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.

2-7 p.m. Oct. 1: Community Blood Drive in the Function Hall at Wasserman Park, 115 Naticook Road, Merrimack. To make an appointment, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 882-1046 or visit www.merrimackparksandrec.org/events.html. Sponsored by Merrimack Parks & Recreation.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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.

Oct. 13: Friesians of Majesty horse farm tour, Townsend, Vt. Lunch follows at New England House in E. Brattleboro, Vt. Open to the public. $84.

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.

SIXTH ANNUAL ERICA’S RUN AND KIDS 1K FUN RUN

The 6th Annual Erica’s Run and Kids 1K FunRun will be held Sept. 26 at Merrimack High School. Visit EricasRun.com and go to the registration link to sign up online. You can also stop by Strikeback at 458 Daniel Webster Highway (CVS Plaza) and pick up a registration form weekdays from 4-8 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m.-noon. Your support throughout the years have made it possible for Erica’s Foundation to donate nearly $60,000 to 17 southern N.H. families who are battling cancer.

MERRIMACK FRIENDS AND FAMILIES VOLUNTEER FAIR

Merrimack Friends and Families’ September General Meeting and Volunteer Fair will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Klumpp Room at the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway. This meeting will give you an opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities in town and is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Merrimack Public Library. Tom Mahon, vice-chair of the Merrimack Town Council, will be our guest speaker and will tell us about the various volunteer positions on the Town Council committees. We will also host a Volunteer Fair so you can meet with MFF club representatives and representatives from other volunteer organizations within Merrimack. No RSVP is needed. Information about Merrimack Friends and Families: merrimackfriendsfamilies.org.

FOUR CHAMBERS TO HOST OKTOBERFEST MEGAMIXER

Four chambers of commerce – Merrimack, Greater Hudson, Souhegan Valley and Greater Derry/Londonderry – are joining together to bring you an extensive networking opportunity with a craft beer tasting sponsored by the Holiday Inn, Nashua, in The Bounty Lounge. This MegaMixer will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Local breweries featured are: Able Ebenezer from Merrimack, 603 Brewery from Londonderry, Pup’s Cider Company from Greenfield and Kelsen Brewing from Derry. Admission is $5 for members of any of the above chambers and $25 for nonmembers (payable in advance). Information/registration: merrimackchamber.org, hudsonchamber.com,
souhegan.net or gdlchamber.org.

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.

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.

FAMILIES

FREE PARENT AND EDUCATOR WORKSHOP

The Merrimack School District and Merrimack Special Education Parent Support Group present "7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle," a free parent and educator workshop, from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Little Theater at Merrimack High School. Speaker will be Lynn Lyons, LICSW, a Concord psychotherapist who specializes in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. She is the co-author with Reid Wilson of "Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children." Professional development certificates will be available.

COLLEGE OVERVIEW FOR SENIORS

The Merrimack High School guidance department will offer a workshop, "College Overview for Seniors," from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in the school’s theater. A representative from the Center for College Planning will present information that educates high school seniors and their families about the college admission process. Topics to be discussed include the qualifications colleges are looking for, application components, college essay pointers, the application timeline and basic financial aid overview. Attendees will receive the 2015-16 College Insider. Preregistration is required. Call the guidance department at 424-6204, ext. 2, or sign up in the guidance office between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 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.

FINANCIAL LECTURE SERIES

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

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 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.

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 27: The Big E. $59.

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 3: Maine Lighthouse Tour. $109.

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.

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.

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.

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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 neighbors@nashuatelegraph.com at least two weeks prior to the event.

BROOKLINE

COMMUNITY EVENTS

TOWN HALL EVENT WITH SEN. PAUL RAND

Sen. Paul Rand and the Brookline GOP will hold a "Defeat the Washington Machine" town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Brookline Event Center, 32 Proctor Hill Road. Information: randpaul.com.

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

The Andres Institute of Art, 98 Route 13, is hosting its 17th annual Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium through Oct. 3. Information: andrewsinstitute.org.

BROOKLINE: BREAKFAST BUFFET TO BENEFIT SHARE AND HIS MANSION

Brookline Community Church, 2 Main St., will hold a breakfast buffet from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 3. All proceeds will be donated to Share in Milford and His Mansion in Deering. This all-you-can-enjoy breakfast will include scrambled eggs, breakfast casseroles, French toast casserole, pancakes, breakfast pizza, bacon, sausage, home fries, homemade muffins and coffee cakes, a selection of cereals, doughnuts, fresh fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. $7 adults and children, $5 seniors (60 and older), free for ages 3 and younger. Information: bccnh.org or search for Brookline Community Church on Facebook. To learn more about Share and His Mansion, visit sharenh.org and hismansion.com .

BROOKLINE FIRE DEPT. OPEN HOUSE, DUCK RACE

The Brookline Fire Department’s annual open house and duck race is Oct. 3 at the fire station at 4 Bond St. Dedication of new firefighter memorial is at noon. Open house starts at 11 a.m., with free cookies, popcorn and cider and a visit by Smoky the Bear. Post time for the duck race is 1 p.m. Buy a duck ticket for $5 each or a book of five for $20. There are many prizes, including $500 for the first-place duck. All proceeds from these events go to the Brookline Firefighters Association.

BROOKLINE BRIDAL SHOW

The Brookline Bridal Show is pleased to announce that all booths have been sold for the Oct. 3 event to be held noon-4 p.m. at the Brookline Event Center, 32 Proctor HIll Road. Free admission and parking. Plan your big day with over 34 wedding professionals. Future brides and grooms, register in advance to get a chance to win free door prizes. Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, do not miss this free event. To register, email Valerie Rearick at Valerie@brookline.nh.us or check Brookline Bridal Show Facebook page to send messages.

BROOKLINE GARDEN CLUB

The Brookline Garden Club will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Brookline Community Church. Doris Lindgren, owner of All-ways Flowers, will present a program on fall flower arranging. For information and to register: Doris at 759-1139.

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

CLASSES

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS WORKSHOPS

The Hollis Energy Committee is conducting a series of Sustainable Energy Solutions Workshops for homeowners. The first of the series is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 26 at the Lawrence Barn. This presentation will teach you how to save energy in your home and give you tips for DIY projects, along with air sealing and insulating your basement, walls and attic. Attendees will also learn how to take advantage of the Home Performance with Energy Star program. Light refreshments will be served. Information: Hollis Energy Committee Chairperson Venu Rao at 566-9441.

FAMILIES

HOLLIS PRESCHOOL SILENT AUCTION

Hollis Preschool will hold a silent auction from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Fulchino Vineyard, 187 Pine Hill Road, Hollis. Event will feature a wine tasting with paired appetizers, and fabulous items to bid on, including Red Sox tickets, golf lessons, yoga classes and more. Tickets are $45 in advance; $55 at the door. Proceeds will go toward enrichment programs at Hollis Preschool. Information: hollispreschool.com.

FREE CHILD CHECK SCREENINGS

Free monthly child check screenings are available for all Hollis children 2.5-5 years at Hollis Primary School. 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.beaverbrook.org.

ONGOING

HOLLIS HISTORICAL SOCIETY 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 from 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 from 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.

Calendar

EDITOR’S NOTE: Calendar items are submitted by readers and are only lightly edited. Items should be submitted at least two weeks in advance.

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

BRING CHANGE’ to TD BANK

Stop by TD Bank at 184 Route 101 in Bedford on Friday, Sept. 25, to help us raise donations for the Stevens-Buswell Community Center. Bring your loose change and cash it in at the Penny Arcade. Then donate all or a portion of it right there for the Stevens-Buswell Community Center. On top of your donation, TD Bank will match a portion of the coins counted that day at their Penny Arcade. For more information, visit www.bedfordhistoricalnh.org.

BEDFORD OLDE TOWNE DAY

Bedford Olde Towne Day will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 26 at Riley Field. Events include an open mic event at noon (for more information, call Andy at 512-2250 or email openmicbedford@gmail.com.); a bounce house, more than 40 participating organizations, food truck vendors, and the Bull Frog Bounce. For more information, call 472-5242 or visit bedfordreconline.com.

ZIN-ZEN YOGA CELEBRATES ONE YEAR IN BUSINESS

Zin-Zen Yoga will be holding its one-year anniversary celebration Sept. 26 at its studio at 126 South River Road.

The day will start with two free yoga classes, 8-9 a.m. and 9:30-10:45 a.m. Register for a spot in either class at zinzenyoga.com or by calling the studio at 935-7295. After classes finish up, Zin-Zen Yoga instructors will be on hand in the studio space from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for a meet-and-greet and yoga tune-up sessions.

Massage by Renee will offer free chair massages. Elizabeth J. Foley, PhD. , an internationally known angelologist, metaphysician, spiritual teacher and author will be offering Angel Readings (by donation). Janelle of Hoop Love will be out on the front lawn with her hand-crafted hula hoops, offering demonstrations and answering questions about this up and coming fitness trend, as the hula hoop makes a resurgence with a new fitness twist. With kid’s hoops, adult hoops, and even weighted hoops, this will be something all ages will enjoy. TCBY of Bedford will be on hand providing free yogurt samples, and Organic Living Superfoods, manufacturers and distributors of organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, living superfoods, a product line that is carried at the boutique, will be available to sample as well. The Boutique at Zin-Zen will be open its normal Saturday hours of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will be offering 20 percent off all items, excluding wine.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY YARD SALE

The Bedford Historical Society will hold its fourth annual "Anything & Everything" yard sale from 8a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 3 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church Activity Center, 190 Meetinghouse Road. Spaces available for $30; set begins at 6 a.m. Forms to reserve your spot are available at bedfordhistoricalnh.org. Yard sale questions: Gwen at 472-3217 or sbcc@bedfordhistorical
nh.org.

BFD OPEN HOUSE

The Bedford Fire Department will hold its annual Open House from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 6. Join the firefighters for a memorable night of fire truck rides, fire safety activities and information, food and drinks including Papa Ginos pizza, and an exciting live fire demonstration. All activities are free and take place at the Bedford Safety Complex at 55 Constitution Drive.

BEDFORD VFW HAM AND BEAN SUPPER

The Richard K. Harvell VFW Post 8401 will hold its annual ham and bean supper from 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Bedford Old Town Hall. Dinner, served by Post members, will feature ham, baked beans, fruit cup, cole slaw, rolls and drinks. The Post is asking for an $8 per person donation and $4 for children 6 and younger. Proceeds benefit the Post’s VFW Youth and Scholarship Program, which to date has awarded nearly $40,000 to local post-secondary students.

Contact any VFW member for ticket information. You can also contact Post Commander Gary Backus at 488-1602 about the event and benefits of VFW membership. Tickets will be available at the door.

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

The 6th 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. 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.

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.bedford
reconline.com or call 472-5242.

n 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26: Bedford Olde Towne Day.

n 2 p.m. Oct. 18: Adult and Senior Movies. Free.

n 3 p.m. Oct. 21: Bedford Master Lego Builders – NH Lego League.

n 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21: NH Lego League – Intro to Robotics.

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

n 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. 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. Information: 622-6306, email office@tlcnh.org or visit www.tlcnh.org.

ONGOING

AMERICAN LEGION

Stevens-Buswell Post 54 meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month 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. 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.

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. 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 or more information: IAAPNHProfile
Chapter@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. Mothers may bring their children with them to all our activities. Information: bedfordareamoms
club@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 re-openings, places to shelter during power outages, notices about lost children and elderly, community event advisories and more. An app is available. Sign up 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. 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. 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.