New planetarium show begins Friday
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will premiere its newest planetarium show, Life under the Arctic Sky, on Friday at 7 p.m.
Life under the Arctic Sky explores the Northern Lights from both the perspective of scientists and of the Sami, the indigenous Scandinavians who traditionally herded their reindeer over hundreds of miles, their way lit only by the moon, the stars and these dancing lights in the northern sky. The show will be followed by an update on August’s solar eclipse by Discovery Center staff and amateur astronomers who traveled to the Path of Totality to watch the eclipse.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All-inclusive cost for the premiere of Life under the Arctic Sky, the eclipse program and exploration of the Discovery Center’s exhibit galleries is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $7 for children ages 3-12 years old, and free for members and for children ages 0-2 years.
Pending clear skies, the N.H. Astronomical Society will be outside the Discovery Center with telescopes, sharing their enthusiasm for and knowledge of the night sky.
For more information, visit starhop.com.
Symphony N.H. at City Auditorium
Join Symphony N.H. at the Concord City Auditorium on Friday at 8 p.m. for Dvorak New World! Dvorak’s monumental Ninth Symphony, titled “From the New World,” paints images of rural American landscapes, trains cutting through the wild west and towering mountains. Amy Beach was a champion of American and female composers, embodying the spirit of Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony in her own music from her experience growing up in Henniker. Beach’s “Gaelic” symphony looks back to the cultures that immigrants brought to the New World.
Cost is $18 to $49. $10 for students and seniors. Children are free.
For more info, visit symphonynh.org/events/oct6.
Learn how to buy a new house
Thinking about buying a home? Join N.H. Federal Credit Union Center for Finance & Education (47 N. Main St.) for Homebuying 101 to review the pros and cons of homeownership, better understand the mortgage process and discuss the long-term costs and considerations when shopping for your home and home loan.
The class, which will be held Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, is open to the public but registration is required.
Bow Mills Church has pumpkins
The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, will host its 13th annual Pumpkin Patch with 1,000 pumpkins covering its front lawn.
There will be pumpkins of all shapes and sizes … for all your needs!
Proceeds from the pumpkin sales will support Friends of Forgotten Children, New Hampshire Food Bank and disaster relief.
Pumpkin Patch hours are 2 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Thursday through Oct. 31.
For more info, call 224-0884 or visit the church website bowmillsumc.org.
Software update to disrupt registration
Residents are reminded that the N.H. Department of Motor Vehicles will be upgrading its motor vehicle registration software from Friday through Oct. 11.
During this time, the city will only be able to process the city portion of motor vehicle registrations. No license plates, decals or registrations can be issued while the upgrade is in process. Please plan accordingly.
Penacook church concert Oct. 10
The United Church of Penacook is hosting a concert featuring Prometheus Duo on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
Marko Stuparevic, piano, and Joseph Abad, saxophone, will play works by Bach, De Falla, Scriabin, Eryilmaz and Debussy. The duo will be in residence at Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen for just a few days this fall.
The concert is free and open to the public. Directions to United Church, the concert program and additional information about this concert are available at ucpnh.org.
Grief support for children Oct. 14
H20 helping heal with others, a new children and adolescent grief support program for children ages 6-18 and their families, will be held Oct. 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, 55 Bradley St. H20 is held on the second Saturday of each month at the same time.
Grief is difficult. Connecting with others who have had a similar experience, in a safe and caring environment, often helps. H20 provides bereaved children and their families with coping skills and peer support, enabling them to experience and process their grief freely. Lunch is provided after each session. Accompanying adults may be asked to stay on site and are invited to participate in a concurrent, supportive program.
H20 is collaboratively offered by Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, and community partners and volunteers.
Registration is required. To register, call 224-4093 or 1-800-924-8620, ext. 2828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GoodLife hosting volunteer fair
On Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., GoodLife Programs & Activities will host a volunteer fair at 254 N. State St. Suite L, in the Smokestack Center.
Local organizations in need of volunteers will be on hand to tell those interested in opportunities that are available – for a day or a few hours on a weekly or monthly basis.
There is no cost to attend and no registration required.
For a complete list of participating organizations, visit goodlifenh.org/activity/volunteering-good-soul.
‘Cog Days’ author McQuaid to speak at Gibson’s
Gibson’s Bookstore is pleased to host Joe McQuaid on Saturday at 4 p.m. as he presents Cog Days: A Boy’s Life and One Tragic Summer on Mt. Washington!
McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News, grew up in the newspaper business. But his teenage years were spent high up in the White Mountains, working on the world-famous Mt. Washington Cog Railway for the Teague family. In this memoir, McQuaid writes with humor and wistfulness of a wonderful era that time and circumstance have all but erased, and of Colonel Arthur S. Teague, whose recognition as one of America’s outstanding World War II heroes is long overdue.
Cog Days is also the story of one terrible summer that claimed the lives of Colonel Teague and a daughter, and ended with the worst accident in the Cog’s storied and colorful 150 years of operation.
The event is free and open to the public.
Jazz worship at Concord church
New Orleans jazz trombonist, Delfeayo Marsalis, will be featured in a jazz oriented worship service at First Congregational Church on Sunday at 10 a.m. He will join Pastor and jazz vocalist Emilia Halstead and The Prodigals Jazz Worship Ensemble, an eight-piece band under the direction of jazz arranger, Bob Maccini.
Marsalis comes to New Hampshire each fall to play with local musicians and raise funds for his nonprofit, The Uptown Music Theatre, a program for New Orleans school children. Amidst appearances at the Congregational Church of Henniker Saturday night, Sunday night at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia with The Tall Granite Big Band, and Monday night at UNH’s Johnson Theatre, Marsalis will give his only local performance in Concord at First Congregational Church (corner of N. Main and Washington streets).
There is no admission and all are welcome.