Town Events, Dec. 29 - Jan. 5
|From The Reminder|
TRIP TO FOXWOODS
The Brownstone Residents Association is sponsoring a bus trip to the Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Feb. 17. Cost of $25 includes the driver's gratuity. The casino bonus package is a $10 food coupon and $15 Keno. For further info and/or reservations, call Anita Black at 525-3614.
DANCE PERFORMANCE & HOT CHOCOLATE SOCIAL
On Dec. 30, the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St., will welcome dancers ages four through adult from "The Next Step Dance Studio," who will perform from 2 - 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served, with hot chocolate provided by Redstone Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. This performance is free and open to the public.
In observance of New Year's Day, the Pleasant View Senior Center will be closed and no Meals on Wheels delivered on the following dates: Jan. 1 and 2.
ELDER LAW ATTORNEY
Jennifer L. Snyder, an Elder Law Attorney, will present a program at the Pleasant View Senior Center on Jan. 14 from 9 - 11 a.m. Keep your golden years golden by protecting your assets should you become incapacitated.
The Senior Book Club will meet at the Senior Center on Dec. 30 at 10:30 a.m. They will discuss "Grace" by Richard Paul Evans.
Make your own jewelry with Sandy Merrill the first Monday of each month at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Next class is Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m. Cost for class instruction is $3, supplies are extra.
PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS
The East Longmeadow Public Library would like to makes its patrons aware of special hours of operation for the holiday week of Dec. 28. The library will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. The library will be closed New Year's Day and on Jan. 2. We would like to remind our patrons that the library is will be open its regular Saturday hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during this holiday week.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is selling season tickets to all Falcons hockey games at a cost of $11/pp vouchers are good for any game. Come into the office weekdays to purchase.
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is offering a second session of our strength training class beginning Jan. 7. This class meets on Wed. evenings for 12 weeks from 5 - 6 p.m. Designed for adults interested in maintaining and strengthening overall muscles without seeking to build bulk. Come into Office weekdays to register.
E.L. Rec. Dept. still has openings for residents in its winter cheerleading program for those presently in grades 2 - 7. Class meets on Tues./Thurs. from 6 - 7:30 p.m. from Jan. 6 - March 26. Come into Office weekdays to register.
CHINESE SKY MYTHS
Chinese Sky Myths & Legends, Easthampton, Jan. 11 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Leader: Chris Lyons, amateur astronomer. E-mail Programs@GlassVisions.biz or call 562-4740. Fee: $5 Naturalists Club members, $8 others (fee covers auditorium use). Meeting place: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Main Building. Come learn about the beauty and wonder of the universe around us! The Chinese civilization has been pondering and interpreting the majesty of the nighttime sky for a very, very, very long time! This is a fun active-learning indoor/outdoor program. Dress appropriately, bring binoculars if you have them (several pair will be available if you don't), and be ready to take a walk through the universe! Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
BIRD HOUSE CLINIC
In Westfield on Jan. 11 from 1 - 4 p.m. Leaders: Tom and Nancy Condon (564-0895). Call to register. Workshop is limited to 12 people, due to supplies. Meeting place: Westfield State College Biology Museum in Wilson Hall. Don your carpenter's belt and come on over to build a birdhouse you can take home with you. If you have any of the following tools, bring them along; limited numbers of these tools will be provided: hammer, Phillips head screwdriver, power drill, coping saw, compass, pencil and ruler. Minimal fee of $5 for materials. Visit www.naturalist-club.org for more info.
CANTATA AT ST. BERNARD CHURCH
The Cantata "Rejoice in His Coming," will take place at St. Bernard Church, 426 Hazard Ave., Enfield, on Jan. 4 at 4 pm. Come and join us as the St. Bernard Adult and Children's Choirs celebrate the birth of Christ. Come sit, relax, listen and find the true meaning of Christmas as we pay homage to the Infant King. There will be a reception in Fitzmaurice Hall following the program. All are welcome. The event is free. For more info, contact Beth at (860) 749-6801.
Panic Relief Inc. is a non-profit organization directed by Judy Schiffman, committed to the IDEAL program for those who experience panic attacks or anxiety. Local meetings take place on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more info about the IDEAL program call (732) 940-9658 or visit www.panicreliefinc.com.
Children's Storytime and Infant/Toddler Storytime at Hampden Public Library will not meet between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5. Programs will resume the week of Jan. 5. For more info, call Hampden Public Library at 566-3047.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on Jan. 8 from 1 - 7 p.m. at the Town Hall located at 625 Main St. All presenting donors will receive a coupon courtesy of Dunkin' Donuts for a free pound of coffee. To make an appointment or for more info call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments will be honored first. Help us in the fight to save lives.
The Storrs Library will offer a book discussion group for kids in grades 2 and 3 on Jan. 14 at 3:15 p.m. We will be reading "Snow Walker" by Margaret and Charles Wetterer. Find out what happens when a 12-year-old Bronx boy ventures out on homemade snowshoes to help his neighbors during the Blizzard of 1888. Call 565-4182, the Youth Service Dept. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room, to register or receive more information about Club 6 9 3.
There will be a meeting of the Longmeadow School Committee Financial Sub-Committee on Jan. 9 at 8 a.m. in the School Committee Room.
Join us for snacks as our new Pageturner Critics, a book group for students in grades four and above, meets at the Storrs Library. Our critics will read and discuss at least one new book each month, design their own critic's page and have their findings published. Pageturners will rate each of their selections for future readers. The group will meet on Jan. 15 from 3:15 - 4 p.m. in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room. You may register or receive more info about our book group by calling 565-4182.
LONGMEADOW GIRLS SOFTBALL
The 2009 softball season will include the option to tryout for a U12 Travel Team through NYSA. Girls in grades 1 - 9 are eligible to play in this spring league, which runs April - June. A clinic for coaches and kids will take place early spring; times to be announced. Practices are one to two times per week and generally, there are one to two games per week. Registration dates: Jan. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m., Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. - noon, and Feb. 25 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House.
RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS
Ages 4 - 18. Our experienced lifeguards teach all levels. Children should be comfortable in the water and toilet trained. Instruction will focus on stroke development, endurance and water safety. Classes meet on Saturdays at the Longmeadow High School Pool; Level one from 2:30 - 3 p.m. and Level two from 3:15 - 4 p.m. from Jan. 17 - Feb. 28. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
DANCE & MOVEMENT FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 2.9 - 5. Tip toe through this introductory fun, educational dance experience. Children will learn ballet, jazz and tumbling technique while singing and dancing. Performances for parents and family members will be the last lesson of every other month to showcase progress. Children should wear a leotard, tights and leather ballet slippers. Classes meet on Mondays, Jan. 5 - April 27 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays beginning Jan. 8 - April 16 from 9:45 - 10:30 a.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
Shine and Prescription Advantage are hosting info sessions to explain the changes happening to Prescription Advantage Coverage. The Longmeadow Adult Center is hosting a session on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. Due to economic conditions, PA has suffered cuts resulting in coverage changes. Seniors who have the program will receive their letters explaining the changes and may raise questions. Come to the meeting for answers; call 565-4150 for more info.
NEWCOMERS' CLUB OPEN HOUSE
The Longmeadow Newcomers' Club will be hosting a new member open house on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. The club providers numerous opportunities to meet other women in the community, some who have just moved to town and others who have already settled. Those interested in attending are asked to reply by Jan. 4 to Allison at 754-3083.
The American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow St. All presenting donors will receive a free long-sleeved holiday T-shirt. For more info or to make an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit www.givelife.org. Please help us in the fight to save lives this holiday season. The need is constant, and the reward is instant.
RULES COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be a Rules Committee meeting on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Fire Station Community Room.
DANCE, MOVEMENT & TAP FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Ages 3.9 - 5 years. Children will learn ballet, jazz, tumbling and tap technique while singing and dancing in these exciting classes. Performances for parents and family members will be the last lesson of every month to showcase progress. Children should wear a leotard, tights and black tap shoes and bring leather ballet slippers to each class. Classes meet on Mondays Jan. 5 - April 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. or Thursdays Jan. 8 - April 16 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
MOTHER DAUGHTER DANCE
First grade and up with Moms. Come dance with your daughter! Moms and daughters will have fun learning the basics of jazz dance including street funk, Broadway style, hip hop and classic jazz with partner work in this upbeat high energy class. No recital routine. Classes meet on Thursdays Jan. 8 - March 5 from 6:15 - 6:45 p.m. at the Community House Dance Studio. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP
The Dept. of Public Works will pick up Christmas trees the weeks of Jan. 5 and Jan. 12. Longmeadow residents are asked to place their Christmas trees on the tree belt in front of your house. The trees will be picked up by voter precinct (precinct A - Monday; precinct B - Tuesday, etc.) Call the DPW office at 567-3400 with any questions.
The Audit Committee will have a meeting Jan. 14 at the Fire Station Meeting Room.
KIDS HOLIDAY BINGO
Kids from grade one through five are invited to test their skill and win some prizes when they come and play Bingo in the Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library. Join us on Dec. 30 from 11 a.m. - noon. Register by calling 565-4182 or visiting the Discovery Room.
THE BOAR'S HEAD FESTIVAL
The Boar's Head Festival, a medieval celebration of the Epiphany, will be presented at Trinity United Methodist Church, 361 Sumner Ave., on Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 10 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Jan. 11 at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Complete with period costumes, live animals and the glorious music of the Christmas season, the Boar's Head Festival celebrates the birth of Christ, the coming of the three kings and the triumph of light over darkness in our world. Seats are still available for several of the evening performances, so call the Boar's Head Festival ticket office at 733-4759 for info. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $13 for children ages 4 - 11.
SPRINGFIELD PAC MEETING
The next meeting of the Springfield PAC will be on Jan. 7 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Central High School, 1840 Roosevelt Ave. This meeting will welcome in the New Year with a Meet and Greet of the Special Education Staff. Mary Anne Morris, Director of Pupil Services, Martha von Mering as well as supervisors of special education will be available to discuss special education services in Springfield and to answer questions parents may have. For further info contact PAC Facilitator Diane Purchase at 787-7194 or visit sps.springfield.ma.us/pac/.
FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
On Jan. 14 at 7 p.m., the Springfield High School of Science and Technology will host its annual Financial Aid Night provided by MEFA (Mass. Educational Financing Authority).
Many low-income households are eligible for food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. Eligibility is based primarily on income and certain expenses and, for low-income households, assets no longer count. Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., to see if you are eligible for SNAP and to find out about other food resources in your community. Bilingual staff are available.
SHREK THE OGRE ON BROADWAY
The most beloved swamp-dwelling ogre of all time makes his sensational Broadway debut in "Shrek the Musical" and the Wilbraham Rec. Dept. was able to secure tickets for the Jan. 17 matinee. "Shrek the Musical" follows the adventures of Shrek, a lovable swamp-dwelling ogre; his wisecracking sidekick, Donkey; the lovely Princess Fiona; Lord Farquaad and a chorus of everybody's favorite fractured fairytale creatures. Tickets are on sale now at the WPRD. Visit wilbraham-ma.gov/rec or call 596-2816 for details. Tickets are limited; register now.
MEN'S GLEE CLUB
The Wilbraham Men's Glee Club will start its spring season rehearsals beginning Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Minnechaug Regional High School. If you would like to join please come! This will be under the Direction of Ray Drury. There will be two concerts performed, May 3 and 11 at 3 p.m.
SENIOR LUNCHES AT STONY HILL
Stony Hill School offers lunches for senior citizens on the first and third Thursday of every month for $3.50. Reservations are required and seating is limited. For more info or to make reservations, call Julie Dougal at 596-9011 ext. 286.