Community events in Merrimack

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DEADLINE

The deadline for submitting items to the Merrimack Journal is 5 p.m. Friday. Please send your items to 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.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 8:
Cinemagic Theater, 11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack.

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 19: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 30: ARCpointLabs, 1 Crosswoods Path Blvd., Suite 3A, Merrimack.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6: Community Blood Drive at Wasserman Park, Merrimack.

CLASSES

CAT BEHAVIOR TALKS

Rhonda Voss of Always Positive Pet Training is offering talks on a variety of cat behavior topics at Pets Choice in Merrimack, including Pet, Sniff, Lick, Climb & Click: Reaching all your Feline’s Senses for their Well-Being & to Prevent Behavior Problems at 5:30 p.m. May 13; So, You’re Smitten with a Kitten, Now What? Care Tips and Training for your Little Furry Feline at 11 a.m. May 14 or 5:30 p.m. June 10 and Clicker Training & Tricks at 11 a.m. June 11. Talks are by donation to a local animal shelter (collection boxes provided). Preregistration required; call Pets Choice at 424-7297. Leave your cat safe at home.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

BIRD-WATCHING WALKS

The Nashaway Chapter of N.H. Audubon will hold a series of early morning field trips around Greater Nashua. Join us as we stroll and hike through some excellent bird habitats that typically attract migrating birds, many of which are just stopping over as they continue northward to their breeding grounds. Information or directions: Richard Bielawski at 429-2537 or rbielawski@mac.com.

6:30-10:30 a.m. May 9: Maple Hill Barn, Beaver Brook, Hollis. We will meet at the Maple Hill Barn off Ridge Road.

6:30-10:30 a.m. May 10: Horse Hill Nature Preserve, Merrimack. Mud season may linger here, so be prepared to get your shoes or boots wet and dirty. We will meet at the trailhead at 184 Amherst Road.

On May 16, consider participating in ASNH’s annual fundraising event, NH Audubon Birdathon/Bloomathon. Details: nhaudubon.org/events-and-news/annual-birdathon-bloomathon-fundraiser.

WENTWORTH ASSOCIATION WHITE ELEPHANT, BAKE SALE

The Wentworth Association, 100 Coventry Court, will hold their annual raffles, white elephant tables and bake sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 in the Wentworth Association Hall, 100 Coventry Court. Money raised will be donated to three food pantries, The Ark for children’s clothes and Merrimack schools for children in need.

HHHC TO HOST COMMUNITY SHRED DAY

Home Health & Hospice Care will host a Community Shred Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 9 at 7 Executive Park Drive. NBT Bank of Nashua in partnership with Northeast Record Retention is offering free document shredding services. Secure your identity by discarding your personal documents properly. All donations collected at this event will benefit HHHC.

MYA EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTIONS

The Merrimack Youth Association will hold elections for positions on the executive board on May 14 at the MYA Building. The Nominating Committee is accepting names for these two-year terms: president, treasurer, secretary and member-at-large. To make a nomination, call committee Chairperson Gary Krupp at 424-3732. All volunteers and parents of an MYA participant are eligible to vote. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings, held the second Thursday in the MYA Building. Information: 424-3732.

MARCH FOR BABIES WALK

The Nashua/Merrimack March of Dimes March for Babies Walk will be held May 16 at the Merrimack Premium Outlets. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; walk starts at 9. There will be entertainment and activities for children. The goals of these walks are to raise awareness of premature births and infant illnesses, along with raising funds for research into the cause and prevention of these illnesses. With your help and participation we can continue to reach expectant mothers and premature babies all over America. To register or make a donation: marchfor
babies.org.

SUICIDE PREVENTION EVENTS

A Cut-A-Thon benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and sponsored by Team Open Arms will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17 at Haircutters Ltd. Salon and Day Spa, 424 Daniel Webster Highway. Haircuts are $10, nail buff and polish is $5 and chair massage is $1 per minute. Payment by cash and check only. Team Open Arms will hold a candle-lighting ceremony from 6-8 p.m. May 16 at Abbie Griffin Park. It is hoped that this event will raise funds for Team Open Arms’ participation in this year’s Overnight Out of the Darkness Walk, run by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and to raise awareness and education of suicide prevention. Information: facebook.com/teamopenarms or 1-978-551-4525.

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.

May 27: Ogunquit Playhouse to see “Sister Act,” then lunch at Warren’s Lobster House. $75. (Merrimack residents only.)

June 24: Martha’s Vineyard Tour and dinner at Old Town Buffet. $64. (Merrimack residents only.)

July 8: Interlakes Summer Theater to see “West Side Story,” then lunch at The Bob House. $55. (Merrimack residents only.)

July 28-29: Booth Bay Harbor, including clambake at Cabbage Island. $349 per person, double occupancy. (Open to the public.)

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITIONS

The Rotary Club of Merrimack will host art and photography competitions open to everyone during the Fourth of July festivities. Artists and photographers are encouraged to submit art and photography work that is framed and ready to hang with wire. Works should not exceed 24 inches by 30 inches with frame. Pieces should be brought to the arts & crafts tent on the grounds of Mastricola Elementary School anytime before 1 p.m. July 4. Voting for awards will take place throughout the day by popular vote and awards will be announced after 7 p.m. July 4. Entry forms can be downloaded at Merrimack4th.com.

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.

FAMILIES

MERRIMACK LIONS CLUB SPRING CARNIVAL

The Merrimack Lions Club’s Spring Carnival will be held May 7-10 at Merrimack Commons on Daniel Webster Highway. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Featuring midway by Miller Amusements, which will contribute a share of the profits to the Merrimack Lions Club.

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 merrimackparks
andrec.org.

SEEKING LIFEGUARDS AT WASSERMAN PARK

The town of Merrimack is seeking full- and part-time waterfront lifeguards for the Wasserman Park Beach for the summer. Lifeguards are responsible for safely managing the waterfront environment of the Summer Day Camp Program swim area, as well as the beach on Lake Naticook. Lifeguards work under the direction of the waterfront director and assistant waterfront director. Interested candidates must be at least 16 and hold certifications in CPR/AED for the professional rescuer or health care provider, lifeguard certification from a nationally recognized program and standard first aid. Interested candidates can visit merrimacknh.gov/positionopenings to download the application. Completed applications should be sent to Town of Merrimack, Human Resources, 6 Baboosic Lake Road, Merrimack, NH 03054. Information: 882-1046 or mcasparius@merrimacknh.gov.

SLEEP UNDER THE STARS

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department announces “Family Camp Out Night” at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on June 19 after the New Hampshire Fisher Cats game at 7:05 p.m. Following the game, fans and families will enjoy a fireworks show, a family-friendly movie on the center field video board, and the unique opportunity to camp out under the stars on the award-winning field where the pros play. Tickets are $15, and include a box seat to the Fisher Cats game, fireworks display, movie and campout. Families have the option of buying a meal package starting at $5.50 that includes a hot dog, chips and a bottled soft drink. To protect the playing field, no camp or beach chairs will be allowed – blankets only. Unstaked tents are permitted. Food and beverages may be brought into the stadium after the conclusion of the game; however it won’t be allowed on the field, only on the concourse or in the stands. The concession stand swill remain open until 30 minutes after the movie begins. Families are encouraged to register early because of the limited number of tent spaces. The deadline is June 5.

LEARN TO SWIM CLASSES

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department is offering swim lessons in Naticook Lake at Wasserman Park through the American Red Cross learn-to-swim program, which provides instruction to help swimmers of all ages and abilities develop their swimming and water safety skills. The objective is to teach children to swim and to be safe in, on and around the water. Swim lessons will be offered during four two-week sessions and run Monday-Friday beginning the week of June 22. Preschool – Intro to Swimming geared toward children ages 3-4. Level 1 – Water Exploration; Level 2 – Primary Skills; and Level 3 – Stroke Readiness, all geared toward children ages 5 and older.

YOUTH TENNIS LESSONS

The Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department will offer youth tennis lessons this summer with instructor Andrew MacEachern. Starting the week of June 29, classes run Monday-Thursday in four two-week sessions. Three levels of lessons offered: Rookie Rackets, basic introductory skills for ages 5- 6; Middle Hitters builds on lessons taught in Rookie Rackets for ages 7-9; and Junior Development, focusing on match playing skills for ages 10-14.

REGISTER FOR NATICOOK DAY CAMP

Naticook Day Camp, located in Wasserman Park, is the perfect place for your child to spend the summer making new friends and life long memories. Have your children ages 5-14 join us for fun in the sun every week of camp June 22-Aug. 14. Accredited by the American Camp Association, Naticook Day Camp offers a wide variety of activities, including daily Red Cross swimming lessons, arts and crafts, sports and games, archery, theatre, dance, canoeing, and daily hot lunch. The weekly rate for Merrimack residents is $195 per child. Nonresidents are also welcome at a weekly rate of $247. Registration forms are available at the entrance table of Town Hall, the library or by calling the Parks & Recreation office. Information: merrimackparks
andrec.org.

MERRIMACK’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE

The town of Merrimack’s annual 4th of July parade is organized by the Parks and Recreation Department and is one of the largest Independence Day parades in New Hampshire. The parade will be held July 4 and begins at 1 p.m. from The Commons Shopping Plaza (Tractor Supply). The parade features a variety of bands, militia units, clowns, local businesses and more. Children of all ages are invited to participate in the parade by decorating their bicycle, wagon or stroller. We are seeking businesses, community organizations and residents to enter a float. We are also seeking volunteers to help organize parade participants and give support along the parade route. We are looking for high school students and adults to
volunteer from 11 a.m.-2
p.m. for some fun and fast-paced action. For more information, to register or to volunteer, visit merrimack
parksandrec.org/4th-of-july.html or email mcasparius@merrimacknh.gov.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD DAY TRIP

The Merrimack and Milford parks and recreation departments are hosting a bus trip to Martha’s Vineyard on July 11. There will be an island tour aboard a bus with a tour guide, and then you will be able to explore Edgartown on your own. We will stop at the Old Country Buffet on the way home for a buffet-style dinner, which is included in the price of $85.

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 $2749-$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. 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.

THEATER

‘THE PAJAMA GAME’

The Merrimack Education Theatre will present “The Pajama Game” at 7 p.m. May 14-16 at the Merrimack High School Theatre, 38 McElwain St. $10 students and seniors, $12 adults at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Play information: mtishows.com.

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.

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.

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.