Talk of the Towns, May 15, 2019

Published: 5/14/2019 5:50:37 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.: Find us on Facebook at Bernardston vets org. 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. Meatballs grinders by Jenn and her Bernardston cheerleaders this week. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming events: Memorial Day, May 27, annual Chicken BBQ at noon. Tickets for BBQ are $15 and are available during regular business hours. Music at 2 p.m. following the barbecue with Shawn 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 contest. All Welcome. the Club is available to rent for showers, birthday parties, etc.


The Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St., will be closed to the public Friday due to the annual Greenfield Council on Aging Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. This event honors our volunteers and community partners. Sponsored by Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

The Greenfield Duplicate Bridge Club offers a weekly game every Thursday at noon at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. For information, call 413-774-2687.

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:


Leyden Movie Night: Academy Award winner “Green Book” will be shown Friday at 7 p.m. at Leyden Town Hall. Free. Popcorn included.


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.


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:


Still available: The Senior Center in Shelburne is scheduling a Lake Sunapee Luncheon Cruise on Wednesday, June 12. Tour includes luxury coach, lunch buffet on board, narrated cruise and a stop on the way home at Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream. Trip will leave the Senior Center at 8:30 a.m. and return about 4:45 p.m. Cost is $94 for Ashfield, Buckland, Shelburne seniors, and $106 for others. Registration and payment due May 23.

Shelburne Falls

The Recital Chorus, under the direction of Margery Heins, with Amy Roberts-Crawford, accompanist, will perform a spring concert of vocal and choral music on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Church. The chorus will present a variety of music from the medieval period to the present, including folk songs, madrigals, rounds, spirituals, songs from musical theater, and works of Dowland, Hassler, Caldara, Handel, Schubert, and Pioneer Valley composer Clifton “Jerry” Noble. The Recital Chorus is made up of private voice students of Margery Heins: young students from the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, Greenfield Community College students, and adults from the community. Free. Trinity Church is accessible.

6th annual CFCE Early Education Family and Community Fair: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at BSE School, 75 Mechanic St. All activities are free. Families with young children are invited to explore the fire truck, school bus, tractor and baby animal, police car and ambulance. Inside there will be fun educational activities, free books and nutritional snacks. Lui Collins, local music educator, will lead stories and songs family workshop from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Melissa Pincus-CFCE Coordinator:

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 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.


Asparagus Supper will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Sunderland, in the chapel next to the church, Routes 47 and 116. The menu will include appetizer, asparagus, roast pork, scalloped potatoes, cole slaw, apple sauce, beverage and dessert. Adults $12, children under 8, $4. For reservations, call 413-665-2890. Leave name, telephone number and number of people.

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

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,psicard@hcg-ma.org413-387-4558 x 1

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