All about Mental Health Awareness Month, with a word from Riverbend 
Apr30

All about Mental Health Awareness Month, with a word from Riverbend 

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans live with mental illness? Mental illness is directly connected to so many of the important conversations we are having in our society: substance abuse, workplace productivity, education, elder care, childhood development, veteran issues, and more. For years, mental illness and treatment were kept in the shadows but that’s not the case today. The conversation has shifted. Today we value emphasis on...

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The City of Concord is tackling mental health awareness in the workplace
Apr30

The City of Concord is tackling mental health awareness in the workplace

City of Concord employees are taking part in a series of quarterly presentations and workshops focusing on mental health in work environments. “Mental health awareness is important for any employer, no matter the size of the company,” said Sarah Gagnon, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Riverbend Community Mental Health. Gagnon is leading the course titled “Mental Health 101.” “We’re doing some anti-stigma activities and...

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Expression through the arts is a major theme of Mental Health Awareness Month
Apr30

Expression through the arts is a major theme of Mental Health Awareness Month

Healing and expression through the arts will be a common theme throughout Mental Health Awareness Month. From May 1 through 31, a unique display of works will be on exhibition at the Kimball Jenkins Estate on North Main Street. Artists living with a serious mental illness and those who support them were selected to share their pieces about what you should know about mental health and substance use disorders. Each Tuesday in May, the...

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The Me2/ Orchestra is bringing its message to Concord
Apr30

The Me2/ Orchestra is bringing its message to Concord

The world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them is coming to Concord on May 19. Me2/ (me, too) rehearses weekly and performs before crowds at traditional concert venues, museums, recovery facilities, and correctional centers. According to their website, Me2/ serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an...

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Riverbend Reads series to present dinner and book discussion with Laurie Frankel
Apr30

Riverbend Reads series to present dinner and book discussion with Laurie Frankel

A New York Times bestselling, award-winning author will be hosting a Dinner and Book Discussion at Hotel Concord on May 30 as part of the Riverbend Reads series. Laurie Frankel is a former college professor who is now a professional writer and was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in her home city of Seattle. Frankel will be discussing her book This Is How It Always Is, a novel of a modern family dealing with the...

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Documentary on post-war life ‘The Welcome’ to be screened at Havenwood Heritage Heights
Apr30

Documentary on post-war life ‘The Welcome’ to be screened at Havenwood Heritage Heights

A documentary that exposes an intimate view of the post-war life reality for veterans and their families will be shown on May 27 in conjunction with a discussion from a retired Brigadier General who is on a mission to bring mental health into the spotlight. The screening and conversation will take place at Tad’s Place at Havenwood Heritage Heights, located at 149 East Side Drive, Concord. The Welcome brings the audience into a healing...

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Production of ‘This Is My Brave’ to be performed at Concord High School
Apr30

Production of ‘This Is My Brave’ to be performed at Concord High School

A local production of the national effort This Is My Brave will take place at Concord High School on May 23. The show features area storytellers who will courageously share their experience with mental illness. “It’s real, raw, unique, inspiring, brave, and yes, some stories have an element of humor,” Lead Producer Ellen Desmond said. Desmond is the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator at the N.H. Department of Education. Her...

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Meet Kevin Briggs, Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge
Apr30

Meet Kevin Briggs, Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge

A nationally recognized promoter of mental health awareness will share his unique story at the Concord City Auditorium on May 9. Sergeant Kevin Briggs knows firsthand that The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic landmark, an engineering feat, and tragically, a destination for those contemplating suicide. His efforts on patrol saved hundreds of lives and now, his powerful speaking events are impacting people across the country. Briggs is a...

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Riverbend Community Mental Health offers a wide range of services to the community
Apr30

Riverbend Community Mental Health offers a wide range of services to the community

Addiction treatment, recovery services Our Choices program offers comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment and recovery services for adults and adolescents. We embrace a harm reduction model of care aimed at reducing the negative consequences associated with drug use. We provide treatment regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay, and walk-ins are welcome. Start treatment today by calling 1-844-5-CHOOSE (844-524-6673)...

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Entertainment: Some comedy, some drama, some mystery
Apr30

Entertainment: Some comedy, some drama, some mystery

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at 6:30 p.m. at Hermanos. Wednesday Tim Wildman at 6:30 p.m. at Hermanos. Thursday Dwayne Haggins at 5 p.m. at Cheers. Friday Lee Ross, a Boston-based musician will entertain on saxophone, keyboard, and flute at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. The McCartney Years: The Experience, a live musical tribute to The Beatles and Wings, will be at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Tickets are $35. Classic Invasion Band at...

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Bulletin Board: Spring fair, energy plan input and arts awards
Apr30

Bulletin Board: Spring fair, energy plan input and arts awards

Spring Fling Fair this Saturday Join the fun at the Spring Fling Fair being held at East Congregational Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The fair will feature a silent auction, penny sale, crafts, plants, baked goods, gently used clothing, books, “Grandma’s Attic” and more! Tickets for an expertly made twin size quilt will be available. Be sure to stop by the East Church cafe for a light breakfast or luncheon. The “Cinco de...

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Making Good Health Simple: Sleep – a commodity you can’t buy or trade
Apr30

Making Good Health Simple: Sleep – a commodity you can’t buy or trade

When I ask people how they are, they often reply, “Good, but tired.” When I try to wake my teenagers up for school, they beg me, “Mom, please. I need more sleep.” When I attempt to watch a 9 p.m. movie, I barely make it past the opening credits. It seems like everyone is in a constant sleep deficit. Sleep is a commodity that cannot be purchased or traded. It’s essential to our survival and wellbeing, yet it is the most overlooked part...

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The Yogi: Playgrounds, back-bends and what it all has to do with yoga
Apr30

The Yogi: Playgrounds, back-bends and what it all has to do with yoga

Our family spends a lot of time in playgrounds. When we travel or play our music shows, The Morris Family Band always leaves a little time to find a nearby playground. Concord is loaded with great playgrounds. You may even have one in your own backyard. The Monkey Around Playground at White Park celebrates its 25th birthday this year – 25 years of reaching, hanging, climbing, running and jumping. On any given day, you’ll notice the...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Dog license reminder, road work and hiking
Apr30

City Manager’s Newsletter: Dog license reminder, road work and hiking

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights: Last chance to register dog You should have registered your dog with the city clerk by today, April 30. You can do so online, by mail or in person. Cost is $10 for non-spayed/non-neutered dogs, $7.50 for spayed/neutered dogs, $7.50 for pupped under 8 months old, $20 for five or more dogs of...

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Meet Concord Reads author Benjamin Rachlin
Apr30

Meet Concord Reads author Benjamin Rachlin

Concord Reads, a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book, will cap off its 2019 campaign with an event at Red River Theatres on Thursday. Benjamin Rachlin, author of Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption, will discuss his writing process and answer questions from NHPR’s Peter Biello and the audience. The evening will conclude with a book signing in the Red...

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Bow High School to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Apr30

Bow High School to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Bow High School students freshly returned from spring vacation will head off to Italy this weekend, at least in their imaginations. Students will present Romeo and Juliet on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Choral and Theatre Director Sarah Evans said the play was chosen because of the depth of the characters and that students are already familiar with this William Shakespeare play, having studied it freshman year....

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Gibson’s Bookstore to host event with judge Charles Schudson
Apr30

Gibson’s Bookstore to host event with judge Charles Schudson

Gibson’s Bookstore will host the Honorable Charles Benjamin Schudson on May 8 at 6 p.m. Schudson is a Wisconsin Reserve Judge Emeritus, an adjunct/visiting professor of law, and the author of Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions. Nominated for the 2018 National Book Award, the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, and the 2019 ABA Silver Gavel Award, this book provides a penetrating view into the minds of judges. With...

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Book of the Week: ‘Meet Me at the Museum’
Apr30

Book of the Week: ‘Meet Me at the Museum’

Meet Me at the Museum Anne Youngson 2018, 272 pages Fiction In 1964 a young girl named Tina was fascinated by the Tollund Man, a mummified body from the Iron Age found in Denmark. His body had been preserved in a bog. She and her schoolgirl friends wrote to Professor Glob about it, and he dedicated his book, The Bog People, to these young girls. Now, more than 50 years later, Tina writes to the professor again. She has always wanted...

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This Week in Concord History
Apr30

This Week in Concord History

April 30, 1697: In Penacook along the Merrimack River, Hannah Dustin and two other captives turn on the Indians who kidnapped them and killed Dustin’s newborn child in March. They catch all the Indians asleep, kill 10 of them and return home to Haverhill, Mass. For the 10 scalps they bring with them, they collect a bounty of 50 pounds. April 30, 1963: New Hampshire establishes the nation’s first modern state-run lottery. April 30,...

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