Senior dinner planned

Derry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1617 along with auxiliaries host a senior Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, Nov. 21, 18 Railroad Ave. Dinners will be offered curbside beginning at noon. Pull up to the curb by the VFW building awning. If a line forms, drive through the parking lot, come around North Avenue and wait in your car. Call ahead for special deliveries at 603-432-9702. Minimal tables will be set up inside the hall for those wishing to eat packaged meal inside. A penny social is also planned at 1:30 p.m. downstairs in the VFW canteen.

Coat drive underway

A winter coat drive is now underway through Nov. 18, hosted by RE/MAX Innovative Properties and Pinkerton Academy’s Interact Club. Donate a new jacket or coat to support students in the Derry Cooperative School District. Sizes from 2T up to adult XL are needed. Monetary donations are also welcome. Drop off locations are at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway; Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway; and RE/MAX Innovative Properties, 66 Gilcreast Road, Londonderry. Contact Susan Ochoa for more information at 603-812-1100.

Food drive supports many

The Derry Community Fund food drive runs through Nov. 19, with nonperishable food items being collected at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway. The food will go to support those in need for Thanksgiving. Donations can be brought to the back porch of the community center. Suggested donations include boxed mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, canned vegetables, jars of gravy, boxed cookie, cake or bread mix, canned cranberry sauce, peanut butter, jelly and canned pie filling and boxed pie crust mix. The Derry Community Fund supports Derry, Chester, Hampstead, Danville and Sandown.

Kids Coop presents ‘The Sound of Music’

Kids Coop Theatre presents the classic musical “The Sound of Music” on stage at the historic Derry Opera House on West Broadway, with performances set for Nov. 19 to 21. Kids Coop is celebrating 25 years. Tickets and information are available at kids-coop-theatre.org.

Turkey Trot a holiday tradition

It’s a Thanksgiving tradition that draws people from all over the area to come to Derry for a 5K run prior to that big holiday meal.

And this year’s event promises to continue that tradition with alternative options also in place to keep participants safe during pandemic times.

The Greater Derry Track Club hosts its 48th annual 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, with an in-person start at 9 a.m. at Galliens Beach at Beaver Lake.

A virtual option is also available for those wanting to run or walk anytime between Nov. 25 and 28.

In addition to the actual race, the Turkey Trot serves as a community mission to help those in need. Runners are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will support local food pantries. Monetary donations are also welcome.

The Greater Derry Track Club is a nonprofit organization started in 1978 and devoted to promoting running-related activities and improvements in the community. The club not only hosts the annual Turkey Trot, but other projects and programs throughout the year, including the annual summer Fun Runs for children, the Boston Prep 16-Miler, and the Couch to 5K program.

Holiday parade steps off Nov. 27

Derry’s annual Nutfield Holiday Parade steps off Saturday, Nov, 27, 1 p.m. from areas in front of the Adams Memorial Building, 29 West Broadway. This year’s parade theme is “Unsung Heroes” and features more than 80 marching bands, floats, animals, costumed characters, dance troupes, twirlers, clowns and much more.

The parade will also pay tribute to this year’s Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Ralph Valentine, along with Business Cents, named Business of the Year, and Center For Life Management, taking top Nonprofit of the Year honors.

Participation in the parade is free for area businesses, nonprofits and other organizations. Anyone looking to enter a float can find information at gdlchamber.org. Financial support is also welcome and appreciated. Email Chamber President Ashley Haseltine for additional information at ashley@gdlchamber.org.

Special election set

Derry voters will head to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 7, to vote for a new state representative in Rockingham County District 6.

Republican Jodi Nelson goes up against Democrat Mary Eisner in the election, with the winner replacing former state representative Anne Copp, who moved out of town earlier this year.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 145 Hampstead Road. All voting districts will cast ballots at Calvary.

Pantry Plunge supports food mission

Supporters of a local food pantry are getting ready for an icy dip. The fifth annual Pantry Plunge is set for Saturday, Dec. 11, at Gallien’s Beach.

Participants will be jumping into the lake around noon to raise money to support the First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

In its inaugural year, the Plunge drew about 38 participants. The numbers have increased in the years since then.

The food pantry at First Baptist Church has served the community and surrounding towns for nearly three decades, serving hundreds of individuals and families every month.

Last year’s Plunge raised about $25,000, the largest amount yet to support the downtown food pantry.

It’s time for teams to start forming for this year’s Plunge. Teams and participants are also encouraged to come to the lake wearing fun attire, and footwear is recommended for those who are zooming into the lake’s waters.

Safety among “plungers” will also be a priority again this year.

Anyone wanting to learn more about this year’s Pantry Plunge can visit pantryplunge.org.

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