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

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

Hearts for Head Start - Show how much you LOVE this community.  Lend a helping hand to a HSC Head Start Inc. classroom in Palmer and donate greatly needed learning materials such as books for children ages 2-5 yrs, carayons, markers, non-toxic paints & brushes, blank drawing, construction paper, canvases, coloring book, building blocks 7 basic craft supplies.  Search for #HeartsForHeadStart on Facebook to find a dropoff location or bring to the HCS Head Start Inc. classroom in Palmer.

Friends of the Springfield Vet Center, Inc., is an all volunteer, 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization.  We provide support and assistance to veterans, including present or former members of the Springfield Vet Center.  We Also fund social and recreational activities.  This past year, we have funded the therapeutic Equine Therapy, ran a cookout during the summer for veterans and their families.  We have also funded a fishing trip, photograph and painting classes, yoga, QiGong and an overnight camping trip.  We work closely with the Vet Center counselors so we can provide financial help for veterans in need.  All of the funds our organization raises go directly to veterans and veterans programs.

Tri-Parish Church of New Braintree, Hardwick, and Gilbertville is worships 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, 413-283-2670,  Second Thursday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Triple Creek Coffeehouse Open-Mic Night  Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at Palmer Historical & Cultural Center, 7:00 p.m. Free admission (donations graciously accepted)  Join us for a Triple Creek Coffeehouse open-mic night! All ages, all levels of talent welcome. Come out and listen, and/or play a few songs. Try out your new stuff in a friendly, supportive environment.

Meeting House, 26 Main St., New Salem, MA - check their website for the 2016 Summer Performance Schedule for the summer. 

The Holyoke Merry-Go-Round is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.  Tickets are $2 per ride or 6 for $10. Holyoke Heritage State Park is located on 221 Appleton Street and borders Dwight Street in Holyoke.

If you are interested in a Christian education for your child(ren), please call the Faith Baptist Church at (413) 283-7560 for information.


Upcoming Community Events


January 17 & 21 - Hitchcock Academy presents Basic Photography January 17, Tai Chi Seminar January 21.  For more information about these and a variety of other classes visit our web site or call 413-245-9977


January 17 - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center are sponsoring the following trips and everyone is welcome: Foxwoods Casino -  $27 per person, includes Bonus Package, Roundtrip Motor Coach Transportation, Driver Gratuit


January 21 - Tai Chi with Sharon - An ancient yet evolving art form that uses slow, deliberate and careful movements to better understand the body's restrictions & performance. Receive the benefits of increased balance, flexibility, endurance & strength. (6 classes) Time: 6-7 PM  Fee: $60   Instructor: Sharon Palmer Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.


January 24 - Goat Farming for Beginners - Just Kidding! Plan now-Spring into Goats. From kidding to milking, care & creative housing. Learn the fine skills: hoof trimming, bottle rearing. (1 class)  Time: 6:30-8:30 PM   Fee: $20 per adult (children free with adult) Instructor:  Jennifer Poirier, Shepherds' Gate Farm  Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.


January 24 - Knitting I - Designed for those with no knitting experience, learn skills such as cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, yarn overs - Needles and yarn provided for learning the basics.  Choose a pattern to make your own to make a scarf.  Time: 6:30-8:30; Fee: $58, supplies included Instructor: Glee Marchand  Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.


January 26 - Divine Sleep/ Yoga Nidra - Unwind with a brief gentle Yoga experience, (beginners welcome) then enjoy 'Yoga Nidra'  sometimes referred to a 'psychic sleep' or a state of deep relaxation.  Bring a mat, blanket, pillow for your comfort (1class)   Time: 7:15-8:45 PM   Fee: $15   Instructor: Sharon Palmer, M.Ed., Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher  Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.


January 26 - Back on the New Year's Track - Each year, over 158 million Americans make a decision to participate in a time-honored event . . .  The New Year?s Resolution. However, 92% will not reach the goal. Why do the so many people give up? It's because those resolutions are anything but resolute. So how do we make resolutions that are resolute? It's a process that begins with self-reflection, followed by a strategic plan of action. Join resilience strategist Rita Schiano to uncover the habits that got you off your New Year's Resolutions track so you, too, can be of the 8% who succeed.  (1 class)  Time: 7-8:30 Fee: $20 Instructor: Rita Schiano Learn more by visiting our website at for more details.

January 26 @ 7:30pm in Bezanson Recital Hall Faculty Jazz Concert Featuring Jeffrey W. Holmes, piano; Felipe Salles, saxophone; Catherine Jensen-Hole, voice; Fumi Tomita, bass; Thomas Giampietro, drums; with guest Bill Fanning, trumpet  Our own world-class jazz faculty combine for a program featuring originals and standards.  Box Office: 413-545-2511 OR ONLINE TICKETING  Tickets: $3 UMass students; $5 other students, seniors & children; $10 general public


January 27 - The Zzyzx Saxophone Quartet will perform a Guest Artist concert in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music & Dance on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 pm in Bezanson Recital Hall.  The January 27 performance is free and open to the public. Bezanson Recital Hall is located in the UMass Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Dr., Amherst, MA. Free and secure parking is available in nearby University lot 71 off Massachusetts Avenue and lot 62 via Thatcher Way or Stockbridge Road. Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.  For more information, please visit


January 27 & 28 - Monson Arts Council Talent Show $1000 in prizes - Applications by Jan 25, 2017, Auditions, Jan 27 & 28, Performance Feb. 11, 2017.  FMI Click Here - Memorial Hall, Monson, MA


January 28 - The Brookfields' Lions Club 28th Annual Ice Fishing Derby - weigh-ins 7 am - 3:30 pm.  Join Bruce Marshall as he broadcasts live from the boat ramp with leaderboard updates every 1/2 hour from 8 am to 2 pm.  Food is available at the boat ramp.  You can support this event even if ypou are nt a fisherman by purchasing a raffle ticket to win the Grand Prize - over $10,000 in cash prizes.  FMI-click here


January 28 - Baby Boomer Comedy Show  SPECIAL EVENT to benefit the United Way SSC Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30pm at the Steven Brewer Theater at Sturbridge Village - call (508) 765-5491 or text COMEDY to 40403 to order tickets - click here FMI  The Baby Boomer Comedy Show is 90 minutes of hilarious, clean stand-up comedy focusing on work, family, do-it-yourself projects, and many other topics that audiences can relate to!  Kent Rader and Jan McInnis are both baby boomers who have spent the past 20 years performing for thousands of business groups, non-profit organizations and other professional events. They have a reputation for clean and funny humor - Jan was featured in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for her clean humor, and Kent’s clean comedy won him the Branson Comedy festival. Proceeds from this event will benefit the many local agencies in Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Charlton funded by the United Way each year. Tickets are $25 advanced purchase or $30 at the door.


January 28 - Rotary of the Brookfield Murder Mystery Dinner 5pm - Warren Senior Center (Ham Dinner with all the Fixins) $25/person - Tickets: Lynn Duffy O'Shea 413-262-8783, Chet Lubelczyk 508-867-3203 or Armand Dimo 413-436-5249


?January 28 & 29 - Amherst Railway Society Annual Hobby Show - on the Big E grounds, West Springfield, MA - email


February 2, 3 & 4 - Hampshire College presents Winter Dance Concert 2017, an evening of compelling performance choreographed by students, alumni and faculty. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, February 2nd, 3rd, & 4th at 8pm in the Main Dance Studio. Call 413-559-5889 or email.


February 5 - West Brookfield Boy Scout Troop 118 - 41st Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Derby-  February 5, 2017 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lake Wickaboag – West Brookfield Mass - (No Ice Date – Sunday, February 19th 2017) Trophies for largest Pickerel, Bass, Perch and Pout for under 15 years of age Adults – Four $50.00 prizes - In the event of a tie – the first fish registered within each category wins - Door Prizes (over 50 Prizes) - Drawing day of Derby @ 3:00 pm, regardless if canceled - Tickets will be available for $1.00 each by Scouts, or on derby day. You do not have to fish to win, your ticket is automatically entered in the Door Prize Drawing


February 18 - Songs of the Seventies by the Good Acoustics - 7:30 PM in Harmony Hall at the PHCC, 2072 Main St., Three Rivers, MA 01080.   Advance Tickets $12 / $15 at door - PHCC Member $6 / $7.50 at door - Click for Tickets


March 4 - 2PM and 7PM, Chapin Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College, Route 116, South Hadley, MA 01075  --  The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College's 12th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-22 News meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley". Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Artie Shaw, among others.  Sponsors (to date) include Mount Holyoke College, WWLP-22News & The CW Springfield, The Republican powering MassLive and El Pueblo Latino and Loomis Communities.  Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box Office in Amherst; at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley; and at the door (subject to availability).  Phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. Online ticket purchases will be available through the UMass Fine Arts Center.  FMI The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College:


March 14 - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center are sponsoring the following trips and everyone is welcome: St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon & Show – March 14, 2017. $85 per person. Aqua Turf Club fabulous family style Lunch, authentic Celtic music by the Maclean Avenue Band, Roundtrip Motor Coach Transportation.


March 25 - The New England Doo Wop Society - Rock "N" Roll Revival #40, 1080 Riverdale St., West. Springfield, MA - Adm $35 - doors open 6:30 pm - show begins at 7:30 pm - starring The Dimensions, Reminisce & Decades - Tickets - Gary J. 413-478-0901 - email - or Bob B. 413-786-1929 - email - check our website FMI.









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