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Open House Jan. 15 at Golden View’s new assisted living facilities

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center invites the public to join them in celebrating the opening of their two new assisted living options, The Terrace and The Cottage on January 15 from 4-7 pm.

The open house and grand opening celebration, which is supported by the Greater Meredith and Plymouth Area Chambers of Commerce, will feature hors d'oeuvres, tours of The Terrace and The Cottage, as well as networking opportunities.

In 2000, in response to the needs of the surrounding community, Golden View opened The Inn, which has provided seniors with quality assisted living services since opening its doors. With the opening of their newest assisted living options, Golden View now offers the community three distinct levels of assisted living, allowing seniors access to the care options of their choice in a comfortable and intimate community setting.

The Terrace and The Cottage boast many new and enhanced amenities including private suites with private baths and showers, comfortable living areas for visiting with family and friends, dining options featuring fresh, seasonal dishes and signature items, exercise programs, outdoor living space, and wireless internet access. Plus there's always something to do. Residents can choose from theatre excursions, guest speakers, musical concerts, scenic sightseeing tours, and frequent on-site activities.

The open house and grand opening celebration is free and open to the public. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP their intentions by calling 279-8111 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Golden View Health Care Center is a community based non-profit offering post-hospital rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, long-term care, assisted living, and specialized memory-support programming, that has proudly served seniors of the Lakes Region and beyond since 1974. Golden View is located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith. More information can be found at GoldenView.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:47

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Committee on Aging to meet on Friday morning

GILFORD — A representative from a local funeral home will discuss end of life matters at an open meeting of the Belknap County Committee on Aging on Friday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Wesley Woods Community Room.

The representative from Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Cremation Services will talk about the benefits to pre-planning, the choice between traditional burial or cremation, as well as the issues of costs, funeral, memorial, and columbarium.

The committee's gatherings are open to the public and free of charge. Those who attend are encouraged to ask questions. Those planning to attend are asked to contact Stace Hendricks at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to RSVP. A light breakfast is served.

The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Route 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.

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Haitian-American poet to begin North Country residency

PLYMOUTH — Writers, youth, families and community members are invited to participate in workshops, performances and conversations featuring poet Mckendy Fils-Aimé, a Manchester-based Haitian-American poet and educator who will be in northern New Hampshire January 11-18.

Mckendy will be offering a series of workshops, performances, open mics and community conversations as part of his week-long residency, presented by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Participating communities include Bethlehem, Berlin, Bristol, Colebrook, Jackson, Lincoln, Plymouth and Tamworth.

In addition to performing and teaching workshops at schools throughout northern New Hampshire, Mckendy will offer community workshops for writers, middle and high school students, and families, as well as a workshop for educators presented in partnership with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. Preregistration is requested for workshops; for details and to register, go to www.aannh.org. Some of the workshops will be followed by open mics.

In Plymouth, Mckendy will offer two public workshops and emcee an arts event. On Tuesday, January 13, Mckendy will present a teacher workshop — Introducing Poetry to Students through Slam Performance — in the Bradford Room, Centre Lodge, PSU, 8 Merrill St., Plymouth. Slam is one of today's most exciting ways to introduce poetry to students. This progressive performance-based art deals with a wide array of topics. In this 90-minute workshop participants will learn which resources are the most efficient for bringing slam poetry to students. Teachers will be provided with text, video and audio of several performance poems appropriate for school. This workshop is best for those who work with grades 4 & up. Networking and snacks run from 3:30-4 p.m. followed by the workshop from 4-5:30 p.m. $10 fee per person. Registration requested. Additional discounts for Arts Alliance members.

Mckendy will emcee an open mic and perform at the Arts Alliance's BYOP (Bring Your Own Painting, Performance, Presentation...) in Plymouth at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on January 13, at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend a free discussion on "The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Poetry Sharing & Community Conversation on Race & Poverty" at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday, January 18, at 5 p.m. Mckendy will introduce himself and share some of his poetry on themes of race and identity. He will then answer questions and participate in a community discussion facilitated by Dr. Meg Petersen of Plymouth State University.

Mckendy performs slam poetry, an exciting and energetic performance style of poetry that engages youth and adults alike. An instrumental organizer and co-host of the long-running and wildly popular Slam Free or Die in Manchester, Mckendy teaches poetry to students and adults in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and he has competed at poetry slams throughout the country. A seven-time veteran of the National Poetry Slam and a Pushcart nominee, he has been published in Freezeray, Word Riot, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, Prayer in the Cracks.

"Slam is one of today's most exciting ways to introduce poetry to students," Mckendy says. "This performance style makes poetry accessible for everyone. I'm looking forward to sharing my own story and working with local students and community members to explore new approaches to poetry and storytelling."

Register in advance for these events online or at the door as space allows; prices range from free admission (donations welcome) at the conversations to $10 for some of the workshops and performances. No one will be turned away if they can't afford the ticket price. Tickets and registration information for all residency programs is at www.aannh.org, or call (603) 323-7302 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for additional details. Additional events will be added at www.aannh.org — just click the banner for Mckendy's residency to learn more. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (603) 323-7302 for more information on any of the events mentioned.

CAPTION — Poet Mckendy Fils-Aimé will offer a series of workshops in Plymouth during his North Country residency. (Courtesy photo)

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Dance Night with the Backyard Blues Band at Pitman’s on Friday

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in downtown Laconia is pleased to announce that Dance Night with the Brickyard Blues Band will take place on Friday, January 9 at 8 pm.

Admission is $15 and Pitman's is a BYOB venue.

Since 1997, Brickyard Blues has been evolving its sound and building a following on stages in New England. The group has a mix influences, including Texas & Chicago Blues, Stax-era soul music, old-school R&B, with some roots & rockabilly thrown in. 2006 marked the release of the bands 9 original song CD "Naughty". In addition to getting airplay on radio stations throughout New England, their original song, Alabama Blues Man, was picked as the Favorite Blues Song at radio stations in Orlando Florida, and Warsaw, Indiana, and has even been featured on a radio station in Belgium that showcases American roots-rock music.
The group features Brian James on Guitar & vocals, Tom Hoctor on sax, Rachel Green on bass, and Reed Dieffenbach on drums.
Catered dinner buffet available before the show for $10. Call 527-0043 in advance for dinner reservations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:11

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