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Talk of the Towns, Oct. 11, 2019

Published: 10/10/2019 5:27:46 PM

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


Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hang-ups and habits. 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: Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. For more information, call 978-249-3511.


Yoga Classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in yoga, pilates, core fitness tai chi, reiki, seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or


Raina Telgemeier Fan Club:Love graphic novels? Join us on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the LeVanway Room of the Greenfield Public Library, for this month’s Raina Telgemeier Fan Club meeting. This month we’ll be celebrating the launch of Raina Telgemeier’s latest graphic novel “Guts” with giveaways, a draw-a-thon and more. Copies of the book will be raffled off, and an afterschool snack will be served. Free and intended for youth in upper elementary and middle school grades.

Suicide Loss Support Group meets the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Room 1002. The next meeting is Oct. 14 and then Nov. 11. The group is free, confidential and the contact email is It is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.

Greenfield Zen: Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sitting and walking meditation. Cushions and chairs available. $5 suggested donation, but not required. Initial instruction for beginners at 7. All welcome at Community Yoga & Wellness Center, 16 Federal St. (2nd floor) Contact: Paul Sonier 413-665-0278

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

GriefShare, a 13-week Christian support group, is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St. 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 lives. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.

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 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 Mondays, 5 p.m., Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

MEGAdanceZumba 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 MEGAdanceZumba Fitness on Facebook.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades one to five are welcome; new members can join at any time. 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.

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. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit


Yoga for Seniors at the Montague Retreat Center, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. First class for new students free.


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


A braised beef dinner will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Central Congregational Church of Orange, 93 South Main St. The menu will be braised beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, dinner rolls made from scratch, carrots, broccoli, coleslaw and assorted pies for dessert. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 978-939-8608 or 978-544-6895.

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. Call for more information: 413-772-0871.


Free Yoga will be offered by the Royalston Friends of the Library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in First Congregational Church of Royalston’s 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.


Shutesbury Community Church will have a fund-raising yard sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 6 Town Common Road. There will be a variety of offerings including kitchen items, home goods, clothing, decorations, furniture and more. Proceeds will benefit the church’s missions work. In the event of rain, the sale will be inside the church. For more information, call Pastor Mark Ellis at 413-349-8444 or email him at

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your children) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Tales & Tunes will continue for the 2019-20 school year, on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. the program is facilitated by Katie Tolles, and is intended for children 0-5 years of age. Tales & Tunes is sponsored by the M.N.Spear Memorial Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children program. For program and event schedules go to: more information contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or

Weekly Playgroup: Come enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Shutesbury Elementary School. For the 2019-20 school year, Shutesbury Playgroup will be Fridays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. The Playgroup is facilitated by Joie Ciepiela and is intended for children up to 5 years of age. Playgroup is sponsored by the Shutesbury elementary School and Union #28 Community Network for Children program. Program not held during school closures. See CNC Website for program and event schedules, For more information contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email

Welcome New Baby Free Gift Bag from Union #28 Community Network for Children program. A special offer for new babies (ages birth to 6 months) and their families in the communities of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. The first days and weeks at home with a new baby are among the most joyful and overwhelming you’ll experience as a parent. Welcome Baby visits are a comfortable and comforting way for parents to connect with an early childhood expert and get information that you can use with your new baby and their siblings. Welcome New Baby Gift Bags are free and made possible by funding from Mass. Coordinated Family and Community engagement grant serving our five communities. For more information and to schedule a visit for you and your baby, contact us. Budine@erving. com or 978-544-5157.


Union 38 Family Network Free Drop-In Playgroup for Children 0-5 and their Caregivers Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 am. throughout the school year at Sunderland Elementary School. There will not be playgroup during school closures and holidays. Contact Amy Battisti at or 413-362-9145 with questions. The Union 38 Family Network is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.

Heartfulness Meditation: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information, visit or email

Turners Falls

The Women’s Center at MCSM is offering free sewing classes Mondays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks provided. Guided lessons, free fabric, other materials and the use of sewing machines supplied. The class is for beginners and women who already know how to sew. The goal of the classes is to allow the women to learn a skill that could possibly support economic security. To register call 413-863-4804 Ext. 1003 or 413-325-4200 or email

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets the second Tuesday of the month 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

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 3rd Street.


Union 38 Family Network Free Drop-In Playgroup for Children 0-5 and their Caregivers will be offered Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year at Whately Elementary School. There will not be playgroup during school closures and holidays. Contact Amy Battisti at or 413-362-9145 with questions. The Union 38 Family Network is funded by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.


Rep. Paul Mark Office Hours: Mark, or his aide, hold office hours Mondays at the Greenfield Community College Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon; and Northfield Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 413-464-5635.

Community Meals

Greenfield Salvation Army Free Community Meals and Drop-in Center: Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Coffee is always on.

A Free Community Meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 7th Street, Turners Falls. Sponsored by the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., Greenfield. Doors open at 4 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by the church and Deerfield Academy.

Loaves & Fishes: Free hot meal, Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange. Sponsored by the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community Meal: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. Sponsored by the Franklin County Community Meals Program. Volunteer groups interested in assisting in the preparation of the meal or anyone who wants more information can call 413-772-1033 or write to: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield MA 01302.

West County Community Supper: Fridays, Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper 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. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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