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Marcy MacDonald: Swimming For Hope

In honor of MacDonald’s achievement, join Dr. Marcella “Marcy” MacDonald Reception and Talk on Friday, October 7 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Galleries at WorkSpace, 903 Main Street.

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Manchester Announces Grant-Giving Program for 2023 Bicentennial

Manchester has launched planning efforts for its 2023 Bicentennial Celebration. This year long celebration will consist of a variety of opportunities to remember the past, celebrate the present, and dream about the future. Festivities will include historical and educational programs, special events, and commemorative projects.

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A Celebration of Hope & Heritage

September 15th marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration in recognition of the contributions to society, and culture of the more than 62 million Americans who claim Hispanic heritage.

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Camp Kennedy Prepares for 57th Year

Camp Kennedy will be returning this summer for its 57th year to provide fun and recreation for its campers. Held this year from August 8-12, the day camp caters to adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities and has for many years brought them a week of fun activities and opportunities to meet old and new friends.

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Ending Gun Violence

Americans across the country are grieving the loss of life in the Uvalde, Texas shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, along with many others wounded.

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Spruce Street Farmers Market Returning This Summer

The Spruce Street Farmers Markets will be returning this summer with even more dates to buy produce and goods from local farms and small businesses. Every Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., join us at Market Field at 153 & 163 Spruce Street to enjoy time with friends and family while supporting the local community and Connecticut small businesses.

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Learn to Swim. Learn to Thrive

The lure of a cool swimming pools calls to us on the long hot days of summer. Splashing with friends, swimming laps, or jumping off the diving board at Globe Hollow are memories many have of fun days spent at the public swimming pool.

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The Gender Pay Gap Remains

On March 15, Equal Pay Day was observed in the United States, a day meant to raise awareness of the gap in pay between men and women in this country.

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Culture Lab: Looking Ahead to 2022

From the Community Y to Northwest Park, the Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center to Charter Oak Park, the Town of Manchester is filled with public parks & recreation centers for the entire community to enjoy.

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Registration Opening Soon for Town Programs and Events

The opening day of registration for Winter-Spring programs and events is fast approaching. Beginning on December 8th, Manchester residents can sign up for a wide variety of activities offered by the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation.

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Native American Heritage Month

On October 29, President Biden proclaimed November to be Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Native American & Indigenous history and culture. Across the country, people will be celebrating the rich cultural heritage of one of America’s most marginalized communities.

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Culture Lab Grand Opening

In 2018, the increasing need for inclusion and community engagement for marginalized members of the Manchester community sparked the beginnings of a new initiative that will finally come to fruition this fall.

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Looking Forward to Fall

As summer turns into fall, the Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation has many exciting programs and events planned for the Manchester community.

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Supporting Local Supports Manchester’s History

It’s a Friday night and you’re looking for something to eat-where do you go? You’re building a birdhouse and need some more nails-where can you get them? You’ve washed a shirt too many times and need to buy a new one-who has you covered? The answer is surprisingly the same for all of these questions: your favorite local business.

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A Savings Account

On Wednesday, June 2, 2021, under a sunny early evening sky, about 50 people including lots of local dignitaries gathered on the lawn in front of Buckley Elementary School for a groundbreaking ceremony signaling the start of an approximately $28 million renovation project that will make Buckley the first ‘net zero energy’ public school building in the state.

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The Importance of Learning to Swim This Summer

As the hot weather arrives and the summer approaches, the pools begin to open. Manchester is no stranger to having an exciting and accessible pool program so everyone has the chance to cool down on the hot summer days. Read More!

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Manchester to host first Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration

From June 18-20, the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation, in collaboration with several community partners, will host the inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Day Commemoration. The weekend will include mural unveilings, an art opening, a black-owned food & vendor market, a three-on-three youth basketball tournament, family activities, live music and much more.

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Looking Ahead to Summer

As of April, around 40% of Connecticut’s population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine, with a total of 2.5 million doses administered. This impressive number marks a hopeful turning point and many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel of this unprecedented past year. Surviving such a difficult year and reaching this point is cause for all of us to reflect on just how far we’ve come.

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