Town Events, Feb. 16 - Feb. 23
FREE REIKI SHARES
Free reiki shares are coming to Quantum Life Management Center, 30 Westwood Ave. on the last Thursday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. Whether you are familiar with reiki or would like to experience for the first time, these shares will give everyone an opportunity to learn, grow and heal in an atmosphere of divine love and light. For more info, call 526-9840.
The East Longmeadow Senior Center Book Club will meet on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. The group will discuss "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewsky. The club is open to the public.
LAMB SHANK DINNER
The Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke will again be hosting its famous Lamb Shank Dinner at the Pappas Fellowship Hall, 400 Prospect St., on Feb. 22 at noon. The dinner will consist of complimentary wine, fruit cup, salad, lamb shank, potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls, dessert and coffee; all for $17. A spaghetti and meatball dinner will also be available for children and adults at $6. For reservations call the Church office at 525-4551 or Steve at 782-6518. Reservations must be made by Feb. 16. The public is invited.
AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide Counselors have begun income tax processing at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., on Mondays through mid-April. We are only offering this service to East Longmeadow residents. Out of town residents can call us for alternate site locations. Call early for your appointment at 525-5436, or come in to sign up.
A SHINE Regional Director and a representative from Prescription Advantage will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center to explain the changes happening to Prescription Advantage coverage on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. Questions will be welcomed at this informational session.
We will be distributing commodities on Feb. 18 from 1 - 3 p.m. To qualify you must be an East Longmeadow resident of any age and show proof of need. This will be the first distribution for 2009. If you need a ticket, sign up in the Senior Center office at 525-5436. No commodities will be given without a ticket.
BLOOD DRIVE RESCHEDULED DATE
Give blood on Feb. 24 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., when the Mercy Hospital Blood Mobile will be in the parking lot of the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. For appointments, call 748-9406. Walk-ins also welcome.
FRIENDSHIP CLUB LEMON PIE FUNDRAISER
The Senior Friendship Club will be hosting a sandwich luncheon with lemon pie for dessert on March 19. Tickets will be on sale at the Friendship Club meetings on Feb. 26, March 5 and 12 for $4. For more info call Gloria Hogan at 734-2044 or Rosalie Hart at 525-3734.
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. The six-week session begins March 12 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 not an academic course, but a non-stressful way to develop, enliven and sharpen your own style. Enrollment limited, early sign-up is recommended.
STROKE & TURN CLINIC
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will offer a six week stroke/turn clinic for those who swam on the Marlins Comp. Swim Team spring/summer '08 and winter '08/'09. Limited to 40 participants, ages 10 and up. For more info, call 525-5437.
BASEBALL BUS TRIPS
Red Sox/Yankees baseball bus trips are planned for 2009. Call the E.L. Rec. Dept. at 525-5437 or Frank at 531-6954 for more info and to reserve tickets.
SPRING SPORTS SWAP
The E.L. Rec. Dept. will conduct a spring sports swap on March 29 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Rec. Dept. Drop off days are March 26 and 27. This is a great opportunity to clean out your home of unwanted cleats, bats, gloves, lacrosse sticks and gear, shin guards only equipment in good condition will be accepted.
PIONEER VALLEY SOCCER
E.L. Rec. Dept. is now accepting late registrations for Pioneer Valley soccer U/9 - U/14 boys/girls. Boys especially are encouraged to reply. Come into the Rec. Dept., 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Registrations are still being taken at the E.L. Rec. Dept. for the "C" Division for travel grades 3 - 6 and intown; K - 4 spring baseball program. Deadline to register is March 6. Call Office for fees or more info.
SPRING SPORTS AVAILABLE
The E.L. Rec. Dept. is taking registrations for the following spring sports. Office is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Mon. - Fri.: intown soccer registration deadline March 20; boys lacrosse registration deadline March 6; girls lacrosse registration deadline March 6; girls softball registration deadline March 6; baseball registration deadline March 6; comp. swim registration deadline limited to 40.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The East Longmeadow Senior Friendship Club will be entertained by the Academy of Dance of East Longmeadow on Feb. 19 at the Pleasant View Senior Center. Noon luncheon is chicken pot pie w/mixed vegetables. Call 525-5436 at least one day in advance for reservations.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
On Feb. 17 Veterans Representative George Herrick will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center for their monthly meeting and coffee hour at 9 a.m.
GARDEN CLUB MEETING
The Feb. 26 meeting of the East Longmeadow Garden Club will feature a hands on workshop by Judy Severin. Members and guests will create a framed, pressed flower collage with dried materials from last summer's gardens. Founder of the club, Esther Rosati, will also instruct members on the Art of Potpourri. The meeting will take place in Fellowship Hall of the Congo Church on the rotary at noon. Guest fee is $2 and yearly membership is $15.
WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP SPEAKER
The Women's Leadership Network presents speaker Dr. Susan Solomon, Ph.D, Bay Path College, former mayor of Sedona, Ariz., on Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loomis Communities, 246 N. Main St., South Hadley. RSVP for the February meeting by Feb. 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Driving directions can be found at www.loomiscommunities.org/living/directions/3.
ADVENTURES AMONG THE STARS
Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Tolman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum. Speaker: Richard Sanderson. Beginning with the total lunar eclipse of Good Friday 1968, Naturalists' Club member Rich Sanderson has witnessed a wide variety of spectacular cosmic events. Rich will describe some of these amazing displays, discussing both his own personal observations and the science behind the events. Many of his stories will be illustrated by his own astronomical photographs. For more info, visit www.naturalist-club.org.
Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Leader: Chris Lyons (Programs@GlassVisions.biz, 562-4740). Meeting place: Barnes & Noble parking lot in Holyoke. Look for my green Nissan X-Terra. Remember being a kid and having your parents load you into the car for places unknown? Here is the best surrogate I can provide. This trip will be in Massachusetts and not be any more difficult then October Mountain. Bring your own snowshoe gear and dress appropriately for the winter conditions. Pack lunch, water and snacks and come explore the mysteries of winter. If you haven't snowshoed with me yet this year and want to come, contact me ASAP. For more info, visit www.naturalist-club.org.
WOMEN'S NEW MOON CHANT
With Felicia Sloin; begins Feb. 22 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Each new moon corresponds to the Jewish new month called Rosh Chodesh. Each month has its own particular significance and theme. Join us as we deepen our connection to this special time through chanted Jewish song and meditation. Chanting circles offer a place to experience joy, healing, comfort and inspiration in unified song. Location: Inspirit Common, 123 Russell St., Hadley. Free and open to the public.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SEMINAR
The Springfield JCC will host a seminar titled "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Social Networking" on March 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m., 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield. The cost is $15 for JCC members, or $20 for the general public. This program offers a comprehensive overview of the world of social networking on the web, from LiveJournal and MySpace to Facebook and LinkedIN. Learn what these networks are about, how they are used and why you might want to have your own social networking profile. For more info, visit www.SpringfieldJCC.org, or contact Bev Nadler at 739-4715 ext. 355 or email@example.com.
HAM AND BEAN DINNER
First Church in Ludlow, 859 Center St., Ludlow, ham and bean dinner, Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. Menu: ham, homemade baked beans, veggies, rolls, dessert. Adults, $10; children 12 and under, $5. For reservations call Kerry at 583-5256 or Dave at 547-2771.
ANNUAL ORCHID SHOW
The Amherst Orchid Society will host its annual orchid show on Feb. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Feb. 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Smith Vocational High School, 80 Locust St., Northampton. There is a nominal fee of $3; children under 12 are free. This show will be judged by the American Orchid Society and is open to the public. There will be a number of orchid displays and vendors. There will be ongoing demos on orchid care given by orchid society members. For info contact Leilani or Harold Norman at 267-5124.
FOCUS ON MARRIAGE
Focus on the Family presents "Focus on Marriage: Seeing Your Marriage Through the Eyes of God" on Feb. 28 from 9:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 216 Allen St. With powerful worship, Biblical truths and inspirational messages from today's top experts, "Focus on Marriage" will change the way you view your relationship. Come see your marriage from a higher perspective. Tickets are $40 per couple from the Bethlehem family, $50 for others. Contact Linda at 566-5572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIONS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP
The Hampden Lions Club is offerring a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a senior in high school and who is a resident of Hampden. Applications for this scholarship are available in the Guidance Offices of Minnechaug Regional High School and Cathedral. Deadline for applying is April 15. If there are any questions, contact Joan Shea at 566-8224.
WORLD FRISBEE CHAMPION VISIT
On Feb. 18, World Frisbee Champion Todd Brodeur will be at the Hampden Town House Auditorium, 625 Main St. at 2 p.m. Ages four and up. Explore the amazing world of frisbees! Program includes a hands-on workshop of basic frisbee skills. Sponsored by Hampden Free Public Library. Free. For more info, call 566-3047. Snow date: Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
MOHEGAN SUN TRIP
Celebrate St. Paddy's Day on a trip scheduled for March 10 to Mohegan Sun Casino and Cornerstone Playhouse. Receive a free all-you-can-eat buffet voucher, $20 casino bonus and a snackpack meal for the ride home. Mid afternoon we will enjoy an "Irish Hooley" at the playhouse in Olde Mystik Village. The bus will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. and return approx. 7 p.m. Cost includes the above, plus deluxe motorcoach and driver's tip. The Hampden Senior Center is located at 104 Allen St.; call Bobbi at 566-8271 to reserve your seat.
The Recreation Association of Hampden is proud to present the 4th annual St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser party at the Hampden Country Club, 128 Wilbraham Rd., on March 14 from 6 p.m. until ? The evening includes dinner, music, dancing and an impressive raffle. The donation is $30 per person, with all proceeds going to support youth sports programs in Hampden.
SELECT BOARD MEETING
The Select Board meeting on March 2 will begin at 7 p.m. Please note the change in time from the originally posted time of 6 p.m.
AUDIT COMMITTEE MEETING
The Longmeadow Audit Committee will meet on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Fire Station Meeting Room.
SCHOOL BLDG. COMMITTEE MEETING
There will be meetings of the School Building Committee on March 5, April 9 and May 7.
STORRS LIBRARY SPONSORS WINTER PHOTO CONTEST
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at the Storrs Library is sponsoring a winter sports photo contest for children of all ages through Feb. 23. Take pictures of skating, sledding, skiing or any winter activity and submit a maximum of three photos. Pick up your entry form with all the guidelines in the Discovery Room. All entries will be displayed and prizes will be awarded to our winners.
NO ICE SKATING THIS WINTER
Free ice skating at Blinn Tennis Courts under the direction of the Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. will not be offered this winter due to equipment failure. For any questions, do not hesitate to contact Longmeadow Parks & Rec. Dept. by calling 565-4160.
INDOOR SOCCER CLINIC
Girls and boys ages 7 - 11 get out your shin guards and get ready to run, kick and defend the goal! Brad Miller will be offering an Indoor Soccer Clinic; he is the director of Next Level Adventures and coach of the LHS Boys Soccer Team. Join Brad and fellow soccer enthusiasts for hours of fun and excitement in this first indoor soccer clinic, taking place Feb. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Greenwood Gym. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
SCHOOL OUT, LET'S PLAY!
There is limited space available for care of Longmeadow children in grades 1 - 6 during school vacation week; sign up now! Children will take part in a wide variety of fun activities, field trips, outdoor play and more! Free bag lunch daily. You may sign up for the days of your choice during February vacation, Feb. 16 - 20 from 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Visit www.LPRD.net for more info and registration.
VACATION OPEN SWIM TIMES
Ages 14 and older (younger participants welcome with parental supervision) can come and swim at the heated LHS pool. Changing rooms and showers are available. Extra lifeguards will be on duty. Open swim is on Feb. 17 and 19 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The fee is $5 per person or free for indoor pass holders.
DIVING FOR BOWLING BALLS
Ages 8 - 12. Participants won't really be diving for bowling balls! On Feb. 18 kids can swim from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. followed by bowling at Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow. A pizza lunch will be provided at the bowling alley before bowling. School bus transportation will be provided from the pool to the bowling alley and back to Greenwood Center for pick up at 4:30 p.m. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
LEARN TO CARTOON
Do you enjoy doodling funny characters whenever you have a pen or pencil in your hand? If yes, then this class is for you. Learn the fundamentals of drawing while at the same time focusing on technique, types of media and developing your individual style. Special attention will be placed on the participants view as well as interpretation. Primarily, black and white drawing will be implemented with some color and different forms of media. This program will meet Feb. 17 - 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Longmeadow Community House. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional info and registration.
On Feb. 24 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church will host a pancake supper to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 782-9021 or 788-4607 at the cost of $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12. All tickets at the door will be $4. The chapel will be open for meditation and prayer before, during and following the supper.
On Feb. 22 South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, will celebrate its 10th annual Jazz Sunday just prior to the beginning of Lent. The Hot Cat Jazz Band will return to play both at the 10 a.m. worship service and the 11 a.m. Mardi Gras Reception, which will feature New Orleans-style beignets, cafe au lait, and Lucius Weathersby's famous gumbo. The church and parking are located at 45 Maple St. For info call the church office at 732-0117.
SACRED HEART TRAVEL CLUB
Sacred Heart Travel Club announces a year of casinos. Call for reservations to Jim and Caroline McAleer at 734-3676. All are welcome. All casino trips leave from Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut St. at 8 am. and arrive home before 6 p.m. All trips are $25 p/p and include the current bonus package of the month for the particular casino. Feb. 27, Foxwoods; March 18, Mohegan Sun, April 15, Foxwoods, May 13, Mohegan Sun; June 22, Foxwoods; July 20, Mohegan Sun; Aug. 17, Foxwoods; Sept. 14, Mohegan Sun; Oct. 26, Foxwoods; Nov. 30, Mohegan Sun and Dec. 28, Foxwoods.
ITALIAN FILM SERIES
The Italian Cultural Center, 56 Margaret St., is hosting a First Friday Film Series featuring three early films of the legendary Italian director Michaelangelo Antonioni. Films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles. The events are free and open to the public. Screening dates and films are as follows: March 6 at 8 p.m. "L'avvemtura"; April 3 at 8 p.m. "La notte"; May 1 at 8 p.m. "L'eclisse."
BOTTLE AND CAN DRIVE
The 10-12 Wilbraham Falcons Baseball team will host a can and bottle drive on Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. - noon at the Scantic Valley YMCA east parking lot, Post Office Park. Proceeds to benefit the Wilbraham Falcons 10-12 baseball team.
JUNIOR WOMEN'S CLUB MEETING
The next meeting of the Wilbraham Junior Women's Club will on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Wilbraham Middle School sewing room located at 466 Stony Hill Rd. The Juniors will be working on several sewing projects during the meeting. The public is invited to attend. For membership info visit www.wilbrahamjuniorwomens.org.
Reserve the date for one of our beloved speakers, Sister Mary McCue, SND, of St. Cecilia's Church. Sister Mary never fails to bring us a message filled with warmth and compassion. This is a don't miss meeting, Feb. 24 in the Friendship Room of Wilbraham United Church. For more info call 596-2511 ext. 100 or visit www.wilbrahamunitedchurch.org.