Concord town crier for Nov. 28, 2021

Published: 11/28/2021 10:05:30 PM
PENACOOK Tree lighting

■The Penacook Village Association is hosting the 16th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 1 at Boudreau Square. Attendees should start assembling around 5:45 p.m. to hear carols and singing featuring the Penacook Elementary School Chorus and Blanchard Family Singers, and watch Santa arrive, courtesy of the Concord Fire Department.

■The next meeting of the Penacook Memorial Day Parade volunteers will be Nov. 29, at 5 p.m., in the Penacook Elementary School library.

■The Penacook Village Association will hold its annual meeting on Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Penacook Elementary School cafeteria. Masks are required to attend this event. The special guest speaker will be Matt Walsh, Director of Redevelopment/Downtown Services/Special Projects, who will discuss the status of the Merchants Way development at Whitney Road/Exit 17, the Penacook Landing apartments Phases 1 and 2, the CATCH Rosemary’s Way apartments, and the design for a new riverfront park at the Penacook Landing site.


WEST SIDE Midnight Merriment

■Enjoy downtown Concord’s Annual Midnight Merriment this Friday starting at 5 p.m. Downtown businesses will remain open until midnight so join thousands of your neighbors, friends and community members! You’ll enjoy shopping, s’mores, coco, music, a visit from Santa (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.), and so much more! This is an event for all ages which is presented by Intown Concord with many sponsors. For more information, call 226-2150 or visit

■The Zonta Club of Concord will hold its annual Holiday Auction online this year! Starting on Wednesday at 10 a.m. the auction will begin hosted on and will end on Dec. 10 at 9 p.m. There will be information on the auction site as to where and when you can pick up your items. Log onto to register and begin your bidding on Dec. 1.

■The Concord Parks and Recreation is offering Youth Basketball Open Gym at the City Wide Community Center on Friday, as well as, Dec. 10 and 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost to attend a session is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. For more information, visit

■Bagged leaf collection has begun and bulk leaf collection will continue as weather permits through Dec. 10. Residents that participate in bulk leaf collection are asked to rake all leaves loosely into the street along the edge of the road or sidewalk. Any leaves that are not along the edge of the road or sidewalk will not be reachable for collection. Avoid piling leaves and keep leaves tight along the curb to keep streets clear. Crews can only come by once and work as weather permits, focusing on residential roads with drainage areas to keep the City’s storm water system clear. For more information, call (603) 228-3727 or visit

■The Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord-Merrimack County is open during COVID-19 to anyone that needs assistance with pet food. It is available to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. They do ask all who participate to practice social distancing protocols while they are at the shelter. For more information, visit



SOUTH END A history of city’s Catholic churches

■Gibson’s Bookstore is pleased to join Random House in inviting you to joinbestselling author Dr. Brené Brown to launch “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience,” on Thursday at 8 p.m. through Zoom.Your ticket includes admission to this exclusive event and a hardcover copy ($30 retail price), as well as shipping, and handling (if applicable). Ticket sales will close at noon on Dec. 2. Visit for more information.

■Gibson’s Bookstore is pleased to join Flatiron Books and indie bookstores across the country on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., in presenting Michael J Fox in his paperback virtual tour for “No Time Like the Future!” Registration or preorder through Gibson’s Bookstore required at

■On Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (IHM) it’s Sacred Relics Of The Saints: Treasures Of The Church! There will be a presentation and exposition of Sacred Relics by Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed expert on relics. There will be an extraordinary Vatican collection of over 150 relics, some as old as 2,000 years. There is no cost. There’s more information at

■Also at IHM, every Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. we could use people to help unload bread and other food items into our parish hall. Just show up whenever you can! For more information, contact Armand and Connie Soucy at

■If you’d like to hear the IHM recording of Day of Spiritual Enrichment with Father Bill Sheehan, go to or .

■Current classes and meetings at IHM: Alpha in an Hour with Father Ray (Dec. 5 at 11:15 a.m.), everyone is invited to attend the monthly one hour gathering in our church. We will watch a thought provoking 25 minute video, followed by discussion and Q & A with Father Ray. We will meet monthly in the church on the following Sundays: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 3 and May 15.

■The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) is starting! Anyone thinking about becoming Catholic or any Catholic adults who may have missed a sacrament such as confirmation, contact Ed Mullen at 224-4393 or Meetings are Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

■IHM has a Fellowship Group for Young Adults! 20 and 30 year olds, married or single! For information, send an email to Holly Julian at for more information.

■For the teens, High School SOAR Christmas Movie Night is Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the IHM Parish Hall! All 9 to 12 Graders are invited for a movie, hot cocoa, candy canes, and cookies. Bring friends!

■Register to attend a reception to benefit Catholic Schools in New Hampshire on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. There’s more information at and or 663-0140.

■Thanks to funding from the Knights of Columbus, John Donovan has published a history of how Catholics came to Concord, “And Dwelt Among Us.” This was written in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of St. John the Evangelist Church in 2019. It includes the history of Immaculate Heart of Mary as well those of Christ the King, St. John, Sacred Heart, St. Peter, and Immaculate Conception parishes. These histories will make great Christmas gifts and are available for a donation of $10 or whatever you would like to donate. Proceeds will be split between IHM and Christ the King parishes. More information is at John Donovan:

■Intown Concord is happy to announce that the 28th Annual Midnight Merriment event is returning to downtown Concord on Dec. 3 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The festivities will be kicked off Nazzy at City Plaza, and will include holiday music, lights, strolling carolers, s’mores, and hot cocoa stations. Many of the downtown shops and restaurants will be open until midnight and offer special discounts and promotions throughout the evening. New this year will be the Concord Arts Market Winter Giftopolis Art Walk happening throughout the downtown area. You can find a map with participating artists and supporting business locations on their Facebook page. Once again Santa Claus and his helpers will be at 47 North Main St. In addition, his helpers will also be collecting gift cards in any denomination and homemade holiday cards for the Santa for Seniors donation drive. All activities are available to the public. Please note Main Street will be closed from Pleasant Street to School Street from 4:30 to 9 p.m. to accommodate the anticipated crowds. Visit for more details or check out their Facebook Page.

■At Red River Theatres you can see “House of Gucci” and “Belfast.” Get more information at

■There is affordable art for the holidays for home or office at PR Tarbell Fine Art. The gallery is open today, and on Dec. 3 to 5 and 10 to 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Otherwise, the gallery is open by appointment. They hope you can stop by. The gallery is a great place to bring company, children, and grandchildren! If you are not able to attend in person, they offer free shipping within the U.S. Find them at and (603) 496-2014.




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