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Talk of the Towns, Dec. 14, 2017


Thursday, December 14, 2017

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 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 meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.

Amherst

The “Black Gospel Christmas” will be presented Saturday at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Amherst Area Gospel Choir will perform traditional and contemporary gospel offerings.

Colrain

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.

Greenfield

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.

Keene, N.H.

Holiday Traditions Potluck: The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., will present a potluck on Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free admission with a prepared dish to share. Visit: www.hsccnh.org or contact 603-352-1895 or dired@hsccnh.org. In the style of a “pop up exhibit,” the theme of the event will be holiday recipe traditions. Community members are invited to bring dishes that have special meaning to their families. Participants will share their dishes and swap stories about their families’ holiday traditions. Holiday recipes can range from any time of the year and any food culture traditions.

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

32nd annual Winter Solstice Storytelling and Songfest Celebration will be presented Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Area Survival Center and a goodie to share at intermission. The traditional line up of tellers — David Arfa, Sonny Crawford and Emily Gopen, Michael Evans, Yosl (Joe) Kurland, Rob Peck, Sarah Pirtle, John Porcino, Bob Reiser, Rebecca Tippens, Tim Van Egmond and Rochelle Wildfong — will be joined by guest artists. Suggested donation of $12 to $20 for adults, $5 to $10 per child. For reservations, call 413-624-5140. Snow date is Sunday at 2 p.m. All donations go to support the Roundhouse, Partners in Health and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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

Sunderland

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8, 2018. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School held each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A 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’s, 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

North County Line Dancers will perform Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Kick up your heels with the North County Line Dancers performing to some holiday favorites. Free.

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. For more information, call 863-9549.

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. 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, contact 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.con. 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.