Council on Aging Update

Updates, Friday April 23rd, 2021

If you’re looking for information regarding a second vaccine shot, here’s what I have;

4/27, 2-4 pm, 336 for second dose Pfizer

4/29, 12-7pm, 1260 for second dose Pfizer

5/6, 12-5pm, 480 second dose Pfizer

5/13, 12-5 pm 720 (420 second dose Moderna/300 second dose Pfizer) 

These clinics are all in North Adams at St. Elizabeth Parish. If you’re looking for a first dose, there isn’t anything to say today but if it becomes available, those doses will likely be on the same dates as above. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.

I hope you all saw the iBerkshires story about the North Adams clinics earlier this week. If not, here’s a link;

https://www.iberkshires.com/story/64733/North-Adams-Vaccine-Clinic-Passes-16-000-Doses-Given.html

There’s a bit of an interview with our friend Heather who is doing a great job as the City of North Adams Health Agent as well. Check it out.

I just wanted to remind everyone that there is rental assistance available  via the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust. This  rental assistance is available to tenants who have been adversely affected by COVID, are at or below 80% of area median income for their family size, and live in Williamstown.  Grants are up to $10,000 and are administered for the Trust by Berkshire Housing Development Corporation, based in Pittsfield.  Funds are likely to be available for all of 2021.You’ll find applications on their website-www.berkshirehousing.com

There is also  a program of emergency mortgage assistance that will go live soon.  The only difference in program requirements and features is Williamstown homeowners may be eligible with income at or below 100% of area median income.  It, too, will be administered by BHDC and funds should be available through this year. 

As you might have been aware, your COA has been hosting the First Friday Book Discussion group on Zoom for a few months now. As the weather has begun to improve and we all get vaccinated, the group has chosen to begin meeting in person again,a very good thing dontcha think?  Here’s the list of all the titles they have planned to read during the upcoming next months;

May 7, 2021 Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard Time 

June 4, 2021 Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter

 July 2, 2021 Albert Camus, The Plague 

 Aug 6, 2021 TBD (Williams Reads Selection?)

 Sept 3, 2021 Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

 Oct 1, 2021 Elijah Cummings, We’re Better Than This

 Nov 5, 2021 Louise Erdrich, The Beet Queen

Should you be interested in participating in this fun activity, contact julie Mackaman at;

jmackaman@gmail.com to join or for further information.

I posted information about the Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season a couple weeks ago and now here’s a bit of news from our friends at Community Works.

They’re reaching out  regarding a performance opportunity for Berkshire-area residents, within WTF’s production of Alien/Nation, featuring and devised by the company of The Forest of Arden, in collaboration with writers Jen Silverman and Eric Berryman, and directed by Michael Arden.

In the spirit of COMMUNITY WORKS, they are looking to cast several Berkshire-area residents to join the Forest of Arden company members in this world premiere  theatre experience. You can read more about the project here; https://wtfestival.org/main-events/alien-nation/

 This opportunity is for people 18 years and older.

Auditions will be held via Zoom on:

Friday 4/30 from 5pm-9pm EST

Sunday 5/2 from 5pm-9pm EST

To sign up for an audition, click here and please fill out this form. After you have signed up to audition, you will receive an email with the Zoom link and more information.

No prior experience necessary to audition for this production! Come anytime; you will be in and out within 30 minutes!

Of course, this isn’t the Community Works audition style we’ve been used to, Covid has stalled that for the year. Here’s hoping the future will be different!

Have a great weekend!

Brian

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