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American Legion Post 51 Epping
Pasta Dinner Benefit for Matt & Kayla Eckard
The American Legion Post 51 family in Epping is hosting a Pasta Dinner Benefit on June 23rd for Matt and Kayla Eckard who are active, dedicated members of Post 51. Matt is the Post Commander and Kayla is the Auxiliary Secretary. On Sunday, June 4th, as they were riding back from an American Legion Rider’s event, the International Tennessee Romp for Veterans and their Families, they were involved in a motorcycle accident in Virginia. Matt and Kayla are highly respected members of Post 51, and we would like to help them. Proceeds from the Pasta Dinner will go to help them pay for their various expenses.
The Pasta Dinner Benefit will be held on Friday, June 23rd. Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm (cash bar will be open). The pasta dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the non-smoking Harry Bradshaw Memorial Hall of the American Legion on Route 125 in Epping (across from Telly’s restaurant). The cost is a donation at the door. There will be a 50/50 and raffles. Kowboy Rick will start playing around 8:30 pm in the canteen. We are asking the local communities to come out and support this worthwhile cause. For more information please call Rob at 603-944-5485.
Conservation Commission Photo Contest
The Epping Conservation Commission is excited to announce a Summer 2017 photo contest to celebrate our beautiful community! The contest will take place between June 1 and August 15, 2017. For details and contest rules, visit the Conservation Commission website at http://www.eppingoutdoors.com/announcements.
Leddy Center Needs Thirty Oompa Loompas!!!!
Wouldn’t your child like to be in Leddy’s fall production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka?
Director Elaine Gatchell is holding open auditions on Saturday, June 10, 2017, for boys and girls with strong singing abilities, ages 7 to 10 years old, who would like to be Oompa Loompas in this fantastical production!! Auditions are being held at Leddy Center’s theater on Ladd’s Lane in Epping, NH. Please bring a headshot with you to your audition appointment. Children auditioning to be an Oompa Loompa will need to be prepared to sing any of the Oompa Loompa songs from the original, 1972, Willy Wonka movie. (Examples of all songs can be found on YouTube.) Rehearsals begin September 3, 2017, and are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. Just call the box office at 603-679-2781, M-F, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm to schedule your audition appointment.
Looking ahead at the Library:
June 8: Skywatch and Astronomy Presentation
Come get a view of the nearly-full moon, as well as other wonders in the sky during our community Skywatch. The New Hampshire Astronomical Society will bring equipment for us to use to take a closer look at the night sky. A short presentation, "What's Up in Tonight's Sky" will take place at 8pm, then we’ll head outside to see for ourselves! For more information on NHAS skywatches, visit: http://nhastro.com/skywatch.php.
June 14: Israel: From Dan to Beersheba
Epping resident Bill Blomquist will give a travel presentation highlighting the land of Israel from geographical, historic, and Biblical perspectives. Ancient history, landmarks, churches and holy sites literally cover one end of the land of Israel from north to south, from Dan all the way down to Beersheba. Through sharing, lecture, and media, we will travel from the Mediterranean inland to Galilee, through Nazareth, down to the Dead Sea, up to Bethlehem and wind up in Jerusalem.
The Rev. Bill Blomquist has traveled extensively in the mid-east and has a passion for her culture, history, and people. Wednesday at 7pm.
June 23: Movie Night: “Beauty and the Beast”
Come see the new live-action remake of the Disney animated classic, Beauty and the Beast! “Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.” The movie begins at 6pm, with popcorn!
June 28: Contemporary Book Club
The Contemporary Book Group will meet again in June and always welcomes new members. This month's book is J.D. Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye." Revisit the classic you haven't read for years, or experience it for the first time-- we'll have copies available at the library for borrowing. Wednesday at 7pm.
In the Youth Room:
We’ll continue to have Story Time throughout June on Mondays and Fridays at 11:15am-- a new story and craft every week!
June 19: Summer Reading Registration Opens
Keep the kids engaged with the fun of reading this summer! Registration for the Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 19th and remains open until July 3rd. There will be prizes for those who participate and plenty of great events to look forward to in July and August, including author readings, crafts, a magic show, storytime with animals, art projects, a jug band workshop, and a blues concert for the whole family! Stop by the Youth Room to sign up or get more information.
Looking ahead to July at the Library:
July 5: Summer Reading Program Begins!
Kids crack open the books and read towards fun prizes! The Summer Reading Program runs through August 4th.
July 6: Puppet Show and Ice Cream Party
We'll kick off the summer with a puppet show by Diane Kordas at 11am, followed by an ice cream party! Join in for this popular annual celebration.
Important Web Extra for readers of the Speak Up Epping! Newsletter from your webmaster:
If you are a regular reader of Speak Up Epping!, you know that it is your non-partisan, all-in-one source for all things Epping. From town schedules and events, to school news and schedules, senior activities and service organizations; every two months, Speak Up Epping brings it all together for you. What you may not realize is that for nearly five years, one woman has been the sole editor and only financial support keeping it going. Unlike the early years in its ten year history, there are no longer any advertisers to bear the expense of printing and distributing the print copies that are mailed out. This is not an inconsiderable amount - $250-$300 every other month for printing and distribution. Add to that web hosting costs and there is a total expense of about $2,000 each year. These are solely hard costs that are paid to printers, the postal service, a hosting company and a domain registrar. Neither the Newsletter editor, the Facebook editor, nor the Webmaster receive any money for their work and time - all services are volunteered.
On October 24th, a frequent contributor to the newsletter, Sandy Cray, and the Speak Up Epping! newsletter editor, Barbara Helmstetter, went before the Board of Selectmen to ask for assistance. Several ideas were discussed. If you would like to see the discussion, you may view it on the streaming site here: https://etv22.viebit.com/#ox9Ip83Tadr3. The SUE discussion is at the 31:00 minute mark.
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