Free writing and arts workshop available at the Gorham Public Library

BERLIN — Two free workshops in the “Telling Our Stories” series have been rescheduled for a new place and date. The programs, with author Tamara Ellis Smith, will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at the Gorham Public Library.

“Telling Our Stories,” the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire’s new pilot writing partnership with the Vermont College of Fine Arts Young Writers Network is bringing published children’s and YA authors to work with students and community members this winter. The workshops on March 22 include:

Magic Marbles: A Hands-on Community Art Workshop with Tamara Ellis Smith

For adults and children (recommended for children nine and older, but all are welcome with appropriate supervision). Smith will engage participants in her Magic Marble art project, which is a spin-off from her novel, Another Kind of Hurricane. For the three boys in the novel, the marble that passes between them is imbued with luck and possibly magic; it is also a symbol of their perseverance. In this hands-on art workshop, participants will create personal Magic Marbles inspired by Smith’s reading from the book. The workshop will start at 6 p.m., at the Gorham Public Library.

The Landscape of Our Lives: A Hands-on Community Writing Workshop with Tamara Ellis Smith

For teens and adults interested in writing, at all levels of experience. All are welcome; especially recommended for those engaged in service work — in schools, health-care facilities, social-service agencies and homes. Smith will engage participants in a series of writing exercises aimed at creatively mapping their lives, and then finding defining moments, memories and details from which to build stories about themselves. The workshop is designed to help participants celebrate who they are, and the work they do. This workshop will start at 7:30 p.m., and will also be held at the Gorham Public Library.

Both workshops are free and pre-registration is appreciated. The Gorham Public Library is located at 35 Railroad Street in Gorham. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call (603) 323-7302, or register on the website at www.aannh.org.

Date change for nutrition session and food demonstration

BERLIN — Get the most of your shopping and learn how to eat healthier by reading food labels with a free demonstration and nutrition session featuring Nutrition Educator Heidi Barker. Topics include nutrition label facts, best practices for healthy shopping and recipe ideas.

The demonstrations and food taste test is available throughout the morning. The session will be held at the Feeding Hope Food Pantry at Harvest Christian Fellowship at 219 Willow Street in Berlin.

This session originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, has been changed to Tuesday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, due to severe weather conditions.

The Feeding Hope Food Pantry at Harvest Christian Fellowship is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they are open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and close from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

For more information about Feeding Hope Food Pantry call (603) 752-5374.

Getting ready for spring events with the Berlin Recreation Department

BERLIN — It might still look like winter outside, but the Berlin Recreation Department is thinking ahead to spring with several annual events. It's also time to send in your nominations for the City of Berlin Volunteer Recognition Award, honoring people who go above and beyond for their local community.

City of Berlin Volunteer Recognition Award:

This award, given annually during April, Volunteer Awareness Month, is to recognize those who have done service to the municipality of Berlin. A plaque will be awarded to each winner and a name plate will be installed on the public Volunteer Recognition Tree at Berlin City Hall. Awards will be given in the following categories:

• Recreation/Sports: Volunteer who supports activities in the Berlin Recreation Department, Berlin School Sports Program or other City sponsored leisure events.

• Humanities/Arts: Volunteer who supports humanities and arts in the community such as the Berlin Public Library or Berlin Public Schools Arts and Music programs.

• Education: Volunteer in support of the Berlin Public Schools.

• Government: Volunteer on a city board or other function of the city government.

• Grounds and Special Outdoor Projects: Volunteer who assists in the care for city property, infrastructure, mowing, painting, etc.

Nomination forms can be picked up at Berlin Recreation Department, and the deadline is March 31.

36th Annual Easter "Eggstravaganza", sponsored by Wireless Zone with donations from Greetings Jewelers.

Fast paced hunt, large basket of goodies raffle, and visit with the Easter Bunny! Free but donations always accepted. Event will be held on Saturday, April 8. Please bring child at time appropriate for age:

Ages 2 and 3 – 9:30 a.m.
Ages 4 and 5 – 9:45 a.m.
Ages 6 and 7 – 10 a.m.
Ages 8, 9, and 10 – 10:15 a.m.

The 21st Annual Giant Spring Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register for just $10 for a 10 x 15’ spot. Limited tables are available, and once they are gone vendors must bring their own. 

April School Vacation Event: Cosmic Bowling with pizza, soda and make your own sundae on Wednesday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Berlin Bowling Center. Any age or ability can participate in this cosmic experience! Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and older; $8.00 for ages 11 and younger. Register at Berlin Recreation Center or Berlin Bowling Center with payment. Maximum of 40 participants.

British Soccer Camp returns for its third year to Berlin. Soccer camp will be held on June 19 through June 23, at the Gilbert Street Field in Berlin. Register online by May 5, and receive a free British Soccer Replica Jersey. Cost is just $62 per person. Children ages 2 and 3 will have lessons from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m, and children ages 4 and 5 can choose from 4 to 5 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register online at www.challengersports.com/british-soccer. Space is limited for each time slot.

The Berlin Recreation Center is located at 672 1st Ave., in Berlin. For more information or to register for events call (603) 752-2010.

Clark attends YMCA National Advocacy Days

Hassan StudentBerlin High School student, Sarah Clark went to Washington, D.C., for the YMCA National Advocacy Days. Pictured from the left, Jody H. Skelton, executive director, Carroll County YMCA/Camp Huckins, YMCA Youth and Government Program, Sarah Clark, Berlin High School Student, YMCA Youth and Government Program, Victoria Sanchez, Nashua North High School Student, YMCA Youth and Government Program, and Senator Maggie Hassan. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Granite United Way's #Giving Tuesday event results in hundreds of books for kids across New Hampshire

BERLIN — The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as #GivingTuesday and raises awareness about giving to nonprofits during the holiday season. Granite United Way used the day to promote awareness and raise funds to purchase books for kids across New Hampshire and Vermont.
Working with local nonprofits in each of its six regions, Granite United Way was able to purchase nearly 700 books that will be distributed to local children. Volunteers at Texas Instruments in Manchester packaged up all of the books for delivery.

Reading to kidsPatrick Tufts, president and CEO of Granite United Way read two books to the children at White Mountain Community College Child Development Center in Berlin. The books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle. The children were also given both books to take home. (RITA DUBE PHOTO)