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5th Annual Autism Center Walkathon to be held on May 17 in Laconia

LACONIA — The 5th Annual Autism Center Walkathon will be held on Sunday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the WOW Trail in Laconia. Walkers of all ages gather at Lakes Region Community Services' Main Office, 719 North Main Street in Downtown Laconia, adjacent to the entrance of the WOW trail across from the Laconia Clinic.

The LRCS Autism Center, a program of the Family Resource Center, empowers parents to educate, encourage, support and advocate for their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Autism Center's team teaches parents strategies to incorporate into their everyday family routines. The teaching model provides measurable goals and objectives in a natural, child-friendly environment and the Center's early education staff work with each family to meet their specific needs.

"Each year this community-based event grows, and we are so grateful for the support we receive. Funds raised help us with outreach and to provide resources for the expanding number of families with young children on the Autism Spectrum in need of services," commented Jennifer Doris, Manager of LRCS Family Resource Center' Early Childhood program.

In addition to the event's long-time Sponsors – Kara Financial, LLC, Syl LaPierre Masonry and Peanuts Auto, LLC – all of whom are connected to the Autism Center through a child who has been enrolled in the program- Infocus Vision & Therapy Center; William J. White M.Ed, Educational and Behavioral Consulting Services; Well Sense Health Plan; and New Hampshire Healthy Families, have also signed on as sponsors. Again, the Region III Family Support Council will sponsor a lunch immediately following the Walkathon offering grilled hot dogs, snacks and soft drinks.

Many walkers form teams and ask their friends and family to support their fundraising. Participants can also fundraise online by creating a charitable Web page through GoFundMe. The links is available on the www.lrcs.com home page. Pledge forms are also available on the LRCS website. GoFundMe sends the donations collected online directly to LRCS, less processing fees. Lakes Region Community Services is a certified charity with GoFundMe.

The roundtrip route for this popular, family event is approximately 3.2 miles. Baby strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome on the Wow Trail. Pre-registration is not required and there is no registration fee to participate in the Walkathon. However, letting LRCS know you plan to attend is appreciated. Prospective walkers are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the number of walkers and to reserve T-shirt sizes or call Joanne Piper Lang at 524-8811.

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Intro to rug hooking class held in Loudon on Mondays

LOUDON — On Mondays, April 27 through June 1 from 6-8 p.m. community members are invited to learn the basic tricks and tips in this Introduction to Rug Hooking class with Pam Bartlett. This class will be held at the Woolen Pear at the Brookside Mall located at 563 Route 106.

Students will learn the basics and have a selection of beginner patterns to pick from with a choice of colors to work with. Materials include hook, pattern, wool to complete project. Students will need to bring a 12-inch quilting type hoop.

Tuition is $145 per student, and there is no additional materials fee. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please call the Meredith Gallery at 279-7920 to reserve your seat.

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Promise of Spring art exhibit at Frates Studio

LACONIA — Frates Creative Arts Studio is displaying a Promise of Spring, a still life collection of acrylic florals by Nancy Dirubbo, now through the end of May at the Canal Street studio. An open house will be held at Frates Gallery Space 31 Canal Street Laconia on Friday, April 17 from 5-7 p.m.

Using bold colors, large images in a unique perspective she paints tulips, irises, pears and roses. Dirubbo came to painting later in life after a friend urged her to go to painting class with her.

"I didn't think I could do it. So while I had learned how to knit, crochet, sew, quilt and do many other crafts, I hadn't done much with painting," says Dirubbo.

"The hardest part for learning something new as an adult is that you start out as a beginner and it takes practice and time," she explains. She learned it is important not to compare yourself to others but only to yourself and gauge your own progress. "I am drawn to still life in a world where life is anything but still," she says.


CAPTION — Nancy Dirubbo presents an art show titled Promise of Spring at Frates Creative Arts Studio. (Courtesy photo)

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Intro to Digital Photograpy course offered in Franklin

FRANKLIN — Introduction to Digital Photography, a 12-hour course and workshop, will be offered at the Toad Hall Art Gallery, 316 Central Street, Franklin, on the mornings of May 16, 23 and 30.
This program is designed to give you a better understanding of how the selection of F-stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings and white balance affects your final images. Learn about various shooting modes, depth-of-field, motion blur, photo composition and photo editing software programs.
Also to be discussed: lenses, camera care, natural and artificial light sources, flash units and studio lighting, light manipulation and the use of tripods.
A variety of free resources designed to help people take better pictures and become a more creative photographer will be shared.
Students will have an opportunity to photograph some of Franklin's oldest downtown buildings, using the lessons learned in the class. A model will also be with us, for portrait lessons. Homework assignments will be given and on the third morning, students' images will be viewed and discussed.
The class, offered by F8 Photography, will run from 8 a.m. to noon on those dates. The cost is $50 per person, which includes instruction, course materials and model fees. Class size is limited to 15. Payment may be made at the door. Participants will be asked to bring their cameras, lenses, flash units and instruction manuals. To register or for more information, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 455-6595.

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