Family Fun / Outdoors

Kiddie Pool 21/11/18

Family fun for the weekend

The Thanksgiving spirit

Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with a storytime and craft based on the 2003 book Grateful: A Story of Giving Thanks by John Bucchino, illustrated by Anna-Liisa Hakkarainen, at Bookery Manchester (844 Elm St. in Manchester; 836-6600, on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. RSVP-ing in advance (via the website) is encouraged.

See the trees

Not quite ready to put up your own holiday decorations? Check out the fully decorated trees at the 21st annual Fez-tival of Trees at the Bektash Shrine Center (189 Pembroke Road in Concord; The Fez-tival kicks off online this year on Friday, Nov. 19; in-person viewing starts Saturday, Nov. 20, at the center and runs 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Monday, Nov. 24; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, through Saturday, Nov. 27 (closed for Thanksgiving); and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, with the drawing of the winners of the trees starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, according to the website. Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and kids 12 and under get in free. Refreshments will be for sale in the Candy Cane Cafe. Visit with Santa Claus on weekends, according to the event’s Facebook.

Run for fun

As we enter the “turkey trot” season of road races, here are a few happening the weekend before Thanksgiving:

The Gobble Wobble 5-Miler, which benefits the American Legion Auxiliary Wesley Wyman Unit 16, will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Goffstown Parks and Recreation (155 S. Mast Road). Registration is $40 for ages 12 and up and $35 for runners under 12, with prices increasing after 9 a.m. on Nov. 19. The cost is $40 for the virtual option, with registration open through Nov. 27. See

The 23rd annual Novemberfest for Nashua Children’s Home will be held Sunday, Nov. 21, at 11:33 a.m. at Mine Falls Park in Nashua, near the Pine Street Extension entrance. The 4-mile race is followed by post-race fun at Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua). Registration is $25 and closes on Nov. 19; see

Find more races happening next week and through the rest of the year in last week’s story about road races. See to find the e-edition of the Nov. 11 issue; the story by Meghan Siegler starts on page 10.

Catch a show

As mentioned last week, Free Birds(PG, 2013), a Thanksgiving-themed animated movie about two turkeys trying to stay off the menu (featuring the voices of Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson) will screen as part of the “Little Lunch Date” series on Friday, Nov. 19, at Chunky’s Cinema Pub theaters in Manchester (707 Huse Road), Nashua (151 Coliseum Ave.) and Pelham (150 Bridge St.), starting at 11:30 a.m. Secure a seat by purchasing $5 food vouchers for attendees at, which said the lights will be only slightly dimmed for this kid-friendly screening.

• Kick off the holiday season with The Nutcracker presented by the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre at the Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St. in Manchester;, 668-5588) Friday, Nov. 19, through Sunday, Nov. 21. Shows are Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 21, at noon and 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 to $46.

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