Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Birdbath Garden Workshop

Birdbath Garden Workshop
Sat. July 26 at 9:30 am

Many succulent plants are very small. To appreciate them you must get near the ground. An elevated planting allows you to enjoy these plants more. You will learn how to select the right plants and how to modify a birdbath to make an appropriate environment. Each attendee will make a birdbath garden to take home. Presented by Master Gardener Shari Petrucci. Reservations necessary. For reservations click here or call the museum at 322-5660. $50 per participant, all inclusive. 
Proceeds to benefit the restoration of Wistariahurst Museum's gardens.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ribbon Cutting held for Fitness Center at Holyoke Senior Center

The City of Holyoke and the Greater Holyoke YMCA invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of the Holyoke Senior Center's Fitness Center at a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, July 15 at 11:00AM. The Fitness Center will offer supervised exercise activity utilizing cardiovascular and weight equipment designed specifically for seniors.

The Fitness Center's equipment and services were chosen by the Y in collaboration with the City of Holyoke's Council on Aging. Equipment was chosen to help improve cardiovascular health and overall strength; resulting in improved posture, lower cholesterol, increased bone density, alleviation of joint pain and fall prevention. The Fitness Center will serve people from a wide-range of abilities with equipment that is simple to use and easy on joints, giving older adults an effective workout so they can stay active into their later years.

The Y will staff the Fitness Center Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM. There are two membership options available for individuals 60 and older providing different levels of access to classes at both the Senior Center and at the Greater Holyoke YMCA facility down the street.

“This facility will be a great addition to the wonderful services already being provided at our new Senior Center,” Mayor Morse said. “We’re fortunate to have this partnership with the YMCA and I can’t wait to see how it will enhance the quality of life for our City’s seniors.”

"The Greater Holyoke YMCA is recognized as one of the premier leaders in health and wellness in our area. In face, many folks who come to our Senior Center already attend the Y's active older adult programming,” said Kathy Bowler, Council on Aging Executive Director. “The Y has a wealth of experience providing specific programs and services that positively impact older adults. We're really happy about this collaboration."

Said Kathy Viens, CEO of the Greater Holyoke YMCA, “We know that research shows that active older adults are healthier and happier. Partnering with Kathy Bowler and her team at the Senior Center was a collaboration that made lots of sense because together we can do so much more!”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Margaret's Food Pantry Extended Hours

Providence Ministries works hard to ensure that all our Holyoke residents have access to healthy, nutritious food. To be more available to working families in need, Margaret’s Pantry will now remain open on Monday until 6 pm.

Margaret’s Pantry
56 Cabot St.
Holyoke, MA 01040

OPEN: Monday 9 am- 6 pm & Tuesday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm
A full-service food pantry that provides food to residents of the greater Holyoke area
Clients must be referred by letter and client verification form. Referral agencies include, DTA, VOC WIC Office, Public and Private Schools, Churches, En Lace De Familia, New England Farm Workers Council, shelter providers and more. For a complete list of referral sources please call (413) 538-8026 or (413) 536-9109 X 11. We are always looking for additional partners; please give us a call if your Holyoke agency wishes to be a referral source.

The Pantry is named after Sr. Margaret McCleary, SP, the foundress of our ministry.
Providence Ministries programs are funded in part by the Annual Catholic Appeal. , Office of Community Development, HUD, FEMA, WestMass Eldercare and our generous community.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mother Mary's Seeks Volunteers

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store – 364 High St. Holyoke MA 01040 – seeks volunteers to assist in shop. 

We are seeking friendly, reliable volunteers to help at Mother Mary’s.  Volunteer opportunities include:

Retail Assistant
Visual Merchandiser/Display Designer
Social Media Guru

Volunteer opportunities available for the summer and beyond! Volunteers commit to a regularly scheduled shift of 3 or more hours at least once per week.

High school and college students welcome to volunteer for the summer! 

Mother Mary’s is a fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy.  All proceeds support the Ministries’ mission to feed, clothe and house the needy of Greater Holyoke.

For more information contact Lauren at 413-536-5200 or

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Magician Mike Bent Coming to Holyoke Library

Mike Bent and his ABRA KABOOM Mad Scientist Magic Show will be the main attraction on the Summer Reading schedule at Holyoke Public Library on Thursday, July 17th at 11 AM. This special event is open free of charge for all of the youngsters who have already registered for the Library’s Summer Reading program.

Nickleodeon™ award-winning children’s entertainer Mike Bent, a highly popular children’s performer will be making a return visit to the library, this time to perform his all new AbraKABOOM magic show. The program is a laugh-a-minute presentation that combines science fiction and science fact in a magical format. Just wait and see what happens when Mike’s head grows to the size of a beach ball.

With the help of some riveting story-telling puppets, amazing magic and hilarious comedy plus music and special sound effects, everything comes together for an exciting, entertaining, and educational event.

In keeping with Mike’s traditional approach for all of his shows, the emphasis is on reading and focuses on books children love, such as “Aliens Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, and “Probuditi!” by Chris Van Allsburg. This fascinating program is suitable for all youngsters 3 years-old or older and a perfect complement to the 2014 Summer Reading theme of FIZZ, BOOM, READ!

Advance reservations are recommended to make certain that all the children who wish to attend can be accommodated. For reservations please call the Holyoke Public Library Children’s Department at 413-420-8105, or register at the Library Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mother Mary's Crate Sale for July 9th, 2014

Mother Mary’s Thrift Store – 364 High St. Holyoke MA 01040 – announces a crate sale, to run Friday July 11th –Friday July 18th.

Fill a milk crate with as many books and clothing items as you can fit for just $15! 

Mother Mary’s is a fundraising project of Providence Ministries for the Needy, selling high-quality pre-owned housewares, furniture and clothing at reasonable cost to benefit the Ministries’ mission to feed, clothe and shelter the needy of Greater Holyoke. 

Visit us at 364 High St. during regular business hours Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. 

For more information contact Raymond at 413-536-5200 or