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December 28, 2012

Manchester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5 to 12, tots ages 21/2 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 www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

Wingmasters

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, the Manchester Public Library will host a wonderful, live bird program at 2 p.m. with Jim Parks of Wingmasters covering the importance of birds in ancient civilizations. A truly educational event, including several live birds, Wingmasters has been sponsored as part of the Hooper Fund grant to the Children’s Room. This program is for ages 5 and older and of interest to all ages of adults as well. Please register at 978-526-7711 or 978-526-2011.

Bird origami

The Manchester Library has live and paper birds this month! This second bird program starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, and focuses on Japanese origami with Laura Geggis, and her unique paper art instruction in a program designed for ages 8 and older (7, if experienced in origami). Please register at 978-526-7711 or 978-526-2011.

Teen Zone

This new year, the Manchester Public Library is sponsoring a visit by young adult author Steve Kluger to the Manchester Essex Middle School. Kluger, author of ‘My Most Excellent Year,’ will visit both a high school English class and the entire middle school on Monday, Jan. 28, discussing how the book evolved from events in his own life; a Q&A will follow, and copies of the book are available at the library.

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. Simple rhymes, stories and instruments.

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

Food collection

The Manchester Public Library will collect donations for the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester during the month of December. Bring nonperishable, non-glass donations to the circulation desk.

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 MBT100th@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/groups/mbt100th.

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 feb3@earthlink.net 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.

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 www.manchesterpl.org. 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. Simple rhymes, stories and instruments.

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