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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 12, 2018


Thursday, October 11, 2018
Ashfield

Al-Anon meeting Mondays: 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, 7 p.m., New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.

Smoking Cessation: The group meets Mondays, 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

Stories of Bernardston: The Bernardston Historical Society will present “Olde Time Story Telling,” a round table discussion of 20th century history on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bernardston Senior Center. Three Bernardston natives and lifelong residents, Russ Deane, Bill Shores, and Bob Messer, will discuss the development of agriculture, Interstate 91, the rope tow, and other local historical details of Bernardston's history. Marvin Shedd will be moderator. 

Deerfield

Zumba will be Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No advanced registration is necessary, it is pay as you go the cost is only $5 per week and the sixth class is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information can be found online at www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us 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. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Gill

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

Greenfield

Valley Time Trade free orientation will be offered Sunday at 4 p.m. at Green Fields Market meeting room, 144 Main St. Orientation required to become a Valley Time Trade member. No registration required. Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one. Time Trading is an organized exchange system through which members earn hours (time credits) for time spent helping other members. One hour of service earns one hour of someone else’s time, no matter what the service. See www.valleytimetrade.org for more information.

Poetry & Music: Mary Claire Powell will read poems from her latest book, “Everyday Ecstasy” on Monday at 11:30 a.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. The book contains poems about aging – some losses, but mostly wonder, gratitude and joy. With a light touch, she writes about conversing with her GPS on a long trip, hanging up laundry, pondering a brother’s death, and swimming in the river. The poems are presented with the accompaniment of Vi Walker on the musical saw, making for a unique performance. Free. Registration required. Stop by the front fesk or call 413-772-1517.  

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, located  at 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 to monthly meetings and events.

Addiction? Get family support at Learn to Cope on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month from 7 to 8:30 at Greenfield Community College Room C-208. No cost or registration required. For questions contact mjulian@learn2cope.or call 508-404-3539.

Griefshare, a 13-week total Christian GriefShare support group is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St. GriefShare support group is a program that encourages and helps those experiencing  grief from the loss of a loved one, family member, friend, son daughter, child, parent, relative or 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 for more information.

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

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

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades 1 to 5 are invited to come and join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join at anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

Greenfield Zen: Meets Mondays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to join as participants practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group and individual instruction is 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: Tuesday, 6 p.m., The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. This is 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. Over 50 Yoga classes will be at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. 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 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net

Zen Meditation: Tuesday, 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 413-624-3334. First assessment free. Phone or in person.

Montague Center

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

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at Congregational Church at the common from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement. The group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH chapter. The group is open to all persons caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. For more information, contact Michael or Marjorie Paton at mmpaton@yahoo.com or call 498-5995 or www.alz.org.

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 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. 

Northampton

Funeral Consumers Alliance will have its annual meeting Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 Coles Meadow Road. New Funeral Home Price Comparison chart will be available along with information about Green Burial options, casket purchasing choices and other relevant information. Refreshments and a brief business meeting will precede the meeting. Free.

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.

Shelburne Falls

Harvest breakfast: The Wall “Nuts” and Crescent Moon Relay for Life teams will sponsor its annual harvest breakfast Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. (or until sold old) at the Eagles, State Street. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, homefries, sausage, bacon, fruit, coffee, juices and more. $10 adults, $5 children to age 10, and under 3 free. Basket drawing for $2 per ticket and bake sale. 

Franklin County Farm Bureau 3rd annual Back 40 Tractor Ride all day Saturday at Foxbard Farm, Bardwells Ferry Road. A tractor ride through back roads, farms and forests. Free roast beef for attendees.

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 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.

South Deerfield

Public Square Rosary Parade: All are invited to join the 2018 Public Square Rosary Crusade on Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon on the South Deerfield Town Common, at the corner of North Main and Sugarloaf streets. This will be one of 23,000 rallies held across the country, “to ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Most Holy Mother,” say organizers. For more information, contact Paul and Patti Pierce at 413-362-9709 or visit www.ANF.org.

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

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.

Puzzle Swap at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A, from 10 to 11 a.m. Like putting together puzzles? Want to share your strategy? Have a collection of used puzzle boxes? Looking for a new challenging puzzle? Come and swap with other fellow puzzle-masters. Light refreshments served, courtesy of the bank. No reservations required. All welcome with a puzzle to swap. Puzzles for all ages. 

Regional

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 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 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.