Bits & Bites: Ice cream events. cooking class on tap

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BUTTERFLY WALK AND ICE CREAM

Join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for an afternoon of summertime fun, "Feast with your Favorite Pollinators," featuring free ice cream from Lickety Split and guided butterfly walks from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at WRLF's Sheep Hill headquarters, 671 Cold Spring Road, Williamstown.

Former WRLF director Leslie Reed Evans will lead guided butterfly walks through the meadows at Sheep Hill. Lawn games will be available, too.

Great for families. Free, no reservations necessary.

Go to wrlf.org for more information.

`EAT THE LANDSCAPE' AT SHAKER VILLAGE

Chef Brian Alberg presents "Eat the Landscape," a unique cooking class at 4 p.m. Sunday at Hancock Shaker Village.

Known for his creative, beautifully prepared and locally sourced meals, Alberg leads students on a culinary adventure in the gardens to gather ingredients and learn about sustainable farming. He then will teach participants how to prepare a farm-to-table dinner in the beauty of the outdoors.

Kick back and relax with a glass of wine while enjoying the fruits of your labor, savoring your meal in the heart of the Village. Experience your food not just as a diner, but as a gatherer, gardener and chef.

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Tickets are $140 ($126 members) and may be purchased online at hancockshakervillage.org or call 413-443-0188. Advance registration is required by today, July 31.

TRINITY CHURCH ICE CREAM SOCIAL

A church-sponsored ice cream social will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox.

The ice cream social will benefit Thelma's Little Fund, a community charity named for a former Trinity Church organist, whose support provides small, urgent, one-time grants to distressed Lenox residents. The grants are made at the confidential recommendation of public or public service officials.

Thus, Thelma's Little Fund can help a child lacking a winter coat, a family unable to provide Christmas presents, or a senior citizen unable to pay for a prescription.

The event, featuring some of the best ice cream made in the Berkshires, will be held at the Trinity Parish Hall, 88 Walker St.

BEER, WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER

UnTapped and Uncorked, Berkshire South Regional Community Center's beer and wine tasting fundraiser for its financial assistance programs. will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. The event features The Lucky 5 (plus one), SoMa's new food truck, breweries and wineries from across the region, a silent auction, and a mystery wine wall.

Funds from the financial assistance programs fund adaptive needs class attendees, preschoolers, out-of-schoolers, aquatics, fitness and wellness attendees, and summer campers in need.

Tickets for young professionals (younger than 40) are $25 in advance, tickets for all others in advance are $38, and $45 at the door. Tickets are available at Mill River General Store, online at berkshiresouth.org/tastingevent. For more information, call 413-528-2810.


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