Bits & Bites: Mayor's Fitness Challenge meals offered


Healthy meals

If you're participating in the Berkshire Mayor's Fitness Challenge, wracking up those points just got a little bit easier.

In honor of the challenge — which pits North Adams and Pittsfield against each other for a 10-week program to make the two cities healthy places to live, work and play — local restaurants and cafes will be offering Mayors' Fitness Challenge meals this week. The healthy entrée or side dish will include fruit and/or vegetables, smaller portions at a discounted price.

"These options make the healthy choice the easy choice, and as healthy dining restaurants, many of these healthy options can be ordered all year round. Mayor's Fitness Challenge Participants can receive 'points' just for dining at the participating food establishments, as well as receive points by enjoying the Mayor's Fitness Challenge options being offered. This is a fun and healthy way to support our local economy and community," according to a press release from The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.

Participating restaurants for North Adams and Pittsfield include: Freight Yard Pub, Eat To Total Health, Grazie, Oh Crepe, Wild Oats, Desperados, Lickety Split, The Marketplace Café, Bagels, Too, Guidos Café.

For more information about the Berkshire Mayor's Fitness Challenge visit

Chocolate making event

Mount Carmel Care Center will host a special event, "A Chocolate Spring," with well-known specialty chocolatier Joshua Needleman from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

From 4 to 5 p.m., there will be networking, select chocolates from Chocolate Springs and light refreshments. Needleman will then offer a special presentation on chocolate-making at 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. However, RSVPs are requested by calling Mount Carmel Care Center, 413-637-2660, or by emailing Kirsten Stasiewski, director of marketing and admissions, at

Mount Carmel Care is at 320 Pittsfield Road., Lenox.

Canaan FD buffet breakfast

The Canaan Protective Fire Co. will host its Belly-Busting Buffet Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon, Sunday.

Enjoy pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, corned beef hash, fruit salad, Bucky's bagels and more.

Cost: Adults, $9; 5 to 12 years, $4.50; younger than 5, free.

The breakfast will be held at the fire house, 2126 State Route 295, Canaan, N.Y.


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