What’s Happening Around New Hampshire

Great Summer Music Camps at the Concord Community Music School

Talented & experienced instructors, state-of-the-art equipment for the jammers, fabulous indoor and outdoor space for campers to play (music) and play (play!)

Summer Jam Camp
July 10-14, Grades 5-12
David Tonkin, Scott Solsky, and Tim Gilmore, faculty
Join forces with fellow instrumentalists and singers for a week of jamming in music of many styles, including jazz, rock, and blues. Go home with a CD you made in the recording studio!

Creative Arts Camp
July 17-21 & July 24-28, Grades 1-6
Maria Isaak, Heather Oberheim, & Somayeh Kashi, faculty
Enjoy days packed with music, movement, visual art activities, and indoor and outdoor games.
Learn more and register at http://ccmusicschool.org/.

Arts in Motion Summer Theater Company for Children in North Conway

Arts in Motion Theater Company continues its tradition of quality children’s theater programming this summer with its Theater-rific camp running for six weeks under the direction of Debra Cottrell. Registration is now open for ages 6 to 12 and the cost is $110 per week.

Week 1: July 10 – 14 – Under the Sea
Week 2: July 17 – 21 – Island of Imaginary Creatures
Week 3: July 24 – 28 – Mad Scientists
Week 4: August 7 – 11 – Video Game World
Week 5: August 14 – 18 – Undercover Aliens
Week 6: August 21 – 25 – Around the World in 8 Days

Arts in Motion provides a fun experience for children to explore their individual interests and creativity in a safe and welcoming environment. Scholarships are available. To apply or register for camp visit www.artsinmotiontheater.com.  Part of the Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse, North Conway NH 03860,   603-356-0110

Summer Activities for Teens at Avenue A in Antrim

We’re excited to announce new summer programs for middle and high school students at Avenue A! Now’s the time to register for our summer camps and summer experiences! Please help us by spreading the word to your friends and family!

For more info about our programs or to register email Jacqueline Roland at avenuea@grapevinenh.org
or call The Grapevine at (603) 588-2620.

High School Programs

Blues Songwriting
Summer Experience – Mondays 5:30-7pm, July 17- August 21
Learn about Blues music with local musician Russ Novotny! Students will get the chance to create an original blues song and then perform it! Cost is $25 for the 6 week session. Open to grades 9-12. Scholarships are available! Email us to register!

TV Production
Summer Experience – Thursdays 6-8pm, July 13 – August 17
Come make television with us! Learn about camera operation, editing, studio shows, script writing, filming live events, and more. This 6 week program is led by Dave Kirkpatrick of Cheshire TV. Open to grades 9-12. Cost is $25 for the 6 week session. Scholarships are available! Email us to register!

High School Creative Writing Club
– Tuesdays 6-8pm
Share your writing and get feedback from other writers in our friendly, fun environment! New writers (grades 9-12) always welcome!

Middle School Programs

BioInventor Mini-Camp!
– July 24, 25, & 26 – 9am-12:30pm
When you think about it, nature is pretty smart! Plants, animals, and environments have amazing patterns and systems. Some of the greatest innovators in the world came up with their big ideas by emulating systems in nature. This is called biomimicry, and we’re trying our hand at it this summer! Join us as we brainstorm our own nature-inspired big ideas. We’ll work with guest scientists, artists, and educators to bring these ideas to life with actual prototypes! Open to grades 5-8. Cost is $65. Scholarships are available! Email us to register.

Camp Cooks A Lot
– Wednesdays, 9am-1pm, July 12th, July 19th, August 2nd, August 9th.
Chefs (or want-to-be-chefs) this camp is for you! During this culinary adventure, you’ll learn how to make healthy and delicious meals and afterschool snacks! Harvest food from the Ave A garden and practice making everything from breakfast sandwiches to scrumptious smoothies. Local chefs, bakers, and gardeners will visit to teach us their favorite recipes, and each camper will leave with their own recipe book! Open to grades 5-8. Cost is $45. Scholarships are available! Email us to register.

Pick Up Basketball
– Wednesdays 7-8pm – at the Antrim Town Gym in AES
Open to 7th and 8th grade boys! Bring your gym shoes and come practice your skills!

Programs for Middle & High School

Cooperative Game Club
– Mondays 5:30-8pm
Come play awesome new cooperative board games (think zombie apocalypse, murder mysteries, and beat the clock escape games!) with game gurus John and Mark! Open to 8th grade and up!

Chess Club
– Mondays 6-7:30pm (meets every other week – check our Facebook page)
Open to all skill levels… Learn chess, find opponents to play against, and improve your skills. Chess volunteer Steve teaches strategy and is always willing to play a game or two!

Teen Open Hours
– Fridays from 6:30-9pm
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join us for pool, foosball, Xbox games, snacks, karaoke, and all-around awesomeness!

Special Events

The Vine Story Hour “Animal Tales”
Thursday, August 3rd at 7pm
Join us for an evening of storytelling based on NPR’s MOTH Story Hour. Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit Avenue A.

Jacqueline Roland, Avenue A Coordinator
(603) 847-9070
Avenue A Teen & Community Center
A program offered by The Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center
42 Main Street, Antrim, NHwww.facebook.com/AvenueATeenCenter



Weare Home Educators is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 Co-op.

Classes include: Apologia Human Anatomy, Apologia General Science, Apologia Biology, IEW Speech Boot Camp, Art, CSI and P.E.

The WHE Co-op only runs 14 times per year.  We come together for labs and classes that enhance your homeschool experience.  Our schedule means less time commitment, yet it still allows for structured classes with a group of peers.  We also have set up our day to allow for plenty of social time for parents and children.  Our classes are run by homeschool parents which keeps our costs down.  We require parents to volunteer in some capacity so everyone feels connected as part of the team.  We hope you will consider our group for your family! Visit http://wearehomeeducators.com/co-op-classes  for all of the details.

Learning History with Fine Arts in Manchester

F.A.I.T.H. (Fine Arts Integrated Through History), is a parent run co-op that meets in the Manchester area on Tuesday afternoons from September to April. F.A.I.T.H. IS A Christ-centered, fine arts exposure program where history is taught both as an individual subject, as well as being integrated into music, art, and drama by paid instructors.  Students are fully immersed in the time period as they do art projects, stage plays, and study music of the age. Classes for ages PK through high school are available.

Our blog, http://faithfinearts.blogspot.com, provides a more complete picture. For more information about FAITH contact Kristina Mitchell at mitchells@onemacworld.com, Phone/text: 603-344-6827.

Home Schooled Teens Together Club Based in Concord

Home Schooled Teens Together is a club that I started about 11 years ago, with about 20 teens who wanted to meet other home schooled teens, and have some fun! During many of those years we have had enrollments of over 100 teens and have had a fantastic time!!! I now cap enrollment at a smaller number, depending on the ages that sign up, but we still have an awesome group who have a fantastic time !

The large enrollment gives our members an incredible opportunity to meet many different home schooled teens, and for our parents to meet other parents who are home schooling teens, from all over the state, as well as from MA, and VT and ME. Since we meet once a month, it is worth the trip and and members come from all over!

We are basically an old fashioned social club for home schooled teens to make new friends, from age 13 through graduation. I help the kids get to know each other, and form friendships, in a non- stressful and fun atmosphere of outings and parties (with games, music, and food), and I help them learn who lives near them, or has similar interests, to help them form friendships, through games and fun events.

We meet once a month in the Concord, NH area, from around 6:00 PM to around 9:00 PM (usually on the last Friday of the month, but not always, and we may change the day this year), for an activity, outing, or party. In the past we have done: indoor rock climbing, nighttime snow tubing, masquerade party, bowling (big and small ball), skating, nighttime capture the flag, nighttime picnic, laser tag, swimming pool party, board game marathon, holiday/Christmas party, indoor winter picnic,  mixer,  talent show, creativity contest, charity work, mini golf, go karts, high school graduation, Nerf Club outing, Museum of Science, classic movie morning, beach party, etc., etc.!

I always take the personalities of each year’s members into consideration, and ask for suggestions and then we vote on our activities for the year. This year I have a couple of new suggestions already that have come in, and am considering, video game LAN party, nighttime sleigh ride and bonfire, trampoline park, and faux prom, to add to our list. I’m sure our new group will have lots of suggestions as well, and we can vote on them all.

Our club has been made up of the nicest kids on the planet, and all our activities are geared towards making friends, and having fun! We are an old fashioned club and I have strict rules about polite and kind behavior which all the kids are happy to have at the heart of the club.

We have had six home school graduations, in a sweet little gazebo, on the beach in Maine as well, that would make anyone cry with joy, after watching these kids blossom from shy little 13 year olds into incredible young men and young women, surrounded by family, and all the friends they have made over the years in Home Schooled Teens Together.

Although most of our enrollment has been by word of mouth, and Teens Together members have started their sign ups, I am letting my members from Nerf Club enroll first, and then will post it to the home school lists if there is still room.  I try to always post it on the home school lists, in case there is a lonely teen out there who needs us, but will definitely limit it, if it gets too big, so please sign up or ask for further information quickly, in case I do fill up. There is no telling, and it changes every year. Enrollment will be first come, first served, (after previous members, and their newly turned teen age siblings).

Anyway, I just thought I would put it out there for anyone who might be interested.  If you would like more information, or would like to join, please send me an email. I hope to see you all at our Start Up Mixer in September!!! Cheryl, cherylsark@gmail.com.

Survey on Teaching Science

I am an intern at the New Hampshire Department of Education. I am also a former homeschooler. I have been given the assignment of sending out a survey to homeschooling parents to find what they need to feel confident in teaching science to their children. I have created an anonymous survey for homeschooling parents. This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary, but any responses would be greatly appreciated.


Volunteers Needed at Touchstone Farm in Temple

Touchstone Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit, educational and therapeutic organization. We are a community that fosters a sense of belonging for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Grounded in a sense of place, mutual respect, and well-being, Touchstone Farm strives to be a sanctuary which nurtures connections, cooperation, self-confidence, and personal growth. With the help of certified instructors and well-trained horses, Touchstone Farm offers diverse programs year-round, including HorsePower Therapeutic Riding and Driving Lessons, many levels of Riding Instruction, and Veterans’ Therapy Programs.

Our mission is to provide transformative experiences which positively change lives. In order to do this, Touchstone Farm depends on the generosity of others. We invite volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to join our community, whether it is to help with Therapeutic or Peanuts on Ponies programs, gardening, light maintenance, or to help with fundraising and events, Touchstone farm would love to have you. Training is provided, and no volunteer experience is needed. High School, Intern, and Community Service hours are accepted.

Contact: Emily Garland, Touchstone Farm Volunteer Recruiter, (603) 732-3988,

The Home School Nerf Club is starting up its 8th year of fun and excitement!

Once a month, in two fantastic Gymnastic Centers, the kids bounce off of trampolines, and over obstacles during our games of Capture the Flag, Last Man Standing, Castle, Stripes, and MANY others. They use mats to make castles and walls, and we have over 3000 brand new darts to play with every year. We also have special events for our members, like Medieval Nerf, Holiday Nerf, and a Tournament with prizes and a trophy at the end of the year.

Our members are home schoolers who range from age 7 to home school graduation. We meet in Bow and in Salem NH, for now and I am looking for a gym up north that might work for us as well in the future. In Bow, we meet on the second Tuesday of the month for two sessions (11:20 – 12:55 and 12:50 – 2:25), and in Salem, NH we meet on the First Thursday of the month, (12:05 to 1:40), (September through June). Both are played at  fabulous gymnastics centers, where we use the mats and equipment for forts and walls and castles, while playing many organized and supervised games with Nerf Guns.

I have started taking reservations for our 2017-2018 year. We sometimes fill up quickly and often go to a waiting list, so if you are interested, please let me know right away, by replying to me directly by email. It is $12.50 per child, per session. For more complete information, and/or to sign up, please contact me directly at cherylsark@gmail.com. Thanks, and we hope you join the fun! Cheryl

Concord Fencing Club Summer Session and Special Offer for 2017-18 Season

Check out our Summer Session page http://www.concordfencingclub.org/Summer%202017%20at%20CFC.pdf where we have an overview of our offerings, and a clarification of some of the options available to CFC members and guests.

We are highlighting our Early Bird Special Full Season Membership  if you purchase a 2017-2018 CFC Membership by July 30th, 2017, you can fence at CFC all Summer for free!

2017-2018 Early Bird Full Season Membership
for $500 Includes:
Full Membership Benefits for our 10-month season, Sep ’17-June ’18.
Save $100 vs. our monthly membership plan  ($60/month)
Unlimited Open Fencing
Free equipment rental
Unlimited access to CFC facilities during open hours.
Support Local Tournaments, Instruction, and Open Fencing

Receive a FREE 2017 Summer Pass as a thank you gift when you purchase before July 30:
Group activities for 7 weeks (15 evenings)
Open fencing for 7 weeks (15 evening)
If you participate in Open Fencing an average of once a week, a CFC membership pays for itself!

The ‘Early Bird’ Membership package can be purchased online by following the link below, or at the CFC office.  https://form.jotform.us/71772750401149.  Learn about the Concord Fencing Club at http://www.concordfencingclub.org/


Seeking Youth Ages 14-17 for Research Study

Earn $10 compensation

Researchers at the University of Maine are looking for research study participants in grades 9 to 12. The purpose of this research is to learn about different thoughts and emotions that teenagers have. Teens would be asked to respond to questions on the computer and just need access to a computer and internet to participate! Compensation for participation is $10. If interested or would like more information, parents please call 207-581-2061, message the Adolescent Mood and Behavior Project page, or email: shannon.brothers@umit.maine.edu.