Grace Episcopal to host monthly supper Friday
Grace Episcopal Church will host its free monthly community supper Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.
The January supper features meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, string beans, rolls and chocolate cake for dessert. So come, bring your family and friends and take the night off from cooking. There is no charge, but donations are welcomed and support our Take-A-Tote Ministry, which helps to feed Concord’s hungry school children.
Contact Grace Episcopal Church for more information at 224-2252 or visit graceeastconcord.org.
Bach’s Lunch concert to feature Bangkok Disco
The Bach’s Lunch Series continues at the Concord Community Music School on Thursday with the jazz trio Bangkok Disco, featuring music school jazz department faculty member Tom Robinson on piano, music school alumnus Scott Kiefner on bass and guest artist Jared Steer on drums. The concert, titled “Get in the Groove: Funk, Boogaloo & Jazz,” will run from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
The Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place on the first (lecture) and second (concert) Thursdays of each month in the music school’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall St.
Bangkok Disco’s concert will feature music from classic soul-funk artists such as Grant Green, Rusty Bryant and Charles Earland to modern day artists Medeski-Martin-Wood and David Tronzo, as well as original music.
For more information, call 228-1196 or visit ccmusicschool.org.
Stamp collectors to meet Jan. 19 in Bow
The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Jan. 19 beginning at 1 p.m.
All who are interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in Philatelic resources and issues.
For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.
Edie Clark to present new book at Gibson’s
Edie Clark returns to Gibson’s Bookstore on Sunday to present her new collection of essays, entitled As Simple As That, celebrating a career landmark of writing the two columns (“The Garden at Chesham Depot” and “The View from Mary’s Farm”) in Yankee Magazine for 25 years.
The event begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
VNA presentation to focus on quality sleep
Concord Regional VNA is offering a free presentation “Good Night, Sleep Tight” on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. at the Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road.
Sleep is essential to your physical and emotional well-being. The way you feel during the day is dependent on how well you sleep at night. Discover how much sleep we really need, suggestions for a quality night’s sleep and strategies on speaking with your healthcare provider about difficulty sleeping.
To register, call 224-4093 or 1-800-924-8620, ext. 5815.
Iconographer to teach painting workshops
Russian master iconographer, teacher and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer “The Art of Icon Painting,” a four-part workshop, at Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Eastman St., in Concord.
The workshops will be held Sundays, Jan. 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
It is a hands-on studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons, one of the world’s oldest and most respected forms of religious art.
The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional materials and methods of icon making. Then, under the direction of Forbes, students will create their own icons using a combination of traditional and contemporary materials and methods. Students will learn about board and painting surface preparation, gessoing, image rendering, pigments, brush strokes techniques, detailing, highlighting, gilding, Old Slavonic lettering and varnishing.
No painting experience is required. Experienced artists will also feel comfortable.
For more information or to register, contact Forbes at 332-2255, email email@example.com or by visiting MarinaForbes.com.
Jazz sanctuary at First Congregational Sunday
First Congregational Church’s jazz sanctuary will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.
Held at the church (corner of North Main and Washington Streets), the jazz sanctuary will feature the vocals of the Rev. Emilia Halstead with the theme, “Perfect Love Casts Out Fear!”
Sacred and secular music in the jazz idiom that seeks to inspire compassion and service in place of fear and judgment will be provided by musical guest, jazz and rock musician, Brian Bouthiette with the WildVine house band of Jock Irvine, Ed Raczka and Tim Wildman.
This monthly Sunday afternoon jazz worship experience is informal and open to everyone and begins with a jazz set at 1 p.m. that’s followed by jazz worship at 1:30 p.m.
‘Rhythm of the Night’ returns to Audi Saturday
Concord’s dancing stars will be on their toes, and on their toe-ball-heels, on Saturday as the Friends of the Audi present Concord’s 25th annual dance extravaganza “Rhythm of the Night” at 7 p.m.
“Extravaganza” is a good description of the show which showcases the Capital Area’s top dance schools and students in New Hampshire’s biggest and brightest evening of community dance.
Imagine 150 dancers from 10 studios coming together to perform 24 specialty numbers ranging from jazz, tap and hip-hop to lyrical, classical ballet and show productions. The studios, which all present their own annual shows at the Audi, come together once a year for a special performance.
The show’s directors, Cindy Flanagan of Concord Dance Academy and Gen Woodward of Gen’s Dance Studio, are working with producer David Murdo to present a dynamic family-friendly event.
In addition to their schools, the dance companies include Capital City Dance Center, Eastern Ballet Institute and McKenna Dance Center, all of Concord, plus Creative Dance Workshop (Bow), Dancesteps Etc. (Epsom), Miss Robin’s Dance Etc. (Goffstown), New Hampshire School of Ballet (Hooksett) and Turning Pointe Center of Dance (Pembroke).
Every entertainment season over 2,000 local dance students appear on the City Auditorium stage in the season-opening Gala, school arts programs, holiday spectaculars, classic ballets and year-end recitals.
Once a year, for 24 years, the companies have joined together for one thrilling performance to benefit continuing upgrades to their home stage, this year benefiting the Audi’s next big project: renovation of the 850 seats.
Tickets are just $10 and available in advance at The UPS Store, 75 S. Main St., and at the door. The show lasts 90 minutes with one intermission and is suitable for all ages.
Information and ticket reservations are available from Murdo at 344-4747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Audi
Sign up for Winter Carnival Ugly Sweater 5K
As part of this year’s Winter Carnival at White Park, there will be an Ugly Sweater 5K on Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m.
All runners will receive a bowl of soup and hot beverage from Alan’s Restaurant. There will also be food for sale, as well as baked goods from fifth grade classes at the Christa McAuliffe School.
Prizes will be given to the top three runners in each age group and for the top male and female runner.
Cost is $30 and money raised will help re-build the Monkey Around Playground.
Bib pickup begins at 9:30 a.m.
For more info or to sign up, visit whiteparkuglysweater5k.weebly.com.
Pat from Pat and the Hats to kickoff NEC series
“Granite State of Mind with Rob Azevedo” is hosting an artist in the round monthly series at NEC Concord, starting Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The first guest will be Pat Gochez, lead singer of Pat and the Hats.
The evening will include a live performance, with a Q and A session hosted by Rob Azevedo throughout the hour long show, with the artists taking questions from the audience.
The shows are free and open to the public.
There’s still time to sign up for insurance
New Hampshire residents have until the end of this month to enroll for comprehensive health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Most who apply will be eligible for subsidies to reduce or in some cases cover all out-of-pocket costs for a wide range of plans, depending on income levels.
Once open enrollment closes on Jan. 31, it will not open again until November.
This year, New Hampshire residents who do not get health insurance through their employer can choose from more than 40 plans offered by five providers through the marketplace, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Minuteman Health and Ambetter from N.H. Healthy Families, offered by Celtic Insurance.
Additional dental plans, either combined with health coverage or stand-alone plans, are also being offered by Anthem, Delta Dental, Dentegra Insurance Company and the Guardian Life Insurance Company in 2016. Whether currently uninsured or already enrolled in a marketplace plan, those who are eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the New Hampshire Health Protection Program can go to Healthcare.gov to shop for a health insurance or dental plan.
Those who do not sign up for a health insurance plan by the end of the month will likely have to wait until November for another chance to enroll, unless there is a major life event, such as the birth of a child or loss of a job. This year, anyone remaining uninsured will face fees of at least $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, or 2.5 percent of their annual income.
New Hampshire residents can enroll in a marketplace plan today by going to Healthcare.gov or by calling the federal Health Insurance Marketplace Hotline at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). Marketplace assisters can be found by going to coveringnewhampshire.org/get-help.
For more information, go to coveringnewhampshire.org.
Chris Bohjalian returns to Gibson’s Bookstore Jan. 20 for another blockbuster event, this time with his new novel The Guest Room.
From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.
The event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
ConcordTV is hosting a pair of January workshops
On Jan. 27, ConcordTV is hosting, Making a Movie With iPhone or iPad.
Smart phones and tablets are convenient tools for creating quick videos but they often lack professional quality. Learn tips on stabilization, lighting, audio and a demo of the latest video apps such as iMovie and Premiere Clip.
The workshop will be held in Studio B at Heights Community Center, 14 Canterbury Road, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $50.
On Jan. 29, there will be a Nonprofit PSA Workshop.
Looking for a way to promote your nonprofit organization? Public Service Announcements are a fantastic way of spreading your organizational message. Join us for a workshop that will significantly enhance the quality of the PSAs you create
The workshop will be held in Studio B, from 1 to 4 p.m. at a cost of $25.
For more info, email email@example.com, or call 226-8872.
In a series of 10 photographs and accompanying captions, photographer Frank Gorga explores and illustrates the natural history of dragonflies and damselflies. His intent is to prepare the interested nature observer to examine these fascinating animals and their behavior in greater detail as they explore the environment.
Gorga is currently displaying his photos at the N.H. Audubon’s McLane Center through February in the PSNH Room. The exhibit is open during regular business hours.
For more info, visit nhaudubon.org.
Local business owner and advocate for heart health, Jeremy Woodward, is pleased to announce a Harlem Wizards Basketball Fundraiser, presented by Concord Pediatric Dentistry. The event will take place on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Bishop Brady High School.
According to their website, the Harlem Wizards are “a show basketball entity delivering wildly successful fundraiser events for schools and nonprofits, last season alone playing in over 400 communities across the USA, while raising over $2 million.”
Funds raised from this event will go towards Woodward’s fundraising efforts with his brother for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Jeremy and Jamie Woodward are both part of Tedy’s Team, a team formed by former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to raise awareness and money for stroke victims and their families.
“My brother Jamie and I couldn’t be more excited to bring this really fun event to Concord for all to enjoy, while raising money for Tedy’s Team, which is near and dear to our hearts,” said Woodward. “We will have a team made up of local teachers, students, members of our community – including me – and we will take on the legendary Harlem Wizards! This will be tons of fun for all for a really fantastic cause.”
Ticket prices range from $10-$30 and can be purchased in advance by visiting harlemwizards.com.
For more event information, call Woodward at 721-2830, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/ironheartjeremy. For more information about Tedy’s Team, visit heart.org/tedysteam.
Jessica Fogg Livingston