Talk of the Towns, Friday, June 15, 2018

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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


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.


“Green Burial” Workshop: On June 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., the Bernardston Council on Aging will host a workshop about green burials and why people are returning to this simple practice. This free workshop will be put on by the nonprofit group Green Burial Massachusetts. The event will conclude with a light supper. Sign up by today, June 15, to reserve a spot by calling Seating is limited. Please call 413-648-5413. Event will be held at the Bernardston Senior Center, 38 Church St.


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.


Local Graduate: Haley Short of Gill graduated from Tufts University on May 20 with a Bachelor’s Degree in political science Cum Laude.


Fundraiser for Puerto Rico: Join us in our effort to raise $500,000 on Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at 237 Conway St. Hip-hop artist Tem Blessed will perform. There will also be food served and a movie. For more information, call 413-320-3653.

Addiction? Get family support at Learn to Cope on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month from 7 to 8:30 at Greenfield Community College, room C208. No cost or registration required. For more information, call 508-404-3539.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the Y and Valley Medical Group. 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, a 13-week Christian GriefShare support group, is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St. GriefShare support group is a program that encourages and helps those experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one, family member, friend, son, daughter, child, parent, relative or whoever and helps to bring comfort, strength, healing and joy to their life. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. or Tuesday evening at 6:30.

Death Cafe Greenfield will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 399 Main St. This is a small group, open discussion about death. Per the guidelines of deathcafe.com, there are no motives or themes, just compassionate and thoughtful and yes, even funny, conversations about the end of life. Sunday 10:30 a.m. service will be legacy with music by Eventide and poetry. Contact katelagrezemason@gmail.com for more information.

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.


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.

Montague Center

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Congregational Church on the common from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement. The group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH chapter. The group is open to all persons caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. For more information, contact Michael or Marjorie Paton at: mmpaton@yahoo.com or call 498-5995 or: www.alz.org.


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

Turners Falls

Father’s Day Model Fun Fly 2018: Join us for a free model fly event hosted by the Franklin County Radio Control Club on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Turners Falls Airport, 110 Industrial Blvd., through Gate 4. This is a great place to bring the family to watch and try out model airplane flying. Featuring drone racing where national champion Dean Lampron will show off advanced aerobatics. Some of the highlights are: extreme aerobatics, quadcopter racing, model airplane/helicopter airshow, demonstrations from national model plane champions, extreme combat flying, multirotor and helicopter demonstrations, children’s tables and raffles, hands on simulators and buddy boxes. For more information, visit: www.franklinrc.com.

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.


Local Graduate: Nicole Bitzer of Warwick graduated with an associates degree in nursing from Becker College in Worcester on May 5.

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.


Dean’s List: The following students were named to the Castleton University, Castelton, Vt., Dean’s List for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year: Nicholas Brown of Colrain, and Kade Gewanter of Deerfield.

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.