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Town Events, March 8 - March 15

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
D.O.T. EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR
D.O.T. Educational Seminar March 16, 6 p.m., at Maybury Material Handling, 90 Denslow Rd. Signs will be posted. Info for all business owners of commercial vehicles, sponsored by E.L. Small Business Assoc. Cost is $20 per person in advance or $25 at door. Food and beverages will be provided. Call Sandro at 575-5044 or Ralph Page at 525-6490 for tickets.

EMERGENCY PLANNING COMMITTEE
The E.L. Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet March 10 at 7 p.m. at the E.L. Fire Dept.

BINGO PARTY
Register early at the Pleasant View Senior Center for a bingo party March 23 at 1 p.m. Cost: $5, payable at time of registration. Refreshments and cash prizes!

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.

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

BASEBALL EVALUATIONS
Parents of E.L. players who did not receive a yellow flyer in your Reminder advertising the March 13 baseball evaluations at the high school, come to the Park & Rec. office to receive one. Otherwise, refer to the grade level for your child on the flyer for times, etc.

BABA TRANGHESE AWARD
The E.L. Baseball Assoc. is accepting nominations for the Baba Trangese Award. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the E.L. baseball program over the years. The award will be presented at the opening day ceremonies on center feld on April 24. All nominations must be received by April 4 and can be sent to Baba Award, E.L. Rec. Dept., 328 N. Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.

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.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by the "Hot Flashes" on March 11 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., following noon luncheon. Menu: turkey pot pie, boiled potato, peas and carrots and Jello. Call 525-5436 for reservations.

LEMON PIE/SANDWICH FUNDRAISER
The Friendship Club will be hosting a lemon pie and sandwich luncheon on March 18, offering a choice of ham, tuna, or egg salad. Tickets are $4 each. Call Ro Hart at 525-3734, or Gloria Hogan at 734-2044 for tickets or info.

ST. PATTY'S DAY PARTY
Make your reservation for a special $3 luncheon on March 16 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Irish music performed by Mary Franz, with a menu of corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and a special dessert sponsored by Redstone Rehabilitation. Call 525-5436 to sign up.

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATION
The third Tues. of each month, Atty. Dave Carlson takes half-hour 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.

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 are in need of help filling out your 2010 Census Forms, stop in the Senior Center at 328 N. Main St. from 10 a.m. - noon on March 18 and March 23.

HAMPDEN
NEW AND AGAIN
New & Again Boutique, 32 Somers Rd., welcomes consignment by appt. only. Contact Jane for appt. at 566-5330.

LONGMEADOW
REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
The Longmeadow Republican Town Committee will meet March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria. Business will include the upcoming Republican State Convention, town financial matters and budget and town elections. Guest speaker: Peter Ellis, design director, DIF Design, on the challenges of starting and running a small business in Massachusetts. You do not have to be a member to attend. For more info call Dean Rogeness, Chair, at 567-5480, or see www.longmeadowgop.com.

SCHOOL BLDG. COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a meeting of the School Building Committee on March 11 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

KARATE- SHOTOKAN STYLE
Ages 5 - 13. Shotokan Karate-DO is a traditional Japanese martial art. Students train in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring and self-defense. Class meets on Tues./Thurs. March 9 - April 29 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

TAI CHI
Tai Chi is less strenuous than other martial arts, with an emphasis on deep breathing, slow movements and chi (energy) development. The class involves traditional warm-ups and stretching, breathing exercises, stances and three-part form. Class runs March 9 - April 27 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Old Town Hall. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.

SPRINGFIELD
LENTEN REFLECTION
Evening of Lenten Reflection will take place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 123 William St., on March 15. Reconciliation, 5:45 p.m.; 1st Conference, 6:45 p.m.; Mass/2nd Conference, 7:30 p.m.; Prayer for Healing, 8:30 p.m. Reception to follow in lower church hall. All are welcome. Free will offering. Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, Rector, National Shrine of the Divine Mercy will be the celebrant.

LENTEN DISCUSSIONS
First Park Memorial Baptist Church, corner of Forest Park Avenue and Garfield Street, will host Lenten discussions and simple meals on March 18 and 25 at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. If you would like to attend a Lenten event but need transportation call the church office at 734-1715 and we will provide a ride.

RUMMAGE/TAG SALE
The Fosterians of Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will host their annual rummage/tag sale in Fellowship Hall March 27 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There will be good used clothing, knick knacks, small appliances, books, games and attic treasures. A bag sale will take place from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

HUNGRY HILL LUNCHEON
The Hungry Hill Center's luncheon on March 23 will be roast pork. Cost is $2 and tickets must be purchased one week prior to the meal. For reservations call the center at 733-9411.

NURSE VISIT
The Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc. will have a nurse at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church) on March 15 from 9 - 11 a.m. Glucose screening, which requires fasting, along with blood pressure readings will be offered. This is a free service to area seniors.

ST. PAT'S CELEBRATION
The annual Hungry Hill Center's St. Patrick's Day celebration will be March 17 from 1 - 3:30 p.m. (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church). Enjoy an afternoon of light refreshments, Irish music, raffles and great company. This event is for older adults and reservations are not required. The center open at 12:45 p.m. for this event.

NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council will meet on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church). Deputy Chief John Barbieri and the Mayor's Quality of Life liaison, Jim Leydon, will be at this meeting to address neighborhood concerns. Residents are encouraged to attend; refreshments will be served.

SHINE
A SHINE rep will be at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church) March 24 by appt. The SHINE program helps seniors with insurance issues, needs, etc. Call the center at 733-9411 for an appt.

FOOT CARE
A nurse from "pedi-care" will be at the Hungry Hill Center (lower level of Our Lady of Hope Church) March 24 by appt. There is a fee for this foot care program. Call the center at 733-9411 for an appt.

SPRINGFIELD CLEAN-UP
It is time once again to participate in the "Keep Springfield Beautiful" clean-up, taking place May 1. The Hungry Hill Council is looking for suggestions regarding streets and lots to be included in this "Great American Clean-up." Volunteers are also needed. If you have any suggestions and/or interested in volunteering call the center at 733-9411.

PSYCHIC INSIGHTS
Develop your psychic abilities with the guidance of internationally known psychic Ceil Lewonchuk. We all have psychic ability and are not even aware of it. Ceil will teach you how to tap into the universal conciousness any time you wish through meditation and self-awareness. Eight classes will be offered for the novice student each Wed. beginning April 7 at 7 p.m. at her home in Springfield. The course costs $100, due on the first night of class. Classes include meditation, dream interpretation, telepathy, psychometry, dowsing, healing and more. For more info call Ceil at 739-2866.

MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Take a trip to see the Salem Cross Inn Murder Mystery Interactive Dinner Theater on April 9. Cost includes dinner, bus and driver's gratuity. Departs Hampden East Clubhouse, Nassau Drive, at 5:15 p.m. and returns approx. 10 p.m. For info and reservations call Toni at 782-8484 or Joann at 783-1344.

SPRINGFIELD GARDEN CLUB
On March 19, the Springfield Garden Club will feature Master Gardener Toi Graham speaking on "Fragrance in Your Garden." Meeting takes place in the hall of Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St., at 11:30 a.m. All interested gardeners are welcome. Guest fee: $5. For more info call 525-6957.

"BIG QUESTIONS: JEWISH ANSWERS"
A monthly series at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St., that combines a light supper with a short discussion of questions about believing (or not), death, praying, Israel, the Bible and other topics. The topic for March 11 is "What happens after I die?" from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the temple.

WILBRAHAM
2010 CENSUS FORMS
Town Clerk Beverly Litchfield wants Wilbraham residents to know that there are approximately 821 census forms for 2010 still outstanding. Take a few minutes to fill out the form and return by mail or drop off in the clerk's office. This will save us from calling your home. If you did not receive a census form or have misplaced the one sent call the office at 596-2800 ext. 200 and the info can be taken over the phone or a new form can be mailed out. For more info call 596-2800 ext. 200.

'BID FOR SPRING'
The Wilbraham Women's Club will present its annual card party, "Bid for Spring," on March 25 at St. Cecilia Church Parish Center, 42 Main St. Festivities will begin at noon with a delicious lunch. Bring your friends and enjoy an afternoon of your favorite games or just let us entertain you with the luncheon and lots of prizes. Entry fee is $6; this is a scholarship and community service fundraiser for the Women's Club. For reservations, call 596-9306.

POPS CONCERT
A concert of popular music will be presented at Minnechaug's Pops Concert taking place March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. General admission is $5; for seniors and children under 12, $3. Selections include highlights from Broadway shows and a narrated version of "Peter and the Wolf."

ULTIMATE PARTY PASTA DINNER
Ultimate Party's fundraising Pasta Dinner is taking place March 12 at Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow. Menu: pasta w/ tomato sauce, cheese tortellini w/ alfredo sauce, meatballs, salad, bread and butter. Join us for dinner, a silent auction, socializing, cash bar and dancing. For tickets, which are $20 each, call Eileen Cyr at 949-0112 or Kathy Murphy at 596-4238.

SPRING VOLLEYBALL
The Wilbraham Parks & Rec. Dept. is offering the Falcon Volleyball Club to those in grades 6 - 12. This is a co-ed program for beginning and advanced players. Registration runs through March 12; program begins March 27. Visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec for more info.


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