SALEM — Rep. Gary Azarian’s House seat will remain vacant until the November election.
Town Manager Keith Hickey told selectmen Monday there would not be enough time to hold a special election to find a replacement for Azarian, who resigned last week.
The two-term lawmaker was one of nine House members who represented Salem in the Legislature.
Azarian, 53, said he would have to step down because of business and family obligations.
He filed to run for one of two Salem selectmen seats but withdrew his name Thursday — the day before the filing period closed.
Azarian was a leading advocate of expanded gambling legislation in the House and plans to establish a casino at Rockingham Park.
Mother, son dance set in Sandown
SANDOWN — There will be a mother and son dance Friday, in the Sandown Central School gymnasium.
The dance is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are asked to dress as their favorite movie character.
Grandmothers, mothers and aunts are also welcome to participate. Music will be provided by disc jockey Pat Mesinna, and Stasio’s Photography will be available for formal portraits.
Tickets are $6 per person, with an $18 maximum per family. Popcorn, cupcakes and water will be available for $1.
Deadline looms for craft fair applicants
WINDHAM — The Windham Woman’s Club is seeking talented crafters for its Second Annual Spring Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at Windham High School.
Applications are due by Feb. 17.
Find more information and applications at windhamwomansclub.com.
Celebrate beinga responsible pet owner in Salem
SALEM — February is Responsible Pet Owners Month and Salem Animal Rescue League and Rockingham Toyota are hosting a party.
Brush up on pet “parenting” skills and teach children how to be responsible pet owners at the Responsible Pet Owners Party.
Celebrate pets with food, games, raffles face-painting, children’s entertainer Leland Faulkner and adoptable dogs from SARL.
It’s all happening at Rockingham Toyota, 354 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.
Tickets are $5 apiece or $10 for an entire family. Buy tickets at SARL or online at sarlnh.org.
Bridge players,head to Hampstead
HAMPSTEAD — Are you a fan of bridge? Would you like to join other bridge enthusiasts? There is plenty of room in the Bridge Club at Hampstead Public Library.
The club meets every Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., except on holidays. You do not need to be a Hampstead resident to participate. Newcomers are always welcome.
Call 329-6411 or visit HampsteadLibrary.org. for more information.
Londonderry dentist offers free care
LONDONDERRY — On Thursday, Feb. 13, the family dental practices of Dr. Nanarao Krothapalli will offer dental care free of charge to patients as part of “Doctors with A Heart.”
Krothapalli practices, including the one at 25 Nashua Road, Unit D-3, will offer dental services without charge that day, including urgent dental care, fillings, oral cancer screenings, X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and home-care instruction.
This is the second year Krothapalli has participated in the Doctors with A Heart program.
Individuals in need are asked to contact the dental offices in advance to schedule their appointments; walk-in patients cannot be accommodated on that day. Availability will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Call 432-6430.