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Talk of the Towns, May 1, 2019

Published: 4/30/2019 5:00:05 PM

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.


Bernardston Vets Club,16 Hartwell St.: Open: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m.; Pitch starts at 6, players are random draw, $5. Fridays, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Food served 5 to 7:30 p.m. This week Tim and Butch will be cooking a ham dinner. Menu will be ham, homemade baked beans, coleslaw and cherry upside down cake. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming events: May 10, music by Don LaCoy starting at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Day May 27, annual chicken BBQ at noon followed by music at 2 p.m. with Shaw Garland and Heath Lewis. May 31, music by Corey Knapp from 7 to 10 p.m. June 15, Karaoke night with Karaoke contest, 7 to 10 p.m. $10 to enter. All welcome. Stop in during open hours and see what we are all about. The club is available to rent for gatherings, showers, birthdays etc. Find us on Facebook at Bernardston vets org.


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.:Movie Matinee: “The Green Book” will be shown Friday at the center. For time and to reserve a seat, call 413-772-1517, or stop by Front Desk to reserve a seat. Space limited to eight. Free. Relax and Rejuvenate: Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Take some time for yourself with gentle and accessible chair stretching, guided relaxation exercises, and a soothing hand massage with fragrant essential oils. Free. Call 413-772-1517 ext. 0 or stop by the front desk to register. Register this week for May/June specialty fitness classes, qi gong, zumba, seated yoga, yoga and tai chi for arthritis start week of may 6.register with payment by may 3. cost is $35. for each 7 week session. call 413-772-1517 for more information.

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:


Caregivers Support Group:This group meets every first and third Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Town Hall, 69 Main St. Join other caregivers for support and to share stories and ideas. New members welcome. Led by Heather Tower, MSW, LCSW.


May the Fourth Be With You! Come celebrate Star Wars at the Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will include creating your Star Wars name, attacking the Death Star, light saber training, and making a Chewbacca puppet. For ages 5 and up. Young children will need an adult’s help. All library programs are free. 978-544-2495

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

Arms Library, Bridge and Main Streets: Friday from noon to 1 p.m., Gloria Matlock and Michael Nix reach deep into the centuries-old tradition of African American song. With a powerful and authentic voice, Gloria sings gospel songs, spirituals, story songs, work songs, songs of slavery and emancipation, and present day freedom songs. Nix explores the African-American roots of banjo playing from early gourd instruments to arrangements and compositions for the modern seven-string instrument of his own design.

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. 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

Remote Control: 8th Annual Giant Western Massachusetts Remote Control Flea Market will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Franklin County Technical School, 82 Industrial Boulevard. Browse, sell, or swap at the largest Western Massachusetts remote control flea market. Anything remote control – boats, planes or cars – can be sold. For more information or tables, contact David Korpiewski at 413-695-2191.

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 to 11 a.m., BucklandShelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Fridays: 9:30 to 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

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