Offshore Wind Summit, Django by the Sea: Community events this week

State of the City Forum in Rochester

ROCHESTER – The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will host a State of the City Breakfast Forum on Tuesday, September 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This Eversource-sponsored program provides an update and opportunity to learn more about Rochester’s future from Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan and City Manager Blaine Cox. Several city department heads are introduced and provide information about their tasks. Tim Jones, CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, will also provide information and updates about the hospital. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this is the first State of the City forum since 2019.

The event is hosted by Frisbie Memorial Hospital at the Frisbie Community Education and Conference Center, located on the Frisbie Memorial Hospital campus at 11 Whitehall Road in Rochester.

This breakfast forum is open to chamber members and the public. Tickets cost $25. For information or to make a reservation, visit or call the Chamber at 603-332-5080.

Offshore Wind Summit scheduled for Tuesday

PORTSMOUTH – The State of New Hampshire, the Business and Industry Association and the Seacoast Chamber Alliance will showcase Granite State’s tremendous potential for renewable wind energy at the New Hampshire Offshore Wind Summit on Tuesday, September 27.

The free summit will highlight New Hampshire’s existing businesses, workforce and infrastructure and will focus on the future of offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine. The summit is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market St.

Panel discussions will include “New Hampshire Agencies in Offshore Wind” moderated by Bob Varney of Normandeau Associates; “Suppliers and Consumers”, moderated by Kirsten Koch from the Business and Industry Association; “Business and Workforce” moderated by Mikael Pyrtel from the State Department of Business and Economic Affairs; and “Energy and Infrastructure,” moderated by Mark Sanborn of the State Department of Environmental Services.

The summit includes an optional Port of New Hampshire facility boat tour or Pease International Tradeport bus tour. The summit is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required at

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Multilingual book group

DOVER – On Monday 26 September at 4:30pm, educators from the UNH Community Literacy Center will lead this group, which will feature a different language each week at the Dover Public Library. There will also be an artistic activity based on the theme. This program is for students in grades Kindergarten through 3. Tutors are not required to attend, but are always welcome. Registration required.

Lecture on the history of segregation in baseball

DOVER — On Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m. in “Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier,” Chronicle reporter and author Ted Reinstein tells the story of the little-known heroes who fought against baseball’s segregation have fought. The program is virtual and registration is required to receive a link to the lecture.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit the Dover Public Library website at or call 603-516-6050.

Craft afternoon for children

DOVER – On Thursday 29 September at 3:30pm, children in 1st grade and up are invited to the Dover Public Library to make and take home a scarecrow craft. All materials provided.

The Django by the Sea festival returns

KITTERY – After a two-year hiatus during the pandemic, Django By The Sea, New England’s premier gypsy jazz festival, is back live and in person at The Dance Hall Kittery.

This year’s lineup showcases a wide range of musical genres, including new interpretations of timeless Beatles tunes, the infectious rhythms of Brazilian choro music (ancestor of samba and bossa nova), and both classical and contemporary interpretations of the gypsy jazz songbook Made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

The performances will take place on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. The festival kicks off at 7:30pm on Friday when Metabeat takes the stage to perform reinterpreted versions of The Beatles’ music. This special performance will also feature Seacoast jazz luminaries Taylor O’Donnell on vocals and Chris Klaxton on trumpet.

The Hot Club of New England, a music collective featuring some of New England’s best swing, gypsy and hot jazz musicians, performs next Friday. Saturday performances begin at 7:30pm with the duo of Ian Coury and Katherine Bent.

The festival concludes with the Rhythm Future Quartet, founded by violinist Jason Anick, performing dynamic and lyrical arrangements of gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. For tickets or more information visit or

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‘Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern’ Book Release Party

PORTSMOUTH – The Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern Book Release Party is a hybrid book reading and music performance taking place on Friday, September 30th at 8pm at 3S Artspace.

The first half of the event will be a live reading from Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern, a horror novella written by Brian Serven and illustrated by Dan Blakeslee. Illustrations from the book are projected onto a screen while Brian and six character actors read the story.

The second half of the event is a musical performance by Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gasp and the Eeks. Tickets available at

Apple harvest day is Saturday

DOVER – The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce is presenting Apple Harvest Day on Saturday, October 1 from 9am to 4pm in downtown Dover.

There will be more than 300 vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and plenty of food at two food courts along Central Avenue from Third Street down to Henry Law Park and the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race takes place at 8:30 am

Visit and for more information.

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Black Lives Matter Seacoast Hosts 3rd Annual Gala

DOVER – Black Lives Matter Seacoast invites the community to its third annual gala celebrating a night of black excellence on Saturday, October 1 from 6pm to 10pm at the Rivermill at Dover Landing.

The keynote speaker will be Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Core Faculty of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of New Hampshire and columnist for New Scientist and Physics World.

The evening’s leading lady is Adrienne Mack-Davis, a classically trained singer/songwriter whose music has been described as hard-hitting soul and R&B melodies fused with infectious hip-hop and dance instrumentals. Anthony Bounphakhom and The Block Collaborative of Portsmouth will also perform.

Behind the turntables is Doug York from Exeter, owner of 7North Coffee Co. Najee Brown, founder of New England’s first BIPOC theater company, Theater for the People, will be the emcee.

Dinner will be prepared by Chris Viaud, chef and owner of Greenleaf and Ansanm and a James Beard Award semi-finalist, most recently known for his participation in season 18 of Top Chef.

A silent art auction will feature creations by various local black artists.

A ticket to the event includes coffee and tea, access to a bar with specialty wine and beer, appetizers, dinner and dessert. Formal attire is required. Tickets can be purchased at

Fall Laser Regatta

DOVER – The Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover, in association with the Piscataqua Sailing Association, is hosting the annual Fall Laser Regatta on Sunday 2nd October at Hilton Point State Park, Dover. Over the years GBYC has worked with local sailors to keep the spirit of sailing alive in the Great Bay region.

For race information and registration, visit For more information email [email protected] or visit

Yoga in Action Presents “Resilience”

PORTSMOUTH – On Sunday October 2nd from 1pm to 4pm, Yoga in Action is screening the film “Resilience” at 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. This is a hybrid event with options to attend in person or via the live stream. Visit for more information.

blessing of animals

FARMINGTON – On Sunday, October 2, at 12:00 p.m., the First Congregational Church, UCC of Farmington, invites the public, pet owners and animal lovers to the sixth annual Blessing of the Animals. The event is free.

Animal owners are asked to keep their animals on a leash or in transport boxes. Participants can bring Purina One dry dog ​​or cat food or any brand of wet pet food to donate to Those Cat Rescue People and the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Cocheco Valley.

At noon Pastor Tom will bless each animal individually. If the weather is bad, the blessing of the animals will take place in the church. First Congregational Church, UCC is located in downtown Farmington at 400 Main Street. For more information, call 603-755-4816 or visit

Ken Medema concert

DOVER – The First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., Dover, will present a concert of choral and instrumental music by Ken Medema, including his gift for improvisation, on Sunday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

costume swap

DOVER – Drop off lightly used costumes at the Dover Public Library from October 2nd. Families can choose a costume anytime on Friday 7th October and Saturday 8th October.

Guitar Sunday Concert

PORTSMOUTH – Classical guitarist Jaclyn Jones will perform a concert at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center in the Haas Family Gallery and Recital Hall at PMAC on Sunday October 2nd at 3pm. The Guitar Sundays concert series, curated by Mitch Shuldman, welcomes professional guitarists from the New England area to perform in one of eight free concerts.

The concert is free. PMAC is located at 973 Islington St, Portsmouth. Visit for more information.

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