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Talk of the Towns, April 24

Ashfield

MotherWoman Support Group: “MotherWoman,” a support group for new mothers, meets on Mondays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at St. John’s Corner, 469 Main St. This group, under the joint sponsorship of It Takes a Village and St. John’s Episcopal Church, meets each Monday, except on school holidays. Pregnant and postpartum mothers are welcome. Infants stay with mothers. Snack for all; free childcare for children provided, up to age 4. For more information, contact Anna Westley at: Anna@MotherwellDoulaCare.com.

Athol

Kingsmen Chess Club: The club meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or e-mail aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com

Smoking Cessation: Smoking Cessation led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist, meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m., Athol Memorial Hospital’s conference room.

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is for family and friends of people with alcohol-related issues. The group meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Athol Memorial Hospital’s cafeteria.

Buckland

Ice Cream Social/Concert: Ice Cream Social, Concert and Raffle featuring “The Singing Trooper.” Trooper Dan and his wife Mary present their new spiritual music program. Bart’s Ice Cream at 6 p.m., $10; concert at 7, $10, Saturday, Mary Lyon Church, 17 Upper St.

Deerfield

Historic Deerfield Patriots Day: Rediscover the history behind the Patriots Day holiday and the “shot heard ‘round the world” at Historic Deerfield on Saturday. The Patriots Day Revolutionary Muster & Parade offers a full day of activities for visitors of all ages throughout the village including a Colonial-era encampment. Revolutionary times will come to life through demonstrations of period crafts and activities, fife and drum music, a re-enacted skirmish, and a parade and muster. Historic Deerfield guides and open hearth cooks will interpret open hearth cooking and powder horn carving in the 1786 Hall Tavern. Horse-drawn wagon rides will transport visitors through the village; all historic houses will be available for touring. Visitors can make a flag to wave during the afternoon parade, and then take it home as a memento. There is an admission fee. For more information including a detailed schedule, log onto: www.historic-deerfield.org or call 775-7214.

Erving

Plant and Book Sale: Friends of the Erving Library annual plant and book sale begins on Saturday, rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets for the “pick a prize” raffle will also be available for purchase during the sale. The sale continues for the week during the library’s regular open hours. Money raised from the sale helps fund library events and programs. You will find deals on great books for summer reading and plants to brighten up your garden.

Greenfield

‘Vet to Vet’: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Fish Fry: Greenfield Lodge of Elks No. 1296 Fish Fry on Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. through April. Open to members and guests.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: Loyal Order of Moose and Women Of The Moose installations on Saturday. LOOM at 4 p.m.; WOTM at 5. A roast beef dinner will also be served at 6. The Chicken Wire band will provide music.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) is at 3½ Osgood St. Open hours are Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Contact Rachel Pariseau, Family United Network coordinator, at 774-4307, ext. 2, or email: Rpariseau@wmtcinfo.org.

Montague City

Helpful Programs at FCHCC: At Franklin County Home Care any plan of care starts with your needs. Home Care Services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care, and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with Home Care’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at FCHCC allows elders in need to select their own caregiver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information on either, visit: info@fchcc.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at: www.fchcc.org.

New Salem

Earth Day Event: On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the New Salem Library will be planting seeds in peat pots for your gardens and enjoying the limericks created during the Limerick/Lime Ricky program. Refreshments for one and all.

Northfield

Food Pantry: The community food pantry has new hours. The food pantry will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry will be open this Saturday.

Antiques Appraisal Show: An Antiques Appraisal Show will take place Saturday, 7 p.m., Trinitarian Congregational Church. Auctioneer Paul Gorzocoski will be on hand to appraise items and entertain folks with his knowledge. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The cost is $10 for appraisal.

Orange

Cellar Closet Thrift Shop: The shop at Central Congregational Church, 93 South Main St., is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through mid-May. Good used clothing for all ages, books, and household goods at reasonable prices.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Free Community Meal, offered every Friday night at 5:30 at Trinity Church, Severance Street.

South Deerfield

Fiber Artist Trunk Show: Fiber artist Nina Compagnon will hold a free Trunk Show and Sale, Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Sheep & Shawl, a local yarn shop on Routes 5 and 10 in the Tibetan Plaza. Compagnon will show a wide range of her nuno felted apparel and home decor. Her work is shown in various galleries in the valley as well as across the country. In May, her work will be in a show at Jones Library in Amherst. Refreshments provided. Call 397-3680 for more information or visit: www.sheepandshawlcom.

Colt Inducted into Society: Jacqueline E. Colt of South Deerfield has been inducted into the Irving Bacheller Society, the St. Lawrence University English Department’s honorary society. Colt is majoring in English at the Canton, N.Y. university. She is a graduate of Deerfield Academy.

Preschool Story Time: Preschool story time, Fridays, 11 a.m., in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children, ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is approximately 45 minutes in length and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Serendipity Shop, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s, women, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items, $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. Call 665-2890.

Peace Vigil: Peace Vigil, organized by members of the Justice and Peace Study group, Sunderland Congregational Church, every Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon, corner of routes 47 and 116, next to the church.

Turners Falls

Remote Control Flea Market: The third annual Giant Western Mass. Remote Control Flea Market, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Blvd. Come and browse or swap at the market. Anything remote control — boats, planes or cars — can be sold. If available, tables can be purchased for $15 at the door. Forty tables available. No entrance fees; no seller premiums. For more information, contact: David Korpierski at 413-695-2191 or email: davidk@cs.umass.edu or visit: www.franklinrc.com.

Great Falls Discovery Center: Winter and Spring Preschool Series: Salamanders and Frogs, Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the center. Learn about their homes, songs and and habits through stories, crafts and activities. This program for ages 3 to 6 with a parent or guardian. Siblings and friends welcome.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Swoop into Spring: Learn About and Celebrate Bats. Join students of the Deer Paths Nature Education Center to take a closer look at bats. The program features activities for families with children and a film about bats and conservation efforts. Light refreshments provided. There will also be a raffle for a bat house and other prizes with all proceeds donated to BatCon. This event created/hosted by students at Deer Paths Nature Education Center in Wendell. For more details, go to: www.deerpaths.org or call 978-544-1990. Free admission, but donations accepted with all money given to Bat Conservation International.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store, hosted by staff and volunteers, is at 96 Fourth St., 863-9549. The Thrift Store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Thrift Shop is open to the general public and helps finance its Food Pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free of charge, also additional food to help the victims of a disaster.

Wendell

Movietime at Library: On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Wendell Free Library will show: “The Giant Gila Monster.” There will be a 30-minute film before the movie: Episode 4 of “The Phantom Empire: Phantom Broadcast.” This is another film in the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/monster Movies at the library. Free admission.

Regional

Power of Women event: The Friends of NELCWIT will present The Power of Women, May 1, 5 to 7 p.m., Greenfield Community College Dining Commons. Featured speaker Sheridan Haines, executive director, Governor’s Council, to address Sexual & Domestic Violence; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with other special guests offering song and theater. Hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent auction, live music. Take the White Ribbon campaign pledge during the event. Space is limited: Contact Cheryl Rogers now to RSVP at: crogers@nelcwit.org.

Free Reiki sessions: Reiki for Breast Cancer Patients/Survivors in Franklin County, Saturday mornings, by appointment, 474 Main St., Suite 2, Greenfield. Reiki, an ancient and relaxing noninvasive therapy, enhances the body’s natural healing ability while calming the body, mind and spirit. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Mary Jessie Blazejewski, Reiki master/teacher, at 774-9927.

Eventide Singers: Eventide Singers offer songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. Music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. Eventide’s purpose is to provide a bed of supportive music on which a person may rest in harmony while in transition from this time to what is next to come. For a YouTube video of the group, go to: www.eventidesingers.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support Group: This group is for individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. It meets monthly in the region. For support and location, call Jane at 625-6636 or email: anenrosie48@yahoo.com or the Straight Spouse Network at www.straightspouse.org.

Counseling Referrals: The Social Work Therapy Referral Service offers free confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 1-800-242-9794.

Help the blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade-in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 1-888-613-2777 for details. This is a free tow; quick pick up and donations are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired persons in Massachusetts.

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