■ The Pinacock Village Association is hosting the 16th Annual Pinacock Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1st in Boudru Square. Attendees should begin gathering around 5:45 p.m. to hear chant and sing featuring the Penacook Elementary School choir and the Blanchard family singer, and watch Santa arrive, courtesy of the Concord Fire Department.
■ The next meeting of the Pinacock Memorial Day Volunteers will be on November 29, at 5 p.m., at the Pinacock Elementary School Library.
■ The Pinacock Village Association will hold its annual meeting on November 29, 6:30 p.m., in the Pinacock Elementary School Cafeteria. Masks are required to attend this event. The special guest speaker will be Matt Walsh, Director of Redevelopment/Downtown Services/Special Projects, who will discuss the status of the Merchants Road development at Whitney Road/Exit 17, Penacook Landing Apartments Phases 1 and 2, CATCH Rosemary’s Way Apartments, and the design of a new park on River banks at the Penacook Landing site.
■ Enjoy the annual Midnight Fun in Downtown Concord on Fridays starting at 5pm and businesses downtown will stay open until midnight, so join the thousands of your neighbors, friends, and community members! You’ll enjoy shopping, s’mores, Cocos, music, a visit to Santa (5:30-8:30 p.m.), and much more! This is an event for all ages offered by Intown Concord with many sponsors. For more information, call 226-2150 or visit intownconcord.org.
■ The Zonta Club of Concord will be holding its annual online holiday auction this year! Starting Wednesday at 10 a.m., the auction will begin on 32auctions.com and end on December 10 at 9 p.m. There will be information on the auction site about where and when you will receive your items. Log on to 32auctions.com/2021ConcordZontaAuction to register and start bidding on December 1.
■ Concord Parks and Recreation provides an open gym for youth basketball at the City Wide Community Center on Fridays, as well as on December 10 and 17 from 4-6 p.m. The cost to attend the session is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. population. For more information, visit concordparksandrec.com.
■ Collection of bagged papers has begun and will continue to collect loose papers, weather permitting, until December 10th. Residents engaged in loose leaf collection are required to lift all paper loosely into the street along the edge of a road or sidewalk. Any leaves that are not along the edge of the road or sidewalk will not be accessible for collection. Avoid piling up of leaves and keep foliage tight along the sidewalk to keep the streets clear. Crews can come only once and work as weather permits, focusing on residential roads with sewage areas to keep the city’s rainwater system clean. For more information, call (603) 228-3727 or visit http://www.concordnh.gov/545/Leaf-Collection.
■ The Pope Memorial SPCA for Concord County-Merrimack during COVID-19 is open to anyone who needs help with pet food. It’s open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. They ask all participants to practice social distancing protocols while at the shelter. For more information, visit popememorialspca.org.
■ The Gibson Library is pleased to join Random House in inviting you to join acclaimed author Dr. Brian Brown for the launch of “Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Communication and the Language of Human Experience” Thursday at 8 pm via Zoom. Your ticket includes entry to this exclusive event and a hard copy (retail price $30), plus shipping and handling (if applicable). Ticket sales will close at noon on December 2. Visit eventbrite.com/e/196613796157 for more information.
■ Gibson’s Bookstore is excited to join Flatiron Books and independent bookstores across the country on December 7 at 7 p.m., to present Michael J. Fox on his virtual paperback tour of “No Time Like the Future!” Registration or pre-order is required through the Gibson Library at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/214298862667.
■ On December 6 at 6:30 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), It’s the Holy Relics of Saints: Treasures of the Church! There will be a display and exhibition of sacred relics by Father Carlos Martins, an archaeologist appointed by the Vatican. There will be an extraordinary Vatican collection of more than 150 artifacts, some dating back 2,000 years. There is no cost. More information is available at www.treasuresofthechurch.com.
■ Also at IHM, every Friday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. we can enlist people to help unload bread and other food items in our parish hall. Just show up whenever you can! For more information, contact Armand and Connie Soucy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ If you would like to listen to IHM’s recording of Spiritual Enrichment Day with Father Bill Sheehan, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5OOqptkEL4 or https://fb.watch/8-2DwRWO7r/.
■ Current Classes and Meetings at IHM: Alpha in an Hour with Father Ray (December 5th at 11:15 a.m.), Everyone is invited to attend the hour-long monthly meeting in our church. We’ll watch a thought-provoking 25-minute video, followed by a discussion and Q&A with Father Ray. We will meet monthly at the church on the following Sundays: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 3 and May 15.
■ The Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA) begins! Anyone considering becoming a Catholic or any Catholic adult who may have missed a secret such as confirmation, contact Ed Mullen at 224-4393 or email@example.com. Meetings on Sundays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
■ IHM has a fellowship group for young adults! 20 and 30 years old, married or single! For information, email Holly Julian at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
■ For teens, SOAR High School Christmas Eve is Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at IHM Parish Hall! All 9th-12th graders are invited to watch a movie, hot cocoa, candy canes, and cookies. Bring friends!
■ Register for a Reception for Catholic Schools in New Hampshire on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. There is more information at https://neumanntrust.eventbrite.com and email@example.com or 663-0140.
■ Thanks to funding from the Knights of Columbus, John Donovan published a history of how Catholics came to Concord, and “dwelled among us.” This was written in celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. John the Evangelist Church in 2019. It includes the history of the Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as the history of Christ the King, Saint John, the Sacred Heart, Saint Peter, and the Immaculate Conception. wav. These dates will make great Christmas gifts and are available to donate $10 or whatever you’d like to donate. Proceeds will be split between IHM’s subjects and Christ the King. More information at John Donovan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intown Concord is pleased to announce that the 28th annual Midnight Event will return to Downtown Concord on December 3 from 5 p.m. to midnight. The festivities will kick off from Nazzy’s in City Plaza and will include holiday music, lights, picnic carolers, s’mores, and hot cocoa stations. Many shops and restaurants in the city center will be open until midnight and will offer special discounts and promotions throughout the evening. New this year will be the Concorde Art Market Winter Giftopolis Art Walk that takes place throughout the downtown area. You can find a map with participating artists and supporting business locations on their Facebook page. Once again, Santa Claus and his lieutenants will be at 47 North Main St. In addition, his assistants will also collect gift cards of any category and homemade holiday cards for the Santa donation campaign for adults. All activities are open to the public. Please note that Main Street from Pleasant Street to School Street will be closed from 4:30-9 pm to accommodate expected crowds. Visit IntownConcord.org for more details or check out their Facebook page.
■ At the Red River Theater you can watch “House of Gucci” and “Belfast”. Get more information at redrivertheatres.org.
■ Affordable holiday artwork for the home or office is found at PR Tarbell Fine Art. The exhibition is open today, from 3 to 5 December and from 10 to 12, from 10 am to 5 pm. They hope you can stop there. The fair is a great place to bring buddies, sons and grandsons! If you are not able to attend in person, they offer free shipping within the US. Find them at Artsculpt@mindspring.com and (603) 496-2014.
Jane Ver Hoeven