Talk of the Towns, March 11, 2019

Published: 3/11/2019 8:39:12 AM

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

Brattleboro, Vt.

A corned beef meal will be served at the Veteran’s of Foreign War 1034, 40 Black Mountain Road, at the Canteen, Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. RSVP: 802-257-0438. 


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, For more information please contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or email


Climate Change Cafe: “Speaking Truth 2 Truth, Coping with a Changing Climate,” will be offered Wednesdays, 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Greenfields Market. The group will explore the effects of climate change in our lives and emotions. Explore how climate change is affecting us and our world, and how to skillfully respond. Facilitated by Elan Moses, MA, LMHC, a psychotherapist with a background in eco-psychology.

“I’ll Have What They’re Having:” Comprehensive sexuality education for older adults, Wednesday, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. This interactive workshop offers an opportunity to gather resources and learn tips from the most up-to-date research. Facilitated by Jane Fleishman Ph. D., M.S., M.Ed., C.S.E, a human sexuality educator who is well-versed in older adults’ sexuality. Join this lively and fun session. Registration is requested. Call 413-772-1517 x 0, or stop by our front desk to register. Funding for this project provided in part by a Community Development Block Grant  administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development and the City of Greenfield.

The Salasin Project, 474 Main St., holds many programs throughout the week in its Salasin Center with the exception of Dance Movement, which is held at the Recovery Project. Mondays: 10 a.m. to noon, Women Supporting Women group. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery (contact Lynn Norwood for more info: 413-774-4307 ext. 3. Tuesdays: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the RPX at 1 Osgood St. in Greenfield: Dance Movement. Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Bag lunch & Resources. 1 to  p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., Bag lunch & Resources. 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group (for information, contact Vickie Hutchinson at 413-774-4307 ext. 5). 

Gentle Yoga for Cancer offered Wednesdays, 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 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 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 now or from the past is welcome to attend these sessions. For information, call Living Waters Church at 413-773-9506.

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 information, contact Pam at 413-774-4307, ext. 1, or email

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

Yoga Beginnings: New to yoga or returning to it? Small classes, individual help, slow pace at Green River Yoga, Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Drop-ins, $15; six weeks, $75. Free introductory class. Contact Gail Connor at or 413-522-0417.

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, 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. For information call: 413-774-5489.

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 information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 413-773-9744 or

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.

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.

Keene, N.H.

Moving with Parkinson’s class takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, at the Southwestern Community Services Conference Room at 63 Community Way, Keene, 10:30 to 11:4 a.m. Moving with Parkinson’s is a class that helps to increase coordination, flexibility, and balance, but most of all it's fun. Participants can take the class sitting or standing and will feel supported in a safe and comfortable environment. It is open to anyone with a movement disorder and their caregiver, partner, or friend. This class is inspired by Dance for PD, created by the Mark Morris Dance Co. and the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Parkinson’s support group. To find out more about the program go to Marcia Murdock, who is the retired director of the dance program at Keene State College, will be leading the first Wednesday group and Midge Brecher, a dancer and teacher for many years, will be leading the third Wednesday group. For information e-mail Kathy at Suggested donation of $5. No charge for caregivers.  


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, 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,


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

Shelburne Falls

Spring bulb show presentation: Dr. James Grogan, conservatory curator for the Botanic Garden of Smith College, will offer a behind the scenes look at the college’s annual bulb show Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. The free presentation is sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club and will follow the club’s regular March business meeting. The public is invited. Women’s Club members and those interested in joining the club are  invited to a 6:30 p.m. social time and 7 p.m. business meeting. The Women’s Club has been the sponsoring organization of the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls since the bridge was opened in 1929. The club, which has nearly 100 members, was founded in 1925 and raises money for local scholarships, participates in other community projects and offers regular programs designed to be of interest to local residents.  

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. 413-625-6150.

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 413-625-0127.

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 information, call the church at 413-625-2341.

MEGAdanceZumba Fitness: Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Buckland-Shelburne Regional School cafeteria. First class free. Call Megan at 413-552-6288 for information or visit Facebook at MEGAdanmceZumba Fitness.

South Deerfield

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

Turners Falls

Corned beef dinner: The Montague Elks will serve a traditional corned beef dinner Saturday, 4:45 to 7 p.m. at the club, 1 Elk Avenue. Eat in or take out. Sign up ahead of time in the lounge. $11 or call 413-863-2521.

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, plus community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email 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 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 information, call 413-863-4147.


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, 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, For information contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or


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 information, call 413-665-8382 or email


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. or 413-475-1405.

Pain Pals of Franklin County: The group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Community Health Center of Franklin County, 102 Main 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 413-659-3413. 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 information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email

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 information, call The Birth Place at BFMC at 413-773-2359.

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 information, call 413-896-1010.

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