Town Events Nov. 2-8
|From The Reminder|
BOOK DONATIONS SOUGHT
Birchland Park Middle School is now accepting donations of used books for their annual spring used book sale. The fund raiser supplements and augments student related activities. Books of all types are accepted at the school office Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
ELHS ATHLETIC HOF BANQUET
Inaugural banquet for East Longmeadow High School Athletic Hall of Fame slated for Nov. 13 at Elmcrest Country Club on Somersville Road, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Cocktail hour, buffet dinner and the induction ceremony. Tickets, held at door, are $35 each; send check and request to: East Longmeadow High School Hall of Fame, 51 Brynmawr Drive, East Longmeadow MA 01028-3012 Attn: Tickets. Congratulatory advertisements for program can be purchased; cost varies with size. Business card size for $35; quarter page for $55; half page for $75; full page for $125; inside back cover is still available for $150. Requests for advertisements should be mailed with a check to East Longmeadow High School Hall of Fame, 51 Brynmawr Drive, East Longmeadow MA 01028-3012 Attn: Advertisement.
St. Michael's Players present "Annie" Nov. 18, 19, 29 at 7 p.m., Nov. 21 at 2 p.m in St. Michael's Community Center, 53 Somers Rd. Adults $12; students, seniors $10. For tickets call Marty at 221-2782 or 525-2462. Tickets also available at parish office call Patti at 525-4253 or online at www.stmichaelsplayers.com/.
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CRAFT FAIR
At the First Congregational Church "at the rotary" Nov. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring nearly 50 juried crafters inside and outdoors, themed gift baskets, Christmas raffle, gift gallery, International shop, potpourri shop, bake sale, jewelry shop and plant room. Free on site and shuttle parking. Lunch available. Directions or questions, call 525-4121.
PARTY OF GOLD FUNDRAISER
To benefit Birchland Park Middle School Nov. 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school, 50 Hanward Hill. Bring in your unwanted/broken gold white, yellow, rose, green platinum, and/or sterling silver jewelry and turn it into instant cash you receive a check on site. State ID/license required. All welcome! Questions, call Maria Murphy at 525-0274.
For Mapleshade School's annual holiday vendor and craft night, sponsored by the PTO. Nov. 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Table fee: $35. Contact Michele Martinelli at 525-9510 or email email@example.com by Nov. 5.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will be entertained by the "Hot Flashes" performing "Hits on Broadway" Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. Noon luncheon will be roast pork with gravy, sweet potato, California blend vegetables, applesauce. Please call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
ART CLASS FOR ADULTS
Local artist Jeff Kern welcomes all artists and budding artists to bring your supplies and/or current projectst to the√Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. He offers guidance and instruction for all levels. Evening classes on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Morning classes on Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $15/class.
Will be Nov. 9 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Veterans are free, non-veterans are $3. Menu is chicken Cordon Bleu, mashed potato, mixed vegetables, and a special dessert provided by Glenmeadow. Vocalist Kate Mitchell will perform. Call 525-5436 to sign up, as seating is limited.
For East Longmeadow residents will take place Nov 17 from 1 to p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Sign up in the Senior Center office if you have not already done so. Do not sign up the day of distribution. No commodities will be given without a ticket or before 1 p.m.
COLLETTE VACATIONS SPRING TRIP
Learn details and highlights of our upcoming eight-day trip in April, 2011, to America's Music Cities Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. Call 525-5436 to register.
SPA SERVICES FOR SENIORS
At the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., beginning in November. Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist will be available Nov. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon to answer any questions regarding the services she will be providing and set up appointments for Nov. 18. Call 525-5436 to register for Nov. 4.
Nursing students from UMASS will be presenting a mini-Health Fair on Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. They will be giving a brief talk and then be available for questions following lunch.
CANDY MAKING CLASS
With instructor Deb Boronski on Nov. 16 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Class will have a Thanksgiving theme make a pound or more of holiday chocolate to bring home. $10 includes molds, candy, and packaging for the finished product. Register early, class size limited.
The Book Club meets the last Tuesday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. The reading for November is, "Sarah's Key," by Tatiana de Rosnay. New members welcome.
Deadline to register for in-town basketball is Nov 5. Evaluations Nov 6 at Birchland Middle School. Times: 10:30 a.m. for girls in seventh/eighth grade; 11:30 a.m. for boys in seventh/eighth grade; 12:30 p.m. for girls in third/fourth grade; 1:30 p.m. for boys in third/fourth grade; 2:30 p.m. for girls in fifth/sixth grade; 3:30 p.m. for boys in fifth/sixth grade Must be registered. Register on line at www.eastlongmeadowma.gov or come into the Rec. Dept., Mon. to Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sponsored by E. Long. Rec. Dept. Aerobics will be offered Tues./Thurs. at 5 or 6 p.m or Mon./Wed. at 6 p.m; strength training offered Wed. from 5 to 6 p.m.; Yoga on Sun at 7p.m; All classes $35 each; $15 extra for non-residents. Age 60 & over receive a $5 discount. Register at class or office. Any questions call office at 525-5437.
WEDNESDAY YOGA CLASS
Due to popular demand a new yoga class has been added on Wednesdays beginning Nov.10 from 7 to 8 p.m. $35; $15 extra for non-residents. Register at Rec. office or class.
AFTER SCHOOL BOWLING
Pay-as-you-Play" program on Mondays from 2:45 to 5 p.m. for students enrolled at Mountain View and Mapleshade schools through Dec. 20. Cost is $11 per week and includes 1.5 hours of bowling, shoe rental, one way bus transportation from school to Shaker Bowl parents pick up children at Bowling Center at the end of each session and free party at the end of program. Sign up at Shaker Bowl to participate.
BASKETBALL COACHES SOUGHT
Rec Dept. seeks basketball coaches needed at all levels from first grade to high school. Season begins Dec. 1; involves a commitment of one to two evenings and/or Saturdays every week for duration of the season. Apply at Rec. Dept. or call-525-5437
ELHS PTO MEETING
Will take place Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school conference room. Guest speaker will be Officer Donald Cavanaugh.
Of the First Congregational Church will host a pot luck supper Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Members will bring a dish of their choice. Speaker will be Bruce Moore from the Historical Commission who will present a "Quarry Talk" and related interesting information.
DONATE YOUR CAR
Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 1-888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.
FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAM
First Time Homebuyer Program sponsored by Valley Community Development Corp. and Florence Savings Bank Nov. 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Florence Savings Bank, 355 Russell St., Hadley. To register, contact Fern Selesnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-5855, ext. 16.
A VISIT WITH RAPTORS
Tom Ricardi of the Prey Rehabilitation Center will be at the Keep Homestead Museum, 35 Ely Rd., Monson, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Ricardi will bring seven birds with him, including a turkey vulture and some owls. A special guest will be a golden eagle. Free. For more info call 267-4137; email email@example.com or look on the Web at www.keephomesteadmuseum.org.
ACTIVE SINGLES HIKE
Active Singles hike Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. (arrive at 9 a.m.) at Ragged Mt. in New Britain. Take 84 East or West and get off at exit 35. Follow this to Route 72 and get off at Corbin Avenue. Turn right end of ramp and go two miles on Route 372. Turn onto Route 71A South and follow it 1.5 miles. Turn right onto West Lane, hike is five blocks down on the right. No kids or dogs. Hiking in four skill levels for two hours each. Buffet lunch follows. Call Charlie at 203-271-2125 (home) or 860-489-9611 (cell) to RSVP.
SUFFEIELD PLAYERS AUDITIONS
For two winter productions: "The Lying Kind" and "Vicious Valentines: An Evening of Love-ly One-Acts" will take place Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Mapleton Hall, 1305 Mapleton Avenue, Suffield. "The Lying Kind" by Anthony Neilson will be presented as a staged reading on Dec. 3, 4, and 5. "Vicious Valentines," three one-act plays about love, marriage, and remarriage , will be Feb. 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, and 26. Auditions will involve reading from the scripts. All scripts are available at Kent Memorial Library in Suffield.
INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIME
Wednesdays at 11 am, Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St. for ages newborn to age 3. Free. Songs, games, movement and basic storytelling in a supportive environment. Approximate duration is 15 to 20 minutes. Siblings and day care providers welcome. Registration is not required. For more information, call Hampden Library at 566-3047 or email Christina Fairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Begins Nov.3 at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St. at 1:30 pm. for ages 3 to 5. Free. Storytelling, activities and basic crafts designed especially for pre-readers. Siblings and day care providers are welcome. Approximate duration is half an hour. Registration is not required. For more information, call Hampden Library at 566-3047 or email Christina Fairman at email@example.com.
ADULT CENTER DONATIONS NEEDED
The Longmeadow Adult Center is in need of wheelchairs, wheeled walkers, and shower chairs, all in good condition, for our Medical Equipment Loan Closet. We would welcome a donation if you have any of these items that you are no longer using. Call 565-4150 with any questions.
MOBY DICK! THE MUSICAL
Bay Path College Performing Arts Department presents Moby Dick! The Musical. Preview performance will be Nov. 5 at 8 p.m., with tickets at $14 for the general public and $10 for seniors. Tickets are $15 for additional performances; Nov. 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; matin es Nov. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. All performances in Mills Theatre, 588 Longmeadow St. Box office opens Oct. 27; to purchase tickets call 565-1307.
NEW MOMS GROUP
Group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year of age. Program offered in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Department. Call 794-5515 for more information. Group meets on Thursdays from 10 to 11a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. No meetings when schools are cancelled or during school vacation weeks. Facilitated by Baystate Medical Center's Parenting Education Department, FREE! No sign-up is required.
Youths in Grades six to eight and their same aged guests are welcome to come and enjoy a "supervised evening out" on Fridays from 7 to 10pm at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person for dancing and games with DJ Jon O'Neill Students must sign in and school dress codes are strictly followed. Center is run and staffed by area college students. Parent information packets available on site at each Teen Center event. Call Cristina Judd at565-4163. Dates are Nov. 5 and 19, Dec. 3 and 17.
WHERE IN THE LIBRARY IS DORA?
On Nov. 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., go on a scavenger hunt in Storrs Library and find Dora! After you find Dora, enjoy your visit and create a fun snack to eat. Sign up is for ages preschool and up in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room or by calling 565-4182.
Nov. 8 to Dec. 20 (not Nov. 15) from 10 to 11 a.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center. Instructor: Lyn Hopkins. Benefits include greater flexibility, balance and coordination, improved digestion and more joy! $36. Call 565-4150 to register.
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Nov. 9. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tom Johnson's new social networking course will show how easily and safely you can use Facebook, text and tweet children and grandchildren for a prompt response, and even have "face-to-face" visits on your computer. Class will be second Tuesday of each month. $3 per class. Register at 565-4150.
At the Longmeadow Adult Center Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. This special luncheon will celebrate the birthdays of anyone born in November. There will be birthday cake supplied by our friends at Glenmeadow. Come and enjoy and bring a friend! Lunch is free for those with November birthdays; $3 for all others. Call 565-4150 to register.
BARUT ON POLISH DEPORTATION
Kazimierz Barut of Chicopee will be the guest speaker at the Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St., on Nov. 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to share his story of Polish deportation by Soviets during World War II. His story is part of the book "The Mass Deportation of Poles to Siberia: A Historical Narrative" based on the written testimony of the Polish Siberian survivors, edited by Michael Carolan of Belchertown. Book will be available to purchase. Free and open to the public. Call the library at 413-565-4181 to register.
LAUREN WINNER TO SPEAK
Author of "Girl Meets God" and "Mudhouse Sabbath" and a featured commentator on the PBS series God in America will speak Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Church 335 Longmeadow Street.
The Farmers' Market at the X, located in the Cyr Arena parking lot inside Forest Park, will continue through November 16th this year. Tuesday afternoons, 12:30 to 6 p.m.. Farmers' market WIC and Elder coupons must be used by the end of October. This market takes EBT cards also. Info: Belle Rita Novak, market manager, 737-1724.
SULLIVAN APPRECIATION DAY
An Appreciation Day in honor of Jim and Peggy Sullivan's 40 years of hosting The Irish Hours radio program will take place Nov. 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the John Boyle O'Reilly Club, 33 Progress Ave. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Proceeds from this event will help ensure the continuation of this wonderful program. Refreshments served.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
A nurse from the Chicopee Visiting Nurse Association will be at the Hungry Hill Center, Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St. on Nov. 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. to offer cholesterol screening and blood pressure readings. This is a free service to area seniors.
HUNGRY HILL LUNCHEON
The Hungry Hill Center's luncheons will be Nov. 9 (macaroni and cheese). Following this lunch at 12:30 p.m., Registrar of Deeds, Donald Ashe will discuss the importance of the Homestead Act. Applications forms will be available. The center is located at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St. For additional information call the Hungry Hill Center at 733-9411.
HUNGRY HILL MEETING
The Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council meeting will be Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The City's Medical Reserve Corp advocate will be at this meeting to discuss emergency preparedness. Representatives from the Police Department and the Mayor's Quality of Life Liaison will also be at this meeting. The meeting takes place at the Raymond Sullivan Safety Complex, 1212 Carew St.
SUPPORT THE TROOPS FUNDRAISER
On Nov. 6, Kimmy of Simply Beadiful will host "Home of the Free because of the Brave" fundraiser for Massachusetts Army National Guard 181st Infantry to send care package and fund activities for the children of the unit while relatives are away. Simply Beadiful will donate 10 percent of our sales for the day. Raffle prizes include jewelry, beads, Falcons Tickets, gift items, gift cards, and gift baskets. Store located at 1916 1/2 Wilbraham Road. Info: 782-0288 or www.Simplybeadiful.com.
Will meet Nov. 4 at noon at the '350 Grille' on Worthington St. Guest speaker is Thomas Belton, organization development coordinator for the city of Springfield. He will speak on "managing stress." Tickets $15. Open to the public. Call Dot Lortie at 783-0195 for reservation.
GLUTEN FREE COOKING
Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., will host a free gluten-free cooking cass with Howard Tuber on Nov. 6 at 11 a.m. On the menu is gluten free wanton wraps. Free gift bag for everyone that registers. Call 783-9424.ext. 2.
ANNUAL BAZAAR/CRAFT SALE
The Springfield Hobby Club will host their annual Bazaar/Craft Sale on Nov. 4 and 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 309 Chestnut St. There will be a snack bar, bake sale, jewelry and white elephant tables and members' tables. The downstairs Thrift Shop will hold a fill-a-bag for $5 during the same hours.
VETERAN'S DAY CELEBRATION
Veteran's Day Celebration a day early at Wilbraham Senior Center Nov. 10. A luncheon with patriotic entertainment provided by Ritchie Mitnik, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Richard Prochnow, town of Wilbraham Veteran's Agent will also be in attendance. Wear your jacket or hat. Lunch will be free to all veterans; $1.75 donation for all others. Call the Senior Center at 596-8379 to sign up for this special event.