March 15-16

The Majestic Theatre presents “Mary Poppins Jr.” on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, 2 p.m. at the Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and up, and $12 for youth 17 and under. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 603-669-7469, online at majestictheatre.net or at the door prior to the performance.

March 24

Free breakfast, 9 to 10 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry. Community Meals Network invites the public to enjoy free, family-friendly meals, served in a relaxed atmosphere. Call 432-2120 for more information or visit freemealsinderry.blogspot.com.

April 4

Continuing Educational Series, “Hot Topics, Cool Contemporary Stuff,” 7 p.m. at Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry. James B. Farmer, Esq., retired chief of the National Security Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, will present “BRIDGES: Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity.” Farmer will talk about the group, which formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to facilitate communication between government officials in Massachusetts and Arab, Muslim, and Sikh community leaders who were concerned about their communities’ civil rights, and the group’s challenges and successes. This program is free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit etzhayim.org, email soreffs15@aol.com or call 895-6120.

April 5

Singer Charlie Zahm returns to Derry for a performance, 7:30 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 63 East Broadway. Zahm will bring his talents with Scottish folk tales, sea stories, and historical songs to the church, to benefit mission and outreach programs. Tickets are $15 and available at brownpapertickets.com or at the door on concert night.

April 6

Woman's Service Club of Windham hosts the seventh annual Spring Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Windham High School, London Bridge Road.There will be more than 85 artisans displaying a wide variety of handmade arts and crafts including spring decor, jewelry, birdhouses, fabric arts, candy, soaps, lotions and much more. There will also be raffles featuring gift certificates from many local shops and restaurants. Admission and parking is free. Proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund.

April 13

The New Hampshire Audubon Massabesic Center hosts its 12th annual Earth Day Festival. This is a family oriented event that celebrates the wonders of our great planet and strengthens our appreciation for clean water, air and soil. There will be live music, games, a bonfire, face painting, and an exciting raffle. Guests will have an opportunity to meet our live animals, watch a rehabilitated raptor be released back into the wild, visit with over a dozen earth-friendly vendors and get tips on how to “Be Water Wise.” For information call 603-668-2045.

May 2

Continuing Educational Series, “Hot Topics, Cool Contemporary Stuff,” 7 p.m. at Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry. During this evening of poetry, Midge Goldberg, Alfred Nicol and Robert Crawford, all recipients of the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award, will explore the role of wonder in their poetry. An open mic will follow. This program is free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit etzhayim.org, email soreffs15@aol.com or call 895-6120.

June 6

Continuing Educational Series, “Hot Topics, Cool Contemporary Stuff,” 7 p.m. at Etz Hayim Synagogue, 1-1/2 Hood Road, Derry. Rabbi Joshua L. Segal, author of “A Field Guide to Visiting a Jewish Cemetery: A Spiritual Journey to the Past, Present, and Future,” will speak on the art, history and culture present in Jewish cemeteries. This program is free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit etzhayim.org, email soreffs15@aol.com or call 895-6120.

Community resources

Greater Derry Ostomy Support Group, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., every third Tuesday, at Parkland Medical Center, Nutfield Building, Room 102A, 44 Birch St., Derry. This supportive community is for those who have gone through, or are anticipating, surgery for intestinal or urinary diversions. Family and friends are also welcome to attend the meetings, which are informal and meant to be social and informative. Topics will follow the requests of attendees. Local supply representatives, dietitians, surgeons and others may visit as well, at the request of the group. Registration can be done at parklandmedicalcenter.com, under the tab classes and events.

The Grown-Up AV Club, 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway. Open to fans of movies, shows, books, and comics that are a little off-beat; nothing is too obscure. Members gather to discuss cult films and shows, anime, weird comics, and to recommend titles to the group. For more information, visit derrypl.org.

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 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.

The Derry Lions Club, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry. Email derrylionsclub@gmail.com for more information.

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 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 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 the 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 490-0596 or Kathy at 479-9042.

Donations are welcome, at the Marion Gerrish Community Center’s Thrift Shop, 39 West Broadway, Derry. Gently used clothing, books, household items, shoes, CDs and DVDs, toys and games, small furniture and appliances, jewelry, linens, kitchen goods and decorations are all acceptable donations. The center does not accept text books, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest (of any kind), National Geographic magazines, computers (including keyboards, CPUs, monitors, etc.), TVs, microwaves, stereo equipment (including speakers), ski boots, car seats, mattresses, or large furniture. The Thrift Shop, which is located in the basement of the center, can be accessed via the side entrance with the blue awning. Due to theft and damage, donations cannot be left outside and are only accepted during normal business hours: Monday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All donations are tax deductible. For more information about making a donation, call 434-8866 or visit mgccderrynh.org.

Rhythm of New Hampshire Show Chorus, seeks female singers to try their talents with the American art form of a cappella barbershop singing. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays, 6:45 to 9:15 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 35 West Broadway, Derry. For more information, call 1-800-696-7351 or visit rnhchorus.org.

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 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 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.

Taylor Library, 49 East Derry Road, Derry, hosts Tiny Tots classes for ages 6 months to 2 years on Mondays at 10 a.m. Story hours with a craft for ages 2-5 are held Wednesdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anime Club meeting, first and third Thursdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Road, Windham. Teens (ages 13 and up) interested in anime/manga or comics, are welcome to watch anime, discuss their favorites, and share news with members. They can also learn about Asian cultures and how manga and anime started. For more information, call 432-7154 or visit nesmithlibrary.org.

Windham Garden Club, meets September through June, third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m. at Windham Town Hall.

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 town 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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