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Talk of the Towns, Sept. 7, 2017


Thursday, September 07, 2017
Amherst

Hand Across the Valley Quilters Guild will meet Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 North Pleasant St. This is the first meeting of the year and will include Show and Tell. Non-member fee is $5. For more information, contact Holly Fitzpatrick at hollyvan@hotmail.com.

Athol

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., at Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net, aelb@hotmail.com.

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. at Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.

Bernardston

Bernardston Farmers’ Market takes place Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the United Church parking lot. Locally grown produce, flowers, baked goods, eggs, Kiwanis frozen chicken pot pies, honey, handmade crafts and locally raised meats including, lamb, pork, beef and chicken. Saturdays through Oct. 7.

Colrain

Community Clothes Closet open every Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church Colrain, 81 Foundry Village Road. Something for everyone; all free. We also accept lightly used, clean donations.

Greenfield

The Emblem Club 1296 will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Elks Club, Church Street.

Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Northfield

Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.

Sunderland

Preschool Story Time: Fridays, 11 a.m., in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup begins Sept. 11 and runs through June 8. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, drop-in playgroup for a morning of informal play, interactive literacy and conversation with other families and caregivers of children age 5 and under. Contact Karen Green with questions at: karen.green@frsu38.org or 665-1151. Playgroup will not take place during school vacations or weather-related school closures.

Turners Falls

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store, hosted by staff and volunteers, is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. Call 863-9549 for more information.

Regional

Helpful Programs at LifePath. Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: Do you have Medicare but feel overwhelmed by your options? SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free, unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a SHINE at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information: email@racialjusticerising.org.

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information, visit: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.com. Visit: www.straightspouse.org for more information.

Counseling Referrals: The social work therapy referral service offers free confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 for more information.

Help the Blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade-in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free, quick pick-up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.