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Lorie McClory

December 8, 2011

Cross lightings

The cross in the Grantham United Methodist Church was lit Dec. 4 in memory of Joshua Dunbar and Dec. 9 in memory of John Holmes, and will be lit Dec. 17 in memory of Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Dunbar by Joey Holmes.

 

Acoustical musicians at Bistro Nouveau

Dan Walker is new to the line-up of Bistro Nouveau’s Friday night musicians. Don’t miss his inaugural performance beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in the Tavern. No cover charge, and reservations are strongly suggested, 863-8000.

 

Last call for 12 days raffle tickets

The drawings for the Grantham Recreation Park Holiday Raffle to raise funds for a pavilion are on-going. Tickets are on sale through Dec. 14 at the Town Clerk’s Office during regular business hours; at the GVS gym from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and at the Holiday Craft Fair at the Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Winning tickets will be drawn each weekday through Dec. 15, ending with the grand prize drawing for a 32-inch flat screen TV. For more information, please contact Marsha Googins at 863-6124 or Missy Walla at 863-4974.

 

Grantham holiday craft fair

Many local craftspeople will be selling their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Grantham Town Hall. Items include baskets, ornaments, handmade journals, birch bark boxes, doll houses, woven scarves, fiber bags and wall hangings, knits, photography, miniature paintings, cookies and candies, fleece hats, honey and beeswax candles, pottery, doll houses and jewelry. Also, the sixth grade will be selling lunch at the craft fair again to help defray the costs of their trip to Nature's classroom in May. You can also buy raffle tickets to benefit the Recreation Department and Historical Society.

 

Eastmanaires give final performance

The Eastmanaires singing group has been performing for 25 years, and the group’s last concert, "A Jolliest Christmas Concert," will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at The Center at Eastman. Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit area non-profits.

 

Community luncheon

This month’s Community Luncheon is noon Tuesday, Dec. 13 in the lower level of the Grantham United Methodist Church. Everyone is welcome.

 

Koop speaks Dec. 14

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop will reminisce about his years as Surgeon General and answer questions from the audience when he visits The Center at Eastman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Gates offers vocals at JOSA

Vocalist Giacomo Gates performs next weekend during Jazz On a Sunday Afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18 at The Center at Eastman.

Tickets are available for $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students. Reservations at 763-8732; day of show after 2 p.m. call 863-8000. Sit in musicians welcome and enjoy reduced ticket price. For more information, visit www.josajazz.com. (Next JOSA is Jan. 15 with alto saxophonist Greg Abate.)

A la carte menu and full bar service available from Bistro Nouveau during the show.

 

Hanukkah sing

Handel's Judas Maccabaeus Sing-Along with Congregation Shir Shalom in Woodstock, Vt. will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. For more information, visit www.hanukkahhandel.com. Donations appreciated at the door.

Book Fair Dec. 19-21 at GVS 

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to the Grantham Village School Monday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the Multi-Purpose Room. Please join us for some last-minute holiday shopping. It is a great way for families to connect by reading together and sharing a love for books. For more details, visit bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/granthamvillageschool.

Benefit for David’s House

The Annual Giving Trees for David’s House Auction and Radiothon will take place on Dec. 15 & 16. Visit www.davids-house.org to view the great auction items and register to bid, or stop by and join David’s House and KIXX 100.5 as they broadcast live from Gateway Motors on Sykes Avenue in White River Junction, Vt. from 6 a.m. Dec. 15 to 7 p.m. Dec. 16. There also will be a door prize, Spin-and-Win Wheel and a cash booth, and Santa and his elves arrive by horse drawn sleigh at 5 p.m. both days.

Free program on dementia and the holidays

The holidays can be overwhelming to anyone, but particularly to those with dementia. A free program, Easing Symptoms of Dementia in the Holiday Rush, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Aging Resource Center, 46 Centerra Parkway, Lebanon. The facilitator will be Kesstan Blandin, PhD, program coordinator, NH Alzheimer's Association.

Due to space limitations, registration is required. To register, please call the Aging Resource Center at (603) 653-3460, or email AgingCenter@hitchcock.org.

The barrage of events, seeing people one hasn’t seen for a while and holiday stress in general can amplify the symptoms of dementia. In this program, we’ll discuss how to understand symptoms and therefore make preventative and successful responses to them. You’ll learn how to create the ideal environment, assign tasks and aid with memory and cognitive deficits so your loved one can be relaxed and enjoy the holiday bustle as much as possible.

 

Holiday closings

* The Grantham Town Offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

* The Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 1.

* Dunbar Free Library will close at noon Saturday, Dec. 24 and will be closed Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2.

 

A few reasons to look forward to winter: 

Let’s face it… winter can be really dismal sometimes, but Bistro Nouveau has events planned that may help the doldrums.

Family Week: Dec. 27-30, open 12-9 p.m. each day with pizzas, specialty burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches. Come enjoy a game by the fire and family time without the cooking!

Vegetarian Dinners: 6 p.m. Jan. 7, Feb. 4 and March 10. $25/person for an all-inclusive three-course dinner (includes tax and gratuity). Beverages additional.

Comedy Night: 8 p.m. Jan. 14. Irish comedians Mike Donovan and Will Noonan will keep you laughing all night. Tickets are $12 in advance; $14 at the door. Appetizer and drink specials offered.
Trivia nights:
6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and March 24. Kathy Pomer is back for another season of fun. Teams of six or fewer are welcome to compete for great prizes and bragging rights.

Swine & Wine: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2. Enjoy a four-course wine dinner featuring pork in every course. $55/person includes tax and gratuity.

To reserve space at any of these events, contact Bistro Nouveau at 863-8000.

 

Lovejoy helps us ring in the new year

Pianist John Lovejoy, one of Grantham’s finest musicians, will play in the tavern at Bistro Nouveau from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 31 to help ring in the new year. There is no cover charge. There will be free favors and champagne toast at midnight.

Bistro will be serving its regular menu as well as a special a la carte menu, including lobster ravioli and lamb osso bucco.

Celebrate New Year 2012 close to home. Reservations at 863-8000.

 

Snowdusters meet Jan. 3

The Blue Mountain Snowdusters will hold their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in the Lower Level of The Grantham Town Building. Please visit www.snowdusters.org or call Jodie 863-1551 with any questions.

New library hours begin Jan. 4.

Beginning in January, Dunbar Free Library will change its hours on Mondays and Wednesdays. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., giving us an extra hour each week to enjoy one of our town’s most wonderful resources.

This change keeps the library open from 5-6:30, which means you can stop on your way home from work, but closes it at 7:30 rather than 8:30.

For more information about the library, visit www.dunbarlibrary.org.

Mini golf hole designers wanted!

Last year the Grantham Parent Teacher Group (GPTG) held an extremely successful Indoor Mini Golf weekend, and they’re doing it again! This year the event will be held Jan. 14-15. A few volunteers are needed to build mini golf holes to make an 18-hole course. A few of the builders from last year are returning this year as they really enjoyed the planning and building process. If you elect to participate, you may build it with another family or keep your design "top secret." Set up is Jan. 13 and holes must be picked up late afternoon Jan. 15. Please contact Pattie Beek at 863-8001 or KurtandPattie@comcast.net to claim one of the holes. Pictures of last year’s holes are available so you can get an idea of what others created.

Reminders

• Grantham United Methodist Church worship service at 9 a.m. each Sunday, with Pastor Patricia Williams. Everyone is welcome to attend.

• 2012 transfer station tags: Bring your old hang tag(s) to the Selectmen’s Office for a 2012 sticker. If you have more than one tag, updating the others will cost $10 each. In January, all hang tags must show the current year in order to access the Transfer Station.

• The Grantham Historical Society is selling 2012 calendars for $5 each at the GHS building, 34 Dunbar Hill Road on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. and at Rum Brook Market.

• 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 www.granthamfoodpantry.org 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 Eastman’s South Cove Activity Center. Cash donations go to the Grantham Community Crisis Fund.

• Storytime at Dunbar Free Library begins again Jan. 11 and 12. The programs are held each week at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for children 3 and younger, and 10 a.m. Thursdays for children 4 and older. An adult escort is required.

• Men and women interested in playing basketball can come to Grantham Village School every Sunday (except holidays) for free fun and exercise. Women’s pick-up ball is from 5 to 7 p.m.; men’s, 7 to 9 p.m. The men have a strong group kicking off the season; women interested should contact Susan Martin at 863-9094 to let her know you are attending.

• Zumba Fitness with instructor Angie Shonts is 7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grantham Village School. Wear comfortable clothes and bring clean workout shoes and water. The first two classes are free. For more information, contact Shonts at 704-214-2271 or shonts@comcast.net.

 

 

Visit www.granthamnh.net for official minutes, meeting dates, lists of elected officials and more. 

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 Don’t forget to send your news or events at least two weeks in advance to grantham-news@comcast.net. Let your neighbors know what’s going on.

And if that’s not enough, there’s always granthamvoice.com.

 

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