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New support group for new mothers meets Jan. 28

ASHFIELD —MotherWoman, a support group for new mothers, will hold its first gathering in the Hilltowns on Monday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John’s Corner, 469 Main St., Ashfield.

This group, under the joint sponsorship of It Takes a Village and St. John’s Episcopal Church, will meet each Monday at this time, except on school holidays. Pregnant and postpartum mothers are welcome. Infants stay with mothers. Snacks for all and free childcare for children up to age 4 will be provided.

The contact person for this group will be Anna Westley (

An additional group, using the same model, will begin at the FamilyCenter in Cummington on the second Thursday of each month from 10 to 11:30 a.m., beginning Feb. 14. The contact person for that group will be Stacey Mackowiak (

Rev. Bill Heller to give talk and present workshop

GREENFIELD —Unity minister the Rev. Bill Heller will give the talk and present a workshop on the similarities between Unity and “A Course in Miracles” on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Unity in the Pioneer Valley, 6 Arch St. The service is at 10 a.m. and the workshop is between noon and 3 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $25 for the workshop. No one will be turned away for lack of money.

Vernon church to host Fold Family Ministries Sunday

VERNON, Vt. — Vernon Union Church, 2631 Fort Bridgman Road, will host The Fold Family Ministries of Lyndonville, Vt., and Development Director Emily Larkin at its Sunday worship service. The service will be followed by a fellowship meal, during which people can meet Larkin and ask questions about The Fold and an upcoming Mission Trip. The Fold is a residential program for troubled teens and their families. You can find more information about The Fold at 802-257-8523 or 603-499-3554 or found on the web at

Organ concert
Feb. 3 at Deerfield’s Brick Church

DEERFIELD — The Brick Church Music Series will present Harry Hugff, organ, on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m., at The First Church of Deerfield, 71 Old Main St., Deerfield. Huff is minister of music at Boston’s Old South Church and music director and lecturer on ministry at Harvard Divinity School. A winner of numerous organ competitions, he has also been a guest artist at festivals in the U.S, and throughout Europe. Music by DuMage, J. S. Bach, Franck, Cooman and Mancini (“The Pink Panther”) will be heard on the church’s Richards and Fowkes tracker organ, Opus 13.

This is a fundraiser for the church with a suggested donation of $10 at the door. There will be a reception following the concert in the Caswell Library at Deerfield Academy. For further information call: 774-2657.

Benefit supper for Holland Herzig; tickets on sale now

SHELBURNE FALLS — Saint Joseph Parish in Shelburne Falls is sponsoring a benefit supper to help Holland Herzig pay medical expenses resulting from brain surgery in 2012. Holland has served as a reserve police officer in Charlemont, a firefighter in Colrain and a teacher at the Franklin County Technical School. The buffet-style supper will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St., Shelburne Falls

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children between the ages of 5 to 12, with children under 5 eating free. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m.

The deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, Jan. 28. Contact Jim at 625-6405 for additional information. All funds go directly to the family.

Maichack returns for pastel workshop

BERNARDSTON — Greg Maichack will return to lead a pastels workshop at the Bernardston Unitarian Meetinghouse on Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

His last workshop, say organizers, was filled to capacity.

Free. Materials and refreshments provided.

Space is limited, please call to reserve a spot: Annette Mackin,

For more information,

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