Manchester, Connecticut

Events

Family Movie Nights: Black Cinema
 
Come on out for free outdoor showings of family-friendly films focused on the black experience in America. Film showings will include Akeelah and the Bee and John Lewis: Good Trouble.
  • Akeelah and the Bee: 6/4/2021, Market Field (153 & 163 Spruce Street)
  • John Lewis: Good Trouble: 6/20/2021, Charter Oak Park
  • Times: Showings start at sundown
  • Ages: All ages welcome 

 
Family Movie Nights: World Cinema
 
Come experience some family films that take place all around the world, including in Mexico, Japan, India and Saudi Arabia! Film showings include Coco, My Neighbor Totoro, Like Stars On Earth and Wadjda. Films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.
  • Location: Market Field (153 & 163 Spruce Street)
  • Meets: Fridays, 7/9/2021, 7/23/2021, 8/6/2021, 8/13/2021
  • Times: Showings start at sundown
  • Ages: All ages welcome

 
Spruce Street Community Garden
Free Spring Learnshop Series

The following Learnshops will take place at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, located at 153 Spruce Street. Masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. All events are free to the public, but registration is required. Registration is limited. Register online or contact the Neighborhoods & Families Division at (860)647-3089.

Water Harvesting and Rain Barrels
Rain barrels, edging styles, drainage basins, berms and swales are some ways to harvest and direct water to where it is best used by your landscape.  Learn how to save time and money.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 05/13/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Planting Tomatoes
May is for setting out tomatoes! Learn some tricks for planting to have a healthy, productive crop of this favorite summer vegetable.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 05/20/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Small Space Gardening
You can plant vegetables almost anywhere, from containers to in the ground!  A bit of knowledge and a lot of tending will produce healthy, organic food for you and your family.  Come and see what is possible through the use of small space gardening.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 6/03/21, 6 PM – 7 PM 
  • Ages: All Welcome
Water Harvesting
Come learn about how to conserve rainwater for your gardens. At our garden, collected rain water from the roof of our small shed provides chlorine-free water to promote healthy soil and plants.  Learn how to do this at home through rain barrels, edging styles and other collection methods.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 06/10/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Avoiding or Dealing with Garden Problems
Mold likes dark, moist places to grow and spread its spores.  There are organic, low-cost ways to prevent it from destroying your plants and ways to deal with it when it happens. Learn how in this hands-on demonstration.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 06/17/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Composting Methods
Learn how to turn kitchen scraps, weeds, coffee grounds, leaves and shredded paper into rich, fertile soil!  This free fertilizer can perk up any lawn, garden or indoor plant.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 07/01/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Tomatoes
Everyone loves fresh tomatoes!Learn some tricks for growing and tending to have a healthy, productive crop of this favorite summer vegetable.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 07/08/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Saving Seeds
Learn how to ensure your garden grows from year-to-year with the varieties you like best by saving your seeds for the future.  Learn the best ways for preserving and storing your garden’s treasures.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 07/15/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Pruning Perennials and Vegetables
Learn the basics of pruning your garden’s vegetation to allow for better production and beauty. This is a hands-on opportunity to see how it is done and learn to do it yourself!
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 8/05/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Planting Peas and Other Cold Hearty Crops
Many vegetable plants like the cold weather of late August, fall and even through the winter. Come learn about these hearty plants and try some for yourself!
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 08/12/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome
Dividing and Transplanting Perennials
Perennial flowers and vegetables expand in their space throughout the years.  By dividing our plants every four to five years, they become more productive and provide you with new plants for other spaces!  Learn how through this hands-on demonstration.
  • Instructor: Bettylou Sandy
  • Location: Spruce Street Community Garden
  • Meets: 08/19/21, 6 PM – 7 PM
  • Ages: All Welcome