Talk of the Towns, August 13, 2018

Published: 8/11/2018 5:12:27 PM

Concert by the pond: Mamma’s Marmalade will perform Wednesday at 7 p.m. next to P.I. Pond behind Cushman Library, 28 Church St. Folks are invited to bring blankets, chairs, picnic dinners, family and friends. In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Unitarian Meetinghouse just up the road. The Northampton-based band offers a fresh take on traditional American music, transforming the conventional bluegrass experience into a raucous barnyard party.

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to public.


The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform at the Colrain Community Church on Route 112 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. This will be Vocal Night featuring Nancy Shinn, Hannah Robertson, Kevin Hollister and John Hollister on such favorites as Bali Ha’i, Some Enchanted Evening, Over the Rainbow, Can’t Help Falling in Love, If I Loved You, Oh What a Beautiful Morning and Sound of Music. The Colrain Council on Aging will be serving bottled water and snacks. The concert will take place rain or shine.


George Felogloy of Greenfield was named to the Dean’s List, Spring Semester, at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. He is a 2016 graduate of Greenfield High School.

TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter 0395, meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. meeting, 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Carolyn Bellany at 413-773-3981 or Paula Girard at 413-863-9000 for more information.

GriefShare grief recovery support group: Meets at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St., Greenfield every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend these sessions. For more information, call Living Waters Church at 413-773-9506.

The Caregiver Support Group was formed to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of taking care of loved ones who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to take care of themselves. All caregivers and family members are welcome. the group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 2 to 3 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson St. (BFMC’s Medical office Building). For more information on the Caregiver Support Group, contact Poppi Kelley, 413-325-4050.

The Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. SohailWaien, MD, BFMC hospitalist, facilitates this group. The Amputee Support Group generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the BFMC Conference Rooms, off the main entrance. As there are exceptions to the schedule, attendees should request a detailed schedule. Friends and family members are also welcome. For more information, contact

The Salasin Center: 474 Main St., the home of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center and Family United Networks FUN Center. Mondays: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Open hours. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery, ongoing. Free child care, call Lynn Norwood to join the group at 774-4307, ext. 3; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Women’s Center Open Hours; 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Journey Dance in the RPX, 1 Osgood St., or enter through the RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St., ongoing. Wednesdays: 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group, ongoing; 4 to 6 p.m., Women’s Drum Group. The center is open every Wednesday for women to bring in their lunches and join others for the meal. Thursdays: 1 to 3 p.m., ongoing peer-to-peer Art Group; 4 to 6:30 p.m., Family F.U.N. Center: open FUN time for the whole family. All ages welcome. Women’s Leadership Development Advisory Group meets the first and third Friday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. For a detailed list of what is happening at the center from month to month, view the monthly calendars at Also “like” us on Facebook for updates and information. All programs are free. Resources include: women/children’s clothing exchange; access to computers, free Internet and Wi-Fi, printer/copier access; resource library and community support information; arts and crafts supplies for use while at the center and free coffee and snacks when available. For more information, contact Stacey at 774-4307, ext. 4 or

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: this group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 74 Federal St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, call or text Matthew at 687-7042 or email Cindi at

Yoga Beginnings: New to yoga or returning to it? Small classes, individual help, slow pace. Green River Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Drop-ins, $15; six weeks, $75. Free introductory class. Contact Gail Connor at or 522-0417.

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning Monday to Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. Open to all to discuss recovery. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. For more information call: 774-5489.

Yoga for Relaxation: Class Wednesday, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone; Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Over 50 Yoga. Wednesdays, Women’s Yoga offered 5:45 to 7 p.m. at Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. for more information contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or

Al-anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15. Open to the public.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. Open to all who are hungry.

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, large conference room. Free group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Molly Chambers group facilitator at 773-5555, ext. 2229 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229.

Keene, N.H.

Moving with Parkinson’s class takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at the Southwestern Community Services Conference Room at 63 Community Way in Keene, from 10:30 to 11:4 a.m. Moving with Parkinson’s is a class that helps to increase coordination, flexibility, and balance, but most of all it’s fun. Participants can take the class sitting or standing and will feel supported in a safe and comfortable environment. It is open to anyone with a movement disorder and their caregiver, partner, or friend. This class is inspired by Dance for PD, created by the Mark Morris Dance Co. and the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Parkinson’s support group. To find out more about the program go to Marcia Murdock, who is the retired director of the dance program at Keene State College, will be leading the first Wednesday group and Midge Brecher, a dancer and teacher for many years, will be leading the third Wednesday group. For more information e-mail Kathy at donation of $5. No charge for caregivers.


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 Leverett Public Library. For the Summer, we will continue July 11 to Aug. 29 on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. For children to 5 years of age. Funded through the Summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Leverett Library.


Research: Northfield Historical Museum, Pine Street School, 13 Pine St., will host a Research Evening Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., offering the public time to search and find information. 498-5565.

Pioneer Valley Regional School weight room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Shelburne Falls

Charles Leach of Shelburne Falls, a teacher at Frontier Regional in South Deerfield, is bringing back lessons designed to engage and promote students’ understanding of Holocaust history from a Holocaust education conference this summer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C. Leach was one of 226 participants from all over the country who attended the Museum’s annualArthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, a three-day workshop for teachers hosted by the Museum.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 179, meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Mary Cromack at 625-0127.

Community Clothes Closet: Community outreach of Trinity Church. Free clothing for all ages. Open to the public on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, noon to 6 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and bedding accepted any time. Located at the lower level of Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. for more information, call the church at 625-2341.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: Shelburne Falls Eagles 2758 meet Wednesday, 7 p.m. at 52 State St. The club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.

MEGAdanceZumba Fitness: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buckland-Shelburne Regional School cafeteria. First class free. Call Megan at 552-6288 for more information or visit Facebook at MEGAdanmceZumba Fitness.

South Deerfield

Preschool Story Time: Wednesday, 11 a.m., Tilton Library, 75 North Main St.

Turners Falls

Parent-Child Development Center: In Turners Falls, early Head Start infant/toddler full-day, full-year classrooms. The center continues to offer: Free Head Start half-day preschool programs; free Early Head Start and Head Start home visiting programs and state subsidized, sliding scale options for full day child care. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Time for Mothers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. free child care for children ages birth to 8 years is provided in the Family Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries at 78 Avenue A while mothers visit the Women’s Center at MCSM at 41 Third St. during Open Hours. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

ACIM study group: A Course in Miracles meets Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., 4 George Ave. It is a study group that helps people see this world in a better light and live a more peaceful life. For more information, call 863-4147.


Free weekly playgroup: Come and enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Wendell Free Library. For the Summer, the playgroup will run to Aug. 29 continuing on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children to 5 years of age.


Reiki share: Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m., Stone Mountain Reiki, 9 Masterson Road. Free. Reiki share is a chance to give and receive Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love. For more information, call 665-8382 or email


Learn to cope: A support network for families affected by addiction, has weekly support meetings Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Greenfield Community College’s main building, Room C-208. Meetings, free and confidential, are run by trained facilitators and offer hope, support, education and resources. Free overdose education and Narcan, the opioid overdoes reversal drug, available at each weekly meeting. For more information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email

Breastfeeding Support Group: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, obstetrics Classroom, third floor, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. 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 773-2359.

Duplicate Bridge at GCC: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s East Building (first building on the right upon entering). Parking to the left (Lot A). All levels welcome. $5 per person. for more information, call 896-1010.

ADMIRE: Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Impaired, Resources and Education (ADMIRE) program will meet Wednesday, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Franklin County Home Care Corp. conference room, 330 Montague City Road, Montague City. ADMIRE offers services to families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Call 773-5555.

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