Fairy and Gnome Houses

Fairy and Gnome Houses with the Dover Public Library. Families are invited to join us on Monday, April 26 from 2:00-3:00 to create Fairy and Gnome houses. We will be using natural materials and building on the front lawn of the library. Miss Tina will begin the event with a short story time.

16th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon

Register for the 16th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon to Benefit Cornerstone VNA


Mark your calendars! The 16th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon, one of coastal New Hampshire’s longest-running half marathons, has been set for Sunday, October 31st in Portsmouth, NH. This year, the Seacoast Half Marathon is offering a hybrid model, giving runners the opportunity to participate either in-person or virtually. Virtual participants can select from three distance options, which can be completed on the route of their choice between October 23rd and October 31st.


Each year, 100% of the net proceeds from the event are donated to a mindfully selected seacoast nonprofit organization. Traditionally, the Seacoast Half Marathon committee selects a new nonprofit beneficiary each year, but this year is different and has been billed as a rerun! Since the 2020 race transitioned to a virtual event due to COVID-19, and did not produce the same level of fundraising for Cornerstone VNA, the Race Committee decided to remain with Cornerstone VNA as their 2021 beneficiary. This all volunteer committee is proud to continue this beloved autumn race tradition, as well as maintain their philanthropic tradition of supporting a local nonprofit beneficiary.


This year’s beneficiary, Cornerstone VNA, is an independent nonprofit organization providing home care, hospice, palliative care, private duty services, and community health and wellness programs. As a local health care provider, Cornerstone VNA has been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for patients of all ages, from birth through end-of-life. “The pandemic certainly posed some unique challenges for last year’s event, so we are deeply honored that the committee has chosen us as their beneficiary once again,” states Erika Lee, Advancement Director at Cornerstone VNA.


According to Bruce Hurley, longtime Seacoast Half Marathon committee member, “We feel like Cornerstone VNA certainly deserves a shot to do this when there is not a global pandemic underway and would like to have them continue to be the beneficiary for 2021 when hopefully, maybe the world is closer to normal.” Jay Diener, Seacoast Half Marathon Race Director adds, “We are looking forward to working with our friends at Cornerstone VNA again this year, their frontline work this past year has been paramount to the wellbeing of our communities and we cannot think of a more powerful way to illustrate that than to once again partner with them on our historic race.”


Visit seacoasthalfmarathon.com  to learn more about the race and how participation, either as a sponsor or as a runner/walker, helps Cornerstone VNA.


Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 108 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Free Mental Health Presentation

Free Mental Health Presentation on April 18th @ 10:30am at The Awakening Church, 32 Pearl St Dover. Behavioral Health Clinician, Dr Mike and local author Brittany Eldridge will be speaking at this event. Free everyone invited.

The Dover 400 Org presents

The Dover 400 Org presents A Historian Lives the Revolution: Rev. Jeremy Belknap in the crossroads of the 18th Century online with Dr. Jordan Fansler on Apr 13th from 7:00 PM  to 8:00 PM. Examine the life and works of Jeremy Belknap, minister in Dover from 1767 to 1787.  As a minister, historian, Army Chaplain, and  archivist, Belknap allows us to consider many aspects of community life  in Dover, such as religion, government, scholarship, and society during a  tumultuous period. Register to participate at www.dover400.org

The Art Center is accepting applications for our June 1 – September 30, 2021 Artist Residency Program


2021 Artist Residency Program

The Art Center is excited to announce the 2021 Artist Residency Program, in our space at the Washington Street Mills in Dover, NH. We welcome artists working in a wide variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, fiber arts and mixed media, who are interested in temporary studio space and exhibiting in our gallery.  This opportunity is made free to the selected artists thanks to our Benefactor, Peter Henry of Market Square Jeweler. This opportunity of a lifetime is valued at $2,500.

Residency Program Periods
February 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021 (Yuliya Shuel current resident)
June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021
October 1, 2021 through January 31, 2021

This is a studio residency only; housing is not included

Artists will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their art practice, with access to draw inspiration from Dover’s historic downtown, the Cocheco river, and the local arts and culture scene. Artists will have full access to a 160 sq ft studio space with a shared utility sink. 

The selected artists will have four months to develop a body of work throughout their residency that will be displayed in the 2022 Artist Residency Exhibition in the gallery space at its conclusion.


Check out our 2020 Artist in Residency Exhibition on display now – www.theartcenteronlinegallery.com.

For more details and to apply visit – http://theartcenterdover.com/residency/index.php



Rebecca Proctor

The Art Center

1 Washington Street, Suite 1177

Dover, NH. 03820



Lessons to Learn from Maine’s Bicentennial

Lessons to Learn from Maine’s Bicentennial


South Berwick, Maine- Old Berwick Historical Society will present an online lecture on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30pm titled “Commemorating Maine Statehood:


What can we Learn from the Bicentennial?”. This illustrated presentation and discussion by Dr. Liam Riordan explores the statehood process in Maine that culminated in 1820 with formal separation from Massachusetts. That struggle engaged a range of challenging public issues that are still recognizable today. Commemorating statehood can help us to better understand the explosive place of slavery vis-a-vis the Maine-Missouri Crisis, the sharp partisan conflict and repeated separation votes that took place from 1792-1819, the uncertain international border and regional diversity issues in the State, and the struggle for Wabanaki sovereignty.


Participants can register for the online lecture on the Old Berwick Historical Society’s website. Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public.


Dr. Riordon is a Professor of History at the University of Maine. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholar Award in 2012. In 2020, he was honored with the Neal W. Allen, Jr., History Award to recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the field of Maine history, awarded by the Maine Historical Society. Riordon was a consultant to the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Historical Society, and Maine State Museum for exhibits related to the state bicentennial. He is currently working on, “Maine Statehood, its Legacy, and Commemoration,” an interdisciplinary collection of twelve essays to be co-edited with Richard Judd.


The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2021 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at www.oldberwick.org.

Soap Box Derby 2021 season

Soap Box Derby 2021 season

There are three opportunities for gravity-powered racing for students ages 7 to 20 coming up. There is plenty of time to build your own car to race in the first Rally event in less than 60 days or the Local Championship in less than 100 days.


With two spring rallies to make up for 2020.



May 1 & 2, 2021

NH Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH



May 22 & 23, 2021

NH Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH



June 13, 2021

Dover, NH


Contact us at newhampshire@soapboxderby.org for help on how to get started.

Zebra Crossings Spelling Zee on March 26th at 7pm

Zebra Crossings Spelling Zee on March 26th at 7pm

Take a break from another night of Netflix and join us for a memorable, fun-filled spelling bee style event in support of a great cause! $25 per team benefitting Zebra Crossings programs. Register at www.zebra-crossings.org in the program calendar.

About this Event

The Spelling Zee is a family friendly event designed to inspire playful competition and a trove of laughter. Join us for this virtual event that will pit teams of adults and/or children in a fun-filled spelling bee style competition. Team members will take turns spelling words tailored to the age of each participant and get points for each correct answer. Teams of two people (or more if you choose) can be made up of any age group. Unique challenges will provide opportunities for bonus points! The team with the most points at the end will win a special prize.

We are grateful for the generous sponsor support of Laars Heating Systems, our event champion.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to contribute one of the event prizes please contact meg@zebra-crossings.org.

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