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Gilmanton Year-Round Library hopes to raise $20,000 in fund raising campaign

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Year-Round Library Board of Directors has launched a new annual giving opportunity which the board hopes will produce $20,000 a year in donations.

The program, called the Giving Tree. is a tiered-plan which allows all level of donations to the library, from a $25 Acorn donation to fund a program, to a $1,000 Gold Leaf donation to assist in operating costs.

There are six levels of donations: Acorns for $25, Flowers for $50, Copper Leaf for $100, Bronze Leaf for $250, Silver Leaf for $500 and Gold Leaf level for $1,000.

The Board of Directors hopes to raise at least $20,000 with this annual fundraising campaign. The Board anticipates that leaf by leaf, acorn by acorn, this goal can be accomplished. Any donation level chosen helps to provide the staff and board of the Library with the resources to offer a vast collection, engaging programming and great service to all the residents of Gilmanton.

All donors will be recognized by having their names placed on the GYRL Giving Tree which will be displayed at the library. Donations can be made with PayPal on the website at www.gyrla.org by clicking on the "donate" icon, or by check made payable to the GYRL at 1385 NH Rt 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837. Donations are tax deductible.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:09

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Watershed Association offers cruises on Floating Classroom

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association is offering lake ecology cruises on Tuesdays and Thursdays July 1- Sept 5. Cruises depart from the Weirs at 10 am and 1pm. Cost $20/adult, $15/child. Call 603-581-6632 or Register online at www.winnipesaukee.org

The cruises will be offered on the association's new Floating Classroom. An onboard naturalist will facilitate a food web game, talk about history and geology of the lake and water quality issues. Participants will get a chance to 'be the scientist' taking water clarity and temperature measurements. We'll catch and observe zooplankton, and also have an opportunity to see what's living below the surface.

These cruises will depart from Weirs Beach, Laconia and motor past Spindle Point through Sally's Gut with a stop behind Stonedam Island. The onboard time will be about 90 minutes. Cruises must be booked in advance. Call 603-581-6632 or Register online at www.winnipesaukee.org

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 07:03

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Plymouth State Ice Arena Opens for Cool Summer Fun

PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth State Ice Arena will be open over the July 4 weekend for public skating and skating lesson through the summer. Check the Plymouth arena's schedule page for the wide variety of public ice times.

Skating and lessons are available in a variety of programs from ice dancing for adults, to freestyle ice for experienced figure skaters, and lessons for beginners.

The Plymouth State Skating Academy will begin summer lessons on Tuesday July 8 at 6 p.m. and run through the end of August. The Skating Academy is one of over 1000 US Figure Skaing's Basic Skills programs providing instruction for beginners through advanced skaters. The program was established in 2010 with the opening of the new arena and shares staff and curriculum with the Magic Blades Figure Skating Club of Tilton.

Freestyle Ice for advanced skaters is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:30.

The Plymouth Rock curling league was also new addition to the arena offerings this spring and will continue over the summer. Check the Arena web site for teams and "drop in curling" over the summer.

For more information visit the program webpages: www.MagicBlades.org or www.Plymouth.edu/Arena .

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 06:59

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Summer Reading Starts With a Bang at the Meredith Public Library

MEREDITH —  Summer Reading at the Meredith Public Library gets started on Saturday, June 28, when the library will be hosting a Kickoff Party from 10 am to noon in the Function Room. Kids up to age 18 are invited to come by to sign up, collect all the information and paperwork they'll need. Simplicity the Clown, who will be here twisting up her fabulous balloon creations and entertaining the crowd with her quick wit and quirky sense of humor.
This year's nationwide summer reading themes are science oriented. The theme for the younger kids, roughly up to age 8, is "Fizz Boom Read!" Every Wednesday, Miss Karen will be hosting the "Fizz Boom Read Family Story Hou."  There will also be monthly Saturday and evening programs for the younger kids, along with Friday morning Tot Times. Older kids (roughly ages 8-18) will be able to sign up for Mr. John's "Spark a Reaction" program. There will be weekly, hands-on science programs where we'll be doing things like building robots, experimenting with Mentos and cola, making (and using) our own sidewalk chalk, and constructing miniature siege weapons.

We'll also be celebrating Batman Day on July 26th, and playing Harry Potter Jeopardy to celebrate JK Rowlings birthday. Ppopular winter programs like Lego Time and Movie Night will continue right through the summer months.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 June 2014 09:22

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