to meet Wednesday
The historical society will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Suncook Business Park off Route 28 on Lavoie Drive. For more information, call 485-4437.
∎ The Poet’s Corner will meet tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.
∎ The Suncook Senior Center still has some space open to anyone interested in attending the holiday day trip Friday to the LaSalette Shrine for the “Christmas Festival of Lights” in Attleboro, Mass. The trip includes a luncheon at the Hearth & Kettle. The cost is $61 per person and the bus will leave the senior center at 9:45 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 485-4254.
∎ The Suncook Senior Center is also planning a shuttle bus to the Christmas Tree Shop in Salem on Dec. 9. The bus will pick people up at the senior center or at their homes. Pickup in Suncook will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and the bus will leave the Suncook area about 10 a.m. and return to Suncook around 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call 485-4254 to schedule your ride.
Blood drive set to be
held Wednesday at school
The elementary school blood drive will be held Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m. in the gym. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at redcrossblood.org.
∎ Find out how to grow vegetables year round at the “Growing Winter Vegetables in High Tunnels, Low Tunnels, Greenhouses and Cold Frames” presentation tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the fourth-floor conference room at the municipal town offices. Sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 753-9188.
∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a “Hospice Lights of Life” community remembrance ceremony Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Merrimack County Nursing Home, 325 Daniel Webster Highway. This year marks the 18th “Hospice Lights of Life,” an annual event to honor loved ones and raise awareness about the compassionate care that the hospice program provides patients and their families. For more information, call 224-4093, ext. 5807, or visit crvna.org.
Annual events to be
held at town gazebo
The Town of Bow’s annual “Santa Visit and Tree Lighting” event kicks off the holiday season tonight and area residents are encouraged to come out and help ring in the holiday season at the town gazebo! Santa will arrive at 4 p.m. and will be available until 5:30 p.m. to talk to the children and for photo ops. (You will need to supply your own camera.) Hot chocolate, cookies and s’mores will be provided, along with an outdoor craft opportunity. For the first time, all events will be held outside at the town gazebo. Please dress appropriately! Also new this year, the “heart” of Bow will be illuminated with white lights beginning at 5:30 p.m. This free community event is presented by Bow Parks & Recreation. The evening will conclude with a traditional “sing-along” of old holiday favorites. (In case of severe inclement weather, this event will be postponed until Dec. 7.)
∎ There will be a production of Peter Pan on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. at the high school. Call 228-2210, ext. 321, for tickets and more information.
∎ The library is holding an informal film discussion series to be shown monthly on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Holiday Favorites” will be the theme tomorrow. Participants will meet by the fireplace in the library, with refreshments being served during the discussion of the film. This series of film discussions is free. For more information, call 224-7113 or visit bowsbakerfreelibrary.org.
∎ The Bow Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree sale begins today at the Bow Community Building located at 3 Bow Center Road. The sale will continue through Dec. 8. Weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekday hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Fresh-cut balsam firs ranging in height from 6 to 9 feet will be available and are priced at $40 each. Checks are will be accepted. Proceeds from the Christmas tree sales fund scholarships and camperships for Bow students.
∎ The garden club has cookbooks available for sale. Titled A Garden Full of Recipes, this brand-new publication is a collection of favorite, tried and true recipes submitted for publishing by members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs Inc., which includes members of the Bow Garden Club. Proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks, which sell for $15 each, will go to the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs organization, enabling member clubs to continue ongoing efforts in education, protecting the environment, civic beautification, etc. throughout the state. To order a cookbook, email Virginia Urdi at email@example.com.
∎ The garden club wants to remind everyone that the preordered holiday poinsettias they ordered from members will be available for pickup Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road, unless other arrangements have beeen made with the person that took your order to hold them or deliver them to you.
Holiday fair to be
held Friday at school
The elementary school parent-teacher organization annual holiday fair will be held Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors, crafts for children and refreshments. As part of the fair, the parent-teacher organization will hold a raffle to raise money for school programs. The following businesses donated to this year’s raffle: Pats Peak, Sal’s Pizza, Capitol Center for the Arts, Target, Chucksters, Bead It!, Canterbury Woods Country Club, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Ragged Mountain, Hannaford, Palace Theater, Montshire Museum of Science, Hermanos Restaurant, SEE Science Center, Tanger Outlets, Fieldhouse Sports, Kapelli’s Restaurant, Gunstock Mountain, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and more! Advance tickets for the raffle ($1 each) are available by calling Stephanie Bowser at 783-9223.
∎ The Canterbury Rascals will have their annual Christmas party tomorrow. Members voted to have an indoor dance, decorate a tree, and have an outdoor activity as well. They will also be taking donations for the Live and Let Live Farm. Remember to bring food to share for the potluck and your winter clothes.
∎ 4-Hers have been busy with many projects this month. Club members helped set up the town clothing exchange. Emily Preston led the members in a quilting class. Some members will participate in a window glass painting class with Tricia York on Dec. 9. Thank you to all the people who have bought a birdhouse for the club fundraiser. The Rascals will be busy building birdhouses for the holidays.
∎ The historical society will sponsor an informational meeting to learn how to go about updating Lyford’s History of Canterbury, published in 1912. The initial meeting was held last winter. The meeting will be held Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at the library. Two experts will attend to discuss the many aspects of writing and publishing a town history.
∎ Get a head start on maintaining fitness through the holidays. The free exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. Aerobic exercise is combined with some strengthening. Class will not be held if there is no school – so go by the school calendar. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 with any questions.
∎ Brian and Helena Titilah of Durgin Plot Antiques will host a Christmas antique show and sale with a few other local antique dealers at 115 Kimball Pond Road. The opening will be held Dec. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. The show will continue Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m.
∎ An international celebration of Christmas in Sweden through food, music, stories and lights will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the library. Children are invited to visit with Santa, make ornaments and decorate a Dala Horse cookie. All are welcome.
∎ The parent-teacher organization will have Christmas trees for sale this holiday season. Trees will be available for sale Friday, Saturday and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town center. Trees can be purchased at other times at the Canterbury Store.
Young artist featured
at the library this month
The library is pleased to feature Amaranthia Sepia Gittens-Jones, also known as “AmaSepiaChan,” as the December artist. At the age of 14, she has already started to make a difference, donating proceeds of art sales to a number of charitable efforts to help others. She has also designed an anti-bullying project, “Do You Know Who I Am?” which can be viewed at iamproudofwhoiam.com.
∎ Get in the holiday spirit and get some shopping done at the Jones Farm “Christmas on the Farm.” There will be a variety of vendors selling Christmas gifts and unique ornaments, candy, maple syrup, baked goods, quilted handmade items, crafts and much more. Event hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 8 from noon to 4 p.m. Jones Farm is at 159 Pleasant St. For more information, call 435-6885. A Woodmizer sawmill demonstration will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.
∎ Chichester’s Christmas tree lighting will be held Friday at Carpenter Park.
∎ The parent-teacher organization will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided and all are welcome.
∎ The December raffle at the library is a homemade apple pie.
∎ Stories and crafts for kindergartners and preschoolers continues on Mondays at 3 p.m. at the library.
∎ The parent-teacher organization Santa breakfast will be held Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Come for a pancake breakfast, visit with Santa and do some activities. The book fair will also be open at this time.
∎ The Chichester Photographers’ Group is planning an exhibit for Chichester amateur and/or professional photographers at the library from mid-January through February entitled “January Blooms.” Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to review their floral photos and call Gail Laker-Phelps at 798-5394 or email Lpsart@tds.net today. Also, those interested are invited to attend the Chichester Photographers’ Group meeting tomorrow at the library.
Annual holiday concert
set to be held Dec. 8
The annual holiday concert will be held Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church. There will be music, food and a raffle. The cost is $12, $5 for children ages 6-12. Special balcony seating with wine and cheese is $25. Paypal and major credit cards are accepted online at shop.dccucc.org.
∎ De Luna returns to the library Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Award-winning artist De Luna plays instrumental music on Celtic harp, recorder, Native American flute and bells. She has a wide repertoire ranging from early music, classical, Celtic, world folk, Jewish, old and new pop, as well as original compositions.
∎ Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed to prepare and serve a meal Tuesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at The Friendly Kitchen in Concord. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
∎ The parks and recreation’s Boston trip will be held Saturday. Sign up at the town office.
∎ The Christmas tree lighting will be held Dec. 8 at 6:15 p.m. There will be music, refreshments and a visit from Santa.
∎ A black iPad mini stored inside a red Targus case was found near the intersection of Robert Rogers Road and Montlalona Road. It’s suspected that it was left on top of a vehicle and fell off into the roadway. If this iPad belongs to you, call Dunbarton Police at 774-5500.
∎ The library’s new 2014 calendars are ready to be claimed for the holidays! The cost is $17. Thank you to the following photographers who contributed to the calendar: Phyllis Biron, Drew Groves, Pat Henderson, Tondy McGowan, Diane Weber and Ann Winters.
Share your favorite holiday traditions
The annual Epsom holiday party, sponsored by the historical association, will be held today from 2 to 5 p.m. in the library’s function room. There will be an opportunity to share favorite holiday memories and traditions. Refreshments, music and decorating the Christmas tree will be enjoyed by all. Bring your favorite holiday treat to share. For more information, call Carol Brown at 736-4407.
∎ Evergreen Lodge 53, Ivy Green Lodge 36 and friends will offer digital photos with Santa on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. There will be crafts, cookie decorating, refreshments and a Christmas tree raffle. For more information, call 736-4707.
∎ The Capital Region Board of Realtors are collecting used extra jackets for the homeless until Dec. 15. The drop off location is at the Century 21 Thompson office, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. Call 848-7371 to make arrangements for pick up.
∎ The Children’s Store will be open Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 112 on Short Falls Road. Children 16 and younger can buy gifts for their family for Christmas and have them gift wrapped. Donations and gift wrapping materials are needed. Donation boxes are at Care Pharmacy, M&M Ford and Century 21 Thompson Realty. For more information, call 435-8770.
∎ The selectmen will meet tomorrow at 6:15 p.m.
∎ The zoning board of adjustment will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town office meeting room.
∎ The Epsom School Board will meet Tuesday at Central School.
∎ The parent-teacher organization will host its annual “Santa’s Workshop” on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission for this event is one nonperishable food item per person or a monetary donation for the food pantry. There will be a themed basket raffle. Tickets will be on sale for $1 each, 10 for $5 or 25 for $10. The drawing for the winners will be at 1 p.m. Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa. The main craft will be decorating a special Christmas bulb. Kids will also be able to decorate cookies, decorate a sugar cone that will look like a Christmas tree, make holiday themed crafts and enjoy food. There will be hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda and water for sale. If you are a vendor and are interested in renting a table, call Mrs. Wills at 736-5885 or Tracy Young at 545-1855. The cost is $5 and the deadline for renting a table is Saturday.
∎ An anti-bullying assembly with Ronald McDonald will be held for children in kindergarten through fourth grade Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:25 a.m. in the gym.
Festival of trees to
be at opera house
The Franklin Opera House Board will sponsor a “Festival of Trees” on Friday through Dec. 8 at the opera house. Choose the tree(s) you would like to win and use the raffle tickets provided with admission to indicate your preference. There will be musical entertainment all three days: Belmont and Franklin high school music groups join together Friday, Sweet Hot and Sassy will perform Saturday and Three Rivers Singers will perform their first concert Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Visit franklinoperahouse.org for more information.
∎ Choose Franklin will meet Thursday at 8 a.m. at the opera house. Franklin High School Principal Richard Towne and Vice Principal Chris Blackstone will introduce the ABCs of the Common Core State Standards, as well as the purpose and ideas behind Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans.
∎ The Franklin Democratic Committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at 254 Pleasant St.
∎ The SAU 18 School Board will meet to present the budget Thursday at 7 p.m. at Jennie D. Blake School in Hill.
∎ The historical society’s annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 8 at 5 p.m. at Thompson Hall. Members planning to attend should call Annette Andreozzi at 934-8222.
Annual cookie craze to be held Dec. 8
The Henniker Fire Auxiliary’s annual “Cookie Craze” will be held Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire station. Santa will be visiting and fire truck tours will be offered. Be sure to bring your camera!
∎ The Music at the Meetinghouse Christmas concert with the Hopkinton Town Band will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Henniker Congregational Church sanctuary.
∎ Jon and Lucia Evans will sponsor the holiday senior luncheon Dec. 9 at noon at White Birch Community Center. The menu will be ham with raisin sauce, mashed potatoes, yams, peas, coleslaw, rolls and a dessert. In order to plan properly, stop by White Birch or call 428-3077 to make a reservation by Thursday.
∎ The historical society will offer gift items for sale at the St. Theresa’s Church and Congregational Church fairs Saturday at 9 a.m., continuing through the early afternoon. The historical society will conduct the annual cookie sale Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Western Ave. For more information, call Peter Flynn at 428-7556.
∎ The Henniker parent-teacher association is selling calendar raffle tickets through Dec. 18. You can win prizes valued at more than $2,000 in gift cards, pool passes, ski tickets, movie tickets and more! For your chance win, see any Henniker Community School student or parent-teacher association member, email Henniker.email@example.com or call 568-9323.
∎ The John Stark Regional High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 23 new members Nov. 20 at a ceremony at the school. The keynote speaker, longtime science faculty member Barbara Beers, spoke on the meaning of service to school and community.
∎ Students from the “We the People” class at John Stark Regional High School will compete in this year’s district competition Friday at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. The John Stark team will compete against Nashua High School, Milford High and Merrimack Valley. “We the People” is a national program run by the Center for Civic Education, which hosts the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April.
HILLSBORO / DEERING
Old Fashioned Christmas to be held
The Hillsboro Old Fashioned Christmas event will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop locally for artisan-made gifts at the Heritage Museum, 5 Central St., next to Butler Park. You will find Hillsboro afghans, presidential china, books, mugs, handmade wood furniture, Sarah’s Hat Boxes, hand carved wooden spoons, wall quilts, jewelry, one-of-a-kind purses and lots more. The library will host a holiday story time at 10:30 a.m., with guest reader Heidi Doyle. The annual cookie walk will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the vestry at Smith Memorial Church. A drawing for the handmade quilt will be held at noon. A Christmas fair and luncheon will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillsboro Methodist Church at 16 Henniker St. A “Winter Music Medley” will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. the Hillsboro Methodist Church. This event is sponsored by Hillsboro Pride’s Old Fashioned Christmas. Following this event, there will be hot cider and donuts at Butler Park while you wait for Santa and the lighting of the tree.
∎ The library’s monthly book discussion will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. This month’s book is Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder.
Listening post to
be held Thursday
The Hopkinton School District will host a “Listening Post” Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Maple Street School Library. “Listening Posts” provide the opportunity for members of the school board to understand the thoughts, insights and desires of the community. Two questions will guide the discussion: 1. Should the Hopkinton School District seek out neighboring communities for inclusion in the district, i.e. look to expand its footprint? 2. What school configuration best supports the academic, social and emotional growth of Hopkinton’s young people?
∎ The Hopkinton Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas tree sale each Saturday and Sunday between now and Christmas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Train Station in Contoocook Village Center. All trees are 6 to 8 feet tall and cost the same low price. All proceeds go to support local charities and programs, including scholarships.
∎ The Hopkinton Fire Auxiliary will sponsor a cookie walk Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the fire station in Contoocook. There will be many varieties of cookies to choose from and the opportunity for kids to take a picture with Santa and a fire truck (bring your own camera). Richard Schaefer memorial shirts will be available to purchase, as well as raffle tickets for a fully decorated tree. If you have any questions or would like to donate cookies for the walk, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ The Bradford Bog People will present music from the southern Appalachian Mountains today at 4 p.m. at the library. The concert will include banjo and fiddle tunes, harmonies and some clogging, too.
∎ Tom Pratt has produced another Hopkinton desk calendar for 2014. Each month has a photograph taken in Hopkinton, including both natural subjects and landscapes. The calendars are $12 each and are available at the historical society and at the society’s table at the Saturday farmers market (with a portion of proceeds going to the society) or by contacting Pratt at 746-5237 or email@example.com.
∎ The historical society’s “Tomorrow’s Masterpieces Annual Art Show and Sale: Last Chance Night” will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Don’t miss the last opportunity to see and purchase the works of more than 45 regional artisans. Admission is free.
∎ The historical society will host a family art program, “Make and Decorate a Mason Jar Lantern” on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop is open to all ages at no charge, but space is limited. Call the society at 746-3825 to reserve a spot.
∎ The Hopkinton Village 2013 Christmas tree lighting and carol sing-along will be held Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. This festive event will start at 4 p.m. with the tree lighting, music from the town band and a carol sing-along. Hot chocolate and treats will be provided by the woman’s club immediately following across the street at the First Congregational Church Parish House.
∎ The 36th annual Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair featuring 35 local artisans will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Andrews’s Parish Hall, 354 Main St. The fair is part of “Starry, Starry Weekend,” where a group of more than 20 shops and organizations in Hopkinton and Contoocook celebrate the holidays during the first weekend in December.
∎ The Creative Angels Bazaar and cookie walk will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Contoocook United Methodist Church, 24 Maple St. The cookie walk will feature more than 50 varieties of cookies sold by the pound. There will be a holiday pantry, jewelry and crafts. For those on your list who are hard to shop for, alternative gift giving through Imagine No Malaria will offer gift cards that will provide the gift of life to a child in Africa where a child dies every 60 seconds from malaria.
∎ A free movie marathon for all ages will be held today in the Senior Slusser Center Dining Room. Enjoy an afternoon of laughs with three funny and heart-warming holiday favorites. Home Alone will be shown at 2 p.m., Arthur Christmas will be shown at 3:45 p.m. and Jim Carey’s The Grinch will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children ages 9-14 may be left in the care of the recreation department by registering them, in person, at the front desk on the day of the event.
∎ A gingerbread house workshop will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. in the Slusser Senior Center Dining Room. The cost is $20 per house. This includes one assembled house, all the decorations, and the clean-up! Space is limited for this event and pre-registration is required. Registrations are being accepted online through tomorrow. To register, visit hopkintonrec.com. Please note: this is not a nut/food allergy free event.
Christmas in the village to be held
The women’s club will sponsor the annual free family event, “Christmas in the Village,” Dec. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. on Main Street in Suncook Village. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy the many children’s activities, music, cloggers, carolers, story-telling, wagon rides, and more. Nonperishable food and unwrapped toys for the local area will be accepted at various locations. There will be no parking along Main Street; a blizzard will cancel.
∎ The Breathe New Hampshire Volunteer of the Month Award was presented to Ed and Marilyn Ross of Pembroke. The award is presented to one individual each month who has significantly helped Breathe New Hampshire further its mission of eliminating lung disease and improving the quality of life for those living with lung disease in New Hampshire. Mr. and Mrs. Ross have been dedicated and loyal volunteers to Breathe New Hampshire for more than 11 years and are the first married couple to ever receive the Donald L. Frost Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award together. Congratulations!
∎ The Suncook United Methodist Church supper will be held Saturday at 5 and 5:45 p.m. The meal will consist of ham loaf, vegetables and homemade pies. The cost is $8, $6 for children ages 6-14 and free for children 5 and younger.
Annual tree lighting to be held Saturday
The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration and Children’s Store. To begin the fun-filled weekend, Bodacious Babes will perform a free holiday concert Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. Canned food donations will be collected.
The elementary school parent-teacher organization will sponsor breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the elementary school café. The cost is $3. Pictures with Santa will cost $1 and the Victory Workers 4-H Club will host a cookie walk. The Children’s Store will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the elementary school gym. The store is kids-only shopping at kid-friendly prices. Free gift wrapping will be available. Holiday story time will be held from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at the library.
The Christmas tree lighting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dustin Park. There will be holiday music provided by the Joyce Family; horse-drawn wagon rides; free cookies, cocoa, candy canes and popcorn; visit with Santa; face painting; caroling, Pittsfield Youth Workshop gingerbread house display and raffle; Christmas tree raffle; and hot soups, chili or chowders will be available for a donation of canned food. The tree lighting and caroling will be held at 6 p.m. For more information, visit pittsfieldchamber.org or call Andi Riel at 435-6346.
∎ A decorated wreath contest will be held at the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration Saturday at Dustin Park. Bring your decorated wreath to Pittsfield Youth Workshop on Thursday by 3:45 p.m. The winner will be chosen by voting by the public and will receive a goodie basket donated by Louie Houle, Meadow Ledge Orchard. Everyone is welcome to submit an entry.
∎ The annual craft fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. More than a dozen local artisans will be there, featuring fine seasonal crafts of all types, including knits, decorative items, fresh greenery, gourmet selections and much more. Lunch will be available and offered by the Dorcas Guild. For more information, call 435-7471 or visit pittsfieldcc.com.
∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will meet for an open discussion Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the elementary school library and at 6:30 p.m. for a business meeting.
∎ Donations of new or handmade hats, mittens, scarves and socks will be collected at the Christmas Tree Lighting event at Dustin Park on Sat, Dec. 7 from 4-6pm. The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club (of Pittsfield/Barnstead) will have a donation box at the gazebo.
∎ Pittsfield Listens is seeking nominations for the 2013 Community Impact Awards. These awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made a positive impact in Pittsfield in 2013. Chosen nominees will be honored and awards will be presented Dec. 19 at the Scenic Theatre.
The categories to be recognized this year are: Youth Group; Community Event; Business; Neighbor; Coach; Civic Group or Community Organization; Individual Student Grades K-5; Individual Student Grades 6-8; Individual Student Grades 9-12; Individual Adult; School Administrator; Local Government Group; Local Government Individual; PES Teacher or Staff Member; and PMHS Teacher or Staff Member.
To nominate a candidate, submit the Pittsfield Listens Community Impact Award nomination form by Dec. 11. Submit online at tinyurl.com/PittsfieldAwards2013, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing the form to Pittsfield Listens, P.O. Box 206 Pittsfield, NH 03263. Nomination forms may also be found at the post office or town hall. For more information, visit pittsfieldlistens.org, facebook.com/pittsfieldlistens, or call 312-6980.
∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Hospice Lights of Life community remembrance ceremony Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center. For more information, call 224-4093.
∎ Lunch will be served and Easy Living will be shown Friday at 11:30 a.m. at the Pittsfield Area Senior Center.
∎Elementary school students in grades 4-6 will have their holiday concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the middle high school gym.
∎ The budget committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Students accept reading challenge
Fungo from the New Hampshire Fisher Cats recently visited the elementary school students and has challenged all of the students to read five books outside of school this winter. The students won the statewide challenge last year, have accepted the challenge for this year, and have started to work on it. All parents are asked to help their children to follow through. There are 14 weeks, two vacation breaks, and plenty of weekends to complete this.
∎ A holiday craft fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town hall, Route 4. There will be a raffle, baked goods and lunch available. The fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Holiday shopping tour to hit downtown
The seventh annual holiday shopping tour begins with the “Festival of Trees” preview party Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and the presentation of the Nutcracker performed by the Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Hopkinton Middle High School auditorium. Festivities for the holiday shopping tour begin Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with a special event at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. The day promises to be a merry one with music, food, artisans, storytelling, trains and the annual farmers market. Peruse the farmers market for your holiday meal or for stocking stuffers. Pop into the various shops offering a wide selection of gifts, arts and crafts (MainStreet BookEnds, Queen Bee’s Knee’s, Kidz Galore & More, Beez Ink, Studio, the Velvet Moose, the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, the Foothills Country Treasures & Store, the United Church of Warner and the Upton Chandler House Museum). Be sure to enjoy a carriage ride along Main Street with Brian Erickson’s team of horses (weather permitting). Restaurants will be open throughout the day offering coffee, baked goods, pizza, hearty soups and sandwiches. The Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts will perform The Gingerbread Man at the United Church of Warner and parade children to the town hall for photographs with Santa Claus. There will be a holiday story time at the library. The lit display of the “Festival of Trees” will be open all day at the town hall. New this year will be holiday caroling and a reading of The Night Before Christmas, followed by refreshments of hot cider and chocolate with holiday cookies beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Sweet, Hot and Sassy perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. Visit kearsargechamber.org for a complete schedule of events.
∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association’s third annual Warner community remembrance ceremony, Hospice Lights of Life, will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. in The Gallery at MainStreet BookEnds. Hospice Lights of Life helps honor loved ones and raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice provides for patients and their families.
∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: PTO meeting, Tuesday, 7 p.m., parents’ room; parents’ lunch, Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.; book fair, Friday, 6:45-8:45 p.m.; movie night, Friday, 6:45 p.m.
Students raised money for relief
The Weare Middle School held a fundraiser to help with disaster relief in the Philippines. Students donated a dollar to wear a hat in school all day. More than $230 was raised in this Red Cross fundraiser.
∎ The fourth annual toy drive is under way at John Stark Regional High School. Students can bring in gifts to the main office for those in need in Weare through Dec. 13.
∎ Gift certificates are on sale for Weare Youth Theatre camps in 2014. Three sessions are planned: two weekend camps from Jan. 18-20 and Feb. 15-17, and a weeklong summer camp. Email email@example.com for more information.
Holiday fair to be
The second annual Webster Wildcats parent-teacher organization holiday fair will be held Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town hall. There will be arts and crafts, product vendors, poinsettias, raffles, a bake sale, Santa, lunch and more. Admission is free.
∎ Daniel Webster Grange members will travel to Harmony Grange in Sanbornton on Tuesday as Harmony Grange will be hosting Merrimack County Pomona Grange for its annual Christmas program. There will be a potluck supper at 6 p.m., with Harmony Grange providing the dessert and then the meeting at 7 p.m.
∎ There will be a senior luncheon Thursday at the Salisbury Congregational Church. There will be a blood pressure clinic from 11:15 a.m. to noon, then the luncheon at noon, with time for fun and fellowship after. Call 934-3198 if you would like to join for lunch. For more information, call 648-2243. There will also be an exchange of greeting cards.
∎ Report cards will be issued Friday at the elementary school.