Talk of the Town, Nov. 8, 2018

Published: 11/7/2018 10:45:58 AM

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email or

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.


Deerfield will be turning 350 in 2023. The Deerfield 350 Committee was formed by the Select Board to plan events and celebrations to begin in 2022. The committee will be looking into gathering ideas, looking for locations potential,and volunteers for event committees. Please send thoughts and let us know if you'd like to be involves to : or Deerfield 350th Committee, 8 Conway St. South Deerfield MA 01373.



Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay-what-you-can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday from 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.


Fete Noel: A Fall Festival fair will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Montague Congregational Church, 4 North St. The fair will feature crafts, homemade food and meals to go, candy, straw pull table, re-gifts, tin can drawing, lottery wreath and food basket drawings, pet table, Christmas decorations and gently worn winter clothing. Also, morning coffee break with homemade muffins, and lunch of corn chowder, sandwiches and pie. All proceeds benefit local/global mission programs. 413-367-2812.



Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Shelburne Falls

Christmas Fair: St. Joseph Parish will present a “Country Christmas Fair” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. The fair will offer unique country crafts, sewn, crocheted and knitted items, hand-made dolls, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and home décor, stained glass works, home-made candies and bake goods, attic treasures, themed gift baskets, raffles and Buckland’s famous J. G. Haigis Baloney and Tea Cup Auction.  A choice of lunch items will be available Saturday. For more information call 413-625-6405.

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


Country Breakfast/Pie Sale: Sunderland Congregational Church will serve a country breakfast Saturday 7 to 10 a.m. featuring pancakes with maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and beverage. One serving $7 adults, all you can eat adults, $10. Pie sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroup for Children 0-5 and their caregivers. Mondays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30  a.m. Sunderland Elementary School, Swampfield Drive. Playgroup follows school calendar, and there will be no playgroup on school holidays, breaks or snow days. For questions contact Karen Green at or 413-665-1151.

Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s women, children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. 413-665-2890.

Turners Falls

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

Beaver Moon Gathering: Hartman Deetz of the Mashpee Wampanoag nation, will be guest speaker at the annual Beaver Moon Gathering Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. His subject will be “Stolen Identities: The Mashpee Wampanoag, Defined Out of Rightful Inheritance.” Doors open at noon. Donations appreciated. This event is co-sponsored by the Nolumbeka Project, DCR and the New England Peace Pagoda.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 413-863-9549. The Thrift Store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Food Pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The Thrift Shop is open to the general public and helps finance its Food Pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster.


“Timeline” will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library. A group of archeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century. There will be a short (1/2 hour) film before the movie, a episode of "Tales of Tomorrow: “Blunder.” This is part of the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the Wendell Free Library, located in the center of Wendell. Free. or 978-544-3559.


Helpful Programs at LifePath. Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care, and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: or call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone: do you have Medicare but feel overwhelmed by your options? SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a SHINE at LifePath at 413-773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email and learn more at

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information:

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. the service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information and a YouTube video of the group, go to: or call Marcia Schuhle at 413-774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 413-774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 413-625-6636 or email locally or at the Straight Spouse Network nationally at

Counseling Referrals: the Social Work therapy Referral Service offers free confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794.

Help the blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. this is a free two, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.

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