LFR Program Newsletter

(Oct 24 - Nov 6)

As the fall season continues to ramp up, so does the programming slate from the Town of Manchester’s Department of Leisure, Family and Recreation. Check out the below program listings for a sampling of the many fall programs and special events available over the coming weeks.

Registration can be completed online or by calling (860)647-3084.

For the complete slate of fall programs, please visit the Department of Leisure, Family, and Recreation Fall 2022 Program & Event Guide.

Recreation Division

Indoor Basketball & Soccer

The Recreation Division is hosting indoor basketball and soccer, starting on the dates listed below. Registration is ongoing and space is limited. Both programs will be held at the Leisure Labs at Mahoney Center, 110 Cedar

Both programs are set-up to teach your child the fundamentals of the game. They will learn about sportsmanship, team-work, ball skills, defense and the value of winning and losing. Register online  or call 860-647-3088.

  • Fundamental Basketball (6-7yo):
    • S1: 6:00 PM, 12/9/22
    • S2: 7:00 PM, 12/9/22
  • CO-ED Youth Basketball (8-9yo):
    • Evaluation: 11/9/22 @ 6:00 PM
    • Games start 12/10/22
  • CO-ED Youth Basketball (10-12yo):
    • Evaluation: 11/9/22 @ 7:00 PM
    • Games start 12/10/22
  • CO-ED Indoor Soccer (5-6yo):
    • Games start 1/22/23
  • CO-ED Indoor Soccer (7-8yo):
    • Games start 1/22/23


Save the Date: Swim with Santa

Come and enjoy free time with Santa! Santa will visit the pool for a fun morning of splashing and swimming with your children. Parents must accompany young children or non-swimmers in the water. Bring your cameras! Participants must have a valid pool pass to be presented when entering to swim.

  • Location: Manchester High School IOH Pool
  • Meets: Sat, 12/10/22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Fee: Please bring a non-perishable food donation to support the MACC Food Pantry


Save the Date: Holiday in the Park

Our annual Holiday in the Park is back and we cannot wait to see all the smiling faces again! This drive through event will be filled with music, characters, treats and a surprise! Make sure to follow our social media accounts so you are up to date about this event!

  • Location: Northwest Park
  • Meets: Sat, 12/17/22, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Ages: All ages welcome
  • Fee: No cost

Youth Service Bureau

Teen Center & Discussion Group

 The Teen Centers offers a place for youth to come together and socialize with their peers in a structured, supervised environment. Students can play video games, pool, food ball, board games, or participate in a variety of other creative and interactive activities.

Pizza is served after group discussion. Teens who attend the program 10 or more times will be eligible for prizes such as movie tickets, gift cards and more! Please call Shakir Leacock at (860)647-5223 or by email at sleacock@manchesterct.gov with any questions.

  • Location: Manchester Youth Service Bureau
  • Meets: W, 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Th, 2:30 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Ages: 7th-12th grade
  • Fee: No cost

Creative Writing

This program will encourage and challenge students to express themselves through the written medium. Students will collaborate and critique each other’s work in order to sharpen their skills and emphasize teamwork and communication. Students will choose their favorite works to go into a collaborative book.

Please call Shakir Leacock at (860)647-5223 or by email at sleacock@manchesterct.gov with any questions.

  • Location: Manchester Youth Service Bureau
  • Meets: Bi-weekly, begins 10/06/22 @ 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Ages: Youth
  • Fee: No cost

Neighborhoods & Families Division

Northwest Park Farmers Market

The Town of Manchester’s Northwest Park Farmers Market final 2022  market runs rain or shine on Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM at Northwest Park, 448 Tolland Turnpike.

Vendor selections are thoughtfully curated to include diverse Connecticut business owners & products including fresh fruits & vegetables, meats & eggs, baked goods, vegan offerings, honey, maple syrup, and artisans. See the weekly vendor lineup at the Northwest Park Farmers Market’s Facebook page.

Featured Food Truck (10/26): Hungry Lion (gluten-free protein bowls)

In addition to serving as a source of local foods, the market accepts SNAP/EBT and WIC payments and will double the value of SNAP purchases up to $20 (spend $20 using your EBT card, receive an additional $20 to spend on SNAP-eligible items). This program is sponsored by End Hunger CT! and CT Fresh Match.

New to this year’s market: the Power of Produce (POP) program. Every child who visits the Welcome Table will receive a $2 voucher to spend on produce! This program is sponsored by the Manchester Early Learning Center (MELC).

Questions? Contact Cynde Acanto at cacanto@manchesterct.gov or (860)647-3089.

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