Saturday, May 13, 2017
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American Heart Association Certification Classes are offered monthly by the Manchester Fire Rescue and EMS Department at the fire station training room. Advance payment and registration are required. Call (860) 432-0076 to register or for additional information. FIRST AID (STANDARD) ON REQUEST BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN ON REQUEST

[9:00am] Boy Scout Troop 123 - Camping Equipment Drive
Boy Scout Troop 123 is holding a used camping equipment drive on Saturday, May 13. After a strong recruiting year, Troop 123 has many new Scouts in need of backpacks, sleeping bags, ground pads, mess kits, canteens or water bottles, and other camping equipment in good condition. If you have any items you no longer need, please consider supporting local Boy Scouts by donating them. Any surplus equipment that is collected will be shared with other Manchester-area Scouts in need. Please drop off all donations between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Community Baptist Church. Contact Scoutmaster Ed Bouchie at 123scoutmaster@gmail.com with questions or to arrange pick-up.

[9:00am] FREE - Family History Day
FREE - Residents/Non-Residents alike! Call to sign up with a Professional Genealogist for a free half hour consultation 860-647-3037. Walk-ins accommodated as time allows. Learn how to get information from U.S. records; Which records to access & how to find them; How to access Internet information. Manchester vault will be open for quick reference information. Meet experts who will guide you and provide information for research and resources: Manchester Family History Center Manchester Historical Society Manchester Public Library Connecticut Gravestone Network French-Canadian Genealogical Society of CT CT State Library History Genealogy Unit and State Archives Gain knowledge of how to start researching or how to enhance your search. **Cameras or other electronics/photographic devices NOT ALLOWED** Special Thanks to our sponsors: SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc., D. DuBaldo Electric Co., Holmes-Watkins Funeral Homes, John F. Tierney Funeral Home, Lynch Car Dealership, and ShopRite of Manchester.

[9:00am] May Fair at St. Mary's
LOOKING FOR A BARGAIN OR UNIQUE GIFTS???Join us for May Fair on Saturday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for gifts and unique finds including jewelry, toys, electronics, crafts, plants, sweet treats … and so much more Menu to include: pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, peach cobbler… ALL ARE WELCOMED, JOIN US…RAIN OR SHINE Admission is free; Non-perishable food items for the MACC pantry are greatly appreciated. CALLING ALL STUDENTS: opportunities to volunteer for community service credit available For more info, please call St. Mary’s at (860) 649-4583 or visit www.stmarysct.org

[9:00am] Senior Center Plant Sale
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SATURDAY, MAY 13TH (RAIN OR SHINE) (ENTER FROM VERNON STREET) Select from a huge assortment of hanging baskets, flowers, vegetables, herbs and much more. Purchase a Mother’s Day gift or a gift to yourself to plant in your own garden. Cash and checks accepted. All proceeds support Senior Center programs. For more information, please call the Senior Center (860) 647-3211)

[11:00am] Donation Drop Off for Land Trust Tag Sale
The Manchester Land Conservation Trust seeks donations for its week-long June tag sale. Drop off donations of books, tools, antiques, glassware, artwork, toys, furniture, sports items, etc. at the cider barn, 330 Bush Hill Road on most Fridays and Saturdays leading up to the tag sale: May 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and June 2-3 from 11 to 2 each day. Phone for other drop-off times: Terry at 860-643-1823. No computers, TVs, clothing, please. The actual tag sale will be held June 9-17 from 9 to 2 each day. The tag sale raises funds for the Land Trust. The farm trails are open – maybe plan a two-to-three-mile hike while dropping off tag sale items. Information about the Land Trust at www.manchesterlandtrust.org .

[12:00pm] TEA AND TOUR
TEA AND TOUR TO BENEFIT THE SCULPTURE PROJECT Manchester, CT The historic Charles Cheney Mansion at 131 Hartford Road in Manchester will be the site of a Victorian Tea and Tour on Saturday, May 13 from noon to 4PM to benefit the Sculpture Project. The Tea will offer attendees the opportunity to step back in time to experience the tradition of a Victorian afternoon tea. Sip tea from fine china and enjoy savory and sweet treats while conversing with friends amidst elegant surroundings. There will be live music and a small bazaar featuring handmade gift items by local artists Ellen Dougan, Stephen Sottile and Robin Simpson – perfect for Mother’s Day. Manchester historian, Susan Barlow, will offer a tour of the mansion where you will learn about the Charles Cheney family and the historic context within which they lived their lives. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about a new public art project to create and place three life size bronze sculptures of notable Manchester citizens who have made significant contributions to our community. The first sculpture to be commissioned is that of Joe McCluskey, widely regarded as Manchester’s greatest athlete. Tickets are $40 per person, $20 of which is tax deductible. To purchase tickets please contact Laura Reichelt at 860 558-1957 or 877 499-1233. Seating is available between noon and 4PM on a continuous basis. Seating is limited so advance ticket purchase is required. ~~~~ The Sculpture Project is a public art project that celebrates notable Manchester residents who have made significant contributions to our community. Initial honorees will be: Olympic medalist and four-time Road Race winner, Joe McCluskey; educator and innovator, Elisabeth Bennet, namesake of Bennet Academy; Newberry medalist and notable author of children’s books, Emily Cheney Neville. Life size bronze sculptures will immortalize each of these individuals in locations around Manchester. For more info go to www.manchesterhistory.org

[12:00pm] The Silk City Board Game Group
The Silk City Board Game Group, hosted by the Manchester Public Library, will meet on Saturday May 13, 2017 from 12-4:30PM. Our game library will be available (over 100 titles, all brand new donations from the publishers), as well as the opportunity to learn to play: Colosseum; Yamatai; Alien Frontiers; and Honshu. We’ll supply all the games- no need to bring any with you! We are pleased to partner with The Portal to offer this program. No registration required. Free program! Free light refreshments to be served. This event starts at 12PM in the Howroyd Program Room and will last until 4:30PM. The library is located at 586 Main Street, Manchester, CT. For more information about this group, please contact Jenn Bartlett at: 860-643-2471 or e-mail: jbartlett@manchesterct.gov. We look forward to sharing our love of board gaming with you! No registration required for this free event. For more information, please call 860-643-2471 or visit the library website at http://library.townofmanchester.org.

[1:00pm] Hit Pitch & Run Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 1155
The Knights of Columbus Council 1155 in Manchester is sponsoring its 2nd annual Hit Pitch & Run event to be held at Illing Middle School on May 13th. Registration is from 1 to 1:30 PM. The competition is open to boys and girls aged 7 through 14. Winners for Pitching, Hitting & Running and the All-Around winner will advance to the next sectional level of competition with the potential final winners advancing to team championships at MLB ballparks and to National Finals at the 2017 MLB All-Star week. For more information, please visit our website www.kofccouncil1155.org.

[1:00pm] Wit and Wisdom Poets Club
Poetry club is looking for new and established poets. Club meetings are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month! For more information contact Charles Gilbert at 860-647-7348.

A Story of Illness, Hope & Transformation Screening NAMI Manchester and Center Congregational Church are co-sponsoring a screening of 'Pack Up Your Sorrows' on Saturday, May 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Center Congregational Church. 'Pack Up Your Sorrows' is a new motion picture about living well with mental illness, told through the personal story of singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson. Ms. Hutchinson will be having a question/answer session at the conclusion of the movie. Tickets are $10 and are available at Center Congregational Church. For further information, call the church at 860-647-9941. Center Congregational Church is affiliated with The United Church of Christ. It's motto is 'nourished by faith, united in diversity, called to mission'.