Thursday, Oct. 5
(through Wednesday, Oct. 11)
The MCC Culinary team (from left, associate professor Riccardo Aragon, Sean Carney and Katelyn Boris) won the Chef's Challenge again. We have a story and more pics on Facebook. Looking ahead, town offices, schools and libraries will be closed Monday for Columbus Day. And a month from now, it's Election Day, so we have lots of links to help you prep for the municipal elections. BTW: Like this newsletter? You can click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
(Just a few highlights with more below)
Thursday, Oct. 5 (7-8:30 p.m.) -- Community Choir of Manchester first meeting of season
Friday (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Bennet Leisure Center Kick Off event
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest.
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Walking Tour in the Cheney National Historic District 
Saturday (7 p.m.) --   "Renaissonics" concert at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Monday, Oct. 9 -- Columbus Day (schools, town office and libraries closed)
Fair Warning

The Army & Navy Club is having a Vendor & Craft Fair, Sunday, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1090 Main St. Free parking & raffles. A donation of a nonperishable food item for the Manchester Food Bank is appreciated.
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Coming Soon
This is a municipal election year but rather than preview things, we will, for now, just steer you to resources such as the Manchester RTC website, the local Dems' Facebook page, and interesting-though-now-slightly-outdated Hartford Courant stories that ran in the summer about the Ds and the Rs. Oh, and the actual ballot. We'll have more as Nov. 7 approaches.
The Week Behind
(A few highlights from the past few days)
In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Manchester Senior Center, town officials joined seniors and others for a tree-planting ceremony.

Rose Lovett (who works in the Illing Middle School cafeteria) poses with a plaque signifying Manchester won a national drug awareness award given at the national Supreme Emblem Club convention. Rose works with the Elks and others on drug prevention initiatives. 
School Stuff
Mayor Jay Moran visited Bowers Elementary to meet with fifth graders, who will be participating in the statewide Kid Governor competition. Over at Washington Elementary (below), students had fun in a play center.
In Other News
Check out the latest edition of the Recreation Division newsletter and the latest Manchester Matters.
Humans of Manchester
New to the gallery: Kim Jenkins, a security guard at Illing Middle School, and Gary Anderson, the town's still-relatively-new director of planning and economic development. Learn more about them on either Facebook or Instagram.
By the way: Gary's department gives video updates on various projects throughout town and you can see them here.
Tuesday, Oct. 10 (7 p.m.) -- Board of Education at Buckley Elementary School
Calendar Highlights
Down The Road
Sat/Sun, Oct. 14-15 -- Google Summit at Manchester High School
Oct. 14-28 -- Scarecrow Contest in Downtown Manchester
Thursday, Nov. 2  (4 p.m.) -- MHS Homecoming parade (starts at Purnell Place then north on Main Street, right on East Center Street, left on Brookfield Street, arriving at the high school at about 4:20 p.m. )
Tuesday, Nov. 7 -- Election Day! (It's a municipal year with BoD and BoE seats being contested)
Friday, Nov. 10 -- Veteran's Day observed
Thursday, Nov. 23 -- Thanksgiving (and you know what that means)
For details and many more listings, click here for school calendars and click here for town calendars.
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Picture This!
(We always leave you with a photograph!)
The Dancing Bears -- even prettier than usual.
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim's office is at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.