Town Events Jan. 31 - Feb. 7
|From The Reminder|
BOOK SALE DONATIONS SOUGHT
Birchland Park Middle School is seeking donations of used books for its annual fundraising used book sale on March 12. Books of all types will be accepted at the school office Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. through the end of February.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
Will be treated to a 1920's flapper program on Feb. 3 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Noon luncheon is spaghetti with meatballs, mixed vegetables, garlic bread and Jello. Call 525-5436 at least a day in advance for reservations.
Begins Feb. 2 and meets every Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at a cost of $36 for six weeks. Taught by Lyn Hopkins, certified chair yoga instructor. Sign up in Senior Center office minimum 10 people needed to run program.
IDENTITY THEFT, ONLINE BANKING
Presented by Citizens Bank of East Longmeadow, has been re-scheduled for Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Learn ways to protect yourself from identity theft and the various methods of banking or bill paying online which are safe and which put you at risk. Call 525-5436 to register.
MARCH DAY TRIPS
The East Longmeadow Senior Center is sponsoring two day trips in March. Payments for both trips are due by Feb. 11. On March 15, travel to the Farmington Marriott for a St. Patrick's celebration including lunch, Irish Step Dancers and the Irish folk duo, Glenshane. Cost is $68. On March 18, visit the Boston Flower and Garden Show and Quincy Market. Cost is $56. Contact office for more details, 525-5436.
MANICURES FOR SENIORS
And facial waxing by appointment, at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. on Feb. 10 and 24 with Carol Marnelakis, certified esthetician and licensed manicurist. Call 525-5436 to schedule a time.
Our third presentation on balance is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. Sonja Duncan, DPT of Gentiva Health Services will discuss clinical testing to determine the cause of a fall, and how to treat the weaknesses found. Call 525-5436 to register.
SENIOR BOOK CLUB
Meets the last Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. The selection for February is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See. New members welcome.
VETERANS COFFEE HOUR
The Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., will host a coffee hour for veterans on Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. We will welcome the women's program manager and visual impairment team coordinator. Women veterans are encouraged to attend.
AARP TAX ASSISTANCE
AARP Tax Aide Counselors will be available for income tax processing for low to moderate income seniors at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St., Mondays through April 11th. Due to space limitations and a shortage of AARP tax preparers we will give priority to East Longmeadow residents. Out of town residents can call us for alternate site locations and/or can be put on a wait list. Please call early for your appointment at 525-5436, or sign up in the office.
COMPLIMENTARY FUN WORKOUT
P90X, Turbo Fire, more at Birchland Middle School Wednesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. These workouts are designed to get you moving with healthy fun. Free. Sign up at: email@example.com or call rec dept 525-5437.
CHOCOLATE AND JEWELRY FAIR
At the First Congregational Church, 7 Somers Rd., Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Raffle of items donated by the crafters.
PISTOL SAFETY COURSE
An N.R.A. Basic Pistol Safety Course will be offered at the Holyoke Revolver Club Indoor Range Feb. 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a hands on shooting experience teaching the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. A National Rifle Association Basic Pistol Course Certificate as well as a State of Massachusetts Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Registration required by Feb. 12. Info available at: www.holyokerevolverclub.com. Alternative registration: call 539-9345 and slowly leave your telephone number on answering machine.
CURRAN IRISH NIGHT
The Ancient Order of Hibernians James A. Curran Division One of Hampden-Hampshire Counties will host the sixth annual Daniel P. Curran Irish Night on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at The Wherehouse?, Holyoke. Event will feature: corned beef and cabbage dinner, Danny Curran's famous spare ribs. Entertainment will be provided by "Ireland Parish," the McDermott Academy of Irish dance, and members of the Springfield Kilty Band. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservations, call CMS Landscaping at 533-3300. This event will benefit the A.O.H. Maurice A. Donahue Memorial Scholarship. Visit our Web site at www.aoh-holyoke.com.
SWINGLES SQUARE DANCE CLUB
The Swingles Square Dance Club will host a class level dance on Feb. 4 with Gene King calling and Beverly MacKay cuing. This will be our Pizza Nite dance. Dances take place at the United Mittineague Methodist Church, 800 Amostown Rd., West Springfield, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. with early rounds from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Dances are $7 per person. Singles, couples welcome; spectators free. Mainstream dance on Feb. 18 with Don Bachelder calling and Gene King cuing. This will be our Sadie Hawkins dance. For info on any dances call Dick Walker at 525-3324.
OPEN MIC CAFE
The Springfield Jewish Community Center's (JCC's) Theater group "Theatrix" is hosting an open mic caf on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Performer ages 8 to 80+ will share their talents. Advance tickets, priced at $10 or table of eight for $100, are on sale at the JCC, 1160 Dickinson St in the Neal Webber building.Caf will also feature a menu of desserts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate More info.: contact Amy Kimball at 739-4715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PSYCHIC AWARENESS CLASS
Eight-week seminar hosted by medium Ceil Lewonchuk beginning Feb. 16. Topics include meditation, positive thinking, reincarnation with each student being regressed, dowsing, telepathy, healing, psychometry and dream interpretation. Cost: $90. For registration and more information call 739-2866.
AARP TAX PREPARATION
AARP tax counselors are available on Tuesday morning starting Feb. 8 at the Hampden Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon to prepare 2010 federal and state tax returns at no cost to clients. Call the senior center at 566-5588 to make an appointment.
LIONS CLUB SUPERBOWL BREAKFAST
Annual pancake breakfast will be Feb. 6 at 8 a.m. to noon at the Hampden County Club. Price is $5 for an adult and children 12 and under are free. Byron Keenan Funeral Home has donated a bike for a raffle and there will also be a 50/50 cash raffle.Proceeds benefit Lions Club charities.
VAN AROUND TOWN
Van Around Town service for seniors. Scheduled for Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to the Longmeadow Shops is $2 and Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. to Enfield Mall is $3.00. For reservations, call 565-4150.
Join our Fitness Corner at Greenwood Center. Stop in the office for a demonstration and orientation prior to using the equipment. We currently have two treadmills, a stationary bicycle, a stairstepper and a cardioglide available in our Fitness Corner.
LIVING WELL-CHAT GROUP
Living Well-Chat Group Feb. 11, 10 a.m. February is "National Heart Month." Speaker Liz Hammett, RN (Board Certified in Cardiovascular Nursing) will discuss heart disease, heart attack signs and when to call 911. Heart attack symptoms can be subtle. Learn the critical signs that are a red alarm to get help. Call 565-4150 to register.
FLU OR PNEUMONIA VACCINE
It is not too late. Public health surveillance reports indicate that the flu season has been delayed this year. Make an appointment with Pat Barkman, R.N., Community Health Nurse (565-4154). Her office is in the Health Room at the Longmeadow Adult Center. Bring any insurance cards with you at the time of appointment as there is no out-pocket charge for Medicare B subscribers.
ARTHRITIS SUPPORT GROUP
Arthritis Support Group on Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m. All this snow ... oh my aching joints. Let's get together and talk about it. Call 565-4150 to pre-register.
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 Massachusetts. A counselor is available at the Longmeadow Adult Center, 231 Maple Rd. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 565-4150 for an appointment.
Youths in grades six through eight and their same aged guests are welcome to come and enjoy a "supervised evening out" on Feb. 4 and 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Greenwood Center. Admission is $7 per person. Enjoy dancing and games with DJ Jon O'Neill. Students must sign in prior to entry; school dress codes strictly followed. Parent information packets available on site at each event. Call Cristina Judd at 565-4163 with questions.
TRIP TO BROADWAY'S "LION KING"
Enjoy Broadway's Tony Award Winner "The Lion King" at the Providence Performing Arts Center at a 1 p.m. matinee performance Feb. 20. Seats are located in the Orchestra section. There will be a dinner stop on the way home that is not included in the fee. Bus will depart from Greenwood Center at 10 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. Fee is $105 per person. Visit www.LPRD.net for additional information and registration.
TEXAS ROADHOUSE BLOODMOBILE
Texas Roadhouse in the Allen & Cooley Plaza, Springfield, will host an American Red Cross bloodmobile Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. To make an appointment call 1-800-922-4376 or visit redcrossblood.org. All presenting donors receive black Red Cross/Boston Bruins "Bleed Black & Gold" tee shirt and have a chance to win a Texas Roadhouse gift certificate. All blood types needed; critical need for O negative and B negative blood. Bring a positive ID. Texas Roadhouse will open for lunch day of blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
MALL WALKERS CLUB
The Mall Walkers Club at Eastfield Mall will host a free health presentation on Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. at Eastfield Mall Food Court. Peter Antonopoulos, D.M.D., of Valley Dental at Eastfield Mall with discuss dental care. Program open to the public. Free blood pressure screening provided by the Chicopee VNA. Free health info, free raffle to enter to win a $25 Ninety Nine Restaurant gift card. For info, contact Carolyn at Eastfield Mall at 543-8000, X11.
ST. PATRICK'S CORONATION BALL
The Springfield St. Patrick's Parade Committee invites the public to the awards presentation and Coronation Ball on Feb. 5 at the Log Cabin. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling Claire O'Brien, 783-9324, or Mary Troy, 732-5565. Join us in honoring our 2011 Parade Marshall, Sister Joyce Wise S.S.J. and naming our 2011 Colleen.
An eighth grade orientation program for parents of eighth grade students will be held on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Minnechaug Regional High School auditorium. Students may attend if they wish. Principal Hale will welcome everyone and explain the evening's agenda. Mrs. Lewis, guidance director, will speak about graduation requirements and the course selection process. Parents will then go to the large cafeteria where, in an open forum, they will have the opportunity to speak directly with all the department chairs. In the forum, they may also review course curricula, instructional materials, and samples of students' work. In the event that this is cancelled due to snow, it will be held the following day, Feb.10, same time and location.
WILBRAHAM GARDEN CLUB
Begins their yearly meetings Feb. 3 at The Gardens of Wilbraham with a light luncheon beginning at noon followed by speaker Rich Levine, an ICPE certified paver and owner of Vision Landscaping. He will explain different methods of designing and installing a garden pathway using natural stone and paving.
YOUNG PLAYGROUPS AVAILABLE
Wilbraham Children's Museum welcomes children birth to pre-kindergarten for organized, 90 minute playgroups Monday to Friday. Museum's public hours are Tuesdays 9:30 to 11 a.m. Info: www.wilbrahamchildrensmuseum.org or 596-2472.