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Free concert at Penacook church

United Church of Penacook is hosting a concert featuring the Lev-Evans Duo on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. In addition to their individual music careers, Gili Melamed-Lev and Mark Evans formed their four-hand piano duo in 2013 – that’s one piano, two pianists, and four hands on the keyboard.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more, visit ucpnh.org.

This duo is in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen this summer.

Lynne Raleigh


Teacher workshop at The Place Studio & Gallery

Do you find it difficult to get students interested in writing – or to extend their writing? Are you looking for new ideas going into the new school year? Join The Place Studio & Gallery for a collaborative, creative teacher workshop and get ideas for using art as story starters.

Led by Christa Zuber, a trained art educator, this workshop will provide several hands-on activity opportunities, including painting your own story stones and story starter pictures. We will also explore visual thinking strategies and more.

The workshop will be held Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and cost is $30.

Bring a beverage of your choice, including wine or beer. Snacks are also welcome. RSVP by Friday.

For more, email christa@theplacestudioandgallery.com.

Christa Zuber


Jazz sanctuary in Eagle Square

This Sunday’s Jazz Sanctuary – First Church/Third Sunday theme will be “Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy – The Spirituality of Community in Concord, N.H.”

Musical guest, Eli Goodwin (jazz vocalist), will join vocalist and Pastor Emilia Halstead and the WildVine Jazz Sanctuary House Band of BJ Steinberg, Jock Irvine, Ed Raczka and Tim Wildman to explore the components of true community in the engaged and engaging city of Concord.

To celebrate the new downtown scene that is so much a part of Concord’s sense of community, Jazz Sanctuary will be in Eagle Square at 5 p.m. If the weather is inclement it will be held at First Congregational Church.

Tim Wildman


Get advice from VNA team member

Concord Regional VNA offers Walk-In Wednesday on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Horseshoe Pond Place Senior Resource Center, 26 Commercial St. Walk-In Wednesday is held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the same time.

Walk-In Wednesday is an opportunity to get your questions answered. A Concord Regional VNA team member is available to meet with people individually regarding their specific concerns. Whether it is in-home support, caregiver resources, community health services or questions regarding advance directives, we are here to help.

This free program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration is not required.

For more information, call 224-4093 or 1-800-924-8620, ext. 5815 or visit crvna.org.

Andy Morse


Sign up for soccer and flag football

Don’t miss out on fall soccer with Concord Parks and Recreation. Divisions based on ages and grades help participants focus on skill development, game play and fun. Soccer is open to children ages 4 to 6 and in grades 1-6. Non-residents may register for Soccer Fun-damentals and Division I. Division II and III are for Concord/Penacook residents only. Signup deadline is Friday.

Concord Parks & Rec is offering NFL Flag Football, a league for boys and girls, ages 6-11. This league will provide boys and girls the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of football while playing in a safe environment. The league runs Sundays, Sept. 10 – Oc. 22. Signup deadline is Aug. 25.

For more, call 225-8690 or visit concordparksandrec.com.

John Dennett


Paddle down the Contoocook River

What better way to spend a summer day than to paddle your way down the lazy Contoocook River?

You can do just that on Sunday when Five Rivers Conservation Trust invites the public to join them for a paddle down the river.

Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see where the Warner and Blackwater Rivers join with the Contoocook River – three of the Five Rivers in the Conservation Trust’s name. You will also float by the four properties-conserved by Five Rivers Conservation Trust. Participants will gain a new perspective from the river.

Transportation for boats and participants is provided and allows you to end the day at your car. Bring your own boat or rent a one- or two-person kayak if you prefer. Refreshments, including Granite State Ice Cream, will greet returning paddlers.

The paddle will be 6.5 miles of flat water with a gentle downstream current. Participants will sign up for one of three arrival times – 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Registration, orientation, transportation and paddling will take about 3 ½ to 4 ½ hours.

Space is limited and registration is required by 5 p.m. on Thursday at 5rct.org/Events.

Cost includes refreshments and transportation for 1 to 2 people and a boat. Cost is $15 if you bring your own boat. To rent a one-person kayak will cost $30, and renting a two-person kayak is $40.

For general questions, contact Five Rivers at  info@5rct.org or 225-7225.

Beth McGuinn


One-acts at Hatbox start two-week run

For two big weekends, three original one-act dramatic comedies will be popping out of the Hatbox Hat for their world premiere.

It all begins with performances of Flight of the Bartailed Godwit by J. J. Hunt, Analog (George Kelly) and Soup’s On (Alan Lindsay) on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee performance on Sunday at 2 p.m. More performances will be presented Aug. 25-27.

Making the best of nursing home life poses challenges for three residents as their routine gets interrupted by the arrival of the unexpected, the unremembered and the great unknown in Flight of the Bartailed Godwit.

An English professor believes that real learning is under assault as his university rushes to accommodate his “Digital, Millennial” students. But there is a huge price he may have to pay for his “analog” beliefs.

In Soup’s On, two brothers work out long-standing family tensions as they prepare to impress two women with a dinner of soup, bread, wine and scintillating talk about love and war.

Tickets are $16.50, $13.50 for members, seniors and students.

Kevin Barrett

Author: Insider Staff

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