Talk of the Towns: May 31, 2019

Published: 5/30/2019 3:02:02 PM
Ashfield

Al-Anon Meeting: Weekly at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at 469 Main St., opposite St. John’s Church.

Athol

Celebrate Recovery: A 12-step program open to all seeking freedom from hang-ups and habits. The program meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Athol-Orange Baptist Church, corner of Church and Walnut streets. For more information, call Mike K. at 978-894-5960.

Smoking Cessation: The group meets Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. in the Athol Hospital dining room. For more information, call 978-249-3511.

Deerfield

Yoga Classes: Pure Yoga & Wellness Studio, 10C Elm St., offers classes in yoga, pilates, core fitness, tai chi, reiki, seimei and massage. The first class is free. Contact Jody Fontaine at 413-824-9435 or info@pureyogawellness.com.

Greenfield

Join the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts for the free “Daisy Girl Scouts Launch Party” sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main St. Girls currently in preschool and kindergarten will complete a fun activity to earn their first patch while parents/guardians learn how Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character, and how to form a Daisy troop. If girls choose to join, they can do so this spring for $55 and enjoy Girl Scout membership through September 2020. For information on Girl Scouts, the event or how to join, contact Laurie at 413-224-4028 or email ldimock@gscwm.org .

Greenfield Zen: Mondays from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Green River Yoga & Movement, 158 Main St. (second floor). Cushions and chairs available. $5 donation requested but not required. Initial instruction for beginners. For more information, contact Paul Sonier at 413-665-0278 or prajna801@icloud.com.

Attention Veterans: Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 33 in Greenfield welcomes guests to chapter meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center, located at 35 Pleasant St. Monthly meetings take place from September through November and February through June. Veterans who have suffered or aggravated an injury or illness while serving during a period of armed conflict, and were not dishonorably discharged, are eligible to join. Chapter 33 welcomes all veterans who meet these requirements to monthly meetings and events.

Addiction? Get family support at Learn to Cope on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month from 7 to 8:30 at Greenfield Community College Room C-208. No cost or registration required. With questions, contact mjulian@learn2cope.com or call 508-404-3539.

GriefShare, a 13-week Christian support group is now taking place at Living Waters Assembly of God, 450 Davis St. GriefShare is a program that encourages and helps those experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one, family member, friend, son, daughter, child, parent, relative or whoever, and helps to bring comfort, strength, healing and joy to their lives. Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The Center for Self-Reliance Food Pantry, 3 Osgood St., is open every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to eligible Franklin County residents. The pantry provides a free variety of healthy food choices, including fresh produce and frozen meats. Call 413-773-5029 or email jcosta@communityaction.us for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous: Meets Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m., both at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Conference Room A; and Mondays, 5 p.m., the Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew. For more information, call Linda at 413-625-6488.

MEGAdanceZumba Fitness: Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St. First class is free. For more information, call Megan at 413-552-6288 or visit Facebook at MEGAdanceZumba Fitness.

Cub Scouts Pack 3: Meets Mondays, 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St. All boys in grades one to five are invited to join the fun and adventure of Cub Scouting. New members can join anytime. For more information, call Mark Maloney at 413-773-8618 or John Passiglia at 413-773-3757.

Debtors Anonymous: Tuesday, 6 p.m., The RECOVER Project, 68 Federal St. This is a 12-step program designed to help transform one’s relationship with money. For additional information, call 413-773-5608.

Zen Meditation: Tuesday, 7 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Green River Zen Center, Studio B, second floor, 158 Main St. Open to the public. For more information, call 413-256-1549 or visit greenriverzen.org.

Montague

Yoga for Seniors at the Montague Retreat Center, Tuesdays at 9 a.m. First class for new students free. klarosmovement@gmail.com

New Salem

Free Weekly Playgroup: Enjoy time with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the Swift River School. For the 2018 to 2019 school year, playgroup will continue on Tuesdays from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. This playgroup is facilitated by Emily Joseph and is intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the Swift River School and Union 28 Community Network for Children. Program not held during school closures.

Northfield

Kiwanis Club of Northfield meets the first and third Monday each month at 7 p.m. in lower level of Northfield Town Hall. Northfield Kiwanis engages in meaningful community service projects and raises money to provides scholarships and camperships benefiting area children. During the holidays, NKC provides food and clothing for families in need. New members welcome.

PVRS Weight Room: Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. to Northfield residents.

Orange

NELCWIT Support Group: Creative Ways is a support group for survivors of abusive relationships to express their emotions through artistic mediums, facilitated by a NELCWIT counselor. It meets from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, at NELCWIT’s office in Orange. Free and confidential. Please call for more information: 413-772-0871.

Royalston

Free Yoga will be offered by the Royalston Friends of the Library every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Royalston basement, next to Town Hall. With Charlotte Weltzin. Open to people from all towns. Equipment available, donations accepted. For more information, call the library at 978-249-3572.

Shutesbury

Free Weekly Tales & Tunes: Enjoy stories, songs and craft activities with your child(ren) and other families and caregivers from your community at the M.N. Spear Memorial Library. For the 2018 to 2019 school year, Tales & Tunes will continue on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tales & Tunes is facilitated by Katie Tolles, and is intended for children up to age 5. Sponsored by the M.N. Spear Memorial Library and Union 28 Community Network for Children.

South Deerfield

Gabrielle C. Warren of South Deerfield, received a bachelor of arts magna cum laude in psychology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Alfred University on May 18. Warren is the daughter of Kevin Warren and Bernadette Bean of South Deerfield. She is a graduate of Frontier Regional School.

Sunderland

Heartfulness Meditation: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. at the Heartfulness Meditation Center, 267 Amherst Road. For more information, visit heartfulnessmeditationpv.org or email hearfulnesspioneervalley@gmail.com.

Two Weekly Playgroups for children up to age 5 and their caregivers. Free play and literacy circle time at Sunderland Elementary School. Mondays and Fridays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. based on the school calendar. Does not take place during school closures and holidays. Sponsored by the Frontier Regional CFCE. Contact karen.green@frsu38.org with questions.

Turners Falls

A Mindfulness Meditation class designed for seniors will run Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m., through June 18 at the Gill-Montague Senior Center, 62 5th St. The class offers an understanding of the physiology of stress, gentle stretching and several forms of meditation (all done on a chair). It offers a path to living in the present moment with calm acceptance in the face of everyday stress. Thanks to a grant from the Gill Montague Council on Aging, the cost for this class is $75. People ages 60 or older from any town are welcome. A non-refundable $37.50 deposit will hold a place. The balance of $37.50 is due at the first class. Participants are asked to commit to attending all eight weeks and to doing homework assignments that build new everyday habits of equanimity. For more information, contact Jean Erlbaum at 413-230-1518 or jean.erlbaum@verizon.net.

Parents Helping Parents Grandparent/Parent Support Group: Meets the second Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The United Arc, 294 Avenue A. For more information call/text 413-834-4073 or email patkeith@unitedarc.org.

Basic Needs Program: The program, at Montague Catholic Social Ministries, is open Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon, for resources and referrals. To leave a message or to make an appointment, call 413-863-4804, ext. 1002. To access Basic Needs, buzz 103 at the Moltenbrey entrance on 3rd Street.

Regional

Rep. Paul Mark’s Office Hours: Mark hosts office hours at various Franklin County town halls this year. Mark, or his aide, hold office hours Mondays at the GCC Downtown Center, 270 Main St., Room 119, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays at the Charlemont Town Hall, 9 a.m. to noon; and Northfield Town Hall, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment. For more information, call 413-464-5635.

Community Meals

Greenfield Salvation Army: Open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakfast from 8 to 10. Lunch 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Coffee always available.

A Community Meal is served Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Church, 7th Street, Turners Falls. Free meal sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals.

Second Helping Supper: Mondays, Episcopal Church of Saints James and Andrew, 8 Church St., Greenfield. Doors open at 5 p.m., supper served at 5:30. Sponsored by the church, Deerfield Academy and Franklin County Friends for the Homeless.

Loaves & Fishes: Free hot meal, Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Bethany Lutheran Church, Cheney Street, Orange, sponsored by Franklin County Community Meals Program.

Community Meal: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Second Congregational Church, Court Square, Greenfield. Sponsored by the Franklin County Community Meals Program. Volunteer groups interested in assisting in the preparation of the meal or anyone who wants more information about the community meal can call 413-772-1033 or write: P.O. Box 172, Greenfield MA 01302.

Free Community Meal: Every Friday at 5:30 p.m., Trinity Church, Severance Street, Shelburne Falls.

Stone Soup Cafe: Meal at All Souls Church, Greenfield, on Saturdays at noon. The only community meal on the weekend in Franklin County. As a pay-what-you-can offering, those who can afford to make a donation may do so while others who cannot are never discriminated against or turned away. Food includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.


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