Town Events, Sept. 7 - Sept. 14
|From The Reminder|
East Village Place will be hosting a Baby Contest! We are looking for baby contestants (ages 0-3). On Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. we will host a baby contest. There will be a number of different categories for the winners and prizes for all children who attend. Categories include brightest eyes, nicest smile, best dimples, best dresses, most outgoing and more! Register all babies attending with the Front Desk by calling 525-8050.
Wrestling Coach wanted
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is seeking a wrestling coach for a developmental youth program to run Nov. - Feb. College wrestling experience is preferred. This is a volunteer position (age 21 and over) for a weekday evening program. Contact the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 or come into the office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
new Community Life Center
Celebrate the grand opening of First Baptist Church of East Longmeadow's new Community Life Center on Sept. 20; the building dedication will be at 5 p.m. All are invited to join. Guest speaker Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church of Lynchburg, Va., town and state officials are were invited. The Community Center will also have its open house on Sept. 26 from noon - 3 p.m. Located at 50 Parker St.
ELHS SWIM & DIVE TEAM CAN DRIVE
The ELHS Swim and Dive Team will be hosting a can and bottle drive on Sept. 12 at Heritage Park from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring all your returnable can and bottles and help support our team. If you would like us to pick up your cans and bottles call 244-4666.
LEARN TO PLAY PITCH
There will be an instructional pitch class on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Anyone interested in learning to play pitch is welcome our group plays every Monday at 12:30 p.m.
Beginning Oct. 5 we will offer a Zumba exercise class on Mon. from 4 - 4:45 p.m. Class session will be eight weeks. There will be a free demo class on Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. Sign up at the demo class for the first session and receive a $3 discount. Burn calories to a Latin rhythm with easy to follow moves. Class is open to all ages 18 and over. Call the senior center if interested in the demo class at 525-5436.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. introduces a new program for grades K - 5 Mon. - Fri. from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. starting Sept. 28. Endless Benefits will take place at Pine Knoll Rec. Area. Program is designed on a weekly basis to include one creative program and one physical activity with leadership provided by adults from Inspire Works. Classes offered are Simply Sculpting, Fitness Fun, Science Secrets 1 and Water Color Wizards. Homework help, board games and snack too! Call the Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 for more info or come into the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
AFTERSCHOOL BOWLING PROGRAM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. in conjunction with Shaker Bowl, will sponsor an afterschool bowling program for students at Mapleshade and Mt. View beginning Sept. 28. Register at the Rec. Dept by Sept. 28 (after then, at Shaker Bowl). Payments are to be made at Shaker Bowl. Come into the Office, Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Seeking participants for adult basketball program to run Sept. 28 - Dec. 21; 7 - 8 a.m. (ages 18 and up), 8 - 9 a.m. (ages 30 and up), 9 - 10 a.m. (ages 50 and up). This is a new program and the E.L. Rec. Dept. is trying to determine the level of interest for this kind of programming. Call the Office at 525-5437 even if the times are not a perfect match for you.
Spring 2010 baseball evaluations are taking place now for E.L. Baseball Assoc/E.L. Rec. Dept. Grades 3-4, intown program, Sept. 15; grades 3-4 travel, Sept. 17; grades 5-6 intown program, Sept. 21; grades 5-6 travel, Sept. 24. All evaluations will be at Heritage Park.
BEADED BOOK MARKS
Register for this fun class scheduled for Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Cost is $5 for two book marks, either metal or cord, payable when you pre-register. You may make additional book marks and pay for them in class.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by singer Jimmy Mazz at their "Welcome Back" party on Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. (sponsored by People's Bank). Noon luncheon will be stuffed chicken w/wild rice, California blend vegetables, glazed carrots and blueberry shortcake. This is a $3 luncheon. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
Join us on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. at the senior center for an overview of pre-diabetes, what diabetes is, who is at risk and info for a healthy eating plan to prevent and/or treat diabetes. A Registered/Licensed Dietician and Nutritionist from Health New England will speak. Call 525-5436 to register.
FLU CLINIC VOLUNTEERS
If you are a licensed nurse and interested in volunteering for the annual flu clinic, taking place this fall at the Pleasant View Senior Center, come in to fill out an application. You will need to leave a copy of your current nursing license,and be approved by the medical director. Call Lissa Fontaine, R.N. with any questions at 525-5436.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Jus Us Band will not be performing at the New England Orthopedic Surgeons benefit to raise money for the Shriner's Hospital. The dinner dance will still be on Sept. 19 at the Knights of Columbus at St. Michael's Parish Center in East Longmeadow.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The Hampden Garden Club will host its next meeting on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Dr. Anne Bertinuson, an avid gardener and member of the Seed Savers Exchange, will talk to members about seed saving and storage. Bertinuson was the first program manager for the USDA Agricultural Research Grant Program. We will meet in the Melville Room of Hampden Town Hall instead of our usual meeting place for this meeting only. As always, visitors and new members are welcome.
VFW TURKEY SHOOTS
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9397, located at 190 Main St., will be host its annual Turkey Shoots on Sept. 13 - Nov. 22 from 1 - 5 p.m. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Come join us for food, fun and prizes. If you have any questions call 566-8797.
INFANT & TODDLER STORYTIMES
Wednesdays (ongoing): Infant & Toddler Storytime at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St., 11 a.m. Music, movement and basic books in a warm and supportive environment. For newborns to age 3. Free. Drop-ins always welcome. For info call Christina at 566-3047.
SECOND SATURDAY STORYTIME
Sept. 12: Second Saturday Storytime at Hampden Public Library, 625 Main St., 10:30 a.m. Stories, activities and crafts for ages 3 - 5. This new program will take place the second Saturday of every month. Free. Registration is requested. For more info or to register, call Christina at 566-3047.
fall kickoff meeting
The Longmeadow Republican Town Committee will host its fall kickoff meeting on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Greenwood Senior Center cafeteria. The public is invited. The meeting will feature a formal presentation on and discussion of pending federal health care/health insurance reform with time for audience questions and participation. The health/insurance reform segment will be followed by a business meeting. Refreshments will be served. Contact Dean Rogeness, chair, at 567-5480 or email@example.com.
NEW ENGLAND BRASS QUARTET
Sept. 19, 7 p.m. at Community House; free concert presented by the Longmeadow Cultural Council. The members of the New England Brass Quartet have performed together in a variety of ensembles since 1976. NEBQ offers performances that contain a remarkable range of color and a wide variety of musical styles. Since its inception in 1984, the NEBQ has been active in arranging works originally composed for other vocal and instrumental combinations.
FALL FOLIAGE MYSTERY TRIP
The most spectacular time of the year to live in New England is the middle of October when the weather is cooler and the leaves are in full color. If you enjoy taking a ride to see New England in full glory then considers signing up for our Fall Foliage Mystery Trip. You will have a chance to dine at three restaurants. There will be minimal walking. Fee is for transportation only. Restaurant stops will not included in the trip fee. 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 additional info.
The School Building Committee will host a public forum on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. at Glenbrook Middle School, 110 Cambridge Circle.
For infants, toddlers and preschool children. Clap your hands, tap your feet and sing along with Jon O'Neill in this fun filled program for parents and children. Infant classes are for infants up to 15 months of age, Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Oct. 20 from 10 - 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Community Room. Toddler classes are for ages 15 months - 3 years, Tuesdays, Sept. 15 - Oct. 20 from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Community Room. Visit www.LPRD.net for registration and additional info.
NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Come and share your success stories about the new little person in your life. Gain support from other parents, meet new friends and establish bonds with other new parents. Program meets during the school year on Thursday mornings from 10 - 11 a.m. at Greenwood Children's Center. This group is open to new parents and their infants from birth to one year. This program is offered free of charge in conjunction with Baystate Medical Center Parent Education Dept. Call Convy Stahl at 794-5515 for more info.
HEALTH INSURANCE INFORMATION
Have questions about your health insurance coverage? SHINE Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders is a free statewide health insurance counseling program for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries in Mass. A counselor is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on the second and fourth Wed. of each month from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 for an appt.
A group of pitch players meets at the Longmeadow Adult Center each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Newcomers are welcome. Call 565-4150 for more info.
Gentle Exercise is a video exercise program at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. The classes meet at 10:30 a.m. every Tues. and Thurs. All are welcome to try out these exercises for flexibility, strength building, endurance, coordination and balance. No fee. For more info, call 565-4150.
The Longmeadow Adult Center hosts a discussion of current events on the third Tues. of each month at 1 p.m. Join us on Sept. 15 to discuss the latest headlines or just listen to a stimulating conversation. Call 565-4150 for more info.
Note that the regularly scheduled meeting of the Select Board for Sept. 8 will begin at 8 p.m. in the Police Station meeting room. This is a change in start time only, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., in order to accomodate the special joint meeting in the library at 6 p.m. on the same evening.
FIDELCO GUIDE DOG PRESENTATION
The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., has rescheduled the Fidelco presentation to Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Linda Gilley of the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation will share info on the raising and training of these dogs and will bring one of the dogs, Prairie, with her for demo and socialization purposes. Call 565-4150 to register.
TODDLER PLAYGROUP SERIES
The Storrs Library invites toddlers six months - 30 months to bring their parents along and take advantage of our four-week series of programs for younger children. The library will be offering this early literacy series to encourage your child's growth and development and to encourage caregivers to take advantage of our extensive collection of parenting books. Your toddler will enjoy fingerplays, songs and stories along with our unstructured playtime. Longmeadow parents are welcome to drop by each Monday morning from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. from Sept. 14 - Oct. 5. Call the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at 565-4182, or stop by at 693 Longmeadow St. for more info.
LPD RETIREMENT PARTY
A retirement party for Michael Kirby, safety officer with the Longmeadow Police Dept., will take place Oct. 1 at Twin Hills Country Club, 700 Shaker Rd. Cocktails will be served from 6 - 6:30 p.m., with a buffet dinner starting at 6:30. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the Police Station. Call 567-3311 ext. 114 for more info.
TRIP TO LAKE GEORGE
St. Peter's Church, 45 Buckingham St., will have a bus trip to Lake George, N.Y., on Sept. 19, departing at 8 a.m. from Big Y on Boston Road. Return approx. 8 p.m. While at Lake George enjoy the 2009 Lake George Jazz Festival (admission is free) or take a cruise or luncheon cruise at an additional cost. Cost is for bus transportation only. For more info call Charles at 579-5131 or Vera at 693-3175 or 726-9006.
ASTRONOMY CLUB MEETING
The Springfield STARS Club, an amateur astronomy group, will meet on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Workshop next to the Planetarium at the Springfield Science Museum. Kevin Collins will describe his trip to the Kennedy Space Center in May to view the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis, and its mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Collins is vice president of the Astronomers Assoc. and of the Amherst Area Amateur Astronomy Assoc. The meeting is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a social hour with refreshments. For more info visit www.reflector.org or call (800) 336-9054.
MINNECHAUG OPEN HOUSE
Minnechaug will be hosting its first semester open house on Sept. 10 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. This open house will provide parents and guardians with the opportunity to visit our school, and meet with their student's first semester teachers. Parents will also have an opportunity to become familiar with the facilities, programs and activities of the guidance, athletic and student activities departments.
The Alpha Course
Evangel Assembly will be offering "The Alpha Course," an 11-week session, on Sunday evenings beginning Sept. 20 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. at 348 Stony Hill Rd. The evening consists of a meal, a short talk and a small group discussion. There is no charge for this course. Call 599-1729 to register.
ATHENEUM SOCIETY OF WILBRAHAM
The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham announces its "9/11 Remembered" open house at the Old Meeting House, 450 Main St., on Sept. 13 from 1 - 3 p.m. (with a discussion starting at 1:30 p.m.). A discussion and photo display by members of the Wilbraham Police Dept. who volunteered their time at the site.
BASIC SAFE BOATING COURSE
The Springfield Power Squadron will be offering a free "Basic Safe Boating Course" beginning Sept. 16 in the cafeteria of the Wilbraham Middle School, 466 Stony Hill Rd., at 7 p.m. There is a nominal cost for the book and tools. Those who pass this course are qualified to obtain a Connecticut boating license and boat in N.H. or anywhere else where boating certificates are required. Anyone desiring a Connecticut PWC license will qualify for that as well. The course runs for seven weeks, and if you miss the first night it's no problem to catch up beginning the second. For more info or to register in advance, call P/C Warren Newhouse at 596-3044.
FIELD HOCKEY FUNDRAISER
The Minnechaug field hockey team will be hosting their annual tag and bake sale Sept. 12, rain or shine, in the MRHS parking lot off Tinkham Road, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Children's items, household goods, sports equipment and more. Enjoy an individually packaged baked good as you shop. All proceeds to benefit the MRHS field hockey program.