Talk of the Towns, Jan. 11, 2019

Published: 1/10/2019 2:48:20 PM
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.

Buckland

Soup Nights: The Buckland Public Library will host its annual Soup Nights again this year, beginning Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7. p.m. Soup Nights will also take place Jan 29, Feb. 12 and 26, and March 12. Volunteers will bring large pots of soup and guests may bring bread, cheese and other tidbits. There is no charge, and all are welcome. The Library is located at 30 Upper St.

Charlemont

Charlemont Federated Church will hold a Sourdough — From Starter to Bread workshop on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so register is required by calling 413-339-4335 or emailing: charlemont.hawley.library@gmail.com. Join Sam Coates-Fink, founder of Backyard Bread, for the fact-filled workshop. Learn how to make and keep starter going. Then take it home for bread making all through the year. Bake a delicious loaf of sourdough to take home, too. All materials provided. Beginners welcome.

Deerfield

Deerfield will be turning 350 in 2023. The Deerfield 350th Committee is looking into gathering ideas and volunteers for sub-committees. Send in thoughts and let us know if you’d like to be involved to: Deerfield350th@gmail.com or by mail to: Deerfield350th Committee 8 Conway St., South Deerfield MA 01373.

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

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Movie Matinee featuring “The Golden Compass” will be shown Monday and Friday, Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at the center. Call 772-1517 or stop by Front Desk to reserve a seat. Space limited to eight. Movies are free. Please share your movie requests with us!  

Greenfield Zen: Mondays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Green River Yoga & Movement, 158 Main St. (second floor). Cushions and chairs available. $5 donation requested – not required. Initial instruction for beginners. All welcome. For more information, contact Paul Sonier at 665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

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 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.

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.

Montague Center

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 and enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Swift River School in New Salem. For the 2018-2019 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45  to 10:15 a.m.  This Playgroup is facilitated by Emily Joseph and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. Playgroup is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children.  Program not held during school closures. See CNC Website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/erving.com

Northfield

Isaac Damon and MeenaRelyea-Strawn will perform with Honors Band of Castleton University on Jan. 25.  Both students play in the band at Pioneer Valley Regional School, conducted by Tim Burns.  he students play French horn and alto saxophone, respectively.  Their trip is sponsored by the A Natural Music School.

CPA proposals are due in at the Northfield Town Hall by Tuesday. Proposal submission forms are available in the Town Hall and on the Town website at: https://www.northfieldma.gov/community-preservation-committee. If you have any questions about submitting a proposal please email us at northfieldmacpa@gmail.com.

Kiwanis Club of Northfield meets the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. in lower level of Northfield Town Hall. Northfield Kiwanis engages in meaningful community service projects and raises funds to provides scholarships and camperships benefiting area children. During the holidays, NKC provides food and clothing for families in need. New members welcome. 

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents. 

Orange

NELCWIT Support Group: Creative Ways is a support group for survivors of abusive relationships to express their emotions through artistic mediums, facilitated by a NELCWIT counselor. It meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, at NELCWIT's office in Orange. Free and confidential. Please call for more information: 772-0871.

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

Senior Center in Shelburne: Jen Mooney will offer a workshop on making earrings with beads Wednesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.at the center. Cost for this workshop will be $5 a pair for members and $10 a pair for others. Pre-registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 625-2502.  Limit to 10 people.

Shutesbury

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 M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2018-2019 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles, and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. This program is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children.  See CNC Website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/erving.com

Sunderland

Two Free Weekly Playgroups for children 0-5 and their caregivers. Free play and literacy circle time at Sunderland Elementary School. Mondays and Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. based on school calendar. Does not take place during school closures and holidays. Playgroup is sponsored by the Frontier Regional CFCE. Contact: karen.green@frsu38.org with questions.

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.

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. As a pay what you can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while others who cannot are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.




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