NH Club News: MPAL invites community to informational meeting

August 30. 2018 10:49PM
In addition to the duck race, the day also will feature a 5k road race, artisans and vendors, children's activities and a Salmon Falls Apple Pie Contest. Entries from last year's bakers line a table. (COURTESY)

Volunteer Cody Thiboult of Candia helped collect and organize the ducks before last year’s annual Duck Race and Auburn Day, which is the main fundraiser for the Auburn Historical Association. This year’s event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. (COURTESY)

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) is hosting an informational meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, to introduce its new Community Board.

Greater Manchester residents are invited to attend to learn about MPAL and how to support the at-risk youth served by the organization.

Refreshments prepared by the kids in a cooking class will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ariel Kapteyn at akapteyn@manchesterpoliceathleticleague.org.

Old Homestead Garden Club to meet Sept. 12

SWANZEY— The Old Homestead Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the First Congregational Church, 679 Old Homestead Highway.

The gathering will begin with a business meeting at 11 a.m., followed by refreshments at noon and the program at 1 p.m.

Steve Farra of Amherst will present the program, “Plants in the National Parks.” Farra has traveled extensively through 54 of the 59 National Parks, photographing various plants found in each park. He will present a slide show.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which is free.

For more information, call Judy Avery at 352-4980.

Duck race, Auburn Day to benefit historical group

AUBURN — The Auburn Historical Association will host its 26th annual Duck Race and Auburn Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Auburn Village at 22 Hooksett Road, by the Auburn Village School and the Griffin Free Public Library.

The event is the association’s main fundraiser.

Ducks are $5 each or $20 for five and are available for purchase on Facebook, at the library and on the day of the event. More than 3,000 ducks will be released down the Griffin Waterfall. The person with the first-place duck will receive $1,000; second place, $500; third place, $250; and fourth through 10th place, prizes of $100 to $24.

Performances are planned by the Pinkerton Academy marching band, Cracker Jacks the Clown, Heel & Toe Square Dance Club, and the Three Old Guys. A Civil War encampment and demonstrations of woodworking, hand-cranked socks and pottery will be held throughout the day.

Dozens of local artisans and vendors will line Hooksett Road by the village waterfall.

Kids’ activities include animals to see and touch from Wildlife Encounters, Roaming Railroad train rides and games with the library and in the elementary school’s children’s tent.

Admission is free as is most entertainment.

An apple pie contest will award the top three bakers with a pie plate created by Salmon Falls Stoneware of Dover. Once the judges have picked the winners, the remaining pie will be sold for $3 per slice, with proceeds going to the association. Rules and registration information is available at www.auburnhistorical.org.

A 5k Duckling Dash, a run/walk that will take participants on the trails around Little Lake Massabesic, is being organized by the Good Shepherds Foundation. All proceeds from the race will go to No Kid Hungry.

The historical association, the Auburn Fire Association, the Auburn Police Association and the Girl Scouts will be among the groups manning food booths.

Hooksett Road will be closed to traffic from Auburn Village School to the Village Four Corners from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking will be available at Auburn Town Hall, the Village School, the historical association, Auburn Safety Complex and the old ice skating rink. A van will provide transportation between the parking areas and the event.

For more information, including entry forms, a listing of vendors and artisans, visit www.auburnday.com.

Manchester artists group sets September meeting

MANCHESTER — The Manchester Artists Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, in the third-floor Rotunda Room at the New Hampshire Institute of Art’s French Building, 148 Concord St.

The program will feature a Critique Night with Patrick McCay, a Scottish-American painter who is chairman of the Institute of Art’s Visual Arts Department. Members are encouraged to bring one to two paintings for him to critique and review.

A variety of artwork also will be on display, and light refreshments will be available.

Artists also are invited to bring in work for Artist of the Month consideration. Those present vote to select eight artists, whose work is then displayed for a month at one of eight Manchester-area locations.

The association’s meetings, which are free and open to the public, are held in September through June, usually on the first Monday of the month except in September due to Labor Day. Artist demonstrations are the meetings’ main focus, but there also is time for socializing and sharing information.

For more information, go to www.manchesterartists.com.

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