For more information or to make an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 860-646-1303.
BOLTON -- The Bentley Memorial Library, 206 Bolton Center Road, is hosting a knitting/needleworking club. If you are a beginner and would like to learn the basics or if you are an avid knitter and would like to relax at the library, you are invited to come on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Donna Wabble will be the guest leader. Please bring your needles and yarn. The library will have extra yarn available.
This program is free to the public. Residents and non-residents are welcome. Contact the library at 860-646-7349 or email@example.com to register.
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Public Library will host Manned Space Flight, presented by Donna Grossman, on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m.
Grossman, a UTC Aerospace Systems retiree, will talk about several projects she worked on during her 41 years as a mechanical engineer, including the Shuttle Waste Collection System, Space Station Water Processor and the Orion. Grossman will also speak on what it was like to be one of the first female engineers in her department.
This free program will be held at the Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St. For more information, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821.
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., will host a painting on wood craft on Friday, July 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will paint a space-themed phrase on a wood plank. All materials will be provided for this free program, while supplies last. This is a program for adults.
For more information or to register, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821.
MANCHESTER -- The Silk City Board Game Group, hosted by the Manchester Public Library, will meet on Saturday, July 6, from noon to 4:30 p.m., at 586 Main St.
Learn to play Gaia Project, Pulsar 2849, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Roll For the Galaxy and SpaceCorp. All games are provided for this event. No registration is required. Free light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821.
MANCHESTER -- The Whiton Branch of the Manchester Public Library will host ‘Starry, Starry Date Night’ with artist Ellen Dougan on Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Join Dougan of E. M. Dougan Art and Framing as she leads couples in painting Van Gogh’s iconic Starry, Starry Night. Registration is required and all materials are supplied. This free program is intended as a date night for couples. Light refreshments will be served.
This free program will be held at Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St. For more information or to register, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821.
MANCHESTER -- Morning and evening all-levels yoga open to all, including beginners, will take place at the Meetinghouse of Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St. West, on Mondays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon.
Cost is a $6 drop-in donation. Bring a yoga mat or large towel and wear loose clothing. First-time students are asked to arrive five minutes early. Visit www.uuse.org or call 860-646-5151 for more information.
MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community College will hold several information sessions this summer for students interested in pursuing a career in advanced manufacturing. The one-hour sessions will meet Tuesday, July 9, and Aug. 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. Each session will be held in the SBM Charitable Foundation Building, room C145.
Interested students need to attend only one of the sessions and can choose the one most convenient. There are a limited number of seats in each session, and pre-registration is recommended. Visit www.manchestercc.edu/info and scroll to the desired date to register for any of the sessions.
Program coordinators and other representatives of the short-duration Precision Manufacturing certificate program will be on hand to answer questions.
The full-time program, which runs for 24 weeks, has cohorts starting in August and October 2019 and January 2020. It provides students with the required fundamentals for employment as an entry-level CNC machine operator. Students will learn through hands-on operation in up-to-date labs. In addition, they will learn basic inspection techniques on parts they manufacture in these labs. The program includes 450 hours of coursework that supports the hands-on experience gained in the labs.
Students who complete the certificate program earn both a non-credit and credit certificate and earn up to 30 credits that can be applied toward an associate degree in the Technology Studies-Industrial Technology Option.
For more information, visit www.manchestercc.edu/manufacturing or contact Tracy Ariel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-512-2635.
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., will show a family-friendly drama about a visitor from outer space during Cheney Cinema on Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m.
Due to license restrictions, since admission is free, the library cannot release the name of the movie being shown. The film is rated PG and is about an alien stranded on Earth who is befriended by a young boy, who attempts to help the alien return home before he is discovered by the government.
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.
MANCHESTER -- The public is invited to attend ‘Planning For Your Future: What You Need To Know’ on Thursday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Village at Buckland Court, 432 Buckland Road.
The event is sponsored by The Village at Buckland Court and Kahan Kerensky Capossela, LLP, of Vernon. Attorney William Dakin will discuss long-term health planning, financial matters, medical issues and more.
A complimentary dinner will be served. RSVP to Amanda Masterjohn at email@example.com or 860-644-7366. Space is limited. Attendees will be entered to win a gift certificate to Burton’s Grill.
MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community College introduced the Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian at the MCC Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 28, in the SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. The 2019 valedictorian is Ryan Harvey of Manchester. The 2019 salutatorian is Heidi Bzdyra of Glastonbury.
Harvey’s student focus is molecular biology, and while at MCC he participated in a joint program with the National Science Foundation and Princeton University to do research alongside Princeton faculty. He is, however, not a biology major, but an engineering major. He credits MCC’s faculty and advisors with helping him see the connection between the two. He is continuing his education at UConn, with career plans to engineer systems that apply to DNA and RNA disease cures.
Bzdyra came to MCC after earning a bachelor’s degree from UConn in horticulture. She is graduating a second time, now with a degree in occupational therapy. The mother of two grown children, she was told that she was too old to go back to school. Not only did she earn her degrees, but she rose to the level of salutatorian. For this success, she credits her mother, who attended the award ceremony with her.
Both are also recipients of the Board of Regents’ Medallion for Academic Excellence. Medallions are awarded at each of the community colleges to graduating students who have earned a perfect 4.0 grade point average. They are also graduating summa cum laude.
BOLTON -- St. George’s Episcopal Church is inviting crafters to rent a booth at the church’s 44th annual Craft and Harvest Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall and on the church grounds at 1150 Boston Turnpike.
The registration deadline is Sept. 1. For further information, email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-643-9203.
MANCHESTER -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness support group will hold its regular meeting on the third Thursday of every month. The meeting will be held at the Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The meeting is open to all families and friends of people with mental illness and focuses on sharing experiences and information. All information is held confidentially. For more information, contact Karen at email@example.com or Sarah at 860-643-4377.
MANCHESTER -- Manchester Art Association is once again exhibiting art at the Work Space Gallery, formally Dehn Gallery at MCC on Main, 903 Main St., from now through July 12. Visit www.manchesterart.org for more information.
Eleven artists from the Manchester Art Association are exhibiting their art at the Manchester Town Hall throughout the summer. There are 27 pieces of acrylic and oil paintings of various scenes and sizes. Many paintings are for sale. Participating artists are: Pat Ballsieper, Acrylic; Jeffrey Blazejovsky, Acrylic; Micheline Champagne, Acrylic; Helena Deary, Oil; Veronique Fournier-Wynne, Oil; Margaret Landers, Acrylic; Jerry Madara, Acrylic; Neill Monteserin, Oil; Doris Phillips, Oil; Barbara Pinti, Oil; and Adrianna Young, Oil and Acrylic. This show will be on display until September. Visit ManchesterArt.org for more information.
MANCHESTER -- Spruce Street Market Nights will run weekly on Wednesday evenings from now through Aug. 21, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 153 and 160 Spruce St.
The market will feature live music, open gallery hours, free garden tours and workshops, children’s activities, and the opportunity to support local farmers and artisans.
Local farmers and artisans will offer a variety of agricultural products for sale including pasture raised meats, eggs, farm fresh veggies, orchard fresh fruits and artisanal goods. The Spruce Street Market accepts cash, credit, debit, WIC, Senior Checks, and SNAP. The market will be offering CT Fresh Match, a program that doubles the value of SNAP purchases up to $10, to be spent on additional fresh produce.
For more information, visit facebook.com/SpruceStreetMarketCT or contact Neighborhoods and Families at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-647-3089.
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Public Library is hosting the following events for children. Visit library.townofmanchester.org or call 860-645-0577 for more information.
A Universe of Stories Children’s Summer Reading Program: Manchester Public Library’s summer reading program for children is ongoing, with activities and the chance to earn prizes for reading. This program is for babies or young children who are being read to and for school age children up to grade five, reading on their own. Reading logs may be picked up or printed from the website. Children who reach their first prize level can come to the library to receive a summer reading T-shirt, while supplies last. The summer reading program runs through Aug. 17 and the last day for prizes is Aug. 30.
MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Public Library introduces a brand-new seasonal book club called the Walking Book Club.
This book club starts promptly at 1 p.m. in the Mary Cheney Library lobby, 586 Main St., on the following dates. Attendees will take a two mile walk from the library to South Methodist and back to the library, making stops for discussion. The club will walk rain or shine, but in extreme weather, call the library at 860-645-0821.
The meeting dates and books for discussion are Aug. 7, Red Rising by Pierce Brown; Sept. 4, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Benjamin Montgomery; and Oct. 2, The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks.
This is a free program for adults. Copies of the books for the month will be available at both library buildings. For more information, visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call Jenn Bartlett at 860-645-0821.
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MANCHESTER -- NAMI Manchester is offering a young adult Connections Community Support Group for persons dealing with mental illnesses, 18 to 30 years of age.
The meetings will be held at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St., from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Contact Kim at Kimw@snet.net for more information.
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