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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Manchester last year declared Juneteenth a town holiday and this weekend has lots of activities planned to celebrate and commemorate that day in 1865 when troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and -- two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation -- ensure that all enslaved people be freed. We have event details below as well as other news and notes. Want to subscribe to OneManchester? Just click here.
A Community Celebration
The banner is flying on Main Street but most of the action this weekend will be at the Mahoney Center. Here's a quick look at what's happening:
FRIDAY NIGHT
  • A 'kick-off' procession will leave Cheney Hall at 6 p.m. and head to the Mahoney Center for a program that features the launch of a luminaries exhibit honoring trailblazers who've been catalysts for change in Manchester.  For more about the event click here.
The luminaries exhibit honors the Cobb Family, John E. Rogers, Lou Irvin, Tom Stringfellow, Reverend Josh Pawelek, Pamela Floyd-Cranford, Yolanda Castillo, Darryl E. Thames, Sr., Diane Clare-Kearney, Rhonda Philbert, Matt Geary, Jim Spafford and Ryan Parker. Read more about them here.
SATURDAY
Mahoney Center will be bustling from noon-6 p.m., starting with an opening ceremony that features the dedication of three new murals with arts, entertainment and more through the afternoon. Here's the breakdown.
SUNDAY
  • To wrap things up the movie "John Lewis: Good Trouble" will be shown at dusk at Charter Oak Park.


CONTEST WINNER

This painting by Jaii Marc Renee earned first prize in a Juneteenth art contest sponsored by Manchester Adult and Continuing Education and the school district's Department of Race and Equity. Carnetta Parnell and Akua Owusu finished second and third respectively and there's more info here.
In Our Schools
MAKING CONNECTIONS
Verplanck welcomed a team from the arts group Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental on Tuesday and learned about Bomba, the oldest Puerto Rican dance and music style. For more click here.
We have more photos on the district FB page.
BOARD OF ED NEWS
  • Wednesday was the last day of the academic year and Superintendent Matt Geary shared a letter with the MPS community looking ahead to summer programming and the return to school in the fall. You can read it here.
  • The BoE's next meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 28 at 7 p.m. with an agenda that includes an end-of-the-year update. It will streamed live on the district Facebook page, and viewers can submit questions during the meeting. Here's more information.


HUMANS OF MANCHESTER

DeAndre Jordan credits the supportive staff at New Horizons for helping him turn his life around. He's the newest addition to our gallery, which you'll find on both Facebook and Instagram.
OF NOTE
  • Click to hear the MHS Concert Band performing "Anthem For Winds And Percussion" by Claude T. Smith (the product of a great deal of hard work from our students under difficult performing/rehearsing restrictions).
  • The MHS Athletic Department's seventh annual golf tournament is scheduled for Wednesday and all the info is here.
  • The TLC Diyeso-Lewis House is holding a virtual silent auction with bids closing Friday at midnight. Click here for more.
FAREWELL

Among district staff retiring this year is Jen Jalbert, the library media specialist at Keeney Elementary. Students and colleagues gathered last Friday to wish her well.
MANCHESTER TEACHER ELECTED CEA PRESIDENT

Kate Dias, a math teacher at MHS and MEA president, this week was elected president of the Connecticut Education Association -- the organization that represents 160 teachers unions across the state. She will serve with VP Joslyn DeLancey of Darien, who defeated Tom Nicholas, who is also from Manchester. This photo was taken at MPS Convocation in 2019.
News And Notes
FLAG DAY RITUAL
With help from Boy Scout Troop 27, the Manchester Elks held their annual ceremony last Thursday that included the proper disposal -- by burning -- of worn American flags.. 
We have more photos on the OneManchester Facebook page
LIBRARY IDEAS
The town's 21st Century Public Library Task Force has identified needs that include more parking, more bathrooms, private study rooms etc. and is seeking public input on what else should be offered in a modern Manchester library. Click here to learn more and weigh in.
Related:
Cheney Library has lots going on including these intriguing outdoor programs:
  • Cup Stacking: Professional sport stacker Glenn Costello will teach teens the basics of this sport on Monday at 2 p.m..
  • Who Pooped in The Park? Next Thursday at 10:30 a.m., kids 4 and older can learn how to identify animal droppings, tracks, and other remains of animals in Connecticut.
There are links in the calendar below with more information
GLASS FROM THE PAST

Kids last Saturday had their once-a-year chance to dig for glass at the old Pitkin Glass Factory Ruins. The Manchester Museum has a display of what used to be made there and we have more on the OneManchester Facebook page.
THISSA AND THATTA
  • Many Main Street benches need a fresh coat of pain and the Downtown Manchester Special Services District is seeking artists to help with the work. Click here for information.
  • To read the Manchester Historical Society's latest newsletter please click here.
  • Click here for the latest Manchester Matters newsletter.
  • We have food drive information listed here and food availability here.
  • MPS families can can receive assistance with diapers through the district Welcome Center and that information is here.
Calendar, Etc.
MAIN EVENTS
There's a Farmers Market in the Forest Street lot every Saturday and much more on the second Saturday of each month (as was the case last weekend, when these pictures were taken). Also new this summer, a series of special Thursday nights in July on Purnell Place. We do our best to keep it all straight in our calendar each week
The Week Ahead:
Friday, June 18 (7:30 p.m.) -- Walter Cronkite is Dead, a comedy by Joe Calarco at Cheney Hall. (Saturday and Sunday performances as well.)
Friday, June 18 -- Town offices will be closed in observance of Junetenth.
Friday, June 18 (2 p.m.) -- String Art Craft for Adults at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday, June 19 (9 a.m.) -- CPR class for daycare providers, at MFD HQ, 75 Center St.
Saturday, June 19 (9 a.m. - noon) -- Knights of Columbus Food Drive, St. Bridget Church parking lot, 80 Main St.
Friday June 18 -- TLC Diyeso-Lewis House auction
Saturday, June 19 (9 a.m. - noon) -- Polish Food Sale at St. John’s Church, 23 Golway St.
Saturday, June 19 (1 p.m.) -- Great Lawn Walking Tour, 148 Hartford Rd.
Sunday, June 20 (3 P.M.) -- Fishing with DEEP at Center Springs Park.
Monday, June 21 (2-3  p.m.) -- Sport Stacking for teens in grades 6-12 at Manchester Public Library
Monday, June 21 (6 p.m.) -- Make Music Day, 2021 online with Facebook Live.
Monday, June 21 (6-8 p.m.) -- Manchester Songwriters Group - in person, at Mahoney Rec.
Wednesday, June 23 (noon) -- 7th Annual MHS Athletics Golf Outing at Manchester Country Club
Wednesday, June 23 (4:30 - 7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmer’s Market at 153 & 163 Spruce Street - Wednesdays through Aug. 11.
Thursday, June 24 (10:30 a.m.) -- Who Pooped in the Park? Children’s program at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday, June 24 (2-2:45 p.m.) -- Marine Invertebrate with Mystic Aquarium for teens at Mary Cheney Library
Thursday, June 24 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) -- Squid Dissection with Mystic Aquarium at Mary Cheney Library
Coming this week: A K of C food drive and MHS golf tournament
Plus:
  • The Rec on the Run van is out and about again this summer. Click to find out more.
ARE YOU READY
FOR SOME FOOTBALL?
ALSO:
  • Manchester PAL is running a free 3-on-3 tournament for youth 5-18 at Charter Oak starting June 25. Click for more.
For more on what's coming up -- and what isn't -- check out our OneManchester planner. (And sorry to say the 'not this year' list includes the Dutch Fogarty Fourth of July Celebration.)
All Together One Last Time
A week after graduating, seniors were together one last time for Friday's Senior Prom, which was held in the MHS courtyard but preceded for many by a trip to Wickham Park for photos and fellowship.
OneManchester is compiled by Jim Farrell of the school district's communications office and he can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377. OneManchester has been published since August 2017, is always free, and has not been hacked since Sept. 12, 2019, Want to subscribe? Just click here