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Talk of the Towns: Sept. 13, 2019

Published: 9/12/2019 6:41:32 PM
Modified: 9/12/2019 6:41:22 PM

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


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.


The Bernardston Kiwanis Club is seeking artists, craftspeople and specialty food purveyors for its two-day Scarecrow in the Park event on Oct. 19 and 20. Organizers are seeking artists in a variety of mediums. Fee for the two-day weekend is $45 for a 10-foot by 10-foot booth space and $70 for a 10-foot by 20-foot space. It is expected that artists will commit to the whole weekend. There will be many activities including a tractor parade, a vintage car show, food and, of course, a park full of scarecrows. All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. To receive an application for booth space, visit the Scarecrow in the Park Facebook page.


Mohawk Trail Concerts will present “String Sextets in September” featuring members of the Adaskin String Trio and The Elm City Ensemble. The concert will be Sunday at 3 p.m. at Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St. The Adaskin String Trio is now in its 25th year. Tickets are $20, available at the door. Ages 16 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit:


Tinker Fest will be held at the Griswold Memorial Library in Colrain on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A fix-it day with expert tinkerers, historical displays of Colrain innovations, upcycling workshops, knife sharpening, children’s take-it-apart table, food and music. Bring your broken small appliances, lamps and bikes that need repair, as well as clothes that need mending and woolies that need darning. For more information, call 413-624-3040 or go to Sponsored by the Griswold Memorial Library; co-sponsored by the Colrain Historical Society and Agricultural Commission. Free and open to the public.


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


The first Raina Telgemeier Fan Club meeting of the school year will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the LeVanway Room of the Greenfield Public Library. This book club is for fans of the popular graphic novels “Smile,” “Sisters,” “Drama” and “Ghosts” as well as the many pre-teen spin off books they’ve inspired. This month, discuss Svetlana Chmakova’s graphic novel “Awkward” and make locker magnets. Drop-ins are welcome, no registration is necessary and an after-school snack will be served. Copies of the book will be available at the library in advance. Sponsored by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library. Free. Intended for youth in upper elementary and middle school grades.

Composting at Home will be offered Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Join Martin Anderton of Homestead Habitats for an exploration into composting methods you can use at home. Registration is required. Movie matinee will be Monday and Friday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. “The Shirley Temple” will be shown. Space is limited. Free. Stop by the front desk or call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 to register for either program. Zumba is offered Mondays at 11 a.m. No fee. New participants, allow extra time to fill out membership forms (free). Clean shoes (not worn outside) are required.

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 Community Yoga & Wellness Center, 16 Federal St. (second floor) Contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or

Addiction Family Support: Get family support at Learn to Cope on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month from 7 to 8:30 in Greenfield Community College Room C-208. No cost or registration required. With questions, contact or call 508-404-3539.

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 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 Mondays, 5 p.m., Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

MEGAdanceZumba 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


Market Day at the Leyden Cafe on the lower level of Town Hall will be Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


Yoga for Seniors at the Montague Retreat Center, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. First class for new students free.


Northfield Senior Center, 69 Main St.: Poet Seat Luncheon will be served Wednesday at the center. Free. Shirley Thompson will provide the “music to eat by.” Call by Monday to sign up at 413-498-2186.

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 are welcome.

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


Rally Sunday will take place Sunday at 10:15 a.m. at the Central Congregational Church of Orange, 93 South Main St. The Rev. Megan Leary will deliver the service. All are welcome. Coffee and social time will follow. For more information, call 978-544-6895.

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.


Free Yoga will be offered by the Royalston Friends of the Library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in First Congregational Church of Royalston’s basement, next to Town Hall. With Charlotte Weltzin. Open to people from all towns. Equipment available, donations accepted. For more information, call the library at 978-249-3572.


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. The program is 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

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. Program not held during school closures. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or email

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. Gift bags are free and made possible by funding from a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant. For more information and to schedule a visit, email or call 978-544-5157.


Heartfulness Meditation: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information, visit or email

Turners Falls

“Alvah Crocker: From the Rugged Hand of Poverty to Visionary Leader” will be presented Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. Cliff Schexnayder, author of “Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel,” presents why Crocker is an example of a lifelong learner. Followed by a question and answer session.

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.

The Women’s Center at MCSM is offering free sewing classes Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 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 of the classes is to allow the 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

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

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.


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.

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