, Gloucester, MA

May 3, 2013

Manchester Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Nonfiction Group

The Nonfiction Book Group meets Monday, May 6th, at 5 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library. The group will discuss/Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail /by Cheryl Strayed. New members are always welcome.

Hearthside Group

The Hearthside Book Group meets Tuesday, May 7, at 4 p.m. The group will discuss /Behind the Beautiful Forevers: life death and hope in a Mumbai under city /by Katherine Boo. New members are always welcome.

New Gale Databases

Manchester Public Library has new databases available at: Online Library. The first is From Green Industries to Green Jobs; overviews of green jobs. The second is Space Sciences, covering the history of space exploration to the future of Space Business, offering a broad survey of the space sciences as well as biographies of scientists and information about the space-related job market.

Mystery Authors Talk

The Public Library welcomes mystery and suspense writers Hallie Ephron and Linda Barnes for an author talk on Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Friends of the library

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual meeting Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m, at the Manchester Community Center.After a brief business meeting the guest speaker, Laura Harrington, will discuss her book, ‘Alice Bliss,’ which won the Massachusetts Book Award for fiction in 2012. “If a novel could have a heartbeat, Alice Bliss would have one. If an author could capture a slice of America’s soul, Laura Harrington succeeded in doing so,” says book reviewer Liza Wiemer.

Volunteen Applications

The Manchester Public library has volunteen applications for students finishing grades 5th -12th this spring. Applications are due by May 24.Training and scheduling begins the first week of June. Volunteens are required to assist for a total of fifteen hours (minimum) in the summer and will be given a variety of needed tasks. These include shelving; processing, creating and posting fliers,

assisting at crafts and science programs, and general library help. Please stop by the front desk or the Children’ room desk and pick up an application, or call Sara Collins at 978-526-2016, or email:

Roundtable readers

Readers grades 6 to 10 will meet at the Manchester Public Library to discuss ‘Teen Ink’and ‘Hush: An Irish Princess’ on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. New members are always welcome. This month’s books may be checked out at the front desk. For more information, call Sara Collins at 978-526-2016 or email:

Beantown jumpers

The Beatown Jumpers Double Dutch Team will give an awesome demo on Saturday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. at the Manchester Public Library. Don’t miss a chance to see them in action! Catch a real team in action, at the First Parish Church, next to the library, behind the Sovereign Bank. For information, call 978-526-2016 or email:

Pringles, please

Please drop off clean used Pringles cans for Sara in the Children’s Room of the Manchester Public be used for another fabulous craft planned for the summer.

Empty Bowl Dinner

The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held Thursday, May 9, 4 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach, with regular trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $15, $10 for children under 10, and are available at the door. The meal is simple soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty. Call 978-283-6776 or visit

Mystery authors talk

The Manchester Public Library welcomes mystery and suspense writers Hallie Ephron and Linda Barnes for an author talk Monday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. Barnes is an award-winning author of 16 novels, 12 featuring redheaded Boston private investigator Carlotta Carlyle. Her newest book, “The Perfect Ghost,” comes out this month. Ephron is the author of multiple suspense novels, including an Edgar Award-nominated book titled “How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style.” Signed copies available.

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.

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 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, 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 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 or visit

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.

Tax advice

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.

Community cleanup

The annual Manchester Community Cleanup will take place Saturday, May 11. Groups or individuals may stop by the Community Center at 8:30 a.m. or after to pick up supplies, refreshments and an area assignment. Volunteers will also be roaming the town to provide water and additional supplies if needed. Pizza and ice cream will follow at the MCC at noon. Call 978-526-7626 or email, or email Rachel Schwartz at

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. For more information, 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.

Write time

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.

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.