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Talk of the Town, March 5, 2014

Amherst

Clutterers Anonymous: Have a problem with clutter? Clutterers Anonymous can help. It is a 12-Step Group open to all. The only requirement is to eliminate clutter from your life. It meets Fridays, 6:30 p.m., South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St. For more information, call Mike at 345-5115.

Ashfield

Stafford studying abroad: Christopher Stafford of Ashfield, a Game Programming major, is studying abroad at Champlain College’s Campus in Montreal, Quebec, during the spring semester.

Athol

Loving Christian Support Group: A Loving Christian 12-Step Support Group providing an atmosphere for spiritual hope, healing and recovery, meets Fridays, 7 p.m., Lighthouse on The Rock Church, 500 Main St.

ACOA Al-Anon: ACOA Al-Anon is for adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets Saturdays, 10 a.m., Athol Memorial Hospital’s conference room.

Bernardston

Free Playgroup: Come Play & Learn for parents/caregivers with children, infant to age 5, Thursdays, 9:30 to 11:10 a.m., Bernardston Elementary School gymnasium, 37 School St. The playgroup, sponsored by PVRSD CFCE in collaboration with Community Action, will follow the public school calendar. For more information, contact Deb Wood at 498-2660 or email: woodd@pioneervalley.k12.ma.us or Bekki Craig at 475-1553.

Free online classes: Cushman Library, 28 Church St., is offering its patrons the chance to take free online classes through Universal Class, an online education site that offers more than 500 courses in a wide variety of subject areas. Courses are available to any patron who holds a Cushman Library card; Universal Class registration is quick and easy. Participants may be registered in up to five courses at any given time and may take up to six months to complete each course. Many courses offer Continuing Education Units and courses may be used to satisfy professional development requirements, depending on the employer. For more information, drop by the library or contact 648-5402 or cushmanlibrary@gmail.com, visit: www.cushmanlibrary.org, or on Facebook and “like” us.

Charlemont

Scrabble Players: Scrabble players from West County play on Thursdays, 6 p.m., at the Mohawk Restaurant. New players are welcome. For more information, call Ruth at 339-5383.

Greenfield

Circle of Moms: Circle of Moms meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers Plays & Learn Groups, Parent Support Group and special early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553. Find us on Facebook!

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project/Greenfield at 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

String Celebration Day registration: String Celebration Day brings together string students, age 8 to 18, to make music at the Greenfield Middle School on April 27. To participate in this day, each student should complete a registration form and send it with the $25 registration fee to Artspace, 15 Mill St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Registration deadline is March 15. Registration information and forms can be found at: www.franklyarts.com. Financial aid is available. To apply for financial aid and/or for more information, contact Artspace at 772-6811.

Montague

Students of the Week: The following Great Falls Middle School students were selected as Students of the Week for week ending Feb. 28: Grade 8, Branden Chapin; Grade 7, Samantha Bocon, and Grade 6, Josy Hunter, Emily Sisson and Hailey Bogusz.

Montague City

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating bill? Income eligible seniors can find help through Franklin County Home Care’s Benefits Counseling Program. FCHCC will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555 or visit: info@fchcc.org for more information. Read more at: www.fchcc.org.

Healthy Aging program: The Healthy Aging Program at Franklin County Home Care Corp. promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on Chronic Disease Self Management, Healthy Eating, Falls Prevention and Walking Groups make up this evidence-based program. To volunteer as a peer leader/trainer or to find a workshop in your community, contact Lesley Kayan at 773-5555, ext. 2297, or call 978-544-2259, ext. 2297. Read more at: www.fchcc.org.

Northfield

First Friday Film: On Friday at 1 p.m., Dickinson Memorial Library and the Council on Aging are sponsoring its March First Friday Film, “Quartet,” a story, based in fact, of a home for aging prima donnas. Directed by Dustin Hoffman it stars Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly and Tom Courtney. Open to the public.

Orange

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 34 North Main St. or call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Shelburne Falls

Carol Purington Reading: A reading of Carol Purington’s new book of tanka, “Faces I Might Wear,” Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Boswell’s Books on Bridge Street. Susan Todd will read Purington’s comments on the process of creating the books and its form, along with selected tanka from the five sections. This free event is open to the public. Purington lives on her family’s farm in Colrain. Disabled by paralytic polio in early childhood, she breathes with mechanical assistance and puts words on paper with a voice-operated computer. This is Purington’s eighth book, which includes “Morning Song,” an anthology of poems for new parents, co-edited with Todd, her friend of many years.

Community supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Shutesbury

Free weekly playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Shutesbury Elementary School gym on Fridays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. The playgroup, led by Colleen Chudzik, is intended for children, infant to age 5, and is sponsored by the Shutesbury Elementary School and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-51557 or email: budine@erving.com.

South Deerfield

Artist reception: A reception for artist James Murphy will be held Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., at The Daylily Gallery, 8A Sugarloaf St. The reception is free and open to the public. The Daylily is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Turners Falls

Sped PAC meeting: The next Sped PAC (Parent Advisory Council) meeting for the Gill-Montague Regional School district will be Friday at 8:45 a.m. in the Professional Development Lab at the Gill-Montague Administrative Building, 35 Crocker Ave. Light refreshments will be available; all are welcome. Questions can be directed to the Special Education office at 863-9311.

Meeting Yourself in the World: This is the title of a free four-week workshop that will run on Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, starting this Friday at the Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center, 41 Third St.. Kathleen Bowen will use artistic exercises to awaken and deepen in participants a renewed interest in the world around us. Space is limited. Call Christine, TFWRC program coordinator, at 863-4804, ext. 1003, to register.

TFHS Musical: “Legally Blonde — The Musical,” will be performed by Turners Falls High School students on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Directing the musical is Brittany and Christopher Nailos. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. For more information, contact Brittany Nailos at 863-7200, ext. 7251, or brittany.nailos@gmrsd.org.

GCC Chorus to perform: The Greenfield Community College Chorus, under the direction of Margery Heins with Marilyn Berthelette, accompanist, and soloists drawn from the chorus will perform Friday, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., at the Great Falls Discovery Center. The chorus will be singing sacred and secular choral music on the theme of nature.

Regional

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.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

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.

Overeaters Anonymous: OA has free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10-11:15 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.

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