Derry

Ongoing

Young Onset Parkinson’s and Caregivers Gathering, meets on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 17 Drew Woods Drive in Derry. Offers an opportunity for people affected with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s caregivers to connect for support, discussion and camaraderie. Attendees can help each other fill in empty spaces to find solutions and answers together. RSVP to Susan at suzys_mail@yahoo.com.

UR Parents Support Group, meets Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. The group offers support for parents of teens. Call 437-8477.

Teen Information for Parenting Success — Supporting Teen Families, meets every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. Includes free child care. Learn how to parent and to be financially stable. To register, call 437-8477.

Families Reaching Our Goals (FROG) workshops/support group and play group, Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at The Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road in Derry. Families with young children are welcome. Call 437-8477.

Senior Games Group, Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Join other seniors for coffee and a variety of games such as Scrabble, Yahtzee, Boggle and more. Call 434-8866 for more information.

The Derry Democratic Committee (Derry Dems), meets monthly on the third Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Center, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 437-1824.

Tiny Tot Classes, 10 a.m. on Mondays or Fridays at the Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road, Derry. For ages 6 months to 2 years. For more information, call 432-7186 or visit taylorlibrary.org.

Story hours, at the Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road, Derry. For ages 2-5. Story hours will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m., and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, call 432-7186 or visit taylorlibrary.org.

The Creative Women Writers’ Group, meets monthly at the Derry Public Library, East Broadway. All genres and stages of writing experience are welcome. The group will help beginners and assist seasoned writers with marketing their work. Sessions are free. Adults only. For more information, email cwwg2@juno.com.

Senior Cribbage Group, held Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, Room 2A, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Enjoy friendly games with other senior players. Boards, pegs, cards and coffee will be supplied. For more information, call 434-8866.

Bridge Club, held Mondays at 12:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, Room 2A, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Free to join. Pre-registration is not necessary. Offered by Derry Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 432-6136.

Senior Forty Fives Group, every Friday, 1 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Call 434-8866, email mgcc.derry@gmail.com or visit mgccderrynh.org for more information.

Creative Woman Writers Group, meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Derry Public Library. All genres welcome, published or not. For more information, email cwwg2@juno.com.

Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway in Derry, 432-6140, hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays closed.

The Derry Lions Club, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry. Call 234-2731.

Knitting a Tighter Community, meets Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center, 26 Crystal Ave. in Derry. Call 432-5000.

Stroller Strides, offers a prenatal fitness program Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon at Gold’s Gym. A postnatal fitness program is at the SportsZone in Derry. Visit online for times at strollerstrides.com or call 300-8669.

Mizpah Rebekah Lodge No. 15, meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Odd Fellows Hall, 18 Oak St. All Rebekahs are welcome. Call Leona at 432-5012.

St. Mark’s Lodge No. 44, Free and Accepted Masons, meets the third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple on East Broadway. A potluck supper is served at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. All Masons are welcome. Call George Chapman at 432-0501.

Debtors Anonymous, a 12-step program for those seeking help and support to stop compulsive spending, meets Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway. Call 432-0055.

Parent and Child Play Group, meets weekly with local parents and their children. Call Diana at 216-5191.

Londonderry

Ongoing

The Londonderry Democratic Party, meets at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month at Milana Legal, 78 West Broadway, Derry. Visitors and new members are welcome. For more information, contact Tammy Siekmann at chair@londonderrydems.org or 437-8898.

Tai Chi Classes, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Fridays, at the Londonderry Dance Academy, 21 Buttrick Road. Classes will be taught by Janet Briggs, an experienced martial arts instructor. For more information, contact Janet at 434-5242 or email janetbriggs79@gmail.com.

Leadership Londonderry, is an educational program for Londonderry residents interested in learning more about how town and school governments work. The curriculum includes presentations by each town department head and representatives of each board or commission. The class meets once a month from September through May. Anyone interested in the program should contact Town Hall at 432-1100, ext. 120.

The Londonderry Women’s Club, meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Spring social events include Yoga Class, Zumba Class, Movie Night, Dinner Out and Game Night. Make new friends and become involved in the community through fundraising events. For more information, call Trish at 434-5301 or email LderryWomensClub@gmail.com.

Londonderry Leach Library partners with nhsaves, to offer a new service that will help educate consumers on electricity use. Beginning immediately, we will be circulating a CUT the CARBON! kit, which includes a Kill a Watt Meter, energy tips brochure, bookmark, instruction sheet and a survey postcard. Check out the kit for a two-week period and plug in your appliances one at a time to see how much energy they use and help reduce your carbon footprint.

Boy Scout Troop 1910, meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Mammoth Road and Peabody Row. The troop invites all boys, ages 11 through 17, to join. No Scouting experience is required. Call Brian Williams at 432-3530.

Londonderry Diabetes Support Group, meets the third Friday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Londonderry Grange Hall. Call 800-540-2981.

Nutfield Caregiver Support Group, meets the third Tuesday of each month at the Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road, from 4 to 5 p.m. Call Stacy Thrall at 425-1770.

Chester

Ongoing

Story Times, 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St., Chester. Hear Miss Diane read some stories and make some crafts. Call 887-3404, email chesterpubliclibrary@gmail.com or visit chesterlibrary.com.

Cardio Dance, Mondays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, 84 Chester St., Chester. Offered by the Chester Recreation Department. The cost is $55 for 10 classes, $90 for 20 classes and $6 to drop in per class. Join anytime. For a free one-time guest pass, email sharon@chesternhrec.org or call 887-5773.

Zumba Fitness, Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, 84 Chester St., Chester. Offered by the Chester Recreation Department. The cost is $55 for 10 classes, $90 for 20 classes and $6 to drop in per class. Join anytime. For a free one-time guest pass, email sharon@chesternhrec.org or call 887-5773.

Free Adult Co-Ed Pick-up Volleyball, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays in the Multi-Purpose Room, 84 Chester St., Chester. Offered by the Chester Recreation Department. Open to all. Call 887-5773 or email sharon@chesternhrec.org.

Drop in and Draw, every day at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. Children and teens can come to the Library and draw/color. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email chesterpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Game Day, every day at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. People of all ages can play some of the board/video games that are at the library. Impromptu chess tournaments are welcome during Library hours. Puzzles are also available. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email chesterpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Story Time, 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, at the Chester Public Library, 3 Chester St. Hear Mrs. Emily read some stories and make some crafts. For more information, call 603-887-3404 or email chesterpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

Wason Pond Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee, meets the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m., at Wason Pond Community Center, 603 Raymond Road. The public is welcome. Call Hilary Hall at 206-4786.

The Chester MOMS Club, new members welcome. Meet other mothers in the area. Daytime activities are planned including park days, play groups, holiday parties, craft projects, and outings to zoos, museums, movies. The club also offers a Mom’s Night Out and donates to local charities. Contact Kim at 401-4664 or email kampeterson@comcast.net.

HopeKeepers, a Christian group that provides emotional and spiritual support for those who live with chronic illness, pain or disability. Island Pond Baptist Church, 26 North Salem Road, Hampstead. For more information, call Lucy Gay at 434-9516,

Chester Community Food Pantry, open the fourth Saturday of each month at Congregational Church, 4 Chester St. Those in need of food assistance at other times may call the church office at 887-4799.

Around the Region

Nov. 29

Plaistow Lions Pancake Breakfast, 8 to 11 a.m. at the Fish and Game Club, May Ray Avenue in Plaistow. The breakfast is being held as part of Plaistow’s annual Festival of Trees. Stop in for breakfast and take a chance on winning a tree or wreath. The menu will consist of pancakes (regular, blueberry and chocolate chip), eggs, sausage, milk, juice (orange juice and cranberry), tea, and coffee. Peanut free pancakes will be available upon request. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds will go to the Plaistow Lions Club Santa Fund. For more information, call 382-7024 or 382-9599.

Nov. 30 

Pet Photos with Santa, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the JCPenney Court on Level 1, at The Mall at Rockingham Park, Salem, N.H. The designated time offers families a chance to capture a moment with their four-legged member of the family joining in on the holiday celebrations while they take their own turn on Santa’s lap. As part of the mall-wide renovation, a new, magical-themed Santa photo set, “Elegant Garden,” which includes festive hedges and lit reindeer, has been unveiled. Pet photo night offers the chance to capture pets celebrating the Christmas season in front of this new holiday décor. Use the mall entrance near Macy’s, Level 1; all pets must be leashed or crated. Visit simon.com for more information.

Atkinson Tree Lighting, at Dow Common. Santa will arrive around 5 p.m. to light the tree and the Atkinson Academy choir group will lead a sing-along. Decorate cookies with the Atkinson Women’s Civic Club, peruse Kimball Library’s craft tables, enjoy hot and cold cider and hot cocoa by the Lions Club and take pictures with Santa ($5 donation for a 5x7 picture). Bring letters to Santa, as they’ll be read on Atkinson Cable TV. Bring a dish of finger desserts to share. The Atkinson Recreation Commission will be collecting canned and nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries; the Lions Club will be collecting hats and mittens; and the Atkinson Recreation Senior Program will have a giving tree for homebound seniors. Raffle tickets will also be sold. Call 362-5531 for more information.

Dec. 2 or 3

MAKE A BOXWOOD TREE, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson. Felicia Motherway will show participants how to make a fresh boxwood tree to enjoy for the holidays. The boxwood tree is an elegant design made out of boxwood and decorated with velvet ribbon, gold glass balls, berries and natural gypsophila. This popular centerpiece will last for months and is also a great gift idea. Reservations are required as each class is limited to 20 people. The materials fee of $30 must be paid in advance in order for your registration to be secure. Sign up at the circulation desk with cash or a check made out to Felicia Motherway. Phone registrations will not be accepted. For more information or a list of upcoming programs, visit kimballlibrary.com, call 362-5234, or email staff@kimballlibrary.com.

Dec. 3 and 10

Reiki Level II Class, 6 to 9 p.m. at Timberlane High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow. Open to any Reiki Level I practitioners to learn more techniques to increase the power of this healing method to help oneself and others. Cost is $125 and includes a certificate and hand-outs. Email HealthUp@comcast.net or call 382-0464 for a registration form. Visit healingbalance.net for more information.

Dec. 4

Annual “Light the Tree” celebration, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive. The event is open to all and full of family-friendly activities. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program, or nonperishable food items for local soup kitchens. Activities such as music, caroling, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, hayrides and ice carving demonstrations offer fun for children and adults of all ages. Once Santa has lit the tree to a display of fireworks, he will be on hand in the Legacy Ballroom to listen to each child’s Christmas wishes. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and water will be available, and those looking for something more substantial will find hamburgers and hot dogs for sale outside and a larger menu selection at the resort’s restaurants, Merrill’s Tavern and Stagecoach Grille. Call 362-8700 or visit atkinsonresort.com.

Dec. 18

Anime Club meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson, N.H. Teens in grades 6-12 can watch anime (equivalent to PG-13), play anime twister, making new friends, and enjoy some snacks. Feel free to bring sketch books to draw or read manga. Residents and nonresidents are welcome. Registration is requested. For more information or a list of upcoming programs, visit kimballlibrary.com, call 603-362-5234 or email staff@kimballlibrary.com.

Dec. 25

Free Christmas Day Dinner, noon to 3 p.m. at the Salem Knights of Columbus, 37 Main St., Salem, N.H. The dinner is being held with the blessing of Fr. John, pastor of Saints Mary and Joseph Parish, the Salem Knights of Columbus, and the Salem Christmas Fund. Members of the community can participate by coming to prepare the food, serve, clean up, pick up those who don’t drive and deliver meals to those who are homebound or who cannot attend, as well as pick up those who have no transportation. Donations of food items are also needed, such as potatoes, vegetables, desserts, turkeys, bread, soda, coffee, tea, and help with table favors, etc. Call David Thompson at 898-1217 as soon as possible if interested in helping in any way.

Feb. 12-16

Second annual Portsmouth Fire + Ice Festival, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Strawbery Banke Puddle Dock Pond, 14 Hancock St., Portsmouth. Enjoy ice bars, fire pits, hearth cooking/wood fire grilled food, dog sled rides, ice skating, ice sculptures/demonstrations, winter movies, opera and live music. For more information, visit strawberybanke.org.

March 20

Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour, 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester. Tickets start at $21. For tickets or more information, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit harlemglobetrotters.com, ticketmaster.com or verizonwirelessarena.com.

Ongoing

Snowshoeing Winter Hikes, Saturdays beginning Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the lodge building, E. G. Raymond Memorial Park, 35 Keyes Hill Road, Pelham. Offered through Pelham Parks and Recreation. All ages are welcome; families can bring their own snowshoes and join the program at no cost. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times for these hikes. Snowshoes can otherwise be rented a minimum of one week in advance of the hike date. Sizes are determined by the weight range of the person and the cost is $15 per person. Make checks payable to the Town of Pelham. The fee is for shoes only. There are two hikes (about 1 mile); one is easy and one is a bit more challenging. Paths will be lit. Hikes are followed by a warm fire and hot chocolate at the lodge. There is no cellphone use at this park, but a landline phone is in the building. All dates are subject to change with weather conditions; remaining dates will be Jan. 24, Feb. 14 and March 7. Registration forms are available at pelhamweb.com/recreation or sign up online at https://webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Call 635-2721 or email recreation@pelhamweb.com with any questions.

Free Dental Appointments for ages 3 to 18, are being offered in Cheshire County as part of the annual “Give Kids a Smile” program. Parents interested in getting their child a free dental exam should call 762-3770 or email givekidsasmileday@yahoo.com. They will then be paired with a local dentist where they can schedule an appointment. This local program is available for Cheshire County residents only and parents must accompany their children during their dental visit. Local dentists and hygienists are offering their services through a partnership of the Dental Public Health Task Force and the Monadnock Dental Society. “Give Kids a Smile” is a national event started more than 10 years ago by the American Dental Association to serve children from low-income families across the country.

Story Time, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Griffin Free Public Library, 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn. With Miss Mary. Listen to some fun stories and enjoy a craft, project, or activity. Intended for young children and parents. For more information, call 603-483-5374 or visit griffinfree.com.

Snake Feeding, 11:30 a.m. Sundays, at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Watch the ball pythons eat lunch, learn about them, and touch them. Free. For more information, call 603-668-2045 or visit nhaudubon.org.

Raven Feeding, 12:30 p.m. Sundays, at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Watch the raven get his daily meal. Learn about what these birds eat in the wild. Free. For more information, call 603-668-2045 or visit nhaudubon.org.

Irish Set Dancing Class, Friday nights at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 20 Madbury Road, Durham. Sponsored by the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association (SICA) the class is for adults. For more information visit seacoastsetdancers.org or email sue@seacoastsetdancers.org.

The Vic Geary Foxwoods Casino Trip, a large coach bus will leave at 7 a.m. from the Vic Geary Center every second Monday of the month. The return trip will leave Foxwoods around 4 p.m. The cost of the trip is $32, which includes free bingo games on the ride to Foxwoods, a movie with snacks on the return, Foxwoods coupons for two, $10 Keno play and a $10 food or full buffet coupon. Call 382-8193 or 382-9276. Seats are limited; reserve early.

Toastmasters of Manchester, meets the first, third and fifth Thursdays of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at VHG Labs, 276 Abby Road in Manchester. Visitors are welcome. Call 437-2627.

The Cooperative Alliance for Regional Transportation, known as CART, is a curb-to-curb transportation system serving the communities of Chester, Danville, Derry, Londonderry, Plaistow, Salem, Windham and Hampstead for those needing a ride for medical visits, shopping or social visits. CART services are available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $2 per one-way ride. Reservations can be made during regular business hours by calling 434-3569. Reservations must be made several days in advance, but no more than 14 days in advance.

To list an event in the Derry News town calendar, send announcements by email to bcurry@derrynews.com, or mail to: Betsy Curry, Derry News, 46 West Broadway, Derry, NH 03038.

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