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Kindergarten changes

The Merrimack Valley School District is considering the feasibility of expanding the half-day kindergarten program to a full-day program. Information will be available on the following dates at the following schools: Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Boscawen Elementary School; Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Penacook Elementary School; Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Loudon Elementary School; Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at Webster Elementary School; and Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Salisbury Elementary School.

For more information, call the elementary school principal in your town.

Teen videos

The Young Adult Librarians of New Hampshire announced the 2014 Teen Video Challenge, part of a national competition that asks teens to create 30-to 90-second public service announcements that promote reading and using public libraries.

Using the slogan “Spark a Reaction,” teens are asked to incorporate themes from science, including astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics and other topics, into their videos. Entries must be designed for use at any library and appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages. Participants must be 13 to 18 years old and residents of New Hampshire. They may work on their own or as a team. The deadline to enter is Feb. 14.

For more information about New Hampshire’s competition, visit For more information about the national competition, visit challenge-overview.html.


Volleyball anyone?

Registration is open for Concord Family YMCA’s volleyball tournament, scheduled for March 15 (and possibly Mar. 16, depending on the number of teams signed up) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tournament will include women’s, men’s and co-ed teams, open to ages 18 and older, for members and nonmembers. The cost is $50 per team. Proceeds from the event will support YMCA sports programs. Registration closes Feb. 22. For more information and to register, call 228-9622 or stop by the YMCA’s Welcome Center at 15 N. State St.

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