Free Comic Book Day returns to Rochester NH, Albacore, Portsmouth NH

Girl Scouts will offer a kindergarten readiness series in Portsmouth, Dover

PORTSMOUTH — Your little girl is about to take a big step! Naturally, you want to do everything possible to prepare her to start kindergarten with confidence. This is where Girl Scouts come in. The Kindergarten Readiness course is free and open to all girls entering kindergarten this fall in Portsmouth, Dover and surrounding areas. Make New Friends is a four-part series airing Mondays May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 6-7 p.m. at Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth. No membership required. Learn more about the series at

The same series will run on Thursdays May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4-5pm at Henry Law Park, 1 Washington St., Dover. For more information, visit

Captain America Jordan White was found at the Jetpack Comics registry in Rochester for Free Comic Book Day last year.  The Free Comic Book Day will take place this Saturday, May 7 in Rochester from 10 a.m.

Artist Susan E. Hanna will be featured in the Local Expert series

DOVER – Join the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday May 3 for an interactive, step-by-step painting lesson with local artist Susan E. Hanna of SEH Studios. The tutorial will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Dover Chamber (550 Central Ave., Dover) with the option for participants to attend in person or virtually via Zoom. The cost is $5 for chamber members and $10 for non-members. The program is limited to 24 places so be sure to reserve your place. Participants will be provided with all supplies needed for painting. You can pick up the supplies at SEH Studios (1 Washington St., Mill Building) on ​​Tuesday, May 2 from 4-5 p.m. or Wednesday, May 3 from 12-2 p.m. to register or for more information.

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Hike in the Rocky Hills Conservation Area

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine – Located behind Brixham Danceworks on Punkintown Road, across from Marshwood High School, is the Rocky Hills Conservation Area in South Berwick. On Wednesday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., explore this vast network of trails that connect Eliot Town Forest and the US Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Land. Highlights of the hike include an old granite quarry, views of Bartletts Mill Pond and York Pond. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or info@gwrlt.orgoutings limited to 25. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation $5 to non-members, $10 per family.

Berwick Community Media and the Library for the premiere of the documentary

BERWICK, Maine – The Berwick Public Library and Berwick Community Media will premiere a documentary film about democracy, journalism and the informed citizen on Wednesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Berwick Public Library. Following the premiere, the library will host a panel discussion on the topic of democracy, journalism and the informed citizen with several of the participants, moderated by Niles Schore, who was also interviewed. The premiere and the round table are free. The Berwick Public Library is located at 103 Old Pine Hill Road, Berwick, Maine. Call 207-698-5737 or visit for more information..

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Teen Crafternoon will feature Star Wars Perler Bead magnets

DOVER – Celebrate Star Wars Day on Wednesday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at Dover Public Library as we make Star Wars characters from perler beads! This program is free and open to teens in grades 6-12.

Early morning birding walk at Keay Brook Preserve

BERWICK, Maine – Keay Brook Preserve located along the Salmon Falls River and Keay Brook in Berwick, volunteer birder Scott Richardson of Berwick will lead participants on an early morning birding walk Thursday May 5 at 7 a.m. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or, outings limited to 25. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation $5 to non-members, $10/family.

Hampton United Methodist will hold a spring clearance sale

HAMPTON — Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Road (Rt. 1), Hampton, will hold its annual Spring Sale on Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; masks optional. There will be spring and summer clothes, toys, books, games, furniture, shoes, small appliances and household items for sale at very reasonable prices. Do good business and help church mission projects in the community. For more information, contact the church office at 603-926-2702.

Spring Ephemeral Stroll in North Berwick

NORTH BERWICK, Maine – Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon. meet at Negutaquet Conservation Area, 219 Lebanon Road, North Berwick Outreach Coordinator and Botanical Enthusiast: Brenna Crothers will guide you on a tour of this beautiful reserve identifying spring mayflies along the way. Pre-registration required. Call 207-646-3604 or info@gwrlt.orgoutings limited to 25. Free for GWRLT members, suggested donation $5 to non-members, $10 per family.

Volunteer for Albacore’s second annual Make a Difference Day

PORTSMOUTH – The Albacore is preparing for the busy summer season and needs help picking up litter and branches, raking and sweeping, cleaning windows and some painting. Volunteers for an hour or all the time are needed for Make a Difference Day on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your lunch and picnic to the field and visit the submarine for free. If interested, email or call 603-436-3680.

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Writing Well Workshop at Berwick Library

BERWICK, Maine — Author Chris Boucher will help writers identify the elements of a good story in a two-part workshop over two Saturdays, May 7 and May 14, at noon at the Berwick Public Library. Workshop participants will take their own story ideas and develop scenes. The workshop is aimed at aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers and journal editors. Space is limited. Contact the library at 207-698-5737 to register. Boucher is the author of the Pivot series of books.

Rochester Free Comic Book Day returns May 7

ROCHESTER — Back to its roots, the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival returns on Saturday, May 7. Thousands of people will descend on Rochester for free comics, convention hall, and costumed superheroes (and villains).

Families visit participating businesses and receive a free comic strip at each. This year, families can walk away with more than two dozen free comics. The Comic Book Scavenger Hunt map is downloadable at and directs attendees to participating businesses and organizations in downtown Rochester. The convention hall will be in the Ballroom of the Governor’s Inn with dozens of guests, vendors, local artists and nationally acclaimed comic book creators. with hundreds of dollars in prizes. Live music from 80s and 90s cover band The Toes begins at 7 p.m. at The Garage. Free Comic Book Day takes place rain or shine and starts at 10 a.m. For more information, email

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Health Market Connect workshops in May

ROCHESTER – Health Market Connect will be hosting weekly workshops at the Rochester Public Library in the Community Hall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through May 25. HMC employees will be there during these times to meet and assist local residents. find and sign up for affordable (or sometimes free) insurance plans available to them.

GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club Hosts Fundraiser

DOVER – The GFWC Dover Area Woman’s Club is hosting their Spring Hanging Basket fundraiser. Order today through May 12 and pick up May 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to Waypoint NH to help homeless youth. Email for order forms.

Artist Julie Serrano will be presented at the Franklin Gallery

ROCHESTER – The Franklin Gallery at RiverStones Custom Framing, 33 North Main St., Rochester, will host a “Greening Spring” exhibition this month featuring the works of South Berwick artist Julie Serrano. For more information about this exhibit and future Franklin Gallery exhibits, contact Kris Ebbeson at or 603-812-1488.

Daniel K. Denny