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Don’t Be Left Out of the Next 200 Years of History

Each of us, no matter how small our footprint on the world may seem, has a unique story to tell. Our actions each day, the decisions we make, the relationships we keep all have a way of echoing throughout the ages, our time spent in one place lingering on like fingerprints on a clean window, reminders that the streets and neighborhoods we occupy now were occupied once before.

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Remembering Sandy Hook

December 14 marks the 10-year anniversary of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the deadliest elementary school shooting in American history. The impact of this fateful day will live with the local & national community for eternity, and the spirit of Newton will forever be in our hearts.

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Winter/Spring Program Registration Opens Soon

The opening day of registration for the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation’s programs and special events is quickly approaching. From community events to youth athletics, educational opportunities to drop-in children’s activities, all are welcome to join in the department’s slate of winter/spring programs and special events.

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Gearing Up for Our Bicentennial Celebration

As the days get shorter and the year winds down to its close, a historic milestone looms large throughout the local community. In 2023, the Town of Manchester will officially celebrate its Bicentennial, a commemoration of the town’s 200th birthday, an evaluation of its rich history, and a look to the future roads not yet traveled.

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Election Day: Are You Ready?

It’s that time of year again. From the ads clogging Sunday Night Football’s commercials to the yard signs filling your neighbor’s lawn, it is most certainly election season.

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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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