Thursday, January 31
Published weekly since August 2017
The Lutz opens at 6 a.m. Saturday and the official state groundhog will reveal his prediction at about 6:45. The event is free and there's hot coffee and breakfast foods and, this year, you don't have to then rush to school or work. Get more details here and click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
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The Week Ahead

Friday -- National Wear Red Day with “Heart Healthy Awareness Packs” availabe in select town offices.
Friday (6-7:30 p.m) -- First Friday Film Series at Eastside Community Center
Friday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- FriSciNi at the Bennet Leisure Center
Saturday (6 a.m.) -- Groundhog Day at Lutz Children's Museum: Will Chuckles see his shadow?
Saturday (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Imagine Main Indoor Market at WORK_SPACE
Sunday (1-2:30 p.m.) -- Dismantling Racism program begins at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Tuesday (6-8 p.m.) -- Drop In Writer's Group -- at Whiton Library
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- The Funky Dawgz Brass Band at Manchester High -- free concert/click link for reservations
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Author Book Launch:  Megan Collins The Winter Sister at Mary Cheney Library
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Board of Directors meeting at Lincoln Center
Thursday (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer and Business at Bistro on Main

Down The Road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed here.
Next Weekend:

Friday, Feb. 8 (6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) -- Family Fun Nights Zumba Dance Party at Eastside Resource Center
Sunday, Feb. 10 (1-4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead Open House, 106 Hartford Rd.
Further down the road

Sunday, Feb.10 -- ART for the Soul, Gallery 153, 153 Spruce St. (through March 31)
Tuesday, Feb. 12 (7 p.m. - 8 p.m.) -- Library Themed Valentine at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday, Feb. 14 -- Give someone special a Singing Valentine from the Silk City Chorus
Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 18-19 -- No school (winter break)
Saturday, Feb. 23 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) -- Early Childhood Fair at Manchester High School Cafeteria
Saturday, Feb. 23 (5:30-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 4 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Mon-Fri, April 15-19 -- No school (spring vacation)
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.
  • Click here to see latest blood drive information and updates.
  • The town-wide PTA is seeking officers and you can learn more by emailing or visiting the PTA Facebook page.
  • The BoD is assembling a Municipal Sustainability Task Force of citizens to analyze and make recommendations to initiate or improve town policies. Interested? Read more here.
  • Click here to learn about upcoming 'Peace at Home' parenting workshops.
*In Case You Missed it (ICYWW**)
** In Case You Were Wondering
School Scenes
Fourth-graders during writer's workshop at Bowers (left) while at Highland Park, first-graders “judged” their collections to write opinion essays.
In The News
The Journal InquirerHartford 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:

She holds the American record for English Channel swim crossings (16, with three double-crossings) and you can read more here.

A Million Here, a Million There ...
Also: the list of all taxable property in town increased by about $28 million (.7 percent) to  $4,028,139,912 and the top 10 taxpayers and assessments are shown above.
Yes, it was cold today, but still possible to carry a cell phone while walking. This photo was taken on Spruce Street.
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, the district's communications director, can be reached at or 860-268-6377 and he keeps a log of mistakes he makes in district-produced newsletters that you will find here.