Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023
ELISABETH BENNET was a hero 110 years ago, making sure all of her students were saved when a fast-moving fire destroyed the sprawling wooden Ninth District School. The building that’s now at this site was named in her honor, and this morning a statue of the legendary former principal was dedicated on the grounds of Bennet Academy. Scroll down for more photos from this morning’s ceremony but first we have info to share about Saturday’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Mahoney Rec Center.
Music, dancing, food, family activities & more ... It's Saturday at the Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar Street. Performances include: Sin Fronteras (Spanish & Indigenous Quechua), Edwin Vargas Jr. (Guitarist/Singer) and Kathleen Maldonado (Bomba/Plena) plus there will be an extensive vendor market. (Click for a flier in Spanish.)
Welcoming 'Little Amal'
Third and fourth graders from Waddell traveled to Bushnell Park in Hartford on Tuesday to see Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet that represents a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child displaced from her home due to war and disaster. A global symbol of human rights, Little Amal has travelled over 6,000 miles in 15 countries and been welcomed by more than a million people. We will have more photos on the district Facebook page.
Board of Education Meets Tonight
- Meetings are usually on Monday but tonight the BoE will assemble for a meeting that will include an update on what's already been an eventful school year, especially weather-wise. The meeting is at Lincoln Center and starts at 7 p.m.
- The MHS marching band (which includes some Illing students) will be playing at the UConn game (against FIU) Saturday. It's Band Day at Rentschler Field and MPS will be part of a collective state-wide high school group that will play a Taylor Swift medley.
- Project Graduation is running a mums sale (click for details) and also holding a 'Pink Flamingo' fundraiser (those details are here.)
- Remember -- students in grades PK - 12 will again follow an early dismissal schedule on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 4 and ending June 5, 2024.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, Sept. 16
8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at the Forest St. parking lot. Rain or shine through Oct. 28.
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Household hazardous waste collection at 321 Olcott St.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Insulator Club meet open to the public at 300 Bush Hill Rd.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Fire Dept Open House: Past, Present and Future at 75 Center St.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Manchester’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at Mahoney Rec Center, 110 Cedar St.
Noon - 4 p.m. -- Third Annual Local Board Game Designers Fair at Mary Cheney Library.
7 p.m. Wild Taxi: A Tribute Concert to Yusef, Cat Stevens & Harry Chapin at Cheney Hall.
Tuesday, Sept 19
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Youth Commision meeting at 41 Center St.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
Noon - 5 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at Manchester Community College, Great Path.
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market at 448 Tolland Tpke.
6 - 7:30 p.m. -- Teen Blindfold Taste Test at Mary Cheney Library.
6 - 8 p.m. -- Sports Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening, Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar St.
6:30 p.m. -- History of Connecticut Food at Whiton Library.
7 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 25 Joining Night at 11 Center St.
MACC’s 6th annual ‘Fill the Freezer’ event is today starting at Urban Lodge at 4:30 p.m.. Click here for details.
Celebrate Manchester’s 200th anniversary with food, crafts, music and more at the Hilliard Fest from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Witness history at a Civil War Reenactment on Saturday and Sunday at Wickham Park.
Downtown Scarecrow registration deadline is Monday. Scarecrows will be displayed on Main St. from Oct. 7 - 29.
Before and after school programs are available through the Manchester Early Learning Center. Click here for more info.
Labworks for Teens is a free program for students in grades 9-12 that begins on Sept 25.
The Teen Center at YSB (63 Linden St.) is open Monday - Thursday from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
Further Down the Road
The town has a big 'Light Up The Sky' drone show at NW Park on Sept. 22 and the details are here.
Manchester Land Trust’s Giant Tag Sale will run from Sept 22 - 30 at 300 Bush Hill Rd.
The CCGC Family Fall Fest will include a petting zoo and bounce house. Click here for more details.
The Elks Club will honor the combined services of the Eighth Utilities District and Manchester Fire Rescue EMS as its 2023 Citizen of the Year on Sept. 29. Click here for details.
The 4th annual Rotary in Motion will be held at Charter Oak Park on Sept. 30.
‘Rebuilding Together of Manchester will host a family friendly comedy event at the Elks Club on Oct. 19. Click here for details.
The annual Manchester Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner will be held on Nov. 4 at Georgina’s Restaurant in Bolton.
State Election Day is Nov. 7. Absentee ballots will be available starting on Oct 7. Click here to find out more.
- The Town of Manchester’s leaf Collection Program begins on Nov. 14. Click here for route information.
OTHER NEWSLETTERS and CALENDARS:
Better Manchester Magazine: Read about ‘A New Age of Golf’ at Manchester Country Club, ‘September Events Spotlight’ (there are plenty) and take a tour of Charter Oak Park with one of the park’s rickshaw pilots.
Manchester Historical Society: Porter St. School pic from 1914 (plus a story on Porter himself); open house and history walk info, and note that the History Center will be closed Saturday.
Manchester Matters: Free Family Events, Recreation Registration, Energy Assistance Program and more. Click here to subscribe.
Red Hawk Action
Visit the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame at its new home at the Mahoney Center and take in the exhibit opening on Sept. 20.
- Tylon Smith Jr. is offering a basketball clinic for boys and girls in grades K-12 at Verplanck School this fall. Click the link for registration info.
- The Manchester Knights have flag, tackle and cheer spots still available. Click the link for details.
In martial arts, check out programs offered by:
Elisabeth Bennet (1881-1959), known for her heroism but also responsible for establishing the first school library in town, is the second Manchester legend to be memorialized by sculpture -- the first being Olympian Joe McCluskey (1911-2002), whose image is opposite Highland Park Market. The third installment will honor author Emily Cheney Neville (1919-1997). Read more here.
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