Talk of the Towns: July 22, 2019

Published: 7/22/2019 6:46:05 AM

Kiwanis Club of Bernardston: Tuesdays, Vets Club, Hartwell Street. Social time, 6 p.m.; dinner meeting 6:30.

Bernardston Vets Club: Open Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6 p.m., players are randomly drawn, $5. Look for other summer events on the Bernardston Vets Org Facebook page.


Parker W. Brown, Graduate: Parker W. Brown of Greenfield graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in physics. Brown was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the United States.

Movie Matinee, Today: “On the Basis of Sex,” new movie about Ruth Bader Ginsberg, 1 p.m., at the Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St. Free, but space is limited. Call 413-772-1517 to reserve your seat.

The Salasin Project: All programs are held at 474 Main St., with the exception of Dance Movement. Mondays: 10 a.m. to noon, Women Supporting Women group. Tuesdays: 1 to 2:30 p.m., The Nurturing Program for Families in Recovery and Dance Movement: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the RPX, 1 Osgood St. Wednesdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., bag lunch and resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Writing Group. Thursdays: 12:30 to 1 p.m., bag lunch and resources; 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Art Group. Thursdays: Family United Network (FUN). For more information, contact The Salasin Project at or 413-774-4307.

Gentle Yoga for Cancer will be offered Wednesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the YMCA. Pam Roberts facilitates. Free to individuals living with a cancer diagnosis and their support person. Program of Oncology Department of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Funding support from Wheeling for Healing. To register, email or call 413-625-2402.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 0395 meets Wednesdays at the Mill House on Wells Street. Weigh-in from 8:30 to 9 a.m.; meeting 9:30 to 10:30. The first visit is free; weekly dues are $2. Contact Carolyn Bellany at 413-773-3981 or Paula Girard at 413-863-9000 for more information.

The Amputee Support Group has a goal of assisting amputees in their daily lives by offering them the opportunity to share ideas and support each other. Dr. Sohail Waien facilitates. Generally meets the third Thursday of the month, 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Baystate Franklin Medical Center conference rooms, off the main entrance. Friends and family members are welcome. For more information, contact

Voices/Visions/Extreme States Support Group: This group, sponsored by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, offers free weekly meetings, Wednesdays 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 20 Chapman St. Open to people who hear voices, see visions or experience extreme states. No registration required. For information, call or text Matthew at 413-687-7042 or email Cindi at

The RECOVER Project: The RECOVER Project hosts a daily “All Recovery Meeting” each morning Monday through Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m at 68 Federal St. All walks of recovery welcome. Meetings are held in the front community room. “Eddie’s Group” is held every Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the RPX. For more information, call: 413-774-5489.

Al-Anon Meeting: Wednesday, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Beacon Light, Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Ring bell at side door. 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.

Bingo at the Moose: Bingo at the Moose Family Center, 20 School St., Tuesdays. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo begins at 6:15.

Community Meal: The Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon. Open to all who are hungry.

Dementia Caregiver’s Support Group: Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. at LifePath, 101 Munson St., Suite 201, large conference room. Free group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, call Molly Chambers, group facilitator, at 413-772-0003 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2229.


Heath Ladies and Summer Sale: At Heath Union Church, lower level. Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked foods, sandwiches, many items including bags to carry home the groceries. Quilt raffle supports the scholarship program. The 72-by-84-inch quilt is colorful and beautifully made. Heath Ladies, aiding since 1924.


Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Enjoy stories, song and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Leverett Public Library. Wednesdays through Aug. 28, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facilitated by Heleen Cardinaux and intended for children up to age 5. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Leverett Library.


Vendors Wanted for Montague Old Home Days, Saturday, Aug. 17. If interested, contact Peg Bridges at 413-367-2061.


Craft Vendor Openings for Hollyberry Fair: There are a few openings for craft vendors for the Trinitarian Congregational Church’s Hollyberry Fair, set for Saturday, Nov. 9. $30 per space. Please call Chris Harris at 413-834-2469 to learn more.

Lunch and Senior Learning Program: Lunch, served at 11:30 a.m. at the Northfield Senior Center in the Town Hall, will be followed by a senior learning program at 12:30 p.m. Reserve your lunch by calling 413-498-2186 by Tuesday. Lunch donation: $3. The program is “African American Art from the Smithsonian.” Learn about the artists and their subjects. Free.

Shelburne Falls

Free Band Concert: The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform a free concert on Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. at the band shell on the grounds of the Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School (75 Mechanic St.). It’s TV and Movie night, featuring music from “West Side Story,” “Game of Thrones,” “Family Guy,” James Bond’s “Goldfinger,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Muppet Show.” The band will be selling blueberry buckle and lemonade. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Shelburne-Buckland Community Center (53 Main St.).

Movie and Popcorn: On Tuesday, July 23, at 12:30 p.m., the Senior Center in Shelburne will be showing the movie, “A Dog’s Way Home.” Popcorn will be served. Movie is free and open to all. If you would like to come for pizza at 11:30, please register by today. Cost for lunch is $3 for members, $4 for others. Call 413- 625-2502 to register.

VFW News: Commander Douglas March is proud to announce that the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8503 has provided the Color Guard for the downtown Buckland and Shelburne Fourth of July celebration for the 73rd consecutive year. March recently received a letter of commendation from the commander in chief of the VFW for maintaining 100 percent membership for his post for the last three years. The VFW Post 8503 meets the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m. at 10 Water St. The next meeting is Aug. 3.

Shelburne Historical Society Museum, located on the corner of Maple and Church streets, the former Arms Academy building, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Meet Curator Reba-Jean Shaw-Pichette. 413-625-6150.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Chapter 179 meets Tuesdays, Shelburne-Buckland Community Center, 53 Main St. Weigh-in from 6:30 to 7 p.m., program from 7 to 7:45. Free first visit. Contact Mary Cromack at 413-625-0127.

Eagles Auxiliary: Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Eagles Hall, State Street. The Auxiliary meets the first and third Tuesday of the month.

Community Clothes Closet: Community outreach of Trinity Church. Free clothing for all ages. Open to the public on the second, third and fourth Wednesday of the month, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations of clean clothing and bedding accepted anytime. Located at the lower level of Cowell Gym, 51 Maple St. For more information, call the church at 413-625-2341.

Fraternal Order of Eagles: Shelburne Falls Eagles 2758 meet Wednesday, 7 p.m. at 52 State St. The club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.

Turners Falls

Time for Mothers: Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free child care for children up to 8 years old is provided in the Family Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries at 78 Avenue A while mothers visit the Women’s Center at MCSM at 41 3rd St. during open hours (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Computer lab, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email


Free Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Wendell Free Library. For the summer, the playgroup will continue Wednesdays through Aug. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Most appropriate for children 5 and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Wendell Free Library.


Preschool, Child Care and Home Visiting: For pregnant women and children up to age 5. Head Start provides quality services and early education and care to children through full-day and part-day classrooms, family child care and home visiting. Free. or 413-475-1405.

Pain Pals of Franklin County: The group meets Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at The Community Health Center of Franklin County, 102 Main St. This is a chronic pain support group led by a medical social worker who understands chronic pain. To register, call Terry Desaultels at 413-659-3413. Free.

Learn to Cope: A support network for families affected by addiction. Meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Greenfield Community College’s main building, Room C-208. Meetings, free and confidential, are run by trained facilitators and offer hope, support, education and resources. Free overdose education and Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal drug, available at each meeting. For more information, call Marcy Julian at 508-404-3539 or email

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