Talk of the Towns: Feb. 14, 2020

Published: 2/13/2020 7:00:24 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 7:00:10 PM

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


“Baby Time” will run Tuesdays through March 10 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 217 Walnut St. This group is for families with an infant 12 months old or younger. Families will receive peer support and learn about child development, self-care, early literacy and parent-child interaction. There will be activities for older siblings in an adjacent room. Families must register with Nicole Lyman, early childhood director, at 978-249-8467.

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.


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


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: “Sustainable Eating” will be explored Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ever wonder what “GMO” stands for? What exactly is the difference between “organic,” “USDA Organic” and “natural” foods? Learn how to shop and eat in a sustainable way with Emily Lawler from the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program. See what you can do to help make clever food choices and smart substitutions. Registration is required. Call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or stop by the front desk to register.

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 group is free, confidential and the contact email 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 are welcome at the Community Yoga & Wellness Center, 16 Federal St. (second floor) Contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or

Attention Veterans: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 33 in Greenfield welcomes guests to chapter meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St. Monthly meetings take place in September through November and February through June. Veterans who have suffered or aggravated an injury or illness, while serving during a period of armed conflict, and were not dishonorably discharged are eligible to join.

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.

A Caregiver Support Group will take place the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month on the second floor conference room at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St., 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. For more information, contact Poppi Kelley at 413-325-4050.

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 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.

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


Northfield Senior Center: Poet Seat luncheon will be served Wednesday at noon at the center. Free. Call 413-498-2186 to sign up.

Northfield Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Northfield Town Hall. NKC engages in meaningful community service projects and raises money to provides scholarships and camperships to area children. During the holidays, NKC provides food and clothing for families in need. New members welcome.

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


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 Weekly Tales & Tunes: Enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Facilitated by Katie Tolles and intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children program. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or

Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Shutesbury Elementary School. Fridays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Joie Ciepiela and intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the Shutesbury Elementary School and Union 28 Community Network for Children program. Not held during school closures. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email

Welcome New Baby: A special offer for new babies (up to 6 months old) and their families in the communities of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. Welcome New Baby visits are a way for parents to connect with an early childhood expert and get information that you can use with your new baby and their siblings. Gift bags are free and made possible by funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact or 978-544-5157.


Mindfulness: Libraries in Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately are collaborating to launch a series of programs called “Mindfulness in Libraries.” An introductory program to the six-week series will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Sunderland Public Library. The program will be led by Erika Higgins Ross, marriage and family therapist and a yoga and mindfulness practitioner, and Holly Johnson, a librarian at the Tilton Library in Deerfield, a parent and a mindfulness practitioner. They will introduce practices and resources to help participants become more present, better able to manage stress, and increase expressions of gratitude and compassion.

Free Drop-In Baby & Me Playgroup: Mondays, Feb. 17 and Feb. 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for babies and their caregivers at the Sunderland Public Library. Contact Amy Battisti with questions at or 413-362-9145.

Free Drop-In Music for Baby: Monday, 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sunderland Public Library. Contact Amy Battisti with questions at or 413-362-9145. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant.

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 Montague Catholic Social Ministries is offering free sewing classes on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 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 is to allow 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

Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren support group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the United Arc at 294 Avenue A in Turners Falls. For more information, call 413-834-8312 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.


Tuesday Morning Free Drop-In Playgroup: For children up to 5 years old and their caregivers. Tuesdays through June 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (excluding school vacation weeks and weather closure) at Whately Elementary School. Contact Amy Battisti with questions at or 413-362-9145. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant.

Union 38 Family Network Story Time for children up to 5 years old and their caregivers. Saturdays, Feb. 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m. at the Whately Public Library. Contact Emily Dattilo with questions at or the library at 413-665-2170. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant.


The following area residents were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Bridgewater State University: Ian Eckler of Ashfield, Kiersten Samalis of Orange, and Benjamin Hamer and Kayla Hamer of South Deerfield.

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, Seventh 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.

Thursday Meal: 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. As a pay-what-you-can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while those who can’t are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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