Talk of the Towns: July 16, 2019

Published: 7/15/2019 5:13:06 PM
Ashfield

“Healthy Bones and Balance” Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s corner. Free. For more information, call 413-625-2502.

Athol

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): Meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Athol Memorial Hospital.

Bernardston

Bernardston Vets Club, 16 Hartwell St. Open Wednesdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Pitch starts at 6 p.m.; players are randomly drawn, $5. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Facebook at Bernardston vets org.

Deerfield

Free Summer Lecture Series: Historic Deerfield presents a free summer lecture series, titled “Going Global,” on Thursdays evenings in July at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial St., beginning at 7 p.m. This Thursday: “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia.” Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch, Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Greenfield

African Drum and Dance Classes: Saturday, Djembe and Dun Dun with Ult, 3 to 6 p.m. Some experience required. Beginner dance with Tara, 6 to 7 p.m. Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, Church Street. To register, email jasper@dancespree.org.

Greenfield Moose Family Center: A pasta meal is served Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the center. The cost is $8. Open to members and guests. A line dance is at 7.

Gamblers Anonymous: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., The RECOVER Project. Use 1 Osgood St. entrance. For more information, call 413-325-1389.

Knights of Columbus: Lt. John J. Galvin Council No. 133 of Greenfield will meet Thursday, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church’s parish hall. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month.

Franklin County Cadet Squadron (CAP) Seeks Recruits: Meets Thursdays, 6:45 to 9 p.m. Greenfield Teen Center, Sanderson Street. CAP is seeking new recruits, ages 12 to 18. If interested, call Maj. Gary Longley at 413-773-9331.

Al-Anon — Struggles for Intimacy: Thursday, 7:15 to 8:30 p.m., The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. 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. Al-Anon is online at al-anon.org.

Leverett

Playgroup: Community Network for Children free summer playgroup meets Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at the Leverett Library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Most appropriate for children 5 years and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with the Friends of the Leverett Library.

Northfield

Ongoing Yoga for Ages 60 and Up: Mats and props provided. Drop in anytime Thursdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Town Hall, 69 Main St., second floor. Elevator available at ground level; parking at rear of building. Donations appreciated but not required. Donations are used for equipment and additional exercise sessions. Simple seated and standing yoga postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration techniques. Accessible to men and women with any amount of flexibility and yoga experience. Funded by grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Title III grant administered by LifePath, and Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA).

Shelburne

Band Concert: The Shelburne Falls Military Band will perform a free concert on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at the Federated Church of Charlemont (175 Main Street). It’s “Dance Night” and the band will play favorites such as “Tennessee Waltz,” “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Begin the Beguine,” “In the Mood,” “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” and more. The church youth will be selling watermelon, cookies and brownies.

Tai Chi led by Lois Bascom runs every Thursday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the Shelburne Senior Center. Easy forms and repetition. Good for improving balance and stability.

Turners Falls

Need a Banquet Hall? St. Kazimierz, 197 Avenue A, has just what you need. Hall capacity, 250; ADA entrance, full bar and kitchen facilities for rent at reasonable rates. For more information, call 413-863-4361. You do not need to be a member to rent the hall.

A Low Cost Yoga class will be offered for seniors (55 and older) Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m. at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 5th St. Jean Erlbaum will offer gentle mat yoga stretches, yoga breathing techniques and deep relaxation. Seniors from all towns, including beginners, are welcome. A $1 donation is requested. For more information, call 413-863-4500.

Emergency Basic Needs Program: this is a program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries and is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. If you have questions or want to make an appointment, call Mary at 413-863-4804, ext. 1002, or email BasicNeeds@mcsmcommunity.org. To access Emergency Basic Needs, buzz No. 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

Open Hours at the Women’s Center at Montague Catholic Social Ministries: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are open to all women. Computer lab available, community resources, peer support, arts and crafts, free gently used clothing. For more information, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1003 or email christine@mcsmcommunity.org.

Playgroup: A program of Montague Catholic Social Ministries meets Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to noon, 78 Avenue A. This informal, drop-in playgroup for parents, caregivers and children younger than 8 offers music, movement and other early literacy activities, a children’s clothing exchange and a parent resource lending library. For more information, contact Mary King at 413-863-4804, ext. 1005 or email mary.king@gmrsd.com.

Wendell

Playgroup: Community Network for Children free summer playgroup meets Wednesdays through Aug. 28 at the Wendell Free Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Most appropriate for children 5 years and younger. Funded through the summer in collaboration with Friends of the Wendell Free Library.

Regional

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps adults who are 55 and older find meaningful local volunteer opportunities. Share your lifetime of experience, meet new friends and help nonprofits in your community who depend on volunteer assistance, like volunteer drivers. If you have two hours weekly, a dependable vehicle and want to make a difference, contact Pat Sicard, RSVP volunteer manager, 413-387-4558, ext. 1 or psicard@hcg-ma.org.

Greenfield Community Meals: Wednesdays, Salvation Army, 72 Chapman St. Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.; coffee and soup, 10 to 11 a.m.; and lunch from 11 a.m. to noon. Also on Wednesdays, Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, 5:30 p.m.

Free Blood Pressure Screening: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield. No registration required.

Free Hearing Screenings: Baystate Rehabilitation Care, 48 Sanderson St., Greenfield. For an appointment, call 413-773-2227.

Information and Caregiver Resource Center (ICRC) at LifePath: ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services/caregiver support. LifePath resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact ICRC at LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259.

Free Mediation: Landlords/tenants can save money and time using free eviction prevention mediation services. The Mediation & Training Collaborative is offering mediation at no cost to help resolve housing-related problems before they go to court. For more information, call 413-475-1504 or 413-475-1503.

Foster Care Review: Volunteers needed in Greenfield and Holyoke to serve on three-person panels making decisions about children in foster care. Volunteers must be 18 or older and participate in a day-and-a-half training. For an application and more information, contact LaShanda Stone at 413-452-3372 or lashanda.stone@state.ma.us.

Consumer Information Library: Need to find current information about health care and treatment? The Community Health Information Center at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High St., Greenfield, is a great source for consumer health information. Across from the main lobby desk, the center is open on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon; and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 413-773-2319.

Franklin Area Survival Center: The thrift store is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food pantry hours remain the same, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The center is at 96 4th St., Turners Falls.

Breastfeeding Support Group: Meets Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to noon, Obstetrics Classroom, third floor of Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Led by Suzanne Stoneham. The group is for mothers who are breastfeeding infants (moms are welcome to bring their infants). For more information, call the Birth Place at BFMC at 413-773-2359.

Stutterers Support Group: A support group for people who stutter, sponsored by the National Stuttering Association and led by Carla Bernier, speech language pathologist. Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. Anyone interested should call in advance at 413-586-1945 or email carla@comtherapy.com.

Submit items to Talk of the Towns: https://www.recorder.com/Reader-Services/Contribute/Submit-


E-Edition & Local Ads


Weather


athol forecast

Most Popular


Nor’easter cripples area towns: Petersham suffers 100 percentage power outage

Athol signs Host Community Agreement for marijuana cultivation business

Social Media




Athol Daily News

PO Box 1000
225 Exchange Street
Athol, MA 01331
(978) 249-3535

 

Copyright © 2019 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.