■Have you seen the new Welcome to Allenstown signs with cute little bears? This is thanks to the Allenstown Economic Development Committee, which has been working on the design for the new signs for a while. So, when you are driving around, check them out. I think you will be pleased.
■Bone Builders is held at 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten St.
■Bingo is played at 10:15 a.m. Monday and Thursday at the Suncook Senior Center.
■St. John the Baptist Parish nurse health counseling and blood pressure screening is from 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays at the Parish Hall, 10 School St.
■Country singer Don Smith will help to celebrate August birthdays at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Suncook Senior Center. Join in on the fun.
■Community Table is held at 5 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall.
■Gentle Chair Yoga is held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Suncook Senior Center. The cost is $5 per class.
■Pastel art class is held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Suncook Senior Center. Classes are $7.50 per class or $45 for six-week session, which includes materials.
■Cribbage Club is held at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Suncook Senior Center.
■Zumba Gold is held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Suncook Senior Center. The first class is free, and after it is $10 per class or $70 for 10 classes.
■TOPS is held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Suncook Senior Center.
■Please join us from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the farmers market. Music this week is by Wayne Santos, Christian and folk music. There are lots of vegetables and more.
■Please join us for our summer concert series at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Barnstead Parade Grounds for an evening with Dan Carter, a seasoned performer, vocalist and pianist playing original and pop classics. Bring a chair, blanket and dancing shoes. The parks and recreation department will have refreshments for sale.
■The Memory Cafe will take place at the Epsom Library at 2 p.m. Monday. This is a meeting for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers. It is open to everyone in the area.
■The Road Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Town Sheds.
■The Chichester Historical Society meets from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at its building on Main Street. This meeting is open to the public. If you wish to see an example of the society’s work, travel Route 28 North. Directly across from the Chichester Country Store is Depot Road, and at the end is Thunder Bridge. Check out the kiosk that was recently updated by the Historical Society. It is a lovely place to reflect on Chichester history.
■The library is hosting a program by the N.H. Fish and Game Department about habitats for animals at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. It is a great, interactive program for children and adults. Call ahead at 798-5613 so the staff can plan for enough seating.
■The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Stop in to congratulate them on a wonderful job at Carpenter Park.
■The Second Wednesday Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library. This month, the discussion will be on Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris. It is open to all, either to take part in the discussion or listen to what others report about the book.
■The Heritage Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library. All are invited.
■Trustees of the Trust will meet at 9 a.m. Friday at the Town Offices.
■Be at the library at 3 p.m. Friday for “Color & Coffee.” Either a hot or cold beverage is provided and you.
■Friday is the start of Old Home Day activities with the burying of the beans and scavenger hunt.
■Old Home Day starts with a 5K road race Saturday. Contact Heather White for details, or check the Facebook page. There is still time to offer to bake goodies for the lunch. The librarian will be reading a story at 10:30 a.m. The bonfire is at 6 p.m., with s’mores provided by the Chichester Grange and the library. A live band will play shortly after.
■Be sure to take the survey on the town website for the fall preschool and toddler story times at the library, or stop in and give your input as to what you would like to have at story times, what days and times they should be, and to help plan the activities. Also, the library is looking for volunteers to help with projects. Stop in and talk to Caroline. She can tell you what is needed and when it is needed. You can also sign up to read to a therapy dog named Rafter at 2 p.m. Aug. 23. He really wants to meet some Chichester kids!
■There will be a re-do of the yard sale/market at the library Sept. 7. Sign up for a free table space and hope for better weather!
■It is not too late to enjoy a special pass offered by the library to the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. It is a wonderful exhibit of World War II soldiers, equipment and information about how people looked, dressed and lived during that time. There is also a fun pass book with many activities.
■The Friends of the Library are holding the annual mums sale. Please note that the size of the pots is smaller this year – 8 inches, not the 10-inch pots from prior years. Color choices are red, yellow, white, pink/lavender and bronze. The cost is $8 each, or five for $35. You may pay with cash or by checks payable to Friends of the Library. The deadline is Monday.
■On Monday, work will begin to install the new water line beginning at Goboro Road and making its way along Route 4 into the traffic circle, and then onto Route 28 North, to the Country Cook’n at the Circle Restaurant. Most of the work will be performed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., off the roadway, but it may still cause some delays. This project will take approximately three months to complete. Be aware that once work starts near Goboro Road, residents may want to seek an alternate route.
■Join bridge from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the library.
■At 6:30 p.m. Monday, the teen movie at the library will be Captain Marvel, rated PG-13. Pizza and drinks are included. Donations of chips, desserts and drinks are greatly appreciated.
■At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, the children’s movie at the library is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. School snacks and drinks are provided.
■Knitters’ Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
■Fellow Epsom gardeners, when you are collecting your produce and need to get rid of extra, please think of the Epsom Food Pantry. The staff would love the fresh produce. It is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you can’t get there, please call Priscilla Thompson at 219-3025.
■Story times are Mondays at 10 a.m., Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy crafts.
■The Wednesday matinee at the library is Poms, an uplifting comedy rated PG-13.
■At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mary Dawson presents “Forensics 4Kids Program: Who Stole the Moon Rock?” at the library. It is an interactive story in which we will learn about astronauts and life in space. There will be hands-on exploration as we examine different patterns of participants fingerprints using magnifying glasses, magnetic dusting powder and brushes, as well as the different types of DNA. Participants will take home identification cards with their own handprints. Once the mystery is an astronaut treat.
■The Epsom Central School Washington, D.C., trip fundraiser meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mrs. Magan’s classroom.
■Bone Builders is at 9 a.m. Thursday at the library.
■Lego Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
■There is a Harley ride on Saturday with a 9 a.m. registration at the E.C.S. parking lot and a barbecue at Heritage Harley from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
■Our favorite chef, Liz Barbour from Creative Feast, returns at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the library with a new program. She will teach attendees how to fill the pantry with low-carbohydrate foods to help stop cravings and satisfy your hunger so that you eat less. She will also share her favorite low-carb recipes to help you love this healthy, delicious way of cooking and eating. Sign-ups are required. Please check at the front desk.
■Happy birthday Diane Lombardo on Friday and Stacy Davis on Saturday! Have wonderful birthdays!
■Congratulations to my son, Tim Riel, for getting married Saturday to Tracey Murphy! Wahoo, we cannot wait to celebrate the two of you!
■Pembroke Recreation’s summer concert season continues from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with Senie Hunt. Watch out! What you will witness is pure art, soul and spirit. This event is sponsored by Kimball’s Cav’ern and Brickett Hill Landscaping. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to Memorial Field, sit back and enjoy this wonderful, free family event. In case of rain, concerts will be rescheduled. For more info, call 848-9677.
■Pembroke and Allenstown Old Home Day committee is now finalizing its plans for the big event on Aug. 24. The parade steps off at 10 a.m., from Allenstown to Pembroke’s Memorial Field. If you haven’t contacted Jocelyn to enter your float yet, please call her at 485-3352. Let the “Go Green” theme spark your ideas and create that float. If you need a trailer or truck, Jocelyn may be able to provide one for you. There are plenty of clown costumes waiting for you to try on and walk in the parade. Contact Pat at 340-1497. Volunteers are still needed to help in all areas of the event, including the “Doodle Bug” tractor pulling, set up and clean up on Aug. 25 and at Memorial Field on Aug. 24. You may sign up at signup.com or by contacting Kris Jacques at 491-0660 or Pat Fowler at 340-1497. If you have an antique car and would like to participate in the parade and the judging for a prize, contact Crystal Hamel at 674-4638.
■The summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories,” will continue through Thursday. Family activities are held at the library on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m., and school-age children gather at the library on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and at Drake Field on Wednesday mornings.
■Please donate school supplies, clothing or backpacks for our local students and teachers. Drop off boxes are at Jack’s Pizza, Main Street Variety and Joy Church.
■At 12:30 p.m. Monday at Drake Field, the Parks and Recreation Department will hold the Easter Egg Hunt that got canceled at Easter time.
■The Historical Society gives a huge shout out to volunteers Larry Berkson, Dave Harper, Rick Davis, Mark, Riel, Paul Provencal and Kevin Stevens, led by Ray Webber, in installing the insulation, vapor barrier, wire and piping for the radiant heat, in the first floor of its building.
■The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at town hall.
■TOPS meets at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Road. Programs with helpful health tips are offered to assist every member as well. We would love to have new members join us. For more information, call Beth at 435-7397.
■Stand Up Pittsfield group will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the PMHS Media Center. New members are always welcome.
■Pittsfield Listens is accepting applications to join the Family and Community Engagement Team for the September-December cohort. Contact email@example.com to learn more, or apply today. Visit pittsfieldlistens.org.
■Pittsfield Girls Soccer conditioning will start next week. Conditioning will be held at Drake Field from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Tryouts for varsity grades will be Aug. 19, 20 and 21. Middle school will start Aug. 19.
■The flower angels have hung the hanging baskets gracing our lovely downtown. Want to help? Every handmade basket – there are 40 of them – costs approximately $25 to make and plant. A very small group of volunteers do all the work, including daily watering. If you have a few dollars to spare, please consider a donation to the Pittsfield Hanging Basket Flower Fund to Citizens Bank care of Donna Keeley, 256 True Road.
■Very special happy birthday wishes to my sister, Michele Grainger Karwocki, on Wednesday. I hope you have a great day!
■Happy birthday wishes to Ray Webber and Stacy Davis on Saturday. I hope you both enjoy your special day.
■Happy anniversary wishes to Merrill and Diane Vaughan and to Sally and Jeff Wardwell on Tuesday.