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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 Academy

Mary Lane Hospital announces 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.


Upcoming Community Events



Now through Christmas Eve - Ring the Bell - an appealing opportunity...A familiar seasonal sound is that of the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell heard outside many malls, shops andd businesses.  The Palmer/Brimfield Salvation Army Service Unit is in need of volunteer bell ringers for 1 hour shifts outside K-Mart in Palmer now through Christmas Eve.  Individuals, groups, businesses and organizations who want to help others are needed.  To volunteer or for more information, call Beth Zelazo at 413-277-5121 or email.

Dec 19-21:  "Christmas by Candlelight" @ Old Sturbridge Village Route 20 Sturbridge, MA 01566 4:00 PM EST (800) 733-1830

Dec 20:  Boston Children's Hospital Pints for Half-Pints Blood Driveto 3:00 PM at the Three Rivers Fire Department, 50 Springfield Street, Three Rivers

Dec 20:  The local Pioneer Valley USO, headquartered at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, is continuing its holiday food drive for the USO Food Pantry. This important event is being held at Stop and Shop, 935 Riverdale Street in West Springfield from 9 am to 3 pm.    A truck will be parked in the parking lot just outside the doors of these stores to accept non-perishable food, paper and health and beauty items. In addition, cash is always accepted. All work is done by volunteers and board members who spend countless hours giving time and talent to the needs of the Pioneer Valley USO and troop families. Currently, there are just fewer than 200 military families that rely on the many services of the Pioneer Valley USO.   Please help the USO at this event, as the previous collection was cancelled due to the weather. 

Dec 22Tower Square in Springfield Presents Holiday Lunchtime Concerts Through December 22nd, Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Location: Food Court. Enjoy a fun holiday concert with some local musicians and local school groups weekdays in December leading up to Christmas!

Thru Dec 28Historic Deerfield Presents Heritage Holiday events  The holiday spirit continues with the return of Heritage Holiday at Historic Deerfield. From December 6-28, visitors can join Historic Deerfield hearth cooks, guides and educators in a month-long series of traditional festive activities. Wreath Making, Gift Making, Gingerbread Cookie Decorating, Horse-drawn Wagon Rides.

Thru Dec 31:  The Springfield Science Museum’s annual gingerbread exhibit has become one of the region’s best-loved traditions. This year’s theme is Adventures in Gingerbread, and is inspired by the popular tale of a brave princess and her search for her sister who has trapped their kingdom in an eternal winter. Adventures in Gingerbread at the Museums’ “Holiday Wonderland” runs through December 31.

Thru Jan 4:  Bright Nights at Forest Park, Springfield -  Sunday to Thursday -- 5PM to 9PM Fridays, Saturdays and Holidays -- 5PM to 11PM. Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Fridays and Saturdays. More than 650,000 lights along a three-mile path! Peace, Lights, and Happiness!

Thru Jan 4:  Springfield Museums Presents Let it Snow: Winter Scenes in Snow Globes and Japanese Prints  The exhibit will be on view from October 28, 2014 – January 4, 2015. The exhibit includes approximately 65 Japanese woodblock prints from the Springfield Museums’ famed Raymond Bidwell Collection, one of the largest holdings of Japanese prints in the United States and among the finest of any public collection in the world. In addition, the exhibit will feature approximately 75 snow globes from a private New England collection, including antique domes made by the Atlas Toy Company, travel souvenirs, holiday scenes and popular culture-themed snow globes manufactured in the United States, Paris and Austria.

Jan 9: Moonlight Syrup On Snow snowshoe hike  at Peaked Mountain, Butler Road, Monson, 7:30 - 9:30pm.  Register at 413-532-1631 Ext. 10 or by email.



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