LONDONDERRY — On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., Leach Library will host author-historian Christopher Daley as he melds historical fact together with myth and legend in the slideshow presentation, “Haunted History of New England”.
Christopher Daley has been presenting history lectures at libraries and historical societies throughout New England for more than 20 years. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Bridgewater State University. Currently, he is a history teacher in the Silver Lake Regional School System in Kingston, Mass.
In this one hour slide-show presentation, Daley will provide an interesting and fascinating new look at events that really happened and the stories of haunting that followed.
Brief videos highlighting the settings of these historical haunted incidents are also incorporated into the presentation. Some of the hauntings discussed in this lecture will include the Mount Washington Hotel, Giles Corey and the Curse of Salem, Mercy Brown “The Vampire” of Exeter, Rhode Island, and the John Alden House in Duxbury, Mass., among others.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library. It is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 100 people and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.
Library celebrates Halloween in style
NEWTON — Teen Read Week, Oct.13-19, will be highlighted with a Pizza Party for teens and tweens along with Wii Games on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Bring a friend.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, create a Halloween craft to decorate your home or give as a special treat for someone special. There are several crafts to choose from.
Come join us for Storyhour each Tuesday at 10 a.m. with firemen, pumpkins, and Halloween tales, songs,= and crafts. The Halloween Party Storyhour will be on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. Wear a costume for the Halloween Parade, play games, and bring a snack to share.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m., “Spooky Buddies” will be shown. This is a school early release day. Bring a drink or snack and join us for popcorn.
Gale Library hours are Monday and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 382-4691 for more information.
Sign up for free healthy aging lecture
DERRY — The Healthy Aging Lecture Series, sponsored by Derry Parks & Recreation Department and Parkland Medical Center, offers informative, interactive presentations about various health and wellness related topics specifically for senior citizens.
The October lecture topic is “Have A Plan: Advanced Care Planning and Advanced Directives.” The guest speaker is Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities and coordinator of the N.H. Health Care Decisions Coalition, who will review and discuss this often difficult topic, the options, and what the legal requirements entail.
This free lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. at Alexander Carr Lodge, 28 Pierce Ave.
These lectures are free, but advanced registration is required. Light refreshments and snacks will also be provided. To register, call 432-6136.
Atkinson seniors, celebrate a fall lunch
ATKINSON — Attention Atkinson seniors, celebrate the harvest season with your neighbors over a turkey dinner and entertainment at Bryant Wood Condominium Club House on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 2 p.m.
Entertainer Jim Barnes, a balladeer and singer-songwriter from Gilmanton Iron Works, will perform “New Hampshire flavored” music.
This event is free for Atkinson senior citizens over 65 years old. Space is limited, so reserve a seat by calling Noriko at 362-5531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 17.
Bring canned goods or other nonperishable food items for local food pantries.
Fall cleanup slated at Salem park
SALEM —- A fall cleanup at the Field of Dreams is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19.
The cleanup at the Geremonty Drive park is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to bring their friends and families to help. They should also bring gloves, rakes and tarps.
Sandown farm hosts open house Oct. 19
SANDOWN — Patch Wood Farm will hold Open Farm Day on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The event is from noon to 4 p.m. at 42 Hawkewood Road.
There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, bake sale, raffles, horseshoe painting and farm tours, including an opportunity to see horses and puppies.
The farm’s drill team performs at noon and 2 p.m. The Hooves, Paws and Claws 4-H Club will host a fundraiser for the club.
For more information, call the farm at 978-998-1751 or visit PatchWoodFarms.com.
Garden Club hosts essay competition
ATKINSON — The Atkinson Garden Club, under the auspices of the National Garden Club, is sponsoring an essay contest, open to high school students in grades 9 through 12. The national winner will be awarded a $1,000 National Garden Club Scholarship, to be applied toward tuition at the college of their choice. The second place winner will receive $100.
The topic is “Today’s Choices Affect Tomorrow’s World. “
The essay must be between 600 and 700 words, typed and titled, and suitable for publication in the NGC’s magazine, “The National Gardener.”
Context, composition and presentation will all be considered in judging.
The deadline for this essay contest is Nov. 25. For more details regarding the submission process, additional requirements and judging scale, contact Susan Miner at 303-6385, email@example.com, or PO Box 576, Atkinson, 03811.