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Town Events Dec. 13-20

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
RED SOX, YANKEES TICKETS
The East Longmeadow Men's Softball League, in conjunction with the E.L. Rec. Dept., have tickets available for two games at Fenway Park and two games at Yankee Stadium for the 2011 season. Games in Boston are July 27 vs Kansas City and Aug. 26 vs. Oakland. Cost of each Boston trip is $90/person. Games for New York are June 26 vs Colorado with a cost of $95 each and Sept. 25 vs the Red Sox with a cost of $115 each orders limited to 4 tickets for this trip. $75 dollar deposit per ticket required; balance to be paid by Feb.1. Trips include ticket, transportation, and box lunch. Stop in at Rec. Dept. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon. to Fri. to order tickets. Info., call Frank at 531-6954.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will be entertained by the Dan Kane Singers and E.L.H.S. student/singer Kate Mitchell at their Holiday Show Dec. 16 at 12:30 p.m., sponsored by PeoplesBank. Free and open to the public. Noon lunch is roast turkey w/stuffing and gravy, mashed potato, and butternut squash. Cost is $2. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.

COA CHRISTMAS PARTY
On Dec. 14, the Council on Aging will sponsor a $3 Christmas lunch with entertainment by "Yours Truly," and special dessert provided by Heritage Woods Assisted Living. Appetizers begin at 11:30 a.m. Menu is stuffed chicken breast, baked potato and broccoli. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE
If you are still in need of a flu shot this season, we have plenty of flu serum left at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Give our nurse a call at 525-5436, ext. 1407 to set up a time to receive it. Cost is $2.

CHAIR YOGA
New class will be Wednesdays from 3 to p.m. at a cost of $36 for a six-week session. Taught by certified instructor Lyn Hopkins. All movements done in, or standing next to, chair or wheelchair. Call 525-5436 to register. Minimum of 12 needed to hold class.

MANICURES FOR SENIORS
Manicures and facial waxing by appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Appointments still available for Dec. 23. Call 525-5436 for appointments and pricing.

MITTEN TREE
We are collecting knitted hats, gloves, mittens and scarves through Dec. 1 to decorate our Mitten Tree at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. All items will be donated to local shelters.

MUSIC AND WELLNESS
Presented by Lisa Pernice of Homewatch Caregivers at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Dec. 15 at 12:30 p.m. Call 525-5436 to register.

SENIOR BOOK CLUB
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selection for December is "The Art of Racing in the Rain" by Garth Stein. New members welcome.

FIT CLUB
Join the action of a complimentary workout in your neighborhood. Meet at Birchland Middle School Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., starting Dec 8. These workouts are designed to get you moving with healthy fun. Free. Sign up: exerciseyourway@beachbodycoach.com or call Rec. Dept. at 525-5437.

YOUTH WRESTLING
There are still openings in the youth wrestling program for those in grades first through eighth, introducing them to basic wrestling skills and conditioning exercises. T-shirts, headgear provided. Fee is $55. Meets Tues. and Thurs. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in high school small gym. Register at eastlongmeadowma.gov or in Rec. Dept. office Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have questions, call 525-5437.

EXERCISE CLASSES
The E. Long. Rec. Dept. will again, sponsor a slate of exercises classes again this Fall. The following will be available: aerobics on Tues. and Thurs. at 5 or 6 p.m; fee is $35; strength training on Wed. at 5 or 6 p.m.; fee is $35; yoga Sun at 7 p.m., fee is $35; Non-residents pay additional $15. Those who are age 60 & over receive $5 discount. If you have questions, call 525-5437.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
DONATE YOUR CAR
Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 1-888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS
The Tobacco Valley Artists Association will host its fall member show and Christmas social on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Library Gallery, 1550 Sullivan Ave., So. Windsor, Conn. Meeting will feature member's artwork judged by Tolland artist Art Scholz, reception, awards, and a $5 holiday gift exchange. Bring in a painting for a positive critique by Scholz. Exhibit on display until Dec. 30. Public welcome.

NORTHERN CONN. VEGETARIANS
Meets Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at The Carniglia Senior Center, 41 Oak Street, Windsor Locks, Conn. Tina Laviana, P.T., R.N., demonstrates how to keep your spine strong and healthy and how to use the EFT Emotional Freedom Technique to eliminate a craving. Bring a healthy vegan dish to share along with a note card listing recipe and your name. Vegan means no animal products zero dairy, eggs, cheese, fish, or lard ; a fruit salad or unsalted raw walnuts are always acceptable. Bring plate, cup, and utensils. Donation of $7/adult requested. Children are free. Info: see www.northctveg.org call Harry at 860-623-8082 or email Harry at veggyharry@aol.com.

A NIGHTMARE FOR CHRISTMAS
Haunted attraction Faces of Phobia has transformed its 10,000 square foot building into a winter wonderland with an evil twist. Evil elves have taken over this haunted attraction. This 20 minute walk through has a bit of horror and humor around every twist and turn A portion of the proceeds will go to the Springfield Food Bank. Open Dec. 17 from 7 to 11p.m.; Dec. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Dec. 19 with pictures with santa from 1 to p.m.

LIVE OUTDOOR NATIVITY SCENE
At Grace Chapel Presbyterian, 343 North Maple St. Enfield, Conn., just over the Longmeadow line, Dec.18 from 6 to 9 p.m. Live depiction of the Nativity scene, refreshments, special music, and animals donated by Forest Park Zoo. Non-perishable food collection for Enfield Foods Shelf. Info: 860-749-4199.

ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Two-hour, four skill level hike for individuals ages 30 to 60, Dec. 19 at Black Pond in Middlefield, Conn. Arrive at 9 a.m., hike begins at 9:30 a.m. Directions: take 691 East, get off at exit 12 Preston Ave. Go right at end of ramp, travel one mile to next traffic light. turn left. Entrance is half-mile up on right. Buffet lunch follows hike; please call Charles Gergley at 203-271-2125 to rsvp.

HAMPDEN
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE TRIP
March 23, 2011 bus trip to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret to see "Norman, is that You?". Departs Hampden Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. Includes bus, lunch, main show, cabaret show, taxes and tips. $78/pp; a $40/pp deposit by Jan. 15, 2011; balance due by Feb. 23. Seating as full payments are received. Call Bobbi at 413-566-8271.

LONGMEADOW
GREEN TEAM MEETING
The Green Team, a subcommittee of the Longmeadow School Committee, will host its next meeting on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee Room.

SCUBA DIVING FOR AGES 10 AND UP
The Longmeadow Park and Rec. Department, in cooperation with Enfield SCUBA is offering a week long program for those that want to learn to Scuba dive and get their PADI certification. Informational session Dec. 16 at 6 p.m.at Greenwood Center; pool time on Dec, 27, 28, 29 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at high school indoor pool. Fee is $575/person; includes gear and course materials. Call 413-565-4160 for info.

TAI CHI YANG STYLE
Tai Chi is a classical Chinese martial art that includes a series of slow, gentle and graceful movements and postures to promote peacefulness while achieving physical and mental well being and harmony. Wear comfortable clothing, flat sole indoor sneakers, dance shoes, or bare feet. Instructor is James P. Shea 6th Dan SKIF. Class meets Jan 4 to Feb 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Olde Town Hall. Fee is $60. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

DEC. TEEN CENTER NIGHT
Youths in Grades six to eight and their same aged guests are welcome to come and enjoy a "supervised evening out," including dancing and games with DJ Jon O'Neill, on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Center is run and staffed by area college students. Parent information packets are available on site at each event; call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Next night is Dec. 17.

DISCOUNTED FALCONS TICKETS
The Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Department is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. Parks & Rec. receives $1 from each ticket sold. Vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Recreation office via cash, check or credit card and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Upcoming games: Dec 26 vs. Providence at 3 p.m.; Dec. 2 vs. Worcester at 7 p.m.; Jan 1 vs. Manchester at 7 p.m.; Jan 8 vs. Charlotte at 7 p.m.

RECYCLING CALENDAR
The Longmeadow 2011 Recycling Calendar will be distributed to all homeowners as an insert in this week's Reminder. Watch for this calendar so that you have the correct recycling schedule for the New Year.

RECYCLING STICKERS
The 2011 Recycling and Yard Waste Center stickers will be available for purchase at the Clerk's Office on the first floor in Town Hall beginning Dec. 13. Any resident wishing to use the Recycling Center on Pondside Road or to use the leaf drop-off site on West Road must have a current annual sticker. For more info call 565-4103.

COMMUNITY CAROL SING
On Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. near the Christmas tree on the Longmeadow town green. Free event is possible due to a cooperative effort of the music directors from the First Church of Christ in Longmeadow and St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. All invited to attend, whether or not you are a member of the churches. Bring your own candle or small flashlight. Lyric books will be provided. Hot chocolate and cookies will be available on the front steps of First Church, 763 Longmeadow St. along the green and in the nearby lots behind Center School and Community House.

LYA WOMEN'S CONCERT
On Dec. 19, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) will host a women's concert at 1148 Converse Street at 7 p.m. featuring inspirational music by Chana Laila Skoglund, a cutting-edge singer-songwriter and inspiring instrumentalist who plays flute, guitar, and percussion. Admission is $10 in advance, $8 for students and seniors and $12 at the door. Your check is you reservation, made out to LYA and mailed to LYA. Proceeds to benefit the LYA Transportation Fund For more info. visit www.chanalaila.com or call 567-8665.

HUNTING/FISHING LICENSES
The 2011fishing/hunting licenses are available in the Longmeadow Town Clerk's office, 20 Williams St., during regular business hours: Monday through Thursday 8:15 am o 4:30 pm and Friday 8:15 am to noon. A previous year's license or safety training certificate is required to obtain a hunting license.

SPRINGFIELD
SPRINGFIELD STORYTELLERS
Looking for something different? Tell a story or listen to a story told by the Springfield Storytellers. Their next session will be Dec. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. They will meet at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions open to the public. Free. Storytelling takes place eery third Monday of the month.

FILL BASKETS FOR NEEDY
The city's senior centers are accepting items to fill baskets for the homeless. New items for the kitchen or bathroom will be accepted. The deadline for dropping off your donation is Dec. 15. Call your neighborhood center to obtain more info.

HUNGRY HILL COUNCIL
There will be a meeting of the Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Deputy Chief John Barbieri from the police department and Jim Leydon from the mayor's office will be at this meeting to hear residents' concerns, etc. Refreshments. All residents are encouraged to attend.

BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure readings and glucose screening (requires fasting) will be offered at the Hungry Hill Center Dec. 20 from 9 to 11 a.m.

TEDDY BEAR BRUNCH
Max's Tavern will host a joint benefit "Teddy Bear Brunch" to help support The Ronald McDonald House of Springfield and Baystate Children's Hospital, on Dec. 19 at Max's Tavern at the Basketball Hall of Fame, 1000 West Columbus Ave. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 746-MAXX; adults $25 and children under 13 years old $20. Event includes brunch, MAX candy buffet, face painting, craft project and a photo with MAX bear. Guests 13 and under are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for children at The Ronald McDonald House and Baystate Children's Hospital.

GIRLS BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
Registration for girls in grade seven and eight to play basketball for Bethesda Lutheran Church is now open. Deadline Dec 26. Contact Scott at 262-7381, 301-0943 or allforkidsaa@gmail.com for info.

HOST FAMILIES SOUGHT
Cathedral High School will be welcoming international students for January placement. Students speak English, have full medical and liability insurance and bring pocket money for personal expenses. They have F1 paperwork in order. Host families provide room and board and receive a generous non-taxable monthly hosting stipend. If you have room in your heart and your home, contact Sue French at 348-2274 or emaisue-frenchnacel@hotmail.com.
LIVING NATIVITY
On Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. First Park Memorial Baptist Church, 4 Garfield St., will be presenting a very special Sunday service, a Living Nativity.

WILBRAHAM
HOLIDAY MUSIC
The last two Christmas concerts will be performed by the Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group on Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. for the residents at Bluebird Estates on 720 Parker St. in East Longmeadow and Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m. for the residents at Quail Run Estates on 50 Cardinal Dr. in Agawam. The group is under the direction of Ruth Carlson and accompanied by Joyce Muldrew on piano.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM B'DAY PARTIES
Wilbraham Children's Museum is available to rent for birthday party in the museum, located on Main Street. Children birth to pre-kindergarten are welcome at organized, 90 minute playgroups offered Monday to Friday. Museum hours are Tues. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Playground open to the public. To inquire, 596-2472.


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