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Town Events Sept. 20-27

From The Reminder
EAST LONGMEADOW
FIRE DEPARTMENT OPEN HOUSE
Will be Oct. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. at the station, located at 150 Somers Rd. The public is invited to come and learn about fire safety during National Fire Prevention Month. Demonstrations, station tours and a bounce house for children. Papa Gino's will provide free pizzas and children's fire safety coloring sheets. For more info. call the fire station Mon. to Fri. 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

GRAND OPENING
Grand opening of the new Edward Jones Investment Services office at 37 Prospect St., Sept. 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please confirm, 525-3471. While our location is new, Edward Jones has been helping individual investors reach their long-term financial goals for more than 85 years. We look forward to continuing the tradition of providing face-to-face, personalized service at our new location. We invite you to bring your family and friends and help us celebrate our new office.

BELLY DANCING CLASSES
Beginning and intermediate classes meet at Quantum Life Management Center, 30 Westwood Ave., Wednesday nights 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.starting Sept. 29. Option to dance in show Nov. 20 in Westfield. Register with studio at 526-9840 or email Michele at Michele1291@yahoo.com. For further info visit www.rafiahdance.com .

MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS
The Pleasant View Senior Center has an urgent need for drivers, permanent and substitute, to deliver Meals on Wheels to housebound elders in East Longmeadow. Two hours one day a week is all that is required. Stipend is paid. Contact Sandy or Stephanie at 525-5436. Drivers will need to pass a background check.

FREE LEGAL CONSULTATIONS
Attorney Dave Carlson will offer free legal consultations at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning Sept. 21. Half-hour appointments from 1 to 4 p.m. Call 525-5436.

MAKE YOUR OWN JEWELRY
Sandy Merrill will resume jewelry classes the first Monday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. at 9:30 a.m. Cost of instruction is $3 and supplies are extra.

ART CLASS FOR ADULTS
Local artist Jeff Kern is teaching basic drawing, design and basic techniques at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. 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.

SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will feature entertainers Larry Ruhl and Ellen Lovina at their "Welcome Back" party on Sept. 16 at 12:30 p.m., sponsored by PeoplesBank. Noon lunch will be roast turkey w/stuffing, mashed potato w/gravy, butternut squash, chocolate pudding. $3 lunch. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.

FRENCH CLASS RESUMES
Conversational French at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. resumes Sept. 22at 11 a.m.

ZUMBA CLASSES RESUME
Zumba classes take place at the Pleasant View Senior Center Mondays at 4 p.m. with certified instructor Donna Gendron. Classes will be four-week sessions at $4 per class.

CAPUANO CARE FREE SERVICE
Capuano Care will offer free blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol screening on the first Friday of each month at 8 a.m., at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The next date is Oct. 1.

SQUARE DANCE LESSONS
Square Dancing will resume at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.The first two lessons are free; the cost is $6 per lesson per person after two weeks.

VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
Veterans' representative George Herrick will resume his monthly meetings Sept. 2 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Meetings are the third Tuesday of the month, all area veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.

ESTATE AND INVESTMENT PLANNING
Pete Ledoux and Attorney Dave Carlson will speak at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. Topic will be, "What the Rules are to Protect your Assets in the Face of Nursing Home Care." Please register, 525-5436.

CHAIR MASSAGE
Begins Oct. 5 and continue on the first Tuesday of each month by appointment at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. with Jason Morin, L.M.T. of The Body Mechanic. 15 minutes at $15, beginning at 9 a.m. Call 525-5436 to book an appointment.

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER
At American Legion Post #293, 3 Legion Court, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m. Menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, toasted garlic bread, sheet cake, brownies, soda, coffee, tea. Additional drinks available at bar for extra cost. Tickets $8.50/person. Questions, call Chris at 592-0596 or post after 4 p.m. at 525-2058.

MARLINS COMPETITIVE SWIM TEAM
For boys and girls ages six to 18. Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards without stopping and have knowledge of the four competitive swim strokes. Season starts with practices on Sept. 20. Coaches will assess swimmers and determine appropriate placement.

GREATER SPRINGFIELD
AL-ANON MEETING
If someone's drinking is bothering you, Al-Anon can help. Newcomers welcome Monday 8:30 a.m. meeting in church basement at St. Paul's on the corner of Sewall and Hubbard Streets, Ludlow. For info about other locations call 782-3406 or visit www.ma-al-anon-alateen.org .

TECH CLASS OF 1953
Reunion will take place Oct. 23 at Max's Tavern at the Basketball hall of Fame, on Columbus Avenue at 1 p.m. Tickets: $40. Call 739-0728 for info and reservations.

WIDOW, WIDOWERS GROUP
Meets once a week in Chicopee. For more info please call: Helen at 533-4660 or Don, at 436-7332.

HAMPDEN
CANDLEWICKERY
The Hampden Historical Society will host a program on "Candlewickery" Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. with candlemaker Michael Taylor. Refreshments. Free and open to the public. Hampden Historical Society meetings are at Academy Hall on Main St. For more info call 566-8447 or 566-5803.

OLD CEMETERY TOUR
Meet on Chapin Road at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 (rain date: Sept. 28). Half-hour tour for grades four and younger; one hour tour for grades five through adults. Younger children may stay for the second half. Join local historian Connie Witt as we explore the lives and historical significance of those buried in the old town cemetery. Reservations are not required. Info: 566-3047 or www.hampden-library.org

LONGMEADOW
GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY JAMBOREE
Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wolf Swamp Field, 703 Wolf Swamp Rd. Girls teams from grades fifth through eighth from Agawam, Westfield, Wilbraham, East Longmeadow, South Hadley, Holyoke, Longmeadow will open the season with games and a dance party featuring a DJ. Concessions open. Public invited, but closed to additional teams. Info: Anne Cherick 567-1063.

DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
Democratic Town Committee will host a discussion and candidates night Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., at the Greenwood Center, 231 Maple Rd. There will be an "Update from Beacon Hill" with Sen. Gale Candaras and Rep. Brian Ashe, and chance to "Meet the Democratic Candidates on the Nov. 2 Ballot." Everyone invited. Refreshments.

LYA PIZZA IN THE HUT
Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) celebrate Sukkot Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at 1148 Converse St. by eating outside in a temporary hut. Pizza, soup and salad supper, music and a free Sukkot carnival for children. Dinner is $5/child, $8/adult, family rate of $32. RSVP to 567-8665 or lyaadmin@comcast.net. Rain or shine. Proceeds of benefit LYA Israel Experience 2011. Info: :www.lya.org.

'CORELLA BALLET' AT STORRS
Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m., free preview screening of excerpts from Creating a Classic: Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon with discussion to follow at Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. Call 413 565-4181 to register.

FRIDAY YOGA SPECIAL
At the Longmeadow Adult Center on Oct. 1, Nov. 5, Dec. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. Designed for people looking for "just a little bit more yoga" or a "pre-weekend lift." Chair or mat. $21 for all three classes. Call 565-4150 to register.

ANNUAL CHALLENGE WALK
Takes place Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. The traditional Longmeadow vs. East Longmeadow Challenge Walk needs an enthusiastic crew from Longmeadow. Three mile and a one mile walk to the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center on Dwight Road, sponsor of the event. Teams leave from St. Andrews Church (three mile) or Talbots (one mile). Post-walk brunch and prizes.

'THE CRUCIBLE'
Trip to Barrington Stage, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Still a few tickets left! Lunch at the Cork 'n Hearth on Laurel Lake in Lee included. Cost is $74, ($69 for those over 60 and students). To reserve, call 565-4150.

BOOK CLUB
Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. The book for October is "When Heart Turns Rock Solid" by Timothy Black set in Springfield. In November, the group will be discussing "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Betterfield. New members welcome.

VETERAN'S GROUP
Meets Oct. 6 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at Longmeadow Adult Center. Guest speaker is Ann Murray, voluntary services officer at the VA Hospital in Leeds. All area veterans invited. If you would like lunch,make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150.

NEW!! ZUMBA GOLD
Meets Thursdays, Oct. 7 to Nov. 18 [no Nov. 11] from noon to 12:45 p.m. Instructor Peggy Sheldon-Carreras is certified in Zumba Gold, which is designed especially for senior adults. Classes will be in the gym at the Greenwood Center. Fee is $30 for five classes. Call 565-4150 to register.

READING RADIO SCRIPTS
Meets Oct. 7 from 10 to 11 a.m. This month is an episode of Our Miss Brooks. No experience necessary. Everyone welcome, but call 565-4150 so we can have enough copies of script.

LITTLE LEAGUE TRYOUTS
Will take place for the majors divisions, ages nine to 12 on Sept 25 and 25at Strople Field from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Steve Schiffman via e-mail at Schiffe143@aol.com or by phone at 374-7674 to reserve a time. AAA and AA divisions, ages six to 11, will take place Sept 25 and 26at Strople field from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Will Luckert via e-mail at Wbluckert@gmail.com or by phone at 265-9163, to reserve a time. Info:
www.eteamz.com/longmeadowwill.

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

OKTOBERFEST
Sacred Heart Church, Chestnut Street, will host its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 26 from 11 a.m to 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the church. German music with the Black Sheep throughout the day, children's games, teenage activities, apple pie baking contest, bingo, Chinese and grocery wheel raffles, Grand raffle that has 12 winners with prizes that range from $100 to $1,000. Cash raffle with the grand prize of $20,000 with only 500 tickets sold. American and German food. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, call 732-3721.

FALL FESTIVAL
Landmark at Monastery Heights is looking for local artisans, crafters, and farmers to join its Fall Festival on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will offer Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving items, as well as a farmers' market. Contact Sharon Beaudry at 781-1282 or sharonb@landmarkseniorliving.com

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED
This Fall Evangelical Covenant Church will enter its 10th year of helping people explore who Jesus really is and what it means to follow him. Beginning Sept. 27, the Springfield church will host a new session of Christianity Explored, an internationally-renowned 10-week program that invites people to ask questions about Christianity and explore answers found in scripture. For more info, visit www.ecovs.org.

DUELING PIANOS
Join a group from Mary Mother of Hope Church and enjoy a Sunday brunch while experiencing the dueling pianos at The Log Cabin, Holyoke, Oct. 17, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. $54/person. Self-drive event. Reservations: Sylvia, 594-2757.

YOUTH BASKETBALL SIGN UPS
Registration for girls and boys, kindergarten to grade 8 at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 455 Island Pond Rd, Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5 and 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to play CYO basketball this winter. Contact 262-7381, 301-0943 or allforkidsaa@gmail.com for more info.

WARD 8 MEETING
The next meeting of the Ward 8 Democratic committee will take place on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., at the Community Building, 117 Main St., Indian Orchard. A guest speaker will be present.

READ ALOUD VOLUNTEERS
Springfield School Volunteers is seeking readers for the Springfield School Volunteers/Babson Capital Management LLC Read Aloud Program, now in its 25th year. Volunteers will read to students in grades pre-kindergarten through five in the Springfield Public Schools once a month, Oct. to Feb. To sign up contact Maureen Moriarty at 787-6657 or moriartymaur@sps.springfield.ma.us. Training sessions offered. Visit www.springfieldschoolvolunteers.org for the schedule.

SHRINER'S HOSPITAL WALKATHON
Shriners Hospital will celebrate its 85th birthday with a 3 mile Walkathon/BBQ on Sept. 25. Walk from the hospital at 516 Carew St. through Van Horn Park and back to the hospital. Registration 9 a.m., walk 10 a.m., BBQ 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $20 person, Children 14 and under $5. Rain or Shine. Free parking at Boys & Girls Club. Info: contact Lee Freniere at 755-2307 or lfreniere@shrinenet.org.

TEDDY BEARS FOR ST JUDE'S
Belden Jewelers in the Eastfield Mall is selling teddy bears for the holidays to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Bears are priced at $12.99 with no less than $7 going towards St. Jude's. Available at Belden and Kay Jewelers. Info: www.facebook.com/eastfieldmall.fans or contact Eastfield Mall at]543-8000.

CLASSICAL CLASS OF 1970
Will be celebrate its 40th class reunion Oct. 2 at The Munich House, Chicopee, at 6:30 p.m and Oct. 3 with brunch at Classical High School. If you have not received invitation call Cleo Warden: 596-6411; begin_of_the_skype_highlighting413-596-6411 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit http://ClassicalHigh70.com for more information.

OLSH FLEA MARKET
Spaces are available at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Flea Market Oct. 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Parish Center, Rosewell St. Lower level will feature used items, second hand jewelry, used books; the parking lot will host a flea market. Info: call 782-8041.

WILBRAHAM
ESTATE AND INVESTMENT PLANNING
Estate and investment planning Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Wilbraham Senior Center. Atty. Michael Hassett and Pete Ledoux, CFP will discuss this issue and what everyone should do to prepare for the future. Come with questions, this is an opportunity to ask the "experts," at no cost. Call 596-8379 to reserve a seat.

YOUNG PLAYGROUPS AVAILABLE
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten. Organized 90 minute playgroups available Mon. to Fri. Museum open Sat. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Museum available to rent for birthday parties. Beautiful playground open to the public. To inquire -- www.wilbraham-childrensmuseum.org or 596-2472.

JOYCE ROBINSON MEMORIAL WALK
Join us for the Joyce Robinson Memorial Pancreatic Research Walk. Registration for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Mile Tree Elementary School at 621 Main St. with the walk following at 10 a.m. The walk consists of three separate routes walkers can chose from a one-mile walk, a three-mile walk and a five-mile walk. All three routes start from Mile Tree and head toward the center of town. Those wishing to sign up for the walk or sponsor a walker may do so by going to www.lustgarten.org, clicking on the "Get Involved" tab, then selecting the Wilbraham walk from the list.


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