Opening of the exhibition “29 Mainers” at the Morgan Gallery
KITTERY – ’29 Mainers’ is now open at the Morgan Gallery at the Kittery Community Center. On display are 29 portraits of Maine BIPOC residents taken by portrait photographer Erin Moore of Eliot. She is the founder of Mercy Street Studio and was named “2018 Photographer of the Year – Portraits” by the Maine Professional Photography Association. She created the “29 Mainers” project in 2019 and 2020 and posted one portrait a day on her social media during February 2020 to mark Black History Month. Long delayed by the pandemic, this exhibition is finally open to the public and free. The gallery is open during KCC opening hours and also open during performances at the STAR Theatre. The Morgan Gallery is located at the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. For more information, kitterycommunitycenter.org/the-arts.
Rochester Area Manufacturing Workforce Discussion
ROCHESTER – Zenagui Brahim, president of the NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will join the City of Rochester, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, local manufacturers and state officials for a candid discussion of labor challenges. challenges faced by NH manufacturing companies. The event offers two different sessions; Monday, May 16, 4-6 p.m. at the Granite Steak and Grill in Rochester and May 25, 8-10 a.m. at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center in Rochester.
“Building the Pipeline” will feature Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan opening the chat room for manufacturers to talk openly about key issues faced due to staffing shortages. Following manufacturer feedback, Brahim will introduce a panel of state representatives from NH Employment Security, NH Health and Human Services, and NH BEA who will offer solutions and resources for the labor shortage.
Learn about black bears at the Rochester Library
ROCHESTER – The Rochester Public Library is hosting Black Bear Happenings on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the Community Hall. This program covers a brief history of wildlife in NH, the game fish restoration program, the natural history of the black bear, research and management in NH Black Bear Happenings is presented by the NH Fish and Game Dept . It will be presented by Doug Whitfield and Dennis Walsh, both wildlife stewards with NH Fish and Game. It covers the life cycle of black bears, their habitat needs, and ways to avoid potentially costly conflicts with humans.
After:Indigo Girls will perform at the Prescott Park Arts Festival concert series in Portsmouth
Join the fairy hunt at Kenyon Hill
SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – Where do the fairies of Kenyon Hill live? Join the South Berwick Public Library and Great Works Regional Land Trust on Thursday, May 19 from 10-11 a.m. for a fairy hunt along the trail to the dramatic ledges of Kenyon Hill. The outing will begin with a book on fairies followed by the hunt for fairies. Open to families with children of all ages, designed for children from 2 to 5 years old. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or [email protected], Outings limited to 25, minors must be present with an attendant. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation $5 for non-members, $10 for a family.
Discussion on the renovation of the Wood Island lifeboat station in Rye
RYE – Samuel Reid will discuss the renovation of the Wood Island Lifeboat Station on Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road. The conference is presented by the Rye Historical Society. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Creek Farm Spring Series Presents Turtle Program
PORTSMOUTH — The Forest Protection Society of New Hampshire presents its Creek Farm Spring series at the Forest Society Education Center in Creek Farm. He will present “Turtles of New Hampshire – How You Can Help,” with wildlife biologist Josh Megyesy of New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program, Thursday, May 19, from 5-6 p.m.
After:Sundrop Café and Brewery opens in former Rick’s restaurant in York
Pre-registration is compulsory and the number of places is limited. The program is free for Forest Society members and children under 18, and $10 for non-members, unless otherwise specified. Participants are requested to bring their own chair or blanket, as well as binoculars. The center is located at 400 Little Harbor Road, Portsmouth.
Berwick Library Plant Sale
BERWICK, Maine – The Berwick Library Association’s annual community plant sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Prior to the sale, if you have additional plant pots to share, they can be placed outside the library. , to the left of the entrance.
GFWC Dover will hold a plant sale
DOVER – The GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club is hosting its member-grown plant ‘Green Thumb’ on Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, 550 Central Ave., Dover.
Explore a creek with Nature News columnist Sue Pike
BERWICK, Maine – Join board member and local science teacher Sue Pike for an exploration of the Keay Brook Preserve located on Hubbard Road in Berwick on Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or [email protected], outings limited to 25. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation $5 to non-members, $10 per family.
The Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race is back
WOLFEBORO – The 46th annual Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race, sponsored by the Wolfeboro Lions Club, will be held Saturday, May 21 at 1:15 p.m. at Allen Albee Beach, Albee Beach Road, Wolfeboro. The four-mile run features a quarter mile of class two whitewater rapids and two portages
After:Emotional goodbye: Hampton Beach’s Ron’s Landing will serve a final supper
There are 19 classes to suit everyone from novice to expert. Registration is $20 per paddler; the first 50 registered participants will receive a free T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the first three in each category. Entry forms are available at the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce at 32 Central Ave. in Wolfeboro, on the Wolfeboro Lions Facebook page or by calling 603-569-5454. Runners can also register on race day at Albee Beach from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. All proceeds from the race will go to Lions Club scholarships. For more information, call Race Chairman Roger Murray at 603-569-5454.
Robinwood Center hosts climate change storytelling event
STRATHAM – Robinwood Center, a New Hampshire Seacoast social justice and climate justice nonprofit, will host a climate change-focused storytelling event on Sunday, May 22 from 4-6 p.m. at the Saltonstall Farm in Stratham.
Emma Shapiro-Weiss and Dorn Cox will share their personal experiences of fighting climate change in coastal Maine and New Hampshire. The storytelling event will be followed by a lively discussion. The event is open to the public. Admission is free and members of the public can register to attend robinwoodcenter.org/upcoming-events
Dover Library hosts live role-playing game for teens
DOVER – Dover Public Library invites teens to enjoy a one-of-a-kind gaming experience: Summer’s Scourge LARP! This original live action role-playing game (LARP) combines the storytelling of Dungeons and Dragons with the in-person challenges of an escape room. Playing as heroes, players will explore the library and its grounds while solving puzzles, following clues, and avoiding the malevolent spirits working against them. This game is aimed at 13 to 18 year olds and will take place on May 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., from the amphitheater. Players can come as themselves in regular clothing, or they can come in any fantasy or historical costume they wish. This program is free and open to the public. For more information or if you have accessibility requirements, call the library at 603-516-6050 or email Aidan at [email protected]
Get information on health insurance options
ROCHESTER – Health Market Connect will be hosting weekly workshops at the Rochester Public Library in the Community Hall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 25. HMC employees will be there during these times to meet and assist local residents. find and sign up for affordable (or sometimes free) insurance plans available to them.
Car or cash raffle benefits the Children’s Museum
DOVER – The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s annual car raffle fundraiser is the museum’s largest fundraiser. This year, only 775 tickets are available for purchase and tickets are on sale for $100. The winner will have the choice of $25,000 for a new Nissan of your choice from Port City Nissan or $20,000 cash.
Raffle tickets on sale online until noon on Thursday, June 16. Tickets can be purchased at blackbaudhosting.com/71233/tickets.