Talk of the Towns, May 17, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Garden Club of Amherst will sponsor its annual plant sale Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. under the tent on the Amherst Common, next to the Amherst Farmers Market. Rain or shine. Hundreds of locally grown perennials, hosta, woodland species, grasses, shrubs and trees. Plants for sun and shade. Cash only.


Beef Supper: The South Athol United Methodist Church will serve a public braised beef supper Saturday with settings at 5 and 6 p.m. Adults, $12; children ages 6 to 12, $5; children under age 6, free. For reservations call 978-249-9212.

The North Quabbin Garden Club will sponsor its 12th annual plant sale at Millers River Environmental Center on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. See native and locally grown plants from club members’ gardens.

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., at Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com.

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. at Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Athol Congregational Church.


Meal: Dick’s Angels Relay for Life team will be serving its last meal of the year on Friday at the Bernardston Vets Club, Hartwell St. Food will be served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. They will serve steak and cheese grinders with French fries. Hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches will also be available. Proceeds support the American Cancer Society.


“Hummingbirds of the World” with naturalist John Root will be presented Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Griswold Memorial Library, 14 Main Road. Free. Perennials for edible landscaping and attracting wildlife will be offered for sale. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Colrain Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.


Local Finalist: Amelia Chen, a 12th grader at Deerfield Academy, has been chosen as the only Massachusetts winner for Doodle 4 Google Contest, which is in the final voting stage. Five state and territory winners will go on to become national finalists. Vote for Massachusetts at: bit.ly/2mjOpMG.


A public beef dinner including a 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. Dinner reservations encouraged by calling 584-1325.


Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday from 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.


Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


An asparagus supper will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the chapel next to First Congregational church, Routes 47 and 116. The menu will include appetizer, asparagus, roast pork, scalloped potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, beverage and dessert. Adults, $12; children under 8, $4. For reservations, call 665-2890 and leave a name, telephone number and number of people attending.

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School is held each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Come to the free, drop-in playgroup for a morning of informal play, interactive literacy and conversation with other families and caregivers of children ages 0 to 5. Contact Karen Green with questions at karen.green@frsu38.org or 665-1151. Playgroup will not take place during school vacations or weather-related school closures. This program is funded by the Mass EEC and supported by the Frontier Regional School District.

Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m., in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women’s, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

The Friends of the Montague Libraries will be at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, Saturday from 9 a.m to noon. Discover what the Friends of the Montague Libraries does and what you can do to help. There will be materials for children to make book marks and instruction on how to use interlibrary loan and/or download electronic library books. There will be a few books available to purchase for $1. The Friends are also selling tickets to win a large picture frame with many lottery tickets. Light refreshments will be available.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. For more information, call 863-9549.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to destress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a counselor at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at: lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice: Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information: email@racialjusticerising.org.

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information, visit: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.com. For more information, visit: www.straightspouse.org.

Counseling Referrals: The social work therapy referral service offers free confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 for more information.

Help the blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. This is a free, quick pick up service and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.