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‘Transforming Stress’ workshop series starts Jan. 6

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center (FRC) of Central New Hampshire holds a free workshop for parents on "Transforming Stress...Simple Steps, Not Always Easy" beginning Tuesday, January 6 from 9-10:30 a.m. This 4 week series will be facilitated by Mindfulness and Stress Management Coach, Shanti Douglas of Eight Limbs Holistic Health, and will be held at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia.

This short series, will allow participants to gain an understanding of a variety of tools they can use to change their lives by eliminating stress, one step at a time. They will learn how to reduce the physiological impact of stress and slow the busy mind. Participants will work toward retraining the brain and using the power of the mind to promote healthy change.

"This program is a great way to start the New Year. It offers people a unique opportunity to look at the stresses in their lives in a different light and make positive changes for themselves and their families," commented Tricia Tousignant, FRC Program Coordinator.

The FRC is also offering a 6-week series "Active Parenting of Teens" program to families in the Lakes Region on Tuesdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3, 10, 6-8 p.m. the Family Resource Center in Laconia.

This free series is open to all. The program supports parents or guardians with children in their teen or pre-teen years providing guidance and support to turn the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth.Topics include: methods of respectful discipline, skills for clear, honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior, how to be an encouraging parent, and issues such as teens on-line, bullying, and depression. Advance registration is requested. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval.

For more information on these programs or to register, contact Tricia Tousignant, Lakes Region Community Services, at 528-0391, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Space is limited. Attendance certificates are provided at the parenting programs sponsored by Lakes Region Community Services, Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire.

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Wesley Woods to host luncheon on January 7


GILFORD — Wesley Woods will host a luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at noon. Organizers say the event provides an opportunity to take a break from the kitchen and the cold, and enjoy a variety of warm soups, breads and conversations.

Everyone is welcome, but organizers request those interested in going to call ahead. RSVPs can be made to Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Wesley Woods is located behind the First United Methodist Church on Route 11A (Gilford Avenue).


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Laconia Community Center racquetball court reopens

LACONIA — The racquetball court at the Community Center has reopened, according to the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

The court will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday nights from 6:45 to 10 p.m.

Those wanting to play are asked to call the Parks and Rec office to schedule their time slots at 524-5046.

The fee will be $2 per person per hour of court time.

The Parks and Rec Department notes that racquetball is a great way to get in shape (hand/eye coordination) for lacrosse. Those who wish can use their lacrosse sticks with a racquetball.

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PSU Gallery to host ‘BYOP’ party on January 13

PLYMOUTH — Artists and arts supporters of all ages are invited to perform, present, and display their work — and enjoy the work of others — at an informal "BYOP–Bring Your Own Poetry, Painting, Performance, Presentation..." on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery in Plymouth.

BYOPs are hosted each year by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire as an informal celebration and showcase of the region's talent and artistic enterprise. In Plymouth, the event follows the Arts Alliance's annual meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend the meeting, or to come for a dessert potluck at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 o'clock program.

Writers, dancers, actors, musicians, storytellers, visual artists, and traditional artists and craftspeople of all ages and artistic experience are encouraged to bring work, and to talk about their art-making process. In addition to two-minute performances and presentations, stands will be set up and wall space made available for an exhibit of visual arts and crafts at the Drerup Gallery. Cultural organizations and educators are also invited to give brief presentations on their organizational or school arts activities.

"This is a great opportunity for artists of all kinds to meet one another, for families to share a night out together and for the public to experience the range of arts in northern New Hampshire," says Arts Alliance Program Manager Jamie Feinberg.

"We've discovered some amazing artists at these events," says Executive Director Frumie Selchen. "It's always particularly interesting to hear painters and other visual artists talk about the thinking behind their work, and to talk about it with them. We're happy to return to the beautiful Drerup Gallery and have a pop-up exhibit in such a beautiful gallery space."

This event is a dessert potluck. Cold drinks will be provided, and potluck participants are invited to bring their favorite dessert to share. There is no admission fee, but donations (and the purchase or renewal of Arts Alliance memberships) are welcome. The Karl Drerup Art Gallery is located at 150 Main St., Plymouth.

Pre-registration is requested, particularly for those interested in performing or bringing artwork, and for organizations that wish to give a brief presentation. Presenters will each have two minutes to perform or present their work. To register, or for more information, visit www.aannh.org, call 323-7302, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; presenters may leave their name and information on what they will present or exhibit.

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