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Talk of the Towns, Nov. 29, 2017


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Athol

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

Bernardston

Dinner: Bernardston Vets Club’s Friday special this week will be chili and chili cheese dogs. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and French fries will be also be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The club is open every Friday, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Visit: https://m.facebook.com/Bernardston-Veterans-Organization-Inc-183802294976286/ to learn more.

Greenfield

Exhibit Reception: The public is invited to a reception for a new art exhibit in the lobby of the Greenfield Savings Bank main office, 400 Main St., from 4 to 5 p.m., on Thursday. The exhibit is comprised of a collection of works by artists who receive services from The United Arc. The pieces in the exhibit were purchased by the bank during The United Arc’s Annual Gala and Auction in September.

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.

Heath

The Heath Fair garnered seven awards in the 2017 Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs’ Association (MAFA) Media Awards competition, which were presented during the organization’s annual meeting Nov. 11 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge. The fair received four first place awards in the radio advertising, brochures, newspaper advertising and posters categories; second place honors in website; and placed third for advertising specialties — all in the medium fairs designation. The fair also won the Judges’ Choice award for its poster. Thirteen fairs from across Massachusetts participated in the competition, which drew 77 entries.

New Salem

Mira Bartok will read from her new novel, “The Wonderling,” for middle-grade readers at Swift River School on Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Copies of “The Wonderling” will be available for sale at the event (or bring your own) to be autographed by the author. The sixth grade class of Swift River School will be hosting a bake sale to raise money for their annual class trip.

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

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.

South Deerfield

Local Honor: Mary Taylor of South Deerfield was honored at MassBay Community College’s Fall Donor Dinner and Scholarship Awards night. Taylor was honored with a Merit 4.0 Scholarship. This scholarship was established to recognize students who have declared a major and have earned a GPA of 4.0 in a semester at MassBay Community College, Wellesley. A $500 merit scholarship is awarded to the student for the next fall or spring semester following the semester the 4.0 GPA was earned.

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.