Thursday, Sept. 5
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The Week Ahead
(Friday, Sept. 6 through Thursday, Sept. 12)
Manchester is popular with model-train enthusiasts, as the Time Machine track runs on first and third Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and the Army-Navy Club has occasional shows -- including another one this weekend.
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Family paint night at Charter Oak Park
Friday (8 p.m.) -- First Friday free movie night at 153 Spruce
Saturday -- The  MHS fall sports season begins with cross-country at the Windham Invitational. (For complete MHS schedule please click here)
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (9-11 a.m.) -- 'Fathers Talk' program at Spruce Street firehouse
Saturday (noon- 2 p.m.) -- Old Manchester Museum is open
Sunday -- Auditions for 'The Nutcracker' at Cheney Hall
Sunday (9 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Train show at Army Navy Club
Sunday (1-4 p.m.) -- Cheney Homestead open house features 'Back to School, 1820'
Monday (6:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Cub Scout Troop 144 Join Night at Concordia Lutheran Church
Wednesday  (9-11:30 a.m.) -- Manchester MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and MOMSnext (Moms of school aged children) meeting at Trinity Covenant Church.
Thursday (6 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers at Charter Oak Park
Thursday (6:30 p.m.) -- Pack 47 Cub Scout recruit night at South Methodist Church 

(Note: No 'Nature Explorers' at Center Spring Park this Friday night but program resumes Sept. 13)

The Board of Education meets Monday night at 7 at Lincoln Center, with topics expected to include a District Improvement Plan update and professional development highlights. You'll find more meetings listed in the town events calendar (and the BoE has an events/meetings calendar too).
Among the highlights:
To see the libraries' comprehensive event calendars, please click here.
Also: We've got more town and school district events and notes 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 suggest/contribute an item.
Next Weekend's Highlights
(Friday, Sept. 13 through Sunday, Sept. 15)
Friday, Sept. 13 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) -- Patriot Day first-responder celebration at GMCC
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Family Movie Night at Charter Oak Park

Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- Twilight Explorers at Center Springs Park
Saturday -- Second annual Center Springs Park 5K road race
Saturday -- Elks annual Soccer Shoot at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (8 p.m.) -- Cat Stevens & Harry Chapin tribute concert at Cheney Hall.
And Further Down The Road (just a few events of note)
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- Official 'ribbon-cutting' event at Verplanck Elementary School 
Saturday, Oct. 19 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) -- Barktoberfest at Charter Oak Park
Thursday, Nov. 28 (10 a.m.) -- 83rd running of the Manchester Road Race

  • Parent Leadership Classes will meet on Mondays from Sept. 16 through Nov. 18 (no class on Oct. 14 and Nov. 11) at Manchester High.
  • The Manchester Police are offering a four-session women-only rape-defense seminar starting Sept. 17.
In The News
Fox 61 was in town on Tuesday to report on upbeat messages drawn on sidewalks to inspire students walking to Bowers Elementary School. 
The Journal Inquirer and Hartford Courant both have regular town news coverage (but monthly free-read limits). You'll also find stories in Manchester Patch. Published recently:
  • From the JI: The town staff plans to use $400,000 from surplus funds to create an “innovation fund” to invest in new ideas for town government to improve services, reduce costs, or add revenues.
  • From The Courant: This community news roundup has lots of previews and nuggets.
(We gets lots of them and link to the latest of each)
A Three-Piece Puzzle
Think you know what building this is? Click here to find out.
Of Note
  • OneManchester Central:  Click here for info about upcoming Parent Leadership classes, blood drives  and more.
  • Humans of Manchester: The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Smiles All Around
To get to these on Facebook click here and here and here.
You can read about Seth here and visit OneManchester Sports for more local sports stuff.
"I Didn't Like My Beard At First ....
... but it grew on me."

Yes, tonight's Imagine Main  "Steam Rollin'" event
drew lots of folks with lots of facial hair.
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.