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"Bowls of Care" September 25th Celebrates and Supports Family Caregivers

CONCORD — On the evening of September 25th, the art world will meet the family caregiving world when 100 bowls hand-crafted by NH potters will be on display for selection by the evening's attendees.

Over a dozen potters and the Alton Central School students have donated their time and creative energy to help support ServiceLink, and the Elder Services' Department of the Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc.'s "Bowls of Care... a gathering to support community and family caregivers." The event will be held at NH Audubon, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord NH, from 5-8 and will feature a soup buffet dinner, live music by Jazz/Americana singer Cat Faulkner and Singer/Songwriter John Schindler, and keynote presentation by Family Caregiving Life Coach, A. Michael Bloom, author of The Accidental Caregiver, who espouses meaningful and uplifting messages for caregivers such as "Keep chocolate in your pillbox!" and "Self-care isn't selfish." Four beautiful themed baskets will also be available for raffle, including "The Spa Basket," "The Wine Basket," "The Caregiver Basket" and "The Pottery Basket."

The evening will benefit Elder Services' and ServiceLink's family caregiver services and the clients who need care, as well as raise awareness of this growing issue. Tickets are $30 and include a beautiful artisan bowl; buffet dinner of soups, wraps, salads and desserts donated by local restaurants, live music, and the tactical soul-saving strategies provided by Keynote Speaker, A. Michael Bloom, which will inspire and recharge the energy of family and professional caregivers. Tickets and raffle information are available by calling 225-3295 or contacting Nicole Finitisis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 10:11

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Meredith Congregational Church hosting brunch on Sunday

MEREDITH — Meredith's First Congregational Church hosts a brunch on Sunday, September 21 at 11 a.m.

A portion is donated to the Pastor’s discretionary fund which serves all of the Meredith community. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-10 and free for those ages 6 and under. All are welcome. The church is located at 4 Highland Street in Meredith. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:55

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Laconia adult ed offers computer classes

LACONIA — Laconia Adult Education is offering a four week Microsoft Word & Windows: Introduction To computer class beginning on Tuesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 25. The class will meet from 6:30-8:30 PM at Laconia High School noted Mrs. Peggy Selig, Program Director.

This hands-on class is for the beginner who has little or no experience using a computer. It will introduce people to the basics of computer terminology and the popular word processing program Microsoft Word.

This orientation to computers is ideal for those who have had little or no exposure to computers. There will be an overview of parts of the computer and terminology including: desktop, menus, mouse instruction, scrolling, clicking, keying (typing), saving, and basic Internet skills.

Learn how to search the Internet more effectively in this hands-on introductory class. Basic search techniques and tools will be demonstrated. Learn how to create, format, save/open and cut/copy and paste documents.

To enroll in the class or for more information, call the Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:52

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Plymouth Senior Center remains open thanks to $170,000 Community Development Block Grant

PLYMOUTH — A senior center in Plymouth will avoid a shutdown after receiving an emergency grant to replace its broken sprinkler system. The NH Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) has approved an emergency Community Development Block Grant of $170,000 to make necessary upgrades.

“There is an immediate need to correct the problem and get the building code-compliant,” said Kevin Flynn, CDFA Communications Director. “Until these recent failures, the sprinkler system passed all of its annual inspections, so the problem was unexpected and urgently required action. We don’t want to see any interruptions to the services the center affords Grafton County seniors.”

The Plymouth Regional Senior Center provides hot meals to area residents, as well as other services. A letter from Fire Chief Casino Clogston to the center’s director stated, “your current place of assemble permit could be revoked due to violations to the Life Safety Code” without repairing or replacing the sprinklers.

“We’re pleased and relieved to get this grant. It’s import to protect the safety of our participants, staff, and volunteers. We’d like to thank CDFA for quickly responding to the emergency,” said Roberta Berner, the Executive Director of the Grafton County Senior Citizens Council.

The CDBG grant now goes to the Executive Council where it awaits approval. The CDBG program funds provide housing and create jobs primarily for low- and moderate-income people. Funds are provided to the state of New Hampshire by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and administered by CDFA. Each project is evaluated on several criteria, including impact on low- and moderate-income residents and the acquisition of matching funding.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 September 2014 09:44

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