Calling all chili masters for Frost Festival

Have a great chili recipe? Consider participating in the Frost Festival Chili Bake-off at Gallien's Beach on Beaver Lake Sunday, Feb. 13, from noon to 3 p.m.

Drop-off time is 11 a.m.; participants must supply a crockpot and serving spoon.

The winner, judged by Frost Festival participants, takes home a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

The contest is limited to 10 entries, so sign up now. Call Ed Riemitis at (508) 726-7240 to enter.

Breakfast to help service dog programs

There will be a pancake breakfast at the Derry Masonic Building on Broadway Sunday, Feb. 6, from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

Proceeds will benefit the New Hampshire Guide Dog Association and Puppy Raiser, as well as service dog foundations in New Hampshire.

The suggested donation is $5. For more details, call 571-9381.

Mini golf tournament will help many

The Upper Room hosts its second annual "Puttin' Families First" indoor mini golf tournament on Feb. 12 at the Barka Elementary School gym, 21 Eastgate Road. The event runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This event is held in conjunction with the Frost Festival weekend and includes an indoor 9-hole mini golf course, music, a hole-in-one challenge, raffles, prizes and ice cream sundaes. Teams of four can also enter to win trophies and prizes. A $250 donation is requested for a team.

Donations are requested for general admission with all proceeds benefiting children and families served by The Upper Room.

For more information call the Upper Room at 437-8477 or visit

Check out book bargains at the library

The Friends of the Derry Libraries will host a book sale on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Derry Library at 64 East Broadway.

There is a large stock of sorted books, DVDs, videos, books-on-tape and CDs. Proceeds are used to purchase museum passes available to library patrons and to support the library programs.

Local poets to gather

The next meeting of the Hyla Brook Poets group, affiliated with the Frost Farm in Derry, will be Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at BeanTowne Coffee House on Route 111 in Hampstead.

Ellen Dore Watsono will read from her new collection, "Dogged Hearts." The reading series is free and open to the public.

Dore has written numerous collections of poetry. She is the poetry and translation editor for "The Massachusetts Review," and the director of The Poetry Center at Smith College in Northampton, Mass.

An open mic follows the readings; all audience members are invited to share their work. The next Hyla Brook Poets monthly writing workshop is Feb. 19 at the Coffee Factory in Derry. For information, contact Robert Crawford at

First Parish hosts blood drive

First Parish Congregational Church, 47 East Derry Road, hosts an American Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.

All donors receive a coupon for a free sub and also a long-sleeved Red Cross shirt.

Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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