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Community events in Nashua: Aug. 18 and beyond

By Staff | Aug 18, 2013

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS

holiday stroll committee looking for businesses, organizations

Great American Downtown is looking for business and organizations who are interested in exposing their product or service to 35,000 attendees of the annual Winter Holiday Stroll, to be held Nov. 30 in downtown Nashua. Email Rebecca Dixon at rebecca@greatamericandowntown.org or call 883-5700 to learn about opportunities at every level.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Nashua West Rotary Club provides financial assistance to local nonprofit community organizations in Greater Nashua to help them in providing the services and programs that meet the community’s needs. The club provides assistance for many reasons – to help fund a specific project or program, the purchase of equipment or supplies, or to assist in repairs and maintenance of facilities. Applications are available. Send requests for applications to Helen G. Honorow, Esquire, Barry & Honorow, Attorneys at Law, 161 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH 03060. The application deadline is Aug. 30. The funds will be awarded in November.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 3 NEWS

The Nashua Senior Activity Center is now offering a $5 discount to all age eligible veterans (50 and older) toward membership. This is for new or renewing veteran’s Senior Center membership.

At the Aug. 20 meeting of the S.A.L. Squadron 3 members, there will be a discussion concerning the commander’s position.

The Post 3 Women’s Auxiliary was presented six awards at this year’s convention in Manchester: Perham Trophy for “Children and Youth” in District 2; Barker Trophy for best “All Around Unit” in District 2; District 2 Cup for submitting the best “Children and Youth” report; certificate for supporting “Education in Schools”; and two other certificates for Children and Youth. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 3.

Items are needed for the Sunshine Cart at the Veterans Home in Tilton, where residents are allowed to choose items they need, free of charge. Donated items can be dropped off at the post, or contact the post service officer to arrange for pickup. Items needed are standard-size products of denture cleaning tablets – Efferdent or Polident; denture adhesive – Fixodent or Poligrip; toothpaste and toothbrushes; stick deodorants; hair combs and brushes; emery boards; body wash; pre-shave electric shave; Mennen, Aqua Velva or Old Spice after-shave; disposable razors; mouthwash; lip balm/Chapstick; Kleenex tissues; body lotion and/or baby body lotion; individually packaged eyeglass cleaner wipes; hair cream – VO5 or Brylcreem; shampoo – 2-in-2, baby or dandruff; 6- by 9-inch lined writing tablets, No. 10 envelopes, postage stamps; large-print crossword or word-find books.

TRASH OR TREASURE?

The Nashua Historical Society has a new exhibit, “One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure,” in the display case at the front entrance to the Florence Speare Museum, 5 Abbott St. Brought in from the collection of Rose Markiewicz, you might ask “Why would anyone keep that stuff?” Yet, as quirky as they are, these items have a place in history. They are representative of the mementos people have in their attic, basement or garage. The exhibit will be on display through September. The Florence Speare Museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Information: 883-0015.

ANNUAL GREELEY PARK ART SHOW

The 60th annual Greeley Park Art Show will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17 and 18 at Greeley Park, 100 Concord St. Free admission. Adult art competition on Saturday; children/student art competition on Sunday. Information: NashuaAreaArtistsAssoc.org.

AMERICAN HEROES INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

The American Heroes Invitational Golf Tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project will be held 1-10 p.m. Aug. 19 at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive. Various levels of sponsorship available. New England clambake, silent auction and raffle immediately following golf tournament. $175 per golfer includes lunch and dinner. Information: Bob Logan at info@amerheroes.org or visit amerheroes.org.

‘SHOP FOR A CAUSE’ BENEFIT FOR SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER

Macy’s at the Pheasant Lane Mall is partnering with the Nashua Senior Activity Center in Macy’s eighth annual “Shop for a Cause” charity shopping event on Aug. 24. Customers can buy shopping passes for $5 from the Senior Activity Center and enjoy a day of special discounts, events and entertainment at Macy’s. All proceeds from the passes go directly to the Senior Activity Center. To buy a shopping pass, visit the Senior Activity Center at 70 Temple St. or call 816-2649.

NH RUN/WALK TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON OVARIAN cancer

Join the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition for its eighth annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer on Sept. 8 at Greeley Park. The 5K looped course begins at Greeley Park and winds through Hills Ferry Road and Manchester Street and returns back to Greeley Park for the finish. The course is mostly flat and has sidewalks. Walkers may choose this course or a 2-mile course. A post-race party will include entertainment, refreshments, a chance to win prizes and an awards ceremony. Adult registration is $25, nonrefundable, $15 for ages 6-12. Information/registration: nocc.kintera.org/newhampshire.

N.H. AUDUBON SOCIETY PROGRAM ON EMERALD ASH BORER

In March, the emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, was confirmed in New Hampshire. The detection in Concord is the first for New Hampshire and is the easternmost detection in North America. On Sept. 18, the Nashaway Chapter of N.H. Audubon will host state entomologist Kyle Lombard and UNH Cooperative Extension state forester John Nute to talk about these and other invasive bugs in New Hampshire forests, their lives and habits. Find out what you can do to help. Free. 7 p.m. in the downstairs theater room of the Nashua Public library, 2 Court St. No registration necessary. Information: nhbugs.org.

NASHUA AREA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION

The autumn social of the Nashua Area Retired Educators Association will be held Sept. 18 at Nashua Country Club. Early arrival between 10:30 and 11 a.m. is encouraged in order to facilitate registration and enrollment of new members. Luncheon will be at noon. President Jon Glines will preside. All retired teachers, administrators, and educational staff are invited. The Nashua Area Retired Association includes Merrimack, Hudson, Litchfield, Pelham, Windham, Amherst, Mont Vernon, Milford, Hollis, Brookline, Wilton-Lyndeborough and Nashua. Recently retired teachers are encouraged to attend. Information: Joan Gibson, NAREA secretary, 888-9304.

KELLY MANN MEMORIAL 5K AND 3K WALK

The eighth annual 5K and 3K walk held in memory of Kelly Mann, who lost her life to domestic violence, will be held 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at Sunset Heights Elementary School, 15 Osgood Road. All proceeds will go to Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support in its effort to eliminate domestic and sexual violence and to provide a safe and empowering environment for victims and survivors. Registration at 7:45 a.m., or register in advance at millenniumreg.com/bridges-8th-annual-kelly-mann-memorial-5k-and-3k-walk. Information: Dawn Reams at director@bridgesnh.org.

PORSCHE OF NASHUA OCTOBERFEST AUTOSHOW

Porsche of Nashua is hosting its sixth annual Octoberfest Autoshow to benefit Easter Seals’ Veterans Count – Nashua, a program dedicated to veterans, service members and their families throughout New Hampshire. For a $25 registration/donation fee, you can enter and display your unique “award-worthy” vehicle or motorcycle and enter to win a $100 cash door prize (exclusive to car show registrants only). Music, raffles and prizes; barbecue by Brothers Butcher; silent auction. Noon-3 p.m. Oct. 6. Register: www.eastersealsnh.org/events. Information: 595-1707 or porschenashua.com.

NHS CLASS OF 1953 REUNION

The Nashua High School class of 1953 will hold its 60th reunion from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Nashua Country Club. Lunch will include an appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25. Members of the classes of 1952 and 1954 are welcome. Contact: Sheila McLaughlin at 880-8386, Earl Aldrich at earlmarie@comcast.net or William Cogger at w.cogger@charter.net.

FIRE & ICE: A HOT NIGHT FOR A COOL CAUSE

Marguerite’s Place will host its 19th annual Fire & Ice: A Hot Night for a Cool Cause fall fundraiser from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Crowne Plaza, 2 Somerset Parkway. $100. Tickets available at Marguerite’s Place or call 598-1582. Information: margueritesplace.org.

YMCA OF GREATER NASHUA’S ANNUAL GALA AND AUCTION

The YMCA of Greater Nashua’s 11th annual Gala and Auction is at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at Sky Meadow Country Club, 6 Mountain Laurels Drive. $75. Tickets include a three-course dinner. Tickets available at the YMCA or by calling 598-1533. In addition to a silent auction, the event will include raffles and a live auction of 20 items, such as dining packages, a ski-and-stay vacation, sports tickets, sports memorabilia, a wine and food tasting event, and private shopping sprees. Proceeds benefit the YMCA’s annual campaign, which supports YMCA community programs including the YMCA’s financial assistance program, youth and camp scholarships, local outreach services, and the ongoing development of special youth programs. Information: Nicole Power or Elizabeth Covino at 598-1533, or visit nmymca.org.

FAIRS

TOLLES STREET MISSION Street Fair

The first Tolles Street Mission Street Fair will be held noon-3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the mission, 52 Whitney St. Live entertainment, prayer tent, music, bouncing house, face painting, games, balloon man, raffle, dunk tank and more. Food will be served. Information: 880-4984, tsmm@myfairpoint.net or thetollesstreetmission.org.

HOLISTIC FAIR TO BENEFIT BEAVER BROOK ASSOC.

Nia NH & Yoga, 110 Route 101A, will host a Holistic Fair from noon-6 p.m. Sept. 7. Vendor offerings will include acupuncture, massage, foot reflexology, nutrition awareness, iridology, reiki, energy therapy, breath work and intuitive readings. Admission is $3. Participants may view raffle items, such as unlimited Nia & yoga classes for a month, restaurant and store gift certificates, handmade jewelry, massages and more. Proceeds benefit Beaver Brook Nature Center of Hollis. For a complete schedule or to schedule a service, visit NiaNHandYoga.com/womensevent or call 562-7525.

DRAWNCON 2013

DrawnCon 2013 will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2-3 at the Nashua Radisson, 11 Tara Blvd. DrawnCon is New England’s convention dedicated to all things animated. $45 for both days; free for children 13 and younger. Information: Jade Aurora at info@drawncon.com or visit drawncon.com.

NEW SEARLES ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR looking for crafters

New Searles Elementary School, 39 Shady Lane, will host its annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23. Organizers are seeking crafters to attend this family fun event (no vendors, please). $25 per space. Includes a 6-foot space in the cafeteria with a table provided or an 8-foot space in the hallway without a table. Information: Camella Newton at camella.newton@outlook.com.

FAMILIES

PROGRAMS AT FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

The Family Resource Center of Greater Nashua offers the following programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, 47 Grand Ave. Register: Lori Fowler at 883-0523, ext. 215, or frcnashuaprograms@gmail.com. Information: https://sites.google.com/site/familyresourcectrnashua.

Limited free child care is available. Call Lori to make arrangements for child care, club use and transportation (if available).

• Nurturing Fathers workshop series for dads only will meet 6-8:30 p.m. Mondays. Registration for the series will remain open until ten participants have enrolled. The program is scheduled to begin in early fall.

• Ultimate Play Date, a drop-in program for birth to age 5 and their parents, is offered 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Free. Preregistration strongly suggested.

• The Parenting Journey, a 12-week program to make connections with your past and how it relates to your current relationships and interactions with your children, is held 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays. Exact start date determined when 10 individuals register.

FAMILY PROGRAMS AT ARLINGTON STREET UMC

Arlington Street United Methodist Church, 63 Arlington St., is offering family programs this summer. To register: Call Mary Bradshaw at 521-0138. Classes are held through a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Hudson. Visit www.asumc.net.

• A “Celebrate Spanish” class is 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Your child can explore art, music, science and more completely in Spanish; Spanish speakers encouraged to attend (preschool-middle school).

SIMON KIDGITS CLUB’S BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT

Families are invited to score an “A+” in preparedness and entertainment with Simon Kidgits Club’s annual Back-to-School event, held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 31. The event will feature a variety of interactive activities for children and valuable offers for adults, all designed to make transitioning into academic routines a little easier. Free for Simon Kidgits Club members; nonmembers can sign up for a $5 annual fee at Simon Guest Services or at the event. Information: 888-0005.

PRESCHOOL MUSIC CAMP

Harmony Road Camp at the Nashua Community Music School will be held 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 19-23. Students will have fun playing piano and exploring Miss Marie’s treasure trove of instruments. At the end of the week, students will share the music with their parents in a small performance. Taught by Marie Mendelow, this class is geared to children ages 4-6. Information: nashuacms.org or 881-7030.

HOUSE OF PRAYER MISSION INTERNATIONAL YOUTH Conference 2013

House of Prayer Mission International, 45 High St., is hosting its 2013 Youth Conference from 2-6 p.m. Aug. 24. Open to all youths. There will be guest speakers, live band and performances (choirs and praise dancers), free food and beverage, worship forums, praise dancers, door prizes and giveaways. Information: Sister Cavell Williams at 219-7169 or hopmintl@yahoo.com, or visit hopmintl.org.

JOIN THE CUB SCOUTS

Cub Scout Pack 410 serving south Nashua will hold a membership meeting for all those interested in joining the Boys Scouts at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Religious Education Center at Immaculate Conception Church, 216 East Dunstable Road. There will be special projects for the kids, so feel free to bring them along. Information: cubscoutpack410.com or contact Brad Morris at brad.morris@cubscoutpack410.com or 891-0736.

CHILDREN’S WINTER GARDEN

The Children’s Winter Garden will offer a five-day program for 4-year-olds for the 2013-14 school year, as well as its traditional 3- and 4-year-old programs. Information: childrenswintergarden.com/ or contact Director Chris Clanin at 882-9490.

WHITE WING PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN

White Wing Preschool and Kindergarten, 58 Lowell St., has added new programs: two- and three-day programs for 2-year-olds, two- and three-day programs for 3-year-olds, and three- and five-day programs for 4-year-olds. Extended-day after-school programs are also offered. 882-1041 or whitewingschool.org.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT

2013 PUBLIC TRIPS

The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for trips in 2013.

Red Sox game: 7 p.m. Sept. 4 versus the Detroit Tigers (left field pavilion box seats), with 15 tickets remaining at $105 a person. Price includes bus transportation.

New York City trip: Dec. 7. $60 a person. Bus leaves Greeley Park at 6 a.m. and arrives in New York City at 11:30 a.m. Bus arrives back at Greeley Park at 11:30 p.m.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is required for each trip. Deposit is to be paid before name goes on trip roster.

Call the Recreation Department at 589-3370 to receive a registration form or to arrange for trip registration. Registration forms can also be obtained at www.gonashua.com.

FALL WALKING PROGRAM

The fall walking program will be held Sept. 4-Nov. 1. Walks begin at 9 a.m. Mondays: Meet at the Whipple Street entrance to Mine Falls Park. Wednesdays: Meet at the Lincoln Park entrance to Mine Falls Park. Fridays: Meet at the Gilson Road parking lot for the Nashua River Rail Trail. Parking lot is best accessed by taking Countryside Drive off of West Hollis Street. At end is Gilson Road. Lot is near intersection of Gilson and Countryside.

ONGOING

AARP NASHUA CHAPTER RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS

The AARP Nashua Chapter 622 is recruiting new members. If you are interested in being part of this local group, it invites you to a meeting with their board of directors. The chapter gathers every third Thursday of the month at Nashua Crossing, 674 West Hollis St. It holds regular chapter luncheons featuring speakers eight times per year. Information: Bill Baukus at 889-4058.

APPLE USER GROUP

SNAC is an official Apple User Group that meets at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. It provides local user support for Apple products to help you get the most out of your Macintosh, Apple products, and software. User meetings feature product demos and discussions of technology as it relates to Apple computing. Membership is $20 per year. Visitors are always welcome. Information: applepower-nh.org.

‘ART OF MOROCCO’ EXHIBIT

An art exhibit featuring the original work of Moroccan painters Hazim, Elhallaoui, Zitouni and Chafai will be on display through Sept. 7 at Mogi’z Hair Salon & Art Gallery, 383 East Dunstable Road. Information: mogizsalon.com.

BREAKFAST EXCHANGE CLUB

People interested in helping to improve the lives of seniors in Southern New Hampshire are invited to attend an upcoming Breakfast Exchange Club meeting. The Breakfast Exchange Club provides support through a variety of programs for the Greater Nashua area’s seniors, including Days of Caring Shopping Sprees, Heat Up/Cool Down energy assistance programs, cookouts and other social activities held at senior housing locations throughout the area. The club holds several fundraisers during the year in support of its outreach programs. The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at the Nashua Crossings, 674 West Hollis St. The meetings begin at 8 a.m. and feature continental breakfast. The Breakfast Exchange Club of Nashua is affiliated with the National Exchange Club. Information: Rich Sullivan, club president, at 425-8902.

CHRISTIAN WRITERS GUILD WORD WEAVERS

If you are a lover of words, if you would like to know more about writing and publishing, if you simply want to learn how to be a better writer, then join the CWG Word Weavers Merrimack Valley Chapter which meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30-9 p.m. at Bonhoeffer’s Cafe & Espresso (upstairs), 8 Franklin St. First-timers are encouraged to attend a brief orientation class beginning at 6 p.m. Information: Clarice James at wordweaversnashuanh@comcast.net, www.christianwritersguild.com/word-weavers/.

CIVIL AIR PATROL

During World War II, Civil Air Patrol members protected the U.S. by flying 24 million miles, finding 173 enemy U-boats, attacking 57, hitting 10 and sinking two, dropping a total of 83 bombs and depth charges. Cadets can learn to fly planes or gliders. If a cadet earns the Mitchell Award, he or she can join the Air Force three ranks higher than others who enlist. Meetings are 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in Nashua. Information: F18drouin@gmail.com.

‘CLICKETY CLACK’ TROLLEY EXHIBIT

An exhibit of old photos of electric railway cars is on display in the Nashua Historical Society’s wall cases on the first floor of Nashua City Hall, 229 Main St. All items are from the extensive collection of Nashua historian Frank Mooney and are on display through June. Free.

COMMUNITY QUILTING GROUP

The Community Quilting Group meets 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays at The PLUS Co. The group is open to all teens and adults, beginner or experienced, disabled or not disabled. Quilting skills will be taught and some finished quilts will be donated to an area service group. Volunteers and donations needed. Information: Leni Hodgins, 889-06542, ext. 124.

FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASSES

Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Nashua holds eight-hour first-time home-buyer classes on Saturdays once a month at its offices at 63 Temple St. Class topics include developing a budget, understanding credit, working with real-estate and insurance agents, mortgage options, home inspections and home maintenance. Course is accredited by NeighborWorks America and is required by many banks and government affordable housing and grant programs. The attendees are given a certificate to provide to their lenders. Information: 882-2077.

FREE CHURCH DINNER

The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St., hosts free church dinners from 5-6 p.m. on the third Sunday of every month. These dinners are part of the church’s ongoing effort to end hunger and homelessness in the greater Nashua area. All are welcome.

HOLLIS ARTS SOCIETY GALLERY

The Hollis Arts Society displays art in the conference rooms at the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center at Community Council, 100 W. Pearl St. Art is available for purchase. Displays change every four months. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays unless meetings are in progress. Information: Carol Farmer, 889-6147, ext. 3240.

NASHUA FARMERS MARKET

The Nashua Farmers Market is held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 13. For weekly updates, visit the Farmers Market Facebook page or visit GreatAmericanDowntown.org.

NEW ROTARY CLUB

A new Rotary club in development, presently named the Souhegan Valley Happy Hour Rotary Club, meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Hampton Inn on Amherst Street. The design of the new club is to attract would-be members who find it difficult to meet at the more traditional times for breakfast or lunch.Information: Stephanie Kruy at 672-2780 or www.rotary.org.

OPEN ART STUDIOS

Open Art Studios are held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month in the bottom floor painting studios at the Picker Building, 99 Factory St. Extension. Information: 305-6256 or rarejems@aol.com.

RSVP FIXIT CORPS VOLUNTEERS AVAILABLE

The RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) Fixit Corps is a program assisting seniors (60 years old and older) or disabled homeowners with minor home repairs and maintenance. Any senior or disabled homeowner may call for assistance. Priority is given to those seniors who lack the financial and/or physical resources to complete these repair jobs on their own. Service examples include: installing a grab bar, repairing a leaky faucet, replacing a porch step, replacing light bulbs, etc. Labor is provided by the RSVP Fixit Corps volunteers without a set fee to the client. There is a set fee only for materials needed or used. Donations are accepted to the program. Volunteer and information: Denise Charest at 598-9421.

SENIOR CENTER THRIFT STORE

The Thrift Store at the Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St., is open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, selling men’s and women’s new and gently used clothing. Other items include clothing accessories, home decor, linens, paperback books. Specials include twice-monthly $3-per-bag sales for selected clothing. Donations are always accepted. Information: NashuaSeniorCenter.org.

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MAGICIANS

The Society of American Magicians meets 7-9 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month at the Church of Christ, 97 Farley Road. Open to all. Members will perform the latest magic and prepare for one of the many charitable shows that are scheduled yearly.

SOUTHERN NH STORYTELLING GUILD

The Southern New Hampshire Storytelling Guild meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month in the media room at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. Share stories, practice the craft of storytelling, be listeners and encourage tellers. All welcome. Free. Information: “Uncle George” Radcliffe, gradcliffe@mcttelecom.com, 589-4600.

TEA PARTY MEETING

The Greater Nashua Tea Party meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at the Nashua Radisson. All are welcome.

TOASTMASTERS CLUB

The Nashua-Hudson Toastmasters Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Nashua Public Library, 2 Court St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at 6:45. Information: nashhud_toastmasters@yahoo.com or 2440toastmastersclubs.org.

TOASTMASTERS NASHUA – MERRIMASTERS CHAPTER

Toastmasters Nashua – Merrimasters meet from noon-1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month in the Nashua Library’s Hunt Room, 2 Court St. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps people learn how to improve their public speaking and overcome any fears. There is no charge or cost for guests, come as often as you like. Guests do not have to speak. Information: merrimaster.toastmastersclubs.org.

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