Talk of the Towns: Sept. 11, 2019

Published: 9/10/2019 5:11:52 PM

ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.


Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St.:Open Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6 p.m. Players are randomly drawn, $5. Friday, music by Free Range at 7 p.m. Open every Friday beginning Oct. 11. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Upcoming event: Saturday, Sept. 28, benefit motorcycle ride and chicken barbecue with live music. The day begins at 10 a.m. with the ride, followed by food and music at noon. Music by Shawn Garland, Corey Knapp, Don Lacoy, Heath Lewis and the Falltown String Band.


Quilt Raffle: A handmade quilt 84-by-84 inches will be raffled by the Baystate Franklin Medical Center gift shop. Tickets, available at the gift shop, are one for $2, three for $5 or six for $10. Drawing will be Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. at the gift shop. Proceeds will benefit the Annie S. Barclay Scholarship Fund to support students pursuing careers in health care.

Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Lucinda Kidder returns to preview Silverthorne Theater Company’s production of “The Revolutionists” Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. You probably know the names of Marie Antoinette and Charlotte Corday. In Lauren Gunderson’s new play, meet them along with the female playwright Olympe de Gouges and Haitian revolutionary Marianne Angelles. A whole new take from a women’s point of view that is funny and poignant. Movie Matinee Friday at 1 p.m. with “Saving Mr. Banks” starring Tom Hanks. Registration is required for either program. Free. Call 413-772-1517 or stop by the front desk to reserve a seat for either program.

The Greenfield Duplicate Bridge Club offers a weekly game every Thursday at noon at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. For information, call 413-774-2687.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer “Vet to Vet” every Thursday, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at 74 Federal St. This collaboration is for all veterans, regardless of discharge status, to offer support when the civilian world is a challenge. For more information, contact Tim at 413-475-0226.

Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, child care and snacks. For more information, call 413-774-1000.

Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers play and learn groups, a parent support group and special early literacy events. The staff can answer questions on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness, as well as help you find other community resources. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 413-475-1553.

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes, job readiness workshops, college transition workshops and academic counseling services. For more information, call 413-774-3935 or visit:


Montague Land Owners with land classified under Massachusetts General Laws Chapters 61A or 61B as agricultural, horticultural or recreational land must file their annual application for continued classification by Oct. 1. Forms are available on the town’s website,, or at the Board of Assessors office at 1 Avenue A in Turners Falls on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 413-863-3200, ext 204.


The Orange Council on Aging, in conjunction with a grant from Massachusetts Councils on Aging and sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, will host a Go4Life Family Fun Walk on Saturday. Registration will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Orange Armory, 141 East Main St. The 1-mile walk starts at 9. Refreshments will be served after the walk. All walkers who complete the walk will have their names entered into drawings for gift cards. To RSVP or with questions, call 978-544-3481.

Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes and academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 131 West Main St., call 978-544-8917 or visit:

Shelburne Falls

Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls on the FRTA bus route. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 413-625-6240.

West County

CFCE of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont regional school districts: Free weekly playgroup and story hour for parents with young children. Mondays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Fridays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Hawlemont Elementary School, 10 School St., Charlemont. Join other families with young children to play, learn, sing and have a snack. Contact Melissa Pincus, CFCE coordinator, for more information.


The Whately Advertising Curtain is being restored by Chris Hadsell and her company. Hadsell will feature the curtain and its history in her talk tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The curtain formerly hung in Town Hall and may have been taken down when the hall was spruced up for the bicentennial. It will hang again after its restoration. Open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


Volunteers: Local non-profit organizations seek extra volunteers for the summer to prepare and deliver meals, drive seniors to appointments, help with special events and assist customers in survival centers and thrift shops. If you are 55 or older and have a few hours to spare, contact Pat Sicard, volunteer manager of RSVP of the Pioneer Valley, at or 413-387-1286.

Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath’s Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. For more information, contact the Benefits Counseling Program at 413-773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, or email

Healthy Living Program: The program, at LifePath, promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain management, healthy eating, preventing falls and more. To register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Andi Waisman, Healthy Living Program manager, 413-773-5555, ext. 2297, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2297, for more information.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities and caregiver support. Resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact the ICRC at 413-773-5555, ext. 1230 or 978-544-2259, ext. 1230, or email Go online to learn more at

Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information or to locate meetings throughout Massachusetts, Brattleboro, Vt., and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.

Child Care/Preschool/Home Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women over 40, offers free preschool, home visiting and child care programs in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 413-475-1405.

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