Concord crier for Nov. 12, 2017

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
PENACOOKLocal history shared

Today at 2 p.m., the Penacook Historical Society will present a program honoring local soldiers who fought in WWI. Carol Foss will help answer questions such as: How many N.H. soldiers died in WWI? What communities were they from? How did they travel to Europe to fight in the war? Everyone is welcome to come to the Rolfe House at 11 Penacook St., to enjoy an afternoon of interesting local history.



EAST SIDEParade marches on

The 66th annual Concord Christmas parade will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The floats will start forming at 8 a.m. and all other units will form at 8:30 a.m. The parade units will form at the D.O.T. parking lot on Hazen Drive and parade on Loudon Road and it will end in the area of Loudon Road and Old Loudon Road. The Grand Marshall for the First Division will be Brigadier General Shawn O’Brien from the N.H. National Guard. Joining him will be Sgt. Ryan Lapointe in the First Division. The First Division is dedicated to members of the armed forces and veterans who can’t be home for the holidays. This division is Christmas colors: red, white, green and blue. The colors for the second and third divisions will be red, white and green. There will decorated vehicles, emergency response and fire department vehicles from throughout the Capital area, animals entries, Santa Claus, marching bands and more. Boys and girls, bring your letters to Santa Claus. There will be a reviewing stand in front of CVS on Loudon Road and a performance stand in front of the Stove Barn. Judges will be presenting awards to best floats, decorated vehicles, fire departments and more. Please call Dick Patten, serving his 46th year as chairman, at 496-2917 or co-chairman Jim Cusano at 225-8308.

Concord Grange will be donating gift cards to the State Grange Community Service Project, “Santa Remembers Teens at Christmas.” There is an urgent need for these gift cards and they can be sent to Dick Patten, 30 Pinewood Trail, Concord. The Grange will meet on Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW, 30 Airport Road.

The Bektash Shrine Center, located at 189 Pembroke Road, will hold their annual “Fez-tival of Trees” this Saturday through Nov. 26. Call 225-5372 or visit bektashshriners.org for more information.

The Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall will be featuring the play “Arcadia” through Nov. 19. Visit hatboxnh.com for more information on this show, tickets prices and other shows.

The Central N.H. Storytellers will meet at the at the Horseshoe Pond Community Room on Tuesday at 7 p.m. All storytellers and listeners are welcome. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the Guild will be holding their annual “Tellabration” at the NHTI Library Living Room. They will accept cash donations or non-perishable food items and everything will be donated to the Friendly Kitchen.

The Pierce Brigade, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, invites the public to the annual Graveside Wreath Laying Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Nov. 21 at the Old North Cemetery in Concord. This event will recognize President Franklin Pierce’s 213th birthday and the Christa McAuliffe Elementary School will also be participating. Refreshments will follow at the Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane. For more information, visit piercemanse.org.

Members and friends of East Concord Church are reminded that donations for the Epilepsy Foundation clothing drive is ongoing throughout the year. Faded, worn or torn items are welcome. Contact 224-9242 or visit eastchurchucc.org.

A farmers market is held every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Concord Rehabilitation Services, 18 Foundry St. For more information, email WarnerRiverProduce@gmail.com or call Jim at 491-4203.

The Capital City Rotary Club is currently conducting a membership drive and is seeking people from the community that are interested in helping others with service above self. Please contact membership Chairman Jim Spain at wspain@comcast.net.

Bone Builders is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at Immanuel Community Church on Grover Street. Contact the Friends Program at 228-1193 for more information.

The Concord Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholic and Dysfunctional Families meets every Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church at 30 Eastman St. Visit ConcordACA@gmail.com.

The Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters will meet Wednesday at noon at Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, call 568-3128.

The Karner Blue Toastmasters will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. at the environmental services building on Hazen Drive. For more information, call 568-3128.

The Concord Writers Group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month in the Shakespeare Room at the Concord Public Library. Writers of all levels and genres are welcome. For more information, call 224-1715 or email clweeden@comcast.net.




WEST SIDECope with chronic pain

The Chronic Pain Support Group of Greater Concord will meet on Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church (274 Pleasant St.). If you live in pain, you may find help and hope by attending this group, which is sponsored by the nonprofit U.S. Pain Foundation. Learn from each other and from speakers. Share resource information while joining a non-denominational and accessible meeting. There is no cost to attend and registration is not necessary. For more information, go to uspainfoundation.org or call 540-3119.

The Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County is offering a workshop: “How Can I Help My Anxious Dog?” on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Does your dog seem distressed by loud noises, going to the vet, or being left alone? Certified dog trainer Helen St. Pierre, of No Monkey Business Dog Training, will offer strategies and recommendations to help your dog enjoy life a little more. Sponsored by the Petco Foundation. Limited to 20 people (no pets); suggested donation $10 per person. For more information or to register, call 856-8756, ext. 224.

Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Open House will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Concord Community Arts Center (40 Thorndike St.) with free admission and parking. The event will feature Arts and Craft Vendors along with Direct Sellers get your Holiday shopping started! Visit their Free Photo Booth and win a Prize, enjoy the coloring contest, and enter to win on of the free raffles. Tours of the Arts Center will also be available. For more information, call 224-8600.

Capital Toastmasters will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Granite Ledges of Concord (151 Langley Parkway). For more information, call 715-1881 or visit capital.toastmastersclubs.org.

The Concord Public Library Family Storytime will be on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Blanchard Room. This fun class includes stories, fingerplays, songs and fun – all designed to strengthen your child’s reading or pre-reading skills! All ages are invited. Groups are welcome! For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

Christ the King Parish, 72 S. Main St., will host a Christmas Fair on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair includes the Kings’ Country Store featuring two 40 lb. Wheels of Cabot Cheese, Basket Raffle including X-Box One, Yeti Cooler and many other basket items , Big Cash Drawing ($3,000 in prizes), Lots of Jewelry, Wall of Wine, Santa’s Attic, Greens and Delicious Baked Goods, then go up the block to the Capitol Center for the Arts where you will find more Artisans and Crafters at the Crafts in the Capitol Show starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, please contact Linda Skaggs at 731-9339.




SOUTH ENDDonate toys for tots

St. John Regional School is Catholic, affordable and academically strong school. SJRS will be hosting an open house for prospective families from 12:15 to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19. This is an opportunity to view the school as well as speak with teachers and parents. If you cannot attend on Nov. 19, contact the office at 225-3222 for a personal tour! SJRS is located at 61 S. State St. Visit us and learn more at stjohnregional.org.

“I bake because it connects my soul to my hands, and my heart to my mouth,” said Martin Philip. Join Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., as Martin Philip presents “Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes.” On Saturday, there will be an afternoon chat and book signing with Tomie dePaola! On Nov. 19 at 2 p.m., Erin Bowman returns with “Retribution Rails” the companion to her YA Western novel, “Vengeance Road.”

Toys-for-Tots drop-off locations are available today through Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. for The Health Club of Concord. A free guest pass to the club will be given for each donation. They are located off of Manchester Street between the Red Blazer and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Go to the NHTI Library and enjoy “Coastal Life: Boats and Harbors of Maine and New Hampshire.” It runs through Dec. 7 at noon. This is a solo show by New Hampshire artist, Christine Blain. Christine enjoys capturing the beauty of the seacoast, and this exhibit showcases many of the quiet harbors and boats along the coast of Maine and New Hampshire.

Understand how your credit affects you and learn ways you can improve your credit score on Monday at 5 p.m. at the NH Federal Credit Union. In Get a Grip on Your Credit & Improve Your Score, you will learn how to read your credit report and gain control of your current debt load. You will also learn ways to improve your credit score. There is a nominal fee to reserve your seat which will be refunded when you attend the class.

Fall into fun and fitness this season with Wheelchair Health In Motion! Wheelchair Health In Motion is a free peer-driven program that provides the tools for increasing quality of life and promoting wellness in individuals living with physical disability through innovative upper-body aerobic exercise and positive peer support within their own community. All levels of physical ability are welcome. Workout with WHIM at HealthSouth on Thursdays through Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Fun and learning continues at the library. Adult and teen events include Coloring Night: Tuesday at 6 p.m., children’s events: Lapsit, Family Storytime, STEAM Team, Toddler Tales, Paws For Pages. Check out their website.

Come out on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and see two South End favorites, The In The Field Irish Dancers and WICX, Concord’s All-Volunteer Radio Station, in the Christmas Parade. It will form in the parking lot of the N.H. Department of Transportation on Hazen Drive. The parade will come out onto Hazen Drive and proceed to Loudon Road, going east on Loudon Road to the Steeplegate Mall where it will disband. The following streets may be closed: Loudon Road, Blodgett Street, Grover Street, Ormond Street, Burns Avenue, Canterbury Road, Drew Street, Ellsworth Street, East Side Drive (from Christian Avenue to Ormond Street) Northeast Village Road, Woodcrest Heights Road, Old Loudon Road, Branch Turnpike at Loudon Road, Allard Street at Loudon Road. The parade will turn onto D’Amante Drive and into the mall parking lot.

On the same day, there will be more closures for the Girls on the Run New Hampshire 5K Road Race from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Field. These closures include Southbound lane of South Fruit Street, between Pleasant and Clinton Street from 10 a.m. until the conclusion of the race (11:30 a.m.); northbound lane of South Fruit Street, between Memorial Field and Clinton Street from 10:25 until 10:45 am and the westbound lane of Clinton Street between South Fruit Street and Langley Parkway from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

On Friday, there will be guided gallery tours at noon. Enjoy a guided tour of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s historic Park Street building and exhibitions led by a member of the Society’s education or volunteer docent staff. Availability is on a first-come-first-served basis, and tours are capped at 12 people. To schedule a guided tour, contact Director of Education and Public Programs Elizabeth Dubrulle at edubrulle@nhhistory.org or 856-0604. Youth and school groups of any size must schedule a guided visit in advance.

The Concord Parks and Recreation Department will be partnering with Santa and collecting letters for him. Once Santa receives a letter, his reply (along with an envelope’s worth of reindeer landing dust and a recipe for Mrs. Claus’s famous sugar cookies) will find its way back to your child with the help of our friendly elves. Please deliver your letters to Santa to our office at 1 White St., by Dec. 8. Cost is $5.