Talk of the Towns, Feb. 11, 2019

Published: 2/11/2019 7:25:52 AM
Bernardston

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to public.

Buckland

Soup Night: The Buckland Public Library, 30 Upper Street, will offer a soup night Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Volunteers will bring large pots of soup and guests may bring bread, cheese and other tidbits. Free. All welcome. Soup nights will also be Feb. 26 and March 12.

Conway

Graduate: Eric Wallace of Conway graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December 2018. He earned a BS in Business Administration/Entrepreneurial Studies.

Erving

Free weekly playgroup: Come enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Erving Elementary School gym. For the 2018-2019 school year, playgroup will continue on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This Playgroup is facilitated by Emily Joseph and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. Playgroup is sponsored by the Erving 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, program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/erving.com/cncprogram/home For more information please contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Greenfield

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Book Chat Thursday, 1 to 2 p.m. From “Gone with the Wind” to “Romeo and Juliet” and “Fifty Shades of Gray,” who can resist a romance? In February the book chat group will try to discover what a good romance in book form means to each of us. Whether it’s your all time favorite or a book you’re reading now, let’s talk.  No need to register, just drop in.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer will be offered Wednesdays,  beginning Jan. 9 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Greenfield. Pam Roberts is facilitator. Free to individuals living with a cancer diagnosis and their support person. Program of Oncology Department of Baystate Franklin Medical Center, funding support from Wheeling for Healing. To register, contact pamro@aol.com or call 413-625-2402.

TOPS: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), Chapter 0395, meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m. meeting, 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Carolyn Bellany at 413-773-3981 or Paula Girard at 413-863-9000 for more information.

GriefShare grief recovery support group: Meets at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St., Greenfield every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. GriefShare features nationally recognized experts on grief recovery topics. Anyone experiencing grief from now or from the past is welcome to attend these sessions. For more information, call Living Waters Church at 413-773-9506.

 The Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. Sohail Waien, MD, BFMC hospitalist, facilitates this group. The Amputee Support Group generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the BFMC Conference Rooms, off the main entrance. As there are exceptions to the schedule, attendees should request a detailed schedule. Friends and family members are also welcome. For more information, contact Sohail.waienMD@baystatehealth.org.

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 ​​​​​​Pam at 413-774-4307, ext. 1, or emailpfitzpatrick@wmtcinfo.org.

The Salasin Center: 474 Main St., the home of the Greenfield Women’s Resource Center and Family United Networks FUN Center. Mondays: 10 a.m. to noon, Group for Women Supporting Women. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Nurturing Group for Families in Recovery (contact Lynn Norwood for more info: 774-4307 x3. 5:30-6:30 at the RPX at 1 Osgood St. in Greenfield: Dance Movement (open only to those who identify as women, with the exception of the 4th Tuesday of the month, when all genders are welcome). Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Bag Lunch & Resources. 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Women’s Center Bag Lunch & Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group (for info contact Vickie Hutchinson at 774-4307, ext. 5); 4 to 6:30 p.m., Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center, open to all. Resources include: women/ children’s clothing exchange; access to computers, free Internet and Wi-Fi, printer/ copier access; resource library and community support information; arts and crafts supplies for use while at the center and free coffee and snacks when available. For more information, contact Pam Fitzpatrick at pfitzpatrick@ wmtcinfo.org and 774-4307 Ext. 1. 

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: This group, sponsored by the Western Mass. Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 20 Chapman St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, call or text Matthew at 687-7042 or email Cindi at cindi@cindioldham.com.

Yoga Beginnings: New to yoga or returning to it? Small classes, individual help, slow pace. Green River Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Drop-ins, $15; six weeks, $75. Free introductory class. Contact Gail Connor at gconnor@comcast.net or 522-0417.

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. For more information call: 774-5489.

Yoga for Relaxation: Class Wednesday, Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Mondays, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone; Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Over 50 Yoga. Wednesdays, Women’s Yoga offered 5:45 to 7 p.m. at Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches and yogic breathing. for more information contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Al-anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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. www.al-anon.org.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15. Open to the public.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. Open to all who are hungry.

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, large conference room. Free group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Molly Chambers group facilitator at 773-5555, ext. 2229 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229.

Leverett

Free weekly Tales & Tunes: Come enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Leverett Public Library. For the 2018-2019 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Heleen Cardinaux and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. This program is sponsored by the Leverett Public Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children.  See CNC Website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/erving.com/cncprogram/home.

Northfield

Northfield Senior Center: Community Read Project. On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., Dickinson Memorial Library’s Matt Atwood will introduce a community wide reading opportunity at the Northfield Senior Center. Atwood’s presentation will be followed by lunch at noon. The March/April choice for the town read is Michael Finkel’s “The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.” This 200 page true story is about a man who wanders into the Maine woods and survives outdoors for 27 years. There, he furnishes his camp with stolen goods, spends his days in contemplation, and observes the natural world.  Northfield Senior Center and Dickinson Memorial Library will have books to borrow for the project which will involve community discussion. Suggested donation for lunch: $3 seniors/$8 for those under 60.

“Generations of Fun:” Seniors will welcome kindergarten students from Northfield Elementary School to the Northfield Senior Center Wednesday at 1 p.m. for an intergenerational activity of  making Valentine cards. Sign up today by calling Heather at 498-2186.

Pioneer Valley Regional School weight room is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Shelburne

“Dance with the Lemurs:” The Senior Center in Shelburne will offer an interactive, virtual learning program "Dance with the Lemurs" on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Participants, via live video from Italy, will enter a Lemur enclosure and hear the educator explain all the challenges they cope with in Madagascar.  Program free and open to all.

Shelburne Falls

Shelburne Historical Society Museum, located on the corner Maple and Church Streets, the former Arms Academy building, is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Future events to be announced. Come meet our new curator, Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette. 625-6150.

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 179, meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Mary Cromack at 625-0127.

Community Clothes Closet: Community outreach of Trinity Church. Free clothing for all ages. Open to the public on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and bedding accepted any time. Located at the lower level of Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. for more information, call the church at 625-2341.

MEGAdanceZumba Fitness: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buckland-Shelburne Regional School cafeteria. First class free. Call Megan at 552-6288 for more information or visit Facebook at MEGAdanmceZumba Fitness.

South Deerfield

Preschool Story Time: Wednesday, 11 a.m., Tilton Library, 75 North Main St.

Turners Falls

Time for Mothers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. free child care for children ages birth to 8 years is provided in the Family Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries at 78 Avenue A while mothers visit the Women’s Center at MCSM at 41 Third St. during Open Hours. 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.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: 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.

ACIM study group: A Course in Miracles meets Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., 4 George Ave. It is a study group that helps people see this world in a better light and live a more peaceful life. For more information, call 863-4147.

Wendell

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Wendell Free Library. For the 2018-2019 school year, playgroup will continue Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. This Playgroup is facilitated by Sylvia Wetherby and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. Playgroup is sponsored by the Friends of the Wendell Free Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. See CNC Website for program and event schedules, https://sites.google.com/erving.com/cncprogram/home For more information contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or

Whately

Reiki share: Tuesdays, noon to 2 p.m., Stone Mountain Reiki, 9 Masterson Road. Free. Reiki share is a chance to give and receive Reiki in an atmosphere of friendship and love. For more information, call 665-8382 or email cecelia@stonemountainreiki.com.

Regional

Preschool, 0-5 Child Care and Home Visiting: Community Action’s Head Start & Early Learning Programs - For pregnant women and children ages 0-5.  Provides quality comprehensive services and early education and care to children in Head Start and Early Head Start programs and offers full-day and part-day center-based classrooms, family child care, and home visiting.  Head Start and Early Head Start services are free for participants. www.communityaction.us or 413-475-1405.

Pain Pals of Franklin County: The group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Valley Medical Group, 329 Conway St. This is a chronic pain support group led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. meet with others who suffer from chronic pain in a safe and supportive environment. Discuss topics relevant to life with pain. Learn to live life to the fullest despite pain. To register call Terry Desaultels at 659-3413. Free and open to the community.

Learn to Cope: A support network for families affected by addiction, has support meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Greenfield Community College’s main building, Room C-208. Meetings, free and confidential, are run by trained facilitators and offer hope, support, education and resources. Free overdose education and Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, available at each meeting. For more information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email mjulian@learn2cope.org. www.learn2cope.org

Breastfeeding Support Group: Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, obstetrics Classroom, third floor, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, led by Suzanne Stoneham. 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 773-2359.

Duplicate Bridge at GCC: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s East Building (first building on the right upon entering). Parking to the left (Lot A). All levels welcome. $5 per person. for more information, call 896-1010.




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