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Midnight merriment

Midnight Merriment is Concord’s holiday shopping kickoff event, giving residents and visitors a chance to support local merchants by shopping local. Shops in the downtown area will be open tomorrow until midnight.

Other activities for the evening include live music and a telescope in front of the State House, presented by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center (weather permitting).


Artisan wares

Winter Giftopolis, a bounty of handmade winter gifts, will return to downtown Concord’s Midnight Merriment festivities tomorrow from 6:30 p.m. until midnight.

The Winter Giftopolis features an eclectic selection of local and regional artisans and fine artists in the atrium at 7 Eagle Square, next door to the Museum of New Hampshire History.

Admission is free and Santa will be available for photos. For more information, visit granitestateartsmarket.com.


Wish stars

Visit Friends of Forgotten Children, 224 Bog Road, to pick up Christmas Wish stars. Hours are today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas stars and unwrapped gifts need to be returned by Wednesday for distribution. If you have any questions, call 753-4801.


Input needed

The Concord Energy and Environment Committee invites Concord residents to provide input to the Energy Chapter of the City’s Master Plan.

The Energy Chapter is an important guidepost to ensure that Concord continues to build upon current energy efficiency and sustainability efforts.

The meeting will be held Dec. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 37 Green St. RSVP to the Concord Planning Division at planning@concordnh.gov. For more information, call Becky Hebert at 228-2701 or email bhebert@concordnh.gov.


Blood drive

The Franklin Area Lions Club is sponsoring the Red Cross bloodmobile at St. Paul’s Parish Center Wednesday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Participating Subway stores will give a free 6-inch sub to those who give blood and receive the Subway coupon.


Now historic

The Town House in Chichester, which serves as the town library, was recently named to the New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places. It was completed in 1847 on the site of the town’s 18th-century meeting house.


Toys for joy

The Hampton Inn in Bow is participating in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program until Dec. 16. A drop-off box for new, unwrapped toys is in the lobby. Toys will be collected by Marines and distributed to children in need.

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