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Blessing of the Animals

In celebration of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 4, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is having a blessing of the animals on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. outside the church. Prayers will be offered and pets will be gently sprinkled with holy water. St. Francis was known for his love of animals and this blessing recognizes the important place our pets hold in our hearts.

‘One Light, Many Candles’

The Rev. Betty Stookey and Noel Paul Stookey will appear in a Music with a Mission presentation at the North Windham Union Church on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. as they present “One Light, Many Candles,” a multi-faith program in word and song.

The pair has been working together for over 50 years as husband and wife, parents, business partners and activists. “Their message of tolerance, diversity and respect for fellow humans is more important now than ever,” said church Minister of Music Richard Nickerson.

Tickets are $20 for all seats and can be purchased in advance at www.mwamconcerts.com and through the church office from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. Tickets also will be available at the door beginning at 6 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, call the North Windham Union Church at 892-6142.

Thanksgiving dinner baskets

If you would like to make Thanksgiving more special for you and your family, Thanksgiving dinner baskets will be available from the Windham Food Pantry by signing up from Oct. 15-Nov. 14. You must apply in person at the Food Pantry at 377 Gray Road in Windham. Be sure to bring proof of Windham residency. If you have questions, you can call Colette Gagnon at the Food Pantry at 892-1931.

History tour planned

The Windham Historical Society presents History on the Hill, a tour of four historic places on Windham Hill on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tours will be given hourly beginning at 10 a.m. and each will take about two hours from start to finish.

Participants will take a trip up Windham Hill and then step back in time as they tour the Edward Anderson House, the oldest house on Windham Hill; the Windham Hill United Church of Christ; the elegant Moses Little House and barn filled with antique cars located across from the church; and the Windham Hill Cemetery where many of our town’s oldest residents are laid to rest. Tours leave from the Society’s Old Town House Museum at 234 Windham Center Road.

Tickets are $20 per person; children 12 and under take the trip for $10. Seating on the bus is limited, so if you’d like to order tickets in advance, call the Windham Historical Society at 892-1433. This is a wonderful way to learn about Windham’s past while having fun with history.

Your cup of tea

If drinking tea is one of your simple pleasures and you’d like to try some new varieties and learn a bit about tea’s history, you’ll want to attend Tea: History, Types and Tasting at the Windham Public Library from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Reference/Technology Assistant Ray Marcotte, who also owns a tea house in Portland, will be the presenter. For more information, call Marcotte at 892-1908.

Veterans host blood drive

American Legion Field-Allen Post 148 and local veterans are hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive at the Windham Veteran’s Center, 35 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 5 p.m. If you’d like to donate, you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

History on the Hill, tours of four historic sites on Windham Hill, will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. 

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