Adult Education plans series of retirement workshops

LACONIA — A free series of workshops on planning for retirement will be offered by Laconia Adult Education starting later this month.

The series will run for three weeks beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

During the sessions attendees will begin to understand and learn ways to invest their money -- whether in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate, or starting a business -- as they begin approaching retirement age and need to plan for the future.

The Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will cover such topics as: Savvy Social Security & Medicare Planning, Smart Retirement Tips and Strategies, Wealth Planning 101, and What Every Savvy Women Needs To Know.

This Retirement Tips & Strategies Workshop Series will help attendees understand what investing is all about. It will also explain the building blocks of the investing world and the markets, and provide insights into techniques and the most suitable strategies, and how to make savvy decisions about Social Security and Medicare planning.

Those interested in attending the workshop or who want more information can call Laconia Adult Education Office at 524-5712.

Tubing event at Gunstock will benefit Boys & Girls Club

LACONIA — Laconia Rotary will host a "U Tube" Benefit for Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford on Sunday, January 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm for an evening of fun under the lights.

The event will feature 3 hours of tubing, Big Air Bag Launch Ride (weather permitting), fire pit, s'mores and hot chocolate, hourly prizes, entry into the grand prize giveaway Ski & Stay Package, and a raffle. The cost of the event is $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of 4 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at

"We're excited to partner with Gunstock to host this fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club," said Rob Stewart, Committee Chair, "It promises to be a fun event for everyone, from families to children of all ages. We hope the community comes out to support a worthy cause while enjoying a great evening of after-hours tubing and so much more."

"The Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region serves hundreds of children from throughout the area, and provides them with the life skills needed to become productive members of the community," said Laconia Police Chief Christopher Adams, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club, "We are grateful to Laconia Rotary Club for supporting our work."

Laconia Rotary, founded in 1925, is a member of Rotary International, an international service organization that is open to membership to all individuals. Its objectives are to encourage and foster opportunities for service, high ethical standards in business and professions, and advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace. The club meets at noon on Thursday at the Belknap Mill. For further information about Rotary and to learn how people can get involved, call Jon F. Nivus at 528-4959. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at

2nd Annual Gilford Rotary Pizza Bowl to be held on January 25

GILFORD — Gilford Rotary will be sponsoring the 2nd annual Pizza Bowl competition on Sunday, January 25 from 1-3 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center.

Local pizza purveyors will be packing their pies with a plethora of pleasing palette poppers. Attendees will vote on their favorite pizza (People's Choice Award) and kids age 8 and under will vote for their favorite (Kids' Choice Award). There will also be a special panel of pizza professors who will vote on Best Cheese, Best Sauce, Best Crust, and Best Specialty Pizza.

Pizza places participating include Fratello's Italian Grille, Gilford House of Pizza, Lakeside Famous Roast Beef & Pizza, Papa Gino's, Pizza Express, Sal's Pizza, and Faro's Italian Grille. Additional support and beverages provided by Lakes Region Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Shaw's Supermarket, Gilford

Door Prizes include a $120 Gift Certificate from Fratello's Italian Grille as well as a 50/50 raffle. Pizza Bowl Pizza passports are only $10 per person. Children age 8 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from a member of Gilford Rotary or at the door. Proceeds from this event will go to the many non-profit activities supported by Gilford Rotary in Gilford and the Lakes Region area.

Ski-A-Thon at Waterville Valley for adaptive sports

WATERVILLE VALLEY — A fundraiser will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, to raise money for the Adaptive Sports Program at Waterville Valley.

The event, called the Changes in Altitude Ski-A-Thon and Après Ski Beach Party and Auction, will begin with registration at 8 a.m. in the base lodge area and the Ski-A-thon kicks off at 9 a.m. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $100 in sponsorships if they already have a ski pass, or $150 if they require a pass for the day. Participating skiers and snowboarders will be provided with all day express lift privileges, souvenir Ski-A-Thon pins and race bibs, lunch and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories at the Après Ski Beach Party.

The Après Ski Beach Party & Auction begins at 5 p.m. at the Waterville Valley Resort Conference Center. Admission is $50 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. The evening will feature a "Find Your Beach" theme with a "Jimmy" buffet, beach music, hula contests and more. The dress code is tropical.

The main event of the evening will be a live and silent auction.

Organizers hope to make the fundraiser and annual event.

Funds raised will support the Adaptive Program's efforts to provide athletic activities for persons with cognitive and physical disabilities.

For more information about how to set up a personalized "Changes in Altitude" fund raising page, to register for the Ski-A-Thon, and to purchase tickets for the Après Ski Beach Party & Auction go to or visit Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports on Facebook.