Talk of the Towns, Nov. 2, 2017

Thursday, November 02, 2017


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.


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.


Book Signing: Historic Deerfield’s Museum Gift Shop & Bookstore, 79 Old Main St., will host a book signing with author John Demos on Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Demos will sign copies of his new novel, “Puritan Girl, Mohawk Girl.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase.


Camp Kee-wanee Trivia Night is planned for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Elks Club, Church Street. $10 per person, with teams of 8 per table (full tables and individuals OK) Email campkeewanee@hotmail.com or call 413-773-7329 to reserve a spot. Doors open at 6:30.

The Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market will take place Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Four Corners School on Ferrante Avenue. The market is held monthly from November through March with an additional Thanksgiving market on Nov. 18. Farmers will be selling a variety of vegetables along with beef, pork, lamb, eggs, maple syrup, honey, jam, hops, pickles, popcorn, bitters, spice blends and more. A variety of local artisans will also be offering fresh bread, body care products, wool, yarn, accessories, fiber arts and other crafts. Debit/credit cards and EBT/SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits accepted. All of our vegetable farms also participate in the HIP (Healthy Incentives Program) allowing SNAP recipients to earn extra SNAP dollars by purchasing fresh vegetables. We would love to more local musicians to the mix. Musicians can contact David Paysnick at greenfieldwintermarket@gmail.com for more information.

Starry Story Night: The Girls Club of Greenfield will present its second annual Starry Story Night on Monday, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. This year, local authors Astrid Sheckels and Marie Betts Bartlett will be featured. Each author and two guest readers will be reading in one of four classroom spaces. The event is intended for children 8 months to 12-years-old. If you are interested in attending with your child, call the Girls Club at 774-7407 to reserve a space. Refreshments will be served at 5:30.

Grandmother Teachings: Racial Justice Rising and the Visioning BEAR Circle Intertribal Coalition will present Grandmother Teachings with Grandmother Jeorgina Laroque on Saturday, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. Laroque (Sagaligesw or Plant Woman) is a Mi’kmaq Grandmother from New Brunswick. Doors open at 9:45. Light refreshments will be available. Donations are welcome. Childcare is available; RSVP with number and ages of children at: email@racialjusticerising.org. Additional teachings with Jeorgina, sponsored by the Visioning BEAR Circle, will take place on Saturday, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Deerfield Business Center, 110 N. Hillside Road, South Deerfield, with a potluck on Sunday.

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.

Shelburne Falls

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


A country breakfast will be served Saturday, from 7 to 10 a.m., at Sunderland Congregational Church. The menu will include pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and beverage. One serving adults $7, all you can eat adults, $10; children $4.

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

Fall Fire Safety Tips with the Turners Falls Fire Department will be held on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. From setting clocks back to chimney cleaning to replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, the firefighters will cover it all. Plenty of tips and also some hand-outs. Light refreshments courtesy of GSB.

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.


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.