The Manchester COA’ trip to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses and lunch at The Chateau Restaurant in Waltham is Wednesday, Feb. 20. View the celebrated collection of camellias, tour the 1840 orchid house, 1804 grape house and a 1930 sales house where you can purchase plants. Then enjoy the Chateau Restaurant’s wide variety of luncheon choices. The Lyman Greenhouse tour is $5; lunch is on you! Prepaid reservations required by Feb. 1. Call the COA at 978-526-7500
The Manchester COA is offering a trip to the Seaport Grille in Gloucester on Thursday, Jan. 31. Enjoy their Thursday daily special lobster roll with French fries, or choose from their wide variety of local seafood, prime meats while watching the action on Gloucester’s authentic working waterfront. The COA van starts pick up at 11:15 a.m. Call the COA to sign up at 978-526-7500.
The Manchester COA’s writing class starts on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Manchester Community Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. with local writer Katherine F. Robertson, author of “Life in Violet”, leading the six week class for up to 10 participants. Learn to write fictional short stories and/or memoirs using writing prompts. This class will be stimulating and fun! Cost for the six weeks, $35, payable to the instructor. Registration is necessary and will be open through the second meeting. Call the COA at 978-526-7500.
Free income tax advice will be available for qualified senior citizens and low income residents starting Thursday, Feb. 7, thanks to a cooperative effort of the AARP Foundation tax-aide program and the SeniorCare RSVP program. All volunteer counselors are trained by the IRS. Tax volunteer Mary Gundy will be in the COA office Thursday’s 1:15 to 4 p.m. with appointments scheduled every ½ hour. Bring copies of previous year’s federal and state tax returns, any forms including W-2s and other relevant material showing income for the year. Call 978-526-7500 for an appointment.