Plaistow Public Library Holds ‘A Gathering of Celtic & Christmas Songs and Stories’ Program

Plaistow Public Library presents a free night of music, stories and Celtic history at its “A Gathering of Celtic & Christmas Songs and Stories” program. The event takes place Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Plaistow Public Library, 85 Main St., Plaistow, N.H.

This interactive concert includes singing, clapping and a bit of foot stomping. Music will be played on the guitar, bouzouki and autoharp. Questions and input from the audience are encouraged.

Tufts Medicine Care at Home Invites Public to Honor Loved Ones at Candles of Remembrance Ceremony

Tufts Medicine Care at Home invites the public to light a candle, in-person or virtually, for loved ones at the Candles of Remembrance ceremony in Methuen or online. The ceremony happens in person Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., at Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen. A virtual ceremony takes place Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., online.

Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra Presents ‘Home for the Holidays’ Concert

The Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra is offering a “Home for the Holidays” concert featuring rising star soprano Isabella Phair and Voices of Hope. The concert happens Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m., at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center, 40 Greenough Road, Plaistow, N.H.

Musical performances include dongs from Frozen along with seasonal hits like Sleigh Ride and Jingle Bells. Special guest, Timberlane superintendent Chris Kellan will also be reading “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Attendees may also visit with Santa. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, $10 for students and teachers and $5 for children under 12.

Pentucket Arts Foundation Puts on Third Annual Makers Market

Pentucket Arts Foundation offers presents, concessions and more at the third annual Makers Market in Groveland. The market is on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at Veasey Memorial Park, 201 Washington St., Groveland. Thirty-five local artists and artisans are presenting products such as handmade wire, metal and beaded jewelry, pottery and ceramics, textiles, soap and candles, paintings, knitted goods, holiday decorations and more. The concession table includes goods from Long Hill Farm, Grant Family Farm and Burwell Coffee Roasters.

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church Hosts Holiday Mini Bazaar in Haverhill this Saturday

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church presents a mini holiday bazaar this weekend in Haverhill. The bazaar takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 471 Main St., Haverhill. Items to purchase include jewelry, plants, craft supplies, holiday décor and treasures from Granny’s Attic. Visitors may also participate in a cookie walk where a baker’s dozen of home-baked cookies can be purchased for only $5.

Haverhill Garden Club Invites Public to Participate in Third Annual Holiday Door Photo Display

The Haverhill Garden Club is hosting its third annual “Holiday Doors of Haverhill” photo display. Residents and business owners are asked to decorate their entryways and take a photograph in the daytime to send to the club. Names and addresses should be included. The pictures will be shared in groups on the club’s Facebook starting in early December. Only the street address will identify the photo.

Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill Displays AIDS Memorial Quilt for World AIDS Day

Five panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt are being presented by the Universalist Unitarian Church of Haverhill this weekend in honor of World AIDS Day today. While planning a march in 1985, gay rights activist Cleve Jones asked his fellow marchers to write the names of friends and loved ones who had died of AIDS on placards. They stood on ladders and taped the placards to the walls of the San Francisco Federal Building, creating the look of a patchwork quilt. Inspired, construction began on a larger memorial in 1987 which served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. The project aimed to honor those who died of AIDS and help the public understand the devastating impact of the disease. Now, the quilt has grown to more than 50,000 panels, with more than 110,000 names stitched into its fabric. It weighs 54 tons, stretches more than 50 miles in length and is the largest community-arts project in the world.