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Lorie McClory

March 24, 2011

Thanks for the animals

The Grantham United Methodist Church sends a huge thank you to the members of Grantham and the surrounding communities who donated animals to the annual stuffed animal drive for Turning Points Network. We collected 396 animals that will help so much to comfort children going through crisis. Our community is very caring and motivated and this is another example. A huge, heartfelt thank you to all!!


Shamrock Shuffle challenge ends March 31

The Walking Club is open 7:30-8:10 a.m. through June 7 each day school is in session inside the Grantham Village School gym. Walk 17 miles in the month of March and be one of the winners of our Shamrock Shuffle challenge. Note: 28 laps equals one mile. Please bring clean sneakers to walk in. Hope to see you there!


Final trivia night of the season

The final Bistro Brain Busters Trivia Night until fall begins at 7 p.m. March 26 at Bistro Nouveau. Come with a team of two to six players and compete for "great" prizes during a fun evening of friendly competition MCíd by Kathy Pomer with her crack team of mathematicians and triviologists. The event is free; there will be a cash bar and pub menu available. Call 863-8000 to reserve a table for your team. Walk-ins are accommodated on a space-available basis.


Sax and vocals featured at JOSA

Jazz vocalist Rebecca Parris will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. March 27 during JOSA at The Center at Eastman. Doors open at 3, and tickets are $18/adults and $16/seniors/students. Make reservations via credit card by contacting Wightsteeple Productions at 763-8732 or 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 more information, visit


WAIT Training

Laura Carroll of TLC Educational Services will give a presentation on WAIT Training (Why Am I Tempted?) beginning at 6:30 pm. March 29 in the lower level of Grantham Town Hall. Adults are invited to come inform themselves on ways to empower children to build healthy relationships. This is a program Carroll would like to take into classrooms.


Sad face, happy face

Sad face: Upper Valley acoustical musician Jason Cann has canceled all performances until further notice because of back problems. He had been scheduled to perform at Bistro on April 1.

Happy face: Bistro is unveiling a new menu April 1. Iíve seen it and canít wait to get in there and try some of the new items, including seven different kinds of wings and a whole passel of burgers. Donít worry, Salad Lovers and Vegetarians, Dougís got great plans for you, too!

Also, donít miss the other musicians coming in April: Pete Merrigan on April 8 and Sarah Wallis on April 15. Both play from 6 to 9 in the Tavern.


Rabies clinic April 2

The annual rabies clinic will be held 1-2 p.m. April 2 at the Grantham Volunteer Fire Department. Vaccinations for both cats and dogs are $12 each. Dogs can be licensed with the town at the same time. 


Gospel music at community potluck April 2

The Community Potluck will begin at 6 p.m. April 2, with the Middle River Gospel Group singing after dinner. Everyone is welcome, just bring a dish to share.


Dazzled by dahlias

Expert grower Emily Cleaveland of Springfield will present "Dazzling Dahlias: in the Garden and in the Vase" during the Grantham Garden Club meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. April 8 in the Grantham Town Hall, lower level. She will also have bulbs available for sale. The program is open to the public. Donations to benefit the local food bank are welcome.


Library holds expansion open house

Dunbar Free Library will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. April 9 for people to meet the architect involved in the expansion project, view a few design concepts and offer comments. The plan is to have a schematic design in place in July, complete fundraising in 2013 and build in 2014.


Emmy winner makes presentation

Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., will give a video presentation on the making of her PBS program "New Englandís Great River Ė Discovering the Connecticut" beginning at 7:30 p.m., April 13 in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman. Free and open to the public. Stop in and have dinner at Bistro Nouveau before; itís "two-fer" night.


Pianists to perform

"Four Hand French" performed by pianists Philip Liston-Kraft and Dan Weiser will begin at 7:30 p.m., April 16 at The Center at Eastman. The evening will feature works by Debussy, Ravel, Faure, Poulenc and others. Cost is $20 for adults and free for children. Tickets will be available at the door.


Hippity hoppity to the egg hunt

Our Townís annual free Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. (sharp!) April 23 at the Grantham Village School yard, rain or shine. Bring your favorite basket and your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Don't forget to look for the golden eggs for a special prize!


Attention tri-athletes:

The adult field for the annual Splash, Mash & Dash Triathlon is nearly full. If youíre thinking about competing, register now! The event will be held June 18 beginning from Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Proceeds benefit the Upper Valley Humane Society. Complete information and links at


Calling all cyclists, walkers and rowers!!

The Grantham Mountaineers Prouty Team is recruiting cyclists, walkers and rowers for the 30th annual Prouty and Prouty Ultimate on July 8 and 9 in Hanover.

Established in 2008 by the Blue Mountain Snowdusters (BMSD), Granthamís Outdoor Recreation Club since 1975, the Grantham Mountaineers Prouty campaign is the BMSD summer companion to its winter Easter Seals fundraising program. The team will again be co-captained by Merle Schotanus and Mary OíRourke. The team raised over $8,200 last year toward the $2.3 million raised in the Norris Cotton Cancer Centerís premier, annual cancer research and patient support fund-raising program. They are aiming to raise over $10,000 this year to help reach the centerís 2011 goal of $2.5 million.

You can cycle, walk or row the Prouty. It is not a race. If you enjoy any of these activities, mark your calendar and join the fun! To join the Grantham Mountaineers, visit the Prouty website at and follow the instructions, or contact Merle Schotanus at 863-2293 or; or Mary OíRourke at 863-4197 or

Letís Prouty!



ē Grantham Village School kindergarten registration for children who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 30, 2011 has begun. Please call 603-863-1681 before April 8. Screenings will be held on the four Thursdays in May.

ē The Grantham Food Pantry at 65 Roses in Rum Brook Plaza is open for food pick up from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit or call Caitlin at 603-361-2604. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry and baby items can be dropped off at the Dunbar Free Library, Grantham Town Hall and Eastmanís South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund

ē Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

ē Storytime at Dunbar Free Library begins at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for babies and toddlers with an adult and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult.

ē Menís pick up basketball, 7 p.m. Sundays at the GVS gym.



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