Hancock’s Susie Spikol with her new book “The Animal Adventurer’s Guide.” BEN CONANT
Concord police officers collect food donations during a Stuff a Cruiser event outside Shaw’s at Fort Eddy Plaza in Concord on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ/Staff Monitor)??
Susie Spikol, a naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, comes to Concord and Gibson’s to teach her kids how to find critters in their neighborhood, with The Animal Adventurer’s Guide: How to Prowl for an Owl, Make Snail Slime, and Catch a Frog With Your Bare Hands. 50 hands-on activities and adventures that will bring you closer to wild animals than ever before. Susie will also be bringing supplies for one of the crafts from the book to her visit to Gibson’s on September 24 at 11 am.
Have you ever followed animal tracks in the mud or chased the glowing trail of a firefly in the night sky? Do you want to know how to hold a snake, feed a bird with your hat and help salamanders to cross the street? If so, you’re not just an animal lover, you’re an animal adventurer, and this is the book for you. It’s packed with hands-on activities and projects that bring you closer than ever to wildlife, from feathered birds and furry mammals to slippery herpes, crawling arthropods, and other intriguing invertebrates. You’ll get expert advice on tools and techniques of the trade, become a citizen scientist, and then record handy field notes on all your amazing animal discoveries.
Free and open to the public.
‘Stuff-A-Cruiser’ food drives
The New Hampshire Food Bank and the Concord Police Department are teaming up to host a series of “Stuff-A-Cruiser” food drives in Concord in support of Hunger Action Month in New Hampshire. During these food drives, supporters are encouraged to fill a police cruiser with non-perishable, non-glass food donations. Donations will support local food pantries and shelters that provide food to the hungry, including Friendly Kitchen, Salvation Army and Friends of Forgotten Children.
The next event is Friday, September 23, from 9 am to 1 pm at Shaw’s Supermarket at 20 Fort Eddy Road, Concord. This food drive will support the Salvation Army. Another will be held on Saturday, September 24, from 9 am to 1 pm at the Hannaford Supermarket, 73 Fort Eddy Road, Concord. This food drive will support Friends of Forgotten Children.
Strengthening the community safety net
NAMI New Hampshire will host a live virtual training for adult members of communities across New Hampshire to understand how we can prevent suicide on Tuesday, September 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the impact of suicide, the factors that can increase or reduce the risk of suicide, the effectiveness of prevention efforts, what we can say or do if we are concerned about someone who may be at risk of suicide, and connecting someone at risk to key community services.
Please note: Some people who have experienced a recent loss, or have a close family member/friend who has tried, find it difficult to attend a suicide prevention training. Remember that your own personal care comes first.
There is no charge for this program, but space is limited. Sign up at tinyurl.com/ConnectSept27. This program is offered with the support of the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
Join the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce for morning networking at Christ the King Parish on Wednesday, September 28 from 7:30-9am. Grab a coffee and light breakfast, and tour the newly renovated worship space.
Sign up early by visiting cca.concordnhchamber.com. Payment of $5 to the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce before the event, $10 at the door and $20 for non-members.
Author Donald Yacovone visits Gibson Bookstore on September 29 at 7 pm to share his new book, Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Test and the Forging of Our National Identity, a powerful exploration of America’s past and present arc of white supremacy, from the country’s inception and revolutionary years to its height of civil war in the 19th century; to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and Black Lives Matter of today. Yacovone will chat with Concord’s own Grace Mattern. Free and open to the public. No registration required.
Conversation with Atifete Jahjaga
NH Humanities presents A Conversation with Atifete Jahjaga: Former President of Kosovo on Friday, September 30 at 5 pm Atifete Jahjaga was the fourth and first female president of the Republic of Kosovo. She is the first non-partisan candidate from Kosovo, the first female head of state in the modern Balkans, and the youngest world leader to be elected to the highest office. The webinar conversation is moderated by Dr. Graziella Parati, Chair of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dartmouth College.
This series of virtual conferences will seek to answer these questions as an extension of our A more perfect union initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. sign in nhhumanities.org/programs/upcoming.