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Talk of the Towns: March 31 - April 4

Bernardston

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: 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 are welcome. Parents, grandparents and guardians are encouraged to participate with their families.

Colrain

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.

Conway

Yoga in Conway: Yoga in Conway, 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.

Erving

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.

Greenfield

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.

Parents Supporting Parents: This ongoing support group is held Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. The group is led by Lynn Norwood and Melissa O’Malley, who have been providing The Nurturing Families 16-week program through The Salasin Project & The Recovery Project. The group provides free childcare by calling Laura Stone at 774-4307 ext. 4. Grandparents welcome to join. For more information, call 775-0010.

TRIAD program: TRIAD monthly informational program, Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Mill House conference room, 75 Wells St., North. Chris Giffin from the District Attorney’s office program is titled “Drug Take Back” (what to do with old drugs). Mary Poirier is program chairperson.

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. Classes are Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 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, 68 Federal St., is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m., a Tobacco Awareness Group. This free eight-week series allows 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. For more information, call 774-5489.

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

Yoga for Relaxation: Yoga for relaxation classes, Wednesdays, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free. The schedule follows: Tuesday, beginners yoga, 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday, gentle yoga, 4 p.m. On Wednesday, 6 p.m., a special class for women and on Thursday, 10 a.m., an over-50 yoga class. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. For more information, 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/individual instruction offered; Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. A $5 donation to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. For more information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or email: jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Women’s Resource Center: The Greenfield Women’s Resource Center at 474 Main St., offers a variety of programs and activities. Open hours: Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. An ongoing drop-in group, Women’s Relationship to Nourishment & Body Image, takes place Wednesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lorena Norwood or 774-4307 ext. 1 or email: Lnorwood@wmtcinfo.org.

Pasta Night: Pasta Night, Wednesday, 6 p.m., Greenfield Moose Family Center. Cost, $7. 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. 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 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 seeks 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, call 772-1993.

Leverett

Story Hour: A free weekly story hour, Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Leverett Public Library for infants to age 5, led by Julie Stepanek, 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.

Montague City

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: The Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group will meet Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., Franklin County Home Care Corp, 330 Montague City Road, large conference room.. This free group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month and is open to the public. For more information, call Molly Chambers, group facilitator, at 773-5555, ext. 2229 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229. Leave a message; your call will be returned.

Northfield

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 free. For details, contact Melissa 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.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: Shelburne Falls Eagles 2758 will meet Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the club, 52 State St. The club meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

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

South Deerfield

Yoga/Fitness Classes: Yoga and Fitness classes at Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10-C Elm St. First class 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.

Sunderland

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

Beginning Genealogy: Beginning Genealogy, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. Bring whatever you know in terms of names, dates and places and learn about the best places/strategies to trace one’s family tree. Advance registration is encouraged for this free program. Call 665-2642 or visit: www.sunderlandpubliclibrary.org.

Turners Falls

Course in Miracles: A Course in Miracles group meets Mondays, 5:30 to 7:30 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.

Arts & Crafts workshops: Playing Hide & Seek with Your Creativity, arts and crafts workshops for women at Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center, 41 Third St.. Programs run most Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information about and to register for workshops, call Christine at 863-4804, ext. 1003.

TFHS Alumni Association: The association will meet Wednesday, 7 p.m., Montague Elks Club. Interested persons are invited. The association meets the first Wednesday of each moth.

Wendell

Free Weekly Playgroup: Free weekly playgroup Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 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.

Whately

Reiki Share: Reiki Share will be held Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m., Stone Mountain Reiki, 9 Masterson Road. Free. A Reiki Share is a chance to give/receive Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love. For more information, call 665-8382 or email: cecelia@stonemountainreiki.com.

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

Regional

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. Benefits of massage: decrease anxiety, enhanced sleep, greater energy, reduce fatigue and more. 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, 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.

ADMIRE: Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory-Impaired, Resources and Education (ADMIRE) program will meet Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Franklin County Home Care Corp. conference room, 330 Montague City Road, Montague City. ADMIRE offers services to families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related memory disorder. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 773-5555.

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