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Annual tree lighting

to be held Wednesday

Penacook’s annual tree lighting will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Boudreau Square in the center of Penacook Village. Come and visit with friends and neighbors, sing along with the Penacook Elementary School Chorus, and say hello to Santa.

∎ The Catholic Daughters, Court Pope John Paul II 2602, will hold a cookie walk and Christmas fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall, 9 Bonney St. The cookies are homemade and sold by the pound. You can take a chance at the raffle table filled with donations and enjoy a soup luncheon provided by the Catholic Daughters.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation, “It’s a Wonderful Life: Seeing the Glass Half Full,” Dec. 9 at 12:30 p.m. at the Penacook Community Center Senior Program, United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St. Find out how positive thinking can bring inner peace, improved relationships, better health and satisfaction into your daily affairs. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.



East Side

Tree lighting to be

held at Pecker Park

The East Concord Garden Club will hold its second annual tree lighting and caroling today at 4:30 p.m. at Pecker Memorial Park. Join members and enjoy hot cocoa following the festivities across the street at the East Congregational Church.

∎ Today is the last day for the 13th annual “Fez-tival of Trees” at the Bektash Shrine Center at 189 Pembroke Road. All fully decorated artificial trees will be raffled at 4 p.m. The event starts at 10 a.m. and admission is $5, $4 for seniors and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit Facebook or call 225-5372.

∎ Grace Episcopal Church will holding its 10th annual St. Nicholas Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The St. Nicholas Café will serve breakfast and lunch. For more information, call the church at 224-2252 or visit

∎ The Concord Grange 322 met to plan the 2014 program for the new year. The members held a moment of silence for Marion T. Jones who passed away recently. The Grange will attend the memorial service for her today at 2:30 p.m. at the Webster Congregational Church. Rodney Huntoon showed the members the community service booklet that received a second place prize and ribbon along with a $75 check from National Grange. He also displayed ribbons on photo and art entries that were received from the recent New Hampshire State Grange session. Gary Ford and Esther Herrick have been appointed youth co-chairmen for Concord Grange, along with Cherryl Correlus who is doing community service. Shelley Huntoon will continue as family activities chairman with Rodney Huntoon as Grange services and health issues. The Grange will meet for their Christmas eat-out and gift exchange Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at Veano’s in Pembroke. Call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information about the Grange.



West Side

Midnight Merriment to

be held Friday downtown

Midnight Merriment is Intown Concord’s official kickoff to the winter holiday shopping season! Festivities start Friday at 5:30 p.m. and include pictures with Santa, carolers and the Concord Arts Market’s Giftopolis on two levels of the Eagle Square Atrium. For more information, visit

∎ The recreation department will host its annual “Ski and Skate Sale” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Street Community Center. The sale will include all types of winter sports equipment and clothing. For more information, call 225-8690.

∎ Beaver Meadow School will holding its 24th annual craft fair and gourmet baked goods sale Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 225-0854.

∎ The Concord Chorale will perform “The Song Am I,” at their holiday concert on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 27 Pleasant St. Three concert will feature joyous seasonal songs for chorus and youth choir with Riverside Brass, percussion, organ and an audience participation finale. Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors and are available from chorale members, at Bona Fide Green Goods, and at Merrimack County Savings Bank, or by calling 463-5504.

∎ A greens fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Concord Unitarian Unversalist Church at 274 Pleasant St. The fair will offer custom-decorated balsam wreaths, swags, artisan vendors, the UU Café with soups and muffins, a cookie walk, baked items, and Christmas boutique items. For more information, call 224-0291.

∎ Come deck the halls of the Concord City Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. as the Friends of the Audi get the theater ready for the season’s shows. For more information, call David Murdo at 344-4747.

∎ Happy birthday Nikki Vaillant!



South End

Learn all about knee

replacements Wednesday

Dr. Derek Jenkins, a total joint surgeon who joined Concord Orthopaedics in August, will present a free community education program on the latest technology in partial and total knee replacements and other treatment options for joint pain Wednesday at 6 p.m. at The Common Man. The program is free. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling 800-486-0157 or visit

∎ ConcordTV will air the 20th episode of “On the Beat” with the Concord Police Department on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Channel 17. The episode will focus on safety around the holidays.

∎ The folks at Concord Wealth Management would like to introduce themselves to the Concord community. Join them for a festive holiday open house Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in their new office space, 11 S. Main St., Suite 600. RSVP by emailing catherine.parker@cwmofnew by tomorrow.

∎ Happy birthday to Martha Madsen Greabe.


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