Thursday, August 3, 2017
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  Imagine Main Street Arts and Cultural Festivals
Downtown Manchester will celebrate the arts and also the many non-profit organizations in the community on Thursday, August 3rd. A wide variety of artists, exhibitors, vendors and interactive arts will be available from Birch Street to School Street including newcomers Modern Melly, Elizabeth's Ark, Honey Bunch Faces and Bill Dougan Caricatures. Musicians including recording artist Bill Benson, 41 Prospect, Ryan Ford and Alex Forest will entertain at various locations. A beer tasting by Burnside Brewery inside Pinewood Furniture, and a British cream tea by The Tea Round will be held inside MCC on Main, to round out the night for those looking for 'edible art', along with Jeff's Kettlecorn and AJ's hot dogs. Anne Cubberly's wonderful 'Mother Earth' will visit patrons throughout the evening. Non-profits joining the festivities include Nutmeg Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Little Theatre of Manchester, Silk City Barbershop, Wit and Wisdom Club, Independence Unlimited, Uniting for a Safe Inclusive Community, NAMI Manchester and Boy Scout Troup 123. Participating in the British tea requires reservations as there are limited seating times. Call 860-787-5286 for more information. Imagine Main Street is a free community activity produced by volunteers, and information about specific locations will be available at various downtown Manchester locations the week prior to the event. Support for IMS comes from Fuss & O'Neill, the Town of Manchester Arts Grant, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and individual businesses. For more information, contact info@imaginemainstreet.com

Recevelopment Agency Meeting Cancelled
The Redevelopment Agency meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Center Hearing Room has been canceled.

1:00pm [1:00pm] CAST children's theatre Presents: Seussical
CAST children's theatre, (celebrating 30 years of Summer Productions) presents "Seussical" on Wednesday & Thursday August 2 & 3, 2017 at 1:00 PM and Friday & Saturday, August 4 & 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM. Tickets on Wednesday & Thursday are $10.00 each. On Friday and Saturday, tickets are $12.00 students, children & senior citizens and $15.00 for adults. All performances are held at Manchester High School's air conditioned Bailey Auditorium located at 134 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact CAST at 860.649.5062, info@casttheatre.org or www.casttheatre.org

A G E N D A A. OPENING 1) Call to order 2) Pledge of Allegiance B. PUBLIC COMMENTS (any item before the Board) C. NEW BUSINESS 1) Superintendent authorization regarding discussion and possible action on the Bowers School Playground Grant. Move that the Manchester Board of Education authorize Matthew Geary, Superintendent of Schools, to sign a Letter of Agreement in acceptance of a Grant awarded to Bowers PTA for the purpose of expanding the Bowers Playground/ Playscape. D. PUBLIC COMMENTS (items discussed at this meeting) E. ADJOURN

6:00pm [6:00pm] Beller's Music Summer Concert
The Beller's Music Summer Concert Series, Concerts in Center Park Presents: Jeff Mainville Duo. Between vocalist and guitarist Jeff Mainville and piano partner Erik Haeger, they have clocked in more than 1,000 shows over the past 15 years. You’ll find six decades of popular music at their fingertips, from The Beatles to Blake Shelton. From mid-July to mid-August, the free concerts sponsored by the DuBaldo family's Beller's Music are in Center Memorial Park, on the shady grounds of Mary Cheney Library. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, some friends and your picnic dinner, or enjoy take-out from any of the Downtown restaurants. Rain location: MCC on Main, 903 Main Street. The decision to move will be made at 4:00p.m.

[6:30pm] Keeping It Classy! Book Club
Keeping It Classy! Manchester, Ct August 3, 2017: The Whiton Branch Library on 100 N Main Street will have its August meeting of Keeping It Classy Book Club on Thursday August 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. This month’s selection is Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, first encounters another human being and fights off cannibals and mutineers. With Robinson Crusoe, Defoe wrote what is regarded as the first English novel, and created one of the most popular and enduring myths in literature. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man' or as a moral fable. (From www.goodreads.com) No registration required for this free event. Copies of the book are available for check out at Mary Cheney Library, 586 Main Street and Whiton Branch Library. For more information, please call Jenn Bartlett at 860-643-2471 or visit the library website at http://library.townofmanchester.org