Thursday, July 18
Canobie Talent Search, at Canobie Lake Park, 85 North Policy St., Salem, N.H. 603-893-3506, canobie.com.
Crazy Container Planting for Children, 1 to 3 p.m. at Smolak Farms, North Andover. Bring in the weirdest container and find the right plants to have all summer long. Some fun container ideas include an old boot, a kitchen pan, a Lego box. For ages 5 and up. Parents are welcome. Instructor will be Joanne Fiore. Fee is the cost of plants and soil, to be purchased on the day of the workshop. Do not bring any soil in the container. Registration requested. 978-682-6332, smolakfarms.com.
Merrimack Valley Hospice’s day-long “Summer Break” program, at Winnekenni Castle. This free program is for children ages 6 to 13 who have experienced a loss. The program, now in its fifth year, was created to give children who have suffered the loss of a loved one a chance to meet others who have had similar experiences. Children need not have any connection to Merrimack Valley Hospice to participate. The day is supervised and directed by Merrimack Valley Hospice trained professional social workers, nurses and grief counselors and expressive therapists. Registration is required. 978-552-4904, email email@example.com.
Third Thursday Book Group meeting, 1 p.m. at the Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive. “Defending Jacob” by William Landay will be discussed. Copies of the book are available at the front desk. Newcomers are always welcome. 603-329-6411.
Busy Boomers Craft It, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover. Drop in for a creative night. Bring craft projects or play with the library’s supplies. Knitting, crochet, jewelry, quilting, paper crafts, and more. Free. 978-623-8401.
Friday, July 19
Friday Night Dance Party, at Canobie Lake Park, 85 North Policy St., Salem, N.H. 603-893-3506, canobie.com.
Sixth Annual Outdoor Music Series, 7 p.m. on Bradford Common. Featured act will be Liz Bills and Jesse Cohen. Opening act will begin at 6 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by the First Church of Christ. Free and open to the public. 978-590-2119.