Talk of the Towns: Sept. 6, 2019

Published: 9/5/2019 6:30:39 PM
Modified: 9/5/2019 6:30:29 PM
Ashfield

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

Athol

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.

Smoking Cessation: Meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Deerfield

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 info@pureyogawellness.com.

Greenfield

Mahjongg Classes will take place Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Learn to play the American version of Mahjongg. The eight-week series starts Sept. 9. Registration is required. You will need to purchase an instructional card for $9, payable to the group leader at the first class. Call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 or stop by the front desk to register. Class is limited to 12 participants.

Emblem Club No. 43: Members will have their first meeting with new president Tina Hickey on Sept. 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Elks Club. Bring applications for any new members.

Suicide Loss Support Group meets the second Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Room 1002. The next meeting is Sept. 9. The group is free, confidential and the contact email is afspjen@gmail.com. It is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide.

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. Community Yoga & Wellness Center, 16 Federal St. (second floor) Contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

Attention Veterans: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 33 in Greenfield welcomes guests to chapter meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center, 35 Pleasant St. Monthly meetings take place in September through November and February through June. Veterans who have suffered or aggravated an injury or illness, while serving during a period of armed conflict, and were not dishonorably discharged are eligible to join.

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 mjulian@learn2cope.com 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 jcosta@communityaction.us for more information.

A Caregiver Support Group will take place the second and fourth Tuesday of the month on the second floor conference room at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 48 Sanderson St., from 2 to 3 p.m. The goal is to support caregivers in the emotionally and physically taxing role of caring for their loved ones. For more information, contact Poppi Kelley at 413-325-4050.

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 greenriverzen.org.

Montague

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

Northfield

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

Orange

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.

Royalston

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.

Shelburne

Senior Center in Shelburne: The movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” will be shown Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the center. This movie is about the life of singer Freddie Mercury. Popcorn served. Free and open to all. If you would like to have pizza, salad and dessert at 11:30 a.m., register by Monday. Cost for lunch is $3 for members, $4 for others.

Shelburne Falls

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8503 Will meet Sunday, Sept. 8 (changed because of the Labor Day holiday) at 9:30 a.m. at the post headquarters, 10 Water St., just south of the Bridge of Flowers’ east entrance. Commander Doug March invites any eligible veterans to join the post and help with the mission of veterans helping veterans.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Come enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your children) 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 11:30 a.m. Facilitated by Katie Tolles and intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union 28’s Community Network for Children program. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.

Weekly Playgroup: Come 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, Shutesbury playgroup will begin Sept. 13, 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’s Community Network for Children program. Program not held during school closures. For more information, contact Gillian Budine at 978-544-5157 or budine@erving.com.

Welcome New Baby: A special offer for new babies (ages birth to 6 months) and their families in the communities of Erving, Leverett, New Salem, Shutesbury and Wendell. The first days and weeks at home with a new baby are among the most joyful and overwhelming parents will experience. Welcome Baby visits are a comforting way for parents to connect with an early childhood expert and get information to use with a new baby and their siblings. Welcome New Baby gift bags are free and made possible by funding from a Coordinated Family and Community engagement grant serving the five communities. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Gillian Budine at budine@erving.com or 978-544-5157.

Sunderland

Heartfulness Meditation: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information, visit heartfulnessmeditationpv.org or email heartfulnesspioneervalley@gmail.com.

Turners Falls

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 patkeith@unitedarc.org.

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.

Regional

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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