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Manchester – MANCHESTER – The Manchester Garden Club will present a wild edibles program at the May 9 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Assumption Parish Hall, 27 Adams Street South. Enter through the back door of the parking lot.

Barbara Austin, a retired teacher from Manchester who ended her career as director of the environmental program at the Oak Grove Nature Center, will present her spring findings and share recipes for teas and dips from the natural bounty.

MANCHESTER – A giant tag sale will benefit the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and its work to preserve open spaces. Shop Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at 330 Bush Hill Road in the old cider barn.

Browse 5,000 square feet of books, games, dishes, tools, artwork, curiosities, furniture, machinery, home and sporting goods, near-antiques, dollhouse furniture, glassware, holiday decor, and homewares. both useful and decorative. There are 3.5 miles of trails on the farm, so you can shop and hike the same day.

The trust is accepting donations from now until May 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or call Terry at 860-643-1823. The group has issued a special request for folding chairs if you can donate. No computers, televisions, encyclopedias. To visit www.manchesterlandtrust.org for more information.

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Women’s Club is looking for women interested in helping the community while making new friends.

Join the Manchester Women’s Club at its next meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., at Manchester High School, 134 Middle Turnpike E. The club will meet in the Staff Lounge, Freshmen Wing, on Summit Street. To visit www.manchesterwomensclub.org for more information.

EAST HARTFORD – Hillstown Grange, 617 Hills St., hosts the following programs. For more information, email [email protected] or call Frank at 860-690-2845. The Grange is located in the Hillstown corner of East Hartford, Glastonbury and Manchester.

A Spring Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The menu will include pancakes, sausages, bottomless cups of coffee, tea and juice for $5. Children under 14 attend for $3. Special ‘kid-cakes’ will be available with chocolate chips. The star crepe is strawberries with whipped cream and a special peach.

The Grange Garden Market will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and will feature heirloom plants, local honey and hanging flower baskets. Parking is only available on the street. There will be helpers to transport the objects to the cars.

Kim Milikowski of Foster Hill Farm as well as local master gardeners will answer questions. Grange’s gardeners will also be on hand to help you.

The All About Heirloom Plants program, especially tomatoes, will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. Kim Milikowski of Foster Hill Farm will discuss what an heirloom plant is, its history, and what to look for when buying a plant. The workshop is open to all and free.

MANCHESTER – The Manchester Public Library, 586 Main St., is hosting the following events. To visit http://library.townofmanchester.org or call 860-645-0821.

Check ‘Em Out Book Club will meet in person for their May Book Talk on Monday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle. Copies of the book are available for inspection in both library buildings. No registration is required for this free in-person program.

A teen yoga class will be held from 3:15-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 for students in grades 6-12. The class will be hosted by Blissful by Melissa. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel. No registration is required.

John Hoffman, two-time transplant survivor and local author, will talk about his book “LIVEr” on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St.

Hoffman had two liver transplants, the first when she was 13 months old. He will talk about the condition that led to his need for transplants and their physical and emotional impact on him. His book, LIVEr: My Journey of Transplant Survival, is about how he found meaning in life by sharing his story, and will be available for purchase and signing on the evening of the event. This is a free program for adults, but registration is required. Call 860-645-0821 to register before May 7.

The Code Club will meet from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 for students in grades six through eight. Learn basic coding and meet other coders. The group uses Scratch and Ozoblockly with Ozobot robots. Members can join at any time. No experience is required. This is a walk-in program.

Middle School Nights are held every Wednesday in May, 6-8 p.m., for students in grades 6-8. Drop by college nights to play a variety of computer and video games with other college kids.

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SOUTH GLASTONBURY – The Silk City Chorus and MOSAIC return to perform at an outdoor a cappella festival.

The Manchester Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will host an afternoon a capella music festival on May 7, with a rain date of May 8.

The event will feature a variety of a cappella groups from 1-6 p.m. Both Manchester chapter choirs, the Silk City Chorus and MOSAIC will entertain. Several quartets will be present.

Round Midnight is a top 10 foursome who have been together for almost 20 years. Voce placed 6th at the 2019 Sweet Adelines World Championship. Destination recently placed third at the 2021 Barbershop Harmony Society Northeast District Championship.

The special guest coach is the famous Deke Sharon. He directed the Pitch Perfect films and produced the television show The Sing Off. He will coach groups who arrange a session in advance and lead an a cappella workshop from the concert stage.

Performance opportunities are available to local high school and college groups. The festival will take place on the grounds of Glastonbury Elks Lodge, located at 98 Woodland St.

The festival will also include a variety of local food trucks and vendors. General admission is $15. Students and seniors attend for $10. Children five and under participate for free. There are a limited number of places reserved for $25. This is an outdoor venue, only reserved seating will include chairs. General admission is “sit down”. To visit www.outdooracappellafest.org for more information or to buy tickets.

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