Talk of the Towns, Sept. 13, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.


Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. Meets Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Dorian at 624-0280.

A flu vaccine clinic will be offered Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 54 High St., Suite 2. Rite-Aid pharmacy will administer the flu vaccine. Free. Bring your Medicare part B card (red, white and blue Medicare card) or primary insurance card if not under Medicare. This year’s flu shots do contain a new strain not seen in previous years’ vaccines, so the FDA is highly recommending everyone get vaccinated before October. Registration is required. Call the Senior Center at 413-772-1517, ext. 0, or stop by our front desk to register.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. A fun time for the whole family. All ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or email: slangknecht@wmcinfo.org.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers play and learn groups, parent support groups and special early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553. Find us on Facebook.

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes, job readiness workshops, college transition workshops and academic counseling services. Free services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


Luncheon: The Fortnightly Club of Northfield will celebrate the arrival of fall today with a luncheon at the Marina Restaurant in Brattleboro, Vt. at noon. Discussions around the present and future status of the club will take place. Members will meet at the Northfield Town Hall at 11:15 a.m. to carpool.


Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes and academic counseling services. Free services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 34 North Main St., call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


Memory Cafe: West County Memory Cafe will take place at the Senior Center in Shelburne on Friday at noon. Memory Cafe is a gathering of individuals with memory loss and their caregivers in a safe, supportive and engaging environment. It is not a support group or drop-off respite option. Come enjoy lunch and an activity. Sign-up by calling the center at 625-2502.

Memoir writing classes begin Friday at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center in Shelburne. The class is led by Karen Earle and new participants are welcome to join the group. Classes will run usually every week. Fee is $20.

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240 for more information.


Weekly Tales and Tunes: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your children at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library on Mondays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Facilitated by Katie Tolles. Program is intended for children age 5 and under. Sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. For more information visit: bit.ly/2e9iQlR or contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.


Vendor spaces are available at 33rd annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Route 30 in Townshend, Vt. There are vendor spaces available for craft vendors and artists who wish to sell their products. Craft and artist vendors interested in obtaining a booth space or who have questions, call Ian Harrison at 802-289-2336 or email: ianselbyhar@hotmail.com. You can also find an application at: www.townshendvermont.org.

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, for more information.

Healthy Living Program: The program at LifePath promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain self management, healthy eating, falls prevention and more make up this program. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program at LifePath is for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. Choose from six, evidence-based workshops or register for a free workshop/leader training. Contact Marcus Chiaretto, healthy living program coordinator, at 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org for more information. Read more at lifepathma.org.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities, and caregiver support. 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 the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email info@lifepathma.org. Go online to learn more at lifepathma.org.

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 under and expectant women over 40, 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. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Join us: More than 600 RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties active adults 55 and older give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer openings close to home to fit your interests, skills and time availability. Contact Pat at psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.