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Town Crier columns for Dec. 2, 2018


Monday, December 03, 2018
ALLENSTOWNAngel tree program

■Allenstown Angel Tree provides gifts for the children of our community during this holiday season. These children may not otherwise receive gifts at this time. These gifts are made possible through generous donations from members of our community and citizens of Allenstown. A couple of ways you can support this worthy program. Take a tag from our giving tree at the Allenstown Town Hall and return the gifts by Dec. 17. You may also make a monetary donation to the Allenstown Christmas Wish Program where your donation will be used to buy gifts for the children that may not be chosen from the tree. For more information or question call Trish Caruso at 485-4276, ext.110.

■The Allenstown Historical Society will meet on Wednesday at the Suncook Business Park off Route 28 onto Lavoie Drive. For more information call 485-4437.

■Bone Builders is held on Monday and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten St. For more information call 485-4254.

■Bingo is played on Monday and Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center.

■The Allenstown Police Department and the Bow Police Department will be holding their third class for Basic Physical Defense Program on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bow Elementary School. The final class will be held on Wednesday. For more information, call 485-9500 or 223-3950.

■Gentle Chair Yoga is held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Suncook Senior Center,. The cost is $5 per class.

■Pastel art class is held on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $45 for a six week session and includes materials.

■The St. John the Baptist Community Table is held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St.

■The Cribbage Club will play at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday at the Suncook Senior Center.

■Remember the Suncook Senior Center Christmas trip on Friday will be leaving St. John the Baptist at 10:30 a.m. Please call 485-9181 if you have any questions.

■The St. Therese Rosebush Society will be holding An Evening with Jose Duddy award winning singer and entertainer on Saturday. The Knights of Columbus will prepare a prime rib dinner and the doors open at 5 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 10 School St. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so call 848-1351 about tickets or more information.

CLAUDETTE VERVILLE

485-4437

cverville2@comcast.net

ANDOVERChristmas activities, Santa at The Hub

■A solar social hour & tour of the new solar-electric (photovoltaic) installation at the home of Harold and Linda Tuttle, 102 Beech Hill Road, is planned for today, from 10 a.m. to noon, sponsored by ReVision Energy. Refreshments will be served. A ReVision Energy representative and the homeowners will be on hand to answer questions. In case of weather questions, check the “Events” page on Facebook at Revision Solar.

■Santa will be making an appearance at The Andover Hub on Dec. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. All kids (along with their parents) are welcome to meet Santa and have a photo taken, to create a wish list and send it to the North Pole, to make a holiday ornament and to enjoy some holiday treats. The Hub is located at 157 Main St., next to Pizza Chef. The event is co-sponsored by The Andover Hub and the Andover Service Club.

■Head to the High Street Coffee House, on Friday at the Boscawen Town Hall (basement of the Congregational Church, 12 High St). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Featured this month is Fortune’s Favour, a contemporary rock duo consisting of Mike Bradley and Chris O’Connor. Admission is free, donations are accepted and refreshments are available for sale. The coffee house is held the first Friday of every month. For questions, call Chris at 520-9196 or Liz at 848-2410.

■Letters to Santa Claus can be dropped off at the Boscawen Town Offices during their open hours. A special mailbox will collect the letters and they will be picked up by Santa’s Elves each week. The offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. and extended hours on Thursday to 5:30 p.m.

SUSAN CHASE

735-5135

srfchase@gmail.com

BOSCAWENMeet one of Santa’s Elves at library

■Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Boscawen Public Library, children and their families are invited to meet one of Santa’s Elves! Join the fun plus cookies, punch, stories and carols. Be sure to sign up at the library or call 753-8576 so the library knows that you are coming!

■A senior health clinic will be held at Boscawen Green, 145 N. Main St., beginning at 9 a.m. Services include blood pressure screening, B-12 injections and medication guidance. Donations of $10 are welcome. Call the Concord VNA at 224-4093 or 1-800-924-8620.

MARY ALLARD

753-8576

boscawenpl@gmail.com

BOWHoliday cards of Bow

■The Bow Rotary Club’s annual Christmas tree & wreath sale is in progress! Both Vermont Fraser & Balsam Fir trees will be available and will sell for $40 each. Decorated Wreaths are $25. Hours are: Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The sales lot is located near the Town Pond and Community Center.

■A Blue Christmas service will be held on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow. This quiet service will include prayer, reflection and candle lighting for those having difficulty during this season due to grief, illness, depression, stress or other struggles. Light refreshments will be served following the service. For more information, call 224-0884. All are welcome.

■The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Dec. 18, beginning at 1 p.m. Anyone interested in stamp collecting is invited to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues. Gain new insight and knowledge, sharing news articles and stories about stamp collecting. For more information call Dan Day at 228-1154.

■The Bow Heritage Commission is selling holiday cards of Bow scenes. They can be purchased in an assortment of six, or six of one scene for $15, paid on delivery. Order forms can be picked up at Parks and Recreation, the Municipal Building, or online at bownh.gov “homepage highlights.” Mail, email or fax your order request to: Tonia Lindquist 10 Grandview Road, Bow, N.H. 03304, tlindquist@bownh.gov or fax 224-6680. For more information, contact Faye Johnson 228-8149.

■The Bow Heritage Commission will be displaying recently received Native American Artifacts on Dec. 13 and Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. downstairs in the Baker Heritage Room at the Baker Free Library.

■The Bow Garden Club will be on hiatus until April 2019. Please visit their website, bowgardenclub.org, to learn more about the club and how to join!

JOYCE KIMBALL

bowcomnews@comcast.net

CANTERBURYChristmas at Shaker Village

■Clough Tavern Farm Christmas “By the Seashore” finishes today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Decorated rooms feature 45 locale vendors of art, antiques, crafts, foods, jewelry, nature gifts, plants and special 2018 “Seaside” themed items. At Clough Tavern Farm, 23 Clough Tavern Road, Canterbury. Follow the Christmas signs to get there. For more, call 783 4287.

■On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the Intergenerational Holiday Gift ‘Make and Take’ at Quaker Meetinghouse, 11 Oxbow Pond Road, and is a chance for young and old to make a variety of crafts to give as gifts (candle lanterns, ornaments, handmade soap, wooden boxes, and more) Small donation requested. Registration helpful, but not required. Call Ruth Heath at 724-4343 for more.

■Annual Holiday Food Drive is open now through Friday. Non-perishable items may be dropped off in boxes in the front hall of the school.

■CES PTO will be selling Christmas trees in the Center through Dec. 15.

PTO Family Fun Night is Friday.

■Canterbury Shaker Village Museum store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Dec. 23.

■Tours of the Shaker Village now available on Saturdays and Sundays only, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■Christmas with the Canterbury Shakers has tours of the Village on Thursday and Friday, as well as Dec. 9, 13, 14, at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost is $12 adults, $6 youth, half price members. See website for further details, advance registration required for each group of 15, at shakers.org/christmas-tours.

■4-H candy fundraiser is ongoing. Candy bars are $1 each, and Fish and Game Calendars are also available for $9.95 each. Contact Laura Crockford or any member of 4-H, at canterburyrascalsH@gmail.com.

LOIS SCRIBNER

scribnerlois@gmail.com

CHICHESTERSocks forSeniors Drive

■The Down Under Poetry Group will meet today at the library at 1 p.m. Open to all adult poets.

■Come to the library Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for “Color & Coffee & Conversation.” Also a time for the Toddler group to have another adventure on Paw Patrol!

■Selectmen will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

■CCS School Board will meet on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Open to Chichester residents.

■On Thursday, the pre-school meeting that is usually at the library is going on a field trip. Children and an adult are asked to meet at the Fire Station at 10:45 a.m. See & touch all the rescue vehicles & fire trucks!

■Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station, the Planning Board will meet regarding two applications: A subdivision at 89 King Road; A site-plan review for CM Trailer, 46 Dover Road. The Planning Board will also be holding a public hearing to amend the bylaws and rules and procedures for the Chichester Planning Board. For information regarding applications, contact the Town Officeat 798-5350 The Chichester Fire Dept is located at 22 Main St.

■On Dec. 10 the Memory Cafe will be held at 2 p.m. at the Epsom Library.

■The library is doing a winter weather clothing drive for the homeless of Chichester/Concord. Adult men’s & women’s winter coats, hats, boots and gloves may be brought to the library. Items will be delivered to the Concord Resource Center. Clothing may also be brought to the Out of Your Attic Thrift Shop. Please mark the bags “homeless” so they will be brought to the Concord Resource Center.

■The Socks For Seniors Drive is underway through Dec. 15. Drop off socks in the specially marked boxes at the Chichester Library or the Out of Your Attic Thrift Shop. The project is sponsored by Chichester Grange and has been well received by recipients and donors alike!

■The Chichester Police Department and the Chichester Police Association are taking applications for “Secret Santa.” If you know of a needy family or a senior citizen in Chichester that could use a little assistance this holiday season, please call Chichester Police at 798-4911. Closing day for applications is Dec. 19. If you wish to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to the “Chichester Police Association.”

CAROL HENDEE

247-7191

alexsmeme@hotmail.com

DUNBARTONHoliday concert

■“The Road Not Taken,” a fine art exhibit inspired by the poetry of Robert Frost, is making the rounds of libraries and nature centers throughout the state. The presentation, designed by three Derry artists, Ingeborg V. Seaboyer, Judy Krassowski and Corinne Dodge, features 20 to 30 works that reflect a variety of personal interpretations of the most famous, as well as some of the “less traveled,” works of one of America’s most inspiring poets, Robert Frost. Images in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylics and oils are accompanied by a selected verse that inspired each individual work. The art exhibit will grace the walls of the Dunbarton Public Library during December and January.

■Dunbarton Historical Awareness Committee reported that Barbara D. Francis, a member of the Penobscot Nation, recently held a beading class for the third-grade students at the elementary school. In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November, Teachers Mollie Morrisette and Lois Wickow help students research different tribes throughout the country, visit the Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum and interact with local Native Americans. Barbara was born and raised in a reservation on Indian Island in the Penobscot River, northeast of Bangor, Maine. For information about her heritage and craft go to penobie.com.

■On Sunday, the Congregational Church will celebrate its 12th annual Holiday Concert at 4 p.m. featuring Daniel VanKalken on piano and keyboard and local musicians. For tickets, visit squareup.com/store/first-congregational-church-of-dunbarton. For more information, contact dcctrustees@comcast.net.

■Enjoy an Evening of Frost at the library on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Come to this one-man performance about the life and work of Robert Frost by actor Stephen Collins.

■Start reading for the next DCC book discussion scheduled for Thursday. The talk will feature Feathers and Trumpets by Joyce Ray at 7 p.m. at the Vestry. Joyce will host.

■The Silver Birch 4-H Club of Dunbarton is sponsoring a Cookie Walk on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vestry of the Dunbarton Congregational Church located on Stark Highway in Dunbarton. Walk by tables laden with a variety of cookies made by 4-H members and their families, pick the cookies that suit your fancy. Have them weighed on a scale, pay for your selection and that’s it. You are on your way to your next holiday task! Feel free to sprinkle flour around your kitchen when your guests arrive – they won’t say a word! These homemade cookies will be sold for $5 per pound and containers will be provided.

■Wreaths Across Dunbarton will be celebrated on Saturday. Festivities start at 10 a.m. with a short ceremony and the laying of a wreath at the statue of Maj. Caleb Stark on the Town Commons. There will be Revolutionary War re-enactors including General John Stark (Richard Wright) and his troops for a musket salute. Volunteer family, friends and neighbors will then be dispatched to place the wreaths in the four local cemeteries, East Cemetery on Robert Rogers Road, Center Cemetery by the town offices, Pages Corner Cemetery on Stark Hwy. North and Stark Cemetery. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. volunteers will be attaching the red bows to the 192 wreaths at 32 Birchview Drive in Flintlock Farms. Contact Don Larsen at 774-3500 or LarsenMedia@Gmail.com to volunteer; everyone is welcome. Mark your calendars for March 23 at 10 a.m. to pick up the wreaths from the cemeteries.

■The Dunbarton Inspiration Group will meet at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 11.

■On Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., the PTO meeting will be held at the school. This meeting includes important information about board elections and upcoming events.

■Another concert in the Town Hall Restoration concert series will be on Dec 16. The talented band is called Honeysuckle, again being held in the town hall foyer. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 6 p.m.. Suggested donation is $20. Get your tickets now! Check out upcoming events and updates at tinyurl.com/DunTownHall.

■Fraud Prevention and Awareness will be held Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. at the library. Free for residents. This presentation will be hosted by Sgt. Chris Remillard of the Dunbarton Police Department and Doug Soares of the AARP Fraud Watch Network. This program is designed to provide information and tips to help prevent common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation in our community.

■Remember Curios on the Commons new store hours are Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

NORA LEDUC

774-3141

dtowncrier@gmail.com

EPSOMPolar Express night

■The Epsom Public Library is having their annual “Polar Express Event” on Friday at 6 p.m. Come decorate cookies, enjoy the hot chocolate/coffee bar courtesy of “White Mountain Coffee,” and watch the movie! Join us for the fun, wear your pajamas, and don’t forget your pillow/blanket. Please call the library at 736-9920 to make a reservation!

■The Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 is happy to announce that their 2nd annual Christmas Tree lighting will take place on Saturday at Webster Park. The festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. with the arrival of Santa followed by children’s crafts, snacks, and hot cocoa. The tree will be lit at approximately 5 p.m. This is free event to all. The Epsom Cub Scouts will be collecting canned items to be donated to the food pantry. They will also be collecting new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Epsom Police Association toy drive. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and join us to celebrate the holiday season. Any questions email Kelly at knericcio@yahoo.com.

■The 1st Annual Toy Drive at the Epsom Police Department is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Drop off new toys for kids of all ages! Refreshments will served, enter raffle, stop in and spread some holiday cheer. Any business that wish to donate cash in lieu of toys may drop off anytime through Friday.

■At the library, story time is Mondays at 10 a.m.; Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m., and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy crafts.

■Toddler Time at the library is Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Toddlers and their parent/caregiver enjoy songs, stories, movement activities, and a craft.

■Thursday is Lego Club, everyone welcome at 3:30 p.m. at the library.

■Just a reminder that if you knit, crochet, or do any kind of handwork, you are welcome to join the Tuesday night knitting group. The group meets informally in the library’s cozy fireplace/magazine room at 6:30 p.m., and everyone enjoys an evening of knitting and socialization.

■Board of Selectman and public meeting is Monday at 6 p.m. at the own office.

■The movie matinee at the library on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. is Destination Wedding. Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves star in this smart, witty, intimate modern romance. This film is rated R.

■Trustees of Trust meeting is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the town office.

■Today the Epsom PTO is hosting its 3rd Annual Winter Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym.

■Scholastic Book Fair The “Enchanted Forest Book Fair: Let Your Imagination Grow!” will be here today through Friday. New this year-the fair will be open during the PTO craft fair! If you have questions or would like to volunteer at the book fair, please contact Susan Pagano at spagano@sau53.org.

■The ECS Band/Chorus/Strings Concert is Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

■The Class of 2019 DC Fundraising Group’s next meeting is Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m., room 224.

■Happy belated b-day wishes to Kym Bryant and upcoming birthdays to Jeff Miller & Heather Davis on Saturday, enjoy your special day!!

TERRY RIEL

rielt397@gmail.com

FRANKLINOpen Mic Night

■The Baptist Church on School Street hosts “Open Mic Night,” Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. Entrance fee is only $5 per person. Light refreshments will be included. Please note that this is a family-friendly event. Performance time slots will be selected at the door. Its first come, first serve. We will be providing a bake sale during the Open Mic Night for anyone who would like to purchase a food item. Please arrive on the School Street Side and follow the signs indoors.

■The annual Lights of Memory presented by the Franklin Hospital Auxiliary will take place today at 4 p.m. The event includes a short ceremony, reading of the names and light refreshments. Park and enter on Edwards Street or through the main hospital entrance.

■The TRIP Center presents their annual holiday celebration on Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m. with a photo op with Santa for a $2 donation to Mix 94.1 FM’s annual Cash for Cans. Also enjoy refreshments, make a take holiday crafts for children, music, face painting, cookie decorating and more. The Fire Department will bring Santa from the Center to the tree lighting ceremony and caroling at 6:15 p.m. in Marceau Park. Be sure to visit downtown businesses for holiday treats. Then head on up to the Festival of Trees!

■The Festival of Trees sponsored by the Franklin Opera House begins Friday with two weekends to enjoy beautiful holiday decorations. Hours are Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 9 from 10 to noon, and then Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Winners of the raffle will be announced following the last performance of Miracle On 34th Street, on Dec. 16. Visit franklinoperahouse.org for more information.

■Pictures with Santa and pancake breakfast, presented by Franklin Area Lions Club, takes place Dec. 15 at the Soda Shoppe from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Pictures for pick-up will be posted on the bulletin board at the Soda Shoppe the following week. Cost $5/person and available at the Soda Shoppe, Pizza Chef, the TRIP Center and from Lions Club members.

■Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry’s “Warming Tree” will be going up soon and will be decorated with your donations of warm hats, scarves, and mittens for those in need. Items can be dropped off at the Pantry, 2 Central St. (lower level), from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

■Franklin Footlight Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street with showings Saturday, Dec. 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. A great family show. Visit franklinoperahouse.org or call 934-1901 to order tickets in advance. Box office opens one hour prior to the performances.

■The Franklin Outing Club’s monthly meeting is Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the future plans of the Outing Club, including the upcoming Winter Carnival in February. Activities for the whole family to enjoy and make winter go by faster.

■Franklin City Council meets Monday at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

■The Zoning Board meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

JUDITH ACKERSON

934-2543

franklintowncrier@gmail.com

HENNIKER / WEAREKnitwits Holiday Sale

■Senior Weare-ites meeting is Tuesday at noon at Holy Cross Church (118 Center Road) For more information, call Pat at 529-2259.

■Baby & Toddler Playgroup on Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Weare Public Library. An informal gathering for caregivers and young children. Books, puzzles, early literacy toys and music.

■The Henniker Community School Theatre will present The Princess Who Had No Name by Brian D. Taylor on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the HCS Cafe. Admission is by donation.

■On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the KnitWits are have a holiday sale at White Birch. They will be selling beautiful handcrafted items – hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, afghans, etc – all at reasonable prices. All proceeds to benefit White Birch Active Living programs.

■Nineteen students were inducted into the National Honor Society at John Stark Regional High School on Nov. 15. National Honor Society serves to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The complete list is on their website. Congrats to them all!

TOM DUNN

dunn.t@comcast.net

HILLSBOROUGH / DEERINGMake a snowmanwith socks at library

■Tuesday is How To’s Day: Making Snowmen From Socks with Diane. at 6:30 p.m. at Fuller Public Library. Call 464-3595 to sign up.

■On Thursday, the Fuller Public Library’s book group will meet to discuss Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Discussion starts at 7 p.m., refreshments are served.

■Concord Regional VNA is holding a senior health clinic at Smith Memorial Congregational Church, 30 W. Main St. in Hillsborough on Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon. 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.

■On Saturday we’ll be “High Tailing It” south to get into the holiday spirit. We’re headed to the Yankee Candle Flagship store, the Golden Corral Buffet for dinner and “The Bright Nights” tour at Forest Park in Springfield, Mass. This trip is co-sponsored by GHSS and the Town of Hillsborough. Traveling by coach bus leaving and returning to Shaw’s parking lot in Hillsborough. The cost for the bus, meal and tour is $25 per person. The full amount must be pre-paid by Monday. No refunds or cancellations. Call Arlene Johns ASAP at 464-5972.

■STEAM for Kids returns at Fuller Public Library for Edible Architecture at 10 a.m. on Saturday! Please call 464-3595 to sign up .

The Legend of the Candy Cane will be shown Saturday at Family Movie Night, on the big screen downstairs at Smith Memorial Church (30 W. Main St). Admission is free and complimentary popcorn and a drink will be served. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

NANCY SHEE

nshee71@gmail.com

HOPKINTON/CONTOOCOOKGingerbread Houses

■The 15th annual Starry Starry Weekend in Contoocook and Hopkinton finishes today. One weekend, two villages and three days of unique holiday shopping and events. More information available on the Contoocook Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

■The Beech Hill School will host its 6th Annual Gingerbread House Benefit on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s proceeds will go to the Hopkinton Historical Society. The event is open to the community, and all ages are welcome. Participants will receive a gingerbread house (baked by Crust & Crumb & assembled by the BHS students), frosting, and a variety of candy with which to decorate their house. Each house is $25. To reserve a house go to events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=qyjm6m8ab&oeidk=.

■Kids always have fun at the Contoocook Farmers’ Market, but on Saturday, children’s librarian Leigh Maynard will be featuring a holiday project making pomander balls with them. Hopkinton Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lots of vegetables, meat, jam, granola, maple syrup, breads and other baked goods, Indian food, alpaca, and holiday decorations. SNAP/EBT accepted.

■Registration is now open for the Bill Koch ski league. It is open to all children grades 1-8. Practices will be held Tuesday, and Friday afternoons at the town fairgrounds (behind the Odd Fellows Hall) and some Sunday afternoons at Pat’s Peak. Registration is required and equipment is not provided, although some loaner equipment is available. Practices will begin in early December. More information and registration can be found at: blackwaternordic.org/content/bill-koch-youth-league. If you have questions, contact Juliana Dapice at juliana.popper@gmail.com.

■The town library is in temporary quarters in the lower level of the Slusser Center. The library will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All online services continue to be available, as is InerLibrary Loan. Also area libraries have volunteered for residents to use their library while our library is closed. Please have your library card or proof of Hopkinton/Contoocook residency. The follow libraries have reached out: Bow, Concord, Henniker, Webster, Hillsboro, Dunbarton, Warner, New England College, and Weare. For assistance call 746-3663 or email info@hopkintontownlibrary.org.

■Senior lunch is Wednesdays at noon at the Slusser Senior Center. Suggested donation $4.

■Hopkinton Library story time is on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children 3 (ish) to 5 (ish) and a caregiver. Laptime will be held Fridays at 11 a.m. for children birth to 2 ½. Siblings are welcome to join the fun!

KATHLEEN BUTCHER

724-3452

kathb123@comcast.net

PEMBROKEGo see The Nutcracker

■Christmas In Suncook Village will be held today on Main Street from 1 to 4 p.m. Main Street will be closed to traffic. Entertainment: At Suncook United Methodist Church: 1 to 1:40 p.m. Wendee Gilick, vocalist; 1:45 to 2:15 p.m. Jim Barnes, balladeer; 2:20 to 3 p.m. Pam Storher, harpist; 3:10 to 4 p.m. Concord Coachmen, men’s singing group. Big Ben’s Pizza: Jocelyn Carlucci and David Blais from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. Jacques Pastry: Dwight Phettelplace; Masonic Hall: Mike Morris; Granite State Cloggers will dance on the street from 2 to 3 p.m. Santa will be at the Masonic Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. A free family event complete with face painting, hay rides, pony rides and Santa.

The Nutcracker is scheduled for Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at Concord City Auditorium by the Turning Pointe Center of Dance under the direction of Lisa Drouin Goff featuring local dancers. Tickets are $18 if purchased by calling 485-8710, online at the Turning Pointe facebook page or at the UPS Store on Main Street in Concord. At the door, tickets are $20 on the day of the event.

■The American Legion Post 28 at 43 Church St. would like your group or company to rent their hall for your holiday function. Please contact Lucien at 738-0666.

■The PALS Holiday Festival will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pembroke Academy cafeteria. The event features some local vendors, children’s crafts and games, raffles, food and a bake sale. Raffles will be drawn between 12:30 and 12:45 p.m. Attendees can also sign up for Breakfast with Santa. For questions or more information, contact nhpembrokepals@gmail.com.

JOCELYN CARLUCCI

485-3352

taihi@comcast.net

PITTSFIELDFire Departmenthosting Secret Santa

■Thank you to everyone that helped to make the Children’s Store and Christmas tree lighting events a fun success! When you are doing your after Christmas shopping, please consider picking up some gift bags, tissue and items on sale for next year.

■The Pittsfield Fire Department is planning for Christmas. The Secret Santa program benefits families in need within our community. Approximately 200 to 250 children each year, ages birth to 14 years are assisted. We provide not only toys, but a warm outfit and any needed winter outerwear. This program is fully funded by donations from local individuals and businesses. If you would like to assist, donations of new, unwrapped toys or clothing can be dropped off at the fire station at your convenience. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. If you will be donating toys or clothing, please contact Kris at the fire station at 435-6807 to coordinate a time to drop them off, or arrange for us to pick them up. Checks may be made payable to: Pittsfield Secret Santa, PO Box 392, Pittsfield, N.H.

■The PHS Class of 1979 is making plans for their 40th class reunion. Class members are asked to contact Randy Severance at ransev@comcast.net for details. Help is needed in locating class members.

■Plan to attend the annual Christmas concert on Friday at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 24 Main St. This special concert entitled, “How Great Our Joy,” will be a return to your favorite lovely Christmas carols. The concert will feature the church’s Chancel Choir and the JuBellation Handbell Choir. Add this wonderful family event to your holiday plans! For more information, call the church office at 435-7471.

■The Pittsfield Players will present the annual free Christmas Show, A Dickens Christmas, sponsored by the Sanderson Fund on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Scenic Theatre.

■The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a house decorating contest in the spirit of the season. Any address in Pittsfield, home or business, that wishes to participate may enter by submitting an entry form. Entry forms are available for printing at PittsfieldChamber.org or on Facebook: The Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce (@GreaterPittsfieldChamber). Mail, email or drop off your entry at Epping Well, Main Street Pittsfield by Dec. 15. Entry is free and the prize is $100! A Google Map link will be posted for the Dec. 20 Judging date so that others may enjoy the decorations and lights as well. Judging will take place Dec. 20, from 7 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. Any weather changes will be posted on the Chamber Facebook page in a timely manner. For questions, email GPCCNH@hotmail.com or message us through our Facebook page.

■The Victory Workers 4-H Club will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Center, lower level.

■The PMHS Drama Club presents A Christmas Chaos on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the PMHS Gymnasium. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students/kids. Cash only please at the door.

■The Infant Toddler Diaper Pantry will be open on Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church. Young families are given supplemental diapers and wipes. Everyone is welcome. Please use the Chestnut Street entrance. Monetary and product contributions are always welcome. Please call the church at 435-7471 to arrange drop-off.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Dominick’s Restaurant.

■The Suncook Valley Rotary Club is holding a holiday charity fundraiser. They are selling bird seed wreaths – made with fresh, dense and delicious bird seed. The cost is $19.95 and 100 percent of each sale supports local charities. Please contact Adam Gauthier at 219-7284 to place your order.

■The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station. For more information, please visit suncookvalleysnoriders.com.

■Pittsfield Elementary School (PES) PTO, has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of December. For every reusable community bag purchased at the Hannaford store located at 174 First N.H. Turnpike, Northwood during the month of December, PES PTO will receive a $1 donation. PES PTO is proud to be a beneficiary recipient of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program and has a goal of raising $50 by the end of December, which is equivalent to 50 bags purchased. Learn more about PES PTO by following their Facebook page.

■Happy birthday wishes to Jeff Miller and Heather Davis on Saturday. I hope you both enjoy your special day.

ANDREA RIEL

435-6346

pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com

SALISBURYKid’s Christmas Party

■Join Salisbury Historical Society to celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends here in Salisbury. Children’s Christmas party will be Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Town Hall.

■Carols at the Crèche on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Lunch will be served.

■Selectmen meet Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Academy Hall.

■Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday at 4 p.m. at Academy Hall.

KATHIE DOWNES

648-2473

kdownes@tds.net

WARNERLocal arts event

■Today at 2 p.m. at MainStreet Bookends, please join us for a very special afternoon celebrating our local poets and photographers. Please join us in this celebration of the arts and Lake Sunapee!

■Attend the annual Hospice Lights of Life Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at MainStreet Bookends. Concord Regional VNA and MainStreet BookEnds invite you to participate in this wonderful community event, as we remember those most missed at this time of year.

■“StoryTime with Simonds” at MainStreet BookEnds – in partnership with Simonds Elementary School. Come enjoy a read-aloud for grades K-2 with friends the first Thursday of each month from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. in The Gallery.

■Join us at BookEnds on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the holiday author book signing! Local authors Matt Forrest Esenwine, author of Flashlight Night will be joined by Deborah Bruss. They collaborated on Don’t Ask a Dinosaur! and Deborah is also the author of Good Morning Snowplow! We will also have N.H. historian Jack Noon with his newest book, The Tornado of 1821.

■Open Mic every Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Schoodacs Coffee Shop.

■The Warner Historical Society’s museum store will be open extra hours during the holiday season. Dec. 8, 15, and 22 the Upton Chandler House Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. featuring holiday items from the barn sale, gift baskets, Mt. Kearsarge items, hand-painted holiday ornaments of the Waterloo and Joppa covered bridges and the Simonds Free High School, the 2019 Celebrating the Artwork of Warner’s Charlie Brown, Part 2 and Jack Noon’s new publication, The Tornado of 1821.

■There will be a WYSA Pats Peak Chaperone meeting at 6 p.m Tuesday at the library,.

NEIL NEVINS

456-3614

info@mainstreetbookends.com

WEBSTERSelect Boardmeeting Monday

■The Webster Select Board will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the town offices.

SARAH CHALSMA

webstertowncrier@gmail.com