Community News For The Manchester Edition

Work_Space hosting wellness programs, The Art of Recovery exhibit, poetry

Manchester — MANCHESTER – Work_Space, 903 Main St., is hosting the following events. Call 818-590-5372 or visit for more information.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., “It’s OK Not to Be OK” will take place. There is no cost to attend. Participate in free wellness workshops on mindfulness, yoga, movement, reiki, sound healing and more.


All will take place during the monthly 2nd Saturday open house, which is showcasing The Art of Recovery exhibit. With over 80 works by more than 30 artists, this powerful exhibit reflects the physical and emotional toll addiction takes as well as the struggles and rewards of recovery. The 2nd Saturday offerings include Ben Parker demonstrating the art of origami and buskers from Imagine Main Street. There is no cost to attend. Visit to register.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 and 18, More Than Words will feature musicians, poetry and community conversations about the power of art to support emotional well-being. There is no cost to attend. Aug. 11 will feature Hartford-born rapper/songwriter Klokwize. On Aug. 18, the acoustic duo the PrimaDonnas are joined by poets Julia Paul and Christine Beck. Both evenings will include opportunities for open mic. Visit for more info or to reserve a spot.


St. George’s issues invitation to crafters for church fair

BOLTON – St. George’s Episcopal Church is inviting crafters to rent a booth at the church’s 46th annual Craft and Harvest Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church lawn at 1150 Boston Turnpike. The registration deadline is Sept. 1. Email or call 860-643-9203 for more information.

Woodbridge Farmstead to host open house

MANCHESTER – Visit the Woodbridge Farmstead, 495 East Middle Turnpike, on Sunday, Aug. 14, from noon to 2 p.m., for a free open house hosted by the Manchester Historical Society.

Celebrate the day of Thelma Woodbridge’s birth. She would have been 111 years old in August. Cake and iced tea will be served.

In honor of Thelma’s years as an educator in Manchester, a book swap will take place. Bring a book and take a book home.

Take a self-guided tour through the late 18th century barn or join a guided tour of sections of the 1830s farmhouse. Games will be set up for the children.

Manchester Public Library hosting art programs, recipe cookbook club, more

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., presents the following programs. Visit or call 860-645-0821 for more information. The events take place at the main library, unless otherwise noted.

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, the Recipe Readers Cookbook Club will meet. The featured book is Good Eats Series by Alton Brown.

This club meets monthly on Saturday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Each month a theme, author or cookbook will be chosen. Participants are asked to pick one recipe from the book and come to the program with dish in hand on the date posted ready to discuss their experience. Dishes should arrive fully prepared and ready to share. Registration is required.


At 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Mixed Medium Art with artist Rebecca Maloney will take place. All materials will be supplied for this free event for adults. Registration is required and limited to 15. Call 860-645-0821.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, a paper quilling craft will take place. Create a turtle, fish or whale with assorted colored paper and quilling tools. This is a free craft for adults and registration is required. The craft is limited to the first 10 people who register by calling the Reference room at 860-645-0821.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, a garden tea party will take place at Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St. Join Nora Toomey, clinical herbalist of True Bloom, to learn the basics of herbal tea making. This program is for adults only age 18 and up. Registration is required and space is limited.