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July 14, 2013

Manchester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Symphony Singers auditions

Cape Ann Symphony Singers are holding auditions for all vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 5, 6:45 to 9 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport. Cape Ann Symphony Singers rehearse every Tuesday, Sept. 10-Nov. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., at the UU Church in Rockport. The Singers perform Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 with the Cape Ann Symphony in the Holiday Pops Concert. For an audition, contact Wendy Betts at 978-546-5220 or wendybetts@juno.com.

Book sale

The Friends of the Manchester Public Library’s annual summer book sale is Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Large selections of fiction, art, sports, boating, nature, travel and more. Movies and classic books at bargain prices. Donations welcome; drop them at the Circulation Desk. Call ahead if you have large donations (more than two bags or boxes of books) at 978-526-7711. No textbooks, magazines or encyclopedias.

Early closing

The Manchester Public Library will close at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, so that the Friends of the Library can set up the book sale.

Zoo passes

The Manchester Public Library is offering passes for the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo at reduced rates. Each pass admits six at $6 per adult and $4 per child. Visit hundreds of exotic animals from around the world right in the middle of Boston. Explore the wonders of a tropical rainforest, Australian outback and African savannah. Get close to and learn about animal lives and habitats. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. For reservations, visit www.manchesterpl.org or call 978-526-7711.

Book groups

This summer the Nonfiction Book Group reads about U. S. Grant. Choose from Grants’ personal memoir, Mrs. Grant’s memoir, or a dual biography on Grant and Twain. On the same subject is “A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor’s Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the U.S.” by Geoffrey C. Ward. Visit www.library.booksite.com. The Hearthside Book Group will read “John Adams” by David McCullough. All copies available at circulation desk. Groups resume meetings in September. New members welcome.

Double feature

On Tuesday, July 16, 1:30 and 5 p.m., two movies will be screened in the Children’s Room of the Manchester Public Library featuring our favorite adventurer with a PG and PG-13 rating. Refreshments served. Registration required; email scollins@mvlc.org or call 978-526-2016.

Fossil Dig

Kids ages 4-8 can sign up for one of two fossil digs: Monday, July 15, at 1 and 2 p.m. at the chapel next door to the Manchester Public Library. as part of our Dig Into Reading summer program, specially created by the Museum of Science, this hands-on dig experience requires registraton. Email: scollins@mvlc.org, or call 978-526-2016.

Help wanted

The Manchester Public Library Children’s Room needs more fun items for the fairy-gnome houses day, by Tuesday, July 16. If you have any of the following please drop off at the Children’s Librarian’s desk: shells, twigs, pine cones, feathers, leaves, flowers, beach glass.

Teen Zone

During July, come to the Manchester Public Library and guess the number of baseballs in the jar. The winner will receive cool Red Sox gear. You think that sounds easy? Ha! Go Red Sox! (Entering grades 6-12 welcome to play).

Reading Raffle

Teens entering grades 6 and up get one raffle entry for each book they read or library program they attend this summer. Fill one out in person at the library or online: www.manchesterpl.org/young-adults/2012-ya-summer-reading-raffle/***

Summer meals program

The Open Door Food Pantry will serve free summer meals, to children 18 and under, from now until Aug. 30, at these locations: The Open Door, Riverdale, Willowood and Veterans School. All lunches are served Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A full list of all sites, including teen supper sites may be found online at www.foodpantry.org.

Downeast clambake

The Manchester Council on Aging will head to York Harbor, Maine, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, for a “Foster’s Downeast Clambake,” featuring New England clam chowder, steamed mussels, clams, lobster, corn on the cob, roasted red potatoes, rolls, and blueberry crumb cake. BBQ chicken or eggplant Parmesan also available. Cost is $30 and includes live entertainment. Time for shopping and sight-seeing. Prepaid registration due by July 29; call 978-526-7500. Van pick up at 10:30 a.m.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Call Nancy Hammond at 978-526-7753.

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.

VNA clinic

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

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 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.