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Library selling

personalized books

The library is selling personalized children’s books for their holiday fundraiser. The books put the child’s name, hometown and other information into the story, making for a great holiday gift. Hardcover books are $13-$15 and the library raises $4 for every book sold. Stop by the library to see sample books and place your order before Dec. 5. For more information, call Amber Cushing at 485-7651.




Gift exchange to

be held Saturday

Andover’s annual holiday swap shop/gift exchange will be held Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Andover Elementary/Middle School gym. The purpose of this special swap shop is to share “gift ready” items with those who may truly need them for their holiday giving. Donations of clothes, toys, household goods, holiday decorations, sports and athletic equipment, all gently used and in good shape, are welcome. Items for the gift exchange may be dropped off in the main lobby of the school on Friday or brought in Saturday morning.

∎ The annual Christmas tree lighting will be held Saturday at the town hall, sponsored by the Andover Lions Club, which planted a new blue spruce on Main Street at the town hall in October to replace the old tree which had grown too tall and cumbersome to decorate. Participants are asked to gather at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments; the lighting of the tree and singing of Christmas carols will begin at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

∎ The Andover Congregational Church Christmas Fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grange Hall in East Andover, featuring handmade crafts and a bake sale. Call Bonnie at 735-5486 or Judy at 735-5331 to reserve space to sell items.

∎ A photographic exhibit featuring a number of Andover’s historic and picturesque barns is on display in the library on Main Street until the end of the year. Featuring the work of local photographers, the exhibit grew out of research for the historical society’s 2013 fund raising calendar, “The Farms and Barns of Andover.” Library hours are Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursdays from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The calendar may be purchased for $10 by contacting the historical society at 735-5628 or email




Reuse your holiday cards

to make new ones

Learn how to upcycle your old Christmas cards at the holiday paper craft workshop tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the library. Materials will be provided, but please bring scissors, glue and any holiday cards that you wish to re-make. Let the library know that you are coming by calling them at 753-8576, which opens tomorrow at noon.

∎ “Christmas Celebrations Through Time” will be presented by Ralph Harwood of the Penacook Historical Society Saturday at 2 p.m. This illustrated talk on the history of Christmas will be held in the fourth floor conference room at the town offices. Christmas stocking silent auction items will be on display and waiting for your bids.

∎ The topic for Tech Tuesday will be digital pictures and will be held Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to call the library at 753-8576 to sign up.

∎ The library appreciates your support of their wish list that can be found at and hanging on the Christmas tree.

∎ The book discussion group will discuss A Wedding in December Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the library.

∎ The zoning board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. to hold a public hearing on a variance for the 5 Hardy Lane property. The meeting will be held in the fourth floor conference room at the town municipal offices.

∎ “Houseplants” is the topic of the “First Monday” workshop series sponsored by the agricultural commission. A master gardener from the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Speakers’ Bureau will talk about healthy houseplants, especially those holiday plants such as Christmas cactus, poinsettias and holly, in addition to the normal houseplants such as ivy, pothos and the like. The meeting will be held Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the town offices in the fourth floor meeting room. Sign up by emailing or call 753-9188 to ensure that there are enough handouts for everyone.



Annual tree lighting

to be held Dec. 7

The park and recreation’s annual holiday tree lighting and Santa visit will be held Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. at the community center, 3 Bow Center Road. The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Cookies are needed! Cookies can be decorated any way you like (or not) and may be either homemade or store-bought. Cookies can be dropped off at Dec. 7 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the community center. Give the park and recreation’s office a call at 228-2222 to let them know if you will be able to help them out. Leading up to the tree lighting, the Bow Girl Scouts and library staff will be engaging the children in crafts and activities. The Boy Scouts will serve refreshments and there will be S’mores by the campfire, courtesy of the selectmen. Following the tree lighting, with the countdown by Santa Claus himself, the evening will conclude with a holiday sing-a-long.

∎ December is the month of giving! “Toys for Tots” representatives will be attending Bow’s tree lighting event, along with their collection box, and they will gratefully be accepting donations of unwrapped toys for boys or girls. The food pantry is also in need of nonperishable food items. Donations will also be accepted at the community center throughout the holiday season.

∎ The Bow Rotary will hold its annual Christmas tree sale from Saturday through Dec. 16 at the Bow Junction Irving Mainway Station on Route 3A. Balsam fir trees and decorated wreaths will be for sale on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

∎ The garden club’s annual poinsettia sale has concluded. The garden club wishes to thank all the townspeople and local businesses who purchased poinsettias this year and would like to remind them they can pick up their pre-paid poinsettia plants (unless other arrangements have been made with their seller) Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Old Town Hall, 91 Bow Center Road. All proceeds from the sale go to the garden club’s high school scholarship program.

∎ The Bridges House in Concord, New Hampshire’s “Executive Residence” and former home of Governor Styles Bridges and his family and subsequent New Hampshire governors, will re-open to the public Thursday through Dec. 16 for a holiday house tour. Come see the newly refurbished (to the period of 1835) “Designer Show House” that is now open to the public. This historic home now features professionally decorated rooms designed to represent the period by some of New Hampshire’s top interior designers and includes floral accents pieces created by members of the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, including several Bow Garden Club members. The Bridges House is listed on both the New Hampshire and National Register of Historic Places and is located at 21 Mountain Road in Concord, just off Exit 16. Check out their website for more information on the holiday house tour and holiday events that will be held Thursday through Dec. 16 at

∎ For his senior project, high school senior David McDonald is building six children’s size bookcases and collecting donations of gently used and new books for children from birth through teens for two emergency housing shelters in Concord and Manchester. Donation boxes can be found at all three Bow schools, the library and the community center. McDonald will also sponsor a free “Family Movie Night” Dec. 3 in the high school auditorium. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6 p.m. and will run 90 minutes. The movie will be The Lorax, based on the Dr. Suess book, and kids are welcome to come dressed in their pajamas!

∎ The parks and recreation department is offering “Talls & Smalls Creative Movement” classes with instruction by Karen Krause. This is a fun program for boys and girls (ages 2-5 with an adult), designed to inspire creativity and imagination while developing rhythm, coordination, strength and balance. Classes will be held tomorrow and Dec 3, 10 and 17 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the community building, 3 Bow Center Road. The cost is $35, $40 for nonresidents, for an adult and one child; adults attending with two or more children need to add $15 ($20 for nonresidents) for each additional child. To register, visit and look under Parks & Recreation or call 228-2222 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Holiday craft fair

to be held Friday

The elementary School parent-teacher organization is looking forward to its annual holiday craft fair Friday. As part of the fair, the parent-teacher organization is holding a raffle to raise money for school programs. The following businesses have generously donated to this year’s raffle: New Hampshire Motor Speedway tickets, Sal’s Pizza, Capital Center for the Arts, Gunstock Aerial Treetop Adventures, Chucksters, Bead It!, Canterbury Woods Country Club, Panera Bread, Hannaford and Shaw’s gift cards, Palace Theater, Montshire Museum of Science passes, Attitash Ski Resort, SEE Science Center family membership, Tanger Outlets gift card, Fieldhouse Sports sessions and rentals, Hannaford gift card, Thomas Kuhner Metalsmith necklace and Children’s Museum of New Hampshire passes. Advance tickets for the raffle ($1 each) are available by contacting Stephanie Bowser at 783-9223. The holiday fair will be held Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature more than 20 local craft vendors, food and crafts for kids.

∎ Two Sisters Garlic of Clough Tavern Farm invites you to join in “Christmas at Clough Tavern Farm.” This special holiday show will run through Dec. 9 on Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy shopping a diversified and eclectic collection of local New Hampshire artisans’ confections and creations. While shopping through five rooms of a 1777 three-story colonial, pause by the wood stove for samples and cider. Follow the Christmas signs through town to 23 Clough Tavern Road. For more information, call 731-5574 or 783-4287.

∎ The Canterbury 4-H Rascals had their November meeting on Nov. 5. They voted to give $50 each to the Canterbury Church and the Merrimack County 4-H Foundation, and $30 each to the SPCA, Live and Let Live Farm, the Loudon Food Pantry, the Red Cross and to CHAD. Some of the projects that the Rascals are doing are: gingerbread houses with Kim Wieck, sewing with Lydia West and Emily Brunkhurst, and clothes sorting for the Clothing Exchange. The next meeting will be held Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Parish House. Members should bring donations for families in need. There will be a finger-food potluck, so please bring something to share. After a brief business meeting, outdoor games will be played; please dress for the weather.

∎ The Santa’s Pancake Breakfast will be held Dec. 8 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at the Parish House. There will be a craft table with crafts for the kids and the adults. Best of all, Santa will be at the pancake breakfast! Children are allowed to sit on Santa’s lap. The cost is $4, $3 for children ages 3-12 and a $10 family price. Kids 2 and younger are free.

∎ Aerobics classes are held in the elementary school gym Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m., whenever school is in session. Admission is free. For more information, call Ginny Litalien at 783-4016.

∎ The knitters meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. by the fireplace at the library. Any level knitter is welcome.

∎ Quilters meet Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your handwork, sewing machines and don’t forget your lunch!

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

∎ The Loudon Food Pantry is holding its annual 50/50 raffle. The raffle ends Dec. 13. Tickets are 50¢ each, $2 for five tickets or $3 for 10 tickets. You can purchase tickets at the pantry, 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 For more information, call 724-9731. In 2011, the food pantry handed out enough food to feed 67,628 meals to 3,631 households. Thanks to 2011 Gift of Lights, canned vegetables are not needed this year, but all other items are welcome. Check out for an updated list. Gift cards to Sam’s club and Walmart are always welcome as well. Mail or bring donations to 30 Chichester Road, Unit D., Loudon.

∎ The historical society has made arrangements for you to purchase their newly published book, The Churches of Canterbury 1727-2012 at the library. This would make a perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer and costs $10. Supplies are limited.




Penny sale to

be held Saturday

The Chichester Grange will hold a penny sale with a Christmas theme Saturday 1 p.m. at the Grange/town hall. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. and numbers will be drawn beginning at 11:30 a.m. A lunch of soup and bread will be sold.

∎ The annual Christmas Tree lighting will be Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carpenter Park. Santa will arrive in a fire truck at 6:45 p.m. and the tree will be lit at 7 p.m. There will be hot chocolate and cookies and a children’s craft activity.



Town calendars for

sale at the library

Celebrate Dunbarton’s wild and domestic animals by purchasing a “Country Companions” 2013 calendar at the library. The cost is $16. Theses calendars always sell out.

∎ The Dunbarton Church is pleased to announce the extension of the wreath and poinsettia sale. Once again, full and fragrant balsam wreaths, as well as vigorous poinsettias in a range of sizes and colors will be offered. The quality and condition of the holiday decorating offerings is superior and a reflection of the value of partnering with local New Hampshire businesses. Visit the store page of the Dunbarton Congregational Church’s website at to make your selection and place your order.

∎ “Lizzie Border Took and Ax or Did She?” will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the library. This presentation is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

∎ Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson will be discussed Wednesday at noon at the library. Bring a bag lunch. Dessert and drink will be provided. Copies of the book will be available.

∎ The town offices will be closed for training on Friday.

∎ A Boston bus trip will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. Calll the town office at 774-3541 to reserve a space.

∎ The fifth annual holiday concert will be held Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Dunbarton Center. There will be music, food and a raffle. The cost is $10, $5 for children ages 6-12. Order tickets online at Message from the church: Thank you to all our past wreath/poinsettia customers and concert-goers! Your support last year helped raise more than $4,000 to benefit the church’s many community missions and ministries. Donations to the church and deacons fund directly assist those in need through food and fuel assistance, senior dinners, health clinics, pastoral care, educational and cultural events, social outreach, the police chaplain ministry and much more. God bless you for supporting this important work in the community.

∎ The tree lighting will be held Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. on the Town Common. Join the recreation commission for refreshments, caroling and a visit from Santa.




Coats, hats and mittens needed

The Capital Region Board of Realtors is holding its annual coat drive. Drop off your extra warm hats, mittens and jackets to be donated to the homeless for the winter season! The drop box is at the Century 21 Thompson Real Estate office or call 736-9700, ext. 24, and ask for Terry Riel.

∎ The Children’s Store will be held Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elwood O. Wells American Legion Post 112, Short Falls Road. Children can buy inexpensive gifts for family (parents, siblings, etc.) for Christmas. Gifts will be gift wrapped, too. The store is for children 16 and younger. For more information, call 435-8770 or 736-4703. The store is in need of donations of gifts and gift wrapping supplies. Donation boxes are located at Century 21 Thompson Realty, Care Pharmacy, M&M Ford and other places around Epsom and Chichester.

∎ Story times at the library are Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Toddler Time is held Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

∎ Effective immediately until April 1: No parking allowed on town roads between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. or during a snowstorm.

∎ The town of Epsom is looking for individuals to serve on a website revitalization committee. Send a letter of interest to P.O. Box 10 or email

∎ The bi-weekly meeting for the selectmen will be held tomorrow.

∎ A child screening (for children ages 3-6) will be held Thursday at Central School. Call Melinda McElaney at 736-9331, ext. 201, for an appointment.



Raffle fundraiser
to be held Dec. 2

VFW Post 1698 Ladies Auxiliary will host a benefit fundraiser Dec. 2 for Tina Carter-Wiggin, who was an auxiliary officer. Because of her illness, she did not have insurance. The days events consist of a meat raffle from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be 16 meat games, three 50/50 raffles and a final winner take all. The kitchen will be open for hamburgers, hot dogs and french fries. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and will consist of American Chop Suey, salad, garlic bread and dessert. DJ Jim Collins will have music from 4 to 10 p.m. and a 50/50 evening raffle will be held at 8 p.m.

∎ The Franklin Footlight Theater will host A Christmas Carol Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the opera house. A matinee will be held Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The cost is $16, $12 for children.

∎ The TRIP Center will host a Santa’s workshop Dec. 7 from 3:30 to 6 p.m.



Town-wide Christmas

to be held Saturday

Hillsboro Old Fashioned Christmas 2012 will be held Saturday. There will be many events around town. A cookie walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Smith Memorial Congregational Church, 30 W. Main St. Here is where you walk around tables set up in the Vestry to fill your gift boxes with homemade Christmas treats. The Heritage Museum and Hillsboro Pride are co-hosting an artisan’s fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum. The fair will showcase fine, handmade, one-of-a-kind crafts and a special viewing of two restored 1933 theater curtains. The Hillsboro United Methodist Church at 16 Henniker St. will host a fair between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will be Christmas and craft items, grapevine wreaths, candles, jewelry, a white elephant sale, toys, books, a bake sale, a memory tree and community calendars. A luncheon will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 464-3056 or visit A holiday musical extravaganza will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Smith Church. The performances are as follows: Smith Church Hand Bells, 1 p.m.; Trumpet Trio with Megan Fraser, Kyle Beloin and Chandler Baker, 1:20 p.m.; Tea and Crumpets performed by Rick and Toni Spiegal and J.P. and Pam Stohrer, 1:45 p.m.; a medley of love songs performed by Steve and Jane Waters, 2:15 p.m.; home-grown musicality performed by the Bible Hill Boys, 2:45 p.m.; Methodist Church Choir, 3:05 p.m.; and a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas performed by Martha Bradley, 3:30 p.m.

∎ Attention seniors ages 55 and older! The Hillsboro Area Senior Committee will offer a clinic Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the lower level of St. Mary’s Church, 38 Church St. The Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will present “What Was, What’s Now, What’s Next?” CRVNA helps older adults live independently for as long as possible by providing a wide range of services. No registration necessary. For more information, call 464-5029.



Last chance to buy

art from show

The historical society has planned two special events for the town wide Starry, Starry Weekend. The society will host a “Last Chance Night” for its annual art show and sale Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring the works of 40 regional artisans. The society will host a book signing for three local books including Country Memories by Larry Boutwell (with Dolly Boutwell signing), Hopkinton and Contoocook by Mala Duclos Tyler and Scenes from Hopkinton by Bob LaPree Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition, autographed copies of Dan Dustin Hand Spoonmaker will be available. The society is located at 300 Main St. For more information, call 746-5352 or email

∎ The Hopkinton Village 2012 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 at the First Congregational Church Parish House.

∎ The Hopkinton parent-teacher association is offering GIRO ski/snowboard helmets at cost, at a 40 percent discount, with discounted prices ranging from $35 to $180. The anticipated delivery date is mid December. Helmets will be delivered to the school. Email Natalie Duval with the subject line “ski helmets” to to receive an order form. Complete the order form, email it back and return it to the parent-teacher association, c/o the HMS or MSS office, with payment by check payable to “Hopkinton PTA” no later than Tuesday. Need information on sizing and styles? Visit

∎ Make reading a Hobbit! Enjoy a “Hobbit” dinner Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library. Test your knowledge of Middle Earth and its many inhabitants. There will be raffles; come in a themed costume for extra raffle tickets. Prizes include a movie pass to see the movie The Hobbit (coming to theaters Dec. 14). This program is for children in sixth grade and older. To register, call 746-3663 or email If you register, but are unable to attend, call 746-3663 so the space can be freed for another child.

∎ Community members are invited into the school district facilities while they are in operation for “Facility Fridays.” There will be discussions and tours followed by lunch at the schools. HMS will be open for tours Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. MSS will be open for tours Dec. 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. HMHS will be open for tours Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to Steven Chamberlin, superintendent of schools, at 746-5186 or email

∎ Win season passes to Pats Peak! The Hopkinton Fire Auxiliary is raffling off season passes to Pats Peak. The tickets are $10 each, with a limited number sold. There will be two winners drawn on Dec. 4. Tickets may be purchased at the fire department or by calling Karen Mumford (340-6749) or Su Reale (746-5773). Tickets will be sold Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henniker Fire Department. Proceeds will go to fund scholarships in the memory of Chief Richard Schaefer.

∎ Come celebrate the season at Starry, Starry Weekend, a three-day shopping and family fun-filled event in the villages of Contoocook and Hopkinton to be held Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2. More than 30 businesses including boutiques, restaurants, cafes, community organizations, local churches and even a local farm have come together to offer special events and programs throughout the weekend, including artisan fairs; craft workshops; tree lightings and caroling; open houses; art shows; church fairs; a farmers market and candle factory tour. In the spirit of the season, Hopkinton and Contoocook are participating in the Visiting Nurse Association Hospice “Lights of Life.” Maps are available at local merchants within the town, and will also be handed out by town elves during the event. For a complete list of events and times, visit or on Facebook. Some activities require pre-registration.

∎ Starry, Starry Night will be held Friday from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Drop your child off (ages 6 and older) at the library to play Bingo for books and create a holiday gift for your family. Send them with their dinner, if you’d like. The library will provide beverages and dessert. To register, call the library at 746-3663 or email If you register, but are unable to attend, call 746-3663, so space can be freed up for another child.

∎ A celebration of life ceremony for Eugene A. Slusser, who passed away Sept. 22 will be held Dec. 1 at the Harold Martin School. The family wishes to personally welcome guests and serve light refreshments starting at 2 p.m.; the program will begin at 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow.

∎ The 35th annual Contoocook artisans holiday craft fair will be held Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Andrews’s Parish Hall, 354 Main St. (two doors down from the town hall). Shop Hopkinton’s juried fine art and crafts fair featuring 35 local artisans! Handcrafted items include pottery; paintings; stained glass; beadwork; quilts; wreaths and dried arrangements; dolls and children’s toys; handwoven baskets; maple sugar products; hand blown and hand formed glass; wooden items; jewelry and more.

∎ Fly Old Glory during Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day with the “Flags Over Hopkinton” program. Members of the Hopkinton Rotary and Hopkinton High School Interact Clubs will set up the Stars and Stripes by your mailbox and take it down following each holiday weekend. Join your neighbors in celebrating our great country and honoring our service men and women. Your contribution to the Hopkinton Rotary Club supports fuel assistance, charitable giving and youth programs within the community. Mail your $40 contribution to: Hopkinton Rotary Club, P.O. Box 243, Hopkinton, 03229. Be sure to include your address!

∎ There are many upcoming events occurring through the recreation department. Visit for more information about Santa Calling on Dec. 13, the holiday lights contest on Dec. 14, gingerbread house decorating Saturday and breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8.

∎ The Contoocook Farmers Winter Market will be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gould Hill Farm.

∎ There are many great workshops at Kast Hill Studio this month and in December. Call Lizz Van Saun at 746-6745, or visit, or for more information.

∎ Remember to have your news to me by Tuesday night dinner. Thanks!




Public supper to

be served Saturday

A public supper, sponsored by the Suncook United Methodist Church at 152 Main St. will be served Saturday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The menu includes a ham loaf dinner and homemade desserts. The cost is $8, $6 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. A tithe (10 percent) of the proceeds will go to the pastor’s discretionary fund to help people in the local area this winter. For more information, call 485-9707.

∎ Pembroke M&M’S annual holiday potluck luncheon will be held Dec. 5 at noon at the Pembroke Safety Center. Bring either a hot dish, salad or dessert and your place setting. There will be punch and appetizers before the main meal. Entertainment will be provided after the meal. A collection for the Pembroke Welfare Christmas Giving for the youth in the area will be collected.

∎ The woman’s club has been very busy getting ready for their 13th “Christmas in the Village” to be held Dec. 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. Main Street will be closed and turned into a big Christmas party. There will be horse and wagon rides and ponies. There will be crafts and cookie decorating, a balloon artist and face painters. The following performances will be at the Suncook United Methodist Church: Jocelyn Carlucci and Jill Drouin, a.ka. The Blais Sisters, 1 to 1:30 p.m.; Sacred Dancers, 1:45 to 2:15 p.m.; Swight Phetteplace Guitarist, 2:30 to 3 p.m.; and Concord Coachman Chorus, 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Donations of toys or clothes will be accepted at the Masonic Building for the Pembroke/Allenstown CAP program. Donations of food items for Our Family Table, a program by the Suncook United Methodist Church, will be collected at the Suncook Methodist Church.




Breakfast with Santa

to be held Saturday

The elementary school parent-teacher organization is sponsoring a breakfast with Santa Saturday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the elementary school cafeteria. The cost of the breakfast is $3 and pictures with Santa are available for $1.

∎ The Pittsfield Rotary Club will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the community center, lower level. For more information, call 435-7400.

∎ Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will hold a Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance Ceremony Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at Pittsfield Area Senior Center, 74 Main St. This year marks the 17th Hospice Lights of Life, an annual event that raises awareness of hospice as an option for end-of-life care, as well as the valuable services that hospice provides for the community. Now through Dec. 1, you may request a candle to be lit for someone special. The Hospice Lights of Life Honor Roll is available to view online at and will be published and inserted in the Concord Monitor on Dec. 20. During December, electric candles will shine in the windows of downtown Concord, Contoocook, Goffstown, Hillsboro, Penacook, Pittsfield, Suncook Village and Warner to celebrate lives passed. A list of participating businesses is available at Concord Regional VNA thanks Hospice Lights of Life “Shining Star” corporate sponsors Bank of New Hampshire, The Centennial, Concord Imaging Center, New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology, P.A. and The Prescription Center/Northeast Pharmacy Services. For more information, or call 224-4094, ext. 5807.

∎ The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce sponsored Children’s Store for children ages 16 and younger will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the elementary school gym. Donations of new and gently used items for the Children’s Store can still be dropped off. Donation boxes are at Jitters, the post office, Citizen’s Bank and Northway Bank.

Holiday story time with Mrs. Grainger and Nanny Rosebud will be held from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at the library. The festivities continue from 4 to 6 p.m. at Dustin Park on Main Street with free horse drawn wagon rides, cocoa, cookies, candy canes, popcorn, face painting and pictures with Santa. Holiday music will be provided by the Joyce Family. A gingerbread house display and raffle will be held at Pittsfield Youth Workshop. A decorated wreath contest will be held. Decorate a wreath and drop it off at Pittsfield Youth Workshop by 3:45 p.m. and the public will vote for the winner. Hot soups, chili and chowder will be available for a canned good donation to the food pantry. There will be caroling, led by local Girl Scout Troops and the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. For more information, call Andi Riel at 435-6346 or visit

∎ The Suncook Valley Area Lions Club of Pittsfield and Barnstead are collecting hats, mittens, scarves and socks for kids. Donations may be dropped off at Jitters Cafe, Main Street, or may be brought to the Christmas tree lighting event Saturday at Dustin Park from 4 to 6 p.m.

∎ The Pittsfield Youth Workshop Board of Directors will meet Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

∎ The Pittsfield Players will present Home for the Holidays, their holiday gift to the community, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at the Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot St. The Friday and Saturday performances will be held at 7 p.m. and the Dec. 9 performance will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available at the door one half hour prior to the show. A donation of a canned good would be appreciated and all donations will be given to the food pantry. The show is sponsored by the Sanderson Fund, which allows the Players to present the show for free.

There will be Christmas music, singing and dance performances by the Encore Dance Academy and a performance by the Jubilee Bell Chorus from the Pittsfield Community Church.

∎ Don’t miss the annual craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. More than a dozen local artisans will feature fine seasonal crafts of all types. A luncheon will be available and offered by the Dorcas Guild. There is parking in the rear lot and the church is handicapped accessible.

∎ Happy birthday to Erica Anthony Wednesday. I hope you have a great day!




Holiday craft fair

to be held Saturday

The annual Friends of the Library holiday craft fair will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town hall on Route 4. There will be something for everyone: crafts, raffles, a bake sale, a white elephant table and a chowder lunch.

∎ The conservation commission will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Academy Hall.

∎ The joint towns shared services committee will meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Safety Building.




Learn relaxation

techniques Dec. 18

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association will offer a free presentation, “A Picture Worth 1,000 Words: Relaxation Techniques Using Your Mind” Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the United Church of Warner, 43 E. Main St.

Your imagination can be a powerful tool to help you combat stress, tension, pain and anxiety. In this program, you will explore guided imagery and visualization as a way of coping with life’s difficult situations.

For more information, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

∎ The 6th annual Warner Holiday Shopping Tour will be held December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be unique retail shops, horse and carriage rides, a Festival of Trees, crafts and activities, a farmers market and artisans galore.

∎ The Hospice Lights of Life Community Remembrance Ceremony will be held Wednesday at noon at MainStreet BookEnds. Join in, along with folks from Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association for the 17th Annual Hospice Lights of Life Ceremony in the Gallery to remember those we have lost and raise awareness of hospice care.

∎ Simonds Elementary School has the following schedule: art club, Tuesday, 3 p.m., arts room; Brownies, Wednesday, 3 p.m., arts room; Girl Scouts, Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., arts room; book fair, week of Dec. 3; Girl Scouts, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m., arts room; parent-teacher organization meeting, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., parents’ room; family lunch, Dec. 5, 12:15 p.m.; Zumbatomic, Dec. 7, 3 p.m.; parent-teacher organization movie night, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m.; fifth grade art club, Dec. 11, 3 p.m., arts room; Brownies, Dec. 12, 3 p.m., arts room; Girl Scouts, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m., arts room; Saddle Club, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.; Zumbatomic, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.; Girl Scouts, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., arts room; Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, no school.

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

∎ The fourth and fifth grade guitar club meets Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the arts room at Simonds Elementary School.




Operetta world premiere to be held

The Night of Las Posadas, an operetta based on Tomie dePaola’s book, will be presented Friday at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church. The music for this original operetta was composed by Will Ogmundson and Tom Dunn, and the Friday performance will be the “world premiere” of this work. Admission is free, although a freewill offering will be taken to support relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy. The church is located on North Wilmot Road off Route 4A in Wilmot Center. The community is invited to attend, and a reception will be held after the performance.

∎ The library is refashioning its traditional annual holiday children’s party Dec. 9 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in joining the town-wide celebration that includes the fire department and the Wilmot Community Association, ending with Santa reading a story at the library.

∎ More than 60 vendors will participate in the Wilmot Community Association’s annual holiday craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New London Outing Club’s Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court. A wide range of gift items will be available including aprons, furniture, beeswax candles, bat houses, bird feeders, knitted items, ornaments, cutting boards, stained glass, quilts, toys, jewelry and pottery. The Wilmot Ladies Aid Society will join again this year with their Cookie Walk. Friends of the Wilmot Public Library will be at the fair to wrap gifts. Donations to the library in exchange for this service are welcome. Coffee, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

∎ The library will hold its next “Bring Your Own Book” group Friday. Bring a book you have enjoyed and share your review.

∎ Holiday yoga classes will meet from the end of November until the week prior to Christmas. This four-week session continues to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Pine Hill Studio and the Old Firehouse in Wilmot. Call 381-8685 for more information.



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