The Knights of Columbus Council 9058 is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Anne Church, 26 Emerson Ave.Appointments are strongly recommended. With an appointment, donors can use Rapid Pass and speed their way through the donation process. For more about this feature or for an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Walk-ins are welcome.For more general information, call blood drive coordinator John Cussen at 329-5207. Members of garden clubs from across the state recently attended the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs 84th fall meeting at The Inn on Newfoundland Lake. The meeting was hosted by the District I garden clubs of Ashland, Littleton, Mountain and New Hampton.NHFGC President Joyce Kimball led the meeting and spoke about the theme for her term: Plant New Hampshire, Plant Today for Tomorrow, in keeping with National Garden Club President Nancy Hargroves theme Plant America. Kimball encouraged clubs to make this their message as well. She told members that grants are available to help clubs pursue this theme, including Community Project Grants from NGC.Juliedele McFarlane, Littleton Garden Club president and NHFGC second vice president, led a moment of remembrance to honor club members who died in the previous year. Each club president placed a white rose in memory of a lost member, creating a simple white arrangement.Jane Goodwin, NHFGC awards chairman, presented flower show awards to the New London Garden Club and to Peg Birch, chairman of the clubs standard flower show, Games, which was held last year.Several clubs shared success stories about recent activities, including New Hampton Garden Clubs progressive brunch that had members visit the gardens of four members; Atkinson Garden Clubs planting of thousands of daffodils along the towns roadside; and Derry Garden Clubs planting and maintaining of a childrens garden as well as its creation of a 170-page history book that chronicles the club over the past 85 years.Hargroves, who was a guest, gave a presentation on fall and winter containers titled Witches, Turkeys and Reindeer. She showed how to transform containers, plants and accessories for the changing seasons and also how to make holiday decorations for inside and outside the home.For more about the NHFGC and its member clubs, go to www.nhfgc.org or email Membership Chairman Susan Miner at email@example.com. The Bow Garden Club, assisted by volunteers from the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Committee, replanted the The Garden of Hope at Memorial Field with dozens of pink chrysanthemums in time for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that originated from the field on Oct. 15.Pleasant View Gardens of Loudon donates the flowers annually.The Garden of Hope was designed and built in 2004 by Making Strides volunteers with the support of the Greater Concord community and is located next to the lower athletic fields at Memorial Field.The club says the cancer ribbon-shaped garden is dedicated to all those touched by breast cancer. The garden also includes granite pavers engraved with the names of corporate sponsors and a meditation bench.Send news about clubs to firstname.lastname@example.org.