Thursday, May 30
Published weekly since August 2017
Pride in Manchester. This time of year it's a celebration  -- a series of them, actually -- and you can click here to see a flier that breaks it all down ... Saturday night's free Motown concert, the art show on Sunday, all of it. But pride-with-a-lower-case-p in Manchester is apparent all year 'round, taking many shapes and forms. We try to capture something special each and every week, things we can be proud of, and invite you to follow along by subscribing to this newsletter. It's easy to do.
Humans of Manchester
(A special PIMW doubleheader!)
Tom Stringfellow, who for 30 years has been a font of opinions and insights at Lincoln Center meetings, and first-grader Quinn Dickman, award-winning inventor of the ChapCap chapstick holder, are the latest additions to our gallery. Read about them on Facebook or Instagram.
The Week Ahead
Soul Sound Revue, which performs Motown hits from the sixties, seventies, and eighties, is at Center Memorial Park Saturday night.
Friday (5:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Opening Reception: SANKOFA, a two-week exhibit of local artist Michelle Thomas
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Mother-themed Open Mic at 153 Spruce St. (with poetry workshop at 5 p.m.)
Saturday (8 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- Household Hazardous Waste Collection at 321 Olcott St.
Saturday (9:30 a.m.) -- Jay Howroyd Fitness Trail Dedication at Union Pond
Saturday (9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- Manchester Pride Clean-Up at 153 Spruce Street
Saturday (6:30 p.m.) -- Pride in Manchester Week Begins! Concert in the Park with Soul Sound Review 
Sunday, June 2 -- Trails Day Celebration in Manchester
Sunday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- 46th Annual Art in the Park at Center Memorial Park
Tuesday --  School renovation referendum
Tuesday (6-9 p.m.) -- Senior Dance at the Senior Center
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- MHS Chorus, Roundtable Singers, Jazz Choir, and Handbells concert at Bailey Auditorium
Wednesday and Thursday, June 5 and 6 (6:30 p.m.) -- Take a Carpet Ride on Disney's Aladdin Kids at CAST children's theatre
Thursday, June 6 (11:30 a.m.) -- Free Luncheon for Veterans at the Manchester Elks Lodge
Thursday, June 6 (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer and Business - Monthly Networking Event at WORK_SPACE
Thursday, June 6 (6 - 8:30 p.m.) -- Strollin' on Main!
Thursday, June 6 (6:30 - 8 pm.) -- Manchester Sentinel Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading in-person sign ups at Dick's Sporting Goods
Library Listings
           For the library's June adult and teen schedule click here .
Meetings This Week
Here's a meeting list for next week:
Next Weekend:
A new production at Cheney Hall and a townwide tag sale.
Friday, June 7 -- The Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall presents The Normal Heart (through June 23) 
Friday through Sunday June 7- 9 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) --- Manchester Land Conservation Trust Tag Sale at 330 Bush Hill Road
Saturday, June 8 -- Town-wide tag sale sponsored by Manchester Women's Club
Saturday, June 8 -- (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Elks Club Bike Rodeo at the Elks Lodge
Saturday, June 8 (9:45 a.m.) -- Spring Street Mile starting at Globe Hollow
Saturday, June 8 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- CT Open Space Day at WORK_SPACE
Saturday, June 8 (11 a.m.) -- Open Museum Day!
Saturday, June 8 (10 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- LTM Cheney Hall Open House
Saturday, June 8 (2 p.m.) -- Duck Race at Charter Oak Park
Saturday, June 8 (2- 4 p.m.) -- Rabies Clinic/Dog Licensing at the Center Street Firehouse
Saturday, June 8 (7:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale presents Beatles, Broadway and Beyond at MHS
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 and 9 -- Romanian Festival! at the Romanian Orthodox Church, 1 Winter Street 
Sunday, June 9 -- Red Sox vs, Rays Bus Trip to Fenway Park. Bus leaves at 10 a.m. from I-84 exit 65 commuter lot for a 1 p.m. game
Further down the road
Dine out, or play pickleball, or watch fireworks ...the details are below

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.
Thursday, June 13 (5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) -- State of the Art and Hall of Fame at Manchester Country Club
Thursday, June 13 (6:30 p.m.) -- Flag Day Ceremony at Center Memorial Park sponsored by the Elks Club
Saturday, June 15 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -- Pickleball Tournament at the Nike Site, 225 Garden Grove Rd.
Monday, June 17 -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after snow days on Feb. 12 and March 5).
June 22 (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) -- Garden Tour
Wednesday, June 26 (1 p.m.) -- 6th Annual Manchester High Athletics Golf Outing at Manchester Country Club - lunch starts at 11 a.m.
Saturday, July 6 (4- 10 p.m.) -- 36th Annual Dutch Fogarty 4th of July Celebration at the MCC Bandshell featuring The North Cove Rogues and MASS-CONN FUSION

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 Courant and Manchester Patch all have regular town news coverage; the JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
Also also
Pomp and Circumstance
The local graduation season began Wednesday night as Manchester Community College held its commencement exercises at Welte Auditorium on the CCSU campus. See more pics on the MCC FB page.

Coming soon:
  • Thursday, June 6 (6 p.m.) -- East Catholic graduation at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hartford
  • Monday June 17 (6:30 p.m.) -- Cheney Tech graduation at Cheney Tech
  • Monday, June 17 (7 p.m.) -- Manchester Regional Academy graduation at MRA
  • Tuesday, June 18 (6:30 p.m.) -- Manchester High School graduation at the Connecticut Convention Center
  • Wednesday, June 20 (6:30 p.m.) - Manchester Adult Education graduation - at MHS' Bailey Auditorium

Home Sweet Home

East Catholic walked off with a 3-2 first round Class M tournament win over Suffield Wednesday afternoon when Rowan Masse scored in the bottom of the tenth inning. For more tourney talk and local sports news, check out OneManchester Sports Central.
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.