Talk of the Towns, Oct. 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hand Across the Valley Quilters Guild will meet Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St. This month’s meeting will showcase the work of three members. Nonmember fee is $5. For more information contact Holly Fitzpatrick at hollyvan@hotmail.com.


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


Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hurts, hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays, 7 p.m., New Testament Church, 500 Main St. For more information, call Mike M. at 978-249-3024.

Smoking Cessation: The group meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. Quitting is more successful with support. For more information, call 978-249-3511.


Community Clothes Closet open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fist Baptist Church, 81 Foundary Village Road. Adults, children, something for everyone; all free. We also accept lightly used, clean donations.


Zumba will be Monday nights at Deerfield Elementary from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. No pre-registration is necessary, it is pay as you go the cost is only$5 per week and the 6th class is free. Everyone is welcome to attend. More information can be found online at www.deerfieldma.us or contact Sue at suea@town.deerfield.ma.us 665-1400

Yoga classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in Yoga, Kidz Yoga program, Pilates, Core-Fitness Tai Chi, Reiki, Seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.


Children’s Story Hour at Slate Memorial Library, 360 Main Road, takes place Tuesdays at 10 a.m.


High School Equivalency graduates and their families will participate in a commencement ceremony Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Greenfield Community College’s Main Campus Dining Commons. The event is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Literacy Project, the Franklin Hampshire Career Center and GCC. Many of the students graduating have taken classes through the Literacy Project or the Career Center. The Greenfield Community College Testing Center has one of the highest High School Equivalency test passing rates of the 25 Testing Centers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since October 2016, 65 students earned their High School Equivalency Credential by taking the HiSET test (High School Equivalency Test) at Greenfield Community College.

Diabetes Support Group sponsored by the Y and Valley Medical Group. Free and open to all adults with diabetes, their family members and support person(s). The group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Social Room at the YMCA in Greenfield, 451 Main St. Information, sharing and support, educational topics, food demos, guest speakers, and skills-building for improving health and managing diabetes. For more information contact Marjorie Sobil, RD, CDE, Diabetes Educator at 772-3351 or 992-7392, msobil@vmgma.com.

GriefShare Support Group meets every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30pm at Living Waters Assembly of God 450 Davis St.

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.

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., St. James Episcopal Church Street. For more information, call Linda at 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 552-6288 or visit Facebook at MEGAdance Zumba Fitness.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades 1 to 5 are invited to come and join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join at anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 773-8618 or John Passiglia at 773-3757.

Greenfield Zen: Meets Mondays, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. All are welcome to join as participants practice sitting and walking Zen meditation. Both group and individual instruction is offered; beginners are invited to come at 7 for initial instruction. Suggested donations of $5 to cover expenses is appreciated, but not required. Contact Paul Sonier at 665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

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 773-5608.

Green River Yoga: Yoga for Relaxation classes at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. First class free for new students. Monday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Gentle Yoga for Everyone and Thursday, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Over 50 Yoga classes will be at Green River Yoga, 158 Main St. On Wednesdays, Women’s Yoga offered from 5:45 to 7 p.m., Community Yoga, 16 Federal St. All classes offer individualized instruction in gentle stretches/yogic breathing. For more information or to receive a brochure of these and other classes, contact Jean Erlbaum at 773-9744 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net

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 256-1549 or visit www.greenriverzen.org.

NELCWIT Support Group: Monday Morning Around the Coffee Table, drop in from 10 to 11 a.m. for women who are or used to be in abusive relationships. Free and confidential. For more information, call 772-0871 or visit www.nelcwit.org.


Yoga For Life: In West Leyden: Tuesdays by appointment therapeutic, private/movement sessions. Thursdays, seasonal balancing class/workshop by appointment or workshop. Call Linda Romano for listing at 624-3334. First assessment free. Phone or in person.

New Salem

Free Weekly Playgroup: Come and enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at the Swift River School in New Salem. For the 2017-2018 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is intended for children 0 to 5 years of age, facilitated by Gillian Budine and is sponsored by the Swift River School and Union #28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures. See CNC website for program and event schedules, http://bit.ly/2cTJjXK. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.


PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Post-Polio Syndrome Support Group meets on the third Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. The group’s new meeting place will be Greenfield Savings Bank, 325A King St. (across from Bluebonnet). Call Philippee 413-727-8639.

Speaker on Monday: “Death with Dignity” with Dr. Roger Kligler, a primary care physician in Falmouth for 30 years and now diagnosed with incurable cancer, speaks on “The Death I Want: A Doctor Fights for His and Our Last Rights.” 1:30 p.m. at Northampton Friends Meetinghouse, 43 Center St., and at 7 p.m. at Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Sponsored by Pioneer Valley Death with Dignity Action Group, and others. Free, accessible and transportation is available for seniors and others. For more information, contact John Berkowitz 387-8439johnpberk@gmail.com.


The Orange Historical Society will conduct its fall meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Society home, 41 North Main St. The public is invited to hear long time Society President Irene Ballou talk about the history of the Society, its past accomplishments, and plans for the future. Ballou and her husband were the Grand Marshalls for the recent Harvest Festival Parade, and both have been active in the Society for many years. The public is invited.

Wheeler Memorial Library, 49 East Main St.: On Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m Baby and Me will be offered for children birth to 36 months old. Join for songs, rhymes, bounces and board books. Includes 45 minutes of informal playtime. On Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m, Rise and Romp for children ages 2 to 5 years old. Stories, songs, rhymes, dance, and an easy craft. Home day cares welcome. Older and younger siblings are always welcome at our story times. All library programs are free. 978-544-2495

Wheeler Memorial Library: Mother Goose on the Loose, Mondays, 10:30 a.m., at the library, 49 East Main St. For children birth preschool and families. Make music, learn rhymes, sing songs. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Rise and Romp Storytime. Stories, finger plays, make a craft. 978-544-2495, ext. 103. No registration required.

Shelburne Falls

Breakfast: The Wall “Nuts” Team presents its Fall Harvest Breakfast Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Eagles, State Street. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, homefries, sausage, bacon, coffee, juices and more. $8 adults, $5 children to age 10, under 3 free. Basket draw, $2 per ticket.


Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from the community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2017-2018 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles. This program is intended for children 0 to 5 years of age and is sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union #28 Community Network for Children. See CNC website for program and event schedules, http://bit.ly/2cTJjXK. For more information please contact Gillian Budine, 978-544-5157 or email budine@erving.com.


Weekly Knitting Circle: The Knitting Circle, a free knitting club, meets Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the Lane Reading room of the Sunderland Public Library. Open to people of all ages and skill levels. Each week members receive free knitting lessons, get help with difficult patterns, share ideas, learning kills. The group often work on charity projects. For more information, contact the library at 665-2642.

Turners Falls

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 863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on Third Street.

Winchester, N.H.

Al-Anon Support Group: For friends and families of alcoholics. Meets Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., United Church parsonage, 97 Main St.


Free Reiki Sessions: Breast cancer patients and survivors in Franklin County are eligible to receive free individual Reiki sessions, thanks to a grant from Rays of Hope. Reiki practitioners will offer sessions on Saturday mornings at 474 Main St., Suite 2. Reiki is described as a healing energy therapy, which can help provide relaxation and energy, decrease pain or anxiety, and promote physical, mental and emotional health. Reiki is received through a series of light hand placements on the client’s fully clothed body. For an appointment or more information, call Kate at 774-3083.

Community meals: 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. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to Friday. Coffee always on. All welcome to come in out of the heat or cold.

Community meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our lady of peace Church, Seventh Street. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Church St. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by St. James Episcopal Church, Deerfield Academy and Franklin County Friends for the Homeless.

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 Wednesday, 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 about the community meal can call 772-1033 or write: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield, MA 01302.

Free community meal: every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

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.

Rep. Paul Mark office hours: Mark hosts office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. 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.; Thursday at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon, and Northfield Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 464-5635.