Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022

ELECTION DAY is Tuesday and in addition to all the candidates on the ballot there are some interesting questions for Manchester voters, including one about whether to build a new library on the Bennet end of Main Street. In the meantime, more wonderful weather is ahead with temps in the 70s expected on the weekend, which will be nice because clocks fall back overnight on Saturday. Finally, as this is Native American Heritage Month, there’s a program tonight at Whiton Library exploring what life was like for indigenous peoples before contact with Europeans.

Homecoming '22

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We have more pictures from the Homecoming Parade on the district fb page (plus one more down below).


The Board of Education meets Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in Lincoln Center and the agenda includes a reaffirmation of the BOE bylaws and an update on PK -4 STEM and Humanities. The meeting is also streamed lived on the district FB page and you can participate virtually. Here's how that works.
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  • PROJECT GRADUATION: Present this flyer (or show it on your phone) at DQ on Hartford Road on Monday, Nov. 7 between 5 - 7 p.m. and 20% of your purchase will go to the Class of '23. Btw click here to learn about Project Graduation or here for info about their 'Mums the Word' fundraiser. And if you want to get involved contact Jennifer Smyth at
  • FALL FLOCKING: Support an MHS senior and Project Graduation with a vibrant flamingo until the ground freezes. Click here to for more info.
  • PJ DAY FOR KIDS: The district's annual initiative to help kids fighting cancer is coming up on Dec. 9. Click here for details about how wearing PJs can raise awareness and make a difference.

This Week's Highlights

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Thursday, Nov. 3
6:30 p.m. -- Connecticut’s Indigenous Communities discussion at Whiton Library.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Closing reception for The Artist as Witness at the Dehn Gallery on the MCC campus.

Friday, Nov. 4

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Food at the Community Y, 78 North Main St.

7:30 p.m. -- In the Heights opens at Cheney Hall - weekends through Nov. 20.

Saturday, Nov. 5

9 a.m.- 2 p.m. -- The 84th Heritage Holiday Fair at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. -- Hi Ho Holiday Fair at South United Methodist Church, 1226 Main St.
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Church Fair at 2nd Congregational Church, 385 North Main St.
Noon - 4 p.m. -- Alice’s Tea Pot Races at Tiny Gallery, Northwest Park.

Sunday, Nov. 6

2 a.m. -- Daylight-savings time ends - turn the clocks back one hour.

1 p.m. -- Manchester Historical Society lecture series & membership drive: ‘Famous people From Manchester’ with Bob Kanehl, 175 Pine St.

Monday, Nov. 7

5 - 7 p.m. -- MHS Class of 2023 Project Graduation fundraiser at DQ, 684 Hartford Rd.
7-8 p.m. -- Can and bottle redemption to benefit World-Wide Lighthouse Mission’s outreach program at 723 Main St.

Tuesday Nov. 8
6 a.m. - 8 p.m. -- State Election Day. Click the link for details.
7 p.m. -- BOD meeting at Lincoln Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
3:30 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog for preschool - grade 4 at Mary Cheney Library.

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Further Down the Road

  • The Veteran's Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. from the American Legion Hall on Nov. 11.

  • Manchester’s Leaf Collection program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Nov. 14. Click here for details.

  • The Little Manchester Road Race and Sports Expo will be held at Manchester High School on Nov. 19.

  • The Manchester Road Race is Nov. 24 and online registration is under way. Click for more.

  • The 36th annual Ray Crothers Blood Drive will be held at Manchester High School on Nov 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • 'Small Business Saturday' will be back on Main St. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Click here for details.

Election Day Is Tuesday

... And it includes a referendum seeking $39 million to build a new library. To read the text of the resolution click here. And click here to view the official ballot that Manchester voters will be given at their respective precincts.

  • All 10 polling places will be open from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Quickly find your Manchester polling location by using the Polling Lookup Tool.
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Other Newsletters

Manchester Historical Society: There will be an open house at the Manchester Museum on Saturday, and on Sunday, join Robert Kanehl for the second of three history lectures with a focus on ‘Famous People From Manchester’ …solve a jigsaw puzzle from 1954 Main St…and the public will have a chance to view the inside of the Masonic Temple on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Grant Money Available to Help Celebrate Manchester's 200th

As part of the Bicentennial Celebration taking place next year, the Bicentennial Working Group has partnered with the Manchester Youth Commission to award grants up to $5,000 for programming that would be part of the 200th celebration. Click here for more info and here to apply.
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Juniors Jakob Smyth (#12, left) and Jayden Kennedy pick up first half yardage in last Friday's 38-20 Homecoming loss to Windsor. The Red Hawks (2-5) travel to New Britain tomorrow night and to Enfield next Friday before hosting East Hartford on Friday, Nov. 18 in the season finale.


  • The Hartford Shockers 'Jr. Shockers Academy' is up and running on Saturday afternoons from 3 -4 p.m. through February at East Catholic High School. All skill levels welcome. For info contact team owner/head coach Donovin Ford-Hayes @ 860-622-1652.
  • Park's Taekwondo is offering an after school program with transportation. Click here for more info.
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Kelvin Edwards and other members of the Class of '23 let loose upon learning they'd won the top prize at the Homecoming Parade.
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