Concord Town Crier columns for Feb. 24, 2019

Published: 2/22/2019 3:25:14 PM
PENACOOKBook club meeting

■The Penacook Branch Library’s Adult Book club will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library on Merrimack Street. This month’s selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Count Rostov has been placed in house arrest at the Metropol Hotel where he spends over half his life. This event and the people he meets will make for an interesting discussion. All are welcome whether or not you have read the book. Future book titles and dates are always posted at the library.


EAST SIDELast chance to see show

■There is one more chance to see Women Who Move America at 2 p.m. today at the Hatbox Theatre located at the Steeplegate Mall. The theatre is also featuring Queen City Improv, Music Out of the Box, Boggis Comedy Presents, and Discovering Magic with Andrew Pinard. The Pitch Night will be March 4 at 7 p.m. “Stones in His Pockets” by Marie Jones will be performed March 1 through 17. For more information or tickets, visit

■The City Wide Community Center has many activities for all ages. The Senior Program offers indoor walking, lunches, and a variety of games. Contact Becky at 230-4982 or for more information.

■The Concord Chapter of Adult Children of Alcoholics will meet Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. To learn more, visit

■The Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters will meet Wednesday at noon at Northeast Delta Dental. For more information, call 223-3982,

■The Karner Blue Toastmasters will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. at the environmental services building. Call 568-4126 for more information.

■The next meeting of Concord Grange will be March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the I.B.E.W. Hall, 48 Airport Road. The Grange will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and is planning several events. Grange Historian Dick Patten will be updating the Grange history. The Grange will be sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at Keach Park. The Grange will also sponsor Matt Finney’s Easter Egg Hunt on April 20 at 11 a.m. at White Park. Contact Master Dick Patten at 496-2917 for more information.



WEST SIDEBasic Bleeding course

■The Concord Hospital Center for Health Promotion is offering a course at the Payson Center on Basic Bleeding. This course will run from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday and again on March 25. Victims of uncontrolled bleeding can die in several minutes before emergency personnel arrives at auto crashes or workplace injuries. But, anyone at the scene can save lives if they know what to do. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 230-7300.

■The Concord Parks and Recreation Department is offering Adult Drop In Pickleball at the Green Street Community Center on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost to participate is $3 for residents with ID and $4 for non-residents. For more information, call 225-8690.

■The Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County is offering a Meet and Greet with Adoptable Animals at Petco, 35 Fort Eddy Road, on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit with adoptable animals on site and possibly find your newest family member. Applications will be accepted at the time of meet and greet and be processed following the event. For more information, call 856-8756.

■The Concord Public Library is offering Family Storytime 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.

■Rock Again: The Fab ‘50s will be on March 3 at 4 p.m. at the Concord Auditorium. Back by popular demand! Turn back the hands of time and come out to celebrate the decade of the fab ‘50s! This performance celebrates the music that defined a generation. From Sinatra, Doris Day and Perry Como’s lilting ballads to Bill Hailey’s epic “Rock Around the Clock,” this show will pay tribute to the incredible musical diversity of that decade. It features CJ Poole, Ms. Laura Daigle, and the Clayton Poole Orchestra performing the music of Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, Elvis, Fats Domino, and numerous other artists. Tickets are $28 and $38, and are available at the CCA Box Office or by calling 225-1111. For more information, please call 496-8969 or email



SOUTH ENDA month of shows

■Concord’s 17th annual March Mandolin Festival is set for Friday through Sunday with two days of workshops at Concord Community Music School and two concerts featuring world-class musicians from near and far. As part of the festival, everyone can enjoy fantastic concerts with a lineup of musicians whose mastery showcases the range and expressive qualities of the mandolin. The concert will take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School and will feature a broad range of styles including bluegrass, Celtic, classical, New England, folk, and blues. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 228-1196.

■Join Coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson for a night of Midlife Magic on March 7 at 6 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore! Using on-the-spot coaching, material from her latest book, Waking Up in Winter: In Search of What Really Matters at Midlife, and wisdom gained from conversations with audiences around the world, Cheryl will offer new ways to think about the exciting journey of midlife. Can’t make this event? Give them a call at 224-0562 or email and Gibson’s will be happy to put aside a copy to be signed for you. Internationally recognized coach and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Richardson has toured the world empowering others to make lasting change. Waking Up in Winter is the candid and revelatory account of how at midlife, Richardson found renewed contentment and purpose through a heroic, inward journey. The unfolding story, told through intimate journal entries, follows Richardson from the first gentle nudges of change to a thoughtfully reimagined life – a soulful, spring awakening.

■It’s a month of shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Check their website for details. Go and enjoy on Tuesday: National Theatre Live in HD: The Tragedy of King Richard the Second, Friday: Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space, Saturday: MET Live in HD: La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti), March 5: Bolshoi Ballet in HD: La Bayadere, March 6: Education Series: Frindle, March 7: Education Series: Winston Churchill: The Blitz, March 7: Randy Otto is Winston Churchill: The Blitz, March 13: Brian Regan, March 14: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, March 15: Tape Fac, March 19: Education Series: Peg + Cat Live, March 26: Free Gile series: U.S. Army Field Band, March 27: National Theatre Live in HD: I’m Not Running, March 28: Capitol Steps, March 29: Celtic Woman and March 30: MET Live in HD: Die Walkure (Wagner).

■Register early for the April 27 6th Annual Catholic Literature Conference at Bishop Brady High School, 25 Columbus Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information and registration, please go to

■The Audi will rock out on March 3 at 4 p.m. for Rock Again Part 2 The Fab ’50s. Join the Clayton Poole Orchestra to celebrate the fabulous decade. Tickets are $28 to $38 at and 225-1111. For information, call 496-8969.

■Also at the Audi, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. see Walker Fund Travelogue: An Italian Journey With Steve McCurdy. At this Walker Fund Spring season opener, you’ll gain an understanding of Italy’s goodness, her hidden beauty, and her impassioned soul. Walker Lecture Fund programs are free and open to all. It’s open seating with no tickets. Doors open at 7 p.m. There are Intermission Receptions. Information is at and 333-0035.

■See who is out and about in the winter at the McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road on Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn to spot squirrel, deer and fox prints, among many others. We will provide take-home winter tracking handouts. It’s $8 members/$15 family; $13 non-members/$20 family nonmember. Register online at

■Every year, Hatbox Theatre at the Steeplegate Mall holds an annual Pitch Night for producers interested in being part of our upcoming season. On March 4 at 7 p.m., groups are given two minutes to pitch their project for the upcoming season (September through August) of Hatbox Theatre. Any live performance discipline is welcome to pitch: music, theatre, cabaret, dance, magic, variety, burlesque, comedy, improv, poetry/spoken word, game shows, whatever! For more detailed information, please see the Pitch page on The page includes FAQ, online application, cover sheets and a tentative calendar.

■Saturday at 4 p.m., the award-winning musical by William Ogmundson of New London and Tom Dunn of Henniker, Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Paradise, is doing a benefit performance at the Hatbox Theatre. The story the musical is based on is a real one. After finishing a commission for Radio City Music Hall internationally known and controversial artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, was sent to Hawaii by the Dole Pineapple Company to do for the pineapple what she had done for the Iris and the Magnolia. When she arrived in prewar Hawaii, Georgia discovered that she hated the islands, the planter class that ruled the islands, and the pineapple as a subject for a painting. She struck up a friendship with the daughter of the biggest Dole planter, Patricia, and this friendship continued for more t han 60 years through letters they wrote back and forth. Tickets are $17, $14 for members, seniors and students and $12 for senior members. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at or by calling 715-2315.

■Compline and Organ Music happens this Thursday and March 28 at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul. Join the St. Paul’s School Compline Choir and organists Nicholas White and Mary Dolch for this special musical service.

■Three hundred years ago, a group of sixteen Scots-Irish families established a settlement in Nutfield (later Londonderry). They were part of a wave of Scots-Irish immigration to New England that would bring thousands of people to the New World. In New Hampshire, the Londonderry settlement became a jumping-off point for what was essentially a Scots-Irish invasion in the eighteenth century. Scots-Irish settlers would become the largest minority group in the colony and would introduce the potato to America. Join us for a day-long program with special guest speakers from the Ulster Historical Foundation from Belfast, Ireland, to learn more about the history of the Scots-Irish and conducting genealogical research on Scots-Irish families. Time will also be set aside for Q&A and for some tips on overcoming brick walls in your research. In addition, the Society will present for viewing, for one day only, the Shute Petition, which initiated the Scots-Irish exodus to New England. Space is limited, and registration is required. Make your discoveries on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park St. Tickets are $75 to $139.

■The BOB Awards are a N.H. Business Review awards program that celebrates the best New Hampshire companies in more than 90 business-to-business categories and are chosen by our readers. Join us on March 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Grappone Conference Center, 70 Constitution Ave., as we step back into the bright lights of the rockin’ ’50s, at the most talked about event of the season, the BOB Awards party! Celebrate the best businesses in the state, while enjoying a spirited cocktail and meeting business leaders from across New Hampshire. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. There will also be a chance to win prizes and raise money for Families in Transition-New Horizons. Tickets are $50.

■Amid the discouraging headlines, societal troubles, and global turmoil, one local organization is making a difference by promoting and doing acts of kindness. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to promote community and hope through community-driven acts of kindness and financial assistance to local community members in need. When there is a need for a family or an organization, Hearts for Kindness posts a “community call to action” to collect the items needed. Families or individuals who are faced with unexpected circumstances can request through a third party for financial assistance up to $500 to help with emergency expenses that can throw off a household budget for months. Hearts for Kindness wants to encourage kindness for everyone. The most recent Kindness Hero recipient was Jessica Livingston, owner of JLiv Inspirations and director of the Concord Multicultural Festival. She was named a Kindness Hero for her “diligent and selfless work of promoting diversity and inclusion, and giving voice to the under-represented members of the community.”



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