February 12. 2012 9:33PM

Scene in Manchester: Mayor Gatsas takes to slopes to help out

Mayor Ted Gatsas finishes a tubing run during the New Hampshire Prostate Coalition’s annual Ski Challenge at McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester last week. (COURTESY)

We've mentioned how much we like being friends with Mayor Ted Gatsas on Facebook. Last week we got to see a picture of him tubing at McIntyre as part of the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition's Ski Challenge there. The mayor looks so happy, you'd think he was cutting taxes!

Thanks to Amy Zalinsky of www.smilenwave.com for sharing the picture with us. You can visit her website to see more great pictures from the event, which she is selling to raise money for the coalition.

Parks & Rec on Facebook

Last week, another city department joined the social media world, and we're proud to be among the Manchester Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Division's first fans on Facebook. The division recently announced its online presence on both Facebook and Twitter, where it plans to keep the social media savvy up to date with information on league sign-ups, park events, project updates, seasonal openings and closings and public meetings. Facebook and Twitter are a great way to push information out to the public, especially if your friends, fans and followers help by sharing the information you post.

We're looking forward to learning all the exciting news that comes out of the division, and we hope the staff is responsive to questions and concerns that are sure to head their way via Facebook and Twitter. We're also looking forward to the “occasional parks trivia” promised in the department's news release.

For park patrons who still don't use social media, the division can send you news through email. Visit manchesternh.gov/parks and click “Follow” to sign up. And if that's still too advanced for you, there's always the phone.

Manga Mia!

We're excited to hear the chef from Hooksett's hidden gem Mangia is teaming up with the folks from Manchester's All Juiced Up to reopen the Queen City eatery as an Italian restaurant. We're not the only fans of Mangia, housed in a tiny strip mall on Londonderry Turnpike. People seem to love it for its authentic cuisine (Chef Angelo Bruno is from Italy) and its BYOB policy. Haters seem to focus on the tiny restaurant's decor and the amount of time diners may have to wait for their meal. If you're looking for an Olive Garden-type of experience, Mangia is not it.

We're not sure when All Juiced Up closed its doors, but it was sometime after its move from a more prominent Elm Street location at the south end of the street across from Kriss Cosmetics. Since All Juiced Up had a great decor, in addition to a delicious array of smoothies and other healthy treats, we have a feeling this version of Mangia won't disappoint those more focused on their surroundings then the food.

However, if you're still looking for a quick meal, it doesn't sound like Bruno has any plans to increase his table turnover times at the new location. On its Facebook page, the owners wrote: “We will be doing lunch and dinner. But, keep in mind, he is European and they operate on a different time schedule, lol. Allot yourself time to come in and relax and enjoy his creations. You will not be disappointed!”

Bruno told The Scene he will close the doors on the Hooksett location and hopes to be open in Manchester by the end of the month. We can't wait to try it out.


It had been a few years since we've visited the CareGivers, located just over the city limits in Bedford, and we were glad to get a quick tour during a work-related stop last week. The organization helps elderly and disabled residents maintain their independence in their homes by providing transportation to doctor appointments and other errands. The group also has a “friendly visit” program to give their clients some social time with volunteers.

But what caught our eye during our visit was the expansion of the CareGivers' Caring Cupboard program in which volunteers deliver food items to clients.

They've set up a pantry (which was extremely orderly and organized, we noticed) next to their offices to hold the donations they receive from the New Hampshire Food Bank and other business-based food drives. Each month, volunteers pack up food items according to an order list for each individual client and deliver it in cool, reusable shopping bags to the clients' homes.

Thanks to Executive Director Donny Guillemette for taking the time to show us around and share more about the programs. To organize a food drive or to become a volunteer driver, contact the CareGivers at 622-4948.

NH365 Pick of the Week

If you haven't been using NH365.org to find events, then you're missing out. The calendar, which was created by the Union Leader Corp. several years ago, is shared by several media companies and is chock full of fun and interesting stuff to do.

Today we begin highlighting one NH365.org event each week in The Scene. So, if you're an event promoter who would like us to mention your event in the column, we won't find it unless it's in the online calendar.

This week's pick is the United States Dog Agility Association Agility Trial taking place at All Dog's Gym this weekend. If you love dogs like we do, then you'll love watching them jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels and more. And, the best part about this event is that it's free for spectators.

Scene in Manchester is a weekly column of social tidbits from around the Queen City assembled by Teresa Robinson and Katie McQuaid. If you have an interesting item for Scene in Manchester, email it to scene@unionleader.com.