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January 23, 2013

Manchester Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Low Vision

The Low Vision Support group will meet on Monday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m. at the Plains Community Room. All are welcome for this hour or so of conversation regarding low vision and issues related to vision. This meeting welcomes Gail Yarnell from the Talking Book Library at Perkins, providing updates on current technology and programs available. Call the COA for information/registration at 978-526-7500. The van will be available for transportation.

Winery trip

The Council on Aging will travel to Mill River Winery in Rowley for a wine tasting tour Wednesday, Feb. 13. All wines are available for purchase. Stop for lunch at the Bradford Tavern. Van pick up starts at 10:45 a.m., and return is expected by 2:30 p.m. The winery tour and tasting is $5. To register, call 978-526-7500.

Kindergarten registration

Manchester Memorial School will hold kindergarten registration Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the conference room. Parents/guardians must bring: original birth certificate, current photo of child, proof of residency, and a completed registration form. Visit www.mersd.org. Screening take place June 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; June 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and June 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children should wear sneakers and long pants for screenings. Kindergarten orientation is May 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m., for parents/guardians and their incoming kindergartener. Call 978-526-1908 or email Cindy Dodge at dodgec@mersd.org.

‘Practical Spirituality’

Inspirational author, video-producer and song-writer Jorgelina “Jayzee” Zeoli will present “Practical Spirituality” on Thursdays Feb. 14-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 jayzee.miracles@gmail.com.

Tax advice

Beginning Thursday, Feb. 7, 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.

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 scollins@mvlc.org, or 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.

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 Yoga

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.

Teen Zone

The Manchester Public Library is sponsoring a visit by young adult author Steve Kluger to the Manchester Essex Middle School. Kluger, author of “My Most Excellent Year,” will visit both a high school English class and the entire middle school on Monday, Jan. 28, discussing how the book evolved from events in his own life; a Q&A will follow. Copies of the book are available at the library.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Morning Gym

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 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.

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 www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

Greenhouse tour

The Council on Aging will travel to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses and stop for lunch at The Chateau restaurant in Waltham on Wednesday, Feb. 20. View the celebrated collection of camellias, tour the 1840 orchid house, 1804 grape house and a 1930 sales house where you can purchase plants. Cost of the tour is $5. Prepaid reservations are required by Feb. 1; call 978-526-7500.

Seaport lunch

The Council on Aging will travel to the Seaport Grille in Gloucester on Thursday, Jan. 31. Enjoy the restaurant’s Thursday special lobster roll with fries, or choose from a wide variety of local seafood and prime meats while watching the action on Gloucester’s authentic working waterfront. Van pick up begins at 11:15 a.m. To register, call 978-526-7500.

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.