Talk of the Towns: March 9, 2020

Published: 3/8/2020 5:15:38 PM

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30. Open to the public.


Lt. John Galvin, Post 81 of the American Legion, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St.

The Salasin Project: All programs are free and are held at 474 Main St., with the exception of Dance & Movement. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery; must register, call for details. Tuesdays: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Dance & Movement at The RECOVER Project RPX at 1 Osgood St. Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., BYO Bag Lunch & Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., BYO Bag Lunch & Resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group. Fridays: 10 a.m. to noon, open hours, access local resources, connect with community programs, peer-to-peer connection. For more information, email or call 413-774-4307. Alternatively, visit

Gentle Yoga for Cancer will be offered Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Pam Roberts facilitates. Free to individuals living with a cancer diagnosis and their support person. Program of Oncology Department of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Funding support from Wheeling for Healing. To register, email or call 413-625-2402.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 0395 (weight loss support group) meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; meeting 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Kathy at 413-648-9741 or Eunice at 413-773-7430 for more information.

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: This group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 20 Chapman St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, contact AJ at

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning Monday through Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. For more information, call: 413-774-5489.

Al-Anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15.

Shelburne Falls

“The Green Burial Movement” presented by Judith Lorei will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center. Prior to the Civil War, nearly all people in America were buried in a way that is today described as a “green burial,” reflecting its emphasis on ecological soundness. Because only biodegradable materials are used, a human body and its burial container enrich the soil. Lorei, a former funeral director and co-founder of Green Burial Massachusetts, will discuss this increasingly popular alternative and respond to such questions as its cost and where it’s permissible. This program is co-sponsored by the Shelburne Falls Area Women’s Club and the Senior Center. It is open to the public.

Shelburne Historical Society Museum, located on the corner Maple and Church streets, the former Arms Academy building, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Future events to be announced. Come meet Curator Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette. 413-625-6150.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 179 meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Anita Wall at 413-625-2249.

Turners Falls

Corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served Sunday, March 15, 1 to 4 p.m. with continuous serving, at St. Kazimierz Society, 197 Avenue A. $10. Reservations requested, but not required, by calling 413-863-4361.

CFCE Playgroup of the Gill-Montague Regional School District meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at 78 Avenue A. The drop-in playgroup is sponsored by the Department of Early Education and Care, and is intended for caregivers and children up to age 5, with a focus on early literacy and school readiness. For more information, call Mary at 413-824-5370 or Lili at 413-824-5381.

Women’s Resource Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries, 41 Third St. promotes peer support and friendship and is a safe place for women to gather. Monday: Free sewing classes, supplies/machines included, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Open hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Offerings include arts and crafts, computers, community resources, gently used clothing and light lunch served on Thursday as well as specialized workshops. For more information call: Andrea at 413-824-5387 or email:

St. Kazimierz banquet hall, 197 Avenue A, is available for the public to rent at reasonable rates. Hall capacity is 250, ADA accessible entrance, full bar and kitchen. You do not need to be a member to rent the hall. For more information, call 413-863-4361. The club is raising money for a sprinkler system. To donate, visit


Pain Pals of Franklin County: Meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Health Center of Franklin County, 102 Main St. This is a chronic pain support group led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. To register, call Terry Desaultels at 413-659-3413. Free.

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