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Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

(Published weekly since August 2017)

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(Also, a little housekeeping: 600-plus subscribers to this newsletter received two bogus emails from my account yesterday.
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Humans of Manchester

The newest addition to our ever-growing gallery is Melissa Osborne, whose life and family have been consumed by work in the world of emergency services.
The 'Humans' gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
The Week Ahead
(Friday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 19)

Tomorrow's highlights include a 5K road race at Center Springs Park and a soccer shoot at Charter Oak.
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Family Movie Night at Charter Oak Park
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Twilight Explorers at Center Springs Park
Friday -- Friday Night Country Music Dance featuring Jim Blanch & Boot Hill Band at Army & Nay Club
Saturday -- Second annual Center Springs Park 5K road race
Saturday -- Elks annual Soccer Shoot at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) --  Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Building Healthy Families’ Kids Fair
Saturday (8 p.m.) -- Cat Stevens & Harry Chapin tribute concert at Cheney Hall.
Monday -- First session (of four) of Manchester Police women-only rape-defense seminar.
Monday -- First session (of eight) of parent leadership classes offered by Manchester Public School district.
Monday -- First session (of eight) in a 'fatherhood' series at Manchester High.
Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) -- Charity  Paint Night at Cheney Hall
Tuesday (7 p.m.)  -- Boy Scout Troop 25 Joining Night
Wednesday (7-8:30 p.m.) -- Eagles of Zeus robotics team open house at East Catholic
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) --  Join Girl Scouts in Manchester at Whiton Library
Thursday (6 - 7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers in the Park (at Charter Oak)
Adults are going back to school next week, too.

P&Z is scheduled to meet Monday night and you'll find more meetings listed in the town events calendarthe 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. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22)
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- SciFriNi at Charter Oak Park
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Twilight Explorers at Center Springs Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- 
Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Day of Play at Charter Oak Park
Sunday (7-9 p.m.) -- 
Night of Comedy at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, 400 East Middle Tpke

Also: The Land Trust has 
a mega-tale sale that starts Friday (9-20) and runs through Saturday, September 28.
And Further Down The Road (just a few events of note)
On Oct. 4 -- free health screenings, flu shots, life-saving information about Narcan, a drug take-back collection site, free fitness demonstrations and more.
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- Official 'ribbon-cutting' event at Verplanck Elementary School 
Saturday, Sept. 28 (noon-3:30 p.m.) -- Hispanic Heritage Day at 153 Spruce (Spanish version)
Thursday, Oct. 3 (6:30-8 p.m.) -- 
Vaping forum sponsored by Manchester Community Services Council
Thursday, Oct. 3 (6 p.m.) -- 
Scarecrow-making sponsored by Imagine Main
Friday, Oct. 4 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) -- 
CHR Health and Wellness Fair
Saturday, Oct. 19 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Barktoberfest at Charter Oak Park
Thursday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m.) -- 83rd running of the 
Manchester Road Race
Keeping Track: 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
Ahhh, To Be Young!
MCC is again offering its EIL youth enrichment programs:
New classes this year include Way Cool Weaving and Beginner
Creative Cupcake Design.

Click to see the fall catalogue or an EIL flier or the registration form.
Coming this winter from town Dep't of Leisure, Family and Recreation: AND:
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)
Around And About
Of Note
  • Cruisin’ on Main Street:  Its Philanthropy Committee is requesting proposals for mini grants.
  • OneManchester Central:  Click here for info about more upcoming events, news and notes.
Get race info and much more by visiting OneManchester Sports.
Of Kids And Kindness
A special story of empathy and generosity
Last Sunday night, while playing outside, these Manchester youngsters found pretty rocks in nearby woods and started selling them, lemonade-stand style. A passerby was impressed and bought a handful with a $100 bill. To find out what will become of the money and just how proud one mom is, please click here.
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.