State of the City forum in Rochester
ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will present a State of the City breakfast forum on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 to 9:30 am Sponsored by Eversource, this program will feature an update and an opportunity to learn about Rochester’s future by Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan and City Manager Blaine Cox. Several city department heads will be introduced and provide information on their roles. Tim Jones, CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, will also provide information and an update on the hospital. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is the first State of the City forum since 2019.
The event is being hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital, at the Frisbie Community Education and Conference Center, located on the Frisbie Memorial Hospital campus at 11 Whitehall Road in Rochester.
This breakfast forum is open to chamber members and the public. Tickets are $25. For information or to make a reservation, visit rochesternh.org/city or call the chamber at 603-332-5080.
Offshore Wind Summit set for Tuesday
PORTSMOUTH — The state of New Hampshire, Business and Industry Association and Seacoast Chamber Alliance will showcase the Granite State’s vast potential for renewable wind energy at the New Hampshire Offshore Wind Summit Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The no-cost summit will highlight New Hampshire’s existing businesses, workforce and infrastructure and focus on the future of offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine. The summit is from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market St.
Panel discussions include “New Hampshire Agencies in Offshore Wind,” moderated by Bob Varney of Normandeau Associates; “Utilities and Consumers,” moderated by Kirsten Koch of the Business and Industry Association; “Business and Workforce,” moderated by Mikael Pyrtel of the state Department of Business and Economic Affairs; and “Energy and Infrastructure,” moderated by Mark Sanborn of the state Department of Environmental Services.
The summit includes an optional boat tour of the Port of New Hampshire facility or a bus tour of Pease International Tradeport. The summit is free and open to the public but pre-registration required at PortsmouthCollaborative.org/wind.
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Multilingual Book Group
DOVER — On Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 pm eductors from the UNH Community Literacy Center will lead this group which will feature a different language each week at the Dover Public Library. There will also be an art activity based on the theme. This program is geared toward students in grades kindergarten through 3. Caregivers are not required to attend, but are always welcome. Sign up needed.
Talk on history of racial segregation in baseball
DOVER — On Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm Chronicle reporter and author Ted Reinstein tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought segregation in baseball in “Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier.” The program is virtual and sign up is needed to receive a link to the talk.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to sign up, visit the Dover Public Library’s website at library.dover.nh.gov or call 603-516-6050.
Crafternoon for Kids
DOVER — On Thursday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 pm kids in grades 1 and up are invited to the Dover Public Library to make and take a scarecrow craft. All materials provided.
Django by the Sea festival returns
KITTERY — After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, Django By The Sea, New England’s premiere gypsy jazz festival, is back live and in person at The Dance Hall Kittery.
This year’s lineup showcases a wide range of musical genres, including new interpretations of timeless Beatles tunes, the infectious rhythms of choro music from Brazil (ancestor to the Samba and Bossa Nova), as well as both classic and contemporary takes on the gypsy jazz songbook made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Performances will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct.1. The festival will kick off at 7:30 pm on Friday when Metabeat takes the stage to perform reimagined versions of the music of The Beatles. This special performance will also feature Seacoast jazz luminaries Taylor O’Donnell on vocals and Chris Klaxton on trumpet.
Hot Club of New England, a musical collective featuring some of the top swing, gypsy, and hot jazz musicians in New England, will perform next on Friday. Saturday’s performances begin at 7:30 pm with the Ian Coury and Katherine Bent Duo.
The festival concludes with Rhythm Future Quartet, founded by violinist Jason Anick, which performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. For tickets, or for more information, visit DjangoByTheSea.com or TheDanceHallKittery.org.
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‘Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern’ Book Release Party
PORTSMOUTH — The Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern Book Release Party is a hybrid book reading and music performance That will take place on Friday, Sept. 30 at 8 pm at 3S Artspace.
The first half of the event is a live reading from “Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern,” a horror novella written by Brian Server and Illustrated by Dan Blakeslee. Illustrations from the book will be projected on a screen while Brian and six character actors read the story.
The second half of the event is a musical performance by Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gasp and the Eeks. Tickets available at 3Sarts.org.
Apple Harvest Day is Saturday
DOVER — The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will present Apple Harvest Day from 9 am to 4 pm, Saturday, Oct. 1 in downtown Dover.
There’ll be more than 300 vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and tons of food in two food courts along Central Avenue from Third Street down into Henry Law Park and the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race is at 8:30 am
Visit appleharvestday.com and dovernh.org/apple-harvest-day for more information.
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Black Lives Matter Seacoast hosts 3rd annual gala
DOVER — Black Lives Matter Seacoast is inviting the community to its third annual gala celebrating a night of Black excellence Saturday, Oct. 1 from 6 to 10 pm at the Rivermill at Dover Landing.
The keynote speaker will be Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire and a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World.
The featured performer for the night will Adrienne Mack-Davis, a classically trained singer/songwriter whose music is described as hard-hitting soul and R&B melodies fused with infectious hip hop and dance instrumentals. Anthony Bounphakhom and The Block Collaborative of Portsmouth will also perform.
Doug York of Exeter, who is the owner of 7North Coffee Co., will be behind the turntables. Najee Brown, creator of New England’s first BIPOC theater company, Theater for the People, will be the master of ceremonies.
The dinner will be prepared by Chris Viaud, the chef and owner of Greenleaf and Ansanm, and a James Beard Award semifinalist most recently known for competing on Season 18 of “Top Chef.”
A silent art auction will feature creations from various local Black artists.
A ticket to the event includes coffee and tea, access to a bar with specialized wine and beer, appetizers, dinner and desserts. Formal attire is required. Tickets can be purchased at blmseacoast.com/gala.
Fall Laser Regatta
DOVER — Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover, in conjunction with the Piscataqua Sailing Association, will hold the annual Fall Laser Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Hilton Point State Park, Dover. Over the years, GBYC has been working with local sailors to keep the spirit of sailing alive in the Great Bay area.
Notice of race information and registration can be found at lasers2022.brownpapertickets.com. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit at www.facebook.com/NHGBYC.
Yoga in Action presents ‘Resilience’
PORTSMOUTH — On Sunday, Oct. 2 from 1 to 4 pm, Yoga in Action will feature the film “Resilience” at 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. This is a hybrid event with options to participate in person or via the livestream. For more information, visit yogainaction.org.
Blessing of the Animals
FARMINGTON — On Sunday, Oct. 2, the First Congregational Church, UCC of Farmington invites the public, pet owners and animal lovers to the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals at noon. The event is free.
Pet owners are requested to have their animals on leashes or in carriers. Participants may bring Purina One dry dog or cat food or any brand of wet pet food to be donated to Those Cat Rescue People and Pope Memorial Humane Society of Cocheco Valley.
At noon, Pastor Tom will bless each pet individually. In case of inclement weather, the Blessing of the Pets will take place inside the church. The First Congregational Church, UCC is located in downtown Farmington, at 400 Main Street. For information call 603-755-4816 or visit farmingtonnhucc.org.
Ken Medema concert
DOVER — The First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., Dover, will present a concert of the choral and instrumental music of Ken Medema, including his gift of improvisation, on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6 pm There will be a freewill offering. For more information, visit FirstParishDover.org.
DOVER — Drop off gently used costumes to the Dover Public Library starting on Oct. 2. Families can pick out a costume anytime on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.
Guitar Sundays concert
PORTSMOUTH — Classical Guitarist Jaclyn Jones will give a recital at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 pm in the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at PMAC. Curated by Mitch Shuldman, the Guitar Sundays concert series welcomes professional guitarists from the New England region to perform in one of eight free concerts.
The concert is free. PMAC is located at 973 Islington St., Portsmouth. Visit PMAConline.org for information.