Manchester, Connecticut

Events

Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center

The following programs will meet at the Leisure Labs (2nd Floor) at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar Street.

Candle Making Workshop
Join Laurie Lynne of Creative Girl Studios for an afternoon of candle making. The workshop will include over 130 scents to choose from, organic cotton wicks, jars, twine, tags, labels, markers, wax color and more! Participants will leave with two handmade, 100% soy candles.
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: Sat, 1/8/22, 2:00 PM
  • Ages: 8+ (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Fee: $28
 
Radical Reptiles and More
Is your child interested in taking a walk on the wild side with a few radical reptiles, amazing arachnids and dynamic dragons? Then come join us for this interactive, family-friendly monthly series, offered in conjunction with Riverside Reptiles Education Center, where we will be learning more about these amazing creatures!
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: Last Saturday of the month, 10 AM
    • 01/29/22- Adaptions
    • 02/26/22- Senses & Defenses
    • 03/26/22- Living Dragons
  • Ages: All ages
  • Fee: $36/$45 (NR) for three total sessions

Super Smash Brothers Ultimate Tournaments
Challenge your friends and family to battle in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate! Brackets will be determined in advance. Participants will register for a monthly session consisting of two tournaments. Tournament finalists will have their fee waived for their next competing tournament.
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: 1st & 3rd Friday of the month, tournaments start at 6 PM
    • Session 1: January 7 & 21
    • Session 2: February 4 & 18
    • Session 3: March 4 & 18
    • Session 4: April 1 & 15
  • Ages: 12+
  • Fee: $10/$15 (NR) per session

Restorative Yoga & Journaling
Restorative Yoga & Journaling will explore various journaling techniques, yoga breath work and gentle restorative yoga sequences. Both restorative yoga and journaling provide tools to help us manage stress and anxiety throughout our daily lives. This class is great for beginners to both practices!
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: T/Th, 6 PM-7 PM
    • Session 1: 1/4/22-2/3/22
    • Session 2: 2/8/22-3/10/22
    • Session 3: 3/15/22-4/14/22
  • Ages: 18+
  • Fee: $60/$75 (NR)

Career Fair
Come learn about some exciting job opportunities within the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation, including lifeguards, camp counselors, recreation leaders and more! In addition, come hone your resume building and writing skills at our free writing lab.
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: W, 3/16/22, 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Ages: 15+
  • Fees: No cost
 
Maple Syrup Making in Connecticut
Join Mat Wilkinson of Wilkinson Farm for a free talk about how maple syrup is produced. Q&A to follow. Wilkinson Farm maple syrup will be available for purchase.
  • Location: Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: W, 3/23/22, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: 12+
  • Fee: No cost, but registration is required.

 
 
Culture Lab at Mahoney Center

The following programs will take place at the Culture Lab (3rd Floor) at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar Street.

Manchester Makes Meals
Let’s get down to sharing our roots by exploring our cultural food and farming heritage. This unique series will spotlight the culinary stylings of three different home cooks who have recently immigrated to the United States.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month, Jan.-March, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Ages: 18+
  • Fee: $8/$10(NR)
 
Black History Month Author Talk: Robert Harris
Author Robert Harris will give a free talk about his book Historical Moments: Military Contributions of African Americans. Q&A to follow. Signed books will be available for purchase.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: W, 2/2/22, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Ages: 12+
  • Fee: No fee
 
Black History Month Celebration
There is so much to celebrate this month, so join us for a fun filled night to do exactly that. The night will include a special speaker, interactive African drum performance, food and children’s activities. Let’s honor and celebrate Black History together as a community.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: F, 2/18/22, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages
  • Fee: No fee

Paint & Vent
This women’s-only event includes an instructor-led paint class while allowing the opportunity to reflect on Women’s History Month. This interactive class is a safe space for women to express themselves and their creativity. Participants get to take home their beautiful, hand-made painting at the end of the class.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: F, 3/18/22, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Ages: 18+
  • Fee: $10/$15 (NR)

Manchester Makes Meals: Community Cookbook
Come be a part of our town’s culinary time capsule and let’s get cooking! During this session, participants will have the opportunity to bring in their own recipes inspired by their heritage that will be compiled to form the first ever Manchester Makes Meals: Community Cookbook.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: 4/14/22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Ages: 18+
  • Fee: No cost
 
Things That Make Me Happy Art Exhibit
Come enjoy work created by Manchester’s very own young artists, all centered on the theme of “Things That Make Me Happy.” Light refreshments will be provided.
  • Location: Culture Lab at Mahoney Center
  • Meets: F, 4/22/22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages
  • Fee: No cost

Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center

The following programs will take place at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street.

Planting Party
Come join us as we start to sow great things in our community for the 2022 growing season! This program will discuss appropriate plant selection, practice starting seeds indoors, how to care for your seedlings, and succession considerations for continual harvesting throughout the season. Each participant will get to plant and take home 3 small newly-planted seedlings for their garden spaces.
  • Location: Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Meets: Sat., 2/19/22, 10 AM – 12 PM
  • Ages: 18+
  • Fee: $7/$10 (NR)
 
Black Bears in Connecticut
Join us to learn more about being a good natural neighbor to our local forest friends, the majestic Black Bear. Paul Colburn, a Connecticut Master Conservationist, will be joining us to talk more about where & how they live, how to live with them, and what is being done in state to conserve this species. Paul will also be bringing a few of his bear “artifacts” for attendees to explore!
  • Location: Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Meets: Th., 3/10/22, 5:30 PM
  • Ages: Families with children 10 or younger
  • Fee: No cost, but registration is required.