Chocolate Ball to benefit Friendship Center

The Derry Friendship Center is holding a Chocolate Ball on Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Lions Club Hall, 259 Mammoth Road.

Enjoy coffee and chocolate at 6:30 p.m. Dance to the music with popular DJ Kevin Gettings until 11 p.m.

There will be door prizes and raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Derry Friendship Center, which recently opened a second location at the Avery Center in Londonderry.

The cost is $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the Friendship Center, 45 East Broadway, Derry; or by calling 432-9794, or e-mailing

Enjoy a visit from a Wild Thing

Celebrate award-winning books with a visit from a Wild Thing from Maurice Sendak's Caldecott winning picture book, "Where the Wild Things Are," on Monday, Feb. 28, from 4 to 5 p.m.

During this program, the classic tale will be read, as well as other award-winning books. A wild rumpus of a good time is planned. The program is open to 90 participants; advance registration is required.

To register, call or stop by the Children's Room.

Learn to prune fruit bushes, trees

A tree fruit and small fruit pruning demonstration will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sunnycrest Farm, 59 High Range Road. The event is presented by Rockingham County and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.

Learn how to prune apples, blueberries, raspberries, peaches and grapes. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. For more information or for individuals requiring special accomodations, contact Deb Stevens or Nada Haddad at 679-5616 or e-mail

History of folk music comes to Leach Libary

Leach Library will host a musical program, "Folk Music: Singing History," with Random Acts of Harmony. on Thursday, March 10, at 7 p.m. The acoustic folk trio will treat listeners to a variety of folk songs and the compelling stories behind their origins.

Random Acts of Harmony includes Randy Filliger, Rob Becker and Dick Kruppa. They perform traditional and contemporary folk tunes sung with acoustic guitar, five-string banjo, and stand-up bass accompaniment.

The trio will present an evening of musical entertainment embellished with historical facts. Before each song is performed, Seacoast actor Rob Becker will tell the interesting events and issues that led to its writing.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library's lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

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