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Christmas Angel Program taking applications through Dec. 16

LACONIA — The Children's Foundation Christmas Angel Program is taking applications and handing out packages at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, located at 1269 Union Avenue, in Laconia, from Tuesday, December 9th through  Tuesday, December 16th. Sign up times are Tuesday - December 9th and December 16th from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, and Saturday - December 13th from 11 am to 2 pm.

This program is available to families with children ages birth to 18 years old. An outfit of clothing, socks, and underwear/diapers will be given for each child. Any additional items in the package are through the generosity of anonymous donors. The Children's Foundation concentrates on providing children with necessities – clothing, socks, underwear, diapers and personal hygiene items. Tags, with clothing sizes, are hung on Christmas trees in local churches, stores & restaurants and are available for anyone wanting to donate an outfit of clothing for a child in need.

Anyone wishing to make a donation of cash or clothing, can stop by the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, at 1269 Union Avenue, Laconia (next to McDonald's) or by mail to SVDP Children's Foundation, PO Box 6123, Laconia, NH 03247.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 11:11

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Lavinia's Launches Feed A Charity Thursdays

CENTER  HARBOR — "Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business." The ghost of Jacob Marley spoke these words in the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Now, at this time of year when we are both mindful of our many blessings yet still keenly aware of those around us in need, one of Center Harbor's premier restaurants has taken Dickens' words to heart and made charity their business too.

Every Thursday at Lavinia's Restaurant & Tavern is now designated as Feed A Charity Thursday, or F.A.C.T. Each F.A.C.T. features a different Lakes Region non-profit, with Lavinia's donating 10% of their sales for the evening to that cause. Some of the charities that Lavinia's has supported since F.A.C.T. was introduced on October 30 include: the Interlakes Christmas Fund, Lakes Region Food Pantry, Wright Museum of World War II, and the 98.3 LNH Children's Auction.

"As a relative newcomer to Center Harbor, I have experienced first-hand the warmth of this community in the way they have welcomed me and my restaurant," said local owner/chef Brendan McGuff. "I am so appreciative of how people have embraced my dream of bringing classic comfort food to an historic New England setting. When you participate in one of our Feed A Charity Thursdays you are doing more than just supporting a local non-profit and the good works that they do; you are also supporting a local small business. Ultimately, when people support F.A.C.T. they are supporting their town and the local area and enjoying a great meal."

Area non-profit groups slated to be featured on F.A.C.T.s in December and January include: the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (December 11), the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (December 18), the Meredith Lions Club (January 8), the NH Humane Society (January 15), the Interlakes Community Caregivers (January 22), and the Altrusa International of Meredith (January 29). If your non-profit group is interested in booking a F.A.C.T. event, call 603-253-8617 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lavinia's, open Tuesday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m. till closing, located in the heart of the Lakes Region in the historic Coe house at 18 Main Street, Center Harbor, is a restaurant that brings a fresh take to some of New England's classic comfort dishes. For more information or to make a reservation call 603-253-8617.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 11:02

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Gilford Community Band to perform Christmas in the Village Concert on December 21

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will be having rehearsals on December 9 and 16 at the Gilford Performing Arts Center. This is in preparation for the "Christmas in the Village" Concert to be held on Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.

The GCB consists of the full range of Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion instruments. Musicians of all ages, middle School to retired, from throughout the Lakes Region participate to produce what professionals and educators in New Hampshire have declared to be one of the finest community bands in the state. Musicians of all ages are welcome to participate and become part the organization organization.

Lyvie Beyrent, Gilford High School Director of Instrumental Music, will once again be the conductor. For more information, please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:53

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New owners’ event at Irwin Automotive tonight

LACONIA — Irwin Automotive Group will hosting a new owners' event at its 59 Bisson Ave. location on Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

All Toyota/Scion, Ford/Lincoln owners are invited to attend this event, regardless of where they purchased their vehicle. There will be refreshments and prizes will be given away.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Ed Kelley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 603 581 2953.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 10:40

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