---- — Former Congressman Charles Bass announced yesterday he won’t seek the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.
“After much thought and several discussions with my family, friends and colleagues, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014,” Bass said.
He said personal and professional responsibilities will preclude him from running, but thanked those who had encouraged his candidacy.
Live Free or Diner collects food
PLAISTOW — The Live Free or Diner is collecting nonperishable food items for Holy Angels Food Pantry.
The diner’s record in previous years was 300 pounds, but this year they have set a goal to collect 800 pounds. Donations can be dropped off during normal business hours; Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m.to 3 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donations will be accepted continuously until Christmas. Live Free or Diner is located at 5 Plaistow Road.
Tweens, celebrate at Plaistow library
Tween Town for grades six through eight meets today at 4 p.m at Plaistow Public Library
Celebrate the Hunger Games movie, coming out this month with a themed activity presented by Ms. Cara. Enjoy crafts and refreshments relating to the movie. For more information, call 382-6011.
Train to be a babysitter in Hampstead
On Saturday, Hampstead Public Library will offer a Red Cross certified babysitter training class for students ages 11 to 15.
Through hands-on activities, interactive video and lively discussions, the course teaches young people how to care for children and infants, be good leaders and role models, make good decisions, and handle emergencies.
Each student will receive a training guide, and CD-ROM which provide tools to help run a babysitting business.
Advanced registration is required. The cost for training and materials is $85 and must be paid at the time of registration.
To sign up, call the library at 329-6411 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community band honors veterans
PLAISTOW — The Timberlane Community Band will host their Veteran’s Day concert on Sunday at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m.
The band invites the public to a musical tribute saluting the brave and distinguished veterans.
Band directors Tony DiBartolomeo and John Mainella have invested great time and effort in choosing a diverse repertoire. The program starts with an ROTC Color Guard and accompanying bagpiper, with members of Atkinson’s Boy Scout Troop leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Plaistow police Lt. William Baldwin will deliver the keynote address. Rep. Norman Major will deliver remarks from Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.
For further information, call Rick Incollingo at 898-4959.
Chili cook-off heats up in Kingston
KINGSTON — Kingston Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1088 will host a chili cook-off Saturday.
Participants are asked to cook a crock of chili, select a unique name for it, and have the chili ready to serve by 1:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded, and winners get their name on the Chili Bowl Trophy. There is no fee to enter. The all-you-can-eat event begins at 3 p.m. and features raffles and music by DJ Mike. Admission is $6.
To enter chili, stop by the canteen at 93 Route 125 or email email@example.com for more information.
Windham Windup team triumphs
WINDHAM — The Windham Windup, Windham High’s robotics team, took home on the champions trophy from the River Rage FIRST Robotics competition in Goffstown.
The Windup formed an alliance with teams from Bishop Brady High School in Concord and Messalonskee High in Maine during the competition to beat more than 30 other competitors.
Casting calls in Pelham
PELHAM — Pelham Parks and Recreation’s winter theater program will put on “White as Snow, Red as Blood.”
Production begins Nov. 12. Actors ages 6 and up are needed. The show will be staged Jan. 24 and 25 in Sherburne Hall.
Production also is starting Nov. 20 for “Death Defying Acts,” for actors ages 10 and up. The show will be Feb. 14 and 15 in Sherburne Hall.
The cost is $145 per actor, $115 for each additional family member. Sign up online at webtrac.pelhamweb.com. Call 635-2721 for more information.