Friday, November 9
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Next Tuesday we have a rare double-header -- the Board of Directors meet at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center while the Board of Education has a meeting at the same time at Illing Middle School. On top of that, there is a SMARTR2 meeting that night at 6 at Keeney Elementary School. Keeping it all straight isn't easy, but readers of  'OneManchester' get all they need to know about town and school developments in one place. You a subscriber? If not just click here.
Smile Markers

For many of us, it's a race in name only, and these are among the familiar checkpoints in our Thanksgiving Day lap of the town. At left is the:

Btw the Road Race website is here and includes registration information (there were 9476 registered runners as of this morning) and Manchester Patch has a story about traffic and security.
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan

The Veteran's Day parade is Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. There's more information here.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- 'Kiss Me, Kate" continues at Little Theatre (through Nov. 18)
Friday and Saturday (8 p.m.) -- 'California Suite' at MHS (tonight is sold out)
Saturday (11 a.m.) -- Pierogi sale at at St. John the Baptist, Polish National Catholic Church (23 Golway St.)
Saturday (2-4 p.m.) -- Unicorn Party for adults at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (7 p.m.) -- Pianist Mohamed Shams performs at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Saturday (6 p.m.) -- Red, White and Blue Dinner at the Elks
Sunday (8-11 a.m.) -- Pancake breakfast at Army & Navy Club
Sunday (10:30 a.m.) -- Veteran's Day parade steps off from American Legion Drive toward 
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Open House at the Cheney Homestead
Monday -- Veteran's Day (no school for MPS)
Tuesday (6 p.m.) SMARTR2 school renovation meeting at Keeney Elementary
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Board of Education meeting at Illing Middle School
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Board of Directors meeting at Lincoln Center.
Wednesday (6 p.m.) -- Board of education pre-budget workshop at MHS (Room 293)
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) SMARTR2 school renovation meeting at Bowers Elementary
Friday, Nov. 16 (2:30-3:30 p.m.) -- Unicorn Party Family Program at Cheney Library
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16-18) -- 'Kiss Me, Kate" continues and concludes at Little Theatre 
Saturday, Nov. 17 (9 a.m.-2 p.m.) -- Mall in the Hall at Second Congregational Church

MHS is performing Neil Simon's 'California Suite' this weekend while 'Kiss Me, Kate,' continues at the Little Theatre.
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Monday, Nov. 19 (6:30 p.m.) -- Amby Burfoot presents "Run Forever: My Love Affair With The Manchester Road" at Whiton Branch Library
Thursday, Nov. 22 (10 a.m.) -- Manchester Road Race
Thursday, Nov. 29 (6:30 p.m.) -- Tree lighting at St. James
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.

of Manchester

Tracy Gallivan, who works for Manchester Adult & Continuing Education, has an inspiring story to tell that includes her battle with an eating disorder. The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.

Meetings Matter
Highlights include:

  • SMARTR2 (6 p.m.) at Keeney Elementary School.
  • Board of Directors (7 p.m.) at Lincoln Center
  • Board of Education (7 p.m.) at Illing Middle School
  • SMARTR2 (6:30 p.m.) at Bowers Elementary
(We have the rest of the SMARTR2 schedule 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.
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:
Learn the inside story of how a seventh-grader at Illing Middle School won a national writing contest. It's in the JI.

The Courant writes about a community wide food drive.
To see more fliers and announcements please click here.
You Go, Girls!

The Manchester U-11 girls soccer team defeated Monroe last Saturday to win the CT State Cup -- the first time a girls' team from Manchester has won this since 1988. That's Coach Shane Buzzell celebrating with the players, To see a team photo click here.
As days get colder and action moves indoors, check out these youth and family programs being offered by the town's Recreation Division.
Not Ned. Not Bob. Not Oz .... Meet Nadia!

Congratulations to fifth-grader Nadia Milewski, shown here with Bennet Academy Principal Joe Chella.  Nadia was the school's winner in the Connecticut Kid Governor civics program, which involved fifth-graders from throughout the state.
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 or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.