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Concord crier for Dec. 31, 2017


Tuesday, January 02, 2018
PENACOOKA bright new year of news forthcoming

I look forward to your Penacook news in 2018; my deadline is Tuesdays at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Sunday's paper. Happy new year!

CHERYL STINSON

news03303@aol.com

EAST SIDEClothing collection continues at church

The Hatbox Theatre at Steeplegate Mall will be featuring Working Title Productions, who will be presenting its second Granite State Playwrights Workshop, which will consist of a performance featuring staged readings of two plays. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. next Sunday. For more information and tickets, visit hatboxnh.com.

Concord Grange 322 members would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2018. The members are reminded to send New Year’s cards to their new secret pals. Contact Dick Patten at 496-2917 for more information.

Members and friends of the East Congregational Church are reminded that donations for the Epilepsy Foundation clothing drive is outgoing throughout the year. Contact the church at 224-9242 or visit eastchurchucc.org.

The Capital City Rotary Club is currently conducting a membership drive and is seeking people from the community that are interested in helping others above self. Please contact Jim Spain at wspain@comcast.net.

Bone Builders is held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Immanuel Community Church on Grover Street. Contact the Friends Program at 228-1193 for more information.

The Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters will meet Wednesday at noon at Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, call 568-3128.

The Concord Writers Group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 10 a.m. in the Shakespeare Room in the Concord Library. Writers of all genres are welcome. Call 224-1715 or email clweeden@comcast.net for more information.

A happy new year to everyone!

CHRIS WEEDEN

224-1715

clweeden@comcast.net

WEST SIDEDrop bare trees at curb for collection next week

The city of Concord will continue its Christmas Tree Collection program this year.  Starting Jan. 8, residents can place their Christmas tree curbside with their trash on their scheduled collection day. Wreaths and artificial trees will not be collected, and all lights, tinsel, and decorations need to be removed from the tree. Trees can also be dropped off at the transfer station during its open hours in January at no charge. For more information, call 225-8500.

The Good Life Programs & Activities, 254 N. State St., is having a White Box Christmas Sale Tuesday through Friday. They will be selling raffle tickets for $1 for one, $5 for six, $10 for 15 or $20 for 30 tickets. Did Santa bring you a gift that you secretly don’t want, need or like? Donate it to their first ever White Box Sale fundraiser. All donated items will be displayed, and you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on an item you really want! Spread your tickets among many items, or drop them all in one box for a chance to win that special something. All proceeds will go to support GoodLife Programs & Activities.  Please drop off items on or before Tuesday.  For more information, call 228-6630.

The Concord Public Library is offering a sign up for the Bookopoly Winter Reading program on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants will receive a card with challenges designed to broaden and diversify your reading! Complete as many challenges as you can during the eight-week program, and you may win one of our numerous prizes. For teens and adults ages 12 and up. For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

There will be no trash and recycling collected Monday (New Year’s Day) due to the holiday. All routes will be moved one day forward to conclude on Saturday with Friday’s route.

Happy new year!

LYNDA PLANTE

228-6800

soxpatscats@gmail.com

SOUTH ENDDonate, bid on unloved Christmas presents

Did Santa bring you a gift that you secretly don’t want, need or like? Donate it to the first ever White Box Sale fundraiser. From Tuesday to Friday, all donated items will be displayed, and you will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and bid on an item you really want! Spread your tickets among many items, or drop them all in one box for a chance to win that special something. All proceeds will go to support GoodLife Programs & Activities.  Please drop off items on or before Tuesday at 254 N. State St.

Pick up a copy of the newly designed Wellness Catalog of classes and seminars offered at the Concord Hospital Center for Health Promotion, 49 S. Main St. For more information, call  230-7300.

Red River Theatres will keep you warm. On Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., go see “Voices In The Dark.” In 2003, Teresa Paradis, founder of one of the few large animal rescues in the state of New Hampshire, went to a farm to pick up two horses. The farm where they were being boarded, set against an idyllic New England backdrop, was deceptive to the average person admiring its beauty. Inside the barn animals were kept in deplorable conditions, denied access to sufficient food, water, and even sunlight. Eleven years later, the day finally arrived but Teresa was to find that rescuing the animals was only the beginning. “Voices in the Dark” follows the story, more than a decade in the making, of one of the most notorious rescues in the history of Live and Let Live Farm and celebrates the stories, people and animals that have made the rescue the place of hope and healing that it has become today.

Working Title Productions presents its second “Granite State Playwrights Workshop,” staged readings of original plays by New Hampshire and New England playwrights at the Hatbox Theatre, 270 Loudon Road on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. The first, “The Trophy Wife” by James C. Ferguson of Plainville, Mass., follows Amanda and her daughter Talia as they try to determine what should be done with Amanda’s deceased husband’s store, a trophy shop called “The Trophy Wife.” The second play, “Awful People Pray” by Leila Teitelman of Keene, follows the lives of three camp counselors. Jade, a new counselor, is a transgender woman and is worried of the negative reactions this could garner from parents and campers alike. Audience members will have the chance to provide feedback on the plays and speak further with the playwrights after the performance. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students, seniors, and members, and $12 for senior members, and they are available by calling the Hatbox Theatre box office at  715-2315 or online at hatboxnh.com.

It’s the Newman’s Own Holiday Challenge from now until Wednesday. The Friends Youth Mentoring Program is entered into this challenge to raise funds to support their program. Every online donation helps this effort. Thank you!

The holidays may be over but not the fun. Upcoming at the Capitol Center for the Arts, catch the Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Taming of Shrew” on Jan. 7, “Follies” broadcast on Jan. 9, Get the Led Out on Jan. 13 and “The Opera House” broadcast on Jan. 17.

My new year’s resolution is to help all my friends gain 10 pounds so I look skinnier. Dear God, my prayer for 2018 is a fat bank account and a thin body. Please don’t mix it up like you did this year. I was going to quit all my bad habits for the new year, but then I remembered that nobody likes a quitter. A new year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. Keep the smile, leave the tear, hold the laugh, leave the pain, think of joy, forget the fear. Be joyous, cause it’s a new year. May all your troubles last as long as your new year resolutions … and keep reading the town crier! Happy new year to one and all!

JEAN VER HOEVEN

856-304-5830

jeanann@voicenet.com