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Talk of the Towns, April 1

Athol

Cribbage Tournament: South Athol United Methodist Church will hold its 42nd Annual Quabbin Area Singles Cribbage Tournament on Friday, 6:45 p.m., church hall, with finals to follow on Saturday at 1 p.m. The tournament is a double elimination singles match tourney with a $10 entry fee, open to adults, age 16 and older. For reservations, call Ralph Stoddard at 978-249-9626 or Paul Maier at 978-249-6288.

Bernardston

Story hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays, 4 to 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 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, Wednesdays 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/experience as instructor. For more information, contact 648-5402 or: cushmanlibrary@yahoo.com.

Buckland

Ham dinner: A public ham dinner will be served Saturday, 6 p.m., Mary Lyon Church. The dinner will feature ham, scalloped potatoes, butternut squash, peas, cabbage salad, homemade rolls, brownies with ice cream, beverage and coffee. The cost is $10 per person, $5 for ages 6 to 12, younger than 6, free. For reservations or further information, call the Willis family at 625-2649.

Greenfield

Mid-week Music: This week’s Mid-week Music at All Souls Church, Main and Hope streets, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., features Sodade, a duo performing jazz standards, classics and blues with Janice Dompke, vocalist, and Stephen Page, pianist.

American Legion Post: American Legion Post 81 will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Smitty’s Pub, 26 Chapman St. A discussion will take place concerning the format for the May 7 election of Post 81 officers. Cmdr. Dave Lewis will conduct the meeting. All Legionnaires are invited.

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 survivors and certified Kripalu yoga teacher, at 625-2402 or email: pamro@aol.com. 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. 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.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours: Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. The center’s telephone number: 775-0010. Contact Rachel Pariseau for more information at 774-4307, ext. 2, or email: rpariseau@wmtcinfo.org.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m., Greenfield Teen Center, 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: www.al-anon.org/

Montague

Sugar Supper: The 73rd Sugar-on-Snow Supper, Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Montague Congregational Church. The menu will include corned beef hash, Harvard beets, coleslaw, baked beans, dill pickles, homemade donuts and sugar-on-snow with maple syrup provided by Ripley Farms. Adults, $12, children younger than 10, $5. For reservations, call 863-2398. Call for takeout.

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: budine@erving.com.

Northfield

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 welcomed.

Shelburne

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

South Deerfield

Pierogi for sale: Now through April 16, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., has for sale for the Lenten season, frozen cheese, potato and cheese, and sauerkraut pierogi. To arrange a time for purchase and pickup, call 665-2129 or 774-3800. This is a major fund-raiser for the church.

Turners Falls

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 make an appointment, call 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

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: vickie@mcsmcommunity.org or visit: www.mcsmcommunity.org/programs.

Warwick

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: woodd@pioneervalley.k12.ma.us.

Regional

Spring Book Fair: “Books Are Fun” Spring Book Fair, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center Lobby. Top quality hardcover books in all categories including best sellers, children’s books, cookbooks, sports, gardening, history, travel, etc. Up to 40 to 70 percent off retail prices. Credit cards accepted.

Open Grief Support Group: The group meets the first Thursday of the month, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s ground floor conference room near the cafeteria. This group is open to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. For more information, contact Mark Keller at 657-2050.

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: www.harmonspersonnel.com.

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 1-800-732-4636.

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 1-800-810-2877.

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: carol.judd@statema.us. The need for volunteers is ongoing.

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