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Talk of the Towns, May 18, 2018


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ashfield

Al-Anon Meeting: Weekly at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays at 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., at New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike at 978-249-3024.

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

Deerfield

Zumba is held 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. For more information, visit: www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us  or 665-1400.

Yoga Classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in yoga, Kidz Yoga program, pilates, core-fitness tai chi, reiki, seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com for more information.

Greenfield

Marketplace: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the campus of Saints James and Andrew will become a marketplace of fine goods, handmade treasures, luscious flora and delicious treats. More than 75 vendors or “makers” will fill three venues, indoors and outdoors, on the church campus and quad. The fair also features the annual Greenfield Garden Club plant sale with annuals, perennials and vegetable plants for sale. The James and Andrew Café will be open for breakfast and lunch featuring homemade meals, baked goods and coffee. The fair is a fundraising event for the mission and service efforts of the church. Parking is on-street or in local parking lots nearby. The event is rain or shine and is held indoors and outdoors.

Cancer Breakers Relay for Life will sponsor a tag, craft and vendor sale on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Foster’s Supermarket, 70 Allen St.

Greenfield Lodge of Elks 1296 will sponsor a World Eye Bookshop Book Fair Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenfield lodge.

Movie Screening: Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St., hosts movie matinees on Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Call 772-1517 or stop by to reserve a seat. Movies are free. Registration required. Please share your movie requests with us. Next week’s movie is “Skyfall,” a 007 James Bond thriller.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the Y and Valley Medical Group is free and open to all adults with diabetes, their family members and support persons. 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.

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.

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

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 more information, call 773-5608.

Green River Yoga: Yoga for Relaxation classes at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Monday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone and Thursday, 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., 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: Tuesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 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 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: In West Leyden on Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. 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, song and craft activities with your children 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, intended for children 5 years of age and younger, is facilitated by Gillian Budine and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.

Northfield

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents.

Orange

Orange Scholarship Foundation deadline for applications is May 27. Applications are available at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange and are given to graduating seniors and post-graduate students. Last year the foundation awarded over $40,000 in scholarships from proceeds invested with the foundation through memorial donations as well as large donations from, but not limited to, the L. S. Starrett Company in Athol and the Rodney Hunt Company in Orange. Applications can be returned to Mahar or by mail to Orange Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 298, Orange MA 01364-0298. This year, the foundation also received funds from the Athol-Orange Elks Lodge #1837 after the club closed.

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.

Vernon, Vt.

Silent Auction: Vernon Advent Christian Church, Route 142, will have a silent auction on Sunday at 1 p.m. Some items available will be ping pong tables, braided rug, toys, jewelry, gift cards, baked goods and more. All proceeds will go to the church’s Penny Crusade — a fundraiser for denominational Missionaries.

Winchester, N.H.

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

Regional

Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free individual Reiki sessions, thanks to 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. Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Friday. Coffee always on. All welcome to come in out of the heat or cold.

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

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, 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, Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community meal: Tuesdays and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., 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: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m., 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.