Thursday, April 25
Published weekly since August 2017
They finished boot camp last week and if you scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter you'll see more photos and learn more about this neat story. And oh by the way, if you like this newsletter click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
Rebuilding Together is Saturday but volunteers (including indefatigable RT executive director Molly Devanney, right) were out today getting a head start.  
Friday (5:30 p.m.) -- Alpha Delta Kappa Silent and Live Auction at Church of Christ
Friday (7 p.m.) -- Evening of Fine Food and Friends at MCC
Friday -- Little Theatre of Manchester presents: Dreamgirls! at Cheney Hall (through Sunday)
Saturday -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Saturday (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- Donations needed for Girl Scouts Journey Home - helping families transition from homelessness, at Illing Middle School
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Vision Board Workshop: Let Your Dreams Bloom! at Harvest Beads and Silver
Sunday (12-2 p.m.) -- Manchester Sentinel Pop Warner football and cheerleading in-person sign ups at Dick's Sporting Goods
Sunday -- Little League Opening Day Ceremony at Northwest Park
Sunday (4 p.m.) -- Concert at Manchester High: Mozart Requiem
Monday (7:30 p.m.) -- Silk City Choir's Special "Sendoff Show" at Second Congregational Church
Tuesday --  Deadline for Arts Hall of Fame Nominations
Thursday, May 2  (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer and Business at WORK_SPACE
Thursday, May 2 (6-8:30 p.m.) --  Imagine Youth! at Army-Navy Club
Thursday, May 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Dos De Mayo at WORK_SPACE
Thursday, May 2 (6:30 p.m.) -- National Day of Prayer! at Center Memorial Park
Thursday, May 2 (7 p.m.) -- A Broadway Cabaret at Cheney Hal
Imagine Main, Harvest Beads and Cheney Hall all have events of note this week.
Library Listings
For the complete library schedule click here (or here for children and teens).
Meetings This Week
Notably, lots of meetings are coming up to present information about the June 4 school buildings referendum. You can see the schedule here.
Next Weekend:
Friday, May 3 (5:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Historical Society Annual Dinner at Manchester Country Club
Saturday, May 4 (7-10 a.m.) -- Annual Children and Seniors Fishing Derby at Salters Pond.
Saturday, May 4 (8 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- Household Hazardous Waste Collection at 321 Olcott St.
Saturday, May 4 (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- 20th Annual Family History Day and Genealogy Road Show at Town Hall
Saturday, May 4 (10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.) -- Kids Sock Puppet Workshop at Community Y
Saturday, May 4 (noon- 2:30 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Saturday, May 4 (1 p.m.) -- Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Lutz Children Museum
Saturday, May 4 (1- 4 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Hit, Pitch and Run Event at Illing Middle School
Saturday, May 4 (6:20 p.m.) -- UConn Chamber Singers at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Sunday, May 5 (12-6 p.m.) -- Ray Beller Music All-Star Jam at Tomato Joe’s & Shea’s Patio
 
Further down the road
Twenty town snow plows are sitting outside our schools (clockwise from top are Bennet, Waddell and Keeney), waiting to be painted by students in a project that will brighten slushy, snowy days next winter. National Public Works Week is May 19-25 and there will be a celebratory open house at HQ (321 Olcott Street) on May 22 (as well as a Touch-a-Truck food drive).
ALSO:

Wednesday, May 8 (6:30 p.m.) -- Skate Park organizational meeting at WORK_SPACE - follow link to register
Thursday, May 9 (5-7:45 p.m.) -- Unity in Diversity at MHS room 293
Thursday, May 16 (6-8 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Friday, May 17 (5-8 p.m.) -- 8th Annual Things in a Park Youth Art Exhibit & Book Release at 153 Spruce St.
Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m.) -- Walk A Mile, Feed The World at Charter Oak Park
Tuesday, May 21 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Spring Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Bailey Auditorium
Wednesday, May 23 (7 p.m) -- MHS Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble at Bailey Auditorium
Tuesday, June 4 --  School renovation referendum
Tuesday, June 4 (7 p.m.) --MHS Chorus, Roundtable Singers, Jazz Choir, and Handbells concert at Bailey Auditorium
Thursday, June 13 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Community Block Party & Cultural Festival at the School Street Courtyard, 1151 Main St.
Monday, June 17 -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after snow days on Feb. 12 and March 5). 

Also: We've got more town events listed in our 'OneMan Central' log (and the town events calendar is another trove of information).  As for the schools, you can also check out MPS Central, which lists future district happenings, half-days and more. And if we are missing anything, anywhere, just email b11jfarr@mpspride.org to add an item.
In The News
The Journal InquirerHartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
  • Suzanne is the latest to be featured in the 'Humans of Manchester' gallery (which is on both Facebook and Instagram).
  • Both the JI has and The Courant wrote about latest developments in the school system's work to evaluate the culture and climate of the district through the lens of racial equity.
Newsletter news

Our Sports Section

  • Manchester Little League action is underway (with picture day scheduled for Sunday from 1-3 p.m. at Northwest Park) while MHS football players have been participating in a Leadership Seminar this off-season. 
  • You'll find all sorts of local sports news in  OneManchester Sports Central.
Semper Fi (But On The Sly)
What's next: Kevin and Vito will both be headed to Camp Geiger in North Carolina for Advanced Combat Training and then both will be headed to their MOS (military occupational specialty) schools -- Vito (Engineering) and Kevin (Intelligence), both at Camp Lejeune in NC. Oorah!
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell and Paul Ofria of the school district's communications office based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim, the district's communications director, can be reached at b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.