Talk of the Towns, March 1, 2018

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com.

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.


The Bernardston Council on Aging will host a workshop on Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. titled “Downsizing and Rightsizing,” presented by Mark Liberatore. He will give an overview on tips and techniques to de-cluttering your life, as well as how to remain in control on reaching your objectives and goals. A supper will follow at 5:30. Registration is required for the program and supper. Call the Senior Center at 648-5413 to reserve a spot.


Cassandra Bigelow of Colrain was one of 81 students studying nursing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.. to take part in the Blessing of the Hands. The students are concluding their school year following the blessing — a college tradition that symbolically, and literally, pays honor to the hands of nursing students for clinical care, administering and caring for the sick.


Fundraiser Dinner: A spaghetti supper to support Greenfield High School students’ April trip to France and Spain will be served Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St. Tickets are $6 in advance, $4 for children under 12, and $8 at the door. There will be spaghetti, salad, bread, a 50/50 raffle and baked goods for sale. All proceeds go toward the bus needed to transport 33 people to, and from, Logan Airport. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Tamara Grogan at tamgro1@gpsk12.org or call 772-1350, ext. 1515.

Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday from 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.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8, 2018. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, drop-in playgroup with informal play, interactive literacy and conversations with other families and caregivers of children ages 5 and under. Contact Karen Green with questions at: karen.green@frsu38.org or 665-1151. Playgroup will not take place during school vacations or weather-related school closures. This program is funded by the Mass EEC and supported by the Frontier Regional School District.

Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

Full Worm Moon Gathering titled “Maple Traditions in Northeastern Native Foods” with Leah Hopkins and Elizabeth Perry will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. Hopkins and James-Perry will demonstrate and teach about the various traditional Native cooking methods of the coastal Northeast. They will share the recipes and cooking techniques of their families, describe their cultural perspectives on these dishes and speak to the historical influence that Northeastern Native food has on modern cuisine. Visit: www.nolumbekaproject.org for more information.

Puzzle Swap: Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Come swap with other fellow puzzle-masters. Light refreshments courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank. No reservations required. All welcome with a puzzle to swap. There will be puzzles for all ages.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. Call 863-9549 for more information.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone. SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free, unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a SHINE at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice: Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact email@racialjusticerising.org.

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information, visit: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.con. Visit: www.straightspouse.org for more information.

Counseling Referrals:The social work therapy referral service offers free, confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 to learn more.

Help the Blind:Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade-in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.