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Talk of the Towns, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018


Thursday, January 04, 2018
Ashfield

Al-Anon meeting Mondays: Weekly at 7:30 p.m. 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., New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike M. 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.

Deerfield

Zumba will be Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No advanced registration is necessary, it is pay as you go the cost is only $5 per week and the sixth class is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information can be found online at 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. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Gill

Children’s Story Hour at Slate Memorial Library, 360 Main Road, takes place Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Greenfield

Brown Bag Postponed: The Food Bank’s Greenfield January Brown Bag  program at the Greenfield Senior Center, originally scheduled for Jan. 4, has been rescheduled to Monday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Greenfield Lodge of Elks 1296 Friday Night Meals will be served tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. All meals $10 or less. Several raffles available.

Greenfield Emblem Club No. 43 will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Elks Club. 

The Franklin Stamp Club with meet Monday at 1 p.m. at the Mill House.

Tai Chi /Qi Gong will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Greenfield Senior Center. This class with Lynne Nicole Smith is a relaxing and gentle exploration into the healing practices of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Fee for the four-week session is $20. Register with payment at the Senior Center. More information available upon request.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the Y and Valley Medical Group. Free and open to all adults with diabetes, their family members and support person(s). 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, RD, CDE, Diabetes Educator at 772-3351 or  992-7392, msobil@vmgma.com.

GriefShare Support Group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30pm  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 Facebook at MEGAdance Zumba Fitness.

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. 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: Tuesday, 6 p.m., 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 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: Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. Call Linda Romano for listing at 624-3334. First assessment free. Phone or in person.

New Salem

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) 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 to 5 years of age, 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. 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.

Northfield

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

Orange

Wheeler Memorial Library: Mother Goose on the Loose, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 49 East Main St. For children birth preschool and families. Make music, learn rhymes, sing songs. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Rise and Romp Storytime. Stories, finger plays, make a craft. 978-544-2495, ext. 103. No registration required.

Shelburne Falls

VFW Post 8503 will have its regular monthly meeting Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Post. All VFW Post members are welcome.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2017-2018 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles. This program is intended for children to 5 years of age and is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial 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.

Sunderland

Nursing graduate: Calvin McKemmie, son of Mr. and Mrs. David McKemmie of Sunderland, recently completed his coursework in the Accelerated Bachelor of Science Nursing program at the University of Massachusetts. At the pinning ceremony Dec. 19, he received the Dean’s Clinical Scholar Award. McKemmie was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. He has accepted a position as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield beginning in March. 

Weekly Knitting Circle: The Knitting Circle, a free knitting club, meets Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Lane Reading room of the Sunderland Public Library. Open to people of all ages and skill levels. Each week members receive free knitting lessons, get help with difficult patterns, share ideas, learning kills. The group often work on charity projects. For more information, contact the library at 665-2642.

Turners Falls

Word Search Challenge Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Bring some friends to see who can solve the search first. Small gag prizes available for the first one finished. This first challenge will be for adults only. Several searches will be available during the hour. Light refreshments provided courtesy of GSB.

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., 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.