Contoocook river region town crier for the week of Dec. 11, 2022
■ The Baker Free Library Foundation’s primary annual fundraiser began on November 29 – “Giving Tuesday”. This global movement encourages charitable donations during the holiday season. Visit bakerfreefoundation.org for more information.
■The Bow Brawlers are hosting a comedy fundraiser on December 16th at the Bow Community Building. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Bring your own alcohol and snacks. There will be a 50/50 drawing and an auction. Tickets are $25 and participants must be at least 18 years old. For tickets, to donate or sponsor, visit www.funny4funds.com/events and for more information email [email protected]
■ You are invited to Maker’s Mornings, a series of four collage workshops. Sessions will take place in the sacristy of Dunbarton Congregational Church opposite City Hall on Tuesday morning. Create your own artwork or collaborate on a community collage. No experience is required. Joyce Ray, Author and Poet, Presents: 9:30am to 11:00am on December 13th and 20th.
■The library’s book group will have their no-book party on December 21 at 12:00. For more information send an email to [email protected] Toddler Story-Times with “Stay and Play” afterwards now meet on Wednesdays at 10:30am in the sacristy across from the library on the first floor. Please check the library Facebook page for updates/changes.
■The library collection bin was moved to the Town Office at 1011 School St. to keep the materials dry. Call 774-3546 for assistance. Pickup is only available until 4:00 p.m. when the city offices close. On Saturdays, the bin is outside next to the book drop-off. Library opening hours have been changed for the safety of users and staff: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 5pm (collection until 4pm); Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
■Please stay back and away from City Hall.
■Thanks to our regional schools, it’s a cultural week in the twin towns. December 14th is You Go, Goddess! play at 7 p.m. in the HCS; December 15th at 6:30pm JSRHS Holiday Concert and Movie Night at the John Stark; Come see The Grinch on December 16th (in your pajamas if you like!), doors open at 6:30pm and the film starts at 7pm in the cafe.
■ Weare Finance Committee 2022-2023 schedule: December 21 at 7pm WSD and JSRHS budgets, then January 4th at 7pm Town Warrant Meeting.
■Vacancies in Weare just in time for the holidays: Administrative Assistant Fire Department (part-time) and Fire Chief (part-time).
■HCS held an after-school walk on November 28th to raise US$1,000 to fund a scholarship for a student to make the trip to Washington DC in April. Teachers and staff participated by walking, finding sponsors and donating, and they achieved their goal by wearing jeans to school days.
■Check out the Hopkinton Town Library’s second annual community art exhibition. The show runs through January. There are works of all kinds by 25 local artists.
■ Once again you can find beautiful antique sleighs and carriages around Contoocook collecting non-perishable food for the Hopkinton Food Pantry. Sleds can be found to view and donate at Storms Fitness, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Riverside Pizza, Slusser Center and Hopkinton Town Library.
■Hopkinton Booster Club fundraiser. Join Chef Nick for a cooking class at Camp Methodios on December 18th from 3pm to 5pm. The cost is USD 40 per person (snacks and drinks are provided). Sign up at [email protected] by December 12th.
■The Two Villages Art Society Annual Winter Member Show is open. Opening hours of the gallery, Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m
■Merrimack’s annual Mitten Tree Drive is officially underway. Donate new handmade or store-bought mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves at one of our locations, and for every item we collect, we’ll donate $2 to local food supplies! Merrimack County Savings Bank’s Contoocook branch is located on Kearsarge Ave. 35. Lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
■ Hopkinton residents requiring assistance with heating, food, shelter and medication should contact Human Resources Director Alicia Presti at (603) 746-8244 or email [email protected] .
■ On December 21, Hopkinton Rotary and the Hopkinton Interact Club will host the 10th Annual Senior Holiday Luncheon at the Slusser Center. Lunch starts at noon. For information, call (603) 746-8263 or HopkintonRec.com. You are welcome to stop by the Slusser Center Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m
■This month’s Hopkinton Town Library book group selection is The longing book by Sue Monk Kidd. The book group discussion will take place on December 14 at 1 p.m. in the local history room and via Zoom.
■The winter parking ban applies until 15 April between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m
■ Donate blood on December 9 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm at the United Church of Warner. To sign up or for more information, visit redcrossblood.org.
■ Attend the Monthly Crafts Circle at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum on December 10 from 1-3pm
■The Warner Historical Society’s Holiday Barn Sale will be held December 11 and 18 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Upton Chandler House Museum.
■Warner Connect’s NH Food Pantry and Community Resource Center is a distribution site for the Toys For Tots program, allowing customers to shop at WCNH December 12-22. Appointments are required and can be made by calling (603) 456-2246.
■ Attend a public meeting of Warner’s Groundwater Conservation Committee on December 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the lower boardroom of Warner Town Hall. For more information, visit the Warner Groundwater Protection Committee website at https://WarnerNH.gov/gpc.
■December 14 at 1:30 p.m., the Pillsbury Free Library Book Group debate Thanksgiving by Janet Evanovich and/or The nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. Join us!
■ Take off to check The Wizard of Oz, presented by the Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts on December 16 at 7:00 p.m. and December 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Kearsarge Regional High School. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for children and are available at the box office or online at buy.tututix.com/kcpa. Visit NHPerformingArts.org for more information.
■The first annual children’s Christmas shopping program is scheduled for December 17th and 18th at Warner Connects NH Food Pantry. The program offers children the opportunity to choose gifts for their parents/family members/teachers for free. Gift wrapping is included! Hours of operation are as follows: December 17 from 10am to 1pm and December 18 from 12pm to 2pm or by appointment by calling (603) 456-2053. Masks are strongly recommended!
■Pillsbury Free Library has a flea market and everything is free! Call (603) 456-2289 for more information.