---- — Train to be Santa’s little helper
Derry Public Library hosts an elf training workshop Dec. 5 at 1 p.m. Children, ages 4 to 8, are invited to find out what it takes to be one of Santa’s elves.
There will be lessons on making elf hats, cookie decorating and other crafts. Children will graduate from the program with an official elf certificate. Call 432-6140 for information.
Chamber invites stores to decorate
The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce hosts a storefront decorating contest. Businesses are invited to decorate their office or retail space.
Judging is Dec. 7 and winners will be announced later that day at the Chamber’s tree-lighting ceremony at Burlington Self Storage at 4 Linlew Drive. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m.
Judging is based on holiday theme, creativity and effort. Visit gdlchamber.org for information.
Firefighters help Toys for Tots
The deadline is Dec. 11 for donations of toys for the Derry firefighters’ Toys for Tots drive.
New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Central Fire Station, 131 East Broadway. The drive is hosted by the Professional Firefighters of Derry Local 4392.
Chamber Wreath Stroll is Dec. 10
The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber hosts the second annual Wreath Stroll Dec. 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Cask and vine, 1 East Broadway.
Local organizations and businesses will donate a decorated wreath to put up for auction. Proceeds benefit the Derry News Santa Fund.
Toy collection is now underway
The Derry Community Fund is collecting new toys to donate to children in need this holiday season. The Marion Gerrish Community Center on West Broadway has a collection box.
People can drop off toys to support the Community Fund’s longstanding mission in the Greater Derry area to help those needing assistance this holiday season. Visit dnhcf.org for information.
Register soon for Polar Express
East Derry’s Taylor Library invites children to sign up for available spots for the library’s popular “Polar Express” story hours.
This year’s events are Dec. 10, 11 and 12. Story hours begin each night at 6:30 and include the famous story “Polar Express” and visits with Santa Claus.
Children must be at least 3 years old to attend. Call 432-7186 for information.
Teens, learn how to cook
Derry Public Library will host a cooking club for teens on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. The club is held every other Tuesday.
Participants will learn to make delicious food and have time to be with friends. Call teen librarian Erin Robinson at 432-6140 for information.
Holiday open house set
Derry Public Library hosts its holiday open house on Dec. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be music provided by “Let’s Play Music” students, holiday refreshments and gift ideas. Call 432-6140 for information.
Holiday fair has lots to offer
DERRY — The Nutfield Cooperative School hosts its holiday fair on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, located at First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road.
There will be more than 20 vendors on hand to show off their items. There will also be raffles, a bake sale and local crafters and artisans. All money raised goes to support the Nutfield school, serving the community since 1969.
Visit the Festival of Trees
Birch Heights retirement facility on Kendall Pond Road hosts a Festival of Trees through Dec. 14.
Area businesses, medical centers, organizations and other agencies have contributed decorated trees with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Raffle tickets will be on sale for $5 to win a tree or bring a toy donation for a chance to win.
The Festival of Trees open house and tree raffle drawing is Dec. 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Meet Santa Claus and enjoy holiday specialties made by the Birch Heights chef. Trees can be viewed Monday through Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Call 425-7755 for information.
Teen Tech Thursday is Dec. 19
Derry Public Library hosts activities for teens including Teen Tech Thursdays. The next session is Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m.
Teens will explore programs using laptops and iPads. Call 432-6140 to register.