Talk of the Towns, April 12, 2019

Published: 4/11/2019 7:10:22 PM

Ashfield

Al-Anon meeting Mondays: Weekly at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.

Athol

Celebrate Recovery:Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Athol-Orange Baptist Church, corner of Church and Walnut streets. For more information call Mike K. at 978-894-5960.

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.

Brattleboro, Vt.

River Gallery School is offering Art Camp during April Vacation week, April 15 to 19, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Children can enjoy a week of drawing, printmaking, painting, found object sculpture, and collaborative projects. Snacks will be provided. Participants are welcome to attend as a drop- in and by the day. For more information, go to rivergalleryschool.org or call 802-257-1577.  River Gallery School of Art is an equal opportunity non-profit organization and will work with families around tuition assistance and scholarship. 

Dinner Dance: Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post #1034 & Auxiliary dinner dance will be Saturday at 40 Black Mountain Road. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6, and Champagne Jam Band plays at 7 p.m. Dinner/dance $10 per person, or $5 per person dance only.

Deerfield

Patriot’s Day: Members of the public are invited to rediscover the history behind the Patriot’s Day holiday and the “shot heard ’round the world” at Historic Deerfield  Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum presents its annual Patriot’s Day Revolutionary Muster, offering a full day of activities for visitors of all ages throughout the village, including a colonial-era encampment. For more information, including a detailed schedule of the day’s activities, visit www.historic-deerfield.org, or call 413-775-7214.

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 413-824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Erving

Hydrant flushing: The Erving Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants in the Ervingside neighborhood beginning on Tuesday and will continue until complete. Residents with questions may contact the Erving Water Department at 413-423-3354.

Gill

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

Greenfield

 Charity Golf Tournament: The Greenfield Knights of Columbus Council #133 is looking for golfers, sponsors and raffle donations for its 6th annual charity golf tournament Friday, May 31 at Crumpin-Fox golf course in Bernardston. The event will be an 18 hole, four-person scramble with tee advantages for senior golfers. Entry fee of $125 includes green fees, carts, lunch and dinner and prizes for the winners. Dinner-only tickets are available for $30. Foursomes signing up by May 1 pay $475. There will be raffles, silent auction and “hole-in-one” contest for a chance to win a new car. This year, Council #133 recognizes The United Arc as tournament partner. To sign up or more information, call Lou Grader at 413-774-2848, Tom Campbel 413-772-9802 or Bob Wanczyk 413-774-2465. 

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 413-665-0278 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 413-625-6488.

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 413-552-6288 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 413-773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

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 413-773-5608.

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 413-773-9744 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 413-256-1549 or visit www.greenriverzen.org.

Montague

Yoga for seniors at the Montague Retreat Center starts Tuesday, April 16 at 9 a.m. Everybody welcome. First class for new students free. klarosmovement@gmail.com

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 up to 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

Music at the Northfield Senior Center, Town Hall: The ROMEOs and a Juliette are here every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. Betsy Llewelyn is always there on the first Thursday of the month and surprises us at other times. (Dates: April 16, 23, and 30).

Silverthorne Theater’s Producing Artistic Director Lucinda Kidder will visit the Northfield Senior Center on Thursday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m. to talk about this season’s first production, “Tales of the Lost Formicans” by Constance Congdon. Loss and confusion escalate as characters grapple with change, including a grandfather diagnosed with dementia. Silverthorne Theater presents plays at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield. Call 413-498-2186 by Tuesday to reserve a seat and lunch.

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: 413-772-0871.

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.

Royalston

Free yoga will be offered by the Royalston Friends of the Library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Royalston, basement, next to Town Hall. With Charlotte Weltzin. Open to people from all towns. Equipment available, donations accepted. for more information, call the library at 978-249-3572.

Shelburne Falls

Palm Sunday Breakfast will be served Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. (or until sold out) at the Eagles. Breakfast will feature an all-you-can-eat meal of pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage, bacon, toast, pastries, fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juices and more. $10 adults, $5 children 5 to 10, under 5 free. There will be an Easter/Spring basket drawing and bake sale featuring pies, breads, cakes and cookies. Benefit for Relay for Life The Wall “Nuts” and Crescent Moon teams.

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 Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles, and is intended for children up to 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

Heartfulness Meditation: Through meditation, heart-centered transformation. Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information visit, heartfulnessmeditationpv.org or contact us at: hearfulnesspioneervalley@gmail.com.

Two Free Weekly Playgroups for children up to 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 413-665-2642.

Turners Falls

A Mindfulness Meditation class designed for seniors and will Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., April 30–June 18 at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St. The class offers an understanding of the physiology of stress, gentle stretching and several forms of meditation (all done on a chair). It offers a path to living in the present moment with calm acceptance in the face of everyday stress. Thanks to a grant from the Gill Montague Council on Aging, the cost for this class is $75. People aged 60 or older from any town are welcome. A non-refundable $37.50 deposit will hold a place. The balance of $37.50 is due at the first class. Participants are asked to commit to attending all eight weeks and to doing homework assignments that build new everyday habits of equanimity. For more information contact Jean Erlbaum at 413-230-1518 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets the second Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The United Arc, 294 Avenue A. For more information call/text 413-834-4073 or email patkeith@unitedarc.org.

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 413-863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Regional

“Chipping Away at Child Abuse:” It’s not too late to sign up for a round of golf that will support efforts to stop child abuse. The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin (CAC) is sponsoring its inaugural “Chipping Away at Child Abuse” Golf Tournament on Friday, May 10, at the Crumpin Fox Golf Club in Bernardston.  Registration date to sign up to play in the tournament has been extended to April 15.  Registration forms are available on the CAC website, https://cacfranklinnq.org/x/9/Chipping-Away-at-Child-Abuse-Golf-Tournament. 

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 413-464-5635.

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.

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. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.




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