N. H. residents get discounted entrance to Squam Lakes Science Center on May 2

HOLDERNESS — Squam Lakes Natural Science Center celebrates the start of the 49th annual trail season with New Hampshire Day on Saturday, May 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

New Hampshire Day allows New Hampshire residents to get nearer to nature with discounted trail admission to the animal exhibit trail. New Hampshire residents pay just $5 for trail admission on May 2. Regular admission rates are $17 for adults, $14 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (ages 3 to 15), and children 2 and under are free.

Visitors will see live native New Hampshire animals including red fox, gray fox, skunk, bobcat, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, river otter, black bear, owls, hawks, and eagles in natural enclosures along the three-quarter mile live animal exhibit trail. Plus visitors will see two new exhibits: a live Coyote Exhibit and a Wood Energy Exhibit. In addition to the discounted trail admission, special Up Close to Animals presentations will be held at 11 a.m. featuring a porcupine, 1 p.m. featuring a great horned owl, and 3 p.m. featuring a peregrine falcon. These presentations offer visitors an up close look at live animals with discussion led by an experienced naturalist educator.

Other activities include a trail scavenger hunt where families may win great prizes, volunteer docents on the animal exhibit trail with live animals and props, and Dead River Company employees will be on hand providing information about energy efficient heating and cooling systems. Also, the Howling Coyote Gift Shop will hold its annual New Hampshire Day sale of books, toys, apparel, and gifts.

New Hampshire Day is generously sponsored by Dead River Company and the New Hampshire Electric Co-op Foundation. The NHEC Foundation will also provide free admission on New Hampshire Day to all NHEC members. Members should mention that they are NHEC members at admissions.

he trails open for the season at regular admission rates on Friday, May 1. For more information please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Life Coaching classes are to begin in May

LACONIA — Life Coach Emily Clements will be holding a seven week series titled Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, based on Deepak Chopra's book. The class meets on Mondays, starting May 4, at either 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The seven spiritual laws are powerful principles you can use to fulfill one's deepest desires with grace and ease. These laws aren't difficult or mysterious but are easy to understand and apply. Each week will include a discussion, short meditation and project. The cost is $160/person.

Roots & Wings is a 5-week group coaching program for high school students. The class meets on Tuesdays, starting May 12 at 6 p.m. The cost is $115/person. In the first week, students will get clear about their values, who they are, and what they'd love to be or do. In the weeks that follow, students will: increase their sense of deserving, befriend fears, practice meditation, mantras & affirmations, and set specific goals & create action steps to achieve them.

The Dream Builder 12-week transformational coaching program is for individuals who are ready to make positive changes. The group meets on Wednesdays at noon starting May 20. There is a 20% spring cleaning discount. Participants range from wanting to achieve a specific goal to getting out of a 'rut'. Clients will explore what they'd love regarding career, health, financial freedom and relationships. Weekly themes include: defining goals, addressing fears, practicing forgiveness, listening to intuition, shifting perceptions, and focusing on the solution.

All classes meet at the home office of Emily Clement in Laconia and are 90 minute programs. In addition to classes, workshops and seminars, Clement offers individual coaching. Call for a complimentary 30-minute strategy session to see if coaching is right for you.

Clement is a certified life coach through the Life Mastery Institute. A life coach helps groups and individuals set personal and professional goals and then help them get from where they are to where they want to be. For more information call (603) 520-6300 or visit www.EmilyClementLifeCoach.com.

Laconia Library hosting AARP N.H. Fraud Fighters program on May 7

LACONIA — A presentation on how to recognize and protect yourself from frauds and scams is being held at the Laconia Public Library, 695 Main St, Laconia, on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. The informational program is being provided by the AARP New Hampshire Fraud Fighters and the Fraud Watch Network.
The presentation will cover the various types of frauds, the behaviors that put you at risk, how con artists operate, effective prevention strategies and resources available to report fraud as well as stay up-to-date on the latest fraud information.

According to recent studies, 25 million Americans are the victims of Identity Theft and fraud each year resulting in the loss of approximately $50 billion per year. Anyone can be a target or victim of fraud, no matter what your age group, background or education. New frauds and scams seem to crop up daily.
Con artists steal billions from Americans like you every year. Come learn how to get watchdog alerts and stay up to date on con artists' latest tricks. This program is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Protect your friends, your family, and yourself – and outsmart the con-artists in the process. If you would like to have a similar program held in your community or for your organization, send an e-mail request to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Conservation district to sell shrubs, trees


LACONIA — On Friday, May 1 from 5-7 p.m. at the Gilmanton Iron Works Fire Station; Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 .m. and Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at Picnic Rock Farm in Meredith people can purchase bareroot trees, shrubs and flowers to enhance their landscape and garden.

There are fruit trees such as apple, plum, nectarine, cherry and garden plants such as asparagus, blueberry, raspberry and strawberry available. There are also a wide variety of landscaping plants and those used by wildlife for food and shelter such as Sugar Maple, Lilac, High Bush Cranberry, Flowering Dogwood, Sargent's Crabapple and more. All plants will be sold on a first come, first served basis and no advance orders will be taken.

For more information email the Belnkap County Conservation District at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.