---- — Bring on the holidays
Derry welcomes the holiday season with the annual parade hosted by the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. The parade is set for Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. and steps off from West Broadway, heading down to Crystal Avenue and ending at Hood Commons.
This year’s theme is “Light Up the Holidays” with many marching units, bands, school and business floats and much more. Derry Village Rotary Club members will be walking the parade route to collect canned food to donate to local food pantries. Following the parade, the annual “Very Derry Holiday” schedule of events takes place, hosted by Derry Parks and Recreation.
Events begin at 2 p.m. at Veterans Hall and the Adams Memorial Building. That includes cookie decorating, face-painting and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Call Parks and Recreation at 432-6136.
Masons’ tree sale begins Nov. 30
St. Mark’s Lodge 44 Free and Accepted Masons start selling Nov. 30 at the Masonic Lodge, 58 East Broadway. Fresh cut trees from New Hampshire and Vermont family farms will be sold for $30 and up.
There are extra-tall trees for rooms with cathedral ceilings and smaller trees for table tops.
The tree sale has been held for more than 25 years and proceeds allows St. Mark’s to support local charities. This year, the Masons will also collect coats, toys and food to help those in need.
The lodge is an official drop-off spot for Toys for Tots. Food collected will support the First Baptist food pantry in Derry and Marion Gerrish Community Center efforts for the Derry Community Fund.
Toys will be collected through Dec. 21. In addition to trees, wreaths will be for sale to benefit Rockingham Chapter 3 Order of Eastern Star.
Lions to hold annual Christmas tree sale
The Derry Lions Club hosts its annual Christmas tree sale at Citizens Bank Plaza. Tree sales begin Nov. 30 and continue until all trees are sold.
Hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds from the sale will support Lions Club missions and projects, including free eyeglasses and exams for residents in need.
Genealogy Roundtable to meet Dec. 3
The monthly meeting of the Genealogy Roundtable is Dec. 3 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Derry Public Library, downstairs meeting room. Meetings are informal and all are welcome regardless of experience level.
Attend Affordable Care Act session
Derry Public Library hosts the next in its series of information sessions on the Affordable Care Act with “The Affordable Care Act for Small Business: It’s Decision Time.” The event will be Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Hugh Curley, economic development specialist from the New Hampshire office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will provide information on the ACA with specific emphasis on provisions that will impact decisions by small businesses.
Call 432-6140. Registration is suggested, but not required.
Garden club will go green Dec. 6
The Derry Garden Club meets Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry, 40 Hampstead Road. This is the annual holiday greens workshop where members bring their own containers and greenery to create centerpieces and other arrangements. A meeting and luncheon are held. All are welcome to attend.
Town offices will be closed
The Derry municipal center and Veterans Hall will be closed Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 15th annual employee recognition event at First Parish Church in East Derry.
Annual Reindeer Romp set
West Running Brook Middle School hosts its annual “Reindeer Romp” on Dec. 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be holiday music, raffles, food, and other activities. Students and parents can shop for gifts at the event. Call for information at 432-1250.
Lights, cameras, action Dec. 7
A tree lighting and visit with Santa Claus are set for Dec. 7 at Burlington Self-Storage, 4 Linlew Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
Santa visits from 3 to 6 p.m. and the tree lighting is at 6:30 p.m. There will be photos, treats and cocoa, Toys for Tots drive and a nonperishable food drive to benefit the Sonshine Soup Kitchen. For information, call the Chamber at 432-8205.
Firefighters collect toys
The Professional Firefighters of Derry 4392 are hosting the Toys for Tots drive through Dec. 11.
Bring new, unwrapped toys to the fire station at 131 East Broadway.
Calling all teen contestants Nov. 29
The 10th annual Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen competition is set for February 2014 and the deadline to enter is fast approaching.
Contest hopefuls must apply by Nov. 29 by visiting missnh.org/outstanding-teen. The program is for girls ages 13 to 17 and is the little sister program of the Miss America organization. The competition is intended to encourage and reward talent, communication skills, community service and academic achievement.
Twirling in the holidays
The Red Star Twirlers are ready for the holidays and will be twirling this season for a good cause. The local baton group will present its annual holiday show, “Bells for Christmas Present,” on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House on West Broadway.
The show is for all ages; tickets are $5. Tickets are on sale at Veterans Hall, 31 West Broadway on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; at Halligan Tavern; or 30 minutes before showtime on Dec. 14.