■The Penacook Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 29 starting at 10 am at Merrimack Valley High School. The parade will move north on Village Street, to Boudreau Square and end at Washington Street School.
■ The last day of the Penacook Winter Farmers Market season is May 25th. The market will be open from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Riverhill Grange.
■ Concord Public Library offers wish bracelet making for teens and tweens in the Blanchard Room on Mondays at 6 p.m.! For more information or to register, go to concordpubliclibrary.net/librarycalendar, stop by the main office, or call (603) 225-8670.
■ GoodLife programs and activities offer free hearing screenings for seniors on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm by appointment only. Dr. Beth Ann Jacques is licensed to practice audiology in New Hampshire. For more information or to make an appointment, call (603) 228-6630.
■ The Concord Farmers Market will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is located off Capitol Street in downtown Concord. The event features 50 vendors, including a terrific selection of baked goods, meat, eggs, dairy, fruits, vegetables, fish, honey, and maple products. Many vendors are certified organic. Also featured are potted plants, cut flowers, wood products, dog treats and body care products.
■Join the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce for the 31st Annual Business Showcase on June 6 from 3-6pm at the Grappone Conference Center. This event will combine business networking with a fun trade show atmosphere. Take this opportunity to present your products and services! The Chamber’s biggest networking event of the year also features a slew of door prizes, numerous hospitality sponsors donating mouth-watering food samples and event announcements from Frank FM’s DJ Nazzy. Tickets are $5 for chamber members and $8 for the general public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit concordnhchamber.com or call (603) 224-2505.
■Happy Birthday John and Sarah Fraser!
■ “A Thousand Ways to Pay Attention: A Memoir of Homecoming in My Neurodivergent Mind.” Rebecca Schiller joins Gibson’s Bookstore virtually to present her memoir about discovering her adult ADHD diagnosis, and how it explained her mind, her struggles and how it affects her life. Rebecca is in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard (Under the Influence), who recently came to terms with her own late diagnosis of ADHD. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/336626648367 and “Zoom in” Wednesday at 6 p.m.
■Every year, people visit New Hampshire’s White Mountains to break away from everyday stress and get lost in the woods, and if they’re lucky, they’ll find each other along the way. Hiking brings a sense of peace for many of us, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. See “Emotional Rescue: An Evening with Ty Gagne” at Red River Theaters on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. New Hampshire author Ty Gagne has shared many of these stories through the books he has written. Her essay tells the true story of the resilience and compassion of Pam Bales, who truly saved a hiker’s life on Mount Washington. This is a free event, but a $20 donation is suggested.
■ Join the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, 49 S Main St, Ste 104, Wednesday at noon for new and existing member orientation. Enjoy a light lunch while learning about your member benefits and meeting other local professionals. Please register in advance by calling the Chamber at (603) 224-2508 or register here: https://bit.ly/MeetYourChamberMay2022. Not a member yet? If you would like to attend this event as a guest, please call Gabe Szczepanik at (603) 224-2508 or email [email protected]
■Kid’s Ride Day on Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm, is for kids of all ages and new riders. Bring your bike and equipment for riding lessons. No equipment or bike for children? No problem, they have spares. Go to Freedom Cycle, 110 Manchester St. This is a free event.
■ Riverbend is presenting “This Is My Brave” (a national non-profit mental health and addiction recovery event) in New Hampshire for the fourth year in a row this year and we are thrilled to share that we will be live at the Bank of NH Stage in downtown Concord on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. “This Is My Brave” is a storytelling event about what it’s like to live with a mental illness or addiction and the possibilities for success ; with the aim of leaving the public inspired if they are struggling or know someone who is. Stories are shared through an original essay, poetry, music, dance or even comedy! Buy $15 tickets at https://ccanh.com/show/riverbend-this-is-my-brave/.
■ The Concord Gun Show takes place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Everett Arena and will feature firearms, ammunition, militaria, swords, knives, reloading tools, books, holsters, etc Hosted by New Hampshire Gun Collectors. General admission is $10. Free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. There is more information at armscollectors.org/next-gun-shows.html. Check out more upcoming arena events at concordnh.gov/arenaevents.
■Join the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce for Business before hours Tuesday for a morning networking event at 70 Airport Road from 7:30-9am. Their host, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, is delighted to introduce its new President/CEO, Tony Emerson. You’ll also learn about the Centers for Finance & Education, which provides hands-on training to our community through free webinars, one-on-one coaching opportunities, and on-site courses for businesses and organizations. Join now to enjoy a delicious breakfast, socialize with other members, and grow your professional network, all before you start your work day! Please register in advance at: https://bit.ly/BusinessBEFOREHoursMay2022. To learn more about Chamber membership and attend this event as a guest, please call the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce at (603) 224-2508 or email [email protected]
■From Thursday 8 p.m. to Saturday 12:30 a.m. Penuche’s Pay the Performers Raffle for Market Days at 16 Place du Bicentenaire! Free music is not free. That’s why you’re invited to support the amazing performers at the 48th Annual Intown Concord Market Days Festival! Come to Penuche’s Ale House for a weekend of live music and take part in exciting raffle prizes. You can take home a Yeti cooler, set of cornholes, and loot from local breweries. Raffle tickets will be available at the bar and proceeds will directly support local musicians on market days. Thursday is Open Mic night;
■Friday, hear Kilroy, and Saturday; this is the Senie Hunt project. Can’t attend this event? You can always make a difference and support the artists who volunteer during Market Days! Donate at: www.marketdaysfestival.com/free-music-is-not-free. Don’t miss the 48th Annual Market Days, presented by Intown Concord from June 23-25! Find out more at: www.marketdaysfestival.com.
■ It’s Open Mic with Andrew North & The Rangers on Wednesday, June 1 at 7 p.m. in Area 23, 254 N State St. It’s their first Open Mic Wednesday of the month. Registration is at 6 p.m. and grooves at 7 p.m. Music and spoken word are welcome. PA, amps and drums are provided.
■ Join GoodLife Programs and Activities for this fun class that offers something for everyone, no matter your current fitness level. In Hybrid Cardio for Heart Health, improve your strength, flexibility, and balance with low-impact cardio exercises. Registrations made online will be for live classes via Zoom! To register in person, you must call (603) 228-6630. The course runs Monday through August 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. (there are no classes on May 30, June 20 and July 4). The cost/registration is $50. GoodLife will email you the Zoom link a day or two before class. There is more information at https://www.goodlifenh.org/activity/hybrid-cardio-for-heart-health-monday-6/2022-05-23/
■ You may need a detour this week! Street closures this week include the Concord Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Capitol Street, from Green Street to North State Street.
■ The Memorial Day Parade takes place on May 30, from 9 to 10 a.m., and will close Thorndike Street, from South State Street to South Main Street; South Main Street, from Thorndike Street to Pleasant Street; Main Street, from Pleasant Street to Center Street; Park Street, between Main Street and North State Street; North State Street, between Park Street and Capital Street; and Capital Street, between North State Street and Main Street.
■ Be prepared for street closure for the Christa McAuliffe School Block Party on June 1 from 2:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rumford Street and is closed between Pleasant Street and Warren Street. The rainy date is June 2.
JEAN VER HOEVEN