Town Events, March 28 - April 4
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From The Reminder
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1 Porter Road, will host a spaghetti supper on April 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the church's J2A youth group trip to Grand Teton National Park. Menu: homemade meatballs and sauce, bread, salad, beverages and dessert. Cost: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids. For more info or to purchase tickets, call the church at 525-6341.
The East Longmeadow Rec. Department has tickets available to purchase for two games (July 27 and Aug. 26) at Fenway Park for $90 each and the June 26 game at Yankee Stadium for $95. Trips include ticket, transportation and box lunch. For more info, call Frank at 531-6954.
The East Longmeadow Rec. Department wants to remind spring soccer coaches of the Coaches Clinic at Birchland Park Middle School on April 1, from 6 to 10 p.m., and April 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any questions, call Todd Waltsak at 525-4836.
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will host a Fashion Show featuring Christopher Banks Spring Fashions on March 31 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is meatloaf with gravy, mashed potato, brussels sprouts and vanilla pudding. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.
Boy Scout Troop 275 will host a Pasta Supper on April 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St. Cost: $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Tickets available at the door or from any Troop 275 scout. For tickets or more info, call Greg Moreau 783-6677 or Kyle Booth at 525-3026.
On April 5, well known local artist Susan Tilton Pecora will conduct an entertaining and informative painting demonstration at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Call 525-5436 to register, as seating is limited.
Specialists from Baystate Hearing Aid Centers will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on the third Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning April 20. Schedule a 15-minute appointment by calling 525-5436.
The East Longmeadow High School boys volleyball team will be hosting another community service car wash including vacuum of car for seniors at the Pleasant View Senior Center on April 22 from 9 a.m. to noon. The boys are doing this as community outreach, so there will be no charge for this service.
Harpoon Brewery will host a beer dinner with German food at 6 p.m. on April 9 at Elmcrest Country Club, 105 Somersville Road. Tickets: $40 and include beer sampling and music. For tickets, call Chris at 525-9938.
E-CYCLING, CLOTHING DRIVE
The East Longmeadow School's Parent Teacher Organizations (PTO) will be having an E-cycling and Clothing Drive on May 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to benefit all five school's PTOs. For more info, contact Chris Blair at 525-8053 or Kim Conant at 525-2858.
The East Longmeadow Scholarship Foundation will be conducting their door to door campaign through April 10. Students will be wearing ID tags and identify themselves are scholarship applicants. Donations are tax deductible. Donations may also be mailed to East Longmeadow Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 66, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.
BARK FOR LIFE
Ninety Nine Restaurants invites the public to a fund-raiser for Bark for Life, a canine event to fight cancer, on April 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. Call ahead for seating at the Ninety Nine at 390 North Main St., at 525-9900. Restaurants will donate 15 percent of each bill to the organization.
ROARING TWENTIES GALA
On April 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., step into spring for the Roaring Twenties Gala and fund-raiser at Wistariahurst in Holyoke. The David Bartley Quintet will serenade the gala's revelers with swinging songs. Cash bar. Silent auction. Advance tickets are $30 by calling 322-5660 or visiting www.wistariahurst.org. Tickets are $35 at the door.
Hadley Mothers' Club Candidates's Night at Hopkins Academy will take place April 4 at 6:30 p.m. Citizens can come and meet the candidates running for town offices and ask questions too. Refreshments will be available.
CARD, COIN, MEMORABILIA SHOW
A Card, Coin and Memorabilia show will take place April 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Chicopee Boys and Girls Club, 580 Meadow St. Admission: $1; kids under 10 free. For info call 593-6046.
THE ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDEN
The Organic Kitchen Garden with Master Gardener George Kingston at the Keep Homestead Museum on April 3 at 1:30 p.m., 35 Ely Road, Monson. No admission. Refreshments will be served. For more info call 267-4137, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.keephomesteadmuseum.org.
The Young@Heart Chorus benefit concert for Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture and Safe Passage will take place April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Smith College, Northampton. Tickets: general admission, $25; premium tickets with reserved seating and a post-concert reception, $75. For tickets visit, www.buylocalfood.org.
Little Sun Valley Skating Club's annual show, "Skating Stars" will take place April 3 at 5 p.m. at the Olympia Ice Center, 125 Capital Drive, West Springfield. Admission: $4 for adults ($2 with a non-perishable food item); students ages 5 to 12 are $2 (free with a non-perishable food item). Food collected will be donated to Lorraine's Soup Kitchen and the Community Survival Center.
St. Joseph's Residence, 1365 Enfield St., Enfield, Conn., will host a Fish Fry on March 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost: adults, $8 and includes beverage, bread, salad and dessert; kid's special is fish or spaghetti for $3.
CANCER SOCIETY BENEFIT
Proceeds from the April 2 Springfield Falcons game against the Connecticut Whale at 7 p.m. will benefit the American Cancer Society and Bark for Life. To order tickets, contact Bonnie Sticca at 427-9282 or email@example.com or Kristen Rosenbeck at 306-0947 or firstname.lastname@example.org by March 31.
The Longmeadow Adult Center will welcome State Sen. Gale Candaras' legislative aide, Janice Hassett, on April 4, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and State Rep. Brian Ashe's aide, Daniel Zwirko, on April 11 from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
Join those at the Longmeadow Adult Center on April 8 at 10 a.m. as Dr. Christopher H. Peteros, DPM, podiatrist and foot surgeon speaks about foot health. Register by calling 565-4150.
A MATTER OF BALANCE
The Longmeadow Adult Center will host an eight-week workshop on Fridays, April 29 to June 17 at 10 a.m., for adults who are concerned about falling, or have sustained a fall, and their caregivers. Pre-registration is required by calling 565-4150.
The Longmeadow Board of Health will have a Rabies Clinic for dogs and cats on April 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Police Garage on Williams Street. Cost: $10. A representative of the Clerk's Office will be available inside the garage during the clinic to renew/sell dog licenses.
Storrs Library's Drop-In Playgroup with caregivers and siblings, for ages 6 to 30 months, takes place every Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. Have fun listening to a story and singing a few songs before free play time begins.
On April 5, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., children in grades 1 and up are invited to LEGO Connections, a different kind of book group that explores creativity at the Storrs Library. The workshop consists of a story and a Lego activity. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP
Storrs Library's Mother-Daughter Book Group will meet April 5 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. This fun-filled discussion group is open to students in grades 6 to 8 and meets monthly. Sign up at 565-4182. This meeting will feature "Way Down Deep" by Ruth White, a Newbery Honor winning author.
On April 7, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., children in grades kindergarten to 2 are invited to Building Buddies, a different kind of book group that explores creativity and early literacy at the Storrs Library. Kids will design, build, and display a Lego structure relating to the book that is read. Register by visiting the library or by calling 565-4182.
FILM, DISCUSSION SERIES
Storrs Library's Film & Discussion Series will continue on April 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with "Bomber." Film is 84 minutes and contains adult content. Call the Reference Desk at 565-4181 to register.
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library will offer Drop-in Stitches, a workshop for student knitters and crocheters in grade 4 and above. This group is for those who are working on projects and want to socialize with others or for those who need guidance with their existing project. Group meets each Friday from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
SWIM, TENNIS LESSONS
Be sure to visit www.LPRD.net or the Parks & Rec. Office for a full listing of all of its swim and tennis lessons this summer. Lessons run in two-week sessions throughout the summer and encompass ages 3.5 through adult.
Brad Miller, director of Next Level Adventures and coach of the high school boys soccer team, will offer a Soccer Clinic at Greenwood Park April 20 and 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, for kids age 7 to 11. Cost: $55. For more info and registration, visit www.LPRD.net.
SPRING BASEBALL CLINIC
Longmeadow's Spring Baseball Clinic for kids ages 7 to 12 is under the direction of Chris Corkum of Chris Corkum's Baseball Camps. Inc. Clinic meets April 20 and 21, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Greenwood Park. Rain date: April 22. Cost: $70. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
VACATION OPEN SWIM
Open swim will take place April 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 10 and older. at the high school. Younger participants welcome with parental supervision. Changing rooms and showers are available. Lifeguard on duty. Cost: $7.50 or free with indoor season pass per day.
Creativity workshops for kids in kindergarten to fifth grades will take place April 18 to 22 from 9 to 11 a.m. with Let's Gogh Art at the Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
PASSPORT DAY IN THE USA
In recognition of Passport Day in the USA, the Parks & Rec. Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 9 in the Community House office to accept passport applications. For more info, visit www.travel.state.gov or call (877) 487-2778.
NEW YORK CITY TRIP
Parks & Rec. will sponsor a trip to New York City on April 9. Stops: 5th Avenue, beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Canal Street. Pick up information and maps available on the bus. Staff from the Parks & Rec. will be along to supervise. Depart Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Cost: $47. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
GYMNASTICS AND SPORTS
USA Champion Kids and Lorrie Rousseau will offer a gymnastics and sports classes on Thursdays, April 28 to June 16 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. for 2 and 3 year-olds; and 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. for 4 and 5 year-olds; or Tuesdays April 26 to June 14 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. for 2 and 3 year-olds and from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. for 4 and 5 year-olds at Greenwood Center. Cost: $65. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration.
Jon O'Neill is offering several music classes in the After School Room at Greenwood Children's Center. Classes meet on Tuesdays from April 12 to May 17 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. for newborns to 18 months of age and 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to noon for those 19 months to 3 years. Cost: $65. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
DANCE INTO SPRING
Dance Instructor Leah Harrington will lead dancers age 5 and older into a special springtime program April 19 to 21 from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Community House Dance Studio. Cost: $60. For registration, visit www.LPRD.net.
GIRLS LACROSSE CLINIC
Girls in 1st and 2nd grades will enjoy running through the basics of introductory lacrosse drills and skills with members of the high school girls lacrosse teams and Coach Steve Dudeck beginning April 29. All players are required to provide their own equipment which should include a stick, goggles and mouth guard. For more info, call Dudeck at 567-7975. Cost: $60.
YOUTH FIELD HOCKEY
Parks & Rec. will offer an instructional field hockey program for girls in 5th to 8th grades. There are typically two practices per week and games are scheduled against surrounding in-town program teams. Practices begin in August and games are in September and October. Fee: $85. Late fee: $25 after June 1.
TRAVEL FIELD HOCKEY
Parks & Rec. will offer an instructional field hockey program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. Try-outs on Aug. 27 will determine team placement. League starts in early September and runs to November. Cost: $50 uniform deposit fee and $100 per player. Late fee: $25 after June 1.
Parks & Rec. will offer beginner gymnastics for girls age 5 to 12. No experience required. Class meets on Thursdays, April 28 to June 16 at Greenwood Center from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 8 and 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. for ages 9 to 12. Cost: $85. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
BOYS LACROSSE CLINIC
Parks & Rec. will offer a lacrosse clinic for boys in kindergarten to 2nd grade. Participants will work with the the high school boys lacrosse team and Coach John Rauseo in this six-week clinic. Clinic meets on Saturdays, April 9 to May 21, from 9 to 10 a.m., at the high school fields. Cost: $70. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Children ages 3 to 7 will explore multiple art mediums and enjoy messy projects in Petite Pollocks art class. Each class will feature several open-ended art projects. Materials are included. Class will meet on Wednesdays, April 27 to June 15, from 5:10 to 5:50 p.m., at Greenwood Children's Center. Cost: $110. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration.
AMERCIAN GIRLS CRAFTS AND TEA
An American Girls crafts and tea session will take place April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Greenwood Community Room. Cost: $25. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
ADULT BALLROOM DANCE
Adult Ballroom Dance classes, geared toward beginners will take place April 6 to May 25, from 6 to 7 p.m., with Instructor Andrea Gallano at the Shoestring Dance Studio, 284 North Maple St., Enfield, Conn. Cost: $65 per person. Visit for registration.
FASHION DESIGN CLASSES
Longmeadow Parks & Rec. will partner with Tatyana Zak of Fashion Salon Sewing and Design in East Longmeadow for those who want to learn about the fashion industry and the techniques of sewing and creating one's own designs. Visit for info, registration and class offerings.
TUESDAY MORNING MUSIC
The next Tuesday Morning Music program at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will take place April 5 with Margarita Nuller on piano and Paul Surapine on clarinet. For more info, call 737-5311.
WOMEN'S GUILD MEETING
The Women's Guild meeting will take place April 5 at 7 p.m. in the parish center, St. Catherine of Siena Rectory, 1023 Parker St. A fashion show will be presented by "Christopher and Banks" from the Eastfield Mall. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.
COFFEE HOUSE-STYLE CONCERT
On April 2 at 7 p.m., Foster Memorial Church will offer a coffee house-style concert. Rev. Barbara Schenk, pastor of the church, and her husband, Keith, a duo called "Two of Us," will perform popular and original acoustic tunes from the '60s to today. Refreshments served. Tickets: $10 by calling 782-2112. Proceeds will go toward kitchen renovations.
The Springfield Golden Age Club presents a trip to Newport Playhouse on May 12 to see "Bermuda Ave Triangle" and a cabaret. Price includes a delicious buffet luncheon, bus and gratuity. Cost: $73 members and $78 non-members. For more info, call Annemarie Pajer at 785-5408.
FREE SMOKE DETECTORS
The Department of Elder Affairs/Senior Aides Program and the Fire Department are offering free smoke detectors to homeowners in Springfield who are older than 60 years. Call 311 to register and schedule an appointment.
"KEEPING YOUR BRAIN FIT!"
Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St., will host "Keeping Your Brain Fit!" by Sundance Rehabilitation on April 4 at 12:30 p.m. Register with Kerri at 750-2873. Sign-up for lunch too. Registration required for lunch by April 1 at 11:30 a.m. Menu: shepherd's pie with gravy, green beans, rye bread and mixed fruit. Donation: $1.75.
VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASS
Springfield Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson St., is offering a hands-on Passover vegetarian cooking class on April 11 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The class will be taught by organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier. Beginners and seasoned cooks are welcome. Cost: $30 for JCC members, $40 for others. For more info, visit www.springfieldjcc.org.
ROTARY CLUB MEETING
Jim Kaplan, award winning Sports Illustrated writer and author, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's meeting on April 1 at the Basketball Hall of Fame at 12:15 p.m. He'll discuss his new book, "The Greatest Game Ever Pitched: Juan Marichal, Warren Spahn and the Pitching Duel of the Century." Cost: $15. For more info, visit www.springfieldmarotary.org.
TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., invites the public to join them on their annual trip to Washington, D.C., April 15 to 17. Cost: $300, includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two Full course dinners, guided sightseeing tours and more. For info and reservations, contact Vera O'Connor at 726-9006 or the church office at 736-8567.
PALM SUNDAY SERVICES
St. Peter's Episcopal/Anglican Church, 45 Buckingham St., invites the public to attend Palm Sunday Services on April 17. Palms will be handed out at 8 a.m. service (no music) and 10 a.m. service (with music). Rev. Dee Wellington Bright is the Rector. For more info, call 736-8567.
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
St. Peter's Episcopal/Anglican Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have its Easter Sunday Celebration of The Resurrection of Jesus, April 24, at the 8 a.m. service (no music) and the 10 am. service (with music). Public is invited. For more info, call the church office at 736-856.
Trash fee bills for fiscal year 2011 were issued March 16. These bills reflect the trash fee for the period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Payment in full is due within 30 days and no later than April 15. For questions, call 3-1-1 or 736-3111.
College scholarships will be awarded to active members of St. Catherine of Siena Church on Parker Street. Applications can be picked up at the rectory and must be submitted by March 31. Awards will be given at the Women's Guild Communion Supper at the Parish Center on May 3.
Betty of St. Catherine of Siena Parish is organizing a Mystery Tour day trip May 18. Deposit of $25 is due at sign up and final payment is due April 18. Cost ($109) includes round trip luxury motorcoach transportation, driver gratuity and more. Depart at 7 a.m., return at 8 p.m. To reserve a seat, call Betty at 896-8801.
TRIP TO MONTREAL
Betty of St. Catherine of Siena Parish is organizing a trip to Montreal, Canada, June 24 to 26. Cost: $449 per person, double occupancy. Deposit of $149 due a sign up. Final balance due June 3. To reserve a seat, call Betty at 896-8801.
ANNUAL BUNNY BREAKFAST
Wilbraham Junior Women's Club invites all kids and their families to the annual Bunny Breakfast April 9, from 8 to 11 a.m., at St. Cecilia's Parish Center, 42 Main St. Tickets: $3 for kids 12 and younger and $5 for adults. Menu: pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Face painting and crafts. Raffles. For more info, or to purchase Butter Braids pastry dough, visit www.wilbrahamjuniorwomens.org.
On April 14, the Villa Rose Restaurant, 1428 Center St., Ludlow, will host lunch or dinner and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to the Friends of Wilbraham Seniors Building Fund. Villa Rose will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For parties of four or more, call for reservations at 547-6667.
Wilbraham Rabies Clinic will take place April 9 at the Department of Public Works on Boston Road across from the disposal and recycling site. Clinic hours are 11 a.m. to noon. Cost: $15 per pet. This clinic is open to the public.
Town Clerk Beverly J. Litchfield wants to remind those residents that have not licensed their dog(s) for the current year that their previous year's license expired on Dec. 31. Licensing period runs from Jan. 1 to March 31 with late fees being applied beginning April 1. For more info, call 596-2800 ext. 200.
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten to attend organized 90-minute playgroups Monday through Friday. For more info, call 596-2472.