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The American Red Cross is having a Community Blood Drive on Monday, May 13, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall,62 School St. A strong, stable community blood supply is a critical public health issue. You may donate blood by scheduling an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or online at redcrossblood.org, or just stop by on your way home from work. Donating blood helps save lives.
Mother’s Day auction
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is hosting its annual Mother’s Day Auction Saturday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester American Legion Hall. This year’s theme is “Summer Beach Party” — so wear your best summer garb! Tickets are $25, including a buffet dinner, wine & cheese tasting, cash bar and silent and live auctions hosted by Senator Bruce Tarr! A great time to grab those last-minute Mothers Days gifts! Proceeds go to scholarships for graduating Manchester & Essex seniors plus local community service projects in Essex and Manchester. For tickets and information call President Michael Gray at 978-500-6609.
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 email@example.com, or email Rachel Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seaside Garden Club will hold a plant auction Tuesday, May 14, 7 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center, 40 Harbor Point. Doors open for a preview at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Plant donations are welcome and may be dropped off at the Community Center any time on Tuesday, May 14. Mark plants with plant name and care instructions. All proceeds benefit club programs. Visit www.seasidegardenclub.wordpress.com.
The National Association of Letters Carriers will hold its annual food drive Saturday, May 11. Cape Ann residents are asked to leave a bag full of nonperishable food items next to their mailbox on that day. Items will be donated to The Open Door food pantry. Contact your local post office to volunteer.
The Manchester Public library has volunteen applications for students finishing grades five through 12 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 15 hours (minimum) in the summer and will be given a variety of needed tasks, including shelving, processing, creating and posting fliers, assisting at crafts and science programs, and general library help. Stop by the front desk or the Children’s Room desk for an application, or contact Sara Collins at 978-526-2016 or email@example.com.
The Beatown Jumpers Double Dutch Team will give a demonstration Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m., at First Parish Church, next to the Manchester Public Library, behind Sovereign Bank. Call 978-526-2016 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 (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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Manchester Public Library will hold its annual meeting Thursday, May 16, 7 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center. After a brief business meeting, guest speaker Laura Harrington will discuss her book “Alice Bliss,” which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction in 2012.