Talk of the Towns, Feb. 8, 2018

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Kingsmen Chess Club: Meets Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., 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.


Dean’s List: Christopher Gilbert of Bernardston was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2017 semester at the University of Maine, Orono.


FootCare by Nurses will offer two free informational sessions about preventing foot problems and how to care for them on Saturday at their office, 63 French King Highway #7 . The first session will be from 9 to 11 a.m., the second from noon to 2 p.m. Both sessions will include discussions about the kinds of discomfort and pain that our feet can suffer from improper shoe and sock fit as well as managing feet that are affected by health problems like diabetes, cancer and chronic illnesses. While walk-ins are welcome, an RSVP is appreciated. Attendees are encouraged to bring their shoes and concerns. No condition or worry about discomfort should be ignored. For more information, visit: www.FootCarebyNurses.net, call 413-367-8369 or email Contact@FootCarebyNurses.net.

Dance: The RECOVER Project, a community-driven, peer to peer program that aims to enhance the lives of people in recovery from drugs and alcohol, will host a dance with DJ Chris Hatcher from Magic Moments Entertainment on Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in the RPX, at 1 Osgood St.  This is a family friendly, drug and alcohol free event. There will be a pot-luck; bring a dish if you’d like. Free coffee will be available along with soda and other snacks for sale. Suggested donation of $3 to $5 at the door.   

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.


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.

Shelburne Falls

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


Country breakfast and mini bake sale will take place Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Sunderland Congregational Church. The menu will include pancakes, maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries and a beverage. One serving is $7 for adults; all you can eat $10; and children $4.

Frontier Regional CFCE Playgroup runs through June 8, 2018. Playgroup at Sunderland Elementary School each Monday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free, drop-in playgroup with informal play, interactive literacy and conversations with other families and caregivers of children ages 5 and under. Contact Karen Green with questions at: karen.green@frsu38.org or 665-1151. Playgroup will not take place during school vacations or weather-related school closures. This program is funded by the Mass EEC and supported by the Frontier Regional School District.

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, 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 Valentine’s Craft Fair will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Kazimierz Society, 197 Avenue A. There will be a charity raffle with proceeds donated to the Greenfield Food Bank. Buy tickets, donate a non-perishable food item and get a free bonus ticket. Vendors include jewelry, crochet items, wood working, candies, wire wrapping, Chainmaille and more. 

A class on stopping bleeding and dealing with other emergencies, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Greenfield Savings Bank, 282 Avenue A. In this class, students will learn how to effectively activate emergency services, ensure your own safety, provide care to the injured person, protect yourself from blood-borne infections and more. Sponsored by Community 911 Training Inc., Greenfield Savings Bank and Turners Falls Fire Department.

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. Call 863-9549 for more information.


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 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.