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Talk of the Towns, Jan. 22, 2018


Sunday, January 21, 2018
Bernardston

Meredith Townsley of Bernardston, a nursing major at Elms College, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. She is the daughter of Michael and Susan Townsley of Bernardston. Students named to the list must be enrolled full-time and earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher with no incomplete courses.

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

Colrain

Gabriel Bitzer of Colrain, a student in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences of the University of New Haven, Conn., has been named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2017. Bitzer is working on a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering.

Deerfield

Ben Ruddock of South Deerfield, was named to the Dean’s List at Eastern Connecticut State University for the Fall semester where he is a senior. Ruddock’s major is Business Administration.

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

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at Moose Family Center, 20 School St., every Tuesday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bingo begins at 6:15. Open to the public. We wish to serve those displaced by the recent closing of the Athol Elks Lodge. Seating is available with a food concession.

Communications Workshop: “What to Say When You Don’t Agree,” a free introduction Heart-Conscious Communications Workshop, will be offered Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Green Fields Market (mezzanine), 144 Main St.

Optional 8-week workshop series will take place Wednesdays, Jan. 31 through March 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (skipping Feb. 14). Karen Fogliatti, Ph.D facilitator. Cost $185 to $260 (sliding scale) includes materials.

For more information, call 773-8303 or karenmf@mindspring.com. www.heartconsciouscommunication.com.

Baystate Health Blood Donor Mobile will host a Donor Appreciation Day drive on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center parking lot, 164 High St. All blood types are needed. Eligible donors will receive a gift card to Dunkin’ Donuts or Big Y. Eligible donors will receive a free T-shirt and chances to win gift cards from Amazon.com, Fosters Supermarket and other local retailers. Blood donations take approximately 40 to 45 minutes to complete, including the interview, donation and refreshments. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID, be in good health (no colds or sore throat), and not have donated blood within the past eight weeks. They should have a good meal prior to donating, drink plenty of fluids, and bring along any lists of medications they are currently taking. Appointments and pre-registration are recommended; however, walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Baystate Health Blood Donor Program at (413) 794-4600.

Assistive Technology will be offered Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 54 High St. United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) will explain the basics of Assistive Technology to answer questions. Learn about various Assistive Technology devices in a range of areas, including daily living, vision, hearing, communication and more. There will be hands on demonstrations, including the VGO Robot and a question and answer period. UCP will review the numerous services they have to offer and how to qualify. Call 772-1517 ext. 0, or stop by the front desk to reserve a seat. Walk-ins welcome if space available. Free.

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.

PFLAG offers welcoming support for LGBTQ people, their families, partners, friends and allies. We are now meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the conference room of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. For information call the Helpline at 413-625-6636 or email FHCPFLAG@gmail.com. Join us on Facebook at PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire Chapter or on our website at http://fhcpflag.weebly.com/

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

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.

Shelburne

“Armchair Travel” to Spain and Northern Ireland at the Senior Center in Shelburne on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Join us as we bike through Catalonia, Spain and County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland with Polly and Mike McCusker. This program is free and open to all. If planning to attend lunch at 11:30 a.m., register by today by calling 625-2502. Lunch is $3 and will be hot beef sandwiches. Dessert featuring Spanish and Irish cuisine will be served after the travel show for all.

Shelburne Falls

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.

Community Clothes Closet: Community outreach of Trinity Church. Free clothing for all ages. Open to the public on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, noon to 6 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and bedding accepted any time. Located at the lower level of Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. for more information, call the church at 625-2341.

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

STCC Dean’s List: The following local students were named to the Dean’s List at Springfield Technical Community College, Fall semester: Mark Wade Colby and Lisa Marie Poudrier of Greenfield; Laura B. Certer-Wasielewski of New Salem; Kimberly Waters of Shelburne Falls, and Kevin J. Skorupa of Wendell.

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.