Manchester Community College Announces Events for April

MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 27, 2019) – A lot is happening at Manchester Community College for the month of April.

All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For current information or notices of cancellation, click on “View All Events” on MCC’s web site:

Economic Impacts and Challenges of Connecticut’s Agricultural Industry. Monday, April 1, from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. Guest speakers will provide information about Connecticut’s agricultural industry. Info: Luz Londono Diaz, 860-512-2754 or email

MCC Visiting Artist Talk – Carol Wax, Printmaker. Tuesday, April 2, from noon to 1 p.m., SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. Award-winning New York printmaker Carol Wax will talk about her life as an artist. Info: Dan Long, 860-512-2697 or email

Open House. Tuesday, April 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Great Path Academy Gym. The Open House will provide information on over 80 certificates and degree programs offered at MCC as well as special workshops on financial aid, admissions and other programs. Prospective students and families interested in learning more about MCC are encouraged to attend. Pre-register at

Library Book Sale. Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Raymond F. Damato Library, Learning Resource Center. Textbooks, fiction and non-fiction, children’s books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase to benefit the library fund managed by MCC Foundation. Info: Paula Pini, 860-512-2877 or email

Edgar Kunz Poetry Reading. Wednesday, April 10, 8 to 9 p.m., Community Commons, GPA. Raised in Manchester and a graduate of MCC, Edgar Kunz is author of the poetry collection Tap Out (Mariner / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Info: Steve Straight, 860-512-2688 or email

Human Library. Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11, from noon to 3 p.m., Raymond F. Damato Library, Learning Resource Center. Connect one-on-one with others to share unique sets of life experiences, stories and knowledge to promote values of tolerance and understanding. “Human Books” will be checked out by readers for conversations in the library to celebrate our differences, break down barriers, encourage new ideas and strengthen the community. Info: Paula Pini, 860-512-2877 or email

19th Annual Animation Show of Shows, 2019. Thursday, April 11, from 12:30 to 3:20 p.m. and Friday, April 12, 6 to 9 p.m., SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. Presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. The works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about individuals’ place in society at a time of social instability and issues. Info: Maura O’Connor, 860-512-2692 or email

Community Passover Seder Luncheon. Friday, April 12, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Culinary Arts Center, Student Services Center. Try delicious cuisine and a new experience, please join us for our annual Community Passover Seder luncheon. All are welcome, so bring your curiosity and appetite to help celebrate diversity at MCC! Reservations are required and there is a $12 cost for the meal. Visit, or send a check made out to the MCC Foundation Seder Fund to MCC Foundation, Great Path MS#6, P.O. Box 1046, Manchester, CT 06045-1046.

The Big Draw Community Arts Event. Thursday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., D-E Art Hallway, Arts, Sciences and Technology Center. There will be large sheets of paper mounted on the hallway walls throughout the Visual Fine Arts department, and all drawing materials are provided. No prior drawing experience required. Snacks and pizza are provided. Info: Patricia Carrigan, 860-512-2695 or email

Common Read Guest Speaker – Author Wes Moore: A Keynote Address and Q and A. Thursday, April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., SBM Charitable Foundation Auditorium. Wes Moore, author of the 2018-19 Common Read selection, The Other Wes Moore, will talk about the importance of mentorship and education. He will take questions from the audience about the book. Sponsored by MCC Foundation, Cultural Programs Committee, Hartford Consortium for Higher Education and Capital Community College.

Evening of Fine Food and Friends. Friday, April 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., Student Services Center. A cabaret-themed evening of entertainment, delicious hors-d’oeuvres and desserts, silent auction and silent wine auction, raffles, wine pull, music and dancing. This premier gala raises funds for student scholarships and programs at MCC. Info: