GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

November 30, 2012

Manchester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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MCC holiday fair

The Manchester Community Center will host the fourth annual Holiday Fair with Gifts that Care on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features toys, jewelry, paper products, purses, artwork, house wares and collectibles. Items either made from recycled products, benefit charity or are fair trade goods. All proceeds benefit Beverly Bootstraps, Wellspring and Cape Ann Animal Aid. Snack bar features Turner’s Chowder and homemade kid’s meals. Capt. Dusty will donate a portion of its proceeds to The Plummer Home for Boys. Donations also accepted. Live music by La Petite Chorale, SoundWaves and Mid Life Crisis. Visit www.manchestercommunitycenter.org.

Community Reads

We want you to read what you want to read, so help the Manchester Public Library choose its next Community Reads book. From now until Dec. 8, let us know if you want to read one of these three books: “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend” by Susan Orlean; “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton; or “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: An Insider’s Look at the World of Flea Markets, Antiques, and Collecting” by Maureen Stanton. Stop by and choose a bookmark with the description of the book, then deposit the bookmark in the Community Reads box and take a bookmark for yourself. A copy of the winning title will be raffled. Call 978-526-7711 or email Rachael at rtheriault@mvlc.org.

Pat’s potpourri

Stop by the Manchester Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., to create your own holiday scent with Pat Martines as she helps you make your very own potpourri bag. Choose from a variety of seasonal fragrances.

Gingerbread workshop

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m., the Manchester Public Library invites sixth- to eighth-graders to make their own gingerbread house at the Manchester Community Center. Registration is required; call 978-526-7711.

‘The Dragon King’

The Manchester Public Library presents Tanglewood Marionettes’ free family show “The Dragon King” on Saturday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m., at the First Parish Congregational Church chapel. Free tickets are available at the library. Call 978-526-2016, or email scollins@mvlc.org.

Lego my Ballet!

The Manchester Public Library has two free half-day programs, for students in kindergarten through grade five, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.: Lego Day in the Reference Room; and, across the street at the Manchester Historical Society, Nadine’s School of Dance’s “Gwen the Dancing Pig,” a fun ballet book by David Rottenberg, who’ll be there to read it himself. To register, call 978-526-2016.

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.

Cider Saturdays

Hot cider will be available on Saturdays at the Manchester Public Library through Dec. 22. Stop by and sip some while checking out some holiday movies, CDs and books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

CATV Santa party

Cape Ann TV will host its annual Santa party Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3 to 7 p.m., at its studio, 38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. Children are invited to the studio to meet Santa Claus. Meetings with Santa will be videotaped and shown on CATV’s Channel 12 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The annual event is free and open to the public. CATV is a Project Uplift children’s toy and teen present collection site; new unwrapped toys or new clothes for a child, or gift cards for teens up to age 14 may be dropped off. Call 978-281-2443 or visit www.capeanntv.wordpress.com.

Landing for lunch

The Manchester Council on Aging luncheon at The Landing at Seven Central is Tuesday, Dec. 12, at noon. Menu includes chowder or salad, steak tips, baked scrod or chicken Alfredo, potato, vegetable, bread and butter, and dessert. Cost is $15. Prepaid reservations are due in the COA office by Dec. 7. Transportation is available. Call 978-526-7500.

Walmart shopping

The Manchester Council on Aging will travel to the Walmart Plaza in Seabrook, N.H., for shopping Wednesday, Dec. 5. Van pick-up at 11 a.m. and return by 2:30 p.m. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Trader Joe’s

The Manchester Council on Aging’s monthly trip to Trader Joe’s in Danvers is Friday, Dec. 14. Van leaves Manchester at 9:30 a.m. and returns around noon. Allow one hour or so for shopping at Trader Joe’s or any other store in the plaza. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Chelsea Berry performs

Chelsea Berry will perform Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m., at the Crowell Chapel in the Rosedale Cemetery in Manchester. This special holiday performance, “Holiday’s & Wintertide: An Evening with Chelsea Berry & Friends,” will feature the musical talents of Rockport’s John Rockwell, and the husband and wife duo of Joe Cardoza and Renée Dupuis of Rowley. Tickets are $20 each, or guests may reserve an entire pew which will accommodate 6-8 guests comfortably. For tickets, visit www.attendstar.com or call 617-694-6892. A portion of all ticket sales benefit The Historic Manchester Trust.

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.

Holiday baskets

The Open Door Food Pantry needs help to provide holiday meal baskets to local families. A donation of $25 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, with “turkey” on the memo line, 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex and Ipswich. To donate online, visit www.foodpantry.org.

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 www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

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. 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.

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.