Town Events, Aug. 17 - Aug. 24
|From The Reminder|
40TH ANNIVERSARY MEMBERSHIP TEA
Sept. 24, noon, Fellowship Hall in E.L. Congregational Church. Coffee will be available. Bring refreshments by last name: M - Z, finger sandwiches; A - L, finger desserts. Bring your favorite cup and saucer, luncheon plate and special spoon. Marcella Maki is the East Longmeadow Garden Club 2009 Scholarship recipient. She will share her summer experiences in Costa Rica.
Commodities will be distributed to E.L. residents on Aug. 19 from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. If you have not already done so, come fill out paperwork in the office and pick up your ticket. No commodities will be given without a ticket, and paperwork must be completed prior to Aug. 19.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E.L. Senior Friendship Club will have their Summer Reunion on Aug. 20 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Luncheon is hamburgers, baked beans and potato salad. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
The Pleasant View Senior Center at 328 North Main St. is hosting a bingo party on Aug. 25 beginning at 1 p.m. Cost is $5, which includes up to five bingo cards, refreshments and prizes. Register by Aug. 21, as seating is limited. Payment required at time of registration.
OVER THE TOP BALLROOM DANCERS
The "Over the Top" Ballroom Dancers will be performing Aug. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. This award winning group is made up of local school age dancers who perform regularly at hospitals and nursing homes. This event is free and open to the public. Come early for a special lunch. Call the Senior Center to reserve your seats at 525-5436.
The Book Club will resume its monthly meetings beginning Sept. 29 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selected book for summer reading is "World Without End" by Ken Follett. We welcome new members at any time!
CREATIVE WRITING COURSE
For all with an unfulfilled interest in writing as well as those who have been writing "forever," Adventures in Writing offers a relaxed, writer-friendly opportunity to experiment. Facilitated by Donna Bailey-Thompson, an experienced writing coach, first six-week session begins Sept. 10 and meets Thursdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. There is a fee. This is a way to develop, enliven and sharpen your own style. Enrollment limited; early sign-up is recommended.
REGISTRATIONS STILL OPEN
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is still registering for the following fall sports: intown soccer, entering K - 12; field hockey, grades 3 - 8. Late fee will be charged for both. For more info, call 525-5437 or come into Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register.
WINTER COMPETITIVE SWIM
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is beginning registrations for its winter competitive swim program. Those ages 6 - 18 are eligible. Swimmers must be able to complete 25 yards freestyle to participate. Swim test will be given first night of practice; practices are Mon. - Thurs. evenings. Season will begin around Oct. 5. Come into Office 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri. to register. For more info, call 525-5437.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is beginning registrations for its fall exercise programs womens aerobics, M/W, 6 - 7 p.m., Sept. 9 and T/TH, 5 - 6 p.m. and 6 - 7 p.m., Sept. 10; strength training, W, 5 - 6 p.m., Sept. 9; and yoga, TH, 7 - 8 p.m., Sept. 10. All classes run for 10 weeks. Those 18 and older are eligible to attend. New, updated medical profiles will be required, even though a registrant has been in previous classes. Come into the Office Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to register. Call 525-5437 for more info.
Hampden Seniors to Tour
An exciting fall bus trip trip is planned for Oct. 2, to Gloucester, Mass. The bus will leave the Hampden Senior Center, 104 Allen St., at 9 a.m. A lunch at the Goucester House Restaurant on 7 Seas Wharf, a tour of Hammond Castle, deluxe coach transportation and driver's tip all for $61. FYI: the castle being a very old historic Medieval/Renaissance museum built in the late 1920s has no elevators and is not handicapped friendly. Payment deadline is Aug. 28. Call Bobbi at 566-8271 to sign up. Flyers are available at the Senior Center's reception desk.
Vocalist Laurie Festa will give a concert at the Storrs Library on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. It is open to the public, free of charge. Call the Reference Desk at 565-4181 to register.
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Finanacial Sub-Committee on Aug. 26. at 4:30 p.m. in the School Committee Room, 127 Grassy Gutter Rd.
Bring your car down to Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) , 1148 Converse St., for a car wash on Aug. 30 from 9:30 a.m. - noon. A wash for a single car will be $6, large vans and SUVS $10 and a $4 charge for wheel detail. There will be free bagels with cream cheese and coffee for anyone who gets their car washed. For more info call Paul Barr at 222-6873 or log onto LYA.org.
GREENWOOD & REYNOLDS POOLS
Reynolds Pool's last day open to the public will be Aug. 23, Greenwood Pool and Splash Pad will remain open until Aug. 30.
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. Fidelco is the only guide dog school in New England, and they are dedicated to promoting independence in blind men and women. Call 565-4150 to register.
INTRO TO NORDIC WALKING
Jack Fila, certified Nordic Walking instructor, will present a free seminar discussing the many health benefits of Nordic Walking, and demonstrate the technique at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. Learn why walking with poles has become a popular activity. Reserve your spot by calling 565-4150.
The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., will offer a four-class session of Nordic Walking instruction on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 9, from 10 - 11 a.m. Enhance your normal walking with use of the Nordic Walking Poles and enjoy the many health benefits offered. Great for any fitness level! Wear suitable clothing and comfortable footwear. Equipment will be provided (let us know if you have your own equipment.) Call 565-4150 to register.
AUDITIONS FOR "URINETOWN"
The Bay Path College Performing Arts Dept. will host auditions for "Urinetown: The Musical" Sept. 7 - 9 from 7 - 10 p.m. in Mills Theatre, Carr Hall on the Longmeadow campus, 588 Longmeadow St. Actors, singers and dancers age 16 and over are needed for roles and should be prepared to sing, move and scene read. The production will run Nov. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. For more info, call Performing Arts at 565-1361.
SUMMER PATIO GATHERING
Stop by the Longmeadow Adult Center's new outdoor patio for some refreshing summer treats! On Aug. 26 from 12:30 - 2 p.m. we will be offering summer desserts, a shady place to sit and good company. Rain date: Aug. 27. Call 565-4150 for more info.
CHESS PLAYERS WANTED
Do you like to play chess? A small group of chess enthusiasts who meet at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., would welcome new players. Call 565-4150 for more info.
LUNCH IS SERVED
Too hot to cook? Join us at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., for a nutritious lunch served Mon. - Fri. at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $2. Enjoy our air-conditioned dining room and good company. Call 565-4150 for a reservation at least 24 hours ahead.
PINOCHLE PLAYERS WANTED
Do you like to play pinochle? The Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd., hosts a group of pinochle players each Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. They welcome anyone who has knowledge of the game to join them! Call 565-4150 for more details.
Join us on Sept. 12 at the Storrs Library for a special interactive demo sponsored by Master Han's Olympic Taekwondo. This program reinforces important values and safety for both home and school and encourages students to get along with each other and to try their best everyday. Students will be introduced to important social skills aimed at conflict resolution, bullying and getting along with others. From 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., kids from kindergarten and above are invited to become a part of learning about stranger danger and resolving conflicts with others. Your children will enjoy the fast paced program, role-plays, discussion and handouts. Call 565-4182 or visit the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library to register for this program.
Be sure to visit www.LPRD.net or the Parks & Rec. office for a full listing of all of our tennis lessons this summer. Lessons run in two-week sessions throughout the summer and encompass ages 4 - adult. Keep in mind that when tennis courts are not being used for organized Parks & Rec. play, they are open and free to all Longmeadow residents. Private tennis instructors must have a paid permit to use the courts for lessons. Call Mary at 565-4166 to make arrangements for this permit, prior to teaching a lesson. Call the LPRD at 565-2255 for up to the minute weather cancellations.
Gina Daniele presents a trip on Sept. 12 for the St. Gennaro Feast or shopping in NYC, a trip on Sept. 13 to see the Yankees take on the Orioles in their new stadium in the Bronx, and a trip on Sept. 19 and 20 to see Niagara Falls, visit a casino and do some shopping. For more info on these trips, call 732-8941.
The Our Lady of Grace Society will be hosting a Centennial Celebration of the founding of its society on Sept. 6. The festivities will begin with a Mass to be officiated by Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church on William Street. On Aug. 30, a banquet will take place at Felix Ristorante, Dickinson Street, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and may be obtained by calling Alfredo ViVenzio at 734-5611, Sal Scibelli at 567-3900 or Lia Addeo at 739-3713.
NAACP Springfield meeting
The NAACP Springfield branch will host its monthly meeting on Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian Embassy, 30 Bowdoin St. Community residents are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the NAACP Springfield branch. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK SINGING AND READING
On Aug. 23 at 11:45 a.m. the public is invited to a book signing and reading of "Climbing to the Moon" by V. Jane Schneeloch in the parlor of Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave. A light lunch will be served followed by an opportunity to hear a few of Jane's poems and obtain a signed copy of her book. Reservations are requested by calling 782-9021.
Looking for something different? Tell a story, or listen to the stories told by the Springfield Storytellers at their next meeting on Aug. 21 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 245 Porter Lake Dr. Sessions are open to all. Story telling takes place every third Friday of the month. For info or directions call Doug at 733-9815.
There will be a bridge tournament Aug. 22 - 23 at Melha Shriner's, 133 Longhill St. This tournament will offer players of all levels a chance to compete and is sponsored by the Connecticut Valley chapter of the American Contract Bridge League. For further info contact Sally at 737-6426.
Ray of Elvis
Wingate at Springfield, 315 Bicentennial Hwy., will be hosting "Ray of Elvis" on Aug. 25 from 6 - 7 p.m. Ray Guillemette Jr. is Ray of Elvis. Free to the public; on the lawn at Wingate. Bring your own lawn chair. Refreshments will be served. For more info, call 796-751.
SPRINGFIELD ROTAY SPEAKER
Katie Stebbins, Western Mass. Director of the MassMentoring Partnership, will address the Springfield Rotary Club's luncheon meeting on Aug. 20. The Springfield Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Mass Mutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame, West Columbus Avenue, and is a proud member of Rotary International. The Rotary luncheon is $17 per person and is open to the public.
Denise Eaton, Bach Flower Practitioner, will guide everyone in finding the right flower remedy relief for those stressed out, overwhelmed and lacking energy. Discovered almost 70 years ago by Dr. Edward Bach, the Bach Flower Remedies gently help balance negative states of mind. Sponsored by Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St., on Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 to register.