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Town Events, March 9 - March 16

From The Reminder

EAST LONGMEADOW
USED BOOK SALE
Third annual Birchland Park Middle School used book sale will take place March 13, 5:45 - 9:30 p.m. and March 14, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the middle school. Books for readers of all ages. Prices starting at 50 cents.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
A deluxe pancake breakfast fundraiser will take place on March 15 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Meadows Lodge of Masons, 43 Chestnut St. Adults are $5, children under 10, $3.

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.

ANIME WORKSHOPS
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.

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.

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.

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.

PRESCHOOL SCREENING
The E.L. 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 approx. one hour. For more info, or to schedule an appt., call the Meadow Brook Office at 525-5470.

E.L. BASEBALL
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.

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.

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.

BOOK CLUB
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.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by singer Lisa Pernice on March 12 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is roast pork w/gravy, sweet potato and pears. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE
For all with an unfulfilled interest in writing as well as those who have been writing forever, Adventures in Writing offers a relaxed, writer-friendly opportunity to experiment. The six-week session begins March 12 and meets Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Call 525-5436 for more info.

FALCONS TICKETS
The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has tickets left for the last eight games of the Falcons hockey season at cost of $11 each. The March 14 game will feature our winter cheerleaders, so come out and cheer them on. Tickets may be purchased in our Office from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

INTOWN SOCCER DEADLINE
Parents who wish to have their child play intown soccer this spring " deadline to register is March 20 by 4 p.m. To register, Office is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. For more info, call 525-5437

BASEBALL EVALUATIONS
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Baseball Assoc. will conduct baseball evaluations at E.L.H.S. large gym on March 11, as follows. Wear sneakers, bring baseball glove, bats optional: K & 1/2 " no eval.; Grade 2 " only those who did not attend last fall eval., but would like to be considered for 3rd/4th League, 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.; 3rd/4th Graders " only those who did not attend last fall eval., 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., unless a coach from fall calls to attend; 5th/6th graders " only those who did not attend last fall eval., 7 - 8:15 p.m., unless a coach from fall calls to attend; 7th/8th graders, Mickey Mantle, Legion grades 7 and up " evals. will take place at a later date TBA.

SPRING SPORTS
Late registrations still being accepted for Boys LAX " 3rd - 8th; Girls LAX " 5th - 8th; Baseball, Girls Softball at the E.L. Rec. Dept.

EQUIMENT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. has kids sizes 11 - 3 cleats and shin guards available for purchase. Stop by Rec. Dept. for fitting, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

HAMPDEN
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District School Committee will meet on March 10. Public Hearing on the FY10 Regional School District Budget will be at 6:30 p.m. and the School Committee meeting is at 7 p.m. at Thornton W. Burgess Middle School, 85 Wilbraham Rd.

LONGMEADOW
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.

SHAMROCK CELEBRATION
St. Mary s will be hosting its annual St. Patrick s Shamrock Celebration on March 15 at the St. Mary s school gym, 56 Hopkins Place. This year the Belfast Cowboys, the McDermott Irish Dancers and the Youth Council will be featured, as will face painting, raffles, a soda bread contest, corned beef and soup. Tickets are $5 per person, children under 5 free. Tickets available at the rectory, by calling 567-3124 or at the door.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

BOOKWORM BUNCH
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.

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.

CHAIR YOGA
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.

SPRINGFIELD
BUS TRIPS
Gina Daniele presents a two-day bus trip to Niagara Falls on May 16 and 17. Bus leaves Mom & Rico s, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. No passport required. For more info, call 732-8941.

EAST FOREST PARK ASSOC.
The EFPCA will select and prioritize our Top Ten Concerns to forward to the Office of Planning and Economic Development. The list is maintained at our Web site: http://eastforestpark.org. Sgt. Ian McCollum from the Hampden County Sheriff s Dept. will be inviting concerned citizens to establish an East Forest Park Neighborhood Crime Watch. Come hear how to reduce and report crime activity, build community awareness, and promote neighborhood safety. Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on March 11 in the Holy Cross School meeting room.

QUICK BEAD CLINIC
March winds are blowing and St. Patrick s Day is around the corner. Join us for this month s free jewelry Quick Clinic on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. or March 17 at 11 a.m. Learn to make a fun pair of earrings called Erin-go-Bling in this free clinic, with a small materials fee. Call ahead to reserve your spot and wire kit. Simply Beadiful, 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Rd. Call 782-0288 or visit www.Simplybeadifulonline.com.

GALLERY READINGS
Spring pasta dinner, comedy show and gallery readings March 14 at First Spiritualist Church, 33 Bliss St. Menu: pasta and meatball dinner complete with drinks and dessert, 4:45-6:15 p.m.; comedy show, 6:30-7 p.m. and John Edwards style gallery readings from 7-9 p.m. for $15 complete. Comedy show and gallery readings only $10. For tickets or additional info, contact Cindy Hutcheson at 786-0487 or Denise St. Pierre at 238-5344.

GREEN YOUR HOME
Take a step toward a healthier home and planet and for your family. How To Make Your Home Green is a free lecture at Better Life, 1500 Allen St., on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. Amy Stiles, an eco-consultant, can help you save water and energy, remove harmful toxins from your home, reduce your family s waste, and improve indoor air quality while you save money! Call to register at 783-9424 ext. 2.

LENTEN LUNCHES
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.

SPRING TEA
The College Club will be having their spring tea on March 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Springfield at 1:45 p.m. Guy McLain, director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum will present The Creative Spirit: The Future Direction of Music and Art in Our Valley.

EIGHT LAWS OF HEALTH
Live for health with the basic guidelines for a lifetime of healthful living. Mary Ellen Cox is presenting an eight-part series, March 14 at noon at Better Life, 1500 Allen St. Free books, refreshments and samples. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.

WILBRAHAM
SAFE BOATING COURSE
The Springfield Power Squadron will be offering a free Basic Safe Boating Course beginning March 11 in the cafeteria of the Wilbraham Middle School, 466 Stony Hill Rd. in Wilbraham at 7 p.m. There is a minimal cost ($50) for the book and tools. The course runs for seven weeks (no class April 22). For more info or to register in advance, call P/C Warren Newhouse at 596-3044.

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.


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