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Town Events, Feb. 2 - Feb. 9

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
GRADE EIGHT NIGHT
The administration, Guidance Department, department heads and Student Council invite parents of incoming ninth graders to an Orientation Program on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the East Longmeadow High School auditorium. Parents are asked to bring the Program of Studies their student received, as it will prove beneficial.

NOMINATION PAPERS
As a reminder, nomination papers for candidates who have taken out papers for this year's Annual Town Election are due on Feb. 3 by 5 p.m. at the Town Clerk's office. If you have any questions, contact the Clerk's office at 525-5400 ext. 410.

LINCOLN LECTURE
What do we really know about Abraham Lincoln? The East Longmeadow Public Library hosts Professor Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history and political science on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in the library Community Room to discuss our 16th president.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will host local historian Don D'Amato on Feb. 5 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Luncheon is Baked Pollock. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

COLLETTE TOURS
A representative from Collette Tours will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. to present itineraries on two multi-day trips the Senior Center may sponsor in the future one to South Dakota and other to Tuscany. Don't miss this exciting and informational session!

PRESCRIPTION ADVANTAGE
A SHINE Regional Director and a representative from Prescription Advantage will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to explain the changes happening to Prescription Advantage coverage on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Questions will be welcomed at this informational session.

COMMODITIES DISTRIBUTION
We will be distributing commodities on Feb. 18 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an East Longmeadow resident of any age and show proof of need. This will be the first distribution for 2009. If you need a ticket, sign up in the Senior Center office at 525-5436. No commodities will be given without a ticket.

PIONEER VALLEY DEADLINE
A reminder to E.L. residents the deadline to register your daughter/son for the spring season of Pioneer Valley soccer is Feb. 6 by 4 p.m. Office open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

BABYSITTING COURSE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will conduct an American Red Cross babysitting course, which includes First Aid, for those in grades 6 - 10 on Feb. 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Class is limited to 10 participants. For more info, call 525-5437.

WOMEN'S AEROBICS
New session of women's aerobics at the E.L. Rec. Dept. will begin on Feb. 9/10 Mon/Wed, 6 - 7 p.m. or T/Th, 5 - 6 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. For more info call 525-5437.

STROKE & TURN CLINIC
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will offer a six week stroke/turn clinic for those who swam on the Marlins Comp. Swim Team spring/summer '08 and winter '08/'09. Limited to 40 participants, ages 10 and up. For more info, call 525-5437.

BASEBALL BUS TRIPS
Red Sox/Yankees baseball bus trips are planned for 2009. Call the E.L. Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 or Frank at 531-6954 for more info and to reserve tickets.

ANNUAL FIFTIES DANCE
The East Longmeadow Fire Fighters Assoc. with host its 28th annual 50's Dance on Feb. 28 from 7 p.m. - midnight at St. Michael's Parish Hall, 53 Somers Rd.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles will have a class level dance on Feb. 6 (Pizza Nite). Mainstream dance on Feb. 20. Dances are held at the Knights of Columbus on Park Street, West Springfield from 8-10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30-8 p.m. and the cost is $6 per person. We welcome singles, couples and spectators are free. For info on any dances call Fran McKinnon, publicity director, at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 535-3324. For winter cancellations call after 3 p.m.

Mid-Winter Tea
The College Club of Springfield is hosting its Mid-Winter Tea at the Hilton Garden Inn, 800 W. Columbus Ave., Springfield, on Feb. 11. Their featured speaker will be Michelle P. Barker, writer and an archivist at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, who will discuss her novel "A Difficult Boy."

CAR DONATIONS
Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country are pleased to call their clubs "The Positive Place for Kids." Helping to keep clubs a "positive place" is the income from donated cars. Boys and Girls Clubs are accepting car donations. The money received from the sale of a car is a big influence in making a club "positive." To donate a car call 800-246-0493. No restrictions apply and the car will be picked up with a few days.

IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
In cooperation with Elms College, the Irish Cultural Center will offer two non-credit Irish language courses during the spring 2009 semester. Introductory Irish meets Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., and the Irish Language Study Group meets Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To register call the registrar's office at 265-2314, and any questions should be directed to Dr. Thomas Moriarty at 592-6951. For more info, visit www.irish-cairde.org.

NON-PROFIT TRAINING
The Human Service Forum presents a training for non-profit organizations in Western Mass. "Come On In, The Water's Fine: Affordable & High Impact Information and Communications Technology." Social networking, photo-sharing, blogs, Twitter, online surveys and other Internet tools have transformed how people communicate with each other Do you know what possibilities might exist for your organization? Feb. 11 from 8:45 a.m. - noon at the Delaney House, Holyoke. Registration info at www.humanserviceforum.org.

HAMPDEN
ROAST TURKEY SUPPER
Adults, $12, children, $8. Taking place Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at Federated Community Church, 590 Main St. Call for reservations at 566-3711.

LONGMEADOW
SCHOOL BUDGET FORUM
There will be a public forum on the Longmeadow School Committee budget on Feb. 4. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Longmeadow High School cafeteria, 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.

POMEGRANATE GUILD MEETING
The March meeting of the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework will take place on March 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Resource Center for Jewish Education, 594 Converse St. A special "environmentally friendly" workshop will be led by Janet Chevan. Attendees will learn to crochet plastic shopping bags and newspaper wrappers into useable and attractive washable tote bags of varying sizes. The workshop is free to members of the Guild, with a $5 charge for non-members. Reservations should be made, as space is limited. For more info, crochet hook size and to make your reservation, contact pvpom@bumblelion.com.

LONG MEDDOWE DAYS PLANNING
Planning for Long Meddowe Days 2009 will continue at Storrs Library's Low Room on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. The two-day event will take place on the town Green on May 16 and 17 and will feature a parade, the Tim Paige Memorial Road Race, a Memorial Day ceremony at the flagpole, historic graveyard tours, historic reenactors, craft exhibits and food booths staffed by nonprofit organizations. Volunteers needed to help with the parade, children's games and activities, entertainment, community groups, logistics and publicity are asked to attend the Feb. 4 meeting.

LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Speaker Cynthia Lydiard, Certified Fitter from Helen's Bra Shop in Agawam, will present "How to Get a Bra That Fits" at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. Cynthia addresses this delicate and seldom addressed topic with humor and sensitivity. A healthy snack will be served. Register at the Longmeadow Adult Center or call 565-4150.

COOL TALES & HOT CHOCOLATE
Call 565-4182 or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library to register for Cool Tales & Hot Chocolate. This is a special school vacation event on Feb. 19 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. The program will feature chilly stories, songs and fun for the whole family with a special treat of hot chocolate.

AUDIT COMMITTEE
There will be an Audit Committee meeting on Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Meeting room.

AMERICAN GIRL WORKSHOP
Come to our Valentine's Craft and Tea Party if you are a fan of the American Girl dolls and books, or would like to learn about them. Let's celebrate Valentine's Day with a morning filled with Victorian crafts, American Girl games and refreshments. At the end of the workshop, participants will have a traditional tea party complete with china cups and teacakes. American Girl book, clothing and accessories will be for sale at discounted prices. Workshop will take place Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. - noon at Greenwood Children's Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

DISCOUNTED INDOOR POOL PASSES
Indoor pool passes are now prorated, as we are halfway through the pool's season. The new fees are as follows: individual pass for residents $31, non-residents $43.50; family passes for residents, $102.50, $168 for non-residents. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info, or call 565-4160.

NO ICE SKATING THIS WINTER
Free ice skating at Blinn Tennis Courts will not be offered this winter due to equipment failure. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. at the Community House by calling 565-4160.

AUTHOR PRESENTATION
Pete Kober, husband of the late Nadia Kober, will present her book "Life Has Given and Taken" on Feb. 9 at Storrs Library. For more info, contact Pete at 525-3403.

SPRINGFIELD
SABBATH CELEBRATION
Discover the value of the Fourth Commandment of God's Law among those who love Jesus and are awaiting his return. Taking place every Saturday at 10 a.m. for Sabbath School; at 11:30 a.m. for worship, at 1118 Sumner Ave. For more info, contact Paster Michael Baciu at 313-4441 or mbaciu@charter.net.

TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC
Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m. Martin Kasik with Kristina Kasikova on piano. The virtuoso Czech pianist returns to Springfield joined by his celebrated wife. They will perform a program of music for piano solo and piano four hands. Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Consider bringing a friend using a guest ticket. Non-members - $10. This program is part of the 107th season of the Tuesday Morning Music Club.

PINE POINT MEETING
The Pine Point Community Council will host their monthly meeting on Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. Representatives of Wal-Mart will discuss their expansion plans for the site. All interested residents are urged to attend. Further info about the council can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com.

FREE MAKEOVERS
Free make-overs for cancer patients. Look Good Feel Better presented by the American Cancer Society, led by Helen Johnson on Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Springfield Library Community room, 220 State St. This program is free. RSVP required; call Crystal at 493-2123.

BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a bus trip to Foxwoods Casino on March 8. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a two-day trip to Niagara Falls on May 16 and 17. For more info, call 732-8941.

WILBRAHAM
ASIAN ADVENTURE
The Wilbraham Garden Club will start the 2009 Club year by going on an Asian Adventure, led by member Marge Trimble. Marge will lead members on a visual trip that offers glimpses of both modern and historic Thailand, from temple-gazing in Bangkok to elephant-riding in the mountains of Chiang Mai. She will continue on to Cambodia, exploring, among a number of temples, the spectacular ruins of Angkor Wat. The meeting will take place Feb. 5 at the Wilbraham Library. A light lunch is served at 12:15 p.m. and the meeting begins at 12:45 p.m.

MEN'S NIGHT
The Women's Christian Fellowship presents Men's Night on Feb. 3 at Grace Union Church. A potluck dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7:30. Presentation by Jack Sullivan, Vice President of Wachovia Securities, Northampton. Jack will talk about the current financial situation we are in today.


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