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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

All October - Teen Dating Relationships and Abuse - A Film Produced and Directed by the Ware High School Domestic Violence Task Force - Shown on Ware Community TV, Channel 15 - Monday through Friday, 2pm and 7pm, all October  Including a conversation with Ware High School DV Task Force members Shannon Demers, Sam Turek, Kenzie Cousineau, Alex Gauthier - Hosted by Peggy Baxter Ware Resident and Ware River Valley DV Task Force member  Presented by Ware Community TV and the Ware River Valley Domestic Violence Task Force Also available on (peg central, special programming folder)    or

Oct. 25 - Kids 'n Kupcakes Kids will create four cleverly decorated Kupcakes with a Kadoodle flair. 1 Class Time: 6-7pm Fee: $5 Instructor: Megan O?Brien, owner of Kadoodle?s Kupcakes Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.

Oct. 26 - Macro Photography - Macro, or close up photography opens up a world of opportunity where hundreds of photographs may be found in the space of 50ft. Any type of camera is welcome. Point and shoot cameras or smartphones may not have the controls that are covered. DSLR cameras will need extension tubes, close up filter or a dedicated macro lens for best results. 1 Class Time: 6-8:30 Fee: $40 Instructor: Kevin Kopchynski - Learn more by visiting us at or 413-245-9977 to register.

Oct. 27 - Cheese Making - Queso Blanco & Ricotta Cheese - Learn the basic principles of making Queso Blanco & Ricotta cheeses with goat and cow milk. 1 Class Time: 6:30-8:30PM   Fee$25 Instructor: Jen Poirier, Shepherds Gate Dairy Goat Farm - Learn more by visiting us at or 413-245-9977 to register.

October 27 - FRIENDS OF THE PALMER SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER  FROM 11:00 A.M. TILL 8:00 P.M. at the Steaming Tender Restaurant , 28 Depot St, Palmer. Come enjoy lunch or dinner and present your coupon to the waitress and the Steaming Tender will donate 20% of the total bill to Friends of the Palmer Senior Center. Coupons are available at the Palmer Senior Center, 1029 Central St, Mondays -Fridays between 8am-4pm. Thanks to Steaming Tender for this wonderful opportunity.
Oct. 28 - Paper Making - Create great gift paper and cards using recycled and natural materials. 1 Class Time: 6-8pm Fee: $10 per person (Under age 10 must be with an adult. Adults are encouraged to join in!)  Instructor: Marcia Beal - Learn more by visiting us at or 413-245-9977 to register.

Oct. 29 - Hitchcock Farmers Market - Saturday 9am-2pm  Make a Purchase and receive our Farmers Market Loyalty card. After 6 visits to the Hitchcock Farmers Market you will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate for Hitchcock programs

October 29 - Halloween Dance featuring Oldies Band “The Skidmarks”.  Costume contest:  Grand prize $200, second prize $100 and third prize is $50.  Doors open at 6:30PM and dancing starts at 7:30PM.  $7 per person at the door.  Costumes optional and  food is available.  Polish American Citizens Club, 355 East Street, Ludlow MA.  We will also be collecting canned goods to benefit the “Indian Orchard Survival Center” if you wish to donate.  For information or table reservations call Carolyn at 413-530-6331. 
October 29 - HALLOWEEN F  * MERRY-GO-ROUND IS OPEN 12-4 P.M. * HALLOWEEN DJ DANCE PARTY AT HERITAGE STATE PARK FROM 1-3 P.M.The Holyoke Merry-Go-RoundHolyoke Heritage State Park221 Appleton StreetHolyoke, MA 01040 Holyoke, MA - The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round invites you to celebrateHalloween on Saturday, October 29 with fun activities for the wholefamily! Wear your Halloween costume to the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round from12 to 4 p.m. and receive a 1/2 price ride! Children 12 and under willenjoy a DJ Dance Party from 1 to 3 p.m. at Heritage State Park for just$3. The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open on Saturdays and Sundays in the fallfrom 12 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $2 per ride or 6 for $10. Holyoke HeritageState Park is located on 221 Appleton Street and borders Dwight Streetin Holyoke. The Park offers family-oriented cultural and recreationalprograms. The eight-acre site contains the Park Visitors' Center,Holyoke Children's Museum, Volleyball Hall of Fame, and the HolyokeMerry-Go-Round. For more information, call 413-538-9838, [1], or find us on Facebook [2]. ###   Links:------[1][2]
October 29 - Sock Hop 7-11pm at St. Mary's Academy Gymnasium, Longmeadow, MA $20 - Introduction of Brick Campaign - 21 & over please.  Themed dress encouraged, but not required.  Tickets online or in School/Parish office.
October 30 -  Corvettes On Display  1-4pm, Rice Fruit Farm, 757 Main St., Wilbraham, MA - There will be a set up for donations for the Holyoke Soldiers Home for Board Games / New Clothing / Toiletries / cash donations ---DJ Bruce Marshall, Real Oldies 1250 will spin your favorite oldies from the 50's thru the 70's.
November 4 - 1st Annual Welcome Home Dinner Dance at the Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Rd, Holyoke - to honor and welcome home our Vietnam Veterans - Social: 5:30 - 6pm, Dinner: 7 - 11 pm - live entertainment by Joe Pereria and The Western Mass All-Stars playing Vietnam Era Music - FMI - contact Eric Segundo, MA VFW State Sr. Vice Commander at 413-657-0072
November 6 - St. Joseph Polish Womeen's Club of Webster will hold "Fall Into Fashion" at J. Anthony's Italian Grill, 917 Southbridge St., Auburn, MA.  Vendors start selling at 11am - dinner buffet served at 1pm with the fashion show at 2pm.  Admission $30.  Tickets purchased from committee members - Jill Manak - 508-943-1810, Barbara Kryger - 508-943-2253, patty Williams - 508-943-8845 or Jo-Ann Canty - 508-943-8587.  Deadline Oct. 30.
November 12 - Craft Fair at the SS Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish, 9am - 3pm Main St., Three Rivers - Free admission & Parking - Refreshments
November 13- Ware Lions Club presents  Donna Lee's Tribute to Connie Francis - 2pm at the Ware Town Hall - Tickets available at Nat Falks & St. Germain Insurance.
November 14 - St. Paul’s Boys Choir – Nov. 14, 2016. $85 per person. Package includes Roundtrip Motor Coach Transportation, Full Course Luncheon @ The Log Cabin Banquet & Meeting House, afternoon St. Paul’s Boys Choir @ Sacred Heart Church featuring the only Catholic Boys Choir in the US, Donation to Sacred Heart Church, Driver Gratuity. 
November 26 - SS Peter & Paul Rosary Sodality of Divine Mercy Parish, Main St., Three Rivers, MA will be sponsoring their Christmas Tag sale, 8am-3pm.  A unique holiday shopping experience!








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