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DQ/Orange Julius to partner with Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region to host Alex's Lemonade Stand

LACONIA — In an effort to join the battle against childhood cancer, DQ/Orange Julius of Laconia will join the middle school club members from the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region to host an Alex's Lemonade Stand on Wednesday, August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This summer has been a "summer of service" for the Club's middle school members. Participants have engaged in a number of service projects to benefit a variety of recipients. Projects like making cards for hospitalized, beatification of a community members property and free car wash are a few of the projects the members have had the opportunity to take part in.

While developing the idea for a lemonade stand the middle school members were very optimistic and excited about the possibilities. After some discussions, DQ graciously offered their location for the event. Middle school members were very happy to learn that one of their favorite places in Laconia was willing have them as guests.

In addition to buying lemonade from the stand, there are three more ways to contribute. The Boys & Girls Club has set up a web page that you can make a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, as well as texting the word "lemonade" to the number 1116925 to donate $10. The Boys & Girls Club is also selling paper lemons you can write your name on and have hung in the club entrance. If you would like to donate using a check, you can make it out to "Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation".

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:30

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Stone wall builder to speak in Meredith on Aug. 21

MEREDITH — Community Garden Club of Meredith and the Altrusa International Club of Meredith proudly announce a co-hosted Cultural Arts Program to be held August 21 at 7 p.m. at Meredith Community Center.

"The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls", will be presented by Kevin Gardner. He will explore the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of working with stone. The presentation will engage both the armchair craftsman as well as the beginning wall builder. The program cost is $10 per person. Reservations strongly suggested, call 253-3120.The air conditioned Meredith Community Center offers ample parking and is handicap accessible.

Kevin Gardner is a writer, teacher, tradesman, and a lifelong resident of Hopkinton. For nearly forty years he has built, repaired and restored stone walls as part of a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. He has also published poetry, songs, and essays as well as the anthology, Where The Mountain Stands Alone.

Don't miss the opportunity to explore the New England fascination with the simplicity and endurance of stone walls that seemingly wander through our woods and farms border our roads and tell a story of hard work, dedication, and beauty. Kevin will share tips and techniques that will demystify and simplify wall building.

Tickets will be available at this event and all garden club gatherings for the 2014 Summer Raffle. This season featuring: the Home Tweet Home barn board bird house created and designed by a local Meredith artist. Winning ticket will be drawn at the closing luncheon on Thursday, October 2. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for local students studying horticulture and environmental sciences

The Community Garden Club of Meredith is dedicated to promoting horticultural education, community beautification and conservation through volunteerism and friendship. For more information, visit: www.meredithgardenclub.org

Altrusa International of Meredith NH Inc. is a 501 (c)(4) nonprofit volunteer organization that creates a better community through service, partnerships, and leadership. Fundraising proceeds are dispersed by the Altrusa International Foundation Meredith NH Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, that supports the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, the Moultonborough Santa Fund, area food pantries, scholarships, and other Altrusa initiatives.
For more information, visit: www.altrusameredithnh.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:20

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Gifted Pianist to Perform In Gilford at First United Methodist Church


GILFORD — Sam Jones, from New Durham will be presenting a piano concert Sunday August 10th at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. He is a student of Phil Breton, who describes Sam as "a very gifted musician".

Sam began his study of music at age five, learning piano under the mentorship of Heather Arlin. Later he became a student of Phil Breton in viola and piano. He has performed at the Concord Community Music School and serves in his local church as a pianist, performing his own arrangements of hymns and choral pieces. He has also performed in various concerts and church services in the Seacoast Region. He is in his senior year at A Beka Academy. Sam will present classical, sacred and pop music. Included in the program will be Franz Liszt's Liebestraum, works by Chopin and the popular song, "In the Mood".

Also on the program will be Miriam Jones, Sam's sister, who is twenty years old and is a senior studying cello performance at Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Although she began her music career as a pianist, she has since shifted her focus to the cello. She studied under Donna Denniston from the Lakes Region Symphony before moving to Florida for college. Miriam has played in a wide variety of orchestras and string ensembles. She will perform a cello solo and then the program will wrap up with Telemann's Partito Number 3 for piano, cello and oboe. Playing oboe will be Phil Breton, widely known as a public school music teacher, performer in the Lakes Region Symphony and member of many performance groups.

Following the program cookies and punch will be served in the Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be taken. The concert is sponsored by the Wesley Arts Committee of the church which encourages creativity and performance in the Lakes Region. Its goal is to open the church building to bring cultural events to the community.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:11

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Goldfish Girl, an Original Romantic Comedy, Debuts at The Little Church Theater

HOLDERNESS —  "Goldfish Girl" is an original romantic comedy written by Monique Devine of Holderness and co-directed by Devine and Thom Coupe of Plymouth. It is the story of love and life in a fishbowl with a girl who has the memory of a goldfish. The crux of the play is about relationships. It's about loyalty, monogamy and truthfulness. Each character has a reason for being able or unable to achieve those things in their relationships. The play moves through a series of holiday gatherings starting with Cinco de Mayo and ending on New Year's Day. Audiences will laugh at this quirky portrayal of life, love and relationships in a New York City apartment.

Devine and Coupe have pulled together a multi-generational cast of nine to portray the wide variety and ages of the characters. "The structure of the rehearsals are more like workshops and each actor has input into what is happening on the stage," explains Monique. "The many connections revealed in this play has transformed this silly romantic comedy into a meaningful story on taking risks and making commitments. Our hope is that it will be the same for our audiences." Co-director Thom Coupe adds, "Everyone will relate to one or more of the characters and their situations, whether they're twenty or seventy."

The cast includes Hannah Richard of Campton, Lisa Travis, Charlie Day, both of Holderness, Josh Nungesser of Meredith, Abby Catalano of Sandwich, Ken Chapman of Lincoln, Hannah Shaper of Vermont along with Coupe and Devine who are also part of the cast. Though the role of Cassie, the 'Goldfish Girl', is the leading character, it is an ensemble piece and every character is intertwined. The older next-door neighbors spend a great deal of time at the young people's apartment doling out advice and support. The celebration of the holidays is what brings the group together as they escape the loneliness of a big city.

Monique is the Theater Director/Art Department Chair at Holderness School, and a regular director, producer and actor at The Little Church Theater. She will play Rhonda, the casting agent, in the play. Thom Coupe, of Plymouth, is an elite bike racer, writer and actor. Thom will play David, the writer.

Ticket prices for "Goldfish Girl" are $25 for the first four rows, $20 for general admission, and $10 for Student Rush. Student Rush tickets go into effect the day of the show, 30 minutes before the curtain, on a space available basis. Students will be asked to show a current student ID to be eligible. Full price tickets can be purchased by calling 603-968-2250 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 09:08

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