SALEM — Curious George brings his mischievous adventures to The Mall at Rockingham Park as the Simon Kidgits Club holds Book Blast! on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the court next to Dunkin' Donuts.

The seventh annual event is free and shows children the joys of reading and the power of imagination through books, storytelling and hands-on activities. The first 100 children to attend will receive Curious George activity kits filled with coloring pages, a magic paint palette, stickers, a Curious George mask, and more. Kidgits Club members will receive a free Kidgits book. Curious George will entertain.

WMUR-TV meteorologist Josh Judge, WZID radio personality Tracy Caruso, Salem Fire Marshal Jeffrey Emanuelson and Fungo, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats' mascot, will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to read.

Children are invited to bring a new or gently used book to the event. The books will be donated to Kelley Library.

Art students help make a difference

KINGSTON — Students in the Sanborn Regional School District will present an art exhibit this month at Newton Town Hall and Swasey Gym in Kingston.

The project is called With My Own Two Hands. Using the song by Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, "With My Own Hands," the students were asked how they believe they can make a difference in the world. The students used images of their hands, along with symbols or words, to express their ideas.

Salem, Windham students can earn scholarship

SALEM — The Salem and Windham Democratic Town Committees remind area high-school seniors the deadline to apply for their $1,000 college scholarship is April 2.

The two committees cosponsor this annual scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving graduating senior from their communities. All Salem and Windham seniors graduating this year from any high school or home-school program who will attend a post-secondary institution in the fall are welcome to apply for this scholarship.

The scholarship will be awarded based upon academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need and a 500-word essay. The Salem portion of the scholarship is in memory of Fran Brennan, a longtime Democratic Committee member.

The scholarship winner will be announced at the Salem Democratic Committee's annual spring breakfast April 17.

Applications are available at the Salem High School guidance office or by contacting Salem Democratic Committee Chairwoman Laurel Redden at 894-5931 or

Talent show auditions this Sunday at mall

SALEM — Auditions for the Merrimack Valley Has Talent Show, hosted by the Andover and North Andover Rotary Clubs, are Sunday, March 14 and 28, at 1 p.m. at The Mall at Rockingham Park. Tryouts will be in the atrium on the second floor.

Entrants must be high school-age or older. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Physical or dangerous acts, and acts involving animals, are not allowed. The entry fee is $20.

The Merrimack Valley Has Talent Show is set for April 25 at the Claddagh Restaurant & Pub, 399 Canal St., Lawrence, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Prizes of $500, $100 and $50 will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers, respectively. For more information, visit

Proceeds from the events will benefit Shelter Boxes for Haiti, Literacy Program, Bike Bank and Lazarus House.

AARP driving course offered in Pelham

PELHAM — The Police Department will host an AARP driver safety course Wednesday, March 17, and Friday, March 19, at the police station.

The two-day class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register, contact Lt. Brian McCarthy at 635-2411.

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