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Town Events Feb. 22 - March 1

From The Reminder

If you would like to learn about possible casinos coming to Western Mass, then reserve the date of Feb. 24. If you are for or against casinos in Mass., please come join the East Longmeadow Lions Club and listen to Paul Brody, Vice President of Development at Mohegan Sun Casino. Social at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30. Cost is $14.50 pp. If you would like to only come to the no-charge presentation, then arrive by 7:20 p.m. Call 525-0270 by 9 a.m. on Feb. 24 for dinner reservations.

At 3 Legion Court, off Crane Street, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. Snow date Feb. 26. Cost: $9.50 per person. Menu: stuffed pork chop, garlic mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, garden salad, rolls and butter, cookies and brownies, soda, tea and coffee. Other drinks available at bar downstairs for additional charge. For more info call Chris at 592-0596 or the Legion Post after 4 p.m. at 525-2058.

The E.L. Council on Aging and Senior Friendship Club will be hosting Candidates Day on March 25 at 9 a.m. at the Senior Center. All contested and non-contested candidates will be invited to participate. Write in candidates are encouraged to call Carolyn Brennan, Executive Director of the Council on Aging, at 525-5436 if they would like to be invited to participate that day. The Senior Center is located at 328 N. Main St.

The E.L. Men's Softball League/E.L. Rec. Dept. have scheduled three Red Sox bus trips to Fenway Park for 2010 on June 16 vs. Arizona; Aug. 2 vs. Cleveland and Sept. 3 vs Chicago. Starting time is 7:05 p.m. Cost is $98 and includes round trip transportation, ticket and box lunch. Seats at first base roof and lower boxes. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

The E.L. Men's Softball League/E.L. Rec. Dept. have scheduled a bus trip to the new Yankee Stadium on May 29 against Cleveland. Game time is 1:05 p.m. Cost is $95 and includes round trip transportation, ticket and box lunch. Seats are directly behind home plate on upper level. Come into Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has room in the following new programs being offered: Inspire Works Jr. Detectives and Water Color Wizards; baton twirling class; "Sunday is Family Fun Day @ Attain"; sports safety training; spring sports pre-season warm-up; Dan Kane Youth Idol performance training week/dinner show; adult or H.S. lap swimming; open swim; and Fun & Fit Kids (pre-K kids). For more info on these programs, call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Last day to register for the following spring sports is March 26 for intown soccer; March 5 for boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, baseball and softball; and ASAP for the stroke/turn clinic (limited to 40). Some sports have late fees after above dates. Come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will play bingo on Feb. 25 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon. Menu: roast turkey w/stuffing, mashed potato, green beans and mixed fruit. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

The Book Club meets the last Tues. of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. This month's book is "Revolutionary Road" by Richard Yates. The Book Club is free and open to new members at any time.

"Make Your Own Jewelry with Sandy Merrill" will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on March 1 at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $3 plus supplies.

Artistic Dance Conservatory's Kinetic State Ballet will perform "Peter Pan" on March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. This performance is free and open to the public. Refreshments sponsored by Glenmeadow.

Capuano Care will offer free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screening on the first Fri. of each month at 8 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The next date is March 5. Performance Rehabilitation will be here the second Mon. of each month at 8 a.m. offering stretching exercises.

Sleaque Images presents Vanity Chair, a must not miss event featuring local artist Suzanne Larocque, chair massage by SalonKarma and skin care by Suki. A night of fun, surprises and giveaways. March 3 from 6 - 9 p.m. at the Norcross House. RSVP by Feb. 24 by calling 525-9089. Donation of $5 to benefit Girls Inc. For more info visit www.sleaqueimages.com.

The Western Mass. Genealogy Society will host their monthly meeting March 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Agawam Senior Center 954 Main St. All researchers are welcome to join, experienced as well as those just starting. The WMGS Activities Commitee request you bring your genealogy binders and questions to the workshop. The society will have their books and print resources available for you to look at and there will also be members available to help with your questions.

A huge vendor fair will take place Feb. 25 at the Enfield Elks, 138 N. Maple St., from 6 - 9 p.m. to benefit the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer's roof repair fund. Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Tastefully Simple, Avon, Scentsy Candles, Addison Saige Designs, Usborne Books, Uppercase Living, PartyLite, Mary Kay, Silpada, Creative Memories, Stampin' Up, miscellaneous crafters and more. We will also be accepting donations for the Enfield Food Shelf at this event. Any health and beauty product (toothpaste, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, Q-tips, diapers, wipes, etc.) or non-perishable food item will be accepted and donated! Free admission. Light refreshments will be available.

Cornerstone Productions is proud to present their second annual Saint Paddy's Day Celebration on March 6. Your day starts with a stop at Mohegan Sun Casino where you will receive a $30 bonus package upon arrival (example: $15 meal voucher and $15 in free bets). After your time at the casino, head over to beautiful and historic Olde Mystic Village, this is where you will find the new Cornerstone Theatre to see "Sham-Rocked." An outrageous, unforgettable Saint Paddy's Day party filled with Irish ballads, high stepping jigs, hilarious comedy sketches, and fun. For more info, call 883-1086.

Mary, Mother of Hope Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring several upcoming bus trips: a day trip to NYC on April 24; New York Botanical Gardens on May 22; Cape May and Atlantic City for three days and two nights, June 2 - 4; and the Newport Playhouse to see "Don't Dress for Dinner," Aug. 10. For more info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

Join us for snacks as our new Pageturner Critics book group for students in grades four and above. The group will participate in the Mass. Children's Book Award process. Our critics will read and discuss at least one new book each month, design their own critic's page and have their findings published. Pageturners will rate each of their selections for the Mass. Book Council and future readers' info and interest. The group will meet Feb. 25 from 3:20 - 4 p.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library. Register or receive more info about the group by calling 565-4182.

Storrs Library will offer a special storytime event on March 6 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. with a visit from Dora the Explorer. Children ages 2 - 7 and their parents are invited to come and sing some songs and enjoy a snack. Parents can bring a camera to have pictures taken with Dora. Pick up your free tickets a week in advance in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or call 565-4182.

On March 9 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. kids ages 4 - 11 are invited to Lego Connections, a different kind of book group that explores creativity at Storrs Library. The program consists of a story and a Lego activity. Children will design, build and display a Lego structure relating to the book that is read. You may register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

Prices for season passes for the LHS indoor pool have been prorated. They are $31 for individual passes for residents, $56 for individual non-residents, $102.50 for household passes for residents and $152.50 for household non-residents. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info.

Join in on the fun with a morning of wonderful Fancy Nancy stories, crafts, games and a special tea party. Feathery boas, sequined sunglasses and diamond tiaras encouraged. Program meets March 6 from 10 a.m. - noon at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Ages 5 - 13. Shotokan Karate-DO is a traditional Japanese martial art. Students train in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring and self defense. Class meets on Tues./Thurs. March 9 - April 29 evenings at Old Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Ages 14 and up. Shotokan Karate- DO International Federation includes a syllabus of stretching, kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Classes meet on Tues./Thurs./Sat. March 2 - April 29 at Old Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

Are you looking for a great activity for kids and their dads? The Youth Service Dept. at Storrs Library will host Dads & Donuts on Feb. 27. Everyone is invited for an hour of coffee, donuts and crafts. This program for dads and kids will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. Register in advance by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room.

Maternal Association
Meets March 2 at 1 p.m. at the Community Center. Our annual March Auction is a fundraiser for the club. Members bring all types of items to be auctioned. Following the auction a St. Patrick's Day Tea will be served. The public invited.

Youths in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to enjoy an evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games with DJ Jon O'Neill as well as theme nights and activities! School dress codes are followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center dates are March 5, April 9, May 14 and June 4. Join Longmeadow Parks & Recreation Teen Center on Facebook for upcoming events and additional info!

The Senior Center will host a Red Hat Luncheon at Storrowton Village on March 10 at noon. All members of the Longmeadow Red Hat Society should wear their purple and red finery to Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield. Register by calling 565-4150.

The Senior Center will host a new Zumba session March 10 - April 14 at 4 p.m. This is a fun, energetic way to exercise. Dance at your own pace! Register at the class or call 565-4150 for more info.

March 3, 12:15 p.m. at the Adult Center. John Fitzgerald will be speaking about the Holyoke Soldiers' Home where he is a Trustee. Make a lunch reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150. All area veterans are invited.

New session runs March 4 - April 8 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. Lyn Hopkins will be offering a new session of this form of gentle yoga, beneficial for all and designed especially for those with limited mobility. Fee is $36 for six classes. Call 565-4150 to register.

Meet the Springfield Falcons and their mascot Screech on March 1 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. They will meet with fans, sign autographs and give away free team posters at Boston Carpet, 481 Belmont Ave. Call 734-5544 for more info.

Gina Daniele presents upcoming bus trips to Foxwoods Casino on March 7 and Niagara Falls on May 15 and 16 (hotel, tour and boat ride included). Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St. For more info call 732-8941.

The Springfield Hobby Club will host its annual craft sale on March 4 and 5 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. (lower Franklin next to the YMCA). In addition to craft tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members tables. The Thrift Shop will host a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.

The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee will meet Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent's Office, 621 Main St. The Budget Subcommittee meeting will take place in the same office at 5:30 p.m.

The Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90-min. playgroups available Mon. - Fri. Public hours are Tues. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. For more info call 596-2472 or stop in Mon. - Fri. from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at 678 Main St.

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