Talk of the Towns, March 14, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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


Dick’s Angels Relay for Life team will be cooking Rubens, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries on Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club. Proceeds will benefit the team.

Bernardston Vets Club St. Patrick’s Day Costume Party will take place Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Music by Free Range. Wear a costume or just something green if you would like.


Dean’s List: Michael J. Strachota of Colrain has been named to the Dean’s List at Clark University, Worcester, for the fall 2017 semester. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, with a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s).


Dean’s List: The following Greenfield residents were named to the Dean’s List at Clark University, Worcester, for the fall 2017 semester: Faie S. Baker, Rachel I. Carow and Helen M. Perham. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, with a maximum of 4.3 (all A+s).

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Held at the Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. and 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.. Open Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., for 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, at 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 play and learn groups, parent support group 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. 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 or find us on Facebook.

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


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

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper is held Fridays at the 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. On the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240 for more information.


Ed the Wizard and his Balloon Twisting Workshop will appear at the M. N. Spear Memorial Library on Friday at noon. Patrons will learn the art of balloon twisting starting with the fold, pinch, and twist method to create their own balloon dog. The twisting techniques become more involved as they learn bubble separation, producing a professional dog, and the fold twist, used for different ears and legs.

Turners Falls

Irish Music with Ray and Bob will be presented Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Free St. Patty’s cookies available as supplies last.


Benefits Counseling Program: Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help you 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. Choose from six, evidence-based workshops. For more information, or to 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 to learn more.

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, 978-544-2259 or email info@lifepathma.org. Visit: lifepathma.org to learn more.

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 or 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 kindergarten age and younger, as well as 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. Call 475-1405 to learn more.

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 availability. Contact Pat at: psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.