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Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: The Kiwanis Club of Bernardston meets Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to the public.

Cushman Library: Thematic story hour at the library, 28 Church St., Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m., Children’s Room. Each gathering includes stories, craft and a snack. Children of all ages of children are welcome. Parents, grandparents and guardians are encouraged to participate with their families.


Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous holds a fragrance-free open meeting, Tuesdays at noon, Colrain Community Church, Route 112.

Boy/Cub Scouts: Boy Scouts of Colrain Troop 121 meet Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Colrain Community Church, Main Road. Boys, who are 11 years old or have completed fifth grade, are invited to join. Cub Scouts of Colrain, which includes grades 1 to 5, meet Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the church. Boys from surrounding towns are welcome to join either. For more information, call Don Stetson Sr. or Charlotte Stetson at 625-2614.


Yoga in Conway: Yoga in Conway is offered Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., or Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Fireman’s Auxiliary building. Free introductory class. For cost and schedule of classes, contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or visit: ucreatesolutions@gmail.com.


Free Weekly Playgroup: Free weekly playgroup, Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Erving Elementary School gym. The playgroup, led by Molly Mast, is intended for children, infants to age 5, and is sponsored by the school and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email: budine@erving.com.


Brown Bag: Greenfield Brown Bag today, 10 to 11 a.m., Greenfield Senior Center.

Women’s Resource Center: The Greenfield Women’s Resource Center, The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., holds open hours on Mondays, 3 to 5 p.m., and Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. Ongoing groups: Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Relationship to Nourishment Art Group and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Women’s Peer to Peer Writing Group. The center holds a women’s/children’s clothing exchange, access to the computer lab and Internet, information and referral supports along with programs and support groups. Laura Stone is coordinator of GWRC. Call 774-4307, ext. 4 or email: Lstone@wmtcinfo.org or drop in during open hours.

Free Dance Class: The SALASIN Center, in collaboration with The Recover Project holds a free dance class for the community every Tuesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., at The RPX, 1 Osgood St. JourneyDance is a transformational experience that does not require any previous movement or dance experience. Sign up and attending every group is not required. For questions, call: Lorena Norwood at 774-4307, ext. 1, or email: Lnorwood@wmtcinfo.org.

Guiding Star Grange: Guiding Star Grange will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, 7 p.m., at the Grange Hall, 401 Chapman St. Open to the public.

Greenfield Free Healthy Bones/Balance Class: The YMCA in Greenfield offers free exercise classes for people who have osteoporosis, osteopenia or who just want to strengthen their bones. This fun, beneficial exercise program builds bones, muscles, strength, flexibility and improves balance with light weights and balls provided. Classes are offered Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Classes are led by trained Retired and Senior Volunteer Program leaders of Franklin/ Hampshire counties and the YMCA. Advance registration required. Call Jayne at 773-3646, ext. 448. You do not have to be a Y member to participate. The Y is wheelchair accessible.

Yoga Beginnings: New to yoga or returning to it? Small classes available, individual help, slow pace. Green River Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Drop-ins, $15; six weeks, $75. Free introductory class. Contact Gail Connor at: gconnor@comcast.net or call 522-0417.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project at 68 Federal St. has open hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. The RECOVER extension room is open all day, Mondays to Fridays. On Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m., a Tobacco Awareness Group. This free eight-week series will allow participants to explore their relationship to tobacco. On Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., an “All Recovery Meeting.” This meeting is open to all to discuss recovery, no matter what path that recovery has taken. All walks of recovery are more than welcome. For more information, call 774-5489.

American Legion Dinner: The American Legion will serve a pot roast dinner, prepared by Chef Sharon Call, tonight at 5:30 at Guiding Star Grange, Chapman Street. Cost is $8 and is on a first come, first served basis. Open to the general public. Meal cancellations will be announced if needed on local radio stations.

Kiwanis Club of Greenfield: The Kiwanis Club meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. November to May at the Greenfield Grille. Dinner served promptly at 6:15. Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact Phil Corrinet at 413-427-2075 or email: corrinet@comcast.net.

Transcendental Meditation: Transcendental Meditation Program for Women, free lectures by appointment, 277 Main St. Learn how the TM technique benefits all areas of life: mind, body and relationships. For more information, call 772-2228 or email: smoschen@tm-women.org.

Yoga for Relaxation: Yoga for relaxation classes, Wednesday, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. The first class is free for new students. The schedule follows: Tuesday, beginners yoga at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday, gentle yoga at 4 p.m. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., a special class for women and on Thursday at 10 a.m. an over-50 yoga class. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or visit: jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Greenfield Zen: Greenfield Zen holds sittings on Mondays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Green River Yoga, 158 Main St., Suite 6. Practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group and individual instruction is offered; Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. A $5 donation to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. If you prefer, bring your own sitting cushion. For more information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or email: jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Pasta Night: Pasta Night, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Greenfield Moose Family Center. Cost, $6. Open to members and guests.

Al-Anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door of church. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Al-Anon is on the Web at: www.al-anon.org.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., on Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15. Open to the public.

Free Acupuncture Clinic: Free acupuncture clinic for veterans and their families, Wednesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.. The drop-in clinic is held at Greenfield Community Acupuncture, 345 Main St., second floor. Treatments reduce stress and help sleep. No appointment required. For information, contact Karen at 768-8333.

TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter 395, meets Wednesdays, Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in at 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; meeting at 9:30. The first visit is free. Contact Kathy, leader, at 648-9741 or Betty, co-leader, at 413-834-2710.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. The meal is open to all who are hungry.

Overlook Seeks Volunteers: Overlook Hospice Services in Greenfield is looking for volunteers for its Hospice team. A Hospice volunteer provides practical assistance and compassionate support to patients and their families, who are facing a life-limiting illness. There are many volunteer opportunities to choose from. For more information or if you would like to become a volunteer, call 772-1993.


Story Hour: A free weekly story hour, Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Leverett Public Library for infants to age 5, facilitated by Julie Stepanek and sponsored by the library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Storytelling, songs and art. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email: budine@erving.com.


Yoga for Every Body: Yoga for Every Body, Monday and Saturday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., and Wednesday, 5:45 to 7 p.m., Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St. All levels welcome. First class is free. For details, contact Stevens at 910-431-2202 or visit: melissastevens76@gmail.com.

Shelburne Falls

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 179, meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact person is Mary Cromack at 625-0127. New and reinstated members welcome.

Eagles Auxiliary: Shelburne Falls Eagles Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, State Street. The Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

MEGAdance Zumba Fitness: MEGAdance Zumba Fitness, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buckland-Shelburne Regional School cafeteria. The first class is free. For more information, call Megan at 413-552-6288 or visit Facebook at MEGAdance Zumba Fitness.

South Deerfield

Deerfield Recreation Department Yoga: Classes will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 8 to March 5, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Deerfield Elementary School Music Room, Pleasant Street. Classes for beginners and intermediate. Experience rejuvenation and relaxation through movement of the body and breath while safely/gently stretching the body. The cost is $64 for Deerfield residents and $69 for nonresidents. You must provide your own yoga mat. Make check payable to Town of Deerfield. Return to the Recreation Department today.

Yoga/Fitness Classes: Yoga and Fitness classes at Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10c Elm St. First class is free. Check out the schedule at: www.pureyogawellness.com or contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435.

Preschool Story Time: Preschool story time, Wednesday, 11 a.m., Tilton Library, 75 North Main St.


Chess Club: Chess Club with Andrew Morris-Friedman, Tuesdays, 6 p.m., Sunderland Public Library. The free club is open to children, age 7 to 18, and their parents. The club meets for 60 minutes each session. All equipment and materials provided.

Turners Falls

Course in Miracles: A Course in Miracles group meets Mondays, 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., 4 George Ave. The course is for those searching for inner peace. Call Dick or Jackie at 863-4147.

Women’s Resource Center: The Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center, 41 Third St., has open hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This safe, welcoming place for women offers opportunities for connection and growth and builds leadership through programs and activities. Come for mutual support, free clothing, books and food items, to use the computer lab and enjoy a variety of arts and crafts. All materials are free. Call Christine for information on additional workshops at 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email: christine.mcsmcommunity.org or visit: www.mcsmcommunity.org/programs.


Free Weekly Playgroup: Free weekly playgroup Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wendell Free Library, led by Sylvia Wetherby. The playgroup is for children, infants to age 5, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email: budine@erving.com.


Yoga Classes: Gentle yoga for all ages, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. First class is free.


Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is now open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Free Swedish Massage: Free Swedish Massage for Breast Cancer Patients/Survivors in Franklin County in any stage of their breast cancer experience with licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, Heather Creek, Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment, 116 Federal St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call Heather at 413-325-5112.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). For more information, call The Birth Place at BFMC at 773-2359.

‘One World Meditations’: Global meditation every Wednesday, 9 to 9:30 p.m., from your own home or meeting in Amherst twice monthly. For more information, visit: www.oneworldmeditations.org or call Marie at 549-6260.

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