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By Pat Hammond

Manchester Trolley Night -- Get out & see what the Queen City has to offer!

When was the last time you walked around downtown Manchester?

I don't mean the trek from the parking garage to a meeting or a ball game. I'm talking about intentionally parking the car and wandering the streets.  stopping by the galleries and shops, having drinks and dinner and enjoying the city. 

For me, it's been since I left City Hall. 

In real time that's about 14 years.  (Yikes!) 

Don't get me wrong.  I live and work in Manchester and I go downtown all the time for meetings, trips to the library and City Hall, but I never hang around because there's nothing there.

Things have apparently changed.  A lot.

When I went to the Manchester Ink Link party a few weeks ago I realized that the Elm Street I remembered had morphed into something new and exciting.

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek for Photographers & Models: NH Group Shoots is hosting a group photo shoot at White Park in Concord 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 11th

Their eventbrite page is a little short on details, but I think it's meant to be a way for people interested in photography to get together and enjoy a group outing.

Whatever the purpose, the event is free and it sounds kind of fun. 

In a similar vein, The World's Stage, a theater group "dedicated to guerrilla-style performances",  will be at Greeley Park in Nashua from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 28th for Comic Con of Errors.  

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By Pat Hammond

July Women Connecting With Women meeting at Ideal Health, LLC on Wednesday, July 18th!

If you are a businesswoman looking to network with other businesswomen in a friendly, supportive environment, Women Connecting With Woman might be a good fit for you.

The group meets from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month. Each 2-hour meeting is usually hosted by a different member each month and includes open networking in a relaxed setting.  (Yes, there will be food!)

The next meeting is Wednesday, July 18th at Ideal Health, LLC 170 S. River Road, Bedford, NH. For more information, please visit the group's Facebook page.

Also this week, the Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) and the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce are both hosting an evening of baseball and networking with the Fishercats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium on Tuesday, July 17th.

The groups have conflicting start times for the events and the first pitch, but it looks like the correct time is 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM.  This doesn't appear to be a joint event, so you'll want to check each group's event page for ticket information.

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By Pat Hammond

Since the STEAM calendar encompasses a wide variety of activities from art to tech to science I thought I'd take a minute to give a sneak peek to two upcoming events from both ends of the STEAM spectrum.

The first event is a workshop from artist Susan E. Hanna called "Presenting Your Art Professionally." The presentation will include a slideshow and discussion on how to present your art at indoor and outdoor art shows.  The event is Sunday, July 22nd from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover Street in Manchester.  The cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 

While you're at Jupiter Hall, be sure to check out Art Social Manchester's pop up gallery.  In addition to works from local artists, there will be live music performances throughout the day by talented local musicians! The pop-up gallery is a free event. 

On the science & tech side of STEAM the SBIR Road Tour will be returning to Manchester on Thursday, August 23rd. 

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is a federal program "created to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy ... one business at a time." (click here for details)

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By Pat Hammond

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces the recipients of the 2018 Business Grants for Teachers!

It's no secret that I think the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is the bee's knees when it comes organizations that find the perfect balance between supporting local business and building a better community.

Among the many Chamber programs, Business Grants for Teachers provides a way for the local business community to make a difference to today's students and tomorrow's leaders. 

Congratulations to the teachers who received education grants from the Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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By Pat Hammond

Did you know there are 12,500 dairy cows producing $50,778,000 worth of milk in New Hampshire?  Our family farms may not be big business, but when you think about their combined efforts, it's a lot of hay. (The state grows 77,000 tons of hay worth $9,478,000 too.) In fact, our state's small farms are a local source for a surprising amount of fresh dairy, meat, and produce. 

Which brings us to the question of why the heck I'm talking about farming. 

A lot of the groups on the STEAM calendar are on a summer hiatus, so I thought I'd take a minute to talk about an upcoming agricultural event from the folks at The Lakes Region Food Network (LRFN).

We spend so much time talking about technology it's easy to forget New Hampshire is home to 4,400 farms raising cattle for beef and dairy as well as chickens, hogs, and a huge variety of crops. I have no idea if farming falls under science, tech, engineering, art, and math or regular old business, but I suspect it's science so I'm going to talk about it here. 

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By Pat Hammond

Since four of the eight events on next week's NH Business & Networking Events calendar are from Toastmasters International, I thought it would be nice to give a shoutout to our local New Hampshire chapters.

For anyone who isn't familiar with Toastmasters International, they are an organization of speaking clubs founded by Ralph C. Smedley in 1924 to help people improve their speech and become better leaders.

It doesn't matter if you are a construction foreman, salesperson, or business owner, at some point or another most of us are going to have to communicate with a team.  This is where Toastmasters shines. 

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By Pat Hammond

Sneak Peek: August Art & Science Events

There aren't too many events on this week's STEAM calendar so I thought I'd add a little sneak peek of a few upcoming art and science events.

The League of NH Craftsmen has two large events coming up in August and September. 

The 85th Annual Craftsman's Fair will be held August 4th - 12th at Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103 in Newbury.  Event hours are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM and admission is $15.  

The League is also co-hosting Capital Arts Fest with the Capital Center for the Arts, the City of Concord, and the Concord Chamber of Commerce from Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30.  The three-day event will include live local music, food, and art.  Artists will be under tents so weather shouldn't be an issue.  

On the other end of the spectrum, ARMI BioFab USA has two events in August, the Coordinated Continuum of Biological Systems Supporting Human Motion Conference on Thursday, August 9th in Andover, NH and a Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-based Scaffolds, Friday, August 10th in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

ManchesterInkLink.com is Celebrating Their 4th Anniversary! 

Join Manchester's favorite reporter (now publisher!) Carol Robidoux from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 28th as she celebrates the 4th anniversary of her hyperlocal news website ManchesterInkLink.com

As more and more newspapers close their doors, it's refreshing to see that a top-quality online local news outlet can gain a foothold and thrive, even in a state as small as New Hampshire.

Kudos to Robidoux and her team for believing in the possibility and staying strong in spite of the naysayers. They provide a valuable service to the people of southern New Hampshire and we appreciate all their hard work. 

If you'd like to join Thursday's festivities, the party will be held from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at WBC Office Suites - 1087 Elm Street - #2nd Floor in Manchester. 

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By Pat Hammond

New Name! The Weekly NH Creative, Science & Tech Events Roundup is now NH STEAM Events

I can't share any details, but the name change is significant. (Hint: It's directly related to a new project I'm working on.) Suffice it to say I am super excited and will be sharing details as soon as they're available. 

In the meantime, check out the Exploring Downtown Peterborough Early Saturday Morning event from the Outdoor Photography Workshop group on meetup.com.  

According to the event page, the group will be meeting on Main Street in downtown Peterborough in the parking lot behind the Mariposa Museum and across from the Peterborough Diner at 7:00 AM on Saturday, June 23rd and will be taking photos of "old buildings, the river, antique shops, and random other things" in downtown Peterborough.

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