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Enrichment courses offered in Laconia

LACONIA — Peggy Selig, Program Director for Laconia Adult Education says that a exciting enrichment courses are being offered in Winter Semester 2015.

Enrichment classes are scheduled to begin the week of January 26-29, 2015.. Fly Tying, Belly Dancing, SolidWorks: Mechanical Design Basics, Welding, Gluten Free Cooking, Yoga, Quilting, Drawing, Sports Massage, Line Dancing, Water Color Painting, Dog Obedience, and Computer classes are just a few of the courses offered.

People can prepare for the SAT or the HiSET(High School Equivalency Test), attend Laconia Academy to get a high school diploma, or enjoy the evening Wine Tasting Seminar and Gourmet Dinner.

Computer classes for the computer illiterate are offered in addition to Microsoft Office Basics: Word and Excel. People can enhance their your photography skills by enrolling in a Beyond Basics Digital Photograph Class and Springtime Beginning and Intermediate Golf Lessons will also be offered outdoors at Laconia Country Club.

Algebra I, Chemistry & Lab or Human Biology & Lab are all available for pre-nursing students. A free Reiki seminar is offered in addition to Reiki Level I and Reiki Level II Certification. Learn to speak, read, write and understand English for those individuals living in the Lakes Region from a foreign country. The classes are free and meet Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. for eleven (11) weeks.

Laconia Academy, the adult high school diploma program, enables anyone wishing to return to the classroom at night, the chance to earn a high school diploma. Classes meet from 6:00-9:00 p.m., Monday - Thursday nights. A high school transcript from the last school attended is required. Credit is given for those courses successfully passed. Life experience credits are also given for work and military service. Laconia Academy is also approved for anyone eligible for Veterans' Benefits.

Laconia Academy also enables In-School Youths, lacking the proper number of credits to graduate in June 2015 with their class, to enroll and take courses. Permission is needed from the principal of the sending school in order for an in-school youth to enroll at Laconia Academy.

Bank of NH is providing limited Scholarship help to residents of Laconia, Gilford, Meredith, Moultonborough, Center Harbor, Plymouth and Bristol, wishing to attend Laconia Academy and get a High School Diploma. Financial need must be demonstrated. The Adult Success Program through a Grant from the NH Charitable and the Pardoe Foundation will also provide very limited scholarship help depending on demonstrated financial need.

The High School Equivalency (HiSET) Preparation classes are due to start on Tuesday, January 13 and Thursday, January 15 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. for an 11 week semester. The HiSET Test offers adults a quick way to gain a secondary completion. The HISET Test is given by appointment only and individuals must be 18 years of age or older to take the HISET Test.  A Daytime HISET Program is also available Monday through Thursday from 9:00am – 2:00pm. This Program is free. Information can be obtained by calling the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

The Adult Tutorial Program for Belknap County helps non-reading adults learn to read, write, and do simple mathematical computations needed for everyday life. The Tutorial Program also needs tutors who are willing to help people learn to speak, read and write English as a second language. Volunteer tutors are also needed to be trained to work on a one-to-one basis with adult students who cannot read and need to improve their reading skills.

Call 524-5712 or stop by the Adult Education Office located in Room #108 at Laconia High School for more information.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:01

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Irwin Automotive Group celebrating 64 years of business in Laconia

LACONIA  — The Irwin Automotive Group is celebrating its 64rd Anniversary of what was originally Irwin Lincoln Mercury. Irwin's was founded in 1951 by Robert H. Irwin, as a Lincoln Mercury dealership and it's not uncommon to hear stories from long time Laconia residents talk about their first car purchase from Irwin's over 60 years ago. Having now served New Hampshire over 3 generations, Irwin's is coming off a record year, making them one of New Hampshire's largest dealerships. They have maintained a tradition of friendly customer service and a strong belief in continued community involvement in the Lakes Region and beyond.

Chris Irwin, as current Vice President and  the third generation to continue the Irwin family mission is "to treat every guest as their best friend."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:45

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Lecture on historic churches of Laconia to be held at Golden View Tues.

MEREDITH—Golden View Health Care Center partnering with the Laconia Historical & Museum Society to bring a free presentation to the public this month at its new assisted living option, The Terrace. The public is invited to attend a lecture on the "Historic Churches of Laconia" by Brenda Kean, executive director of the Laconia Historical & Museum Society, on Tuesday, January 20 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Golden View, located at 19 NH Route 104 in Meredith.

Laconia is the home of many architecturally beautiful buildings, and among them are many historic churches. In this informative lecture, Kean will share photos—past and present—of local historic churches, as well as tales of their past and future. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged as seating is limited. For more information visit GoldenView.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:29

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‘Brigade’ to keep Meredith sculptures snow-free

A Meredith Sculpture Walk "Snow Brigade" has been formed to keep the sculptures and lights free from snow during the winter months. As part of their Inter-lakes HS Community Service, Victoria Heffron, Nocera Range, Mackenzie Giroux, Bridie O'Connell and Alexandra Smith have volunteered, under the direction of MSW Committee members, Fred Huntress and Janet Sanguedolce, to clear the sculptures after snow storms.

Sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program, the Meredith Sculpture Walk is a committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art in Meredith, for residents and visitors. It is a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works by eighteen New England artists.

For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 279.9015, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:20

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