Nov. 21-Dec. 29
Winterlights, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays at Stevens-Coolidge Place, 137 Andover St., North Andover; with free parking and shuttle service from Franklin Elementary School, 2 Cypress Terrace. Trustees members previews: Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21-22. Immersive holiday light display illuminating the extensive gardens at this “country estate.” Santa will visit every Thursday and Sunday, and Ice Princesses will be visit every Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. All-weather outdoors event; cancellations will occur only in the event of a declared snow emergency; tickets of canceled nights may be redeemed at future dates. Tickets: members, $12; nonmembers, $17; children under 12, free; now available online at thetrustees.org/winterlights or at the estates, Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 21-Dec. 29. Shuttle tickets are good for 30 minutes. Closed Thanksgiving. Volunteers can register at volunteer.trustees.org.
Friday, Nov. 22
American Legion Post 27 Sons of American the Legion Turkey Shoot, 7 p.m. at 6 Sargent Road, Londonderry (behind the fire station on Mammoth Road). Come play bingo with playing cards to win a turkey for Thanksgiving and support the charities of the Sons of the American Legion. American Legion Post 27 is available to hold functions; call Trish at 603-437-6613 between 1-5 pm and ask for Trish. Information: 603-437-6613 (1 to 5 p.m.), alpost27.com.
New England’s acclaimed Chicago tribute band, Introduction —The Chicago Experiment concert, 7 p.m. at Windham High School, 64 London Bridge Road. Witness the raw sound of Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago’s early catalog from 1968-78 performed by 10-piece ensemble. Tickets: adults, $15; students and seniors, $12; available at windhammusicalarts.org/introduction-band.
Portsmouth Holiday Arts Tour, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Longest-running regional home studio arts tour, featuring nine studios and 18 artists, all located. Artists include internationally renowned glass artist Kristina Logan, blacksmith Peter Happny and potters Maureen Mills and Steve Zoldak. PHAT’s free Studio Checkpoint Pass and Raffle is also back: visit all nine studios over the course of the weekend, get your passport marked at each one, and be eligible to win one of a number of original works by participating artists. Information and map at PortsmouthArtsTour.com and facebook.com/events/1767153010051460/
Pentucket Players present “The Music Man,” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Haverhill City Hall Auditorium, 4 Summer St. Community theater presentation; all seats reserved. Tickets, $28, at pentucketplayers.org or at the door.
Saturday, Nov. 23
Derry Village Elementary School, 28 South Main St., Derry, hosts its annual holiday fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day includes visits with Santa Claus, holiday treats and activities and plenty of vendors on hand showcasing their handcrafted goods for holiday shopping.
75th Annual Sugar Plum Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Parish Church, 47 East Derry Road, East 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 Avenue, Hampstead.
Sunday, Nov. 24
St. Anne Parish Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 26 Emerson Avenue, Hampstead.
Monday, Nov. 25
On behalf of the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, New Hampshire State Police is collecting unwrapped gifts for children to age 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Dec. 6, at Troop A Barracks, 315 Calef Highway (Route 125), Epping. The State Police will also host “Stuff-A-Cruiser” events in Epping on Sundays, Dec. 1 and 8. 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.
Individuals, local organizations, businesses and community groups are invited to apply to donate a decorated tree, mini-tree or wreath for the Southern New Hampshire Festival of Trees (Nov. 29 to Dec. 7 at Pelham Municipal Building). Application deadline is Nov. 25. Set-up will take place 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Items will be raffled off. Apply by mailing application plus application fee of $25 (refundable) to: Pelham Community Spirit. Festival of Trees, PO Box 1028, Pelham, NH 03076 or online (snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.org/trees/to-enter-a-tree). Information: snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.org/
American Legion Post 27 Members to Play Bingo with Manchester VA Patients, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Manchester VA Hospital, 718 Smyth Road. Pizza, diet soda, prize money. Information: 603-437-6613, alpost27.com.
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.
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 palacetheatre.org/buy-tickets/default.aspx.
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: snhfestivaloftrees.pelhamcommunityspirit.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,” a Festival of Trees and a tree lighting event starting at 6 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 2
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.
Wellness Heaven & Earth LLC presents the eighth Festival of Angels & Wellness Expo, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Castleton Banquet and Conference Center, 58 Enterprise Drive, Windham. More than 50 local vendors featuring gift certificates, crystals, jewelry, artwork, herbs, sprays, soaps, books, oracle cards, statues, and more. Entrance fee: $5, includes raffle ticket; can be waived by pre-registering readings online. Information: heavenandearthstudio.com.
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 email@example.com. As an added bonus, patrons can now visit Louisa May Alcott's home, Orchard House, in Concord, Mass., with a new library pass.
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 chesternhchurch.org for information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Diane Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
To list an event in the Derry News community calendar, send announcements by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to: Julie Huss, Derry News, 46 West Broadway, Derry, NH 03038.