Events by Active Retirement Association, Sole City Dance this week

Active Retirement Association Discussion on Coastal Homelessness

DURHAM – The Active Retirement Association of the Greater Seacoast will present a free Zoom presentation by Megan Fernandes, award-winning reporter at Foster’s Daily Democrat and Seacoastonline, on Wednesday, April 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. people’s experiences with the former homeless encampment at Willand Pond in Dover, NH

Girl Scouts to help girls prepare for kindergarten

EXETER – Your little girl is about to take a big step. Naturally, you want to do everything possible to prepare her to start kindergarten with confidence. That’s where Girl Scouts comes in – its Kindergarten Readiness course is free and open to all girls. Let Girl Scouts stand by your side to support and inspire her as she makes new friends, meets new teachers, and tries out new ideas.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is offering a girl-centric kindergarten readiness series, Make New Friends, to any girl entering kindergarten this fall in and around Exeter. This four-part series will run on Thursdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 April from 4-5pm at the Exeter Public Library, 4 Chestnut St., Exeter. No membership required. See more at

UNH welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed

DURHAM — Annette Gordon-Reed, historian and Harvard law professor, will speak at the Rutman Distinguished Lecture series on the American presidency at the University of New Hampshire on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Granite State Room of the Memorial Union Building. His speech is titled “Thomas Jefferson: Revolutionary, President, and Visionary.”

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information and registration, visit Find the university’s COVID advice on

Sole City Dance presents ‘Treasure Island’

Sole City Dance presents Treasure Island on April 8 and 9 at the Rochester Opera House.

ROCHESTER – What could pirates and ballet have in common? Answer: a great story. See for yourself how Sole City Dance’s adaptation of ‘Treasure Island’, full of intrigue and romance, mermaids and treasures, and a cast of memorable characters, brings beauty and artistry to the fairy tale. Stevenson’s beloved adventure. With Sole City’s signature attention to detail and theme, the story becomes more than a treasure hunt. The ballet features characters who learn to “cherish” the most important things in life.

The show will take place at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St. Rochester on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 9 at 1 and 6 p.m. All tickets are $15. Call the box office at 603-335-1992 or visit

Gundalow Company presents a “Luminous Seas” talk with Brian Skerry

World Oceans Exploration Series 2022: April 8 – Brian Skerry, photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments.

PORTSMOUTH — The not-for-profit Gundalow Company, located in downtown Portsmouth and whose mission is to protect the maritime heritage and environment of the Piscataqua region through education and action, will present this week the third in its three-part “World Ocean’s Experience” virtual series. “Luminous Seas” will take place on Friday, April 8, featuring Brian Skerry, a local photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. The purpose of this series is to draw attention to the important work done by local residents to conserve and protect the ocean environment. To register, go to the link: or call 603-433-9505.

Hampton Church Hosts Grab ‘N Go Turkey Dinner

HAMPTON — Hampton United Methodist Church at 525 Lafayette Road (Route 1) invites the Seacoast community to a Grab’N Go Turkey Dinner, Saturday, April 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. To enjoy this dinner, which includes roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, peas, rolls, cranberry sauce and dessert, you must register at or contact the church office at 603-926-2702. The last day to place your order is Thursday, April 7.

Pickup times are in 30 minute increments and can be picked up from the church parking lot located at the back of the church. Cost for adults, $12; seniors, $10; and children 12 and under, $6. Hampton UMC is following recommended COVID-19 cleaning/sanitizing protocols.

JetPack Comics Presents Author Gregory Bastianelli

JetPack Comics of Rochester will feature New Hampshire author Gregory Bastianelli for a book release event for his latest novel,

ROCHESTER — JetPack Comics of Rochester presents New Hampshire author Gregory Bastianelli for a book release event for his latest novel, “Shadow Flicker,” at Strafford Farms Loft in Dover on Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.


“Shadow Flicker” is published by Flame Tree Press. JetPack Comics will be on hand with hardcover and trade editions of “Shadow Flicker” as well as past works by Bastianelli, which Bastianelli can sign.

The Stratham Historical Society will host an annual Spring Antiquities Tour

STRATHAM — The Stratham Historical Society’s annual Spring Antiques Roadshow (Antique Appraisal Day) will take place on Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Lionel Loveless, owners of Collector’s Eye in Stratham and Route 1 Antiques in Hampton Falls. The event is expected to take place in person at the Morgera Hall at Stratham Fire Station, but check the Company Facebook pageor the website at for updates or call 603-778-0434 to confirm the event.

Performance and workshop with rapper Adam Arnone

DOVER – Dover Public Library will host local rapper and producer Adam Arnone for an in-person workshop on and exhibition of modern poetry on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. This workshop will be a mix of performance and audience participation; Arnone will perform poems and songs from his various albums, as well as songwriting-based songwriting prompts. This program is best suited for teenagers and adults.

Arnone has been a serious rapper since before it was a viable career choice. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he’s toured all over the country, sharing stages with bands whose records you’ve probably heard. He is the former frontman of indie hip-hop groups Glue and Adeem and is currently the voice and producer of Adam and the Flood. For more information, contact Emily Ainaire at 603-516-6082.

Submit a poem to the Dover Library competition

DOVER – Submit an original poem to the 20th Annual Dover Public Library Poetry Competition. Prizes will be awarded in seven different categories ranging from ages 5 to adults. Poems will be judged on originality, style and creativity. Deadline: April 20. For more information, visit or call 603-516-6050.

Take part in the Peeps Show competition at Dover Library

DOVER – Take part in the Dover Public Library’s annual ‘Peeps Show’ competition in April. Build a diorama using Peeps of any color or species in a standard sized shoebox. The theme is something literary; recreate a scene from your favorite book, play or poem. The first eight entries will receive a free plush Peep chick.

People 20 or older are welcome to compete in the adult division, while people 13-19 can enter the teen division. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are welcome to enter the children’s division and children between the ages of 9 and 12 can enter the youth division.

On the back of a standard-sized shoebox, include your name, address, phone number, and the title of your “Peeps Show.” All Peeps displays can be dropped off at the library from Monday April 4 to Sunday April 17. The Peeps will be displayed in the Library. The winner of each division will receive a $25 Target gift card, courtesy of Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded on Monday afternoon, April 18. Peeps must be picked up by 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24. Any Peeps not collected by the deadline will be discarded or eaten. For more information, call the Dover Public Library Reference Office: 603-516-6082.

CASA of New Hampshire offers a virtual information session

CASA of New Hampshire, a nonprofit that trains volunteers to advocate for child abuse and neglect victims, is hosting a virtual information session focused on recruiting new advocates in Strafford County. The virtual event will take place on April 5 at 5:30 p.m. CASA staff members and an active volunteer from the area will provide information on the role of an advocate and answer questions.

Those interested in signing up to attend the session can visit the volunteer menu on the CASA of New Hampshire website and select Virtual information sessions. To learn more about CASA and how to get involved, or support this statewide nonprofit, visit

Andrew B. Reiter