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MARCH

Nashua Garden Club March Program

Wednesday, March 7, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester St., Nashua

The program, “Proven Winners,” will be presented by Russ Knowles, regional retail account manager of Loudon-based Pleasant View Gardens. Knowles represents the Proven Winners© product line in his relationships between Pleasant View Gardens and multiple large, independent garden centers and will share how and where to incorporate these plants into garden beds and container gardens for best success. All welcome. Light refreshments served. Members free; nonmembers $5. nashuagardenclub.com

Oasis Springs Farm Tour & Taste Spring Event

Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Oasis Springs Farm of Nashua will host a spring open house for the community to see how they grow leafy greens year-round in a recycled shipping container using a nutrient-rich drip system and vertical towers to make a productive hydroponic farm. Taste unique lettuces, greens, herbs and microgreens. 20-minute tours are available. Register for directions to the farm and a reserved time by email to sarah@oasisspringsfarm.com or call/text 930-1294.

Inn at Pleasant Lake Winterfest

Saturday, March 10, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Inn at Pleasant Lake
853 Pleasant St., New London

Experience the wonders winter has to offer amongst local company at this benefit for the New Hampshire Food Bank. Judge the chili cook off, watch a cooking presentation by Chef Leary and take part in the games and winter activities. Oak & Grain Chopped Competition, featuring amateur and local chefs, silent auction, beer and wine tasting tent, winter farmers’ market, petting zoo, food displays, second annual IPL Winter Olympics. Winner of competition will assist Chef Leary in preparing evening’s meal. $10. Tickets at eventbrite.com. 873-4833.

Predators of the Sky: Live Birds of Prey

Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Tom Ricardi teaches with diverse group of live raptors. Learn about great work done by Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility, which cares for injured birds and operates a successful captive breeding program. $10/person, children under 2 free. Seating is limited. Registration with payment required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Saint Patrick’s Comedy Gala

Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.
The Music Hall
28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day weekend with McDonough-Grimes Irish dance with The Murray Academy, led by John Grimes, former Riverdance cast member and three of the funniest comedians of Irish descent Boston has to offer: Jim McCue, Joey Carroll and Kendra Cunningham. A percentage of proceeds goes to The NH Dairy Scholarship Fund. themusichall.org

Saturday Nature Seekers: Mud, Muck and Soil

Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to noon

Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time? Stop by the Amoskeag Fishways on Saturdays during mud season for a mini-program with fun and playful muddy river nature-based activities. Donation of $5/family encouraged. No registration necessary. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Artist of the Month Reception

Saturday, March 17, noon to 2 p.m.
NAAA ArtHub Gallery
30 Temple St., Nashua

Sugitha Srinivasan is a self-taught artist who lives in Nashua and usually paints what appeals to her. In this exhibit, Sugitha will be exhibiting her acrylic and quilling art creations. The gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Handicapped accessible. naaa-arthub.org

Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series: Wildflowers of New England

Tuesday, March 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fox Research & Demonstration Forest
309 Center Road, Hillsborough

Ted Elliman and The New England Wildflower Society cover the six New England states, describing nearly 1,100 of the common and rare wildflowers that occur in the region. Ted will cover species that make their home in wetlands, alpine-subalpine communities and pitch pine habitats. forestsociety.org/event/2018-cottrell-baldwin-environmental-lecture-series-hillsborough

Music’s on the Menu: Flighty Females and Other Femmes Fatales from the Golden Age of Broadway

Wednesday, March 21, 12:10 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
106 Lowell St., Manchester

Manchester Community Music School presents this free program as part of its Music’s on the Menu free concert series, visiting some of the most beloved and/or well-known songs from works written during the Golden Age of Broadway (1943-1959). 644-4548, mcmusicschool.org

Shanacchie Performs at Nashua Library

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Nashua Public Library
2 Court St., Nashua

Celebrate Celtic History Month with a concert by Shanacchie, the Irish singing duo of Pat Heffernan and Patrick Keane, performing songs old and new for young and old as well as stories and sometimes-salty shenanigans. The concert is free, open to the public and held in the library’s theater.

46th Annual NH Camping & RV Show

Friday, March 23, 1-8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NH Sportsplex
68 Technology Drive, Bedford

New Hampshire’s largest camping and RV Show features dealers with the latest RVs, trailers, pop-ups, tents and camping equipment. Entertainment, kids’ day, door prizes. $12 adults, children 12 and under free with paid adult. $2 off with donation of 2 items to NH Food Bank. ucampnh.com/camping-rv-show

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to noon
Beaver Brook Association
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Beaver Brook is hosting a relaxing alternative to the typical Easter Egg hunt. Eggs will be hidden along our decorated trails and replenished throughout the day; no stressful start time and no fighting for your treasure-filled eggs. Children of all ages welcome. Refreshments available for purchase or bring your own picnic. Free, but donations gladly accepted for trails and programs. beaverbrook.org

Vulture Culture

Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Scan the sky on a sunny day, and you may see a large, dark bird circling high above. Train your eyes to recognize these impressive birds and participate in some fun activities to discover their unique adaptations and to appreciate their way of life. $8/family. Registration with payment required. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

Celebrate All Things Maple

Maple Weekend, March 24-25 
Fuller’s Sugarhouse
Route 2, Jefferson

See how real maple syrup is made at Fuller’s Sugarhouse and learn about the centuries-old craft of maple sugaring, from tapping the trees to boiling the sap into syrup. Sugar-on-snow, maple coffee, doughnuts, syrup and pure maple candy. fullerssugarhouse.com

Front Door Agency’s 30th Annual Gourmet Festival & Auction

Sunday, March 25, 4-8 p.m.
Nashua Country Club 

Largest fundraiser of the year to benefit families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Greater Nashua. Popular gourmet event features more than 20 area restaurants and beverage vendors in cocktail party atmosphere. Meet and greet chefs, large silent auction, live auction conducted by professional auctioneer John Terrio. Tickets: tinyurl.com/gourmet18. 886-2866, frontdooragency.org/events/gourmet-festival

CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship

Sunday, March 25, 3 p.m.
SNHU Arena
55 Elm St., Manchester

Police officers and firefighters from across the region will face off in the annual CHaD Battle of the Badges Hockey Championship, presented by AutoFair, in a fun, competitive affair to raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD). $10, kids 5 and under free. CHaDHockey.org

Maple Sugar Day at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum
18 Highlawn Road, Warner

Day of maple-syrup-themed activities including tastings of squash with maple syrup, sampling of acorn griddle cakes, live demon of how Native Americans made maple sugar and boiled sap, how to burn a dugout canoe and snowshoeing. Free with museum admission, $5 general admission. 456-2600, indianmuseum.org

Amoskeag Quilters Guild Quilt Show

Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Manchester Memorial High School
1 Crusader Way, Manchester

150-plus quilts, diverse vendors, raffles, technique demonstrations, handmade boutique and refreshments make up this show. Raffle winner for “Virginia Bound!” to benefit St. Joseph Community Services Meals on Wheels will be drawn Sunday. $8 (both days), under 12 free. Accessible venue with ample Parking. amoskeagqg.org

East Canterbury Maple Festival at Canterbury Shaker Village

Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
288 Shaker Road, Canterbury

Part of town-wide East Canterbury Maple Festival, offers pancake breakfast on Saturday, learn about the extensive sugaring operation, production from local historian Mark Stevens, see process in action with North Family Farm demonstrating. Other festival participants include Lamb’s Maple Syrup, Tamarack Farm, Canterbury Aleworks, Cold Garden Distillery and Hill’s Corner Sugar Shack. Enjoy sampling of local maple sugar and syrup at participating sugar houses. shakers.org

Merrimack Garden Club Presentation

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
St. James Church
646 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack

Club will host Henry Homeyer, who will present on how to eat something from your garden every day of the year. Homeyer is a regular, monthly commentator on Vermont Public Radio and is a UNH Master Gardener. The doors open at 6:30 and the speaker will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series: The Real Eastern Coyote 

Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30 pm
Fox Research & Demonstration Forest
309 Center Road, Hillsborough

Despite filling an important ecological function, the coyote is among the most misunderstood carnivores in North America. Learn about life within a pack of eastern coyotes, and how wolf DNA invigorates and possibly propels our coyote into the niche of the wolf.  A canid biologist and passionate advocate for greater understanding and appreciation for coyotes, speaker Chris Shadler also farmed sheep for 20 years, where local coyotes taught her how to coexist with them. forestsociety.org/event/2018-cottrell-baldwin-environmental-lecture-series-hillsborough

Capitol Steps

Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Capitol Center for the Arts
44 South Main St., Concord

Join CATCH Neighborhood Housing as they celebrate the 24th Annual CATCH Comedy Night. The Capitol Steps will return to Concord with their latest political, musical satire with tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. Ticket sales will support CATCH’s affordable housing programs. Tickets start at $15. ccanh.com/events/capitol-steps

Saturday Nature Seekers: Mud, Muck and Soil

Saturday, March 31, 11 a.m. to noon.

Do you and your kids wish for opportunities to learn about nature but have trouble finding the time? Stop by the Amoskeag Fishways on Saturdays during mud season for a mini-program with fun and playful muddy river nature-based activities. Donation of $5/family encouraged. No registration necessary. 626-FISH, amoskeagfishways.org

APRIL

Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series: Log Drives of the Connecticut River Valley

Tuesday, April 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fox Research & Demonstration Forest
309 Center Road, Hillsborough

Long before there was modern logging equipment, there was an ax. Men went into the woods in winter to cut trees by hand and stack them by a river bank to wait for spring. Journalist and author Helen Pike will trace the most famous logging route of all, the Connecticut River, with a talk including images collected by her father, author Robert E. Pike. forestsociety.org/event/2018-cottrell-baldwin-environmental-lecture-series-hillsborough

Nashua Garden Club April Program

Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church
121 Manchester St., Nashua

The program, Bee Keeping, will be presented by Alden Marshall of B-line Apiaries in Hudson. Since retiring 24 years ago, beekeeping occupies him full time as he pollinates crops for local farmers and backyard gardeners, produces products of the hive and is frequently called upon to present to many groups and organizations. All welcome. Light refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5. nashuagardenclub.com

New Hampshire Craft Beer Week

April 6-15

A statewide celebration of artfully-crafted ales and lagers and the people and businesses who make and sell them. This year’s event slate will feature more than 150 events at breweries, beer stores, restaurants and bars in every part of the state. New Hampshire Craft Beer Week is a joint production of the New Hampshire Brewers Association, Brew New Hampshire and countless business owners all over the state. nhbeer.org/nhcbw, facebook.com/nhcraftbeerweek

4th Annual Fairy Tea Party

Sunday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.
Kimball Jenkins School of Art
266 N Main St., Concord NH

The Tea Party is an opportunity for you and your family to spend time together where all attendees are participating in the activities. Enjoy crafts, story time and fruit and treats. Costumes are encouraged! We look forward to seeing you! Pre-registration is required. 603-225-3932, kimballjenkins.com/events

Cottrell-Baldwin Environmental Lecture Series: Bogs & Fens

Tuesday, April 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
Fox Research & Demonstration Forest
309 Center Road, Hillsborough 

Photographer and author Dr. Ronald Davis will showcase the unique features and plants found in the beautiful peatlands of New England in this slide illustrated talk. Dr. Davis is author of “Bogs & Fens: A Guide to the Peatland Plants of Northeastern US and Adjacent Canada.” forestsociety.org/event/2018-cottrell-baldwin-environmental-lecture-series-hillsborough

6th Annual NHVegfest

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Manchester Community College
1066 Front St., Manchester

Vegan vendors, food trucks, live music, drum circles and lectures on a variety of vegan topics throughout the day. Bring a reusable bag, as most vendors do not supply bags and old cookbooks or magazines to add to a share-and-take table. Free admission. Abundant parking. Vendor space is available by contacting Kathy at kathyvegan@gmail.com or 553-1349. nhvegfest.com, facebook.com/NhVegFest

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fish and Game Department
11 Hazen Drive, Concord

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a free, fun way for the whole family to explore New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions. Browse educational exhibits presented by environmental and conservation organizations from throughout the state, see live animals, big fish and trained falcons, try archery, casting, fly-tying and BB gun shooting, watch retriever dogs in action, hands-on craft activities for kids, latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets. wildlife.state.nh.us

Read the full article about Discover Wild NH Day

Beaver Brook Earth Day Barn Sale

Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beaver Brook Association
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle-Repurpose at the BBA Barn Sale. Donate your gently used good stuff for someone else to enjoy. Buy gently used gems instead of paying full price and wasting resources.

Help support your local nature center. Acceptable Items to donate: baskets, nonupholstered furniture, dishes, small working appliances, small kitchen utensils, household items, lamps, toys, jewelry, handbags, tools, holiday decorations, current or classic books, but not encyclopedias or old text books. beaverbrook.org

Foundations of Herbs: Home Use & Medicinal Remedies

Sun, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Spear Room and Maple Hill Gardens
117 Ridge Road, Hollis

This first of a 2-day workshop is an introduction to the art of herbal medicine and herbal lifestyle. Learn a framework to read and interpret the health of our bodies and how to match herbs to those needs. Time will be spent hiking, studying, tasting and experiencing herbs and enjoying the company of other like-minded people. Take home recipes and information packets. Day 2 of workshop is May 20. Registration required. beaverbrook.org

 

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