Donna Manning to share her experiences as a working artist

LACONIA — The Lakes Region Art Association will meet on Monday, April 20, at the Woodside Building Conference Center at the Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
Donna Manning, this month's speaker, is a self-taught Lakes Region artist and a native of New Hampshire.

In addition to being an accomplished photographer, Donna works in watercolor, pen and ink, colored pencil and acrylics and has been selling her work for over 40 years. She has exhibited locally in solo as well as group gallery shows.

She will share the ups and downs of her career as an artist accompanied by a slide presentation of a selection of her art works, most of which were commissions.

With her candid, humorous style, Donna will inform and entertain as she shares the ups and downs, twists and turns, challenges and highly rewarding experiences she has encountered over a lifetime as an artist.

The meeting is open to the public.

For additional information about the meeting contact Gisela Langsten, 1st Vice President, Lakes Region Art Association at 603/293-2702. To learn more about the Lakes Region Art Association visit,

Donation from Laconia Eye and Laser Center establishes John Bancroft scholarship fund

LACONIA — Dr. Douglas Scott and Dr. Andrew Garfinkle, Board Certified Ophthalmologists, and owners of the Laconia Eye and Laser Center, have been supporters of the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation over the years and recently through a substantial donation they are launching a scholarship fund in memory of John H. Bancroft, Sr.

Dr. Scott stated, "John Bancroft has left a legacy of caring and support for the community through his dedication to many worthwhile programs. As a good friend of John's and a former board member of LRSF, I am so pleased that this fund is being established in his honor. John truly was an 'unsung hero' in the Lakes Region. Dr. Garfinkle and I are proud to be a part of this special scholarship fund that will recognize and perpetuate John's spirit of giving and, in turn, will give back to the community we serve."

Carolyn Bancroft also commented stating, "Although John was friendly and outgoing, he was a humble, hardworking man, and would not flaunt his professional achievements and personal altruism, but as a staunch supporter of education. He would be so gratified that this scholarship fund will continue his goal of helping local students."

Anyone wishing to contribute to the John H. Bancroft, Sr. Memorial Scholarship may send a check to LRSF at PO Box 7312, Gilford NH 03247-7312 or check our website ( for access to PayPal.

Church luncheon group to meet Thurs.

LACONIA — The Nibblers luncheon group of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will meet this Thursday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Top of the Town Restaurant on Ladd Hill Road in Belmont.

The cost will be $15, which covers all costs.
Those who wish to sign up for the luncheon are asked to call the church office at 528-4078.


R5 brings pop/rock to the 'Brook July 16th

GILFORD — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook brings energetic pop/rock to Gilford with R5 and Jacob Whitesides July 16th! Tickets go on sale Friday, April 17th at 10 a.m. and range from $24.75 to $48.75. To get tickets, call the Box Office at 603-293-4700 or log on to

An American pop/rock band from Los Angeles consisting of the 4 Lynch siblings, Ross, Riker, Rocky & Rydel & good friend and drummer Ellington Ratliff, R5 takes to the road this summer, performing hits from their Louder album.

Joining R5 this July summer night is YouTube sensation, Jacob Whitesides, a self-taught guitar playing, singer songwriter, who has created an international musical phenomenon on his own with no record label support. His YouTube covers attracting a global audience, having amassed an astounding 10 million views.