Merrimack Journal Events Calendar – July 3, 2015

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

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BLOOD DRIVES

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

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 7: St. John Neumann Church, 708 Milford Road, Merrimack.

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MERRIMACK FOURTH OF JULY EVENTS

The July 4th Family Fun Day is a day of games, entertainment and food. The schedule consists of Sparkler 5K Road Race (start at Merrimack YMCA) at 8 a.m. Merrimack Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast (Merrimack High School cafeteria) from 8-11 a.m. Parade (515 Daniel Webster Highway to Baboosic Lake Road, ending at Merrimack High School) starts at 1 p.m. Merrimack Rotary Family Fun Day (Mastricola Elementary School grass fields) from noon-9 p.m. with chalk art, food vendors, club and service organizations, nonprofit organizations, children’s entertainment, teen entertainment, live stage events, Merrimack police dunk tank, food contests, business vendors, crafts and gifts, specialty vendors, family entertainment, local bands, live demonstrations and more. Fireworks (Merrimack High School field) at dusk. Information: merrimack4th.com. There is no cost for your organization to participate, but registration is required. Visit merrimacknh.gov or merrimackparksandrec.org and click on 4th of July link.

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 and 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.

ROTARY CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST

The Rotary Club of Merrimack will serve its annual 4th of July pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at the Merrimack High School cafeteria on 38 McElwain St. Fluffy pancakes, sausages, juice and hot coffee will be served. $5 for adults; $4 for seniors and for children age 3-12; free for children younger than 3. For more information about July 4th Family Fun Day, the pancake breakfast and/or to volunteer and become a sponsor, visit merrimack4th.com. Become a fan of "Merrimack 4th" on Facebook and Twitter, too.

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.

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.)

MERRIMACK LIONS CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Merrimack Lions’ 13th annual charity golf tournament, "Swinging for Charity," will be held July 20 at Amherst Country Club. Check-in at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts available; tee time is 8:30. Every team has a chance to win with our new scoring format. Donation of $125 includes green fees, cart, gift bag, contests, prizes, snacks and lunch. There will be raffles, too. Barbecue provided. Proceeds benefit the community. Information: Alan Hoye at 424-7897 or Phil Przybyszewski at 424-3311.

MERRIMACK CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce for its 28th annual golf tournament on Aug. 17 at Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua. With a field of more than 100 golfers and dozens of sponsors from around the state, enjoy 18 holes of play and take part in opportunities to win prizes, including hole-in-one, putting contest, raffles and auctions. Information/registration: 424-3669 or merrimackchamber.org.

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.

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.

MERRIMACK 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.

CONCERTS

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT ABBIE GRIFFIN PARK

Concerts held 6-8 p.m. at Abbie Griffin Park, next to Town Hall, 6 Baboosic Lake Road. Free. Parking is available at Town Hall, Our Lady of Mercy Church and the library. Please do not park along Bishop Street. In the event of inclement weather, go to our Facebook page or the Parks and Recreation website. A decision will be posted by 1 p.m. For complete information on the concert series, visit merrimackparksandrec.org or call 882-1046.

July 3 (Friday at 6:30 p.m.): Merrimack Concert Association. July 8: Haley Gowland & The Cranks. July 15: Crab Shack Band. July 22: Reminisants. July 29: Boxty. Aug. 5: Annie & The Natural Wonderland, co-hosted by the Merrimack Public Library.

FAMILIES

LEGO CAMP

Merrimack High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team Chop Shop 166 is hosting its annual summer Lego Camp. Two sessions: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. July 20-24 and July 27-31 at Merrimack Middle School, 31 Madeline Bennett Drive. One week of exploring how to build Lego Robots to race against time and obstacles. Learn how to use the Lego NXT Mindstorms Kit. Be creative! Build racing robots! Daily races lead up to a Grand Finale race and additional obstacle course challenge. Information: Fran Leach at 429-0164 or visit chopshop166.com/drupal/LEGOcamp.

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.

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.

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. 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. 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.

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 merrimackparksandrec.org/4th-of-july.html or email mcasparius@merrimacknh.gov.