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Rey Center Hosts Art, Science and Nature Programs for the Whole Family

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has just released its winter programming schedule with lots of art, science and nature activities for the whole family.

This winter's nature programs include Nordic Night Adventures and Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft. Both programs are held every Saturday from Dec. 28 through March 15. Nordic Night Adventures is for families with youths ages 7 and up who want to explore the Waterville Valley Nordic trail system at night guided by one of the Rey Center naturalists. Participants will listen and look for winter nocturnal wildlife, learn about the constellations and more and hot cocoa will await them at the end of the journey.

Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft is for kids ages 5 and older who want to play games and activities on skis and snowshoes en route to the Curious George Cottage (the Reys former summer residence). At the cottage participants will be able to create Curious George themed crafts that can be taken home and then there will be a race back to Town Square.

Other kids winter activities include Curious George Story Time and Popcorn every Wednesday from Jan. 8 through March 12, Curious Crafts every Friday, Dark Sky Stargazing and many more special events during holiday weeks.

For the adults this winter there are art workshops, lectures, art exhibits and the annual winter fundraising gala and auction. This winter's art workshops are all about watercolor. On Feb. 3-5, join artist Shirley FitzGerald for Watercolors for Beginner to Intermediate. Then again on March 10 and 11, Shirley will be back with her Watercolor Techniques class.

The Rey Center winter lecture series entitled ''Infatuated with Snow'' includes Passion for Snow movie on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. Jan. 17 brings us Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine by director of NE Ski Museum, Jeff Leich followed by Getting to Know Snow on Feb. 21 by UNH assistant professor, Mary Stampone. Lastly on March 14, NH Fish and Game biologist, Kristine Rines shares her knowledge of Moose on the Edge.

Feb. 15 marks the date of this year's annual fundraising Gala and Auction. The most anticipated event of the year includes Live and Silent Auctions, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Dessert and Dancing to Live Music by Boston band, the Marsels. The public's support will help raise $20,000 to support the art and science education programs at the Rey Center. For details on this other Rey Center programs contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, located on the second floor of Town Square is a non-profit educational organization with programming modeled after the interests of Margret and Hans Rey, the authors of the Curious George characters, and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.

Margret and H.A. Rey were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys' legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org or visit the center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 December 2013 08:25

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Streetcar to hold Les Miz auditions

GILFORD — The Streetcar Company community theater group will hold open auditions for their musical presentation of Les Miserables at First United Methodist Church on Rte. 11A in Gilford on Sunday, January 5 at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m.

The Tony Award winning musical is a huge undertaking for the company and director J Alward is looking for dozens of actors and actresses to fill the numerous roles. Those auditioning should prepare a brief musical selection to be performed a cappella or with accompaniment as well as a short dramatic monologue. Once cast there is a production fee of $30 dollars which will include the company dues.

Show dates will be April 25-27 at the Inter-Lakes Community auditorium. As well as the many on stage performers Alward, along with producer, Erin Fitzmaurice are looking for help with several production positions including, costumes, set construction, properties, sound and lights.

After receiving popular acclaim in London, 'Les Miz' was first produced on Broadway in 1986, and has gone on to become the second longest-running musical in the world after The Fantasticks. Several revivals, national tours, concert and a major motion picture adaptation have helped to make Les Miserables one of the most popular musicals ever staged. The show has been produced in forty-two countries and translated into 21 languages.

Several New Hampshire theatrical companies have already presented the show since it was released to community theaters and The Streetcar Company, the oldest community theater group in The Lakes Region, looks forward to presenting it to local audiences. Anyone with further questions, or those interested in providing help with any of the technical aspects of the show are encouraged to contact the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the producer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information may be found on the company website at www.streetcarcompany.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 07:42

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Gilford Ice Rink Open

GILFORD — The Arthur A. Tilton Ice Rink on Varney Point Road is now open for the 2013-14 season. This ice rink is open daily to the public at no charge.

The skating schedule is as follows; Open Skating from Dawn – 10:00 a.m., Stick and Puck for ages 13 and under from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Open Skating from 12:00 noon – 3:30 p.m. and Stick and Puck for ages 14 and up from 3:30 p.m. – Dusk.

The rink is unattended and adult supervision is recommended. The ice rink is also available for rentals after normal operating hours.

For more information, to inquire about rentals or to check on conditions, please contact Parks and Recreation Department at 527-4722.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 07:35

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Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary Had Busy Year in 2013

LACONIA – 2013 proved to be a very busy and successful year for members of the Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary.

In just twelve months the group barely came up for air, jumping from one project to the next all with a mission of raising funds to support important initiatives at LRGH.
The Auxiliary's primary income source is the Gift Shop at Lakes Region General Hospital. Completely volunteer-managed and run, 50% of proceeds from gift shop purchases benefit Auxiliary projects. In 2013 this amounted to over $20,000.
"The gift shop at Lakes Region General Hospital is a constant work in-progress. Auxiliary members put so much thought into everything we put out on our shelves. Our gifts are truly unique and we're always trying to stay ahead of the curve to be contemporary and relevant, and to keep shoppers coming back," explains Auxiliary President Nancy Paterno.
The LRGH Gift Shop sells anything from cards to patient toiletries to small gifts, scarves, slippers, and jewelry. They recently partnered with Heaven Scent Flowers and the case is regularly stocked with beautiful and unique arrangements. In addition, Alex and Ani (+) Energy bangle jewelry is now being sold in the gift shop.
"As a group we always try to think outside of the box when it comes to our merchandise," states Gift Shop Chair Sue Dalton. "Whether it's introducing a new line of jewelry or displaying something in the window that might catch the eye of a passerby, we always strive to keep things fresh. The more revenue we bring in, the more the Auxiliary can do for the patients and staff at LRGH, and we're very proud of our hard work."
The Auxiliary's signature fundraising event is their annual Craft Fair, held each October. Nearly $6,000 was raised from this past fair to benefit the Breast Health Program at LRGH and to provide Comfort Bags to countless patients. Over the past twelve years the Auxiliary has raised over $60,000 from the Craft Fair.
From late November until early December the Tree of Love is a focal point of the LRGH Atrium. This year paper angels, created by the students at Woodland Heights Elementary School, were purchased for $3 in honor or memory of a loved one. Angel names were read at a special ceremony held in mid-December and this year the Tree of Love raised over $1,200.
Revenue from the gift shop and these fundraisers allow Auxiliary members to support a number of hospital initiatives throughout the year. The Auxiliary was pleased to allocate $3,000 to Wish List recipients in 2013. In many cases these are hospital departments whose staff is requesting something special that may not be covered within their budget. The Auxiliary also supplies $1,500 annually in clothing to the Emergency Department Crisis Closet, provides $1,000 to maintain their Courtesy Cart, and funds the Doll Committee whose members craft over 600 handmade dolls and animals, bringing comfort and a smile to young patients at LRGH.
Over the past several years the LRGH Auxiliary has purchased 25 Staxi Chairs, which are available for patient use throughout the hospital. The cost of these state-of-the-art wheel chairs range from $1250 to $6,000 and the group looks forward to purchasing three more in 2014. In addition the Auxiliary purchased a much-needed bladder scanner at a cost of $13,000. Two blanket warmers were purchased for the 3rd and 4th floors, which provide a little extra warmth and comfort for many patients throughout the year.
This past Spring the LRGH Auxiliary awarded $6,000 in scholarships to several deserving students who are pursuing careers in the healthcare field.
The Auxiliary is also a very proud supporter of LRGHealthcare fundraising events. For the 10th year in a row the Auxiliary stepped up as a $2,500 Silver Sponsor of the Red Dress Gala. The group also sponsors the Tanger 5K 'Fit for a Cure' event and the Golf Classic.
Last but certainly not least, the Auxiliary has pledged $10,000 to the LRGHealthcare Capital Campaign, placing them at the Heritage Sponsor level.
All of these projects and opportunities to support various hospital initiatives were made possible by the hard work and dedication of members of the LRGH Auxiliary, and Gift Shop and event volunteers.
The LRGH Auxiliary is always looking to welcome new members! If you're interested in learning more about this very rewarding opportunity call: 524-3211 ext. 3663 or email President Nancy Paterno: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 07:26

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