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Town Events, March 1 - 8

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
GIRLS SOFTBALL EVALUATIONS
The deadline to register for girls fast pitch softball is March 5. Stop by the Rec. Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. The U12 and U14 evaluations will take place at Springfield College on March 6; U12 age group from 3 - 4 p.m. and U14 age group from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Arrive 20 minutes prior to your evaluation time. Evaluations for girls in the U10 age group will be on March 13 at ELHS from 2 - 4 p.m.

ADULT SOFTBALL TRYOUTS
The First Baptist Church will host adult softball tryouts for the 2010 season on March 23 and April 6 at 5:30 p.m. Located at 50 Parker St. Contact John at 525-2498 for more info.

USED BOOK SALE
Birchland Park Middle School will host its annual used book sale March 6 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There are books for all ages and interests. Proceeds are used for various student activities.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by singer John Noe on March 4 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. following a noon luncheon of hamburger on a roll with lettuce and tomato, French fries, cole slaw and vanilla pudding. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

SHOPPING & COOKING FOR ONE
On March 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., a chef from Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center will demonstrate how to plan, organize and store your food purchases when cooking for one or two, with ideas on how to make many menu options out of the fewest items. Limited to 12 participants. Call 525-5436 to register.

MEDICARE HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS
On March 10 at 10 a.m., the Pleasant View Senior Center at 328 N. Main St. will host a presentation by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass. offering info on the Medicare drug benefit and how Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans work with Medicare. Call 525-5436 to register.

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
The third Tues. of each month, Atty. Dave Carlson takes appts. from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., for free legal consults. Call 525-5436 to schedule an appt. for March 16 or April 20.

COOLEY DICKINSON
On March 10 at 1 p.m., a representative from Cooley Dickinson Hospital will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., to present info on a new collaboration with the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, which includes offering the public co-operative trials in oncology this fall. Call 525-5436 to register.

BOOK CLUB
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. The book for March is "A Dangerous Fortune" by Ken Follett. The Book Club is free and open to new members at any time.

MERCY HOSPITAL LIFE LAB
Lipid panel and glucose blood draw at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., on March 18. Call 525-5436 for an appt. between 8 and 9 a.m. A 12 - 16 hour fast is necessary. Cost: $12 for total cholesterol, additional $5 for glucose.

HELP WITH CENSUS FORMS
If you need help to fill out your 2010 Census Form, stop in the Senior Center at 328 N. Main St. from 10 a.m. - noon on March 18 or 23.

PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS
The E.L. Public School System will host preschool screenings for 3 and 4-year-olds on March 18 and 19 at Meadow Brook School. Children's vision, hearing, speech and language and cognitive development will be screened for development. Children must be residents of E.L. The screening process takes approx. one hour. For more info or to schedule an appt., call the Meadow Brook Office at 525-5470. Screening for children eligible to enter kindergarten this fall will take place in May.

LAUGHS FOR LAX
The third annual Laughs for Lax fundraiser benefitting the ELHS boys lacross team will take place April 10 at the Springfield Lodge of Elks, 440 Tiffany St. Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets: $25/person. Tables of 8 must be reserved by March 29 with payment in full. All other seating is first come/first served. Make checks payable to ELHS Lacross Booster and send to Sharon Dumaid, 192 Canterbury Circle, East Longmeadow. For more info call 525-7252.

FREE REAL ESTATE SEMINAR
March 12, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Bluebird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane (720 Parker St.). Presented by Karen Charbonneau of Hatheway Homes & Properties. Topics: attracting buyers, preparing your home for sale, pricing to sell, getting top dollar, more. Free lunch at 12:30 p.m. Reservations required. Call 525-8600 by March 8.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on March 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evening include a mini-auction and a short meeting. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a Shop and Swap. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Visitors, collectors and other interested parties are welcome. Visit us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE
The Swingles will host a mainstream dance March 3. This will be our Kangaroo dance. A mainstream dance will take place on March 19. This will be an all singing calls. Dances are 8 - 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 - 8 p.m. and are $6 per person at the Mittineague United Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield. We welcome singles and couples. Spectators are free. Call Fran at 736-2187 or Dick Walker at 525-3324 for more info.

HAMPDEN
CORNED BEEF SUPPER
A corned beef and cabbage supper featuring Irish soda bread and fresh apple pie will take place March 13 at the Federated Community Church, 390 Main St. Adults $12; children $8. Entertainment by the Chordsmen. Reservations: 566-3711.

LONGMEADOW
INTERFAITH DISCUSSION
Who are we? Where do we belong? Are we a Jewish family? You are invited to a Conversation for Interfaith Families on March 3 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Betty Ann Low Meeting Room at Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. Have you ever wondered about the role of religion and tradition in your home? Are you a family with one Jewish partner and the other not? Join Rabbi Mark Shapiro for an open conversation about these questions and others. RSVP to Sinai Temple at 736-3619 so refreshments can be ready. Open to all.

CLUB 6 - 9 - 3 AT STORRS LIBRARY
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grade 2 and 3 on March 10 at 3:20 p.m. We will be reading "Stuart's Cape" by Sara Pennypacker. It's the story of a boy who is bored with nothing to do, but finds a series of adventures with a magical cape. Pick up your book in the Discovery Room and get ready for an exciting discussion as Club 6 9 3 gathers for activities, snacks and conversation. Call 565-4182 the Youth Service Dept. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library to register or receive more info about Club 6 9 3.

CELEBRATE THE IRISH AT STORRS
Register in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17. From 3:20 - 4:20 p.m. children who are in grades K and up may join in a class of Irish activities, stories and crafts. To participate in Celebrate the Irish call the Discovery Room at 565-4182.

INTERNATIONAL DAY LUNCH
The Senior Center will host an International Day Lunch celebrating Ireland on March 17 at 11:30 a.m. The chef will prepare the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by coming to lunch with a friend for only $3. Reserve a seat by calling 565-4150.

GET READY FOR GOLF!
The Senior Center will host Get Ready for Golf on March 10 at 9 a.m. Whether you are a beginner, in need of a refresher course or just have a weakness in your game, you will benefit from Bob Lake's golf instruction. Six-week course for $89. Register by calling 565-4150.

BOOKS, BABIES & STORRS LIBRARY
Storrs Library invites babies who are ages 18 - 24 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our four-week series of classes. The library will be offering Books & Babies to encourage your child's social growth and love of reading. Your baby will enjoy our lap and sit class and unstructured playtime. Siblings may not attend. To register for this series, call 565-4182 or visit the library from March 1 - 18 for the Fri. series that begins March 19. The Meadows Lodge of Masons has donated all materials for this program.

SPRINGFIELD
METROPOLITAN METHODIOS
On March 7 Metropolitan Methodios from the Boston Metropolis will pay a pastoral visit to the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield. His Eminence will celebrate the divine liturgy with Fr. Christopher Stamas. The Bishop will also tonsure several of the altar boys. The liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m. A shrimp and pasta Lenten lunch will follow at the Greek Cultural Center. For tickets call the Cultural Center at 737-1496.

MALL WALKERS CLUB
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall hosts a free health presentation on March 3 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Atty. John L. Roberts, Certified Elder Law Attorney, will present "Power of Attorney," addressing the powers that people include in their power of attorney documents. He will also review some of the problems that have been caused by documents that were not carefully written. Free blood pressure screening, free health info, free raffle to enter to win a $20 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card or two Showcase Cinemas movie passes. Coffee will be served. For further info contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000 ext. 11.

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.

EXCHANGE CLUB
The Exchange Club will meet at noon on March 4 at the 350 Grille on Worthington Street. Guest speaker will be Kathy Tobin, development director of Friends of the Homeless. Tickets are $15. The public is invited. The Exchange Club of Springfield is an organization which focuses on the preveniton of child abuse and community service.

E. FOREST PARK BOOK GROUP
A monthly adult book discussion group meets at the East Forest Park Branch Library, 122 Island Pond Rd., the last Wed. of every month at 6 p.m. The March 31 selection is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. "Half Broke Forces" by Jeannette Walls will be discussed April 28. New members are welcome anytime! For more info call Maeleah at 263-6836 or e-mail mcarlisle@springfieldlibrary.org.

WILBRAHAM
WILBRAHAM WOMEN'S CLUB
The Wilbraham Women's Club will meet on March 11 at noon at The Gardens of Wilbraham. Sandwiches and desserts will be served, followed by a business meeting. Mary Reardon Johnson will speak on "Domestic Violence" following the business meeting. The Art Corner will display Irish items; and donations for the Battered Women's Shelter are requested. For more info contact Marlene Jobson, Membership Chair, at 596-8905.

Ultimate Party Fundraiser
Minnechaug's Ultimate Party pasta dinner will be March 1 at Elmcrest Country Club, East Longmeadow. Menu: pasta w/red or alfredo sauce, salad, bread and butter. Silent auction, socializing, cash bar and dancing. $20 per person. For tickets call Eileen Cyr at 949-0112 or Kathy Murphy at 596-4238. Table captains: gather 8 friends and call in a whole table.


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