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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

2015 - 2016 Springfield Symphony Orchestra Season Information - All concerts are Saturday evenings at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court
Street, Springfield MA 01103  Adults from $22  Kids (ages 4-17) and College Students (with valid ID) $10  Groups (10+) 25% off  Senior & Handicapped Seating discounts  Call (413) 733-2291 or visit website for schedule.



Upcoming Community Events

February 2016 - New and Exciting classes are now available at Hitchcock Academy!  Click here for more information.

February 6 - The annual ice harvest will take place on Saturday, February 6th at the Noble & Cooley Mill Pond (Water Street, Granville, MA).  Sponsored by the Noble & Cooley Museum, Suffield Land Conservancy and Suffield Historical Society, the event is open to the public from noon to 3:00.  Dress warmly and come learn how to handle antique ice tools, visit the drum museum, and indulge in hot cocoa to warm up.  Storm date is Sunday, February, 7th.  Log Post Link

February 7 - The West Brookfield Boy Scout Troop 118 will be hosting their 40th annual Fishing Derby on Sunday, February 7th, 7am - 3:30pm at Lake Wickaboag, W. Brookfield.  Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded.  Tickets available for $1.00 each prior to and at the trailer day of derby.  No Ice Date - Sunday, February 21.

February 9 - UMass Jazz Faculty in Concert - 7:30pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus, featuring UMass Amherst Jazz Faculty members: Jeffrey W. Holmes, piano/trumpet; Robert Ferrier, guitar; Tom Giampietro, drums; Felipe Salles, saxes; Catherine Jensen-Hole, vocals; and Shigefumi Tomita, bass, playing Original jazz compositions & arrangements. Tickets $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors.  Tickets - Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413 545 2511 or click here.

February 13 - Palmer's 300th Anniversary Committee is sponsoring a Valentine's Dinner/Dance at Amvets Post 74 in Three Rivers.  The event starts at 6pm with a buffet, followed by music with DJ Tony Valley.  The cost is $10 per person to cover expenses.  Tickets available at the Town Hall or at the door the day of the event.  FMI on this or other upcoming events, or anyone interested in volunteering to assist in this years special events, contact Lorinda Baker at 413-519-0350.

February 13 - Southampton Lions Club Valentine Dance at Southampton Country Club - $45 per Person includes Buffet Dinner - Tickets available from any Southampton lion Member or the Southampton branch of the Easthampton Saving Bank - For details email Ray Lacourse, George Symborski or call 413-977-3086 or 413-529-7444. 

February 13 - Monson Arts Council Talent Show - 24 Acts - Performance at the Granite Valley Middle School - FMI or Application Click Here

February 13 - Friends of the Springfield Vet Center - Elks Lodge, 440 Tiffany St., Springfield, MA Valentines Day Dinner/Dance - doors Open 6pm, Dinner at 6:30pm, Show at 8 - Tickets

February 14 - The Love Songs of Connie Francis: Starring Donna Lee with Jo-Anne Dominik - Sunday, February 14, 2:00 p.m. Admission: $12  A benefit for the Lions Club - to be held at PHCC, Three Rivers - Click for Tickets

February 16 - The MassMutual Center operated by Spectra Venue Management, will be holding their annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Visit or call 800-REDCROSS to schedule your life-saving appointment today. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. 

February 19 - The Lonesome Brothers 30th Anniversary Tour 7:30 p.m. at the Palmer Historical & Cultural Center - Jim Armenti, Ray Mason, and Keith Levreault-are icons of the Pioneer Valley music scene. They are celebrating 30 years of making their unique style of alternative country music together. They are American music in its pure, unvarnished state with influences from country, rock-and-roll, and popular music and have crafted a sound that combines virtuoso musicianship with gritty, down-to-earth songwriting.  General admission $10 / PHCC Members $5  Buy tickets
February 21 - 2:00 p.m. -Keep the spirit of Valentine’s Day alive by attending the Love Songs Concert performed by musician Tony Valley. Tony will sing favorite love songs that will pull at people’s heartstrings. He is the owner of Tony V. Entertainment in Three Rivers. He provides music lessons, disc jockey services, and performs at public and private events. He is seen regularly on M-Pact TV, serving the towns of Monson and Palmer. Refreshments will be served. This is an event not to miss! The program is free and open to the public. To register, please contact the library at (413) 283-3330, extension 0.  
February 24 - The community is invited to attend a luncheon program ?Separating Facts from Fad: Gluten Free Diets? presented by Dr. Harbir Sawhney, gastroenterologist from Baystate Medical Practices-Mary Lane Gastroenterology on Wednesday, February 24, from 11:30 am- 1:00 pm at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer.  ?Dr. Sawhney will discuss celiac disease, gluten free diets and all things gastrointestinal? said Susan Fontaine, Senior Coordinator of Loyalty Programs at Baystate Health.  ?Celiac disease is a digestive disorder in which the body can't tolerate gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats.   The program is sponsored by Baystate Health Senior Class and will include lunch at no cost.  Space is limited; registration is required by calling Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-4325.  For more information about Senior Class Loyalty Program visit.
February 24 - Foster Your Own Cyber Security Prowess 6:30 pm at the palmer Public Library, 1455 North Main St., Palmer - learn about threats & common mistakes, password protocol, PC security, e-mail security, social media/networking security, portable media risks, social engineering and physical security.  To register, contact the library at (413) 283-3330 ext. 0.
February 27 - Springfield Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Black History Month with Porgy and Bess, the Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. & More   The evening’s performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors open at 6:00 p.m. All SSO performances are held at Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, MA.  Special Guests, the “Duke,” & the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  To purchase tickets - click here, contact the SSO Box office at 413-733-2291, or visit in person at 1350 Main Street ( building), Springfield, MA 01103.  Every Ticket Includes Free, Secure Parking
March 6 - A Magical Tribute to The Beatles - Two incredible spot on groups from Boston come together to bring you a great evening of Beatles Rock n' Roll era & solo years.  FMI
March 10 - A canvas to PAINT plus a drink to SIP equals a ton of FUN!!! This is no ordinary fine art class ... this is FUN ART!  Join us as we paint "Butterfly's Sunflower" and raise FUNds for the VFW Quxiliary Post 3236 Ludlow Veterans Benefits. It's a fun way to spend time with friends and you each get to go home with a masterpiece!  Beginners Encouraged - All painting supplies provided!  Advanced Reservations

March 13 - The man Rolling Stone Magazine called "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement" is set to bring his witty and wise, slice-of-life music to Three Rivers for a second time!  John Gorka's music creates an atmosphere that piques the emotion, stimulates the cerebrum and brings a few laughs - often within the same song. He agilely weaves through a unique combination of themes - crime and punishment, love, nutrition and barnyard animals - in his vast repertoire of songs from over three decades of writing. For an intimate evening with one of the legends of the Contemporary American Folk music, come see John Gorka at Harmony Hall.  Buy tickets

March 15 - AN IRISH CELEBRATION – FRIENDS OF THE PALMER SENIOR CENTER  - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center presents “Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration” Tuesday, March 15, at Chez Josef, Agawam. Package includes an Elegant Luncheon, Tony Kenny’s Irish Celebration (Singer/Comedian Ritchie Hayes, Singer Bernadette Ruddy, Dublin City Step Dancers, Dublin Trinity Band), Meal Taxes, Gratuities. Cost $59 pp AN IRISH CELEBRATION – FRIENDS OF THE PALMER SENIOR CENTER.   For reservations and more information, contact the Palmer Senior Center, 1029 Central Street, Palmer, 413-283-2670.

March 22 - Bus trip to Mohegan Sun - Call Ann Marie Gaudette at 599-4803 for reservations - $31 - Make check out to  Friends of Wilbraham Seniors, 269 Stony Hill Road G4-104, Wilbraham, MA 01095 - be at Wilbraham Senior Center 8AM - return 5:30 - 6PM








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