Talk of the Towns, March 7


Al-Anon meeting Mondays: The weekly 7:30 p.m. Monday meetings of Al-Anon takes place at 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.


“Celebrate Recovery”: “Celebrate Recovery,” a 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For further information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.


Friday Night Special: Dick’s Angels, a Relay for Life team, will serve a fish sandwich with salad or chips tonight from 5 to 8, Bernardston Vets Club on Hartwell Street. Burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese will also be available. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society.


Community Clothes Closet: Clean and gently used clothing available to the community at the First Baptist Church’s schoolhouse building, next to the church, 83 Foundry Village Road, ongoing on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donations accepted for those who wish to do so. However, all items are free!


Perry earns degree: Molly Perry of Gill graduated on Jan. 18 from the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., with a master of science in Criminal Justice.


Overeaters Anonymous: OA meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., both at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Conference Room A, and Monday, 5 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 625-6488.

Monday Night Meal: American Legion, Post 81, will serve a pork roast supper on Monday at 5:30 p.m., Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. Chef Sharon Call will be cooking the dinner, which will be served on a first come-first serve basis. Cost is $8 per person.

The Salasin Center: The Salasin Center, Greenfield’s Women’s Resource & Family United Network FUN, 474 Main St. Week of March 10 to 14: Monday, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Nourishment for the Soul Art group; 3 to 5, GWRC open hours. Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m. (week 3), Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery; 5 to 6:30 p.m., Journey Dance at the RPX. Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Parents Supporting Parents Support Group. Thursday, 3:30 to 6 p.m., FUN Family Dance at RPX. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, Women’s Peer to Peer Writing Group; 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Swan Meet; noon to 3 p.m., GWRC open hours. All programs are free. For more information, call 775-0010.

Greenfield Zen: Greenfield Zen meets Mondays, including most Monday holidays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group/individual instruction is offered. Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donation is $5 to cover expenses, but not required. Several cushions and chairs available to share. Contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744.

Green River Yoga: Yoga for Relaxation classes this month at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Monday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga; Wednesday, 4 to 5, Gentle Yoga, and Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., an Over 50 Yoga class. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches/yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure of these and other classes, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or:

Zen Meditation: Zen Meditation, Tuesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Green River Zen Center, Studio B, second floor, 158 Main St. Open to the public. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit:

NELCWIT Support Groups: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop-in from 10 to 11 a.m., for women who are or used to be in abuse relationships. Seeds of Nourishment, Mondays, drop-in 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, 4 to 6 p.m., Drum Circle with rhythmic drumming from 4 to 4:50 p.m.; shamanic drumming from 5 to 6. Visioning Bear Circle, one weekend day each month. Indigenous people come together to promote healthy relationships with oneself and the larger community. Drumming, crafting, potluck feast and community education. All groups are free and confidential. For more information, call 772-0871 or visit:

Greenfield Family Center: The center at 90 Federal St. will host a Parent Coffee on Tuesday and a Parent Advisory Group on March 19. Parent Coffee is an invitation to parents/caregivers to come a little early to its regularly scheduled Play & Learn Group to chat with other parents and center staff. The following week, a Parent Advisory Group will be held during the Play & Learn group, allowing parents/caregivers to address specific questions and concerns about their child’s development, as well as give the center feedback on how it can improve its programming. Play & Learn Groups are free and open to the public and are on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 475-1553.


Yoga for Life: Yoga for Life in West Leyden: Mondays, private therapeutic session, mornings or evenings; Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., seasonal balancing class/workshops. Call for each season. Diverse styles also available. Call Linda Romano for listing a 624-3334. First session in any class chosen is free.


Morning Yoga: Morning Yoga ongoing at the Montague Retreat Center with Lisa Enzer, Tuesdays, 9 to 10:15. Register by calling 367-2658 or visit: The first class is free.


Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Northfield meets Mondays, 6 p.m., for a social get-together, followed by a meeting at 6:30. The club meets May to September at Kiwanis Park, School Street, and October through April at town hall. New members are welcome. Call 498-5921.

PVRS Weight Room: The PVRS Weight Room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6:30 to 7:30.


Wheeler Memorial Library: Mother Goose on the Loose, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 49 East Main St. Nursery rhymes, instrument play, movement to music and shared board book readings help foster early literacy skills of infants, age 1 and 2. Older siblings are welcome. On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Rise and Romp Storytime. Stories, songs, stretches, creative dramatics and crafts tailored for all ages. For more information, call 978-544-2495, ext. 103. No registration needed for either program.

Shelburne Falls

Free playgroup: Free playgroup for parents/caregivers and their children, infant to age 5, Mondays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Buckland Shelburne Elementary School’s preschool room. The playgroup will follow the public school calendar and will be led by Melissa Pincus, CFCE coordinator for the Mohawk Trail Regional School System. Children will play, learn, read stories and have nutritious snacks. For more information, contact Pincus at 625-6194 or visit:


Free story hour: Enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your children and other families/caregivers at the MN Spear Memorial Library on Mondays, 10 to 11 a.m., led by Julie Stepanek. Story hour is intended for children, infants to age 5, and is sponsored by the library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Story hour will continue over the summer, thanks to the Friends of the Library. For more information, call Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email:

South Deerfield

Yoga classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in Yoga, Kidz Yoga program, Pilates, Core-Fitness Tai Chi, Reiki, Seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact: Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or

Turners Falls

Women’s Resource Center: The Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center, 41 Third St., holds 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/activities. Come for mutual support, free clothing, books and food items. Use the computer lab and enjoy or learn a variety of arts and crafts. All materials are free. Call Christine for information on workshops at 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email: or visit:

Parent 2 parent Support Group: This peer support group meets at 78 Avenue A on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for a light meal. Childcare is provided while parents meet from 6 to 7. For more information, contact Vickie at 863-4804, ext. 1004, or email: or visit:

Basic Needs Program: The Basic Needs Program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries is open on Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. To leave a message or to make an appointment, call 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.


Pancake Breakfast: Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, 7:30 to 10:30, Whately Elementary School, 273 Long Plain Road. Pancakes (plain, blueberry or buckwheat) with real maple syrup, bacon, sausage, fruit salad, coffee, tea, juice, milk and hot chocolate. The cost is $6 per person or $24 per family for this Whately PTO fundraiser. There will also be a basket raffle.


Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free individual Reiki sessions, thanks to a grant from Rays of Hope. Mary Jessie Blazejewski, Kate Wadleigh and Cindy Schmidt, Reiki practitioners, will offer sessions on Saturday mornings at 474 Main St., Suite 2. Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy, which can help provide relaxation and energy, decrease pain or anxiety, and promote physical, mental and emotional health. Reiki is received through a series of light hand placements on the client’s fully clothed body. To make an appointment, call Blazejewski at 774-9927. In-home Reiki sessions are also available, on a limited basis, for pre- and post-operative breast cancer patients.

Community meals: Salvation Army Free Community Meals and Drop-in Center: Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast served from 8 to 10. Lunch served from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Friday. Coffee is always on. All welcome to come in out of the cold.

A community meal is served Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, Seventh Street. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper, Mondays, St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. This community meal sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, Deerfield Academy and Franklin County Friends for the Homeless.

Loaves & Fishes, a free hot meal, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community meal, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program. Volunteer groups interested in assisting in the preparation of the meal or anyone who wants more information about the community meal can call 772-1033 or write P.O. Box 172, Greenfield, MA 01302.

Free community meal, offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Rep. Paul Mark will host office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, will hold office hours Mondays at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday at the Charlemont Town Hall from 9 a.m. to noon, and Northfield Town Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 464-5635.

Employability workshops: The Literacy Project, in collaboration with the Franklin Hampshire Career Center and the Regional Employment board, holds workshops on Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m., to prepare young people, ages 16 to 24, and all Greenfield residents, no matter what age, for the workforce and higher education. Workshops are held at the center, 15 Bank Row, Suite D, Greenfield. The workshops include guest speakers and field trips. If eligible, students can enroll in free GED classes at Greenfield Community College and participate in a paid internship. For more information, you are urged to contact Amber at 774-3935.

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