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Town Events, Jan. 9 - Jan. 16

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
LAMB SHANK DINNER
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke will again be hosting its famous Lamb Shank Dinner at the Pappas Fellowship Hall, 400 Prospect St., on Feb. 22 at noon. The dinner will consist of complimentary wine, fruit cup, salad, lamb shank, potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, dessert and coffee; all for $17. A spaghetti and meatball dinner will also be available for children and adults at $6. For reservations call the Church office at 525-4551 or Steve at 782-6518. Reservations must be made by Feb. 16. The public is invited.

AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide Counselors have begun income tax processing at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Mondays through mid-April. We are only offering this service to East Longmeadow residents. Out of town residents can call us for alternate site locations. Call early for your appointment at 525-5436, or come in to sign up.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by the Agawam Melody Band as part of their 50th Wedding Anniversaries celebration on Feb. 12 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Luncheon is stuffed chicken, mashed potato, butternut squash and a special dessert ($3). Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast fundraiser will take place Feb. 15 from 8 a.m. - noon. Adults $5, children under 10, $3. At the Meadows Lodge of Masons, 43 Chestnut St.

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 South Dakota in August and Tuscany in spring of 2010. Don't miss this exciting and informational session!

VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
On Feb. 17, Veterans Representative George Herrick will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center for their monthly meeting and coffee hour at 9 a.m.

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.

WOMEN'S AEROBICS
New session of women's aerobics at the E.L. Rec. Dept. begins 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.

PIONEER VALLEY SOCCER
E.L. Rec. Dept. will be accepting late registrations for Pioneer Valley soccer beginning Feb. 9 U/9 - U/14 boys/girls. Boys especially are encouraged to reply. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
"THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS"
The Grammar School at Somersville invites the public to a wonderful evening of floral design, fashion and fun the Little Black Dress on Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Bill Graham, of Beautiful Things Ltd. in Salem will take the "little black dress" from casual to black tie. Twenty-five - 30 accessorizing ideas will be demonstrated for your little black dress, using flowers, pins, scarves and handbags all coordinated with the various flower arrangements. The evening will include a raffle, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Ticket price is $30 with all proceeds to benefit the Grammar School at Somersville. Laugh, learn and have fun as you enjoy an evening of flowers and friends! For tickets and info contact Katy Reed at the Grammar School at Somersville, (860) 749-5933.

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.

VALENTINE'S DAY FUN
On Feb. 14 enjoy Valentine's Day cookies and fun at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St. at 10:30 a.m. All ages. Children will help to bake and decorate Valentine's Day cookies and will decorate their own Valentine's Day cards. Adult supervision required. Age-appropriate activities will also be offered for toddlers and preschool children. No registration is necessary. Free. For more info, call 566-3047.

WORLD FRISBEE CHAMPION VISIT
On Feb. 18, World Frisbee Champion Todd Brodeur will be at the Hampden Town House Auditorium, 625 Main St. at 2 p.m. Ages four and up. Explore the amazing world of frisbees! Program includes a hands-on workshop of basic frisbee skills. Sponsored by Hampden Free Public Library. Free. For more info, call 566-3047. Snow date: Feb. 24, 2 p.m.

MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day on a trip scheduled for March 10 to Mohegan Sun Casino and Cornerstone Playhouse. Receive a free all-you-can-eat buffet voucher, $20 casino bonus and a snackpack meal for the ride home. Mid afternoon we will enjoy an "Irish Hooley" at the playhouse in Olde Mystik Village. The bus will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. and return approx. 7 p.m. Cost includes the above, plus deluxe motorcoach and driver's tip. The Hampden Senior Center is located at 104 Allen St.; call Bobbi at 566-8271 to reserve your seat.

R.A.H. FUNDRAISER
The Recreation Association of Hampden is proud to present the 4th annual St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser party at the Hampden Country Club, 128 Wilbraham Rd., on March 14 from 6 p.m. until ? The evening includes dinner, music, dancing and an impressive raffle. The donation is $30 per person, with all proceeds going to support youth sports programs in Hampden.

LONGMEADOW
SPECIAL SELECT BOARD MEETING
The Longmeadow Select Board will host a special meeting on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Glen Brook Middle School auditorium.

THE POSITIVE POWER OF LAUGHTER
Trevor Smith, Certified Laughter Leader, will give a presentation at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Feb. 12 at noon. Laughter is so much more important than most of us think. Program will follow the Birthday Brunch. All are welcome. Register at 565-4150. This program is sponsored by the Longmeadow and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

GERMAN INSTRUCTOR
The Longmeadow Adult Center is looking for a volunteer instructor for a small, but enthusiastic German class. The class meets once a week. It would be helpful to have some experience in teaching. Contact Norice Smith at 565-4150 if you feel you can help us.

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
The Longmeadow Republican Town Committee will host a Lincoln Day celebration on Feb. 12, honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The event will take place at the Greenwood Senior Center (cafeteria) and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. John Anzalotti, professor of history at WNEC, will be the featured speaker and will talk on Lincoln's use of presidential war powers during the Civil War. Committee business will also be covered. Refreshments will be served. Interested members of the public are invited and will be welcome.

P.L.A.C.E. SPED WORKSHOP
"Transition: Planning the Next Steps for Youth ages 14 - 22" presented by Linda Surprenant of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., School Committee Room, Pupil Services, LHS (127 Grassy Gutter Rd.). This workshop addresses the issues related to designing the right curriculum and supports throughout high school so that the student will be on the right track for becoming self-sufficient and living independently after graduation. Info and strategies will be provided to help parents and students translate individual preferences and dreams into meaningful goals in the IEP. To ensure adequate space and handouts, RSVP to mkfoard@comcast.net.

RULES COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be Rules Committee meetings on Feb. 17, March 17 and April 21 all at 7 p.m. all in the Fire Station Community Room.

SPRINGFIELD
Tuesday Morning Music
Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. Anita Cooper, soprano, Tamara Field, English horn, and Miguel Campinho, piano. 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.

TUESDAY LUNCHEONS
The Hungry Hill Center's Tuesday lunch on Feb. 10 will serve Hungarian goulash. There will be a special Valentine's Luncheon on Feb. 24. There will be a turkey dinner followed by bingo. The cost of the luncheons is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL MEETING
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center, lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church. Deputy Chief William Noonan and Mayor's Quality of Life liaison Jim Leydon will be at this meeting to address neighborhood concerns. Residents are encouraged to attend, refreshments will be served.

EAST FOREST PARK CIVIC ASSN.
Frederick Harris School principal Deborah Lantaigne and Matthew Ferri from the PTO will discuss a proposal to change traffic flow along Whittum Street to provide for safe arrival and dismissal of students. The proposal involves making Whittum Street one way permanently or during dismissal and arrival times.The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11 in the Holy Cross School meeting room. See http://eastforestpark.org for more details.

"FIRE PROOF"
This action-packed love story is about a firefighter, his wife and a marriage worth rescuing. This inspiring movie is being shown at Christian Life Center, 1590 Sumner Ave., on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., Feb. 22 at 6 p.m., and Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

SPRINGFIELD STORYTELLERS
Tell a story, or just listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Feb. 20 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse at 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Storytelling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

AWARDS PRESENTATION & CORONATION BALL
The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee invites you to the Awards Presentation and Coronation Ball taking place Feb. 14 at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $45, choice of prime rib or baked stuffed chicken and music by the Shamrocks with Leo Doherty. Tickets can be obtained from Claire O'Brien at 783-9324 or at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church).

LENTEN LUNCHEONS
Trinity United Methodist Church Lenten Luncheons Feb. 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10, from 11:30 a.m . - 1:15 p.m. at 361 Sumner Ave. Special Lenten services in the chapel 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Delicious food, great prices, proceeds benefit local and global mission projects. Call ahead for take out orders, 737-5311. Take out orders will be charged 50 cents per order to defray packaging costs.

BEADING KID'S CAMP
Kid's Camp, Feb. 17 - 19. Students will learn the basics to finishing beaded jewelry plus different jewelry making techniques. "Beaded Heart" Quick Clinic, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. Clinics are always free with small materials fee. Visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com for more info or call 782-0288. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd.

FIALKY TO SPEAK
Jeffrey Fialky, Esquire and Vice President, Board of Directors to the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Feb. 13. His topic will be the history, activities and success of the Young Professionals Society of Greater Springfield. For more info on the Springfield Rotary or becoming a member, contact Springfield Club membership chair Bob Dambrov at 537-9294 or visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.

CLASSIC BOOK GROUP
The Classics Book Group at the Save Your Life Writing Center will meet on Feb. 13. The day before Valentine's Day is the perfect time to be discussing Jane Austen's most romantic novel, "Sense and Sensibility," complete with appropriate snacks. There is no charge, but e-mail chryslerszarlan@yahoo.com or phone 346-8793 to RSVP and for directions.

WILBRAHAM
EVENING OF SHORT FILMS
The Friends of the Wilbraham Library's Film Movement series includes an evening of short films on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Brooks Room and is free of charge. The titles include "El Gran Zambini" (Spain), "Mann im Mond" (Germany), "La Lecon de Danse" (France), "The Sickie" (Great Britain), "Diamonds in a Bucket" (Canada), "Migration Assistee" (France), "No Bikini" (Canada) and "A Half Man" (Canada). Popcorn and soda are served, and there is a short discussion of the films following the screening. For more details, visit www.wilbrahamlibrary.org.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION
At the Wilbraham Senior Center, March 16. Entertainment provided by Glenshane, an Irish duo. A traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes and soda bread will be served at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $1.75 per person. Reservations must be made by March 2 at 596-8379. Space is limited so call or stop in today!


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