Lifestyle Briefs: Upper Room sets date for TURRFF Road Race

February 04. 2018 2:42AM
Brenda Guggisberg is executive director of the Upper Room in Derry. (Union Leader file photo)

Upper Room sets date for TURRFF Road Race

DERRY - The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, has scheduled its third annual TURRFF: The Upper Room Race for Families for Sunday, April 8.

Registration is open now for the certified 5K and 10K race course that starts at Pinkerton Academy.

Nearly 200 people joined the run through the neighborhoods of Derry last year, and organizers are expecting double that number this year. With the race set a week before the Boston Marathon, serious runners can use TURRFF as an acclimating race.

Brenda Guggisberg, executive director of The Upper Room, says this community event promotes health and exercise, and thus bolsters The Upper Room's mission of promoting strong families.

The race also will offer food and music along with prizes for top runners.

To learn more, go to or For more about the nonprofit family resource center, call 437-8477 or go to the website.

NH Theatre Project opens summer camp registration

PORTSMOUTH - New Hampshire Theatre Project (NHTP) is accepting registrations for its 2018 summer theater camps for youth ages 7 to 17.

The camps offer a window into the craft of acting and the process of creating theater together. The campers explore themes such as real life heroes and the art of play to write, compose and perform their original musicals and productions.

"NHTP helped me grow from a painfully shy middle-schooler to a confident college freshman. Not only did I learned about theater and performance, but I learned how to be a good person and to pursue my dreams. NHTP has changed my life," said Joshua Goldberg, a former camper.

For nearly 30 years, NHTP says, it has been providing educational programs that teach confidence and self-discipline, teamwork and tolerance, leadership and communication skills, responsibility and resilience. All camps are led by professional actors and veteran educators.

The camp schedule:

. Real Life Heroes: Teen Theatre Camp, July 9-14, for ages 12-17. Campers will develop an original ensemble performance about real life heroes. Limited to 20 campers. Fee: $400 before June 1; then $450.

. The Play's the Thing! Youth Theatre Camp, July 16-21, for ages 7-11. Fee: $400 if before June 1, then $450.

. Strafford Summer Arts' World Tales Camp, at Strafford School in Strafford, July 16-20, for ages 8-14. Fee: $350; $275 for Strafford residents.

. Build Your Own Musical, July 30-Aug. 3, for ages 8-12. A collaboration with Portsmouth Music & Arts Center. Fee: $400 if before June 1, then $450.

To register, go to or call 431-6644. A deposit is required at time of registration. Some scholarships may be available for students with demonstrated need.

New Hampshire Theatre Project works in partnership with theater-makers, schools, corporations, nonprofits and community members through three areas of programming: main stage and youth repertory company productions; on-site camps, classes and professional development workshops; and artist-in-residence programs for schools, businesses and community organizations.

The nonprofit organization is housed at the West End Studio Theatre, 959 Islington St.

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