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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 presents various programs throughout the year.  FMI online at Hitchcock Free AcademyMonthly Calendar of Events

Mary Lane Hospital announces Summer support and self-help groups for those facing major illness or stressful life changes.  FMI:  Baystate Health

Tri-Parish Church of New Braintree, Hardwick, and Gilbertville is worshiping 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.

Now - Christmas 2015 - The Salvation Army is seeking Bell Ringers November 27th through Christmas Eve at three locations in Ware, Palmer and Belchertown.  To volunteer, contact Ware Kettle Coordinator Crista D'Angelo at (978) 895-3955 or email.

Wreaths across America - It’s simple. Your gift of $15 honors a fallen hero by placing a wreath on his or her grave. FMI Click here.


Upcoming Community Events


November 22, 27- 29 -  Visit the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round for family fun on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 12 to 4 PM. Take a ride on one of 48 beautiful antique horses and then make a special Thanksgiving decoration! The Merry-Go-Round will be closed on Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving and will re-open on Friday, November 27. 

November 27 - Ware Flair - 6pm - Annual Christmas Parade brings Santa to town.  Carolers and tree lighting on Main Street with Santa in Town Hall.  Local food vendors on Main Street starting at 5pm.

November 28 - Shop Small - Shop Locally!

November 28 - eagles tribute Band - 7 Bridges Road 7:30 pm PHCC Three Rivers

November 28 - The Student Leadership Training Program will be hosting their ReEnergizer Leadership Conference on Saturday, November 28th at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts. Come join over 300 students, student advisors, and parents from all over New England as we explore what it takes to make a difference. Come learn about making your community a better place and network with students from all over the New England Region! To register and for more information click here!

December 1 - BAMS Winter Concert - United church of Ware 7pm - FREE

December 1 - Manger Lighting Ceremony at Ware Knights of Columbus, 126 West Main Street at 6pm.

December 2 - Author J.R. Greene presents Brief Slide program of 2016 Quabbin History Calendar.  The 2016 calendar includes 3 views from the lost town of Enfield, taken in 1916.  Copies of the calendar and Greene's books will be on sale and signed by author on request.  The calendar sells for $14.95.  Part of the proceeds from the sales go to benefit the library.  Contact Joanne G. Szelag, Adult Services Librarian at 413-283-3330 or email.

December 3 & 4 - Bare Bones features Smith College undergraduate choreographers in a low-tech performance setting. Solitude, intimacy and adaptability are explored in an evening of self-discovery through movement. Bare Bones will be presented on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm at the Scott Studio Theater located in the Scott Gymnasium Complex. Tickets are $1 and are available at the door. Please arrive early, as seating is limited.

December 5 - The Friends of the Brimfield Senior Center are having a tag and bake sale December 5 2015.9:30AM to 3:30PM in the Great Hall at the Brimfield Town Hall 23 Main St, Brimfield.  Contact Jackie at 413 245 1156 for donations. Thank you.

December 5 - Ware Christmas Tree and Wreath Stroll - Ware Town Hall, 126 Main Street, 10am to 4pm - Performance by Springfield Brass Quartet 1pm - FREE

December 5 - Christmas Craft Fair at Ware High school Gymnasium, 9am to 3pm - info@ 413-967-6234.

December 5 - SILVER TEA  It's that time of year again when everyone is in a frenzy of preparation for the holidays.  Take a short break and join friends and neighbors at Academy Hall in West Suffield (1499 Mountain Road) on Saturday, December 5 from 1:00-4:00 for a relaxing cup of tea or coffee and some tempting goodies.  Stop in before the Garden Club House Tour for a bite with friends.  There will be a sale of Christmas items and a raffle, the proceeds of which support maintenance of the Hall..  The event is free, a holiday offering of cheer from Val Sullivan and Deb Basdekis, two members of the West Suffield Village Improvement Association, but donations are gladly accepted.

December 5 - HOLIDAYFEST AT THE KING HOUSE  The holidays will be feted this year at the King House Museum on Saturday, December 5 from 1:00-6:00 and Sunday December 6 from 11:00-4:00 with an exhibit of Decorative Glass:New or Old, Useful or Simply Art.  The King House will be part of the Suffield Garden Club's holiday house tour on Saturday.  Invite a friend and come visit!  A warm fire will be burning, and refreshments will be offered.

December 6 - Ware Christmas Tree and Wreath Stroll - Ware Town Hall, 126 Main Street 10am to 4pm with crafts For Kids 1 to 2:30pm - FREE

December 6 - Carols by Candlelight Concert at United church of Ware 7pm

December 5 & 6 - PHCC - The annual Christmas Tree Festival is back for a 4th year, and it's bigger and better than ever!   With more trees and wreaths for raffle, and new events for kids and musical entertainment,  this year's festival is sure to delight.

December 10 - Performance by Chapel Jazz & Jazz Lab Ensembles,  7:30pm, Bowker Auditorium, UMass Amherst campus  Music by: Bob Brookmeyer, Mike Abene, Snarky Puppy, Chris Merz, Bob Mintzer, Fred Sturm, Bob Washut  Tickets: $3 UMass students, $5 other students, seniors & children, $10 general public  -  413-545-2511 or online

December 13 - 2015 Quilt Raffle tickets are now available. Last year, we raised over $1,464 that was donated to the Little Sisters of the Poor – St. Joseph Residence. The funds raised this year with this and other fund raising activities will go towards replacing the windows at the St. Joseph Residence with new, thermal efficient glass. The goal this year for the Quilt Raffle is to raise $2,500.  We ask that you help with your donation of a $1.00 for a raffle ticket, $5.00 for a book of five tickets. All monies will go to the St. Joseph Residence.  To Donate – Please call Scott Prentiss at 745-0042 and leave a message.  For more information, take a look at our Facebook page, “Help Raise Money for the Little Sisters of the Poor - Quilt Drawing

December 14 - Ware Community Jazzz Ensemble Concert at Ware High School Auditorium 7pm - FREE

December 16 - Ware Commuity Band Concert Ware High School Auditorium 7pm - Free

Through December 31 - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center are now holding their annual Calendar Raffle for January 2016. The Calendars, which cost only $5.00 and make perfect gifts, will be sold until December 31.  They are available at the Palmer Senior Center, 1029 Central St., Palmer.  Only 500 calendars will be sold!  Daily prizes include money, prize or gift certificate.  Palmer is in need of a new senior center so all proceeds will benefit the Friends’ building/renovation fund.






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