Friday, November 2
Published weekly since August 2017
Color Manchester quaint! Clockwise from top left: scenes from Center Street, the corner of Gerard and Cone, Keeney Street and Bush Hill Road.  We have more evocative autumnal photos on the district Facebook page. And if you like this newsletter you can click here to subscribe.
Trick or Treat!
Sure, kids love Halloween but these school district employees also were into it!
Halloween Happenings, A Safe Downtown Manchester Trick-or-Treat is tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 3) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This includes:
  • Pumpkin Decorating for Children at the Manchester Antiques Mall, 811 Main St.
  • Safe Children's Downtown Trick-or-Treat at Downtown businesses displaying a "Welcome Trick-or-Treaters" sign.
  • At approx. 1:15 p.m., a Trick-or-Treat Group Photo in Center Memorial Park by John Garaventa. 
For more info call 860 645-2101 or check the Downtown Manchester Special Services District Facebook page. 
Promises, Promises ...

Get out and vote on Tuesday!  Click here to see Manchester ballots.
The Week Ahead*
*We have more from this weekend and include stuff next weekend, too, to help you plan

Lilli and Fred are the stars on the Cheney Hall stage, but credit Cole Porter and William Shakespeare for the wit that makes this a winner.
Friday -- 'Kiss Me, Kate" opens at Little Theatre (through Nov. 19)
Friday (5 p.m.) --  Full Gospel Interdenominational Church pasta dinner
Friday (5:30-8 p.m.) --Troop 123 Pasta Dinner
Friday ( 7:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale presents excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and more at MCC
Saturday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Heritage Holiday Fair at Center Congregational Church
Sunday (1 p.m.) -- Native American story program at the Manchester History Center
Tuesday -- Election Day (polls open 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; no classes in MPS)
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) SMARTR2 school renovation meeting at Buckley Elementary
Saturday, Nov. 10 (11 a.m.) -- Pierogi sale at at St. John the Baptist, Polish National Catholic Church (23 Golway St.)
Saturday, Nov. 10 (2-4 p.m.) -- Unicorn Party for adults at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) -- Pianist Mohamed Shams performs at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Saturday, Nov. 10 (6 p.m.) -- Red, White and Blue Dinner at the Elks
Sunday, Nov. 11 (8-11 a.m.) -- Pancake breakfast at Army & Navy Club
Sunday, Nov. 11 (1-4 p.m.) -- Open House at the Cheney Homestead
Monday, Nov. 12 -- Veteran's Day (no school for MPS)

Note: Saturday's Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail Dedication has been postponed to early Spring/Summer 2019 due to projected inclement weather.
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Thursday, Nov. 22 (10 a.m.) -- Manchester Road Race
Thursday, Nov. 29 (6:30 p.m.) -- Tree lighting at St. James
And Even More ...

Family Fun Night. Youth Basketball. A Bennet Snowcial. Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic and Lunch. These are among the upcoming highlights from the town's Recreation Division. Click here for the details.
 
ALSO
Click here to see the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email b11jfarr@mpspride.org to add an item.
ICYMI
Classes start Dec. 10 and you can learn more here.
  • Registration is now open for Manchester Community College's winter intersession, which runs 12/26 through 1/11. Apply and register here.
Meetings Matter
After a three-week hiatus, the SMARTR2 meetings about school renovations resume on Thursday at Buckley Elementary School. We have more here. 
To learn more about (and reach members of) the Board of Directors just click here. As for the Board of Education? This is the place.
Words From a Wimpy Writer
Jeff Kinney, author of the best-selling book series “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” visited Verplanck Elementary School on Thursday and the Courant covered the event. (Plus we have a bunch of pics on the district Facebook page.)
Also in the News
The Journal Inquirer, Hartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.) Here are some recent highlights:
  • Keith Nielsen is back in Manchester, working as a costume designer for a movie being filmed in Connecticut. The JI has the story.
  • The Rev. Adam Piekarzewski is the new pastor at St. John the Baptist National Catholic Church. Patch has the story.
  • Curly Star, which sells a variety of beauty shop products, has opened at Buckland mall, where Foot Locker and Bag It! Boutique used to be, according to The Manchester Scoop
To see more fliers and announcements please click here.
Oranges On The Pitch
The Oranges, Manchester's entry in the Connecticut Soccer League, played their last home game of the season on Sunday, and we caught up with Bijan Rezai, who helped found the squad a year ago. He's the latest addition to our Human of Manchester gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Q's and A's
Check the district Facebook page for more photos and click here to read the JI's story about the event
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.