Talk of the Towns, Jan. 2


MotherWoman support group: MotherWoman,” a support group for new mothers, meets on Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. John’s Corner, 469 Main St. This group, under the joint sponsorship of It Takes a Village and St. John’s Episcopal Church, meet each Monday, except on school holidays. Pregnant and postpartum mothers are welcome. Infants stay with mothers. Snack for all; free childcare for children provided, up to age 4. For more information, contact Anna Westley at:


Kingsmen Chess Club: The 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 e-mail or

Smoking Cessation: Smoking Cessation led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist, meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., Athol Memorial Hospital’s conference room.

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is for family and friends of people with alcohol-related issues. The group meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Athol Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria.


Fish Fry: Greenfield Lodge of Elks No. 1296 Fish Fry on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., open to members and guests.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) is at 3½ Osgood St. Open hours are Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Contact Rachel Pariseau, Family United Network coordinator, at 774-4307, ext. 2, or email:

Montague City

Helpful Programs at FCHCC: At Franklin County Home Care any plan of care starts with your needs. Home Care Services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care, and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with Home Care’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at FCHCC 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 on either, visit: or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at:


Cellar Closet Thrift Shop: The shop at Central Congregational Church, 93 South Main St., is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through mid-May. Good used clothing for all ages, books, and household goods at reasonable prices.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Free Community Meal, offered every Friday night at 5:30 at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


Preschool story time: 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 approximately 45 minutes in length and includes theme-related stores, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: 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.

Peace Vigil: Peace Vigil, organized by members of the Justice and Peace Study group, Sunderland Congregational Church, every Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, corner of routes 47 and 116, next to the church.

Turners Falls

Dog trainer at GSB: Caryl Rose, dog trainer extraordinaire, will give hints on how to keep our four-footed friends safe, warm, happy and active, no matter what Mother Nature throws at us, Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a the Greenfield Savings Bank Community Room, 282 Avenue A. Come with unique questions, but leave your pets at home. Light refreshments provided by GSB. Reserve your spot by calling Christina or Kerri at 863-4316.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store, hosted by staff and volunteers, is at 96 Fourth St., 863-9549. 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 on 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 of charge, also additional food to help the victims of a disaster.


Movie time at library: “Barbarella Queen of the Galaxy” is the movie to be shown Saturday, 7:30 p.m., at the Wendell Free Library. The movie stars Jane Fonda. This is another film in the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library. Admission is free.


Free Reiki sessions: Reiki for Breast Cancer Patients/Survivors in Franklin County, Saturday mornings, by appointment, 474 Main St., Suite 2, Greenfield. Reiki, an ancient and relaxing non-invasive therapy, enhances the body’s natural healing ability while calming the body, mind and spirit. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Mary Jessie Blazejewski, Reiki master/teacher, at 774-9927.

Eventide Singers: Eventide Singers offer 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. Eventide’s purpose is to provide a bed of supportive music on which a person may rest in harmony while in transition from this time to what is next to come. For more information and a YouTube video of the group, go to: or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Free hearing screening: Free hearing screening at Baystate Rehabilitation Care at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a screening, call 773-2227.

Straight Spouse Support Group: This group is for individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. It meets monthly in the region. For support and location, call Jane at 625-6636 or email: or the Straight Spouse Network at

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.

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 tow, quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.

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