Thursday, July 18
Published weekly since August 2017
Like free outdoor music? There's plenty for you this month, with bands performing most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at the Band Shell (at MCC) and Tuesdays (at MARC on Sheldon Road) and Thursdays (at Center Memorial Park with the Beller's series). And this Saturday -- a special Manchester Songwriters' Concert at Center Springs Park. (Scroll down to meet one of the performers.) So pack a picnic and take in a show. All the details are below.
By the way: The photos above were shot earlier this week at the Band Shell (left) and at MARC. We have more pics below.
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The Week Ahead
Jazz on Monday. Margarita vibes on Tuesday. Bluegrass on Thursday. And that's not all. Scroll down for more.
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Windham Concert Band at the Band Shell
Friday (8-9 p.m.) -- Moon-lit Yoga in the Park at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (9 a.m. - noon) -- Pierogi sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Saturday, July 20 ( 4-8 p.m.) -- Manchester Songwriters Concert
Monday (7 p.m. ) -- Lahot Jazz & Company at the Band Shell
Tuesday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- MARC, Inc Summer Concert Series with "Changes in Latitude" (Jimmy Buffet tribute band) 
Wednesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmer's Market 
Thursday (6 p.m.) -- MRC Track & Field Series at MHS
Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers program at Charter Oak Park
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- Still Pickin' concert at Center Memorial Park (Beller's Music Summer Concert Series)
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- Little Library Ribbon Cutting at Center Memorial Park (rescheduled from 7-18)
  • Rec on the Run has a 'rec rocks' theme next week. Click here for details.
  • The Historical Society is running a series of Arts and Artisan Crafts at the Cheney Homestead with classes for ages nine and up are scheduled for next week. Learn more here.
  • Meetings this week: Wednesday-- ZBA; Thursday-- Pension Board
Library Happenings

Instead of listing all of the special activities (which you can link to below) we're spotlighting one event that looks really fun -- the 'Tremendous Tuesday' offering, which features Rolie Polie Guacamole, a 'kindie' band from Brooklyn that plays tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active!
Rolie Polie Guacamole performs twice Tuesday -- at Whiton at 3:30 p.m. and at Mary Cheney at 6:30 p.m. The full week of library happenings (for children, teens and adults) is just a click (or two) away.
Next Weekend's Highlights:
Friday, July 26 (1:30 and 6:30 p.m.) -- CAST presents "School House Rock LIVE, Jr." at Center Memorial Park (two separate free shows)
Friday, July 26 (7-9 p.m.) -- Cruz Machine (Classic Rock, Blues) at the Band Shell
Friday, July 26 (8-9:30 p.m.) -- Family movie night (Wall-E) at Charter Oak
Saturday, July 27 (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday, July 27 (5-9 p.m.) -- WuudStock, a celebration of Woodstock's 50th anniversary at Unitarian Universalist Society East, 153 Vernon St.
Saturday, July 27 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Little Library ribbon cutting at  Westside Oval, 110 Cedar St.
Further down the road
The Cadillac (and Corvair, etc.) of car shows is always the first Sunday in August (weather permitting).

Thursday, August 1 -- Town Taxes are due! 
Sunday, August 4 (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- 19th Annual Cruisin' on Main Street
Sunday and Monday, August 4 and 5 -- 2019 Manchester Open at Manchester Country Club
Saturday, August 24 (3- 10 p.m.) -- Silk City Music and Arts Festival 2019 at Purnell Place
Monday, August 26 -- Manchester Community College fall semester begins
Tuesday, September 3 -- First day of school for grades K-5, Grades 7 and 9
Wednesday, September 4 --  First day of school for grades 6, 8, 10-12

NOTE: Cruisin' on Main has a VIP Program that you can read about here.
Also: We've got more town events listed in our 'OneMan Central' log (and the town events calendar is another trove of information).  If we are missing anything, anywhere, just email to add an item.
Songwriters of Manchester

Lisa Lawrence Uzanas, who is scheduled to perform at Saturday's Manchester Songwriters' Concert (which runs from 4-8 p.m. at Center Springs Park), is the most recent addition to our gallery.
  • The 'Humans of Manchester' gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
  • Also scheduled to perform Saturday: Bill Ludwig, Ella Wallace, CrossPlanets, Karl Golden Jr., Robert C Fullerton, MARMO, Matt Falkowski,  Guinea Pigs and Sugar Coated Sugar. Click here for more details.
Of Note
A few items of interest from 'Manchester Matters' and elsewhere:
School Stuff
Summer vaca officially reaches the halfway point at the end of next week (July 26, for those keeping score). Here's some news of note:

Verplanck comes back on line in September after being renovated and expanded. Washington is now closed with those students now going to Verplanck, Bowers and Highland.
  • The BoE recently revised the 2019-20 school calendar, which includes new daily start and end times at some schools. See the new calendar here.
  • Anyone interested in working as a substitute teacher should attend this 'hiring event' on July 29 at 2 p.m. at the MPS district office.

Track and (Baseball) Field

The MHS track was busy earlier tonight as the Manchester Running Company series continued. Last Sunday, the local Little League season ended, with Manchester NL losing to Suffield in the District 8 championship. Check OneManchester Sports or more all-star images and the latest local sports news.
Encore! Encore!
Nightshift had people dancing at the Band Shell on Monday and Mass-Conn-Fusion at MARC on Tuesday.
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