Talk of the Towns, March 13, 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

“Healthy Bones and Balance” for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. for more information, call 625-2502.


Local Graduate: Ryan Tomas Pease of Conway received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming.


St. Pat’s Pizza Party will take place Friday at noon at the Greenfield Senior Center. The party includes pizza lunch, coffee and cake. Musician Rosie Caine will perform. Tickets are $5 and available at the front desk. Tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. today. No phone reservations accepted. Entertainment sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.

A public singing group will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at 51 Freeman Drive. A pot luck will be followed. For details, call Ruth at 774-2136.

Interfaith Gathering: As the triennial World Parliament of Religions conference approaches (Nov. 1 to 7 in Toronto), the Interfaith Council of Franklin County will host a regional gathering of faith communities Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 25 Church St., to highlight the conference and how its mission can be carried out locally. There will be a potluck at 5:30 p.m., and program begins at 6:15. The panel of speakers, all of whom have attended previous World Parliament conferences, will include Jennifer Bennett and Sue Arthen of the EarthSpirit Community and Rev. Corey Sanderson from Second Congregational Church in Greenfield. The program is free and open to the public. A community conversation will follow the speakers’ presentation. For more information, call 413-475-3592.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the center. The cost is $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance will follow at 7.

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. Please come join us. For more information call: 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Support group meets Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4, or email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Knights of Columbus:Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. Group meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy support group meets Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Recover Project, 68 Federal St. 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. Visit: www.al-anon.org to learn more.


Tai Chiis led by Lois Bascom and runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.

Shelburne Falls

Annie’s Bingo Bash will take place Friday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Shelburne Falls Eagles, State Street, downstairs. Bring your own snacks. For more information, call Annie at 625-2052. Open to the public.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. For more information or to make an appointment, call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

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

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, at 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, time for parents to connect, a kids clothing exchange and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 863-4804, ext. 1005, or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.


RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your lifetime of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. Contact Pat Sicard at RSVP by calling 584-1300, ext. 183, or email psicard@hampshirecog.org.

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11; and lunch from 11 to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-2227.

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, or to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, 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 for more than 40 years, 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. Call 475-1405 for more information.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The mediation and training collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on 3-person panels to make decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day-and-a-half training session. For an application and more information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or carol.judd@statema.us.

Lawyer referral website: The Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a lawyer referral service at: www.MassLawhelp.com, with answers to common legal questions. The website also connects members of the public with a local lawyer who has the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store at the Franklin Area Survival Center 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 at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, at Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is 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.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for persons who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call 586-1945 or email: carla@comtherapy.com. This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.