Talk of the Towns: June 7, 2019

Published: 6/6/2019 5:15:18 PM
Modified: 6/6/2019 5:15:07 PM
Ashfield

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

Athol

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.

Smoking Cessation: Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Deerfield

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 info@pureyogawellness.com.

Greenfield

Greenfield Military Band will perform Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. This lively concert will include music from Broadway including Hamilton; film, such as “Mary Poppins” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”; sing-along favorites, and toe-tapping marches and patriotic classics. Directed by Al Benjamin, this community band with players ages 17 to over 70 has been part of programs and celebrations in Greenfield since 1904. Free. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-ins accepted on space-available basis only. Call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or stop by the front desk to register. This concert is sponsored by Highland Street Foundation and Greenfield Council on Aging.

Greenfield Zen: Mondays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Green River Yoga & Movement, 158 Main St. (second floor). Cushions and chairs available. $5 donation requested but not required. Initial instruction for beginners. For more information, contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

GriefShare, a 13-week Christian support group is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St. GriefShare 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 bring comfort, strength, healing and joy to their lives. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 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 jcosta@communityaction.us for more information.

A Caregiver Support Group will take place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month in 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.

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., Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew on Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

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 413-552-6288 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 one to five are invited to join the adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join at anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 413-773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

Debtors Anonymous: Tuesday, 6 p.m., 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 413-773-5608.

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. Open to the public. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit greenriverzen.org.

Montague

Yoga for Seniors at the Montague Retreat Center, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. First class for new students free. klarosmovement@gmail.com

New Salem

Free Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Swift River School in New Salem. For the 2018 to 2019 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Emily Joseph and intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the Swift River School and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures.

Northfield

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

Orange

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. Please call for more information: 413-772-0871.

Royalston

Free Yoga will be offered by the Royalston Friends of the Library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the First Congregational Church of Royalston basement, next to Town Hall. With Charlotte Weltzin. Open to people from all towns. Equipment available. Donations accepted. For more information, call the library at 978-249-3572.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2018 to 2019 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on 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.

Sunderland

Local Author Ed Orzechowski will read from his book “You’ll Like it Here at the Sunderland Public Library on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Through the eyes of young Donald Vitkus, the book exposes the dehumanizing environment of a Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation institution of the mid-1900s. Misdiagnosed and clinically labeled a “moron” with an IQ of 41, 6-year-old Donald is committed to Belchertown State School. In 1949, he begins a lifelong battle to convince others — and himself — that he is not a moron. This is a story of the resiliency of the human spirit. The reading at the Sunderland Public Library will also include a presentation on the writing of the book and the history behind it. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for the author to sign.

Heartfulness Meditation: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information visit heartfulnessmeditationpv.org or contact us at: heartfulnesspioneervalley@gmail.com.

Two Free Weekly Playgroups for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Free play and literacy circle time at Sunderland Elementary School. Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Does not take place during school closures and holidays. Sponsored by the Frontier Regional CFCE. Contact: karen.green@frsu38.org with questions.

Turners Falls

A Mindfulness Meditation class designed for seniors will be held Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., through June 18 at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 5th St. The class offers an understanding of the physiology of stress, gentle stretching and several forms of meditation (all done on a chair). It offers a path to living in the present moment with calm acceptance in the face of everyday stress. Thanks to a grant from the Gill Montague Council on Aging, the cost for this class is $75. People ages 60 or older from any town are welcome. A nonrefundable $37.50 deposit will hold a place. The balance of $37.50 is due at the first class. Participants are asked to commit to attending all eight weeks and to doing homework assignments that build new everyday habits of equanimity. For more information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 413-230-1518 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets the second Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The United Arc, 294 Avenue A. For more information, call/text 413-834-4073 or email patkeith@unitedarc.org.

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.

Regional

Rep. Paul Mark Office Hours: 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.; Thursdays at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon; and at 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 Community Meals and Drop-in Center: Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Coffee always on.

Community Meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 7th Street, Turners Falls. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

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 Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community Meal: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 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 413-772-1033 or write to: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield MA 01302.

Free Community Meal: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

Thursday Meal: 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.


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