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Manchester to Host Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration

Mark your calendars for the Town of Manchester’s annual Juneteenth Community Celebration on Saturday, June 22 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Market Field, 153 & 163 Spruce Street. Come commemorate the Juneteenth holiday alongside the local community and celebrate all that Manchester has to offer.

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Bike Friendly Manchester

The Town of Manchester is home to dozens of robust public parks, greenspaces, and multi-use trails. As use of these greenspaces increases and connections between parks becomes ever more important, many Town offices and community organizations have shifted planning to better foster a more bike-friendly Manchester.

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Spring Programming Has Sprung – Register Now

Looking for something new to do this spring? Maybe you wanted to get into yoga, art, or even pickleball? Well, the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation has you covered with their spring programming slate, which includes registration-based classes, drop-in activities, special events and much more.

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Getting (And Staying) Active in the New Year

The New Year has become synonymous with resolutions. Eat healthier, read more books, less screen time – January represents a time of (hopeful) betterment & excitement for a fresh start. However, to many, there is a looming goal, one that is on the top of countless 2024 New Year’s resolution lists – to get, and stay, active.

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Winter/Spring Registration Opens December 6

In just a few days, the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation’s 2024 Winter/Spring programming season will officially kick off. With a robust slate of programs, projects and special events on the horizon, be sure to mark your calendars and join in with all that the Department has to offer.

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A Space Where You Belong

Adorned with murals of civil rights legends, filled with a renovated gymnasium, art room and tech labs, walls lined with exhibits honoring the rich history of Manchester – this is the Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center.

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A New Age of Golf

From leagues and tournaments, an afternoon at the driving range or a Sunday morning round of golf, the Manchester Country Club has offerings for those of all ages and abilities.

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Different But Special: A Mother’s Story

How does one use their creative voice? For some, it is in the way they dress, how they style their hair, maybe even their profession or field. It can be a form of expression, leisure or, for many, escapism.

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Summer Program Registration Opens May 3

Registration for summer programs is fast approaching! Starting on May 3rd for Manchester residents (May 5th for non-residents), registration will open for the Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation’s slate of summer programming.

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The Evolving Faces of Gaming

Who and what comes to mind when you hear “gaming?”

No, we aren’t talking about sports betting (which has seen a monstrous rise over the past few years, particularly in New England). We are talking about the other gaming.

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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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