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Talk of the Towns

Greenfield

Red Cross Blood Drive: Thursday at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St., Greenfield.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a weekly “All Recovery Meeting” every Wednesday, 3 to 4 p.m., 68 Federal St. This meeting is 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 are Thursdays, 4 to 7 p.m. The center’s telephone number is: 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, 6:45-9 p.m., Greenfield Teen Center on 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/

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.

Shelburne

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

Sunderland

Red Cross Blood Drive: at Sunderland Fire Department, 105 River Rd. 1 to 6 p.m.

Regional

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 to11, 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.

Free Mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money/time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering mediation at no cost to help resolve housing-related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

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.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new Lawyer Referral Service Website www.MassLawHelp.com with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect the public with local lawyers with appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information.

Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is open year-round, Monday to 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.

Free call center: The American Lung Association of Western Massachusetts offers a free call center at 773-2319.

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