Thursday, August 22
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The Week Ahead
The Peach Festival hits a milestone (its Platinum anniversary) while this is the third Arts and Music Fest and will be the biggest and best yet.
(Friday, Aug. 23 through Thursday, Aug. 29)
Friday (6-9 p.m.) -- "Walk on the Wild Side" is theme of Nature Explorers program at Center Springs Park
Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- 70th annual Peach Festival at 138 Main St.
Friday (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Summer Send Off Party at Charter Oak Park
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (8 a.m. - 1 p.m.) -- Household hazardous waste collection at the Landfill
Saturday (1 p.m.) -- Free Land Trust Hike at Salter’s Pond
Saturday (3-10 p.m.) -- Silk City Music and Arts Festival 2019 at Purnell Place
Monday -- Manchester Community College fall semester begins
Monday (4 p.m) -- A Conservation Conversation with the Manchester Land Conservation Trust 
Thursday (3 p.m.) -- MPS substitute teacher hiring event
Thursday (6:30-8 p.m.) -- 'Race, Equity and Manchester' panel discussion
Two programs of note:
  • Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) -- The Whiton Branch Library presents “The Science of Literature."
  • Wednesday (6 p.m.) -- At Cheney, students in grades 6-12 can learn to play Dungeons and Dragons.
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
(Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2)

Friday -- Special library hours (closed 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff meetings but open 1-5 p.m.)
Saturday -- Libraries closed for Labor Day weekend
Saturday (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) -- Lutz Museum Farm Day
Monday-- Town offices and libraries closed for Labor Day weekend

(Note: No 'Nature Explorers at Center Spring Park next Friday night or Sept. 7 either but program resumes Sept. 14)

And Further Down The Road

Thursday, Sept. 5 (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Imagine Main "Steam Rollin'" event
Friday, Sept. 13 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) -- Patriot Day first-responder celebration at GMCC
Saturday, Sept. 14 -- Second annual Center Springs Park 5K road race
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
Humans of Manchester
The gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
School Starts In 12 Days
(But Who Isn't Counting?)

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
Saturday, Sept. 7 -- MHS fall sports season begins with cross-country at Wickham Invitational. (For complete MHS schedule please click here)
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- Official 'ribbon-cutting' event at Verplanck Elementary School 
  • Bus routes will be posted Monday and he district has a new transportation handbook. Click here to read more.
  • The town PTA is looking for a new treasurer for this school year. Interested? Contact
  • Interested in being a substitute teacher? There's a hiring event set for next Thursday (Aug. 29). Here's what you need to know.
  • There's an after-school martial arts (and more) program that you can learn about here.
  • Also, learn about free English classes, the MHS marching band,  'Back to School' supply drives and before- and after-school programming around the district by clicking here.

Recent MHS grads Jake Bolduc, Andrew Suhie, Abby Chervenak and Riley Crockwell were recently awarded Paul Bolduc Memorial Scholarships, which you can read about here. Also, there's a UConn football tailgate event on Oct. 5 that will raise money for the foundation.
In The News
Want to see some of the trivia questions and learn more? Click here.
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:
(We gets lots of them and link to the latest of each)
Are You Ready For Some Football?
The MHS football team has been practicing sans helmets and pads this week but things get real with full contact starting Friday as the Red Hawks (yep, that's right) prepare for opening night in Glastonbury on Sept. 13. Check out OneManchester Sports Central for more local sports stuff.
Wet and Wild
Someone once said “There is nothing truer in this world than the love of a good dog” and that sentiment was evident at Globe Hollow last weekend.
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.