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Bicycle exchange meeting on March 24

LACONIA — A brainstorming meeting for the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange initiative will be held on Monday, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lakes Region Child Care conference room, located at 22 Strafford Street Unit #4. The purpose of the Laconia Area Bicycle Exchange (LABE) will be to provide a means of inexpensive alternative transportation in the form of reliable and maintained bicycles, made available to people who benefit with greater mobility as it relates to work, family and personal living. The focus of the Exchange would be for people who have no means to afford an automobile or who have no valid drivers license. A referral program would be used by working with area human service organizations that would refer people to the Exchange.

Providing a means of greater mobility for those in our community with special needs, helps with stable employment and meeting personal responsibilities such as doctor's appointments. There are also family and recreational benefits.

To form an organizational structure working with like minded organizations and volunteers to create a board or committee structure. To locate a secure downtown location that would provide storage for and scheduled access to an inventory of bicycles. Along with helmets and safety brochures on site air pumps and local business and city departments. To receive civic support in making Laconia even more bicycle friendly.

RSVP required. A short survey to help with planning can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MPWRT7H. For more information or to register for the Monday meeting call or email John Rogers at 524-5288 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

A follow up meeting will be held at the Better Together Meeting on Thursday, March 27 at 4 p.m. in the Laconia Middle School Library.

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‘Aging with Humor’ at Gilford Library on Tuesday

GILFORD — A special presentation by author and comedian Mary Lou Fuller, will take place Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gilford Public Library.

Since the age of 60, Fuller has pursued a life-long dream of writing full-time. The author of four books, both humorous and deeply personal, Fuller now travels the state presenting her latest program, "Aging With Humor." Now 85 years old, Fuller has a unique and witty perspective on aging. Her program is free and open to the public and will take place in the Library Meeting Room.

This program was rescheduled from Feb. 18 when it had to be postponed due to the weather.

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Workshop explores traditional Inca music & dance

PLYMOUTH — Continuing its celebration of Arts in the Schools month, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire offers a special opportunity for educators in the Plymouth area. On Tuesday, March 25, educators are invited to take part in a professional development workshop on the music and culture of the Inca people (of the Andes mountains) at Plymouth Elementary School.

Networking, refreshments, and discussion of cultural programs in schools will be offered from 3:30-4:30, with the workshop following from 4:30-6 p.m. The first 10 teachers to purchase tickets will pay $15 (which includes a free pan flute); members of the public and additional teachers will pay $25, which includes a traditional pan flute. Additional discounts are available for Arts Alliance members. Come for networking, discussion, and a glimpse into a new culture! Register at www.aannh.org.

From March 24-28, the Arts Alliance presents Inkas Wasi, a group of South American musicians and dancers known for their high-energy concerts with traditional instruments and dance of the Incas. The group will present a series of school assemblies and workshops during the day in local communities, with evening events open to the public, including concerts in Intervale and Bethlehem, a workshop in Plymouth for educators, and a dance workshop appropriate for adults and for students 12 and up in Franconia.

For more information on all of the workshops and concerts being offered, visit www.aannh.org, or call (603) 323-7302.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:12

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Homeless documentary will premiere at Belknap Mill next month

LACONIA — Invisible to many, the homeless are facing problems of their own making and from circumstances beyond their control. Once in that situation, it is difficult to recover.

However, some are finding programs where they can gain a sense of self-worth, discovering hidden talents and ways to make a fresh start.

"The Invisible People" is a documentary highlighting an art and photography project in Laconia and a transitional program in Canaan where those willing to put in the effort can gain new skills that offer a step up and perhaps out of their difficulties "The Invisible People" will premiere with a showing at the Belknap Mill at One Mill Plaza (near City Hall) in Laconia on Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

River Crew Art in Laconia provides art supplies and cameras to the homeless, guiding them in sharpening their skills and gaining a sense of accomplishment. Meeting on Monday mornings, the program provides a supportive environment for experimentation, followed by a hot meal for the participants. Each year, River Crew Art holds an art and photography show where their creations are put on exhibition, to critical acclaim.

A Sacred Place in Canaan offers a safe location for those willing to work with farm animals and gain agricultural skills. More importantly, those camping there will have a permanent address to use in applying for work and benefits. The hours may be long, but the work is not difficult and it produces new skills that participants can rely on when they are ready to move on. The program has given a boost to those who are sincere about trying to turn their lives around.

The $10 admission fee will help to support the Liberty Independent Media Project's ongoing mission of showcasing the arts, history, and culture with a special focus on those overcoming adversity.
For more information on the Liberty Project, see www.libertymedianh.org.

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