Nov. 29-Dec. 1

“The Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday; noon and 4:30 p.m., Sunday, at Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester. The classic Christmas season ballet, performed by Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater accompanied by live orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning orchestral conductor and violinist John McLaughlin Williams. Tickets: $25 to $46 at

Nov. 29-Dec. 7

Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees and Polar Express Experience, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and Monday-Friday, Dec. 2-6; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Pelham Municipal Building Sherburne Hall, 6 Village Green. Pelham Community Spirit hosts a winter wonderland of holiday trees and wreaths, which will be raffled off, many of which containing gift certificates. The festival kicks off with a “Polar Express” reading followed by the movie; guests are encouraged to wear their pajamas. The Pelham Express train will give rides around the village green from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, and, new this year, a Snow Globe that you enter to have your picture taken in will be available for Christmas photos. Santa will be in attendance. Raffle tickets are $5 for a sheet of 25; festival admission is $5 for ages 12 and over; under 12, free; multiple-day passes available. The winner of the 2019 Pelham Community Spirit Scholarship (application deadline: Nov. 22) will be announced during the festival. Information:

Nov. 30, Dec. 1

New England Dance Ensemble and New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra present Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker' on Saturday, Nov. 30, 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m. at the Seifert Performing Arts Center in Salem.

Tickets for the performances start at $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-595-4TIX.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Derry rings in the holiday season with the annual holiday parade, stepping off on West Broadway at 1 p.m. There will be more than 80 floats and marching units. Derry Rotarians will be collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations to support local food missions. Following the parade, the day continues with the Very Derry schedule of events at Veterans Hall on West Broadway, a downtown business “stroll,” a Festival of Trees and a tree lighting event starting at 6 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1

New Hampshire State Police to host “Stuff A Cruiser,” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Toyota of Epping, 58 Calef Highway (Route 125). In support of the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 12 are being collected. A “Stuff A Cruiser” event will also take place Sunday, Dec. 8 also in Epping. For more information, contact Sergeant Chad Lavoie at 603-223-8688 or follow New Hampshire State Police on Twitter at @NH_StatePolice, Facebook at @NHStatePolice, and Instagram at @nhstatepolice.

Monday, Dec. 2

“A Don Campbell Christmas,” 7 p.m. at Hampstead Middle School café, 28 School St. The Hampstead Cable Advisory Committee invites music lovers to start their holiday season with the annual Don Campbell Christmas Concert. A concert favorite, Don Campbell always delights his audiences with a mix of traditional Christmas music and some of his original holiday songs. In lieu of admission, concertgoers are asked to bring donations for the St. Anne food pantry or an item for those serving in the military. Information: 603-560-5069.

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Derry Public Library invites all to an all ages celebration of the classic “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. The program is 6:30 to 8 p.m. where the book will be discussed. Bring snacks to share and drink some tea. The book, and a cookbook may be available to borrow at the front desk. The books is for reading and discussing and the cookbook can help patrons whip up something delicious to share. Register by calling 603-432-6140 or email to As an added bonus, patrons can now visit Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, in Concord, Mass., with a new library pass.

Friday, Dec. 6

West Running Brook Middle School in Derry hosts its annual holiday Reindeer Romp event, with music, and holiday treats and fun. For information, call the school at 603-432-1250. The school is located at 1 West Running Brook Lane.

Saturday, Dec. 7

Santa Claus is coming to The Londonderry Access Center, The access center is located at 281 Mammoth Road. He and Mrs. Claus and will greet children and families from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is free and children can visit with Santa live on television. There will be gifts and refreshments. Parents can take pictures for no charge as well. For more information contact Erin at 603-432-1147.

Chester Congregational Baptist Church hosts its Christmas in the Village fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 4 Chester St. in the center of town.The fair features handmade crafts, unique holiday gifts, baked goods, Tiffany’s of Chester, live music and hot cider for all to enjoy. All proceeds benefit the church. On the same day across the street at Stevens Memorial Hall, a Loaf and Ladle Luncheon is served, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is $8 per person. Chester senior citizens will have a cookie walk beginning at 9 a.m. Visit for information.

Community resources

An autism parent support group is held on Mondays, 6 p.m., at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Children are welcome to attend with parents.

A Teen Writers Group meets at Derry Public Library bi-weekly on Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library’s Teen Space area. The group is about writing and sharing stories. Call 603-432-6140.

A Course In Miracles (ACIM), meets Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at The Derry Friendship Center, 99 Railroad Ave., Derry. The study/discussion group is open to anyone who would like to reduce stress, fear, depression, anger, helplessness, and/or those who feel that they are alone. The goal of ACIM, according to the group’s facilitator George Wallace, is to find the course to inner peace. For more information, visit

Senior Games Groups, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Activities include: Advanced Bridge at 1 p.m. on Mondays; Mahjongg at noon, Hand and Foot at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays; Whist at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays; Domino Train at 1 p.m. on Thursdays; Cribbage at 9 a.m., 45’s at 1 p.m., and Competitive Bridge at 1 p.m. on Fridays. Free to all and game supplies are provided. Call 603-434-8866 for more information or visit

Tai Chi Classes, taught by Janet Briggs, a licensed tai chi instructor. Classes are held at the Golden Crane Traditional Martial Arts School, 46 Lowell Road, Windham. A beginner class is offered on Mondays, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit or email

Caregivers Support Group, first Wednesday of the month, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Kelley Library, 234 Main St., Salem. Caregivers or supporters of loved ones with neurological conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI), Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s are welcome to attend for sharing and support. More information is available by calling the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire (BIANH) at 603-225-8400 or send an email to

The Londonderry Democratic Committee meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Leach Library, 275 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. For more information, email or call 603-425-3515.

The Londonderry Women’s Club, offers a variety of ways for women to interact with other local women while making a difference in their communities through projects, outreach and volunteerism. In addition to social events at local venues, there are spin-off groups such as Book Group and Theater Group. For more information and to see the club’s Calendar of Events, visit, check out the page on Facebook or email

The Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association, hosts a Derry Fun Night program on the second Friday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Marion Garish Community Center, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Members offer their expertise and experience in model railroading to explain how to get into and enjoy the hobby of model railroading. Topics include scenery construction, track planning, locomotive selection and maintenance, model building, model railroad operations and more. Some of the topics will be hands-on with materials provided to be worked on during the session and then brought home to complete and enjoy. Anyone interested in model trains is invited to attend the monthly program. For more information, go to

Derry Democrats Committee meets every fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Everyone is welcome. For more information, email

Young Onset Parkinson’s support group meets on the first Monday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. Every other month, the group integrates guest speakers and the opposite month Parkinson’s patients and caregivers discuss how this disease is affecting them. Each member shares their experiences, asks questions and is a support for one another. Newcomers are always welcome to join the support group. Registration is not necessary; just show up. Questions may be directed to Susan Mollohan at or Diane Cole at

Preschool Science Classes: Wee Wonders, Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. Discover the changing seasons through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery; dress to be outside and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are for ages 4 to 6. The cost is $12 per class for NH Audubon members and $15 per class for nonmembers. Registration is required. Visit to register.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) support group, 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month (excluding holidays) at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road, Derry. Enter through the gym and follow the signs. NAMI is open to people of all ages and their families who are coping with mental illness. Through sharing experiences and educational presentations, families can learn coping skills to help both themselves and their loved ones. The group is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. A faith-based support group called HOPE4Us, meets directly after NAMI from 8 to 8:30 p.m. HOPE4Us is committed to helping members find their hope in God in the midst of dealing with a loved one’s mental illness. For more information, call Lori at 603-490-0596 or Kathy at 603-479-9042.

The Interfaith Choir always welcomes new members. Membership is free and open to anyone of at least high school age, without audition. The choir rehearses Sundays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church on Route 102 in Derry, September through April. Prior experience in a choir is not necessary. Performances are twice a year: two concerts each in December and April. For more information, call Beth at 603-432-4786 or just come to a rehearsal.

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 603-437-8477.

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 603-437-8477.

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 603-437-8477.

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.

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 603-432-5012.

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 603-432-0501.

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 603-425-1770.

The MOMS Club of Windham, the local chapter of “MOMS Offering Moms Support,” engages in activities to enrich the lives of children in the community and undertakes at least one charitable, humanitarian or social welfare project related to children each year. The club, which is particularly helpful to new moms, is open to new members. Monthly activities include a business meeting, a morning or afternoon seasonal or holiday themed brunch or dinner potluck, and a MOMS night out. Activities take place during daylight hours (with the exception of the MOMS night out) and children are welcome. Meet up places include local playgrounds, the town beach, Windham Coop, Windham Middle School, and Windham Bible Chapel. For more information, go to or email

To list an event in the Derry News community calendar, send announcements by email to, or mail to: Julie Huss, Derry News, 46 West Broadway, Derry, NH 03038.



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