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Cooley Dickinson-affiliated physicians, nurses and representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee will offer a presentation on palliative care March 27 at 1 p.m. at the Easthampton Council on Aging Enrichment Center, 19 Union St.

Speakers include Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D., director of the Palliative Care Program, Maureen Groden, R.N., of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Program, and Patient Family Advisory Committee Members Ray Ducharme, Howard Nenner and Don Reutener. For more information, contact Linda Talbot of the Easthampton Council on Aging, 527-6151, or email ltalbot@easthampton.org.


The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens, will hold the 15th annual “Walk/Run to Remember” fundraising event April 27 at 9:30 a.m. This community event raises awareness and support for area families who have experienced the death of a loved one. The event starts and ends at the Hampshire Regional YMCA, and is followed by refreshments, prizes, a bounce house and swimming. Registration is available online at www.hrymca.org. For more information, contact Shelly Bathe Lenn at 584-7086 ext. 124, or email shelly.thegarden@gmail.com.


Two classes on Mindfulness and Meditation will be offered in Hadley.

A class for 18- to 25-year-olds will meet Thursday, 4 to 5:30 p.m., beginning March 28. A separate class for all ages will meet Wednesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m., beginning April 3.

Both classes are $150 for six sessions. For more details, call Dr. Ruth Folchman at Everyday Mindfulness: 582-6900.


Community members are invited to participate in a free orientation at Cooley Dickinston Hospital to learn the benefits of mindfulness-based stress reduction.

Interested participants may then sign up for an eight-week stress reduction course that uses several meditation techniques.

Orientation will be held March 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. The class is offered Tuesdays, April 2 through May 21.

The instructor, Ellen Kaufman, M.D., received advanced teacher training at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School. Space is limited. For a class description and information about registration, visit www.valleystressreduction.com or call Dawn Emanuel at 582-2400.

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