Talk of the Towns, Aug. 27


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.


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.


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.

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.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: The center will serve hamburgers and hot dogs on Friday at 6 p.m. Open to members and guests.

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:

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: for more information. Read more at:

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:


Farmers Market: Northfield Farmers Market is Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., 105 Main St., on the lawn in front of Coffee and Books/Dala Bird. Fresh local vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs, meat baked goods and plants, as well as jewelry and other handcrafted items. Musical entertainment as well. More vendors are always welcome. Contact the market manager, Deborah Mayberry, at 498-2424 or email:


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:

Shelburne Falls

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.

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health is at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240.


Children’s Music Story Hour: Join Julie Stepanek and her ukulele for another in a series of story hours, Friday, 11 a.m. Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. Stepanek will lead the audience in song and movement and will bring a few of her favorite children’s books to read. For children up to age 5 and their caregivers.


Chicken Barbecue: First Congregational Church of Whately, 177 Chestnut Plain Road, will hold a chicken barbecue on Labor Day from noon to 2 p.m. Eat in or take out. The menu will include one-half barbecued chicken, baked potato, corn, rolls, dessert and beverages. Adults, $12; children, $5. For reservations, call 665-22653 (LaSalle Florists). Tickets also available from church members.

Winchester, N.H.

Whippie completes internship: Ian Whippie of Winchester completed Colby-Sawyer College’s internship requirement at Arts Alive in Keene, N.H., during the summer. Whippie is a creative writing major. Internships are field experiences designed to provide a student learning opportunity under collaborative supervision between Colby-Sawyer College faculty, staff and work site professionals.


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.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: The United Arc and Franklin County Home Care Corp. sponsor a support group for grandparents who are the primary caregivers of their grandchildren. The evening group will meet this Thursday at 90 Federal St. (Community Action Family Center), Greenfield. The day group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 10 to 11:30, United Arc, 294 Avenue A Turners Falls. Childcare provided for the evening group. For more information, contact Rachel Lively, program coordinator, at 522-1212.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors: Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Dept. will hold a free eight-week yoga class, “Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors,” Wednesdays, Sept. 3 to Oct. 22, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA in Greenfield. Course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a 20-year breast cancer survivors and certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Roberts is also a certified Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients instructor. The weekly Gentle Yoga classes for individuals who have been living with a cancer diagnosis consist of stretching, strengthening and breathing and deep relaxation exercises. The free program is made possible by BFMC’s Oncology Dept. and the YMCA in Greenfield For more information or to register, contact Roberts at 625-2402.

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.

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.

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