Thursday, September 6, 2018
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  Time to Register for Scarecrow Contest
CALLING ALL SCARECROW ARTISTS The Downtown Scarecrow Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary! Businesses, organizations and interested individuals are invited to create a family friendly Scarecrow for display in Downtown Manchester during the Annual Downtown Scarecrow Festival. The Scarecrows will be on display from October 13 thru October 27. First, Second and Third Place prizes will be awarded in both the People’s Choice and Facebook Favorites categories. Approximately 30 and 35 scarecrows will be on display, enlivening the Downtown and drawing visitors from around the region to stroll Main Street, take photos, discover our great businesses and enjoy the special ambience created by the Festival. Each year organizers are astonished by the ever more imaginative Scarecrow creations. Past scarecrows have included the movie character Grut, fanciful fairies, ET’s bike ride, a recycled scarecrow called “Hawking” and more. What will imaginative minds create this year? Scarecrow Artists must register to participate. Scarecrows are to be installed by the artists in assigned locations between October 10 and October 13. To obtain a registration form and contest guidelines contact the Downtown Manchester Special Services District at 860 645-2101 or via email at dmssd@manchesterct.gov Scarecrow registrations will be accepted until October 3. The Scarecrow Festival is sponsored by the Downtown Manchester Special Services District with support from Crimson Art Box.

The Redevelopment Agency meeting scheduled for September 6, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room has been canceled.

9:00am [9:00am] Manchester Community Service Council Meetings
MCSC has a new time With even the best intentions, It can sometimes be difficult to get out of the office at noon when the day gets away from you. Instead, let's get our day started with MCSC! Our new meeting time will be at 9:00 am at Manchester Police Department, 239 East Middle Turnpike, in the Training Room on the 2nd floor. MCSC has an exciting year planned Mark your calendars September 6th at 9:00 we will be at the Manchester Police Department, 2nd floor training room kicking off our new year with an update from the Manchester PD. Our speaker will highlight what trends the police are seeing in Manchester. October 4th at 9:00 Chris Silver Director of Leisure, Family and Recreation will give us a run down of what his department does and review their fall programming. November 1st at 9:00 Shannon Baldassario, Director of Services and Manager of Community Outreach and Emergency Services for MACC Charities will speak about the services MACC offers for the homeless population in our community. November 8th 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Senior Center we are hosting our first Community Forum. We will have a panel of local experts on the topic of Homelessness. They will be discussing homelessness in Manchester and the services that are available and how to access those services. December 6th at 9:00 we will hear about the services Interval House has to offer.

1:00pm [1:30pm] BLOOD MOBILE Manchester
Please visit a blood drive today and save a life! To schedule your appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online at the website below. Walk-ins are welcome or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Open to the Public 21 years and older: WORK_SPACE hosts a Happy Hour program featuring a local brewery or business owner from the food and beverage industry. Each month they highlight a business, sample their wares, and have fun networking. RSVPs are appreciated; however, walk-ins are welcome. Please bring your business cards and I.D. RSVP to info@WORKSPACEmanchester.com

With Steam Punk fashion, music, art and celebration, Imagine Main Street will conduct its final street festival of the 2018 season on Thursday, September 6, starting at 5:30 p.m. Five blocks in Downtown Manchester from Beller's Music to Pinewood Furniture and from the Army Navy Club to the Forest Street Parking Lot, will find more than 70 participants including a wide variety of crafters, artisans, exhibitors, volunteer and non-profit groups, and musicians including Frenchy and the Punk, 41 Prospect, The Guinea Pigs, Bill Benson, Time Was, Town Troubadour Bill Ludwig, Never Look Back and Alex Forest. Steam Punk is a very unique art form that combines the wild west with the Victorian age through fashion, music, and the arts. Given Manchester's industrial heritage and beautiful Victorian houses and history, this eclectic and interesting genre is accepted and wonderfully incorporated into Imagine Main Street. A Hat contest, with prizes in a variety of categories, and a Beard and Moustache Contest will also be held. Information will be found at the Forest Street lot that evening and on the IMS Facebook page. Food vendors and other participants will be included in the programming that continues through 8 p.m. ECHN is the corporate sponsor for the event. Other support comes from the Town of Manchester, Fuss & O'Neil and individuals and businesses. Rain location will be inside the Army Navy Club, with notice given by noon on the day of the event on the Imagine Main Street website, Facebook and Instagram sites. ##

Artist & curator, TJV-Ann, will help visitors create mixed-media projects inspired by your imaginations. (Free, donations accepted for supplies.) Our hospitality team will also be giving tours of our 2 art galleries and meeting & coworking spaces.

As a place to meet, learn, create and work, WORK_SPACE invites anyone with interest in the creative arts to share in the planning of WORK_SPACE's arts initiative which include local art exhibits, holiday pop-up shoppe's, creativity workshops, and whatever else we can think of. Please RSVP via info@WORKSPACEmanchester.com or Facebook via: http://bit.ly/WORKSPACEartists

[6:30pm] Crime Report Meeting
The meetings are meant to provide the public with accurate information regarding significant incidents and crime trends, and general information about police processes. Meetings will be held the first Thursday of the month and the public is welcome.

[7:00pm] Library Event:Are Video Games Ruining Our Kids?
The Manchester Public Library on 586 Main Street will present Are Video Games Ruining Our Kids?, presented by Stephen Duetzmann of Engaged Family Gaming on Thursday September 6th, 2018 at 7pm. Stephen Duetzmann, a lifelong fan of video games, has been running EngagedFamilyGaming.com for 5 years. He will be giving a presentation that will answer the burning questions parents have about video games. Some topics he will cover are: Addiction, Violence, and the ESRB rating system. He will also be giving you some great tips on how to save money on the games your kids want, and how to get into the game yourself! No registration required for this free event. This event is recommended for parents/caregivers/adults only. For more information, please call Jenn Bartlett at 860-643-2471 or visit the library website at http://library.townofmanchester.org