10-week Alpha course at Alton Bay Conference Center

ALTON — The Alton Bay Christian Conference Center will be bringing a 10-week Alpha course to the community starting March 5 when participants gather for a meal in the Lombard Dining Hall at 5 p.m. followed by a DVD presentation and discussion.

The Alpha course began in London, England in 1976 as an introduction to the Christian faith for new Christians attending Holy Trinity Brompton church and since then has become  a world wide program geared to reaching the average person ''off  the street.''

Linda Overall, Outreach Coordinator for the Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, says ''Alpha is for anyone wanting to explore why they are here...the questions of life. Alpha always includes good food, a DVD presentation, some discussion, and fun,'' and is open to everyone whether they attend church regularly or have never been to church.

She says those who would like to know more about Alpha can check it out at www.alphausa.org or contact Linda Overall by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call Alton Bay Christian Conference Center at 875-6161.

Family Resource Center offering Nurturing Fathers program starting March 5

LACONIA — The Family Resource Center of Central New Hampshire, is once again offering a free, "Nurturing Fathers" program to men in the Lakes Region. This 13-week series is preceded by an orientation session on March 5, 2014 where co-facilitators, David Emond and Steve Columbo will introduce the program and topics. "Nurturing Fathers" classes then meet on Thursdays from March 19 through June 11, 2015, 5:30-8 p.m. and include dinner.

This series is designed for men who strive be the best dads they can be.Emond and Columbo, both fathers themselves, will lead sessions covering: dealing with feelings; discipline without violence; communication; problem-solving; play; teamwork with a spouse/partner and more.

A participant in the first Nurturing Fathers series which recently ended, remarked, "This program helped me open up to my children and my wife." Another dad noted that "the material gave him an understanding of active listening and how important it is to be a loving and supportive father."

Advance registration is requested. Limited on-site childcare and assistance with transportation is available with advance notice and approval. Space is limited, call 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. for more information or to register.

Red Dress Gala raised record-breaking $77,000 for LRGHealthcare cardiac services

LACONIA — The February 13 LRGHealthcare Red Dress Gala, held at Church Landing in Meredith, proved to be another sell-out success. Event organizers were thrilled to welcome more than 300 guests, and are proud to announce that the gala raised a record-breaking $77,288.

Coinciding with American Heart Month, the Red Dress Gala helps to raise awareness about heart disease and prevention. Over the past eleven years this signature event has raised more than $541,000 for cardiac services, programs, and technology at LRGHealthcare and for our community Emergency Response partners.
Funds from this winter's gala have already been used to purchase two EKG machines. The gala will also enable LRGHealthcare to purchase five state-of-the-art ETCO2 (End Title Carbon Dioxide) monitors -- offering providers invaluable information about the status of the patient after a cardiac event. Remaining Red Dress Gala funds will be used to train all staff at LRGHealthcare on the Heart Saver AED system.
With the theme Dinner at Tiffany's the ballroom at Church Landing was decorated with simple elegance which included striking custom-made linens in Tiffany blue, red, and silver donated by Divine Inspirations. Romantic centerpieces created by eleven-year gala supporter Susan Brown of Lakes Region Floral Studio adorned each table, and thousands upon thousands of little white lights and candles glimmered in the background. Guests dressed to the nines, many in floor-length ball gowns and black tie.

The Common Man culinary team presented a mouth-watering meal, Geoff Cunningham performed beautiful music during the cocktail hour, and local favorite Phil 'n the Blanks had the dance floor spilling over well into the night. Warren Bailey of Comcast Spotlight worked the crowd during the live auction, raising over $13,000 in less than a half-hour.

Highlights for guests included a very fun photo booth with hilarious props, a delicious candy buffet by Lee's Candy Kitchen, a gourmet coffee bar with flavor shots and rimmed glasses, and fabulous live & silent auction items. Lakes Region Party & Gift donated bundles of balloons; Five Star Entertainment contributed dramatic up-lighting; and Jeff Day carved a martini luge and a huge diamond ring ice sculpture, all of which added to the
celebratory feel of the night.

In addition to the 300-plus guests, more than 100 business and individuals supported the event and the cause.
Joining Presenting Sponsor MB Tractor & Equipment in supporting the Red Dress Gala were Gold Sponsor Evroks Corporation; Candy Bar Sponsor DiGiorgio Associates Inc./Monitor Builders Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor MRS - Medical Reimbursement Specialists; Entertainment Sponsor Lakes Region General Hospital Auxiliary; Gourmet Coffee Bar Sponsor Meredith Village Savings Bank; Photo Booth Sponsor Bank of New Hampshire; Silver Sponsor Decorative Interiors; Valet Sponsor Atlantic Parking Services, LLC (APS); and Bronze Sponsors AutoServ Dealerships, Binnie Media, DAK Financial Group LLC, Denise Tucker, Dr. Paul F. Racicot, FairPoint Communications, Franklin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, Franklin Savings Bank, Gilford Well Company, Lakes Cosmetic Institute, LRGHealthcare Senior Team, Rae Mello-Andrews & Friends, The Brilliant Gems!, and The Lake Dockers. Community Partners include BlueSpire Marketing, Cross Insurance, Health Plans, Inc., Landmark Benefits, Inc., and Stewart's Ambulance Service.

Major event supporters included Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Comcast Spotlight, Crown Design, Divine Inspirations, Five Star Entertainment, Geoff Cunningham, Ice Designs by Jeff Day, Lakes Region Floral Studio, Lakes Region Party & Gift, Lee's Candy Kitchen, MW Animation & Video, Paul Warnick and Phil 'n the Blanks, Salmon Press Newspapers, Stacey Brobst Photography, Taylor Rental, The Common Man, The Laconia Daily Sun, The Weirs Times, Tylergraphics, Inc., and live auctioneer Warren Bailey. More than 75 advertisers and auction donors also supported this year's Red Dress Gala.

LRGHealthcare is a not-for-profit healthcare charitable trust representing Lakes Region General Hospital, Franklin Regional Hospital, and affiliated medical providers. LRGHealthcare's mission is to provide quality, compassionate care and to strengthen the well-being of our community.