, Derry, New Hampshire

August 2, 2012

Derry Briefs

Derry News

---- — Garden club to meet

The Derry Garden Club meets Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn.

Club members will host a business meeting and the program “Gardening With Children” follows.

The program is led by Julia Steed Mawson, of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Members should bring a box lunch. The public is invited to attend. For information, call 432-7195 or visit

Birch Heights offers senior moments

Birch Heights independent senior living community offers a full schedule this summer of activities for its residents and area seniors. All programs are free.

Upcoming events include: hearing aid education and screenings, Aug. 1, 9:30 a.m.; Horse racing social, Aug. 3, 2 p.m.; Beach Bingo Blast, Aug. 4, 2 p.m.; jigsaw puzzle challenge, Aug. 11,10 a.m.; veterans education seminar, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.; and an art show, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. Birch Heights is located at 7 Kendall Pond Road, Derry. For information, call 425-7755.

Renew clothing giveaway planned

Renew Clothing Closet, a ministry of Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road, offers a free, gently used clothing giveaway on Aug. 4 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the church.

To learn more about Renew, call 434-1516 or visit the ministry on Facebook or by emailing to

Senior picnic planned Aug. 29

Derry Parks and Recreation hosts a summer senior picnic on Aug. 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at Gallien’s Town Beach, Route 102.

The menu includes barbecue basics provided by Parks and Recreation. Each participant is asked to bring a dish to share.

A ticket is necessary to attend, but attendance is free. Call Parks and Recreation for information at 432-6136.

Annual Rotary auction is coming up

The Derry Rotary Club hosts its annual benefit auction on Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. at the Fireye parking lot on Tsienneto Road.

The club has hosted the fundraising auction for more than 35 years. Donations of good used furniture, sporting goods, household items, lawn and garden tools, and electronics are being collected.

All donations are tax-deductible and proceeds from the auction go to support Derry Rotary Club charities and causes, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry, The Upper Room, local soup kitchens and pantries, Community Caregivers and many more groups in the area.

Call Derry Rotary member and auction chairman Dave Allen for information or to arrange a donation pickup at 432-2050.

Farmers Market plans corn roast

The Derry Farmers Market plans its third annual corn roast event on Aug. 8 at the market site at 14 Manning St.

Special attractions include musical entertainment. Corn roasting begins at 4 p.m., with corn supplied by J & F Farm. There will be special vendor giveaways. Regular market hours that day are from 3 to 7 p.m., rain or shine.

Volunteers are needed to help with children’s activities. Call 434-8974 for information or visit

Cruise nights at the farm

J & F Farms, 124 Chester Road, Route 102, hosts a Cruise Night on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

Along with a collection of classic roadsters, the farm offers fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, New Hampshire crafts and ice cream. Raffles and a petting zoo are included. Call for information at 437-0535.