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Town Events, Sept. 8 - Sept. 15

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
MOMS DISCUSSION CIRCLE
Meeting on Sept. 15 from 6:30 - 8 p.m., a Discussion Circle for Single and Divorced Moms will provide an opportunity to make new friends and learn that you are not alone in the challenges that come with being a single or divorced mom. Taking place at the East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square. For more info, contact momshampdencounty@gmail.com or 598-8598.

MERCY LIFE LINE PRESENTATION
Don't miss this informative presentation by Mercy Life Line, taking place at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be turkey tetrazzini, peas & carrots and pineapple. Call to reserve your lunch at least 24 hours in advance at 525-5436.

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
Nurses from Wingate will be available to take blood pressures at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - noon, beginning Sept. 18. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointment necessary.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB SEASON OPENER
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 noon 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 lunch 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.

LINE DANCING
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.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE
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. Cost is $60 for non-seniors, $50 for seniors over 60. 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.

MITTEN TREE
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.

MOHEGAN SUN
St Michael's Young at Heart presents a trip to Mohegan Sun on Oct. 16. Visit New England's premier gaming and entertainment destination. Price: $25, bonus $10 food and $20 free bet (subject to change). Contact Louise at 525-6868 or Anita at 525-3614. Depart from behind St. Michael's Church at 8:30 a.m.; return approx. 5:30 p.m.

SPRING 2009 BASEBALL TRYOUTS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will be conducting spring 2009 baseball tryouts this fall. Children currently in grades 3 - 6 only. Watch the Reminder for details, as this is a new process.

BASKETBALL REGISTRATION
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is in the process of registering for the 2008/09 basketball program. The deadline to register for the travel teams is Oct. 3 intown is Oct. 10. Fees range depending upon whether your child is CYO, suburban, intown or H.S. Those in grades 1 - 12 are eligible to play. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register or call 525-5437 for more info.

YOUTH WRESTLING
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is in the process of registering youth for the winter wrestling program. Those in grades 1 - 8 are eligible. T-shirts/headgear are provided. Program meets on Tues./Thurs. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at ELHS. Program will begin Nov. 25. To register, come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays or call 525-5437 for more info.

AEROBICS REMINDER
The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s aerobics program will begin the week of Sept. 8 on Mon./Wed. from 6 - 7 p.m. and Tues./Thurs. from 5 - 6 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. Those 18 and older are eligible. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register.

COMPETITIVE SWIM
The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s Marlins competitive swim program will be conducting registrations on Sept. 15 and 16 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at ELHS cafeteria. Those ages 6 - 18 are eligible to swim; however, they must be able to complete 25 yards freestyle this will be strictly enforced this season. Practices are Mon. - Thurs. and times will be assigned by coach. Practices begin Oct. 6. Meets take place on Saturdays, with championships at the end of January.

AFTER SCHOOL BOWLING PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept., in conjunction with Shaker Bowl, will sponsor an afterschool bowling program for students enrolled at Mapleshade and Birchland. Program begins Sept. 15 for Mapleshade and Sept. 16 for Birchland. Register at the Rec. Dept. by Sept. 15 (after, at Shaker Bowl). Payments are to be made at Shaker Bowl. Come into Rec. Dept. Office weekdays.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PASTA SUPPER
Pasta Supper to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Springfield Sept. 15, 4-7:30 p.m. at The Cup, 240 Westfield St., West Springfield. Adults $8; under 10 years old $5. Pasta, meatballs, tossed salad, dessert, coffee, tea and soda. For tickets contact the Ronald McDonald House at 794-5683 or available at The Cup.

RAILS TO THE DARKSIDE
The Connecticut Trolley Museum on Rt. 140 in East Windsor, Conn., is resurrecting its most popular special event, "Rails to the Darkside." The event will be on Oct. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25. More info may be obtained by calling their business office at (860) 627-6540 or visiting www.ct-trolley.org. They will be hosting a casting call on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Trolley Museum from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. for anyone interested in joining their "Darkside family" to help "haunt" the event. No prior acting experience is required, only a desire to scare people and have fun.

Reunion Lunch
The High School of Commerce's class of '56 will host a reunion lunch on Oct. 1. Anyone interested can call Ginny at 525-3592 or Roz at 525-7759.

THE GIFT OF A CHILD RETREAT
A day for women who have surrendered a child for adoption. An invitation to create a space to share, support and heal in the context of our mutual experience. Sept. 20 - Oct. 4. Mt. Holyoke College -Willits-Hollowell Center, South Hadley. Lunch is included in price. Contact Kris at 348-2424 or Rita at (802) 258-7111.

Cathedral hockey Alumni
Members of the 2004 - 06 Cathedral High School hockey alumni are trying to get a hockey team together. We are all in college in the area and will be playing Sunday nights starting in September and going through April. Any little sponsorship we could get would be much appreciated. Hope that some local restaurant or bar would be able to help lower the cost.

Springfield Garden Club
The opening meeting of the Springfield Garden Club takes place Sept. 19 in the hall of the Wilbraham United Church, Main St., Wilbraham. Starting promptly at 11:30 a.m. the program "Art in Bloom Roadshow" will begin with slides of the famous Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts yearly. Included will be a demo of the composing of a floral arrangement to complement a museum masterpiece. A tea will follow. This is SGC's annaual Guest Meeting so there is no charge for this program to which all interesed persons are invited. For info call 525-6957.

HAMPDEN
WATERCOLOR CLASS
Joyce Emerle will be teaching an eight week watercolor class on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 1 from 12:30 - 3 p.m. at the Hampden Senior Center. Anyone interested may call the center at 566-5588. Upon registration, a list of materials will be available. If there are any questions concerning the class, please call Joyce at 596-2032.

DRAWING IN COLOR
The Hampden Senior Center is offering a class called Drawing in Color beginning Sept. 30 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and continuing for eight weeks. The instructor is Clare Doyle. Call the center at 566-5588 to register. The fee is $70 and must be submitted in advance.

LONGMEADOW
INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP
Meeting on Sept. 10 from 8 - 9:30 p.m., the new Wishing for Motherhood Infertility Support Group will meet in Longmeadow. Call 567-5760 for more info.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS WANTED
The Youth Service Dept. of the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will meet with students who are interested in volunteering on Sept. 19 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. We are looking for youth volunteers in grades 5 - 12 to become members of T.A.G., a group that will become involved in the planning and implementing of programs for all ages. Your ideas and enthusiasm can help create programs, book discussions and displays for the Discovery Room. The group meets on a monthly basis. Register by calling the Discovery Room at 565-4182.

FALL TENNIS FOR ADULTS
Participants will be grouped based on talent level. Instruction will focus on skill development, drills and match play. Instruction provided by the professional staff at the Enfield Tennis Club. Classes will meet on Mondays, Sept. 15 to Oct. 13 at the Blinn Tennis Courts from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.

DRAMA PROGRAM
James Cass offers this unique fall and spring drama club as an after school activity two afternoons a week. Participants in grades 4 - 8 will learn a variety of theatrical activities. The fall program will culminate with a two-night musical performance scheduled for Jan. 15 and 16. Drama Program will meet on Thursdays at Old Town Hall and Fridays at the Community House from Sept. 25 to Jan. 16 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.

TEEN CENTER
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. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet on Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 7 and 21, Dec. 5 and 19.

GREENWOOD CHILDREN'S CENTER PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
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 at 565-4163.

ST. ANDREW'S PARISH CELEBRATION
The whole parish community is invited to celebrate fall on Sept. 16 from 5 - 9 p.m. Enjoy the music of Mello Yello under a tent on the parking lot, do some grilling and have a great opportunity to reconnect after the summer. There will be no cost to participants. Mark your calendar now for this evening of fun for all ages.

TOTAL LIPID PROFILE
Total lipid testing, including HDL, LDL and triglycerides, will be done by Life Labs at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Sept. 24 from 8 - 9 a.m. Fast from midnight. Cost is $15. Call 565-4150 to sign-up.

SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY WAVES MEETING
The Pioneer Valley Waves, an organization of Naval women veterans, has scheduled the first meeting of the new season for Sept. 20 at the American Legion Post 438 located at 292 New Ludlow Rd. in Chicopee. Following the 10:30 a.m. meeting and lunch, Lola Hobby-Burns, a retired Navy nurse, will talk about her experiences in the Navy medical field. All women veterans are welcome to join the group. Reservations may be made as follows: residents of Franklin or Berkshire counties call Carolyn at 863-9044; Hampden County residents, Carolyn at 596-8485.

BONSAI DEMOS & WORKSHOPS
The Bonsai Society of Greater Springfield will sponsor a Bonsai Art Exhibit, including demos, workshops and sales, on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Sixteen Acres Garden Center, 1359 Wilbraham Rd. Admission to the exhibit is free. Workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Workshop fee is $30, which includes a tree, pot and instruction in making your own bonsai. Pre-register for workshops by e-mailing SpringfieldBonsai@Hotmail.com or by calling Sandy Saffer at 734-5777. Space is limited to eight attendees per workshop. Come view these amazing living sculptures and learn how they are created.

CRAFTERS WANTED
Artists and crafts persons are sought to participate in A Classical Holiday 2008, taking place Dec. 7 from noon - 4 p.m. at Classical High Condominiums, 235 State St. This is the second year for this event, which attracted over 400 patrons in the past. In addition to arts and crafts sales, 10 holiday decorated condominium units will be open for tours. Classical High Condominiums will provide space of approximately 4' x 8' and vendors must provide their own tables. The fee for reserving this space is $35. Space will be allocated on first payment basis. To ask questions or to receive the form, e-mail spotlightinc@verizon.net or call 737-8474 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Applications must be in by Sept. 29.

DISCUSSION CIRCLE FOR MOMS
On Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. - noon, a Discussion Circle for Mothers will take place. We are a supportive, friendly group. Join us to add your voice to this ongoing conversation on the joys and challenges of motherhood. Taking place at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 245 Porter Lake Dr. For more info, contact momshampdencounty@gmail.com or 598-8598.

FREE WEIGHT LOSS WORKSHOP
"Women & Weight Today" a look at how your thinking can be the cause and solution to weight problems. Tools are presented for overcoming the challenges of losing weight and keeping it off. Workshop is hosted by Curves, 1916 Wilbraham Rd., Sixteen Acres, on Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Workshop is limited to 12; a waiting list will be created for next workshop. Call 782-7100 to reserve seating.

SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL
The Springfield Fire and Police Depts. will join departments across the country in conducting a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11, saluting fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical services personnel, military personnel and civilians. The ceremony will take place Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Raymond M. Sullivan Public Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St.

MASON WRIGHT SHOWS
On Sept. 9 at 2 p.m. at Mason Wright, 74 Walnut St., "Bringing Magic Back" Magician; refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517. On Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., TLC presents "Humor." Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517. On Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., see "The Art of Love" resident art show. Refreshments will be served. Space is limited; call to reserve your seat today at 733-1517.

WILBRAHAM
ATHENAEUM SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE
The Athenaeum Society of Wilbraham open house will feature "Native American Artifacts from Wilbraham Mountain" featuring a demo by soap stone sculptor Jerry Wilson at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., on Sept. 14 from 2 - 4 p.m.

NURSERY SCHOOL OPENINGS
The Wilbraham United Church Nursery School located at 500 Main St. has a few openings for our Tuesday/Thursday nursery class for three year olds. It's not too late to join us for the first day of class! Call Lorrie Pulsford, Director, at 596-2511 ext. 108 for info.


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