Talk of the Towns, Jan. 25, 2019

Published: 1/25/2019 8:30:27 AM
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

“Winter Sports Shorts” will be presented by local writers Larry Sheehan, Jane Buchanan, Rebekah Boyd and George Colt, reading original works on Sundy at 3 p.m. at the Buckland Public Library. A wine and cheese reception will follow. $5 donation requested.

Scholarship recipients: Mohawk Trail Regional High School District received notification from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in January that four additional members of the class of 2019 have been added to the original list of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship recipients that was released in October 2018. Congratulations to Adam Benjamin, Bennett Boucias, Walker Gibson and Tori Jarvis. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. For this scholarship, merit is based on student scores on the 10th grade Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) test. The students qualified for the Adams Scholarship based on their performance on the high school MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering tests. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must score in the Advanced category on either the Mathematics or the English Language Arts section of the grade 10 MCAS test and score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the second subject (Mathematics or English Language Arts) and have a combined MCAS score on these assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district. 

Deerfield

Lecture: “The Indian World of George Washington” will be presented by Colin Calloway, Dartmouth College, on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Garonzik Auditorium on the campus of Deerfield Academy. This is the first of Historic Deerfield’s free winter lecture series, "Native Voices: Recovering American Histories.” This winter's series is devoted to re-centering indigenous peoples' experience and perspectives within broader American narratives and histories. For more information, call 413-775-7214.   

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 413-824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Gill

Children’s Story Hour at Slate Memorial Library, 360 Main Road, takes place Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Greenfield

Climate change program: Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution will present a concise and compelling presentation and discussion on climate change with a local expert Shaina Rogstad, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. The one-hour presentation and discussion will be followed by FCCPR’s General Assembly. All are invited to stay for meeting. FCCPR is a multi-issue grassroots organization with roots in the 2016 Bernie Sanders for President campaign.  FCCPR works in the electoral arena as well as organizing in our communities around issues such as Health Care, Education, the Climate Crisis, Labor, Civil Rights, Peace and more. For more information, RSVP or contact Ferd Wulkan at 413-627-5268.

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.:  Movie Matinees: “The Aviator,” the story of Howard Hughes, will be shown Monday at 1 p.m. “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again,” new movie musical, will be screened Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Call 413-772-1517, 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 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

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 413-625-6488.

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 413-773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

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 413-773-5608.

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 413-773-9744 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 413-256-1549 or visit www.greenriverzen.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 up t0 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

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: 413-772-0871.

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.

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 up to age 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.

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 413-665-2642.

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 413-863-4804, 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 413-464-5635.

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.

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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