Talk of the Towns: Sept. 10, 2019

Published: 9/9/2019 5:40:08 PM
Ashfield

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

Athol

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 tops.org or call 800-932-8677.

Bernardston

Bernardston Senior Center, GO4Life Family Fun Walk: Celebrate and encourage living an active, healthy, independent lifestyle Saturday, Sept. 21, at 12:30 p.m. Walk a 1-mile loop around Pratt Field. All speeds and abilities welcome. Walking is directly linked with good health and sustained independence. Bring family and friends. Register in advance to enter a raffle for prizes. For more information, call 413- 648-0581.

Bernardston Council of Aging Program with Laurie Deskavich: Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m. Deskavich will be discuss caregiver services offered by LifePath. Advance registration is required. Call the Senior Center at 413-648-5413 to reserve a seat.

Brattleboro, Vt.

The Local Toastmasters Club will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Room 245 at Vermont Technical College. Enter from the front or back entrance of the Brooks House, 41 Harmony Place, and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor. Michelle O’Hearn-Deblois will be the emcee for the evening. Listen to a speech and hear a Toastmaster evaluate it. There will be a speaking off-the-cuff exercise when audience members volunteer to answer a question without any preparation. The public is welcome to participate in this exercise. For directions or more information, go to brattleboro.toastmastersclubs.org.

Colrain

“School Days” will take the Colrain Historical Society back to the town’s one- and two-room schools Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the former East Colrain Chapel on West Leyden Road. A business meeting at 7 will precede the program. In addition, the one-room Four Corners School, uphill from the church on West Leyden Road, will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This school was restored to its original state dating from the mid-1800s by Ellen Miller. In its day, it was one of 19 mostly one-room schools in Colrain. Built in 1872 and known then as Four Corners Church, the East Colrain Chapel was restored to service as the River Valley Christian Church in 2016. West Leyden Road begins at the top of Colrain mountain by the old Chandler Hill Cemetery. Four Corners School is about 4 miles down that road on the right, followed on the right by the East Colrain Chapel. As there is little room to park at the school, park at the church and walk up to the school. For more information, call Belden at 413-624-3453.

Greenfield

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Adult Day Health — Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Julie Clark from GVNA HealthCare Inc. will talk about the benefits of Adult Day Health for clients and caregivers. She will be available for a Q&A afterward. Free. Registration required. Stop by the front desk or call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 to register. Funded in part by a Community Development Block Grant.

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. buildingbridgeswma.com.

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 will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

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 al-anon.org.

Northfield

Northfield Senior Center, 69 Main St.: Silverthorne Theater Company will share its latest play, “The Revolutionist” on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. over lunch. Learn about four very real women who lived boldly during the French Revolution: playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette and Hatian rebel Marianne Angelle. Call by Wednesday to reserve a spot for the play and an optional lunch. (A $3 donation covers lunch.) The center’s third annual Gay 90s party, by invitation only, will be Friday to celebrate residents age 90 and up.

Northfield Farmers Market: Every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m., 105 Main St., in front of DVAA Center for the Arts & Cameron’s Winery. Through Oct. 3.

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).

Shelburne

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

Emergency Preparedness Training: Sept. 25, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Turners Falls Fire Department. Emergency kits provided. Free. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Office on Disability. Call 413-863-9023 to register.

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 BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org.

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 mary.king@gmrsd.com.

Regional

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps adults who are 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, 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or psicard@hcg-ma.org.

Greenfield Community Meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11 a.m.; and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

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.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed in Greenfield and Holyoke to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day-and-a-half training. For an application and more information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or lashanda.stone@state.ma.us.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 4th St., Turners Falls.

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.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for people who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email carla@comtherapy.com.

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