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7th Annual Circle Triathlon is Sunday in Ashland

ASHLAND — Circle Program's 7th Annual Circle Triathlon is taking place this Sunday, August 31 at the host sponsor site of Riveredge Marina in Ashland. Check in time begins any time after 6:45 a.m. the day of the race, or between 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 30. 

Echoing the long-standing mission of the Circle Program, the Circle Triathlon promotes an opportunity for competitors to demonstrate "...the Skills, Courage, and Confidence to Tri." Making the event possible, The Common Man is the Event Sponsor alongside many other local supporters, including the Founding Sponsor, Sippican Partners.

The Circle Triathlon is a unique athletic event in that it offers three levels of competition, individual or team relay-style, and families and friends are encouraged to compete together. All are welcome to join the fun with individuals competing in a race on their own or joining together in on a tri-team where each member completes a separate leg of the race. The Circle Triathlon spans the ages and ability levels and includes an adaptive division! The goal of the event is to promote fitness and sportsmanship for all while introducing people to the triathlon sport.

Youth and beginners are encouraged to start with the Rattlesnake Race; intermediate level athletes will try the Mt. Morgan and the more comfortable athletes will tackle the Mt. Chocorua Race -- the most difficult level of the three. Maps may be found on the Circle Triathlon website. Visit www.circletriathlon.org for more info and to register. 

Proceeds from the race will provide financial support and scholarships for the girls participating in the Circle Program. The Circle Program is a non-profit organization (www.circleprogram.org ) which provides new opportunities for New Hampshire's disadvantaged girls to develop the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. The Circle Program offers girls a unique combination of adult and peer support imparted through a residential summer camp experience and a year-round mentoring program. Girls learn to develop their potential and character by learning leadership skills, team-building and communication skills as they build positive relationships with peers and adults. Not unlike the goals of any tri-athlete, Circle girls join the Circle Program to find their personal best.

For more information about the Circle Triathlon, call the Circle Program office at (603) 536-4244 or e-mail Circle's Special Events Coordinator, Brooke Wakefield at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:55

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Alan MacRae to address Lakes Region Camera Club

MEREDITH — On Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m. local photographer Alan MacRae will present a program on 'Lighting and Photography' to the Lakes Region Camera Club located at The Trinity Episcopal Church in Meredith. 

While MacRae is best known for his project Portraits of Laconia - a photographic salute to residents of Laconia and surrounding towns who have made outstanding contributions to their communities, he is a talented portrait photographer in studio or on location, and also photographs local events.

As all photographers know, photography is really all about light. LRCC members will take away more knowledge about how to use and manage light in a variety of shooting situations. For more information and samples of MacRae's work, visit his website at http://alanmacrae.photography.com.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 08:44

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5th Annual Paint Wolfeboro event to be held on September 6

WOLFEBORO  — The Governor Wentworth Arts Council's fifth annual Paint Wolfeboro event will be held on Saturday, September 6 at locations in downtown Wolfeboro. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the sale scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Community Bandstand in Cate Park.

 Visitors can watch works of art being created and can purchase pieces either during the day or at an afternoon sale in Cate Park. Mark Dearborn, a local musician and member of the Traveling Wolfeburys, will perform in the park from 2 to 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

New this year, children can join in the outdoor painting fun by trying their hand at watercolor painting in Cate Park from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. For a small donation, each child can create a painting to take home, along with a watercolor kit for future fun. Children must be at least four years old and accompanied by an adult.

For more information or a registration form, visit wolfeboroarts.org, email the group at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call one of the co-chairs: Debbie Hopkins (603-569-4994) or Madelyn Albee (603-569-1701). Artists pay $15 to participate, and they set the price for their paintings and keep 60% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Any unsold paintings remain the property of the artist. 

New Hampshire painters who have registered include Marilyn Bodwell and Ilona Train of Mirror Lake, Betty Kanca of Effingham, Shirley FitzGerald of Middleton, Emily Marsh, Polly Cain and Ann Tracy of Wolfeboro, Emily Johnson of Nashua, DJ Geribo of Alton, Flo Parlangeli of Pembroke, Aline Lotter of Manchester, Sharon E. Allen of Derry, and Elizabeth Lewandowski or East Hampstead. Massachusetts painters include Charles McCarthy of Beverly and Melanie Christon of Haverhill.

Money raised from the Paint Wolfeboro event funds educational activities sponsored by the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, including grants to schools and libraries in five local communities. Rain date for the event is Saturday, September 13.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:12

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Dog Obedience Class Registrations being accepted

LACONIA — The next dog obedience class will run from September 3 – 24, at the Laconia Community Center. Beginners from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, advanced 7:00 – 8:00 pm, running every Wednesday.

The cost will be $50 for the 4 weeks. Dogs must have all of their shots before joining the class. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. For questions and registration, go to the Laconia Parks & Recreation Department's office at the Community Center at 306 Union Avenue or call 524-5046.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 08:36

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