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On Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., the Manchester Public Library will hold a book discussion focusing on the Manchester community reads book /Blood, Bones and Butter: the Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton. Please come with your thoughts, comments, and opinions about the book! Copies are available at the Circulation Desk.
Food and Memoirs
On Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m., the Manchester Public Library presents Catherine Johnson, author of “Assembling a Cooking Life & Eating Art Work,” discussing the collaboration of food and memoirs in relation to the Manchester community reads book /Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef/ by Gabrielle Hamilton. Learn how to associate food with memories and how to put these stories into words. For more information, call 978-526-2017 or email: email@example.com.
Donation Drop-off Day
The Friends of the Library are planning a Book Donation Drop-off Day on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are looking for books, paperbacks, DVD’s, VHS’s and CD’s in good condition. Members of the Friends will be on hand to help carry them inside. Please no encyclopedias, magazines, or condensed books.
1040 Instruction Booklets
The 1040 tax instruction booklets have finally arrived and are available at the Manchester Public Library. The Library also has an assortment of other federal forms and the state booklet. Library staff can help you download forms from the IRS and DOR websites.
Weather dependent, the Manchester Public Library’s Children’s Room should be open by the end of the week.
Non-fiction Book Group
The Non-fiction Book Group will meet Monday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library to discuss ‘Zeitoun,’ by Dave Eggers, an account of hurricane Katrina. Named best book of the year (2009) by several major newspapers, “Zeitoun” is an American epic, says David Brinkley. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk. New members are welcome.
Hearthside Book Group
The Hearthside Book Group will meet Tuesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library to discuss ‘Birdseye : the Adventures of a Curious Man,’ by Mark Kurlansky, From the author of “Cod,” “Salt,” and other informative bestsellers, comes the first biography of Clarence Birdseye, the eccentric genius inventor whose fast-freezing process revolutionized the food industry and American agriculture. Copies are available at the Circulation Desk. New members are welcome.
On Saturday, March 9, kids will cook up Pancakes & Maple Syrup with Miss Debbie! Known to the kids as Miss Debbie, Debbie Alsebai, has been baking/cooking and working with kids for years. Alsebai runs cooking classes where “Kids have fun making delicious and healthy foods from scratch using fresh and often local organic ingredients! For K-5th grade, only; sign-up ASAP at 978-526-2016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Singing & Signing
Join us at the Manchester Public Library for a fun morning for Preschoolers and Seniors as we welcome Wendy Manninen and Vicki Marsh in Singing & Signing, a series of Intergenerational learning and fun through music, on Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until a final concert/ event on April 1. This intergenerational learning series is sponsored by the Manchester Cultural Council. For more information, call Sara Collins at 978-526-2016 or eail: email@example.com
Snakes in the Library!
On Wednesday, March 13, 1 p.m., Rick Roth presents Snakes of Massachusetts in the Manchester Public Library. Here is your chance to see native and exotic snakes close up. This is a great chance to see and learn more of the fascinating reptiles. Please register, with Sara Collins, at 978-526-2016 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycle Day fundraiser
The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, March 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.
Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.
Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.
Televisions — $15-30 each
Monitors — $10
Sewing machines, cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S. Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 email@example.com.
The AARP Foundation tax-aide and SeniorCare RSVP programs will offer free income tax advice to qualified seniors and low-income residents. All volunteer counselors are trained by the IRS. Tax volunteer Mary Gundy will be in the Council on Aging office Thursdays, 1:15 to 4 p.m., with appointments scheduled every half hour. Bring copies of the 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.
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.
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, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
The Council on Aging’s six-week writing class meets Tuesdays, 1 to 2:30 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center, with local writer Katherine F. Robertson, author of “Life in Violet.” Class limited to 10. Learn to write fictional short stories and/or memoirs using writing prompts. Cost is $35, payable to the instructor. Registration is necessary and will be open through the second meeting; call 978-526-7500.
Children’s Room volunteers
The Children’s Room at the Manchester Public Library is almost ready to reopen. Adult volunteers, as well as those in grades six to 12, are needed to get all the books sorted and back on the shelves. If you can donate an hour or two, sign up on the clipboard at the front desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 978-526-7711.
VNA Care Network offers free health care clinics for residents 60 and older at Congregational Chapel on Chapel Lane, on the first and third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 1-888-663-3688, ext. 5603, or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603.
Manchester Singers meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at Congregational Chapel on Chapel Lane. New members, men and women, are welcome. Community chorus is led by Fred Broer. Call 978-283-9021, email email@example.com or visit www.manchestersingers.org.
Inspirational author, video-producer and song-writer Jorgelina “Jayzee” Zeoli will present “Practical Spirituality” on Thursdays, until March 7, 1 to 2 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center. This class/self-help group will discuss short spiritual readings by different authors, addressing the struggles of our human condition. Simple practices will be taught to support and guide the search for empowerment, meaning, contentment and joy. Cost is $60 for four sessions. To register, call 978-768-7371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.