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Manchester Community Music School presents free concert

MANCHESTER – Join us at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Grace Episcopal Church,106 Lowell St., as the Manchester Community Music School presents the first performance of the 2017-18 Music’s on the Menu Free Concert Series – “The Plucked String from Baroque to Present Day” by Divergent Strings.

Divergent Strings members, MCMS faculty member John Zevos – guitar and mandolin, Roger Ramirez – guitar, and Wayne Hughes – guitar, have chosen pieces by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Hindemith, as well as original compositions. The audience can expect a wide variety of styles from Europe, South America and North America from the Baroque period to the present day. Pieces were chosen to show the versatility of the instruments and how the plucked string can be used to perform any genre of music.

Admission is free. This concert series is co-sponsored by the Manchester Community Music School and Grace Episcopal Church. Committed to keeping live musical performances thriving in the Manchester Community.

For more information about this event or about the Music School visit their website at or call the Music School office at 644-4548.

L’Chayim Jewish Food Festival

set for Sunday, Oct. 15

Love food? Join Temple Adath Yeshurun for the fourth annual L’Chayim Jewish Food Festival from 4:30-7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. All are welcome!

This year’s menu includes: stuffed cabbage (cabbage leaves are stuffed with rice, onion and ground beef and smothered in a savory sauce); tzimmes ( sweet potatoes, carrots, brown sugar and prunes baked for hours in the oven until blended and tender); brisket, rugelach (a homemade pastry rolled into a crescent shape and filled with a variety of sweet fillings); mandlebrot, almond cookies twice baked for extra crunch, corned beef, sliced pastrami and tongue by the pound, rye bread, challah, noodle kugel (a sweet warm baked dish made with fluffy egg noodles mixed with cheeses and sour cream, then topped with a mixture of butter, brown sugar and almonds); matzo ball soup and more.

First come, first served. We ran out of almost everything last year. Please join us to support the Temple Adath Yeshurun community and enjoy some of your favorite Jewish foods – we promise they’re almost as good as how your grandma made ’em!

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The Majestic Academy of Dramatics

Arts to present ‘Disney’s Aladdin JR’

DERRY – Majestic’s “Aladdin JR” stars children and teens of The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts under the direction of A. Robert Dionne with assistance by Brooke Flanders.

Based on the iconic 1992 Disney animated film, with an Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, “Disney’s Aladdin JR” is sure to send you soaring on a flying carpet ride filled with romance and adventure.

When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, Jasmine, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more are here in Disney’s Aladdin JR., a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and the power of love.

Join us for “Aladdin JR” at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15 at The Derry Opera House, 29 West Broadway, Derry. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for youth 17 and younger. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the box office at 669-7469, online at or at the door prior to the performance.

The Majestic is a nonprofit New Hampshire community arts organization. Visit for more information.