Five Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, April 14, 2018

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Dazzle me pink


Mark your social calendar, ladies. Next Wednesday is Dazzle Me Pink – a luncheon and fashion show that raises money for Wise Health Foundation’s Women Services and Mary’s Gift at Decatur Conference Center.

Foundation Director Linda Johnson said a large crowd is expected. Local boutiques will showcase their spring fashions on the runway, and guests will have the opportunity to give through direct donations, a live auction and raffles.

Mary’s Gift provides free mammograms to patients who might not otherwise be able to afford one.



Decatur Community Market kicks off its season Saturday (April 21) in a new location. The market, formerly set up near the Decatur Square, will now be at the Wise County Fairgrounds.

In addition to Wise County agriculture products and locally crafted items, there will also be food trucks and special activities for kids, like bounce houses and bumper balls. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will run weekly through October.

Pickle vendor and organizer Lana Palmer shared exciting details about the rest of the season.

Tax day


There’s not even a snazzy headline to ease the pain of tax day – the deadline to file your 2017 federal income tax return.

This year the deadline is April 17, two days later than normal, and here’s why: April 15 falls on a Sunday, which would normally move the deadline to Monday, April 16. But April 16 is Emancipation Day – a legal holiday in the District of Columbia – which pushes the deadline to April 17. According to the IRS website, “under tax law, legal holidays in the District of Columbia affect the filing deadline across the nation.” Who knew?

On a lighter note, you can drown your sorrows in a snowcone Tuesday on the Decatur Square. The Kona Ice truck will be chilling out 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“No taxation without relaxation!” – Kona penguin

Track meet


After district meets the past two weeks, athletes will jump back on the track this week, looking to lock up regional bids.

Boyd and Paradise athletes will compete Monday in Jacksboro. Alvord and Chico athletes will run Wednesday in Springtown. Decatur will play host to Bridgeport and area representatives from districts 9-4A and 10-4A Wednesday. Northwest athletes will compete on their home track Wednesday and Thursday. Slidell will be at Sadler Wednesday.

The top four in each race and event will qualify for regionals.

All around wise


Do you throw All Around Wise away every week?


Starting with the April 18 edition, the midweek Messenger is going to be combined with All Around. The new-and-improved AAW will include hard news, our weekly education page, obituaries and local sports coverage.

Open the pages. You’ll be surprised, not to mention better informed.

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