Thursday, May 9
Published weekly since August 2017
We spend a lot of time each week compiling as complete a list as we can of what's happening in our schools and throughout our town -- and then we share this newsletter with as many people as possible. If you know of something we're missing, there's info below on how you can let us know. And if you like 'OneManchester' just click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead
Saturday (8 am.) -- May Fair at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Saturday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Family Resource Center’s Clothing Swap at Robertson Cafeteria
Saturday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Army & Navy Mother's Day Vendor/Craft Fair
Saturday (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Plant Sale at the Senior Center
Saturday (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Pete the Cat at Cheney Hall
Saturday (4-8 p.m.) -- Keeney Street PTA Fundraiser at Chipotle
Saturday (8 p.m.) -- Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet at Cheney Hall
Sunday (7-11 a.m.) -- Mother's Day Breakfast at the Elks Club
Sunday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Can and Bottle Drive at the Community Center Patio, 153 Spruce St.
Sunday (12- 2 p.m.) -- Free Open House at Woodbridge Barn, 495 Middle Tpk East
Sunday (12-6 p.m.) -- Ray Beller Music All-Star Jam at Tomato Joe’s & Shea’s Patio (rescheduled from May 5)
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead Special Program at 106 Hartford Rd.
Sunday (1 p.m.) -- Mother's Day Tea at Lutz Children's Museum
Tuesday (5:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Conservation Land Trust Dinner at Manchester Country Club
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Paint Night at the Elks Club
Wednesday (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) -- Parks and Rec Summer Registration Day at 39 Lodge Drive
Wednesday (3-5 p.m.) -- Dangers of Underage Drinking & Distracted Driving at MHS
Thursday, May 16 (6-10 p.m.) -- Sports Night at the Army and Navy Club
Thursday, May 16 (6-8 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Library Listings
For the library's May adult and teen schedule click here (or here for children and teens).
Meetings This Week
Monday's Board of Ed meeting will include a presentation about the June 4 school referendum and will be streamed live on the district Facebook page, with the superintendent taking questions from viewers. In addition ....
Community members are welcome to attend any info sessions -- including those held as part of PTA meetings -- to learn about the referendum. You can see the complete schedule here and 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:
A walk-a-thon at Charter Oak and Broadway comes to Trinity Covenant Church.
Friday, May 17 (5-8 p.m.) -- Things in a Park Youth Art Exhibit & Book Release at 153 Spruce St.
Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 (7:30 p.m.) -- Hot Music - a Broadway Experience at Trinity Covenant Church
Saturday, May 18 (9 a.m.) --  38th Randy Smith Journal Inquirer Greater Manchester Invite at MHS
Saturday, May 18 (10 a.m.) -- Walk A Mile, Feed The World at Charter Oak Park
Saturday, May 18 (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Community Carnival at Waddell School
Saturday, May 18 (11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) -- Steppin' Out On Main St. at Center Memorial Park
Saturday, May 18 (12 p.m.) -- Center Church Tulip Tea at Center Congregational Church
Saturday, May 18 (7 p.m.) -- St. Mary's Episcopal Church Memorial Concert featuring pianist Paul Bisaccia
Saturday, May 18 (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.) -- Kids Stuff Tag Sale at the Lutz
Sunday, May 19 (7 p.m.) -- Mama Mia! Auditions at Little Theatre of Manchester
Further down the road
Among many happenings on the horizon:
'Taste of Manchester' week; Art in the Park; the Women's Club tag sale.

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
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
Saturday, June 8 -- Town-wide tag sale sponsored by Manchester Women's Club
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.
Humans of Manchester
Wednesday was National School Nurse Day and this is also Teacher Appreciation Week ... so we've added to the gallery one of each --  Margaret Minguy and Michelle Patrick. Visit our gallery (it's on both Facebook and Instagram) to learn about them.
In The News
JI coverage includes a story about a $450,000 splash pad coming to Verplanck while The Courant wrote about cleanup work at  Center Springs Park.
(The Journal InquirerHartford Courant and Manchester Patch all have regular town news coverage; the JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
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Serious Softball 

Rec softball players (including these guys in action earlier tonight at Nike Site) are as passionate as any athletes anywhere, although not always as athletic as athletes elsewhere. Interested in local sports? Check out OneManchester Sports Central for our news and notes.
We Didn't Forget ...

To Manchester Moms,

Happy Mother's Day!

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.