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Town Events, June 1 - 8

From The Reminder

The ELHS Class of 2011 will be hosting a bottle and can drive on June 6 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Heritage Park. Bring your returnable bottles and cans to the Heritage Park parking lot. To schedule a pickup of your bottle and cans, call Sue Avdoulos at 525-5867.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will host a Father's Day Luncheon on June 4 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Entertainer will be Dave Mindell, sponsored by Webster Bank. Noon luncheon is seafood medley, potato puffs, peas & carrots and peach cobbler. This is a $3 luncheon. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

The E.L. Council on Aging is sponsoring a two-day trip to the Adirondack Mountains and Vermont White Mountains on Aug. 18 and 19. Taking reservations now call Sandy at the Senior Center for details at 525-5436.

Have you ever thought about tracing your family roots? The Pleasant View Senior Center will host a three-hour class on June 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. John O'Connor from the CT Valley Historical Museum will conduct the class. Cost is $10 per person. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

This new class begins June 1 at 4:30 p.m. and will run for four weeks for a cost of $30. Register at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., or by calling 525-5436.

John Dee from Wealth Preservation Group Inc. will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center on June 16 at 1 p.m. to discuss the "Greatest Financial Dangers Retirees Face." This presentation will give a broad overview of many estate planning topics. Call the Senior Center at 525-5436 to register.

A Tax Exemption Seminar will be given by Diane Hildreth of the Board of Assessors on June 18 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This seminar will provide all the info necessary to help determine if you qualify for available tax relief by applying for a statutory exemption. Call the Senior Center to register at 525-5436.

Gary Jones will be performing at Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center on June 5 at 2:30 p.m. RSVP to Tina Ferri, Activity Director, at 224-3280.

BlueBird Estates, 1 Apple Blossom Lane, June 4, 10 - 11 a.m. You're invited to get expert advice about selling your home in today's market from a realtor and staging specialist. Refreshments and home baked goods served.

Instructed by Ryan Lavner, H.S. Coach Jr. Spartan (6 - 10 yrs. old, June 22 - 26); Spartan Premier Clinic (10 - 14 yrs. old, July 13 - 17); and Western Mass. H.S. Prep (Fall '09 grades 9 - 12, Aug. 10 - 14). Call Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. will offer swim lessons for the summer of '09. Those who are five years and older by the time classes begin will be eligible. Classes run June 22 - Aug. 14 at E.L.H.S. for levels 1 - 7. Call the Office at 525-5437 for more info.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. announces the next meeting of the E.L. Rec. Assoc./Friends of Heritage Park will be on June 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rec. Dept. New members are encouraged to attend and join with other enthusiastic community members working towards recreational land development use.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a wide variety of sports clinics for the summer baseball, soccer, basketball and football. Also included is a Dream Big Basketball Clinic for girls, instructed by Kara Wolters, member of UConn's Women's Team from '93-'97. Call the Office at 525-5437 for more info or go to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov to view our summer and fall program 2009 brochure. Registrations are taken Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in our Office.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is once again offering three Mad Science programs for those ages 4 - 12 Young Wizards, Jr. Scientist Fun Lab and NASA Journey into Space this summer. Fees range from $130 - $159 for these four day programs from 9 a.m. - noon, taking place at the Rec. Dept. For more info, call 525-5437 or go online to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov. Register in the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a beginners field hockey clinic at Pine Knoll on June 13 from 4 - 6 p.m. Those entering grades 3 - 8 in the fall are eligible to attend. Fee is $5, to be paid at the Rec. Dept. This clinic is for first time players or those with only one year of experience. Equipment is provided. Parents can also register their child for fall field hockey at the clinic.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. still has room in our Pine Knoll activity centers for the summer, which begin on June 22. Those 4 - 5 yrs old - grade 8 (finishing in June) can attend. Great activities are planned for this summer at our revamped grounds. Fees depend upon a two-week or one-week commitment. Early drop off and late pickup are offered for extended fee for both one or two weeks. Call our Office at 525-5437 or go online to www.eastlongmeadowma.gov.

Active Singles is sponsoring a single hike (30s - 60s) on June 7. The two-hour hike starts at 8:30 a.m. and takes place at Freja Park in Bolton (the old Manchester Drive-in theatre). No dogs or kids on the hike. Bring water and wear hiking boots. Hikes are in three to four skill levels. Optional buffet breakfast follows each hike. Call Charlie Gergley (19 Stony Hill Rd., #6, Cheshire, CT 06410) at 203-271-2155 or 860-489-9611 to RSVP. We need a count for the restaurant.

The Pioneer Valley Stamp Club will meet on June 9 and 23 at the First United Church of Christ on Route 5 in Longmeadow. Activities for the evenings 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 us at www.pioneervalleystampclub.org. Call Bev at 860-623-6975 or Dave at 783-2809 for further info.

A monthly writing group (poetry, memoir, and fiction), which is open, friendly, with no charge, meets third Wednesdays (June 17, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21), 4 - 6 p.m., at the Indian Orchard Community Building, 117 Main St., at the Myrtle Street Park in Indian Orchard. For info, call 531-5023 or 543-9340.

Astronomy Walk Series: Chinese Sky Myths & Legends, Easthampton, June 14, from 7 - 9:30 p.m. Leader: Chris Lyons, Astronomy Educator (e-mail: Programs@GlassVisions.biz; phone: 562-4740). Fee: $5 Naturalists' Club members, $8 others (fee covers auditorium use). Meeting place: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Main Building. Enjoy a fascinating look at Chinese culture and their interpretations of the many stars and constellations that grace our skies! This is a fun active-learning indoor/outdoor program for adults (16 and up). Dress appropriately, bring binoculars if you have them (several pairs will be available if you don't), and be ready to take a walk through the universe! Contact Chris if you have any questions.

A steak roast will take place at the Federated Community Church, 590 Main St., on June 13 at 6 p.m. Menu: baked potato, salad, vegetable, strawberry shortcake and beverages. Cost is $12/adults and $6/children. Call for reservations at 566-3711.

The Storrs Library and the Massachusetts State Archives present "Resources for Doing Genealogy and Local History Research" on June 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the Betty Ann Low Room, Storrs Library. The program is free and open to the public. For more info, call 565-4181.

Absentee ballots for the upcoming June 9 election are available in the Town Clerk's Office. The last date to apply for a ballot is June 8 at noon. Any questions, contact the Town Clerk at 565-4103.

Have questions about your health insurance coverage? SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) is a free statewide health insurance counseling program for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries. A counselor is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 for an appt.

The Longmeadow Adult Center is searching for a volunteer German instructor to work with a small group of very enthusiastic students starting in the fall. Hopefully it would be someone that has some teaching experience. Call Mrs. Smith at 565-4150 if you are interested.

The Pollack Playhouse Summer Theatre is accepting applications for their summer musical "Once Upon A Mattress." Forms can be obtained by e-mailing pollackplayhouse@yahoo.com. All kids that apply will be included in the production. It is open to kids ages 10 and up. There is a fee to participate in the workshop. We are also in need of back stage help as well. Rehearsals start June 24 and run Wed. and Thurs. from 6 - 8 p.m. with shows scheduled Sept. 11 - 12 in Longmeadow.

If you need a ride to vote on June 9, call the Longmeadow Adult Center at 565-4150. We will be running a van to the Community House and Longmeadow Shops from 10 a.m. - noon. If you are unable to ride the van, or will be away that day, you may vote by absentee ballot. The applications for the absentee ballot are available at the Adult Center, Town Hall or online. The deadline for applying for an absentee ballot is noon the day before the election.

There will be a Rules Committee meeting on June 16 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room.

The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., hosts a Veteran's Circle the first Wednesday of the month. The meetings deal with topics of your choice, general questions, sharing of experiences, host speakers, etc. All veterans are welcome on June 3 at 1 p.m. for a social get-together. Call 565-4150 to register. The group will not meet in July or August.

The Longmeadow Adult Center's Book Club, the Greenwood Readers, will continue to meet through the summer on the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. The selection for June 2 is "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini. July's book is "The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Everyone is welcome to join our informal, fun group. Call 565-4150 for more info.

There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on June 3. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. in school's Central Office, Room #5, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.

Ages 3.5 - 4. This program was developed to help young children fine-tune motor skills through various sporting activities and games. The main goal of this program is to introduce concepts and skills needed for future sports and in life. Skills covered include hand eye coordination, teamwork, sportsmanship, foot-eye coordination, cooperation and balance. Parent involvement is welcome, but not required. Participants must be fully potty trained. The sports covered are baseball, basketball and soccer. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, snack, water bottle and sunscreen. Class will meet from July 6 - 10 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 4 - 6. An introductory program for children, Mini-Hawk helps children explore soccer, baseball and basketball with staff comprised mostly of teachers and college-age athletes. Participants should bring shin guards (recommended), sneakers, water bottle, snack and sunscreen. Participants will receive a mini-basketball and T-shirt. Session dates are July 6 - 10 and Aug. 10 - 14 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 5 - 8. Skyhawks Golf focuses on building the confidence of young athletes through training in proper technique and foundational skills. Golf is a challenging and lifelong sport, so young athletes need proper focus on the essentials of a good swing, putting and body positioning. As a safety precaution, Skyhawks will be utilizing golf helmets for protection. This program is perfect for developing a love for the game of golf! All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from July 20 - 24 from 9 a.m. - noon at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Ages 4 - 6. Skyhawks baseball is specifically designed to teach and refine the fundamental skills of the game fielding, catching, throwing, hitting and base running while infusing each athlete with the exciting spirit of the game. Each athlete will learn basic skills in exercises tailored to individuals through tee hitting, soft toss and live pitching. All participants receive a T-shirt and a merit award. Camp will meet from Aug. 3 - 7 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Bliss Park. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.

Bay Path College will host an Information Session about its One-Day-A-Week Saturday College for adult women and a Career Planning Workshop on June 16 at 6 p.m. in Helliwell Conference Room, Breck Fitness Center, at 588 Longmeadow St. The info session will include a free financial aid workshop to assist prospective students with the financial aid process. The event is free and open to women who are interested in completing their undergraduate college degree. To register, contact the Longmeadow campus at 565-1273 or oneday@baypath.edu. Walk-ins and friends are welcome.

Gina Daniele presents two upcoming bus trips: on June 7, enjoy a trip to Foxwoods Casino. Bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. July 4, tickets only are available for a Red Sox vs. Mariners game at Fenway Park no bus! For more info, call 732-8941.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will sponsor a luncheon and cruise from Narragansett Bay to Newport on June 27. There will be live entertainment and two hours to tour Newport. Price includes driver gratuity. The bus will leave Big Y on Boston Road at 8 a.m. and arrive back between 5 - 6 p.m. For more info call Marjorie Guess at 788-0044 or Marylousie Rutherford at 783-5113.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is hosting its seventh annual Party with the Animals Fundraiser on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Zoo. Join our Honorary Co-Chairs, Mayor Domenic J. and Lady Carla Sarno and our Master of Ceremony, Sy Becker, WWLP, for an evening filled with great food and beverages, close encounters with our animal friends and enjoy the bidding frenzy during our live and silent auctions. All proceeds benefit the Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center.

The annual tag book sale to benefit Girls Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts will take place on June 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 13 Princess Rd. Come shop for household articles, books, jewelry, etc. and help the Girl Scouts at the same time.

In response to the June 1 closing of Curves in Wilbraham, All Day All Night Fitness in Ludlow is pleased to announce that they now have a complete 30-min. hydraulic circuit identical to that used by Curves members. The club, located at 56 East St., is also offering special pricing for former Curves members so that they can continue with their fitness goals. For further info call 547-8024.

Attention Minnechaug Regional High School Class of '84! Save the date of Nov. 28 from 6 - 11 p.m. for our 25th class reunion at the Country Club of Wilbraham. Contact Beth (Dickinson) Landolina at BethL0719@sbcglobal.net or Carole (Gibb) Spendley at carolespend@aol.com with your current address.

A Concerned Citizens of Wilbraham meeting has been rescheduled for June 11 at 7 p.m. and will take place at the Senior Center. The entire meeting will be dedicated to the Town Warrant and its articles and the Town Budget for fiscal year 2010.

There will be a benefit on June 13 to raise money for the MRHS Arts & Music Program. The event will be an '80s-themed rock party with two amazing local cover bands, Aquanett and Beyond Broadview. A $25 ticket includes food and live music. Check out http://web.me.com/pazzozia/Go/80s.html for additional info, to buy tickets or make a donation. Your support is appreciated!

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