Giuseppe's Pizzeria hosting 21st Annual JTG Music Extravaganza on March 29

MEREDITH — Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante on will present the 21t Annual JTG Music Memorial extravaganza, an 11-huor musical marathon to benefit The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund on Sunday, March 29.
Since 1996 more than $34,000 has been awarded in scholarships to 38 graduating Lakes Region area high school students who were entering college for their first year and continuing their education in the field of music.
The show will kick off at noon followed by 11 consecutive hours of live musical entertainment performed by more than 35 musicians who will be donating their time and talents for this fun and festive fund-raising affair.

The featured acts throughout the day and evening include solo artists, duos, trios, and full bands. The vast array of musical genres to be enjoyed include: folk music, rock and roll, blues, Americana, bluegrass, original compositions, and alternative rock.

The JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza is held each year at Giuseppe's to commemorate its founder, Joe "Giuseppe" Gnerre who passed in 1995. A suggested donation of $10 is collected at the door and "the hat" will be passed around to help raise funds for The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund. In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring a fabulous array of great items donated by our sponsors to include a Snow Board, Ski Passes, an overnight stay to the Inns at Mill Falls by the Lake, a One-Hour Massage, a Miller Light recliner chair, a Budweiser Electric Guitar, a Romeo and Juliet Cigar Box Guitar, a Wrought Iron Saxophone player, and much more.

A Taylor Guitar model 322 sponsored in -part by Northern Lights Music Store with a list price of $1,700 will be raffled to help raise funds for The Gnerre Music Scholarship Fund. Tickets are only $20 and the guitar will be raffled when all 100 tickets are sold. Tickets are on sale now at Giuseppe and ticket buyers do not need to be present to win.

Sponsors include Northern Lights Music Store of Littleton, The Inns at Mill Falls by the Lake, The Spa at Church Landing, Oglethorpe Fine Arts and Crafts, New Hampshire Distributors, Amoskeag Beverages, Lakes Region Coca Cola, Southern Wine and Spirits, Verizon Beverages and Lakes Region Therapeutic Massage.

The Order of Performances beginning at noon:
Michael Brien, Dr. Jack, Chris Kelly, John Theriault, Jeff Lines, Don Bergeron & Steve Colombo, Just Because, Peter Brunette, "The Sweetbloods", Pocket Change, Paul Connor and Lou Porrazzo, Joel Cage, Paul Hubert Paul Warnick & Co., Joe Gnerre with Cousin Billy Gnerre and Friends, Michael Bourgeois & Co., No Limitz, The Ossipee Mt. Boys, Alivia Aubut, "The Prophets", and Jennifer Karnan

Scholarship applications are now available for qualifying graduating high school students who will be continuing their education in the field of Music, Musical Arts, or Music Theatre for the upcoming 2015/2016 academic year at the following schools: Inter-lakes High School, Moultonborough Academy,Laconia High School, Gilford High School, Newfound Regional High School and Plymouth High School.

Franklin Elks accepting applications for Copper Cannon summer camp

FRANKLIN — Applications are now being accepted to attend Copper Cannon Camp, this year the Franklin Elks Traditional Resident Camp will be held from July 5 through 11.

The program is free and the Franklin Elks Lodge will provide transportation for the campers up and back. Lunch is provided prior to leaving to go to camp. The traditional resident camp program is designed for youth from nine to twelve years old. These children share cabins with five to six other campers and a staff member.

Mornings are spent participating in activities as a cabin group. Afternoons may include special "all camp" events, swimming at Echo Lake or the opportunity for the campers to choose areas of special interest such as a unique craft activity, touch rugby, folk dancing or other surprises created by the staff. The evenings continue the camp experience with campfires, games and a cookout complete with s'mores.

Each child will have to have a physical prior to attending camp. To learn more about the camp and to download the application and medical form please visit or contact Lisa Collins at 491-3325 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Belknap EDC Hosts Its Annual Meeting, Thursday, March 19

LACONIA — Belknap Economic Development Council  will host its annual meeting on Thursday, March 19 at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. Registration and cocktail reception begins at 4:15 p.m. followed by the business meeting portion of the evening promptly at 5 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Meredith Village Savings Bank, Gold Sponsor; Bank of New Hampshire, Cross Insurance, The Laconia Daily Sun and Gunstock Mountain Resort, Silver Sponsors. More than a 100 Lakes Region business and civic leaders will be in attendance.

The Belknap EDC Board of Directors will be presenting awards which represent the EDC's goals and strategic plan including the Norman Marsh Leadership Award, honoring the late County Commissioner and local businessman instrumental in founding the Belknap EDC. The award recognizes outstanding leadership on economic development issues.

For more information on Belknap EDC and its strategic plan and goals, go to

Chamber meet & greet at Laconia Athletic & Swim Club on March 18

LACONIA — The Laconia Athletic & Swim Club will host a Lakes Region Chamber Meet & Greet on Wednesday, March 18 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Owners, Tom and Lori Oakley, and Team LASC  will provide tours of all the new features and services that are currently being added to the facility, including a new childcare room, a yoga and barre studio, a new Fit TRAXX small group training studio and a new, expanded and upgraded cycling studio.

Attendees are invited to chat with LASC's Certified Wellness coaches, who will be on hand to answer questions about nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Open since 1991, Laconia Athletic & Swim Club is a 25,000 square foot multipurpose wellness facility housing a six  lane 75 ft. heated indoor pool offering swim lessons and water workouts for all ages and abilities, two fully equipped fitness centers, a spacious group fitness studio offering over 60 classes each week.

Refreshments will be provided and door prizes will be awarded. Additional parking will be available at Opechee Park and Laconia Middle School.