Thursday, May 2
Published weekly since August 2017
We're sending this out earlier than usual today because there's lots of stuff happening this evening that afternoon-newsletter-readers might want to know about. Things only get busier when the weekend arrives -- notably the annual fishing derby and a community open house at the soon-to-be-closed Washington Elementary School. Scroll down for all sorts of news and if you like this newsletter click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
To see the fishing derby flier please click here.

Thursday, May 2  (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer and Business at WORK_SPACE
Thursday (6-8:30 p.m.) --  Imagine Youth! at Army-Navy Club
Thursday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Dos De Mayo at WORK_SPACE
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) -- National Day of Prayer! at Center Memorial Park
Thursday (7 p.m.) -- A Broadway Cabaret at Cheney Hall
Friday (6- 8:30 p.m) -- First Friday Film Series: 13th, part 2 at 153 Spruce Street
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Give Back Night at Silk City Coffee
Saturday (7-10 a.m.) -- Annual Children and Seniors Fishing Derby at Salters Pond.
Saturday (8 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- Household Hazardous Waste Collection at 321 Olcott St.
Saturday (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- 20th Annual Family History Day and Genealogy Road Show at Town Hall
Saturday (10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.) -- Kids Sock Puppet Workshop at Community Y
Saturday (noon- 2:30 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Hartford Symphony Orchestra at Lutz Children Museum
Saturday (1- 4 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Hit, Pitch and Run Event at Illing Middle School
Saturday (6:20 p.m.) -- UConn Chamber Singers at Emanuel Lutheran Church
Sunday (12-6 p.m.) -- Ray Beller Music All-Star Jam at Tomato Joe’s & Shea’s Patio
Monday (12-1 p.m.) -- National Small Business Week at WORK_SPACE
Wednesday (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
Farewell, Washington ....
Washington Elementary School, which opened in 1915, will close next month and community members are invited to walk the halls once more on Saturday from noon-2:30 p.m. Also, peruse this list of hundreds of former Washington teachers and staff members -- and let us know who we might have missed.
You'll find the gallery on both Facebook and Instagram.
Library Listings
For the complete library schedule click here (or here for children and teens).
Meetings This Week
There's a referendum set for June 4 seeking money to (among other things) renovate and expand Buckley, Bowers, and Keeney elementary schools and community members are welcome to attend any info sessions -- including those held as part of during PTA meeting. You can see the schedule here. Also, if you want to see the material that is reviewed during the presentation, it's right here.
ALSO:
Next Weekend:

Saturday, May 11 (8 am.) -- May Fair at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Saturday, May 11 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Family Resource Center’s Clothing Swap at Robertson Cafeteria
Saturday, May 11 (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Army & Navy Mother's Day Vendor/Craft Fair
Saturday, May 11 (4-8 p.m.) -- Keeney Street PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle
Saturday, May 11 (9 a.m.) -- Senior Plant Sale at the Senior Center
Saturday, May 11 (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Pete the Cat at Cheney Hall
Saturday, May 11 (8 p.m.) -- Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet at Cheney Hall
Sunday, May 12 (7-11 a.m.) -- Mother's Day Breakfast at the Elks Club
Sunday, May 12 (1-4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead Special Program at 106 Hartford Rd.
Sunday, May 12 (1p.m.) -- Mother's Day Tea at Lutz Children's Museum,
Further down the road

'Things in a Park' returns May 17.

Wednesday, May 15 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) -- Parks and Rec Summer Registration Day at 39 Lodge Drive
Wednesday, May 15 (3-5 p.m.) -- Dangers of Underage Drinking & Distracted Driving at MHS
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
Monday, May 19-25 -- National Public Works Week
Tuesday, May 21 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Spring Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at Bailey Auditorium
Wednesday, May 22 (9 a.m.-noon) -- National Public Works Week open house 
Thursday, 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
Tuesday, June 11 (5:30-9 p.m.) -- 9th Annual Taste of Manchester
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
Read Aislinn Gara Grady's story in Harbinger (the MHS student newspaper).
ALSO:
The Journal InquirerHartford Courant and Manchester Patch all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
  • Concordia Lutheran Church's $400,000 renovation project emphasized energy efficiency. The JI has the scoop.
  • Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz came to town to discuss the 2020 census. Read about it here. Or here.
Newsletter news

Our Sports Section

The weather forced Little League to postpone its Opening Day ceremonies on Sunday but East Catholic and Manchester were able to sneak in their track meet between rain storms on Tuesday. Check out OneManchester Sports Central for more local sports info.
Pablo Plowcasso, Anyone?
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.