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Town Events, Oct. 27 - Nov. 3

From The Reminder

Christmas Collection Craft Fair Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 7 Somers Rd. (at the rotary). Over 40 juried crafters, baked goods, plants and dried materials, youth shop, luncheon foods, Chinese auction, Sandy's gift baskets, antique gallery, international shop, free parking and shuttle service. Call 525-4121 or visit www.fccuccel.org for more info.

The East Longmeadow Council on Aging will conduct its annual flu clinic on Nov. 3 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. East Longmeadow seniors and residents with general health issues are eligible to receive the vaccine; those allergic to eggs should not take the vaccine. $2 donation. Due to space limitations, the following programs will be cancelled on this day: Scrabble, Pitch and Sandy Merrill's Jewelry Class.

The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will play Halloween BINGO on Oct. 30 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Our special luncheon: roast pork w/gravy, mashed potato, harvest roasted vegetables, apple crisp and apple cider (cost is $3). Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations. Prizes awarded for best costumes or crazy hats!

The ELHS swimming and diving teams will be hosting a can and bottle drive on Nov. 1. Donations will be accepted at Heritage Park parking lot and pavilion from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. We will be happy to pick up in advance or that day. Call Mary Beth at 525-2444 for pick up.

Barbara Benton, a gifted Bible teacher, has the ability to teach Scripture in a way that is relevant to everyday life. She is an in depth Bible teacher with a passionate and often humorous approach, and she will be appearing free at the Faith Tabernacle Church, 15 Kibbe Rd., on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. For more info, contact Betsy at 265-9780 or e-mail betsy-wow@charter.net.

Bailey the Bead Ambassador at Colorful Creations Bead Company is turning 10 years old! Help us celebrate the pets we all love by creating a bracelet or keychain with a special pet charm. All proceeds will go to the local chapter of the SPCA. Stop by, have a piece of birthday cake and say hello to Bailey at Colorful Creations Bead Company 37 Harkness Ave. For more info see www.colorfulcreationsbeadcompany.com or call 525-2229.

The New England Canine Rehabilitation and Fitness Center, a physical rehabilitation facility for dogs in East Longmeadow invites dog owners and enthusiasts to attend a Canine Wellness Open House at 112 Shaker Rd. on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. This event has been organized to create an opportunity for the public to learn about unique services available for dogs. Watch hydrotherapy, agility and German Shepard dog demo. Meet Carol Skowronek of Tammy and Teddy's Foot/Paw Protection for Animals. Tour the facility. Bring your dog along for a free bath, nail trim and/or massage. Services provided by Becky Therrian of The Animal Touch, Kim Reed of Happy Dogs and NE Canine. Donations to benefit Out to Pasture Farm and Rescue, a non-profit organization in Connecticut that provides rehabilitation services for dogs.

30th Year Reunion
The ELHS Class of 1978 30th year reunion gathering will take place on Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pizza Shop on Shaker Road. There will be no invitations sent for this informal event, so spread the word! $10 per person will be collected at the door (for pizzas, etc.). RSVP by e-mail to cmb519@yahoo.com.

Season tickets are available at the E.L. Rec. Dept. from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays at a cost of $11 per ticket.

Bring something to share for a potluck dinner, and then enjoy face painting, games, crafts, candy and more. This will be great free fun for the entire family! Come rain or shine to enjoy lots of excitement and laughter; Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. Faith Tabernacle, 15 Kibbe Rd. Call 525-8802 for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is conducting registration for its youth wrestling program, which begins Nov. 25 and runs through Feb. 12 on Tues./Thurs. evenings from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Those in grades 1 - 8 are eligible. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register.

Kick off the winter season with the new Warren Miller movie "Children of Winter: Never Grow Old." Local families, skiers and snowboarders are welcome to join the ELHS ski team-sponsored movie night on Nov. 22 at the high school's auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 7 p.m. Sugarbush lift tickets (2 for 1) awarded to all moviegoers, courtesy of Sugarbush Resort. Other door prizes raffled off during intermission. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for students! (Price includes entry into raffle.) Tickets can be purchase at Competitive Edge, the UPS Store and Romito's. E-mail elmskiteam@yahoo.com or call Laurie at 575-4993 or Melanie at 747-5306 for more info/donations!

The Ladies' Glee Club and the Men's Singing Section of the Springfield Turnverein located at 176 Garden St. in Feeding Hills, invites everyone to join them on Nov. 7 for their roast pork dinner. Dinner will be served from 6-7:30 p.m. Menu: roast pork, potatoes, vegetable, dessert and coffee or tea. Tickets are $8 Reservations may be made by calling the club at 786-0924 or Wilma Gillan at 786-4671. Reservation deadline is Nov. 5. No walk-ins will be accepted. Music will be provided by Christl with her accordion.

The Western Mass Square and Round Dance Association is sponsoring their annual fundraiser dance. The Autumn Harvest Ball will be Nov. 2 at the East Longmeadow Senior Center, 328 North Main St., East Longmeadow. The square dance will take place from 2 - 5 p.m. The dance level will be mainstream and plus. All modern western square dancers are invited to join us. The fee is $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Wonderful refreshments, raffles and lots of fun. For more info or tickets, call Gloria or Fran at 467-3352.

Quabbin Valley Twirlers are hosting their monthly dance on Nov. 8 at the Christ Community Church, 103 Springfield St. in Chicopee. Enjoy the mainstream dance in snuggley warm PJs or casual attire. Refreshments and door prizes as well as lots of fun will be enjoyed by the modern western square dancers in the area. Call Gloria of Fran for more info at 467-3352.

The Springfield Jewish Community Center is proud to announce the opening of its annual Sadie and Eli Gurvitch Memorial Senior Adult Art Exhibit, Nov. 9 beginning at 2 p.m. The art exhibit will continue through Nov. 14 at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St.

The Hadley Mothers' Club annual Polish pottery show and sale Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Most Holy Redeemer parish hall, 120 Russell St. (Rte. 9), Hadley. Come shop in a warm friendly environment before the holiday rush. Get something special for those on your gift giving list. Polish and traditional food and drink, baked goods, raffle, pottery available for purchase with cash or check. Childcare available while shopping. For info contact Denise Devine at 584-1859 or Kris Moriarty at 549-3786.

G.O.P. campaign rally Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., at Tucker's Restaurant, 627 College Highway, Southwick (569-0120). Free admission, cash bar, appetizers. Sponsored by The Southwick Republic Town Committee.

On the first Monday of each month, a support group for caregivers and those coping with the disease will meet at the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce at 323-4274 or Bobbie at 739-4715.

A holiday fair will be taking place Nov. 1 at the First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow.

Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St., Springfield, is hosting a ham and bean supper on Nov. 8 from 5 - 7 p.m. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for ages 6 - 14, five and under free. Seating is limited. Call for reservations at 782-6229.

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.

The Select Board, Finance Committee and School Committee will meet Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room of the high school's central office for a special tri-board joint meeting.

The 25th reunion of the LHS class of '83 will be Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Longmeadow Country Club. Make checks to: LHS Class of 83 Reunion, and send checks to: LHS Class of 83 Reunion c/o Bob Barkett, 35 Plymouth Rd., Longmeadow, MA 01106.

Getting too cold to play your favorite sport outdoors? Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., and learn to play Wii Sports and Games on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Instruction provided. Learn a new skill, compete for fun or just watch and cheer others on. For more info, call 565-4150.

Ed Edler will again conduct a much requested introductory computer class for beginners on Wednesdays, Oct. 29 - Dec. 10 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Adult Center. No class on Nov. 26. Those who have taken the course and feel the need to repeat it may do so. $12 fee. Register at 565-4150.

On Nov. 10 our travels will take us to NYC to visit the American Girl Store for dinner and shopping and to Radio City Music Hall to see "The Christmas Spectacular." We have orchestra seats for the 11 a.m. show and 5:30 p.m. seats for dinner at the American Girl Caf on 5th Ave. There will be time in between to visit Rockefeller Plaza or spend the afternoon at the American Girl Store. Bring your favorite American Doll with you on this very special trip.Bus departs from Greenwood Center at 6:30 a.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Christmas is not truly here until you have a chance to visit Radio City Music Hall and see the Christmas Spectacular. New acts have been added to the show this season along with the traditional favorites such as the March of the Wooden Soldier and the Live Nativity Scene. Our seats are located in the Orchestra Section for the 11 a.m. show. There is time following the show to enjoy the sites and sounds of the holiday season in NYC. The trip will be on Dec. 4 with the bus departing from Greenwood Center at 6:30 a.m. and returning at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Children ages 4 - 5 will learn respect, discipline and confidence during this program in an environment that is fun, active and exciting. They will practice self-defense and anti-bullying techniques and gain the self-control to use only those skills when necessary. Classes meet on Tuesdays from Nov. 4 - Dec. 9 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

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 the Storrs Library. Donna Johnson, a specialist in sign language communication, will lead this one-hour program on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. You will learn to communicate effectively with simple sign language gestures taught in a relaxed atmosphere. Each participant will receive a small guide booklet for his or her individual use. To register for this workshop visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library at 693 Longmeadow St. or call 565-4182.

Saint Barnabas and All Saints' Episcopal Church, 41 Oakland St., will be celebrating a century of following its mission of welcoming in a big way. On the occasion of the visit of the Right Rev. Gordon Scrutin, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Mass., this Forest Park neighborhood parish is planning a special service and reception on Nov. 2 to mark the 100th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. followed immediately by a reception. All parishoners past and present are encouraged to join our celebration.

On Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. come join in the fun of our first Silent Auction at Church in the Acres, 1383 Wilbraham Rd. Come place your bids on tickets to sporting events, local concerts, sports memorabilia, quilts, gift certificates and many gift baskets from golf items to jewelry. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Admission: $5.

The Faith United Church Guild is hosting its annual Holiday Happening Fair on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 52 Sumner Ave. Booths will offer "nearly new" jewerly, glassware, gift items, baked goods, jams, jellies and relishes, potted plants, hand crafted items and much more. Stop in and visit the various sales tables and plan to stay for a full luncheon served from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Cost is $7. Entrance to the fair is free. For further info, call the church office at 789-4728.

We would like to invite members of the community to join us at our Clutterers' Support Meetings. They take place on Mondays at 4 p.m. at Wachogue Congregational Church in Springfield. The meetings are small and confidential. There is a facilitator there to help us. All ages are welcome. We do not meet if a holiday falls on a Monday. Wachogue is located at 80 Arvila St.

Foster Memorial Church in the center of Sixteen Acres is having a Halloween Weenie Roast in the front area of the church grounds on Halloween night from 4 - 7 p.m. This is a great opportunity for neighbors and church families to gather and meet each other in the fun spirit of Halloween. Come dressed in costume or as you are and enjoy a weenie right off the grill. There is no charge, just bring yourself and get in the spirit of the night.

Sixth annual New Year's Eve trip to Mohegan Sun Casino. Depart on Dec. 31 at 6 p.m. from St. Patrick's parking lot on Allen Street; arrive at casino at 7:30 p.m., depart at 12:30 a.m., arriving home at 2 a.m. Price includes $10 free bet, $10 food voucher, hats and favors; does not include driver's gratuities. For info call Carla Pierce at 783-6111. Book now and enjoy the New Year's Eve with friends and free entertainment.

Carnations for Kids, $1 each on Oct. 30, sponsored by Commerce Key Club. Proceeds will purchase holiday gifts for children who are clients of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC) and floor tiles for the living areas of the Open Pantry Teen Living Center. Order single carnations or $10 bouquets by calling Commerce at 787-7220.

The Springfield Hobby Club will host its annual bazaar/craft sale on Nov. 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. There will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' tables. The Thrift Shop will host a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.

Are you a new parent raising your child in a Jewish home? Are you interested in deepening your connection to Judaism through songs, prayers and rituals that you can do with your baby and your family? Come join other new parents and babies as we explore Jewish rituals that can be practiced throughout the year. Free! New members are welcome. At the Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St. A six-week series on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. - noon. Starts Oct. 29.

New Life Community Church at 4 Stony Hill Rd. will be hosting a Vendor's Fair on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Various vendors, like Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Avon, Warm Spirit and others will be there to provide goods and/or services and there will be free light refreshments. Come out and enjoy and start your holiday shopping early!

Minnechaug boys hockey and lacrosse teams are hosting a joint can and bottle drive on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. - noon at the Minnechaug parking lot. Minnechaug Booster shopping cards and Falcon Magnets will also be for sale. For donation pickup call 531-5446 or 531-5185.

The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham open house will feature "Gravestone Rubbings" and "Adams Cemetery History" on Nov. 2 from 2 - 4 pm. at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St.

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