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Fly tying

The Basil W. Woods Jr. Chapter of Trout Unlimited will offer beginners and intermediate fly tying classes beginning Jan. 7 at the Passaconaway Club on Garvins Falls Road in Concord.

The beginner’s class will be Tuesdays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. The intermediate class will be Tuesdays from Feb. 18 to March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m.. Materials, including vices and tools, will be provided as needed. The six-week beginner class costs $50. The five-week intermediate class costs $75.

For information and to sign up, visit concordtu.org. The classes are limited to 15 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Students under the age of 18 are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


App books

The New Hampshire State Library, Talking Books division, announced that individuals who are blind or visually impaired, or who have a physical disability that does not allow them to handle printed reading material, can now download audio and braille books to their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch through a new, free mobile application, the Braille and Audio Reading Download, known as BARD. To use BARD, register with the state’s Talking Book Services and download the BARD app from the Apple App store. Then access materials from the National Library Service’s BARD site at nlsbard.loc.gov/login//NLS.

To learn more about the services provided by the New Hampshire Talking Book Services, call 271-3429 or 800-491-4200 or visit nh.gov/nhsl/talking_books.

Presenters needed

Agricultural and forestry educational presenters are needed for the 2014 New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo to be held Feb. 7 and 8 at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. The expo provides information and education on agriculture and forestry, while providing a fun venue for the public to learn about these industries and their impact on life in New Hampshire.

For a sign-up form or more information on exhibiting, sponsoring or presenting an educational program, visit nhfarmandforestexpo.org or call 231-1396.

Disaster app

The American Red Cross has launched the Team Red Cross App, which allows people to sign up to help, get an overview on basic tasks and receive notifications about Red Cross disaster volunteer opportunities in their community. Once users download the app and create an account, they learn about different jobs, such as working in a warehouse, handing out supplies or assisting with feeding. When the Red Cross has a need for volunteers, the Team Red Cross App will notify users based on their location. Volunteers can instantly accept or decline the volunteer opportunity. The Red Cross is encouraging the public to download the app before a disaster strikes so volunteers can help immediately. The app is free and designed for iPhone and Android smart phones and tablets. The Team Red Cross App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps. To stay updated with current information, visit facebook.com/nhredcrosss, or twitter.com/NHRedCross.


Food for fines

Through Dec. 31, you can clear your fines at Hall Memorial Library in Tilton by donating nonperishable food items for local food pantries. Drop off items at the circulation desk after checking food expiration dates. Food for Fines does not include payment for lost items, only current or past-due fines accrued. The library will be open Dec. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Child screening

Child screening for speech, vision, hearing, motor and learning skills will be held Feb. 6 (snow date of Feb. 13) at Chichester Central School, 219 Main St. The screening will be administered by an occupational and speech therapist and special educator. The child must live within SAU 53 and be 5 or younger. A parent or guardian must accompany the child.

To make an appointment, call Michelle Plunkett at 798-5651.

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