Friday, December 28
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The Week Ahead
  • Little kids can celebrate 12 hours early, making party hats and noisemakers in anticipation of the new year. It's happening on Dec. 31 at both the Whiton and Mary Cheney libraries.
  • Impatient big kids can head to Dave and Busters for a Noon Year's Eve celebration that starts at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Patient big kids have night-time options that include Adam's Mill, The Main Pub and The Hungry Tiger, among other places.
More About The Week Ahead:
Saturday (10 a.m.) -- Holiday Clothing/Canned Foods Drive at the Salvation Army
Saturday  (10:30 a.m.) -- PreSchool Drive-in Movie at Mary Cheney Library
Monday (10:30 a.m.) -- New Year's Eve Crafts & Countdown to Noon at Mary Cheney Library
Monday  (11 a.m.) -- New Year's Eve Crafts at Whiton Library Branch
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 -- Back to school!
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- WORK_SPACE 'pop-up gallery' open house
Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
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
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
A Little History ...
Here's just a bit about two locally legendary philanthropists:
Her father Frank was one of the one of the original eight brothers of silk business fame and Mary Cheney (born in 1856, she never married and lived most of her life in a large brick house across from what's now the new CVS) inherited a lot of money that she generously shared with various civic groups while also serving on boards including that of the South Manchester Library.
Born in Mansfield in 1846, Francis H. Whiton attended Harvard, then Dartmouth, becoming a doctor and then settling in Manchester, where he became a trustee of the North End Library and left (when he died in 1922) part of his estate to the town of Manchester for the construction of a library. 
In The News

Junior Dahsan King led Manchester High (4-0) to a 89-46 win over Maloney Thursday afternoon. The next MHS home game is Friday, Jan. 4 vs. East Catholic.
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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School Scenes
Kids are off this week but from last week -- lots of Illing students stayed after school for a review session before a test on Ancient Africa while Highland Park had an 'Ugly Sweater' day. Classes resume on Wednesday.
You can find the gallery on either Facebook or Instagram.
Book It

Sure, you can vow to exercise more, or eat fewer sweets, or get organized. But why not also commit to visiting the library more often? This handy checklist can help you make your life better in 2019. 
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.