Seaside Garden Club
The Seaside Garden Club will present “The Garden in the Autumn” with Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center. Social time starts at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Guest fee is $5.
Civil War women
Women’s history scholar Bonnie Hurd Smith will share stories of women from the North Shore who served as nurses, worked on sanitary commissions, raised funds and nursed wounded men on Thursday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., at the Manchester Public Library. As part of the national commemoration of the American Civil War, Smith will share the stories of Sarah Parker Remond, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Kate Tannatt Woods and Hannah Rantoul, all North Shore women who left behind a legacy of honor and service.
The Manchester Public library will be closed for Columbus Day, on Monday, Oct. 8. Regular library hours will resume will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 1 to 8 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Board will hold its first meeting of the new school year Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m., at the Manchester Public Library. Volunteers meet monthly to plan YA events and to choose new books and movies for the YA collection. Earn community service hours and get your say in what goes on in the Teen Zone. For an application, stop by the Circulation Desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 MBT100th@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/groups/mbt100th.
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 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 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 email@example.com or visit www.manchestersingers.org.
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 www.foodpantry.org.
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 www.manchesterpl.org. The pass program is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Public Library.
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.
The staff of the Manchester Public Library reminds residents that they 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.
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 (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.
Log Bridge lunch
On Wednesday, Oct. 31, the Manchester COA is invited to The Log Bridge Inn for a luncheon. This student-run restaurant is located at the North Shore Technical High School in Middleton. The cost is is $8 per senior citizen, and prepaid reservations are due by Oct. 22. The trip is limited to the first 12 seniors who sign up. Senior van pickup starst at 10:45 a.m. and return is expected by 12:45 p.m. For more information, call 978-526-7500
The Manchester COA is offering a trip to Angelica’s Restaurant in Middleton on Thursday, Nov. 1, for lunch and a show with impressionist Mark Verselli providing great musical entertainment. The all-inclusive cost is $46 per senior, and the menu choices include Yankee pot roast or baked scrod. Prepaid reservations are due at the COA office by Oct. 29. Senior van pickup starts at 11 a.m. and a $3 donation is requested. Call 978-526-7500 for information/reservation.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Manchester COA van takes off on its monthly mystery ride to destination unknown on the North Shore. Only the van driver knows where its bound, but it’s bound to be delicious for one and all. Ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, snacks - only the van driver knows! Pick-up starts at 1 p.m. and return is expected by 3 p.m. Call the COA at 978-526-7500 for information/reservation.
Manchester Public Library’s catalog is now updated, with an improved version offering new features that expand what a library user can do, with a cleaner look, faster loading, better search options, and the ability to maintain a history of books you check out or put on hold starting Oct. 1.
Meet the Author
Natalia Dykstra, author of the bestselling nonfiction book “Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life” will be at the Manchester Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., to share her discoveries about the intelligent and tragic wife of famous historian Henry Adams, and how she put together the gilded pieces of Clover Adams’ life, and the mystery of her death.
Recycle Day fundraiser
The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.
Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.
Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.
Televisions — $10-25 each
Monitors — $10
Cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S. Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘After the Move’ workshop
“After the Move,” a class for new homeowners will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., Gloucester. Local professionals discuss equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Cost is $30 per household. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.