Friday, December 14
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A Charter Oak Afternoon
The ice was a bit watery Wednesday afternoon but pond hockey regulars were content, as was 3-year-old Millie, who enjoyed the swing with her dad. 
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan
Saturday (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Christmas Bazaar & Pierogi Sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Saturday (2-4 p.m.) -- Holiday Ornament Decorating and Coloring at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) --  Elks Lodge craft fair
Sunday (4:30 p.m.) -- Christmas Concert at South Methodist Church
Tuesday (12:10 p.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Ted Talk Tuesday at WORK_SPACE
Tuesday (6 p.m.) -- Family Game Night at Mary Cheney Library
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- MHS Holiday Concert
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Community Drum Circle at Unitarian Universalist Society
Wednesday (2 p.m.) -- Gingerbread Cookie Party for Pre-Schoolers at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) -- Edward Leonard's Silly Sing-a-Long at Mary Cheney Library
ALSO:
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
  • Looking for youth recreational programs? Check this out.
  • Click here to see latest leaf collection information and updates.
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Mon - Tues. Dec 24 -25 -- Town Offices closed for Christmas
Mon-Tues, Dec. 24-Jan. 1 -- No school for holiday break
Thursday, Jan. 10 (6p.m. - 9 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Street Manchester
Tuesday, Jan. 15 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Annual MLK ceremony at Manchester High School

Further down the road:
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Last day of classes for MPS students
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.
Pajama Power
Students and staff throughout the district (including Kate Kantrow and her kids at Washington Elementary) wore PJs to school on Friday to raise attention (and funds, through voluntary $1 donations) for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. 
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:
Also
'Tis The Season
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria, of the school district's communications office, 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.