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BLOOD DRIVES

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

n 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 24: St. John XXIII Church, 121 Allds St., Nashua.

n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct. 27: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua.

n 1-6 p.m. Oct. 28: White Birch Banquet Hall, 222 Central St., Hudson.

n Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 29:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock, 2300 Southwood Drive, Nashua.

n Noon-6 p.m. Oct. 29: Amherst Country Club, 72 Ponemah Road.

n 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 30: First Congregational Church of Milford, 10 Union St.

n 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2: St. Joseph Hospital, 172 Kinsley St., Nashua.

n 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

n 8 a.m.-noon Nov. 4: Daniel Webster College, 20 University Drive, Nashua.

n 2-7 p.m. Nov. 5: Elks Lodge, 120 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua.

n 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 7: Griffin Memorial School, 229 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield.

n 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 7: South Meadow School, 108 Hancock Road, Peterborough.

BEDFORD

DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting items to the calendar is 5 p.m. Friday. Please send your items to cabnews@cabinet.com at least two weeks prior to the event.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

POINSETTIA FUNDRAISER

The BHS Music Boosters are currently selling beautiful poinsettia plants for delivery in early December, just in time for the holidays. Various colors are available. This fundraiser helps fund many music department activities, including band camp, the BHS Marching Band’s performance at the Dover Band Show, scholarships and many other benefits for the BHS music students.

Please contact your favorite BHS choir, band or color guard member by Oct. 30 to purchase, or email slandzetter@yahoo.com, chlewandowski@deloitte.com or b.lewandowski@hotmail.com for more information.

STEVENS-BUSWELL COMMUNITY CENTER BUILDING TOURS

The Bedford Historical Society will offer small group tours of the Stevens-Buswell Community Center building, 18 North Amherst Road, from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 25. The Kendall Shop Museum will also be open to visit. Open to all. Information/questions: 471-6336 or sbcc@bedfordhistoricalnh.org or visit bedfordhistoricalnh.org.

HELP SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Optics 1 and Vectronix Inc. in conjunction with "Operation Care for Troops" are reaching out to the community for donations to support our troops during this coming Holiday Season. They are in need of the following: white athletic socks, toothbrushes, dental floss and small to medium tubes of toothpaste, small packages of beef jerky, power bars, ramen noodles – packages please, no cups, individual packages of oatmeal, individual p ackages of hot cocoa, tuna pouches, individual or smaller packages of nuts/trail mix, Girl Scout cookies, playing cards and thank you cards/holiday notes.

Donations can be dropped off between 10 a.m. an d2 p.m. Oct 31 in our lobby located at: 2 Cooper Lane (on the hill above the Copper Door Restaurant). The donations will be brought to the Operation Care for Troops facility for their Holiday Packing Event in early November and forwarded to our troops worldwide for the holiday season. Information: 296-0469.

ROSS A. LURGIO’S ANNUAL WITCH WAY TO THE 5K

The sixth annual Ross A. Lurgio Witch Way to the 5K will be held Oct. 31 at Lurgio Middle School, 47A Nashua Road. The kids’ 1K race starts at 9:30 a.m. and the adult chip-timed race begins at 10 a.m. Race Day registration starts at 8 a.m. Costume parade prior to start of race, and face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, raffles and post race snacks for everyone. New this year – the race will ask for a $1 donation at the time of registration to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Register at www.lightboxreg.com/ww5k2015?
func=&mobile=0.

CRAFTWORKERS’ GUILD OPEN SHOP WEEKEND

The Craftworkers’ Guild’s Open Shop Weekend will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6-8 at the historic Kendall House, 5 Meetinghouse Road. Free admission. More than 60 artisans and craftspeople participating. Information: www.craftworkers
guild.org.

FAMILIES

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION AT JOPPA HILL

The Educational Farm at Joppa Hill, 174 Joppa Hill Road, will hold its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 25. Event will include trick-or-treating, games, snacks and prizes. The not-too-scary Mini Zombie Hunt begins at 4 p.m. $5 per child 3 and older; free for children younger than 3. Information: theeducationalfarm.org or 472-4724.

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE
MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

The National Charity League Inc, Southern N.H. chapter is currently in the midst of their membership drive for the 2016 year. This mother-daughter philanthropic group focuses on developing leadership skills through cultural development and community service. The organization is made up of moms and their daughters in grades 7-12 and is now in its fourth year in New Hampshire. The chapter has grown to almost 200 members! Right now, there is space for new members with daughters in the 6th, 7th and 9th grade classes. Please consider attending the upcoming information night – 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Bedford Public Library. Bring your daughter so you can both hear all about our dynamic program! Email VP membership, Jo-Anne Johnson, at jojohnsonnh@gmail.com with questions.

BEDFORD SKI PROGRAM

Bedford students in grades 1-12 are invited to take advantage of discounted ski/snowboard lessons at Pat’s Peak Ski Area in Henniker. This parent-run program is geared to give kids the opportunity to learn to ski and snowboard at a ski area perfect for all levels. his five-week Friday night program includes 1-hour lessons and free ski time until closing each week and costs less than the price of a regular lift ticket. Discounted lift tickets are available for students who do not need lessons. Included in the program is one free Bonus day at Pat’s Peak, Cranmore and Gunstock to be used from Feb. 22 until the close of the 2016 season. The 2016 Bedford Ski Program begins Jan. 8. The choice of lesson times is 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 4:30-5:30 p.m. Parents are responsible for providing transportation or arranging carpools.

For easy online registration, go to patspeak.com. Click on "Learn to Ski & Ride Program", "Register Here." The username for the 3:30 lesson is bedfordski330 and for the 4:30 lesson the username is bedfordski430. The password is "carpool." More details are available at www.patspeak.com. contact Carolyn John at ekkoswife@comcast.net if you have questions.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

The Bedford Parks and Recreation Department is offering these classes and activities. Registration is required unless noted. For a brochure with complete program listings, visit the Parks and Recreation office at 24 N. Amherst Road, visit www.bedfordreconline.com or call 472-5242.

4:30 p.m. Oct. 24: Halloween Spooktacular at Bedford Village Common Park. Free.

6:15 p.m. Thursdays: Zumba GOLD.

RELIGION

BEDFORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Bedford Presbyterian Church, 4 Church Road, holds Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday School, nursery, youth and adult programming available. Visit bedfordpresbyterian.org to see a list of all programs and offerings. Information: 472-5841 or email office@bedfordpresbyterian.org.

BETHANY COVENANT CHURCH

Bethany Covenant Church, 1 Covenant Way, holds Sunday services at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Information: 472-5545, ext. 7002 or email Rev. J.T. Shupe at jt@bethanycovenant.com.

TRINITY LIFE COMMUNITY-BEDFORD FOURSQUARE CHURCH

Sunday worship services begin at 10 a.m. Nursery and children’s programs are during the morning message. There are also many small groups and activities for all ages throughout the week. Free bread is available after the morning service at noon to serve residents in the community who need assistance. The church is at 12 Station Road (off Hawthorne Drive). Information: 622-6306, email office@tlcnh.org or visit www.tlcnh.org.

THEATER

ONGOING

AMERICAN LEGION

Stevens-Buswell Post 54 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August) at the Bedford Public Library, Meetinghouse Road. If you are on active duty anywhere in the world or have served during eligible war eras, you’re invited to become a member. Information: Frank Diekmann, 472-4988 or visit post54nh.org.

BEDFORD LYME DISEASE COUNCIL

The Bedford Lyme Disease Council holds meetings on the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Richmond Room at the Bedford Public Library. This is a walk-in opportunity for anyone seeking information and/or guidance regarding Lyme and the other tick-borne diseases. There is much misinformation that surrounds Lyme disease. This meeting offers a monthly opportunity to get accurate, helpful information about this widespread and often debilitating illness. Information: David Hunter at 606-2800.

BEDFORD EUCHRE GROUP

The Bedford Euchre Group is seeking new members for its monthly women’s card game. Come for food, fun and laughter every second Tuesday of the month. We will teach you how to play. Information: Suzie at 488-5741 or suzannerankins@yahoo.com.

GREATER MANCHESTER LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

The Greater Manchester Lyme Disease Support Group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Bedford Presbyterian Church, in the downstairs Activity Room. The meetings provide information, support and guidance to those suffering with Lyme and the other tick-borne diseases. Lyme patients are welcome to bring along friends or family if they so choose. Information: David Hunter at 606-2800.

MEN’S CLUB HELP OUR TROOPS

The Bedford Men’s Club has formed a committee with a mission to send packages of snack foods, personal care items, and other comforts to our Bedford-based troops serving overseas or in remote U.S. locations. To achieve our goal, we need the community’s help to identify those who serve to protect America’s freedom. If you have a Bedford family member in the military serving overseas or in a remote location, please send the club his or her name and APO or FPO address. The club will use their contact information only to send packages. We will not share the information outside the Bedford Men’s Club, nor will use the information for any commercial purposes. Please contact the club by email to: president@bedfordmensclub.com, or by mail to: Bedford Men’s Club, P.O. Box 10338, Bedford, NH, 03110-0338.

MEN’S CLUB

The Bedford Men’s Club meets at Shortys Restaurant in Bedford on Rt 101 the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. All men who live or work in Bedford over the age of 21 are invited to attend. The Bedford Men’s Club is a non-profit organization designed to promote the betterment of the community. Our main objective is to help support local educational and recreational youth programs. For more information please check our web site at bedfordmensclub.com or facebook/bedfordmensclub.

LIONS CLUB

The Bedford Lions Club’s monthly dinner meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. The Bedford Lions Club, in its 49th year of service to the community, welcomes membership inquiries; for information, call Mike Sills at 472-5516 or visit bedford.nhlions.org.

VFW

The Bedford VFW Post meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Old Town Hall, Meetinghouse Road. Veterans who have served in combat zones overseas are eligible. Information: John Kroehler, 624-6836.

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

The Bedford Men’s Club is helping the organization Cell Phones For Soldiers by collecting used cell phones and laptops, which are sold and recycled. The cash raised is put into calling cards that are given to soldiers overseas. Drop-off points: Verizon stores on South River Road; town offices; transfer station; and in Merrimack at Shaw’s Plaza at Exit 11. Information: www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com; Dave and Heather Michaels, 471-9130; Steve Wallace, 1-520-255-0714.

COFFEE WITH A COP AND SENIOR CITIZEN TALK

The Bedford Police Department is starting a new Community Policing Program. "Coffee with a Cop and Senior Citizen Talk" will be held 7-9 a.m. every second Tuesday of the month at the Bedford Safety Complex, #55 Constitution Drive. Sit and talk with a Bedford police officer, enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss any issues you have or make suggestions to make Bedford a better place.

In addition, the Bedford Police Dept. will have a police officer assigned to the Community Policing Division on hand to speak with our senior citizens about tips and suggestions on crime prevention. Information: call the department at 472-5113.

HOMETOWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE LUNCHEON

The Hometown Business Alliance hosts a networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Shorty’s Mexican Roadhouse, 206 Route 101. Registration required at events.r20.constantcontact.com. Information: 801-8025 or pfariole@hometownbusnessalliance.com.

IAAP PROFILE CHAPTER MEETINGS

IAAP (International Association of Administrative Assistants) Profile Chapter meetings are held 6-8 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at Country Inn & Suites, 250 S. River Road. Meeting is $7 and dinner and meeting is $24. RVSP/information: IAAPNHProfileChapter@gmail.com.

MOMS CLUB OF BEDFORD

The MOMS Club of Bedford, NH is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all moms ,whether at home or working. Our local chapter offers a wide range of activities, including, monthly socials, park outings, playgroups, trips to the farm and Moms’ Nights Out. We are also committed to service projects within our community. Our activities are held during the day, when mothers at home need support. Mothers may bring their children with them to all our activities. Information: bedfordareamomsclub@gmail.com.

NIXLE ALERTS

Nixle is a free, instant messaging service that gives citizens important police advisories and alerts regarding emergencies, fire scenes, road closures and reopenings, places to shelter during power outages, notices about lost children and elderly, community event advisories and more. These brief messages are sent via texts and emails. Some 1,600 Bedford residents use Nixle to stay informed. An app is available for iPod, iPhone and iPad Touch. Sign up free at www.nixle.com.

SENIOR LUNCH

A free senior lunch is held at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at Trinity Life Community-Bedford Foursquare Church, 12 Station Road (off Hawthorne Drive). All who are 65 and older are welcome. Please RSVP. Information: 622-6306.

SOUTHERN NH MONEY CLUB

Southern NH Money Club is a free nonprofit women’s financial education group is open to anyone and meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Charles Schwab, 2 Cellu Drive, Nashua. A broad range of personal financial topics are covered, including investments, money’s effect on relationships, social security, credit, retirement strategies and more. Information: mmurphy1030@hotmail.com.

WALKING GROUP

If you’re interested in hosting a walk in your neighborhood or on one of Bedford’s trails, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 472-5242. Pick the time and date, and the recreation department will advertise your adventure.

WINE TASTING

Vintner’s Cellar, Sebbins Brook Marketplace, 410 S. River Road, Suite 7. 5-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Information: 627-9463, www.vintnerscellarnh.com.

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED

The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is in great need of volunteers from New Hampshire communities to drive local cancer patients to and from their chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments. Volunteers use their own vehicle and set their own schedule. Treatment appointments take place weekdays, primarily during business hours. Information: 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting items to the Hollis Brookline Journal is 5 p.m. Friday. Please send your items to cabnews@cabinet.com or neighbors@nashuatelegraph.com at least two weeks prior to the event.

BROOKLINE

COMMUNITY EVENTS

LIONS CLUB WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE

The Brookline Lions Club will hold a Winter Clothing Drive through Dec. 30. New socks, hats, mittens and gloves will be collected, with drop boxes at the post office and public library. Donations will be distributed through the Brookline Food Pantry and Share in Milford.

FAMILIES

BROOKLINE BEFORE/AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

The Brookline Before/After-School Program is still registering children in grades K-6 for the 2015-16 school year. It offers a stimulating program in the Brookline elementary schools that includes recreational activities, academic support, field trips and enrichments. Information: Sylvia at 801-4802 or SLM724@aol.com. This is not a school-sponsored program.

ONGOING

BINGO FOR ART

Bingo is offered at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Sundays at Big Bear Lodge, 106 Route 13. Proceeds benefit the Andres Institute of Art. Information: 672-7675.

BROOKLINE GARDEN CLUB

The Brookline Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Brookline Community Church. Information: Doris at 759-1139.

BROOKLINE WOMEN’S CLUB

The Brookline Women’s Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month from September-June at Brusch Hall, at the rear of the Brookline Chapel, Main Street. New members are always welcome. Open to any woman interested in the promotion of fellowship among women through community service and social activities.

RESEARCHERS/WRITERS NEEDED FOR NEW TOWN HISTORY

Preparations are well underway to celebrate Brookline’s 250th anniversary in 2019. Both the Historical Society and the town-sponsored Brookline Town History Committee are working hard on their respective projects: the society’s barn-raising project and the committee’s 100-year update to Edward E. Parker’s "History of Brookline" published in 1913. The Brookline Town History Committee is requesting help from anyone interested in doing research and/or writing about any number of fascinating topics. All contributors can expect to be given full research and writing credit when the book is published in 2018. The Brookline Town History Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Brookline Safety Complex, located at the junction of Routes 130 and 13. Meetings are open to the public. If you want to help in any way or learn more, contact Sid Hall at 801-1995 or sidhall@charter.net.

HOLLIS

CLASSES

PET SAFETY LECTURES

Horse ‘n Hound Physical Therapy, 288 S. Merrimack Road, will offer the following free lectures this fall. Information: hnhpt.com or 465-4444. 7 p.m. Nov. 4: Rhonda Voss presents Pet Behavior Training (including cats).

CAT BEHAVIOR TALK

Rhonda Voss of Always Positive Pet Training LLC will present a class on Clicker Training at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Horse ‘n Hound Physical Therapy in Hollis. Please leave your pets safe at home.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

STEPHEN PREVITE FALL OPEN STUDIO

Stephen Previte will hold his annual fall open studio from noon-4 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25 at 112 Silver Lake Road. He will be showing a new collection of original oil paintings along with a variety of limited edition giclee prints. Light refreshments will be served. Information: 465-2647 or PreviteFineArt.com.

HOLLIS WOMAN’S CLUB COMMUNITY YARD SALE

The Hollis Woman’s Club is looking for donations of yard sale items in good condition for their Community Yard Sale held Oct. 24 at the Lawrence Barn. Or, you could reserve a space for $20 ($25 with table) and sell it yourself! For information, donations or space reservations: Jeanne Cleveland, "the Yard Sale Queen," at 465-2097 or jeanne3584@yahoo.com.

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES’ ART SHOW

Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center will host its third annual "Good Things Come in Small Packages" art show and sale Nov. 13-Dec. 23. Featuring local and regional artists with small, dynamic and affordable works of art perfect for holiday gift-giving. Opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 13. Looking for artist submissions, due by end of October. Information: WildSalamander.com or 465-9453.

HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY TO HOST HOLIDAY SALE

The Hollis Arts Society will present its eighth annual Holiday Show 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15 in support of developing and promoting local artists. For the first time, the public event will be held at Hollis Brookline Middle School, 25 Main St., and art students from the school will have a booth among society member exhibitors. Admission is free. Exhibits will include fine art and crafts created by about three dozen local artists. As always, the event will support Arts4Vets, the society’s philanthropy arm, which assists local veterans in need and their families. Attendees can make direct donations at the show or participate in a silent auction offering works of art, gift baskets, and gift certificates, with a portion of those proceeds going to Arts4Vets. Information: hollisartssocietynh.com.

FAMILIES

FREE CHILD CHECK SCREENINGS

Free monthly child check screenings are available for all Hollis children 2.5-5 years at Hollis Primary School. If you have concerns about your child’s vision, hearing, speech, coordination or development, you may wish to have your child screened by preschool educators and specialists at a child check. Information: tinyurl.com/k8229d4. Appointments: Paula Izbicki at 324-5995, ext. 5968.

BEAVER BROOK ASSOCIATION

These events will be offered by the Beaver Brook Association. Registration required unless otherwise noted. 465-7787, www.beaverbrook.org. Fees are listed as nonmember/member.

HOME GARDENING SERIES

The Home Gardening Series is held 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 28 at Beaver Brook Nature Center. The topics of this series are: Vegetable & Fruit Garden Planning, Healthy Soil for Happy Plants, Garden Fertility, Composting, Container and Raised Bed Gardening, Weeds, Pest and Disease and Good Bugs, Bad Bugs; Season Extension and Building an Inexpensive Greenhouse; and Storing the Harvest and Closing up the Garden. Taught by Ron Christie, of Living Earth Farm. $10; $15 per couple. Ten percent off for BBA members.

FITNESS HIKING

Join us once or twice a week from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays for a fast-paced hike through Beaver Brook trails and on other area trails. Discover the hidden trails of southern New Hampshire and north-central Massachusetts. The goal is to walk 3 mph, to gain aerobic exercise and to boost our endorphins. Must be in decent shape. Thirty-three weeks for $109/$99; $165 if hiking Mondays and Fridays. We hike in all weather. Led by Beaver Brook education staff. Register at www.beaver
brook.org.

ONGOING

HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY

Visual and performing artists are invited to the Hollis Arts Society meetings at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at Lawrence Barn, 29 Depot Road. Meetings begin with a 45-minute professional development program followed by the business meeting. Information: Linda Bard, president, 1-978-443-9121.

HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY EXHIBITS

The Hollis Arts Society, working with the Community Council in Nashua, has use of the large conference room for a space called the Gallery at West Pearl. The gallery will remain open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday unless meetings are in progress in the room. Art will be available for purchase through the gallery manager. Information: Sarah Roche, Hollis Arts Society, gallery manager, at 759-2516 or 882-0879.

CALLING ALL PERFORMING ARTISTS

The Guild of Performing Arts is a newly forming part of the Hollis Arts Society that seeks to include artists from all aspects of performance to promote our art through performance and education. All welcome. Information: Pat Hurd, president, 882-1503, PHurd1503@aol.com.

HOLLIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY EVENTS

The Wheeler House Museum is open 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the year. Learn about the history of Hollis and it’s early settlers and for genealogy research.

HOLLIS SENIORS

The Hollis Seniors Group welcomes new members older than 55. They meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road. A low-impact exercise class is held from 10-11 a.m. for anyone wanting to come early. You may bring your own lunch or pre-order from Meals on Wheels for $2 by calling the number listed below. They have guest speakers and offer a blood pressure screening at the first meeting of each month. Information: Donna Wardlow, 673-6415.

HOLLIS VFW MEETING

The VFW meets the third Sunday of the month. From April-September, meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Brookline American Legion Post home; from October-March, meetings are at 2 p.m. at Hollis Town Hall. To join or for information: Visit www.hollisvfw.org or call one of the officers, Post Cmdr. Jim Belanger at 465-2301 or Sr. Vice Cmdr. Andy Seremeth at 880-8685.

SOUTHERN NH MONEY CLUB

The Southern NH Money Club is a free nonprofit women’s financial education group open to anyone. It meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at Charles Schwab, 2 Cellu Drive, Nashua. A broad range of personal financial topics are covered, including investments, money’s effect on relationships, Social Security, credit, retirement strategies and more. Information: mmurphy1030@hotmail.com.

Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting items to the Merrimack Journal is 5 p.m. Friday. Please send your items to cabnews@cabinet.com or neighbors@nashuatelegraph.com at least two weeks prior to the event.

BLOOD DRIVES

The American Red Cross will hold these blood drives. For more information or to reserve a time, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 3: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

CLASSES

CAT BEHAVIOR TALKS

Rhonda Voss of Always Positive Pet Training LLC is offering talks on a variety of cat behavior topics at Pets Choice in Merrimack including: Teaching your cat to tolerate going to the veterinarian’s at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 28; Brushing and Nail Trimming at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18; and Scratching at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Talks are by donation to a local animal shelter (collection boxes provided). Preregistration required by calling Pets Choice at 424-7297. Class size is limited. Leave your cat safe at home.

GUN SAFETY CLASS

The Merrimack Police Department will hold its third gun safety class from 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 14 at the police department. This is not a hunter safety course. The class will be limited to the first 18 people. Lt. Matt Tarleton with Officers William Gudzinowicz and William Vandersyde will be your instructors. Free. Refreshments will be available. To register: Contact Community Service Officer Rob Kelleher at 424-3774 or rkelleher@merrimacknh.gov.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY

Merrimack American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a Halloween Costume Party (costumes optional) from 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 24 at the American Legion Hall, 43 Baboosic Lake Road. Costumes are optional. Live music by Point of Entry, along with food and raffles. There will be a costume contest with $100 for first place, a $50 gift certificate for second place and a $25 gift certificate for third place. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15. Tickets may be purchased at the American Legion any day after 2 p.m.

SCARECROW FUNDRAISER FOR AMERICAN DIABETES FOUNDATION

Scarecrow kits, a Merrimack Lions Club fundraiser for the American Diabetes Foundation, will be for sale while supplies last from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24 at the Merrimack Public Library. Kits include a face and frame for $20. There will also be a limited number of child-size frames this year. Information: 424-6884.

SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB TRIPS

The Merrimack Senior Citizens Club is sponsoring these day trips. Transportation included in cost. Information/registration: 429-1502 or lorraine_lessard@yahoo.com.

Nov. 4: Foxwoods Casino. Open to the public. $32.

Dec 10: Lunch at Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery, Maine, followed by "White Christmas" at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

TURKEY TROT 5K ON A NEW COURSE

The Rotary Club of Merrimack Turkey Trot 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 26 at Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Drive, on a new course. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Merrimack. Register/information: www.merrimack5k.com.

FAIRS

MERRIMACK SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB FALL FAIR

The Merrimack Senior Citizens Club will hold its annual Fall Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center. To reserve a table: Irene at 424-2362.

FALL FAIR

A Fall Fair will be held 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 24 at 501 Daniel Webster Highway (Commons Plaza). Crafters, vendors, bake sale and raffles. Benefits Out of the Dark and Dollars for Dancers. Information: Raegan Lopez at rtlopez98@comcast.net.

FAMILIES

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT

The Merrimack High School Guidance Department will offer a College Financial Aid workshop from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 in the MHS theater. A representative from the Center for College Planning will present information that will help families navigate through the federal financial aid process (FAFSA), explore what types of additional aid is available, review scholarship searches, and highlight the importance of meeting deadlines. Attendees will receive our Financial Aid Organizer complete with helpful information. Pre-registration is required; call the Guidance Department at 424-6204 , ext. 2 or sign up in the Guidance Office between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department will hold the following events. For more information or to register for an event, visit the Recreation Department at Town Hall, call 882-1046, email mcasparius@merrimacknh.gov or visit merrimackparksandrec.org.

FALL BUS TRIPS AND TOURS

Working in partnership with Tye’s Tours & Travel, join Merrimack Parks & Recreation as we travel to an assortment of destinations this fall. All trips depart and return to Wasserman Park.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 24: Blue Man Group and lunch. $109.

Nov. 15-16: Patriots vs. Giants weekend. Rates vary.

Nov. 25-27: Three-day Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade weekend. Rates vary.

Dec. 3: Lee Greenwood’s Tennessee Christmas at Foxwoods. $99.

BREATHE NH FUN PASS

Merrimack Parks and Recreation has partnered with the New Hampshire Recreation & Park Association and Breathe New Hampshire to bring "The Fun Pass" to the Merrimack community. Fun passes are coupon booklets with savings at ski resorts, amusement parks, zoos, museums, water parks, whale watches and more. There is over $1,800 in savings at more than 100 New England family attractions. In most cases, coupons offer a child 12 and under a free or discounted admission when accompanied by a paying adult. Offers and deals vary by attraction. When you purchase a Fun Pass, you are supporting Breathe New Hampshire’s mission to promote lung health throughout the state. Booklets are $32. To buy a booklet, call or visit the Parks and Recreation Department at Town Hall.

ONGOING

ADULT CENTER LUNCHES

St. Joseph Community Services offers hot lunches at noon Monday-Friday for seniors 60 and older. Join the group for a nutritious meal, camaraderie and a variety of activities. Held at the John O’Leary Adult Center, 4 Church St. Van transportation available. Information: Michelle Kelliher, 424-2100.

BLUEGRASS MUSIC CLUB

The Bluegrass Music Club will meet 7-9 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at Merrimack Middle School. Local musicians of all abilities are welcome to bring their musical instruments and join. Information: Kevin Nunley, 249-9982, or www.bluegrassclub.org.

MERRIMACK CRIBBAGE LEAGUE

The Merrimack Cribbage League meets at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Merrimack VFW, 282 Daniel Webster Highway, on the second floor (smoking/alcohol not permitted). Fun, relaxed group. $5 to play, with weekly payouts for top teams. Open to anyone. Players who are unable to comimit to a full season or just want to try it out are welcome. Information: Scott Mortimer at MerrimackCribbage@gmail.com.

FOOT CARE CLINIC

A foot care clinic operated by the nurses of Home Health & Hospice Care will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every odd-numbered month at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 16 Baboosic Lake Road. The clinic is open to anyone 50 years of age and older who lives in Merrimack or the surrounding area. Cost is $22, payable by cash or check at time of appointment. For low-income seniors, there will be a simple form to be completed for eligibility purposes. For more information and to schedule your appointment: call Bess at 882-2941. Visit Home Health & Hospice Care at hhhc.org.

JOIN BOY SCOUT TROOP 401

Troop 401 meets 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays at St. James Church. If you are between ages 11-18, come join in the fun while you learn about camping, kayaking, hiking, first aid, community service and more. Information: M. Kofman at 429-0794.

LIONESS CLUB SEEKS MEMBERS

The Merrimack Lioness Club is looking for new members. Meetings held on the first Monday of each month in a member’s home. They participate in community service and fundraising to benefit the town. Members would be happy to arrange transportation to the meeting. Information: Marsha at 440-5399.

GARDEN CLUB

The Merrimack Garden Club is a group of people from surrounding communities who meet to share a love of gardens and plants. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at St. James United Methodist Church, 646 Daniel Webster Highway. Information: www.merrimackgardenclub.org.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Merrimack Historical Society is open from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from May through Thanksgiving. The Society is located in the 1847 Schoolhouse at 520 Boston Post Road. The society offers tours, artifacts, research into history, buildings and genealogy. There is no charge, but donations are cheerfully accepted. The society is always seeking donations of artifacts, books, photos and other items of interest to Merrimack.

The speakers at the Merrimack Historical Society meetings will have their programs appear on the town’s cable channel for all to see. Thanks to Ron Ketchie, Bob L’Heureux and the town’s media department for their help.

MISSION PINK’ AT SIMON PREMIUM OUTLETS

Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England will participate in a national engagement with Susan G. Komen to support the fight against breast cancer, engaging employees, retailers and shoppers in "Mission Pink" events throughout October. For a list of events to be held at Merrimack Premium Outlets, 80 Premium Outlets Blvd., visit simon.com.

ROTARY

The Rotary Club of Merrimack meets 7:15-8:30 a.m. Thursdays at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church St. Each meeting includes a guest speaker, hot breakfast buffet and an introduction to Rotary. The club is a volunteer organization supporting local communities with donations and scholarships. Merrimack Rotary projects have included scholarships, reconstruction of Kids’ Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club, lighting at Reeds Ferry fields and more. Members also work with other clubs on international projects such as eradication of polio, Pure Water for the World, and hurricane relief in Honduras. To RSVP for a breakfast meeting or for information: Chris Christensen at 424-2542 or Chris@ChristensenNH.com or www.merrimackrotary.org.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. It’s sponsored by Merrimack Crimeline, which is trying to revamp neighborhood watch groups. If you have had a Neighborhood Watch, the Crimeline wants to hear from you. If you want to start a Neighborhood Watch, the crimeline can help you establish one. Information: Community Service Officer Rob Kelleher at 420-1853 or rkelleher@merrimacknh.gov or Bill Behrens, neighborhood watch chairman, at 424-2421.

NH RIGHT RIDERS

The New Hampshire Right Riders ATV and dirt bike club for Merrimack residents is entering its fifth season and riding at its local motocross track. Its purpose is to keep designated areas of town-owned land open for safe and legal riding. Information: www.NHRightRiders.com.

PLAY CRIBBAGE

Come play cribbage at the John O’Leary Adult Center, 4 Church St., at 12:45 p.m. Wednesdays. $2.25 fee; winners of nine straight games win the jackpot. All ages welcome. Information: 424-6306.

SENIORS ACTIVITIES

The Merrimack Senior Citizens Club has more than 280 members and always welcomes new members. Club dues are $15 a year for Merrimack seniors older than 55. The group has guest speakers and many activities that take place at its meetings, held 1 p.m. Mondays (excluding holidays) at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center. Bingo is played after the meeting. For information and a schedule of activities: Call 424-6306.

ST. JAMES COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY AND CLOTHING ARK

The St. James Community Food Pantry and Clothing Ark is open every Tuesday 9:30 a.m.-noon p.m. Free, gently worn clothing is available to anyone in need. St. James is at 646 Daniel Webster Highway. Information: call 424-7459.

LEARN LEADERSHIP SKILLS AT TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS

Toastmasters meetings are held 7-8 a.m., Thursdays at Merrimack Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, to help you build confidence, learn leadership skills and be a better communicator. Free. Information: merrimackmotivators.org or contact@merrimackmotivators.org.