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Warner - A selection of hand-made baskets by Jennifer Lee.

Warner - A selection of hand-made baskets by Jennifer Lee.

Published: 10-28-2023 1:00 PM


■East Church, 51 Mountain Road, will hold a Holiday Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be crafts, deli, bakery, books, jewelry, woodwork, raffles, lunch and more! Call 603-224-9242 or visit

■ Art Walk is during First Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will transform Downtown into a vibrant hub of creativity! Local groups will unite to showcase captivating artworks, making it a can’t-miss celebration for art enthusiasts and residents. For more details and updates go to and social media channels.

■ Runaway June and Ben Durand will perform their seamlessly rich, organic harmonies and fiery, western-rooted bluegrass sound on Thursday at the Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main St. at 7 p.m. This is a free show!

■ On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 South Main St., the mitten that launched a hundred memes! Vermont author and fiber artist Jen Ellis visits to talk about the mittens (yes, those mittens that Bernie wore) that she made, and what led her there, with “Bernie’s Mitten Maker: A Memoir.” Can’t make this event? Order a copy through our website, and leave your signing/personalization request in the order notes!

■Fire of God Regional Charismatic Prayer Gathering happens on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road. Anyone looking for some inspiration from the Holy Spirit including praise and worship, inspiring talks, healing prayer, etc. is welcome to attend! People from all over the state will be attending. Information is available from Jackie Morganti: (603) 332-3576 or

■Today through Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., it’s the Bishop Brady High School Fall Open House! Register at

■“Ultreya” means onward as in the journey in faith, Christian fellowship, and a deepening of discipleship. It includes a witness speaker, discussion, music, laughter, and refreshments. It’s on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and the second Friday of each month. No cost! John Kangas,, can provide more information.

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■Join Books & Brew for a low-pressure book club! Come talk about what ever you’ve been reading on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. and get some great recommendations at the Heights Branch Library!

■Create a Fall Gnome Door Hanger on Nov. 6 at 5:30 p.m. using burlap, leaves and hot glue. Apple cider will be provided at the Library Create & Sip. Adults 18+ years only. Class is limited to 16 and registration is required. Please register here.

■ It’s the first Musicians’ Flea Market at First Congregational Church, 79 Clinton St, on Saturday at 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buy and sell music-released items, instruments, accessories, parts, CDs, vinyl albums, sheet music, etc. The event also serves as a fund-raiser for music programs at the church. Admission is $2 per person and children under 13 will be admitted free with an adult. Anyone who wants to sell music-related items can rent tables for $10. Table reservations are recommended but not required. Email with reservations or questions.

■ Let’s celebrate the legacy of naturalists together! Mark your calendar for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at 93 Storrs St. to embark on a journey where you’ll learn, create, and connect with the natural world in an inspiring and meaningful way at the Naturalists Fair. To share who you would like to study, contact Allyson at The fee is $5.

■Are you and a friend looking to grow your businesses and make new referrals? Join Comparion Insurance for our next Networking Event on Wednesday at Litherman’s Limited Brewery from 4:30 to 6 p.m. First drink is on us.

■It’s Trails & Ales with Parks and Recreation at Litherman’s Limited Brewery on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Explore awesome trails and some amazing brews! Register for individual events or the entire series at

■ Halloween Trick-or-Treating on Tuesday will close Auburn St. from 4:30 to 9 p.m. from Liberty St. to Franklin St. It will also close Oakmont Drive between Fairview Drive and Country Club Lane. There’s a Halloween Block Party on Tuesday and a portion of Harrod St. will be closed.

■ About all those Trick-or-Treaters, what do vampires take to get around on Halloween night? A blood vessel. Why shouldn’t an angry witch take her broom trick or treating? She might fly off the handle. Finally, why didn’t anyone want to go trick or treating with Dracula? Because he is a pain in the neck. Happy Halloween!

■Penacook Trick-or-Treating is on Monday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

■Enjoy the Route 3 Art Trail event on Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can visit the 15 locations from Concord to Penacook to Boscawen to Franklin. More information can be found at

■Ward 1 voters will no longer be voting at the Immaculate Conception Church on Bonney St., Penacook. The polling location for Ward 1 voters will now be the Merrimack Valley High School gymnasium. Parking will be available in Student Parking Lot to access the gymnasium entrance. This new location will provide convenient parking, ADA accessibility, and more space for voters. Polls will be open for the next election on Nov. 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.




■Allenstown Police Department Annual Open House will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Allenstown Police Department. Come and enjoy the ghost and goblins in a safe and fun evening for all. The time for the Town of Allenstown Trick or Treat will be held Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Allenstown Historical Society will meet on Nov.1 at 6 p.m. at the MRF Building off rte 28 on Lavoie Dr. The meetings are open to the public. For more information call 603 485-4437.

■The Suncook Senior Center will host a Halloween Party Bingo at 10 a.m. come on in dressed up. We will have a vote on who has the best and the funniest costume. There will be Halloween treats served. Bone Builders is held on Tuesday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and Bingo is from 10 to noon. with a lively group of bingo players. Arts and Crafts will held on Wednesday from 10 to noon. and will be making Veterans Day cards.

■Mark your calendars for Christmas in the Village that is held annualy by the Pembroke Women’s Club on Dec. 3, 2023 from 1 to 4 on the Main Street in Pembroke with a lot of special events.



■Boscawen has three “trunk or treat” events, tomorrow, on Gate Night, Oct. 30. Treats will be handed out by the Police Department from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Boscawen Elementary School parking lot, the Boscawen Congregational Church from 4 to 7 p.m. and Elektrisola from 5 to 8 p.m. The Transfer Station hours change as of Nov. 1 eliminating Tuesday hours for the winter months. They will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Winter Parking Ban in Boscawen goes into effect on Nov. 1 and no street parking is allowed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

■Do you like to write? Would you like to share your stories with other writers? Check out the Writer’s Workshop at the Boscawen Public Library that is meeting this month on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The group meets monthly, usually, on the last Monday of the month.

■Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Friday Night Coffee House on Nov. 3 with the featured group, Starlight Trio. The doors at the Boscawen Congregational Church open at 6:30 p.m., and the music begins at 7 p.m. Email to register for the open MIC period. Admission is free, donations appreciated and refreshments can be purchased. Registrations are being taken for the UNBOUND Conference to be held at the Boscawen Congregational Church on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more details and to pre-register, go to



■The Bradford Community Church will be holding Bible Study on Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29 in the Office Building. For information, call 603-938-5313. The men’s breakfast will be held on Nov. 4 from 8 to 9 a.m. Young adults will be gathering on Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. and enjoying a Mexican dinner. The Church is accepting donations for One Great Hour of Sharing to help the people of Israel. Donation checks may be made out to Bradford Community Church and in the memo area put OGHS and send to P O Box 57, Bradford, N.H. 03221.

■Several months ago, the Selectboard appointed a group of volunteers to consider what to do with the Town-owned Masonic Building on West Main Street. At the Oct. 23 Selectboard meeting the consensus of the group was to put it up for auction at an approximate cost to the town of $5,000. Some auctioneers have been contacted who are also lawyers and would take care of any legalities. The requirement would be the building to be either moved or taken down. The cellar hole would be filled in and the area landscaped for the Fire Department.



■Veterans Day is an important day for our nation to honor all who have served in the U.S. military. On Nov. 9 at 9 a.m., CES students from grades K-5 will pay tribute to veterans in a multitude of heartfelt ways. All community veterans are invited to attend this special tribute as CES students perform to show their appreciation to those who have served. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the school library following the assembly.

■The Lakes Region Santa Fund Trust has a limited supply of new winter coats, snow pants and boots for elementary-age and younger children in need, and new winter coats for older children in need. If you are a Canterbury resident and would like to request this assistance for your child, please contact Karen Decker-Gendron, the CES School Nurse, at or Jeannine Myers, the CES School Counselor, at You may also call CES and ask for Mrs. Decker-Gendron or Mrs. Myers if you prefer. Final distribution of winter gear will be Nov. 17. This resource is only available while supplies last, so please don’t hesitate if you would like to make a request.

■We are looking forward to holding our traditional Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Luncheon this year at CES. The luncheon, including a full turkey dinner and dessert, will be served by members of our Student Council. Entertainment will be provided by our younger learners. The luncheon will be held on Nov. 16 at noon in the CES Library. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 14 by calling 603-783-9944. This event is open to all senior citizens of Canterbury.



■Holiday Celebrations! Elementary School celebrates Halloween on Oct. 31, 1:45 to 2:25 p.m. The school will hold its traditional costume parade into the center of town and back, followed by classroom parties. Halloween trick or treat on the Dunbarton Common,, 5 to 7 p.m.

■The Dunbarton American Legion Post #116 would like to invite the public to their Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11. At 10:45 a.m., veterans assemble. At 11 a.m. the public ceremony starts at Dunbarton Town Hall, Second Floor. Handicap accessible. FMI contact Post Commander Charles Frost, (603) 774-3634

■Granite VNA offers a Public Flu Clinic at the Dunbarton Congregational Church, 6 Stark Highway North, Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m. Immunizations are offered at no charge with an ID card from Medicare B, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts, or Anthem. $30 (cash or check) for all others. Published rate is $45. This year, they are offering the standard quadrivalent influenza vaccine. For ages 3 and older. For more information, please visit or call (603) 224-4093, ext. 85815.

■The Congregational Church’s Book Group: Beyond the Book will discuss “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nov. 2, 7 to 8 p.m. Next month’s book “The Last Thing He Told Me” by Laura Dove is scheduled for discussion on Dec. 7. Don’t miss the New York Times bestselling blockbuster and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick that’s sold over 2 million copies. For meeting location or questions, contact



■Mondays at 3:30 p.m. the LEGO’s will be joined by other building materials to try out! Duplex, Plus-Plus, and jumbo cardboard building blocks will also be available Morning Story Times are Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and feature books, movement, snacks, and crafts! Themes for this month will focus on November and fall celebrations.

Mahjong Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Knitters Group will meet on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Baby play group on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Bedtime story time on Thursday at 6 p.m. to include books and calming movements. Thinker Thursday: Plaster Cast Footprints. Make your own dinosaur fossil. Saturday Story time for November will be this coming Saturday. at 10 a.m. Katie Preston: Holocaust survivor to speak on Saturday, at 11 a.m. The Book Discussion group will meet on Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. to discuss “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus. Look for the Story Walk along the front of the library starting on Nov. 12. Check out the library website. There is a survey out there if you are a homeschooling family that would be interested in attending monthly programs. It is an opportunity for connection, support, and fun. The survey will help planning what days and times work best.

■Trick or Treat hours are from 5 to 8 p.m.

■The Board of Selectmen will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. at Lower Level of Meetinghouse. ZBA Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday at ECS starting at 7 p.m.



■The Story Behind Franklin’s First Day Celebration at Franklin Historical Society, Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Come learn about the history of Franklin’s First Day Celebration on the Winnipesaukee River, hosted by Ken Norton and Marty Parichand.

■Lights of Memory at Peabody Place, Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. This annual event includes a short ceremony, reading of the names of our deceased loved ones, and light refreshments. This is a fundraiser by the Auxiliary to support Franklin and the surrounding community. $3 for each name submitted, and forms are available in the lobby of Peabody Place and by emailing All forms are due by Nov. 10.

■Festival of Trees at Unitarian Universalist Church, Dec. 1 to 3. Support the Franklin Opera House and sign up now to donate a tree, wreath, stocking, or other item for this popular fundraising event. Online sign-up: Register on or before November 11.



■The Weare Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. for the purpose of hearing public testimony and comment on the acceptance of the following two items: 1. Acceptance of a grant from the State of NH Department of Justice (DOJ) and 2. Acceptance of unanticipated revenue from Primex for an insurance claim.

■A trail race to support Veterans Programs is being sponsored by the Henniker American Legion Post 78, NEC Veteran Affairs, NEC Adventure Bound, Delta Dental, Henniker Brewing, and Runners Alley. Online registration closes Thursday, Nov. 2. In person registration is onsite at Henniker Brewing Company from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. To register go to:

■John Stark senior Ella Smith recently tied for the highest score in the state on alto voice during her audition for Jazz All-State. She’ll represent John Stark Regional High School in the Jazz All-State Honors Choir in the 2024 Jazz All-State Festival in February.



■Bring your Jack-o-Lantern and place it on the wall of Veterans Memorial Park in Hopkinton (the park is at the intersection of RT103 and 202 across from the First Congregational Church) to be displayed Oct. 29 to 31. Include a single battery operated votive candle in your Jack-o-Lantern and the Recreation Dept will light each night. Trick or Treating is Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

■The 2023 Turkey Trot race on Thanksgiving morning is on! All proceeds will go directly to Hopkinton Human Services to help fund our food and fuel programs and Operation Holidays. Come run, walk, or skip along and support this important cause! For the top finishers, there will be great prizes donated by local businesses! Register today for the early bird pricing.

■Contoocook United Methodist Church Rummage Sale Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon, bag sale at 11 a.m.. Large white elephant table, jewelry , clothes and shoes, furniture, books, toys, decorations.



■Suncook Senior Center Trip: Christmas Show at the Famous Indian Head Resort. Dec. 6. Buffet luncheon and entertainment by Marlene Phillips. Space is limited. Call Nancy at 603-485-9181.

■Pembroke Energy Committee Presents: Home Workshop Electrification at 6 p.m., Nov. 15, in the activity room of Pembroke Town Library The Pembroke Energy Committee will discuss three home workshop electrification topics: 1) Modern LED lighting solutions, 2) Variable Frequency Drives for 3-phase motors, and 3) Induction Furnaces for small scale forging and blacksmithing. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, write to

■The Pembroke Historical Society will welcome quilting historian and author Pamela Weeks from the New England Quilt Museum to the Pembroke Town Library on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. She will discuss “New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell.” Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. The event is free and open to the public and is underwritten by the NH Humanities Council, with the support of the National Council on the Humanities. For information, call 603-566-1031.



■Halloween Trick or Treat in the Town of Pittsfield will be on Oct. 31 between the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. Don’t forget to stop in at the Haunted House at PYW (Pittsfield Youth Workshop), 5 Park St. on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m!

■ Suncook Valley Sno-riders meeting will be held on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Pittsfield Fire Station. Come learn about our trails and latest club events. It’s a great way to also learn about our landowner relationships and to network with fellow snowmobilers. Come help us keep the trails open!

■ The Suncook Valley Rotary Club Penny Sale on Nov. 4 at the PMHS Gym. New format this year for the Penny Sale. Doors will open at 2 p.m. - drawing starts at 5 p.m. This year you can select which items you put tickets in for! We’re looking for donations for this year’s Penny Sale. If you or a business are interested in donating item(s) let us know. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Fallon at or 603-731-6862 or Stephanie at 504-460-5200. Donations can be dropped off to Lori at Northway Bank in Pittsfield.



■Halloween Trick or Treat in Warner will be on Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m. Simonds School students and staff will parade in costume on Main Street (time TBA) – hope you will come and watch … and dress up, too! Cafe One East will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for trick or treat, a costume party, games, and a special menu including “Butter Beer” and hot chocolate. The library will be open until 8 p.m.

■Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum holds a Bark Basket Making Workshop on Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. led by MKIM Trustee and Northern Narragansett basket maker Jennifer Lee. Participants will craft a basket of small to medium size using ash bark. All materials will be provided. The workshop price is $95 for members or $100 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit To learn more about Jennifer and her baskets, visit



■The Selectboard will meet on Monday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grange Hall.

■The Webster Conservation Commission meeting will be on Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. at the Town Hall.