Community News For The Manchester Edition

Harvest Costume Carnival

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Church of Christ, 595 Tolland Turnpike, will host its annual Harvest Costume Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m., rain or shine. Children up to the 5th grade are invited to dress in costume and join in carnival games, pumpkin painting, an obstacle course, moon bounce, crafts, hayrides, photo booth, food, candy, and prizes and more.

The carnival is free of charge and the public is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.manchestercofc.org or contact the church office at 860-646-2903.

Holiday Closings

MANCHESTER — The Town of Manchester Offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day on Mon., Oct. 9. Mary Cheney Library and Whiton Memorial Library will also be closed. Trash collection for the week will be on the regular schedule.

Opioid Crisis Talk

MANCHESTER — The Opioid Crisis: What More We Can Learn; What More We Can Do will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Bridget School cafeteria, 74 Main St.

A panel of people who deal with the opioid epidemic and its victims will take the stage. Police Chief Mark Montminy will have the latest statistics about opioid use in Manchester, but more importantly, will report on the police department's ground-breaking alternative for dealing with drug addiction.

Sarah Howroyd will share her experience of recovery and her current work. A representative from Community Health Resources, a local behavioral health agency, will take us inside a treatment facility to better understand what it's involved in addiction treatment.

The Opioid Crisis program is sponsored by the Social Justice Ministry of St. Bridget Church. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Mary at mabreen01@sbcglobal.net or 860-643-7268.

Tag And Craft Sale

MANCHESTER — St. James Church, 896 Main St., will host its tag, crafts and bake sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9. This event will take place rain or shine in the downstairs church hall.

Harvest Open House

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society presents a special autumn open house on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road.

There will be hayrides, a cordwood-sawing contest, old-time banjo and fiddle music, open-fire popcorn making and eating, cornhusk doll-making, weaving demonstration, and winter gardening presentation by Bettylou Sandy.

View the 1785 house, and hear commentary about the residence, which was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include history of the building and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower level. The Keeney Schoolhouse is on the grounds of the Homestead, and is open when the weather is warm enough. Donations accepted for the upkeep of the Homestead. Visit www.manchesterhistory.org for more information.

Walking Tour

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society invites the public to the 41st annual history walk in the Cheney Brothers District, on Saturday, Oct. 7, starting at 1 p.m. in front of 146 Hartford Road, the former Cheney Office Building, now Fuss & O'Neill.

Find out about the huge brick buildings that remain from the days of the world-famous silk mills. Who worked there? Who owned the mills? Where did workers and owners live? We'll see Cheney Hall, and the former silk mills, South Manchester Railroad, machine shop, neighborhoods of worker housing, and the Old Manchester Museum.

The walk takes about two hours with a distance of about one mile. MCC Professor Chris Paulin will present a lively history of the area. The District walking tour began in 1976 under the leadership of Manchester Community College's Institute of Local History. There is no rain date, so bring umbrellas if needed. Extreme weather cancels. The walk is free, but donations to the Manchester Historical Society are welcome.

Something Wicked This Way Comes

MANCHESTER — The October book discussion in the Howroyd Room at the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St., will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. The featured book is Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."

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, call Adult Services/Reference at 860-645-0821.

Wellness Fair

MANCHESTER — CHR, a comprehensive, non-profit behavioral healthcare provider, will host a Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Center for Health and Wellness on 444 Center St. Everyone is welcome.

The Health and Wellness Fair will include a variety of free health screenings, flu shots, life-saving information about Narcan, a drug take-back collection site, free fitness demonstrations and classes, refreshments and much more.

Activities at the Health and Wellness Fair will include information about a wide range of services available to individuals and families through CHR; free dental screenings and health information through First Choice Health Centers; health activities including Zumba, yoga, guided meditation, ear acupuncture, Sound Healing, chair massage and more. In addition, many local health partners will be providing information including Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company; Talcott Family Chiropractic; Manchester Dental Group and more. Refreshments and activities for children, including face painting, will also be available.

Both Genoa and First Choice are participating in the Health Fair on Oct. 6. Genoa is offering the free flu shots, drug take-back and Narcan information. First Choice Health Centers is bringing its mobile dental van for free screenings.

Vendor Fair

MANCHESTER — The Army and Navy Club vendor and craft fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at 1090 Main St.

A donation of a non-perishable food item for the Manchester Food Bank is appreciated. Raffles will take place and parking is free.

Floral Design Talk

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Garden Club will host Gary Zinsmeyer at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the Center Congregational Church, 41 Center St. The owner of Gary Z's of Stamford will demonstrate floral design using the latest trends, tricks and magic for the holiday season. At the conclusion of the meeting, his designs will be available. The meetings are open to the public. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members.

Country Clubhouse Tour

MANCHESTER — A sought after opportunity to tour the original Manchester Country Club Clubhouse, currently the home of Danita and Robert Sulick, is now being offered as a part of efforts to raise funds for the Manchester Sculpture Project.

The Sulicks have agreed to open their home at 417 South Main St. for a tour on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m., to benefit the Manchester Sculpture Project. A limited number of tickets will be sold at $40 each.

The tour will showcase the home's unique architecture, interior and gardens, and include memorabilia relating to the history of the property. Refreshments, music and a silent auction will be a part of the day.

The Sculpture Project is a public art project that celebrates notable Manchester residents by commissioning life size bronze sculptures for placement in locations around Manchester. The first statue is of Joe McCluskey (1911-2002), Olympic medalist, national record-holder, and four time Manchester Road Race winner. The statue will be located on the East Coast Greenway, across from Highland Park Market, along the Road Race route and walking trail. Michael Keropian, the artist who will create the bronze sculptures, will be present at the open house to display a model of the McCluskey sculpture and speak with attendees.

Tickets may be purchased at The Manchester Historical Society, 175 Pine St. A free shuttle bus will transport attendees from the Forest Street parking lot in downtown Manchester to the house and return them to lot at the conclusion of their tour.

For more information, visit www.manchesterhistory.org or call 860-647-9983.

Manchester Road Race

MANCHESTER — Registration for the 81st Manchester Road Race is underway. 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.

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: 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

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. Email bennetacademyptsa@gmail.com for more information.

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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