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HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT

The seventh annual Milford Horseshoe Tournament will be held Sept. 12 at SVTA field, Riley Bros. Lumberyard, 40 Christmas Tree Lane. Registration is open 5:30-8 a.m. Friday and 8-9:45 a.m. Saturday. Tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Luck of the draw, round-robin format. $20 per person. Cash prizes, raffles and concessions. A portion of the proceeds will go to SHARE Outreach. Information: find us on Facebook (Souhegan Valley Tournament Association) or call 673-3419.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OPEN HOUSE

The Milford Historical Society will hold an Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13. at the The Carey House Museum, 6 Union St. The entrance is located on the driveway side of the building and is accessible.

GARDEN CLUB

The Milford Garden Club will host a talk on "Integrated Pest Management" at its Sept. 14 meeting at the First Congregational Church Parish House, 10 Union St. Coffee and conversation at 9 a.m., business meeting at 9:30 and program at 10:30. Free.

MASONIC FAMILY CHARITY BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT LIBRARY

The Masonic Family of Benevolent Lodge 7 will hold its monthly charity breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Masonic Lodge, 30 Mont Vernon St. This month’s charity is the Wadleigh Memorial Library. Breakfast consists of waffles – plain or blueberry, eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, toast, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice, all for only $7. Come join your friends and neighbors in support of our library. You are welcome to stay awhile and tour the Masonic Lodge and museum. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask a member. Contrary to the rumors, we are more than happy to talk to you.

HOLISTIC FAIR TO BENEFIT HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE CARE

A Holistic Fair will be held noon-5 p.m. Sept. 19 to benefit Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack. It will be held at 555 Elm St., the location of Universal Kenpo Federation. The fair, sponsored by Lisa Jones (owner of Nia NH), features services such as massage, foot reflexology, acupuncture and healing music as well as products for sale. Many services, classes and products will be raffled to support Home Health Hospice Care. Information: 562-7525.

DRAFT REPORT OF INSTREAM FLOW PILOT PROGRAM

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has issued the draft report of the Instream Flow Pilot Program for public review and comment. The report is an evaluation of the Instream Flow Pilot Program and a plan for sustainable water resource management on other designated rivers. The Instream Flow Pilot Program developed methods to define instream flow protection criteria that meet water quality standards and management plans to implement them. A public meeting about the report will be held 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Milford Police Training and Community Room, 19 Garden St. Paper copies of the report are available at the Wadleigh Library or at the NHDES Public Information and Permitting Unit (271-8876 or info@des.nh.gov). NHDES invites the public to submit comments on the draft report. Comments submitted in writing should be addressed to: Wayne Ives, NHDES, PO Box 95, Concord, NH 03302-0095 or by email to Wayne.Ives@des.nh.gov. Information: Ted Diers at Ted.Diers@des.nh.gov or 271-3289.

STATE OF THE SOUHEGAN VALLEY ECONOMIC SUMMIT

The Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce along with the community development departments of the towns of Amherst and Milford are presenting "The State of the Souhegan Valley Economic Summit" from 7:30-9 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Milford Town Hall auditorium. The results of the UNH Cooperative Extension Business Retention & Expansion Surveys conducted by the towns of Amherst and Milford and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce will be presented. Free. RSVP to 673-4360 or beth.boggis@souhegan.net to reserve your seat.

GOT TALENT? MILFORD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL WANTS YOU!

The ninth annual Milford Pumpkin Festival Talent Show needs singers, dancers, amateur comedians, jugglers, tumblers and anyone with an unusual talent. Entries are now open for this year’s Talent Show, which will be held at the Amato Theater at 7 p.m. Oct. 10. Prizes awarded for first place, first runner-up, second runner-up and audience favorite. Auditions for Talent Show 2015 will take place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept 26 at the Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club, 56 Mont Vernon Street. Interested performers can sign up now at milfordpumpkinfestival.org. Information: theater director Robin LaCroix at rlacroix@svbgc.org or 672-1002, ext. 20.

MHS CLASS OF 1975 40TH REUNION

The Milford High School Class of 1975 will hold its 40th class reunion from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road. $20 payable at the door by cash or check. RSVP by Sept. 23 to Wendy Mace at wendymace@myfairpoint.net or visit the class Facebook page at MASH GRAD 1975.

FAMILIES

CHILD CHECK FOR AGES 3-6

The Milford School District has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in its district who qualifies for special education services or any child attending public schools who may require Section 504 accommodations or services. Children eligible for special education include those with disabilities who have an intellectual disability, autism, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, acquired brain injury, visual impairment or developmental delay. Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services or 504 accommodations, or if you would like more information, call the Milford School District office of special services at 673-6709. Preschool screenings will be held on Oct. 7, Dec. 2, Feb. 3 and April 6 of the 2015-16 school year.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

These programs are offered by the Milford Recreation Department. To register or for information: 249-0625, www.milfordrec.com. The office is at 1 Union Square. Prices are listed as resident/nonresident. Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted.

SPECIAL EVENTS

COED WOODEN BAT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

Ages 18 and older. Sixth annual Coed Softball Tournament & Home Run Derby is Sept. 26 and 27. Come out for two great days of fun! Home Run Derby open to anyone, additional $10 paid the day of the event.Team entries due by Sept. 18. $150 per team.

FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL AND ZOMBIE ORIENTEERING

Famiy Festival is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Adams Field (Osgood Road): music, s’mores, concessions, games, storytelling, crafts, face painting, vendors. Zombie Orienteering follows from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at Adams Field. (Recommended ages 12 and older). Coordinated with Conservation Commission. Both events are free.

THE HOLLY JOLLY FAMILY
SPECTACULAR

All ages welcome! Join us for an evening of Cheer from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Milford Town Hall Auditorium. Different groups will perform some of the most classic holiday hits. Dance, sing-a-long or just sit back and relax. Friday, 12/18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 for ages 5 and older; free for ages 4 and younger.

TODDLER AND YOUTH
PROGRAMS

TINY KICKS & LIL’ KICKERS

Tiny Kicks: ages 2-3, meets 10-10:30 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Lil’ Kickers: ages 4-5, meets 1:45-2:15 p.m.Tuesdays. $30/$35. Keyes Park Soccer Field/or at Milford Town Hall (bad weather). Session dates listed on website.

TODDLER TUMBLING

Ages 2-5. Meets 10-10:30 a.m. Fridays at Milford Town Hall Auditorium. $22/$22. See website for session dates.

TOT DROP-IN

9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursdays at Town Hall third floor auditorium. This is a great place for parents and toddlers to come play and chat. Lots of toys and open space. Follows MSD Calendar. $3 drop-in, $10 for 5 sessions.

PIANO LESSONS

Ages 7-15. Learn the basics required to develop proper piano playing ability. Instructor Dan I. Milford Town Hall Auditorium. Six-class session, half-hour time slots at 6:30, 7, 7:30 or 8 p.m., one child per slot. $120 per student.

YOUTH DRAMA WORKSHOP

Thursdays, Sept. 17-Dec. 3 at Milford Town HallAuditorum. Tell Dark Tales (ages 10-15): 3:30-5 p.m. Magical Mystery Tour (ages 7-11) 5-6:30 p.m. Open house on Sept. 17 – all welcome.$170/$180.

HORSEMANSHIP PROGRAM AND MINI SHOWCASE

Held at Irish Luck Stables in Brookline. Four-week session with weekly themes. Held 3-5 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 4-25. Register at www.milfordrec.com.

SAFE SITTER

Ages 11-15. Held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Milford Police Station Community Room on Garden Street. Instructor: Stephanie Zubricki. Min of 6 participants. $75. Register at www.milfordrec.com.

HOME ALONE SAFETY

Ages 8-11. Learn the basics of being safe when home alone for short periods of time. Meets 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Heron Pond cafeteria. $25.

BEGINNER LEARN TO SKATE

Ages 4 & up. All participants must be accompanied by a parent on the ice. Equipment required: Skates, helmet (any bike/multi-sport helmet), gloves. Instructor Dan Fontas, director of hockey for The Hockey Academy & New England Stars Youth Hockey. 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 13 at Shepard Park Ice Rink. $25/$35.

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY

Ages 5 and older. Must have learn-to-skate experience. Equipment required: skates, stick, helmet with cage, hockey gloves (other protective gear such as throat guard and shin guards highly recommended). Instructor Dan Fontas, director of hockey for The Hockey Academy & New England Stars Youth Hockey. 8:45-9:45 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 13 at Shepard Park Ice Rink. $30/$40.

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Friday Night Contra Dances, for all ages, are held at 8 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month in the Milford Town Hall auditorium. Coordinator is Frank Woodward (487-2480). $7 adults, $3.50 for children.

Archery lessons for youth and adults are held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Bales Gym. $60/$65. See website for session dates.

ADULT RECREATION PROGRAMS

COED PICKUP BASKETBALL

Ages 18 and older. League coordinator onsite. Meets 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Dec. 17 and Jan. 12-June 2 (tentative) at Bales Gym. Limited to 25 participants. $25 per person for season. $5 drop-in fee.

SENIOR ZUMBA

Modified Zumba for seniors, chairs are available for those who need it. Held 5:45-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 14-Oct. 26 (no class on Oct. 12) at Milford Town Hall banquet room. $15/$25 or $3 drop-in fee. Call 249-0625 to register.

BUS TRIPS

Registration required for all bus trips.

Sept. 16: Hobo Railroad. Your ticket includes round-trip excursion along the Pemigewasset River, lunch aboard the train, and bus transportation. Limited seating available! $48.

Oct. 12: Louisa May Alcott Orchard House in Concord, Mass. $32.

Oct. 24: Mohegan Sun Bus Trip. Adults 21 and older. Motor coach transportation and a casino bonus package that includes a food and casino play voucher. $34.

Nov. 12: Pickity Place and Ben’s Sugar Shack. $45.

Nov. 14: NYC annual Bus Trip. $50.

Dec. 10: "A Christmas Carol" at the Palace Theatre. $58.

March 12: Foxwoods Day Trip. $34.

THEATER

MARY POPPINS’

"Mary Poppins" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, 19, 25 and 26 and 3 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27 at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts, 56 Mont Vernon St. Tickets: amatocenter.org.

ONGOING

AARP MEETING

American Association of Retired Persons Souhegan Valley Chapter 1235 meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month upstairs at the VFW Hall, Perkins Street. Anyone older than 50 may join. Information: 673-9064or www.aarp.org.

BINGO NIGHT

Souhegan Valley Dollars for Scholars hosts Bingo Night from 6:45-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the River Card Room, 185 Elm St. Doors open at 5. Information: 249-5548 or riverpokerroom.com. This event is for those 18 and older.

MILFORD FARMERS MARKET

Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., thorugh mid-October in the Tractor Supply parking lot on Elm Street. Listen to live music while you shop the vendors you’ve come to know and love and meet some new ones. Information: milfordnhfarmersmarket.com or Milford Farmers Market of NH on Facebook.

FREE SUPPER

A free community supper will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20 Elm St. The menu includes salad, entree, bread, dessert and beverages. Information: Barbara Smith at 673-6629, or visit uucm.org.

GREATER MILFORD OUTREACH

Greater Milford Outreach seeks to create a network among area human services, schools, court system, church and faith communities, parents and community members. GMO generally meets from 8-9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (excepting November and March) at the Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club, 56 Mont Vernon St. Information: greatermilfordoutreach.org or libbywa@charter.net.

FREE COMMUNITY SUPPER

Free community spaghetti suppers are offered each Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the SHARE Center, 1 Columbus Avenue (directly behind the Milford Ambulance Facility on Elm Street). Information: info@sharenh.org.

DISCUSSION GROUP

If you want to talk about philosophy, current trends and try to get at the truth of things, you are invited to join a discussion group that meets at 7-8:30 p.m. on the first Thursdays of each month at the Toadstool Bookshop in Lorden Plaza. Information: 673-6948.

SENIORS FOOT CARE

The Milford Area Seniors will be hosting a Foot Care Clinic, operated by the nurses of Home, Health and Hospice, from 9 a.m.-noon on the first Tuesday of odd-numbered months. The cost is $22 and is payable by cash or check at time of the appointment. For low-income seniors, there will be a simple form to be completed for eligibility purposes. Those seniors who are income-eligible will receive their foot clinic care at no cost. The foot care clinic is open to any seniors 50 or older who live in Milford and the surrounding area. Elevator lobby entrance is on Middle Street, and the clinic will be held in the third-floor banquet room. Schedule an appointment with Bess from Home, Health and Hospice at 882-2941. Directions: 769-1009 or go to www.milfordarea
seniors.com.

SENIORS MUSIC PROGRAM

The Milford Area Seniors received funding from the Arthur L. Keyes trust to start a music program. Milford’s Amy Conley will be coming to Town Hall once a month – usually, the third Tuesday – to lead this interactive and sometimes intergenerational program. Conley’s extensive music background includes teaching music to students of all ages. She runs Music Together of Milford and Greater Manchester/Nashua, and also teaches ukulele classes and other instruments.

"Music for Health & Joy" is Conley’s program for adults who enjoy the uplifting power of music in their community centers. The songs chosen are perfect for lifting spirits, encouraging movement when appropriate, and promoting social interaction, stimulating language and raising endorphins, which boost the immune system.

The Milford Area Seniors meet in the banquet room at Town Hall on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

SOCRATES CAFE

Are fate and luck the same thing? If you have an opinion on it that you’re bursting to share, let’s sit down and talk about it. Socrates Cafe meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Toadstool Bookshop.

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.

MONT VERNON

COMMUNITY EVENTS

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE

The Mont Vernon Republican Town Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the barn at 9 Southview Drive. All registered Republicans are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Information: Wesley Sonner at 732-3596 or wesley@sonner.com.

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER

The next free community dinner at Mont Vernon Congregational Church, 4 South Main St., will be held 5-7 p.m. Sept. 17. Dinner is open and free to all; donations accepted but not required. This month’s menu: pulled barbecue chicken sandwiches, cole slaw, potato salad, green salad, watermelon and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. Information: 673-3500.

MONT VERNON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM

The Mont Vernon Historical Society Museum will then be open 1-4 p.m. on the second Saturday each month through October. The Amherst and Milford historical society museums will be open at the same times. Consider supporting the museum by becoming a member. New members are always welcome. Annual dues are $10; lifetime dues are $100. Join by mailing the Mont Vernon Historical Society, P.O. Box 15, Mont Vernon, NH. Checks made out to Mont Vernon Historical Society. The museum is on the second floor of Town Hall on Main Street. Exhibits of note include the Key to Mont Vernon presented to World War I veteran Harold A Trow. Nine residents of Mont Vernon served in WWI. There also is a display of photos and newsletters from Mont Vernon Village School, and a display of dresses worn by women in the mid-1900s. A small portion of the actual tea thrown overboard during the 1773 Boston Tea Party is on display. The story of how it came to the museum will be on hand.

CONCERTS

ROUND ROOM COFFEE HOUSE

The Round Room Coffee House, celebrating its 20th year, will hold an open mic night, with feature, at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Mont Vernon Congregational Church. $5 donation. All musicians welcome.

ONGOING

CRIBBAGE LEAGUE

The Mont Vernon Cribbage League meets at 7 p.m. every other Wednesday at the fire station. Open to all cribbage players. Information: Kirk Pomeroy, 672-7816.

PETERBOROUGH

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MONADNOCK CENTER FOR
HISTORY AND CULTURE

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., will hold the following events. Information: 924-3235 or monadnockcenter.org.

A Community Conversation on Literacy will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in Bass Hall. There will be four panelists who will each deliver a short presentation. This is followed by a conversation open to all attendees. Free.

Hearth Cooking demonstration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Phoenix Mill House. Part of the Center’s Fall 2015 Hearth Cooking Saturdays. Admission by donation.

"TIMBER! Exploring the past, present and future of the region’s forested landscape," a new exhibit at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, is on view through Nov. 28. Free with museum admission of $3. A series of exhibit programs and gallery talks will be offered throughout the summer and fall.

SUMMERHILL MEMORY CAFE

Memory Cafe will be held from 2-3 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at Summerhill Adult Living Community’s elegant new pub, 183 Old Dublin Road. Join them for social time and a chance to discuss memory care with other families and caregivers. Tea, pastries and sherry served, with an occasional speaker and beautiful music. Information: 924-6238 or summerhillal.com.

CONCERTS

BASS HALL CONCERT SERIES

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., has announced several concerts for the 2015 season of the Music in the Bass Hall Concert Series. $15, $12 for members, seniors and students. Information and tickets: monadnockcenter.org.

Sept. 20: Pianist Deborrah Wyndham.

***TWO RIVERS COMMUNITY CHOIR

Interested singers are invited to join the Two Rivers Community Choir in either (or both) of two distinct sessions: 3-6 p.m. Sundays Sept. 13-Nov. 29 at the 1st Church of Christ Scientist on Concord St. or 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 9-Nov. 18 at Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church parish hall on Main St. This is a non-auditioned choir, note reading is not required. Open to ages 17 and older. $155 per semester. Information/registration: 924-9527 or keysofmb@gmail.com.

PARISH HALL OPEN STAGE

The Parish Hall Open Stage is 7:30-10 p.m. on the first Friday of the month at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main St. $5 donation at the door. Sign-up for musicians and poets is 6:30-7:30 p.m. the day of event, or sign up in advance by emailing jackkidmusic@gmail.com. Open mic begins at 7:30 p.m., featured performer starts at 8:30. Baked goods and beverages available. $5 donation at the door.

FAIRS

FAMILIES

FILMS

THEATER

PETERBOROUGH PLAYERS 2015 SUMMER SEASON

Seven plays including Broadway comedies, a classic farce, a screwball comedy, a contemporary drama and a "new" play by Shakespeare will mark the 82nd season at the Peterborough Players Theatre. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays. Visit peterboroughplayers.org for information or call the box office at 924-7585.

Through Sept. 6: "Stella and Lou" by Bruce Graham.

Sept. 9-13: "The Rape of Lucrece" by William Shakespeare, adapted by Dan Hodge.

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 neighbors@nashua
telegraph.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. Sept. 15: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

2-7 p.m. Sept. 17: Our Lady of Mercy, 16 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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, Sept. 12-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.

NE PARKINSON’S RIDE

Join the 2015 New England Parkinson’s Ride on Sept. 12 in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Choose from a 10-, 30-, 50- or 100-mile bicycle ride and help pedal toward a cure for Parkinson’s. Start and finish festival at Old Orchard Beach Ballpark. Registration fee is $45 (free for riders younger than 18). Fundraising requirement is $100 via Team Fox. Information: neparkinsonsride.com or visit the organizers at their offices at 515 Daniel Webster Highway.

THE HALLS GUEST SPEAKERS AT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Charlie and Frank Hall will be the speakers at the Merrimack Historical Society’s Sept. 15 meeting. This will take place at the 1847 Schoolhouse, 520 Boston Post Road. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., but there will be a brief business meeting at 6:30. The subjects will be Schoolhouse #12 and 13 and Bell Farm/ Lone Star Ranch. This is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served and the talk will be videotaped. For more information, contact Anita at 424-5084.

PUBLIC READING OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Come join us for a public reading of the United States Constitution sponsored by teens from The Granite State Young Americans for Freedom chapter. This event commemorates the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In an effort to help revitalize the nation’s civic culture, residents from Nashua, Merrimack, Milford, Amherst, Mont Vernon and Hudson will join with people across the nation in a public reading of our nation’s founding document. This local reading will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 at Abbie Griffin Park, 6 Baboosic Lake Road. Free doughnuts and drinks afterward. Granite YAF welcomes new members. Information about Granite YAF or the event: Jacob Parker at 1-978-252-4923 or graniteyaf.com.

MERRIMACK BUSINESS EXPO

The Merrimack Town Council initiated and is overseeing the ninth annual Merrimack Fall Festival and Business Expo, aimed at showcasing businesses, crafters and civic organizations. The purpose is to provide businesses a conduit for meeting the residents of Merrimack and showing how much there is to offer within Merrimack and surrounding communities. The expo will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Merrimack High School. Free. Many area restaurants will be on hand selling their food. Information: merrimackexpo.com.

HOLISTIC FAIR TO BENEFIT HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE CARE

A Holistic Fair will be held noon-5 p.m. Sept. 19 to benefit Home Health & Hospice Care. It will be held at 555 Elm St., Milford, the location of Universal Kenpo Federation. The fair – sponsored by Lisa Jones, owner of Nia NH – features services such as massage, foot reflexology, acupuncture and healing music as well as products for sale. Many services, classes and products will be raffled to support Home Health Hospice Care. Information: 562-7525.

MERRIMACK 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.

Sept. 23: The Beach Boys Tribute Show at Venus DeMilo Resturant in Swansea, Mass. $59. Merrimack residents only.

MERRIMACK FRIENDS AND FAMILIES FALL YARD SALE

Please join us for Merrimack Friends and Families annual Fall Yard Sale, held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Merrimack Town Hall. (No early birds please – entry at 8 a.m. only). There will be toys, books, movies, housewares and a lot more. This is one of MFF’s biggest fundraisers and all of the proceeds go to local charities. If you are interested in donating items, please drop them off between 7 and 8 a.m. that day or contact us at info@merrimackfriendsfamilies.org. For more information on the club: merrimackfriendsfamilies.org.

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.

FAMILIES

MEEP PREREGISTRATION APPLICATION

The Merrimack School District is accepting registration applications for its inclusionary preschool program, Merrimack Early Education Program, for the 2015-16 school year. Classes are at James Mastricola and Reeds Ferry elementary schools, and will include preschoolers with and without developmental or learning delays to provide opportunities for children to play and learn together. To register for classes: Laura Bobbitt at 424-6215. Information: www.merrimack.k12.nh.us/index.cfm, or Sheila Demers at 424-6215, 424-6218 or sheila.demers@merrimack.k12.nh.us.

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.

FINANCIAL LECTURE SERIES

Merrimack Parks & Recreation will host a series of free financial lectures presented by Josh Chabot, a financial advisdr with Edward Jones Financial.

10-10:30 a.m. Sept. 12: "Social Security: Your Questions Answered." Held in the Memorial Conference Room at Town Hall.

7-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24: "College: Getting There From Here." Held in the John O’Leary Adult Community Center.

7-7:45 p.m. Oct. 6: "Health Care and Your Retirement." Held in the John O’Leary Adult Community Center.

1-2 p.m. Oct. 22: "Preparing Your Estate Plan." Held in the John O’Leary Adult Community Center.

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

FALL TENNIS LESSONS AT WASSERMAN PARK

Tennis lessons for children will be offered at Wasserman Park. Lessons are 45 minutes. $30 per session. Sessions are Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. for ages 5-7; Sept. 16, 23 and 30 at 4:45 p.m. for ages 7-9; Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. for ages 8-10; and Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at 4:45 p.m. for ages 7-9. Registration required.

TRIP TO ARIZONA, UTAH

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Dept. is hosting a trip to Arizona and Utah’s Canyon Country through Collette Tours from Oct. 1-9. Traverse three national parks and be immersed in some of America’s most awe-inspiring scenery. Prices range from $2,749-$3,429 and includes nine days of sightseeing, 12 meals, tour guide, round-trip airfare, transportation from Merrimack and overnight stays at luxury hotels.

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.

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.

FARMERS MARKET

The Merrimack Farmers Market will be at 526 Daniel Webster Highway, home of Vault Motor Storage. Over 20 farmer/vendors provide you a wide array of fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, eggs, meats, wool and locally made products. 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 14. Information: merrimacknh.gov or see our Facebook page at Merrimack Farmers’ Market.

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.

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 Jackie Watson at 943-1024.

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.

TOASTMASTERS

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: Toastmasters.org or Laurie at 801-9410.

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DEADLINE

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

BROOKLINE

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TOWNWIDE YARD SALE DAY

Brookline Community Church and the Brookline Lions Club will hold Brookline’s fourth annual townwide yard sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 12. The event’s central location is Quimby Road at the intersection of Routes 13 and 130. Yard sales at homes are marked on a town map. Maps for shoppers can be purchased for $3.

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

The Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, is hosting its 17th annual Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium Sept. 12-Oct. 3. The symposium opening will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Big Bear Lodge, adjacent to the Andres Institute Sculpture Park. The public is invited to come welcome the international artists from Spain, Germany and Belarus to New Hampshire. Refreshments will be served. Information: andrewsinstitute.org.

FAMILIES

BROOKINE 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.

HOLLIS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TOUR THE HISTORIC GOULD-EMERSON-WORCESTER HOUSE

The historic Gould-Emerson-Worcester House, 28 Main St., will hold a signature house tour from 1-5 p.m. Sept. 12. Sponsored by the Hollis Historical Society. The Gould-Emerson House is steeped in history and filled with historical artifacts pertaining to Hollis. Listen to beautiful flute duets as you tour the 10 plus rooms filled with antiques, Revolutionary War items, equestrian antiques and collectibles. After the tour, wander into the backyard, check out the fairy gardens, and then enjoy wine, cider and hearty hors d’oeurves served under the tent. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tax deductible to benefit the Hollis Historical Society. Tickets are available at the Wheeler House on Main Street (open 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays) or at the Always Ready Engine House and Wheeler House Museum (open1-4 p.m. the first and third Sundays) or by calling 465-2884 or 882-4087.

HOLLIS OLD HOME DAYS

Hollis Old Home Days will be held Sept. 18-19 at Nichols Field on Depot Road. Parade, rides, fireworks, exhibitors, chicken barbecue, apple pie contest, silent auction, cow pattie bingo and more. Information:
hollisoldhomedays.org.

OLD HOME DAYS COMMITTEE SEEKS RESIDENTS 90 OR OLDER

The Hollis Old Home Days Committee invites Hollis residents 90 or older to be its guests for the chicken barbecue on Sept. 19 at Nichols Field. Please RSVP to Thelma at 889-6369 if you plan to attend and a ticket will be reserved for you.

HOLLIS WOMEN’S CLUB APPLE PIE CONTEST

Submit your best apple pie recipe to the Hollis Woman’s Club Apple Pie Contest, held during Hollis Old Home Days. Bring your pie to the Apple Pie Contest tent at Nichols Field between 9:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Sept. 19. No entry fee. One entry per person – a two-crusted homemade apple pie or entry for Open Division (pie must have apples in it). Recipe should accompany entry. There are four divisions – children up to age 12, students 13-21, adults 22 and older and Open all ages. Ribbons and cash prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division. Information and entry form at hollisoldhomeays.org/applepiecontest.

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.

FOREST FREETIME
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 18 (except Nov. 11), 3:45-5:30 p.m. at Maple Hill Farm. It is a time to relax, play and enjoy the outdoors as a group. School bus transportation to Beaver Brook directly from HPS and HUES available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up online to reserve your spot. For grades 1-6. $180 for nonmembers for 9 weeks. 10% off for BB members. A healthy snack is provided each week.

FITNESS HIKING

Join us once or twice a week from 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays starting Sept. 14 for a fast-paced hike through Beaver Brook trails and on other area trails. Discover the hidden trails of southern N.H. and north-central Mass. 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.beaverbrook.org.

FALL FESTIVAL AND NATURE ART SHOW

Beaver Brook Association’s 35th annual Fall Festival & Nature Show will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27 at Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road. The Fall Festival is the signature annual event of Beaver Brook Association. Along with the fabulous display of artwork, there will be activities of interest for all age groups, including nature crafts for children, animal presentations from Wingmasters and Eyes on Owls and Wild Encounters, live music , bee keeping demonstrations, garden tours and guided hikes. See website for details.

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 SUMMER EVENTS

The Historical Society will hold an Attic Treasures Yard Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first and third Saturday of the month, through Oct. 17, in the Ice House behind the Wheeler House at 20 Main St.

The Always Ready Engine House on Main Street will from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month, through Oct. 18. Featured exhibits are "Farming in Hollis, the permanent Veterans Wall, our mid-19th century horse-drawn hearse and the antique Always Ready Fire Engine and equipment. On the lower level in the spooky basement is the old jail, photos of past police chiefs and the huge old Hollis town safes.

The Wheeler House Museum is open 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Sunday, June through October, and 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.

The Pine Hill School House on Ranger Road, an original one-room schoolhouse, will be open 1-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month, June through October.

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.

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