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Putts for Paws Golf Classic

Friday, May 4, 9 a.m.
Stonebridge Country Club
161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown

Gold tourney benefitting the Manchester Animal Shelter, $125 for single registration or $450 for a foursome includes 18-hole greens fee, cart, lunch and amazing raffles and contests. All proceeds go directly to benefit the animals. Registration link can be found at manchesteranimalshelter.org/events. events@manchesteranimalshelter.org

Moulton Farm Open House

Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
18 Quarry Road, Meredith

Moulton Farm’s spring open house will feature several free gardening workshops: “Bugs and Insects You Should Love: Pollinators & Beneficials” at 10 a.m.; planning and care for container gardens at noon with Sue Dail; organic lawn care at 1 p.m. with Peter Bottomley from Coast of Maine company. Kelly McAdam, from UNH Cooperative Extension, will answer gardening-related questions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sample food and baked goods from kitchen and bakery, plant sale. moultonfarm.com 

Heifer Parade and Opening Day

Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Rd, Canterbury

Celebrate our opening day by welcoming a parade of heifers back to the Village from Brookford Farm! Heifer Parade activities, including maypole dancing, outdoor barn dancing and make-your-own head wreaths and May baskets will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the parade beginning at approximately 11 a.m. Self-guided exhibits are open. Free admission. Guided tours available for $10 per person at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 603-783-9511, shakers.org

Kitty Angels Flea Market & Fundraiser

Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Treasures Antiques, Collectables & More
106 Route 122, Amherst

Artisan craft fair and flea market with food, fun, raffles, 100-plus vendors, petting zoo, demos, chair massages. Proceeds benefit Kitty Angels no-kill shelter. Event is rain or shine. treasuresnh.com

Family Concert at Nashua Library: Steve Blunt’s Rockin’ Sing-Along

Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.
2 Court St., Nashua.

Steve delivers a little rock ‘n’ roll and lots of fun. Sing, listen, clap, shake, sign and move to guitar, harmonica, djembe drum and low brass horn. Perfect for children up to age 8, concerts are free and open to the public. Registration not required. nashualibrary.org, 603-589-4631.

34th Annual Business in the Arts Awards Gala

Monday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Manchester Downtown Hotel (formerly the Radisson)

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, the gala will honor 24 New Hampshire businesses nominated for this year’s awards. The evening highlights a celebration of business support for the arts and entertains with a performance showcase of dance, literature and music. The announcement of the winners is the evening’s grand finale. Tickets are $100 each, tables for 10 are $1,000. To reserve tickets, contact 603-224-8300 or joan@nhbca.com.

Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden Artist’ Reception

Thursday, May 10, 5 to 7 p.m.
236 Hopkinton Road, Concord

Visit the first exhibit of the 22nd season which opened May 3. Artists include Alice Spence, Gretchn Hill Woodman, Michael Alfano and Mike Howat.
themillbrookgallery.com

Stacy Topjian Searle Art Exhibit Opening

Saturday, May 12, noon to 2 p.m.
ArtHub, 30 Temple St., Nashua

The May artist of the month, Stacy Topjian Searle is a pen and ink artist who works exclusively in black and white. She uses on site sketches and photographs as references for her work and is a juried artist and a member of the Nashua Area Artists Association. Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. naaa-arthub.org

42nd Annual Sheep and Wool Festival

Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Deerfield Fairgrounds
32 Stage Road, Deerfield

Vendors, workshops, contests, fleece sale and judging, youth show. Admission $7, seniors 65 and older $5, youth 12 and under free. No pets allowed. nhswga.com

Spring Art Pop-Up

Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Granite Mill - The Spinning Room
69 Main St., Harrisville

Art pop-up exhibit featuring and selling the work of 12 amazing New Hampshire artists, ranging from glass, quilts, paintings, pottery, photography, furniture and jewelry. Enjoy art, free refreshments and Historic Harrisville.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Schuster’s Tavern and Steakhouse at the Gunstock Inn
580 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford

A benefit for The Belknap House of Laconia, a nonprofit organization that provides safe shelter for families during the cold winter months. Menu will feature fresh fruit, chef-attended omelet station, French toast with syrup, Applewood-smoked bacon and sausage links, eggs benedict, prime rib carving station, shrimp cocktail, chef’s choice entrée specialties, pastries and more. $29.95 for adults and $17.95 for children. Call 603-293-2021 for reservations.

An Evening with Jacques Pépin

Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m.
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101, Amherst

New Hampshire PBS and LaBelle Winery will host the four-course meal featuring Pépin’s recipes expertly prepared by LaBelle chefs. Each course will be presented by Jacques Pépin and paired with wines selected by Amy LaBelle, the winery’s co-owner and winemaker. Private reception 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased through the New Hampshire PBS event website at nhpbs.org/pepin. All proceeds from the event benefit New Hampshire PBS. Info: events@nhpbs.org.

Wild Edibles Workshop

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beaver Brook
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Learn about all the wild edibles you can pick and enjoy in spring and summer from instructor Rivka Schwartz. Learn the best methods and times to harvest herbs and how to dry and preserve them. Wild harvest hike followed by preparing and eating foods harvested with recipes and nutritional charts to take home. $20/$18 members. Registration required at beaverbrook.org.

Milford Garden Club Plant Sale

Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community House Lawn
Corner of Union and Elm streets, Milford

With help of knowledgeable club members and master gardeners, choose from wide variety of perennials. Local nurseries will sell flowering annuals and hanging plants, area vendors, local musicians, bake table, raffles and kids can create decorative potted plant to take home.

Alvirne Open Farm Day

Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alvirne High School Farm
200 Derry Road, Hudson

Tour the dairy and agri-kennel, visit the horse and donkeys, local farm vendors, 4H poultry, sheep, forestry demos, maple syrup demos and more. Info: sau81.org/cte/page/farm-news

Antique Appraisal Day

Sunday, May20, 1 to 3 p.m.
Londonderry Historical Society
140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry

This is one of several fundraisers for the society this year, which is raising funds to reassemble the oldest house in town, The 1725 Rev Morrison House. facebook.com/TownOfLondonderryNHHistoricalSociety

Plant Sale

Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury

Join manager of the Concord Food Co-op’s organic gardens, Andy Messenger, at Shaker Villages for the annual plant sale at the farm stand. 603-783-9511, shakers.org

June

12th Annual Plant Sale & Raffle

Saturday, June 2, 9 to 11 a.m.
490 Dunbarton Road, Manchester

Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter host plant sale of annuals, perennials, shrubs, succulents, hanging baskets and more to raise funds for the no-kill shelter. manchesteranimalshelter.org

Village of Contoocook 4th Annual Art on the Porch Celebration

Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contoocook: Follow the signs for the Art Show off of exit 6 from I-89.

Only minutes from Concord, this open air celebration of local artisans in a quaint village square is sure to delight.  Meet some local artists and enjoy demonstrations from painters to potters and everything in between.  Find out more at the Art on the Porch Facebook Event

Traditional Craft Days

Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Canterbury Shaker Village
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury

Visit the village to learn about and participate in traditional arts and crafts. Vendors and demonstrators showing off their craft in wood working, stone wall building, weaving, rug hooking, broom making, oval box making, letterpress printing and more. Hands-on activities, music and food. Regular admission cost, no charge to members. 603-783-9511, shakers.org

6th Annual Block Party

Saturday, June 2, 1 to 6 p.m.
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner
267 South Road, Kensington

It’s the summer party you don’t want to miss with live music, food and drinks, children’s activities, farm tours, meet the farm animals and vendors. Free admission. 603-347-1909, eastmanscorner.com

Open the Gates! Free Fishing Day

Saturday, June 2, all day
The Amoskeag Fishways
4 Fletcher St., Manchester

We are opening our gates to the river, inviting you to participate in NH Fish and Game’s Free Fishing Day. Learn more at wildlife.state.nh.us. Bring your own fishing rod if you have one. Free for all ages. amoskeagfishways.org

Family Concert: Rob Duquette 

Saturday, June 2, 2 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua.

Now that he’s all grown up, musician Rob Duquette is excited to return to his childhood library to lead kids in original songs, dance and silliness. Perfect for children up to age 8, concerts are free and open to the public. Registration not required. nashualibrary.org, 603-589-4631.

Spring Book Retreat

Saturday, June 16, 10 am. to 4 p.m.
Nashua Public Library

Discuss “The Age of Innocence,” watch the film inspired by the book and then compare the two. Discussion led by Lisa Allen. Copies of the book available for borrowing by library cardholders in advance of program. Call 603-589-4611 to reserve a copy. Lunch served compliments of Friends of the Library. Space is limited, registration required at tinyurl.com/npldiscussion. Info: Carol at carol.eyman@nashualibrary.org or 603-589-4610.

2nd Annual Seacoast Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival

Sunday, June 17, noon to 5 p.m.
Market Street, Somersworth

Hosted by Food Truck Festivals of America and featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites and dozens of regional and national craft breweries. ATMs available at festival. Children under 12 free. Food and drink available for purchase separately from admission. Tickets at universe.com

Market Days Festival

June 21, 22, 23
Downtown Concord

Three-day, free summer street festival draws hundreds of vendors, performers and exhibitors to Main Street and its periphery. Programming includes concerts, family-friendly activities on the State House lawn, a beer and hospitality tent in the center of the festival and much more. intownconcord.org/index.php/market-days

2nd Annual Amherst NH Food Truck Festival

Saturday, June 23, noon to 4 p.m.
Amherst

Incredible food trucks, awesome live music, fun, kids’ entertainment and potentially an adult beverage vendor. In appreciation of veterans and to bring community together. Entry fee tickets $5. Buy online at Amherst Garden Center. $10 at gate day of event. Veteran and VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon is free for veterans and $10 for VIP before the event. Kids 12 and under free. Tickets at squareup.com

Loon Preservation Committee Annual Summer Luncheon and Silent Auction

Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bald Peak Colony Club, Melvin Village

Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, silent auction and the chance to socialize with fellow loon lovers. Guest speaker is Steve Curwood, executive producer and host of “Living on Earth,” the weekly environmental news and information program distributed by Public Radio International. Harry Vogel will also give a brief overview of New Hampshire’s loon activity so far this season. $55/person, advance purchase required. 603-476-5666.

15th Annual Petals 2 Paint Exhibition and Recaption

Wednesday, June 27, 5 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101, Amherst

Fine art and flowers and wine – what could be better? 20 area floral designers have selected artwork for their inspiration from the former East Colony gallery artists. Wine tasting 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Thursday afternoon will include floral demo with wine. Tickets at labellewineryevents.com

Alnoba Presents Jason Anick Quartet

Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Alnoba, 24 Cottage Road, Kensington

One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin. In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket info and reservation, visit alnoba.org/events.

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