Bob Dylan Appreciation Night, Great NE Seacoast Food Truck Festival: Community events this week

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An Evening of Poetry at Dover library

DOVER — The Dover Public Library invites the public to attend an “Evening of Poetry” on Monday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.  All poets who participated in the library’s 20th Annual Poetry Contest are invited to read their poetry at this event. The general public is encouraged to come and enjoy the readings. This event will take place on the library lawn (rain location is the library's Lecture Hall).

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ROCHESTER — Join the Rochester Public Library for a discussion about this month’s book, "The Road to Jonestown" by Jeff Gunn on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m. Copies of the book are available for pickup at the service desk on the top floor. Questions?  Call 603-335-7550 or email rplreference@rochesternh.net.

'Old House Dos and Don'ts' talk on May 25

SOMERSWORTH — "Old House Do’s and Don’ts" will be presented on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:45 p.m. This Historic New England lecture will be presented by Jennifer Robinson, preservation services manager at Historic New England. Robinson will give an illustrated talk full of tips and ideas for approaching common projects and appropriately caring for your older home. Learn how to apply historic preservation best practices to adapt your home to suit your needs without losing its character and charm. Lecture will be followed by a Q&A.

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Event is free to the public, but you must register to attend. Registration can be found at www.Somersworth.com.  Event will take place in Council Chambers at Somersworth City Hall, 1 Government Way, Somersworth. The event will be recorded on the Government Channel and will be available on the city of Somersworth website as well. www.Somersworth.com.

Manufacturing workforce discussion May 25

ROCHESTER — NH Manufacturing Extension Partnership president Zenagui Brahim will join the city of Rochester, the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, local manufacturers and state officials for a frank discussion about the workforce challenges facing the state's manufacturing firms. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 8 to 10 a.m., at Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center in Rochester.

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“Building the Pipeline” will feature Rochester Mayor Paul Callaghan opening the discussion floor for manufacturers to speak openly about key issues faced by the staffing shortage. Following the manufacturers’ comments, Brahim will introduce a panel of state officials from NH Employment Security, NH Health and Human Services and NH BEA who will offer solutions and resources for the workforce shortage.

Program on Country Estates of NH at Dover library

DOVER — The Dover Public Library will be presenting a New Hampshire Humanities program at the library on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 p.m. entitled “Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire” presented by Cristina Ashjian.

The program is free and there is no registration for attending in person. We will also offer the program as a live stream for those who would prefer to watch from home. Registration through the library’s event calendar is required to receive the link for the online program.

Bob Dylan Appreciation Night at Blue Mermaid

KITTERY, Maine — The Bob Dylan Appreciation Society presents the 20th annual Bob Dylan Appreciation Night at The Blue Mermaid Restaurant, 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, Maine on Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Musical artist Dan Blakeslee and Dylan Appreciation Night co-founder Dean Luddington will host Bob Dylan Appreciation Night on Thursday, May 26 at the Blue Mermaid in Kittery.
Musical artist Dan Blakeslee and Dylan Appreciation Night co-founder Dean Luddington will host Bob Dylan Appreciation Night on Thursday, May 26 at the Blue Mermaid in Kittery.

Local artist and troubadour Dan Blakeslee hosts a night of Bob Dylan songs performed live, in an open mic format. All fans of Bob Dylan are invited to attend and anyone who is so inclined can perform their favorite song(s). All genres of music are encouraged; folk, rock, hip-hop, country, EDM, heavy metal, jazz, new age, spoken word, etc. For information or to reserve a spot, call 603-661-4880.

'Lifting Up LGBTQIA+ Youth' discussion at Rye library

RYE — The Rye Public Library Youth Department presents “Lifting Up LGBTQIA+ Youth” in conjunction with the Sonatina Center in Dover on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. This presentation and discussion will include the basics of the LGBTQIA+ community, identity development, youth mental health, and the importance of cultivating affirming relationships with ample time for conversation, exploration, and community learning.

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Emme (presentor) is a queer, non-binary music therapist who works with young people and support systems. Resources for upcoming Pride events, queer community, and further engagement will be provided. Adults and youth welcome. No registration necessary. More information and registration information are available on our website at https://ryepubliclibrary.org/.

Lace up for our veterans on Saturday, May 28

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — On Saturday, May 28, at 9 a.m., Rick’s Run 5k walk and run will host runners locally at Spring Hill in South Berwick, Maine and virtually around the country. Over the past six years, Rick’s Run 5k has become a community favorite event, raising funds for Veterans Forward (formally Veterans Count) which provides funds for Maine veterans. With awards for all ages and an awesome post-race party that is second to none, Rick’s Run 5k is the event to kick off your Memorial Day weekend in a positive and active way for a good cause. Following the in-person event will be a post- race brunch that will leave you full and ready to celebrate the weekend festivities.

Registration is open for the in-person and virtual event.  Learn more and register at https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/SouthBerwick/RicksRun5K.

The Great New England Seacoast Food Truck Festival returns

KITTERY, Maine — The Great New England Seacoast Food Truck Festival returns May 28 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kittery Premium Outlets (Old Navy parking lot). There will be free parking, a crafters corner, a dozen food trucks, live music, 50 tents, kidz zone with two bounce houses, face painters, 100 chairs, cold craft NE brews, summer cocktails and $100 door prize.

Cost is $5 per person (children 10 and under free) at gate or advance tix skip line at ticketleap.com. Proceeds in part benefit local lacrosse teams.

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Baked Bean and Chop Suey Supper

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — The First Congregational Church is hosting its first inside/outside/take-out Baked Bean Supper of the season on Saturday, May 28 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the church, 141 North St., Kennebunkport.

Due to and depending on the rise in COVID cases in York County Church volunteers may announce whether inside seating is available. There will be two types of home baked beans,  American Chop Suey, hot dogs, rolls, and coleslaw, topped off with a slice of homemade pie.

Social distancing is suggested. Exact change is required: adults and children over age 12, $10 per person, and children under 12, $5 per child. Veterans will eat free on Saturday, May 28 in honor of Memorial Day. There will be limited seating outdoors weather permitting.

This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Seacoast events happening this week May 23-May 28