Handmade artworks depicting nature and wildlife created by children of Essex County #6 Indivisible members, many from Essex and Manchester, were delivered in person to the offices of U.S. Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren on Friday.

The group sees the delivery as a means to combat the Trump administration’s proposal to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency and strip the Endangered Species Act.

“Markey’s office was very supportive and receptive. He has been an environmental champion for pretty much his entire career,” member Jen Holmgren of Gloucester said of the visit. “We were excited to share the children’s work with him through the representatives. They were terrific.”

Fifty people, parents and children, spent time at the Magnolia Library and Community Center last Sunday, Feb. 26, to create pictures of the environment and endangered animals to appeal to the hearts of government officials. Others who couldn't attend wrote postcards and sent them via email to participate.

“There was a lot of enthusiasm and the children were very creative,” Holmgren said.“The children were very cognizant of what is at stake if we lose the EPA.” 

Along with the arts and crafts, she read the Dr. Seuss book,"The Lorax," to little ones gathered around her, just around the corner from Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

The delivered artwork was neatly bound into four binders, about 8 1/2 by 11 inches, which included postcards from parents along with the children’s creations.

Holmgren encourages anyone who wants to arrange a meeting with lawmakers' staff to reach out. 

“I am very grateful. The district representatives were extremely welcoming,"  Holmgren said. "Everyone was really friendly and really wanted to hear from constituents”

TOHP Burnham Library events

Community movie night is Friday, March 3, at 6 p.m. featuring “Manchester by the Sea,” rated R. Arrive early for the best seating. 

A new Scrabble club will meetThursday mornings, 9  to 11, beginning March 9. Use the library's boards or bring your own. Invite friends.

Pie Fest Fundraiser, an annual tradition to help support future programming, will be held Tuesday, March 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. Pie is $3 a slice. Speak to a member of the staff if you are interested in donating a pie. 

Irish Magic Show will feature magician Debbie O’Carroll blending amazing stage magic with zany physical comedy and lots of audience participation to introduce the audience to a clan of intriguing characters from Irish children's literature. Kids ages 4 to 12 are welcome on Thursday, March 16, at 4 p.m. 

 Manchester Library events

Wee Folks Storytime and Craft will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special story time at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, for little ones with Susie Lord. Afterward, at 10:45 a.m., children can join a scavenger to find some magical gold and decorate their own houses for leprechauns to live in. 

Meet Kato the K-9 Police Dog.  Did you know that dogs can be police officers too? Come meet Kato, Manchester’s very own police dog, and learn what it takes to be a crime-fighting canine on Monday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. 

These events are free but space is limited. If you’re planning to attend be contaclibrarian Kate Stadt in advance at 978-526-2016 or kstadt@manchesterpl.org

Preschool open house

Children will have a chance to experience a typical morning at Magic Years Preschool, 1 Chapel Lane in Manchester, at an open house Monday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Current pupils will be on hand. Parents will get a chance to tour the classrooms, art and snack rooms, ask questions, and talk with teachers and some current parents.

The school is open five days a week, enrollment starts at 2.9 years of age, drop-in options are offered, and there are themed monthly special afternoon adventures.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact the school at membershipmagicyears@gmail.com or visit the website at www.magicyearsbythesea.com

Spaulding Education Fund Winter Beach Blast 

Live reggae and rock and roll music featuring the Run Around Sound for a night of dancing at the Manchester Legion on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. This event is beach-themed with food, a cash bar and raffle items. Advance tickets are available now for $25.00 each. Tickets at the event will sell for $30.00. Proceeds benefit the Spaudling Education Fund.

Mary Markos may be contacted at 978-675-2708 or mmarkos@gloucestertimes.com

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