Concord Town Criers for Dec. 12, 2019

Published: 12/8/2019 1:23:43 PM
PENACOOK Christmas fair, cookies

■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.

■The Catholic Daughters, Court Pope John Paul II 2602, is sponsoring a Christmas Fair and Cookie Walk on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 9 Bonney St., in the church hall. Homemade cookies will be sold by the pound and you can take a chance at the raffle table. Listen to Christmas music while shopping and supporting local crafters. A soup lunch will be provided by the Catholic Daughters. Raffle winners will be announced at 1 p.m.


EAST SIDE Second week of Advent

■I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Now it is onto Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa to celebrate.

■I would like to extend the deepest sympathies to the family of Joseph Cassidy who passed away this past week. I didn’t know Joseph, but I know John, James, and Thomas and it is a terrific family very warm and dedicated to the community.

■Concord Grange 322 will have their Christmas eat out, planning meeting, and gift exchange Monday at 6 p.m. at Veanos Italian Restaurant at the intersection of Route 3 and 106 in Pembroke. Each member is asked to bring a $10 gift to exchange. Secret Pals are reminded to bring a card to reveal their identity. This next year the members are asked to adopt a resident of a nursing facility or homebound for their Secret Pal. Shelley Huntoon will keep a record of who the members adopt. They will send cards throughout the year. Christmas and New Year’s cards are next ones to send. The Grange is in recess until March. Call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information. Seven new members were accepted for membership in Concord Grange.

■Many of the East Side churches will be celebrating the second Sunday of Advent this week. Each of them are having special events going on for their members. At the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, will be selling fresh-cut Christmas trees for $20 to $60. Volunteer tree-sellers are needed; email Jim Marshall at Today from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. will be Alpha in an Hour in the parish hall with coffee and doughnuts. Ultreya! will be held Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and on the second Friday each month. It will include a witness speaker, song, laughter, and snack foods. To be interviewed for our Catholic Radio Show “Faith Speaks” about your faith, a ministry or work you are involved in, contact Dick Patten at or 496-2917.

■Next Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 p.m. there will be an Advent Penance Service at Christ the King Parish.

■Happy birthday greetings to Elaine Dame!



WEST SIDE Support Boys & Girls

■The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord will hold its 46th TV Auction 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 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

■The Greater Concord Chronic Pain Support Group will meet Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant St. They welcome anyone who lives with chronic pain, and caregivers, to join this month’s conversation about the challenges, as well as some of the joys, you may experience at this time of year, with winter and the holidays. Non-denominational. Accessible. Free. No registration necessary. During bad weather, they are canceled if Concord Public Schools close. For more information call the facilitator at 540-3119.

■The Women’s Club of Concord, 44 Pleasant St., will be having an event on Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. New Hampshire author Dan Szcesny will be presenting his latest book, “The White Mountains.” For more information, call 225-3622.



SOUTH END Sounds of the season

■Join us for these heartwarming holiday shows at the Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St: Today at 2 p.m., join us in the Land of Sweets for the Nutcracker; tickets $18 to $28. On Saturday at 11 a.m., Laurie Berkner and her band celebrate the season with such traditional songs plus originals from “A Laurie Berkner Christmas”; cost $35 to $75. Also at the Cap Center, on Monday at 7 p.m. will be bestselling author Mitch Albom with “Finding Chika,” his first work of non-fiction in over 10 years! A single ticket with book is $34, two tickets and one book is $43. A meet and greet book-signing line follows the event. Due to considerations of time, no books other than “Finding Chika” will be sold or signed by the author during this event.

■Celebrated folk duo Susie Burke and David Surette will join with sideman extraordinaire Kent Allyn for an uplifting night of holiday music and folk favorites Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall St. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 228-1196 or visit Thursday at 12:10 p.m., the Canterbury Singers, with director Kathryn Southworth, present a Bach’s Lunch Concert, “Come, the Feast is Ready! A Shaker Christmas” at the music school. The Canterbury Singers originated at Canterbury Shaker Village more than 20 years ago and are now a program of the school in partnership with the village. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 228-1196 or visit

■“Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” returns to the Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall from now through Dec. 15. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and a bonus performance on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for members, seniors and students; and $12 for senior members. Tickets may be reserved by calling 715-2315 or visiting

■Do you and your loved ones know where to find your will, your life insurance policies, your passwords for bill-paying and banking, or the deed to your house? Do you know what records to keep handy? Now is the time to “get it together!” Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at 47 N. Main St., you will receive a free copy of the book “Get it Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To” by Melanie Cullen. We will review the documents and records you need to organize, so your family won’t have to search for your important information when the time comes. This will provide you a better handle on them, too. Ease the burdens on family members in emergencies and be sure your wishes and key decisions are followed. Class is open to the public. There is a nominal fee to reserve your seat which will be fully refunded when you attend the class. Register at

■Concord Toastmasters and Karner Blue Toastmasters invite the public to a Public Speaking Forum on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish & Game, 11 Hazen Drive. This open house will be an evening of engaging speakers, and introduction to the Toastmasters Public Speaking & Leadership program and keynote speaker, Col. Kevin Jordan. The program will be informal but include many of the elements of a regular toastmasters meeting: impromptu speaking, timed speeches and tips on how to organize a speech, effectively move an audience, and think on your feet. For more information, contact Grace Cohen at

■Best wishes to the South End’s favorite “youngster,” Lou Sillari as he recovers from a recent disagreement with gravity! Hang in there, Mr. Sillari! You have a big birthday coming!



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