---- — SALEM — Pets can visit with Santa at The Mall at Rockingham Park on Sunday and again on Sunday, Nov. 24.
Photo opportunities will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All pets must be leased or in a crate.
Since the mall will be closed at that time, people and pets should go to the entrance between Tutti Frutti and Macy’s.
Santa will be available to meet with children at the mall every day through Christmas.
Get crafty at the library in Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — Hampstead Public Library always has open crafts and activities for families. In addition to a puppet theater, Legos and interactive wall art, the children’s room area features a “Creation Station.”
The library supplies materials for a craft and the theme changes weekly. Recent projects include pumpkin decorating, pasta art and family quilts. Come to the library anytime and create a unique work of art. Finished projects may be taken home or left at the library to display.
Call 329-6411. The library is at 9 Mary E. Clark Drive.
Lions collect clothing
SANDOWN — The Sandown Lions Club is sponsoring a winter coat and clothing drive Saturday at Sandown Town Hall.
New or gently used donations can be brought to Town Hall between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Collected items will be donated to those in need in the community.
Business summit planned in Plaistow
PLAISTOW — The Plaistow Area Republican Town Committee will host a Small Business Summit at 7 p.m. Monday at Plaistow Public Library.
All Plaistow, Newton and Kingston residents and business owners are welcome, regardless of political party affiliation. The summit will provide small business owners the opportunity to meet their state representatives and work to improve the economic landscape.
New charter school has open house
DERRY — Granite State Arts Academy, a charter high school dedicated to the arts to open in August 2014, will holding an open house Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
The event will be held at its tentative location at 16 Route 111, Building 4. The public, interested families, community leaders, artists, educators, business professionals and volunteers are invited to attend.
The program will include a presentation and tour of the facility. Light refreshments will be served.
The arts-based school will serve grades 9-12 and offer rigorous core academics as well as intensive studies in four areas of art. Visit granitestateartsacademy.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-5282.