to be held Wednesday
The cribbage tournament will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $1 to enter.
∎ The Suncook Senior Center will present Gary Landgren, the “Honky Tonk” piano man, Tuesday at 10 a.m.
∎ The Suncook Senior Center will hold their “Yankee Swap” on Thursday. The gift limit is $5 and the swap will begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 485-4254.
Warm winter clothing
being collected for needy
Gently used and new coats, jackets and other warm winter clothing – hats, socks, mittens and sweaters – may be dropped off each Sunday throughout the winter at 11 a.m. at the Andover Congregational Church, corner of Route 11 and Chase Hill Road in East Andover. The drop-off box is in the Grange hall, next to the church. The donated clothing for men, women and kids will be distributed by the church to local folks who are in need.
Chorus and band concert
to be performed at school
Celebrate the holidays with the Boscawen Elementary School Chorus and Band tomorrow at 6 p.m. The concert is about 30 minutes long and will be held at the school.
∎ Sovereign Grace Fellowship at 235 High St. will hold a soup kitchen Saturday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Meals are free to everyone and held on the third Saturday of every month.
∎ The library invites you to stop in Dec. 23 between noon and 8 p.m. and enjoy some favorite Christmas movies and snacks. Coloring sheets and other kids crafts will be available.
∎ If you would like to give a gift to the library, consider participating in its “Buy A Book” and add to the library’s collection this month. Ask the staff about their wish list or check it out on the library website and on Amazon (search for Boscawen Public Library).
∎ The library will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24 and 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
Learn how to
reduce heating bills
The New Hampshire Energy Exchange will sponsor another “Button Up New Hamsphire” home energy savings workshop tomorrow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library. This workshop is slated for homeowners as a means of educating them on how to reduce their heating bills. This workshop is free and open to the public with refreshments provided by Merrimack County Savings Bank. The New Hampshire Energy Exchange is a collaboration of local energy committees from Bow, Canterbury, Concord, Dunbarton, Henniker, Hopkinton, Warner and more. Register at buttonup1216bow.eventbrite.com and/or call Bob Eldredge at 344-4540 or email NHEnergyGuy@gmail.com.
∎ New, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots are being collected at the following locations: Bow Community Center, Baker Free Library, Bow Municipal Building, Bow Elementary School, Bow High School, Grappone Auto Junction, New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, Bow Youth Center, Merrimack County Savings Bank, White Rock Senior Living Community, Hampton Inn and Gallant Insurance. The last collection day for Bow is Wednesday. For more information, call Bryan Westover at 228-1187, ext. 121, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will meet Tuesday 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 Church will offer a Blue Christmas service Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St. Christmas carols will be sung and prayers and scripture will be shared. All are welcome.
∎ Bow police Chief Erin Commerford will host her final Coffee Chat of 2013 Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library. All are welcome to come to the Meeting Room of the library and participate in an open discussion about the police department and general law enforcement topics.
∎ A Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Crossroads Community Church at 6 Branch Londonderry Turnpike, East. The service will include special music and the Advent wreath.
∎ The Bow Community Men’s Club will hold its annual New Year’s Day breakfast buffet from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Bow Community Center, 3 Bow Center Road. The buffet will include eggs, bacon, sausage, hash, chipped beef, plain pancakes, blueberry pancakes, French toast, fruit salad, toast, coffee, milk, tea and hot chocolate. The cost is $10, $4 for children 12 and younger, and $25 for an immediate family.
∎ The library will host an informal film discussion series to be shown monthly Mondays from 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. at the library. Participants will meet by the fireplace in the library with refreshments being served during the discussion of the film. The remaining roster of the film discussion series is: “Indie Gems,” Jan. 13; “And the Oscar Goes To,” Feb. 20; “Laugh Out Loud,” March 10; “Superb with Subtitles,” April 14; and “Feel Good Flicks,” May 12. This series of film discussions is free and open to the public. The library is located at 509 South St. For more information, call 224-7113 or visit bowsbakerfree library.org.
to be performed today
The children from the Christian Growth program will present a traditional Christmas pageant today 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.
∎ The last day of Christmas at Clough Tavern, 12 Clough Tavern Road, will be held today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come browse five rooms full of an eclectic collection of local artisans’ wares.
∎ An exercise group meets Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m. at the elementary school. Aerobic exercise is combined with some strengthening. Admission is free. Class is not held if there is no school. Call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016 for more information.
∎ Brian and Helena Titilah of Durgin Plot Antiques will host a Christmas Antique Show and Sale with a few other local antique dealers today from noon to 4 p.m. at 115 Kimball Pond Road.
∎ Story hour will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the library. There will be holiday stories and a craft to take home.
∎ The Lego Club will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the library. Come in to see the tree decorated by creative Lego Club friends. This growing club would appreciate donations to provide additional Lego sets.
∎ Teen Time Read will be held tomorrow from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the library. Make a delicious snack and discuss A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Maas. Copies of the book are available at the library.
∎ Book group will meet Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the library. Copies of Look to the Mountain by LeGrand Cannon Jr. are available at the library.
∎ Download audio books and e-books! Visit nh.lib.overdrive.com for more details and then contact the library if you would like to register for this service and receive the required code.
∎ The library provides family passes to SEE Science Center, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Shaker Village, Currier Museum of Art and the Museum of New Hampshire History.
∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will sell Christmas trees Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the town center if there are any trees left. The next regular parent-teacher organization meeting will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
∎ 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 shaker.k12.nh.us for this and links to important information on curriculum, grading and classroom instruction.
∎ In 2011 and 2012, the New Hampshire Motor Speedway gave the food donations from the Gift of Lights to Loudon Food Pantry. It has been a huge help for the towns of Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester, Epsom and Loudon. The Gift of Lights spans more than 2 miles and is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England. It includes several themed displays, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, a jungle scene and a nativity depiction. The course winds around the outside of the track’s grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course. It runs from 4:30 to 9 p.m. and will run until Jan. 5.
Enjoy lunch with
“Lunch Together” will be held Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the vestry. Bring a sandwich. Soup and beverages will be provided. Everyone in Dunbarton is invited to this informal get together.
∎ “Men’s Coffee Chat” will be held Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the library.
∎ Nice & Naughty will perform Saturday at Spireside Coffeehouse. Accompanied by stand-up bass, guitar and pennywhistle, Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager will deliver exquisite harmonies. Doors open and open mic sign-ups start at 7 p.m. at the Dunbarton Congregational Church Vestry, 6 Stark Highway North. Musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Coffee, tea, soup and snacks will be available. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit dccucc.org.
∎ A traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service of lessons and carols will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church.
∎ The library will be closed Dec. 24. The town clerk and tax collector’s offices will be closed. The selectmen offices and the building department will be open from 8 a.m. until noon. The transfer station will hold regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
∎ The library, all town offices and the transfer station will be closed Dec. 25.
∎ The library will close Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. The town clerk and selectmen offices will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. The transfer station will hold regular hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The tax collector’s office will be closed.
∎ All town offices and the transfer station will be closed Jan 1.
∎ The town clerk is seeking vintage photos, letters and documents related to Dunbarton’s history. These items are requested both in the interest of preserving Dunbarton’s history and in anticipation of Dunbarton’s 250th anniversary celebration in 2015. Whether it’s a single piece or an entire collection, please consider sharing your treasure. If you prefer to loan rather than donate, the items can be scanned (flatbed or stick) and returned to you.
For more information, call Linda Landry, town clerk, at 774-3547, ext. 107, or email email@example.com.
Library will show
family movies this month
The library will show the following family movies: Turbo, Dec. 23, 2 p.m.; and Despicable Me 2, Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. Both movies are rated PG and popcorn and drinks will be available.
∎ 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 in Epsom 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.
∎ A cookie walk will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Auxiliary on Short Falls Road. For more information, call 435-8770.
∎ A winter concert (chorus/band students) will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at school. The snow date will be Thursday.
∎ Early release from school will be Friday at 1:15 p.m.
∎ The Epsom Food Pantry will be open soon. A group of Epsom town folks have banded together and will have the pantry up in the next few weeks. Thanks to the Loudon Food Pantry for helping Epsom residents who have needed assistance to fill the void in Epsom. You must continue to obtain your supplies from Loudon until the Epsom pantry is ready to open. The office will be in the old town hall on Route 4, just below the library. The paperwork is done and now food is being stocked. For more information, call 219-3025.
∎ Story time will be held tomorrow from 10 to 11 a.m. at the library. Story time will also be held Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m.
∎ The knitting group will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the library.
∎ Lego Club will meet Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library.
∎ New World Explorers, a program designed for infants through 2 years old will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the library. The theme will be scarf dancing.
∎ Birthday shout-outs to: “Aunt” Carolyn Davis on Thursday and Rachel Eames on Saturday! May you both have a great day of celebrating!
Get help with your
The TRIP Center will host Anita Oelfke from ServiceLink Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. to help with all of your Medicare questions. After the first of the year, Wayne Blanchard of ServiceLink will be available the last Friday of each month to discuss long-term care and planning for your future. The center is also collecting warm scarves, hats and mittens and coats for children and adults in Franklin and surrounding communities. A nurse from the Franklin Visiting Nurse Association will be at the center Dec. 24 at 10:30 a.m.
∎ The Franklin School Board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Bessie C. Rowell Community Building in the Memorial Library.
∎ Franklin First Day will be held Jan. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Welcome kayakers as they run the rapids on the Winnipesaukee River, ending at Trestle View Park on Central Street, downtown Franklin. You can watch from the Winnipesaukee Trail starting at Central Street or near the park. Hot refreshments will be available.
∎ Maintain good bone and muscle health at the TRIP Center every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Arrive early for indoor walking. Also, enjoy line dancing every Monday and Friday at 10 a.m.
∎ Visit the Franklin Regional Hospital gift shop for your last minute Christmas shopping. The volunteer gift shop is open to the public and is normally staffed Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is located inside the main entrance of the hospital. All proceeds benefit the hospital.
∎ The library’s story time for children meets every Thursday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. A weekly craft group meets every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Upper Room. Call the library at 934-2911 for more information.
∎ The opera house had a very successful Festival of Trees last weekend and is already gearing up for next year. Visit Facebook “Franklin’s Talkin’ ” for photos and comments.
Carol sing to be held Friday at 7 p.m.
The annual candlelight carol sing will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Henniker Quaker Meetinghouse at 529 Quaker St. in the historic district of Henniker. It will be led by members of Weare Friends Meeting. Come pause during these busy times and enjoy the beauty and peace of old-fashioned singing. All are invited, including children. The story, The Christmas Rose, will be read by Darcy Drayton at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, but you are encouraged to bring a candle, a stick of firewood or finger food to share. For more information, call 654-6001.
∎ John Stark Regional High School students from the “We the People” class competed in this year’s district competition Dec. 6 at the Legislative Office Building in Concord. The John Stark team competed against Nashua High School, Milford High School and Merrimack Valley and advanced to the state finals, to be held Jan. 10. John Stark won two of the six unit competitions held during this regional round.
∎ Sign-ups for parts in the Martin Luther King Jr. play, to be presented Jan. 18-20 at the Henniker Community Center, are being held for people between the ages of 6 and 96. Call 568-5102 or visit alchemistsworkshop.org for more information.
∎ There will be a jazz worship today at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church. The church has a choir, Sunday school, a staffed nursery and coffee hour fellowship following worship. Also today, the church’s Sunday school children will have a live nativity at 4 p.m. and a free community dinner at 5 p.m. in the Parish Hall.
∎ John Stark will hold its holiday concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Café. Performing will be the Concert Band, Concert Chorus, Stage Band, Select Chorus and the Henniker Community School Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus. The snow date will be Thursday.
∎ The Henniker Community School will hold its holiday concert Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Kindergarten through fourth grade will participate.
∎ Alchemists’ Workshop was named a Hasbro Foundation 2013 Joy Ambassador. As a result, they will be bringing boxes of toys to give away to young people in need at each of their performances of Las Posadas this month. Las Posadas is an original musical written by New Hampshire residents Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn based on internationally known author and illustrator Tomie dePaola’s book, The Night of Las Posadas. The play began touring in 2012 and have performed in some 20 communities throughout New Hampshire. Hasbro’s toy giving initiative fits perfectly with the theme of the book and musical, which is about teaching a community to open their hearts and give.
∎ Gift certificates are on sale for Henniker Youth Theater camps in 2014. Three sessions are planned: two weekend camps from Jan. 18-20 and Feb. 15-17, and a weeklong summer camp with dates to be determined. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
∎ The Henniker parent-teacher association is selling calendar raffle tickets through Wednesday. You can win prizes valued at more than $2,000 in gift cards, pool passes, ski tickets, movie tickets and more! For your chance to join the fun, see any Henniker Community School student or parent-teacher association member, email Henniker.email@example.com or call 568-9323.
∎ Henniker Congregational Church continues its quilt raffle. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 22 for this beautiful “Amish with a Twist” quilt. Tickets are available at the Congregational Church (428-3747), The New Life Thrift Shop, or Quilted Threads (428-6622).
∎ The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation “There’s No Place Like Home” Friday at 11:45 a.m. at White Birch Community Center. Whether you are managing a newly prescribed medication, learning to live with ongoing health conditions, or faced with a life-limiting illness, learn how Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association guides you through this journey and helps you remain at home while finding care, comfort and support. For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.
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Free family movie night to be held
Free family movie night will be held Saturday on the big screen downstairs at Smith Memorial Congregational Church. Christmas classics A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman will be shown. Admission is free. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movies will start at 7 p.m. Complimentary popcorn and drinks will be served. All are invited.
Holiday luncheon to be served Saturday
The Hopkinton Rotary Club will sponsor the senior holiday luncheon Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Slusser Senior Center. The luncheon menu is as follows: holiday punch/cheese and crackers, green salad/rolls, baked ham, Harry’s homemade applesauce, mashed potatoes, green bean and corn saute, coffee, tea and assorted pies. Any senior wishing to attend the luncheon should come to the senior center to sign up, or call 746-3800 to have their name put on the list as soon as possible. The Rotary Club needs to know how many people are coming.
∎ The Contoocook Dance and Gymnastics Center on Pine Street has openings for new students of all levels. For more information, call Yvonne Bossi at 746-3282.
∎ Registrations for Hopkinton Recreation programs and events can be done online at hopkintonrec.com. If you have questions, call the recreation office at 746-2915 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ Dottie Brown and Brian Erickson of Evergreeen Farm have placed their antique sleighs around the village to collect donations for the food pantry. Drop off nonperishable food items at the following locations: Merrimack County Savings Bank, Hopkinton Library, Hopkinton Town Hall, Hopkinton Town Clerk and Dimitri’s Pizza and Restaurant.
∎ Evergreen Coffee & Tea at 390 Main St. is open for business. 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 every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between now and Christmas at the train station in Contoocook Village. All trees are 6 to 8 feet tall and the same low price. All proceeds go to support local charities and programs, including scholarships.
∎ 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 Hopkinton Historical Society and at the society’s table at the Saturday farmers market (with a portion of proceeds going to the society) or by calling Tom or Ruth Pratt at 746-5237 or emailing email@example.com.
∎ 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 hopkintonschools.org. You can also follow the Hopkinton School District on Twitter: @HOPKINTONSD.
∎ The Hopkinton parent-teacher association is participating in a program through the Steeplegate Mall. The A+ School Rewards program is a special community driving program which is committed to building relationships and providing cash to local schools, while enticing shoppers to shop 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.
∎ The Three Snow Bears, written and illustrated by Jan Brett, is the current story on the Winter Story Walk along the path behind the playground.
Christmas Eve services to be held
Grace Capital Church will celebrate Christmas Eve services at 3 and 5 p.m. at the church at 542 Pembroke St. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Best Gift Ever.” For more information, call 415-4000 or visit gccnh.com.
Community impact awards to be held
Pittsfield Listens will host the second annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations who have made a positive impact in Pittsfield in 2013. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-6980.
∎ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center, lower level.
∎ 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 as follows: Jitter’s Café, Main Street; Village Pizza, Elm St.; and Maxfield’s Hardware, Route 28. For more information, call 848-2350 or 219-1310.
∎ The Corinthian Lodge 82 will sponsor its second annual Christmas tree sale open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas at the lot beside Jack’s Pizza on Catamount Road. Any size tree is $35. For more information, call Eric LaFramboise at 998-3360.
∎ The Pittsfield Middle High School Drama club will present A Christmas Carol today at 1 p.m. with limited seating in the PMHS Lecture Hall. Tickets cost $10, $8 for students and free for children 2 and younger. For more information, email Joshua Shawver at email@example.com or Anne Banks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
∎ The budget committee will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
∎ The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce will hosting a holiday party tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Freight House Consignment/Kalily Studio, 22 Huckins Road, Epsom. Bring a potluck dish to share, and a Yankee swap gift (optional; $10 max) and there will be an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest.
∎ The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Jitters Café on Main Street.
∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at the Pittsfield Youth Workshop on Park Street.
∎ The First Congregational Church, 24 Main St., will present a Christmas concert Friday at 7 p.m. This special concert will feature the church’s chancel choir, along with the JuBellation Handbell choir. Parking and wheelchair accessible entry is located at the rear of the church. For more information, call 435-7471 or visit pittsfieldcc.com.
∎ The Pittsfield Youth Baseball Association will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the community center. For more information, call Glenn Amnott at 435-7905.
∎ The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance.
∎ The elementary school parent-teacher organization will sponsor a craft night Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the elementary school café.
∎ Come to the Pittsfield Area Senior Center on Friday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and the movie Trouble with the Curve.
∎ The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone that helped to make the Christmas tree lighting celebration and Children’s Store a great success. Many individuals, groups, organizations and businesses worked together to make this a great community event. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the chamber.
∎ Pittsfield Players director Maye Hart has announced that this year’s Kid’s Theater Workshop will stage the 1980’s phenomenon Xanadu Jr. Auditions will be held today at 4 p.m. and tomorrow at 4 p.m. Auditioners will learn a part of a song from the show and some simple dance steps at the audition, and they will be asked to read from the script. The Kid’s Theater Workshop is a program designed to introduce kids to performing on stage, and the show is presented to local schools in two matinee performances and three evening performances. This year, the show will run Feb. 18-22, right before winter vacation. The program is open to kids ages 8-18, and is for kids who want to be on stage, and for kids who would prefer more technical positions, such as lights, sound and stage management. For more information,email Maye Hart at email@example.com.
∎ Happy birthday to Carolyn Davis on Thursday. I hope you have a wonderful day.
Selectmen set to recognize volunteers
The selectmen invite town citizens and officials to their meeting on Wednesday 6:30 p.m. at Academy Hall. This is the date of the annual volunteer appreciation night when they recognize all those who give so generously and graciously of their time and services as volunteers. Refreshments and holiday greetings will follow the meeting. The snow date will be Thursday.
∎ The planning board will meet tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.
Toys being collected
in bookstore gallery
Through Friday, MainStreet BookEnds MarketPlace & Gallery is a drop-off destination for Toys for Tots. The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
∎ Ted Young and Associates continue their Warner tradition of the annual Christmas tree sale on December weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the town hall.
∎ Holiday extended hours continue through Dec. 24 at MainStreet BookEnds, in celebration of The Twelve Days Before Christmas. The bookstore will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and downtown will be hopping, with two local restaurants open for dinner!
∎ BookEnds BookGroup will discuss Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. BookEnds BookGroup usually meets every last Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in The Gallery. BookGroup reads are 20 percent off prior to the event to BookGroup participants.
∎ A Christmas Eve service will be held Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at the United Church of Warner. All are welcome for a time of carols and candlelight as the Savior’s birth is celebrated. New stuffed animals to be donated to local hospitals and fire/police departments will be collected. The Christmas offering will go to support relief efforts to the Philippines and stateside tornado victims.
∎ “Wee Deliver” students recently held their induction ceremony at Simonds Elementary School. The entire student body, along with teaches, aides, staff and parents, witnessed the swearing in. The program includes Postmasters, Carriers, Nixie Clerks, Sorters and Stampers. This year, the Postmasters are: Kiera Janssen, Devon Stromak and Travis Kane; Carriers: LoriAnn Brown, Sarah Call, Anna Lick and Adam Ventola; Nixie Clerks: Andrew Blagden, Caroline Allen, Sadie Griggs and Joshua Bissah; Sorters: Alannah Hallenborg, Coral Burrington, Allison Hanwell and Gabe Kucharski; and Stampers: Ben Monroe, Addison Place, Francie Reid and Lilah Bartholomew. The school has been involved with the “Wee Deliver” program for several years. Promoted by the United States Postal Service, more than 1,000 schools across the United States have participated in the program, launched to help children practice writing and learn about the post office.
Sign up for Martin Luther King Jr. play
Signups for parts in the Martin Luther King Jr. play to be presented Jan. 18-20 are being held for people between the ages of 6 and 96. Call 568-5102 or visit alchemistsworkshop.org for more information.
∎ John Stark students from Dan Marcus’s “We the People” class competed in this year’s district competition Dec. 6 in Concord. The John Stark team competed against Nashua High School, Milford High and Merrimack Valley and advanced to the state finals Jan. 10. John Stark won two of the six unit competitions held during this regional round.
∎ Winter sports at John Stark Regional High School and Weare Middle School have begun in earnest and will continue through the holidays, but the schedule is a bit more complicated this year due to flooding in the high school gym, so keep checking the websites for both schools to get the latest updates on time and place for basketball and wrestling games and matches.
Library trustees will
The trustees of library will meet Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the library. Meetings are open to the public.
∎ Daniel Webster Grange delivered dictionaries to the third grade students in Boscawen, Salisbury and Webster school this past week.
∎ The elementary school will hold holiday parties Friday. The school will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 for a winter break and will reopen Jan. 2.
∎ Happy Holidays!