NM Players presents "The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later" Dec. 6, 7

On the night of Oct. 6, 1998, Matthew Shepard met Russell Henderson and Aaron McKinney. The two men took Shepard into the middle of the Wyoming prairie, tied him to a fence, beat him and left him there to die. He wasn't found until 18 hours later.

On Oct. 12, 1998, at 12:53 a.m., Matthew Shepard died. McKenney and Henderson were charged with a hate crime because evidence was revealed that they did it because he was gay.

Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted interviews to write a play about how the hate crime could affect such a small town. The resulting play was known as "The Laramie Project."

Ten years after the murder, the Tectonic Theater Project returned to Laramie to conduct more interviews and to write about how the town had changed. The play is an epilogue to "The Laramie Project."

Hate is not a Laramie value nor an NM value.

Show dates: Dec. 6, at 4 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 7, at 2 and 7 p.m.

Admission: $6.

Veterans breakfast Dec. 7

Saturday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m., Pepperell VFW. Sponsor: State Rep. Sheila Harrington.

Community Church of Pepperell Christmas Fair Dec. 7

The Community Church of Pepperell will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shop at the Artisan's Corner, visit the Church Mouse Boutique or relax at the Kris Kringle Cafe. The fair will feature a gift basket raffle and silent auction. You can even have pictures taken with Santa from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Refuel at lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., browse the used books section with its books, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes or join us in the Children's area for cookie-decorating and other activities. You can even hunt for treasures in the preowned jewelry section.

Community Church is located at 3 Townsend St. Parking is available on Heald Street behind the church.

See you at the fair!

Dunstable Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 7

A Dunstable community holiday fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Dunstable Congregational Church. More than 20 craft vendors plus fish chowder and sandwiches for lunch, a bake table, silent auction and lots more at the fair.

For information contact Sue at

Knit for the Gold Dec. 10

Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m.

A local Girl Scout is collecting 100 knitted or crocheted, cold weather items to be given the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Homeless Shelter. Join her and help her reach her goal! You can learn how to knit, get help on a project you're working on, or just enjoy some snacks and company while you make hats, scarves, mittens, etc.

At Lawrence Library...

* Next Friends of the Library meeting, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m.

Open to the public. Join the Friends at their annual holiday luncheon. Free childcare available

* A Goodlie Companye, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Come enjoy seasonal madrigals and madrigal-style music, and learn about the history and customs behind these centuries-old songs. Please bring nonperishable food or personal care donations for PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home, a local food pantry.)

* LIVE @ Lawrence Library presents Open Mic, Friday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Join DJ Tyler on the second Friday of every month. Musicians, singers, poets -- share your talent! All ages/all instruments welcome. Come play, sing or just listen! All LIVE@Lawrence Library programs are free and open to the public with light refreshments sponsored the Friends of the Library, and coffee provided by Starbucks Coffee, Nashua, NH.

* Book Club, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

This month we are reading two short stories:

"Christmas Day in the Morning" by Pearl S. Buck and "At Christmas Time" by Anton Chekhov.

Please bring a treat or beverage to share at our annual Holiday Meeting! We've been meeting since 1998 and always have a talkative and fun group. Join us!

* Gift Wrap Party, Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The gifts have been bought, but wrapping is a chore? Join us and wrap your presents while listening to festive music, eating cookies and having a holly jolly good time! We've got wrapping paper to share. 

* Movie Night, Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m.

We will be watching the classic Christmas movie starring Chevy Chase as Clark W. Griswold! How many blinking lights can one house fit? How fast can your sled go if you grease it up just right? Things may not be perfect, but at least Clark will get his much-deserved Christmas Bonus from work ... right? Rated PG-13. No registration.

* Tree-lighting Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:45 p.m.

We will have Appleseeds students and Girl Scouts singing carols until Santa arrives and pictures with Santa following the lighting of the tree. There will be hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies available to the public.

WROR will be there again this year sponsored by Shaw's and Dietz & Watson.

* Bridge Club seeks new members

A group of card players has been meeting at the library to play bridge and socialize for many years. Now they are looking for new members, all levels welcome, to join them at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, call Molly at 433-0433.

* Italian Conversation Group, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.

Parla Italiano? Open to anyone who would like to meet and converse in Italian. From beginners to more fluent speakers; everyone is invited.

Lawrence Library in December ... for the younger set

* Merry Marshmallows, Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m.

Marshmallow cocoa stirrers and snowmen are fun to make! We have all the supplies you need to create last-minute gifts. No registration; this is a drop-in program for all ages.

* YA Book Club, Friday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m.

Join us to talk about some awesome books, eat snacks, and hang out. This month, we'll be discussing BZRK by Michael Grant. No registration. This club is for teens.

* Youth Services -- Book Worm Club, Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m.

Join our new 'tween club for fun book discussions! Our next book is Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George. Creel's family tried to sacrifice her to a local dragon, but she's no ordinary damsel in distress. For kids 8 - 12.

* Baby Sign Language, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a free class in American Sign Language! This class is for children from infant to 3 years old, as well as parents and siblings. This program is sponsored by the MOMS Club of Nashoba Valley.

* Make & Take Ornaments, Saturday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m.

We will have a variety of holiday decorations that you can make and bring home with you - make a necklace, decorate a snowflake, and do other fun wintery crafts.

* Arts & Crafts Club, Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Each month we'll make a different awesome project that you can take home with you. For elementary and middle school students.

* Craft Explorers, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m.

We will have crafts and play centers set up for a fun and messy playtime for ages 18 months - 5 years.

* Movie Day -- "Despicable Me 2," Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.

Come for the minions... stay for the popcorn! Rated PG.

* Mad Science, Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Science is cool, fun, and sometimes explosive - come find out what we're doing this month! For kids in grades 3 through 8.

* Pajama Story Time, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Put on your pajamas and join Miss Shannon for our monthly Pajama Story Time! We will have songs, stories, and a little bit of fun before bedtime.

* Lego Club, Thursday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m.

Build a castle, see how tall you can stack a tower, or create whatever your imagination can dream up! Lego club will be held on the third Tuesday of every month and is open to all ages. This is a drop-in program - we're just here to have fun!

* Story Times ~ no registration, just come on in!

Holiday Storytime, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 11 and 18; stories, music and crafts with Miss Shannon, for ages 18 months and up.

Holiday Babytime, Fridays at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 6, 13 and 20; Come and join Miss Kat for stories, music and playtime.