, Derry, New Hampshire

March 27, 2014

Around the Towns

Derry News

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March 29

Indoor craft fair and yard sale, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 58 East Broadway, Derry. Hosted by the Derry Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Light refreshments will be served. Tables are available on a first come, first served basis at a cost of $20 each. The public is invited to attend and browse the tables to find unique crafts and yard sale items. Call 432-4845.

MUSIC BY SHADOW, 7 p.m. at VFW Post 1617, 18 Railroad Ave., Derry. Members and their guests are welcome. Free admission. For more information, call 432-9702.


The Hampstead Civic Club, is offering a Golf Program for boys and girls (ages 6-17). Sign up on Saturday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Civic Club. These are group lessons for beginners to intermediate. The program, which will be held at the Brookstone Park Golf Course in Derry, will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for four weeks: April 26, May 3, 10 and 17. The total cost is $70 for an individual child or $65 per child in a multiple family. Call Jim Myers at 553-4606 or Debbie Goff at 328-9265, visit or email (type CIVIC CLUB GOLF in the subject line).

UR Parents Support Group, meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. The group offers support for parents of teens. Call 437-8477.

Teen Information for Parenting Success — Supporting Teen Families, meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. Includes free child care. Learn how to parent and to be financially stable. To register, call 437-8477.

Families Reaching Our Goals (FROG) workshops/support group and play group, Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. Families with young children are welcome. Call 437-8477.

Senior Games Group, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Join other seniors for coffee and a variety of games such as Scrabble, Yahtzee, Boggle and more. Call 434-8866 for more information.

The Derry Democratic Committee (Derry Dems), meets monthly on the third Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Center, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 437-1824.

Tiny Tot Classes, 10 a.m. on Mondays or Fridays at the Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road, Derry. For ages 6 months to 2 years. For more information, call 432-7186 or visit

Story hours, at the Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road, Derry. For ages 2-5. Story hours will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m., and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, call 432-7186 or visit

The Creative Women Writers’ Group, meets monthly at the Derry Public Library, East Broadway. All genres and stages of writing experience are welcome. The group will help beginners and assist seasoned writers with marketing their work. Sessions are free. Adults only. For more information, email

Senior Cribbage Group, held Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, Room 2A, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Enjoy friendly games with other senior players. Boards, pegs, cards and coffee will be supplied. For more information, call 434-8866.

Bridge Club, held Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, Room 2A, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Free to join. Pre-registration is not necessary. Offered by Derry Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 432-6136.

Senior Forty Fives Group, every Friday, 1 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Call 434-8866, email or visit for more information.

Creative Woman Writers Group, meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library. All genres welcome, published or not. For more information, email

Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway in Derry, 432-6140, hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays closed.

The Derry Lions Club, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry. Call 234-2731.

Knitting a Tighter Community, meets Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 26 Crystal Ave. in Derry. Call 432-5000.

Stroller Strides, offers a prenatal fitness program Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Gold’s Gym. A postnatal fitness program is at the SportsZone in Derry. Visit online for times at or call 300-8669.

Mizpah Rebekah Lodge No. 15, meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall, 18 Oak St. All Rebekahs are welcome. Call Kathy at 432-2853 or Leona at 432-5012.

St. Mark’s Lodge No. 44, Free and Accepted Masons, meets the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on East Broadway. A potluck supper is served at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. All Masons are welcome. Call George Chapman at 432-0501.

Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program for those seeking help and support to stop compulsive spending, meets Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway. Call 432-0055.

Parent and Child Play Group, meets weekly with local parents and their children. Call Diana at 216-5191.



The Londonderry Democratic Party, meets at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Milana Legal, 78 West Broadway, Derry. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, contact Tammy Siekmann at or 437-8898.

Tai Chi Classes, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, at the Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road. Classes will be taught by Janet Briggs, an experienced martial arts instructor. For more information, contact Janet at 434-5242 or email

Leadership Londonderry, is an educational program for Londonderry residents interested in learning more about how town and school governments work. The curriculum includes presentations by each town department head and representatives of each board or commission. The class meets once a month from September through May. Anyone interested in the program should contact Town Hall at 432-1100, ext. 120.

The Londonderry Women’s Club, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Spring social events include Yoga Class, Zumba Class, Movie Night, Dinner Out and Game Night. Make new friends and become involved in the community through fundraising events. For more information, call Trish at 434-5301 or email

Londonderry Leach Library partners with nhsaves, to offer a new service that will help educate consumers on electricity use. Beginning immediately, we will be circulating a CUT the CARBON! kit, which includes a Kill a Watt Meter, energy tips brochure, bookmark, instruction sheet and a survey postcard. Check out the kit for a two-week period and plug in your appliances one at a time to see how much energy they use and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Boy Scout Troop 1910, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Mammoth Road and Peabody Row. The troop invites all boys, ages 11 through 17, to join. No Scouting experience is required. Call Brian Williams at 432-3530.

Londonderry Diabetes Support Group, meets the third Friday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Londonderry Grange Hall. Call 800-540-2981.

Nutfield Caregiver Support Group, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road, from 4 to 5 p.m. Call Stacy Thrall at 425-1770.



Drop in and Draw, every day at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. Children and teens can come to the Library and draw/color. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email

Game Day, every day at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. People of all ages can play some of the board/video games that are at the library. Impromptu chess tournaments are welcome during Library hours. Puzzles are also available. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email

Story Time, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. Hear Mrs. Emily read some stories and make some crafts. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email

Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee, meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at Wason Pond Community Center, 603 Raymond Road. The public is welcome. Call Hilary Hall at 206-4786.

The Chester MOMS Club, new members welcome. Meet other mothers in the area. Daytime activities are planned including park days, play groups, holiday parties, craft projects, and outings to zoos, museums, movies. The club also offers a Mom’s Night Out and donates to local charities. Contact Kim at 401-4664 or email

HopeKeepers, a Christian group that provides emotional and spiritual support for those who live with chronic illness, pain or disability. Island Pond Baptist Church, 26 North Salem Road, Hampstead. For more information, call Lucy Gay at 434-9516,

Chester Community Food Pantry, open the fourth Saturday of each month at Congregational Church, 4 Chester St. Those in need of food assistance at other times may call the church office at 887-4799.

Around the Region

April 5

Spring Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Windham High School, London Bridge Road. Sponsored by the Windham Woman’s Club. All items are hand-crafted by more than 55 local artisans. Items for sale include jewelry, glass art, woodworking, baby items, doll and dog clothing, candy, fudge, photography and much more. Find items for Easter, Mother’s Day, weddings, baby showers, graduation, spring and summer birthdays. There will also be a bake sale and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Windham Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund and other community projects. Email or

April 24

“Conversations: Poems of the Earth” — A Poetry Discussion Series, 6:30 p.m. at Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye. With facilitating poet, Mimi White. For more information, call 964-8401 or visit

Nov. 18

Birchtree Benefit for Learning, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth. Features live music, live and silent auctions, raffles, appetizers, and drinks. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Birchtree Center’s educational and therapeutic programs for children and youth with autism and their families. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tickets or more information, call 433-4192.


Free Dental Appointments for ages 3 to 18, are being offered in Cheshire County as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. Parents interested in getting their child a free dental exam should call 762-3770 or email They will then be paired with a local dentist where they can schedule an appointment. This local program is available for Cheshire County residents only and parents must accompany their children during their dental visit. Local dentists and hygienists are offering their services through a partnership of the Dental Public Health Task Force and the Monadnock Dental Society. “Give Kids a Smile” is a national event started more than 10 years ago by the American Dental Association to serve children from low-income families across the country.

Story Time, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn. With Miss Mary. Listen to some fun stories and enjoy a craft, project, or activity. Intended for young children and parents. For more information, call 603-483-5374 or visit

Snake Feeding, 11:30 a.m. Sundays, at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Watch the ball pythons eat lunch, learn about them, and touch them. Free. For more information, call 603-668-2045 or visit

Raven Feeding, 12:30 p.m. Sundays, at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Watch the raven get his daily meal. Learn about what these birds eat in the wild. Free. For more information, call 603-668-2045 or visit

Irish Set Dancing Class, Friday nights at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 20 Madbury Road, Durham. Sponsored by the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association (SICA) the class is for adults. For more information visit or email

The Vic Geary Foxwoods Casino Trip, a large coach bus will leave at 7 a.m. from the Vic Geary Center every second Monday of the month. The return trip will leave Foxwoods around 4 p.m. The cost of the trip is $32, which includes free bingo games on the ride to Foxwoods, a movie with snacks on the return, Foxwoods coupons for two, $10 Keno play and a $10 food or full buffet coupon. Call 382-8193 or 382-9276. Seats are limited; reserve early.

Toastmasters of Manchester, meets the first, third and fifth Thursdays of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at VHG Labs, 276 Abby Road in Manchester. Visitors are welcome. Call 437-2627.

The Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation, known as CART, is a curb-to-curb transportation system serving the communities of Chester, Danville, Derry, Londonderry, Plaistow, Salem, Windham and Hampstead for those needing a ride for medical visits, shopping or social visits. CART services are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $2 per one-way ride. Reservations can be made during regular business hours by calling 434-3569. Reservations must be made several days in advance, but no more than 14 days in advance.

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