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Town Events Oct. 18-25

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
ZITI AND MEATBALL DINNER
The East Longmeadow Firefightr's Association is hosting a ziti and meatball dinner Oct. 22 at St. Michael's Community Center, 53 Somers Rd. Servings are 5 to 7 p.m.; tickets: $8/adults, $5 children five to 12. Cash bar for beer and wine. Tickets available from any East Longmeadow firefighter or at the department Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SIRLOIN STEAK DINNER
Oct. 28 at American Legion, 3 Legion court. Menu: grilled sirloin steak, baked potato w/sour cream, green beans, garden salad, rolls and butter, carrot cake, soda, coffee and tea. Other drinks available at bar for extra cost. Serving 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets: $12/person. Info: Chris at 592-0596 or Legion Post after 4 p.m., 525-2058.

COMMUNITY BOO BASH
Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Pine Knoll. Spooky stations, children's entertainment, face painting, costume parade. Refreshments available to purchase Cost is $2 per child. Presented by East Longmeadow Friends of Recreation. Proceeds benefit capital planning needs for the EL Recreation Department. Info: www.elmfor.com.

FAITH TABERNACLE FALL HARVEST
It's that time again! Come join us for our fourth annual Fall Harvest Festival. This year there will be games, hay rides, a bounce house, crafts, a mechanical bull,
cotton candy, caramel apples, face decals, and lots more food and fun. Free family-friendly fun! All are welcome. Oct. 31, 2010 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle Church, 15 Kibbe Rd., East Longmeadow. For info: 525-8802 or faithtab-elma@msn.com.

CAN/BOTTLE DRIVE
The East Longmeadow High School swim and dive team is conducting a can/bottle drive Oct. 23 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. at Heritage Park. Please drop off your can/bottles or call 525-7304 for your items to be picked up.

CRAFTERS WANTED
The Christmas Collection Craft Fair has all inside spaces filled and is looking for vendors who are interested in an outside space. The fair will be Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, at the rotary. For application, www.fccuccel.org or call Sandy at 413-525-7511.

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.

ELHS 50TH BDAY MEETING
East Longmeadow High School 50th Birthday Party monthly meeting will be Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the ELHS cafeteria. Everyone is invited.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will be entertained by the "Westside Tappers" Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m. Noon luncheon will be roast pork w/gravy, baked potato, broccoli, applesauce and vanilla pudding. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

NURSING STUDENTS VISIT
Elms College nursing students will be available at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Oct. 20 and 21 between noon and 1 p.m. to discuss your medications and take your blood pressure. Bring in your medications and your questions. On Oct. 27, the nurses will be giving a presentation on Osteoporosis: causes, prevention, and treatment at 1 p.m. in the Wellness Center.

BOOK CLUB
The Book Club will meet Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The reading for is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," by Stieg Larsson. New members are welcome to attend.

MINI-HEALTH FAIR
Nursing students from UMASS will be presenting a mini-Health Fair on Nov. 3at 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.

CHAIR MASSAGE
At the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. with Jason Morin, L.M.T. of The Body Mechanic. Massages are 15 minutes at $15, beginning at 9 a.m. Call 525-5436 to book an appointment for Nov. 2.

SPA SERVICES FOR SENIORS
At the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., beginning in November. Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist 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.

MODEL CARS, TRUCK INSTRUCTION
Joe Mascaro has been building model cars and trucks 1/24 scale for over 50 years and would like to share his talent and expertise with others. Call the Senior Center for more information, 525-5436.

ZITI DINNER
Fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 275. Oct. 29 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St. Seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Adults $8, children under 12 $5. Menu: ziti with sauce, salad, bread and butter, dessert, soda, coffee, tea. For tickets call Lynn Booth at 525-3026 or Greg Moreau at 783-6677. Tickets also available at door.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
NATURALIST CLUB HIKE
A 1.5 mile hike up H. Newman Marsh Memorial trail up the north face of Observation Hill in the Chester-Blandford State Forest, Oct. 24 from 12:30 p.m. Leader: Dave Lovejoy, tel. 572-5307. For carpooling, meet at Westfield State College commuter parking lot at 12:30 p.m. or at Chester-Blandford State Forest at 1:15 p.m., 4 miles west of Huntington on Route 20. To reach the trail head, turn onto Sanderson Brook Road, opposite Banish Lumber and park in lot just a few feet up road on right. Heavy rain cancels.

CRAFTERS WANTED
Feline Friends Cat Sanctuary hosts a Craft Fair Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dave's Soda and Pet Food City, 151 Springfield St., Agawam. Includes craft fair, bake sale, raffle, kids coloring contest, pet adoptions and education, pet costume contest, and all children who attend in costume will receive a prize courtesy of Dave's Soda and Pet Food City. Set-up at 8 a.m. Cost of space is $20 Please bring your own table and chairs. All proceeds to help with feeding, trapping, spaying/neutering, and care of cats. Feline Friends, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, dedicated to placing homeless and unwanted cats and kittens into safe and loving homes. For further info call Maureen at 786-2854.

CARING FOR DYING LOVED ONES
A talk presented by Funeral Consumer Alliance of Western Massachusetts at Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 Coles Meadow Rd., Northampton, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Author Joanna Lillian Brown will talk on her book, "Caring for Dying Loved Ones: A Helpful Guide For Families and Friends." Free. Open to the public.

HAMPDEN
HAMPDEN GARDEN CLUB
Last regular meeting of 2010 season will be Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in Academy Hall featuring master gardener, Larry Lirot discussing bulbs and companion plantings. Annual Fall Putter scheduled for Oct.16 at Thornton Burgess school courtyards. Volunteers welcome.

DESSERT AT DUSK
At the Hampden Library Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., dessert and open house as we celebrate Hampden history. This is the final program for We the People at Hampden Public Library, a series of events connected to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Take a look at the information volunteers uncovered through our Oral History Project and enjoy the books and resources available through the grant. Open to all ages. Info: Christina Fairman at 566-3047.

TODDLER HALLOWEEN PARTY
Children birth to age three are invited to Hampden Public Library Oct. 27at 11 a.m. for the annual Halloween Party and Mini-Parade through the Hampden Town House. Costumes, if they wish. Photos with parental/guardian approval and treats. Siblings up to age six welcome. Registration is not required. For more info contact the library at 566-3047.

INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIME
For newborns to age 3 meets Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at Hampden Public Library. Free. Optional play and social time after 15 to 20 minute program. Siblings, day care providers are welcome. This is an ongoing program. For more information, call 566-3047 or email Christina Fairman at cfairman@cwmars.org.

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME
Begins Nov. 3 at Hampden Public Library at 1:30 p.m. for ages 3 to 5. Free. Siblings, day care providers welcome. Approximate duration is half an hour. This an ongoing program.For more information, call Hampden Library at 566-3047 or email Christina Fairman at cfairman@cwmars.org.

LONGMEADOW
'WOMEN AS LEADERS'
Bay Path College's One-Day-A-Week Saturday Program's Women as Leaders Career Seminar,"Leading Forward: Women's Stories from the Frontline" Oct. 25, 5:30 to 8 p.m. in Breck Suite, Wright Hall, 588 Longmeadow St. Free and open to women who are seeking career advice, networking opportunities, and leadership skills. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Registration required by Oct. 20; and seating is limited. To register, contact Kellee Grucci at 565-1161 or kgrucci@baypath.edu.

GREENWOOD EXTENDED DAY
Is currently accepting registrations for the before and after kindergarten, after school and early risers programs for the 2010-2011 school year. Spaces limited. Contact Kelly Zieba at 565-4163 or kzieba@longmeadow.org to schedule a tour. Visit www.lprd.net for program details and virtual classroom tour.

GREENWOOD CENTER PRESCHOOL
Has infant openings for 2011. Limited enrollment for full and part time. Contact Audra at 565-4163 or amanewich@longmeadow.org for tour. Visit www.lprd.net for program details and virtual classroom tour.

MUSIC FOR INFANTS, PRESCHOOLERS
Instructor Jon O'Neill combines songs with dance and musical instruments for children of all ages. Classes meet Tuesday mornings in the After School Room at Greenwood Children's Center. Infant classes for newborns through 15 months of age meet 10 to 10:30 a.m. Toddler classes for ages 15 months to 3 years meet 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. All classes meet Nov. 9 to Dec. 14; fee is $65 per child. Visit www.lprd.net for info. and registration.

"MOMMY & ME" ART-VENTURES
For preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Workshops titled "Princess and Pirates", "Madcap Alphabet Art-Venture" and "Edible Art Funshop" is some of the themes for this 7-week series. Classes meet Wednesdays Oct. 27 to Dec. 15 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. or 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. Fee is $73. Visit www.lprd.net for info. and registration.

FUN-DAMENTAL ART-VENTURES
For kindergarten through grade five. This series of eight workshops exposes children to a "play and learn" curriculum of painting, ceramics, mosaics, clay sculpture, decoupage, printmaking, collage and more. Class meets Mondays Oct. 25 to Dec. 13 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Blueberry Hill School. Fee is $98 per person. Visit www.lprd.net for info. and registration.

ART'S AROUND THE WORLD
For kindergarten through grade five. Children create their own wooden airplane or hot air balloon; each week we land somewhere in the world and create a wicked cool cultural craft. We incorporate concepts of geography, culture, history, music and humor in the fun series of seven workshops. Class meets Wednesdays Oct. 27 to Dec.15t from 2:45 to 4 p.m. at Center School. Fee is $87 per person. Visit www.lprd.net for info. and registration.

KARATE SHOTOKAN STYLE
For ages 14 and up. Shotokan Karate-Do International Federation (SKIF) system includes an international standardized syllabus of kihon (basics), kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). All instruction and certification is authentic and directly affiliated with SKIF Japan. White karate uniform required; order through instructor James P. Shea 6th Dan SKIF. Meets Tuesdays 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 2 to Dec. 30 at Olde Town Hall. Fee is $75. Visit www.lprd.net for info. and registration.

TAI CHI- YANG STYLE
Tai Chi is a classical Chinese martial art that includes a series of slow, gentle and graceful movements and postures. Wear comfortable clothing, flat sole indoor sneakers, dance shoes, or bare foot. Instructor is James P. Shea 6th Dan SKIF. Class meets on Tuesdays, Nov 2 to Dec 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Olde Town Hall. Fee is $60. Visit www.lprd.net for info and registration.

KARATE- SHOTOKAN STYLE
For ages 5 and up. Students train in the basic exercises involving punching, blocking, kicking, stances, forms, sparring, and self-defense. White karate uniform is required; order through instructor James P. Shea 6th Dan SKIF. Class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov 2 to Dec 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Olde Town Hall. Fee is $70. Visit www.lprd.net for info and registration.

TREASURES FROM GRANDMA'S ATTIC
Longmeadow Adult Center will host a Treasures from Grandma's Attic Sale Oct. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. Wide assortment of collectibles, holiday items, furniture, household accessories, appliances, and women's clothing that will appeal to everyone.

FINANCIAL PATHWAYS TAXES
Bay Path College presents "Are Your Taxes Scaring You?" as part of the college's Financial Pathways series for women Oct. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Breck Suite, Wright Hall on the college Campus, 588 Longmeadow St. Stephanie Werbiskis, CPA, addresses women's tax concerns. Registration required. Light refreshments. Tickets are $10 each; $15 f when you sign up with a friend for a single session. call Mary Pajak at 565 -1115

SPRINGFIELD
EXCHANGE CLUB LUNCH
The Exchange Club of Springfield, an organization for the prevention of child abuse and youth and community service is holding a luncheon on Oct. 21 at noon at the '350 Grille' on Worthington Street. The guest speaker will be Congressman Richard E. Neal. The public is invited at a cost of $15, or if you are interested in becoming a member, call program/membership chairperson Dot Lortie at 783-0195 to reserve.

CLOTHING AND BLANKET DRIVE
In response to cold weather ahead, Springfield Catholic Workers announces its 9th annual Winter Clothing and Blanket Drive, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bishop Marshall Center parking lot. Drop off clean coats, parkas, sweaters, hats, mittens, gloves, scarfs, winter boots, and new thermal underwear. Blankets and non-perishable food also welcome. For info call 737-7600.

VENDORS WANTED
Tower Square is looking for vendors to help spice up the annual Holiday Arts, Crafts and Speciality Gifts Fair Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Citywalk Cafes. If you are interested in par-ticipating as a vendor, contact the CBRE/Tower Square management office at 733-2171, ext. 101 or e-mail wmanyak@towersquare.net. The fee to participate is $40 for one table ($45 for two tables). Tower Square retains the right to select a variety of vendors. Not all vendors will be chosen.

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
Holiday Craft Fair sponsored annually by the St. Catherine of Siena Women's Guild will take place Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parish center, 1023 Parker St. Holiday and decorative crafts from more than 60 area crafters will be featured along with a Chinese auction, baked goods, game room and hot lunch. Admission is free. For more info,

VISITOR'S SUNDAY
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, an √ Anglican denomination located at 45 Buckingham St., will host their Visitor's Sunday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.Refreshments follow the service. For more info, call the church office at 736-8567.

RUMMAGE SALE
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host its semi-annual Rummage Sale on Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A $5 bag day will be Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds are used for various mission/outreach projects. For more information, please call the Trinity Church office at 737-5311 or Peg Commisso at 525-2719.

16 ACRES CIVIC ASSOCIATION
Meets Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at Greenleaf Community Center, Parker Street. Police commissioner William Fitchet will be the featured speaker. Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m.

'A RAY OF ELVIS' TO BENEFIT CHS
Internationally acclaimed Elvis impersonator, Ray Guillemette Jr. and the Memphis Jam Band to perform at Cathedral High School, 260 Surrey Rd. on Oct. 23. Doors open 6:30 p.m, show at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 each at the door. To purchase in advance, contact Scott at Scogdh365@aol.com or call886-2507. All proceeds to benefit the CHS Music Dept.

TRINITY ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. will host a Fall Arts & Crafts Festival Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering the work of over 30 vendors including Kitchen Cupboard featuring homemade soups by the container, Chat & Sew featuring handmade articles and more. Free admission. Coffee, homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts available. All proceeds to benefit Trinity United Methodist Church.

YOUTH MASS
Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, Plumtree Road. Youth choir provides contemporary music. All welcome.

WILBRAHAM
MRHS KEY CLUB KIDS NIGHT
The Minnechaug Regional High School Key Club will host its Fall Kids Night Party Oct. 22 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Green Gym at the high school. Event will include inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, and dancing for children from pre-K through fifth grade; parents must stay to supervise their children. Cost is $3.50/child or a maximum of $10 per family. Refreshments available for sale. Key Club is the high school's community service club and is sponsored by the Springfield Kiwanis Club. The twice-annual Kids Night is the major fundraiser for the Minnechaug Key Club. For more info, contact Algie, Key Club advisor, at 596-9011.

MINNECHAUG CLASS OF '05
Reunion Nov. 27, 7 to 11 p.m. at Hampden Country Club. $10.00 per person. Hors d'oeuvres served. For more information or if you did not receive an invitation, please email MRHSclassof2005@live.com.

YOUNG PLAYGROUPS AVAILABLE
Organized 90 minute playgroups at Wilbraham Children's Museum for children birth to pre-kindergarten M on to Fri. Public Hours Tues. 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sat. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Playground open to the public. Info: www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org or 596-2472 .


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