■The United Church of Penacook Food Pantry, serving only Penacook residents, is open every Tuesday, year-round, from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Visitors coming to the pantry are allowed to pack two bags of groceries and one bag of personal care items every two weeks, unless additional groceries are available or an emergency situation arises.
■Penacook United Church is seeking artisans for the November 12th Christmas Craft Market and Bake Sale from 9am to 3pm. To apply, please call (603) 715-1227 or email [email protected].
■ Concord Robotics, a non-profit organization that supports Concord High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team, is hosting a Clothing Fun Drive. You currently collect clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories, belts, backpacks; and household textiles, including bedclothes, comforters, blankets, sheets, towels, linens, tablecloths, curtains and pillows, in clean and salable condition by June 25th. You can drop off items on Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. or at Memorial Field at the market day booth June 23-25. Home pickup is also available by emailing [email protected].
■ Concord Parks and Recreation, in association with Granite VNA, is offering a Senior Health Clinic on June 21 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the West Street Ward House. Services offered include foot care, blood pressure checks, B-12 injections, and medication and nutrition education. The cost is a suggested donation of $10. To schedule your appointment, call (603) 224-4093, extension 5815.
■The Zonta Club of Concord seeks carefully used book donations to raise funds to provide scholarships for local women to continue their education. Children’s and youth books are required. You can drop off your donations at the Hilltop Consignation Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Book Nook in the basement of Hilltop offers to buy books and get one free. The books are also sold at the annual market days from June 23rd to 25th. Visit zontaclubofconcordnh.org for more information.
■Enjoy a Greek Meal from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on June 12 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM with pickup. The June takeaway meal consists of traditional Greek gyros, fries and salad. You can order your meal by email at [email protected], by phone at (603) 953-3051 or online at holytrinitynh.org. The cost of the meal is $15 and the order deadline is June 8th.
■The Concord Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and is located on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. The event features 50 vendors including a great selection of baked goods, meats, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, fish, honey and maple products. Many of the providers are certified organic. Potted plants, cut flowers, wood products, dog treats and personal care products are also available.
■ Mark your calendar! The Nevers’ Band is back, playing at the Presidential Oaks on June 14th from 6:30pm. Bring a chair, your family and a snack and enjoy the concert. Visit neversband.org for more information.
■Gibson’s Bookstore is excited to virtually join independent bookstores across the country as author Mark Kurlansky presents an Ernest Hemingway biography like no other, The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway. It takes place on June 13 at 8 p.m., online only via Zoom. Registration is required eventbrite.com/e/333602322527.
■ Stay up to date on all Spring Summer 2022 events at Douglas N. Everett Arena at concordnh.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1050/Spring–Summer Shows. To receive email notifications of upcoming events, subscribe to the Douglas N. Everett Arena calendar at concordnh.gov/list.aspx.
■Water, water water! A History of the Water Department of Concord! Marco Philippon, Water Treatment Superintendent, will share the story of Concord’s Water Department at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Kimball-Jenkins Carriage House, 266 North Main St. They do not make it? Watch the live stream at concordhistoricalsociety.org.
■Rise Private Wealth Management helps many employees transition into retirement, including current and former BAE Systems employees. They invite you to attend a BAE seminar on retirement planning virtually on Friday at 9am. RSVP to [email protected] to receive the Microsoft Teams link.
■ Finding the right groceries at the right price is possible. In this course, led by a grocery store nutritionist, you’ll learn what foods to buy and learn shopping habits to save time and money all year round. Learn insider tips from an expert on how to navigate the aisles for your health and budget. Freebies and coupons will be provided. GoodLife Programs & Activities is presenting this program Thursday at 3 p.m. on Zoom. Visit goodlifenh.org/activity/nutritious-meals-on-a-budget for more information. Registration costs $5. You must register by June 8th at 12.00 noon.
■ Prayer flags are believed to bring good luck, long life and prosperity to those who make them. In this GoodLife workshop, you’ll create five colorful 5″ x 8″ flags using stencils, acrylic paints, and art stamping materials, embellished with personal intent and meaning. Visit them on Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $30. You must register beforehand. All supplies included. This is a personal event! To register, please call GoodLife at (603) 228-6630.
■It’s very busy at the McLane Center! On Tuesday from 11am to 4pm, the center is pleased to announce a new art exhibition by artist Ingeborg Seaboyer. The exhibition is open to the public during regular opening hours from Tuesday to Friday until June 29th.
■This year, the Concord Historical Society, in association with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, will host a booth at the June 23-25 market days. They need volunteers to staff the booth and help publicize the activities of the Historical Society. Please consider supporting us at this fun event. Call us at 603-226-3130 or send a message to concordhistoricalsociety.org/contact-us.
■Take a birdwatching walk along the Concord Trails with the NH Audubon. This is a 1-2 hour informal birding walk with Mark Suomala, an experienced birder and weekly Rare Bird Alert compiler. Birders of all ages and experience levels are welcome at 8:00am on Saturday at West Locke Road (Dirt), Concord. Park along Locke Road (paved road) and do not block the gate on the dirt road. If you are new to bird watching, come and learn the basics! If you’re an avid birder, learn new techniques, network with fellow birders, or share your expertise with the group. The cost is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required; Please purchase your tickets at nhaudubon.org/event/concord-area-beginner-bird-walks-june-11/#tribe-tickets although there are no printed tickets. Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars, sunscreen (or rain gear), and insect repellent. Please leave pets at home. Several binoculars are available to you free of charge on the hike.
■ Entomophilic pollination refers to plants that rely on insects for their pollination needs. After first learning some basics about the process of pollination through sketch and play, let’s wander the gardens of the McLane Center as we search for our fluttering, fuzzy and lively pollinator friends. Intended for children and families, the Buds & Blooms Series is a compilation of six personal public programs designed to introduce attendees to the magic and wonder of our native plants and pollinators. Parental supervision is required and the content/materials are best suited for children aged four to 12 years. This program is free, but RSVPs are required to reserve your spot at nhaudubon.org/event/buds-blooms-pollination/#rsvp-now.
■Participate in the McLane Center Native Plant Sale on June 12 from 12pm to 4pm. Bagley Pond Perennials is for sale in the center with a large selection of native plants and shrubs.
■The municipal swimming pools open at 12.30pm on June 19th and close for the season at 4pm on August 12th. At this point, the city hopes we can open all seven baths. However, this is dependent on the number of lifeguards we are able to hire.
■ The New England Patriots Alumni Club will be offering a (free) touchless soccer clinic on June 15 at 5:00 p.m. at 70 S. Fruit St. All boys and girls between the ages of nine and 14 are invited. Register online at patriotsalumni.com/ffy/concord-nh.
■Here are this week’s street closures: Concord Farmers Market on Saturday from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm on Capitol Street, from Green Street to North State Street.
■ A Girls on the Run 5K will be held on Saturday from 8 am to 12 pm on South Fruit Street between Pleasant and Clinton Streets.
■ There will be live music with the Library on June 15 from 4pm to 8pm on Prince Street, from Green Street to the City Auditorium and Library car parks. The rainy date is June 29th.
■A special thank you to everyone who made the beautiful decoration of the Paul E. Corriveau Monument for Memorial Day. It helps us all to remember!
■Happy Big Birthday to the love of my life! Keep it up, Charlie! Welcome to the club!”
■Happy Birthday to my cousin and dear friend Mary O’Donovan! Lá widehe sona duit a chara!
JEAN VER HOVEN