Thursday, April 4
Published weekly since August 2017
Wickham Park, with its 280 acres of gardens, fields, woodlands, ponds, picnic areas, and more, is back in business on Saturday and remains open (from 9 a.m to sunset, daily) until the last weekend in October. The photos just below hint at the majesty of the park. Also coming -- National Public Library Week starts Sunday and locally will include an oral history project you can read about here.  Incidentally, if you like this newsletter (and why wouldn't you?!) just click here to subscribe.
The Week Ahead

Friday, April 5 -- MPS Paint A Plow Program: donations needed
Friday (5-6:30 p.m.) -- Peirogi and Golabki sale at St. John's Polish National Catholic Church
Friday (6 p.m.) -- USIC First Friday Film Series: 13th, Part I at the Eastside Neighborhood Resource center
Friday (6- 8 p.m.) -- Art Exhibit and Opening Reception: Hans Weiss Retrospective at WORK_SPACE
Saturday -- Drop off childrens items for May tag sale at Lutz Children's Museum
Saturday (8 a.m.- 1 p.m.) -- Household Hazardous Waste Collection at 321 Olcott St.
Saturday (11 a.m.) -- Tea at the Charles Cheney Mansion, 131 Hartford Rd
Sunday (registration 9-10:30 am.) -- Hockanum River Race, first boat off at 11 a.m. from Connecticut Golf Land in Vernon
Sunday (1 p.m.) -- Book Talk: Connecticut Architecture at the History Center 
Sunday (1-3 p.m.) -- MARC's Annual Rockin Bowl-A-Thon at Spare Time Lanes in Vernon
Tuesday (3 - 6 p.m.) -- VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at MHS
Tuesday (7 p.m.) -- Town of Manchester FY 2019-20 Budget Adoption at Lincoln Center
Wednesday (6:30-8 p.m.) -- Make it Art at WORK_SPACE
Thursday, April 11 (7 p.m.) -- MHS Cheerleading Paint Night Fundraiser at Nomads

 Click here for more information about this oral history project.
For the complete library schedule click here (or here for children and teens).
Meetings This Week:
Notable this week: Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Board of Directors is scheduled to finalize the town 2019-20 budget. Here's some background courtesy of the Journal Inquirer.
Friday -- Senior Center Advisory
Monday --  Manchester Garden Club; Building Committee; Board of Education
Tuesday -- Genealogy Group; Mothers of Preschoolers; Manchester Women's Club; VFW Monthly; BoD Budget Adoption
Wednesday -- Town Wide Block Watch; Alzheimer's Support Group
Thursday, April 11 -- Economic Development Commission; The MOMS Club
Saturday, April 13  -- Wit and Wisdom Poetry Club
Next Weekend:

Friday, April 12 (5 p.m.) -- Manchester Art Association Town Hall Art Reception at Town Hall
Friday, April 12 -- Little Theatre of Manchester presents: Dreamgirls (through April 28)
Saturday, April 13 (10- 11:45 a.m.) -- History Garden Club at the Cheney Homestead
Saturday, April 13 (12:30 - 1:45 p.m.) -- Aqua Egg Hunt at the IOH Pool/MHS
Further down the road
Coming in May: A meeting to discuss a new skate park and two chances to walk the halls of Washington Elementary School (which is closing in June).

Mon-Fri, April 15-19 -- No school (spring vacation)
Saturday, April 27 -- Rebuilding Together Manchester
Saturday, May 4 (noon-2:30 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Wednesday, May 8 (6:30 p.m.) -- Skate Park organizational meeting at WORK_SPACE - follow link to register
Thursday, May 16 (6-8 p.m.) -- Community open house at Washington Elementary School
Tuesday, June 4 --  School renovation referendum
Thursday, June 13 (4:30-6:30 p.m.) -- 4th Annual Community Block Party & Cultural Festival at the School Street Courtyard, 1151 Main St.
Monday, June 17 -- Last day of school. (This was pushed back after snow days on Feb. 12 and March 5). 

Also: We've got more town events listed in our 'OneMan Central' log (and the town events calendar is another trove of information).  As for the schools, you can also check out MPS Central, which lists future district happenings, half-days and more. And if we are missing anything, anywhere, just email b11jfarr@mpspride.org to add an item.
  • Manchester Head Start walk-in registration continues. Follow this link for complete schedule or directions on how to sign up online.
  • Parks and Rec Summer camp 2019 registration forms are still being accepted. The form and other camp info can be found here.
In The News
The Journal InquirerHartford CourantManchester Patch and newcomer The Manchester Scoop all have regular town news coverage. (FYI: The JI and Courant have monthly free-read limits.)
Newsletter news
  • The latest Manchester Matters is right here.
  • Park and Rec's latest newsletter is here.
  • One more: the latest Manchester Adult & Continuing Education newsletter is here.

Our Sports Section

The MHS spring sports season got off to a great start as the softball team beat Bolton 18-7 on Saturday. More pics on our FB page. For more sports info -- including a roundup by Manchester Patch of local high school athletes who earned all-state or all-conference recognition -- visit OneManchester Sports Central.
Tangled Tales
Rapunzel led an evening of story, songs and games at Whiton Library on Tuesday night and there are more photos on the Manchester Public Library Facebook page.
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 b11jfarr@mpspride.org or 860-268-6377.