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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 5, 2018


Thursday, October 04, 2018
Ashfield

Al-Anon meeting weekly at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.

Athol

Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.

Smoking Cessation: The group meets Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. Quitting is more successful with support. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Bernardston

Scarecrow in the Park in Cushman Park is seeking creative people to participate in this year’s Scarecrow Contest. The two-day event will take place on Oct. 20 and 21. Scarecrows must be in place by noon Oct. 19, as judging will take place soon after. Funds raised benefit the Bernardston Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. The five scarecrow categories are: Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Interesting Use of Materials, and the rotating category, which is Art this year. All categories come with a $100 prize for the winner. In addition, Bear Country Radio will be bestowing a $100 Big Y gift card on the maker of the best “Bearcrow.” One $10 registration fee enters each scarecrow display in all six categories. All ages welcome. Registration forms are available at Cushman Library in Bernardston, in the “Notes” section of the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page from scarecrowinthepark@gmail.com, and on the WHAI website. Questions can also be directed to scarecrowinthepark@gmail.com.    

Deerfield

Zumba on Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No advanced registration necessary. Pay as you go: $5 per week, sixth class free. Everyone welcome. More information can be found online at: www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us. Also call, 413-665-1400

Yoga classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in yoga, Kidz Yoga program, pilates, core-fitness Tai Chi, Reiki, Seimei and massage. First class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Gill

Children’s Story Hour Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at Slate Memorial Library, 360 Main Road. 

Greenfield

Attention Veterans: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 33 in Greenfield welcomes guests to chapter meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Greenfield Community Center, 35 Pleasant St. Monthly meetings take place between September through November and February through June. Veterans who have suffered or aggravated an injury or illness, while serving during a period of armed conflict, and were not dishonorably discharged are eligible to join the DAV. Chapter 33 welcomes all veterans who meet these requirements. 

Griefshare, a 13-week total Christian GriefShare support group is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly  of God, 450 Davis St. — a program that encourages and helps those experiencing  grief from the loss of a loved one, family member, friend, son daughter, child, parent, relative, whoever, and helps to bring comfort, strength, healing and joy to their life. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. 

The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3 Osgood St., is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to eligible Franklin County residents. The pantry provides a free variety of healthy and nutritious food choices, including fresh produce and frozen meats. Call 413-773-5029 or email jcosta@communityaction.us.

A Caregiver Support Group held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month on the Second Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson St., Baystate Franklin Medical Center from 2 to 3 p.m. All caregivers and family members welcome. For more information, contact Poppi Kelley at 413-325-4050.

Overeaters Anonymous: Meets Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m., both at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Conference Room A, and Monday at 5 p.m. at St. James and Andrew Episcopal Church on Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

MEGAdanceZumba Fitness: Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. First class is free. For more information, call Megan at 413-552-6288 or visit MEGAdance on Facebook.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades one to five are invited to join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join at anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 413-773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

Greenfield Zen: Meets Mondays from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to join. Both group and individual instruction are offered; beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donations of $5 to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. Contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

Debtors Anonymous: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. A 12-step program designed to help transform one’s relationship with money. For additional information, call 413-773-5608.

Green River Yoga: Yoga for Relaxation classes at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Monday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone and Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, Women’s Yoga offered from 5:45 to 7 p.m., Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches/yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure of these and other classes, contact Jean Erlbaum at 413-773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net

Zen Meditation: Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Green River Zen Center, Studio B, second floor, 158 Main St. Open to the public. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit www.greenriverzen.org.

NELCWIT Support Group: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop in from 10 to 11 a.m. for women who are or used to be in abusive relationships. Free and confidential. For more information, call 413-772-0871 or visit www.nelcwit.org.

Leyden

Yoga For Life: In West Leyden: Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. Call Linda Romano for listing at 624-3334. First assessment free. Phone or in person.

Montague

Yoga: Klaros Movement offers gentle, enjoyable yoga class for those 55 and older on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Montague Retreat Center through Nov. 13. First class for new students free. Call 413-367-2658.

New Salem

Free weekly playgroup: Come enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at the Swift River School Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11 from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is facilitated by Emily Joseph and is intended for children to 5 years old. Playgroup is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Program does not take place during school closures. See CNC website for program and event schedules: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home.

Northfield

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents. 

Orange

Wheeler Memorial Library: Mother Goose on the Loose, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 49 East Main St. For children birth preschool and families. Make music, learn rhymes, sing songs. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Rise and Romp Storytime. Stories, finger plays, make a craft. 978-544-2495, ext. 103. No registration required.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: 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 2018-19 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays beginning Sept. 10 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. It is facilitated by Katie Tolles and is intended for children to 5 years old. The program is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children. For program and event schedules go to https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home.

Sunderland

Weekly Knitting Circle: The Knitting Circle, a free knitting club, meets Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Lane Reading room of the Sunderland Public Library. Open to people of all ages and skill levels. Each week members receive free knitting lessons, get help with difficult patterns, share ideas, learning kills. The group often work on charity projects. For more information, contact the library at 413-665-2642.

Turners Falls

A Grandparents Raising Grandchildren workshop will take place Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the United Arc, 294 Avenue A. Guest will be Elaine Arsenault from the Federation for Children with Special Needs. The topic of the workshop will be “How to Access Special Education Services.”  To register contact Colleen Pritoni at colleen.pritoni@state.ma.us or call 617-748-2454.

Basic Needs Program: The program, at Montague Catholic Social Ministries, is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. To leave a message or to make an appointment, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Regional

Dakin Humane Society will reduce adoption fees for select adult cats to $5 at their Springfield and Leverett Adoption Centers. Hours in Springfield are 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., and in Leverett 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The cats selected are those who have been waiting for adoption for several weeks. Each cat will be spayed or neutered, have received age-appropriate vaccinations, and will have been microchipped. Other animals available at Dakin include dogs, kittens, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, ferrets, rats and mice. A full listing of adoptable animals is available at www.dakinhumane.org.

Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free individual Reiki sessions, thanks to a grant from Rays of Hope. Reiki practitioners will offer sessions on Saturday mornings at 474 Main St., Suite 2. Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy, which can help provide relaxation and energy, decrease pain or anxiety, and promote physical, mental and emotional health. Reiki is received through a series of light hand placements on the client’s fully clothed body. For an appointment or more information, call Kate at 413-774-3083.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Mark hosts office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, hold office hours Mondays at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon, and Northfield Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 413-464-5635.

Community Meals

Community meals:Salvation Army Free Community Meals and Drop-in Center, Greenfield. Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Friday. Coffee always on. All welcome to come in out of the heat or cold.

Community meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, Seventh Street, Turners Falls. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, Saints James and Andrew Episcopal Church, 8 Church St., Greenfield. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by Saints James and Andrew Episcopal Church, Deerfield Academy and Franklin County Friends for the Homeless.

Loaves & Fishes: free hot meal, Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community meal: Tuesdays and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program. Volunteer groups interested in assisting in the preparation of the meal or anyone who wants more information about the community meal can call 413-772-1033 or write: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield MA 01302.

Free community meal: every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

Thursday meal: A community meal is served at Holy Trinity Church, 177 Main St., Greenfield, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30.

Stone Soup Cafe: meal at All Souls Church, Greenfield, on Saturdays at noon. As a pay what you can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while others who cannot are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.