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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, 413-283-2670Second 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. and will be open on Monday, July 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. On Tuesday, July 5 the summer schedule begins and the Merry-Go-Round will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 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


June 26 - Prescott Peninsula Bus Trip - 11am - reservations call 978-544-6882 - FMI

July 4 - 2016 60th ANNUAL July 4th PARADE 10:00 A.M. Parade Starts at the HAMPTON PONDS PLAZA, Route 202, North Road, Westfield to the Hampton Ponds Association Hall, Corner of Old Stage Road.  Sponsored by the Hampton Ponds Association

July 9 - Mini Duck Race - Seccond Congregational Church, West stafford, CT, Rt 30 & 190 will host a Mini Duck Race.  The fun starts at noon with a hot dog lunch & games for the kids.  Race begins at 1.  Call (860) 684-5689 FMI.

July 10 - Heritage Pops Concert 6:30 - Ware Center Meeting House, 295 Belchertown Road, free outdoor concert - bring chair - FMI

July 16 - Summer is knocking at the door and the Burlington Community Concert Series is ready to party when it presents The Motown Experience on Thursday, July 16, at 7:00 pm in the Fogelberg Performing Arts Center.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $5 for students, and are available online, 781-A-FUN-TIC and at the door.  The Fogelberg Performing Arts Center, a fully accessible venue, is located at 123 Cambridge Street, Burlington, MA, on the campus of Burlington High School. 

July 16 - 17 - Polish American Dozynki Festival - Sat 12 to Midnight, Sun 12 to 10pm, Immaculate Conception Church, 25 Parker St, Indian Orchard, MA - Bands Eddie Forman, Rajmund Sekulski Zespol Stop, Lenny Gomulka, Ekstaza - (413) 543-3627

July 18 - 22 - VBS - Cow-a-bunga at Faith Baptist Church, 251 Shearer St, Palmer, MA ages 4 - grade 9 - 9am - 11:30am info (413) 283-7560

July 18 - Friends of the Palmer Senior Center are holding an “All You Can Eat Turkey Feast Buffet” fundraiser at the Publick House, 277 Main St, Sturbridge on Monday, July 18th. Tickets are $14 for Adults and $5 for Children (4-12 yrs). The Turkey Feast includes oven roasted turkey, cornbread sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, cranberry sauce, salad, beverage and dessert. Seating 1: 4:30pm – 6:15pm Seating 2: 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the Palmer Senior Center, 1029 Central St, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

July 23 - Florence VFW Pig Roast - 18 Meadow St. 1-7 pm - Live Entertainment - Southern Rain (2-6 pm) Tix $20

July 24 - July 10 - Summer Concert 6:30 - Ware Center Meeting House, 295 Belchertown Road, free outdoor concert - bring chair - FMI

August 2 - Palmer's Annual National Night Out, 6-8pm at the Palmer Administration/Police Dept. parking lot.  We will be collecting items for Palmer's Food Share.  FMI Tammy Koske at 283-2614

August 4-7 - A Chorus Line - Thu - Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm - Town Hall, Ware Community Theatre Players - 413-9673887

August 6 - Sunshine New England Music & Arts Festival - Spencer Fairgrounds, Spencer, MA 10AM - 10:30PM - plenty of great music (James Montgomery at 9PM), food, drink, fun and friends - overnight camping available - Click here FMI or to purchase Tickets.  A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force.
August 7 - Summer Ice Cream Social - 1pm - Ware Center Meeting House, 295 Belchertown Rd 413-967-8034 for tickets
August 13 - Enfield Bi-centennial Observance Day, 485 Ware Rd, Ware 200th Anniversary of former town of Enfield, MA 11am - 413-967-3887 - FMI
August 14 - Premiere Swing Jazz Ensemble 6:30 - Ware Center Meeting House, 295 Belchertown Rd free outdoor concert - bring chair - FMI
August 19 - 20 - 254 Hardwick County Fair - Hardwick Common - FMI
September 17 - 17th Annual Fair & Flea Market, 8 - 4pm Ware Center Meeting House, 295 Belchertown Road,  - FMI
Farmers Markets:
Hitchcock Farmers Market - Saturdays 9-2pm






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