Exploring Exeter, A Family Hike!

Exploring Exeter, A Family Hike!

Little River Conservation Area

Dates: November 3, 2021

Times: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Transportation: Meet at the Exeter Parks and Recreation building and bus out to the Little River Conservation Area access point off of Garrison Lane.

Cost: FREE!

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

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


On October 31st, the 16th Annual Seacoast Half Marathon, one of coastal New Hampshire’s longest running half marathons, will kick off from Portsmouth High School. Traditionally an in-person race, the Seacoast Half Marathon is offering a hybrid model in 2021, giving runners the opportunity to participate either in-person or virtually. Virtual participants can select from three distance options (5k, quarter marathon or half marathon), 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. 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.


According to Erika Lee, Cornerstone VNA’s Advancement Director, “We are thrilled to be a part of this popular seacoast race, and we are grateful to the Seacoast Half Marathon volunteer race committee for all of their efforts to support local nonprofits like Cornerstone VNA.” Lee adds, “We also appreciate all of our race sponsors, especially Ocean Properties and First Seacoast Bank, who are our lead sponsors this year, and Runner’s Alley for their continued partnership in this event!”


According to Bruce Hurley, longtime Seacoast Half Marathon committee member, “Since our race first began in 2006, we have raised over $1.3 million for local nonprofit organizations. It’s a special tradition of caring for the coast and we are proud of the work we’ve done to raise awareness and funds for our nonprofit friends.” Jay Diener, Race Director adds, “This event brings so many people together and I am grateful to everyone involved in making the Seacoast Half Marathon a successful race year after year.”


Visit seacoasthalfmarathon.com today to learn more and to register.


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.

Blessing of the Animals

Kensington Congregational Church to Host Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, October 17th

Kensington, NH (October 17th, 2021):  Welcoming the flock will take on new meaning at Kensington Congregational Church for one day in mid-October when furry, winged and hoofed creatures are invited to come receive a blessing.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place in the parking lot across Osgood Street from the church, which is located at 108 Amesbury Road (corner of Osgood and Amesbury). The brief service will begin at 9:00 AM and end at approximately 9:15.

During the program, dogs, cats and other animals will be honored as beloved members of God’s Creation. Each will receive a blessing (and maybe a treat, with owners’ permission) from Interim Minister Jeff MacDonald. 

Local Jersey cows have mooed their approval for this event in years past. A young calf on a nearby farm is reportedly looking forward to taking part this year.

To keep things orderly, all animals must be under their owners’ control at all times – i.e., either on a leash or in a closed crate. Pets displaying exceptional vocal talents could be recruited for the KCC choir.

A Blessing of the Animals is a traditional event associated with St. Francis, a 13th century monk known for witnessing to God’s love for all people and species. The Feast of Saint Francis is marked on Oct. 4.

Fall Workshop

The Kensington Congregational Church hosts Fall Workshop about the Best ways to support your aging parents on October 13th at 4pm. Is free and Space is limited, reservation required call the church office at 603-772-5821. Kensington Congregational Church is located on Route 150 in the center of town.  

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