Concord Town Crier columns for Dec. 2, 2018

Published: 12/3/2018 12:07:00 PM
PENACOOKHoliday wreath raffle

■The Penacook Winter Farmers Market will be open Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Riverhill Grange, 32 Horse Hill Road.

■A Holiday Wreath and Craft Raffle will be held at Penacook Community Center on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., to benefit PCC programs. Wreaths decorated and donated by local businesses and friends of PCC, other holiday crafts, and gifts will be raffled. There will be a holiday bake sale, and light refreshments will be served. The North Pole Workshop will be open with children’s activities. For more information, call PCC at 753-9700.

■Concord Regional VNA will hold senior health clinics at Briar Pipe Apartments on Fridays, Dec. 14 and Dec. 28, 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 (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 for an appointment.


EAST SIDEBarn historian to speak

■Members of Concord Grange No. 322 are reminded about the annual Christmas Eat Out tomorrow night at Veano’s in Pembroke at the junction of Route 106 and Route 3. Participants need to bring a gift to exchange marked “man” or “lady.” The members with Secret Pals are reminded to bring a gift for their secret pal. Members will also exchange cards at this event. The Grange met recently and a planning meeting was held for 2019. Concord Grange will be celebrating their 105th anniversary with special events being planned. Contact 496-2917 for more.

■On Tuesday at 6 p.m., NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge will present barn historian John Porter, who will speak about barns and Granite State history at the library’s living room. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 230-4028 or visit

■The film The Northeast by Eastern will be shown at the Sweeney Auditorium at NHTI on Friday at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation (suggested $5) and NHTI students are free with a valid NHTI ID. For more information, visit or call 271-6484 ext. 4101.

■The senior program at the City Wide Community Center has many activities available. The book discussion group will be meeting Friday to discuss The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. On Dec. 19, there will be a Holiday Themed Coffee Social from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Favorite holiday snack recipes are welcome. Contact Becky at 230-4982 or

■The Concord Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholics will meet on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church on Eastman Street. Visit Concord

■The Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters will meet Wednesday at noon at Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, call 223-3962.

■The Karner Blue Toastmasters will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. on Hazen Drive at the environmental services building. Call 568-3126.

■Experience the joy and meaning of Christmas at the fun and festive Merry & Bright Christmas Show, directed by Brian Waldron and featuring the Nevers Band on Saturday at noon and 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road. Tickets are $15, $5 for ages 17 and under. For more information, visit or call 224-4393.

■The Pierce Brigade is sponsoring “Wreaths Across America” at Old North Cemetery on N. State St. on Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. rain or shine. The Old North Cemetery is home to 147 veteran graves and representatives from each of the seven military service branches will place a commemorative wreath at the entrance to the cemetery. Refreshments will follow at the Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane. For more information, visit

■On Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., the Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall will feature “Discovering Magic” with Andrew Pinard. Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and Fruitcake! will be performed through Dec. 16. Visit for a complete performance schedule and tickets.

■Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Resource Center has many activities for seniors. On Dec. 11, there will be a birthday celebration at 11:30 a.m. There will be dog therapy with “Abby” at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12. There will be a holiday dinner on Dec. 13 at 11:15 a.m. For more information, contact 228-6956.

■New six-session senior fitness classes with Rebecca Arnt will be starting at the City Wide Community Center, in January. On Jan. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m., a six week class will start, and on Jan. 11, from 9 to 10 a.m., a second six week session will be starting. The cost for each six -week session is $30 for Concord residents, and $40 for non-residents. Prior registration is necessary and can take place at the front desk of the community center. Any questions can be directed to Becky at 230-4982 or



WEST SIDEMidnight Merriment

■Enjoy downtown Concord’s holiday shopping in style with Concord’s Midnight Merriment this Friday. Downtown businesses will remain open until midnight so join thousands of your neighbors, friends and community members! You’ll enjoy shopping, carolers, s’mores station, a beard contest and so much more! This is an event for all ages, and it’s free. For more information, call 226-2150 or

■The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will hold its 45th TV Auction Fundraiser on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. View the auction live on ConcordTV Channel 6, 17, and 22 or by visiting for live streaming. For more information, call 224-1061.

■The Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., will be having their annual craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■Come join a celebration of inclusivity, children, and music! On Saturday from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Concord Community Music School presents a free Children’s Holiday Sing-Along and Album Release Party with faculty member Julieann Hartley, known to a generation of Concord-area kids as “Miss Julieann.” Hartley, a board certified music therapist, will present her new album, Miss Julieann: Therapeutic Songs for Kids, a unique collection of songs she wrote to support the developmental goals for children in her music therapy practice.

■The Concord UU Church, 274 Pleasant St., will be holding its annual Artisans and Greens Fair today from noon to 1 p.m. There will be hand decorated balsam wreaths, local artisans, poinsettias raffle baskets, and a holiday boutique. Stay for lunch with soups, breads and homemade pies and go home with a great variety of cookies from the Cookie Walk. For more information, call 224-0291 or visit

■The Concord City Auditorium Holiday Party is today at 6 p.m. Punch, pot luck supper, and entertainment! Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 344-4747.

■The Concord Public Library would like you to join other book lovers at their new, low-pressure book club Wednesday at True Brew Barista, 3 Bicentennial Square. Chat about what you’ve been reading, and listen to suggestions and recommendations from other readers. There are no assigned books in this group; just come and share your latest reads! They will talk books from 6 to 7 p.m., and mingle from 7 to 8 p.m. Library staff will be on hand to take notes and, will share the group’s recommendations in the library newsletter. For more information, call 225-8670.

■Happy birthday, Carol Goward!



SOUTH ENDCatch a Holiday show

■Today, see the Holiday Spectacular at the Audi at 1 p.m. Then go see The Nutcracker at 2 p.m. today at the Capitol Center for the Arts.

■You’d rather sing than dance? Handel’s Messiah, the Christmas classic, directed by Benjamin Greene, features professional soloists and musicians and a large talented chorus. This Walker Series annual event has moved back to St. Paul’s Church, located next to the State House, at 7 p.m., today.

■Zonta Club of Concord’s 28th Annual Holiday Auction is Wednesday. A great night out with good food and friends while helping to change women’s lives! It’s from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave. There will be appetizers, cash bar, silent and live auction, grab ‘n’ go goodies, wine raffle, scratch ticket bonanza, and ante-up for education.

■Mark your calendars for Friday for the annual night time event of fun shopping downtown! This year’s Giftopolis, during Midnight Merriment, will feature your favorite local artisans and hand crafters from around New Hampshire. It will be inside the two level atrium of 7 Eagle Square where it’s warm. Tell your friends to come out with you and make it a night to remember!

■Visit the N.H. Audubon McLane Center on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a special holiday shopping experience. The Holiday Craft Fair features handmade crafts by local artisans plus a raffle, kids activities, refreshments, live birds, scarves, ornaments, pottery, beeswax candles, nature photography, body care products, jewelry, jams and jellies, quilted items, greeting cards, burl wood bowls, chocolate incense and more. The Nature Store will be open with a discount for members.

■Gibson’s Book Club reads Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice, by Bill Browder. Their book club is free and open to the public, newcomers are encouraged. Join every month, or deal yourself in as the spirit moves you on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The book club is open to all, and democratically run by the participants.

■Gibson’s Bookstore is pleased to host Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia, the groundbreaking PBS cooking show, in conversation with J.M Hirsch, the former national food editor for The Associated Press, as they discuss Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. Her trailblazing helped spark a billion dollar food media industry and paved the way for countless other television chefs. Book signing to follow the conversation on Dec. 14.

■Reading and interesting events at the Concord Library, include Coloring Night, Lapsit, Paws For Pages, Family Storytime, Toddler Tales and Canta, Cuenta, Juega.

■Also at the library, the New England Irish Harp Orchestra returns for their annual holiday concert on Dec. 15! It starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. Please join for the free program of lively music, sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

■Make it a totally Irish holiday holiday! An Irish Christmas with Symphony N.H. will have toes tapping on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Audi. The recipient of a prestigious Irish Research Council Scholarship, Ciarán Crilly served as principal guest conductor of the Dublin Symphony Orchestra and as founding conductor of the Orchestra of the Irish National Youth Ballet. Ciaran Nagle (vocals) and Tara Novak (vocals, violin/fiddle) have been performing together since they met in 2005 on a bus at the beginning of a Christmas tour with Ciaran’s show, the Three Irish Tenors. The cost starts at $52. For more, contact Ryanne Flynn at or visit

■Bringing people together, face-to-face, to improve ourselves and the world around us. Circles meet regularly, using Ben Franklin’s classic 13 virtues (temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, chastity, tranquility, humility) to spark discussion about members’ goals and aspirations, who they want to be, and what they want to contribute to the work. Meets monthly on the second Monday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Each month, a specific virtue will be the topic. Join us for month 10, or come when you’re able to. We suggest an “attendance by donation” of $5-10 for those who can to benefit Creating Community as we grow. This is a blind donation and whatever amount you are comfortable with is always appropriate. We welcome everyone, and payment is not a prerequisite for attendance at Creating Community, 18 N. Main St., Suite 206 (take stairs or elevator to second floor). Contact Aron at for more information at We hold space for people to come together over shared interests, education and resources, with a focus on arts, culture, diversity and inclusiveness. Our goal is to build community by creating opportunities for sharing the richness of the state’s cultural diversity while promoting cohesiveness by finding commonalities across perceived differences, and encouraging cultural and creative collaboration and exchange.

■The weekly Unemployment Support Group is made up of folks who are either unemployed or under-employed who offer emotional support and networking advise in a very casual, judgment free atmosphere. Share your thoughts on how you are coping today. Come Monday from 8 to 10 a.m. to EJ’s on Main Restaurant. It’s free. Additional dates include Dec. 10, Dec. 17 and Dec. 24.



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