Talk of the Towns, Feb. 5, 2019

Published: 2/4/2019 7:21:59 PM
Ashfield

Veterans Representative Town Hall Hours: Brian Brooks, a Veterans  Service Officer from the Department of Veterans Services in Greenfield, will be at the Ashfield Town Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  He will be available for consultations with veterans or their family members on Veterans Benefits and Veterans Programs.

“Healthy Bones and Balance” for bone health, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. for more information, call 413-625-2502.

Athol

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital.

Bernardston

Story hour: Cushman Library at 28 Church St. offers Story Hour, Wednesdays between 4 and 5 p.m. to families with children of all ages. Each gathering features thematic stories, craft and snack. Bonnie Declamp, Wendy Abramson and Karen Stinchfield take turns as presenters.

Wednesday Night Knitters: Cushman Library at 28 Church St., invites knitters of all abilities to join the Wednesday Night Knitters every Wednesday between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Participants each working on their own projects, are welcome to enjoy the company of others while everyone works toward completing their individual projects. Rebecca Lawlor offers her expertise and experience as instructor. for more information, contact 413-648-5402 or cushmanlibrary@yahoo.com.

Brattleboro, Vt.

Grief Support: Two new adult grief support groups, one for suicide loss, and one for men who are grieving, has started at Brattleboro Area Hospice. Both groups are free and will meet at the hospice office at 191 Canal St. Suicide loss can be an especially lonely experience, and people experiencing this kind of loss find it helpful to talk with others who have been affected by it. The new suicide loss support group meets the first and third Thursday of the month from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs kitchen at hospice. This group is for adults who have lost a loved one to suicide. Drop-ins are welcome, but pre-registration is appreciated by calling 802-257-0775, ext. 104. Men often grieve differently than women, and many men find it easier to express their grief in the company of other men. The men’s grief support group will meet the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at hospice. This group for men who are grieving a death loss of any type. Advanced registration is required before attending. Call Cicely Carroll at 802-257-0775, ext. 108 for information.

Greenfield

Free photography workshop for kids: Artspace is offering the workshop Sunday, Feb. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. for ages 8 to 12. All equipment will be provided, with instruction from Tim Trelease and art students from Deerfield Academy. At Artspace, 15 Mill St., Greenfield. Register to reserve a space: bit.ly/2DaSSdX or call Artspace Community Arts Center at 413-772-6811.

Greenfield Senior Center:35 Pleasant St. Tax-Aide by Liberty Tax Service will take place Feb. 25 to march 8 at the center.  The center is partnering with Liberty Tax Service to provide free income tax preparation to low-income seniors. This program is open to people age 65 and older. Gross income limits: maximum $25,000 single/maximum $50,000 married. Simple returns only. No self-employed, owned rental property, or stocks/bonds. Picture ID required. To schedule an appointment, call Greenfield Senior Center at 413-772-1517 x 0. Appointments being taken for Greenfield residents only through Feb. 8. Others may call starting Feb. 11. 

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. the cost is $7. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

The RECOVER Project: 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. Please come join us. For more information call: 413-774-5489.

Gamblers Anonymous: Gamblers Anonymous Support Group, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. for more information, call 413-325-1389.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (FUN) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St. Open hours are Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome. For more information, contact Stacey at 413-774-4307, ext. 4, or email slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

CAP seeks recruits: Franklin County Cadet Squadron, CAP, meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. Call Maj. Gary Longley at 773-9331 for more information. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested call the number above.

Al-Anon: Struggles for Intimacy, Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., Recover Project, 68 Federal St. 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. Al-Anon is online at www.al-anon.org.

New Salem

The New Salem Public Library and North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy will present “Valuing Lives” film screening Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. Discussion to follow. “Valuing Lives” is  a documentary about Wolfe Wolfensberger, a professor and change agent who triggered the paradigm shift in the 1970s, popularizing and expanding the principle of normalization for persons with developmental disabilities. There will be some students of Dr. Wolfenberger on hand to facilitate a discussion. For more information about Valuing Lives, visit https://rtc.umn.edu/valuinglives/. Made possible by a collaboration between the New Salem Public Library and North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy. Free and open to the public.

Shelburne

Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Movements follow the program designed by Dr. Lam with easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability. Program is open to all.

Shelburne Falls

Annie’s Bingo Bash will be Friday at 7 p.m., downstairs at the Shelburne Falls Eagles. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Open to the public. 413-625-2593.

Turners Falls

Emergency Basic Needs program: this is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 413-863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. to access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at MCSM: 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.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, and time for parent to connect, a kids Clothing Exchange and a parent Resource lending Library. For more information, contact Mary King at 413-863-4804, ext. 1005 or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.

Whately

Lecture: The next lecture for the Whately Historical Society will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in Whately Town Hall featuring Bill Burnett of Conway.  His talk will be titled, "Mapping Conway's Old Roads & Foundations.”  Whately is interested in the road that passes through Whately and up Poplar Hill known as the 1766 Road from Hatfield to Ashfield. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Regional

RSVP volunteer program: RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your life time of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance.  If you could not drive, how would you get groceries, visit your doctor, fill prescriptions? Many seniors are in this position and depend on volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and really want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP Volunteer Manager, 413-387-4558 x 1 orpsicard@hcg-ma.org.

Community meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10; coffee and soup, 10 to 11, and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free blood pressure screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free hearing screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 413-773-2227.

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information to locate meetings throughout western Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women for more than 40 years, offers free Head Start preschool, free head Start and early Head Start home visiting programs and child care in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. Call 413-475-1405.

ICRC at LifePath: The Information and Caregiver Resource Center at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. If we don’t have the answer, we will find someone who can help you. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering meditation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. for more information call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed to serve on three person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers are needed in Greenfield and Holyoke. volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day and a half training. For an application and more information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or lashanda.stone@state.ma.us.

Lawyer Referral Service website: Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a new lawyer Referral Service Website www.MassLawhelp.com with answers to the most common legal questions and serves as an online channel for the LRS to connect members of the public with local attorney who have the appropriate experience.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open to the public for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. for more information, call 413-773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The Thrift Store at the Franklin Area Survival Center is Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1;30 p.m. the center is at 96 Fourth St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: The group meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is 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.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for persons who stutter, sponsored by the national Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologists. The group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email:carla@comtherapy.com. This is the only such support group in the Pioneer Valley.


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