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Friday, October 4, 2019

Published weekly since August 2017, always free, and not hacked since Sept. 12, 2019
10,000 Daffodils!

That's how many will be in bloom in Center Springs Park next April, and half of the bulbs will be planted tomorrow. Want to help?
Planting starts at 10 a.m. but you don't have to stay the whole time -- and since Boy Scouts pre-dig the holes, the work's not too hard. The details are here.
A little background: Crates of daffodil bulbs have been separated -- 10 each in brown paper bags -- and some were already planted by volunteers who on Tuesday worked the Broad Street entrance of Center Springs Park.
Manchester does a good job celebrating its past and among the highlights each year is a two-hour-plus walking tour of the Cheney Historic District. It's tomorrow at 1 p.m. and will be led by MCC professor Christopher Paulin.
Read about Chris in our 'Humans of Manchester' gallery, which is on both Facebook and Instagram, and click here for details about the walk.
Everyone needs tie-dye in their wardrobe; on Saturday, a Census job fair.
Friday, Oct. 4 Saturday, Oct. 5 Sunday, Oct. 6
Three times a year residents can play golf for free at the Country Club. Monday is the last of those days this year; see details below.
Monday, Oct. 7
  • Monday -- The last of three Free Greens Fee Days and golf clinics for Manchester residents at Manchester Country Club
  • Monday (7 p.m.) -- Board of Education meeting at Bowers Elementary
  • Monday (7 p.m.) -- Mysteries On Main Book Club meeting at Mary Cheney Library
Tuesday, Oct. 8
Wednesday, Oct. 9 Thursday, Oct. 10 Friday, Oct. 11
The Rotary and the Little Theater both have big-deal events next weekend.
Saturday, Oct. 12 Sunday, Oct. 13
MORE MEETINGS: We list BoD and BoE meetings above but there are more meetings listed in the town events calendar and in the BoE events/meetings calendar.
IN OUR LIBRARIES: We include a few key events in listings above; there are lots more in the libraries' comprehensive event calendars.
And Further Down The Road
(A few especially noteworthy events)
It's coming soon to Charter Oak Park and will include family-fun activities (dunkin' 4 dogs, best kisser, weenie retrieve) and a dog costume parade.

ALSO: Here's everything you need to know about the annual Downtown scarecrow contest, which runs from Saturday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 27
Note: All of the calendars above are compiled based on things people submit as well as what we find on social media, in the Town Events Calendar and anywhere else. For space purposes we post some things in our 'OneMan Central' log. If we are missing anything, just email
In Our Schools
Hands-on activities keep students at the Manchester Preschool Center engaged while at Bennet, book are always in season. Check out the latest MPS This Week newsletter for much more school coverage.
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 try to link to the latest of each)
Manchester Mosaic
(An occasional picture puzzle)

By now you might know the drill: We occasionally take a photograph that you'd likely recognize, then crop a few sections from it and resize and rearrange them to confuse you. Then we give you a chance to tell us what you think the original photo showed. Last week, Katie M., Connie A., Denise K., and Matthew & Benjamin D. were the first to check in with the right answer. Who will it be this week? Time will tell! What will they win? Uh, nothing, but we are trying to come up with a prize budget.
To participate this week just click here and to see last week's puzzle (with the solution), click here.
The Manchester Travel Basketball Program has evaluations scheduled for boys and girls in grade 5-8 on upcoming Fridays (Oct. 18 and Oct. 25). This flier has all the details. And there's more in  OneManchester Sports.
Home Grown
Many people have a favorite farmstand for pumpkins and other seasonal staples -- and Botticello's has been a popular option since 1973. 
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.