Thursday, February 14
Published weekly since August 2017
Silk City Serenade

Barbershop quartets from the Silk City Chorus have been crooning Valentine greetings for a generation, and one of today's stops was in Manchester Town Hall, where Doreen Petrozza was the object of their affection.
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The Week Ahead
There's a Valentine's dance for 5th and 6th graders at Bennet tomorrow, an MDOG meeting next Wednesday and lots more listed below.
Friday (6:30 p.m.-8:30 pm.) -- Valentines Schmalentines, A 5-6th Grade Semi-Formal Event at Bennet Leisure Center
Saturday (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- Pierogi Sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church 
Saturday (10:30 a.m.) -- African Drumming & Dancing Family Program at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (1:30 p.m.) -- Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Phoenix Performing Arts at Mary Cheney Library
Sunday (noon) -- Manchester Community College Hall of Fame Brunch at Manchester Country Club
Sunday (noon-4 p.m.) -- Little League Registration at the Elks Club (or online through March 5)
Monday-Tuesday -- No school (winter break)
Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) -- The Mr. Gym Show at Mary Cheney Library.
Wednesday (9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.) -- Professional Development Resources in CT at WORK_SPACE
Wednesday (6 p.m.)  -- Annual meeting of MDOG (the Manchester Dog Owners Group) at Police Headquarters

Down The Road
Two very different events next week! (Of course, the Steampunk Ball is very different from just about anything.) 
Next Weekend:

Friday, Feb. 22 (7 p.m.) -- Manchester in the Movies at the History Center, 175 Pine Street
Saturday, Feb. 23 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) -- Early Childhood Fair at Manchester High School Cafeteria
Saturday, Feb. 23 (5:30-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 4 at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road
Further down the road
We've highlighted some big-deal dates below and there are more listed in our 'OneMan Central' log. (You can also check out MPS Central, which lists future school/district stuff.)
Tuesday, March 26 (7 p.m.) -- United States Army Jazz Ambassadors in Concert at at MHS.
Saturday, March 30 -- 8th Annual District Invention Convention and Science Fair at Manchester High School
Mon-Fri, April 15-19 -- No school (spring vacation)
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Thursday, June 13, 2019 -- Last day of classes for MPS students
Thursday, June 13 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Community Block Party & Cultural Festival at the School Street Courtyard, 1151 Main St.
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.

Humans of

Meet Shahzeb Siddiqui, captain (and founder) of the Manchester Knights
Cricket Club and the newest addition to our gallery.
The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Of Note
  • Free tax preparation is available for families and individuals meeting certain income guidelines. Check out the fliers in English and Spanish.
  • The town has scheduled a public presentation for the East Side neighborhood on Monday, March 4 about the proposed re-use for Nathan Hale by Odyssey charter school. Click for English and Spanish fliers.
School Scenes
Some recent pictures from around the district.
Clockwise from top left: The Bennet Bear was giving Valentine hugs today; MHS hoops (and Jahkaya Butler) celebrated Senior Night; painting rocks at Highland Park; and Illing's Enrichment Showcase.
More school stuff:
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.) Here are some recent highlights:
All Heart
Left to right: Ted Paul, George LaPrad, Doreen Petrozza (Customer Service & Information Center manager), Jim Nolan and Dick Cichowski. Said one chorus member: “Seeing the smiles on the faces makes us happy, too.”
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 or 860-268-6377 and he keeps a log of mistakes he makes in district-produced newsletters that you will find here.