Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

THE ROAD RACE. For people in Manchester, there’s no need to ask, ‘Which one?’ Yep, the Thanksgiving morning spectacle is unmatched but it’s actually just the centerpiece in a series of events that include Saturday's Little Road Race and Sports Expo at Manchester High, which is also the site of the Ray Crothers Blood Drive the day after the race. We have details below plus introduce you to a fifth-grade Kid Governor honoree and an ice cream man as he empties his truck after a long, satisfying season. If you enjoy our newsletter or know someone who might, here’s the link to subscribe.

Meet Manchester's Kid Governor

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Click the link to meet Gavin and watch Harper on the campaign trail.
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Manufacturing the Future

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All 10th graders in the STEM and Medical Careers academies at Manchester High participated in a reverse job shadow/career panel event that included a visit from the Goodwin mobile STEM/Manufacturing lab.


  • The next Board of Education meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 28 and will be televised live on the district FB page. You can participate virtually and here's how that works.
  • Scott Goldsmith, school psychologist at Manchester Regional Academy, was recently featured on the Prosocially Yours podcast to discuss experiential activities for enhancing emotional intelligence. You can hear it here.
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  • CLASS OF '26 FUNDRAISER: The MHS freshman class is partnering with Savers to donate used clothing, textiles, books, and small household goods. Donations can be dropped off at the main office at MHS anytime, or in front of the school's main entrance this Saturday (Nov. 19) from 9 a.m. to noon. Click here for more info.
  • FALL FLOCKING: Support an MHS senior and Project Graduation with a vibrant flamingo until the ground freezes. Click here for more info and here to learn more about Project Graduation.
  • 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. 17
1:30 - 6:30 p.m. -- Red Cross Blood Drive at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St.

Friday, Nov. 18
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Yoga for Food at the Community Y, 78 North Main St.
6:30 - 9 p.m. -- Artisan Holiday Market, Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St.
7:30 p.m. -- Manchester Symphony Orchestra onstage at SBM Auditorium, Manchester Community College.

Saturday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. -- Little Manchester Road Race and Sports Expo at Manchester High School.

10 a.m.- 3 p.m. -- Artisan Holiday Market, Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St.

Wednesday, Nov. 23

3:30 p.m. -- R.E.A.D. to a Dog for preschool - grade 4 at Mary Cheney Library - Wednesdays through Dec 31.


  • The fall play at MHS is ‘Radium Girls’ and it opens tonight at Bailey Auditorium with performances on Friday and Saturday. Click here for details.

  • At Cheney Hall, Tony Award winning ‘In the Heights’ concludes this weekend with Friday and Saturday night performances and a Sunday matinee. Times and ticket info is here.

  • The Mobile Mammography bus will be at the Community Y, 78 North Main St. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 - by appointment only.

  • Manchester’s Leaf Collection program began on Monday. Click here for details.

  • The MACC Charities 14th Annual Emergency Hunger Drive concludes this weekend. Click here for times and locations.

Down the Road:

  • The Manchester Road Race is next Thursday and online registration is ongoing. Click for more.

  • The 36th annual Ray Crothers Blood Drive will be held on Nov. 25 at Manchester High School 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.

  • The parking ban on public street or municipal parking lots begins on Dec. 1. Click here for more info.

  • The 7th Annual Manchester CT Jazz Fest is back at Cheney Hall on Dec. 7

  • Wickham Park’s 40th Annual Santa’s workshop opens on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. and runs through Dec. 23.

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MHS senior Natalie Christopher sang the National Anthem during the Veterans Day observation in front of Manchester Memorial Hospital last Friday. Visit the OneManchester fb page for more Veterans Day photos.
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Win a Thanksgiving Dinner

Manchester Adult & Continuing Education is kicking off its winter trimester by giving away a $100 Highland Park Market gift card. To enter go to the MA&CE fb page (or its instagram page) and tag a friend you are grateful for. For a bonus entry, share your post and tag @manchesteradulted. Winner to be selected later today (Thursday, Nov. 17).

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Humans of Manchester

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THE END OF AN EXTENDED SUMMER: Travone Franklin brought his ice cream truck to Manchester Middle Academy on Tuesday and students were grateful that they were among the lucky ones helping empty his inventory. Travone, who will have Ice Cream Dreams back on the road in April, is the newest addition to our 'Humans' gallery, which is on Facebook and Instagram.

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A Call for Donors

American Red Cross Visited Our Schools To Teach The Importance Of Giving Blood
The American Red Cross visited our elementary schools and spoke to third and fourth graders about becoming future blood donors. Check out this video -- and click this link if you are over 18 and would like to donate a pint at the 36th annual Ray Crothers Blood Drive at Manchester High on Friday, Nov. 25.
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Other Newsletters

  • Manchester Historical Society: On Sunday, Dave Smith will present a program about Manchester inventors and their inventions, and the Art Fair is the following Sunday - both at the History Center…The next open House at the Old Manchester Museum will be on Dec. 3 -- and stayed tuned for announcements on events and activities around celebrating Manchester’s 200th anniversary in 2023.

  • Manchester Matters has lots of up to date info on stuff that matters in Manchester. Click here to subscribe.
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Adult Community survey

  • The Change Collaborative of Manchester is looking to gather more information from parents, caregivers, and adults in Manchester on their attitudes and perceptions on youth substance use. Click for more.

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Manchester High will host East Hartford High tomorrow night in the annual Thanksgiving football game at 6:30 p.m. The Red Hawks (3-6) are coming off a big 34-28 road win at Enfield while the Hornets (2-7) beat Simsbury 26-24 at home last week.


  • Check out the latest edition of 'The Chirp,' a podcast produced by MHS senior Connor Ruganis. This week Connor and guests Dejavon Morrett, Matt Acevedo and Kelvin Edwards discuss Friday's night's football game.
  • The Manchester Pop Warner PeeWee Cheer squad will be traveling to Orlando, FL for the National Cheer and Dance Championships on Dec. 6.
  • White Tiger Taekwon-Do has a special offer for the Holidays and there's more information here.
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Tuesday night brought a glimpse of winter with a dusting of snow covering leaf piles (and everything else) around town. This photo was taken on Bremen Road.
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