow elementary schools half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in a great book discussion, craft and activity for students from kindergarten - second grade. Enjoy your brown bag lunch and then join in the fun. Register by visiting the Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

Tell a story, or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Oct. 17 from 7 - 9 p.m. at their new location the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Their sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Nov. 2, take a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino; bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

The Center for Business and Technology at STCC announced that Carleen Hoffman, professional organizer and owner of The Clutter Doctor Inc. of East Longmeadow will present her very popular and effective workshop "Conquering Clutter in Your Personal and Professional Life" on Oct. 27 from 5 - 6 p.m. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested individuals can call 755-4225 or 755-4501 to enroll or to request a copy of the detailed brochure.

Psychic Fair/Medium's Day/Workshop Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings cost $20. Workshop on table tipping from 3 - 5 p.m. for $20. For info or to book readings or the workshop, call Denise at 519-9669.

On Oct. 18, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy will be with us for a special reception welcoming her powerful and beautiful display of icons from the Civil Rights era. Pamela has made 17 icons and they will be on display at Trinity Church from Oct. 18 - 24. We have set aside Oct. 18 from 4 - 6 p.m. as a time for us to meet Pamela. You can preview the icons at chatterton-purdyart.com. For more info call 737-5311.

Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Fellowship, food, shopping and door prizes. Vendors include Sil Pada, Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, candles, watches, hand-loomed shawls, designer jewelry and handbags, pottery, tea cups and more. Door prizes; refreshments available for a small donation. Proceeds for our church's maintenance and utilities budget. Call the church at 782-2577 for more info.

Oct. 19, 7 p.m. Organ Spectacular at Christ Church Cathedral, 35 Chestnut St., featuring Robert MacDonald, organist.
Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Organ, Strings and Percussion Concert at St. John's Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton, featuring Nancianne Parella, organist, with strings and percussion from the UMass Amherst Orchestra. All events are free and open to the public.

Seventh annual winter clothing and blanket drive Oct. 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center, Elliot St. (parking lot behind St. Michael's Cathedral, State Street). Help others keep warm this winter. Drop off clean blankets (including baby blankets), winter clothing, especially children's parkas, boots, scarfs, mittens, gloves and hats. Non-perishable food also accepted.

Springfield Garden Club
On Oct. 17 at 11:30 a.m. Springfield Garden Club will host an Autumn Tea and a Ikebana demonstration by Kaye Vosburgh, Master Flower Show judge from Newton. Her basic arrangements will delight members and guests with their beauty and simplicity, and are especially in keeping with the fall Asiatic theme of the club's programs. All interested persons are welcome. Guest fee: $5. Meeting place: Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., Wilbraham. For more info, call Virginia Alexander at 525-6957.

On Oct. 23 Reeds Landing Retirement Community, 807 Wilbraham Rd., will host a presentation by Larry Lirot on "Fall Floral Arrangements." Lirot, expert landscape consultant, continues his lecture series with instruction on creating beautiful eye-catching floral arrangements! The event will take place at 2 p.m. Call to make reservations at 782-1800.

Island Extravaganza
Coming soon is Women of Worship's (WOW) annual fundraiser, the "Island Extravaganza." This event is designed to celebrate the smart, funny, colorful and unique qualities of the Caribbean Island culture, while raising money for well-deserved causes. This Island Extravaganza is scheduled for Oct. 18. The event will take place at the Scibelli Hall Theatre/Building 2, STCC Campus. For tickets and further info, contact WOW at 525-0868 or e-mail wow_mingroup@yahoo.com.

Pine Point Community Council
The Pine Point Community Council monthly meeting will be Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. Bettye Anderson Frederic, the Deputy Director of Health and Human Services, will present a program on Emergency Preparedness Training. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

The Wilbraham United Church Women's Guild will meet on Oct. 23 at noon in Fellowship Hall. Members should bring a sandwich. A salad, dessert and coffee will be served. Margaret Bearse will take us on "A Tour of the USA in a Model T." Guests are welcome. Call 596-2511 for more info.

Mary Ellen's Adult Exercise Class at the Wilbraham Senior Center will meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. The class is free and open to the public. For more info, call the center at 596-8379.

The Knights of Columbus St. Cecilia Council 10195 will present a workshop titled "Solutions to Your Long Term Care Concerns" on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Parish Hall. Specialist Paul Faford from the Knights of Columbus and Atty. Brendan J. King will speak about the 43 percent of people over 65 who will require long term care and what individuals can do to prepare. This is a free workshop and light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. For more info and reservations, call (508) 341-3319 or (508) 943-2126.

The Dan Kane Singers will be at St. Cecilia's on Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the church office ask for Pat Serra. Tickets are $10 each, to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

The Oct. 16 meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Wilbraham has been cancelled. We ask that you tell your friends and neighbors regarding this announcement to aid them in not making an unnecessary trip to the Wilbraham Middle School. Hope to see you next month on Nov. 13.

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