Town Events, March 7 - March 14
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From The Reminder
SERVING FROM THE HEART
Find your gifts and talents for service and join those at East Longmeadow United Methodist Church for Serving from the Heart, a six-week spiritual gifts class on Wednesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. beginning March 16, led by Evie Soucie. For more info, call the church at 525-7416.
FOXWOODS BUS TRIP
The East Longmeadow High School Athletic Hall of Fame is sponsoring a trip to Foxwood Casino March 26. Bus leaves the high school parking lot at 9 a.m., returns at 6 p.m. Cost: $30, includes $15 Keno play, $15 food voucher. Limited to 54 persons, first come, first served. Make checks payable to ELHSAHOF and send to: Lloyd Duperre, 17 Waterman Ave., East Longmeadow, MA. 01028.
A Candidate's Day will take place at the Pleasant View Senior Center on March 24, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Candidates include those running for the Board of Assessors, Board of Public Works, Board of Selectmen, Library Trustee, Planning Board and School Committee.
The East Longmeadow Rec. Department will conduct a "Spring Sports Equipment Swap" on April 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop off clean, reusable items from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and receive a ticket to the event. For more info, call the department at 525-5437.
Registration for the East Longmeadow Rec. Department's "Intown Soccer," for students in kindergarten to fifth grades, will be accepted until March 26. Fee: $45 ($60 for non-residents). Late fee: $10. Sign-up deadline: April 8.
SOCCER COACHES NEEDED
The East Longmeadow Rec. Department is in great need of coaches for the "Intown Soccer" program this spring. No experience necessary; we'll train you. For more info, call the department at 525-5437.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will host their Lemon Pie and Sandwich Luncheon on March 10 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. For those who did not purchase a ticket, the regular noon luncheon is veal parmesan, pasta with sauce, corn and pears. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
FREE DANCE PERFORMANCE
Artistic Dance Conservatory's Kinetic State Youth Ballet will entertain audiences at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on March 8 at 1 p.m., performing the fairytale classic, "Cinderella." This special performance is free and open to the public.
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER
American Legion, 3 Legion Court, will host a St. Patrick's Day dinner on March 24 at 6 p.m. Menu: corned beef and cabbage, carrots, potatoes, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake, brownies, soda, coffee and tea. Other refreshments are available for extra cost. Cost: $10.50 per person at the door. Call Chris at 592-0596 for more info. Dinner is on unless otherwise noted.
USED BOOK SALE FUND-RAISER
Birchland Park Middle School will be hosting its annual fund-raiser used book sale on March 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are books for all ages and interests. Proceeds are used to sponsor student events.
The East Longmeadow Rec. Department will host a complimentary, fun workout of P90X, Hip Hop Abs and more at Birchland Park Middle School on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sign up by calling at 525-5437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELHS 50TH B'DAY PARTY MEETING
East Longmeadow High School's 50th Birthday Party Committee will meet March 14 in the high school cafeteria at 6 p.m. All invited. For tickets to the party, July 1 to 4 or for info about purchasing engraved bricks for the Spartan Walkway, visit www.elhs50thbirthdayparty.info or by calling 374-9919.
FIRE EXPLORER POST 525
Those between the ages of 15 and 20 are encouraged to learn more about firefighting and its allied fields with Fire Explorer Post 525. Meetings take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the at the East Longmeadow Fire Department at 6:30 p.m. Meet with the members of the Post. Discover what they learn and do.
EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet March 30 at 7 p.m. at 150 Somers Road. Items to discuss: Review December 2010 minutes; updates on Medical Reserve Corp and Community Emergency Response Team; Tier II Chemical Reports; COA/generator; and other business.
GIRL SCOUT ALUMNAE ASSOC.
A new Girl Scout Alumnae Association is being formed. There are no dues or membership fees to belong to this association. The association's luncheon will take place May 22, from 12:30 to 3 p.m., at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center in Sturbridge. For more info, contact Brandi Barcomb at Girl Scouts of Central and Western Mass., at 224-4036 or email@example.com.
BARK FOR LIFE
Dog Scouts Troop 211 is taking the lead in this fund-raising effort for the American Cancer Society in this year's Bark for Life at Stanley Park in Westfield on April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a non-competitive walk, complete with a dog trick show, agility run thru's, food, music and games for the dogs. For more info, contact Jim Helems, scoutmaster for Troop 211 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christ the King Church will sponsor a day trip on March 24 to Newport Dinner Theatre. Cost: $80, includes luncheon, comedy play, cabaret. Enjoy a Friday laughing with clean comedy by Yakov Smirnoff, direct from Branson at Foxwoods on April 8. Cost: 55, includes reserved seat, casino bonus and buffet luncheon. Trips include transportation from church and all taxes and gratuities. More trips available. To sign up, call Sue Brown at 323-0883.
BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
Hampden Council on Aging, 104 Allen St., will offer blood pressure clinics on March 23 and 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. No appointment necessary.
Hampden Council on Aging will offer chair massages on the third Friday of each month (March 18) with Vicki Finnegan. Cost: $10. Call 566-5588 to make an appointment.
The Hampden Quilting Sisters, the center's quilting group, will be working on a service project for their observance of this year's National Quilt Day (March 19) instead of having a quilt show. The Quilting Sisters are making a reproduction Civil War soldier's cot quilt. Drop in March 18 between 10:30 a.m. and noon, to see the progress on the cot quilt.
VETERAN'S MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER
Tickets now on sale for the upcoming show, "Showtime!" This variety show is scheduled for April 1, 2 and 3. Showtimes are: April 1 at 7:30 p.m.; April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 at 2 p.m. This show is a fundraiser to raise dollars to purchase a marimba for Minnechaug's band and restoration supplies for the Hampden Veteran's Memorial. Call Donna Benoit for tickets or for more info at 478-0958.
RED SOX BUS TRIP
Bus trip to see the Boston Red Sox versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on April 18 at 11:05 a.m. Depart the Black Horse Tavern, 546 Main St., at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Cost: $75, includes bus ride and ticket (bring your own food and drink for the ride no glass bottles). Seats are in the right field grandstand. For more info, call Bobby at 739-6029 or 265-6946.
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
A corned beef and cabbage supper will take place March 19 at Federated Community Church, 590 Main St. Menu also includes potato, carrots, salad, Irish soda, bread and dessert. Cost: adults, $12; kids, $8. For reservations, call 566-3711.
A rabies clinic for dogs and cats, sponsored by the Board of Health, will take place April 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the 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.
FILM DISCUSSION SERIES
The Storrs Library invites patrons to the first film in its new spring film and discussion series on March 21 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. "Only When I Dance" is a documentary following two young teenagers, Isabela and Irlan, as they strive to realize an extraordinary dream. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call the library at 565-4181.
GARDENERS ON THE GREEN
Gardeners on the Green in Longmeadow is hosting a presentation on edible perennial gardens on March 16 at 7 p.m. in the community room at Center School. This program is free and open to the public. John Root, a naturalist and educator, will speak about the variety of vegetables, fruits and nuts which can be grown in the Northeast.
St. Mary's of Longmeadow will be hosting its annual Shamrock Celebration on March 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the school gym, 56 Bliss Rd. Entertainment: McDermott Irish step dancers, Irish music and singing, Irish Trivia Contest, Soda Bread Contest, Wearing of the Green, Colleen Contest, and more. Face painting, crafts, balloons. Cost: $5, includes Irish soup, soda bread and desserts. Corned beef sandwiches will also be available for $3.50, and all drinks are included.
LIVING WELL CHAT GROUP
The Living Well Chat Group will meet March 11 at 10 a.m. at the Adult Center. Armin Asik, M.D. will speak about colorectal health (cancer prevention and screening). Asik is a hematologist and medical oncologist at Baystate Medical Center's D'Amour Center for Cancer. Pre-register by calling 565-4150.
ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP
The Arthritis Support Group will meet March 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Adult Center. Wear green and let's think about spring and ways to get our joints in shape. Call 565-4150 to pre-register.
Storrs Library will host a book discussion facilitated by Edwina Cruise, professor of Russian at Mount Holyoke College on March 15, 22 and 29 at 6:30 p.m. Book to be discussed: "Middlemarch (1872)" by George Eliot. Call the Adult Reference Desk at 565-4181 for additional information or to sign up for this series.
ART SHOW AND SALE
The Valley Radio Reading Service is seeking artists to participate in their annual Art Show and Sale. The show will take place May 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the restored Kimball Towers Lobby. All interested artists should call 747-7337 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mary Mother of Hope Parish's bus trips include April 6: "A Tribute to Liberace" at the Stadium Theater in Rhode Island on April 6. Cost: $69. A trip to New York City will take place May 22. Cost: $40. For more info, call Sylvia at 594-2757.
Trinity United Methodist Church's annual Lenten Luncheons begin March 11 and continue every Friday during Lent. Try some of the church's homemade clam chowder, famous lobster roll and homemade pie. Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Asbury Hall. Special Lenten services will take place in Grace Chapel from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. Take-out orders are available for 50 per order by calling the church office at 737-5311.
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
Saint Barnabas and All Saints Church, 41 Oakland St., will host a corned beef and cabbage dinner with assorted desserts on March 12 at 5:30 p.m. Adults: $10; children (5 to 12) cost $5; children younger than 5 are free. For reservations, call the church at 732-2981 and leave a message or call 567-7762.
The Fosterians of Foster Memorial Church will host their annual Rummage/Tag Sale in Fellowship Hall on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in 16 Acres Center. There will be good used clothing, knickknacks, small appliances, books, games and attic treasures. A Bag Sale will be take place from 1:30 to 2 p.m.
PASTA AND MEATBALL DINNER
On March 12, First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St., will host a pasta and meatball dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Gallery readings: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost: $15. John Edwards style Gallery Readings only $10. Several mediums will be reading. For more info, call Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344. Reservations appreciated. Tickets available.
AARP Massachusetts will host Community Conversations on March 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Springfield City Library, Central Library, 220 State St., and March 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Greater Springfield Senior Services, 66 Industry Ave. No charge to attend, but advance registration is required by calling AARP Massachusetts at (866) 448-3621 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greater Springfield Athletic Association will host registrations for the following sports and age groups: baseball instructional, U-9, U-13 and U-15; softball instructional, U-10 and U-12; and soccer instructional, U-6, U-8. Sign-up: March 12 and 19 at the Greenleaf Community Center, 1147 Parker St.; March 13 and 20 at the Frederick Harris School parking lot. For more info, call Gary Piteo at 433-9983 or Ryan Wells at 315-0592.
Join us on March 11 through April 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at St. Catherine Parish Center, 1023 Parker St. Lunch includes sandwich, homemade soup, dessert and beverages. Cost: $6 or you can purchase items a la carte. Any non-perishable food donation will be collected for the Survival Center.
TRIP TO CULINARY INSTITUTE
Mary Mother of Hope Parish, 840 Page Blvd., is sponsoring a trip to the Culinary Institute of America with a visit to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Museum & Home on June 24. Participants will get a tour of the Culinary Institute and the students will prepare and serve us a gourmet Italian luncheon at their restaurant. Cost: $84; all inclusive. Call Sylvia at 594-2757 to make a reservation.
CHILDREN'S PLAY GROUP
The children's play group at First Park Memorial Baptist Church meets every Wednesday, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This group is an opportunity for mothers or fathers and their preschool age children to get together and socialize, share, play and laugh. For more info, call the church office at 734-1715.
CONCERT, MUSICAL PETTING ZOO
Old Post Road Orchestra (OPRO) will have a concert just for kids, featuring Strings & Friends. OPRO invites kids of all ages to try different instruments at the Musical Petting Zoo prior to the concert at 6:30 p.m. Activities will take place at Minnechaug Regional High School, 621 Main St. Concert is free and open to the public. For more info, visit www.opro.org.
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten to attend organized 90-minute playgroups Monday to Friday. For more info, visit www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org or call 596-2472.
Minnechaug varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders will be hosting their annual cheerleading clinic on March 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Minnechaug Regional High School. Clinic is open to all girls in grades 1 to 8. Pre-register by March 11 and get a free T-shirt. Registration will be taken at the door at 9:45 a.m. Cost: $22. For more info, contact Coach Christina Nordstrom at email@example.com or Pam Farrell 596-4608.