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The Manchester Public Library is closed Saturdays through Labor Day. The library will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of Labor Day. Saturday hours will resume Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Beverly Archives Project will present an introduction to personal archiving at the Manchester Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Carol Mori and Cristina Prochilo Miedema will cover various materials and techniques to preserve personal treasures, and new ways to care for important letters, certificates, photographs (print, slides, film and digital), and other media including textiles and keepsakes.
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., starting Sept. 17. If bringing a group, please register.
Mother Goose Story Time, for infants through age 2, meets Wednesdays, 10:30 to 10:50 a.m., Sept. 19. 20 minutes of simple rhymes, stories and instruments.
Both groups meet by the hearthside in the Reading Room while the Children’s Room is being renovated.
Band of Liberty
The U.S. Air Force Trombone Quartet, Mach Four, will present a free performance Saturday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., at the Manchester Community Center. Mach Four is the band’s trombone quartet, performing baroque, classical, jazz and modern music. All are welcome. To register, contact Sara Collins at 978-526-2016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.facebook.com/machfour.
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.
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.
VNA Care Network offers free health care clinics for residents 60 and older at Congregational Chapel, Chapel Lane, open the first and third Thursday of every month, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 888-663-3688, ext. 5603, or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603.
Manchester Singers meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., at Congregational Chapel, 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, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, 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.
Teen Advisory Board
The Manchester Library Teen Advisory Board encourages all who are interested in joining or having a say in the Teen Zone, to pick up an application at the circulation desk.
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.
The staff of the Manchester Public Library reminds residents that they 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.
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.
The Manchester Council on Aging will travel to the Olive Garden in Newington, N.H., on Thursday, Aug. 30. Van pick up starts at 10:45 a.m. and return is expected by 2:30 p.m. A $3 donation is requested. Space is limited to 12. For reservations, 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 reas 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.