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What's Happening Around Town

All events take place in Litchfield and phone numbers are within the 603 area code unless otherwise noted.

 

Ongoing Events

Litchfield Playgroup, Talent Hall, Roy Memorial Park, 85 Albuquerque Avenue
Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00am
"The Litchfield Playgroup's mission is to provide a weekly social event that is fun and rewarding for not only children but for adults as well. The Litchfield playgroup is a not for profit organization devoted to providing every parent and child with a positive and fulfilling social experience. The Litchfield Playgroup was originally designed for children ages newborn to 5 years old, however children of every age is welcome at any time, especially during school vacations and summer break. Age appropriate toys will be available for the older kids."

Preschool Story Time, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424.4044
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:00am and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:00pm
"Kids ages 3 through Kindergarten are invited to join Miss Carrie-Anne for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and other fun! (Story Time is not held when there is no school in Litchfield due to holidays, vacations, snow closings or delays.)"

Unraveled Drop-In Knitting Group, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
(For all ages and skill levels) 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm, “Unraveled, our new drop-in knitting group, got off to a great start on February 23rd. Ten knitters of all ages and skill levels, gathered to work on their project and share their love of knitting. Projects included sweaters, gloves, potholders, and scarves.”

Wee Wonders, Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm or Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
(Preschool Programs) Leader: Kim Murphy / Cost: $9 for members or $12 for non-members (per child/parent pair) / Pre-registration is required.
"Discover ... through hands-on activities, songs, crafts, stories, and outdoor discovery. Please dress to be outside and wear appropriate footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are for ages 4-6."
May 14/15 Our Friends of the Forest
May 21/22 Pond-ering the Pond
May 28/29 Our Friends of the Field
June 4/5 Habitat Quest

Junior Explorers, Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045
Tuesdays, 12:30-2:00pm and Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30am
(Homeschool Programs) Cost: $9 for members or $12 for non-members (per adult/child pair) / Pre-registration is required.
"We'll explore the natural world with live animals, nature walks, and hands-on activities that follow a different natural theme each day. Be prepared to be outside! Classes are for ages 7-12. Pre-registration is required, parents may stay and participate."
May 21/22 Pond-ering the Pond
June 4/5 Habitat Quest


May

Through June 16 -- Dinosaurs Exhibit, SEE Science Center, 200 Bedford St., Manchester
"Citizens Bank presents Dinosaurs! The exhibit will feature half-scale to full scale robots that move and make sounds and hands-on activities for the whole family. The group of robots will be presented in scenes that show how dinosaurs may have interacted based on fossil evidence. See a hungry Albertosaurus spy a heavily armored Euoplocephalus. What might have happened? Discover more about these and other dinosaurs at the exhibit! This traveling exhibit will be located in the same building as the SEE Science Center. The exhibit will be a fund raiser for the SEE Science Center. Exhibit created by Kokoro Dinosaurs."

May 9 -- Page Turners, 2:30pm, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
"Page Turners is a book group for tweens in grades 5-7 that meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. The group discusses their chosen title, completes a quick activity, and begins the next book. Copies of the book are available in the Young Readers' Room. Transportation from LMS to the library is available." The group is reading The Wish List by Eoin Colfer for their May meeting.

May 10 -- Wilson Farm Opens for the season, 9:00am-6:00pm
Note: McQuesten's Farm is already open. Boucher's Greenhouses have decided to close after 52 years of business.

May 10 thru 12 -- Once Upon a Mattress, Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Ct.
"Do you like fairy tales and love to laugh? If so, you should definitely come see Campbell High School's musical production of Once Upon a Mattress! In a kingdom far away, there is a law forbidding anyone in the kingdom from marrying until the prince finds his princess. However, the conniving queen intends to prevent that from happening. When a rambunctious young princess shows up and wins the prince's favor, the queen is quite displeased... Show up for a night of hilarious entertainment and fantastic music performed by more than fifty of Campbell's most talented students on Friday, May 10 at 7 PM; Saturday, May 11 at 7 PM; or Sunday, May 12 at 2 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Children 6 and under are FREE. For our Sunday matinee on Mother's Day, all show tickets for mothers are also complimentary."
--by Amanda Pedersen, CHS Class of 2015

May 10 -- The Nature Cafe -- Ticks in NH, 7:00-9:00pm, Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045
Alan Eaton, Entomologist with UNH Cooperative Extension
"NH is the state with the 3rd highest rate of Lyme disease in the nation. Additionally, the number of people with Babesiosis or Anaplasmosis is rising rapidly. All are tick-transmitted, and there are simple things you can do to greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Dr Alan Eaton will describe tick species in NH, their biology, the diseases they spread, and how to protect yourself. He'll bring live specimens too."
Cost: $5 per person, FREE for Massabesic volunteers; pre-registration is required. Light refreshments are provided at this monthly series.

May 11 – Free Community Breakfast, 8:00-11:00am, Litchfield Community Church, 259 Charles Bancroft Hwy.
This event is FREE, but they do accept donations to support the church and their efforts.

May 12 – 31st Annual Litchfield Children's Fishing Derby, 8:00am, Chase Brook Pond on Marc Lane, off Talent Road
This event is open to Litchfield children through age 15. Children age 7 and under start at 8 a.m., children age 8 and over start at 8:15 a.m. Come early to register! Refreshments will be available from the Girl Scouts, and worms will be available for sale. Prizes for best NEW fishing hat and biggest trout! The prizes will be awarded between 10:30-11:00am. NH fishing rules apply (5 fish limit). This event is sponsored by the Litchfield Conservation Commission. Litchfield residents only please.

May 11 -- Plant Sale, Litchfield Garden Club, 9:00am-12:00pm, Griffin Memorial School, 229 Charles Bancroft Hwy.

May 11 – Bird Banding Demonstration, 10:00am-12:00pm, Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045
Leader: Jay Barry, Volunteer Educator and licensed bird bander for 40 years
(Family Program) "Join Jay as he shows us the fascinating banding process from capture to release. Using mist nets to catch birds, we will ID, band, and record our findings for the national database. Learn how to identify species, sex, and age with a variety of live subjects! We will also discuss the MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) program that will be happening at Massabesic in summer. Analyses of the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations."
Cost: FREE

May 11 – Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic, 10:00am, participating Lowe's locations
(Register at the customer service desk since space is limited.) The project this time is a sweetheart frame.
"Mother's Day is right around the corner! This Sweetheart Frame makes the perfect gift!" Cost: FREE

May 12 -- Mother's Day

May 12 -- Mother's Day Special at Mel's Funway Park, 454 Charles Bancroft Hwy.
Moms play for free on Mother's Day.

May 14 thru 18 -- Kid's Make 'n Take Craft, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
"Bring the kids by the library to create a tree brimming with Spring blossoms! Available all week, except during Story Time."

May 15 -- Book Bunch, 4:00pm, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
"Book Bunch is a book group for kids in grades 3-5 that meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m. The group discusses the book, completes a quick activity, and begins the next book. Copies of the book are available in the Young Readers' Room. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes is the book of choice for this gathering of Book Bunch. New members are always welcome!"

May 17 – Fantastic Frogs Night Walk, 7:30-9:00pm, Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, 668-2045
Leader: Angie Krysiak, Program Naturalist
(Family Program) "Come discover who's out at night with a walk to our wet places. We'll learn to identify our native frog species by sight and sound, look at our center's live examples, then go outside to see who's calling! Bring a flashlight!" Cost: $6 Members / $9 Nonmembers for individuals; $8 Members / $12 Nonmembers for families.

May 18 -- Blood Drive, 9:00am-2:00pm, Griffin Memorial School, 229 Charles Bancroft Hwy.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

May 18 -- Electronics Recycling Fundraiser to support Boy Scout Troop 11,10:00am-2:00pm, Litchfield Technology Park parking lot, 480 Charles Bancroft Hwy.
Have you started spring cleaning? Do you have old electronics that are collecting dust? Here's your chance to get them out of the way without leaving town and help your local Boy Scout troop at the same time! It can't get any easier! Just drive up in your car, and we will have people available to help you unload. There is a reasonable fee to SAFELY recycle the items. It's really that simple! Please note that white goods (e.g., refrigerators, dishwashers, etc.) and fluorescent lights are not accepted at this event. For more details, please visit our webpage at http://troop11nh.info. Thank you for your support!


May 20 -- Autism Awareness 101, 6:30-8:30pm, Campbell High School Auditorium, 1 Highlander Ct.
This presentation will focus on what ASD actually is -- the various areas of development that are affected and what that really means -- how you may see autism in your child as a youngster -- and how the same areas of impairment "evolve" as a person gets older. Helpful tips and ideas about how to handle things to get the best results will be discussed.
Who? This training is primarily for all of our adult Boy Scout volunteers and youth leaders, but others are welcome.
What? Autism Awareness 101: What IS Autism and How Do I Deal With It?
Presented by Elizabeth Webster, Autism Family Support Specialist, Autism Safety Training Expert, Safety Workgroup Chair for NH Governor's Council on ASD, Consultant for the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit, Family Services/Missing Persons, Easter Seals NH
Note: No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium. Nothing is required, but a notebook is optional.
If you plan to attend, respond by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to 603.429.9821.

May 21 -- In Stitches, 11:00am-1:00pm, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
"Bring your needlework project (knit, crochet, cross-stitch, needlepoint, etc.) and join the group to gab and stitch!"

May 25 -- Full Moon (Flower Moon)

May 27 -- Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, 10:00am

May 29 -- Solutions for Easier Aging, 10:30am, Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Hwy., 424-4044
"Would you like to learn how use everyday materials to create solutions to aid with:
>> back issues,
>> gripping difficulty,
>> memory improvement,
>> getting up, into and out of,
>> one handedness,
>> slips and fall reduction,
>> reaching,
>> low vision or hearing loss?
Anne Long, of the UNH Speaker's Bureau will present "101 Solutions for Easier Living, Learning and Working as We Age" on Wednesday, May 29th at 10:30 a.m. in the North Room of the library. This program is "guaranteed to be very entertaining, interactive and informative," so mark your calendars, call your friends, and we'll see you then!"

May 31 -- Aaron Cutler Memorial Library is closed today

Upcoming Dates:

Summer -- Summer Camp, Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn, NH

October 19 – Enchanted Fall Festival, Massabesic Audubon Center, Auburn, NH
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