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Town Events, Dec. 1 - Dec. 8

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Winter Concert
The East Longmeadow High School Music Department will present a Winter Concert featuring the Vocal Ensembles, Jazz Ensembles and Concert Band on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Public is welcome. Admission is $4 for adults, children under 12 are free. For more info, contact the high school office at 525-5460 or email Jkiernan@eastlongmeadowma.gov.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Santa is coming to East Longmeadow. Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. marks the annual arrival of Santa Claus at the Rotary. Sponsored by East Longmeadow's Lions Club, the Fire Department, and the First Congregational Church, this year's event will also include music by the High School Band , a live Nativity, and the ceremonial lighting of the tree. Children will be able to visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments with their families.

The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will welcome December when they return after the Thanksgiving holiday by hosting Gary Landgren's Honky Tonk on Dec. 4, at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This entertaining program is being sponsored by Peoples Bank. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for lunch reservations.

Make your reservations now for our Holiday Luncheon, scheduled for Dec. 10 at noon at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Luncheon will be Pot Roast with all the fixings. Join us for fun entertainment and special holiday surprises. Cost is $3.

On Dec. 16 at 10 a.m., the Pleasant View Senior Center will host a presentation called, "Health Plan Options for People with Medicare." Offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the presentation includes an explanation of Medicare, including the new Medicare drug benefit, and will also show how Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans work with Medicare. A question and answer session will follow. All are welcome regardless of insurance coverage.

Boy Scouts Troop 275 will be hosting a Christmas wreath and plant sale on Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St. Various size wreaths and poinsettias will be available. Proceeds from this sale will be used towards various programs including helping to offset the cost for scouts going to summer camp.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on Dec. 9 at the First United Church of Christ on 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. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome to attend. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org and call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for more info.

The Southampton Mothers Club's annual Christmas Auction will be Dec. 5 at the William Norris School on Pomeroy-Meadow Road in Southampton. Silent auction at 6 p.m.; regular auction at 7 p.m. Public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Snow day: Dec. 6, same time, same place.

Three-day Penn Dutch Tour, a Christmas weekend in Lancaster with "Miracle of Christmas" Dec. 5-7. Two great shows; two dinners. Package includes: roundtrip motorcoach, two nights at the Deluxe Willow Valley Resort; two big buffet breakfasts at your resort hotel; two dinners, one dinner at Hershey Farm Restaurant, one dinner at Willow Valley Resort Restaurant; Amish country tour; "Miracle of Christmas" show American Music Theater; Christmas Show-Kitchen Kettle Shops; baggage handling and occupancy taxes; meal tax and gratuities; driver tip. Call Frank Wotton at 532-0214.

The Bay Path College Performing Arts Dept. will host auditions for the musical "Working" on Dec. 1 and 2 from 7 - 10 p.m. in Mills Theatre, Carr Hall at 588 Longmeadow St. Callbacks will take place Dec. 4. Actors, singers and dancers age 16 and over are needed for roles in the production, which is scheduled to run Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8. For more info, call Performing Arts at 565-1361.

Financial Sub-Committee
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on Dec. 5 at 8 am in School's Central Office-School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Ed Edler has agreed to do two classes on using e-mail on the Internet on Jan. 7 and 14 at 10 am. Register at 565-4150. Cost is $12 for 6 classes. Space is limited.

St. Mary Guild, Longmeadow, will host its 28th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the St. Mary parish auditorium, 56 Hopkins Place. This year's show will feature over 50 of the area's finest artists and craftsmen. Children can "buy a present and gift wrap it" (10 - $5) for family members at the Kids Korner. There will also be raffle baskets, each worth over $100 with a special themes. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission is free.

The Bookworm Bunch for young readers in kindergarten and first grade will meet at the Storrs Library on Dec. 18, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. to read and discuss "Luba and The Wren," by Patricia Polacco. The book group will include several different activities related to the story and is planned especially for young readers in kindergarten and grade one. For more info or to register, call the Phillip Michael Lauro II at 565-4182 or visit the Library.

This class is designed to familiarize you with basic skills with the computer operating system and to introduce Microsoft Windows. Those who have taken the course and feel the need to retake it may. (Not unusual.) Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 at 10 11:30 am. Only $12 for 6 classes. Space limited.

Let's celebrate New Year's Eve in a fun in an uplifting way with a matinee of a Holiday show with music by John Williams and story development by Jim Hensley on Dec. 31. Emmet Otter and his Ma risk all they have when they both secretly enter a talent contest hoping to win the prize money. Call 565-4150 for more info.

The Longmeadow Parks & Rec Dept. is offering discounted $11 tickets for Springfield Falcons home games at the MassMutual Center. The department will receive $1 from each ticket sold. Ticket vouchers may be purchased at the Parks & Recr office via cash, check or credit card and exchanged at the MassMutual Center box office for any home game. Visit www.falconsahl.com for advance home game dates.

On Dec. 12, from 10-11 a.m. come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., for a healthy snack and a presentation by Kristy Lagimoniere, Fitness Instructor. She will demonstrate the content of her new senior fitness classes, which take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday on a drop-in basis at Performance Rehabilitation, 80 Denslow Rd., East Longmeadow. Pre-register at 565-4150.

There will be no blood pressures taken at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Dec. 29.

For those who missed our Flu Clinic in November, an additional Flu Clinic will be held on Dec. 5 from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Longmeadow Adult Center Health Room, 231 Maple Rd. Call 565-4150 for more info.

During the month of December, the Longmeadow Adult Center will be collecting nonperishable SNACKs for Rachel's Table. Please drop your items off next time you visit between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Our seats are located in the Orchestra Section for the 11 a.m. show. There is time following the show to enjoy the sites and sounds of the holiday season in New York City. Gift Certificates are available for the "hard to shop for" person in your circle of friends and family. The trip is on Dec. 4, the bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 6:30 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Greenwood Children's Center Preschool is now accepting mid-year enrollment in our full time and part time programs. Our preschool program offers children an excellent opportunity to develop social skills needed for kindergarten. Call Audra at 565-4163 to schedule a tour.

This program is designed to introduce wrestling to athletes at the youth level in grades 5-8. Alex Efstratios, LHS Head Wrestling Coach will coordinate. Participants will receive complimentary wrestling headgear. Participants must provide their own wrestling shoes and kneepads. Program is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. from Dec. 9 to Feb. 26 at the LHS wrestling room. The fee is $74 per participant. For additional info and registration, visit www.LPRD.net.

Learn the fundamentals of drawing while at the same time focusing on technique, types of media and developing your individual style. Primarily, black and white drawing will be implemented with some color and different forms of media. This program will meet Feb. 17 to Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House. Cost is $111 per participant. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

The Red Cross will offer a babysitting class on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, from Dec. 29-30 and Feb. 18-20 from 1-4 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Participants ages 11 and up will learn about the basic care for children of all age levels, job responsibility, first aid procedures and activities to keep children safe, happy and busy. The course is hands on with a great deal of reading. Participants must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification. The fee is $65 per participant. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional information and registration.

Parents and students are invited to attend MEFA's free comprehensive presentation on college financing. The seminar will be hosted by Springfield Central High School on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. An experienced MEFA representative will discuss the financial aid process. The seminar will teach parents how to apply for financial aid, compare financial aid award letters, and seek available financing options. Families will receive a seminar booklet which serves as a year-round resource. Time is allowed for questions and answers.

Candlelight Festival
On Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., the Cathedral Choir of Boys & Adults will present their 8th annual Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols. Festive reception to follow. Join us at St. Michael's Cathedral, 260 State St. For more info, contact 452-0839 or worship@diospringfield.org.

All For Kids AA is looking for girls in 2nd grade to play biddy basketball this winter. Deadline is Dec. 12. For more info, email all4kidsaa@yahoo.com or call 262-7381."

Jerry Murphy's Irish American Band featuring the very talented, emmy-nominated singer Aoife Clancy Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. at the Cedars, 375 Island Pond Rd. Irish-American dancing. Donations $20. Refreshments and bar available. Call Murphy at 538-6046 for more info.

The annual Holiday Bazaar will be held at Grayson House Assisted Living, 942 Grayson Dr. on Dec. 5 from 9 a.m-4 p.m. Featured items include: baked goods, arts and crafts, holiday raffles, Christmas cards and homemade chocolates. There is something for everyone to assist them in their holiday shopping. For further info call Patricia Gelinas, Life Enrichment Director at 426-9868, ext. 113.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance on Dec. 13 from 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Portuguese American Club, 149 Exchange St., Chicopee. Door prizes, music, cash prizes. Music by DJ John Hoyt. For more info call 736-8567 or 788-0044.

The Wilbraham Women's Club Choral Group will present a Christmas program for the residents at Keystone Woods, 936 Grayson Dr. in Springfield on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. The group will also perform at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Road in Springfield on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

The most beloved swamp-dwelling ogre of all times made his Broadway debut in "Shrek the Musical." The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. has tickets on sale now for the Jan. 17 matinee performance. This bus trip would make a sensational holiday gift. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816 for details. Tickets are limited, register now.

Wilbraham Parks & Rec. is running a bus to NYC on Dec. 6. You plan the day, we provide the transportation. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov for details or call 596-2816.

The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. will host registration for high school intramural basketball Dec. 2 - 12. Space is limited. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov for details or to register.

Wilbraham Women's Club
The Wilbraham Women's Club will meet on Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Cecilia parish center. Sandwiches and desserts will be served. Senior citizens are welcome as the club's guests. Entertainment will be provided by Wilbraham's piano prodigy Artur Wysoczanski. The Art Corner will feature a Pretty Package Raffle. Prospective members are welcome. For more info call Marlene, membership chair, at 596-8905.

The Spirit of Christmas is ALIVE
The Reachout Students of St. Cecilia's Religious Education class will be presenting a celebration of the true meaning of Christmas on Dec.13 from 6 - 8 p.m. All are welcome to join the Three Kings, the Shepherds and their flock and the angel Gabriel as they gather to honor the Holy Family at the Living Nativity. Reflective holiday music and refreshments will enhance the spirit of the evening at the courtyard cr che. Dress warmly as this is an outside event. For more info, contact Katy at 596-5308.

The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham will host a Winter Wonderland open house on Dec. 7 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St. Included will be Christmas trees decorated by local businesses. The society will be serving mulled cider and cookies.

Bringing Christmas Home
See the Christmas musical "Bringing Christmas Home" on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24 4 and 7 p.m. at Evangel Assembly, 348 Stony Hill Rd.

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