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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 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, 413-283-2670,  Second 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.  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

March 13 & 14 - Brimfield - Hitchcock Academy presents Tai Chi with Sharon March 13, Macro Photography March 13, St. Patty's Day Green Critter Snacks March 14.  For more information about these and a variety of other classes visit us at or call 413-245-9977

March 14 - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center are sponsoring the following trips and everyone is welcome: St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Show – March 14, 2017. $85 per person. Aqua Turf Club fabulous family style Lunch, authentic Celtic music by the Maclean Avenue Band, Roundtrip Motor Coach Transportation.

March 15 - Palmer Public Library, 1455 North Main Street - Book Talk You’ll Like It Here—The Story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394: Weds., March 15, 6:00 p.m.  Ed Orzechowski and Donald Vitkus will discuss  Ed Orzechowski’s  book You’ll Like It Here.  Registration is suggested but not required.  For more information or to register, please call the library at (413) 283-3330, extension 08

March 18 -  Blackstone Valley Bluegrass  Saturday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.   General Admission: $12 | PHCC Members: $6  ($14/$7 at door)  With Dave Dick on banjo, his brother Bob Dick on guitar, Dan Nowlan on mandolin and Ken Taylor on upright bass, this original lineup have been together for 15 years - rare for bluegrass bands these days. Over the years this seasoned group has built up a solid and ever-expanding repertoire to go along with an engaging stage performance; these guys can really mix things up musically and entertain an audience! They're all multi-instrumentalists and play a wide range of bluegrass styles. But what really sets them apart are their powerful three- and four-part harmonies. Come check out Blackstone Valley Bluegrass to hear some great bluegrass music, smooth harmonies, fast but tasteful pickin', and most importantly, to have a great time!  Tickets  *Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Get a free appetizer at Pinocchio's that night by buying your ticket in advance online and printing your receipt as proof of purchase!* 

March 19 & 24 - 26 - First Central Bible Church, 50 Broadway St, Chicopee - Join us for a Chronological Study, chapters 4 - 22 on the Book of Revelation by Reverend Jim Johnson of Just A Preacher Ministries - March 19 at 8:30, 11 am & 6:30 pm,  March 24 6:30 pm, March 25 10:30 am & 1 pm, March 26 8:30 am & 11 am.

March 22 -  Joy in Every Moment:  Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life: Weds., March 22, 6:00 p.m. at the Palmer Public Library.   Tzivia Gover will discuss her book Joy in Every Moment:  Mindful Exercises for Waking to the Wonders of Ordinary Life.  This program is free and open to the public.  Registration is suggested but not required.  For more information or to register, call the library at (413)-283-3330, extension 0, or contact Joanne Szelag, Adult Services Librarian.

March 25 - The New England Doo Wop Society - Rock "N" Roll Revival #40, 1080 Riverdale St., West. Springfield, MA - Adm $35 - doors open 6:30 pm - show begins at 7:30 pm - starring The Dimensions, Reminisce & Decades - Tickets - Gary J. 413-478-0901 - email - or Bob B. 413-786-1929 - email - check our website FMI.

March 25 - Now & Then Vehicles Club of Southern Vermont is having a Sock Hop/Cruise In at the American Legion, 32 Unden St, Brattleboro, VT, March 25, 2017 from 6 - 10 pm.  Cost is $25 pp.  RSVP by March 11 - phone 802-380-2805, email, or via the clubs Facebook page.
March 26 - The FOE Eagles Club of Southbridge, MA is sponsoring a meat raffle, on Sunday March 26, 2017 at 1 pm.  The club address is 59 Mill St, Southbridge, MA 508-765-5302   We will have steaks, roasts, pork, chicken, sausage and ham. also a special seafood raffle. please join us for great food and fun.  
March 28 - VFW District 7 Awards Ceremony, 6:30 pm at Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut St, Ludlow, MA 01056 -- RSVP by Mar 21 413-385-1790 or click here.
By March 31 - In the Town of Ware, dogs must be licensed prior to March 31st. Dogs not licensed before this date will have a $15.00 late fee per dog assessed in addition to the license fee.  Fees for dog licenses are as follows: Male/Female $10.00. Spayed/Neutered $8.00 per dog. Proof of rabies must be shown at each licensing period to insure the rabies vaccination is current.  Renewal licensing is able to be done in the months of February and March during normal business hours 8 to 4 daily Monday through Friday in the Town Clerk’s Office at 126 Main St.
March 31 - Sarah the Fiddler comes to the Brimfield Town Hall, 21 Main Street, Brimfield, on Friday, March 31st at 7PM. Combining her influences of old-time, Irish, World and Classical music, Sarah takes her audiences on a musical journey from old-time sing-a-longs, to lively polkas and rousing reels. This is a fund raiser for the Brimfield Senior Center and will offer complimentary food and beverages and a bounty of basket raffles. Advanced tickets are $12, by contacting the Senior Center at 413-245-7253. Tickets are $15 at the door. Free Parking. Come join us!!
April 1 - Dancing With the Stars 2017 - STOP ABUSE TODAY – a division of the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force is holding its 4th annual Dancing With the Stars fundraiser on April 1, 2017 at the Burgess Elementary School in Sturbridge. Fashioned after the TV show of the same name, local stars are teamed up with professional dancers and will be performing for the coveted “Star” award. The show starts at 7PM with lots of fun and surprises thrown in.  Raffles, food and drink at intermission and lots of laughs will be there for everyone to enjoy. All this for the ticket price of $20 adults and $15 for seniors and kids under 12.  To purchase tickets in advance click here.

April 29 - On Saturday, April 29, 2017 the Brookfield Institute’s Care For The Troops Program is sponsoring a Welcome Home Commemorative Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Teresa’s Restaurant in Ware from 5 – 8 PM.  In order to mail an invitation to each Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veteran from Palmer we will need you to provide the following: Name, Mailing Address, Phone, and / or e-mail to the Institute by calling 413-967-3887. The cut-off date is March 2, 2017. Thank you for your service. We look forward to your attendance.

April 29 - The Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Walk/Run Challenge set for Saturday, April 29th, 2017, is a race inspired by the life of Sgt. Desforges. Sgt. Joshua Desforges, was a United States Marine that was killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan in May 2010.  Kid's race starts and race day packet pick-up is at 8:00 AM, as always kids race is free.  Main event starts at 9:00 AM.  Plenty of parking at the Ludlow High School.  Overflow parking will be at Veteran's Park Elementary which is right behind the high school.  To register for the race All register participants will receive a Sgt. Josh Desforges Challenge Coin.  POC Contact:  Eric Segundo, Director of Veterans Services, Town of Ludlow - 413-385-1790 or email

May 7 - The 12th annual Walk of Champions to benefit the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware will take place on Sunday, May 7, at the Quabbin Reservoir.    Pledge forms, fundraising resources, giving opportunities and more are now available online for businesses, community organizations, and individuals who wish to participate; go to For additional information about the Walk of Champions, contact Michelle Graci, Manager of Fundraising Events for the Baystate Health Foundation, at (413) 794-7654 or by e-mail at











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