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Bernardston

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

Charlemont

Mini Wreath Making: Charlemont and Hawley seniors will meet Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the social rooms of the Federated Church, 175 Main St. Mini wreath making with Linda Reynolds; lunch at 11:30. Brown bag food distribution after 12:30 p.m. The center will be closed on Christmas.

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 age 11 or who 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 is offered Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., or 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

Monday Night Meal: American Legion Post 81 will serve a homemade meatloaf supper with baked potato, veggies and desert tonight at 5:30, Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. Cost is $8 per person and served on a first come, first served basis. Takeouts available. Open to the public.

Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Citizens Bank, 89 French King Highway, located inside Super Stop & Shop. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-733-2767 or log onto redcrossblood.org.

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 offered 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, 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.

Salasin Center Schedule: December calendar for the Salasin Community Women’s Resource Center and the Family United Networks FUN Center: Tuesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Journey Dance at the RPX; Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group; Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, Peer Writing Group, and Thursday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Fun Center Family time. The center is at 474 Main St. For more information, visit: www.salasinwomenscenter.org or www.funfamilycenter.org.

The RECOVER Project: Open hours at The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St.: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. The RECOVER extension room is open all day, Mondays to Fridays. On Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m., a Tobacco Awareness Group. This free eight-week series will allow 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, no matter what path that recovery has taken. All walks of recovery are more than welcome. For more information, call 774-5489.

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

Transcendental Meditation: Transcendental Meditation Program for Women, free lectures by appointment, 277 Main St. Learn how the TM technique benefits all areas of life: mind, body and relationships. For more information, call 772-2228 or email: smoschen@tm-women.org.

Yoga for Relaxation: Yoga for relaxation classes, Wednesday, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class is free for new students. The schedule follows: Tuesday, beginners yoga at 5:15 p.m.; Wednesday, gentle yoga at 4 p.m. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., a special class for women and on Thursday at 10 a.m. an over-50 yoga class. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure, 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 and individual instruction is offered; Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. A $5 donation to cover expenses is appreciated. 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 is at 474 Main St. It 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 on the group, 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, $6. 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 of church. 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 begins 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 is looking for 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 and 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., large conference room at Franklin County Home Care Corp., 330 Montague City Road. 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.

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 is free. For details, contact 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. The first class is 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, 10c Elm St. First class is free. For schedule: 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 p.m., Sunderland Public Library. The free club is open to children, age 7 to 18, and their parents. The club meets for 60 minutes each session. All equipment and materials provided.

Turners Falls

Course in Miracles: A Course in Miracles group meets Mondays, 6:30 to 9 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.

Wendell

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

Yoga Classes: Gentle yoga for all ages, Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. First class is 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. For an appointment, call Heather at 413-325-5112.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is now open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of 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.

“One World Meditations”: Global meditation every Wednesday, 9 to 9:30 p.m., from your own home or meeting in Amherst twice monthly. For more information, visit: www.oneworldmeditations.org or call Marie at 549-6260.

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