Thursday, March 14
Published weekly since August 2017
Among the many meetings in our 'week ahead' calendar are gatherings of the Redevelopment Agency; the African American and Black Affairs Council; the Youth Commission and even a public hearing on the town sidewalk and curb plan. Scroll down for all that and more, and if you like this newsletter click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead

Friday (2 p.m.) -- Preschool Dance Party at Mary Cheney Library
Friday (5-6:30 p.m.) -- Peirogi and Golabki sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Friday (6:30-8 p.m.) -- Marvelous Marvin’s Brain Circus at Eastside Resource Center
Saturday (7 p.m.) -- Free concert (Adam Levin, classical guitarist) at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Weaving and Songs at Cheney Homestead
Monday (1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. / two events) -- Manchester Community Comes Together to Celebrate Diversity at MHS
Tuesday (9-9:30 a.m.) -- Mobile Food Share at Squire Village (comes on alternate Tuesdays)
Tuesday (12:10 p.m.) -- TED TALK Tuesday - Meditation at WORK_SPACE
Wednesday (11 a.m.) -- Senior Center newcomers' meeting
Wednesday (7 p.m.) -- Manchester Art Association presents graffiti artist Jeffrey Slobodien at The Arbors
Thursday, March 21 (10 a.m.) -- Town public auction at Greene Moving & Storage
Thurs-Sat, March 21-23 (7 p.m.) -- The Wizard of Oz at Bailey Auditorium/MHS

Library Listings (with this week's highlights): For the complete library schedule click here (or here for children and teens.
Meetings This Week:
Next Weekend:
Thurs-Sat, March 21-23 (7 p.m.) -- The Wizard of Oz continues at Bailey Auditorium/MHS
Friday, March 22 (6-9 p.m.) -- Silk City Giveback Night for Manchester Free Libraries at Silk City Coffee
Friday, March 22 (6:30-8 p.m.) -- Family Fun Night at Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center
Saturday, March 23 (11 a.m.) -- Manchester Dog Owners Group’s (MDOG) Hike and a Pint at Case Mountain/Labrinth Brewery
Further down the road
Free tickets are available to see the United States Army Field Band’s “Jazz Ambassadors” and there's more info here.

Tuesday, March 26 (7 p.m.) -- United States Army Jazz Ambassadors in Concert at at MHS
Wednesday, March 27 (5-7 p.m.) -- Manchester Women’s Club 1st Birthday Party at Labyrinth Brewing
Thursday, March 28 (7 p.m.) --  Manchester Travel Basketball Fundraiser Game: Manchester Police vs. Manchester Public Schools Security Team at Iling Middle School
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
Sunday, May 5 (12-6 p.m.) -- Ray Beller Music All-Star Jam at Tomato Joe’s & Shea’s Patio
Tuesday, June 4 --  School renovation referendum
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). See more here

Also: We've got even 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 to add an item.
Humans of Manchester
Teachers Kim Gohla (with Lolly) and Renise Washington are the latest to join our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram. (Renise was also the subject of a recent story about restorative practices in the Journal Inquirer.)
School Standouts
Verplanck student Marissa Berlin-Whitehead (with sash) was crowned Miss CT Amazing in the Junior Miss category (sister Miranda also competed) while Max Cosme (also at Verplanck) won a fire prevention poster contest.
Of Note
Artistic Opportunities
  • The Manchester Arts Commission is reaching out to the community in search of those Individuals, Groups, and a 'Rising Star' to be nominated for the Arts Hall of Fame. Read more here. Also, for the third year Imagine Main is having a night dedicated to young (18 years and younger) artists in the community and you can learn more here.
  • The school district is partnering with Real Dads Forever to present an 8 session Parent Program with a focus on Dads. It starts Wednesday and you can learn more here. (Moms, there's a program being planned for you, too)
  • CERT (which stands for Community emergency response team) has another training class that begins Monday night and you can learn more here.
  • Struggling to support a loved one struggling with behaviors that might include substance abuse? Have an old prom dress you can donate? Interested in free English classes or blood drive info ... it's all here.
In The News
Manchester was well-represented at last week's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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.)
  • The Courant and JI both have a story about neglected and abandoned Shih Tzu dogs.
So Close
The MHS boys basketball team was one second away from its first trip to the state finals since 1956 but a controversial and questionable foul call saved Waterford, which went on to an overtime victory Tuesday night. Below, the bench erupts after a first-half-ending three-pointer by Logan Tomlinson, center.
Check OneManchester Sports Central for high school and rec sports news.
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.