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Piano man to perform

Dec. 17 at senior center

The Suncook Senior Center will present Gary Landgren, the “Honky Tonk” piano man, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. Sign up by Wednesday for the lunch and this holiday event. For more information, call 485-4254.

∎ The Suncook Foxy Red Hatters will meet tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

∎ The cribbage tournament will be held Dec. 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

∎ The holiday meal and Yankee swap will be held Dec. 19. The gift limit is $5 and the swap will begin at 10 a.m. If you would to participate, sign up by Wednesday at the Suncook Senior Center. For more information, call 485-4254.




Raffle tickets on

sale through Tuesday

There are only two more days to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win the giant “Gifts Galore” basket of goodies and handmade crafts being raffled off by the Andover Service Club. Raffle tickets are on sale through Tuesday at $1 per ticket, available from Andover Service Club members and at the Andover Thrift Shop, which will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The winning ticket will be drawn Wednesday at the annual service club Christmas luncheon at the Lake Sunapee Country Club. The winner need not be present to win. All raffle proceeds go toward the club’s scholarship program.

∎ The Andover Lions Club is selling calendar raffle tickets throughout the month, at $10 per ticket. All tickets are then entered into a daily drawing throughout the month of January, with a daily cash prize that ranges from $50 to $400, depending on the day of the month. Whether you win or not, your ticket goes back into the pot for the next day’s drawing, so every ticket holder has 31 chances to win and it’s even possible to win multiple times! Each day’s winner receives their cash prize right away. To purchase raffle tickets, contact any member of the Andover Lions Club, or call Judy Evans at 735-5331. All raffle proceeds go toward the many Lions Club community projects, including vision and hearing screenings, the Andover Food Pantry and college scholarships.

∎ The annual kids Christmas party will be held Dec. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Bluewater Farm. Kids of all ages will have a chance to have their pictures taken with Santa, write letters to Santa and make their own holiday decorations, as well as enjoy some treats. There will also be an opportunity to buy holiday goodies to take home at a bake sale organized by the Andover Service Club. Bluewater Farm is located on Camp Marlyn Lane next to Bradley Lake – turn at Lawrence Street, next to Jake’s in the center of Andover, and follow the blue-and-white Bluewater Farm signs to Bradley Lake Road, to the farm, and to the lodge. For more information, call Bluewater Farm at 735-5159.




Christmas caroling to be held today after church

Christmas caroling by the Boscawen Congregational Church Youth Group will be held today at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who loves to sing carols is invited to join. Goodies and hot cocoa will be served at the church after the caroling. Additionally, the church is having a special program Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m.

∎ The Boscawen Elementary School Chorus and Band will perform Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. at the school. The concert is about 30 minutes long. Additionally, the chorus will sing at the Manchester Monarch’s game on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Chorus participants need to arrive at 1:15 p.m.

∎ There is only one more week to place your bid for your favorite stocking or bag at the Friends of the Boscawen Public Library’s silent auction. The bidding ends Saturday at 1 p.m. All proceeds go to support the library’s passes program and summer reading activities.

∎ Consider buying a book and adding it to the library’s collection this month. The staff has carefully edited a wish list, which is now available at the circulation desk, on the library’s website and at Amazon (search for Boscawen Public Library). Givers will be honored with a special bookplate and a handcrafted ornament.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a “Hospice Lights of Life” community remembrance ceremony tomorrow 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

∎ Molly’s Girls invite you to their Christmas party Friday in Dunbarton, which includes a buffet dinner and musical entertainment. New members are always welcome to join. Call Nancy Clark at 796-2883 or Brenda Bartlett at 796-2157 for more information.

∎ The Boscawen 1913 Public Library has been designated as a 2013 Seven to Save by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. The library restoration committee needs your support to help them achieve their 2013 goal of $10,000 to fix the roof and chimney that are in need of immediate repair. This is first of three phrases to completely renovate the library. Your check can be made out to the Boscawen 1913 Public Library Restoration Project and sent to 116 N. Main St., Boscawen, NH 03303.



Annual Christmas

tree sale ends today

The Bow Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree sale ends today at the Bow Community Building at 3 Bow Center Road. Hours are 10 a.m. 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 will be accepted. Proceeds from the Christmas tree sales fund scholarships and camperships for Bow students.

∎ The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

∎ The holidays can be a painful time for some people. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member or it may be a time that has always been difficult. For these reasons, the Bow Mills United Methodist Church will offer a “Blue Christmas” service Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the church, 505 South St. Christmas carols will be sung and prayers and scripture will be shared. All are welcome.

∎ 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



Pancake breakfast

to be held Saturday

The Canterbury Rascals 4-H Club will hold its annual pancake breakfast Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Parish House. The cost is $5, $4 for kids ages 11 and younger, $10 for families and free for children younger than 2. 4-H members will also be working at a craft table so kids can make a free holiday craft. Everyone in the community is welcome. Santa will make a special appearance.

∎ The children from the Christian Growth program will present a traditional Christmas pageant Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Following the pageant, there will be a potluck dinner in the Parish House. Bring a dish to share and your own place settings. Beverages will be provided.

∎ Make ornaments, Christmas cards and enjoy a potluck supper today in the Parish Hall. Ornament making will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the potluck supper will be at 5:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Diaconate.

∎ 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 Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library. Two experts will attend to discuss the many aspects of writing and publishing a town history.

∎ 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 Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. The show will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Dec. 15 from noon to 4 p.m.

∎ The library board of trustees will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m.

∎ Rock ’n’ Read will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library. Babies and toddlers will learn songs and rhythms and have fun with snowflakes.

∎ Story hour will be held Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. at the library. There will be holiday stories and a craft to take home.

∎ The Lego Club will meet Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. at the library. Come in to see the tree decorated by the creative Lego Club friends.

∎ Teen Time Read will be held Dec. 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. Teens will make a snack and discuss A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Maas. Copies of the book are available at the library.

∎ The knitters meet Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The quilters meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library.

∎ Scrabble players meet every Monday at 6 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Loudon Food Pantry’s annual holiday 50/50 raffle will be held through Friday. Half of the ticket sales will go to the winner and the other half will benefit the Loudon Food Pantry. Tickets are 50 cents each, five for $2 or 10 for $3. You can purchase your tickets at the pantry at 30 Chichester Road, Unit D, Loudon, on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An order form will also be online at during the dates of the raffle.

∎ An indoor farmers market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the elementary school gym.

∎ The elementary school holiday concert will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. Other district concerts include the Belmont High School holiday band/chorus concert Dec. 18 and the Belmont Middle School holiday concert Wednesday at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 will be the snow date if any of the concerts are canceled due to the weather.

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will sell Christmas trees Saturday and Dec. 21 (if there are any left) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town center. The next regular parent-teacher organization meeting will be held Dec. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

∎Elementary school students will conduct their annual holiday food drive this month. Donations of nonperishable items will be collected at drop boxes in the front hall of the school until Friday. The food will be made available to families in need throughout the area during the holiday season.

∎ The Shaker Regional website has an extensive resource of information about trends in education and the district’s progress in curriculum and assessment. You will also find Superintendent Maria Dreyer’s curriculum update presentation. Visit for this and links to important information on curriculum, grading and classroom instruction.

∎ Canterbury Shaker Village will present “Christmas at Canterbury” Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $18, $8 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger. Member admission is half-price. “Christmas at Canterbury” allows visitors to experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era by taking a candlelight stroll through the village, watching an old-time magic show, riding in a horse drawn wagon, and watching a silent film with live organ accompaniment by Peter Krasinski. The event will also include music performances, story- telling, craft demonstrations, activities, cookie decorating, hot chocolate and cider, chats with village characters and more. To purchase tickets, visit




Christmas tree lighting to be held today at gazebo

The annual Christmas tree lighting will be held today at the gazebo on the Common. Festivities will begin at 6:15 p.m. or after the Congregational Church’s holiday concert. There will be music, refreshments and a special visit from Santa.

∎ The annual holiday concert will be held today 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

∎ The parent-teacher organization will meet Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. in the school library. Free child care will be provided.

∎ 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.




‘Polar Express’ event to be held Friday at library

The library will host a Polar Express event Friday at 6 p.m. Come decorate cookies and then enjoy the hot chocolate/coffee bar, courtesy of White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, and popcorn while watching the movie. Wear your pajamas and bring a blanket/pillow! There will also be a reading by children’s author Stephanie Parkinson. Her book, Three Nights Before Christmas, A Lesson of Love, will be available for signing and purchase. Twenty-five percent of book sales will help local animal shelters, animal rescue and preservation of animal habitats. There is no fee for this event, but registration is required. Call the library at 736-9920 or sign up at the circulation desk.

∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is collecting clean, new and gently used winter coats to be distributed to those in need in the surrounding communities. The coat drive runs through Dec. 31. Drop off locations are Subway at the Epsom Traffic Circle and the Epsom House of Pizza on Route 28. For more information, call 219-1310 or 848-2350.

∎ The Children’s Store will be open Saturday 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.

∎ A cookie walk will be held Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary on Short Falls Road. For more information, call 435-8770.

∎ The parent-teacher organization will host its annual “Santa’s Workshop” on Saturday 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.

∎ A Red Cross blood drive will be held Thursday from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at the fire station. The Epsom Fire Auxiliary will provide snacks. Any donations maybe dropped off at the fire station.

∎ Story time will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m., Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Thursday at 3 p.m. at the library.

∎ The knitting group will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The Lego Club will meet Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.

∎ A Scholastic book fair will be held tomorrow through Saturday at Central School.

∎ Spirit Week will be held Tuesday through Friday at Central School. Tuesday will be Monochromatic Day. Wednesday will be Fancy Dress Day. Thursday will be Crazy Hair and Mismatch Clothes Day. Friday will be Super Hero/Villain Day.

∎ There will be a geography bee Tuesday at 8:45 a.m. in the gymnasium at Central School.

∎Yearbook cover contest entries are due Friday. Mini-Course forms and money is also due.

∎“Have You Seen My Glasses? Exploring Forgetfulness as We Age” will be presented by The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the library. All of us have probably experienced occasional episodes of forgetfulness. However, there are differences between typical age-related forgetfulness and dementia-related illness. Find out if forgetfulness is a natural part of aging or something you can improve. Learn how to keep your brain and your memory in shape.



Watch kayakers on the river Jan. 1

First Day 2014 will be held Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Franklin. Dozens of white water kayakers will ride the rapids on the Winnipesaukee River (viewed from the Winnipesaukee River Trail and Trestle View Park on Central Street). Cheer them on and visit with friends to ring in the New Year. Hot refreshments will be served.

∎ The Hill School Board will meet Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Jennie D. Blake School.

∎ Franklin Crimeline is pleased to announce their merger with Concord Regional Crimeline. It is believed that more crimes can be solved using a regional approach. Concord Regional Crimeline now includes 20 cities and towns in the wider area. Crimeline provides citizens with a way to anonymously supply the police with information about a crime or potential crime. Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered to citizens who provide information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illegal drugs. Tips can be submitted by calling 226-3100. You will be given a code number to use in all subsequent calls. You do not have to identify yourself. Tips can also be submitted online at or by texting TIP234 to CRIMES (274637). Continue to use 911 for police, fire and medical emergencies.

∎ The library book group’s meeting for Thursday will be held in the Community Room at Mt. View Estates for the annual holiday lunch and book discussion. All other meetings are held at the library. The December book is Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont by Elisabeth Taylor. Stop by the library after Thursday to pick up the January selection.

∎ The library will host a “Family Movie Time” on Dec. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Arrive early, if you wish, for the 9:30 a.m. story time and stay for the film.

∎ Visit or drop by the Bessie Rowell Community Center to pick up the winter Franklin Parks & Recreation brochure for activities for all ages.




Free family movie night to be held

Free family movie night will be held Dec. 21 on the big screen downstairs at Smith Memorial Congregational Church. A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman will be shown. Admission is free. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be served.

∎ Open Door Coffeehouse members have organized the second annual Celtic Christmas celebration as a way of giving back to Smith Church for supporting the coffee house throughout the year. Come to a night of music Saturday at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Smith Memorial Church at 30 West Main St. For a suggested donation of $10, you will hear Fred Sprague, The Bible Hill Boys, Thistlewood, Sharon Dowling, Myschyffe Managed and Martha Carlson-Bradley perform. All proceeds will be donated to the church. Tickets will be available at the door.



Sign up for a call from Santa Claus

Special arrangements have been made for Santa Claus to telephone your children, ages 3-8, from his North Pole workshop Dec. 17 between 5 and 8 p.m. If you would like Santa Claus to call your home, register by Friday.

∎ Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Slusser Senior Center Dining Room. Children can enjoy a visit with Santa and participate in fun art activities too! Breakfast will include eggs, pancakes, bacon, toast, muffins, hash browns, etc. The cost is $5, $3 for kids. All proceeds will go toward Operation Christmas, organized by the Human Services Department.

∎ Junior Theater’s Christmas play, A Christmas Carol, will be performed Saturday at 6 p.m. at the high school auditorium. Admission is free. Get ready to laugh as the children sing and act in an effort to steer Scrooge away from his usual Christmas moods.

∎ The seventh annual holiday lights contest is being held. Homes must be entered Wednesday by 4:30 p.m. The judging will be held Dec. 16. The top three winners will receive prizes! Homes will be judged on “Wow Factor,” “First Impression,” “Originality and Creativity,” “Layout/Design and Overall Appearance” and “Holiday Spirit/Theme.” This event is for all Hopkinton and Contoocook residents, and it is free to enter.

∎ Registrations for Hopkinton Recreation programs and events can be done online at If you have questions, call 746-2915 or email

∎ Dottie Brown and Brian Erickson of Evergreeen Farm are placing their antique sleighs around the village to collect donations for the food pantry. Drop-off locations include: Merrimack County Savings Bank, Hopkinton Library, Hopkinton Town Hall, Hopkinton Town Clerk and Dimitri’s Pizza and Restaurant.

∎ Jon Brooks, New Hampshire Furniture Master, will be at the library on Thursday at 7 p.m. Brooks will speak about his “mind-bending, wood-bending, magical work.”

∎ Evergreen Coffee & Tea will open for business Tuesday at 390 Main St. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

∎ 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 Saturday 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

∎ Tom Pratt has produced another Hopkinton desk calendar for 2014. Each month has a photograph taken in Hopkinton, including both natural subjects and landscapes. Calendars come in a CD case that folds open to stand on its own. 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

∎ The Hopkinton School District email list is an opportunity for community members to gain information about school district events. The link to sign up is on the front page of the school district website at Follow the Hopkinton School District on Twitter: @HOPKINTONSD.

∎ The Hopkinton parent-teacher association is participating in a program through the Steeplegate Mall in Concord. The A+ School Rewards program is a special community program which is committed to building relationships and providing cash to local schools, while enticing shoppers to hop at the Steeplegate Mall. Participating schools collect and tally Steeplegate Mall receipts to earn cash rewards. The program continues until April 2014. Receipts can be recorded at the main office in the mall.

∎ Good job to the Easy Riders 4-H Club for another successful float in the Concord holiday parade.

∎  The Three Snow Bears, written and illustrated by Jan Brett, is the current story on the Winter Story Walk located along the path behind the playground.

∎ “Bead-a-Gift Workshop” for children ages 6-9 will be held Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 the library. All supplies will be provided. There is a limit of 10 participants. To register, call the library at 746-3663 or email




PALS holiday festival

to be held Saturday

PALS will hold their annual holiday festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pembroke Academy. There will be crafts, games, a snowman shop for the kids to do Christmas shopping, basket raffles, cash raffles, a bake sale, a silent auction and a photo shoot area. The senior class will hold a breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. Drawings will be held at 1 p.m.

∎ The women’s club will sponsor the annual free family event, “Christmas in the Village,” today 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.




Winter coats being collected this month

The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is collecting clean, new and gently used winter coats to be distributed to those in need in the surrounding communities. The coat drive runs through Dec. 31. Coats will be collected at the following locations: Jitter’s Café, Village Pizza and Maxfield’s Hardware. For more information, call 848-2350 or 219-1310.

∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center, lower level.

∎ 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, via email at 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,, or call 312-6980.

∎ The parks and recreation committee will meet tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ The Pittsfield Circle of Home and Family will meet for their annual Christmas party Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information, call Andi Riel at 435-6346.

∎ The adults book club at the library, “Read, Meet and Talk,” will resume with a new meeting time and place. Adults interested in reading and discussing a variety of group fiction selections are invited to attend an initial meeting Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the community center.

∎ The Corinthian Lodge 82 second annual Christmas tree sale will be held Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas. Any size tree is $35. The sale is at the lot beside Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Road. For more information, call 998-3360.

The Pittsfield Middle High School Drama club will present A Christmas Carol on Friday at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. with limited seating at the school lecture hall. Tickets cost $10, $8 for students - and free for children 2 and younger. For more information, email Joshua Shawver at or Anne Banks at

∎ The budget committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.

∎ A financial aid information night for high school students and parents will be held Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center.

∎ First- through third-graders will hold their holiday concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Middle High School gym.




Visit with Santa

at the town hall

The historical society will host a “Visit with Santa” Saturday at 1 p.m. at the town hall on Route 4.

∎ The town offices will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.

∎ The library be open Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be closed Dec. 26. The library will be open Dec. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dec. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regularly scheduled hours will resume Jan. 2.




Holiday shopping tour to be held

Festivities for the “Holiday Shopping Tour” begin Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be music, food, artisans, storytelling, trains and the annual farmers market. Have your passport stamped at five downtown locations to be entered into a raffle for a basketful of goodies provided by the participants. Peruse the farmers market and pop into the various shops offering a wide selection of gifts, arts and crafts. Be sure to enjoy a carriage ride along Main Street with Brian Erickson’s beautiful team of horses (weather permitting). Restaurants will be open throughout the day offering coffee, baked goods, pizza and 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 Festival of Trees will be on display 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, hot chocolate and holiday cookies beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Sweet, Hot and Sassy will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. at MainStreet BookEnds. The cost for the concert is $10. Visit for a complete schedule of events.

∎ Ted Young and Associates continue their Warner tradition of the annual Christmas tree sale on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the town hall.

∎ Holiday extended hours begin Friday at MainStreet BookEnds. The bookstore will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

∎ A Christmas sale will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. The sale will feature baked goods, handmade items and odds and ends.

∎ The Christmas Eve service at the United Church of Warner will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. New stuffed animals will be collected to be donated to local hospitals and fire/police departments. The Christmas offering will go to support relief efforts in the Philippines and stateside tornado victims.

∎ Pats Peak ski program signups will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the library at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ The Boys & Girls Club meets everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ Homework Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the library at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ Old School PE meets Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.

∎ Adult volleyball meets Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Simonds Elementary School.




Holiday concert to

be held at school

The band, chorus and orchestra will perform a holiday concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Weare Middle School Cafe.

∎ Tiny Tots is a program for children ages 18 months to 3 years. While having fun, children gain valuable pre-reading experience in a welcoming environment. Call the library at 529-2044 for more information. Sessions meet Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.



Reading challenge has been issued

Fungo, mascot of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, visited the elementary school once again and has challenged all students to read five books outside of school this winter. The students have accepted the challenge and have started to work on it. All parents are asked to help their children follow through. There are 14 weeks, two vacation breaks, and plenty of weekends to complete this challenge.

∎ The library’s book group will meet Thursday at 7:15 p.m. to discuss Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated.

∎ The selectmen will meet tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the town office.

∎ Merrimack Valley School Board will meet tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. at the Merrimack Valley High School.

∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the school.



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