Talk of the Towns, Dec. 6, 2018

Published: 12/5/2018 8:06:39 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.


Santa’s Workshop: Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m. at Deerfield Elementary School. Children’s crafts. Santa arrives by firetruck at 12:30p.m.; 1 to 2 p.m., Steve Corning presents juggling, magic and stunts. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Also, register for calls from the North Pole, make a card for a Veteran. and food bar. Bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. $5 per child. Each child will receive a free cookie and drink. Sponsored by the Deerfield Recreation Department. 665-1400 ext 107,


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 475-0226.


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

Holiday Concert: The 23rd annual holiday concert of vocal and choral music will be presented by the Recital Chorus, directed by Margery Heins, on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. The chorus is made up of elementary, high school, and college students and community singers. The group will present traditional carols and seasonal music, rounds, spirituals, and songs for Chanukah, as well as works from the Renaissance to the present. Music will be sung in several languages, in unison songs, and in pieces for treble
chorus and for mixed voices. The audience will be invited to join in on familiar carols. Soloists will be Mohawk Trail Regional High School student Octavia Crawford, Greenfield Community College students Nicole Graham and John
Atkinson, and Leyden resident Cecilia Tusinski. Donations (cash or check) will be received at the door to benefit
the Hilltown Churches Food Pantry.

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


Frontier Regional CFCE Free Drop-In Playgroup for children ages infant to 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. 665-2890.

Turners Falls

Mike Naughton will share his Origami craft with the community Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Savings Bank. Naughton has many talents, and while most Montague residents know him as a member of the Town Finance Committee, his attention to detail follows right along with Origami. Come to GSB Saturday for this paper-folding experience. Light refreshments.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Food Pantry & Thrift Store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St., 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.


Film: “Bewitched” will be shown at the Wendell Free Library on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Thinking he can overshadow an unknown actress in the part, an egocentric actor unknowingly gets a witch cast in an upcoming television remake of the classic sitcom Bewitched (1964). There will be a short (1/2 hour) film before the movie, an episode of “Tales of Tomorrow”: “Sneak Attack.” This is part of the monthly series of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror/Monster movies at the library located in the center of Wendell. Free. For more information about the library, visit or call 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 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 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 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 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 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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