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Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center Kicks Off 2012 With New Open Hours and Programs

posted Feb 21, 2012, 9:17 AM by Corey Haynes
Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center 
41 3rd St., Turners Falls, MA 01376

Creating a safe and welcoming community that is responsive to the needs of women is at the heart of the Turners Falls Women’s Resource Center. As one woman says, “The Women’s Center represents the power of women. Women find the resources to nurture their inner strength and renew their energy.” The Center provides multifaceted supports and is a place for women to share their wisdom, compassion and expertise gained through life experience. Through a variety of grants and collaborations, TFWRC has a full roster of new and exciting programs planned for the coming year.

For uplifting, creative fun that helps eliminate the winter blues, Introduction to QUILTING runs through February 29 with instruction for beginners in quilting. This workshop, part of the Live Smart/Live Safe project funded by the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, is a drop-in program that is held on Wednesdays from 6-8pm.

Chocolate Appreciation Day features a chocolate pot-luck during Open Hours on Tuesday, February 14, 10am-1pm. A fund-raising raffle for chocolate filled baskets will be drawn at 12:45pm. Proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies for the Center.

New Friday hours begin March 2. TFWRC will be open four days each week, Tuesdays through Fridays, 10am-1pm. and will no longer be open Wednesday nights.

Alternative Pathways to Wellness: The Healing Touch of Massage Therapy, March 5, 1:30-3pm, a year-long series of healing arts related workshops kicks-off with an introduction to two licensed massage therapists from Franklin County, Wendy Mooney and Linda Romano, who will presenting a talk on the various healing modalities they use in their practice, what brought them to this work and the specific relevance of massage to women’s health issues, especially as a long-term preventive or affordable health care alternative. After the group has been able to ask questions and share stories, Wendy and Linda will give a short, relaxing chair massage to each participant!

Alternative Pathways to Wellness will create a fun and accessible environment for women to explore a menu of 10 different alternative health care offerings in one year, through trauma sensitive programming that links professionals in the field to local residents. Women with low incomes from the surrounding region will be able to learn about and experience a variety of alternative options for healing and self-care such as massage, reiki, transformational kinesiology, and visual arts.

Our Place in the World starts Thursday, March 8, 2-4pm. This new writing and visual arts workshop encourages the exploration of women’s lives: here, there, past and present. Through a variety of exercises, women will have the opportunity to encounter the joy and healing power of self expression. Six weeks of two-hour workshops will provide a place where meaningful connections to ones’ self and to others can be made and nurtured.

Space is limited so please call soon to sign up for programs.

For more information and to sign up, contact Christine, the Programs Coordinator at TFWRC, at 413-863-2455; email or visit