DERRY — In times of great opportunity and economic anxiety, owners of small businesses need a variety of resources to help them overcome the challenges they face.

MicroCredit-NH, a program of the nonprofit New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, assists micro-enterprises of up to five employees. To offer information about the program, MicroCredit-NH will host a free orientation Thursday, March 25, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Derry Public Library, 64 E. Broadway.

The meeting will provide information about MicroCredit-NH's business development resources, which include peer education, loan capital, networking opportunities, matched savings through the Individual Development Account program, and information about health care options. Local membership options for micro-businesses also will be discussed.

To register for the orientation, contact MicroCredit-NH Regional Manager Jennifer Murphy Aubin at 496-0520 or jmurphyaubin@microcreditnh.org.

Hampstead school to host blood drive

HAMPSTEAD — A community blood drive will be at Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St., on Saturday, March 20.

The blood drive, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., is organized in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the annual Hampstead Community Health Fair.

Each donor will receive an American Red Cross tote bag. The fair is from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, call the Red Cross at 1-800-262-2660 or go to redcrossblood.org.

Screenings offered at Hampstead health fair

HAMPSTEAD — The ninth annual Multi-Community Health Fair is Saturday, March 20, at Hampstead Middle School.

The health fair is from 9 a.m. to noon, with the American Red Cross collecting blood donations from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The services available include medical screenings, hearing tests, eye exams, posture analyses, and bone density tests for women.

The Hampstead Police Department will create photo IDs for children and take fingerprints of the children as well. The Fire Department will hold cardiopulmonary resuscitation demonstrations at 10 a.m., and show how to save someone from choking at 11 a.m.

Each adult who attends will receive three raffle tickets. For more information, call Berny Longbook at 329-5603 or Michelle Bernard at 329-6743, ext. 8.

Celebrate the season at Plaistow Spring Ball

PLAISTOW — The Friends of Plaistow Recreation will sponsor its second annual Spring Ball on Saturday, March 27, at the Plaistow Fish and Game Club.

The ball is from 7 p.m. to midnight. A complimentary ticket to the dance is available for every $15 donation to the organization. Tables may be reserved in groups of eight. There will be disc jockey, sports memorabilia auction and raffles.

All proceeds will go to the Friends of Plaistow Recreation for various recreational projects and programs. Dress is casual, and snacks will be available.

For more information, contact Wendy at 382-1179 or e-mail Friendsof PlaistowRecreation@comcast.net.

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