, Gloucester, MA

January 10, 2013

Manchester Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Greenhouse tour

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

Seaport lunch

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.

Write time

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.

Tax Advice

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.

Children’s Room volunteers

The Children’s Room at the Manchester Public Library is almost ready to reopen! We’ll need lots of volunteers to get all the books sorted and back on the shelves. We’re looking for adults or those in grades six to twelve. If you can donate an hour or two, please sign up on the clipboard at the front desk, email scollins at, or call 978-526-7711.

Pudding day

Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3:30 to 4 p.m, Classic Kids (grades K-2nd) will meet to begin reading the fun comedy/fantasy ‘The Magic Pudding’ —and snack on pudding while they’re at it! Each student takes home a copy of the book to throughout the month to share with their family. The group meets monthly to discuss books, snack and share classics. children’s book. Call Sara Collins to register for at 978-526-2016 or

Star crossed

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., students in grades 6-10th, Readers of the Roundtable will discuss ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green, the #1 N.Y. Times bestseller that tells the story of Hazel Lancaster and Augustus Waters, two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group — a smartly crafted intellectual explosion of romance, melancholy, philosophy, and humor for 6th-9th graders. Please call Sara Collins to register at 978-526-2016 or email:

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

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.

‘Bibles and Bagels’

“Bibles and Bagels” will be led by Dr. Judy Haley of First Parish Church on Sundays, Jan. 13 and 20, 9:15 to 9:40 a.m., in the conference room at 1 Chapel Lane. Find out how to read the Bible with greater understanding and insight. Examine the context of the passages that Rev. Hughes will address in the sermon that morning. Program starts and ends promptly.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.