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Al-Anon meeting Mondays: The weekly 7:30 p.m. Monday meetings of Al-Anon takes place at 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.


“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 further 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.


Yoga Classes: Yoga classes at the Firemen’ Association Building, next to the firehouse, Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. All levels welcome. For more information, contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.


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.

The Salasin Center: The Salasin Center is home of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center & FUN Center at 474 Main St. GWRC open hours for women, ages 18 and older, Monday 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 2:30 to 5 p.m., and Saturday noon to 1:30 p.m. The schedule follows: Mondays, noon to 1 p.m., Gentle T’ai Chi. Tuesdays, Journey Dance, 5:30 to 7 p.m., RPX, 1 Osgood St. Wednesdays, 3 p.m., Women’s Nourishment for the Soul Art Group. Thursdays, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Family Fun Night, FUN center, 474 Main St. Snacks, playtime, crafts and music for the whole family with access to resources/computers for parents.

MEGAdance Zumba Fitness: MEGAdance Zumba Fitness, Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Greenfield Guiding Star Grange, Chapman Street. The first class is free. For more information, call Megan at 413-552-6288 or visit Facebook at MEGAdance Zumba Fitness.

Greenfield Zen: Greenfield Zen meets Mondays, including most Monday holidays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group/individual instruction is offered. Beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donation is $5 to cover expenses, but not required. Several cushions and chairs available to share. Contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744.

Green River Yoga: New Yoga for Relaxation classes this month at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Monday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga; Wednesday, 4 to 5, Gentle Yoga, and Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., an Over 50 Yoga class. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches/yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure of these and other classes, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or: jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

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: www.greenriverzen.org.

NELCWIT Support Groups: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop-in from 10 to 11 a.m., for women who are or used to be in abuse relationships. Seeds of Nourishment, Mondays, drop-in 4 to 6 p.m. 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. Drumming, crafting, potluck feast and community education. All groups are free and confidential. For more information, call 772-0871 or visit: www.nelcwit.org.


Yoga for Life: Yoga for Life in West Leyden: Mondays, private therapeutic session, mornings or evenings; Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Balancing Yoga workshops. Call for each season. Diverse styles also available. Call Linda Romano for listing a 624-334. First session in any class chosen is free.


Living Room Yoga: Living Room Yoga at the Montague Retreat Center, 177 Ripley Road, Tuesdays, 9 a.m., and Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Register at 9 a.m. with Lisa Enzer at 367-2658 or visit: enzer@earthlink.net. The first class is free.


Clothing Donations Sought: Quality clothing is requested by the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. All sizes, any season, 14 charities to benefit. Drop off Monday to Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m., and Sundays, 9 to 11:15 a.m.,Fourteen charities to benefit.

Kiwanis Club: The Kiwanis Club of Northfield meets Mondays, 6 p.m., for a social get-together, followed by a meeting at 6:30. The club meets May to September at Kiwanis Park, School Street, and October through April at town hall. New members are welcome. Call 498-5921.

PVRS Weight Room: The PVRS Weight Room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6:30 to 7:30.


Wheeler Memorial Library: Mother Goose on the Loose, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 49 East Main St. Nursery rhymes, instrument play, movement to music and shared board book readings help foster early literacy skills of infants, age 1 and 2. Older siblings are welcome. On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Rise and Romp Storytime. Stories, songs, stretches, creative dramatics and crafts tailored for all ages. For more information, call 978-544-2495, ext. 103. No registration needed for either program.

Shelburne Falls

Free Playgroup: Free playgroup for parents/caregivers and their children, infant to age 5, Mondays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Buckland Shelburne elementary School’s preschool room. The playgroup will follow the public school calendar and will be led by Melissa Pincus, CFCE coordinator for the Mohawk Trail Regional School System. Children will play, learn, read stories and have nutritious snacks. For more information, contact Pincus at 625-6194 or visit: mpincus@mohawkschools.org.


Free Story Hour: Enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your children and other families/caregivers at the MN Spear Memorial Library on Mondays, 10 to 11 a.m., led by Julie Stepanek. Story hour is intended for children, infants to age 5, and is sponsored by the library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Story hour will continue over the summer, thanks to the Friends of the Library. For more information, call Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email: budine@erving.com.

South Deerfield

Aging Gracefully: A free support group, “Living Fully, Aging Gracefully, Befriending Death,” will meet Monday 6:30 to 9 p.m., South Deerfield Senior Center, 67 North Main St. Guided discussion plus shared poetry, prose, song. New participants welcome to attend regularly or occasionally. For more information, call John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533.

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 info@pureyogawellness.com.

Turners Falls

Women’s Resource Center: The Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center, 41 Third St., holds open hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays from 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, community resource information, free clothing, books, household and food items, the computer lab and to enjoy/learn a variety of arts and crafts. All materials are free. For information on additional workshops, call Christine at 863-4804, ext. 1003, or email: christine@mcsmcommunity.org or visit: www.mcsmcommunity.org.

Parent 2 parent Support Group: This peer support group meets at 78 Avenue A on Mondays at 5:30 p.m. for a light meal. Childcare is provided while parents meet from 6 to 7. For more information, contact Vickie at 863-4804, ext. 1004, or email: vickie@mcsmcommunity.org or visit: www.mcsmcommunity.org/programs.

Basic Needs Program: The Basic Needs Program at Montague Catholic Social Ministries is open on Wednesdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., for resources and referrals. Donations to Basic Needs can be dropped off at MCSM at that time. To make an appointment, cqll 863-4808, ext. 1002, and leave a message. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Winchester, N.H.

Al-Anon Support Group: This group is for friends and families of alcoholics. It meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., United Church parsonage, 97 Main St.


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 3776-1129.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Rep. Paul Mark will host office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, will hold office hours Mondays at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 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.

Employability Workshops: The Literacy Project, in collaboration with the Franklin Hampshire Career Center and the Regional Employment board, holds workshops on Mondays, 1 to 4 p.m., to prepare young people, ages 16 to 24, and all Greenfield residents, no matter what age, for the workforce and higher education. Workshops are held at the center, 15 Bank Row, Suite D, Greenfield. The workshops include guest speakers and field trips. If eligible, students can enroll in free GED classes at Greenfield Community College and participate in a paid internship. For more information, you are urged to contact Amber at 774-3935.

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