Thursday, May 16
Published weekly since August 2017
The Army & Navy Club opened 100 years ago -- just four years after Washington School. Both were busy tonight, as Jim Calhoun and other celebs were at the club for a sports night as part of their centennial weekend while Washington (which is closing in June) had a staff reunion and community open house. Scroll down for more and -- if you like this newsletter -- click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
Friday night -- see the new 'Things In A Park' book and check out and learn about the new Rec on the Run van. It's at Spruce from 5-8 p.m.
Friday (5-8 p.m.) -- Things in a Park Youth Art Exhibit & Book Release at 153 Spruce St.
Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.) -- Hot Music - a Broadway Experience at Trinity Covenant Church
Saturday (8:30 a.m.) -- Manchester Garden Club Plant Sale at Community Baptist Church
Saturday (9 a.m.) --  38th Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Greater Manchester Invite at MHS
Saturday (10 a.m.) -- Walk A Mile, Feed The World at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Pierogi & Golabki Sale at St. John's Polish National Church
Saturday (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Community Carnival at Waddell School
Saturday (11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) -- Steppin' Out On Main St. at Center Memorial Park
Saturday (12 p.m.) -- Center Church Tulip Tea at Center Congregational Church
Saturday (6 p.m.) -- Elks Club Citizen of the Year Dinner
Saturday (7 p.m.) -- St. Mary's Episcopal Church Memorial Concert featuring pianist Paul Bisaccia
Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- Kids Stuff Tag Sale at the Lutz
Sunday (1- 5 p.m.) -- Army and Navy Club Brick Dedication Ceremony & Buffet Lunch
Sunday (12-6 p.m.) -- Ray Beller Music All-Star Jam at Tomato Joe’s & Shea’s Patio (rescheduled from May 5 and 12)
Sunday and Monday (7 p.m.) -- Mama Mia! Auditions at Little Theatre of Manchester
Monday, May 19-25 -- National Public Works Week
Tuesday (12:15- 1 p.m.) -- TED Talk Tuesday: Mental Health at WORK_SPACE
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- MHS Spring Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Bailey Auditorium
Wednesday (9 a.m.-noon) -- National Public Works Week open house 
Wednesday (5 p.m.) -- Annual Historic Preservation Awards Presentation at Lincoln Center
Thursday, May 23 (6:30 - 9 p.m.) -- Project Paint Night to benefit MHS Project Graduation at Concordia Lutheran Church
Thursday, May 23 (6:30 - 8 pm.) -- Manchester Sentinel Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading in-person sign ups at Dick's Sporting Goods
Thursday, May 23 (7 p.m) -- MHS Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble at Bailey Auditorium
Next Wednesday -- a celebration of painted plows from schools around town. 
Library Listings
For the library's May adult and teen schedule click here (or here for children and teens).
Meetings This Week
Residents have four more opportunities next week to learn about the  June 4 school referendum. If you want to see the material that is reviewed during the presentation, it's right here.
Here's a meeting list for next week:
Next Weekend:
Saturday, May 25 -- Libraries Closed for Memorial Day Holiday
Saturday, May 25 (8 a.m - 12 p.m.) -- Third Annual Free Tag Sale at Manchester Church of Christ (rain or shine)
Sunday, May 26 (10 a.m.) -- Memorial Day Church Service at Center Congregational Church
Monday, May 27 (9:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.) -- Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony starting at Army and Navy Club
Further down the road

Wednesday, May 29 (5:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Community College's 55th Annual Commencement Ceremony at Welte Auditorium on the CCSU campus
Saturday, June 1 (9:30 a.m.) -- Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail Dedication at Union Pond
Sunday, June 2 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- 46th Annual Art in the Park at Center Memorial Park
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 6 (6 - 8:30 p.m.) -- Strollin on Main!
Saturday, June 8 -- Town-wide tag sale sponsored by Manchester Women's Club
Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9 -- Manchester Land Conservation Trust Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Road
Tuesday, June 11 (5:30- 9 p.m.) -- 9th Annual Taste of Manchester
Wednesday, June 12 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Manchester’s Spruce Street Market Nights at 153- 160 Spruce Street (Wednesdays through August 21)
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 to add an item.
In The News

Although the banner atop the MHS student newspaper (and its website) features a feathered nod to the school mascot, some students are advocating that the school nickname ('Indians') be changed.
Harbinger coverage includes an interview with students picture above; you can read it here.
(The Journal InquirerHartford Courant and Manchester Patch all have regular town news coverage; the JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
Also also


The 38th Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Greater Manchester Invite is Saturday at MHS starting at 9 a.m. (Shown here are MHS steeplechasers.) Click here for a race preview and for more sports notes and news, check out OneManchester Sports Central.
Found on Facebook
Manchester Public Library posted pics from a 'paper popsicle' craft event and the Manchester Police Department posted a video from Wednesday's "Dangers of Underage Drinking / Distracted Driving" event at MHS.
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.