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Community News For The Manchester Edition

Harmonia V

MANCHESTER — The Friends of Music at Emanuel will present Harmonia V at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St., on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend; donations are gratefully accepted.

This innovative woodwind quintet will perform classics by Ibert and Poulenc, as well as new compositions by Rich Sowash and Chris Brubeck. There will be a reception in Luther Hall following the concert. Visit for more information.

Addams Family Musical Comedy

MANCHESTER — The Broadway musical sensation, "The Addams Family," is on stage at the Little Theatre of Manchester from Nov. 3 through 19.

Times and dates are as follows: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, on Nov. 3 through 5, Nov. 10 through 12, and Nov. 17 through 19, at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.

Tickets are $25 to $30 and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Box Office at 860-647-9824.

Discounts are available for both 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

My Avenging Angel Workshop

MANCHESTER — Susan Omilian, an attorney, author, and motivational speaker, has spent the past 40 years working extensively as an advocate to end violence against women. The death of her 19-year-old niece Maggie, who was shot and killed in October 1999 by her ex-boyfriend, has spurred her efforts to help abused women reclaim their lives.

She is the originator and facilitator of My Avenging Angel Workshops, which have helped hundreds of women take the journey from victim to survivor to thriver.

Omilian's books include "Entering the Thriver Zone: a seven-step guide to thriving after abuse" and the novel "Awaken: the awakening of the human spirit on a healing journey." Inspired by a true event "Awaken" is the first in Omilian's The Best Revenge Series.

The author will be speaking on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m., in the Whiton Auditorium at 100 North Main St. Books will be available for sale and signing. This is a free event and no registration is required.

For more information call reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821.

East Side Neighborhood Block Watch

MANCHESTER — Interested in what's happening in your neighborhood? Have concerns you'd like to share with others? Come to the East Side Neighborhood Block Watch on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is held at the East Side Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce St. All are welcome to attend.

Mysteries On Main Book Discussion

MANCHESTER — Join the discussion of W. Bruce Cameron's "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in in the Howroyd Room at the Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St.

Copies are available in the Library's Reference Department and at the Whiton Branch. 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.

Hi Ho Fair

MANCHESTER — South United Methodist's Hi Ho Fair will be Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church building on the corner of Hartford Road and Main Street. There will be holiday crafts and gifts, baked goods, cookies-in-a-can, homemade pickles, jams and candies, along with quilted, knitted and crocheted items.

A tag sale, recycled books and jewelry will be for sale. The café will be serving coffee and pastries in the morning and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring old-fashioned comfort foods, with a variety of delicious seasonal desserts. A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit hurricane relief efforts. For more information, call Linda at 860-646-4823.

Christmas Fair

BOLTON — The 47th annual Christmas Fair at St. Maurice Church, 32 Hebron Road, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18.

This holiday event features handmade Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, jelly baskets, hand-knit items, fresh evergreen baskets, American Girl doll clothes, Christmas tree skirts, "Take-A-Chance" booth, and homemade apple pies and baked goods. Santa and Mrs. Claus will delight the children with photos from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Lunch includes homemade clam chowder, baked potatoes, hearty stew and chili. Over 40 talented crafters will be available. The church is handicapped accessible.

Passport On Wheels

MANCHESTER — For the convenience of Manchester residents and others who may be traveling abroad soon, the United States Postal Service® will host a special passport application day on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St.

USPS® representatives will be on hand to process Passport Book and Passport Card applications and take passport photos if needed. Passport Cards are used for land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

Documents and fees are required; visit for more information on what is required. Application forms can be completed in advance but don't sign it; part of the application process requires it be signed in person in front of an authorized witness. Forms are available online, at the library or the Post office. Typical processing time is 4 to 6 weeks. For more information about this event, call Reference and Adult Services at 860-645-0821.

NAMI Meetings

MANCHESTER — The National Alliance for Mental Illness support group will hold their regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month. The location of 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 confidential. For more information on the meeting or becoming a member of NAMI, call Karen at 860-649-5659.

MCC Winter Intersession Classes

MANCHESTER — Registration is now open for Manchester Community College's winter 2017-18 intersession. Applications are now being accepted for new or returning students who want to enroll during this session, which begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 11, 2018.

Courses include topics in accounting, art, astronomy, biology, business, communication, computers, criminal justice, digital arts, economics, English, health, history, humanities, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Online and traditional classroom sections are available.

In addition, the credit-extension program is open to all non-MCC students who want to accelerate their studies and transfer the credits they earn back to their home institutions. Students looking to do this must check to make sure the credits are transferable back to their institution, as there are no refunds past the allowable drop period whether the course is transferable or not.

Students who have not taken a credited course at MCC or any of the Connecticut community colleges must pay a non-refundable $20 application fee. An MCC application for admission is required. Visit for more information.

New Surgical Technology Program Info Sessions

MANCHESTER — A Surgical Technology information session for students interested in enrolling to start the program in fall 2018 will be held Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.

The program was formed through a partnership with Hartford Hospital and offers a pathway to a career in surgical technology. This collaboration gives students an opportunity to take their clinical coursework and rotations on the Hartford Hospital campus, providing a true real-world teaching environment.

Admission to the surgical technology program requires a separate application along with the application to MCC. Students are admitted on an ongoing basis until the cohort is filled, so early application is recommended. For more information, visit; contact Terry Kennedy, program director, at; or call 860-512-2704.

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 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 or call 860-643-9563.

Woodbridge Barn Restored

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society will conduct a free open house of the restored 18th-century barn and the grounds of its Woodbridge farmstead from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, 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

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 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 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.

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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