Town Events, Aug. 10 - Aug. 17
|From The Reminder|
SENIOR ART SHOW
Senior Art Show Aug. 25, 3 - 4 p.m., Bluebird Estates. Come view the talent of local artists on display. Free admission. RSVP to 525-8600.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces that the deadline for registering entering 3rd - 8th graders for the Rec. Dept.'s fall cheerleading program is Aug. 14 by 4 p.m. no exceptions. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
REMINDER FOR FIELD HOCKEY
The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has room in its 3rd/4th, 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade fall field hockey program. Fees range depending on grade. Come into Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.
PROGRAMS AT E.L. REC. DEPT.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has openings in our Pine Knoll Activity Center for the last week session for the season Aug. 10 - 14 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. Also, tennis lessons, Aug. 10 - 14 and Western Mass. H.S. prep soccer clinic, Aug. 10 - 14. Come into Office, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.
NEW PROGRAMS COMING UP
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has the following programs coming up: Mad Science NASA JR. Space, Aug. 17 - 21; youth golf lessons, Aug. 17 - 21. For more info, call 525-5437 or come into Office, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.
The Pleasant View Senior will present an informational discussion on stroke prevention on Aug. 12 at 12:30 p.m. Leah Santello, a health service coordinator from Life Line Screening, will discuss risk factors for a stroke, as well as Life Line's non-invasive screening methods available to detect potential problems which could lead to stroke. Call the Senior Center to register at 525-5436.
PROTECTION FROM IDENTITY THEFT
Identity theft is a growing, serious crime committed against anyone no matter their age, sex, race, lifestyle or career status. Webster Bank will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. for a free educational identity theft presentation. The presenter will show you how to deter, detect and defend yourself from becoming a victim. Call the Senior Center to register at 525-5436.
Commodities will be distributed to E.L. residents on Aug. 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. If you have not already done so, come fill out paperwork in the office and pick up your ticket. No commodities will be given without a ticket, and paperwork must be completed prior to Aug. 19.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will have their Summer Reunion on Aug. 20 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Luncheon is hamburgers, baked beans and potato salad. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
The Pleasant View Senior Center at 328 North Main St., is hosting a bingo party on Aug. 25 beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $5, which includes up to five bingo cards, refreshments and prizes. Register by Aug. 21, at seating is limited. Payment required at time of registration.
"OVER THE TOP" BALLROOM DANCERS
The "Over the Top" Ballroom Dancers will be performing Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This award winning group is made up of local school age dancers who perform regularly at hospitals and nursing homes. This event is free and open to the public. Come early for a special lunch. Call the Senior Center to reserve your seats at 525-5436.
The Book Club will resume its monthly meetings beginning Sept. 29 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selected book for summer reading is "World Without End" by Ken Follett. We welcome new members at any time!
Retirement living seminar with Atty. John L. Roberts, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, Aug. 20 at 3 pm., at Bluebird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane. RSVP to 525-8600.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A pancake breakfast, served with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee, will take place Aug. 16 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St. Cost is $5 adults, $3 children under 10.
LINE DANCING FOR SENIORS
Learn how to line dance Aug. 28 from 3 - 4 p.m. by Debbie's Aerobic Dancing. No experience required; refreshments. RSVP to 525-8600, Bluebird Estates.
Join us for live music with Gary Jones on Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Benton Drive. RSVP to Tina Ferri, Activity Director, at 224-3280.
The Norcross House, 89 Maple St., on Aug. 15 from 1 - 3 p.m. "To bee or not to bee..." Decide if beekeeping is for you with Kate Hamilton, the Bee Lady. Workshop is free of charge and open to the public.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The August meeting of the Hampden Garden Club will take place on Aug. 20. Bob Bilton of Bilton's Mountainside Orchard will lead us on a tour of the orchard on Mountain Road and will discuss the operation and care of the trees. Members and interested guests should plan to meet at Academy Hall at 7 p.m. to car pool to the site.
SUMMER READING PARTY
On Aug. 12, the Summer Reading Program Final Party will take place t Hampden Town House Auditorium, 625 Main St., from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Children of all ages are invited to enjoy ice cream and games as we close out another successful
summer! Certificates and prizes will be awarded for reading achievements, courtesy of area businesses and individuals. An additional prize drawing will feature two new Lego sets. Free. For info, call Hampden Public Library at 566-3047.
TOUR HAMMOND CASTLE
An exciting fall bus trip trip is planned for Oct. 2 to Gloucester, Mass. The bus will leave the Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., at 9 a.m. A lunch at the Goucester House Restaurant on 7 Seas Wharf, a tour of Hammond Castle, deluxe coach transportation and driver's tip all for $61. FYI: the castle being a very old historic Medieval/Renaissance museum built in the late 1920s by inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr., has no elevators and is not handicapped friendly. Payment deadline is Aug. 28. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to sign up.
The Hampden Free Public Library will host its annual Adult Summer Reading "Happy Hour" on Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. With over 30 participants and more than 60 book reviews, we should have a lively discussion about what was good and what was not so good. Bring a friend! Light refreshments will be served and door prizes awarded, thanks to our many sponsors. This program is free. Registration is not required, but would be helpful. Call 566-3047 for more info.
LAST CHANCE FOR CAMP
Get your child's health and immunization forms completed by your pediatrician ASAP because you do not want them to miss out on some of these camps this summer: cheerleading, adventure camps, day camps, sports camps and more. Limited evening hours are available upon request with Tracy at 565-4160.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS
There will be special meetings of the Longmeadow School Committee on Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in the School Committee Room; Aug. 24 at 5 p.m., location to be determined (executive session).
INSURANCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Insurance Advisory Committee will meet on Aug. 13 at 3:15 p.m. in the Fire Meeting Room. Dental plan proposals will be accepted and discussed at this meeting.
The new fall edition of "Experiences," Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept.'s program brochure, will be available online at www.LPRD.net Aug. 13 for early registration for most programs. Brochures will be mailed to town residents and available at the community house mid- August!
Dance classes for preschoolers - teens will be offered at the Community House Dance Studio and Greenwood Children's Center Gym beginning the week of Sept. 14 - April. Parents are encouraged to register early. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and acrobatics will be offered. The dance program will culminate with a recital. Classes meet throughout the week at both locations based upon age and grade. Registration for all dance classes begins online on Aug. 13. For further info, call the LPRD office at 565-4160 or visit www.lprd.net. You may also e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUTDOOR POOL PASSES PRORATED
Outdoor pool passes for Greenwood and Reynolds Pool are now half price. Visit the Community House to purchase your pass or call 565-4160 for more info.
Reynolds Pool's last day open to the public will be Aug. 23; Greenwood Pool and Splash Pad will remain open until Aug. 30.
Greenwood Extended Day has limited openings in its Before and After Kindergarten, Early Risers and After School programs! Contact Kelly Zieba at 565-4163 or email@example.com for further details and to schedule a tour.
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on Aug. 18 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.
PLAY Wii SPORTS & GAMES
Getting too hot to play your favorite sport outdoors? Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., and learn to play Wii Computer Sports and Games on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Instruction provided. Learn a new skill, compete for fun, or just watch and cheer others on. For more info, call 565-4150.
Croquet equipment is available for use at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Games can be played on the lawn area next to the tennis courts. Call to reserve the equipment. There is no fee. Games must be completed by 2:30 p.m. Call 565-4150.
BACK TO SCHOOL STORYTIME
Celebrate the beginning of the new school year with a special Storytime at the Storrs Library. This 45-min. program will feature stories and a craft relating to the excitement and anticipation of this new experience for young students. Join us on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. for an enjoyable event especially for children ages 3.5 - six years. Call 565-4182 or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room to register.
Children's performer Jon O'Neill will be entertaining the campers attending Longmeadow Parks & Rec.'s Scamperoo and Buckaroo camps. Performances are 11:30 a.m. - noon and 12:30 - 1 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Contact Kelly Zieba st 565-4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
On Aug. 25, Music Together of Greater Springfield will present two special programs at the Storrs Library for parents and their children. The program for children aged one month - three years will take place at 10:30 a.m. Children who are 4 - 6 with their siblings are invited to a program at 4 p.m. Each 45-min. event will feature songs, music and dance to promote your child's musical and movement development. For further info go to www.greaterspringfieldmusictogether.com. Visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Library or call 565-4182 to register.
NEW YORK TRIP
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a bus trip to Lake George, N.Y., on Aug. 29. Depart at 8 a.m. and return approx. 8 p.m. Cost is $40 for adults, children 15 and under $25. For info call 977-1527 or 209-6866.
Aug. 22, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., morning poetry workshops at the Central Library, facilitated by Maria Luisa Arroyo. Sessions include time for new writing as well as for feedback on existing pieces. If you would like feedback, bring 10 copies of your piece. Both newcomers and regulars (age 12+) are welcome to join any or all dates.
LAVENDER HERB CLASS
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., is hosting a free Lavender Herb Class on Aug. 22 at noon. For centuries the secrets of lavender have been revealed. It offers great relief for headache sufferers, alleviates tension, stress and insomnia. Free samples. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.
GIRLS OPEN SOCCER
The Purple Power Soccer Team is looking to add some players to our team. We are a girls under 12 team that currently plays in the city league and are working toward Pioneer Valley in the future. The open practice will take place Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. at the F.A.C. Field on the campus of Springfield College. For additional info visit www.purplepowerfc.net.
On Aug. 12 there will be a Fashion/Talent Show at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catharine St. at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. The public is invited.
On Aug. 15 the Trinidad Style Carnival Parade will kick-off at 1 p.m. from State and Catharine streets. The parade will travel up State and end at Blunt Park. There will be people dressed in colorful carnival costumes, floats, Soca music, steel band, elected officials, Buffalo Soldier Motorcycle Group, Native American group and many more. There will be vendors, entertainment and ethnic food in the park.
VENDOR SPACE AND COSTUMES
Vendor space and costumes are available. Volunteers are needed on the parade route and at Blunt Park. Sponsors are needed. The Caribbean Festival is sponsored in part by the Springfield Cultural Council. The Springfield Carnival association's mission is to create and develop cultural and educational activities in Springfield and the Pioneer Valley. For more info call 209-6866.
Aug. 23 will mark the 82nd anniversary of the executives of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1927. To commemorate the date and to build opposition to the restoration of the death penalty in Massachusetts, the Hampden County Chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, in association with the Springfield Diocese: Catholic Charities Agency, will be sponsoring a memorial service in Springfield in memory of the wrongful executions of Sacco and Vanzetti. The memorial service is scheduled for Aug. 23 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Bishop Marshall Center of St. Michael's Cathedral.
Musician Ben Franklin will offer a five-week series of piano lessons for adults at the Wilbraham Public Library on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16 - Oct. 14. The cost for the series is $50 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the library. Participants are required to provide their own portable keyboard. A free introductory seminar is planned for Sept. 9, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Brooks Room for potential students to observe Franklin's method of instruction. To learn more, visit www.benthepianoman.webs.com. No registration is necessary for Sept. 9, but patrons can register for the classes through the library's Event Calendar or by calling the Reference Desk at 596-6141 ext. 127.