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Community News For The Manchester Edition

Ticket To Ride Performs

MANCHESTER — The band Ticket to Ride, a tribute to The Beatles, will return to Cheney Hall as part of Little Theatre of Manchester's concert series at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at 177 Hartford Road.

Ticket To Ride performs all songs in the original keys on vintage equipment, and features costume changes and spot-on 3-part vocal harmonies. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Book Discussion

MANCHESTER — "Did You Ever Have A Family" is the book chosen for the September book discussion at the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St. The book club will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18. Copies are available in the main library's Reference Department.

The free program is open to the public and registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served. For further information, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Adult Services/Reference at 860-645-0821.

Bottle Drive

MANCHESTER — Boy Scout Troop 27 will hold a redeemable bottle drive on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St.

Drop off redeemable bottles and cans during the designated time to help support the Scouts as they gear up for a high adventure trip to Seabase Scout Camp, Fla. Questions can be directed to Chris Brown at 860-707-6401.

MCC Offers Accelerated Classes

MANCHESTER — Students can still add another course to their schedule, or earn credit toward a degree at another school, with Manchester Community College's accelerated classes, starting Sept. 12 (12 weeks) and Oct. 16 (8 weeks).

MCC is offering a range of accelerated classes online or on campus -- day, evening or weekend. Visit www.manchestercc.edu/enroll for more information.

Available accelerated classes can be found on myCommNet (http://my.commnet.edu): select "search for courses," then Fall 2017 and Manchester Community College; under "Title," look for those classes marked 8wk or 12wk. New students can apply now to the college; returning students can immediately choose from any of the accelerated fall courses.

Dancing With The Celebrities

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society hosts an afternoon of dance competition from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road. Local celebrities have been practicing their dance moves at Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Vernon to present, with a partner, a winning dance.

Cost to attend is $15 admission; children under 12 attend for $5. Guests can donate $1 to buy a voting ticket to ensure that their favorite celebrity wins. Wine, beer, soda, and water available for purchase. Special guest and mistress of ceremonies, Barbara Cheney, is herself an award-winning ballroom dancer. There will be a teacup auction of intriguing items, including a basket of Italian treats, and an arrangement from a local florist. A printable invitation is on the 'Events' page at www.manchesterhistory.org; return the form with payment by Sept. 14. Instructions are on the form. Questions may be directed to the Historical Society at 860-647-9983.

Boy Scout Open House

MANCHESTER — Boy Scouts. BSA Troop 27 is holding an open house and join night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St. Boys ages 11 through 14 are invited to drop in with their parents and see what Scouting can offer.

Camping preparations will be displayed and discussed as representatives answer questions regarding the scouting program. Email committee chairman Steve Boyer at boyersc@cox.net or scoutmaster Joe at jcotier@att.net or visit www.facebook.com/Troop27Manchester and www.Troop27Manchester.com for more information.

Mental Illness Support Group

MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) support group will hold their regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month. The next 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.

Train Show

MANCHESTER — A train show sponsored by the New England Train Collectors Association, in conjunction with the Army Navy Club, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Army Navy Club, 1090 Main St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The show is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person and children under the age of 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For info, call 860-432-2124.

Learning Mindfulness

MANCHESTER — Learning Mindfulness with Clinical Hypnotherapist Charles Schad will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Whiton Branch Auditorium, 100 North Main St.

Registration is not required for this free event. Call Reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821 for more information.

Manchester Road Race

MANCHESTER — Registration for the 81st Manchester Road Race will be accepted beginning Sept. 1. The annual 4.748-mile run through the town's central streets will be held at 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The entry fee is $27 until Nov. 5 and $32 thereafter.

Visit www.manchesterroadrace.com for online registration applications and more information. The road race starts and finishes on Main Street in Manchester, in front of St. James Church.

Board Game Group For Adults

MANCHESTER — The Silk City Board Game Group, hosted by the Manchester Public Library, will meet on Saturday Sept. 30, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at 586 Main St.

A variety of new, hot, and pre-released games from Gen Con, the largest board gaming convention in North America, will be available to try. No registration is required and there is no cost to attend. Light refreshments to be served.

For more information about this group, contact Jenn Bartlett at jbartlett@manchesterct.gov or 860-643-2471.

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: www.manchesterlandtrust.org.

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 bkalina333@gmail.com or call 860-643-9203.

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 www.myshul.org or call 860-643-9563.

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: 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 www.manchesterhistory.org

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 bennetacademyptsa@gmail.com.

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 www.uuse.org 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, www.SaintJamesSchool.net, e-mailing aguenther@SaintJamesSchool.net, 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 wwpoetryclub@gmail.com

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 www.manchestercc.edu/library 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 townofmanchester.org. Contact Heather at 860-647-5215, or heatherw@manchesterct.gov 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 hoopladigital.com 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 library.townofmanchester.org.

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 ctfightsMS.org 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 prez798@aol.com 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 www.operationfuel.org. Donations also can be sent to Operation Fuel, 75 Charter Oak Avenue, Suite 2-240, Hartford, CT, 06106.

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