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Talk of the Towns, March 9, 2018


Thursday, March 08, 2018
Ashfield

Al-Anon: Meets weekly on Mondays, 7:30 p.m., 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.

Athol

Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.

Smoking Cessation: The group meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., in the Athol Hospital dining room. Quitting is more successful with support. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Deerfield

Zumba will be Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No advance registration is necessary. Pay as you go; $5 per week and the sixth class is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, visit: www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us, 665-1400.

Yoga: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in yoga, kids yoga, pilates, core-fitness Tai Chi, Reiki, Seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Easthampton

Music Party: Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective will sponsor its Saturday Morning Music Party this week from 10 a.m. to noon at 43 Main St. There will be a pancake breakfast, dancers from Youthful Expressions Dance Studio of Springfield and DJ Youthelectronix playing hits. $6. Final dance party of the season.

Greenfield

St. Patrick’s Pizza Party will be Friday, March 16, at noon at the Greenfield Senior Center. The party includes a pizza lunch, coffee and cake for dessert. Musician Rosie Caine will perform. Tickets are $5 and available at the center’s front desk until 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. No phone reservations accepted. Entertainment sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the YMCA and Valley Medical Group. Free and open to all adults with diabetes, their family members and support person(s). The group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Social Room at the YMCA in Greenfield, 451 Main St. Information, sharing and support, educational topics, food demos, guest speakers and skills-building for improving health and managing diabetes. For more information, contact Marjorie Sobil, diabetes educator, at 772-3351, 992-7392 or msobil@vmgma.com.

GriefShare Support Group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St.

The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3 Osgood St., is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to eligible Franklin County residents. The pantry provides a free variety of healthy and nutritious food choices, including fresh produce and frozen meats. Call 413-773-5029 or email jcosta@communityaction.us for more information.

A Caregiver Support Group will take place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month on the Second Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson St., at Baystate Franklin Medical Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The goal is to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of caring for their loved ones. All caregivers and family members welcome. For more information, contact Poppi Kelley at 325-4050.

Overeaters Anonymous: Meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., both at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Conference Room A; and Monday, 5 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 625-6488.

MEGA dance Zumba Fitness: Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. First class is free. For more information, call Megan at 552-6288 or find MEGAdanceZumba Fitness on Facebook.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades 1 to 5 are invited to come and join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join at anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 773-8618 or John Passiglia at 773-3757.

Greenfield Zen: Meets Mondays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to join as participants practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group and individual instruction is offered; beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donations of $5 to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. Contact Paul Sonier at 665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com for more information.

Debtors Anonymous: Meets Tuesdays, 6 p.m., at The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. This is a 12-step program designed to help transform one’s relationship with money. For additional information, call 773-5608.

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

Zen Meditation: Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Green River Zen Center, Studio B, second floor, 158 Main St. Open to the public. For more information, call 256-1549 or visit: www.greenriverzen.org.

NELCWIT Support Group: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop-in group mets from 10 to 11 a.m. For women who are, or used to be, in abusive relationships. Free and confidential. For more information, call 772-0871 or visit: www.nelcwit.org.

Leyden

Yoga For Life: Tuesdays in West Leyden, by appointment, therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment. Call Linda Romano for more information at 624-3334. First assessment free, by phone or in person.

New Salem

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come and enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child and other families and caregivers from the community at the Swift River School in New Salem. For the 2017-2018 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children 5 years of age and younger. Facilitated by Gillian Budine and sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. For program and event schedules, visit: bit.ly/2e9iQlR. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Northfield

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents. The gym is closed when school is canceled due to snow.

Turners Falls

Basic Needs Program: The program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. To leave a message or to make an appointment, call 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Winchester, N.H.

Al-Anon Support Group: For friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at United Church parsonage, 97 Main St.

Regional

Dean’s List: The following local students were named to the 2017 fall semester Dean’s List at Simmons College in Boston: Juliana Clare Blodgett, Bernardston, majoring in public health; Sarah Frances Woodward, Deerfield, majoring in political science; Kelly Elizabeth Sweeney, Gill, majoring in psychology; Riley Rowan Sampson, Greenfield; Bonney Leigh Couper-Kiablick, Northfield; Hannah Pauline Woodring, South Deerfield, political science; and Molly Kokoski, South Deerfield.

Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free individual Reiki sessions from a grant from Rays of Hope. Reiki practitioners will offer sessions on Saturday mornings at 474 Main St., Suite 2. Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy, which can help provide relaxation and energy, decrease pain or anxiety, and promote physical, mental and emotional health. Reiki is received through a series of light hand placements on the client’s fully clothed body. For an appointment or more information, call Kate at 774-3083.

Community meals: Salvation Army free community meals and drop-in center is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast served from 8 to 10, lunch from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. All welcome to come in out of the heat or cold.

Community meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, Seventh Street. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper: Served Mondays at St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, Deerfield Academy and Franklin County Friends for the Homeless.

Loaves & Fishes: Free hot meal on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange. Sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community meal: Served Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., at Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. Sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program. Volunteer groups interested in assisting in the preparation of the meal, or anyone who wants more information about the community meal, can call 772-1033 or write: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield MA 01302.

Free community meal: Served every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

A community meal is served at Holy Trinity Church, 177 Main St., Greenfield, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; dinner served at 5:30.

Stone Soup Cafe: Meal at All Souls Church, Greenfield, on Saturdays at noon. This is the only community meal on the weekend in Franklin County. As a pay what you can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while others who cannot are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Mark hosts office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, hold office hours Mondays at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon; and Northfield Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 464-5635.