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Fundraiser in Amherst for Not Bread Alone has Caribbean theme

To sustain the Not Bread Alone program that serves around 200 free meals each week, an evening of food and dance with a Caribbean flare will be held this week.

The Sabor y Ritmo/Flavor and Rhythm Dinner Dance fundraiser takes place Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 165 Main St.

Hannah Elliott, program supervisor for the Center for Human Development, said the dinner will include Puerto Rican dishes, such as habichuelas guisadas, a vegan entree with red beans and seasoned potatoes, as well as Columbian dishes.

Bob Stover, a coordinator of the soup kitchen, will serve as DJ, playing salsa, merengue and bachata music: participants will also be able to learn how to dance to those tunes.

“People who don’t want to dance can watch a professional salsa duo that will be performing,” Elliott said.

Not Bread Alone typically has 80 guests for dinner on Saturdays and 30 to 40 Wednesday afternoons and Sundays, Elliott said. Saturdays also feature a grocery distribution.

Admission to Friday’s event will be on a sliding scale of $8 to $20.

Tickets are available at Hastings at 45 South Pleasant St. and at the door.

Elliott said the fundraiser is one of a number of activities being launched, including movie nights and workshops in non­violence and nutrition.

Volunteers have also begun the Bridges Coffee House at the church, held every second Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. For information, call Elliott at 548-1271.

— SCOTT MERZBACH

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