Town Events Nov. 30 - Dec. 7
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USED BOOKS NEEDED
Used books needed for the Birchland Park Middle School spring book sale fundraiser. All types of books welcomed. Drop off Mon. - Fri. at the school office. Proceeds benefit school activities.
The Women's Fellowship of the First Congregational Church will host its annual Christmas Party on Dec. 7 at noon in the Brownstone Gardens Community Room (75 Pleasant St). The luncheon will be pot luck. We will share a $5 gift exchange. For more info call 525-7348.
BAZAAR AND BAKE SALE
Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Wingate at East Longmeadow, 32 Chestnut St. All proceeds go the Resident Council.
The ELHS Music Dept. will host a Winter Concert on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the ELHS auditorium. The concert will feature the jazz ensembles, vocal ensembles and concert band. Admission is $4; children under 12 are free. For more info contact J.P. Kiernan at 525-5460 or Jkiernan@eastlongmeadowma.gov.
An e-cycling drop-off fundraiser will be take place at The Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St., on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. TVs, computers, microwaves, audio equipment, phones, etc., will be accepted. Donations to benefit the Mass. Child ID Program. Call Ken at 537-1572 with any questions.
CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
The Suburban Springfield Exchange Club will host their 24th annual Christmas Tree Sale at Heritage Park on Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. All proceeds benefit child abuse prevention programs in the area. For directions to get there or any questions contact Denni or Steve at 783-2446. Sale will proceed no matter the weather.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. marks the annual arrival of Santa Claus at the Rotary. Sponsored by E.L. Lions Club, the Fire Dept., and the First Congregational Church, this year's event will also include Christmas music, a live Nativity, and the ceremonial lighting of the tree. Children will be able to visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments with their families.
EXTENDED TOWN HALL HOURS
E.L. Town Hall will be open until 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 to accommodate those who cannot make it to the Town Hall by 4 p.m. You can also utilize the drop box at the door in front of the Town Hall or pay your bill online at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a mainstream dance on Dec. 4. Dances take place at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield, from 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Cost is $6 p/p. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. This will be our Chocolate Fever dance. For info on dances, call Fran McKinnon at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 525-3324. Also call for info on the New Year's Eve potluck dinner and dance.
The next gardening workshop in Pernell Gerver's Gardening Workshop Series is "Christmas Decorations from the Garden." The workshop is free and open to the public and will take place Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at Historic Northampton Museum, 58 Bridge St., Northampton. All gardening workshops include a question and answer sessions and a plant and product sale of rare, hard-to-find and useful plants and gardening products. Visit www.pernellgerver.com for more info.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
Christmas open house at the Keep Homestead Museum from 1 - 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 35 Ely Rd., Monson. The annual event will feature the house decorated for the season, delicious refreshments and a holiday sing-a-long with Patricia Knight at the piano. This event is free of charge, although donations are accepted. For more info call 267-4137 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keephomesteadmuseum.org.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Dec. 8 and 22 at the First United Church of Christ, Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org for more info. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.
Dr. Jeffrey Soley will give free lectures on fibromyalgia on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m at the Lang Auditorium and Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the West Springfield Public Library for fibromyalgia sufferers and people who suspect they may have the disease. Sponsored by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals. Attendees must call 977-6680 or e-mail Robyn.email@example.com to reserve seats. Soley also recommends that participants bring a notepad to take notes.
Bazaar & Breakfast With Santa
The Federated Church of Hampden, 590 Main St., is having their annual Holiday Bazaar Dec. 5 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fun breakfast with Santa 8 - 10 a.m. followed by story hour with Mrs. Claus. Lunch available. For more info contact Kristi at 374-8742 or Mysticalamour@gmail.com.
The Community Preservation Committee will meet Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Police Station Meeting Room.
SELECT BOARD MEETING
On Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Station Community Meeting Room, the Select Board will host a meeting prior to the tri-board meeting at 7:30 p.m. at LHS.
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., invites you to keep fit by using the equipment in our Fitness Corner. We have two treadmills, a bicycle, a stair climber and a cardio-glide available Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stop by the office first for registration and instruction. Call 565-4150 with any questions.
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT NEEDED
The Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., loan closet of medical equipment has a need for wheelchairs, shower chairs and transfer tub benches, dressing supplies and incontinence products of all kinds. If you have any of these items that you are no longer using, call 565-4150.
PARKS & REC. GIFT CERTIFICATES
Longmeadow Parks & Rec. gift certificates make great stocking stuffers for that hard-to-shop-for resident! Certificates can be purchased for any denomination or for a specific program. Call 565-4160, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our office for more info.
DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. The Parks & Rec. Dept. will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Rec. office and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Upcoming home games:Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., vs. Worcester; Dec. 6, 3 p.m., vs. Adirondack; Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., vs. Bridgeport; Dec. 12, 7 p.m., vs. Portland; Dec. 19, 7 p.m., vs. Providence. Visit www.falconsahl.com for more home game dates.
FATHER DAUGHTER HOLIDAY BALL
A night out for dads and daughters. Dress up in your finest attire and bring that special lady in your life for an afternoon of music and dancing. Refreshments will be served. Holiday Ball will take place Dec. 13 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS AUDITIONS
The Bay Path College Performing Arts Dept. will host auditions for "Once Upon a Mattress" Dec. 1 - 3 from 7 - 10 p.m. in Mills Theatre, Carr Hall on the Longmeadow campus, 588 Longmeadow St. Actors, singers and dancers age 16 and over are needed for roles and should be prepared to sing, move and scene read. Production will run Feb. 26 - 28 and March 5 - 7, 2010. For more info call Performing Arts at 565-1361.
RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS
Ages 4 - 18. All levels are taught by experienced lifeguards. Children should be comfortable in the water and toilet trained. Instruction will focus on stroke development, endurance and water safety. Classes meet on Sat. Jan. 16 - March 13 at the LHS indoor pool. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
DANCE & MOVEMENT
Ages 2.5 - 3.9. Tip toe through a fun educational dance experience. Children will love learning basic ballet, jazz and tumbling techniques while singing and dancing in this exciting class. Class meets on Mon. Jan. 4 - April 26 or Thurs. Jan. 7 - April 29 in the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
DANCE MOVEMENT & TAP
Ages 3.9 - 5. Children will have fun learning ballet, jazz and focus on tap technique in this class. Dancers will explore basic barre, center and across the floor work in these three areas of dance. Class meets on Mon. Jan. 4 - April 26 or Thurs. Jan. 7 - April 29 in the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Do you have a 3 - 5 year old with plenty of energy? 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. Class meets on Tues. Jan. 12 - Feb. 23 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
AMERICAN GIRL WORKSHOP
Get into the holiday spirit by creating traditional American Girl holiday crafts! Learn about this special time of the year through the eyes of Rebecca Rubin, Kirsten Larson and Samantha Parkington. You will design a doll size St. Lucia wreath from Sweden, a Victorian holiday ornament and a Hanukkah scarf. Dress up in vintage clothing, decorate, eat yummy cookies and play traditional games. American Girl books, clothes and accessories will be for sale at discounted prices. Workshop will take place on Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. - noon at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
ADVENTURES WITH ANIMALS IN ART
Ages 3 - 12. These art-rageous art-ventures explore the world of critters. Create fish, pigs, dinos, bears, birds, snakes, frogs and more using clay, ceramics, fabrics, sand, wood, tissue and other textures, techniques and mediums. These playful excursions include music, literature, history, humor, games and a masterpiece to take home each week. Classes are on Sat. Jan. 16 - March 27. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 2 - 4. Is your preschooler ready for soccer but not ready to be on a team yet? The program is designed to introduce children to basic soccer concepts in an educational and enjoyable atmosphere. Individual instruction will be provided in passing, shooting and dribbling skills. Children will also play soccer skill related games and more. Parent participation is encouraged, but not required. Program meets on Wed. Jan. 27 - March 10 at the Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
TRADITIONAL AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN HAND DRUMMING CLASSES
Ages 7 and up. Enjoy this hands-on participatory class focusing on folkloric and contemporary Afro-Caribbean and West African drumming, percussion and singing. Participants will learn basic hand and instrument technique, an understanding of how drum patterns fit together, the cultural context of the music, fun and challenging drum patterns and exercises, accompanying songs in many languages and the opportunity to develop, arrange and perform a presentation. For more info visit www.tamarackhollow.com or www.myspace.com/gaiarootsmusic. At the conclusion of classes, there will be a special performance that will be open to the family and friends of the participants. Program meets on Thurs. Jan. 14, 21, Feb. 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 15, 29 and May 6 and 13 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
Tai Chi is less strenuous than other martial arts, with an emphasis on deep breathing, slow movements and chi (energy) development. The class involves traditional warm-ups and stretching, breathing exercises, stances and three-part form. Class meets on Tues. Jan. 5 - Feb. 23 at the Olde Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration.
Holiday bazaar at Grayson House Assisted Living Dec. 4, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., 942 Grayson Dr. Featuring hand-crafted items, homemade chocolates, good as new items and fresh baked goods. Finish your Christmas shopping and support the Resident Activity Fund. For further info contact Pat Gelinas, Life Enrichment Leader, at 426-9868 ext. 113.
"LIGHTS OF LOVE"
Ronald McDonald House "Lights of Love" tree lighting ceremony and open house, Dec. 5, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Ronald McDonald House, 34 Chapin Terr. Santa and Mrs. Claus, house tours, caroling, cookies and cocoa and the tree lighting. A $5 donation purchases a light in honor or in memory of a special someone.
PSYCHIC FAIR/MEDIUM'S DAY
There will be a psychic fair/medium's day/bake sale Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Fifteen minute private readings: $20, followed by a workshop titled "Your Heart's Desire" presented by Joy Levine from 2:15 - 4:45 p.m.; $20. For info or advance bookings, call Denise at 519-9669.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
Orchard Medical Associates LLC sponsors a free health presentation on Dec. 2 at 9 a.m. in the Eastfield Mall Food Court. Denise Finn-Rizzo DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, MS will present "Respiratory Health and Wellness." She will discuss asthma, COPD, smoking cessation and other related respiratory problems. Join us for this free program that is open to the public. Free blood pressure screening, free health info, free raffle to enter to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card and two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served. For further info contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 ext. 11.
FAMILY HANUKKAH HAPPENINGS
Families are invited to join the Springfield JCC Preschool for Family Hanukkah Happenings, Dec. 9, 12:30 - 2 p.m. or 4:30 - 6 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St. There will be latkes, dreidel games, stories, songs and crafts. This event is free and open to families with children 15 months - elementary school. RSVP to Deb Cohen by Dec. 6 at 739-4715.
BEADED ORNAMENT WORKSHOP
Sterling silver Christmas tree pendant or ornament quick clinic at Simply Beadiful, Dec. 12, 10:30 a.m. Free instruction with small materials fee. Register early for this popular clinic. See details at www.Simplybeadiful.com or call 782-0288. Simply Beadiful is located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOC. OPEN HOUSE
The Western Regional Office of the Alzheimer's Assoc., MA/NH Chapter will host an open house Nov. 30 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. featuring the popular Apple Pie Bake-off. Network with others, learn more about the Alzheimer's Assoc., and enjoy delicious homemade apple pie. Michael Williams, Vice President of Chicopee Savings Bank and a member of the Alzheimer's Assoc. Partnership, will be one of the judges. Anyone wishing to enter a pie in the contest is asked to call ahead. Free and open to the public. For more info call 787-1113.
The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will present their holiday concert for the residents at Quail Run Estates, 50 Cardinal Drive in Agawam, on Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. On Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. they will sing at Wingate at East Longmeadow, 323 Chestnut St.
A CHRISTMAS FEST
The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham announces an open house, "A Christmas Fest," at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., Dec. 6 from 1 - 5 p.m. Trees by Agricultural Commission, Atheneum Society, 5-Star Gardens, Military Tree, Wilbraham Art League, Wilbraham Flowers, Wilbraham-Hampden Times, Village Store and Miss Paris's second grade class. Christmas music and refreshments will be served.
R.A.D. KIDS CLASS
The Wilbraham Police Dept. will be hosting a five-day r.a.d. Kids class at the YMCA. r.a.d.Kids is the national leader in children's safety with topics that include home, school and vehicle safety; out and about safety; realistic defense again abduction; good-bad-uncomfortable touch and stranger tricks. The class dates are Dec. 21 - 23, 28 and 29 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The class is offered to boys and girls ages 8 - 12. To sign up for this class contact the YMCA. If you have any questions, contact Officer Paradis at the Police Dept. at 596-3837.
Class of 1969 Reunion
A reunion for the Minnechaug class of 1969 on July 10, 2010 is being planned in conjunction with the Barry and Bruce Morgan Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament on July 9. Reunion location details to be announced. If you know the whereabouts of classmates contact Sue (Hurd) Struss at email@example.com or (978) 250-0731. For questions regarding the Morgan Memorial contact Sean Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.