Thursday, Nov. 14

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Hall, 37 Main St., Salem, N.H. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Groundwork Lawrence Glow Gala, 6 p.m. at Everett Mill, 15 Union St., 1st floor, Lawrence. Each year Groundwork Lawrence helps thousands of Lawrence residents, youth, businesses, and community organizations “change places and change lives,” tackling the community’s most intractable challenges. Proceeds from this event directly support environmental and open space programs, youth education and employment initiatives, food access programs and community events. Sponsorships available. Tickets: $85; visit groundworklawrence.org/tickets

Nutfield’s Tercentenary Celebration presents Childsplay, featuring Ireland’s Karan Casey, 7:30 p.m. at the Stockbridge Theatre, Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St. Derry, in a salute to the 300th anniversary of the founding of Derry/Londonderry. As a special tribute to Nutfield (the old name for Derry/Londonderry), Childsplay plans to feature a repertoire influenced by the music of the Scots and Irish. This is Childsplay’s first NH performance in its 25-year history.Tickets: $20-$35, available at childsplay.org.

Friday, Nov. 15

Knights of Columbus Council #9058 of Hampstead Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 26 Emerson Ave. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m. at Upper Village Hall, 52 E. Derry Road, East Derry. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

North Andover High School Class of ‘79 40th reunion, 7 to 11 p.m. at The Jade Restaurant, 24 High St., North Andover. Cost: $40. Information and RSVP: visit evite.me/6B62CjDu3m or email carla.burns@nemoves.com.Saturday, Nov. 16

Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre non-singing volunteer chorus auditions for world premiere play “The Lowell Offering,” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pollard Memorial Library, 401 Merrimack St., Lowell. “The Lowell Offering,” about the Lowell “Mill Girls” by Andy Bayiates and Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, will be presented next March and April. The theater seeks 24 individuals to rotate performances in groups of 12 in order to reflect mill workers in mid-1800s Lowell. The chorus will be comprised primarily of young women, but there will be roles for men, women of all ages, and for people of color. The roles will not have individually spoken lines but will be an integral part of bringing the feeling of a bustling new Lowell to life. Auditions will be in 45-minute group sessions, consisting of games and exercises. To reserve an audition slot, visit mrt.org/lowelloffering.

Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:30 p.m., at Island Pond Baptist Church, 26 North Salem Road, Hampstead. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served including turkey with all the trimmings, vegetables and desserts. There is no charge for this event; all are welcome. Reservations: 603-329-5959, or info@islandpondbc.com; information: islandpondbc.com.

Pelham Good Neighbor Fund 50th anniversary celebration, 6 to 11 p.m. at Harris’ Pelham Inn, 65 Ledge Road. Celebrating 50 years of helping people. Turkey dinner, DJ for dancing, cash bar. Tickets; $40, available at PelhamGoodNeighborFund@outlook.com or call Brenda Blake, 603-635-3590 or Karen Fournier 603-635-2774.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Londonderry Senior Center offers a new session of yoga classes to the senior community, Barbara Scott and Lisa Kress conduct an eight-week series of affordably priced yoga classes. These classes are designed especially for seniors to help increase balance, flexibility and strength, as well as maintaining well-being. Classes are held at the Londonderry Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 to 10 a.m. Sign up for one class or both. Registration can be made by calling 603-432-8554.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Red Cross Blood Drive, 3 to 7 p.m. at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

Red Cross Blood Drive, 3 to 8 p.m. at Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org

Veterans Financial Education Class Series, 5 p.m. at Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, 10 Reed St., Haverhill. Led by Sue Katz of American Consumer Credit Counseling, who works specifically with veterans to assist with credit building and repair, budgeting, financial planning, and saving. Speakers on different topics will be featured. All veterans welcome; if not enrolled with VNOC services, bring identification of veteran status. Pizza and refreshments served. Information: Gail, 978-372-3626, ghewins@veteranbenefits.us.

Saturday, Nov. 23

75th Annual Sugar Plum Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, Derry. Featuring handmade items by local artisans, 200 dozen cookie walk, white elephant sale, soups and sandwiches.

St. Anne Parish Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead.

Sunday, Nov. 24

St. Anne Parish Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead.

Tuesday, Nov. 26

Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. at Windham Presbyterian Church, 1 Church Road. With flu season here, the American Red Cross needs your help spreading the word that healthy blood donors are needed now. At the same time, you can also help bust the myth that the flu vaccine makes donors temporarily ineligible to give. Walk-ins welcome; appointments recommended. Speed your way through the donation process with “Rapid Pass”; information at redcrossblood.org. Appointments: 1-800-RED CROSS or redcrossblood.org.

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” and a tree lighting event starting at 5:30.

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.

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.

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 welcomingpeace.com/ACIM-study-group.

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 mgccderrynh.org.

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 eastwindtaichi.com or email eastwindtaichi@gmail.com.

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 sarah@tbicaregiversupport.com.

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 chair@londonderrydems.com 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 londonderrywomensclub.org, check out the page on Facebook or email info@londonderrywomensclub.org.

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 seacoastnmra.org/calendar.

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 derrydems@gmail.com.

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 mrsshanley@yahoo.com or Diane Cole at donaco6@aol.com.

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 nhaudubon.org 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 momsclubwindham.weebly.com or email windhammomsclub@gmail.com.

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

 

 

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