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Community News For The Manchester Edition

Flamingo Big Band Concert

MANCHESTER — The Unitarian Universalist Society: East will host the Flamingo Big Band in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at 153 Vernon St. West.

Flamingo is a 14-piece, all-female professional big band that presents music from the swing era, plus a sprinkling of rock 'n roll, pop tunes, and rhythm and blues. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for ages 10 to 18. Children aged nine and under may attend for free.

Tickets may be purchased after Sunday morning services at UUS:E, at the door, or reserved by calling the church office at 860-646-5151. Childcare may also be requested by calling the office before Sept. 1. Visit and for more information.

Local Teacher Attends D.C. Seminar

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Angela Tedesco, an educator at Manchester High School from Wethersfield, was selected as one of only 53 participants of the 2017 National Gallery of Art Teacher Institute on Art of the Renaissance held in Washington, D.C., in July.

The six-day seminar brought together teachers of art, English, history, math, and related subjects from 22 different states. The program emphasized the social and cultural context of Renaissance art in Italy and Northern European countries between the 14th and 16th centuries. The term Renaissance, meaning rebirth, refers to the humanistic revival of classical culture and learning with its underlying belief in the creative potential of humankind. Participants studied works by leading Renaissance artists as represented in the Gallery's permanent collection, including the painters Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Titian. Participants learned about the development of oil-painting techniques, the role of prints in disseminating new ideas, using works of art as primary resources in classroom instruction, incorporating art into interdisciplinary teaching, and strengthening students' visual literacy.

Through lectures, gallery talks, and hands-on activities, participants analyzed Renaissance artworks and focused on interdisciplinary teaching strategies. Activities were designed to meet teachers' personal and professional enrichment needs. A demonstration of Venetian painting techniques and a site visit to a printmaker's studio at Georgetown University rounded out the Institute's course of study.

Support for the Teacher Institute was provided by the Park Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Fund, the PaineWebber Endowment, and the Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship.

Land Trust Collecting Tag Sale Items

MANCHESTER — For its September tag sale, the Manchester Land Conservation Trust is seeking donations of books, tools, household items, antiques, glassware, artwork, furniture, sports items, toys, games and more.

Drop off donations at the cider barn, 330 Bush Hill Road, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays until Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Phone Terry at 860-643-1823 for other drop-off times.

Unacceptable items are computers, TVs and clothing. The tag sale will be held Sept. 22 to Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The tag sale raises funds for the Land Trust and its open-space properties, including the 62-acre farm off Bush Hill Road in Manchester and Glastonbury. The farm trails are open – maybe plan a two-to-three-mile hike while dropping off tag sale items. Land Trust info:

Book Sale

MANCHESTER — The Friends of the Manchester Public Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include fiction, non-fiction adult books, children's books, cds, dvds, books on cd, and special priced books.

Niece Helps Bolton Aunt

MANCHESTER — Mary LeClaire has a heart of gold. She is the niece of Laurie Chamberlain, 84, of Bolton, and recently wrote a very emotional letter to the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation to see if she could get her aunt approved for new hearing aids. She loves her aunt dearly and there's nothing she wouldn't do for her.

The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, donates hearing aids to those who are in need, and are unable to access them. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to receive assistance from the Foundation through direct nominations to Beltone or at one of its 1,500 locations across North America.

In her letter, LeClaire wrote that she resides in New York but goes to see her aunt as often as she can, as her aunt's hearing has become worse over the years. Almost all of Chamberlain's siblings have hearing problems as well as their father. LeClaire believes that her aunt's quality of life would improve tremendously if she could share in conversations.

LeClaire also wrote that her aunt is a very religious person and never misses going to church. She often calls a friend to ask what the priest said about some subject of which she only caught a few words. With the church being across the street, people often watch out for her and escort her across the road.

The family also had to have the town move her mailbox in front of her aunt's home so she would not have to cross the street and watch the traffic. Often times she would not hear the oncoming cars.

Chamberlain also uses a telephone for the hard of hearing which has helped a bit. Her whole social life is talking on the telephone. LeClaire says that she often has to listen to voice mail messages for her aunt from people with low voices.

Holidays are especially hard for Chamberlain due to her hearing loss. LeClaire's cousins invite her for Thanksgiving and Easter, but she always declines now and spends the holiday by herself. She says that she feels out of place not knowing at times what someone is saying to her.

LeClaire ended her letter by saying that her aunt will be 85 in November and that they would love to see her enjoy her remaining years. She knows that her aunt is a nervous person and having new hearing aids would calm her down as she is always afraid she is missing a conversation and afraid of answering or doing something wrong.

After reading the emotional letter from LeClaire, the Beltone Hearing Care Foundation and Beltone New England approved Laurie Chamberlain almost instantly and she was fitted with her new hearing aids on August 9 at The Beltone Hearing Center, located at 238 B Tolland Turnpike.

Mental Illness Support Group

MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center Street. The meeting is open to all families and friends of those with mental illness. For details, contact Karen at 860-649-5659.

Library Events

MANCHESTER — Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., is offering the following events.

Summer Reading Grand Finale with DJ Red Supreme: Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Celebrate your reading accomplishments with a family dance party. Elephant & Piggie will be at the finale. Call 860-645-0577 for more info.

Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. This workshop, with Manchester School Readiness Nurse Rhonda Dannehy, will cover ages and stages of sleep from newborns to age five, sleep safety, and sleep challenges/solutions. Call 860-645-0577 for more information. This program is for adults only. Registration is required and begins Aug. 21.

Free Salter's Pond Hike

MANCHESTER — A free walk at Salter's Pond will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. The walk will include historic commentary. Meet in the parking lot of the town swimming pool at 123 Lydall St., east of the intersection with Coleman Road. The walk may be wet depending on the weather, and hikers should wear sturdy footwear.

The route is not mountainous, but does have stairs and bumpy spots, where roots stick out, so participants need to be agile. No dogs, please. This moderately paced walk covers about one mile and will take about 55 minutes. See for information.

Marching Band Seeking Members

MANCHESTER — The Manchester High School Marching Band will begin pre-season practices from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, in the MHS Band Room, 134 East Middle Turnpike.

Preseason will continue through Thursday, Aug. 24. and then resume on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 28 and 29. The Marching Band has openings in all sections: brass, woodwinds, percussion, and colorguard and new members are encouraged to join.

For more information, contact MHS Band Director Keith Berry at or call the music office at 860-647-3546.

Manchester Library Events

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., is hosting the following events.

Temporary Tattoo Program for Teen: Come and get some temporary ink at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, and design and print temporary tattoos. The program will take place in the Howroyd Room at Cheney. All materials will be provided and registration is required. This program is for teens entering 6th to 12th grade. For more information and to register, ask for Ashley or Ed at 860-645-0821.

Todd Brodeur's World Class Frisbee Show – Tremendous Tuesday Family Program – Aug. 22 at 3:30 p.m. at Whiton Branch Library, and 6:30 p.m. at Mary Cheney Library. The show will include a playshop that gives children a hands-on experience to try their own Frisbee catches and tricks. Call 860-645-0577 for more info.

Not So YA Book Club: The Manchester Public Library's Not So "YA" Book Club is a group for adults who still can't get enough of young adult literature. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at the Whiton Branch. The book is "The Safest Lies" by Megan Miranda. Copies of the book are available at Cheney and at Whiton. This is a free program and no registration is required. For more information contact Ashley at 860-645-0821.

Tag Sale

MANCHESTER — Unique Boutique, a large, quality tag sale will be held at St. Bridget Church's air conditioned auditorium, 80 Main St., from Aug. 24 through 26.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m., the admission fee is $10. Thursday admission includes wine and cheese while shopping. Admission on Friday, Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. is $1. Admission on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is free.

Crafters Sought

BOLTON — St. George's Episcopal Church is inviting crafters to rent a booth at the church's 42nd annual craft and harvest fair. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall and on the church grounds at 1150 Boston Turnpike, Route 44.

The registration deadline is Sept. 2. For further information, email Beth at or call 860-643-9203.

Manchester Government Academy

MANCHESTER — The Town of Manchester is now accepting registration for the Manchester Government Academy Fall 2017 class. Government Academy will consist of a series of interactive sessions, Academy participants will get an inside look at the municipal operations covering everything from public safety to the public library.

The Academy will feature a lively blend of demonstrations, presentations, and tours, all conducted in a casual format at numerous sites throughout the town. The nine-week Manchester Government Academy class will begin on Thursday, Sept. 7, and will conclude with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 9.

The sessions are free and held mostly on Thursday evenings with a few exceptions; anyone living or working in Manchester are welcome to apply. While seating is limited, applications received first will be given preference. Anyone with questions may call Tricia M. Catania at 860-647-3102 or Lisa Fusco at 860-647-3092.

Detailed program brochures and registration information is available online at by clicking one of the links: Latest News, Press Releases, or Human Resources - Government 101.

Birthday Party Picnic

MANCHESTER — The Manchester High School Class of 1955 with host a birthday party picnic for its 62nd class reunion. All MHS grads are welcome to attend. The picnic will take place at Wickham Park on Aug. 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Call Gerry Greene at 860-645-0729 with any questions.

Jewish Life

MANCHESTER — Beth Sholom B'nai Israel invites people to come and see its community, be a part of Jewish life in Manchester and meet the clergy. Religious School is tuition free for members; the school is open to all Jewish children. For more information, visit or call 860-643-9563.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Event

MANCHESTER — Adults are invited to participate in the astronomical event of the decade at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St.

Adults will learn about the science of eclipses and see a demonstration of the NSTA's safe viewing methods. Weather permitting, attendees will move to Center Memorial Park adjacent to the library to view the eclipse with specially provided viewing glasses.

The total phase of the solar eclipse is not viewable in the area, but will be observed as a partial solar eclipse. The provided safety glasses must be used for viewing and may be limited.

Call 860-645-0821 for more information.

The 39 Steps

MANCHESTER — Little Theatre of Manchester continues its 2017 season in August with the high-speed spoof of Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy movie, Patrick Barlow's "The 39 Steps." Directed by Shane William Kegler, this comedy runs until Sunday, Aug. 27.

The four-person cast includes Shawn Procuniar of New London as Richard Hannay, Christine Voytko of East Windsor as Pamela and others, Ed Bernstein of West Hartford as Clown 1 and Michael King of Manchester as Clown 2. The show is sponsored by the Manchester Chapter of UNICO.

The performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., on the following dates: Aug. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.

Tickets are $19 to $25 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

Discounts are available for seniors and students. Manchester Community College students can receive a free general admission ticket with a valid student ID, and Greater Hartford Arts Council Let's GO Arts! members are eligible for 2-for-1 tickets.

Mental Illness Support Group

MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month. The meeting will be held at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This meeting is open to all families and friends of people with mental illness, and focuses on sharing experiences and information. All information is held confidential. For more information, contact Karen at 860-649-5659.

Manchester High Reunion

MANCHESTER — The Manchester High School class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Villa Louisa in Bolton. For information about the reunion, contact Class Vice President Dave White at To purchase tickets at $60 per person, mail checks to: MHS Class of '67, P.O. Box 226, Coventry, CT (checks payable to MHS Class of '67) The Reunion Committee is still trying to reach classmates and asks that people share the reunion information.

Bentley Storytime

BOLTON — Going Buggy For Books Storytime will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Bentley Memorial Library, 206 Bolton Center Road. The event will feature stories, crafts, games and treats. All are welcome to attend. Call 860-646-7349 or email to register.

Woodbridge Barn Restored

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society will conduct free open houses of the restored 18th-century barn and the grounds of its Woodbridge farmstead from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following Sundays: Aug. 27, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, and Nov. 12.

The farmstead is located in Manchester Green, 495 East Middle Turnpike, near its intersection with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, and individual donors.

Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, and along the street that runs between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Historical Society is in the process of developing displays of farm tools and equipment. More information about local history at

Mental Illness Alliance Meets

MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The meeting is open to all families and friends of people with mental illness and focuses on sharing experiences and information. All the information is held confidential. For more information, contact Karen at 860-649-5659.

Market Nights

MANCHESTER — Market Nights are coming to Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will run from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday evening, until Oct. 4 at 153 & 160 Spruce St.

Every market night will feature live music, open gallery hours, and the opportunity to support local farmers and artisans. Call the Office of Neighborhoods and Families at 860-647-3089 for more information.

Pet Food Drive

MANCHESTER — Bennet PTSA representatives are holding a pet food and supply drive to benefit Manchester residents through Manchester Animal Control. They are collecting crunchy and canned dog and cat food, used tennis balls and waste bags. For more information, email

Yoga Classes

MANCHESTER — Morning and evening yoga classes for people of all levels will take place at the Meetinghouse of Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St. West. For more information, visit or 860-646-5151.

Cost to attend is $40 per eight-week session or a $6 drop-in fee. Guests are asked to bring a yoga mat or large towel and wear loose clothing. First-time students are asked to arrive 10 minutes early.

St. James School Accepting Applications

MANCHESTER — St. James School in Manchester is currently accepting new student applications for its pre-K, elementary school and middle school 2017-18 school year.

Applications may be obtained by visiting the school's website,, e-mailing, or calling the school's main office at 860-643-5088.

St. James School accepts students of all religious faiths and from all towns in the surrounding area. Tuition assistance is available to qualifying families.

Poets And Writers

MANCHESTER — The Wit & Wisdom Poets and Writers Club in Manchester is looking for new and established poets and writers. Club meetings are held at the Arbors, 403 W. Center St., on the second Saturday of each month, between 1 and 3 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Gilbert at 860-647-7348 or email Debbie at

MCC Library Goes Live

MANCHESTER — As part of the Integrated Library Project, the Raymond F. Damato Library at Manchester Community College has gone live with a comprehensive online search tool that will find and deliver materials stored not just at MCC but also at the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) libraries and the Hartford-based Connecticut State Library.

Any state resident of high school age or older with valid ID is welcome to register as a borrower at MCC's Library. To use the new search tool, visit and enter keywords.

Youth Mini Grant Program

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Youth Commission is requesting proposals for mini grants. Applications for the Manchester Youth Commission Mini Grant Program are available at Contact Heather at 860-647-5215, or for details.

Hoopla Digital Content Available

MANCHESTER — Manchester Public Library card holders can download the free Hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or iOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles. Once registered patrons can borrow up to 10 items each month and Hoopla digital's automatic return feature eliminates late fees. Hoopla allows multiple simultaneous downloads so there is no wait to borrow. Titles are available for instant streaming or temporary downloading. To learn more about this exciting new offering click on the "Online Databases" link at

MS Support Group

MANCHESTER — The Manchester MS Support Group meets at the Presbyterian Church, 394 Lydall St., at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of each month. Contact Nancy at 860-742-5155 or Karen at 860-746-4247. Visit or call 800-FIGHT MS.

Softball Umpires Sought

STATEWIDE — The North Central Connecticut Board of Softball Umpires is seeking new members for the 2017 season. Our board provides services to schools, youth and adult recreational leagues in the greater Hartford area. No experience is necessary. For more information or to join, contact Al at or call/text 860-205-1688.

Operation Fuel Offering Energy Assistance

HARTFORD — Operation Fuel's statewide network of fuel banks started taking energy assistance applications on Wednesday, July 5, from households that are in financial crisis and are in danger of having their utility services terminated.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211. The annual winter moratorium, which prevents households from having their electricity and gas shut off, ended on May 1 and will not resume until November 1, 2017.

Energy affordability is a year-round problem for more than 322,000 Connecticut households. Operation Fuel is Connecticut's only statewide nonprofit energy assistance program. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, Operation Fuel has provided over $3.3 million in energy assistance to more than 7,830 households. This includes $2.1 million in energy assistance for the 2017 winter program and $1.2 million in energy assistance last summer.

Now in its 40th year, Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit program that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, go to Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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