Lifestyle Briefs: Effingham library plans costume swap, party

October 08. 2017 3:27AM

Jessica LaPaglia of Hooksett, running as Wonder Woman, participates in the 2010 Witch Way to the 5K road race. (Courtesy file photo)

Effingham library plans costume swap, party

EFFINGHAM - The public is invited to join the Effingham Public Library, 30 Town House Road, as it participates in National Costume Swap Day on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participants are invited to take a costume, leave a costume, or simply clean out the kids' dress-up box. The library says a donation from a generous patron means the swap will start with a good selection of costumes.

Those who visit the library for the costume swap also can get information on upcoming programs and events, including a children's Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 28.

For more information, call the library at 539-1537 or email

Witch Way to the 5K! race set for Oct. 28 in Bedford

BEDFORD - The eighth annual Witch Way to the 5K! is planned Saturday, Oct. 28, at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School, 47A Nashua Road.

A 1K fun run for kids will start at 9:30 a.m.; the race for adults will begin at 10 a.m. The race can be chip-timed.

People may register individually or as a team. One team will be awarded the Top Team Cauldron Cup.

The day also will include a costume parade before the race starts, a bounce house, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, raffles and post-race snacks.

The race will raise money for the school's technology department. A portion of proceeds also will be donated to local charities, including 10 percent to Camp Allen, a Bedford-based organization for adults and children with cognitive and physical challenges.

To register for the race or to donate, go to

Families First has class for parents battling anger

PORTSMOUTH - Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, is offering a class, Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 24 and 31 and Nov. 7.

Parents will learn ways to reduce and handle anger.

Week 1, with Pete Fifield, a licensed clinical mental health counselor, will focus on what happens in our brains when we become angry.

Week 2, with Bob Pavlik, who has a master's degree in education, will help parents learn to identify and understand their personal triggers, how anger works, how kids "push our buttons," and strategies for parents and kids.

Week 3, with nurse practitioner Jill Capobianco, a graduate of the UMass Center for Mindfulness' Practicum in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, will help parents turn angry reactions into helpful responses with stress reduction.

Parents may sign up for one week or all three. The class is free and also includes free child care. Advance registration is required. To sign up, go to or call 422-8208 ext. 2.

Audubon Center offers classes for home-schoolers

AUBURN - Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, offers classes for children who are homeschooled.

The classes, known as Wee Wonders and Junior Explorers, are scheduled from September to May and cover a wide variety of topics. Parents are encouraged to stay and participate in these 1½ hour classes.

Preregistration is required for all classes. For a listing of classes and to register, go to or call 668-2045.

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