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Talk of the Towns, Dec. 29, 2017


Friday, December 29, 2017

Ashfield

Al-Anon meeting Mondays: 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. Quitting is more successful with support. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Bernardston

Dick’s Angels Relay For Life team will be serving steak and cheese grinders tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Deerfield

Zumba will be 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, sixth class is free. To learn more, visit: www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us, 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. First class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Easthampton

Hilltown Families and the Flywheel Arts Collective will continue its first day of the year “Morning Music Party” Monday with a breakfast bash featuring food, dancing and diversions for children from 10 a.m. to noon. During a breakfast of pancakes, juice and fruit, Scotty Swan will perform a puppet show. After breakfast, children can join DJ Youthelectronix for the dance party. These parties are a fundraiser for both Flywheel and Hilltown Families, with a pay what you can admission. Flywheel Arts Collective is in the old Town Hall, 43 Main St. Visit: www.HilltownFamilies.org for more information.

Gill

An Americana Sing-Along will take place Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Gill Town Hall, led by Steve and Joyana Damon, Isaac Bingham and Sorrell Hatch. Such American folk songs as “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “She’ll be Coming Around the Mountain,” and “Clementine” will be sung, along with favorites from Gill Elementary School’s all-school sings of yore. Feel free to bring a snack to share. This sing-along is the kick-off to several events to celebrate the Town of Gill’s 225 anniversary in 2018. For more information, contact: damons_of_gill@yahoo.com.

Greenfield

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. in 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 are part of the group meetings. 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., 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., St. James Episcopal Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 625-6488.

MEGAdance 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 visit MEGAdance Zumba Fitness on Facebook.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., 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: Group 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 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, 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 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: Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. Call Linda Romano at 624-3334 for more information. First assessment free.

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 is intended for children 5 years of age and under. 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. Visit: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home for full schedule. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.

Northfield

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

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. 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 a.m.. Lunch, 11 to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays. Coffee always on. All welcome.

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 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. on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 464-5635.