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Talk of the Towns, Jan. 7


Story hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour every Wednesday between 4 and 5 p.m. to families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and snack. Bonnie Delcamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters. Story hour is sponsored by the Friends of Cushman Library.

Wednesday Night Knitters: Cushman Library at 28 Church St., invites knitters of all abilities to join the Wednesday Night Knitters every Wednesday between 5:30 and 7:30. Participants, each working on their own projects, are welcome to enjoy the company of others while everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Rebecca Lawlor offers her expertise and experience as instructor. For more information, contact 648-5402 or:


Friends of Gill: Friends of Gill will meet Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., at the Gill Congregational Church.


Gentle Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors: This free weekly class consists of stretching, strengthening and breathing exercises along with guided deep relaxation for women living with a breast cancer diagnosis. It is offered by BFMC Oncology Dept. with a grant funded by Rays of Hope. The class takes place Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., YMCA in Greenfield. Classes are continuous in eight-week sessions through May 2014. For more information, call Pam Roberts, 19-year breast cancer survivor and certified Kripalu yoga teacher, at 625-2403 or email: She is also certified in Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a weekly “All Recovery Meeting,” Wednesdays, 3 to 4 p.m., 68 Federal St. This meeting is open to all to discuss recovery — no matter what path that recovery has taken. All walks of recovery are welcome. For more information, call 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., Recover Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 413-325-1389.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m., Greenfield Teen Center on Sanderson Street. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested, call the above number

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Recover Project, 68 Federal St. 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 World Wide Web at:

New Salem

Story hour: “Nursery Rhymes and Tales and Tunes,” a free weekly story hour, Thursdays, 10 to 11, New Salem Public Library. Enjoy stories, songs and movement activities with Julie Stepanek, intended for infants to age 5 and is sponsored by the library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email:


Storytime on Wednesday: Storytime at Northfield Public Library, 11 a.m., Wednesdays. An hour of songs, stories, crafts and movement. Snack provided. All ages welcome.

Zumba Class: Zumba class on Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Northfield Elementary School. For more information or to sign up, call Katie LaCoy at 978-846-9093. All abilities are welcome.


Free Medical Clinic: A free medical clinic for uninsured residents of Greenfield and Turners Falls, every Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trailside Health, The Arrowhead Shops, 1105 Mohawk Trail.

South Deerfield

Deerfield Recreation Nautilus program: Nautilus and Cardiovascular Exercising, using Nautilus equipment, free weights and elliptical machines in Frontier’s Wellness Center. Tuesdays, Jan. 14 to Feb. 25, no class on Feb. 18. Thursdays, Jan. 16 to Feb. 27, no class on Feb. 20. Cost is $18. Walk-in rate is $5. Open to residents of Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately. Registration deadline is Jan. 9. For more information, contact Sue Antonellis at 665-1400, ext. 107 or email:

Turners Falls

Playgroup: Playgroup meets on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime and time for parents to connect, a Kids Clothing Exchange, and a Parent Resource Lending Library. For more information, contact Vickie at 863-4804, ext. 1004, or email: or visit:


Free playgroup: Free playgroup with activities and story time, for young children, infant to age 5, and their parents/caregivers, Wednesdays, 9:15 to 11 a.m., Warwick Community School gymnasium, 41 Winchester St. The playgroup follows the public school calendar. Sponsored by the PVRSD CFCE. For more information, contact Deb Wood at 498-2660 or email:


Italian Night: Florence Congregational Church Italian Night, Saturday, 5:30 p.m., at the church, 130 Pine St. The Italian night supper will also include a salad bar, vegetable, bread, beverages and dessert. Free-will offering. Dinner reservation encouraged. Call 413-584-1325.

Swedish Massage: Swedish Massage for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors in Franklin County with Heather Creek, licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, Tuesday to Saturday, by appointment only, 116 Federal St., Greenfield. All sessions free to breast cancer patients and survivors of Franklin County in any stage of their breast cancer experience. Benefits of massage: decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, greater energy, can help with enhance body image, increased circulation, reduce fatigue. For an appointment, call Heather at 413-325-5112.

Free Computer Training: Looking to improve upon your skills to make yourself stand out in today’s market? Harmon Personnel Services in Greenfield offers free computerized training with over 1,000 selections to choose from. Tutorials are self-guided allowing you to learn at your own pace. For more information, call Harmon Personnel at 774-7847 or visit:

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Free blood pressure screening Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Free hearing screenings, Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: OA has free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women for over 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Star home visiting programs and Child-Care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups: If memory disorders are rerouting your life or the life of someone you love, an area support group can help you along the way. The Alzheimer’s Support Groups at Franklin County Home Care and Quabbin Valley Healthcare, the Gero-psych Support Group at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Caregiver’s Support Group at Shelburne Senior Center are just a few. Call FCHC’s information/referral department for the name of a group in your area at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or 800-732-4636.

ICRC at Franklin County Home Care: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at Franklin County Home Care has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. FCHCC resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at Franklin County Home Care at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Angels Have Wheels: Medicare recipients who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders and have difficulty walking or propelling a standard wheelchair, may be eligible to receive an electric wheelchair paid for by Medicare. For information on Medicare eligibility, contact Gregory at 800-810-2877.

Free Mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money/time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering mediation at no cost to help resolve housing-related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and must participate in a 1½ day training. For an application and further information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email: The need for volunteers is ongoing.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new Lawyer Referral Service Website with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with local attorney who have the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is open year-round, Monday to 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.

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: or call Marie at 549-6260.

Free Call Center: The American Lung Association of Western Massachusetts offers a free call center, where citizens of western Massachusetts can receive free counseling and answers to lung health questions regarding lung cancer, asthma, allergies, emphysema, smoking cessation, environmental health and pulmonary diseases. The center is staffed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists and quit-smoking specialists. Bilingual specialists are also available. For information, call 800-LUNG-USA, Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 773-2319.

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