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Check the following organizations links for information about the many opportunities each offers.

The Palmer Historical & Cultural Center hosts many monthly events...Concerts, Open Mic Nights, Holiday Celebrations and more.  Visit PHCC.

        The Hitchcock Free Academy programs throughout the year.  FMI online at Hitchcock Free AcademyMonthly Calendar of Events

        Mary Lane Hospital support and self-help groups for those facing major illness or stressful life changes.  FMI:  Baystate Health

Hearts for Head Start - Show how much you LOVE this community.  Lend a helping hand to a HSC Head Start Inc. classroom in Palmer and donate greatly needed learning materials such as books for children ages 2-5 yrs, carayons, markers, non-toxic paints & brushes, blank drawing, construction paper, canvases, coloring book, building blocks 7 basic craft supplies.  Search for #HeartsForHeadStart on Facebook to find a dropoff location or bring to the HCS Head Start Inc. classroom in Palmer.

Friends of the Springfield Vet Center, Inc., is an all volunteer, 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization.  We provide support and assistance to veterans, including present or former members of the Springfield Vet Center.  We Also fund social and recreational activities.  This past year, we have funded the therapeutic Equine Therapy, ran a cookout during the summer for veterans and their families.  We have also funded a fishing trip, photograph and painting classes, yoga, QiGong and an overnight camping trip.  We work closely with the Vet Center counselors so we can provide financial help for veterans in need.  All of the funds our organization raises go directly to veterans and veterans programs.

Tri-Parish Church of New Braintree, Hardwick, and Gilbertville is worships at The New Braintree Congregational Church, 3 Oakham Road in New Braintree.

Top Floor Learning is a non-profit organization that has been helping adult learners in Central and Western MA for over 35 years.  They are unique in that they offer one-to-one personalized tutoring for basic educational skills, high school equivalency preparation, English as a second language, citizenship and so much more.  FMI call Gail in Palmer at 413-283-2329, visit our facebook page or our web site

Free audiology Screenings - For more information or to make an appointment with Baystate Wing Hospital’s Audiology and Hearing Improvement Centers in Palmer and Ludlow which offers comprehensive hearing aid program providing hearing aid evaluations, demonstrations, purchases, fittings, adjustments and cleanings, call 413-284-5499.  Ludlow Senior Center, 37 Chestnut Street, 413-583-3564  Last Tuesday of the month, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm and  Palmer Senor Center, 1029 Central Street, 413-283-2670Second Thursday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Triple Creek Coffeehouse Open-Mic Night  Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Palmer Historical & Cultural Center, 7:00 p.m. Free admission (donations graciously accepted)  Join us for a Triple Creek Coffeehouse open-mic night! All ages, all levels of talent welcome. Come out and listen, and/or play a few songs. Try out your new stuff in a friendly, supportive environment.

Meeting House, 26 Main St., New Salem, MA - check their website for the 2016 Summer Performance Schedule for the summer. 

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.  On Tuesday, July 5 the summer schedule begins and the Merry-Go-Round will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 per ride or 6 for $10. Holyoke Heritage State Park is located on 221 Appleton Street and borders Dwight Street in Holyoke.

If you are interested in a Christian education for your child(ren), please call the Faith Baptist Church at (413) 283-7560 for information.


Upcoming Community Events


Through December 13 - Angel Tree which is at the Palmer Public Library 1455 North Main Street, Palmer, MA.  It is a tree that the task force has put up seeking donations for children and Moms who have been impacted by Domestic Violence.  Please stop in and pick up an angel to make a difference in a victim’s holiday.  Donations will be accepted until Tuesday, December 13th, 2016.  See attached letter for details on drop off.  If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Koske @ 413- 222-7176.


December 3, 4, 10 & 11 - Annual Tree & Wreath Festival -at PHCC 3 & 4 10AM - 4PM, 10 & 11 10AM - 3PM 

December 8 Divine Sleep, Yoga Nidra  - Unwind and release tension with a brief gentle Yoga experience (no experience necessary), then enjoy "Yoga Nidra" sometimes referred to as "psychic sleep" or a state of deep relaxation.  Lay down, listen to guided meditations, and enjoy! Bring a mat, blanket, pillow, or anything else for your comfort.  (1 class each)  Time: 7-8:30 PM;  Fee: $15;  Instructor: Sharon Palmer, M.Ed., Certified 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher.  Learn more by visiting us or 413-245-9977 to register.

December 10 & 11 - Ware Center Meeting House and Museum will be hosting the 2nd Annual Ware Tree & Wreath Stroll - - we are seeking donations of decorated artificial trees and wreaths to be raffled to raise money for restoration efforts.  Event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, December 17  Merry-Go-Round hours: 12-4 p.m.  Santa’s visit: 12:30-3:30 p.m.  -  Santa returns to the Merry-Go-Round on Saturday, December 17 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. for more holiday cheer. Take a break from the hustle and bustle for a visit with the charming carousel horses and everybody’s favorite jolly old elf!  The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round will continue to collect new mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats for their “Warming Tree” in support of Providence Ministries through Friday, December 30. Bring in an item to help support Holyoke’s families in need and receive a free ride.  Winter hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m., Tickets are $2 per ride or 6 for $10. Holyoke Heritage State Park is located on 221 Appleton Street and borders Dwight Street in Holyoke. The Park offers family-oriented cultural and recreational programs. The eight-acre site contains the Park Visitors’ Center, Holyoke Children’s Museum, Volleyball Hall of Fame, and the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.  For more information, call 413-538-9838, visit, or find us on Facebook

December 18 - 2:30PM - Dean Martin Tribute - Tickets General Admission  $16 / PHCC Members $8

December 31 - 20th Annual First Night, Jr., Presented by the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and the Children’s Museum at Holyoke - 10 AM to 4 PM  Holyoke Heritage State Park 221 Appleton Street Holyoke, MA 01040  $8 per person  Celebrate the New Year with family-friendly fun at the 20th Annual First Night, Jr. presented by the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round and the Children’s Museum at Holyoke. On Saturday, December 31 from 10 AM to 4 PM children and families will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities including unlimited rides on the Merry-Go-Round, admission to the Children's Museum and Volleyball Hall of Fame, dancing, crafts, and live music. Laugh with Maggie the Clown, discover something new with Mad Science, don special glitter tattoos, and visit with Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and Captain America! See, touch, and learn about animals with Forest Park Zoo on the Go, watch an ice sculptor create his masterpiece, and ring in 2017 with Holyoke’s Mayor Morse and a ball drop reminiscent of Time Square. Roger Tinknell will provide live music to accompany the festivities.

January 4, 2017 - A Benefit For Our Veterans - All are invited to join The Brookfield Institute/Majestic Theater partnership for a benefit production of the 1981 Tony Award winning play Amadeus by Peter Shaffer.  It is the mission of the Brookfield Institute's [Care for the Troops, Massachusetts ] non-profit program to bring increased well-being to veterans and their families through education and training. Building resilience in the face of trauma is our committed goal.  The Majestic Theater located at 131 Elm Street in West Springfield will present Amadeus on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:00 PM and asks you to contact their box office at Tel. 413-747-7797 to reserve ticket (s) and pay the evening of the performance or other actions explained by theater staff. The fee is $20.00 per ticket.  Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute will also accept calls for tickets and information at Tel. 413-563-7282. Please leave a message if necessary; she will return your call.








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