Concord Crier for Nov. 19, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017
PENACOOKHappy Thanksgiving

Due to Thanksgiving, I have an early deadline this week. Please send your Penacook news by Monday at 5 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



EAST SIDEAudition for a show

Today at 2 p.m. is your last chance to see Arcadia at the Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall. On Friday, the Music Out of the Box series will feature Frank Wallace. “Boggis Comedy Presents” will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be performed Dec. 1 to 17. For more information, visit hatboxnh.com.

The Community Players of Concord will hold an informational meeting about Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike being performed on Feb. 16 to 18 at the Players Studio at 432 Josiah Bartlett Road in Concord. Auditions are being held Nov. 27 and 28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit communityplayers.com or email jbw1026@aol.com.

The Pierce Brigade, in conjunction with the U.S. Army, invites the public to the annual Graveside Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Old North Cemetery in Concord at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. This event will recognize President Franklin Pierce’s 213th birthday. Refreshments will follow at the Pierce Manse. For more information, visit piercemanse.org.

The Bektash Shrine Center, located at 189 Pembroke Road, is holding their annual FEZtival of Trees through Nov. 26. Call 225-5372 or visit bektashshriners.org for more information.

Concord Grange 322 will meet Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.B.E.W. Hall, 48 Airport Road. The members are reminded to send cards for Thanksgiving. The Grange will be organizing the 31st annual Concord Christmas tree lighting at the State House plaza. The grange will be adopting less fortunate children for Christmas gifts. Please contact Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information.

Members and friends of East Concord Church are reminded that donations for the Epilepsy Foundation clothing drive is ongoing throughout the year. 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 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 Mondays 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 223-4982.

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. Call 224-1715 or email clweeden@comcast.net.

Best wishes for a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.




WEST SIDELight up Christmas tree

The 31st annual tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday at the State House plaza. Festivities will start at 4 p.m. and will include a petting zoo, horse-drawn wagon rides, music by Brian Waldron and WJYY, Nativity scene, magic show, Santa Claus at 5 p.m. and tree lighting at 6 p.m. Donations of nonperishable items and new toys will be collected. For more information, contact Dick Patten at 496-2917.

There will be no trash and recycling collected on Thursday due to the holiday. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday’s routes will be collected as usual. Thursday’s route will be picked up on Friday and Friday’s route will be picked up on Saturday.

The Concord Public Library is offering Paws for Pages, a program designed to help kids improve their reading and communication skills on Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children who attend will each have 15 minutes of undivided attention as they read aloud to a dog. For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

Bishop Brady High School will be having its 19th annual Galloping Gobbler four-miler on Thursday at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Register online now or in-person on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost of the race is $30 and all proceeds benefit the Tuition Assistance Fund. Visit bishopbrady.edu for more information or to register.

The Zonta Club of Concord is holding its 27th annual Holiday Auction on Dec. 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center. Find those special gifts – for loved ones and yourself – at the silent and live auctions, wine raffle, Scratch Ticket Bonanza, and Grab ‘n Go Goodies. Enjoy good company, music, light appetizers and a cash bar, all while supporting Zonta Club of Concord’s scholarships and other local and international programs to empower women. $15 cover charge. Reservations requested to ZontaHolidayAuction@gmail.com or call 753-6671.

The Everett Arena is offering public skating today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 with children under three free. Skate rentals are available for $5. For more information and other available days and times, call 228-2784.

The city’s General Services annual fall leaf pickup is in full swing and normally runs through the first week of December. Place your leaves un-bagged at the curb. Leaves only will be accepted. For more information, call 228-3727.

Happy 90th birthday to my father, Paul Anderson!

Hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!




SOUTH ENDPick up some craft gifts

Get some shopping done today at the Capitol Center for the Arts, where you will find artisans and crafters at the Crafts in the Capitol starting at 10 a.m.

Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, Granite State native Hannah Fries returns to present her new volume of verse, Little Terrarium.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Frank Wallace will perform music of 16th-century Spain with vihuela and voice along with original compositions for classical guitar at the Hatbox Theatre in Steeplegate Mall as part of the ongoing concert series, Music Out of the Box. Tickets are $17, $14 for members, seniors and students, $12 for senior members.

Cole Gardens will be opening their doors for wine tastings every Friday until the end of December. There will also be bonus store specials during the tastings. For more information, visit their website.

Go back on Saturdays to Cole Gardens the Winter Farmers Market. It’s 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until April 21. Local food from local farms. They’ll be featuring live music and many products for sale.

Creating Community, 18 N. Main St, is offering all these great opportunities! Acoustic Music Jam and Sing-Along happens on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. This is a loosely-organized group jam for people who like to play acoustic music. All styles, all ages, all ability levels, all acoustic instruments and voices welcome. Today is Collaborative Yarn Circle with Hooking for the Homeless. Today and the third Sunday of each month 2 to 4 p.m., join the collaborative yarn circle for Hooking for the Homeless. Write Now is held the first and third Wednesday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a group for all creative writers who want an opportunity to practice their craft in a supportive and inspiring group environment. Academic Writing for Students meets Wednesdays through Dec. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This three-session workshop is designed to demystify the process of writing successful academic essays. The workshop is open to college and university students and college-bound high school seniors. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 for those who are able. Everyone is welcome and payment is not a prerequisite for attendance. For more information, visit facebook.com/creatingcommunityconcordnh or email creatingcommunityconcordnh@gmail.com .

Mark your calendars for Nov. 30, when the Abbott-Downing PTO will host a holiday vendor fair from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school cafeteria. For more information, email Jenifer VanPelt at vanpelt857@gmail.com.

At the library on Nov. 28 from 3 to 4 p.m., it’s “eBooks and eAudiobooks Made Easy: Using Libby.” Join them for a brief introduction to Libby: the new app for New Hampshire downloadable books service. Participants are welcome to bring their laptop, tablet, or other mobile device. Please remember to bring your device’s passwords, charging cable, etc. for use during the class. Registration is required. Call 225-8670 or speak to a library staff member for more details and to reserve your seat today!

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 Health South on Thursdays through Jan. 4 at 1:30 p.m.

The 17th annual FEZtival is an extravaganza of fully-decorated, artificial trees with a theme. All trees are beautifully lit for the enjoyment of the viewers, who will come to participate in the associated festivities and purchase chances to win the trees. Experience it through Nov. 26 at the Bektash Shrine Center.

I’m thankful for Concord. I’m thankful for so much and so many. I’m thankful to you, our readers! Happy Thanksgiving!