Talk of the Towns: Aug. 29


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 information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.


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.


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.

Greenfield Lodge of Elks: Sunday Wing Afternoon, 3 to 5:40 p.m., at the lodge. Raffles and wings, coleslaw and French fries. This is a benefit for the veterans float fair parade.

The Salasin Center: The Salasin Center, Greenfield’s Women’s Resource, is at 474 Main St. Contact person is Rachel Pariseau. The Family United Network (F.U.N.) is at 3 1/ 2 Osgood St. Contact Laura Stone or Vickie Hutchinson at 774-4307. Week of Sept. 1: Monday, Labor Day holiday. Tuesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m, Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery; 5 to 6 p.m., Journey Dance at the RPX. Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Parents Supporting Parents Support Group (free child care). Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., FUN Center. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, Women’s Peer to Peer Writing Group; noon to 2 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. Sitting and walking Zen Buddhist tradition. All are welcome. Both group and individual instruction is offered. Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donations of $5. Contact Paul Sonier at 665-0278 or visit:

Healthy Bones/Balance Class: The YMCA in Greenfield is offering free exercise classes for people who have osteoporosis, osteopenia or who just want to strengthen their bones. Classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to noon. Pre-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.

Debtors Anonymous: Debtors Anonymous will meet Tuesday, 6 p.m., The Recovery Project, 68 Federal St. This is a 12-step program designed to help transform one’s relationship with money. For additional information, call 773-5608.

Green River Yoga: New Yoga for Relaxation classes this month at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. This week: Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Over 50 Yoga classes will be held at Green River Yoga (over World Eye Bookshop), 158 Main St. On Wednesdays Women’s Yoga offered from 5:45 to 7 p.m., Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. For more information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or:

New: Club Cafe: Green River House, a program of Clinical & Support Options, announces the opening of the Club Cafe on Tuesday at the John P. Olver Transportation Center, 12 Olive St. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Need more information? Call 772-2181, ext. 204. Stop by, say hello, and have a cup of Pierce Brothers coffee.

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 256-1549 or visit:

NELCWIT Support Groups: This week’s schedule: 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. All groups are free and confidential. For information, call 772-0871 or visit:


Yoga for Life: Yoga for Life in West Leyden: This week’s schedule: Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., seasonal balancing class/workshops. Diverse styles also available. Call Linda Romano: 624-3334. First session in any class 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.


Yoga for Every Body: Classes are at Green Trees Gallery, 105 Main St. All levels are welcome. First class is free. This week’s schedule: Wednesday, 5:45 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9:30 to 11 a.m. For details, contact: Melissa Stevens at: or call 910-431-2202.

PVRS Weight Room: This week’s schedule: Wednesday and Friday nights from 6:30 to 7:30.


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:

Great Falls Discovery Center: During September in the Great Hall: “Welcome to Railroad Salvage.” Constructions, reliefs and large scale drawings by Nini Rossi and Barbara Milot. On Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Kidleidoscope. Learn about our neighbors who share our home in the Connecticut River watershed. Each program includes a story, interactive games, and a craft to introduce you and your child to wildlife along the river. For ages 3 to 6 with parent or guardian.

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.


Reiki Share: Reiki Share, a free program, takes place the first Tuesday of each month, noon to 2 p.m., at Stone Mountain Reiki, 9 Masterson Road. Bring your lunch. Confirm by emailing: cecelia@stonemountainreiki or call 665-83282.


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. To make an appointment, call Blazejewski at 774-9927. In-home Reiki sessions are also available for pre- and post-operative 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 heat or 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.

Free hot lunch last Saturday of the month (year round), Our Lady of Peace Church Parish Hall, 7th St., Turners Falls. For more information, call Sara Cummings at Community Action at 376-1129.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Rep. Paul Mark will host office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, hold office hours. This week’s schedule: 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.

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