Talk of the Towns: Jan. 15, 2020

Published: 1/14/2020 6:02:42 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 6:01:54 PM

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


Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Movie matinee, Friday at 1 p.m., will feature “Master and Commander,” an adventure film with Russell Crowe. Call 413-772-1517, or stop by the front desk to reserve a seat. Advance registration is required. Movies are free.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, child care and snacks. For more information, call 413-774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers play and learn groups, a parent support group and special early literacy events. The staff can answer questions on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness, as well as help you find other community resources. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 413-475-1553.

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes, job readiness workshops, college transition workshops and academic counseling services. For more information, call 413-774-3935 or visit:


Transportation and Climate Initiative: State Rep. Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, invites residents to Leverett Town Hall on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation and discussion about the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) and transportation challenges in rural communities. TCI is a regional collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Joining Blais will be Chris Dempsey, director of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), and Stephanie Cooper, deputy commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


Caregivers Support Group: Meets the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:30 a.m. at the Senior Center in Town Hall, 69 Main St. Join other caregivers for support, and to share stories and ideas. Led by Heather Tower.


Chicken Dinner: The Congregational Church of Orange, 93 South Main St., will serve a chicken dinner Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The menu will include chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable salad and assorted pies for dessert. For reservations, call 978-544-6895 or 978-939-8608. Church services are Sundays at 10:15 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Megan Leary. Information about church activities can be found by emailing

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes and academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 131 West Main St., call 978-544-8917 or visit:

Shelburne Falls

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls on the FRTA bus route. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 413-625-6240.

West County

CFCE of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School District: Free weekly playgroup and story hour for parents with young children. Mondays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Fridays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Hawlemont Elementary School, 10 School St., Charlemont. Join other families with young children to play, learn, sing and have a snack. Contact Melissa Pincus, CFCE coordinator, for more information.


Dean’s List: The following local students were named to the Dean’s List at Connecticut College in New London, Conn., for the fall semester: Phoebe Pliakas-Smith of Conway, Class of 2020, Dean’s High Honors, Philosophy and English; Megan Hrinda of Deerfield, Class of 2023, Dean’s High Honors, Undeclared; Logan Waien of Greenfield, Class of 2022, Dean’s High Honors, Undeclared; Arrayan Vanegas of Sunderland, Class of 2023, Dean’s Honors, Undeclared; and Grace Rathbun of Turners Falls, Class of 2022, Dean’s Honors, Undeclared.

Fall Dean’s List: The following area residents were named to Springfield Technical Community College’s fall Dean’s List: Emily Mae Cavender of Bernardston, Tracey Schryba of Colrain, Nicholas David Baronas of Leyden, Ashley L. Gwozdzik of Shutesbury, Vasili Eliopoulos of Sunderland, and Joel Rodriguez of Turners Falls.

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath’s Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. For more information, contact the Benefits Counseling Program at 413-773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, or email

Healthy Living Program: The program, at LifePath, promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain management, healthy eating, preventing falls and more. To register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Andi Waisman, Healthy Living Program manager, 413-773-5555, ext. 2297, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2297, for more information.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to 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. Contact the ICRC at 413-773-5555, ext. 1230 or 978-544-2259, ext. 1230, or email Go online to learn more at

Overeaters Anonymous: Meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m., both at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Conference Room A, as well as Mondays, 5 p.m., Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

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 preschool, home visiting and child care programs in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 413-475-1405.

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