Talk of the Towns, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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


Bernardston Senior Center Council on Aging will offer Wellness Wednesday educational program on July 18 at 4:30 p.m. discussing the “Alexander Technique” with Ruth Rootberg. During the 45-minute lecture-demonstration, she will explain how the Alexander Technique can improve balance and mobility and increase your sense of ease. This gentle, hands-on, interactive education teaches self-care, and is great for managing chronic pain A light supper will follow. Registration deadline is Friday by noon by calling 648-5413.

Bernardston Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Open to the public. Open Wednesdays 5:30 to 9 p.m. all year. Pitch begins at 6. Closed Fridays July and August. Re-open Fridays in September with food Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. all year. Summer Beach Party Friday, July 20 from 7 to 10 p.m. with DJ Shaun Costello.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Important Brown Bag Schedule Change: The Food Bank’s Greenfield July Brown Bag is Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

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, child care, 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.


Farmers Market: The Northfield Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of Cameron’s Winery, 105 Main St. from May 31 to Oct. 4.


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, 131 West Main St., or call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.


“Paper in its Many Forms” exhibit is now showing at the Senior Center in Shelburne. On Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m., the Senior Center will host a reception for the artists, Eileen Lively from Heath and Alan Young from Buckland. Many unique items made from paper will be on display. Meet the artists. Free and open to all.
Shelburne Historical Society, 33 Severance St. (old Arms Academy) is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Shelburne Falls

Academic showcase: Clay Kelley of Shelburne Falls was among over 250 students whose exceptional academic work was showcased during Baldwin Wallace University’s Ovation Festival 2018 in Berea, Ohio. Kelley, a graduate of Franklin County Technical School majoring in chemistry, gave an oral presentation titled “Reflections on the 2018 Reep-Clark Space Experience at Space Center U.” This year’s 18-day Ovation Festival recognized student success in research, scholarship, experiential learning, the arts and more.

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 summer, the program will take place Mondays, to Aug. 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the library. This program is intended for children to 5 years of age. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the M.N. Spear Memorial Library.


Dean’s List: The following area students have been named to the dean’s list at the University of New Hampshire for the spring 2018 semester: Mckenna Wells of Greenfield, Caitlin Burnett of Conway, Amelia Marchand of Erving, Ross Damon of Northfield, Samuel Kitfield of Northfield, Carly Jillson of Orange, Alison Woodring of South Deerfield, Elizabeth Coster of Winchester, and Cameron Barth of Richmond, N.H.

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.​

info@lifepathma.org, or visit lifepathma.org 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.

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.