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Contestants & charities announced for Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars, to be held on Nov. 14

MEREDITH — Lakes Region Dancing with Stars is back! The next charity show will be Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the Interlakes Community Auditorium located at 1 Laker Lane.

This year’s cast and charities are: Kathleen Burke-Tech Integrator for the Inter-Lakes School District will be dancing for The Cure Starts Now Cancer Foundation in memory of John Bradley Thompson. Don Crowell of the Epilepsy Foundation of New England dancing for the Epilepsy Foundation of New England, Dan Fife dancing for the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Molly King the Program Director of 98.3 LNH dancing for the LNH Children's Auction, Chris McCarthey owner of the Insurance Outlet in Laconia dancing for the Laconia Santa Fund, Gina McGuire local author dancing for the NH Humane Society, Rob Nedeau the Deputy Sheriff of Belknap County dancing for the Greater Meredith Career Partnership Fund, Brooke Wakefield of the Circle Program dancing for the Circle Program.

This community fundraiser was started in February 2011 by Laura Brusseau and Ashley Halsey, two local women who wanted to use their talents to raise awareness and funds for local non profits. In the last four shows over $30,000 has been donated to local charities including- Habitat for Humanity, New Beginnings, LNH Children’s Auction, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Hands Across the Table, American Cancer Society NH Branch, Bikers Against Child Abuse, Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center, The Santa Fund, Got Lunch Laconia, Happy Tails Dog Park, Keeping You, Me and Memories Alive, Interlakes High School Student In Need Fund, Community Care Givers, Annie UpFund, Meredith Emergency Food Pantry, Voices Against Violence, The Salvation Army, The Hunter School, The Fallen Fire Fighters Fund, Got Lunch Meredith, and the Elm Street Playground Fund.

Tickets can be purchased by going to www.eventbrite.com a typing in 5th Annual Lakes Region Dancing with the Stars in the search engine.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:31

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Wolfeboro Friends of Music hosting April Verch

WOLFEBORO — Fiddler, step dancer, singer-song writer April Verch will lead her group in the next live performance presented by the Wolfeboro Friends of Music on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Hall at Brewster Academy, 205 South Main St.

Verch and band blend the traditions of roots music and step-dancing. The band is rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters, and guitarist Hayes Griffin.

The finale of the program will feature Verch fiddling and step dancing — and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns — at once.

Tickets for the performance are $20. Wolfeboro Friends of Music can be reached by calling 603-569-2151 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The April Verch program is sponsored by Paul and Debbie Zimmerman.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:25

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Speare Oncology Team hosting Art of Healing Painting Party on October 9

PLYMOUTH — Family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, maybe even you—we all know someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. For many it is being embraced by love, support and encouraging words that help them through their journey.

It is in the spirit of that shared experience that you are invited to join our Oncology Team for an Art of Healing Painting Party on Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m., at Kil'n Time Art Studio in Plymouth. Coming together as a community you will be able to remember, to share experiences and provide hope on canvas. The cost to attend is $10 per painter. Space is limited and advance registration and payment is required. Reserve your spot by calling Kil'n Time Art Studio directly at (603) 238-9147.

Each artist will complete an artist statement that will be displayed with their painting at one of several area businesses in our central New Hampshire communities, at Speare Memorial Hospital or Speare Memorial at Boulder Point throughout the month of October. Paintings will be returned/available for pick-up by participating artists on November 3.

Kil'n Time Art Studio is located at 89 Main Street in Plymouth across from the Common. For additional questions or information about the Art of Healing Paint Party, contact Speare's Office of Community Relations at (603) 238-6468.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:18

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Quilters Guild hosting 37th Annual Harvest of Quilts this weekend

LACONIA — The 37th annual Harvest of Quilts of the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5 at the Lake Opechee Inn Conference Center. 
The featured quilters for this year's Harvest of Quilts show, are Mary Boutin of Gilford and Marlene Morin of Laconia. Both are avid quilters exploring and perfecting their techniques resulting in articles that reflect their dedication. In recognition of their skill, they are named featured quilters for the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild's 37th annual Harvest of Quilts, the major fundraiser for the guild which awards scholarships and supports local charities.
Both Boutin and Morin, quilters since the 1980s, came to love the craft as an extension of their personal early sewing experiences. Boutin learned by expert example from her mother and grandmother in how to read a pattern, use a sewing maching to make clothes, how to knit and do needlepoint. Then sixteen years ago, her sister encouraged her to try machine quilting, so Boutin took her first class in 2004 with Stephanie Drake through the Laconia Adult Edcucation Program.
"After that class, I was hooked. I enjoy making all types of quilts although my preference is to make wallhangings," she said. "I have always sewn between everything else. It has always been my therapy and relaxation."
Morin's interest in quilting is also the result of sewing. In her case, she began to sew in 1964 making clothes as the mother of three sons. She taught herself quilting by assembling and sewing squares. Collecting the ski lodge bandanas of her ski racer son, she sewed them together as quilts.
"My ski racer son now has a quilt of both East and West areas that we actually use when we stay at his home in Vermont," she said.
She took her first lessons to learn patchwork quilting after being bored with putting squares together and the time cutting templates with scissors, handpiecing and handquilting them. Accompanying her husband when he worked in Moscow, Russia, for two years beginning in 1994, she brought along enough fabric and patterns to make four quilts. 
Both Boutin and Morin are among the quilters who meet weekly to help make Comfort Quilts, which are donated locally to various organizations to help families in need. Each will have about 24 items in the show, among the 200 member quilts and quilted articles which will transform the Conference Center into a blaze of colors and shapes. Also, featured will be a special Hoffman Challenge, quilt appraisals by Julie Crossland on Saturday, demonstrations, penny sale, quilt raffle, 12 vendors, a boutique and door prize. Food will be available. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students. For more information visit  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or the website, bmqg.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 09:12

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