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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 29, 2018


Sunday, October 28, 2018
Bernardston

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

Erving

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at Erving Elementary School gym. For the 2018-19 school year, playgroups will continue on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This playgroup is facilitated by Emily Joseph and is intended for children 0-5. Playgroup is sponsored by the Erving Elementary School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program does not take place during school closures. for event schedules, go to: sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For information,, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com. 

Greenfield

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 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 Sohail.waienMD@baystatehealth.org.

The Salasin Center: 474 Main St., the home of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center and Family United Networks FUN Center. Mondays: 10 a.m. to noon, Group for Women Supporting Women. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Nurturing Group for Families in Recovery (contact Lynn Norwood for more information, call 413-774-4307, ext. 3. 5:30-6:30 at the RPX at 1 Osgood St. in Greenfield: Dance Movement (open only to those who identify as women, with the exception of the 4th Tuesday of the month, when all genders are welcome). Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Bag Lunch & Resources. 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Bag Lunch & Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group (for info contact Vickie Hutchinson at 413-774-4307, ext. 5); 4 to 6:30 p.m., Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center, open to all. First and third Fridays: 1 to 1:30 p.m., bag lunch and resources; 1:30 to 4, Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. 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 413-774-4307, ext. 4 or slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: This group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 20 Chapman St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, call or text Matthew at 413-687-7042 or email Cindi at cindi@cindioldham.com.

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 gconnor@comcast.net or 413-522-0417.

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 413-774-5489.

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 413-773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

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. www.al-anon.org.

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 413-773-5555, ext. 2229 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229.

Leverett

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 2018-19 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by HeleenCardinauxand is intended for children up to age 5. This program is sponsored by the Leverett Public Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. For program and event schedules go to: sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home.

Montague Center

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Groups: Michael and Marjorie Paton hold an Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Congregational Church at the common, church basement. The Patons are affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association of Mass/N.H. chapter. The group is open to all persons caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. For more information: mmpaton@yahoo.com, 498-5995.

Northfield

PVRSD School Committee Candidate Forum will be  Tuesday at 7 p.m.  in the auditorium at Pioneer Valley Regional School, 97 F. Sumner Turner Road. Rep. Paul Mark will be moderator.

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

Shelburne

Halloween party: Shelburne Grange sponsored Halloween party will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road. Games, refreshments, guessing jars and prizes for costumes. A spooky greenhouse will be featured in this family-friendly event. All welcome.

Shelburne Falls

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.

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.

Sunderland

Teen/Tween Writing Club: Join Megan Russell for a free monthly writing club for teens and tweens. The club meets the last Tuesday of the month, 6 to 7 p.m., Young Adult Room of the Sunderland Public Library. Fun exercises, prompts and activities designed to hone one’s writing skills. 665-2642.

Turners Falls

 Calling All Trick or Treaters — Montague Business Association: Show off your costumes before the Rag Shag Parade on Wednesday between 3 and 5 p.m. on Avenue A. Local businesses and organizations are inviting costumed youngsters into their work places with sweet rewards. Participating businesses will have a bright Halloween-themed hanging displayed in store front windows or doors. Participating locations will start at the Town Hall all down the Avenue to Cumberland Farms. Acting Montague Police Chief Williams and his staff will have a watchful eye on the downtown for safety reasons. The Rag Shag Parade begins in the Aubuchon Parking Lot. Costume judging at 6 p.m., parade at 6:15. The parade continues down Avenue A to the parking lot at the Discovery Center where prizes and bags of candy will be handed out.  Adults are encouraged to dress up and accompany their youngsters.

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 christine@mcsmcommunity.org. 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 christine@mcsmcommunity.org. Program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries.

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 413-863-4147.

Wendell

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 2018-19 school year, playgroup will continue Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children to 5 years of age. Playgroup is sponsored by the Friends of the Wendell Free Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. For program and event schedules go to: sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Whately

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 413-665-8382 or email cecelia@stonemountainreiki.com.

Regional

Pain Pals of Franklin County: The group meets Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Valley Medical Group, 329 Conway St. This is a chronic pain support group led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. meet with others who suffer from chronic pain in a safe and supportive environment. Discuss topics relevant to life with pain. Learn to live life to the fullest despite pain. To register call Terry Desaultels at 413-659-3413. Free and open to the community.

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 mjulian@learn2cope.org. www.learn2cope.org.

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 413-773-2359.

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 413-896-1010.

Brain Injury Support Group: The Brain Injury Association of Mass. sponsors a Brain Injury Support Group the last Wednesday of the month, 5 to 7 p.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Conference Room A. Refreshments provided. Discussions and guest speakers are varied; survivors of brain injury, as well as their spouses, family members, and caregivers invited.