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Talk of the Towns, Jan. 8, 2018


Saturday, January 06, 2018
Bernardston

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to public.

Brattleboro, Vt.

A new seven-week Bereavement Support Group for adults begins Jan. 18 and will meet Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. through March 1. This group is sponsored by Brattleboro Area Hospice and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. Connie Baxter is the facilitator of the group. Interested individuals must meet with her prior to the first session. Call her at (802) 257-0775 x104 by Friday for a pre-group appointment. The group size is limited to 8 people. Free.

Erving

Free weekly playgroup: Come and enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Erving Elementary School gym. For the 2017-2018 school year, playgroup will continue on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children 0 to 5 years of age, facilitated by Emily Joseph and is sponsored by the Erving Elementary School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. See CNC website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Greenfield

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will present a free yoga class, “Gentle Yoga for Cancer,” on Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Greenfield. This year’s first 12-week series will be Jan. 10 to March 28. The second series is scheduled from April 4 to June 27. Course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a 24-year breast cancer survivor and a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. The weekly Gentle Yoga classes are intended to support adults who have been living with a cancer diagnosis. Classes are inclusive and adapted to meet the needs of adults in various phases of cancer care. Each class consists of stretching, strengthening, breathing, and deep relaxation exercises. The free yoga program has been made possible by Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department and the YMCA in Greenfield. It is funded by Wheeling for Healing. Registration required. For more information or to register for Gentle Yoga for Cancer, contact Pam Roberts at 413-625-2402 (pamro@aol.com).

The TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter 0395, meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. meeting, 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Kathy, co-leader, at 648-9741 or Eunice, co-leader, at 773-7430.

GriefShare grief recovery support group: Meets at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St., Greenfield every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend these sessions. For more information, call Living Waters Church at 413-773-9506.

The Caregiver Support Group was formed to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of taking care of loved ones who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to take care of themselves. All caregivers and family members are welcome. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 2 to 3 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson St. (BFMC’s Medical Office Building). For more information on the Caregiver Support Group, contact Poppi Kelley, 413-325-4050.

The Salasin Center: 474 Main St., the home of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center and Family United Networks FUN Center. Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Open hours. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery, ongoing. Free child care, call Lynn Norwood to join the group at 774-4307, ext. 3; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Women’s Center Open Hours; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Journey Dance in the RPX, 1 Osgood St., or enter through the RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St., ongoing. Wednesdays: 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group, ongoing; 4 to 6 p.m., Women’s Drum Group. The center is open every Wednesday for women to bring in their lunches and join others for the meal. Thursdays: 1 to 3 p.m., ongoing peer-to-peer Art Group; 4 to 6:30 p.m., Family F.U.N. Center: open FUN time for the whole family. All ages welcome. Women’s Leadership Development Advisory Group meets the first and third Friday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For a detailed list of what is happening at the center from month to month, view the monthly calendars at www.salasincenter.org. Also “like” us on Facebook for updates and information. All programs are free. Resources include: women/children’s clothing exchange; access to computers, free Internet and Wi-Fi, printer/copier access; resource library and community support information; arts and crafts supplies for use while at the center and free coffee and snacks when available. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4 or slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: this group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 74 Federal St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, call or text Matthew at 687-7042 or email Cindi at cindi@cindioldham.com.

Yoga Beginnings: New to yoga or returning to it? Small classes, individual help, slow pace. Green River Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Drop-ins, $15; six weeks, $75. Free introductory class. Contact Gail Connor at gconnor@comcast.net or 522-0417.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a 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.

Yoga for Relaxation: Class Wednesday, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone; Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Over 50 Yoga. Wednesdays, Women’s Yoga offered 5:45 to 7 p.m. at Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. for more information contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Al-anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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. www.al-anon.org.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15. Open to the public.

Free Acupuncture Clinic: For veterans and their families, Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m. Drop-in clinic at Greenfield Community Acupuncture, 345 Main St., second floor. Treatments reduce stress. help sleep. No appointment required. For information, contact Karen at 768-8333.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. Open to all who are hungry.

Leverett

Megan Rice of Leverett was named to the High Honors list at Utica College with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.0 for the Fall 2017 semester. She is a 2017 graduate of Amherst Regional High School is studying Physical Therapy. Rice is a member of the Utica Volleyball Team and was the 2016 Hampshire Gazette Volleyball Player of the Year

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Leverett Public Library. For the 2017-2018 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Heleen Cardinaux and is intended for children 0 to 5 years of age and is sponsored by the Leverett Public Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. See CNC website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

New Salem

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will offer “Reading Aloud for Grownups” program Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the New Salem Library. Deb and Andy Lichtenberg of Pelham, veteran readers who both have MFAs from the UMass theater department, will read. Wine, cheese, coffee, tea and desserts will be offered. There is no charge, but the Friends are appreciative of any donations. In the event of snow, the program will take place Jan. 17. For more information, call 978-544-2611.

Shelburne Falls

Violins Or Fiddles? Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Shelburne Falls. A live, interactive video program with the Country Music Hall of Fame. Discover the music, history, similarities and differences between traditional fiddle playing and classical violin.

Lunch following the video of homemade soups, breads and desserts is sponsored by the Conversation Café (Ashfield, Buckland and Shelburne Councils on Aging).

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 179, meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Mary Cromack at 625-0127.

MEGAdance Zumba Fitness: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buckland-Shelburne Regional School cafeteria. First class free. Call Megan at 552-6288 for more information or visit Facebook at MEGAdanmce Zumba Fitness.

South Deerfield

Preschool Story Time: Wednesday, 11 a.m., Tilton Library, 75 North Main St.

Turners Falls

Parent-Child Development Center: In Turners Falls, early Head Start infant/toddler full-day, full-year classrooms. The center continues to offer: Free Head Start half-day preschool programs; free Early Head Start and Head Start home visiting programs and state subsidized, sliding scale options for full day child care. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Time for Mothers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. free child care for children ages birth to 8 years is provided in the Family Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries at 78 Avenue A while mothers visit the Women’s Center at MCSM at 41 Third St. during Open Hours. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

ACIM study group: A Course in Miracles meets Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., 4 George Ave. It is a study group that helps people see this world in a better light and live a more peaceful life. For more information, call 863-4147.

Wendell

Free weekly playgroup: Come and enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Wendell Free Library. For the 2017-2018 school year, playgroup will continue on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children 0 to 5 years of age, facilitated by Sylvia Wetherby and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wendell Free Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. See CNC website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Whately

Reiki share: Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m., Stone Mountain Reiki, 9 Masterson Road. Free. Reiki share is a chance to give and receive Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love. For more information, call 665-8382 or email cecelia@stonemountainreiki.com.

Regional

Learn to cope: A support network for families affected by addiction, has weekly support meetings Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Greenfield Community College’s main building, Room C-208. Meetings, free and confidential, are run by trained facilitators and offer hope, support, education and resources. Free overdose education and Narcan, the opioid overdoes reversal drug, available at each weekly meeting. For more information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email mjulian@learn2cope.org. www.learn2cope.org.

Breastfeeding Support Group: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, obstetrics Classroom, third floor, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. 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 773-2359.

Duplicate Bridge at GCC: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s East Building (first building on the right upon entering). Parking to the left (Lot A). All levels welcome. $5 per person. for more information, call 896-1010.