Talk of the Towns, Sept. 12, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Veterans Agent Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, Veterans officer from the Greenfield office of the Department of Veterans’ Services, and Curt Pichette, Ashfield’s Veterans Agent, provide office hours at Ashfield Town Hall on the second Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans are invited to stop for information on services available and with any questions they may have.

“Healthy Bones and Balance” for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 625-2502.

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will present its Fall Speech Contest on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. The Fall Contest includes Humorous Speeches followed by speakers competing to give the best evaluation of a speech. Free. Carolyn Handy will be the contest chair and Lee Tice will be the chief judge. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit: bit.ly/2sHjW0N


Colrain Historical Society meeting: In 1797, the Second Baptist Society on Christian Hill built their church. This church is the oldest in Colrain, and one of the oldest structures in town. Lyonsville carpenter Jeremy Topitzer will describe its unique joinery at a meeting of the Colrain Historical Society Thursday  at 7 p.m. at Christian Hill Church. As the kerosene-lit church is not illuminated outside, attendees are advised to bring flashlights.  The public is welcome. Free. For information, call Belden Merims at 624-3453.


Hunger Action Month fundraiser meal: Franklin County Community Meals and the People’s Pint present Hunger Action Month, Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. Offerings include People’s Pint brownie bowl filled with Barts Ice Cream. Benefits the meals program. Donate $20 and Alden Booth, owner of the People’s Pint, will donate $10.

Unity World Day of Prayer will be honored Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. James & Andrew Church.

Greenfield Senior Center: Memory Cafe will take place Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the center, 54 High St., Suite 2. The Memory Café is a welcoming and supportive gathering place for those living with memory loss, their partners and caregivers. Light lunch will be provided. This month’s activity is movement. Participants will be guided through an easy to follow, fun, chair dance/exercise program to music with instructor Kathy Steinem. Guests who require personal care or assistance must have a care partner with them. Free. Registration is required. Visit the Senior Center front desk or call  772-1517, ext 0, to reserve a spot. Sponsored by Greenfield Council on Aging and Arbors of Greenfield.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the center. $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance will follow at 7.

The RECOVER Project: Daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning, Monday to Saturday, from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the RPX. For more information, call 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Support group meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4, or email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. Meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, meets Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., at Recover Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Visit: www.al-anon.org for more information.


Art History Program: “From England to the USA, and from Morris to Stickley, the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th Century” presented tonight at 7 at DVAA’s Center for the Arts, 105 Main St. by Barry Deitz. Free, but donations encouraged. For more information, contact Beverly Phelps, president, at 413 522-2325.

Stash Bash: Donate extra craft (knitting, sewing) supplies to the Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St., by Thursday and return to stock up for your winter projects at the library’s “Stash Bash” on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds will be divided to benefit the library and hurricane relief funds. For more information, call 498-2455. Sponsored by the Thursday Night Knitting Group.


Tai Chi, led by Lois Bascom, runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.

Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Historical Society museum is open every Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. for visitors. The museum is housed in the former Arms Academy on the corner of Maple and Severence St. Summer hours through October includes the second and fourth Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. as well.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries. Is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. For questions or to make an appointment, call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email: BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at MCSM: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, time for parents to connect, a kids clothing exchange and parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 863-4804, ext. 1005, or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.


RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. Contact Pat Sicard at RSVP, 584-1300, ext. 183, or email psicard@hampshirecog.org.

Community Meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10; coffee and soup, 10 to 11 a.m., and lunch from 11 to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children kindergarten level and younger and expectant women for more than 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and child care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. Call 475-1405 to learn more.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The mediation and training collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training. For an application and more information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email: carol.judd@statema.us.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer Referral Service Website, www.MassLawhelp.com, with answers to the most common legal questions. Also serves as an online service to connect members of the public with local attorney who has the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 7733-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for persons who stutter. Sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 586-1945 or email: carla@comtherapy.com. This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.