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To the malls!

On Friday, July 15, the Manchester Council on Aging van goes to the Peabody and Danvers Malls. Seniors may choose between the North Shore Mall or Liberty Tree Mall. A donation of $3 is requested. Senior van pick-up starts around 9:30 a.m. For more information, or to reserve your seat, call the C.O.A. at 526-7500.

Fancy flip-flops

On Monday, July 11, at 1 p.m., bring a pair of plain flip-flops to the Manchester Public Library. and transform them into fab fashionista footwear. Entering grades 6-12 welcome. Supplies are limited, so register by calling 978-526-7711

Outdoor painting

The Manchester Community Center will offer a two-day outdoor painting class, for ages 8-12, Aug. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to noon. Explore the principles of composition, color mixing and brushstroke techniques using the local environment as inspiration. Work in the open air with water-based paints on stretched canvas. Bring a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. All materials will be supplied by instructor Christine Bobek. Space is limited to 10. Cost is $65 for nonmembers, $55 for members. To register, call 978-526-7626.

Creature Teachers

The Manchester Public Library is up for a visiting menagerie of down-under's own wonderful, Australian wild life! On July 6, at 10 a.m., get up-close and personal with a real cockatoo, kookaburra, wallaby, cuscus, woma python, blue-tongue skink, bearded dragon and tree frogs, courtesy of the Creature Teachers, a family-owned business specializing in environmental and animal education. Kids of all ages are welcome for this very special event, part of our One World, Many Stories summer reading challenge! For information/registration, email:, or call 978-526-2016.

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

Lunch at the beach

Every Tuesday, the Manchester Council on Aging is offering seniors weekly trips to Singing Beach for lunch at the Beachside Canteen, with a menu includes a variety of sandwiches and wraps, a choice of fruit salad, potato salad, macaroni salad, roasted beets or chips, iced tea or lemonade. Lunch choices must be in by each Tuesday morning; and the $7 cover is payable to the canteen. COA van pick up is 11 a.m. For information/reservations, call 978- 526-7500

iMac for students

Manchester Public Library makes an iMac computer available for students Mondays through Thursdays, from 3 to 5 p.m., following the Memorial School schedule. Also available are free printing for students doing homework. CD burning and flash drives are also available.

Math tutors sought

RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore seeks math tutors for its Adult Learning Initiative program at Wellspring, in Essex. Help low-income students get their high school equivalency diploma or a better job. Patience working with a range of students is needed. All training is provided. (Occasionally, there is a need for English tutors. Program length is eight weeks (13 weeks, including breaks and vacations). Hours vary. Contact Bo Abrams at 978-281-3558 x304, or

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.

VNA clinic

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

Manchester Singers meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Congregational Chapel, Chapel Lane. New members, men and women, are welcome. Community chorus is led by Fred Broer. Call 978-283-9021; e-mail; or visit

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. To register, call 978-526-7500. Transportation is available.

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, 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 The pass program is sponsored by the Friends of the Manchester Public Library.

Open Door food 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

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Monday at 4 p.m. at Manchester Community Center, 40 Beach St., and every Tuesday at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church on School Street. Call 978-667-9998.

Business counseling

Cape Ann Chamber offers free small-business counseling at its office, 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, on the first and third Thursday of each month. Anyone considering starting a business or questioning an aspect of his or her current firm can make an appointment with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College. Call 978-283-1601 or e-mail

Art at Town Hall

Elisabeth Clark's pastels, oils, drawings, and pen and ink sketches of dancers, musicians and musical instruments are on display at Manchester Town Hall through July 7. A lifetime painter and former professional dancer, she taught art at Memorial School and North Shore Community College. Clark's gallery reviews and art features were seen regularly for 10 years in North Shore Magazine and Arts Around Boston Magazine. Call 978-526-1043.

Scholarship applications

Delta Kappa Gamma, Epsilon Chapter, an organization compromised of women educators, is offering a $750 scholarship to a female member of the Class of 2011. Applications are available in the Teen Zone at the Manchester Public Library.

Atlantic City trip

The Manchester Council on Aging's trip to Atlantic City is Sept. 6-8. The package includes round-trip motorcoach, two-nights' accommodations at the Tropicana Casino Resort, admission to the Tropicana's show (if available), a casino bonus of $20, and two full-course buffets. Cost is $189 per person double occupancy, $279 for a single. A $50 deposit is due July 8, and final payment is due by Aug. 8. Departure from Manchester Town Hall at 7 a.m. and estimated return is 8 p.m. on Sept. 8. For reservations, call 978-526-7500.

Nonfiction Book Group

The Nonfiction Book Group will meet at the Manchester Public Library on Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m. to discuss Gloucester author-historian Joseph Garland's book, "Guns off Gloucester," about Cape Ann's role in the American Revolution. New members are always welcome.

Solar energy

Learn the latest technology from Solar City representative Michael Chaput on Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Manchester Public Library.

Teen writing series

Yett Frenkel is returning to the Manchester Public Library with a new writing series of workshops for ages 10-16. Her five-week series last year encouraged many aspiring young students, and this year will welcome new or returning students. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not essential. Space is limited. To sign up, contact Sara Collins at 978-526-2016 or Sessions are: Monday, July 11, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m. to noon; Friday, July 22, 2 to 4 p.m.

Story time

Great stories from around the world will be read and shared on the library lawn Tuesdays, July 12, 19 and 26, 1 to 1:45 p.m., at the Manchester Public Library. Bring a cool drink and a blanket.

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