I-LHS Interact Club plans induction ceremony

MEREDITH — The new Inter-Lakes High School Interact Club will hold its induction ceremony this Friday, March 27, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the Meredith Community Center

The club, sponsored by Meredith Rotary, emphasizes leadership, community service and international understanding.

The keynote speaker will be Jessica Dutille, service learning coordinator at Plymouth State University.

Aztec Two-Step performing at Great Waters Music Festival on April 17

WOLFEBORO — Folk-rock duo Aztec Two-Step will be performing a concert of their own classics as well as a tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., at Great Waters Music Festival, Anderson Hall, 205 South Main St.

Aztec Two-Step came on the scene in 1972 with their self-titled debut album and three subsequent albums which were staples of progressive FM and college radio, and helped usher the music of the 1960s into the '70s and beyond. Since then, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as the folk-rock duo that takes its name from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Recording and touring non-stop since the early '70s, Fowler and Shulman have accumulated 40-plus years of awards, accolades and TV and radio appearances that include the David Letterman Show, World Café Live, and the King Biscuit Flour Hour, and have graced countless stages including those of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. In 1987, the duo's "Living In America" received the New York Music Award for Best Folk Album and was named in Billboard's year-end critic's poll, and in 1999 they were the subject of "No Hit Wonder," a documentary that aired on PBS.

In 2005, they released "Days Of Horses" CD to rave reviews. Up until this point Fowler had been the primary songwriter of the duo, but here, five of the album's 11 songs, including their baby boomer anthemic "Better These Days," were penned by Neal Shulman. The title track "Days of Horses," written by Rex Fowler, was used as the opening and closing music in the 2012 documentary "Selling Cars in America."

In 2012, to commemorate their 40th Anniversary year, Fowler and Shulman released their 10th studio album "Cause & Effect." It is a collection of 16 socially significant songs. The album is a combination of re-worked previously recorded songs and newly mined material.

Tickets for the concert cost $12 to $35 and can be purchased by going to www.greatwaters.org or calling (603) 569-7710.


Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at Meredith Community Center

MEREDITH — The Meredith Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Meredith Community Center. The hunt, open to children up to age 9, will be held outside at 1 Circle Drive with activities and refreshments inside, following the hunt.

Registration will start at 9:30 at Circle Drive Park and the hunt will go as follows: Ages 1-2, 10:10-10:20; ages 3-4, 10:20-10:30; ages 5-6, 10:40-10:50; and finishing with ages 7-9 from 10:50-11:00.

Those planning to participate are asked to arrive prior to the designated hunt time to register. Hunters should also be dressed for cold weather.

Following the hunt, there will be an opportunity for youngsters to have their picture taken with the Easter bunny, as well as to have refreshments, tackle the climbing wall, frolic in the jumpy house, or take part in face painting, arts and crafts and other activities.

The hunt is free and so organizers encourage those attending to make a donation or volunteer in some way. The Parks and Rec Department is also grateful to have the support of the Meredith Altrusa Club and the Friends of Meredith Parks & Recreation again this year as well as donations from individuals, families and Rite Aid of Meredith.

 More information can be obtained by calling 279-8197 or visiting www.meredithnh.org.

Community Coffee House to benefit local students tution with Up With People March 25 (347 words)

LACONIA — Pitman's Freight Room will be hosting an open mic Community Coffee House on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Coffee House is held monthly at the Freight Room and each month featured a wide array of talented individuals ranging from high school students to adult members of the community. The evening is an opportunity for allow community members to share their creative expression to others through vocal performances, instrumental pieces, poetry, skits, artwork and more. All members of the community are invited to participate in or attend the event.

The proceeds from this month's event will support local senior and organizer of the Community Coffee House, Alana Persson, to offset the tuition cost for her year with Up With People (UWP). Persson will be traveling with the international non-profit organization from June 2015 to July 2016 with a cast of 100 individuals from around the world. During her year of travel, Persson will live with host families, each week giving back to others through community service, education, and music.

"Over the past few months I have experienced nothing but kindness, support, and generosity from the community," says Persson. "The Coffee House has not only been a way to raise money to make my year with Up With People financially possible, but has also been an opportunity to allow community members to come together and share their wonderful talents in a supportive environment. This community has so many positive things to offer, and I hope you choose to share in them by attending the upcoming event."

Clare Persson, Chair of Stand Up Laconia! will be at the event selling t-shirts and providing information to community members who are interested in getting involved in the non-profit organization working to prevent and reduce the drug use in the town of Laconia.

Admission is $7 at the door. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, and various desserts will be provided. For more information regarding the event call Alana Persson at 581-5517, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact the Freight Room directly at 527-0043.