Turkey And A Thirty Foodshare Collection
BOLTON — St. George's Episcopal Church will hold its 6th annual Turkey and a Thirty Foodshare collection to benefit families in need on Sunday, Nov. 19. The collection will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of St. George's Episcopal Church, 1150 Boston Turnpike, Route 44.
Santa will be on hand to accept gifts of frozen turkeys and/or a monetary donation in any amount. Please make checks payable to Foodshare. Visit www.facebook.com/StGeorgesBoltonCT or call 860-643-9203 for further information.
Garden Club Banquet
PLANTSVILLE — The Manchester Garden Club attended The Federated Garden Club of CT 2017 Awards banquet held Oct. 25 at the Aqua Turf Club. There were over 300 other Connecticut garden club members from all over the state in attendance. Don Kelsey earned a Conservation award for his work with the Foster Tree program and teaching young and old alike about the benefits of native oak trees.
Joan Kelsey, who was the Manchester Garden Club historian for many years received an award of Individual Achievement. She compiled a history of the club and produced a award winning pamphlet in honor of the club's ninetieth anniversary. Lauren Pliska accepted an Arboreal award on behalf of the MGC for work she and other club members have done to plant oak trees here in Manchester. The largest tree was planted this spring in front of the Town hall. It replaced a large oak that fell five years ago.
Club president Lynda Brown and a group of club members created centerpieces for the banquet tables. These were raffled off at the end of the meeting to raise money for The Federated Garden Clubs annual scholarship award.
Lynda Tingley and Beth Brunone, former Manchester Garden Club presidents, competed in a table design competition called Dinner and a Movie with 10 other clubs. Their design was based on the movie "Ratatouille." It was eligible for three people's choice awards. They won the " My favorite…. I'd like to dine here" category.
The Manchester Garden Club is an active club with more than 75 members both men and women. The club meets on the second Monday of the month at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center Street, at 7 p.m. Guests are always welcome. Visit ManchesterGardenClub.org for more information.
Compost Happens Talk
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Garden Club will host Carol Quish for a presentation entitled "Compost Happens" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13. She will discuss the basics, practical advice and troubleshooting of compost problems. Quish is a horticulturist at the UConn Home and Garden Education Center. She provides plant- disease diagnosis and insect identification. She has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management from UConn. She is an Advanced Master Gardener, Master Composter, and a CT Nursery and Landscape Association Professional. The meetings are held at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center Street. They are open to the public and light refreshments are provided. A $5 donation is suggested for non-members.
MANCHESTER — The Church of the Assumption Ladies Guild will hold its Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the church hall at 29 South Adams St. On hand will be an assortment of baked goods, a Christmas booth, handmade items, a raffle, jewelry and a book and tag sale. Breakfast and luncheon items available as well.
MANCHESTER — The town of Manchester offices will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day on Friday, Nov. 10. Mary Cheney Library and Whiton Memorial Library will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 11. Trash collection for the week will be on the regular schedule.
Veteran's Day Parade: Saturday, Nov. 11: Parade and Color Guard form and step off from American Legion Drive, at 10:30 a.m. Arrive at Manchester Memorial Hospital for Outdoor Ceremony on Front Lawn. Lowering of Colors, Placing of Wreaths, Playing of Taps, and Bagpiper. In case of inclement weather, the remainder of the ceremony will take place inside the hospital in the H. Louise Ruddell Auditorium at 11:15 a.m. Refreshments following the ceremony.
Manchester Library Events
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., will show a popular autobiography made into a movie during Cheney Cinema Saturday at 2 p.m. Nov. 18.
Due to license restrictions, since admission is free, the library cannot release the name of the movie being shown, however it is rated PG-13, and run time is 2 hour and 7 minutes. Coping with an alcoholic father and a wacky artist mother, a young woman comes of age in the 1960s and 1970s. Never living in one permanent location, her dysfunctional family tries to stir imagination in hopes of distracting them from their poverty. Can't guess the name of the movie? Call the library for more information.
Light refreshments will be served. No registration is required for this free event. For more information, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call 860-643-2471.
Building with KEVA Planks: Friday, Nov. 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children in grades 1-5 will get creative and see what they can construct with KEVA planks at this drop-in program. Location: Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St. 860-645-0577.
Crafternoon for Kids: Nov. 14 and 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Mary Cheney Library. Stop by the library during this time to make a cool craft.
Preschool Dance Party: Friday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Mary Cheney Library. For children up to 6 years old, this is a time for little ones and their grownups to rock out at the library. Dance, sing along, and have fun to kids' music and classic oldies. This month will have an animals theme.
Late Fall Storytime Session: The next storytime session began the week of Nov. 6 with storytimes for infants, one-year olds, two-year olds and three-to-five year olds. Age-specific storytimes are offered multiple times a week, as well as drop-in storytimes for all ages some evenings and on Saturday mornings. This session will run from Nov. 6 through Dec. 16. Locations: Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040, 860-645-0577; Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St, Manchester, CT 06042, 860-643-6892. See library.townofmanchester.org for more details.
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society Genealogy Group will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 at the Manchester History Center, 175 Pine St.
MANCHESTER — The Unitarian Universalist Society: East's annual Craft & Food Holiday Fair will take place on Nov. 17 through 18. On Friday, the hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, the fair runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday night's preview includes apple cider and dessert, plus first dibs on the items in the tag sale boutique and everything else. Admission is $5 on Friday night only. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday for a day full of shopping and a gourmet luncheon from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Fresh, local ingredients are always featured and the cooks cater to every taste with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The Sugar and Spice Shop offers baked goods of all kinds, featuring cookies by the pound. Everything that is available for sale is made or donated by members of the congregation. All summer members have been designing jewelry or experimenting with a new twist on a favorite craft, making jams and jellies, knitting and sewing, and painting in preparation for the fair. Shoppers will find jewelry, pottery, knit and sewn items, photographic note cards, woodwork, fine art, and more.
Not everything offered for sale at the fair is brand new. UUS:E members care about the environment and look for ways to incorporate sustainable living practices into their everyday routines. The tag sale boutique, book sale and vintage jewelry booth are always popular among fair shoppers, and are filled with donations of good condition, pre-loved items.
The proceeds from the fair keep the society running and support its many community service programs. UUS:E is a welcoming, open-minded spiritual community seeking truth and meaning in its many forms. Sunday services are held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Visit www.uuse.org for more information.
Art Auction, Wine Reception
MANCHESTER — Unitarian Universalist Society: East Meetinghouse, 153 Vernon St. West, will host an art auction and wine reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.
All proceeds will help fund the scholarship program, which offers generous scholarships to three Manchester Community College students and one local high school student. All MAA artists are invited to donate one or two pieces of art. Wall art should not exceed 16 inches on any one side, including the frame. Contact Eric Vogel ESVogel@cox.net or 860-644-0272 with any questions.
MANCHESTER — A free poetry reading featuring the Connecticut State Poet Laureate, Rennie McQuilken, together with various Connecticut town poets laureate, including Julia Paul, Manchester; Alexandrina Sergio, Glastonbury; Davyne Verstanding, Washington; Rhonda Ward, New London; Julie Choffel, West Hartford; Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Windham County; Tarn Granucci, Wallingford; Joan Hofmann, Canton, Charles Margolis, South Windsor; and Virginia Connors and Christine Beck, West Hartford (emeriti), will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at historic Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road.
The event is sponsored by the Manchester Arts Commission and the CT Coalition of Poets Laureates. Refreshments will be available. Contact Julia Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 http://www.harmoniav.com for more information.
Addams Family Musical Comedy
MANCHESTER — The Broadway musical sensation, "The Addams Family," is on stage at the Little Theatre of Manchester through Nov. 19.
Times and dates are as follows: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, 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 www.littletheatreofmanchester.org 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.
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.
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 www.manchestercc.edu/catalogs 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 www.manchestercc.edu/surgtech; contact Terry Kennedy, program director, at email@example.com; 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 $32.
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.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.