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April 21 through 27th is National Volunteer Week, and the Manchester Library Board of Trustees wishes to honor our 60 volunteers who collectively gave over 1,350 hours of service in 2012. That’s 26 hours a week, every week, all year long! This translates into a tremendous savings for the taxpayers! We salute and thank the following: +Penny Adams, Leslie Beatty, Sharon Beck, Erin Carlson, Molly Carlson, John Carter, Sandra Cheney-Lynch, Philip Cicala, Anne Coccoluto, Beth Congdon, Michael Conlon, Joan Cottler, Caleigh Cunningham, Sally Curry, Charlotte Dibiasio, Liam Dingle, Dennis Dixon, Olivia Dumont, Chris Dumont, Scott Dumont, Bill Evans, Michelle Faith, Kelly Finnerty, Laura Fitzgerald, Adrian Fratini, Meg Graves, Mary Higgins, Connor Hoff, Doug Hotchkiss, Jacob Hubbard, Emma Jakes, Emily Jaworski, Lee-Ann Kafer, Carolyn Kelly, Calvin Lamothe, Maude Leahy, Debbie Ledbetter, Alex Lehar, Starr Lloyd, Josephine McCullough, Alex McMullin, Sonia Nichols, Addie Pates, Mia Petersen, Nancy Pearce, Ben Quade, Olivia Rodier, Eden Silag-Stearns, Hannah Sinclair, Lucy Sinclair, Emily Stanton, Sara Stanton, Bill Stevens, Noah Stevens, Barbara Watson, Kara Welch, Ben Willems, Sasa Willems, Ben Wolsieffer.
The Manchester Public library is updating its Five Year Plan.Part of that process is surveyin the community for your thoughts and preferences. To take the long range plan survey online, go to: manchesterpl.org, click on events, then on the left column, click on Library’s Long Range Plan Survey. When finished print out the thank you page and bring it to the library to receive a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the Landing.You can also take the paper survey, available in the Library.Survey ends April 30.The drawing will take place May 1.
Mystery Authors Talk
The Manchester 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. Linda Barnes is an award-winning author of sixteen novels, twelve featuring redheaded Boston private investigator, Carlotta Carlyle. Her newest book, /The Perfect Ghost/ will be coming out in April. Hallie Ephron is the author of multiple suspense novels, including an Edgar Award-nominated book about writing and selling mystery novels called */How to Knock ‘Em Dead with Style. he is also an award-winning book reviewer for the Boston Globe. Signed copies of their books will be available.
More Precious than Gold
On April 30, at 7:30 p.m., The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum presents Gloucester’s award winning filmmaker Shep Abbott, discussing Joe Garland’s documentary, “More Precious than Gold”. Garland, Cape Ann’s late, great historian, called this production “An incomparably conceived and filmed documentary on the colonial beginnings of Gloucester, America’s oldest sea port.” With many re-enactments of historical moments, this one hour film is a lively and gripping epic of the First Massachusetts Bay Settlement in the New World. Shep Abbott is best known for his cinematography on the Academy Award winning documentary “Broken Rainbow. The screening will be held at 66 Main Street, Essex, in the Waterline Center: $8 Members, $10 Non-Members. For more information, visit: essexshipbuildingmuseum.org 978-768-6441
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.