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October 24, 2013

DERRY BRIEFS


Derry News

---- — Tech petting zoo

Derry Public Library hosts another technology “petting zoo” event on Oct. 24, when people are invited to stop by and try devices including iPads, Kindles and Nooks.

The event runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call the library at 432-6140 for information.

Caregivers host event

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry hosts a gala and silent auction event to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary. The event will be held Oct. 24 at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown.

The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a three-course meal with vineyard wines. Keynote speaker is John Clayton, author and columnist.

The silent auction includes Disney day passes, signed memorabilia, gift certificates, gift baskets and artwork. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 432-0877 or stopping by the Caregivers office at 58 East Broadway. A complete list of sponsors and auction items is available at comcaregivers.org.

Dress up your dogs

Handel With Care Veterinary Hospital, 33 Crystal Ave., will host a Halloween event for pets on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pets can come in all dressed up for Halloween to have photos taken. Special prizes will be awarded to the best costumes. Call 432-1404.

Dueling pianos to play

The Derry Rotary Club hosts “Dueling Pianos” on Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry. The show is open to all and features Davina Yannetty and Craig McMahon, who will take requests from the audience and play in sequence or together, or in competition with each other.

Tickets can be purchased individually or for multiple seating at 10 per table. Drinks and snacks will be available. All proceeds will benefit local charities.

Tickets cost $30 per person. Call 674-8144 or 437-1200 for tickets and information.

Get rid of unwanted drugs

Derry Police host a drug take-back event on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police station parking lot on Municipal Drive.

Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration give the public an opportunity to prevent abuse and theft of prescription drugs by getting rid of unwanted or expired drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Call Officer Dan Komenda for information at 432-6111.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat set

Derry hosts its annual downtown trick-or-treat events on Oct. 26, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a costume parade and contest at Veterans Hall on West Broadway.

At noon, trick-or-treating begins on Broadway with local businesses opening their doors to offer treats. At 1 p.m., Crystal Avenue businesses will participate and then at 2 p.m., trick-or-treat action winds down at Hood Commons.

Derry’s townwide Halloween night trick-or-treat event is Oct. 31 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call Parks and Recreation for information at 432-6136.

Library hosts energy workshop

Derry Public Library hosts “Energy Savings for the Home,” a workshop to teach people some simple ways to conserve energy and money during heating season. The seminar is free and hosted by the Derry Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee.

The event will be held on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. The library is located at 64 East Broadway. Call for information at 432-6140.

SAT prep offered at library

Derry Public Library hosts SAT essay prep seminars on Oct. 26 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Swing by the library for a study session before the big day.

There will be two practice essay tests, along with information on how to be organized when taking the test. Call the library for information at 432-6140.

Plan ‘A Night in Paris’

The Upper Room hosts its annual Family Matters auction with a “Night in Paris” theme on Nov. 1 at Promises to Keep, Route 28. The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and includes a live and silent auction, food, games and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the families and children served by the Upper Room and its programs.

Local restaurants will offer food and desserts and auction items include gift packages, trips, gift baskets, artwork and more.

Tickets are $35 per person and are available at urteachers.org/involved-auction.html.

St. Luke’s hosts Harvest Supper

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 63 East Broadway, hosts its annual Harvest Supper on Nov. 2. There are two seatings: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The menu includes turkey, stuffing, vegetables, mashed potatoes, desserts, cranberry sauce and beverages. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children 3 to 12, and free for children under 3.

Call St. Luke’s to reserve a spot at 434-4767 or 437-2635. The church is handicapped accessible and there is parking available across from the church in the town’s municipal lot.

Genealogy Roundtable set

The monthly meeting of the Genealogy Roundtable will be held Nov. 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library in the downstairs meeting room.

Meetings are informal and research is discussed. All are welcome regardless of level of experience.

AARP driving courses offered

AARP driving courses are offered Nov. 11 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Nutfield Medical Building, 44 Birch St. The two-session classe features information on defensive driving techniques and age-related changes to vision, hearing, reaction time and much more.

Other topics to be covered include anti-lock brakes, air bags and safety belts. There are no tests. Several insurance companies may offer discounts after completing the course. The class is open to any age driver, but is geared to those over 50.

The course fee is $14, $12 for AARP members. Call to register at 1-877-642-2362.