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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 26, 2018


Thursday, October 25, 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.

Charlemont

Charlemont Forum: On Saturday at 7 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church, the program “Race: Facing the Truth, Owning the Past” will offer three perspectives on Jim Crow and the civil rights movement in the south in the 1950s and 1960s, together with thoughts about racism in 2018. Activists Josephine Bolling McCall, Karin Kunstler and Neal Goldman will share their stories.  The event is free and open to the pubic.

Deerfield

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

Harvest and Craft Fair: First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., will have its annual Harvest and Craft Fair Saturday from 9 am. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The raffle tables will feature gift cards donated by more than 30 local businesses such as auto supply, restaurants, pet care, bakery, movie passes and more. Many local craft artisans will offer items such as photo-art, frames, jewelry, knitting and more. Also raffles for themed gift baskets, luncheon (eat-in or take out) with homemade sandwiches and desserts, corn chowder and tomato basil soup.

Rally: A rally and panel discussion will take place Monday at 4 p.m. on the Greenfield Town Common to recognize the trial Juliana v. U.S. government, which begins that day.  Twenty-one youth are suing the government for continuing to engage in actions that they contend cause climate change, which violates their generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Greening Greenfield is sponsoring the event.

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, 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.

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 Tuesday evening at 6:30. 

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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. 

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 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

Fall Bazaar: The Holy Name of of Jesus Parish, 15 Thayer St., will sponsor its annual Fall Bazaar Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featured will be cheese, potato and cheese and sauerkraut pierogi, golumpki, homemade baked beans, pies, breads and other assorted homemade foods.

Lunch will be served. Crafts and natural honey will be available.

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 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 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Regional

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.

Stone Soup Cafe: meal at All Souls Church, Greenfield, on Saturdays at noon this is the only community meal on the weekend in Franklin County.

Those who can afford to donate may do so while others who cannot are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.