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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 11, 2017


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Athol

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

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, the local Toastmasters club, will conduct its next meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Lisa Sieverts will be the Toastmaster of the evening and the theme will be “World Series.” The public is encouraged to attend, and all are invited to participate in the speaking portion of the meeting. There will also be prepared speeches, evaluations and reports by members. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit: http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Erving

A flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccination clinic will be offered Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Erving Senior Community Center, One Care Drive. Contact Paul at 423-3649 to sign up. Vaccines will be billed through health insurance. Bring insurance card.

Greenfield

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

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., on Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. A fun time for the whole family. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or visit: 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 plays and learn groups, parent support groups and 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. 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 free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Orange

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

Shelburne Falls

Cider Day at the Shelburne Falls Farmers Market will be Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be music by Loren Feinstein, a multi-instrumentalist, using a unique blend of African, Native American and Western instruments to create a powerful sound experience. A rice table will be set up for children and a free cup of cider to thank customers. For more information, visit: shelburnefallsfarmersmarket.org

Mohawk Trail Concerts and the Arms Library present the opening concert of the second season of the “Music at the Arms” recital series with The Elqui Trio from Hartford, Conn. The concert will be Friday at noon at the Arms Library, corner of Bridge and Main Streets.

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

Townshend, Vt.

Vendor spaces are available for the 33rd Annual Townshend Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the town common on Route 30. 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 may call Ian Harrison at 802-289-2336, or email ianselbyhar@hotmail.com. A Pumpkin Festival application can be found at: www.townshendvermont.org.

Regional

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. To choose from six, evidence-based workshops, or register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, healthy living program coordinator, at 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Visit: lifepathma.org for more information.

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. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or email info@lifepathma.org. 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 age and younger 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.