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Town Events, Sept. 1 - Sept. 8

From The Reminder

There will be a fundraiser breakfast for the East Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee. The guest speaker will be Lt. Gov. Tim Murray. The fundraiser will take place Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at Caf Lebanon, 60 Shaker Rd. The price is $20 per person. For more info contact Michael Galvagni at (469) 831-4790 or aldogee2000@yahoo.com or Elaine Turnberg at 525-7745.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a girls softball meeting will take place Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rec. Dept. All parents of girls who played in the spring/summer are welcome to attend and any others who might be interested in making this program a success. An association was formed earlier in the spring also. For more info on GSB, contact Ken Morrisino at kmorrisino@yahoo.com.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. will again offer a strength training program on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 1 from 5 - 6 p.m. Designed for adults interested in maintaining and strengthening overall muscles without seeking to build bulk. Contact the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. will begin registrations for the 2008-09 basketball season on Sept. 2. Tryouts will be scheduled for the second week in October. Refer to the fall/winter flyer for confirmation of dates. For more info, call the Office at 525-5437. Register early!

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces registrations for its Marlins Competitive Swim team will take place on Sept. 15 and 16 in the cafeteria at ELHS from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Practices will begin Oct. 6. For more info, contact the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces new fall session for women's aerobics will begin Mon./Wed. on Sept. 8 and Tues./Thurs. on Sept. 9. Class runs for 10 weeks. Seniors 60 and over receive a $5 discount. New, updated medical profiles will be required, even though a registrant has been in previous classes. Registrations begin Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. and weekdays at the Office afterwards. Call 525-5437 for more info.

Reserve your seat now for a day at the Big E on Sept. 23. The bus will arrive at Pleasant View Senior Center at 8:45 a.m. and depart the Big E between 3:15 and 3:30 p.m. Cost covers the bus ride and entrance to the Big E. Payment must be made at the time of your reservation deadline is Sept. 5. (Please park in the back of the building.)

Don't miss this informative presentation by Mercy Life Line at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., during our Lunch n' Learn program on Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch that day will be turkey tettrazini, peas & carrots and pineapple. Call to reserve your lunch at least 24 hours in advance at 525-5436.

The Friendship Club will kick off their 2008-09 season in grand style with singer Jimmy Mazz on Sept. 18 at 12:30 p.m., following lunch at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., made possible by a generous donation from the East Longmeadow Rotary Club. This special $3 luncheon begins with vegetables appetizers, followed by chicken cordon bleu, Prince Edward vegetables, mashed potatoes, rolls and pudding. Call 525-5436 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your lunch.

Our ever popular line dancing class resumes Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The instructor has just returned from New York with a lot of new dances to share. Join us for an all-around dance experience, country to Broadway with a little Salsa for spice. Cost is $3 per class; all ages welcome.

For all with an unfulfilled interest in writing as well as those who have been writing "forever," Adventures in Writing offers a relaxed, writer-friendly opportunity to experiment. The six-week session begins Sept. 25 and meets Thursdays from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This is not an academic course, but a non-stressful way to develop, enliven and sharpen your own style. Enrollment limited, early sign-up is recommended.

Do like to knit? We are looking for knitters with some extra yarn to contribute to our mitten tree. We plan on distributing mittens, scarves, hats and small blankets to children and adults in need this winter. Bring knitted items to the Pleasant View Senior Center the end of November/beginning of December.

Play for a $35 donation. Proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Assc. of Western Mass. Taking place Sept. 6 from 6 - 11 p.m. at the AMVETS, 754 Montgomery St., Chicopee. First place wins $500, second place wins $250 and third place wins $100, all in VISA cash cards. 125 tickets available purchase yours today! Contact Dena or Kathy at 726-6150 for tickets or info.

The Amherst Orchid Society will host its annual orchid plant sale on Sept. 14 at the Hadley Garden Center, Rt. 9, Hadley, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. There will be a large number of orchid plants, many in bloom, for sale. This is an annual event and there will be many local growers available to answer questions on orchid culture in New England. For info call Leilani or Harold Norman at 267-5124. This event is free.

The American Legion, Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion of Southwick #338 will host a spaghetti supper Sept. 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Legion on Power Mill Road, Southwick. All proceeds will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield. For direction call Post 338/Southwick at 569-9055 or Lea Morin at 786-3509.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Sept. 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Rt. 5 (corner of Longmeadow and Williams Streets). 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 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-21809 for info.

The Monson Athletic Booster Assoc. will be sponsoring a ski and snowboard sale at the Monson High School on Oct. 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. and Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Shape skis, bindings, poles, ski blades, helmets, skates, snowboards, skiwear, snowshoes and much more! Famous brand names throughout the sale to choose from. Be early, many one of a kinds. Visa & Mastercard accepted! For more info, call Marianne Dubois at 267-3384 or Leslie Walker at 267-5756.

The Pioneer Valley Advocates for Commuter Rail will host a fundraiser at noon on Sept. 6 in the Community Room of the Springfield City Library, 220 State St. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray will be the featured speaker. All local residents, businesses and officials are invited to attend. The suggested donation is $20. Those interested in attending may RSVP by Sept. 4 to the PVACR at pvacr@yahoo.com or via mail at PVACR, P.O. Box 90845, Springfield, MA 01139.

The public is invited to the Longmeadow Adult Center on Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. when we will offer a coffee hour for the candidates that are running for the State Representative's position. Brian Ashe, Kateri Walsh and William Scibelli will present their backgrounds, reasons for running and will give us the opportunity to express our concerns and ask questions of what they hope to do about those concerns. Call 565-4150 for more info.

The Pollack Playhouse summer youth theatre presents "Seussical the Musical" on Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at Bailey Hall in the First Church in Longmeadow. Tickets are available at the door, or from cast members. Adults, $10, kids 12 and under, $5. For more info e-mail pollackplayhouse@yahoo.com

There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on Sept. 5. The meeting will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the School's Central Office, School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Longmeadow Parks & Rec. would like to thank its sponsors for the Bay Path Summer Sunset Concert Series. Thank you to Peoples Bank, Northern Tree, AAA Insurance and Hampden Bank for sponsoring the performances of Yankee Notions, Jon O'Neill, A Ray of Elvis and Griffin and Sean McMahon respectively. A special thanks to Bay Path College for sponsoring the concert series. Without such sponsorships, free family events would not be possible. If your company would be interested in sponsoring this event or any other LPRD event throughout the year, contact us at 565-4160 or visit www.lprd.net.

Cuddle up with a favorite blanket, a Teddy and a good book on Sept. 16 at the Storrs Library. A special evening Pajama Storytime for children 3 to 7 years and their parents will take place from 7 - 7:30 p.m. This program will consist of stories, songs and a pleasant time for all. Children are encouraged to come in their pajamas. Registration for this program is not necessary. Parents or caregivers may call 567-3633 or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room for more info.

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.

The new fall edition of "Experiences," Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept.'s program brochure, is now available online at www.LPRD.net and early online registration is now being accepted. Walk-in, mail and fax registrations are now being accepted. Brochures are also available at the Community House. Remember to check the paper weekly for additional offerings not included in the brochure.

The Longmeadow Dance program is continually growing to meet the needs of our dancers. Classes will be offered for dancers in the following areas: 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. Dancers are encouraged to participate in our end of the year recital. Visit www.LPRD.net for class info and registration!

Clap your hands, move your feet and sing along with Jon O'Neill in this fun filled program for parent and child. Jon will combine songs with dance and musical instruments for children of all ages in this six-week program. Session one for infants up to age 15 months is on Tuesdays Sept. 9 - Oct. 21 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. Session one for toddlers age 15 months to age 3 is on Tuesdays Sept. 9 - Oct. 21 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. All classes are located at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

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. Call 794-5515 for more info. Group meets on Thursdays Sept. 4 - June 11 from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. This program is free! No sign-up is required.

Do you have a 3 - 4 year old with plenty of energy to spare? This program can harness that energy in this martial arts movement class for preschoolers. Children learn about respecting others in a fun and interactive way that improves their coordination, balance and focus. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from Sept. 9 - Oct. 14 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Children ages 4 - 5 years old 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 will meet on Tuesdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 14 from 11 - 11:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

A new fall tennis program for girls and boys, ages 6 - 11 at the Blinn Tennis Courts. Participants learn to serve, hit the ball and volley while learning the fundamentals of the game. Participants should bring their own racquets if they have one. Some racquets will be available from the instructor. Program dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Grades 5 - 8. LHS Girls Volleyball Coach George Mulry and his players offer this high energy, skill packed clinic that offers participants the experience of learning the basic skills and rules. Participants will receive a T-shirt, attend select high school games and play scrimmages against area teams. Proceeds from the clinic benefit the LHS Booster Club. Clinic dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 4 - Oct. 30 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the high school. Visit www.LPRD.net and www.longmeadowvolleyball.com for additional info.

Ages 3 - 5; parents welcome! Participants will be exposed to the fun of drawing, painting and sculpture with real art materials. The focus is on the process, which will nurture your child's creativity and self-confidence. All materials included. Wear clothing that can get messy! Class meets on Fridays, Sept. 26 - Oct. 31 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 5 - 12. This is a workshop-style class with a progressive and experimental atmosphere. Children will work in small groups, providing older children with mentoring opportunities. Young artists are challenged as they develop their own artistic style by exploring painting, sculpture, mixed media and cooperative work. All materials included. Wear clothing that can get messy! Class meets on Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Oct. 29 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at the Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ballroom dance is an excellent form of exercise and an opportunity to learn the classic form of ballroom dancing. Classes will be geared toward beginners. Bring your dance shoes, gather your partner or come alone and have a good time getting some exercise and meeting new people. Classes will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 24 - Dec. 3 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Free bocce lessons at Forest Park, 4 - 5:30 p.m., Sept. 7 with masters Rico Daniele and Laurie Coughlin. Bring your family. For more info, call Rico at 732-8941.

A benefit for the Alice M. Balicki Scholarship Fund will be taking place Sept. 12 from 6 - 11 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave. There will be a DJ, food and raffle prizes. Tickets will be on sale at the door. Donations may also be sent to the STCC Foundation for Alice M. Balicki Scholarship, 1 Armory Square, Suite 1, P.O. Box 9000, Springfield, MA 01102.

The Save Your Life Writing Center will host a fiction class and open house on Sept. 6. From 2 - 3 p.m., fiction class Building Character 5 Ways with Chrysler Szarlan. From 3 - 5 p.m., celebration and open house with snacks, readings, raffle and more. Both events free, but call to register for fiction class. Center is located in the Indian Orchard Mills, 34 Front St., Building 2, #323, Indian Orchard. Call 346-8793 for more info.

The Cancer House of Hope, 946 Plumtree Rd., is offering new free-of-charge programs for people with cancer, their families and friends. Programs include A Helping Hand: Mom's Support Group at 10 a.m., the third Tuesday of each month; Life Coaching at 6:30 p.m. every other Thursday; Nutritional Counseling at 5:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month; Lebed Method a Dance & Movement Program at 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday. For more info, or to register, call 782-5500.

Gina Daniele will be hosting a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino and bingo on Sept. 6, with the bus leaving Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a bus trip to the St. Gennaro Feast in New York City on Sept. 13, with the bus leaving at 7:30 a.m. For prices and more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

The Minnechaug Class of 2010 will host a car wash on Sept. 13 at Monson Savings Bank on Boston Road from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per vehicle. Thank you for your support!

Beginning Sept. 3, Joyce Emerle will be showing her watercolors and photography during library hours at the Brooks Room in the Wilbraham Library. Joyce is a graduate of Holyoke Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in fine arts. While at HCC, she also majored in photography. She is presently a member of the Wilbraham Art League and in Connecticut, the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. and has exhibited with the leagues and throughout the Springfield area.

The Springfield Power Squadron will be offering a free Basic Safe Boating Course beginning Sept. 10 in the cafeteria of the Wilbraham Middle School, 466 Stony Hill Rd., at 7 p.m. Those who pass this course are qualified to obtain a Connecticut boating license and boat in New Hampshire. The course runs for seven weeks. For more info or to register in advance call P/C Warren Newhouse at 596-3044.

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