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COMMUNITY EVENTS

AUBURN: MASSABESIC AUDUBON CENTER

The Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, will host the following events. More information: 668-2045 or nhaudubon.org. Reservations required for all events.

Wild NH Photo Contest and fundraiser: The Massabesic Audubon Center invites you to enter its very popular Wild New Hampshire Photo Contest. Photos accepted through Sept. 2 at NH Audubon Massabesic Center. Details and a submission form can be found at www.audubon.org. The entry fee is $10 per photo or five for $30. Free entry for photos by youths.

BROOKLINE: 2017 ANDRES INSTITUTE OF ART SYMPOSIUM

Andres Institute of Art is preparing for their 2017 International Bridges and Connections Symposium. This year’s theme is “Today Tomorrow,” a reflection of what we do today and how it influences tomorrow. (John Weidman, co-founder and art director.) It will be held Sept. 15-Oct. 7. Opening ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 16 at Andres Institute of Art at Big Bear Lodge, 106 Route 13. Closing ceremony is at 1 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Andres Sculpture Park, 98 Route 13.

Lunches and dinners are provided for the artists and staff during the symposium. If you would like to volunteer to provide a lunch or dinner, please contact Fe Thorp at: www.andresvolunteers@andresinstitute.org

The public is welcome to enjoy the Symposium. Come to meet and greet the artists, connect with them, art and nature. Information: www.andresinstitute.org.

CARLISLE, MASS.: MCD FALL BULB AND PERENNIAL SALE

The Middlesex Conservation District will host its annual Fall Bulb and Perennial Sale from 3-6 p.m. Sept. 22 and 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 at the Great Brook Farm Ski Touring Center, 1018 Lowell St, Carlisle, Mass. All items can be pre-ordered through Aug. 31 and picked up on the sale days – we encourage advance ordering as we do sell out of some items but you may also simply come and shop. Don’t forget to check out Great Brook Farm’s amazing ice cream while you are here! Place your order online at www.middlesex

conservation.org or mail in a check; to receive a copy of our catalog call 1-978-692-9395 or email middlesex

conservation@yahoo.com. Items include daffodils, tulips, specialty bulbs, perennials, and fertilizer.

CONCORD: FISH AND GAME CLASSES/EVENTS

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will offer the following classes/events at its 11 Hazen Drive offices. Information: fishnh.com.

Summer Kayak programs take place at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland. See website for details.

Women interested in learning outdoor skills in a beautiful setting may sign up for New Hampshire’s fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop, which will take place Sept. 8-10, at Rockywold/Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness. The workshop fee of $335 includes two nights of lodging, plus all meals, instruction and equipment use. Participants must be age 18 or older. Register at nhbow.com.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Commission will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford. Please note new date and location.

Outdoor Adventure Talks: Held at 7 p.m. at the NH Fish and Game Dept., 11 Hazen Drive. Free. Registration is required. Sept. 13: Managing New Hampshire’s Furbearers. Sept. 20: Hunting Dominant Bucks. Sept. 27: Fall Turkey Hunting.

Ongoing: New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2017 now are available. Hunter education classes are available through the summer. See website for details.

CONCORD: 2017 RALLY TO IMPROVE BIRTH NH

The 2017 Rally to Improve Birth NH will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 9 at The River Guild in Concord. The rally is put on by the NH chapter of Improving Birth, which is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to education and awareness about evidence-based practices surrounding birth. Information: https://tinyurl.com/y8txkdeb.

CONCORD: NH OPERA IDOL COMPETITION

Opera NH is sponsoring the annual N.H. Opera Idol Competition on Sept. 23, at the Concord City Auditorium. Singers from all over the United States and beyond are invited to compete for cash awards and performance contracts totaling over $4,000. To participate: visit operanh.org/showsevents/. Preliminary auditions are free and open to all, beginning at 9 a.m.

The final round concert will be offered live before an audience at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Concord City Auditorium. $25. Information: operanh.org.

DERRY: NIGHT OF HOPE

Lifeway Church will host a Night of Hope from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at MacGregor Park. This night will bring new hope to all who have been directly or indirectly effected by drug addiction. Free food, inspiring songs, powerful testimonies of recovery, and a giant screen projection of the movie “Victor” (PG-13), a true story of a son’s addiction, a praying mom, and the faith to overcome. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray. Information: lifeway church.net or 845-6601.

HOLLIS: BEAVER BROOK NATURE CENTER

Beaver Brook Nature Center will host the following events. Register online at beaver brook.org unless otherwise noted. Costs are noted as nonmember/ BBA members.

Wildflower Walk: 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20, Oct. 19. $5/free.

Fitness Hiking: 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, starting Sept. 11. $110/$99 for one day per week; $165/$150 for two days per week.

Mindfulness and Sensory Awareness Walks, 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 12, 19, 26. $15/$10.

Natural Wonders: For Preschoolers and Their Grownups: 10-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Nov. 14. $80/$72 for 10 weeks or $10 per class.

Meditation and Mindfulness in Nature: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 16. $40/$30.

STEM for Homeschoolers: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15. $350/$315.

Forest Freetime Afterschool: 3:45-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15. $200/$180.

Herbs for Memory and Mental Clarity: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $20/$18.

Beaver Brook Annual Fall Festival and Nature Art Show: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24. Free.

Guided Mushroom Foray: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $20/$18.

LINCOLN: NH HIGHLAND GAMES & FESTIVAL

Known as the largest Scottish cultural event in North America, the 42nd annual NH Highland Games & Festival will be held Sept. 15-17 at Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln. The NH Highland Games & Festival is one of the most diverse Highland Games in North America, showcasing rich history and Scottish traditions through piping, food and drink, athletics, dance and musical offerings. Details/tickets at nhscot.org.

MANCHESTER: NH GAY MEN’S CHORUS OPEN AUDITONS

The New Hampshire Gay Men’s Chorus (NHGMC) is holding Open Auditions for new singers to perform in its exciting 20th anniversary Holiday Concert Series. Auditions are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5, 12 and 19 at First Congregational Church of Manchester, 508 Union St. Auditions are quick, private, and easy. You needn’t have any material or music prepared. It is an exercise in pitch matching to place your voice in the proper section. The ability to read music is helpful, but it is not a requirement. Rehearsals held Tuesday through the concert series in December. NHGMC asks every member for $50 seasonal membership dues. Members are also asked to purchase a tuxedo to wear at most concert performances. Information: nhgmc.com.

MANCHESTER: LOEB SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS FALL CLASSES

The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications, 749 E. Industrial Park Drive has released its fall schedule. All classes are free (except Photoshop Elements); all workshops and the Photoshop class cost $50 each. Information/registration: loebschool.org.

Classes are held Wednesday evenings, Sept. 13-Oct. 18. They include Photojournalism, 7-8:30; News Writing, 7-8:30; Creative Writing II, 5:30-7; Photoshop Elements, 5:30-7; Video Production, 5:30-7; and Writing Memoirs; 7-8:30.

Workshops are: Public Speaking, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 8; Social Media for Business, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 22; Nature Photography Workshop, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 14; and Media Boot Camp, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

MANCHESTER: GRANITE STATE TAXPAYERS

The Granite State Taxpayers will meet from 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Murphy’s Tap Room, 494 Elm St. Tom Thomson, son of GST founder Gov. Meldrim Thomson, is keynote speaker. He will share memories of Gov. Thomson and the March 26, 1990 formation of GST. Tom will illustrate his speech with a slide presentation of pictures and data from that time. We will raffle a copy of Mel Thomson’s book “Live Free or Die,” autographed by Tom. To RSVP, visit surveymonkey.com/r/Q78TWHX. Information: granitestatetaxpayers.org.

MANCHESTER: EARLY MEMORY LOSS PROGRAM

A program for those who are either experiencing signs or have been diagnosed with Early Memory Loss will be held 2:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 at Easterseals, 555 Auburn St. Program will offer educational information, social opportunity, brain-healthy activities and dinner. $20 per week. Information/registration: Kelli Fletcher at 621-3550 or kfletcher@eastersealsnh.org.

MANCHESTER: ANNUAL NH POETRY FESTIVAL

This fall, the Granite State celebrates its strong poetry tradition with the third annual New Hampshire Poetry Festival. Organized by two leading literary organizations, The Poetry Society of New Hampshire and The New Hampshire Institute of Art, the event takes place Sept. 23 at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, 148 Concord St. Festival will include workshops, readings and panel discussions. Information/registration: poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org/fest.

MASON: WOLF ROCKERS SQUARE DANCE CLUB

The Wolf Rockers Square Dance Club of Mason will be serving lunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Mason Congregational Church, during the Mason Old Home Days. Live demonstration of modern western square dancing during lunch. Lunch available until sold out. Lunch options are: Lobster salad rolls with brownie and chips ($12) and/or chicken salad rolls with brownie and chips ($8) and strawberry shortcake ($6.). Pre-order by calling Charles Buttrick at 878-2920 or Carol Demers at 878-3462 (both in Greenville).

NASHUA: CIVIL AIR PATROL OPEN HOUSE

Learn more about the Nashua Civil Air Patrol at an open house held at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Academy for Science and Design, 486 Amherst St. Open to ages 12 and older. Meet our cadets and hear first-hand what it’s like to be a cadet, learn about the incredible opportunities we have to offer, including cadet training, leadership development, orientation flying, STEM activities, academic scholarships and much more! We’ll explain all the benefits of belonging to one of America’s finest youth programs. Parents, please join us for this event as well. Air Force Auxiliary adult leaders will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you about opportunities for adults. Information: contact Lt Col Russ Morin at 289-6656, or visit nashuacap.org or GoCivilAirPatrol.org.

NASHUA: ARTWALK WEEKEND REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for the 13th annual ArtWalk Weekend, downtown Nashua’s premier arts festival to be held Oct. 14 and 15. Sponsored by City of Arts Nashua. ArtWalk 2017 will again offer free arts related activities for both children and adults, food stops so participants can enjoy Nashua’s wide variety of restaurants during their visit, and much more! ArtWalk is open to student, emerging, and established artists. The registration fee is $35 ($15 for student artists) and includes a one-year membership to City Arts Nashua. Registration closes Sept. 1. To register, visit cityartsnashua.org. Email Nona Alexander, project coordinator, at nona@cityartsnashua.org with questions. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the team organizing ArtWalk, email info@cityartsnashua.org with your information.

NASHUA: NEW AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS

The Nashua Senior Center will host the new AARP “Smart Driver” class from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 (two-day class) at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St. Participants will learn how issues ranging from medication to the newest auto technology can affect driving ability and skills. Open to everyone and all ages; you do not need to be a member of AARP to attend. The fee is $15/$20 (AARP members/nonmembers) payable by check. Note, certain insurance companies recognize that completion of this course may qualify their members for a reduction in their auto insurance premiums. To register, call the Nashua Senior Center at 889-6155.

NASHUA: SANDERS/BAE RETIREES BREAKFAST GROUP

The Sanders/BAE Retirees Breakfast Group seeks Sanders and BAE Systems retirees and former employees for its weekly breakfast meeting, at 7 a.m. every Wednesday at Denny’s Restaurant in Nashua. We look forward to re-uniting with our former co-workers, and this weekly breakfast group is a wonderful get-together and a great way to see old friends and catch up on old times. Information: MaryAnn Simard at 673-9754 or hvt@frostway.com, or Rosemary Audette at 321-0493 or daveandrosemary@aol.com.

PELHAM: PELHAM OLD HOME DAY CELEBRATION

The 111th annual Pelham Old Home Day Celebration will be held Sept. 16 in Pelham Center. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Excellent Educators.” Events include live entertainment, children’s events, the Victor Spaulding Memorial Auction, a 5K road race, while elephant sale, a grand parade, pancake breakfast and more. Details at pelhamoldhomeday.org.

PELHAM: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION OPEN TO AREA TOWNS

The Nashua Region Solid Waste Management District is sponsoring a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection from 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 26 at the Pelham Municipal Building, 6 Village Green. Open to residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham, and Windham. There is a $10 user fee per vehicle, which covers up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of waste. Residents who bring more than this amount will be charged accordingly to help offset the additional costs. For a complete list of accepted items, visit www.nashuarpc.org/hhw or call 424-2240.

PEMBROKE: 9TH ANNUAL NHARNG RETIREE LUNCHEON

The New Hampshire Army National Guard (NHARNG) ninth annual Retiree Luncheon will be held Sept. 21 at the new Edward Cross Training Complex, 722 Riverwood Drive. Event will feature a briefing on the current status of the NHARNG as well as exhibits and displays of interest to retirees. A group photo is also planned. Retirees who have not attended prior luncheons or have relocated are urged to contact Command Sergeant Major (Ret) David Follansbee via email at dave_follansbee@comcast.net or call 623-7757.

TOWNSEND, MASS.: ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR

Attention artists, artisans and crafters! It’s time to send in an application for the Townsend Historical Society’s 34th annual Arts and Crafts Fair to be held Sept. 16 and 17 on the historic Townsend Common. Spaces are 10-by-15 feet, and the fee is $60 for one or both days. For an application form/information: contact the Townsend Historical Society at 1-978-597-2106 or visit www.townsendhistoricalsociety.org. The Fair is juried to ensure all work is handmade.

TYNGSBORO: MRFRS CATMOBILE VISITS

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society Catmobile will visit Best Friends Animal Shelter, 394 Middlesex Road, on Aug. 30 to perform low-cost spay/neuter procedures ($120/$80; qualified ferals, $60).

The Catmobile is staffed by a licensed veterinarian and one veterinary technician. The package consists of a brief exam, neuter procedure, rabies vaccinations for cats over 12 months of age (weighing 3.3 pounds.), FVRCP vaccination and a nail trim. Microchipping is available for an additional $15. During August the Catmobile can also spay/neuter owned kittens 6 months and under for just $20 at any location (availability is limited).

Reservations are required for all Catmobile visits. Call 978-465-1940 or visit catmobile.org.

REGIONAL: GRANITE UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING: SEEKING PROJECTS

Granite United Way will host its annual Day of Caring events this September and is currently seeking projects from local nonprofits in each of its regions. This year marks the 25th year of Day of Caring events.

Nonprofits can participate by submitting a project for the more than 2,000 volunteers that take part in Day of Caring, Granite United Way’s signature volunteer movement. Projects can include painting, clean-up, landscaping, and office assistance just to name a few. Agencies must be a 501(c)(3) to participate. Those interested should contact Val Guy by email at val.guy@graniteuw.org or call 224-2595, ext. 226.

The Day of Caring event for the Merrimack County and southern regions will be held on Sept. 6. For more information on Granite United Way, visit www.graniteuw.org.

GOLF TOURNAMENTS AND ROAD RACES

CANDIA: MAJESTIC THEATRE’S ANNUAL BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT

The second annual Golf Tournament to benefit future community theater productions and educational programs of the Majestic Theatre will be held Sept. 28 at Candia Wood Golf Links. $100 includes golf, cart and catered lunch. To register: majestictheatre.net or call 669-7469. Businesses and individuals looking for sponsorship opportunities may contact Karen at 669-7469 or visit majestictheatre.net/all-event-list/1st-annual-golf-tournament-fundraiser/.

HUDSON: FRIEL MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Join the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua for their 39th annual Friel Memorial Golf Tournament on Sept. 6 at Green Meadow Golf Club on Route 3A in Hudson. The day will include an 18-hole round of golf, a hole-in-one contest, a putting contest, post-tournament dinner, gifts for all golfers, raffles and more! More information, to register, or become a sponser: Ashley Fudala at 883-0523, ext. 228 or afudala@bgcn.com, or visit bgcn.com.

LITCHFIELD: ANNUAL JOHN ZAHR MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR CASA OF NH

The seventh annual John Zahr Memorial Golf Tournament for CASA of NH will take place Sept. 19 at the Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield. The tournament supports CASA’s endowment fund created in John’s memory following his sudden passing in 2010.

MERRIMACK: ANNUAL ERIKA’S 5K RUN/WALK

The 8th annual Erika’s 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K FunRun to Strikeback Against Cancer will be held Sept. 16 at Merrimack High School. Event will include food, raffle prizes and fun! To register: go to ericasrun.com and click on the registration link. Sign up by Sept. 1 to be guaranteed a race shirt. Your support throughout the years have made it possible for Erica’s Foundation to raise more than $120,000 and donate to more than 30 local Southern N.H. families who are battling cancer.

NASHUA: MILES FOR MUTTS 5K WALK/RUN/TRAIL

The fourth annual Miles for Mutts 5K Walk/Run/Trail will be held on Sept. 30 at Mine Falls Park, 24 Stadium Drive. Registration at 8 a.m.; race starts at 9:30. Prizes & giveaways. $30 registration fee, $50 sponsorship fee (email ARNNE5K@gmail.com). All proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Network of New England (N.H. nonprofit). Information: arnne.org or active.com/nashua-nh/running/distance-running-races/miles-for-mutts-5k-2017.

REUNIONS

SECOND (INDIANHEAD) DIVISION ASSOCIATION

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I.

For information about the association and our annual reunion in Arlington, Va. from Sept. 13-17, contact Secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at 2idahq@comcast.net, call 1-224-225-1202, or visit www.2ida.org.

NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967

The Nashua High School Class of 1967 will celebrate its 50th reunion on Oct. 21. The Reunion Committee is now searching for classmates to add to our database so we can extend invitations to all who would like to attend. If you are a member of the Class of 1967 or know the whereabouts of a classmate, email nashuahigh67@gmail.com. Please include name, street address, phone number and email address.

NASHUA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1977

Nashua High School class of 1977 will hold its 40th reunion on Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn in Nashua. There will also be other events during the weekend. Members of the class of 1977 should email their name at the time of graduation and address to: nashuaclassof77@gmail.com.

ONGOING

ARNNE PET DONATION NEEDS

The nonprofit Animal Rescue Network of New England rescues dogs from high-kill shelters. Otherwise, these dogs would be euthanized simply because there are not enough homes for them. ARNNE spays, neuters, vaccinates, microchips and treats any medical conditions, then places dogs in carefully screened “forever homes.” ARNNE is looking for donations of money, gift cards (gas, building, office and/or pet supplies), large Martingale collars (no chains), heavy-duty leashes, slip leashes, medium to large plush stuffed animals (for dogs’ cuddle toys and fundraisers), cotton/fleece throw-size blankets (no stuffing/wool), and lots of HE laundry detergent. Donations are tax-deductible. To donate: 233-4801 or info@arnne.org.

DEMENTIA SIMULATION AT ARBORS OF BEDFORD

Arbors of Bedford, 70 Hawthorne Drive, Bedford, now offers “A Walk in Their Shoes” dementia simulation from 4:30-5:30 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Members of the public are invited to come to these events to witness or directly participate in the “A Walk in Their Shoes” dementia simulation, donning special gear, and learning first-hand what it’s like to have dementia. This powerful demonstration will offer powerful insights, and give people a unique glimpse into this growing health issue. Information or to RSVP: Angela Gardner at 647-9300 or agardner@arborsofbedford.com.

GRANITE STATE MAGICIANS

The Granite State Magicians meet on the third Wednesday of the month at various locations in the Nashua area. Magicians, whether hobbyist or more advanced, are welcome to attend a meeting and meet fellow conjurers. Information: Call Don at 429-8480.

NH BOATING EDUCATION

Online registration for boating education classes and exams is available at boatingeducation.nh.gov. New Hampshire law requires anyone 16 or older to have a valid safe boater education certificate whenever they are operating a boat with an engine greater than 25 horsepower on any of the state’s public waters.

PEPPERELL: INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCING

Come and enjoy learning dances from around the world. No partner needed; all experience levels welcome. No commitment required. This is not square dancing or country line dancing – just dances that folks do for the fun of it in Romania, France, Bulgaria, Bolivia, etc. Please dress comfortably and bring non-marking shoes to wear to protect the wooden dance floor. Free. We dance from 7-8:30 p.m. most Fridays throughout the year, but visit pepperell-mass.com/356/Community-Center-Calendar before you come.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY

We are a support group for people who want to lose weight. We have been in Milford for over 40 years. Our meetings are open to all the surrounding communities. We meet 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Community House, in the rear of the building, 5 Union St. Contact Cathy Gast at 1-508-808-8372 or JoAnn Bonzar at 352-4415.

VISTA PROGRAM RECRUITING

The Families in Transition AmeriCorps VISTA Program is recruiting for the 2016-17 service year. VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) help eliminate poverty in the Granite State by serving as a paid professional full-time volunteer for one year at a nonprofit or government agency. AmeriCorps information: www.nationalservice.gov/americorps-vista. The FIT VISTA positions are available in Nashua, Concord, Franconia, Laconia and Manchester. Positions range from grant writing, program development, community outreach, employment and training, marketing, fundraising and other activities to help organizations create effective and sustainable solutions to end poverty. Information: www.fitnh.org/vistapositions.

SCHOLARSHIPS/STUDENT CONTESTS

CHILDREN OF FALLEN PATRIOTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is currently seeking qualified New Hampshire student applicants for college scholarships for 2017. Children of the Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships to military children who have lost a parent in active military service, including combat causalities, military training accidents, service related illnesses, suicide, as well as other duty related deaths as ruled by the Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more or to apply for a scholarship, email Jay Lucas at jlucas@lucasgroupinc.com, or visit fallenpatriots.org. Scholarships are awarded monthly.

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