Update, Monday June 8th, 2020
Here’s a quick note from the Department of More Lights On; Outside dining starts today. There’s an article in iberkshires…check it out. www.iberkshires.com
June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Every June there are all sorts of awareness events happening all over the country to raise consciousness about Alzheimers and brain health. The COVID-19 crisis is having a tremendous effect on the Alzheimer’s Association as you can imagine but, as they say, when given lemons…so there are all sorts of activities available remotely including virtual auctions, Longest Day events and there are sign up opportunities for annual Alzheimer’s Walks. The local event is scheduled for October 12th, leaving the Adams Visitor Center and off down the Ashuwillticook Rail trail. You can find information for this and more here; www.alz.org
Additionally, the Dementia Care Collaborative of Dementia Friendly Massachusetts continues to offer monthly virtual educational programs including “Conversations with Caregivers” The conversation for this month is around Memory Cafes and is titled “Being with Others is Good Medicine” Find that program and more at this link;
Jane’s Exercise Class #8 is currently available on Willinet, here’s the link ;www.willinet.org
Here’s the food news for the week;
The Mobile Food Pantry program from the FoodBank of Western Massachusetts is happening tomorrow, June 9th in Adams at the Visitor Center parking lot between 10:00 and 11:00. Stay in your car with your dimmers on, they’ll help you.
Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org weekly from 10:00 Monday until 7PM on Wednesday . Pick up is from 11am until 1pm on Saturday. Orders are pre-bagged, pre-sorted, find them in the parking lot behind the Williamstown Elementary School, in front of the Youth Center entry. Very user friendly. The market is pre-order and pickup only. They’re also able to provide home delivery within a 7-mile radius of market orders to those unable to access the pickup location on Saturday, but please, don’t use the delivery option unless you are unable to get to the market!
Berkshire Grown has a link to connect with all sorts of different farms and food sources, including some people whom you’ll remember from the holiday markets. Check it out! Here’s that link: https://berkshiregrown.org/shop-local-now/
The North Adams Farmers market is open, here’s the link with order information:-www.Facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/
The Salvation Army Food Pantry on River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door
The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry is still in their temporary location in the Parish Center on Holden Street (it’s across from the Big Y) Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Plenty of parking. They are also looking for volunteers to help out and you can reach them at: 413.664.0123 or via these links;
email@example.com or through their website; www.friendshipfoodpantry.org if you’re interested in helping
The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, has food and are happy to share. Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.
The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday. Southworth St. Circle around the backside of church via Mission Park Drive, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first.
Berkshire Food Project meals are still take-out only on M-W-and F. Participants enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Participants must wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line. Please practice Social Distancing while waiting. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed in the building at the same time are limited for safety purposes, they’ll keep track at the door.BFP staff will open the doors for you, you’ll only be touching your food. There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time..
The Bennington Farmers Market is open in Riverwalk Park, Depot Street-behind the former Bennington Station restaurant. They say that they’re open every Saturday from 10-1: and they’ll do pre orders, curbside pickup as well as In-Person shopping. Here’s their link;www.benningtonfarmersmarket.org