Calendar Selections for February

Safe routes session resheduled...Seacoast Science Center camps for children... Book Groups at Lane Memorial Library...Identity theft...Hampton Beach area has knitting, a Valentine tea and painting classes.

Judy Palm

Community Visioning Session...

Date:   Thursday, February 12, 2009
Time:     6:30-8:00 P.M.
Where:    Rye Public Library
This informative session has been rescheduled from January 28 due to weather.

Come learn about Rye’s new Safe Routes to School program – part of a national initiative to encourage kids to walk or bike to school and ensure their safety.  Share your ideas, concerns, and priorities around getting kids safely to school on foot or on their bikes. Your input will help shape Rye’s Safe Routes to School Travel Plan, which will help the Town qualify for federal grant funding to make safety improvements and promote walking/biking to school.

Find out about the upcoming events: Second Annual Bike Rodeo and International Bike to School Day.

Science Center has a lot going on in February...

They want you to know that the center is open throughout the winter. With the Seavey Creek bridge closed for construction on Route 1A in Rye, visitors must take a short, but scenic detour to Odiorne Point State Park. Come enjoy winter wildlife, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the trails, and the seaside in the crisp winter air. Join us for a nature walk at 2:00 p.m. on weekends, then come warm up in the Science Center to take part in a visitor program, or explore the aquariums and interactive exhibits on your own.

Cuddly polar bears warm the heart...

When customers of Shaw’s purchase a reusable bag this winter, they are helping the environment in more ways than one. Shaw’s will donate a portion of its New Hampshire sales of the Polar Bear reusable bags to the Seacoast Science Center and environmental charities throughout New England including: Maine Audubon Society; New England Aquarium in Massachusetts; ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Vermont; Roger Williams Zoo in Rhode Island; and Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

Plus, customers receive valuable discount coupons to the Seacoast Science Center. The Polar Bear bags will be sold at all Shaw’s Supermarkets and Star Market locations from January 2 through February 28, 2009.

Science Center Vacation Camp, ages 4 and up...

The Seacoast Science Center is now accepting enrollment for its Treks 4 Tots and Seaside Safari winter vacation camps. Treks 4 Tots is a half-day morning camp for 4 and 5 year-old children. Treks will meet Wednesday-Friday, February 25-27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Treks campers may enroll for one or all three days. The cost per day is $25 for Seacoast Science Center members, $30 nonmembers.

Seaside Safari camp is a day program for children in grades K-5. Safari will meet for two weeks to accommodate your school vacation, Monday-Wednesday, February 16-18 and 23-25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. After-hours care is available until 5:30 p.m.; please sign up when you register. Safari campers may enroll for one or all three days. The cost per day is $40 for members, $45 for nonmembers. Games, stories and hands-on activities make for a full day of learning and fun. Space is limited, sign up today! You can find printable registration form by clicking on the Programs, For Preschooler or Environmental Day Camps at

For more information call the Seacoast Science Center at 603-436-8043.

Book Groups for young, old at Lane Library...

The Lane Memorial Library hosts two reading groups. An adult reading group known as the Twilight Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the library from 6:30 to 8:30. The book for March will be "A Stranger In The Kingdom" by Howard Frank Mosher.  Wallace Stegner, an acclaimed author says of this book “Exciting and memorable...Howard Frank Mosher has made a small town story into a universal one. He has filled it with memorable people and carried us along in a rolling wave of suspense. And, best of all, he has not lost his small is rich with local lore and local character.”
The April book choice is "Til We Have Faces: A Myth Retold” by C. S. Lewis. The editor comments: “In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses — one beautiful and one unattractive — C. S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction.” For more information you may contact Debra Perry at

They are also hosting a book discussion group  “Studying the Holocaust Through Young Adult Literature: A Book Discussion Group for Students of all Ages”. This group targets middle school age students and meets every Wednesday from 4 to 5 at Lane Memorial Library. The book for February is ”The Devil’s Arithmetic”, written by Jane Yolen. The book for March is “Briar Rose” by Jane Yolen and for April “I am David” by Anne Holm. The reading group will continue through the summer into September, For a complete list of the books to be read you may contact the library at 926-4729 for information about borrowing copies of the book and for registration.

Identity Theft...  

On Thursday February 19, 2009 you can learn how to protect yourself  against identity theft. Participate in an informational session facilitated by Sergeant Scott Blaisdell of the Rye Police Department. This meeting will be held in the Rye Public Safety Building, 6:30-7:30 p.m. No charge to the public open to all ages.

Selected Shorts …

Self Help...

Continuing our list of some of the support and self help groups  along the seacoast we are highlighting two more of the resources available to residents. These may be found at

The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center: therapeutic riding program of Newton, has been approved to participate in the Shaw's Receipt Rewards program. The program will donate 1 percent of receipt totals to help raise funds for the therapeutic riding and driving programs. Receipt collection bins can be found at the entrances of Shaw's Supermarkets in Stratham and Plaistow. You can stuff your receipts in these bins on your way out of the store or later, or mail your receipts to Attn: Shaw's Receipts, The Carriage Barn, 6 Sarah's Way, Newton, N.H. 03858. 378-014

Alcoholics anonymous holds meetings daily throughout the Seacoast. For meeting or general information on New Hampshire Alcoholics Anonymous, call (800) 593-3330 or

For information on AL-ANON/ALATEEN visit, or call (877) 825 2666. For meeting list and information locally, call 645-9518.

February, 2009