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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Published weekly since August 2017, always free, and not hacked since Sept. 12, 2019
Tonight's tree-lighting at St. James signaled hello to the holidays.
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On Friday and Saturday, the 'Holiday Pop-up Shoppe' at WORK_SPACE (above) is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while there's a Special Winter-Time Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Rd. from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m each day.
Also Friday, Dec. 6 (Note: USIC First Friday Film Series at 153 Spruce St. this week was cancelled)
The History Center (left) and Old Manchester Museum (center) will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Cheney Homestead will be all decked out for its Holiday Open House from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All the information is here.
More on Saturday, Dec. 7
  • Saturday (6 p.m.) -- Caroling on Main Street with Town Troubadour Bill Ludwig
  • Saturday (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- The Academy of Martial Arts & Personal Growth grand reopening at 1404 Tolland Tpke (Snow date: Dec. 14)
  • Saturday -- 4th annual Beth Sholom B’nai Israel Jazz Festival at Cheney Hall
Note: Saturday's "Bah Humbug Hullabaloo" at Cheney Hall has been cancelled.
The town offers an incredible array of programs through its Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation, and online registration for winter/spring programs begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. Click here for more.
Monday, Dec. 9
  • Monday (7 p.m.) -- BOE regular meeting at Lincoln Center
Tuesday, Dec. 10 
  • Tuesday (3-4:30 p.m.) -- 'Make It, Take It' program (hot chocolate mix project) at Cheney Library for students  in  grades  5-8.    
Wednesday, Dec. 11  Friday, Dec. 13
  • On Friday (Dec. 13), the 38th Annual Santa’s Workshop opens at Wickham Park. It's free and runs through Dec. 23 and is open each weekday from 3-6 p.m. and weekends from 1-5 p.m. 
Also also:
Saturday, Dec. 14
Sunday, Dec. 15 
  • Sunday (3-6 p.m..) -- Holly & Ivy Gala at Manchester History Center, 175 Pine St.
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) 
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
Around And About
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:
Keeping Track Of It All
Click here for the magazine and scroll down to see the 'program and events' catalog. Also, we gets lots of newsletters and try to link to the latest of each:
Last but never least:
Our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram 
It used to be devoted to just Manchester High athletics but our sports Facebook page now covers any and all town-related stuff. 
Manchester Mosaic
(An occasional, and weirdly popular, picture puzzle)
No new puzzle this week -- but instead we're showing side-by-side pics of how this contest works. Last week, we posted the 'clues montage' (to the left of the line), and subscriber Kris Fournier was the first to ID the original photo -- the Tower at Manchester Community College. Look for a new puzzle next week.
Past puzzles included the dancing bears, garbage/recycling bins, the new MHS logo, a Shady Glen cheeseburger platter and the Case Mountain waterfall.
Sounds of the Season
Bennet fifth-graders took to the Bailey Auditorium stage this week. To see the rest of the school concert calendar, 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.