Friday, December 21
Published weekly since August 2017

No, this isn't Santa -- but when it comes to making Christmas wishes come true in Manchester, R.j Gomes runs a close second.

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Scenes From The Season
We have more photos from the MHS Holiday Concert on our FB page and you can read about a fundraiser for recently retired Bentley Principal Jim Fromme.
From St. Mary's Church (left) to Highland Park School (with help from Team Connecticut Baseball), people stepped up in the spirit of generosity.
Keeney Elementary students (left) and members of the Illing Middle School National Junior Honor Society were gladly in gift-giving mode.
The Week Ahead*
*We include stuff for next weekend, too, to help you plan

With Christmas on a Tuesday, lots of people are enjoying a four-day weekend.
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Cheney Cinema Saturday at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (7 p.m.) -- Manchester High vs. Chicopee in 'As Schools Match Wits' TV show
Monday, Tuesday and Jan. 1  -- Town Offices closed for Christmas
Monday through Tuesday, Dec. 24-Jan. 1 -- No school for holiday break
Tuesday (12 p.m.) -- Make a Christmas (MAC) at Manchester Country Club
Tuesday and Jan. 1 -- No trash collection and will be delayed one day for the remainder of each holiday week.
Wednesday (2 p.m.) -- Snowflake Storytime at Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St.
Wednesday (3 p.m.) -- Magic Workshop with Christina the Magician at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday (2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -- Building with KEVA Planks at Whiton Branch Library, 100 North Main St.
Thursday (3 p.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Crafternoon for Kids at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) -- Dancin' with Hoops at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday, Dec. 28 (10:30 a.m.) -- PreSchool Drive-in Movie at Mary Cheney Library
  • The latest Leisure, Family and Recreation update is right here.
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
  • Looking for youth recreational programs? Check this out.
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.

Vowing to get in shape in 2019? Call 860-647-3084 to learn More about this class that starts Jan. 5 at Center Springs Park.
Thursday, Jan. 10 (6p.m. - 9 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Street, 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 to add an item.
What's Happening
Winter begins today (at 5:23 p.m.) but you'd never think it, what with the temp hitting 62 degrees. These photos were taken yesterday at Porter Reservoir.

It's official -- the town completed its leaf pickup program for the year on Wednesday.
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:
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'Tis The Season
It's a tradition: The Santa Band moved into the cafe at MHS today to entertain students during the last lunch waves before the holiday break.
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 or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.