Town Events, April 25 - May 2
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BEGINNER TWEEN KNITTING CLASS
The Rec. Department is offering a beginner tween knitting class for those in grades, 6, 7 and 8 on Fridays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. beginning May 20 at Birchland Middle School. Cost: $30 for four classes (non-residents add $15). To register, visit www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.
CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING
Baptist Village Cemetery Association will have its annual meeting May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the East Longmeadow Public Library.
The Board of Health announced last week that aerial mosquito spraying will occur through May 4. The range of dates allows for the eventuality of inclement weather. The public is encouraged to call the Board of Health at 525-5400 ext. 1100, with any additional inquiries.
LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE
On April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., an open house will take place at the East Longmeadow Public Library. This is an opportunity to meet the Library Trustees, take a tour and find out more about the many services and resources it offers. All events are free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Light refreshments will be available. For more info, call the library at 525-5400 ext. 1503.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will play Bingo on April 28 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon: meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, brussels sprouts, and vanilla pudding. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.
SENIOR POOL LEAGUE
The Pleasant View Senior Center is looking to form a pool league beginning in June. Those who are interested may contact Sandy Grabierz at 525-5436.
The next commodities distribution for those in need will be on May 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Those who have received a ticket for 2011, please stop in the office before May 18 to complete the necessary paperwork. No commodities will be given without a ticket.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
Guest speakers from Chapter #55 of Disabled American Veterans will be at the next Veterans Coffee Hour at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on May 17. They will also be available to assist participants with enrollment during the session. Meetings are open to veterans, spouse, widow(er) and dependent children and are on the third Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.
"STREET OF DREAMS"
On May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., youth will have the opportunity to explore and build a "Street of Dreams" at Wistariahurst Museum's Box City Architecture Youth Program in Holyoke. This program is for those age 8 to 18. Participants must bring a bag lunch. Reservations necessary by calling 322-5660. Cost: $9.
Nature Tour with naturalist John Green will take place May 1 at 1:30 p.m. at the Keep Homestead Museum, 35 Ely Road, Monson. There is no admission charge for this program and refreshments will be served. For more info call 267-4137, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keephomesteadmuseum.org.
MOTHER'S DAY GIFT WRAPPING
Hospice Life Care is once again operating their gift wrapping booth at the Holyoke Mall for Mother's Day. The booth will be open from May 4 to 8. All funds raised are used to help Hospice patients and their families. The booth will be open during mall hours and will be located on the first floor directly in front of Sears.
LIBERTY AND ELLIS ISLAND TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will host a trip on June 24 to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Gateway to America, followed by a visit to South Street Seaport where you can eat, shop and browse and make a "Memorial Moment" visit to Ground Zero. Cost: $69. For more info and reservations, call Marlene at 436-5311.
BOURNE SCALLOP FESTIVAL
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will host a trip on Sept. 23 to the Bourne Scallop Festival and Cape Cod Cruise. Enjoy a traditional scallop dinner or an alternative, herb roasted chicken dinner and a narrated 90-minute Cape Cod Cruise. Reserve early. Cost: $60. For more info and reservations, call Marlene at 436-5311.
IRISH CULTURAL CENTER
Irish Cultural Center at Elms College invites the public to "Irish Women at Home and Away" and "Dun Chaoin Bl ain," documentaries by Brenda NiShuilleabhain on May 11 at 7 p.m. in the Alumnae Library Theater. Light refreshments served. Free will offering accepted. Library is handicapped accessible.
The Suffield Garden Club is planning its 34th annual May Market on May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds and in the barn of the historic Phelps-Hatheway House on South Main Street, Suffield, Conn. Admission is free.
LUDLOW TRAVEL CLUB
The Ludlow Travel Club will sponsor a 15-day trip to China, beginning Oct. 7 for $4,399 and a five-day trip to San Antonio, Texas, beginning Dec. 2 for $1,599. For more info, contact Jim Martin at 583-6339 or email@example.com.
The Theater Guild of Hampden would like to announce auditions for their youth production "High School Musical Jr." The auditions will take place at the Hampden Town Hall May 14 and 15 at 1 p.m. Actors should prepare a song as well as a monologue or a short poem. For additional info, contact Mark Giza at 543-4203 or 566-8354.
OVER 60 CLUB MEETING
The Longmeadow Over 60 Club will meet on May 5 to welcome historian Peter Santos for Armchair Tour of the Green (Part II). The group will meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Road.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on May 10 and 24 at The Greenwood Senior Center on Maple Road. 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.
DEMOCRAT OF THE YEAR BREAKFAST
Longmeadow Democrats to honor Treasurer Steve Grossman at May 1 Democrat of the Year Breakfast at 9:30 a.m., Twin Hills County Club. Everyone is welcome. Reservations: $25 a person by April 27 to LongmeadowDemocrats@gmail.com.
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion of "In Day of the Dragon King" by Mary Pope Osborne for kids in grades 2 and 3 on April 27 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Gathering includes games, art activities, snacks and conversation. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Department to register.
On April 28 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the Storrs Library, the Junior Imagineers Club will meet, welcoming those who love a challenge, enjoy building with Legos and are in grade 2 and above. Take the challenge and register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
MLB PITCH, HIT AND RUN
Longmeadow Little League will host a free Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition for area youth on May 7 at 10 a.m. at Wolf Swamp Fields. All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of competition. For more info, contact Tom Walbridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strength coaches Ryan Travis and Tyler Pratt will present a program at the Storrs Library on May 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The co-owners of the local fitness company, EnFuse Fitness, will discuss their approach to weight loss and maintaining a healthy life style. The program is free and open to the public. Call the Reference Desk at 565-4181 to register.
UNICO BLOOD DRIVE
The Longmeadow UNICO's outdoor blood drive will take place April 30 in the parking lot of the Longmeadow Shops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be grilling food for those who donate blood and donors are also entered into a raffle to win two tickets to UNICO's annual Food and Wine Tasting at the Basketball Hall of Fame in October.
ANNUAL SPRING CONCERT
Bay Path College Performing Arts Department will present its annual spring concert April 30 at 8 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m. in Mills Theatre, 588 Longmeadow St. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.baypath.edu.
The Springfield Golden Age Club will sponsor a mystery trip with a narrated cruise, a delicious lunch and a nice visit on July 12. Cost: $65 for members; $69 for non-members. For more info, call Annemarie Pajer at 785-5408.
The Springfield 16 Acres Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast on May 15 at St. Catherine's Parish Hall, 1023 Parker St. from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Menu: pancakes (all you can eat), sausage, juice, coffee, tea or milk and pastries. Price at the door: adults $5; children 10 and younger $3 or call 783-1775 or 782-3013.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
A trip to Mohegan Sun will depart from the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on May 16 at 8 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. Cost: $25 and includes $15 food coupon or free buffet, and three $5 free bets. Register at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., or call 739 4715. For more info, visit www.springfieldjcc.org.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
The next meeting of the Springfield PAC will be on May 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St. Sandra Fitzpatrick from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will present a free public workshop on Basic Rights in Special Education. Register in advance by e-mailing email@example.com or by calling (800) 331-0688 ext 0.
CLASS OF 1981 REUNION
The Technical High School Class of 1981 will be hosting their 30 Year Reunion June 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield. The Class of '81 welcomes all other classes from Tech to join in the celebration. For more info, contact Chris Shea at 523-1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' Market at Forest Park begins its new season on May 3 in the Cyr Arena parking lot inside Forest Park from 2:30 to 6 p.m. There is free entry to the park from Sumner Avenue or Trafton Road.
ROTARY CLUB MEETING
John J. DiPietro, author and television co-host, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on April 29 at 12:15 p.m. at the Basketball Hall of Fame. His topic will be his latest book, "You Don't Have To Be Perfect To Be Great!" Cost $15. For more info, contact Mike Healy at 267-1217 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
ART SHOW, SALE FUND-RAISER
The Valley Radio Reading Service (VRRS) is hosting its annual Art Show and Sale May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. This year the event is located in the lobby of the Kimball Towers, 140 Chestnut St. A donation at the door is requested. This event is a fund-raiser for VRRS a reading service for the blind and print impaired.
SPRING HOUSE TOUR
The Springfield Preservation Trust will host its annual Spring House Tour on May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. "The Homes of Atwater Tour" will feature homes in the Atwater Park area of Springfield. Tickets: $15 in advance at Flowers, Flowers, 758 Sumner Ave., The Flower Box, 596 Carew St., or via SpringfieldPreservationTrust.org.
HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY
The annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) will take place May 1 at 7 p.m. Temple Beth El, 797 Dickinson St. The commemoration will include a traditional memorial service, a candle lighting ceremony and moving music, all to remember those who perished during the Holocaust.
LACROSSE TEAM FUND-RAISER
Minnechaug Regional High School's boys lacrosse team will host a bottle and can collection fund-raiser in the student parking lot on May 7 from 8 to 11 a.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase new helmets.
Town Clerk Beverly J. Litchfield wants to inform residents who are not currently registered voters but wish to vote in the upcoming Annual Town Meeting on May 16 and/or Annual Town Election on May 21 that they must register to vote by 8 p.m. on April 26. For more info, call 596-2800 ext. 200.
GREEN DAY 5K RUN
On April 30, the Scantic Valley YMCA will be hosting the ProShred Green Day 5K run event. Adult race for ages 12 and older will start at 9 a.m. and costs $15. Kid's Fun Run for those age 5 to 15 will start at 10 a.m. and is free. Race registration is at the Scantic Valley YMCA. For more info, call Bill Proulx at the YMCA 596-2749 ext. 107 or visit www.scanticvalleyy.org.
SPRING QUILT SHOW
The sixth annual Spring Quilt Show will take place at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., on May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a weaving demonstration by Jo Miner. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.