Talk of the Towns, Jan. 10, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018


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


Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St, is open every Friday from 4:30 to 10 p.m. with food served from 5 to 7:30. The regular menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese and French fries is served Fridays. Weekly specials will also be available. This week’s special is beef stew with biscuits and cornbread. See our Facebook page for details each week. https://m.facebook.com/Bernardston-Veterans-Organization-Inc-183802294976286/


Public supper: Italian Night Dinner featuring pasta selections, salad bar, vegetable, beverage and dessert will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Florence Congregational Church, 130 Pine St. Free-will offering. Reservations encouraged by calling 584-1325.


“Looking Forward: A Winter Breakfast with the Rainbow Elders” will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Greenfield Corporate Center Cafeteria, 101 Munson St., the location of LifePath’s main office. The event will feature a light breakfast and social time. LGBTIQA elders and their allies are invited. Register by Thursday. Visit LifePathMA.org/RainbowElders to sign up, or call Lynne Feldman, Director of Community Services at LifePath, at 773-5555 x2215 or 978-544-2259 x2215. There is no charge, but a suggested donation of $10 is appreciated and will be used to cover expenses. Any donation amount is welcome.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. meets Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. 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., 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 & Learn Groups, Parent Support Group and special 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. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. 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.


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: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls, downtown Shelburne Falls. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240.


Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2017-2018 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles. This program is intended for children to 5 years of age and is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children.fy See CNC website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, (978) 544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.


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, are for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. Choose from six, evidence-based workshops on information or to register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program coordinator, 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Read more at lifepathma.org.

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. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email info@lifepathma.org. Go online to 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 to locate meetings throughout 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 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.

RSVP: It is a new year, so if you are 55 or older and have a desire to share your life and work experience to benefit the community, call Pat Sicard at RSVP of the Pioneer Valley. Volunteers are needed in many local non-profit organizations to prepare and deliver meals to homebound seniors, visit or drive seniors to appointments, provide reception, data entry, or computer classes. Train to be a Healthy Bones and Balance exercise class leader or help in a Thrift Shop or Survival Center. Use your skills to improve the lives of others and start today by calling Pat at 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or email psicard@hcg-ma.org.