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Gilford Community Church to host Christmas Fair

GILFORD — The Gilford Community Church's annual Christmas Fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, while Santa's Land will take place in the adjoining Gilford Youth Center.

Featured will be Santa's Attic with white elephant articles, Santa's Bookstore, Santa's Kitchen, homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry, children's toys and games, books. In addition gift baskets will be raffled off.

The church is located at 19 Potter Hill Road in Gilford Village.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:32

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Noel Shoppe at Festival of Trees features local creations

MEREDITH — This year's Festival of Trees held at Waukewan Golf Course, Waukewan Road, Center Harbor will be open to the public Friday, December 5 from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, December 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, December 7 from 12-4 p.m. Admission will be $3 for adults, and $2 for children 6 and above. Children 5 and under are free.

The Noel Shoppe is proud to present unique gifts created by Lakes Region crafters and businesses such as the ever popular Lakes Region calendar by Bonnie Edwards, Photographic Portraits. New this year, Edwards has reproduced a 1784 map of the Lakes Region which can be purchased as a print, a matted print or framed. Local potter, Diane Lane, will feature fairy houses and Trish Eisner has created appetizer trays with eye-catching glazes to brighten any home. Scented goat milk soaps by Jess Storey of Winona Glen Farms, "Loon" etched martini glasses, beaded bracelets by Debbie Brown, tassel bracelets and necklaces by Katie Humber, handmade fudge by Kristen Anderson and pillows by Kris Nagengast of Chase Island Designs are just a few of the gift selections. Wood turner Meredith resident, Wayne Blake will present his wooden bowls and bread boards. Wayne, will also be the Artisan-in-Residence on Saturday afternoon, December 6th from noon to 2, will discuss the process of wood turning.

The Noel Shoppe is, once again, partnering with Michelle Taft at Bayswater Books in Center Harbor and she has arranged for author, Lynn Plourde, along with illustrator, Russ Cox, to be on hand to sign their new book, "The Merry Moose Christmas" during our Gala Night, December 4 from 5:30 to 8p.m. Gala guests will be treated to appetizers and desserts, and a cash bar, while browsing the unique selection of live and silent auction items from businesses and friends, such as NH Motor Speedway, Meredith Automotive, Country Cottage, DaSilva Motorsports, Ambrose Brothers, Country Drummer, Bryant Paving, Threads, Hermit Woods, Gunstock, Mills Falls and more. Tickets are $25 advance only and can be purchased at Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop in Meredith and at Fashion Forward in Moultonborough.

"Magic and Mittens" will especially delight children ages 3-8 Saturday, December 6 with presentations at noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. Each child will receive a special holiday treat. Admission is covered by the "general admission – no further charge. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For reservations, call Karen at 253-3167.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:22

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Ray Wixson Senior Dinner

GILFORD — The 29th annual Rev. Ray Wixson Memorial Gilford Senior Citizen Dinner & holiday celebration will take place on Thursday December 11th at 5:45pm at the Gilford Community Church and Community Center.

This event is put on every year by the members of the Gilford Rotary Club to thank the seniors of Gilford for their many contributions to Gilford over the years. There will be a traditional turkey dinner with all the "fixings" and entertainment by some of our local talent. There is also a rumor that Santa himself might stop by.

Leave a message with your name and phone number for Gilford Rotarian Carolyn Scattergood at 366-5503 to make your reservation. Transportation is available if needed. So if you live in Gilford and are 65 and over you won't want to miss this fun-filled holiday celebration.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:18

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Tilton Senior Center receives $4,500 grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank

TILTON — Tilton Senior Center was chosen as one of thirteen local non-profit agencies to receive a grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (MVSB Fund) in 2014. The $4592 grant was used to purchase a commercial dishwasher and to install a fire suppression hood over the stove in the senior center's kitchen. These additions have allowed the center to expand their lunch program to provide three meals per week to area seniors in need.

In 2008, Caring Hands Assisting Tilton (CHAT), a group of volunteers that assists seniors and disabled community members in Tilton, received permission from the Town of Tilton to establish a Senior Center in a vacant municipal building known as the Lochmere Grange. With $20,000 in support from the town, the group set out to completely renovate the historic building. Through tremendous fundraising efforts and contributions from local businesses and contractors the group was able to fully restore the building while maintaining its historical integrity, make the facility ADA and building code compliant, upgrade the plumbing and electric and install a heating and cooling system.

Once the senior center was up and running, the group partnered with the Community Action Program (CAP) of Concord. This partnership provided them with a part-time Program Director and the ability to offer one meal per week to a small group of seniors. As more and more local towns cut back on their lunch programs, the number of seniors seeking meals at Tilton Senior Center tripled. The group made it their goal to meet the demand and expand their lunch program to three days per week, but in order to do this they needed to add a fire suppression hood over their stove and obtain a commercial dishwasher.

After receiving a donated fire suppression hood from a local business, they sought out a grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank to fund the rest of the project. Thanks to the support they received they were able to complete the work and expand their lunch program to two days per week and add a brunch. The commercial dishwasher has reduced their clean up time significantly with each load of dishes taking only three minutes.

"We are so thankful for this contribution from Meredith Village Savings Bank and for all of the support we have received from so many local business and individuals," said Pat Consentino, Vice Chair Executive Committee/Selectmen. "These additions have not only allowed us to offer more meals, but they have also greatly reduced the clean up time for our volunteers, giving them a chance to focus on the projects and programs that bring so much joy to our attendees."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 08:14

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