Talk of the Towns, Feb. 15, 2019

Published: 2/14/2019 7:40:44 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.

Colrain

Lizzie Herzig of Colrain has been named to the Dean's list for the Fall semester at the University of Maine at Orono in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Natural Resources.

Deerfield

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 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Gill

Choral program featuring Concert Choir, NMH Singers, Select Women's Ensemble, Hogappella, Nellies and Northfield Mount Harmony will take place Sunday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Raymond Concert Hall, Northfield Mount Hermon campus. This is a benefit concert for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County. For more information call 498-3000.

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

Greenfield

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: “The Dementia Experience” will be presented Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the center. This interactive workshop uses sensory modification and role playing activities to build empathy and understanding of the challenges, stigmas, and level of     impact dementia has on those living with it, their families, and the community. Come debunk what dementia actually is, what causes it, and how to best care for those afflicted. Participants will re-enact daily activities “while under the influence of dementia.” Free. Limited space. Registration required. Call 772-1517 x 0 or stop by the Front Desk to register. Funding for this project provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and the City of Greenfield. Sponsored by Armbrook Village, a Senior Living Residence.

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 665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

Addiction? Get family support at Learn to Cope on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month from 7 to 8:30 at Greenfield Community College Room C-208. No cost or registration required. For questions contact mjulian@learn2cope.or call 508-404-3539.

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 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 773-8618 or John Passiglia at 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 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 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 256-1549 or visit www.greenriverzen.org.

Montague Center

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group: The group meets the third Tuesday of the month at Congregational Church at the common from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the basement. The group is affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH chapter. The group is open to all persons caring for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s type dementia. For more information, contact Michael or Marjorie Paton at mmpaton@yahoo.com or call 498-5995 or www.alz.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 0-5 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

Northfield

Free Lunch at Northfield Senior Center, courtesy of Poet’s Seat Care Center, will be served Wednesday at noon. Poet’s Seat Care Center brings lunch every third Wednesday of the month. Call 498-2186 by Monday to sign up. The center is located in Town Hall, 69 Main St. Parking and entrance at rear.  All welcome. You do not need to be a resident

Kiwanis Club of Northfield meets the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. in lower level of Northfield Town Hall. Northfield Kiwanis engages in meaningful community service projects and raises funds to provides scholarships and camperships benefiting area children. During the holidays, NKC provides food and clothing for families in need. New members welcome. 

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents. 

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: 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 Mondaysbfrom 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

The Sunderland Public Library’s popular Short Story Series, where talented, local actors read short stories to a live audience, continues Saturday at 3 p.m., with two stories by acclaimed African-American writers: Langston Hughes and Gloria Naylor. Lia Russell-Self will read “One Friday Morning,” by acclaimed poet and author Langston Hughes, and Nicole M. Young will read “Kiswana Browne,” by the award-winning novelist Gloria Naylor. For more information, contact Katherine Hand, Library Director. 665-2642 director@sunderlandpubliclibrary.org orAaron Falbel, Head of Adult Services 665-2642 afalbel@cwmars.org

Two Free Weekly Playgroups for children 0-5 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 with questions.

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 665-2642.

Turners Falls

Film: Rawn Fulton of Searchlight Films will present “Root Hog or Die” Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Savings Bank community room. Filmed in 1973 and completed and shown on PBS in 1978, it is a portrait of the vanishing life of New England dairy farmers. The film follows local farming families during their struggles to survive and flourish much the way their elders did over the past centuries. Free. Snow date Feb. 20.

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 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 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.

Thursday meal: A community meal is served at Holy Trinity Church, 177 Main St., Greenfield, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30.

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. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.




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