Talk of the Towns: March 11, 2020

Published: 3/10/2020 5:28:52 PM
Athol

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

Bernardston

Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St., is open tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6 p.m. $5 to play, partners are drawn randomly. On Friday, chili, cornbread and a cookie will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in memory of Joann Huber, a Pioneer Valley Regional School graduate, Class of 1969.

Greenfield

Concert: Folk singer and storyteller Tim Van Egmond will perform a free public concert sponsored by the Greenfield Council on Aging on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Van Egmond’s “Enchanted Tunes & Magic Wishes” program will present a “leprechaun’s treasure” of Irish songs and stories, ranging from the rib-tickling to the spine-tingling to the heart-warming. He’ll accompany himself with guitar, hammered dulcimer and limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm on a paddle board). To reserve a spot, call the Senior Center at 413-772-1517.

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: literacyproject.org.

Orange

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: literacyproject.org.

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.

Sunderland

“Romp and Stomp” Free Drop-In Playgroup: For children up to 5 years old and their caregivers. Fridays through June 12, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (excluding school vacation weeks and weather closure) at Sunderland Elementary School. Contact Amy Battisti with questions at amy.battisti@frsu38.org or 413-362-9145. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) grant.

West County

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. mepincus@mohawkschools.org.

Regional

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 info@lifepathma.org.

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 info@lifepathma.org. Go online to learn more at lifepathma.org.

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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