Community events in Greater Nashua

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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.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 10: WZID Chill & Grill drive, Nashua High School South, 36 Riverside Drive. Donors will receive a Chill & Grill T-shirt.

1:30-6:30 p.m. July 11: VFW Post 4368, 1 VFW Way, Milford. Foodee’s pizza will be served.

AMHERST

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PONEMAH BOG GUIDED WALKS

New Hampshire Audubon is hosting a series of guided walks at the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary on Rhodora Drive. Walks are approximately 0.75 mile and about two hours in duration. The guides are well versed in the flora and fauna of the bog which features a 3-acre pond surrounded by a floating sphagnum mat, all encircled by oak and pitch pine woods. Free. Information: call NH Audubon at 244-9909.

Scheduled walks and guides are:

• 10 a.m. July 20: Pam Hunt, Senior Biologist, N.H. Audubon.

EARLY BIRD NETWORKING WITH HOMETOWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE

Hometown Business Alliance will hold its first monthly “A.M. Early Bird Networking” event from 8-10 a.m. July 10 at Maverick’s Square, 141 Route 101A. Future events will be held on the first Wednesday of each month at the same place and time. To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com.

Hometown Business Alliance members will have the opportunity to be a 15-minute “Spot Light Speaker/Presenter.” Call Pamela Fariole or Dave Chouinard at 801-8025 or 235-2000.

ANNUAL LUAU AND PIG ROAST TO BENEFIT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF SOUHEGAN VALLEY

CBM Cares presents its ninth annual Luau and Pig Roast from 5:30-11 p.m. July 20 at 3 Stonewall Crossing. Entertainment by Fatback and MK Entertainment, cash bar, and food from the Pasta Loft and The Meat House. Also, raffle prizes and auction. $30 or $250 for table of 10 in advance. $35 at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley. Information/tickets: Andrea Manseau at 882-6682, ext. 232, or amanseau@collegeboundmovers.com.

BROOKLINE

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SWIMMING LESSONS AT LAKE POTANIPO

Swimming lessons at Lake Potanipo are open to ages 6-16 from all towns (not just Brookline). Two three-week sessions: July 8-25 and July 29-Aug. 15. Classes held for 35 minutes four days per week. $55. To register: Email grove@brookline.nh.us or call Cheryl at 672-3104.

HOLLIS

COMMUNITY EVENTS

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 more 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.

FAMILIES

FAMILY FUN DAY

Join your neighbors and friends at Family Fun Day held noon-3 p.m. July 20 at the Lawrence Barn. Enjoy field games, arts and crafts, and a children’s entertainer for the kids; a band for the adults; and food for all. Sponsored by the Hollis Democrats. Information: Karen at kcalabro@charter.net.

HBHS YOUTH CHEER CAMP

The Hollis-Brookline High School Cheer Team will host a Youth Cheer camp from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 27-28 at HBHS High School, 24 Cavalier Court. This is a camp for beginners and cheerleaders of all levels. Participants do not need to have any prior cheerleading experience. Participants will be divided into several groups, based on age and skill level, in a fun, low-pressure environment. Beginner cheerleaders learn the basics while seasoned cheerleaders prepare for tryouts. Camp will focus on learning and refining skills in cheer-motions, jumps, tumbling, dance and stunts. $60. Information: Christine Letendre at 493-3814 or hbhscheerleading@gmail.com.

BEAVER BROOK CLASSES AND EVENTS

These events will be offered by the Beaver Brook Association. Registration required unless otherwise noted. 465-7787, www.beaverbrook.org.

SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN

Beaver Brook Nature Center in Hollis is continuing its 40-year tradition of welcoming young people to explore, play and learn outdoors during summer. Teaching children about respect for the natural world and cultivating joy from engaging in healthy outdoor activities has been a long-standing goal at Beaver Brook.

Check the Summer Camp link on www.beaverbrook.org for full descriptions and to register. Call 465-7787 with questions. Programs offered this summer include:

• Off the Beaten Trail: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 15-19. For 7th-9th graders. Explore the backcountry, venture to the seacoast, hike to Purgatory Falls, fish at the Wildlife Pond and more. $310.

• Creative Kids Yoga: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 15-19. For 3rd- and 4th-graders. Taught by Rosemary Clough of Moving Spirit Yoga and Dance. Explore art, music, hiking, storytelling, as well as yoga. $220.

• Jungle Tales, for students entering 4th and 5th grades, intertwines drumbeats and tribal tales of funny monkeys and Ansansi, the spider. Students will get to stage stories into plays and learn movement to music, puppetry and mime. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. $220.

• Earth Sprouts: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 29-Aug. 2. For those entering Kindergarten and first grade. $180.

• Superheroes of Nature, 9 a.m.-noon, Aug. 5-9. $140.

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Original artwork by both amateurs and professionals is being sought for the 33rd annual Beaver Brook Fall Festival, held Sept. 28-29 at Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road. There also will be a Young Artists Show on the same dates for students in grades K-12. For eligibility details, visit www.beaverbrook.org.

HUDSON

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ALVIRNE CLASS OF 1988 REUNION

The Alvirne High School class of 1988 25th reunion will be held 6-11 p.m. Aug. 3 at The Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester. $50. Other weekend activities also planned. Information: alvirne88.com or call Kelly at 587-0700.

FAIRS

HUDSON OLD HOME DAYS

Hudson Old Home Days will be held Aug. 15-18 at the Hills House, 211 Derry Road. Vendors, live music, food, petting zoo, demonstrations, contests, games, exhibits and singing competition. Fireworks Saturday night. Special carnival pricing on Thursday and Sunday. Information: Brenda Collins at hudsonoldhomedays@gmail.com or visit hudsonoldhomedays.blogspot.com.

FAMILIES

Outdoor movie nights

Family-friendly outdoor movie nights will be held at 8:45 p.m. on the Presentation of Mary campus, 180 Lowell Road. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation per car to benefit Anne-Marie House. See movies on a giant outdoor movie screen. Bring your blankets and chairs. Barbecue pork dinner and ice-cold snow cones available for purchase from Gabi’s Smokeshack and Kona Ice. Presented by Center for Physical Therapy & Exercise. Information: 883-7338 or annemariehouse.org/events/summeroffun.

• July 26: “Recess: School’s Out.”

• Aug. 9: “My Dog Skip.”

MERRIMACK

COMMUNITY EVENTS

MERRIMACK TENNIS CLUB

Free club for tennis players of all levels. Games are arranged online, and played daily through Sept. 28 at Wasserman Park, 116 Naticook Road. Information: globaltennisnetwork.com/network/register/1115-merrimack-tennis-club.

KAYAK AND CANOE PADDLE

A kayak and canoe paddle on the Souhegan River will be held 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13. Bring your canoe or kayak, paddles, PFD, lunch, and dry clothes in a waterproof bag – just in case. One of a series of trips hosted by the Souhegan Watershed Association. Directions to meeting place: Everett Turnpike North to exit 11, take ramp right toward Merrimack. Turn left onto Greeley Street, road name changes to Continental Blvd. Turn right onto Amherst Road, then right onto Davidson Ave., continue to end. Do not unload boats until advised. To register, contact trip leader, Karen Mattor at 578-5543. Information: souheganriver.org.

MERRIMACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GOLF TOURNAMENT

The Merrimack Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be held at 7 a.m. Aug. 13 at Candia Woods. This year, the Chamber has lowered the golfing price and is boosting the player and sponsorship value. $125 singles, $450 for foursomes includes bucket of range balls, coffee and light refreshments, golf cart, greens fees, golfer gift bag, BBQ lunch and chance to win some amazing prizes. Registration and sponsorship information: merrimackchamber.org.

MERRIMACK CRIMELINE GOLF TOURNAMENT

On Sept. 11, Merrimack Crimeline will host its 15th annual Golf Tournament at Souhegan Woods in Amherst. Proceeds benefit the community by providing the Caller-ID free phone tip line, and web tips www.merrimackcrimeline.org, payment of rewards made from arrests resulting from a tip, college scholarships in the fields of public service, neighborhood watch education, and many other programs. Fees are $100 per golfer or $400 per team, which includes greens fees, cart, lunch and awards. Sponsor opportunities are available. Registration form at www.merrimackcrimeling.org or by contact Community Services Officer Rob Kelleher at 420-1853 or rkelleher@merrimacknh.gov.

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LEGO CAMP

Merrimack High School’s FIRST Robotics team, Chop Shop 166, will hold its annual Lego Camp for elementary and middle school children July 15-19 and July 22-26. Information: chopshop166.com.

MILFORD

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YARD SALE FUNDRAISER FOR SATO HEART DOG RESCUE

Yard sale to benefit the Sato Heart dog rescue will be held 7 a.m.-2 p.m. July 13 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 14 on the Community House Lawn, 5 Union St. To rent a space for $25 for both days, contact Ann Bellamy by July 7 at satoheartyardsale@gmail.com or visit satoheartrescue.org.

BOSTON STRONG BLOOD DRIVE

As part of his community service, Mitchell Banuskevich, a junior at Milford High School and member of St. Patrick Church, will host a blood drive from 1-7 p.m. July 19 at the church. He will also collect donations for The One Fund. There will be food and raffle prizes. Information: Call Mitchell at 249-5675.

FAMILIES

Rock at the River Bend benefit concert

Rock at the River Bend, “a battle of the bands for the ages” to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, will be held at 7 p.m. July 20 at the Amato Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for all ages (no re-entry). Tickets and band applications: www.svbgc.org.

WILTON

COMMUNITY EVENTS

‘NURSE IS IN’ CLINICS

A wellness nurse from Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services will be available at these “Nurse Is In” clinics, at which you can have your blood pressure checked and ask health questions. Free. No appointment necessary. Call 352-2253 or 1-800-541-4145 or visit HCSservices.org.

• 1-2 p.m. July 8 at Edgewater Estates in Wilton.

• 2-3 p.m. July 18 at Greenville Falls Senior Housing in Greenville.