For some, it’s a long weekend that gives us time on Monday to think of and honor the people who lived here long ago, to spend time with family and friends here with us, to reflect on where we are going to today changing seasons, and taking a moment hopefully more to notice the sun illuminating the changing leaves on our trees. Enjoy the many great fall community events this week.
Exeter to hold the Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations
EXETER – The annual Exeter Indigenous Day celebration takes place on Monday 10 October from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in Founders Park. All are invited and as this is a school holiday, children are particularly encouraged to attend.
The event is a collaboration between the Racial Unity team, the Exeter Historical Society, the American Independence Museum, the Exeter Public Library and SAU 16. The theme of this year’s program is ‘Flora’. Adults and children learn about Native American culture and customs as they visit craft tables to make corn husk dolls, pumpkin seed collage, blueberry and corn necklaces, and birch bark etchings.
The day’s events begin with a land appreciation, followed by presentations by Denise and Paul Pouliot, representing the Pennacook-Abenaki people, and by Kathleen Blake, who identifies as a Native American of tribal heritage in the Wendat, Algonquin and Mi’. kmaq First Nations. The event will conclude with a city-wide “Flora Scavenger Hunt” where students who complete the hunting activity will receive book prizes.
Visit racialunityteam.com/projects for more information.
Brett Dennen concert benefiting the Child Advocacy Center
PORTSMOUTH – On the evening of Tuesday October 11th, American folk singer/songwriter Brett Dennen will perform at 3S Artspace. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe environment for the assessment and investigation of suspected abuse of children ages 3 to 18.
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Doors open at 6:30pm for cocktails and silent auctions with VIP tickets; The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets to the concert fundraiser are $50 general admission, $75 for VIP benefits and are available at tickets.caringbeyond.org. 3S Artspace is located at 319 Vaughan St. in Portsmouth.
For more information about the Child Advocacy Center, visit www.cacnh.org or contact the agency at (603) 422-8240.
King Challenge Bike Ride for the benefit of the Krempels Center
PORTSMOUTH – The 12th annual King Challenge bike ride takes place on Saturday 15th October. The event is a fundraiser for the Krempels Center, a Portsmouth-based non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with brain injuries.
This year’s ride includes scenic routes that begin and end at Timberland’s campus in Stratham, NH. Three routes of different lengths offer space for a wide range of driving skills. Along the way, riders have access to friendly course support and lively rest stops to refuel. The drivers are spoiled after the ride with food and a beer garden.
To register for the event or find out more, visit kingchallenge.org.
York celebrates the Harvest Festival on Saturday
The 7th Annual Harvestfest and Kidsfest takes place on Saturday, October 15 from 9am to 4pm rain or shine on Short Sands Beach in York Beach.
This is a free family celebration that includes a variety of activities including: live music from the Don Campbell Band and Friends, Dan Blakeslee aka Dr. Gasp; local food vendors; Sworn artisans and old-fashioned market vendors from all over New England.
Harvestfest includes Kidsfest, which features storytelling, interactive activities, a roaming railway and pumpkin decorations. For more information, see gatewaytomaine.org/york-harvestfest.
Flatbread Community Night promotes the Halloween parade
PORTSMOUTH – The community night at Flatbread Pizza will benefit Portsmouth’s Halloween Parade on Wednesday 12 October from 4pm to 8pm. A portion of the profits from this evening will go to the parade. Dine in or take out at 138 Congress St., Portsmouth.
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Newmarket Public Library to house poet Mimi White
NEWMARKET – The Newmarket Public Library will host former Portsmouth Poet Laureate Mimi White on Wednesday 12 October at 12pm. The workshop will take place in the Library, located at 1 Elm St., Newmarket. This program is part of the Oyster River Community Read based on Eric Klinenberg’s book, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Combat Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civil Life, running through November 13.
Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch to enjoy during the session. Space is limited. Register on the library’s website at www.newmarketlibrary.org. To access the full calendar of events, visit the Oyster River Community Read website at www.orcread.org.
Author Talk “Finding the Missing Piece”.
BERWICK, Maine – Author Chris Duffy-Wentzel will speak about her book Finding the Missing Peace: A Healing Journey to Wholeness on Wednesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. at the Berwick Public Library.
Finding the lack of peace is both a compelling mystery and a spiritual quest for a deeper identity as Chris Duffy-Wentzel tries against all odds to find her birth mother and her medical history. A Board-Certified Surgery and Life Coach, Chris works with individuals to create a unique path to wholeness through her private practice and mind-body-spirit retreats in the beautiful Sedona area.
Traditional Thanksgiving at Union Church
WAKEFIELD – For over 50 years, the women of Union Congregational Church have offered a traditional Thanksgiving featuring all the great vegetables of the fall season. This year the dinner will take place on Thursday 13th October with two events – one at 5:30pm and one at 6:15pm. The huge home-cooked meal, served buffet style, includes: corned beef, potatoes, squash, turnips, turnips, carrots, and buns. Homemade cake, New England Indian pudding, coffee and soda complete this feast. All of this is only $15 per adult and $5 per child. Dinner will be served at the historic Reunion Grange-Hotchkiss Commons at 71 Main St. Both meetings will be held on a first come, first served basis. No reservations accepted. Ticket sales begin at 4:30 p.m. Takeaway portions are also available. The building is barrier-free.
All proceeds are used by Union Church’s Women’s Fellowship for local, national and international outreach. Call Betty at 603-473-2727 for more information.
Genealogy through cookbooks
DOVER – Congregational and Church Cookbooks are treasures that give us a glimpse of women’s groups encapsulated in one place and time. Not only do these recipe books provide delicious treats, but they can also be a stepping stone to genealogical adventures. In her presentation “A Recipe for Success: Finding Women through Community Cookbooks” on Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m., genealogist and author Erin Moulton will sift through recipes for Ghorabie, Pacific Slope Punch, and Maple Creams in search of clues to female ancestors. Participants will receive a few selected vintage recipes as well as a “recipe” for research planning.
This Dover Public Library program is virtual and registration is required to receive a link to the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to enroll in this program, visit the library’s website at library.dover.nh.gov or call 603-516-6050.
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Scary-oke in aid of the Halloween parade
PORTSMOUTH – Wear your costume on Thursday 13th October at the Daniel Street Tavern for a night of spooky fun and sing your heart out, all in aid of the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Official parade items and raffle prize tickets will be on sale. A portion of all Jell-O-Shot sales also benefit the parade. The Daniel Street Tavern is located at 111 Daniel St.
The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge celebrates its 30th anniversary
NEWINGTON – Saturday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Bay National Wildlife. Activities include behind-the-scenes tours, children’s activities, photos, historical information and more. This 1,000-acre sanctuary was transferred from Pease Air Force Base to the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 1992. The event is free and takes place rain or shine. The GPS address to locate the refuge is 3 Arboretum Dr., Newington, NH and can be accessed through the main entrance of the Pease International Tradeport.
James Foley Freedom Run Saturday
ROCHESTER – The James Foley Freedom 5K Run/Walk is in its 8th year in Rochester on Saturday October 15th.
Runners around the world will once again compete in this unique road race to support the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, in memory of Foley, a native of New Hampshire, and all Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our liberties to protect. There’s also a 1.5 mile run/walk in Washington, DC and a “virtual” run/walk that’s happening around the world. For more information or to register visit jamesfoleyfoundation.org/