Making Good Health Simple: Obsessed with Hallmark movies? There may be a biological reason for that
Dec10

Making Good Health Simple: Obsessed with Hallmark movies? There may be a biological reason for that

I watch Hallmark movies. I watch all of them. I watch them obsessively. Last week I watched one from 2015. Didn’t care that I’ve seen it at least five other times. Still watched it until the end. I don’t watch them for the Academy Award-winning acting, or the predictable and typically unrealistic plots. I watch them because they make me happy. I have the Hallmark movies app downloaded on my phone. It is level 10 rewarding to be able...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Winter operations, construction updates and more

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last week. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter: Winter operations The snow has arrived and the City of Concord has already issued three winter parking bans so far this season (as of last Friday). Sign up for winter parking ban email notifications...

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Instagram: Nothing cozier than a nice beer and some good tunes
Dec10

Instagram: Nothing cozier than a nice beer and some good tunes

How cozy does this look? That’s Dwayne Haggins playing an acoustic set at Concord Craft Brewing on a recent Wednesday evening. The beer, the brick, the lighting, the flannel – it all seems to work very well together, and it makes us want to go check out the next show. Instagram user @nhmusiccollective posted this one, and if you missed out on Haggins’s show, there are plenty more in the works. Up next is Tim Kierstead this Wednesday...

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Author Mitch Albom to present new book ‘Finding Chika’ at Capitol Center for the Arts
Dec10

Author Mitch Albom to present new book ‘Finding Chika’ at Capitol Center for the Arts

On Monday at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Northeast Delta Dental and Gibson’s Bookstore present bestselling author Mitch Albom, with Finding Chika, his first work of nonfiction in more than 10 years! This poignant memoir celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change the heart of a family. Albom is a best-selling author, screenwriter, playwright and nationally syndicated columnist. The...

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Two holiday events at Duprey properties to benefit the community
Dec10

Two holiday events at Duprey properties to benefit the community

There are two holiday-themed events coming up soon that will help several areas and subsets of the community, and both are being hosted by Steve Duprey-owned properties. First, 43 Degrees North Athletic Club will host its second annual Holiday Market on Thursday where local vendors will be set up around the facility and people can shop, work out, sip some wine and get their gifts wrapped for free. As an added bonus, anyone can work...

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Concord is a hiker’s (and cross-country skier’s) dream, even in the dead of winter
Dec10

Concord is a hiker’s (and cross-country skier’s) dream, even in the dead of winter

With the arrival of the first “real” snow of the season, winter is unofficially in full swing. It’s dark by 4 p.m., daily high temps hover around the 20s and 30s, ice is on the pavement and snow is everywhere. Not exactly appealing. However, we’re lucky enough to live in a city that knows full well that this will come every year. In Concord, you don’t have to go into hibernation mode as soon as the first big snow comes. In fact, you...

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The Yogi: Yoga gives you a toolbox for living in your body
Dec10

The Yogi: Yoga gives you a toolbox for living in your body

  I like a good snow shovel. I’m partial to the “ergonomic” ones, with the bent handle. There is some debate over whether they are actually better or not. That’s why I also have a couple of straight snow shovels, an ice scraper and a good old-fashioned square steel shovel that the previous owner of the house left behind. Each year the shovels make their way from our beat-up old shed to live next to the house for the winter. The...

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center open for fun all winter long
Dec10

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center open for fun all winter long

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus the first Friday night of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Discovery Center will also be open for winter vacation from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed on New Year’s Day). The December planetarium show lineup covers flight, humanity’s first steps on the moon, the planets,...

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Entertainment: All kinds of stage shows this weekend, from holiday-themed to comedy

Music Tuesday Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Eugene Durkee at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Tim Kierstead at Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Irish Music After Work with David Levine at Area 23 at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Bach’s Lunch Concert: “Come, the Feast is Ready! A Shaker Christmas” at Concord Community Music School...

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Public forums, free concerts, stamp meeting

Toastmasters host speaking forum Concord Toastmasters and Karner Blue Toastmasters welcomes you to a Public Speaking Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish & Game at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. This open house will be an evening of engaging speakers, and introduction to the Toastmasters Public Speaking & Leadership program. It will showcase the organization that stars in Animal Planet’s North Woods...

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Concord Family YMCA to host grand opening of Kid Zone on Saturday
Dec10

Concord Family YMCA to host grand opening of Kid Zone on Saturday

The Concord Family YMCA has some good news for kids (and adults who have kids) and bad news for squash players – the squash court has been turned into a play area for kids, and the grand opening ceremony is this Saturday. After a steady decline in the use of the squash court, the Y decided it was time to make better use of the space. Meanwhile, there are many Y members who have kids, and many of the kids have plenty of their own...

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CYPN: Erika Mattson of New York Life is the Young Professional Month
Dec10

CYPN: Erika Mattson of New York Life is the Young Professional Month

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Erika Mattson. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 26.   Where do you live? Manchester (but born and raised in Concord!).   Where do you currently work? New York Life....

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It’s been real, ‘Insider’ readers, but it’s time for me to move on
Dec10

It’s been real, ‘Insider’ readers, but it’s time for me to move on

The rumors are sad, but true – this will be my final Insider issue. After about five years of getting to know the ins and outs of the Concord community and relaying important, even vital information such as the best beers around, where bands are playing and how to navigate the world’s longest mini-golf hole, I’m ending my career in community journalism. It won’t be easy to leave, though. In my time with the Insider, I’ve seen, heard,...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec10

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 10, 1991: In Concord, Pat Buchanan announces that he will challenge President Bush in the New Hampshire Republican primary. America’s Judeo-Christian heritage must be passed on to a new generation, Buchanan says, not “dumped on some landfill called multiculturalism.” Dec. 10, 1991: At St. Paul’s School in Concord, Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas tells students that if he were the Democratic nominee for president, he would not stand...

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Book of the Week: ‘Curious Toys’
Dec10

Book of the Week: ‘Curious Toys’

Curious Toys Elizabeth Hand 2019, 336 pages Fiction In 1915, Pin, the daughter of an Italian fortune-teller at Chicago’s Riverview Amusement Park, disguises herself as a boy to make a living as an errand-runner. She’s haunted by her sister’s recent murder and desperate to save money before she and her mother lose their employment at the end of the summer. Unbeknownst to Pin, a serial killer is haunting the rides of Riverview, waiting...

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Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts
Dec03

Entertainment: Holiday shows galore, plus a slew of concerts

Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Dwayne Haggins at Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Scott Solsky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mikey G at Tandy’s at 6 p.m. Brad Bosse at Cheers at 5 p.m. Badfish – A Tribute to Sublime, with Supernothing at Bank of NH Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more
Dec03

City Manager’s Newsletter: Penacook tree lighting, fire chief retirement and more

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last week. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Here are some highlights from last week’s letter:Penacook tree lightingThe 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting Celebration at Boudreau Square will be held on Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, live music from the Penacook...

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The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store
Dec03

The Yogi: Searching for the meaning of ‘namaste’ in the grocery store

Where does yoga come from? I was at the grocery store, navigating the crowds on the day before Thanksgiving. The store was jammed. The lines were long. I was shopping for corn masa, coffee and cod fillets. I left with a lot more. I took the opportunity to engage folks in conversation, from the produce section to the parking lot. I asked twenty-seven folks this question: “Where does yoga come from?” I wasn’t intending to launch into...

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Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums
Dec03

Bulletin Board: Holiday programs, free movie, open forums

Penacook tree lighting ceremony The Penacook Village Association is sponsoring the 13th Annual Penacook Tree Lighting at Boudreau Square on Wednesday. Assemble at 5:30 pm for free refreshments, the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m., live music from the Penacook Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Elaine Hasham, a 50/50 raffle ($1 per ticket or $10 for an arm’s length), and a visit from Santa courtesy of the Concord Fire...

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PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road
Dec03

PHOTOS: Concord Christmas parade marches on down Loudon Road

The 68th annual Concord Christmas Parade, put on by the Concord Grange #322, rolled down Loudon Road in the Heights on Saturday, ringing in the holiday season.Fire trucks from several surrounding communities were included in the parade and spectators packed the sidewalks on both sides of the road, waiting for a glimpse of Santa in his sleigh at the end.The parade last more than an hour in all, starting on Hazen Drive at 9:30 a.m. and...

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Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs
Dec03

Concord Community Music School to host two Christmas-themed Bach’s Lunch programs

This December, discover the “entertainments” that evolved to define Christmastime for the Shakers at Canterbury, and sing along with the Canterbury Singers, in two free Bach’s Lunch programs at Concord Community Music School.On Thursday at 12:10 p.m., Becky Soules, interpretation manager at Canterbury Shaker Village, presents a Bach’s Lunch Lecture entitled “Shaker Christmas Entertainments.” During the 200 years that Shakers lived at...

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Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse
Dec03

Public forum to address homelessness, mental health, substance abuse

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invites members and the public to a luncheon forum next Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St., Concord. A panel of experts will discuss the related issues of homelessness, mental health, substance misuse and public safety. Attendees will learn what strategies are being used to combat this connected crisis, and what actions community members can take to...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec03

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 3, 1847: For $1,000, Edward H. Rollins buys R.C. Osgood’s drugstore on Main Street opposite the State House. Rollins will become a leading Republican, and the back room of the store will be his political headquarters, where policies are crafted and candidates made. Dec. 3, 1934: Orchestra leader Guy Lombardo plays to a sell-out audience at the Concord City Auditorium. The group arrived the night before and checked into the old...

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Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’
Dec03

Book of the Week: ‘Make Time’

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every DayJake Knapp and John Zeratsky2018, 287 pagesNonfiction Make Time is a must-read for anyone who feels overwhelmed with their to-do list. Too often our to-do lists keep growing like a life-sucking mole, yet what we accomplish isn’t what is most important. We spend our time on filler tasks, getting caught up in social media threads and binge watching Netflix, instead of focusing on the...

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A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way
Nov26

A full slate of Christmas concerts, plays and events is coming your way

The holiday season is already upon us, with Thanksgiving this week and Christmas only a month away. As the holidays get closer and closer, the seasonal entertainment schedule really picks up, with plays, concerts and assorted events popping up all over Concord over the next few weeks.We checked out all of the performance venues in the city and rounded up all of the holiday-themed shows and events we could find. The listings are...

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Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday
Nov26

Concord Christmas tree to be lit Friday

The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration will take place on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, by tradition in downtown Concord. The activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the State House plaza. Bruce Locke will return with two horse-drawn wagons on Capitol Street. A new petting zoo from Londonderry will be located on the grass on the State House grounds. Boys and girls will be able to feed and pet the various...

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Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees
Nov26

Check out some of the wildest trees we found at the Feztival of Trees

The Bektash Shrine Center’s 19th annual Feztival of Trees is in full swing until Sunday, Dec. 1. This event is always a spectacle every year, with more than 100 elaborate, creative, funny and enticing artificial Christmas trees and gifts on display for all to see – and try to win.The Fezitval – which derives its name from the iconic fez worn by Bektash Shrine members – has become one of the highlights of the holiday calendar in...

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Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations
Nov26

Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge nets over 100,000 card donations

Mission Accomplished ( and then some)!More than 100,000 holiday cards were signed and sent to Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis so she could bundle them up and mail them to our deployed troops as part of the Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge. Members of all five branches of the military will once again receive messages of appreciation and holiday cheer, hopefully offering a taste of home to those warriors who are protecting our...

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Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center
Nov26

Entertainment: Dark Star Orchestra to rock the Cap Center

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Dark Star Orchestra at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $36 plus fees at ccanh.com. Open mic night for poets and writers at True Brew Barista at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Freddie Partridge Band at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 7:30 p.m. Irish Music After Work at Area 23...

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Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated
Nov26

Bulletin Board: CASL applications open, tons of food donated

Apply for CASL through Dec. 9 The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces that applications for the spring 2020 Capital Area Student Leadership program are now available. The CASL program is open to high school sophomores who reside in and attend school in the Greater Concord area. A long-standing component of the Chamber’s Business & Education Partnership, CASL encourages students to become active, effective participants...

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