Town Events, Sept. 21 - Sept. 28
|From The Reminder|
New Community Life Center open house, Sept. 26 from noon - 3 p.m. This is a family event at First Baptist Church, 50 Parker St. We would like to invite you to an open house of our new Community Life Center which includes a full size gym and classrooms. Activities will include pickup basketball and volleyball games, E.L. fire and police depts. (ladder truck, cruiser and child finger print kits), face painting, a free car wash, a blood mobile, free refreshments and more! Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new center. For more info visit www.fbcel.org or call 525-7866.
CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED CLASS
First Baptist Church, 50 Parker St. We will be hosting a 10-week DVD series called "Christianity Explored" beginning Sept. 30. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. each Wed. evening in our new Community Life Center. "Christianity Explored" is an informal class for people who would like to investigate Christianity or just brush up on the basics. Attendees won't be asked to pray, sing or read aloud and will be encouraged to ask as many questions as they like. Visitors to this class are also encouraged to bring their children who can attend our Wed. night youth activities. This is a free class. Call 525-7866 to register or for more info.
CLASS OF '84 REUNION
The ELHS Class of 1984 is hosting its 25th class reunion on Nov. 27 (7 - 11 p.m.) at the Knights of Columbus, 26 Baldwin St. The casual evening includes a buffet of hors d'oeuvres, beer on tap and a cash bar. If you are interested in attending or know of an ELHS Class of '84 graduate, send an e-mail to email@example.com for more info.
EL ALUMNUS ASSOC. MEETING
The E.L. Alumnus Assoc. invites you to join us for our Annual Dinner Meeting on Oct. 4 at the Elmcrest Country Club at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who attended schools or taught in E.L. is welcome. We will be recognizing the 1959 class from Birchland Park on their 50th year and the high school class of 1969 for their 40th year. The classes of 1939 and 1949 from Pleasant View and Centers Schools will also be recognized. Make dinner reservations by Sept. 27 with Sandra at 525-3811 or Ellen at 525-7773.
ZITI AND MEATBALL DINNER
East Longmeadow Fire Fighters Assoc. will host a ziti and meatball dinner on Oct. 2 at St. Michael's Parish Center, 53 Somers Rd. Serving: 5:30-7 p.m. Children five to 12, $5; adults $8. Cash for beer and wine.
Adult Book Discussion Group
The E.L. Public Library Adult Book Discussion Group will meet again on Sept. 26 at 10 a.m. in the library's Community Room. If you have read "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls, join us for a lively discussion. For more info contact Sue French at 525-8404 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. New members always welcome.
The E.L. Rec. Dept./Shaker Bowl is accepting enrollment in their afterschool bowling program, which begins Sept. 28. This 10-week program meets Mondays from 2:45 - 5 p.m. for Mapleshade and Mt. View schools only. Bus transportation is provided from the schools. Stop by the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to fill out enrollment form. After Sept. 28, register at the bowling alley.
The E.L. Rec. Dept., in conjunction with Tony Bergeron and Erik Maurer will again sponsor a basketball clinic for E.L. residents currently in grades 5 - 8 (co-ed) at ELHS on Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 from 7 - 8:45 p.m. There will be intense teaching of fundamentals through station instruction. Register at the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is accepting enrollment for its Marlins competitive swim team. Practices take place Mon. - Thurs. evenings at ELHS and begin on Sept. 28, with new Coach Greg Pearsall. Those ages six - 18 are eligible to swim and must be able to complete 25 yards freestyle to participate. Meets will begin in Dec. on Saturdays. Season will run through Jan., with championships the last weekend. Come into Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register.
Anime Club for Teens will meet on Sept. 29 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. in the library's Community Room. Teens in grades 6 - 12 are invited to join Jordan Olsen, ELHS graduate and anime enthusiast, for a fun hour of watching anime with friends. Meetings will also focus on sharing reviews, planning future club events, improving the library's anime/manga collections and more. The Anime Club will meet every other Tues. Registration for Anime Club is not required, but would be appreciated. To register, call the library's Information Desk at 525-5400 ext. 1508.
ADULT BASKETBALL PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is seeking participants for an adult basketball program to run Sept. 28 - Dec. 21. This is a new program and we are trying to determine the level of interest for a program of this kind. Call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 for more info.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will play fall bingo on Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. Noon luncheon will be baked ham w/raisin sauce, sweet potato, carrots, vanilla pudding w/strawberry sauce. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
Do you know what they are and have you put any in place? Learn more on Sept. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., when we will host a social worker and bereavement counselor from Beacon Hospice of Springfield to discuss your alternatives.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
Maryann Lyman from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs will speak about eligibility for veterans programs on Sept. 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. All veterans are welcome. The next meeting will be Oct. 20 with guest speaker Larry White from the Holyoke VNA Hospice, who will discuss end of life issues. Coffee and snacks served at all meetings.
WELSH SOCIETY MEETING
The fall meeting of the Welsh Society of Western New England will take place on Sept. 26 at the Yarde House Restaurant in South Hadley at noon. The speaker will be Professor Ronald Rees, whose topic will be the traditional role of singing (particularly church singing) in Welsh culture. For further info call Veronica at 532-5252.
The Rec. Assoc. of Hampden will be hosting a pig roast on Oct. 10 at the Hampden VFW. Festivities commence at 2 p.m. and includes live music, 50/50 raffle, pie eating contest, duck race down the Scantic River, pumpkin painting and many more games for the kids. Tickets are $20 per adult ($25 if purchased at the door) and $10 for children 12 and under. All proceeds to benefit the Hampden Youth Sports and Rec. programs. Tickets on sale now. If interested in attending or for more info e-mail email@example.com.
CHICAGO THE MUSICAL
Auditions for the Theatre Guild of Hampden's production of the 1996 Tony Award winning musical "Chicago: The Musical" will be on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Hampden Town Hall. Music director Tom Slowick, choreographer Kathleen Delaney and directed by Mark Giza. For more info call Giza at 543-4203 or 566-8354. Production: March 2010.
Edward Jones Financial is offering a free 60-min. educational seminar titled "Roll it, Take it, Leave it, Move it: Know Your Employers Retirement Plan Options Seminar." It will take place from 4 - 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 at Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow St. During the seminar participants will learn about the five most common distribution options, how to avoid having IRS witholding 20 percent of your retirment distrubiton, special considerations if you own employer stock, factoring taxes penalities and investment options into your decision. This seminar is free. Space is limited. To make reservations call Patrick Sullivan at (860) 253-9227.
MATERNAL ASSOC. MEETING
The Longmeadow Maternal Assoc. October meeting will be on Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. in the Longmeadow Community House. "A Glimpse into Local News" Elizabeth B. Corridan, general assignment reporter and producer at Channel 40 will discuss her job experiences. Following her presentation she will conduct a question and answer period. A tea celebrating our first meeting of the 2009-10 year will follow the discussions. We welcome the public.
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
The Finance Committee will meet on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Dept. Meeting Room.
Oct. 6, 9 a.m. Join us for the Annual Challenge Walk between Longmeadow and East Longmeadow. Choose either a one or three mile walk. Breakfast will be served at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center following the walk. For more info, call the Longmeadow Adult Center at 565-4150.
Wendy Wong, experienced in the Chinese art of TuiNa, will be offering chair massages at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the second and fourth Thurs. of each month from 1 - 3 p.m. $15 for 15 mins. or $25 for 30 mins. Book an appt. by calling 565-4150.
Play table tennis at the Longmeadow Adult Center! Join us on Thurs. at 1 p.m. at 231 Maple Rd. Beginners or experienced players welcome. Call 565-4150 for more info.
A great to exercise your mind! Come to the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Wed. mornings at 10 a.m. to play trivia. Lots of fun in an informal group setting, no pressure. Call 565-4150 for more info.
2009 NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE
Registration forms and a $60 registration fee must be submitted to the Community House office by Oct. 2. Performers that are not Longmeadow Dance School students may be called for an audition. The Nutcracker performance will be on Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Community House. Call 565-4160 for additional info.
FALL FOLIAGE TRIP MYSTERY TRIP
If you enjoy taking a ride to see New England in full glory then consider signing up for our Fall Foliage Mystery Trip. You will have a chance to dine at exquisite restaurants. There will be some walking but it will be minimal. Dress comfortably, bring your spouse or a good friend, and enjoy some time together. Fee is for transportation only. Trip will be on Oct. 8. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 9 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and more info.
FALL IN NEW YORK
Any time of the year in New York City is enjoyable. Sit back, enjoy the ride and let us do the driving. Stops will be along 5th Ave. and Times Square. Info and maps will be available on the bus ride to New York. Trip will be on Nov. 7. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
Child Safety & Protection Event
Parents who are concerned about the safety of their children and want to take action to protect their children are invited to join us on Sept. 26 at the Storrs Library as New York Life Insurance Company will host a free Child Safety ID Event. Parents and children will receive free ID cards while learning important lessons about how to stay safe at home, at play and in the community. This event will run from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will feature digital finger printing, photo for ID cards, complete with child's characteristics. Child safety is one of the primary concerns of parents today.
Christmas isn't truly here until you have a chance to visit Radio City Music Hall and see the "Christmas Spectacular." New acts have been added to the show this season along with the traditional favorites such as the March of the Wooden Soldier and the Live Nativity Scene. Seats are located in the Orchestra/First Mezzanine Section for the 2 p.m. show. There is time following the show to enjoy the sites and sounds of the holiday season in New York City. Trip will be on Dec. 10. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 7 a.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration or additional info.
LONGMEADOW YOUTH SWIM TEAM
Competitive swim program for intermediate-level swimmers age 6 years - high school who can swim 50 yards or more and have knowledge of the four competitive swim strokes. Program meets four nights a week and participants are required to make at least two practices a week. Practices are Mon. - Thurs. at the LHS indoor pool from 6 - 6:45 p.m. for ages 10 and younger and 6:45 - 7:45 p.m. for ages 11 and older. Swim meets will take place on either Fri. nights or Sat. Team swimsuit is required and parents are asked to volunteer during swim meets. Registration dates at the LHS indoor pool are Oct. 19 - 22 from 5:30 - 6 p.m. For more info, call T.J. Black at 567-9819.
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Select Board will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 21 at 34 Williams St.
JOURNEY TO JAZZ
Sept. 22, 1 - 2:30 p.m. Local jazz singer Ethel Lee kicks off our new season with her CD "An Evening in September," recorded live in Springfield. This music reveals Lee's skillful ability to interact beautifully with the talented musicians the band. Lee will appear live at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Call 565-4150 to register to attend.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., will host its semi-annual rummage sale on Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A $4 bag day will take place Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. - noon. Proceeds are used for various mission/outreach projects. For more info call the church office at 737-5311 or Peg Commissio at 525-2719.
ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE
Join us as "The Cretan Ladies Society Proodos" celebrate our 75th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Oct. 10 at the Cretan Club, 35 Carew St. Past presidents will be honored. Cocktails: 7 p.m.; dinner 8 p.m. promptly. Musicians from Crete to follow. Andreas Lilikakis/Lyra; Lefteris Apostolakis/Laouto. Donation: $50 adult; $15 children 12 and under. Info/reservations: Eva Papamarkakis 736-8421 or Besi Mavredakis 731-5514. Reservations required by Oct. 5.
Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St., will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be children's games, teenage activities, the popular apple pie baking contest, bingo, Chinese and grocery wheel raffles as well as a grand raffle that has 12 winners with prizes that range from $100-$1,000. In addition to the grand prize there will be the always popular cash raffle with the grand prize of $20,000 with only 500 tickets sold. American and German food and drinks will also be available. For more info or to purchase raffle tickets, contact the rectory at 732-3721.
The Foster Memorial Church, 1234 Parker St., will host a Fall Auction on Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. We need volunteers committees for publicity, kitchen, bake sale, set up, business donations, craft tables, church donations, and clean up. For more info call the church office at 782-2112.
The NAACP Springfield branch monthly meeting will take place on Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian Embassy, 30 Bowdoin St. Residents are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the NAACP Springfield branch. For more send an inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAMBO TANZANIA COLLECTION
During the month of September Wilbraham United Church and Teens Helping Other Teens Survive (THOTS) of Minnechaug Regional High School will be taking a collection to benefit Jambo Tanzania, a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Mary Banda of Mercy Hospital. Jambo Tanzania is an organization that provides medical care and education to the village of Gera in Tanzania, Africa. We are collecting all sorts of school supplies, gently used clothing in every size and monetary donations for textbooks and mosquito nets. Donations may be left at Wilbraham United Church on Main Street in the Narthex until Oct. 2.
SCOUT PACK #177 SIGN-UP NIGHT
Wilbraham Cub Scout Pack #177 has announced that its first Pack meeting of the year will be on Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St. This is also a recruiting night, so all boys are encouraged to bring their parents and join in the fun. For more info call Emilie Nesbitt at 599-1843 or Paul Blomerth at 596-8271.
Girl Scout Registration
Calling all future Girl Scouts and leaders! Girl Scout registration is Sept. 24, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Brooks Room in the Wilbraham Library. For more info contact Marianne Wagner, 596-3075 or email@example.com.
"40 Days of Love"
"40 Days of Love" Spiritual Emphasis will take place, Evangel Assembly, 348 Stony Hill Rd., 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. What is your number one goal in life? Your answer will reveal your dominant life value. Everyone has one. Beginning Sept. 20 through the last week of October, we will be hosting this Spiritual Emphasis. You are invited. Call 599-1729 for more info.
RETIREMENT BENEFITS WORKSHOP
Lou Curto of Wilbraham and Tim Flynn of East Longmeadow, Edward Jones financial advisors, are sponsoring a Social Security retirement benefits workshops from noon - 2 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Greenhalgh Gym Board Room. Light refreshments will be provided. The seminar is titled "Everything you every wanted to know about Social Security Retirement benefits but didn't know how to ask." Space is limited so reservations should be given to Karen Turoczy at 596-6875 by Sept. 23 to reserve your seat.
Women's Evening Fellowship
Women's Evening Fellowship of Wilbraham United Church will meet on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The evening will start with desserts and be followed by our program featuring Brad Shepard, popular radio personality and co-host of the Brad and Bo Show in WHYN. Men are cordially invited to this meeting. For more info call 596-2511 ext. 100 or visit www.wilbrahamunitedchurch.org.