Sunday, March 11, 2018
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  Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries
As Daylight Savings Time approaches on Sunday, March 11, we’d like to remind you to make another change that could save your lives — changing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. An average of three children per day die in home fires and 80 percent of those occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Non-working smoke alarms rob residents of the protective benefits home fire safety devices were designed to provide. The most commonly cited cause of non-working smoke alarms: dead or missing batteries. The simple yet powerful act of changing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when you change your clocks on March 11 is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. If you have purchased the newer smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that have sealed batteries that last 10 years ….. Congratulations! You have made a wise investment in the safety of your family! All you need to do is press the “TEST” button and ensure that it’s working. Please replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old.

SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS-CONNECTICUT COLLECTION FOR OVERSEAS TROOPS MARCH 11, 2018 Support Our Soldiers Connecticut will be holding an Easter/spring collection event to support our overseas Troops on Sunday, March 11th, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street, East Hartford. Donations of healthy snacks like nuts and granola bars, sweets (especially “Peeps”), drawings (Schools: please stamp the back of students’ drawings so the troops may write back!) and greetings cards are needed and may be dropped off that day by 1 p.m. or by special arrangement. Also needed is dental supplies. Volunteers are needed on the day of the event to sort items, pack boxes, and draw letters and cards to send in the boxes. This is a perfect event for all ages! It costs about $500 to ship the packages, and the group also welcomes donations to help defray postage costs. Checks should be made out to SOS Connecticut and mailed to: SOS Connecticut, c/o Frank Forrest, 165 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT 06118. For more information or to volunteer, call Frank Forrest at 860-690-2845, or email: sosconnecticut@aol.com.

[1:00pm] Weaving and Fiber Arts Fun at the Cheney Homestead
Presented by The Manchester Historical Society. Kick off our Community Rag Rug project! Bring clean, colorful cotton rags and we’ll use a historic loom to create a rug. All ages welcome. We are also welcoming instructors from the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center – they will teach the art of weaving, in hands-on work with the public. Sue Muldoon will demonstrate the craft of chair caning and rush seat weaving. The Cheney Homestead was built in 1785. The Homestead is usually open on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcome for the upkeep of the Homestead. More about local history: www.manchesterhistory.org

7:00pm [7:00pm] Celtic Vespers
Celtic Vespers, a non-denominational candlelight service featuring prayers and music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. Christianity flourished throughout the British Isles for many centuries emphasizing a sense of God’s nearness and the love of creation (nature) as God’s gift. Service will also feature music by the Wild Notes (Kasha Breau – harp, John Kalinowski - concertina & accordion and Mickey Koth - fiddle, flute, recorder & whistle). Ensemble will be joined by, Alex Nakhimovsky, director of music ministries at St Mary's. There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following the service. For more information, call St. Mary’s at 860-649-4583 or visit www.stmarysct.org.