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Talk of the Towns: Nov. 5, 2019

  • The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter is selling 2020 calendars. Contributed photo

Published: 11/4/2019 4:57:35 PM

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


Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Meets Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital, 2033 Main St. Attendees should use the main entrance and turn left to the conference room on the right. Visitors to a TOPS chapter are welcome to attend their first meeting free. Membership is $32 a year plus nominal chapter fees. Harvey Laprade has been named the new chapter leader. To find another local chapter, visit or call 800-932-8677.


National Hire a Veteran Month: The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center will host a Veterans Resource and Job Fair Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Greenfield Community College’s main campus at 1 College Drive. Free and open to the public. Veterans will have the first opportunity to meet the employers and vendors at 9:30. The job fair is open to the general public at 10. Featuring 30 employers from Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately for a job interview and to bring a resume. For more information, contact Michael Anderson at 413-774-4361 or email

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: “Ask the Nurse,” Wednesday, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. With Greenfield’s Public Health Nurse Cheryl Volpe. Check your blood pressure, ask questions about medications and bring unwanted medications for disposal. Free. Sponsored by the Greenfield Health Department. “Green Burials” will be presented Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Joan Pillsbury, board member of Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts and Green Burial Massachusetts Inc., will talk about what green burials are, and are not. After watching a short video showing a current green burial cemetery in New Jersey, Pillsbury will talk about where you are allowed to have a green burial in Massachusetts. Time for questions following the presentation. Free. Membership and registration required. Stop by the front desk or call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 to register.

Poinsettia Fundraiser: The Greenfield High School Music Department is selling poinsettia plants. Payment due by Monday, Nov. 18. 4½-inch pots, $8; 6½-inch pots, $12; 8-inch pots, $20; and 10-inch pots, $30. Available in red and white. Orders can be picked up in the GHS Band Room on Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 7 p.m. Will deliver to businesses. Make checks payable to GHS-MPA, mail to GHS, in care of Angela Mass, 21 Barr Ave., Greenfield MA 01376. With questions, email the Music Parents Association at or call Mr. Sypek at 413-772-1350, ext. 1081.

Building Bridges Veterans Initiative will offer free weekly veterans lunches Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Elks Lodge, 2 Church St. Building Bridges is a veterans initiative of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Mass.

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 meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall.

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


Hollyberry Fair: Apple pies, maple tea rings and other baked specialties, brunch all day featuring two kinds of quiche and two homemade soups, a giant themed baskets raffle including a lottery ticket tree, handmade gifts and a baker’s dozen of juried craftspeople. At the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Northfield, 147 Main St., on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. New: Streamlined layout offers easy shopping, all on one floor. Lots of free parking and fully accessible. Questions? Call 413-834-2469.

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. 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).


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. Andrea Chesnes 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 To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

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, 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


Share Your Sight: Volunteers sought to read, shop or walk/exercise with a blind or vision-impaired person in your community. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 508-854-0652 for information.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter is selling 2020 calendars for $10 each. They are available at the shelter, 10 Sandy Lane in Turners Falls, and at the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange, 269 High St. in Greenfield.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps adults who are ages 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, like volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP volunteer manager, at 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or

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. 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.

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.

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