Talk of the Towns, May 3, 2016

Monday, May 02, 2016

Veterans Agent Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, Veterans officer from the Greenfield office of the Department of Veterans’ Services, and Curt Pichette, Ashfield’s Veterans Agent, provide office hours at Ashfield Town Hall on the second thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. Veterans are invited to stop for information on services available and with any questions they may have.

Osteoporosis Exercise Program: Osteoporosis Exercise Program for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. for more information, call 625-2502


Story hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays between 4 and 5 p.m. to families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and snack. Bonnie Declamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters.

Wednesday Night Knitters: Cushman Library at 28 Church St., invites knitters of all abilities to join the Wednesday Night Knitters every Wednesday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Participants each working on their own projects, are welcome to enjoy the company of others while everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Rebecca Lawlor offers her expertise and experience as instructor. for more information, contact 648-5402 or cushmanlibrary@yahoo.com.


American Legion Post #81 will hold its May Meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Smittys Pub. Election of Officers will take place and fund raising activities will be discussed. All Legionnaires are encouraged to attend. There will be no Meetings held during June, July and August.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Oncology Department will present A free eight-week yoga class, “Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors,” at the YMCA of Greenfield. The classes will take place on Wednesdays, May 4 to June 29, noon to 1:30 p.m. Course facilitator is Pam Roberts, a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and a breast cancer survivor for over 20 years. Roberts is also a certified Yoga of the Heart for Cardiac and Cancer Patients instructor. For more information or to register, contact Pam Roberts at 413-625-2402 (pamro@aol.com).

The First Wednesday Speaker Series welcomes Pat Leuchtman, Greenfield Recorder garden columnist and author on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the LeVanway Room of Greenfield Public Library.

Having moved from the wilds of her Heath gardens, Leuchtman now lives in Greenfield and is developing her urban/suburban garden. She will share this ongoing process with us. Pat Leuchtman had barely begun her garden in Heath, Massachusetts in 1980 when she began writing Between the Rows, a weekly garden column for the Greenfield Recorder. Since then she has also written for other publications including The Boston Globe, Berkshire Living and Horticulture Magazine. She speaks locally about perennial gardening and sustainable roses and shares her garden wisdom on her website www.commonweeder.com.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. the cost is $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

The Recover Project: The Recover Project hosts a weekly “all Recovery Meeting” every Wednesday, 3 to 4 p.m., 68 Federal St. This meeting is open to all to discuss recovery, no matter what path that recovery has taken. All walks of recovery are welcome. For more information, call 774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Recover Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. for more information, call 325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474- Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4, or email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested call the number above.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Recover Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Al-anon is online at www.al-anon.org.

Naranon Familly Groups: Naranon Family Groups is a support group for families suffering with a loved one who is struggling with an addiction to Opiates or other substances. The group meets Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church, 25 Church St. for more information contact cardito809@gmail.clom.


Knitting in Northfield: Beginners, muddlers and experienced knitters are invited to drop by any Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. to knit, chat, exchange helpful hints and share ideas. the group is led by Kathy O’Shea, graduate of WEBS expert knitting program. It takes place at Dickinson memorial Library, 115 Main St. For more information, call 498-2455.

New Salem

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will host Liz Barbour for a “Feasting from Literature” program on Thursday at 7 p.m. at New Salem Town Hall (the big one), 15 South Main St. The entrance is in the back of the building where parking is also available. This is a demonstration which includes cooking two recipes, tasting samples, and recipe cards. Tasting samples are available for up to 35 people so please call the library to reserve a snack. 978-544-3664.


School year Playgroups: Frontier Regional CFCE presents School year Playgroups for babies and children, infant to age 5, and their caregivers, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Sunderland elementary School. Does not run during school vacations and winter school closings.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: this is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. to access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, and time for parent to connect, a kids Clothing Exchange and a parent Resource lending Library. For more information, contact Mary King at 863-4804 , ext. 1005 or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.


Free Playgroup: Come Play & learn, a free playgroup for parents/caregivers with children, infant to age 5, the second and fourth Wednesdays of the Month, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Warwick Community School, 41 Winchester St. The playgroup, sponsored by PVRSD CFCE will follow the public school calendar. for more information, contact Deb Wood at 498-2660 or email woodd@pvrsdk12.org.


RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior volunteer program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help non-profits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. Contact pat Sicard at RSVP, 584-1300 , ext. 183 or email psicard@hampshirecog.org.

Free computer training: Looking to improve your skills to make yourself stand out in today’s market? Harmon personnel Services in Greeenfield offers free computerized training with more than 1,000 selections to choose from. tutorials are self-guided allowing you to learn at your own pace. For more information, call Harmon Personnel at 774-7847 or visit: www.harmonpersonnel.com.

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational church, 16 court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 773-22227.

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 western 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 for more than 40 years, 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.

ICRC at LifePath (formerly Franklin County Home Care): The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath 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 ICRC at LifePath at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. the mediation & Training Collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. for more information call 475-1504 or 475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training. For an application and more information, contact Carol Judd at 452-3373 or email: carol.judd@statema.us.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer Referral Service Website www.MassLawhelp.com with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with local attorney who have the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment?The community health Information Center at Baystate Franklin medical Center, 164 high St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. for more information, call 773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1;30 p.m. the center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: the group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants to the group). for more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 7733-2359.