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Salvation Army Toy Drive Lagging Behind Those of Recent Years

LACONIA — The Salvation Army in Laconia is struggling this year to find donors to purchase gifts for needy children whose families are experiencing financial difficulties.

"It's heartbreaking to hear some of the the stories of how folks are struggling. One grandparent, who was on a fixed income, found themselves with full custody of their three3 grandchildren after their mom passed away suddenly. He has no clue how he is going to swing everything, but is grateful for any kind of help he can receive. Unfortunately, many of our large organizations have decided to go a different route this year to the amount of over 150 angel tags not being disturbed at their sites," says Captain Sally Warren.

She says that each angel tag represents a child in need with three toy wishes on each tag.'' Last year we helped 599 kids receive 3 toys each for Christmas and it appears that the need is even greater this year. A few of our donors like The Bank of New Hampshire and Freudenburg-NOK have stepped up and made donations or have been able to take a few extra tags this season, but we are still struggling,'' syas Warren.

She urges those who would like to help and purchase toys for needy children this Christmas season, can bring an unwrapped gift to Belknap Tire in Laconia, or Angel Tags in Gilford at Walmart, Meredith Village Savings Bank, and The Bank of New Hampshire. In Laconia, tags can be found at The Bank of New Hampshire, Meredith Village Savings Bank, and at The Salvation Army on Union Ave. Shaws in Belmont, Hannafords and Meredith Village Savings Bank in Meredith are a few other locations tags are located.

Organizations can also call and request tags to hang on a tree in their location at 524-1834. ''Please help bring a smile to a needy child this Christmas season.'' said Warren.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 09:04

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LRSO Hosting Two Holiday Concerts

MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra will hold Holiday Concerts on Saturday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 15 at 3 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes Community Auditorium in Meredith.

Classic songs of the season ring out again this year featuring old favorites and brand new arrangements. “A Christmas Festival”, “Nutcracker Holiday”, “Stille Nacht”, and a Holiday sing-along are among the wide mix of holiday classics sure to captivate young and old.

Guest vocalist will be Emily Jaworski, who has performed frequently with the New Hampshire Master Chorale and the Concord Chorale, and  who will perform stylistic interpretations of “Merry Christmas Darling”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, a fabulous new rendition of “White Christmas”, and other holday favorites.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students in college. Tickets are available for purchase by mail, online at www.LRSO.org/tickets, or from our ticket outlets. These include Innisfree Bookshop and the Mobil station across from the town docks in Meredith; Greenlaw’s Music in Laconia; and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door starting one hour before each concert.

The Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra is a Meredith-based, non-profit orchestra that performs throughout the fall, winter, and spring months. Orchestra members have ranged in age from 13 through retired seniors, representing over 36 communities in the Lakes Region.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 09:01

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James and the Giant Peach featuring local kids

MEREDITH — The Winnipesaukee Playhouse's Youth Ensemble, made up of local performers ages 8-12, will have their first opportunity to perform on the Playhouse's new stage when they present James and the Giant Peach on December 6-8. Adapted by Richard R. George from the popular children's book by Roald Dahl, this is an imaginative adaption appropriate for all ages.

When James Henry Trotter accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit, and when he crawls inside, he meets a bunch of marvelous oversized friends – Old Green Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Miss Spider, and more. After years of feeling like an outsider in the house of his despicable aunts, James has finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the exciting adventure begins.

Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for the orchestra and $10 in the balcony and are available online at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.orgor by calling 603-279-0333. The Playhouse is located at 50 Reservoir Road in Meredith. Audience members are encouraged to bring canned peaches (or any canned food) which will be donated to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a can will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift certificate to Innisfree Bookshop.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 08:55

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Coldwell Banker Blood Drive Thursday

LACONIA — The sales associates affiliated with the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Laconia, in partnership with the American Red Cross Northern New England Region, will host their annual blood drive. The blood drive will take place Thursday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Hall located at 31 Gilford Avenue in Laconia.

People who are interested in donating blood can schedule an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). A blood donor card or valid ID is required to donate.

"We are pleased to continue our yearly tradition of hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross," said Mike Keeler, sales manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Laconia. "We invite our friends and neighbors in the community to come out and help us in supporting this great organization."

Last Updated on Monday, 02 December 2013 08:49

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