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Hitchcock Free Academy presents various programs throughout the year.  FMI online at

Mary Lane Hospital announces it's support and self-help groups for those facing major illness or stressful life changes.  FMI:

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

April 24:  Jazz Lab Ensemble concert at 8pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus.  Free and open to the public.

April 25 and 26:  Elements Theatre Company presents a weekend of performances, lectures, and celebrations honoring Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Elements will present an original work, Labyrinth: A Legacy of Language, exploring Shakespeare's influence on playwrights through the centuries.  Other events include lectures by local resident John Clark, PhD., C.E.C., Founder of The Inquiring Mind classes, a pre-show Birthdday Dinner, gallery display of Shakespeare’s life and work, and opportunities to record sonnets for the Word Made Flesh online sonnet project. FMI:, or call 508-240-2400

April 26:  Sign up to clean a street by sending an email to, calling Karen at 267-9545, or coming to the Dave Grieve Gazebo from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Bags, gloves, beverages, lunch and treats will be provided at the Gazebo. Please help beautify Monson.

April 26:  28th Annual COLOR IN THE CAGE Performance Showcase, A Fundraiser for the Amherst Survival Center (Canned goods and monetary donations accepted at the door) at 2pm; doors open at 1:30pm at the Curry Hicks Cage Gymnasium, UMass Amherst campus.  Tickets at the door: $5 Adults, $3 Students (with ID) & Children; $1 off with canned good donation; UMass Marching Band members FREE with a canned good or donation.

April 26:  The Hardwick Recycling Center located at 2011 Barre Road in Wheelwright, MA will hold an Earth week event  from 8 AM to 12 PM.  There is a $5.00 charge for participation for non-sticker holders; however, there is no participation fee for those bringing textiles only. Please note, there are fees per bulk waste item, tires, electronics, appliances and oil filters charged to cover the cost of hauling and processing.  FMI: or contact us at (413) 477-8330 for further information and pricing.

April 26:  Psychic fair / Medium’s Day at Healing Hands of Light Spiritualist Church, 465 Granby Road in Chicopee.  15 minute private readings are $20.  Advance bookings call Denise at 413-519-9669.

April 29:  Join us at 1630 at Westover Air Reserve Base for the Pat Tillman shadow 5K with Bagram, Afghanistan.  Stand in the support of our brothers and sisters still carrying on the fight in Afghanistan.   FMI contact Brian Willette at 262-1031 or email at

May 4:   Marks the ninth annual Walk of Champions.   In 2013 the Walk of Champions raised a record setting $91,000 in support of integrated cancer services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.  Pledge forms are available for businesses, community organizations, and community members who are participating in the walk.  Registration for the Walk, fundraising resources and more including online giving opportunities can be found on the Walk of Champions website at   FMI about the Walk of Champions call Michelle Graci, Manager of Fund Raising Events BHF at (413) 794-7654 or by e-mail at

May 7:  The monthly Pasta Supper will be held from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tickets are $6 dollars per person and may be obtained at the door. Please support this monthly fundraiser and take a chance on our raffle. All proceeds support St. Anthony Church, 375 Island Pond Road in Springfield.

May 10:  The New Braintree Congregational Church will hold a marinated chicken breast supper at 5:30 at the Town Hall.  The Hardwick Memorial Hand Bell Choir will perform following supper.  Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6.00 for children 10 and under.  One child under 10 will be allowed free with an adult.  This is a fundraiser for both organizations.  FMI and reservations:  413-477-8772 or 508-867-2387.

May 11:  A Mother’s Day Gift of Music:  A Cello and Piano Faculty Recital  at 4:30pm, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus.  Tickets for the UMass Recital: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors.  Available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413 545 2511 or at

May 17:  West Brookfield Asparagus Festival at West Brookfield Town Common, Rain or Shine 10:00 to 4:00.  Free and open to the public.  Music, glorious food, one hundred vendors of art, crafts, plants, flowers, animals to admire, games for kids. fun, fun, fun!  FMI: or 508 867 9400

May 17- 18:  What does it feel like when your voice and ideas are truly heard? The 100 Cameras Project will put modified cameras into the hands of 100 people with disabilities throughout the U.S., bringing the vision of these new photographers to life while building awareness of disability, diversity and inclusion trough art. The first workshop will be held in Springfield, MA with Baystate Health sponsoring of the 100 Cameras Project.   Dr. Pixie Plummer and Dr. Katie Krone will be facilitating the workshop along with Bent, and some of their patients will be among the participants. To learn more about the 100 Cameras Project and to donate, listeners can go to and search for “100 Cameras Project.”

May 24:  Run to Remember, 5K race / 1 mile walk at Buttery Brook Park, 123 Willimansett St in South Hadley.  Help the  South Hadley Memorial Day Parade Committee honor our troops and veterans. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Pioneer Valley USO, based at Westover Air Reserve Base. A non-profit organization that provides services & a food pantry to help local troops and their families.  Entry Fee: $25.00 Day of Race: $30.00 Teams of 5: $100.   register online at  Register by 5/16 to guarantee your tech running shirt.

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