Talk of the Towns, Nov. 1, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The annual Holiday Tin Auction, sponsored by the South Athol Methodist Women’s group, will be Friday at 6 p.m. in Parish Hall on Morgan Avenue, South Athol. The event is open to the public. It is a pot-luck supper followed by an auction of holiday tins. The twist is that bidders find out what the tin contains only after winning the bid. Contents have ranged from homemade crafts and quilts, Christmas jewelry, gift certificates to joke gifts. Meal is free; bring a dish if you like, a holiday tin or decorated box with a gift inside. Proceeds will be sent to the Tree of Life Missionary in Haiti to enable a student to go to school.

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.


Benefit Ham Dinner: There will be a public ham dinner Saturday, at 6 p.m., at the Mary Lyon Church. The dinner will feature ham, scalloped potatoes, butternut squash, peas, cabbage salad, homemade rolls, apple crisp with ice cream and beverages. The dinner will be prepared and served by the Willis Family Team with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. $12; $6 for ages 6 to 12; under 6 free. For reservations or more information, call the Willis Family at 625-2649.


Food Collection: As part of a nationwide service project, Boy Scout Troop 5, Cub Scout Pack 3, and other youth organizations will collect food in Greenfield on Saturday, Nov. 11. All donations will go to the Franklin Area Survival Center. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, bags with brightly colored flyers attached will be distributed to homes around Greenfield. For residents who receive a bag and would like to participate, the pack asks that you place non-perishable food donations inside. Leave the bag with the flyer visible outside your front door, near your mailbox or in another visible location by 9 a.m. on Nov. 11 and it will be picked up.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets Fridays, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. For more information, contact facilitator Dorian at 624-0280.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., on Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. A fun time for the whole family. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or visit: slangknecht@wmcinfo.org.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers plays and learn groups, parent support groups and early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553. Find us on Facebook.

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


Herbalist Presentation: Today, from 11 a.m. to noon, Karen Sayword-Sims, certified herbalist, will present a program, “From Garden to Kitchen: Herbs for Health and Healing,” on using herbs medicinally and for cooking at Leyden Town Hall. She will discuss common herbs in kitchen gardens such as thyme, oregano, basil and rosemary. She will also discuss Fire Cider, a tonic used for overall health and wellbeing; small samples will be given out. The program will be followed by a small lunch reception. Sponsored by the Leyden Council On Aging.


Students of the Week: The following Great Falls Middle School students were selected as Students of the Week for week ending Oct. 27: Grade 6, Jeremy Kovalsick; grade 7, Kitana Rodriguez; grade 8, Jacob Lyons and Sujal Manandhar.


Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 34 North Main St., or call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Free Medical Clinic: The free clinic takes place every Tuesday, at 9 a.m., at Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls. On the FRTA bus route. Call 625-6240 for more information.


Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, for more information.

Healthy Living Program: The program at LifePath promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain self management, healthy eating, falls prevention and more make up this program. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program at LifePath is for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. To choose from six, evidence-based workshops, or register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, healthy living program coordinator, at 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Visit: lifepathma.org for more information.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities and caregiver support. Resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or email info@lifepathma.org. Learn more at: lifepathma.org.

Overeaters Anonymous: 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, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children kindergarten age and younger and expectant women over 40, offers free Head Start preschool, free Head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and child care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Join us: More than 600 RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties active adults 55 and older give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer openings close to home to fit your interests, skills, and time availability. Contact Pat at psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.