, Gloucester, MA

November 5, 2012

Manchester Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Events listed here are open to the public and sponsored by nonprofit groups unless otherwise noted. Press releases may be sent to Goings on, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930, sent via email to or faxed to 978-282-4397. Please include a contact person’s name and telephone number and send at least two weeks prior to the event. The Times will do its best to run the announcement at least once prior to the event. Due to the volume of goings on listings received by the paper, listings are alternated once they run and the same listings are not printed every day.

Mosaics workshop

Learn how to make a stained glass mosaic tile trivet with glass artist Leslie Doherty on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m., at the Manchester Public Library. Students in grades 6-12 are welcome. Space is limited. Registration is required; call 978-526-7711. Supported by a grant from the Hooper Fund.

‘Guys & Dolls’

The Council on Aging will travel to the North Shore Music Theater for a matinee show of “Guys & Dolls” on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Space is limited to 10. Van pick up starts at 1:15 p.m. The show runs two and half hours with an intermission. Discounted tickets are $36. Prepaid reservations are due in the COA office by Nov. 5. To register, call 978-526-7500.

‘Write Time’

The Council on Aging’s writing class starts Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center. Local author Katherine F. Robertson leads the six-week class. Space limited to 10. Learn to write short stories and/or memoirs in a fun, mentally-stimulating environment. Cost is $35, payable to the instructor. Registration is required and will be open through the second class. Bring pens, pencils and paper. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Veterans Day

The Manchester Public Library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in Honor of Veterans Day. The library will resume its regular hours on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 8 p.m.

4D Art Project

Grades K through adult may join artist and architect, Theresa Weinheimer, working with Sara Collins for an artistic salute to ‘The Wrinkle in Time’ — Madeline L’ Engle’s Newberry winning masterpiece first printed in 1962 and now being honored throughout its 50th year. If you’d like to join in creating an artistic homage her work, we encourage you to sign up with Sara Collins, Head of Youth Services at 978 526-2016 or so we have ample art supplies and space for you.

Novel month

National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), is off to a great start in the Manchester Public library. Three adults and four teens have signed on to the on-line challenge joining thousands of writers worldwide, and you can, too, at: Get encouragement through your nanomail, log on for tips, spur you to action and offer possible areas to visit or work on your novels throughout the month. We’ve set aside a computer in the reference room from 3 to 8 p.m. each Thursday, and one on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, Stop by, save your work to your own flash drive/memory stick etc (our computers dump files nightly and will not retain on the hard drive). Shared writing tips over cider and doughnuts, and write on! For more information, speak with Sara Collins, Head of Youth Services, 978-526-2016 or

Low Vision Group

On Monday, Nov. 19, the Low Vision Support group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Plains Community Room. All are welcome for this hour or so of conversation regarding low vision and issues related to vision. This meeting welcomes Mimi Flannery from the Commission for the Blind. The van will be available; call the COA for more information 978-526-7500.

Holiday baskets

The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit

‘Meet Julia Child’

Manchester seniors are invited to attend “Meet Julia Child,” a live performance at the Delvena Theatre Company, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1 p.m., at the Congregational Chapel. Learn more about her life and view Julia on the set of “The French Chef,” then meet the cast for a discussion of the real Julia Child. This production is supported in part by a grant from the Manchester Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Call the Manchester Council on Aging at 978-526-7500.

Vineyard tour

The Council on Aging will offer a trip to the Jewell Towne Vineyards on the shores of the Powow River in South Hampton, N.H., on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Stop for lunch at the Barking Dog Grill. These vineyards have made premium New Hampshire wines since 1994. See a true farm winery, sample estate-made wines and stop by the gift shop and art gallery. Van pick up starts at 10:45 a.m. A $3 donation is requested. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Village restaurant

The Council on Aging will offer a lunch trip to the Village restaurant in Essex on Thursday, Nov. 15. Choose from a wide variety of local seafood, prime meats, sandwiches, salads and Thursday’s $11.99 daily special, baked haddock. Van pick up starts at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, call 978-526-7500.

Shakespeare Troupe

The Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe will present “Shakespeare In Two Acts” on Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 11, 3 p.m., at the Gloucester Stage Co., 267 East Main St., Gloucester. The program consists of two one-act plays, the first, a romantic fantasy-comedy titled “Love on a Midsummer Night” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and the second, “Visiting Lear,” a drama adapted from “The Tragedy of King Lear.” Directed by Nick Neyeloff and Ray Jenness, and written by Joseph Stiliano. Casts consist of talent drawn from Cape Ann and surrounding communities. Tickets, available at the door, are $15, $10 for students, $5 for those under 19. To reserve tickets, email

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit or call 978-546-2290.

COA redistributions

Donations of old eyeglasses and old cell phones will be collected for recycling and, or redistribution programs. Call the Council on Aging at 978-526-7500.

VNA clinic

VNA Care Network offers free health care clinics for residents 60 and older at Congregational Chapel, Chapel Lane, open the first and third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 888-663-3688, ext. 5603, or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603.

Manchester Singers

Manchester Singers meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at Congregational Chapel, Chapel Lane. New members, men and women, are welcome. Community chorus is led by Fred Broer. Call 978-283-9021, email or visit

Open Door pantry

The Open Door food pantry, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, serves residents of Manchester, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport and Ipswich with a full-service pantry of milk, eggs, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, and a variety of dry and canned goods. The pantry can be used once every seven days. Valid identification required. For hours, call 978-283-6776 or visit

Museum passes

Manchester Public Library offers passes for reduced entry fees to Cape Ann Historical Association, Children’s Museum of Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum, and Wheelock Family Theater. The library also offers a Massachusetts State Parks parking pass. Passes may be reserved in person; call 978-526-7711 or visit The pass program is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Public Library.

COA Yoga

The Manchester Council on Aging offers a yoga class Thursdays at 10 a.m. This gentle yoga is done in seated and standing postures. Call Nancy Hammond at 978-526-7500.

Homebound books

The staff of the Manchester Public Library reminds residents that they may drop off and pick up library materials for residents who are homebound, either temporarily or permanently. Call 978-526-7711.

Knit, crochet group

The Council on Aging knitting and crocheting group invites all knitters to meet Mondays at 3 p.m., in the Plains Community Room. Get together with friends, compare knitting notes, get help on a project or learn a new stitch. Transportation available. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Morning Gym

The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department will take over Morning Gym from the Manchester PTO. The program is designed to meet the needs of families with busy mornings. Children have the opportunity to play freely in the gym or play organized games with instructor Dara St. Sauveur. The class, which costs $5 per morning, runs from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. (No early drop offs, please.) For a registration form, call 978-526-2019.

SHINE counseling

SHINE (Serving the Health Information Needs of Elders) provides free, confidential health insurance information, education, counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages, their family members and other caregivers. Trained counselors are certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs in areas of health insurance including original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage, Medicare Rights and Protections, Prescription Advantage, MassHealth and other programs for people with limited income and resources, and other Medicare, government and private health plans. For more information, call Nancy Hammond at 978-526-7753.

Story times

The Manchester Public Library’s story time schedule is:

Preschool Story Time, for children ages 3 to 5, meets Mondays, 10:30 to 11 a.m. If bringing a group, please register.

Mother Goose Story Time, for infants through age 2, meets Wednesdays, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. Twenty minutes of simple rhymes, stories and instruments.

Both groups meet by the hearthside in the Reading Room while the Children’s Room is being renovated.

Manchester history

The Centennial Historical Committee of the Manchester Bath & Tennis Club is looking for photos, menus, dance cards and other memorabilia to compile a memory book recounting the past 100 years. All submissions will be catalogued and returned to the owners when the project is finished. Email or visit

Christmas fair

First Parish Church Manchester will hold its annual Christmas fair Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the chapel building behind Sovereign Bank. Features handmade holiday and coastal crafts, White Elephant room, homemade Thanksgiving pies, and Christmas wreaths to order. Children may take a picture with Santa at 10 a.m.

Trader Joe’s

The Council on Aging will offer its monthly trip to Trader Joe’s in Danvers on Friday, Nov. 16. Van pick up starts at 9:30 a.m. Seniors will have one hour to shop. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Trip to malls

The Manchester Council on Aging will travel to the Peabody and Danvers malls Friday, Nov. 9. Van pick up begins at 9:30 a.m. Seniors may choose either the North Shore or Liberty Tree malls. A $3 donation is requested. To register, call 978-526-7500.