Talk of the Towns: July 9, 2019

Published: 7/9/2019 11:15:47 AM
Ashfield

“Healthy Bones and Balance” Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 413-625-2502.

Athol

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital.

Brattleboro, Vt.

BrattleMasters will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Room 245 at Vermont Technical College, 41 Harmony Place. Those attending will have a chance to volunteer for a speaking off-the-cuff exercise. Without any preparation, volunteers will be asked a question and given one to two minutes to respond. Members and the public are eligible to compete. A “Best Table Topics” ribbon will be awarded at the end of the meeting to the person who receives the most votes for giving the best off-the-cuff speech. For directions or more information, visit brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Colrain

The Colrain Historical Society will present a program Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Joan McQuade’s barn, 7 Main Road, featuring Fischlein’s store and the community it served. For 40 years, beginning in 1953, if you lived in Shattuckville, perhaps you picked up your mail at Ray’s Market and bought a steak he had butchered, some bread, maybe some candy, and chatted with neighbors in the store that stood on the west bank of the North River by the old iron bridge. It was more than a store — it was a social center. The program will follow a meeting at 7, where there will be an update on the Pitt House property and the Arthur Smith Covered Bridge. Free and open to the public. For further information, call Belden at 413-624-3453.

Greenfield

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday 6 p.m. at the center. The cost is $8. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

Gamblers Anonymous: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., The RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 413-325-1389.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

Franklin County Cadet Squadron (CAP) Seeks Recruits: Meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested, call Maj. Gary Longley at 413-773-9331.

Al-Anon — Struggles for Intimacy: Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. Anyone who feels her/his life has been affected by close contact with a problem drinker is eligible for membership in Al-Anon or Alateen. Al-Anon is online at al-anon.org.

Montague

A Strawberry Shortcake Supper will be served Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Montague Center Congregational Church. The menu will include ham with pineapple salsa, potato salad, pickled beats, crudites with ranch dressing, assorted breads and strawberry shortcake, and beverages. $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 10 and under. For reservations, call 413-367-2652.

Northfield

“Keeping the Lights on for Ike”: On Thursday at 11:30 a.m., Rebecca Daniels will be at the Northfield Senior Center to discuss her book about her father, an engineer in World War II. As a noncombatant, he had a very different experience. Support troops had an extremely vital role to play and our combat troops could not have survived without them. Daniels is a retired college professor and theater teacher who gleaned this story from letters her father wrote home. Call 413-489-2186 by today to reserve a seat and lunch. Lunch is by $3 donation.

Ongoing Yoga for Ages 60 and Up: Mats and props provided. Drop in anytime Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Town Hall, 69 Main St., second floor. Elevator available at ground level; parking at rear of building. Donations appreciated but not required. Donations are used for equipment and additional exercise sessions. Simple seated and standing yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration techniques that can help you: sit, stand, and walk with more confidence; move with less pain and more strength; breathe more deeply and sleep more soundly. Accessible to men and women with any amount of flexibility and yoga experience. Funded by grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Title III grant administered by LifePath, and Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA).

Shelburne

Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Senior Center. Easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability.

Turners Falls

A Low Cost Yoga class will be offered for seniors (55 and older) Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 5th St. Jean Erlbaum will offer gentle mat yoga stretches, yoga breathing techniques and deep relaxation. Seniors from all towns, including beginners, are welcome. A $1 donation is requested. For more information, call 413-863-4500.

Emergency Basic Needs Program: this is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 413-863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, unstructured playtime, a children’s clothing exchange and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 413-863-4804, ext. 1005 or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.

Whately

The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Whately Public Library/S. White Dickinson Memorial, 202 Chestnut Plain Road. It will be Pops Night and the band will play favorites such as Mister Sandman, Let It Be, Stand By Me, Rock Around the Clock, and music of Stevie Wonder. The concert is sponsored by a grant from the Whately Cultural Council and the Friends of the Whately Public Library. Free.

Regional

Dean’s List: The following area residents were named to the Dean’s List at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine for the spring 2019 semester: Elizabeth LaValley and Chloe Lunt, both of Greenfield; Birgit Kuhlka of Northfield; and Juliette Shean of Shelburne Falls.

Dean’s List: The following local residents were named to the Dean’s List at the University of New England: Evan Moulton of Greenfield; Elizabeth Fuller of Northfield; Reilly Hamlett of Orange; Kylee Cole of Shelburne Falls; and Danielle Conant of Turners Falls.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your lifetime of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance. If you could not drive, how would you get groceries, visit your doctor, fill prescriptions? Many seniors are in this position and depend on volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP volunteer manager, 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or psicard@hcg-ma.org.

Greenfield Community Meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11 a.m.; and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free Blood Pressure Screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free Hearing Screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 413-773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center (ICRC) at LifePath: ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath 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 ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free Mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering mediation at no cost to help resolve housing related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed in Greenfield and Holyoke to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day-and-a-half training. For an application and more information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or lashanda.stone@state.ma.us.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open for health information and research on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 413-773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 4th St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: Meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 413-773-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for people who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email carla@comtherapy.com.

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