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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Budgets get stretched this time of the year, but there's a free event coming up that's always enjoyable and uplifting --  the Manchester High holiday concert next Tuesday at 7 in Bailey Auditorium. The student musicians are great and special attractions this year include Holiday Strings and the Santa Band. So go! You'll be glad you did. And oh by the way, another freebie tip: Give yourself the gift of a OneManchester newsletter subscription.
The district's younger musicians (these are Bennet sixth-graders) have been performing, too. We have lots of photos on Facebook and more below.
Calendar
THIS WEEKEND:
For more information, please click here.
Friday, Dec. 13
Friday -- Manchester Public Schools’ PJ Day For The Kids
Friday (4-9 p.m.) -- Martin PTA fundraiser at Silk City Coffee 
Friday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Calls from Santa
Friday (3-6 p.m.) -- 38th annual Santa’s Workshop at Wickham Park opens (and runs through Dec. 23)
Friday (6-9 pm.) -- Drop and Shop Night at Lutz Children’s Museum
Friday (6:30- 8:30 p.m.) -- Fireside Reading at the Cheney Homestead
Friday (6:30 p.m.) -- Winter Arts Festival opening reception at Manchester Community College (runs through January 17)

Saturday, Dec 14
Saturday (12 - 1 p.m.) -- Swim with Santa at MHS
Saturday (9 a.m.-noon) -- Christmas in New England Fair at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 41 Park St.
Saturday (4 p.m.) -- Friends of Music at Emanuel free concert at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church Street

Sunday, Dec. 15 
Sunday (3- 6 p.m.) -- Holly & Ivy Gala at Manchester History Center, 175 Pine St.
Sunday (4:30 p.m.) -- Gloria! A Christmas Candlelight Concert, at South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main Street
This weekend's highlights include a Christmas fair at St. Mary's (left) on Saturday morning, and concerts at Emanuel Lutheran (center) Saturday afternoon and at South United Methodist Sunday evening.
THE WORK/SCHOOL WEEK AHEAD:
Monday night's project at Center Springs is called 'Bountiful Blooms' and the details are here
Monday, Dec. 16
Monday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Winter Warmers series at Center Springs Park
Monday (7- 8 p.m.) -- Adult Book Discussion at Mary Cheney Library

Tuesday, Dec. 17
Tuesday (3-4:30 p.m) -- Make It, Take It ( for grades 5-8) at Mary Cheney Library
Tuesday (5 - 6:30 p.m.) -- Admissions and Financial Aid Info Session at Manchester Community College
Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) -- Bennet Singers fundraiser at Barnes and Noble.
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- MHS holiday concert at Bailey Auditorium
Thursday, Dec. 19 
Thursday (6:30 - 9 p.m.) -- Third Thursday Movie Series at the History Center, 175 Pine St.
Thursday (2 p.m.) -- Gingerbread Cookie Party for Preschoolers at Mary Cheney Library

Friday, Dec. 20 
Friday (10:30 -11:30 a.m.) -- Computer Game Design and Graphic Design Information Session at Manchester Community College
Friday (2-3 p.m.) -- Coffee and Conversation at Mary Cheney Library
Friday -- Country Dance Music at Army & Navy Club
 
NEXT WEEKEND
Saturday, Dec. 21
Saturday (7-8 p.m.) -- The Hockanum Valley Ringers Christmas Concert at Emanuel Lutheran Church
MORE MEETINGS: We list BoD and BoE meetings above but there are more meetings on the town events calendar and in the BoE events/meetings calendar.
IN OUR LIBRARIES: We include a few key events in listings above; there are lots more in the libraries' comprehensive event calendars.
 
And Further Down The Road
Monday, Dec. 23 -- Early-release day for MPS students starts holiday break (classes resuming Thursday, Jan. 2) 
Wednesday, Dec. 25 -- 'Make a Christmas' program at Manchester Country Club. (To donate gifts please click here.)
Tuesday, Jan. 14 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- The town's 35th annual Martin Luther King Celebration, at Bailey Auditorium
Wednesday, Jan. 22 -- Spring Semester  begins at Manchester Community College
Saturday, April 25 --  Rebuilding Together in Manchester
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 b11jfarr@mpspride.org.
Humans of Manchester
Read all about Khalil on either Facebook or Instagram 
Around And About
Tuesday night, members of the Manchester Police Department treated local children and families to a night of shopping and playing video games. See more  'Shop with a Cop' coverage on the MPD Facebook page.
ALSO:
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:
  • The former J.C. Penney distribution center near Buckland Hills mall has a new tenant, who is promising to create 500-700 new jobs. Read the JI story.
  • The Courant checked in at Urban Lodge and previewed an annual Christmas dinner event.
LEAF COLLECTION:
ALSO:
Keeping Track Of It All
We gets lots of newsletters and try to link to the latest of each:
OneManchester Sports
Also, our sports Facebook page has all sorts of town-related sports stuff. 
Manchester Mosaic
(An occasional, and weirdly popular, picture puzzle)
To enter your guess, follow this link.
Sounds of the Season
Buckley Elementary's winter concert was earlier today while the Illing band and orchestra ensembles performed Tuesday night; see FB for more pics.
Published weekly since August 2017, always free, and not hacked since Sept. 12, 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, the district's communications director, can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.