Concord Town Criers for Nov. 17, 2019

Published: 11/20/2019 2:59:27 PM
PENACOOK‘Riding the Rails’

■Join The Penacook Historical Society today at 2 p.m. for the program, “Riding the Rails: A Tour of New Hampshire’s Rail Lines,” at 11 Penacook St. Carol Foss will discuss the network of rail lines that moved passengers and freight throughout New Hampshire and the many styles of passenger stations around the state. All are welcome.

■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 (800) 924-8620, ext. 5815 for an appointment.


EAST SIDEKiwanis Club meets

■The 2019 Concord Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, with a start time of 9:30 a.m. from 7 Hazen Drive (DOT parking lot). Ample set up time of 7:30 to 9:15 a.m., under the direction of the Concord Grange at that location has been permitted. As the 68th annual Concord Christmas parade begins at 9:30. It will travel to Loudon Road, to Pizza Hut at Canterbury Road, where the parade bears right and continues, crossing over Pembroke Road into the Capitol City Business Center lot where it disembarks. The parade route is approximately 1.1 miles and is estimated to end about noon. The registration deadline has been set for Wednesday and registration forms may be obtained by emailing or by contact through Facebook at “2019 Concord NH Christmas Parade.” If you wish to make a donation of any size, you may mail it directly to the Grange treasurer, Deb Patten, at 30 Pinewood Trail, Concord, N.H. 03301.

■The Betkash Temple Fezitval of Trees opens Nov. 23 following the parade. The Temple, located on Pembroke Road near Route 106 will feature a hall full of artificial trees all decorated with different themes and sizes. There is a special tree loaded with scratch tickets and more. There is a lunch counter open with food of all types. A craft sale, baked food table, and Santa Claus. This is a huge event that will be open from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1, with various times.

■The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will have their 60th annual Christmas Bazaar inside the parish hall downstairs under the church. The hall will feature raffles of all kinds, silent auction, baked food tables, candy, tables featuring Christmas decorations, Santa Claus will also visit. Lunch will be served by the Knights of Columbus. The fair will open Saturday at 9 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. The fair will open Sunday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is looking for a teen to help in the Kid’s Korner with face painting. Please call Judy or the office if you would like to help. The set-up for the fair will be Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 856-5967 for more information. Fr. Ray will lead the Alpha Course today at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall. The Thanksgiving Ministry is collecting food for the Thanksgiving baskets at today’s Masses. If you know someone who would appreciate a basket, Monday is the deadline. Call the rectory at 224-4393. The baskets will be delivered Nov. 25. The church will be offering an hour Bible Reading program in the Activity Center in Room 4 on Mondays at 3 p.m.

■The Kiwanis Club of Concord will meet Monday at 12:15 p.m. at the Red Blazer Restaurant on Manchester Street.

■The Concord Knights of Columbus No. 110 will be setting up the Christmas Creche on the State House Plaza on Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. Members are needed to meet and help put the display together. The next meeting will be Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Call Don Gagne at 479-9908 for more information.

■Concord Grange No. 322 will meet Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 48 Airport Road. A planning meeting will be held with Lecturer Gary Ford also presenting a program. The Grange will be providing gifts for children through the Star Program at iHM. They are also putting together sacks for children for Christmas at Friends Program. The sacks include a blanket, children’s book, and more! Please call Debbie Patten at 228-1803 for information. The members will be discussing their plans for the annual Christmas Eat-Out. The members are reminded to send their Secret Pals, Thanksgiving cards. Sunshine wishes are extended to Yvonne Crocker and Beverly Edwards, who is recuperating at Genesis Pleasant View Nursing Facility, Pleasant Street.

■This year’s Christmas Tree at the State House plaza is dedicated to the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. Anyone attending this festive celebration is asked to bring mittens, gloves, winter hats, boots, chapsticks, coats, toys for kids, and decks of cards. The goal is to stuff a sheriff’s cruiser on the plaza Nov. 29.

■Grace Episcopal Church on Eastman Street will have Pub Theology with South Congregational Church at True Brew Coffee Shop, 3 Bicentennial Square, on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Pub Theology meets on the third Monday of each month. Grab a beverage and join the conversation about faith and life.

■A reminder at Grace Episcopal Church on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., the Bishop of New Hampshire, Right Rev. A. Robert Hirschfield, will institute Kate Harmon Siberine as the rector for church.

■East Congregational Church, 51 Mountain Road, will be having services today at 10 a.m. This is the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Michael Lowry will be officiating.

■Immanuel Community Church, 5 Grover St., will have Sunday service today at 10 a.m.

■Around Town and Faith Speaks hosted by Dick Patten and directed by Brian Blackden can be seen not only on ConcordTV Channel 22 but you can go on YouTube as well. Please press the subscribe button so we can have a count of how many people are watching. Contact Blackden at 229-4967 for more information or Dick Patten at 496-2917 to be a guest on the show.



WEST SIDESPCA low-cost clinic

■Reserve your spot at Pope Memorial SPCA low cost clinic Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your cats, dogs and ferrets for rabies vaccination ($20), microchip ($25), kennel cough vaccine ($15), and distemper vaccine ($15). Proof of past rabies vaccination to determine one or three year vaccine. Cats must be safely in carrier and dogs on leash. For more information or to reserve you spot, call 856-8756.

■The Concord Public Library is offering a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) children’s activity Wednesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Blanchard Room. For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

■Celebrate Autumn at Presidential Oaks, 200 Pleasant St., at noon on Wednesday. Their delicious harvest dinner features apple stuffed pork tenderloin, acorn squash, roasted red bliss potatoes and a crumb-topped apple pie for dessert. Cost is $12 per person, $20 per couple. For reservations, call Kris at 724-6111.

■The Women’s Club of Concord, 44 Pleasant St., is hosting a discussion by Attorney Charles Willing on the Green New Deal at the local, state and federal level, and will discuss Concord’s 100% renewable energy goal on Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 225-3622 and leave a message for Linda Gilbert or visit



SOUTH ENDSpirit of volunteering

■The Spiritual Care Department at Concord Hospital is currently looking for spiritual, friendly and compassionate volunteers! Specifically, we’re looking for volunteers to visit all newly admitted patients to the hospital and gather information about their faith and church affiliations to better meet their spiritual, religious and sacramental needs while hospitalized. Morning hours preferred. Days of the week are negotiable. Come be part of a committed team of staff and volunteers dedicated to the spiritual needs of patients. Contact Chaplain Kate Morse at 227-7000, ext. 1925, for more information.

■Tomie dePaola never misses a year at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., and they’re thrilled to bring this award-winning children’s author and illustrator back for 2019 today at 2 p.m. Gibson’s is blessed to have a national treasure such as Tomie dePaola live nearby, and we’re thrilled that he is coming back for another visit. Have you or your child ever had a burning question that you wanted to ask this legendary author/illustrator? We’ll have a Q&A and chat, and then Tomie will sign any of his titles for you. (Are you planning for holiday gifts yet?) Over 25 million copies of his books have sold worldwide, and he is one of the only people to have received both the Caldecott Honor Award (Strega Nona) and the Newbery Honor Award, 26 Fairmount Ave. Can’t make this event? Call 224-0562 or email and they’d be happy to set a book aside to be signed for you.

■On Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Gibson’s, William Judd visits to share his novel of adolescence in the 1960s. The Time in Between is where our hero Fred Nash leaves a repressive home and strikes out on his own to find a true path for himself in a decade of significant cultural change. “This is a remarkable book by a first time author. It is a coming-of-age story with all the trials and tribulations that that entails.It is an evocative remembrance of the 1960s. Judd captures the tone and feel of the time: the expressions, the tastes, the opinions, the small town parochialism of middle America, as well as the worries and joys unique to teenagers in that time and place.” Judd has lived in Concord for 32 years, is a retired high school English teacher and hospital nurse.

■You are invited to the N.H. Ladies of Justice informational event Dec. 1 from 11:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at Books-A-Million, 76 Fort Eddy Road. Ever wondered, do you need a will? Why? How can you get one? What does it cost? Learn about this last love letter to your family. They hope you can make it!

■Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience on Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. They seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations. Tickets are $36; plus $4 day of show.

■The women rule this week at Red River Theatres. You can see Harriet (Tubman), Judy (Garland), Laura (by Preminger) and of course, the Ladies (that’s with a capital L!) of Downton Abbey! Go to

■Fall Leaf Collection continues as weather permits. The South End crew will begin alternating their starting location each year, just like crews in the north and east sides do. Instead of starting at the Bow town line and working north, this crew will start at Blossom Hill Cemetery and work south. Have leaves ready, but prepare for weather. Bagged collection starts Monday and will continue for through weeks through Dec. 6 to provide a guaranteed weekly collection (not weather dependent). Leaves must be in biodegradable yard waste bags and/or labeled rigid containers and be at the curb by 7 a.m. each Monday. Leaves will be collected separately from trash. Submit a feedback form, watch an overview video, view maps, read FAQs and find more information at

■It’s time to come see your South End In The Field Irish Dancers in the Christmas Parade! It means great fun, will get you in the Christmas mood and also street closures. On Saturday, the parade will form at the N.H. Department of Transportation parking lot on Hazen Drive. Parade will depart at 9:25 a.m. and proceed down Hazen Drive to Loudon Road; turn left onto Loudon Road and proceed to Canterbury Road where it will disband in the parking lot of Community Bridges, 70 Canterbury Road. The following streets will be closed during the parade: Loudon Road, from Hazen Drive to Canterbury Road; and Canterbury Road. Come cheer them on!



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