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Hitchcock Free Academy presents various programs throughout the year. Online at www.hitchcockacademy.org
Mary Lane Hospital announces it's support and self-help groups for those facing major illness or stressful life changes. FMI: www.baystatehealth.org/bmlh
Ongoing: The Collaborative for Community Health offers workshops and ongoing programming for the local community. Among the offerings are: Reiki, Yoga, Massage and Energy Work as well as special events. For more information check the listings at: www.thecollaborativeforcommunityhealth.org
Now through October 26: Farmer’s Market - Saturdays from 9 – 2 PM. Be a locavore! Support your local food growers, farmers, and artisans. Visit the new Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market on the front lawn of the Yellow House in downtown Palmer, featuring a wide range of vendors who will be selling plants, seedlings, eggs, produce, honey, vegetables, flowers, maple syrup, soaps, and many hand-craft. All items for sale are locally grown or locally made. Call 413 289 6091 for a vendor application and further details.
May 22: Wing Memorial Hospital’s Centennial continues to celebrate with our communities, at a formal rededication ceremony at Wing Hospital in Palmer at 10:00 A.M. This historic event is being held 100 years to the day the hospital was chartered. We will have legislators and other VIP’s in attendance. Members of the community are invited.
May 23: The Blackstone Valley Tech Practical Nursing Program will be conducting a free seminar to provide information on continued nursing education: The LPN to BSN Program. The free seminar entitled "Fitchburg State University and Worcester State University - LPN to Baccalaureate in Nursing: The A-B-Cs of Applying," will be held from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in Valley Tech's Cafeteria Annex. Licensed Practical Nurses, Graduates of Blackstone Valley Tech's Practical Nursing Program and anyone interested in becoming an LPN with an interest in an advanced degree, are welcome to attend this informational seminar.
May 25: The Circle of Honor, Stanley Park in Westfield, Master of Ceremony, John Kanpik, USMC Guest Speaker, Lt Col. US Army, Ret. Michael L. Roeder, and Deacon Paul Briere will give the invocation and benediction at this event. John Mikelis will lay the ceremony wreath. Lighting the POW MIA Candle, former POW Bart H. Hastings. Bill E. Cervonayco, Officer of the Day.
May 26: Memorial Day Patriotic Commemoration - A multimedia presentation and an opportunity to honor those who have served. Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, 2072 Main St in Three Rivers. 413-289-9295 FMI: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 26: Two Veterans Masses will take place, 9:00 am, St. Joseph’s National Church, 73 Main Street and 10:00 am, St John’s Lutheran Church, 60 Broad Street in Westfield. Everyone is invited to attend.
May 27: The annual Memorial Day will take place beginning at 10:00 am. Starting from the North side of Westfield, at Mestek field, continuing down North Elm Street, Elm Street, Broad Street, and 31 West Silver Street into Parker Memorial Park. Master of Ceremony will be John Knapik, USMC.
Starting June 2nd: the Tri-Parish Community Church will be worshiping at The First Universalist Church of Hardwick, 9 Ruggles Hill Road, Hardwick at 10:00 A.M. Bring lawn chairs with you that we may worship outside in the shade. Children are welcome All are welcome. FMI: 508-867-3306 church office or Pastor Deb Shepard at 413-478-0731 (cell) or 413-267-5224 (home), email@example.com
June 8: 1st Lebanese Festival at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church located at 375 Island Pond Road in Springfield Ma. It will be held on the grounds Sat June 8, 2013 from 12noon to Midnight, admission and parking is free to all. We are hoping that you will post or support this event in the next upcoming months. Our goal is to share some of our heritage with the community and surrounding areas. Festival activities will include authentic Mediterranean food and sweets, activities for the children, belly dancing performances, entertainment by the Salah Kurdi Ensemble. For more information please call me John Ackourey 413-896-0924 or the Church Rectory 413-732-0589
June 8: NewBraintree Congregational Church will hold its annual Strawberry Festival at 5:30 at the New Braintree Town Hall. The building is handicapped accessible. Menu consists of ham, beans, coleslaw and potato salad all served family style followed by strawberry shortcake for dessert. There will be one sitting of 200. Reservations MUST be made at 413-477-8772 or 508-867-2387. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under.
June 12 and June 13: Horizons for Homeless Children is seeking fun-loving people to play and interact with children living in family homeless shelters in Western, MA. The next Training will be held on June 12th and 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm both evenings in the Springfield region. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.horizonsforhomelesschildren.org or call 413-532-0467.
June 13, 14, and 15: St Mary's Carnival, 60 South Street in Ware. Open at 5PM on Thursday and Friday, noon on Saturday. Pastries, fried dough, french fries, Polish and American food. Pig Park BBQ, and new this year, clam fritters. See the flyer at the top of the page for the schedule of events.
June 14, 15 and 16: St. Joseph Basilica, 40th Annual Polish Festival on Whitcomb Street in Webster, MA. June 14 from 5 – 11:30 PM; seafood specials, Polish and American food, Eddie Forman Orchestra from 5 – 9, June 14 from 1 – 11:30; talent show, festival mass, Polish American Fold Group at 6 PM, June 16: Old Fashioned Chicken Barbecue from noon to 2 (advanced tickets only). All weekend long country store, pastry, crafts, garage sale, games of change, raffles, kids games, rides and face painting. The festival benefits St. Joseph School.
June 15: Baystate Mary Lane Hospital will sponsor a Babysitters Academy from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The class will be held in the Main Conference Room located on the second floor of the hospital. The program is offered by the Parenting program at Baystate Medical Center. There is a $30 fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required, by calling Baystate Health Link at (413) 967-2488.
June 22: Springfield Armory Day at 1:00 The Civil War Ballroom authentic dances of the period with music provided by Victorian Quadrille Orchestra. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A25dp7/PRIMEMay2013/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=
Jun 22: The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) will be holding their annual Against the Tide swim, walk, run, kayak fundraising event again in summer 2013. The morning event consists of competitive and recreational swim, kayak, walk, and run components. Back for a second year, participants can choose an Aquathlon "Splash and Dash" event consisting of a competitive 1-mile swim and competitive 5K or 10K run. The Metro Boston Against the Tide event will be held at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on Saturday June 22nd in Hopkinton, MA. The annual Cape Cod Against the Tide event will be held at DCR's Nickerson State Park on Saturday, August 17th in Brewster, MA. Both events start at 7:00am and end at 12:00 noon. Please visit www.mbcc.org/swim or call 800-649-MBCC for more information or to register.
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