■The Penacook United Church food pantry, which serves Penacook residents only, is open every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. year-round. If Penacook Elementary/Merrimack Valley School District is closed due to weather, the pantry will also be closed. Visitors to the pantry are allowed two bags of groceries and one bag of personal care items every two weeks, unless additional food is available or an emergency situation arises. occurs.
■ Concord’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day takes place September 17 at the Everett Arena (15 Loudon Road) from 9 am to 3 pm. Check the list of acceptable items at concordnh.gov/hhw or call General Services at (603) 228-2737. with all questions. Proof of residency is required.
■Be sure to check out the Multicultural Festival on September 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Keach Park (9 Newton Ave). Parking is available at Community Bridges (70 Pembroke Road), and a friendly reminder that most vendors only take cash. For more information, visit concordnhmultifestival.org or call (603) 568-5740.
■Public skating is back at Everett Arena. Skating hours will be Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday hours will begin October 8. Admission is $6 and children three and under are free. Skate rentals will be available at the pro shop for $6. For more information, call (603) 228-2784.
■ The Suncook Valley Chorale “Open Sings” for new and current choir members will be held September 12 and 19 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Concord High School Music Room (North Fruit Street). The Open Sing Nights are an opportunity for you to see how their rehearsals and program suit your tastes. They don’t need an audition to join – instead, you audition them! The SVC Board of Directors has decided that for the Fall 2022 semester, the choir will require all members to present a valid COVID vaccination and an eligible booster card. Masks will be optional but are strongly recommended by the council. For more information, visit svcnh.org.
■ The Concord Writers Group now has some openings with the next meeting on September 17! If you’re a serious writer of any genre and want unbiased feedback on your writing as well as lots of encouragement, this group might be for you. Meetings are held at the Concord Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Barbara at (603) 456-6052.
■ 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.
■Celebrate the Capital Region’s diversity with food, music, art and community and see the South End’s own Irish Dancers In The Field on September 18 from 11am-4pm! The 15th Annual Concord Multicultural Festival at Keach Park, 7 Newton Ave. They have a full lineup of shows, food vendors, craft vendors, artists, and activities that represent many cultures from around the world, presented by people who live and work locally. Learn more about https://concordnhmulticulturalfestival.org/home.
■ Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Audi, 2 Prince St., Concord Fire Department presents the 2022 Awards Ceremony. All are invited as the Concord Fire Department recognizes firefighters for outstanding service. For more information, call (603) 225-8650.
■ The Concord City Auditorium officially kicks off the 2022 to 2023 season on September 18, as it welcomes guests to a full year of live entertainment. At 6 p.m., the Gala Arts Party features local nonprofits showcasing their organization and/or upcoming productions. Arnie’s Place will be on hand to serve the famous summer treat, ice cream. Don’t forget to try your luck in the gala raffle, with the 10 winners each receiving a mug filled with a gift certificate from a local restaurant and tickets to upcoming productions at the Audi. At 7 p.m., the new Audi curtain opens for a quick preview of upcoming productions. It’s free! For more information, call (603) 344-4747.
■ The award-winning Concord Arts Market is back this summer and fall with over 60 artists and artisans each month from June to October at Rollins Park, 33 Bow St. Artists will vary each month offering everything from jewelry to fine art photography paintings, pottery, prints, stained glass, woodwork, handmade soaps, leather goods and more! Bring a blanket and enjoy the live music! Dogs on a leash are always welcome. Concord Arts Market dates include September 17 and October 15. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More information on https://www.concordartsmarket.net/summer-arts-market.html.
■ New Hampshire author Joseph D Steinfield returns to the Gibson Bookstore, 45 South Main St. on September 20 at 6:30 p.m. to present his continuing essays in Time for everything: my curious life. In his previous book, Claremont Boy, Joe Steinfield shared stories on a variety of topics. First part of time for everything picks up where this book left off, with tributes to friends and heroes and essays on being Jewish, sports and humor, health and politics.
■ On Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon, all wards will begin processing mail-in ballots on Election Day. Ward 7 is located at Abbot-Downing School, 152 South St. If you can, be sure to vote in person!
■Attend Concord’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day to safely dispose of toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive waste on Saturdays. Proof of residency is required. Meet between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Douglas N. Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Road. Residents of Concord and Penacook can bring their unwanted household hazardous waste to the event to safely dispose of harmful materials. Residents may bring up to 10 gallons or 20 pounds of household hazardous waste to Concord’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for proper disposal. Decisions to accept or reject material will be made on site. A complete list of acceptable and unacceptable materials is available at www.concordnh.gov/hhw. Residents must remain in their vehicles and attendants will safely remove materials for them. Items should remain in their original containers with tight fitting lids and packed in sturdy upright boxes to prevent spills.
■ There is a block party on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ridge Road and will be closed between Franklin Street and Forrest Street. Also, on Saturdays, pick up these treats at the Concord Farmers Market, but don’t get there between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Capitol Street, Main Street to North State Street.
■ Come celebrate the start of the fall 2022 semester at Concord Community Music School with a performance by Navy Band Northeast’s Brass Quintet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s recital hall. The concert is free and open to the public, and features Second Class Musician CCMS alumnus Jonathan Starr as a member of the ensemble. The quintet will also host a Masterclass at 4 p.m. The masterclass is open to participants and the public. Prior registration is required for the performance and the masterclass. Please register by visiting the event page at: www.ccmusicschool.org/event/ne-brass-quintet. For more information on classes/courses offered this fall or future events at CCMS, please call (603) 228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.
JEAN VER HOEVEN