Students ages 13 to 18 are invited the a Zoom submit-a-thon on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Find the encouragement you need to take your next steps toward becoming a published writer. Hosts, Taylore Aussiker, an English teacher at White Mountain Regional High School and Alexandria Peary, New Hampshire State Poet Laureate and English professor at Salem State University, along with your fellow New Hampshire students as we usher your creative writing into the publishing world. Find literary journals for your work, exchange tips on cover letters, get advice on dealing with rejection, cheer on your fellow writers, enjoy cameo appearances from published authors (including the bestselling author Jodi Picoult). You must register by Nov. 30 by emailing email@example.com, include the subject “RSVP for Submit-a-Thon” and in the email include your full name and middle/high school. For more information, visit newhampshirepoetlaureate.blogspot.com.
There will be a North Country Young Writers’ Festival on May 13, 2020, but the activities will begin before then. COVID permitting it will be held at White Mountains Community College in Berlin (or online). Students in grades seven through 12 will practice a variety of creative writing techniques, including poetry and fiction, play games, meet published writers the youth poet laureates. Students will play leadership roles in the planning of the festival including what is offered as workshops, logo and T-shirt designs, and editing an online student literary magazine. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hampshire Audubon’s Nature Store located at the McLane Center in Concord will be opening its doors for the first time since March to the community for a safe Holiday Shopping Series. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20. Masks will be required by all who participate and the building will limit the number of shoppers in at a time. In order to accommodate all those in our community, we have opened up the holiday event from one day in the past to six days this year. There will also be a limited amount of vendors in the building. Local businesses have donated raffle items that will also be available to win during those weekends.
With cold weather moving in and the holidays approaching, Merrimack County Savings Bank and Meredith Village Savings Bank are hosting their annual Mitten Tree drive. They will contribute $2 to local foodbanks for warm weather accessories generously donated by local community members. To help protect donors during the pandemic, each branch will have a brightly decorated box where local community members can simply drop new handmade or store-bought mittens, hats, gloves and scarves. A complete list of locations are available at themerrimack.com. The winter accessories will be given to nonprofits throughout our region and the banks will contribute $2 for every item donated by our community. Contributions will go to places such as the Friendly Kitchen in Concord, the Hopkinton Food Pantry in Contoocook, the Twin Rivers Interfaith Food Pantry in Franklin and the Laconia Food Pantry. To learn more, visit themerrimack.com or mvsb.com.