Thursday, Feb. 22
(through Wednesday, Feb. 28)
The Silk City? Yes, we are that. But Manchester is also becoming Steampunk Central, steampunk being a genre of science fiction that features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced technology. There's a regional steampunk convention at Cheney Hall this Saturday night and our own David Carlson (see below) is a force in the field. Scroll down for more about David and all things Manchester. Like this newsletter? Click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead

What are a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster to do when they have to leave the farm? Try and become world famous musicians, of course! Check it out Friday night.
Friday (2 p.m.) -- Preschool dance party at Mary Cheney Library
Friday (6:30 p.m.) -- Family Fun Night puppet show
Friday (5-8 p.m.) -- Write Out Loud Open Mic night at Eastside Neighborhood Resource Ctr 153 Spruce St
Saturday (10:30 a.m.) -- Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! party at Mary Cheney Library
Saturday (5:30-11 p.m.) -- Stupid Cupid Steampunk Ball 3 at Cheney Hall
Sunday (9 a.m.- noon) -- Brotherhood in Action Fundraiser breakfast
Down The Road

Young scientists and inventors from throughout the school district will gather at Iling Middle School on March 17 to showcase their work. This photo is from the recent school event at Martin Elementary.
Thursday, March 1 (6:30 p.m.) -- Community Crime Report forum at MPD, 239 East Middle Turnpike 
Tuesday, March 6 (5-7 p.m.) -- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce 'Business Showcase'
Saturday, March 10 (9-noon) --  Childhood Fair at MHS
Saturday, March 17 -- District-wide Science Fair at Illing Middle School
Friday, March 30 -- Good Friday
Saturday, March 31 (8:30-11 a.m) -- 'Stop the Bleed' mass casualty training at Cheney Hall
Mon-Fri April 9-13 -- Schools closed for spring vacation
Thursday, May 3 -- Youth-themed 'Imagine Main Street'  (the first of five straight 'First Thursdays)
Monday, June 25 -- Last day of school (adjusted after school cancellations on 10-30, 1-4, 1-5, 1-17 and 2-7)
For details and more listings, click here for school calendars
and click here for town calendars and email to add an item.
Humans of Manchester
The aforementioned Mr. Carlson (above) joined our gallery recently, as did two MHS students, Max Toth and Jevin Frett. You can read all about each of them by clicking here for Facebook or here for Instagram.
'The Pulse', produced by MHS student journalists, is a video news-magazine that has (in this installment) coverage of hoop hysteria, a Pastrami on Wry commercial and lots more.
  • The board of education last week approved a 2018-19 school budget that is now in the hands of the Board of Directors. You can click here to read more.
  • Also, Superintendent Matt Geary wrote a letter to the community about school safety. Just click here to read it.
"Ask Tana"

Q: There are so many food options in Downtown Manchester (restaurants, bars, different ethnic cuisine and so on) but one thing that’s missing in an ice cream shop. Anything in the works?
A: I get that question a lot and agree that an ice cream shop would be great. I get calls periodically from people who are interested in opening either an independent shop or bring a franchise shop to Main Street but things just haven’t worked out yet. With Guido’s gone (the ‘drive-in’ on Broad Street that closed last summer) I’m hoping that the time might be right for an entrepreneur to bring an ice cream shop downtown. Meanwhile, at least one of our businesses is looking into adding fresh scooped ice cream to their product mix and several offer prepackaged ice cream treats.
(Tana is manager of Downtown Manchester Special Services District)

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Weather Or Not
The images of Charter Oak Park above, shot using a drone with a rotating camera, were posted by Patrick Huth on the 'Grew Up In Manchester' Facebook page after Sunday's snow. Below, dog walkers in Center Springs Park on Wednesday, when the temp topped 70 (photo by Paul Ofria). 
ONEMANCHESTER is compiled by Jim Farrell, the school district's communications director, based on contributions from people and institutions throughout town. Jim's office is at the EastSide Neighborhood Resource Center, 153 Spruce Street and he can be reached at or 860-268-6377. To subscribe to this newsletter, just click here.