Talk of the Towns, Nov. 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Active Aging in the Valley 2017 will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts. Free admission and free parking in the garage. Talks, workshops and demonstrations. Students from the UMass Department of Kinesiology will offer health screenings, hearing screenings and exhibitors from Pioneer Valley businesses will share the latest in exercise and health care and a local artisans’ section.


Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., at Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St. For more information, call John Dould at 978-249-5905 or email aelb@trysb.net or aelb@hotmail.com.

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

TOPS: Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Athol Congregational Church.


Holiday Village Church Bazaar will be Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Charlemont Federated Church, Route 2 (Main Street). The bazaar will include a silent auction, treasure shop, work of local artisans, handmade crafts, baked goods, children’s toys and books, and live music throughout the day. Light breakfast and sandwich, soup lunch available. Free admission. Call 337-5580 for more information.


Community Clothes Closet open every Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church Colrain, 81 Foundry Village Road. Adults, children, something for everyone. All free. We also accept lightly used, clean donations.


The 6th annual Mistletoe Mart and Craft Faire will be Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, Federal and Church Streets. The fair will feature handmade creations from area crafters, jewelry, gift baskets, handbags, cookie walk, artisan soaps and more. St. James Cafe will serve breakfast and lunch.

Local Graduate: Erik Bjorn of Greenfield graduated from Western New England University with a Master of Arts in English for teachers on Oct. 15.

Community Meal: Stone Soup Cafe takes place Saturdays at noon at All Souls Church, 399 Main St. (Hope Street entrance). Local food served. Pay what you can. All welcome.

Vet to Vet: The RECOVER Project and the Recovery Learning Community offer Vet to Vet every Thursday, from 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 475-0226.


Movie Night: “Florence Foster Jenkins” will be shown Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Leyden Town Hall. Starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the film alternates between comedy and tragedy. Streep was nominated for Best Actress for this performance.


Food Pantry: The community food pantry will be open Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The pantry is in the basement of Dickinson Memorial Library, 115 Main St. The pantry is open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.


Annual Holiday Fair will take place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at First Universalist Church, 31 North Main St. Raffle prizes include $100 in heating oil from Orange Oil, a unique painting by Ruie Hall and more. Pie and bake sale, local crafters, gifts for the whole family. The building offers accessibility for all. Chowder and sandwiches on sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shelburne Falls

Free Community Meal: Offered every Friday, at 5:30 p.m., at Trinity Church, Severance Street.


Preschool story time: Fridays, 11 a.m. in the Children’s Room of the Sunderland Public Library. These story/craft times are for children ages 3 to 5 and their families/caregivers. Each story time is about 45 minutes and includes theme-related stories, songs, finger plays and crafts.

Serendipity Shop: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Congregational Church basement. Men’s, women’s, 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. Call 665-2890 for more information.

Turners Falls

A Christmas Bazaar will take place Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Gill Montague Senior Center, 62 Fifth St. Raffles, food, crafts and gifts will be offered. Profits provide funding for kitchen supplies, social events, repairs, maintenance of equipment and many Senior Center expenses not covered by the Council on Aging budget.

Nolumbeka Project presents the 5th annual Beaver Moon Gathering Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue A. “The Light Behind Our Eyes: Abenaki Perspectives on Personhood” with Melody Walker Brook. Refreshments, raffle. Donations welcome.

Learn about 4-H on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. Families are invited to drop by and check out the many specialty programs that 4-H has to offer for youth and adults. Tom Waskiewicz and 4-H staffers will answer questions on local 4-H groups, how folks might be able to join or how new groups/leaders get started.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The food pantry and thrift store hosted by staff and volunteers is at 96 Fourth St. The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The food pantry is open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is closed Federal holidays. The thrift shop is open to the general public and helps finance its food pantry. In an emergency, such as a fire or flood, the center will supply needed clothing and linens, free, and additional food to help the victims of a disaster. For more information, call 863-9549.

Winchester, N.H.

The Ladies’ Society of The United Church of Winchester will sponsor its annual Mission Fair on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the church at Main and Parker Streets. There will be holiday crafts, Christmas trees, knitted and crocheted items, quilts, raffle baskets, plants, berry bowls, White Elephant tables, Christmas cards, jewelry and more. Coffee and donuts available in the morning, and lunch available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proceeds support local and world missions. 


Helpful Programs at LifePath: Any plan of care starts with your needs. LifePath services provide 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 at LifePath allows elders in need to select their own care giver — perhaps a friend, neighbor or even a family member — who can be paid through this program (excludes spouses). For more information, visit: info@lifepathma.org or call 773-5555 or 978-544-2259. Read more at lifepathma.org.

SHINE: Serving the Health Insurance needs of Everyone. 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 at LifePath at 773-555 or 978-544-2259. Email info@lifepathma.org and learn more at lifepathma.org.

Vigil for Racial Justice Every Saturday, 9 to 10 a.m., at the Greenfield Common. Bring your own sign or use one of ours. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact email@racialjusticerising.org.

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: www.eventidesigners.com or call Marcia Schuhle at 774-2335 or Joe Toritto at 774-5828.

Straight Spouse Support: One to one support for straight individuals currently or once married to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners. Confidential helpline at 625-6636 or email jcmalinski48@gmail.con. Visit: www.straightspouse.org for more information.

Counseling Referrals: The social work therapy referral service offers free, confidential referrals for individual, couple, family and group therapy, matched for specialty, location and insurance. This is a public service of the National Association of Social Workers. Call 800-242-9794 to learn more.

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. This is a free, quick pick up and donations are tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit blind and vision impaired persons in Massachusetts.