Talk about climate change at Lakes Region Planning Commission meeting

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) will convene its 47th annual meting at the Chase House on Monday, June 29.

The featured speaker, Dr. Lindsey Rustad, is a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, co-director of the USDA Northeastern Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change, and Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. She received a B.A. in Philosophy at Cornell University, a M.S. in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Plant Science at the University of Maine. She has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, has led several internal climate change research coordinator networks, and is the lead author of a recent publication on climate change impacts: "Changing Climate, Changing Forests: A Synthesis of Climate Change Impacts of Forests of the Northeastern United State and Eastern Canada

LRPC's annual meeting will begin at 6 p.m., and includes dinner, officer elections, awards, and Dr. Rustad's presentation on "The Climate Change Conundrum: What We Know, Don't Know, and Need to Know from Global to Local Perspectives". For reservations and additional information about this special event, call Marie at LRPC or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 19 at 279-8171. Click here to download the invitation, and click here for the menu and RSVP card.

LRPC's 47th annual meeting is sponsored by: Meredith Village Savings Bank, LRGHealthcare, Huggins Hospital, REMCON/NORTH Corp., Water Industries, Inc., Pike Industries, Inc., Samyn-D'Elia Architects, P.A., Steel Hill Resorts, Irwin Automotive Group, and Spaulding Youth Center Foundation.

Sales of scoops at Ben & Jerry’s June 15-21 will support Interlakes Community Caregivers

MEREDITH — From Monday, June 15, through Sunday, June 21, the Ben & Jerry's ice cream stand at Mill Falls Marketplace will donate portion of its sales to a Interlakes Community Caregivers, an independent-living support organization.

"This is a great way to support our nonprofit organization and a local business at the same time," said Ann Sprague, ICCI Executive Director. "We appreciate the ongoing support from Ben & Jerry's of Meredith."

Formed in 1998, Interlakes Community Caregivers Inc. is a 501(c)3 volunteer nonprofit organization that provides support services and community information to assist people to remain independent in their daily lives. It helps provide access to health care to aging seniors based on the most requested services and makeup of those served. In 2014, ICCI volunteers donated almost 5,000 hours performing over 1,200 services and drove 52,000 miles providing rides to those in need.
For further information about ICCI services, volunteer opportunities, or how you can support their mission, please call Ann Sprague, Executive Director, at 603.253.9275, ext. 4, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit their website at

Gilford Parks & Rec offering lego camps

GILFORD — The Gilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring two one-week LEGO robotics camps the week of June 22 – June 26. The camps will take place at the Gilford Middle School from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The "Amusement Park Thrill Rides & Stop Motion Animation" is open to children ages 6-9 years of age and the "Minecraft/Redstone Circuits, Robotics & Stop Motion Animation" is open to children ages 9-13 years of age. Participants can register on-line at .

Cost: "Amusement Park Thrill Ride" and "Minecraft/Redstone Robotics"  is  $310.

For more information, contact the Gilford Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Arts Alliance offers previews for schools, organizations

PLYMOUTH — The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire invites current and potential partner schools and organizations throughout the North Country and Lakes Region to learn about some of the artist residency and professional development programs planned for next year — and to give feedback about some additional programs they're considering.

The Program Previews will be held Wednesday, June 17, at Plymouth Elementary School, Old Ward Bridge Road, Plymouth, and Thursday, June 18, at Lancaster Elementary School, Ice Pond Road, Lancaster.

Both events begin at 3:30 p.m. with networking and snacks, followed by the preview and discussion at 4 p.m.

This Program Preview is designed for school administrators, arts specialists, classroom and SPED teachers, after-school providers, parents' groups, community organizations and all those interested in bringing outstanding artists and cultural their schools and communities.

The Preview will be a chance to learn about the artists the Arts Alliance is booking for next year, several additional programming options, and a variety of workshop and community-building possibilities. It will also include a discussion of potential partnerships and planning activities, plus a brief review of this year's programs.

"We welcome the feedback, opinions, ideas and questions of all our partners and potential partners," says Jamie Feinberg, Arts Alliance Program Manager. "We want to share some of the fantastic opportunities available to schools next year, to hear how things went for our partner schools this year, and to consider how we can work together to make next year even better and improve service to all our constituencies."

RSVPs are appreciated; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Anyone with questions can call (603) 323-7302.