Talk of the Towns, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters, local Toastmasters club, will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate Center, 28 Vernon St. Drew Adam will be the Toastmaster of the Evening. The public is welcome and are invited to participate in the extemporaneous speaking exercises. There will also be prepared speeches, evaluations, and reports by members. For information about the local Toastmasters club, visit http://brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org


Greenfield Community College has received funding from UMass Medical School to offer a free 25-hour Personal Care Attendant (PCA) training to help interested students enter this field. PCAs help people of all ages with disabilities to live independently by helping them with everyday tasks such as dressing, grooming, housekeeping, shopping, and cooking. A Personal Care Attendant Information Session will be Tuesday, April 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St. Call 775-1672 to reserve a seat. At this information session students will learn more about the PCA field and also have the opportunity to apply for the 25-hour PCA training course that will be held on May 2, 3, 9, 10 & 11, from 4 to 9 p.m. at Greenfield Community College. To apply for the training course, you must be able to work in the U.S. and attend all training hours. Students completing the training will learn the basics of being a PCA, have career readiness coaching and be certified in CPR with AED and First Aid.

Family United Network: The Family United Network (F.U.N.) Center is at The Salasin Center, 474 Main St., Thursdays, 4 to 6:30 p.m., a fun time for the whole family. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact Stacy at 774-4307, ext. 4, or visit: slangknecht@wmcinfo.org.

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 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 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 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 774-3935 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Montague City

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried abut your home heating bill? 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 773-5555 for more information.

Healthy Aging Program: The program, at LifePath, promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on Chronic Disease Self Management, Healthy Eating, Falls Prevention and Walking Groups make up this evidence-based program. To volunteer as a peer leader/trainer or to find a workshop in your community, contact Lesley Kayan at 773-5555, ext. 2297 or call 978-544-2259, ext. 2297.


Northfield Inn: On Friday at 9 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center, hear and share stories about the Northfield Inn. Ed Finch will present pictures and facts about the Inn. As many in Northfield worked at the Inn growing up, and some met their spouses there, stories abound! Call 498-2186 to reserve a spot.


Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St., will be present Fourth Friday Film Series this week at 7 p.m. with the showing of “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. 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, 34 North Main St. or call 978-544-8917 or visit: www.literacyproject.org.

Shelburne Falls

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 625-6240.

Turners Falls

Stash Bash: The 3rd annual Stash Bash will be April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church hall at Our Lady of Peace. Currently we are asking for any extra “stash” you may have and would like to donate such as beads, notions, yarn, fabric, buttons, scrapbooking supplies, etc. Call Bev at 863-7783.


Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried abut your home heating bill? Income eligible seniors can find help through the Benefits Counseling at LifePath. Volunteer benefits counselors will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other was to save money. Contact Gretchen Smith at 773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, email info@lifepathma.org, or visit lifepathma.org 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 773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304 or mchiaretto@lifepathma.org. Read more at lifepathma.org.

Rehabilitation services at BFMC: Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St. For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 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 773-5555 or 978-544-2259 or email info@lifepathma.org. Go online to learn more at lifepathma.org.

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 773-7394 or 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 475-1405.

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 at psicard@hampshirecog.org or 413-387-4558 for more information.