Loon Center hosting lecture about climate change March 19

MOULTONBOROUGH — On Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Loon Center in Moultonborough, the Lakes Region Chapter of the New Hampshire Audubon Society will present a program about "Climate Reality in Times of Change: Problems, Solutions, Action."

Dr. Cynthia Melendy is working with the nonprofit Climate Reality Team, led by Vice President Al Gore, to help people understand the complex problems humankind has introduced to the planet's ecology. Technology and its attending pollution has wreaked havoc on the balance of systems on Earth.

Taking a step-by-step approach, Dr. Melendy will demonstrate the interrelationships between technology, economy, and climate change, suggesting certain models that people can take with them into their municipal systems, businesses, and everyday life, that will help mitigate the destructive forces we have unleashed. Time is of the essence, however, as we take action now and in preparation for the Paris Climate Talks in December 2015.

Unfortunately, despite its far reaching effect, some people, local companies and heads of large, distant corporations don't find this a very attractive topic. It is not easy to get action off the ground to activate effective change. Dr.Melendy will show how people can be involved in a global platform for action to be part of the change that our region needs.

The Loon Center is located on Lee's Mill Road; follow the signs on Blake Road from Route 25 near the Moultonborough Central School, or from Rte. 109 turn on to Lee Road and turn left on Lee's Mill Road. Refreshments will be served.

Leprechaun Leap 5k in Belmont on Saturday

BELMONT — The Lakes Region Leprechaun Leap 5k will be run on March 14 at 10 am from the Belmont Mill/

The Leprechaun Leap is a nice end-of-winter/early spring 5k which consists of relatively flat paved and unpaved roads. The event is held as a fun way to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Lakes Region. Fun-loving participants take this opportunity to sport their many shades of green, orange and gold by wearing costumes (encouraged, but not necessary), their favorite Celtics attire, or jazzy exercise gear. . Traditional Irish music and refreshments will await all participants at the finish line.

Commemorative fleece headbands will be given to the first 50 pre-registrations that are received at Town Hall by Tuesday, March 10. Entry fee for pre-registrations, as well as day-of event registrations, is $10. Course map and registration forms can be picked up at Belmont Town Hall or Belmont Library.

Questions regarding this race can be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Gretta Olson-Wilder at 998-3525.

Gunstock Ski Club to host Piche Invitational this weekend

GILFORD — This weekend the Gunstock Ski Club will host the 2015 Francis Piche Invitational Race at the Gunstock Mountain Resort. Sponsored by Piche's Ski and Sport of Gilford and run by GSC parent volunteers, the race is essentially an Eastern Championships for racers in age groups U12 and U14, ages ten to thirteen. Teams of racers will compete individually and by state for medals and for a state team title.

The event begins with informal training offered on Thursday on the Cannonball race trail, followed by formal training groups on Friday with notable coaches from all over New England. Saturday is race day, with two runs of Giant Slalom on the race trail. Event T-shirts and keepsake race bibs commemorating the event are provided by Piche's for each competitor.

Over 300 racers from nine states will compete in two age groups, U12 (ages 10 and 11), and U14 (ages 12 and 13). Awards are given for top 10 places in both groups for boys and for girls. In addition the state team with the most points receives a winning team award and medals. States participating include Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Southern Alpine Racing Association (SARA) consisting of Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. An optional slalom race for the invitational racers will he held on Sunday for those who can stay to race again.

Racers qualify in their home state for this United States Ski Association (USSA) sanctioned event by placing in the top of their age groups in their home state racing associations' events. NH qualifying events were completed March 7th and 8th and two Gunstock Ski Club racers have qualified to participate. In the U12 age group, Toby Wilkinson from Sanbornton will represent GSC for NH in the race. In the U14 age group, Owen Sezgin from GSC has qualified to compete for NH as well.

The Gunstock Ski Club is responsible for all of the technical aspects of the training days and for making sure the race day and scoring is done following USSA rules and conditions. In order to cover its operating costs, GSC is running thirteen race days this season, with all work being done by its parent volunteers. It takes over 45 parent volunteers to run each race, with jobs running from registration and timing to gate judges and course maintenance workers. Some parents become certified Alpine Officials and Race Administrators in order to be sure races are run properly. GSC is proud of its ability to run so many races over a season, and also very proud of every one of its racers.

This race commemorates the life of local figure Francis Piche, who not only founded Piche's Ski Shop but more importantly did much to promote the sport of skiing in the Lakes Region. Not only was he an accomplished skier and racer but he also coached local youth and worked at the Belknap Recreation Area (now Gunstock Mountain Resort) in the late 1930's. After returning home from WWII in 1945 he ran his shop on nights and weekends and was active in local skiing groups such as the Gilford Outing Club and the Winnipesaukee Ski Club (now the Gunstock Ski Club). The shop opened full time in 1951. Originally the Thomson Trophy Race, the Francis Piche Invitational was renamed in 1995.

If you would like more information about this race or USSA ski racing, visit the NH Alpine Racing Association (NHARA) website at www.nhalpine.com, or the Gunstock Ski Club site at www.gunstockskiclub.org.

Golden View introducing monthly series of special events

MEREDITH — Golden View Health Care Center is proud to introduce a free monthly special event series to the community. The 2015 Special Community Event Series at Golden View, sponsored by the Bank of New Hampshire, features educational and cultural programs regarding history, art, and agriculture with a focus on New Hampshire and the world beyond.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer these events to the local community," said Golden View's Assistant Administrator Rosemary Simino. "Golden View and the Lakes Region community as a whole are full of life-long learners. As an independent non-profit, we strive to provide members of the community with frequent opportunities to learn and expand their cultural horizons. Thanks to the Bank of New Hampshire's decision to partner with us, we're able to bring these opportunities to the community monthly."

Simino said she's excited to bring Manchester's Currier Museum of Art to Golden View for a series of three presentations on the museum's upcoming exhibits.

"We have so many artists and art lovers in the Lakes Region," Simino said. "Bringing The Currier to the local community is a great way for those interested in the arts to explore the museum's internationally renowned exhibits while staying close to home."

The event series is scheduled to take place in one of Golden View's new assisted living options, The Terrace, allowing Golden View's assisted living residents to enjoy these monthly community events without having to travel off campus.

"Our assisted living residents are incredibly excited to be able to continue learning and experiencing new things in the comfort of their own homes," said Golden View's Assisted Living Administrator Heidi Murray. "While our residents are active and enjoy going off campus for trips, hosting these educational opportunities at Golden View makes it easier for residents to find time in their busy schedules to attend."

Since the events are open to the public, family and friends who may be visiting during an event can also attend, Murray said.

"These are high-quality, informative, and enriching events," Murray said. "We have presentations scheduled by the New Hampshire Boat Museum, local authors, and members of the University of New Hampshire Speakers Bureau. Since many of our events are in the afternoon, visiting family and friends can go to lunch with their loved one, and then come back to Golden View to enjoy a presentation."

For a full list of upcoming events in this series, visit www.GoldenView.org. Those who wish to attend any of the events are encouraged to RSVP by calling 279-8111 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..