Talk of the Towns, Nov. 3, 2017

Thursday, November 02, 2017


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


Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., at New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike at 978-249-3024.

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.


Dinner: Weekly dinner will be served tonight, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and French fries available. Special this week: Tim’s corn chowder and bread.

Annual Turkey Party will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St.

Fall Program: The Bernardston Historical Society’s Program Committee will present a special fall program featuring Boston’s world famous Brattle Book Shop’s proprietor and Antique Road Show appraiser Ken Gloss on Tuesday, at 6 p.m., in the Bernardston Senior Center, Powers Institute, 20 Church St. Gloss will discuss the value of old and rare books. Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow,” will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www. brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to around 1825. This program is sponsored by the Bernardston Historical Society and the Bernardston Historical Commission. This program is free, refreshments will be served.


Community Clothes Closet is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 81 Foundary Village Road. Adults, children, something for everyone; all free. We also accept lightly used, clean donations.


Local Graduate: Gabriel Chapley, with the Deerfield Fire Department, was a member of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class No. 66 that graduated Oct. 30 at the Department of Fire Services’ Springfield campus. Chapley was one of 25 graduates from 15 fire departments in the region.

Zumba will be held Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No advance-registration is necessary. Pay as you go. $5 per week, sixth class is free. To learn more, visit: www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us, 665-1400.

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. First class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.


Emblem Club #43 meeting will be Monday, at 6:30 p.m., at the Greenfield Elks Club. Please bring order forms for Pampered Chef.

November’s Soup and Games Night at Hope and Olive Restaurant (at the corner of Hope St. and Olive St.) will be Monday, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will benefit the Salasin Project. There will be raffles, a bake sale, and jewelry for sale. For more information, contact Stacey Langknecht at 774-4307, ext. 4, or slangknecht@wmtcinfo.org.

Diabetes self-management workshop series at the Greenfield Senior Center starts in November. For people with pre-diabetes or diabetes, their spouses, and/or care givers. Learn to make healthy food choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner; maintain sugar control; avoid diabetes complications and manage stress. Each class is social, supportive and interactive. Receive a free copy of the companion book “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” by participating. Register for this free program by calling the Council on Aging/Senior Center at 413-772-1517.

Healthy Eating for the Holidays nutrition workshop will be Tuesday, from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Greenfield Senior Center. This workshop will cover how to read nutrition labels and figure out what those health claims really mean. See what you can do to help make clever food choices with Emily Lawler from UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. Please call 413-772-1517 or stop by the front desk to register.

GriefShare Support Group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St.

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.

A Caregiver Support Group will take place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month on the Second Floor Conference Room, 48 Sanderson St., Baystate Franklin Medical Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The goal is to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of caring for their loved ones. All caregivers and family members welcome. For more information, contact Poppi Kelley at 325-4050.

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 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 552-6288 or visit MEGAdance Zumba Fitness on Facebook.

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 773-8618 or John Passiglia at 773-3757.

Greenfield Zen: Meets Mondays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to join as participants practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group and individual instruction is offered; beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donations of $5 to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. Contact Paul Sonier at 665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com for more information.

Debtors Anonymous: Group meets Tuesdays, 6 p.m., at 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 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, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net

Zen Meditation: Tuesdays, 7 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 to 11:30 a.m., at Green River Zen Center, Studio B, second floor, 158 Main St. Open to the public. For more information, call 256-1549 or visit: www.greenriverzen.org.

NELCWIT Support Group: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop in from 10 to 11 a.m. for women who are or used to be in abusive relationships. Free and confidential. For more information, call 772-0871 or visit: www.nelcwit.org.


Yoga For Life in West Leyden: Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. Call Linda Romano at 624-3334 for more information. First assessment free.

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your children and other families and caregivers from the community at the Swift River School in New Salem. For the 2017-2018 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children 5 years of age and under. Facilitated by Gillian Budine and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. Visit: https://sites.google.com/site/communitynetworkforchildren/home for full schedule. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.


PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Local Graduate: Joseph Larson and Shawn Shaw of the Orange Fire Department were members of the Call/Volunteer Recruit Firefighter Training Class No. 66 that graduated Oct. 30 at the Department of Fire Services’ Springfield campus. Larson and Shaw were two of 25 graduates from 15 fire departments in the region.

Shelburne Falls

Honoring Cutlery Workers: The Shelburne and Buckland Historical Societies, in partnership with the Mill at Shelburne Falls, will honor those workers who made this area famous for their superior cutlery on Sunday, from 12:30 to 4 p.m., at The Mill at Shelburne Falls (Lamson & Goodnow), 45 Conway St. The day will include a guided tour of the restored facility, a panel of individuals with stories about working at Lamson & Goodnow, and an official proclamation recognizing the day and the importance of the industrial heritage it represents from elected officials. Refreshments will be served.

The VFW Post 8503 will have its regular meeting Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., at 10 Water St. All members are welcome.

South Deerfield

“Matters of Life and Death: Living Fully and Preparing to Let Go” aging support groups meet in South Deerfield on Monday, at 6:30 p.m., at South County Senior Center, 71 North Main St.; and Tuesday, at 1 p.m., at Wesley Methodist Church in Hadley, 98 North Maple St, near Route 116. Groups meet twice each month, always open to new participants. Sliding scale cost of $2 to $10. For more ore information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-387-8439 or johnpberk@gmail.com.


Short Story Series: The Sunderland Public Library will continue its popular short story series on Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., with stories by two humorists: James Thurber and John Sayles. The stories will be read by two local, professional actors: Jeannine Haas of Goshen will read “The Night the Ghost Got In” and “The Story of Sailing” by James Thurber; Court Dorsey of Wendell will read “At the Anarchists’ Convention” by John Sayles. Sponsored by the Friends of the Sunderland Public Library. Free.

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 skills. The group often works on charity projects. For more information, contact the library at 665-2642.

Turners Falls

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


A Song Notes Concert featuring musician, writer and teacher David Maloof is scheduled for Tuesday, at 1 p.m., in the Warwick Town Hall. The hour long performance includes songs from multiple genres. Free. Visit: MusicPlusComedy.com for more information.

Winchester, N.H.

Al-Anon Support Group: For friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., at United Church parsonage, 97 Main St.


Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free, individual Reiki sessions, thanks to a grant from Rays of Hope. Reiki practitioners will offer sessions on Saturday mornings at 474 Main St., Suite 2. Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy, which can help provide relaxation and energy, decrease pain or anxiety, and promote physical, mental and emotional health. For an appointment or more information, call Kate at 774-3083.

Community meals: 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 to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays. Coffee always on. All welcome.

Community meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our lady of peace Church, Seventh Street. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by St. James 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 can call 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.

A community meal is served at Holy Trinity Church, 177 Main St., Greenfield, on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., dinner served 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.

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. on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 464-5635.