Town Events, March 2 - March 9
|From The Reminder|
WOMEN S FELLOWSHIP SUPPER
The First Congregational Church Women s Fellowship will host a pot luck supper on March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The speaker will be Betty Korostynski of W. Spfld. Korostynski s hobby is button collecting. She will present interesting facts and exhibits about her hobby of 25 years. Guests and friends are invited to attend.
ELEEF DINNER DANCE
The East Longmeadow Educational Endowment Fund (ELEEF) hosts its 14th annual dinner dance on March 21 at Elmcrest Country Club. The Dance for Education features the side splitting comedy of Ira Proctor and Pete Costello, two of the Boston Comedy Connection s most successful and renowned comics. The pair have been featured on national TV and have performed with national celebrities; 6 p.m. - midnight. Tickets are $55 each; contact Maria or Damon D Amico at 526-0859, Marna Shields at 525-9843 or Laura Caine at 525-2451 for tickets.
Hunting the Forest Spirit will take place March 14 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Ages 11 - 18 welcome. No registration necessary. Go to the library Web site for more info: www.eastlongmeadow.org/library.
FREE REIKI SHARES
Free reiki shares are coming to Quantum Life Management Center, 30 Westwood Ave. on the last Thursday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. Whether you are familiar with reiki or would like to experience for the first time, these shares will give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and heal in an atmosphere of divine love and light. For more info, call 526-9840.
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.
KEEPING YOUR BALANCE
Have you ever wondered, Why am I tripping? Why is my balance getting worse? If so, come to the Pleasant View Senior Center on March 9 at 10 a.m. and hear Jim Biron, a Physical Therapist from Performance Rehabilitation, explain how balance systems work and why they go awry. Call 525-5436 to register. Free and open to the public.
LEMON PIE FUNDRAISER
The Senior Friendship Club will be hosting a sandwich luncheon with lemon pie for dessert on March 19. Tickets will be on sale at the Friendship Club meetings on Feb. 26, March 5 and 12 for $4. For more info call Gloria Hogan at 734-2044 or Rosalie Hart at 525-3734.
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.
SPRING SPORTS SWAP
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will conduct a spring sports swap on March 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Rec. Dept. Drop off days are March 26 and 27. This is a great opportunity to clean out your home of unwanted cleats, bats, gloves, lacrosse sticks and gear, shin guards " only equipment in good condition will be accepted.
The East Longmeadow Public School System will have Preschool Screening for three and four year-old children on March 18-19 at Meadow Brook School. Vision, hearing, speech and language, and cognitive development will be screened. The screening process takes approximately one hour. For more info, or to schedule an appointment, call the Meadow Brook Office at 525-5470.
PIONEER VALLEY SOCCER
E.L. Rec. Dept. is now accepting late registrations for Pioneer Valley soccer " 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.
Registrations are still being taken at the E.L. Rec. Dept. for the C Division for travel grades 3 - 6 and intown; K - 4 spring baseball program. Deadline to register is March 6. Call Office for fees or more info.
SPRING SPORTS AVAILABLE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is taking registrations for the following spring sports. Office is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.: intown soccer registration deadline March 20; boys lacrosse registration deadline March 6; girls lacrosse registration deadline March 6; girls softball registration deadline March 6; baseball registration deadline March 6; comp. swim registration deadline " limited to 40.
WOMEN S AEROBICS
New session of women s aerobics at the E.L. Rec. Dept. began on Feb. 9/10 " Mon/Wed, 6 - 7 p.m. or T/Th, 5 - 6 p.m. or 6 - 7 p.m. Openings are still available. Perfect time to get in shape for the spring! Office open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.
St. Mark s Episcopal Church, 1 Porter Rd., will host a spaghetti supper on March 7. The event is open to the public with seating from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door; $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and children under 10. Bring a canned good to donate to Open Pantry and save $1.
BABA TRANGHESE AWARD
The E.L. Baseball Assoc. is accepting nominations for the Baba Tranghese Award, to be presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the East Longmeadow baseball program over the years. The award will be presented at the opening day ceremonies at Center Field on April 25. All nominations must be received by April 4 and can be sent to Baba Award, East Longmeadow Recreation Department, 328 N. Main St., E. Long., MA 01028.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club welcomes the East Longmeadow High School Jazz Band on March 5th at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is beef pot pie w/biscuit, potatoes, green beans, and mixed fruit. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
On March 17 veterans rep. George Herrick will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center for a monthly meeting and coffee hour beginning at 9 a.m. Local veterans of all ages are welcome to attend.
ST. PATRICK S DAY LUNCHEON
Make your reservation now for our special St. Patrick s Day luncheon on March 17 at noon for $3. Menu: corned beef w/cabbage, potato, carrots, Irish soda bread and bread pudding. Entertainer Faith Thompson will be providing Irish music to add to the festivities. Call the senior center at 525-5436.
NEW DANCE AEROBICS
Debbie Perry will teach a Dance Aerobics class at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. beginning March 17. Classes will run for six weeks, and will consist of low aerobic exercise and stretching exercises without floor work. Sign up in the Senior Center office, or come to Debbie s free demo class on March 10 at 3:30 p.m. to try it out.
Financial Services professionals Michael Damon and Doug Price will be at the Pleasant View Senior on March 18 at 1:30 p.m. Topics will include recent changes and new rules and format for IRA distributions for 2009 retirees; guaranteed investments with no stock market risks; and a brief summary on protecting your assets. Q&A period will follow. Call 525-5436 to register for this free presentation.
The Book Club will meet at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on March 31 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. The Book Club meets the last Tuesday of each month and is free and open to all.
ADULT SOFTBALL TRYOUTS
First Baptist Church is hosting try-outs for the 2009 adult softball season March 24 - April 7 at 5:30 p.m. on church premises, located at 50 Parker St. Contact John at 525-2598 for more info.
MARYANNE S KIDS FUNDRAISER
Stepping Out for MaryAnne s Kids will take place March 7 from 6 p.m. - midnight at the Hampden Country Club. Dinner, dancing, silent auctions and a tea cup raffle will be featured. A fun, casual evening. Tickets are $45 per person. This a fundraiser for local foster children administered through Center for Human Development. Visit www.chd.org for more info.
PIONEER VALLEY STAMP CLUB
The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on March 10 and 24 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 to attend. Visit www.pioneervalleystampclub.org for more info, or call Bev at (860) 623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809.
WOMEN S NEW MOON SONG CIRLCE
Rosh Chodesh is the celebration of the beginning of each month in the Jewish calendar. It is a time for women to gather and explore the nature of spirituality and renewal. Join us as we deepen our connection to this special time through Jewish songs, chants and meditation. Leader: Felicia Sloin. Meets monthly on Sundays: March 29, April 19 and May 17, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Inspirit Common, 123 Russell St., Hadley. Suggested donation is $10 and women of all ages are invited.
CORNED BEEF SUPPER
A corned been and cabbage supper will take place March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Federated Community Church, 590 Main St. Adults, $12, children, $8. Call 566-3711 for reservations.
LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The Hampden Lions Club is offerring a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a senior in high school and who is a resident of Hampden. Applications for this scholarship are available in the Guidance Offices of Minnechaug Regional High School and Cathedral. Deadline for applying is April 15. If there are any questions, contact Joan Shea at 566-8224.
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.
REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE
The Longmeadow Republican Town Committee will host its regular monthly meeting on March 12 in the cafeteria at the Greenwood Senior Center and will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. In keeping with current state and local focuses on public finances, there will be a presentation on opportunities and challenges of forward year town budgeting. Upcoming spring town elections will also be discussed. Visitors are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call 567-5480 for further info.
LENTEN DINNERS & ACTIVITIES
The First Church of Christ in Longmeadow will host a series of Lenten dinners on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1. Dinner on March 11 will feature Breakfast for Dinner ; Irish Night will be March 18. Dinner on March 25 will be potluck style, followed by a family friendly activity. Italian Night will be April 1. Dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bailey Hall and are open to all. Call the church office at 567-6287 to make a reservation. A free will offering will be taken at each dinner to help defray the cost. The church is located at 763 Longmeadow St.
POLLACK PLAYHOUSE THEATER
The Pollack Playhouse Summer Theatre announces their summer production of Once Upon A Mattress. A workshop is open to kids ages 10 and up, rehearsals start in June, and show dates Sept. 11 and 12. Performances and rehearsals are in Longmeadow. For more info e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
BROWN BAG BINGO
The Storrs Library will offer a special Brown Bag Bingo on March 19 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Longmeadow elementary schools half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in our bingo program. Kids from grade 1 - 5 are invited. Register by calling 565-4182.
HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS NIGHT
Longmeadow High School will host parent conferences on March 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Parents will be given an opportunity to visit with each of their child s teachers for a 5 min. meeting. Students will be given a sign-up sheet March 5 to take to each teacher you wish to meet with. Guidance counselors and administrators will be available during these times.
LITTLE BLACK DRESS
On March 5 Yvonne Turgeon will give a presentation about our favorite piece of clothing: The Little Black Dress, at the Longmeadow Adult Center. She will demonstrate how to accessorize it for any occasion. She sells age appropriate, reasonably priced clothing at her shop by appt. only, and she will bring some with her that may be purchased. We re joining the Over 60 Club for an afternoon of fashion and fun. Register at 565-4150.
On March 5 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. kids in kindergarten to second grade are invited to Building Buddies, a different kind of book group that explores creativity, at the Storrs Library. The program consists of a story and discussion, a snack and a Lego activity. Children will design, build and display a Lego structure relating to the book that is read. Problem solving and creativity will be in play as book group enjoys this 45-minute get together. Register by visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
TODDLER PLAYGROUP SERIES
The Storrs Library invites toddlers ages six - 30 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our weekly series of playgroups for the very young. Your toddler will enjoy fingerplays, songs and stories along with our unstructured playtime. We provide toys for independent and group play, as well as music and lots of space. Children practice early social skills, while moms, dads and caregivers get to talk with other parents. The Playgroup runs each Friday in March from 10 - 11 a.m. Call the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182 or stop by for more info. This program is free and no registration is required.
SPRINGTIME IN NEW YORK CITY
Springtime will be here soon and what a better way to celebrate the good weather than to spend a day enjoying the streets of NYC. You plan your day. Stops will be along 5th Ave. beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through Canal Street in lower Manhattan. Longmeadow Parks & Rec. staff will be along to supervise and provide info. Trip will be May 16. The bus will depart Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and info.
MARY POPPINS ON BROADWAY
Her carpet bag is packed and her umbrella is unfurled and Mary Poppins has arrived in New York at the Amsterdam Theatre. Seats are located in the orchestra section for the 2 p.m. show on May 16. The bus will depart Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
Two free book discussions with author Dennis Lehane will take place at the Storrs Library at 6:30 p.m. on March 25 for Mystic River and on April 15 for The Given Day. To register and reserve a copy of the book(s), call 656-4181.
TOUR OF NBC AT ROCKEFELLER PLAZA
Have you ever wanted to see where the Evening News or the Today Show are filmed or wondered where Saturday Night Live is broadcast from? Travel back in time and see where all your favorite TV shows began inside the walls of the GE Building, which is the center of Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. There is time before the tour and after to enjoy all the sites and sounds of New York on May 16. The bus will depart Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
BROWN BAG CRAFTS
The Storrs Library will offer Brown Bag Crafts on March 18 from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. in conjunction with the Longmeadow elementary schools half-day schedule. Bring your own lunch and participate in a great craft and activity for students from kindergarten - second grade. Register by calling 565-4182.
AMERICAN GIRL IN THE BIG CITY
Every young girl who has an American Girl companion will enjoy our visit to the American Girl Place on 5th Ave. Our visit will include dinner in the American Girl Caf at 5:30 p.m. You can spend the full day at the American Girl Store or visit the area along 5th Ave. and Rockefeller Plaza on May 16. The bus will depart Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
ADULT BALLROOM DANCE
Ballroom dance is an excellent form of exercise and an opportunity to learn the classic art of ballroom dancing. Classes are geared toward beginners, with the focus being the Fox Trot! Bring your dance shoes, gather your partner or come alone and have a good time getting some exercise and meeting new people. Class meets on Wednesdays March 4 - April 29 from 6 - 7 p.m. in the Greenwood Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
NEW MOMS GROUP
One of the most exciting times of your life can be when you become a parent. Come and share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. This program is offered in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parenting Education Dept. Call 784-5515 for more info. This program meets on Thursdays from 10 - 11 a.m. at the Greenwood Center and is free of charge.
Youths in grades 6 - 8 and their guests are welcome to enjoy a supervised evening out on Fridays from 7 - 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games with DJ Jon O Neill as well as theme nights and activities! All students must sign in prior to entry. School dress codes are strictly followed. Teen Center is run and staffed by area college students. Parent info packets are available on site at each event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with any questions. Teen Center will meet on March 6, April 3, May 1 and June 5.
SYMPHONY LUNCH CONCERTS
Not your typical lunch hour. It s innovative, informative and a great way to start your weekend. On March 13 the Longmeadow Adult Center will experience excerpts from Vivaldi s The Four Seasons and Mendelssohn s Scottish Symphony along with dialogue from Kevin Rhodes. Senior rate is $12.50. Our van seats 10 at $3 and we can meet others there. Order a packed lunch for $7.50 or bring your own. Concert is at 12:30 p.m.; van departs Adult Center at 11 a.m. Register at 565-4150.
DADS & DONUTS AT STORRS
Are you looking for a great activity for kids and their dads? The Youth Service Dept. at the Storrs Library will host Dads & Donuts, a special Saturday activity on March 7. Everyone is invited for an hour of coffee, donuts and crafts. This program for dads and kids will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. Register in advance by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room.
CLUB 6 - 9 - 3
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grades 2 - 3 on March 11 at 3:15 p.m. We will be reading Soupy Saturdays with the Pain & the Great One by Judy Blume. Read seven stories that give a funny and revealing peek at the way a brother and sister relate to each other. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Department in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room to register or receive more info about Club 6 " 9 " 3.
The Bookworm Bunch for young readers in kindergarten and first grade will meet at the Storrs Library on March 12 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. to read and discuss Pancakes for Supper! by Anne Isaacs. Find out what a young girl does to fend off the threats of wild animals in the backwoods of New England. The book group will include several different activities related to the story. For more info or to register, call the Phillip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182 or visit the Library.
SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS
P.L.A.C.E. will present Special Education Basic Rights Workshop with Ellen Chambers of SpedWatch on March 4 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room, Longmeadow High School, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd. This free workshop will provide an intro to parents rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, Massachusetts Special Education Law and No Child Left Behind. To register, e-mail email@example.com.
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 March 17 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.
MERCURY THERMOMETER EXCHANGE
There is enough mercury in one fever thermometer to contaminate a 20 acre lake. In an effort to safeguard community and environmental health, the Longmeadow Adult Center will be exchanging residents mercury thermometers with safe digital thermometers on March 9 from 10 - 11:45 a.m. during Wellness Clinic. Call 565-4150 with any questions.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
March 13, 10 - 11 a.m. Speaker Kathleen S. Belsky, RN, Director of Hospice Services, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, will discuss how to talk with your loved ones about your life care wishes and how to help them speak as your voice when needed. Healthcare Proxy, Living Wills, Palliative Care and Hospice will be covered. A healthy snack will be served. Register at Longmeadow Adult Center, 565-4150.
TAI CHI CLASSES
The new Tai Chi session at the Longmeadow Adult Center runs March 20 - May 10 at 8:40 a.m. in the Greenwood Gym. Doctor recommended for its positive effects for balance, cardiovascular and respiratory functions, preventing falls and lowering blood pressure. Register at 565-4150. No class on April 24.
Thursdays at the Longmeadow Adult Center at 12:30 p.m. from March 12 - April 23, our Chair Yoga classes offer great benefits for your body and provide a gentle but effective workout. Meditation and excellent stretching moves. Very similar to using a mat, but more comfortable. Register at 565-4150.
HISTORIC COMMISSION MEETING
The Longmeadow Historic District Commissionwill host a meeting on March 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Fire Station. They will discuss the Colony Hills neighborhood proposed historic district exemption requests.
RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS
All levels are taught by our experienced lifeguards. Children should be comfortable in the water and toilet trained. Instruction will focus on stroke development, endurance and water safety. Lessons take place on Saturdays beginning March 14 at the LHS pool. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
MUSICAL NOTES FOR INFANTS, TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS
Clap, sing and move with your child in this program designed for your child s enjoyment. These six-week programs will integrate singing, music and use of various instruments. All classes meet in Tuesday mornings for six weeks in the Community Room at Greenwood Children s Center beginning Feb. 24. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
KARATE - SHOTOKAN STYLE
Ages 5 and up. Shotokan Karate-DO (SKIF System) is a traditional Japanese martial art. The study of Karate is an inner search for growth and self-discipline, which encompasses many ideals. Students train in the basic exercise involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring and self-defense. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
MEN S SOFTBALL LEAGUE
Enjoy the great pastime of softball with friends and co-workers throughout the spring and summer. Attendance is required and only eight teams will be selected. Any Longmeadow resident interested in playing but not yet on a team must attend the meeting and sign up to be placed on a team. Games take place twice a week. Season starts in May and ends in August. Meeting will be March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House. Contact Cristina Judd at 565-4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Ages 14 and up. Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF) system includes an international standardized syllabus of stretching, kihon (basic), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). Class meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays beginning March 3 at the Old Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Tai Chi is a classical Chinese martial art that includes a series of slow, gentle and graceful movements and postures. Emphasis is placed on movement, meditation and breathing techniques to promote peacefulness while achieving physical and mental well being. Classes meet on Tuesdays. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
DISCOUNTED INDOOR POOL PASSES
Indoor pool passes are now prorated, as we are halfway through the pools season. The new fees are as follows: individual pass for residents $31, non-residents $43.50, family passes for residents is $102.50 and $168 for non-residents. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info or call 565-4160.
This fun, non-competitive atmosphere allows player to improve their skills. It is a great way to stay active and meet new people. Volleyball meets on Mondays at Glenbrook Middle School from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
MEN S BASKETBALL
Evening pick up games at Glenbrook Gym provide the opportunity for a great work out, competition and fun. Players must be out of high school to participate in this program. Basketball meets on Thursdays from 8:30 - 10 p.m. at Glenbrook Middle School. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
MEN S VOLLEYBALL
This program offers a high level of play for advanced participants, with teams calling their own violations. Volleyball will meet on Wednesdays from 7:45 - 9:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children s Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info or registration.
SENIOR MEN S VOLLEYBALL
Fun pick up games for men ages 50+. Approx. 15 men show each night. This program offers a great way to stay fit, with some players preparing for the Senior Olympics. Program meets on Mondays from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. at Greenwood Children s Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
GIRLS SPRING VOLLEYBALL CLINIC
Join LHS Varsity Coach George Mulry and his players for this high energy, skill packed one day clinic. Participants will learn the fundamentals and techniques from high school players. Activities will focus on drills and skill development including serving, passing, hitting, setting and blocking. Clinic will meet on April 23 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the LHS gym. For more info visit www.LongmeadowVolleyball.com. For registration visit www.LPRD.net or the Longmeadow Community House.
FALL YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION
Sponsored. This popular program, with approx. 1,000 participants last year, will run September - November. Kids in grades K - 8 are eligible. Practices take place on one weekday or Saturday each week with games on Sundays. Optional travel teams play on Saturdays and Sundays. Uniforms will be provided. Sign up dates are April 14, 16, 27 and 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House.
MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library will host a Mother & Daughter Book Group on March 24 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. This discussion group is open to students in grades 6 and above and meets monthly. Our selection for March is Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath. Mothers and daughters are invited to pick up a copy in the Discovery Room and join us for conversation and special related activities. Call the Youth Service Dept. in the at 565-4182 for more info.
Join us for snacks as our new Pageturner Critics, a book group for students in grades four and above, meets at the Storrs Library. Our critics will read and discuss at least one new book each month, design their own critic s page and have their findings published. Pageturners will rate each of their selections for future readers. The group will meet on March 26 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. Register or receive more info by calling 565-4182.
The Springfield Hobby Club will host its tag/craft sale on March 5 and 6 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. In addition to our craft tables, there will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members table. The downstairs Thrift Shop will hold fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.
Lenten lunches at St. Catherine s social center, 1023 Parker St., every Friday through April 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch includes sandwich, soup, beverage and dessert for $5. Please bring a non-perishable food item for Survival Center.
JCC CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES
The Springfield JCC has scheduled new eight-week sessions of Sylvia Rosen s creative writing classes, to begin March 16, 17 and 20 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. (no classes weeks of April 6 and 13). Call the Springfield JCC at 739-4715 for further info and registration/fee details.
Temple Beth El will host its Fourth Annual Cantors Concert titled Sacred and Secular " Music from the Bima to Broadway on March 22. The program will be followed by an Art Show reception featuring work by the students of Heritage Academy. Cost is $18 for students/seniors, $25 for adults, with a limited number of sponsor, patron, and benefactor opportunities of $36, $72, and $180. Persons interested should contact Temple Beth El at 733-4149.
AMERICAN GIRL TRIP
St. Catherine of Siena presents a trip to the American Girl Store in Natick, Mass., on April 22. Cost includes lunch with an additional goody bag for each girl. Call Betty at 896-8801 for info.
UNIVERSITY WITHOUT WALLS
The UMass University Without Walls is a bachelor s degree completion program in which students design their own degree, integrating previous academic credit, using background and interests that reflect their creative and interdisciplinary connections, allowing them to earn UMass credit for experience gained from life, work and training experiences. Learn more at an info session on March 26 at Springfield Technical Community College, Building 16, Room 235, from 5:30 - 7 p.m. For any questions, contact Robin Coolbeth at 545-1378 or email@example.com.
JCC WINE TASTING
The Springfield JCC will host a Kosher for Passover Wine Tasting March 10 from 6-8 p.m. at 1160 Dickinson St. This event is free. Anyone interested in purchasing kosher wine is welcome to attend. Attendees can sample from a selection of 40 - 50 wines; and order from a selection of more than 150 wines. For more info, contact Bev Nadler at 739-4715 ext. 355, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Chapter 221, will meet on March 6, downstairs in Vincent Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. Social period: 1 p.m. (coffee and donuts). Business meeting: 1:30 p.m. For info call 733-1286.
NEW YORK CITY TRIP
St. Mary s Church, 840 Page Blvd., East Springfield, is sponsoring a bus trip to NYC on May 23. Bus leaves church parking lot at 7 a.m., returning approx. 9 p.m. Cost includes transportation and driver s gratuity. You will be free to do whatever you want while in the Big Apple. Call Sylvia to make your reservation at 594-2757.
PINE POINT MEETING
The Pine Point Community Council will host their monthly meeting on March 11 at 7 p.m. at 335 Berkshire Ave. The council will hear a request for a special permit for auto repair at 18 Berkshire Ave. A full agenda can be found at www.pinepointcouncil.com. All residents of Pine Point are invited to attend and learn more about their neighborhood.
WFL ART SHOW RECEPTION
The Wilbraham Friends of the Library art show reception will take place March 7 from 1 - 3 p.m. in the Brooks Room of the Wilbraham Public Library. Meet local artists, enjoy refreshments and have an opportunity to buy unframed prints. Everyone is welcome. The show runs through March 30.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
Be a Local Hero is the theme of Karen Randall s talk to the Wilbraham Garden Club on March 5. As owner of Randall s Farm in Ludlow, Karen will relate the history of her family s business from an early roadside stand to the present day market and greenhouse. As advocate for the Local Hero campaign, she will talk about the project and its significance for regional farmers and consumers. The meeting will take place at the Wilbraham Library and begins at 12:15 p.m.
WOMEN S CLUB MEETING
The Wilbraham Women s Club will host its next meeting on March 12 at the parish center of St. Cecilia Church. A lunch of sandwiches and dessert will be served at noon. A short meeting will then take place, after which Our Crafty Crafters will Share Their Talents. For more info call 596-8905.
FACULTY VS. STUDENTS GAME
Once again, the Minnechaug High School faculty will take on the seniors in the annual faculty vs. senior basketball. This exciting event will take place in the Falcon Gym at Minnechaug on March 20. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. There will be performances and contests for prizes at half-time. The cost is $5, or $4 with a valid Renaissance card. Refreshments will be available for a fee. This event is open to the community.
PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Burch Tree Nursery School will have an open house on March 5 at 1 p.m. Prospective students and families may view the facility and receive info about the half-day programs that are offered for 3 - 5 year olds. Registration for the 2009-10 school year will be available. Contact Pam Burch, 915 Tinkham Rd., for more info at 596-9819.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a meeting of the Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School Committee on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School Superintendent s Conference Room, 621 Main St.