Talk of the Towns: Sept. 5, 2019

Published: 9/4/2019 5:40:02 PM

Smoking Cessation: Led by Tim Sweeney, tobacco treatment specialist. Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. Athol Hospital’s cafeteria.


Bernardston Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 5 in the United Church of Bernardston parking lot. Seasonal vegetables and fruits, milk, ice cream, cheese, the Kiwanis Club’s popular frozen chicken pot pies, local meat, handcrafted jewelry, gifts and more.


The Community Clothes Closet at 83 Foundry Village Road will be open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. until next winter. All towns are welcome. Clothes are free and suit all ages. The closet accepts donations of clean clothing, which can be delivered anytime at the building’s rear. Contact Linda Wagner at 413-625-6157 or Sarah Looman 413-625 6169 for more information.


Greenfield Rock Walk: Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Woods parking lot at the end of Parkway Street past the tennis courts. Join geologist and speaker Eamon McCarthy Earls for a free guided walk exploring the 2-billion-year story of Greenfield through its rocks. Check out ancient lava flows or valleys forged by the breakup of ancient continents and ice sheets a mile thick. The program is supported by the Greenfield Local Cultural Council. For more information, contact McCarthy Earls at 508-902-8052 or

“Voices of Dissent, Music of Activism” featuring performers Juan Pedraza, Fiery Hope (an evolution of the Amandla Chorus), Mary Wheelan, The Visioning Bear Singers and Musica Franklin will be presented Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. Free; donations welcome. For free childcare, RSVP with number and ages of children by emailing:


The Orange Senior Citizen Club’s Annual Fair to benefit scholarships and other nonprofit organizations will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orange Armory, 135 East Main St. The Orange Senior Citizens will conduct its meeting today at noon with a luncheon on the porch at the Orange Historical Society, 41 North Main St. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Following the business meeting, tours of the 18-room and three-story barn will be available. Tickets will be sold at the luncheon for the Nov. 7 Thanksgiving dinner catered by Dan Carr of Affordable Catering. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Frank and Kathy Schiappa at 978-544-6814.


Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and sneakers. Most items $1. Men’s suits and all coats, $3. Women’s suits, $2. Donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit the church. 413-665-2890.

Turners Falls

Learn About a Growing Community Movement: Become a “Village Neighbor” Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Village Neighbors is a new nonprofit organization to help seniors in Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell stay in their homes as long as possible. They are the first Village in Franklin County to open for services, recently joined by Northfield Neighbors at Home and other local communities also designing their own Villages. They are part of a nationwide movement, the Village to Village network ( Many people now want to “age in place” in their homes, but may need support as physical and cognitive challenges present themselves. Come hear about what a Village is, how it is organized and what challenges and rewards are involved. Light refreshments provided courtesy of Greenfield Savings Bank.

Franklin Area Survival Center: 96 4th St., 413-863-9549. The thrift store, which is open to the public and helps finance the food pantry, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing, linens and food to help the disaster victims.


“Lost In Space” will be shown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library. In the year 2058, the Earth will soon be uninhabitable after the irreversible effects of pollution and global warming. Professor John Robinson, lead scientist of the Jupiter 2 Mission, will lead his family to the habitable planet Alpha Prime to prep it for colonization. An episode of “Fireball XL5” will be screened before the movie. Free. For more information about the Wendell Free Library, visit or call 978-544-3559.


Helpful Programs at LifePath: LifePath provides assistance with light homemaking, home-delivered meals, personal care and adaptive equipment. Caregivers can take a break to de-stress with LifePath’s respite services. In addition, the Consumer Directed Care Program allows elders in need to select their own caregiver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, email or call 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at

Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone (SHINE): SHINE counselors are volunteers who provide free, unbiased health insurance information, education, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and adults with disabilities to help people figure out what their best health insurance options are based on their unique needs. Contact a SHINE counselor at LifePath at 413-773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email or learn more at

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., on the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. For more information:

Eventide Singers: Offering songs of hope and healing for seriously or terminally ill people, their families and caregivers. The service is offered in homes, hospitals and care facilities, without charge. The music can be selected in response to spiritual preference. For more information, visit or call Marcia Schuhle at 413-774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 413-774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One-on-one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 413-625-6636 or email

Help the Blind: Your car, truck or camper may be worth more as a donation than a trade-in. Call the Massachusetts Association for the Blind at 888-613-2777 for details. Donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision-impaired people in Massachusetts.

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