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Town Events, March 15 - March 22

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
WINE TASTING
Wine tasting, April 30 starting at 6 p.m. at Salvatore's Restaurant, 1333 Boston Rd., Springfield. Win Red Sox tickets, wine baskets and more; $25 in advance; $30 at the door. All proceeds benefit Pioneer Gymnastics competitive team members.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast fundraiser will take place March 21 from 8 a.m. - noon at The Meadows Lodge, 43 Chestnut St. Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10.

ST. PATRICK'S DINNER
The American Legion, 3 Legion Ct., will host a St. Patrick's dinner on March 25 from 6 - 7 p.m. Menu: corned beef with cabbage, carrots, potatoes, salad, rolls and butter, soda, tea and coffee, and oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies and brownies for dessert. Other drinks are available at the bar. Cost is $10.50 per person. Call Chris at 592-0596 or the Legion at 525-2058 after 4 p.m. for tickets or questions.

FIT KIDS & WEE ONES
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering programs for children ages 1 - 3 (wee ones) and 3 - 5 (fit kids) on Tues. or Thurs. at Attain Sports Performance, 80 Denslow Rd. Fee is $5/day. Program involves rolling, balance, hopping, jumping, walking, running, kicking, catching, skipping and throwing, all structured to help enhance a child's developmental and gross motor skills. Register directly at Attain. For more info, call the Rec. Office at 525-5437.

BASKETBALL BANQUET
The E.L. Basketball Assoc. announces the annual ice cream banquet will take place March 27 at Birchland Middle School cafeteria, as follows: 11 a.m., grades 1 and 2; 11:30 a.m., grades 3 and 4; noon, grades 5 and 6; and 12:30 p.m., grades 7 and 8. A formal presentation with trophy or gift for all will follow in the gym after each time-frame. If your child cannot attend, notify your coach.

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
The next E.L. Republican Town Committee meeting will be March 17 at 7 p.m. in the E.L. Library Community Room. This meeting is open to all. For more info contact Donna Kane at 525-5222.

SPRING SOCCER REMINDER
Parents who wish their children in grades K - 5 to play intown spring soccer note registrations end on March 26 at 4 p.m. Late fee of $10 will be assessed after that date. There is no grades 3 - 5 program for boys in the spring. If they wish to play, they will be assigned to a girls team. Be aware that office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SOCCER REFEREE OFFICIALS CLINIC
The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces a free intown clinic for soccer officials will take place March 28 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Attain, 80 Denslow Rd., for those who wish to referee intown games this season. Chris Kolodziey, referee coordinator, will conduct this free clinic, which is mandatory for all first year officials.

ARTHRITIS EXERCISE CLASS
A low-impact, joint-safe exercise program led by Arthritis Foundation certified instructors begins April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Cost is $12 for a six-week session. Participant release form needs to be signed prior to joining the class. For more info or to register, call Lisa Fontaine, R.N. at 525-5436.

MOTIVATION TO MOVE
Ross Davis, MSPT, MBA from Gentiva Health Care will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on March 29 at 10 a.m. to help you figure out what motivates you to exercise. Call 525-5436 to register.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
MINERAL, JEWELRY & FOSSIL SHOW
Western Mass Mineral Jewelry and Fossil Show, sponsored by the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, will take place March 27 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and March 28 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Ingleside (Exit 15 off I-91) in Holyoke. Admission is $4; children 12 and under free with adult. Show features minerals, gemstones, jewelry, crystals, beads, fossils, lapidary and mineral arts from around the world as well as live demos, free exhibits, ample secure free parking and on site food.

TOBACCO VALLEY ARTISTS
The March meeting of the Tobacco Valley Artists Assoc. will be on March 17 at 7 p.m. at Somers Senior Center, 19 Battle St., Somers, Conn. A floral watercolor demo will be presented by South Hadley artist Diane Allen. The public is welcome.

HAMPDEN
THORNTON BURGESS STORYTIME
Hampden Public Library,625 Main St. will host a free storytime featuring stories by Thornton W. Burgess March 27, at 10:30 am.in the Children's Room Featured storyteller will be Hampden resident Robert Youngman. Registration not required; all ages invited. For information, call Hampden Public Library at 566-3047 or visit www.hampden-library.org. Program sponsored by Friends of the Library.

LONGMEADOW
MUSIC TOGETHER AT STORRS
On March 29, Music Together of Great Springfield will present two special programs for young children at Storrs Library. The program for children aged one month to three years will take place at 10:30 a.m. Children who are 4 to 6 with their siblings are invited to a program at 4 p.m. Each 45-min. event will feature songs, music and dance to promote your child's musical and movement development. For more info visit www.greaterspringfieldmusictogether.com. Visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the library, 693 Longmeadow St., or call 565-4182 to register.

UPDATE ON HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT
The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee announces "Update and Discussion: The Longmeadow High School Project and the Budget." School Committee members Christine Swanson and Mary Vogel are speakers. The LDTC meeting will be March 17 at 7:15 p.m. at Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. Everyone is welcome. For more info e-mail longmeadowdemocrats@gmail.com or see www.longmeadowdemocrats.com.

BROWN BAG BONANZA AT STORRS
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library will offer a special Brown Bag Bonanza on March 25 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the elementary schools half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in great crafts and activities for students from kindergarten to second grade. Register by visiting the Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

BROWN BAG BINGO
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library will offer a special Brown Bag Bingo on March 24 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the elementary schools half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in our bingo program. Kids in grades 1 - 5 are invited to test their skill and win some prizes. Register by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Discovery Room.

CARTOON WORKSHOP AT STORRS
On March 27 from 11 a.m. - noon kids in kindergarten and above are invited to a Superhero Cartoon Workshop at Storrs Library. Children will explore the world of cartooning and design their own superhero. Their creations will be displayed in the Discovery Room. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

LEGO CONNECTIONS AT STORRS
On March 23 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. kids ages 4 - 11 to are invited to Lego Connections, a 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. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.

MOVIE AFTERNOON
Screening of "Amelia" March 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. Hilary Swank delivers an unforgettable performance as Amelia Earhart, the legendary American aviatrix. Richard Gere co-stars. Equal parts gripping drama, stirring romance and epic adventure.

BEEKEEPER JERRY NOLET VISITS
At the Adult Center, March 24, at 12:30 p.m. A member of the Hampden County Beekeepers' Assoc., Nolet will talk about the history of bees in North America, the vital function of pollination and the mysterious and interesting secret life of bees. Everyone is welcome!

INDOOR POOL PASSES, PRORATED
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.

BIRTHDAY BASH
At the Adult Center, March 25 at 11:30 a.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the birthdays of anyone born in March. There will be birthday cake supplied by our friends at Glenmeadow. Lunch is free for those with birthdays in March, $3 for all others. Call 565-4150 to register.

COMPUTER TROUBLE-SHOOTING
At the Adult Center, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. Tom Johnson will continue his instruction for those who want to keep their computer out of trouble by deleting unwanted programs, dealing with security and privacy issues and finding out about social networking sites. Bring your questions. Not for beginners or Mac users.

SCHOOL BUILDING COMMITTEE
There will be a meeting of the School Building Committee March 16 at 7 p.m. at the high school in the BTC, at 95 Grassy Gutter Rd.

BAY PATH CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
Women of Culture's Cultural Extravaganza March 25 at 7 p.m. in Blake Dining Hall, Blake Student Commons at Bay Path Campus, 588 Longmeadow St. Dinner with special performances celebrating cultures from around the world and represented on campus. Fashion show showcasing traditional dress from various countries. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and Bay Path students. Reservations required by March 22. Call 565-1307 or register online at www.baypath.edu.

BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY
March 27, 8 - 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's Church. Pancakes, sausages, orange juice and a hot beverage, all while visiting and having your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Easter basket raffles to take place. Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 4 - 12, free under 4. Call/e-mail Laurie Hatch at 567-7420 or laurhatch@aol.com or David Oliver at 567-0857 or oliverhouse1@verizon.net for tickets. This event is a major fundraiser for the Longmeadow Girl Scouts' trip to Switzerland.

FINANCIAL SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a meeting of the School Committee Financial Subcommittee on March 16 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office's Room #5, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

"JERSEY BOYS" IN PROVIDENCE
Direct from Broadway, the Tony Award winning "Jersey Boys" is coming to the Providence Performing Arts Center on May 13. Coach bus transportation will leave Greenwood Children's Center at 10 a.m. and arrive in Providence for the 2 p.m. show.; orchestra seats have been reserved. Lunch will be included at Calabria Ristorante in Millbury before the show. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

RED SOX VS. INDIANS IN BOSTON
Watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 2 at Fenway Park. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Seats are located in first base grandstand, Section 15, Row 14 and Right Field Box 94. Price includes coach bus, game ticket and box lunch. Coach bus transportation leaves Greenwood Children's Center at 4 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

SPRINGFIELD
NEW YORK CITY BUS TRIP
New York City bus trip sponsored by the Junior League of Greater Springfield March 27. Spend the day your way. All are welcome. Bus leaves Longmeadow Shops at 7 a.m. and NYC at 7 p.m. Cost is $50, non-refundable except in the case of cancellation. This is a Junior League fundraiser buying a seat will help provide funds for our community projects. Call 567-0980 to book your seats or with any questions.

AAU BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
All For Kids AA is currently accepting registrations for boys in grades 4 and 8 and girls in grades 8 and 9 to play AAU basketball locally. Call 262-7381, 301-0943 or e-mail allforkidsaa@gmail.com for more info. Deadline is March 25.

LENTEN LUNCH AT ST. CATHERINES
Annual Lenten Luncheon program will take place in the St. Catherine's Parish Center, 1023 Parker St., every Fri. through March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Menu: choice of sandwiches, homemade soup, beverage and dessert, all for $6. Bring a non-perishable item for the Survival Center. All are welcome.

ELDER AFFAIRS FITNESS CENTER
The Dept. of Elder Affairs announces their Fitness Center has relocated to the Kenefick Building, 310 Plainfield St., and is open Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Center has 10 cardio machines, nine weight stack machines and free weights as well as classes in strength training, weight loss and aerobics. Cost: $1/day or $10/month. Open to anyone 50 years of age or older and wheelchair accessible. For more info call Kerry Welch, Director, at 886-5240.

VOCOLOT IN CONCERT
March 21 at noon at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. Vocolot brings a joyous fusion of folk, jazz and cantorial vocal traditions into the contemporary a cappella world. Vocolot sings in English, Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish and Arabic. You can listen to samples of their amazing music at www.vocolot.com.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a bus trip to the N.Y. Botanical Gardens on May 22 from 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost includes bus, driver's gratuity and admission to the gardens. For info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

CAPE MAY AND ATLANTIC CITY
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a three day, two night trip to Cape May and Atlantic City, June 2 - 4. Cost includes two nights lodging at the Grand Hotel located on the oceanfront, four meals, dinner and show, cash bonus at Atlantic City Casino, Cape May sightseeing and all admissions; tips for escort and bus driver. For info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE
Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to the Newport Playhouse to see "Don't Dress for Dinner" Aug. 10. Includes a lobster and buffet luncheon, two shows, gratuities. For more info and reservations, call Sylvia at 594-2757.

TOUR PHILADELPHIA
Tour Philadelphia June 12-13 hosted by Betty from St. Catherine of Siena Church. Sights include Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Hall, Chart House Restaurant, St. Peter and Paul Basilica and Italian Market. To reserve your seat call Betty at 896-8801. Deposit of $100 due at sign-up. Final payment May 12. Depart St. Catherine's at 7 a.m., June 12; arrive home approx. 8 p.m. on June 13.

BOCCE LESSONS
Bocce lessons with Special Olympics and more March 14, 2 - 4 p.m. Come all and support. Inside bocce court at Dante Club in West Springfield across from the Big E. Learn with bocce masters Rico Daniele and friends. Call 732-8941.

SPRINGFIELD STORYTELLERS
Springfield Storytellers meet March 19 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Free. Story telling takes place every third Fri. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.

DINNER, COMEDY SHOW
First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St.,will host a pasta and meatball dinner, comedy show and gallery readings March 20. Dinner from 4:45 - 6:15 p.m., comedy show 6:30 - 7 p.m.; and gallery readings 7 - 9 p.m. John Edwards style gallery readings only $10; dinner, comedy show and gallery readings $15; dinner only, adults $8; kids under 12, $5. Several mediums will be reading. For more info contact Cindy at 786-0487 or Denise at 238-5344.

LEARN ITALIAN
Italian language classes will take place at the Italian Cultural Center. Classes begin April 6 and take place each Tues. through May 24. There will be Beginner I and Intermediate classes from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost: $95 for new students (includes the text); $85 for returning students. To register send a check to Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St., Springfield, MA 01105. For more info, call 784-1492.

LEARN ABOUT VOLUNTEERING
Visit Springfield School Volunteers in the food court at Tower Square on March 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Staff members will be greeting people and answering any questions you may have about Springfield School Volunteers and how you can help.

WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will host a bus trip to Washington, D.C., April 23 - 25. Package includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, sightseeing tour and transportation. For more info/reservations call Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or the church office at 736-8567.

GUILD OF ORGANISTS CONCERT
The Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a members recital on March 21 at 4 p.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 22 Green St., Monson. The presenters are Keith Richardson, the music director at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Monson and St. Christopher Roman Catholic Church in Brimfield; Elizabeth Dawson, organist and choir accompanist for the United Church of Bernadston; Monica Czausz, 16-year-old sophomore at Chicopee High School; Griffin McMahon, junior at Longmeadow High School and organist and choir director for St. Mark's Episcopal Church in East Longmeadow. Hear music from Gordon Young, Meyerbeer/ Schramm, G. Winston Cassler, Lani Smith, Gilbert Martin, J.S. Bach, Charles-Marie Widor and C sar Frank. A reception will follow. For other events check out www.springfieldago.org.

TWELFTH NIGHT
The Drama Studio, 41 Oakland St., will present Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" March 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 in their 63-seat theater. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 6:30 p.m. Reservations recommended call 739-1983. Tickets: $15 adults, $10 students.

NIAGARA FALLS TRIP
Gina Daniele will host a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls May 15 and 16, featuring transportation, hotel, breakfast, tour and boat ride. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.

WILBRAHAM
RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at Red Robin, 2039 Boston Rd., on March 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free gourmet burger at the restaurant. A positive ID is required. Walk-ins welcome. For an appt. call 1-800-922-4376.

ITALIAN NIGHT
At Grace Union Church, Chapel St., March 27, 5 p.m. Delicious Italian dinner and a movie. All are welcome. For reservations call 596-3936. Cost: $8 for adults, $3 for children.


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