Thursday, July 25
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The Week Ahead
CAST is putting on two free shows tomorrow and the Unitarian Universalist Society East has a Woodstock anniversary concert Saturday night.
Thursday, July 25 (6-8 p.m.) -- Little Library Ribbon Cutting at Center Memorial Park (rescheduled from 7-18)
Friday (1:30 and 6:30 p.m.) -- CAST presents "School House Rock LIVE, Jr." at Center Memorial Park (two separate free shows)
Friday (7-9 p.m.) -- Cruz Machine (Classic Rock, Blues) at the Band Shell
Friday (8-9:30 p.m.) -- Family movie night (Wall-E) at Charter Oak
Saturday(8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Saturday (5-9 p.m.) -- WuudStock, a celebration of Woodstock's 50th anniversary at Unitarian Universalist Society East, 153 Vernon St.
Saturday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Little Library ribbon cutting at  Westside Oval, 110 Cedar St.
Sunday (noon) -- Woodbridge Barn Open House
Monday -- Lutz week-long art camp begins.
Monday (7-8:30 p.m.) -- 102nd Army National Guard Band at the Band Shell
Tuesday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- MARC, Inc Summer Concert Series with Salute to Veterans Night (with Nightshift performing)
Wednesday (4:30-7:30 p.m.) -- Spruce Street Farmer's Market 
Wednesday (6:30-8:30 p.m.) -- Band Shell featured Kidsville Cuckoo Revue
Thursday, August 1 -- Town Taxes are due! 
Thursday (5-6 p.m.) -- Beer and Business at WORK_SPACE
Thursday (6 p.m.) -- Imagine Main in Center Springs Park
Thursday (6 p.m.) -- MRC Track & Field Series at MHS
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- Auto-Fueled Art opening at WORK_SPACE
Thursday (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Nature Explorers program at Charter Oak Park
Thursday (6-8 p.m.) -- Tony Susi at Center Memorial Park (Beller's Music Summer Concert Series)
Library Happenings
To see the libraries' event calendars, please click here.
Next Weekend's Highlights:
Friday, Aug. 2 (6-8 p.m.) -- Cruisin' Paint Night at Charter Oak
Friday, Aug. 2  (7-9 p.m.) -- Blues on the Rocks at the Band Shell
Friday, Aug. 2 (7:30-10 p.m.) -- Skylark City Concert at WORK_SPACE
Fri/Sat/Sun, Aug. 2-3-4 -- ‘The Dixie Swim Club’opens at Little Thetare of Manchester (through Aug. 18)
Saturday, Aug. 3 (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) -- Manchester Farmer's Market at corner of Main and Forest
Sunday, Aug. 4 (10 a.m.- 3 p.m.) -- 19th Annual Cruisin' on Main Street
Sun/Mon, Aug. 4-5 -- Manchester Open at Manchester Country Club
NOTE: Cruisin' on Main has a VIP Program that you can read about here.
Further down the road
The scene at last Friday's moonlit yoga at Charter Oak; the next is Aug. 16.

Saturday, Aug. 17 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- K-9 Kerplunk Doggie Dunk at Globe Hollow
Friday, Aug. 23 -- 70th annual Peach Festival at 138 Main St.
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

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.
Humans of Manchester
Tammy Watts works at Charter Oak Park, where she and her fellow ambassadors will be happy to loan you a bike, or a scooter, or help you have summer fun in lots of other ways. Read about her in our gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram.
Of Note
A few items of interest from 'Manchester Matters' and elsewhere:
Summertime Sports
Check OneManchester Sports for the latest including photos from hoops at Charter Oak hoops and Earl Yost Tennis Classic pics.
School Stuff
  • 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 Monday (July 29) at 2 p.m. at the MPS district office.
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:
  • The Courant wrote about a BoE decision to allow MHS students to wear hats, durags and other head coverings in school.
  • The JI has a story about Manchester Community College getting a $20,000 grant to advance its Women in STEM initiative.
What's Cookin'?
On Wednesday, Chef Becky (Rebecca Brown, a health coach and author) showed what can be done with the produce grown in the community gardens on Spruce Street and there was plenty happening outside, as well.
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.