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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, 413-283-2670,  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


February 23 - "You'll Like It Here-The story of Donald Vitkus, Belchertown Patient #3394" A reading by author Ed Orzechowski, 7:00 p.m  Free admission.  In this book talk, author Ed Orzechowski will talk about his book You'll Like It Here, a story of the resiliency of the human spirit.   Abandoned by his unwed mother during World War II, Donald Vitkus becomes a ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is 27 days old. Six years later as "Patient #3394," he is committed to Belchertown State School, where he is labeled a "moron" with an I.Q. of 41. Like hundreds of other institutions across the country, Belchertown is a de-humanizing environment of barred windows, locked doors, and brutal regimentation. "I never want us to return to those days," Donald says.  Resistant to authority, he refuses mind-numbing medication, smokes contraband cigarettes, joins an escape committee, and learns of the outside world on a black-and-white TV. He later serves in Vietnam, searches for his family, marries, and earns a college degree-all in a lifelong battle to convince others, and himself, that Donald Vitkus is not a moron.  More information  Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, 2072 Main Street, Three Rivers, MA 01080

February 26 - Pomeroy Sugar House is proud to kick-off the 2017 maple-season with their seventh annual benefit breakfast to raise money for breast cancer research, on Sunday, February 26.   All proceeds from February 26, 2017 will be split between The Jimmy Fund for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Baystate Health Foundation's Rays of Hope. Our fund-raising goal has continually increased as our customers and community come together and meet the fund-raising goals, for 2017 we aim to raise $4000 for these charities.  Breakfast at the sugar house will consist of pancakes, french toast, waffles, bacon and sausage, with real Massachusetts maple syrup served on every table. The price of breakfast ranges from $6.50 to $8.75, plus the cost of a drink. Doors will open at 7:30 am and breakfast is served until 1:00 pm. For more information, go to  Pomeroy Sugar House is a seasonal maple restaurant, in its nineteenth year of operation, located at 491 Russellville Rd. in Westfield, Ma. Open from February 24 through April 2, 2017, breakfast is served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 am through 1:00 pm.


March 3 - Mustard's Retreat  7:00 p.m. General Admission: $14 | PHCC Members: $7 ($18/$9 at door) Mustard's Retreat ( David Tamulevich and Michael Hough) have been performing music based in the '60s folk tradition together since 1974. Their shows represent an eclectic blend of old and new music with a big dash of storytelling. Mustard's retreat is fresh, exciting, and fun. Tickets

March 4 - Just for Kids: Interactive Songs, Rhymes and Stories with Mustard's Retreat  2:00 p.m.  General Adult Admission: $8 | PHCC Members: $4  Children 3-12: $4 | Children under 3: Free  Mustard's Retreat (David Tamulevich and Michael Hough) have been doing concerts for kids and families since their early days of performing together in the mid 70s. Interactive songs, rhymes, stories - come enjoy fun and frivolity with these highly respected songwriters and performers.  Tickets

March 5 - DATE CHANGE from March 4 - 2PM and 7PM, Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, Route 116, South Hadley, MA 01075  --  The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College's 12th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-22 News meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley". Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, among others.  Sponsors (to date) include Mount Holyoke College, WWLP-22News & The CW Springfield, The Republican powering MassLive and El Pueblo Latino and Loomis Communities.  Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box Office in Amherst; at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley; and at the door (subject to availability).  Phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. Online ticket purchases will be available through the UMass Fine Arts Center.  FMI The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College:

March 9 - "Freedom Stories of the Pioneer Valley" - History Lecture By Cliff McCarthy 7:00 p.m.  Free admission (Freewill donations kindly accepted) This presentation will tell several stories of African Americans who lived in the Pioneer Valley and achieved their freedom in remarkable ways. Once lost to us, each of these resurrected stories describes an important aspect of our nation's history regarding race. We will learn about Jupiter Richards, who fought in the Revolutionary War; Jenny (Cumfrey) Williams, who escaped from her New York master to a generous community in Springfield; and Angeline Palmer, of Belchertown, who was rescued from slavery by her Amherst friends. More information

March 9 -  The Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a blood drive on Thursday, March 9, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Baystate Wing Hospital parking lot, located at 40 Wright Street in Palmer.  All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a Dunkin Donuts or Big Y Gift card!  Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are also welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program at (413) 794-4600.

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 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 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 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 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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