monday, April 1
The Manchester Public Library will close at 6 p.m., for town meeting.
Town meeting community survey available at town meeting, 6 p.m. Manchester Public Library. Those interested in serving on the Long Range committee, should call Dorothy Sieradzki, Library Director, at 978-526-2011.
Tuesday, April 2
Hearthside Book Group meeting, 4 p.m., at Manchester Public Library, to discuss John Steinbeck’s East of Eden. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.
Thursday, April 4
“Power of the Purse” event, sponsored by Women’s Fund of Essex County, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Brookwood School, Manchester. Hors d’oeuvres and wine, and raffle featuring chances to win distinctive purses and bags donated by renowned designers and retailers. All proceeds fund special projects and annual grant awards made by The Women’s Fund throughout Essex County. $35 in advance, $40 at door. www.thewomensfundec.org.
‘Lawyer for a day,’ with Orlando & Associates, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Manchester Public Library. Free consultations with civil litigation attorneys, basic legal advice, personal injury law, medical malpractice, general liability, etc.
Saturday, April 6
Chili & Chowder Fest to benefit Wellspring House, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 1 Chapel Lane, Manchester. $10 for adult, $5 for children under 12. Chili, chowder, beverages, hot dogs and assorted desserts. Free parking available behind Town Hall. www.firstparishchurch.org.
Official ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Children’s Room, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Library Trustees will thank the community for its support of the 125th Anniversary Capital Campaign and honor Sara Collins on her 25th anniversary as children’s librarian. Refreshments and entertainment.
Tuesday, April 9
Harold Burnham & Friends discuss building the schooner Ardelle, 7:30 p.m., Waterline Center, Essex Shipbuilding Museum, 66 Main St. Burnham shares photos from Ardelle’s voyage to Washington, D.C., to collect 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowships. $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.