LFR Program Newsletter

July 17-30

Town of Manchester’s Bicentennial Celebration

MARC Summer Concert Series

Please note that all concerts will be held at 151-161 Sheldon Road; check for weather delays by calling MARC’s Event Hotline at (860)474-2700. This year’s  remaining summer concert series includes:

  • Anthem Reggae Band (Tu, 7/18/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Rain Date: 7/19/23)
  • Backstage Pass (Tu, 7/25/23, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Rain Date: 7/26/23)

Arbors of Hop Brook – Pollinator Pathway Garden Dedication

Join us for some delightful music and refreshments on our patio and tour our newly dedicated Pollinator Pathway Garden. The numerous established tree species, flowering shrubs, fragrant perennial varieties and herb plants help sustain a wide variety of birds, butterflies and bees.

  • Meets: F, 7/21/23, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: Arbors of Hop Brook, 403 West Center Street

Tiny Podcast | Bicentennial Edition | Buffalo Soldiers (Audio)

Joining us in this episode is Robert Harris, a veteran, a talented author, and a role model. He’s here to share his insights and knowledge about some of history’s most important and not well-known. Robert will help us understand their contributions and these soldiers’ impact on our country. Join us as we pay tribute and learn about the brave men and women as we honor their service.

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Recreation Division

Friday Night Pool Events & Charter Oak Park Summer Event Series

Join our Lifeguards & Park Ambassadors for our Friday Night Event Series! These free special events are hosted all across Manchester. See the following schedules for the current slate of the event series.

Youth Service Bureau Division

PFLAG Manchester

Through support, education and advocacy, PFLAG Hartford is helping to make our community a healthier, more well-informed, safer, fairer & happier place for LGBTQ+ people, their families, and their loved ones.

PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, questioning and queer+ people, their families, parents and allies. Meetings are open and designed to support families with LGBTQ+ youth. Meetings will be structured to include a LGBTQ+ youth group (ages 13-18) and a parent/family support group.

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM at the Manchester Youth Service Bureau, 63 Linden Street. For more information, please contact Kellie Gauvin at (860)647-5262 or [email protected].

Neighborhoods and Families Division

Spruce Street Farmers Market

The Spruce Street Farmers Market will run on Wednesdays, June 7 through August 30, from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Market Field, 163 Spruce Street. Vendor selections are thoughtfully curated to include diverse food and business owners, with products including: fresh fruits & vegetables, meats & eggs, honey & maple syrup, gluten-free baked goods, vegan offerings, CT trucks & artisans.

The market also accepts EBT/WIC payments & will double the value of SNAP purchases up to $20.00 (spend $20.00 using your EBT card to receive an additional $20.00 to spend on SNAP-eligible items).

  • Location: Market Field, 163 Spruce Street
  • Meets: W, 06/07/23-08/30/23, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Fee: No cost to attend. Free parking available across street at 160 Spruce Street

Clay Workshop with A Clay Zone
Join Carnetta Parnell of A Clay Zone for a sea creature creation workshop! Each participant will receive their choice of a medium-sized aromatherapy scented clay that can be used for future use. Non-scented clay is also available. Participants will be provided sample images to use. Everyone’s own creativity is always encouraged.

  • Meets: Sat, 08/05/23, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street
  • Ages: 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Fee: $30/$35 (NR)

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