Town Events Jan. 11 - Jan. 18
|From The Reminder |
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast (this month featuring Vermont maple syrup!) will take place Jan. 17 from 8 a.m. - noon at The Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St. Adults $5, children $3.
The E.L. Democratic Town Committee will meet on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Pleasant View Senior Center. Assistant DA Stephen Spelman, who is running for District Attorney, will be the speaker. The public is invited.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by the Harmoni-Cats on Jan. 14 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon. Menu: roast beef w/gravy, baked potato, California blend vegetables and mixed fruit. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
VOLUNTEER DISHWASHERS NEEDED
The E.L. Council on Aging is in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen as a dishwasher for four hours a day, one or more days a week. The hours needed are from 9:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. Call Sandy Grabierz at 525-5436.
MEMORY WRITING WORKSHOP
The public is invited to attend a free interactive workshop offered by writing coach Donna Bailey-Thompson titled "Sharing Our Memories" on Jan. 14 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Attendees will have the option of enrolling in a six week course to begin Feb. 4. Call 525-5436 to register.
ROCKIES BY RAIL PRESENTATION
On Jan. 19 at 2 p.m., a tour agent from Collette Vacations will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to give details of this exciting nine-day trip scheduled to begin Sept.30. Call 525-5436 to register.
John Dee, President of Wealth Preservation Group, will speak at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. on the "Greatest Financial Dangers Retirees Face." Register by calling 525-5436.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., at 10:30 a.m. The selected reading for Jan. 26 is "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory.
Ross Davis from Gentiva Health Care will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. to talk about what osteoarthritis is and how to manage it. Call 525-5436 to register.
BEGINNER ACRYLIC PAINTING
A minimum of 10 students is needed for this new course to take place at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., beginning Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Instructor Barbara Gordon will guide students in drawing from picture or still life display, no portraits. Emphasis will be on drawing, color mixing and shading. Cost is $80 for eight weeks (two hour classes supplies extra.) Call 525-5436 to register.
2010 RED SOX BUS TRIPS
The E.L. Men's Softball League in conjunction with the E.L. Rec. Dept. has scheduled three Red Sox baseball bus trips to Fenway Park June 16 vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks; Aug. 2 vs. the Cleveland Indians; and Sept. 3 vs. the Chicago White Sox. Starting time for all games is 7:05 p.m. Seats are 1st Base roof boxes. Price for each trip is $98 each, which includes ticket, transportation and box lunch. Stop into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to order tickets. For further info, call Frank at 531-6954.
PV SOCCER REGISTRATIONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is now taking registrations for the spring Pioneer Valley season. The deadline to register is Feb. 13 by 4 p.m. Those in grades 3 - 8 are eligible to play. Come in Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.
FREE RECYCLING BINS
The Hampden Board of Health has 100 free blue recycling bins to give to the first 100 residents that submit a letter of intent. Letter must include name, address and telephone name. Bins can be picked up from the Recycling Center with a letter from the Board of Health. Send letters of intent to Hampden Board of Health, 625 Main St., Hampden, MA 01036. Call Jane Budynkiewicz with any questions at 566-2151 ext. 102.
Holland America will host a Bermuda cruise from June 20 - 27 from New York. Five star dining, entertainment, endless array of on board activities and shore excursions in both St. George and Hamilton included. Low group prices include round trip bus transportation from St. Mary's church in Hampden, all port fees, taxes and cancellation insurance. For more info call Pat Broer at (860) 749-0697 or King Ward (800) 639-4805.
DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE meeting
The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee will discuss "The Obama Presidency A Year After the Inauguration" on Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. Panelists: Tony Cignoli, A.L. Cignoli Co., political consultant/public relations; Nancy Stenberg, Mass. Democratic State Committee, Obama delegate, campaign activist; and L. Timothy Vercellotti, associate professor of political science, WNEC, co-director, WNEC polling. Everyone is welcome.
ITALIAN, GERMAN, FRENCH CLASSES
The Longmeadow Adult Center at 231 Maple Rd. offers classes in Italian, German and French. A new series of Italian classes will begin Jan. 26 and end March 16. Brand new beginners start at 10:30 a.m.; intermediate class beings at 11 a.m.; advanced class at noon. There is a fee. Call 565-4150 to register. German classes began in November. New members welcome Thurs. at 10:30 a.m. No charge to attend. Beginner French classes are offered on Tues. at 10:30 a.m. and regular classes at 11a.m. beginning Jan. 26. No charge to attend.
BLOOD SUGAR SCREENING
Jan. 13, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center. Fast for 10 - 12 hours before the test. Donation of $1 is requested for testing supplies. Call 565-4150 for more info.
"The Proposal" will be shown Jan. 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center at Greenwood Park, 231 Maple Rd. There is no charge for admission. For more info, call 565-4150.
EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN
The Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tues. of each month at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the group, which is led by moderator Saul Finestone. A trivia game is offered at the Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Wed. mornings at 10a.m. Call 565-4150 for more info.
The Adult Center van has scheduled a trip to the Enfield Mall on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Reservations are accepted 24 hours ahead, but no more than one week prior to date of trip. Call 565-4150. Cost is $1 each way.
SOCCER FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 2 - 4. Is your preschooler ready for soccer but not ready to be on a team yet? Soccer for Preschoolers is the ideal soccer experience for those that have lots of energy. 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. Program meets on Wed. Jan. 27 - March 10 at the Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
GIRLS LACROSSE ASSOC.
For grades 3 - 8. Program runs from the beginning of April - mid-June. Practices are instructional and competitive games are scheduled with other youth lacrosse programs in the area. Teams typically have 2 - 4 lacrosse events (games or practices) per week. This includes weekdays and/or weekends. Instruction will focus on throwing, catching, cradling, passing, dodging and shooting as well as offense and defense. For more info visit eteamz.com/LongmeadowGirlsLAX/index.cfm. Registration is scheduled for Jan. 21 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. and Jan. 23 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at the Community House. Registration forms can also be downloaded from the Web site and mailed directly to Sandy Miller, 193 Edgewood Ave., Longmeadow.
MONEY MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
During this seminar, you will learn the essential strategies needed in today's volatile market; asset allocation and tax strategies to protect your investments and provide tax-free income at retirement. 2010 brings some big changes in tax laws. You will learn about different types of investments, how to potentially utilize your assets, tax strategies and diversification techniques necessary to maximize your return on your money while taking less risk. Seminar will meet on Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9 at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Come share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. Offered free of charge in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.
"Peace vs. Violence" will be the topic of the 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. Keynote speaker is David G. Carter, Ph.D., Springfield Sheraton Hotel. For tickets call 734-3233. Tickets are $30.
The public is invited to a free seminar, "How Can I Motivate Myself to Attack My Clutter?" featuring Ellen Shaw-Smith, LICSW, who is an expert counselor to those who have cluttering issues. Friends and relatives of people who need help with their clutter control are also invited to attend. The seminar will take place Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. at Wachogue Congregational Church, 80 Arvilla St. No reservations are required. Call Linda at 733-0999 if you have any questions.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. sponsors a free health presentation on Jan. 13 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Michele Chmura, LICSW, will present "Recognizing the Winter Blues." Info will include depression and the warning signs during this time of the year. Join us for this free program that is open to the public. Free blood pressure screening, free health information, 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.
WARD 6 DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE
The Springfield Ward 6 Democratic Committee will host its bimonthly meeting Jan. 20 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Forest Park Middle School, Oakland Street. The site is fully accessible, and all interested Democrats who live in Ward 6 are welcome. For more info call Pat Carney at 736-0878.
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church will be having a trip to Washington, D.C., from April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, guided sightseeing tour, motorcoach transportation and more. For more info and reservation contact St. Peter's Episcopal Church c/o Vera O'Connor, 1471 Plumtree Rd., Springfield, MA 01119, call 726-9006 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CENSUS FORMS MAILED
Town Clerk Beverly Litchfield wants Wilbraham residents to know that the 2010 annual town census forms were mailed on recently to each residential address. Litchfield is asking residents to return them to her office as soon as possible. There will be a drop box on the counter of the Town Clerk for those who choose not to mail them. If you do not receive a census form or have misplaced the one sent please call the office and the info can be taken over the phone or a new form can be mailed to you. For more info call the clerk's office at 596-2800 ext. 200.
Jan. 24, 11 a.m., at Wilbraham Community Garden. The Friends of Recreation and the Wilbraham Community Garden will be hosting their first Sleigh Rally. Horses of all sizes and their drivers will be competing for the coveted blue ribbon in a series of classes. Entries will be from all over New England. Horse drawn sleigh rides for a nominal fee, food and beverages available. The Community Garden is located at 700 Monson Rd. For more info call Melissa Graves at 596-2800 ext 204.