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Talk of the Towns, April 16, 2018


Saturday, April 14, 2018
Bernardston

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

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

Books Are Fun Spring Book Fair (doing business as Collective Goods) will be at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center lobby, 164 High St. on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Top quality hardcover books in all categories including best sellers, children’s books, cookbooks, sports, gardening, history, travel and more at 40 to 70 percent off retail prices. Cash, MasterCard, Visa, personal checks and payroll deduction. Sponsored by the Gift shop at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Profits benefit patients and services at the hospital.

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 Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. SohailWaien, MD, BFMC hospitalist, facilitates this group. The Amputee Support Group generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the BFMC Conference Rooms, off the main entrance. As there are exceptions to the schedule, attendees should request a detailed schedule. Friends and family members are also welcome. For more information, contact Sohail.waienMD@baystatehealth.org.

The Stroke Support Group takes place the third Tuesday of the month, 10 to 11 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center Conference Room C. Light refreshments available. Diane Stephan, RN, BSN, Emergency Department nurse educator and stroke coordinator at BFMC, will facilitate the group. the goals of the new support group are to promote an atmosphere of caring and cooperation, promote new goals and friendships for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers, and to renew hope and encourage independence. All stroke survivors, their family members and caregivers are welcome. For more information on the Stroke Support Group, contact Diane Stephan, 413-773-2641, or email diane.stephan@baystatehealth.org.

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.

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, large conference room. Free group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Molly Chambers group facilitator at 773-5555 Ext. 2229 or 978-544-2259 Ext. 2229.

Keene, N.H.

Moving with Parkinson’s class takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at the Southwestern Community Services Conference Room at 63 Community Way in Keene, from 10:30 to 11:4 a.m. Moving with Parkinson’s is a class that helps to increase coordination, flexibility, and balance, but most of all it’s fun. Participants can take the class sitting or standing and will feel supported in a safe and comfortable environment. It is open to anyone with a movement disorder and their caregiver, partner, or friend. This class is inspired by Dance for PD, created by the Mark Morris Dance Co. and the Brooklyn (NY) Parkinson’s support group. To find out more about the program go to danceforparkinsons.org. Marcia Murdock, who is the retired director of the dance program at Keene State College, will be leading the 1st Wednesday group and Midge Brecher, a dancer and teacher for many years, will be leading the 3rd Wednesday group. For more information e-mail Kathy at kathleenmichel3@gmail.com.Suggested donation of $5. No charge for caregivers.

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.

Leyden

Vernal pools presentation: Vernal pool expert Leo Kenney will make a presentation Wednesday at 11 a.m. upstairs at Leyden Town Hall. Kenney is a retired science teacher who has explored and used vernal pools through his teaching career. He is a founder and board member of the Vernal Pool Association and author of “Wicked Big Puddles” and co-author of “A Field Guide to the Animals of Vernal Pools.”

Montague Center

Zachary Wright of Montague was initiated at University of Massachusetts into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups: Michael and Marjorie Paton hold an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Congregational Church at the common, church basement. The Patons are affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Mass/N.H. chapter. The group is open to all persons caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. For more information: mmpaton@yahoo.com, 498-5995.

Northfield

Pioneer Valley Regional School weight room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. Gym is closed when school is canceled due to snow.

Shelburne

Shelburne Grange is sponsoring a program on Green Burial with Peg Lorenz on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, Little Mohawk Trail. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Lorenz has been a home funeral guide for 12 years and is the founder of Peaceful Passage at Home. She has 20 years of experience with hospice care and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Home Funeral Alliance.

Shelburne Falls

Pathlight, a Valley leader in residential and community services for people with intellectual disabilities or autism, has named Shelburne Falls resident Erika Gleason as the first recipient of its Donald Fletcher Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship, which will be awarded yearly, is meant to assist an employee in obtaining an undergraduate degree. The scholarship is named after Pathlight’s former Executive Director, Donald Fletcher, who was committed to helping staff pursue their education. This scholarship is in addition to Pathlight’s current tuition reimbursement program. Gleason, 26, started at Pathlight in 2013 as a Direct Support Professional supporting people with intellectual disabilities and intensive behavioral needs.

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.

Eagles Auxiliary: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, State Street. The Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: Shelburne Falls Eagles 2758 meet Wednesday, 7 p.m. at 52 State St. The club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.

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.

Sunderland

Hengyi Liu of Sunderland was initiated at University of Massachusetts into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Zachary Wright of Montague (01351) was initiated at University of Massachusetts.

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.

ADMIRE: Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Impaired, Resources and Education (ADMIRE) program will meet Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Franklin County Home Care Corp. conference room, 330 Montague City Road, Montague City. ADMIRE offers services to families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 773-5555.