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Talk of the Towns, Feb. 6, 2019

Published: 2/5/2019 9:48:55 AM

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.

Retirement: Town Administrator Wendy Foxmyn is retiring and her final day is expected to be Thursday. People close to her have planned an ice cream social Thursday at 3 p.m. at Town Hall as a farewell party. The public is invited. Jay Stryker will provide music and Eaglebrook School will donate cookies and brownies.


Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St.: All are  welcome. Open hours: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6, players are random draw; $5. Fridays 4:30 to 10 p.m. Food served 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week Tim will be in the kitchen cooking. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Valentines Day Party at 7 p.m. with music by Heath Lewis and Danny Hescock. Saturday, March 2, Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at 6 p.m. Stop in during open hours and see what we are all about. The club is available to rent for gatherings, showers, parties, etc.


Free photography workshop for kids: Artspace, 15 Mill St., is offering a free photography workshop for kids Sunday, Feb. 17, 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. Register to reserve a space at: or call Artspace Community Arts Center at 772-6811.

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Matinee showing of “Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again,” will be Friday at 1 p.m. Call 772-1517, or stop by Front Desk to reserve a seat. Space limited to eight. Free. Please share your movie requests with us! Lunch By Poet Seat will be served Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the center. The monthly lunches are sponsored by Poet Seat Health Care Center. Registration required. Seniors only. Call 772-1517 ext 0 or stop by the Front Desk to register.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St. meets Fridays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact facilitator Dorian at 624-0280.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, childcare, snacks. For more information, call 774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers Plays & Learn Groups, Parent Support Group and special early literacy events. The staff can help answer questions you have on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Staff can help you find other resources in the community. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 475-1553. Find us on Facebook.

Free ongoing classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes, free job readiness workshops, free college transition workshops and free academic counseling services. For more information, call 774-3935 or visit:


The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing free basic education classes, free GED preparation classes and free academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 131 West Main St., or call 978-544-8917 or visit:

Shelburne Falls

Community Supper: West County Community Supper, Fridays, Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30. Supper sponsored by caring groups and organizations.

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls, downtown Shelburne Falls. It is on the FRTA bus route. The free clinic takes place every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 625-6240.


Free Weekly Playgroup: Come and enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at the Shutesbury Elementary School. For the 2018-19 school year, playgroup continues on Fridays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is facilitated by Joie Ciepiela and is intended for children 0 to 5. Playgroup is sponsored by the Shutesbury Elementary School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program does not take place during school closures. See CNC website for program and event schedules: For more information contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157.

West County

CFCE of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School District Free Weekly Playgroup and Story Hour for parents with young children.  Mondays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., BucklandShelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls.  Fridays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Hawlemont Elementary School, 10 School St., Charlemont. Come and join other families with young children to play, learn, sing and have a snack. Wednesdays: Story Hour at the Arms Library at the corner of Bridge St. and Main St. in Shelburne Falls. Come and join other families with young children to read stories, sing songs and do an art activity. Contact Melissa Pincus, CFCE Coordinator for more information.


Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258 for more information. Email or visit for more information.

Healthy Living Program: The program, at LifePath, promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain self management, healthy eating, falls prevention and more make up this program. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program, at LifePath, are for people who want to enjoy healthier lives. Groups meet for several weeks in different communities and are led by local volunteer leaders. Choose from six, evidence-based workshops on information or to register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program coordinator, 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304 or Read more at

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities, and caregiver support. 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 the ICRC at 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email Go online to learn more at

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 Massachusetts, Brattleboro and northern Vermont, call 773-7394 or 783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home-Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women over 40, 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. In Franklin County, call 475-1405.

Join us: More than 600 RSVP of Hampshire and Franklin Counties active adults 55 and older give a few hours weekly to improve their communities. RSVP has many volunteer openings close to home to fit your interests, skills, and time availability. Contact Pat Sicard,  413-387-4558 x 1

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