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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.
Log Bridge lunch
The Manchester Council on Aging will attend a luncheon at The Log Bridge Inn on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The student-run restaurant is located at the North Shore Technical High School in Middleton. Cost is $8 per person. Prepaid reservations due by Oct. 22. Space is limited to 12. Van pickup starts at 10:45 a.m. and returns by 12:45 p.m. Call 978-526-7500.
COA lunch, show
The Council on Aging is offering a trip to Angelica’s restaurant in Middleton on Thursday, Nov. 1, for lunch and a show with impressionist Mark Verselli. The all-inclusive cost is $46 per senior. Menu choices include Yankee pot roast or baked scrod. Prepaid reservations due by Oct. 29. Van pickup starts at 11 a.m. A $3 donation requested. For reservations, call 978-526-7500.
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 email@example.com.
‘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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.