Bits & Bites: Program on protecting bees, wine-tasting planned


Wild Oats Coop will host the program, "Protect Our Global Food Supply: Feed the Bees!" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

The declining bee population poses a threat to our global food supply. Williams College Biology professor Joan Edwards will explore what is behind the decline and Deb Burns, editor of "100 Plants to Feed the Bees" (Storey Publishing, 2016) will share some tips on what you can do to help protect our pollinators.

The store is at 230 Main St., Williamstown.


The First United Methodist Church will hold a spring luncheon, featuring soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the church 5 Fenn St., Pittsfield.

The cost is $8; orders to go are available, call 413-499-0866.

Free parking is available at Big Y and the Crowne Plaza Hotel Garage.


IUE 254/255 Retirees will hold a spaghetti supper today, April 19 at Kennedy Hall, 789 Tyler St., Pittsfield. There will be one sitting at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door, are $7; for reservations, call Pete Menard, 413-684-3882 or Ed Strzepa, 413-684-3872.


Riverbrook Residence invites the public to join them for an exceptional wine tasting event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21.

Nejaime's Wine Cellars will curate a selection of 40-plus wines, ciders and craft beers. The event will also feature light hors d'oeuvres, work by Riverbrook artists, and raffles and silent auctions including a picnic basket and two tickets to John Mellencamp at Tanglewood, a beauty basket from the cosmetics geniuses at Jane Iredale, and a Dine Around package with $200 in gift cards to local restaurants.

The event will be held at Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Nejaime's Wine Cellars in Lenox or Stockbridge, or online at


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