08 Oct President Jonathan Cartu Says – The Recorder – Talk of the Towns: Oct. 9, 2019
ACOA Al-Anon: For adults raised by alcoholic caretakers/parents. Meets every Saturday, 10 a.m., Athol Hospital’s conference room.
Bernardston Vets Club opening night will be Friday at 4 p.m. The Marines will serve pulled pork sliders, homemade baked beans and coleslaw from 5 to 7 p.m. Betsy from Free Range is the entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. $5 cover.
The Greenfield Community College Chorus will open its fall semester concert series Friday with a free preview concert, “Sacred Choral Music.” The performance will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 in the Music Room, S-358, at GCC. The chorus will be under the direction of Margery Heins with Henry Gaida, accompanist, and with soloists from the chorus. Heins will talk to the audience about the program and the music.
Greenfield Senior Center, 35 Pleasant St.: Lucinda Kidder of Silverthorne Theater Company will discuss the play “The Diary of Anne Frank” Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. Scholar and retired Northfield Mount Hermon School history department chair will join Deerfield Academy history teacher Bernard Baker to discuss the play and its implications for today’s world. Free. Registration required. Stop by the front desk or call 413-772-1517, ext. 0 to register.
Circle of Moms: Meets Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St. Free parking, child care and snacks. For more information, call 413-774-1000.
Community Action’s Family Center: The Family Center, 90 Federal St., offers play and learn groups, a parent support group and special early literacy events. The staff can answer questions on topics like parenting, discipline, child development and school readiness, as well as help you find other community resources. Free books, clothing and diapers on site. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 413-475-1553.
Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project/Greenfield offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes, job readiness workshops, college transition workshops and academic counseling services. For more information, call 413-774-3935 or visit: literacyproject.org.
Free Ongoing Classes: The Literacy Project North Quabbin offers ongoing basic education classes, GED preparation classes and academic counseling services. For more information, contact The Literacy Project North Quabbin, 131 West Main St., call 978-544-8917 or visit: literacyproject.org.
Free Medical Clinic: Trailside Health at 111 Bridge St., downtown Shelburne Falls on the FRTA bus route. Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Call 413-625-6240.
Valley Time Trade Orientation: Saturday at 1 p.m., Sunderland Public Library, 20 School St. Bring friends, become a member and stick around for the Speed Trading. 2 p.m., snack/dessert potluck. Bring a snack or beverage to share (please label ingredients). 2:30, Speed Trading: Come meet fellow traders, learn what they offer, express what you need and build community. Time Trading is an alternative organized currency exchange system through which members earn hours (time credits) for time spent helping other members.
The Whately Grange is having a Fire Prevention meeting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Old Town Hall on Chestnut Plain Road. The speaker is John Hannum from the Whately Fire Department. He will be talking about fire prevention and steps you can take to keep your home safe. All are welcome. Any questions, call 413-665-8990.
CFCE of the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School District: Free weekly playgroup and story hour for parents with young children. Mondays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, 75 Mechanic St., Shelburne Falls. Thursdays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Church, 17 Severance St., Shelburne Falls. Fridays: 9:30 to 11 a.m., Hawlemont Elementary School, 10 School St., Charlemont. Join other families with young children to play, learn, sing and have a snack. Contact Melissa Pincus, CFCE coordinator, for more information. [email protected].
Volunteers: Local non-profit organizations seek extra volunteers for the summer to prepare and deliver meals, drive seniors to appointments, help with special events and assist customers in survival centers and thrift shops. If you are 55 or older and have a few hours to spare, contact Pat Sicard, volunteer manager of RSVP of the Pioneer Valley, at [email protected] or 413-387-1286.
Benefits Counseling Program: Are you age 60 or older and worried about your home heating or electric bills? Income eligible seniors can find help through LifePath’s Benefits Counseling Program. LifePath will help file an application for fuel assistance and find other ways to save you money. For more information, contact the Benefits Counseling Program at 413-773-5555, ext. 2258 or 978-544-2259, ext. 2258, or email [email protected]
Healthy Living Program: The program, at LifePath, promotes wellness and independence among older adults. Workshops on chronic disease and pain management, healthy eating, preventing falls and more. To register for a free workshop or leader training, contact Andi Waisman, Healthy Living Program manager, 413-773-5555, ext. 2297, or 978-544-2259, ext. 2297, for more information.
Information and Caregiver Resource Center: The ICRC at LifePath has answers to all your questions about elder services, help for people with disabilities and caregiver support. Resource consultants are experts in finding the information you need to solve any problem. Contact the ICRC at 413-773-5555, ext. 1230 or 978-544-2259, ext. 1230, or email [email protected] Go online to learn more at lifepathma.org.
Overeaters Anonymous: Free meetings every week. In Greenfield: Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Baystate Franklin Medical Center, conference room 9; Sunday, 10 to 11:15 a.m., also at BFMC. For more information or to locate meetings throughout Massachusetts, Brattleboro, Vt., and northern Vermont, call 413-773-7394 or 413-783-4198.
Child Care/Preschool/Home Visiting: The Parent-Child Development Center, serving families with children birth to kindergarten age and expectant women over 40, offers free preschool, home visiting and child care programs in Franklin/Hampshire counties. Spanish speaking services available. In Franklin County, call 413-475-1405.
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