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Town Events, July 13 - July 20

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
RECYCLE YOUR OLD ELECTRONICS
Drop off your used equipment to ELHS parking lot on July 18 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and for a small fee, we will dispose of it. There will also be a bottle and can drive. One hundred percent of all proceeds to benefit the ELHS girls soccer program.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A fundraiser breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon/sausage, coffee and juice will take place on July 19, 8 a.m. - noon, at the Masonic Hall, 43 Chestnut St. Cost is $5 adults, $3 children under 10.

PROGRAM OPENINGS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has openings in the following programs for summer. Call 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for more info. Office open Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Baseball clinic, July 13, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Birchland; Soccer Premier clinic, July 13, 6 - 8 p.m. at Birchland; Basketball clinics, July 14, grades 3 - 12, call the Office for details; Football clinic, July 20, 8 a.m. - noon at ELHS; Soccer Rec clinic, July 27, 8:15 a.m. - noon at ELHS; Dream Big basketball clinic, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at ELHS; Soccer H.S. age clinic, Aug. 10, 6 - 8 p.m. at ELHS; Pine Knoll Activity Centers, July 13 - Aug. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Pine Knoll Rec. Area; swim lessons, July 20, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at ELHS.

PRESCHOOL COOKING CAMP
Come cook with your favorite TV friends! We will prepare yummy meals, create fun crafts and watch a show. Program designed specifically for chefs ages 2.5 - 5 years old; July 13 - 17, 1 - 3:30 p.m., sibling discounts available. Call 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for more info.

CONCERT
Concert By Derek Mann July 16, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and music. RSVP to 525-8600. Taking place at Bluebird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
July 24 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Bluebird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane. Come donate blood and enjoy refreshments.

FOOD DRIVE
July 29 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Stop & Shop on corner of Cooley St. and Allen St. All food donated will be given to the Open Pantry in Springfield. If you cannot attend you can also drop food off through the month at Bluebird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane. Help us help those in need.

FALL REC PROGRAMS
Youth field hockey, intown soccer and football are still taking registrations. Call 525-5437 or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov for more info.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
BOSTON DUCK TOUR OR SHOPPING
The Dow Jones Retiree's Group has scheduled a trip to Boston on Aug. 15. Pick up and drop off at the Plantation Inn parking lot in Chicopee and Bob's Commuter Lot in Enfield, Conn. All are welcome. For more info contact Carol at 860-668-5822 or 860-978-1313.

OFFICER O'BRIAN BENEFIT
On July 18, East Hill Country Rock will perform from noon - 5 p.m. at the Officer O'Brian Benefit, taking place at the Wales Country Lounge, 16 Holland Rd., Wales. Food, drink and raffle purchases will support the benefit. Event is open to the public.

WALK AT LUDLOW RESERVOIR
July 23, 8:30 a.m. - noon. Leader: Colette Potter (786-1805). Enjoy a nice, easy stroll along the reservoir. This will be about a three-mile walk, all flat and level walking. Bring your binoculars. Call to register and for meeting place. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.

HAMPDEN
FINGERPAINTING FOR TODDLERS
On July 15, enjoy Fingerpainting for Toddlers at 11 a.m. in the Hampden Town House Auditorium. Children up to age three are invited to express themselves with non-toxic fingerpaints. Parents and other caregivers are asked to bring an old T-shirt or apron for each child attending. Free. Sponsored by Hampden Free Public Library. For info, call 566-3047.

SIDEWALK ART
On July 15, draw some Sidewalk Art at 2:30 p.m. at the Hampden Town House. Decorate the front walkway of the Town House with outdoor chalk and a lot of imagination! Cold drinks will be provided courtesy of Village Mart. Free. Ages three and older. Sponsored by Hampden Free Public Library. Rain date: July 16. For info, call 566-3047.

PLANETARIUM FIELD TRIP
On July 17, take a field trip to Amherst College Planetarium at 11 a.m. Sponsored by Hampden Free Public Library. Join us for a morning among the stars! Participants will take their own transportation and meet at Bassett Planetarium prior to the show. Free. All ages. Limit: 60. Participants must register and receive their admission ticket ahead of time at the library, 625 Main St. For info, call 566-3047.

LONGMEADOW
PROTECTING AMERICA
The Longmeadow Republican Town Committee is hosting a showing of the
Heritage Foundation film "33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile
Age" - Thursday, July 16th at 7:30, Longmeadow Community House. This
important film features rare footage and in-depth interviews with leading
experts regarding the growing threat to this country of rogue nation and
terrorist missile attack and what the country is and is not doing to meet
the threat. The film is very timely in light of current international
events. Public invited and welcome. Contact: Dean Rogeness (567-5480) or
Sandra Metz (567-8697).

REIKI DEMONSTRATION
"Reiki Alternative Healing Therapy Presentation and Demostration" by Reiki Master/Teacher Annie Knox will take place July 22 at 7 p.m. in the Betty Low Program Room of Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. To register for this program call 565-4181 or stop at the reference desk. The program is free and open to the public.

NEW YORK RAIL & SAIL
Trip leaves Adult Center at 8:30 a.m. for Albany by motorcoach. We board Amtrak's scenic mountain rail journey. Lunch car is available or you may bring your own lunch. In Plattsburgh, N.Y., we board the bus again and go for a scenic ferry ride to Grand Island. We then continue to Lake Champlain's Pier and board a dinner boat cruise starting with a Wine & Cheese Reception and later dinner cooked on board. Then off to the Best Western Wind Jammer Hotel in Burlington. Day 2: after a full breakfast we will visit Burlington's famous Church Street Marketplace. Before lunch we stop at the home of gourmet chocolates and lunch at the New England Culinary School. We return home about 6 p.m. For more info call 565-4150.

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE
Wendy Wong will continue her massages of 15 mins. or half-hour sessions twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 1 - 3 p.m. Call and reserve your time. A great way to relieve stress and tone your muscles. She will work on the areas you prefer. $15 for a quarter hour and $25 for each half-hour session. Call 565-4150 for more info.

DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
The Longmeadow DPW would like to announce that the Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has partnered with Great American Rain Barrel and has begun a distribution program that residents may take advantage of. Orders may be placed online through July 30 at www.waterandsewer.org and the barrel may be picked up at SWSC office on 71 Colton St. on Aug. 8 from 9 - 11 a.m. Other arrangements can be made for those unable to pick up the barrel on Aug. 8. Cost of a rain barrel is $70 and there is a selection of three colors. Residents with questions may contact April Kelley at april.kelly@waterandsewer.org or at 452-1311.

PHOTO CONTEST
Storrs Library is having a "Space Alien Photo Contest" for kids of all ages. Come and pick up your space alien and take photos as you travel on vacation or even throughout Longmeadow. Prizes will be awarded for creativity. Last day for entries is July 31. From July 27 - Aug. 31, for our Mission Adventure, there will also be a library scavenger hunt for kids of all ages. Get your list at the information desk and begin your search. Prizes will be awarded.

AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee will meet on July 23 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Meeting Room.

WATERMELON FESTIVAL
It's National Watermelon Month! Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on July 29 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to enjoy our new beautifully landscaped outdoor patio area and some sweet watermelon prepared in many refreshing ways! Croquet equipment will also be available. Rain date is July 30. Call 565-4150 for more info.

DISCUSSION GROUP
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join this group, which is led by a moderator. Join us on July 21 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.

PLAY WII SPORTS & GAMES
Getting too hot to play your favorite sport outdoors? Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., and learn to play Nintendo Wii Sports and Games on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Instruction provided. Learn a new skill, compete for fun or just watch and cheer others on. For more info, call 565-4150.

ARTISTS WORKSHOP
We hope you will be interested in participating in a casual, loosely structured, congenial artists' workshop. All levels are welcome and any medium is acceptable. These are not lessons although everyone can help out. Bring your own supplies for pencil, charcoal, water colors, clay, sculpture, etc., whatever your passion is, and join the group at the Adult Center. For more info or to sign up call Norice at 565-4150.

REYNOLDS POOL UPDATE
The toddler pool at Reynolds Pool (at Bliss Park) is currently closed due to new federal mandates that we are unable to comply with at this time. We are in the process of addressing this issue. It is our hope to be able to have the pool functioning as soon as possible. Feel free to use the main pool at Reynolds, the main pool at Greenwood or the new Splash Pad at Greenwood.

VOLLEYBALL CAMP
Grades 5 - 9. Join LHS Varsity Volleyball Coach George Mulry and his players at this high energy, skill packed camp. Drills and play will focus on the basic skills of volleyball including serving, passing, hitting, setting, blocking, serve-receive and defense. Players of all levels and positions are encouraged to attend. Campers should pack a lunch (drink will be provided) and water bottle daily. Camp runs from Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the LHS gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

CHICAGO PUSH POLKA
Free! Bay Path Concert Series, July 21, 6:30 p.m. on the Green; sponsored by Hampden Bank. Chicago Push, since their inception, have continually received awards from various radio stations across the country, booster clubs, promoters within the field, and organizations such as the International Polka Assoc., United States Polka Assoc. and the United Polka Assoc. Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push, noted for their unique arrangements and innovative musical techniques, have mentored many aspiring bands and musicians.

"A RAY OF ELVIS" TRIBUTE
Free! Bay Path Concert Series, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. on the Green; sponsored by PeoplesBank. Ray Guillemette Jr. is one of today's premier Elvis tribute artists. Let this nine-time, international first place Elvis Presley impersonator rock your world with his striking look, outstanding vocal range and unabashed excitement. Ray delivers with the style and energy that was Elvis. Put on your blue suede shoes for a night of dancing to the songs Elvis made infamous of the '50s - '70s.

SPRINGFIELD
RIVER WALKS
Free escorted hour-long River Walks depart at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday through the end of August from the Monarch Place fountain, Main Street and Boland Way. Walks are led by volunteers to promote the Connecticut River Walk & Bikeway.

PINE POINT COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The July meeting of the Pine Point Community Council will take place July 14 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. All residents are encouraged to attend. Go to www.pinepointcouncil.com for info on the Pine Point area.

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Thursday evenings through July 30. Concerts in the Sanctuary at 6 p.m., carillon concerts on the front lawn at 7 p.m. Different food items every week, and ice cream always available. All concerts are free (donations accepted for food items). At Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave.

NAACP SPEAK OUT
The newly formed Springfield Chapter of the NAACP will host a community "Speak Out" on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Particpants will be able to share their concerns, questions and ideas for a better Springfield community. The speak out will take place at the Christian Embassy, 30 Bowdoin St. No RSVP is required. For more info, e-mail naacpspringfield@gmail.com.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT
A family fun night with a free book giveaway, free food to the first 100 people and a free craft is taking place July 23 from 5 - 7 p.m., rain or shine, at 765 State St., outside on the lawn of the Urban League and the Mason Square Library. Families and children of all ages are welcomed to attend the event and receive free reading books; foods donated by McDonald's on State Street, and also work on a free craft project. This community event is sponsored by the Children's Study Home, the Springfield City Library and the Urban League of Springfield. For more info, call Izzy at 739-5626.

SPRINGFIELD ROTARY CLUB
Capt. William J. Brennan will speak at the Springfield Rotary Club's July 16 meeting. The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, and is a proud member of Rotary International. The Rotary luncheon with guest speaker Capt. William J. Brennan is $17 per person and is open to the public. 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.

MASS HEALTH PROGRAMS
Wingate at Springfield welcomes family and friends to attend: Greater Springfield Senior Service Presents: "Mass Health community programs.What's available upon discharge home?" on July 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Kimberly at 796-7511. The event will take place at Wingate at Springfield, 215 Bicentennial Hwy.

WINGATE AT SPRINGFIELD
Wingate at Springfield welcomes family and friends to attend Greater Springfield Senior Service Presents: "Mass Health community programs. What's available upon discharge home?" July 16 from 4 - 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Kimberly at 796-7511. Wingate at Springfield is located at 215 Bicentennial Hwy.

MCKNIGHT COUNCIL MEETING
The council will host its regular monthly board meeting on July 14, 7 - 9 p.m., at Rebecca Johnson School, 55 Catherine St. Members of the Board of Directors elected on June 6 will be sworn in and Council officers for 2009-10 will be elected. In addition, the council will discuss its plan of activities for the coming year, including establishment of the McKnight Youth Council. For info see www.mcknightcouncil.org or call 746-6206. Membership in McKnight Neighborhood Council is free to all residents of the neighborhood. All board meetings are open and all residents of McKnight are welcome and encouraged to attend.

BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a trip on Aug. 23, a 26-seat VIP bus traveling to Saratoga Race Track. Trip includes bus, buffet and beverage. On Sept. 13, see the Yankees take on the Orioles at the new Yankee Stadium! For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.

WILBRAHAM
UPPER ROOM DRAMA MINISTRY
The Upper Room Drama Ministry from Kensington, Conn., is coming to Evangel Assembly, 348 Stony Hill Rd., on July 26 during their 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. This drama ministry has innovative dramas, powerful human videos and real-life testimonies from teenagers. People of all ages will enjoy seeing the Upper Room Drama Ministry. You can check them out at www.TheURoom.com. Admission is free and there will be childcare available. If you need more info, call 599-1729.


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