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Town Events, Sept. 29 - Oct. 6

From The Reminder

The First Congregational Church at the rotary has spaces available outdoors on the lawn for their Nov. 1 craft fair. Items must be hand crafted. For applications visit www.fccuccel.org or call Sandy at 525-7511.

East Longmeadow Boy Scout Troop 275 will host a spaghetti supper and bake sale Oct. 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 Elm St. The serving time will be 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help offset the cost of the troop's many activities.

The East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee will be meeting on Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the East Longmeadow Fire Department. Agenda: review minutes from June meeting; update on the EDS Program; possible Medical Reserve Corps update; other business.

Reminder to parents whose children are presently in grades 3 and 4 and wish to tryout for spring 2009 baseball Mustang evaluation will take place as follows on Sept. 29 at Heritage Park. Bring glove, water bottle and cleats. Any second graders who want to be evaluated to potentially play up may also attend.
4 - 4:45 p.m. Early Bird Special; if you can make this time slot, come and get it done early!
4:45 - 5:30 p.m. Last names A - H
5:30 - 6:15 p.m. Last names I - P
6:15 - 7 p.m. Last names Q - Z

Reminder to parents Mustang travel team evaluations will take place Oct. 2 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Park. Players presently in grades 3 and 4 only no second graders!

Reminder to parents Bronco A and B evaluations will take place Oct. 4 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Heritage Park. Players presently in grades 5 and 6.

To all parents with children using East Longmeadow Fields and American Saw please respect the parking policy of each site. Do not park on any grass surface, along entrance ways or fire lanes. Copy of policy is available in the East Long. Rec. Dept.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is registering for strength training classes, which will begin Oct. 1 from 5 - 6 p.m. for 12 weeks. This class is designed for adults interested in maintaining and strengthening overall muscles without seeking to build bulk. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a pre-season basketball clinic at ELHS on Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Those in grades 5 - 8 are eligible to attend. Head Instructor will be Tony Bergeron, new ELHS head basketball coach accompanied by his staff. Come into the Rec. Dept. to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept.'s Marlins swim team will begin their season Oct. 6 at ELHS from 5:30 - 9 p.m., Mon. - Thurs. evenings. Those ages 6 - 18 are eligible to swim; however, must be able to swim 25 yards. Swim test will be given on first night. Come into office to register no registrations will be taken at pool.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. is once again offering ballroom dance classes beginning Oct. 6 from 7 - 8 p.m. Four weeks of waltz followed by four weeks of cha-cha. Come into the Rec. Dept. weekdays to register.

The E.L. Rec. Dept. and Shaker Bowl are still offering enrollment at Shaker Bowl for those who attend Mt. View and Mapleshade schools for a Monday program from 2:45 - 5 p.m. You must enroll at Shaker Bowl.

The E.L. Senior Friendship Club welcomes "The Trumpet Man," Roland Chirico, on Oct. 2 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This program is sponsored by the Rotary Club. Luncheon is chicken pot pie, Capri blend vegetables, buttermilk biscuit and peaches. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for noon lunch reservations. Brown baggers always welcome!

Sandy Merrill will return to the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on the first Monday of each month beginning Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m. Class fee is $2, cost of supplies are extra. Open to all ages, no pre-registration required. Plan ahead for the holidays and make something pretty for that special person!

On Oct. 3 beginning at 11 a.m., Paul Leary from the RMV will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to present "Disability Placards and Plates," a program explaining how to obtain a disabled placard or plate and the laws governing them. This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to stay for noon luncheon, call ahead to make a reservation. Brown baggers always welcome!

Come find out what your community access TV is really all about and how you can get involved on a personal level. Director Don Maki will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Oct. 10 from 9 - 10 a.m. to speak about how residents can participate with their cable access television station. Don will also be taking sign-ups for a free five-week workshop taking place on Friday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m., beginning Oct. 17 at his ELCAT studio at the high school.

Active Singles (a non-profit group) is sponsoring a singles hike (30s-60s) on Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m. (arrive at 9 a.m.). The hike is in Torrington, Conn., on Burr Pond. No kids or dogs on the hike. The hikes last two hours each in four skill levels. Non-hikers can join us at the restaurant after the hike. Active Singles sponsors hikes on the first and third Sunday of the month all over the state. There are no dues or fees collected to belong to this group. Upcoming events Jan. 17 - 24, Western Caribbean Cruise; March 9, Tahiti trip. For info: Charlie Gergley, 19 Stony Hill Rd., #6, Cheshire, CT, 06410; (203) 271-2125; cell: (860) 489-9611 or visit www.activesingles.org.

A princess tea party and concert will take place at the Springfield JCC, Oct. 5, 3 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St. All are welcome. Children can dress up and meet their favorite princesses, listen to popular songs and enjoy a snack and craft. Tickets can be purchased at the Springfield JCC or by calling 739-4715.

The public is welcome to attend the Monson Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 18 and 19. The festival is an event bringing the community together to celebrate autumn traditions, including pumpkin carving contests, best chili and best pie contests, children's activities and games, food for sale, music and entertainment and the lighting of jack-o-lanterns. The fest runs 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Oct. 18, with the Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast from 8 - 10 a.m. on Oct. 19. The festival is sponsored by the First Church of Monson, 5 High St.

Tickets are now on sale for a trip to New York City on Dec. 13. The trip is a fundraiser for the Western Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Ticket price is $35. The bus will depart West Springfield High School, 425 Piper Rd., at 8 a.m. and will leave NYC at 7:30 p.m. The bus will make several stops in Manhattan. Passengers will be on their own for the day. For more info, call 827-0643 or send check payable to Western MassCOSH to 640 Page Blvd., Suite 104, Springfield, MA 01104.

Benedict Pond, Beartown State Forest, Monterey, Mass., Oct. 11, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Leader: Bill Fontaine. Meeting place: town parking area behind the Otis Fire Department, at the junction of Rtes. 8 and 23. Registration: Call Bill (533-2153). Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest is undeveloped except for a boat launch and small beach. Trail length is about 2.5 miles, over fairly easy grades. For those who are interested, a short, steep half-mile detour leads to the ledges, with attractive views westward toward Mt. Everett and the Catskills beyond. Bring sturdy footwear and something to eat and drink. Visit www.naturalist-club.org.

On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Fall Storytime takes place at Hampden Free Public Library, ages 3 - 8, free. Enjoy stories and crafts in a friendly environment. Offered Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. (same program both days). Advance registration is required. For more info, call 566-3047.

The first meeting of the 2008/09 year will feature Linda Lehman, owner of Three Sisters Gourmet Chocolate of 2341 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. Lehman will speak about "The History of Chocolate" and present samples, exhibit items for sale and answer questions from members and guests. Following the presentation a fall tea will take place. The public is invited as we kick off the 173rd year that Longmeadow Maternal Association has served our community. The meeting will be Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House.

Do you want more energy, better balance, more flexibility and strength? Sponsored by Longmeadow Adult Center, Performance Rehab on 80 Denslow Rd. has a spacious multi-use facility that allows exercise throughout the year in a safe and comfortable setting. Classes incorporate stretching, work on balance, strength building and walking intervals designed for seniors. You may drop in at will on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at $3 a session. More info at 565-4150.

Center School's Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 25 at 8 a.m. on the Green across from Center School. Crazy Kids races at 9:30 a.m. Costumes encouraged but not required. Register in advance; $12 prior to Oct. 15 sent to Center School PTO, Attn: Halloween Hustle, 837 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106. $15 thereafter.

2009 Entertainment Books are now on sale at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. Filled with hundreds of coupons, the Entertainment Book is the best way to save money on travel, dining, shopping, attractions and more! $25 for Western MA and $30 for Hartford area books. Makes a great holiday gift! Call 565-4150 with any questions.

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

At the Longmeadow Adult Center on Sept. 23 at 1 - 2:30 p.m. "A Tribute to Nat King Cole" performed live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. by Allan Harris.

At the Longmeadow Adult Center, begins Sept. 29 at 9 a.m. A fun way to get all the benefits of low impact cardiovascular exercise. It also helps with balance and coordination along with improving memory. $4 a lesson; pay as you go. Must register at 565-4150. More advanced group at the Community House.

Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. Peter Santos has kindly agreed to make the rounds with us and as we find historical places; he will elaborate on the historical significance of them. We'll all have a list of special items or places to look for and have a fun afternoon. Looking forward to meeting at the flag on the Green. Let us know if you can join us at the Longmeadow Adult Center; call 565-4150.

Oct. 1, 1 p.m. at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Featured speaker is Andrew Simkiewicz, a Reentry Councilor Therapist for the Veterans Administration. Make your luncheon reservations by calling 565-4150.

Meet Janice Hassett at the Longmeadow Adult Center on Oct. 6, 11 - 11:45 a.m.

Fun pick up games for men ages 50+. Players call their own violations. Approx. 15 men show each Wednesday night. A great way to stay fit. Volleyball meets on Mondays, Oct. 6 - June 1 from 7:45 - 9:15 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info or registration.

Fuel assistance applications are now available. Eligibility is based on gross yearly income. Family size (# of people in the household) one, $20,800; two, $28,000; three, $35,200. For more info or to make an appt. for help with the process of applying, call Linda Collina at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 565-4150.

Gina Daniele presents the following upcoming bus trips: On Nov. 2, take a trip to Mohegan Sun Casino; bus leaves Mom & Rico's, 899 Main St., at 7:30 a.m. On Dec. 6, enjoy Christmas shopping in New York City and see the lights! Bus leaves Mom & Rico's at 7:30 a.m. For more info, contact Gina at 732-8941.

The Springfield Women's Club will host its first meeting of the year on Oct. 15 at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Rd. The luncheon will begin at 10:15 a.m. with "The Food Dude," radio personality John Walters, who will share ideas on what we eat. Our talented chef will prepare a tasty treat on the spot. In addition Walters will share his views on the best places in the area to dine out. The program will be followed by a short business meeting and lunch in the dining room. The luncheon is $15 with reservations made by calling Carol at 733-2950 before Oct. 9. The program and luncheon are open to the public.

On Oct. 2 , 6:30 p.m., author M.P. Barker will be talking about researching and writing her historical novel, "A Difficult Boy," at the Pine Point Branch, Springfield City Library, 204 Boston Rd. For more info, call 263-6855. This event is free and open to the public.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a Gospel Concert at the church on Oct. 26. The concert is a fundraiser for replacement of the present heating system. Time: 5 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. There will be several local artists that include, the featured artist will be Evenus Thompson. Other artists will be elder Willie Naylor, Pastor Derrick Sams, Beverly Watkins-Jenkins, Center Stage Dance Group and others. The public is invited. For more info, call the church office at 736-8567 or Vera at 783-9824.

Tuesday Morning Music Concerts will present their gala program on Oct. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Artists on the program include Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, and Joel Martin, piano. This is the 107th season of the Tuesday Morning Music Club. Individual concerts are $10; membership for all 12 season concerts is $30. All are welcome to join. There will be a reception following the program.

Enjoy this family fun festival on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Features pumpkin decorating, bounce house, fall crafts, homemade apple pies and raffle prizes. Price of admission is one non-perishable food item or cash donation to benefit the Community Survival Center in Indian Orchard. Taking place at the Life Care Center of Wilbraham, 2399 Boston Rd. Call 596-3111 for more info.

The Wilbraham Children's Museum will host its annual fall clean-up event on Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. - noon. The museum seeks energetic volunteers of all ages to help spruce up the park equipment and the grounds at 678 Main St., and to ensure that the park remains clean and beautiful for children and all residents to enjoy. Rain date is Oct. 18. Questions should be directed to the museum's directors at 596-2472.

The Wilbraham Garden Club will host their New Member Tea on Oct. 2 at the Wilbraham Library. A light lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. The meeting will start at 12:45 p.m. Members are encouraged to bring a prospective new member. Delight Rothery and Suzanne Zeckhausen, both members of the club, will create flower arrangements while sharing their ideas and stretching their own imaginations. They hope to inspire the members of the audience to realize that, when creating designs, it's best to keep it simple. There will be a drawing for the arrangements.

St. Cecilia's is having a Women's Day of Prayer and Reflection on Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. - 1p.m. Sister Mary Peter, from the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be traveling from Ohio to be our speaker. The day will also include adoration and confession from 8 - 9 a.m., recitation of the rosary at 8:30 a.m., Mass at 9 a.m., faith sharing talks and a delicious lunch. To sign up, send $20 to St. Cecilia's Women's Retreat, 42 Main St., Wilbraham, MA, 01095, Attn: Sister Mary McCue, before Oct. 7.

The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham will host an open house Oct. 5, 2 - 4 p.m. at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St. "Election Memorabilia" 1896 to present the collection of Sgt. Glen Clark, who will discuss his collection and answer questions.
Lauren Noreen was recently inducted into Academy, the Simmons College Honor Society. She has earned the highest of academic averages which
placed her in the top six percent of the Class of 2009 at Simmons College in Boston. She is a graduate of East Longmeadow High School.

The Central/West Region of the Department of Mental Retardation held its annual recognition event in Palmer on Sept. 9. Teresa O'Hare, Regional Director, presented years of service awards to DMR staff. Kathleen Wadlegger of Longmeadow was honored for 20 years of service and Julie-Kate Lysak was recognized for 10 years of service.

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