This year Banned Books Week, an annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be observed the week of Sept. 21-27. Stop in at the Leach Library and pick up a book to read from the Banned Books display, and take a look at the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Statement, or the list of the Most Frequently Challenged Titles of the 21st Century. Show support with a Banned Books button, available at the Reference Desk.
Sept. 21 to 27 is Banned Books Week and the Hampstead Public Library is recognizing this event with a month-long display of banned or challenged books. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information and the expression of ideas. Contact the Hampstead Library for more information at 329-6411.
The Londonderry Senior Center plans a Murder Mystery Matinee Trip to Lantana’s in Randolph, Mass., on Oct. 30. Cost is $79 per senior, which includes a holiday roast turkey luncheon, show, and round trip transportation from the Londonderry Senior Center. Deadline to sign up is Sept. 30. For more information, call 432-8554.
Register open for the 11th Annual Town Wide Yard Sale sponsored by Sandown Recreation for Saturday, October 4th, rain or shine, 8 AM – 3 PM. Hundreds have experienced past success for themselves or their business. All details and registration form can by found at www.sandown.us. Registration $20. New this year, rental space at All Japanese Auto, 351 Main Street, see registration for details. Be prepared for steady crowds! More than 60 host sites participated last year. Local non-profit community groups welcome to participate at no fee. Local businesses encouraged to participate. Call Recreation office at 887-1872. Deadline 9/25.
Fall Bulb Sale
The Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library offers its 14th annual Fall Bulb Sale starting this week. Available are spring and summer flowers, including savings on a Fall Bulb Garden Collection, as well as tulips, irises, and daffodils. New this year a Healthy Herb Garden with six varieties of seeds. Orders can be placed at the Library’s main desk until Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Local artist Margaret Moon Hames has an Opening Reception on Saturday, Sept. 20, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library. Visit with her and view her paintings. Her work includes landscapes, still life, and portraits. She is the President of the Greater Salem Artists Association. Her paintings will be on display through Oct. 30.
The Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year.
The Business of the Year award recognizes a business or organization in the community that has demonstrated some of the following: outstanding leadership and contributions to growth of the business community, entrepreneurial spirit, business growth and development, and community service.
The Citizen of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made contributions in some of the following areas: volunteer service in Chamber service, accomplishments toward the betterment of the community, character and citizenship, and civic leadership.
Contact the Chamber office for additional information at 432-8205 or email@example.com.
Taylor Library is setting up its classes for the fall sessions of Story Hour. Tiny Tots for ages 6 months to 2 years old meets Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. Regular Story Hour with a craft for ages 2-6 years old meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. For questions and to reserve a space, call 432-7186. Story Hours will begin the week of Sept. 8.
Bridge Club at the Hampstead Public Library will not meet on Monday, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1. Normal hours for the club are Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. No sign-up is necessary.
Jason Purdy will be at the Leach Library on Monday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m. with his Magic of Jason Purdy show for children. Join him for a fun-filled show featuring audience participation, magic, comedy and illusions, and possibly an appearance by live doves or a live rabbit. Advance registration is required and begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 15. To register, call 432-1127 or stop by the Children’s Room.
The Community Meals Network offers free, family-friendly meals at these Derry locations: ( Derry residency is not required ).
Every Weekday, dinner, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sonshine Soup Kitchen;
Sept. 7, lunch, noon to 1 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church;
Sept. 14, lunch, noon to 1 p.m., Seventh Day Adventist Church;
Sept. 14, dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Church of the Transfiguration;
Sept. 20, dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. St. Luke’s United Methodist Church;
Sept. 21, lunch, noon to 1 p.m. Seventh Day Adventist Church;
Sept. 21, dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Etz Hayim Synagogue.
Jacki’s Aerobic Dance classes, Monday & Thursday beginning September 15th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.! Meet at the Londonderry Lions Hall on Mammoth Road for a medically approved, progressive, aerobic dance course that is choreographed for non-dancers. Jacki’s dancing features a wide variety of motivating music and challenging steps, firms your body, and strengthens your cardiovascular system. Pace yourself by monitoring your heart rate and
participating at a level that is comfortable for you! Come try the first week of Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing free! Bring a friend and both students get the session for 50% off! Call Arline, 603-401-1514.
Katie Mae Stewart, a certified Affordable Care Act navigator, presents an information session at the Derry Public Library on Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. to explain how the New Hampshire Health Protection Plan (Medicaid Expansion) offers subsidized healthcare insurance for low-income people who might have gone without before this. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program provides health coverage to low-income residents through the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program for those with access to employer health insurance, and the Bridge Program, for those without access to employer health insurance. Eligible people can enroll at any time for these options.
The Friends of the Sandown Library meet Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. The Friends is a nonprofit organization of community members who volunteer to assist the library in areas such as community awareness, fundraising and program support. The group meets the fourth Monday in January, March, May, July, and September and the first Monday in December at 6:30 p.m. at the library. New members are welcome. For more information, call the library at 887-3428.
Meet the Administrators
The Timberlane Regional High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) hosts its first program of the school year, a Meet the Admin Team event, on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Stop by and meet the members of the Administrative Team and learn about their roles at the high school. They will discuss the high school’s goals and answer questions. PTSA members will be available with information about how to get involved to support students. The first general PTSA meeting is Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.
The Derry Democrats monthly meeting takes place at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway. All are welcome.
The Lions Club seeks new members from local residents and businesses. The club has projects and activities underway that are designed to benefit charitable causes in the local community. The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Mammoth Road. For further information, contact Patricia Reid, membership chairperson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rick Spracklin, president, at email@example.com.