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Town Events Jan. 24-31

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
East Longmeadow High School will hold its Second Semester Open House on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Parents will meet in the auditorium, then will visit their teenager's classes at 10-minute intervals throughout the remainder of the evening. Teachers will provide parents with an overview of their courses and state their goals for the semester.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will play bingo Jan. 27 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is Pier 17 fish, baked potato, spinach, chocolate pudding. Call 525-5436 day in advance for reservations.

NEW SESSION CHAIR YOGA
Begins Feb. 2. Meets Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.; cost is $36 for six weeks. Instructor: Lyn Hopkins, certified chair yoga instructor. Sign up in Senior Center office; 10 people needed to run program.

IDENTITY THEFT & ONLINE BANKING
Rescheduled for Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Presented by Citizens Bank of East Longmeadow. Call 525-5436 to register.

SENIOR DINNER
Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Menu: pot roast and noodles. Cost is $7/person; reservations required. Proceeds will support programs and special events at the center. Sign up with payment in the office.

MARCH DAY TRIPS
Sponsored by East Longmeadow Senior Center. March 15, travel to Farmington Marriott for a St. Patrick's celebration including lunch, Irish step dancers and Irish folk duo, Glenshane. Cost is $68. On March 18, visit Boston Flower and Garden Show and Quincy Market. Cost is $56. Payments for either trip due by Feb. 11. Call the office for more details, 525-5436.

SENIOR BOOK CLUB
Meets last Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Selection for January is "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. New members welcome.

PHOTO WORKSHOP
Free presentation at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., Feb. 1 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Learn to organize printed photographs into different album styles. Presenter: Nancy LaFlamme, professional photo organizer and creative memories instructor of 13 years. $10 coupon to participants. Call 525-5436 to register.

COMMODITIES
If you receive commodities, you will need to sign up at the Pleasant View Senior Center, and get a new card for 2011. To qualify you must be an East Longmeadow resident and show proof of need. First distribution is Feb. 16. Questions, please call Janice at 525-5424.

BAKED CHICKEN DINNER
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at Gunther-Rowley American Legion Post No. 293, 3 Legion Court. Menu: baked chicken, baked potato w/sour cream, green beans or carrots, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake or brownies, tea and coffee. Other drinks available at bar at extra cost. Tickets $9 at the door. Call 592-0596 in case of inclement weather.

GARDEN CLUB
Will meet Jan. 27 at noon in Fellowship Hall, East Longmeadow Congregational Church at the rotary. Marjorie A. Trimble of Fox Run Farm in Wilbraham will be the featured speaker. Her video presentation will center around two beautiful sites in the Brandy Wine River Valley of Pennsylvania and Delaware: Longwood Gardens and Winterthur. Guests are invited; fee is $2. For more information contact Bev Gray at 525-4694 or Nancy Heath, at 525-6206

ELHS 50TH B'DAY PARTY MEETING
Group will meet Jan. 31 in the high school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. All invited. Tickets for the East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party, July 1 to 4, 2011, info on purchasing engraved bricks for the Spartan Walkway available online at: www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info or by calling (413) 374-9919.

CHOCOLATE AND JEWELRY FAIR
At the First Congregational Church, 7 Somers Rd., Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle of items donated by the crafters.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet Jan. 25 at The First United Church of Christ on Route 5 (corner of Longmeadow Street and Williams Street). Across from the Community Center (side door on Williams Street, downstairs, far corner room). A mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a shop and swap. Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors, and guests welcome. For more infomation visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org or call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.

Al-ANON MEETINGS
Meets every Wednesday and Thursday at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

ALATEENS MEETINGS
Alateens meets the first two Thursdays of each month at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. at 6:30 p.m All are welcome. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon, is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the drinking parent or a close relative.

MYRTLE BEACH TRIP
Top Notch Tours for Seniors and Friends will travel on May 15-21 to Myrtle Beach, S.C. Trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation with snacks and drinks, seven nights lodging, six continental breakfasts, four full course dinners, three award winning shows and guided tour to the historic area of Charleston, S.C., all taxes and meal gratuities. Deposit: $75 due by Feb. 1, upon signing and remaining due by March 23. Seats are limited. For info call Marlene at 436-5311.

AUTISM BENEFIT CONCERT
The Crescents and The Glamour Girls are collaborating with Jimmy Mazz and special guests Ruth Caney, Richie Doo Wop and Michael and Moose in a show to benefit Community Resources for People with Autism Feb. 19 from 8 p.m. 'till late at the K of C, Granby Road, Chicopee. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at: Jennifer's Kitchen 574 Chicopee St Chicopee, The K of C. 460 Granby Rd. Chicopee, tel. 594-9848 or by calling Ted Hamel at 262-0303 or Joe Pereria at 330-1755.

AL-ANON "STEPS TO A NEW DAY"
Twenty-second anniversary meeting Jan. 29 at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow St. (Rte. 5). Begins at 8:30 a.m. with good food, continues at 9 a.m. with interesting speakers, All are welcome.

HAMPDEN
"NORMAN IS THAT YOU?" TRIP
Seats available on March 23 bus trip to the Newport Playhouse and Cabaret to see "Norman, is that You?". Bus departs Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., at 8:30 a.m. Cost - $78.pp, due by Feb. 23. Trip includes bus, lunch, main show, cabaret show, all taxes and tips including driver. Seat assigned as payments received. Call Bobbi at 566-8271.

ALL COMMUNITIES FOOD DRIVE
At Federated Community Church, 590 Main St., throughout the month of January. Goal is to fill the church to help replenish local food banks. Drop off Mon., Wed., Fri. 9 a.m. to noon; also Jan. 22 9 a.m. to noon. Info: 566-3711.

WED. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
The Hampden Free Public Library is now offering a preschool storytime and craft on Wednesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. For more information please call the library at 566-3047.

LONGMEADOW
GREENWOOD CENTER PRESCHOOL
Greenwood Children's Center in now taking registrations for the 2011-2012 half day preschool program beginning in September, 2011. This program follows the public school year schedule. Choose either Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Contact Audra at 565-4163 for additional information.

DAD-DAUGHTER VALENTINE'S BALL
Annual dance will take place at the Community House on Feb. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. Dress up in your finest attire and bring that special lady in your life for an afternoon of music by Jon O'Neill, dancing and refreshments. Cost is $17.50 per couple or $25 for three or more from the same family. Please purchase tickets early at the Community House so we can plan refreshments. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info.

FEB. PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP
For ages 5 and up, to take place during February school vacation. Workshop offers three days of class, costume making and props, with a performance in costume on stage at the Community House Auditorium. We will be performing "The Magic Toyshop. Dancers should come dressed for class and bring a water bottle; snack will be provided. Workshop meets Feb, 23 and 24 from noon to 3 p.m. and Feb 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Community House. Fee is $60 per person. Visit www.LPRD.net for info., registration.

VACATION OPEN SWIM
Ages 14 and older younger participants welcome with parental supervision can come and swim at the Longmeadow High School heated indoor pool Feb. 22 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Changing rooms and showers available. Lifeguard on duty. Please use Williams St. entrance. Fee is $7.50 per person per day or free with indoor season pass. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info.

MUSICAL PRODUCTION CLASS
For grades three through eight. James Cass, along with Irina Dolzhenko, will continue to offer this unique after school drama club. Program allows participants the opportunity to express themselves in many ways while fostering self-esteem, broadening socialization and developing teamwork skills. No program Feb. 25. Dress rehearsal April 8, 6 to 9 p.m.; show April 9 at 6 p.m. Meets Feb. 4 to April 8 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Community House. Fee is $250. Visit www.LPRD.net for information and registration.

RED CROSS BABYSITTING
For ages 11 and up. Participants learn basic care for children of all age levels, job responsibility, first aid procedures and activities to keep children safe, happy and busy. Course is hands-on with a great deal of reading. Must attend all sessions to be eligible for certification. Bari Jarvis and Mary Hannigan, instructors. Meets Tues., Wed., & Thurs., Feb. 22 to 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. Greenwood Children's Center. Fee is $65. Visit www.LPRD.net for information and registration.

SOCCER CLINICS
for girls and boys ages 7 to 11. Brad Miller will be offering soccer clinics at Greenwood Children's Center during February vacation and Greenwood Park during April vacation. Brad Miller is the Director of Next Level Adventures and coach of the Longmeadow High School boys soccer team. Clinic meets Feb. 21 and 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Greenwood Children's Center.Fee is $55. Visit www.LPRD.net for information and registration.

GROOVY JUNGLE JOURNEY
For art explorers ages 8 through 13. Parrots, butterflies, snakes, tigers, red-eyed tree frogs, species of parrots and more are discovered as campers experiment with fabric art while making hats, t-shirts and umbrellas, painting on wood, printmaking, stenciling, oil pastels, watercolors, clay sculpture, journaling, collage and more. Tara Kilroy, instructor. Class meets Feb. 21 to 25 from 1 to 4p.m. in the Community House Rear Auditorium. Fee is $150. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional information.

WAY COOL CREATIVE CRITTERS
For ages 4 through 9. Discover how far creativity can go while creating 3-dimensional animals, snakes, bugs, birds and dinosaurs using a variety of art materials, textures and techniques, different kinds of clay and paints, ceramics, fabric art, wood, oil pastels, stenciling, collage, decoupage and more. Tara Kilroy, instructor. Class meets Feb 21 to 25 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Community House Rear Auditorium. Fee is $150. Visit www.LPRD.net for info. and registration.

BOOK CLUB
Meets Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. The book for February is "Woodsburner" by John Pipkin, a novel of a young Thoreau setting fire to 300 acres of Concord forest. In March, the group will be discussing "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbary. New members are always welcome.

VETERAN'S GROUP
Meets Feb. 2 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. All area veterans are invited to these monthly meetings. Speaker for this month is Janet Knowlton, MSW, LICS, from the Springfield VA office, who will talk about home based care. If you wish to come for lunch before the meeting, call 565-4150 no later than the day before.

READING RADIO SCRIPTS
Meets Feb. 3 from 10 to 11a.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road. In honor of his birthday, the script this month is "Abe Lincoln A True American," which was presented by "The Cavalcade of America" on Feb. 12, 1936. Many reading parts are available. Join us to read or listen.

SOCIAL NETWORKING
Class meets on Tuesdays, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center, Maple Road, This is a repeat of the popular program which teaches how to use social networks to share adventures with friends and family, even those who are abroad, with Facebook, texting, tweeting, and Skype. $9 for all three classes. Register at 565-4150.

THE MOMS CLUB
Will hold it's monthly general meeting Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. Bundle up and come meet a great group of moms and children! To find out more about us and get more meeting details, e-mail us: momscluboflongmeadow@yahoo.com As always, children are welcome.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, ELECTIONS
At its Jan. 3 meeting, the Longmeadow Select Board voted to set the 2011 Annual Town Meeting for May 10. The Annual Town Election was set for June 7. Information on voter registration and related deadlines will be forthcoming from Town Clerk Katherine Ingram, or residents can call 565-4103.

SPRINGFIELD
PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP
On the first Monday of each month, a support group, for caregivers and those coping with the disease, will meet at the Jewish Community Center at 1160 Dickinson St. at 4 p.m. No registration is required. If you have questions, call Joyce Dupont at 323-4274 or Bobbie Levin at 536-1895.

AFRICAN LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St. will host a special African flavor luncheon to sponsor shipment of outreach supplies to Liberia, Africa, on Jan. 29 from noon until 5 p.m. Cost is $20 per person. For tickets and more info., call the church office at736-8567 or email: saintpeters45@gmail.com.

'MUSIC OF THE HEART' CONCERT
The Suzuki Talent Education Partnership (STEP) at Faith United Church invites the public to its benefit concert, "Music of the Heart and Soul," at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 snow date Feb. 26 at the church, 52 Sumner Ave. Dessert buffet follows concert. Donation: $12 in advance or $15 at the door; children free with adult. STEP Suzuki Strings, a multigenerational ensemble of string players aged 4 to adult, is raising money for children's music programs at Faith United Church; funds will be split equally between the STEP scholarship fund and the Faith United youth choir.

"HOSPICE 101"
Wingate at Springfield invites family and friends to a community education lecture titled "Hospice 101," presented by: Beacon Hospice, Inc., on Feb. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. Refreshments provided. RSVP Kimberly at 796-7511.

WILBRAHAM
YOUNG PLAYGROUSPS AVAILABLE
At Wilbraham Children's Museum for children birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90 minute playgroups available Monday to Friday. Museum public hours : Tues. 9:30 to 11 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. To inquire — www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org .

WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The Wilbraham Women's Club will meet Feb. 10 at noon at the St Cecilia Parish Center, 42Main St. Topic will be, "Inside The Enchanted Circle Theater." Officiating will be Norma Bandarra and Shirley Carpenter; art corner's theme will be: "share your theatrical experiences."Sandwich lunch and dessert served. Prospective members invited to attend. For more info., contact Marlene Jobson at 596-8905.



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