Talk of the Towns, Nov. 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Bazaar: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 Park Ave., will host its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Torrey Hall. Featured will be St. John’s famous wreaths, swags, centerpieces, and porch/cemetery boxes. Bake sale including Tortierres (Canadian pork pies), fudge, candies, breads, muffins, etc. To pre-order pork pies, call Lee at 978-575-1260. A limit of 50 Tortierres will be made. Clam chowder, soup, sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, desserts, hot and cold beverages will be offered. Also, crafts, ornaments, jewelry, thrift shop and drawings.

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.

Brattleboro, Vt.

Winter Farmers Market is open Saturdays, from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m., in the River Garden, downtown Brattleboro, through March 2018. This week will feature “Pottery Palooza,” offering handcrafted pottery by Susan Dunning, Maya Zeklin and Anne Lauterbach. Also available: fresh produce, meats and preserves, baked goods, pottery, jewelry, handmade soaps, chairs and greeting cards. For more information, call 802-8699-2141.

Holiday Shopping: On Friday, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and again on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza in the Brooks House Atrium on the corner of High and Main Streets in downtown Brattleboro.


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.


A Holiday Bazaar is planned Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Erving Senior Community Center, One Care Drive. Raffle prizes, free door prizes, handcrafted gifts, gift auction, homemade baked goods and food. Dedicated to our friend Bernie Niedzwiedz.


Relay for Life Holiday Bazaar will be Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Republican Masonic Lodge Greenfield, 215 Monson St. Proceeds to be donated to Relay for Life. There will be crafters from all over New England, bake sale and raffles.

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.

Guilford, Vt.

Christmas Bazaar: Guilford Community Church will sponsor its Christmas Bazaar Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, holiday cookie platters and unique gift items will be for sale, along with a luncheon of soups and sandwiches. 38 Church Drive, Guilford. Call 802-257-2776 for more information.


Supper: The Montague Congregational Church will host a roast pork supper Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Menu will feature strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits. The meal will include red roasted potatoes, green beans, gravy, applesauce, bread and beverage. Adults $10, children $5. For reservations or take-out, call 367-2652.


Christmas Bazaar: Dick’s Angels Relay For Life team will sponsor its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday at the Northfield Town Hall, Main Street, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (entrance to town hall in back of building). The bazaar will feature a tag sale, bake sale, tomato cheddar soup, drawings and more. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Elves Fair: St. Patrick’s Church will sponsor its Elves Fair on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be gift baskets, raffles, craft tables and lunch. For more information, call 498-2728.

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.


Holly Berry Fair: The Phillipston Congregational Church on the Common in Phillipston will have its Holly Berry Fair and Visiting with Santa on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the vestry of the church. Have your photo taken with Santa. The fair will feature Christmas attic treasures, jewelry, candles, holiday sweets, Ladies Benevolent Society handmade crafts, fudge, candy and more. Lunch will be served.

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

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.