Talk of the Towns, Feb. 13, 2019

Published: 2/13/2019 9:41:20 AM

Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St.: The club is open: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Pitch starts at 6. Players are random draw, $5. Fridays, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Food served from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week Dick’s Angels will be in the kitchen cooking. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Valentines Day Party Friday at 7 p.m. with music by Heath Lewis and Danny Hescock.  Saturday March 2nd  Corned beef and cabbage dinner at 5 p.m. The club is available to rent for gatherings, showers, birthday parties, etc.  


“Under Pressure:” The senior class at Four Rivers Charter Public School recently finished a documentary covering the September Merrimack Valley Columbia Gas explosions and the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and nationally. The documentary, “Under Pressure,” explores the complex truth of natural gas as an energy source as well as the struggles of local families and small businesses as they attempt to rebuild their lives after disaster. It will be showing Thursday at the Greenfield Garden Cinema. Events begin at 7 p.m. with a gallery walk of student work followed by a showing of the film and accompanying mini-features. Open to the public. Tickets are $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the Four Rivers Sustainability Fund. 

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Relax and Rejuvenate: Friday, 9:30 to 11 a.m.. Take some time to take care of yourself with gentle and accessible chair stretching, guided relaxation and visualization exercises, concluding with a soothing hand massage with fragrant essential oils. Free. Registration required. Call 413-772-1517 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 413-624-0280.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 413-475-0226.

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 413-774-1000.

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 413-475-1553. 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 413-774-3935 or visit:

New Salem

The Friends of the New Salem Public Library will begin the 2019 season of Reading Aloud for Grownups beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. with veteran readers Dee Waterman and Richard Trousdell. Both have extensive theatrical backgrounds and are sure to entertain the audience with their literary selections, and presentations. Snow date Feb. 20. Two more programs this season include March 13 (snow date March 20) with Christopher Turner and Sally Howe, and April 10 (snow date April 17) with Lisa Finestone and Sue Dunbar. All programs begin at 7 p.m. in the library. Wine, cheese, coffee, tea and special desserts are offered during the programs. Free, but the Friends are very grateful for any donations.


Free Ongoing Classes: 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 413-625-6240.


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 up to 5 years old. 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.

Turners Falls

Forum: A community forum in Turners Falls on Wednesday will explore and reflect on the needs of diverse species we live amongst in a time of environmental peril, and how we can take action in response. The forum will take place at the Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. A potluck will begin at 5:30 p.m., the program runs from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. This is part of the Interfaith Council of Franklin County “Who Is My Neighbor?” series. Guest presenters will include naturalist Ted Watt,  plant specialists Jeff and Cynthia Boettner,  plant spirit medicine healer Clare Pearson, and Tom Sullivan, a pollinator habitat specialist. Free.

Black History Month Celebrated at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A: Stop by to view two lobby displays in honor of Black History Month. The bank is proud to have two powerful, talented women artists display a small portion of their collection. Louise Minks brings a wood carving titled “Going Home” by John Lollar Jr.  Minks collaborated with Lollar on several works of art in the past. She brought her painting of John Lollar Jr., as well as several books to check out. Belinda Lyons Zucker offers a sampling of her West African doll collection. These dolls are truly unique and transcend far beyond the normal concept of a doll into works of art, meditation and ritual. The dolls become “characters” to Zucker and each one takes on a persona that determines the final result. The displays will remain in the lobby until the end of the month.

West County

CFCE of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School District Free Weekly Playgroup and Story Hour for parents with young children. Mondays: 9:30-11 a.m., Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30-11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls.  Fridays: 9:30-11 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 413-773-5555, 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 413-773-5555, 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, 413-773-5555, 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 413-773-2227.

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 413-773-5555 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 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 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 413-475-1405.

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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