Talk of the Towns, Oct. 10, 2018

Published: 10/9/2018 12:45:11 PM

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


Bernardston Vets Club is open to the public Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9 p.m. all year. Pitch begins at 6 p.m. Open every Friday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. or later. Open this Friday at 4:30 with food served from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, fries and a special served. Next Friday, Oct. 19 , open at 4:30 with food served by Dicks Angels Relay for Life Team from 5 to 7:30. Music at 7 p.m. by Shawn Garland. Saturdays open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Rite-Aid pharmacy will administer flu vaccine to seniors Friday, 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Participants must bring Medicare part B card or primary insurance card if not under Medicare. Registration is required.

Call 413-772-1517 or stop by front desk to sign up. Pop-up Craft Market with Linda Smith on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts are home made using fabric in many  different ways. Prices range from $3 to $30. Some items are holiday inspired, many are non-seasonal.

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 413-624-0280.

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 413-774-4307, ext. 4, or visit:

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 413-475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 413-774-1000.

Community Action’s 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 413-475-1553. 

The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers free ongoing, basic education classes, GED preparation classes, job readiness workshops, college transition workshops and academic counseling services.

For more information, call 413-774-3935 or visit:


The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers free ongoing, basic education classes, GED preparation classes and academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 131 West Main St., or call 978-544-8917 or visit:


Shelburne Historical Society, 33 Severance St. (old Arms Academy) is open every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Stop in and see some of our special displays celebrating Shelburne’s history. Curator, Elaine Parmett. 413-625-6150.

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The Shelburne Falls Farmers Market will have its Cider Day on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Main and Water streets. Local farms and crafts people will bring their products. Stop by for a complimentary cup of apple cider or an apple. Food vendor Tsering Smith’s Kailash Kitchen will have Tibetan dumplings and lacto-fermented veggies. Music by The Ukulele Family. Vendors will also include Barberic Farm with lamb, preserves, pickles and handspun yarn, Good Bunch Farm with lovey fresh vegetables, Davenport Maple Farm with maple syrup, candy and greeting cards, Hiro's Greenhouse with a wide variety of house plants and plant advice, Joy Farm with jewelry, scarfs and crafts, Margaret Olin Healing Therapies with massage, Sweet Morning Farm with vegetables and eggs and Freeman Farm with beef, pork, and chicken. For more information, visit

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. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 413-625-6240.


Free Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers at the Shutesbury Elementary School. For the 2018-19 school year, playgroup continues on Fridays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Playgroup is facilitated by Joie Ciepiela and intended for infants to children age 5. Program does not take place during school closures. 


Sunderland Fire Department’s annual open house will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet firefighters, tour fire trucks, see Smokey the Bear, learn important fire safety information. There will be demonstrations and children’s  activities. For more information, visit:


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 413-773-5555, ext. 2258, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, for more information. Email or visit: 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 413-773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program at LifePath is 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 Read more at:

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 413-773-2227.

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 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email Go online to learn more at:

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 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

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 413-475-1405.

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 and availability.

Contact Pat at or 413-387- 4558 for more information.


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