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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.

Brookfield Congregational Church, On the Common, Brookfield Holy Week and and Easter Schedule:  Palm Sunday, April 13 - 10:00 AM Worship , Maundy Thursday Worship, April 17 at 7:00 PM , Good Friday Tenebrae Service of Darkness - April 18 –7:00PM   and = EASTER SUNDAY, April 20      Sunrise Service with Whitefield Methodist Church and West Brookfield Congregational, Foster Hill, West Brookfield, 6:00 AM followed by Easter Breakfast at Brookfield Congregational Church.  For more information please call the church office at508-867-6262

April 13:  2nd Annual PHCC Talent Show fundraiser event for PHCC.  $1,000 grand prize, $300 second place, $100 gift card for third place.  Auditions at 4 PM at Palmer Historical Cultural Center, 2072 Main Street in Three Rivers.  FMI:  289-9295 and email at   First night of competition is May 3rd and finals on May 17th.

April 13:  Lori Szepelak of Southampton relishes her messages from the angelic realm.  Szepelak will present a free lecture on Palm Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Council No. 113, 126 West Main St., Ware.  Doors open to the public at 1:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served including cheese and crackers, cookies, coffee and tea.

April 23:  University Orchestra in concert at 8pm, Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass Amherst campus. Tickets:  $3 UMass students; $5 other students, children, seniors; $10 general public; free for UMass music majors & minors, at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, 413 545 2511 or at

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 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 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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