Cakeless bake sale

The Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library will be holding their third annual cakeless bake sale fundraiser during the month of May.

The Friends will be asking for a donation, but not a cake or cookies. Figure out how much you would spend between baking and buying, and send a donation for that amount to support the library. Perhaps you could throw in a little extra "frosting on the cake." It's a calorie-free bake sale. Your donation would be greatly appreciated to help the Friends so that they can continue to sponsor the children, young adult and adult programs.

Make your donation to "Friends of Leach Library", and mail to Friends of Leach Library, 276 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 03053, or place your donation in the box at the library. Your gift is tax deductible.

Apple Country Craft Fair Fling Spring

The area's popular Apple Country Craft Fair Spring Fling will be held Saturday, May 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. outdoors on the grounds of St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

Now in its 15th year, the fair features juried crafters from all over New England, including items such as wood crafts, photography, hand-made cards, jams and jellies, folk art decorations, sewn goods and hand-crafted jewelry. There will also be baked goods, grilled foods, lemonade and more for sale.

There also will be baskets made by natives of Nicaragua and from which 100 percent of the profits go to benefit the poor in that country. St. Peter's is at the corner of Peabody Row and Mammoth Road, next to Mack's Apples. Admission and parking are free.

Library to host 'Birds of the White Mountains'

Leach Library will host "Birds of the White Mountains" with professor Stephen Hale on Thursday, May 13, at 7 p.m. This presentation will feature the variety of birds living in the White Mountains and will include a colorful slideshow and audio recordings.

Hale is a research associate at the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Education at the University of New Hampshire. His research interests include climate change and vertebrate distribution modeling and mapping using satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems.

The program is being coordinated through the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau, which connects faculty and staff speakers with nonprofit organizations to share the research and knowledge of the university with the people and communities of New Hampshire. Light refreshments will be served.

5K Walk for Autism

The Apple Blooson 5K Walk for Autism will be held May 16 at 1 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the Autism Society of New Hampshire.

The walk, organized by Londonderry's Joint Loss Committee/Wellness Committee, steps off at Moose Hill School, 150 Pillsbury Road.

Registration is $25 for individuals, $15 for additional family members (personal pledge money raised is appreciated).

The first 100 registrants receive a free T-shirt. Make checks payable to: Autism Society of N.H. and mail to Town of Londonderry, Attn: Finance Dept., 68B Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 03053, or register online at: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1848489. For more information, contact phamann@londonderrynh.org.

Italian feast on May 27

Londonderry Senior Citizens Inc. is hosting its annual Italian Feast Luncheon with homemade chicken parmesan, homemade meatballs and pasta on Thursday, May 27, at 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 535 Mammoth Road.

The cost is $10 per person. Stop by the senior center to pay for your reservation. This fundraiser is open to everyone. This event is limited to 75 people and is always a sellout, so sign up early. For more information, call 432-8554.

Toy Swap planned

The Women's Club eighth Annual Toy Swap/Sale will be held on Saturday, May 22, at the Matthew Thornton School gym. This is a great opportunity to sell children and baby items that are no longer being used, but that are still in good shape.

It is a consignment sale where the owner sets the price and the Women's Club sells the items. The owner receives two-thirds of the money for items sold and the Women's Club keeps the remaining one-third.

This year's Toy Swap benefits CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, and the Londonderry Women's Club. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the state court system. Registration forms with complete instructions can be found at the Leach Library and must be completed to participate. Registration is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on May 22 and the sale is from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Howard named Democratic Committee chairman

The Londonderry Democratic Committee has taken a major step toward working to bring resources to their future local candidates by creating a campaign committee and naming David Howard as its chairman.

Howard is a former candidate for state representative and a political consultant by profession who has worked on campaigns on a national, federal, state and local level for eight years.

The goals of the committee are to recruit candidates for the nine state representative seats in Londonderry and Auburn, and the one state senate seat representing Londonderry, Auburn and Hudson. The committee will provide each of the candidates with the tools necessary to run competitive campaigns, and get each candidate's message to the voters.

Individuals who would like to be involved with the committee or are interested in running for office can contact David Howard at DaveRHoward@hotmail.com or call 818-8528.

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