Concord crier for Dec. 17, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017
PENACOOK Senior center is busy

The Penacook Community Center Senior Program is busy this month with many special activities and trips, including decorating a wreath at the Rolfe House, touring the Fox Country Smoke House, checking out the Gift of Lights in Loudon, visiting the La Salette to see the display of over 450 lighted crèches as well as the Red Hatters holiday celebration at the John H. Whitaker Place. Other activities have also taken place at the PCC gym. Local seniors are invited to join and get in on these fun activities. For more information, you can contact Kristen at kristenpk@penacookcommunitycenter.org or call 753-9700.



EAST SIDE Infuse hope into season

The last performance of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol at the Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall will be held at 2 p.m. today. For more information about this show and upcoming performances and tickets, visit hatboxnh.com.

Immanuel Community Church, 5 Grover St., will host the last session of “It’s Christmas, Be-loved,” with Pastors Scot and Patricia Pope at 5 p.m. This is a time of re-infusing joy, hope, and peace many remember from Christmases long ago. For more information, call 785-6126.

Members and friends of the East Congregational Church are reminded that donations for the Epilepsy Foundation clothing drive is ongoing throughout the year. Contact the church at 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 491-4283.

The Capital City Rotary Club is currently conducting a membership and is seeking people from the community that are interested in helping others above self. Please contact Jim Spain, 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 Grange Executive Committee will meet in January and February to transact on any business that needs to be acted upon. Regular meetings will resume on March 26 at 6:30 p.m. Call Dick Patten at 496-2917 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. Email ConcordACA@gmail.com for more information.

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 at 10 a.m. in the Shakespeare Room at the Concord Library. Writers of all genres are welcome. Call 224-1715 or email clweeden@comcast.net for more information.




WEST SIDE Read with therapy dog

The Concord Public Library is offering Paws for Pages a program designed to help kids improve their reading and communication skills Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with either Mr. T, a Yorkshire terrier; Millie, a Labradoodle; or Gypsy, a Greyhound. All three dogs are certified through Therapy Dogs International, and one will be on-hand with his or her owner during this time. Children who attend will each have 15 minutes of undivided attention as they read aloud to the dog. For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

The Center for Health Promotion at Concord Hospital is offering a support group Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. This group is for people of all ages living with any form of diabetes mellitus. Each meeting is hosted by a certified diabetes educator and includes lunch. Registration is required and there is no cost to attend. For more information or to register, call 230-5637.

The Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County is offering 50 percent adoption fees for adult pets during the month of December. Visit the wide selection of pets available for adoption, from cats and dogs, to rabbits, guinea pigs, and even chinchillas! For more information, go to popememorialspca.org or call 856-8756.

Concord’s Quarterly Property Taxes are due on or before Jan. 2.

Happy birthday, Kathie Burnell!




SOUTH END Honor homeless lives

Thursday is the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil at 4 p.m. in front of the State House. This is a national event to honor and pay our respects to those who have died homeless in the past year. Thursday was chosen for the event as it is the longest night of the year. The Friends Program is a co-sponsor of this event along with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and American Friends Service Committee.

Enroll in KidCents and your in-store and online purchases at Rite Aid on South Street and other locations will be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. Your change can go to the Youth Mentoring Program and make a meaningful difference in the lives of local children.

Today at 4 p.m., ring in the holiday season with a special yuletide program featuring the Capital Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalists CJ Poole and Laura Daigle, along with narrator Laura Knoy of NHPR who will be reciting her traditional version of “The Night Before Christmas.” In addition, the Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School Choir will be joining the CJO for some classic renditions of seasonal favorites. The stockings will be brimming with musical chestnuts, an audience sing-along and additional special surprises that are sure to leave everybody in the holiday spirit! Join the fun at The Capitol Center for the Arts. Tickets are $27.50 to $47.50. For additional information, call 225-1111 or go to ccanh.com/events/2017-holiday-pops.

Now through April 21, it’s the Winter Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local food from local farms join Cole Gardens on Saturdays throughout the winter. Featuring live music and many products for sale including dairy, seafood, dog treats, various cuts of meat, eggs, garlic, jams and jellies, organic granola/trail mix, maple syrup, honey, sprouts and greens, artisan and organic breads, pastries, apples and body care.

Can you beat my 11 gallons? Come Monday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to the Green Street Community Center, 39 Green St., and donate blood. There are few greater gifts this season than saving a few lives. You can do it in less than hour! Go to redcrossblood.org for information. You know you’ve been wanting to do something good for someone. Here you go! No meetings, no sales, no problem!

Looking for that unique gift for that special person in your life? Give a gift of art that will be enjoyed for years.The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden can help. The gallery offers a unique selection of unusual gifts of outstanding fine art: paintings, indoor and outdoor sculpture; and many fine crafts, including pottery and handmade jewelry in a variety of styles. A new addition to the gallery is work by Three Wheels Pottery with several different bright colorful images. Other gallery favorites include Purple Sage Pottery, Salty Dog Pottery, and Boyan Moskov. Handmade jewelry by Joy Raskin, Hal Danser and Pebbles and Pearls all make wonderful stocking stuffers. Buy Local: Help support the local fine artists and craftsmen.