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Learn about food business

Chef Sharyce Graham of My Local Chefs will talk about important steps in creating a business plan, the importance of social media and technology, and the benefits of the Keto diet. She will share recipes for Keto-friendly desserts and have samples. Registration is required for this free event at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 20, at Manchester Public Library. Call the Reference Desk at 860-645-0821 to register. Graham is originally from Windsor and now lives in Manchester. http://library.townofmanchester.org

Westfield Bank collects toys

Westfield Bank is collecting toy donations through Dec. 13 to help economically disadvantaged children this holiday season. Toys collected in Massachusetts will go to the Western Massachusetts Campaign of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation; Connecticut branches will be donating to local charitable organizations. Toys should be unused, unwrapped, and in their original packaging. Toys that look like realistic weapons and toys that contain food will not be accepted.

Donate to food banks at Big Y

Big Y’s annual Sack Hunger collection is underway through Dec. 15. The drive provides funds for the four food banks within the chain’s two-state marketing area. Customers can make a $5 donation at any of Big Y’s stores or donate online at https://www.bigy.com/rs/GiftCards.  Big Y will match donations. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need.

Springfield Technical Community College will host a Back to Business Career & Transfer Fair on Dec. 8. Attendees can meet employers with job openings and with representatives from four-year colleges and universities who can discuss transfer opportunities. Employers can contact STCC to participate. The event kicks off with a breakfast featuring keynote speaker Jason Young, author of “The Culturetopia Effect.” For details and to register, visit stcc.edu/backtobusiness. For questions, please contact Kelly Galanis at 413-755-5429 or [email protected]

Emergency responders honored

Cox Business honored the Broad Brook Fire Department and Ambulance Service of Manchester as part of the company’s effort to recognize first responders. Organizations were nominated by community members. Each received a catered Thanksgiving luncheon and/or boxed meals and a $500 donation in the station’s name to the nonprofit of their choice. The campaign, organized by Cox Business, sought to highlight the efforts of first responders who keep residents safe and took on new responsibilities over the past year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.