Town Events, March 22 - March 29
|From The Reminder|
The Friends of E.L. Public Library's annual book and bake sale will take place in the Community Room on April 10 from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The library is accepting donations of hard cover, paperback and children's books. Collectable books are also welcome. No textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines, condensed books or books that are moldy or musty. Bake sale will benefit the Children's Dept. If you have any questions, call the library at 525-5400 ext. 1503.
The public is invited to meet with the top superintendent candidate finalists March 24 - 26 from 3 - 5 p.m. at the library in Birchland Park Middle School. The finalists will be announced the School Committee meeting on March 22.
ST. PATRICK'S DINNER
The American Legion, 3 Legion Ct., will host a St. Patrick's dinner on March 25 from 6 - 7 p.m. Menu: corned beef with cabbage, carrots, potatoes, salad, rolls and butter, soda, tea and coffee, and oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies and brownies for dessert. Other drinks are available at the bar. Cost is $10.50 per person. Call Chris at 592-0596 or the Legion at 525-2058 after 4 p.m. for tickets or questions.
ELHS 50TH BIRTHDAY MEETING
The next meeting is scheduled for March 29 at ELHS in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. We will discuss plans for several upcoming events, including a golf tournament tentatively scheduled for Aug. 30, and an Oldies Dance, date to be determined. At this meeting, we will start forming committees for the Open House, Gala, Carnival and the float for the Fourth of July Parade. Anyone interested in finding out more about the celebration is welcome.
E.L. residents are reminded that dog licenses for 2010 are now available at the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall. All current dog licenses expire on March 31. If not renewed by March 31, you will be subject to a $10 penalty. Dog license fees are $10 for spayed/neutered dogs and $15 for dogs that are not spayed/neutered. Proof of rabies vaccination is required on all dogs six months or older. Proof of spaying/neutering must be provided when licensing the dog for the first time. Call the Town Clerk's office at 525-5400 ext. 1004 if not sure when your dog's current rabies shot expires. If you want your tag delivered, provide a self-addressed stamped envelope and we will mail it to you.
MASON LODGE OPEN HOUSE
The Meadows Lodge of Freemasons will host an open house on March 27 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Men interested in learning more about the fraternity are encouraged to come by. The lodge is located at 43 Chestnut St. Questions? Call Ken White at 537-1572.
BIRCHLAND PARK BOOK SALE
Due to an overwhelming number of book donations, Birchland Park Middle School will be hosting a second used book sale on March 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There is still a great selection for all!
FIT KIDS & WEE ONES
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents who have children ages 1 - 3 and 3 - 5 that there is still room in the "Wee Ones and Fit Kids" program at Attain on Denslow Road. Program is Tues. or Thurs. from 10 - 11 a.m. at a cost of $5/day. Children are involved in activities in rolling, balance, hopping, jumping, walking, running, kicking, catching, skipping and throwing. For info about this ongoing program call the office at 525-5437, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
RED SOX BUS TRIPS
The E.L. men's softball league, in conjunction with the Rec. Dept., has scheduled three Red Sox bus trips to Fenway Park: June 16 against Arizona; Aug. 2 against Cleveland and Sept. 3 against Chicago. Price is $98, includes ticket, trans., box lunch. Seats are first base and lower boxes. To purchase, come into the Rec. Dept. 8a.m. - 4p.m., Mon. - Fri. For further info, call Frank at 531-6954.
INTOWN SOCCER REGISTRATION
The E.L. Rec. Dept. reminds parents that the deadline to register your child for the intown soccer league is March 26 by 4 p.m. Late fee of $10 begins on March 29.
SENIOR ABATEMENT APPLICATION
The last day to return your application for one of the seven positions regarding the Senior Tax Abatement program for the town of E.L. will be April 2. Applications can be found in the Selectmen and Clerk's office at the Town Hall or at the Council on Aging at 328 N. Main St. If you have any questions, contact the Clerk's office at 525-5400 ext. 1000.
SENIOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB
The E. L. Senior Friendship Club will host Candidates Day March 25 at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. following noon luncheon. We will be serving roasted turkey w/stuffing, mashed potato, butternut squash, and chocolate pudding. Call 525-5436 for reservations.
The Book Club meets the last Tues. of month at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 North Main St. March book is, "A Dangerous Fortune" by Ken Follett. New members welcome any time.
Doug Price will host a seminar on Roth vs. traditional IRAs and updated laws for required minimum distributions March 30 at 1 p.m at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. Call 525-5436 to register.
ARTHRITIS EXERCISE CLASS
Low-impact, joint-safe program led by Arthritis Foundation certified instructors begins April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Senior Center, 328 N. Main St. $12 for six-week session. Release form must be signed prior to class. For more info or to register: Lissa Fontaine, R.N., 525-5436.
MOTIVATION TO MOVE
Ross Davis, MSPT, MBA from Gentiva Health Care will be at the Pleasant View Senior Center March 2 at 10 a.m. to help you figure out what motivates you to exercise. Call 525-5436 to register.
On March 31, the Hampden Public Library will not host an infant and toddler storytime. Storytime for newborns to age 3 will resume the following Wed., April 7, at 11 a.m. For more info call 566-3047.
MOTHER & DAUGHTER BOOK GROUP
The Philip Michael Lauro II Discovery Room at Storrs Library will host a Mother & Daughter Book Group on April 6 from 6:30 - 7:45 p.m. The group is open to students in grades 6 - 8 and meets monthly. Our selection for April is "Horns & Wrinkles" by Joseph Helgerson. Mothers and daughters are invited to pick up a copy of the book in the Discovery Room and join us for conversation and special related activities. Call the Youth Service Dept. at 565-4182 for more info or to reserve your books.
'PEOPLE ARE TALKING'
The LCTV show "People Are Talking," about hot topics in town, features Karen Michelman and Carl Sturgis talking about the Adult Center and the library. Panelists Jim Jones, Winnie Hopfe, Ellie Tyson and Eleanor Stolar ask about the survival of these services given looming budget cuts. Show is being aired on Mon. at 6 p.m., Tues. at 9:30 a.m., Thurs. at 6:30 p.m. Topics under consideration for future shows include the clay tennis courts, the high school and other topics suggested by you. Submit topics and questions in the suggestion box at the Center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will meet April 6 at 1 p.m. at the Adult Center. The April selection for discussion is "Brooklyn" by Colm Toibin. In May, the book will be "The Sunday Philosophy Club" by Alexander McCall Smith. New members are welcome.
Trip slated for April 7, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. A comfortable coach takes you to the door of the Mohegan Sun where you can spend a day shopping, eating and playing your favorite games. The $25 cost includes a bonus package worth $30. The bonus package has a $15 food coupon or free buffet and three $5 bets. Register today at the Adult Center.
LIVING WILLS, HEALTHCARE PROXIES
On April 7 at 6:30 p.m., Storrs Library will host a forum on engaging in caring conversations with loved ones and physicians to make informed decisions about such topics as living wills, healthcare proxies, advanced directives, palliative care and hospice. Speaker is Jodi DiTusa, LICSW, Hospice Social Worker, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care. Program sponsored by Jewish Geriatric Services in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day. Free and open to the public. Call the reference desk at 565-4181 to register.
PARENTS & COLLEGE MISTAKES
On April 13 at 6:30 p.m., Storrs Library will host "How to Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes Parents Make When Their Child Goes To College" with Susan Solomon, Ph.D., CPCC, college educator and certified professional co-active coach, who will present practical info and useful tips for all of a child's college years. Free and open to the public. Call the reference desk at 565-4181 to register.
Will meet April 7 at 12:15 p.m. at the Adult Center. Robert Simon, Ph.D., chemist at Monsanto, will talk about his experiences as a navigator in WWII in Europe. All area veterans are invited to these meetings. If you want to come for lunch, make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance by calling 565-4150.
SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION
Summer camp registration has begun! Look for your copy of the Parks & Rec. Dept.'s summer brochure "Experiences" in your mail the week of March 22 or visit www.lprd.net for all of our summer offerings and registration!
BENEFIT TAG SALE
Concerned Citizens for Animals benefit tag sale will take place at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 961 St. James Ave. (next to Serv-U) on March 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Donations of dog and cat food will be appreciated.
The Cancer House of Hope will be the beneficiary of a comedy night fundraiser hosted by Smith & Wesson on April 10 at 7:15 p.m. at the Cedars, 419 Island Pond Rd. Cost: $30/pp. Featuring comedians Jim Colliton, John Turco and PJ Walsh. For more info and to purchase tickets, call 562-0110 or 896-1154.
MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE
Foster Memorial Church will host a Maundy Thursday worship service on April 1 beginning at 7 p.m. Worship will include a service of Tennebrae and the sacrament of Holy Communion. We invite you to join us; our church is located on the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in Sixteen Acres. For more info, call the church office at 782-2112.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE
Foster Memorial Church will host a Good Friday worship service on April 2 beginning at 7 p.m. Service will be led by our Pastor and members of our Confirmation Class, with special music by our choir. We invite you to join us; our church is located on the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in Sixteen Acres. For more info, call the church office at 782-2112.
FOSTER CHURCH EASTER SERVICE
Foster Memorial Church will host two worship services on Easter Sunday morning. There will be a service at 7 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, located on Parker Street in Springfield. The service will take place at the Duck Pond and include a "Flowering of the Cross." A second service at 10 a.m. will take place at the church, located on the corner of Wilbraham Road and Parker Street in Sixteen Acres. The service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in our Fellowship Hall. For more info call our church office at 782-2112.
FREE EASTER BUNNY BREAKFAST
March 27 pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt for children 10 years and under at Wingate at Springfield, 215 Bicentennial Highway, from 9 a.m. - noon. Reservations required. Call 796-7511.
Coach Francesca Kotomski will focus on educating the physical, mental, emotional issues around weight management at a free lecture with free shake samples on March 30, 6 p.m. at Better Life Whole Foods, 1500 Allen St. Call 783-9424 ext. 2 for reservation.
LENTEN LUNCH AT ST. CATHERINE'S
Annual Lenten Luncheon program will take place in the St. Catherine's Parish Center, 1023 Parker St., every Fri. through March 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Menu: choice of sandwiches, homemade soup, beverage and dessert, all for $6. Bring a non-perishable item for the Survival Center. All are welcome.
GOOD FRIDAY DRAMA
April 2, 6:30 p.m. Evangelical Covenant Church of Springfield, 915 Plumtree Rd. Actors bring Scripture to life as we experience Jesus' earthly ministry, crucifixion and resurrection. Free admission, free child care for children under 4. Visit www.ecovs.org or call the church at 782-5212.
"A Lenten Program: The Parable of the Mustard Seed" will be presented by York Mayo, who started the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. This program is sponsored by the Women's Evening Fellowship and will take place at Wilbraham United Church, in the Friendship Room, on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Men are invited. Refreshments will be served after the program. Wilbraham United Church is located at 500 Main St. Call 596-2511 ext. 100 with any questions.
FACULTY VS. SENIORS GAME
Come to the Falcon Gym on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. as the senior class takes on the Minnechaug faculty and staff in the annual Seniors vs. Faculty Basketball Game. There will be half-time performances, crazy contests for prizes, a 50/50 raffle and refreshments for sale. Come support the classes of 2011 and 2012. Tickets are $5, $4 with a Renaissance card.
Town Clerk Beverly Litchfield wants to remind residents that have not licensed their dog(s) for the current year that their previous year's license expires on March 31. Dog licenses for 2010 will be available during the rabies clinic on April 10 at the DPW building on Boston Road. Clinic hours are 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For more info call 596-2800 ext. 200.
ANNUAL BUNNY BREAKFAST
March 27 from 8 - 11 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Parish Center, 42 Main St. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $3 for children (12 and under) and $5 for adults. Menu: pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, juice, milk and coffee. Free face painting and crafts for the kids; bring your own camera for some great pictures with the Bunny. Raffle basket drawings. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit several local community projects of the Wilbraham Junior Women's Club .
ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT
Hosted by the Parks & Rec Dept. at the Spec Pond recreation facility April 3 for toddlers to age 10. Egg hunt, games, crafts, prizes, Polaroids with the Easter Bunny. Register through March 26. $5/child. For more info visit www.wilbraham-ma.gov/rec.