Talk of the Towns, Feb. 9, 2018

Thursday, February 08, 2018

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.


Democrat Caucus: Registered Democrats in Bernardston will hold a caucus Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Four Leaf Clover Restaurant, 19 South St. Caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Bernardston. For more information, contact Susan Wilcox, chair of Bernardston Democratic Town Committee, at 413-824-1214.


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.


Chocolate Fantasy 2018 will take place Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center lobby, 51 Sanderson St. The event will feature chocolate and artisan crafts. The Clinical Notes will perform at 12:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Baystate Franklin Auxiliary and Department of volunteer Services.

Friday Meal: Greenfield Lodge of Elks 1296 will serve meals tonight from 5:30 to 7. All meals are $10 or less. Raffles will also be held.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the Y and Valley Medical Group. Free and open to all adults with diabetes, their family members and support person. The group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Social Room at the YMCA in Greenfield, 451 Main St. Information, sharing and support, educational topics, food demos, guest speakers and skills-building for improving health and managing diabetes. For more information, contact Marjorie Sobil, diabetes educator, at 772-3351, 992-7392 or msobil@vmgma.com.

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.

New Salem

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.


Dean’s List: Dan Bordner of Northfield has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at Vermont Technical College, Randolph, Vt. This honor requires a GPA of at least 3.5 for the semester and a minimum of 12 credits. He is a senior majoring in electromechanical engineering technology. He is the son of Brian and Brenda Bordner of Northfield.

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


Birthday Party for Earl Newhall (1885-1971) will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Shelburne Historical Society Museum (former Arms Academy Building), Corner of Church and Maple Street. Newhall was a longtime member of the Shelburne Historical Society and a major benefactor in 1971. Piano rag time will be performed by Jay Stryker, a classical organ selection presented by Hedley Yost, several harp pieces performed by Piper Pichette and a sing along with Judy Kulp. There will be a birthday cake along with an exhibit of Newhall’s prized cameras, some of his glass plate prints, albums and slides and memorabilia of Newhall. The public is invited.

Shelburne Falls

The 22nd annual Chili Cook Off, sponsored by the Friends of the Charlemont Fairgrounds, will be Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 52 State St. Participants will sample a variety of locally prepared chili and vote for their favorite. 50/50 drawing. $7 at the door. No charge for those entering chili contest. Visit: www.friendsofcharlemontfairgrounds.com for more information.

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.

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.


Academic Honors: The following local Framingham State University students were named to the Dean’s List or the President’s List for the fall 2017 semester: Madeline Billiel of Greenfield, Dean’s Listt; Kaylie Siow of Greenfield, Dean’s List; and Amber Magin of Millers Falls, President’s List.

Dean’s List: The following area students were named to the Dean’s List for fall 2017 semester at Endicott College in Beverly: Kayla Baus of Ashfield, a sophomore majoring in biology and biotechnology, daughter of Sandra Ruhl; Rose Kelleher of Greenfield, a senior majoring in psychology, daughter of Timothy Kelleher and Laura Kelleher; Zachary Martin of Orange, freshman majoring in English, son of Byron Martin and Donata Martin; Alecia Carmody of Shelburne Falls, senior majoring in nursing, daughter of Robert Carmody and Melissa Carmody.

Scholarship: The Franklin County Bar Association will be awarding two Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to two deserving high school students in Franklin County. To qualify for the FCBA scholarship award, an applicant must be a Franklin County resident, a senior in high school and in pursuit of post-secondary education of any kind. The application has been sent to all area schools and is also available at: www.franklincountybar.org or by e-mailing: fcbar@franklincountybar.org. The deadline for submission is April 10. The Scholarship Committee will be considering academic and personal achievement and the quality of an essay. The 2018 essay question is based on the National Law Day theme: “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.” A Law Day event will be May 1.

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.