Talk of the Towns: July 3, 2019

Published: 7/2/2019 4:52:57 PM

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


Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St.: All welcome. Open: Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6; players are random draw, $5. Fridays, through the summer we will be open one or two Fridays a month for a music event. Stay tuned for summer dates or check our Facebook page Bernardston Vets Org. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12, Summer BBQ Party with food by Cliff’s Backyard BBQ starting at 5 p.m. Music by Heath Lewis at 7. All welcome. The club is available to rent for birthday parties, showers, etc.


Reading Group: Beginning Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Archibald MacLeish Library on the main campus of Greenfield Community College, participants will begin reading and reconsidering the works of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. The Archibald MacLeish Literary Society is a group of dedicated readers, and new readers are welcome. The group meets weekly to read and discuss classics of world literature, about 50 pages for each meeting. For the summer session, the group will be reading Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” in July, and George Orwell’s “1984” in August. In September, the group will resume its regular weekly sessions with “The Tale of Genji,” a classic Japanese work. Free and open to the public. If interested, contact Michael Doherty at or call 310-529-8908. Readers are not expected to have a literary or academic background.

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Movie Matinee: “First Man,” which tells the story of Neil Armstrong and the first moon landing, will be shown Friday and Monday at 1 p.m. at the center. Call 413-772-1517, or stop by the front desk to reserve a seat. Space is limited. Please share your movie requests with us.

The Greenfield Duplicate Bridge Club offers a weekly game every Thursday at noon at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. For information, call 413-774-2687.

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 413-475-0226.

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:


Caregivers Support Group: Meets every first and third Friday 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.


President’s List: Trenton James Bourbeau of Montague has been recognized on the President’s List at Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., for the spring 2019 semester.


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:

The Orange Transfer Station and Recycling Center on Jones Street will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. It will reopen on Saturday.

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 have been named to the 2019 spring semester Dean’s List at Simmons University in Boston: Kelly Sweeney of Gill, Riley Sampson of Greenfield, Bonney Couper-Kiablick of Northfield and Kyleigh Burns of South Deerfield.

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 Gretchen Smith 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, falls prevention and more. Contact Marcus Chiaretto at 413-773-5555, ext. 2304, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2304, for more information.​

Healthy Aging Program: The program, at LifePath, is 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. To register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Marcus Chiaretto, Healthy Living Program coordinator, 413-773-5555, ext. 2304, 978-544-2259, ext. 2304 or Read more at

Rehabilitation Services at Baystate Franklin Medical Center: For more information or to schedule a free screening, call 413-773-2227.

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 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259, or email Go online to learn more at

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 or to locate meetings throughout Massachusetts, Brattleboro, Vt. and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

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

RSVP: More than 600 active adults ages 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 availability. Contact Pat Sicard, or 413-387-4558, ext. 1

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