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Sanbornton Film Series Features 'Five People You Meet in Heaven"

SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library is sponsoring a Film Series held on the first Wednesday of every month on the second floor of the library. Show time is 6:30-8:30 p.m.. Everyone is welcome.

The second film, to be shown on April 2, will be "Five People You Meet in Heaven" taken from Mitch Albom's novel of the same name.

Mitch Albom wrote the screenplay for this made-for-television adaptation of his best-selling story, which offers a novel perspective on life, death, and the meaning of our existence. Eddie (Jon Voight) is an elderly maintenance man who has spent most of his life keeping the rides at an amusement park in good repair; Eddie has had a hard life, sustaining a serious injury during World War II and losing his wife, and he often wonders what the purpose behind it all is. One day, Eddie is killed while trying to save a young girl who has fallen from a ride, and in the afterlife, he's greeted by five people he knew during his lifetime, who explain to him what the key moments in his life were, and what was to be learned from them.

Following the film a discussion will be led by Rev. Ruth Martz.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:25

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Gilmanton Thrift Shop Holding Bag Sale

GILMANTON — The Gilmanton Community Church Thrift Shop is holding a bag sale going through April 5 as it prepares to fill its racks with a spring/summer clothing line. Fill a shopping bag with as many items as possible for $10 a bag and receive a reusable cloth shopping bag for free.

All individual purchases during this time will be at 50% off. 

Starting on April 14, the Thrift Shop will also be open on Monday's from 1 – 5 p.m.

The Food Pantry has started collecting foods for Easter Baskets. Foods needed include turkey, ham, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, pineapple, canned vegetables, potatoes, onions, pickles, olives, sugar, muffin mix, cocoa, coffee, juice, eggs, milk, margarine, rolls, cake mix and frosting. We also try to make something special for the children. Materials for "bunny baskets" consist of buckets, grass, egg dye kits, plastic eggs, Easter candy, chocolate crosses, small toys/trinkets.

The GCC Food Pantry and Thrift Shop has a new mailing address. Correspondence and/or monetary donations should be mailed to Post Office Box 16, Gilmanton, N. H. 03237. Our physical location remains the same at 1817 NH Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works. Hours are Wednesdays, 3–7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. And, starting Monday, April 14 Mondays from 1- 5 p.m. The telephone number is  603-364-0114.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:23

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Squam Science Nature Matters Campaign

HOLDERNESS —  Squam Lakes Natural Science Center announced the community phase of its Nature Matters Capital Campaign. This comprehensive fundraising effort is designed to prepare the Science Center for the future with multiple exhibit expansions, infrastructure improvements, and long-term financial stability. The campaign goal is $4 million and approximately $3.6 million has already been pledged through leadership gifts.

The background thinking for the campaign began in 2010 after a review of the Science Center's "Forging New Trails" strategic plan looking toward the future of the Science Center. After reviewing ideas and suggestions, goals were set and the Board of Trustees launched the Nature Matters Capital Campaign in 2012 to build four new exhibits and strengthen its financial foundation through expanded marketing and additions to endowment and reserve funds.

The campaign will fund the following new exhibit.

Wood Energy Exhibit: A model of sustainability, saving energy and dollars using renewable, locally-sourced wood. This source of fuel heats five major buildings on the Science Center's campus. Exhibits will compare renewable wood heat to other forms of energy and demonstrate the state-of-the-art boiler system that the Science Center installed. This project was completed in February 2014 and the exhibit will open for visitors in May 2014.

Adventure Playscape: An outdoor play structure for children that will integrate climbing with interpretive learning and fun. This exhibit is scheduled to open in spring 2015.Water Matters Pavilion: A fresh and engaging experience with live turtles and mink, an outdoor water play area, native fish aquariums, amphibians, and more, which will teach visitors why water is vital for all life. This building and exhibits are scheduled to open in spring 2016.

Raptor Mews: Housing for the collection of more than a dozen hawks, owls, and falcons that the Science Center's educators use in programs. The Mews will replace an aging winter bird quarters and other raptor living quarters. It is scheduled for completion in 2015.

"We are delighted to announce the community phase of this campaign and share how successful it has been thus far," said Iain MacLeod, Executive Director. "In 2016, we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Science Center. The culmination of this effort and the opening of these exciting new exhibits will be an incredible way to prepare us for the next fifty years."

Questions about the campaign may be directed to Executive Director Iain MacLeod at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 603-968-7194 x 23 and more information can be found at www.nhnature.org/naturematters.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:20

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P.I.C.K. to hold 2nd Annual Big Band Dance

LACONIA — People Investing in Community and Kids (P.I.C.K.) will hold its second annual Big Band Dinner-Dance. Last year's event drew guests from all over central and southern New Hampshire. According to P.I.C.K. Board member Charlene Smith, "For people who take ballroom dance classes, this dance offers them the opportunity to use what they have learned. Others simply come to listen to the music."

Set to coincide with Mother's Day Weekend, this event will take place Saturday, May 10 from 6-10 p.m. at the Opechee Inn & Spa Grand Ball Room in Laconia featuring a full buffet dinner. Music will be provided by Dr. Sax's Swinging Big Band. This eighteen piece band plays classic jazz works of the 1920's, '30's and '40's, with an emphasis on the popular ensembles of the day.

In addition, there will be an opportunity for couples and groups to have a photo taken by a professional photographer. "Last year we had a number of couples dressed in gorgeous ballroom dancing attire and thought how nice it would be for them to have a photo of themselves to remember the occasion". Stacey Brobst of Franklin will provide her professional photography services for the occasion. Brobst frequently photographs local events, including this year's Red Dress Gala which was held last month.

The evening's festivities will include a silent auction, and a 50/50 drawing to help P.I.C.K., a 501c3 non-profit organization, raise funds for needy families of the Lakes Region. P.I.C.K. is happy to accept donations of items and gift certificates valued at over fifty dollars for use in the silent auction.

For businesses wishing to sponsor this event there are a number of tiered options which may be viewed on P.I.C.K.'s website. This years' sponsors to date include Engraving, Awards & Gifts; Page Street Storage, and BizBuzz Marketing Partners.

Early Bird ticket prices are in effect until April 1. Individuals are $50 and a table of eight is $375. Starting April 1 prices increase to $55 dollars per person and $400 per table. Tickets are currently being sold at Greenlaw's Music and Audio on Main Street in Laconia and can also be purchased by phone at 273-0861 or online at www.pick1.biz/upcoming-events.html.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 March 2014 10:18

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