Talk of the Towns: Nov. 29, 2019

Published: 11/29/2019 10:59:40 AM
Ashfield

Al-Anon Meeting: Mondays at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Conway

The Crafts for a Cause Holiday Fair will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Conway Grammar School, 24 Fournier Road. The fair will host craftspeople, raffles, a bake sale and a make-and-take snowperson craft activity for children. Luncheon specials for $5 as well as hot dogs, drinks and desserts. Proceeds benefit various charities and a scholarship fund.

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

Classy Accessories will be in the lobby at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sale will feature fall and winter outfits, sweaters, turtlenecks, ponchos, women’s fall fashion, dresses, vests, gloves, hats, scarves, leggings, toddler hats and mittens. Credit cards, cash and payroll deduction accepted. Sale benefits patient services at Baystate Franklin.

Greenfield Senior Center’s movie matinee will be Monday and Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. with a showing of “The Family Stone,” a comedy starring Diane Keaton. Call 413-772-1517 or stop by the front desk to reserve a seat.

Greenfield Zen: Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sitting and walking meditation. Cushions and chairs available. $5 suggested donation, but not required. Initial instruction for beginners at 7. All are welcome at the Community Yoga & Wellness Center, 16 Federal St. (second floor) 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. 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 to bring comfort, strength, healing and joy to their lives. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. or 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.

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 MEGAdanceZumba 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 welcome; new members can join at any time. 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. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit greenriverzen.org.

Northfield

Northfield Kiwanis Club meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Northfield Town Hall. NKC engages in meaningful community service projects and raises money to provides scholarships and camperships to area children. During the holidays, NKC provides food and clothing for families in need. New members welcome.

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. Call for more information: 413-772-0871.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. Tales & Tunes will continue for the 2019 to 2020 school year 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 program. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.

Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Shutesbury Elementary School. For the 2019 to 2020 school year, playgroup will be Fridays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Facilitated by Joie Ciepiela and intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the Shutesbury Elementary School and Union 28 Community Network for Children program. Not held during school closures. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.

Welcome New Baby: A special offer for new babies (up to 6 months old) and their families in the communities of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. Welcome Baby visits are a comfortable and comforting way for parents to connect with an early childhood expert and get information that you can use with your new baby and their siblings. Gift bags are free and made possible by funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact budine@erving.com or 978-544-5157.

Sunderland

Union 38 Family Network Free Drop-In Playgroup for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Fridays, 9:30 to 11:30 am. throughout the school year at Sunderland Elementary School. Not held during school closures and holidays. Contact Amy Battisti at amy.battisti@frsu38.org or 413-362-9145 with questions. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant.

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

Turners Falls

The Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries is offering free sewing classes on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks provided. Guided lessons, free fabric, other materials and the use of sewing machines supplied. The class is for beginners and women who already know how to sew. The goal is to allow women to learn a skill that could possibly support economic security. To register, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or 413-325-4200 or email womenscenters@mcsmcommunity.org.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets the second Tuesday of the month 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.

Whately

Union 38 Family Network Free Drop-In Playgroup for children up to age 5 and their caregivers will be offered Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year at Whately Elementary School. Not held during school closures and holidays. Contact Amy Battisti at amy.battisti@frsu38.org or 413-362-9145 with questions. Funded by a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant.

Regional

Rep. Paul Mark Office Hours: Mark, or his aide, hold office hours Mondays at the Greenfield Community College 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 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 Free Community Meals and Drop-in Center: Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Coffee is always on.

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

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 the Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community Meal: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. Sponsored by the 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.

West County Community Supper: Fridays, Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Coffee and tea at 5 p.m.; supper at 5:30.

Thursday Meal: A community meal is 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. As a pay-what-you-can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while those who can’t are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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