Talk of the Towns, Sept. 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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

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

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


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.


Chesterfield Square Dance with caller Bob Livingston and the Falltown String Band will be Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Chesterfield Community Center, Main Road (Route 143), next to Congregational Church. No experience necessary and all dances taught. Raffle and bake sale. Admission $8 adults, $4 children ages 10 to 15, under 10 free. For more information, contact Val at 413-296-4570. Sponsored By Chesterfield Council on Aging.


“Repair Colrain”: The Griswold Memorial Library is hosting a free fix-it day on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. “Repair Colrain” will take place at the Catamount Country Store, 113 Main Road. A unique opportunity to learn how to repair items that need fixing. For more information, call library trustee Nancy Turkle at 624-3040.

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


A Birch Bark Basket Making Workshop will be offered Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Green Hill Center for Outdoor Activities, 1356 Ashfield St. Join basket expert Barry Keegan and Earthwork Programs for a day-long, hands-on workshop. $70 adults, $35 child with an adult. Materials included. Register online at: bit.ly/2x0sVKF


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.


Movie Night at Leyden Town Hall will feature a showing of “La La Land” Friday at 7 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Rated PG-13. Free. All ages welcome. Sponsored by the Leyden Council on Aging.

Shelburne Falls

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


Chicken Pot Pie Dinner: First Congregational Church supper will be served Saturday in the church chapel, Routes 47 and 116. Menu will include an appetizer, chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, cole slaw and cranberries. $12 adults. For reservations, time and cost for children, call 665-2890. Leave name, telephone number and number of people attending.

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. Come to the 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. This program is funded by the Mass EEC and supported by the Frontier Regional School District.

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.

Turners Falls

Greenfield Savings Bank: Officer Brian Ravish from the Deerfield Police Department will be at Greenfield Savings Bank in Turners Falls on Friday, from noon to 2 p.m., with Montague Police Chief Chip Dodge offering up the Deerfield Police Department’s Impaired Driving Simulation vehicles. Experience the course first hand. Celebrity barbers Tim Dowd of Tim’s Barber Shop will be in the Community Room from 3 to 4, and Denise Edwards from Ed’s Barber Shop from 4 to 5 p.m. giving free trims or haircuts. Free ice cream in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. Power tools from Green River Power Sports in Gill will also be on display.

Puzzle Swap Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. All welcome with a puzzle to swap. Puzzles for all ages. Refreshments will be served.

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 store 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.


Movie Night: The film “John Carter” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. There will be a short film before the movie, a episode of “Radar Men from the Moon.” Free. Visit: www.wendellfreelibrary.org or call 978-544-3559 for more information.

Winchester, N.H.

Book Sale: The Conant Public Library will sponsor its annual book sale Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 6,500 books will be for sale indoors at Winchester Town Hall on the corner of Main Street and Richmond Road. Books will be separated into categories. The book sale will also take place Sept. 23 during Winchester’s Pickle Festival. On Pickle Festival day, patrons will be allowed to choose and fill a grocery bag with books for $4 a bag.


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, email: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at: lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: 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 to learn more.

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.