Bits & Bites: Letter carriers to collect food for local pantries

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LETTER CARRIERS FOOD DRIVELocal branch 286 of the National Association of Letter Carriers and Postal Workers, in conjunction with Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Youth United and Berkshire Community Action Council, will run a food drive on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries and meal programs. Non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice, are welcome. Participants should place their food donation in bags or boxes by their mailbox. The letter carriers in Adams, Becket, Dalton, Great Barrington, Hinsdale, Housatonic, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, North Adams, Pittsfield, parts of Richmond, Sheffield, and Williamstown will collect the donations and bring them to their respective loading docks for sorting and packing. At the Pittsfield Post Office, volunteers from Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Community Action Council, and Taconic High School students from the Berkshire Youth United program will help distribute the food to more than 10 local food pantries and meal programs.FARMERS MARKET OPENINGThe Great Barrington Farmers Market begins its 27th season on Saturday May 13, at 18 Church St. and will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 28.The 2017 season will include several community events celebrating local food and agriculture including a "Kids at the Market" day in June, multiple food-themed festivals throughout the summer, produce tastings, kids cooking classes and food and cookbook swaps. Weekly music throughout the season will be provided by The Lucky 5, Moonshine Holler, and Aldo Lavaggi.The market welcomes SNAP/ EBT as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers. This year, due to a generous grant from the Berkshire Coop Market and Jane Iredale Makeup, the farmers' market will double all SNAP dollars up to $25 at every market. Eligible participants can visit the marketmanager's tent before shopping to turn their $25 into $50.In addition to matching benefits the Market is excited to announce the launch of the Healthy Incentives Program, or HIP. A dollar for dollar matching benefit for fruits and vegetables provided through SNAP. The majority of our eligible produce vendors are participating, allowing SNAP recipients to stretch their benefits even further.BOY SCOUT FISH FRY DINNERSheffield Boy Scout Troop 28 will hold a fish fry dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the American Legion, Route 7, Sheffield.Tickets, available at the door, are: Adults, $12; children 4 to 12, $6, and family, $35. Takeout will be available.BREAKFAST IN READSBOROThe American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will have its monthly breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., on Sunday, May 14, at the Legion home, Tunnel Street, Readsboro, Vt..The breakfast includes a choice of pancakes or french toast, eggs, sausage, home fries and toast.The cost is $6 per person. MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST The Berkshire Lodge of Masons, will host a breakfast on Mother's Day, from 8 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 14, at the Elks Lodge building, 63 Center St., Adams. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice and more.The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12. MOTHER'S DAY TEARelive the elegance and charm of the past with Mom on Mothers' Day, Sunday, May 14, at the William Cullen Bryant Homestead in Cummington.Enjoy a proper afternoon tea with all of the refinement and delight of Bryant's era in the parlor of this Victorian home. Pastries, scones, sandwiches and tea served on beautiful china, along with tours of the historic house and Bryant's poetry read aloud in the library. The first seating is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the second seating is 2 to 4 p.m.Members: $28; member group pricing, 4 to 5 people, $96; 6 to 8 people, $128. Nonmembers: $35; nonmember group pricing: 4to 5 people, $120; 6 to 8 people $160. Children under the age of 6 are free. Groups of 4 or more are asked to make reservations by contacting Andrea Caluori at acaluori@thetrustees.org in order to receive the discounted group pricing.MAKE A CAKE FOR MOMMemories are made when kids decorate a cake for Mom as a Mother's Day Gift. Mother Myrick's in Manchester, Vt., invites children 4 to 8 years old, with an accompanying adult, to create a wonderful, delicious surprise for Mom's Day. Cake decorating sessions are 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and 10 and 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. A free vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and fun decorating supplies will be provided for each child. A $10 donation per child is requested. All proceeds go the support the fight against breast cancer. Pre-register for one of the cake decorating sessions by calling 802-362-1560. Mother Myrick's is at 4367 Main St., Manchester Center, Vt.


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