Concord Town Crier for Nov. 18, 2018

Published: 11/16/2018 2:55:04 PM
PENACOOKSenior health clinic

■Concord Regional VNA is holding a senior health clinic at Briar Pipe Apartments on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All senior health clinic services are provided for a suggested donation of $10, however, services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Services offered include foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication education, and nutritional education. Call 224-4093 or 1-800-924-8620, ext. 5815, for an appointment.

■Happy Thanksgiving!


EAST SIDEWreath laying ceremony

■Concord Grange 322 will meet Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 48 Airport Road, Concord. The Grange will discuss plans for the upcoming Christmas Party in December. The Grange will also adopt kids for Christmas gifts. The Grange will be assisting with the Concord Knights of Columbus in erecting the Christmas Creche on the State House Plaza on Friday. Please call Grange Master Richard Patten at 496-2917 for information.

■Today is the last day to see When Colossus Falls at the Hatbox Theatre at 2 p.m. For more information on this show and others, plus tickets, visit

■All are welcome to the annual Christmas fair today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 180 Loudon Road. There will be games, baked goods, meals, crafts, etc. For more information, call 224-4393.

■The 18th Annual “Fez-tival of Trees” started yesterday, but there’s still time to go to this festival of holiday magic for all. The hours today are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Bektash Shriner Center is located at 189 Pembroke Road. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and children under 12 are free. Group rates are also available. For further information, go to or call 225-5372.

■The new brochure for Concord Parks & Recreation is out. The brochures are available at the City Wide Community Center or you can view the brochure online for details on the upcoming classes.

■The Concord Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholics will meet on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. To learn more, visit and read the “Laundry List.”

■The Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters will meet Wednesday at noon at Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, call 223-4962.

■The Karner Blue Toastmasters will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. at the environmental services building on Hazen Drive. For more information, call 588-3126.

■The Pierce Brigade with the U.S. Army National Guard invite you to the annual Graveside Wreath Laying Ceremony on Tuesday at 10 a.m. This ceremony will be held in recognition of President Franklin Pierce’s 214th birthday. The Christa McAuliffe Elementary School will also be participating in this ceremony at the Old North Ceremony. Refreshments will follow at the Pierce Manse at 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane. For more information, visit

■A Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.



WEST SIDETree lighting celebration

■The 32nd annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place by tradition on Friday with activities starting at 3:30 p.m. The Uncle Donny’s Petting Zoo with pony rides will be set up on the State House lawn. Bruce Locke with two horse drawn wagons will be set up on Capitol Street for rides. Santa Claus will be brought in by the Concord Fire Department at 5 p.m. The Brian Waldron Band will provide entertainment with a possible surprise guest to sing a couple of songs. The countdown to light the tree will be at 5:59 p.m. WJYY 105.5 will start the Skip Houle Memorial Fireworks Display over the skies of Concord to officially start the holiday season. Please contact Dick Patten, coordinator, at 496-2917. Please bring non-perishable food or new gifts for children to be donated to Concord Homeless program.

■The Zonta Club of Concord will hold its 28th Annual Holiday Auction on Dec. 5 at the Grappone Conference Center from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening will include delicious appetizers, silent and live auctions, wine raffle, scratch ticket bonanza, an ante-up for education component, grab ‘n’ go goodies and a cash bar. Cover charge is $20 until Nov. 26 and $25 after that date and at the door. To reserve your ticket, log onto Come and join them for a great night out with good food and friends while helping to change women’s lives!

■The Concord Public Library will be offering an opportunity for children to stop by and do a Thanksgiving craft on Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Blanchard Room. For more information, call 225-8670.

■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.

■Bishop Brady High School will be having their 20th annual Galloping Gobbler 4-miler on Thursday at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. Pre-register available 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 for more information or to register.

■The Everett Arena is open for public ice skating today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $5 per person and children under three are free. Skate rentals are also available for $5. For more information, call 228-2784.

■Happy birthday, Paul Anderson!

■Hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!



SOUTH ENDScience of Magic

■Abbot Downing School PTO upcoming socials are on Tuesdays, Dec. 8 and Jan. 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the ADS Library. For questions, email

■The Abbot-Downing School Parent Teacher Organization teamed up with Soldiers’ Angels Treats for Troops to collect Halloween candy for troops and veterans. The organization ships the candy to deployed service members around the world for a sweet treat from home! They also utilize their “Angel” volunteers to distribute candy to veterans of all eras in VA Hospitals across the country. Soldiers’ Angels help support their vision: May No Soldier Go Unloved. This year, Abbot-Downing School student’s brought in 71 pounds! It began by giving some candy to veterans that came to the first annual Abbot Downing School Veterans Breakfast on Nov. 9.

■Jan Brett returns to Gibson’s Bookstore on Friday at 5 p.m. It has been years since they’ve hosted this titan of the children’s book world, and are thrilled to now finally have a store large enough to fit you all! Come a bit early to take pictures with her tour bus outside, and then stay for her presentation and signing line as she shares her newest picture book, The Snowy Nap. Due to her tight travel schedule, Brett will be staying for only two hours.

■The Concord Contemporary Club invites you to their 3rd Annual Mr. Concord Pageant on Nov. 30. Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with the pageant starting at 6:30 p.m. Delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine pull, silent and live auctions round out the evening. Attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite talent. Proceeds to support The Crisis Center of Central N.H. The cost is $50 per person and you can purchase tickets (Look for Mr. Concord.) Questions? Call 731-6991.

Fruitcake! is a deliciously nutty Christmas mash-up showcasing the high-caliber talents of three actors in their quest to portray every aspect of the Christmas season in one hilarious, sugar-rush of a show. Enjoy renditions of seasonal favorites such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Frosty the Snowman, and many more like you’ve never seen them before – featuring sword-fighting, reggae, rap, ballet, improvisation, poetry, and over a hundred props and costumes. Fruitcake! is so fulfilling, you just might come back for a second helping! Fruitcake! is coming to the Hatbox Theatre from Nov. 30 through Dec. 16. Performances are Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17, $14 for members, seniors and students and $12 for senior members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by calling 715-2315. They are also excited to donate a portion of the proceeds of Fruitcake! to The Friendly Kitchen, Concord’s only soup kitchen.

■The sun will come out (we hope) today for Annie, presented by the Community Players of Concord. A cast of 30, including adults, children, and a dog, joyously present the show’s quirky characters and iconic songs, including “Tomorrow” and “It’s A Hard Knock Life,” to deliver a message of unfailing optimism and hope. The show is at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St. Curtain goes up at 2 p.m.

■Dark Star Orchestra performs Tuesday at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. The band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring. Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. Visit for more.

■Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. Students will discover firsthand how magicians utilize the ever popular scientific method to create the impossible. The show is for grades 2-7 and costs $7. Get mesmerized at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St.

■Rattlebox Studios is offering new classes on Wednesdays from this week to March 27. Baby and Me Classes at 4:30 p.m. are for parents with children under the age of two. They go through a series of asanas that promote strength and fitness while bonding with your child. There is a 10 to 15 minute session after the class to interact with other parents and ask questions. What’s better than being able to bring your child to yoga class with you! Yoga Flow, at 6 p.m., is a one-hour yoga flow class focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching through different asanas. Modifications are always available to moves. Yogis of all levels are welcome to join. The class occasionally works toward inversions and ashtanga positions to offer more challenging positions to those who need it. There will be 10 to 15 minutes of meditation at the end to tie the experience together. The studio is at 40 Thorndike St. The website is

■It’s time for Snowman Crafts for Kids on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Small Business Saturday with some snowman making! The class will create cute teacher and friend Gifford’s with these snowmen soup kits as well as make snowmen paper chains to count down the days to any special December event. Adult helpers can join free with added stout and porter tastings optional. Enjoy this event at Local Baskit, 10 Ferry St. For more, visit

■Also at Local Baskit, a free stouts and porters tasting event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., on Saturday. Celebrate Small Business Saturday as you taste a few of the terrific stouts and porters in Local Baskit’s selection. The tasting will focus on locals first and toss in one or two great national craft beers too.

■Go back to Local Baskit the next day, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for decorating and hostessing. You will leave Local Baskit full of ideas, tips and resources to create gorgeous decor for your holiday parties. Concord’s own Kristin Sullivan will create sample table scapes and demonstrate her inspiration and creation process as you enjoy brunch items highlighting Local Baskit’s selection of cheeses, wines and other local products. Cost is $8.

■New this year, the city will have three weeks of bagged fall leaf collection run simultaneously with the last weeks of bulk fall leaf collection. Starting Monday and continuing through Dec. 7, residents participating in bagged collection must have leaves at the curb in biodegradable yard waste bags and/or rigid containers labeled “leaves” by 7 a.m. each Monday during bagged collection. Bagged leaf collection will not coincide with trash collection. Leaves must be out to the curb by Monday morning regardless of your trash collection day since leaves could be collected at any time during the week. Unlike bulk collection, bagged collection will not end early in the event of winter weather. Any remaining leaves can now be bagged up during the last three weeks of collection since crews will not be returning to areas already collected for bulk collection.

■The city offices and library will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after. The library is also closing early Wednesday.

■When they aren’t closed, the library is offering for adults and teens, Upcycled Holiday Decorating on Nov. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

■It’s time to be thankful. I give thanks for my family, friends old and new, our freedoms. I do not exaggerate when I state how abundantly grateful I am for Concord. This is my seventh state and if I can’t be in my hometown, this is where I want to be! We love our home, neighbors (S&M, D&V, J&S, J&A), neighborhood, downtown, restaurants (especially The Gas Lighter), my students, our parish, the schools (Go Giants and Lynx), WICX Radio, snow, the healthcare community (too many to list but especially Megan and Kim), Concord Monitor (Hannah and Sarah) and, of course, you, our faithful Town Crier readers who keep us in print! I thank you all and wish you the best holiday yet!



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