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 present a State of the City Breakfast Forum on Tuesday, September 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by Eversource, this program will feature an update and an opportunity to Learn more about the future of Rochester from Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan and City Manager Blaine Cox. Several city department heads will be introduced and provide information on their roles. Tim Jones, CEO of Frisbie Memorial Hospital, will also provide information and an update on 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 forum breakfast is open to members of the chamber and to the public. Tickets are $25. For more 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 vast 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 focus on the future of offshore wind energy development in the Gulf of Maine. The summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market St.

Panel discussions include “New Hampshire Agencies in Offshore Wind,” moderated by Bob Varney of Normandeau Associates; “Utilities and Consumers”, moderated by Kirsten Koch of the Business and Industry Association; “Business and Workforce,” moderated by Mikael Pyrtel of 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 boat tour of New Hampshire Port facilities or a bus tour of the Pease International Trading Port. 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, September 26 at 4:30 p.m., educators from the UNH Community Literacy Center will lead this group which will present 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 Kindergarten through Grade 3. Caregivers are not required to attend, but are always welcome. Registration required.

Conference on the history of racial segregation in baseball

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

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 workshop for children

DOVER – On Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 p.m., children in Year 1 and up are invited to the Dover Public Library to make and take home a scarecrow. 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 Dance Hall Kittery.

This year’s lineup features a wide range of musical genres, including new interpretations of timeless Beatles tunes, the infectious rhythms of Brazil’s choro music (ancestor of samba and bossa nova), as well as versions classic and contemporary songs from the gypsy jazz songbook made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.

Performances will take place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1. The festival kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday when Metabeat takes the stage to perform reimagined versions of 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 musical collective made up of some of New England’s finest swing, gypsy and hot jazz musicians, will perform next Friday. Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the duo Ian Coury and Katherine Bent.

The festival ends with Rhythm Future Quartet, founded by violinist Jason Anick, who perform 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 musical performance taking place Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m. at 3S Artspace.

The first half of the event is a live reading of “Lore of the Jack-O’-Lantern”, a horror novella written by Brian Serven and illustrated by Dan Blakeslee. Illustrations from the book will be projected on a screen as 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 on

Vendors will once again line up on Central Avenue in Dover for the 38th Apple Harvest Day presented by the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, October 1.

Apple harvest day is Saturday

DOVER – The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will present Apple Harvest Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1 in Dover city centre.

There will be over 300 vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and tons of food at two food courts along Central Avenue from Third Street to Henry Law Park and the Rotary Arts Pavilion. The Apple Harvest Day 5K Road Race is at 8:30 a.m.

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 6-10 p.m. at the Rivermill in Dover Landing.

The keynote speaker will be Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, PhD, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and senior professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire and columnist for New Scientist and Physics World.

The star performer of the evening will be Adrienne Mack-Davis, a classically trained singer/songwriter whose music is described as hard-hitting soul and R&B melodies fused with infectious hip hop and dance instrumentals. Anthony Bounphakhom and The Block Collaborative from Portsmouth will also perform.

Doug York from Exeter, who owns 7North Coffee Co., will be behind the decks. Najee Brown, creator of New England’s first BIPOC theater company, Theater for the People, will be the emcee.

The dinner will be cooked by Chris Viaud, the chef and owner of Greenleaf and Ansanm, and a James Beard Award semi-finalist most recently known for appearing on 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 desserts. Formal attire is required. Tickets can be purchased at

Autumn Laser Regatta

DOVER – The Great Bay Yacht Club of Dover, in conjunction with the Piscataqua Sailing Association, will host the annual Autumn Laser Regatta on Sunday October 2 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 area.

The race information notice and registration can be found at For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Yoga in Action presents ‘Resilience’

PORTSMOUTH – On Sunday October 2 from 1-4pm, Yoga in Action will present the film “Resilience” at 3S Artspace at 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth. This is a hybrid event with options to participate in person or via livestream. For more information, visit

animal blessing

FARMINGTON – On Sunday, October 2, First Congregational Church, UCC of Farmington invites the public, pet owners and animal lovers to the sixth annual Animal Blessing at Noon. The event is free.

Pet owners are asked to have their pets on leashes or in carriers. Participants may bring Purina One dry dog ​​or cat food or any brand of wet pet food to donate to These Cat Rescue People and the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Cocheco Valley.

At noon, Pastor Tom will bless each animal individually. In case of bad weather, the Blessing of the Animals will take place inside the church. The 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 Ken Medema’s choral and instrumental music, including his gift of improvisation, on Sunday, October 2 at 6 p.m. There will be a voluntary offering. For more information, visit

costume swap

DOVER – Deposit gently used costumes at the Dover Public Library from October 2. Families can choose a costume anytime on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8.

Sunday Guitar Concert

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

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

Jennifer C. Burleigh