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Thursday, 10/27/2016

Cooking Matters for Adults
Thursday, 10/27/2016 (01:00 PM - 03:00 PM)

Get The Most Out Of Your Meals!

A FREE 6-week cooking and nutrition series for adults. Participants will learn cooking tips, techniques and healthy eating. This is a hands-on cooking class.

Thursdays - September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2016.

Friday, 10/28/2016

Introduction to ArcGIS
Friday, 10/28/2016 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)

Wednesday - Friday, October 26 - 28, 2016. Learn the ins and outs of working with ArcGIS 10.2 in a hands-on learning environment! This course is useful for people who have no prior GIS experience, as well as those who have used ArcGIS, but are new to ArcGIS 10.2 With a focus on New Hampshire data and applications, participants learn how to use ArcGIS 10.2 to produce attractive, effective maps. Data processing and data editing technigues are also covered.


  • Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), 9 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH, 03054

Walk With Ease
Friday, 10/28/2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

Location: Community Room. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, from September 20 through October 28.

Walk With Ease, created by the Arthritis Foundation, is a guide for walking for better health. The program is designed for people to increase at their own pace and make physical activity a part of daily life. Group members will receive a book and workbook to help them track their physical activity. Each week members will participate in a nutrition lesson and be active as a group. Group members will learn about easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables each day, make healthier food choices on a limited budget, and giving classic dishes a healthy twist. 

Walk With Ease is proven to
- Reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis
- Increase balance, strength and walking pace
- Improve overall health  

Limited to 10 individuals.


  • Exeter Housing Authority, 277 Water Street, Exeter, NH, 03833

Saturday, 10/29/2016

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
Saturday, 10/29/2016 (08:30 AM - 05:00 PM)

Sometimes the best first aid is YOU.

Participants will receive 8 hours of professional development time with certificates available.

Register Here or use the link in the flyer.


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  • Walpole Elementary School, 8 Bemis Lane, Walpole, NH, 03608

Coös 4-H Achievement Ceremony
Saturday, 10/29/2016 (09:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Please get your nominations to us by Wednesday, October 5.


Click on link below, Nomination Form and letter.


  • Coos County UNHCE Office, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH, 03584

Invasive Species Management Workshop
Saturday, 10/29/2016 (09:30 AM - 11:30 AM)

Join us at Templeton State Forest for a workshop on the tools and techniques to treat and remove invasive species on your land. You will learn methods to protect your land from being taken over by invasive plants.


Please RSVP
Contact Fletcher Clark at fletcher.clark@state.ma.us or (413) 262-2367

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  • Templeton State Forest, Patriots Road, Templeton, MA, 01468

Beaver Walk with Henniker Helping Hands 4-H Club
Saturday, 10/29/2016 (03:30 PM - 05:00 PM)

BEAVER WALK in Henniker to an active series of beaver ponds!

Merrimack County’s Henniker Helping Hands 4-H Club has invited our county 4-H clubs to join them with the beavers on October 29th at 3:30 PM. They’ll be talking about the important “keystone” role these busy rodents play in our local forest ecology, especially in this year of severe drought. Beavers are master builders and plumbers and you’ll be able to get up close to their dams, channels, lodges, feeding areas, and track their activities. Plan on about an hour and a half of exploring. Beavers love mud, so plan on getting dirty! If you are interested in joining this walk please contact us at the 4-H Office for more information. Call 796-2151.

Merrimack County 4-H Honors Evening
Saturday, 10/29/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)


  • Merrimack Valley Middle School, 14 Allen Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Monday, 10/31/2016

Cooking Matters for Kids
Monday, 10/31/2016 (03:00 PM - 05:00 PM)

Mondays: October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28. Teaches children in 3rd through 5th grade how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and to make smart choices wherever they go – at school, at home, at the store, and out to eat.


  • Iber Holmes Gove Middle School, 1 Stephen Batchelder Parkway, Raymond, NH, 03077

Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy
Monday, 10/31/2016 (05:00 PM - 07:00 PM)

Learn how to cook more than just stews in your slow cooker.

6-week lesson series for families in collaboration with Memorial Hospital.  Cook as a family and learn more about making healthy choices.  Youth activities presented by Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Center staff.

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  • Conway Elementary School, 160 Main Street, Conway, NH, 03818

Agriculture and Natural Resource Business Institute
Monday, 10/31/2016 (06:00 PM - 09:00 PM)

Mondays: September 12 - December 5.


Launch a natural resource business or grow the one you have!


New Hampshire farmers and landowners have always been independent, self-reliant, and inventive. UNH Cooperative Extension offers this Institute because we believe outreach education is the best way to reach these entrepreneurs and help strengthen the economic viability of New Hampshire’s agricultural and natural resource businesses.


Through discussions, hands-on activities, and web-based tools, you will develop an operational plan for your business proposal. In addition, participation will help you meet USDA Farm Service Agency borrower training requirements. 





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  • Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, NH, 03301

Tuesday, 11/01/2016

Cooking Matters™ for Teens
Tuesday, 11/01/2016 (03:15 PM - 05:30 PM)

Learn the basics of Cooking and Healthy Eating in these free hands-on cooking classes.  Practice preparing dinners, lunches, snacks and breakfast. All meals are healthy, low cost and tasty!


This is a six (6) session series.  Tuesdays, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, & 29, 2016. (we are skipping Nov 22)


Registration required.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and how to register.


  • Colebrook Academy, Colebrook, NH, 03576

Cooking Matters for Kids
Tuesday, 11/01/2016 (03:30 PM - 05:30 PM)

Tuesdays: October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29. Teaches children in 3rd through 5th grade how to prepare healthy meals and snacks, and to make smart choices wherever they go – at school, at home, at the store, and out to eat.


  • Seabrook Adventure Zone, 867 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, NH, 03874

Littleton First Impressions Community Report-Out Meeting
Tuesday, 11/01/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Doors open at 5:30pm

Come join fellow community members as they share
their experience in the New Hampshire premier of the
First Impressions Program through a facilitated group
discussion designed to spark ideas and spur action.

New Hampshire First Impressions is a community
exchange program designed to empower local
volunteers to gather fresh insight to the assets and
opportunities in their downtown and catalyze that
insight to meet those challenges.

The First Impressions program has over 25 years of
success across the U.S. and Canada, New Hampshire
First Impressions has been adapted from these other
programs to meet the specific needs of the state.
We hope this gathering can excite, ignite and continue
Main Street's successes and future opportunities.


Register at:


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  • Littleton Opera House, 2 Union Street, Littleton, NH, 03561

Infant Mental Health - What Is It and Why Is It Important
Tuesday, 11/01/2016 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)

Parent with Infant and Child

Early Care and Education professionals have an important role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of infant and toddlers. This workshop will begin by presenting a definition and overview of infant mental health. Next the importance of early relationships for healthy brain development and the role of secure attachments and self-regulation for infant mental health will be highlighted. Practical strategies for recognizing infant stress signals and promoting infant mental health will be a focus of the workshop.


  • Kendal at Hanover, 80 Lyme Road, Hanover, NH, 03755

Wednesday, 11/02/2016

Eat Healthier
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

A weekly healthy eating series with snacks!


Wednesdays: October 5, 19, 26 November 2, 16. Kitchen Utensils and Supplies will be distributed weekly to those in attendance.

  • October 5 - Nutritious Snacks 
  • October 19 - Healthy Drink Taste Test 
  • October 26 - Incorporate More Fruits and Vegetables into Your Day 
  • November 2 - Staying Healthy 
  • November 16 - Understanding Nutrition Fact Labels 
  • Scheduled with instructor: Grocery Store Tour. $10 Gift Certificate at completion of tour.*

*SNAP eligible participants. If you qualify for Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, Housing Assistance, or other types of financial assistance, then you qualify to participate at no cost to you.


  • Cross Roads House, 600 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Learn how to use a slow cooker for more than just stews!

This 4 week mini-series will teach seniors how to use their slow cooker for a variety of recipes. Lessons include food safety, reading food labels, increasing fruits and vegetables and physical activity. 


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  • The Brown Church, 132 Main Street, Conway, NH, 03818

Cover Crop Field Meeting
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (11:00 AM - 01:00 PM)

Carl Majewski, UNH Cooperative Extension, and Chad Cochrane, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present a free workshop on cover cropping techniques, featuring various cover crop demonstration plots, which will be hosted at Bohanan Farm on Wednesday, November 2nd from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. It will also be a time to learn about Merrimack County Conservation District's new rentable equipment to improve soil health: a lime/wood ash spreader and a mechanical aerator. Food will be provided. (1.5 Pesticide Credits Available)


Pre-registration is not required but RSVP appreciated. Please contact the Merrimack County Conservation District at 223-6020 or info@merrimackccd.org

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  • Bohanan Farm, 945 Penacook Street, Contoocook, NH, 03229

New Hampshire Direct Marketing Conference: New Product Marketing
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (12:30 PM - 06:00 PM)


Do you have a great idea to bring a new product to market to grow or expand your agriculture business? Before investing money, good planning and networking are essential. Entrepreneurs, growers, farmers, and faculty who have successfully brought a new product to market will be speaking on growing and marketing unusual specialty crops, value added products and services, and food preparation. A presentation and discussion on keeping up with social media will help you promote your business and increase sales by getting the right information to the right customer at the right time. You will also learn more about challenges and opportunities during the speaker panel with state agencies and local officials. 






From Berry To Bottle Launching Maine Medicinals First Herbal Supplement.   Geo Johnston, Dresden Maine. In the course of creating or launching a new product, there are countless questions. Finding the answers is not always easy or obvious. Geo will share the story of how his family decided to go into business producing herbal supplements from berries and botanicals they grow on their 10 acre organic farm. 


Thinking Outside the Box to Expand Your Offerings All Year Long: Some Novel Specialty Crops to Consider. Becky Sideman, University of New Hampshire Extension. Many consumers have a good idea of what is available from the local farm markets. Having something outside the norm can present new opportunities to engage with your customers, draw new customers, and build a loyal following for a special product or experience. 


Keeping Up With the Latest Social Media. Terri Dautcher, Plymouth State University.  Promoting your business & increasing sales requires getting the right information to the right customer at the right time.  Social media platforms can help, but where should you start?  How much effort should you put towards social media, compared to other marketing activities? Terri will help you sort out if, and how much social media you should be using to help you achieve your business goals.  


Featured Farm - Freund’s Farm Market & Bakery: A Farm Market For All The Seasons. Theresa and Matthew Freund, East Canaan, CT. What began as a roadside ‘stand’ with a door propped up on 2 blocks holding a bushel basket filled with sweet corn during the summer months has evolved into a farm market, bakery, garden center, catering business sitting in the middle of their family dairy farm.


Putting It All Together: New Products Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions. A facilitated group conversation with the audience, speakers and representatives from the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food: Gail McWilliam-Jellie, Ag Development and Jennifer Gornnert, Regulatory Services;   NH Department of Health and Human Services: Royann Bossidy, Food Protection Section and Chuck Metcalf, Dairy Sanitation; Rockingham Planning Commission, Glenn Greenwood, Town Acceptance.



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  • Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH, 03840

Extension IT Office Hour
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (01:00 PM - 02:00 PM)

Do you have questions for Extension IT that you haven't gotten around to asking? Join us to ask questions, hear what others are asking, get a tip or two, or tell us what's bugging you.


This is an informal session, driven by your questions and concerns. No topic is off limits! We expect to discuss Salesforce, Drupal, Outlook, Office, Browsers, and more.


While you can just drop in, it would be helpful if you'd let us know you're coming - send an email to stephen.judd@unh.edu , and I'll reply with a calendar invitation. If you have a specific question that we might need to research, include it in the email. 


The session will be held via Zoom: https://unh.zoom.us/j/5331189312


This is just the first in what will likely become a regular series of sessions, depending on staff interest and participation.


  • Zoom - Online, NH,

MC 4-H Marketing You Interviews at 4-H Office
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (05:00 PM - 07:30 PM)

County interviews for Marketing You Resumes will take place on November 2nd from 5-7:30PM.

Resumes are due to the office by October 26th.

Monadnock Shooting Sports 4-H Club
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

The Monadnock 4-H Shooting Sports Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the Peterborough Sportsman Club indoor range. This program is open to all 4-Hers interested in shooting sports.  Must be 8 years or older to participate.  Contact the Hillsborough County 4-H office for more information.


  • Peterborough Sportsman's Club, 209 Old Peterborough Rd, Dublin, NH, 03444

Cooking Matters for Parents
Wednesday, 11/02/2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)

Wednesdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30. Teaches low-income parents with young children how to prepare and shop sensibly for healthy meals on a limited budget.


  • St. Anne Parish, 26 Emerson Avenue, Hampstead, NH, 03841

Thursday, 11/03/2016

Safety Awareness in the Food Environment - for Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
Thursday, 11/03/2016 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAFE reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. SAFE workshops provide food safety training for new employees and refresher information for more experienced staff. The 2-hour workshop uses practical discussion and hands-on demonstrations to help participants apply safe food handling practices in the workplace. SAFE participants receive fact sheets and a certificate of attendance.

Presented by: Ann Hamilton, Field Specialist and ServSafe(r) Certified Instructor.


  • NH Food Bank, 700 E. Industrial Drive, Manchester, NH, 03109

Merrimack County Advisory Council
Thursday, 11/03/2016 (07:00 PM - 08:30 PM)

UNHCE Administration Attending: Ken La Valley



7:00     Secretaries Report - Review and approve October minutes

7:10     Ken LaValley, Dean & Director - Update

7:25     Rachel Maccini, Program Co-ord. - Update on Pesticide Training and WMUR's Grow It Green segment

7:45     Report from State Council - Rep. George Saunderson & Lorrie Carey

7:55     Plan Delegation Breakfast on Friday, Dec. 9, at 9 AM, at 4 Court St, Concord - Pass around food & task sign-up sheets

8:10     County Office Administrators Report & Budget Update - Tim Fleury & Amy Papineau

            Discussion about additional funding request for Community & Economic Development Field Specialist for Merrimack County

8:30     Adjourn




  • Merrimack County UNHCE Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH, 03303



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