Sheffield: Big Elm hosting Beer, Hymns & Chili Potluck, town to host 'how to prep for natural disasters' for seniors

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Beer, chili and inspiration

Beers, hymns and chili will be on tap at Big Elm Brewing on Feb. 9.

The brewery is hosting a Beer, Hymns & Chili Potluck. Attendees are asked to bring enough chili for one. All the chili will be mixed together and served.

This will be the brewery's second time combining God and suds.

"It was really popular," Big Elm co-owner Bill Heaton said of the previous event. "Both congregations in town come and we just drink beer, sing a song or two — it's just a couple hours of camaraderie."

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the brewery on Silver Street in Sheffield, is free and open to the public, including children and dogs. There's a charge for beer, but nonalcoholic beverages will be free. Donations will be collected for the Good Samaritan Fund.

How to prepare for natural disasters

Ahead of plans to update the town's Hazard Mitigation Plan, Sheffield officials are holding an information session for residents at the Senior Center.

The open house will be Feb. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. — it is not necessary for participants to stay for the whole two hours, organizers said, and drop-ins are welcome.

In addition to gaining information, town officials will be gathering residents' ideas about Sheffield's emergency risks and solutions.

Hazard Mitigation Plans address what a community should do if faced with dangers such as flooding, extreme heat or cold, drought, tornado and other natural disasters. The stated goal of all Hazard Mitigation Plans is to eliminate or reduce the risk of life and property in the event of a disaster.

Officials at the event will be talking about disasters most likely to affect Sheffield, learn about sheltering in place, and find out where the town's shelters and cooling stations are located.

Kristin Palpini can be contacted at kpalpini@berkshireeagle.com and @kristinpalpini on Twitter.


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