FYI: I’ve moved all the information about town and school meetings to the bottom since it ran last week as well. I’ll move it back up as dates come up. But don’t forget now is the time to register to run for town and school offices. Remember: Volunteers are very important to the operation of our community!
Ice skating on the town pond
Free ice skating is available on the pond at the recreation park on Shedd Road every day.
In addition, there will be Family Fun Sundays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Enjoy music while you skate, free hot chocolate and a marshmallow roasting station, and hot dogs while they last! There are also some skates available if you don’t have a pair. Come have some fun!
Help plan with Our Town
An activities meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Jerry Whitney Room at Grantham Town Hall. Come share your ideas and help create events in our community, including Old Home Day and any future events people would like to see.
Destination: Costa Rica
The Vegetarian Dining Club returns to Bistro Nouveau for 2011 with a culinary trip to Costa Rica beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. (Reservation deadline is Jan. 24.) This year, non-vegetarians will be able to substitute chicken for the tofu in the main course for an additional $3.
The three-course meal starts with ensalada de palmito (hearts of palm, avocados, tomatoes, hard-boiled egg, baby greens, and an olive oil and citrus dressing). Next it’s tofu casado with grilled tofu, gallo pinto (beans and rice), platanos maduros (plantains), coleslaw, yuca frita (fried yucca) with salsa lizano, a special Costa Rican sauce (chicken may be substituted for tofu for an additional $3). For dessert: a traditional arroz con leche (rice pudding). Cost is $25, including tax and 18% gratuity. Beverages are additional.
For questions about the menu and to RSVP, contact Bistro Nouveau at 863-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention any dietary restrictions and if you want a vegan option or chicken substitution when making your reservation.
Music at Bistro Nouveau
Upper Valley favorite Pete Merrigan returns to Bistro Nouveau at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Make reservations at 863-8000.
Also, mark your calendars for the return of 4 of Clubs, 8-11 p.m. Feb. 19. This classic rock band from Grantham plays an eclectic mix of rock from 60s through 80s, with an occasional current hit thrown in for good measure. Free and open to the public.
Fawson at JOSA
JOSA continues its 19th season with worldwide jazz trumpeter and vocalist Christine Fawson on Jan. 30. The show is 4-7 p.m.; doors open at 3. Tickets are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or email@example.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door with check or cash. As always, sit-in musicians are welcome and enjoy reduced ticket prices.
In addition to a wonderful afternoon of music, the JOSA experience includes the culinary delights of Bistro Nouveau prepared by Owner/Chef Doug Langevin and his fabulous staff. For JOSA, they offer an a la carte menu and a full range of beverages from the moment you arrive through the end of the show.
For those who like to plan ahead renowned international vocalist Giacomo Gates will perform Feb. 13. For more information, visit www.josajazz.com.
Sixth annual Small Business Day
Small Business Day is an opportunity for small business owners and managers to meet New Hampshire’s top policymakers learn more about legislative issues that could affect the bottom line, and receive valuable information about tools to help your company grow and prosper. This year’s event, sponsored in part by the Grantham Area Chamber of Commerce, is being held Feb. 1 at the Holiday Inn in Concord. Cost is $15 per person and registration is required. To register, call 224-5388 x116 or visit www.nhbia.org and click on February 1 on the events calendar.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30, followed by a State Leadership Panel at 8:10 with Senate President Peter Bragdon, Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen, House Speaker Bill O’Brien and House Minority Leader Terie Norelli talking about the top small business issues facing the 2011 New Hampshire Legislature and how our state elected leaders will resolve them. At 9:30, a panel will address Healthcare – Why is it so expensive and what can my small business do about it. The day will conclude with an hour-long Q&A beginning at 10:30.
The event is presented in part by the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center and sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, and NH Business Review.
Conservation commission needs volunteers
Would you like to help protect our town’s natural resources? Do you like to be out in nature? If you answered yes, the Conservation Commission needs you to help conduct a wetlands inventory this spring and summer. The only prequalification is a desire to have fun and a willingness to get dirty. The town has partnered with Dr. Rick Van de Poll, a certified wetland scientist from Ecosystem Management Consultants, to guide the work.
Volunteers will receive two days of training, which includes a meeting at Town Hall and a day in the field. You will also be asked to work in the field one to two additional days on your own to time to evaluate wetlands. Those interested should contact Merle Schotanus (firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-2293) or Lindsey Dixon (email@example.com or 667-5393) and/or attend the Wetlands Forum at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Grantham Town Hall, lower level.
David’s House benefit begins Feb. 4
Feed the Birds for David’s House is a fundraiser featuring 25 uniquely, hand-decorated birdhouses that will be auctioned between Feb. 4 and Feb. 19 in a silent auction format.
You may also see all the birdhouses and place bids at the South Cove Activity Center, on the David's House website (www.davids-house.org, click on Eastman Events), and at the Winter Fest and Chili Cook-off at The Center on Feb. 19, when winning bids will be announced. Call Recreation at 863-6772 for information and to sign up.
Community potluck Feb. 5
Everyone is welcome to the monthly community pot luck, which begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 5 in the downstairs of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Bring a dish to share.
Museum tickets discounted
Be sure to take advantage of the new discount coupons for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. The MFA has recently expanded, and the Art of the Americas Wing is now open with 53 new galleries! Unlike DFL’s other museum passes, this is a discount coupon that does not need to be returned. Pick one up next time you visit the library and use it during your next visit to Boston. The coupons are good through April 30 and each entitles two visitors to $7 MFA admission (normally $20/adult!). Stop by the library for more information or call 863-2172.
Out of town fun in Newport
Newport: Progressive Campfire dinner on the town common, 5-6:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 9. Adults $10 and students $5, limited to the first 200 people. You must purchase tickets in advance at the Newport Recreation Department. This is opening night of the 95th Annual Newport Winter Carnival. Each of the eight campfire stops will highlight a tasty course of this wacky dinner by Newport restaurants.
Aerosmith tribute concert to benefit Newport Recreation and Newport Cal Ripken baseball league featuring "Draw the Line," with "Road House" as the opening act, 8-11 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Newport Opera House. Tickets are $15 and available at the Recreation Department.
• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.
• The town has a food collection box in the town hall foyer. Food donations are brought alternately to The Listen Center and the Newport Food Pantry.
• Men’s pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.
IMPORTANT ANNUAL MEETING DATES
Below is information sent to me by town and school officials for filing for offices, deadlines for petition warrant articles, budget hearings, and the actual annual meetings.
Through Jan. 28:Filing period for Grantham School District offices. The SAU 75 office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for individuals interested in picking up candidacy applications. The School District Clerk will be available 3-5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the SAU 75 office in the lower level of the Grantham Town Hall. The following positions will be open:
School District Moderator – 1-year position
School District Clerk – 1-year position
School District Treasurer – 1-year position
School Board – 3-year position – 2-positions available
School Board – 1-year position – 1-position available
Through Jan. 28: Filing period for Town Offices. Applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. Please note: the office closes from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. On the last day of filing (Jan. 28), the Town Clerk’s Office will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The following positions will be open:
Selectman – 3-year term
Treasurer – 3-year term
Planning Board – 3-year term
Library Trustee – 3-year term
Cemetery Trustee – 3-year term
Trustee of Trust Funds – 3-year term – 1 position
Trustee of Trust Funds – 2-year term – 1 position
Jan. 31: Deadline for petition articles to be included on the Grantham School District Warrant, 5 p.m. to the SAU # 75 Office, lower level of Grantham Town Hall.
Feb. 1: Deadline for petition warrant articles to be included on the Grantham Town Warrant, 5 p.m. to the Selectmen’s Office at town hall.
Feb. 2: The Grantham Board of Selectmen will hold a budget hearing to discuss the proposed 2011/2012 budget and warrant articles at 6 p.m. in the lower level at Grantham Town Hall. (A second public hearing, if needed: 6 p.m. Feb. 9, same location.)
March 1: Grantham School District Annual Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the Grantham Village School gym
March 8: Election of Town and School Officers, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.
March 8: Town Meeting, 5 p.m. in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall.
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