Derry

Nov. 22

Second annual Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 187 Hampstead Road, Derry. Forty crafters from all over New England are expected to attend the fair which will have a penny sale, a children’s area, a gently used Christmas decorations table and fudge. Homemade breakfast and lunch items will be available as well. Free admission and parking available. The venue is wheelchair assessable.

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. 20

Aromatherapy For Physical and Emotional Well-Being, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow, N.H. Apply therapeutic-grade essential oils to support your immune system during the cold and flu season. Cost is $25. For details, visit healingbalance.net or call 382-0464.

Third Thursday Book Group, at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. “The Art Forger” by Barbara Shapiro will be discussed. Copies of the book are now available to borrow from the library. Newcomers are welcome to the discussion. For more information, call 329-6411.

Nov. 22

Annual Vendor Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaistow Library, 85 Main St., Plaistow. The fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Plaistow Public Library. This annual favorite will feature popular new and returning vendors such as Mary Kay, Avon, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy, Flags, made in New Hampshire soaps and soy candles, and more. An added attraction this year will be a Turkey Raffle with food and accessories for Thanksgiving. As usual, a raffle of vendor donated items will be featured. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library, which will be used towards museum passes and special programs.

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.

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. 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.

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

Qigong: Eight Pieces of Brocade, Mondays through Nov. 24, 6 to 6:40 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow. Gentle exercises to strengthen your body and immune system. Cost is $40. For details, visit healingbalance.net or call 382-0464.

Tai Chi, Mondays through Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 18, 6:45 to 8 p.m. at Timberlane Regional High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow. Includes a slow-motion sequence to circulate the Chi, improve health, bone density, balance and more. Cost is $85. For details, visit healingbalance.net or call 382-0464.

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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