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International Film series presents Riding Alone on March 3rd

LACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library presents Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Monday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. This is another presentation as part of the International Film Series shown monthly at the Laconia Public Library.

Gouichi, a Japanese fisherman has not been on good terms with his son, Kenichi, ever since Gouichi’s wife died many years ago. The son is a Japanese filmmaker. Gouichi learns that his son is now dying of liver cancer and travels to Tokyo to see him. Kenichi, still angry that his father left him for a remote fishing town in a northern province to escape the reality of his mother's death, refuses to see his father.

Kenichi's wife gives her father-in-law a video tape made by Kenichi so that Gouichi may learn more about his son. The tape contains footage of Li, a Chinese artist, from a village in Yunnan province of China. In the video tape, Li promised Kenichi to perform the opera, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, for him if he returns the next year. Gouichi, wanting to know his son better, decides to go to China in his sick son's place to film Li's performance.

After many days of difficult travel in China, Gouichi arrives in Li’s Village only to learn that Li has been imprisoned for assaulting someone who insulted his illegitimate son. After much trouble attaining clearances Gouichi gains entry to the prison facility to visit Li. However, Li breaks down in tears and is unable to perform as he misses his son so badly. Gouichi decides to travel to Stone Village where Li’s son lives who has never met his father.

The travels and difficulties of bringing Li and his son together match the difficulties that Gouchi has had in reconciling with his son. Superb photography of the desert areas of western China are brought to life in the travels of Gouchi. Chinese rural life away from urban areas can still be found in this 2005 film that has won foreign film awards.

The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Brief informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided. Feel free to bring a cushion for comfort in viewing the movie. For more information, contact Len Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Carol Pierce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:25

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Breast Cancer and Beyond March Gathering

LACONIA — The March Breast Cancer and Beyond gathering will be on Monday, March 3,  from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Women's Imaging Center located at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia.

March's featured topic will be "Sexuality and Breast Cancer: Get Your Mojo Back".

RSVP appreciated but not required. For more information on the Breast Cancer and Beyond Support Program, contact Ginny Witkin ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at 527-2940.

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6th Annual Winni Dip and 1st Annual High School Dip

LACONIA —  Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9 will be Dip weekend in Laconia.
Members of New Hampshire's Law Enforcement agencies and the local community will take the 6th Annual "Dip" into Lake Winnipesaukee on Saturday, March 8 dressed in their best Rock 'n Roll outfits. High School students, faculty and staff will then take the "Dip" for the first time on their own day, Sunday, March 9 dressed in their best Prom outfits.

The Winni Dip is part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a year round partnership between the agency and the state's public safety officials that raises funds and awareness for the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire.
"The partnership between Special Olympics and New Hampshire's Law Enforcement is a great one, the members of LETR help us throughout the year by raising funds and awareness for our organization, they also help at many of our events by handing out medals to our athletes, and participating in ceremonies at SONH competitions," said Mary Conroy, SONH President.

Conroy went on to say, "The partnership simply makes Special Olympics better."

The schedule for the Winni Dip is:
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – Winni Dip
The Margate at the Lakefront
9:00 – 11:00 am: Dipper Check In
11:30 a.m: "Rock 'n Roll" Costume Parade
Noon: First Wave of Dippers Enter the Water
12:30: Post Dip Lunch and Awards

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – High School Dip
The Margate at the Lakefront
9:00 – 11:00 am: High School Dipper Check In
11:30 am: "Prom" Costume Parade
Noon: Dippers Enter the Water
12:30: Post Dip Lunch and Awards

Registration is still open for anyone interested in Dipping and can be done online at www.sonh.org until midnight Monday March 3 or at the event. Participants commit to raising $250 (including a $50 non-refundable registration fee). High School participants need to raise $175. All Dippers enjoy the Post-Dip Lunch & Celebration along with a guest and will receive a hoodie or vest.

The 2014 Winni Dip is supported by WOKQ, The Margate on Winnipesaukee, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Marshall Tent & Event Rental, E&R Dry Cleaners and Polished and Proper.

For more information on Special Olympics New Hampshire and the Winni Dip visit www.sonh.org.

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Committee on Aging to hear Elder Law Attorney

GILFORD — On Friday, March 14 at 10 a.m. the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging will host Elder Law Attorney, Edward Beasley from Beasley & Ferber. Some topics that he will cover.... Steps to take to protect your assets from nursing home costs, planning for end of life decisions, why not to put your assets into your children's' names, and more.

Special guest Gregory Gagne will offer financial planning tips. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting well being, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire's goal to keep seniors healthy.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10 a.m. the second Friday of each month. The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. All are welcome.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:48

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