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Friday, September 20, 2019

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Parents who are Baby Boomers (born from 1944-1964) or Gen X-ers ('65-'79) or even Millennials ('80-'94) invariably believe their childhood was healthier than that of today's screen-dependent children, kids who are members of what some are calling the iGeneration. But newsflash: kids today still play outside -- and Saturday's 'Day of Play' at Charter Oak Park will be great example. We have details (and much more) below.
(Incidentally, if you want to subscribe to OneManchester, well, you can't right now, as we are still de-bugging from last week's hack attack. But subscriptions will resume soon for people who want to get this newsletter by email on Thursdays. Stay tuned ...)
The Week Ahead
(Friday, Sept. 20 through Thursday, Sept. 26)
The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram and if you have questions about Saturday's Day of Play visit the Manchester Plays On Facebook page.
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- SciFriNi at Charter Oak Park
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Touch-a-Truck PTA fundraiser at Bowers Elementary.
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Twilight Explorers at Center Springs Park
Friday (6:30 p.m.) -- MHS home football game vs. Wilbur Cross HS
Saturday (8-11 a.m.) -- Boy Scout Troop 27 bottle & can drive
at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 41 Park St.
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest (Saturdays through Oct. 26)
Saturday (9 a.m. - noon) -- Pierogi and golabki sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Saturday (9:30 a.m.) -- East Side Neighborhood Block watch annual fall East Side Pride clean-up
Saturday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Day of Play at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (noon) -- Global Peace Wave event at Center Memorial Park on Main St.
Saturday (noon-4:30 p.m.) -- Silk City Board Game Group at Cheney Library
Sunday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Veteran brick dedication (and pancake breakfast) at Army-Navy Club
Sunday (7-9 p.m.) -- Night of Comedy at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Tpke
Tuesday (10-11 a.m.) -- Sleep hygiene presentation at Manchester Senior Center
Tuesday (3-7 p.m.) -- Ambulance Service of Manchester 60th anniversary celebration
Wednesday (1-1:30 p.m.) -- Mobile food share at New River Community Church
Wednesday (5:30 p.m.) --  Susan B. Anthony and Isabella Beecher Hooker return to Cheney Hall.
Thursday -- Nature Explorers in Charter Oak Park

Also: The Land Trust has a mega-tale sale that starts today and runs through Saturday, September 28.

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet Monday night at 7 in Lincoln Center and you'll find more meetings listed in the town events calendar; the BoE has an events/meetings calendar, too.

Among the highlights:
To see the libraries' comprehensive event calendars, please click here.
Next Weekend's Highlights
(Friday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 29)
Two big events are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 -- the CCGC Fall Fest and a Hispanic Heritage celebration at 153 Spruce St.
And Further Down The Road
(A few especially noteworthy events)

ALSO: Here's everything you need to know about the annual Downtown scarecrow contest, which runs from Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 27
Note: All of the calendars above are compiled based on things people submit as well as what we find on social media,in the Town Events Calendar and anywhere else. For space purposes we post some things in our 'OneMan Central' log. If we are missing anything, just email
In Our Schools
Bennet Academy's grade 6 Open House on Wednesday included building tours and remarks in the courtyard from Principal Joe Chella. 
In The News
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:
(We gets lots of them and try to link to the latest of each)
That's eighth-grader Mia Gilbert winning the first Illing cross-country meet of the season on Monday, and senior Gilbert Opoku (16) and soph Sedem Omega (14) in MHS soccer action yesterday. Incidentally, the Red Hawk football team has its first home game of the season tonight at 6:30 against Wilbur Cross.
Around And About
Check the Manchester Police Department Facebook page for photos from their presence on Wednesday; the Manchester CT Message Board has a clip from the MHS band performance  on Tuesday.
All Smiles
Here's another photograph from Wednesday's Open House at Bennet Academy; there are even more on the district Facebook page.
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.