Thursday, August 29
Published weekly since August 2017
Monday is Labor Day and next Thursday brings a special 'Imagine Main Steam Rollin'' and in between it's back to school -- on Tuesday and (for grades 6, 8 and 10-12) Wednesday. The big story this year: Verplanck is reopening, while the high school has a new mascot and a repaved "senior lot." Scroll down for more including a look back at a busy last weekend and, remember, starting next week, you'll need to have a subscription to get OneManchester on Thursday nights. Here's how to subscribe and here's what that's all about.
To see a brief Red Hawk hype video click here. As for the parking lot, that photo was taken today and things will be tied up when school starts next week.
The Week Ahead
(Friday, Aug. 30 through Thursday, Sept. 5)
Friday -- Special library hours (closed 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff meetings but open 1-5 p.m.)
Friday -- Country music dance at Army Navy Club
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
Sunday, Sept. 1 -- Manchester Road Race online registration begins
Monday-- Town offices and libraries closed for Labor Day weekend
Tuesday -- First day of school for grades K-5, Grades 7 and 9 as well as Manchester Adult Ed
Wednesday --  First day of school for grades 6, 8, 10-12
Thursday (9-10 a.m.) -- Manchester Community Services Council forum
Thursday (6-8:30 p.m.) -- Imagine Main "Steam Rollin'" event
Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers at Charter Oak Park

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

The Board of Directors meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lincoln Center. You'll find more meetings listed in the town events calendar (and the BoE has an events/meetings calendar too).
  • Reminders: There are special hours Friday -- with libraries closed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for staff meetings but open 1-5 p.m.; also Friday is the last day for Children’s summer reading prizes. Monday, libraries are closed for Labor Day.
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. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8)

Friday (6-8 p.m.) -- Family paint night at Charter Oak Park
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
Saturday (2 p.m.) -- Layavinyasa School of Dance and Music at Cheney Library

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

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

And Further Down The Road

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

Also: Here's the 2020 lineup for the Little Theatre of Manchester
Humans of Manchester
No one new this week; the gallery is on both Facebook and Instagram.
More School Stuff
  • Families seeking free or reduced priced meals need to complete a new application. We have that info, meal prices and more. Click here for details.
  • Also, the MHS class of '99 is seeking alumni for its reunion plus you can learn about free English classes and 'Back to School' supply drives and before- and after-school programming around the district and much, much more by clicking here.
In The News
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)
OneManchester Central
Click here to learn more including info about upcoming Parent Leadership classes 
We're tracking recent MHS grads playing college sports. Also, read the JI's story on Manchester resident Tim Cate's second season (first full) in the Washington National organization. And check out OneManchester Sports for more local sports stuff.
Silk City Arts And Music Fest
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.