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Moulton Farm program enables children to learn about gardening and food

MEREDITH — Once a month from June through September there are young voices chattering with excitement in the fields at Moulton Farm in central New Hampshire. The farm's "Little Sprouts Garden Club" takes children between ages 5 and 9 into the fields to explore how food grows. Part of the excitement and fun comes from the children searching for and picking whatever vegetables or fruits are ready that day.

"The looks are wonderful on their faces when they pick the item and realize they get to bring it home. They are excited about showing off their bounty and more inclined to try vegetables they may have previously avoided eating," says John Moulton, owner of the farm that's been actively producing food since the 1890's. "It is fun for the children and the parents or grandparents accompany them." Each session lasts 60 minutes during which the farm staff helps the children learn about how soil, water, and sun help food grow.

The activities are planned so even children who come only one time learn and have fun. "Some children and adults have never grown a vegetable and know very little about where their food comes from. It's a fun and educational experience, even for those who have gardened before," says Moulton, who was and educator for years before retiring to run the farm fulltime. "They explore, they get a little bit dirty, and they laugh and learn."

There is a small fee for the program and advanced sign up is recommended. Children can attend one session or multiple sessions. The sessions are on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 on June 25, July 23, and August 13. In September, the session is on Saturday from 9 to 10 on September 13.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:55

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Humane Society holds Summer Adopt a thon at VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital

LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society (NHHS) in partnership with VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital, will spotlight a variety of cats, kittens, puppies and adult dogs available for adoption at their annual Summer Adopt a Thon, Saturday June 28 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

Following what is usually an initiative for cats, the local shelter has included all pets for this event with the goal of adopting as many pets as possible during this one day adoption extravaganza.

Shelter spokesperson, Managing Director Marylee Gorham stated, "while we have always fully embraced this June pet adoption promotion, we waited until after the excitement of Bike Week this year to launch this initiative. Confidence is high that many creatures will find loving forever homes on June 28".

Adding to the festivities, Ben & Jerry's will be doling out four euphoric selections of their delectable dessert, including a newly launched flavor, the rather aptly named Turtle Cheesecake. Proceeds from Ice Cream sales will benefit the homeless animals awaiting placement at the shelter on Meredith Center Road, Laconia.

Shelter partner, VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital, located at 1266 Union Avenue, Laconia, across from the Macdonald's restaurant, happily gave the lower level of their facility to stage the adopt a thon. This full service veterinary hospital has thrown open their doors on the same day to host an Open House, featuring a meet and greet of veterinary staff, tours, face painting, raffles and a bake sale.
New this year, Petco will be present to talk about the services they provide at the newly opened store in the Home Goods plaza in Gilford.
Those wishing to adopt a new pet will be able to finalize adoptions the same day, provided all necessary paperwork is complete. Adopters will receive goodie bags to accompany their new pet home.

To learn more about the Adopt A thon check www.nhhumane or call 524-3252 for details. Information about the Open House can be accessed by calling VCA Lakes Region Veterinary Hospital 524-8387 or check www.vcalakesregion.com

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:50

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Destination: India with Sally Tinkham, June 26 at Gilford Library

GILFORD — On Thursday, June 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Gilford Public Library will host the first in their "Destination Series" of summer presenters.

Destination India will feature recent High School graduate Sally Tinkham as she reflects on 3.5 weeks spent volunteering in India with a non-profit group. She will share her experiences through pictures and stories. This program is free and open to the public.

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20 New England Authors Gather for Bayswater's 4th Annual Author Fair

CENTER HARBOR — Bayswater Book Co. will host its 4th Annual New England Author Fair on Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This year's family event will be bigger and better than ever, featuring authors Rebecca Rule, Andy Opel, Karel Hayes and Page Coulter, along with 16 more authors from NH, MA, VT and ME.
A humorist and author, Rebecca Rule collects and tells stories of New Hampshire and New England. Rule's collection includes Headin' for the Rhubarb, Live Free and Eat Pie and her newest addition, The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever, Rule's first book for children. Any Opel is the author of two popular Lake Winnipesaukee adventure books for children; The Weirs and The Witches, A Winnipesaukee Adventure. Watercolor artist, illustrator and author Karel Hayes is known for her popular picture book series that includes The Summer Visitors and The Winter Visitors. Hayes has authored/illustrated over 10 books. Local author Page Coulter will also introduce her new poetry collection, Squam Fever.

Bayswater will also welcome mystery novelists Chris Casko, KD Mason and Mark Okrant, along with fiction authors Steve Smith and Catherine Dougherty. NH interest authors Ron Guillmette, Jane Rice, Carol Lee Anderson, Marianne O'Connor, Kay Morgan and Brendan Smith will be on hand, along with authors Kurt Springs and Dan Szczesny. Adi Rule, Judie Yuill and Marcia Strykowski will round out the selection of authors with their children's and young adult books.
Bayswater owner Michelle Taft is excited about the growing number of authors attending this year's fair.
"The response over the past years has been so great that we have been able to grow each year. We started with five local children's authors and doubled in size during our second year. The feedback we received from customers and authors was that we should add some adult interest writers and books. With that in mind, a lot of time was spent during the quiet winter months reaching out to the writer and illustrator community to bring what we think will be a great summer event," said Taft.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 09:42

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